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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
Gladwell, Malcolm
Malcolm Gladwell's provocative new #1 bestseller -- now in paperback.

Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a pebble and a sling-and ever since, the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles betwe... (more)

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Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel
Blumenthal, Max
2014 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Notable Book Award

In Goliath, New York Times bestselling author Max Blumenthal takes us on a journey through the badlands and high roads of Israel-Palestine, painting a startling portrait of Israeli society under the siege of ... (more)

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Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power
Fraser, Steve
A groundbreaking investigation of how and why, from the 18th century to the present day, American resistance to our ruling elites has vanished.

From the American Revolution through the Civil Rights movement, Americans have long mobilized against political, social, and economi... (more)

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Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
Hari, Johann
It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, thirty-thousand-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recogniz... (more)

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Conversations on Palestine
Chomsky, Noam
Operation Protective Edge, Israel's most recent assault on Gaza, left thousands of Palestinians dead and cleared the way for another Israeli land grab. The need to stand in solidarity with Palestinians has never been greater. Ilan Pappé and Noam Chomsky, two leading voices in the struggle to li... (more)

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Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class
Timberg, Scott
Change is no stranger to us in the twenty-first century. We must constantly adjust to an evolving world, to transformation and innovation. But for many thousands of creative artists, a torrent of recent changes has made it all but impossible to earn a living. A persistent economic recession, so... (more)

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Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It
Goodman, Marc
One of the world’s leading authorities on global security, Marc Goodman takes readers deep into the digital underground to expose the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are using new and emerging technologies against you—and how this makes everyone more vulnerable than ever... (more)

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Guantánamo Diary
Siems, Larry, ed. & Mohamedou Ould Slahi
An unprecedented international publishing event: the first and only diary written by a still-imprisoned Guantánamo detainee.

Since 2002, Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned at the detainee camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In all these years, the United States has never charged h... (more)

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Jihadi's Return: ISIS and the Failures of the Global War on Terror
Cockburn, Patrick
Out of the failures of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring and Syria, a new threat emerges. While Al Qaeda is weakened, new jihadi movements, especially ISIS, are starting to emerge. In military operations in June 2014 they were far more successful than Al Qaeda ever were, taking territory that re... (more)

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Kill Chain: Drones and the Rise of the High-Tech Assassins
Cockburn, Andrew

An essential and page-turning narrative on the history of drone warfare by the acclaimed author of Rumsfeld, exploring how this practice emerged, who made it happen, and the real consequences of targeted killing

Assassination by drone is a subject of deep and enduring fascination. Yet few u... (more)

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Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry Between India and Pakistan
Hiro, Dilip
Pakistan and India were born on the same days, August 14 and 15, 1947, in the midst of savage inter-religious violence: Hindus and Sikhs on one side and Muslims on the other. The partition of British India into these two new states resulted in the displacement of 12.5 million refugees and the d... (more)

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Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa's Wealth
Burgis, Tom
The trade in oil, gas, gems, metals and rare earth minerals wreaks havoc in Africa. During the years when Brazil, India, China and the other ?emerging markets” have transformed their economies, Africa’s resource states remained tethered to the bottom of the industrial supply chain. While Africa... (more)

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Muslims Are Coming: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror
Kundnani, Arun
Powerful critique of UK and US surveillance and repression of Muslims and prosecution of homegrown terrorism

The new front in the War on Terror is the "homegrown enemy," domestic terrorists who have become the focus of sprawling counterterrorism structures of policing and surveil... (more)

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New Prophets of Capital
Aschoff, Nicole
A deft and caustic takedown of the new prophets of profit, from Bill Gates to Oprah

As severe environmental degradation, breathtaking inequality, and increasing alienation push capitalism against its own contradictions, mythmaking has become as central to sustaining our economy a... (more)

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Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible
Pomerantsev, Peter
In the new Russia, even dictatorship is a reality show.

Professional killers with the souls of artists, would-be theater directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, suicidal supermodels, Hell’s Angels who hallucinate themselves as holy warriors, and oligarch revolutionaries: welcome to the ... (more)

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Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life under Occupation
Malek, Cate & Mateo Hoke, eds.
The occupation of the West Bank and Gaza has been one of the world’s most widely reported yet least understood human rights crises for over four decades. In this oral history collection, men and women from Palestine?including a fisherman, a settlement administrator, and a marathon runner?descri... (more)

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Return to Sender: Unanswered Letters to Presidents Bush and Obama, 2003-2014
Nader, Ralph
In letters addressed to Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama, Ralph Nader provides incisive critiques of more than a decade of American policy decision and indecision. Each letter offers frank advice and shines light on government mishaps and missed opportunities for progress. With his signature ... (more)

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Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World
Engelhardt, Tom
In 1964, a book entitled The Invisible Government shocked Americans with its revelations of a growing world of intelligence agencies playing fast and loose around the planet, a secret government lodged inside the one they knew that even the president didn't fully control. Almost half a centur... (more)

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Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail--But Some Don't
Nate Silver
"One of the more momentous books of the decade."--The New York Times Book Review

Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair's breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger--all by the time h... (more)

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State of Insecurity: Government of the Precarious
Isabelle Lorey; Judith Butler (Preface by); Judith Butler (Foreword by); Aileen Derieg (Translator)
Years of remodelling the welfare state, the rise of technology, and the growing power of neoliberal government apparatuses have established a society of the precarious. In this new reality, productivity is no longer just a matter of labour, but affects the formation of the self, blurring the divisio... (more)

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