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Death’s New Context

In this excerpt from the foreword to “Stranger to History,” Aatish Taseer reflects on the political assassination of his father in Pakistan last year and how the message of his book, published in the U.K. in 2009 and recently in the U.S., is even more relevant today.

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Better Than We Found It

“Better Than We Found It” explains dozens of complex and entrenched issues that plague today’s world and applies a thoughtful and straightforward approach to problem solving.

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How Bad Things Are

In March 2009 Ben Bernanke, normally neither the most cheerful nor the most poetic of men, waxed optimistic about the economic prospect. After the fall of Lehman Brothers six months earlier, America had entered a terrifying economic nosedive. But appearing on the TV show “60 Minutes,” the Fed chairman declared that spring was at hand.

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How the Stimulus Revived the Electric Car

Until the economic stimulus package was passed in 2009, the manufacture of electric cars and their batteries in the United States was nearly nonexistent.

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Can I Help You?

In this excerpt from Lauren B. Davis’ new novel, “Our Daily Bread,” an elderly woman encounters two troubled boys and the question of whether we ever do enough to help others.

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God of the Oppressed

In this excerpt from “The Cross and the Lynching Tree,” James H. Cone writes that the gospel is found wherever the wronged struggle for justice.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 READ MORE



What Does Your Feminism Look Like?

In this excerpt from “F ’em! Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls,” author Jennifer Baumgardner lays out a history of feminism in “waves”: from the rights of citizenship and equality to transgenderism, male feminists and sex work.

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Baltimore: The City That Bleeds

David Kennedy, author of “Don’t Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America,” spent more than 10 years in the worst corners of the worst cities in the country before going to Baltimore.

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The Myth of the ’60s

Edward P. Morgan, in this excerpt from “What Really Happened to the 1960s: How Mass Media Culture Failed American Democracy,” maintains that “the mass media’s ‘’60s’ discourse is chiefly one of ghosts, accusations, and smoke and mirrors that has long played on audience emotions and diverted public attention to what is essentially a symbolic form of spectator politics.”

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The Confidence Crumbles

An excerpt from Ron Suskind’s “Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President” looks into the perilous political labyrinth navigated by our nation’s leader.

Posted on Nov 9, 2011 READ MORE


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