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Trita Parsi, who heads the National Iranian American Council, is one of the foremost authorities in Washington on U.S.-Iranian relations and an outspoken advocate of dialogue and engagement between the United States and Iran. His latest book builds on his two previous works, which examined important episodes in U.S.-Iranian relations. In Losing an Enemy, Parsi focuses on how the nuclear deal between the United States and Iran was negotiated. He had exceptional access to many of those involved in the talks. Drawing on those contacts as well as on other primary sources, Parsi provides fresh detail and insight about the negotiations. His book is important not only as a detailed history of a major diplomatic breakthrough but also for the lessons it offers in how diplomacy can avert war and could help resolve future international conflicts.

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ISBN: 9780300218169
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Published: Yale University Press - August 1st, 2017

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It’s hard to imagine any better qualified trio of acclaimed political scholars and journalists to explain the political mess we’re in and where we go from here: E.J. Dionne is a columnist for The Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a professor at Georgetown University. Norm Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal and The Atlantic. And Thomas Mann is a resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California in Berkeley and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Together in One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet-Deported (St. Martin’s, $25.99), they trace the various elements that gave rise to the election of Donald Trump, then point to some possible ways ahead, striking a guardedly optimistic note. They contend that the protests and national soul-searching triggered by Trump’s presidency could lead eventually to an era of democratic renewal. But, they caution, this will take much work and depend on those opposed to Trump coming up with some unifying alternatives.

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ISBN: 9781250164056
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 19th, 2017

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Chris Hayes’s popular first book five years ago, Twilight of the Elites, took America’s meritocracy to task for a failure of leadership that has resulted in our institutional dysfunction and crisis of authority. That argument seems more relevant today than ever. In A Colony in a Nation (W.W. Norton, $26.95), Hayes, host of a news and opinion show on MSNBC, expands the discussion of America’s widening inequality gap begun in his earlier work. He focuses this time on law and order, making a persuasive case that our criminal justice system treats whites and blacks very differently. With characteristic passion and intelligence, Hayes delivers a timely appeal for much greater social justice. “An eye-opening look,” said one online reviewer. “Scholarly yet engrossing,” said another. “A book for our time,” said a third.

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ISBN: 9780393254228
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 21st, 2017

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