What We Are Reading Today: Guardians of Liberty

What We Are Reading Today: Guardians of Liberty
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Updated 31 October 2020

What We Are Reading Today: Guardians of Liberty

What We Are Reading Today: Guardians of Liberty

Author: Linda Barrett Osborne

Guardians of Liberty explores the essential and basic American ideal of freedom of the press.
Linda Barrett Osborne, formerly of the Library of Congress Publishing Office, puts her cards on the table with the title Guardians of Liberty.
Guardians of Liberty “could not have come at a more critical time in our history. The book dives deep into the history of the freedom of the press and explains clearly why press freedom really matters,” said a review in goodreads.com.
“The book would be a strong addition to any secondary school library. It clearly explains the importance of the press, includes illustrative primary source materials and cites electronic resources (with links that can be accessed if the reader has the digital version),” the review added.
The book is “designed to train future non-journalists to consume the news avidly, responsibly and without fear or favor,” said Marc Tracy in a review for The New York Times.
Osborne is the author of several books for children on African American history, including Abrams’ Traveling the Freedom Road.


What We Are Reading Today: Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo

What We Are Reading Today: Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo
Updated 16 January 2021

What We Are Reading Today: Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo

What We Are Reading Today: Mediocre by Ijeoma Oluo

From the author of the New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race, a history of white male America and a scathing indictment of what it has cost us.
After the election of Donald Trump, and the escalation of white male rage and increased hostility toward immigrants that came with him, New York Times-bestselling author Ijeoma Oluo found herself in conversation with Americans around the country, pondering one central question: How did we get here?
Oluo answers that question by pinpointing white men’s deliberate efforts to subvert women, people of color, and the disenfranchised. Through research and interviews, Oluo investigates the backstory of America’s growth, from immigrant migration to our national ethos around ingenuity, from the shaping of economic policy to the protection of sociopolitical movements that fortify male power. In the end, she shows how white men have long maintained a stranglehold on leadership and sorely undermined the pursuit of happiness for all, according to a review at goodreads.com.