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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 >
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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 >
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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 the University of Illinois, 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 in 1957 resulted in America's greatest constitutional crisis since... 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 >
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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 >
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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 >
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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: $7.99
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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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 >
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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 >
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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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Marina and Lee
The Tormented Love and Fatal Obsession Behind Lee Harvey Oswald's Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Written by Priscilla Johnson McMillan
Foreword by Joseph Finder


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-216-5 (1-58642-216-2)

The inside story of Lee Harvey Oswald’s path to killing John. F. Kennedy. Reissued to mark the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, Marina and Lee is an indispensable account of one of America’s most traumatic events, and a classic work of narrative history. In her meticulous, at times even moment... Read more >
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The Beginning of the American Fall
A Comics Journalist Inside the Occupy Wall Street Movement
Written by Stephanie McMillan


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-452-7 (1-60980-452-X)

Can a cartoonist and millions of random strangers change the world? The initial stages of their attempt are chronicled in this book of comics-journalism and written observations.

Stephanie McMillan, long-time activist and cartoonist, has waited her entire life for the American people to rise up. Sparked by uprisings around the world, a... Read more >
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In Retrospect
The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam
Written by Robert S. McNamara


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 19, 1996
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76749-7 (0-679-76749-5)

This new paperback edition of McNamara's controversial memoir includes a new Preface by McNamara and a new Appendix containing examples of the intense debate that erupted upon the book's original publication in 1995. Among the contributions to the Appendix are the New York Times editorial "Mr. McNamara's War," and sixteen other... Read more >

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The Burglary
The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI
Written by Betty Medsger


Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-96295-9 (0-307-96295-4)

The never-before-told full story of the 1971 history-changing break-in of the FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania, by a group of unlikely activistsquiet, ordinary, hardworking Americansthat made clear the shocking truth and confirmed what some had long suspected, that J. Edgar Hoover had created and was operating his own shadow Bureau of... Read more >
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When the World Calls
The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years
Written by Stanley Meisler


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5051-4 (0-8070-5051-2)

A complete and revealing history of the Peace Corps–in time for its fiftieth anniversary

When the World Calls is the first complete and balanced look at the Peace Corps’s first fifty years. Stanley Meisler’s engaging narrative exposes Washington infighting, presidential influence, and the Volunteers’ unique struggles abroad. He deftly unpacks the... Read more >
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How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America
A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns
Written by Wendy Melillo


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-393-2 (1-58834-393-6)

How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America: A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns details how public service advertising campaigns became part of our national conversation and changed us as a society. The Ad Council began during World War II as a propaganda arm of President Roosevelt’s administration to preserve... Read more >
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The Protest Psychosis
How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease
Written by Jonathan M. Metzl


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 12, 2011
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0127-1 (0-8070-0127-9)

A powerful account of how cultural anxieties about race shaped American notions of mental illness

The civil rights era is largely remembered as a time of sit-ins, boycotts, and riots. But a very different civil rights history evolved at the Ionia State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Ionia, Michigan. In... Read more >
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The Much Too Promised Land
America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace
Written by Aaron David Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: December 30, 2008
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38414-7 (0-553-38414-7)

Adopted in courses at:
Cornell University, George Mason University, New York University, Union College, Unviersity of Virginia, and Wofford College.

“Extraordinary…. Miller evinces genuine compassion for both sides in the conflict … while maintaining a detachment that allows him to draw hard conclusions…. Miller’s writing is both approachable and deeply smart.”
Publishers Weekly, starred... Read more >
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