Matt's Top Books

Hooked Co-Owner Matt Grossmann selects the top books he reads each year. They are a mix of popular non-fiction, history, science, and political science scholarly books. Here are the lists from 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017.

 

The Limits of Party: Congress and Lawmaking in a Polarized Era (Chicago Studies in American Politics) By James M. Curry, Frances E. Lee Cover Image
$39.00
ISBN: 9780226716350
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 22nd, 2020

Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Black Political Behavior (Princeton Studies in Political Behavior #12) By Ismail K. White, Chryl N. Laird Cover Image
$20.85
ISBN: 9780691228983
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Published: Princeton University Press - October 5th, 2021

The Loud Minority: Why Protests Matter in American Democracy (Princeton Studies in Political Behavior #20) By Daniel Q. Gillion Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780691181776
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Published: Princeton University Press - March 10th, 2020

The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III By Peter Baker, Susan Glasser Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101912164
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Published: Anchor - September 7th, 2021

Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News By Lisa Napoli Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781419743061
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Published: Abrams Press - May 12th, 2020

The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations By Daniel Yergin Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143111153
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Published: Penguin Books - September 14th, 2021

If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future By Jill Lepore Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781631496103
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Published: Liveright - September 15th, 2020

Pelosi By Molly Ball Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250798459
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Published: Picador - April 6th, 2021

Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture By Grace Elizabeth Hale Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781469664057
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - February 1st, 2021

Hope and Scorn: Eggheads, Experts, and Elites in American Politics By Michael J. Brown Cover Image
$28.88
ISBN: 9780226718149
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 2nd, 2020

Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace By Carl Safina Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781250787613
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Published: Picador - April 6th, 2021

The Hardhat Riot: Nixon, New York City, and the Dawn of the White Working-Class Revolution By David Paul Kuhn Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780190064716
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - July 1st, 2020

Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980 By Rick Perlstein Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781476793061
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 17th, 2021

The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch By Miles Harvey Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316463591
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 14th, 2020

Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague By David K. Randall Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393358155
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 7th, 2020

Bending the Rules: Procedural Politicking in the Bureaucracy By Rachel Augustine Potter Cover Image
$39.00
ISBN: 9780226621746
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Published: University of Chicago Press - June 15th, 2019

The Transformation of Title IX: Regulating Gender Equality in Education By R. Shep Melnick Cover Image
$44.99
ISBN: 9780815732228
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Published: Brookings Institution Press - March 6th, 2018

Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything By Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D. Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393357080
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 18th, 2019

Numbers and the Making of Us: Counting and the Course of Human Cultures By Caleb Everett Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780674237810
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Published: Harvard University Press - April 22nd, 2019

Republican Populist: Spiro Agnew and the Origins of Donald Trump's America By Charles J. Holden, Zach Messitte, Jerald Podair Cover Image
$35.40
ISBN: 9780813943268
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Published: University of Virginia Press - October 28th, 2019

Saving America's Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age By Lizabeth Cohen Cover Image
$23.10
ISBN: 9781250758019
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Published: Picador - November 17th, 2020

The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim  Simons Launched the Quant Revolution By Gregory Zuckerman Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735217980
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Published: Portfolio - November 5th, 2019

Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America By James Poniewozik Cover Image
$29.35
ISBN: 9781631494420
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Published: Liveright - September 10th, 2019

Irony and Outrage: The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the United States By Dannagal Goldthwaite Young Cover Image
$27.44
ISBN: 9780197581803
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - September 1st, 2021

The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator By Timothy C. Winegard Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781524743420
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Published: Dutton - July 7th, 2020

Good Enough for Government Work: The Public Reputation Crisis in America (And What We Can Do to Fix It) (Chicago Studies in American Politics) By Amy E. Lerman Cover Image
$35.75
ISBN: 9780226630205
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Published: University of Chicago Press - June 14th, 2019

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do By Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735224957
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Published: Penguin Books - March 3rd, 2020

The Anger Gap By Davin L. Phoenix Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781108725330
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Published: Cambridge University Press - December 26th, 2019

Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom By Sarah A. Seo Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780674260344
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Published: Harvard University Press - August 10th, 2021

I'd Fight the World: A Political History of Old-Time, Hillbilly, and Country Music By Peter La Chapelle Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780226923000
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 9th, 2019

The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America By Margaret O'Mara Cover Image
$22.05
ISBN: 9780399562204
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Published: Penguin Books - July 7th, 2020

Cultural Backlash: Trump, Brexit, and Authoritarian Populism By Pippa Norris, Ronald Inglehart Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781108444422
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Published: Cambridge University Press - February 14th, 2019

Two Cheers for Higher Education: Why American Universities Are Stronger Than Ever--And How to Meet the Challenges They Face By Steven Brint Cover Image
$32.44
ISBN: 9780691210285
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Published: Princeton University Press - August 4th, 2020

American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump By Tim Alberta Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062896445
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Published: Harper - July 16th, 2019

The Enigma of Reason By Hugo Mercier, Dan Sperber Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780674237827
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Published: Harvard University Press - March 4th, 2019

Becoming Human: A Theory of Ontogeny By Michael Tomasello Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780674248281
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Published: Belknap Press - January 19th, 2021

How States Shaped Postwar America: State Government and Urban Power By Nicholas Dagen Bloom Cover Image
$42.00
ISBN: 9780226498317
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Published: University of Chicago Press - April 15th, 2019

Separate and Unequal: The Kerner Commission and the Unraveling of American Liberalism By Steven M. Gillon Cover Image
$33.60
ISBN: 9780465096084
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Published: Basic Books - March 6th, 2018

Losers: The Road to Everyplace but the White House By Michael Lewis Cover Image
$16.80
ISBN: 9780679768098
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Published: Vintage - July 28th, 1998

The Scholar Denied: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology By Aldon Morris Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780520286764
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Published: University of California Press - January 17th, 2017

Can We Price Carbon? (American and Comparative Environmental Policy) By Barry G. Rabe Cover Image
$39.00
ISBN: 9780262535366
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Published: The MIT Press - April 6th, 2018

The Seven Deadly Sins of Psychology: A Manifesto for Reforming the Culture of Scientific Practice By Chris Chambers, Chris Chambers (Preface by) Cover Image
By Chris Chambers, Chris Chambers (Preface by)
$21.95
ISBN: 9780691192277
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Published: Princeton University Press - July 16th, 2019

Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States By James C. Scott Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780300240214
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Published: Yale University Press - July 24th, 2018

The Averaged American: Surveys, Citizens, and the Making of a Mass Public By Sarah E. Igo Cover Image
$33.00
ISBN: 9780674027428
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Published: Harvard University Press - April 1st, 2008

The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body, and Environment Collaborate to Make Us Who We Are By Alan Jasanoff Cover Image
$39.00
ISBN: 9780465052684
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Published: Basic Books - March 13th, 2018

Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence By Bryan Burrough Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780143107972
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Published: Penguin Books - April 5th, 2016

Conservative but Not Republican By Tasha S. Philpot Cover Image
$35.64
ISBN: 9781316615959
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Published: Cambridge University Press - August 30th, 2018

High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing By Ben Austen Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062235077
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - February 12th, 2019

The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits By Tiya Miles Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781620974810
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Published: New Press - March 5th, 2019

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup By John Carreyrou Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525431992
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Published: Vintage - January 28th, 2020

Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America By John Sides, Michael Tesler, Lynn Vavreck Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780691196435
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Published: Princeton University Press - August 13th, 2019

Genetics in the Madhouse: The Unknown History of Human Heredity By Theodore M. Porter Cover Image
$28.55
ISBN: 9780691203232
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Published: Princeton University Press - July 14th, 2020

Race and the Making of American Political Science (American Governance: Politics) By Jessica Blatt Cover Image
$31.45
ISBN: 9780812225099
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Published: University of Pennsylvania Press - October 5th, 2021

Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics (Princeton Studies in Political Behavior #21) By Avidit Acharya, Matthew Blackwell, Maya Sen Cover Image
$26.35
ISBN: 9780691203720
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Published: Princeton University Press - March 10th, 2020

The Increasingly United States: How and Why American Political Behavior Nationalized (Chicago Studies in American Politics) By Daniel J. Hopkins Cover Image
$49.40
ISBN: 9780226530376
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Published: University of Chicago Press - May 30th, 2018

Class Attitudes in America By Spencer Piston Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781108447126
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Published: Cambridge University Press - June 30th, 2018

Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past By David Reich Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101873465
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Published: Vintage - February 5th, 2019

Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World By Adam Tooze Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780143110354
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Published: Penguin Books - August 27th, 2019

From Politics to the Pews: How Partisanship and the Political Environment Shape Religious Identity (Chicago Studies in American Politics) By Michele F. Margolis Cover Image
$45.50
ISBN: 9780226555782
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Published: University of Chicago Press - August 17th, 2018

Through a Glass Brightly: Using Science to See Our Species as We Really Are By David P. Barash Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780190673710
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - August 1st, 2018

Racial Realignment: The Transformation of American Liberalism, 1932-1965 (Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical #153) By Eric Schickler Cover Image
$38.50
ISBN: 9780691153889
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Published: Princeton University Press - April 26th, 2016

Taxing the Poor: Doing Damage to the Truly Disadvantaged (Wildavsky Forum Series #7) By Katherine S. Newman, Rourke O'Brien Cover Image
$38.94
ISBN: 9780520269675
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Published: University of California Press - February 27th, 2011

Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration (Studies in Postwar American Political Development) By David Dagan, Steven Teles Cover Image
$37.75
ISBN: 9780190246440
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 1st, 2016

The Ant Trap: Rebuilding the Foundations of the Social Sciences (Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Science) By Brian Epstein Cover Image
$47.44
ISBN: 9780190871758
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - September 1st, 2018

Madness Is Civilization: When the Diagnosis Was Social, 1948-1980 By Michael E. Staub Cover Image
$39.00
ISBN: 9780226214634
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 10th, 2014

Panic at the Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s By Meg Jacobs Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780809075072
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Published: Hill and Wang - March 13th, 2017

The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die By Keith Payne Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143128908
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Published: Penguin Books - May 1st, 2018

The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America By Michaelangelo Matos Cover Image
$16.79
ISBN: 9780062271792
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Published: Dey Street Books - April 5th, 2016

Creating Conservatism: Postwar Words that Made an American Movement (Rhetoric & Public Affairs) By Michael J. Lee Cover Image
$45.44
ISBN: 9781611861273
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Published: Michigan State University Press - August 1st, 2014

Putting Inequality in Context: Class, Public Opinion, and Representation in the United States By Christopher Ellis Cover Image
$103.94
ISBN: 9780472130498
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Published: University of Michigan Press - July 10th, 2017

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think By Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Ola Rosling Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250123824
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 7th, 2020

The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone By Steven Sloman, Philip Fernbach Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399184369
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 13th, 2018

The Polarizers: Postwar Architects of Our Partisan Era By Sam Rosenfeld Cover Image
$31.50
ISBN: 9780226407258
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Published: University of Chicago Press - December 28th, 2017

Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics By Marjorie J. Spruill Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781632863164
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 28th, 2018

Fear City: New York's Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics By Kim Phillips-Fein Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781250160072
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Published: Picador - April 10th, 2018

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes By Dan Egan Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393355550
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 10th, 2018

Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency By Joshua Green Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735225022
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Published: Penguin Press - July 18th, 2017

Open to Debate: How William F. Buckley Put Liberal America on the Firing Line By Heather Hendershot Cover Image
$30.44
ISBN: 9780062430458
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Published: Broadside Books - October 4th, 2016

Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 By Tony Judt Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780143037750
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Published: Penguin Books - September 5th, 2006

Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics) By Daniel Ziblatt Cover Image
$32.99
ISBN: 9780521172998
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Published: Cambridge University Press - November 8th, 2017

Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration-and How to Achieve Real Reform By John Pfaff Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780465096916
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Published: Basic Books - February 7th, 2017

The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition By Linda Gordon Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781631494925
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Published: Liveright - October 9th, 2018

Law and Order: Street Crime, Civil Unrest, and the Crisis of Liberalism in the 1960s (Columbia Studies in Contemporary American History) By Michael Flamm Cover Image
$44.20
ISBN: 9780231115131
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Published: Columbia University Press - February 13th, 2007

Nut Country: Right-Wing Dallas and the Birth of the Southern Strategy By Edward H. Miller Cover Image
$23.40
ISBN: 9780226421216
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Published: University of Chicago Press - July 19th, 2016

The Roots of Modern Conservatism: Dewey, Taft, and the Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party By Michael Bowen Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781469618968
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - August 1st, 2014

Anxious Politics By Bethany Albertson, Shana Kushner Gadarian Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781107441484
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Published: Cambridge University Press - September 3rd, 2015

Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding By Daniel Lieberman Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781524746988
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Published: Pantheon - January 5th, 2021

The Week: A History of the Unnatural Rhythms That Made Us Who We Are By David M. Henkin Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780300257328
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Published: Yale University Press - November 16th, 2021

This Is the Voice By John Colapinto Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982128746
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 26th, 2021

Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old By Andrew Steele Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780385544924
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Published: Doubleday - March 23rd, 2021

America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s By Elizabeth Hinton Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781631498909
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Published: Liveright - May 18th, 2021

The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality By Kathryn Paige Harden Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780691190808
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Published: Princeton University Press - September 21st, 2021

The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity By David Graeber, David Wengrow Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780374157357
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 9th, 2021

Becoming Trader Joe: How I Did Business My Way and Still Beat the Big Guys By Joe Coulombe, Patty Civalleri (With) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781400225439
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Published: HarperCollins Leadership - June 22nd, 2021

Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future By Elizabeth Kolbert Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593136270
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Published: Crown - February 9th, 2021

Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age By Annalee Newitz Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393652666
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 2nd, 2021

Science Under Fire: Challenges to Scientific Authority in Modern America By Andrew Jewett Cover Image
$53.30
ISBN: 9780674987913
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Published: Harvard University Press - December 8th, 2020

Working Law: Courts, Corporations, and Symbolic Civil Rights (Chicago Series in Law and Society) By Lauren B. Edelman Cover Image
$41.60
ISBN: 9780226400761
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Published: University of Chicago Press - November 28th, 2016