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The Epic Battle for America's Eyeballs

by Gina Keating

Hardcover, 286 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published October 11 2012 | purchase
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  • Gina Keating

In Netflixed, Gina Keating traces Netflix's rise throughout a decade-long war against Blockbuster. Keating analyzes its polarizing founders while evaluating how the company has become subject to competition with and marketing by cable companies and telecoms.

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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
  • Andy Carvin

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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Kill Anything That Moves

Kill Anything That Moves

The Real American War in Vietnam

by Nick Turse

Paperback, 376 pages, St Martins Pr, $17, published December 31 2013 | purchase
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  • Nick Turse

On March 16, 1968, between 347 and 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians were gunned down by members of the U.S. Army in what became known as the My Lai Massacre. The U.S. government has maintained that atrocities like this were isolated incidents, but Nick Turse argues that the intentional killing of civilians during the Vietnam War was quite common.

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On the Map

On The Map

A Mind-Expanding Exploration Of The Way The World Looks

by Simon Garfield

Hardcover, 464 pages, Gotham, $27.50, published December 27 2012 | purchase
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  • A Mind-Expanding Exploration Of The Way The World Looks
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Journalist Simon Garfield takes us from the earliest maps — scratchings on rocks dating back over 10,000 years — through medieval European maps — with Jerusalem always in the middle — right up to the maps that guide us with voices from our smartphones and GPS trackers. All the while, he examines the pivotal relationship between mapping and civilization, demonstrating the unique ways that maps relate and realign history.

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The Generals

The Generals

American Military Command from World War II to Today

by Thomas E. Ricks

Hardcover, 558 pages, Penguin Group USA, $32.95, published October 30 2012 | purchase
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  • American Military Command from World War II to Today
  • Thomas E. Ricks

The Generals describes the values, strategic thinking and leadership qualities of military leaders from World War II to the present day and how the widening separation between performance and accountability has not resulted in any recent Marshalls, Eisenhowers or Pattons.

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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

A Biography

by Walter Isaacson

Paperback, 631 pages, Simon & Schuster, $20, published September 10 2013 | purchase
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Walter Isaacson delves into the computer visionary's personal life and professional legacy — from learning the art of good craftsmanship as a kid to becoming a notoriously demanding boss to fighting the cancer that eventually killed him.NPR Bestseller

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Sex on the Moon

Sex on the Moon

The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History

by Ben Mezrich

Paperback, 308 pages, Anchor, $15.95, published July 10 2012 | purchase
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  • The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History
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Ben Mezrich draws on court records, FBI transcripts, NASA documents and first-person interviews to reconstruct NASA fellow Thad Roberts' theft of invaluable moon rocks, offering insight into Roberts' personality and the nature of his accomplices.

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The Idea Factory

The Idea Factory

Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

by Jon Gertner

Hardcover, 422 pages, Penguin Group USA, $29.95, published March 15 2012 | purchase
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  • Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
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Highlights achievements of Bell Labs as a leading innovator, exploring the role of its highly educated employees in developing new technologies while considering the qualities of companies where innovation and development are most successful.

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Macrowikinomics

Macrowikinomics

New Solutions for a Connected Planet

by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams

Paperback, 428 pages, Portfolio Trade, $18, published May 29 2012 | purchase
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  • New Solutions for a Connected Planet
  • Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams

The authors show in more than a dozen fields, that we have reached a historic turning point: cling to the old industrial era paradigms or use collaborative innovation to revolutionize not only the way we work, but how we live, learn, create, govern and care for one another.

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Full Body Burden

Full Body Burden

Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats

by Kristen Iversen

Hardcover, 400 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published June 5 2012 | purchase
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A narrative report by a woman who grew up near the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons facility describes the secrets that dominated her childhood, the strange cancers that afflicted her neighbors, her brief employment at Rocky Flats, and the efforts of residents to achieve legal justice.

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