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A Tragic Legacy
How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency
Written by Glenn Greenwald


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-35428-0 (0-307-35428-8)

The first true character study of a lost president and his disastrous legacy

In this fascinating, timely book, Glenn Greenwald examines the Bush presidency and its long-term effect on the nation, charting the rise and steep fall of the current administration, dissecting the rhetoric, and revealing the faulty ideals upon which George... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Nation of Secrets
The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life
Written by Ted Gup


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7978-0 (1-4000-7978-0)

At work, at the doctor’s office, on campus, in your car, your right to know has been replaced by someone else’s right to keep a secret.

U.S. judges allow businesses to make secret settlement agreements that keep products with life-threatening defects on the market. Intelligence agencies use an ever-widening array of classification... Read more >
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Defining a Nation
Our America and the Source of Its Strength
Edited by David Halberstam


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: May 16, 2006
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-7922-5909-1 (0-7922-5909-2)

"The freer we are … the stronger we are," writes David Halberstam in this probing compilation of original essays which distill the essence of America, an evergreen subject rendered even more timely by recent world events that highlight cultural clashes and prompt us not just to reconsider foreign attitudes and aspirations... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Going Up the River
Travels in a Prison Nation
Written by Joseph T. Hallinan


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 8, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6844-6 (0-8129-6844-1)

The American prison system has grown tenfold in thirty years, while crime rates have been relatively flat: 2 million people are behind bars on any given day, more prisoners than in any other country in the world — half a million more than in Communist China, and the largest prison expansion... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Storm over Iraq
Air Power and the Gulf War
Written by Richard Hallion


Format: Trade Paperback, 386 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 1997
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-723-9 (1-56098-723-5)

An incisive account of the Persian Gulf War, Storm Over Iraq shows how the success of Operation Desert Storm was the product of two decades of profound changes in the American approach to defense, military doctrine, and combat operations. The first detailed analysis of why the Gulf War could be fought... Read more >

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The Radical Center
The Future of American Politics
Written by Ted Halstead and Michael Lind


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72029-8 (0-385-72029-7)

Record numbers of Americans describe themselves as “independents” and reject the conventional agendas of Left and Right. In this widely acclaimed book, Ted Halstead and Michael Lind explain why today’s ideologies and institutions are so ill-suited to the Information Age, and offer a groundbreaking blueprint for updating all sectors of America... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Federalist Papers

Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay


Format: Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1982
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21340-9 (0-553-21340-7)

Introduction by Garry Wills. Contains the complete, 18th-century text of The Federalist, along with James Madison’s never-before-published marginal notations. It also includes the complete Constitution, an outline of the argument, a quick-reference index and bibliography.

Introduction * An Outline of the Argument * A Note on the Text * The Federalist *... Read more >
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The Mind of War
John Boyd and American Security
Written by Grant Hammond


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 2004
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-178-5 (1-58834-178-X)

The ideas of US Air Force Colonel John Boyd have transformed American military policy and practice. A first-rate fighter pilot and a self-taught scholar, he wrote the first manual on jet aerial combat; spearheaded the design of both of the Air Force’s premier fighters, the F-15 and the F-16; and shaped... Read more >
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Between War and Peace
Lessons from Afghanistan to Iraq
Written by Victor Hanson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7273-3 (0-8129-7273-2)

In his acclaimed collection An Autumn of War, the scholar and military historian Victor Davis Hanson expressed powerful and provocative views of September 11 and the ensuing war in Afghanistan. Now, in Between War and Peace, a collection of challenging new essays, he examines the world’s ongoing war on terrorism, from... Read more >
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Epic Rivalry
The Inside Story of the Soviet and American Space Race
Written by Von Hardesty and Gene Eisman
Foreword by Sergei Khrushchev


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: September 18, 2007
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0119-6 (1-4262-0119-2)

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon in 1969, they personified an almost unimaginable feat—the incredibly complex task of sending humans safely to another celestial body. This extraordinary odyssey, which grew from the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, was galvanized... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Snowden Files
The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man
Written by Luke Harding


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 7, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7352-0 (0-8041-7352-4)

It began with a tantalizing, anonymous email: “I Am A Senior Member Of The Intelligence Community.”
 
What followed was the most spectacular intelligence breach ever, brought about by one extraordinary man. Edward Snowden was a 29-year-old computer genius working for the National Security Agency when he shocked the world by exposing the near-universal... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Some Memories of a Long Life, 1854-1911

Written by Malvina Shanklin Harlan
Afterword by Linda Przybyszewski
Foreword by Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 8, 2003
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6744-9 (0-8129-6744-5)

Like Abigail Adams, Malvina Shanklin Harlan witnessed—and gently influenced—national history from the unique perspective of a political leader’s wife. Her husband, Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan (1833–1911), played a central role in some of the most significant civil rights decisions of his era, including his lone dissenting opinion in Plessy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

DREAM OF DELIVERANCE

Written by Mona Harrington


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 21, 2013
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83151-4 (0-307-83151-5)

In this major work of historical and political analysis, Mona Harrington examines curcial missteps and uncertainties in the American statecraft from Woodrow Wilson’s time to Ronald Reagan’s, and traces them to a potent myth at the center of our political thinking. It is a myth peculiarly American, a long-held belief that... Read more >

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The Survivor
Bill Clinton in the White House
Written by John F. Harris


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76084-6 (0-375-76084-9)

The definitive account of one of the most accomplished, controversial, and polarizing figures in American history

Bill Clinton is the most arresting leader of his generation. He transformed American politics, and his eight years as president spawned arguments that continue to resonate. For all that has been written about this singular personality–including... Read more >
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Rebel Cities
From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution
Written by David Harvey


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-074-2 (1-78168-074-4)

Long before Occupy, cities were the subject of much utopian thinking. They are the centers of capital accumulation as well as of revolutionary politics, where deeper currents of social and political change rise to the surface. Do the financiers and developers control access to urban resources or do the people? Who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Overloaded Liberal
Shopping, Investing, Parenting, and Other Daily Dilemmas in an Age of Political Activism
Written by Fran Hawthorne


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 15, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0129-5 (0-8070-0129-5)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated S — Special Interest

Today’s shoppers don’t just consume; we investigate and categorize the impact of our decisions on climate change, animals, our health, our political views, geopolitical relationships, working conditions, and more. Yet when we actually try to... Read more >

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The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order
1964-1980
Written by Steven F. Hayward


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: June 9, 2009
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45369-3 (0-307-45369-3)

THE AGE OF REAGAN brings to life the tumultuous decade and a half that preceded Ronald Reagan's ascent to the White House. Based on scores of interviews and years of research, Steven F. Hayward takes us on an engrossing journey through the most politically divisive years the United States has had... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Greatness
Reagan, Churchill, and the Making of Extraordinary Leaders
Written by Steven F. Hayward


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: October 24, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-23719-4 (0-307-23719-2)

In Greatness, Steven F. Hayward--who has written acclaimed studies of both Reagan and Churchill--uncovers the remarkable parallels between the two statesmen. In exploring these connections, Hayward shines a light on the nature of political genius and the timeless aspects of statesmanship--critical lessons in this or any age. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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They Knew They Were Right
The Rise of the Neocons
Written by Jacob Heilbrunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7620-8 (1-4000-7620-X)

From its origins in 1930s Marxism to its unprecedented influence on George W. Bush's administration, neoconservatism has become one of the most powerful, reviled, and misunderstood intellectual movements in American history. But who are the neocons, and how did this obscure group of government officials, pundits, and think-tank denizens rise to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Look Over My Shoulder
A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency
Written by Richard Helms and William Hood
Foreword by Henry A. Kissinger


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: August 31, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7108-8 (0-8129-7108-6)

“Gripping . . . Helms’s account is fascinating, acute, and subtle. . . . There was no public servant I respected more. It was an honor to be Richard Helms’s colleague; it enhanced my life to be his friend.”
—from the Foreword by Henry A. Kissinger

A Look Over My Shoulder, by Richard... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sons of Mississippi
A Story of Race and Its Legacy
Written by Paul Hendrickson


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70425-3 (0-375-70425-6)

They stand as unselfconscious as if the photograph were being taken at a church picnic and not during one of the pitched battles of the civil rights struggle. None of them knows that the image will appear in Life magazine or that it will become an icon of its era. The... Read more >

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History of the Space Shuttle, Volume Two
Development of the Space Shuttle, 1972-1981
Written by T. A. Heppenheimer


Format: Trade Paperback, 504 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $32.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-285-0 (1-58834-285-9)

Basing his work on virtually untapped NASA archives, T. A. Heppenheimer has produced the second volume of his definitive history of the space shuttle. Volume Two traces the development of the shuttle through a decade of engineering setbacks and breakthroughs, program-management challenges, and political strategizing, culminating in the first launch in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Losing Our Way
An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America
Written by Bob Herbert


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-52823-8 (0-385-52823-X)

From longtime New York Times columnist Bob Herbert comes a wrenching portrayal of ordinary Americans struggling for survival in a nation that has lost its way

In his eighteen years as an opinion columnist for The New York Times, Herbert championed the working poor and the middle class. After filing his last... Read more >

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The Georgetown Set
Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington
Written by Gregg Herken


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27118-1 (0-307-27118-8)

A fascinating, behind-the-scenes history of postwar Washington—a rich and colorful portrait of the close-knit group of journalists, spies, and government officials who waged the Cold War over cocktails and dinner.

In the years after World War II, Georgetown’s leafy streets were home to an unlikely group of Cold Warriors: a coterie of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Reimagining Equality
Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home
Written by Anita Hill


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1443-1 (0-8070-1443-5)

Through the stories of remarkable African American women, including her own great-great-grandmother, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, and Baltimore beauty-shop owner and housing-crisis survivor Anjanette Booker, Anita Hill demonstrates that the inclusive democracy our Constitution promises must be conceived with home in mind. From slavery to the Great Migration to the subprime mortgage... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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