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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 LOTTERY OF BIRTH, THE ILLUSION OF CONSENT, AND THE FIGHT FOR OUR FUTURE
Written by RAOUL MARTINEZ

Format: Hardcover, 512 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 01/31/2017

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-91164-3

The ideal of freedom is at the heart of our political and economic system. It is foundational to our sense of justice, our way of life, our conception of what it is to be human. But are we free in the way that we think we are?

In Creating Freedom, Raoul Martinez brings together a torrent of mind-expanding ideas, facts, and arguments to dismantle sacred myths central to our society—myths about free will, free markets, free media, and free elections. From the lottery of our birth to the...

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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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EDWARD SNOWDEN, THE MAN AND THE THEFT
Written by EDWARD JAY EPSTEIN

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 01/17/2017

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-451-49456-6

A groundbreaking exposé that convincingly challenges the popular image of Edward Snowden as hacker turned avenging angel, while revealing how vulnerable our national security systems have become--as exciting as any political thriller, and far more important. 

After details of American government surveillance were published in 2013, Edward Snowden, formerly a subcontracted IT analyst for the NSA, became the center of an international controversy: Was he a hero, traitor, whistle-blower, spy?...

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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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