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Fighting for Common Ground

Fighting for Common Ground

How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress

by Olympia Snowe

Hardcover, 302 pages, Perseus Books Group, $26, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress
  • Olympia Snowe

The first woman to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress describes how to dissolve the polarization afflicting the current American government and unite both parties to work for the common good.

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Sketches of Iran

Sketches of Iran

A Glimpse from the Front Lines of Human Rights

by Omid Memarian

Hardcover, 107, Intl. Camp. for Human Rights in Iran, , published January 1 2013 | purchase
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  • A Glimpse from the Front Lines of Human Rights
  • Omid Memarian

Editor Omid Memarian pairs political cartoons with essays for an unvarnished view of life inside Iran.

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The Summer of Beer and Whiskey

The Summer of Beer and Whiskey

How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game

by Edward Achorn

Hardcover, 318 pages, Perseus Books Group, $26.99, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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  • The Summer of Beer and Whiskey
  • How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game
  • Edward Achorn

German-born biergarten owner Chris Von der Ahe bought the St. Louis Browns baseball team in order to sell more beer, but the purchase became a turning point in American baseball history.

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The New Digital Age

The New Digital Age

Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business

by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen

Paperback, 351 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business
  • Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen

Imagine a world where machines wash, press and dress you on the way to work, and you can vacation via hologram on exotic beaches. In The New Digital Age, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Google's Jared Cohen do just that — but it's no gee-whiz Jetsons fantasy. The pair forecasts a raft of new innovations and corresponding threats that will arise for dictatorships, techno revolutionaries and terrorists, among others.

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The Way of the Knife

The Way Of The Knife

The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth

by Mark Mazzetti

Paperback, 381 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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  • The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth
  • Mark Mazzetti

The CIA used to be an intelligence agency, but as the nation's approach to warfare has shifted, so has the CIA's sphere of action. As New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti details, now the agency and America's special forces are competing covert paramilitary agencies, responsible for the defeat of Osama bin Laden and other strategic war efforts. NPR Bestseller

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The Dispensable Nation

The Dispensable Nation

American Foreign Policy in Retreat

by Vali Nasr

Paperback, 300 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published January 14 2014 | purchase
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  • American Foreign Policy in Retreat
  • Vali Nasr

The former State Department adviser for Afghanistan and Pakistan offers a reassessment of American foreign policy, offering his advice for directing our country away from failing relations in the Middle East and towards more productive partnerships with other foreign allies. He critiques the executive branch for looking to the military and intelligence agencies for approaches to problems in Afghanistan and elsewhere, rather than working with civilians to find political solutions.

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The Child Catchers

The Child Catchers

Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption

by Kathryn Joyce

Hardcover, 272 pages, Perseus Books Group, $26.99, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption
  • Kathryn Joyce

The author of Quiverfull reveals how adoption has become entangled in the conservative Christian agenda as a reflection of pro-life initiatives, explaining how child and family well-being has become a lesser priority in a market increasingly driven by profit and religious ideology.

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The Favored Daughter

The Favored Daughter

One Woman's Fight to Lead Afghanistan Into the Future

by Fawzia Koofi and Nadene Gourhi

Paperback, 266 pages, St Martins Pr, $17, published April 16 2013 | purchase
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  • One Woman's Fight to Lead Afghanistan Into the Future
  • Fawzia Koofi and Nadene Gourhi

After she was born, Fawzia Koofi, the 19th daughter of a local village leader in rural Afghanistan, was left to die in the sun by her mother. Against all odds, Koofi survived and went on to become Afghanistan's first female deputy speaker of Parliament. She shares her story in a memoir that's punctuated by a series of letters she wrote to her own two daughters in which she describes the future and freedoms she hopes they and all of Afghanistan's women might one day enjoy.

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Comandante

Comandante

Hugo Chavez's Venezuela

by Rory Carroll

Hardcover, 302 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published March 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Hugo Chavez's Venezuela
  • Rory Carroll

As president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez was a tremendous political force who tried to transform his nation. A journalist paints a picture of Chavez's life and his political career based on interviews with ministers, aides, courtiers and everyday citizens.

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Those Angry Days

Those Angry Days

Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight over World War II, 1939-1941

by Lynne Olson

Hardcover, 548 pages, Random House Inc, $18, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Those Angry Days
  • Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight over World War II, 1939-1941
  • Lynne Olson

Lynne Olson traces the crisis period leading up to America entering World War II, describing the nation's polarized interventionist and isolationist factions as represented by the government, in the press and on the streets.NPR Bestseller

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Drift

Drift

The Unmooring of American Military Power

by Rachel Maddow

Paperback, 275 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • The Unmooring of American Military Power
  • Rachel Maddow

In past wars, the U.S. practically dismantled its military after the troops came home. But today, says MSNBC News anchor and writer Rachel Maddow, the nation finds itself in a state of almost permanent war. Her book argues that the U.S. military has grown bloated partially because the nation is insulated from the wars its soldiers fight.NPR Bestseller

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Out of Order

Out of Order

Stories From the History of the Supreme Court

by Sandra Day O'Connor

Paperback, 233 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published February 25 2014 | purchase
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  • Out of Order
  • Stories From the History of the Supreme Court
  • Sandra Day O'Connor

The former Supreme Court justice shares stories about the history and evolution of the Supreme Court, tracing the roles of key contributors and sharing the events behind important transformations.NPR Bestseller

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