THE DRONE MEMOS by Jameel Jaffer
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Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"The extended redactions may put off some readers, but the collection should interest those concerned with the conduct of modern warfare, fought in the courtroom as well as on the battlefield."
A trove of documents, some heavily redacted, on the American government's evolving practice of "targeted killing" of terrorists—and, sometimes, untargeted killing of civilians in the process. Read full book review >
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Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Required reading for a generation that's 'going to be asked to dance in a hurricane.'"
The celebrated New York Times columnist diagnoses this unprecedented historical moment and suggests strategies for "resilience and propulsion" that will help us adapt. Read full book review >

AUDACITY by Jonathan Chait
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Chait offers a well-organized, clearly written case that will be valuable to future historians in their assessments. The question is whether readers with different opinions about Obama's performance will alter those opinions."
A cogent argument that President Barack Obama has mostly succeeded in implementing his agenda. Read full book review >
CIVILIANIZED by Michael Anthony
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"An intense memoir that could have been more fully fleshed out."
A young war veteran tells the story of how his tour in Iraq left him unable to cope with day-to-day civilian life. Read full book review >
COUNTER JIHAD by Brian Glyn Williams
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Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A refreshingly nonpolemical work that walks through the benumbing stages of war and response to the present Islamic State group problem."
A reasonable, step-by-step look back at the war on terror that aims to dispel misconceptions held by a younger generation. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A timely, significant book."
Washington Post reporter Lowery chronicles his assignment to Ferguson, Missouri, following the police killing of Michael Brown and how he became the newspaper's go-to journalist covering the use of deadly force against unarmed black men in other cities. Read full book review >
Nigeria: A Failed State by Robert Nwadiaru
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Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"An impassioned, eye-opening take on a critical African nation."
Political repression, rampant corruption, ethnic and sectarian strife, crumbling infrastructure, energy shortages, and an economy hooked on oil and mining all make Africa's most populous country a basket case, according to this hard-hitting jeremiad. Read full book review >
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Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Despite its flaws, this work delivers a well-deserved tribute to a group that's been abused and overlooked; the volume should be useful for scholars and others seeking particular people, places, and themes for their research."
An academic traces the contributions of African-Americans to the United States and the world. Read full book review >
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Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Experiencing North Korean 'method acting' in the most visceral way."
An ingenious method of penetrating the most isolated country in the world allows an Australian filmmaker access to what proves to be a surprisingly sympathetic North Korean soul. Read full book review >
THE MASTER PLAN by Brian Fishman
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Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A sage assessment showing how IS world domination could never come to pass because it has alienated too many Muslims worldwide."
A clinical dissection of the Islamic State group's blueprint for waging jihad and establishing a caliphate. Read full book review >
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Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Mitchell is careful not to ruffle too many feathers in his analysis, but many readers will wonder if officials on either side will follow his proposals."
A former U.S. senator and diplomatic negotiator considers the history of Palestinian-Israeli diplomacy over three-plus decades and what prospects for peace still exist. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF ISAIAS by Daniel Connolly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A story of one child of illegal immigrants that has much wider, timely resonance."
Being a child of Hispanic immigrants in modern America. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >