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Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
Ibram X. Kendi, Keisha N. Blain
--Recommended by Paul
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The Dead Are Arising
The Life of Malcolm X
Les Payne, Tamara Payne
An epic biography of Malcolm X finally emerges, drawing on hundreds of hours of the author's interviews, rewriting much of the known narrative.
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The Nature of Drugs
History, Pharmacology, and Social Impact
Alexander Shulgin
Long anticipated, The Nature of Drugs presents Sasha Shulgin's popular San Francisco State University course on what drugs are, how they work, how they are processed by the body, and how they affect our society.
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By the Light of Burning Dreams
The Triumphs and Tragedies of the Second American Revolution
David Talbot, Margaret Talbot
New York Times bestselling author David Talbot and New Yorker journalist Margaret Talbot illuminate "America's second revolutionary generation" in this gripping history of one of the most dynamic eras of the twentieth century—brought to life through seven defining radical moments that offer vibrant parallels and lessons for today.
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American Harvest
God, Country, and Farming in the Heartland
Marie Mutsuki Mockett
"Mockett, writing with a gentle self-consciousness, offers a compassionate portrait of conservative evangelicals, along with lucid musings on agricultural science, Native American history, and the quiet majesty of the Great Plains."—The New Yorker
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Echoing Ida Collection
Kemi Alabi, Cynthia R. Greenlee
An anthology of community reporting that disrupts political and social norms in order to envision a Black, queer liberated future.
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Time's Monster
How History Makes History
Priya Satia
An award-winning author reconsiders the role of historians in political debate.
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The Unnamable Present
Roberto Calasso
A decisive key to help grasp some of the essential points of what is happening around us.
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Bluff City
The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers
Preston Lauterbach
Ernest Withers was photographer of the some of the most legendary images of the 50s and 60s and also an FBI informant. In this gripping narrative history, Preston Lauterbach examines the complicated political and economic forces that informed Withers's seeming betrayal of the people he photographed...
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Ghosts of Gold Mountain
The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad
Gordon H. Chang
Recommended by Paul

A groundbreaking, breathtaking history of the Chinese workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad, helping to forge modern America only to disappear into the shadows of history until now.

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Fire in Paradise
An American Tragedy
Dani Anguiano, Alastair Gee
What happened in Paradise was unprecedented in America. Yet according to climate scientists and fire experts, it will surely happen again. This is the story of a town at the forefront of a devastating global shift.
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The Undocumented Americans
Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation.
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A Short History of Presidential Election Crises
(And How to Prevent the Next One)
Alan Hirsch
An urgent primer on what can be done to combat emerging threats to the core of U.S. Democracy––presidential elections.
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Race Man
Selected Works, 1960-2015
Julian Bond, Michael G. Long
Looking for inspiration? Newsweek, Lit Hub, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution pick Race Man by Julian Bond as one of their Most-Anticipated Books of 2020!

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