Some context, after the election. Five new books and one oldie, but a goodie.
“Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, once the United States of America” (back cover).
“America is on the verge of anarchy. Survival is all that matters now” (front cover).
“Trump, the silver spoon-fed child who, as a second grader, punched his music teacher in the eye, aspired ‘to be the toughest kid in the neighborhood’” (5).
The Return of History: Conflict, Migration, and Geopolitics in the Twenty-First Century by Jennifer Welsh
“The public utterances of almost every populist politician today include the refrain ‘Take back control’” (31).
“The birthers cut straight to the chase and argued that Obama’s birth certificate was phony and that he was not born in America, a claim amplified by billionaire political huckster...Donald Trump” (135).
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
“During World War II, America’s fledgling aeronautics industry hired black female mathematicians to fill a labor shortage. These ‘human computers’ stayed on to work to NASA and made sure America won the Space Race. They fought for their country’s future, and for their share of the American dream. This is their untold story” (front cover).