Books of the Year 2018

Books of the Year 2018

It is Christmas present buying time, so time for my Books of the Year 2018. I’ve been spoiled for choice this year, with a constant…

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Yes We (Still) Can

Yes We (Still) Can

I have been a regular listener of the podcast Pod Save America since it launched in the dark days of January 2017 before Donald Trump…

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A politics of belonging

A politics of belonging

I read Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown completely by chance as it was…

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What Happened

What Happened

Since the mid 1990s I’ve been a follower of the Clintons, doing my PhD on Clinton welfare reforms, and then being ever hopeful that Hillary…

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Anti-intellectualism in American life

Anti-intellectualism in American life

If you want to understand how and why Donald Trump has just been elected then I strongly suggest reading Anti-Intellectualism in American Life by Richard…

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Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard

When I saw Julia Gillard on the Andrew Marr show a few weeks ago promoting her new book My Story I immediately added it to…

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The righteous mind

The righteous mind

The righteous mind: why good people are divided by politics and religion by Jonathan Haidt was recommended to me by a colleague. It’s central thesis…

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Hard choices

Hard choices

A couple of weeks ago I finished reading Hard Choices by Hilary Rodham Clinton. Having really enjoyed reading her previous autobiography and her husband’s (see…

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Being a (working) woman in 2013

Being a (working) woman in 2013

In the last few weeks I’ve read two excellent books on what it means to be a woman in 2013 – How to be a…

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Being inspired by Bill Clinton

Being inspired by Bill Clinton

Long a fan of the Clintons (see my blog on Reading Politics) I was re-inspired by Bill Clinton when watching his speech at the Democratic convention…

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