1. The Democrats: A Critical History by Lance Selfa
With a Democratic President, and a Democratic congress with a near filibuster-proof majority, millions of people are hoping for significant change. Yet, a serious look through U.S. history reveals that the Democratic party, like the Republican party, has always put the interests of big business over those of ordinary people. This is why Lance Selfa's left-wing history — which challenges the myths of even the most popular Democrats such as FDR and Robert Kennedy and explores critical questions like "Can the Left take over the Democratic party?" and "Why is there no alternative?" — is so desperately needed.
2. War Without End: The Iraq War in Context by Michael Schwartz
4. The Revolution and the Civil War in Spain by Pierre Broue
5. Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland by Joshua Frank and Jeffrey St. Clair
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Adam Sanchez has worked at Powell's on Hawthorne for two years. He runs the politics and U.S. history sections. He plans to publish his first book, A People's History of Portland, in 2016.
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