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One Hand Jerking
Reports From an Investigative Journalist
Written by Paul Krassner
Afterword by Lewis Black
Foreword by Harry Shearer


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 1, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-696-4 (1-58322-696-6)

Counterculture legend Paul Krassner gazes on the fires of pop culture, politics and celebrity and returns unscathed to help us make sense of our senseless world, with an introduction by Lewis Black (The Daily Show) and a foreword by Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, Le Show).

From cults to pornography, from Charles Manson... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Empire of Sin
A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans
Written by Gary Krist


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3706-0 (0-7704-3706-0)

From bestselling author Gary Krist, a remarkable account of New Orleans’ other civil war, at a time when commercialized vice, jazz culture, and endemic crime defined the battlegrounds of the Crescent City
 
     Empire of Sin re-creates the story of New Orleans’ thirty-years war against itself, pitting the city’s elite “better half” against its... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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1968
The Year That Rocked the World
Written by Mark Kurlansky


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 11, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45582-6 (0-345-45582-7)

In 1968: The Year That Rocked the World, award-winning author Mark Kurlansky has written his most ambitious work to date: a singular and definitive look at a pivotal moment in history.

With 1968, Mark Kurlansky brings to life the cultural and political history of that world-changing year of social upheaval. 1968 is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Birdseye
The Adventures of a Curious Man
Written by Mark Kurlansky


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3030-7 (0-7679-3030-4)

While working as a fur trapper in Labrador, Canada, Clarence Birdseye encountered an age-old problem: bad food and an unappealing, unhealthy diet. However, he observed that fresh vegetables wetted and left outside in the Arctic winds froze in a way that maintained their integrity after thawing. As a result, he developed... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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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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Lethal Passage
The Story of a Gun
Written by Erik Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75927-0 (0-679-75927-1)

This devastating book begins with an account of a crime that is by now almost commonplace: on December 16, 1988, sixteen-year-old Nicholas Elliot walked into his Virginia high school with a Cobray M-11/9 and several hundred rounds of ammunition tucked in his backpack. By day’s end, he had killed one teacher... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bound for the Promised Land
Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero
Written by Kate Clifford Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 440 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: December 28, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45628-1 (0-345-45628-9)

Harriet Tubman is one of the giants of American history—a fearless visionary who led scores of her fellow slaves to freedom and battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War. And yet in the nine decades since her death, next to nothing has been written about this extraordinary woman aside... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 Worlding Project
Doing Cultural Studies in the Era of Globalization
Edited by Christopher Leigh Connery and Rob Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: October 30, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-55643-680-2 (1-55643-680-7)

Globalization discourse now presumes that the “world space” is entirely at the mercy of market norms and forms promulgated by reactionary U.S. policies. An academic but accessible set of studies, this wide range of essays by noted scholars challenges this paradigm with diverse and strong arguments. Taking on topics that range... Read more >

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The Mansion of Happiness
A History of Life and Death
Written by Jill Lepore


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47645-6 (0-307-47645-6)

Renowned Harvard scholar and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has written a strikingly original, ingeniously conceived, and beautifully crafted history of American ideas about life and death from before the cradle to beyond the grave.

How does life begin? What does it mean? What happens when we die? “All anyone can... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Secret Epidemic
The Story of AIDS and Black America
Written by Jacob Levenson


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72234-6 (0-385-72234-6)

As we enter the twenty-first century, AIDS in America has become primarily a black disease. African Americans now constitute 50 percent of all new HIV cases, and AIDS is one of the top causes of death in young black men and women. The story of how this came to pass reaches... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Presidential Campaign Posters
Two Hundred Years of Election Art
Written by The Library Of Congress


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-59474-554-6 (1-59474-554-4)

Here are 100 ready-to-frame political campaign posters from the annals of American history. The candidates range from Andrew Jackson (“Defender of Beauty and Booty”) and William Henry Harrison (“Have Some Hard Cider!”) to Richard Nixon (“He’s the One!”), Barack Obama (“Hope”), and many, many more. The posters are backed with colorful... Read more >

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Absolutely American
Four Years at West Point
Written by David Lipsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7693-2 (1-4000-7693-5)

In 1998, West Point made David Lipsky an unprecedented offer: stay at the Academy as long as you like, go wherever you wish, talk to whomever you want, to discover why some of America's most promising young people sacrifice so much to become cadets. Lipsky followed one cadet class into mess... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download.

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Fall Classics
The Best Writing About the World Series' First 100 Years
Written by Bill Littlefield and Richard Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 24, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4900-4 (1-4000-4900-8)

Long before there was the Super Bowl, the NBA Championship, the Final Four, or the World Cup, there was the World Series. In the beginning, men in derbies sat in the outfield and marveled at Mathewson and McGraw. Today, fans congregate in sports bars, staring at screens big enough to see... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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America's Public Holidays, 1865-1920

Written by Ellen M. Litwicki


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 2003
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-061-0 (1-58834-061-9)

From the revered Memorial Day to the forgotten Lasties Day, America’s Public Holidays is a timely and thoughtful analysis of how the civic culture of America has been fashioned. By analyzing how holidays became a forum for expressing patriotism, how public tradition has been invented, and how the definition of America... Read more >

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Plain Secrets
An Outsider among the Amish
Written by Joe Mackall


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1065-5 (0-8070-1065-0)

Joe Mackall has lived surrounded by the Swartzentruber Amish community of Ashland County, Ohio, for over sixteen years. They are the most traditional and insular of all the Amish sects: the Swartzentrubers live without gas, electricity, or indoor plumbing; without lights on their buggies or cushioned chairs in their homes; and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dealers

Written by Peter Madsen


Format: Trade Paperback, 152 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-57687-647-3 (1-57687-647-0)

Weed, coke, heroin, molly, promethazine, crack, PCP, LCD, opium, hashish, mushrooms, and countless other illicit substances flood the streets of New York City where they are consumed as quickly as they can be delivered.

For Dealers, street reporter Peter Madsen set out across New York City–from staid Gramercy residences to bleak homeless... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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And Their Children After Them
The Legacy of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: James Agee, Walker Evans, and the Rise and Fall of Cotton in the South
Written by Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson
Foreword by Carl Mydans


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-657-5 (1-58322-657-5)

Winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction

In And Their Children After Them, the writer/photographer team Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson return to the land and families captured in James Agee and Walker Evans’s inimitable Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, extending the project of conscience and chronicling the traumatic decline... Read more >

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Homeland

Written by Dale Maharidge
Photographed by Michael Williamson


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: August 2, 2005
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-681-0 (1-58322-681-8)

Homeland is Pulitzer Prize winning author Maharidge’s biggest and most ambitious book yet, weaving together the disparate and contradictory strands of contemporary American society-common decency alongside race rage, the range of dissenting voices, and the roots of discontent that defy political affiliation. Here are American families who can no longer pay... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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1491
New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Written by Charles C. Mann


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $37.50
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4006-3 (1-4000-4006-X)

In the last twenty years, archeologists and anthropologists equipped with a battery of new scientific techniques have made far-reaching discoveries that have completely changed their understanding of what the Americas were like before Columbus's arrival. Most of us learned in school that Indians crossed the Bering Strait 12,000 years ago, that... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Wicked Messenger
Bob Dylan and the 1960s; Chimes of Freedom, revised and expanded
Written by Mike Marqusee


Format: Trade Paperback, 376 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 4, 2005
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-686-5 (1-58322-686-9)

Bob Dylan’s abrupt abandonment of overtly political songwriting in the mid-1960s caused an uproar among critics and fans. In Wicked Messenger, acclaimed cultural-political commentator Mike Marqusee advances the new thesis that Dylan did not drop politics from his songs but changed the manner of his critique to address the changing political... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Our Fathers' War
Growing Up in the Shadow of the Greatest Generation
Written by Tom Mathews


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1420-8 (0-7679-1420-1)

A powerful and unique portrait of generational strife and changing styles of masculinity as seen through the stories of ten World War II veterans and their baby boomer sons.

It is fair to say that Tom Mathews’s relations with his father, a veteran of World War II’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, were... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The End of Detroit
How the Big Three Lost Their Grip on the American Car Market
Written by Micheline Maynard


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: September 21, 2004
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50770-7 (0-385-50770-4)

In the 1990s, Detroit’s Big Three automobile companies were riding high. The introduction of the minivan and the SUV had revitalized the industry, and it was widely believed that Detroit had miraculously overcome the threat of foreign imports and regained its ascendant position. However, as business journalist Micheline Maynard makes brilliantly... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Souvenirs of a Blown World
Sketches for the Sixties#Writings about America, 1966#1973
Written by Gregory Mcdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-866-1 (1-58322-866-7)

Bestselling author of the Fletch series Gregory Mcdonald presents firsthand accounts of major events during the sixties and interviews with Joan Baez, Abbie Hoffman, Krishnamurti, Phil Ochs, Andy Warhol, and others. The year was 1966, and fresh off the heels of his controversial debut novel Running Scared, Mcdonald was hired to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Born to Run
A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Written by Christopher McDougall


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 29, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27918-7 (0-307-27918-9)

An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?

Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians of have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner, Chris McDougall sets out to... Read more >
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