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Roots of Steel: Boom and Bust in an American Mill Town

Roots of Steel: Boom and Bust in an American Mill Town is the story of the men and women who worked at the Sparrows Point steelworks in Baltimore, from its founding as a mill and company town in 1886 through two world wars, unionization, civil rights, and the ruinous effects of technology change and globalization. David Simon called it “a careful, coherent case study of the American dream abandoned…nothing less than a chronicle of a great society unmoored.” Order online at Amazon.com

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The Riddle of Gender: Science, Activism and Transgender Rights

The Riddle of Gender: Science, Activism and Transgender Rights is a history of the sex and gender revolution that began in the 19th century when pioneering scientists like Magnus Hirschfeld sought to achieve “justice through science” for genderqueer people. Jennifer Finney Boylan called the book “meticulous, funny, brilliant and readable … important not just for those interested in the enigmas of sex and gender, but for those interested in the universal mystery of how we become ourselves.” Order online at amazon.com

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The Scalpel and the Butterfly: The Conflict Between Animal Research and Animal Protection

The Scalpel and the Butterfly: The Conflict Between Animal Research and Animal Protection is a compelling account of the long-simmering debate about the use of animals in research and testing. The New Yorker noted that “the author resolutely resists simplistic answers … by showing the spectrum of possible views between the moral absolutism of one camp and the unrepentant materialism of the other, this valuable book suggests a vast ground for compromise.” Order online at amazon.com

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