Consider These Fresh Takes on American History During Tonight's Fireworks
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Consider These Fresh Takes on American History During Tonight’s Fireworks

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Consider These Fresh Takes on American History During Tonight’s Fireworks

History is unchanging, but new perspectives on our past can bring hidden stories to light—stories that paint a whole different picture of what we thought we knew. Celebrate and contemplate the story of America this 4th of July weekend with these seven fresh takes on understanding our nation.

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Triumph of the Yuppies Tom McGrath Next Big Idea Club

Triumph of the Yuppies: America, the Eighties, and the Creation of an Unequal Nation

By Tom McGrath

Triumph of the Yuppies charts Boomers’ transformation from hippy idealists in the late 1960s to careerists in the early 1980s, and details how marketers, the media, and politicians pivoted to appeal to this influential new group. Most significantly, the me‑first mindset typical of Yuppieness helped create the largest income inequality in a century. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Tom McGrath, in the Next Big Idea App

The Presidents and the People Corey Brettschneider Next Big Idea Club

The Presidents and the People: Five Leaders Who Threatened Democracy and the Citizens Who Fought to Defend It

By Corey Brettschneider

American presidents have often pushed the boundaries established for them by the Constitution; this is the inspirational history of the people who pushed back. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Heather McGhee, in the Next Big Idea App
Ben and Me Eric Weiner Next Big Idea Club

Ben & Me: In Search of a Founder’s Formula for a Long and Useful Life

By Eric Weiner

New York Times bestselling author Eric Weiner follows in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin, mining his life for inspiring and practical lessons in a book that’s part biography, part travelogue, part personal prescription. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Eric Weiner, in the Next Big Idea App

The Situation Room George Stephanopoulos The Next Big Idea Club

The Situation Room: The Inside Story of Presidents in Crisis

By George Stephanopoulos

George Stephanopoulos, former senior advisor to President Clinton and for more than 20 years anchor of This Week and co-anchor of Good Morning America, recounts the crises that decided the course of history, from the place 12 presidents made their highest-pressure decisions: the White House Situation Room. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author George Stephanopoulos, in the Next Big Idea App

The Infernal Machine Steven Johnson Next Big Idea Club

The Infernal Machine: A True Story of Dynamite, Terror, and the Rise of the Modern Detective

By Steven Johnson

A sweeping account of the anarchists who terrorized the streets of New York and the detective duo who transformed policing to meet the threat—a tale of fanaticism, forensic science, and dynamite from the bestselling author of The Ghost Map. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Steven Johnson, in the Next Big Idea App

Poverty for Profit Anne Kim Next Big Idea Club

Poverty for Profit: How Corporations Get Rich off America’s Poor

By Anne Kim

A devastating investigation into the “corporate poverty complex”—the myriad businesses that profit from the poor. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Anne Kim, in the Next Big Idea App

Undue Burden Shefali Luthra Next Big Idea Club

Undue Burden: Life and Death Decisions in Post-Roe America

By Shefali Luthra

An urgent investigation into the experience of seeking an abortion after the fall of Roe v. Wade, and the life-threatening consequences of being denied reproductive freedom. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Shefali Luthra, in the Next Big Idea App

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