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A Nation of Deadbeats
An Uncommon History of America's Financial Disasters
Written by Scott Reynolds Nelson


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47432-2 (0-307-47432-1)

Pundits will argue that the 2008 financial crisis was the first crash in American history driven by consumer debt. But in this spirited, highly engaging account, Scott Reynolds Nelson demonstrates that consumer debt has underpinned almost every major financial panic in the nation’s history. From William Duer’s attempts to profit off... Read more >
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Up Against the Wall Motherf**er
A Memoir of the '60s, with Notes for Next Time
Written by Osha Neumann


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-849-4 (1-58322-849-7)

They called themselves the Motherfuckers; others called them a “street gang with an analysis.” Osha Neumann’s thoughtful, funny, and honest account of his part in ‘60s counterculture is also an unflinching look at what all that rebellion of the past means today. The fast moving story follows the establishment of the... Read more >
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A Disability History of the United States

Written by Kim E. Nielsen


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2202-3 (0-8070-2202-0)

Disability is not just the story of someone we love or the story of whom we may become; rather it is undoubtedly the story of our nation. Covering the entirety of US history from pre-1492 to the present, A Disability History of the United States is the first book to place... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Mixed
My Life in Black and White
Written by Angela Nissel


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: January 30, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-48114-6 (0-345-48114-3)

“Love has no color,” insist Angela Nissel’s parents, but does it have a clue? In this candid, funny, and poignant memoir, Angela recounts growing up biracial in Philadelphia–moving back and forth between black inner-city schools and white prep schools–where her racial ambiguity and doomed attempts to blend in dog her teen... Read more >
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The Grace of Silence
A Family Memoir
Written by Michele Norris


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47527-5 (0-307-47527-1)

A profoundly moving and deeply personal memoir by the co-host of National Public Radio’s flagship program All Things Considered.

While exploring the hidden conversation on race unfolding throughout America in the wake of President Obama’s election, Michele Norris discovered that there were painful secrets within her own family that had been... Read more >

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Out of Order
Stories from the History of the Supreme Court
Written by Sandra Day O'Connor


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8432-3 (0-8129-8432-3)

“I called this book Out of Order because it reflects my goal, which is to share a different side of the Supreme Court. Most people know the Court only as it exists between bangs of the gavel, when the Court comes to order to hear arguments or give opinions. But the... Read more >

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Out of Order
Stories from the History of the Supreme Court
Written by Sandra Day O'Connor


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9392-9 (0-8129-9392-6)

“I called this book Out of Order because it reflects my goal, which is to share a different side of the Supreme Court. Most people know the Court only as it exists between bangs of the gavel, when the Court comes to order to hear arguments or give opinions. But the... Read more >

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Senator Mansfield
The Extraordinary Life of a Great American Statesman and Diplomat
Written by Don Oberdorfer


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2003
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-166-2 (1-58834-166-6)

A biography of one of the most powerful and dignified men ever to come to DC–Senator Mike Mansfield.

Mike Mansfield’s career as the longest serving majority leader is finally given its due in this extraordinary biography. In many respects, Mansfield’s dignity and decorum represent the high-water mark of the US Senate: he... Read more >

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The Deep Dark
Disaster and Redemption in America's Richest Silver Mine
Written by Gregg Olsen


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 28, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-23877-1 (0-307-23877-6)

For nearly a century, Kellogg, Idaho, was home to America’s richest silver mine, Sunshine Mine. Mining there, as everywhere, was not an easy life, but regardless of the risk, there was something about being underground, the lure of hitting a deep vein of silver. The promise of good money and the... Read more >
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Those Angry Days
Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941
Written by Lynne Olson


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8214-5 (0-8129-8214-2)

From the acclaimed author of Citizens of London comes the definitive account of the debate over American intervention in World War II—a bitter, sometimes violent clash of personalities and ideas that divided the nation and ultimately determined the fate of the free world.

At the center of this controversy stood the two... Read more >
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Those Angry Days
Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941
Written by Lynne Olson


Format: Hardcover, 576 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6974-3 (1-4000-6974-2)

From the acclaimed author of Citizens of London comes the definitive account of the debate over American intervention in World War II—a bitter, sometimes violent clash of personalities and ideas that divided the nation and ultimately determined the fate of the free world.

At the center of this controversy stood the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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And the Dead Shall Rise
The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank
Written by Steve Oney


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76423-6 (0-679-76423-2)

On April 27, 1913, the bludgeoned body of thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan was discovered in the basement of Atlanta’s National Pencil Factory. The girl’s murder would be the catalyst for an epic saga that to this day holds a singular place in America’s collective imagination—a saga that would climax in 1915 with... Read more >

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The Vanishing Voter
Public Involvement in an Age of Uncertainty
Written by Thomas E. Patterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71379-8 (0-375-71379-4)

The disputed presidential election of 2000 highlighted a range of flaws in the American voting system, from ballot procedures to alleged voter intimidation to questions about the fairness of the Electoral College. But as Harvard University political scientist Thomas E. Patterson shows, one problem dwarfs all of these, a predicament that... Read more >
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Hell Before Breakfast
America's First War Correspondents Making History and Headlines, from the Battlefields of the Civil War to the Far Reaches of the Ottoman Empire
Written by Robert H. Patton


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 29, 2014
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37721-0 (0-307-37721-0)

The first “war correspondent,” William H. Russell of The Times of London, described himself and his profession as “the miserable parent of a luckless tribe.” Others saw it differently: the war correspondent became the stuff of dreams and an urgent romantic calling. . . .
 
Now, Robert H. Patton, acclaimed historian... Read more >
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Soulfully Gay
How Harvard, Sex, Drugs, and Integral Philosophy Drove Me Crazy and Brought Me Back to God
Written by Joe Perez


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Integral Books
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-418-1 (1-59030-418-7)

SOULFULLY GAY is a personal memoir of an intellectually rigorous gay man wrestling with fundamental issues of meaning and self-acceptance. Joe Perez finds himself on a quest to understand what it means to be gay at the intersection of conflicts between homosexuality and Christianity, faith and skepticism, mysticism and madness. His... Read more >

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"They Have Killed Papa Dead!"
The Road to Ford's Theatre, Abraham Lincoln's Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance
Written by Anthony S. Pitch


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: November 17, 2009
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-162-5 (1-58642-162-X)

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is a central drama of the American experience. Its impact is felt to this day, and the basic story is known to all. Anthony Pitch’s account of the Lincoln conspiracy and its aftermath transcends the mere facts of that awful night during which dashing actor John... Read more >

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Wilt, 1962
The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era
Written by Gary M. Pomerantz


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 28, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5161-8 (1-4000-5161-4)

On the night of March 2, 1962, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, right up the street from the chocolate factory, Wilt Chamberlain, a young and striking athlete celebrated as the Big Dipper, scored one hundred points in a game against the New York Knickerbockers.

As historic and revolutionary as the achievement was, it remains... Read more >

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The Anti-American Manifesto

Written by Ted Rall


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 28, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-933-0 (1-58322-933-7)

In arguably the most radical book published in decades, cartoonist/columnist Ted Rall has produced the book he was always meant to write: a new manifesto for an America heading toward economic and political collapse. While others mourn the damage to the postmodern American capitalist system created by the recent global economic... Read more >
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A World Apart
Women, Prison, and Life Behind Bars
Written by Cristina Rathbone


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 13, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7109-5 (0-8129-7109-4)

The picture that emerges is both astounding and enraging. Women reveal the agonies of separation from family, and the prevalence of depression, and of sexual predation, and institutional malaise behind bars. But they also share their more personal hopes and concerns. There is horror in prison for sure, but Rathbone insists... Read more >
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The Language Police
How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn
Written by Diane Ravitch


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3064-4 (1-4000-3064-1)

Before Anton Chekhov and Mark Twain can be used in school readers and exams, they must be vetted by a bias and sensitivity committee. An anthology used in Tennessee schools changed “By God!” to “By gum!” and “My God!” to “You don’t mean it.” The New York State Education Department omitted... Read more >
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Centennial Crisis
The Disputed Election of 1876
Written by William H. Rehnquist


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71321-7 (0-375-71321-2)

Near midnight on Election Day in November 1876, the returns coming into Republican National headquarters signaled a victory for the Democratic presidential candidate, Samuel J. Tilden. But alert Republican leaders saw that if all the states still doubtful or disputed went for their candidate, Rutherford B. Hayes would be elected. Word... Read more >
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Forty Million Dollar Slaves
The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete
Written by William C. Rhoden


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 24, 2007
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-35314-6 (0-307-35314-1)

From Jackie Robinson to Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe, African American athletes have been at the center of modern culture, their on-the-field heroics admired and stratospheric earnings envied. But for all their money, fame, and achievement, says New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden, black athletes still find themselves on the... Read more >
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John James Audubon
The Making of an American
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-41412-1 (0-375-41412-6)

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Richard Rhodes, the first major biography of John James Audubon in forty years, and the first to illuminate fully the private and family life of the master illustrator of the natural world.

Rhodes shows us young Audubon arriving in New York from France in 1803, his... Read more >
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No Higher Honor
A Memoir of My Years in Washington
Written by Condoleezza Rice


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-98678-8 (0-307-98678-0)

From one of the world’s most admired women, this is former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s compelling story of eight years serving at the highest levels of government. In her position as America’s chief diplomat, Rice traveled almost continuously around the globe, seeking common ground among sometimes... Read more >

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Amelia Earhart
A Biography
Written by Doris L. Rich


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-725-3 (1-56098-725-1)

She died mysteriously before she was forty. Yet in the last decade of her life Amelia Earhart soared from obscurity to fame as the best-known female aviator in the world. She set record after record–among them, the first trans-Atlantic solo flight by a woman, a flight that launched Earhart on a... Read more >
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