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The Only Plane in the Sky
An Oral History of 9/11
by Garrett M. Graff (Sep 10, 2019)
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The first comprehensive oral history of September 11, 2001a panoramic narrative woven from the voices of Americans on the front lines of an unprecedented national trauma.Over the past eighteen years, monumental literature has been published about 9/11, from Lawrence Wrights The Looming Tower, which traced the rise of al-Qaeda, to The 9/11 Commissio...
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Racism, Antiracism, and You
by Jason Reynolds (Mar 10, 2020)
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A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in AmericaThis is NOT a history book.This is a book about the here and now. A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.A book about race. The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This rema...
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Laurie Halse Anderson
Stamped from the Beginning
The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (National Book Award Winner)
by Ibram X. Kendi (Aug 15, 2017)
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The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.Some Americans insist that we're living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America--it is more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argue...
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Bianca Belair
If This Is a Man and The Truce
by Primo Levi (Jul 04, 2003)
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'With the moral stamina and intellectual poise of a twentieth-century Titan, this slightly built, dutiful, unassuming chemist set out systematically to remember the German hell on earth, steadfastly to think it through, and then to render it comprehensible in lucid, unpretentious prose. He was profoundly in touch with the minutest workings of the m...
Grant
by Ron Chernow (Sep 25, 2018)
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The #1 New York Times bestseller. New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2017Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an ...
The Complete Maus
by Art Spiegelman (Nov 19, 1996)
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Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor's Tale and Maus II - the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler's Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation ...
The Spy and the Traitor
The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
by Ben Macintyre (Aug 06, 2019)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The celebrated author of Double Cross and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Americans-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War. "The best true spy story I have ever read."--JOHN LE CARR� If anyone could be considered a Russian counter...
Assata An Autobiography
by Assata Shakur (Jan 01, 2014)
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On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a target of J. Edgar Hoover's campaign to defame, infiltr...
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Scottie Beam
The New Jim Crow
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander (Jan 07, 2020)
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A tenth-anniversary edition of the iconic bestseller, with a new preface by the authorSeldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Since it was first published in 2010, it has been cited in judicial decisions and has been adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads; it helped inspire the creation of the Marshall ...
The Power Broker
Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
by Robert A. Caro (Jul 12, 1975)
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One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York (city and state) and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of o...
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Ryan Holiday
The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin (Dec 01, 1992)
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A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative d...
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Book Two
by John Lewis (Jan 20, 2015)
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The #1 New York Times bestselling series continues! Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, continues his award-winning graphic novel trilogy with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell, inspired by a 1950s comic book that helped prepare his own generation to join the struggle. Now, M...
Women, Race, & Class
by Angela Y. Davis (Feb 12, 1983)
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A powerful study of the women's movement in the U.S. from abolitionist days to the present that demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders....
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Bianca Belair
Sapiens
A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari (May 15, 2018)
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100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be ens...
Blowout
Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth
by Rachel Maddow (Oct 01, 2019)
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Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on EarthBig Oil and Gas Versus DemocracyWinner Take All Rachel Maddows Blowout offers a dark, serpentine, riveting tour of the unimaginably lucrative and corrupt oil-and-gas industry. With her trademark black humor, Maddow takes us on a switchback journey a...
With the Old Breed
At Peleliu and Okinawa
by E.B. Sledge (Sep 25, 2007)
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Eugene B. Sledge was part of the war's famous 1st Marine Division - 3d Battalion, 5th Marines. Based on notes that Sledge secretly kept in a copy of the New Testament, With the Old Breed captures with utter simplicity and intense frankness the experience of a Marine in the fierce Pacific Theatre. Here is what saved, threatened, and changed his life...
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Paul Graham
Say Nothing
A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
by Patrick Radden Keefe (Feb 25, 2020)
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From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussionsIn December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They never...
They Called Us Enemy
by George Takei (Jul 16, 2019)
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A graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon -- and America itself.Long before George Takei braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war wit...
The Mis-Education of the Negro
by Carter Godwin Woodson (Jun 05, 2017)
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Originally released in 1933, The Mis-Education of the Negro continues to resonate today, raising questions that readers are still trying to answer. The impact of slavery on the Black psyche is explored and questions are raised about our education system, such as what and who African Americans are educated for, the difference between education and t...
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Bianca Belair
Hamilton
The Revolution
by Lin-Manuel Miranda (May 10, 2016)
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Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the st...
The Color of Law
A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
by Richard Rothstein (May 01, 2018)
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In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation—that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate age...
Secondhand Time
The Last of the Soviets
by Svetlana Alexievich (Mar 21, 2017)
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From the 2015 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Svetlana Alexievich, comes the first English translation of her latest work, an oral history of the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia. Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive documentary style, Secondhand Time is a monument to the collapse of the...
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Sam Freedman
Red Notice
A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice
by Bill Browder (Oct 20, 2015)
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[Red Notice] does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what Liars Poker did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browders business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putins Russia, making Red Notice an early candidate for an...
The Declaration of Independence was the promise of a representative government; the Constitution was the fulfillment of that promise.On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress issued a unanimous declaration: the thirteen North American colonies would be the thirteen United States of America, free and independent of Great Britain. Drafted by T...
Voices from Chernobyl
by Svetlana Alexievich (Jul 01, 2019)
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On April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear reactor accident in history occurred at the Chernobyl complex in Pripyat. English-language reportage on the incident has, so far, focused on facts, names, and data; Voices from Chernobyl presents first-hand accounts of what happened to the people of Belarus and the fear, anger, and uncertainty that they lived th...
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Caterina Fake
Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl (Jun 01, 2006)
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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with re...
Rocket Men
The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon
by Robert Kurson (May 21, 2019)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The riveting inside story of three heroic astronauts who took on the challenge of mankind's historic first mission to the Moon, from the bestselling author of Shadow Divers. "Robert Kurson tells the tale of Apollo 8 with novelistic detail and immediacy."--Andy Weir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian and...
The Path to Power
by Robert A. Caro (Feb 17, 1990)
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The Years of Lyndon Johnson is the political biography of our time. No president—no era of American politics—has been so intensively and sharply examined at a time when so many prime witnesses to hitherto untold or misinterpreted facets of a life, a career, and a period of history could still be persuaded to speak. The Path to Power, Book One, reve...
The World as It Is
A Memoir of the Obama White House
by Ben Rhodes (Apr 02, 2019)
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From one of Barack Obama's most trusted aides comes a revelatory behind-the-scenes account of his presidency--and how idealism can confront harsh reality and still survive.For nearly ten years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration--first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor,...
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Jul 14, 2015)
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“This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.” In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s his...
Midnight in Chernobyl
The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster
by Adam Higginbotham (Feb 04, 2020)
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A New York Times Best Book of the Year A Time Best Book of the Year A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Winner From journalist Adam Higginbotham, the New York Times bestselling account that reads almost like the script for a movie (The Wall Street Journal)a powerful investigation into Chernob...
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Casey Neistat
Endurance
Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing (Apr 28, 2015)
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The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age. In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling ...
Nothing to Envy
Ordinary Lives in North Korea
by Barbara Demick (Sep 20, 2010)
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Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years—a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the unchallenged rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape most of us have never before seen, award-winning journali...
The Warmth of Other Suns
The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
by Isabel Wilkerson (Oct 04, 2011)
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In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, author Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson...
Voices From Chernobyl
The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
by Svetlana Alexievich (Jun 28, 2005)
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Winner of the Nobel Prize in LiteratureOn April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear reactor accident in history occurred in Chernobyl and contaminated as much as three quarters of Europe. Voices from Chernobyl is the first book to present personal accounts of the tragedy. Journalist Svetlana Alexievich interviewed hundreds of people affected by the meltdow...
The Hiding Place
by Corrie Ten Boom (Jan 01, 2006)
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At one time Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that there would ever be a story to tell. For the first fifty years of her life nothing at all out of the ordinary had ever happened to her. She was an old-maid watchmaker living contentedly with her spinster sister and their elderly father in the tiny Dutch house over their shop. Their une...
Band of Brothers
E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
by Stephen E. Ambrose (Sep 06, 2001)
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As good a rifle company as any, Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, US Army, kept getting tough assignments--responsible for everything from parachuting into France early DDay morning to the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. In "Band of Brothers," Ambrose tells of the men in this brave unit who fought, went hungry, froze & died,...
The Gene
An Intimate History
by Siddhartha Mukherjee (May 02, 2017)
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The #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller The basis for the PBS Ken Burns Documentary The Gene: An Intimate History From the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of The Emperor of All Maladiesa fascinating history of the gene and a magisterial account of how human minds have laboriously, ingeniously picked apart what makes us tick (Elle). "Sid Mukherjee has the un...
Master Of The Senate
The Years of Lyndon Johnson
by Robert A. Caro (Apr 25, 2003)
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The most riveting political biography of our time, Robert A. Caro’s life of Lyndon B. Johnson, continues. Master of the Senate takes Johnson’s story through one of its most remarkable periods: his twelve years, from 1949 through 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Sen...
The Last Lion
Winston Spencer Churchill
by William Manchester (Apr 01, 1984)
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s/t: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory 1874-1932When Winston Spencer Churchill was born in Blenheim Palace, Imperial Britain stood at the splendid pinnacle of her power. Yet within a few years, the Empire would hover on the brink of a catastrophic new era. This first volume of the best-selling biography of the adventurer, aristocrat, sold...
The Looming Tower
Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
by Lawrence Wright (Aug 21, 2007)
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A gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Lawrence Wright re-creates firsthand the transformation of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri from inc...
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Bryan Callen
Why We Can't Wait
by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Dec 31, 1999)
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Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, Wait. But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whimwhen you see the vast majority of twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight ca...
Lone Survivor
The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
by Marcus Luttrell (May 01, 2008)
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The inspiration for a major motion picture by Mark Wahlberg: A Navy SEAL's firsthand account of American heroism during a secret military operation in Afghanistan. On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in northern Afghanistan for the mountainous Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious a...
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Marc Andreessen
Bloodlands
Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
by Timothy Snyder (Oct 02, 2012)
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Americans call the Second World War “The Good War.” But before it even began, America’s wartime ally Josef Stalin had killed millions of his own citizens—and kept killing them during and after the war. Before Hitler was finally defeated, he had murdered six million Jews and nearly as many other Europeans. At war’s end, both the German and the Sovie...
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Peter Thiel
And the Band Played On
by Randy Shilts (Nov 27, 2007)
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Upon its first publication twenty years ago, And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigatve reporting. An international bestseller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts' expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80's w...
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Clara Jeffery
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Clayborne Carson (Jan 01, 2001)
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Using Stanford University's voluminous collection of archival material, including previously unpublished writings, interviews, recordings, and correspondence, King scholar Clayborne Carson has constructed a remarkable first-person account of Dr. King's extraordinary life. Beginning with his boyhood, the book portrays King's education as a minister,...
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Brandon Stanton
The Boys in the Boat
Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Daniel James Brown (Jan 01, 2014)
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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics...
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Satya Nadella
Black Flags
The Rise of ISIS
by Joby Warrick (Sep 06, 2016)
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WINNER OF THE 2016 PULITZER PRIZE FOR GENERAL NONFICTION A Best Book of 2015 "The New York Times," "The Washington Post," "People" Magazine, "San Francisco Chronicle," "Kansas City Star," and "Kirkus Reviews" ""In a thrilling dramatic narrative, awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, Joby Warrick"traces how the strain of militant ...
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Bob Iger
Skunk Works
A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed
by Ben R. Rich (Feb 01, 1996)
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From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind the high-stakes quest to dominate the skies Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret & successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation's brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk W...
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Chris Anderson
Enlightenment Now
The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
by Steven Pinker (Jan 15, 2019)
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018ONE OF THE ECONOMIST'S BOOKS OF THE YEAR"My new favorite book of all time." --Bill Gates If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlig...
Maus II
A Survivor's Tale
by Art Spiegelman (Sep 01, 1992)
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Acclaimed as a quiet triumph and a brutally moving work of art, the first volume of Art Spieglman's Maus introduced readers to Vladek Spiegleman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist trying to come to terms with his father, his father's terrifying story, and History itself. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the J...
White Rage
by Carol Anderson (Sep 05, 2017)
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From the Civil War to our combustible present, acclaimed historian Carol Anderson reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America.As Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in August 2014, and media commentators across the ideological spectrum referred to the angry response of African Americ...
The Making of the Atomic Bomb
by Richard Rhodes (Jan 01, 1986)
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In rich, human, political, and scientific detail, here is the complete story of the nuclear bomb.     Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly—or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity there was a span of hardly more than twenty-five years. What began merely as an interesti...
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Lewis Cantley
The Shadow of the Sun
by Ryszard Kapuscinski (Apr 09, 2002)
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In 1957, Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness the beginning of the end of colonial rule as the first African correspondent of Poland's state newspaper. From the early days of independence in Ghana to the ongoing ethnic genocide in Rwanda, Kapuscinski has crisscrossed vast distances pursuing the swift, and often violent, events that foll...
Unbroken
A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand (Nov 16, 2010)
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In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man's journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacif...
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Guy Kawasaki
Masters of Doom
How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
by David Kushner (May 11, 2004)
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Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce ...
Parting the Waters
America in the King Years 1954-63
by Taylor Branch (Nov 15, 1989)
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In volume one of his America in the King Years, Pulitzer Prize winner Taylor Branch gives a masterly account of the American civil rights movement.Hailed as the most masterful story ever told of the American civil rights movement, Parting the Waters is destined to endure for generations.Moving from the fiery political baptism of Martin Luther King,...
And the Band Played on
Politics, People, And the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts (1987-11-30)
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By the time Rock Hudson's death in 1985 alerted all America to the danger of the AIDS epidemic, the disease had spread across the nation, killing thousands of people and emerging as the greatest health crisis of the 20th century. America faced a troubling question: What happened? How was this epidemic allowed to spread so far before it was taken se...
The Better Angels of Our Nature
Why Violence Has Declined
by Steven Pinker (Sep 25, 2012)
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Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species' existence. In his gripping and controversial new work, New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history. Exploding myths abou...
Unfreedom of the Press
by Mark R. Levin (Aug 11, 2020)
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Six-time New York Times bestselling author, FOX News star, and radio host Mark R. Levin trounces the news media (The Washington Times) in this timely and groundbreaking book demonstrating how the great tradition of American free press has degenerated into a standardless profession that has squandered the faith and trust of the public. Unfreedom of ...
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Steve Pohlit
Leadership
In Turbulent Times
by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Oct 01, 2019)
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Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader? In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil ri...
Churchill
Walking with Destiny
by Andrew Roberts (Nov 06, 2018)
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“Unarguably the best single-volume biography of Churchill . . . A brilliant feat of storytelling, monumental in scope, yet put together with tenderness for a man who had always believed that he would be Britain’s savior.” —Wall Street JournalIn this landmark biography of Winston Churchill based on extensive new material,...
The Rational Optimist
How Prosperity Evolves (P.S.)
by Matt Ridley (Jun 07, 2011)
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“Ridley writes with panache, wit, and humor and displays remarkable ingenuity in finding ways to present complicated materials for the lay reader.” — Los Angeles TimesIn a bold and provocative interpretation of economic history, Matt Ridley, the New York Times-bestselling author of Genome and The Red Queen, makes the case for an economics of hope, ...
The Invention of Nature
Alexander von Humboldt's New World
by Andrea Wulf (Oct 04, 2016)
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The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism. Alexander von Humboldt (1769 – 1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. In North Ame...
The Lessons of History
by Will Durant (Feb 16, 2010)
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A concise survey of the culture and civilization of mankind, The Lessons of History is the result of a lifetime of research from Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant.With their accessible compendium of philosophy and social progress, the Durants take us on a journey through history, exploring the possibilities and limitations of ...
The Anarchy
The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire
by William Dalrymple (Sep 10, 2019)
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The story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army.The creation of this new g...
Battle Cry of Freedom
The Civil War Era
by James M. McPherson (Dec 11, 2003)
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Filled with fresh interpretations and information, puncturing old myths and challenging new ones, Battle Cry of Freedom will unquestionably become the standard one-volume history of the Civil War. James McPherson's fast-paced narrative fully integrates the political, social, and military events that crowded the two decades from the outbreak of one ...
First They Killed My Father
A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (P.S.)
by Loung Ung (Apr 04, 2006)
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From a childhood survivor of the Camdodian genocide under the regime of Pol Pot, this is a riveting narrative of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her family, and their triumph of spirit.One of seven children of a high-ranking government official, Loung Ung lived a privileged life in the Cambodian capital ...
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
by Malcolm X (Sep 29, 1992)
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With its first great victory in the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, the civil rights movement gained the powerful momentum it needed to sweep forward into its crucial decade, the 1960s. As voices of protest and change rose above the din of history and false promises, one voice sounded more urgently, more passion...
Ghost Wars
The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
by Steve Coll (Dec 28, 2004)
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The news-breaking book that has sent shockwaves through the Bush White House, Ghost Wars is the most accurate and revealing account yet of the CIA's secret involvement in al-Qaeda's evolution. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005.Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll has spent years reporting from the Middle East, accessed previously classified governme...
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Simon Sinek
Meditations
by Marcus Aurelius (Apr 07, 2020)
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The Meditations are a set of personal reflections by Marcus Aurelius. He writes about the vicissitudes of his own life and explores how to live wisely and virtuously in an unpredictable world.Part of the Macmillan Collectors Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful b...
My Bondage and My Freedom
by Frederick Douglass (Feb 02, 2020)
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Ex-slave Frederick Douglass's second autobiography-written after ten years of reflection following his legal emancipation in 1846 and his break with his mentor William Lloyd Garrison-catapulted Douglass into the international spotlight as the foremost spokesman for American blacks, both freed and slave. Written during his celebrated career as a spe...
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Schindler's List
by Thomas Keneally (Dec 01, 1993)
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In the shadow of Auschwitz, a flamboyant German industrialist grew into a living legend to the Jews of Cracow. He was a womaniser, a heavy drinker and a bon viveur, but to them he became a saviour. This is the extraordinary story of Oskar Schindler, who risked his life to protect Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland and who was transformed by the war into ...
Mon père saigne l'histoire
- BD (Art) (French Edition)
by Art Spiegelman (Jan 04, 1994)
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Maus raconte la vie de Vladek Spiegelman, rescapé juif des camps nazis, et de son fils, auteur de bandes dessinées, qui cherche un terrain de réconciliation avec son père, sa terrifiante histoire et l'Histoire. Des portes d'Auschwitz aux trottoirs de New York se déroule en deux temps (les années 30 et les années 70) le récit d'une double survie : c...
The Emperor of All Maladies
A Biography of Cancer
by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Aug 09, 2011)
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence...
Obama
An Intimate Portrait
by Pete Souza (Nov 07, 2017)
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This is the definitive visual biography of Barack Obama's presidency, captured in intimate, unprecedented detail by his official White House photographer.Pete Souza began photographing President Obama on his first day as a U.S. senator, in January 2005, and served as the chief official White House photographer for the President's full two terms. So...
Long Walk to Freedom
The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
by Nelson Mandela (Oct 01, 1995)
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Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at...
These Truths
A History of the United States
by Jill Lepore (Oct 01, 2019)
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Widely hailed for its “sweeping, sobering account of the American past” (New York Times Book Review), Jill Lepore’s one-volume history of America places truth itself—a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence—at the center of the nation’s history. The American experiment rests on three ideas—“these truths,” Jefferson called them—political equality, n...
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Impeach
The Case Against Donald Trump
by Neal Katyal (Nov 26, 2019)
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Why President Trump has left us with no choice but to remove him from office, as explained by celebrated Supreme Court lawyer and former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal.No one is above the law. This belief is as American as freedom of speech and turkey on Thanksgivingheld sacred by Democrats and Republicans alike. But as celebrated Supreme Cou...
March
Book One
by John Lewis (Aug 13, 2013)
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March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.Book One spans John Lewis’ youth in rural Alab...
Postwar
A History of Europe Since 1945
by Tony Judt (Sep 05, 2006)
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Almost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the world's most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement. Postwar is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, both east and west, drawing on research in six languages to sweep readers through thirty-four nations and si...
Night
by Elie Wiesel (Jan 16, 2006)
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Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel's memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confron...
The Cuckoo's Egg
Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
by Cliff Stoll (Jan 01, 2005)
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Before the Internet became widely known as a global tool for terrorists, one perceptive U.S. citizen recognized its ominous potential. Armed with clear evidence of computer espionage, he began a highly personal quest to expose a hidden network of spies that threatened national security. But would the authorities back him up? Cliff Stoll's dramatic ...
Stalingrad
The Fateful Siege
by Antony Beevor (May 01, 1999)
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The Battle of Stalingrad was not only the psychological turning point of World War II: it also changed the face of modern warfare. Historians and reviewers worldwide have hailed Antony Beevor's magisterial Stalingrad as the definitive account of World War II's most harrowing battle. In August 1942, Hitler's huge Sixth Army reached the city that bor...
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Shadow Divers
The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II
by Robert Kurson (Jun 29, 2004)
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In the tradition of Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air and Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect Storm comes a true tale of riveting adventure in which two weekend scuba divers risk everything to solve a great historical mystery–and make history themselves.For John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, deep wreck diving was more than a sport. Testing themselves against...
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Homo Deus
A Brief History of Tomorrow
by Yuval Noah Harari (Sep 04, 2018)
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Official U.S. edition with full color illustrations throughout.NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans...
East West Street
On the Origins of "Genocide" and "Crimes Against Humanity"
by Philippe Sands (Jul 11, 2017)
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Winner of the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize for NonfictionA profound and profoundly important book--a moving personal detective story, an uncovering of secret pasts, and a book that explores the creation and development of world-changing legal concepts that came about as a result of the unprecedented atrocities of Hitler's Third Reich.East West Street...
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Team of Rivals
The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Sep 26, 2006)
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Winner of the Lincoln PrizeAcclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates,...
Little Leaders
Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison)
by Vashti Harrison (Dec 05, 2017)
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Featuring forty trailblazing black women in American history, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of breaking boundaries and achieving beyond expectations. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Tru...
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Destined for War
Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?
by Graham Allison (Aug 07, 2018)
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR | SHORT-LISTED FOR THE 2018 LIONEL GELBER PRIZE | NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY: FINANCIAL TIMES * THE TIMES (LONDON) * AMAZON  “Allison is one of the keenest observers of international affairs around.”— JOE BIDEN, former vice president of the United States   China and the United States are heading towar...
The Code Book
The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
by Simon Singh (Aug 29, 2000)
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In his first book since the bestselling Fermat’s Enigma, Simon Singh offers the first sweeping history of encryption, tracing its evolution and revealing the dramatic effects codes have had on wars, nations, and individual lives. From Mary, Queen of Scots, trapped by her own code, to the Navajo Code Talkers who helped the Allies win World War II, t...
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The Big Short
Inside the Doomsday Machine (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Movie Tie-in Editions)
by Michael Lewis (Nov 16, 2015)
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From the author of The Blind Side and Moneyball, The Big Short tells the story of four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predict the credit and housing bubble collapse before anyone else. The film adaptation by Adam McKay (Anchorman I and II, The Other Guys) features Academy Award® winners Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo and Marisa ...
The Souls of Black Folk
by W. E. B. Du Bois (Jul 14, 2016)
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This landmark book is a founding work in the literature of black protest. W. E. B. Du Bois (1868–1963) played a key role in developing the strategy and program that dominated early 20th-century black protest in America. In this collection of essays, first published together in 1903, he eloquently affirms that it is beneath the dignity of a human be...
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A Man on the Moon
The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts
by Andrew Chaikin (Aug 28, 2007)
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On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when two Americans, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, walked on the moon. Now the greatest event of the twentieth century is magnificently retold through the eyes and ears of the people who were there. Based on the interviews with twentythree moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get...
The Silk Roads
A New History of the World
by Peter Frankopan (Mar 07, 2017)
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Far more than a history of the Silk Roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next. From the Middle East and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South ...
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
by Jane Jacobs (Dec 01, 1992)
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A direct and fundamentally optimistic indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century, The Death and Life of Great American Cities has, since its first publication in 1961, become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured. In prose of outstanding ...
Understanding Power
The Indispensible Chomsky
by Noam Chomsky (Feb 01, 2002)
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A major new collection from "arguably the most important intellectual alive" (The New York Times). Noam Chomsky is universally accepted as one of the preeminent public intellectuals of the modern era. Over the past thirty years, broadly diverse audiences have gathered to attend his sold-out lectures. Now, in Understanding Power, Peter Mitchell and ...
The Gulag Archipelago Volume 1
An Experiment in Literary Investigation
by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn (Aug 07, 2007)
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Volume 1 of the gripping epic masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn's chilling report of his arrest and interrogation, which exposed to the world the vast bureaucracy of secret police that haunted Soviet society...
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How to Live
Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
by Sarah Bakewell (Sep 20, 2011)
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Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for BiographyHow to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love—such questions arise in most people’s lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: How do you live? This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Mon...
Neurotribes
The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
by Steve Silberman (Aug 23, 2016)
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Going back to the earliest days of autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, Silberman provides long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle, while mapping out a path for our society toward a more humane world in which people with learning differences and those who love the...