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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 >
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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 >
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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
Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Written by Josh Ruebner


Format: Hardcover, 368 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 >
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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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Mad as Hell
The Crisis of the 1970s and the Rise of the Populist Right
Written by Dominic Sandbrook


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7724-3 (1-4000-7724-9)

“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!” The words of Howard Beale, the fictional anchorman in 1976’s hit film Network, struck a chord with a generation of Americans. In this colourful new history, Dominic Sandbrook ranges seamlessly over the political, economic, and cultural high (and low)... Read more >
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Harold and Jack
The Remarkable Friendship of Prime Minister Macmillan and President Kennedy
Written by Christopher Sandford


Format: Hardcover, 332 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: August 19, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-935-2 (1-61614-935-3)

This is the story of the many-layered relationship between two iconic leaders of the mid-twentieth century--British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and American President John F. Kennedy. Based on previously unquoted papers and private letters between both the leaders themselves and their families, more than half of which are available for the... Read more >
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Confront and Conceal
Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power
Written by David E. Sanger


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71803-7 (0-307-71803-4)

"This astonishingly revealing insider's account of the Obama administration's foreign policy process is a triumph." —Foreign Affairs

President Obama's administration came to office with the world on fire. Confront and Conceal is the story of how, in his first term, Obama secretly used the most innovative weapons and tools of American... Read more >
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The Inheritance
The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power
Written by David E. Sanger


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-40793-1 (0-307-40793-4)

Readers of The New York Times know David Sanger as one of the most trusted correspondents in Washington, one to whom presidents, secretaries of state, and foreign leaders talk with unusual candor. Now, with a historian’s sweep and an insider’s eye for telling detail, Sanger delivers an urgent intelligence briefing on... Read more >
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Everything We Had
An Oral History of the Vietnam War
Written by Al Santoli


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 12, 1985
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-32279-1 (0-345-32279-7)

"Dead: 57, 661."

"Here are 33 who survived...We have tried to put into honest words the raw experience of what happened to us. We have reflected upon that experience, recalling, among other things, that we were once idealistic young people confronted by the awesomeness of fighting other human beings...

"Please understand that we... Read more >

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Time of Illusion
Vietnam
Written by Jonathan Schell


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1976
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72217-7 (0-394-72217-5)

“A thoughtful and deservedly acclaimed meditation on the decade which, in 1974, finally brought the American Constitutional system to the edge of breakdown.” —Foreign Affairs

“The remarkable achievements of this book are its fairness, its attention to details, and its capacity to put the bewildering complexities of these years into some kind... Read more >

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The Bushes
Portrait of a Dynasty
Written by Peter Schweizer and Rochelle Schweizer


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49864-7 (0-385-49864-0)

Based on hours of unprecedented interviews with members of the Bush family, The Bushes tells the inside story of the unique dynasty at the heart of American power.

As well as laying out the secretive family’s inner workings, this intimate and fascinating group portrait probes into such sensitive matters as their... Read more >

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Reagan's War
The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism
Written by Peter Schweizer


Format: Trade Paperback, 372 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 21, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72228-5 (0-385-72228-1)

A meticulously researched and penetrating analysis of the Cold War, and the man who ended it. Peter Schweizer delves into the origins of Ronald Reagan’s vision of America, and documents his consistent, aggressive belief in confronting the Soviet Union diplomatically, economically, and militarily.

Ronald Reagan is often dismissed as an “amiable dunce,”... Read more >
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Maximalist
America in the World from Truman to Obama
Written by Stephen Sestanovich


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38830-8 (0-307-38830-1)

From a writer with long and high-level experience in the U.S. government, a startling and provocative assessment of America’s global dominance. Maximalist puts the history of our foreign policy in an unexpected new light, while drawing fresh, compelling lessons for the present and future.

When the United States has succeeded in the... Read more >
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Maximalist
America in the World from Truman to Obama
Written by Stephen Sestanovich


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26817-4 (0-307-26817-9)

From a writer with long and high-level experience in the U.S. government, a startling and provocative assessment of America’s global dominance. Maximalist puts the history of our foreign policy in an unexpected new light, while drawing fresh, compelling lessons for the present and future.

When the United States has succeeded in the... Read more >
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A Fiery Peace in a Cold War
Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon
Written by Neil Sheehan


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74549-5 (0-679-74549-1)

In this long-awaited history, Neil Sheehan, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, describes the US-Soviet arms race through the story of the colorful and visionary American Air Force officer, Bernard Schriever.

This never-before-told story details Schriever’s quest to prevent the Soviet Union from acquiring nuclear superiority, and describes... Read more >
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