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Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter's Story

Mazie K. Hirono · Viking
Format: Hardcover

Mazie Hirono is one of the most fiercely outspoken Democrats in Congress, but her journey to the U.S. Senate was far from likely. Raised poor on her family's rice farm in rural Japan, Hirono was seven years old when her mother left her abusive husband and sailed with her two elder children...
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The Soul of a Woman

Isabel Allende
Format: Hardcover

"When I say that I was a feminist in kindergarten, I am not exaggerating," begins Isabel Allende. As a child, she watched her mother, abandoned by her husband, provide for her three small children without "resources or voice." Isabel became a fierce and defiant little...
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Border Insecurity: Why Big Money, Fences, and Drones Aren't Making Us Safer

Sylvia Longmire · St Martins Pr
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

When confronted with the challenges of border security and illegal immigration, government officials are fond of saying that our borders have never been as safe and secure as they are now. But ranchers in the borderlands of Arizona and Texas fear for their lands, their cattle, their homes,...
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Meet the Candidates 2020: Bernie Sanders: A Voter's Guide

Scott Dworkin · Skyhorse
Pages: 144
Format: Paperback

What is "democratic socialism?" Educate yourself on Bernie Sanders, the liberal independent from Vermont and the 2016 underdog turned 2020 Democratic favorite. Bernie Sanders shocked the establishment in 2016 with his self-described "political revolution," mobilizing...
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The Fighters

C. J. Chivers · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

"A classic of war reporting...The author's stories give heart-rending meaning to the lives and deaths of these men and women, even if policymakers generally have not." - The New York Times

Pulitzer Prize winner C.J. Chivers' unvarnished account of modern combat,...
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They Came for Freedom: The Forgotten, Epic Adventure of the Pilgrims

Jay Milbrandt · Thomas Nelson
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

A page-turning story of the Pilgrims, the courageous band of freedom-seekers who set out for a new life for themselves and forever changed the course of history.

Once a year at Thanksgiving, we encounter Pilgrims as folksy people in funny hats before promptly forgetting them. In the centuries...

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On Account of Race: The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights

Lawrence Goldstone · Counterpoint
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

Award-winning constitutional law historian, Lawrence Goldstone examines case-based evidence to reveal the court's longstanding support for white supremacy (often under the guise of "states rights") and how that bias has allowed the court to solidify its position as arguably...
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Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle over Civil Rights

Steven Levingston · Hachette Books
Pages: 528
Format: Hardcover

From journalist and author Steven Levingston, a gripping, detailed account of the contentious relationship between President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. during the tumultuous early years of the Civil Rights movement.

Kennedy and King traces the emergence...
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The Nazi Menace: Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Road to War

Benjamin Carter Hett · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover

A panoramic narrative of the years leading up to the Second World War -- a tale of democratic crisis, racial conflict, and a belated recognition of evil, with profound resonance for our own time.Berlin, November 1937. Adolf Hitler meets with his military commanders to impress upon them...
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Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution

Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover

"Ben Fountain's BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY BURN AGAIN is the bravest, boldest, most bracing political book of the year." -Bill Moyers

In a sweeping work of reportage set over the course of 2016, New York Times bestselling author Ben Fountain recounts a surreal year of politics...

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