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Failure Is Not an Option: Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools, Alan M. Blankstein.
1 Alan M. Blankstein. Failure Is Not an Option: Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools
Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press 2004 1412909341 / 9781412909341 Paper back Very good (Excellent condition - Slight shelf wearing) 22.7 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm 
'Failure Is Not an Option is a deeply passionate call to arms, combined with an entire arsenal of information - from the worlds of research and classroom practice - to enable the reader to take systematic, continuous and effective action. This book is absolutely a must read for all those interested in reform because it is simultaneously inspiring and practical' - From the Foreword by Michael Fullan, University of Toronto "This is a practical, well formatted book that is intellectually solid, emotionally inspiring, and practically accessible." - Andy Hargreaves, Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education, Lynch School of Education, Boston College "Both inspirational and eminently practical, Failure Is Not an Option can serve as a handbook for both strategic planning and classroom-by-classroom reworking. Any administrator who truly wishes to change his or her school can use this book as a manual from which to design every aspect of the change process." - Robert W. Cole, Educational writer and consultant, Louisville, KY "This book speaks to the spark of caring, generosity, and greatness in every child and provides caring adults with ideas and tools to unleash this potential.It leaves no part of the child behind, and leaves no adult on the sidelines. " - Maurice J. Elias, Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University, New Jersey Building on a foundation that identifies courageous school leadership and the professional learning community as the center of effective school reform, this powerful new book by Alan M Blankstein offers six guiding principles for creating and sustaining high-performing schools: } common mission, vision, values, and goals } systems for prevention and intervention } collaborative teaming for teaching and learning } data driven decision making and continuous improvement } active engagement from family and community } building sustainable leadership capacity Covering theory into practice, applications that include case studies and vignettes, and techniques for addressing difficult issues, the book also provides valuable dual perspectives on the critical issues: how implementation looks when it's done right as well as when things go wrong. Failure Is Not an Option is sure to be the state-of-the-art resource that school leaders reach for when, in Michael Fullan's words, they need "practical applications to perplexing problems". 
Price: 33.95 USD
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Open: An Autobiography, Andre Agassi.
2 Andre Agassi. Open: An Autobiography
Toronto: Vintage 2010 0307388409 / 9780307388407 Paper back Like New Not issued 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches 
Far more than a superb memoir about the highest levels of professional tennis, Open is the engrossing story of a remarkable life. Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of twenty-two Agassi had won the first of his eight grand slams and achieved wealth, celebrity, and the game’s highest honors. But as he reveals in this searching autobiography, off the court he was often unhappy and confused, unfulfilled by his great achievements in a sport he had come to resent. Agassi writes candidly about his early success and his uncomfortable relationship with fame, his marriage to Brooke Shields, his growing interest in philanthropy, and—described in haunting, point-by-point detail—the highs and lows of his celebrated career. 
Price: 15.95 USD
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Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships, Anne T. Henderson; Karen L. Mapp; Vivian R. Johnson & Don Davies.
3 Anne T. Henderson; Karen L. Mapp; Vivian R. Johnson & Don Davies. Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships
New York: The New Press 2007 1565848888 / 9781565848887 Paper back New 1 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches 
Countless studies demonstrate that students with parents actively involved in their education at home and school are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher-level programs, graduate from high school, and go on to post-secondary education. Beyond the Bake Sale shows how to form these essential partnerships and how to make them work. Packed with tips from principals and teachers, checklists, and an invaluable resource section, Beyond the Bake Sale reveals how to build strong collaborative relationships and offers practical advice for improving interactions between parents and teachers, from insuring that PTA groups are constructive and inclusive to navigating the complex issues surrounding diversity in the classroom. Written with candor, clarity, and humor, Beyond the Bake Sale is essential reading for teachers, parents on the front lines in public schools, and administrators and policy makers at all levels. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Divorce Culture, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead.
4 Barbara Dafoe Whitehead. The Divorce Culture
New York: Knopf 1997 0679432302 / 9780679432302 1st Hard bound New New 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches 
The author's Atlantic Monthly article "Dan Quayle Was Right" ignited a media debate on the effects of divorce that rages still. In this book she expands her argument, making it clear Americans need to strengthen their resolve with regard to divorce prevention, new ways of thinking about marriage, and a new consciousness about the meaning of committment. 240 pp. Author tour. Radio satellite tour. 60,000 print. 
Price: 24.00 USD
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The New Soft War on Women: How the Myth of Female Ascendance Is Hurting Women, Men--and Our Economy, Caryl Rivers & Rosalind C. Barnett.
5 Caryl Rivers & Rosalind C. Barnett. The New Soft War on Women: How the Myth of Female Ascendance Is Hurting Women, Men--and Our Economy
New York: Tarcher 2013 0399163336 / 9780399163333 Hard bound New New 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches 
For the first time in history, women make up half the educated labor force and are earning the majority of advanced degrees. It should be the best time ever for women, and yet... it’s not. Storm clouds are gathering, and the worst thing is that most women don’t have a clue what could be coming. In large part this is because the message they’re being fed is that they now have it made. But do they? In The New Soft War on Women, respected experts on gender issues and the psychology of women Caryl Rivers and Rosalind C. Barnett argue that an insidious war of subtle biases and barriers is being waged that continues to marginalize women. Although women have made huge strides in recent years, these gains have not translated into money and influence. Consider the following: - Women with MBAs earn, on average, $4,600 less than their male counterparts in their first job out of business school. - Female physicians earn, on average, 39 percent less than male physicians. - Female financial analysts take in 35 percent less, and female chief executives one quarter less than men in similar positions. In this eye-opening book, Rivers and Barnett offer women the real facts as well as tools for combating the “soft war” tactics that prevent them from advancing in their careers. With women now central to the economy, determining to a large degree whether it thrives or stagnates, this is one war no one can afford for them to lose. 
Price: 26.95 USD
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The Drinking Water Book: A Complete Guide to Safe Drinking Water, Colin Ingram.
6 Colin Ingram. The Drinking Water Book: A Complete Guide to Safe Drinking Water
Berkeley: Ten Speed Press 1991 0898154367 / 9780898154368 Paper back Like New (Slight shelf wearing) 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches 
THE DRINKING WATER BOOK takes a level-headed look at the serious issues surrounding America's drinking water supply. Unlike water purifier manufacturers and public health officials, Ingram presents unbiased reporting on what's in your water and how to drink safely. Featuring all the latest scientific research, the book evaluates the different kinds of filters and bottled waters and rates specific products on the market.‚Ģ The completely revised comprehensive guide to making tap and bottled water safer, covering the toxins in our water, how to test for them, and how to get rid of them. Honestly and thoroughly tackles a subject vital to ongoing environmental, health, and safety concerns.Shows how to avoid bogus safety tests, scams, and unnecessary expenditures. Details which toxins aren't regulated by federal and state water standards. 
Price: 15.95 USD
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Jazz - Then & Now, David Lee Fish.
7 David Lee Fish. Jazz - Then & Now
New York: In Tune Partners 2011 1617742325 / 9781617742323 Pap/Cdr edition Paper back New 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm 
While many books chronicle the history of jazz, few are both designed for classroom use and follow jazz's evolution to the modern day. But by speaking to the student musician, veteran performer and educator David Lee Fish has created uncommon opportunities for general music teachers to relate the work of the jazz masters, their instruments, and their musical achievements to popular music and today's jazz styles. Starting with the origins of jazz, Dr. Fish traces the genre's history as it evolved from ragtime in the clubs of New Orleans. Each of the book's 15 chapters covers an era in jazz history by focusing on the people who shaped the music, from Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, and Jaco Pastorius to the greats of today, like Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Pat Metheny, and more. Each chapter also includes a printed music example tracing the evolution of the music, offers suggested listening, and contains a brief list of historical events that helped shape the society in general (making this book a useful text for cross-curriculum study). * Covers jazz from past to present * Written for young musicians in a plain style that avoids jargon * Printed music examples and suggested lessons help teachers explain the music in a classroom * A separate teacher handbook offers lesson plans and classroom activities * Streaming audio examples at MusicAlive.com * Longer, and priced lower, than other classroom books covering similar material 
Price: 19.99 USD
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A Kid's Guide to Washington, D.C., Diane C. Clark.
8 Diane C. Clark. A Kid's Guide to Washington, D.C.
Orlando: Harcourt, Inc. 2008 0152061258 / 9780152061258 Revised Paper back New Not issued 8.9 x 0.5 x 9.4 inches 
For children on school trips or traveling with their families, here is kid-friendly information about popular monuments, museums, exhibits, shopping, sporting events--and even day trips outside the immediate metropolitan area. Originally published in 1989, this handy guide now features completely updated text and photographs, along with the puzzles, games, and wonderful tidbits of trivia that have made it one of the most useful D.C. guidebooks for children.A Kid's Guide to Washington, D.C. is the perfect traveling companion for any youngster who wants to play an active role in planning a family vacation. Includes:PuzzlesGamesTriviaAnd More! 
Price: 14.00 USD
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Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See, Erik Weihenmayer.
9 Erik Weihenmayer. Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See
New York: Penguin Group 2001 0525945784 / 9780525945789 Hard bound New New 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches Author autographed.
The incredible, inspiring story of world-class climber Erik Weihenmayer, from the terrible diagnosis that foretold of the loss of his eyesight, to his dream to climb mountains, and finally his quest to reach each of the Seven Summits. Erik Weihenmayer was born with retinoscheses, a degenerative eye disorder that would progressively unravel his retinas. Erik learned from doctors that he was destined to lose his sight by age thirteen. Yet from early on, he was determined to rise above this devastating disability and lead a fulfilling, exciting life. In Touch the Top of the World, Erik recalls his struggle to push past the limits placed on him by his visual impairment-and by a seeing world. He speaks movingly of the role his family played in his battle to break through the barriers of blindness: the mother who prayed for the miracle that would restore her son's sight; the father who encouraged him to strive for that unreachable mountaintop. Erik was the first blind man to summit McKinley. Soon he became the first blind person to scale the infamous 3000-foot rock wall of El Capitan and then Argentina's Aconcagua, the highest peak outside of Asia. He was married to his longtime sweetheart at 13,000 feet on the Shira Plateau on his way to Kilimanjaro's summit, and recently Erik scaled Polar Circus, the 30,000-foot vertical ice wall in Alberta, Canada. Erik's story is about having the vision to dream big; the courage to reach for near impossible goals; and the grit, determination, and ingenuity to transform our lives into "something miraculous." 
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Miami Babylon: Crime, Wealth, and Power--A Dispatch from the Beach, Gerald Posner.
10 Gerald Posner. Miami Babylon: Crime, Wealth, and Power--A Dispatch from the Beach
New York: Simon & Schuster 2009 1416576568 / 9781416576563 1st Hard bound New New 24.2 x 16.5 x 3.6 cm 
From its beginnings in the 1890s, Miami Beach has been a place made by visionaries and hustlers. During Prohibition, Al Capone had to muscle into its bootlegging and gambling businesses. After December 1941, when the Beach was the training ground for half a million army recruits, even the war couldn't stop the party. After a short postwar boom, the city's luck gave out. The big hotels went bankrupt, the crime rate rose, and the tourists moved on to Disney World and the Caribbean. Even after the Beach hosted both national political conventions in 1972, nobody would have imagined that this sandy backwater of run-down hotels and high crime would soon become one of the country's most important cultural centers. But in 1981, 125,000 Cubans arrived by the boatload. The empty streets of South Beach, lined with dilapidated hotels, were about to be changed irrevocably by the culture of money that moved in behind cocaine and crime. Gerald Posner takes us inside the intertwined lives of the politicians, financiers, nightclub owners, and real estate developers who have fed the Beach's unquenchable desire for wealth, flash, and hype: the German playboy who bought the entire tip of South Beach with $100 million of questionable money; the mayoral candidate who said, "If you can't take their money, drink their liquor, mess with their women, and then vote against them, you aren't cut out for politics"; the Staten Island thug who became king of the South Beach nightclubs and, when his empire unraveled, saved himself by testifying against the mob; the campaign manager who calls himself the "Prince of Darkness" and got immunity from prosecution in a fraud case by cooperating with the FBI against his colleagues; and the former Washington, D.C., developer who played hardball with city hall and became the Beach's first black hotel owner. From the mid-level coke dealers and their suitcases of cash to the questionable billions that financed the ocean-view condo towers, the Beach has seen it all. Posner's singular report tells the real story of how this small urban beach community was transformed into a world-class headquarters for American culture within a generation. It is a story built by dreamers and schemers—and a steroid-injected cautionary tale. 
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Turnaround: Leading Stressed Colleges and Universities to Excellence, James Martin & James E. Samels.
11 James Martin & James E. Samels. Turnaround: Leading Stressed Colleges and Universities to Excellence
Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press 2009 0801890683 / 9780801890680 Hard bound New New 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm 
Nearly one thousand colleges and universities in the United States face major challenges -- from catastrophic hurricanes to loss of accreditation to sagging enrollment. What can leaders of such at-risk institutions do to improve their situation? Turnaround gives college and university leaders the tools they need to put their fragile institutions back on a path to success. This comprehensive handbook outlines how board members, presidents, and administrators can identify their institutions' weaknesses, implement plans for improvement, and mitigate existing damage. Turnaround also identifies the legal pitfalls that often accompany institutional change, offering solutions for how to overcome such obstacles or avoid them altogether. Evaluating the experiences of two hundred college leaders, the contributors share such critical information as: • 20 indicators of institutional vulnerability• 10 necessary skills for presidents directing a turnaround• 5 characteristics of institutions that have completed successful turnarounds• 10 lessons of successful turnarounds Featuring candid advice from decision makers who have faced severe challenges, Turnaround is a valuable resource for college and university leaders facing tough times. 
Price: 47.00 USD
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Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future, Jeff Goodell.
12 Jeff Goodell. Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2006 0618319409 / 9780618319404 Hard bound Like New (Slight shelf wear/handling) Like New 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches 
In the tradition of Rachel Carson and Eric Schlosser, the veteran journalist Jeff Goodell examines the danger behind President George W. Bush's recent assertion that coal is America's "economic destiny." Despite a devastating, century-long legacy that has claimed millions of lives and ravaged the environment, coal has become hot again -- and will likely get hotter. In this penetrating analysis, Goodell debunks the faulty assumptions underlying coal's revival and shatters the myth of cheap coal energy. In a compelling blend of hard-hitting investigative reporting, history, and industry assessment, Goodell illuminates the stark economic imperatives America faces and the collusion of business and politics -- what is meant by "big coal" -- that have set us on the dangerous course toward reliance on this energy source. Few of us realize that even today we burn a lump of coal every time we flip on a switch. Coal already supplies more than half the energy needed to power our iPods, laptops, lights -- anything we use that consumes electricity. Our desire to find a homegrown alternative to Mideast oil, the rising cost of oil and natural gas, and the fossil fuel-friendly mood in Washington will soon push our coal consumption through the roof. Because we have failed to develop alternative energy sources, coal has effectively become the default fuel for the twenty-first century. 
Price: 24.95 USD
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Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope, Jimmy Carter.
13 Jimmy Carter. Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope
New York: Simon & Schuster 2007 1416558802 / 9781416558804 1st Hard bound New New 9.4 x 6.7 x 1.1 inches 
This is the story of President Jimmy Carter's post-presidency, the most admired and productive in the nation's history. Through The Carter Center, which he and Rosalynn Carter founded in 1982, he has fought neglected diseases, waged peace in war zones, and built hope among some of the most forgotten and needy people in the world. Serving in more than seventy nations, Carter has led peacekeeping efforts for Ethiopia, North Korea, Haiti, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Uganda, and Sudan. With his colleagues from The Carter Center, he has monitored more than sixty-five elections in troubled nations, from Palestine to Indonesia.Carter's bold initiatives, undertaken with dedicated colleagues, have eliminated, prevented, or cured an array of diseases that have been characterized as "neglected" by the World Health Organization and that afflict tens of millions of people unnecessarily. The Carter Center has taught millions of African families how to increase the production of food grains, and Rosalynn Carter has led a vigorous war against the stigma of mental illness around the world. "Immersing ourselves among these deprived and suffering people has been a great blessing as it stretched our minds and hearts," Jimmy Carter writes. "The principles of The Carter Center have been the same ones that should characterize our nation, or any individual. They are the beliefs inherent in all the great world religions, including commitments to peace, justice, freedom, humility, forgiveness or an attempt to find accommodation with potential foes, generosity, human rights or fair treatment of others, protection of the environment, and the alleviation of suffering. This is our agenda for the future." 
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Sin No More: From Abortion to Stem Cells, Understanding Crime, Law, and Morality in America, John Dombrink & Daniel Hillyard.
14 John Dombrink & Daniel Hillyard. Sin No More: From Abortion to Stem Cells, Understanding Crime, Law, and Morality in America
New York: New York University Press 2007 0814719899 / 9780814719893 Paper back Like New Not issued 1 x 6 x 9 inches 
Sin No More offers a vivid examination of some of the most morally and politically disputed issues of our time: abortion, gay rights, assisted suicide, stem cell research, and legalized gambling. These are moral values issues, all of which are hotly, sometimes violently, contested in America. The authors cover these issues in depth, looking at the nature of efforts to initiate reforms, to define constituencies, to mobilize resources, to frame debates, and to shape public opinion - all in an effort to achieve social change, create, or re-write legislation. Of the issues under scrutiny only legalized gambling has managed to achieve widespread acceptance despite moral qualms from some. Sin No More seeks to show what these laws and attitudes tell us about Americans' approach to law and morality, and about our changing conceptions of sin, crime and illegality. Running through each chapter is a central tension: that American attitudes and laws toward these victimless crimes are going through a process of normalization. Despite conservative rhetoric the authors argue that the tide is turning on each of these issues, with all moving toward acceptance, or decriminalization, in society. Each issue is at a different point in terms of this acceptance, and each has travelled different roads to achieve their current status. 
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Reasonable Creatures: Essays on Women and Feminism, Katha Pollitt.
15 Katha Pollitt. Reasonable Creatures: Essays on Women and Feminism
New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1994 039457060X / 9780394570600 1st Hard bound New New 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches 
She writes about sex, children's books, the media, breast implants, the mind of an antiabortionist. She invokes Moby Dick and Gilligan's Island, Lorena Bobbitt and Lysistrata ("the original woman's strike-for-peace-nik"). For more than a decade, in her wonderfully provocative, wittily astute, graceful and gutsy pieces in The Nation, The New Yorker and The New York Times, she has taken the strongest positions on the thorniest moral issues and the most controversial events, from date rape to surrogate motherhood, to violence against women, to the Anita Hill hearings, to fetal rights and mothers' "wrongs." The best of her pieces are gathered here. 
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After-School Clubs for Kids: Thematic Programming to Encourage Reading, Lisa M. Shaia.
16 Lisa M. Shaia. After-School Clubs for Kids: Thematic Programming to Encourage Reading
Chicago: American Library Association 2014 0838912028 / 9780838912027 Paper back New 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches 
Learning that takes place "after hours" in a club setting is often an undersupported component of children's education. After-school clubs built around books encourage independent, recreational reading, which in turn has a positive impact on the rest of a child's day. In this book, Shaia offers a year's worth of ready-to-implement program ideas for librarians and educators. Her month-by-month calendar of themed clubs is conveniently divided by grade level (K-2, grades 3-4, grades 5-6) to allow club leaders and organizers to closely align activities and book selections to the ages of the club's participants. This handy book Offers programming on such themes as science, math, animals, mysteries, art, fairy tales, and more, all of which can be adapted for either a half-hour or forty-five-minute time slot Details age-specific bibliographies and suggestions for read-alouds, music, and craft or game activities, with different ideas for each week in a month Presents information on publicizing the activity, community outreach, display ideas, set-up, supplies, management, and evaluation With its inviting approach to book-based programming, Shaia's start-to-finish guide helps promote reading as a fun, engaging activity for kids. 
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A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl, Mariane Pearl & Sarah Crichton.
17 Mariane Pearl & Sarah Crichton. A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl
New York: Scribner 2003 0743244427 / 9780743244428 1st Hard bound New New 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches Price clipped.
In A Mighty Heart, an astonishingly courageous woman tells the terrifying and unforgettable story of her husband's life and death. For five weeks the world watched and worried about Danny Pearl, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan. And then came the news of his shocking and brutal murder. Danny's reasons for being in Karachi, the complete story of his abduction, and the intense effort to find him are told here for the first time. Mariane and Danny Pearl were working in South Asia, as they had been elsewhere in the world, because they believed that good reporting is essential to our understanding of ethnic and religious conflict around the globe. They knew the risks inherent in the life they chose and took conscientious precautions. The courage of Danny and Mariane is extraordinary, yet we are dependent on brave journalists everywhere to produce news coverage that educates us. There are many mighty hearts in the Pearl story, many brave people who helped Mariane in her search for her abducted husband. This account is riveting, illuminating, and heartbreaking. We learn, through the urgent tracing of Danny's last movements, about the terrorists' methods, ideologies, and ruthless violence. As soon as Pearl was discovered missing, a global effort began to locate him and identify his captors -- a race against the clock that spanned the dangerous fissures of culture and politics and language that separate Islamic terrorists and America. Only one person can tell this story: Danny Pearl's wife, Mariane, for it was she who initiated and helped direct the urgent search for her husband and she who can paint a moving portrait of a marriage built on the ideals of truth, justice, and love. Intensely suspenseful despite the known outcome, uplifting at the last, A Mighty Heart is essential reading for our time. 
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Rewiring the Real: In Conversation with William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don DeLillo, Mark C. Taylor.
18 Mark C. Taylor. Rewiring the Real: In Conversation with William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don DeLillo
New York: Columbia University Press 2013 0231160402 / 9780231160407 Hard bound New New 1 x 6.5 x 8.5 inches 
Digital and electronic technologies that act as extensions of our bodies and minds are changing how we live, think, act, and write. Some welcome these developments as bringing humans closer to unified consciousness and eternal life. Others worry that invasive globalized technologies threaten to destroy the self and the world. Whether feared or desired, these innovations provoke emotions that have long fueled the religious imagination, suggesting the presence of a latent spirituality in an era mistakenly deemed secular and posthuman. William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don DeLillo are American authors who explore this phenomenon thoroughly in their work. Engaging the works of each in conversation, Mark C. Taylor discusses their sophisticated representations of new media, communications, information, and virtual technologies and their transformative effects on the self and society. He focuses on Gaddis's The Recognitions, Powers's Plowing the Dark, Danielewski's House of Leaves, and DeLillo's Underworld, following the interplay of technology and religion in their narratives and their imagining of the transition from human to posthuman states. Their challenging ideas and inventive styles reveal the fascinating ways religious interests affect emerging technologies and how, in turn, these technologies guide spiritual aspirations. To read these novels from this perspective is to see them and the world anew. 
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The Fracturing of the American Corporate Elite, Mark S. Mizruchi.
19 Mark S. Mizruchi. The Fracturing of the American Corporate Elite
Cambridge: Harvard University Press 2013 0674072995 / 9780674072992 Hard bound New New 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches 
In the aftermath of a financial crisis marked by bank-friendly bailouts and loosening campaign finance restrictions, a chorus of critics warns that business leaders have too much influence over American politics. Mark Mizruchi worries about the ways they exert too little. The Fracturing of the American Corporate Elite advances the surprising argument that American CEOs, seemingly more powerful today than ever, have abrogated the key leadership role they once played in addressing national challenges, with grave consequences for American society. Following World War II, American business leaders observed an ethic of civic responsibility and enlightened self-interest. Steering a course of moderation and pragmatism, they accepted the legitimacy of organized labor and federal regulation of the economy and offered support, sometimes actively, as Congress passed legislation to build the interstate highway system, reduce discrimination in hiring, and provide a safety net for the elderly and needy. In the 1970s, however, faced with inflation, foreign competition, and growing public criticism, corporate leaders became increasingly confrontational with labor and government. As they succeeded in taming their opponents, business leaders paradoxically undermined their ability to act collectively. The acquisition wave of the 1980s created further pressures to focus on shareholder value and short-term gain rather than long-term problems facing their country. Today’s corporate elite is a fragmented, ineffectual group that is unwilling to tackle the big issues, despite unprecedented wealth and political clout. Mizruchi’s sobering assessment of the dissolution of America’s business class helps explain the polarization and gridlock that stifle U.S. politics. 
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American backlash: the untold story of social change in the U.S, Michael Adams.
20 Michael Adams. American backlash: the untold story of social change in the U.S
Toronto: Penguin Group 2005 0670063703 / 9780670063703 Hard bound New New 23.5 x 16.2 x 2.1 cm 
In his insightful, award-winning work Fire and Ice, Environics president Michael Adams explored the growing divergence between American and Canadian values. Using the same mixture of polling and analysis in American Backlash, Adams fixes his penetrating gaze on contemporary America—the exceptional society. Exploding the accepted wisdom of an America divided bitterly into camps of red and blue, Adams's data show that the values rift between Republicans and Democrats is negligible when compared with the gulf between politically engaged citizens (of either party) and the nearly half of Americans who are politically disaffected. American Backlash goes beyond the red and blue dichotomy, beyond the litany of divisive political issues that receive so much attention in American public discourse: abortion, stem-cell research, euthanasia, same sex marriage, Darwin versus Genesis, and prayer in schools. Widening the lens to examine the psychology of American society as a whole, Adams's research suggests that it is neither Red nor Blue America that represents the overall trajectory of social change in the United States. Rather, it is politically disengaged Americans, people who increasingly embrace values of brash individualism and hedonism, who are the greatest barometer of where American society is headed. 
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