I have organized a recommended reading list of cultural history/criticism/history about America in the 20th and 21st century – roughly in order of publishing. Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day is a good amount of time to peruse ten books that will leave you with a greater sense of why the world around you is so twisted.


“Hotel America: Scenes in the Lobby of the Fin de Siecle (Theory, Culture and Society)” – Lewis Lapham


“The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy” – Nicholas Lemann


“Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There” by David Brooks


“The Last Empire” – Gore Vidal


“A Renegade History of the United States”  by Thaddeus Russell


“Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America”  by Gustavo Arellano


“Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals” by John LeFevre


“Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic”  by Sam Quinones


“White”  by Bret Easton Ellis

“The New Right: A Journey to the Fringe of American Politics”  by Michael Malice

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