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The top 50 Politics & Economy audiobooks on Libro.fm based on sales from our 1,000+ partner bookstore locations.

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  1. The Splendid and the Vile

    “Larson does a splendid job again of creating the personal story out of a larger historical event. Here he concentrates on the Churchills and the two years of the London blitz. By using diaries and letters, he tells of the immense loss of life and property. He also gives voice to the great spirit of the people who endured this. We are transported to 10 Downing Street and the official weekend home of the prime minister where meetings, meals, parties, and intrigue abound.”

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  2. The Only Plane in the Sky

    “I absolutely believe this book should be listened to, instead of read. Each of the interviews and testimonies has a different voice, making this experience extremely intimate. I thought I knew. I had no idea. My memory is made up of all the big moments shared by the news. Planes, towers, explosions, the Pentagon, flight 93. All Images, experienced vicariously. Graff has collected first-hand accounts of 9/11 and woven them into a chronological masterpiece. I am awestruck by the tiniest of details, observations, moments. The following muffled silence, like that after a heavy snowfall. Streets filled with women’s shoes. (Think about it.) These testimonies fill in the spaces between the big images burned into our national psyche. These voices make it real. Make it human. Make it us.”

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  3. A Gentleman in Moscow

    “Through Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov's ordinary encounters and activities within the bounds of the four walls of post-revolutionary Moscow's Metropol Hotel, where he is under house arrest, Towles deftly guides readers across a century of Russian history, from the Bolshevik uprising to the dawn of the nuclear age under Krushchev. Grandiloquent language and drama reminiscent of Tolstoy gradually give way to action and tradecraft suggestive of le Carre in this lovely and entertaining tale of one man's determination to maintain his dignity and passion for life, even after being stripped of his title, belongings, and freedom. Reading A Gentleman in Moscow is pure pleasure!”

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  4. One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

    BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR - TIME MAGAZINE

    ONE OF THE BEST 10 BOOKS OF THE YEAR - WASHINGTON POST

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST

    WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE

    LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 

    "Masked intruders dragged Jean McConville, a 38-year-old...
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  5. The Witches Are Coming

    “ I struggle to write a review of Lindy West's work without resorting to simplistic three syllable sentences like "she's awesome," or, "she's the best." Maybe it's because she makes it look so very easy. She says everything I'm always thinking: about feminism, about politics, about our image-obsessed culture. And she does it with irrefutable logic, dazzling sentences, and an utterly fierce and funny sensibility. She's...(sigh) perfect.”

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  6. A child of immigrants, Abdul El-Sayed grew up feeling a responsibility to help others. He threw himself into the study of medicine and excelled—winning a Rhodes Scholarship, earning two advanced degrees, and landing a tenure-track position at Columbia University. At age thirty, he became the youngest city health official in America, tasked with... Read More »

  7. #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX • A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.

    “[Bryan Stevenson’s] dedication to fighting for justice...
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  8. AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    “In her form-shattering and myth-crushing book….Coe examines myths with mirth, and writes history with humor… [You Never Forget Your First] is an accessible look at a president who always finishes in the first ranks of our leaders.” —Boston Globe


    Alexis Coe takes a closer look at our first--and finds he is not...
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  9. The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of the acclaimed, best-selling Half the Sky now issue a plea--deeply personal and told through the lives of real Americans--to address the crisis in working-class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure.

    With stark poignancy and political dispassion, Tightrope draws us... Read More »

  10. The Secrets We Kept

    “This perfect historical novel is made of the most alluring ingredients. First, a divine and doomed love affair between Russian author Boris Pasternak and his muse and secretary, Olga Ivinskaya, a woman immortalized in Pasternak’s epic novel Doctor Zhivago, which was banned in Russia for more than 30 years. Second, two American women typists working for CIA and their forbidden love story in the midst of the Cold War and the witch hunt against homosexuals. Lara Prescott brilliantly portrays how a timeless novel like Doctor Zhivago can change course of history. After I finished reading The Secrets We Kept, I pressed the book against my chest, as if I could hear the lovers’ hearts still beating.”

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  11. By Matthew Desmond / Narrated by Dion Graham

    WINNER OF THE 2017 PULITZER PRIZE GENERAL NON-FICTION 

    From Harvard sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond, a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America
     
    In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the... Read More »

  12. "If Hood Feminism is a searing indictment of mainstream feminism, it is also an invitation. . . . [Kendall] offers guidance for how we can all do better."--NPR.org

    "A rousing call to action for today's feminists. It should be required reading for everyone."--Gabrielle Union, author of We're Going to Need More Wine

    A potent and electrifying...
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  13. By Kate Raworth / Narrated by Kate Raworth

    A Financial Times "Best Book of 2017: Economics”

    800-CEO-Read “Best Business Book of 2017: Current Events & Public Affairs”

    Economics is the mother tongue of public policy. It dominates our decision-making for the future, guides multi-billion-dollar investments, and shapes our responses to climate change, inequality, and other environmental... Read More »

  14. A brilliant condemnation of political hobbyism—treating politics like entertainment—and a call to arms for well-meaning, well-informed citizens who consume political news, but do not take political action.

    Who is to blame for our broken politics? The uncomfortable answer to this question starts with ordinary citizens with good intentions. We vote... Read More »

  15. By Daniel Immerwahr / Narrated by Luis Moreno

    How to Hide an Empire

    “Daniel Immerwahr dives into a more thorough history of the United States -- filling those holes glossed over by history books. Extending beyond the Mainland or "50 States" map, he brings many lost or shadowed histories into the light. Very good listen!”

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  16. By Mohsin Hamid / Narrated by Mohsin Hamid

    Exit West

    “Exit West will take your breath away as it magically weaves together a story of falling in love while the world falls apart. Spirited Nadia captures the heart of the thoughtful Saeed, but as their different paths in life converge, ordinary life gives way to the insults of war. Mohsin Hamid conveys the story of these young refugees with tenderness, humanizing the horrors that we too often see as merely headlines. As chaos touches so many lives around the globe, Hamid writes eloquently of the beauty found in our struggle to survive. This is more than a timely story; this is a remarkable work of art.”

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  17. The New York Times Bestseller

    The Wall Street Journal Bestseller

    “Few books are as well-matched to the moment of their publication as Ezra Klein’s Why We’re Polarized.” —Dan Hopkins, The Washington Post

    “It is likely to become the political book of the year....Powerful [and] intelligent.” —Fareed Zakaria, CNN

    “Superbly researched and written..."... Read More »

  18. Barn 8

    “When two egg industry auditors devise a plan to steal a million chickens, you won’t think they’re crazy—you’ll be rooting for them the whole way. Barn 8 hits the ground running like a chicken with its head cut off. A colorful cast is brought to life beautifully in the audiobook, and there’s plenty of irony and thoughtfulness. The most emotional moments for me were those which involved the chickens—their lives, their wants, their freedom. At just the right time, Deb Olin Unferth gracefully shines light on animal rights and the future of humanity with this wonderful, quirky story, unlike anything you’ve read before!”

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  19. The instant #1 bestseller.

    “This taut and terrifying book is among the most closely observed accounts of Donald J. Trump’s shambolic tenure in office to date."
    - Dwight Garner, The New York Times

    Washington Post
    national investigative reporter Carol Leonnig and White House bureau chief Philip Rucker, both Pulitzer Prize winners, provide the...
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  20. The Beekeeper of Aleppo

    “Provocative and intense, this harrowing story of Syrian war refugees will take you on an emotional journey. This book took me well beyond the headlines and touched my soul. Perhaps its greatest strength is Lefteri’s ability to make this unquestionably horrific reality accessible. You will feel an aching need to turn the page, and then you’ll need to share this novel with others. I look forward to putting it into the hands of many readers — we need to see beyond the headlines.”

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  21. What the Eyes Don't See

    “In “What The Eyes Don’t See”, a determined Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha pulls the veil off of the Flint Water Crisis exposing the poisoning of tens of thousands of residents by policy and politicians. Reminiscent of “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair, Dr. Mona uncovers an injustice to the city of Flint unfathomable in our Great Lakes State. And, it’s totally inexcusable and so very sad. I was in tears too many times to count. Dr. Mona’s quest for clean water for the children of Flint is a must-read for anyone entering epidemiology and environmental activism. It’s fantastic.”

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  22. A NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER

    ONE OF AUDIBLE’S BEST AUDIOBOOKS OF 2019

    A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2019 • AN NPR BEST BOOK OF 2019 • ONE OF TIME’S MUST-READ BOOKS OF 2019 • AN ECONOMIST BOOK OF THE YEAR • A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK OF 2019 • A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST BOOK OF 2019

    “Her highly personal and... Read More »

  23. From one of the most prominent voices on the American Left, a galvanizing argument for why we need socialism in the United States today

    With the stunning popularity of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Americans are embracing the class politics of socialism. But what, exactly, is socialism? And what would a socialist system in... Read More »

  24. Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.

    In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American... Read More »

  25. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
    The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • Entertainment Weekly • The Seattle Times • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Bloomberg Businessweek

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his... Read More »

  26. The New York Times bestselling, groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. An essential read for understanding some of the egregious abuses of power that dominate today’s news.

    Former New York Times columnist... Read More »

  27. From the best-selling author of Saving Capitalism and The Common Good, an urgent analysis of how the "rigged" systems of American politics and power operate, how this status quo came to be, and how average citizens can enact change.

    Millions of Americans have lost confidence in our political and economic system. After years of stagnant wages,... Read More »

  28. By Naomi Klein / Narrated by Brit Marling

    “This is one attempt to uncover how we got to this surreal political moment. It is also an attempt to predict how, under cover of shocks and crises, it could get a lot worse. And it’s a plan for how, if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script and arrive at a radically better future.” —From the Introduction

    Donald Trump’s... Read More »

  29. Linda Sarsour, co-organizer of the Women’s March, shares how growing up Palestinian Muslim American, feminist, and empowered moved her to become a globally recognized activist on behalf of marginalized communities across the country.

    On a chilly spring morning in Brooklyn, nineteen-year-old Linda Sarsour stared at her reflection, dressed in a... Read More »

  30. New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice 

    A stunning, deeply reported investigation into the housing crisis


    Spacious and affordable homes used to be the hallmark of American prosperity. Today, however, punishing rents and the increasingly prohibitive cost of ownership have turned housing into the foremost symbol of inequality and an economy... Read More »

  31. A 2020 Audie Award Finalist

    Recalling pivotal moments from her dynamic career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy, Susan E. Rice—National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and US Ambassador to the United Nations—reveals her surprising story with unflinching candor in this New York Times bestseller.

    Mother, wife,... Read More »

  32. In this sweeping new biography, Colin Calloway uses the prism of George Washington's life to bring focus to the great Native leaders of his time—Shingas, Tanaghrisson, Bloody Fellow, Joseph Brant, Red Jacket, Little Turtle—and the tribes they represented: the Iroquois Confederacy, Lenape, Miami, Creek, Delaware; in the process, he returns them... Read More »

  33. By Candice Millard / Narrated by Paul Michael

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the... Read More »

  34. From a powerful new voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America. 

    Austin Channing Brown's first encounter with a racialized America came at age 7, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. Growing up... Read More »

  35. By Corey Robin / Narrated by Mike Chamberlain

    In The Reactionary Mind, Robin traces conservatism back to its roots in the reaction against the French Revolution. He argues that the right was inspired, and is still united, by its hostility to emancipating the lower orders. Some conservatives endorse the free market; others oppose it. Some criticize the state; others celebrate it. Underlying... Read More »

  36. By Rob Hopkins / Narrated by Rob Hopkins

    “Big ideas that just might save the world”—The Guardian

    The founder of the international Transition Towns movement asks why true creative, positive thinking is in decline, asserts that it's more important now than ever, and suggests ways our communities can revive and reclaim it.

    In these times of deep division and deeper despair, if there is a... Read More »

  37. The award-winning and bestselling author of Thank You for Smoking delivers a hilarious and whipsmart fake memoir by Herb Nutterman—Donald Trump’s seventh chief of staff—who has written the ultimate tell-all about Trump and Russia.

    Herb Nutterman never intended to become Donald Trump’s White House chief of staff. Herb served the Trump... Read More »

  38. By Barack Obama / Narrated by Barack Obama

    In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politics–a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the “endless clash of armies” we see in Congress... Read More »

  39. "Nickel and Dimed for the Amazon age," (Salon) the bitingly funny, eye-opening story of finding work in the automated and time-starved world of hourly low-wage labor
    After the local newspaper where she worked as a reporter closed, Emily Guendelsberger took a pre-Christmas job at an Amazon fulfillment center outside Louisville, Kentucky.... Read More »

  40. In this gripping blend of reportage, memoir, and analysis, a journalist and daughter of one of the world’s most famous hostages, Terry Anderson, takes an intimate look at her father’s captivity during the Lebanese Hostage Crisis and the ensuing political firestorm on both her family and the United States—as well as the far-reaching implications... Read More »

  41. Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. Today, these trends have reached their extreme—but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great... Read More »

  42. By George Packer / Narrated by Robert Fass

    The 2013 National Book Award Winner

    A New York Times Bestseller
    Selected by New York Times' critic Dwight Garner as a Favorite Book of 2013
    A New York Times Notable Book of 2013
    A Washington Post Best Political Book of 2013
    An NPR Best Book of 2013
    A New Republic Best Book of 2013
    One of Publishers Weekly's Best Nonfiction Books of 2013
    A Kirkus Reviews... Read More »

  43. Nelson Mandela is widely considered to be one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age. Now, after a lifetime of taking pen to paper to record thoughts and events, hardships and victories, he has bestowed his entire extant personal papers, which offer an unprecedented insight into his remarkable life.

    A singular international... Read More »

  44. Robert B. Reich makes a powerful case for the expansion of America’s moral imagination. Rooting his argument in common sense and everyday reality, he demonstrates that a common good constitutes the very essence of any society or nation. Societies, he says, undergo virtuous cycles that reinforce the common good as well as vicious cycles that... Read More »

  45. An explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful—and secretive—colossus in Washington, from the founder of Salon.com and author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers.

    America’s greatest untold story: the United States’ rise to world dominance under the guile of Allen Welsh Dulles,... Read More »

  46. By David Harvey / Narrated by Joe Barrett

    Karl Marx's Capital is one of the most important texts written in the modern era. Since 1867, when the first of its three volumes was published, it has had a profound effect on politics and economics in theory and practice throughout the world. But Marx wrote in the context of capitalism in the second half of the nineteenth century: his... Read More »

  47. By Eric Foner / Narrated by Norman Dietz

    The period following the Civil War was one of the most controversial eras in American history. This comprehensive account of the period captures the drama of those turbulent years that played such an important role in shaping modern America.

    Eric Foner brilliantly chronicles how Americans, black and white, responded to the unprecedented changes... Read More »

  48. In a world of sound bites, deliberate misinformation, and a political scene that is colored by the blue versus red partisan divide. How does the average educated American find a reliable source that's free of political spin? What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don't breaks it all down, issue by issue, explaining who stands for what,... Read More »

  49. This dual biography of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King upends longstanding preconceptions to transform our understanding of the twentieth century's most iconic African American leaders.

    To most Americans, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. represent contrasting ideals: self-defense vs. nonviolence, black power vs. civil rights, the sword vs.... Read More »

  50. By Martin Shaw / Narrated by Martin Shaw

    Master mythologist Martin Shaw uses timeless story-wisdom to examine our broken relationship with the world

    There is an old legend that says we each have a wild, curious twin that was thrown out the window the night we were born, taking much of our vitality with them. If there was something we were meant to do with our few, brief years on Earth,... Read More »

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