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PREMIUM

There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century

Readers interested in Hill’s life and in international relations will be well informed by this book; her reporting of behind-the-scenes activity in the Trump White House will also fascinate.
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The Recruiter: Spying and the Lost Art of American Intelligence

This mostly fast-moving account is at times slowed by jargon and acronyms. It will appeal to general readers and specialists intrigued by the modern CIA.

White Borders: The History of Race and Immigration in the United States from Chinese Exclusion to the Border Wall

A highly recommended, in-depth history of migration that accounts for the lives affected by American border policing and immigration restrictions.
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Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury

This cogently written book is a useful review of intertwined events in the early 21st-century United States.

Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy

Indyk’s reflective review of Kissinger’s Realpolitik negotiations can be a model for understanding how to subdue rather than settle international negotiations. Essential reading.
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Say Their Names: How Black Lives Came To Matter in America

A thoughtful assessment of the Black Lives Matter movement that illuminates the work still left to do. Recommended for readers newly interested in antiracist activism.
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An Abolitionist’s Handbook: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World

A useful and surprisingly personal handbook for activists. Recommended for all readers interested in social change activism, particularly prison reform and the defund-the-police movement.

Russia Upside Down: An Exit Strategy for the Second Cold War

Fans of The Americans, readers interested in U.S.–Russia policy, and anyone wishing to learn more about the topic will enjoy this insightful, thought-provoking book.
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Public Citizens: The Attack on Big Government and the Remaking of American Liberalism

This important book will be useful for students of late 20th-century politics and society, and of the legacy of public interest movements..

The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War

Complete with American and Afghan viewpoints, Whitlock’s book is a dense, nuanced analysis that will likely become an invaluable source for researchers and a valuable addition to military history collections at public and academic libraries.

Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump

An essential work that encapsulates the trajectory of American politics in the first two decades of the 21st century, and the lasting impact on everyday life.

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Water: A Biography

A fascinating analysis that will bridge the interests of environmentalists and historians, political scientists, or economists.

Don’t Forget Us Here

This unvarnished memoir will grip readers and anger them; a decisive contribution to the continuing reappraisal of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Three Dangerous Men: Russia, China, Iran and the Rise of Irregular Warfare

 Overall, this is a highly recommended look at modern warfare campaigns.

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Home, Land, Security: Deradicalization and the Journey Back from Extremism

A compelling exploration of the factors that drive extremism; it emphasizes the need for human connection. Recommended for readers interested in politics or in affecting change in their communities.
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Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War

This complex, idea-filled tome may contradict some general readers’ assumptions; its subtle argumentation will appeal to contemporary political historians, students of international law, post–Cold War military analysts, and social justice advocates. These are all good reasons to study it.
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9/11: The Essential Reference Guide

The monumental 2011 edition will still satisfy most readers, but this more compact edition preserves the core and adds a few updates.
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First Amendment Freedoms: A Reference Handbook

Although readers might wish for more attentive editing and deeper analysis, the excellent scholarly essays and the information consolidated here will be valuable to students of U.S. history and the Constitution.
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The COVID-19 Pandemic

Though useful, the book focuses on events in the United States before the 2020 election and the widespread rollout of vaccines. It examines social, political, and economic issues rather than medical and clinical information. Those seeking current information about the pandemic and its effects around the world will need to consult other sources for supplemental information.

The Supreme Court

Silverstein’s insightful, thorough, well-organized, lucidly expressed guide to both basic and abstruse aspects of the court will be essential for students of U.S. history and government.

The Tightening Dark: An American Hostage in Yemen

Highly recommended. A fast-paced and engaging life story that provides insights on life in rural Lebanon, Farrar’s Lebanese American community, and his challenging career in government and business. It also conveys his understanding of the cultural and political tensions in Yemen and other parts of the Middle East.

We Need New Stories: The Myths That Subvert Freedom

Readers seeking a high-level analysis of political discourse will most appreciate Malik’s work, and it would make an excellent addition to college syllabi and library shelves.

The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America

An important but too-compact analysis that might leave readers wishing for more. Like Anderson’s previous works, this is essential for everyone interested in U.S. history.
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After the Fall: Being American in the World We’ve Made

A useful, albeit partisan, view of the U.S. political scene from one of its lesser-known participants. Similar, but not identical reflections are offered in Samantha Power’s The Education of an Idealist, Susan Rice’s Tough Love, and, conversely, Karl Rove’s Courage and Consequence.

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Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency

Readers who enjoy political coverage of the election process and want to know more about Joe Biden’s campaign will be well informed by this book.
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Dissent: The Radicalization of the Republican Party and Its Capture of the Court

This exhaustively detailed book will engage general readers interested in civic duty and privacy. Contemporary journalistic treatments of the confirmation will have to suffice until historical perspective produces what scholars may consider a definitive account.
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Voting in America: Examining the Facts

A fine primer on voting that students will find particularly useful for reports; general readers will value its excellent content and balanced approach.
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Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age

Even readers with only minimal knowledge of American business or the economy will be able to follow Klobuchar’s analysis of anticompetitive business practices, and they may be surprised by how engaging the topic can be. A must for every public and academic library.

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Divided by Terror: American Patriotism After 9/11

A highly recommended work that sheds insight on how patriotism is formed and sustained during times of crisis. Bodnar’s work is also important for its understanding of the power of collective memory and how it has shaped American society in the 21st century.
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The Politics of Vulnerability: How to Heal Muslim-Christian Relations in a Post-Christian America: Today’s Threat to Religion and Religious Freedom

From a sociological perspective, Uddin’s analysis is spot-on. However, there are other facets to this discussion, including the problem of asking people who are marginalized to reach out, which means these recommendations are primarily useful/actionable/practicable for people with privilege.
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Bring Back Our Girls: The Untold Story of the Global Search for Nigeria’s Missing Schoolgirls

The authors show that peaceful, below-the-radar mediation with understanding of cultural differences and persistent conversation between participants can result in successful outcomes. Readers wishing to learn more about the Chibok girls beyond headlines and viral hashtags, as well as those looking for a better understanding of international relations, will be rewarded in this moving book.

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The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans—And How We Can Fix It

Readers interested in racial, social justice, and financial issues will not want to miss this eye-opening title.
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Radicalizing Her: Why Women Choose Violence

While the author compactly lays the groundwork for research on resistance movements, readers may long for more details of and resolutions for the interview subjects, as well as a broader international scope. Best suited for serious students of the nature of extremism in the modern world.

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Silicon Values: The Future of Free Speech Under Surveillance Capitalism

This practical work casts a wide-enough net over relevant topics and examples to be richly informative, while still managing to be straightforward in its style. York offers a solid entry point for those who have been following ongoing issues relating to the intersection of politics and technology.

Family Separation and the U.S.-Mexico Border Crisis

To understand this period and the impact of nativist, white supremacist movements, Hillstrom’s account (wider-ranging than the title indicates) with its extensive sources offers readers essential background and an objective, substantiated perspective.
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The Young Crusaders: The Untold Story of the Children and Teenagers Who Galvanized the Civil Rights Movement

Franklin’s history of student involvement in protest provides a rich historical perspective on the ongoing struggles for equality in the United States. Highly Recommended.

The Spymaster of Baghdad: A True Story of Bravery, Family, and Patriotism in the Battle Against ISIS

Fans of spy stories will gravitate toward Coker’s use of intrigue and suspense. Her book is an important addition to the history of the Iraq War, and shows how Iraqi security and intelligence agencies made significant contributions in restoring order during and especially since the end of the conflict.
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Midnight in Vehicle City: General Motors, Flint, and the Strike That Created the Middle Class

McClelland’s engaging, readable account is a solid introduction to the rise of the labor movement in the 1930s. Recommend for readers interested in labor history and especially for those looking for a reminder of the power that workers can have when they negotiate collectively.
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Run To Win: Lessons in Leadership for Women Changing the World

Schriock and Reynold’s book is a worthy addition, and women contemplating a run for office will find it useful.

Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy

A startling read that will provoke tough questions about governance, this is highly recommended to all interested in government reform.

The United Nations: 75 Years of Promoting Peace, Human Rights, and Development

An effective and fair-minded account of the growth, development, failures, and successes of the United Nations.
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Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice

Inspirational and aspirational: a road map for working toward antiracist school systems. Will appeal to a broad readership, particularly educators but also anyone looking for inspiration to effect positive change in their school communities.

Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America’s Race To Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World

This gripping investigation of the challenges of Middle East politics will engage informed general readers and foreign policy specialists. See Samantha Power’s The Education of an Idealist for more insights into the Syrian civil war.

You Are Not American: Citizenship Stripping from Dred Scott to the Dreamers

A highly informative work that gives depth and humanity to an often-overlooked issue.

Bag Man: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-Up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House

Fans of Maddow’s work, especially the related podcast, will thoroughly enjoy this historical allegory. Readers will see the parallel from Agnew's story to current events.

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Every Human Intention: Japan in the New Century

The subject matter provides a rare view into Japan, but the lack of transitions makes the three sections feel isolated, and the last section of the book will only appeal to those who want exhaustive reporting on Japan’s nuclear power industry. Purchase where there is interest.
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Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret

Mixing memoir, civil rights history, and polemic, this blunt litany by Flowers delivers a call to action for all concerned about sustainable solutions to the shamefully inadequate environmental infrastructure, policies, and practices in the United States.

Julian Bond’s Time To Teach: A History of the Southern Civil Rights Movement

Mixing reminiscence and analysis of the long struggle against white supremacy, Bond’s lessons provide general readers and scholars alike penetrating studies of ideals, motivations, compromises, suffering, and sacrifice that won Blacks’ release from the worst of racist Southern pathology. Essential reading.
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Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present

A sober book, and one that we should all take seriously. Essential for all collections.

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Bland Fanatics: Liberals, Race, and Empire

A sometimes dense, sometimes proactive collection of essays on current political ideologies. An optional purchase.

Our Bodies, Their Battlefields: War Through the Lives of Women

Dizzying for its historical breadth and emotional strain, this book is nevertheless essential reading. Readers interested in human rights will stick through the highly readable but earth-rattling chapters for the sake of their larger purpose; namely, to give voice to people who have felt erased.

The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart

An important look into community organizing that is honest about its pitfalls and promises that will engage all interested in leading and growing social movements.
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Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy

This is a heavy read, but an important one. Lavin sacrificed parts of herself to tell this dark story, and readers should be prepared to do the same in reading it. For those interested in current sociopolitical events, and readers wanting more insight into stories like the ones found in Seyward Darby’s Sisters in Hate.

Blood and Oil: Mohammed Bin Salman’s Ruthless Quest for Global Power

This fast-paced, well-researched book is an excellent primer on current U.S.-Saudi relations and Middle Eastern dynamics, and will also draw in those interested in palace intrigue.

We Have Been Harmonized: Life in China's Surveillance State

Essential for all China watchers. This absorbing read will appeal to experts and novices alike.

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Rage

Similar to Woodward’s previous book, Fear, only purchase for initial demand.

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The Price of Justice: The Myths of Lawyer Ethics

Referring to everything from classic literature to recent court cases, this work by Goldfarb makes for compelling reading. It should be required text for law students, as well as general readers interested in the law and justice.
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As the World Burns: The New Generation of Activists and the Landmark Legal Fight Against Climate Change

Recommended for those interested in environmental justice and youth advocacy.
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Let My People Vote: My Battle To Restore the Civil Rights of Returning Citizens

An uplifting and hopeful chronicle of the power of faith, the rights of the disenfranchised, as well as a call for systemic change within the United States.
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The Short Life and Curious Death of Free Speech in America

Popular history suitable for high school and undergraduate reading that does not provide easy answers and warns that one of our most basic rights is under more serious attack than ever.

Voting and Political Representation in America: Issues and Trends

These scrupulously neutral, wide-ranging, and clearly written volumes depict many issues within the U.S. system(s) of voting. Everyone from secondary students on could learn from this timely work.

We're Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy

Moving insight into a remarkable man, which remains a touching tribute to his accomplishments in the later years of his life. Recommended for political aficionados.

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The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle over Same-Sex Marriage

A comprehensive work of civil rights history that is sure to interest political and legal enthusiasts.

True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump

Toobin’s trademark readability succeeds with this compelling, fast-paced account.

Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America: A Recent History

The captivating narrative is at times slowed by a plethora of statistics and data, yet overall, is an illuminating investigation of post-1960s U.S. economic history that will engage readers of contemporary politics. See Rick Perlstein’s Reaganland for a detailed narrative of Reagan’s role in the nation’s shift to the right and his advocacy of pro-business governance.
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The Folly and the Glory: America, Russia, and Political Warfare 1945–2020

Weiner offers a significant contribution to the literature of U.S.-Russia relations with a book that emphasizes the asymmetry of American capacity for political warfare, currently consisting of effective cyber counterespionage. Highly Recommended.

Worked Over: How Round-the-Clock Work Is Killing the American Dream

Subtly drawing on classic Marxian theory that capitalism steals laborers’ lives as well as their work, McCallum’s book will find a welcome audience among those concerned about global working conditions.
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The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future

Whipple has written another incisive work that is full of detail and sure to benefit all interested in learning more about this important role within the world’s most secretive agency.
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Sisters in Hate: American Women on the Front Lines of White Nationalism

Darby’s timely and important account helps to shed insight into understanding the motivations of white nationalist movements in American culture, and what draws people to them.

Standoff: Race, Policing, and a Deadly Assault That Gripped a Nation

Readers interested in issues of police violence, race relations, and true crime will find this work illuminating.

America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

Through this comprehensive book, readers will gain a deeper understanding of the United States and its place in the world.

Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World

Highly recommended for anyone wishing to navigate successfully the daily deluge of information we are encountering more and more.
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The Churchill Complex: The Curse of Being Special, from Winston and FDR to Trump and Brexit

Fans of Buruma’s works, political analysis, and Churchill’s legacy will find much to discover here.

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Conflict in the Modern Middle East: An Encyclopedia of Civil War, Revolutions, and Regime Change

A thorough introduction to the Arab Spring with succinct and informative overviews of countries, cultures, and people most affected by the developments and outcomes.

Mastering United States Government Information: Sources and Services

Brown’s discussion of both print and digital government documents has paid off in an invaluable reference for all readers—professionals, academic, public and secondary school students
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She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality

An empowering introduction to key issues facing women; however, readers familiar with current events will be unlikely to discover new material. For readers interested in feminism and political activism.
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AOC: The Fearless Rise and Powerful Resonance of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

While there are several articles about Ocasio-Cortez, this book dives deep into her background, image, and ideas, and comes up with important insights. For readers interested in aspiring to politics.

Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism

Highly recommended; the currency of this work is both engrossing and petrifying.
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Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America

Insight into Abrams and her personal and political journey are the main strengths of this important book. Those not familiar with U.S. voting history will find it to be especially informative.

Say It Louder! Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy

Insightful political and cultural analysis highly recommended for all readers.

Union: A Democrat, a Republican, and a Search for Common Ground

Spanning political science, memoir, and travelog, this deeply personal account should find a broad audience.
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We Should Have Seen It Coming: From Reagan to Trump—A Front-Row Seat to a Political Revolution

An excellent analysis of modern political history.
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In Deep: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth About America’s “Deep State”

Readers seeking to know the origins of the deep state and how the concept evolved will be enlightened by Rohde’s compelling study.
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The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism

A valuable history of an important political tradition, and what it means for the future.
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Democracy, If We Can Keep It: The ACLU’s 100-Year Fight for Rights in America

Cose’s book is an excellent choice for anyone seeking to understand the ACLU as an organization and for those wanting to explore how the fight for civil liberties has evolved and helped to shape the society we have today

City on Fire: The Fight for Hong Kong

This fascinating read is essential for anyone interested in the current affairs of Hong Kong, specifically, and China, generally. Readers looking for a more academic take on a similar topic should consider Ngok Ma and Edmund W. Cheng’s The Umbrella Movement.

Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post–Cold War World

This important work dives deep into the past three decades of American foreign policy to provide a realistic picture of how key policy decisions were crafted. Highly recommended for those wanting an examination of America’s role within the global community.

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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The Influence of Soros: Politics, Power, and the Struggle for an Open Society

Readers who enjoy political history and international relations will find this book informative and useful.
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Thank You for Voting: The Maddening, Enlightening, Inspiring Truth About Voting in America

Smith’s resource will appeal to those looking for a short introduction to voting rights; readers will appreciate her hopeful message forecasting a nonpartisan future of increasing voter participation.
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Use the Power You Have: A Brown Woman’s Guide to Politics and Political Change

The model Jayapal is offering would serve as a manual for any young woman hoping to make her way in American politics, and is suitable for young people interested in exploring a political career.
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The Moderate Imagination: The Political Thought of John Updike and the Decline of New Deal Liberalism

Fans of Updike will learn a lot from this book, which will also appeal to students of postwar American political history.
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Of Bears and Ballots: An Alaskan Adventure in Small-Town Politics

A heartfelt ode to civil service. Recommended for readers interested in government, civil service, and small-town life.
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Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State

Gellman effectively details the scope and ambition of the NSA, and has written a well-documented account on the far-reaching impact of U.S. domestic surveillance and the resulting intrusions of privacy; highly recommended both for general readers and those with an interest in national security.
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The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle Between the White House and the Media—from the Founding Fathers to Fake News

This is a lively and informative work that will appeal to anyone interested in American history, politics, and journalism.

Youth to Power: Your Voice and How To Use It

This book acknowledges current sociopolitical problems while simultaneously spotlighting ways in which individual acts can challenge these structures. A must-read for youth on how to find their voice and work toward a better future.
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Baseless: My Search for 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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Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda

A fascinating analysis of Miller and his frightening effects on immigration policy, enriched by the author’s vast experience reporting on the U.S.-Mexico border. Recommended for readers interested in politics and immigration.

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The Hispanic Republican: The Shaping of an American Political Identity, from Nixon to Trump

An evenhanded and thought-provoking study of Hispanic conservatism.
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Dare To Speak: Defending Free Speech for All

An informative work for readers interested in human rights, free speech, censorship, and how they interact. [See Prepub Alert, 10/21/19.].
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