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No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality

Jordan Flaherty · AK Press
Pages: 175
Format: Print book

How can we build a better world? And why do so many people with privilege end up making things worse when they try to help? It's called the savior mentality, and Jordan Flaherty finds it in FBI informants, anti-sex-work crusaders, Teach For America corps members, and out-of-touch journalists....
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Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk about Race and Identity

Lise Funderburg · Sixth Borough Ink
Pages: 374
Format: Paperback

The groundbreaking oral history, Black, White, Other, made its mark by being the first book to ask black/white biracial people to speak for themselves on matters of race and identity. In the book, journalist Lise Funderburg presents the lives and views of forty-six adult children of black-white...
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The Thunder Before the Storm: The Autobiography of Clyde Bellecourt

Clyde H Bellecourt · Minnesota Historical Society Press
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

Clyde Bellecourt, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, provides an intimate narrative of his childhood on the White Earth Reservation, his long journey through the prison system, and the front lines of 1970's social activism, where he went to war against entrenched racism. He addresses...
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The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field

Josh Ostergaard · Coffee House Press
Pages: 281
Format: eBook

The Devil's Snake Curve offers an alternative American history, in which colonialism, jingoism, capitalism, and faith are represented by baseball. Personal and political, it twines Japanese internment camps with the Yankees; Walmart with the Kansas City Royals; and facial hair patterns...
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Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose

Joe Biden · Flatiron Books
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

A deeply moving memoir about the year that would forever change both a family and a country. In November 2014, thirteen members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past forty years; it was the one constant in what...
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Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend

Meryl Gordon · Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 528
Format: Hardcover

A new biography of Bunny Mellon, the style icon and American aristocrat who designed the White House Rose Garden for her friend JFK and served as a living witness to 20th Century American history, operating in the high-level arenas of politics, diplomacy, art and fashion.
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The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World's Most Successful Political Idea

Bill Emmott · The Economist
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

The West has long been a font of stability, prosperity, and security. Yet when faced with global instability and economic uncertainty, it is tempting for states to react by closing borders, hoarding wealth, and solidifying power. We have seen it in Japan, France, and Italy in the past,...
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When Parents Part: How Mothers and Fathers Can Help Their Children Deal with Separation and Divorce

Penelope Leach · Knopf
Format: Kindle Edition

"From the author of the best-selling Your Baby & Child: completely practical, comprehensively researched information and advice on how you can do what is best for your child when you are going through a separation or divorce. Using the latest scientific research in child development,...
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The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard

Stephen Jimenez · Steerforth
Format: Hardcover

What role did crystal meth and other previously underreported factors play in the brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard? The Book of Matt is a page-turning cautionary tale that humanizes and de-mythologizes Matthew while following the evidence where it leads, without...
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Visible Man: The Life of Henry Dumas

JEFFREY B LEAK · University of Georgia Press
Pages: 212
Format: Paperback

Henry Dumas (1934-1968) was a writer who did not live to see most of his fiction and poetry in print. A son of Sweet Home, Arkansas, and Harlem, he devoted himself to the creation of a black literary cosmos, one in which black literature and culture were windows into the human condition....
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We Wear the Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing in America

Brando Skyhorse · Beacon Press
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback

Fifteen writers reveal their diverse experiences with passing - including racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender, and economic forms of passing.American history is filled with innumerable examples of "passing." Why do people pass? The reasons are manifold: opportunity, access,...
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The Great Cowboy Strike: Bullets, Ballots & Class Conflicts in the American West

MARK LAUSE · Verso
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

When cowboys were workers and battled their bossesAlthough later made an icon of "rugged individualism," the American cowboy was a grossly exploited and underpaid seasonal worker, who waged a series of militant strikes in the generally isolated and neglected corners of the Old West....
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Denying to the Grave: Why We Ignore the Facts That Will Save Us

Sara E. Gorman · Oxford University Press
Pages: 328
Format: Hardcover

Why do some parents refuse to vaccinate their children? Why do some people keep guns at home, despite scientific evidence of risk to their family members? And why do people use antibiotics for illnesses they cannot possibly alleviate? When it comes to health, many people insist that science...
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Revolution's End: The Patty Hearst Kidnapping, Mind Control, and the Secret History of Donald DeFreeze and the SLA

Brad Schreiber · W W Norton
Pages: 260
Format: Print book

Forty years after the Patty Hearst "trial of the century," people still don't know the true story of the events.Revolution's End fully explains the most famous kidnapping in US history, detailing Patty Hearst's relationship with Donald DeFreeze, known as Cinque, head...
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The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power

Thomas J Christensen · W.W. Norton & Company
Pages: 387
Format: Print book

"A standout . . . a balanced, informative, and highly intelligent guide to dealing with China." -- Fareed ZakariaMany see China as a rival superpower to the United States and imagine the country's rise to be a threat to U.S. leadership in Asia and beyond. Thomas J. Christensen...
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