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W.W. Norton

The Internal Enemy

Know these lyrics? “No refuge could save the hireling and slave/From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave.” That’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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The Village Against the World

Nestled in farmland about 60 miles from Seville, Spain, is Marinaleda, a functioning utopia—every villager has work and housing, mortgages are 15 euro a month, and foreclosures and police don’t exist.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE



Hachette Book Group

The Everything Store

Brad Stone’s book explores Amazon, Jeff Bezos, and the lunacy it took to build a company in less than two decades that now employs almost 90,000 people and sold $61 billion worth of, well, almost everything last year.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



Hachette Book Group

David and Goliath

Malcolm Gladwell’s new book explores “lopsided conflicts,” though he warns us that “we consistently get these kinds of conflicts wrong. … Giants are not what we think they are,” and we often mistake privilege for strength.

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE



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


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