Baum, Dan. Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans. New York: Spiegel and Grau, 2009. A biography of a dazzling, surreal, and imperiled city, told through the lives of nine unforgettable characters and bracketed by two epic storms.
Bergen, Peter L. The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al Qaeda. New York: Free Press, 2011. An overview of the politics and strategies of the wars on terror and the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Brinkley, Douglas. The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. New York: Harper Collins, 2006. The incompetence of the government response to this act of nature proved terribly hard for its victims and undercut the Bush administration’s appeal.
Chandrasekaran, Rajiv. Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2006. A factual but nearly unbelievable portrait of American officials who botched the occupation of Iraq.
Eichenwald, Kurt. Conspiracy of Fools. New York: Broadway Books, 2005. A blow-by-blow account of the malfeasance that brought down Enron.
Frank, Thomas. What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of Americ. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2004. Why, the author asks, do so many Americans apparently vote against their economic interests and support a conservative social agenda?
Friedman, Thomas. The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twentieth Century. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2005. Suggests that globalization has eliminated no entry barriers into the market economy.
Heilemann, John and Mark Halperin. Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime. New York: Harper, 2010. A detailed account of how a skilled political outsider mobilized public support for his candidacy and won the presidency.
Hodgson, Godfrey. More Equal than Others: America from Nixon to the New Century. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004. Looks back on 25 years conservatism in America and demonstrates how free market ideology has come to dominate American politics.
Hunter James D. Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America. New York: Basic Books, 1992. Explores the development of deeply rooted cultural conflicts in American society.
Klein, Naomi. Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2007. Klein shows how Friedman and his monetarist followers have repeatedly harnessed terrible shocks and violence to implement their radical policies.
Morgenson, Gretchen and Joshua Rosner. Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon. New York: Times Books, 2011. An examination of how private greed and government deregulation contributed to the economic collapse that began in 2008.
Moore, James and Wayne Slater. Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2004. An irreverent but insightful examination of how Republican strategists “packaged” and “sold” George W. Bush.
Stiglitz, Joseph E. Globalization and Its Discontents. New York, W.W. Norton, 2002. An insider’s analysis of the major institutions of globalization.
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Anderson, Terry. Bush’s War. A comprehensive overview of the Iraq War.
Balmer, Randall. Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America. A well-researched study of the various forms of popular evangelicalism—fundamentalist, charismatic, Pentecostal—in present-day America.
Conn, Steven, ed. To Promote the General Welfare: The Case for Big Government. The essays in To Promote the General Welfare explore the many ways government programs have improved the quality of life in America.
Kabaservice, Geoffrey, Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, From Eisenhower to the Tea Party. 2011. Argues that the moderate Republicans’ downfall began not with the rise of the Tea Party but with President Dwight Eisenhower’s farewell address.
Skocpol, Theda. The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism. A nuanced portrait of the Tea Party based on grassroots interviews that finds that party members approve of Medicare and Social Security, but oppose big government for undeserving “freeloaders.”
Slaying the Dragon of Debt. The Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley has assembled this website with interviews, a timeline, documents, and multimedia features on the history of the nation’s finances since the 1970s.
The September 11 Digital Archive. A commemorative site and an archive with personal stories, photos, and other contributions from individuals.
Immigration History Research Center. An online archive documenting immigrant and refugee life and making specialized scholarship accessible to the public.