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The Only Plane in the Sky
An Oral History of 9/11
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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March
Book Three
John Lewis - Aug 02, 2016
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Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world....
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Assata
An Autobiography
Assata Shakur - Nov 01, 2001 (first published in 1987)
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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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Grant
Ron Chernow - Sep 25, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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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 ...
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The Power Broker
Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Robert A. Caro - Jul 12, 1975 (first published in 1974)
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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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They Were Her Property
Stephanie E Jones-Rogers - Jan 07, 2020
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A bold and searing investigation into the role of white women in the American slave economy Bridging women’s history, the history of the South, and African American history, this book makes a bold argument about the role of white women in American slavery. Historian Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers draws on a variety of sources to show that slave-owning w...
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Stamped from the Beginning
The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (National Book Award Winner)
Ibram X. Kendi - Aug 15, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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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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Just Mercy
A Story of Justice and Redemption
Bryan Stevenson - Aug 18, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poo...
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If This Is a Man and The Truce
Primo Levi - Jul 04, 2003 (first published in 1947)
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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...
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Fearless
The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown
Eric Blehm - May 21, 2013
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Fearless takes you deep into SEAL Team SIX, straight to the heart of one of its most legendary operators. When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didnt know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistanbut he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, Im not...
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How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi - Aug 13, 2019
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Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to be an Antiracist, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an ac...
The Choice by Edith Eva Eger
The Spy and the Traitor by Ben MacIntyre
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Women, Race, & Class by Angela Y. Davis
The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich
Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
March by John Lewis
Red Notice by Bill Browder
Blowout by Rachel Maddow
Stamped by Jason Reynolds
The Path to Power by Robert A. Caro
The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza
Rocket Men by Robert Kurson
The Last Lion by William Manchester
Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich
The World as It Is by Ben Rhodes
The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States by Pauline Maier
The Story Of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
With the Old Breed by E. B. Sledge
Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich
Endurance by Alfred Lansing
White Rage by Carol Anderson
Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
The Civil War by Shelby Foote
Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose
The Lessons of History by Will Durant
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham
Black Flags by Joby Warrick
Master Of The Senate by Robert A. Caro
The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts
The Prize by Daniel Yergin
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis
The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
Masters of Doom by David Kushner
Skunk Works by Ben R. Rich
Why We Can't Wait by Martin Luther King Jr.
Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder
Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
Parting the Waters by Taylor Branch
Red Platoon by Clinton Romesha
Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Clayborne Carson
The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Maus II by Art Spiegelman
My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King
The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski
The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
How to Hide an Empire by Daniel Immerwahr
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto
The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff
Postwar by Tony Judt
The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan
The Last Lion by Paul Reid
The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
Indianapolis by Lynn Vincent
The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam
Rebel Yell by S. C. Gwynne
Command and Control by Eric Schlosser
Dreadnought by Robert K. Massie
On Desperate Ground by Hampton Sides
The Beatles - All These Years by Mark Lewisohn