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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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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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