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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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New Updates:

Financial Crisis updated 12/8/14
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Chechnya updated 12/8/14
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Je Suis Charlie

An attack on satirical French publication Charlie Hebdo has left 12 dead. Individuals and organizations around the world, including AAUP, have reaffirmed our commitments to freedom of thought, inquiry, and expression.

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Cuba—US Relations Warming

The US administration announced loosened sanctions against Cuba this December.

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Indictments Denied in Michael Brown and Eric Garner Killings

The policeman who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, this summer will not be charged. A NY grand jury also failed to return an indictment against the police officer who killed Eric Garnerin Staten Island.

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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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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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