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American Backlash
American Backlash
by Michael Henry Adams
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In his insightful, award-winning work Fire and Ice, Environics president Michael Adams explored the growing divergence between American and Canadian values. Using the same mixture of polling and analysis in American Backlash, Adams fixes his penetrating... (read more)

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You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression
You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression
by Matthew Rothschild
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Chilling true stories of ordinary Americans whose everyday liberties have been violated since September 11. "I'm very liberal and sometimes my friends say I'm giving them some kind of paranoid, nutty stuff, and I agree, but then the FBI show up."—... (read more)

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I'll Be Short: Essential Ideas for Getting America to Work
I'll Be Short: Essential Ideas for Getting America to Work
by Robert Reich
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"I don't like the basic philosophy that everyone is on their own, out for themselves, a kind of social Darwinism. It's bad for society, especially now. . . . Call me crotchety, but I can't help asking, whatever happened to the social contract?" With his... (read more)

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The Obamas
The Obamas
by Jodi Kantor
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When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, he also won a long-running debate with his wife. Contrary to Michelle's fears, politics now seemed like a worthwhile, even noble pursuit. Together they planned a White House life that would be as... (read more)

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The New Unionism: Employee Involvement in the Changing Corporation
The New Unionism: Employee Involvement in the Changing Corporation
by C Heckscher
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In his visionary analysis, Charles Heckscher argues for "associational unionism", a model outside the tradition of American labor law. Rejecting the usual boundary between workers and management, Heckscher defines a genuinely new system of representation... (read more)

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Aobamanos!: The Birth of a New Political Era
Aobamanos!: The Birth of a New Political Era
by Hendrik Hertzberg
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"Hertzberg has a novelist's control of metaphor and a comedian's gift for the one-liner." -The New York Times Book Review ¡Obámanos! is powered by celebrated political essayist Hendrik Hertzberg's "Comments" for The New Yorker's "The... (read more)

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American Work: Four Centuries of Black and White Labor
American Work: Four Centuries of Black and White Labor
by Jacqueline Jones
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A sweeping social history of almost four hundred years of competition, cooperation, and exclusion. In a New World built on a foundation of tobacco, rice, timber, and peas, human labor was the key to wealth, and colonists knew that most labor was... (read more)

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Selling Out: How Big Corporate Money Buys Elections, Rams Through Legislation, and Betrays Our Democracy
Selling Out: How Big Corporate Money Buys Elections, Rams Through Legislation, and Betrays Our Democracy
by Mark Green
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Chapter One The Evil of Access: An Introduction "There are two things you need for success in politics. Money ... and I can't think of the other." -- Senator Mark Hanna (R– OH), 1903 "Political action committees and moneyed interests are setting the... (read more)

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Palinisms: The Accidental Wit and Wisdom of Sarah Palin
Palinisms: The Accidental Wit and Wisdom of Sarah Palin
by Jacob Weisberg
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"I don't know if I should Buenos Aires or Bonjour, or... this is such a melting pot. This is so beautiful. I love this diversity. Yeah. There were a whole bunch of guys named Tony in the photo line, I know that." "We used to hustle over the border for... (read more)

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Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Fight Over Taxing Inherited Wealth
Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Fight Over Taxing Inherited Wealth
by Michael J Graetz
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This fast-paced book by Yale professors Michael Graetz and Ian Shapiro unravels the following mystery: How is it that the estate tax, which has been on the books continuously since 1916 and is paid by only the wealthiest two percent of Americans, was... (read more)

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Hello, I'm Special: How Individuality Became the New Conformity
Hello, I'm Special: How Individuality Became the New Conformity
by Hal Niedzviecki
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When being a rebel is sanctioned by society, what is left to rebel against? Hal Niedzviecki has a blunt message for the army of tattoo and piercing enthusiasts, bloggers, skateboard warriors, and anyone else walking around with the smug certainty... (read more)

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Celebutards: Hollywood Hacks, Limousine Liberals, Pandering Politicians Who Are Destroying America!
Celebutards: Hollywood Hacks, Limousine Liberals, Pandering Politicians Who Are Destroying America!
by Andrea Peyser
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In the tradition of "100 People Who Are Screwing Up America," conservative "New York Post" columnist Peyser takes aim at the liberal movie stars, politicians, and public figures that she claims are polluting the integrity and morality of American society.... (read more)

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Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World
Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World
by Greg Critser
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What in American sociery has changed so dramatically to make nearly 60 percent of us overweight? Can we fix what the surgeon general calls a national "epidemic of obesity"? Greg Critser engages every aspect of American life to determine how we have made... (read more)

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The Winning Message: Candidate Behavior, Campaign Discourse, and Democracy (Communication: Society and Politics)
The Winning Message: Candidate Behavior, Campaign Discourse, and Democracy (Communication: Society and Politics)
by Adam F Simon
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This study breaks new ground in investigating candidate behavior in American electoral campaigns. It centers on a question of equal importance to citizens and scholars: how can we produce better political campaigns? First, Simon develops the idea of... (read more)

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Your Call Is Important to Us: The Truth about Bullshit
Your Call Is Important to Us: The Truth about Bullshit
by Laura Penny
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Every once in a while a truth-telling book appears out of nowhere, a book that crystallizes our darkest suspicions and makes us mad as hell — while we're laughing like fiends. A book like this one. Your Call Is Important to Us is a manifesto for... (read more)

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The New American Revolution: Using the Power of the Individual to Save Our Nation from Extremists
The New American Revolution: Using the Power of the Individual to Save Our Nation from Extremists
by Tammy Bruce
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The New American Revolution A controversial and powerful manifesto for twenty-first-century American Patriots "It's time to swing back the curtains and invite the light in. And that light is American Nationalism, perennially shunned by the Left... (read more)

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Rich: The Rise and Fall of American Wealth Culture
Rich: The Rise and Fall of American Wealth Culture
by Larry Samuel
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The first full examination of American wealth culture over the past century, Larry Samuel’s Rich completes an important chapter of the nation’s history. Rich traces the trajectory of wealth culture from the decadent Roaring Twenties up to... (read more)

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Mother Donit Fore the Best: Correspondence of a Nineteenth-Century Orphan Asylum
Mother Donit Fore the Best: Correspondence of a Nineteenth-Century Orphan Asylum
by Judith A Dulberger
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'Mother Donit fore the Best' is a touching collection of letters from the Albany Orphan Asylum in upstate New York-letters from parents to their children and to the asylum superintendent, as well as letters from children placed out on indenture and away... (read more)

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Steal This Vote: Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America
Steal This Vote: Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America
by Andrew Gumbel
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The 2000 presidential election meltdown and the more recent controversy about computer voting machines did not come out of the blue. Steal This Vote tells the fraught but very colorful history of electoral malfeasance in the United States. It is a tale... (read more)

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A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of '08 and the Descent Into Depression
A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of '08 and the Descent Into Depression
by Richard Posner
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The financial and economic crisis that began in 2008 is the most alarming of our lifetime because of the warp-speed at which it is occurring. How could it have happened, especially after all that we’ve learned from the Great Depression? Why wasn... (read more)

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