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An in-depth examination of the Trump Cabinet, revealing how, behind the headline-making graft and gaffes, Cabinet secretaries are transforming government, tossing aside tradition, expertise, and norms, with lasting and troubling consequences. As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump claimed he would only hire "the best people." It hasn't quite turned out that way. From high-flying former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, whose penchant for first-class travel and a highly suspect housing arrangement raised Washington's collective eyebrow, to Education Secretary Betsy Devos, who vowed to protect... more
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Joy ReidDeconstructing the administrative state. As @alexnazaryan said this weekend and wrote in his new book, The Best People, breaking government (while they and the super rich get even richer off the wreckage) is the point. I tackle a lot of the same themes in #TheManWhoSoldAmerica (Source)

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“One of the most important voices of her generation.” —Joy-Ann Reid

“A useful roadmap for all of us about how to make a difference.” —David Axelrod

Moving Forward will inspire you.” —Valerie Jarrett

An inspiring political memoir from Karine Jean-Pierre, Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn, chronicling her path from New York’s Haitian community to working in the Obama White House, and offering a blueprint for anyone who wants to change the face of politics.

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Joy ReidSo proud of this lady!! Everyone should read @k_jeanpierre's amazing book, Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work and the Promise Of America. Great event tonight at wonderful @barnesandnoble !! Book info here: (Source)

Mika BrzezinskiIts a GREAT book!!! (Source)

Scott DworkinI rarely ask folks to buy a book, but this new one from @K_JeanPierre is an absolute must read. It’s inspirational, it spreads a strong message of hope we really need right now. Go. Buy. It. Now: (Source)

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The Book of Gutsy Women

Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience

Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, share the stories of the gutsy women who have inspired them—women with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done.

She couldn’t have been more than seven or eight years old. “Go ahead, ask your question,” her father urged, nudging her forward. She smiled shyly and said, “You’re my hero. Who’s yours?”

Many people—especially girls—have asked us that same question over the years. It’s one of our favorite topics.

HILLARY: Growing up, I knew hardly any women who worked...

Samantha PowerWonderful to hear @HillaryClinton and @ChelseaClinton talk about their inspiring & essential “Book of Gutsy Women” & to introduce my 10 year old to the gutsiest of them all. (Source)

Joy ReidThank you hillaryclinton and chelseaclinton for a great conversation about their new book: The Book of Gutsy Women, and thank you @constitutionctr in Philly tor hosting us! Now is a great time to remember the power… (Source)

Laurel M. DavilaMy favorite “Gusty Woman” ⁦@HillaryClinton⁩, the first woman nominated for president by a major Political Party! I cannot wait to get her book! 💋💋💋💋💋💋 (Not to mention the fact that she won the popular vote!) (Source)

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The End of White Christian America

Winner of the 2019 Grawemeyer Award in Religion

Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, spells out the profound political and cultural consequences of a new reality—that America is no longer a majority white Christian nation. “Quite possibly the most illuminating text for this election year” (The New York Times Book Review).

For most of our nation’s history, White Christian America (WCA) set the tone for our national policy and shaped American ideals. But especially since the 1990s, WCA has steadily lost influence, following...
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Joy Reid@RonaldKlain @bannerite And they vote exclusively and with signal determination to preserve their political and economic power (social power they can't control), even as their numbers decline. @robertpjones has done great data work on this, including in his book The End of White Christian America. (Source)

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Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth

Big Oil and Gas Versus Democracy—Winner Take All

Rachel Maddow’s Blowout offers a dark, serpentine, riveting tour of the unimaginably lucrative and corrupt oil-and-gas industry. With her trademark black humor, Maddow takes us on a switchback journey around the globe—from Oklahoma City to Siberia to Equatorial Guinea—exposing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas. She shows how Russia’s rich reserves of crude have, paradoxically, stunted its growth,...

Joy ReidThis week I had the chance to interview my pal Rachel @Maddow about her amazing new book, Blowout!! Tune in to #amjoy at 10am ET Sunday to check it out (and find out what Equatorial Guinea, Michael Jackson's glove, black oil and Texas tea have in common...! (Source)

Thebeat W/ari Melber.@maddow's book, #Blowout, is now number one on The @nytimes Best Seller List for the second week in a row! (Source)

Josh Long ( )😂 @maddow you’re so amazing. I’m listening to the Audible version of your fantastic book “Blowout” and just got to a part where you detail a sad, lonely existence and then - as an aside - declare “aw! Sad.” in a completely different voice 😂 (Source)

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America's first presidential impeachment: A prize-winning author tells the story of the efforts by heroic citizens to preserve the victories of the Civil War by removing a bigoted president who ruled as if he were king.

When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and Vice-President Andrew Johnson became "the Accidental President," it was a dangerous time in America. Congress was divided over how the Union should be reunited: when and how the secessionist South should regain full status, whether former Confederates should be punished, and when and whether black men should be given...
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Chris HayesI got the chance to review a fascinating, ambitious new history of the first presidential impeachent in the Times Book Review. I learned a ton and it really helped clarify some of my thinking on the Present Situation, so some thoughts below: (Source)

Hayes BrownWe had the amazing author and historian Brenda Wineapple on to talk about Andrew Johnson and his Impeachment, the subject of her stellar book which y’all should read (Source)

Joy ReidAnother indispensable @michaelharriot thread; this one on the Trump before Trump: the first impeached American president, Andrew Johnson. (For a great book on this history, check out The Impeachers, by Brenda Wineapple). (Source)

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