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The Outpost

The Outpost

An Untold Story of American Valor

by Jake Tapper

Paperback, 683 pages, Little Brown & Co, $18, published October 22 2013 | purchase
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  • An Untold Story of American Valor
  • Jake Tapper

Combat Outpost Keating, a U.S. camp in a particularly dangerous location in Afghanistan, was the site of a deadly Taliban attack in 2009. Jake Tapper investigates this bloody battle, examining its causes, consequences and preventability; after the attack, a Pentagon investigation concluded that there was no reason for Outpost Keating to have been there in the first place.

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The Cleanest Race

The Cleanest Race

How North Koreans See Themselves - and Why It Matters

by B. R. Myers

Paperback, 217 pages, Melville House, $20, published December 20 2011 | purchase
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  • How North Koreans See Themselves - and Why It Matters
  • B. R. Myers

North Korea analyst B.R. Myers presents a view of North Korea through the eyes of its citizens. He argues that the late Kim Jong Il guided his regime through a paranoid, race-based nationalism with roots in Japanese fascist thought.

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North Korea Through the Looking Glass

North Korea Through the Looking Glass

by Kong Dan Oh and Ralph C. Hassig

Paperback, 256 pages, Brookings Inst Pr, $24.95, published August 1 2000 | purchase
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  • Kong Dan Oh and Ralph C. Hassig
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Avoiding Armageddon

Avoiding Armageddon

America, India, and Pakistan to the Brink and Back

by Bruce O. Riedel

Hardcover, 220 pages, Brookings Inst Pr, $27.95, published January 21 2013 | purchase
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  • America, India, and Pakistan to the Brink and Back
  • Bruce O. Riedel

India and Pakistan will be among the most important countries in the twenty-first century. In Avoiding Armageddon, Bruce Riedel explains the challenge and the importance of successfully managing America's affairs with these two emerging powers and their toxic relationship.

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China Airborne

China Airborne

by James Fallows

Paperback, 268 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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  • James Fallows

In 2011, China announced its 12th Five-Year Plan, which included the commitment to spend a quarter of a trillion dollars to jump-start its aerospace industry. In China Airborne, James Fallows documents the extraordinary scale of China's project, making clear how it stands to catalyze the nation's hypergrowth and hyperurbanization, revolutionizing China in ways analogous to the building of America's transcontinental railroad in the 19th century.

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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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Immigration Wars

Immigration Wars

Forging an American Solution

by Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick

Hardcover, 274 pages, Pocket Books, $27, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Forging an American Solution
  • Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick

The former governor of Florida and a leading constitutional litigator share a provocative assessment of immigration. They propose solutions based on the ideas that immigration is vital to America's future and that American laws must be upheld, sharing recommendations for fixing today's practices to minimize the percentage of immigrants with illegal statuses.

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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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  • 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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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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Enemies

Enemies

A History of the FBI

by Tim Weiner

Paperback, 537 pages, Random House Inc, $14, published February 26 2013 | purchase
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  • A History of the FBI
  • Tim Weiner

Presents the history of the FBI's secret intelligence operations, detailing how the bureau has been used to conduct political warfare, and how it became the most powerful intelligence service in the United States.

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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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  • 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 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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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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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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