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TRANSFORMING NATIONS, BUSINESSES, AND OUR LIVES

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/04/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-94705-5

In the next decade, five billion new people will come online, posing for our world a host of new opportunities—and dangers. Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen traveled to thirty-five countries, including some of the world’s most volatile regions and met with political leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists to learn firsthand about the challenges they face. Packed with fascinating ideas, informed predictions, and prescient warnings, The New Digital Age tackles some of the toughest questions...

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THE NEXT ECONOMY AND AMERICA'S FUTURE
Written by ROBERT B. REICH

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 09/24/2013

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80722-9

Updated and With a New Introduction

When the nation’s economy foundered in 2008, blame was directed almost universally at Wall Street bankers. But Robert B. Reich, one of our most experienced and trusted voices on public policy, suggests another reason for the meltdown. Our real problem, he argues, lies in the increasing concentration of income at the top, robbing the vast middle class of the purchasing power it needs to keep the economy going. This thoughtful and detailed account of the...

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A MURDER CASE GONE WRONG
Written by RAYMOND BONNER

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/08/2013

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-94854-0

Finalist for the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award

From Pulitzer Prize winner Raymond Bonner, the gripping story of a grievously mishandled murder case that put a twenty-three-year-old man on death row.

In January 1982, an elderly white widow was found brutally murdered in the small town of Greenwood, South Carolina. Police immediately arrested Edward Lee Elmore, a semiliterate, mentally retarded black man with no previous felony record. His only connection to the victim was...

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THE STORIES AMERICANS TELL THEIR PRESIDENT
Written by ELI SASLOW

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 08/07/2012

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-74255-1

In this inspiring and powerful look at the issues facing Americans today, reporter Eli Saslow creates vivid portraits of the lives of ten citizens who corresponded with President Obama. Their letters, and the president’s handwritten responses, tell of the personal struggles behind everything from healthcare to immigration to war. One mother writes to express her fears about the wellbeing of a son currently deployed in Afghanistan. A young girl in Kentucky shares her frustrations while...

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Written by DAVE EGGERS

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/15/2010

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-38794-3

A New York Times Notable Book
An O, The Oprah Magazine Terrific Read of the Year
A Huffington Post Best Book of the Year
A New Yorker Favorite Book of the Year
A Chicago Tribune Favorite Nonfiction Book of the Year
A Kansas City Star Best Book of the Year
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year
An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Decade

The true story of one family, caught between America’s two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane...

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FOR GOOGLE'S 10TH BIRTHDAY
Written by DAVID A. VISE

Format: Trade Paperback, 360 pages

Publisher: Delta

On Sale: 09/23/2008

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-34273-5

Moscow-born Sergey Brin and Midwest-born Larry Page dropped out of graduate school at Stanford University to, in their own words, "change the world" through a powerful search engine that would organize every bit of information on the Web for free. The Google Story takes you deep inside the company's wild ride from an idea that struggled for funding in 1998 to a firm that rakes in billions in profits, making Brin and Page the wealthiest young men in America. Based on scrupulous research and...

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DISPATCHES FROM AMERICA'S CULTURE WAR
Written by CORA DANIELS

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 09/09/2008

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-767-92240-1

Cora Daniels takes on one of the most explosive issues in our country today in this thoughtful critique of America’s embrace of a ghetto persona that demeans women, devalues education, celebrates the worst African American stereotypes, and contributes to the destruction of civil peace. Her investigation exposes the central role of corporate America in exploiting the idea of ghetto-ness as a hip cultural idiom, despite its disturbing ramifications, as a means of making money. She showcases...

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HURRICANE KATRINA AND THE NEAR DEATH OF A GREAT AMERICAN CITY
Written by JED HORNE

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 07/15/2008

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97650-2

Hurricane Katrina shredded one of the great cities of the South, and as levees failed and the federal relief effort proved lethally incompetent, a natural disaster became a man-made catastrophe. As an editor of New Orleans’ daily newspaper, the Pulitzer Prize—winning Times-Picayune, Jed Horne has had a front-row seat to the unfolding drama of the city’s collapse into chaos and its continuing struggle to survive.

As the Big One bore down, New Orleanians rich and poor, black and white, lurched...

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THE REDEMPTION OF CRIMINAL YOUTH
Written by JOHN HUBNER

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 04/29/2008

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-75998-7

A powerful, bracing, and deeply spiritual look at intensely troubled youth, Last Chance In Texas gives a stirring account of the way one remarkable prison rehabilitates its inmates.

While reporting on the juvenile court system, journalist John Hubner kept hearing about a facility in Texas that ran the most aggressive--and one of the most successful--treatment programs for violent young offenders in America. How was it possible, he wondered, that a state like Texas, famed for its hardcore...

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THOUGHTS ON RECLAIMING THE AMERICAN DREAM
Written by BARACK OBAMA

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 11/06/2007

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-23770-5

Echoing themes he sounded in his extraordinary keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Senator Barack Obama speaks in this book to Americans of all stripes who are weary of U.S. politics today, and who long for something rooted in the faith and decency of the American Dream.

In The Audacity of Hope he draws on his experience as a senator and lawyer, a professor and father, a Christian and a skeptic, to illuminate the greatness of America’s original ideals—and to remind us...

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THE RISE, FALL, AND REDEMPTION OF THE BLACK ATHLETE
Written by WILLIAM C. RHODEN

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 07/24/2007

Price: $14.99

ISBN: 978-0-307-35314-6

From Jackie Robinson to Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe, African American athletes have been at the center of modern culture, their on-the-field heroics admired and stratospheric earnings envied. But for all their money, fame, and achievement, says New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden, black athletes still find themselves on the periphery of true power in the multibillion-dollar industry their talent built.

Provocative and controversial, Rhoden’s $40 Million Slaves weaves a compelling...

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THE STORY OF A BOY'S DANGEROUS ODYSSEY TO REUNITE WITH HIS MOTHER
Written by SONIA NAZARIO

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 01/02/2007

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97178-1

Enrique's Journey has been adopted for freshman year reading/common reading programs at:

Colleges and Universities:


   • Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
   • Indiana University, Kokomo, IN
   • College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, OH
   • University of Missouri, Kansas City
   • Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
   • Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA
   • Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO
   • Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
   • Southwestern College,...

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WHY SOME IDEAS SURVIVE AND OTHERS DIE
Written by CHIP HEATH, DAN HEATH

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 01/02/2007

Price: $27.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-06428-1

Updated, with a New Chapter

Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas–business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others–struggle to make their ideas “stick.”

Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? In...

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THE RESTORATION OF APARTHEID SCHOOLING IN AMERICA
Written by JONATHAN KOZOL

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 08/01/2006

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-05245-5

"The Shame of the Nation is a national wake-up call.... It should be required reading."--Marian Wright Edelman, CEO and Founder, Children's Defense Fund

Over the last 15 years, the state of inner-city public schools has been in a steep and continuing decline. Since the federal courts began dismantling the landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, segregation of black children has reverted to its highest level since 1968. In many inner-city schools, a stick-and-carrot method of...

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INVISIBLE IN AMERICA
Written by DAVID K. SHIPLER

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/04/2005

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-70821-3

Most of the people I write about in this book do not have the luxury of rage. They are caught in exhausting struggles. Their wages do not lift them far enough from poverty to improve their lives, and their lives, in turn, hold them back. The term by which they are usually described, ‘working poor,’ should be an oxymoron. Nobody who works hard should be poor in America.” —from the Introduction

From the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Arab and Jew, a new book that presents a searing,...

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A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE
Written by BARACK OBAMA

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 08/10/2004

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-08277-3

Selected for Common Reading at LaGuardia Community College, Quinnipiac University, Southern Methodist University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Washington, Xavier University of Louisiana, and others.

In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns...

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