Recounts the attempt to restructure the New York Public Library in order to close and sell multiple branch locations, detailing the public outcry over the potential loss of one of the foremost public research facilities in the country.
In this armchair spy story brought to life, the author, a young American amateur and covert double agent who helped the FBI bust a Russian spy in New York, shares his story of how a post-college adventure became a real-life U.S. counter-intelligence coup.
A former U.S. Treasury secretary and CEO of Goldman Sachs takes the reader behind closed doors to witness the creation and evolution of China's state-controlled capitalism.
This collection of Adler's nonfiction draws on her early essays, reporting, and criticism, which describe the major crises and hopeful turmoil of the 1960s, and more recent pieces concerned with, in her words, "misrepresentation, coercion, and abuse of public process, and the journalist's role in it."
A personal account by the sight-impaired Chinese activist who defected to America in 2012 describes his disadvantaged childhood, the illness that cost him his sight and his advocacy of the poor.
Traces the lives of the two immigrant brothers responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing, describing the tension between assimilation and alienation that resulted in a split in identity and gave them a deadly sense of mission.
This account of the decade-long battle between the FBI and America's revolutionary counterculture documents traces the stories of such groups as the Weathermen and the Black Liberation Army.
"January, 2015 will mark a century of the war on drugs in the United States: one hundred years since the first arrests under the Harrison Act. Facing down this anniversary, Johann Hari was witnessing a close relative and an ex-boyfriend bottoming out on cocaine and heroin. But what was the big picture in the war on drugs? Why does it continue, when most people now think it has failed? The reporter set out on a two-year, 20,000-mile journey through the theater of this war—to find out how it began, how ithas affected people around the world, and how we can move beyond it. Chasing the Scream is fueled by dramatic personal stories of the people he meets along the way: A transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn who wanted to know who killed her mother, and a mother in Mexico who spent years tracking her daughter's murderer across the desert. A child smuggled out of the Jewish ghetto during the Holocaust who helped unlock the scientific secrets of addiction. A doctor who pushed the decriminalization in Portugal of all drugs - from cannabis to crack. The title itself comes from a formative story of Harry Anslinger, first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, sent as a boy to the pharmacy for a neighbor screaming in withdrawal — an experience which ledhim to fear drugs without regard to context. Always we come back to the front lines in the U.S., where we instigated the war and exported it around the globe, but where change is also coming. Powerful, propulsive, and persuasive, Chasing the Scream is the page-turning story of a century-long mistake, which shows us the way to a more humane future"—
The editor of the award-winning White Flight reveals the role of mid-20th-century corporate titans and evangelical activists in systematically creating the pervasive myth that America has always been a fundamentally Christian nation.
Rose's remarkable account follows the journey of Robert Fortune, a Scottish gardener, who was deployed by the British East India Company to steal China's tea secrets in 1848. This thrilling narrative combines history, geography, and old-fashioned adventure.
The author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist offers essays that discuss the similarities and differences in everyday living between the three countries he was able to call home at different periods of his life: America, Pakistan and England.
A follow up to Debt: The First 5,000 Years presents a tour through ancient and modern history to trace the evolution of bureaucracy while assessing the efficiencies and casualties of its practices in the modern world.
A civil rights scholar describes the life of the controversial, charismatic black activist who abandoned advocating for nonviolent protest measures and began calling for "Black Power," which urged African Americans to fight for freedom and their rights through any means necessary.