Karl Helicher

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To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq

Although exhaustive details might discourage general audiences, informed readers and foreign policy specialists will be engaged in what is likely the definitive contemporary account of the origins of the War in Iraq.

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Baseless: My Searchfor Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act

This flowing account reveals the dark side of wartime strategies clouded by denials of FOIA requests. It will fascinate Cold War-era historians and readers concerned about access to government information.
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The Shadow System: Mass Incarceration and the American Family

Readers concerned about prison reform and social justice will be enlightened by the perspectives offered throughout. See Emily Bazelon’s Charged for another indictment of the U.S. judicial system.
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The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World

This authoritative and exhaustive biography will challenge general readers, but will find an appreciative audience among political scholars and modern philosophy academics. A solid companion to Thomas Schwartz’s Henry Kissinger and American Power.

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No Shadows in the Desert: Murder, Vengeance, and Espionage in the War Against ISIS.

This detailed but swift narrative will fascinate readers of nonfiction espionage. See James Verini’s They Will Have To Die Soon for a first-person account of bloody warfare with ISIS.

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All This Marvelous Potential: Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Tour of Appalachia

This fast-paced narrative, focusing less on Kennedy and more on local people, will find audiences among those who enjoyed J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy and Tony Horowitz’s Spying on the South.
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Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism

This nail-biting narrative will immerse readers wanting to understand the roots and brutality of white supremacy. It will serve as a helpful resource for counselors seeking anecdotal examples of radical politics in action.

Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy To Protect Predators

This chilling narrative reveals the unequal power dynamic between aspiring actors (and women in the media) and the dominant powerbrokers in Hollywood. For true crime fans, and a complement to Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement.

Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump’s War on the World’s Most Powerful Office

This book was completed before the impeachment probe in October 2019 so parts feel outdated. However, serious political readers and presidential studies scholars will derive much from this cogent appraisal.

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