Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt. This report on the trial of German Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann first appeared as a series of articles in The New Yorker in 1963. This edition contains further factual material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendt's postscript commenting on the controversy that arose over her book.
The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt. The definitive work on totalitarianism and an essential component of any study of twentieth-century political history, explores the institutions and operations of totalitarian movements, focusing on the two genuine forms of totalitarian government in our time—Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0156701537/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_cV5Rwb06R2R25
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist. Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution—the nation’s original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America’s later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy. http://www.amazon.com/dp/046500296X/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_MUz-vb0HKCMF6
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. “This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.” http://www.amazon.com/dp/0812993543/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_gU9Xvb0EW5439
The Birthday of the World: And Other Stories by Ursula K. Le Guin. in each story and novel, created a provocative, ever-evolving universe filled with diverse worlds and rich characters reminiscent of our earthly selves. Now, in The Birthday of the World, this gifted artist returns to these worlds in eight brilliant short works, including a never-before-published novella, each of which probes the essence of humanity. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0060509066/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_6Ktlwb1EGW41B
Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit. A fascinating portrait of the range of possibilities presented by walking. Arguing that the history of walking includes walking for pleasure as well as for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit focuses on the walkers whose everyday and extreme acts have shaped our culture, from philosophers to poets to mountaineers. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0140286012/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_qmQTvb1S65CZD
Prophetic Sisterhood: Liberal Women Ministers of the Frontier, 1880-1930 by Cynthia Grant Tucker. A powerful, usable history of women who broke through the boundaries of gender to enter the ordained ministry in the late 19th century. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0595006817/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_GMk3wb0PG5MWQ