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Becoming
by Michelle Obama (Nov 13, 2018)
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In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerfu...
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
Evicted
Poverty and Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond (Feb 28, 2017)
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In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America's most devastating problems. Its unforgettable sc...
Too Much and Never Enough
How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man
by Mary L. Trump Ph.D. (Jul 14, 2020)
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In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald’s only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world’s health, economic security, and social fabri...
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...
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...
Permanent Record
by Edward Snowden (Sep 17, 2019)
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Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intellig...
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...
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,...
We Were Eight Years in Power
An American Tragedy
by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Oct 30, 2018)
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"We were eight years in power" was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. Now Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious...
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...
Winners Take All
The Elite Charade of Changing the World
by Anand Giridharadas (Oct 01, 2019)
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The New York Times bestselling, groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. An essential read for understanding some of the egregious abuses of power that dominate today's news.Anand Giridharadas takes us into th...
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
by Al Franken (May 30, 2017)
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From the #1 bestselling author - the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that. This is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty f...
Are Prisons Obsolete?
by Angela Y. Davis (Apr 01, 2003)
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With her characteristic brilliance, grace and radical audacity, Angela Y. Davis has put the case for the latest abolition movement in American life: the abolition of the prison. As she quite correctly notes, American life is replete with abolition movements, and when they were engaged in these struggles, their chances of success seemed almost unthi...
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Matt McGorry
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...
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
The Law
by Frederic Bastiat (Sep 25, 2018)
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How is it that the law enforcer itself does not have to keep the law? How is it that the law permits the state to lawfully engage in actions which, if undertaken by individuals, would land them in jail? These are among the most intriguing issues in political and economic philosophy. More specifically, the problem of law that itself violates law is ...
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 Education of an Idealist
A Memoir
by Samantha Power (Sep 10, 2019)
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ANEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, ANDUSA TODAYBESTSELLERANEW YORK TIMESNOTABLE BOOK OF 2019 • AN NPR BEST BOOK OF 2019 • ONE OF TIME’S MUST-READ BOOKS OF 2019 • AN ECONOMIST BOOK OF THE YEAR • A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK OF 2019 • A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST BOOK OF 2019“Her highly personal and reflective memoir . . . is a must-read for anyone ...
The Coddling of the American Mind
How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
by Greg Lukianoff (Aug 20, 2019)
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A finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction A New York Times Notable BookBloomberg Best Book of 2018The New York Times bestseller!Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak hon...
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...
The War on Normal People
The Truth About America's Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future
by Andrew Yang (Apr 02, 2019)
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From entrepreneur Andrew Yang, the founder of Venture for America, an eye-opening look at how new technologies are erasing millions of jobs before our eyes-and a rallying cry for the urgent steps America must take, including Universal Basic Income, to stabilize our economy. The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. N...
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
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...
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...
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,...
Justice
What's the Right Thing to Do?
by Michael J. Sandel (Aug 17, 2010)
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"For Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport," The Nation's reviewer of Justice remarked. In his acclaimed book―based on his legendary Harvard course―Sandel offers a rare education in thinking through the complicated issues and controversies we face in public life today. It has emerged as a most lucid and engaging guide for those who yearn...
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J. K. Rowling
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 Righteous Mind
Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
by Jonathan Haidt (Feb 12, 2013)
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As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossiblechallenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows ...
An American Sickness
How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back
by Elisabeth Rosenthal (Apr 11, 2017)
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A New York Times bestseller/Washington Post Notable Book of 2017/NPR Best Books of 2017/Wall Street Journal Best Books of 2017 "This book will serve as the definitive guide to the past and future of health care in America."--Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies and The GeneAt a moment of drastic politic...
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 ...
Pedagogy of the Oppressed
by Paulo Freire (Mar 21, 2018)
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First published in Portuguese in 1968, Pedagogy of the Oppressed was translated and published in English in 1970. Paulo Freire's work has helped to empower countless people throughout the world and has taken on special urgency in the United States and Western Europe, where the creation of a permanent underclass among the underprivileged and minori...
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Alexis Isabel
The True Believer
Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (Perennial Classics)
by Eric Hoffer (Sep 03, 2002)
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A stevedore on the San Francisco docks in the 1940s, Eric Hoffer wrote philosophical treatises in his spare time while living in the railroad yards. The True Believer -- the first and most famous of his books -- was made into a bestseller when President Eisenhower cited it during one of the earliest television press conferences.Completely relevant ...
How Democracies Die
by Steven Levitsky (Jan 08, 2019)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "Comprehensive, enlightening, and terrifyingly timely."--The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice) WINNER OF THE GOLDSMITH BOOK PRIZE - SHORTLISTED FOR THE LIONEL GELBER PRIZE - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post - Time - Foreign Affairs - WBUR - PasteDonald Trump's presidency has raise...
The Sovereign Individual
Mastering the Transition to the Information Age
by James Dale Davidson (Aug 26, 1999)
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Two renowned investment advisors and authors of the bestseller The Great Reckoning bring to light both currents of disaster and the potential for prosperity and renewal in the face of radical changes in human history as we move into the next century. The Sovereign Individual details strategies necessary for adapting financially to the next phase of...
The Russia Hoax
The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump
by Gregg Jarrett (Jul 24, 2018)
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Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett reveals the real story behind Hillary Clintons deep state collaborators in government and exposes their nefarious actions during and after the 2016 election.The Russia Hoax reveals how persons within the FBI and Barack Obamas Justice Department worked improperly to help elect Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Tr...
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Donald Trump
Manufacturing Consent
The Political Economy of the Mass Media
by Edward S. Herman (Jan 15, 2002)
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In this pathbreaking work, 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 agendas of the privileged groups that dominate domestic society, t...
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Geoffrey Miller
Prisoners of Geography
Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World (1) (Politics of Place)
by Tim Marshall (Oct 11, 2016)
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In this New York Times bestseller, updated for 2016, an award-winning journalist uses ten maps of crucial regions to explain the geo-political strategies of the world powers—“fans of geography, history, and politics (and maps) will be enthralled” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).Maps have a mysterious hold over us. Whether ancient, crumbling parchments o...
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle
Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement
by Angela Y. Davis (Feb 09, 2016)
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In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world.Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today's struggles, D...
Shortest Way Home
One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future
by Pete Buttigieg (Feb 12, 2019)
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Once described by the Washington Post as the most interesting mayor youve never heard of, Pete Buttigieg, the thirty-seven-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has now emerged as one of the nations most visionary politicians. With soaring prose that celebrates a resurgent American Midwest, Shortest Way Home narrates the heroic transformation of a...
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Lisa Bloom
From Third World to First
The Singapore Story - 1965-2000
by Lee Kuan Yew (Oct 03, 2000)
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Few gave tiny Singapore much chance of survival when it was granted independence in 1965. How is it, then, that today the former British colonial trading post is a thriving Asian metropolis with not only the world's number one airline, best airport, and busiest port of trade, but also the world's fourthhighest per capita real income?The story of th...
On Tyranny
Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
by Timothy Snyder (Feb 28, 2017)
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A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting Americas turn towards authoritarianism.On November 9th, millions of Americans woke up to the impossible: the election of Donald Trump as president. Against all predictions, one of the most-disliked presidential candidates in history had swept the electoral college, elevating a man wi...
How to Hide an Empire
by Daniel Immerwahr (Mar 03, 2020)
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Named one of the ten best books of the year by the Chicago TribuneA Publishers Weekly best book of 2019 - A 2019 NPR Staff PickA pathbreaking history of the United States' overseas possessions and the true meaning of its empireWe are familiar with maps that outline all fifty states. And we are also familiar with the idea that the United States is a...
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As'ad AbuKhalil
Liberty and Tyranny
A Conservative Manifesto
by Mark R. Levin (Jun 01, 2010)
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Conservative talk radio's fastest-growing superstar is also a New York Times bestselling phenomenon: the author of the groundbreaking critique of the Supreme Court, Men in Black, and the deeply personal dog lover's memoir Rescuing Sprite, Mark R. Levin now delivers the book that characterizes both his devotion to his more than 5 million listeners a...
What It Takes
The Way to the White House
by Richard Ben Cramer (Jun 01, 1993)
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An American Iliad in the guise of contemporary political reportage, What It Takes penetrates the mystery at the heart of all presidential campaigns: How do presumably ordinary people acquire that mixture of ambition, stamina, and pure shamelessness that makes a true candidate? As he recounts the frenzied course of the 1988 presidential race -- and ...
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Ezra KleinYashar Ali
The Vision of the Anointed
Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy
by Thomas Sowell (Jun 28, 1996)
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Thomas Sowell's provocative critique of liberalism's failures The Vision of the Anointed is a devastating critique of the mind-set behind the failed social policies of the past thirty years. Thomas Sowell sees what has happened not as a series of isolated mistakes but as a logical consequence of a vision whose defects have led to disasters in educa...
Walking with the Wind
A Memoir of the Movement
by John Lewis (Oct 18, 1999)
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An eloquent, epic firsthand account of the civil rights movement by a man who lived it-an American hero whose courage, vision, and dedication helped change history. The son of an Alabama sharecropper, and now a sixth-term United States Congressman, John Lewis has led an extraordinary life, one that found him at the epicenter of the civil rights mov...
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Ibram X. Kendi
Age of Ambition
Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
by Evan Osnos (May 05, 2015)
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Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction finalistWinner of the 2014 National Book Award in nonfictionAn Economist Best Book of 2014Winner of the bronze medal for the Council on Foreign Relations’ 2015 Arthur Ross Book AwardA vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformationFrom abroad, we often see Chin...
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Patrick Collison
The Strange Death of Europe
Immigration, Identity, Islam
by Douglas Murray (Jun 12, 2018)
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The Strange Death of Europe is the internationally bestselling account of a continent and a culture caught in the act of suicide, now updated with new material taking in developments since it was first published to huge acclaim. These include rapid changes in the dynamics of global politics, world leadership and terror attacks across Europe.Douglas...
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Marc Andreessen
Justice on Trial
The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court
by Mollie Hemingway (Jul 09, 2019)
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Justice Anthony Kennedy slipped out of the Supreme Court building on June 27, 2018, and traveled incognito to the White House to inform President Donald Trump that he was retiring, setting in motion a political process that his successor, Brett Kavanaugh, would denounce three months later as a national disgrace and a circus. Justice on Trial, the ...
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Donald Trump
Free to Choose
A Personal Statement
by Milton Friedman (Nov 26, 1990)
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The international bestseller on the extent to which personal freedom has been eroded by government regulations and agencies while personal prosperity has been undermined by government spending and economic controls. New Foreword by the Authors; Index....
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Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
by Shoshana Zuboff (Jan 15, 2019)
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The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior.In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana Zuboff provides startling insights into the phenomenon t...
The Shock Doctrine
The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein (Jun 24, 2008)
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In her ground-breaking reporting from Iraq, Naomi Klein exposed how the trauma of invasion was being exploited to remake the country in the interest of foreign corporations. She called it "disaster capitalism." Covering Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami, and New Orleans post-Katrina, she witnessed something remarkably similar. People still reeli...
American Nations
A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
by Colin Woodard (Sep 25, 2012)
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- A New Republic Best Book of the Year - The Globalist Top Books of the Year - Winner of the Maine Literary Award for Non-fiction - Particularly relevant in understanding who voted for who in this presidential election year, this is an endlessly fascinating look at American regionalism and the eleven "nations" that continue to shape North AmericaAc...
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Jack Dorsey
Life's Work
A Moral Argument for Choice
by Dr. Willie Parker (Mar 06, 2018)
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In this vivid and companionable memoir of a remarkable life (The New Yorker), an outspoken, Christian reproductive justice advocate and abortion provider reveals his personal and professional journeys in an effort to seize the moral high ground on the question of choice and reproductive justice.Dr. Willie Parker grew up in the Deep South, lived in ...
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Angela Yee
The Divide
American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
by Matt Taibbi (Oct 21, 2014)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST, NPR, AND KIRKUS REVIEWSA scathing portrait of an urgent new American crisis  Over the last two decades, America has been falling deeper and deeper into a statistical mystery:  Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles.Fraud by the rich w...
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Brent Hatley
Utopia for Realists
How We Can Build the Ideal World
by Rutger Bregman (Mar 27, 2018)
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From a universal basic income to a 15-hour workweek, from a world without borders to a world without poverty – it’s time to return to utopian thinking.Rutger Bregman takes us on a journey through history, beyond the traditional left-right divides, as he introduces ideas whose time has come. Utopia for Realists is one of those rare books that takes ...
American Prison
A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment
by Shane Bauer (Jun 11, 2019)
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In 2014, Shane Bauer was hired for $9 an hour to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison in Winnfield, Louisiana. An award-winning investigative journalist, he used his real name; In American Prison, Bauer weaves a much deeper reckoning with his experiences together with a thoroughly researched history of for-profit prisons in Ameri...
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Barack Obama
Merchants of Doubt
How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Climate Change
by Naomi Oreskes (May 31, 2011)
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Now a powerful documentary from the acclaimed director of Food Inc., Merchants of Doubt was one of the most talked-about climate change books of recent years, for reasons easy to understand: It tells the controversial story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ra...
Hundred-Year Marathon
by Michael Pillsbury (Mar 15, 2016)
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One of the U.S. government's leading China experts reveals the hidden strategy fueling that country's rise and how Americans have been seduced into helping China overtake us as the world's leading superpower.For more than forty years, the United States has played an indispensable role helping the Chinese government build a booming economy, develop...
The Dictator's Handbook
Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics
by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita (Jul 31, 2012)
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For eighteen years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been part of a team revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don’t care about the “national interest”—or even their subjects—unless they have to. This clever a...
Mindf*ck
Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America
by Christopher Wylie (Oct 08, 2019)
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For the first time, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower tells the inside story of the data mining and psychological manipulation behind the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum, connecting Facebook, WikiLeaks, Russian intelligence, and international hackers.Mindf*ck goes deep inside Cambridge Analytica's "American operations," which...
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Tom Peters
Political Order and Political Decay
From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy
by Francis Fukuyama (Oct 13, 2015)
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The second volume of the bestselling landmark work on the history of the modern stateWriting in The Wall Street Journal, David Gress called Francis Fukuyama's Origins of Political Order "magisterial in its learning and admirably immodest in its ambition." In The New York Times Book Review, Michael Lind described the book as "a major achievement by ...
Our Man
Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century
by George Packer (May 06, 2019)
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Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America's greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generou...
One Nation
What We Can All Do to Save America's Future
by Ben Carson MD (May 20, 2014)
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Dear Reader, In February 2013 I gave a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. Standing a few feet from President Obama, I warned my fellow citizens of the dangers facing our country and called for a return to the principles that made America great.Many Americans heard and responded, but our nations decline has continued. Today the danger is great...
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Rupert Murdoch
The Black Jacobins
Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution
by C.L.R. James (Oct 23, 1989)
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A classic and impassioned account of the first revolution in the Third World.This powerful, intensely dramatic book is the definitive account of the Haitian Revolution of 1794-1803, a revolution that began in the wake of the Bastille but became the model for the Third World liberation movements from Africa to Cuba. It is the story of the French col...
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Ben Horowitz
Profiles in Corruption
Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite
by Peter Schweizer (Jan 21, 2020)
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Washington insiders operate by a proven credo: when a Peter Schweizer book drops, duck and brace for impact.For over a decade, the work of five-time New York Times bestselling investigative reporter Peter Schweizer has sent shockwaves through the political universe.Clinton Cash revealed the Clintons’ international money flow, exposed global corrupt...
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The Accidental Superpower
The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder
by Mr. Peter Zeihan (Feb 23, 2016)
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In the bestselling tradition of The World Is Flat and The Next 100 Years, The Accidental Superpower will be a much discussed, contrarian, and eye-opening assessment of American power. Near the end of the Second World War, the United States made a bold strategic gambit that rewired the international system. Empires were abolished and replaced by a g...
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Russian Roulette
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by Michael Isikoff (Jun 23, 2020)
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The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency.Russian Roulette is a story of political skullduggery unprecedented in American history. It weaves together tales of international intrigue, cyber espionage, and supe...
The Case Against Socialism
by Rand Paul (Oct 15, 2019)
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A recent poll showed 43% of Americans think more socialism would be a good thing. What do these people not know? Socialism has killed millions, but its now the ideology du jour on American college campuses and among many leftists. Reintroduced by leaders such as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the ideology manifests itself in starry-ey...
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The Wretched of the Earth
by Frantz Fanon (Mar 12, 2005)
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A distinguished psychiatrist from Martinique who took part in the Algerian Nationalist Movement, Frantz Fanon was one of the most important theorists of revolutionary struggle, colonialism, and racial difference in history. Fanon's masterwork is a classic alongside Edward Said's Orientalism or The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and it is now available...
JFK and the Unspeakable
Why He Died and Why It Matters
by James W. Douglass (Oct 19, 2010)
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The acclaimed book Oliver Stone called the best account I have read of this tragedy and its significance, JFK and the Unspeakable details not just how the conspiracy to assassinate President John F. Kennedy was carried out, but WHY it was doneand why it still matters today.At the height of the Cold War, JFK risked committing the greatest crime in h...
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by Lee Smith (Oct 29, 2019)
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Investigative journalist Lee Smith uses his unprecedented access to Congressman Devin Nunes, former head of the House Intelligence Committee, to expose the deep state operation against the president--and the American people. Investigative journalist Lee Smith's The Plot Against the President tells the story of how Congressman Devin Nunes uncovered ...
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Donald J. Trump's Testing of America
by Philip Rucker (Jan 21, 2020)
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Rucker and Leonnig have deep and unmatched sources throughout Washington, D.C., and for the past three years have chronicled in depth the ways President Donald Trump has reinvented the presidency in his own image, shaken foreign alliances and tested American institutions. It would be all too easy to mistake Trump's first term for pure chaos. But Le...
The Presidents Club
Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity
by Nancy Gibbs (Feb 12, 2013)
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he Presidents Club, established at Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover, is a complicated place: its members are bound forever by the experience of the Oval Office and yet are eternal rivals for history’s favor. Among their secrets: How Jack Kennedy tried to blame Ike for the Bay of Pigs. How Ike quietly helped Reagan...
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by Amy Goldstein (Jan 02, 2018)
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* Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year * 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year * A New York Times Notable Book * A Washington Post Notable Book * An NPR Best Book of 2017 * A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2017 * An Economist Best Book of 2017 * A Business Insider Best Book of 2017 * “A gripping story of psychological defeat an...
The Road to Serfdom
by F. A. Hayek (Mar 30, 2007)
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An unimpeachable classic work in political philosophy, intellectual and cultural history, and economics, The Road to Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians, scholars, and general readers for half a century. Originally published in 1944when Eleanor Roosevelt supported the efforts of Stalin, and Albert Einstein subscribed lock, stock, and ba...
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by William J. Burns (Mar 12, 2019)
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From America's "secret diplomatic weapon" (The Atlantic), comes a memoir of service for five Presidents and ten Secretaries of State, an impassioned argument for renewing diplomacy as the tool of first resort in American statecraft.Ambassador William J. Burns is the most distinguished and admired American diplomat of his generation. Over the course...
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by Andrea Bernstein (Jan 14, 2020)
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A multigenerational saga of two families, who rose from immigrant roots to the pinnacle of wealth and power, that tracks the unraveling of American democracy. In American Oligarchs, award-winning investigative journalist Andrea Bernstein tells the story of the Trump and Kushner families like never before. Their journey to the White House is a story...
Human Action
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by Ludwig Von Mises (Oct 10, 2012)
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2012 Reprint of 1949 Edition. Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. "Human Action: A Treatise on Economics" is the first comprehensive treatise on economics written by a leading member of the modern Austrian school of economics. Von Mises contribution was very simple, yet at the same time extreme...
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by Lawrence O'Donnell (Nov 07, 2017)
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From the celebrated host of MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, an important and enthralling new account of the presidential election that changed everything, and created American politics as we know it today. Long before Lawrence O'Donnell was the anchor of his own political talk show, he was the Harvard Law-trained political aide to Se...
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Precariously positioned between China and India, Burmas population has suffered dictatorship, natural disaster, and the dark legacies of colonial rule. But when decades of military dictatorship finally ended and internationally beloved Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi emerged from long years of house arrest, hopes soared. World leaders such as Barac...
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by Donald Trump Jr. (Nov 05, 2019)
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This is the book that the leftist elites don't want you to read -- Donald Trump, Jr., exposes all the tricks that the left uses to smear conservatives and push them out of the public square, from online "shadow banning" to rampant "political correctness."In Triggered, Donald Trump, Jr. will expose all the tricks that the left uses to smear conserva...
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Accidental Presidents
Eight Men Who Changed America
by Jared Cohen (Apr 08, 2019)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The strength and prestige of the American presidency has waxed and waned since George Washington. Accidental Presidents looks at eight men who came to the office without being elected to it. It demonstrates how the character of the man in that powerful seat affects the nation and world.Eight men have succeeded to the presi...
A Higher Loyalty
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by James Comey (Apr 17, 2018)
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Former FBI Director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remark...
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by G. Edward Griffin (Sep 11, 2010)
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The quintessential treatise on economics. Cussed and discussed by all from notable politicians to academicians to laypersons. Do you want to know the truth about money? Creature from Jekyll Island will give you the answers to these, and other, questions: Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magicians' secrets are un...
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by Conor Dougherty (Feb 18, 2020)
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A stunning, deeply reported investigation into the housing crisis Spacious and affordable homes used to be the hallmark of American prosperity. Today, however, punishing rents and the increasingly prohibitive cost of ownership have turned housing into the foremost symbol of inequality and an economy gone wrong. Nowhere is this more visible than in...
Why Meadow Died
The People and Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter and Endanger America's Students
by Andrew Pollack (Sep 10, 2019)
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WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER As featured in the New York Post and as seen on Tucker Carlson, Fox and Friends, Martha MacCallum, and more. The Parkland school shooting was the most avoidable mass murder in American history. And the policies that made it inevitable are being forced into public schools across America.After my sister Meadow was murd...
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Throughout the Presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders galvanized voters with his progressive platform and vision for America. In the book, Sanders shares experiences from the campaign trail and outlines his ideas for continuing a political revolution to fight for a progressive economic, environmental, racial and social justice agenda that creates jo...
The Impeachers
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by Brenda Wineapple (May 21, 2019)
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America's first presidential impeachment: A prize-winning author tells the story of the efforts by heroic citizens to preserve the victories of the Civil War by removing a bigoted president who ruled as if he were king.When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and Vice-President Andrew Johnson became "the Accidental President," it was a dangerous time ...
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by William Greider (Nov 01, 1987)
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This book by an eminent journalist tells the story of the wrenching changes that the US economy has been put thru during the Reagan administration.Secrets of the TempleThe Choice of Wall StreetIn the Temple A Pact with the DevilBehavior ModificationThe Liberal ApologyThe Roller Coaster The Money Question The God Almighty DollarDemocratic Money The ...
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by Andy Greenberg (Nov 05, 2019)
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From Wired senior writer Andy Greenberg comes the true story of the desperate hunt to identify and track an elite team of Russian agents bent on digital sabotageIn 2014, the world witnessed the start of a mysterious series of cyberattacks. Targeting American utility companies, NATO, and electric grids in Eastern Europe, the strikes grew ever more b...
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by David Enrich (Feb 18, 2020)
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A searing exposé of the most scandalous bank in the world, including its shadowy ties to Donald Trumps business empireOn a rainy Sunday in 2014, a senior executive at Deutsche Bank was found hanging in his London apartment. Bill Broeksmit had helped build the 150-year-old financial institution into a global colossus, and his sudden death was a myst...
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by Kurt Andersen (Sep 05, 2017)
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A razor-sharp thinker offers a new understanding of our post-truth world and explains the American instinct to believe in make-believe, from the Pilgrims to P. T. Barnum to Disneyland to zealots of every stripe . . . to Donald Trump. In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen demonstrates that whats happening in our country todayt...
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by John A. Farrell (Mar 28, 2017)
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Brilliantly researched, authoritatively crafted by a prize-winning biographer, and lively on the page, this is the Nixon we've been waiting for. Richard Nixon opens with young Navy lieutenant "Nick" Nixon returning from the Pacific and setting his cap at Congress, an idealistic dreamer seeking to build a better world. Yet amid the turns of that now...
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