Richard W. Painter's Top Book Recommendations

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“This urgent book offers not only a clear-eyed explanation of the forces that broke our politics, but a thoughtful and, yes, patriotic vision of how we create a government that’s truly by and for the people.”—DAVID DALEY, bestselling author of Ratf**ked and Unrigged

In the vein of On Tyranny and How Democracies Die, the bestselling author of Republic, Lost argues with insight and urgency that our democracy no longer represents us and shows that reform is both necessary and possible.

Recommended by Jimmy Wayne, Richard W. Painter, and 2 others.

Jimmy WayneA BOOK FOR CHRISTMAS Three time New York Times bestseller Get it for someone you love ! #BlackFriday #ChristmasShopping #WalkToBeautiful (Source)

Richard W. PainterJust published: The Don't Represent Us, by @lessig is the best book in years on why our democracy is falling apart and how we can fix it. (Source)

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In the spirit of Evicted, Bait and Switch, and The Big Short, a shocking, heart-wrenching investigation into America’s housing crisis and the modern-day robber barons who are making a fortune off the backs of the disenfranchised working and middle class—among them, Donald Trump and his inner circle.

Two years before the housing market collapsed in 2008, Donald Trump looked forward to a crash: “I sort of hope that happens because then people like me would go in and buy,” he said. But our future president wasn’t alone. While millions of Americans suffered financial loss, tycoons...
Recommended by David Sirota, Richard W. Painter, and 2 others.

David SirotaAnother must-read book out today is this one from @Aaron_Glantz — it’s about how our government allowed private equity vultures to profit off the pain, suffering and misery of the housing crisis. (Source)

Richard W. Painter@Aaron_Glantz @democracynow Great book! But what a racket! (Source)

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Rucker and Leonnig have deep and unmatched sources throughout Washington, D.C., and for the past three years have chronicled in depth the ways President Donald Trump has reinvented the presidency in his own image, shaken foreign alliances and tested American institutions. It would be all too easy to mistake Trump's first term for pure chaos. But Leonnig and Rucker show that in fact there is a pattern and meaning to the daily disorder. Relying on scores of exclusive new interviews with first-hand witnesses and rigorous original reporting, the authors reveal the 45th President up close as he... more

Mark HamillAnother Highly Anticipated Book by two Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters, has already proven to be a best-seller, to their great delight, all for the purpose of exposing a "President" who is demeaning and belittling our Country, at a record clip. You're welcome! (Source)

Andrew FeinbergThe book is real. The title comes from @realDonaldTrump's own words. @PhilipRucker and @CarolLeonnig are first-rate journalists & two of the best on the White House beat. If the past 3 years prove anything, it's that him calling reporting fake is as good as a confirmation. (Source)

Barry R MccaffreyA must read book by objective and professional journalists. Just picked up my copy. Did radio interview this morning on the RICK UNGAR SHOW about the scene in which Trump berates the JCS Generals in his first meeting calling them DOPES AND BABIES. Unreal. (Source)

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