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As summer begins, where will the latest blockbuster from Hollywood transport us? Perhaps to a dystopian world of extreme inequality where thousands of impoverished workers risk their lives to cross a heavily fortified border while political elites live in luxury?

Sadly, as several of Truthout’s new Progressive Picks illustrate, this dystopian vision is already a reality.

Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century explains how the growing economic disparity between rich and poor is built into the system of capitalism that has gone unchecked for decades. In Border Patrol Nation Todd Miller exposes the growing border-industrial complex, while in This Town Mark Leibovich details how DC politicians mingle with the very journalists supposedly relied upon to keep watch on their policies.

Also this month, we have Rebecca Solnit’sMen Explain Things to Me, a blistering exploration of the ways in which sexism affects how men communicate with women – or in too many cases, interrupt, silence and even threaten women.

This is your chance to support independent journalism and stock up on some crucial summer reading! Order any of the Progressive Picks below by clicking the link and making the minimum contribution to Truthout, or calling (213) 489-1971 Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Time. To see our full catalog, click here.

Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security
By Todd Miller

Since 9/11, the borders of the United States have increasingly become armored military zones, argues Todd Miller. While giving voice to all the different kinds of people impacted,Border Patrol Nation examines an issue largely unknown to the general public – a border-industrial complex.

Men Explain Things to Me

By Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit’s now-classic essay “Men Explain Things to Me” draws on her own experience of men wrongly assuming they know better – including a man at a party telling Solnit to read a book she actually wrote. This book adds six new essays on topics including Virginia Woolf, marriage equality, and the terrifying scope of contemporary violence against women.

This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! – in America’s Gilded Capital
By Mark Leibovich

In this stingingly comical book, Mark Leibovich (national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine) treats us to an insider’s account of Washington’s close-knit relationship with the “media industrial complex.” This Town is a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered about the inner workings of the nation’s capital.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century
By Thomas Piketty
Capital in the Twenty-First Century looks at the current economic model that dominates the United States – and, increasingly, the globe – and argues that it ensures the increase of economic inequality and undermines democracy. Piketty’s nearly 700-page tome has changed the debate about capitalism and is already one of Truthout’s most popular Progressive Picks.

You can read exclusive interviews with Progressive Picks authors, as well as book excerpts, reviews and more, at Truthout’s Progressive Picks section – and order more choices using the links in any Progressive Picks article or interview.placeholder


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