War of Titles

There’s a lot of debate these days about how “polarized” the country is. If you were to base your conclusions simply on perusing the list of new non-fiction titles at the Ann Arbor District Library (or any other good-sized library, for that matter), you would have enough fuel to argue about the phenomenon (and isn’t that another sign that we’re polarized—that we have to argue about whether we are?) for weeks.

Just a sampler:

Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and Stifling of Democracy [Lewis Lapham]

A Hole in the World: A Story of War, Protest and the New American Order [Jonathan Schell]

Michael Moore Is A Big Fat Stupid White Man [David Hardy and Jason Clarke]

American Evita: Hillary Clinton’s Path to Power [Christopher Anderson]

How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office: The Anti-Politics, Un-Boring Guide to Power [Adrienne Brown, William Upski Wimsatt, and Davey D]

Inside the Asylum: Why the United Nations and Old Europe Are Worse Than You Think [Jed Babbin]

The Real Jimmy Carter: How Our Worst Ex-President Undermines American Foreign Policy, Coddles Dictators and Created the Party of Clinton and Kerry [Steven Hayward]

I guess as the titles get longer, the content gets more strident, shrill, and asinine.