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THE 400-YEAR UNTOLD HISTORY OF CLASS IN AMERICA
Written by NANCY ISENBERG

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages

Publisher: Viking

On Sale: 06/21/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-670-78597-1

The New York Times bestseller
A New York Times Notable and Critics’ Top Book of 2016
Longlisted for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction
One of NPR's 10 Best Books Of 2016 Faced Tough Topics Head On
NPR's Book Concierge Guide To 2016’s Great Reads
San Francisco Chronicle's Best of 2016: 100 recommended books
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2016
Globe & Mail 100 Best of 2016

Formidable and truth-dealing . . . necessary. The New York Times

“This eye-opening investigation...

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HOW THE NEW WORKING CLASS WILL TRANSFORM AMERICA
Written by TAMARA DRAUT

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 04/05/2016

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-53977-7

There was a time when America’s working class was seen as the backbone of the American economy, with considerable political, economic and moral authority. But the working class we have now—far more female and racially diverse and employed in fast food, retail, health care and other service industries—has been marginalized, if not ignored, by politicians and pundits.  But this is changing, swiftly and dramatically.  

Today’s working class is a sleeping giant. And as Tamara Draut makes...

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THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE WORKPLACE
Written by NIKIL SAVAL

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80280-4

A New York Times Notable Book 

“Man is born free, but he is everywhere in cubicles.”

How did we get from Scrooge’s office to “Office Space”? From bookkeepers in dark countinghouses to freelancers in bright cafes?  What would the world be like without the vertical file cabinet? What would the world be like without the office at all? In Cubed, Nikil Saval chronicles the evolution of the office in a fascinating, often funny, and sometimes disturbing anatomy of the white-collar world and how it...

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A GLOBAL HISTORY
Written by SVEN BECKERT

Format: Hardcover, 640 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 12/02/2014

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-41414-5

Winner of the Bancroft Prize
Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize (History)


The epic story of the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality to the world economy, and its making and remaking of global capitalism.
 
Cotton is so ubiquitous as to be almost invisible, yet understanding its history is key to understanding the origins of modern capitalism. Sven Beckert’s rich, fascinating book tells the story of how, in a remarkably brief period, European entrepreneurs and powerful statesmen...

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MY DECADE FIGHTING FOR THE LABOR MOVEMENT

Format: Trade Paperback, 332 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 05/06/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68315-6

In 1995, in the first contested election in the history of the AFL-CIO, John Sweeney won the presidency of the nation’s largest labor federation, promising renewal and resurgence. Today, less than 7 percent of American private-sector workers belong to a union, the lowest percentage since the beginning of the twentieth century, and public employee collective bargaining has been dealt devastating blows in Wisconsin and elsewhere. What happened?

Jane McAlevey is famous—and notorious—in the...

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CHICAGO TEACHERS AGAINST AUSTERITY
Written by MICAH UETRICHT

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 03/11/2014

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68325-5

The Chicago Teachers Union strike was the most important domestic labor struggle so far this century—and perhaps for the last forty years—and the strongest challenge to the conservative agenda for restructuring education, which advocates for more charter schools and tying teacher salaries to standardized testing, among other changes.

In 2012, Chicago teachers built a grassroots movement through education and engagement of an entire union membership, taking militant action in the face of...

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HOW US POLICY DRIVES MEXICAN MIGRATION
Written by DAVID BACON

Format: Hardcover, 328 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 09/10/2013

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-00161-5

People across Mexico are being forced into migration, and while 11 percent of that country’s population lives north of the US border, the decision to migrate is rarely voluntary. Free trade agreements and economic policies that exacerbate and reinforce extreme wealth disparities make it impossible for Mexicans to make a living at home. And yet when they migrate to the United States, they must grapple with criminalization, low wages, and exploitation.
 
In The Right to Stay Home, journalist...

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Written by KIM E. NIELSEN

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 10/02/2012

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-02202-3

Disability is not just the story of someone we love or the story of whom we may become; rather it is undoubtedly the story of our nation. Covering the entirety of US history from pre-1492 to the present, A Disability History of the United States is the first book to place the experiences of people with disabilities at the center of the American narrative. In many ways, it’s a familiar telling. In other ways, however, it is a radical repositioning of US history. By doing so, the book casts new...

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GLUTTONY AND HUBRIS IN AN AGE OF EPIC INEQUALITY

Format: Hardcover, 280 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 03/27/2012

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-00339-8

The concentration of wealth today in such a small number of hands inevitably created a dynamic that led to freewheeling financial speculation–a dynamic that produced similarly disastrous results in the last great age of inequality, in the 1920s. Such concentrated economic power reverberates throughout society, threatening the quality of life and the very functioning of democracy. As McQuaig and Brooks illustrate, it’s no accident that the United States claims the most billionaires but...

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Written by MARTIN LUTHER KING
Edited by MICHAEL K. HONEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 01/10/2012

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-08602-5

An unprecedented and timely collection of Dr. King’s speeches on labor rights and economic justice

Covering all the civil rights movement highlights--Montgomery, Albany, Birmingham, Selma, Chicago, and Memphis--award-winning historian Michael K. Honey introduces and traces Dr. King’s dream of economic equality. Gathered in one volume for the first time, the majority of these speeches will be new to most readers. The collection begins with King’s lectures to unions in the 1960s and includes...

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THE TRIUMPH OF CAPITALISM, 1865-1900
Written by H. W. BRANDS

Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 10/04/2011

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-38677-9

In this grand-scale narrative history, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist H. W. Brands brilliantly portrays the emergence, in a remarkably short time, of a recognizably modern America.

American Colossus captures the decades between the Civil War and the turn of the twentieth century, when a few breathtakingly wealthy businessmen transformed the United States from an agrarian economy to a world power. From the first Pennsylvania oil gushers to the rise of Chicago skyscrapers, this spellbinding...

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STORIES OF GENDER, RACE, AND FINDING HOME
Written by ANITA HILL

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 10/04/2011

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-01437-0

From the heroic lawyer who spoke out against Clarence Thomas in the historic confirmation hearings twenty years ago, Anita Hill’s first book since the best-selling Speaking Truth to Power.

On the 20th anniversary of the historic Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, where she spoke out so courageously about workplace sexual harassment, Anita Hill turns her attention to the topic of home. As our country reels from the subprime mortgage meltdown and the resulting devastation of so many...

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