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Buy a Brookings Book this Holiday Season for the Wonk in Your Family

Need a gift for the policy wonk in your life? Check out some of our top sellers this year that showcase the variety of topics that Brookings publishes annually, and which make great last minute gifts for holiday shopping.

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Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America
William H. Frey

At its optimistic best, America has embraced its identity as the world’s melting pot. Today it is on the cusp of becoming a country with no racial majority.

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Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood without Marriage
Isabel V. Sawhill

Over half of all births to young adults in the United States now occur outside of marriage, and many are unplanned. The result is increased poverty and inequality for children.

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The Professor and the President: Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the Nixon White House
Stephen Hess

What happens when a conservative president makes a liberal professor from the Ivy League his top urban affairs adviser?

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What We Won: America’s Secret War in Afghanistan, 1979-1989
Bruce Riedel


In February 1989, the CIA’s station chief in Islamabad famously cabled headquarters a simple message: “We Won.” It was an understated coda to the most successful covert intelligence operation in American history.

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The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy
Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley

Across the US, cities and metropolitan areas are facing huge economic and competitive challenges that Washington won’t, or can’t, solve. The good news is that networks of metropolitan leaders are stepping up and powering the nation forward.

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Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust
Darrell M. West


The top one percent own about one-third of the assets in America and 40 percent of assets around the world, giving the ultra-rich extraordinary influence over elections, public policy, and governance.

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Dead Men Ruling: How to Restore Fiscal Freedom and Rescue Our Future
C. Eugene Steuerle


The news coming out of Washington, D.C., and reverberating around the nation increasingly sounds like a broken record, yet these seemingly separable economic and political problems are actually symptoms of a common disease, one unique to our time.

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The Lingering Conflict: Israel, The Arabs, and the Middle East 1948-2012
Itamar Rabinovich

An authoritative insight into the prospects for genuine peace in the Middle East, this book includes a detailed insider account of the peace processes of 1992–96 and a frank dissection of the more dispiriting record since then.

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Development Projects Observed
Albert O. Hirschman, featuring a new foreword by Cass R. Sunstein and afterword by Michele Alacevich


Originally published in 1967, this book is recognized as the ultimate volume in Hirschman’s groundbreaking trilogy on development, and as the bridge to the broader social science themes of his subsequent writings.

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Still Ours to Lead: America, Rising Powers, and the Tension between Rivalry and Restraint
Bruce Jones

Is the U.S.A. losing its “superpower” status? Are the rising powers set to challenge the international order? What is the future of global stability?

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