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Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
by Sudhir Venkatesh
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Sudhir Venkatesh's work was featured prominently in Freakonomics; here his research is fleshed out and humanized, telling his remarkable and unusual story. For seven years, Venkatesh was granted unprecedented access to one of Chicago's most notorious... (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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The Working Poor: Invisible in America
The Working Poor: Invisible in America
by David K Shipler
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The Working Poor is a deeply impressive book, a thorough and balanced study of the millions of Americans living at or around the poverty line. Shipler's varied portraits and interviews are insightful and moving, and his analysis of causes and suggestions... (read more)

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Eating the Dinosaur
Eating the Dinosaur
by Chuck Klosterman
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Klosterman quotes the late Kurt Cobain as saying, "Give the kids what they want," and this book does just that. Eating the Dinosaur includes entertaining pieces about pop-culture subjects from Ralph Sampson to Weezer. Also, Klosterman gets bonus points... (read more)

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Boob Jubilee: The Cultural Politics of the New Economy
Boob Jubilee: The Cultural Politics of the New Economy
by Thomas Frank and Dave Mulcahey
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"Like almost every book on politics and culture, I don't agree with all the sentiments, but there is a good deal of food for thought contained within. Whether they are discussing the economic fallacies of the dotcom billions, Republican hypocrisy in the... (read more)

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The Working Poor: Invisible in America
The Working Poor: Invisible in America
by David K. Shipler
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The Working Poor is a deeply impressive book, a thorough and balanced study of the millions of Americans living at or around the poverty line. Shipler's varied portraits and interviews are insightful and moving, and his analysis of causes and suggestions... (read more)

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The Curious World of Drugs and Their Friends: A Very Trippy Miscellany
The Curious World of Drugs and Their Friends: A Very Trippy Miscellany
by Adriano Sack
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You're sitting at a bar with friends, and the conversation hits a lull. Someone excuses herself to get the next round and buy some time. But you don't need it, because you've read The Curious World of Drugs and Their Friends and you're loaded with an... (read more)

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Assassination Vacation
Assassination Vacation
by Sarah Vowell
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Leave it to Sarah Vowell to roam across America in search of the motivations and culture of political murder. Obsessive, edifying, and, of course, witty, Assassination Vacation is unlike any other historical tourism or travel writing book you'll ever... (read more)

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Chaos & cyber culture
Chaos & cyber culture
by Timothy Leary
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Most modern philosophers wail on about the horrors of living today. Reading Leary, I find myself overwhelmed with the glittering optimism he has for the possibilities of modern society. Published just as the Internet explosion was happening in the early... (read more)

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Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit, and the Era of Predatory Lenders
Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit, and the Era of Predatory Lenders
by James Scurlock
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How much money do you owe on your credit card bills? Paying off a mortgage, home equity loan, or college loan, too? Our culture has come to take debt for granted, but this hasn't always been the norm. Over the last generation in America, James Scurlock... (read more)

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Taz the Temporary Autonomous Zone 2ND Edition
Taz the Temporary Autonomous Zone 2ND Edition
by Hakim Bey
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"Since the WTO, anarchism is once again a household word. This book introduced a whole new generation to the enticements of the anarchist lifestyle when it was released in the early 90's. Still a password for acceptance in many circles, it is an... (read more)

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Unfamiliar Fishes
Unfamiliar Fishes
by Sarah Vowell
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Unfamiliar Fishes is a lively examination of America's influence in the Hawaiian Islands, from the early-19th-century conversion efforts of Christian missionaries to the coup led by their grandchildren. Vowell keeps the story moving with rich... (read more)

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Too High To Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution (12 Edition)
Too High To Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution (12 Edition)
by Doug Fine
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To anyone that has been paying attention for the past few decades (or can recall the lessons of alcohol prohibition), it is rather evident that the War on Drugs has been not only a dismal failure but also a tremendous waste of lives and resources. This... (read more)

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Ready, Steady, Go!: The Smashing Rise and Giddy Fall of Swinging London
Ready, Steady, Go!: The Smashing Rise and Giddy Fall of Swinging London
by Shawn Levy
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"Levy writes a masterful chronicle of the phenomenal transformation of London in the 1960s from a stagnant, war-ravaged place to a vibrant flowering in arts, music, fashion and photography. It's a delightful read and lively revisitation of a time and... (read more)

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Trust Us We're Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles with Your Future
Trust Us We're Experts: How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles with Your Future
by Sheldon Rampton
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Trust Us, We're Experts! blows the lid off so-called "third party" experts, hirelings of the corporate elite's who do transnationals' bidding under the guise of independence. Every time you hear "W" say "I want to make policy based on 'sound science... (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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Ever since Tina Fey adapted a nonfiction book into the successful Mean Girls, a desperate Hollywood has been hard at play turning serious works of nonfiction into the next goofy romp. While the collision of military black ops and new-age thought, as... (read more)

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Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy
by Christopher Hayes
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Chris Hayes — the best thing to happen to political punditry in 2012 — provides an immensely readable analysis of numerous societal failings in recent times. The book is highly entertaining and thought provoking, addressing sociological... (read more)

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Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas
Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas
by Chuck Klosterman
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One of Klosterman's most "dangerous ideas" may be his assertion that Billy Joel is a fantastic songwriter, but, oddly enough, his profile on the singer is not only fascinating, it earned him the wrath of Mr. Joel himself. How ironic! And yet, perhaps not.... (read more)

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Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution
Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution
by Doug Fine
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To anyone that has been paying attention for the past few decades (or can recall the lessons of alcohol prohibition), it is rather evident that the War on Drugs has been not only a dismal failure but also a tremendous waste of lives and resources. This... (read more)

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Hip: The History
Hip: The History
by John Leland
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"When all is said and done, Hip: The History is not concerned with passing fads. The transient notions of hip that have passed through history still leave their cultural fingerprints on society today....While it's impossible to say what will be hip in... (read more)

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