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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 HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE BILLIONAIRES BEHIND THE RISE OF THE RADICAL RIGHT
Written by JANE MAYER

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 01/24/2017

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-94790-1

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

From the bestselling author of The Dark Side, an electrifying work of investigative journalism that uncovers the powerful group of immensely wealthy ideologues who are shaping the fate of America. 

In her new preface, Jane Mayer discusses the results of the most recent election and Donald Trump's victory, and how, despite much discussion to the contrary, this was a huge victory for the billionaires who have been pouring money in...

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ITS ROLE IN THE COURT'S HISTORY AND THE NATION'S CONSTITUTIONAL DIALOGUE
Written by MELVIN I. UROFSKY

Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/10/2017

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-74132-5

In his major workacclaimed historian and judicial authority Melvin Urofsky examines the great dissents throughout the Court’s long history. Constitutional dialogue is one of the ways in which we as a people reinvent and reinvigorate our democratic society. The Supreme Court has interpreted the meaning of the Constitution, acknowledged that the Court’s majority opinions have not always been right, and initiated a critical discourse about what a particular decision should mean and fashioning...

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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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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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