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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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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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NSA'S CODEBREAKERS AND THE SECRET INTELLIGENCE WAR AGAINST THE SOVIET UNION
Written by STEPHEN BUDIANSKY

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 06/14/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-35266-6

A sweeping, in-depth history of NSA, whose famous “cult of silence” has left the agency shrouded in mystery for decades 
 
The National Security Agency was born out of the legendary codebreaking programs of World War II that cracked the famed Enigma machine and other German and Japanese codes, thereby turning the tide of Allied victory. In the postwar years, as the United States developed a new enemy in the Soviet Union, our intelligence community found itself targeting not soldiers on the...

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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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MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD
Written by DAVID K. SHIPLER

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/19/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-94761-1

A provocative, timely assessment of the state of free speech in America

With his best seller The Working Poor, Pulitzer Prize winner and former New York Times veteran David K. Shipler cemented his place among our most trenchant social commentators. Now he turns his incisive reporting to a critical American ideal: freedom of speech. Anchored in personal stories—sometimes shocking, sometimes absurd, sometimes dishearteningly familiar—Shipler’s investigations of the cultural limits on both...

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THE MODERN-DAY FIGURES WHO HAVE RESHAPED AND AFFIRMED THE FOUNDING FATHERS' VISION OF AMERICA
Written by JUAN WILLIAMS

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 04/05/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-95204-2

What would the Founding Fathers think about America today? Over 200 years ago the Founders broke away from the tyranny of the British Empire to build a nation based on the principles of freedom, equal rights, and opportunity for all men. But life in the United States today is vastly different from anything the original Founders could have imagined in the late 1700s. The notion of an African-American president of the United States, or a woman such as Condoleezza Rice or Hillary Clinton as...

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POVERTY AND PROFIT IN THE AMERICAN CITY
Written by MATTHEW DESMOND

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 03/01/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-44743-9

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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HOW FREEDOM AND CREATIVITY CAN FIX OUR EDUCATIONAL MALPRACTICE
Written by NIKHIL GOYAL

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 02/16/2016

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-54012-4

An all-in attack on the American way of education and a hopeful blueprint for change by one of the most passionate and certainly youngest (twenty) writers of this subject.

Are America's schools little more than cinder-block gulags that spawn vicious cliques and bullying, negate creativity, and true learning and squelch curiosity in their inmates, um, students? Nikhil Goyal, a journalist and activist all of twenty years old whom the Washington Post has dubbed a “future education secretary”...

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THOUGHTS ON FINDING COMMON GROUND AND ADVANCING THE COMMON GOOD
Written by CORY BOOKER

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books

On Sale: 02/16/2016

Price: $27.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-96516-0

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A passionate new voice in American politics, United States Senator Cory Booker makes the case that the virtues of empathy, responsibility, and action must guide our nation toward a brighter future.
 
Raised in northern New Jersey, Cory Booker went to Stanford University on a football scholarship, accepted a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, then studied at Yale Law School. Graduating from Yale, his options were limitless.
 
He chose public service.
 
He...

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A JOURNEY TO JUSTICE IN PRISONS AROUND THE WORLD
Written by BAZ DREISINGER

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 02/09/2016

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51727-7

Baz Dreisinger travels behind bars in nine countries to rethink the state of justice in a global context
 
Beginning in Africa and ending in Europe, Incarceration Nations is a first-person odyssey through the prison systems of the world. Professor, journalist, and founder of the Prison-to-College-Pipeline, Dreisinger looks into the human stories of incarcerated men and women and those who imprison them, creating a jarring, poignant view of a world to which most are denied access, and...

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Written by DIANE REHM

Format: Hardcover, 176 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 02/02/2016

Price: $23.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87528-5

In a deeply personal and moving book, the beloved NPR radio host speaks out about the long drawn-out death (from Parkinson’s) of her husband of fifty-four years, and of her struggle to reconstruct her life without him.

With John gone, Diane was indeed “on her own,” coping with the inevitable practical issues and, more important, with the profoundly emotional ones. What to do, how to react, reaching out again into the world—struggling to create a new reality for herself while clinging to...

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LIFE AND DEATH IN A STORM-RAVAGED HOSPITAL
Written by SHERI FINK

Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 01/26/2016

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-71897-6

Winner of the:
National Book Critics Circle Award
Ridenhour Book Prize
J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize
Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award
American Medical Writers Association Medical Book Award
NASW Science in Society Journalism Book Award
 
Finalist for the:
New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism
ALA Andrew Carnegie Medal in Nonfiction
 
Shortlisted for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Science Writing Award
 
A Christian Science...

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