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In late September, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced that it was expanding internet service to Iranians amid a v...
27/09/2022
“The most important woman economic policy-maker in history”: Janet Yellen’s rise to power

In late September, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced that it was expanding internet service to Iranians amid a violent government crackdown on peaceful protests.

It’s a potentially surprising role for the Treasury Department to be playing, but Janet Yellen isn’t your average Treasury secretary. She’s the first woman to run the organization in US history and, in the words of a colleague, “the most important woman economic policy-maker in history, and the most important in the United States by several orders of magnitude.”

To give you a sense of how exceptional Yellen is, she was confirmed to the position on January 25, 2021—just 19 days after the insurrection—by a Senate vote of 84-15. By then, the Senate Finance Committee had unanimously advanced her nomination with members of both parties hailing her as the most qualified candidate ever.

At one of the most acrimonious and polarized moments in recent memory, how was Yellen so universally praised?

To get to know her better, we turn to Owen Ullmann, a journalist with five decades of experience and the current executive editor and Washington columnist for The International Economy, a quarterly magazine written for central bankers, finance ministers, financiers, and academics.

Ullmann’s latest book is Empathy Economics: Janet Yellen’s Remarkable Rise to Power and Her Drive to Spread Prosperity to All. From it, we’ve pulled four milestones from Janet Yellen’s remarkable life.

  In late September, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced that it was expanding internet service to Iranians amid a violent government crackdown on peaceful protests.   It’s a potent…

06/09/2022
Cass Makes Lafayette Gingerbread

In honor of the Marquis de Lafayette's birthday today, Cass makes Lafayette Gingerbread (yes, it's an actual thing)! Following family tradition, George Washington's mother, Mary Ball Washington, served their special gingerbread when Lafayette visited them in Fredericksburg, VA. Ever since, the recipe has been referred to as “Lafayette Gingerbread.”

If you make Lafayette Gingerbread, please tag us and show off your beautiful creations! Oh, and if you want to learn about what Lafayette did beyond eating gingerbread, pick up a copy of HERO OF TWO WORLDS by Mike Duncan, in paperback today.

This recipe is a modern adaptation of the 18th-century original. It was created by culinary historian Nancy Carter Crump for the book Dining with the Washingtons. Full recipe here: https://www.mountvernon.org/inn/recipes/article/lafayette-gingerbread/

This video is dedicated to Jaime, whose birthday is today and whose enthusiasm for this recipe is unmatched.

https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/mike-duncan/hero-of-two-worlds/9781541730342/

Happy publication day to THE CONSTITUTION IN JEOPARDY by Russ Feingold and Peter Prindiville!A former U.S. Senator joins...
30/08/2022

Happy publication day to THE CONSTITUTION IN JEOPARDY by Russ Feingold and Peter Prindiville!

A former U.S. Senator joins a legal scholar to examine a hushed effort to radically change our Constitution, offering a warning and a way forward.

Learn more at the link in our bio!

#bookstagram #bookstoread #nonfiction #nonfictionreads #legalresearch #constitution #senator #RussFeingold #PeterPrindiville

Happy Labor Day, the federal holiday that isn’t what it used to be. Officially codified in 1894, the day was meant to ce...
30/08/2022
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Happy Labor Day, the federal holiday that isn’t what it used to be. Officially codified in 1894, the day was meant to celebrate unions, organized labor, and the contribution of workers. Now, you probably associate it more with the unofficial end of summer. To help resurrect the true meaning of Labor Day, we invited two authors to give you a friendly reminder: Work Won’t Love You Back. Read more:

https://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/qa/on-this-labor-day-remember-work-is-broken/

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THE HOT SEAT by Ben Mathis-Lilley is on sale this week!A fan spends the @uofmichigan football team’s 2021 season searchi...
29/08/2022

THE HOT SEAT by Ben Mathis-Lilley is on sale this week!

A fan spends the @uofmichigan football team’s 2021 season searching for answers about human nature, American history, and the related subject of whether Jim Harbaugh will keep his job.

Learn more at the link in our bio!

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Happy publication week to THE LIAR by Benjamin Cunningham!The Cold War meets Mad Men in the form of Karel Koecher, a dou...
25/08/2022

Happy publication week to THE LIAR by Benjamin Cunningham!

The Cold War meets Mad Men in the form of Karel Koecher, a double agent whose shifting loyalties and over-the-top hedonism reverberated from New York to Moscow.

By focusing his story on the rich and multilayered lives of Karel and Hana Koecher, Cunningham gets as close to the heart of the spy as it’s possible to get.”—Joe Weisberg, creator of The Americans

Learn more at the link in our bio!

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Happy publication week to COME TO THIS COURT AND CRY by @lindkinst!In this major non-fiction debut, Linda Kinstler inves...
24/08/2022

Happy publication week to COME TO THIS COURT AND CRY by @lindkinst!

In this major non-fiction debut, Linda Kinstler investigates both her family story and the archives of ten nations to examine what it takes to prove history in our uncertain century.

Learn more at the link in our bio!

Happy publication day to THE STOLEN YEAR by @anyakamenetz!In THE STOLEN YEAR, an NPR education reporter shows how the pa...
23/08/2022

Happy publication day to THE STOLEN YEAR by @anyakamenetz!

In THE STOLEN YEAR, an NPR education reporter shows how the pandemic disrupted children’s lives—and how our country has nearly always failed to put our children first.

"Striking an expert balance between the big picture and intimate profiles of students, teachers, parents, and school officials, this is an astute and vital first draft of history."—@publisherswkly

Learn more through the link in our bio!

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DEAL ALERT! This week only, get these three ebooks for up to 75% off!📙 THE DEVIL NEVER SLEEPS by @juliettekayyem: An urg...
22/08/2022

DEAL ALERT! This week only, get these three ebooks for up to 75% off!

📙 THE DEVIL NEVER SLEEPS by @juliettekayyem: An urgent, transformative guide to dealing with disasters from one of today’s foremost thinkers in crisis management.
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📕 THE MOSCOW RULES by Antonio & Jonna Mendez: Discover the “real-life spy thriller” of the brilliant but under-supported CIA operatives who developed breakthrough spy tactics that helped turn the tide of the Cold War.

Learn more and grab your copies at the link in our bio!

Our August ebook deals are here! Grab your copies of these four titles up to 75% off all month long!📕 BUILDING SOCIAL BU...
01/08/2022

Our August ebook deals are here! Grab your copies of these four titles up to 75% off all month long!

📕 BUILDING SOCIAL BUSINESS by Muhammad Yunus: The Nobel Peace Prize winner and bestselling author shows how entrepreneurial spirit and business smarts can be harnessed to create sustainable businesses that can solve the world’s biggest problems.
📗 THE SPOILS OF WAR by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita: Two eminent political scientists show that America’s great conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror, were fought not for ideals, or even geopolitical strategy, but for the individual gain of the presidents who waged them.
📘 STRANGE RITES by Tara Isabella Burton: A sparklingly strange odyssey through the kaleidoscope of America’s new spirituality: the cults, practices, high priests and prophets of our supposedly post-religion age.
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Join AGENT JOSEPHINE author Damien Lewis and former CIA Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez for a tantalizing virtual convers...
25/07/2022

Join AGENT JOSEPHINE author Damien Lewis and former CIA Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez for a tantalizing virtual conversation about Josephine Baker hosted by @spymuseum this Wednesday, July 27th at 6:30p.m. ET.

Learn more about the little-known history Lewis has uncovered about the famous singer’s life that upend the conventional story of the “Bronze Venus,” and discover how Baker became a hero of the three countries in whose name she served—the US, France, and Britain—and fully deserving of her unique place in the French Panthéon.

RSVP and learn more through the link in our stories!

BATTLE FOR THE BIG TOP by Les Standiford is now available in paperback! Millions have sat under the “big top,” watching ...
13/07/2022

BATTLE FOR THE BIG TOP by Les Standiford is now available in paperback!

Millions have sat under the “big top,” watching as trapeze artists glide and clowns entertain, but few know the captivating stories behind the men whose creativity, ingenuity, and determination created one of our country’s most beloved pastimes.

“Les Standiford takes us under the big top and behind the curtain in this richly researched and thoroughly engaging narrative that captures all of the entrepreneurial intrigue and spirit of the American circus.” —@gilbertkingpics, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Devil in the Grove

Learn more through the link in our bio!

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12/07/2022

Listen to Damien Lewis read AGENT JOSEPHINE, now available to download wherever audiobooks are sold!

“Lewis provides a rollicking, energetic commentary on [Josephine] Baker’s adventures.”—Booklist, *starred review*

“A thrilling espionage story.”—Publishers Weekly, *starred review*

Learn more at the link in our stories!

Happy publication day to AGENT JOSEPHINE by Damien Lewis! During WW2, Josephine Baker, the world's richest and most glam...
12/07/2022

Happy publication day to AGENT JOSEPHINE by Damien Lewis! During WW2, Josephine Baker, the world's richest and most glamorous entertainer, was an Allied spy in Occupied France. This is the story of her heroic personal resistance to N**i Germany.

Actress/singer @janellemonae has optioned the book and will play Josephine Baker in the upcoming series De La Resistance. Read the book before watching the series!

Link in bio!

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On sale this week! THE SCHOOL THAT ESCAPED THE N***S by Deborah Cadbury tells the extraordinary true story of a courageo...
11/07/2022

On sale this week!

THE SCHOOL THAT ESCAPED THE N***S by Deborah Cadbury tells the extraordinary true story of a courageous school principal, Anna Essinger, who saw the dangers of N**i Germany and took drastic steps to save those in harm’s way.

“Anna Essinger’s wartime school for Jewish refugees reminds us of the lifelong impact which one person’s compassion and imagination can make on others—even in the darkest of times. Cadbury’s story packs a real emotional punch.”— @dustshoveller, author of National Treasures

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Listen to THE FAR LAND author @brandpress on the @tenfoldmorewicked podcast! Learn more about travel journalist Presser'...
07/07/2022

Listen to THE FAR LAND author @brandpress on the @tenfoldmorewicked podcast!

Learn more about travel journalist Presser's research on the remote, sparsely populated Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific and its 200 year history of murder, mania, and mutiny.

Grab your copies of THE FAR LAND at the link in our bio, and listen to the episode at the link in our stories!

Happy publication day to IS REMOTE WARFARE MORAL? by Joseph O. Chapa!In the 21st century, we have come to rely more on r...
05/07/2022

Happy publication day to IS REMOTE WARFARE MORAL? by Joseph O. Chapa!

In the 21st century, we have come to rely more on remote warfare—drone strikes, targeted killings, and other tactics—to conduct our military business and avoid sending “boots on the ground.” Air Force Officer Joseph Chapa, who also has a doctorate in moral philosophy, takes a big step back and considers the most fundamental question: is it the right thing to do—and if so, why?

“[E]ven those who have already made up their minds about the morality of war will find a challenging examination of questions to which we are still developing answers…A hard-nosed look at the morality of drone warfare from a writer who has seen it close-up.”— Kirkus Reviews

Learn more through the link in our bio!

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Our July ebook deals are here! From art thieves to sports greats and 150-year-long rivalries, don't miss this chance to ...
01/07/2022

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🎬 THE BBC by David Hendy: The first in-depth history of the iconic radio and TV network that has shaped our past and present.
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12/06/2022

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C & G Newspapers: Author Benjamin Cunningham, who now resides in Spain but grew up in Novi and graduated from Novi High School in 1998, has seen his first book, “The Liar,” published by Hachette Books/PublicAffairs. “The Liar” tells the story of “how a double agent in the CIA became the Cold War’s last honest man,” according to the book’s dust jacket.
Reminder: you're invited! We're hosting an author visit with Peter Prindiville, formerly of Woodstock, and former senator Russ Feingold on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. Prindiville and Feingold will present their newly released book The Constitution in Jeopardy in the Woodstock Opera House community room and will be available to sign copies of their book. The Constitution in Jeopardy was released on August 30, 2002, and will be available for purchase at the event. It's also obtainable in our shop and on our website. Event details & the book: https://tinyurl.com/m97xb4xm #AuthorEvent #RBTLbookstore #IndieBookstore #AllReadersWelcomeHere #WoodstockIL PublicAffairs [ID: Three copies of The Constitution in Jeopardy stacked and fanned out lie on a wooden plank surface.]
"The #NewClimateWar" on sale for $4.99 by PublicAffairs as part of their September ebook deals promotion: https://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/imprint/perseus/publicaffairs/page/for-readers/#deals
The Oakland Press: THE LIAR chronicles the story of...a Communist sleeper agent...at the CIA as a translator and given high security clearance to translate classified documents while operating as a double-agent. (Available now from PublicAffairs)
Suspense and terror abound. Crack the spine if you dare. 📘🪦 http://ow.ly/x5WQ50Kze2Q Grand Central Publishing Berkley Publishing Group Little, Brown and Company Ecco Books Minotaur Books PublicAffairs Coffee House Press HarperTeen Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
What did you miss in August from WeSTAT? A LOT! For instance, did you hear our interview with Anya Kamenetz about her book, “The Stolen Year”, which came out 8/23? “Striking an expert balance between the big picture and intimate profiles of students, teachers, parents, and school officials, this is an astute and vital first draft of history” - Publishers Weekly PublicAffairs Listen here: https://www.westatpod.com/episodes/episode/7d1a9677/we-should-talk-about-the-stolen-year-how-covid-changed-childrens-lives-and-where-we-go-now-with-npr-reporter-anya-kamenetz
Literary Hub: “Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world’s leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Benjamin Cunningham, author of The Liar: How a Double Agent in the CIA Became the Cold War’s Last Honest Man.” (PublicAffairs)
Featured in CrimeReads: THE LIAR: HOW A DOUBLE AGENT IN THE CIA BECAME THE COLD WAR’S LAST HONEST MAN by Benjamin Cunningham (PublicAffairs)
The New York Times Books: THE LIAR: How a Double Agent in the CIA Became the Cold War’s Last Honest Man recounts the life of a spy who double-crossed the CIA and KGB, was arrested by the FBI and was later freed in a prisoner swap. Available from Hachette Book Group/PublicAffairs
The endlessly fascinating Josephine Baker gets another biography, this time from Damien Lewis and PublicAffairs. In stock and on the website! https://www.whistlestoppers.com/world-war-ii
“A lot of people have this romantic vision of what it means to be a writer.” —Benjamin Cunningham, author of THE LIAR: HOW A DOUBLE AGENT IN THE CIA BECAME THE COLD WAR'S LAST HONEST MAN (Hachette Book Group/ PublicAffairs)
THE CURRENT: PublicAffairs sat down with former fi****ms executive and author of GUNFIGHT Ryan Busse and investigative reporter at ProPublica and author of the forthcoming book A DEATH ON W STREET Andy Kroll to discuss why the U.S won't give up guns, how disinformation is spread, and what the government needs to do next. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3HiK9Xw
New this week! THE SILVER WATERFALL by Brendan Simms. PublicAffairs Find the book online here: https://www.thecountrybookshop.biz/book/9781541701373
In stock at Novel Idea! “With special access to the BBC’s archives, historian David Hendy presents a dazzling portrait of a unique institution whose cultural influence is greater than any other media organization. “Mixing politics, espionage, the arts, social change, and everyday life, ‘The BBC’ is a vivid social history of the organization that has provided both background commentary and screen-grabbing headlines—woven so deeply into the culture and politics of the past century that almost none of us has been left untouched by it.” PublicAffairs / Hachette Book Group
Now live! Paperback edition of The #NewClimateWar, with new epilogue updating the story, via Hachette Books//PublicAffairs: https://publicaffairsbooks.com/titles/michael-e-mann/the-new-climate-war/9781541758216/ (available also at Powell's Books, Inc.: https://powells.com/book/-9781541758216; Barnes & Noble: https://barnesandnoble.com/w/the-new-climate-war-michael-e-mann/1137051000 and Amazon.com: https://amazon.com/New-Climate-War-Fight-Planet/dp/1541758218/)
This week's Bookin' features Mike Florio, creator and owner, along with NBC Sports, of Pro Football Talk, a leading NFL news organization. He hosts two daily shows on Peacock TV and SiriusXM, PFT Live and PFTPM. During the football season, he also appears weekly on the Sunday Night Football on NBC broadcast. His new book is Playmakers: How the NFL Really Works (and Doesn’t), which is published by our friends at PublicAffairs. Topics of conversation include fantasy football, Tom Brady, the NFL Draft, franchise quarterbacks, whether Roger Goodell is a good commissioner and much more. Copies of Playmakers can be ordered from Quail Ridge Books with FREE SHIPPING.