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Back to Our Future
How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now--Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything
Written by David Sirota


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 15, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51878-1 (0-345-51878-0)

Wall Street scandals. Fights over taxes. Racial resentments. A Lakers-Celtics championship. The Karate Kid topping the box-office charts. Bon Jovi touring the country. These words could describe our current moment—or the vaunted iconography of three decades past.

In this wide-ranging and wickedly entertaining book, New York Times bestselling journalist David Sirota takes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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,
including:
Best Book of... Read more >

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With the Old Breed
At Peleliu and Okinawa
Written by E.B. Sledge


Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: September 25, 2007
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-89141-919-8 (0-89141-919-5)

In The Wall Street Journal, Victor Davis Hanson named With the Old Breed one of the top five books on epic twentieth-century battles. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, The Good War. Now E. B. Sledge’s acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Who Stole the American Dream?

Written by Hedrick Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 27, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8205-3 (0-8129-8205-3)

Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith’s new book is an extraordinary achievement, an eye-opening account of how, over the past four decades, the American Dream has been dismantled and we became two Americas.

In his bestselling The Russians, Smith took millions of readers inside the Soviet Union. In The Power Game, he... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Showdown
JFK and the Integration of the Washington Redskins
Written by Thomas Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0082-3 (0-8070-0082-5)

A classic NFL/civil rights story–the showdown between the Washington Redskins and the Kennedy White House

In Showdown, sports historian Thomas G. Smith captures a striking moment, one that held sweeping implications not only for one team’s racist policy but also for a sharply segregated city and for the nation as a... Read more >

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The Philosophical Breakfast Club
Four Remarkable Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World
Written by Laura J. Snyder


Format: Trade Paperback, 456 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3049-9 (0-7679-3049-5)

The Philosophical Breakfast Club recounts the life and work of four men who met as students at Cambridge University: Charles Babbage, John Herschel, William Whewell, and Richard Jones. Recognizing that they shared a love of science (as well as good food and drink) they began to meet on Sunday mornings to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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There Goes My Everything
White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945-1975
Written by Jason Sokol


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27550-9 (0-307-27550-7)

During the civil rights movement, epic battles for justice were fought in the streets, at lunch counters, and in the classrooms of the American South. Just as many battles were waged, however, in the hearts and minds of ordinary white southerners whose world became unrecognizable to them. Jason Sokol’s vivid and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power
Community Organizing in Radical Times
Written by Amy Sonnie and James Tracy
Introduction by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: September 16, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-66-0 (1-935554-66-2)

The story of some of the 1960s’ most important activists–JOIN, the Young Patriots, Rising Up Angry, White Lightning, and the October 4th Organization–in a deeply sourced narrative history

The historians of the late 1960s have emphasized the work of a small group of white college activists as well as the Black Panthers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In the Ruins of Empire
The Japanese Surrender and the Battle for Postwar Asia
Written by Ronald Spector


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 8, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6732-6 (0-8129-6732-1)

Now in Paperback

With access to recently available firsthand accounts by Chinese, Japanese, British, and American witnesses and previously top secret U.S. intelligence records, acclaimed historian Ronald Spector tells for the first time the fascinating story of the deadly confrontations that broke out–or merely continued–in Asia after peace was proclaimed at the... Read more >
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We Have Capture
Tom Stafford and the Space Race
Written by Thomas P. Stafford and Michael Cassutt


Format: Trade Paperback, 302 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: January 17, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-101-3 (1-58834-101-1)

What an amazing career. Tom Stafford attained the highest speed ever reached by a test pilot (28,547 mph), carried a cosmonaut’s coffin with Soviet Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, led the team that designed the sequence of missions leading to the original lunar landing, and drafted the original specifications for the B-2 stealth... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Feminist Promise
1792 to the Present
Written by Christine Stansell


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 10, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7202-3 (0-8129-7202-3)

In this definitive volume, respected historian Christine Stansell tells the story of one of the great democratic movements of our times. She paints richly detailed portraits of well-known leaders—Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Betty Friedan—but others, too, appear in a new light, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Toni Morrison. Accounting for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Prince of Providence
The Rise and Fall of Buddy Cianci, America's Most Notorious Mayor
Written by Mike Stanton


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75967-3 (0-375-75967-0)

In The Prince of Providence, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Mike Stanton tells a classic story of wiseguys, feds, and politicians on a carousel of crime and redemption.

Buddy Cianci was part urban visionary, part Tony Soprano—a flawed political genius in the mold of Huey Long and James Michael Curley. His lust for power... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Coast of Dreams

Written by Kevin Starr


Format: Trade Paperback, 804 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74072-8 (0-679-74072-4)

From O.J. to Arnold Schwarzenegger, earthquakes to rolling blackouts, silicon valley to riots in the street, California state historian Kevin Starr has assembled the history of the Golden Gate State since 1990 to create a vivid snapshot of a state constantly on the edge of tomorrow.

Coast of Dreams captures an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Souvenir
A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War
Written by Louise Steinman


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: March 18, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-701-4 (1-55643-701-3)

Selected by Penn State for its Freshman Year Reading Program

Louise Steinman’s American childhood in the fifties was bound by one unequivocal condition: “Never mention the war to your father.” That silence sustained itself until the fateful day Steinman opened an old ammunition box left behind after her parents’ death. In it... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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US Heavy Cruisers 1943-75
Wartime and Post-war Classes
Written by Mark Stille
Illustrated by Paul Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 48 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-632-9 (1-78200-632-X)

Fast and heavily armed, the Baltimore class was an evolution of the heavy cruiser designs from before World War II, but without the limitations imposed by the Washington Naval Treaty. Versatile vessels, the heavy cruisers of the Baltimore class, and their successors in the Oregon City and Des Moines classes, commonly... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sarge
The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver
Written by Scott Stossel


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: December 27, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-513-6 (1-59051-513-7)

As founder of the Peace Corps, Head Start, the Special Olympics (with wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver), and other organizations, Sargent Shriver was a key social and political figure whose influence continues to the present day. This authorized biography, exhaustively researched and finely rendered by Scott Stossel (deputy editor of The Atlantic)... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Sarge
The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver
Written by Scott Stossel


Format: Hardcover, 704 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2004
Price: $32.50
ISBN: 978-1-58834-127-3 (1-58834-127-5)

Working for four presidents over six decades, R. Sargent “Sarge” Shriver founded the Peace Corps, launched the War on Poverty, created Head Start and Legal Services for the Poor, started the Special Olympics, and served as ambassador to France. Yet from the moment he married Joseph P. Kennedy’s daughter Eunice in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Satisfaction Guaranteed
The Making of the American Mass Market
Written by Susan Strasser


Format: Trade Paperback, 348 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-146-4 (1-58834-146-1)

This sweeping history provides the reader with a better understanding of America’s consumer society, obsession with shopping, and devotion to brands. Focusing on the advertising campaigns of Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, Wrigley’s, Gillette, and Kodak, Strasser shows how companies created both national brands and national markets. These new brands eventually displaced generic manufacturers... Read more >

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The Fourth Turning

Written by William Strauss and Neil Howe


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: December 29, 1997
Price: $17.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0046-1 (0-7679-0046-4)

Published prior to September 11, 2001, this book is more relevant and prescient today than ever. Strauss and Howe predicted that America would enter a new era that will culminate in a crisis comparable to the American Revolution, the Civil War, and World War II. The authors of the bestselling Generations... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership
Executive Lessons from the Bully Pulpit
Written by james m. strock


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: January 28, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7615-1539-5 (0-7615-1539-9)

Executive Lessons from the Bully Pulpit

Theodore Roosevelt, the youngest man ever to become president, was a leader of uncommon strength who, through the sheer force of his extraordinary will, turned America into a modern world power. Throughout his remarkable life he surmounted challenges that would have destroyed lesser men. He overcame... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Eleventh Day
The Full Story of 9/11
Written by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 14, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7809-4 (0-8129-7809-9)

FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE

Writing with access to thousands of recently released official documents, fresh interviews, and the perspective that can come only from a decade of research and reflection, Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan deliver the first panoramic, authoritative look back at 9/11.

For most living Americans, September 11, 2001, is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Culture as History
The Transformation of American Society in the Twentieth Century
Written by Warren I. Susman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 17, 2003
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-051-1 (1-58834-051-1)

With amazing creativity, clarity, and wit, Warren Susman (1927-1985) takes us on a provocative tour of the highlights of American culture. By looking at all types of 20th-century culture–highbrow, lowbrow, and middlebrow–Susman shows how culture itself has become a battleground for competing visions of American life. Fourteen essays include such topics... Read more >

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Power Failure
The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron
Written by Mimi Swartz and Sherron Watkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1368-3 (0-7679-1368-X)

“A lucid account of the Enron debacle that may be the best informed and best written to date.” —Andrew Hill, Financial Times

Written by prizewinning journalist Mimi Swartz, and substantially based on the revelations of former Enron vice-president Sherron Watkins, as well as hundreds of other interviews, Power Failure is the fascinating... Read more >

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The Great Derangement
A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion
Written by Matt Taibbi


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 13, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52062-1 (0-385-52062-X)

Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi set out to describe the nature of George Bush’s America in the post-9/11 era and ended up vomiting demons in an evangelical church in Texas, riding the streets of Baghdad in an American convoy to nowhere, searching for phantom fighter jets in Congress, and falling into the... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Russia Hand
A Memoir of Presidential Diplomacy
Written by Strobe Talbott


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 13, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6846-0 (0-8129-6846-8)

During the past ten years, few issues have mattered more to America’s vital interests or to the shape of the twenty-first century than Russia’s fate. To cheer the fall of a bankrupt totalitarian regime is one thing; to build on its ruins a stable democratic state is quite another. The challenge... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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