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1945-PRESENT

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THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF HOW ANTIBIOTICS CREATED MODERN AGRICULTURE AND CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD EATS
Written by MARYN MCKENNA

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: National Geographic

On Sale: 09/12/2017

Price: $27.00

ISBN: 978-1-426-21766-1

In this eye-opening exposé, acclaimed health journalist and National Geographic contributer Maryn McKenna documents how antibiotics transformed chicken from local delicacy to industrial commodity—and human health threat—uncovering the ways we can make America's favorite meat safer again.

What you eat matters—for your health, for the environment, and for future generations. In this riveting investigative narrative, McKenna dives deep into the world of modern agriculture by way of chicken:...

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THE ATTICA PRISON UPRISING OF 1971 AND ITS LEGACY

Format: Hardcover, 752 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 08/23/2016

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-42322-2

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in History
Winner of the 2017 Bancroft Prize
Winner of the 2017 J. Willard Hurst Prize

The first definitive account of the infamous 1971 Attica prison uprising, the state's violent response, and the victims' decades-long quest for justice—including information never released to the public—published to coincide with the forty-fifth anniversary of this historic event.


On September 9, 1971, nearly 1,300 prisoners took over the Attica Correctional Facility in...

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THE WILD SAGA OF THE KIDNAPPING, CRIMES AND TRIAL OF PATTY HEARST
Written by JEFFREY TOOBIN

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 08/02/2016

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-53671-4

The definitive account of the kidnapping and trial that defined an insane era in American history
 
On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heiress to the Hearst family fortune, was kidnapped by a ragtag group of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army. The already sensational story took the first of many incredible twists on April 3, when the group released a tape of Patty saying she had joined the SLA and had adopted the nom de guerre...

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NSA'S CODEBREAKERS AND THE SECRET INTELLIGENCE WAR AGAINST THE SOVIET UNION
Written by STEPHEN BUDIANSKY

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 06/14/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-35266-6

A sweeping, in-depth history of NSA, whose famous “cult of silence” has left the agency shrouded in mystery for decades 
 
The National Security Agency was born out of the legendary codebreaking programs of World War II that cracked the famed Enigma machine and other German and Japanese codes, thereby turning the tide of Allied victory. In the postwar years, as the United States developed a new enemy in the Soviet Union, our intelligence community found itself targeting not soldiers on the...

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AMERICA AT WAR IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
Written by J. KAEL WESTON

Format: Hardcover, 608 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 05/24/2016

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35112-6

A powerfully written firsthand account of the human costs of conflict.

J. Kael Weston spent seven years on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan working for the U.S. State Department in some of the most dangerous frontline locations. Upon his return home, while traveling the country to pay respect to the dead and wounded, he asked himself: When will these wars end? How will they be remembered and memorialized? What lessons can we learn from them?

These are questions with no quick answers, but...

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THE LIFE
Written by H. W. BRANDS

Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 05/17/2016

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-95114-4

From master storyteller and New York Times bestselling Historian H. W. Brands comes the definitive biography of a visionary and transformative president

In his magisterial new biography, H. W. Brands brilliantly establishes Ronald Reagan as one of the two great presidents of the twentieth century, a true peer to Franklin Roosevelt. Reagan conveys with sweep and vigor how the confident force of Reagan’s personality and the unwavering nature of his beliefs enabled him to engineer a conservative...

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Written by JILL LEPORE

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 05/17/2016

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-94758-6

From New Yorker staff writer and Harvard historian Jill Lepore, the dark, spellbinding tale of her restless search for the long-lost, longest book ever written, a century-old manuscript called “The Oral History of Our Time.”

Joe Gould, a madman, believed he was the most brilliant historian of the twentieth century. So did some of his friends, a group of modernist writers and artists that included E. E. Cummings, Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, John Dos Passos, and Ezra Pound. Gould...

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A TRUE STORY OF COLD WAR ESPIONAGE AND BETRAYAL
Written by DAVID E. HOFFMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 05/10/2016

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80597-3

It was the height of the Cold War, and a dangerous time to be stationed in the Soviet Union. One evening, while the chief of the CIA’s Moscow station was filling his gas tank, a stranger approached and dropped a note into the car. The chief, suspicious of a KGB trap, ignored the overture. But the man had made up his mind. His attempts to establish contact with the CIA would be rebuffed four times before he thrust upon them an envelope whose contents would stun U.S. intelligence. In the years...

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A MEMOIR OF HOPE
Written by TOM BROKAW

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 05/10/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98208-4

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WITH A NEW PREFACE BY THE AUTHOR • From Tom Brokaw, the bestselling author of The Greatest Generation, comes a powerful memoir of a year of dramatic change—a year spent battling cancer and reflecting on a long, happy, and lucky life.

Tom Brokaw has led a fortunate life, with a strong marriage and family, many friends, and a brilliant journalism career culminating in his twenty-two years as anchor of the NBC Nightly News and as bestselling author. But in the summer...

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THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF GREEN BERET SERGEANT ROY BENAVIDEZ'S HEROIC MISSION TO RESCUE A SPECIAL FORCES TEAM CAUGHT BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Written by ERIC BLEHM

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 04/26/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-13953-3

The true story of the U.S. Army’s 240th Assault Helicopter Company and a Green Beret Staff Sergeant's heroic mission to rescue a Special Forces team trapped behind enemy lines during the Vietnam War, from New York Times bestselling author Eric Blehm. 

On May 2, 1968, a twelve-man Special Forces team covertly infiltrated a small clearing in the jungles of neutral Cambodia—where U.S. forces were forbidden to operate. Their objective, just miles over the Vietnam border, was to collect evidence...

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A TRUE STORY
Written by JOHNNY DWYER

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-47499-5

At fifteen, Chucky Taylor was an average American teenager, growing up in the suburbs outside Orlando. Then he got a phone call from his father, a man who would become the infamous president dictator of Liberia, and later be convicted of crimes against humanity.
 
Arriving in West Africa and reunited with his father, Chucky soon found himself leading a murderous militia group tasked with carrying out the president’s vendettas. Young and drunk on power, and with no real training beyond watching...

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PORTRAIT OF A PARTNERSHIP
Written by SUSAN BUTLER

Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/22/2016

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-74181-3

In Roosevelt and Stalin, Susan Butler tells the story of how the leader of the capitalist world and the leader of the Communist world became more than allies of convenience during World War II. They shared the same outlook for the postwar world, and formed an uneasy yet deep friendship, shaping the global  stage from the war to the decades leading up to and into the new century. The book makes clear that Roosevelt worked hard to win Stalin over, by always holding out the promise that...

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