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  • booksreddit.com:The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy - What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America's Nex...

    The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy – What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Nex…

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    “A 2-income family today has less disposable income than a 1-income family had 30 years ago. That is moving in the wrong direction.” U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders​
    First came the postwar High, then the Awakening of the ’60s and ’70s, and now the Unraveling.  This audacious and provocative book tells us what to expect just beyond the start of the next century.  Are you ready for the Fourth Turning?Strauss and Howe will change the way you see the world–and your place in it.  In The Fourth Turning, they apply their generational theories to the cycles of history and locate America in the middle of an unraveling period, on the brink of a crisis.  How you pr…


  • booksreddit.com:The Miracle of Theism: Arguments For and Against the Existence of God

    The Miracle of Theism: Arguments For and Against the Existence of God

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    How viable is Christianity as a belief system?
    A Miracle of Theism more about book…


  • booksreddit.com:What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America

    What’s the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America

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    With a New Afterword by the AuthorThe New York Times bestseller, praised as “hilariously funny . . . the only way to understand why so many Americans have decided to vote against their own economic and political interests” (Molly Ivins)Hailed as “dazzlingly insightful and wonderfully sardonic” (Chicago Tribune), “very funny and very painful” (San Francisco Chronicle), and “in a different league from most political books” (The New York Observer), What’s the Matter with Kansas? unra…


  • booksreddit.com:Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne

    Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland

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    On a summer day in 1941 in Nazi-occupied Poland, half of the town of Jedwabne brutally murdered the other half: 1,600 men, women, and children-all but seven of the town’s Jews. In this shocking and compelling study, historian Jan Gross pieces together eyewitness accounts as well as physical evidence into a comprehensive reconstruction of the horrific July day remembered well by locals but hidden to history. Revealing wider truths about Jewish-Polish relations, the Holocaust, and human respons…


  • booksreddit.com:Women's Work: The First 20

    Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years – Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times

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    “A fascinating history of . . . [a craft] that preceded and made possible civilization itself.” ―New York Times Book Review New discoveries about the textile arts reveal women’s unexpectedly influential role in ancient societies. Twenty thousand years ago, women were making and wearing the first clothing created from spun fibers. In fact, right up to the Industrial Revolution the fiber arts were an enormous economic force, belonging primarily to women. Despite the great toil required in makin…


  • booksreddit.com:The Swiss

    The Swiss, The Gold And The Dead: How Swiss Bankers Helped Finance the Nazi War Machine

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    Recent startling revelations that Switzerland helped to bankroll Nazi Germany’s war effort, and Swiss intransigence in the face of redress claims by Holocaust survivors, have shaken Switerland’s international reputation. In this uncompromising account, leading Swiss sociologist Jean Ziegler closely examines the shady relationship between Swiss bankers and Nazi Germany. Based on the records of the German Armaments Ministry and other official documents, The Swiss, the Gold, and the Dead shows h…


  • booksreddit.com:King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed

    King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

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    In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold Ii of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its people, and ultimately slashed its population by ten million–all the while shrewdly cultivating his reputation as a great humanitarian. Heroic efforts to expose these crimes eventually led to the first great human rights movement of…


  • booksreddit.com:Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

    Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

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    Ever since Darwin and The Descent of Man, the existence of humans has been attributed to our intelligence and adaptability. But in Catching Fire, renowned primatologist Richard Wrangham presents a startling alternative: our evolutionary success is the result of cooking. In a groundbreaking theory of our origins, Wrangham shows that the shift from raw to cooked foods was the key factor in human evolution. When our ancestors adapted to using fire, humanity began. Once our hominid ancestors bega…


  • booksreddit.com:Chernobyl 01:23:40: The Incredible True Story of the World's Worst Nuclear Disaster

    Chernobyl 01:23:40: The Incredible True Story of the World’s Worst Nuclear Disaster

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    At 01:23:40 on April 26th 1986, Alexander Akimov pressed the emergency shutdown button at Chernobyl’s fourth nuclear reactor. It was an act that forced the permanent evacuation of a city, killed thousands and crippled the Soviet Union. The event spawned decades of conflicting, exaggerated and inaccurate stories. This book, the result of five years of research, presents an accessible but comprehensive account of what really happened. From the desperate fight to prevent a burning reactor core …


  • booksreddit.com:Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan

    Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan

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    From the New York Times bestselling author of In Harm’s Way comes a true-life story of American soldiers overcoming great odds to achieve a stunning military victory.Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered forty to one, they pursued the enemy army across the mountainous Afghanistan terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city…


  • booksreddit.com:The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis: Castro

    The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis: Castro, Mikoyan, Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Missiles of Novemb…

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    Based on secret transcripts of top-level diplomacy undertaken by the number-two Soviet leader, Anastas Mikoyan, to settle the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, this book rewrites conventional history. The “missiles of October” and “13 days” were only half the story: the nuclear crisis actually stretched well into November 1962 as the Soviets secretly planned to leave behind in Cuba over 100 tactical nuclear weapons, then reversed themselves because of obstreperous behavior by Fidel Castro. The hi…


  • booksreddit.com:When The War Was Over: Cambodia And The Khmer Rouge Revolution

    When The War Was Over: Cambodia And The Khmer Rouge Revolution, Revised Edition

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    Award-winning journalist Elizabeth Becker started covering Cambodia in 1973 for The Washington Post, when the country was perceived as little more than a footnote to the Vietnam War. Then, with the rise of the Khmer Rouge in 1975 came the closing of the border and a systematic reorganization of Cambodian society. Everyone was sent from the towns and cities to the countryside, where they were forced to labor endlessly in the fields. The intelligentsia were brutally exterminated, and torture, t…


  • booksreddit.com:No Choice: Canadian Women Tell Their Stories of Illegal Abortion

    No Choice: Canadian Women Tell Their Stories of Illegal Abortion

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    No Choice is an anthology of women’s stories of illegal abortion prior to the loosening of Canadian abortion laws in 1969. Included are the stories of several doctors who performed abortions in these times. The stories are told first hand by a diverse group of 21 women who experienced the frightening underground world of backstreet abortions.


  • booksreddit.com:The Outlaw Sea: A World of Freedom

    The Outlaw Sea: A World of Freedom, Chaos, and Crime

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    The open ocean–that vast expanse of international waters–spreads across three-fourths of the globe. It is a place of storms and danger, both natural and manmade. And at a time when every last patch of land is claimed by one government or another, it is a place that remains radically free. With typically understated lyricism, William Langewiesche explores this ocean world and the enterprises–licit and illicit–that flourish in the privacy afforded by its horizons. But its efficiencies are …


  • booksreddit.com:China: A New History

    China: A New History, Second Enlarged Edition

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    John King Fairbank was the West’s doyen on China, and this book is the full and final expression of his lifelong engagement with this vast ancient civilization. It remains a masterwork without parallel. The distinguished historian Merle Goldman brings the book up to date, covering reforms in the post-Mao period through the early years of the twenty-first century, including the leadership of Hu Jintao. She also provides an epilogue discussing the changes in contemporary China that will shape t…


  • booksreddit.com:Women in Trousers

    Women in Trousers

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  • booksreddit.com:The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern (Annotated...

    The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern (Annotated…

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    Carol Strickland’s The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern offers an illustrated tutorial of prehistoric to post-modern art, from cave paintings to video art installations to digital and Internet media.”Like music, art is a universal language. Although looking at works of art is a pleasurable enough experience, to appreciate them fully requires certain skills and knowledge.”–Carol Strickland, from the introduction to The Annotated Mona Lisa: A C…


  • booksreddit.com:1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

    1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

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    A groundbreaking study that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in 1492.Traditionally, Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus’s landing had crossed the Bering Strait twelve thousand years ago; existed mainly in small, nomadic bands; and lived so lightly on the land that the Americas was, for all practical purposes, still a vast wilderness. But as Charles C. Man…


  • booksreddit.com:Struggling to Surrender: Some Impressions of an American Convert to Islam

    Struggling to Surrender: Some Impressions of an American Convert to Islam

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    In this book Professor Lang gives a very personal account of his search for God when he found out that his inherited religious beliefs could no longer answer his questions. A chance encounter led him to Islam. But now, how does he adapt to his new community, its beliefs and lifestyle?


  • booksreddit.com:They Fought for Each Other: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq

    They Fought for Each Other: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq

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    Charlie 1-26 confronted one of the worst neighborhoods in Baghdad and lost more men than any battalion since Vietnam Based on “Blood Brothers”, the Michael Kelly Awardnominated series that ran in Army Times, this is the remarkable story of a courageous military unit that sacrificed their lives to change Adhamiya, Iraq, from a lawless town where insurgents roamed freely, to a secure neighborhood with open storefronts and a safe populace. Army Times writer Kelly Kennedy was embedded with Charli…