Top 10 Best Books to Read in Civics & Citizenship - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Civics & Citizenship. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Civics & Citizenship - August 2021

#1  New York Times  Bestseller •  A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America's turn towards authoritarianism. The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. On Tyranny  is a call to arms and a guide to resistance, with invaluable ideas for how we can preserve our freedoms in the uncertain years to come. "Mr. Snyder is a rising public intellectual unafraid to make bold connections between past and present." — The New York Times

  • Author: Timothy Snyder
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (February 28, 2017)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
  • ISBN: 978-0804190114
  • Dimensions: 4.38 x 0.29 x 6.25 inches

                 

2. What Happened


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Civics & Citizenship - August 2021

2018 Audie Award Finalist for Autobiography/Memoir and Excellence in Marketing "In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I've often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I'm letting my guard down." (Hillary Rodham Clinton, from the introduction of What Happened )  For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.  In this audiobook she describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterward. With humor and candor, she tells listeners what it took to get back on her feet - the rituals, relationships, and reading that got her through and what the experience has taught her about life. She speaks about the challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye, the criticism over her voice, age, and appearance, and the double standard confronting women in politics.  She lays out how the 2016 election was marked by an unprecedented assault on our democracy by a foreign adversary. By analyzing the evidence and connecting the dots, Hillary shows just how dangerous the forces are that shaped the outcome and why Americans need to understand them to protect our values and our democracy in the future.  The election of 2016 was unprecedented and historic. What Happened is the story of that campaign and its aftermath - both a deeply intimate account and a cautionary tale for the nation.

  • Author: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government, Elections & Political Process, Elections

                 

3. The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Civics & Citizenship - August 2021

Arming Americans to defend the truth from today’s war on facts “In what could be the timeliest book of the year, Rauch aims to arm his readers to engage with reason in an age of illiberalism.” — Newsweek A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice Disinformation. Trolling. Conspiracies. Social media pile-ons. Campus intolerance. On the surface, these recent additions to our daily vocabulary appear to have little in common. But together, they are driving an epistemic crisis: a multi-front challenge to America’s ability to distinguish fact from fiction and elevate truth above falsehood. In 2016 Russian trolls and bots nearly drowned the truth in a flood of fake news and conspiracy theories, and Donald Trump and his troll armies continued to do the same. Social media companies struggled to keep up with a flood of falsehoods, and too often didn’t even seem to try. Experts and some public officials began wondering if society was losing its grip on truth itself. Meanwhile, another new phenomenon appeared: “cancel culture.” At the push of a button, those armed with a cellphone could gang up by the thousands on anyone who ran afoul of their sanctimony. In this pathbreaking book, Jonathan Rauch reaches back to the parallel eighteenth-century developments of liberal democracy and science to explain what he calls the “Constitution of Knowledge”—our social system for turning disagreement into truth. By explicating the Constitution of Knowledge and probing the war on reality, Rauch arms defenders of truth with a clearer understanding of what they must protect, why they must do—and how they can do it. His book is a sweeping and readable description of how every American can help defend objective truth and free inquiry from threats as far away as Russia and as close as the cellphone.

  • Author: Jonathan Rauch
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press (June 22, 2021)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0815738862
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches

                 

4. The Long Game: China's Grand Strategy to Displace American Order (Bridging the Gap)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Civics & Citizenship - August 2021

For more than a century, no US adversary or coalition of adversaries - not Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, or the Soviet Union - has ever reached sixty percent of US GDP. China is the sole exception, and it is fast emerging into a global superpower that could rival, if not eclipse, the United States. What does China want, does it have a grand strategy to achieve it, and what should the United States do about it? In The Long Game , Rush Doshi draws from a rich base of Chinese primary sources, including decades worth of party documents, leaked materials, memoirs by party leaders, and a careful analysis of China's conduct to provide a history of China's grand strategy since the end of the Cold War. Taking readers behind the Party's closed doors, he uncovers Beijing's long, methodical game to displace America from its hegemonic position in both the East Asia regional and global orders through three sequential "strategies of displacement." Beginning in the 1980s, China focused for two decades on "hiding capabilities and biding time." After the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, it became more assertive regionally, following a policy of "actively accomplishing something." Finally, in the aftermath populist elections of 2016, China shifted to an even more aggressive strategy for undermining US hegemony, adopting the phrase "great changes unseen in century." After charting how China's long game has evolved, Doshi offers a comprehensive yet asymmetric plan for an effective US response. Ironically, his proposed approach takes a page from Beijing's own strategic playbook to undermine China's ambitions and strengthen American order without competing dollar-for-dollar, ship-for-ship, or loan-for-loan.

  • Author: Rush Doshi
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (July 8, 2021)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
  • ISBN: 978-0197527917
  • Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.4 x 6.4 inches

                 

5. Change Your World: How Anyone, Anywhere Can Make a Difference


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Civics & Citizenship - August 2021

Whatever the desire of your heart - better schools, better neighborhoods, more positive workplaces, more connected families, or more engaged communities - Change Your World will guide you through the entire process to take action and start making an impact today right where you are. You can bring about positive, lasting change in the world, and you don’t have to be rich and famous or lead a big organization to do it. Global leadership and development icons John C. Maxwell and Rob Hoskins provide the inspiring and practical roadmap to get started being the change you want to see - in your community and beyond. For many of us, the world we live in feels broken, yet change is easier than we think. Learn from the firsthand experiences shared by the authors from their work helping to transform communities, businesses, and millions of lives around the world. In Change Your World , you'll learn how to Identify your cause Live out the values that make a difference Become a catalyst for change Join the right team or recruit one of your own Work together with others to make a difference Measure your impact and keep improving You’ll not only be encouraged to make a difference based on the needs you see around you; you’ll be equipped to take action and start making an impact today.

  • Author: John C. Maxwell
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government, Specific Topics, Civics & Citizenship

                 



6. US Citizenship Test Study Guide 2021 and 2022: Naturalization Test Prep for all 100 USCIS Civics Questions and Answers [3rd Edition]


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Civics & Citizenship - August 2021

APEX Test Prep's US Citizenship Test Study Guide 2021 and 2022: Naturalization Test Prep for all 100 USCIS Civics Questions and Answers 3rd Edition Preparing for your test shouldn't be harder than the test itself. To that end, our APEX Test Prep team packs our guides with everything you need. This includes testing tips, straightforward instruction, comprehensive material, practice questions, and detailed answer explanations. All these are used to help study for the US Citizenship exam. We want you to succeed. Get our APEX Test Prep US Citizenship test questions and study guide to get: Test-Taking Tips: We can help reduce your test anxiety. You can pass with confidence. These APEX Test Prep tips help you know how the test works. Straightforward Instruction: APEX Test Prep’s US Citizenship material is easy to understand. We also have information about the test itself. This includes time limits and registration details. Comprehensive Material: Our APEX Test Prep team has all the information that could be on your exam in this guide. You’ll be prepared for any question. US Citizenship Practice Test Questions: Test out your skills. The questions written by APEX Test Prep are as close as possible to the actual test. You're training with the pros! Detailed Answer Explanations: Every practice test comes with an in-depth answer key. Miss a question? Don’t know why? These APEX Test Prep explanations show you where you went wrong. Now, you can avoid making the same mistake on the actual exam. Get the experts of APEX Test Prep on your side. Don't miss out on this top-notch guide. Life is difficult. Test prep doesn't have to be.

  • Author: Greg Bridges
  • Publisher: APEX Test Prep (October 9, 2020)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
  • ISBN: 978-1628457162
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.19 x 7 inches

                 

7. Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Civics & Citizenship - August 2021

THE CASE FOR ENDING THE FILIBUSTER "A truly excellent book… blistering and persuasive.” ―Ezra Klein, New York Times An insider’s account of how politicians representing a radical white minority of Americans have used “the world’s greatest deliberative body” to hijack our democracy. Every major decision governing our diverse, majority-female, and increasingly liberal country bears the stamp of the United States Senate, an institution controlled by people who are almost exclusively white, overwhelmingly male, and disproportionately conservative. Although they do not represent a majority of Americans―and will not for the foreseeable future―today’s Republican senators possess the power to block most legislation. Once known as “the world’s greatest deliberative body,” the Senate has become one of the greatest threats to our democracy. How did this happen? In Kill Switch , Senate insider Adam Jentleson contends that far from reflecting the Framers’ vision, the Senate has been transformed over the decades by a tenacious minority of white conservatives. From John Calhoun in the mid-1800s to Mitch McConnell in the 2010s, their primary weapon has been the filibuster, or the requirement that most legislation secure the support of a supermajority of senators. Yet, as Jentleson reveals, the filibuster was not a feature of the original Senate and, in allowing a determined minority to gridlock the federal government, runs utterly counter to the Framers’ intent. For much of its history, the filibuster was used primarily to prevent civil rights legislation from becoming law. But more recently, Republicans have refined it into a tool for imposing their will on all issues, wielding it to thwart an increasingly progressive American majority represented by Barack Obama’s agenda and appointees. Under Donald Trump, McConnell merged the filibuster with rigid leadership structures initially forged by Lyndon Johnson, in the process surrendering the Senate’s independence and centrality, as infamously shown by its acquiescence in Trump’s impeachment trial. The result is a failed institution and a crippled democracy. Taking us into the Capitol Hill backrooms where the institution’s decline is most evident, Jentleson shows that many of the greatest challenges of our era―partisan polarization, dark money, a media culture built on manufactured outrage―converge within the Senate. Even as he charts the larger forces that have shaped the institution where he served, Jentleson offers incisive portraits of the powerful senators who laid the foundation for the modern Senate, from Calhoun to McConnell to LBJ’s mentor, Richard Russell, to the unapologetic racist Jesse Helms. An essential, revelatory investigation, Kill Switch ultimately makes clear that unless we immediately and drastically reform the Senate’s rules and practices―starting with reforming the filibuster―we face the prospect of permanent minority rule in America.

  • Author: Adam Jentleson
  • Publisher: Liveright (January 12, 2021)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
  • ISBN: 978-1631497773
  • Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches

                 

8. Citizen: An American Lyric


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Civics & Citizenship - August 2021

* Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry * * Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism * Winner of the NAACP Image Award * Winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize * Winner of the PEN Open Book Award * ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New Yorker , Boston Globe, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, NPR. Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly , Slate, Time Out New York , Vulture , Refinery 29, and many more . . . A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric. Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named "post-race" society.

  • Author: Claudia Rankine
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2014)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-1555976903

                 

9. Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Civics & Citizenship - August 2021

First published in 1971, Rules for Radicals is Saul Alinsky's impassioned counsel to young radicals on how to effect constructive social change and know “the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one.” Written in the midst of radical political developments whose direction Alinsky was one of the first to question, this volume exhibits his style at its best. Like Thomas Paine before him, Alinsky was able to combine, both in his person and his writing, the intensity of political engagement with an absolute insistence on rational political discourse and adherence to the American democratic tradition.

  • Author: Saul D. Alinsky
  • Publisher: Vintage (October 23, 1989)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government
  • ISBN: 978-0679721130
  • Dimensions: 5.19 x 0.59 x 7.98 inches

                 

10. How Do You Kill 11 Million People? (Updated and Expanded): Why the Truth Matters More Than You Think


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Civics & Citizenship - August 2021

Become an informed, passionate citizen who demands honesty and integrity from our leaders or suffer the consequences of our own ignorance and apathy. In this updated and expanded audio version of the New York Times best-selling nonpartisan book, Andy Andrews urges you to believe that seeking and discerning the truth really, really matters and that believing lies is the most dangerous thing you can do. You’ll be challenged to become a more “careful student” of the past, seeking accurate, factual accounts of events and decisions that illuminate choices you face now. By considering how the Nazi German regime was able to carry out over eleven million institutional killings between 1933 and 1945, Andrews advocates for an informed population that demands honesty and integrity from its leaders and from each other. He includes several key documents written by our Founding Fathers as examples of America’s core principles that present and future leadership should live up to and embrace. We can no longer measure a leader's worth by the yardsticks provided by the left or the right. Instead, we must use an unchanging standard: the pure, unvarnished truth.

  • Author: Andy Andrews
  • Genre: History, World, Jewish, Holocaust