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Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Once we bowled in leagues, usually after work--but no longer. This seemingly small phenomenon symbolizes a significant social change that Robert Putnam has identified in this brilliant volume, which T…
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A manifesto by America's most controversial and celebrated town planners, proposing an alternative model for community design.

There is a growing movement in North America to put an end to suburban spr…
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Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse
Now a Washington Post Bestseller.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump proclaimed, “The American Dream is dead,” a message that resonated across the country. Washington Examiner edito…
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The Death and Life of Great American Cities
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A direct and fundamentally optimistic indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century, The Death and Life of Great American…
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Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Consider Facebook—it’s human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connec…
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This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution
It is widely understood that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution completely revolutionized the study of biology. Yet, according to David Sloan Wilson, the Darwinian revolution won't be truly complete…
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Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism
From economist Anne Case and Nobel Prize winner Angus Deaton, a groundbreaking account of how the flaws in capitalism are fatal for America's working class

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How the World Became Rich: The Historical Origins of Economic Growth
Most humans are significantly richer than their ancestors. Humanity gained nearly all of its wealth in the last two centuries. How did this come to pass? How did the world become rich? Mark Koyama and…
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The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape
The Geography of Nowhere traces America's evolution from a nation of Main Streets and coherent communities to a land where every place is like no place in particular, where the cities are dead zones a…
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The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success
Today the Western world seems to be in crisis. But beneath our social media frenzy and reality-television politics, the deeper reality is one of drift, repetition, and dead ends. The Decadent Society
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The Managerial Revolution: What is Happening in the World
Burnham’s claim was that capitalism was dead, but that it was being replaced not by socialism, but a new economic system he called 'managerialism' - rule by managers.

Written in 1941, this is the book …
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How Cities Work : Suburbs, Sprawl, and the Roads Not Taken
Do cities work anymore? How did they get to be such sprawling conglomerations of lookalike subdivisions, megafreeways, and "big box" superstores surrounded by acres of parking lots? And why, most of a…
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The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart
The untold story of why America is so culturally and politically divided.

America may be more diverse than ever coast to coast, but the places where we live are becoming increasingly crowded with peopl…
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Nonverts: The Making of Ex-Christian America
An entertaining and insightful exploration of the American ex-religious

The United States is in the midst of a religious revolution. Or, perhaps it is better to say a non-religious revolution. Around a…
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Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America's Lingua Franca
It has now been almost fifty years since linguistic experts began studying Black English as a legitimate speech variety, arguing to the public that it is different from Standard English, not a degrada…
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Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier
A pioneering urban economist offers fascinating, even inspiring proof that the city is humanity's greatest invention and our best hope for the future.

America is an urban nation. More than two thirds o…
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Bullshit Jobs: A Theory
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From bestselling writer David Graeber, a powerful argument against the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs, and their consequences.

Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world? In the …
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Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It
America is becoming a class-based society .

It is now conventional wisdom to focus on the wealth of the top 1 percent—especially the top 0.01 percent—and how the ultra-rich are concentrating income and…
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The Chaos Machine: The Inside Story of How Social Media Rewired Our Minds and Our World
From a New York Times investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist, “an essential book for our times” (Ezra Klein), tracking the high-stakes inside story of how Big Tech’s breakneck race to driv…
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Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a Strong Town
Discover insider secrets of how America's transportation system is designed, funded, and built - and how to make it work for your community

In Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a…
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The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
A timely investigation into the campus assault on free speech and what it means for students, education, and our democracy.

The generation now coming of age has been taught three Great Untruths: their …
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Give People Money: The Simple Idea to Solve Inequality and Revolutionise Our Lives
A brilliantly reported, global look at universal basic income--a stipend given to every citizen--and why it might be necessary for our age of rising inequality, persistent poverty, and dazzling techno…
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The Civil War as a Theological Crisis (The Steven and Janice Brose Lectures in the Civil War Era)
Viewing the Civil War as a major turning point in American religious thought, Mark A. Noll examines writings about slavery and race from Americans both white and black, northern and southern, and incl…
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The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism
A magisterial intellectual history of the last century of American conservatism

When most people think of the history of modern conservatism, they think of Ronald Reagan. Yet this narrow view leaves ma…
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Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010
From the bestselling author of Losing Ground and The Bell Curve, this startling long-lens view shows how America is coming apart at the seams that historically have joined our classes.

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Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class
All people are equal but, as Human Diversity explores, all groups of people are not the same -- a fascinating investigation of the genetics and neuroscience of human differences.

The thesis of Huma…
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The History of Sexuality, Volume 3: The Care of the Self
Michel Foucault takes us into the first two centuries of our own era, into the Golden Age of Rome, to reveal a subtle but decisive break from the classical Greek vision of sexual pleasure. He skillful…
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Homelessness is a Housing Problem: How Structural Factors Explain U.S. Patterns
In Homelessness Is a Housing Problem , Gregg Colburn and Clayton Page Aldern seek to explain the substantial regional variation in rates of homelessness in cities across the United States. In a depart…
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Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China
Perhaps no one in the twentieth century had a greater long-term impact on world history than Deng Xiaoping. And no scholar of contemporary East Asian history and culture is better qualified than Ezra …
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Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shapes America's Role in the World
An incisive portrait of the American landscape that shows how geography continues to determine America's role in the world--from the bestselling author of The Revenge of Geography and Balkan Ghosts

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Davos Man: How the Billionaires Devoured the World
A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller

The history of the last half century in America, Europe, and other major economies is in large part the story of wealth flowing upward. The most affluent people eme…
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