Staff Pick

Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey are the two New York Times reporters who (along with Ronan Farrow, writing separately in The New Yorker) revealed to the world two years ago the extensive sexual abuse committed by movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Their book, She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement (Penguin Press, $28) is a riveting, revealing account of how Kantor and Twohey developed that blockbuster, Pulitzer Prize-winning story and its consequences in spurring the #MeToo movement. Their success in documenting Weinstein’s predator behavior, nailing a high-impact story that others before them had tried but failed to confirm, provides a great case study of the kind of tough, exacting effort that goes into first-rate investigative journalism. It also stands as a powerful counterargument to the skepticism about and denigration of news media today.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780525560340
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Published: Penguin Press - September 10th, 2019

Staff Pick

In the wake of the Civil War, the 13th amendment abolished slavery, the 14th constitutionalized the principle of birthright citizenship and equality before the law, and the 15th aimed to secure black male suffrage. In The Second Founding, historian Eric Foner describes how these revisions amounted to a profound and pivotal remaking of the Constitution to establish the principle of equality, yet were undermined by Supreme Court decisions and state actions. Not until well into the 20th Century did the U.S. undertake renewed strides toward realizing the concepts of racial equality, due process, and individual rights reflected in the Reconstruction amendments. Amid fresh political challenges today to birthright citizenship, voting rights, due process, and equal protection of the law, Foner’s book is especially relevant and key to understanding the history and meaning of the Reconstruction amendments.

 

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780393652574
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2019

Staff Pick

The story of Uber’s spectacular rise and its tumultuous struggles, told vividly in Super Pumped, is emblematic of the best and worst of Silicon Valley, and few observers are better informed to write this history than Mike Isaac, who covers the technology beat for the New York Times. Isaac’s depiction of Uber’s rapid development from tech world upstart to destroyer of the taxi industry and ubiquitous example of the gig economy is essentially the story of Uber’s deeply flawed founder, Travis Kalanick, a man of great energy, urgency, and ambition. It’s a cautionary tale of hubris and excess, marked by brazen business practices, a misogynistic “bro” culture, greed, and a string of scandals.

 

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780393652246
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 3rd, 2019

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