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History & Politics from the 2012 Summer Newsletter

<img src="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/files/santacruz/2012_Summer_Newsletter_... width="100" height="130" align="right">These recommendations were published in our <a href="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/2012-summer-newsletter">2012 Summer Newsletter</a>.

Area 51 by Annie Jacobsen

There’s nothing like a good secret—more satisfying than philosophical truth, more personal than a mystery. And it’s hard to find a secret bigger than Area 51. Jacobsen uses extensive, recently declassified documentation and interviews with former Area 51 workers to unearth a (still operational) Cold War–era research, development, and testing site. Not all the secrets of 51 are here, but there are enough to make you hungry for more. The truth is still out there.
Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316202305
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 1st, 2012

The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone & Josh Neufeld

Brooke Gladstone, of public radio’s outstanding On the Media, is a bit obsessed with all things media related, and her new graphic nonfiction book, The Influencing Machine, is a clear, entertaining, and sharply articulated look at the subject she loves best. Her central thesis is that we are the media, and our beliefs, choices, and prejudices are responsible for its construction. This raises an interesting question: How do we approach a media that is as messy, contradictory, and confusing as we are? Read on and find out.
Reviewed by: 
Kat
The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393342468
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 7th, 2012

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

There is no other historical writer like Erik Larson. He goes to great lengths to present the diary entries, letters, and other accounts from his research in such a candid, prose-like manner that one cannot help but forget that one is in fact reading nonfiction. In the Garden of Beasts brings to life the lurid contrast between the “roaring ’20s” feel of 1930s Berlin and the juggernaut of the Third Reich’s growing menace.

Reviewed by: 
Kimberly
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307408853
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - May 1st, 2012

Across That Bridge by John Lewis

“Faith, patience, truth, love, peace, study, and reconciliation: these are the buckets into which Lewis pours his message about ‘the inner transformation that must be realized to effect lasting social change.’ A civil rights pioneer and Georgia congressman, Lewis seeks to inspire nonviolent activism in a time that he regards as the most violent in history.” —Publishers Weekly
Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781401324117
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Hachette Books - May 15th, 2012

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