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Hate Crime
The Story of a Dragging in Jasper, Texas
Written by Joyce King


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 2, 2003
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72195-0 (0-385-72195-1)

On June 7, 1998, James Byrd Jr., a forty-nine-year-old black man, was walking home from a party when three white men in a pickup truck offered him a ride. They drove Byrd out to a lonely country road, tied him to a logging chain, and dragged him three miles to his... Read more >
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Rachel and Her Children
Homeless Families in America
Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 15, 2006
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-34589-9 (0-307-34589-0)

Jonathan Kozol is one of America’s most forceful and eloquent observers of the intersection of race, poverty, and education. His books, from the National Book Award–winning Death at an Early Age to his most recent, the critically acclaimed Shame of the Nation, are touchstones of the national conscience. First published in... Read more >
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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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Jumped In
What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption
Written by Jorja Leap


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4481-0 (0-8070-4481-4)

When Jorja Leap began studying Los Angeles gang violence in 2002, she encountered a myriad of proposed solutions to the seemingly intractable “gang problem” and set out to discover what was really going on. The stakes–then and now–could not be higher: a child or teenager is killed by gunfire every three... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Jumped In
What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption
Written by Jorja Leap


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4456-8 (0-8070-4456-3)

Jumped In tells the story of the gangs of Los Angeles in the words of the gang members themselves as well as the people who interact with them on a daily basis--trying to arrest them, control them, and help them. There are priests and police officers, murderers and drug dealers, victims... Read more >
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Grace and Grit
My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond
Written by Lilly Ledbetter and Lanier Scott Isom


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Crown Archetype
On Sale: February 28, 2012
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88792-4 (0-307-88792-8)

Grace and Grit is the courageous true story of the woman at the center of the historic discrimination case that inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act--her fight for equal rights in the workplace, and how her determination became a victory for the nation. Lilly Ledbetter was born in a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Future of Ideas
The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World
Written by Lawrence Lessig


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 22, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72644-6 (0-375-72644-6)

The Internet revolution has come. Some say it has gone. In The Future of Ideas, Lawrence Lessig explains how the revolution has produced a counterrevolution of potentially devastating power and effect. Creativity once flourished because the Net protected a commons on which widest range of innovators could experiment. But now, manipulating... 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 >
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Ethical Oil
The Case for Canada's Oil Sands
Written by Ezra Levant


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-4641-4 (0-7710-4641-3)

In 2009, Ezra Levant’s bestselling book Shakedown revealed the corruption of Canada’s human rights commissions and was declared the “most important public affairs book of the year.” In Ethical Oil, Levant turns his attention to another hot-button topic: the ethical cost of our addiction to oil. While many North Americans may... Read more >
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Guilty by Reason of Insanity
A Psychiatrist Explores the Minds of Killers
Written by Dorothy Otnow Lewis, Ph.D.


Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Ivy Books
On Sale: May 1, 1999
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-1887-3 (0-8041-1887-6)

A psychiatrist and an internationally recognized expert on violence, Dorothy Otnow Lewis has spent the last quarter century studying the minds of killers. Among the notorious murderers she has examined are Ted Bundy, Arthur Shawcross, and Mark David Chapman, the man who shot John Lennon.

Now she shares her groundbreaking discoveries–and... Read more >
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Bush's Law
The Remaking of American Justice
Written by Eric Lichtblau


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-28054-1 (0-307-28054-3)

In the aftermath of 9/11, President Bush declared that the struggle against terrorism would be nothing less than a war—a war that would require new tools and a new mind-set. As legal sanction was given to covert surveillance and interrogation tactics, internal struggles brewed over programs and policies that threatened to... 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 >
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The Journalist and the Murderer

Written by Janet Malcolm


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 31, 1990
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73183-2 (0-679-73183-0)

Using the strange and unprecedented lawsuit of Jeffrey MacDonald, a convicted murderer, against Joe McGinniss, the author of a book about crime, Malcolm explores the always uneasy, sometimes tragic relationship that exists between journalist and subject. Malcolm's view is that neither journalist nor subject can avoid the moral impasses that is... Read more >
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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
Close Encounters with Addiction
Written by Gabor Mate, M.D.
Foreword by Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 520 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: January 5, 2010
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-880-6 (1-55643-880-X)

Based on Gabor Maté’s two decades of experience as a medical doctor and his groundbreaking work with the severely addicted on Vancouver’s skid row, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts radically reenvisions this much misunderstood field by taking a holistic approach. Dr. Maté presents addiction not as a discrete phenomenon confined... Read more >
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The Dark Side
The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals
Written by Jane Mayer


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45629-8 (0-307-45629-3)

The Dark Side is a dramatic, riveting, and definitive narrative account of how the United States made terrible decisions in the pursuit of terrorists around the world—decisions that not only violated the Constitution, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. In spellbinding detail, Jane Mayer relates the impact of these... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Makes Me Wanna Holler
A Young Black Man in America
Written by Nathan Mc Call


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 31, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74070-4 (0-679-74070-8)

In this autobiography Washington Post reporter McCall looks back on his journey from troubled youth to professional journalist and shows that the easy answers to why kids go wrong--poverty, terrible home life, lack of education--do not always apply. "The problems among us," he writes of acquaintances who ended up addicted, imprisoned... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Driving While Black
Highways, Shopping Malls, Taxi Cabs, Sidewalks: How to Fight Back if You Are a Victim of Racial Profiling
Written by Kenneth Meeks


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 16, 2000
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0549-7 (0-7679-0549-0)

An exposè on one of the most controversial, and relevant, topics in race relations within American society today. Driving While Black examines racial profiling in all situations, from the police officer who pulls over black drivers to a store clerk who suspiciously eyes his black patrons. The book not only delves... Read more >
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Banned in Boston
The Watch and Ward Society's Crusade against Books, Burlesque, and the Social Evil
Written by Neil Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5111-5 (0-8070-5111-X)

*An Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 — Choice Magazine

A lively history of the Watch and Ward Society--New England’s notorious literary censor for over eighty years.

Banned in Boston is the first-ever history of the Watch and Ward Society--once Boston’s unofficial moral guardian. An influential watchdog organization, bankrolled by society’s upper crust, it... Read more >
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Queer (In)Justice
The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States
Written by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie and Kay Whitlock


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5115-3 (0-8070-5115-2)

*An Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 — Choice Magazine

A groundbreaking work that turns a “queer eye” on the criminal legal system

Drawing on years of research, activism, and legal advocacy, Queer (In)Justice is a searing examination of queer experiences--as “suspects,” defendants, prisoners, and survivors of crime. The authors unpack queer criminal... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Executioner's Current
Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and the Invention of the Electric Chair
Written by Richard Moran


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72446-6 (0-375-72446-X)

In this amazing story of high stakes competition between two titans, Richard Moran shows how the electric chair developed not out of the desire to be more humane but through an effort by one nineteenth-century electric company to discredit the other.

In 1882, Thomas Edison ushered in the “age of electricity” when... Read more >
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Reds
McCarthyism in Twentieth-Century America
Written by Ted Morgan


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7302-0 (0-8129-7302-X)

In Reds, Ted Morgan argues that the recurring McCarthyite figure—existing long before McCarthy and long after—is really a byproduct of American anti-Communism, which became a fixed principle after the 1917 Bolshevik revolution. He traces the development of this phenomenon, and clearly demonstrates how every president since Woodrow Wilson has defined himself... Read more >

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Birth of a Nation'hood
Gaze, Script, and Spectacle in the O. J. Simpson Case
Written by Toni Morrison


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 4, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75893-8 (0-679-75893-3)

Co-edited and introduced by Toni Morrison, Birth of a Nation'hood illuminates one of the grimmest--and most revealing--moments of recent American history: the O.J. Simpson case. As they relate to the scandal, the issues of race, sex, violence, money, and the media are refracted through the lens of twelve powerful essays, specially... Read more >
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Illicit
How Smugglers, Traffickers, and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy
Written by Moises Naim


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7884-4 (1-4000-7884-9)

Pick up a newspaper anywhere, any day, and you will find reports of illegal migrants, drug busts, smuggled weapons, and laundered money or counterfeit goods. Illicit trades are booming and so are the traffickers’ revenues—and their political influence. Hamstrung bureaucracies in rich and poor countries alike are losing the battles against... Read more >
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Terrorism and the Economy
How the War on Terror is Bankrupting the World
Written by Loretta Napoleoni


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-895-1 (1-58322-895-0)

Economist and best-selling author Loretta Napoleoni traces the link between the finances of the war on terror and the global economic crisis, finding connections from Dubai to London to Las Vegas that politicians and the media have at best ignored. In launching military and propaganda wars in the Middle East, America... Read more >
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The Majesty of the Law
Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice
Written by Sandra Day O'Connor


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6747-0 (0-8129-6747-X)

In The Majesty of the Law, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor explores the law, her life as a Justice, and how the Court has evolved and continues to function, grow, and change as an American institution. Tracing some of the origins of American law through history, people, and ideas, O’Connor... Read more >
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