The Happening Now Blog

'Happening Now' Reading List

  • 'Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Migration Transformed America and Its Politics' by Michael Barone

    From the publisher: It is often said that America has become culturally diverse only in the past quarter century. But from the country's beginning, cultural variety and conflict have been a centrifugal force in American politics and a crucial reason for our rise to power. The peopling of the United States is one of the most important stories of the last five hundred years, and in Shaping our Nation, bestselling author and demographics expert Michael Barone illuminates a new angle on America's rise, using a vast array of political and social data to show America is the product of a series large, unexpected mass movements-both internal and external-which typically lasted only one or two generations but in that time reshaped the nation, and created lasting tensions that were difficult to resolve.

  • 'Surviving Hell: A POW's Journey" by Leo K. Thorsness

    From the publisher: 'On April 19, 1967, Air Force Colonel Leo Thorsness was on a mission over North Vietnam when his wingman was shot down by an enemy MiG, which then lined up for a gunnery pass on the two American pilots who had bailed out. Although his F 105 was not designed for aerial combat, Thorsness engaged the MiG and destroyed it. Spotting four more MiGs, he fought his way through a barrage of North Vietnamese SAMs to engage them too, shooting down one and driving off the others. For this action, Thorsness was awarded the Medal of Honor.

  • 'Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin' by Fiona Hill and Clifford G. Gaddy

    From the publisher: Vladimir Putin has been Russia's dominant political figure for more than a decade, but he is a man of many identities

  • 'West Point Leadership: Profiles of Courage'

    About the book:: Nearly three years in the making, this is one of the most unique books ever published about West Point with a sole and extensive focus on its graduates. It is a 'must-have' book for cadet, graduate, or fan of West Point. 20 esteemed authors, each with military experience. Over 2,000 unique photos. Most of these have never been seen by the public. 180 Inspirational biographies of West Point graduates with unique stories and how they impacted the world. Over 500 pages in a 10" X 10" coffee table book. Conceived and created by West Point graduates; designed and constructed by a professional media company.

  • 'Expecting Better' by Emily Oster

    From the publisher: Pregnancy—unquestionably one of the most pro­found, meaningful experiences of adulthood—can reduce otherwise intelligent women to, well, babies. We're told to avoid cold cuts, sushi, alcohol, and coffee, but aren't told why these are forbidden. Rules for prenatal testing are hard and fast—and unexplained. Are these recommendations even correct? Are all of them right for every mom-to-be? In 'Expecting Better,' award-winning economist Emily Oster proves that pregnancy rules are often misguided and sometimes flat-out wrong