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Museums and Communities
The Politics of Public Culture
Edited by Ivan Karp, Christine Mullen Kreamer and Steven Levine


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 1992
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-189-3 (1-56098-189-X)

Contributors to this volume examine and illustrate struggles and collaborations among museums, festivals, tourism, and historic preservation projects and the communities they represent and serve. Essays include the role of museums in civil society, the history of African-American collections, and experiments with museum-community dialogue about the design of a multicultural society.

“This... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Morning Miracle
Inside the Washington Post The Fight to Keep a Great Newspaper Alive
Written by Dave Kindred


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 9, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2814-4 (0-7679-2814-8)

An in-depth look at the Washington Post from a Pulitzer Prize—nominated Post veteran. Morning Miracle definitively answers the question “Do newspapers still matter?” with a resounding yes.

What The Kingdom and the Power did for the New York Times, Morning Miracle will do for the Washington Post. A reporter for more than... Read more >
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Three Cups of Deceit
How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way
Written by Jon Krakauer


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 1, 2011
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94876-2 (0-307-94876-5)

Greg Mortenson, the bestselling author of Three Cups of Tea, is a man who has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children’s crusader, and he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. But, as Jon Krakauer demonstrates in this extensively researched and penetrating book, he is not all... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download.

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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 Media Ecosystem
What Ecology Can Teach Us about Responsible Media Practice
Written by Antonio Lopez


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS
On Sale: July 10, 2012
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-459-2 (1-58394-459-1)

In The Media Ecosystem, Antonio Lopez draws together the seemingly disparate realms of ecology and media studies to present a fresh and provocative interpretation of the current state of the mass media–and its potential future. Lopez explores the connections between media and the environment, arguing that just as the world’s powers... Read more >
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How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America
A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns
Written by Wendy Melillo


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-393-2 (1-58834-393-6)

How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America: A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns details how public service advertising campaigns became part of our national conversation and changed us as a society. The Ad Council began during World War II as a propaganda arm of President Roosevelt’s administration to preserve... 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 >
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Poison Penmanship
The Gentle Art of Muckraking
Written by Jessica Mitford
Preface by Jane Smiley


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-355-8 (1-59017-355-4)

Jessica Mitford was a member of one of England’s most legendary families (among her sisters were the novelist Nancy Mitford and the current Duchess of Devonshire) and one of the great muckraking journalists of modern times. Leaving England for America, she pursued a career as an investigative reporter and unrepentant gadfly... 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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Moyers on America
A Journalist and His Times
Written by Bill Moyers


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 14, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9536-0 (1-4000-9536-0)

During the fifty years he has been variously a reporter, a political spokesperson, and a broadcaster, Bill Moyers has demonstrated a deep commitment to understanding the workings of our government and the role of the individual in society. His essays and commentaries, such as the recent “Shivers Down the Spine,” “A... Read more >

10 Years That Shook the World
A Timeline of Events from 2001
Written by Loretta Napoleoni


Format: eBook
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-412-1 (1-60980-412-0)

To purchase a copy of this ebook, please see the “buy” links on the right-hand side.

September 11, 2001, is considered the main event, but the changes of the decade go far beyond the menace of terrorism and the war on terror. The technological revolution, the wide use of the Internet, and... Read more >
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The Art of Controversy
Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power
Written by Victor S Navasky


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95720-7 (0-307-95720-9)

A lavishly illustrated, witty, and original look at the awesome power of the political cartoon throughout history to enrage, provoke, and amuse.

As a former editor of The New York Times Magazine and the longtime editor of The Nation, Victor S. Navasky knows just how transformative—and incendiary—cartoons can be. Here Navasky guides... Read more >
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Being Digital

Written by Nicholas Negroponte


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76290-4 (0-679-76290-6)

Being Digital is both a guide to the present state of our rapidly changing digital age and a map for the future--how our lives will be shaped and enhanced by computer-related technology.  Negroponte--Wired Magazine columnist and founding director of the MIT Media Lab--describes how advancements in computer technology and telecommunications will transform... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download.

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War Crimes
The Left's Campaign to Destroy Our Military and Lose the War on Terror
Written by Robert "Buzz" Patterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: February 26, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-33827-3 (0-307-33827-4)

In WAR CRIMES, Lieutenant Colonel Robert “Buzz” Patterson (USAF, Ret.) shares his thoughts on what he believes to be the Left’s campaign against the U.S. nation’s armed forces--in the media, on campuses, in popular culture, in Washington, and elsewhere.

Includes interviews with hundreds of soldiers, sailors, and airmen--including many on the ground... Read more >
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Informing the News
The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism
Written by Thomas E. Patterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80660-4 (0-345-80660-3)

As the journalist Walter Lippmann noted nearly a century ago, democracy falters “if there is no steady supply of trustworthy and relevant news.” Today’s journalists are not providing it. Too often, reporters give equal weight to facts and biased opinion, stir up small controversies, and substitute infotainment for real news. Even... Read more >
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Out of Order
An incisive and boldly original critique of the news media's domination of America's political process
Written by Thomas E. Patterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 2, 1994
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75510-4 (0-679-75510-1)

In this pointed examination of how Americans elect their presidents, Patterson—professor of political science at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University—faults a system that relies upon the news media as chief intermediary between voter and candidate. Because the values of journalism are at odds with the values of politics, Patterson argues... Read more >
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Consumer Republic
Using Brands to Get What You Want, Make Corporations Behave, and Maybe Even Save the World
Written by Bruce Philp


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Emblem Editions
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-7004-4 (0-7710-7004-7)

In the tradition of Malcolm Gladwell, and for the same people who read Seth Godin and bought The Black Swan and How We Decide, this book breaks down the myth of brands and puts the power back in consumers' hands.

The foundation of Consumer Republic's message is this single, inarguable truth: Brands... Read more >
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Radical Distortion
How Emotions Warp What We Hear
Written by John W. Reich


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-61614-658-0 (1-61614-658-3)

A Choice 2013 Outstanding Academic Title
 
An insightful discussion of the social-science research on the decision-making processes to help us overcome the biases that divide us. Our social unity is under attack from extremists on opposite sides of the political spectrum. Often the loudest and most influential public voices today are also... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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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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The Open-Source Everything Manifesto
Transparency, Truth, and Trust
Written by Robert David Steele
Foreword by Howard Bloom


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS
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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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 >
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Hip Hop Matters
Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement
Written by S. Craig Watkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 1, 2006
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0986-4 (0-8070-0986-5)

Avoiding the easy definitions and caricatures that tend to celebrate or condemn the “hip hop generation,” Hip Hop Matters focuses on fierce and far-reaching battles being waged in politics, pop culture, and academe to assert control over the movement. At stake, Watkins argues, is the impact hip hop has on the... 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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