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Presimetrics: What the Facts Tell Us About How the Presidents Measure Up On the Issues We Care About

Michael E. Kanell · Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
Format: Book

The authors cut through party bias to present the quantifiable facts about how modern presidents have performed on critical national issuesPoliticians and the media spend a lot of time telling Americans how the presidents and their administrations are performing, but this analysis always...
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Ad Women: How They Impact What We Need, Want, and Buy

Juliann Sivulka · Prometheus Books
Format: Hardcover

Most of the workers in advertising, the media, retail, and fashion are women. Holding key marketing and advertising positions, women shape the basic promotional appeal of almost every consumer product in America. How did the advertising business go from a handful of women in a man’s...
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A Measureless Peril: America in the Fight for the Atlantic, the Longest Battle of World War II

Richard Snow · Scribner
Format: Hardcover

Of all the threats that faced his country in World War II, Winston Churchill said, just one really scared him—what he called the "measureless peril" of the German U-boat campaign. In that global conflagration, only one battle—the struggle for the Atlantic—lasted...
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African American Almanac: 400 Years of Triumph, Courage and Excellence

Lean'tin Bracks · Visible Ink Press; Original edition
Format: Paperback

The most complete and affordable single-volume reference of African American culture available today, this almanac is a unique and valuable resource devoted to illustrating and demystifying the moving, difficult, and often lost history of black life in America. A legacy of pride, struggle,...
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The Historical Atlas of World War II

Alexander Swanston · Chartwell Books
Format: Hardcover

World War II was the most devastating event in human history. The Historical Atlas of World War II presents the conflict through deeply-researched text and detailed maps that, taken together, add up to a unique and original appraisal of this global war.The Historical Atlas of World War II encompasses...
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The Awful Grace of God: Religious Terrorism, White Supremacy, and the Unsolved Murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Stuart Wexler · Counterpoint
Format: Hardcover

The Awful Grace of God chronicles a multi-year effort to kill Martin Luther King Jr. by a group of the nation’s most violent right-wing extremists. Impeccably researched and thoroughly documented, this examines figures like Sam Bowers, head of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan...
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The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II

SVETLANA ALEXIEVICH · Random House
Pages: 331
Format: Hardcover

A long-awaited English translation of the groundbreaking oral history of women in World War II across Europe and Russia - from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature"A landmark." - Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth CenturyFor more than...
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The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan

Bing West · Random House; 1St Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

America cannot afford to lose the war in Afghanistan, and yet Americans cannot win it. In this definitive account of the conflict, acclaimed war correspondent and bestselling author Bing West provides a practical way out. Drawing on his expertise as both a combat-hardened Marine and a former...
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The Egyptians: A Radical History of Egypt's Unfinished Revolution

Jack Shenker · The New Press
Pages: 544
Format: Print book

In The Egyptians, journalist Jack Shenker uncovers the roots of the uprising that succeeded in toppling Hosni Mubarak, one of the Middle East's most entrenched dictators, and explores a country now divided between two irreconcilable political orders. Challenging conventional analyses...
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Blood Feud: The Hatfields And The Mccoys: The Epic Story Of Murder And Vengeance

Lisa Alther · Lyons Press; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

America's most notorious family feud began in 1865 with the murder of a Harmon McCoy, a Union soldier, by a Confederate Hatfield. But Southern grudges run long and deep. More than a decade later tempers flared over stolen hogs. This accusation triggered years of bloody violence...
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The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict

Adam Horowitz · Nation Books
Format: Paperback

The Goldstone Report is one of the most controversial UN reports ever published. It alleges that both Israel and Hamas committed atrocities during Israel's 2009 incursion into Gaza, with Israel aiming to "punish, humiliate and terrorise a civilian population." This characterization...
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The Blood of Emmett Till

Timothy B Tyson · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

In 2014, protesters ringed the White House, chanting, "How many black kids will you kill? Michael Brown, Emmett Till!" Why did demonstrators invoke the name of a black boy murdered six decades before?In 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a fourteen-year-old from...
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The Foundations of Modern Terrorism: State, Society and the Dynamics of Political Violence

Professor Martin A. Miller · Cambridge University Press
Format: Book

Why is it that terrorism has become such a central factor in our lives despite all the efforts to eradicate it? Ranging from early modern Europe to the contemporary Middle East, Martin Miller reveals the foundations of modern terrorism. He argues that the French Revolution was a watershed...
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The Founders and Finance: How Hamilton, Gallatin, and Other Immigrants Forged a New Economy

Thomas K. McCraw · Belknap Press
Format: Hardcover

In 1776 the United States government started out on a shoestring and quickly went bankrupt fighting its War of Independence against Britain. At the wars end, the national government owed tremendous sums to foreign creditors and its own citizens. But lacking the power to tax, it had no means...
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Spell It Out: The Curious, Enthralling and Extraordinary Story of English Spelling

David Crystal · St. Martin's Press
Format: Hardcover

The fascinating and surprising history of English spelling from David Crystal, everyone's favorite expert logophileWith The Story of English in 100 Words, David Crystal took us on a tour through the history of our language. Now, with Spell It Out, he takes on the task of answering all the questions...
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