Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang

Review by Brian Tanguay When Daiyu, the protagonist of Jenny Tinghui Zhang’s debut novel, Four Treasures of the Sky, is abducted from the fish market, she’s a desperately hungry thirteen-year-old…

The Sinking Middle Class: A Political History of Debt, Misery, and the Drift to the Right by David Roediger

Review by Brian Tanguay Warren Buffet, one of the wealthiest men in America, made a statement in 2006 about class warfare which is often cited on the infrequent occasions when…

Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire & Revolution in the Borderlands by Kelly Lytle Hernandez

Review by Brian Tanguay On July 4, 1915, a band of armed and mounted Mexicans crossed the border and murdered three white men in southern Texas. For the next five…

The End of Solitude: Selected Essays on Culture and Society by William Deresiewicz

Review by Brian Tanguay After reading Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, I was hooked on William Deresiewicz. The next book…

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

Review by Brian Tanguay I began reading The Cross and the Lynching Tree by the late theologian James H. Cone the week before a white gunman murdered ten black people…

A Field Guide to White Supremacy Kathleen Belew and Ramon Gutierrez, Editors

Review by Brian Tanguay When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, there was a perception that the United States had crossed a line and put the worst excesses of…

Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us by Brian Klaas

Review by Brian Tanguay At one time or another most of us have suffered at the hands of a petty tyrant, perhaps an overbearing supervisor at work, a rude clerk…

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…

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…

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…