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The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014

Carlotta Gall · Houghton Mifflin
Pages: 329
Format: Hardcover

Carlotta Gall has reported from Afghanistan and Pakistan for almost the entire duration of the American invasion and occupation, beginning shortly after 9/11. She knows just how much this war has cost the Afghan people, and how much damage can be traced to Pakistan and its duplicitous government...
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Up Ghost River: A Chief's Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native History

Edmund Metatawabin · Knopf Canada
Format: Hardcover

A powerful raw yet eloquent memoir from a residential school survivor and former First Nations Chief Up Ghost River is a necessary step toward our collective healingIn the s -year-old Edmund Metatawabin was separated from his family and placed in one of Canadarsquos worst residential schools...
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The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower

Michael Pillsbury · Henry Holt and Co.
Format: Hardcover

One of the U.S. governments leading China experts reveals the hidden strategy fueling that countrys rise - and how Americans have been seduced into helping China overtake us as the worlds leading superpower.For more than forty years, the United States has played an indispensable role helping...
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The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family

Roger Cohen · Knopf
Format: Hardcover

An intimate and profoundly moving Jewish family history - a story of displacement, prejudice, hope, despair, and love.In this luminous memoir, award-winning New York Times columnist Roger Cohen turns a compassionate yet discerning eye on the legacy of his own forebears. As he follows them...
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The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won

Victor Davis Hanson · Basic Books
Pages: 720
Format: Hardcover

A definitive account of World War II by America's preeminent military historianWorld War II was the most lethal conflict in human history. Never before had a war been fought on so many diverse landscapes and in so many different ways, from rocket attacks in London to jungle fighting in Burma...
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The New Spymasters: Inside the Modern World of Espionage from the Cold War to Global Terror

Stephen Grey · St. Martin's Press
Format: Hardcover

The old world of spying-dead-letter boxes, microfilm cameras, an enemy reporting to the Moscow Center, and a hint of sexual blackmail-is history. The spymaster's technique has changed and the enemy has, too. He or she now frequently comes from a culture far removed from Western understanding...
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Jackson, 1964 : and other dispatches from fifty years of reporting on race in America

Calvin Trillin · Random House
Pages: 275
Format:  Print book : English : First edition

From bestselling author and beloved New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin, a deeply resonant, career-spanning collection of articles on race and racism, from the 1960s to the present In the early sixties, Calvin Trillin got his start as a journalist covering the Civil Rights Movement in the South....
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Level Zero Heroes: The Story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan

Michael Golembesky · St. Martin's Press
Format: Hardcover

A New York Times Best seller!In Level Zero Heroes, Michael Golembesky follows the members of U.S. Marine Special Operations Team 8222 on their assignment to the remote and isolated Taliban stronghold known as Bala Murghab as they conduct special operations in an effort to break the Taliban's...
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Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race

Margot Lee Shetterly · William Morrow
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

The #1 New York Times bestsellerThe phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA at the leading edge of the feminist and civil rights movement, whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space - a powerful, revelatory contribution that...
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Man of Destiny: FDR and the Making of the American Century

Alonzo Hamby · Basic Books (AZ)
Pages: 512
Format: Hardcover

No president looms larger in twentieth-century American history than Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and few life stories can match his for sheer drama. Following in the footsteps of his Republican cousin President Theodore Roosevelt, FDR devoted himself to politics as a Democrat and a true...
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The Narcissist Next Door: Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office, in Your Bed-in Your World

Jeffrey Kluger · Riverhead Books
Format: Hardcover

From an award-winning senior writer at Time, an eye-opening exploration of narcissism, how to recognize it, and how to handle it. The odds are good that you know a narcissist—probably a lot of them. The odds are also good that they are intelligent, confident, and articulate—the center...
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Jane Austen's Country Life: Uncovering the rural backdrop to her life, her letters and her novels

Deirdre Le Faye · Frances Lincoln
Pages: 269
Format: Print book

Jane Austen lived for nearly all her life in two Hampshire villages: for 25 years in her birthplace of Steventon, and then for the last 8 years of her life in Chawton, during which she wrote and published her great novels. While there are plenty of books describing her periods of urban...
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Malinche, Pocahontas, and Sacagawea: Indian Women as Cultural Intermediaries and National Symbols

Rebecca K Jager · University of Oklahoma Press,
Pages: 368
Format: Print book

The first Europeans to arrive in North America's various regions relied on Native women to help them navigate unfamiliar customs and places. This study of three well-known and legendary female cultural intermediaries, Malinche, Pocahontas, and Sacagawea, examines their initial contact...
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