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THE WEEK POLITICS WENT TABLOID
Written by MATT BAI

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 09/15/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-47468-1

An NPR Best Book of the Year

In May 1987, Colorado Senator Gary Hart—a dashing, reform-minded Democrat—seemed a lock for the party’s presidential nomination and led George H. W. Bush by double digits in the polls. Then, in one tumultuous week, rumors of marital infidelity and a newspaper’s stakeout of Hart’s home resulted in a media frenzy the likes of which had never been seen before. 
 
Through the spellbindingly reported story of the Senator’s fall from grace, Matt Bai, Yahoo News columnist...

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ART AND ACTIVISM IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Written by NATO THOMPSON

Format: Hardcover, 176 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 08/18/2015

Price: $23.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19044-0

A significant meditation on political art and the politics of art by the country’s most celebrated young curator

A fog of information and images has flooded the world: from advertising, television, radio, and film to the information glut produced by the new economy. With the rise of social networking, even our contemporaries, peers, and friends are all suddenly selling us the ultimate product: themselves.

Here curator and critic Nato Thompson interrogates the implications of these developments...

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COMMITTEE STUDY OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY'S DETENTION AND INTERROGATION PROGRAM

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 12/30/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19485-1

One of the most significant government reports in American history, this is the complete official summary report of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Central Intelligence Agency’s interrogation and detention programs launched in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Based on over six million internal CIA documents as well as numerous interviews, the report details secret prisons, prisoner deaths, and interrogation practices that have led many to call it “The Torture Report.”...

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THE MANY FACES OF ANONYMOUS
Written by GABRIELLA COLEMAN

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 11/04/2014

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68583-9

Here is the ultimate book on the worldwide movement of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the non-name Anonymous, by the writer the Huffington Post says “knows all of Anonymous’ deepest, darkest secrets.”

Half a dozen years ago, anthropologist Gabriella Coleman set out to study the rise of this global phenomenon just as some of its members were turning to political protest and dangerous disruption (before Anonymous shot to fame as a key player in the battles over...

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CONFESSIONS OF AN AMERICAN DISSIDENT
Written by BILL AYERS

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 09/09/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-06110-7

Labeled a “domestic terrorist” by the McCain campaign in 2008 and used by the radical right in an attempt to castigate Obama for “pallin’ around with terrorists,” Bill Ayers is in fact a dedicated teacher, father, and social justice advocate with a sharp memory and even sharper wit.  Public Enemy tells his story from the moment he and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, emerged from years on the run and rebuilt their lives as public figures, often celebrated for their community work and much hated...

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THE EGYPTIAN POPULAR INSURRECTION AND THE INTERNET
Written by LINDA HERRERA

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 05/20/2014

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68275-3

Egypt's January 25 revolution was triggered by a Facebook page and played out both in virtual spaces and the streets. Social media serves as a space of liberation, but it also functions as an arena where competing forces vie over the minds of the young as they battle over ideas as important as the nature of freedom and the place of the rising generation in the political order. This book provides piercing insights into the ongoing struggles between people and power in the digital age.

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HOW THE BRILLIANT, BOMBASTIC ROGER AILES BUILT FOX NEWS--AND DIVIDED A COUNTRY
Written by GABRIEL SHERMAN

Format: Hardcover, 560 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 01/14/2014

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99285-4

A deeply reported journey inside the secretive world of Fox News and the life of its combative, visionary founder.
 
When Rupert Murdoch enlisted Roger Ailes to launch a cable news network in 1996, American politics and media changed forever. Now, with a remarkable level of detail and insight, New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman brings Ailes’s unique genius to life, along with the outsize personalities–Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Glenn Beck, Mike...

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SURVEILLANCE, PRIVACY, AND THE DARK SIDE OF THE INTERNET
Written by RONALD J. DEIBERT

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Signal

On Sale: 11/19/2013

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-771-02535-8

In Black Code, Ronald J. Deibert, a leading expert on digital technology, security, and human rights, lifts the lid on cyberspace and shows what’s at stake for Internet users and citizens.

As cyberspace develops in unprecedented ways, powerful agents are scrambling for control. Predatory cyber criminal gangs such as Koobface have made social media their stalking ground. The discovery of Stuxnet, a computer worm reportedly developed by Israel and the United States and aimed at Iran’s nuclear...

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THE NEED FOR KNOWLEDGE-BASED JOURNALISM
Written by THOMAS E. PATTERSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/08/2013

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80660-4

As the journalist Walter Lippmann noted nearly a century ago, democracy falters “if there is no steady supply of trustworthy and relevant news.” Today’s journalists are not providing it. Too often, reporters give equal weight to facts and biased opinion, stir up small controversies, and substitute infotainment for real news. Even when they get the facts rights, they often misjudge the context in which they belong.

Information is the lifeblood of a healthy democracy. Public opinion and debate...

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FEARLESS SPEECH IN FATEFUL TIMES; THE TOP CENSORED STORIES AND MEDIA ANALYSIS OF 2012-13

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 10/08/2013

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80494-7

Every year since 1976, Project Censored, our nation’s oldest news-monitoring group–a university-wide project at Sonoma State University founded by Carl Jensen, directed for many years by Peter Phillips, and now under the leadership of Mickey Huff–has produced a Top-25 list of underreported news stories and a book, Censored, dedicated to the stories that ought to be top features on the nightly news, but that are missing because of media bias and self-censorship. 

Beyond the Top-25 stories,...

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A HISTORY OF ICONIC AD COUNCIL CAMPAIGNS
Written by WENDY MELILLO

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 09/10/2013

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-1-588-34393-2

How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America: A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns details how public service advertising campaigns became part of our national conversation and changed us as a society. The Ad Council began during World War II as a propaganda arm of President Roosevelt’s administration to preserve its business interests. Happily for the ad industry, it was a double play: the government got top-notch work; the industry got an insider relationship that proved useful...

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INSIDE THE BATTLE FOR CYBERSPACE
Written by RONALD J. DEIBERT

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Signal

On Sale: 05/21/2013

Price: $29.99

ISBN: 978-0-771-02533-4

Cyberspace is all around us. We depend on it for everything we do. We have reengineered our business, governance, and social relations around a planetary network unlike any before it. But there are dangers looming, and malign forces are threatening to transform this extraordinary domain.

In Black Code, Ronald J. Deibert, a leading expert on digital technology, security, and human rights, lifts the lid on cyberspace and shows what’s at stake for Internet users and citizens. As cyberspace...

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