Books, both old and new, that help explain our times

Books, both old and new, that help explain our times

Just in time for long summer days of leisure, members of the Star Tribune Editorial Board recommend favorite books that in various ways shed a light on the complex and murky era we all inhabit.

A new, problem-solving GOP leader, Paul Gazelka, has been session's bright spot

May 26
He's been a fine addition to the State Capitol triumvirate.

How few have borne the ultimate cost of freedom

And how much we owe them. How to repay? Visiting gravesites is easy. Thinking hard about war is better.
Rachel Wannarka and Jason Sole
May 26

Hearts are with a family, minds set on justice after officer-involved shooting

After another shooting of a young black man, these steps are essential for restoring faith.
Leonid Bershidsky
May 26

Torrent of leaks is a threat to intelligence community's credibility

Leaks have become a torrent, at times bizarre. We lap them up and leakers may not face a steep price, but the stakes are insidiously high.
John Rash
May 26

Rash Report: Unity on Manchester, but British divisions define election

On June 8 U.K. voters will decide whether Prime Minister May's "safe pair of hands" will still guide Great Britain.
Kevin Ferris
May 26

The Old South will fall again, with its monuments

It's about time things were set right, in places like New Orleans, which has removed three statues of Confederate heroes.
Noah Feldman
May 26
Protesters demonstrate against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban outside the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Washington in March.

So-called judges call Trump something back: a liar

Never before, perhaps, has a federal appeals court issued such a ruling. Trump shouldn't even ask the Supremes what they think.
Ahmed Tharwat
May 26

To Arabs, Trump is just America without its mask

Melania's dress? Avoid a rude thumbs-up? What's "rude" is U.S. failure to support Arab people's aspirations.
Steven Pearlstein
May 25

Trump's budget has much to criticize; but critics, please, discuss more and shout less

The president's plan raises questions, sure, and contains inconsistencies in reasoning, but let's analyze it constructively.
May 25

Notre Dame protesters missed out on a message they needed to hear

Pence endorsed free speech, diversity of thought on college campuses.
Bonnie Miller Rubin
May 25

Planned Parenthood does many, many things for women's health. Believe me, I know.

A routine visit led to a vital diagnosis, just one example of many ways this organization assists. Defunding it would be a terrible blow.
Newt Gingrich
May 25

Newt Gingrich: Trump is making history. The media can't see it.

Not in a generation has a U.S. president issued such a clarion call to the nations of the world.
John Kass
May 25

Media coverage of Trump doesn't just seem very negative – it is

A Harvard study finds it's been a whopping 80 percent negative.
Suzanne Donovan
May 25

A newcomer's view: Don't scorn skyways; help make them a better fit

This newbie suggests integrating sidewalks and skyways more, starting with enhanced signage to ease navigation.
May 24

America's newest debt binge

Debt from auto and student loans is problematic.
Robert Krol
May 24

Hike the U.S. gas tax to improve roads, bridges? No, trim it and let states adjust theirs based on their needs

The federal funding system is inflexible and outdated. It should be states that adjust their fuel taxes based on their widely varying needs.
Philip Kennicott
May 24

Surge of profanity in public political discourse speaks badly for America

The left is using it more as it strives to punch up its message, but the right goes there, too. In the end, it's just a sad substitute for thinking.
May 23

Tesla is winning Wall Street race, but don't bet against American ingenuity

If GM can compete with its Chevy Bolt EV, there's hope for Ford.
Garrison Keillor
May 23

Garrison Keillor: Don't drain the swamp, declutter it

Too many soulless stiffs is what's wrong with Washington. Some (the statues) can be removed more easily than others.
Richard W. Stanek
May 23

No free passes: Everyone must own the problem of opioid addiction if we're to turn this crisis around

Every year now, more people die in Minnesota from opioid-related overdoses than in car accidents. I'm asking for your immediate help.
May 22

Trump needs to outline a strategy for Afghanistan

It's essential to reach a negotiated settlement with the Taliban.
Fred Hiatt
May 22

If you think a Trump impeachment could be smooth, while also curing what ails us, dream on

Trump allies would see his removal as election thievery. And it would do nothing to solve the problems that contributed to his win.
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