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How Did America's Wealth Inequality Reach This Level of Toxic?

The following is an adapted excerpt from the new book Toxic Inequality: How America's Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future by Thomas M. Shapiro. Copyright © 2017. Available from Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.:

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How to Achieve Real Criminal Justice Reform, Despite President Trump

The following is an excerpt from the new book Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration—and How to Achieve Real Reform by John F. Pfaff. Copyright 2016. Available from Basic Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, a division of PBG Publishing, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

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America's Economy Was Built on Slavery, Not White Ingenuity - Historians Should Tell It Like It Is

The following is an adapted excerpt from the new paperback edition of The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward Baptist (Basic Books, 2016): 

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How Billionaires Are Successfully Fooling Us Into Destroying Public Education - and Why Privatization Is a Terrible Idea

The following is an excerpt from the new, expanded edition of  The Death and Life of the Great American School System by Diane Ravitch (Basic Books, 2016): 

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One of the Most Successful Right-Wing Myths of All Time: 'The Limousine Liberal'

The following is an excerpt from the new book Limousine Liberal by Steve Fraser (Basic Books, 2016): 

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The Myths and Secret Lives of the Men and Companies That Make Our Millions of Guns

The following is an excerpt from the new book The Gunning of America by Pamela Haag (Basic Books, 2016): 

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Racial Segregation Was Invented by the Very Same Liberals Who Sought to Abolish Slavery

The following is an excerpt from the new book Bind Us Apart by Nicholas Guyatt (Basic Books, 2016): 

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How a Gay Newspaper in the '70s Brought Attention to the Nazis' Persecution of Homosexuals

The following is an excerpt from the new book Stand By Me by Jim Downs (Basic Books, 2016): 

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Want to Sense Electromagnetic Fields? Biohackers Look for New Sensory Experiences

The following is an excerpt from the new book We Have the Technology by Kara Platoni (Basic Books, 2015): 

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Segregated America, White Supremacy: The Lives of the Fathers of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

The following is an excerpt from the new book Blood Brothers by Rander Roberts & Johnny Smith (Basic Books, 2016): 

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How the Fight for Gay Rights Changed America

The following is an excerpt from the new book Don't Tell Me To Wait by Kerry Eleveld (Basic Books, 2015): 

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Why Are Americans So Pathetically Ignorant About Politics?

The following is an excerpt from the new book Political Animals by Rick Shenkman (Basic Books, 2016): 

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Why Libraries Are Even More Vital Than They Were Before the Digital Age

The following is an excerpt from John Palfrey's new book BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google (Basic Books, 2015).  Reprinted here with permission.

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The Pervasive Distribution of the Gideon Bible Finally Stopped at the Schoolhouse Door

For the evangelical businessmen who belonged to the Gideons International, Inc., selling God was a second calling, if not their first. Founded by a trio of traveling salesmen at the end of the nineteenth century, the Gideons made a name for themselves in the early twentieth by putting millions of copies of the Holy Bible in hotel and hospital rooms across the nation. During the Second World War, the organization distributed, with the military’s blessing, a specially prepared edition of the King James Version of the New Testament and Book of Psalms to every member of the armed forces. After the conflict, the group created a new paperback version of this “Gideon Bible” (now with the Book of Proverbs as well) for distribution at public and private schools for all students between the fifth and twelfth grades. In the words of W. L. Hardin, an Atlanta contractor and past president of the Gideons, their new ministry would help them meet their long-standing goal “to win men and women for the Lord Jesus Christ” by reaching them earlier in life. “In the days of their youth, before the evil days come,” Hardin said in 1946, “the boys and girls of our public schools may by means of the precious Word of God, come to know Him.”

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How Corporate America Invented Christian America

The following is an adapted excerpt from Kevin Kruse's new book,  One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America (Basic Books, 2015).

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The Psychological Mistakes People Make That Lead to Misery

The following is an excerpt from Jonathan Rottenberg's new book, The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic (Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2014). Reprinted with permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

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Why Students Learn Better in a Playful Environment

Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life by Peter Gray. In the introduction to this chapter, Gray writes about a research experiment performed on pool players about 30 years ago, which found that when the players were closely observed, expert players performed much better while beginners performed much worse.

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Do Anti-Depressants Work? It Very Well Might Be the Placebo That Does the Trick

The following is an excerpt from The Emperor's New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth by Irving Kirsch, Ph.D. Available from Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright © 2011.

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