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Environment, Science and Nature

Middle East
News, Media, and Technology
  • Auletta, Ken, BACKSTORY: INSIDE THE BUSINESS OF NEWS
  • Bouton, Jim, FOUL BALL
  • Jamieson, Kathleen Hall, and Paul Waldman, THE PRESS EFFECT: POLITICIANS, JOURNALISTS, AND THE STORIES THAT SHARE THE POLITICAL WORLD
  • Robert, McChesney, THE PROBLEM OF THE MEDIA: U.S. COMMUNICATIONS POLITICS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
  • Nichols, John and Robert McChesney, OUR MEDIA, NOT THEIRS: THE DEMOCRATIC STRUGGLE AGAINST CORPORATE MEDIA
  • Scheer, Robert, THINKING TUNA FISH, TALKING DEATH: ESSAYS ON THE PORNOGRAPHY OF POWER
  • Trippi, Joe, THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED: DEMOCRACY, THE INTERNET AND THE OVERTHROW OF EVERYTHING
  • Viguerie, Richard and David Franke, AMERICA'S RIGHT TURN: HOW THE CONSERVATIVES USED NEW AND ALTERNATIVE MEDIA TO TAKE POWER
  • Zolli, Andrew, TECHTV'S CATALOG OF TOMORROW

History and Politics
  • Badnarik, Michael, GOOD TO BE KING: THE FOUNDATION OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOM
  • Barr, Bob, THE MEANING OF IS, THE SQUANDERED IMPEACHMENT AND WASTED LEGACY OF WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTOM
  • Blight, James and Robert McNamara, WILSON'S GHOST: REDUCING THE RISK OF CONFLICT, KILLING AND CATASTROPHE IN THE 21ST CENTURY
  • Boorstin, Daniel, THE IMAGE
  • Carter, Dan T., FROM GEORGE WALLACE TO NEWT GINGRICH: RACE IN THE CONSERVATIVE COUNTERREVOLUTION, 1963-1994
  • Dean, John, WORSE THAN WATERGATE: THE SECRET PRESIDENCY OF GEORGE W. BUSH, BLIND AMBITION
  • Emmott, Bill, 20/21 VISION: TWENTIETH-CENTURY LESSONS FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
  • Farah, George, NO DEBATE
  • Ferguson, Niall, EMPIRE: THE RISE AND DEMISE OF THE BRITISH WORLD ORDER AND THE LESSONS FOR GLOBAL POWER
  • Hedges, Chris, WAR IS A FORCE THAT GIVES US MEANING; LOSING MOSES ON THE FREEWAY
  • Hentoff, Nat, FREE SPEECH FOR ME — BUT NOT FOR THEE: HOW THE AMERICAN LEFT AND RIGHT RELENTLESSLY CENSOR EACH OTHER, LIVING THE BILL OF RIGHTS: HOW TO BE AN AUTHENTIC AMERICAN, THE NAT HENTOFF READER
  • Henwood, Doug, AFTER THE NEW ECONOMY
  • Hertsgaard, Mark, THE EAGLE'S SHADOW: WHY AMERICA FASCINATES AND INFURIATES THE WORLD
  • Hertz, Noreena, THE SILENT TAKEOVER: GLOBAL CAPITALISM AND THE DEATH OF DEMOCRACY
  • Hitchens, Christopher, WHY ORWELL MATTERS
  • Huffington, Arianna, PIGS AT THE TROUGH: HOW CORPORATE GREED AND POLITICAL CORRUPTION ARE UNDERMINING AMERICA
  • Hutton, Will, A DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCE: WHY AMERICA SHOULD JOIN THE WORLD
  • Isaacson, Walter, THE WISE MEN: SIX FRIENDS AND THE WORLD THEY MADE
  • Ivins, Molly, SHRUB; THE SHORT BUT HAPPY POLITICAL LIFE OF GEORGE W. BUSH
  • Jackson, Brooks, HONEST GRAFT: BIG MONEY AND THE AMERICAN POLITICAL PROCESS
  • Jamieson, Kathleen Hall, EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT POLITICS…AND WHY YOU'RE WRONG
  • Kupchan, Charles, THE END OF THE AMERICAN ERA: U.S. FOREIGN POLICY AND GEOPOLITICS OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
  • Lappé, Frances Moore, DEMOCRACY'S EDGE, DIET FOR A SMALL PLANET
  • Leonard, John, THESE UNITED STATES
  • Lewis, Charles, THE BUYING OF THE PRESIDENT 2004: WHO'S REALLY BANKROLLING BUSH AND HIS DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGERS—AND WHAT THEY EXPECT IN RETURN
  • Mitchell, Greg and Robert J. Lifton, HIROSHIMA IN AMERICA: FIFTY YEARS OF DENIAL
  • Nader, Ralph, THE GOOD FIGHT: DECLARE YOUR INDEPENDENCE AND CLOSE THE DEMOCRACY GAP
  • Power, Samantha, "A PROBLEM FROM HELL": AMERICA AND THE AGE OF GENOCIDE
  • Powers, John, SORE WINNERS
  • Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur, THE IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY
  • Skocpol, Theda, DIMINISHED DEMOCRACY: FROM MEMBERSHIP TO MANAGEMENT IN AMERICAN CIVIL LIFE
  • Udall, Stewart, THE FORGOTTEN FOUNDERS
  • Whitman, Christine Todd, IT'S MY PARTY, TOO
  • Zinn, Howard, A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES: 1492-PRESENT

Art & Photography
Philosophy, Religion & Ethics
  • Armstrong, Karen, A HISTORY OF GOD: THE 4,000-YEAR QUEST OF JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM, THE BATTLE FOR GOD
  • Carroll, James, CONSTANTINE'S SWORD: THE CHURCH AND THE JEWS — A HISTORY
  • Carter, Jimmy, OUR ENDANGERED VALUES : AMERICA'S MORAL CRISIS
  • Chittister, Sister Joan, CALLED TO QUESTION: A SPIRITUAL MEMOIR, SCARRED BY STRUGGLE; TRANSFORMED BY HOPE, WISDOM DISTILLED FROM THE DAILY
  • Coffin, William Sloane, CREDO
  • Esposito, John, UNHOLY WAR: TERROR IN THE NAME OF ISLAM, editor, OXFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE MODERN ISLAMIC WORLD
  • Gorenberg, Gershom, THE END OF DAYS: FUNDAMENTALISM AND THE STRUGGLE FOR THE TEMPLE MOUNT
  • Kaminer, Wendy, FREE FOR ALL: DEFENDING LIBERTY IN AMERICA TODAY
  • Manji, Irshad, THE TROUBLE WITH ISLAM : A MUSLIM'S CALL FOR REFORM IN HER FAITH
  • Neiman, Susan, EVIL IN MODERN THOUGHT : AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY
  • Pagels, Elaine, BEYOND BELIEF: THE SECRET GOSPEL OF THOMAS, THE GNOSTIC GOSPELS, ADAM, EVE, AND THE SERPENT, THE ORIGIN OF SATAN
  • Kass, Leon, THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM: READING GENESIS
  • Woodruff, Paul, REVERENCE: RENEWING A FORGOTTEN VIRTUE

Poetry
Literature & Fiction
Sociology
  • Adams, Michael Henry et al., HARLEM: LOST AND FOUND
  • Blackwell, Angela Glover and Manuel Pastor, Jr., SEARCHING FOR THE UNCOMMON COMMON GROUND
  • Esquith, Rafe, THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS: CHANGING THE WORLD ONE KID AT A TIME
  • Lapham, Lewis, MONEY AND CLASS IN AMERICA: NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS ON THE CIVIL RELIGION
  • Mitchell, Greg and Robert J. Lifton, WHO OWNS DEATH? CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, THE AMERICAN CONSCIENCE, AND THE END OF EXECUTIONS
  • Moses, Robert and Charles E. Cobb, RADICAL EQUATIONS: MATH LITERACY AND CIVIL RIGHTS
  • Roiphe, Katie, THE MORNING AFTER: SEX, FEAR AND FEMINISM
  • Rovner, Julie, HEALTH CARE POLICY AND POLITICS A TO Z
  • Sontag, Susan, REGARDING THE PAIN OF OTHERS
  • Wolfe, Alan, MORAL FREEDOM: THE SEARCH FOR VIRTUE IN A WORLD OF CHOICE
  • Wolfe, Alan, ONE NATION, AFTER ALL: WHAT AMERICANS REALLY THINK ABOUT GOD, COUNTRY, FAMILY, RACISM, WELFARE, IMMIGRATION, HOMOSEXUALITY, WORK, THE RIGHT, THE LEFT AND EACH OTHER
  • Wu, Frank, YELLOW: RACE IN AMERICA BEYOND BLACK AND WHITE

Terrorism & Life After September 11
Economy
  • Dobbs, Lou, EXPORTING AMERICA: WHY CORPORATE GREED IS SHIPPING AMERICAN JOBS OVERSEAS
  • Ehrenreich, Barbara, NICKEL AND DIMED: ON (NOT) GETTING BY IN AMERICA
  • Gates, William H. and Chuck Collins, WEALTH AND OUR COMMONWEALTH
  • Johnston, David Cay, PERFECTLY LEGAL: THE COVERT CAMPAIGN TO RIG OUR TAX SYSTEM TO BENEFIT THE SUPER RICH - AND CHEAT EVERYBODY ELSE
  • Kotlikoff, Laurence and Scott Burns, THE COMING GENERATIONAL STORM: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AMERICA'S ECONOMIC FUTURE
  • Lewis, Charles, CHEATING OF AMERICA: HOW TAX AVOIDANCE AND EVASION BY THE SUPER RICH ARE COSTING THE COUNTRY BILLIONS — AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
  • Madrick, Jeff, TAKING AMERICA, THE END OF AFFLUENCE, WHY ECONOMIES GROW: THE FORCES THAT SHAPE PROSPERITY, AND HOW WE CAN GET THEM WORKING AGAIN
  • Parker, Richard, JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH: THE MAKING OF AMERICAN ECONOMICS
  • Perkins, John, CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN
  • Peterson, Pete, RUNNING ON EMPTY: HOW THE DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN PARTIES ARE BANKRUPTING OUR FUTURE, AND WHAT AMERICANS CAN DO ABOUT IT
  • Phillips, Kevin, WEALTH AND DEMOCRACY: A POLITICAL HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN RICH, THE POLITICS OF RICH AND POOR: WEALTH AND THE AMERICAN ELECTORATE IN THE REAGAN AFTERMATH
  • Shlaes, Amity, THE GREEDY HAND: HOW TAXES DRIVE AMERICANS CRAZY AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
  • Spotts, Greg, AMERICAN JOBS, CAFTA AND FREE TRADE: WHAT EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD KNOW
  • Warren, Elizabeth and Amelia Warren Tyagi, THE TWO-INCOME TRAP: WHY MIDDLE-CLASS MOTHERS AND FATHERS ARE GOING BROKE
  • Zweig, Michael, THE WORKING CLASS MAJORITY: AMERICA'S BEST-KEPT SECRET, editor, WHAT'S CLASS GOT TO DO WITH IT: AMERICAN SOCIETY IN THE 21ST CENTURY

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