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The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949

The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949

By Benny Morris (Author), Roger Owen (Editor), Edmund Burke (Editor), Michael C. Hudson (Editor), Walid Kazziha (Editor), Rashid Khalidi (Editor), Serif Mardin (Editor)

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Macmillan

Oil and Honey

“I didn’t particularly want to lead a movement, but I wanted to join one, and so I helped to build it,” writes environmental activist Bill McKibben in his memoir, “Oil and Honey,” an endearing account of his reluctant rise to leadership.

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Seal Press

Maxed Out

This is the story of one working mother who suddenly discovers she can no longer be a superwoman. But what’s needed is a political and economic context in which working mothers can understand their situation.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE



Sarah Crichton Books

Thank You for Your Service

We’ve got too much war for too few warriors. David Finkel, in painful, intimate detail, examines the effects of “after war” and those victimized by egregious military malpractice.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE



Counterpoint Press

On Extinction

As we live through another mass extinction, this one due to human behavior, we must, Melanie Challenger writes, “[reawaken] the sense that we live finite lives in a finite world.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2013 READ MORE



Nan A. Talese

MaddAddam

The concluding volume in Margaret Atwood’s “dystopian trilogy”—a vision of global disaster in the not too distant future—is a brilliant piece of social science fiction.

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 READ MORE



New Press

Beyond the Shock Machine

Some 50 years after the infamous Milgram experiments, Australian psychologist Gina Perry writes, “The standard account ... suggests that ordinary people can be manipulated into behaving in ways that contradict their morals and values—that you or I could be talked into torturing a man. But could we?”

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE



Random House

Claire of the Sea Light

While disasters threaten to reduce the Haitian people to an undifferentiated mass of misery, Edwidge Danticat’s writing restores space for individuals and the varied colors of humanity that storms and death and our own compassion would wash away.

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 READ MORE



John McStravick (CC-BY)

Is College Worth It?

These four books are written in the shadow of the suspicion that the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves—concerning hard work, opportunity, meritocracy, achievement and social mobility—somehow no longer pertain.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE



Dalkey Archive Press

A Love Song in Imperial Time

“Americans lack a language adequate to the history we are now living,” Peter Dimock writes in his new novel about the deep implications of the past decade’s events and how we must learn to discuss them.

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AP/Mustafa Quraishi

Pink Sari Revolution

This is the story of India’s Pink Gang, a grass-roots movement that confronts Indian officialdom over the rights of the poor and the marginalized, especially women.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE


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