Critical Thinking Reading List

In order to get to where I am in terms of my thinking process when it comes to politics and science and the like, I’ve read a ton of things over the years. I am hardcore when it comes to making sure that when someone says something, that it be factually accurate and logically sound. Below is a list of the key books that I read along the way that got me to where I am.

Critical Thinking

  • Curses! Broiled Again! (1989) – Jan Harold Brunvand
  • Did Adam and Eve Have Navels? (2000) – Martin Gardner
  • Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate (2004) – George Lakoff
  • Evolution and the Myth of Creationism (1990) – Tim M. Berra
  • How We Believe (2000) – Michael Shermer
  • I Love Paul Revere, Whether He Rode or Not – Richard Shenkman (1991)
  • Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History – Richard Shenkman (1988)
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me – James W. Loewen (1995)
  • Logic and Contemporary Rhetoric, Seventh Edition (1995) – Howard Kahane
  • The Baby Train and Other Lusty Urban Legends – Jan Harold Brunvand (1993)
  • The Borderlands of Science (2001) – Michael Shermer
  • The Choking Doberman and Other “New” Urban Legends (1984) – Jan Harold Brunvand
  • The Demon-Haunted World (1996) – Carl Sagan
  • Thinking Points (2006) – George Lakoff
  • Voodoo Science (2000) – Robert L. Park
  • Why People Believe Weird Things (1997) – Michael Shermer

Philosophy

  • Ain’t Nobody’s Business If You Do (1996) – Peter McWilliams
  • Brain Droppings (1997) – George Carlin
  • How Democratic Is the American Constitution, Second Edition (2003) – Robert A. Dahl
  • Political Control of the Economy – Edward R. Tufte (1978)
  • Politics and Markets – Charles E. Lindblom (1977)
  • Politics and the Bureacracy – Kenneth J. Meier (2000)
  • The Dark Side of Christian History (1995) – Helen Ellerbe
  • The Politics of Sin (1994) – Kenneth J. Meier
  • The Semisovereign People – E.E. Schattschneider (1975)
  • The Sometime Connection – Elaine B. Sharp (1999)
  • Understanding the Constitution (1994) – J.W. Peltason & Edward Samuel Corwin

Ideology and Party

  • 449 Stupid Things Republicans Have Said (2004) – Ted Rueter
  • Big Lies (2003) – Joe Conason
  • Decline of American Political Parties 1952-1996 – Martin P. Wattenberg (1998)
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them (2003) – Al Franken
  • Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot (1996) – Al Franken
  • Secrets, Lies and Democracy – Noam Chomsky & David Barsamian (1994)
  • Stupid White Men…and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! (2002) – Michael Moore
  • Take Them At Their Words (2004) – Bruce J. Miller and Diana Maio
  • Tell Newt To Shut Up – David Maraniss & Michael Weisskopf (1996)
  • The Common Good (1998) – Noam Chomsky & David Barsamian
  • The Emerging Democratic Majority (2002) – by John B. Judis & Ruy Teixeira
  • The Rants (1996) – Dennis Miller
  • The Truth (With Jokes) (2005) – Al Franken
  • Up From Conservatism – Michael Lind (1996)
  • Wait! Don’t Move To Canada! (2006) – Bill Scher
  • We’re Right, They’re Wrong – James Carville (1996)

Issue-Specific

  • 50 Facts That Should Change the World (2004) – Jessica Williams
  • Acts of Aggression (1999) – Noam Chomsky, Ramsey Clark & Edward W. Said
  • Downsize This (1996) – Michael Moore
  • Drugs In American Society, Sixth Edition (2005) – Erich Goode
  • Fast Food Nation (2002) – Eric Schlosser
  • Take the Rich Off Welfare (1996) – Mark Zepezauer & Arthur Naiman
  • The Government Racket – Martin L. Gross (1992)
  • The Political Racket – Martin L. Gross (1996)
  • The Politics of Gun Control – Robert J. Spitzer (1995)
  • The Umbrella of U.S. Power (1999) – Noam Chomsky
  • The War On the Poor: A Defense Manual – Randy Albelda, Nancy Folbre (1996)
  • Understanding Politics: Ideas, Institutions and Issues, Fifth Edition (1999) – Thomas M. Magstadt & Peter M. Schotten
  • Why Marijuana Should Be Legal – Ed Rosenthal & Steve Kubby (1996)

Media

  • It’s the Media, Stupid (2000) – John Nichols & Robert W. McChesney
  • Mediaspeak (1983) – Donna Woolfolk Cross
  • The Way Things Aren’t: Rush Limbaugh’s Reign of Error (1995) – FAIR
  • Virtuous Reality – Jon Katz (1997)
  • What Liberal Media? (2002) – Eric Alterman

 

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