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Books to Understand America

Pick up bestsellers and must-reads in politics, economics, and history that will help make sense of where we are today and how we got here.

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    The System Book Cover Picture
    The System Book Cover Picture

    The System

    by Robert B. Reich

    From the best-selling author of Saving Capitalism and The Common Good, an urgent analysis of how the “rigged” systems of American politics and power operate, how this status quo came to be, and how average citizens can enact change.
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    The System Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $24.00

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    A Knock at Midnight Book Cover Picture
    A Knock at Midnight Book Cover Picture

    A Knock at Midnight

    by Brittany K. Barnett

    An urgent call to free those buried alive by America’s legal system, and an inspiring true story about unwavering belief in humanity—from a gifted young lawyer and important new voice in the movement to transform the system.
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    A Knock at Midnight Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Our Malady Book Cover Picture
    Our Malady Book Cover Picture

    Our Malady

    by Timothy Snyder

    From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller On Tyranny comes an impassioned condemnation of America’s coronavirus response and an urgent call to rethink health and freedom.
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    Our Malady Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $12.00

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    His Truth Is Marching On Book Cover Picture
    His Truth Is Marching On Book Cover Picture

    His Truth Is Marching On

    by Jon Meacham

    An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of America.
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    His Truth Is Marching On Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $30.00

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    Caste (Oprah's Book Club) Book Cover Picture
    Caste (Oprah's Book Club) Book Cover Picture

    Caste

    by Isabel Wilkerson

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.
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    Caste (Oprah's Book Club) Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $32.00

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    Carry Book Cover Picture

    Carry

    by Toni Jensen

    A powerful, poetic memoir about what it means to exist as an Indigenous woman in America, told in snapshots of the author’s encounters with gun violence.
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    Carry Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    The Uninhabitable Earth Book Cover Picture
    The Uninhabitable Earth Book Cover Picture

    The Uninhabitable Earth

    by David Wallace-Wells

    An “epoch-defining book” (The Guardian) and “this generation’s Silent Spring” (The Washington Post), The Uninhabitable Earth is both a travelogue of the near future and a meditation on how that future will look to those living through it—the ways that warming promises to transform global politics, the meaning of technology and nature in the modern world, the sustainability of capitalism and the trajectory of human progress.
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    The Uninhabitable Earth Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    What Can I Do? Book Cover Picture
    What Can I Do? Book Cover Picture

    What Can I Do?

    by Jane Fonda

    A call to action from Jane Fonda, one of the most inspiring activists of our time, urging us to wake up to the looming disaster of climate change and equipping us with the tools we need to join her in protest.
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    What Can I Do? Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $30.00

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    Beaten Down, Worked Up Book Cover Picture

    Beaten Down, Worked Up

    by Steven Greenhouse

    Beaten Down, Worked Up is a stirring and essential look at labor in America, poised as it is between the tumultuous struggles of the past and the vital, hopeful struggles ahead.
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    Beaten Down, Worked Up Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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