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Why Nations Fail
The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
Written by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71921-8 (0-307-71921-9)

Shortlisted for The Phi Beta Kappa Society's Ralph Waldo Emerson Award

Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

Is it culture, the weather... Read more >

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The Age Of Globalization
Anarchists and the Anti-Colonial Imagination
Written by Benedict Anderson

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-144-2 (1-78168-144-9)

The exchange of ideas makes history as surely as the exchange of gunfire. The Age of Globalization (previously published as Under Three Flags) is an account of the unlikely connections that made up late nineteenth-century politics and culture. In particular, Benedict Anderson examines the links between militant anarchists in Europe and the Americas and the anti-imperialist... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Beyond a House Divided
The Moral Consensus Ignored by Washington, Wall Street, and the Media
Written by Carl Anderson

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88774-0 (0-307-88774-X)

If you follow politics or the news, America is a country of culture wars and great divides, a partisan place of red states and blue states, of us against them. From pundits to politicians it seems that anyone with an audience sees a polarized country - a country at war with... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Reagan's Secret War
The Untold Story of His Fight to Save the World from Nuclear Disaster
Written by Martin Anderson and Annelise Anderson

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-23863-4 (0-307-23863-6)

On February 6, 1981, at his first National Security Council meeting, Ronald Reagan told his advisers: “I will make the decisions.” As Reagan’s Secret War reveals, these words provide the touchstone for understanding the extraordinary accomplishments of the Reagan administration, including the decisive events that led to the end of the... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Indian Ideology

Written by Perry Anderson

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-259-3 (1-78168-259-3)

Today, the Indian state claims to embody the values of a stable political democracy, a harmonious territorial unity, and a steadfast religious impartiality. Even many of those critical of the inequalities of Indian society underwrite such claims.

The Indian Ideology suggests that the roots of the current ills of the Republic... Read more >
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The Truth About the Drug Companies
How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It
Written by Marcia Angell

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76094-5 (0-375-76094-6)


Currently, Americans spend a staggering $200 billion each year on prescription drugs. In The Truth About Drug Companies, Dr Marcia Angell argues that this is both unnecessary and unethical.

A former editor in chief of The New England Journal Of Medicine, a current member of Harvard's Medical School's Department of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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No god but God (Updated Edition)
The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
Written by Reza Aslan

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8244-2 (0-8129-8244-4)

In No god but God, internationally acclaimed scholar Reza Aslan explains Islam—the origins and evolution of the faith—in all its beauty and complexity. This updated edition addresses the events of the past decade, analyzing how they have influenced Islam’s position in modern culture. Aslan explores what the popular demonstrations pushing for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Public Enemy
Confessions of an American Dissident
Written by Bill Ayers

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3276-3 (0-8070-3276-X)

Labeled a “domestic terrorist” by the McCain campaign in 2008 and used by the radical right in an attempt to castigate Obama for “pallin’ around with terrorists,” Bill Ayers is in fact a dedicated teacher, father, and social justice advocate with a sharp memory and even sharper wit.  Public Enemy tells... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Cancer in the Community
Class and Medical Authority
Written by Martha Balshem

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 1993
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-251-7 (1-56098-251-9)

Focusing on deep conflicts between the medical establishment and the working class, Martha Balshem chronicles a health education project in “Tannerstown,” a pseudonym for a blue-collar neighborhood in northeast Philadelphia.

“Balshem conducted anthropological research as a means of exploring the limitations and possibilities of community-based approaches to cancer prevention. . . ... Read more >
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Jihad vs. McWorld
Terrorism's Challenge to Democracy
Written by Benjamin Barber

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: July 30, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-38304-4 (0-345-38304-4)

With an introduction that addresses the terrorist attacks of September 11th. This is a timely, compelling, and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: consumerist capitalism versus religious and tribal fundamentalism. On the one hand, consumer capitalism on the global level is rapidly dissolving the social and economic barriers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Shaping Our Nation
How Surges of Migration Transformed America and Its Politics
Written by Michael Barone

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Crown Forum
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46151-3 (0-307-46151-3)

The peopling of the United States is one of the most important stories of the last five hundred years, and in Shaping our Nation, bestselling author and demographics expert Michael Barone illuminates a new angle on America’s rise, using a vast array of political and social data to show America is... Read more >
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Plain, Honest Men
The Making of the American Constitution
Written by Richard Beeman

Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 9, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7684-7 (0-8129-7684-3)

Winner, George Washington Book Prize
A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

“While some have boasted it as a work from Heaven, others have given it a less righteous origin. I have many reasons to believe that it is the work of plain, honest men.”
–Robert Morris, delegate from Pennsylvania to the Constitutional... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Good Society

Written by Robert Bellah, Richard Madsen, Steve Tipton, William Sullivan and Ann Swidler

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 18, 1992
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73359-1 (0-679-73359-0)

In 1985, the authors’ bestselling Habits of the Heart redefined the terms of America’s debate about individualism and social commitment. With The Good Society, Bellah and his co-authors propose a new response to the country's growing social ills as America moves its domestic, economic, and social crises to the top of... Read more >
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God of the Rodeo
The Quest for Redemption in Louisiana's Angola Prison
Written by Daniel Bergner

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 5, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43553-8 (0-345-43553-2)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

God of the Rodeo
, by journalist Daniel Bergner, takes readers inside a world where no writer before has ventured so deeply–the life of a maximum-security state penitentiary. Bergner first traveled to Angola State Prison in Louisiana to cover the prison’s inmate rodeo, a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Menace in Europe
Why the Continent's Crisis Is America's, Too
Written by Claire Berlinski

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: January 23, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9770-8 (1-4000-9770-3)

Claire Berlinski contends that Europe has lately become a landmass of endless strikes and demonstrations, of bombs on trains and subways, of radical Islamic cells in every city, and of violent ghettos so hopeless even the police will not enter them. She finds a Europe still in the grip of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Election 2012: The Battle Begins (The RealClearPolitics Political Download)

Written by Tom Bevan and Carl M. Cannon

Format: eBook, 150 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: November 11, 2011
Price: $2.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-98662-7 (0-307-98662-4)

Real Clear Politics’ first in a series of in-depth looks at the 2012 campaign.

With unsurpassed access to the White House, Republican candidates, and their respective staffs, Election 2012: The Battle Begins will give readers a riveting behind the scenes, real time look at the 2012 campaign, providing in-depth reporting and analysis... Read more >

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The Good Spy
The Life and Death of Robert Ames
Written by Kai Bird

Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88975-1 (0-307-88975-0)

“Kai Bird has produced a compelling and complex narrative that must be read on many levels – including as a detailed account of the immense influence that a truly good man can have on an agency as cynical as the CIA, and as a reminder of a myriad of losses.  Robert... Read more >

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Warriors of God
Inside Hezbollah's Thirty-Year Struggle Against Israel
Written by Nicholas Blanford

Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6836-4 (1-4000-6836-3)

Hezbollah is the most powerful Islamist group operating in the Middle East today, and no other Western journalist has penetrated as deeply inside this secretive organization as Nicholas Blanford. With Warriors and God, Blanford has written the first comprehensive inside account of Hezbollah and its enduring struggle against Israel.

Based on... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
Written by Katherine Boo

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6755-8 (1-4000-6755-3)

Winner of the National Book Award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award
Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize

Selected for Common Reading at:
Concordia University
Michigan State University
Read more >

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Taking Liberties
Why Religious Freedom Doesn't Give You the Right to Tell Other People What to Do
Written by Robert Boston

Format: Trade Paperback, 198 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-911-6 (1-61614-911-6)

Increasingly, conservative religious groups are using religious liberty as a sword to lash out at others. In this forcefully argued defense of the separation of church and state, Robert Boston makes it clear that the religious freedom guaranteed in the First Amendment is an individual right, the right of personal conscience... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Talking About the Sixties: What Happened, How It Shaped Today, Lessons for Tomorrow
Written by Tom Brokaw

Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7511-6 (0-8129-7511-1)

In Boom!, Tom Brokaw, one of America’s premier journalists and the acclaimed author of The Greatest Generation, gives us an epic portrait of another defining era in America: the tumultuous Sixties. The voices and stories of both famous people and ordinary citizens come together in this “virtual reunion” as Brokaw takes... Read more >

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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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Dude, Where's My Black Studies Department?
The Disappearance of Black Americans from Our Universities
Written by Cecil Brown

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: May 15, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-573-7 (1-55643-573-8)

Blacks have been vanishing from college campuses in the United States and reappearing in prisons, videos, and movies. Cecil Brown tackles this unwitting "disappearing act" head-on, paying special attention to the situation at UC Berkeley and the University of California system generally. Brown contends that educators have ignored the importance of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
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