Two journalists offer the inside story of the 2008 race for the White House, explaining the reasons behind the rise of Barack Obama, the breakdown of Hilary Clinton's campaign, and McCain's choice of Sarah Palin for a running mate.
Draws on the voices of atomic-bomb survivors and the science of forensic archaeology to describe the events and aftermath of two days in August 1945 when nuclear devices detonated over Japan changed life on Earth forever.
Assesses the role of the atomic bomb in profoundly altering the nature of American democracy, tracing the secrecy of the Manhattan Project, the ways the bomb changed the institution of the presidency and the state of war alert that has existed since its invention.
The author of Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour offers a narrative chronicle of race in the United States and the successes, failures and stalemates of African-American leaders in the past 50 years.
Discusses the United States' 1943 plan to launch a two-year invasion of Japan, using newly declassified American and Japanese internal documents that provide specifics of the military tactics and weaponry meant to be used.
A history of America's nine Black fraternities and sororities explores the roles of these organizations in shaping generations of African-American leaders
A linguist offers a thought-provoking account of his experiences and discoveries while living with the Pirahäa, a small tribe of Amazonian Indians living in central Brazil and a people possessing a language that defies accepted linguistic theories and reflects a culture that has no counting system, concept of war, or personal property, and lives entirely in the present.
Follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years, a chaotic period that saw the rise to power of Kim Jong Il and the devastation of a famine that killed one-fifth of the population, illustrating what it means to live under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.
The author of The Confidence Game paints a provocative, narrative portrait of the critical role that water has played in shaping key turning points in humankind's destiny, from ancient times to our dawning age of water scarcity. 35,000 first printing.
Evaluates the role of religion, stating that today's expressions of faith differ from those of previous generations while arguing that an increased awareness of the past may help to build a faith that speaks to a polarized society.