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    Conversations with RBG Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law Jeffrey Rosen
    9781250235169 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Lawyers & Judges On Sale Date:November 05, 2019 Print Run:50000
    $38.00 CAD 5.38 x 8.25 x 0.95 in | 350 gr | 272 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Henry Holt and Co.
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      In her own words, Ruth Bader Ginsburg offers an intimate look at her life and career, through an extraordinary series of conversations with the head of the National Constitution Center.

      This remarkable book presents a unique portrait of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, drawing on more than twenty years of conversations with Jeffrey Rosen, starting in the 1990s and continuing through the Trump era. Rosen, a veteran legal journalist, scholar, and president of the National Constitution Center, shares with us the justice’s observations on a variety of topics, and her intellect, compassion, sense of humor, and humanity shine through. The affection they have for each other as friends is apparent in their banter and in their shared love for the Constitution—and for opera.

      InConversations with RBG, Justice Ginsburg discusses the future ofRoe v. Wade, her favorite dissents, the cases she would most like to see overruled, the #MeToo movement, how to be a good listener, how to lead a productive and compassionate life, and of course the future of the Supreme Court itself. These frank exchanges illuminate the steely determination, self-mastery, and wit that have inspired Americans of all ages to embrace the woman known to all as “Notorious RBG.”

      Whatever the topic, Justice Ginsburg always has something interesting—and often surprising—to say. And while few of us will ever have the opportunity to chat with her face-to-face, Jeffrey Rosen brings us by her side as never before.Conversations with RBG is a deeply felt portrait of an American hero.

      Jeffrey Rosen is the author of nonfiction books, including the recentLouis D. BrandeisandWilliam Howard Taft. He is the president and chief executive officer of the National Constitution Center, a law professor at George Washington University, and a contributing editor forThe Atlantic. He was previously the legal affairs editor ofThe New Republic and a staff writer forThe New Yorker.
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        Rep Pick: An inspiring and insightful look at the trailblazing life and career of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of only 4 women to ever be appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. —Pavan Ranu

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      "Will surely entice the many who can’t get enough of our country’s most meme-able jurist. . . . Readers who come for RBG’s Greatest Hits will end up getting something richer: At its best, Conversations makes you feel like a student in the world’s coolest law school seminar." —The Washington Post

      “Imagine having a cup of coffee with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and chatting about law, the Supreme Court, marriage, family, music, wins and losses. If that seems unlikely to happen, Jeffrey Rosen’sConversations with RBG is the best possible substitute.” —Linda Greenhouse, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Supreme Court correspondent of The New York Times and author ofBecoming Justice Blackmun

      “Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s vantage on American law and politics is without equal. This collection of interviews, conducted over decades, covers her distinguished career as a lawyer, judge, and Supreme Court justice, and gets to the very heart of her understanding of the Constitution, and what’s at stake in its interpretation.” —Jill Lepore, author of These Truths: A History of the United States

      “Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a pivotal figure in American history—a pathbreaking litigator and Supreme Court justice.Conversations with RBG is a fascinating look at the person behind the cases and opinions. Justice Ginsburg’s humor, deep intellect, and warmth shine through in this captivating book.” —Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hemingses of Monticello and Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History, Harvard Law School

      "In this discerning work . . . Rosen's helpful notes and straightforward interview style allow Ginsburg's exceptional legal mind to take center stage. The justice's many admirers, as well as readers interested in constitutional law, will find this book to be full of valuable insights." —Publishers Weekly

      "WithConversations With RBG Rosen has given us a thoughtful, readable and powerfully illustrative reminder of how fortunate the nation is to continue to have Justice Ginsburg as a teacher." —Judge M. Margaret McKeown,

      “To anyone who believes Supreme Court justices speak only in pronouncements handed down like chiseled tablets from Mount Sinai, Jeffrey Rosen’sConversations with RBG will come as a revelation. . . . Ginsburg, ever the optimist, believes we’re ‘constantly forming a more perfect Union, which is what the Founders intended.’Conversations with RBG is an enlightening look at her vital contribution to that process.” —BookPage

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    Black Wave Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East Kim Ghattas
    9781250131201 Hardcover HISTORY / Middle East On Sale Date:January 28, 2020 Print Run:40000
    $39.99 CAD 6.34 x 9.58 x 1.37 in | 560 gr | 400 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y Henry Holt and Co.
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      “[A] sweeping and authoritative history"(The New York Times Book Review),Black Waveis an unprecedented and ambitious examination of how the modern Middle East unraveled and why it started with the pivotal year of 1979.

      Kim Ghattas seamlessly weaves together history, geopolitics, and culture to deliver a gripping read of the largely unexplored story of the rivalry between between Saudi Arabia and Iran, born from the sparks of the 1979 Iranian revolution and fueled by American policy.

      With vivid story-telling, extensive historical research and on-the-ground reporting, Ghattas dispels accepted truths about a region she calls home. She explores how Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran, once allies and twin pillars of US strategy in the region, became mortal enemies after 1979. She shows how they used and distorted religion in a competition that went well beyond geopolitics. Feeding intolerance, suppressing cultural expression, and encouraging sectarian violence from Egypt to Pakistan, the war for cultural supremacy led to Iran’s fatwa against author Salman Rushdie, the assassination of countless intellectuals, the birth of groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon, the September 11th terrorist attacks, and the rise of ISIS.

      Ghattas introduces us to a riveting cast of characters whose lives were upended by the geopolitical drama over four decades: from the Pakistani television anchor who defied her country’s dictator, to the Egyptian novelist thrown in jail for indecent writings all the way to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.Black Wave is both an intimate and sweeping history of the region and will significantly alter perceptions of the Middle East.

      Kim Ghattas is an Emmy-award winning journalist and writer who covered the Middle East for twenty years for the BBC and theFinancial Times. She has also reported on the U.S State Department and American politics, and is the author ofThe Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power. She has been published inTheAtlantic, theWashington Post, andForeign Policyand is currently a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. Born and raised in Lebanon, she now lives between Beirut and Washington D.C.
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      ANew York Times Editor’s Choice * An Amazon top history book of 2020

      “[A] sweeping and authoritative history.” —The New York Times Book Review

      “She serves up a wealth of human interest wrapped in ambiance and atmosphere. She paints riveting portraits of the protagonists… a superbly researched and subtly told story—current history at its best.” —The Wall Street Journal

      “[A] wonderfully readable account… Ghattas has an enviable gift for going beyond politics… Whatever happens next in this long-running, oppressive and dangerous Middle Eastern drama,Black Wave will be a vivid, indispensable guide to the story so far.” —The Guardian

      “A timely and welcome guide to the politics of a region…Well-researched and elegantly written.” —The Financial Times

      “Unlike narratives told from a Western point of view, this book doesn’t highlight terrorism or ISIS but instead seamlessly weaves history and personal narrative into a story that explains the gradual suppression of intellectualism and the creep of authoritarianism in the region…Illuminating, conversational, rich in details and like nothing else you’ve ever read about the Middle East,Black Wave will leave you with a new understanding of this diverse and troubled region.” —BookPage

      “The publication of this book, Black Wave, could not be better timed. In it, Kim Ghattas argues convincingly that the revolution that brought Ayatollah Khomeini to power in 1979 was one of three events that year that profoundly shaped — or rather misshaped — the Middle East… a fascinating and winding but highly readable tale.” —TheTimes (UK)

      “[An] illuminating account of the origins of sectarian violence and the current political shape of the Muslim world… [a] fluid, fast-moving narrative...Essential for all who follow world events.” —Kirkus Reviews, *starred review*

      “Skillfully written and scrupulously researched,Black Wave is an essential book in understanding the origins of the modern conflicts in the Middle East.” —Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize-winning author ofThe Looming Tower

      "The framing ofBlack Waveis as important as the content. Kim Ghattas portrays the last four decades across the Middle East as a dark age, a world dimmed behind a curtain of violence, misogyny, and religious extremism. In exploring how this blackness came to be, she recalls a brighter past and predicts a better future. It's a powerful and important book." —Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of the New America Foundation and former Director of Policy Planning at the Department of State

      “Kim Ghattas is a superb writer and reporter, which makesBlack Wave an accessible and very interesting account of the sectarian schism and regional rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia that has riven the Middle East for decades and is one of the most consequential contests threatening global security.” —Peter Bergen, author of Manhunt

      "An artful, gripping, timely, and humane account of the roots and consequences of the destructive rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia from one of the region's most insightful and incisive observers." —Ambassador William J. Burns, President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former Deputy Secretary of State

      “A well-researched and highly readable primer on the rivalry between Shias and Sunnis shaping today’s Middle East. Kim Ghattas masterfully traces the origins of sectarianism in the explosive rise of Islamic fundamentalism in 1979 and the destructive Saudi-Iranian rivalry that followed. Told through the experiences of those who lived and shaped sectarianism,Black Wave is both gripping and informative; a must read for anyone interested in understanding the forces shaping the Middle East today.” —Vali Nasr, professor of international affairs and Middle East politics at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University and author ofShia Revival

      “Clear-eyed and honest, perfectly researched and brilliantly written, a unique book that is about more than the Saudi-Iran rivalry as it illuminates how and why the region began to turn inward over the last 100 years—a must read for outsiders and people in the region.” —Marwan Muasher, Vice President for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former minister of foreign affairs of Jordan

      "Black Wave is a brilliant piece of work. Ghattas reveals how the competition between Tehran and Riyadh, instigated in 1979 by the Iranian revolution and the siege of Mecca—and intensified after the 2003 US invasion of Iraq—led to the instrumentalization of Islam to destroy cosmopolitanism, to force women to veil, and to mobilize sectarian extremists." —Emma Sky, senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute and author ofIn a Time of Monsters

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    Poisoner in Chief Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control Stephen Kinzer
    9781250140432 Hardcover HISTORY / United States On Sale Date:September 10, 2019 Print Run:75000
    $39.99 CAD 6.49 x 9.62 x 1.18 in | 590 gr | 368 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Henry Holt and Co.
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      The bestselling author ofAll the Shah’s Men andThe Brothers tells the astonishing story of the man who oversaw the CIA’s secret drug and mind-control experiments of the 1950s and ’60s.

      The visionary chemist Sidney Gottlieb was the CIA’s master magician and gentlehearted torturer—the agency’s “poisoner in chief.” As head of the MK-ULTRA mind control project, he directed brutal experiments at secret prisons on three continents. He made pills, powders, and potions that could kill or maim without a trace—including some intended for Fidel Castro and other foreign leaders. He paid prostitutes to lure clients to CIA-run bordellos, where they were secretly dosed with mind-altering drugs. His experiments spread LSD across the United States, making him a hidden godfather of the 1960s counterculture. For years he was the chief supplier of spy tools used by CIA officers around the world.

      Stephen Kinzer, author of groundbreaking books about U.S. clandestine operations, draws on new documentary research and original interviews to bring to life one of the most powerful unknown Americans of the twentieth century. Gottlieb’s reckless experiments on “expendable” human subjects destroyed many lives, yet he considered himself deeply spiritual. He lived in a remote cabin without running water, meditated, and rose before dawn to milk his goats.

      During his twenty-two years at the CIA, Gottlieb worked in the deepest secrecy. Only since his death has it become possible to piece together his astonishing career at the intersection of extreme science and covert action.Poisoner in Chiefreveals him as a clandestine conjurer on an epic scale.

      Stephen Kinzer is the author of many books, includingThe True Flag,The Brothers,Overthrow, andAll the Shah’s Men. An award-winning foreign correspondent, he served as theNew York Times bureau chief in Nicaragua, Germany, and Turkey. He is a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, and writes a world affairs column forThe Boston Globe. He lives in Boston.
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      Awards Best Books of the Year 2019, Long-listed

      “Winding through the spy-loving Eisenhower-Kennedy years,Kinzer’s book is a Tarantino movie yet to be made: it has the right combination of sick humor, pointless violence, weird tabloid characters, and sheer American waste. It is also frightening to read . . . [and] compelling, not least in the way it illustrates how the law of unintended consequences in covert action can work with an almost delirious vengeance.” —Adam Gopnik,The New Yorker

      “Absolutely riveting.Stephen Kinzer’sPoisoner in Chief reads like a spy thriller—but his revelations about the macabre career of the CIA’s Sidney Gottlieb are deeply disturbing. Kinzer’s work underscores once again the narrative power of biography to unearth our collective history.” —Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize-winning coauthor ofAmerican Prometheus, author ofThe Good Spy, and executive director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography

      “Stephen Kinzer has done a great public service with thisabsorbing and informative portrait of the life and career of Sidney Gottlieb, a CIA scientist who was the Agency’s Dr. No in the Cold War—a producer of poison pills, poison darts, and leader of the hunt for the perfect killing machine, a la the Manchurian Candidate.It’s all in the bone-crunching detail, and Kinzer, a master of American perfidy, has done it again.”Seymour M. Hersh, author ofChain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib andReporter: A Memoir

      Kinzer’s retelling of the MK-ULTRA story is unsparing in its gruesome details, but not overwrought . . . Gottlieb has previously been treated as a historical footnote, but Kinzer elevates him to his proper place as one of the C.I.A.’s most influential and despicable characters.—Sharon Weinberger,The New York Times

      This [book] connects dots between former Nazi torturers, Oregon author Ken Kesey, Boston mobster Whitey Bulger and an obscure CIA chemist who qualifies as the ultimate James Bond villain. . . . Kinzer’s startling reportage on Gottlieb’s amok research in secret, international detention cells can’t help but evoke more recent memories of Abu Ghraib and the like.Seattle Times

      “Astranger-than-fiction account of the CIA’s efforts in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s at developing mind control and chemical-based espionage methods, and the chemist, Sidney Gottlieb, who spearheaded the effort . . . The nigh-unbelievable efforts he led are vividly and horrifically recreated in this fascinating history.Publishers Weekly

      "It's an awful story, told fast and well . . . Kinzer has put together a revolting look at the champions of freedom in the USA." —San Francisco Review of Books

      "He’s been called Dr. Death, Washington’s 'official poisoner,' and a mad scientist. But Sidney Gottlieb never became a household name . . . Now, pulling together a trove of existing research, newly unearthed documents, and fresh interviews, Kinzer puts the fetid corpus of American Empire back under a microscope. It isn’t pretty—but it is instructive."Kelley Beaucar Vlahos,The American Conservative

      "The most powerful and important organs in the invisible government are the nation’s bloated and unaccountable intelligence agencies . . . The best window we have into this shadow world comes with historical accounts of its crimes, including those in Stephen Kinzer’s new book,Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control."Chris Hedges, Truthdig

      "Stephen Kinzer tells the story of Gottlieb, a chemist obsessed with finding a way to control the human brain, no matter how many innocent minds he destroyed in the process." —Larry Getlen,New York Post

      “Stephen Kinzer takes the unusual approach of making Sidney Gottlieb, MK-Ultra’s program manager, the central figure of the story . . . Reflecting on Gottlieb’s culpability, Mr. Kinzer is careful to place his story in historical context . . . The reader will have to decide how far to venture into this dark thicket.” —The Wall Street Journal

      "Stephen Kinzer has written books about civil wars, terror attacks, and bloodycoups, but his latest might be his most alarming. . . . Though the events recounted in Kinzer’sPoisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control took place a half-century ago, they’re scandalous in a way that transcends time." —The Daily Beast

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    Wounded Shepherd Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church Austen Ivereigh
    9781250119384 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Religious On Sale Date:November 05, 2019 Print Run:60000
    $39.99 CAD 6.99 x 9.4 x 1.35 in | 600 gr | 416 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y Henry Holt and Co.
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      Following his critically acclaimedThe Great Reformer, Austen Ivereigh's colorful, clear-eyed portrait of Pope Francis takes us inside the Vatican's urgent debate over the future of the church inWounded Shepherd.

      This deeply contextual biography centers on the tensions generated by the pope’s attempt to turn the Church away from power and tradition and outwards to engage humanity with God’s mercy. Through battles with corrupt bankers and worldly cardinals, in turbulent meetings and on global trips, history’s first Latin-American pope has attempted to reshape the Church to evangelize the contemporary age. At the same time, he has stirred other leaders’ deep-seated fear that the Church is capitulating to modernity—leaders who have challenged his bid to create a more welcoming, attentive institution.

      Facing rebellions over his allowing sacraments for the divorced and his attempt to create a more "ecological" Catholicism, as well as a firestorm of criticism for the Church’s record on sexual abuse, Francis emerges as a leader of remarkable vision and skill with a relentless spiritual focus—a leader who is at peace in the turmoil surrounding him.

      With entertaining anecdotes, insider accounts, and expert analysis, Ivereigh’s journey through the key episodes of Francis’s reform in Rome and the wider Church brings into sharp focus the frustrations and fury, as well as the joys and successes, of one of the most remarkable pontificates of the contemporary age.

      Austen Ivereigh is a British writer, journalist, and commentator on religious and political affairs who holds a PhD from Oxford University. His work appears regularly in the Jesuit magazineAmericaand in many other periodicals. He is well-known as a Catholic commentator for the BBC, Sky, ITV, and Al-Jazeera.
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      “Essential reading for historians of this papacy in years to come.” —The Tablet

      "A thoughtful, essential book.” —Booklist, *starred review*

      "Highly recommended for readers seeking to understand the complexities of a papacy very different from those of the recent past." —Library Journal, *starred review*

      “Fascinating insights…a richly detailed and engaging portrait of Francis as pope.” —Commonweal

      "Ivereigh’s insider account will be a revelation to readers interested in the inner workings of the Vatican." —Publishers Weekly

      “In a detailed study packed with insider tidbits, the author examines various overarching issues that have affected and defined the Francis era.” —Kirkus Reviews

      “[Ivereigh’s] book provides a much needed, lucidly written, look at the past seven years…Once you start, you do not want to put this book down.” —National Catholic Reporter

      "Austen Ivereigh has established himself as the most astute historian of the pontificate of Pope Francis, through his meticulous research, dogged interviewing and vast knowledge of the church. His new book is a peerless look at the sometimes overwhelming challenges facing this groundbreaking pope, whose task is at once simple and complex: to help the church proclaim the Gospel in the modern world. Learned, subtle, and deep, his book is indispensable for understanding this man and this church." —James Martin, SJ, author ofJesus: A Pilgrimage andThe Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything

      "No one has understood the Francis papacy these past six years better than Austen Ivereigh. Masterfully told, with exquisite detail, probing insight, and good humor, hisWounded Shepherdis essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the Church of today—and tomorrow."—Christopher White, National Correspondent,Crux

      “Ivereigh’s first book on Pope Francis,The Great Reformer, was terrific;Wounded Shepherd is even better. Meticulously researched, beautifully written, insightful, and uplifting, this is the book that goes to the heart—in every sense—of the Francis pontificate: his accomplishments, his failures, and why he acts the way he does.” —Mark Shriver, author ofPilgrimage: My search for the real Pope Francis

      “The most insightful and nuanced assessment of this extraordinarily consequential pope. Ivereigh shows why Francis has become for so many the emblem of renewed faith and hope for a badly troubled world.”—Robert Ellsberg; Publisher, Orbis Books

      “Timely, well-researched, with significant new background information and insights,Wounded Shepherd dispels the myths spread by those who oppose Francis’s prophetic ministry, allowing the reader to grasp the significance of his far-reaching reforms. Essential reading.”—Gerard O’Connell, author ofThe Election of Pope Francis: An Inside Story of the Conclave that Changed History

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    Life isn't everything Mike Nichols, as remembered by 150 of his closest friends. Ash Carter, Sam Kashner
    9781250112873 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts On Sale Date:November 12, 2019 Print Run:50000
    $39.99 CAD 7.01 x 9.42 x 1.19 in | 580 gr | 368 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Henry Holt and Co.
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      An up close and personal portrait of a legendary filmmaker, theater director, and comedian, drawing on candid conversations with his closest friends in show business and the arts—from Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep to Natalie Portman and Lorne Michaels.

      The work of Mike Nichols pervades American cultural consciousness—fromThe Graduate andWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? toAngels in America,The Birdcage,Working Girl, andPrimary Colors, not to mention his string of hit plays, includingBarefoot in the ParkandThe Odd Couple. If that weren’t enough, he was also one half of the timelessly funny duo Nichols & May, as well as a founding member of the original improv troupe. Over a career that spanned half a century, Mike Nichols changed Hollywood, Broadway, and comedy forever.

      Most fans, however, know very little of the person behind it all. Since he never wrote his memoirs, and seldom appeared on television, they have very little sense of his searching intellect or his devastating wit. They don't know that Nichols, the great American director, was born Mikail Igor Peschkowsky, in Berlin, and came to this country, speaking no English, to escape the Nazis. They don't know that Nichols was at one time a solitary psychology student, or that a childhood illness causedpermanent, life-altering side effects. They don't know that he withdrew into a debilitating depression before he "finally got it right," in his words, by marrying Diane Sawyer.

      Here, for the first time, Ash Carter and Sam Kashner offer an intimate look behind the scenes of Nichols' life, as told by the stars, moguls, playwrights, producers, comics and crewmembers who stayed loyal to Nichols for years.Life Isn't Everything is a mosaic portrait of a brilliant and original director known for his uncommon charm, wit, vitality, and genius for friendship, this volume is also a snapshot of what it meant to be living, loving, and making art in the 20th century.


      Ash Carter is a writer and editor whose work has appeared inEsquire,Vanity Fair,Town & Country, and theNew York Times. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

      Sam Kashner is an editor-at-large at Air Mail and was for many years a contributing editor atVanity Fairmagazine. He is the author ofSinatraland (a "notable book" of both theWashington Postand theL.A. Times) and the acclaimed memoirWhen I Was Cool: My Life At the Jack Kerouac Schooland coauthor of the recentNew York TimesbestsellersThe Fabulous Bouvier Sisters: The Tragic and Glamorous Lives of Jackie and Lee andFurious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century.

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      "A fascinating oral history of Nichols’s career. . . . [Kashner and Carter] have intelligently chosen to concentrate on the career rather than the life, and on Nichols’s working methods and artistic techniques. Most of the 150 voices . . . speak eloquently both of the enormous intelligence Nichols brought to almost every project he was involved in and of the deep respect he accorded his collaborators."
      Brooke Allen,Wall Street Journal

      "What, exactly, would one wish for a sizable room filled with 50 years of one's closest friends and collaborators to say behind one's back (if one happened to be arguably/inarguably the most charming, talented, fascinating, entertaining person any of them ever met)? This book."
      —Wes Anderson

      "Funny, incisive, kind, wicked, daring, gripping, sad, human. Kind of like a Mike Nichols movie."
      —Noah Baumbach

      “I love a great Mike Nichols story! And an entire book of them—by turns hilarious, insightful and inspiring—is a real gift.”
      —Judd Apatow

      "Legendary director Mike Nichols (1931–2014) refused to write his memoirs, but this scintillating oral history fills the gap splendidly, with wry and heartfelt commentary by "150 of his closest friends," from Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, and Meryl Streep through Candice Bergen and Christine Baranski, all of whom cherished their professional and personal relationships with a man who seemingly impressed everyone he met as being the smartest and most charming person in the room."
      Booklist starred review

      "Deep, in-the-pocket theater devotees . . . are going to feast on this brilliant and terrific oral history of the life and times of the singular Mike Nichols."
      Buffalo News

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    The Arab of the Future 4 A Graphic Memoir of a Childhood in the Middle East, 1987-1992 Riad Sattouf
    9781250150660 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction On Sale Date:November 05, 2019 Print Run:40000
    $39.99 CAD 6.98 x 9.17 x 0.88 in | 700 gr | 288 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Metropolitan Books
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      The penultimate installment in the bestselling French graphic memoir series—hailed as “exquisitely illustrated” and “irresistible”—covering the years of Riad Sattouf’s adolescence, from 1987-1992.

      In the fourth volume ofThe Arab of the Future, little Riad has grown into a teenager. In the previous books, his childhood was complicated by the pull of his two cultures—French and Syrian—and his parents’ deteriorating relationship. Now his father, Adbel-Razak, has left to take a job in Saudi Arabia, and after making a pilgrimage to Mecca, turns increasingly towards religion. But after following him from place to place and living for years under the harsh conditions of his impoverished village, Riad’s mother Clementine has hadenough. Refusing to live in a country where women have no rights, she returns with her children to live in France with her own mother… until Abdel-Razak shows up unexpectedly to drag the family on yet another journey.

      As the series builds to a climax, we see Riad struggle with problems both universal (bullies at school) and specific (his mother’s sudden illness, the judgment of his religious relatives). And as Abdel-Razak returns again to the same fantastical dreams he pursued in previous books, we see him become more and more unhinged, until ultimately he crosses the line from idealism to fanaticism, leading to a dramatic breaking point.

      Full of the same gripping storytelling and lush visual style for which Sattouf’s previous works have won numerous awards,The Arab of the Future 4 continues the saga of the Sattouf family and their peripatetic life in France and the Middle East.

      Riad Sattouf is a best-selling cartoonist and filmmaker who grew up in Syria and Libya and now lives in Paris. The author of four comics series in France and a former contributor to the satirical publicationCharlie Hebdo, Sattouf is now a weekly columnist forl’Obs. He also directed the filmsThe French Kissers andJacky in the Women’s Kingdom.
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      "Brilliant, sensational and heartbreaking,The Arab of the Future 4 hits all the high and low notes without skipping a beat, setting up a thrilling conclusion to the series."
      Comics Beat

      "Struck through with moments of terrible violence and subtle revelation,The Arab of the Future will be regarded as a vital text for future generations eager to understand the vastly complex and often brutal landscape of the Middle East at the close of the 20th century."
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      Praise forThe Arab of the Future:

      "I tore through two volumes of 'The Arab of the Future,' by Riad Sattouf—it’s the most enjoyable graphic novel I’ve read in a while. "
      —Zadie Smith,The New York Times Book Review

      “A deft and devastating graphic memoir . . . both sensitive and biting . . . Along the way, we get a fine-grained, first-person account of the brutality of Syria under Hafez al-Assad and Libya under Muammar Qaddafi.”
      New York Review of Books

      “Exquisitely illustrated, and filled with experiences of misfortune bordering on the farcical, Mr. Sattouf’s book is a disquieting yet essential read.”
      Carmela Ciuraru,The New York Times

      “Darkly ironic . . . Sattouf’s father is the same immature, posturing figure familiar from volume 1the family can only trail along in the mercurial patriarch’s wake. Under Sattouf’s pen, this state of affairs becomes an ingeniously apt microcosm of the larger world he grew up in.”

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    The Europeans Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture Orlando Figes
    9781627792141 Hardcover HISTORY / Europe On Sale Date:October 08, 2019 Print Run:60000
    $47.50 CAD 6.51 x 9.39 x 1.39 in | 760 gr | 592 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y Metropolitan Books
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      From the “master of historical narrative” (Financial Times), a dazzling, richly detailed, panoramic work—the first to document the genesis of a continent-wide European culture.

      The nineteenth century in Europe was a time of unprecedented artistic achievement. It was also the first age of cultural globalization—an epoch when mass communications and high-speed rail travel brought Europe together, overcoming the barriers of nationalism and facilitating the development of a truly European canon of artistic, musical, and literary works. By 1900, the same books were being read across the continent, the same paintings reproduced, the same music played in homes and heardin concert halls, the same operas performed in all the major theatres.

      Drawing from a wealth of documents, letters, and other archival materials, acclaimed historian Orlando Figes examines the interplay of money and art that made this unification possible. At the center of the book is a poignant love triangle: the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev; the Spanish prima donna Pauline Viardot, with whom Turgenev had a long and intimate relationship; and her husband Louis Viardot, an art critic, theater manager, and republican activist. Together, Turgenev and the Viardotsacted as a kind of European cultural exchange—they either knew or crossed paths with Delacroix, Berlioz, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, the Schumanns, Hugo, Flaubert, Dickens, and Dostoyevsky, among many other towering figures.

      As Figes observes, nearly all of civilization’s great advances have come during periods of heightened cosmopolitanism—when people, ideas, and artistic creations circulate freely between nations. Vivid and insightful,The Europeansshows how such cosmopolitan ferment shaped artistic traditions that came to dominate world culture.

      Orlando Figes is the author ofA People's Tragedy,Natasha's Dance, andThe Crimean War, among other books. His works have been translated into twenty-seven languages. A professor of history at Birkbeck, University of London and a frequent contributor toThe New York Review of Books, Figes is the recipient of the Wolfson History Prize, the W. H. Smith Literary Award, and the Los Angeles TimesBook Prize. He lives in London.
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      A Book of the Year forSpectator,Daily Telegraph,BBC Music Magazine,BBC History Magazine, andKirkus Reviews

      “Brings distant history so close that you can feel its heartbeat.”
      Karl Ove Knausgaard

      “Much anticipated ... impressively thorough.”
      —The New York Times Book Review

      “Magnificent. Beautifully written, immaculately researched and thoroughly absorbing from start to finish. A tour de force that explains how Europe’s cultural life transformed during the course of the 19th century—and so much more.”
      Peter Frankopan, author ofThe Silk Roads: A New History of the World

      “Superbly entertaining and vastly informative,The Europeans show how the enriching, symbiotic internationalism of painters, musicians and writers of 19th century Europe led to the creation of artistic masterpieces that stand among Western civilization’s highest achievements."
      The Washington Post

      “With the future of Brexit and the European Union still uncertain, the book, which makes the case that a common European culture once existed and thrived, is doubly relevant today.”
      The New York Times

      “Monumental ... Figes's magisterial work will surely come as a welcome vivification of a splendid if vanished way of life.”
      The Wall Street Journal

      “It plunged me into another world. I learned so much and was carried away by the intelligence and fluidity of the style—a combination which is unbeatable.”
      Antonia Fraser, author ofMary Queen of Scots

      “An extraordinary account of the development of a continental cultured class.”
      Financial Times

      “Magnificent and utterly gripping: European identity, culture and commerce through the lives of three remarkable individuals, the book for our times.”
      Phillippe Sands, author ofEast West Street: On the Origins of Genocide

      “Magisterial, beguiling, searching ... a history of a continent in constant change.”
      William Boyd,The Guardian

      "Shaping and sweetening the prodigious array of facts and figures, Figes has wisely chosen to construct his tale around three central personalities of the age, who seem to have known everyone of cultural importance in nineteenth-century Europe ... Moving and enlightening."
      New Criterion

      “Meticulously detailed, exhaustively researched and written with Figes’s characteristic verve,The Europeansis a sweeping tour de force and a monumental work of historical synthesis.”
      Julia Coman,The Guardian

      “A massive study of nineteenth-century cosmopolitanism, and of the way social changes and technological advancements—railways, steamships, the telegraph, photography—fostered a sense of pan-European identity.”

      “Ambitious, densely woven … Figes shows that entirely unexpected relationships, clashes, and synergies can emerge when talented people from different corners of Europe interact.”
      The Economist

      “A prodigiously researched account of the spread of culture throughout the mid and late 19th century … The text is a who’s who of the time period: Liszt, Dickens, Balzac, Hugo, George Sand, Chopin, Tolstoy, Flaubert—these and countless other icons move smoothly through the narrative, a rich mélange of tasty ingredients … A powerful and essential addition to our understanding of European history and culture.”
      Kirkus (starred review)

      “Excellent, wide-ranging … Figes masterfully summarizes this period … in a persuasive and consistently enlightening fashion.”
      Publisher’s Weekly

      “Figes’s deep grasp of the characters and the technology-driven societal upheaval make this cultural history fascinating, even indispensable.”
      Booklist (starred review)

      “Some writers use a telescope to look at the world, others a microscope. Orlando Figes … uses both to his readers’ constant surprise and delight.”
      The American Scholar

      “Timely, brilliant and hugely enjoyable … a magnificently humane book, written with supple grace but firmly underpinned by meticulous scholarship.”
      Sunday Telegraph

      “Passionately exuberant … Europe’s dynamic culture comes to life in the tumultuous story of singer Pauline Viardot, her husband, and her lover, Turgenev … Breathtaking."
      Sunday Times

      “Remarkable … Orlando Figes is a fine historian who combines scholarly detail with readability. His wide-ranging book touches on a multitude of subjects. But at its heart is a love triangle—the very human story of three remarkable individuals whose lives he has resurrected with great sympathy and insight.”
      Daily Mail

      “A brilliant book, enormously impressive.”
      Peter Frankopan,Spectator

      “Figes is a fine, subtle writer with a nice eye for detail and clever with structure. I finished the book entertained, informed and armed with the kinds of insights and questions that will keep me happily going for the rest of the year.”
      The Times

      “An exhilarating whirl through 19th-century Europe … should enchant anyone interested in the cultural revolutions of the 19th century.”
      BBC History Magazine

      “A kaleidoscopic survey of European high culture from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century, encompassing everything from painting and railways to politics and music, as rich and densely packed as a fruitcake.”
      Country Life

      “Wonderful … Figes delivers a riveting examination of the nuts and bolts of high culture. … No aspect of the business of culture escapes his notice.”
      —Air Mail

      “I loved the book. I read it in every spare moment, fascinated and sometimes surprised. All of the principal characters are inspiring, butThe Europeansalso shows the struggles and backbiting and mistakes which can also lie behind a repertoire we tend to take for granted. I have been speaking about the book to everyone I know: it is clearly not just a book for musicians but for the widest audience interested in literature, music and art."
      Barbara Hannigan

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    The Age of Illusions How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory Andrew J. Bacevich
    9781250175083 Hardcover HISTORY / United States On Sale Date:January 07, 2020 Print Run:75000
    $36.50 CAD 5.87 x 8.33 x 0.92 in | 320 gr | 256 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Metropolitan Books
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      A thought-provoking and penetrating account of the post-Cold war follies and delusions that culminated in the age of Donald Trump from the bestselling author ofThe Limits of Power.

      When the Cold War ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Washington establishment felt it had prevailed in a world-historical struggle. Our side had won, a verdict that was both decisive and irreversible. For the world’s “indispensable nation,” its “sole superpower,” the future looked very bright. History, having brought the United States to the very summit of power and prestige, had validated American-style liberal democratic capitalism as universally applicable.

      In the decades to come, Americans would put that claim to the test. They would embrace the promise of globalization as a source of unprecedented wealth while embarking on wide-ranging military campaigns to suppress disorder and enforce American values abroad, confident in the ability of U.S. forces to defeat any foe. Meanwhile, they placed all their bets on the White House to deliver on the promise of their Cold War triumph: unequaled prosperity, lasting peace, and absolute freedom.

      InThe Age of Illusions, bestselling author Andrew Bacevich takes us from that moment of seemingly ultimate victory to the age of Trump, telling an epic tale of folly and delusion. Writing with his usual eloquence and vast knowledge, he explains how, within a quarter of a century, the United States ended up with gaping inequality, permanent war, moral confusion, and an increasingly angry and alienated population, as well, of course, as the strangest president in American history.

      Andrew J. Bacevich is professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University. A graduate of both the U.S. Military Academy and Princeton University, he served in the U.S. Army for twenty-three years. His recent books includeThe Limits of Power,America's War for the Greater Middle East,andTwilight of the American Century.His writings have appeared in theNew York Times, theLondonReview of Books, and theAmerican Conservative, among other publications.
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      "Offers tantalizing insights into how America's Cold War victory soured. . . . Most interesting." —The Economist

      "Those unfamiliar with Bacevich’s work will be thrilled to encounter a first-rate thinker whose trenchant, objective, well-written analyses defy glib labeling . . . Highly recommended."

      “This engrossing recounting of the irresponsibility of America’s ruling class—aided and abetted by a citizenry grown complacent—clarifies the absurdities of the ascent of Trump. Like a Greek tragedian of old, Bacevich insistently discloses the discomfiting truth, showing how America’s self-congratulatory past has led to our wrenching present. Instead of illusions, he offers hope for a future free of self-deception, and points the way toward a newly responsible American civic life.”—Patrick J. Deneen, author ofWhy Liberalism Failed

      “InThe Age of Illusions, Andrew Bacevich offers a thoughtful, well-informed, and deeply humane critique of the self-absorbed grandiosity that dominates American foreign policy. He is one of a handful of sane voices contributing to the national conversation, and this is an indispensable book for our troubled times.”—Jackson Lears, author ofRebirth of a Nation

      “This astute analysis of how the United States squandered its ‘cold war victory’ shows how the elites wasted the peace dividend with policies favoring global neoliberalism, military hegemony, and radical individualism, paralyzing Washington and delivering the oval office to a patently incompetent candidate.”—Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, Editor,Commonweal (retired)

      “America’s most important challenges preceded Trump and will outlast him, Andrew Bacevich argues in this searing and powerful account of U.S. politics. This book will anger many readers, but it should also ignite overdue debate about permanent war enabled by public apathy, and economic inequality produced by globalized neoliberalism.”—Mary Dudziak, author ofWar Time

      “As clear-headed as always, as honest as usual, Andrew Bacevich gives us a brilliant account of how the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War brought on not the end of history but an explosion of American hubris and an era of excess that blinded our political class to reality, stunted citizenship, undermined governance, and ignited angry disenchantment among great swaths of the public, enabling a real-life Captain Queeg to seize the helm, shouting ‘Full Steam Ahead’toward monumental disaster. Unless, says Bacevich in his compelling conclusion, we come to our senses.”—Bill Moyers

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    9780805073638 Paperback MUSIC / Genres & Styles On Sale Date:September 03, 2019
    $23.95 CAD 6.13 x 9.25 x 0 in | 450 gr | 352 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Times Books
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      A top critic offers his 100 picks for the best and most influential rock albums

      Rock and roll has engendered a whole myriad of subgenres-from metal to reggae, folk rock to funk, country rock to hip-hop, punk to grunge, rockabilly to soul. In assertive and original essays, Jon Pareles, the rock music critic forThe New York Times, addresses what he calls the "panopticon" of genres that grew out of the early traditions. He includes several of these seminal artists who laid the groundwork for later experimentation-Elvis, Chuck Berry, and Buddy Holly, for example. But he also ranges widely over some more unusual favorites: Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, James Brown, Public Enemy, Parliament-Funkadelic, Nirvana, U2, and Talking Heads.

      Pareles bases his selection of the hundred best albums on their innovativeness, historical significance, and pure listening pleasure. He tells us not just what the album sounds like but why it is so influential, and in many cases, why it's still a thrill to hear after all of these years. This latest volume in the Essential Library series captures perfectly the way that rock has shaped and shaken both our culture and our minds.


      Jon Pareles is a rock critic for The New York Times. He lives in New York City.

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    Brzezinski A Life on the Grand Chessboard of Power Patrick Vaughan
    9780805083163 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political On Sale Date:September 03, 2019
    $38.00 CAD 6.13 x 9.25 x 0 in | 450 gr | 384 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Times Books
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      The first biography of the influential national security adviser and strategic thinker whose ideas have helped shape American foreign policy for five decades

      Drawing on exclusive access to Zbigniew Brzezinski's private archives and diaries as well as original interviews with his colleagues and rivals, Patrick Vaughan shows how this Polish-born professor willed himself and his ideas to the center of U.S. foreign policy, setting America on the course that would eventually triumph in the Cold War.

      At the center of the narrative are two pivotal relationships: Brzezinski's lifelong rivalry with Henry Kissinger, another émigré strategist who was the first to ascend the heights of power; and his unlikely political partnership with Jimmy Carter, who brought Brzezinski to the White House. Vaughan also reveals the surprising behind-the-scenes influence that Brzezinski has wielded after leaving office, as well as his ongoing success in shaping public opinion.

      Zbigniew Brzezinski's legacy is palpable in Eastern Europe, Afghanistan, Iran, and the Middle East, and he remains a leading player on the world stage. Vaughan's definitive biography reveals the extraordinary story of how one remarkable thinker changed the world.


      Patrick Vaughan is a professor at Jagiellonian University in Poland, where he teaches American history and the Cold War. Born in Seattle and raised in California, he holds a Ph.D. in history from West Virginia University. He has won numerous awards for his foreign policy research, including the Fulbright Scholarship, the John L. Snell Memorial Prize, and the Kazimierz Dziewanowski Award. He lives in Krakow, Poland.

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