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The Progress Paradox
How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse
Written by Gregg Easterbrook

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7303-7 (0-8129-7303-8)

In The Progress Paradox, Gregg Easterbrook draws upon three decades of wide-ranging research and thinking to make the persuasive assertion that almost all aspects of Western life have vastly improved in the past century--yet today, according to research and anecdotal evidence, most men and women feel less 'happy' than in previous... Read more >

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The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City

Written by Alan Ehrenhalt

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 22, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47437-7 (0-307-47437-2)

Eye-opening and thoroughly engaging, this is an indispensible look at American urban/suburban society and its future.

In The Great Inversion, Alan Ehrenhalt, one of our leading urbanologists, reveals how the roles of America’s cities and suburbs are changing places—young adults and affluent retirees moving in, while immigrants and the less affluent are... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Nobody Turn Me Around
A People's History of the 1963 March on Washington
Written by Charles Euchner

Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 12, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0155-4 (0-8070-0155-4)

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

On August 28, 1963, over a quarter-million people–two-thirds black and one-third white–held the greatest civil rights demonstration ever. In this major reinterpretation of the Great Day–the peak of the movement–Charles Euchner brings back the tension and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Personal Politics
The Roots of Women's Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement & the New Left
Written by Sara Evans

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1980
Price: $12.76
ISBN: 978-0-394-74228-1 (0-394-74228-1)

The women most crucial to the feminist movement of the 1960s arrived at their commitment and consciousness in response to the shattering experience of having their work minimized by the men they considered to be their colleagues and fellow crusaders in the civil rights and radical New Left movements. On the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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One Nation Under Goods
Malls and the Seductions of American Shopping
Written by James J. Farrell

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-292-8 (1-58834-292-1)

Loved and hated, visited and avoided, seemingly everywhere yet endlessly the same, malls occupy a special place in American life. What, then, is this invention that evokes such strong and contradictory emotions in Americans? In many ways malls represent the apotheosis of American consumerism and this synthetic and wide-ranging investigation is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Power Trip
U.S. Unilateralism and Global Strategy After September 11
Preface by Barbara Ehrenreich
Edited by John Feffer

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 3, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-579-0 (1-58322-579-X)

A concise dissection of the new U.S. unilateralism, Power Trip is the first book-length critique of this fundamental shift in U.S. foreign policy to consolidate and extend U.S. global control. Charting the new terrain of foreign policy after September 11 and demonstrating how the Bush administration is building on the policies... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Manufacturing Hysteria
A History of Scapegoating, Surveillance, and Secrecy in Modern America
Written by Jay Feldman

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38823-0 (0-307-38823-9)

A vital, engaging, and sometimes troubling story of modern America’s struggle to live up to its ideals.

In this ambitious and wide-ranging history, Jay Feldman takes us from the run-up to World War I and its anti-German hysteria through the September 11 attacks and Arizona’s current anti-immigration movement. What we see is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Oxford Project

Text by Stephen G. Bloom
Photographed by Peter Feldstein

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Welcome Books
On Sale: September 28, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-59962-087-9 (1-59962-087-1)

The Alex-award winning The Oxford Project is back in an abridged paperback edition. Less expensive, more portable, and retaining all the drama of this extraordinary true tale of a seemingly ordinary Midwestern town through the pictures and words its residents. Equal parts art, American history, cultural anthropology, and human narrative -... Read more >

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The Classic Portrait of Alabama Governor George Wallace
Written by Marshall Frady

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: June 3, 1996
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77128-9 (0-679-77128-X)

With a new Epilogue by Marshall Frady, Wallace is the classic portrait of one of the century's most fiery and controversial political figures. Initially conceived of as a novel, Frady's biography retains the narrative force and descriptive powers of fiction. This is a wonderfully crafted depiction of George Wallace, a seminal... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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High Noon in the Cold War
Kennedy, Krushchev, and the Cuban Missile Crisis
Written by Max Frankel

Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: September 27, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-46671-6 (0-345-46671-3)

Note: Please do not order desk or examination copies of this paperback edition until September 2005.

Shortlisted for the 2005 Ambassador Book Award in Fiction

Using evidence from recent records, new scholarship, and previously unheard testimony, High Noon in the Cold War captures the Cuban Missile Crisis in a new light, focusing specifically... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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America's Secret War
Inside the Hidden Worldwide Struggle Between the United States and Its Enemies
Written by George Friedman

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 11, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1785-8 (0-7679-1785-5)

Dubbed by Barron’s as “The Shadow CIA,” George Friedman’s global intelligence company, Stratfor, has provided analysis to Fortune 500 companies, news outlets, and even the U.S. government. Now Friedman delivers the geopolitical story that the mainstream media has been unable to uncover — the startling truth behind America’s foreign policy and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Longitudes and Attitudes
The World in the Age of Terrorism
Written by Thomas L. Friedman

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3125-2 (1-4000-3125-7)

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times columnist and bestselling author of From Beirut to Jerusalem and The Lexus and the Olive Tree comes this smart, penetrating, brilliantly informed book that is indispensable for understanding today’s radically new world and America’s complex place in it.

Thomas L. Freidman received his third Pulitzer... Read more >

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An Empire of Their Own
How the Jews Invented Hollywood
Written by Neal Gabler

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 8, 1989
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-26557-7 (0-385-26557-3)

Winner of the Theater Library Association Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for history, this “wonderful history of the golden age of the movie moguls” (Chicago Tribune) is a provocative, original, and richly entertaining group biography of the Jewish immigrants who were the moving forces behind the creation of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Walt Disney
The Triumph of the American Imagination
Written by Neal Gabler

Format: Trade Paperback, 912 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75747-4 (0-679-75747-3)

The definitive portrait of one of the most important cultural figures in American history.
Walt Disney was a true visionary whose desire for escape, iron determination and obsessive perfectionism transformed animation from a novelty to an art form, first with Mickey Mouse and then with his feature films—most notably Snow White... Read more >

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Gossip, Power, and the Culture of Celebrity
Written by Neal Gabler

Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 26, 1995
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76439-7 (0-679-76439-9)

Hailed as the most important and entertaining biography in recent memory, Gabler’s account of the life of fast-talking gossip columnist and radio broadcaster Walter Winchell “fuses meticulous research with a deft grasp of the cultural nuances of an era when virtually everyone who mattered paid homage to Winchell” (Time). Read more >

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In Defense of Women
Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate
Written by Nancy Gertner

Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1148-5 (0-8070-1148-7)

From a “Human Rights Hero,” a memoir of her illustrious career litigating groundbreaking cases

In the boys’ club climate of 1975, Nancy Gertner launched her career fighting a murder charge on behalf of antiwar activist Susan Saxe, one of the few women to ever make the FBI’s Most Wanted List. What... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Sixties
Years of Hope, Days of Rage
Written by Todd Gitlin

Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: July 1, 1993
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37212-0 (0-553-37212-2)

In this widely lauded history, Todd Gitlin takes students past the oversimplifications that surround the most pivotal decade since World War II, to reveal the many complex and often self-contradictory facets of the sixties' great movements.

"[A] thoughtfully-critical account of the '60's experience."--The Washington Post Book World

"A superb re-creation of that era."--The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A World Made New
Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Written by Mary Ann Glendon

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76046-4 (0-375-76046-6)

Winner, the Bradley Prize

Finalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award

Unafraid to speak her mind and famously tenacious in her convictions, Eleanor Roosevelt was still mourning the death of FDR when she was asked by President Truman to lead a controversial commission, under the auspices of the newly formed United Nations... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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John Glenn: A Memoir

Written by John Glenn and Nick Taylor

Format: Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 3, 2000
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-58157-7 (0-553-58157-0)

The first American to orbit the Earth (1962), John Glenn tells the story of his devotion to his family, legendary journeys into space, and his public-service career between flights. In his unassuming style, Glenn traces his career as a World War II fighter pilot, an astro-pioneer aboard Friendship 7, a 24-year... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download.

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The New Hate
A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right
Written by Arthur Goldwag

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74251-3 (0-307-74251-2)

From the author of -Isms and -Ologies and Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies, here is a deeply researched, fascinating history of the role that organized hatred has played in American politics. The New Hate takes readers on a surprising, often shocking, sometimes bizarrely amusing tour through the swamps of nativism, racism... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Paul Robeson
A Watched Man
Written by Jordan Goodman

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-131-2 (1-78168-131-7)

In his heyday, Paul Robeson was one of the most famous people in the world; to his enemies he was also one of the most dangerous. From the 1930s to the 1960s, the African-American singer was the voice of the people, both as a performer and as a political activist who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cobra II
The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq
Written by Michael R. Gordon and Bernard E. Trainor

Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 27, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7539-3 (1-4000-7539-4)

Written by the chief military correspondent of the New York Times and a prominent retired Marine general, this is the definitive account of the invasion of Iraq.

A stunning work of investigative journalism, Cobra II describes in riveting detail how the American rush to Baghdad provided the opportunity for the virulent insurgency... Read more >

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American Tanks and AFVs of World War II

Written by Mike Green

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 22, 2014
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-931-3 (1-78200-931-0)

The equipping of the United States military with the weapons it needed to prevail during World War II was an unparalleled example of America's industrial might at the time. Among the many weapons produced by America's workers, tanks rate as an important example with 88,140 built between 1939 and 1945. This... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Aviators
Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight
Written by Winston Groom

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1156-0 (1-4262-1156-2)

Written by gifted storyteller Winston Groom (author of Forrest Gump), The Aviators tells the saga of three extraordinary aviators–Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle–and how they redefine heroism through their genius, daring, and uncommon courage.
This is the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes who defined aviation during the great age... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Book of Honor
The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives
Written by Ted Gup

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49541-7 (0-385-49541-2)

In the entrance of the CIA headquarters looms a huge marble wall into which seventy-one stars are carved-each representing an agent who has died in the line of duty. Official CIA records only name thirty-five of them, however. Undeterred by claims that revealing the identities of these "nameless stars" might compromise... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.
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