Rose Pastor Stokes was a Russian-Jewish émigré socialist who married one of the richest men in the U.S. Together they promoted socialism – until their divorce in 1917.
His new book, “The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It,” explains how systemic changes over the last 40 years have reallocated power upward to a tiny portion of the population — the 1%.
He founded Stanford University but he and his partners used the railroad monopoly they built as their private property, amassing huge fortunes.
‘Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant’ is a memoir of living under deep cover for the CIA.
The protagonist of the Berkeley author’s novel owns a book store on Telegraph Avenue, has a distaste for violent men, and bears more than a passing resemblance to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”s Lisbeth Salander.
‘Women in Black’ tells the story of Chance Hardwick, an exceptionally handsome young man from the Heartland who arrives in Hollywood in the 1950s. He becomes a movie star but, tragically, dies young.
The range of favorites includes the history of the FBI spying on Cal students, the danger from nuclear weapons, a biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt and more.
In reviewing this book for the NYT, Joe Klein notes that “‘The Fifth Risk’ raises the most important question of the moment: Have we grown too lazy and silly and poorly educated to sustain a working democracy?”
Jesse Kellerman, who lives in Berkeley, has written another novel with his father, Jonathan, about the former UC Berkeley basketball player turned deputy-coroner-cum-detective.
This novel by a Berkeley native takes readers to Cairo in three different points in time and explores the relationship of Muslims and Jews over three centuries.
This fascinating memoir by Anna Rabkin, Berkeley’s former auditor, tells how her parents hid her from the Nazis, her escape from Poland to England and how she came to the U.S.
Daniel Ellsberg, who lives in Kensington, is a character in Spielberg’s film ‘The Post.’ But there are other classified documents he wishes he’d leaked, as he tells us in this book
Books do furnish a room (and make great holiday gifts). Some of Berkeleyside’s team picks their favorite reads of 2017.
The blogger and science journalist is the author of five books of nonfiction. This is her first novel.
This Berkeley author, the daughter of two Holocaust survivors, has written an affecting memoir that explores the impact of her parents’ experiences on her own life.
The Berkeley journalist Lauren Markham has written a sensitive, moving portrait of two young “unaccompanied minors” from El Salvador.