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Uncivilized Beasts and Shameless Hellions: Travels with an NPR Correspondent Uncivilized Beasts and Shameless Hellions: Travels with an NPR Correspondent
by John F. Burnett

As a radio journalist whose work appears regularly on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, John F. Burnett has reported from the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco and the Kosovo conflict; covered the guerilla wars in Central America; ridden with US marines during the invasion of Iraq; and reported from the flooded streets of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and from New York City, Pakistan, and Afghanistan in the weeks and months following 9/11.



Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back
by Amy Goodman and David Goodman

In Static, the brother-sister team of Amy Goodman, host of the popular international TV and radio news hour Democracy Now!, and investigative journalist David Goodman takes on government liars, corporate profiteers, and the media that have acted as their cheerleaders.



The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq The Prince of the Marshes: And Other Occupational Hazards of a Year in Iraq
by Rory Stewart

In August 2003, at the age of thirty, Rory Stewart took a taxi from Jordan to Baghdad. A Farsi-speaking British diplomat who had recently completed an epic walk from Turkey to Bangladesh, he was soon appointed deputy governor of Amara and then Nasiriyah, provinces in the remote, impoverished marsh regions of southern Iraq.



How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place
by Bjorn Lomborg

In a world fraught with problems and challenges, we need to gauge how to achieve the greatest good with our money.



Black Gold: The New Frontier in Oil for Investors Black Gold: The New Frontier in Oil for Investors
by George Orwel

Modern living is driven by oil, from the gasoline that propels our cars to the electricity that powers our homes to the military that protects our freedom. Throughout the twentieth century, a relatively uninterrupted supply of oil has fueled our nation's unparalleled growth.



The Places in Between The Places in Between
by Rory Stewart

In January 2002 Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan -- surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations.



Central Liberal Truth: How Politics Can Change a Culture and Save It from Itself Central Liberal Truth: How Politics Can Change a Culture and Save It from Itself
by Lawrence E. Harrison

Which cultural values, beliefs, and attitudes best promote democracy, social justice, and prosperity? How can we use the forces that shape cultural change, such as religion, child-rearing practices, education, and political leadership?



Flight Capital: The Alarming Exodus of America's Best and Brightest Flight Capital: The Alarming Exodus of America's Best and Brightest
by David Heenan

The United States has always attracted talented immigrants who created wealth and intellectual capital for their adopted nation. Today, more than half of the Ph.D.s working in the U.S. are foreign born. Immigrant brainpower has never shone brighter. There's just one problem: Now it's going home.



Bat Boy Lives! The Weekly World News Guide to Politics, Culture, Celebrities, Alien Abductions, and the Mutant Freaks That Shape Our World Bat Boy Lives! The Weekly World News Guide to Politics, Culture, Celebrities, Alien Abductions, and the Mutant Freaks That Shape Our World
by David Perel and the Editors of the Weekly World News

All serious newshounds know that there are many important stories that are simply too scandalous, too risque, or too dangerous for so-called reputable news sources to print. Devoted truth-seekers have always been able to turn to the Weekly World News.



The Battle for Social Security: From FDR's Vision to Bush's Gamble The Battle for Social Security: From FDR's Vision to Bush's Gamble
by Nancy J. Altman

In the chaotic aftermath of September 11th, millions of Americans reached into their pockets to contribute to the red Cross and other charitable organizations assisting victims' families. But the most immediate, sustained, and generous support came from Social Security.



Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
by Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed explored the lives of low-wage workers. Now, in Bait and Switch, she enters another hidden realm of the economy: the shadowy world of the white-collared unemployed.



Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy
by Matthew R. Simmons

Without question, Saudi Arabian oil fields provide the rest of the world with its most plentiful, low-cost oil resource. The question is how long can they continue to keep these critical pipelines open. Twilight in the Desert answers that question with keen examination instead of unsubstantiated posturing.