21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

Review by Brian Tanguay When I began reading 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, the 2018 book by historian Yuval Noah Harari, I was feeling at loose ends about the…

The Fall of the House of Dixie by Bruce Levine

The Fall of the House of Dixie is a fascinating account, extensively researched and written in an accessible style.

How The Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith

Review by Brian Tanguay As the controversy over the removal of Confederate monuments and tumult over critical race theory makes evident, American history is contentious and unsettled, with nostalgia and…

Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement, From The Revolution to Reconstruction By Kate Masur

Review by Brian Tanguay Prior to reading Until Justice Be Done by Kate Masur, a historian who teaches at Northwestern University, I assumed that the critical period in the struggle…

The Cruelty Is The Point: The Past, Present and Future of Trump’s America by Adam Serwer

Review by Brian Tanguay When Donald J. Trump ran for president in 2016 he made many promises, from rebuilding America’s infrastructure to reducing the federal deficit to replacing the Affordable…

The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California by Mark Arax

Review by Brian Tanguay On the coast of California where I live drought has been a constant feature of the past twenty years. Enough rain some years made us forget,…

The Death of the Artist: How Creators are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech by William Deresiewicz

Review by Brian Tanguay For artists are these the best of times or the worst of times? Has technology toppled many of the barriers that once prevented aspiring musicians, filmmakers,…

City Of A Thousand Gates by Rebecca Sacks

Review by Brian Tanguay Other than Kashmir or the Korean peninsula, no territory on earth is as bitterly contested as that claimed by the Jews of Israel and the Arab…

The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto By Charles M. Blow

Review by Brian Tanguay In Georgia in 2020 two US senate seats flipped from red to blue, and in the presidential contest the reliably Republican state chose Joe Biden over…

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Review by Brian Tanguay Review by Brian Tanguay I decided to read Shuggie Bain after listening to Michael Silverblatt interview the novel’s author, Douglas Stuart, on Bookworm. By the time…