The Cultural Revolution: A People's History, 1962-1976

After the economic disaster of the Great Leap Forward that claimed tens of millions of lives from 1958 1962, an aging Mao Zedong launched an ambitious scheme to shore up his reputation and eliminate those he viewed as a threat to his legacy The stated goal of the Cultural Revolution was to purge th

The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall

On the night of November 9, 1989, massive crowds surged toward the Berlin Wall, drawn by an announcement that caught the world by surprise East Germans could now move freely to the West The Wall infamous symbol of divided Cold War Europe seemed to be falling But the opening of the gates that nigh

The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed

The Rap Year Book takes readers on a journey that begins in 1979, widely regarded as the moment rap became recognized as part of the cultural and musical landscape, and comes right up to the present Shea Serrano deftly pays homage to the most important song of each year Serrano also examines the m

Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World

For than a decade, Katherine Zoepf has lived in or traveled throughout the Arab world, reporting on the lives of women, whose role in the region has never been in flux Only a generation ago, female adolescence as we know it in the West did not exist in the Middle East There were only chi

Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America's Founding Document

The dramatic stories behind the most neglected parts of the Constitution, from Alexander Hamilton to Barack Obama Nearly everyone in Washington is a self proclaimed defender of the Constitution, yet many either don t understand or have consciously disregarded the document they ve sworn to defend Ev

Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination

Thomas Jefferson is often portrayed as a hopelessly enigmatic figure a riddle a man so riven with contradictions that he is almost impossible to know Lauded as the most articulate voice of American freedom and equality, even as he held people including his own family in bondage, Jefferson is variab

The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program

A searing, facts driven indictment of America s drone wars and their implications for US democracy and foreign policy A must read for concerned citizens Library Journal, starred review from bestselling author Jeremy Scahill and his colleagues at the investigative website The Intercept.Drones ar

The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State

Prohibition has long been portrayed as a noble experiment that failed, a newsreel story of glamorous gangsters, flappers, and speakeasies Now at last Lisa McGirr dismantles this cherished myth to reveal a much significant history Prohibition was the seedbed for a pivotal expansion of the fe