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All the President's Men
by Carl Bernstein
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This landmark book details all the events of the biggest political scandal in the history of this nation--Watergate. Woodward and Bernstein kept the headlines coming, delivering revelation after amazing revelation to a shocked public. Black-and-white photograph section.  [ more ]
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Final Days by Carl Bernstein
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The Final Days is the classic, behind-the-scenes account of Richard Nixon's dramatic last months as president. Moment by moment, Bernstein and Woodward portray the taut, post-Watergate White House as Nixon, his family, his staff, and many members of Congress strained  [ more ]

The Bystander
John F. Kennedy and the Struggle for Black Equality
by Nick Bryant
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In the summer of 1963, in the wake of the Birmingham riots and hundreds of other protests across the country, John F. Kennedy advanced the most far-reaching civil rights bill ever put before Congress. Why had he waited so long?  [ more ]

Deterring Democracy by Noam Chomsky
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From World War II until the 1980s, the United States reigned supreme as both the economic and the military leader of the world. The major shifts in global politics that came about with the dismantling of the Eastern bloc have  [ more ]

Agents of Repression
The FBI's Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement
by Ward Churchill
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For those wondering how Bill Clinton could pardon white-collar fugitive Marc Rich but not Native American leader Leonard Peltier, important clues can be found in this classic study of the FBI's Cointelpro (Counterintelligence Program). Agents of Repression includes an incisive  [ more ]

The Coldest Winter - America and the Korean War
by David Halberstam
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Around Thanksgiving, 1950, while the rest of the country paid as little attention as possible, units of the Second Infantry Division were virtually annihilated by forces of the Peoples Republic Army. It was a defeat which shocked an otherwise disinterested  [ more ]

The Trial of Henry Kissinger
by Christopher Hitchens
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Drawing on first-hand testimony, previously unpublished documentation and broad sweeps through material released under the Freedom of Information Act, Hitchens mounts a devastating indictment of a man whose ambition and ruthlessness have directly resulted in both individual murders and widespread,  [ more ]

Truman by David McCullough
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The life of Harry S. Truman is one of the greatest of American stories, filled with vivid characters -- Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Wallace Truman, George Marshall, Joe McCarthy, and Dean Acheson -- and dramatic events. In this  [ more ]

From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State
Race and the Death Penalty in America
by Charles J. Ogletree Jr., Editor
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Since 1976, over forty percent of prisoners executed in American jails have been African American or Hispanic. This trend shows little evidence of diminishing, and follows a larger pattern of the violent criminalization of African American populations that has marked  [ more ]

A Bright Shining Lie
John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam
by Neil Sheehan
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Sheehan's tragic biography of John Paul Vann is also a sweeping history of America's seduction, entrapment and disillusionment in Vietnam.  [ more ]

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