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Tamper Proof: A Sonia Amon, MD Medical Thriller (Dr. Sonia Amon Medical Thrillers Book 4) by Judith Lucci (Bluestone Valley Publishing, LLC Harrisonburg, VA) 4.8 Stars (26 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

When your father's the terrorist and wants to kill you, ... The fear never goes away. The hunt is one second away. "Follow the bubbles, I tell myself. Bubbles are life... " Still recovering from a near death experience in Syria, Sonia moves her small family to safety. She leaves them under CIA protection to facilitate and underground medical project for the government. "But, is her family ever safe?" ... There are spies all around. Eveern h best friend or colleague can be a spy. See for yourself. Get it now. You'll love this medical thriller because of the mix of love, brutality, hatred and love that makes for an undeniable page turner. You'll be up until dawn. Sonia Amon Novels - Stories of love, strength, vulnerability and grit. Dr. Judith Lucci has ridden camels in Egypt, taught healthcare on three continents, consulted with Congress on health policy, cared for patients in Third World countries and impacted thousands of lives.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 407 Pages (2,519 KB)
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Added: Aug 11th, 2020

The American Crisis by Thomas Paine (E-BOOKARAMA) 3.9 Stars (14 Reviews)    Price verified 7 hours ago

"The American Crisis" by Thomas Paine is a collection of articles that were published during the American Revolution between 1776 and 1783. In the pamphlet he expressed his support towards an independent America that would be self-governed. Starting from the first article, he tries to convince the colonists to support the war against Britain. Thomas Paine was an American philosopher and is considered one of the founding fathers of the United States. His work, which includes "Common Sense" (1776), was key during the American Revolution and for the independence movement.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 251 Pages (1,011 KB)
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Added: Aug 11th, 2020

The Ethics of Criticism by Tobin Siebers (Cornell University Press) 4.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 7 hours ago

Tobin Siebers asserts that literary criticism is essentially a form of ethics. The Ethics of Criticism investigates the moral character of contemporary literary theory, assessing a wide range of theoretical approaches in terms of both the ethical presuppositions underlying the critical claims and the attitudes fostered by the approaches. Building on analyses of the moral legacies of Plato, Kant, Nietzsche, and Freud, Siebers identifies the various fronts on which the concerns of critical theory impinge on those of ethics.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 270 Pages (647 KB)
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Added: Aug 11th, 2020

Postcolonialism Cross-Examined: Multidirectional Perspectives on Imperial and Colonial Pasts and the Neocolonial Present (Routledge Philosophers in ... by Monika Albrecht (Routledge) 4.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 6 hours ago

Taking a strikingly interdisciplinary and global approach, Postcolonialism Cross-Examined reflects on the current status of postcolonial studies and attempts to break through traditional boundaries, creating a truly comparative and genuinely global phenomenon. Drawing together the field of mainstream postcolonial studies with post-Soviet postcolonial studies and studies of the late Ottoman Empire, the contributors in this volume question many of the concepts and assumptions we have become accustomed to in postcolonial studies, creating a fresh new version of the field. The volume calls the merits of the field into question, investigating how postcolonial studies may have perpetuated and normalized colonialism as an issue exclusive to Western colonial and imperial powers. The volume is the first to open a dialogue between three different areas of postcolonial scholarship that previously developed independently from one another: ? the wide field of postcolonial studies working on European colonialism, ? the growing field of post-Soviet postcolonial/post-imperial studies, ? the still fledgling field of post-Ottoman postcolonial/post-imperial studies, supported by sideways glances at the multidirectional conditions of interaction in East Africa and the East and West Indies. Postcolonialism Cross-Examined looks at topics such as humanism, nationalism, multiculturalism, nostalgia, and the Anthropocene in order to piece together a new, broader vision for postcolonial studies in the twenty-first century. By including territories other than those covered by the postcolonial mainstream, the book strives to reframe the "postcolonial" as a genuinely global phenomenon and develop multidirectional postcolonial perspectives.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 308 Pages (1,726 KB)
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Added: Aug 11th, 2020

Extended Working Life Policies: International Gender and Health Perspectives by Áine Ní Léime (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

This open access book addresses the current debate on extended working life policy by considering the influence of gender and health on the experiences of older workers. Bringing together an international team of scholars, it tackles issues as gender, health status and job/ occupational characteristics that structure the capacity and outcomes associated with working longer. The volume starts with an overview of the empirical and policy literature; continues with a discussion of the relevant theoretical perspectives; includes a section on available data and indicators; followed by 25 very concise and unique country reports that highlight the main extended working life (EWL) research findings and policy trajectories at the national level. It identifies future directions for research and addresses issues associated with effective policy-making. This volume fills an important gap in the knowledge of the consequences of EWL and it will be an invaluable source for both researchers and policy makers.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 539 Pages (3,797 KB)
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Added: Aug 10th, 2020

Macroeconomics, Agriculture, and Food Security: A Guide to Policy Analysis in Developing Countries by Eugenio Díaz-Bonilla (International Food Policy Research Institute) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

Why write a book on macroeconomic policies and their links to agriculture and food security in developing countries? The food price spikes of the years just prior to 2010 and the economic, political, and social dislocations they generated refocused the attention of policymakers and development practitioners on the agricultural sector and food security concerns. But even without those traumatic events, the importance of agriculture for developing countries -- and for an adequate functioning of the world economy -- cannot be denied. First, although declining over time, primary agriculture still represents important percentages of developing countries' overall domestic production, exports, and employment. If agroindustrial, transportation, commercial, and other related activities are also counted, then the economic and social importance of agriculture-based sectors increases significantly. Furthermore, large numbers of the world's poor still live in rural areas and work in agriculture. Through the links via production, trade, employment, and prices, agricultural production is also crucial for national food security. Second, it has been shown that agriculture in developing countries has important growth and employment multipliers for the rest of the economy, and agriculture seems to have larger positive effects in reducing poverty than growth in other sectors. Third, agriculture is not only important for individual developing countries, but it has global significance, considering the large presence of developing countries in world agricultural production and the increasing participation in international trade of those products (these three points will be covered in greater detail in Chapter 1).

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 760 Pages (26,925 KB)
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Added: Aug 10th, 2020

The Plight of A Postmodern Hunter by Mukhtar Shakhanov (Hertfordshire Press) Price verified one day ago

This edition is Mukhtar Shahanov's authorized reprint of Walter May translation of "The Plaint of the Hunter Above the Abyss" book initially published by Atamura in 1998. This is a book-dialogue between two famous pundits, the renowned Kirghizian novelist Chingiz Aitmatov and the legendary Kazakh poet Mukhtar Shakhanov - defending their fundamental faith in the spiritual resources of each and every human being. As such, they explore the moral significance of endlessly recurrent existential dislocations characterising everyone's sense of Personalist encounter with the world around them. A discussion taking them through the riddles posed by ancient philosophies, Turkic histories, African priest-magicians, two-fanged poisonous fish, modern zombism, and Genghis Khan's Golden Hoard: all the way to power politics in the Kremlin, the risks taken by Premier Mikhail Gorbachev as well as the duties, not to mention the obligations, of writers serving in the sphere of international public affairs.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 483 Pages (12,807 KB)
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Added: Aug 10th, 2020

Global History and New Polycentric Approaches: Europe, Asia and the Americas in a World Network System (Palgrave Studies in Comparative Global ... by Manuel Perez Garcia (Palgrave Macmillan) 3.8 Stars (6 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. Rethinking the ways global history is envisioned and conceptualized in diverse countries such as China, Japan, Mexico or Spain, this collections considers how global issues are connected with our local and national communities. It examines how the discipline had evolved in various historiographies, from Anglo Saxon to southern European, and its emergence in Asia with the rapid development of the Chinese economy motivation to legitimate the current uniqueness of the history and economy of the nation. It contributes to the revitalization of the field of global history in Chinese historiography, which have been dominated by national narratives and promotes a debate to open new venues in which important features such as scholarly mobility, diversity and internationalization are firmly rooted, putting aside national specificities. Dealing with new approaches on the use of empirical data by framing the proper questions and hypotheses and connecting western and eastern sources, this text opens a new forum of discussion on how global history has penetrated in western and eastern historiographies, moving the pivotal axis of analysis from national perspectives to open new venues of global history.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 352 Pages (4,105 KB)
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DECEIVED: The Assault of Revisionist History by Keith Hoar (Zhetosoft Publications) 4.9 Stars (15 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Crisis in America. From home to public school to universities, and, ultimately, to the workplace there is a growing crisis. Deadly theories are being spread in higher education. Progressive philosophies of socialism and humanism are fueling intolerance and conflict in our culture. Conservative thought and free speech on college campuses is vanishing. Any speech that challenges the accepted, far-left mind-set is silenced with brute force and even violence. America is awash in moral relativism. Multiple generations no longer believe truth can be known. Everything is being questioned. The Bible, religion, authority, integrity, history, and even right and wrong. Fundamental American values are being challenged and redefined. Good and evil are now measured by feelings and opinions. On college campuses, everything Christian is being labeled hateful, intolerant, and judgmental. Answer these questions: • Has America become Christian in name only? • Are the 'historical revisionists' winning the battle for the minds of America's children? • Is it too late to reverse the moral decline that is threatening to destroy the 'Grand Experiment" called America? DECEIVED The Assault of Revisionist History is a wakeup call. It will give you facts and history from those that lived it, direct from primary sources. In these times of increasing social chaos, the need to be aware of the battle for Truth has never been more urgent! Will you dare to read it and equip yourself for the battle? No decision you make will be more critical.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 226 Pages (3,039 KB)
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Added: Aug 10th, 2020

Keto After 50: Get Your Dream Body by Applying the Most Keto Friendly Recipes- Lose Up to 20 Pounds in Just 10- Days of Diet by Jeff Baker 4.9 Stars (24 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

The Ultimate Keto Diet Cookbook After 50 Low-carb diets are known to be among the most controversial eating plans, and the Ketogenic diet is no exception. There is a lot of hype involving this restrictive lifestyle, so it is only natural to wonder whether taking the plunge will be a good choice for your body and overall health. And researching this subject online doesn't help either. Stumbling upon many conflicting theories and contradicting testimonies, you will see that some people (and studies) say how this isn't a good option for a long-term healthy lifestyle, while others (and other studies as well) will try to lure you into ditching the carbs with incredible body transformations, health-improvement stories, and tangible scientific evidence. So, who should you believe? Actually, both! The thing about the Ketogenic diet is that it isn't a cookie-cutter type of diet, so it is unrealistic to expect that the same meal plan will benefit every type of person, every single body composition, and everyone's unique needs. People can fail for various of reasons - they can eat too many carbs without noticing, they can set the wrong macro ratio, or they can even have an underlying condition that will reverse every Ketogenic progress. Others, who manage to do these things right and find the ideal macronutrient ratio, know how to listen to their bodies and consume the food accordingly, can be successful and rewarded Keto dieters for life. And yes, women over 50 can achieve the latter! With a little bit of discipline and the right eating plan, you can easily get rid of the unpleasant menopause and post-menopause symptoms, and reverse the physical and emotional age-related changes that you struggle with. And the Ketogenic diet can help you with all that. This book gives a comprehensive guide on the following: • Why choose the ketogenic diet after 50? • Best foods to fit into the keto diet for older adults • Using keto to control or prevent age-related ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 99 Pages (4,301 KB)
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Added: Aug 10th, 2020

Faith in Life: John Dewey's Early Philosophy (American Philosophy) by Donald J. Morse (Fordham University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

This is the first book to consider John Dewey's early philosophy on its own terms and to explicate its key ideas. It does so through the fullest treatment to date of his youthful masterwork, the Psychology. This fuller treatment reveals that the received view, which sees Dewey's early philosophy as unimportant in its own right, is deeply mistaken. In fact, Dewey's early philosophy amounts to an important new form of idealism. More specifically, Dewey's idealism contains a new logic of rupture, which allows us to achieve four things: ? A focus on discontinuity that challenges all naturalistic views, including Dewey's own later view; ? A space of critical resistance to events that is at the same time the source of ideals; ? A faith in the development of ideals that challenges pessimists like Schopenhauer and Nietzsche; and ? A non-traditional reading of Hegel that invites comparison with cutting-edge Continental philosophers, such as Adorno, Derrida, and Zizek, and even goes beyond them in its systematic approach; In making these discoveries, the author forges a new link between American and European philosophy, showing how they share similar insights and concerns. He also provides an original assessment of Dewey's relationship to his teacher, George Sylvester Morris, and to other important thinkers of the day, giving us a fresh picture of John Dewey, the man and the philosopher, in the early years of his career. Readers will find a wide range of topics discussed, from Dewey's early reflections on Kant and Hegel to the nature of beauty, courage, sympathy, hatred, love, and even death and despair. This is a book for anyone interested in the thought of John Dewey, American pragmatism, Continental Philosophy, or a new idealism appearing on the scene.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 340 Pages (740 KB)
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Added: Aug 10th, 2020

Self, God and Immortality: A Jamesian Investigation (American Philosophy Book 12) by Eugene Fontinell (Fordham University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

Can we who have been touched by the scientific, intellectual, and experimental revolutions of modern and contemporary times still believe with and degree of coherence and consistency that we as individual persons are immortal. Indeed, is there even good cause to hope that we are? In examining the present relationship of reason to faith, can we find justifying reasons for faith? These are the central questions in Self, God, and Immortality, a compelling exercise in philosophical theology. Drawing upon the works of William James and the principles of American Pragmatism, Eugene Fontinell extrapolates carefully from "data given in experience" to a model of the cosmic process open to the idea that individual identity may survive bodily dissolution. Presupposing that the possibility of personal immortality has been established in the first part, the second part of the essay is concerned with desirability. Here, Fontinell shows that, far from diverting attention and energies from the crucial tasks confronting us here and now, such belief can be energizing and life enhancing. The wider importance of Self, God, and Immortality lies in its pressing both immortality-believers and terminality-believers to explore both the metaphysical presuppositions and the lived consequences of their beliefs. It is the author's expressed hope that such explorations, rather than impeding, will stimulate co-operative efforts to create a richer and more humane community.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 297 Pages (970 KB)
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The Constitution of Consciousness: A Study in Analytic Phenomenology (Studies in Philosophy) by Wolfgang Huemer (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

Through the work of philosophers like Sellars, Davidson, and McDowell, the question of how the mind is related to the world has gained new importance in contemporary analytic philosophy. This book demonstrates that Husserl's phenomenological analyses of the structure of consciousness can provide fruitful insights for developing an original approach to these questions.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 116 Pages (871 KB)
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Added: Aug 10th, 2020

A bible for atheists by Thomas Sulcer (KDP) 5.0 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Atheists have been defined by what we don't believe. We don't believe in gods or miracles or the supernatural or an afterlife. Even the word atheist is in a negative format, from the ancient Greek meaning without God. But shouldn't atheists be defined by what we do believe? A bible for atheists is an effort to do this. It states positively what many atheists believe. It puts forth a system of belief based on reason and science and common sense into a coherent structure, starting from basic principles, to answer the big questions about fate and free will, ethics, the emotions, freedom, friendship, love and mating, thinking, rights, prevention of violence, and more. At its heart it is about how to be a good human. Theists have bibles. Atheists should have their own bible too.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 216 Pages (1,967 KB)
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Added: Aug 10th, 2020

Rethinking Causality, Complexity and Evidence for the Unique Patient: A CauseHealth Resource for Healthcare Professionals and the Clinical Encounter by Rani Lill Anjum (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

This open access book is a unique resource for health professionals who are interested in understanding the philosophical foundations of their daily practice. It provides tools for untangling the motivations and rationality behind the way medicine and healthcare is studied, evaluated and practiced. In particular, it illustrates the impact that thinking about causation, complexity and evidence has on the clinical encounter. The book shows how medicine is grounded in philosophical assumptions that could at least be challenged. By engaging with ideas that have shaped the medical profession, clinicians are empowered to actively take part in setting the premises for their own practice and knowledge development. Written in an engaging and accessible style, with contributions from experienced clinicians, this book presents a new philosophical framework that takes causal complexity, individual variation and medical uniqueness as default expectations for health and illness.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 263 Pages (3,324 KB)
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Added: Aug 9th, 2020

Believe: Like You Mean It by Patricia Lynn 4.9 Stars (8 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Are you afraid you may never receive what you want in life and feel stuck, idly waiting to see what your future will bring? You don't have to wait and wonder. Learn how to manifest the life of your dreams! Yes, you can! In Believe Like You Mean It you'll be shown simple steps for: - Overcoming fears, misguided thoughts, and beliefs that hold you back from the life you deserve. - Increasing spiritual awareness and harnessing cosmic energy to initiate the Law of Attraction. - Pushing past skepticism and indecision to live boldly and receive your miracles from the Universe. As a lifelong student of spirituality, Patricia Lynn relates her own remarkable experimentation with spiritual principles and manifesting abundance. Her experiences reveal stunning ways that signs and synchronicities can assist you in your life's journey. Believe Like You Mean It explains how this 'magic' works. You'll also learn practical, easy exercises to stimulate your own latent abilities to manifest the life you desire. Claim your ability to take control of your life and become who you were meant to be!

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 283 Pages (2,592 KB)
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Added: Aug 9th, 2020

Two Islands And A Tortoise: Simple History I Showed My Family About Prosperity And The Proper Role Of Government by Ari Janmohamed 5.0 Stars (9 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

While a stranded group of people discuss what to do about food and pirate attacks, a tortoise on the beach shows a little girl what happened on neighboring islands as a result of the different politics their people adopted. Citing actual historical examples, the tortoise teaches the six rules of proper government and why America is the most prosperous 'island' in the world.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 135 Pages (2,176 KB)
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Added: Aug 9th, 2020

Rising Powers and Peacebuilding: Breaking the Mold? (Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies) by Cedric de Coning (Palgrave Macmillan) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This edited volume examines the policies and practices of rising powers on peacebuilding. It analyzes how and why their approaches differ from those of traditional donors and multilateral institutions. The policies of the rising powers towards peacebuilding may significantly influence how the UN and others undertake peacebuilding in the future. This book is an invaluable resource for practitioners, policy makers, researchers and students who want to understand how peacebuilding is likely to evolve over the next decades.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 325 Pages (1,156 KB)
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Charles S. Peirce: On Norms and Ideals (American Philosophy Book 6) by Vincent G. Potter (Fordham University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

In recent years, Charles Sanders Peirce has emerged, in the eyes of philosophers both in America and abroad, as one of America's major philosophical thinkers. His work has forced us back to philosophical reflection about those basic issues that inevitably confront us as human beings, especially in an age of science. Peirce's concern for experience, for what is actually encountered, means that his philosophy, even in its most technical aspects, forms a reflective commentary on actual life and on the world in which it is lived. In Charles S. Peirce: On Norms and Ideals, Potter argues that Peirce's doctrine of the normative sciences is essential to his pragmatism. No part of Peirce's philosophy is bolder than his attempt to establish esthetics, ethics, and logic as the three normative sciences and to argue for the priority of esthetics among the trio. Logic, Potter cites, is normative because it governs thought and aims at truth; ethics is normative because it analyzes the ends to which thought should be directed; esthetics is normative and fundamental because it considers what it means to be an end of something good in itself. This study shows that pierce took seriously the trinity of normative sciences and demonstrates that these categories apply both to the conduct of man and to the workings of the cosmos. Professor Potter combines sympathetic and informed exposition with straightforward criticism and he deals in a sensible manner with the gaps and inconsistencies in Peirce's thought. His study shows that Peirce was above all a cosmological and ontological thinker, one who combined science both as a method and as result with a conception of reasonable actions to form a comprehensive theory of reality. Peirce's pragmatism, although it has to do with "action and the achievement of results, is not a glorification of action but rather a theory of the dynamic nature of things in which the "ideal" dimension of reality - laws, nature of things, tendencies, and ends - ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 229 Pages (863 KB)
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The International Criminal Court: A Global Civil Society Achievement (Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics Book 39) by Marlies Glasius (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

A new examination of the International Criminal Court (ICC) from a political science and international relations perspective. It describes the main features of the court and discusses the political negotiations and the on-going clashes between those states who oppose the court, particularly the United States, and those who defend it. It also makes these issues accessible to non-lawyers and presents effective advocacy strategies for non-governmental organizations. It also delivers essential background to the place of the US in international relations and makes a major contribution to thinking about the ICC's future. While global civil society does not deliver global democracy, it does contribute to more transparent, more deliberative and more ethical international decision-making which is ultimately preferable to a world of isolated sovereign states with no accountability outside their borders, or exclusive and secretive state-to-state diplomacy. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of international relations, international law, globalization and global governance.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 176 Pages (1,434 KB)
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Ancient Households of the Americas: Conceptualizing What Households Do by Nancy Gonlin (University Press of Colorado) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

In Ancient Households of the Americas archaeologists investigate the fundamental role of household production in ancient, colonial, and contemporary households. Several different cultures-Iroquois, Coosa, Anasazi, Hohokam, San Agustín, Wankarani, Formative Gulf Coast Mexico, and Formative, Classic, Colonial, and contemporary Maya-are analyzed through the lens of household archaeology in concrete, data-driven case studies. The text is divided into three sections: Section I examines the spatial and social organization and context of household production; Section II looks at the role and results of households as primary producers; and Section III investigates the role of, and interplay among, households in their greater political and socioeconomic communities. In the past few decades, household archaeology has made substantial contributions to our understanding and explanation of the past through the documentation of the household as a social unit-whether small or large, rural or urban, commoner or elite. These case studies from a broad swath of the Americas make Ancient Households of the Americas extremely valuable for continuing the comparative interdisciplinary study of households.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 470 Pages (20,025 KB)
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An Outline of the History of Christian Thought Since Kant by Edward Caldwell Moore (Good Press) 4.3 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 7 hours ago

"An Outline of the History of Christian Thought Since Kant" by Edward Caldwell Moore. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten?or yet undiscovered gems?of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 298 Pages (1,930 KB)
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Added: Aug 8th, 2020

Global Culture, Island Identity by Karen Fog Olwig (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

Looking at the development of cultural identity in the global context, this text uses the approach of historical anthropology. It examines the way in which the West Indian Community of Nevis, has, since the 1600s, incorporated both African and European cultural elements into the framework of social life, to create an Afro-Caribbean culture that was distinctive and yet geographically unbounded - a "global culture". The book takes as its point of departure the processes of cultural interaction and reflectivity. It argues that the study of cultural continuity should be guided by the notion of cultural complexity involving the continuous constitution, development and assertion of culture. It emphasizes the interplay between local and global cultures, and examines the importance of cultural display for peoples who have experienced the process of socioeconomic marginalization in the Western world.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 214 Pages (1,897 KB)
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Added: Aug 8th, 2020

A future history of the 21st century: How we overcame the crisis of civilization by Federico Tabellini (Defo Corien) 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

The successful book 'Il Secolo Decisivo' is available for the first time in English - now in a new, revised edition! At the turn of the 22nd century, human beings are living in the most prosperous moment in history. The many crises that troubled them at the dawn of the millennium are a distant memory, the economy exists in balance with the environment, and work has become a personal choice.But how did we get here? How did we solve the great problems of the contemporary world, from climate change to the labor market crisis, from the gaping inequalities in wealth distribution to the spreading new populisms and nationalisms?Using a broad range of academic sources and an accessible writing style, Tabellini offers a vision of a prosperous future with its roots firmly in the present and its branches always in the realm of possibility.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 117 Pages (1,103 KB)
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Added: Aug 8th, 2020

Vote Buying in Indonesia: The Mechanics of Electoral Bribery by Burhanuddin Muhtadi (Palgrave Macmillan) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This book investigates the impact of vote buying on the accountability of democratic institutions and policy representation in newly democratic countries, with a focus on Indonesia. In doing so, the book presents a wide-ranging study of the dynamics of vote buying in Indonesia's young democracy, exploring the nature, extent, determinants, targeting and effectiveness of this practice. It addresses these central issues in the context of comparative studies of vote buying, arguing that although party loyalists are disproportionately targeted in vote buying efforts, in total numbers -- given the relatively small number of party loyalists in Indonesia -- vote buying hits more uncommitted voters. It also demonstrates that the effectiveness of vote buying on vote choice is in the 10 percent range, which is sufficient for many candidates to secure a seat and thus explains why they still engage in vote buying despite high levels of leakage.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 381 Pages (8,648 KB)
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Added: Aug 8th, 2020

Taiwan and China: Fitful Embrace by Lowell Dittmer (University of California Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

A free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press's Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. China's relation to Taiwan has been in constant contention since the founding of the People's Republic of China in October 1949 and the creation of the defeated Kuomintang (KMT) exile regime on the island two months later. The island's autonomous sovereignty has continually been challenged, initially because of the KMT's insistence that it continue to represent not just Taiwan but all of China -- and later because Taiwan refused to cede sovereignty to the then-dominant power that had arisen on the other side of the Taiwan Strait. One thing that makes Taiwan so politically difficult and yet so intellectually fascinating is that it ­­is not merely a security problem, but a ganglion of interrelated puzzles. The optimistic hope of the Ma Ying-jeou administration for a new era of peace and cooperation foundered on a landslide victory by the Democratic Progressive Party, which has made clear its intent to distance Taiwan from China's political embrace. The Taiwanese are now waiting with bated breath as the relationship tautens. Why did détente fail, and what chance does Taiwan have without it? Contributors to this volume focus on three aspects of the evolving quandary: nationalistic identity, social economy, and political strategy.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 321 Pages (6,806 KB)
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Added: Aug 8th, 2020

Never Despair, God Is Always There by Larry Whitler 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

One of the responsibilities we have to each other is to share stories that provide comfort, encouragement, and hope. To do that we often have to humble ourselves and to even reveal things about ourselves that might be embarrassing. I especially think that young people need to know that their elders were not perfect, were not saints, made numerous mistakes, and often found themselves stranded, abandoned, out-of-control, and destitute. In the course of a lifetime we can choose to either acknowledge God's presence and role in our lives or we can claim that we are "self-made." I reject the whole "self-made" assessment of our own accomplishments and choose to acknowledge God's presence throughout my life.I am, in no way, a biblical scholar. But I am an observer of life. In my very short book, "Never Despair, God Is Always There," I share stories of my own, and stories of others who responded to a blog post I made, that I believe illustrate God's presence, God's mercy, God's love, God's guidance, and God's plan for all of us.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 108 Pages (1,458 KB)
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Data-Driven Policy Impact Evaluation: How Access to Microdata is Transforming Policy Design by Nuno Crato (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

In the light of better and more detailed administrative databases, this open access book provides statistical tools for evaluating the effects of public policies advocated by governments and public institutions. Experts from academia, national statistics offices and various research centers present modern econometric methods for an efficient data-driven policy evaluation and monitoring, assess the causal effects of policy measures and report on best practices of successful data management and usage. Topics include data confidentiality, data linkage, and national practices in policy areas such as public health, education and employment. It offers scholars as well as practitioners from public administrations, consultancy firms and nongovernmental organizations insights into counterfactual impact evaluation methods and the potential of data-based policy and program evaluation.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 496 Pages (11,776 KB)
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Library and Information Sciences: Trends and Research by Chuanfu Chen (Springer) 3.9 Stars (20 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

This book explores the development, trends and research of library and information sciences (LIS) in the digital age. Inside, readers will find research and case studies written by LIS experts, educators and theorists, most of whom have visited China, delivered presentations there and drafted their articles based on feedback they received. As a result, readers will discover the LIS issues and concerns that China and the international community have in common. The book first introduces the opportunities and challenges faced by the library and information literacy profession and discusses the key role of librarians in the future of information literacy education. Next, it covers trends in LIS education by examining the vision of the iSchool movement and detailing its practice in Syracuse University. The book then covers issues in information seeking and retrieval by showing how visual data mining technology can be used to detect the relationship and pattern between terms on the Q&A of a social media site. It also includes a case study regarding tracing information seeking behavior and usage on a multimedia website. Next, the book stresses the importance of building an academic accreditation framework for scientific datasets, explores the relationship between bibliometrics and university rankings, and details the birth and development of East Asian Libraries in North America. Overall, the book offers readers insight into the changing nature of LIS, including the electronic dissemination of information, the impact of the Internet on libraries, the changing responsibilities of library professionals, the new paradigm for evaluating information, and characteristics and functions of today's library personnel.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 253 Pages (5,753 KB)
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Letters Pray by Richard A. Gutierrez 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

What if someone, at this very moment, is in need of someone to talk to, or perhaps is just in need of a friend?

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 159 Pages (2,711 KB)
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Historical Background of Wang Yang-ming’s Philosophy of Mind: From the Perspective of his Life Story by Ping Dong (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 13 hours ago

This open access book offers comprehensive information on Wang Yang-ming's life, helping readers identify and grasp the foundations on which his philosophy was established. Though a great man, Wang had an extremely difficult life, full of many hardships. Based on various official histories, Wang's own writings, and his disciples' records, the book explores the legendary life of this ancient philosopher, who not only diligently pursued his objective of living as a sage, but also persistently sought the ideal state of a sage in ideology. The author also shares his own interpretations of the main aspects of Wang's philosophy using simple and straightforward language. This book will help readers understand and appreciate Wang Yang-ming's extraordinary life, his generous mind, deep thoughts and bright personality, inspiring them to pursue enriching lives. It offers a unique and insightful work for undergraduate students and all others interested in Wang's philosophy and life story.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 209 Pages (624 KB)
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Gender and the Genocide in Rwanda: Women as Rescuers and Perpetrators (Routledge Studies in Gender and Security) by Sara E. Brown (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

This book examines the mobilization, role, and trajectory of women rescuers and perpetrators during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. While much has been written about the victimization of women during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, very little has been said about women who rescued targeted victims or perpetrated crimes against humanity. This book explores and analyzes the role played by women who exercised agency as rescuers and as perpetrators during the genocide in Rwanda. As women, they took actions and decisions within the context of a deeply entrenched patriarchal system that limited their choices. This work examines two diverging paths of women's agency during this period: to rescue from genocide or to perpetrate genocide. It seeks to answer three questions: First, how were certain Rwandan women mobilized to participate in genocide, and by whom? Second, what were the specific actions of women during this period of violence and upheaval? Finally, what were the trajectories of women rescuers and perpetrators after the genocide? Comparing and contrasting how women rescuers and perpetrators were mobilized, the actions they undertook, and their post-genocide trajectories, and concluding with a broader discussion of the long-term impact of ignoring these women, this book develops a more nuanced and holistic view of women's agency and the genocide in Rwanda. This book will be of much interest to students of gender studies, genocide studies, African politics and critical security studies.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 185 Pages (934 KB)
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Housing Market Dynamics in Africa by El-hadj M. Bah (Palgrave Macmillan) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

This open access book utilizes new data to thoroughly analyze the main factors currently shaping the African housing market. Some of these factors include the supply and demand for housing finance, land tenure security issues, construction cost conundrum, infrastructure provision, and low-cost housing alternatives. Through detailed analysis, the authors investigate the political economy surrounding the continent's housing market and the constraints that behind-the-scenes policy makers need to address in their attempts to provide affordable housing for the majority in need. With Africa's urban population growing rapidly, this study highlights how broad demographic shifts and rapid urbanization are placing enormous pressure on the limited infrastructure in many cities and stretching the economic and social fabric of municipalities to their breaking point. But beyond providing a snapshot of the present conditions of the African housing market, the book offers recommendations and actionable measures for policy makers and other stakeholders on how best to provide affordable housing and alleviate Africa's housing deficit. This work will be of particular interest to practitioners, non-governmental organizations, private sector actors, students and researchers of economic policy, international development, and urban development.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 278 Pages (3,171 KB)
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Advances in Proof-Theoretic Semantics (Trends in Logic Book 43) by Thomas Piecha (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 14 hours ago

This volume is the first ever collection devoted to the field of proof-theoretic semantics. Contributions address topics including the systematics of introduction and elimination rules and proofs of normalization, the categorial characterization of deductions, the relation between Heyting's and Gentzen's approaches to meaning, knowability paradoxes, proof-theoretic foundations of set theory, Dummett's justification of logical laws, Kreisel's theory of constructions, paradoxical reasoning, and the defence of model theory. The field of proof-theoretic semantics has existed for almost 50 years, but the term itself was proposed by Schroeder-Heister in the 1980s. Proof-theoretic semantics explains the meaning of linguistic expressions in general and of logical constants in particular in terms of the notion of proof. This volume emerges from presentations at the Second International Conference on Proof-Theoretic Semantics in Tübingen in 2013, where contributing authors were asked to provide a self-contained description and analysis of a significant research question in this area. The contributions are representative of the field and should be of interest to logicians, philosophers, and mathematicians alike.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 289 Pages (4,650 KB)
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Socioeconomic Inequality and Educational Outcomes: Evidence from Twenty Years of TIMSS (IEA Research for Education Book 5) by Markus Broer (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

This open access book focuses on trends in educational inequality using twenty years of grade 8 student data collected from 13 education systems by the IEA's Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) between 1995 and 2015. While the overall positive association between family socioeconomic status (SES) and student achievement is well documented in the literature, the magnitude of this relationship is contingent on social contexts and is expected to vary by education system. Research on how such associations differ across societies and how the strength of these relationships has changed over time is limited. This study, therefore, addresses an important research and policy question by examining changes in the inequality of educational outcomes due to SES over this 20-year period, and also examines the extent to which the performance of students from disadvantaged backgrounds has improved over time in each education system. Education systems generally aim to narrow the achievement gap between low- and high-SES students and to improve the performance of disadvantaged students. However, the lack of quantifiable and comprehensible measures makes it difficult to assess and monitor the effect of such efforts. In this study, a novel measure of SES that is consistent across all TIMSS cycles allows students to be categorized into different socioeconomic groups. This measure of SES may also contribute to future research using TIMSS trend data. Readers will gain new insight into how educational inequality has changed in the education systems studied and how such change may relate to the more complex picture of macroeconomic changes in those societies.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 91 Pages (2,073 KB)
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The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus: Swedish Higher Education as a Case (Evaluating Education: Normative Systems and Institutional Practices) by Christina Segerholm (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

This Open Access book analyses the interplay between governing, evaluation and knowledge with an empirical focus on Swedish higher education. It investigates the origins, logics, and mechanisms of evaluation and quality assurance reforms and their dynamic interactions with institutional, national and European policy contexts. The chapters report findings from extensive empirical studies that offer detailed insight into the work of governing in higher education, by giving voice to actors at various levels and positions including the ministry, national agency and University employees. Central themes include the influence of European policy, changing system designs, media relations and quality assurance enactments in University institutions. The book also explores the ways in which an emerging professional cadre, labelled qualocrats, enacts and mediates evaluation and quality assurance policy and practice. Taken together, the expanding evaluation machinery in Swedish higher education highlights the pivotal role of knowledge as a governing resource, and points to special features of evaluation as a particular form of practice that makes knowledge work for governing.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 225 Pages (3,078 KB)
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Forensic Genetics in the Governance of Crime by Helena Machado (Palgrave Pivot) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

This open access book uses a critical sociological perspective to explore contemporary ways of reformulating the governance of crime through genetics. Through the lens of scientific knowledge and genetic technology, Machado and Granja offer a unique perspective on current trends in crime governance. They explore the place and role of genetics in criminal justice systems, and show how classical and contemporary social theory can help address challenges posed by social processes and interactions generated by the uses, meanings, and expectations attributed to genetics in the governance of crime. Cutting-edge methods and research techniques are also integrated to address crucial aspects of this social reality. Finally, the authors examine new challenges emerging from recent paradigm shifts within forensic genetics, moving away from the construction of evidence as presented in court to the production of intelligence guiding criminal investigations.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 123 Pages (696 KB)
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Wittgenstein's Novels (Studies in Philosophy) by Martin Klebes (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 6 hours ago

Analyzing features of Wittgenstein's philosophical work and including in-depth textual analyses, this study investigates the impact of Ludwig Wittgenstein's work on contemporary German and French novelists. Drawing upon aesthetics, architectural history, philosophy of science, and photography, the book seeks to explain why references both to Wittgenstein as a person, as well as to his work are more pervasive than other equally renowned twentieth century philosophers and asks why some authors such as Händler and Roubaud, are less well-known and only partially translated into English.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 305 Pages (3,348 KB)
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Open Access in Theory and Practice: The Theory-Practice Relationship and Openness (Routledge Critical Studies on Open Access) by Stephen Pinfield (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

Open Access in Theory and Practice investigates the theory-practice relationship in the domain of open access publication and dissemination of research outputs. Drawing on detailed analysis of the literature and current practice in OA, as well as data collected in detailed interviews with practitioners, policymakers, and researchers, the book discusses what constitutes 'theory', and how the role of theory is perceived by both theorists and practitioners. Exploring the ways theory and practice have interacted in the development of OA, the authors discuss what this reveals about the nature of the OA phenomenon itself and the theory-practice relationship. Open Access in Theory and Practice contributes to a better understanding of OA and, as such, should be of great interest to academics, researchers, and students working in the fields of information science, publishing studies, science communication, higher education policy, business, and economics. The book also makes an important contribution to the debate of the relationship between theory and practice in information science, and more widely across different fields of the social sciences and humanities

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 332 Pages (3,783 KB)
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Dewey's Metaphysics: Form and Being in the Philosophy of John Dewey by Raymond Boisvert (Fordham University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

This work challenges recent neo-pragmatist interpretations of Dewey as a historicist, radically anti-essential thinker. By tracing Dewey's views on the issues of change and permanence, Boisvert demonstrates the way Dewey was able to learn from important scientific discoveries.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 227 Pages (934 KB)
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Children and Peace: From Research to Action (Peace Psychology Book Series) by Nikola Balvin (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

This open access book brings together discourse on children and peace from the 15th International Symposium on the Contributions of Psychology to Peace, covering issues pertinent to children and peace and approaches to making their world safer, fairer and more sustainable. The book is divided into nine sections that examine traditional themes (social construction and deconstruction of diversity, intergenerational transitions and memories of war, and multiculturalism), as well as contemporary issues such as Europe's "migration crisis", radicalization and violent extremism, and violence in families, schools and communities. Chapters contextualize each issue within specific social ecological frameworks in order to reflect on the multiplicity of influences that affect different outcomes and to discuss how the findings can be applied in different contexts. The volume also provides solutions and hope through its focus on youth empowerment and peacebuilding programs for children and families. This forward-thinking volume offers a multitude of views, approaches, and strategies for research and activism drawn from peace psychology scholars and United Nations researchers and practitioners.This book's multi-layered emphasis on context, structural determinants of peace and conflict, and use of research for action towards social cohesion for children and youth has not been brought together in other peace psychology literature to the same extent. Children and Peace: From Research to Action will be a useful resource for peace psychology academics and students, as well as social and developmental psychology academics and students, peace and development practitioners and activists, policy makers who need to make decisions about the matters covered in the book, child rights advocates and members of multilateral organizations such as the UN.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 419 Pages (5,547 KB)
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Agency and Causal Explanation in Economics (Virtues and Economics Book 5) by Peter Róna (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

This open access book provides an exploration of the consequences of the ontological differences between natural and social objects (sometimes described as objects of nature and objects of thought) in the workings of causal and agency relationships. One of its important and possibly original conclusions is that causal and agency relationships do not encompass all of the dependent relationships encountered in social life. The idea that social reality is contingent has been known (and largely undisputed) at least since Wittgenstein's "On Certainty", but social science, and most notably economics has continued to operate on the basis of causal and agency theories borrowed or adapted from the natural sciences. This volume contains essays that retain and justify the partial or qualified use of this approach and essays that totally reject any use of causal and agency theory built on determined facts (closed systems).The rejection is based on the possibly original claim that, whereas causation in the objects of the natural sciences reside in their properties, human action is a matter of intentionality. It engages with critical realist theory and re-examines the role of free will in theories of human action in general and economic theory in particular.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 186 Pages (544 KB)
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The Workplace of the Future: The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Precariat and the Death of Hierarchies (Routledge Studies in the Economics of ... by Jon-Arild Johannessen (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a global development that shows no signs of slowing down. In his book, The Workplace of the Future: The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Precariat and the Death of Hierarchies, Jon-Arild Johannessen sets a chilling vision of how robots and artificial intelligence will completely disrupt and transform working life. The author contests that once the dust has settled from the Fourth Industrial Revolution, workplaces and professions will be unrecognizable and we will see the rise of a new social class: the precariat. We will live side by side with the 'working poor' - people who have several jobs, but still can't make ends meet. There will be a small salaried elite consisting of innovation and knowledge workers. Slightly further into the future, there will be a major transformation in professional environments. Johannessen also presents a typology for the precariat, the uncertain work that is created and develops a framework for the working poor, as well as for future innovation and knowledge workers, and sets out a new structure for the social hierarchy. A fascinating and thought-provoking insight into the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, The Workplace of the Future will be of interest to professionals and academics alike. The book is particularly suited to academic courses in management, economy, political science and social sciences.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 129 Pages (1,871 KB)
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Equality under the Constitution: Reclaiming the Fourteenth Amendment by Judith A. Baer (Cornell University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

The principle of equality embedded in the Declaration of Independence and reaffirmed in the Constitution does not distinguish between individuals according to their capacities or merits. It is written into these documents to ensure that each and every person enjoys equal respect and equal rights. Judith Baer maintains, however, that in fact American judicial decisions have consistently denied individuals the form of equality to which they are legally entitled -- that the courts have interpreted constitutional guarantees of equal protection in ways that undermine the original intent of Congress. In Equality under the Constitution, Baer examines the background, scope, and purpose of the Constitution's Fourteenth Amendment and the history of its interpretation by the courts. She traces the development of the idea of equality, drawing on the Bill of Rights, Congressional records, the Civil War amendments, and other sections of the Constitution. Baer discusses many of the significant equal-protection cases decided by the Supreme Court from the time of the amendment's ratification, including decisions on reverse discrimination, age discrimination, the rights of the disabled, and gay rights. She concludes with a theory of equality more faithful to the history, language, and spirit of the Constitution.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 390 Pages (1,240 KB)
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Volcanic Unrest : From Science to Society (Advances in Volcanology) by Joachim Gottsmann (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 11 hours ago

This open access book summarizes the findings of the VUELCO project, a multi-disciplinary and cross-boundary research funded by the European Commission's 7th framework program. It comprises four broad topics:1. The global significance of volcanic unrest2. Geophysical and geochemical fingerprints of unrest and precursory activity3. Magma dynamics leading to unrest phenomena4. Bridging the gap between science and decision-makingVolcanic unrest is a complex multi-hazard phenomenon. The fact that unrest may, or may not lead to an imminent eruption contributes significant uncertainty to short-term volcanic hazard and risk assessment. Although it is reasonable to assume that all eruptions are associated with precursory activity of some sort, the understanding of the causative links between subsurface processes, resulting unrest signals and imminent eruption is incomplete. When a volcano evolves from dormancy into a phase of unrest, important scientific, political and social questions need to be addressed. This book is aimed at graduate students, researchers of volcanic phenomena, professionals in volcanic hazard and risk assessment, observatory personnel, as well as emergency managers who wish to learn about the complex nature of volcanic unrest and how to utilize new findings to deal with unrest phenomena at scientific and emergency managing levels. This book is open access under a CC BY license.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 321 Pages (42,830 KB)
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Improving Psychiatric Care for Older People: Barbara Robb’s Campaign 1965-1975 (Mental Health in Historical Perspective) by Claire Hilton (Palgrave Macmillan) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This book tells the story of Barbara Robb and her pressure group, Aid for the Elderly in Government Institutions (AEGIS). In 1965, Barbara visited 73-year-old Amy Gibbs in a dilapidated and overcrowded National Health Service psychiatric hospital back-ward. She was so appalled by the low standards that she set out to make improvements. Barbara's book Sans Everything: A case to answer was publicly discredited by a complacent and self-righteous Ministry of Health. However, inspired by her work, staff in other hospitals 'whistle-blew' about events they witnessed, which corroborated her allegations. Barbara influenced government policy, to improve psychiatric care and health service complaints procedures, and to establish a hospitals' inspectorate and ombudsman. The book will appeal to campaigners, health and social care staff and others working with older people, and those with an interest in policy development in England, the 1960s, women's history and the history of psychiatry and nursing.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 283 Pages (4,134 KB)
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The Place of Devotion: Siting and Experiencing Divinity in Bengal-Vaishnavism (South Asia Across the Disciplines Book 23) by Sukanya Sarbadhikary (University of California Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press's new open access publishing program for monographs. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. Hindu devotional traditions have long been recognized for their sacred geographies as well as the sensuous aspects of their devotees' experiences. Largely overlooked, however, are the subtle links between these religious expressions. Based on intensive fieldwork conducted among worshippers in Bengal's Navadvip-Mayapur sacred complex, this book discusses the diverse and contrasting ways in which Bengal-Vaishnava devotees experience sacred geography and divinity. Sukanya Sarbadhikary documents an extensive range of practices, which draw on the interactions of mind, body, and viscera. She shows how perspectives on religion, embodiment, affect, and space are enriched when sacred spatialities of internal and external forms are studied at once.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 302 Pages (8,676 KB)
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101 Reasons to Vote against Hillary by Wilson Casey (Skyhorse) 3.4 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 12 hours ago

101 REASONS TO VOTE AGAINST HILLARY CLINTON Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy is one of the most talked about issues of the 2016 elections. As a former Senator, First Lady, and Secretary of State, she continues to be a controversial figure and is larger known as someone who will lead the country with a backhanded agenda of “my way or no way." 101 Reasons Not to Vote for Hillary Clinton will help readers understand why Clinton's uncompromising character and experience do not make her a strong presidential candidate, such as: Americans don't need another Clinton in the White House after the Bill Clinton scandal. Simply put, she seems “cold". Clinton voted for the war in Iraq. She was once a republican, now she's a democrat who is considered a centrist by members of her own party. And much more. 101 Reasons Not to Vote for Hillary Clinton will bring a fresh and concise perspective on Clinton's candidacy during the elections.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 128 Pages (1,643 KB)
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Russian Nationalism: Imaginaries, Doctrines, and Political Battlefields (BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies Book 129) by Marlene Laruelle (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

This book, by one of the foremost authorities on the subject, explores the complex nature of Russian nationalism. It examines nationalism as a multilayered and multifaceted repertoire displayed by a myriad of actors. It considers nationalism as various concepts and ideas emphasizing Russia's distinctive national character, based on the country's geography, history, Orthodoxy, and Soviet technological advances. It analyzes the ideologies of Russia's ultra-nationalist and far-right groups, explores the use of nationalism in the conflict with Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea, and discusses how Putin's political opponents, including Alexei Navalny, make use of nationalism. Overall the book provides a rich analysis of a key force which is profoundly affecting political and societal developments both inside Russia and beyond.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 256 Pages (3,089 KB)
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This Will Make a Man of You: One Man?s Search for Hemingway and Manhood in a Changing World by Frank Miniter (Skyhorse) 3.1 Stars (16 Reviews)    Price verified 14 hours ago

One man's quest to becoming a man that Hemingway would be proud to call un compadre. Ben Franklin. Teddy Roosevelt. John Wayne. Babe Ruth. Ernest Hemingway. Looking to follow in the footsteps of these manly men, Frank Miniter decided to go to the places we all agree still make men. This quest led him across the world and finally to a secret fraternity of men who keep an ultimate rite of passage alive. Following the route of the iconic “Papa" Hemingway from Paris to Pamplona with he found that the answers to what happened to manliness, and therefore to what makes men, are in Hemingway's story. Part memoir, part how-to guide, This Will Make a Man of You narrates one man's journey to achieving manliness and uncovers a formula the ancients used to build men of character—a methodology that is still used in the places we all agree still make men. Even better, this formula can help all of us become all we want to be. Through his narrative, Miniter recounts his decision to run with the bulls and his harrowing participation in that intense event with a secretive fraternity of men and women. As he goes he provides readers with sage advice on how they can accomplish their own feats of manliness by using an ancient formula. This is a must-read for every young man looking for a way to become man, for any middle-aged family man seeking adventure, and for all the other types of men in-between. This Will Make a Man Out of You should be read by every red-blooded male.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
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The Girl in the Show: Three Generations of Comedy, Culture, and Feminism by Anna Fields (Arcade) 3.7 Stars (23 Reviews)    Price verified 6 hours ago

For fans of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer -- and every other "funny woman" -- comes a candid feminist comedy manifesto exploring the sisterhood between women's comedy and women's liberation. “I'm not funny at all. What I am is brave." —Lucille Ball From female pop culture powerhouses dominating the entertainment landscape to memoirs from today's most vocal feminist comediennes shooting up the bestseller lists, women in comedy have never been more influential. Marking this cultural shift, The Girl in the Show explores how comedy and feminism have grown hand in hand to give women a stronger voice in the ongoing fight for equality. From I Love Lucy to SNL to today's rising cable and web series stars, Anna Fields's entertaining, thoughtful, and candid retrospective combines personal narratives with the historical, political, and cultural contexts of the feminist movement. With interview subjects such as Abbi Jacobson, Molly Shannon, Mo Collins, and Lizz Winstead—as well as actresses, stand-up comics, writers, producers, and female comedy troupes—Fields shares true stories of wit and heroism from some of our most treasured (and underrepresented) artists. Creating a blueprint for the feminist comedians of tomorrow using lessons of the past, The Girl in the Show encourages readers to revel in—and rebel against—our collective ideas of "women's comedy."

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 310 Pages (637 KB)
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Sincerity in Politics and International Relations (Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics Book 130) by Sorin Baiasu (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

This edited volume examines concepts of sincerity in politics and international relations in order to discuss what we should expect of politicians, within what parameters they should work, and how their decisions and actions could be made consistent with morality. The volume features an international cast of authors who specialize in the topic of sincerity in politics and international relations. Looking at how sincerity bears on political actions, practices, and institutions at national and international level, the introduction serves to place the chapters in the context of ongoing contemporary debates on sincerity in politics and international theory.? Each chapter focuses on a contemporary issue in politics and international relations, including corruption, public hypocrisy, cynicism, trust, security, policy formulation and decision-making, political apology, public reason, political dissimulation, denial and self-deception, and will argue against the background of a Kantian view of sincerity as unconditional. Offering a significant comprehensive outlook on the practical limits of sincerity in political affairs, this work will be of great interest to both students and scholars.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 221 Pages (888 KB)
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Blockchain and Crypto Currency: Building a High Quality Marketplace for Crypto Data (Economics, Law, and Institutions in Asia Pacific) by Makoto Yano (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

This open access book contributes to the creation of a cyber ecosystem supported by blockchain technology in which technology and people can coexist in harmony. Blockchains have shown that trusted records, or ledgers, of permanent data can be stored on the Internet in a decentralized manner. The decentralization of the recording process is expected to significantly economize the cost of transactions. Creating a ledger on data, a blockchain makes it possible to designate the owner of each piece of data, to trade data pieces, and to market them. This book examines the formation of markets for various types of data from the theory of market quality proposed and developed by M. Yano. Blockchains are expected to give data itself the status of a new production factor. Bringing ownership of data to the hands of data producers, blockchains can reduce the possibility of information leakage, enhance the sharing and use of IoT data, and prevent data monopoly and misuse. The industry will have a bright future as soon as better technology is developed and when a healthy infrastructure is created to support the blockchain market.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 154 Pages (1,094 KB)
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Actualizing Human Rights: Global Inequality, Future People, and Motivation (Routledge Studies in Human Rights) by Jos Philips (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

This book argues that ultimately human rights can be actualized, in two senses. By answering important challenges to them, the real-world relevance of human rights can be brought out; and people worldwide can be motivated as needed for realizing human rights. Taking a perspective from moral and political philosophy, the book focuses on two challenges to human rights that have until now received little attention, but that need to be addressed if human rights are to remain plausible as a global ideal. Firstly, the challenge of global inequality: how, if at all, can one be sincerely committed to human rights in a structurally greatly unequal world that produces widespread inequalities of human rights protection? Secondly, the challenge of future people: how to adequately include future people in human rights, and how to set adequate priorities between the present and the future, especially in times of climate change? The book also asks whether people worldwide can be motivated to do what it takes to realize human rights. Furthermore, it considers the common and prominent challenges of relativism and of the political abuse of human rights. This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of human rights, political philosophy, and more broadly political theory, philosophy and the wider social sciences. The Open Access version of this book, available at: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781003011569, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

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Searching for Annabel Chong: Demystifying the Legend of Singapore's Most Famous Pornstar! by Gerrie Lim (Skyhorse) 2.7 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Back in January 1995 in Los Angeles, California, a Singaporean pornstar named Annabel Chong took cultural rebellion to an extreme, on terms that had never been negotiated before. She was filmed having sex with a long receiving line of men, servicing them 251 times over a ten-hour period to set a new world record: The World's Biggest Gangbang. Now bestselling author Gerrie Lim, Annabel's longtime friend and confidant, revisits those events and reexamines those scenarios to shed new light on her legend, to discover why such an enduring curiosity about her exists, and to learn why she is still regarded in her own native Singapore as something akin to a mythological figure. As Lim writes, “she did this gangbang as a gender studies/liberal- progressive/feminist statement to subvert gender stereotypes, but no one got it." This book, featuring many of the author's own conversations and correspondences with Annabel over the years, is the first serious inquiry into the fascinating persona of a seldomdiscussed, yet often secretly venerated, Asian celebrity.

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Length: 225 Pages (2,606 KB)
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Journal of the Plague Year: An Insider's Chronicle of Eliot Spitzer's Short and Tragic Reign by Lloyd Constantine (Skyhorse) 2.9 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified 10 hours ago

The March 10, 2008, disclosure that Governor Eliot Spitzer had patronized prostitutes from the Emperors Club VIP sex ring shocked New Yorkers and his admirers around the world, who had celebrated Spitzer as the "Sheriff of Wall Street" and a likely future U.S. president. Ironically, one man's disillusionment with Spitzer had begun to disappear fifteen hours earlier, when Spitzer confessed what the rest of the world would soon learn in a media storm of unprecedented intensity. For Lloyd Constantine, Spitzer's senior advisor and longtime friend, the confession explained the governor's recently erratic behavior and marked the end of a "plague year," which encompassed the troubled Spitzer administration and its flawed transition to power. Journal of the Plague Year is Constantine's intimate account of the seventeen calamitous months preceding the March 10 revelations and the futile sixty-one-hour battle waged by the author and the governor's wife to persuade Spitzer not to resign but instead to fulfill promises made to the voters who had elected him in a record landslide. The book concludes a month after Spitzer and Constantine resigned, as they confronted their shattered careers. People seeking information about Spitzer and prostitutes will find none here. Instead, they will learn how the Spitzer regime suffered crippling setbacks after the governor declared war with the legislature in his inaugural address, including defeat over the choice of a comptroller, a premature effort to end Republican control of the state senate, capitulation on a mediocre $122 billion budget negotiated behind closed doors, the scandal called "Troopergate," and a controversial plan to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens, which sparked a national debate affecting the 2008 presidential election. Spitzer and his administration got their bearings at the beginning of 2008. However, the March 2008 revelations and Spitzer's refusal to fight for his job quickly ended his short and tragic ...

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Alger Hiss: Framed: A New Look at the Case That Made Nixon Famous by Joan Brady (Arcade) 2.8 Stars (13 Reviews)    Price verified 6 hours ago

A clear-eyed investigation into what is probably the biggest, longest cover-up in American history. As a member of the House Un-American Activities Committee, Richard Nixon led the investigations that first drew attention to Alger Hiss and his purported ties to the Soviet regime. These investigations eventually led to the discovery of "proof" that Hiss was a mole in the State Department and precipitated a trial that would eventually ruin him and propel Nixon to the Presidency. But what if the "proof" that eventually led to Hiss's conviction was forged? In this riveting investigation, Joan Brady—winner of The Whitbread Book of the Year—reveals how Nixon manipulated a media and public in the thrall of post-war anti-communist hysteria to make a fabricated case against Hiss, and draws a strong parallel with the French, who a half-century before turned Alfred Dreyfus into a scapegoat for anti-Semitism. Alger Hiss: Framed is necessary and timely, telling soberly the tale of a nation in the grip of paranoid fear and the man who took most advantage of this fear. Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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Length: 424 Pages (885 KB)
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Advanced Survival: A Guide to the Self-Reliance Revolution by James C. Jones (Skyhorse) 2.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 21 hours ago

While self-reliance is often treated simply as a form of higher level survival preparedness, it is different in both psychology and execution. Preparing and surviving imply a threat to life that must be endured in order to recover and rebuild as life was before the event. While prepping is certainly key to getting through the serious threats of the twenty-first century, it will only get you so far. True self-reliance depends on making it through whatever obstacle you face, but also takes you to an improved place once the crisis has passed. Advanced Survival is a blueprint for the journey from dependence to independence, filled with practical how-to information and time-tested wisdom about food, water, shelter, medicine, sanitation, transportation, energy, home- and self-defense, and much more. So what are you waiting for? Learn what you need to know to get through any disaster... whenever it strikes.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 210 Pages (32,150 KB)
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The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918: An Account of Its Ravages in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, and the Efforts Made to Combat and Subdue It (1920) by Oscar Jewell Harvey (Cedro Classics) 3.4 Stars (17 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Early in September, 1918, the United States was invaded by a scourge of highly infectious and fatal disease, which spread with rapidity throughout the country, eventually infecting 500 million people worldwide, or about 27% of the world population, killing anywhere from 17 million to as many as 100 million, making it one of the deadliest epidemics in human history. Known as Spanish Influenza, it was pandemic in its nature. No one seemed to know much about the disease or its treatment, and medical science and public health agencies were alike unprepared to cope with it. Caught in the middle of this unfolding disaster was Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, historian Oscar Jewell Harvey. In his little-known 1920 book "The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918," Harvey gives a first-hand account of how one middle-sized Pennsylvania city struggled to cope with the devastating plague which struck while America was preoccupied with fighting World War One. In introducing his book, Harvey writes that "it certainly was a disconcerting fact that, at the very time when vast numbers of the people in widely-distributed localities had organized themselves, through the Red Cross and other wellknown and efficient mediums, to fight disease and prevent suffering and death, we should be smitten with a visitation which caused more casualties and deaths among the peaceful citizens in the homeland than the deadly missiles and poisonous gases of the enemy effected among the American Expeditionary Forces overseas in the great World War... " About the Author: Oscar J. Harvey was nationally renowned as historian of Wilkes-Barre and Pennsylvania's Wyoming Valley, having authored a number of books on Wilkes-Barre and the Wyoming Valley. He also had positions of professor of mathematics and higher English at Wyoming Seminary, auditor of the United States treasury Department, and Captain of the "Wilkes-Barre Fencibles", of the Pennsylvania National Guard, and was admitted to the bar of Luzerne County ...

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Don't Start the Revolution Without Me! by Jesse Ventura (Skyhorse) 4.2 Stars (126 Reviews)    Price verified 16 hours ago

Jesse Ventura has had many lives—as a Navy SEAL, as a star of pro wrestling, as an actor, and as the governor of Minnesota. His previous books, I Ain't Got Time to Bleed and Do I Stand Alone?, were both national bestsellers. Don't Start the Revolution Without Me! is the story of his controversial gubernatorial years and his life since deciding not to seek a second term as governor in 2002. Written with award-winning author Dick Russell at a secluded location on Mexico's Baja Peninsula, Ventura's bestselling book reveals for the first time why he left politics—and why he is now considering reentering the arena with a possible independent run for the presidency. In a fast-paced and often humorous narrative, Ventura pulls no punches in discussing our corrupt two-party system, the disastrous war in Iraq, and what he suspects really happened on September 11. He provides personal insights into the Clinton and Bush presidencies, and elaborates on the ways in which third parties are rendered impotent by the country's two dominant parties. He reveals the illegal role of the CIA in states like Minnesota, sensitive and up-to-date information on the Blackwater security firm, the story of the American spies who shadowed him on a trade mission to Cuba, and what Fidel Castro told him about who really assassinated President John F. Kennedy. This unique political memoir is a must-read for anyone concerned about the direction that America will take.

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Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age by David M. Levy (Arcade) 3.1 Stars (10 Reviews)    Price verified 17 hours ago

We are surrounded by documents of all kinds, from receipts to letters, business memos to books, yet we rarely stop to reflect on their significance. Now, in this period of digital transition, our written forms as well as out reading and writing habits are being questioned and transformed by new technologies ad practices. What is the future of the book? Is paper about to disappear? With the Internet and World Wide Web, what will happen to libraries, copyright and education? Starting with a simple deli lunch receipt, SCROLLING FORWARD examines documents of all kinds from the perspectives of culture, history, and technology in order to show how they can work and what they say about us and the values we carry into the new age.

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The Ultimate Sh*t Hits the Fan Survival Guide: How to Live Through Any Catastrophe by Len McDougall (Skyhorse) 4.5 Stars (8 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

The world is changing before our very eyes. Today we deal with serious social, political, economic, and environmental issues that affect our everyday lives. With this change we must adapt, and by adapt we mean be prepared to survive when things go south and society crumbles. Len McDougall has spent his entire life—almost sixty years—learning the nuts and bolts of staying alive under adverse conditions. And now more than ever will we need to take his lessons seriously, as understanding what to expect and how to adapt will increase the odds for survival. The Ultimate Sh*t Hits the Fan Survival Guide is just that. Featuring methods that have been personally tested through hard, field-proven experiences, you will learn everything needed to survive when things fall apart and you're left to fend for yourself. Included in this book are many lessons on survival, including: The best method of starting a fire. Obtaining portable water from any body of water or stream without using tools, fire, or chemicals. The simplest method for catching a meal. Surviving in possible combat, whether through weapon training or hand-to-hand. And so much more. Times are indeed changing, and it's now a necessity to be prepared for whatever obstacles may come your way. The Ultimate Sh*t Hits the Fan Survival Guide is just that; a collection of tips, tricks, lessons, and knowledge from a professional survivalist that will make sure you will not only survive, but thrive when catastrophe strikes.

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Length: 370 Pages (21,783 KB)
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Real News: An Investigative Reporter Uncovers the Foundations of the Trump-Russia Conspiracy by Scott Stedman (Skyhorse) 4.3 Stars (28 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Documented Evidence of the Trump-Russia Conspiracy Investigative reporter Scott Stedman has made waves worldwide with his hard-hitting investigative journalism, going as far as anyone has to uncover the deep roots of the Trump-Russia Conspiracy. His research has been cited by the Washington Post, BBC, Reuters, CNN, McClatchy, the Daily Mail, the Guardian, and Vice, and has even helped guide Congress's investigations. Real News collects, for the first time in print, Stedman's eye-opening research into and evidence of every level of the Trump-Russia Conspiracy, from the 2016 Trump Tower Meetings to the dirty-money deal for Trump Tower Moscow, from the "coffee boy" George Papadopoulos and his mysterious wife to Russian infiltration of the National Rifle Association, from Cambridge Analytica's sketchy business deals and influence operations to the battle for true journalism that will combat cries of "Fake News!" Full of real, exclusive evidence including ownership records, flight logs, banking information and statements, meeting transcripts, maps, quotes, stats and figures, cease and desist letters, and more, Real News not only enables readers to see and evaluate the arguments for the existence of the Trump-Russia Conspiracy for themselves, it also fully explains how Stedman went about his investigations to discover the truth. Anyone who is interested in the evidence -- the real news about the Trump-Russia Conspiracy -- needs to read this book.

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Length: 216 Pages (5,600 KB)
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The Economic Consequences of the Peace by John Maynard Keynes (Skyhorse) 4.3 Stars (218 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

A new edition of the seminal text by the father of modern economics. First published in 1919, John Maynard Keynes's The Economic Consequences of the Peace created immediate controversy. Keynes was a firsthand witness to the negotiations of the Paris Peace Conference, as an official representative of the British Treasury, and he simultaneously sat as deputy for the chancellor of the Exchequer on the Supreme Economic Council. In these roles, he was able to perceive with great clarity the tenor and perspective that would come to shape Europe after the First World War. What he saw disturbed him greatly, and eventually he resigned from both these roles, convinced that there was no longer any way to avoid an unjust peace treaty. After his resignation, Keynes began work on The Economic Consequences of the Peace, which argues that the peace made at the end of World War I was an unfair, dehumanizing one for Germany and the other vanquished countries. Keynes's warning proved prophetic when Hitler and the Nazi Party rose to power fourteen years later as a direct result of the disastrous economic condition in Germany. Keynes's predictions helped cement his status as one of history's leading economists. His works are essential reading today for anyone who wishes to understand modern governments and economies. This edition also includes an introduction from former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, who elegantly contextualizes the continuing relevance of Keynes's work to contemporary society.

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The Kellyanne Conway Technique: Perfecting the Ancient Art of Delivering Half-Truths, Fake News, and Obfuscation—With a Smile by Jarret Berenstein (Racehorse) 4.6 Stars (15 Reviews)    Price verified 6 hours ago

The only thing Americans want to read more than Trump's tax returns. Constantly late to work? Caught cheating on your spouse again? Can't stop tweeting unhinged rants against your political enemies at three in the morning? Then The Kellyanne Conway Technique is the book you need. Preeminent spin expert and University of Phoenix Online alumnus, Jarret Berenstein, brings you the world's only comprehensive analysis of the tricks, distractions, and outright lies utilized daily by White House advisor Kellyanne Conway and distills her special brand of verbal jujitsu into a spin Bible for the common man. Filled with real transcripts from the esteemed spin-ster herself, The Kellyanne Conway Technique takes the invaluable lessons from her verbal boxing matches with the mainstream media and breaks down, step by step, the mental and rhetorical aerobatics she performs as the talking piece for a president who once wrestled Vince McMahon on the WWE. From alternative facts to the Bowling Green Massacre, take lessons from Kellyanne's greatest hits. The Kellyanne Conway Technique is the perfect guide to outsmarting the Jake Tappers in your own life: whether that is your boss, your husband, or a special hearing of the congressional oversight committee. Never again be held accountable for anything you do with a little help from Kellyanne!

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Length: 178 Pages (1,424 KB)
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Booking and Tour Management for the Performing Arts by Rena Shagan (Allworth) 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

This third edition of Booking and Tour Management for the Performing Arts has been updated to include information about the revolutionary new ways that performers, managers, and presenters are using the Internet to transform the business of booking live performing events. Special chapters by outside experts provide in-depth information about what presenters need from artists, the technical aspects of touring, the unique demands of touring abroad, and touring through the eyes of the artist. The book includes a Tour Manager's Resource Kit and numerous other ready-to-use sample materials, including a contract, letter of agreement, technical information questionnaire, performance checklists, calendars, schedules, tour budget model, technical glossary, and much more.

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Length: 288 Pages (3,096 KB)
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The RBG Way: The Secrets of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Success (Women in Power) by Rebecca Gibian (Skyhorse) 4.2 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

Understanding and applying the wisdom of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg! Given her incredible tenure as a Supreme Court justice as well as her monumental impact on the modern women's rights movement, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become one of the most prominent political leaders of today. To complement her judicial significance, she has also become one of the most culturally popular political figures in US history. Not only has her workout routine gone viral (and been detailed in a book by her trainer), but RBG's story has been featured in multiple critically acclaimed films. Organized into three parts and then broken down into more specific chapters within each part, The RBG Way offers wisdom from Justice Ginsburg, based on comments she has made on particular topics of importance. Insight is offered on subjects such as women's rights, creating lasting partnerships, overcoming hardship, how to be brave, and how to create lasting change. Rebecca Gibian offers her seasoned journalistic perspective to shed light on beliefs that RBG holds strongly, in a manner that is both comprehensive and accessible.

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Length: 235 Pages (1,592 KB)
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The DOJ Investigation of the Chicago Police Department: The Complete Report by The United States Department of Justice by U.S. Department of Justice (Racehorse) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

"Perhaps the most damning, sweeping critique ever of the Chicago Police Department." -- Chicago Tribune Chicago, 2016. In a time of civil unrest in America, when racism, brutality, and division have taken prominent places in the daily news, the federal government conducted an investigation into the affairs of the Chicago Police Department. It is only one of many instances where the federal government has issued investigations of law enforcement across the nation before President Obama's term expired. In a searing report, the department of justice examines Chicago's law enforcement officers and officials for period of nearly thirteen months, digging to uncover moral and legal infractions committed within the department. Revealed is a pattern of aggression, lack of training, excessive use of force, racism and racial profiling, among other misconduct. Read the report in its entirety here. This edition is sure to provide readers with eye-opening insight into an epidemic of injustice and oppression across a divided nation.

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Length: 224 Pages (1,370 KB)
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Meet the Candidates 2020: Elizabeth Warren: A Voter's Guide by Scott Dworkin (Skyhorse) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 5 hours ago

Get informed about the campaign issues and policies of Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren, the populist, progressive, definitively capitalist senator from Massachusetts. Meet the Candidates 2020: Elizabeth Warren: A Voter's Guide will help you decide quickly if Warren deserves your vote for the Democratic nomination and to take on Donald Trump for president of the United States. Warren's strong economic background sets her apart; the senator from Massachusetts defines herself as a capitalist first and seeks to make capitalism more equitable for all. She has already proposed sweeping anti-corruption reforms, refused PAC donations to her campaign, rolled out plans for college debt forgiveness and a tax on the super wealthy. Her background as a Harvard economist, author of TheTwo-Income Trap, and experience as an economic advisor to Barack Obama positions her well to make change happen. Warren's campaign also features popular Democratic talking points -- rebuilding the middle class, ending corruption in Washington, making voting laws more democratic, bringing our troops home and stopping endless war -- but it's her experience that sets her apart. From working the campaign trial for Hillary Clinton to weathering President Trump's refrain of "Pocahontas" in reference to her claimed Native American heritage, Meet the Candidates 2020: Elizabeth Warren: A Voter's Guide is your complete handbook to Elizabeth Warren's resumé, campaign, and what America would look like if she won the presidency in 2020. The Meet the Candidates 2020 series is the informed voter's guide to making a decision in the 2020 Democratic primary and presidential election. Each book gives an unbiased, political insider's analysis of each contender, featuring: candidate interviews; an introduction by campaign advisor, Democratic Coalition co-founder, and Dworkin Report host Scott Dworkin; and compilation and writing by Occupy Democrats Editor at Large Grant Stern. In two hours of reading, you'll ...

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What Will Happen to Me: Every Night, Approximately Three Million Children Go To Bed With A Parent In Pri by Howard Zehr (Good Books) 4.6 Stars (13 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

What is life like for a child who has a parent in prison? This book brings together photographic portraits of 30 children whose parents are incarcerated, along with their thoughts and reflections, in their own words. As Taylor says, "I want other kids to know that, even though your parents are locked up, they're not bad people. "And I want them to know that we'll get through it. As long as we have someone there to help us, we can get through it. It makes you stronger." The material in "What Will Happen to Me?" has been gathered and written by two nationally-recognized experts. Howard Zehr is known around the world as the "grandfather of restorative justice." He lectures and consults internationally on that topic and related issues. He is currently a member of the Victims Advisory Group of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz travels the U.S. doing mediation work in severe crime cases. She provides consulting and training for agencies and communities seeking to implement programs of restorative justice. This book of portraits and text includes: Reflections of several grandparents who are unexpectedly parenting children whose parents are incarcerated. "Ten Questions Often Asked by Children." "Dealing with Emotions"—including grief and loss, shame and stigma, anger and isolation. Resources for "Staying in Touch," "Finding Moments of Celebration," "Adjusting to a Parent's Return," "Self-Care for Family Caregivers," and "Suggestions for Third-Party Caregivers." "The Children's Bill of Rights," along with thoughtful consideration about how to apply restorative justice and respect for relationships in these difficult situations.

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Length: 94 Pages (6,388 KB)
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The Philosophy of Childing: Unlocking Creativity, Curiosity, and Reason through the Wisdom of Our Youngest by Christopher Phillips (Skyhorse) 5.0 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Weaving together philosophy, social science and neuroscience research, personal anecdotes and dialogues, The Philosophy of Childing takes a radically different approach to the traditional boundaries between childhood and adulthood to reveal how rather than lapse into adulthood, we can achieve what the Greeks arete—all-around excellence—when we look to children and youth as a lodestar for our development. Childhood is our primary launching pad, a time of life when learning is more intense than at any other, when we gain the critical knowledge and skills that can help ensure that we remain adaptable. This book weaves together the thinking of philosophers from across the ages who make the unsettling assertion that with the passage of time we are apt to shrink mentally, emotionally, and cognitively. If we follow what has become an all-too-common course, we denature our original nature—which brims with curiosity, empathy, reason, wonder, and a will to experiment and understand—and we regress, our sense of who we are will become fuzzier and everyone in our orbit will pay a price. Mounting evidence shows that we begin our lives with a moral, intellectual, and creative bang, and in this groundbreaking, heavily researched and highly engaging volume, Christopher Phillips makes the provocative case that childhood isn't merely a state of becoming, while adulthood is one of being, as if we've “arrived" and reached the summit. His life-changing proposition is that if we embrace the defining qualities of youth, we're not destined to become frail, dispirited, or unhinged, we'll grow in a way defined by wonder, curiosity, imaginativeness, playfulness, and compassion—in essence, unlimited potential.

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Xi Jinping's Governance and the Future of China by Zhou Xinmin (Skyhorse) 3.4 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Over the past few years, growing changes have quietly begun to reshape China under the governance of Xi Jinping. President Xi has developed his philosophical thinking on governing into a system to address the pressing issues of China, to develop and improve Chinese socialism, and to achieve modernization in all areas. Zhou Xinmin's new book, Xi Jinping's Governance and the Future of China, explains the characteristics and patterns of President Xi's governing philosophy from the perspective of the core capabilities required of the Chinese leadership. The book unpacks the core tenets of President Xi's governance philosophy to provide a road map to convert his philosophical systems into actionable policies. Xinmin explains the achievements, the strategies, and the development of the president's governing theories, and showcases the vision and capacities of the new generation of the Communist Party of China's leadership. The book also serves as a useful guide to global leaders who benefit from understanding the perspective that President Xi brings to international conversation. Xinmin's essential work gives a simple analysis of the theoretical aspects of President Xi's administrative approach and demonstrates how those theories are applied to the practical policies of the current Chinese leadership. Xi Jinping's Governance and the Future of China is a must-read for anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of the modern People's Republic of China from a Chinese perspective.

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A Life in the Balance: The Billy Wayne Sinclair Story, A Journey from Murder to Redemption Inside America's Worst Prison System by Billy Wayne Sinclair (Arcade) 3.4 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Sentenced to death in 1965 at age twenty for an unpremeditated murder during the bungled holdup of a convenience store, Billy Wayne spent his first seven prison years on death row. When the death penalty was abolished, his sentence was life. Three-and-a-half decades later, Billy Wayne is still behind bars—feared by many politicians and prison officials for his well-known incorruptibility and unrelenting crusade for prison reform. This is his memoir. A Life in the Balance begins with an almost unbearable account of his early years—when he was so abused by his father one wonders how he survived—and his “escape" into a crowd of hooligans, which led him to the fateful day in 1965 when he held up the convenience store. His story takes you behind the metal doors of the Angola State Penitentiary to reveal the brutal truth of life inside. Here you will meet Billy Ray, Billy Wayne's blood brother; old Emmitt Henderson, who died of prison neglect; Jamie Parks, a seventeen-year-old kid whose fate was sealed the day he arrived in Angola; Big Mick, who ran drugs in the prison to earn money to put his handicapped sister through college; Wilbert Rideau, Billy Wayne's coeditor on The Angolite; the Dixie Mafia; and Richard Clark Hand, the young lawyer who took on Billy Wayne's case and has been fighting for his release for thirty years.

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Length: 360 Pages (919 KB)
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The Homeowner's Hurricane Handbook by Bob Stearns (Skyhorse) 3.7 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

With chapters such as Nature of the Beast, to What To Expect In The Aftermath, the Hurricane Preparedness Handbook is a how-to guide for dealing with hurricanes before, during, and after—including understanding how where and when these powerful storms form, protecting yourself and your property, and how to deal with the repercussions.

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Length: 226 Pages (16,608 KB)
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Common Phrases: And the Amazing Stories Behind Them by Max Cryer (Skyhorse) 3.1 Stars (7 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

In day-to-day speech we use words and phrases without a passing thought as to why we use them or where they come from. Max Cryer changes all that by showing how fascinating the English language really is. Did you know that the former host of Today, Jane Pauley, claims to have coined the term "bad hair day," or that a CBS engineer named Charley Douglass invented the name and use of "canned laughter" for television, or that "cold turkey" as a term for quitting something immediately was popularized by the novel and movie (starring Frank Sinatra), The Man with the Golden Arm? Here you'll learn the origins of "credibility gap," "my lips are sealed," "the opera's not over until the fat lady sings," "supermarket," "supermodel," "there's no accounting for taste," "thick as thieves," and hundreds more. For anyone who loves language, this new book will "take the cake."

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Length: 322 Pages (874 KB)
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Added: Jul 24th, 2020

The Frighteners: A Celebration of our Fascination with the Macabre by Peter Laws (Skyhorse) 4.8 Stars (13 Reviews)    Price verified 6 hours ago

The Frighteners is a bizarrely compelling, laugh-out-loud exploration of societies' fascination with the dark, spooky, and downright terrifying side of life. The author--self proclaimed "sinister minister"--opens the book by reflecting on how he went from a horror-obsessed atheist to a God-fearing Christian and then reconciled his love of the macabre with his new faith. In the chapters that follow, Laws takes us on a worldwide romp to shine light on the dark corners of our own minds. An American hell house--controversial Christian "haunted houses" that act out the horrors of abortion, drug use, etc. -- hosts his reflection on the use of horror in religion. A party in London with real life "vampires" exemplifies modern sexual fascination with the parasitic undead. He goes ghost hunting in an underground barbershop where a murderer used to cut hair. A professor in Denmark who is an expert on the recent Slenderman court case helps him explore the link between technology and the supernatural. In accessible and light-hearted prose, Peter Laws takes us from the dark corners of his mind to the underbelly of various macabre cultures to illuminate society's preoccupation with death and horror. The Frighteners combines psychology, religious theory, and personal memoir to create a dynamic and fascinating read that is informative and entertaining.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 262 Pages (1,518 KB)
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Added: Jul 24th, 2020

The Daily Don: All the News That Fits into Tiny, Tiny Hands by Jesse Duquette (Arcade) 4.7 Stars (36 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

The Best of "The Daily Don," political cartoon that documents all the covfefe of the administration of Donald Trump. The Daily Don is the best of artist Jesse Duquette's fabulous Instagram gallery of political cartoons relating to the Trump administration. It began in the wake of the first Trump press conference that gave us the weird and unnecessary lie about crowd sizes. Right then, Jesse thought, if this was Day One and the lying was already this casual and obvious, what did this mean for Day 2? or Day 100? He drew his first picture: Sean Spicer delivering his line ("Period."), added a quote from Orwell's "1984" that seemed particularly relevant, and posted it to Instagram with the caption that he was going to attempt to document every day of the Administration until the end -- a vow that he was maybe 35% serious about. But he has not missed a day and is still going strong. These drawings are the perfect antidote to the cries about "Fake News!" and "Build a Wall!" They help us all stay sane and smile (however nervously) through these strange times. This book pulls together selections from the first nearly-two-years in office -- from Muslim bans to Melania jackets and all the beef-tweeting covfefe in between -- and acts as a semi-accurate record of what these strangest of strange times were like for those of us who were there and lived to tell the tale. Because what better method to record a cartoon presidency than with colored pencils and markers?

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 179 Pages (290,553 KB)
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Added: Jul 24th, 2020

Absinthe: A Thriller by Guido Eekhaut (Skyhorse) 4.0 Stars (10 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Walter Eekhaut (his name rhymes with "stakeout"), a veteran of the Belgian police force who has a problem with authority, is dispatched to Amsterdam to aid the Dutch security service in investigating the activities of a well-connected Russian oligarch, with connections to Putin. Some of the Russian's business is certainly legitimate, but some may well not be. In Amsterdam, Eekhaut is seconded to Chief Superintendent Alexandra Dewaal and her team, and begins to learn about the city's shady underside. He is at once pulled into another case, the murder of a young leftist dissident, alleged to have stolen a sensitive list from the Amsterdam offices of an ultra-right-wing political party—a list with the name of secret donors. The hunt for the killer leads to a knot of black money interests and illegal dealings that pit the Russian mob and Dutch politicians and business leaders against the police and anyone else who tries to get in their way. Absinthe is the gripping first installment in the bestselling Amsterdam trilogy featuring Eekhaut and Dewaal and, for North American readers, a new voice in European noir.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 304 Pages (991 KB)
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Added: Jul 24th, 2020

Hazard: A Sister's Flight from Family and a Broken Boy by Margaret Combs (Skyhorse) 4.4 Stars (33 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Hazard is a poignant, unflinching memoir of the emotional intricacies of growing up with a severely disabled sibling. Margaret Combs shows how her Southern Baptist family coped with lived reality of autism in an era of ignorance and shame, the 1950s through the 1970s, and shares her own tragedy and anguish of being torn between helping her brother and yearning for her own life. Like many siblings of disabled children, young Margaret drives herself to excel in order to make up for her family's sorrow and ultimately flees her family for what she hopes is a “normal" life. Hazard is also a story of indelible bonds between siblings: the one between Combs and her sister, and the deep and rueful one she has with her disabled brother; how he and she were buddies; and how fervently she wanted to make him whole. Initially fueled by a wish that her brother had never been born, the author eventually arrives in a deeper place of gratitude for this same brother, whom she loves and who loves her in return.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 290 Pages (919 KB)
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Added: Jul 24th, 2020

UN/MASKED: Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl on Tour by Donna Kaz (Skyhorse) 4.9 Stars (68 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Donna Kaz was 24 years old when she moved to New York City in the fall of 1977 to pursue a career in theatre. She rented a spacious loft apartment on gritty Fifth Avenue in Chelsea and landed a job serving beers and burgers at the classic bar, Jimmy Day's, in Greenwich Village. She was on her way until a tall, blonde, handsome actor sat in her station during a lunch shift. That actor was William Hurt who swept Kaz off her feet and carried her to Hollywood and back for a three-plus year love affair that was both fantastical and physically dangerous. It took Kaz fourteen years to begin to admit she had survived domestic violence. Once she realized the extent of the abuse she had been subjected to she pulled a gorilla mask over her head and became "Aphra Behn," a bad-ass feminist, activist and member of THE GUERRILLA GIRLS. UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour, follows the unmasked DONNA KAZ, and the masked APHRA BEHN through their often surprising 25 year journey. In a braided narrative that flips between 1977 and 1997, Donna Kaz describes, with an ironic and humorous voice, what it was like go from being on the arm of William Hurt and an insider on the sets of movies like Altered States and Bodyheat, to an anonymous outsider donning a scary gorilla mask to protest sexism at Broadway'sTony Awards. Donna Kaz hobnobs with actress Kathleen Turner and director Lawrence Kasden, while Aphra Behn organizes sticker campaigns focused at the big New York City theatres which produce season after season of only plays by white male playwrights. When the Roundabout Theatre's toilet stalls (in both women's and men's rooms) are plastered with Guerrilla Girls' stickers stating: In this theatre, the taking of photographs, the use of a recording device and the production of plays by women is strictly prohibited - the Roundabout announces their next season will include two plays by women. Aphra and the Guerrilla Girls take all the credit and go on to create comedic art and ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 256 Pages (8,992 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Jul 24th, 2020