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An Album of Memories

Tom Brokaw

“I cannot go anywhere in America without people wanting to share their wartime experiences....The stories and the lessons have emerged from long-forgotten letters home, from reunions of old buddies and outfits, from unpublished diaries and home... (read more)

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Eating the Dinosaur

Chuck Klosterman

Q: What is this book about? A: Well, that’s difficult to say. I haven’t read it yet—I’ve just picked it up and casually glanced at the back cover. There clearly isn’t a plot. I’ve heard there’s a lot of stuff... (read more)

50s, 60s, and 70s
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Boomer Nation: The Largest and Richest Generation Ever, and How It Changed America

Steve Gillon

The Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, form the single largest demographic spike in American history. Never before or since have birth rates shot up and remained so high so long, with some obvious results: when the Boomers were kids, American... (read more)

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Street Wars: Gangs and the Future of Violence

Tom Hayden

Weaving together cutting analysis with numerous firsthand stories from gang leaders, Hayden shows how the prison-industrial complex reinforces gang identity through humiliation and punishment, and reveals how globalization has created a force of... (read more)

Drugs and Culture
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White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg

Peter Conners

In 1960 Timothy Leary was not yet famous—or infamous—and Allen Ginsberg was both. Leary, eager to expand his psychedelic experiments at Harvard to include accomplished artists and writers, knew that Ginsberg held the key to bohemias elite... (read more)

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That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back

Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum

America has a huge problem. It faces four major challenges, on which its future depends, and it is failing to meet them. In That Used to Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman, one of our most influential columnists, and Michael Mandelbaum, one of our leading foreign... (read more)

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The War on Poverty: A New Grassroots History, 1964-1980

Annelise Orleck

Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty has long been portrayed as the most potent symbol of all that is wrong with big government. Conservatives deride the War on Poverty for corruption and the creation of “poverty pimps,” and even liberals... (read more)

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Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson's legions of fans have waited a decade for this book. They will not be disappointed. His notorious Screwjack is as salacious, unsettling, and brutally lyrical as it has been rumored to be since the private printing in 1991 of three... (read more)

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