Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places - Colin Dickey

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Ghostland is not a simple attempt to debunk or support ghost tales. Rather, it is a thoughtful look at what ghost stories mean to us and what they can tell us about our collective and national psyche. Dickey takes us to fascinating places (including a haunted Toys R’ Us), creating a spooky, unsettling, and often uneasy travelogue that goes beyond sensational ghost stories to take a deep look at memory and history. Ghostland is an insightful and remarkable regardless of your stance on ghostly apparitions.

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781101980200
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Published: Penguin Books - October 3rd, 2017

Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World - Shadi Hamid

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A senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Shadi Hamid has studied Islamist movements for more than a decade. His first book on political Islam two years ago, Temptations of Power, explored how Islamist movements evolve over time. In Islamic Exceptionalism, he develops the premise that Islam is unique among religions for its political goals and examines how the struggle to resolve this often problematic church-state—or mosque-state—relationship continues to have profound implications for the Middle East and beyond. Tracing Islam’s governmental role from the premodern era to the advent of the ruthless Islamic State, he looks at various models or approaches that Islamist movements are trying in an effort to work through the challenge of Islam’s relationship to political orders. This book has relevance not only for the political debate underway in the U.S. but also for our understanding of events unfolding around the world.

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$23.00
ISBN: 9781250135131
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 6th, 2017

The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 - Joseph J. Ellis

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In this elegant, accessible, and supremely thoughtful history of the years between the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the adoption of the Constitution, the Pulitzer-prize winning historian Joseph J. Ellis explains the extraordinary forces that coalesced in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War to produce a nation out of squabbling, parochial, sovereign states. Ellis focuses on the roles of four central characters—George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison—who, despite all odds and their own individual agendas, achieved the improbable and implausible in creating a new nation.

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780804172486
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Published: Vintage - May 3rd, 2016

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