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1 - His Name Is George Floyd: One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice

Robert Samuels

A landmark biography by two prizewinning Washington Post reporters that reveals how systemic racism shaped George Floyd's life and legacy - from his family's roots in the tobacco fields of North Carolina, to ongoing inequality in housing, education, health care, criminal justice,...
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2 - Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City

Andrea Elliott - Random House

Invisible Child follows eight dramatic years in the life of Dasani Coates, a child with an imagination as soaring as the skyscrapers near her Brooklyn homeless shelter. Born at the turn of a new century, Dasani is named for the bottled water that comes to symbolize Brooklyn's gentrification...
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3 - Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy

David Zucchino - Atlantic Monthly Press

By 1898 Wilmington, North Carolina, was a shining example of a mixed-race community -- a bustling port city with a thriving African American middle class and a government made up of Republicans and Populists, including black aldermen, police officers, and magistrates. But across the state...
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4 - The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America

Greg Grandin - Metropolitan Books

From a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a new and eye-opening interpretation of the meaning of the frontier, from early westward expansion to Trump's border wall.Ever since this nation's inception, the idea of an open and ever-expanding frontier has been central to American identity. Symbolizing...
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5 - The Undying: Pain, vulnerability, mortality, medicine, art, time, dreams, data, exhaustion, cancer, and care

Anne Boyer - Farrar, Straus and Giroux

"The Undying is a startling, urgent intervention in our discourses about sickness and health, art and science, language and literature, and mortality and death. In dissecting what she terms 'the ideological regime of cancer,' Anne Boyer has produced a profound and unforgettable...
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6 - Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America

Eliza Griswold - Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Prize-winning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold's Amity and Prosperity is an expose on how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one lifelong resident brought the story into the national spotlight. This is an incredible true account of investigative journalism and a devastating...
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7 - Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

James Jr Forman - Farrar

In recent years, America's criminal justice system has become the subject of an increasingly urgent debate. Critics have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on people of color. As James Forman, Jr., points out, however, the war on crime that...
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8 - Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond - Crown Publishers

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9 - Black flags : the rise of ISIS

Joby Warrick - Doubleday

WINNER OF THE 2016 PULITZER PRIZE FOR GENERAL NONFICTION A Best Book of 2015 "The New York Times, " "The Washington Post, " "People" Magazine, "San Francisco Chronicle, " "Kansas City Star, " and "Kirkus Reviews" ""In...
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10 - The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Elizabeth Kolbert - Henry Holt and Co

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZEONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARA NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALISTA major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful...
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11 - Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation

Dan Fagin - Bantam

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE * Winner of The New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award * "A new classic of science reporting." - The New York TimesThe riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting...
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12 - Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

Gilbert King - Harper Perennial

* Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction* Nominated for a 2013 Edgar Award * Book of the Year (Non-fiction, 2012) The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor. In 1949, Floridas orange industry was booming, and citrus barons got rich on the backs of cheap Jim Crow labor....
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13 - The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

Stephen Greenblatt - W.W. Norton

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Non-Fiction One of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from...
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14 - The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Siddhartha Mukherjee - Scribner; 1 edition

The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence....
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15 - The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy

David E Hoffman - Doubleday

"A tour de force of investigative history." - Steve CollThe Dead Hand is the suspense-filled story of the people who sought to brake the speeding locomotive of the arms race, then rushed to secure the nuclear and biological weapons left behind by the collapse of the Soviet...
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16 - Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

Douglas A Blackmon - Anchor Books

In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history - an "Age of Neoslavery" that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II.Using a vast record of original documents...
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17 - Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945: The Years of Extermination

Saul Friedlander

The enactment of the German extermination policies that resulted in the murder of six million European Jews depended upon many factors, including the cooperation of local authorities and police departments, and the passivity of the populations, primarily of their political and spiritual...
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18 - The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

Lawrence Wright - Alfred A. Knopf

A sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds...
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19 - Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya

Caroline Elkins - Henry Holt and Co.; First Edition edition

A major work of history that for the first time reveals the violence and terror at the heart of Britain's civilizing mission in KenyaAs part of the Allied forces, thousands of Kenyans fought alongside the British in World War II. But just a few years after the defeat of Hitler, the British...
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20 - Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

Steve Coll - Penguin Books

Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer PrizeThe explosive first-hand account of America's secret history in AfghanistanWith the publication of Ghost Wars, Steve Coll became not only a Pulitzer Prize winner, but also the expert on the rise of the Taliban, the emergence of Bin Laden, and the secret...
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21 - Gulag: A History

Anne Applebaum - Doubleday; 1 edition

The Gulag—the vast array of Soviet concentration camps—was a system of repression and punishment whose rationalized evil and institutionalized inhumanity were rivaled only by the Holocaust.The Gulag entered the world’s historical consciousness in 1972, with the publication...
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22 - A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide

Samantha Power

About this book:In 1993, as a 23-year-old correspondent covering the wars in the Balkans, I was initially comforted by the roar of NATO planes flying overhead. President Clinton and other western leaders had sent the planes to monitor the Bosnian war, which had killed almost 200,000 civilians....
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23 - Carry Me Home : Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution

Diane McWhorter

A major work of history, investigative journalism that breaks new ground, and personal memoir, "Carry Me Home" is a dramatic account of the civil rights era's climactic battle in Birmingham, as the movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr., brought down the institutions of segregation."The...
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24 - Hirohito And The Making Of Modern Japan

Herbert P Bix - HarperCollinsPublishers

Winner of the Pulitzer PrizeIn this groundbreaking biography of the Japanese emperor Hirohito, Herbert P. Bix offers the first complete, unvarnished look at the enigmatic leader whose sixty-three-year reign ushered Japan into the modern world. Never before has the full life of this controversial...
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