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Tombstone

Tombstone

The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962

by Yang Jisheng

Paperback, 629 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $17, published November 19 2013 | purchase
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  • The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962
  • Yang Jisheng

During The Great Leap Forward, an estimated 36 million Chinese starved to death in less than four years. The famine was among the worst the world has known — but the disaster was man-made. In Tombstone, Yang Jisheng offers an extensive account of those tragic years, drawing on a decade of undercover investigation to expose the role of Communist agricultural reform — and political violence — in exacerbating the harsh conditions. Banned in China and only recently translated into English, this history revises what once was recorded as truth.

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Don't Shoot

Don't Shoot

One Man, A Street Fellowship, And The End of Violence in Inner-City America

by David M. Kennedy

Paperback, 305 pages, Gardners Books, $22.55, published November 7 2011 | purchase
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  • One Man, A Street Fellowship, And The End of Violence in Inner-City America
  • David M. Kennedy

Traces the story of the "Boston Miracle" criminologist who rose from obscurity to a leading figure in the fight against gang- and drug-related inner-city violence, explaining how his methods involve large-scale interventions that promote cooperative efforts between gangs, law enforcement and communities.

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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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  • 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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Iron Curtain

The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

by Anne Applebaum

Paperback, 640 pages, Random House Inc, $17.95, published August 13 2013 | purchase
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  • The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956
  • Anne Applebaum

Before the Soviet bloc went bust, its network of regimes created an atmosphere of paranoia and brutality that affected millions. Anne Applebaum explores the domino effect of communism in the wake of World War II.

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The Second Nuclear Age

The Second Nuclear Age

Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics

by Paul Bracken

Hardcover, 306 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $29, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics
  • Paul Bracken

In this thought-provoking and agenda-setting book, the author, drawing on his years of experience analyzing defense strategy, makes a strong case that the U.S. needs to pay renewed attention to nuclear weapons and how their presence will transform the way crises develop and escalate.

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Oddly Normal

Oddly Normal

One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms With His Sexuality

by John Schwartz

Paperback, 300 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms With His Sexuality
  • John Schwartz

New York Times correspondent John Schwartz recounts his efforts to help his son feel less alone as a gay teenager.

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Da Vinci's Ghost

Da Vinci's Ghost

Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image

by Toby Lester

Paperback, 275 pages, Free Press, $16, published October 30 2012 | purchase
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  • Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image
  • Toby Lester

Da Vinci's Ghost recounts the intellectual journey behind the creation of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and how the drawing represents the momentous period in Western history when the Middle Ages gave way to the Renaissance.

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The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage

The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage

Lessons in Resilience from the Bow and Arrow

by Joseph M. III Marshall

Hardcover, 128 pages, Sounds True, $19.95, published January 28 2012 | purchase
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  • Lessons in Resilience from the Bow and Arrow
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Race-Baiter

Race-Baiter

How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation

by Eric Deggans

Hardcover, 275 pages, St Martins Pr, $28, published October 30 2012 | purchase
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  • How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation
  • Eric Deggans

A prominent media critic demonstrates how the media manipulates language to incite cultural divides, tracing the history of "race-baiting" while revealing how tactics that deliberately play on prejudice and fear are used to secure audiences and demonize opposing groups.

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The Generals

The Generals

American Military Command from World War II to Today

by Thomas E. Ricks

Hardcover, 558 pages, Penguin Group USA, $32.95, published October 30 2012 | purchase
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  • American Military Command from World War II to Today
  • Thomas E. Ricks

The Generals describes the values, strategic thinking and leadership qualities of military leaders from World War II to the present day and how the widening separation between performance and accountability has not resulted in any recent Marshalls, Eisenhowers or Pattons.

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Mind and Cosmos

Mind and Cosmos

Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False

by Thomas Nagel

Hardcover, 130 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $24.95, published September 26 2012 | purchase
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  • Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False
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I Want My MTV

I Want My MTV

The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution

by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum

Paperback, 542 pages, Plume, $20, published September 25 2012 | purchase
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  • The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution
  • Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum

I Want My MTV shows how the channel grew from a radical programming concept to a defining network for a generation and a force in the worlds of music, television, sports, fashion and politics.

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From Dawn to Decadence

From Dawn to Decadence

500 Years of Western Cultural Life

by Jacques Barzun

Paperback, 877 pages, HarperCollins, $23.99, published May 1 2001 | purchase
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  • From Dawn to Decadence
  • 500 Years of Western Cultural Life
  • Jacques Barzun

Showcases the triumphs and defeats of 500 years of Western cultural history, highlighting the contributions of women and arguing that decadence is required in order to spark creativity in the next era.

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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

by Timothy Egan

Paperback, 370 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $15.95, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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  • Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher
  • The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
  • Timothy Egan

Timothy Egan recounts the pioneering photographer Edward Curtis' life-risking effort to document the disappearing North American Indian nation, offering insight into the danger and resolve behind his venture, his elevation to an impassioned advocate and the posthumous discovery of his achievements.NPR Bestseller

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How Children Succeed

How Children Succeed

Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

by Paul Tough

Paperback, 231 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $15.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
  • Paul Tough

How Children Succeed challenges conventional views about standardized testing to argue that success is more determined by self-discipline, character and optimism. Paul Tough describes the work of pioneering researchers and educators whose insights into childhood stress and economic disadvantages have enabled effective new teaching methods.NPR Bestseller

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Mortality

Mortality

by Christopher Hitchens

Hardcover, 128 pages, Twelve, $22.99, published September 4 2012 | purchase
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  • Christopher Hitchens

Mortality traces the author's battle with esophageal cancer — as he continued to write columns on politics and culture for Vanity Fair -- and describes his views on life and death.NPR Bestseller

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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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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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