SIX AMENDMENTS by John Paul Stevens
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Released: April 22, 2014

"A refreshing set of opinions. One wishes that other retired justices would speak their minds so clearly, providing well-crafted arguments for others to take up."
The former Supreme Court justice proposes constitutional changes to restore the old republic. Read full book review >
FORCING THE SPRING by Jo Becker
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Released: April 22, 2014

"First-rate reporting informs this thrilling narrative of hope."
New York Times reporter delivers a gripping narrative about the recent court battles involving California's Proposition 8 (which outlawed gay marriage) and the Defense of Marriage Act. Read full book review >

BORDER INSECURITY by Sylvia Longmire
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Released: April 22, 2014

"A compelling narrative that brings clarity to a subject shrouded in prejudice and obfuscation."
Throwing big money at the border with Mexico to build fences and buy high-tech gizmos isn't the way to achieve security, argues the author of Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico's Drug War (2011). Read full book review >
A FIGHTING CHANCE by Elizabeth Warren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"A frankly partisan memoir that provides shrewd insights into both national politics and the state of the middle class."
In this engaging memoir, Massachusetts Sen. Warren (co-author: All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan, 2005, etc.) introduces her family and recounts the battles that shaped her career as a teacher and politician. Read full book review >
THE KNOWLEDGE by Lewis Dartnell
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Released: April 21, 2014

"Read up, then—and keep the shotgun primed and the mason jars clean."
A survival manual for the zombie apocalypse, the plague or whatever else will bring us down and require a reboot of civilization. Read full book review >

HEMP BOUND by Doug Fine
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Released: April 20, 2014

"A short, sweet, logical and funny argument for the potential of one of the world's most dynamic cash crops."
What might come back along with legalized pot? Only one of the strongest, most versatile plants in the world: hemp. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 20, 2014

"Roffman's debut adeptly straddles the line between academia and narrative nonfiction, delivering a slice of history that even teetotalers will appreciate."
A memoir/treatise on marijuana that rises above most similar discussions. Read full book review >
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Released: April 20, 2014

"Fascinating insight—though much must be read between the lines—into how the nation's data-mining apparatus works—and how it's supposed to work."
Does keeping America free from harm in the post-9/11 world require that Americans surrender their Fourth Amendment rights? The country's security apparatus behaves as if the answer is yes—the subject of this official report to President Barack Obama. Read full book review >
THE PEOPLE'S PLATFORM by Astra Taylor
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 15, 2014

"Not to be skimmed. A cogent and genuine argument for the true democratization of online culture."
A filmmaker turns her high-powered intellect not just on the Internet and its effect on our lives, but also on the sociological and economic forces that bend and shape it. Read full book review >
THE RULE OF NOBODY by Philip K. Howard
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Released: April 14, 2014

"Some may find the diagnosis persuasive, but the cures proposed may worsen long-standing inequities."
A blast against dysfunctional government, which Howard (Life Without Lawyers: Restoring Accountability in America, 2010, etc.) calls "a form of tyranny." Read full book review >
THE WRONG ENEMY by Carlotta Gall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Gall admirably never loses sight of the human element in this tragedy."
A longtime New York Times war correspondent delivers a moving, on-the-ground chronicle of her years covering the Afghanistan War. Read full book review >
POISON SPRING by E.G. Vallianatos
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Released: April 8, 2014

"Readers of this overheated but often on-the-mark polemic will conclude that the safest tactic is organic food and a fly swatter."
"We spend our lives living in a chemical soup," writes Vallianatos (This Land Is Their Land: How Corporate Farms Threaten the World, 2006, etc.), who was a risk evaluator for the Environment Protection Agency from 1979 to 2004. With Jenkins (Journalism/Univ. of Delaware; What's Gotten Into Us: Staying Healthy in a Toxic World, 2011), he excoriates the agency for routinely yielding to outside pressure in regulating pesticides and other environmental pollutants. Read full book review >