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As America dawns on becoming Great Again, our new administration has many promises to uphold, from building a wall and banishing ObamaCare, to enforcing trade agreements and bringing ISIS to its knees. Many of the issues raised during the unprecedented 2016 presidential election remain on the minds of the electorate even today. So our distributor, Baker & Taylor, has asked their academic publishers to suggest titles that address these concerns and examine the current state of the nation, and the world as a whole. They have compiled a truly remarkable list of dozens of titles on 27 different topics, ranging from Border Protection and Fake News to Environmentalism and Black Live Matter. We’ve curated a list of titles to recommend from this catalog. So if you’re looking for something more thoughtful to read this Summer, we hope you’ll consider our recommendations. Happy Summer Reading!

Messengers of the Right: The Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics

by Nicole Hemmer —  University of Pennsylvania Press

Tells the story of the media activist who built the conservative movement and transformed it into one of the most successful movements of the 20th century — and in the process remade the Republican Party and the American media landscape. (Fake News?)

Messengers of the Right: The Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics by Nicole Hemmer

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Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other

by Mugambi Jouet — University of California Press

Describing why Americans are far more divided than other Westerners over basic issues, the author wields his multicultural sensibility to parse how the intense polarization of U.S. conservatives and liberals has become a key dimension of American exceptionalism — an idea widely misunderstood as American superiority. (Making America Great Again)

Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other by Mugambi Jouet

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Campus Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know

by Jonathan Zimmerman — Oxford University Press

Provides the first even-handed look at political controversy on American university campuses, from struggles over “political correctness” to recent battles over racism, speech codes and sexual assault. (Hot Button!)

Campus Politics by Jonathan Zimmerman

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Getting it Wrong: Debunking the Greatest Myths in American Journalism

by Joseph Campbell — University of California Press

Dismantles prominent media-driven myths, describing how they can feed stereotypes, distort understanding about the news media and deflect blame from policymakers. This new and expanded Second Edition includes a new preface by the author, as well as three new chapters looking at the media-myths of the Nixon vs. Kennedy debates, the infamous “Napalm Girl” photo of the Vietnam War, and the War on Terror following 9/11. (Fake News?)

Getting it Wrong by Nicole Hemmer

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Brookings Big Ideas for America

by Michael E. O’Hanlon — Brookings Institute Press

On the domestic front, Brookings scholars tackle topics ranging from health care and improving economic opportunity to criminal justice reform and improving infrastructure. The relationship with China, nuclear weapons, terrorism and the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Syria are among the foreign policy issues addressed. (Making America Great Again)

Brookings Big Ideas for America by Michael O'Hanlon

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Tough Sell: Fighting the Media War in Iraq

by Tom Basile — University of Nebraska Press

“Tough Sell: Fighting the Media War in Iraq” takes readers on the behind-the-scenes rollercoaster ride of Tom Basile’s time as a civilian adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq during the War or Terror. (Fake News?)

Tough Sell: Fighting the Media War in Iraq by Tom Basile

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When Riot Cops Are Not Enough

by Mike King — Rutgers University Press

Vital, important and compelling, Mike King offers a nuanced accounting of the cat-and-mouse game of social protest and social control. Grounded in the experience of Occupy Oakland, “When Riot Cope Are Not Enough” is immensely relevant to the upcoming generation of militant activists, engaged scholars and community police. (Hot Button!)

When Riot Cops Are Not Enough by Mike King

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Power without Constraint: The Post-9/11 Presidency and National Security

by Chris Edelson — University of Wisconsin Press

Despite rhetorical differences, the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama have both claimed broadly unrestrained presidential power in matters of military force, surveillance, sand the state secrets privilege. (Global Security)

Power Without Constraint: The Post-9/11 Presidency and National Security by Chris Edelson

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From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America

by Elizabeth Hinton — Harvard University Press

Challenging the belief that America’s prison problem originated with the Reagan administration War on Drugs, Elizabeth Hinton traces the rise of mass incarceration to the ironic source: the social welfare programs of lyndon Johnson’s Great Society at the height of the Civil Rights era. (Incarceration)

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America by Elizabeth Hinton

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 How Big Should Our Government Be?

by Jon Bakija / Lane Kenworthy / Peter Lindert — University of California Press

The size of government is arguably the controversial discussion in US politics. and this issue won’t fade from prominence anytime soon. In this accessible book, four best-selling authors try to answer whether government can grow any larger and examine how we can optimize growth and and fair distribution. (Making America Great Again)

How Big Should Our Government Be? by Jon Bakija, et al

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The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality

by Justin Gest — Oxford university Press

In this daring and insightful book, Justin Gest studies white working class people’s attitudes and political behavior in the United States and Britain. Based on ethnographies and original surveys, the book offers a rich, nuanced and generalizable of the marginality sensed by one of society’s most misunderstood groups. (Middle Class)

The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality by Justin Gest

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American Gridlock: The Sources, Character, and Impact of Political Polarization

James A. Thurber, ed. — Cambridge University Press

“American Gridlock” is a comprehensive look at the most important political problem facing American democracy today: partisan polarization. With the rise of the Tea Party, the vanishing missile and Obama’s rancorous relationship with congress, this is a timely publication. (Political Power)

American Gridlock: The Sources, Character, and Impact of Political Polarization, James A. Thurber, ed.

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Syria, Press Framing, and the Responsibility to Protect

by E. Donald Briggs / Tom Pierre Najem — Wilfrid Laurier University Press

This book examines the role of influential media in the West framing the Syrian conflict, including their role in promoting, or on the contrary, discouraging a robust international intervention. (Fake News?) Publishes 9/13/17

Syria, Press Framing, and the Responsibility to Protect by E. Donald Briggs

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Calling the Shots: The President, Executive Orders, and Public Policy

by Daniel P. Gitterman — Brookings Institute Press

Comparing the president of the United States to a CEO of a large corporation, this book demonstrates how executive powers can be powerful weapons of coercion and redistribution of the president’s political and policymaking arsenal. Original. (Political Power)

Calling the Shots: The President, Executive Orders, and Public Policy by Daniel P. Gitterman

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False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East

by Steven A. Cook — Oxford University Press

In “False Dawn,” noted Middle East regional expert Steven A. Cook offers a sweeping narrative account of the past half decade, moving from Turkey to Tunisia to Egypt to Libya and beyond. The result is a powerful explanation of why the Arab Spring failed. (Global Security) Publishes 6/1/17

False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East by Steven A. Cook

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