Progressives Book Club

Meets the 2nd Monday of each month to discuss books that explore issues like racism, progressive politics, environmental activism, and equal rights for all.

 


 

Monday, November 13th at 7:00 pm

This Fight is Our Fight by Elizabeth Warren

 

The fiery U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and bestselling author offers a passionate, inspiring book about why our middle class is under siege and how we can win the fight to save it

 

Senator Elizabeth Warren has long been an outspoken champion of America’s middle class, and by the time the people of Massachusetts elected her in 2012, she had become one of the country’s leading progressive voices. Now, at a perilous moment for our nation, she has written a book that is at once an illuminating account of how we built the strongest middle class in history, a scathing indictment of those who have spent the past thirty-five years undermining working families, and a rousing call to action.

 

Written in the candid, high-spirited voice that is Warren’s trademark, This Fight Is Our Fight tells eye-opening stories about her battles in the Senate and vividly describes the experiences of hard-working Americans who have too often been given the short end of the stick. Elizabeth Warren has had enough of phony promises and a government that no longer serves its people--she won’t sit down, she won’t be silenced, and she will fight back.

 


Monday, December 11th at 7:00 pm

Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

 

From Senator Al Franken - #1 bestselling author and beloved SNL alum - comes the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that.
 

This is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect.

 

It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

 

It's a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast.

 

Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves.

 


Monday, January 8th at 7:00 pm

The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia by Michael Booth

 

Journalist Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians for more than ten years, and he has grown increasingly frustrated with the rose-tinted view of this part of the world offered up by the Western media. In this timely book he leaves his adopted home of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success, and, most intriguing of all, what they think of one another.

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Monday, February 12th at 7:00 pm

Where Do We Go From Here" Chaos or Community by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript. In this prophetic work, which has been unavailable for more than ten years, he lays out his thoughts, plans, and dreams for America's future, including the need for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing, and quality education. With a universal message of hope that continues to resonate, King demanded an end to global suffering, asserting that humankind-for the first time-has the resources and technology to eradicate poverty.

 


Monday, March 12th at 7:00 pm

A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment and Zero Net Carbon Emissions by Muhammad Yunus

 

winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and bestselling author of Banker to the Poor offers his vision of an emerging new economic system that can save humankind and the planet
Muhammad Yunus, who created microcredit, invented social business, and earned a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in alleviating poverty, is one of today's most trenchant social critics. Now he declares it's time to admit that the capitalist engine is broken--that in its current form it inevitably leads to rampant inequality, massive unemployment, and environmental destruction. We need a new economic system that unleashes altruism as a creative force just as powerful as self-interest.

 

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This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250120618
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Published: Metropolitan Books - April 18th, 2017

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455540419
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Published: Twelve - May 30th, 2017

The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250081568
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Published: Picador USA - February 2nd, 2016

Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? Cover Image
By Martin Luther King, Coretta Scott King (Foreword by), Vincent Harding (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780807000670
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Published: Beacon Press - January 1st, 2010

A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781610397575
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Published: PublicAffairs - September 26th, 2017