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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.


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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Guns in Americagunsinamerica

A tragic string of mass shootings inspired our latest bibliography. Scholarship on gun policy, violence, the Second Amendment, recreational shooting, and cultural contexts scrutinizes this divisive and
multifaceted topic.

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New Updates:

Kittens published 4/1/14

Iran updated 3/18/14
Iraq updated 3/18/14
Israel & Palestine updated 3/18/14
Oil updated 3/18/14
Syria & Lebanon updated 3/18/14

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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Important SCOTUS Rulings

The Supreme Court issued several important rulings this summer: striking down the Defense of Marriage Act; limiting the Voting Rights Act; and reconsidering university affirmative action policies.

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Immigration Bill Considered

US Congress debates a path to citizenship for immigrants.

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Violence Continues in Syria

The violent crackdown on political opposition by Assad's regime continues in the face of international condemnation, and threatens to spill over the country's borders.

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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 Library Search
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