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  • Merchants of Doubt

    How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming

    The U.S. scientific community has long led the world in research on such areas as public health, environmental science, and issues affecting quality of life. Our scientists have produced landmark studies on the dangers of DDT, tobacco smoke, acid rain, and global warming. But at the same time, a small yet potent subset of this community leads the world in vehement denial of these dangers.Merchants ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Public Policy in an Uncertain World

    Analysis and Decisions

    Manski argues that public policy is based on untrustworthy analysis. Failing to account for uncertainty in an uncertain world, policy analysis routinely misleads policy makers with expressions of certitude. Manski critiques the status quo and offers an innovation to improve both how policy research is conducted and how it is used by policy makers. ... Read more

    $35.99 USD

  • Dignity

    Seeking Respect in Back Row America

    by Chris Arnade ...
    **NATIONAL BESTSELLER"A profound book.... It will break your heart but also leave you with hope." —J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy**"[A] deeply empathetic book." —The EconomistWith stark photo essays and unforgettable true stories, Chris Arnade cuts through "expert" pontification on inequality, addiction, and poverty to allow those who have been left behind to define themselves on their own ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Bright Green Lies

    How the Environmental Movement Lost Its Way and What We Can Do About It

    Series series Politics of the Living
    Key Selling PointsDerrick Jensen is the author of twenty-five critically acclaimed books. He was one of two finalists for the 2003 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, which cited The Culture of Make Believe as "a passionate and provocative meditation on the nexus of racism, genocide, environmental destruction and corporate malfeasance, where civilization meets its discontents." He writes for The New York ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • How the World Really Works

    The Science Behind How We Got Here and Where We're Going

    by Vaclav Smil ...
    **INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“A new masterpiece from one of my favorite authors… [How The World Really Works] is a compelling and highly readable book that leaves readers with the fundamental grounding needed to help solve the world’s toughest challenges.”*—*Bill Gates“Provocative but perceptive . . . You can agree or disagree with Smil—accept or doubt his ‘just the facts’ posture—but you ... Read more

    $16.99 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

  • Out of Captivity

    Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle

    “[A] remarkable story….An honest and harrowing memoir of a life-changing ordeal.” —Arizona RepublicThe spellbinding New York Times bestseller, Out of Captivity is the amazing true story of Marc Gonsalves, Tom Howes, and Keith Stansell, three American civilian contractors who were held hostage by the FARC rebel group in Colombia for five and a half years. Written with Gary Brozek, this book is an ... Read more

    $11.99 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

  • Deadly Spin

    An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans

    That's how Wendell Potter introduced himself to a Senate committee in June 2009. He proceed to explain how insurance companies make promises they have no intention of keeping, how they flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and how they make it nearly impossible to understand information that the public needs. Potter quit his high-paid job as head of public relations at a major insurance ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Straphanger

    Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile

    by Taras Grescoe ...
    Taras Grescoe rides the rails all over the world and makes an elegant and impassioned case for the imminent end of car culture and the coming transportation revolution"I am proud to call myself a straphanger," writes Taras Grescoe. The perception of public transportation in America is often unflattering—a squalid last resort for those with one too many drunk-driving charges, too poor to afford ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Internet for the People

    The Fight for Our Digital Future

    by Ben Tarnoff ...
    **"For all the informational convenience the internet offers, it is deeply flawed. How can it be improved? Writer Ben Tarnoff proposes one possibility in this intriguing book, which urges the development of 'a public lane on the information superhighway.' It's worth checking out for yourself." – Seth MacFarlaneWhy is the internet so broken, and what could ever possibly fix it?**In Internet for the ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Reputation and Power

    Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA

    Series Book 111 - 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

    $41.99 USD

  • Science Be Dammed

    How Ignoring Inconvenient Science Drained the Colorado River

    Science Be Dammed is an alarming reminder of the high stakes in the management—and perils in the mismanagement—of water in the western United States. It seems deceptively simple: even when clear evidence was available that the Colorado River could not sustain ambitious dreaming and planning by decision-makers throughout the twentieth century, river planners and political operatives irresponsibly ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Reign of Error

    The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools

    by Diane Ravitch ...
    From one of the foremost authorities on education in the United States, former U.S. assistant secretary of education, “whistle-blower extraordinaire” (The Wall Street Journal), author of the best-selling The Death and Life of the Great American School System (“Important and riveting”—Library Journal), The Language Police (“Impassioned . . . Fiercely argued . . . Every bit as alarming as it is ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $9.99 USD

  • The Road Taken

    The History and Future of America's Infrastructure

    A renowned historian and engineer explores the past, present, and future of America's crumbling infrastructure.Acclaimed engineer and historian Henry Petroski explores our core infrastructure from both historical and contemporary perspectives, explaining how essential their maintenance is to America's economic health. Petroski reveals the genesis of the many parts of America's highway system--our ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • Retreat from a Rising Sea

    Hard Choices in an Age of Climate Change

    This sobering examination of climate-change and the disastrous effects of rising sea levels explains what must be done to avoid the worst outcomes.By the end of this century, hundreds of millions of people living at low elevations along coasts will be forced to retreat to higher and safer ground. Because of sea-level rise, major storms will inundate areas farther inland and will lay waste to ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $2.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • 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 Last Politician

    Inside Joe Biden's White House and the Struggle for America's Future

    by Franklin Foer ...
    **The instant New York Times bestseller!Franklin Foer tells the definitive insider story of the first two years of the Biden presidency, with exclusive access to Biden’s longtime team of advisers, and presents a gripping portrait of a president during this momentous time in our nation’s history."You might love Biden or you might hate Biden, but either way, if you want to understand him, you will ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • Female Choice

    Vom Anfang und Ende der männlichen Zivilisation

    Wie Männer sich die Macht über Frauen nahmen und warum das jetzt aufhörtIn der Natur kontrollieren Weibchen den Zugang zu Sex. Die Biologie nennt das FEMALE CHOICE. Bis zur Sesshaftwerdung galt das auch für den Menschen. Doch dann schufen die Männer eine Zivilisation unter Ausschluss der Frauen. Doch die finden langsam zu ihrer natürlichen Stärke zurück. Uralte Geschlechterverhältnisse sind ... Read more

    $11.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Live Sustainably Now

    A Low-Carbon Vision of the Good Life

    by Karl Coplan ...
    Any realistic response to climate change will require reducing carbon emissions to a sustainable level. Yet even people who already recognize that the climate is the most urgent issue facing the planet struggle to understand their individual responsibilities. Is it even possible to live with a sustainable carbon footprint in modern American society—much less to live well? What are the options for ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • Cops, Teachers, Counselors

    Stories from the Front Lines of Public Service

    The new edition of Cops, Teachers, Counselors furthers the exploration of forces that shape the contours of frontline work. This line of inquiry is at the heart of street-level bureaucracy research, a field of study cutting across disciplines, including public administration, political science, social work, law and society, education, and criminal justice. The oft-cited 2003 edition pioneered a ... Read more

    $21.99 USD

  • Poisoned

    How a Crime-Busting Prosecutor Turned His Medical Mystery into a Crusade for Environmental Victims

    by Alan Bell ...
    After years of prosecuting hard-core criminals, rising legal star Alan Bell took a private sector job in South Florida’s newest skyscraper. Suddenly, he suffered such bizarre medical symptoms, doctors suspected he’d been poisoned by the Mafia. Bell’s rapidly declining health forced him to flee his glamorous Miami life to a sterile “bubble” in the remote Arizona desert.As his career and marriage ... Read more

    $16.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Environmental Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

    Series series Very Short Introductions
    Environmental ethics is a relatively new branch of philosophy, which studies the values and principles involved in combatting environmental problems such as pollution, loss of species and habitats, and climate change. As our environment faces evermore threats from human activities these core issues are becoming increasingly important. In this Very Short Introduction Robin Attfield traces the ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • Evicted

    Poverty and Profit in the American City

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF TIME’S TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE • One of the most acclaimed books of our time, this modern classic “has set a new standard for reporting on poverty” (Barbara Ehrenreich, The New York Times Book Review).In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as ... Read more

    $13.99 USD