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A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense

Written by Normand Baillargeon
Illustrated by Charb
Translated by Andrea Schmidt


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 5, 2008
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-765-7 (1-58322-765-2)

What is the relationship between democracy and critical thinking? What must a citizen in a democracy know to make the word democracy meaningful? In A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense, historian and educator Normand Baillargeon provides readers with the tools to see through the spin and jargon of everyday politics and... Read more >

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To Begin the World Anew
The Genius and Ambiguities of the American Founders
Written by Bernard Bailyn


Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71308-8 (0-375-71308-5)

Two time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Bernard Bailyn has distilled a lifetime of study into this brilliant illumination of the ideas and world of the Founding Fathers. In five succinct essays he reveals the origins, depth, and global impact of their extraordinary creativity.

The opening essay illuminates the central importance of America’s provincialism... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Days of Fire
Bush and Cheney in the White House
Written by Peter Baker


Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-52519-0 (0-385-52519-2)

A New York Times Top 10 Best Book of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Book
A Nieman Reports Top 10 Investigative Journalism Book of the Year

Theirs was the most captivating American political partnership since Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger: a bold and untested president and his seasoned, relentless vice president. Confronted by one... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Days of Fire
Bush and Cheney in the White House
Written by Peter Baker


Format: Hardcover, 816 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52518-3 (0-385-52518-4)

In Days of Fire, Peter Baker, senior White House Correspondent for The New York Times, takes us on a gripping and intimate journey through the eight years of the Bush and Cheney administration in a tour-de-force narrative of a dramatic and controversial presidency.

Theirs was the most captivating American political partnership since... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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From the Closet to the Courtroom
Five LGBT Rights Lawsuits That Have Changed Our Nation
Written by Carlos A. Ball and Michael Bronski


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 10, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0153-0 (0-8070-0153-8)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated G — General Audience

Engaging and largely untold, From the Closet to the Courtroom explores how five pivotal lawsuits have altered LGBT history. Beginning each case narrative at the center–with the litigants and their lawyers–law professor Carlos Ball follows... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cancer in the Community
Class and Medical Authority
Written by Martha Balshem


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 1993
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-251-7 (1-56098-251-9)

Focusing on deep conflicts between the medical establishment and the working class, Martha Balshem chronicles a health education project in “Tannerstown,” a pseudonym for a blue-collar neighborhood in northeast Philadelphia.

“Balshem conducted anthropological research as a means of exploring the limitations and possibilities of community-based approaches to cancer prevention. . . ... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Body of Secrets
Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency
Written by James Bamford


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 30, 2002
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49908-8 (0-385-49908-6)

The National Security Agency is the world’s most powerful, most far-reaching espionage. Now with a new afterword describing the security lapses that preceded the attacks of September 11, 2001, Body of Secrets takes us to the inner sanctum of America’s spy world. In the follow-up to his bestselling Puzzle Palace, James... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Pretext for War
9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies
Written by James Bamford


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3034-7 (1-4000-3034-X)

In A Pretext for War, acclaimed author James Bamford—whose classic book The Puzzle Palace first revealed the existence of the National Security Agency—draws on his unparalleled access to top intelligence sources to produce a devastating exposé of the intelligence community and the Bush administration.

A Pretext for War reveals the systematic... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Shadow Factory
The NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America
Written by James Bamford


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27939-2 (0-307-27939-1)

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A Washington Post Best Book of the Year

James Bamford has been the preeminent expert on the National Security Agency since his reporting revealed the agency's existence in the 1980s. Now, Bamford describes the transformation of the NSA since 9/11, as the agency increasingly turns its high-tech gaze within America's borders... Read more >

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Dreaming Up America

Written by Russell Banks


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-891-3 (1-58322-891-8)

With America ever under global scrutiny, Russell Banks contemplates the questions of our origins, values, heroes, conflicts, and contradictions. He writes with conversational ease and emotional insight, drawing on contemporary politics, literature, film, and his knowledge of American history.

“Russell Banks is not only one of our greatest novelists but also a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Blue Revolution
Unmaking America's Water Crisis
Written by Cynthia Barnett


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0328-2 (0-8070-0328-X)

Selected for Summit County (Colorado) Reads

Americans see water as abundant and cheap: we turn on the faucet and out it gushes, for less than a penny a gallon. We use more water than any other culture in the world, much to quench what’s now our largest crop–the lawn. Yet most Americans... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Nobody's Children
Abuse and Neglect, Foster Drift, and the Adoption Alternative
Written by Elizabeth Bartholet


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 17, 2000
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2319-8 (0-8070-2319-1)

“An extraordinary book. Chilling, inspiring, and utterly convincing, it creates an ironclad case for the adoption solution.” -Sylvia Ann Hewlett, coauthor of The War Against Parents

“Bartholet sounds the alarm on the savage consequences the child welfare system has on so many children and challenges us to confront the reality that substance... Read more >

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Gun Guys
A Road Trip
Written by Dan Baum


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74250-6 (0-307-74250-4)

Dan Baum is a gun fanatic. He is also Jewish Democrat who grew up in suburban New Jersey. In Gun Guys, he takes us on a guided tour of gun stores and gun shows, shooting ranges and festivals, contests and auctions, trying to figure out what draws so many of us... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Surrender
Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom
Written by Bruce Bawer


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2837-3 (0-7679-2837-7)

WITH A NEW AFTERWORD

In his controversial and critically acclaimed While Europe Slept, Bruce Bawer outlined the danger that Islamic immigration posed to traditional European values. In this provocative follow-up, he takes up the West’s recent trend of silence and appeasement in the face of cultural intimidation by radical Islam.

From an examination... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Main Enemy
The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB
Written by Milton Bearden and James Risen


Format: Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: August 31, 2004
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-47250-2 (0-345-47250-0)

“If there’s a more revealing account of spies at work, it’s classified.”
The New York Times Book Review

A landmark collaboration between a thirty-year veteran of the CIA and a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, The Main Enemy is the dramatic inside story of the CIA-KGB spy wars, told through the actions of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Declaration of Independence
A Study in the History of Political Ideas
Written by Carl L. Becker


Format: Trade Paperback, 316 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1958
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-70060-1 (0-394-70060-0)

Becker's classic analysis of the political theories formulated in the Declaration examines both ideological origins and successive modifications. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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American Fun
Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt
Written by John Beckman


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-90817-9 (0-307-90817-8)

An animated and wonderfully engaging work of cultural history that lays out Americas unruly past: the ways in which cutting loose has always been, and still is, an essential part of what it means to be an American.

Throughout American history there have been undeniable strains of purpose and sacrifice fuelled... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Plain, Honest Men
The Making of the American Constitution
Written by Richard Beeman


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 9, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7684-7 (0-8129-7684-3)

Winner, George Washington Book Prize
A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

“While some have boasted it as a work from Heaven, others have given it a less righteous origin. I have many reasons to believe that it is the work of plain, honest men.”
–Robert Morris, delegate from Pennsylvania to the Constitutional... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Lonely Soldier
The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq
Written by Helen Benedict


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6149-7 (0-8070-6149-2)

More American women have fought and died in Iraq than in any war since World War Two, yet as soldiers they are still painfully alone. In Iraq, only one in ten troops is a woman, and she often serves in a unit with few other women or none at all. This... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Age of Sacred Terror
Radical Islam's War Against America
Written by Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6984-9 (0-8129-6984-7)

WINNER OF THE ARTHUR ROSS BOOK AWARD;
the "largest U.S. Book Award for International Affairs," sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations.

Recently, in The New York Times, Tom Zeller listed The Age Of Sacred Terror and Richard A. Clarke's Against All Enemies as two of the key books addressing crucial issues now... Read more >

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All You Can Eat
How Hungry is America?
Written by Joel Berg


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-854-8 (1-58322-854-3)

With the biting wit of Supersize Me and the passion of a lifelong activist, Joel Berg has his eye on the growing number of people who are forced to wait on lines at food pantries across the nation–the modern breadline. All You Can Eat reveals that hunger is a problem as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Life of an Anarchist
The Alexander Berkman Reader
Written by Alexander Berkman
Edited by Gene Fellner
Foreword by Howard Zinn


Format: Trade Paperback, 372 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 2, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-662-9 (1-58322-662-1)

Alexander Berkman was a twentieth-century American revolutionary. Like the abolitionist John Brown before him, Berkman was hugely idealistic, ready to go to the furthest extreme of self-sacrifice and violence on behalf of justice and civil rights. He decided to assassinate industrialist Henry Clay Frick after reading in the newspaper that Pinkertons... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Woman in Charge
The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton
Written by Carl Bernstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38855-1 (0-307-38855-7)

Drawing from hundreds of interviews with colleagues, friends and with unique access to campaign records, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Carl Bernstein offers a complex and nuanced portrait of one of the most controversial figures of our time: Hillary Clinton. He has given us a book that enables us, at last... Read more >

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Dictatorship of Virtue
How the Battle Over Multiculturalism Is Reshaping Our Schools, Our Country, and Our Lives
Written by Richard Bernstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 396 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 1995
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76398-7 (0-679-76398-8)

Bernstein offers an examination of multiculturalism--from its noble roots to the abuses and excesses that he sees being perpetrated in its name. Dictatorship of Virtue takes us to the front lines of this war for America's intellectual future: battles of school curricula, local legislation, college reading lists, censorship and freedom of... Read more >

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Jawbreaker
The Attack on Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda: A Personal Account by the CIA's Key Field Commander
Written by Gary Berntsen and Ralph Pezzullo


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 24, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-35106-7 (0-307-35106-8)

Gary Berntsen, the CIA’s key commander coordinating the fight against the Taliban forces around Kabul, comes out from under cover for the first time to describe his no-holds-barred pursuit—and cornering—of Osama bin Laden, and the reason the terrorist leader escaped American retribution. As disturbingly eye-opening as it is adrenaline-charged, Jawbreaker races... Read more >
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