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Cultural Literacy 101

For a friend: Say someone wants to develop a working sense of modern-day cultural literacy in the United States. This person has very limited knowledge of current events, and has limited himself to only a very narrow scope of popular entertainment. He now wishes to be able to converse about these topics with reasonably savvy adults (such as in dating scenarios and social gatherings). Can you provide sources of information for the following? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl on Apr 13, 2014 - 26 answers

 

I need some interesting, relatively non-partisan books on politics

I'd like to brush up on my understanding of American politics today. Could anyone point me in the direction of an accessible, well-regarded book that approaches an interesting political phenomenon, or American politics in general, in a relatively non-partisan way? I'd prefer to stay away from highly ideological works about how either conservatives or liberals are leading America to its doom.
posted by Chuck Barris on Mar 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Good reads about Canadian politics.

What are some good reads about Canadian political history? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Oct 31, 2013 - 5 answers

Similiar books like "The first 90 days"

Are there books such as this to help with gaining traction in your career? [more inside]
posted by ladoo on Oct 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Your recommendations for books about Vietnam (the country, not the war)

A friend of mine is about to move to Vietnam. I'd like to get him a book as a farewell gift. Please give me your recommendations for books about Vietnam the country - that is, books that cover something of the country's history, society and politics other than the American war.
posted by girlgenius on Jun 1, 2013 - 6 answers

UKfilter: Too jaded for Socialism? Help me rediscover the ideals...

I'm an ex-Leftie who now works as a money man in the UK. I'd like to rediscover Socialist philosophy and ideals. Problem: 10+ years of economic analysis of public spending and government fiscal policy has left me thinking that Socialism is unrealistic, ill thought out, and well, a bit...silly. Help me turn myself around before it's too late! ...much more inside.... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2013 - 14 answers

Echoes of the past

BookFilter: Can you recommend books that connect what happened in the 60's to the current American political culture? [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Nov 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me know more about Israel

Can you please recommend a good book on the formation of modern Israel? [more inside]
posted by Pecinpah on Oct 10, 2012 - 12 answers

I HAVE THE POWER!

Help me become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Apr 24, 2012 - 29 answers

Book Recommendations for Political Thrillers

Looking for book/author recommendations: Looking for the political angles of Vince Flynn and Tom Clancy with less spy stuff. [more inside]
posted by jeffderek on Apr 6, 2012 - 2 answers

Book recommendations

Books/Autobiographies which inspire? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Mar 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Keep me from repeating mistakes I should know about....

Book suggestion filter! I need to catch up on all the 20th century history I missed because of childhood..... [more inside]
posted by motsque on Jun 28, 2011 - 14 answers

Writing against one's own inclinations

Can anyone point me towards examples of authors (or other artists) who have produced work with a theme that runs contrary to their own established political or social views? [more inside]
posted by MShades on May 27, 2011 - 26 answers

What's a good book on the lives of Hispanic immigrants?

What's a good book on the status of Hispanics in America? [more inside]
posted by tomtheblackbear on Sep 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Books on Bosses?

In preparation for Boardwalk Empire, what are the best books out there on political bosses, political machines, and their heyday on the American scene?
posted by LeonBernstein on Sep 16, 2010 - 9 answers

What is liberalism?

What books make up the liberal corpus? I'm looking for something like Kirk's Conservative Mind, but for liberalism.
posted by khaibit on Jun 18, 2010 - 18 answers

Please recommend a great Washington, D.C. political thriller.

Book filter: can you recommend a good political/journalistic novel set in Washington, D.C. that meet the following criteria? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Jan 10, 2010 - 17 answers

Good books / Documentaries on the Middle East?

Good books or documentaries about the middle east [more inside]
posted by happydude123 on Dec 12, 2009 - 12 answers

Help a 13 y/o get to know the Amercian soldier.

What resources (films, books, websites) can I share with my 13 y/o daughter who has expressed a recent keen admiration and care for the American soldier from the Vietnam War era to the present? [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on Sep 3, 2009 - 22 answers

Is there a good book about the Reagan administration out there?

Can anyone recommend a solidly researched and well-written book that critiques Ronald Reagan's administration? [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Apr 18, 2009 - 8 answers

The Books & Mortar of Libertarianism

Which books comprise the canon of libertarian philosophy? [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Jan 5, 2009 - 23 answers

Can anyone recommend any funny novels about government and politics?

Can anyone recommend any funny novels about government and politics? [more inside]
posted by Myles on Dec 27, 2008 - 31 answers

Reading recommendations for a 14-year-old girl?

I've sponsored the daughter of friends in a charity event. As part of the sponsorship, I can name a book for her to read. Here's where it gets interesting -- My friends' politics are left of center, while mine lean to the right, and I'd like to introduce their daughter to something she might not encounter otherwise. It should be age-appropriate and not over the top (like Atlas Shrugged). All suggestions appreciated.
posted by quidividi on Jul 2, 2008 - 51 answers

Books on impact of miracles on Latin American politics?

I'm looking for recommendations on books on purported (modern) religious miracles in Latin America, and their impact on society and politics. [more inside]
posted by Joakim Ziegler on Jun 11, 2008 - 2 answers

Books about Down Under

Can anyone reccomend good books, or documentaries, about Australia (history, culture, politics) written by people from outside Australia? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Feb 7, 2008 - 11 answers

radical books wanted

I'm looking for book suggestions for a radical reading group. [more inside]
posted by arcadia on Jan 29, 2008 - 24 answers

Depress me!

Deforestation. Extinction. Soil depletion. Toxicity. Mental illness. Mass imprisonment. Neocolonialism. Etceterugh. What should one read for a better comprehension of just what the hell we're doing to the planet, ourselves, and eachother? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard on Sep 21, 2007 - 45 answers

Pick Me A Political Polemic

A friend and I want to read a current and topical book about U.S. politics together for online discussion, and we're looking for suggestions... [more inside]
posted by peacecorn on Mar 26, 2007 - 12 answers

One Shouldn't Forget The Name of a Tyrant

Help me remember the name of a series of political/scifi novels. The novels centers on the life of a character referred to as "The Tyrant". [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands on Mar 12, 2007 - 18 answers

Help me nourish my brain.

Can anyone recommend any good documentaries? Bonus points if its history or culture related. [more inside]
posted by Vindaloo on Aug 23, 2006 - 38 answers

Comments on "The John Batchelor Show"?

Has anyone out there heard "The John Batchelor Show" on the radio, and if so can they characterize it in terms of content and quality? [more inside]
posted by hwestiii on Apr 9, 2006 - 1 answer

Good books to read before wandering about Central and South America

Good books to read before wandering about Central and South America for a few months? [more inside]
posted by airguitar on Nov 11, 2005 - 19 answers

What are some good sources for American political history reading?

AskMefi provided some great answers a few weeks ago to my solicitation for book recommendations. Now for a similar but unrelated question. I have a friend at law school who is an exchange student from Europe. He has had none of the mandated high school U.S. history curriculum that had been drilled into the heads of the rest of us years ago. As such, he would like some background on American political history to supplement our constitutional law lectures and McCloskey and Levinson's The American Supreme Court, which has been assigned for the class. Any suggestions?
posted by PrinceValium on Feb 5, 2004 - 5 answers

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