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The Best and the Brightest

Written by David Halberstam


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 26, 1993
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90870-9 (0-449-90870-4)

Republished on its 20th anniversary–with a special introduction that examines the Vietnam experience in light of subsequent events–The Best and the Brightest stands as the definitive source on the origins of America’s involvement in Vietnam. This critically-acclaimed work masterfully captures an era as it gives us unforgettable portraits of the well-intentioned... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Defining a Nation
Our America and the Source of Its Strength
Edited by David Halberstam


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: May 16, 2006
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-7922-5909-1 (0-7922-5909-2)

"The freer we are … the stronger we are," writes David Halberstam in this probing compilation of original essays which distill the essence of America, an evergreen subject rendered even more timely by recent world events that highlight cultural clashes and prompt us not just to reconsider foreign attitudes and aspirations... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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The Fifties

Written by David Halberstam


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 10, 1994
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-449-90933-1 (0-449-90933-6)

The Fifties is a sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural history of the ten years that Halberstam regards as seminal in determining what our nation is today. Halberstam offers portraits of not only the titans of the age: Eisenhower Dulles, Oppenheimer, MacArthur, Hoover, and Nixon, but also of Harley Earl, who... Read more >

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Voices of Freedom
An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s Through the 1980s
Written by Henry Hampton and Steve Fayer


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 1, 1991
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-35232-0 (0-553-35232-6)

Henry Hampton and Steve Fayer draw upon nearly one thousand interviews with civil rights activists, politicians, reporters, Justice Department officials, and hundreds of ordinary people who took part in the struggle, weaving a fascinating narrative of the Civil Rights Movement told by the people who lived it.

“An excellent example of solid... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Village Against The World

Written by Dan Hancox


Format: Hardcover, 252 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-130-5 (1-78168-130-9)

One hundred kilometers from Seville, there is a small village, Marinaleda, that for the last thirty years has been at the center of a long struggle to create a communist utopia. In a story reminiscent of the Asterix books, Dan Hancox explores the reality behind the community where no one has... Read more >
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The Village Against the World

Written by Dan Hancox


Format: Trade Paperback, 252 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-298-2 (1-78168-298-4)

One hundred kilometers from Seville, there is a small village, Marinaleda, that for the last thirty years has been at the center of a long struggle to create a communist utopia. In a story reminiscent of the Asterix books, Dan Hancox explores the reality behind the community where no one has... Read more >

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Epic Rivalry
The Inside Story of the Soviet and American Space Race
Written by Von Hardesty and Gene Eisman
Foreword by Sergei Khrushchev


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: September 18, 2007
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0119-6 (1-4262-0119-2)

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon in 1969, they personified an almost unimaginable feat—the incredibly complex task of sending humans safely to another celestial body. This extraordinary odyssey, which grew from the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, was galvanized... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Survivor
Bill Clinton in the White House
Written by John F. Harris


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76084-6 (0-375-76084-9)

The definitive account of one of the most accomplished, controversial, and polarizing figures in American history

Bill Clinton is the most arresting leader of his generation. He transformed American politics, and his eight years as president spawned arguments that continue to resonate. For all that has been written about this singular personality–including... Read more >
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Letter to a Christian Nation

Written by Sam Harris


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27877-7 (0-307-27877-8)

“Thousands of people have written to tell me that I am wrong not to believe in God. The most hostile of these communications have come from Christians. This is ironic, as Christians generally imagine that no faith imparts the virtues of love and forgiveness more effectively than their own. The truth... Read more >
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The People Reloaded
The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran's Future
Edited by Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-38-7 (1-935554-38-7)

A definitive collection of essays and documents on the movement behind Iran's mass protests

Since June of 2009, the Islamic Republic of Iran has seen the most dramatic political upheaval in its three decades of rule. What began as a series of mass protests over the official results of a presidential election—engendering... Read more >
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Twilight of the Elites
America After Meritocracy
Written by Christopher Hayes


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-72045-0 (0-307-72045-4)

A powerful and original argument that traces the roots of our present crisis of authority to an unlikely source: the meritocracy.

Over the past decade, Americans watched in bafflement and rage as one institution after another – from Wall Street to Congress, the Catholic Church to corporate America, even Major League Baseball... Read more >

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The Politics of Jesus
Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus' Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted
Written by Obery Hendricks


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Three Leaves
On Sale: August 21, 2007
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-51665-5 (0-385-51665-7)

Who was Jesus? And how was this first-century political revolutionary, whose teachings are meant to lead the way to freedom, turned into a meek and mild servant of the status quo? How is it possible to profess a belief in Jesus, yet ignore the suffering of the poor and the needy?... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The De-moralization Of Society
From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values
Written by Gertrude Himmelfarb


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76490-8 (0-679-76490-9)

Himmelfarb presents a fresh view of the Victorian intertwining of manners and morality and its impact on sexuality, marriage, poverty, and women's rights. But The De-Moralization of Society is also a blistering critique of our current-day penchant for banishing virtue from public life. Lively, acerbic, and long overdue, the resulting book... Read more >

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On Looking Into the Abyss
Untimely Thoughts on Culture and Society
Written by Gertrude Himmelfarb


Format: Trade Paperback, 212 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 31, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75923-2 (0-679-75923-9)

Himmelfarb turns her intellect and powers of observation to the present, exposing what she sees as the intellectual arrogance and spiritual impoverishment of much of our current thought, and tracing the consequences for our collective life. She deconstructs literary deconstructionism and postmodernism, diagnoses the malaise of liberalism, analyzes the resurgence of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Social Darwinism in American Thought

Written by Richard Hofstadter


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 1, 1992
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5503-8 (0-8070-5503-4)

Social Darwinism in American Thought portrays the overall influence of Darwin on American social theory and the notable battle waged among thinkers over the implications of evolutionary theory for social thought and political action. Theorists such as Herbert Spencer and William Graham Sumner adopted the idea of the struggle for existence... Read more >

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American Individualism
How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party
Written by Margaret Hoover


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Crown Forum
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71816-7 (0-307-71816-6)

Margaret Hoover–Fox News commentator, former employee of President George W. Bush, and great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover–has impeccable Republican credentials, and grave concerns for the future of the party. She argues that the core values of the Republican Party are well-suited to meet the needs of the millennial generation, but the... Read more >
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Third World America
How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream
Written by Arianna Huffington


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71996-6 (0-307-71996-0)

It’s not an exaggeration to say that middle-class Americans are an endangered species and that the American Dream of a secure, comfortable standard of living has become as outdated as an Edsel with an eight-track player. That the United States of America is in danger of becoming a third world nation.

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

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Heroes
A History of Hero Worship
Written by Lucy Hughes-Hallett


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 5, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7979-7 (1-4000-7979-9)

Beginning beneath the walls of Troy and culminating in 1930s Europe, a magisterial exploration of the nature of heroism in Western civilization.

In this riveting and insightful cultural history, Lucy Hughes-Hallett brings to life eight exceptional men from history and myth to explore our timeless need for heroes. As she re-creates these... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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World Report 2012
Events of 2011
Edited by Human Rights Watch


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-389-6 (1-60980-389-2)

The world’s pulse in one essential book, Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2012 is a must-read for anyone interested in the fight to protect human rights in every corner of the globe.

The most sought-after report of human rights news, Human Rights Watch’s annual World Report is an invaluable resource for journalists... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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World Report 2013
Events of 2012
Written by Human Rights Watch
Introduction by Kenneth Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 19, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-482-4 (1-60980-482-1)

In the aftermath of 2011’s Arab Spring uprisings, unexpected new challenges and imperatives of building rights-respecting democracies appeared in their wake. Human Rights Watch’s 23rd annual World Report explores these new challenges and summarizes human rights conditions and practices in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide, reflecting extensive investigative work... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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World Report 2014
Events of 2013
Written by Human Rights Watch
Introduction by Kenneth Roth


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-555-5 (1-60980-555-0)

The 24th annual World Report summarizes human rights conditions in more than ninety countries and territories worldwide, reflecting extensive investigative work undertaken in 2013 by Human Rights Watch staff in close partnership with domestic human rights activists. World Report 2014 gives particular focus on the roles-positive or negative-played in each country by key domestic and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Al Qaeda Reader
The Essential Texts of Osama Bin Laden's Terrorist Organization
Edited by Raymond Ibrahim


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 7, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2262-3 (0-7679-2262-X)

What do our enemies believe?  What motivates their war against the West?  What is their vision of the ideal Islamic society?  Surprisingly, more than five years after 9/11, there is very little understanding of these questions. 

Despite our tendency to dismiss Islamic extremism as profoundly irrational, al-Qaeda is not without a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hubris
The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War
Written by Michael Isikoff and David Corn


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 29, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-34682-7 (0-307-34682-X)

HUBRIS takes us behind the scenes at the Bush White House, the CIA, the Pentagon, the State Department, and Congress to answer all the vital questions about how the Bush administration came to invade Iraq.

Filled with new revelations, HUBRIS is a gripping narrative of intrigue that connects the dots between the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Rick Perry and His Eggheads
Inside the Brainiest Political Operation in America, A Sneak Preview from The Victory Lab
Written by Sasha Issenberg


Format: eBook, 26 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: August 23, 2011
Price: $0.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-98677-1 (0-307-98677-2)

A fascinating, never-before-reported look into how Rick Perry, in his 2006 reelection campaign in Texas, had academics conduct real-time experiments to study what makes people vote--revealing a new side of a major politician and a game-changing trend in American politics.

Despite his folksy personality and disdain for East Coast "elitists," Texas governor... Read more >

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The Victory Lab
The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns
Written by Sasha Issenberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95480-0 (0-307-95480-3)

A lively and fascinating look at how a handful of academics, statisticians, and strategists are reshaping how political campaigns are won and lost

Renegade thinkers crash the gates of a venerable American institution, shoving aside its so-called wise men and replacing them with a radical new data-driven order. We’ve seen it... Read more >
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