Many books, films, and other media informed me in my writing We Take Care of Our Own. A not-quite-complete list of these works can be found below.

The hyperlinked titles are ones I’ve written about in my blog, so, if you click on it, get ready to learn more than you ever wanted to know about how this or that work influenced my writing and thinking. My gratitude to the authors, journalists, filmmakers, and thinkers responsible for these works is assumed.

“Combat High: America’s Addiction to War” by Andrew J. Bacevich, Gregory Daddis, Jason Dempsey, Buddhika Jayamaha, Sarah Kreps, and Danny Sjursen, Harper’s, June 2018.
The Media Monopoly by Ben H. Bagdikian
The Department of Mad Scientists: How DARPA is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs by Michael Belfiore
Propaganda by Edward Bernays
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi
Where To Invade Next by Stephen Elliott (editor)
The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America’s Disimagination Machine by Henry A. Giroux
America at War With Itself by Henry A. Giroux
On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman
Cystic Fibrosis: Everything You Need to Know by Wayne Kepron
The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability by Peter Kornbluh
Corporate Media and the Threat to Democracy by Robert W. McChesney
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology (7th Edition) by Thomas F. Oltmanns and Michele T. Martin
Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change by William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson
The Men Who Stare At Goats by Jon Ronson
Coercion: Why We Listen to What “They” Say by Douglas Rushkoff
The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class by Bernie Sanders
Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army by Jeremy Scahill
The Decline and Fall of the American Empire by Gore Vidal
Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria by Lisa Wedeen
Taking On The Trust: The Epic Battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller by Steve Weinberg
What Was Asked of Us: An Oral History of the Iraq War by the Soldiers Who Fought It by Trish Woods

The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi
The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
Sabrina by Nick Drnaso
The Circle by Dave Eggers
The Devoted by Blair Hurley
The Facility by Simon Lelic
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
Dangerous Liaisons by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig
Government by B. Traven
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous (Beatrice Sparks)
The Dead Zone by Stephen King

Dr. Strangelove
The Report

Mr. Freedom

The Prisoner
(The Complete Series)

Do Not Resist
Orwell Rolls in His Grave

Control Room
The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear
The Century of the Self
Let There Be Light

No End In Sight
Dirty Wars
The Tillman Story
Secret Iraq (Series)

Less Rock More Talk

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