Karl Helicher

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This America: The Case for the Nation

This is a call to reconsider what it means to be an American and for advocating liberalism as a corrective for “illiberal nationalism” pervading the country. Informed readers, especially historians, will welcome Lepore’s nuanced, graceful interpretation.

The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal

This gripping example of investigative reporting will find large audiences among those fascinated by the growing genre of cybercrime.

The Kennedy Heirs: John, Caroline, and the New Generation

Kennedy followers will be intrigued by this absorbing narrative of the dynasty's continuing hold on American life.
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The Players Ball: A Genius, a Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet's Rise

Readers intrigued by the Internet's history and the laws that govern it will breeze through this sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always revealing narrative. See also Evan Ratliff's The Mastermind.
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Edward M. Kennedy:

Heavily detailed and somewhat repetitive interviews make this a valuable resource for Kennedy scholars and political scientists. See also Kennedy's memoir True Compass and Nick Littlefield and David Nexon's Lion of the Senate.

Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation

In the sweeping style of Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns, this work will be enthusiastically received by informed readers and historians and is likely to become the seminal work on this crucial Supreme Court decision.
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American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan

The authors raise important questions about the psychological fitness of servicemen and -women and the diminishing chances for fair trials and treatment in a nation as polarized as ours today. This will resonate with readers gripped by C.J. Chivers's The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring

Gergel reintroduces oft-forgotten civil rights heroes in this captivating, deeply researched work that is likely to draw in general readers, historians, and legal scholars alike.
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Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism

Fans of Thompson, those unfamiliar with him, as well as journalists and scholars will enjoy this breezy but ultimately cautionary tale.—Karl Helicher, formerly with Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA

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