Books of Interest

MN DFL Senior Caucus recommendations:

How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt – Donald Trump’s presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we’d be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Levitsky and Ziblatt, who have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang in a revolution or military coup, but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms.


Political Tribes by Amy Chua – The bestselling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Yale Law School Professor Amy Chua offers a bold new prescription for reversing our foreign policy failures and overcoming our destructive political tribalism at home. We are often spectacularly blind to the power of tribal politics. Time and again this blindness has undermined American foreign policy. 



A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey – In his forthcoming book (April 17), former FBI Director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government. He explores what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.


Evicted: Poverty and Profit by Matthew Desmond – Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America’s vast inequality—and to people’s determination and intelligence in the face of hardship.


Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande – Practicing surgeon, tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.  Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, he asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.