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  • Doughnut Economics

    Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

    by Kate Raworth ...
    A Financial Times "Best Book of 2017: Economics”800-CEO-Read “Best Business Book of 2017: Current Events & Public Affairs”Economics is the mother tongue of public policy. It dominates our decision-making for the future, guides multi-billion-dollar investments, and shapes our responses to climate change, inequality, and other environmental and social challenges that define our times.Pity then, or ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • New Dark Age

    Technology and the End of the Future

    by James Bridle ...
    “New Dark Age is among the most unsettling and illuminating books I’ve read about the Internet, which is to say that it is among the most unsettling and illuminating books I’ve read about contemporary life.” – New YorkerAs the world around us increases in technological complexity, our understanding of it diminishes. Underlying this trend is a single idea: the belief that our existence is ... Read more

    $9.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • The Age of AI

    And Our Human Future

    Three of the world’s most accomplished and deep thinkers come together to explore Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the way it is transforming human society—and what this technology means for us all.An AI learned to win chess by making moves human grand masters had never conceived. Another AI discovered a new antibiotic by analyzing molecular properties human scientists did not understand. Now, AI ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Age of Sustainable Development

    Jeffrey D. Sachs is one of the world's most perceptive and original analysts of global development. In this major new work he presents a compelling and practical framework for how global citizens can use a holistic way forward to address the seemingly intractable worldwide problems of persistent extreme poverty, environmental degradation, and political-economic injustice: sustainable development ... Read more

    $28.99 USD

  • The Dumbest Generation Grows Up

    From Stupefied Youth to Dangerous Adults

    From Stupefied Youth to Dangerous AdultsBack in 2008, Mark Bauerlein was a voice crying in the wilderness. As experts greeted the new generation of “Digital Natives” with extravagant hopes for their high-tech future, he pegged them as the “Dumbest Generation.”Today, their future doesn’t look so bright, and their present is pretty grim. The twenty-somethings who spent their childhoods staring into ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Just Mercy

    A Story of Justice and Redemption

    **#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX • A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.“[Bryan Stevenson’s] dedication to fighting for justice and equality has inspired me and many others and ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Republic at Risk

    An Introduction to American Politics

    When people have the freedom to further their own personal interests in politics, the results may be disastrous. Chaos? Tyranny? Can a political system be set up to avoid these pitfalls, while still granting citizens and politicians the freedom to pursue their interests? Republic at Risk is a concise and engaging introduction to American politics. The guiding theme is the problem of self-interest ... Read more

    $26.99 USD

  • The Garden of God

    Toward a Human Ecology

    In this collection of his writings, Pope Benedict XVI speak to the important relationships between the environment, Catholic social teaching, and theology.During his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI repeatedly drew attention to the environment. He spoke of preserving it, such as his address concerning the Amazon rainforest and his letter regarding the Arctic, and of distributing its vital resources—such ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Tapping into The Wire

    The Real Urban Crisis

    Story lines from The Wire challenge public perceptions about the deadly, real-world connections between drugs, crime, and poverty.Did Omar Little die of lead poisoning? Would a decriminalization strategy like the one in Hamsterdam end the War on Drugs? What will it take to save neglected kids like Wallace and Dukie? Tapping into 'The Wire' uses the acclaimed television series as a road map for ... Read more

    $24.99 USD

  • Unsettled

    What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn't, and Why It Matters

    "Unsettled is a remarkable book—probably the best book on climate change for the intelligent layperson—that achieves the feat of conveying complex information clearly and in depth."—Claremont Review of Books"Surging sea levels are inundating the coasts.""Hurricanes and tornadoes are becoming fiercer and more frequent.""Climate change will be an economic disaster... ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Numbers Don't Lie

    71 Stories to Help Us Understand the Modern World

    by Vaclav Smil ...
    **"Vaclav Smil is my favorite author… Numbers Don't Lie takes everything that makes his writing great and boils it down into an easy-to-read format. I unabashedly recommend this book to anyone who loves learning."--Bill Gates, GatesNotesFrom the author of How the World Really Works, an essential guide to understanding how numbers reveal the true state of our world--exploring a wide range of topics ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Water Follies

    Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America's Fresh Waters

    The Santa Cruz River that once flowed through Tucson, Arizona is today a sad mirage of a river. Except for brief periods following heavy rainfall, it is bone dry. The cottonwood and willow trees that once lined its banks have died, and the profusion of birds and wildlife recorded by early settlers are nowhere to be seen. The river is dead. What happened? Where did the water go.As Robert Glennon ... Read more

    $20.99 USD

  • Dumbing Us Down - 25th Anniversary Edition

    The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

    Throw off the shackles of formal schooling and embark upon a rich journey of self-directed, life-long learningAfter over 100 years of mandatory schooling in the U.S., literacy rates have dropped, families are fragmented, learning "disabilities" are skyrocketing, and children and youth are increasingly disaffected. Thirty years of teaching in the public school system led John Taylor Gatto to the ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

    by Ezra F. Vogel ...
    No one in the twentieth century had a greater impact on world history than Deng Xiaoping. And no scholar is better qualified than Ezra Vogel to disentangle the contradictions embodied in the life and legacy of China’s boldest strategist—the pragmatic, disciplined force behind China’s radical economic, technological, and social transformation. ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • The CAFO Reader

    The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories

    Edited by Daniel Imhoff ...
    The CAFO Reader is possibly the most powerful indictment of factory farming ever compiled, with essays from 30 of the world's leading experts. It also offers a vision for a food system that leaves behind the horrific 20th century model of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.The CAFO Reader brings the tragic world of industrial food production into sharp focus with essays on every facet of ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • The World We Create

    A Message of Hope for a Planet in Peril

    Since the dawn of the modern environmental movement, Frances Beinecke has been on its front lines, leading the charge for clean air, fresh water, healthy wildlife and fertile lands. As she prepares to retire as president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, The World We Create captures the story of her remarkable tenure as head of America’s leading environmental advocacy organization and lays ... Read more

    $22.99 USD

  • America the Possible

    Manifesto for a New Economy

    In this third volume of his award-winning American Crisis series, James Gustave Speth makes his boldest and most ambitious contribution yet. He looks unsparingly at the sea of troubles in which the United States now finds itself, charts a course through the discouragement and despair commonly felt today, and envisions what he calls America the Possible, an attractive and plausible future that we ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Weapons of Math Destruction

    How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

    by Cathy O'Neil ...
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A former Wall Street quant sounds the alarm on Big Data and the mathematical models that threaten to rip apart our social fabric—with a new afterword“A manual for the twenty-first-century citizen . . . relevant and urgent.”—Financial TimesNATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • The Boston Glo... ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Reputation and Power

    Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA

    Book 137 - Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives
    How the FDA became the world's most powerful regulatory agencyThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration is the most powerful regulatory agency in the world. How did the FDA become so influential? And how exactly does it wield its extraordinary power? Reputation and Power traces the history of FDA regulation of pharmaceuticals, revealing how the agency's organizational reputation has been the primary ... Read more

    $39.99 USD

  • There Are No Accidents

    The Deadly Rise of Injury and Disaster—Who Profits and Who Pays the Price

    by Jessie Singer ...
    A journalist recounts the surprising history of accidents and reveals how they’ve come to define all that’s wrong with America.We hear it all the time: “Sorry, it was just an accident.” And we’ve been deeply conditioned to just accept that explanation and move on. But as Jessie Singer argues convincingly: There are no such things as accidents. The vast majority of mishaps are not random but ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Price We Pay

    What Broke American Health Care--and How to Fix It

    New York Times bestsellerBusiness Book of the Year**--Association of Business Journalists**From the New York Times bestselling author comes an eye-opening, urgent look at America's broken health care system--and the people who are saving it**--now with a new Afterword by the author.**"A must-read for every American." --Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief, FORBESOne in fiv... ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Heart of a Lion

    A Lone Cat’s Walk Across America

    "This is one stirring account of one stirring journey: the trek of a fellow creature through a hostile, man-made world**--and through our imaginations."** --Bill McKibben, author of EAARTH: MAKING A LIFE ON A TOUGH NEW PLANETLate one June night in 2011, a large animal collided with an SUV cruising down a Connecticut parkway. The creature appeared as something out of New England's forgotten past. ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • The Right to Try

    How the Federal Government Prevents Americans from Getting the Life-Saving Treatments They Need

    by Darcy Olsen ...
    Why should you need the government’s permission to save your own life?Jenn McNary’s two sons, Max and Austin, were diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy—a fatal disorder that leads to muscle degeneration and eventually death. In a cruel and unnecessary twist, Max received access to a clinical trial; Austin didn’t. As a result, Max was able to get out of his wheelchair and play on his school ... Read more

    $6.99 USD

  • The Dreamt Land

    Chasing Water and Dust Across California

    by Mark Arax ...
    A vivid, searching journey into California's capture of water and soil—the epic story of a people's defiance of nature and the wonders, and ruin, it has wroughtMark Arax is from a family of Central Valley farmers, a writer with deep ties to the land who has watched the battles over water intensify even as California lurches from drought to flood and back again. In The Dreamt Land, he travels the ... Read more

    $9.99 USD