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AMERICAN LAW AND THE NEW GLOBAL REALITIES
Written by STEPHEN BREYER

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/15/2015

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-94619-0

In this original, far-reaching, and timely book, Justice Stephen Breyer examines the work of the Supreme Court of the United States in an increasingly interconnected world, a world in which all sorts of activity, both public and private—from the conduct of national security policy to the conduct of international trade—obliges the Court to understand and consider circumstances beyond America’s borders. 

It is a world of instant communications, lightning-fast commerce, and shared problems (like...

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A STORY OF JUSTICE AND REDEMPTION
Written by BRYAN STEVENSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 08/18/2015

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98496-5

New York Times Bestseller | Named one of the Best Books of the Year byThe New York Times • The Washington Post • The Boston Globe • The Seattle Times • Esquire • Time
 
Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction | Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction | Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award | Winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize | Finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize | Finalist for the Kirkus Reviews Prize | An American Library Association Notable Book 

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TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF FIGHTING FOR EQUALITY, SECULARISM, AND FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE
Written by BARRY LYNN

Format: Trade Paperback, 334 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 08/04/2015

Price: $19.00

ISBN: 978-1-633-88024-5

A central player in every major church-state-separation battle for decades, the Rev. Barry W. Lynn understands the complexities of this divisive issue like few others. As a long-time activist, a civil rights lawyer, and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he offers a unique perspective and a wealth of experience on church-state controversies. In this lively book, he has compiled his writings from various sources to explore in depth the many ways religious extremists have...

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A HISTORY OF THE MOVEMENT FROM STONEWALL TO SLUTWALK
Written by MELINDA CHATEAUVERT

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 03/10/2015

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-06123-7

Documenting five decades of sex-worker activism, Sex Workers Unite is a fresh history that places prostitutes, hustlers, escorts, call girls, strippers, and porn stars in the center of America’s major civil rights struggles. Although their presence has largely been ignored and obscured, in this provocative history Melinda Chateauvert recasts sex workers as savvy political organizers—not as helpless victims in need of rescue.
 
Even before transgender sex worker Sylvia Rivera threw a brick and...

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A STORY OF JUSTICE AND REDEMPTION
Written by BRYAN STEVENSON

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

On Sale: 10/21/2014

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99452-0

Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
Winner of the NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Literary Work - Nonfiction)
Winner of the Carla Furstenberg Cohen Literary Prize (Nonfiction)
Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize (Current Interest)
Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

Selected for common reading at:

High Schools:
Boston College High School
The Browning School
 
Colleges/Universities:
Auburn University
Carthage College
Colorado College
Loyola...

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HIDDEN TRUTHS ABOUT THE MURDER OF MATTHEW SHEPARD
Written by STEPHEN JIMENEZ

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Steerforth

On Sale: 09/16/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-586-42226-4

Late on the night of October 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a twenty-one-year-old gay college student, left a bar in Laramie, Wyoming with two alleged “strangers,” Aaron McKin­ney and Russell Henderson. Eighteen hours later, Matthew was found tied to a log fence on the outskirts of town, unconscious and barely alive. He had been pistol-whipped so severely that the mountain biker who discovered his battered frame mistook him for a Halloween scarecrow. Overnight, a politically expedient myth took...

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STORIES FROM THE HISTORY OF THE SUPREME COURT
Written by SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 02/25/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98432-3

“I called this book Out of Order because it reflects my goal, which is to share a different side of the Supreme Court. Most people know the Court only as it exists between bangs of the gavel, when the Court comes to order to hear arguments or give opinions. But the stories of the Court and the Justices that come from the ‘out of order’ moments add to the richness of the Court as both a branch of our government and a human institution.”—Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

From Justice Sandra Day...

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THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE AND THE SUPREME COURT
Written by JEFFREY TOOBIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 06/04/2013

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-39071-4

A Washington Post Notable Work of Nonfiction

From the moment Chief Justice Roberts botched Barack Obama's oath of office, the relationship between the Court and the White House has been a fraught one. Grappling with issues as diverse as campaign finance, abortion, and the right to bear arms, the Roberts court has put itself squarely at the center of American political life. Jeffrey Toobin brilliantly portrays key personalities and cases and shows how the President was fatally slow to realize...

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STORIES FROM THE HISTORY OF THE SUPREME COURT
Written by SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 03/05/2013

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99392-9

“I called this book Out of Order because it reflects my goal, which is to share a different side of the Supreme Court. Most people know the Court only as it exists between bangs of the gavel, when the Court comes to order to hear arguments or give opinions. But the stories of the Court and the Justices that come from the ‘out of order’ moments add to the richness of the Court as both a branch of our government and a human institution.”—Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

From Justice Sandra Day...

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EVENTS OF 2012
Written by HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
Introduction by KENNETH ROTH

Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 02/19/2013

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-1-609-80482-4

In the aftermath of 2011’s Arab Spring uprisings, unexpected new challenges and imperatives of building rights-respecting democracies appeared in their wake. Human Rights Watch’s 23rd annual World Report explores these new challenges and summarizes human rights conditions and practices in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide, reflecting extensive investigative work by Human Rights Watch staff.

Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2013 is the global rights watchdog’s flagship annual...

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HOW BUSH AND CHENEY ATTACKED THE RULE OF LAW AND PLOTTED TO AVOID PROSECUTION- AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 02/05/2013

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-00338-1

Holtzman and Cooper reveal how the Bush-Cheney administration broke the law–and why and how the people can bring them to justice.

Deceiving Congress about the war in Iraq, illegal wire-tapping, and torture are only a few of the ways that the Bush-Cheney administration transgressed the law. Yet, they remain unindicted for these and other offenses. This book details how they got away with it, and how they can be held accountable.

“Elizabeth Holtzman, who helped bring President Nixon to justice...

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THE STORY OF AN AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY THAT ENDED THE ERA OF SCHOOL DESEGREGATION
Written by SARAH GARLAND

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 01/29/2013

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-00177-6

In 2007, a court case originally filed in Louisville, Kentucky, was argued before the Supreme Court and officially ended the era of school desegregation– both changing how schools across America handle race and undermining the most important civil rights cases of the last century. Of course, this wasn’t the first federal lawsuit to challenge school desegregation. But it was the first–and only–one brought by African Americans. In Divided We Fail, journalist Sarah Garland deftly and...

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