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What's So Bad About Cronyism?

by Jay Cost

Cronyism is a serious problem in the United States, but unfortunately it is still not very well understood. In this new essay, Jay Cost explains what it is, and why we should be so worried about it. By mingling...

Living Together, Living Apart: Mixed Status Families and US Immigration Policy

by Jodie Lawston, April Schueths & Mary Romero

Immigration reform remains one of the most contentious issues in the United States today. For mixed status families—families that include both citizens and noncitizens—this is more than a political issue:...

American Conspiracies

by Jesse Ventura & Dick Russell

In this explosive account of wrongful acts and ensuing cover-ups, Jesse Ventura offers a different side to the stories we’ve all heard and read about in the history books. He takes a look at the wide gap between...

Dying: A Transition

by Monika Renz, Mark Kyburz & John Peck

A critical success in Europe, this book offers a process-based, patient-centered approach to palliative care that substantiates an indication-oriented treatment and radical reconsideration of our transition...

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

by Sherry Turkle

Renowned media scholar Sherry Turkle investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivityand why reclaiming face-to-face conversation can help us regain lost...

A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties

by Ben Carson & Candy Carson

Dear Reader,

Many people have wondered why I’ve been speaking out on controversial issues for the last few years. They say I’ve never held political office. I’m not a constitutional scholar. I’m not...

The Reproach of Hunger: Food, Justice, and Money in the Twenty-First Century

by David Rieff

In a groundbreaking book, based on six years of on the ground reporting, expert David Rieff offers a masterly review about whether ending extreme poverty and widespread hunger is within our reach as increasingly...

Beyond Measure

by Vicki Abeles

From the director of Race to Nowhere, the popular 2010 documentary on our education system that has become a long-running grassroots phenomenon, and a new film, Beyond Measure, comes a groundbreaking book for...

Slaughterhouse 90210

by Maris Kreizman

The perfect book for anyone with a Netflix account and a library card.

"Smart, sharp, and hilarious, Slaughterhouse 90210 is the perfect pick-me-up and never-put-me-down book." - Jami Attenburg, bestselling author...

Meeting in the Margins: An Invitation to Encounter Society's Invisible People

by Cynthia Trenshaw

From homeless encampments under the viaducts of San Francisco to emergency rooms and nursing homes in the Midwest, Cynthia Trenshaw finds the courage to see, touch, and be radically present for the people our...

Industrial Policy and Economic Transformation in Africa

by Akbar Noman & Joseph E. Stiglitz

The revival of economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is all the more welcome for having followed one of the worst economic disasters since the industrial revolution. Six of the world’s fastest growing economies...


by Diana Butler Bass

The headlines are clear: religion is on the decline in America as many people leave behind traditional religious practices. Diana Butler Bass, leading commentator on religion, politics, and culture, follows...

Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA

by Lisa Dickey, Roberta Kaplan & Edie Windsor

Roberta Kaplan’s gripping story of her defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) before the Supreme Court.

Renowned litigator Roberta Kaplan knew from the beginning that it was the perfect case to bring...

The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory

by John Seabrook

There's a reason hit songs offer guilty pleasure—they're designed that way.

Over the last two decades a new type of hit song has emerged, one that is almost inescapably catchy. Pop songs have always had a...

A Treatise of Human Nature

by David Hume

David Hume (/ˈhjuːm/; 7 May 1711 NS (26 April 1711 OS) – 25 August 1776) was a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist, who is best known today for his highly influential system of radical...

Common Sense

by Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737 [O.S. January 29, 1736] – June 8, 1809) was an English-American political activist, philosopher, political theorist and revolutionary. One of the Founding Fathers of the United...

America IS Exceptional: Letters to my Kids and Grandkids

by Steven L Hall

The Idea of America led to independent sovereign States, then to a Constitution and a new Union.  The results of this "American Experiment" were exceptional.  Phase One, the first 120 years or so, marked...

Raising Freedom's Banner: How peaceful demonstrations have changed the world

by Paul Harris

The idea of deliberately peaceful demonstrations started among Parliamentary Reformers in Britain at the time of the French Revolution, who wanted to be seen as respectable people who deserved the vote and did...

Saving Gotham: A Billionaire Mayor, Activist Doctors, and the Fight for Eight Million Lives

by Tom Farley

The inside story of the most audacious public health campaign of the twenty-first century.

In 2002, a dynamic doctor named Thomas Frieden became health commissioner of New York City. With support from the new...

Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science

by Dani Rodrik

Rethinking economics, from the inside out.

In the wake of the financial crisis and the Great Recession, economics seems anything but a science. In this sharp, masterfully argued book, Dani Rodrik, a leading...