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Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of WWI to the Streets of Today

Anna Feigenbaum · Verso
Pages: 218
Format: Paperback

The story of how a chemical weapon went from the battlefield to the streets One hundred years ago, French troops fired tear gas grenades into German trenches. Designed to force people out from behind barricades and trenches, tear gas causes burning of the eyes and skin, tearing, and gagging....
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Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West

Catherine Belton · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

The hacking of American elections. The sponsorship of extremist politics in Europe. War in Ukraine. In recent years, Vladimir Putin's Russia has waged a concerted campaign to expand its influence and undermine Western institutions. But how and why did all this come about, and who has orchestrated...
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Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission

Barry Friedman · Farrar
Pages: 448
Format: Print book

As the debate about out-of-control policing heats up, an authority on constitutional law offers a provocative account of how our rights have been eroded

In June 2013, documents leaked by Edward Snowden sparked widespread debate about secret government surveillance of Americans....

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White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

Robin J DiAngelo · Beacon Press
Pages: 192
Format: Paperback

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

In this "vital, necessary, and beautiful book" (Michael Eric Dyson)...
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Populism: A Very Short Introduction

Cas Mudde · Oxford University Press
Pages: 131
Format: Print book

Populism is a central concept in the current media debates about politics and elections. However, like most political buzzwords, the term often floats from one meaning to another, and both social scientists and journalists use it to denote diverse phenomena. What is populism really? Who are the populist...
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Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth

Rachel Maddow · Crown
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Big Oil and Gas Versus Democracy - Winner Take All

In 2010, the words "earthquake swarm" entered the lexicon in Oklahoma. That same year, a trove of Michael Jackson memorabilia - including his iconic crystal-encrusted white glove...
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Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself--While the Rest of Us Die

Garrett Graff · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 529
Format: Hardcover

The eye-opening true story of the government's secret plans to survive and rebuild after a catastrophic attack on US soil - a narrative that span from the dawn of the nuclear age to today.

Every day in Washington, DC, the blue-and-gold 1st Helicopter Squadron, code-named "MUSSEL,"...
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Reckless: Henry Kissinger's Responsibility for the Tragedy in Vietnam

ROBERT K BRIGHAM · PublicAffairs
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

This disturbing new account of Henry Kissinger's Vietnam years shows a blundering, self-serving man who led America to tragedy and Vietnam to waste in an unnecessarily dragged-out, ill-conceived war. The American war in Vietnam was concluded in 1973 under the terms of a truce that were...
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A Sin by Any Other Name: Reckoning with Racism and the Heritage of the South

Robert W. Lee · Convergent Books
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

A descendant of Confederate General Robert E. Lee chronicles his story of growing up with the South's most honored name, and the moments that forced him to confront the privilege, racism, and subversion of human dignity that came with it.

With a foreword by Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King.

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Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America

Fergus M. Bordewich · Knopf
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover

The story of how Congress helped win the Civil War--a new perspective that puts the House and Senate, rather than Lincoln, at the center of the conflict.

This brilliantly argued new perspective on the Civil War overturns the popular conception that Abraham Lincoln single-handedly...
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