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Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization

Edward Slingerland · Little, Brown Spark
Format: Hardcover

While plenty of entertaining books have been written about the history of alcohol and other intoxicants, none have offered a comprehensive, convincing answer to the basic question of why humans want to get high in the first place. Drunk elegantly cuts through the tangle of urban legends...
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How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America

Clint Smith
Format: Hardcover

Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks—those that are honest about the past and those that are not—that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nation’s...

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The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America

Bill Bratton · Penguin Press
Format: Hardcover

When Bill Bratton became a Boston street cop after his return from serving in Vietnam, he was dismayed by the corrupt old guard, and it is fair to say the old guard was dismayed by him, too. But his success fighting crime could not be denied. Propelled by extraordinary results, Bratton...
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Above the Reich: Deadly Dogfights, Blistering Bombing Raids, and Other War Stories from the Greatest American Air Heroes of World War II, in Their Own Words

Colin Heaton · Dutton Caliber
Format: Hardcover

They are voices lost to time. Beginning in the late 1970s, five veteran airmen sat for private interviews. Decades after the guns fell silent, they recounted in vivid detail the most dangerous missions that made the difference in the war. Ed Haydon dueled with the deadliest of German aces--and...
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The Burning Blue: The Untold Story of Christa McAuliffe and NASA's Challenger Disaster

Kevin Cook · Henry Holt and Co.
Format: Hardcover

You've seen the pictures. You know what happened. Or do you?On January 28, 1986, NASA's space shuttle Challenger exploded after blasting off from Cape Canaveral. Christa McAuliffe, America's "Teacher in Space," was instantly killed, along with the other six members...
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THE LAST DAYS OF NEW YORK: a reporter's true tale

Seth Barron · Humanix Books
Format: Hardcover

"A must read." - BRIAN KILMEADE, host of Fox & Friends "In this gripping new book, Seth Barron warns the city may not recover from the preening, disastrous incompetence of Mayor de Blasio.'' - Ray Kelly, Police Commissioner of New York City "Barron cuts...
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The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America

Carol Anderson · Bloomsbury Publishing
Format: Hardcover

In The Second, historian and award-winning, bestselling author of White Rage Carol Anderson powerfully illuminates the history and impact of the Second Amendment, how it was designed, and how it has consistently been constructed to keep African Americans powerless and vulnerable. The Second...
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The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care--and How to Fix It

Marty Makary MD M.D. MD · ?Bloomsbury Publishing; Reprint edition
Format: Paperback

"A must-read for every American." --Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief, FORBES One in five Americans now has medical debt in collections and rising health care costs today threaten every small business in America. Dr. Makary, one of the nation's leading health care experts, travels...
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The Confidence Men: How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History

Margalit Fox · Random House
Format: Hardcover

Imprisoned in a remote Turkish prison camp during World War I, having survived a two-month forced march and a terrifying shootout in the desert, two British officers, Harry Jones and Cedric Hill, join forces to bamboozle their iron-fisted captors. To stave off despair and boredom, Jones...
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Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth

Bryan Burrough · Penguin Press
Format: Hardcover

Every nation needs its creation myth, and since Texas was a nation before it was a state, it's no surprise that its myths bite deep. There's no piece of history more important to Texans than the Battle of the Alamo, when Davy Crockett and a band of rebels went down in a blaze of glory...
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