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EXPLAINED--CLAUSE BY CLAUSE--FOR EVERY AMERICAN TODAY
Written by RAY RAPHAEL

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/31/2017

Price: $9.95

ISBN: 978-0-525-56254-2

Politicians come and go, but the Constitution stands as the supreme law of the land. Setting forth the workings of our democracy, it is the bedrock document from which we derive our policies on topics as diverse and galvanizing as immigration, gun ownership, voting rights, taxation, policing, civil liberties, and war. 
 
In this indispensable edition, acclaimed historian and Constitutional expert Ray Raphael guides us through the origins, impact, and current relevance of the original text and...

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LETTERS OF LOVE AND DISSENT IN DANGEROUS TIMES

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 05/02/2017

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-525-43513-6

Radical Hope is a collection of letters—to ancestors, to children five generations from now, to strangers in grocery lines, to any and all who feel weary and discouraged—written by award-winning novelists, poets, political thinkers, and activists. Provocative and inspiring, Radical Hope offers readers a kaleidoscopic view of the love and courage needed to navigate this time of upheaval, uncertainty, and fear, in view of the recent US presidential election.

Including letters by Junot Díaz,...

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WEALTH, POWER, AND PHILANTHROPY IN A NEW GILDED AGE
Written by DAVID CALLAHAN

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 04/11/2017

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-94705-0

An inside look at the secretive world of elite philanthropists—and how they're quietly wielding ever more power to shape American life in ways both good and bad. 

While media attention focuses on famous philanthropists such as Bill Gates and Charles Koch, thousands of donors are at work below the radar promoting a wide range of causes. David Callahan charts the rise of these new power players and the ways they are converting the fortunes of a second Gilded Age into influence. He shows how...

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WHY ECONOMIC INEQUALITY THREATENS OUR REPUBLIC
Written by GANESH SITARAMAN

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 03/14/2017

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-451-49391-0

An original, provocative contribution to the debate over rising economic inequality that argues that a strong and sizable middle class is in fact embedded in the very framework of our government and its founding document.

For two thousand years, constitutional republics assumed class divisions a priori. But as Ganesh Sitaraman reminds us in this exceptionally lucid study, our Constitution, growing as it did out of a society of almost unprecedented economic equality, made no provisions to...

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POVERTY AND PROFIT IN THE AMERICAN CITY
Written by MATTHEW DESMOND

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 02/28/2017

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-44745-3

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction | Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction | Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction | Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction Finalist | Shortlisted for The PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction | Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review • The Boston Globe • The Washington Post • NPR • Fortune • San Francisco Chronicle • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel • St....

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A HISTORY IN IDEAS
Written by DAVID ARMITAGE

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 02/07/2017

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-27113-6

A highly original history, tracing the least understood and most intractable form of organized human aggression from Ancient Rome through the centuries to the present day. 

We think we know civil war when we see it. Yet ideas of what it is, and what it isn't, have a long and contested history, from its fraught origins in republican Rome to debates in early modern Europe to our present day. Defining the term is acutely political, for ideas about what makes a war "civil" often depend on whether...

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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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PORTRAIT OF A FRIENDSHIP: PAULI MURRAY, ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, AND THE STRUGGLE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
Written by PATRICIA BELL-SCOTT

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/24/2017

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-679-76729-9

A finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, and longlisted for the National Book Award, The Firebrand and the First Lady is the riveting history, two decades in the making, of how a brilliant writer-turned-activist and the first lady of the United States forged an enduring friendship that helped to alter the course of race and racism in America.

In 1938, the twenty-eight-year-old Pauli Murray wrote a letter to the President and First Lady, Franklin and Eleanor...

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THE ASSASSINATION OF ALEXANDER LITVINENKO AND PUTIN'S WAR WITH THE WEST
Written by LUKE HARDING

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/24/2017

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-97399-8

On November 1, 2006, journalist and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London. He died twenty-two days later. The cause of death? Polonium—a rare, lethal, and highly radioactive substance. Here Luke Harding unspools a real-life political assassination story—complete with KGB, CIA, MI6, and Russian mobsters. He shows how Litvinenko’s murder foreshadowed the killings of other Kremlin critics, from Washington, DC, to Moscow, and how these are tied to Russia’s current...

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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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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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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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