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Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present / Ruth Ben-Ghiat

What modern authoritarian leaders have in common (and how they can be stopped).


Democracy, if we can keep it : the ACLU's 100-year fight for rights in America / Ellis Cose

A chronicle of America's most difficult ethical quandaries from the Red Scare, the Scottsboro Boys' trials, Japanese American internment, McCarthyism, and Vietnam, Democracy, If We Can Keep It weaves these accounts into a deeper story of American freedom―one that is profoundly relevant to our present moment.


The new climate war : the fight to take back the planet / Michael E. Mann

A renowned climate scientist shows how fossil fuel companies have waged a 30-year campaign to deflect blame and responsibility and delay action on climate change. He offers a battle plan for saving the planet.


I came as a shadow : an autobiography / John Thompson with Jesse Washington

The autobiography of the legendary coach of the Georgetown Hoyas, whose achievements on and off the basketball court reflect America's unresolved struggle with racial justice.


Roadside Americans : the rise and fall of hitchhiking in a changing nation / Jack Reid

rBetween the Great Depression and the mid-1970s, hitchhikers were a common sight for motorists, as American service members, students, and adventurers sought out the romance of the road in droves. Beats, hippies, feminists, and civil rights and antiwar activists saw "thumb tripping" as a vehicle for liberation, living out the counterculture's rejection of traditional values. Yet, by the time Ronald Reagan, a former hitchhiker himself, was in the White House, the youthful faces on the road chasing the ghost of Jack Kerouac were largely gone--along with sympathetic portrayals of the practice in state legislatures and the media.


The rules of contagion : why things spread - and why they stop / Adam Kucharski

From ideas and infections to financial crises and fake news, an "utterly timely" look at why the science of outbreaks is the science of modern life.


Fevers, feuds, and diamonds : Ebola and the ravages of history / Paul Farmer

The public health legend Paul Farmer offers an essential and provocative account of the West African Ebola crisis and why it occurred.


They didn't see us coming : the hidden history of feminism in the nineties / Lisa Levenstein

A revisionist history of the origins of contemporary feminism, They Didn't See Us Coming shows how women on the margins built a movement at the dawn of the Digital Age.


Magic : a history : from alchemy to witchcraft, from the Ice Age to the present / Chris Gosden

An Oxford professor of archaeology explores the unique history of magic―the oldest and most neglected strand of human behavior and its resurgence today.


Thebes : the forgotten city of ancient Greece / Paul Cartledge

The riveting, definitive account of the ancient Greek city of Thebes, by the acclaimed author of The Spartans.


The WEIRDest people in the world : how the West became psychologically peculiar and particularly prosperous / Joseph Henrich

Harvard University's Joseph Henrich, Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, delivers [an] ... investigation into the development of the Western mind, global psychological diversity, and its impact on the world.


Black wave : Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the forty-year rivalry that unraveled culture, religion, and collective memory in the Middle East / Kim Ghattas

The ... story of the real roots of the Sunni-Shia conflict in Middle East in the 1979 Iran Revolution that changed the region forever.


Tomorrow, the world : the birth of U.S. global supremacy / Stephen Wertheim

How did the United States appoint itself as the world's supreme military power? Stephen Wertheim delves into the archives of the U.S. foreign policy elite to trace armed dominance to its origin in World War II. He shows how officials and intellectuals suddenly chose to embrace perpetual dominance--at the price of perpetual war.


The golden thread : the Cold War and the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld / Ravi Somaiya

A true story of spies and intrigue surrounding one of the most enduring unsolved mysteries of the 20th century, investigative reporter Ravi Somaiya uncovers the story behind the death of renowned diplomat and UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjèold.


The women I think about at night : traveling the paths of my heroes / Mia Kankimäki ; translated by Douglas Robinson

Mia Kankimäki blends travelogue, memoir, and biography as she recounts her enchanting travels in Japan, Kenya, and Italy while retracing the steps of ten remarkable female pioneers from history.




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