The Government Teacher

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2012 Reading List

Here is the list of books I read (at least partly) during the listed year.  I categorized the books I read according to my reading rotation.  The dates listed for each title describes the approximate time of the year when I read the book.  Those books in Italicized type list books that belong as part of my personal or family library in physical or digital format.

Classic/AP Literature
The Grapes of Wrath (started 12/2011)
Pride & Prejudice (2/28 – 3/7)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (3/19 – 2/9)
Brave New World (4/4 – 4/12)
Jane Eyre (4/23–4/26, 4/30–5/11)
War of the Worlds (11/26–12/19)
To Kill a Mocking Bird (12/30-1/14/2013)

World War Z: The Oral History of the Zombie War
The Hunger Games (3/11 – 12)
Catching Fire (4/17 – 4/20)
Mockingjay (5/15 – 17)
State of Fear (6/1–13)
Pirate Latitudes (12/22)

You Can’t Take it With You (2/27)
Macbeth (3/13 – 19)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (4/21)
No Exit (4/28)
Love’s Labour Lost (11/21–11/26)
A Raisin in the Sun (12/20–12/22)

Financial Literacy
Economics in One Lesson (02/08 – 16)
Start Your Own Vending Business: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Success (3/19 – 20)
Crash Proof 2.0: How to Profit from the Economic Collapse. (4/13 – 4/17)
The Road to Serfdom (5/18–24)
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (6/14–11/21)
1000 Dollars and an Idea (12/22–12/29)

U.S. History / Government / Politics
The Ladies of Seneca Falls: The Birth of the Woman’s Rights Movement (02/16–26)
Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols… (3/29 – 4/3)
The Supreme Court by Rehnquist (5/24–31)

Educational Methods
Assertive Discipline (9/26–10/5)

Public Policy (Welfare / Poverty)
Why Americans Hate Welfare (3/7 –3/11)
The Price of Citizenship: Redefining the American Welfare State (4/28, 5/11–15)

School Related Books
POLS500 – Political philosophy
“History of Political Philosophy” (excerpts) by Strauss & Cropsey
“Philosophy in a Time of Terror”  by Borradori 

POLS501 – Research Design in Social Studies 
“Research Design” by Creswell

IRLS502 – International Political Systems
“World Politics Trends & Transformation” by Kegley, Jr. & Blanton

POLS510 – The Presidency, Congress & Bureaucracy
“The Presidency and the Political System” (excerpts) edited by Nelson
“The American Congress” by Smith, Roberts & Wielen
“Politics and the Bureaucracy” by Meier & Bohte


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