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Junkyard Planet

Junkyard Planet

Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade

by Adam Minter

Hardcover, 284 pages, St Martins Press, $26, published November 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade
  • Adam Minter

Journalist Adam Minter traces the export of America's trash, revealing the huge profits that China and other rising nations make from it and how those profits are aiding the decline of our economy and the ascent of the developing world.

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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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Dallas 1963

Dallas 1963

Patriots, Traitors, and the Assassination of JFK

by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis

Hardcover, 371 pages, Grand Central Pub, $28, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Patriots, Traitors, and the Assassination of JFK
  • Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis

Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis present an explosive and unsettling account of the radicals, reactionaries and extremists who turned Dallas into a city infamous for the assassination of JFK.

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Unintimidated

Unintimidated

A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge

by Scott Walker and Marc Thiessen

Hardcover, 278 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published November 19 2013 | purchase
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  • A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge
  • Scott Walker and Marc Thiessen

The governor of Wisconsin describes the controversial reforms he instituted in 2010 to limit union actions. He answers the charges of his detractors while explaining how he kept his office after an election recall attempt.

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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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Things That Matter

Things That Matter

Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

by Charles Krauthammer

Hardcover, 387 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics
  • Charles Krauthammer

The Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist presents a collection of his essays on what he believes renders the "American experiment" vibrant and special, exploring topics ranging from health care and space exploration to religion and baseball.NPR Bestseller

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Getting Away With Murder

Getting Away With Murder

Benazir Bhutto's Assassination and the Politics of Pakistan

by Heraldo Muñoz

Hardcover, 256 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $26.95, published December 9 2013 | purchase
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  • Getting Away With Murder
  • Benazir Bhutto's Assassination and the Politics of Pakistan
  • Heraldo Muñoz

The lead commissioner of the United Nations investigation into the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who offered a secular, democratic hope, recounts his year-long investigation into this tragic event that forever changed U.S.-Pakistani relations.

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How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed

by Jared Diamond

Hardcover, 575 pages, Penguin Group USA, $29.95, published December 29 2004 | purchase
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  • How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed
  • Jared Diamond

A study of the downfall of some of history's greatest civilizations, written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, includes coverage of such cultures as the Anasazi, the Maya, and the Viking colony on Greenland, tracing patterns of environmental damage, climate change, poor political choices, and other factors that were pivotal to their demise. 250,000 first printing.

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Strategy of Conflict

The Strategy of Conflict

by Thomas C. Schelling

Paperback, 309 pages, Harvard Univ Pr, $31.50, published May 15 1981 | purchase
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  • Thomas C. Schelling

The Nobel Prize-winning economist analyzes the nature of international disagreements and conflict resolution in terms of game theory and non-zero-sum games.

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The Skies Belong to Us

The Skies Belong to Us

Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking

by Brendan I. Koerner

Hardcover, 318 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published June 18 2013 | purchase
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  • The Skies Belong to Us
  • Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking
  • Brendan I. Koerner

Brendan Koerner documents the 1972 story behind the longest-distance hijacking in U.S. history, tracing the events of the hijacking against a backdrop of civil unrest and the skyjacking wave of the early 1970s.

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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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The Burglary

The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI

by Betty Medsger

Hardcover, 596 pages, Random House Inc, $29.95, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI
  • Betty Medsger

An account of the lesser-known story of the 1971 break-in of the FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania, by a group of unlikely activists cites their roles in triggering major changes in the FBI and confirming that J. Edgar Hoover had run a personal shadow FBI.

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The Insurgents

The Insurgents

David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War

by Fred Kaplan

Paperback, 418 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published January 7 2014 | purchase
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  • David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War
  • Fred Kaplan

Based on secret documents, private emails and interviews, The Insurgents is the inside story of the small group of soldier-scholars, led by Gen. David Petraeus, who plotted to revolutionize the Army. Their aim was to build an Army that could fight a new kind of post-Cold War battle in cities and villages, against insurgents and terrorists.

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