Democracy & Dissent Book Group

This group, facilitated by Gisela Jernigan, discusses non-fiction books on many topics, most with a  political-sociological bent. They've discussed books about education, politics,food, urban planning, border issues, economics, and issues of race and culture.
This group meets on the first Sunday of the month at 2:00pm.
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Books for the group are 10% off the month prior to the discussion.


Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307947901
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor Books - January 24th, 2017

In this powerful, meticulously reported history, bestselling author and acclaimed journalist Jane Mayer reveals the methods by which the wealthiest people in America have used their fortunes to steadily alter the course of American politics over several decades and multiple generations. Among the guiltiest offenders are Charles and David Koch, the wealthy owners of Koch Industries, who have worked to create a private political bank capable of bestowing unlimited amounts of money on favored candidates, with virtually no disclosure of its source. Using evidence from hundreds of interviews, Mayer provides a frame-by-frame analysis showing how the Koch brothers have all but succeeded in demolishing a once great democracy and enshrining an ideology that puts profit ahead of human lives and the future of the planet.

Discussion on April 2.

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062363602
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow & Company - December 6th, 2016

Centered on the careers of four exceptional women, Hidden Figures tells the phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space. Originally math teachers in the South's segregated public schools, these gifted professionals answered Uncle Sam's call during the labor shortages of World War II. As Virginia's Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, these dedicated professionals known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Discussion will be on May 7.