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The Assault on Reason: How the Politics of Fear, Secrecy, and Blind Faith Subvert Wise Decision Making, Degrade Our Democracy, and Put Our Country and Our World in Peril
The Assault on Reason: How the Politics of Fear, Secrecy, and Blind Faith Subvert Wise Decision Making, Degrade Our Democracy, and Put Our Country and Our World in Peril
by Al Gore
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A #1 New York Times bestseller: A visionary analysis of the degradation of our public sphere and its consequences for our democracy Nobel Peace Prize winner, bestselling author, activist, and political icon, Al Gore has become one of the most respected... (read more)

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Best Democracy Money Can Buy : The Truth about Corporate Cons, Globalization, and High-Finance Fraudsters -- Expanded Election Edition
Best Democracy Money Can Buy : The Truth about Corporate Cons, Globalization, and High-Finance Fraudsters -- Expanded Election Edition
by Greg Palast
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"Palast is astonishing, he gets the real evidence no one else has the guts to dig up." Vincent Bugliosi, author of None Dare Call it Treason and Helter Skelter Award-winning investigative journalist Greg Palast digs deep to unearth the ugly facts that... (read more)

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Boom Bust: House Prices, Banking and the Depression of 2010
Boom Bust: House Prices, Banking and the Depression of 2010
by Fred Harrison
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"Harrison never wavered from his prediction that the housing boom would end in a spell of mania in 2007, followed by bust in 2008."  —The... (read more)

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Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us
Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us
by Alyssa Katz
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A look at how the nation got swept up in real estate mania, Our Lot casts the business story—the collapse of the subprime empire and its impact on the economy—as part of a government social-engineering project, dating back to the... (read more)

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Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich
Richistan: A Journey Through the American Wealth Boom and the Lives of the New Rich
by Robert Frank
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One of the major accomplishments of the Occupy movement has been to draw global attention to the massive disparity of income, wealth, and privilege concentrated in one percent of the world’s population.  In The 1% and the Rest of Us, Tim Di... (read more)

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Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth about Compassionate Conservatism
Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth about Compassionate Conservatism
by Arthur C Brooks
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Arthur C. Brooks is Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. The author of Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism, Brooks... (read more)

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Over Here: How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream
Over Here: How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream
by Edward Humes
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Quite by accident, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Humes, the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the GI Bill of Rights, sparked a profound transformation of American society and resulted in mass homeownership... (read more)

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Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer--And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class
Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer--And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class
by Jacob Hacker
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Eight of the last twelve presidents were millionaires when they took office. Millionaires have a majority on the Supreme Court, and they also make up majorities in Congress, where a background in business or law is the norm and the average member has... (read more)

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To Save the Land and People: A History of Opposition to Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia
To Save the Land and People: A History of Opposition to Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia
by Chad Montrie
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"Contains many worthwhile lessons for those who continue the ongoing struggle to halt the utter destruction of this fragile and beautiful region through unsustainable resource extraction practices." — Albert J. Fritsch, director of Appalachia... (read more)

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The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star
The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star
by Matthew Continetti
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"A compelling account of journalistic malpractice on a grand scale. Those called out in this book should not be allowed to forget what they did." -Brit Hume, senior political analyst, Fox News Sarah Palin spent more than a decade making her town and her... (read more)

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Mobilizing Resentment: Conservative Resurgence from the John Birch Society to the Promise Keepers
Mobilizing Resentment: Conservative Resurgence from the John Birch Society to the Promise Keepers
by Jean Hardisty
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Abbie Hoffman: American Rebel
Abbie Hoffman: American Rebel
by Marty Jezer
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In this sympathetic history of a maligned decade, Marty Jezer, a fellow antiwar activist, details Abbie Hoffman's humor, manic energy, depressive spells, political skills, & above all, his incurable & still contagious optimism. He presents a... (read more)

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Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping
Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping
by Judith Levine
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Power Plays: Win or Lose--How History's Great Political Leaders Play the Game
Power Plays: Win or Lose--How History's Great Political Leaders Play the Game
by Dick Morris
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Dick Morris served as Bill Clinton's political consultant for twenty years. A regular political commentator on Fox News, he is the author of ten New York Times bestsellers (all with Eileen McGann) and one Washington Post bestseller.... (read more)

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Troublemaker: Let's Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again
Troublemaker: Let's Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again
by Christine Odonnell
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The 2010 candidate for Senate—and established political “troublemaker”*--voices the quiet anger in America today: where it comes from, what its asking for, and where its going from here *Time Magazine From the moment she upset a... (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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Death by Liberalism: The Fatal Outcome of Well-Meaning Liberal Policies
Death by Liberalism: The Fatal Outcome of Well-Meaning Liberal Policies
by J R Dunn
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Center-right conservative author J. R. Dunn offers a cogent analysis of how liberalism has not only failed as an ideology but has proven fatal to citizens and societies around the world. Dunns piercing analysis of the Obama administrations perilous... (read more)

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The Jasons: The Secret History of Science's Postwar Elite
The Jasons: The Secret History of Science's Postwar Elite
by Ann Finkbeiner
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The Jasons are a well-guarded group of world-class scientists, briefly outed in the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War, who have been meeting every summer since 1960 to tackle classified problems that the Defense Department cannot solve. Among many... (read more)

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Being America: Liberty, Commerce, and Violence in an American World
Being America: Liberty, Commerce, and Violence in an American World
by Jedediah Purdy
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“Incisive and timely. . . . Purdy stands as a calm and articulate voice, able to put much of the current world situation into thoughtful and pragmatic historical context.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review "Offers refreshing... (read more)

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Searching the Heart: Women, Men, and Romantic Love in Nineteenth-Century America
Searching the Heart: Women, Men, and Romantic Love in Nineteenth-Century America
by Karen Lystra
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About the Author: Karen Lystra is Professor of American Studies at California State University, Fullerton.... (read more)

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