Book Land: Zeitgeist Edition
Every Person in New York
Following his prescient Twilight of the Elites on institutional failure, Chris Hayes' new book, A Colony in a Nation, takes an expansive look at the criminal justice system and the tensions between the police and the policed.
New from Mohsin Hamid, author of the The Reluctant Fundamentalist, his novel Exit West, which leavens the plight of two young refugees with magical realism.
The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters, by Thomas M. Nichols, explores the paradox of living in the Information Age with a populace increasingly mis- and dis-informed.
MONEY IN POLITICS
Jane Mayer's essential Dark Money follows the tsunami-like money flow from a handful of billionaires into the political system, with the purpose of altering American democracy.
Flush with dark money, Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy, by David Daley, details how a small group of Republicans gerrymandered a new political landscape.
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, by Michael Eric Dyson, is an impassioned and moving discussion, both personal and historical, on the state of race relations.
Out April 4, Omar El Akkad's American War is a terrifying vision of a riven country, United States no more.
WORKING CLASS DECLINE
J.D. Vance has earned much praise for his Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis—shedding light on disenfranchisement in his own family.
THE STATE OF THE NATION
George Packer's book from 2013, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, profiles people in various strata, illuminating the fissures in American society.