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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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It's Even Worse Than It Looks

It's Even Worse Than It Looks

How The American Constitutional System Collided With The New Politics Of Extremism

by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein

Hardcover, 226 pages, Perseus Books Group, $26, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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  • How The American Constitutional System Collided With The New Politics Of Extremism
  • Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein

Two leading experts on Congress outline recommendations for ending obstructionist tactics and artificial barriers to compromise, suggesting specific institutional restructuring measures while calling on the public and media to work with government to correct problems rather than perpetuating acerbic campaign cycles.

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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 Interrogator

The Interrogator

An Education

by Glenn L. Carle

Paperback, 321 pages, Nation Books, $16.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • An Education
  • Glenn L. Carle

The Interrogator presents the author's account of an interrogation of a suspected al-Qaeda leader, including the CIA's response to his findings and his views on how the War on Terrorism has affected the decisions made by the White House and CIA.

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From the Closet to the Altar

From the Closet to the Altar

Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage

by Michael J. Klarman

Hardcover, 276 pages, Oxford Univ Pr, $27.95, published October 5 2012 | purchase
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  • From the Closet to the Altar
  • Courts, Backlash, and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage
  • Michael J. Klarman

Michael Klarman looks at the litigation of gay life, and specifically gay marriage, from World War II to today. He chronicles how the courts responded to the American gay rights movement — and how judges who once dismissed gay equality out of hand now seemed poised to enshrine it in law.

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Republic, Lost

Republic, Lost

How Money Corrupts Congress — And A Plan To Stop It

by Lawrence Lessig

Paperback, 391 pages, Grand Central Publishing, $15.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • How Money Corrupts Congress — And A Plan To Stop It
  • Lawrence Lessig

A Harvard Law professor explains how being influenced by money overshadows the will of the people in the political arena regardless of party lines and offers strategies to take back the democracy from those with moneyed or corporate interests.

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Listening in

Listening In

The Secret White House Recordings Of John F. Kennedy

by Ted Widmer

Hardcover, 300 pages, Hyperion Books, $40, published September 25 2012 | purchase
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  • The Secret White House Recordings Of John F. Kennedy
  • Ted Widmer

Available for the first time to the general public, the transcripts and recordings of John F. Kennedy's time in office reveal his decision-making process and thoughts on world events, including the Cuban Missile crisis and the Civil Rights movement, giving a rare opportunity to step inside the Oval Office and Cabinet Room.

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Where China Meets India

Where China Meets India

Burma And The New Crossroads of Asia

by Thant Myint-U

Paperback, 371 pages, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $18, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • Burma And The New Crossroads of Asia
  • Thant Myint-U

Where China Meets India: Burma And The New Crossroads Of Asia analyzes the inherent potential of recently dissolved boundaries between China and India; it cites a clash between modern and traditional worlds throughout affected regions while considering Burma's strategic centrality and the ways it is being targeted.

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Pity the Billionaire

Pity the Billionaire

The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right

by Thomas Frank

Paperback, 230 pages, Picador, $16, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right
  • Thomas Frank

The Harper's columnist and author of The Wrecking Crew profiles how conservative Republicans have rebounded after the election of Barack Obama, outlining their strategy of total opposition to the liberal state while arguing that their policies further injure victims of the recession.NPR Bestseller

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The Myth of the Muslim Tide

The Myth of the Muslim Tide

Do Immigrants Threaten the West?

by Doug Saunders

Paperback, 199 pages, Vintage, $15, published August 21 2012 | purchase
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  • Do Immigrants Threaten the West?
  • Doug Saunders

The author of the prize-winning Arrival City argues against concerns that an increase in Islamic immigration is threatening basic American values, demonstrating how prejudice against Islam echoes earlier responses to immigrant groups in a report that also outlines recommendations for Islamic integration.

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The Oath

The Oath

The Obama White House and the Supreme Court

by Jeffrey Toobin

Paperback, 325 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • The Obama White House and the Supreme Court
  • Jeffrey Toobin

President Obama and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts both went to Harvard Law School and worked on the Harvard Law Review, but their similar legal backgrounds have led to dramatically different conclusions. Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine, presents an insider's account of an ideological war between the Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration. Toobin argues that the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision and the Affordable Care Act ruling show how the Constitution is being reinterpreted — and how Supreme Court precedent is being quickly overturned.NPR Bestseller

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The Victory Lab

The Victory Lab

The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns

by Sasha Issenberg

Hardcover, 357 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published September 11 2012 | purchase
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  • The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns
  • Sasha Issenberg

An energetic assessment of how a team of academics, statisticians, and strategists are reshaping today's political campaigns explores war room strategies based in behavioral psychology and randomized experiments.

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The Revenge of Geography

The Revenge of Geography

What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate

by Robert D. Kaplan

Hardcover, 403 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published September 11 2012 | purchase
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  • The Revenge of Geography
  • What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate
  • Robert D. Kaplan

The best-selling author of Balkan Ghosts presents a timely and provocative response to The World Is Flat that draws on the insights of leading geographers and geopolitical thinkers to present a holistic interpretation of the next cycle of conflict throughout Eurasia that considers such topics as European debt, Chinese power and the role of Iran.

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Class Warfare

Class Warfare

Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools

by Steven Brill

Paperback, 478 pages, Simon & Schuster, $17, published August 14 2012 | purchase
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  • Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools
  • Steven Brill

Steven Brill looks at why many of America's schools are failing and relates how parents, activists and education reformers are joining together to fix a system that works for adults but consistently fails the children it is meant to educate.

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