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Longtime history professor David Nasaw, who has authored several acclaimed biographies, provides a deeply researched and eye-opening account of how the world managed the massive refugee crisis that emerged after World War II. The one million displaced persons who ended up stranded for several years in camps in Germany included not only Jews who had survived the Holocaust but Polish forced laborers and Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, and Ukrainian collaborators who either refused to go home or had no homes to return to. In The Last Million, Nasaw describes how  humanitarian considerations often gave way to narrow foreign policy goals and Cold War calculations, setting a pattern for what governments would do when confronted by other refugee crises in the second half of the 20th and early 21st centuries.

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781594206733
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Published: Penguin Press - September 15th, 2020

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An ambitious work of both biography and political history written by one of the great journalistic power couples of the day. Peter Baker is chief White House correspondent for The New York Times and political analyst for MSNBC. Susan Glasser is a staff writer at The New Yorker composing a weekly column on life in Washington, and she’s global affairs analyst at CNN. In The Man Who Ran Washington, they tell the story of James A. Baker III, the once obscure corporate lawyer who became the indispensable man to four American presidents, a masterful power broker who ended up influencing the course of the United States for years. Now,at a time when politics in Washington is widely viewed as hopelessly broken and the art of deal-making is shunned if not forgotten, it’s nonetheless instructive and certainly fascinating to look back at how Baker operated and draw lessons, as the authors do, about the practice of compromise over confrontation and pragmatism over purity

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780385540551
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Published: Doubleday - September 29th, 2020

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Edward Ball, a onetime journalist and author of the award-winning Slaves in the Family, returns to his family’s history and pieces together the shameful story of a racist great-great-grandfather who took part in the re-establishment of white supremacy in New Orleans after the Civil War. Life of a Klansman provides a glimpse into the foot soldier ranks that populated early racist movements, and it carries particular resonance today as our country continues to confront racist violence and ideology. Indeed, as Ball calculates in his prologue, half of all white Americans living today have a family link to a Klansman. But most don’t realize it. What Ball has done powerfully in his book is claim this difficult past, show it can be done, reckon publicly with this legacy of white supremacy, and try to learn from it.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780374186326
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

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