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Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World
Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World
by Sarah Vowell
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Susan Salter Reynolds Los Angeles Times Book Review Sarah Vowell is a madonna of Americana.... (read more)

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Assassination Vacation
Assassination Vacation
by Sarah Vowell
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Leave it to Sarah Vowell to roam across America in search of the motivations and culture of political murder. Obsessive, edifying, and, of course, witty, Assassination Vacation is unlike any other historical tourism or travel writing book you'll ever... (read more)

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The Wordy Shipmates
The Wordy Shipmates
by Sarah Vowell
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In this New York Times bestseller, the author of Assassination Vacation "brings the [Puritan] era wickedly to life" (Washington Post). To this day, America views itself as a Puritan nation, but Sarah Vowell investigates what that means — and what... (read more)

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The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation
The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation
by Drew Westen
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In recent years, it’s become increasingly clear that emotion plays a central role in global politics. For example, people readily care about acts of terrorism and humanitarian crises because they appeal to our compassion for human suffering. These... (read more)

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The Last American Man
The Last American Man
by Elizabeth Gilbert
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Elizabeth Gilbert first met Eustace Conway in New York City, on the sidewalk in front of her apartment. He'd traveled from North Carolina, dressed in handmade buckskin clothing and "carrying an impressive knife on his belt." Gilbert, a regular... (read more)

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Bring Back the Bureaucrats: Why More Federal Workers Will Lead to Better (and Smaller!) Government (New Threats to Freedom)
Bring Back the Bureaucrats: Why More Federal Workers Will Lead to Better (and Smaller!) Government (New Threats to Freedom)
by John Diiluio
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In Bring Back the Bureaucrats, John J. DiIulio Jr., one of Americas most respected political scientists (who has served under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama), summons the facts and statistics to show us why we need to dramatically increase the... (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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The host of radio's The Neal Boortz Show, syndicated in nearly two hundred national markets, Neal Boortz is the author (with Congressman John Linder) of the New York Times bestsellers The FairTax Book and FairTax: The Truth, and author of The Terrible... (read more)

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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
by Eric Schlosser
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"What we eat has changed more in the last forty years than in the last forty thousand," Schlosser observes, yet most Americans know very little about how that food is made, where, by whom, and at what cost. Fast Food Nation traces the industry's... (read more)

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Thinking Points: Communicating Our American Values and Vision: A Progressive's Handbook
Thinking Points: Communicating Our American Values and Vision: A Progressive's Handbook
by George Lakoff
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Two years ago George Lakoff published the bestselling Don't Think of an Elephant Its account of the conservative monopoly on effective framing touched off a national discussion about political language. It also gave rise to a chorus of pleas for more... (read more)

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The Idea of a Party System
The Idea of a Party System
by Richard Hofstadter
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The late Richard Hofstadter was DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. He was the author of many books and articles on American History and twice received the Pulitzer Prize: in History in 1956, and in general nonfiction in 1964.... (read more)

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Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth about the "Real" America
Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth about the "Real" America
by Dante Chinni
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A provocative counterargument to the blue/red divide that illuminates our country's multidimensional political spectrum. In a climate of culture wars and economic uncertainty, the media have often reduced America to a simplistic schism between red and... (read more)

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The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30)
The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30)
by Mark Bauerlein
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This shocking, surprisingly entertaining romp into the intellectual nether regions of today's underthirty set reveals the disturbing and, ultimately, incontrovertible truth: cyberculture is turning us into a society of know-nothings.... (read more)

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Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
by Chuck Klosterman
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Klosterman understands your life. Intimately. Through this seemingly meandering and always hilarious critique of modern pop culture, he exposes how unlikely cultural minutiae make our society tick and dictate how we live our lives.... (read more)

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The Closing of the American Mind
The Closing of the American Mind
by Allan Bloom
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THE BRILLIANT AND CONTROVERSIAL CRITIQUE OF AMERICAN CULTURE WITH NEARLY A MILLION COPIES IN PRINT  In 1987, eminent political philosopher Allan Bloom published The Closing of the American Mind, an appraisal of contemporary America that “hits... (read more)

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Hotel: An American History
Hotel: An American History
by A Sandoval Strausz
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"The authority and imagination with [which Sandoval-Strausz] explores an impressive range of subjects, orchestrating them within a taut, holistic framework render Hotel an exceptional study by any standard."--Richard Longstreth, Journal of Social... (read more)

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War Is a Racket: The Anti-War Classic by America's Most Decorated General
War Is a Racket: The Anti-War Classic by America's Most Decorated General
by Smedley D Butler
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General Butler's screed crosses all ideological boundaries.... (read more)

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The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot
The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot
by Naomi Wolf
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The End of America should be required reading for every American. Rather than giving us a partisan 600-page tome on the crimes of the Bush administration, Naomi Wolf lays out clearly and concisely how we as a people have allowed our government to move... (read more)

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American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush
American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush
by Kevin P. Phillips
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The contrarian historian and analyst upends the conventional reading of the American Revolution In 1775, iconoclastic historian and bestselling author Kevin Phillips punctures the myth that 1776 was the watershed year of the American Revolution. He... (read more)

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The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement
The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement
by David Brooks
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With unequaled insight and brio, New York Times columnist David Brooks has long explored and explained the way we live. Now Brooks turns to the building blocks of human flourishing in a multilayered, profoundly illuminating work grounded in everyday life.... (read more)

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Hardball: How Politics Is Played Told by One Who Knows the Game
Hardball: How Politics Is Played Told by One Who Knows the Game
by Christophe Matthews
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Timed to re-release simultaneously with Chris Matthews’s new book Jack Kennedy, which Simon & Schuster will publish this fall, this national bestseller explores the fascinating, largely unknown, relationship between Nixon and Kennedy and the... (read more)

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