Politics

All of Us or None: Social Justice Posters of the San Francisco Bay Area

This long-awaited catalog of political posters pays homage to an influential and populist art movement that has created some of the most enduring imagery of our time. In All of Us or None, author Lincoln Cushing examines key selections from a remarkable archive of over 24,000 posters amassed by free speech movement activist, author, and […]

The Court That Tamed the West: From the Gold Rush to the Tech Boom

From the gold rush to the Internet boom, the US District Court for the Northern District of California has played a major role in how business is done and life is lived on the Pacific Coast. When California was first admitted to the Union, pioneers were busy prospecting for new fortunes, building towns and cities—and […]

Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-59714-246-5
Price: $35.00

De-Bug: Voices from the Underside of Silicon Valley

No shuttle buses here: De-Bug, a new collection of true stories from the social justice organization of the same name, shows a side of working in Silicon Valley that you won’t read about in the business section. As tech moguls land the cover of Forbes, the South Bay’s working class is making ends meet as […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-319-6
Price: $16.00

East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres

From cuisine and martial arts to sex and self-esteem, East Eats West shines new light on the bridges and crossroads where two hemispheres meld into one worldwide “immigrant nation.” In this new nation, with its amalgamation of divergent ideas, tastes, and styles, today’s bold fusion becomes tomorrow’s classic. But while the space between East and […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-138-3
Price: $14.95

Fightin’ Words: 25 Years of Provocative Poetry and Prose from “The Blue-Collar” PEN

Energy crackles through PEN Oakland’s new collection of poetry and prose, in which 125 works distill radical politics and the need for social justice into passionate literature. Pieces span the spectrum of human emotion: from rage, as in Floyd Salas’s declamation against torture, to grief in CB Follett’s “Words to the Mother Whose Son Shot My Son,” to joy and […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-0-615-96797-4
Price: $18.00

Game Changers: Twelve Elections That Transformed California

Regional Nonfiction Finalist, Next Generation Indie Book Awards The latest CHS Book Award winner examines California’s history through the prism of twelve elections that forever changed the state. Drawing from a wealth of primary sources, including new interviews conducted by the authors, each chapter explores one election (Leland Stanford’s gubernatorial race, the initiative that mandated […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-320-2
Price: $20.00

Hetch Hetchy: Undoing a Great American Mistake

“The environmental movement as we know it was forged in the fight against Hetch Hetchy Dam. No previous debate over the American landscape had so engaged and enraged the American public. The Sierra Club and other opponents helped stir this sentiment and their campaign to preserve Hetch Hetchy became the prototypical environmental campaign.” —From Hetch […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-228-1
Price: $24.95

Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience

In the wake of wartime panic that followed the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor, more than 100,000 Japanese Americans residing along the West Coast of the United States were uprooted from their homes and their communities and banished to internment camps throughout the country. Through personal documents, art, and propaganda, Only What We Could Carry […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-890771-30-0
Price: $24.00

Remaking California: Reclaiming the Public Good

California is locked in a constitutional crisis. Its schools are in decline, its water system near collapse, and its prisons in disarray. It is unable to avoid a yearly budget crisis, maintain its public facilities, or care for its sick. Nor can its citizens remedy these ills under present arrangements. A land once known for […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-134-5
Price: $25.00

Tahoe beneath the Surface: The Hidden Stories of America’s Largest Mountain Lake

Lake Tahoe transformed America, and not just once but many times over—from the earliest Ice Age civilizations to the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe. It even played a hidden role in the American conquest of California, the launch of the Republican Party, and the birth of John Steinbeck’s first novel. Along the way, Lake Tahoe […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-139-0
Price: $17.00

Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California

Wherever There’s a Fight captures the sweeping story of how freedom and equality have grown in California, from the gold rush right up to the precarious post-9/11 era. The book tells the stories of the brave individuals who have stood up for their rights in the face of social hostility, physical violence, economic hardship, and […]

Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-59714-114-7
Price: $25.00