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Staff Nonfiction Favorites

A rotating selection of some of our staff's favorite titles. New reviews added quarterly.

Profit Over People by Noam Chomsky

It can be hard to know where to start with Chomsky. I mean, seriously, how many books can a guy write? But fear not! Profit Over People is my official selection for the Chomsky-curious. Slim, straight-forward, and brimming with his trademark intellectual-teddy-bear-ness, this book should be on every radical's shelf, fledgling or otherwise.

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Bucket
Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781888363821
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Published: Seven Stories Press - December 8th, 1998

Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein

Don't be fooled by the god-awful cover! This is journalism at its most astute. Orenstein casts a keen and humorous light on the disturbing new "princess" culture. Think pink is an innate obsession for tiny females? You might be interested to learn how much the Disney Corporation comes into play. Ew.

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Bucket
Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061711534
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 31st, 2012

Haiti After the Earthquake by Paul Farmer

I'm convinced that everything by or about Paul Farmer should be read. One of my personal heroes in the world of social justice, the comprehensiveness with which he discusses the tragedy in Haiti is fantastic- he provides not only a historical context but also includes intimate reports from survivors and relief workers. The result is educational, awe-inspiring, touching, and simply a must-read.

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Laura
Haiti After the Earthquake Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781610390989
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Published: PublicAffairs - July 10th, 2012

Science Ink by Carl Zimmer

Not only was this beautiful volume compiled by one of the best contemporary science writers, it also includes a foreword by the always-entertaining Mary Roach, who elucidates why those so enamored with science, are compelled to mark themselves permanently with the objects of their obsessions. Gorgeous photos that will excite and inspire fans of body art and biology alike.

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Laura
Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed Cover Image
By Carl Zimmer, Mary Roach (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781402783609
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Published: Sterling - November 1st, 2011

The Fear by Peter Godwin

After reading Goodwin’s other book When a Crocodile Eats the Sun, I was instantly obsessed with the history and politics of Zimbabwe, a country too often ignored or forgotten in the mainstream news. Godwin's journalistic experience combines with his personal connection to the region to allow him to write with a tender eloquence that is both touching and informative.

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Laura
The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316051873
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 12th, 2011

Castles by Charles Stephenson

A castle isn't just a fancy stone building with spires, towers, torches, and princesses inside. Castles of the medieval world were defensive and architectural masterpieces, designed to repel increasingly innovative siege weapons. The book includes tons of great dissected drawings, illuminated manuscripts, maps, and paintings. It's a must-read for all medieval history aficionados!

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Andrea
Castles: A History of Fortified Structures: Ancient, Medieval & Modern Cover Image
By Charles Stephenson (Editor)
$29.99
ISBN: 9780312541408
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 30th, 2011

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen

This is the book that taught me to love history, in all its fascinating study. We grow up, learning stories that don’t seem to have anything to do with us. But the history we learn is just that: stories. The “facts” are twisted, rewritten, or simply left out to create a narrative that has everything to do with how we perceive our world and ourselves. Eye-opening.

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Jocelyn
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Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743296281
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Published: Atria Books - October 16th, 2007

March was Made of Yarn by Elmer Luke

History is not a thing of the past, but is being made around us. In 2011 Japan was wracked by a tsunami and an impending nuclear disaster--its present destroyed, future suspect, and the massive cultural history of thousands of years threatened. 22 writers use fiction, prose, and even manga to process and comprehend this historic event, reaching through catastrophe towards hope.

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Jocelyn
March Was Made of Yarn: Reflections on the Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Meltdown Cover Image
By Elmer Luke (Editor), David Karashima (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780307948861
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Published: Vintage - March 6th, 2012

Pirates of Barbary by Adrian Tinniswood

Have you got a little pirate in you? Does glittering treasure catch your eye? Do you long for freedom; endless horizon over an ever-changing sea? Or do you just like rum? Find out who and what the pirates really were, outside of Disney and Treasure Island. The personalities, politics, and passions are laid out here in an exciting epic foretelling the complications of our current world.

Pirates of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594485442
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 6th, 2011

Operation Mincemeat by Ben MacIntyre

While many battles of WWII have been painstakingly examined and recreated, the less obvious fronts of the War have been neglected. This awesome book chronicles one of the plots within the Allied disinformation campaign. Discover how an unlikely espionage team and a dead man may have tipped the balance. Better than any spy novel–this story’s real.

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Jocelyn
Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307453280
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Published: Broadway Books - April 5th, 2011

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