Many Children Left Behind: How the No Child Left Behind Act Is Damaging Our Children and Our Schools (Sept., $13), edited by Deborah Meier and George Wood, issues a passionate call for change.
Welcome to the Machine: Science, Surveillance and the Culture of Control (Sept., $18) by Derrick Jensen and George Draffan charges that machine-readable devices have infiltrated our lives, defining our culture.
Food for the Soul: Selections from the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen Writers Workshop (Oct., $18), edited by Susan Shapiro and Elizabeth Maxwell, collects writings by New York City's homeless. $20,000 ad/promo.
The Yes Men: The True Story of the End of the World Trade Organization (Sept., $14.95) by the Yes Men. Anticorporate pranksters impersonate agents from the WTO on television and at business conferences.
50 Things You're Not Supposed to Know, Vol. 2 (Nov., $9.95) by Russ Kick releases suppressed information.
DUKE UNIV. PRESS
It's All for Sale: The Control of Global Resources (Dec., $18.95) by James Ridgeway reviews corporate control of the world's assets.
The Cost of "Choice": Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion (Sept., $17.95) by Erika Bachiochi assesses medical, legal and moral ramifications.
FORDHAM UNIV. PRESS
Check It Out!: Great Reporters Talk About What It Takes to Tell the Story (Sept.; $18, cloth $30) by Art Athens assails the decline of genuine news gathering.
An Expensive Way to Make Bad People Worse: An Essay on Prison Reform from an Insider's Perspective (Sept., $10) by Jens Soering. An incarcerated writer argues that the current prison system is bad fiscal policy.
The Maze of Fear: Security and Migration After 9/11 (Sept., $19.95), edited by John Tirman. Social scientists view current attitudes and concerns.
OLIVE BRANCH PRESS
Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear and the Selling of American Empire (Sept., $15), edited by Sut Jhally and Jeremy Earp, claims that the Bush administration has used 9/11 to advance neoconservatism for global geopolitical domination.
Peace in the Post-Christian Era (Oct., $16) by Thomas Merton publishes the monk's prophetic testament on war and peace for the first time.
Martyrs: Innocence, Vengeance and Despair in the Middle East (Nov., $16.95) by Joyce M. Davis. Terrorist trainers, families of suicide bombers and moderate Muslims speak out.
Freedom Underground (Sept., $9.95) by Carl Rising-Moore and Becky Oberg tells of Vietnam vet Rising-Moore's underground railroad to Canada, helping soldiers flee the Iraqi war.
True Lies (Oct., $14) by Anthony Lappé and Stephen Marshall. The Guerrilla News Network reveals what the mainstream media is holding back. Ad/promo.
Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press (Oct., $18), edited by Kristina Borjesson, affirms that suppression and distortion of news information threatens America.
Building a Successful Palestinian State (Sept., $35) by David Gompert et al. cites the requirements for security, governance and more.
Mexico's Democracy at Work: Political and Economic Dynamics (Jan.; $19.95, cloth $49.95), edited by Russell Crandall et al., highlights the challenges posed by the country's democratic breakthrough.
Making Kind Choices: Simple and Everyday Ways to Avoid Cruelty to Animals and Enhance Your Life from the Inside Out (Jan., $14.95) by Ingrid Newkirk. The founder of PETA offers a practical handbook.
Disappeared: A Journalist Silenced (Nov., $15.95) by June Carolyn Erlick. In 1980, Guatemalan journalist Irma Flaquer was dragged from her car and never seen again.
SEVEN STORIES PRESS
Censored 2005: The Top 25 Censored Stories (Sept.; $17.95, cloth $40) by Peter Phillips and Project Censored tracks down breaking news stories never reported.
STATE UNIV. OF NEW YORK PRESS
Reading Oprah: How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads (Nov., $17.95) by Cecilia Konchar Farr analyzes what the TV host has accomplished.
Sporting Equality: Title IX Thirty Years Later (Oct., $24.95), edited by Rita J. Simon, reviews the legislation's impact and identifies future points of contention.
UNIV. OF ARIZONA PRESS
Waiting for Rain: The Politics and Poetry of Drought in Northeast Brazil (Oct., $36.95) by Nicholas Gabriel Arons calls on oral history and art to scrutinize the disastrous impact of the region's drought.
UNIV. OF ARKANSAS PRESS
The Clinton Riddle: Perspectives on the Forty-Second President (Oct., $24.95), edited by Todd Shields et al., surveys Clinton's term in office.
UNIV. OF MASSACHUSETTS PRESS
Against the Odds: Scholars Who Challenged Racism in the Twentieth Century (Oct., $19.95), edited by Benjamin P. Bowser et al. Activists give personal accounts.
UNIV. OF MICHIGAN PRESS
Slaves to Fashion: Poverty and Abuse in the New Sweatshops (Oct.; $19.95, cloth $65) by Robert J.S. Ross warns against the reappearance of these global inequities.
UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS
The Abortion Rights Controversy in America: A Legal Reader (Sept.; $24.95, cloth $59.95) by N.E.H. Hull et al. balances attitudes in the 200-year-old debate.
UNIV. OF NOTRE DAME PRESS
What You Need to Know About the Economics of Growing Old (but Were Afraid to Ask): A Provocative Reference Guide to the Economics of Aging (Sept., $14), edited by Teresa Ghilarducci, guides politicians, journalists and citizens through the Social Security maze.
UNIV. OF WISCONSIN PRESS
Terrorism and Homeland Security (Sept.; $29.95, cloth $75), edited by Yonah Alexander and Donald J. Musch, represents views, policies and actions of the executive and legislative branches.
Another World Is Possible If... (Sept., $16) by Susan George suggests alternative strategies to globalization.
The U.S. and Mexico: The Bear and the Porcupine (Sept.; $24.95, cloth $69.95) by Jeffrey Davidow is the testimony of a former U.S. ambassador to Mexico.
Violence in the Middle East: From Political Struggle to Self-Sacrifice (Sept.; $22.95, cloth $58.95) by Hamit Bozarlan describes the political structures that trigger violence.
Is that a Politician in Your Pocket?: Washington on $2 Million a Day (Sept., $12.95) by Micah L. Sifry and Nancy Watzman stresses the corrupting influence of money in politics.