History & Politics from the 2014 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2014 Winter Newsletter.


Millions of women across the United States take the Pill, but who among us knows the origin of this ubiquitous modern marvel? Jonathan Eig traces the rise of the oral contraceptive and the people who were its champion, including Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. A must-read for those of us still seething over the Hobby Lobby SCOTUS ruling.
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Louise
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The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393073720
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 13th, 2014

James Bradley continues his best-selling historical work to critically examine the history of contact and interference between the West and the Middle Kingdom, and the progression of political, social, and economic swindles, crimes, and other relations that still have repercussions to this day. As China has rapidly become the main challenger to U.S. innovation and economic dominance, understanding the history between the two countries is more difficult and more vital than ever.
Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780316196673
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - April 21st, 2015

A collection of commentary on today’s vital issues that also documents the podcast Citizen Radio’s development, #Newsfail is the entertaining and conscientious choice for your free reading hours. Jamie Kilstein and Alison Kilkenny abandoned big media and any potentially undermining sponsorship to blend top-shelf comedy with biting political and social critique, unrestrained by corporate interests or fear of controversy—with fantastic and popular results. Tune in or turn the page.
Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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#Newsfail: Climate Change, Feminism, Gun Control, and Other Fun Stuff We Talk about Because Nobody Else Will Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781476706511
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 14th, 2014

Pomerantsev takes a fresh look at the complex, corrupt, and always compelling Russia in this well-written new book. What’s different here is the focus on the individual—from oligarchs to professional killers, supermodels to bohemians—taking the reader through the personal stories that make up the whole of this fascinating social fabric that is beginning to unravel. If you’re interested at all in today’s Russia, as everyone who reads the newspapers should be, you’ll want to check out this book.
Reviewed by: 
Jax
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Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781610394550
Availability: Out of Print
Published: PublicAffairs - November 11th, 2014

This is a beautiful gem of a book—perfect as a gift or for personal indulgence. Each entry, which combines a well-researched write-up with gorgeous illustrations, details a person who played a role crucial in a historic event but who nevertheless remains relatively unknown. Historically, aesthetically, and emotionally appealing, this book shows how many of our esteemed heroes found success because of people who believed in them, supported them, or (in some cases) challenged them. Some stories are tragic tales of rivalries, some are heart-warming love stories; all are illuminating. The context they provide to already familiar stories is pure pleasure.
Reviewed by: 
Nici
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The Who, the What, and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781452128276
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - October 14th, 2014

The dream of America that I learned in school was of a utopian nation where everyone had equality and freedom, regardless of class, religion, or race. Then I grew up and found out that both the history of this country and its present were much more complicated. Jeff Chang mixes pop culture, historical analysis, and contemporary commentary in a new, important, and timely book about race and culture in the country I grew up wanting to believe in.
Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post-Civil Rights America Cover Image
$32.99
ISBN: 9780312571290
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: St. Martin's Press - October 21st, 2014

Bai turns a fresh eye on Gary Hart’s infamous fall from grace in 1987, and in so doing explores the pivotal moment when reporting became story-making and we turned away from serious public discourse, replacing it with sound bites and a rapacious appetite for all things personal. A read both compelling and graceful, Bai shows us just how much we have lost, not only in the brilliance of a public servant wasted but in the aftermath that is our political landscape today.
Reviewed by: 
Melinda
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All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780307273383
Availability: Special Order
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 30th, 2014

 

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