Staff Pick

Just about anyone would find Shattered (Crown, $28)—Washington Post reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes’s fast-moving and detailed account of the trials and travails that beset the 2016 Clinton campaign—an interesting and compelling read. I’d be remiss if I didn’t single out two particular groups of people who would be especially intrigued: campaign wonks on either side of the political aisle, and fans of Greek and Shakespearean tragedies. For liberals weary of re-experiencing any election-related trauma, have faith: Allen and Parnes, who previously authored the positive portrayal of Hillary Clinton in the biography HRC, depict both Clinton and her campaign staff sympathetically, trying as best they can to navigate the minefield that was the 2016 election. Even if you experienced last year as an avid news consumer and continue to be flabbergasted (and/or horrified) by the outcome, Shattered will help shed some light on what may have seemed unexplainable. A must-read read for news junkies everywhere.

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553447088
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Crown - April 18th, 2017

Staff Pick

Shortly after graduating from U.S. Army Ranger School in 2006, PFC Alex Blum took part in a bank robbery. This act confused and horrified Alex's relatives, who knew him as an upstanding young man with a high moral conscience, who had wanted his whole life to become a ranger. His cousin Ben, however, wanted to go deeper - what were the emotional and societal factors that led Alex to make this seemingly inexplicable choice? This stellar true crime story weaves through psychology, sociology, and even mathematics as the author makes every imaginable effort to understand the cousin he thought he knew. It's a deep and dark but ultimately life-affirming read, filled with unforgettable moments from the first page to the last.

Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385538435
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday - September 12th, 2017

Staff Pick

Shortly after graduating from U.S. Army Ranger School in 2006, PFC Alex Blum took part in a bank robbery. This act confused and horrified Alex's relatives, who knew him as an upstanding young man with a high moral conscious, who had wanted his whole life to become a ranger. His cousin Ben, however, wanted to go deeper.  What were the emotional and societal factors that led Alex to make this seemingly inexplicable choice? This stellar true crime story weaves through psychology, sociology, and even mathematics as the author makes every imaginable effort to understand the cousin he thought he knew. It's a deep and dark but ultimately life-affirming read, filled with unforgettable moments from the first page to the last.

Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385538435
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday - September 12th, 2017

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