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Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
by Joe Bageant
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Deer Hunting with Jesus is a hilarious, depressing, and painfully honest chronicle of an America often cited but rarely listened to: rural lower-class whites. With brilliant, spot-on detail, Joe Bageant reports on the historical, economic, and... (read more)

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America (the Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction
America (the Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction
by Jon Stewart
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Iconoclastic, subversive, hilarious, and vulgar, Jon Stewart of the "Daily Show" is a major source of news for the 20-something set as well as older television watchers numbed by conventional reporting. Packed with jokes, this mock textbook, with the... (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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Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
by Joseph J Ellis
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“A splendid book-humane, learned, written with flair and radiant with a calm intelligence and wit.”-The New York Times Book Review “Lively and illuminating…leaves the reader with a visceral sense of a formative era in American... (read more)

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The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States
The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States
by Pauline Maier
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Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security
Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security
by Sarah Chayes
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argues that corruption is not just a nuisance; it is a major source of geopolitical turmoil. Since the late 1990s, corruption has grown such that some governments now resemble criminal gangs, provoking extreme reactions ranging from revolution to... (read more)

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The State of the American Mind: 16 Leading Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism
The State of the American Mind: 16 Leading Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism
by Mark Bauerlein
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In 1987, Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind was published; a wildly popular book that drew attention to the shift in American culture away from the tenants that made America—and Americans—unique. Bloom focused on a breakdown... (read more)

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Welcome to the Desert of the Real: Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates (Radical Thinkers)
Welcome to the Desert of the Real: Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates (Radical Thinkers)
by Slavoj Zizek
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Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher... (read more)

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Citizenship Papers
Citizenship Papers
by Wendell Berry
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Discerning the political import of complex current events requires great urgency, clarity, and care. Nothing less than the future of our nation is at stake. Wendell Berrys Citizenship Papers, collecting nineteen essays, is a ringing alarm, a call for... (read more)

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America the Unusual
America the Unusual
by John W Kingdon
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An exploration American government that stresses the uniqueness of the United States' political system among western industrialized nations. Kingdon (political science, U. of Michigan) explores the differences in American ideology, the role of our... (read more)

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Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics
Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics
by Charles Krauthammer
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 From America’s preeminent columnist, named by the Financial Times the most influential commentator in the nation, the long-awaited collection of Charles Krauthammer’s essential, timeless writings.   A brilliant stylist known for an... (read more)

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The Paranoid Style in American Politics: And Other Essays (Vintage)
The Paranoid Style in American Politics: And Other Essays (Vintage)
by Richard Hofstadter
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Masters of Mankind: Essays and Lectures, 1969-2013
Masters of Mankind: Essays and Lectures, 1969-2013
by Noam Chomsky
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In this collection of essays from 1969 to 2013, many in book form for the first time, Noam Chomsky examines the nature of state power, from the ideologies driving the Cold War to the War on Terror, and reintroduces the moral and legal questions that all... (read more)

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Democracy in America (Penguin Classics)
Democracy in America (Penguin Classics)
by Alexis De Tocqueville
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In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French aristocrat and ambitious civil servant, made a nine-month journey throughout America. The result was Democracy in America, a monumental study of the life and institutions of the evolving nation. Tocqueville... (read more)

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This Is Not a Program (Semiotext(e) / Intervention)
This Is Not a Program (Semiotext(e) / Intervention)
by Tiqqun (cor)
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andlt;Pandgt;Historical conflict no longer opposes two massive molar heaps, two classesand#38;mdash;the exploited and the exploiters, the dominant and dominated, managers and workersand#38;mdash;between which, in each individual case, it would be... (read more)

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State of Democratic Theory (03 Edition)
State of Democratic Theory (03 Edition)
by Ian Shapiro
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"What does recent research tell us about how well democracies actually correspond to the hopes and aspirations we have for them? In this well-crafted and readable analysis, Ian Shapiro gives a sobering but not pessimistic answer to this question. A must... (read more)

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Library of America #0062: The Debate on the Constitution: Part 2: January to August 1788
Library of America #0062: The Debate on the Constitution: Part 2: January to August 1788
by Bernard Bailyn
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Here, on a scale unmatched by any previous collection, is the extraordinary energy and eloquence of our first national political campaign: During the secret proceedings of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, the framers created a fundamentally new... (read more)

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31 Days: Gerald Ford, the Nixon Pardon, and a Government in Crisis
31 Days: Gerald Ford, the Nixon Pardon, and a Government in Crisis
by Barry Werth
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“Describes a time with eerie parallels to our own…What connects 31 Days to the present is . . . how political figures such as [Donald] Rumsfeld and . . . Richard Cheney were shaped by their experiences in Watergate Washington” &... (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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The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World
The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World
by Larry Diamond
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One of America's preeminent experts on democracy charts the future prospects for freedom around the world in the aftermath of Iraq and deepening authoritarianism   Over three decades, the world was transformed. In 1974, nearly three-quarters of all... (read more)

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