While working on what he hopes will be the world's first sentient computer, Neill Bassett tries to deal with unresolved feelings for his ex-wife as well as an intended one-night stand who is turning into much more. 75,000 first printing.
A former secretary-general of the United Nations shares his unique perspectives on the September 11; terrorist attacks the American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan; the wars among Israel, Hezbollah and Lebanon; the humanitarian tragedies of Somalia, Rwanda and Bosnia; and the geopolitical... More Info
The founder of FiveThirtyEight.com challenges myths about predictions in subjects ranging from the financial market and weather to sports and politics, profiling the world of prediction to explain how readers can distinguish true signals from hype, in a report that also reveals the sources and... More Info
Describes the Native American political activists that for 200 years sought redress and change from the American government and their place in shaping the modern political landscape for other activist movements. 17,500 first printing.
The Columbia University professor and award-winning author of The Balkans traces the history of the project of world government from the first post-Napoleonic visions of "the brotherhood of man" to the current global finance crisis, covering such topics as the rise and fall of the League of... More Info
A narrative chronicle of the efforts of Northern activists to establish free citizenship for African Americans before and after the Civil War offers an award-winning historian's perspectives on the era to explain how their campaigns redefined citizenship and extended well beyond the parameters of... More Info
An award-winning television journalist describes her witness to the 2011 defeat of Libya's dictator Muammar Gadaffi by his own people, tracing the story of Gadaffi's regime from its early days of popular appeal to the fear and corruption of its final years from the perspectives of five Libyan... More Info
While covering the war in Bosnia for THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, David Rohde was the first reporter to find mass graves near Srebrenica. Here, this Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist narrates the most vivid and comprehensive account written of the fall and massacre of Srebrenica, highlighting the... More Info
One of the dozen books written by Jack Kerouac in the early and mid-1950s, 'Maggie Cassidy' was not published until 1959, after the appearance of 'On the Road' had made its author famous overnight. Long out of print, this touching novel of adolescent love in a New England mill town, with its... More Info
Documents the brutal 1941 massacre of 1,600 Jewish men, women, and children by their own neighbors in the Polish town of Jedwabne, offering additional examinations of the period's Jewish-Polish relations, the Holocaust, and human responses to occupation and totalitarianism.
'Why is it my fate that everyone who was an enemy of the Republic at the same time declared war on me?'Cicero (10643BCE) was the most brilliant orator in Classical history. Even one of the men who authorized his assassination, the Emperor Augustus, admitted to his grandson that Cicero was: 'an... More Info
An Egyptian woman's reflections on her changing homeland--updated with an afterword on the Arab Spring In language that vividly evokes the lush summers of Cairo and the stark beauty of the Arabian desert, Leila Ahmed movingly recounts her Egyptian childhood growing up in a rich tradition of Islamic... More Info
A wealthy and depressed man bound for Christmas in Hawaii is abruptly summoned home to North Dakota. He arrives just in time to be trapped there by a blizzard. During his stay, he reaches an epiphany worthy of the season and resolves to simplify his life.
A groundbreaking statement about ecological decline, suggesting a radical change in how we think about consumer goods, value, and ways to live. In True Wealth , economist Juliet B. Schor rejects the sacrifice message, with the insight that social innovations and new technology can simultaneously... More Info
"A fascinating literary and historical document, the most insightful look at the Beat Generation." —Dan Wakefield, author of New York in the Fifties and Going All the Way First published in 1978, Jack's Book gives us an intimate look into the life and times of the "King of the Beats." Through the... More Info
An account of early American settler efforts to claim Shawnee territories in Ohio, Kentucky, and other states traces how the Shawnee tribe and its allies temporarily met American forces on equal terms before being forced to fight in order to salvage its cultural and political independence. Reprint.
A scathing social critique traces the histories of three families from different eras of American history to reveal the nation's racial complexities, describing the black ancestry of elite white families whose progenitors sacrificed promising futures to become integrated. Reprint.
A cautionary analysis of the modern world's most high-profile perjurers traces a sobering rise in lies under oath, citing the examples of headline-making scandals and how they reflect breakdowns in American ethics and a vulnerability in the judicial system. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of... More Info
In his insightful, award-winning work Fire and Ice, Environics president Michael Adams explored the growing divergence between American and Canadian values. Using the same mixture of polling and analysis in American Backlash, Adams fixes his penetrating gaze on contemporary America - the... More Info
A Whiting Writers Award-winning journalist recounts his investigation at the side of unexpected companions into the mysterious loss of thousands of bath toys in the ocean, a whimsical journey that pulled him into the worlds of shipping conglomerates, Arctic researchers, maverick sailors and Chinese... More Info
Follows the counterculture escapades of members of the Beat generation as they seek pleasure and meaning while traveling coast to coast. As he travels across 1950s America, aspiring writer Sal Paradise chronicles his escapades with the charismatic Dean Moriarty. Sal admires Dean's passion for... More Info
In this exceptionally candid memoir, King Abdullah tackles the single toughest issue he faces head on--how to solve the Israeli-Palestinian standoff--and reveals himself to be an invaluable intermediary between America and the Arab world.
"Overy's book is easily the best account of Europe's descent into...death and destruction." --Evening Standard (London) A brilliantly concise narrative of the days leading to the outbreak of history's greatest conflagration, 1939 takes readers hour by hour through the nail-biting decisions that... More Info
One of our leading historians, Judt has written extensively about the 20th century. Now he delivers a memoir like no other--each essay charts some experience or remembrance of the past through the sieve of Judt's prodigious mind.
A Washington Post reporter and Harvard AIDS researcher traces the origins of HIV to colonial Africa and the multibillion-dollar war on AIDS to outline recommendations for how to fight the epidemic today, identifying Western and cultural factors that the authors believe are preventing effective... More Info
Provides an analysis of the United States government's narrow-minded focus on security in the years since World War II and how it has become huge, unwieldy, and a detriment to democracy and the economy.
Offers a narrative of the United States' history during the past 100 years, not by discussing the events, but by discussing ideas, and highlighting the thoughts and thinkers that helped shape the century. 75,000 first printing.
A sociologist explores the demographic rise in people who are living alone, including interviews with young professionals, middle-aged singles, the divorced and the elderly and discovers that they are more engaged in social and civic life than their married counterparts. 25,000 first printing.
Across the world, universities are more numerous than they have ever been, yet at the same time there is unprecedented confusion about their purpose and scepticism about their value. What Are Universities For? offers a spirited and compelling argument for completely rethinking the way we see our... More Info
Penguin; Aug 2008
Hardcover; 304 pages
QUESTIONED. SHADOWED. IMPRISONED ABROAD. ISOLATED. INTERROGATED. TORTURED. RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE.
That’s what happened to FOUR CANADIAN MUSLIM MEN accused of terrorist links. One of them, Maher Arar has been fully exonerated... More Info
From internationally acclaimed author Joseph Boyden comes an astonishingly powerful novel of contemporary aboriginal life, full of the dangers and harsh beauty of both forest and city. When beautiful Suzanne Bird disappears, her sister Annie, a loner and hunter, is compelled to search for her,... More Info
Traces the story of the landmark children's television show, from its origins at a dinner party by co-founder Joan Ganz Cooney and the creative achievements of Jim Henson to the Nixon administration's efforts to stop its funding and the advent of Elmo.
An Atlantic correspondent evaluates America's penchant for making and buying cheap products while assessing the true economic, political, and psychological costs of such goods, in a report that argues that a focus on low prices is promoting negative practices.
Citing costly memory-related inconveniences suffered by average individuals, a science journalist chronicles his own struggles with chronic forgetfulness and his life-changing year in memory training, in a guide that shares historical lore and ancient memory techniques.