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The Brothers

The Brothers

John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, And Their Secret World War

by Stephen Kinzer

Hardcover, pages cm, Henry Holt & Co, $30, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, And Their Secret World War
  • Stephen Kinzer

A dual portrait of the powerful Cold War Secretary of State and his equally influential brother, the director of the CIA, this book places their lives and accomplishments against the history of their time to offer insight into how they shaped modern beliefs and America's international role.

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Countdown

Countdown

Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

by Alan Weisman

Hardcover, 783 pages, Little Brown & Co, $30, published September 24 2013 | purchase
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  • Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?
  • Alan Weisman

The author visits twenty countries around the world to get their take on the sustainability of human life on the planet, discussing optimum population and how to prosper without endless growth.

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Why Nations Fail

Why Nations Fail

The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

Paperback, 529 pages, Random House Inc, $17, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • Why Nations Fail
  • The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
  • Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

In Why Nations Fail, two economists investigate a question that knows no easy answer: why are some nations rich while others are poor? Why is life so drastically different on opposite sides of a border — whether between South and North Korea, Haiti and the Dominican Republic or the U.S. and Mexico? Damon Acemoglu and James Robinson argue for the importance of man-made political and economic institutions, more so than other features like geography or culture.

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The United States of Paranoia

The United States of Paranoia

A Conspiracy Theory

by Jesse Walker

Hardcover, 434 pages, HarperCollins, $25.99, published August 20 2013 | purchase
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  • A Conspiracy Theory
  • Jesse Walker

The books editor of Reason magazine explores the origins, evolution, legacy and impact of paranoia in American politics and culture by discussing five conspiracy narratives that keep recurring throughout history.

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A Woman in the Crossfire

A Woman in the Crossfire

Diaries of the Syrian Revolution

by Samar Yazbek and Max Weiss

Paperback, 269 pages, Consortium Book Sales & Dist, $18.95, published August 28 2012 | purchase
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  • A Woman in the Crossfire
  • Diaries of the Syrian Revolution
  • Samar Yazbek and Max Weiss

A journalist's account of the Syrian uprising describes her role in an opposition group, encounters with authorities, life with her daughter underground, observations of early demonstrations and escape to Europe.

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Asad of Syria

Asad of Syria

The Struggle for the Middle East

by Patrick Seale

Paperback, 552 pages, Univ of California Pr, $36.95, published January 1 1990 | purchase
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  • Asad of Syria
  • The Struggle for the Middle East
  • Patrick Seale

Peter Seale traces the life and political career of former Syrian president Hafez Assad, discussing his role in the history of Syria and sharing his vision of the future of the region.

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The New Lion of Damascus

The New Lion of Damascus

Bashar Al-asad And Modern Syria

by David W. Lesch

Hardcover, 288 pages, Yale Univ Pr, $37, published November 11 2005 | purchase
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  • The New Lion of Damascus
  • Bashar Al-asad And Modern Syria
  • David W. Lesch

Is Syria a rogue state? How important is it to the fates of Iraq, Iran, Israel and Lebanon? David Lesch used access to Bashar Assad and his family to try to answer these questions.

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This Town

This Town

Two Parties and a Funeral — Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! — in America's Gilded Capital

by Mark Leibovich

Hardcover, 386 pages, Blue Rider Press, $27.95, published July 16 2013 | purchase
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  • Two Parties and a Funeral — Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! — in America's Gilded Capital
  • Mark Leibovich

A New York Times political feature correspondent examines the power wars and exploitative practices of the government in Washington, D.C., revealing how journalism careers are made and broken while news events and scandals are used as networking platforms.NPR Bestseller

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Lawrence in Arabia

Lawrence in Arabia

War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

by Scott Anderson

Hardcover, 577 pages, Doubleday, $28.95, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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  • Lawrence in Arabia
  • War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
  • Scott Anderson

A narrative chronicle of World War I's Arab Revolt explores the pivotal roles of a small group of adventurers and low-level officers who orchestrated a secret effort to control the Middle East. These individuals, including T.E. Lawrence, instigated jihad against British forces, built an elaborate intelligence ring and forged ties to gain valuable oil concessions.NPR Bestseller

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Collision 2012

Collision 2012

Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America

by Dan Balz

Hardcover, 381 pages, Penguin Group USA, $32.95, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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  • Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America
  • Dan Balz

An inside analysis of the Obama-Romney presidential race places it against a backdrop of political infighting, a decade-long war, Obama's controversial health care bill and a stagnant economy to offer insight into the sources of the race's more contentious aspects and its reflection of an evolving democratic process.NPR Bestseller

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Subversives

Subversives

The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power

by Seth Rosenfeld

Paperback, 752 pages, St Martins Pr, $24, published July 23 2013 | purchase
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  • The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power
  • Seth Rosenfeld

Seth Rosenfeld details how the FBI employed fake reporters to plant ideas and shape public opinion about the 1964 University of California, Berkeley, student protest movement. In addition to planting stories with real reporters, the bureau managed — with the help of then-Gov. Ronald Reagan — to get the university's president fired.

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The Metropolitan Revolution

The Metropolitan Revolution

How Cities and Metros are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy

by Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley

Hardcover, 258 pages, Brookings Institution Press, $22, published June 17 2013 | purchase
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  • The Metropolitan Revolution
  • How Cities and Metros are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy
  • Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley

The authors argue that the new American economy must be driven by exports and powered by cleaner energy. They also write that metropolitan areas should lead the way in this new economic landscape.

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Smart Cities

Smart Cities

Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia

by Anthony Townsend

Hardcover, 400 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $28.95, published October 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia
  • Anthony Townsend

Urbanist and technology expert Anthony Townsend takes a broad, historical look at the forces that have shaped the planning and design of cities and information technologies.

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The Unwinding

The Unwinding

An Inner History of the New America

by George Packer

Paperback, 434 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $16, published March 4 2014 | purchase
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  • An Inner History of the New America
  • George Packer

According to New Yorker writer George Packer, there used to be a kind of understanding among Americans — one in which everyone had a job and a purpose. But that deal has come undone. In The Unwinding, Packer explores what happened. The book is a collection of vignettes and profiles of ordinary and famous American lives, from the son of Southern tobacco farmers to a Silicon Valley billionaire.NPR Bestseller

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