5 Political Books to Watch Out for in 2014
For book lovers, the new year brings a chance for fresh reading material and 2014 is shaping up to be a mighty interesting year for some of the causes you care about. Here is just a taster of the books that are slated for release over the coming few months that are sure to have people talking.
1. Hillary Clinton Will Lift the Lid on U.S. Foreign Policy
The yet untitled book from the former Secretary of State is set to hit bookshelves in June. Publisher Simon & Schuster promises it will be a book focusing on U.S. foreign policy that will include key moments from Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, including the operation to kill Osama bin Laden. Whether the book will also attempt to answer her critics on how she handled the Benghazi affair we don’t yet know, but Simon & Schuster have revealed Clinton will argue for the key role the U.S. should and will need to play in helping to shape future world events. Clinton will also touch on a number of subjects that she has become known for in her previous books, including women’s rights.
Given that Clinton is hotly tipped as the leading Democratic candidate for the presidential race in 2016, this will be a book that will interest liberals and conservatives alike as they screen Clinton’s writing for indications of how she might conduct herself as the next POTUS.
2. Wendy Davis: Democratic Superstar Championing the Right to Choose
Texas state Senator Wendy Davis, who is now world famous for her 11-hour filibuster against a dangerous piece of anti-choice legislation that was eventually rammed through the Texas legislature, is slated to release a book in the fall of 2014.
The as yet unnamed book, which will be published by Blue Rider Press, will be a memoir and center on Davis’ life:
“Everyone deserves to have a say in their future,” Davis is quoted as saying. “I hope telling the story of how I went from being a single mom to serving in the Texas State Senate to running for governor will remind others that with the right leadership in government, where you start has nothing to do with how far you go.”
3. Former Guardian Journalist Promises More NSA/Snowden Revelations
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who left the Guardian in 2013 to embark on a new media venture, will publish a book in April 2014 that his publisher, Metropolitan Books, says will provide fresh insight and new revelations into the material leaked by Edward Snowden and that Greenwald serialized for the Guardian.
According to the publishers, “No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State,” will explore “the extraordinary cooperation between private industry and the NSA, and the far-reaching consequences of the government’s surveillance program, both domestically and abroad.”
How much detail the book might have about UK officials using anti-terror laws to detain Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, isn’t clear but certainly this book promises an intriguing read no matter your country of origin.
4. The Every Day Sexism Project: A Call for a New Wave of Feminism
The Everyday Sexism Project (www.everydaysexism.com) was established as a means to give women an online space where they could come together, discuss the sexism they’ve been exposed to and seek support and mutual guidance.
Now, writer Laura Bates — who began the project after being sexually harassed on London public transport in 2012 — advances the initiative further in a deliberately provocative new book published by Simon & Schuster. Says the description:
“This book is a call to arms in a new wave of feminism and it proves sexism is endemic – socially, politically and economically. But women won’t stand for it. The Everyday Sexism Project is grounded in reality; packed with substance, validity and integrity it shows that women will no longer tolerate a society that ignores the dangers and endless effects of sexism.”
The book, titled Everyday Sexism, is aimed at a global audience and hopes to tackle the normalization of sexism and how that can dramatically escalate.
The book is slated for publication in May.
5. Arianna Huffington Wants You to “Thrive” in 2014
Huffington Post co-founder and “unplugging” advocate Arianna Huffington will see the publication of her new book “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder” in March of 2014. The book aims at changing how we — and perhaps in particular women — think about success. The book’s description reads:
“In this deeply personal book, Arianna talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritizing the demands of a career and two daughters — of juggling business deadlines and family crises, a harried dance that led to her collapse — and to her ‘aha moment.’ Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving, Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplaces, and our lives.”
Huffington’s focus on “giving” and what that will entail has a lot of people interested in her approach. With no shortage of books purporting to have the “secret” to living a good life, Huffington will have to fight a saturated market, but early indications are that this book will be one to watch for in 2014 as the Huffington name carries a great deal of selling power.
So there you have it, five books to watch out for through 2014. Why not let us know what you’re reading in the comments below?
In case you missed it: There are a number of Care2 writers who have also recently published books on the topics you care about, including “Sharing is Good,” “Catch that Look,” and “Crow after Roe” to name but a few.