New Recommended Books

Stiglitz, Joseph E.  The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future.  New York, 2013.

Amazon blurb:

A forceful argument against America's vicious circle of growing inequality by the Nobel Prize–winning economist.

America currently has the most inequality, and the least equality of opportunity, among the advanced countries. While market forces play a role in this stark picture, politics has shaped those market forces. ...exposes the efforts of well-heeled interests to compound their wealth in ways that have stifled true, dynamic capitalism. ...examines the effect of inequality on our economy, our democracy, and our system of justice. Stiglitz explains how inequality affects and is affected by every aspect of national policy, and with characteristic insight he offers a vision for a more just and prosperous future, supported by a concrete program to achieve that vision.

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 Byrne, Janet, ed.  The Occupy Handbook.  New York, 2012.

 Amazon blurb:

Analyzing the movement's deep-seated origins..., some of the greatest economic minds and most incisive cultural commentators - [e.g.] Paul Krugman, Robin Wells, Michael Lewis, Robert Reich, Amy Goodman, Barbara Ehrenreich, Gillian Tett, Scott Turow, Bethany McLean, Brandon Adams, and Tyler Cowen ...- capture the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon in all its ragged glory...considering the lasting changes wrought, and recommending reform. ...THE OCCUPY HANDBOOK is a talked-about source for understanding why 1% of the people in America take almost a quarter of the nation's income and the long-term effects of a protest movement....

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Chomsky, Noam.  Occupy.  Brooklyn, New YHork, 2012.

From reviews at Amazon:

"Occupy" is a selection of speeches...made by veteran radical Noam Chomsky at Occupy events in the U.S. late last year.  The speeches are a mixture of Chomsky putting events into context, an extremely brief history of the Neoliberal era (the "Thirty Years of Class War"...), a eulogy for the late Howard Zinn (of A People's History of the United States fame) and some reluctant but spot on advice ... and makes interesting reading even for those to whom it is not directly relevant.

...  While [the book] is rather short (about 120 pages), I think it's a worthwhile purchase for a few different reasons.  One: ...some fresh perspective on Howard Zinn! ... Agree or disagree with Chomsky; the fact is that you still are getting a fresh approach on one of the most beloved historians of our time.  Two: ...delivers a relevant argument for the need of 'Occupy' and movements similar to it. ...

... An interesting book for readers wishing to learn more about Occupy as well as the protests across Europe and the uprisings in the Arab World....

... This pamphlet can easily be the guide that occupiers, professors, activists and those seeking change can use to constantly navigate the uncharted territory. "Noam Chomsky Occupy" offers perspective and strategic vision.

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Couper, David C.  Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption ''and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation's Police.  Indianapolis, 2011.

Amazon blurbs:

Repression of protest. Racial profiling. Excessive force. Misconduct. Corruption. ... The book is autobiography, history, and a police improvement manual in which he outlines the seven steps police must take in order to overcome the four obstacles which have "arrested" their development: anti-intellectualism, violence, corruption, and discourtesy.

David Couper led the Madison Police Department for over twenty years (1972-1993). During this time, the department successfully handled hundreds of public protests without incident, implemented a collaborative leadership style, and brought women and minorities into the department. ... Since his retirement he has been concerned about the militarization of our nation's police and their slow progress which has arrested their development. ... This is his third book on policing. For more information visit his blog at: http://improvingpolice.wordpress.com


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