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The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War by Erik Larson

Talking about the Civil War has never been neutral, but talking about it post–January 6th can be fraught. The lead-up to the war was complicated, and Erik Larson’s riveting narrative helps make sense of it. With clear prose, he brings to life some of the people who were most influential in the pre-war period and walks us through the moves the US government made during this tense time to attempt to avoid the country devolving into war.  —Ivy

 

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ISBN: 9780385348744
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Published: Crown - April 30th, 2024

The Year of Living Constitutionally: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Constitution’s Original Meaning by A.J. Jacobs

A.J. Jacobs has set out to understand exactly what is written in the constitution and whether it makes sense for us today. As he did while living biblically, so too does Jacobs attempt here to recreate as much authenticity as possible (much to the chagrin of his family). This was wildly funny—carrying a musket while wearing a tricorn hat in a coffee shop is objectively hilarious—but also incredibly informative about our rights. The perfect mix of history and humor.  —Ivy

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780593136744
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Published: Crown - May 7th, 2024

Out of the Sierra: A Story of Rarámuri Resistance by Victoria Blanco

Out of the Sierra is an astonishing, intimate, and absolutely necessary history of the Rarámuri people, as told through one family’s displacement from the Sierra Madre mountains to El Oasis, a government settlement in Chihuahua, Mexico. Victoria Blanco spent a year gaining the trust of the Gutiérrez family and another ten finding the most powerful way to share the family’s story and the parallel histories of Indigenous people that the conquering stories have tried to erase. We have much to learn from their ways, resistance, and fortitude.  —Melinda

 

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Published: Coffee House Press - June 11th, 2024

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: An Extraordinary New Journey Through History’s Greatest Treasures by Bettany Hughes

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World explores history’s most wondrous monuments. It is more than a historical account; it’s an exploration of humanity’s desire to leave a lasting legacy. By exploring them sequentially, Hughes invites readers to immerse themselves in the historical context of these ancient sites. Seven Wonders offers profound reflections on our shared past and on what it means to make a mark on the world.  —Talya

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ISBN: 9780593686157
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Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 2024

Tripped: Nazi Germany, the CIA, and the Dawn of the Psychedelic Age by Norman Ohler

Norman Ohler’s (author of Blitzed) newest book tackles the complicated history of LSD, tracing its from the time it was first synthesized to its current highly restricted classification in the US as a schedule 1 drug. This history includes the CIA, Harvard professors, Elvis Presley, and many other fascinating characters. The tangled path that acid took to get to the present day is so remarkable that you won’t want to put this book down. —Sofia

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ISBN: 9780358646501
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Published: Mariner Books - April 9th, 2024

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones

If you have not read this incredible piece of history, take the release of the paperback edition as your sign to pick it up. The very best scholars and writers have come together to contextualize the hard truth at the heart of the long and varied history of Black Americans. The only way forward is together and for that we need a basis of understanding. This is a vital read for everyone trying to understand the climate we currently live in.  —Ivy

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By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780593230596
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Published: One World - June 4th, 2024

Stories Are Weapons: Psychological Warfare and the American Mind by Annalee Newitz

Annalee Newitz has written an incredibly important book that I only wish had come sooner. She details and contextualizes the history of propaganda in the US, its key players, how it has shaped and created history, and how it is being used in the present. From the fictitious stories propagated about Native Americans being extinct, to the American employment of psychological warfare in World War II, to its use in advertising, to Cambridge Analytica’s data manipulation during the 2016 election, this is a fascinating work that both terrifies and gives hope about detecting and combating propaganda all around us.  —Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780393881516
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2024

An Abolitionist's Handbook: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World by Patrisse Cullors

This radical guide to communication and accountability is split into twelve chapters, each guided by a different principle Cullors has learned on her long journey, illustrated with examples and historical references to guide your way. Applicable not only to movement work but to daily life and self-improvement, the Handbook promises to stay useful as a reference for many years to come.  —Yves

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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 28th, 2024

Prequel An American Fight Against Fascism by Rachel Maddow

Far-right disinformation campaigns. Well-funded efforts to undermine democratic institutions. Violent insurrection. These may sound like recent events, but in Prequel, Rachel Maddow recounts the sophisticated plot before World War II to steer our nation toward authoritarianism and an alliance with the Nazis. Somehow lost in the history books as an attempt by fringe players, it actually involved a large network of influential elected officials. (Déjà vu?) Maddow, who can weave a tale like no other, first traced this rise of a radical strain of authoritarianism on her podcast. Now in book form, it is an essential read that resonates in our own disquieting times.  

—S.B.

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ISBN: 9780593444511
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Published: Crown - October 17th, 2023

The Lumumba Plot The Secret History of the CIA and a Cold War Assassination by Stuart A. Reid

The title tells the tale of a singular assassination, but The Lumumba Plot is so much more. Stuart A. Reid, executive editor at Foreign Affairs and prolific journalist, has put together a detailed, nuanced history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Cold War politics that led to the assassination of its first democratically elected prime minister, Patrice Lumumba. With its vividly drawn characters and plot twists, this page-turner is perfect for anyone fascinated by modern history.

—Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781524748814
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Published: Knopf - October 17th, 2023

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