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  1. 10.2 hrs • 11/30/2016 • Unabridged

    On March 29, 1516, the city council of Venice issued a decree forcing Jews to live in il geto―a closed quarter named for the copper foundry that once occupied the area. The term stuck. In this sweeping and original interpretation, Mitchell Duneier traces the idea of the ghetto from its beginnings in the sixteenth century and its revival by the Nazis to the present. As Duneier shows, we cannot understand the entanglements of race, poverty, and place in America today without recalling the history of the ghetto in Europe, as well as later efforts to understand the problems of the American city. This is the story of the scholars and activists who tried to achieve that understanding. Their efforts to wrestle with race and poverty in their times cannot be divorced from their individual biographies, which often included direct encounters with prejudice and discrimination in the academy and elsewhere. Using new and forgotten sources, Duneier introduces us to Horace Cayton and St. Clair Drake, graduate students whose conception of the South Side of Chicago established a new paradigm for thinking about Northern racism and poverty in the 1940s. We learn how the psychologist Kenneth Clark subsequently linked Harlem’s slum conditions with the persistence of black powerlessness in the civil-rights era, and we follow the controversy over Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report on the black family. We see how the sociologist William Julius Wilson redefined the debate about urban America as middle-class African Americans increasingly escaped the ghetto and the country retreated from racially specific remedies. And we trace the education reformer Geoffrey Canada’s efforts to transform the lives of inner-city children with ambitious interventions, even as other reformers sought to help families escape their neighborhoods altogether. Ghetto offers a clear-eyed assessment of the thinkers and doers who have shaped American ideas about urban poverty and the ghetto. The result is a valuable new understanding of an age-old concept.

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    Ghetto by Mitchell Duneier

    Ghetto

    10.2 hrs • 11/30/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 15.4 hrs • 11/29/2016 • Unabridged

    In the first of two books on the topic, conservative radio host with 5 million daily listeners and bestselling author Michael Medved discovers amazements in early American history that each suggest an “intelligent design” to America’s story, making the case that Divine Providence has steered crucial turns in the nation’s story, and will again. America is a uniquely great nation, but does its power and prosperity stem from accidents of history, or the fulfillment of some pre-destined master plan? In The American Miracle, conservative radio host and best-selling author Michael Medved describes a stunning series of amazements in early American history that each suggest an “intelligent design”—a higher power that has steered crucial turns in our nation’s story, and will again. In the first of two books, The American Miracle traces the grace that shaped twelve decisive moments in our history—from the desperate passengers of the Mayflower who were blown off course to the one spot in the region that gave them a fair chance for survival, to the casual discovery of three cigars wrapped in handwritten notes that assured Union victory in the Civil War. Sometimes Medved reveals the providential nature of well-known incidents, and at others he focuses on an unknown historical event that had long-term impact. This sweeping and engrossing historical narrative proves that to sustain our unparalleled power and world presence, America must understand the purpose that placed her at the forefront of history and rise to the challenge of that fateful mandate.

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    The American Miracle

    15.4 hrs • 11/29/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 9.5 hrs • 11/29/2016 • Unabridged

    The partial inspiration for the forthcoming ABC miniseries from Academy Award–winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, executive producer Gus Van Sant, and starring Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Carrie Preston, and Rachel Griffiths. From longtime activist Cleve Jones, here is a sweeping, beautifully written memoir about a full and remarkable American life. Jones brings to life the magnetic spell cast by 1970s San Francisco, the drama and heartbreak of the AIDS crisis and the vibrant generation of gay men lost to it, and his activist work on labor, immigration, and gay rights, which continues today. Born in 1954, Cleve Jones was among the last generation of gay Americans who grew up wondering if there were others out there like himself. There were. As did thousands of young gay people, Jones moved to San Francisco in the early ‘70s, nearly penniless, finding a city electrified by progressive politics and sexual liberation. Jones met lovers, developed intense friendships, and found his calling in “the movement.” Jones dove into politics and activism, taking an internship in the office of San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk, who became Jones’ mentor before his murder in 1978. With the advent of the AIDS crisis in the early ‘80s, Jones emerged as one of the gay community’s most outspoken leaders. He cofounded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and, later, the AIDS Memorial Quilt, one of the largest public art projects in history.

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    When We Rise

    9.5 hrs • 11/29/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 10.4 hrs • 11/29/2016 • Unabridged

    The creator of the CIA’s controversial Enhanced Interrogation Program provides a dramatic firsthand account of the design, implementation, flaws and aftermath of the program, including personally interrogating 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and learning from America’s enemies what we need to know to win the continuing struggle against global jihad. Never before has a book provided a firsthand window into the minds of Islamic terrorists or a full picture of the CIA’s interrogation program during the War on Terror. No one is better positioned to address these issues of national security than Dr. James Mitchell, who, as the creator of the enhanced interrogation techniques (EIT) program, was one of the first to subject top al-Qa’ida operatives to these techniques and spent thousands of hours with Islamic terrorists. Aided by cowriter Bill Harlow, a former CIA spokesman and the coauthor of three New York Times bestsellers on the agency, Mitchell has crafted an extensive, revealing, and emotionally gripping account of the EIT program. Listeners will follow Mitchell inside the “black sites” as he goes eyeball-to-eyeball with the most dangerous men on earth. Mitchell describes personally questioning thirteen of the most senior “high-value detainees” in US custody, using techniques that critics call torture but the CIA says were legal, necessary, and effective. Mitchell lifts the curtain on the program’s immediate effects, disputes among those selected to interrogate the detainees, controversy surrounding its methods, and it’s scrapping. He also reveals terrorists’ true motives and passion for attacking Americans and killing innocent victims around the world, information that is essential to winning the war against radical Islam.

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    Enhanced Interrogation

    By James E. Mitchell, Ph.D., with Bill Harlow
    Read by Ed Simmons
    10.4 hrs • 11/29/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 3.2 hrs • 11/23/2016 • Unabridged

    Witty, informative, and devilishly shrewd, this work is a must-listen for anyone interested in politics and power. The world-renowned philosopher’s classic treatise reveals the techniques and strategies for gaining and keeping political control. “How we live is so far removed from how we ought to live, that he who abandons what is done for what ought to be done, will rather bring about his own ruin than his preservation. Therefore, it is necessary to learn how not to be good,” wrote Machiavelli.

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    The Prince

    3.2 hrs • 11/23/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 19.8 hrs • 11/22/2016 • Unabridged

    A field guide to the twenty-first century, written by one of its most celebrated observer.

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    Thank You for Being Late

    19.8 hrs • 11/22/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 8.2 hrs • 11/15/2016 • Unabridged

    The first book to go behind the barricades of #blacklivesmatter to tell the story of the young men and women who are calling for a new America. In a closely reported book that draws on his own experience as a young biracial journalist, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery tells the story of the year that shook America. From the killings of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida and Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri to the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, with a stop in Selma, Alabama along the way, Lowery takes readers to the front lines of history as it unfolds. The repercussions of police violence have sent citizens into the streets proclaiming that Black Lives Matter and politicians scrambling for a new way of understanding the basic social contract between the governed and those who govern. With bracing intensity and incredible access, Lowery examines the economic, political, and personal histories that inform this movement, and place what it has accomplished—and what remains to be done—in the context of the last fifty years of American history. By also telling the story of his own life growing up biracial in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of a black journalist, he will explain the roles that hope and optimism play in shaping one’s own identity. They Can’t Kill Us All is a galvanizing book that offers more than just behind-the-scenes coverage of the story of citizen resistance to police brutality. It will also explain where the movement came from, where it is headed and where it still has to go.

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    They Can't Kill Us All

    8.2 hrs • 11/15/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 8.7 hrs • 11/15/2016 • Unabridged

    From the New York Times–bestselling author of How We Got to Now and Where Good Ideas Come From, a look at the world-changing innovations we made while keeping ourselves entertained. This lushly illustrated history of popular entertainment takes a long-zoom approach, contending that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change. Steven Johnson argues that, throughout history, the cutting edge of innovation lies wherever people are working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused. Johnson’s storytelling is just as delightful as the inventions he describes, full of surprising stops along the journey from simple concepts to complex modern systems. He introduces us to the colorful innovators of leisure: the explorers, proprietors, showmen, and artists who changed the trajectory of history with their luxurious wares, exotic meals, taverns, gambling tables, and magic shows. Johnson compellingly argues that observers of technological and social trends should be looking for clues in novel amusements. You’ll find the future wherever people are having the most fun.

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    Wonderland

    8.7 hrs • 11/15/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 10.1 hrs • 11/15/2016 • Unabridged

    Anchor of the number one news show on cable, The Kelly File, Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly writes her much anticipated book, a revealing and surprising memoir detailing her rise as one of the most respected journalists working today. From the values and lessons that have shaped her career, to her time at the center of the chaotic 2016 Republican presidential primary, this book offers an inside look at an uncompromising woman’s journey to the top of the news business. In the two and half years since her show The Kelly File premiered on the Fox News Channel, Megyn Kelly has cemented her reputation as one of the most respected and hardest hitting journalists in America. Tackling issues from both sides of the aisle, live in prime-time five nights a week, Kelly has embraced difficult questions—fearlessly pressing for answers as she redefines the face of news for her more than two million nightly viewers. Now in her debut book, Kelly goes behind the scenes of the stories and the storms that have made her one of the most talked about public figures in America. From growing up in a tough love family where she had to earn her praise, to her father’s sudden, tragic death while she was still in high school, to the news stories that launched her journalism career, Kelly traces the values and experiences—both good and bad—that landed her in the anchor chair. With the same bold and brave voice that has won her fans across the political divide, she opens up about the controversy that made her a household name, telling her side of Donald Trump’s feud with her, while sharing never-before-heard details about the infamous first Republican debate, its challenging aftermath, and how she persevered through it all, winning widespread admiration while maintaining her professionalism. Speaking candidly about the career-changing decision that led her to “settle for more”—a motto she credits with leading her to a better life at home and at work—Kelly also discusses how she approaches gender in the workplace, demonstrating how her success is rooted in Steve Martin’s old adage: “be so good they can’t ignore you.” Throughout her meteoric career, Megyn Kelly has been a source of fascination and speculation. Men and women, Republicans and Democrats, viewers of Fox News and the network’s most diehard detractors have all sought to understand what she stands for and what matters to her. With this deeply personal account of her life, she answers critics and fans alike. At once humorous, uplifting, and revealing, Settle for More offers unparalleled insight into one of the most charismatic and intriguing television personalities in a generation, and will be one of the most talked about books from an influential voice unlike any other.

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    Settle for More

    10.1 hrs • 11/15/16 • Unabridged
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    18.6 hrs • 11/15/2016

    Throughout the Presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders galvanized voters with his progressive platform and vision for America. In this audiobook, Sanders shares experiences from the campaign trail and outlines his ideas for continuing a political revolution to fight for a progressive economic, environmental, racial and social justice agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all.

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    Our Revolution

    18.6 hrs • 11/15/16
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  11. 9.0 hrs • 11/8/2016 • Unabridged

    Fox News political commentator and legal analyst Eboni Williams, Esq. believes that women should leverage their beauty to gain success and power. First impressions matter! For years women have been sold the lie that being seen as “pretty” comes at the expense of being taken seriously in business, politics, and law. The story goes, if you are seen as physically attractive there is a presumption of inadequacy when it comes to the substance necessary to provide leadership in our society’s top industries. The narrative became that being “pretty” and capable were mutually exclusive, and that in order to enjoy the privilege afforded by one, you must divorce yourself from the other. Eboni Williams rejects that narrative. It’s just not true. And to accept that false notion, is to leave an incredibly powerful tool on the table. There is real power in the ability to leverage your aesthetic as a tool to advance your professional goals. It’s okay for women to take full advantage of the most immediate and obvious attribute at their disposal. The way you look is the first thing people notice about you—use that reality to your advantage. Make no mistake about it, looks are not everything. But your appearance can be a powerful tool in your arsenal, if you know how to use it. The knee-jerk reaction is to feel shamed by this potential advantage, but we shouldn’t feel ashamed. We should feel empowered—and use that power to take us straight to the top.

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    Pretty Powerful by Eboni Williams

    Pretty Powerful

    9.0 hrs • 11/8/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 10.9 hrs • 11/8/2016 • Unabridged

    In An Extraordinary Time, acclaimed economic historian Marc Levinson recounts the global collapse of the postwar economy in the 1970s. While economists struggle to return us to the high economic growth rates of the past, Levinson counterintuitively argues that the boom years of the 1950s and 1960s were an anomaly; slow economic growth is the norm―no matter what economists and politicians may say. Yet these atypical years left the public with unreasonable expectations of what government can achieve. When the economy failed to revive, suspicion of government and liberal institutions rose sharply, laying the groundwork for the political and economic polarization that we’re still grappling with today. A sweeping reappraisal of the last sixty years of world history, An Extraordinary Time describes how the postwar economic boom dissipated, undermining faith in government, destabilizing the global financial system, and forcing us to come to terms with how tumultuous our economy really is.

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    An Extraordinary Time

    10.9 hrs • 11/8/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 8.2 hrs • 11/1/2016 • Unabridged

    The thrilling, true-life account of the FBI’s hunt for the ingenious traitor Brian Regan—known as The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell. Before Edward Snowden’s infamous data breach, the largest theft of government secrets was committed by an ingenious traitor whose intricate espionage scheme and complex system of coded messages were made even more baffling by his dyslexia. His name is Brian Regan, but he came to be known as The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell. In December of 2000, FBI Special Agent Steven Carr of the bureau’s Washington, D.C., office received a package from FBI New York: a series of coded letters from an anonymous sender to the Libyan consulate, offering to sell classified United States intelligence. The offer, and the threat, were all too real. A self-proclaimed CIA analyst with top secret clearance had information about U.S. reconnaissance satellites, air defense systems, weapons depots, munitions factories, and underground bunkers throughout the Middle East. Routing out the traitor would not be easy, but certain clues suggested a government agent with a military background, a family, and a dire need for money. Leading a diligent team of investigators and code breakers, Carr spent years hunting down a dangerous spy and his cache of stolen secrets. In this fast-paced, true-life spy thriller, Yudhijit Bhattacharjee reveals how the FBI unraveled Regan’s strange web of codes to build a case against a man who nearly collapsed America’s military security.

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    The Spy Who Couldn't Spell

    8.2 hrs • 11/1/16 • Unabridged
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  14. 10.3 hrs • 11/1/2016 • Unabridged

    When Anna Broinowski learned that fracking had invaded downtown Sydney, she had a brilliant idea: she would seek guidance for a kryptonite-powerful anti-fracking movie from the world’s greatest propaganda factory, apart from Hollywood. After two years of trying, she was allowed to make her case in Pyongyang and was granted full permission to film. She worked closely with the leading lights of North Korean cinema, even playing an American in a military thriller. Interviewing loyalists and defectors alike, Anna explored the society she encountered. She offers vivid, sometimes hilarious descriptions of bizarre disconnects and warm friendships in a world without advertisements or commercial culture. Her book, like the prize-winning documentary that resulted from her visit, is a thoughtful plea for better understanding.

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    Aim High in Creation

    10.3 hrs • 11/1/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 5.0 hrs • 10/25/2016 • Unabridged

    A modern-day civil rights champion tells the stirring story of how he helped start a movement to bridge America’s racial divide. Over the summer of 2013, the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II led more than a hundred thousand people at rallies across North Carolina to protest restrictions to voting access and an extreme makeover of state government. These protests—the largest state government–focused civil disobedience campaign in American history—came to be known as Moral Mondays and have since blossomed in states as diverse as Florida, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Ohio, and New York. At a time when divide-and-conquer politics are exacerbating racial strife and economic inequality, Rev. Barber offers an impassioned, historically grounded argument that Moral Mondays are hard evidence of an embryonic Third Reconstruction in America. The first Reconstruction briefly flourished after Emancipation, and the second Reconstruction ushered in meaningful progress in the civil rights era. But both were met by ferocious reactionary measures that severely curtailed, and in many cases rolled back, racial and economic progress. This Third Reconstruction is a profoundly moral awakening of justice-loving people united in a fusion coalition powerful enough to reclaim the possibility of democracy—even in the face of corporate-financed extremism. In this memoir of how Rev. Barber and allies as diverse as progressive Christians, union members, and immigration-rights activists came together to build a coalition, he offers a trenchant analysis of race-based inequality and a hopeful message for a nation grappling with persistent racial and economic injustice. Rev. Barber writes movingly—and pragmatically—about how he laid the groundwork for a state-by-state movement that unites black, white, and brown, rich and poor, employed and unemployed, gay and straight, documented and undocumented, religious and secular. Only such a diverse fusion movement, Rev. Barber argues, can heal our nation’s wounds and produce public policy that is morally defensible, constitutionally consistent, and economically sane. The Third Reconstruction is both a blueprint for movement building and an inspiring call to action from the twenty-first century’s most effective grassroots organizer.

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  16. 8.5 hrs • 10/25/2016 • Unabridged

    The smash-hit musical Hamilton presents its central character as a truth-telling immigrant boot-strapper who used his extraordinary intelligence to make good—but what was he really like? Let the man himself, a prolific and extremely effective writer, tell his story in his own words. Organized chronologically, this collection of Alexander Hamilton’s personal letters, business and governmental correspondence, and excerpts from his most important published writings (including the Federalist Papers) gives readers first-hand insight into this highly influential founding father who engineered the ratification of the US Constitution, created the UnitedStates’ financial system, and established friendly trade relations with Britain. The book includes love letters to Elizabeth Schuyler, who became his wife, and correspondence with his friend-turned-nemesis, Aaron Burr, which led to the duel in Weehawken that ended Hamilton’s life at the age of 47. Also included are responses from some of his correspondents that give a 360-degree view of the man so esteemed by his protector and friend, George Washington, but reviled by others, including Washington’s successor as president, John Adams.

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    The Hamilton Collection

    Edited by Dan Tucker
    8.5 hrs • 10/25/16 • Unabridged
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