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Words from the White House

Words From The White House

Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents

by Paul Dickson

Hardcover, 197 pages, St Martins Press, $18, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents
  • Paul Dickson

America's presidents have contributed not only to the nation's governance, but also to its language. In his new book, Paul Dickson demonstrates the extent of presidential lexical innovation by cataloging words, phrases and malapropisms that originated on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Catastrophic Care

Catastrophic Care

How American Health Care Killed My Father—and How We Can Fix It

by David Goldhill

Hardcover, 369 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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  • How American Health Care Killed My Father--and How We Can Fix It
  • David Goldhill

David Goldhill's new book tells the story of how he lost his father to hospital-acquired infections. Combining personal experience with research, Goldhill argues against the expansion of insurance coverage while recommending a patient-empowering approach that would make health care transparent, affordable, and effective.

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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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  • 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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Escape From North Korea

Escape From North Korea

The Untold Story of Asia's Underground Railroad

by Melanie Kirkpatrick

Hardcover, 350 pages, Perseus Distribution Services, $25.99, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • The Untold Story of Asia's Underground Railroad
  • Melanie Kirkpatrick

Chronicles the harrowing stories of people who have successfully escaped North Korea, via first China then Southeast Asia or Mongolia and finally to South Korea, the United States and other free countries.

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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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The Last Refuge

The Last Refuge

Yemen, Al-Qaeda, And America's War In Arabia

by Gregory D. Johnsen

Hardcover, 352 pages, W. W. Norton & Co., Inc, $27.95, published November 19 2012 | purchase
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  • Yemen, Al-Qaeda, And America's War In Arabia
  • Gregory D. Johnsen

A former Fulbright Fellow who studied in Yemen describes the rise and fall of the terror organization and how they grew out of their defeat by the United States into one of the most dangerous and threatening groups in the world.

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Walkable City

Walkable City

How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

by Jeff Speck

Paperback, 312 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $16, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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  • How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
  • Jeff Speck

Jeff Speck, a city planner and architectural designer, delves into what it means to make a city pedestrian-friendly. Packed with observations and real-world examples, his book tackles the challenges of city life, advocating for smart growth and sustainable design while presenting a plan for making American cities safe and efficient.

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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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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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  • 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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