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A Mighty Long Way
My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School
Written by Carlotta Walls Lanier and Lisa Frazier Page
Foreword by Bill Clinton


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51101-0 (0-345-51101-8)

Selected for Common Reading at :

Colorado Mountain College
Evergreen State College
Frank Phillips Community College
Hood College
University of Illinois at Springfield


"Carlotta Walls LaNier's A Mighty Long Way is a riveting account of nine brave high school students and their families in a quest for quality desegregated public education. What happened in Little Rock... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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A Mighty Long Way
My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School
Written by Carlotta Walls Lanier and Lisa Frazier Page
Foreword by Bill Clinton


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: August 25, 2009
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51100-3 (0-345-51100-X)

"Carlotta Walls LaNier's A Mighty Long Way is a riveting account of nine brave high school students and their families in a quest for quality desegregated public education. What happened in Little Rock in 1957 resulted in America's greatest constitutional crisis since the Civil War. Carlotta's account of events inside and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Meme Wars
The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics
Written by Kalle Lasn
Edited by Adbusters


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 5, 2013
Price: $100.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-432-9 (1-60980-432-5)

From the editor and magazine that started and named the Occupy Wall Street movement, Occupy 101 is an articulation of what could be the next steps in rethinking and remaking our world that challenges and debunks many of the assumptions of neoclassical economics and brings to light a more ecological model... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Meme Wars
The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics
Edited by Kalle Lasn and Adbusters


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-473-2 (1-60980-473-2)

From the editor and magazine that started and named the Occupy Wall Street movement, Occupy 101 is an articulation of what could be the next steps in rethinking and remaking our world that challenges and debunks many of the assumptions of neoclassical economics and brings to light a more ecological model... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Tension City
Inside the Presidential Debates
Written by Jim Lehrer


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 25, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8143-8 (0-8129-8143-X)

“In his quiet but intense way, Jim Lehrer earns the trust of the major political players of our time,” notes Barbara Walters. “He explains and exposes their hopes and dreams, their strengths and failures as they try to put their best foot forward.”

From the man widely hailed as “the Dean of... Read more >

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The Enemy Within
Terror, Lies, and the Whitewashing of Omar Khadr
Written by Ezra Levant


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: January 9, 2012
Price: $27.99
ISBN: 978-0-7710-4600-1 (0-7710-4600-6)

A controversial look at the headline-making story of the last Western prisoner at Guantanamo Bay and the larger implications to national security, justice, and international relations.

Omar Khadr is the last Western prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre. He has been held at the American naval base since October 2002... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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American Vertigo
Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville
Written by Bernard-Henri Levy
Translated by Charlotte Mandell


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7471-3 (0-8129-7471-9)

What does it mean to be an American, and what can America be today? To answer these questions, celebrated philosopher and journalist Bernard-Henri Lévy spent a year traveling throughout the country in the footsteps of another great Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville, whose Democracy in America remains the most influential book ever... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Captivity
118 Days in Iraq and the Struggle for a World Without War
Written by James Loney


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: April 24, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39928-1 (0-307-39928-1)

The powerful account of the remarkable peace activist kidnapped while leading a peace delegation and held for ransom by Iraqi insurgents until his paradoxical release by a crack unit of Special Forces commandos.

In November 2005, James Loney and three other men – Canadian Harmeet Singh Sooden, British citizen Norman Kember and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Almanac of Political Corruption, Scandals and Dirty Politics

Written by Kim Long


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: August 26, 2008
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38435-2 (0-553-38435-X)

Watergate. Billygate. Iran-Contra. Teapot Dome. Monica Lewinsky.American history is marked by era-defining misdeeds, indiscretions, and the kind of tabloid-ready scandals that politicians seem to do better than anyone else. Now, for the first time, one volume brings together 300 years of political wrongdoing in an illustrated history of politicians gone wild—proving... Read more >

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Revolt on Goose Island
The Chicago Factory Takeover and What It Says About the Economic Crisis
Written by Kari Lydersen


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: June 30, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-933633-82-4 (1-933633-82-4)

“I think they’re absolutely right... what’s happening to them is reflective of what’s happening across this economy.”
--President Barack Obama on the workers at Republic Windows & Doors

December 5, 2008: It wasn’t supposed to work like this. Days after getting a $45 billion bailout from the U.S. government, Bank of America shut... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America
Or, Why A Progressive Presidency Is Impossible
Written by John R. Macarthur


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 28, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-137-9 (1-61219-137-1)

Barack Obama swept into the White House in January 2009 still floating–or so it appeared to millions of his admirers–high above the crude realities of contemporary American political life. Old-fashioned landmarks–party loyalty, ideology, campaign fundraising, patronage, corruption, even race–seemed hopelessly outdated as points of reference for understanding what was trumpeted as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Prince

Written by Niccolo Machiavelli
Translated by Peter Constantine
Introduction by Albert Russell Ascoli


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 5, 2008
Price: $8.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7805-6 (0-8129-7805-6)

The first modern treatise of political philosophy, The Prince remains one of the world’s most influential and widely read books. Machiavelli, whose name has become synonymous with expedient exercises of will, reveals nothing less than the secrets of power: how to gain it, how to wield it, and how to keep... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover and a paperback.

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Drift
The Unmooring of American Military Power
Written by Rachel Maddow


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46099-8 (0-307-46099-1)

"One of my favorite ideas is, never to keep an unnecessary soldier," Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1792. Neither Jefferson nor the other Found­ers could ever have envisioned the modern national security state, with its tens of thousands of "privateers"; its bloated Department of Homeland Security; its rust­ing nuclear weapons, ill-maintained and... Read more >

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Playbook for Progressives
16 Qualities of the Successful Organizer
Written by Eric Mann


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 9, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4735-4 (0-8070-4735-X)

An organizing manifesto for the twenty-first century, Playbook for Progressives is a must-have for the activist’s tool kit. This comprehensive guide articulates pragmatically what is required in the often mystifying and rarely explained on-the-ground practice of organizing. Here, Eric Mann distills lessons he learned from over forty years as an organizer... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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One-Dimensional Man
Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society
Written by Herbert Marcuse


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 1, 1991
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1417-2 (0-8070-1417-6)

Originally published in 1964, One-Dimensional Man quickly became one of the most important texts in the ensuing decade of radical political change. This second edition, newly introduced by Marcuse scholar Douglas Kellner, presents Marcuse’s best-selling work to another generation of readers in the context of contemporary events.

“Marcuse shows himself to be... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Do It Anyway
The New Generation of Activists
Written by Courtney E. Martin


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0047-2 (0-8070-0047-7)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated G — General Audience

If you care about social change but hate feel-good platitudes, Do It Anyway is the book for you. Courtney Martin’s rich profiles of the new generation of activists dig deep, to ask the questions that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Beast
Riding The Rails And Dodging Narcos On The Migrant Trail
Written by Oscar Martinez
Translated by Daniela Maria Ugaz and John Washington
Introduction by Francisco Goldman


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-297-5 (1-78168-297-6)

One day a few years ago, 300 migrants were kidnapped between the remote desert towns of Altar, Mexico, and Sasabe, Arizona. A local priest got 120 released, many with broken ankles and other marks of abuse, but the rest vanished. Óscar Martínez, a young writer from El Salvador, was in Altar soon after the abduction, and his account of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Communist Manifesto

Written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Introduction by Vladimir Pozner


Format: Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: May 1, 1992
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21406-2 (0-553-21406-3)

Includes the complete text of The Communist Manifesto and the prefaces to the 1872 and 1883 German editions, the 1882 Russian edition, and the 1888 English edition. Written in Friedrich Engels' clear, stirring prose, The Communist Manifesto declared the earth-shaking ideas of Karl Marx. Upon its publication in 1848, it quickly... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Hardball Handbook
How to Win at Life
Written by Chris Matthews


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 14, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7597-0 (0-8129-7597-9)

With his more than forty years’ experience observing people and politicians in our nation's capital–ten of those years on Hardball, five nights a week–Chris Matthews has learned from the pros what it takes to be a success. Now Matthews shows us what we can learn from the world’s most accomplished people... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Prophetic Encounters
Religion and the American Radical Tradition
Written by Dan McKanan


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1317-5 (0-8070-1317-X)

A broad, definitive history of the profound relationship between religion and movements for social change in America.

Though not well-remembered today, the United States has always had an active religious left. In Prophetic Encounters, Dan McKanan shows that encounters between people of different perspectives, races, and classes have been transformative for centuries... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Billionaires' Ball
Gluttony and Hubris in an Age of Epic Inequality
Written by Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0343-5 (0-8070-0343-3)

A society top-heavy with billionaires may seem like a paradise of upward mobility, but it actually more closely resembles a boneyard of broken dreams for all but a lucky few. Between 1980 and 2008, the incomes of the bottom 90 percent of Americans grew by a meager 1 percent compared to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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American Gospel
God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation
Written by Jon Meacham


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 20, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7666-3 (0-8129-7666-5)

The American Gospel–literally, the good news about America–is that religion shapes our public life without controlling it. In this vivid book, New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham tells the human story of how the Founding Fathers viewed faith, and how they ultimately created a nation in which belief in God... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Written by Jon Meacham


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7948-0 (0-8129-7948-6)

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • Entertainment Weekly • The Seattle Times • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man... Read more >

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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Written by Jon Meacham


Format: Hardcover, 800 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6766-4 (1-4000-6766-9)

In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of... Read more >

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Why We Hate Us
American Discontent in the New Millennium
Written by Dick Meyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 22, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-40663-7 (0-307-40663-6)

"Dick Meyer has done the impossible -- he diagnoses the self-loathing, moral confusion and ennui that infect supersized America without hectoring us and badgering us, and without tiresome self-righteousness or smugness. Why We Hate Us takes us on a rollicking, laugh-out-loud ride across the brittle American landscape, and by 'us' I... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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