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Forcing the Spring

Forcing the Spring

Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality

by Jo Becker

Hardcover, 470 pages, Penguin Group USA, $29.95, published April 22 2014 | purchase
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  • Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality
  • Jo Becker

Draws on interviews and in-depth reporting to present an insider's account of a national civil rights struggle to stop Proposition 8, which removed the right of gay men and women to marry, and the campaign to undermine the Defense of Marriage Act.

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A Fighting Chance

A Fighting Chance

by Elizabeth Warren

Hardcover, 365 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published April 22 2014 | purchase
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  • Elizabeth Warren

The Massachusetts senator chronicles her childhood pursuit of an education and her two-decade career in Washington.

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We Are Not Afraid

We Are Not Afraid

The Story of Goodman, Schwerner, And Chaney, And the Civil Rights Campaign for Mississippi

by Seth Cagin and Philip Dray

Paperback, 500 pages, Perseus Books Group, $17.95, published April 25 2006 | purchase
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  • The Story of Goodman, Schwerner, And Chaney, And the Civil Rights Campaign for Mississippi
  • Seth Cagin and Philip Dray

A new edition of a classic account about the 1964 Mississippi murders of three young civil rights activists by the Ku Klux Klan is updated to include information about the recent prosecution of Edgar Ray Killen and offers insight into the roles played by Robert Kennedy, the Freedom Riders, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Reprint.

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The Divide

The Divide

American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

by Matt Taibbi and Molly Crabapple

Hardcover, 416 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published April 8 2014 | purchase
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  • American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
  • Matt Taibbi and Molly Crabapple

The investigative journalist analyzes the emotionally galvanizing wealth gap in America and how it is transforming the meaning of rights, justice, and basic citizenship.NPR Bestseller

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An Idea Whose Time Has Come

An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964

by Todd S. Purdum

Hardcover, 400 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $30, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • An Idea Whose Time Has Come
  • Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Todd S. Purdum

In a layered narrative, Todd Purdum tells the story of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, recreating the legislative maneuvering and the larger-than-life characters who made its passage possible. From the Kennedy brothers to Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr. to Hubert Humphrey, Purdum shows how these all-too-human figures managed, in just over a year, to create a bill that prompted the longest filibuster in the history of the U.S. Senate, yet was ultimately adopted with overwhelming bipartisan support.

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A Call to Action

A Call to Action

Women, Religion, Violence, and Power

by Jimmy Carter

Hardcover, 211 pages, Simon & Schuster, $28, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Women, Religion, Violence, and Power
  • Jimmy Carter

The former president looks at the suffering, discrimination and abuse suffered by women around the world. NPR Bestseller

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The Unwinding

The Unwinding

An Inner History of the New America

by George Packer

Paperback, 434 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $16, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • An Inner History of the New America
  • George Packer

According to New Yorker writer George Packer, there used to be a kind of understanding among Americans — one in which everyone had a job and a purpose. But that deal has come undone. In The Unwinding, Packer explores what happened. The book is a collection of vignettes and profiles of ordinary and famous American lives, from the son of Southern tobacco farmers to a Silicon Valley billionaire.NPR Bestseller

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The War That Ended Peace

The War That Ended Peace

The Road to 1914

by Margaret MacMillan

Hardcover, 739 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • The Road to 1914
  • Margaret MacMillan

The award-winning author of Paris 1919 presents a narrative portrait of Europe in the years leading up to World War I that illuminates the political, cultural and economic factors and contributing personalities that shaped major events.

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Machine Made

Machine Made

Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics

by Terry Golway

Hardcover, 400 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $27.95, published March 3 2014 | purchase
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  • Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics
  • Terry Golway

A journalist and expert on the Irish-American experience presents a revisionist history of New York's notoriously crooked political machine.

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Falling in Love With America Again

Falling in Love With America Again

by Jim Demint and The Heritage Foundation

Hardcover, 304 pages, Grand Central Pub, $25, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Jim Demint and The Heritage Foundation

The president and CEO of the conservative think tank, The Heritage Foundation, urges Americans to reignite their patriotism and change the current course of the country by investing in a smaller organizations and moving away from top-down centrally-controlled bureaucracies. 50,000 first printing.

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Things That Matter

Things That Matter

Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

by Charles Krauthammer

Hardcover, 387 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics
  • Charles Krauthammer

The Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist presents a collection of his essays on what he believes renders the "American experiment" vibrant and special, exploring topics ranging from health care and space exploration to religion and baseball.NPR Bestseller

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HRC

HRC

State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes

Hardcover, 440 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published February 11 2014 | purchase
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  • State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton
  • Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes

Chronicles the return of Hillary Clinton from her primary defeat and achievements as Secretary of State through her consideration as a presidential candidate for the 2016 election, covering such topics as her decision to join the 44th President's cabinet and her relationship with Obama.NPR Bestseller

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Dark Invasion

Dark Invasion

1915: Germany's Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America

by Howard Blum

Hardcover, 474 pages, HarperCollins, $27.99, published February 11 2014 | purchase
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  • 1915: Germany's Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America
  • Howard Blum

A true-life tale of espionage and terror on American soil during World War I, this book follows New York Police Inspector Tom Tunney's search for a team of German saboteurs who were planning a series of "accidents" using explosives and biological weapons.

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The Climate Casino

The Climate Casino

Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World

by William Nordhaus

Hardcover, 378 pages, Yale Univ Pr, $30, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World
  • William Nordhaus

Presents an analysis of the economics and politics of the central environmental issue and discusses the steps necessary to reduce the perils of global warming.

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The Loudest Voice in the Room

The Loudest Voice In The Room

How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News — And Divided a Country

by Gabriel Sherman

Hardcover, 538 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published January 14 2014 | purchase
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  • The Loudest Voice In The Room
  • How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News — And Divided a Country
  • Gabriel Sherman

Gabriel Sherman tells the story of Fox News, including its launch Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch, Ailes's campaign-like management style and the ways in which Fox has become a dominant and lucrative force in American politics.

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The Dispensable Nation

The Dispensable Nation

American Foreign Policy in Retreat

by Vali Nasr

Paperback, 300 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published January 14 2014 | purchase
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  • American Foreign Policy in Retreat
  • Vali Nasr

The former State Department adviser for Afghanistan and Pakistan offers a reassessment of American foreign policy, offering his advice for directing our country away from failing relations in the Middle East and towards more productive partnerships with other foreign allies. He critiques the executive branch for looking to the military and intelligence agencies for approaches to problems in Afghanistan and elsewhere, rather than working with civilians to find political solutions.

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Love & War

Love & War

Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters & One Louisiana Home

by James Carville and Mary Matalin

Hardcover, 336 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • Love & War
  • Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters & One Louisiana Home
  • James Carville and Mary Matalin

The politically mismatched authors trace the last twenty years of their relationship in the aftermath of the 1992 presidential campaign, sharing insights into their place in the political life of Washington and their 2008 decision to move their family toNew Orleans.

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Words Will Break Cement

Words Will Break Cement

The Passion of Pussy Riot

by Masha Gessen

Paperback, 256 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published January 8 2014 | purchase
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  • The Passion of Pussy Riot
  • Masha Gessen

On February 21, 2012, five young women entered the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow and performed a "punk prayer" beseeching the "Mother of God" to "get rid of Putin." They were quickly shut down, arrested and tried. Two were sentenced to a remote prison colony. Journalist Masha Gessen tells their story through interviews with the band members, their families and their associates.

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The Insurgents

The Insurgents

David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War

by Fred Kaplan

Paperback, 418 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War
  • Fred Kaplan

Based on secret documents, private emails and interviews, The Insurgents is the inside story of the small group of soldier-scholars, led by Gen. David Petraeus, who plotted to revolutionize the Army. Their aim was to build an Army that could fight a new kind of post-Cold War battle in cities and villages, against insurgents and terrorists.

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The Burglary

The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI

by Betty Medsger

Hardcover, 596 pages, Random House Inc, $29.95, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI
  • Betty Medsger

An account of the lesser-known story of the 1971 break-in of the FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania, by a group of unlikely activists cites their roles in triggering major changes in the FBI and confirming that J. Edgar Hoover had run a personal shadow FBI.

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Those Angry Days

Those Angry Days

Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight over World War II, 1939-1941

by Lynne Olson

Hardcover, 548 pages, Random House Inc, $18, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Those Angry Days
  • Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight over World War II, 1939-1941
  • Lynne Olson

Lynne Olson traces the crisis period leading up to America entering World War II, describing the nation's polarized interventionist and isolationist factions as represented by the government, in the press and on the streets.NPR Bestseller

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The Skies Belong to Us

The Skies Belong to Us

Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking

by Brendan I. Koerner

Hardcover, 318 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published June 18 2013 | purchase
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  • Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking
  • Brendan I. Koerner

Brendan Koerner documents the 1972 story behind the longest-distance hijacking in U.S. history, tracing the events of the hijacking against a backdrop of civil unrest and the skyjacking wave of the early 1970s.

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