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    Mary McGrory:The Trailblazing Columnist Who Stood Washington on Its Head

    November 4, 2016

    Mary McGrory was the singular feminine voice from the highest perches of politics and she didn’t reach there by luck. John Norris, the executive director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative at American Progress, in an interview with Readara offers the context in which Mary...

    The Devil's Chessboard:Allen Dulles, the Cia, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

    October 25, 2016

    Allen Welch Dulles, the distinguished Wall Street lawyer and son of a prominent family, rose to the helm of the Central Intelligence Agency at a very young age. With the help of John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State and Allen Dulles’ brother, the longest-serving chief of the CIA molded the se...

    The Conquering Tide:War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944

    October 14, 2016

    What was originally planned to be a single book on the Pacific War soon evolved into a series of well-researched books about the conflict. In ...

    The End of Tsarist Russia:The March to World War I and Revolution

    September 8, 2016

    Russia’s involvement in World War I is often explained from the Western perspective, with very little, if any, consideration of the Russian viewpoint. The collapse of the Ottoman empire set the stage for a struggle for control over the Balkans and the adjoining sea routes between Russia and Ge...

    What They'll Never Tell You about the Music Business, Third Edition:The Complete Guide for Musicians, Songwriters, Producers, Managers, Industry Executives, Attorneys, Investors, and Accountants

    August 26, 2016

    The focal point of many aspiring artists and talented songwriters, the music industry sees just a tiny fraction of these creators reach financial success. In the pre-Internet world, recording labels and music studios would select the winners, but the structure of the industry is changing drama...

    The Death of Caesar:The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination

    August 4, 2016

    Despised and hailed, Julius Caesar emerges as a central figure of antiquity, attracting the interest of notable authors and numerous researchers.Yet, although there might be at least as many publications on Caesar’s violent death as on his lifetime achievements, the famous assassination is sti...

    One Nation Under God:How Corporate America Invented Christian America

    August 2, 2016

    Faith-based conflicts in America have been going on for decades, but the idea that the U.S. government endorses God, and more specifically the Christian religion, is not as old as most of us might think. President Roosevelt set off a chain of events in motion after he launched the New Deal and...

    Stalin's Daughter:The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva

    July 29, 2016

    What may have been a privileged life for others turned into an ever-ending struggle for Svetlana Alliluyeva. Behind the high Kremlin walls or on the streets of New Delhi, Joseph Stalin’s daughter had one mission – to shake off her father’s legacy and find her true self. Followed by the powerfu...

    Target Tokyo:Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor

    July 28, 2016

    In With the help of sources never accessed before in Japan, Russia and China, Scott provides compelling insights into America’s first attack on Japan in World War II. ...

    Worldmaking:The Art and Science of American Diplomacy

    July 21, 2016

    In the course of a century, U.S. foreign policy has repeatedly switched from overseas interventions to domestic issues only to swing again. Nine policymakers, or influencers, have managed to change the direction of the country’s foreign policy with mixed results. David Milne provides detailed ...

    American Warlords:How Roosevelt's High Command Led America to Victory in World War II

    July 12, 2016

    In the first days of U.S. involvement in World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt faced a severe lack of resources, as well as various branches of the military at odds with each other, as he prepared the nation to wage a “total war.” Putting aside any personal rivalries and ambitions, Secret...

    The Spy's Son:The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia

    July 8, 2016

    It is always shocking to learn why people who are trained to protect their homeland end up hurting the nation. One such unlikely conspirator, Harold James “Jim” Nicholson, was extremely smart, highly skilled, and greatly respected at the CIA. Yet, Nicholson felt betrayed by the agency when his...

    The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack:and Other Cautionary Tales from Human Evolution

    June 30, 2016

    In this brief but nuanced history of his field, paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall describes the causes of many of the misconceptions of the exploration of our own origins. Often contrary and illuminating, Tattersall looks at how paleoanthropologists think and work and delves into several inte...

    The Pentagon's Brain:An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency

    June 24, 2016

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, was created by the U.S. Congress in 1958 to advance research in military technologies. A top secret organization, the agency has played a key role in the development of some of the biotechnological weapons, missile programs, coded communica...

    Five Easy Theses:Commonsense Solutions to America's Greatest Economic Challenges

    June 23, 2016

    The United States of America has led and often dominated the world when it comes to economic, military or technological progress in the course of at least seventy years. However, as other regions are picking up pace, the gap between the U.S. and the other developed nations has been steadily na...

    The Power of Why:Breaking Out in a Competitive Marketplace

    June 21, 2016

    From competitive markets to unnamed rivals, companies face various problems whenever they have a product to sell. What remains the same, however, is the inability of most of them to identify the reasons why consumers buy certain products and why some organizations manage to sell better than th...

    Too Big to Jail:How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations

    June 17, 2016

    Even though corporations are paying record fines for breaking the ever-growing maze of complex laws, prosecutors rarely punish individuals for their misdeeds. Under the pre-arranged deferred prosecution, tough talking federal prosecutors and state attorneys general hardly ever push corporation...