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THE OIL AND THE GLORY: THE PURSUIT OF EMPIRE AND FORTUNE ON THE CASPIAN SEA, LeVine, Steve
101 LeVine, Steve THE OIL AND THE GLORY: THE PURSUIT OF EMPIRE AND FORTUNE ON THE CASPIAN SEA
Random House 2007 0375506144 / 9780375506147 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
Remote, forbidding, and volatile, the Caspian Sea long tantalized the world with its vast oil reserves. But outsiders, blocked by the closed Soviet sy stem, couldn't get to it. Then the Soviet Union collapsed, and a wholesale rush into the region erupted. Along with oilmen, representatives of the wor ld's leading nations flocked to the Caspian for a share of the thirty billi on barrels of proven oil reserves at stake, and a tense geopolitical strugg le began. The main players were Moscow and Washington-the former seeking to retain control of its satellite states, and the latter intent on dislodgin g Russia to the benefit of the West. The Oil and the Glory is the gripping account of this latest phase in the e pochal struggle for control of the earth's "black gold." Steve LeVine, who was based in the region for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, an d Newsweek, weaves an astonishing tale of high-stakes political gamesmanshi p, greed, and scandal, set in one of the most opaque corners of the world. In LeVine's telling, the world's energy giants jockey for position in the r ich Kazakh and Azeri oilfields, while superpowers seek to gain a strategic foothold in the region and to keep each other in check. At the heart of the story is the contest to build and operate energy pipelines out of the land locked region, the key to controlling the Caspian and its oil. The oil pipe line that resulted, the longest in the world, is among Washington's greates t foreign policy triumphs in at least a decade and a half. Along the way, LeVine introduces such players as James Giffen, an American moneyman who was also the political "fixer" for oil 
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SUPERFREAKONOMICS, Levitt, Steven D.
102 Levitt, Steven D. SUPERFREAKONOMICS
Allen Lane 2009 0713999918 / 9780713999914 Paperback Very Good 
The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics was a worldwide sensation, sel ling over four million copies in thirty-five languages and changing the way we look at the world. Now, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner return w ith SuperFreakonomics, and fans and newcomers alike will find that the frea kquel is even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than the first. Four years in the making, SuperFreakonomics asks not only the tough questio ns, but the unexpected ones: What's more dangerous, driving drunk or walkin g drunk? Why is chemotherapy prescribed so often if it's so ineffective? Ca n a sex change boost your salary? SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? Why are doctors so bad at washing their hands? How much good do car seats do? What's the best way to catch a terrorist? Did TV cause a rise in crime? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Are people hard-wired for altruism or selfishness? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Which adds more value: a pimp or a Realtor? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one els e, whether investigating a solution to global warming or explaining why the price of oral sex has fallen so drastically. By examining how people respo nd to incentives, they show the world for what it really is - good, bad, ug ly, and, in the final analysis, super freaky. Freakonomics has been imitated many times over - but only now, with SuperFreakonomics, has it met its match. 
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THE LITTLE BOOK OF CONSPIRACIES: 50 OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST THEORIES, Levy, Joel
103 Levy, Joel THE LITTLE BOOK OF CONSPIRACIES: 50 OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST THEORIES
Metro Books 2000 1435106520 / 9781435106529 Hardcover Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. In a world where conspiracy theories have never been so popular, it's difficult to know who to believe. Should we be more afraid of fluoride in our drinking water, or invisible chemical trails in the air we breathe? Are world affairs decided by democratically elected politicians, or by shadowy groups of powerful individuals with private agendas? Balancing what the theorists say with the official line, here is all the evidence you need to decide for yourself exactly how paranoid you should be. 
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HOLY TERRORS: THINKING ABOUT RELIGION AFTER SEPTEMBER 11, Lincoln, Bruce
104 Lincoln, Bruce HOLY TERRORS: THINKING ABOUT RELIGION AFTER SEPTEMBER 11
University Of Chicago Press 2002 0226481921 / 9780226481920 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, it is tempting to regard their perpetrators as evil incarnate. But their motives, as Bruce Lincoln shows in this timely offering, were profoundly and intensely religious. Wha t we need, then, after September 11 is greater clarity about what we take r eligion to be. With rigor and incisiveness, Holy Terrors examines the impli cations of September 11 for our understanding of religion and how it interr elates with politics and culture. Lincoln begins with a gripping dissection of the instruction manual given t o each of the hijackers. In their evocation of passages from the Quran, we learn how the terrorists justified acts of destruction and mass murder "in the name of God, the most merciful, the most compassionate." Lincoln then o ffers a provocative comparison of President Bush's October 7 speech announc ing U.S. military action in Afghanistan and Osama bin Laden's videotape rel eased hours later. Each speech, he argues, betrays telling contradictions. Bin Laden, for instance, conceded implicitly that Islam is not unitary, as his religious rhetoric would have it, but is torn by deep political divisio ns. And Bush, steering clear of religious rhetoric for the sake of politica l unity, still reassured his constituents through coded allusions that Amer ican policy is firmly rooted in faith. Lincoln ultimately broadens his discussion further to consider the role of religion since September 11 and how it came to be involved with such fervent act 
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THE BATTERSEA PARK ROAD TO ENLIGHTENMENT, Losada, Isabel
105 Losada, Isabel THE BATTERSEA PARK ROAD TO ENLIGHTENMENT
Bloomsbury 2001 0747553181 / 9780747553182 Paperback Near Fine 
Isabel Losada leaves no stone unturned--literally--on her trip down The Bat tersea Park Road to Enlightenment. Wishing to live her life "completely, ab undantly, joyfully and stupidly" she makes an entertaining travelling compa nion as she describes her efforts to move away from her in-a-rut life where "nothing was changing". And she takes us everywhere with her: a life-skill s course in North London; a convent retreat in Oxford; T'ai chi in France; a massage in Bath--even the past as she explores her previous incarnations. The journey is invigorating and exhausting and enriched by the numerous ch aracters she meets en route. The book is much more than a travelogue, however. Losada describes with con siderable skill and sensitivity the breakthroughs in the lives of people ar ound her--the woman who starts to work through childhood abuse, for instanc e, and another who confronts the bullies from school--and her honesty is re freshing and often surprising (her description of colonic irrigation takes the breath away). Often she picks up useful nuggets of inspiration that the reader can take away and digest and these are sprinkled through the text. Intercut throughout is her life with her daughter in a "shoebox" in Batters ea and her burgeoning romance with Mark, the man she meets at a hypnotherap y seminar. Losada has an entertaining and witty style and comes across as somewhat bossy but likeable all the same. And the stones she doesn't leave unturned? The first part of this new experience involved sitting up and lying down again on to a row of hot stones that had been laid down to head up the muscles on either side of the spine. Dam 
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USER: THE TRUTH ABOUT DRUGS, WHAT THEY DO, HOW THEY FEEL, AND WHY PEOPLE TA KE THEM, Macfarlane, Aidan
106 Macfarlane, Aidan USER: THE TRUTH ABOUT DRUGS, WHAT THEY DO, HOW THEY FEEL, AND WHY PEOPLE TA KE THEM
Oxford University Press 1996 0192861794 / 9780192861795 Paperback Very Good 

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REINVENTING AUSTRALIA, MacKay, Hugh
107 MacKay, Hugh REINVENTING AUSTRALIA
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS 1993 0207183147 / 9780207183140 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout. 
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THE NEW ASIAN HEMISPHERE: THE IRRESISTIBLE SHIFT OF GLOBAL POWER TO THE EAS T, Mahbubani, Kishore
108 Mahbubani, Kishore THE NEW ASIAN HEMISPHERE: THE IRRESISTIBLE SHIFT OF GLOBAL POWER TO THE EAS T
PublicAffairs 2009 1586486713 / 9781586486716 Paperback Very Good 
For two centuries Asians have been bystanders in world history, reacting de fenselessly to the surges of Western commerce, thought, and power. That era is over. Asia is returning to the center stage it occupied for eighteen ce nturies before the rise of the West. By 2050, three of the world's largest economies will be Asian: China, India, and Japan. In The New Asian Hemisphere, Kishore Mahbubani argues that Western minds need to step outside their ?comfort zone" and prepare new mental maps to understand the rise of Asia. The West, he says, must gracefully share power with Asia by giving up its automatic domination of global institutions from the IMF to the World Bank, from the G7 to the UN Security Council. Only then will the new Asian powers reciprocate by becoming responsible stakeholders in a stable world order. 
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FREAKS: WE WHO ARE NOT AS OTHERS, Mannix, Daniel P.
109 Mannix, Daniel P. FREAKS: WE WHO ARE NOT AS OTHERS
RE/Search Publications 1976 0940642204 / 9780940642201 Paperback Very Good 
History. Cultural studies. Another long out-of-print classic book based on Mannix's personal acquaintence with sideshow stars such as the Alligator Ma n and the Monkey Woman, etc. Read all about the notorious love affairs of m idgets; the amazing story of the elephant boy; the unusual amours of Jolly Daisy, the fat woman; the famous pinhead who inspired Verdi's RIGOLETTO; th e tragedy of Betty Lou Williams and her parasitic twin; the black midget, o nly 34 inches tall, who was happily married to a 264-pound wife; the human torso who could sew, crochet and type; and bizarre accounts of normal human s turned into freaks -- either voluntarily or by evil design! 88 astounding photographs and additional material from the author's personal collection. RE/search has provided us with a moving glimpse at the rarified world of p hysical deformity; aglimpse that ultimately succeeds in its goal of humaniz ing the inhuman, revealing the beauty that lies behind the grotesque and in dramatically illustrating the triumph of the human spirit. 
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MINDING THE STORE, Marcus, Stanley
110 Marcus, Stanley MINDING THE STORE
Signet Books 1975 0451141482 / 9780451141484 Paperback Good 
New York Times "An opulent story that only an insider could tell!" Cincinnati Post "Fascinating....A success story that has become the stuff of legend!" 
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HOW TO SAVE THE WORLD IN YOUR SPARE TIME, May, Elizabeth
111 May, Elizabeth HOW TO SAVE THE WORLD IN YOUR SPARE TIME
Key Porter Books 2007 1552637816 / 9781552637814 Paperback As New 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout. If you have ever tried to save a local hospital, keep a neighborhood school open, or stop logging in a nearby forest, you will immediately recognize t he benefits of this accessible handbook. Topics include: How to get your issue in the news How to organize How to lobby How to mount a successful campaign A veteran environmental organizer and activist, Elizabeth May has put decad es of experience and advice into this entertaining read. Sprinkled througho ut are stories of her career in activism: from adventures in the Amazon wit h Sting and Gordon Lightfoot, to surprising stories of Canadian political f igures including the late Dalton Camp and Prime Minister Paul Martin. With How to Save the World In Your Spare Time Elizabeth May has given citiz ens everywhere the tools they need to protect their communities and the pla net. About the Author Elizabeth May is the former Executive Director of Sierra Club of Canada and an internationally renowned activist. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the United Nations Global 500 award. 
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THE BATTLE OF VENEZUELA, McCaughan, Michael
112 McCaughan, Michael THE BATTLE OF VENEZUELA
Seven Stories Press 2005 158322680X / 9781583226803 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Not since Fidel Castro has a Latin American leader provoked as much angst a nd attention in the U.S. as Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. Journalist Mc Caughan draws on firsthand accounts and interviews with Chavez and governme nt officials to analyze the social and political forces that have placed Ch avez in office as well as the implications for Venezuela, South America, th e U.S., and global politics. Chavez, a master strategist, has survived six referenda, two elections, and one failed coup--and relentless criticism fro m the U.S. McCaughan examines how Chavez rose from the military to national political office and the social and political dynamics that fortify his po pularity. The Chavez presidency is part of the long history of struggle for social justice in oil-rich Venezuela, including the influences of Simon Bo livar, the Cuban Revolution, Che Guevara, and Communist--inspired ideals of land reform. Readers interested in Latin American politics, issues of land reform, and globalization trends will appreciate this look at a fascinatin g world figure. Vanessa Bush Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved About the Author MICHAEL MCCAUGHAN has reported extensively from Latin America for The Irish Times and The Guardian, among others. He is author of True Crimes: Rodolfo Walsh, the Life and Times of a Radical Intellectual. 
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THIS NOBLE LAND: MY VISION FOR AMERICA, MICHENER, JAMES A.
113 MICHENER, JAMES A. THIS NOBLE LAND: MY VISION FOR AMERICA
Dial Press Trade Paperback 1997 0449226115 / 9780449226117 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. In such modern classics as Chesapeake, Centennial, Hawaii, Alaska, and Texas, James A. Michener proved time and again that his understanding of and love for his country was unparalleled. This Noble Land is Michener's most personal statement about America, an examination of the issues that threaten to fragment and undermine the nation--racial conflict, the widening gulf between rich and poor, the decline of education, the inadequacies of our health care system--as well as a thought-provoking prescription for sustaining our "outstanding success." First published shortly before Michener's death, This Noble Land stands as a wake-up call for a troubled era, infused with the wisdom and passion of a lifetime. 
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TRUE STORIES FROM INDIA'S BPO & CALL CENTRES, Mokhasi, Sudhindra
114 Mokhasi, Sudhindra TRUE STORIES FROM INDIA'S BPO & CALL CENTRES
Rupa 2009 8129114356 / 9788129114358 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: "Over 150 stories covering calls, work, cab-travel, home, parties, scams and more--"--Cover. Call stories -- Work stories -- Travel stories -- Home stories -- Stories of weekend/parties -- Scam stories -- General stories. Availability: Library of Congress -- New Delhi Overseas Office Rs95.00 
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WHERE STUFF COMES FROM: HOW TOASTERS, TOILETS, CARS, COMPUTERS AND MANY OTH ER THINGS COME TO BE AS THEY ARE, Molotch, Harvey
115 Molotch, Harvey WHERE STUFF COMES FROM: HOW TOASTERS, TOILETS, CARS, COMPUTERS AND MANY OTH ER THINGS COME TO BE AS THEY ARE
Routledge 2003 0415944007 / 9780415944007 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Molotch takes us on a fascinating exploration into the worlds of technology, design, corporate and popular culture. We now see how corporations, designers, retailers, advertisers, and other middle-men influence what a thing can be and how it is made. We see the way goods link into ordinary life as well as vast systems of consumption, economic and political operation. The book is a meditation into the meaning of the stuff in our lives and what that stuff says about us. 
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DUDE WHERES MY COUNTRY UK EDITION, Moore, Michael
116 Moore, Michael DUDE WHERES MY COUNTRY UK EDITION
Allen Lane 2003 0713997613 / 9780713997613 Paperback Near Fine 

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DUDE, WHERE'S MY COUNTRY?, Moore, Michael
117 Moore, Michael DUDE, WHERE'S MY COUNTRY?
Warner Books 2003 0446532231 / 9780446532235 Hardcover Near Fine/Near Fine 
A tight clean hardcover, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-library edition: From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Stupid White Men comes a hilarious act of sedition to overthrow the 'Thief in Chief'-and effect the kind of change that just may save the country. Michael Moore is on a mission: He aims to unseat the man who slithered into the White House on tracks laid by guilty Enron execs and greased with his daddy's oil associations. And as for 'The Left,' they're just as satisfied to stand idly by as the chasm between the 'haves' and 'have nots' grows wider and wider. That's right, Michael Moore is back with a new book that reveals what's gone wrong in America and, more importantly, how it can be fixed. In his characteristic style that is at once fearless and funny, Moore takes readers on another wild ride to the political edge of righteous laughter and divine revenge. 
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STUPID WHITE MEN ...AND OTHER SORRY EXCUSES FOR THE STATE OF THE NATION!, Moore, Michael
118 Moore, Michael STUPID WHITE MEN ...AND OTHER SORRY EXCUSES FOR THE STATE OF THE NATION!
Regan Books 2002 0060392452 / 9780060392451 1st Edition Hardcover VG+/NF 
Stupid White Men, Michael Moore's screed against "Thief-in-Chief" George Bu sh's power elite, hit No. 1 at Amazon.com within days of publication. Why? It's as fulminating and crammed with infuriating facts as any right-wing be stseller, as irreverent as The Onion, and as noisily entertaining as a wres tling smackdown. Moore offers a more interesting critique of the 2000 elect ion than Ralph Nader's Crashing the Party (he argued with Nader, his old bo ss, who sacked him), and he's serious when he advocates ousting Bush. But M oore's rage is outrageous, couched in shameless gags and madcap comedy: "Ol d white men wielding martinis and wearing dickies have occupied our nation' s capital.... Launch the SCUD missiles! Bring us the head of Antonin Scalia !... We are no longer [able] to hold free and fair elections. We need U.N. observers, U.N. troops." Moore's ideas range from on-the-money (Arafat shou ld beat Sharon with Gandhi's nonviolent shame tactics) to over-the-top: bla cks should put inflatable white dolls in their cars so racist cops will thi nk they're chauffeurs; the ever-more-Republicanesque Democratic Party shoul d be sued for fraud; "no contributions toward advancing our civilization ev er came out of the South [except Faulkner, Hellman, and R.J. Reynolds]," be cause it's too hot to think straight there; Korean dictator Kim Jong-il "ha s got to broaden himself beyond porn and John Wayne" by watching better mov ies, like Dude, Where's My Car? (which contains "all you need to know about America"). Whatever your politics, Stupid White Men should make you blow y our stack. --Tim Appelo 
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STUPID WHITE MEN: ...AND OTHER SORRY EXCUSES FOR THE STATE OF THE NATION, Moore, Michael
119 Moore, Michael STUPID WHITE MEN: ...AND OTHER SORRY EXCUSES FOR THE STATE OF THE NATION
Penguin Books Ltd 2003 0141012641 / 9780141012643 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: The government has been seized by a ne'er-do-well rich boy and his elderly henchmen . . . Our great economic expansion is unraveling faster than a set of Firestones . . . Our water is poisoned, the ozone's in shreds, and the SUVs are advancing like a plague of locusts. . . Remember when everything was looking up? When the government was running at a surplus, pollution was disappearing, peace was breaking out in the Middl e East and Northern Ireland, and the Bridge to the Twenty-First Century was strung with high-speed Internet cable and paved with 401K gold? Well, so much for the future. Michael Moore, the award-winning provocateur behind Roger & Me and the bestseller Downsize This!, now returns to size up the new century -- and that big, ugly special-interest group that's laying waste to the world as we know it: stupid white men. Whether he's calling for United Nations action to overthrow the Bush Family Junta, calling on African-Americans to place whites only signs over the entrances of unfriendly businesses, or praying that Jesse Helms will get kissed by a man, Stupid White Men is Mike's Manifesto on Malfeasance and Mediocrity. Among his targets: George W.: "President" of the United States. The Thief-in-Chief. A trespasser on federal land, a squatter in the Oval Office. Send in the Marines! Launch the SCUD missiles! Bring me the head of Antonin Scalia! Bill Clinton: One of the best Republican presidents we've ever had. The Former Yugoslavia: Bring back Marshall Tito! Nobody in America liked him much when he was alive, but now he looks like Lady Bird Johnson. The Idiot 
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STUPID WHITE MEN: AND OTHER SORRY EXCUSES FOR THE STATE OF THE NATION!, Moore, Michael
120 Moore, Michael STUPID WHITE MEN: AND OTHER SORRY EXCUSES FOR THE STATE OF THE NATION!
Penguin 2002 0141011904 / 9780141011905 Paperback Near Fine 

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