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Why the Conventional Wisdom Is (Almost Always) Wrong
Written by Robert J. Samuelson

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: AtRandom
On Sale: March 6, 2001
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9164-2 (0-8129-9164-8)

In Untruth, Newsweek and Washington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson explains why our political, economic and cultural debates so routinely traffic in misinformation—popular fads that, like meteors, momentarily burn brightly in public consciousness and then fizzle out. Advocacy groups, politicians and their unwitting allies in the media instinctively create agendas of... Read more >
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Slam Dunks and No-Brainers
Pop Language in Your Life, the Media, and Like . . . Whatever
Written by Leslie Savan

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70242-6 (0-375-70242-3)

A marvelously original and informative book about the ever-changing American language that offers surprising insights into why we talk the way we talk.

With dazzling wit and acuity, three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Leslie Savan dissects contemporary language to discover what our most popular idioms reveal about America today. She traces the... Read more >
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The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

Written by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
Edited by Andrew Schlesinger and Stephen C. Schlesinger

Format: Hardcover, 672 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9309-7 (0-8129-9309-8)

This extraordinary collection gathers the never-before-seen correspondence of a true American original—the acclaimed historian and lion of the liberal establishment, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

An advisor to presidents, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and tireless champion of progressive government, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., was also an inveterate letter writer. Indeed, the term “man of letters”... Read more >
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The New Digital Age
Transforming Nations, Businesses, and Our Lives
Written by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94705-5 (0-307-94705-X)

In the next decade, five billion new people will come online, posing for our world a host of new opportunities—and dangers. Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen traveled to thirty-five countries, including some of the world’s most volatile regions and met with political leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists to learn firsthand about... Read more >
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The Art of the Handwritten Note
A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication
Written by Margaret Shepherd

Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 22, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0745-3 (0-7679-0745-0)

The Art of the Handwritten Note gives thorough instruction to students who are adept at typing away at a forgiving computer, but who are daunted with the prospect of hand-writting notes. From overcoming illegible penmanship to mastering the challenge of keeping straight margins, avoiding smeared ink, and choosing stationery that is... Read more >
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The Loudest Voice in the Room
How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News--and Divided a Country
Written by Gabriel Sherman

Format: Hardcover, 560 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9285-4 (0-8129-9285-7)

A deeply reported journey inside the secretive world of Fox News and the life of its combative, visionary founder.
When Rupert Murdoch enlisted Roger Ailes to launch a cable news network in 1996, American politics and media changed forever. Now, with a remarkable level of detail and insight, New York magazine reporter... Read more >
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Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better
Written by David Shipley and Will Schwalbe

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27599-8 (0-307-27599-X)

Send—the classic guide to email—has become indispensable for students navigating the impersonal, and at times overwhelming, world of electronic communication. Filled with real-life email success (and horror) stories and a wealth of useful and entertaining examples, Send dissects all the major minefields and pitfalls of email. It provides clear rules for... Read more >

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Against the Machine
How the Web Is Reshaping Culture and Commerce -- and Why It Matters
Written by Lee Siegel

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: March 17, 2009
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52266-3 (0-385-52266-5)

From the author hailed by the New York Times Book Review for his “drive-by brilliance” and dubbed by the New York Times Magazine as “one of the country’s most eloquent and acid-tongued critics” comes a ruthless challenge to the conventional wisdom about the most consequential cultural development of our time: the... Read more >
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The New York Review Abroad
Fifty Years of International Reportage
Edited by Robert B. Silvers
Introduction by Ian Buruma

Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-59017-631-3 (1-59017-631-6)

For the past fifty years, The New York Review of Books has covered virtually every international revolution and movement of consequence by dispatching the world’s most brilliant writers to write eyewitness accounts. The New York Review Abroad not only brings together twenty-eight of the most riveting of these pieces but includes... Read more >
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Back to Our Future
How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now--Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything
Written by David Sirota

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 15, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51878-1 (0-345-51878-0)

Wall Street scandals. Fights over taxes. Racial resentments. A Lakers-Celtics championship. The Karate Kid topping the box-office charts. Bon Jovi touring the country. These words could describe our current moment—or the vaunted iconography of three decades past.

In this wide-ranging and wickedly entertaining book, New York Times bestselling journalist David Sirota takes... Read more >
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Who Stole the American Dream?

Written by Hedrick Smith

Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 27, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8205-3 (0-8129-8205-3)

Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith’s new book is an extraordinary achievement, an eye-opening account of how, over the past four decades, the American Dream has been dismantled and we became two Americas.

In his bestselling The Russians, Smith took millions of readers inside the Soviet Union. In The Power Game, he... Read more >
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Free Speech in an Open Society

Written by Rodney A. Smolla

Format: Trade Paperback, 444 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 1993
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74213-5 (0-679-74213-1)

This grand tour of First Amendment law underlines the intimate connection between free expression and democratic values as it leads us through the most treacherous and emotionally charged cases in American jurisprudence.

“Intellectually venturesome. . . .”—The New York Times Book Review

“A clear-headed guide through difficult terrain... Well-written, firm in its... Read more >
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The Open-Source Everything Manifesto
Transparency, Truth, and Trust
Written by Robert David Steele
Foreword by Howard Bloom

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-443-1 (1-58394-443-5)

What the world lacks right now—especially the United States, where every form of organization from government to banks to labor unions has betrayed the public trust—is integrity. Also lacking is public intelligence in the sense of decision-support: knowing what one needs to know in order to make honest decisions for the... Read more >
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A Writer's Life

Written by Gay Talese

Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 25, 2006
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-41096-6 (0-679-41096-1)

The inner workings of a writer’s life, the interplay between experience and writing, are brilliantly recounted by a master of the art. Gay Talese now focuses on his own life—the zeal for the truth, the narrative edge, the sometimes startling precision, that won accolades for his journalism and best-sellerdom and acclaim... Read more >

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Everything But the Burden
What White People Are Taking from Black Culture
Written by Greg Tate

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1497-0 (0-7679-1497-X)

Following the trail blazed by Norman Mailer’s controversial essay “The White Negro,” Everything but the Burden brings together voices from music, popular culture, the literary world, and the media speaking about how from Brooklyn to the Badlands white people are co-opting black styles of music, dance, dress, and slang. In this... Read more >
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Better Than Sex

Written by Hunter S. Thompson

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 22, 1995
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-39635-8 (0-345-39635-9)

Since his 1972 trailblazing opus, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, Hunter S. Thompson has reported the election story in his truly inimitable, just-short-of-libel style.

In Better than Sex, Thompson hits the dusty trail again--without leaving home--yet manages to deliver a mind-bending view of the 1992 presidential campaign--in all of its... Read more >
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
Written by Hunter S. Thompson

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1998
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78589-7 (0-679-78589-2)

First published in 1971 in Rolling Stone magazine, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is Hunter S. Thompson's savagely comic account of what happened to this country in the 1960s. It is told through the writer's account of an assignment he undertook with his attorney to visit Las Vegas and "check... Read more >
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Proud Highway
Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967
Written by Hunter S. Thompson
Edited by Douglas Brinkley
Foreword by William J. Kennedy

Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 7, 1998
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-37796-8 (0-345-37796-6)

Here, for the first time, is the private and most intimate correspondence of one of America's most influential and incisive journalists--Hunter S. Thompson.

In letters to a Who's Who of luminaries from Norman Mailer to Charles Kuralt, Tom Wolfe to Lyndon Johnson, William Styron to Joan Baez--not to mention his mother, the... Read more >
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Extreme Mean
Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online
Written by Paula Todd

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Signal
On Sale: May 21, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-8403-4 (0-7710-8403-X)

“I have nobody, I need someone. My name is Amanda Todd.” Not long after she wrote this online, 16-year-old Amanda Todd killed herself, a victim of hateful and nonstop cyberbullying that followed her wherever she went. When Paula Todd (no relation) saw this, she decided to put her formidable investigative and... Read more >
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Written by Barbara Walters

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27996-5 (0-307-27996-0)

Barbara Walters, arguably the most important woman in the history of television, has had an amazingly full life. In the bestselling Audition, she describes her extraordinary public and private journey.

“The crowning glory of a remarkable career.” —Liz Smith, New York Post

“An ambitious and successful book. . . . .Suffused with an... Read more >

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Deadly Monopolies
The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself--And the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future
Written by Harriet A. Washington

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3123-6 (0-7679-3123-8)

From the award-winning author of Medical Apartheid, an exposé of the rush to own and exploit the raw materials of life—including yours.

Think your body is your own to control and dispose of as you wish? Think again. The United States Patent Office has granted at least 40,000 patents on genes controlling... Read more >
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The Young and the Digital
What the Migration to Social Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media M eans for Our Future
Written by S. Craig Watkins

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0616-0 (0-8070-0616-5)

In The Young and the Digital, S. Craig Watkins skillfully draws from more than 500 surveys and 350 in-depth interviews with young people, parents, and educators to understand how a digital lifestyle is affecting the ways youth learn, play, bond, and communicate. Timely and deeply relevant, the book covers the influence... Read more >
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The Musician's Guide to Licensing Music
How to Get Your Music into Film, TV, Advertising, Digital Media & Beyond
Written by Darren Wilsey and Daylle Deanna Schwartz

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Billboard Books
On Sale: February 16, 2010
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-1487-3 (0-8230-1487-8)

Plug your music career into the lucrative new income streams of the digital marketplace

Record deals are so twentieth century. Today, music licensing is the fastest route to widespread exposure and a steady income. Creators of films, television shows, commercials, video games, ringtones, podcasts and other digital-age media hunger for music perfectly... Read more >

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Advice to Writers
A Compendium of Quotes, Anecdotes, and Writerly Wisdom from a Dazzling Array of Literary Lights
Written by Jon Winokur

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 9, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76341-3 (0-679-76341-4)

In Advice to Writers, Jon Winokur, author of the bestselling The Portable Curmudgeon, gathers the counsel of more than four hundred celebrated authors in a treasury on the world of writing. Here are literary lions on everything from the passive voice to promotion and publicity: James Baldwin on the practiced illusion... Read more >
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The Entertainment Economy
How Mega-Media Forces Are Transforming Our Lives
Written by Michael Wolf

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: April 1, 2003
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5186-1 (1-4000-5186-X)

From Understanding Media by Marshall McLuhan through Nicholas Negroponte's Being Digital, books that have shown us the clearest vision of the future have been those that recognize the central role of mass media.

In The Entertainment Economy, Michael J. Wolf, the industry's most in-demand strategist, demonstrates that media and entertainment have... Read more >
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