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Gathered here is a collection of topical titles that will stimulate conversation and critical thinking while engaging students in full discussions of timely, popular subjects. We proudly present you with a list of thought-provoking books ideal for freshman-year reading and first-year seminars. To read sample chapters or watch author interviews click below on the corresponding book cover:

How to Win an Election
Cicero: How to Win an Election
The Spirit of Compromise
Gutmann: The Spirit of Compromise
Guesstimation 2.0
Weinstein: Guesstimation 2.0
The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
Burger & Starbird: The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
Delbanco: College
Meaning in Life and Why It Matters
Wolf: Meaning in Life and Why It Matters
Mayer-Schönberger: Delete
Create Dangerously
Danticat: Create Dangerously
Nussbaum: Not For Profit
Nussbaum: Not For Profit
Ten Hills Farm
Manegold: Ten Hills Farm
Beyond UFOs
Bennett: Beyond UFOs
Taming the Gods
Buruma: Taming the Gods
The Whites of Their Eyes
Lepore: The Whites of Their Eyes
Privilege: Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul's School
Khan: Privilege
Animal Spirits
Akerlof/Shiller: Animal Spirits
The Soulful Science
Coyle: The Soulful Science
Souled Out
Dionne: Souled Out
Lincoln on Race and Slavery
Gates: Lincoln on Race & Slavery
On Bullshit
Frankfurt: On Bullshit
The Invisible Hook
Leeson: The Invisible Hook
Cop in the Hood
Moskos: Cop in the Hood
The Price of Everything
Roberts: The Price of Everything
Waldfogel: Scroogenomics
Weinstein/Adam: Guesstimation

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