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History, Biography, and Politics

Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin

When I think of who we need to make sense of the challenges facing our democracy, the preeminent presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is at the top of my list. Chronicling the leadership of her best-studied subjects—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson—Goodwin masterfully details the commonalities that linked their leadership even with their widely differing upbringings and challenges. Ultimately, Goodwin showcases the moral purpose and resilience necessary to shepherd our nation forward. - Casey

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Leadership: In Turbulent Times Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476795928
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 18th, 2018

The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

You may know Michael Lewis from his best-selling books on the insider worlds of baseball (Moneyball), football (The Blind Side), the housing market (The Big Short), and the human psyche (The Undoing Project). Now his journalistic sights are on the US government and the current administration. Shying away from personalities and conspiracies, Lewis focuses on the agencies that make the country function—and exactly how and why they are (or aren’t) working. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781324002642
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 2nd, 2018

Operation Columba by Gordon Corera

I will read any book about any animal, and while I was somewhat familiar with homing pigeons and the use of them as messengers, this book caught me off guard with its depiction of the amount of work, dedication, and courage put forth by those involved with the pigeons. As with any good hobby, the amount of jealousy and in-fighting involved also have their place in the narrative. The knowledge produced by the pigeons’ efforts is fascinating. Written more for a military history buff than an animal lover, Operation Columba is perfect for history fans who think they’ve read it all. - Rachel

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Operation Columba--The Secret Pigeon Service: The Untold Story of World War II Resistance in Europe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062667076
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Published: William Morrow - October 16th, 2018

Heirs of the Founders by H.W. Brands

Heirs of the Founders is the perfect sequel to books like Joseph J. Ellis’s Founding Brothers and The Quartet. While none became president, Webster, who could make an opposing Supreme Court justice cry; Clay, the great compromiser; and Calhoun, chief apologist for slavery, were the giants of American politics and it was their compromises that held the union together and their clashes that sent it flying apart. They died with slavery unresolved and the Civil War looming on the horizon. By the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Traitor to His Class. - Dave

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Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385542531
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Published: Doubleday - November 13th, 2018

These Truths by Jill Lepore

A historian with many interests—from Jane Franklin to Wonder Woman—Jill Lepore here explores the very origins of our country. At a time when it feels like the foundation is crumbling, it’s important to look back and understand how the United States was formed. Lepore has a deftness with language that is always a delight to read. The pages of These Truths breezed by pleasurably. Ivy

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These Truths: A History of the United States Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780393635249
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 18th, 2018

Black Flags, Blue Waters by Eric Jay Dolin

Avast! This book is a delight, making pirate history engaging and fascinating. Every other page had some tidbit about piratical, world, and particularly American history that I couldn’t wait to talk about with people. The pirates are presented as honestly as possible, in their heroic triumphs and in the brutality and violence they were part of. Highly recommend for the pirate or history buff in your life. - Jax

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Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631492105
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 18th, 2018

House of Trump, House of Putin by Craig Unger

It’s tempting to get swept up in the salacious narratives of recent books on Trump (“Can you believe he really said that/did that/thinks that?”), but for true big-picture analysis, Craig Unger’s book is the one with staying power. Unger cuts through the daily crazy and lays out what has been true and known for a long time (but maddeningly not reported by mainstream media): Donald Trump’s relationship with organized crime, specifically, the Russian mafia. Going back decades, Unger lays out the money laundering, bailouts, and power plays that led to a mobster, beholden to a foreign power, in the White House. - S.B.

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House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524743505
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Published: Dutton - August 14th, 2018

Becoming by Michelle Obama

I adore our former president and I miss him. Yet I cannot help but be ecstatic that Michelle is coming out with a book about her own life so that I can learn more about this powerful, intelligent, and singularly awesome woman. Barack would be the first to say that his wife is a superstar, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Becoming to read about her in her own words. - Jax

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ISBN: 9781524763138
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Published: Crown - November 13th, 2018

Dear America by Jose Antonio Vargas

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas didn’t know he was an undocumented immigrant until he went to get his driver’s license at the age of 16. Vargas’s story is sadly not unusual, which is part of why it’s so important. His writing is emotional, powerful, and full of purpose. More memoir than political statement, Dear America is a truly eye-opening look at the realities of immigration in America. - Jade

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Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062851352
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 18th, 2018

Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

“The difficulty of transcending poverty is the message behind this personal history of growing up in the dusty farmlands of Kansas, where ‘nothing was more painful...than true things being denied’.... The takeaway? The working poor don’t need our pity; they need to be heard above the din of cliché and without so-called expert interpretation. Smarsh’s family are expert enough to correct any misunderstandings about their lives.” —Oprah.com

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501133091
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Published: Scribner - September 18th, 2018

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