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Orientalism

by Edward W. Said

The noted critic and a Palestinian now teaching at Columbia University,examines the way in which the West observes the Arabs.


On Immunity

by Eula Biss

Why do we fear vaccines? A provocative examination by Eula Biss, the author of Notes from No Man’s Land, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

Upon becoming a new mother, Eula Biss addresses a chronic...


The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League

by Jeff Hobbs

A heartfelt, and riveting biography of the short life of a talented young African-American man who escapes the slums of Newark for Yale University only to succumb to the dangers of the streets—and of one’s...


The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

by Edward E. Baptist

Americans tend to assume that modern historiography has produced a full and complete understanding of slavery in the United States, as a shameful pre-modern institution, existing in isolation from America’s...


The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection

by Michael Harris

"Every revolution in communication technology-from papyrus to the printing press to Twitter-is as much an opportunity to be drawn away from something as it is to be drawn toward something. And yet, as we embrace...


The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It

by John W. Dean

Based on Nixon's overlooked recordings, New York Times bestselling author John W. Dean connects the dots between what we've come to believe about Watergate and what actually happened

Watergate forever changed...


Women on the Verge

by Susan Fox Rogers

In this lively, eclectic collection, veteran anthologist Susan Fox Rogers explores the passionate experiences of lesbians that exist outside of sex and/or romance. From an essay on "being" Superman as a kid...


The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East

by Juan Cole

The renowned blogger and Middle East expert Juan Cole illuminates the role of today’s Arab youth—who they are, what they want, and how they will affect world politics.

Beginning in January 2011, the revolutionary...


Virtual Unreality: Just Because the Internet Told You, How Do You Know It's True?

by Charles Seife

The bestselling author of Proofiness and Zero explains how to separate fact from fantasy in the digital world

Digital information is a powerful tool that spreads unbelievably rapidly, infects all corners of...


The Inevitable City

by Betsy Seifter, Scott Cowen & Walter Isaacson

After seven years of service as the president of Tulane University, Scott Cowen watched the devastation of his beloved New Orleans at the hands of Hurricane Katrina. When federal, state, and city officials couldn’t...


The Spy Who Changed the World

by Mike Rossiter

When the three leaders of the victorious allies, Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union, met at Potsdam in July 1945, President Truman announced to Stalin that the US had a new and devastating weapon....


The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames

by Kai Bird

The Good Spy is Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird’s compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history – a man who, had he lived, might have...


The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food

by Dan Barber

"[E]ngaging, funny and delicious... I would call this The Omnivore's Dilemma 2.0." --Chicago Tribune

At the heart of today's optimistic farm-to-table food culture is a dark secret: the local food movement has...


No Place to Hide

by Glenn Greenwald

In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted...


Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

by Evan Osnos

Long-listed for the 2014 National Book Award in nonfiction.

A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation

From abroad, we often see China as a caricature:...


Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture

by Justin Mcguirk

What makes the city of the future? How do you heal a divided city? 

In RADICAL CITIES, Justin McGuirk travels across Latin America in search of the activist architects, maverick politicians and alternative...


No Good Men Among the Living

by Anand Gopal

Told through the lives of three Afghans, the stunning tale of how the United States had triumph in sight in Afghanistan—and then brought the Taliban back from the dead

In a breathtaking chronicle, acclaimed...


War! What Is It Good For?

by Ian Morris

A powerful and provocative exploration of how war has changed our society—for the better

“War! . . . . / What is it good for? / Absolutely nothing,” says the famous song—but archaeology, history, and...


The People's Platform

by Astra Taylor

From a cutting-edge cultural commentator, a bold and brilliant challenge to cherished notions of the Internet as the great leveler of our age

The Internet has been hailed as an unprecedented democratizing force,...


Men Explain Things to Me

by Rebecca Solnit

A landmark essay that went viral, inspired the word “mansplaining,” and prompted fierce arguments.