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Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story

Written by Mat Johnson
Illustrated by Simone Gane


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2160-7 (1-4012-2160-2)

In the days after Hurricane Katrina, two men travel to a devastated New Orleans to pull off the bank heist of a lifetime. Up against the clock and eluding armed competitors, the men find themselves in the middle of one of the greatest humanitarian disasters in American history. All around them... Read more >

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Visual Shock
A History of Art Controversies in American Culture
Written by Michael Kammen


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 6, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3464-2 (1-4000-3464-7)

In this lively narrative, award-winning author Michael Kammen presents a fascinating analysis of cutting-edge art and artists and their unique ability to both delight and provoke us. He illuminates America’s obsession with public memorials and the changing role of art and museums in our society. From Thomas Eakins’s 1875 masterpiece The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Last Campaign
How Harry Truman Won the 1948 Election
Written by Zachary Karabell


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 10, 2001
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70077-4 (0-375-70077-3)

It was the last presidential campaign in which Americans truly had a choice across the ideological spectrum, from the far Right to the far Left. And the winner, according to pundits and pollsters alike, would be the Republican standard-bearer, Governor Thomas E. Dewey of New York. After sixteen years of Democratic... Read more >
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Do They Hear You When You Cry

Written by Fauziya Kassindja


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: January 12, 1999
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31994-2 (0-385-31994-0)

In 1994, Fauziya Kassindja, an extraordinary teenager from a wealthy, prominent family in Kpalime, Africa, fled from her home to escape tribal ritual female genital mutilation. She sought political asylum in the United States, but was instead incarcerated for 16 months in various Immigration and Naturalization Service detention facilities. Housed in... Read more >

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Hide/Seek
Difference and Desire in American Portraiture
Written by Jonathan D. Katz and David C. Ward


Format: Hardcover, 296 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-299-7 (1-58834-299-9)

*2011 ALA Stonewall Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award
*An Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 — Choice Magazine

Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture is the companion book to the first major museum exhibition in American history to focus on lesbian and gay art and culture from the late nineteenth century to the present... Read more >

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The Iraq War
The Military Offensive, from Victory in 21 Days to the Insurgent Aftermath
Written by John Keegan


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 24, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7920-9 (1-4000-7920-9)

The 2003 Iraq war remains among the most mysterious armed conflicts of modernity. In The Iraq War, John Keegan offers a sharp and lucid appraisal of the military campaign, explaining just how the coalition forces defeated an Iraqi army twice its size and addressing such questions as whether Saddam Hussein ever... Read more >
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Moon Lander
How We Developed the Apollo Lunar Module
Written by Thomas J. Kelly


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 11, 2009
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-58834-273-7 (1-58834-273-5)

Chief engineer Thomas J. Kelly gives a firsthand account of designing, building, testing, and flying the Apollo lunar module. It was, he writes, “an aerospace engineer’s dream job of the century.” Kelly’s account begins with the imaginative process of sketching solutions to a host of technical challenges with an emphasis on... Read more >
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The Persistence of the Color Line
Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency
Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45555-0 (0-307-45555-6)

Renowned for his insightful, common-sense critiques of racial politics, Randall Kennedy gives us a shrewd and penetrating analysis of the complex relationship between the first black president and his African-American constituency.

Kennedy tackles such hot-button issues as the nature of racial opposition to Obama; whether Obama has a singular responsibility to African... Read more >
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The Terrorist Watch
Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack
Written by Ronald Kessler


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: December 30, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38214-6 (0-307-38214-1)

Drawing on unprecedented access to FBI and CIA counterterrorism operatives, New York Times bestselling author Ronald Kessler presents the story of terrorists’ relentless efforts to mount another devastating attack on the United States and of the heroic efforts being made to stop those plots.
Kessler takes readers inside the war rooms... Read more >
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Brokers of Deceit
How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East
Written by Rashid Khalidi


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3324-1 (0-8070-3324-3)

An examination of the failure of the United States as a broker in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, through three key historical moments.
 
For more than seven decades the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people has raged on with no end in sight, and for much of that time, the United States... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Brokers of Deceit
How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East
Written by Rashid Khalidi


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4475-9 (0-8070-4475-X)

An examination of the failure of the United States as a broker in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, through three key historical moments.
 
For more than seven decades the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people has raged on with no end in sight, and for much of that time, the United States... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Resurrecting Empire
Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East
Written by Rashid Khalidi


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 15, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0235-3 (0-8070-0235-6)

Begun as the United States moved its armed forces into Iraq, Rashid Khalidi’s powerful and thoughtful new book examines the record of Western involvement in the region and analyzes the likely outcome of our most recent Middle East incursions. Drawing on his encyclopedic knowledge of the political and cultural history of... Read more >
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Sowing Crisis
The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East
Written by Rashid Khalidi


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0311-4 (0-8070-0311-5)

Acclaimed historian and political commentator Rashid Khalidi presents the compelling case that U.S. and Soviet intervention in the Middle East not only exacerbated civil wars and provoked the breakdown of fragile democracies, but continues to this day to shape global conflict in the region. Examining the strategic interplay of cold war... Read more >
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"All Labor Has Dignity"

Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Edited by Michael K. Honey


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 10, 2012
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8602-5 (0-8070-8602-9)

An unprecedented and timely collection of Dr. King’s speeches on labor rights and economic justice

Covering all the civil rights movement highlights--Montgomery, Albany, Birmingham, Selma, Chicago, and Memphis--award-winning historian Michael K. Honey introduces and traces Dr. King’s dream of economic equality. Gathered in one volume for the first time, the majority... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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"All Labor Has Dignity"

Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Edited by Michael K. Honey


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8600-1 (0-8070-8600-2)

An unprecedented and timely collection of Dr. King’s speeches on labor rights and economic justice.

People forget that Dr. King was every bit as committed to economic justice as he was to ending racial segregation. As we struggle with massive unemployment, a staggering racial wealth gap, and the near collapse... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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MLK
A Celebration in Word and Image
Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Edited by Bob Adelman
Introduction by Charles Johnson


Format: Hardcover, 64 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0316-9 (0-8070-0316-6)

A stunning collection of photographs of and quotations by Dr. King compiled by renowned photojournalist Bob Adelman.

A striking collection of twenty-nine black-and-white images combined with powerful quotations by Dr. King, MLK: A Celebration in Word and Image is a photo-biography of one of America’s greatest figures. Here we see King in... Read more >

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Stride Toward Freedom
The Montgomery Story
Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Introduction by Clayborne Carson


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0073-1 (0-8070-0073-6)

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolence resistance in America is comprehensive, revelatory, and intimate. King described his book as “the chronicle of fifty thousand Negroes who took to heart the principles of nonviolence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Stride Toward Freedom
The Montgomery Story
Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Introduction by Clayborne Carson


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0069-4 (0-8070-0069-8)

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolence resistance in America is comprehensive, revelatory, and intimate. King described his book as “the chronicle of fifty thousand Negroes who took to heart the principles of nonviolence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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"Thou, Dear God"
Prayers That Open Hearts and Spirits
Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Edited by Lewis V. Baldwin
Foreword by Reverend Dr. Julius R. Scruggs


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8608-7 (0-8070-8608-8)

“Thou, Dear God” is the first and only collection of sixty-eight prayers by Martin Luther King, Jr. Arranged thematically in six parts--with prayers for spiritual guidance, special occasions, times of adversity, times of trial, uncertain times, and social justice--Baptist minister and King scholar Lewis Baldwin introduces the book and each section... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Trumpet of Conscience

Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0170-7 (0-8070-0170-8)

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

MLK’s final statements on racism, poverty, war, and the civil rights movement.

In November and December 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered five lectures for the renowned Canadian Broadcasting Corporations’ Massey Lecture Series. The collection was immediately... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Trumpet of Conscience

Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.


Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0071-7 (0-8070-0071-X)

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered five lectures for the renowned Massey Lecture Series. The collection was immediately released as a book under the title Conscience for Change, but after King’s assassination in 1968, it was republished as The Trumpet of Conscience.

The collection sums up his lasting creed... Read more >
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Where Do We Go from Here
Chaos or Community?
Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Foreword by Coretta Scott King
Introduction by Vincent Harding


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0067-0 (0-8070-0067-1)

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

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript. In this prophetic work, which... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Where Do We Go from Here
Chaos or Community?
Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Foreword by Coretta Scott King
Introduction by Vincent Harding


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0076-2 (0-8070-0076-0)

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript. In this prophetic work, which has been unavailable for more than ten years, he lays out his thoughts, plans, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Why We Can't Wait

Written by Martin Luther King, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0112-7 (0-8070-0112-0)

Dr. King’s best-selling account of the civil rights movement in Birmingham during the spring and summer of 1963

In 1963, Birmingham, Alabama, was perhaps the most racially segregated city in the United States, but the campaign launched by Fred Shuttlesworth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others demonstrated to the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Natural
The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton
Written by Joe Klein


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 11, 2003
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1412-3 (0-7679-1412-0)

In The Natural, Joe Klein, best-selling author and the outspoken political analyst, tackles the subject he knows best: Bill Clinton.

Much has been written about Clinton, but The Natural steps back and rationally analyzes the eight years of his tenure, a period during which America rose to unprecedented levels of prosperity. Joe... Read more >
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