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The Art of War
The Denma Translation
Written by Sun Tzu

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-57062-978-5 (1-57062-978-1)

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle...

These are... Read more >

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A Reporter's Journey in the Congo
Written by Anjan Sundaram

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53775-9 (0-385-53775-1)

In the powerful travel-writing tradition of Ryszard Kapuscinski and V.S. Naipaul, a haunting memoir of a dangerous and disorienting year of self-discovery in one of the world's unhappiest countries.

"Books by journalists usually keep the focus outward, but Sundaram has more of a novelist's interior sensibility and a talent for describing anxiety... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Divide
American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
Written by Matt Taibbi
Illustrated by Molly Crabapple

Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9342-4 (0-8129-9342-X)

Over the last two decades, America has been falling deeper and deeper into a statistical mystery:
Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles.
Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail.
In search of a solution, journalist... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Spanking the Donkey
Dispatches from the Dumb Season
Written by Matt Taibbi

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 22, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-34571-4 (0-307-34571-8)

"Collecting articles Taibbi wrote for the New York Press, the Nation and Rolling Stone while covering the 2004 presidential election, this book is not so much a campaign diary as it is a compelling, and somewhat chaotic, mix of reporting, anecdote, social commentary and rant. After spending time primarily on the... Read more >

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How Bottom-Up Economic Prosperity Will Replace Trickle-Down Economics
Written by John R. Talbott

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: July 1, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-865-4 (1-58322-865-9)

Bestselling author John R. Talbott, who predicted the housing and mortgage crisis, pictures in Obamanomics--written well in advance of the historic 2008 elections--a Barack Obama presidency based on justice and cooperation–principles that have not held sway in Washington, DC, for quite some time. Talbott’s powerful grasp of finance allows him to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Argument Culture
Moving from Debate to Dialogue
Written by Deborah Tannen

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 9, 1999
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-40751-1 (0-345-40751-2)

Bestselling author Deborah Tannen decries the state of public discourse in America, showing how it operates as a debate between false extremes rather than a dialogue in pursuit of complex truths. Tannen examines the way we communicate in public and our creation of an argument culture in which we approach everything... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Zero to One
Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
Written by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: September 16, 2014
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-8041-3929-8 (0-8041-3929-6)

Forthcoming September 2014
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In Zero to One, Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal, instructs students on how to build the forward-thinking companies of the future. Inspired by a course on start-up companies that Thiel taught at Stanford University, the book leads students to think critically about market value. Zero... Read more >

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Shadow Warriors
The Untold Story of Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender
Written by Kenneth R. Timmerman

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: September 16, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-35210-1 (0-307-35210-2)

“An alarming but necessary book that reads like a thriller. By raising uncomfortable questions, Ken Timmerman has performed a significant public service.”
–Michael Medved, nationally syndicated talk radio host

Some have called it the CIA’s greatest covert operation of all time.

It is an intelligence war conducted behind the scenes, aimed at confusing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Knowledge, Wealth, and Power at the Edge of the 21st Century
Written by Alvin Toffler

Format: Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: November 1, 1991
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-29215-2 (0-553-29215-3)

In Powershift, renowned futurist Alvin Toffler gives students the deepest, most comprehensive synthesis yet written about the civilization of the 21st century. He argues that while headlines focus on shifts of power at the global level, the very nature of power is changing before our eyes, in the everyday world we... Read more >

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A River, the Environment, Politics and the Fate of All Humanity
Written by Nathaniel Tripp
Foreword by Howard Dean

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: April 18, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-58642-106-9 (1-58642-106-9)

We are the river, and the river is us. We carry the same chemicals; pesticides and heavy metals, antibiotics and estrogen in our bloodstreams. From the Mekong River in Vietnam, where he served as platoon leader during the Vietnam War, to the Connecticut River near his farm in St. Johnsbury, Vermont... Read more >

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Silencing the Past
Power and the Production of History
Written by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 30, 1997
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4311-0 (0-8070-4311-7)

Placing the West’s failure to acknowledge the most successful slave revolt in history alongside denials of the Holocaust and the debate over the Alamo, Michel-Rolph Trouillot offers a stunning meditation on how power operates in the making and recording of history.

“Now that so many grand projects of the past are up... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The March of Folly
From Troy to Vietnam
Written by Barbara W. Tuchman

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 12, 1985
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-30823-8 (0-345-30823-9)

In March of Folly Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman explores a phenomenon she calls "folly in government...the pursuit of policy contrary to the governing body's interest." Drawing on a comprehensive array of examples, from Montezuma's senseless surrender of his empire in 1520 to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Tuchman defines folly... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Our Political Nature
The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us
Written by Avi Tuschman

Format: Hardcover, 500 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-823-2 (1-61614-823-3)

Our Political Nature is the first book to reveal the hidden roots of our most deeply held moral values. It shows how political orientations across space and time arise from three clusters of measurable personality traits. These clusters entail opposing attitudes toward tribalism, inequality, and differing perceptions of human nature. Together, these... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Convicted in the Womb

Written by Carl Upchurch

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: August 4, 1997
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37520-6 (0-553-37520-2)

Convicted in the Womb is an explosive look at racial injustice in America. Carl Upchurch, executive director of the Council for Urban Peace and Justice, organizer of the landmark Gang Summit — former felon, tells of how he overcame a youth that epitomized the tragedy of inner-city America to become a... Read more >

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A History of the FBI
Written by Tim Weiner

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7923-7 (0-8129-7923-0)

Enemies is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations, from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Praise for Enemies:
“Pulitzer-Prize–winning author Tim Weiner has written a riveting inside account of the FBI’s secret machinations that goes... Read more >

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The Least of All Possible Evils
Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza
Written by Eyal Weizman

Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: June 19, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-647-7 (1-84467-647-1)

2013 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

The principle of the “lesser evil”—the acceptability of pursuing one exceptional course of action in order to prevent a greater injustice—has long been a cornerstone of Western ethical philosophy. From its roots in classical ethics and Christian theology, to Hannah Arendt’s exploration of the work of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Longer I'm Prime Minister
Stephen Harper and Canada, 2006-
Written by Paul Wells

Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Canada
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-36132-5 (0-307-36132-2)

Despite a constant barrage of outrage and disbelief from his detractors, Stephen Harper is on his way to becoming one of Canada’s most significant prime ministers. He has already been in power longer than Lester B. Pearson and John Diefenbaker. By 2015, and the end of this majority term, he’ll have... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Michael Albert and the Story of Participatory Economics
Written by Sean Michael Wilson and Carl Thompson
Introduction by Noam Chomsky

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-456-5 (1-60980-456-2)

Parecomic is a graphic novel about the system we live in–what’s wrong with it, and how we might be able change it for the better. The recent upsurge in popular protest around the world shows that people are not happy with the state of capitalism and desire an alternative that will... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Making of a President
Written by Richard Wolffe

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46313-5 (0-307-46313-3)

Before the White House and Air Force One, before the TV ads and the enormous rallies, there was the real Barack Obama: a man wrestling with the momentous decision to run for the presidency, feeling torn about leaving behind a young family, and figuring out how to win the biggest prize... Read more >

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The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House
Written by Richard Wolffe

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71742-9 (0-307-71742-9)

Revival is the dramatic inside story of the defining period of the Obama White House. It is an epic tale that follows the president and his inner circle from the crisis of defeat to historic success. Over the span of an extraordinary two months in the life of a young presidency... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Lucifer Effect
Understanding How Good People Turn Evil
Written by Philip Zimbardo

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 22, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7444-7 (0-8129-7444-1)

Winner, the William James Book Award of the Society for General Psychology (Division 1 of the American Psychological Association)

Selected for Common Reading at Montana State University

In THE LUCIFER EFFECT, renowned social psychologist Philip Zimbardo explains how--and the myriad reasons why--we are all susceptible to the lure of “the dark side.” Drawing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train
A Personal History of Our Times
Written by Howard Zinn

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 5, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7127-4 (0-8070-7127-7)

Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States, tells his personal stories about more than thirty years of fighting for social change, from teaching at Spelman College to recent protests against war.

A former bombardier in WWII, Zinn emerged in the civil rights movement as a powerful voice for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Moral Compass of the American Lawyer
Truth, Justice, Power, and Greed
Written by Richard A. Zitrin and Carol M. Langford

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 5, 2000
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-00671-9 (0-449-00671-9)

With the popularity of television courtroom dramas that distort the perception of what lawyers do, it is time to tell the truth about the U.S. judicial system. Here is a cogent and groundbreaking program for legal reform. In this provocative book, practicing lawyers and distinguished law professors Zitrin and Langford offer... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Welcome to the Desert of the Real
Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates
Written by Slavoj Zizek

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: January 16, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-019-3 (1-78168-019-1)

Liberals and conservatives proclaim the end of the American holiday from history. Now the easy games are over; one should take sides. Žižek argues this is precisely the temptation to be resisted. In such moments of apparently clear choices, the real alternatives are most hidden. Welcome to the Desert of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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