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The Amorality of the State: An Excerpt from Why Niebuhr Matters

Famously cited as one of Obama’s favorite philosophers, midcentury religious and political thinker Reinhold Niebuhr offered “a political realism that refuses to abandon high moral principles to short-term practical compromises.” In Why Niebuhr Matters, from Yale University Press’s Why X Matters Series, author Charles Lemert explores the continued relevance of

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“Michelle” Excerpt from Melissa Harris-Perry’s Sister Citizen

Following the announcement of her new MSNBC show, starting in February, Melissa Harris-Perry appeared on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report this Monday to discuss her book, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, addressing the four common stereotyped characters that shape African American women’s identities and how they affect

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Free “Crooked Room” Excerpt from Melissa Harris-Perry’s Sister Citizen

Melissa Harris-Perry must be busy. A professor of political science at Tulane University, a columnist for The Nation, and frequent guest and host on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show, she has spent the last few months giving interviews—on everything from her take on the new movie The Help to her politics—in

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Melissa Harris-Perry Talks with Yale Press About Sister Citizen

You’ve read her column in The Nation, seen her guest hosting the Rachel Maddow Show, even found her at our office; now, the week before the publication of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, we sit down with Melissa Harris-Perry to ask a few key questions about

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Does American Democracy Still Work?

With the midterm congressional races heating up and November 7 right around the corner, we are once again privileged witnesses of American democracy in action…or, as Alan Wolfe sees it, American democracy inaction. In his new book, Does American Democracy Still Work?, Wolfe identifies the current political conditions that have

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“America at the Crossroads” in the Limelight

Francis Fukuyama’s new book, America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy, was featured on the cover of this past weekend’s edition of the New York Times Book Review. “Fukuyama is always worth reading,” the reviewer concludes, “and his new book contains ideas that I hope the non-neoconservatives

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