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This meticulously researched, brave and intelligent book demonstrates that the mass incarceration of civilians during war has been practiced around the world for more than a century. Andrea Pitzer traces the evolution of concentration camps from 1890’s Cuba up through the Boer War, Russian Revolution and Holocaust, and she finishes with Guantanamo, where, she writes, “we have detainees in indefinite detention.” One Long Night  is no easy read. But it is surely a book for the times, as we come to grips with the chilling implication that yes, it can happen here.

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780316303590
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Published: Little Brown and Company - September 19th, 2017

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Stoll’s outstanding history of Appalachia relates a true tragedy of the commons, but not as that term is generally understood. Used by generations of households throughout the region before land became “real estate,” forests, fields, and waterways provided a ready supplement to earnings, helping people live a subsistence existence. Hunting, fishing, and foraging weren’t the free-for-all of competing self-interests; rather, people took no more than they needed, and were careful to leave the rest for later. Today, this might seem a model for a sustainable lifestyle. To Gilded Age capitalists, it seemed like a “failure” to monetize resources. Corporations stepped in to rectify this, introducing modern ideas of progress to a population they dismissed as “backward.”  As timber and mining interests dispossessed these smallholders of their land—in much the same way the state had robbed Native Americans of their ancestral lands—they also introduced them to debt, poverty, and starvation, conditions that this poor but self-sufficient population hadn’t known before. While Stoll’s thorough and very readable economic history delves back to England’s clearances and the roots of capitalism to explain Appalachia’s plight, the book is also an important cultural history, tracing the decline of the heroic American pioneer, as embodied by Daniel Boone, into the degenerate “hillbilly,” an “aspersion. … [that] coincided with the seizure of the environment.”

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ISBN: 9780809095056
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Published: Hill & Wang - November 21st, 2017

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On August 21st, 2017, a total solar eclipse will pass over the continental US. Author David Baron chronicles a similar rare eclipse from 1878, whose path crossed the untamed American West.  The result is a wonderful blend of history, science, biography and western narrative in this thrilling race to capture the corona and study the sun. Baron follows scientists, astronomers and inventors as they attempt to finally put America on the intellectual map alongside Europe.                                 

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$27.95
ISBN: 9781631490163
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 6th, 2017

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