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THE FAMILY KARZAI AND THE AFGHAN DISASTER
Written by JOSHUA PARTLOW

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/20/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-96264-5

The key to understanding the calamitous Afghan war is the complex, ultimately failed relationship between the powerful, duplicitous Karzai family and the United States, brilliantly portrayed here by the former Kabul bureau chief for The Washington Post.

The United States went to Afghanistan on a simple mission: avenge the September 11 attacks and drive the Taliban from power. This took less than two months. Over the course of the next decade, the ensuing fight for power and money—supplied to...

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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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THE RISE OF ISIS
Written by JOBY WARRICK

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 09/06/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-16893-9

WINNER OF THE 2016 PULITZER PRIZE FOR GENERAL NONFICTION

“A Best Book of 2015”—The New York Times, The Washington PostPeople Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Kansas City Star, and Kirkus Reviews


In a thrilling dramatic narrative, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Joby Warrick traces how the strain of militant Islam behind ISIS first arose in a remote Jordanian prison and spread with the unwitting aid of two American presidents. Drawing on unique high-level access to CIA and Jordanian...

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FROM AL-QAEDA TO THE ISLAMIC STATE
Written by LAWRENCE WRIGHT

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 08/23/2016

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35205-5

With the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright became generally acknowledged as one of our major journalists writing on terrorism in the Middle East. Here, in ten powerful pieces first published in The New Yorker, he recalls the path that terror in the Middle East has taken, from the rise of al-Qaeda in the 1990s to the recent beheadings of reporters and aid workers by ISIS.

The Terror Years
draws on several articles he wrote while researching The Looming Tower, as well as...

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AN OBITUARY
Written by JOHN R. GILLINGHAM

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 06/14/2016

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-784-78421-8

A major account of the failings of the European Union—and why it has to go

The European Union is a besieged institution. It is struggling in vain to overcome the eurozone crisis and faces an influx of refugees not seen since World War II. The Schengen Agreement is a dead letter, and Britain stands on the brink of leaving altogether. The EU is unfit for the challenges of the coming age of increased global competition and high tech. In sum, the drive for an “ever-closer union” has set Europe on...

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FROM GORBACHEV'S FREEDOM TO PUTIN'S WAR
Written by ARKADY OSTROVSKY

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

Publisher: Viking

On Sale: 06/07/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-399-56416-1

WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE

FINALIST FOR THE LIONEL GELBER PRIZE

FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

“Fast-paced and excellently written…much needed, dispassionate and eminently readable.” —New York Times

“Filled with sparkling prose and deep analysis.” –The Wall Street Journal

The breakup of the Soviet Union was a time of optimism around the world, but Russia today is actively involved in subversive information warfare, manipulating the media to destabilize its enemies. How did a country that...

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AMERICA AT WAR IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
Written by J. KAEL WESTON

Format: Hardcover, 608 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 05/24/2016

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35112-6

A powerfully written firsthand account of the human costs of conflict.

J. Kael Weston spent seven years on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan working for the U.S. State Department in some of the most dangerous frontline locations. Upon his return home, while traveling the country to pay respect to the dead and wounded, he asked himself: When will these wars end? How will they be remembered and memorialized? What lessons can we learn from them?

These are questions with no quick answers, but...

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MAPPING THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL CIVILIZATION
Written by PARAG KHANNA

Format: Hardcover, 496 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 04/19/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98855-0

From the visionary bestselling author of The Second World and How to Run the World comes a bracing and authoritative guide to a future shaped less by national borders than by global supply chains, a world in which the most connected powers—and people—will win.

Connectivity is the most revolutionary force of the twenty-first century. Mankind is reengineering the planet, investing up to ten trillion dollars per year in transportation, energy, and communications infrastructure linking the...

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Written by ANDREW J. BACEVICH

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 04/05/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-39393-4

Retired army colonel and New York Times bestselling author Andrew J. Bacevich provides a searing reassessment of U.S. military policy in the Middle East over the past four decades.

From the end of World War II until 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Andrew J. Bacevich, one of the country’s most respected voices on...

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REVOLUTION, RETREAT AND THE ROAD TO EQUALITY
Written by WANG HUI
Edited by SAUL THOMAS

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 02/16/2016

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68906-6

An examination of the shifts in politics and revolution in China over the last century

What must China do to become truly democratic and equitable? This question animates most progressive debates about this potential superpower, and in China’s Twentieth Century the country’s leading critic, Wang Hui, turns to the past for an answer. Beginning with the birth of modern politics in the 1911 revolution, Wang tracks the initial flourishing of political life, its blossoming in the radical sixties,...

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INVESTIGATING AMERICA'S HOMEGROWN TERRORISTS
Written by PETER BERGEN

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Crown

On Sale: 02/02/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-13954-0

A riveting, panoramic look at “homegrown” Islamist terrorism from 9/11 to the present
 
Since 9/11, more than three hundred Americans—born and raised in Minnesota, Alabama, New Jersey, and elsewhere—have been indicted or convicted of terrorism charges. Some have taken the fight abroad: an American was among those who planned the attacks in Mumbai, and more than eighty U.S. citizens have been charged with ISIS-related crimes. Others have acted on American soil, as with the attacks at Fort...

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THE DEADLIEST THREATS TO OUR HOMELAND--AND HOW TO THWART THEM
Written by MICHAEL MCCAUL

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Crown Forum

On Sale: 01/12/2016

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90541-8

From the Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, a gripping look at the most dangerous and unexpected threats to our national security—and the actions needed to protect us.

America’s inability to foresee the September 11, 2001 attacks was deemed a collective “failure of imagination.”  Our political leaders and intelligence professionals failed to anticipate the wide-ranging and unorthodox threats to the nation’s security.

Nearly a decade and a half later,...

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