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Political Fictions

Written by Joan Didion


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71890-8 (0-375-71890-7)

In 1988, Joan Didion began looking at the American political process for The New York Review of Books. What she found was not a mechanism that offered the nation’s citizens a voice in its affairs but one designed by—and for—“that handful of insiders who invent, year in and year out, the... Read more >
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Where I Was From

Written by Joan Didion


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 14, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75286-8 (0-679-75286-2)

In this moving and unexpected book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history, and ours. Where I Was From, in Didion’s words, “represents an exploration into my own confusions about the place and the way in which I grew up, confusions as much about America as about... Read more >
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Where I Was From

Written by Joan Didion


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 23, 2003
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-43332-3 (0-679-43332-5)

In this moving and unexpected book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history, and ours. Where I Was From, in Didion’s words, “represents an exploration into my own confusions about the place and the way in which I grew up, confusions as much about America as about... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

Pornland
How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
Written by Gail Dines


Format: eBook
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 6, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4453-7 (0-8070-4453-9)

Professor Gail Dines has written about and researched the porn industry for over two decades. She attends industry conferences, interviews producers and performers, and speaks to hundreds of men and women each year about their experience with porn. Students and educators describe her work as “life changing.”

In Pornland–the culmination of... Read more >
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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 >
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One Minute to Midnight
Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War
Written by Michael Dobbs


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7891-2 (1-4000-7891-1)

In October 1962, at the height of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union came to the brink of nuclear conflict over the placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba. In this hour-by-hour chronicle of those tense days, veteran Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs reveals just how close we... Read more >
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Six Months in 1945
FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman--from World War to Cold War
Written by Michael Dobbs


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 2, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45667-0 (0-307-45667-6)

When Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin met in Yalta in February 1945, Hitler’s armies were on the run, and victory was imminent. The Big Three wanted to draft a blueprint for a lasting peace—but instead they set the stage for a forty-four year division of Europe into Soviet and Western spheres of... Read more >
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Sing a Battle Song
The Revolutionary Poetry, Statements, and Communiques of the Weather Underground 1970-1974
Edited by Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayers and Jeff Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-726-8 (1-58322-726-1)

Outraged by the Vietnam War and racism in America, a group of young American radicals announced their intention to “bring the war home.” The Weather Underground waged a low-level war against the U.S. government through much of the 1970s, bombing the Capitol building, breaking Timothy Leary out of prison, and evading... Read more >

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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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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

Written by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz


Format: Hardcover, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 16, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0040-3 (0-8070-0040-X)

Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first... 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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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: $16.00
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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