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Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: The New Liberal Menace in America Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: The New Liberal Menace in America
by Stephen Marshall

Forget the neoconservatives. As the Democrats retake Washington and progressives think they can pull the U.S. back from the brink, Stephen Marshall's up close and personal investigation finds that the biggest threat to Western democracy is the U.S. liberal elite.



Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil
by John Ghazvinian

Although Africa has long been known to be rich in oil, extracting it hadn't seemed worth the effort and risk until recently. But with the price of Middle Eastern crude oil skyrocketing and advancing technology making reserves easier to tap, the region has become the scene of a competition between major powers.



Air America: The Playbook: What a Bunch of Left-Wing Media Types Have to Say about a World Gone Right Air America: The Playbook: What a Bunch of Left-Wing Media Types Have to Say about a World Gone Right
by David Bender, Chuck D, Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, Thom Hartmann, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Rachel Maddow, Mike Malloy, Mike Papantonio, Randi Rhodes, Mark Riley, San Seder, Introduction by Al Franken

Have you ever secretly felt that you would do a better job of running the country than the people in charge now? Well, the truth is, you're right.



The Republican Playbook The Republican Playbook
by Andy Borowitz

Scandals. Lies. A breathtaking disregard for federal laws. How on earth do the Republicans keep winning? Easy: They've got a Playbook.



Blood Brothers: Among the Soldiers of Ward 57 Blood Brothers: Among the Soldiers of Ward 57
by Michael Weisskopf

Time magazine's Michael Weisskopf was riding through Baghdad in the back of a U.S. Army Humvee, an embedded reporter alongside soldiers from the First Armored Division, when he heard a metallic thunk. Looking down, he saw a small, dark object rolling inches from his feet. He reached down and took it in his hand. Then everything went black.



Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey Through Heatrache to Activism Peace Mom: A Mother's Journey Through Heatrache to Activism
by Cindy Sheehan

On April 4, 2004, Cindy Sheehan learned that Casey, the eldest of her four children, had been killed in Iraq, where he was serving in the United States Army. After struggling through crippling grief for three weeks, she came to an epiphany: "I will spend my life trying to make Casey's sacrifice count for peace and love, not killing and hate."



Uncivilized Beasts and Shameless Hellions: Travels with an NPR Correspondent Uncivilized Beasts and Shameless Hellions: Travels with an NPR Correspondent
by John F. Burnett

As a radio journalist whose work appears regularly on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, John F. Burnett has reported from the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco and the Kosovo conflict; covered the guerilla wars in Central America; ridden with US marines during the invasion of Iraq; and reported from the flooded streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and from New York City, Pakistan, and Afghanistan in the weeks and months following 9/11.



Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back
by Amy Goodman and David Goodman

In Static, the brother-sister team of Amy Goodman, host of the popular international TV and radio news hour Democracy Now!, and investigative journalist David Goodman takes on government liars, corporate profiteers, and the media that have acted as their cheerleaders.



The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq
by Rory Stewart

In August 2003, at the age of thirty, Rory Stewart took a taxi from Jordan to Baghdad. A Farsi-speaking British diplomat who had recently completed an epic walk from Turkey to Bangladesh, he was soon appointed deputy governor of Amara and then Nasiriyah, provinces in the remote, impoverished marsh regions of southern Iraq.



How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place
by Bjorn Lomborg

In a world fraught with problems and challenges, we need to gauge how to achieve the greatest good with our money.



Black Gold: The New Frontier in Oil for Investors Black Gold: The New Frontier in Oil for Investors
by George Orwel

Modern living is driven by oil, from the gasoline that propels our cars to the electricity that powers our homes to the military that protects our freedom. Throughout the twentieth century, a relatively uninterrupted supply of oil has fueled our nation's unparalleled growth.



Central Liberal Truth: How Politics Can Change a Culture and Save It from Itself Central Liberal Truth: How Politics Can Change a Culture and Save It from Itself
by Lawrence E. Harrison

Which cultural values, beliefs, and attitudes best promote democracy, social justice, and prosperity? How can we use the forces that shape cultural change, such as religion, child-rearing practices, education, and political leadership?