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Remaking the World
Myth, Mining, and Ritual Change Among the Duna of Papua New Guinea
Written by Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew Strathern

Format: Trade Paperback, 219 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $44.95
ISBN: 978-1-935623-61-8 (1-935623-61-3)

Drawing on both their own fieldwork from 1991 to 1999 and older written sources, Stewart and Strathern explore how the Duna have remade their rituals and associated myths in response to the outside influences of government, Christianity, and large-scale economic development, specifically mining and oil prospecting. The authors provide in-depth ethnographic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Making of the American Mass Market
Written by Susan Strasser

Format: Trade Paperback, 348 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-146-4 (1-58834-146-1)

This sweeping history provides the reader with a better understanding of America’s consumer society, obsession with shopping, and devotion to brands. Focusing on the advertising campaigns of Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, Wrigley’s, Gillette, and Kodak, Strasser shows how companies created both national brands and national markets. These new brands eventually displaced generic manufacturers... Read more >

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The Fourth Turning

Written by William Strauss and Neil Howe

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: December 29, 1997
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0046-1 (0-7679-0046-4)

Published prior to September 11, 2001, this book is more relevant and prescient today than ever. Strauss and Howe predicted that America would enter a new era that will culminate in a crisis comparable to the American Revolution, the Civil War, and World War II. The authors of the bestselling Generations... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Fairness Instinct
The Robin Hood Mentality and Our Biological Nature
Written by L. Sun

Format: Hardcover, 346 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-847-8 (1-61614-847-0)

Biologist L. Sun examines the innate sense of fairness displayed by human beings in all kinds of societies throughout history. He argues persuasively that it is an emotion and behavior rooted in our DNA, rather than a product of ideology or convention. Citing animal studies that show that even monkeys react... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Culture as History
The Transformation of American Society in the Twentieth Century
Written by Warren I. Susman

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 17, 2003
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-051-1 (1-58834-051-1)

With amazing creativity, clarity, and wit, Warren Susman (1927-1985) takes us on a provocative tour of the highlights of American culture. By looking at all types of 20th-century culture–highbrow, lowbrow, and middlebrow–Susman shows how culture itself has become a battleground for competing visions of American life. Fourteen essays include such topics... Read more >

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African-Native American Lives in the Americas
Edited by Gabrielle Tayac

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 26, 2009
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-271-3 (1-58834-271-9)

Throughout American history, people of combined African and Native American descent have often struggled for acceptance, not only from dominant cultures but also from their own communities. In this collection of twenty-seven groundbreaking essays, authors from across the Americas explore the complex personal histories and contemporary lives of people with a... Read more >

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Yellow Peril!
An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear
Written by John Kuo Wei Tchen and Dylan Yeats

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-123-7 (1-78168-123-6)

The “yellow peril” is one of the most long-standing and pervasive racist ideas in Western culture–indeed, this book traces its history to the Enlightenment era. Yet while Fu Manchu evokes a fading historical memory, yellow peril ideology persists, animating, for example, campaign commercials from the 2012 presidential election. Yellow Peril! is... Read more >

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The Woman in the Shaman's Body
Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine
Written by Barbara Tedlock, Ph.D.

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: December 27, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37971-6 (0-553-37971-2)

"Her latest fascinating monograph is the mature work of a confident scholar, bringing many disparate pieces of evidence together in a sweeping summary of the integral role of women in religion and medicine through many centuries...Tedlock has shifted the way we view the feminine in diverse historical adn current shamanic practices... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Harmless People

Written by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 23, 1989
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72446-9 (0-679-72446-X)

In the 1950s Thomas became one of the first Westerners to live with the Bushmen of the Kalahari desert in Botswana and South-West Africa. Her account of these nomadic hunter-gatherers, whose way of life had remained unchanged for thousands of years, is a groundbreaking work of anthropology, remarkable not only for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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War Games
Inside the World of Twentieth-Century War Reenactors
Written by Jenny Thompson

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-280-5 (1-58834-280-8)

D-Day with beach umbrellas in the distance? Troops ordering ice cream? American and German forces celebrating Christmas together in the barracks? This could only be the curious world of 20th-century war reenactors. A relatively recent and rapidly expanding phenomenon, reenactments in the United States of World War I, World War II... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Flash of the Spirit
African & Afro-American Art & Philosophy
Written by Robert Farris Thompson

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1984
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-72369-3 (0-394-72369-4)

This landmark book shows how five African civilizations—Yoruba, Kongo, Ejagham, Mande, and Cross River—have informed and are reflected in aesthetic, social, and metaphysical traditions (music, sculpture, textiles, architecture, religion, idiogrammatic writing) in the United States, the Caribbean, and South America.

“A wonderfully enthusiastic book.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Centuries of racist assumptions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bayou Farewell
The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast
Written by Mike Tidwell

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72517-3 (0-375-72517-2)

Mike Tidwell knew nothing of the disappearing bayou country when he first visited the Cajun coast of Louisiana, but the evidence was all around him: the skeletons of oak trees killed by the salinity of the groundwater, whole cemeteries sinking into swampland and out of sight, telephone poles in deep, standing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Good Wives
Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750
Written by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 4, 1991
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73257-0 (0-679-73257-8)

Winner of the Colonial Dames of America Award

This enthralling work of scholarship reveals the hidden and not always stoic face of the "goodwives" of Colonial America. We encounter the awesome burdens and considerable power of a New England housewife's domestic life and witness her occasional forays into the world of men... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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They Came Before Columbus
The African Presence in Ancient America
Written by Ivan Van Sertima

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 23, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6817-0 (0-8129-6817-4)

This is the first anthropological study to place African explorers in the New World centuries before Columbus. Ivan Van Sertima, professor of Afro-American studies at Rutgers University, reveals a compelling, dramatic, and superbly detailed documentation of the presence and legacy of Black Americans in Ancient America.

Examining navigation and shipbuilding, cultural analogies... Read more >

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Wild Connection
What Animal Courtship and Mating Tell Us about Human Relationships
Written by Jennifer L. Verdolin

Format: Trade Paperback, 250 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-946-8 (1-61614-946-9)

A specialist in animal behavior compares the courtship rituals and mating behaviors of animals to their human equivalents, revealing the many and often surprising ways we are both similar to and different from other species.

What makes an individual attractive to the opposite sex? Does size matter? Why do we tend to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Medical Apartheid
The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present
Written by Harriet A. Washington

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1547-2 (0-7679-1547-X)

Winner, 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award
Pen Oakland-Josephine Miles 17th Annual National Literary Award
Honor Book, Black Caucus of The American Library Association
2007 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award

Medical Apartheid
is the first and only comprehensive history of medical experimentation on African Americans. Starting with the earliest encounters between black Americans and Western... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Indian Givers
How Native Americans Transformed the World
Written by Jack Weatherford

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 3, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71715-3 (0-307-71715-1)

After 500 years, the world's huge debt to the wisdom of the Indians of the Americas has finally been explored in all its vivid drama by anthropologist Jack Weatherford. He traces the crucial contributions made by the Indians to our federal system of government, our democratic institutions, modern medicine, agriculture, architecture... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and an eBook.

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Cloth and Human Experience

Edited by Annette B. Weiner

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 1991
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-87474-995-3 (0-87474-995-6)

Cloth and Human Experience explores a wide variety of cultures and eras, discussing production and trade, economics, and symbolic and spiritual associations.

“A book with an overwhelming scope . . . The editors march us across six continents, several archipelagos and a few oceans, and through a wide variety of times and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Surprising Power of Family Meals
How Eating Together Makes Us Smarter, Stronger, Healthier and Happier
Written by Miriam Weinstein

Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: September 5, 2006
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-113-7 (1-58642-113-1)

The Surprising Power of Family Meals is the first book to take a complete look at a ritual that was virtually universal a generation ago but has undergone a striking transformation. No longer honored by society as a time of day that must be set aside, some families see family supper... Read more >

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Why We Fought
Forging American Obligations in World War II
Written by Robert B. Westbrook

Format: Trade Paperback, 166 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-295-9 (1-58834-295-6)

Why We Fought is a timely and provocative analysis that examines why Americans really chose to sacrifice and commit themselves to World War II. Unlike other depictions of the patriotic “greatest generation,” Westbrook argues that, strictly speaking, Americans in World War II were not instructed to fight, work, or die for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Hand
How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture
Written by Frank R. Wilson

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 14, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74047-6 (0-679-74047-3)


"The human hand is so beautifully formed, its actions are so powerful, so free and yet so delicate that there is no thought of its complexity as an instrument; we use it as we draw our breath... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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When Work Disappears
The World of the New Urban Poor
Written by William Julius Wilson

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 29, 1997
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72417-9 (0-679-72417-6)

The author of the acclaimed The Truly Disadvantaged writes about the devastating effects that the disappearance of work has on individual, family, and neighborhood life in the inner city. Wilson explores how the current loss of blue-collar jobs has crucially affected American society. He discusses the effects of the "suburbanization" of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Moral Animal
Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology
Written by Robert Wright

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 1995
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76399-4 (0-679-76399-6)

The Moral Animal is one of the most provocative science books in recent years, as well as one of the most genuinely important. As Wright presents the latest findings in the emerging field of evolutionary psychology--which views human behavior in light of Darwinian theory--Wright unveils the unconscious strategies that shape our... Read more >
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