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What do White House Chiefs of Staff actually do? How important are they really? What makes a good Chief of Staff? Chris Whipple's highly informed and deeply engrossing book answers these questions and many more. Beginning with Richard Nixon's first Chief of Staff, H. R. Haldeman, Whipple chronicles the tenures of every White House Chief up until John Kelly. His detailed account reveals the incredibly significant roles that the Chiefs have played in influencing events as major as Watergate, the Iran-Contra scandal, the Lewinsky affair, the invasion of Iraq, and the DACA rollout.

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ISBN: 9780804138260
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Published: Broadway Books - March 6th, 2018

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Award-winning journalist Tim Harford is a master at writing clear and entertaining prose about the economy. With his new book, Harford details the history of economic change since the invention of the plow in China 2000 years ago. He focuses on 50 seminal inventions -- from the passport and the bar code to paper money and intellectual property. In short, very  readable chapters, Harford brings all 50 inventions to life, placing them in their proper historical contexts and explaining their significance today. Along the way, he entertains us with fascinating anecdotes and a great sense of humor. Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy is a delight to read and a great gift book for just about everyone!

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ISBN: 9780735216143
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 28th, 2018

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In her first novel since her National Book Award-winning The Round House, Louise Erdrich does not disappoint. LaRose tells the harrowing yet heartening story of two neighboring families struggling to overcome tragedy. Faced with the loss of their son, the Raviches must find a way to keep alive their failing marriage. Meanwhile, the Irons must come to terms with the knowledge that one of their own has committed an act of unimaginable violence. Filled with Erdrich’s characteristic lyrical grace and her meticulous attention to historical detail, LaRose confirms that Erdrich is still operating at the height of her imaginative powers.

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ISBN: 9780062277022
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Published: Harper - May 10th, 2016