Strong current affairs angle: Shows the historical roots of the police violence against African Americans in today’s headlines.
Successful genre: Like The New Jim Crow, Baker argues that America's history of Jim Crow is directly relevant to today's debates over race and policing.
Strongest New Press categories: Criminal Justice and Popular History are two of our strongest publishing fields.
Outreach to criminal justice field: This book is a natural reference for our large criminal justice network and we will market directly to them.
Exciting new talent: Baker is a young, Harvard-trained historian on the rise in the academy; To Poison a Nation reads like the best pop trade history and has already attracted blurbs from high-profile scholars.
Strong serial potential: To Poison a Nation is built around a single charismatic person and an explosive event – ideal for major first serial placement.
It's being called the forgotten war. With access for journalists limited and dangerous, Yemen, home to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, goes largely ignored. Special correspondent Marcia Biggs was able to enter the country to learn how its people are struggling, with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
“Perhaps the most widely read voice on foreign policy on the planet” breaks down the Iran-Contra Affair and the scourge of clandestine terrorism (The New York Times Book Review on Theory and Practice). This classic text provides a scathing critique of US political culture through a brilliant analysis of the Iran-Contra scandal. Chomsky irrefutably shows how the United States has opposed human rights and democratization to advance its economic interests. “The Culture of Terrorism follows an earlier study, Turning the Tide, but with the new insights provided by the flawed Congressional inquiry into the Irangate scandal. [Chomsky’s] thesis is that United States elites are dedicated to the rule of force, and that their commitment to violence and lawlessness has to be masked by an ideological system which attempts to control and limit the domestic damage done when the mask occasionally slips. Clandestine programs are not a secret to their victims, as he points out. It is the domestic population in the USA which needs to be protected from knowledge of them . . . The record, he argues, shows a continual pattern of violence and disregard for democracy.” ―Manchester Guardian Weekly “Chomsky’s documentation neatly supports his logic. Leftist adherents will applaud, while the majority—depicted as perpetrators or dupes of military-based state capitalism—will ignore the book or dismiss it as rhetoric. But Chomsky has a point of view not frequently encountered in the press.” —Library Journal “Closely argued, heavily documented . . . will shake liberals and conservatives alike.” ―Publishers Weekly
On 8 November 2016, at 8:00 PM IST, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that four hours from his declaration, all 500 and 1000 rupees notes would be devalued. At the stroke of the midnight hour, India awoke to an unexpected tryst with demonetization. An incisive and insightful take on the issue, Pankaj Sharma and Saurav Sanyal's book gives agency to the ordinary Indian voters, the 'torchbearers of democracy'. Going beyond the idea of the citizen as a mere recipient of the government's edicts or munificence, the authors focus on the power of the common man as a voter and the repercussions of demonetization on the upcoming 2019 general elections in India.
In 2019, will demonetization be seen as the waterloo of Modi, or will he emerge stronger and even more powerful? In dissecting the political implications of demonetization, the authors espouse a varied yet nuanced approach. From discussing the role of human psychology in making political choices to a search for an on-the-ground sentiment in determining the factors of influence, Sharma and Sanyal leave no stone unturned in analysing demonetization as THE political issue for the future of Indian democracy.
The definitive account of how America's war on terror sparked a decade-long assault on the rule of law, weakening our courts and our Constitution in the name of national security.
The day after September 11, President Bush tasked the attorney general with preventing another terrorist attack on the United States. From that day forward, the Bush administration turned to the Department of Justice to give its imprimatur to activities that had previously been unthinkable - from the NSA's spying on US citizens to indefinite detention to torture. Many of these activities were secretly authorized, others done in the light of day.
When President Obama took office, many observers expected a reversal of these encroachments upon civil liberties and justice, but the new administration found the rogue policies to be deeply entrenched and, at times, worth preserving. Obama ramped up targeted killings, held fast to aggressive surveillance policies, and fell short on bringing reform to detention and interrogation. How did America veer so far from its founding principles of justice?
Rogue Justice connects the dots for the first time - from the Patriot Act to today's military commissions, from terrorism prosecutions to intelligence priorities, from the ACLU's activism to Edward Snowden's revelations. And it poses a stark question: Will the American justice system ever recover from the compromises it made for the war on terror?
Riveting and deeply reported, Rogue Justice could have been written only by Karen Greenberg, one of this country's top experts on Guantanamo, torture, and terrorism, with a deep knowledge of both the Bush and the Obama administrations. Now she brings to life the full story of law and policy after 9/11, introducing us to the key players and events, showing that time and again, when liberty and security have clashed, justice has been the victim.
Why do conservatives have such a hard time winning the economic debate in the court of public opinion? Simple, George Gilder says: Conservatives misunderstand economics almost as badly as liberals do. Republicans have been running on tax cut proposals since the era of Harding and Coolidge without seriously addressing the key problems of a global economy in decline. Enough is enough. Gilder, author of the New York Times bestseller Wealth and Poverty, proposes a completely new framework for understanding economic growth that will replace failed twentieth-century conservative economics and turn the economic debate-and the country-around.
Though the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1788, its impact on our lives is as recent as today's news. Claims and counterclaims about the constitutionality of governmental actions are a habit of American politics. This document, which its framers designed to limit power, often has made political conflict inevitable. It also has accommodated and legitimized the political and social changes of a vibrant, powerful democratic nation. A product of history's first modern revolution, the Constitution embraced a new formula for government: it restrained power on behalf of liberty, but it also granted power to promote and protect liberty.
The U.S. Constitution: A Very Short Introduction explores the major themes that have shaped American constitutional history: federalism, the balance of powers, property, representation, equality, rights, and security. Informed by the latest scholarship, this book places constitutional history within the context of American political and social history. As our nation's circumstances have changed, so has our Constitution.
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