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The Mercury 13
The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight
Written by Martha Ackmann
Foreword by Lynn Sherr

Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75893-5 (0-375-75893-3)

In 1961, just as NASA launched its first man into space, a group of women underwent secret testing in the hopes of becoming America’s first female astronauts. They passed the same battery of tests at the legendary Lovelace Foundation as did the Mercury 7 astronauts, but they were summarily dismissed by... Read more >
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The Mystery of Flight 427
Inside a Crash Investigation
Written by Bill Adair

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: January 17, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-089-4 (1-58834-089-9)

The immediate human toll of the 1994 Flight 427 disaster was staggering: all 132 people aboard died on a Pennsylvania hillside. The subsequent investigation was a maze of politics, bizarre theories, and shrouded answers. Bill Adair, an award-winning journalist, was granted special access to the five-year inquiry by the National Transportation... Read more >
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Remembering Tomorrow
From SDS to Life After Capitalism: A Memoir
Written by Michael Albert

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: January 2, 2007
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-742-8 (1-58322-742-3)

In this lucid political memoir, veteran anti-capitalist activist Michael Albert offers an ardent defense of the project to transform global inequality. Albert, a uniquely visionary figure, recounts a life of uncompromising commitment to creating change one step at a time. Whether chronicling the battles against the Vietnam War, those waged on... Read more >
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The Supreme Commander
The War Years of Dwight D. Eisenhower
Written by Stephen E. Ambrose

Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94662-1 (0-307-94662-2)

Bestselling historian Stephen E. Ambrose examines the war leadership of Dwight D. Eisenhower and his relationships with leaders like Churchill, Roosevelt, and de Gaulle and generals like Montgomery and Patton.

In North Africa, on the beaches at Normandy, and in the Battle of the Bulge, Dwight David Eisenhower proved himself as one... Read more >
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Fugitive Days
Memoirs of an Antiwar Activist
Written by Bill Ayers

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3277-0 (0-8070-3277-8)

Bill Ayers was born into privilege and is today a highly respected educator. In the late 1960s he was a young pacifist who helped to found one of the most radical political organizations in U.S. history, the Weather Underground. In a new era of antiwar activism and suppression of protest, his... Read more >
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See No Evil
The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism
Written by Robert Baer

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4684-3 (1-4000-4684-X)

In his explosive New York Times bestseller, top CIA operative Robert Baer paints a chilling picture of how terrorism works on the inside and provides startling evidence of how Washington politics sabotaged the CIA’s efforts to root out the world’s deadliest terrorists, allowing for the rise of Osama bin Laden and... Read more >

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Sleeping with the Devil
How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude
Written by Robert Baer

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 25, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5268-4 (1-4000-5268-8)

“Saudi Arabia is more and more an irrational state—a place that spawns global terrorism even as it succumbs to an ancient and deeply seated isolationism, a kingdom led by a royal family that can’t get out of the way of its own greed. Is this the fulcrum we want the global... Read more >
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Body of Secrets
Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency
Written by James Bamford

Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 30, 2002
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49908-8 (0-385-49908-6)

The National Security Agency is the world’s most powerful, most far-reaching espionage. Now with a new afterword describing the security lapses that preceded the attacks of September 11, 2001, Body of Secrets takes us to the inner sanctum of America’s spy world. In the follow-up to his bestselling Puzzle Palace, James... Read more >
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A Pretext for War
9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies
Written by James Bamford

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3034-7 (1-4000-3034-X)

In A Pretext for War, acclaimed author James Bamford—whose classic book The Puzzle Palace first revealed the existence of the National Security Agency—draws on his unparalleled access to top intelligence sources to produce a devastating exposé of the intelligence community and the Bush administration.

A Pretext for War reveals the systematic... Read more >
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The Good Life

Written by Loren Baritz

Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 21, 2013
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83214-6 (0-307-83214-7)

What is the American middle class? What does it want?

In search of these answers The Good Life tackles the assumptions Americans make and have made about their own culture—about the meaning of equality, success, personal and national security, acceptable ways of dressing and loving and raising children, and, most important... Read more >

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Shaping Our Nation
How Surges of Migration Transformed America and Its Politics
Written by Michael Barone

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Crown Forum
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46151-3 (0-307-46151-3)

The peopling of the United States is one of the most important stories of the last five hundred years, and in Shaping our Nation, bestselling author and demographics expert Michael Barone illuminates a new angle on America’s rise, using a vast array of political and social data to show America is... Read more >
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The Rise of America's Gun
Written by Paul M. Barrett

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 15, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71995-9 (0-307-71995-2)

The Glock, known as “America’s gun,” is used by most U.S. police departments, glamorized in films, and valued by gun enthusiasts and criminals alike for its durability and ability to fire seventeen bullets without reloading. Based on fifteen years of research, including interviews with numerous former Glock executives, police officials, and... Read more >
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The Main Enemy
The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB
Written by Milton Bearden and James Risen

Format: Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: August 31, 2004
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-47250-2 (0-345-47250-0)

“If there’s a more revealing account of spies at work, it’s classified.”
The New York Times Book Review

A landmark collaboration between a thirty-year veteran of the CIA and a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, The Main Enemy is the dramatic inside story of the CIA-KGB spy wars, told through the actions of the... Read more >
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The Age of Sacred Terror
Radical Islam's War Against America
Written by Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6984-9 (0-8129-6984-7)

the "largest U.S. Book Award for International Affairs," sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations.

Recently, in The New York Times, Tom Zeller listed The Age Of Sacred Terror and Richard A. Clarke's Against All Enemies as two of the key books addressing crucial issues now... Read more >

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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 >
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American Prometheus
The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
Written by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin

Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 2006
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72626-2 (0-375-72626-8)

American Prometheus is the first full-scale biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, “father of the atomic bomb,” the brilliant, charismatic physicist who led the effort to capture the awesome fire of the sun for his country in time of war. Immediately after Hiroshima, he became the most famous scientist of his generation–one... Read more >
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The Good Spy
The Life and Death of Robert Ames
Written by Kai Bird

Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88975-1 (0-307-88975-0)

“Kai Bird has produced a compelling and complex narrative that must be read on many levels – including as a detailed account of the immense influence that a truly good man can have on an agency as cynical as the CIA, and as a reminder of a myriad of losses.  Robert... Read more >

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A Place of Remembrance
Official Book of the National September 11 Memorial
Written by Allison Blais and Lynn Rasic
Foreword by Michael R. Bloomberg

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: August 9, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0807-2 (1-4262-0807-3)

On September 11, 2011, the world will be watching as the National September 11 Memorial opens on the site of the World Trade Center. With photographs and architectural plans never before published, paired with comments in the very voices of those who witnessed the event, those who struggled in its shadow... Read more >

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The Shield of Achilles
War, Peace, and the Course of History
Written by Philip Bobbitt

Format: Trade Paperback, 960 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72138-7 (0-385-72138-2)

“We are at a moment in world affairs when the essential ideas that govern statecraft must change. For five centuries it has taken the resources of a state to destroy another state . . . This is no longer true, owing to advances in international telecommunications, rapid computation, and weapons of... Read more >
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The Echo from Dealey Plaza
The true story of the first African American on the White House Secret Service detail and his quest for justice after the assassination of JFK
Written by Abraham Bolden

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 27, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38202-3 (0-307-38202-8)

A true story of bravery and patriotism in the face of bitter hatred.

Abraham Bolden was a young African American Secret Service agent in Chicago when he was asked by John F. Kennedy himself to join the White House Secret Service detail. For Bolden, it was a dream come true–and an encouraging... Read more >
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The 1950s American Home

Written by Diane Boucher

Format: Trade Paperback, 70 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: June 18, 2013
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1238-8 (0-7478-1238-1)

This release explores what life was like in the 1950s American home. An age of optimism, it is about living the American Dream and how this was achieved, changes in the home, new convenience technology, new ways of living. From Ranch House to American Modernism to affordable homes in the suburbs... Read more >
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Traitor to His Class
The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Written by H.W. Brands

Format: Trade Paperback, 912 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27794-7 (0-307-27794-1)


A Washington Post Notable Book

A brilliant evocation of the qualities that made FDR one of the most beloved and greatest of American presidents.

Drawing on archival material, public speeches, correspondence and accounts by those closest to Roosevelt early in his career and during his presidency, H. W. Brands shows how... Read more >

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The Publisher
Henry Luce and His American Century
Written by Alan Brinkley

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74154-1 (0-679-74154-2)

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Acclaimed historian Alan Brinkley gives us a sharply realized portrait of Henry Luce, arguably the most important publisher of the twentieth century.

As the founder of Time, Fortune, and Life magazines, Luce changed the way we consume news and the way we understand our world. Born the son of missionaries... Read more >
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Talking About the Sixties: What Happened, How It Shaped Today, Lessons for Tomorrow
Written by Tom Brokaw

Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7511-6 (0-8129-7511-1)

In Boom!, Tom Brokaw, one of America’s premier journalists and the acclaimed author of The Greatest Generation, gives us an epic portrait of another defining era in America: the tumultuous Sixties. The voices and stories of both famous people and ordinary citizens come together in this “virtual reunion” as Brokaw takes... Read more >

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A Queer History of the United States

Written by Michael Bronski

Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4465-0 (0-8070-4465-2)

*2011 ALA Stonewall Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award

The first book to cover the entirety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, from pre-1492 to the present.

In the 1620s, Thomas Morton broke from Plymouth Colony and founded Merrymount, which celebrated same-sex desire, atheism, and interracial marriage. Transgender evangelist Jemima Wilkinson, in the early... Read more >
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