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El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency

by Ioan Grillo

A gripping, sobering account of how Mexican drug gangs have transformed into a criminal insurgency that threatens the nation's democracy and reaches across to the United States.

Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities

by Craig Steven Wilder

A groundbreaking and incendiary exploration of the intertwined histories of slavery, racism, and higher education in America, from a leading African-American historian

The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography

by Miriam Pawel

Cesar Chavez founded a labor union, launched a movement, and inspired a generation. He rose from migrant worker to national icon, becoming one of the great charismatic leaders of the 20th century. Two decades...

Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA

by E.G. Vallianatos & Mckay Jenkins

An insider's gripping account of how political pressure and corporate co-optation have undermined the Environmental Protection Agency, with devastating effects on public safety and the natural world.

Story of a Death Foretold: The Coup Against Salvador Allende, September 11, 1973

by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

On the fortieth anniversary of revolution and rebellion in Chile, a searching history of the rise and fall of the world's first and only democratically elected Marxist president.

On September 11, 1973, President...

The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America's Most Progressive Era

by Douglas R. Egerton

A groundbreaking new history, telling the stories of hundreds of African-American activists and officeholders who risked their lives for equality-in the face of murderous violence-in the years after the Civil...

The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring

by Paul Danahar

BBC bureau chief Paul Danahar sets out the new order in the Middle East following the Arab Spring, and explains what it will mean both for the region and the West.

For the past forty years the story of the Middle...

Cities Are Good for You: The Genius of the Metropolis

by Leo Hollis

Cities are where the twenty-first century is really going to happen. Already at the beginning of the century, we became 50% urban as a global population, and by 2050 we're going to be up to 70% urban. So cities...

Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President

by Edward McClelland

How the rough-and-tumble reality of Chicago taught a brilliant but

callow young African American politician the lessons that launched him

on the road to history.

Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War

by Richard E. Rubenstein

What makes Americans fight? Why do the professed first citizen of the

free world so often accept armed conflict as a political measure, and

how do we justify those choices to ourselves? When is war the right...

The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger

by Kate Pickett & Richard Wilkinson

Groundbreaking analysis showing that greater economic equality-not greater wealth-is the mark of the most successful societies, and offering new ways to achieve it.

Jungle of Snakes: A Century of Counterinsurgency Warfare from the Philippines to Iraq

by James R. Arnold

A gripping history of counter-insurgency wars-successful and unsuccessful-with sobering lessons for America's future

The Moro War: How America Battled a Muslim Insurgency in the Philippine Jungle, 1902-1913

by James R. Arnold

The gripping story of America's first clash with Islamic insurgents, from the author of the acclaimed Jungle of Snakes.

What if Latin America Ruled the World?: How the South Will Take the North Through the 21st Century

by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

An eye-opening tour of Latin America past and present-and a persuasive

argument that the region will lead the rest of the world into the


Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World

by Matthew Bishop & Michael Green

From Buffett to Bono, how today's leading philanthropists are revolutionizing the field, using new methods to have a vastly greater impact on the world.

Falling off the Edge: Travels Through the Dark Heart of Globalization

by Alex Perry

Stunning reportage-by turns gritty, comic, and harrowing-from the hotspots where rebels, outlaws, and terrorists push back against the forces of capital, democracy, and globalization.

Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans

by Brian Fagan

New York Times best-selling author Brian Fagan explores the world of the Cro-Magnons-the mysterious, little-known race, famous for its cave paitings, that survived the Ice Age and became the ancestors of today's...

Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

by Sam Quinones

Over the past fifteen years, enterprising sugar cane farmers in the small county of Xalisco on the west coast of Mexico have created a unique distribution system that has brought black tar heroin--the cheapest,...