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Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781608469468
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 4th, 2018

The incomparable Rebecca Solnit--dubbed “the voice of the resistance” by the New York Times--turns her sharp intellect to wars waged against Americans on U.S. soil today, yet manages to inspire hope, action, and solidarity rather than despair. --Brynn


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Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780674975552
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Published: Harvard University Press - October 1st, 2018

Classicist Donna Zuckerberg elucidates the misuse of Ancient Greek and Roman texts by online forums of radicalized young white men. With her own unparalleled knowledge of the Classics, she divests such men of the delusion that misogyny and racism are their rightful inheritances from antiquity. --Brynn


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The Fifth Risk Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324002642
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 2nd, 2018

A telling book for those who want to know the Trump Administration's impact on the federal government at large--read about those in the weeds of federal departments, such as those of Energy and Agriculture, who struggle to organize themselves under clueless leadership. --Kelly


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Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781101870341
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Published: Pantheon - August 14th, 2018

Brimming with passion for the craft, jazz critic Nate Chinen offers a nuanced look into contemporary jazz and the road it took to get here. Chinen provides portraits of artists who are shaping jazz today, consistently emphasizing the resiliency of this genre that is here to stay. --Anton


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Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780393064445
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 11th, 2018

This important book chronicles the uneasy alliance between those who want to explore space and those who want to dominate it. From the earliest celestial navigation to the atom bomb, Tyson and Lang show how astrophysics has long been complicit with wartime violence even as most astrophysicists remain politically anti-war. --Brynn


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The Library Book Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476740188
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018

Here's a touching love letter to books--physical books--and their libraries. This investigation of the 1986 L.A. Public Library fire goes beyond the incident itself and becomes a kaleidoscopic history of libraries and the people who love them: the readers, the writers, and, of course, the librarians. --Santiago


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On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385541152
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Published: Doubleday - October 2nd, 2018

As the Korean War rages, the 1st Marine Division finds itself surrounded and outnumbered at the Chosin reservoir while enduring some of the world’s most inhospitable weather. With insight and great storytelling, Hampton Sides recounts the leadership and bravery that prevailed in this epic battle. --Amanda


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The Last Englishmen: Love, War, and the End of Empire Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555978044
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 21st, 2018

In this richly told history, the first quest for the summit of Everest becomes representative of Britain’s desperate attempt to maintain control over colonial India as their empire collapses. Deborah Baker gives us a remarkable cast of characters battling love, war, and adventure with great detail and personality. --Amanda


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Of Love & War Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780525560029
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Published: Penguin Press - October 23rd, 2018

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lynsey Addario delivers a breathtaking curation of her photography from two decades of covering dire crises across Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. A visual testimony to the injustices felt by those living in conflict, Of Love & War captures the beauty of resilience amidst the chaos. --Anton