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Jack
A Life Like No Other
Written by Geoffrey Perret


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76125-6 (0-375-76125-X)

Jack is both the first comprehensive one-volume biography of JFK and the first account of his life based on the extensive documentary record that has finally become available, including personal diaries, taped conversations from the White House, recently declassified government documents, extensive family correspondence, and crucial interviews sealed for nearly forty... Read more >
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The Great Transformation
The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time
Written by Karl Polanyi


Format: Trade Paperback, 360 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 28, 2001
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5643-1 (0-8070-5643-X)

In this classic work of economic history and social theory, Karl Polanyi analyzes the economic and social changes brought about by the “great transformation” of the Industrial Revolution. His analysis explains not only the deficiencies of the self-regulating market, but the potentially dire social consequences of untempered market capitalism. New introductory... Read more >
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Case Closed

Written by Gerald Posner


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3462-8 (1-4000-3462-0)

A work of monumental research and overwhelming evidence, Case Closed restores the human drama to one of the watershed events in American history, and in the process answers the nagging riddle of how and why Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK. Read more >

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Prisoner's Dilemma

Written by William Poundstone


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 1, 1993
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-41580-4 (0-385-41580-X)

"Both a fascinating biography of von Neumann, the Hungarian exile whose mathematical theories were building blocks for the A-bomb and the digital computer, and a brilliant social history of game theory and its role in the Cold War and nuclear arms race."--San Francisco Chronicle Read more >
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Once Upon a Distant War
David Halberstam, Neil Sheehan, Peter Arnett--Young War Correspondents and Their Early Vietnam Battles
Written by William Prochnau


Format: Trade Paperback, 564 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 1996
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77265-1 (0-679-77265-0)

In Once Upon a Distant War Prochnau vividly brings to life the adventures of a small group of young, audacious, and driven war correspondents who first brought Vietnam to the American popular consciousness.  With the evocative eye of a novelist and the experience of a prize-winning journalist, Prochnau introduces us to men... Read more >

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The Book of Obama
From Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt
Written by Ted Rall


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-450-3 (1-60980-450-3)

How did a charismatic young president elected in an atmosphere of optimism and expectation lead the United States to the brink of revolution? From a chance encounter in the early 1980s to the Democratic primaries of 2007-08, syndicated columnist and political cartoonist Ted Rall was one of the first to size... Read more >
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Against War with Iraq
An Anti-War Primer
Written by Michael Ratner, Jennie Green and Barbara Olshansky


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 4, 2003
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-591-2 (1-58322-591-9)

Despite public outcry at home and international opposition abroad, the Bush Administration deployed troops and invested millions in preparation for a massive military assault on Iraq. In this Open Media Series special edition, three legal scholars from the Center for Constitutional Rights argue persuasively that the looming war against Iraq is... Read more >
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At the Abyss
An Insider's History of the Cold War
Written by Thomas Reed


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: March 1, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-89141-837-5 (0-89141-837-7)

“The Cold War . . . was a fight to the death,” notes Thomas C. Reed, “fought with bayonets, napalm, and high-tech weaponry of every sort—save one. It was not fought with nuclear weapons.” With global powers now engaged in cataclysmic encounters, there is no more important time for this essential... Read more >
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New Orleans Under Reconstruction

Written by Carol M. Reese, Michael Sorkin and Anthony Fontenot
Foreword by Mike Davis


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: May 27, 2014
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-272-2 (1-78168-272-0)

When the levees broke in August 2005 as a result of Hurricane Katrina, 80 percent of the city of New Orleans was flooded, with a loss of 134,000 homes and 986 lives. In particular, the devastation hit the vulnerable communities the hardest: the old, the poor and the African American. The... Read more >
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The Bridge
The Life and Rise of Barack Obama
Written by David Remnick


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70230-3 (0-375-70230-X)

In this nuanced and complex portrait of Barack Obama, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Remnick offers a thorough, intricate, and riveting account of the unique experiences that shaped our nation’s first African American president.
 
Through extensive on-the-record interviews with friends and teachers, mentors and disparagers, family members and Obama himself, Remnick explores the... Read more >

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The New Gilded Age
The New Yorker Looks at the Culture of Affluence
Edited by David Remnick


Format: Trade Paperback, 476 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 6, 2001
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75715-0 (0-375-75715-5)

In keeping with its tradition of sending writers out into America to take the pulse of our citizens and civilization, The New Yorker over the past decade has reported on the unprecedented economy and how it has changed the ways in which we live. This new anthology collects the best of... Read more >
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The Conviction of Richard Nixon
The Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews
Written by James Reston, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 27, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39490-3 (0-307-39490-5)

The Watergate scandal began with a break-in at the office of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Hotel on June 17, 1971, and ended when President Gerald Ford granted Richard M. Nixon a pardon on September 8, 1974, one month after Nixon resigned from office in disgrace. Effectively removed from... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Arsenals of Folly
The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71394-1 (0-375-71394-8)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes delivers a riveting account of the nuclear arms race and the Cold War.

In the Reagan-Gorbachev era, the United States and the Soviet Union came within minutes of nuclear war, until Gorbachev boldly launched a campaign to eliminate nuclear weapons, setting the stage for the 1986... Read more >
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Twilight of the Bombs
Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38741-7 (0-307-38741-0)

The final volume in Richard Rhodes's prizewinning history of nuclear weapons offers the first comprehensive narrative of the challenges faced in the post-Cold War age.

The past twenty years have transformed our relationship with nuclear weapons drastically. With extraordinary depth of knowledge and understanding, Richard Rhodes makes clear how the five original... Read more >

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The 5 Unanswered Questions About 9/11
What the 9/11 Commission Report Failed to Tell Us
Written by James Ridgeway


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 6, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-712-1 (1-58322-712-1)

The 9/11 Commission Report is widely declared to be the definitive account of the most devastating attack ever to take place on American soil, but in truth the most vital questions about 9/11 have not been asked, and an ever-growing number of facts casts clouds of suspicion over the actions and... Read more >
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Presidential Command
Power, Leadership, and the Making of Foreign Policy from Richard Nixon to George
Written by Peter W. Rodman
Introduction by Henry Kissinger


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39052-3 (0-307-39052-7)

A revelatory account from a Washington insider of how modern presidents have succeeded—and failed—in making foreign policy. An important contribution in the wake of recent American experiences abroad, and an essential book for the new administration, here is a fascinating, in-depth look at what actually happens in the Oval Office from... Read more >
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Barbara Jordan
American Hero
Written by Mary Beth Rogers


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 4, 2000
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38066-8 (0-553-38066-4)

This seminal biography chronicles the life of the first black woman elected to the Texas State Senate and the first black woman from the South in the United States Congress. One of the most influential women of the 20th century, Barbara Jordan held an unwavering faith in the American people and... Read more >
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Those Who Forget the Past
The Question of Anti-Semitism
Afterword by Cynthia Ozick
Edited by Ron Rosenbaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7203-0 (0-8129-7203-1)

"Rosenbaum's outstanding compilation of nearly 50 sharp essays has the advantage of not only displaying a wide range of views but juxtaposing pieces in debate with one another...This is an estimable collection and may find a place with course adopters as well as common readers." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

After the horrors... Read more >
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Raceball
How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game
Written by Rob Ruck


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4807-8 (0-8070-4807-0)

From an award-winning writer, the first linked history of African Americans and Latinos in Major League Baseball

After peaking at 27 percent of all major leaguers in 1975, African Americans now make up less than one-tenth--a decline unimaginable in other men’s pro sports. The number of Latin Americans, by contrast, has exploded... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Roots of Steel
Boom and Bust in an American Mill Town
Written by Deborah Rudacille


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 23, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9589-6 (1-4000-9589-1)

As the American economy seeks to restructure itself, Roots of Steel is a powerful, candid, and eye-opening reminder of the people who have been left behind.

When Deborah Rudacille was a child in the working-class town of Dundalk, Maryland, a worker at the local Sparrows Point steel mill made more than enough... Read more >
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Shattered Hopes
The Failure Of Obama's Middle East Peace Process
Written by Josh Ruebner


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-120-6 (1-78168-120-1)

President Barack Obama’s first trip abroad in his second term took him to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank, where he despondently admitted to those waiting for words of encouragement, “It is a hard slog to work through all of these issues.” Contrast this gloomy assessment with Obama’s optimism on the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Magnificent Failure
Free Fall from the Edge of Space
Written by Craig Ryan


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2003
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-141-9 (1-58834-141-0)

Locked in a desperate Cold War race against the Soviets to find out if humans could survive in space and live through a free fall from space vehicles, the Pentagon gave civilian adventurer Nick Piantanida’s Project Strato-Jump little notice until May Day, 1966. Operating in the shadows of well-funded, high-visibility Air... Read more >
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UFO Crash at Roswell
The Genesis of a Modern Myth
Written by Benson Saler, Charles A. Ziegler and Charles Moore


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 22, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-063-4 (1-58834-063-5)

In the summer of 1947 something mysterious crashed in the New Mexican desert near the town of Roswell. Whether it was an alien spacecraft manned by tiny humanlike beings or–the US government’s official explanation–a scientific research balloon has long been a subject of passionate debate. Transcending the believer-versus-skeptic debate, anthropologists Benson... Read more >

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Song for my Fathers

Written by Tom Sancton


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-376-7 (1-59051-376-2)

Song for My Fathers is the story of a young white boy driven by a consuming passion to learn the music and ways of a group of aging black jazzmen in the twilight years of the segregation era. Contemporaries of Louis Armstrong, most of them had played in local obscurity until... Read more >
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Eugene McCarthy
The Rise and Fall of Postwar American Liberalism
Written by Dominic Sandbrook


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7790-8 (1-4000-7790-7)

Originally a New Deal liberal and aggressive anticommunist, Senator Eugene McCarthy famously lost faith with the Democratic party over Vietnam. His stunning challenge to Lyndon Johnson in the 1968 New Hampshire primary inspired young liberals and was one of the greatest electoral upsets in American history. But the 1968 election ultimately... Read more >
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