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Fist Stick Knife Gun
A Personal History of Violence
Written by Geoffrey Canada


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 28, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4461-2 (0-8070-4461-X)

A new edition, including the story of the founding of the Harlem Children’s Zone

Long before the avalanche of praise for his work–from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from both First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama–long before he became known as a hero to television and film viewers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Master of the Senate
The Years of Lyndon Johnson III
Written by Robert A. Caro


Format: Trade Paperback, 1232 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 2003
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72095-1 (0-394-72095-4)


Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Biography
Winner of the National Book Award
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee, Biography/Autobiography

The most riveting political biography of our time, Robert A. Caro’s life of Lyndon B. Johnson, continues. Master of the Senate takes Johnson’s story through one of its most remarkable periods: his... Read more >

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The Power Broker
Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Written by Robert A. Caro


Format: Trade Paperback, 1344 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1975
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72024-1 (0-394-72024-5)

This is Caro's examination of how one man, Robert Moses, shaped the politics, the physical structure, and even the problems of urban decline in the city and state of New York.

Winner of both the Pulitzer and Francis Parkman prizes, The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping)... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and a hardcover.

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Place, Not Race
A New Vision of Opportunity in America
Written by Sheryll Cashin


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8614-8 (0-8070-8614-2)

 Race-based affirmative action had been declining as a factor in university admissions even before the recent spate of related cases arrived at the Supreme Court. Since Ward Connerly kickstarted a state-by-state political mobilization against affirmative action in the mid-1990s, the percentage of four-year public colleges that consider racial or ethnic status... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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They Take Our Jobs!
And 20 Other Myths about Immigration
Written by Aviva Chomsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4156-7 (0-8070-4156-4)

Claims that immigrants take Americans’ jobs, are a drain on the American economy, contribute to poverty and inequality, destroy the social fabric, challenge American identity, and contribute to a host of social ills by their very existence are openly discussed and debated at all levels of society. Chomsky dismantles twenty of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Undocumented
How Immigration Became Illegal
Written by Aviva Chomsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0167-7 (0-8070-0167-8)

Immigrant rights activist Aviva Chomsky shows how “illegality” and “undocumentedness” are concepts that were created to exclude and exploit. With a focus on US policy, she probes how and why people, especially Mexican and Central Americans, have been assigned this status—and to what ends.
 
Blending history with human drama, Chomsky explores... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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9-11
Was There an Alternative?
Written by Noam Chomsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-343-8 (1-60980-343-4)

In 9-11, published in November 2001 and arguably the single most influential post 9-11 book, internationally renowned thinker Noam Chomsky bridged the information gap around the World Trade Center attacks, cutting through the tangle of political opportunism, expedient patriotism, and general conformity that choked off American discourse in the months immediately... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Profit Over People
Neoliberalism and Global Order
Written by Noam Chomsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 8, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-888363-82-1 (1-888363-82-7)

Why is the Atlantic slowly filling with crude petroleum, threatening a millions-of-years-old ecological balance? Why did traders at prominent banks take high-risk gambles with the money entrusted to them by hundreds of thousands of clients around the world, expanding and leveraging their investments to the point that failure led to a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Separation of Church and State
Writings on a Fundamental Freedom by America's Founders
Edited by Forrest Church


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7747-4 (0-8070-7747-X)

Now in paperback, a primer of essential writings about one of the cornerstones of our democracy by the original authors of the Constitution, edited by preeminant liberal theologian Forrest Church.

Americans will never stop debating the question of church-state separation, and such debates invariably lead back to the nation’s beginnings and the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How We Lead
Canada in a Century of Change
Written by Joe Clark


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Canada
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-35907-0 (0-307-35907-7)

A passionate argument for Canada’s reassertion of its place on the world stage, from a former prime minister and one of Canada’s most respected political figures.

In the world that is taking shape, the unique combination of Canada’s success at home as a diverse society and its reputation internationally as a sympathetic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Newjack
Guarding Sing Sing
Written by Ted Conover


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72662-0 (0-375-72662-4)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction

Ted Conover, the intrepid author of Coyotes, about the world of illegal Mexican immigrants, spent a year as a prison guard at Sing Sing. Newjack, his account of that experience, is a milestone in American journalism: a book that casts... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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24/7
Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep
Written by Jonathan Crary


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-310-1 (1-78168-310-7)

24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep explores some of the ruinous consequences of the expanding non-stop processes of twenty-first-century capitalism. The marketplace now operates through every hour of the clock, pushing us into constant activity and eroding forms of community and political expression, damaging the fabric of everyday life.

Jonathan Crary... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Power to Save the World
The Truth About Nuclear Energy
Written by Gwyneth Cravens
Introduction by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38587-1 (0-307-38587-6)

An informed look at the myths and fears surrounding nuclear energy, and a practical, politically realistic solution to global warming and our energy needs. Faced by the world's oil shortages and curious about alternative energy sources, Gwyneth Cravens skeptically sets out to find the truth about nuclear energy. Her conclusion: it... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ten Tea Parties
Patriotic Protests That History Forgot
Written by Joseph Cummins


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59474-560-7 (1-59474-560-9)

Every kid knows the story of 1773’s Boston Tea Party, in which colonists ambushed three British ships and dumped 92,000 pounds of tea into Boston Harbor. But do you know the story of the New Jersey Tea Party (December 1773)? How about the Annapolis Tea Party (October 1774) or the Charleston... 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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Our Way Out
Principles for a Post-apocalyptic World
Written by Marq De Villiers


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-7710-2649-2 (0-7710-2649-8)

Global warming, energy shortages, overpopulation – it’s no wonder that as a society, we’re in an apocalyptic mood. Out of an endless stream of gloomy prognoses for humanity’s future, we have emerged with little inspiration and few concrete ideas for change. Our Way Out is the first time that our most... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Black Code
Inside the Battle for Cyberspace
Written by Ronald J. Deibert


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Signal
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $29.99
ISBN: 978-0-7710-2533-4 (0-7710-2533-5)

Cyberspace is all around us. We depend on it for everything we do. We have reengineered our business, governance, and social relations around a planetary network unlike any before it. But there are dangers looming, and malign forces are threatening to transform this extraordinary domain.

In Black Code, Ronald J. Deibert, a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Madame Prosecutor
Confrontations with Humanity's Worst Criminals and the Culture of Impunity
Written by Carla Del Ponte and Chuck Sudetic


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: January 20, 2009
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-302-6 (1-59051-302-9)

Carla Del Ponte won international recognition as Switzerland’s attorney general when she pursued cases against the Sicilian mafia. In 1999, she answered the United Nations’ call to become the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda. In her new role, Del Ponte confronted genocide... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Sober Truth
Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry
Written by Lance Dodes and Zachary Dodes


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3315-9 (0-8070-3315-4)

AA has become so infused in our society that it is practically synonymous with addiction recovery. Yet the evidence shows that AA has only a 5-10 percent success rate—hardly better than no treatment at all. Despite this, doctors, employers and judges regularly refer addicted people to treatment programs and rehab facilities... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Executed on a Technicality
Lethal Injustice on America's Death Row
Written by David Dow


Format: Trade Paperback, 268 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 1, 2006
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4419-3 (0-8070-4419-9)

When David Dow took his first capital case, he supported the death penalty. He changed his position as the men on death row became real people to him, and as he came to witness the profound injustices they endured: from coerced confessions to disconcertingly incompetent lawyers; from racist juries and backward... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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There Is Power in a Union
The Epic Story of Labor in America
Written by Philip Dray


Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38976-3 (0-307-38976-6)

From the nineteenth-century textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, to the triumph of unions in the twentieth century and their waning influence today, the contest between labor and capital for the American bounty has shaped our national experience.

In this stirring new history, Philip Dray shows us the vital accomplishments of organized labor... Read more >

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The Twilight of Equality
Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics, and the Attack on Democracy
Written by Lisa Duggan


Format: Trade Paperback, 136 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 11, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7955-3 (0-8070-7955-3)

By now, we’ve all heard about the shocking redistribution of wealth that’s occurred during the last thirty years, and particularly during the last decade. But economic changes like this don’t occur in a vacuum; they’re always linked to politics. The Twilight of Equality? searches out these links through an analysis of... 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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