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Damned Nations
Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid
Written by Samantha Nutt


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Signal
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-5145-6 (0-7710-5145-X)

For readers of Christopher Hedges, Robert Fisk, and Christopher Hitchens, an extraordinary humanitarian gives us a bracing and uncompromising account of her work in some of the most devastated corners of the world -- and a new and provocative vision for changing course on our growing militarization.

In 1995, twenty-five-year-old Samantha Nutt... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Turning Stones
My Days and Nights with Children at Risk A Caseworker's Story
Written by Marc Parent


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 27, 1998
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91235-5 (0-449-91235-3)

These are the riveting and disturbing true stories of a child welfare caseworker's years on the job. For four years, Marc Parent was a respected case worker in New York City's Emergency Children's Services, a city agency created to investigate cases of abused children. Parent was devoted, and witnessed bravery as... Read more >

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Acts of Faith
The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation
Written by Eboo Patel


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0622-1 (0-8070-0622-X)

Selected for Common Reading:
*Franklin College
*Luther College
*Saint Louis University
*Amarillo College
*Loras College, Dubuque Iowa
*Colgate University
*Capital University, Columbus OH
*Marywood College, Scranton PA

A young Muslim activist explains our critical need to counter the recruitment of youth by religious fundamentalists

Acts of Faith is Eboo Patel’s remarkable account of coming of age and coming to understand what... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Family of Adoption
Completely Revised and Updated
Written by Joyce Maguire Pavao


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 20, 2005
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2827-8 (0-8070-2827-4)

Full of stories that give insight into a wide variety of adoption issues, now revised in light of recent developments, The Family of Adoption is a powerful argument for the right kind of openness in adoption. Joyce Maguire Pavao uses her thirty years of experience as a family and adoption therapist... Read more >

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Quality Education as a Constitutional Right
Creating a Grassroots Movement to Transform Public Schools
Written by Theresa Perry, Robert P. Moses, Ernesto Cortes, Jr., Lisa Delpit and Joan T. Wynne


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 29, 2010
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3282-4 (0-8070-3282-4)

Legendary civil rights leader and education activist Robert Moses invited one hundred prominent African American and Latino intellectuals and activists to meet to discuss a proposal for a campaign to guarantee a quality education for all children as a constitutional right–a movement that would “transform current approaches to educational inequity, all... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Poor People's Movements
Why They Succeed, How They Fail
Written by Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward


Format: Trade Paperback, 408 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 12, 1978
Price: $11.16
ISBN: 978-0-394-72697-7 (0-394-72697-9)

The authors study four protest movements of lower-class groups in twentieth-century America—the mobilization of the unemployed during the Great Depression that gave rise to the Workers’ Alliance of America, the industrial strikes that resulted in the formation of the CIO, the Southern Civil Rights Movement, and the movement of welfare recipients... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Regulating the Poor
The Functions of Public Welfare
Written by Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 28, 1993
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74516-7 (0-679-74516-5)

Piven and Cloward have updated their classic work on the history and function of welfare to cover the American welfare state's massive erosion during the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton years. The authors present a boldly comprehensive, brilliant new theory to explain the comparative underdevelopment of the U.S. welfare state among advanced... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Guilt Project
Rape, Morality and Law
Written by Vanessa Place


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: March 23, 2010
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-264-7 (1-59051-264-2)

An English court in 1736 described rape as an accusation “easily to be made and hard to be proved, and harder to be defended by the party accused, though never so innocent.” To prove the crime, the law required a woman to physically resist, to put up a “hue and cry,”... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Real Boys Workbook
The Definitive Guide to Understanding and Interacting with Boys of All Ages
Written by William Pollack and Kathleen Cushman


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75526-2 (0-375-75526-8)

The Real Boys' Workbook is a unique, instructive workbook, full of advice, exercises, and stories to help parents, professionals, and boys themselves understand boys—and how to make life with them better. How to listen to boys, talk and be with them, exercises to teach you new ways to handle situations, and... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Trust is Not Enough
Bringing Human Rights to Medicine
Written by David J. Rothman and Sheila M. Rothman


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-140-0 (1-59017-140-3)

Addresses the issues at the heart of international medicine and social responsibility.

A number of international declarations have proclaimed that health care is a fundamental human right. But if we accept this broad commitment, how should we concretely define the state’s responsibility for the health of its citizens? Although there is growing... Read more >

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Blaming the Victim

Written by William Ryan


Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1976
Price: $11.20
ISBN: 978-0-394-72226-9 (0-394-72226-4)

A revised, updated edition of Ryan's classic study of how and why we prefer to put the blame for poverty on its victims rather than on the inequalities of American society. Blaming the Victim, originally published in 1970, was the first book to identify these truisms as part of the system... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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True Notebooks
A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall
Written by Mark Salzman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 31, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72761-0 (0-375-72761-2)

When Mark Salzman is invited to visit a writing class at Central Juvenile Hall, a lockup for Los Angeles’s most violent teenage offenders, he scrambles for a polite reason to decline. He goes—expecting the worst—and is so astonished by what he finds that he becomes a teacher there himself. True Notebooks... Read more >

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Within Our Reach

Written by Lisbeth Schorr


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 1, 1989
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-24244-8 (0-385-24244-1)

In this solidly researched book, the authors demonstrate that the knowledge and techniques exist to decrease the incidence of welfare dependency, poor single-parent families and alienated, uneducated youth. In addition to providing a detailed account of the problem, they describe twenty-four programs that have proved successful in changing the lives of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Life for Me Ain't Been No Crystal Stair
One Family's Passage Through the Child Welfare System
Written by Susan Sheehan


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 1994
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75450-3 (0-679-75450-4)

Through this story Sheehan charts a terrifying legacy of institutional abuse and neglect, and paints a haunting portrait of children growing up without childhood. Sheehan's protagonist is Crystal Taylor, the fourteen-year-old daughter of a heroin addict. While following Crystal's haphazard movement from institution to institution, and tracing the parallel journeys of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Working Poor
Invisible in America
Written by David K. Shipler


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70821-3 (0-375-70821-9)

Most of the people I write about in this book do not have the luxury of rage. They are caught in exhausting struggles. Their wages do not lift them far enough from poverty to improve their lives, and their lives, in turn, hold them back. The term by which they are... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Cathedral Within
Transforming Your Life by Giving Something Back
Written by Bill Shore


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75829-4 (0-375-75829-1)

In this wise and inspiring book, social entrepreneur Bill Shore shows us how to make the most of life and do something that counts. Like the cathedral builders of an earlier time, the visionaries described in this memoir share a single desire: to create something that endures. The extraordinary people Shore... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Students are Watching
Schools and the Moral Contract
Written by Nancy Faust Sizer
Edited by Theodore Sizer


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 15, 2000
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3121-6 (0-8070-3121-6)

In this groundbreaking book, Theodore and Nancy Sizer insist that students learn not just from their classes but from their school’s routines and rituals, especially about matters of character. They convince us once again of what we may have forgotten: that we need to create schools that constantly demonstrate a belief... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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High Stakes
The Rising Cost of America's Gambling Addiction
Written by Sam Skolnik


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 5, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0629-0 (0-8070-0629-7)

America is becoming hooked on gambling. From the millions of dens and dorm rooms lit by online poker games to the neighborhoods transformed by new casinos and slot machine parlors, legalized gambling has become an integral part of our lives.

With a singular blend of investigative journalism and poignant narratives of gambling... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Victory in Our Schools
We Can Give Our Children Excellent Public Education
Written by John Stanford


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: August 3, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37974-7 (0-553-37974-7)

"Education is not just a matter for the politicians and professionals; it is a matter for all of us. For we are the public in public education. When we work together, we can do it. . . . We can reach and teach these children."—John Stanford

Victory in Our Schools is a... Read more >

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The Stranger Next Door
The Story of a Small Community's Battle over Sex, Faith, and Civil Rights
Written by Arlene Stein


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 16, 2002
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7953-9 (0-8070-7953-7)

Winner of the 2001 Ruth Benedict Award

In a book that combines strong on-the-ground research and lucid analysis with a novelist’s imaginative sympathy, Arlene Stein sets out to discover why a small town with no apparent queer population became the site of a bitter battle over gay rights.

“A fascinating look... Read more >

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The Ethnic Myth
Race, Ethnicity, and Class in America
Written by Stephen Steinberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 16, 2001
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4153-6 (0-8070-4153-X)

“You hold in your hand a dangerous book. Because it rejects as it clarifies most of the current wisdom on race, ethnicity, and immigration in the United States, The Ethnic Myth has the force of a scholarly bomb.” -from the Introduction by Eric William Lott

In this classic work, sociologist Stephen Steinberg... Read more >

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Just Mercy
A Story of Justice and Redemption
Written by Bryan Stevenson


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9452-0 (0-8129-9452-3)

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.
 
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to... Read more >

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The Disposable American
Layoffs and Their Consequences
Written by Louis Uchitelle


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3433-8 (1-4000-3433-7)

Layoffs have become a fact of life in today’s economy; initiated in the mid 1970s, they are now widely expected, and even accepted. It doesn’t have to be that way.

In The Disposable American, award-winning reporter Louis Uchitelle offers an eye-opening account of layoffs in America–how they started, their questionable necessity, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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