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An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back – Elisabeth Rosenthal

“The definitive guide to the past and future of health care in America.” —Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Gene At a moment of drastic political upheaval, a shocking investigation into the dangerous, expensive, and dysfunctional American healthcare system, as well as solutions to its myriad of problems. In these troubled times, perhaps no institution has unraveled more quickly and more completely than American medicine. In only a few decades, the medical system has been overrun by organizations seeking to exploit ...



The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For – David McCullough

A timely collection of speeches by David McCullough, the most honored historian in the United States—winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many others—that reminds us of fundamental American principles. Over the course of his distinguished career, David McCullough has spoken before Congress, the White House, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other esteemed institutions. Now, at a time of self-reflection in America following a bitter election campaign that has left the country divided, McCullough has ...



The More of Less – Joshua Becker

Don’t Settle for More.   Most of us know we own too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden of our clutter, and we tire of cleaning and managing and organizing. While excess consumption leads to bigger houses, faster cars, fancier technology, and cluttered homes, it never brings happiness. Rather, it results in a desire for more. It redirects our greatest passions to things that can never fulfill. And it distracts us from the very life we wish we were living. Live a better ...



Locked In – John Pfaff

“A succinct, powerful explanation of why much of what we think about the incarceration boom is probably wrong.” –Bloomberg View  A groundbreaking examination of our system of imprisonment, revealing the true causes of mass incarceration as well as the best path to reform. In the 1970s, the United States had an incarceration rate comparable to those of other liberal democracies–and that rate had held steady for over 100 years. Yet today, though the US is home to only about 5 percent of the world’s population, ...



On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century – Timothy Snyder

#1 Washington Post Bestseller A New York Times Bestseller The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism.  Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.



How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything – Rosa Brooks

The first serious book to examine what happens when the ancient boundary between war and peace is erased. Once, war was a temporary state of affairs—a violent but brief interlude between times of peace. Today, America’s wars are everywhere and forever: our enemies change constantly and rarely wear uniforms, and virtually anything can become a weapon. As war expands, so does the role of the US military. Today, military personnel don’t just “kill people and break stuff.” Instead, they analyze computer code, train Afghan judges, ...



Portraits of Courage – George W. Bush

A vibrant collection of oil paintings and stories by President George W. Bush honoring the sacrifice and courage of America’s military veterans.  With Forewords by former First Lady Laura Bush and General Peter Pace, 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Growing out of President Bush’s own outreach and the ongoing work of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, Portraits of Courage brings together sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military ...



Fifty-five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal – Elizabeth White

You’re in your fifties and sixties and have saved nothing or not nearly enough to retire. You don’t want to be blamed or shamed about it. Too late for that. What you want to know is whether there’s anything you can do now to intercept the precarious financial path you’re on. Are there actions you can take (or not take) to have a shot at a decent retirement? Fifty-five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal culls wisdom from boomers navigating the path ahead. It invites you to ...