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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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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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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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Simple Justice
The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality
Written by Richard Kluger


Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3061-3 (1-4000-3061-7)

“The definitive account...of the struggle for black equality in America.” —The Nation


The 1954 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Brown v. Board of Education (of Topeka, Kansas) brought centuries of legal segregation in this country to an end. It was and is without question... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Under the Banner of Heaven
A Story of Violent Faith
Written by Jon Krakauer


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: July 15, 2003
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50951-0 (0-385-50951-0)

**ALA Notable Book, 2003

Krakauer’s previous books have given insight into lives conducted at the outer limits. In Under the Banner of Heaven, he shifts his focus from the extremes of physical adventure to the extremes of religious fundamentalism within American culture.

At the core of Under the Banner of Heaven is a... Read more >

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Lone Patriot
The Short Career of an American Militiaman
Written by Jane Kramer


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 8, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3232-7 (1-4000-3232-6)

In the mid 1990s self-styled Patriot John Pitner gathered around him a ragtag band of discontents, all eager to avenge themselves against America’s enemies, both foreign and domestic. Fervently believing that a New World Order threatened their liberty and way of life, Pitner and his recruits prepared for confrontation until an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Muslims Are Coming!
Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror
Written by Arun Kundnani


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: March 18, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-159-6 (1-78168-159-7)

Death came instantly to Imam Luqman, as four FBI agents fired semiautomatic rifles at him from a few feet away. Another sixty officers surrounded the building on that October morning, the culmination of a two-year undercover investigation that had infiltrated the imam’s Detroit mosque. The FBI quickly claimed that Luqman Abdullah was “the leader of a domestic terrorist... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Rethinking Cold War Culture

Written by Peter J. Kuznick and James Gilbert


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 22, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-895-3 (1-56098-895-9)

This anthology of essays questions many widespread assumptions about the culture of postwar America. Illuminating the origins and development of the many threads that constituted American culture during the Cold War, the contributors challenge the existence of a monolithic culture during the 1950s and thereafter. They demonstrate instead that there was... Read more >
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A Mighty Long Way
My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School
Written by Carlotta Walls Lanier and Lisa Frazier Page
Foreword by Bill Clinton


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51101-0 (0-345-51101-8)

Selected for Common Reading at :

Colorado Mountain College
Evergreen State College
Frank Phillips Community College
Hood College
University of Illinois at Springfield


"Carlotta Walls LaNier's A Mighty Long Way is a riveting account of nine brave high school students and their families in a quest for quality desegregated public education. What happened in Little Rock... Read more >
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A Mighty Long Way
My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School
Written by Carlotta Walls Lanier and Lisa Frazier Page
Foreword by Bill Clinton


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: August 25, 2009
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51100-3 (0-345-51100-X)

"Carlotta Walls LaNier's A Mighty Long Way is a riveting account of nine brave high school students and their families in a quest for quality desegregated public education. What happened in Little Rock in 1957 resulted in America's greatest constitutional crisis since the Civil War. Carlotta's account of events inside and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Helmet for My Pillow
From Parris Island to the Pacific
Written by Robert Leckie


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-59331-0 (0-553-59331-5)

Here is one of the most riveting first-person accounts ever to come out of World War II. Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow we follow his odyssey, from basic training on Parris... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Secret History of Wonder Woman

Written by Jill Lepore


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-35404-2 (0-385-35404-5)

A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origins of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes hides within it a fascinating family story—and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism

Wonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no superhero... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Thieves of Bay Street
How Banks, Brokerages and the Wealthy Steal Billions from Canadians
Written by Bruce Livesey


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-35964-3 (0-307-35964-6)

Beneath the veneer of stability that saw Canada’s banking sector through the financial crash of 2008, investigative reporter Bruce Livesey has uncovered a rampant failure of epidemic proportions. Though no large financial institution has recently gone bust in this country, white-collar criminals, scam artists, Ponzi schemers and organized crime, from the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Common Ground
A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families
Written by J. Anthony Lukas


Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1986
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-74616-6 (0-394-74616-3)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award
Winner of the American Book Award


In this extraordinary prize-winning work of reportage, Lukas brings to life the school integration crisis in Boston and by extension the crisis of urban America in the ten... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Revolt on Goose Island
The Chicago Factory Takeover and What It Says About the Economic Crisis
Written by Kari Lydersen


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: June 30, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-933633-82-4 (1-933633-82-4)

“I think they’re absolutely right... what’s happening to them is reflective of what’s happening across this economy.”
--President Barack Obama on the workers at Republic Windows & Doors

December 5, 2008: It wasn’t supposed to work like this. Days after getting a $45 billion bailout from the U.S. government, Bank of America shut... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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New York September 11 by Magnum Photographers

Photographed by Magnum Photographers
Introduction by David Halberstam


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: November 1, 2001
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-57687-130-0 (1-57687-130-4)

“The date, September 11, 2001, now has a certain permanence, graven on our collective memory, like a very few others December 7, 1941, and November 22, 1963, dates which seem to separate yesterday from today, and then from now. They become the rarest of moments; ordinary people will forever be able... Read more >

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Why Are We at War?

Written by Norman Mailer


Format: Trade Paperback, 126 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7111-8 (0-8129-7111-6)

“Because democracy is noble, it is always endangered. Nobility, indeed, is always in danger. Democracy is perishable. I think the natural government for most people, given the uglier depths of human nature, is fascism. Fascism is more of a natural state than democracy. To assume blithely that we can export democracy... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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From Fatwa to Jihad
The Rushdie Affair and Its Aftermath
Written by Kenan Malik


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-405-9 (1-61219-405-2)

Twenty years after the Rushdie fatwa, From Fatwa to Jihad tells, for the first time, the full story of this defining episode and explores its repercussions and resonance through to contemporary debates about Islam, terror, free speech and Western values.

When a thousand Muslim protesters paraded through a British town with a copy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In Glory's Shadow
The Citadel, Shannon Faulkner, and a Changing America
Written by Catherine S. Manegold


Format: Trade Paperback, 364 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76714-5 (0-679-76714-2)

In Glory's Shadow explores the history of The Citadel, an institution set on preserving tradition in the face of profound change. Established as protection against slave insurrections feared by the white minority of Charleston, South Carolina, a generation later The Citadel was a school of privilege for young white men. Through... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mars Rover Curiosity
An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer
Written by Rob Manning and William L. Simon


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-473-1 (1-58834-473-8)

In the course of our enduring quest for knowledge about ourselves and our universe, we haven't found answers to one of our most fundamental questions: Does life exist anywhere else in the universe? Ten years and billions of dollars in the making, the Mars Rover Curiosity is poised to answer this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Reagan and Gorbachev
How the Cold War Ended
Written by Jack Matlock


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7489-8 (0-8129-7489-1)

In Reagan and Gorbachev, Jack F. Matlock, Jr., gives an eyewitness account of how the Cold War ended, with humankind declared the winner. As Reagan’s principal adviser on Soviet and European affairs, and later as the U.S. ambassador to the U.S.S.R., Matlock lived history: He was the point person for Reagan’s... Read more >
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Souvenirs of a Blown World
Sketches for the Sixties#Writings about America, 1966#1973
Written by Gregory Mcdonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-866-1 (1-58322-866-7)

Bestselling author of the Fletch series Gregory Mcdonald presents firsthand accounts of major events during the sixties and interviews with Joan Baez, Abbie Hoffman, Krishnamurti, Phil Ochs, Andy Warhol, and others. The year was 1966, and fresh off the heels of his controversial debut novel Running Scared, Mcdonald was hired to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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At the Dark End of the Street
Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power
Written by Danielle L. McGuire


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38924-4 (0-307-38924-3)

Rosa Parks was often described as a sweet and reticent elderly woman whose tired feet caused her to defy segregation on Montgomery’s city buses, and whose supposedly solitary, spontaneous act sparked the 1955 bus boycott that gave birth to the civil rights movement.

The truth of who Rosa Parks was and... Read more >
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At the Dark End of the Street
Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power
Written by Danielle L. McGuire


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26906-5 (0-307-26906-X)

Winner of the Frederick Jackson Turner Award

In a supposedly solitary, spontaneous act, Rosa Parks sparked the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, which gave birth to the civil rights movement. Parks is often described as an unassuming woman whose fatigue caused her to defy the Jim Crow laws. The truth of... Read more >
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