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City of Quartz
Excavating the Future in Los Angeles
Written by Mike Davis
Photographed by Robert Morrow

Format: Trade Paperback, 441 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: September 17, 2006
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-568-5 (1-84467-568-8)

No metropolis has been more loved or more hated. To its official boosters, “Los Angeles brings it all together.” To detractors, LA is a sunlit mortuary where “you can rot without feeling it.” To Mike Davis, the author of this fiercely elegant and wide-ranging work of social history, Los Angeles is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Democracy in America: The Complete and Unabridged Volumes I and II

Written by Alexis De Tocqueville
Introduction by Joseph Epstein

Format: Paperback, 976 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-21464-2 (0-553-21464-0)

From America’s call for a free press to its embrace of the capitalist system, Democracy in America–first published in 1835–enlightens, entertains, and endures as a brilliant study of our national government and character. For today’s readers, de Tocqueville’s concern about the effect of majority rule on the rights of individuals remains... Read more >

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Democracy in America, Vol. 1

Written by Alexis De Tocqueville

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 1990
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72825-2 (0-679-72825-2)

In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville traveled through the United States to investigate the country’s prison system. Instead, he wrote this study of democracy in its infancy—a study that embraces America’s history, geography, politics, legal system, economy, and culture. Here are glimpses of a vanished America, from town meetings in New England... Read more >

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Irish America
Coming Into Clover
Written by Maureen Dezell

Format: Trade Paperback, 276 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 5, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49596-7 (0-385-49596-X)

A dazzling and bracingly honest look at a great people in a great land.

For many people in this country, Irish American culture conjures up thoughts of raucous pubs, St. Patrick's Day parades, memoirs peopled with an array of saints and sinners, and such quasi-Celtic extravaganzas as Riverdance. But there is much... Read more >

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How Capitalism Saved America
The Untold History of Our Country, from the Pilgrims to the Present
Written by Thomas DiLorenzo

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown Forum
On Sale: August 23, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-8331-2 (1-4000-8331-1)

In How Capitalism Saved America. DiLorenzo, a professor of economics, demonstrates how capitalism has made America the most prosperous nation on earth—and how the sort of government regulation that politicians and pundits endorse has hindered economic growth, caused higher unemployment, raised prices, and created many other problems. He propels the reader... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

Written by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Format: Hardcover, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 16, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0040-3 (0-8070-0040-X)

Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Bobbed Haired Bandit
A Story of Crime and Celebrity in 1920s New York
Written by Stephen Duncombe and Andrew Mattson

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7735-6 (0-8129-7735-1)

On January 5, 1924, a well-dressed young woman, accompanied by a male companion, walked into a Brooklyn grocery, pulled a “baby automatic” from the pocket of her fur coat, emptied the cash register, and escaped into the night. Dubbed “the Bobbed Haired Bandit” by the press, the petite thief continued her... Read more >

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The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City

Written by Alan Ehrenhalt

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 24, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27274-4 (0-307-27274-5)

In The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City we travel the nation with Alan Ehrenhalt, one of our leading urbanists, as he explains how America’s cities are changing, what makes them succeed or fail, and what this means for our future.

Just a couple of decades ago, we... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen
A Culinary View of Lincoln's Life and Times
Written by Rae Katherine Eighmey

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-455-7 (1-58834-455-X)

Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen is a culinary biography unlike any before. The very assertion of the title—that Abraham Lincoln cooked—is fascinating and true. It’s an insight into the everyday life of one of our nation’s favorite and most esteemed presidents and a way to experience flavors and textures of the... Read more >
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Lincoln and Whitman
Parallel Lives in Civil War Washington
Written by Daniel Mark Epstein

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 11, 2005
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45800-1 (0-345-45800-1)

Kindred spirits despite their profound differences in position, Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman shared a vision of the democratic character. They had read or listened to each other’s words at crucial turning points in their lives, and both were utterly transformed by the tragedy of the Civil War. In this radiant... Read more >
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The Americas
A Hemispheric History
Written by Felipe Fernández-Armesto 

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 17, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7554-3 (0-8129-7554-5)


In this groundbreaking work, leading historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto tells the story of our hemisphere as a whole, showing why it is impossible to understand North, Central, and South America in isolation without turning to the intertwining forces that shape the region. With imagination, thematic breadth, and his trademark wit... Read more >
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The Thirteen American Arguments
Enduring Debates That Define and Inspire Our Country
Written by Howard Fineman

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 10, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7635-9 (0-8129-7635-5)

Howard Fineman, one of our most trusted political journalists, shows that every debate, from our nation’s founding to the present day, is rooted in one of thirteen arguments that–thankfully–defy resolution. It is the very process of never-ending argument, Fineman explains, that defines us, inspires us, and keeps us free. At a... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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A World on Fire
Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War
Written by Amanda Foreman

Format: Trade Paperback, 1008 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75696-2 (0-375-75696-5)

Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction)


The Washington Post • The New Yorker • Chicago Tribune • The Economist • Nancy Pearl, NPR • • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly

In... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Law in America
A Short History
Written by Lawrence M. Friedman

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7285-6 (0-8129-7285-6)

Throughout America’s history, our laws have been a reflection of who we are, of what we value, of who has control. They embody our society’s genetic code. In the masterful hands of Lawrence M. Friedman, the story of the evolution of our laws serves to lay bare the deciding struggles over... Read more >
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Written by Peter Furtado

Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1250-0 (0-7478-1250-0)

A small sect of fewer than 20,000 in the UK, and approximately 100,000 in the USA, the Quaker religion has produced a disproportionate number of eminent thinkers, scientists, businessmen, and their teachings have been widely influential and become mainstream.

Best known as pacifists, Quakers have always been at the forefront of social justice... Read more >
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The Making Of Global Capitalism
The Political Economy Of American Empire
Written by Sam Gindin and Leo Panitch

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-136-7 (1-78168-136-8)

The all-encompassing embrace of world capitalism at the beginning of the twenty-first century was generally attributed to the superiority of competitive markets. Globalization had appeared to be the natural outcome of this unstoppable process. But today, with global markets roiling and increasingly reliant on state intervention to stay afloat, it has... Read more >

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State vs. Defense
The Battle to Define America's Empire
Written by Stephen Glain

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-40842-6 (0-307-40842-6)

For most of the twentieth century, the sword has led before the olive branch in American foreign policy. Vividly told, State vs. Defense shows how America truly operates as a superpower and explores the constant tension between the diplomats at State and the warriors at Defense.

State vs. Defense characterizes all the... Read more >
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News For All The People
The Epic Story of Race and the American Media
Written by Juan Gonzalez and Joseph Torres

Format: Trade Paperback, 476 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: September 11, 2012
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-111-3 (1-84467-111-9)

From colonial newspapers to the Internet age, America’s racial divisions have played a central role in the creation of the country’s media system, just as the media has contributed to–and every so often, combated–racial oppression. This acclaimed book–called a “masterpiece” by the esteemed scholar Robert W. McChesney and chosen as one... Read more >

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A Journey in Search of Five Presidents
Written by Bob Greene

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: October 25, 2005
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5465-7 (1-4000-5465-6)

What if you set off on a vacation trip in search of history—and your destination was the men who had been president? Asking himself that tantalizing question, bestselling author Bob Greene embarked on a long journey across the nation, hoping to spend time with Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Aviators
Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight
Written by Winston Groom

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1156-0 (1-4262-1156-2)

Written by gifted storyteller Winston Groom (author of Forrest Gump), The Aviators tells the saga of three extraordinary aviators–Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle–and how they redefine heroism through their genius, daring, and uncommon courage.
This is the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes who defined aviation during the great age... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Epic Rivalry
The Inside Story of the Soviet and American Space Race
Written by Von Hardesty and Gene Eisman
Foreword by Sergei Khrushchev

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: September 18, 2007
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0119-6 (1-4262-0119-2)

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon in 1969, they personified an almost unimaginable feat—the incredibly complex task of sending humans safely to another celestial body. This extraordinary odyssey, which grew from the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, was galvanized... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Survivor
Bill Clinton in the White House
Written by John F. Harris

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76084-6 (0-375-76084-9)

The definitive account of one of the most accomplished, controversial, and polarizing figures in American history

Bill Clinton is the most arresting leader of his generation. He transformed American politics, and his eight years as president spawned arguments that continue to resonate. For all that has been written about this singular personality–including... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Reagan, Churchill, and the Making of Extraordinary Leaders
Written by Steven F. Hayward

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: October 24, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-23719-4 (0-307-23719-2)

In Greatness, Steven F. Hayward--who has written acclaimed studies of both Reagan and Churchill--uncovers the remarkable parallels between the two statesmen. In exploring these connections, Hayward shines a light on the nature of political genius and the timeless aspects of statesmanship--critical lessons in this or any age. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lady Sings the Blues the 50th Anniversary Edition

Written by Billie Holiday and William Dufty
Foreword by David Ritz

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: July 25, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2386-6 (0-7679-2386-3)

LADY SINGS THE BLUES is the fiercely honest, no-holds-barred autobiography of Billie Holiday, the legendary jazz, swing, and standards singing sensation. Taking the reader on a fast-moving journey from Holiday’s rough-and-tumble Baltimore childhood (where she ran errands at a whorehouse in exchange for the chance to listen to Louis Armstrong and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Wings of Courage
Tales from America's Elite Fighter Groups of World War II
Written by Tony Holmes

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 20, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-219-8 (1-84908-219-7)

From the war-torn skies over Europe to the empty expanses of the Pacific, pilots were the vanguard of the U.S. military machine during the dark days of World War II. Discover their experiences as numerous eyewitness accounts explore the terror, adrenalin and courage which defined aerial combat. Focusing on four elite... Read more >
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