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A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes, Christopher L. Hayes

A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes, Christopher L. Hayes

History, Politics, Race, Social Movements, Sociology
A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes, Christopher L. Hayes eBook DownloadNew York Times best-selling author and Emmy Award–winning news anchor Chris Hayes argues that there are really two Americas: a Colony and a Nation.America likes to tell itself that it inhabits a postracial world, yet nearly every empirical measure―wealth, unemployment, incarceration, school segregation―reveals that racial inequality has barely improved since 1968, when Richard Nixon became our first “law and order” president. With the clarity and originality that distinguished his prescient bestseller, Twilight of the Elites, Chris Hayes upends our national conversation on policing and democracy in a book of wide-ranging historical, social, and political analysis.Hayes contends our country has fractured i
The Greatest Story Ever Told—So Far by Lawrence M. Krauss

The Greatest Story Ever Told—So Far by Lawrence M. Krauss

Audiobook, History, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Science, Space
The Greatest Story Ever Told—So Far by Lawrence M. Krauss eBook DownloadInternationally renowned, award-winning theoretical physicist, New York Times bestselling author of A Universe from Nothing, and passionate advocate for reason, Lawrence Krauss tells the dramatic story of the discovery of the hidden world of reality—a grand poetic vision of nature—and how we find our place within it.In the beginning there was light.  But more than this, there was gravity.  After that, all hell broke loose…In A Universe from Nothing, Krauss revealed how our entire universe could arise from nothing. Now, he reveals what that something—reality—is. And, reality is not what we think or sense—it’s weird, wild, and counterintuitive; it’s hidden beneath everyday experience; and its inner workin
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

Environment, History, Nonfiction, Science
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan eBook DownloadThe Great Lakes—Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Superior—hold 20 percent of the world’s supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work, and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is prize-winning reporter Dan Egan’s compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.
No One Cares About Crazy People by Ron Powers

No One Cares About Crazy People by Ron Powers

Autobiography, Health, History, Memoir, Nonfiction, Psychology
No One Cares About Crazy People by Ron Powers eBook DownloadNew York Times-bestselling author Ron Powers offers a searching, richly researched narrative of the social history of mental illness in America paired with the deeply personal story of his two sons' battles with schizophrenia.From the centuries of torture of "lunatiks" at Bedlam Asylum to the infamous eugenics era to the follies of the anti-psychiatry movement to the current landscape in which too many families struggle alone to manage afflicted love ones, Powers limns our fears and myths about mental illness and the fractured public policies that have resulted.Braided with that history is the moving story of Powers's beloved son Kevin--spirited, endearing, and gifted--who triumphed even while suffering from schizoph...
City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker

City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker

Crime, Cultural, Historical, History, Nonfiction
City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker eBook DownloadAppointed to conquer the “crime capital of the world,” the first police chief of Paris faces an epidemic of murder in the late 1600s. Assigned by Louis XIV, Nicolas de La Reynie begins by clearing the streets of filth and installing lanterns throughout Paris, turning it into the City of Light.The fearless La Reynie pursues criminals through the labyrinthine neighborhoods of the city. He unearths a tightly knit cabal of poisoners, witches, and renegade priests. As he exposes their unholy work, he soon learns that no one is safe from black magic—not even the Sun King. In a world where a royal glance can turn success into disgrace, the distance between the quietly back-stabbing world of the king’s court and the criminal und
Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman

Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman

Economics, History, Nonfiction, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology
Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman eBook DownloadUniversal basic income. A 15-hour workweek. Open borders. Does it sound too good to be true? One of Europe's leading young thinkers shows how we can build an ideal world today.After working all day at jobs we often dislike, we buy things we don't need. Rutger Bregman, a Dutch historian, reminds us it needn't be this way-and in some places it isn't.Rutger Bregman's TED Talk about universal basic income seemed impossibly radical when he delivered it in 2014. His April 2017 talk continues to make the provocative case, detailing the idea's 500-year history and even its brief success in a forgotten trial in Manitoba in the 1970s. Nearly a million views later, guaranteed basic income is being seriously considered by leading econom...
What Unites Us by Dan Rather eBook Download

What Unites Us by Dan Rather eBook Download

Audiobook, History, Nonfiction, Politics, Writing
What Unites Us by Dan Rather eBook Download“I find myself thinking deeply about what it means to love America, as I surely do.” —Dan RatherAt a moment of crisis over our national identity, venerated journalist Dan Rather has emerged as a voice of reason and integrity, reflecting on—and writing passionately about—what it means to be an American. Now, with this collection of original essays, he reminds us of the principles upon which the United States was founded. Looking at the freedoms that define us, from the vote to the press; the values that have transformed us, from empathy to inclusion to service; the institutions that sustain us, such as public education; and the traits that helped form our young country, such as the audacity to take on daunting challenges in science and me
Playing with Fire by Lawrence O’Donnell eBook Download

Playing with Fire by Lawrence O’Donnell eBook Download

History, Nonfiction, Politics
Playing with Fire by Lawrence O'Donnell eBook DownloadFrom the celebrated host of MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, an important and enthralling new account of the presidential election that changed everything, and created American politics as we know it today. Long before Lawrence O'Donnell was the anchor of his own political talk show, he was the Harvard Law-trained political aide to Senator Patrick Moynihan, one of postwar America's wisest political minds. The 1968 election was O'Donnell's own political coming of age, and Playing With Fire represents his master class in American electioneering, as well as an extraordinary human drama that captures a system, and a country, coming apart at the seams in real time.Nothing went to script. LBJ was confident he'd dispat
The Mayflower by Rebecca Fraser eBook Download

The Mayflower by Rebecca Fraser eBook Download

Historical, History, Nonfiction
The Mayflower by Rebecca Fraser eBook DownloadRebecca Fraser's book about the Mayflower sheds new light on a family caught up in all the perils of crossing the ocean and settling in the wilderness. But the story did not end there. All settlers had to become linguists, traders, and explorers, and yet not forget their roots and customs from the old country. With the aid of exciting contemporary documents, Rebecca Fraser brings to life of an ordinary family, the Winslows, made less ordinary by their responses to the challenges of the New World.The very special relationship between Edward Winslow and Massassoit chief of the Wampanoags is commemorated in the first Thanksgiving. But fifty years later Edward's son Josiah was commander in chief of the New England militias against Massassoit's...
Black Tudors by Miranda Kaufmann eBook Download

Black Tudors by Miranda Kaufmann eBook Download

European Literature, Historical, History, Nonfiction
Black Tudors by Miranda Kaufmann eBook DownloadA black porter publicly whips a white English gentleman in a Gloucestershire manor house. A heavily pregnant African woman is abandoned on an Indonesian island by Sir Francis Drake. A Mauritanian diver is despatched to salvage lost treasures from the Mary Rose... Miranda Kaufmann reveals the absorbing stories of some of the Africans who lived free in Tudor England. From long-forgotten records, remarkable characters emerge. They were baptised, married and buried by the Church of England. They were paid wages like any other Tudors. Their stories, brought viscerally to life by Kaufmann, provide unprecedented insights into how Africans came to be in Tudor England, what they did there and how they were treated. A ground-breaking, seminal work...