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Awards: The New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award
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About Face About Face
A History of America's Curious Relationship with China, from Nixon to Clinton
by James Mann
Our Price: $24.00

This is the inside story of the people, forces, politics, and diplomacy that have shaped contemporary relations between the United States and China. James Mann, the Beijing bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times from 1984 to 1987, draws on hundreds of newly uncovered government documents, scores of interviews, and his own experiences in writing this investigative history.

A Great Wall A Great Wall
Six Presidents and China
by Patrick Tyler
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A revelatory history of the complicated and combative relationship between the world's biggest and most powerful nations -- by the former Beijing bureau chief of The New York Times.

2000 Honorable Mentions

Out for Good Out for Good
The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America
by Dudley Clendinen, Adam Nagourney
Our Price: $27.12

This is the definitive account of the last great struggle for equal rights in the 20th century. From the birth of the modern gay-rights movement at the Stonewall riots in New York in 1969, through 1988, when the gay-rights movement was eclipsed by the more urgent demands of AIDS activists, this is the remarkable and until now untold story of how a largely invisible population of men and women banded together to create their place in America's culture and government.

Father/Land Father/Land
A Personal Search for the New Germany
by Frederick Kempe
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FATHER/LAND is a work of observation, insight, and commentary, a provocative book that will become required reading for anyone seeking to understand modern Germany. And it is something more. For in researching the past, Frederick Kempe discovered that the ghosts of the past were not limited to others, that the contradictory threads of good and evil wove through his own family as well. After years of denying his Germanness, he had to confront it at last.

The Big Test The Big Test
The Secret History of the American Meritocracy
by Nicholas Lemann
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A history of the SAT, THE BIG TEST raises innumerable questions of the sort that torment parents, teachers, and administrators -- about the purpose of education, about its beneficiaries and casualties, and about our understanding of "merit."

The New New Thing The New New Thing
A Silicon Valley Story
by Michael Lewis
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Michael Lewis sets out on a safari through Silicon Valley to find the world's most important technology entrepreneur, the true representative of the coming age. All roads lead to a man -- Jim Clark -- who is about to achieve an unprecedented hat trick with the creation of his third, separate billion-dollar company: first Silicon Graphics, then Netscape -- which launched the Information Age -- and now Healtheon, a start-up that may turn the $1.5 trillion health-care industry on its head.