Alex Blumberg
Book Recommendations

  • On the Run

    On the Run

    On the Run

    Alice Goffman
    Social Science
    3.83 (2,928)

    Forty years in, the war on drugs has done almost nothing to prevent drugs from being sold or used, but it has nonetheless created a little-known surveillance state in america’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. arrest quotas and high-tech surveillance techniques criminalize entire blocks, and transform the very associations that should stabilize young lives—family, relationships, jobs—into liabilities, as the police use such relationships to track down suspects, demand information, and threaten consequences. alice goffman spent six years living in one such neighborhood in philadelphia, and her close observations and often harrowing stories

    Alex Blumberg

    just unbelievably fantastic

     — Source

  • Hiroshima

    Hiroshima

    Hiroshima

    John Hersey
    History
    3.99 (69,892)

    On august 6, 1945, hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. this book, john hersey's journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic "that stirs the conscience of humanity" (the new york times).

    Alex Blumberg

    I would read E.B. White and stuff like that. John Hershey, the guy who wrote Hiroshima. Or is it Hersey?

     — Source