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Political & Current Events


See below for the list of 2024 winners in the POLITICAL & CURRENT EVENTS category, for books with a copyright date of 2023.

Is Social Justice Just?
2024 Gold Winner

Editors: Robert M. Whaples, Michael C. Munger, and Christopher J. Coyne

Publisher: The Independent Institute

ISBN: 9781598133530

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Armed with ample evidence from real-world experiences, lessons from history, the wisdom of the classics, modern philosophers, and even the teachings of the world religions, the contributors of Is Social Justice Just? illuminate the central role of the individual in achieving justice in all its aspects.

The Codex of the Endangered Species Act, Volume I: The First Fifty Years
2024 Silver Winner

Author: Lowell E. Baier with Christopher E. Segal

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781538112076

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The Endangered Species Act of 1973 is the zenith of environmental laws, representing the highest aspirations of the Green Revolution.  The Codex is its definitive 50-year history. It offers a view of what flexible, collaborative, and successful conservation can be, if we choose to overcome politics and work collaboratively.

Crossing Borders: The Search for Dignity in Palestine
2024 Silver Winner

Author: Christa Bruhn

Publisher: Little Creek Press

ISBN: 9781955656528

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Christa’s journey to Jerusalem and Gaza at the tail end of the Cold War becomes a lifetime pursuit to make a difference in a land two peoples call home. Christa poses thought-provoking questions while exploring current and historic challenges Palestinians face living in the shadow of the State of Israel.


See below for the list of 2023 winners in the POLITICAL & CURRENT EVENTS category, for books with a copyright date of 2022.

Ethically Challenged: Private Equity Storms U.S. Health Care
2023 Gold Winner

Author: Laura Katz Olson

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

ISBN: 978-1-4214-4285-3

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The first book to address private equity and healthcare, Ethically Challenged: Private Equity Storms U.S. Health Care raises the curtain on an industry notorious for its secrecy, exposing the dark side of its maneuvers. The volume tackles the dynamics that enable financial engineering and other predatory private equity tactics, and the consequences for healthcare businesses, clients, taxpayers, front line workers and society at large.

70 Ads to Save the World: An Illustrated Memoir of Social Change
2023 Silver Winner

Author: Jerry Mander

Publisher: Synergetic Press

ISBN: 978-0907791812

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70 Ads to Save the World offers a detailed and entertaining account of the groundbreaking work of advertising visionary, Jerry Mander. Chronicling his evolution from corporate advertising to non-profit and political advertising work, Mander reflects on the origin stories of his anti-establishment campaigns for environmental and social justice issues which remain relevant today.

Highway Heist: America's Crumbling Infrastructure and the Road Forward
2023 Silver Winner

Author: James T. Bennett

Publisher: Independent Institute

ISBN: 978-1-59813-344-8

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In this eye-opening book, Professor James Bennett guides readers through centuries of one of the most underrated yet widely used aspects of American life—roads. Relying on history and economic data—and with a humorous and oftentimes sharp tongue—Bennett explains how important America’s highways and byways have been to everything from policymaking to everyday life.


See below for the list of 2022 winners in the POLITICAL & CURRENT EVENTS category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

Free Speech and Why You Should Give a Damn
2022 Gold Winner

Authors: by Jonathan Zimmerman, cartoons by Signe Wilkinson

Publisher: New Idea Press, A City of Light Publishing imprint

ISBN: 978-1-952536-10-6

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How was freedom of speech established? Who has denounced it and who has risen to its defense? This brief but bracing book peppered with poignant editorial cartoons tells the story of free speech in America from John Adams to COVID, revealing why the greatest danger to America and democracy is not speech but censorship.

Beyond Carbon Neutral: How We Fix the Climate Crisis Now
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Samuel M. Goodman, PhD

Publisher: New Degree Press

ISBN: 9781636768236

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Beyond Carbon Neutral presents a coherent strategy for reversing climate change. Dr. Goodman details how to build a renewable power grid with today’s technology, remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere permanently, and marshal societal institutions to accomplish such a massive transition in short order, showing that there is still hope.

The Right to Bear Arms: A Constitutional Right of the People or a Privilege of the Ruling Class?
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Stephen P. Halbrook

Publisher: Bombardier for the Independent Institute

ISBN: 978-1-63758-284-8

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The Right to Bear Arms is the authoritative history and legal analysis of the right to bear arms from its origins in England through American colonial times, the American Revolution, the Constitution’s ratification debates, and the antebellum and postbellum periods, including enactment of the Fourteenth Amendment and up through today.


See below for the list of 2021 winners in the POLITICAL & CURRENT EVENTS category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

Icons & Symbols of the Borderland: Art from the US-Mexico Crossroads
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Diana Molina

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-7643-5893-7

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View the US-Mexico borderland saga through the eyes of artists who’ve lived it. More than 100 artworks represent a variety of mediums, from large paintings to mixed-media collage, neon, photography, and sculpture. The images explore the region’s animal and plant ecosystems, food and religious culture, and history.

The Vanishing Trial: The Era of Courtroom Performers and the Perils of Its Passing
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Robert Katzberg

Publisher: Mascot Books

ISBN: 978-1-64543-218-0

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The Vanishing Trial vividly recreates the world of criminal trials that once was but is no more. Per famed defense lawyer Mark Geragos, “Katzberg has done a masterful job in exposing a dirty little secret of the criminal justice system: the imminent extinction of the jury trial.”

With Liberty and Justice for Some: The Bible, the Constitution, and Racism in America
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Susan K. Williams Smith

Publisher: Judson Press

ISBN: 978-0-8170-1813-9

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With Liberty and Justice for Some exposes America’s exploitation of the Constitution and Bible in the service of white supremacy and challenges the faithful to redeem the dream of equality for all.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the POLITICAL & CURRENT EVENTS category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

Savvy: Navigating Fake Companies, Fake Leaders, and Fake News in the Post-Trust Era
2020 Gold Winner

Authors: Shiv B. Singh and Rohini Luthra, Ph.D.

Publisher: Ideapress Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-940858-72-2

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How will we decide who to trust in a world of manipulated media? This book explores bias, deception and how to be believable in the post-trust era.

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Why Do They Hate Us? Making Peace with the Muslim World
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Steve Slocum

Publisher: Top Reads Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-9986838-6-7

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“An exploration of Islamic beliefs and history that aims to challenge American Islamophobia.… A clear, concise, and thoughtful introduction to Islam.” --Kirkus starred review

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Window Seat on the World: My Travels with the Secretary of State
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Glen Johnson

Publisher: Disruption Books

ISBN: 978-1-63331-039-1

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Here is an all-access look at life inside the nation’s first cabinet agency: the complexity of State Department protocols, the grueling schedules, and the delicacy of engagement with world leaders and foreign cultures.

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