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Books for Understanding is a free, easy-to-use resource to help you find books on current events. New bibliographies are compiled when a major news story breaks or public debate heats up. For more information, click here.


The 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics are headed for Rio. As sports focus international attention on Brazil, a new AAUP bibliography navigates the multitudes of scholarship on this diverse, complex nation.

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Our latest bibliography higlights critical scholarship on contemporary cat-human relations.

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Once again protests have broken out in Ukraine, escalating to violence and leading to the ousting of Prime Minister Yanukovych in late February. A new bibliography of recent titles by scholarly publishers seeks to illuminate the tumultuous history behind the "bordlerland."

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On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's 1963 assassination, AAUP has released a new bibliography to revisit and remember his life, death, and legacy.

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ugap_academiclivesHigher Education

With the new academic year underway, our latest bibliography informs debates about higher education policy and leadership, while also considering its
significant history.

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In honor of our Annual Meeting host city, home to a number of university presses, the "Boston" bibliography highlights the latest and best university press scholarship on the scholarly city.

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Though the motive behind the Boston Marathon bombings is still unclear, public interest has focused on the suspects' Chechen heritage. These works of scholarship shed light on the history and conflicts of this Caucasian republic and its region.

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New Updates:

Financial Crisis updated 12/8/14
Nonprofit Sector updated 12/8/14
Social Security updated 12/8/14

Chechnya updated 12/8/14
First Amendment & Free Expression updated 12/8/14
Guns in America updated 12/8/14
Somalia updated 12/8/14
Sudan updated 12/8/14

Ferguson Grand Jury Denies Indictment

The policeman who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO this summer will not be charged.

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SCOTUS Denies State-Level Bans on Same-Sex Marriage

In October, the Supreme Court let stand appeals court rulings from a handful of states on same-sex marriage.

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ISIS Threat Spreads

ISIS continues its aggression in Iraq and Syria, using brutal terror tactics to expand its territory.

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A New Semester Begins

As students return to campus, take a closer look at the latest scholarship on higher education: leadership, access, sustainability, and more.

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University Presses Launch "University Presses in Space"

ups_in_spaceIn March, a collaborative group of scholarly publishers launched the website "University Presses in Space," a collaborative project featuring a sample of the many titles published about space and space exploration.

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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr., told hundreds of thousands gathered on the Washington Mall of his dream for racial and economic justice. Fifty years on the occasion is as much one for reflection and continued action as it is commemoration.

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Democratic Crisis in Egypt

Hundreds of deaths have been reported as Egypt's security forces brutally clear protests by supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi.

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Capital in the Twenty-First Centurybon_piketty

Thomas Piketty
Translated by Arthur Goldhammer
Harvard University Press, 2014

French economist Piketty's latest work weighs centuries of economic data from 20 countries to analyze current inequalities—and how to amend them via political action. Capital quickly became the #1 bestseller on Amazon upon its April release. Learn More

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This Is the Day

Leonard Freed
Getty Publications, 2013

Selected photographs from Freed's luminous and illuminating record of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this important Civil Rights Movement touchstone. Learn More

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