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Grand New Party
How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream
Written by Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27780-0 (0-307-27780-1)

In a provocative challenge to Republican conventional wisdom, two of the Right's rising young thinkers call upon the GOP to focus on the interests and needs of working-class voters.

Grand New Party lays bare the failures of the conservative revolution and presents a detailed blueprint for building the next Republican majority. Blending... Read more >
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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 >
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An American Insurrection
James Meredith and the Battle of Oxford, Mississippi, 1962
Written by William Doyle


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49970-5 (0-385-49970-1)

Winner of the 2002 ABA Silver Gavel Award

In 1961, a black veteran named James Meredith applied for admission to the University of Mississippi — and launched a legal revolt against white supremacy in the most segregated state in America. Meredith’s challenge ultimately triggered what Time magazine called “the gravest conflict between... Read more >
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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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Haymarket
A Novel
Written by Martin Duberman


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 5, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-671-1 (1-58322-671-0)

On the night of May 4, 1886, during a peaceful demonstration of labor activists in Haymarket Square in Chicago, a dynamite bomb was thrown into the ranks of police trying to disperse the crowd. The officers immediately opened fire, killing a number of protestors and wounding some two hundred others.

Albert... Read more >
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Sento at Sixth and Main
Preserving Landmarks of Japanese American Heritage
Written by Gail Dubrow


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-208-9 (1-58834-208-5)

Quietly elegant, yet issuing a clarion call for intervention, Sento at Sixth and Main rediscovers early Japanese American culture and presents an indisputable case for the preservation of ten key landmarks in California and Washington. The authors recreate the Japanese American experience, intertwining rich oral histories from community members with current... Read more >

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Freedom in the Family
A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights
Written by Tananarive Due and Patricia Stephens Due


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44734-0 (0-345-44734-4)

BCALA Literary Award Winner - 2004 (Fiction; Sponsored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association)

Patricia Stephens Due fought for justice during the height of the Civil Rights era, surrendering her freedom to ensure that the rights of others might someday be protected.Patricia's daughter, Tananarive, grew up deeply enmeshed in... 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 Age of Austerity
How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics
Written by Thomas Byrne Edsall


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94645-4 (0-307-94645-2)

One of our most prescient political observers provides a sobering account of how pitched battles over scarce resources will increasingly define American politics in the coming years—and how we might avoid, or at least mitigate, the damage from these ideological and economic battles.

In a matter of just three years, a bitter... Read more >
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The Age of Austerity
How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics
Written by Thomas Byrne Edsall


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: January 10, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53519-9 (0-385-53519-8)

One of our most prescient political observers provides a sobering account of how pitched battles over scarce resources will increasingly define American politics in the coming years—and how we might avoid, or at least mitigate, the damage from these ideological and economic battles.

In a matter of just three years, a bitter... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Zeitoun

Written by Dave Eggers


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 15, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38794-3 (0-307-38794-1)

A New York Times Notable Book
An O, The Oprah Magazine Terrific Read of the Year
A Huffington Post Best Book of the Year
A New Yorker Favorite Book of the Year
A Chicago Tribune Favorite Nonfiction Book of the Year
A Kansas City Star Best Book of the Year
A San... Read more >
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The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City

Written by Alan Ehrenhalt


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 24, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27274-4 (0-307-27274-5)

In The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City we travel the nation with Alan Ehrenhalt, one of our leading urbanists, as he explains how America’s cities are changing, what makes them succeed or fail, and what this means for our future.

Just a couple of decades ago, we... Read more >
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Representations of Slavery
Race and Ideology in Southern Plantation Museums
Written by Jennifer L. Eichstedt and Stephen Small


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-096-2 (1-58834-096-1)

How is slavery presented at the public and private plantation museums in the American South, almost 150 years after the Civil War? Jennifer L. Eichstedt and Stephen Small investigated this question in Virginia, Georgia, and Louisiana by touring more than one hundred plantation museums; twenty locations organized and run by African... Read more >

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Hard Line
Life and Death on the US-Mexico Border
Written by Ken Ellingwood


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3367-6 (1-4000-3367-5)

The Southwestern border is one of the most fascinating places in America, a region of rugged beauty and small communities that coexist across the international line. In the past decade, the area has also become deadly as illegal immigration has shifted into some of the harshest territory on the continent, reshaping... Read more >
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American Creation
Triumphs and Tragedies in the Founding of the Republic
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27645-2 (0-307-27645-7)

Acclaimed historian Joseph J. Ellis brings his unparalleled talents to this riveting account of the early years of the Republic.

The last quarter of the eighteenth century remains the most politically creative era in American history, when a dedicated group of men undertook a bold experiment in political ideals. It was a... Read more >

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American Sphinx
The Character of Thomas Jefferson
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 7, 1998
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76441-0 (0-679-76441-0)

Winner of the National Book Award

For a man who insisted that life on the public stage was not what he had in mind, Thomas Jefferson certainly spent a great deal of time in the spotlight--and not only during his active political career. After 1809, his longed-for retirement was compromised by a... Read more >
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Founding Brothers
The Revolutionary Generation
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70524-3 (0-375-70524-4)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History

In a landmark work of history, the National Book Award—winning author of American Sphinx explores how a group of greatly gifted but deeply flawed men–Hamilton, Burr, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Adams, and Madison–set the course for our nation.

Joseph Ellis illuminates the profoundly deep bonds and the... Read more >
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His Excellency
George Washington
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3253-2 (1-4000-3253-9)

The author of seven highly acclaimed books, Joseph J. Ellis has crafted a landmark biography that brings to life in all his complexity the most important and perhaps least understood figure in American history, George Washington. With his careful attention to detail and his lyrical prose, Ellis has set a new... Read more >
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His Excellency
George Washington
Written by Joseph J. Ellis


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 26, 2004
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4031-5 (1-4000-4031-0)

The author of seven highly acclaimed books, Joseph J. Ellis has crafted a landmark biography that brings to life in all his complexity the most important and perhaps least understood figure in American history, George Washington. With his careful attention to detail and his lyrical prose, Ellis has set a new... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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As the Future Catches You
How Genomics & Other Forces Are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth
Written by Juan Enriquez


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: October 25, 2005
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4774-1 (1-4000-4774-9)

In As the Future Catches You, author Juan Enriquez puts the reader face to face with unprecedented political, ethical, economic, and financial issues, dramatically demonstrating the cascading impact of the genetic, digital, and knowledge revolutions on all our lives.

Genetics will be the dominant language of this century. Those who can... Read more >
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The Lincolns
Portrait of a Marriage
Written by Daniel Mark Epstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 13, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-47800-9 (0-345-47800-2)

Although the private lives of political couples have in our era become front-page news, the true story of this extraordinary and tragic first family has never been fully told. The Lincolns eclipses earlier accounts with riveting new information that makes husband and wife, president and first lady, come alive in all... Read more >
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Generation Roe
Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement
Written by Sarah Erdreich


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-458-9 (1-60980-458-9)

Strong support among women was key to Obama’s reelection. According to author Sarah Erdreich, it is time for Barack Obama, forty years after Roe v. Wade, to finally help demystify abortion. One-third of all American women will have an abortion by the time they are 45, and most of those women are already... Read more >
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American Plastic
Boob Jobs, Credit Cards, and Our Quest for Perfection
Written by Laurie Essig


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0323-7 (0-8070-0323-9)

The story of how credit and cosmetic surgery have created a subprime mortgage crisis of the body.

In this provocative book, sociologist Laurie Essig traces the history of plastic surgery, tracks the effect of fashion and porn on our desire to “fix” ourselves, and explores our image- and youth-obsessed culture. In over... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Nobody Turn Me Around
A People's History of the 1963 March on Washington
Written by Charles Euchner


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 12, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0155-4 (0-8070-0155-4)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated O - Outstanding

On August 28, 1963, over a quarter-million people–two-thirds black and one-third white–held the greatest civil rights demonstration ever. In this major reinterpretation of the Great Day–the peak of the movement–Charles Euchner brings back the tension and... Read more >
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I Begin My Life All Over
The Hmong and the American Immigrant Experience
Written by Lillian Faderman


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 13, 1999
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7235-6 (0-8070-7235-4)

I Begin My Life All Over is an oral history of 36 real-life strangers in a strange land, an intimate study of the immigrant experience in contemporary America.

“Faderman has collected oral histories from individuals ranging from adults who escaped through the jungles of Laos, to the American-born teenagers anxious to negotiate... Read more >
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