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The Double V

The Double V

How Wars, Protest, and Harry Truman Desegregated America's Military

by Rawn James Jr.

Paperback, 288 pages, St Martins Pr, $18, published March 25 2014 | purchase
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Rawn James Jr. argues that if you want to understand the story of race in America, you must understand the history of African-Americans in the military. In The Double V, James documents the contributions of black troops since the Revolutionary War, and efforts to counter deep-seated racism on the fields and on military bases.

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Catastrophic Care

Catastrophic Care

How American Health Care Killed My Father—and How We Can Fix It

by David Goldhill

Hardcover, 369 pages, Random House Inc, $25.95, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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  • David Goldhill

David Goldhill's new book tells the story of how he lost his father to hospital-acquired infections. Combining personal experience with research, Goldhill argues against the expansion of insurance coverage while recommending a patient-empowering approach that would make health care transparent, affordable, and effective.

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Words from the White House

Words From The White House

Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents

by Paul Dickson

Hardcover, 197 pages, St Martins Press, $18, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents
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America's presidents have contributed not only to the nation's governance, but also to its language. In his new book, Paul Dickson demonstrates the extent of presidential lexical innovation by cataloging words, phrases and malapropisms that originated on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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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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The World America Made

The World America Made

by Robert Kagan

Paperback, 149 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published January 29 2013 | purchase
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  • Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan responds to those who anticipate — or even long for — a post-American world order by showing what a decline in America's influence would truly mean for the United States and the rest of the world, as the vital institutions, economies and ideals currently supported by American power wane or disappear. As Kagan notes, it has happened before: one need only consider the consequences of the breakdown of the Roman Empire and the collapse of the European order in World War I.

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Distant Witness

Social Media, the Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution

by Andy Carvin

Paperback, 310, CUNY Journalism Press, , published January 25 2113 | purchase
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  • Social Media, the Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution
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Andy Carvin had unusual access to the people and events of the Arab Spring: from NPR headquarters in DC, he built a highly active twitter community of revolutionaries, witnesses and reporters. In this blend of memoir and history, he shares stories of the Arab Spring while exploring the benefits and difficulties of reporting from a distance.

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End This Depression Now!

End This Depression Now!

by Paul Krugman

Paperback, 304 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $15.95, published January 28 2013 | purchase
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  • Paul Krugman

With the Great Recession well into its fourth year, New York Times economics columnist Paul Krugman asks what makes this slump so intractable. He argues that recovery could take root if politicians simply mustered the will to end this depression now.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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The Terror Courts

The Terror Courts

Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay

by Jess Bravin

Hardcover, 440 pages, Yale Univ Pr, $30, published February 19 2013 | purchase
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  • Jess Bravin

When the United States captured hundreds of suspected terrorists and imprisoned them at Guantanamo Bay, the detainment of these individuals was just the start of the story. The Terror Courts describes the legal, political, and moral issues that arose when Americans attempted to prosecute these men, and describes the consequences of creating a parallel system for legal justice.

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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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  • 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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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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