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Encountering America

by Jessica Grogan

A dramatic narrative history of the psychological movement that reshaped American culture

The expectation that our careers and personal lives should be expressions of our authentic selves, the belief that our...


The Trail of Gold and Silver

by Duane A. Smith

In The Trail of Gold and Silver, historian Duane A. Smith details Colorado's mining saga - a story that stretches from the beginning of the gold and silver mining rush in the mid-nineteenth century into the...


Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al Qaeda: A Personal Account by the CIA's Key Field Commander

by Gary Berntsen & Ralph Pezzullo

In Jawbreaker Gary Berntsen, until recently one of the CIA’s most decorated officers, comes out from under cover for the first time to describe his no-holds-barred pursuit of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda.

With...


A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery

Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction 2009

by E. Benjamin Skinner

To be a moral witness is perhaps the highest calling of journalism, and in this unforgettable, highly readable account of contemporary slavery, author Benjamin Skinner travels around the globe to personally...


No Bad News for the King: The True Story of Cyclone Nargis and Its Aftermath in Burma

by Emma Larkin

An incisive, unprecedented report on life inside Burma from the author of Finding George Orwell in Burma

On May 2, 2008, an enormous tropical cyclone made landfall in Burma, wreaking untold havoc and killing...


No Place to Call Home: Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies and Travellers

by Katharine Quarmby

They are reviled. For centuries the Roma have wandered Europe; during the Holocaust half a million were killed. After World War II and during the Troubles, a wave of Irish Travellers moved to England to build...


Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War

by Matt Gallagher

Matt Gallagher’s sardonic and unnerving Iraq War memoir uniquely covers the counterinsurgency, when American troops increasingly encountered the mysterious world of Iraq


The Farm Then and Now: A Model for Sustainable Living

by Douglas Stevenson

From commune to ecovillage — an in-depth look at the past, present and future of the world’s best-known intentional community


What Every Person Should Know About War

by Chris Hedges

Acclaimed New York Times journalist and author Chris Hedges offers a critical -- and fascinating -- lesson in the dangerous realities of our age: a stark look at the effects of war on combatants. Utterly lacking...


Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East

by Robin Wright

The transformation of the Middle East is an issue that will absorb-and challenge-the world for generations to come; Dreams and Shadows is the book to read to understand the sweeping political and cultural changes...


The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban

by Sarah Chayes

As a former star reporter for NPR, Sarah Chayes developed a devoted listenership for her on-site reports on conflicts around the world. In The Punishment of Virtue, she reveals the misguided U.S. policy in Afghanistan...


The Sack of Rome: Media + Money + Celebrity = Power = Silvio Berlusconi

by Alexander Stille

Award-winning author Alexander Stille has been called ?one of the best English-language writers on Italy? by the New York Times Book Review, and in The Sack of Rome he sets out to answer the question: What happens...


God Is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith Is Changing the World

by John Micklethwait & Adrian Wooldridge

A landmark examination of the resurgence of faith around the globe

The Editor in Chief of The Economist and its Lexington columnist show how the global rise of religion will dramatically impact our century...


Everyday Life in Central Asia: Past and Present

by Jeff Sahadeo & Russell Zanca

For its citizens, contemporary Central Asia is a land of great promise and peril. While the end of Soviet rule has opened new opportunities for social mobility and cultural expression, political and economic...


The Junior Officers' Reading Club: Killing Time and Fighting Wars

by Patrick Hennessey

Hailed as a classic of war writing in the U.K., The Junior Officers' Reading Club is a revelatory first-hand account of a young enlistee's profound coming of age. Attempting to stave off the tedium and pressures...


Europe's Deadlock: How the Euro Crisis Could Be Solved and Why It Won't Happen

by David Marsh

In this short, fiercely argued book, David Marsh explains how five years of continuous crisis management not only have failed to resolve the EurozoneÆs problems but have actually made things worse. While austerity-wracked...


Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall

by Andrew Meier

"That Black Earth is an extraordinary work is, for anyone who has known Russia, beyond question."—George Kennan "A compassionate glimpse into the extremes where the new Russia meets the old," writes Robert...


Fallujah Awakens: Marines, Sheiks, and the Battle Against al Qaeda

by Bill Ardolino

The cradle of an insurgency that plunged Iraq into years of chaos and bloodshed, Fallujah conjures up images of the brutal house-to-house fighting that occurred during the 2004 U.S. invasion of the iconic city....


The Taliban Don't Wave

by Robert Semrau & Rob Semrau

Captain Robert Semraus military trial made international headlines—a Canadian soldier serving in Afghanistan arrested for allegedly killing a grievously wounded Taliban soldier in the field. The trial and its...


Boots on the Ground: Stories of American Soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan

by Clint Willis

The recent wars in Iraq and in Afghanistan have generated gripping coverage from some of our most accomplished writers and correspondents, and Boots on the Ground collects the best new writing about our troops...