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Beyond a House Divided
The Moral Consensus Ignored by Washington, Wall Street, and the Media
Written by Carl Anderson


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88774-0 (0-307-88774-X)

If you follow politics or the news, America is a country of culture wars and great divides, a partisan place of red states and blue states, of us against them. From pundits to politicians it seems that anyone with an audience sees a polarized country - a country at war with... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Public Enemy
Confessions of an American Dissident
Written by Bill Ayers


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6110-7 (0-8070-6110-7)

Labeled a “domestic terrorist” by the McCain campaign in 2008 and used by the radical right in an attempt to castigate Obama for “pallin’ around with terrorists,” Bill Ayers is in fact a dedicated teacher, father, and social justice advocate with a sharp memory and even sharper wit.  Public Enemy tells... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The New Media Monopoly
A Completely Revised and Updated Edition With Seven New Chapters
Written by Ben H. Bagdikian


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2004
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6187-9 (0-8070-6187-5)

When the first edition of The Media Monopoly was published in 1983, critics called Ben Bagdikian’s warnings about the chilling effects of corporate ownership and mass advertising on the nation’s news “alarmist.” Since then, the number of corporations controlling most of America’s daily newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, book publishers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Flight of the Intellectuals

Written by Paul Berman


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-933633-51-0 (1-933633-51-4)

It created a worldwide furor when Tariq Ramadan was barred from US entry to accept a prestigious appointment at Notre Dame University. After all, as a major profile in The New York Times Magazine observed, Ramadan is one of the Muslim world’s most charismatic and influential figures, with a long career... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Power in Words
The Stories behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House
Written by Mary Frances Berry and Josh Gottheimer
Foreword by Theodore C. Sorensen


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0169-1 (0-8070-0169-4)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated O - Outstanding

The seminal speeches that helped catapult Barack Obama to the White House.

In Power in Words, distinguished historian and civil rights activist Mary Frances Berry and former presidential speechwriter Josh Gottheimer introduce Barack Obama’s most memorable speeches... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Secrets
On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation
Written by Sissela Bok


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72473-5 (0-679-72473-7)

In this "distinguished and necessary book" (The New York Times Book Review) Bok discusses the ethical issues raised by secrets and secrecy in government, science, public affairs, family life, psychotherapy and the confessional.

Under what circumstances is it wrong to pry into secrets?
Are there times when a promise of secrecy must be... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Image
A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America
Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 1, 1992
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74180-0 (0-679-74180-1)

First published in 1962, Boorstin’s prophetic vision of an America inundated by its own illusions introduced the notion of “pseudo-events” —events such as press conferences and presidential debates, which are manufactured solely in order to be reported—and the contemporary definition of “celebrity” as “a person who is known for his well-knownness.”... Read more >
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The Fox Effect
How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine
Written by David Brock, Ari Rabin-Havt and Media Matters for America


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27958-3 (0-307-27958-8)

Based on the meticulous research of the news watchdog organization Media Matters for America, David Brock and Ari Rabin-Havt show how Fox News, under its president Roger Ailes, changed from a right-leaning news network into a partisan advocate for the Republican Party.

The Fox Effect follows the career of Ailes from... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Free Ride
John McCain and the Media
Written by David Brock and Paul Waldman


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 25, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27940-8 (0-307-27940-5)

John McCain's underdog campaign in 2000 was one of the great surprises of recent presidential politics; portraying himself as a maverick and an outsider, McCain managed to get closer to the nomination than anyone expected. Then in 2004, there was rampant speculation in the media that McCain would join John Kerry's... Read more >
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9-11
Was There an Alternative?
Written by Noam Chomsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-343-8 (1-60980-343-4)

In 9-11, published in November 2001 and arguably the single most influential post 9-11 book, internationally renowned thinker Noam Chomsky bridged the information gap around the World Trade Center attacks, cutting through the tangle of political opportunism, expedient patriotism, and general conformity that choked off American discourse in the months immediately... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Profit Over People
Neoliberalism and Global Order
Written by Noam Chomsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 8, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-888363-82-1 (1-888363-82-7)

Why is the Atlantic slowly filling with crude petroleum, threatening a millions-of-years-old ecological balance? Why did traders at prominent banks take high-risk gambles with the money entrusted to them by hundreds of thousands of clients around the world, expanding and leveraging their investments to the point that failure led to a... Read more >
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Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy
The Many Faces of Anonymous
Written by Gabriella Coleman


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-583-9 (1-78168-583-5)

Here is the ultimate book on the worldwide movement of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the non-name Anonymous, by the writer the Huffington Post says “knows all of Anonymous’ deepest, darkest secrets.”

Half a dozen years ago, anthropologist Gabriella Coleman set out to study the rise of this global phenomenon... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans

Written by Ann Coulter


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Crown Forum
On Sale: August 26, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-40895-2 (0-307-40895-7)

“Uttering lines that send liberals into paroxysms of rage, otherwise known as ‘citing facts,’ is the spice of life. When I see the hot spittle flying from their mouths and the veins bulging and pulsing above their eyes, well, that’s when I feel truly alive.”

So begins If Democrats Had Any Brains... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans

Written by Ann Coulter


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Crown Forum
On Sale: October 2, 2007
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-35345-0 (0-307-35345-1)

“Uttering lines that send liberals into paroxysms of rage, otherwise known as ‘citing facts,’ is the spice of life. When I see the hot spittle flying from their mouths and the veins bulging and pulsing above their eyes, well, that’s when I feel truly alive.”

So begins If Democrats Had Any Brains... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The News: A User's Manual

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37912-2 (0-307-37912-4)

The news is everywhere. We can’t stop constantly checking it on our computer screens, but what is this doing to our minds?
 
We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton (author of the best-selling The Architecture of Happiness)... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Black Code
Surveillance, Privacy, and the Dark Side of the Internet
Written by Ronald J. Deibert


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Signal
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-2535-8 (0-7710-2535-1)

In Black Code, Ronald J. Deibert, a leading expert on digital technology, security, and human rights, lifts the lid on cyberspace and shows what’s at stake for Internet users and citizens.

As cyberspace develops in unprecedented ways, powerful agents are scrambling for control. Predatory cyber criminal gangs such as Koobface have... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Black Code
Inside the Battle for Cyberspace
Written by Ronald J. Deibert


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Signal
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $29.99
ISBN: 978-0-7710-2533-4 (0-7710-2533-5)

Cyberspace is all around us. We depend on it for everything we do. We have reengineered our business, governance, and social relations around a planetary network unlike any before it. But there are dangers looming, and malign forces are threatening to transform this extraordinary domain.

In Black Code, Ronald J. Deibert, a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The News About the News
American Journalism in Peril
Written by Leonard Downie, Jr. and Robert G. Kaiser


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71415-3 (0-375-71415-4)

Freedom of the press is a primary American value. Good journalism builds communities, arms citizens with important information, and serves as a public watchdog for civic, national, and global issues. But what happens when the news turns its back on its public role?

Leonard Downie Jr., executive editor of The Washington Post... Read more >
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Propaganda

Written by Jacques Ellul


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1973
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71874-3 (0-394-71874-7)

"A far more frightening work than any of the nightmare novels of George Orwell. With the logic which is the great instrument of French thought, [Ellul] explores and attempts to prove the thesis that propaganda, whether its ends are demonstrably good or bad, is not only destructive to democracy, it is... Read more >

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Fat Man in a Middle Seat
Forty Years of Covering Politics
Written by Jack W. Germond


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75867-6 (0-375-75867-4)

For more than forty years, Jack Germond enjoyed an extraordinary career in political reporting. With his trademark no-nonsense style and tremendous wit in abundance, Fat Man in a Middle Seat remembers the personalities that dominated national politics during Germond’s career: Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, Ronald... Read more >

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Manufacturing Consent
The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Written by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 15, 2002
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71449-8 (0-375-71449-9)

In this pathbreaking work, now with a new introduction, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky show that, contrary to the usual image of the news media as cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and defense of justice, in their actual practice they defend the economic, social, and political... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Revolution in the Age of Social Media
The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet
Written by Linda Herrera


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-275-3 (1-78168-275-5)

Egypt's January 25 revolution was triggered by a Facebook page and played out both in virtual spaces and the streets. Social media serves as a space of liberation, but it also functions as an arena where competing forces vie over the minds of the young as they battle over ideas as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Team Rodent
How Disney Devours the World
Written by Carl Hiaasen


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 5, 1998
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-42280-4 (0-345-42280-5)

"Disney is so good at being good that it manifests an evil; so uniformly efficient and courteous, so dependably clean and conscientious, so unfailingly entertaining that it's unreal, and therefore is an agent of pure wickedness. . . . Disney isn't in the business of exploiting Nature so much as striving... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Censored 2012
The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2010-2011
Edited by Mickey Huff and Project Censored


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-347-6 (1-60980-347-7)

Every year since 1976, Project Censored, our nation’s oldest news-monitoring group–a university-wide project at Sonoma State University founded by Carl Jensen, directed for many years by Peter Phillips, and now under the leadership of Mickey Huff–has produced a Top-25 list of underreported news stories and a book, Censored, dedicated to the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Censored 2014
Fearless Speech in Fateful Times; The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2012-13
Edited by Mickey Huff, Andy Lee Roth and Project Censored
Illustrated by Khalil Bendib
Foreword by Sarah Van Gelder


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-494-7 (1-60980-494-5)

Every year since 1976, Project Censored, our nation’s oldest news-monitoring group–a university-wide project at Sonoma State University founded by Carl Jensen, directed for many years by Peter Phillips, and now under the leadership of Mickey Huff–has produced a Top-25 list of underreported news stories and a book, Censored, dedicated to the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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