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It's Complicated

It's Complicated

The Social Lives of Networked Teens

by Danah Boyd

Hardcover, 281 pages, Yale Univ Pr, $25, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • The Social Lives of Networked Teens
  • Danah Boyd

Surveys the online social habits of American teens and analyzes the role technology and social media plays in their lives, examining common misconceptions about such topics as identity, privacy, danger, and bullying.

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Dragnet Nation

Dragnet Nation

A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance

by Julia Angwin

Hardcover, 289 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Dragnet Nation
  • A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance
  • Julia Angwin

An investigative journalist offers a revealing look at the surveillance economy in America that captures what citizens actions online and off, putting individual freedoms at risk and discusses results from a number of experiments she conducted to try and protect herself.

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Anything That Moves

Anything That Moves

Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture

by Dana Goodyear

Hardcover, 336 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published November 14 2013 | purchase
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  • Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters, and the Making of a New American Food Culture
  • Dana Goodyear

A New Yorker staff writer presents a narrative assessment of the American food world's extremes that considers how new animals, animal parts and trend ingredients are reshaping what we eat. Anything That Moves shares behind-the-scenes revelations about an intricate network of scavengers, dealers and pitchmen who are introducing exotic elements into the culinary marketplace.

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Cybersecurity and Cyberwar

Cybersecurity And Cyberwar

What Everyone Needs to Know

by P. W. Singer and Allan Friedman

Paperback, 306 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $16.95, published January 3 2014 | purchase
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  • What Everyone Needs to Know
  • P. W. Singer and Allan Friedman

This authoritative, single-volume introduction to cybersecurity addresses topics ranging from phishing and electrical grid takedowns to cybercrime and online freedom.

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Kill Anything That Moves

Kill Anything That Moves

The Real American War in Vietnam

by Nick Turse

Paperback, 376 pages, St Martins Pr, $17, published December 31 2013 | purchase
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  • The Real American War in Vietnam
  • Nick Turse

On March 16, 1968, between 347 and 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians were gunned down by members of the U.S. Army in what became known as the My Lai Massacre. The U.S. government has maintained that atrocities like this were isolated incidents, but Nick Turse argues that the intentional killing of civilians during the Vietnam War was quite common.

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On the Map

On The Map

A Mind-Expanding Exploration Of The Way The World Looks

by Simon Garfield

Hardcover, 464 pages, Gotham, $27.50, published December 27 2012 | purchase
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  • A Mind-Expanding Exploration Of The Way The World Looks
  • Simon Garfield

Journalist Simon Garfield takes us from the earliest maps — scratchings on rocks dating back over 10,000 years — through medieval European maps — with Jerusalem always in the middle — right up to the maps that guide us with voices from our smartphones and GPS trackers. All the while, he examines the pivotal relationship between mapping and civilization, demonstrating the unique ways that maps relate and realign history.

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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

A Biography

by Walter Isaacson

Paperback, 631 pages, Simon & Schuster, $20, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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  • A Biography
  • Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson delves into the computer visionary's personal life and professional legacy — from learning the art of good craftsmanship as a kid to becoming a notoriously demanding boss to fighting the cancer that eventually killed him.NPR Bestseller

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Average Is over

Average Is Over

Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation

by Tyler Cowen

Hardcover, 290 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published September 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Average Is Over
  • Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation
  • Tyler Cowen

Describes the post-recession job market that is erasing the middle range, leaving only high-earning jobs that utilize machine intelligence and data analysis and low-earning jobs for those who are not learning and adopting the new technologies.

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The Internet Police

The Internet Police

How Crime Went Online-and the Cops Followed

by Nate Anderson

Hardcover, 300 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $26.95, published August 19 2013 | purchase
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  • The Internet Police
  • How Crime Went Online-and the Cops Followed
  • Nate Anderson

Nate Anderson describes how authorities in Australia, Belgium, Ukraine and the United States combined forces to respond to a child pornography ring, and how other criminal sting operations have been policed and patrolled online.

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Smart Cities

Smart Cities

Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia

by Anthony Townsend

Hardcover, 400 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $28.95, published October 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia
  • Anthony Townsend

Urbanist and technology expert Anthony Townsend takes a broad, historical look at the forces that have shaped the planning and design of cities and information technologies.

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Rewire

Rewire

Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection

by Ethan Zuckerman

Hardcover, 312 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $26.95, published June 17 2013 | purchase
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  • Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection
  • Ethan Zuckerman

Discusses the challenges that still need to be met to achieve a truly online global experience, including needed advances in language translation and cross-cultural inspiration which will lead to increased connectivity between people.

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Twinkie, Deconstructed

Twinkie, Deconstructed

My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated into What into What America Eats

by Steve Ettlinger

Paperback, 282 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published February 26 2008 | purchase
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  • My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated into What into What America Eats
  • Steve Ettlinger

Ettlinger spent five years investigating the sources of processed food ingredients. He reveals the unexpected ways in which chemicals and other non-food raw materials are manufactured into common brand consumables.

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Cows Save the Planet

Cows Save the Planet

And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth

by Judith D. Schwartz and Gretel Ehrlich

Paperback, 220 pages, Chelsea Green Pub Co, $17.95, published May 20 2013 | purchase
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  • And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth
  • Judith D. Schwartz and Gretel Ehrlich

This book explains the role of soil in ecology and the economy, and reveals how treating soil in an environmentally sensitive way can bring about positive changes with respect to climate change, biodiversity loss, obesity, and other crises.

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The Savior Generals

The Savior Generals

How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost-From Ancient Greece to Iraq

by Victor Davis Hanson

Hardcover, 305 pages, St Martins Pr, $28, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost-From Ancient Greece to Iraq
  • Victor Davis Hanson

Traces the stories of Themistocles, Belisarius, William Tecumseh Sherman, Matthew Ridgway, and David Petraeus, evaluating their pivotal military roles and the controversies that marked their careers.

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Spam

Spam

A Shadow History of the Internet

by Finn Brunton

Hardcover, 270 pages, Mit Pr, $27.95, published March 29 2013 | purchase
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  • A Shadow History of the Internet
  • Finn Brunton

Spam emails — those commonplace nuisances in inboxes around the world — are a surprisingly complex phenomenon, part of a global criminal infrastructure in which we are all, unwittingly, entangled.

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Present Shock

Present Shock

When Everything Happens Now

by Douglas Rushkoff

Hardcover, 296 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published March 21 2013 | purchase
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  • When Everything Happens Now
  • Douglas Rushkoff

The author of Life, Inc. examines the pros and cons of today's digitally driven, real-time world, explaining how to safeguard against the vulnerabilities of instant-experience media while maximizing its benefits.

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Big Data

Big Data

A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think

by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier

Hardcover, 242 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think
  • Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier

This revelatory exploration of big data, which refers to our newfound ability to crunch vast amounts of information, analyze it instantly and draw profound and surprising conclusions from it, discusses how it will change our lives and what we can do to protect ourselves from its hazards.

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To Save Everything, Click Here

To Save Everything, Click Here

The Folly of Technological Solutionism

by Evgeny Morozov

Hardcover, 415 pages, Perseus Books Group, $28.99, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • The Folly of Technological Solutionism
  • Evgeny Morozov

Arguing that technology is changing the way we understand human society, the award-winning author of The Net Delusion discusses how the disciplines of politics, culture, public debate, morality and humanism will be affected when we delegate much of the responsibility for them to technology.

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Netflixed

Netflixed

The Epic Battle for America's Eyeballs

by Gina Keating

Hardcover, 286 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published October 11 2012 | purchase
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  • The Epic Battle for America's Eyeballs
  • Gina Keating

In Netflixed, Gina Keating traces Netflix's rise throughout a decade-long war against Blockbuster. Keating analyzes its polarizing founders while evaluating how the company has become subject to competition with and marketing by cable companies and telecoms.

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Distant Witness

Social Media, the Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution

by Andy Carvin

Paperback, 310, CUNY Journalism Press, , published January 25 2113 | purchase
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  • Social Media, the Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution
  • Andy Carvin

Andy Carvin had unusual access to the people and events of the Arab Spring: from NPR headquarters in DC, he built a highly active twitter community of revolutionaries, witnesses and reporters. In this blend of memoir and history, he shares stories of the Arab Spring while exploring the benefits and difficulties of reporting from a distance.

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