Words Matter Audible Library

For us, it’s not just a name. It’s our mission statement. That’s why we’re so proud to partner with Audible, which offers the largest selection of audiobooks anywhere.

And it’s why a core part of our podcast programming is the Words Matter Library, presented by Audible. In these episodes, our hosts interview the authors of the books that are making us think hard about our political past, present and future—whether it’s How to Get Rid of a President by David Priess, or David Cullen’s Columbine. Sometimes, we share excerpts from classics that have impacted us deeply, like JFK’s Profiles in Courage - sixty years later, it’s more relevant than ever.

On the podcast and on the page, these authors all have something important to say. Listen to episodes of the Words Matter library, then click through to listen to their books by signing up for your free Audible trial today.


January 18, 2019 - This week, to honor legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr we proudly put “A Letter from Birmingham Jail” and “Where Do We Go from Here?” into the Words Matter Audible Library. There is perhaps no leader or public figure who symbolizes the power and importance of words better than Dr. King. Both of these Audible titles are historical treasures which are all too relevant today. 


Democracy in Black by Professor Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

We are proud to put Democracy in Black by Professor Eddie S. Glaude Jr. into the Words Matter Audible Library. Part manifesto, part history, part memoir, Professor Glaude argues that we live in a country founded on a “value gap”—with white lives valued more than others—that still distorts our politics today. Whether discussing why all Americans have racial habits that reinforce inequality, why black politics based on the civil-rights era have reached a dead end, or why only remaking democracy from the ground up can bring real change, Professor Glaude crystallizes the untenable position of black America--and offers thoughts on a better way forward. Forceful in ideas and unsettling in its candor, Democracy In Black is a landmark book on race in America.


Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi’s Life, Times and Rise to Power by Marc Sandalow

As Nancy Pelosi retakes the Speaker’s gavel and the leadership of the Democratic opposition to Donald Trump, we add Madam Speaker - Nancy Pelosi’s Life, Times and Rise to Power to the Words Matter Audible Library. Everything Nancy Pelosi has ever done, she has done extremely well. Listen to the life story of this historic leader -- the only woman and perhaps most influential and greatest House Speaker in American History.


2018 Words Matter Library Review

As our first season comes to a close, we review the titles put into the Words Matter Audible Library in 2018. From Steve Kornacki’s The Red and the Blue, to Profiles in Courage to Columbine to Tailspin by Steven Brill - we go through the books we selected and why they are important to the public discourse in the Age of Trump. 


Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy

In this edition of the Words Matter Library brought to you by Audible we add this Pulitzer Prize winning book by President John F. Kennedy. Profiles in Courage chronicles acts of bravery and integrity by 8 United States Senators. Caroline Kennedy and John F. Kennedy Jr. narrate the story of leaders who defied their party and their constituents to do what they felt was right and as a result suffered severe criticism and significant losses.  Get this title free along with your 30-day free trial of Audible when you go to audible.com/wordsmatter Audible - because Words Matte


The Loudest Voice in the Room by Gabriel Sherman

This week we add Gabriel Sherman’s Loudest Voice in the Room to the Words Matter Audible Library. This astonishing inside story of Fox News, details how Roger Ailes created the most powerful media and political business in the world and divided a country in the process.


TrumpNation: The Art of being Donald Trump by Tim O’Brien

This week we add TrumpNation: The Art of Being Donald Trump to the Words Matter Audible Library. Find out why this comprehensive and definitive biography Donald Trump sued author Tim O’Brien for $5 billion. (Spoiler alert: Trump lost.) Get this must listen title from Audible - now!


41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush

This week we are proud to add 41 - A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush to the Words Matter Audible Library. This important and moving presidential biography by a presidential son is a must read to understand the both the 41st and the 43rd Presidents.


Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-year fall--and Those Fighting to Reverse It by Steve Brill

This week we add Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-year fall--and Those Fighting to Reverse It to the Audible Words Matter Library. The latest book by award-winning journalist and best-selling author Steven Brill is a brilliant analysis of how and why major American institutions no longer serve us -- causing a deep rift between a vulnerable majority and the protected few. And at the same time, Mr. Brill gives us hope by explaining how some individuals and organizations are laying the foundation for real, lasting change.


How to Get Rid of a President: History's Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives by David Priess

This week we add How to Get Rid of a President by David Priess to the Audible Words Matter Library. A former CIA officer and presidential briefer, Priess tells the history of the political dark arts in action. In the nation's highest office we see election dramas, impeachments, assassinations, natural death in office, mixed with party intrigue, personal betrayal, and backroom deal making. An essential Audible title for any political junkie in the Age of Trump.


Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America by Jonathan Darman

This week we add Landslide by Jonathan Darman to the Audible Words Matter Library. In this riveting work of narrative nonfiction, Jonathan tells the story of two giants of American politics, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, and shows how, from 1963 to 1966, these two men—the same age, and driven by the same heroic ambitions—changed American politics forever. This engaging title is a MUST Listen.