Category: United States Of America

The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism

By Theda Skocpol, Vanessa Williamson

On February 19, 2009, Cnbc commentator Rick Santelli stood at the flooring of the Chicago Mercantile alternate and added a rant opposed to executive courses to shore up the housing industry within the inner most monetary downturn because the nice melancholy. Ridiculing "losers" who couldn't pay their mortgages, Santelli invited America's" Over the following years, conservative activists took to the streets and airlines, outfitted 1000s of neighborhood Tea celebration teams, and weighed in with votes and cash to assist right-wing Republicans win electoral victories in 2010.

In this penetrating new examine, Harvard University's Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson transcend photographs of protesters in Colonial costumes to supply a nuanced portrait of the Tea celebration. What they locate is usually mind-blowing. Drawing on grassroots interviews and visits to neighborhood conferences in different areas, they locate that older, middle-class Tea Partiers more often than not approve of Social defense, Medicare, and beneficiant advantages for army veterans. Their competition to "big executive" springs from their reluctance to pay taxes to assist humans considered as not worthy "freeloaders"--including immigrants, decrease source of revenue earners, and the younger. on the nationwide point, Tea get together elites and funders leverage grassroots strength to extra longstanding pursuits similar to tax cuts for the rich, deregulation of industrial, and privatization of the exact same Social defense and Medicare courses on which many grassroots Tea Partiers rely. Elites and grassroots are however united in hatred of Barack Obama and backbone to push the Republican get together sharply to the right.

The booklet combines fine-grained pics of Tea occasion participants and native chapters with an overarching research of the movement's upward push, influence, and certain destiny. The paperback version has been up-to-date to hide the 2012 presidential and congressional elections, exhibiting how the Tea occasion prompted not just the choice of Republican applicants all of the approach from M

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Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America

By Sarah Leonard

Within the fall of 2011, a small protest camp in downtown big apple exploded right into a worldwide rebellion, sparked partly by way of the violent overreactions of the police. An unofficial checklist of this move, Occupy! combines adrenalin-fueled first-hand debts of the early days and weeks of Occupy Wall road with contentious debates and considerate reflections, that includes the editors and writers of the distinguished n+1, in addition to many of the world’s top radical thinkers, corresponding to Slavoj Žižek, Angela Davis, and Rebecca Solnit.

The publication conveys the serious pleasure of these current on the start of a counterculture, whereas delivering the circulate with a major platform for debating objectives, calls for, and strategies. Articles handle the heritage of the “horizontalist” constitution at OWS; how one can maintain a live-in going while there's a immense mountain of laundry build up; how very wealthy the very wealthy became; the messages and that means of the “We are the 99%” tumblr web site; occupations in Oakland, Boston, Atlanta, and in other places; what occurs subsequent; and lots more and plenty extra.

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Churchill, America and Vietnam, 1941-45

By T.O. Smith

Installed the broader context of British imperial and diplomatic goals in 1941-1945, the ebook clarifies the significance of Vietnam to Britain's neighborhood targets in Southeast Asia; concluding that Churchill used to be prepared to sacrifice French colonial pursuits in Vietnam for his all-important 'special dating' with the us.

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Guantánamo: An American History

By Jonathan M. Hansen

An on-the-ground background of yank empire

Say the note "Guantánamo" and orange jumpsuits, chain-link fences, torture, and indefinite detention are evoked. To critics across the world, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, is a outstanding image of yank hypocrisy. however the legal is not the entire tale. For greater than centuries, Guantánamo has been on the middle of yank imperial ambition, first as an item of wish then as a handy staging ground.

In Guantánamo: An American History, Jonathan M. Hansen offers the 1st whole account of this interesting position. The U.S. presence at Guantánamo predates even the kingdom itself, because the bay figured centrally within the imperial enlargement plans of colonist and British sailor Lawrence Washington―half brother of the long run president George. because the younger usa rose in strength, Thomas Jefferson and his fans expected an enormous "empire of liberty," which hinged on U.S. regulate of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Politically and geographically, Guantánamo Bay was once the main to this technique. So while Cubans took up fingers opposed to their Spanish rulers in 1898, the US swooped in to make sure that Guantánamo might prove firmly in its keep an eye on.

Over the following century, the yank military became the bay into an idyllic glossy Mayberry―complete with bungalows, cul-de-sacs, and state clubs―which base citizens nonetheless get pleasure from. in lots of methods, Guantánamo is still extra quintessentially American than the United States itself: a distillation of the idealism and vanity that has characterised U.S. nationwide identification and overseas coverage from the very beginning.

Despite the Obama administration's repeated efforts to shutter the infamous criminal, the naval base is in no hazard of ultimate every time quickly. locations like Guantánamo, which fall among the transparent borders of legislation and sovereignty, proceed to serve a function despite which leaders―left, correct, or center―hold the reins of power.

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The Student Loan Scam: The Most Oppressive Debt in U.S. History and How We Can Fight Back

By Alan Collinge

The scholar personal loan Scam is an exposé of the predatory nature of the $85-billion pupil personal loan undefined. during this in-depth exploration, Collinge argues that pupil loans became the main ecocnomic, uncompetitive, and oppressive form of debt in American historical past.

This has happened largely because of federal laws handed because the mid-1990s that got rid of ordinary customer protections from pupil loans-and allowed for large consequences and draconian wealth-extraction mechanisms to gather this inflated debt. highschool graduates can now not placed themselves via collage for a number of thousand funds in personal loan debt. at the present time, the typical undergraduate borrower leaves university with greater than $20,000 in pupil loans, and for graduate scholars the common is a whopping $42,000. For the prior 20 years, collage college has elevated at greater than double the speed of inflation, with the associated fee mostly transferring to scholar debt.

Collinge covers the historical past of scholar loans, the increase of Sallie Mae, and the way universities have profited on the price of scholars. The booklet contains candid and compelling tales from humans around the nation approximately how either nonprofit and for-profit pupil mortgage businesses, aided by way of negative laws, have shattered their lives-and livelihoods. With approximately five million defaulted loans, this quandary is growing to be to epic proportions.

The scholar personal loan Scam takes an unflinching examine this remarkable and urgent challenge, whereas exposing the strong agencies and people who prompted it to ensue. eventually, Collinge argues for the go back of normal buyer protections for scholar loans, between different pragmatic options, during this clarion demand social motion.

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Facts on File Companion to the American Novel, Volumes 1-3

By Abby H. P. Werlock

The evidence On dossier spouse to the yankee Novel is a part of proof On File's significant other to Literature sequence, becoming a member of partners to drama, poetry, and the fast tale. greater than 900 alphabetically prepared entries (by 224 participants) deal with authors and significant works. such a lot writer entries are a web page or so in size, entries on novels are typically a bit longer, and all are via brief bibliographies. those bibliographies contain fundamental, secondary, and on-line resources.
Author entries deal with approximately 450 writers chosen at the foundation of prizes gained, serious acclaim, ancient value, or inventive benefit. The editor has made a concerted attempt to incorporate an important variety of girls writers and authors from quite a few ethnic teams. The paintings encompasses all of yank background, yet its energy is in its assurance of the 20th and twenty-first centuries, together with entries on more recent writers, comparable to Myla Goldberg, Jonathan Lethem, and Alice Sebold, and demanding essays on a few titles, resembling Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake and Philip Roth's The Plot opposed to the USA, released when you consider that 2001. greater than 500 texts are profiled, essentially as a result of their value in American literary historical past and choice for learn in high-school and faculty study rooms. even though novels make up the biggest quantity, a few novellas and nonfiction works are integrated to boot. 5 topic essays keep on with the A-Z entries, overlaying the detective novel and African American, Asian American, Latino, and local American novels. Appendixes comprise an inventory of winners of six significant prizes (current via 2006 for a few prizes and 2005 for others) and a specific bibliography of secondary resources. even if a few topics--feminism, the Jewish American novel, and technological know-how fiction, between others--are now not represented within the topical essays, they're amply referenced inside of entries, with entry supplied by means of an in-depth index. The index is helping make up for the shortcoming of an entire record of entries, anything that others during this sequence additionally desire. in lots of situations, the index offers very good examine tips; for example, the index entries on subject matters, similar to African-American center type, immigrant adventure, and miscegenation, result in many particular novels and authors.

The base line is that no different reference paintings on American fiction brings jointly such an array of authors and texts as this. Editor Werlock has released articles on American and British literature and girls writers and edited the award-winning evidence On dossier spouse to the yank brief tale (2000). instructed for high-school, public, and undergraduate collections.

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Crooked River Burning

By Mark Winegardner

The severely acclaimed novel of a compelling love affair and the decline of a as soon as filthy rich urban .

The birthplace of rock 'n' roll, Cleveland used to be an financial powerhouse and America's sixth-largest urban within the overdue Nineteen Forties. by way of 1969, it had dropped to 12th. in the summertime of 1948, fourteen-year-old David Zielinsky can wait for a role on the docks, the single technique to make a dwelling on his part of the town. around the river is twelve-year-old Anne O'Connor, daughter of the reigning political boss of Cuyahoga County. during this richly unique novel, the 2 will meet and fall in love, and for twenty turbulent years, as Cleveland falls from grace, they are going to be fed on via a fiery, star-crossed romance. A natural-born storyteller, Mark Winegardner charts the loss of life of this attention-grabbing urban, artfully weaving in such real-life Clevelanders as Eliot Ness, Alan Freed, and Carl Stokes. A saga such as the simplest writing of E. L. Doctorow, Tom Wolfe, and John Dos Passos, Crooked River Burning is masterfully crafted and significantly entertaining-a nice American novel within the truest experience.

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The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less

By Elizabeth H. Bradley, Lauren A. Taylor

Foreword by way of Harvey V. Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine

For many years, specialists have wondered over why the U.S. spends extra on overall healthiness care yet suffers poorer results than different industrialized countries. Now Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor marshal vast study, together with a comparative examine of well-being care information from thirty international locations, and get to the basis of this paradox: We’ve disregarded of our tally the main impactful expenses international locations make to enhance the future health in their populations—investments in social companies.

In The American well-being Care Paradox, Bradley and Taylor light up how slim definitions of “health care,” archaic divisions within the distribution of well-being and social companies, and our hypersensitivity to govt courses mix to create unnecessary anguish in person lives, whilst healthiness care spending keeps to leap. They express us how and why the U.S. overall healthiness care “system” built because it did; research the limitations on, and probabilities for, reform; and profile inspiring new projects from around the globe.

Offering a special and clarifying viewpoint at the difficulties the reasonable Care Act won’t clear up, this booklet additionally issues a brand new approach ahead.

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The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century

By Sarah Miller

Here’s middle-grade nonfiction that reads like a mystery. With homicide, courtroom battles, and sensational newspaper headlines, the tale of Lizzie Borden is compulsively readable and excellent for the typical Core.
Lizzie Borden took an awl, gave her mom 40 whacks. whilst she observed what she had performed, she gave her father forty-one.
In a compelling, linear narrative, Miller takes readers alongside as she investigates a brutal crime: the August four, 1892, murders of rich and fashionable Andrew and Abby Borden. The accused? Mild-mannered and hugely revered Lizzie Borden, daughter of Andrew and stepdaughter of Abby. such a lot of what's recognized approximately Lizzie’s arrest and next trial (and acquittal) comes from sensationalized newspaper experiences; as Miller kinds truth from fiction, and as a criminal conflict will get below approach, a gripping portrait of a lady and a city emerges.
With inserts that includes interval images and newspaper clippings—and, sure, pictures from the homicide scene—readers will consume this nonfiction ebook that reads like fiction.

"Sure to be a success with actual crime enthusiasts everywhere." —School Library Journal, Starred

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