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HOW NATIONS SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN A WORLD IN DECLINE
Written by JONATHAN TEPPERMAN

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Tim Duggan Books

On Sale: 09/20/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90298-1

Jonathan Tepperman identifies ten pervasive and seemingly impossible challenges—including immigration reform, economic stagnation, political gridlock, corruption, and Islamist extremism—and shows that each has a solution, and not merely a hypothetical one.
 
“An indispensable handbook. . . . Smart and agile. . . . The timing of this book could not be better. . . . Tepperman goes into impressive detail in each case study and delivers assessments in clear, pared-down prose.” —MICHAEL HIRSH, The...

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FAITH, CULTURE, AND POLITICS FROM THE AGE OF EISENHOWER TO THE ERA OF OBAMA
Written by KENNETH L. WOODWARD

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Convergent Books

On Sale: 09/13/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90739-9

Blending personal narrative with the story of Christianity in the United States over the last fifty years, Kenneth L. Woodward, the award-winning former editor of Newsweek, follows religion through American history. From the myopic optimism of the 50s, through the Civil Rights Era and the rise of evangelicalism to today, Woodward explores the importance of religion in the American experience and its impact on our history and politics. Getting Religion is ideal for courses on religion,...

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HOW BIG DATA INCREASES INEQUALITY AND THREATENS DEMOCRACY
Written by CATHY O'NEIL

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 09/06/2016

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-41881-1

New York Times Editor's Choice
A Maclean's Bestseller
Winner of the 2016 SLA-NY PrivCo Spotlight Award

Tracing the arc of a person’s life, data scientist Cathy O’Neil exposes the “weapons of math destruction” that score teachers and students, sort résumés, grant (or deny) loans, evaluate workers, target voters, set parole, and monitor our health. As O’Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they’re...

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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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THE MAKING OF A LIBERAL ICON
Written by LARRY TYE

Format: Hardcover, 608 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 07/05/2016

Price: $32.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99334-9

From the New York Times bestselling author of Satchel comes an in-depth, vibrant, and measured biography about the most complex and controversial member of the Kennedy family.

History remembers Robert F. Kennedy as a racial healer, a tribune for the poor, and the last progressive knight of a bygone era of American politics. But Kennedy’s enshrinement in the liberal pantheon was actually the final stage of a journey that had its beginnings in the conservative 1950s. In Bobby Kennedy, Larry Tye...

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AND OTHER DISPATCHES FROM FIFTY YEARS OF REPORTING ON RACE IN AMERICA
Written by CALVIN TRILLIN

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 06/28/2016

Price: $27.00

ISBN: 978-0-399-58824-2

From bestselling author and beloved New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin, a deeply resonant, career-spanning collection of articles on race and racism, from the 1960s to the present

In the early sixties, Calvin Trillin got his start as a journalist covering the Civil Rights Movement in the South. Over the next five decades of reporting, he often returned to scenes of racial tension. Now, for the first time, the best of Trillin’s pieces on race in America have been collected in one volume.

In the...

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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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THE NEW SCIENCE OF CRIMINAL INJUSTICE
Written by ADAM BENFORADO

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 06/14/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-770-43778-7

"A law professor sounds an explosive alarm on the hidden unfairness of our legal system." Kirkus Reviews, starred
 

A child is gunned down by a police officer; an investigator ignores critical clues in a case; an innocent man confesses to a crime he did not commit; a jury acquits a killer. The evidence is all around us: Our system of justice is fundamentally broken.
 
But it’s not for the reasons we tend to think, as law professor Adam Benforado argues in this eye-opening, galvanizing book....

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THE FORGOTTEN PROMISE OF AMERICAN LIBERTY
Written by ERIC METAXAS

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Viking

On Sale: 06/14/2016

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-97998-3

#1 New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas delivers an extraordinary book that is part history and part rousing call to arms, steeped in a critical analysis of our founding fathers' original intentions for America. 

In 1787, when the Constitution was drafted, a woman asked Ben Franklin what the founders had given the American people. "A republic," he shot back, "if you can keep it." More than two centuries later, Metaxas examines what that means and how we are doing on that score.

If...

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THE MAKING OF THE SECURITY STATE
Written by KAREN J. GREENBERG

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 05/24/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-13821-5

The definitive account of how America’s War on Terror sparked a decade-long assault on the rule of law, weakening our courts and our Constitution in the name of national security.

The day after September 11, President Bush tasked the attorney general with preventing another terrorist attack on the United States. From that day forward, the Bush administration turned to the Department of Justice to give its imprimatur to activities that had previously been unthinkable—from the NSA’s spying on...

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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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THE RISE OF FINANCE AND THE FALL OF AMERICAN BUSINESS
Written by RANA FOROOHAR

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Crown Business

On Sale: 05/17/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-44723-1

Eight years on from the biggest market meltdown since the Great Depression, the key lessons of the crisis of 2008 still remain unlearned—and our financial system is just as vulnerable as ever. Many of us know that our government failed to fix the banking system after the subprime mortgage crisis. But what few of us realize is how the misguided financial practices and philosophies that nearly toppled the global financial system have come to infiltrate ALL American businesses,  putting us on a...

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