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Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
by Eric Schlosser
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Americas black market is much larger than we realize, and it affects us all deeply, whether or not we smoke pot, rent a risqué video, or pay our kids nannies in cash. In Reefer Madness the best-selling author of Fast Food Nation turns his... (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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The Men Who Stare at Goats
The Men Who Stare at Goats
by Jon Ronson
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Military secrets are hard to come by, but when they reveal plans as bizarre as those of the U.S. Army's First Earth Battalion, just be grateful that Jon Ronson is doing the digging. His last book, Them, revealed Ronson to be an expert at revealing the... (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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Swim against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go with the Flow
Swim against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go with the Flow
by Jim Hightower and Susan DeMarco
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America’s most irascible and hilarious curmudgeon turns a kind and benevolent eye toward brave, hardy, and hardworking souls around the country who have found ways to break free from corporate tentacles; redefine success in business, politics, and... (read more)

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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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Take the Cannoli is a moving and wickedly funny collection of personal stories stretching across the immense landscape of the American scene. Vowell tackles subjects such as identity, politics, religion, art, and history with a biting humor. She... (read more)

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The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (American Empire Project)
The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (American Empire Project)
by Chalmers Johnson
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"Impressive . . . a powerful indictment of U.S. military and foreign policy." -Los Angeles Times Book Review, front page In the years after the Soviet Union imploded, the United States was described first as the globe's "lone superpower," then as a... (read more)

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P.S.: Further Thoughts from a Lifetime of Listening
P.S.: Further Thoughts from a Lifetime of Listening
by Studs Terkel
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning oral historian and nonagenarian makes a selection of his favorite unpublished writings, broadcasts, and interviews. Millions of Studs Terkel fans have come to know the prizewinning oral historian through his landmark books—... (read more)

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Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America
Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America
by Arianna Huffington
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Who filled the trough? Who set the table at the banquet of greed? How has it been possible for corporate pigs to gorge themselves on grossly inflated pay packages and heaping helpings of stock options while the average American struggles to make do with... (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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I Want That!: How We All Became Shoppers
I Want That!: How We All Became Shoppers
by Thomas Hine
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“ Hine offers fresh insight into why we shop and how we are--in some ways--born to do so. A jaunty writer who breaks down an unwieldy topic in to a thoughtful cultural riff... Hine delivers a balanced and entertaining analysis of how we arrived at... (read more)

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The Hippie Dictionary: A Cultural Encyclopedia of the 1960s and 1970s
The Hippie Dictionary: A Cultural Encyclopedia of the 1960s and 1970s
by John Mccleary
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Considered extremists because of their attitudes toward civil rights, sexual freedom, organized religion, the war in Vietnam, drugs, equal rights for women, and the environment, yesterday's hippies have matured into today's political and corporate... (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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Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad. That's a lengthy list of charges, but here Eric Schlosser makes them stick... (read more)

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A Time to Fight: Reclaiming a Fair and Just America
A Time to Fight: Reclaiming a Fair and Just America
by Jim Webb
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“Im the only person in the history of Virginia elected to statewide office with a Union card, two Purple Hearts, and three tattoos." Jim Webb—the bestselling author and now the celebrated, outspoken U.S. Senator from Virginia&#8212... (read more)

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The Barack Obama Miscellany: Hundreds of Fascinating Facts about America's Great New President
The Barack Obama Miscellany: Hundreds of Fascinating Facts about America's Great New President
by Mark Hanks
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Did you know, for example, that his first job was scooping ice-cream at Baskin-Robbins? Or that his favorite book is Moby Dick? Maybe you want to find out where he took Michelle on their first date, or the facts behind his meteoric rise from junior state... (read more)

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The 9/11 Investigations: Staff Reports of the 9/11 Commission: Excerpts from the House-Senate Joint Inquiry Report on 9/11: Testimony from Four (Publicaffairs Reports)
The 9/11 Investigations: Staff Reports of the 9/11 Commission: Excerpts from the House-Senate Joint Inquiry Report on 9/11: Testimony from Four (Publicaffairs Reports)
by National Commission
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The 9/11 Investigations lifts the curtain on the top-secret investigations into the worst attack in American history. Here in one place is the most salient information from both the Joint House-Senate Inquiry and the 9/11 Commission investigation... (read more)

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Carnival Culture: The Trashing of Taste in America
Carnival Culture: The Trashing of Taste in America
by James B Twitchell
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Twitchell's witty, wide-ranging book exposes the changes in publishing, movie making, and TV programming since the 1960s that have wreaked havoc on American taste. "Vividly dissects American entertainment".--Newsweek. 51 illustrations.... (read more)

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The Fox in the Henhouse: How Privatization Threatens Democracy
The Fox in the Henhouse: How Privatization Threatens Democracy
by Si Kahn
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Research has shown that people who enjoy their work are more productive and creative and generally have higher levels of job satisfaction. Fun workplaces report high levels of team spirit and employee morale. And given today's extremely low unemployment... (read more)

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Grassroots and Nonprofit Leadership: A Guide for Organizations in Changing Times
Grassroots and Nonprofit Leadership: A Guide for Organizations in Changing Times
by Berit Lakey
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For activists who want practical ideas to improve their organizational life. This indispensable source book for leaders and active members draws on the experience of effective organizational development professionals, community organizers, and leaders of... (read more)

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