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Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty By Patrick Radden Keefe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385545686
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Published: Doubleday - April 13th, 2021

A laser-focused and damning account of the reclusive Sackler family, pharmaceutical tycoons who have put unfathomable sums of money toward denying their culpability in jumpstarting the devastating opioid crisis of the last fifteen years.


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How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs: The Syrian Congress of 1920 and the Destruction of Its Historic Liberal-Islamic Alliance By Elizabeth F. Thompson Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780802148605
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Published: Grove Press - September 21st, 2021

The founding and subsequent sabotage of the Syrian National Congress is a majorly overlooked turning point in Middle Eastern history. This book is crucial to understanding the weaponization of foreign policy by European and American powers against Arabic countries throughout the 20th century. Today, the narrative of a “clash of civilizations” still spurs on endless wars and the bloodsoaked profits we draw from them. Correctives like Elizabeth Thompson’s are desperately needed.


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A History of America in Ten Strikes By Erik Loomis Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781620976272
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Published: New Press - September 1st, 2020

An illuminating and thorough guide to the struggle for labor rights throughout the history of the United States, relayed through ten stories of solidarity and sacrifice. Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the stakes of the war waged against unions in recent decades.


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Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland By Patrick Radden Keefe Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307279286
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Published: Anchor - February 25th, 2020

Patrick Radden Keefe strikes an impressive balance between examining the massive political stakes of the Troubles and documenting the gripping, complicated lives of the people who fought (or were caught in the crossfire). In terms of both investigative reporting and historical research, this book is a jaw-dropper.


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All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror By Stephen Kinzer Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9780470185490
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Published: Wiley - January 1st, 2008

The 1953 overthrow of Mohammed Mossadegh was the CIA's first venture into regime change, and it served as an operational blueprint for the rest of the Cold War. It was a pivotal moment in the history of Western domination over the non-white world, as the waning colonial power of Great Britain passed the baton the aspiring superpower of the United States. As Stephen Kinzer notes in his preface (now over a decade old, but no less relevant), anti-Americanism in the Middle East is almost always brandished by our hawkish politicians and media without any regard for our legacy of violent subterfuge in those countries.


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The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles By Gary Krist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451496393
Published: Crown - May 14th, 2019

Relates the early history of Los Angeles through the biographies of three of its most noteworthy, divisive, peculiar residents. To understand a city that overcame such improbable odds to survive and thrive, Gary Krist argues, it helps to examine the improbable people helped it grow.


Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties By Tom O'Neill, Dan Piepenbring (With) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316477543
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 23rd, 2020

The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics By Dan Kaufman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393357257
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 9th, 2019

A People's History of the United States By Howard Zinn Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780062397348
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - November 17th, 2015