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Cows Save the Planet

Cows Save the Planet

And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth

by Judith D. Schwartz and Gretel Ehrlich

Paperback, 220 pages, Chelsea Green Pub Co, $17.95, published May 20 2013 | purchase
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  • Judith D. Schwartz and Gretel Ehrlich

This book explains the role of soil in ecology and the economy, and reveals how treating soil in an environmentally sensitive way can bring about positive changes with respect to climate change, biodiversity loss, obesity, and other crises.

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The Savior Generals

The Savior Generals

How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost-From Ancient Greece to Iraq

by Victor Davis Hanson

Hardcover, 305 pages, St Martins Pr, $28, published May 14 2013 | purchase
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  • How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost-From Ancient Greece to Iraq
  • Victor Davis Hanson

Traces the stories of Themistocles, Belisarius, William Tecumseh Sherman, Matthew Ridgway, and David Petraeus, evaluating their pivotal military roles and the controversies that marked their careers.

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Spam

Spam

A Shadow History of the Internet

by Finn Brunton

Hardcover, 270 pages, Mit Pr, $27.95, published March 29 2013 | purchase
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  • A Shadow History of the Internet
  • Finn Brunton

Spam emails — those commonplace nuisances in inboxes around the world — are a surprisingly complex phenomenon, part of a global criminal infrastructure in which we are all, unwittingly, entangled.

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Present Shock

Present Shock

When Everything Happens Now

by Douglas Rushkoff

Hardcover, 296 pages, Penguin Group USA, $26.95, published March 21 2013 | purchase
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  • When Everything Happens Now
  • Douglas Rushkoff

The author of Life, Inc. examines the pros and cons of today's digitally driven, real-time world, explaining how to safeguard against the vulnerabilities of instant-experience media while maximizing its benefits.

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Big Data

Big Data

A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think

by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier

Hardcover, 242 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think
  • Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier

This revelatory exploration of big data, which refers to our newfound ability to crunch vast amounts of information, analyze it instantly and draw profound and surprising conclusions from it, discusses how it will change our lives and what we can do to protect ourselves from its hazards.

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To Save Everything, Click Here

To Save Everything, Click Here

The Folly of Technological Solutionism

by Evgeny Morozov

Hardcover, 415 pages, Perseus Books Group, $28.99, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • The Folly of Technological Solutionism
  • Evgeny Morozov

Arguing that technology is changing the way we understand human society, the award-winning author of The Net Delusion discusses how the disciplines of politics, culture, public debate, morality and humanism will be affected when we delegate much of the responsibility for them to technology.

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Netflixed

Netflixed

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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  • The Epic Battle for America's Eyeballs
  • 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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  • The Real American War in Vietnam
  • 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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  • On The Map
  • A Mind-Expanding Exploration Of The Way The World Looks
  • Simon Garfield

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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  • The Generals
  • 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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