5 Audiobooks on Political Ideologies

The words liberal and conservative are ubiquitous in media coverage today. But how much do we really know about varying political ideologies? Whether you’re interested in learning more about conservatism, liberalism, nationalism, socialism, feminism, or environmentalism, there’s an audiobook available for your reference. Explore different philosophies with these five audiobooks.

Americana

Since the days of the Mayflower and the Virginia Company, America has been a place for people to dream, invent, build, tinker, and bet the farm in pursuit of a better life. Americana takes us on a four-hundred-year journey of this spirit of innovation and ambition through a series of Next Big Things—the inventions, techniques, and industries that drove American history forward, from the telegraph, the railroad, guns, radio, and banking to flight, suburbia, and sneakers, culminating with the Internet and mobile technology at the turn of the twenty-first century. Listen to an excerpt: Americana

 

Democracy in Chains

Behind today’s headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did. Democracy in Chains names its true architect—the Nobel Prize‒winning political economist James McGill Buchanan—and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed over six decades to alter every branch of government to disempower the majority. Listen to an excerpt: Democracy in Chains

 

The Givers
Author: David Callahan
Read By: Ryan Gesell

David Callahan charts the rise of new power players and the ways they are converting the fortunes of a second Gilded Age into influence. He shows how this elite works behind the scenes on education, the environment, science, LGBT rights, and many other issues, with deep impact on government policy. Listen to an excerpt: The Givers

 

Free Women, Free Men

From the fiery intellectual provocateur—and one of our most fearless advocates of gender equality—a brilliant, urgent essay collection that celebrates modern feminism and challenges us to build an alliance of strong women and strong men. Listen to an excerpt: Free Women, Free Men

 

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes
Author: Dan Egan
Read By: Jason Culp

In an age when dire problems like the Flint water crisis and the California drought bring ever more attention to the indispensability of safe, clean, easily available water, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is a powerful paean to what is arguably our most precious resource, an urgent examination of what threatens it, and a convincing call to arms about the relatively simple things we must do to protect it. Listen to an excerpt: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes