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A reading list to raise American IQ Levels So That We Never Elect Another Donald Trump

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                           CONTACT: Lisa Michalski, Jake Bonar, Cheryl Quimba

February 2, 2017                                                                                                          800-853-7545 / 



One of the most troubling aspects of Donald Trump’s White House is the assault on fact-based knowledge. Whether it’s Trump’s insistence that he would have won the popular vote if not for the alleged votes of millions of illegal immigrants; his denial of the scientific evidence for climate change; or Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s attack on the media coverage of inauguration crowd size, the new administration has repeatedly shirked the truth to push false information.

This reluctance to acknowledge facts as distinct from opinion, assumption, or disputable information is unprecedented—and dangerous to an informed democracy. Now more than ever, people must be wary of fake news, misinformation, and so-called ‘alternative facts.’ The need for clear and critical thinking skills has never been more vital.

Prometheus Books has long been a leading publisher of books on critical thinking, advancing the practical application of science, reason, and logic since its inception in 1969. Recently, the press started using #CriticalThinkingThursday on social media to serve as a weekly reminder that such skills are essential.

As a public service in these unclear times, here is an introductory list of some titles on critical thinking, science literacy, and other subjects that are vital resources in Trump’s America:


[if !supportLists]1.       [endif]THINK : Why You Should Question Everything by Guy P. Harrison [9781616148072]

[if !supportLists]2.       [endif]GOOD THINKING : What You Need to Know to be Smarter, Safer, Wealthier, and Wiser by Guy P. Harrison [9781633880641]

[if !supportLists]3.       [endif]50 POPULAR BELIEFS THAT PEOPLE THINK ARE TRUE by Guy P. Harrison [9781616144951]

[if !supportLists]4.       [endif]SKEWED : A Critical Thinker's Guide to Media Bias by Larry Atkins [9781633881655]

[if !supportLists]5.       [endif]BULLSPOTTING : Finding Facts in the Age of Misinformation by Loren Collins [9781616146344]

[if !supportLists]6.       [endif]THE ART OF DECEPTION : An Introduction to Critical Thinking by Nicolas Capaldi and Miles Smit [9781591025320]

[if !supportLists]7.       [endif]BELIEVING BULLSHIT : How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole by Stephen Law [9781616144111]

[if !supportLists]8.       [endif]HOW TO BECOME A REALLY GOOD PAIN IN THE ASS : A Critical Thinker's Guide to Asking the Right Questions by Christopher DiCarlo [9781616143978]

[if !supportLists]9.       [endif]CLEAR THINKING by Hy Ruchlis [9780879755942]

[if !supportLists]10.   [endif]BLIND SPOTS : Why Smart People Do Dumb Things by Madeleine L. Van Hecke [9781591025092]

[if !supportLists]11.   [endif]DUMBTH : The Lost Art of Thinking With 101 Ways to Reason Better & Improve Your Mind by Steve Allen [9781573922371]

[if !supportLists]12.   [endif]WHEN GOOD THINKING GOES BAD : How Your Brain Can Have a Mind of Its Own by Todd C. Riniolo [9781591025863]

[if !supportLists]13.   [endif]DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THINK : The 6 Basic Mistakes We Make in Thinking by Thomas E. Kida [9781591024088]

[if !supportLists]14.   [endif]TRUTH, KNOWLEDGE, OR JUST PLAIN BULL : How To Tell The Difference : A Handbook of Practical Logic and Clear Thinking by Bernard M. Patten [9781591022466]

[if !supportLists]15.   [endif]WHAT MAKES YOUR BRAIN HAPPY AND WHY YOU SHOULD DO THE OPPOSITE by David DiSalvo and Wray Herbert [9781616144838]

[if !supportLists]16.   [endif]CAVEMAN LOGIC : The Persistence of Primitive Thinking in a Modern World by Hank Davis [9781591027218]

[if !supportLists]17.   [endif]THE REASONABLE WOMAN : A Guide to Intellectual Survival by Wendy McElroy [9781573922081]

[if !supportLists]18.   [endif]A COLORFUL HISTORY OF POPULAR DELUSIONS by Robert E. Bartholomew and Peter Hassall [9781633881228]

[if !supportLists]19.   [endif]HOAXES, MYTHS, AND MANIAS : Why We Need Critical Thinking by Robert E. Bartholomew and Benjamin Radford [9781591020486]

[if !supportLists]20.   [endif]HOW TO THINK STRAIGHT : An Introduction to Critical Reasoning by Anthony Flew [9781573922395]

[if !supportLists]21.   [endif]RATIONAL EPISODES : Logic for the Intermittently Reasonable by Keith M. Parsons [9781591027300]

[if !supportLists]22.   [endif]THE TOP 10 MYTHS ABOUT EVOLUTION by Cameron M. Smith and Charles Sullivan [9781591024798]

[if !supportLists]23.   [endif]SCIENCE LITERACY FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY by Stephanie Pace Marshall, Judith A. Scheppler and Michael J. Palmisano [9781591020202]

[if !supportLists]24.   [endif]RACE AND REALITY: What Everyone Should Know about Our Biological Diversity by Guy P. Harrison [9781591027676]

[if !supportLists]25.   [endif]THE WHOLE STORY OF CLIMATE: What Science Reveals About the Nature of Endless Change by E. Kirsten Peters [9781616146726]

[if !supportLists]26.   [endif]SAVING SCIENCE CLASS : Why We Need Hands-on Science to Engage Kids, Inspire Curiosity, and Improve Education by Christopher McGowan [9781633882171]

[if !supportLists]27.   [endif]THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD : How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration by Ali Noorani [9781633883079]

[if !supportLists]28.   [endif]CONQUEST, TRIBUTE, AND TRADE : The Quest for Precious Metals and the Birth of Globalization by Howard J. Erlichman [9781616142117]

[if !supportLists]29.   [endif]TAKING ON DIVERSITY : How We Can Move from Anxiety to Respect by Rupert W. Nacoste [9781633880269]

[if !supportLists]30.   [endif]PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP : 15 Decisions That Changed the Nation by Nick Ragone and Ali Velshi [9781616142377]

[if !supportLists]31.   [endif]THE MAKING OF FDR : The Story of Stephen T. Early, America's First Modern Press Secretary by Linda Lotridge Levin [9781591025771]

For more information on any of these books or their authors, please contact Prometheus Books at 800-853-7545 or



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