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Theodore Roosevelt
A Strenuous Life
Written by Kathleen Dalton


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76733-6 (0-679-76733-9)

“Delivers insight not found elsewhere. . . . The best explanation of Roosevelt's moralism, and the most thorough account of how it informed his politics.” —H.W. Brands, The Boston Globe


He inherited a sense of entitlement (and obligation) from his family, yet eventually came to see his own class as suspect. He... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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For The Common Good
Redirecting the Economy toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Future
Written by Herman E. Daly


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 1994
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4705-7 (0-8070-4705-8)

Winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order 1992, Named New Options Best Political Book

Named as one of the Top 50 Sustainability Books by University of Cambridges Programme for Sustainability Leadership and Greenleaf Publishing.

Economist Herman Daly and theologian John Cobb, Jr., demonstrate how conventional economics and a growth-oriented industrial... Read more >

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The Secret Way to War
The Downing Street Memo and the Iraq War's Buried History
Written by Mark Danner
Preface by Frank Rich


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: April 4, 2006
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-207-0 (1-59017-207-8)

Winner, 2006 Carey McWilliams Award, given by the American Political Science Association

At the beginning of May 2005, just before the British elections, the London Times published the so-called Downing Street memo, the leaked secret minutes of a July 2002 meeting of senior British foreign policy and security officials. The memo suggested... Read more >

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Like No Other Time
The Two Years That Changed America
Written by Tom Daschle


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: August 24, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5375-9 (1-4000-5375-7)

Tom Daschle, the Majority Leader of the historic 107th Senate, presents a candid insider’s account of the workings of the U.S. government during two of the most tumultuous years in the nation’s history.

The 107th Congress faced a time like no other in the life of the nation. This was the era... Read more >

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Hap Arnold and the Evolution of American Airpower

Written by Dik Alan Daso
Foreword by Richard Overy


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 2001
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-949-3 (1-56098-949-1)

Winner of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics History Manuscript Award

From 1938 to 1946, as the first Commanding General of the US Army Air Forces–the largest, most powerful air armada that has ever been assembled–Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold fought World War II not in the field but in Congress, on... Read more >

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Women, Culture & Politics

Written by Angela Y. Davis


Format: Trade Paperback, 258 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 1990
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72487-2 (0-679-72487-7)

This collection of Davis's speeches and writings addresses the political and social changes of the past decade as they are concerned with the struggle for racial, sexual, and economic equality.

"The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that positions be taken on current issues... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Women, Race, & Class

Written by Angela Y. Davis


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1983
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-71351-9 (0-394-71351-6)

A powerful, documented study of the women's movement in the United States. Recounts time from abolitionist days to the present that demonstrates how the movement has always been hampered by the racist and classicist biases of its leaders.

"A historical study of how the three themes of the title became entangled in... Read more >
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Jefferson Davis: The Essential Writings

Written by Jefferson Davis
Edited by William J. Cooper


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7208-5 (0-8129-7208-2)

Jefferson Davis is one of the most complex and controversial figures in American political history (and the man whom Oscar Wilde wanted to meet more than anyone when he made his tour of the United States).

Elected president of the Confederacy and later accused of participating in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln... Read more >
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Eye in the Sky
The Story of the CORONA Spy Satellites
Written by Dwayne Day


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 1999
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-773-4 (1-56098-773-1)

Presenting the full story of the CORONA spy satellites’ origins, Eye in the Sky explores the Cold War technology and far-reaching effects of the satellites on foreign policy and national security. Arguing that satellite reconnaissance was key to shaping the course of the Cold War, the book documents breakthroughs in intelligence... Read more >

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Democracy in America, Vol. 1

Written by Alexis De Tocqueville


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 1990
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72825-2 (0-679-72825-2)

In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville traveled through the United States to investigate the country’s prison system. Instead, he wrote this study of democracy in its infancy—a study that embraces America’s history, geography, politics, legal system, economy, and culture. Here are glimpses of a vanished America, from town meetings in New England... Read more >

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Democracy in America, Vol. 2

Written by Alexis De Tocqueville


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 1990
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72826-9 (0-679-72826-0)

In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville traveled through the United States to investigate the country's prison system. Instead, he wrote this study of democracy in its infancy--a study that embraces America's history, geography, politics, legal system, economy, and culture. Here are glimpses of a vanished America, from town meetings in New England... Read more >

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Masks Of Anarchy
The History Of A Radical Poem, From Percy Shelley To The Triangle Factory Fire
Written by Michael Demson
Illustrated by Summer Mcclinton


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-098-8 (1-78168-098-1)

Masks of Anarchy tells the extraordinary story of Percy Shelley’s poem “The Masque of Anarchy,” from its conception in Italy and suppression in England to the moment it became a catalyst for protest among New York City workers a century later.

Shelley penned the poem in 1819, after hearing of the Peterloo... Read more >
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Bush Versus the Environment

Written by Robert S. Devine


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7521-8 (1-4000-7521-1)

In his first months as president, George W. Bush yanked America out of negotiations over the Kyoto Accords, signed a bill seeming to allow more arsenic into our water supply, and secretly met with industry executives in preparing an energy policy. He has pursued a number of other policies and objectives... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gather at the Table
The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade
Written by Thomas Norman DeWolf and Sharon Morgan


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1444-8 (0-8070-1444-3)

Two people–a black woman and a white man–confront the legacy of slavery and racism head-on

Thomas DeWolf–a descendent of slaveholders–and Sharon Morgan–a descendent of slaves–come together to openly discuss how the legacy of slavery and racism has impacted their lives. Together, they disclose the various difficulties and rewards they experience... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Gather at the Table
The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade
Written by Thomas Norman DeWolf and Sharon Morgan


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 9, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1441-7 (0-8070-1441-9)

Two people–a black woman and a white man–confront the legacy of slavery and racism head-on

Thomas DeWolf–a descendent of slaveholders–and Sharon Morgan–a descendent of slaves–come together to openly discuss how the legacy of slavery and racism has impacted their lives. Together, they disclose the various difficulties and rewards they experience... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Soldier
The Life of Colin Powell
Written by Karen DeYoung


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7564-5 (1-4000-7564-5)

The first full biography of Colin Powell, from his Bronx childhood to his military career to his controversial tenure as secretary of state, with a new afterword detailing his life after the Bush White House.

Over the course of a lifetime of service to his country, Colin Powell became a national hero... Read more >

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The End of Blackness
Returning the Souls of Black Folk to Their Rightful Owners
Written by Debra J. Dickerson


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71319-4 (0-375-71319-0)

“This book will prove and promote the idea that the concept of ‘blackness,’ as it has come to be understood, is rapidly losing its ability to describe, let alone predict or manipulate, the political and social behavior of African Americans.” Such is the explosive enterprise of what is sure to be... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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After Henry

Written by Joan Didion


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 27, 1993
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74539-6 (0-679-74539-4)

In her latest forays into the American scene, Didion covers ground from Washington and New York to California, uncovering the mythic narratives that elude other observers. She examines the fantasies the media constructs around crime victims and presidential candidates; she offers new interpretations of the stories of Nancy Reagan and Patty... Read more >

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Political Fictions

Written by Joan Didion


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71890-8 (0-375-71890-7)

In 1988, Joan Didion began looking at the American political process for The New York Review of Books. What she found was not a mechanism that offered the nation’s citizens a voice in its affairs but one designed by—and for—“that handful of insiders who invent, year in and year out, the... Read more >
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Where I Was From

Written by Joan Didion


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 14, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75286-8 (0-679-75286-2)

In this moving and unexpected book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history, and ours. Where I Was From, in Didion’s words, “represents an exploration into my own confusions about the place and the way in which I grew up, confusions as much about America as about... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Where I Was From

Written by Joan Didion


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 23, 2003
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-43332-3 (0-679-43332-5)

In this moving and unexpected book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history, and ours. Where I Was From, in Didion’s words, “represents an exploration into my own confusions about the place and the way in which I grew up, confusions as much about America as about... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

Pornland
How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
Written by Gail Dines


Format: eBook
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 6, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4453-7 (0-8070-4453-9)

Professor Gail Dines has written about and researched the porn industry for over two decades. She attends industry conferences, interviews producers and performers, and speaks to hundreds of men and women each year about their experience with porn. Students and educators describe her work as “life changing.”

In Pornland–the culmination of... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Visions of a Better World
Howard Thurman's Pilgrimage to India and the Origins of African American Nonviolence
Written by Quinton Dixie and Peter Eisenstadt


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0045-8 (0-8070-0045-0)

The first biographical exploration of one of the most important African American religious thinkers of the twentieth century--Howard Thurman--and of the pivotal trip he took to India that ultimately shaped the course of the civil rights movement.

In 1935, Howard Thurman took a trip to India that would forever change him. He... Read more >
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One Minute to Midnight
Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War
Written by Michael Dobbs


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7891-2 (1-4000-7891-1)

In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union came to the brink of nuclear conflict over the placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba. In this hour-by-hour chronicle of those tense days, veteran Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs reveals just how close we... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Six Months in 1945
FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman--from World War to Cold War
Written by Michael Dobbs


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45667-0 (0-307-45667-6)

When Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met in Yalta in February 1945, Hitler’s armies were on the run, and victory was imminent. The Big Three wanted to draft a blueprint for a lasting peace—but instead they set the stage for a forty-four year division of Europe into Soviet and Western spheres of... Read more >
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