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Team of Rivals

Team Of Rivals

The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Paperback, 916 pages, Simon & Schuster, $21, published October 16 2006 | purchase
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  • The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin

An analysis of Abraham Lincoln's political talents identifies the strengths and abilities that enabled his election and describes how he used those same abilities to rally former opponents to win the Civil War.NPR Bestseller

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In the Garden of Beasts

In The Garden Of Beasts

Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

by Erik Larson

Paperback, 448 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
  • Erik Larson

The best-selling author of Devil in the White City documents the efforts of William E. Dodd, the first American ambassador to Hitler's Germany, to acclimate to a residence in an increasingly violent city where he is forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursues a relationship with Gestapo chief Rudolf Diels. NPR Bestseller

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The Swerve

The Swerve

How the World Became Modern

by Stephen Greenblatt

Paperback, 356 pages, W. W. Norton & Co., Inc., $16.95, published September 4 2012 | purchase
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  • How the World Became Modern
  • Stephen Greenblatt

A humanities professor describes the impact of the translation of the last remaining manuscript of On the Nature of Things by Roman philosopher Lucretius, which fueled the Renaissance and inspired artists, great thinkers and scientists.NPR Bestseller, Literary Award Winner

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God's Jury

God's Jury

The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World

by Cullen Murphy

Paperback, 310 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.95, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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  • The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World
  • Cullen Murphy

The acclaimed author of Are We Rome? reveals how the sentiments of the Inquisition are thriving and influential in today's world, tracing the history of the Inquisition's legacy through a series of diverse stories that lead to such modern incarnations as Vatican edicts, the Third Reich and Guantánamo's detention camps.

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The World Until Yesterday

The World Until Yesterday

What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?

by Jared Diamond

Paperback, 499 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published October 29 2013 | purchase
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  • What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?
  • Jared Diamond

Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond has spent nearly 50 years studying cultures in Papua New Guinea. Now, he collects his decades of fieldwork to argue that traditional societies still have much to teach us on a wide spectrum of topics — from ways to eat and stay fit to methods of raising children and organizing communities.NPR Bestseller

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The Art of Betrayal

The Art of Betrayal

The Secret History of MI6

by Gordon Corera

Hardcover, 481 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $35, published January 9 2013 | purchase
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  • The Secret History of MI6
  • Gordon Corera

A security correspondent for the BBC offers insight into the secret world of the agents and spies in Britain's MI6. The Art of Betrayal covers MI6 history from the early days of the Cold War through the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall to the September 11 attacks.

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The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

by Toby Wilkinson

Paperback, 611 pages, Random House Inc, $20, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Toby Wilkinson

Toby Wilkinson combines narrative with detailed knowledge of hieroglyphs and the iconography of power to reveal ancient Egypt in all its complexity — from the brutality and repression that lay behind the appearance of its unchanging monarchy to its extraordinary architectural and cultural achievements.

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The Ice Balloon

The Ice Balloon

S. A. Andree and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration

by Alec Wilkinson

Paperback, 239 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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  • S. A. Andree and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration
  • Alec Wilkinson

Documents the dramatic 1897 flight of a visionary Swedish explorer who attempted to discover the North Pole in a hydrogen balloon, placing his story against a backdrop of period exploration and scientific discovery while describing the formidable environmental conditions that challenged his efforts.

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My Share of the Task

My Share of the Task

A Memoir

by Stanley McChrystal

Paperback, 461 pages, Penguin Group USA, $20, published January 28 2014 | purchase
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  • A Memoir
  • Stanley McChrystal

In his memoir, the four-star general (and former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan) describes a culture gap between the military and civilian worlds. The lack of understanding, he says, complicated the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan and bred distrust between the White House and the Pentagon.

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Help, Thanks, Wow

Help, Thanks, Wow

The Three Essential Survival Prayers

by Anne Lamott

Hardcover, 102 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17.95, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • The Three Essential Survival Prayers
  • Anne Lamott

Help, Thanks, Wow describes the three simple prayers — asking for assistance from a higher power, expressing gratitude and feeling awe — that help to deal with the hardships of daily life.NPR Bestseller

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Behind The Beautiful Forevers

Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

by Katherine Boo

Hardcover, 256 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published February 7 2012 | purchase
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  • Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
  • Katherine Boo

A profile of everyday life in the settlement of Annawadi as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother and a young scrap-metal thief, illuminating the way their efforts to build better lives are challenged by religion, caste and economic tensions.NPR Bestseller

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The Signal and the Noise

The Signal And The Noise

Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don't

by Nate Silver

Hardcover, 534 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published September 27 2012 | purchase
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  • Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don't
  • Nate Silver

The founder of FiveThirtyEight.com challenges myths about predictions in subjects ranging from the financial market and weather to sports and politics, profiling the world of prediction to explain how to distinguish true signals from hype.NPR Bestseller

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Far from the Tree

Far From The Tree

Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

by Andrew Solomon

Paperback, 962 pages, Simon & Schuster, $21.50, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Far From The Tree
  • Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
  • Andrew Solomon

The National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon explores the consequences of extreme personal differences between parents and children, describing his own experiences as a gay child of straight parents, and evaluating the circumstances of people affected by physical, developmental or cultural factors that divide families.NPR Bestseller

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The Double V

The Double V

How Wars, Protest, and Harry Truman Desegregated America's Military

by Rawn James Jr.

Paperback, 288 pages, St Martins Pr, $18, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • The Double V
  • How Wars, Protest, and Harry Truman Desegregated America's Military
  • Rawn James Jr.

Rawn James Jr. argues that if you want to understand the story of race in America, you must understand the history of African-Americans in the military. In The Double V, James documents the contributions of black troops since the Revolutionary War, and efforts to counter deep-seated racism on the fields and on military bases.

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God Believes In Love

God Believes In Love

Straight Talk About Gay Marriage

by Gene Robinson

Hardcover, 196 pages, Knopf, $14.88, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • God Believes In Love
  • Straight Talk About Gay Marriage
  • Gene Robinson

An openly gay Episcopal bishop presents an argument for same-sex marriage from a religious perspective, addressing the controversial issues surrounding the debate while sharing the stories of his own marriages and how his views have been shaped by Churchhistory.

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Haiti

Haiti

The Aftershocks of History

by Laurent Dubois

Paperback, 434 pages, St Martins Press, $20, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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  • The Aftershocks of History
  • Laurent Dubois

Even before the disastrous 2010 earthquake, Haiti was known as a benighted place of poverty and corruption. But as author and historian Laurent Dubois demonstrates, Haiti's troubles owe more to a legacy of international punishment for the original sin of staging the only successful slave revolt in the world. Dubois vividly depicts the isolation and impoverishment that followed the 1804 rebellion: the crushing indemnities imposed by the former French rulers, which initiated a cycle of debt; the multiple interventions by the U.S. armed forces, including a 20-year occupation; and the internal divisions and political chaos that are the inevitable consequences of centuries of subversion. Dubois also explores Haiti's overlooked successes, as its revolution created a resilient culture insistent on autonomy and equality.

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The Fall of the House of Dixie

The Fall of the House of Dixie

The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South

by Bruce Levine

Paperback, 439 pages, Random House Inc, $17, published April 1 2014 | purchase
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  • The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South
  • Bruce Levine

A revisionist history of the radical transformation of the American South during the Civil War examines the economic, social and political deconstruction and rebuilding of Southern institutions as experienced by everyday people. By the award-winning author of Confederate Emancipation.

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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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Killing Lincoln

Killing Lincoln

The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Hardcover, 324 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published September 27 2011 | purchase
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  • The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
  • Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and writer Martin Dugard focus on the life, death and legacy of the 16th president in their book Killing Lincoln. The authors reconstruct the final days of Lincoln's life and examine the plot against the president at the end of the Civil War in April 1865.NPR Bestseller

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