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America Reborn
A Twentieth-Century Narrative in Twenty-six Lives
Written by Martin Walker

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 10, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70364-5 (0-375-70364-0)

The people Martin Walker has chosen to portray are presidents, industrialists, artists, thinkers, entertainers, soldiers, spies, criminals, and evangelists, among others. These are individuals who provide the framework for a discussion of the nation as a whole in a century when it was reinventing itself.

Walker explores America's ambition, idealism, triumph and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A History of America's Music
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns

Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 7, 2000
Price: $80.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-44551-7 (0-679-44551-X)

Born in the black community of turn-of-the-century New Orleans but played from the beginning by musicians of every color, jazz celebrates all Americans at their best.  Here are the stories of the extraordinary men and women who made the music.

Louis Armstrong, the fatherless waif whose unrivaled genius helped turn jazz into... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and a trade paperback.

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The Acme Novelty Library

Written by Chris Ware

Format: Hardcover, 108 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: September 20, 2005
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 978-0-375-42295-9 (0-375-42295-1)

Utterly eschewing the general bonhomie surrounding the newly-minted contemporary regard for the comic strip medium as a language of complicated personal expression and artistic sophistication, professional colorist and award-winning letterer F. C. Ware returns to the book trade with “The ACME Novelty Library,” a hardcover distillation of all his surviving one-page... 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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Factory Made
Warhol and the Sixties
Written by Steven Watson

Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: October 21, 2003
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-42372-0 (0-679-42372-9)

Factory Made: Warhol and the Sixties is a fascinating look at the avant-garde group that came together—from 1964 to 1968—as Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory, a cast that included Lou Reed, Nico, Edie Sedgwick, Gerard Malanga, Paul Morrissey, Joe Dallesandro, Billy Name, Candy Darling, Baby Jane Holzer, Brigid Berlin, Ultra Violet, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Self-help Messiah
Dale Carnegie and Success in Modern America
Written by Steven Watts

Format: Hardcover, 592 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-502-0 (1-59051-502-1)

Dale Carnegie was born in rural Missouri, his father a poor farmer, his mother a successful preacher. To make ends meet he tried his hand at various sales jobs, and his failure to convince his customers to buy what he had to offer eventually became the fuel behind his future glory... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The World in the Curl
An Unconventional History of Surfing
Written by Peter Westwick and Peter Neushul

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: July 23, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71948-5 (0-307-71948-0)

Despite its rebellious, outlaw reputation, or perhaps because of it, surfing occupies a central place in the American – and global – imagination, embodying the tension between romantic counterculture ideals and middle-class values, between an individualistic communion with nature and a growing commitment to commerce and technology. In examining the enduring... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bob Dylan in America

Written by Sean Wilentz

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3179-3 (0-7679-3179-3)

Sean Wilentz discovered Bob Dylan’s music as a teenager growing up in Greenwich Village. Now, almost half a century later, he revisits Dylan’s work with the skills of an eminent American historian as well as the passion of a fan.

Beginning with Dylan’s explosion onto the scene in 1961, Wilentz follows the... Read more >

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The Protest Singer
An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger
Written by Alec Wilkinson

Format: Trade Paperback, 174 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 8, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39098-1 (0-307-39098-5)

A spirited and intimate look at American icon and activist Pete Seeger, and his life and his accomplishments.

Pete Seeger transformed a classic American musical style into a form of peaceful protest against war, segregation, and nuclear weapons. Drawing on his extensive talks with Seeger, Alec Wilkinson delivers a first hand look... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Boys from Little Mexico
A Season Chasing the American Dream
Written by Steve Wilson

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0152-3 (0-8070-0152-X)

In the tradition of Buzz Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights, a sensitive and clear-eyed journalist takes us deep inside Oregon’s only all-Hispanic boys’ high school soccer team, a team whose players stand on the cusp of change.

The all-Hispanic boys’ soccer team from Woodburn High has made the playoffs for nineteen straight years--but... Read more >

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Critical Mass
Four Decades of Essays, Reviews, Hand Grenades, and Hurrahs
Written by James Wolcott

Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52779-8 (0-385-52779-9)

A career-spanning collection of critical essays and cultural journalism from one of the most acute, entertaining, and sometimes acerbic (but in a good way) critics of our time

From his early-seventies dispatches as a fledgling critic for The Village Voice on rock ’n’ roll, comedy, movies, and television to the literary criticism... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Lucking Out
My Life Getting Down and Semi-Dirty in the Seventies
Written by James Wolcott

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3062-8 (0-7679-3062-2)

From one of our most admired (and feared) cultural critics, a memoir that captures all the gritty, grubby glamour of New York in the awful/wonderful Seventies.

In the autumn of 1972, a very young and green James Wolcott arrived in New York from Maryland, full of literary dreams, equipped with a letter... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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We Own the Night: The Art of the Underbelly Project

Written by Workhorse and PAC
Foreword by Eric Haze AKA HAZE

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-7893-2494-8 (0-7893-2494-6)

From early 2009 to mid-2010, the Underbelly Project was the world’s best-kept urban art secret. This is the only book documenting the project, during which the world’s leading urban artists, such as Swoon, Faile, Revok, and Lister, made late-night trips to an abandoned New York City subway station, painting night after... Read more >

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Saints and Sinners
Walker Railey, Jimmy Swaggart, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Anton LaVey, Will Campbell , Matthew Fox
Written by Lawrence Wright

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 16, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76163-1 (0-679-76163-2)

In this fascinating book about religion in America, one of this country's most probing yet sympathetic journalists puts forth stories not only of real grace but of despair, sexual scandal, and attempted murder.

Lawrence Wright’s Saints and Sinners are Jimmy Swaggart, who preached a hellfire gospel with rock ‘n’ roll abandon before... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Surveillance Means Security
Remixed War Propaganda
Written by Micah Ian Wright
Foreword by J.R. Norton

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 7, 2006
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-741-1 (1-58322-741-5)

Subversive and incendiary, this full-color poster book reworks classic war propaganda to comment on corporate corruption, domestic spying, election fraud, gay marriage, blind patriotism, the “War on Terror,” and surveillance in America today.

With laughs and jeers, Wright’s distinctive artwork and astute political commentary offers timely and clever insight into the state... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Artists in Times of War

Written by Howard Zinn

Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 2, 2003
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-602-5 (1-58322-602-8)

“Political power,” says Howard Zinn, “is controlled by the corporate elite, and the arts are the locale for a kind of guerilla warfare in the sense that guerillas look for apertures and opportunities where they can have an effect.” In Artists in Times of War, Zinn looks at the possibilities to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Robert Altman
The Oral Biography
Written by Mitchell Zuckoff

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38791-2 (0-307-38791-7)

Robert Altman’s outsized life and unique career are revealed as never before: here are the words of his family and friends, and a few enemies, as well as the agents, writers, crew members, producers, and stars who worked with him, including Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty, Tim Robbins, Julianne Moore, Paul Newman... Read more >
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