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Comics Creators on Spider-Man

Written by Tom DeFalco


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
On Sale: July 1, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-84023-422-0 (1-84023-422-9)

Here, comic industry luminaries discuss the impact and importance of Spider-Man, and give insight into the creative processes involved in bringing the web-slinger to life on the page over the last 40 years. This book is illustrated with original script pages and all stages of artwork from sketchbook to finished page... Read more >

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Black Code
Surveillance, Privacy, and the Dark Side of the Internet
Written by Ronald J. Deibert


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Signal
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-2535-8 (0-7710-2535-1)

In Black Code, Ronald J. Deibert, a leading expert on digital technology, security, and human rights, lifts the lid on cyberspace and shows what’s at stake for Internet users and citizens.

As cyberspace develops in unprecedented ways, powerful agents are scrambling for control. Predatory cyber criminal gangs such as Koobface have... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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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Pornland
How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
Written by Gail Dines


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 26, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0154-7 (0-8070-0154-6)

Astonishingly, the average age of first viewing porn is now 11.5 years for boys, and with the advent of the Internet, it’s no surprise that young people are consuming more porn than ever. And, as Gail Dines shows, today’s porn is strikingly different from yesterday’s Playboy. As porn culture has become... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Pornland
How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
Written by Gail Dines


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 29, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4452-0 (0-8070-4452-0)

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 an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Power of Habit
Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Written by Charles Duhigg


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: February 28, 2012
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6928-6 (1-4000-6928-9)

Selected for common reading at Babson College

A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed.

Marketers at Procter... Read more >

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Mandela, Mobutu, and Me
A Newswoman's African Journey
Written by Lynne Duke


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: January 21, 2003
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50398-3 (0-385-50398-9)

Finalist in the non-fiction category of the 3rd Annual Hurston Wright Legacy Awards.

In this stunning memoir, veteran Washington Post correspondent Lynne Duke takes readers on a wrenching but riveting journey through Africa during the pivotal 1990s and brilliantly illuminates a continent where hope and humanity thrive amid unimaginable depredation and horrors.

For... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Bobbed Haired Bandit
A Story of Crime and Celebrity in 1920s New York
Written by Stephen Duncombe and Andrew Mattson


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7735-6 (0-8129-7735-1)

On January 5, 1924, a well-dressed young woman, accompanied by a male companion, walked into a Brooklyn grocery, pulled a “baby automatic” from the pocket of her fur coat, emptied the cash register, and escaped into the night. Dubbed “the Bobbed Haired Bandit” by the press, the petite thief continued her... Read more >

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The Progress Paradox
How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse
Written by Gregg Easterbrook


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7303-7 (0-8129-7303-8)

In The Progress Paradox, Gregg Easterbrook draws upon three decades of wide-ranging research and thinking to make the persuasive assertion that almost all aspects of Western life have vastly improved in the past century--yet today, according to research and anecdotal evidence, most men and women feel less 'happy' than in previous... Read more >

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Destination: Morgue!
L.A. Tales
Written by James Ellroy


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 28, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3287-7 (1-4000-3287-3)

Dig. The Demon Dog gets down with a new book of scenes from America’s capital of kink: Los Angeles. Fourteen pieces, some fiction, some nonfiction, all true enough to be admissible as state’s evidence, and half of it in print for the first time. And every one of them bearing the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Propaganda

Written by Jacques Ellul


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1973
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71874-3 (0-394-71874-7)

"A far more frightening work than any of the nightmare novels of George Orwell. With the logic which is the great instrument of French thought, [Ellul] explores and attempts to prove the thesis that propaganda, whether its ends are demonstrably good or bad, is not only destructive to democracy, it is... Read more >

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The Big Picture
Money and Power in Hollywood
Written by Edward Jay Epstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7382-2 (0-8129-7382-8)

One of BusinessWeek's Top 10 Business Books of 2005

In The Big Picture, acclaimed writer Edward Jay Epstein gives an unprecedented, sweeping, and thoroughly entertaining account of the real magic behind moviemaking: how the studios make their money. Epstein shows how, in Hollywood, the only art that matters is the art of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Hollywood Economist 2.0
The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies
Written by Edward Jay Epstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-050-1 (1-61219-050-2)

A fully revised edition of the popular guide to Hollywood finances, updated to reflect even newer films and trends

A fast-and-dirty guide to the financial world behind the movies, The Hollywood Economist was a surprise hit last year. Now Edward Jay Epstein has updated his look into the dazzlingly complicated economics of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Force of Reason

Written by Oriana Fallaci


Format: Hardcover, 290 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: March 7, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-2753-4 (0-8478-2753-4)

Oriana Fallaci is back with her much-anticipated follow up to The Rage and the Pride, her powerful post-September 11 manifesto. The genesis for The Force of Reason was a postscript entitled Due Anni Dopo (Two Years Later), which was intended as a brief appendix to the thirtieth edition of The Rage... Read more >

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Going to the Movies
A Personal Journey Through Four Decades of Modern Film
Written by Syd Field


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-440-50849-6 (0-440-50849-5)

Syd Field tells his own remarkable story, sharing the insight and experience gleaned from an extraordinary career. Using classic movies from the past and present — from Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane to Andy and Larry Wachowski’s The Matrix — Field provides a guided tour of the basic elements common to all... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Life: The Movie
How Entertainment Conquered Reality
Written by Neal Gabler


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 29, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70653-0 (0-375-70653-4)

From one of America's most original cultural critics and the author of Winchell, the story of how our bottomless appetite for novelty, gossip, glamour, and melodrama has turned everything of importance-from news and politics to religion and high culture-into one vast public entertainment.

Neal Gabler calls them "lifies," those blockbusters written in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fat Man in a Middle Seat
Forty Years of Covering Politics
Written by Jack W. Germond


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75867-6 (0-375-75867-4)

For more than forty years, Jack Germond enjoyed an extraordinary career in political reporting. With his trademark no-nonsense style and tremendous wit in abundance, Fat Man in a Middle Seat remembers the personalities that dominated national politics during Germond’s career: Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Ronald... Read more >

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Violence
Reflections on a National Epidemic
Written by James Gilligan


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 29, 1997
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77912-4 (0-679-77912-4)

Drawing on firsthand experience as a prison psychiatrist, Dr. James Gilligan has written a pathbreaking book on the tragic epidemic of violence in the United States.  Violence is a pioneering work that examines the roots of violence and offers a startling conclusion: that shame is a driving force behind violent behavior and... Read more >

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The Information
A History, A Theory, A Flood
Written by James Gleick


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9623-7 (1-4000-9623-5)

A New York Times Notable Book
A Los Angeles Times and Cleveland Plain Dealer Best Book of the Year

From the bestselling author of the acclaimed Chaos and Genius comes a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the big ideas of the modern era: Information, communication, and information theory.

Acclaimed science writer James Gleick... Read more >

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Social Intelligence
The New Science of Human Relationships
Written by Daniel Goleman


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: July 31, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38449-9 (0-553-38449-X)

Emotional Intelligence was an international phenomenon, appearing on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year and selling more than five million copies worldwide. Now, once again, Daniel Goleman has written a groundbreaking synthesis of the latest findings in biology and brain science, revealing that we are “wired to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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News For All The People
The Epic Story of Race and the American Media
Written by Juan Gonzalez and Joseph Torres


Format: Trade Paperback, 476 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: September 11, 2012
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-111-3 (1-84467-111-9)

From colonial newspapers to the Internet age, America’s racial divisions have played a central role in the creation of the country’s media system, just as the media has contributed to–and every so often, combated–racial oppression. This acclaimed book–called a “masterpiece” by the esteemed scholar Robert W. McChesney and chosen as one... Read more >

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Personal History

Written by Katharine Graham


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 24, 1998
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70104-7 (0-375-70104-4)

Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

An extraordinarily frank, honest, and generous book by one of America's most famous and admired women, Personal History is, as its title suggests, a book composed of both personal memoir and history.

It is the story of Graham's parents: the multimillionaire father who left private... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Art of the Interview
Lessons from a Master of the Craft
Written by Lawrence Grobel


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: August 31, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5071-0 (1-4000-5071-5)

“I had a fantasy the other night that this interview is so great that they no longer want me to act—just do interviews. I thought of us going all over the world doing interviews—we’ve signed for three interviews a day for six weeks.” —Al Pacino, in an interview with Lawrence Grobel

Highly... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Silent Language

Written by Edward T. Hall


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 3, 1973
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-05549-9 (0-385-05549-8)

Leading anthropologist Hall analyzes the many aspects of non-verbal communication and considers the concepts of space and time as tools for transmission of messages. His stimulating work is of interest to both the intelligent general reader and the sophisticated social scientist. Read more >

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War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning

Written by Chris Hedges


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 10, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3463-5 (1-4000-3463-9)

As a veteran war correspondent, Chris Hedges has survived ambushes in Central America, imprisonment in Sudan, and a beating by Saudi military police. He has seen children murdered for sport in Gaza and petty thugs elevated into war heroes in the Balkans. Hedges, who is also a former divinity student, has... Read more >
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