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A Queer History of the United States

Written by Michael Bronski


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4465-0 (0-8070-4465-2)

*2011 ALA Stonewall Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award

The first book to cover the entirety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, from pre-1492 to the present.

In the 1620s, Thomas Morton broke from Plymouth Colony and founded Merrymount, which celebrated same-sex desire, atheism, and interracial marriage. Transgender evangelist Jemima Wilkinson, in the early... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Better for All the World
The Secret History of Forced Sterilization and America's Quest for Racial Purity
Written by Harry Bruinius


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71305-7 (0-375-71305-0)

A timely and gripping history of the controversial eugenics movement in America–and the scientists, social reformers and progressives who supported it.

In Better for All the World, Harry Bruinius charts the little known history of eugenics in America–a movement that began in the early twentieth century and resulted in the forced sterilization... Read more >
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The Greatest Comeback
How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority
Written by Patrick J. Buchanan


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Crown Forum
On Sale: July 8, 2014
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-41863-7 (0-553-41863-7)

Patrick Buchanan—who, beginning in 1966, served as one of two staff members to Nixon and who would become a senior advisor in the White House after 1968—gives a first-hand account of those pivotal years, in which Nixon worked to reverse his political fortunes in a decade marked by civil rights protests...

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A House for Hope
The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-first Century
Written by John Beuhrens and Rebecca Ann Parker


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0150-9 (0-8070-0150-3)

For over a generation, conservative religion has seemed dominant in America. But there are signs of a strengthening liberal religious movement. For it to flourish, laypeople need a sense of their theological heritage. A House for Hope lays out, in lively and engaging language, the theological house that religious liberalism has... Read more >
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Condoleezza Rice: An American Life
A Biography
Written by Elisabeth Bumiller


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 13, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7713-4 (0-8129-7713-0)

Condoleezza Rice, one of the most powerful and controversial women in the world, has until now remained a mystery behind an elegant, cool veneer. New York Times reporter Elisabeth Bumiller peels back the layers and presents a revelatory portrait of the first black female secretary of state and President George W... Read more >
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On the Same Track
How Schools Can Join the Twenty-First-Century Struggle against Resegregation
Written by Carol Corbett Burris


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 18, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3297-8 (0-8070-3297-2)

Since the beginning of the last century, the sorting of students into different “tracks” has resulted in segregated classrooms and unequal learning opportunities for students. On the Same Track traces the origins of tracking, from its beginnings in the early twentieth century to today. Carol Burris argues that the practice perpetuates...

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Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Madison and Jefferson

Written by Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7900-8 (0-8129-7900-1)

The third and fourth presidents have long been considered proper gentlemen, with Thomas Jefferson’s genius overshadowing James Madison’s judgment and common sense. But in this revelatory book about their crucial partnership, both are seen as men of their times, hardboiled operatives in a gritty world of primal politics where they struggled... Read more >
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The Passions of Andrew Jackson

Written by Andrew Burstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71404-7 (0-375-71404-9)

Most people vaguely imagine Andrew Jackson as a jaunty warrior and a man of the people, but he was much more—a man just as complex and controversial as Jefferson or Lincoln. Now, with the first major reinterpretation of his life in a generation, historian Andrew Burstein brings back Jackson with all... Read more >
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Fast Future
How the Millennial Generation Is Shaping our World
Written by David D. Burstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3322-7 (0-8070-3322-7)

They’ve been called trophy kids, entitled, narcissistic, the worst employees in history, and even the dumbest generation. But, argues David Burstein, the millennial generation’s unique blend of civic idealism and savvy pragmatism will enable us to overcome a deeply divided nation facing economic and environmental calamities.

With eighty-million millennials (people who are... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Fast Future
How the Millennial Generation Is Shaping Our World
Written by David D. Burstein


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4469-8 (0-8070-4469-5)

They’ve been called trophy kids, entitled, narcissistic, the worst employees in history, and even the dumbest generation. But, argues David Burstein, the millennial generation’s unique blend of civic idealism and savvy pragmatism will enable us to overcome a deeply divided nation facing economic and environmental calamities.

With eighty-million millennials (people who are... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A World Transformed

Written by George H. W. Bush and Brent Scowcroft


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 7, 1999
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75259-2 (0-679-75259-5)

It was one of the pivotal times of the twentieth century--during George Bush's presidency, an extraordinary series of international events took place that materially changed the face of the world. Now, former President Bush and his national security advisor, Brent Scowcroft, tell the story of those tumultuous years.

Here are behind-the-scenes accounts... Read more >
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A Portrait of My Father
Written by George W. Bush


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: November 11, 2014
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-44778-1 (0-553-44778-5)

Never before has a President told the story of his father, another President, through his own eyes and in his own words. In this illuminating portrait, George W. Bush shares his unique perspective of his father’s personality and principles. 

The book covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush’s life and... Read more >

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Decision Points

Written by George W. Bush


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: November 9, 2010
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59061-9 (0-307-59061-5)

The presidency of George W. Bush continues to be debated by historians, political scientists, scholars, and students alike. Two scholars at Princeton University, Sean Wilentz and Julian E. Zelizer, recently conducted a course on Teaching ‘W’, and discovered that academics should reconsider updating their approach to teaching history by incorporating more... Read more >

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A Saint on Death Row
How a Forgotten Child Became a Man and Changed a World
Written by Thomas Cahill


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2646-1 (0-7679-2646-3)

Bestselling author Thomas Cahill tells the absorbing, heartbreaking tale of the hard life and tragic death of Dominique Green—wrongly accused, then executed in Huntsville, Texas—and shines a light on our racist and deeply flawed criminal justice system.

Green, an extraordinary young man from the urban ghettos of Houston, was utterly failed by... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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


Format: Hardcover, 1200 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 23, 2002
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-52836-6 (0-394-52836-0)

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



Paperback Available May, 2003

Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson’s story through one of its most remarkable periods: his twelve years, from 1949 to 1960, in the United States Senate. At the... Read more >

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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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Means of Ascent
The Years of Lyndon Johnson II
Written by Robert A. Caro


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 1991
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73371-3 (0-679-73371-X)

The second volume of Caro's Johnson biography, Means of Ascent carries Johnson through his service in World War II and the foundation of his long-concealed fortune and the facts behind the myths he created about it. The explosive heart of the book is Caro's revelation of the true story of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Passage of Power
The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. IV
Written by Robert A. Caro


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71325-5 (0-375-71325-5)

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
WINNER OF THE MARK LYNTON HISTORY PRIZE


The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and most triumphant periods of his career—1958 to 1964. It is an unparalleled account of the battle between Johnson and John Kennedy for the 1960 presidential... Read more >
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The Passage of Power
The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Written by Robert A. Caro


Format: Hardcover, 736 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-40507-8 (0-679-40507-0)

Book Four of Robert A. Caro’s monumental The Years of Lyndon Johnson displays all the narrative energy and illuminating insight that led the Times of London to acclaim it as “one of the truly great political biographies of the modern age. A masterpiece.”

The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Path to Power
The Years of Lyndon Johnson I
Written by Robert A. Caro


Format: Trade Paperback, 960 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 17, 1990
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72945-7 (0-679-72945-3)

This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path To Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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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Turning Point
A Candidate, a State, and a Nation Come of Age
Written by Jimmy Carter


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: December 28, 1993
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-2299-8 (0-8129-2299-9)

In Turning Point Carter recounts how his state's reapportionment and election campaign in 1962 served as a battleground between the entrenched powers of the Old South and the emerging standard-bearers of the New South.  Carter, who was then a young Georgia businessman new to politics, brings the issues and conflicts of that... Read more >
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Lincoln
A Life of Purpose and Power
Written by Richard Carwardine


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9602-2 (1-4000-9602-2)

As a defender of national unity, a leader in war, and the emancipator of slaves, Abraham Lincoln lays ample claim to being the greatest of our presidents. But the story of his rise to greatness is as complex as it is compelling.

In this superb, prize-winning biography, acclaimed historian Richard Carwardine... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
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Render Unto Caesar
Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life
Written by Charles J. Chaput


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: August 4, 2009
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52229-8 (0-385-52229-0)

“People who take God seriously will not remain silent about their faith. They will often disagree about doctrine or policy, but they won’t be quiet. They can’t be. They’ll act on what they believe, sometimes at the cost of their reputations and careers. Obviously the common good demands a respect for... Read more >
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