Provides a firsthand account of the battle against Islamic fundamentalism, from the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, offering a study of the people involved from all sides of the conflict.
An account of the thirty-seventh presidency sets Nixon's administration against a backdrop of the tumultuous civil rights movement while offering insight into how key events in the 1960s set the stage for today's political divides, in a chronicle that documents such events as the Watts riots and Nixon's landslide reelection. 60,000 first printing.
Traces the history of the Hemings family from its origins in early eighteenth-century Virginia to its dispersal after Jefferson's death in 1826, in an account that describes their family ties to the third president against a backdrop of Revolutionary America and the French Revolution. 70,000 first printing.
Chronicles the human drama behind the evolution of finance from its origins in Mesopotamia to the modern world's most recent upheavals, in an account that covers such topics as the stock market bubble that prompted the French Revolution, the theories behind common investment vehicles, and the reasons why the free market is failing to protect Hurricane Katrina victims. 75,000 first printing.
Features maps and statistics about different aspects of the world's population, covering topics that range from literacy rates and health indicators to television viewing practices and endangered species listings.
Sweet Land of Liberty is an epic, revelatory account of the abiding quest for justice in states from Illinois to New York, and of how the intense northern struggle differed from and was inspired by the fight down South.
A thought-provoking essay on the troubling issue of racism explains how self-serving individuals and political hacks have used accusations of racism, sexism, homophobia, and other kinds of bias to further their own agenda, in a study that blends legal analysis and anecdotes to call for the treatment of racism as a social problem requiring understanding and honest evaluation.
Based on a series of interviews with American centenarians for NPR's series "100 Years of Stories," this oral history of the twentieth century shares the seniors' thoughts on life, positive thinking, love, and living for the moment. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
The work that nearly 100,000 armed men do alongside the overworked military during the Iraq war as "security contractors" is examined in a gritty account of the lives of these mercenaries, their dangerous assignments, and their motivation for doing what they do.
In 2002, an ancient limestone box called the James Ossuary was trumpeted on front pages as the first material evidence of the existence of Jesus Christ. Today it is exhibit A in a forgery trial involving millions of dollars worth of high-end Biblical-era relics, which could lead to the incarceration of some very wealthy men and embarrass major international institutions, including the British Museum and Sotheby's. Set in Israel, with its 30,000 archaeological digs crammed with biblical-era artifacts, andfull of colorful characters—scholars, evangelicals, detectives, and millionaire collectors—this book tells the story of what Israeli authorities have called "the fraud of the century." It takes readers into the murky world of Holy Land relic dealing, from the back alleys of Jerusalem's Old City to New York's Fifth Avenue, and reveals biblical archaeology as it is pulled apart by religious believers on one side and scientists on the other.—From publisher description.
The son of an Iranian diplomat and grandson of an ayatollah who grew up in exile offers an insightful study of the economic, political, and social forces that underly the vast paradoxes in Iranian character, examining Iran as a Muslim, Shiite, and Persian country and sharing the real-life people and diverse voices behind the modern-day nation. 50,000 first printing.
A cross-section of Americans—from an embittered Miss America to Arnold Schwarzenegger, from Jesse Helms to a KKK member, from businessmen and Brahmins to activists and immigrants—speak of their hopes, expectations, and disappointments
An award-winning journalist offers a revealing study of the crisis confronting professional journalism in an era of rapid technological innovation and change, explaining why a decline in journalistic professionalism prompted by the economic challenge of new media could have serious repercussions for democracy as a whole.
A cultural exploration of vampire lore and the lifestyles it has inspired in the modern world recounts the author's visits to convergence sites in New York clubs, darkened parks, and chain restaurants.