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Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War
Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War
by Robert M Gates
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Robert M. Gates served as secretary of defense from 2006 to 2011. He also served as an officer in the United States Air Force and worked for the Central Intelligence Agency before being appointed director of the agency by President George H. W. Bush. He... (read more)

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The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
by Matt Taibbi
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Matt Taibbi has been a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and the author of five previous books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Great Derangement and Griftopia. He lives in New Jersey.... (read more)

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The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power
The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power
by Kim Ghattas
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The first inside account to be published about Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state, anchored by Ghattas's own perspective and her quest to understand America's place in the world. In November 2008, Hillary Clinton agreed to work for her former... (read more)

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Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words
Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words
by Lisa Rogak
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Lisa Rogak, author of the New York Times bestseller Barack Obama in His Own Words, now brings readers Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words—quotations from the former First Lady, Senator from New York, and Secretary of State that go beyond politics... (read more)

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Love and War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home
Love and War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home
by James Carville and Mary Matalin
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For twenty years, James Carville and Mary Matalin have held the mantle of the nations most politically opposed, ideologically mismatched, and intensely opinionated couple. In this follow-up to their groundbreaking All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for... (read more)

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Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better
Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better
by Peter Schuck
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"For Peter Schuck, 'government failure' is neither a political creed nor a reactionary slogan. It is an empirical fact that demands explanation and response. His book shows that, at the federal level, policy failure is pervasive, nonpartisan, and firmly... (read more)

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UnSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation
UnSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation
by Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson
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Americans are bombarded daily with mixed messages, half-truths, misleading statements, and out-and-out fabrications masquerading as facts. The news media-once the vaunted watchdogs of our republic-are often too timid or distracted to identify these... (read more)

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The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class
The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class
by Bernie Sanders
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In the wake of President Obamas deal with congressional Republicans to preserve Bush-era tax cuts—tax cuts that gave colossal breaks to the wealthiest Americans— Senator Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, publicly denounced... (read more)

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Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
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"This shit would be really interesting if we weren't in the middle of it." Barack Obama, September 2008 In 2008, the presidential election became blockbuster entertainment. Everyone was watching as the race for the White House unfolded like something... (read more)

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American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley: His Battle for Chicago and the Nation
American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley: His Battle for Chicago and the Nation
by A Cohen
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Now in paperback comes the story of Richard J. Daley, the last of the big city bosses, the patriarch of a political dynasty, and a major national figure in American urban politics. of photos.... (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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The Political Brain is a groundbreaking investigation into the role of emotion in determining the political life of the nation. For two decades Drew Westen, professor of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University, has explored a theory of the mind... (read more)

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The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted
The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted
by Mike Lofgren
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The New York Times–bestselling manifesto about Americas broken political system and how it got that way Mike Lofgren was once a proud Republican. When he came to Washington in the early 1980s, the party was controlled by what was mostly a rational... (read more)

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Vultures' Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores
Vultures' Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores
by Greg Palast
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The New York Times bestselling author of Armed Madhouse offers a globetrotting, Sam Spade-style investigation that blows the lid off the oil industry, the banking industry, and the governmental agencies that aren't regulating either. This is the story... (read more)

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10 Steps to Repair American Democracy: A More Perfect Union-2012 Election Edition
10 Steps to Repair American Democracy: A More Perfect Union-2012 Election Edition
by Steven Hill
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10 Steps to Repair American Democracy, 2nd edition, outlines problems with American elections and proposes specific reforms to reinvigorate them. Citing low participation rates among voters and other negative consequences of our current system, Hill... (read more)

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The Democratic Debate: American Politics in an Age of Change
The Democratic Debate: American Politics in an Age of Change
by Bruce Miroff
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The Democratic Debate examines the struggle between the elite and popular models of democracy which, the authors argue, have alternated as the dominant vision in America since its founding. The text uses the standard of popular democracy to examine the... (read more)

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HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton
HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton
by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes
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JONATHAN ALLEN is the White House Bureau Chief for POLITICO. An award-winning reporter, he has also written extensively about Congress and national politics, and he appears frequently as a political analyst on national television news... (read more)

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Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--And a Plan to Stop It
Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--And a Plan to Stop It
by Lawrence Lessig
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The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement
The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement
by David Graeber
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A bold rethinking of the most powerful political idea in the world—democracy—as seen through the lens of the most transformative political movements of our time and the story of how radical democracy can yet transform America  ... (read more)

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The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care)
The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care)
by Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer
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This is the inside story of one of the most stunning reversals of political fortune in American history. Four years ago, the GOP dominated politics at every level in Colorado. Republicans held both Senate seats, five of seven congressional seats, the... (read more)

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Our Divided Political Heart: the Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent (13 Edition)
Our Divided Political Heart: the Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent (13 Edition)
by E. J. Dionne
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Who are we as a nation? And what is it that's tearing us apart? In Our Divided Political Heart, E. J. Dionne Jr., one of our most respected political commentators, argues that Americans can't agree on who we are because we can't agree on who we've been... (read more)

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