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A Walk Around the Block: Stoplight Secrets, Mischievous Squirrels, Manhole Mysteries & Other Stuff You See Every Day

Spike Carlsen · HarperOne
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

The bestselling author of A Splintered History of Wood uses a walk around his hometown to explore how every part of our urban landscape - from manhole covers and recycling bins to pedestrian crossings and bike lanes - impact and shape our lives in this fascinating work of popular science....
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The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom

H. W. Brands · Doubleday
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover

From New York Times bestselling historian H. W. Brands, the epic struggle over slavery as embodied by John Brown and Abraham Lincoln, two men with radically different views on how moral people must act when their democracy countenances evil.John Brown was a charismatic and deeply religious...
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Solved: How the World's Great Cities Are Fixing the Climate Crisis

David Miller · Aevo UTP
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover

Taking cues from progressive cities around the world, including Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Oslo, Shenzhen, and Sydney, this book is a summons to every city to make small but significant changes that can drastically reduce our carbon footprint. We cannot wait for national governments...
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Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors

Adrian Goldsworthy · Basic Books
Pages: 608
Format: Hardcover

Alexander the Great's conquests staggered the world. He led his army across thousands of miles, overthrowing the greatest empires of his time and building a new one in their place. He claimed to be the son of a god, but he was actually the son of Philip II of Macedon.Philip inherited...
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A Place for Everything: The Curious History of Alphabetical Order

Judith Flanders · Basic Books
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

A Place for Everything is the first-ever history of alphabetization, from the Library of Alexandria to Wikipedia. The story of alphabetical order has been shaped by some of history's most compelling characters, such as industrious and enthusiastic early adopter Samuel Pepys and dedicated...
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Brave New Home: Our Future in Smarter, Simpler, Happier Housing

Diana Lind
Format: Hardcover

Over the past century, American demographics and social norms have shifted dramatically. More people are living alone, marrying later in life, and having smaller families. At the same time, their lifestyles are changing, whether by choice or by force, to become more virtual, more mobile,...
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The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X

Les Payne · Liveright
Pages: 640
Format: Hardcover

An epic biography of Malcolm X finally emerges, drawing on hundreds of hours of the author's interviews, rewriting much of the known narrative. Beginning in 1990 on a quest that would consume him for the rest of his life, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Les Payne...
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Human Work In the Age of Smart Machines

Jamie Merisotis · RosettaBooks
Pages: 216
Format: Hardcover

We are living through a time of upheaval and social unrest, with increasing threats to global health, democratic institutions, and the world's economies. But behind the alarming headlines is another issue that must be quickly addressed: the role of workers is being transformed-and often...
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Turning the Corner: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again

Robert D. Putnam · SIMON & SCHUSTER
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover

An eminent political scientist's brilliant analysis of economic, social, and political trends over the past century demonstrating how we have gone from an individualistic "I" society to a more communitarian "We" society and then back again--and how we can learn from...
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War: How Conflict Shaped Us

Margaret MacMillan · Random House
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

The instinct to fight may be innate in human nature, but war - organized violence - comes with organized society. War has shaped humanity's history, its social and political institutions, its values and ideas. Our very language, our public spaces, our private memories, and some of our greatest...
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