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Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists
Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists
by A. V. Club
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The Onion can do little wrong, in my eyes, and this hilarious collection of pop-culture lists from the writers of the A. V. Club proves it once again. This book is perfect for anyone with a sense of humor who's ingested any pop culture in the last 30... (read more)

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End This Depression Now!
End This Depression Now!
by Paul Krugman
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The Great Recession is more than four years old--and counting. Yet, as Paul Krugman points out in this powerful volley, "Nations rich in resources, talent, and knowledge--all the ingredients for prosperity and a decent standard of living for all--remain... (read more)

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Kennedy and Reagan: Why Their Legacies Endure
Kennedy and Reagan: Why Their Legacies Endure
by Scott Farris
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From the author of Almost President, the first dual biography and side-by-side political analysis of our oldest president and our youngest president, the Republican and Democratic spiritual leaders, born only six years apart, yet separated in the Oval... (read more)

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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
by George Packer
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A riveting examination of a nation in crisis, from one of the finest political journalists of our generation American democracy is beset by a sense of crisis. Seismic shifts during a single generation have created a country of winners and losers... (read more)

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The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America
The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America
by David A. Stockman
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A New York Times bestseller The Great Deformation is a searing look at Washington's craven response to the recent myriad of financial crises and fiscal cliffs. It counters conventional wisdom with an eighty-year revisionist history of how the American... (read more)

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Dollarocracy: How the Money-and-Media Election Complex Is Destroying America
Dollarocracy: How the Money-and-Media Election Complex Is Destroying America
by John Nichols
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In the 2012 elections, $10 billion will be spent trying to buy your vote. In Dollarocracy, media scholar Robert W. McChesney and acclaimed journalist John Nichols show how elections are becoming controlled, predictable enterprises, managed by a new class... (read more)

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Fairtax: The Truth: Answering the Critics
Fairtax: The Truth: Answering the Critics
by Neal Boortz
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In 2005, firebrand radio talk show host Neal Boortz and Georgia congressman John Linder created The FairTax Book, presenting the American public with a bold new plan designed to eliminate federal taxes and the IRS, jump-start the U.S. economy, bring back... (read more)

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Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State
Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State
by Dana Priest
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After 9/11, the United States government embarked on an unprecedented effort to protect America. The result has been calamitous: after ten years of unparalleled spending and growth, the result is that a system put in place to keep America safe may in... (read more)

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The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama
The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama
by Eric Alterman
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A major history of American liberalism and the key personalities behind the movement Why is it that nearly every liberal initiative since the end of the New Deal—whether busing, urban development, affirmative action, welfare, gun control, or... (read more)

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The Paranoid Style in American Politics: And Other Essays (Vintage)
The Paranoid Style in American Politics: And Other Essays (Vintage)
by Richard Hofstadter
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Bait and Switch
Bait and Switch
by Barbara Ehrenreich
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The New York Times bestselling investigation into white-collar unemployment from our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism--The New York Times Book Review Americans' working lives are growing more precarious every day. Corporations slash... (read more)

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The Making of the Atomic Bomb
The Making of the Atomic Bomb
by Richard Rhodes
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andlt;Bandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Awardandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;TWENTY-FIVE YEARS after its initial publication, andlt;Iandgt;The Making... (read more)

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The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives
The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives
by Sasha Abramsky
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Selected as A Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review Fifty years after Michael Harrington published his groundbreaking book The Other America, in which he chronicled the lives of people excluded from the Age of Affluence, poverty in... (read more)

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Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
by Robert D Putnam
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Once we bowled in leagues, usually after work—but no longer. This seemingly small phenomenon symbolizes a significant social change that Robert Putnam has identified in this brilliant volume, which The Economist hailed as “a prodigious... (read more)

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The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power
The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power
by Kim Ghattas
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The first inside account to be published about Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state, anchored by Ghattas's own perspective and her quest to understand America's place in the world. In November 2008, Hillary Clinton agreed to work for her former... (read more)

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The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown
The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown
by Paul Taylor
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The America of the near future will look nothing like the America of the recent past. America is in the throes of a demographic overhaul. Huge generation gaps have opened up in our political and social values, our economic well-being, our family... (read more)

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Class Matters
Class Matters
by New York Times
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A team of "New York Times" reporters spent more than a year exploring the ways in which class--defined as a combination of income, education, wealth, and occupation--influences destiny in a society that likes to think of itself as a land of unbounded... (read more)

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Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069
Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069
by William Strauss
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Hailed by national leaders as politically diverse as former Vice President Al Gore and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Generations has been heralded by reviewers as a brilliant, if somewhat unsettling, reassessment of where America is heading... (read more)

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American Dreams: Lost and Found
American Dreams: Lost and Found
by Studs Terkel
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Here is the raw material for one thousand novels....incomparable.--Margaret Atwood In this unique look at one of our most pervasive national myths, Studs Terkel persuades an extraordinary range of Americans to articulate their version of The American... (read more)

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Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture
Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture
by Kaya Oakes
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A lively examination of the spirit and practices that have made the indie movement into a powerful cultural phenomenon You know the look: skinny jeans, Chuck Taylors, perfectly mussed bed-head hair; You know the music: Modest Mouse, the Shins, Pavement... (read more)

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