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Race and Social Change: A Quest, A Study, A Call to Action
by Max Klau
published by Wiley

Recent events have turned the spotlight on the issue of race in modern America, and the current cultural climate calls out for more research, education, dialogue, and understanding. Race and Social Change: A Quest, A Study, A Call to Action focuses on a provocative social science experiment with the potential to address these needs.

The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians
by Naomi Schaefer Riley
published by Encounter Books

If you want to know why American Indians have the highest rates of poverty of any racial group, why suicide is the leading cause of death among Indian men, why native women are two and a half times more likely to be raped than the national average and why gang violence affects American Indian youth more than any other group, do not look to history.

Under the Wire: Marie Colvin's Final Assignment
by Paul Conroy
published by Weinstein Books

Zero Dark Thirty meets 127 Hours—a riveting war journal from photographer Paul Conroy, who accompanied Marie Colvin (called by her peers “the greatest war correspondent of her generation”) during her ill-fated final assignment in Syria.

We Can All Do Better
by Senator Bill Bradley
published by Vanguard Press

From one of the foremost political and cultural thought leaders of our time, New York Times bestselling author Senator Bill Bradley comes, We Can All Do Better, a game-changing and thought-provoking book about how we can break our present cycle of despair, frustration, and cynicism permeating country, and presents a unique opportunity for American voters to partake in a more participatory form of democracy. Rebooting for the New Talent Economy
by Andrew S. Rosen
published by Kaplan

In, Andrew S. Rosen clearly and entertainingly details how far the American higher education system has strayed from the goals of access, quality, affordability, and accountability that should characterize our system, and offers a prescription to restore American educational pre-eminence. This outlines "seven certainties" of education in the coming 25 years, and how our system must prepare for the coming changes.

The New Health Age: The Future of Health Care in America
by David Houle and Jonathan Fleece
published by Sourcebooks

This book sets forth what health care and medicine will look like in the years ahead. It identifies all the chaos and chatter around health care today and organizes the dialog into helpful and accurate "context." It is being called THE book to intelligently shape and guide the discussion and reorganization of health care reform in America.

Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics (The Politics of Intersectionality)
by Ange-Marie Hancock
published by Palgrave Macmillan

Written in plain language for an educated trade audience, this book takes the political theory of intersectionality -- the most cutting-edge approach to the politics of gender, race, sexual orientation, and class -- and introduces it to the general public for the first time.

Clean Energy Nation: Freeing America From the Tyranny of Fossil Fuels
by Congressman Jerry McNerney, Ph.D. and Martin Cheek
published by AMACOM

Congressman Jerry McNerny, Ph.D. and Martin Cheek offer a frank, unbiased discussion of our dual energy crisis: rapidly depleting oil resources accompanied by dramatic climate changes. Then, without glossing over the obstacles, the authors explore what can be done -- and what is already working -- to resolve the problem.

Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World
by Lisa Bloom
published by Vanguard Press

Packed with thought-provoking, revelatory points that will get your gray matter growing again, Think is delivered in a no-nonsense, straight-talk manner that will make you laugh, squirm, and question yourself -- and most importantly -- make you start thinking again.

Inconceivable: A Medical Mistake, the Baby We Couldn't Keep, and Our Choice to Deliver the Ultimate Gift
by Carolyn & Sean Savage
published by Harper

A medical mistake during an IVF procedure. An unthinkable situation . . . you’re pregnant with the wrong baby. You can't terminate, but you can’t keep him. What choice would you make?

Where Does the Money Go? Rev Ed: Your Guided Tour to the Federal Budget Crisis
by Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson
published by Harper

Newly Revised and Updated
Updated to reflect on the financial crisis of 2008-09 and the sweeping legislation passed by the Obama administration in its first year, this is an irreverent and candid guide to the federal budget crisis that breaks down into plain English exactly what the Fat Cats in Washington are arguing about.

American Idol: The Untold Story
by Richard Rushfield
published by Hyperion

Each season American Idol delivers on a promise whose epic scope is unparalleled in the annals of competition: to take an unknown dreamer from the middle of America and turn him or her into a genuine star. It has become not only the biggest show on television, but the biggest force in all of entertainment; its alumni dominate the recording charts and Broadway, win Academy Awards, and sweep up Grammys.

What Will Happen to Me?
by Howard Zehr & Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz
published by Good Books

What is life like for a child who has a parent in prison?

Drowning in Oil: BP & the Reckless Pursuit of Profit
by Loren Steffy
published by McGraw-Hill

As night settled on April 20, 2010, a series of explosions rocked Deepwater Horizon, the immense semisubmersible drilling platform leased by British Petroleum, located 40 miles off the Louisiana coast. Drowning in Oil, by award-winning Houston Chronicle business reporter and columnist Loren Steffy is an unprecedented and gripping narrative of this catastrophe and how BP's winner-take-all business culture made it all but inevitable.

Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer
by Andrea Lyon
published by Kaplan Publishing

Dubbed the "Angel of Death Row" by the Chicago Tribune, Lyon was the first woman to serve as lead attorney in a death penalty case. Throughout her career, she has defended those accused of heinous acts and argued that, no matter their guilt or innocence, they deserved a chance at redemption.

Who Turned Out the Lights?: Your Guided Tour to the Energy Crisis
by Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson
published by Harper

We are on the verge of a crippling energy crisis that could undermine our economy and change our way of life. In Who Turned Out the Lights?, Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson, editors of the award-winning nonpartisan Web site, offer a much-needed reality check.

Children of Dust: A Memoir of Pakistan
by Ali Eteraz
published by HarperOne

Children of Dust is an extraordinary adventure that reveals the diversity of Islamic beliefs, the vastness of the Pakistani diaspora, and the very human search for home. It is a spellbinding portrayal of a life that few Americans can imagine.

Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America
by Richard Benjamin
published by Hyperion

Between 2007 and 2009, Rich Benjamin, a journalist-adventurer, packed his bags and embarked on a 26,909-mile journey throughout the heart of white America, to some of the fastest-growing and whitest locales in our nation.

Racing Toward Armageddon: The Three Great Religions and the Plot to End the World
by Michael Baigent
published by HarperOne

International bestselling author and controversial religion theorist Michael Baigent turns his keen attentions to modern-day Jerusalem and its increasingly important role in global affairs, exploring yet another of his explosive theories: that hardliners within the three great Abrahamic religions are working to hasten our end as prophesized in each of their texts and traditions of faith.

The Audacity of Help: Obama's Economic Plan and the Remaking of America
by John Wasik
published by Bloomberg Press

The Audacity of Help unrolls the blueprints and looks at how the packages passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama will affect healthcare, education, the environment, energy, taxes, and more.

The Cul-De-Sac Syndrome
by John Wasik
published by Bloomberg Press

Wasik's observations are firmly grounded in exclusive on-the-ground research, interviews with thought leaders, and the latest studies and statistics. He exposes the untold truths about home ownership: “green” isn't always so “green”; life isn't cheaper after accounting for gas, water, and taxes; and modern suburban living isn't so idyllic considering the toll it takes on our health.

Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan
by Doug Stanton
published by Scribner (S&S)

Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered forty to one, they pursued the enemy across mountainous terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential if they were to defeat the Taliban.

The Islamist
by Ed Husain
published by Penguin

Though raised in a devout but quiet Muslim community in London, at sixteen Ed Husain discovered an intriguing political interpretation of Islam known as Islamism. Lured in by its ambitiously fundamentalist tenets, Islamism quickly became the center of his life.

Wounded by School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing Up to Old School Culture
by Kirsten Olson
published by Teachers College Press

While reformers and policymakers focus on achievement gaps, testing, and accountability, millions of students mentally and emotionally disengage from learning and many gifted teachers leave the field. Ironically, today's schooling is damaging the single most essential component to education -- the joy of learning.

The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World
by Jacqueline Novogratz
published by Rodale

The Blue Sweater is the inspiring story of a woman who left a career in international banking to spend her life on a quest to understand global poverty and find powerful new ways of tackling it.

Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America
by Russ Baker
published by Bloomsbury Press

After eight disastrous years, George W. Bush leaves office as one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. Russ Baker asks the question that lingers even as this benighted administration winds down: Who really wanted this man at the helm of the country, and why did his backers promote him despite his obvious liabilities and limitations?

In a Time of War: The Proud and Perilous Journey of West Point's Class of 2002
by Bill Murphy Jr.
published by Henry Holt

In a Time of War focuses on two members of the class of 2002 in particular: Todd Bryant, an amiable, funny Californian for whom military service was a family tradition; and Drew Sloan, the hardworking son of liberal parents from Arkansas who is determined to serve his country.

Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Sergeant Drew Peterson
by Joseph Hosey
published by Phoenix Books

Drawing upon exclusive interviews with Stacy [Peterson]'s friends and family and even Drew himself. Chicago-area reporter Joseph Hosey presents the most researched account of the Stacy Peterson case yet.

The Myth of the Oil Crisis: Overcoming the Challenges of Depletion, Geopolitics, and Global Warming
by Robin M. Mills
published by Praeger Publishers

With oil around $100 a barrel, drivers wince whenever they pull into the gas station and businesses watch their bottom lines shrink. "Watch out," say doomsayers, "it will only get worse as oil dries up."

The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don't Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need--And What We Can Do About It
by Tony Wagner
published by Basic Books

Despite the best efforts of educators, our nation’s schools are dangerously obsolete. Instead of teaching students to be critical thinkers and problem-solvers, we are asking them to memorize facts for multiple choice tests. This problem isn’t limited to low-income school districts: even our top schools aren’t teaching or testing the skills that matter most in the global knowledge economy.

You Don't Know Me: A Citizen's Guide to Republican Family Values
by Win McCormack
published by Tin House Press

You Don't Know Me details over one hundred cases of sexual misconduct by Republican officials, office holders, and ideological supporters. In addition to augmenting the public's knowledge of infamous scandals of recent times, the book unearths a multitude of other instances of Republican sexual waywardness, most criminal in nature.

A Declaration of Energy Independence: How Freedom from Foreign Oil Can Improve National Security, Our Economy, and the Environment
by Jay Hakes
published by Wiley

A former national energy official offers a viable plan for American energy independence. A Declaration of Energy Independence takes a nonpartisan, honest approach to these fundamental questions and obliterates the political and economic myths of both conservatives and liberals. Jay E. Hakes combines real facts and solid science with historical context to ask the right questions and propose the best answers. After educating readers on the facts, A Declaration of Energy Independence goes on to offer an seven-point plan for breaking free from the costly energy trap and enhancing American influence abroad.

The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
by Vincent Bugliosi
published by Vanguard-Perseus

Famed prosecutor and #1 New York Times-bestselling author Bugliosi argues there is overwhelming evidence President Bush took the nation to war in Iraq under false pretenses and must be held accountable for what he considers to be monumental crimes.

Your Government Failed You: Breaking the Cycle of National Security Disasters
by Richard A. Clarke
published by Ecco - HarperCollins

Richard Clarke's dramatic statement to the grieving families during the 9/11 Commission hearings touched a raw nerve across America. Not only had our government failed to prevent the 2001 terrorist attacks, but it has proven itself, time and again, incapable of handling the majority of our most crucial national security issues, from Iraq to Katrina and beyond.

Forgive Us Our Debts: The Intergenerational Dangers of Fiscal Irresponsibility
by Andrew Yarrow
published by Yale University Press

Andrew Yarrow explains in accessible terms why federal debt is rising (and will soon rise much faster), what effects it may have on Americans if debt is not brought under control, why our government borrows, and what it will take to pay it all back.

The Coming China Wars: Where They Will Be Fought and How They Can Be Won, Revised and Expanded Edition
by Peter Navarro and Greg Autry
published by FT Press

In this comprehensive look at the awakening giant that is China, Peter Navarro describes an emerging power beleaguered by both internal and external threats-if the Japanese don't get them, AIDS and SARS will.

The Threat Closer to Home: Hugo Chavez and the War Against America
by Douglas Schoen
published by Free Press

Hugo Chavez, the current president of Venezuela and a self-proclaimed enemy of the United States, commands what even Osama bin Laden only dreams of -- but few Americans see him as a true danger to this country. This book argues that we should.

Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power
by John Harwood and Gerald Seib
published by Random House

Pennsylvania Avenue, the 1.2-mile stretch between the White House and the Capitol, is where the influential and ambitious congregate. Through stories of party strategists, moneymen, policy-makers, fixers, socialites, lobbyists, spinners, dealmakers, and more, Harwood and Seib explore the great political transformations that have altered the relationship between Americans and their government.

Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children
by Marci A. Hamilton
published by Cambridge University Press

Recent coverage of widespread abuse in schools and in churches has brought the once-taboo subject of childhood sexual abuse to the forefront. Despite increased awareness of this crisis, the United States has not succeeded in establishing effective means of deterring and preventing abuse or providing justice to victims.

Ring of Hell: The Story of Chris Benoit and the Fall of the Pro Wrestling Industry
by Matthew Randazzo V
published by Phoenix Books

Chris Benoit was universally recognized as the best pro wrestling had to offer: a decent, humble, and devoted family man loved and admired by all who knew him. Nobody could have predicted the horrific events of June 22-24, 2007 when Chris strangled his wife and seven-year old son before committing suicide.

The Fattening of America: How The Economy Makes Us Fat, If It Matters, and What To Do About It
by Eric A. Finkelstein and Laurie Zuckerman
published by Wiley

Eric Finkelstein is a renowned health economist who has spent much of his career studying the economics of obesity. Now, with the help of coauthor Laurie Zuckerman, he skillfully reveals the economic drivers behind America's growing obesity epidemic, its impact on society, and what can be done to get the epidemic under control.

A More Perfect Constitution: 23 Proposals to Revitalize our Constitution and Make America a Fairer Country
by Dr. Larry J. Sabato
published by Walker and Co.

In A More Perfect Constitution, Larry Sabato persuasively argues that, while much of the Constitution should remain sacred, some crucial revisions are essential to restore equity for ordinary citizens, for until some of its outmoded provisions are reformed, we will continue to have more of the same political stagnation.

Global Warning: The Last Chance for Change
by Paul Brown and Gerd Leipold
published by Reader's Digest

Scientists may still be discussing what caused the disappearance of the once-dominant dinosaurs, but there is no doubt among any of them what is causing the current round of mass extinctions. It is mankind.

Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil
by John Ghazvinian
published by Harcourt

Although Africa has long been known to be rich in oil, extracting it hadn't seemed worth the effort and risk until recently. But with the price of Middle Eastern crude oil skyrocketing and advancing technology making reserves easier to tap, the region has become the scene of a competition between major powers.

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: The New Liberal Menace in America
by Stephen Marshall
published by The Disinformation Company

Forget the neoconservatives. As the Democrats retake Washington and progressives think they can pull the U.S. back from the brink, Stephen Marshall's up close and personal investigation finds that the biggest threat to Western democracy is the U.S. liberal elite.

Air America: The Playbook: What a Bunch of Left-Wing Media Types Have to Say about a World Gone Right
by David Bender, Chuck D, Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, Thom Hartmann, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Rachel Maddow, Mike Malloy, Mike Papantonio, Randi Rhodes, Mark Riley, San Seder, Introduction by Al Franken
published by Rodale

Have you ever secretly felt that you would do a better job of running the country than the people in charge now? Well, the truth is, you're right.

The Republican Playbook
by Andy Borowitz
published by Hyperion

Scandals. Lies. A breathtaking disregard for federal laws. How on earth do the Republicans keep winning? Easy: They've got a Playbook.

Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey Through Heatrache to Activism
by Cindy Sheehan
published by Atria

On April 4, 2004, Cindy Sheehan learned that Casey, the eldest of her four children, had been killed in Iraq, where he was serving in the United States Army. After struggling through crippling grief for three weeks, she came to an epiphany: "I will spend my life trying to make Casey's sacrifice count for peace and love, not killing and hate."

Uncivilized Beasts and Shameless Hellions: Travels with an NPR Correspondent
by John F. Burnett
published by Rodale

As a radio journalist whose work appears regularly on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, John F. Burnett has reported from the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco and the Kosovo conflict; covered the guerilla wars in Central America; ridden with US marines during the invasion of Iraq; and reported from the flooded streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and from New York City, Pakistan, and Afghanistan in the weeks and months following 9/11.

Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back
by Amy Goodman and David Goodman
published by Hyperion

In Static, the brother-sister team of Amy Goodman, host of the popular international TV and radio news hour Democracy Now!, and investigative journalist David Goodman takes on government liars, corporate profiteers, and the media that have acted as their cheerleaders.

The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq
by Rory Stewart
published by Harcourt

In August 2003, at the age of thirty, Rory Stewart took a taxi from Jordan to Baghdad. A Farsi-speaking British diplomat who had recently completed an epic walk from Turkey to Bangladesh, he was soon appointed deputy governor of Amara and then Nasiriyah, provinces in the remote, impoverished marsh regions of southern Iraq.

How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place
by Bjorn Lomborg
published by Cambridge

In a world fraught with problems and challenges, we need to gauge how to achieve the greatest good with our money.

Black Gold: The New Frontier in Oil for Investors
by George Orwel
published by Wiley

Modern living is driven by oil, from the gasoline that propels our cars to the electricity that powers our homes to the military that protects our freedom. Throughout the twentieth century, a relatively uninterrupted supply of oil has fueled our nation's unparalleled growth.

The Places in Between
by Rory Stewart
published by Harcourt

In January 2002 Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan -- surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations.

Central Liberal Truth: How Politics Can Change a Culture and Save It from Itself
by Lawrence E. Harrison
published by Oxford University Press

Which cultural values, beliefs, and attitudes best promote democracy, social justice, and prosperity? How can we use the forces that shape cultural change, such as religion, child-rearing practices, education, and political leadership?

Flight Capital: The Alarming Exodus of America's Best and Brightest
by David Heenan
published by Davies-Black

The United States has always attracted talented immigrants who created wealth and intellectual capital for their adopted nation. Today, more than half of the Ph.D.s working in the U.S. are foreign born. Immigrant brainpower has never shone brighter. There's just one problem: Now it's going home.

Bat Boy Lives! The Weekly World News Guide to Politics, Culture, Celebrities, Alien Abductions, and the Mutant Freaks That Shape Our World
by David Perel and the Editors of the Weekly World News
published by Sterling

All serious newshounds know that there are many important stories that are simply too scandalous, too risque, or too dangerous for so-called reputable news sources to print. Devoted truth-seekers have always been able to turn to the Weekly World News.

The Battle for Social Security: From FDR's Vision to Bush's Gamble
by Nancy J. Altman
published by Wiley

In the chaotic aftermath of September 11th, millions of Americans reached into their pockets to contribute to the red Cross and other charitable organizations assisting victims' families. But the most immediate, sustained, and generous support came from Social Security.

Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
by Barbara Ehrenreich
published by Metropolitan Books

Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed explored the lives of low-wage workers. Now, in Bait and Switch, she enters another hidden realm of the economy: the shadowy world of the white-collared unemployed.

Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy
by Matthew R. Simmons
published by John Wiley & Sons

Without question, Saudi Arabian oil fields provide the rest of the world with its most plentiful, low-cost oil resource. The question is how long can they continue to keep these critical pipelines open. Twilight in the Desert answers that question with keen examination instead of unsubstantiated posturing.

The Washing Machine: How Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Soils Us
by Nick Kochan
published by Texere

Money laundering schemes are used to fund terrorists, evade taxes, sell arms, or accumulate obscene amounts of wealth. They divert money from every honest person into the pockets of criminals.

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