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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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The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle Over American History [New in Paper] (Public Square)
The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle Over American History [New in Paper] (Public Square)
by Jill Lepore
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"Jill Lepore is a national treasure. There is no other writer so at home both as a trenchant scholar of American history and as an on-the-scene observer of our present-day follies. She etches the connection between past and present with a wisdom, grace... (read more)

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Don't Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate (A Progressive Guide to Action)
Don't Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate (A Progressive Guide to Action)
by George Lakoff
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Don't Think of An Elephant! is the antidote to the last forty years of conservative strategizing and the right wing?s stranglehold on political dialogue in the United States. Author George Lakoff explains how conservatives think, and how to counter... (read more)

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The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the World
The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the World
by W Cleon Skousen
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This is the best-selling Original Authorized Edition regularly featured by Glenn Beck to Fox TV viewers as a Must Read The nation the Founders built is now in the throes of a political, economic, social, and spiritual crisis that has driven many to an... (read more)

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The Late Great USA: NAFTA, the North American Union, and the Threat of a Coming Merger with Mexico and Canada
The Late Great USA: NAFTA, the North American Union, and the Threat of a Coming Merger with Mexico and Canada
by Jerome Corsi
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Now in paperback, the New York Times bestseller that exposes the business and government leaders who want the United States, Mexico, and Canada to merge into a North American Union similar to the European Union. The European Union was put into place... (read more)

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Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
by Steve Coll
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Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize The explosive first-hand account of America's secret history in Afghanistan With the publication of Ghost Wars, Steve Coll became not only a Pulitzer Prize winner, but also the expert on the rise of the Taliban, the... (read more)

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There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
by Alex Kotlowitz
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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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Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster
Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster
by Dana Thomas
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Once luxury was available only to the rarefied and aristocratic world of old money and royalty. It offered a history of tradition, superior quality, and a pampered buying experience. Today, however, luxury is simply a product packaged and sold by... (read more)

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If the Gods had Ment For Us To Vote
If the Gods had Ment For Us To Vote
by Jim Hightower
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Chapter OneOh God! It's a little known fact that neck cricks are a common occupational hazard among your politicking class -- right up there with wrist sprains, smile cramps, and cologne burn. Politicians suffer neck cricks because, as incongruous as it... (read more)

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Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey
Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey
by David Horowitz
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This riveting national bestseller is an intimate, uncompromising account of personal and political transformation, documenting David Horowitz's journey from 1960s radical to 1990s conservative. As he explores his painful estrangement from his radical... (read more)

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The Conscience of a Liberal: Reclaiming the Compassionate Agenda (Minnesota)
The Conscience of a Liberal: Reclaiming the Compassionate Agenda (Minnesota)
by Paul Davi Wellstone
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From his earliest childhood memories to the college classroom, from rural Minnesota farm fields and the defense of workers' rights to his 1990 election campaign promises of politics for the benefit of the people, The Conscience of a Liberal candidly... (read more)

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich
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The New York Times bestseller, and one of the most talked about books of the year, Nickel and Dimed has already become a classic of undercover reportage. Millions of Americans work for poverty-level wages, and one day Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join... (read more)

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Gig: Americans Talk about Their Jobs
Gig: Americans Talk about Their Jobs
by John Bowe and Marisa Bowe
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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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What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
by Thomas Frank
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With a New Afterword by the Author The New York Times bestseller, praised as "hilariously funny . . . the only way to understand why so many Americans have decided to vote against their own economic and political interests" (Molly Ivins) Hailed as... (read more)

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War on the Middle Class: How the Government, Big Business, and Special Interest Groups Are Waging War on the American Dream and How to Fight Ba
War on the Middle Class: How the Government, Big Business, and Special Interest Groups Are Waging War on the American Dream and How to Fight Ba
by Lou Dobbs
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Lou Dobbs's bestselling exposé of the silent assault on the living standards of ordinary Americans Millions of TV viewers have known Lou Dobbs for years as the Walter Cronkite of economics coverage, and now the anchor has become the preeminent... (read more)

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The Partly Cloudy Patriot
The Partly Cloudy Patriot
by Sarah Vowell
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Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and, in doing so, investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. In this insightful and funny collection of personal stories Vowell -- widely hailed for her inimitable stories on public radio's andlt... (read more)

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Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think, 2nd Ed
Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think, 2nd Ed
by George Lakoff
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In this classic text, the first full-scale application of cognitive science to politics, George Lakoff analyzes the unconscious and rhetorical worldviews of liberals and conservatives, discovering radically different but remarkably consistent conceptions... (read more)

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American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America
by Chris Hedges
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Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other radio and televangelists first spoke of the United States becoming a Christian nation that would build a global Christian empire, it was hard to take such hyperbolic rhetoric seriously. Today, such... (read more)

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