2012-2013

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln

Author: 
Stephen Carter
Leader: 
D. Wendy Greene

“Stephen L. Carter’s thrilling new novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Two years later he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority, both during and after the Civil War, and faces an impeachment trial . . .

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

Author: 
Timothy Egan
Leader: 
Andrew Robert Greene

The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Great Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. The Worst Hard Time tells the epic story of this environmental disaster and its impact on the communities stricken with fear and choked by dust in the “dirty thirties”.

Atlas Shrugged

Author: 
Ayn Rand
Leader: 
Michael D. Floyd

You’ve probably seen and heard the buzz about the influence of this author and this book on our current political discourse. You may have read this or a related book in high school or college. I read it in 10th or 11th grade; this summer I decided that I needed to re-read it, think about it more deeply than I did as a teenager, and see where that leads. I’d enjoy some company in that exercise.

The Hunger Games

Author: 
Suzanne Collins
Leader: 
Alyssa DiRusso

“In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games," a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games.

The Origins of Political Order

Author: 
Francis Fukuyama
Leader: 
Michael E. DeBow

The book is a sweeping and very well-written account of the origins and growth of basic political institutions. Beginning with the organization of prehuman primate groups, the book explores the emergence of human tribal societies, then the emergence of the first modern state in China and the beginnings of the rule of law in India and the Middle East. It ends with the development of political accountability in Europe up to the eve of the French Revolution. For more on the author, see http://fukuyama.stanford.edu/home

Failing Law Schools

Author: 
Brian Z. Tamanaha
Leader: 
Brannon P. Denning
Leader: 
John L. Carroll

"On the surface, law schools today are thriving. Enrollments are on the rise, and their resources are often the envy of every other university department. Law professors are among the highest paid and play key roles as public intellectuals, advisers, and government officials. Yet behind the flourishing facade, law schools are failing abjectly. Recent front-page stories have detailed widespread dubious practices, including false reporting of LSAT and GPA scores, misleading placement reports, and the fundamental failure to prepare graduates to enter the profession.

The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace

Author: 
Lynn Povich

It was the 1960s––a time of economic boom and social strife. Young women poured into the workplace, but the “Help Wanted” ads were segregated by gender and the “Mad Men” office culture was rife with sexual stereotyping and discrimination. Lynn Povich was one of the lucky ones, landing a job at Newsweek, renowned for its cutting-edge coverage of civil rights and the “Swinging Sixties.” Nora Ephron, Jane Bryant Quinn, Ellen Goodman, and Susan Brownmiller all started there as well. It was a top-notch job––for a girl––at an exciting place. But it was a dead end.

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