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History & Politics from the 2015 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2015 Winter Newsletter.


Saving Capitalism by Robert B. Reich

Reich offers a refreshing view of capitalism, demystifying its most dearly held tenets and reminding us that it has only the rules that we make through our governing bodies. Which, although frustrating in this time of great income inequality, Reich argues, is also promising, as it means that capitalism can change to benefit the greater good, but such change requires social activism and demands for political transformation. Clear-eyed and easily understood, Reich is both incisive and optimistic about how we can and must move forward.  --Melinda

The Witches by Stacy Schiff

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Cleopatra offers a meticulously researched, insightful look at one of history’s stranger scars. Schiff lends cultural and historical context to the infamous Salem witch trials, which are still steeped in myth. Personal accounts shed light on various elements at play before the trials, while the examination of Puritan culture reveals, absurdly enough, a warped credibility in the proceedings. In this fascinating look behind the curtain, the devil is truly in the details.  --Dillon

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The Witches: Salem, 1692 By Stacy Schiff Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316200608
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 27th, 2015

Pacific by Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester’s historical treatise Pacific takes a hard look at the effect of the Pacific Ocean on human history and prognosticates the ways it will influence humankind’s future. With long, sing-song sentences and verbose verbiage, Winchester’s voice may seem at times self-indulgent, but it is worth taking the time to understand his style and appreciate the vast amount of research he did to construct the book and help us develop a more thorough understanding of the Pacific Ocean.  --Aric

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Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers By Simon Winchester Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062315410
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Published: Harper - October 27th, 2015

The Pentagon’s Brain by Annie Jacobsen

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been credited with some of the most important inventions of our time (e.g., the Internet) and cultivates its reputation as a think tank that produces beneficial innovations. However, DARPA was created in 1958 with unprecedented license and budgeting specifically to develop military weapons and it has kept secret its normal operations. Annie Jacobsen unlocks the classification to give us a history of this mysterious agency and to explore its doings today.  --Jocelyn

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