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A Matter of Dignity
Changing the World of the Disabled
Written by Andrew Potok

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38124-5 (0-553-38124-5)

Acclaimed author Andrew Potok examines an ongoing revolution in how we think about disabilities and the millions of Americans who have physical and mental disabilities.

Rather than the old stereotype of disability as damage, as a problem that needs to be fixed with paternalistic "help", the disabled themselves are seeking as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In Our Own Best Interest
How Defending Human Rights Benefits Us All
Written by William Schulz

Format: Trade Paperback, 262 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 11, 2002
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0227-8 (0-8070-0227-5)

Sierra Leone, Kosovo, East Timor, the Bronx. The nightly news brings vivid images into our homes of the mistreatment of people all over the world. In the secure comfort of our living rooms, we may feel sympathetic to the victims of these atrocities but far removed from them. “What does all... Read more >

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Second Nature
Environmental Enrichment for Captive Animals
Edited by David J. Shepherdson, Jill D. Mellen and Michael Hutchins

Format: Trade Paperback, 376 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 14, 1999
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-397-2 (1-56098-397-3)

Growing recognition of the complexity of animals’ physical, social, and psychological lives in the wild has led both zookeepers and the zoo-going public to call for higher environmental standards for animals in captivity.

Bringing together the work of animal behaviorists, zoo biologists, and psychologists, Second Nature explores a range of innovative strategies... Read more >
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Written by Rebecca Skloot

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5218-9 (1-4000-5218-1)

Winner of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine’s Communication Award for Best Book
Winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the Wellcome Trust Book Prize

Named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of 2010,
Best Book of... Read more >

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The Black Swan: Second Edition
The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: "On Robustness and Fragility"
Written by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 11, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7381-5 (0-8129-7381-X)

Selected for Wellesley Reads 2010

A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Action Philosophers

Written by Fred Van Lente
Illustrated by Ryan Dunlavey

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-61655-539-9 (1-61655-539-4)

The definitive tenth-anniversary edition of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey's award-winning, best-selling Action Philosophers!

Study the tenets of Plato, the wrestling superstar from ancient Greece, learn the lessons of Nietzsche, the original übermensch, and meditate on the messages of Bodhidharma, a kung fu master. Laugh, learn, laugh some more, and... Read more >

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A History of the FBI
Written by Tim Weiner

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7923-7 (0-8129-7923-0)

Enemies is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations, from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Praise for Enemies:
“Pulitzer-Prize–winning author Tim Weiner has written a riveting inside account of the FBI’s secret machinations that goes... Read more >

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The Least of All Possible Evils
Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza
Written by Eyal Weizman

Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: June 19, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-647-7 (1-84467-647-1)

2013 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

The principle of the “lesser evil”—the acceptability of pursuing one exceptional course of action in order to prevent a greater injustice—has long been a cornerstone of Western ethical philosophy. From its roots in classical ethics and Christian theology, to Hannah Arendt’s exploration of the work of the... Read more >
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Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health
Written by H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz and Steve Woloshin

Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 3, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2199-6 (0-8070-2199-7)

From a nationally recognized expert, an exposé of the worst excesses of our zeal for medical testing

Going against the conventional wisdom reinforced by the medical establishment and Big Pharma that more screening is the best preventative medicine, Dr. Gilbert Welch builds a compelling counterargument that what we need are fewer, not... Read more >
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The Match
"Savior Siblings" and One Family's Battle to Heal Their Daughter
Written by Beth Whitehouse

Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0121-9 (0-8070-0121-X)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated O - Outstanding

Katie Trebing was diagnosed at three months old with Diamond Blackfan anemia, a rare form of anemia that prevents bone marrow from producing red blood cells. Even with a lifetime of monthly blood transfusions, she faced... Read more >
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Political Evil
What It Is and How to Combat It
Written by Alan Wolfe

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47301-1 (0-307-47301-5)

A timely, eye-opening examination of political evil, a concept widely misunderstood and desperately in need of clarification in our ever more chaotic world.

In an age of genocide, terrorism, ethnic cleansing, and torture, evil threatens us in ways radically different from tsunamis and financial panics. Nature unleashes its wrath and people rush... Read more >
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