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The Great Divide: the conflict between Washington and Jefferson that defined a nation.Thomas J. Fleming. Audio.Fleming discusses the significant conflicts between Washington and Jefferson regarding the presidency, the new nation's foreign policy, and the roles of the merchant, soldier, and farmer in a republic.
Children of Paradise: the struggle for the soul of Iran. Laura Secor.Audio. Journalist provides a portrait of Iran, beginning with Iran's sudden shift to a revolutionary theocracy in 1979. Examines the internal drama that has taken place in the interim and details the never-ending struggle for change among its people.
The Inconvenient Indian: a curious account of native people in North America.Thomas King. Audio, Braille. An unconventional account of aboriginal and white relations in the United States and Canada. Discusses what it means to be "Indian" while considering broken treaties, forced removals, genocide, and racism in the war over land.
The Bill of the Century: the epic battle for the Civil rights act. Clay Risen. Audio. Details the development and passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Chronicles the attempts, from the end of World War II through the presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson in the 1960s, to pass legislation to address discrimination against black Americans.
Unmanned: drones, data, and the illusion of perfect warfare. William M. Arkin. Audio. Why seemingly successful wars linger on perpetually in early twenty-first century national security policy. Drone usage for spying and attacking is identified as a central problem. Discusses the consequences of unchecked, unevaluated, and unending data gathering in the name of security.
Rewire: digital cosmopolitans in the age of connection.Ethan Zuckerman. Braille. Examines phenomena of the connected world. Using case studies including SARS, the fall of the Iranian Shah, and historic travel routes, he theorizes about what it means to be connected in the early twenty-first century and why people feel disconnected from the world.
I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening): a guide to grace filled political conversations.Sarah Stewart Holland. Audio, Large Print. The two authors, who have opposing political views, discuss tactics for productive and respectful conversations about difficult issues. Advice includes recognizing nuance, listening to understand, patience, putting relationships before policy, and more.
Our Republican Constitution: securing the liberty and the sovereignty of we the people. Randy E. Barnett.Audio. From the early days of the American republic, the nature of government "of the people, by the people, for the people" has been disputed. This is because there are not one but two very different notions of "We the People" and popular sovereignty, which yield competing schools of constitutional thought.
Give Me Liberty: the story of the declaration of independence.Russell Freedman.Audio,Braille. Describes the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence as well as the personalities and politics behind its framing. Juvenile Literature.