George Lakoff,  Moral Politics and The All New Don’t Think of an Elephant. Very good at using cognitive science  to analyze the different thinking/value systems associated with conservative and liberal politics; explains the importance of reframing, not just trying to argue within the opponent’s frame.

Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities—recently revised from its earlier publication during the Gulf War (2004)—how ordinary people have contributed and still can contribute to social change.

Submitted by

Marianne Novy
Professor of English Emerita
University of Pittsburgh