History & Politics from the 2015 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2015 Summer Newsletter.


As an educated white woman, Alice Goffman entered her new home in a lower-income black Philadelphia neighborhood as an outsider. In On the Run, she describes her own gradual acceptance into the community while witnessing the stresses and threats created by a probation and parole system theoretically supposed to protect. Engaging and tragically informative, I wish this examination of the biases and flaws of the U.S. “justice” system had been published sooner.                                                                

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On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250065667
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Published: Picador USA - April 7th, 2015

In September of 1978, the presidents of the U.S., Israel, and Egypt gathered at Camp David and created a treaty that remains one of the diplomatic triumphs of the century. Exhaustively researched, this book gives an inside look at that time, as well as an intimate look at the strong personalities involved, and provides a historical overview of the Israeli conflict. It’s completely gripping, thought-provoking, and leaves you better informed—my kind of non-fiction.

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Thirteen Days in September: The Dramatic Story of the Struggle for Peace Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804170024
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Published: Vintage - April 28th, 2015

This book triggered the same kind of paranoia that George Orwell’s 1984 did when I read it back in high school… except this is real! No Place to Hide is an absolute must-read for anyone with a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Gmail emailaccount, iPhone smart cell phone… basically any sort of Internet or digital presence, which is near impossible in this Digital Age. —Andrés

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No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250062581
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Published: Picador USA - April 28th, 2015

Once Upon a Time in Russia is the untold true story of the larger-than-life billionaire oligarchs—“Godfather of the Kremlin” Boris Berezovsky and his protégé Roman Abramovich—who surfed the waves of privatization to reap riches after the fall of the Soviet regime. Mezrich, bestselling author of Bringing Down the House and The Accidental Billionaires, has written this story of obscene wealth and power, a trail of dead bodies, exile and suicide, with the pace of a thriller. It might sound like a Hollywood script (and the movie rights have been sold), but it’s true. A captivating summer read.

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Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs--A True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476771892
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Published: Atria Books - June 2nd, 2015


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