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Pity the Billionaire

Pity the Billionaire

The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right

by Thomas Frank

Paperback, 230 pages, Picador, $16, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right
  • Thomas Frank

The Harper's columnist and author of The Wrecking Crew profiles how conservative Republicans have rebounded after the election of Barack Obama, outlining their strategy of total opposition to the liberal state while arguing that their policies further injure victims of the recession.NPR Bestseller

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The Myth of the Muslim Tide

The Myth of the Muslim Tide

Do Immigrants Threaten the West?

by Doug Saunders

Paperback, 199 pages, Vintage, $15, published August 21 2012 | purchase
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  • Do Immigrants Threaten the West?
  • Doug Saunders

The author of the prize-winning Arrival City argues against concerns that an increase in Islamic immigration is threatening basic American values, demonstrating how prejudice against Islam echoes earlier responses to immigrant groups in a report that also outlines recommendations for Islamic integration.

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The Oath

The Oath

The Obama White House and the Supreme Court

by Jeffrey Toobin

Paperback, 325 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published June 4 2013 | purchase
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  • The Obama White House and the Supreme Court
  • Jeffrey Toobin

President Obama and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts both went to Harvard Law School and worked on the Harvard Law Review, but their similar legal backgrounds have led to dramatically different conclusions. Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine, presents an insider's account of an ideological war between the Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration. Toobin argues that the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision and the Affordable Care Act ruling show how the Constitution is being reinterpreted — and how Supreme Court precedent is being quickly overturned.NPR Bestseller

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The Victory Lab

The Victory Lab

The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns

by Sasha Issenberg

Hardcover, 357 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published September 11 2012 | purchase
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  • The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns
  • Sasha Issenberg

An energetic assessment of how a team of academics, statisticians, and strategists are reshaping today's political campaigns explores war room strategies based in behavioral psychology and randomized experiments.

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The Revenge of Geography

The Revenge of Geography

What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate

by Robert D. Kaplan

Hardcover, 403 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published September 11 2012 | purchase
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  • The Revenge of Geography
  • What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate
  • Robert D. Kaplan

The best-selling author of Balkan Ghosts presents a timely and provocative response to The World Is Flat that draws on the insights of leading geographers and geopolitical thinkers to present a holistic interpretation of the next cycle of conflict throughout Eurasia that considers such topics as European debt, Chinese power and the role of Iran.

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Class Warfare

Class Warfare

Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools

by Steven Brill

Paperback, 478 pages, Simon & Schuster, $17, published August 14 2012 | purchase
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  • Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools
  • Steven Brill

Steven Brill looks at why many of America's schools are failing and relates how parents, activists and education reformers are joining together to fix a system that works for adults but consistently fails the children it is meant to educate.

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That Used to Be Us

That Used To Be Us

How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back

by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum

Paperback, 402 pages, Picador, $16, published August 21 2012 | purchase
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  • How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
  • Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and foreign policy expert Michael Mandlebaum make recommendations for meeting four major challenges facing the United States: globalization, the information-technology revolution, chronic deficits and unbalanced energy consumption.NPR Bestseller

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Better Off Without 'Em

Better Off Without 'Em

A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession

by Chuck Thompson

Paperback, 312 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published July 16 2013 | purchase
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  • A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession
  • Chuck Thompson

Chuck Thompson describes his road-trip investigation into the North-South cultural divide in America. He meets with possum-hunting conservatives, trailer park lifers and prayer warriors before concluding that both sides might have been better of if the Confederate states had seceded.

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The Parties Versus the People

The Parties Versus the People

How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans

by Mickey Edwards

Hardcover, 208 pages, Yale University Press, $25, published August 27 2012 | purchase
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  • The Parties Versus the People
  • How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans
  • Mickey Edwards

To banish the negative effects of partisan warfare from our political system, a former congressman, drawing on his first-hand experience with legislative battles, presents a solution-based, practical way to break the stranglehold of the political party system.

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Miracle Boy Grows Up

Miracle Boy Grows Up

How the Disability Rights Revolution Saved My Sanity

by Ben Mattlin

Hardcover, 194 pages, Skyhorse Publishing, $24.95, published August 14 2012 | purchase
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  • How the Disability Rights Revolution Saved My Sanity
  • Ben Mattlin

Miracle Boy Grows Up describes how the author, an NPR commentator and professional writer who was born with spinal muscular atrophy, was expected to die in childhood but who with the support of a growing disability rights movement became one of the first students in a wheelchair to attend Harvard.

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First Cameraman

First Cameraman

Documenting the Obama Presidency in Real Time

by Arun Chaudhary

Hardcover, 306 pages, Times Books, $30, published August 21 2012 | purchase
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  • Documenting the Obama Presidency in Real Time
  • Arun Chaudhary

The first official White House videographer offers an inside look at the events he has recorded, from the president throwing out the first pitch at an all-star game to hiding in a bathroom while a YouTube town hall was in progress.

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The Real Romney

The Real Romney

by Michael Kranish and Scott Helman

Paperback, 423 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published August 21 2012 | purchase
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  • The Real Romney
  • Michael Kranish and Scott Helman

Two investigative reporters provide a portrait of the Republican governor of Massachusetts and 2012 presidential hopeful, tracing his Mormon roots and missionary service in France through his role in the 2002 Olympics and his controversial time at a private investment firm. (This book was previously listed in Forecast. 50,000 first printing.

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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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