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Inside Chhattisgarh

by Ilina Sen

A rare portrait of Chhattisgarh, its people, and development For thirty years, until his conviction in 2010 by the High Court, pediatrician Binayak Sen and his sociologist wife Ilina worked among people in Chhattisgarh’s...


Sacred Plants of India

by Nanditha Krishna & M Amirthalingam

Plants personify the divine— The Rig Veda (X.97) Trees and plants have long been held sacred to communities the world over. In India, we have a whole variety of flora that feature in our myths, our epics,...


Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World-from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief

by Tom Zoellner

An epic and revelatory narrative of the most important transportation technology of the modern world

In his wide-ranging and entertaining new book, Tom Zoellner-coauthor of the New York Times-bestselling An...


Diaries of an Unfinished Revolution: Voices from Tunis to Damascus

by Robin Moger, Layla Al-Zubaidi & Matthew Cassel

An English PEN Award-winning collection of personal testimony from participants in the Arab Spring

As revolution swept through the Arab world in spring of 2011, much of the writing that reached the West came...


Double Down: Game Change 2012

by Mark Halperin & John Heilemann

Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times:

"Those hungry for political news will read Double Down for the scooplets and insidery glimpses it serves up about the two campaigns, and the clues it offers about the positioning...


Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion ofSafety

by Eric Schlosser

A myth-shattering exposé of America's nuclear weapons

Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of...


Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York's Underground Economy

by Sudhir Venkatesh

New York is a city of highs and lows, where wealthy elites share the streets with desperate immigrants and destitute locals. Bridging this economic divide is New York's underground economy, the invisible network...


Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965

by Juan Williams & Julian Bond

Eyes on the Prize traces the movement from the landmark Brown v. the Board of Education case in 1954 to the march on Selma and the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. This is a companion volume to the...


Pure, White, and Deadly: How Sugar Is Killing Us and What We Can Do to Stop It

by John Yudkin & Robert H. Lustig

The classic exposé on the dangers of sugar, with a new introduction by Robert H. Lustig, the bestselling author of Fat Chance

Scientist John Yudkin was the first to sound the alarm about the excess of sugar...


Glass Houses: Privacy, Secrecy, and Cyber Insecurity in a Transparent World

by Joel Brenner

A chilling and revelatory appraisal of the new faces of espionage and warfare on the digital battleground

Shortly after 9/11, Joel Brenner entered the inner sanctum of American espionage, first as the inspector...


Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America

by Dan Balz & James Silberman

From the bestselling author of The Battle for America 2008 and longtime Washington Post correspondent, an inside view and analysis of the Obama-Romney presidential race

In 2008 a bright young candidate triumphed...


Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad

by Brett Martin

A revealing look at the shows that helped TV emerge as the signature art form of the twenty-first century

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented transformation....


The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die

by Niall Ferguson

A searching and provocative examination of the widespread institutional rot that threatens our collective future

What causes rich countries to lose their way? Symptoms of decline are all around us today: slowing...


Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into Darkness

by Alfredo Corchado

A crusading Mexican-American journalist searches for justice and hope in an increasingly violent Mexico

In the last decade, more than 100,000 people have been killed or disappeared in the Mexican drug war, and...


Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

by Michael Pollan

In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements-fire, water, air, and earth-to transform the stuff...


Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence in a New Middle East

by David Rohde

A groundbreaking look at America's role in the Middle East-from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Rope and a Prayer

Distilling eleven years of expert reporting for the New York Times, Reuters, and the Atlantic,...


From the Dragon's Mouth: 10 True Stories that Unveil the Real China

by Ana Fuentes

WHO ARE THE CHINESE?

Through on-the-ground interviews, Ana Fuentes uncovers the real China and offers a panoramic look at Chinese culture from the point of view of its citizens. She spent nearly 4 years living...


Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government

by Gavin Newsom & Lisa Dickey

"A fascinating case for a more engaged government, transformed to meet the challenges and possibilities of the twenty-first century." -President William J. Clinton

A rallying cry for revolutionizing democracy...


Detroit: An American Autopsy

by Charlie LeDuff

An explosive exposé of America's lost prosperity-from Pulitzer Prize­-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff

Back in his broken hometown, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches the ruins of Detroit...


Norse Greenland: A Controlled Experiment in Collapse--A Selection from Collapse (Penguin Tracks)

by Jared Diamond

A timely and fascinating exploration of the collapse of prehistoric Norse society in Greenland-excerpted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond's Collapse

This excerpt from the New York Times-bestselling...