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Two Societies in Opposition

The essays in this book employ a multidisciplinary approach to systematically compare the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China on Taiwan.


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Up from the Projects

Nationally syndicated columnist and prolific author Walter E. Williams recalls some of the highlights and turning points of his life. From his lower middle class beginnings in a mixed but predominantly black neighborhood in West Philadelphia to his department chair at George Mason University, Williams tells an "only in America" story of a life of achievement.


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War, Revolution, and Peace in Russia

Frank Golder's writings from Russia, published here for the first time, detail the dramatic events he observed from the twilight of imperial rule to the dawn of Stalinism. He provides the firsthand account of the tumultuous events that transformed Russian politics, society, and culture from the last years of the Romanov dynasty through the first decade of Bolshevik power.


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We Shot the War

Editor Lisa Nguyen explores the legacy of Overseas Weekly, a muckraking military tabloid that covered the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1972 and earned a reputation as “the least popular publication at the Pentagon.” With striking photographs and personal essays, We Shot the War brings viewers behind the viewfinders of photojournalists who covered the conflict in Southeast Asia.


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Welfare

Welfare is a seminal work providing unusual insights into how national policy decisions are made and is a major contribution to the literature of political economy. Readable and straightforward, Welfare tells the story of what welfare reform is really all about—and what is at stake for our society.


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Zhivago's Secret Journey

Paolo Mancosu continues an investigation he began in his 2013 book Inside the Zhivago Storm, which the New York Review of Books described as "a tour de force of literary detection worthy of a scholarly Sherlock Holmes." In this book, Mancosu extends his detective work by reconstructing the network of contacts that helped Pasternak smuggle the typescripts of Doctor Zhivago outside the Soviet Union and following the vicissitudes of the typescripts when they arrived in the West. Drawing from a rich trove of archival documents, Mancosu details events that were treated as top secret by all those involved, vividly recounting the history of the publication of Pasternak’s epic work with all its human and political ramifications.


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Moscow Has Ears Everywhere

Boris Pasternak’s conflict with the Soviet regime over the publication of Doctor Zhivago did not end when he won the Nobel Prize, or even when he died. Paolo Mancosu tells how Soviet pressure led Pasternak to seek out smuggled royalties for the book and how his “will” on behalf of his companion, Olga Ivinskaya, was intercepted by the KGB. After his death, she received some of the smuggled money, leading to her and her daughter being sentenced to eight and three years, respectively, in a labor camp. The “Ivinskaya case” became a cause célèbre in the West and Mancosu reveals how Western literary figures tried to win her freedom.


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The United States in the 1980s

A review and analysis of major domestic and international issues that faced the United States in the 1980s.


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