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Books for Barack (CUNY edition)

December 27, 2008 pm31 11:29 pm

My other union, CUNY’s Professional Staff Congress (PSC), AFT Local 2334, has encouraged members to send book suggestions to president-elect Obama.

You can find the list (and add to it) at this PSC page. Each person described the book or explained the recommendation a bit.

They published the first few in the Clarion (the PSC’s award-winning paper). Here they are:

  • The Origin of the Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit, by Thomas Sugrue. (suggested by Bridgett Davis, Journalism, Baruch)
  • Torture and the Twilight of Empire: From Algiers to Baghdad, by Marnia Lazreg. (suggested by Marnia Lazreg, Sociology, Hunter and the Grad Center)
  • This Other World, by Richard Wright. (suggested by Kimiko Hahn, English, Queens)
  • 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive inside the Twin Towers, by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn. (suggested by Paul Moses, Journalism, Brooklyn and CUNY Journalism)
  • The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, by Niall Ferguson. (suggested by Andrew Beveridge, Sociology, Queens and the Grad Center)
  • The Green Collar Economy, by Van Jones. (suggested by Vernon Morgensen, Political Science, Kingsborough)
  • Nursing Against the Odds: How Health Care Cost Cutting, Media Stereoptypes, and Medical Hubris Undermine Nurses and Patient Care, by Suzanne Gordon. (suggested by Catherine Alicia Georges, Nursing, Lehman)
  • Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox, by James MacGregor Burns, Abraham Lincoln, the Man Behind the Myths, by Stephen B. Oates, The Bending Cross, by Ray Ginger, and Yertle the Turtle, by Dr. Suess. (suggested by Joanne Reitano, History, LaGuardia)
  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, by Robert Tressell. (suggested by William Tabb, Economics (emeritus), Queens)
  • Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, by Daniel Pink. (suggested by Nicole Tschampel, Art, Hunter)
  • The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, 1945-1948: The Human Rights Years, forward by Hillary Rodham Clinton. (suggested by Blanche Wiesen Cook, History, John Jay and the Grad Center)
  • The New York City Law Review (11 volumes). (suggested by Ruthann Robson, University Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law)
  • Predictably Irrational, by Dan Ariely. (suggested by Ellen Balleisen, CLIP Teacher, Bronx Community College)
  • Migration: New and Selected Poems, by W. S. Merwin. (suggested by Grace Schulman, English, Baruch)

So, readers, what think you? What do you think of the suggestions? Have you read any? (I have. But just one). And what do you think of the exercise?

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  1. January 5, 2009 pm31 9:20 pm 9:20 pm

    Imagine how we feel that the President-elect has not been seen either with Path to The White House.

    If ever there was a poetry book the President–elect should read it is Path To The White House by Khaidji, also by a West Indian poet. This Bajan Poet creatively crafts acrostics which records the campaign trail and covers some of the more topical issues from the Primaries to General Election. There is a moving Birthday wish to Barack Obama and tributes to “Toot” and Tim Russert. The last two poems are congratulatory.

    All the poems in this hard cover 240 pages book are acrostics and are all based on the political race from a different perspective. Anyone can enjoy the nostalgia as these poems reminisce on what is now one of the greatest times in American History but based on the fact that Khaidji is Barbadian (remember Eric Holder and Rihanna are Bajans too), Barack Obama is loved throughout the world. I got my copy of Path To The White House by Khaidji from and highly recommend it to everyone

    Lots of talent comes from out of the West Indies and clearly Bajan Poet Khaidji is no exception.

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