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80s to Present


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The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America
The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America
by Susan Faludi
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In this most original examination of America's post-9/11 culture, Susan Faludi shines a light on the country's psychological response to the attacks on that terrible day. Turning her observational powers on the media, popular culture, and political life,... (read more)

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The Measure of America: American Human Development Report, 2008-2009 (Columbia / Ssrc Book)
The Measure of America: American Human Development Report, 2008-2009 (Columbia / Ssrc Book)
by Sarah Burd Sharps
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"The Measure of America" is the first-ever human development report for a wealthy, developed nation. It introduces the American Human Development Index, which provides a single measure of well-being for all Americans, disaggregated by state and... (read more)

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30 Satires
30 Satires
by Lewis Lapham
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This first assemblage of Lapham's satires presents 30 pieces that hold their currency and humor against the tide of social and political change that has engulfed American society over the last 20 years.... (read more)

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Hella Nation: Looking for Happy Meals in Kandahar, Rocking the Side Pipe, Wingnut's Waragainst the Gap, and Other Adventures with th
Hella Nation: Looking for Happy Meals in Kandahar, Rocking the Side Pipe, Wingnut's Waragainst the Gap, and Other Adventures with th
by Evan Wright
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Read Evan Wright's posts on the Penguin Blog. The New York Times bestselling author of Generation Kill immerses himself in even more cultures on the edge. Evan Wright's affinity for outsiders has inspired this deeply personal journey through what he... (read more)

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New America: New Edition
New America: New Edition
by Mark Little
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 The United States is being transformed as the Obama election proves.  Mark Little follows millions of 21st-century pioneers to a new frontier in the West. In the sprawling new cities of the Sun Belt states, he chronicles the people and places... (read more)

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American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville
American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville
by Bernard Henri Levy
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Hoping to gauge the success of America's experiment in democracy, France's leading journalist follows Tocqueville's journey across our once nascent nation to rediscover what it means to be an American. Here in opposing and quick succession, we meet... (read more)

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American Backlash
American Backlash
by Michael Henry Adams
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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... (read more)

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Standing by: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War
Standing by: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War
by Alison Buckholtz
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More than two million U.S. service members have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan in the last decade.   More and more of these veterans are writing about their wartime experience, but few military spouses have shared the truth about what it... (read more)

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You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression
You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression
by Matthew Rothschild
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Chilling true stories of ordinary Americans whose everyday liberties have been violated since September 11. "I'm very liberal and sometimes my friends say I'm giving them some kind of paranoid, nutty stuff, and I agree, but then the FBI show up."—... (read more)

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Are You Serious?: How to Be True and Get Real in the Age of Silly
Are You Serious?: How to Be True and Get Real in the Age of Silly
by Lee Siegel
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LeeSiegel, author of Falling Upwards, Not RemotelyControlled, and Against the Machine delivers a provocative critique ofmodern lightness and frivolity, and a timely guide to being serious in an unserious age. In the vein of The Culture of Narcissism,... (read more)

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Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost: A Memoir of Hampshire College in the Twilight of the '80s
Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost: A Memoir of Hampshire College in the Twilight of the '80s
by Richard Rushfield
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Richard Rushfield takes us on an unforgettable and hilarious trip through higher alternative education in the eighties. Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost is a strange and salacious memoir about life at the ultimate New England hippie college at the height of... (read more)

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Republican Like Me: Infiltrating Red-State, White-Ass, and Blue-Suit America
Republican Like Me: Infiltrating Red-State, White-Ass, and Blue-Suit America
by Harmon Leon
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When the red states trumped the blue states in the 2004 presidential election, many Democrats were left wondering just what makes the conservative mindset tick. Wonder no more. Join self-described infiltration journalist, Harmon Leon as he goes... (read more)

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Who Are We: The Challenges to America's National Identity
Who Are We: The Challenges to America's National Identity
by Samuel P Huntington
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In his seminal work The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, Samuel Huntington argued provocatively and presciently that with the end of the cold war, "civilizations" were replacing ideologies as the new fault lines in international... (read more)

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Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-Up
Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-Up
by Christopher Noxon
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Once upon a time, boys and girls grew up and set aside childish things. Nowadays, moms and dads skateboard alongside their kids and download the latest pop-song ringtones. Captains of industry pose for the cover of BusinessWeek holding Super Soakers. The... (read more)

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The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream
The Way We'll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream
by John Zogby
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According to super pollster John Zogby, whom the Washington Post calls "the maverick predictor," the conventional wisdom about the United States — that we're isolated from the world, politically fragmented, and inclined toward material pleasure... (read more)

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Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
by Barbara Ehrenreich
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The bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed goes back undercover to do for Americas ailing middle class what she did for the working poor. Barbara Ehrenreichs Nickel and Dimed explored the lives of low-wage workers. Now, in BAIT AND SWITCH, she enters... (read more)

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Who We Are Now: The Changing Face of America in the 21st Century
Who We Are Now: The Changing Face of America in the 21st Century
by Sam Roberts
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A revealing view of America and its citizens at the dawn of a new century, by the author of the New York Times Notable Book Who We Are For more than two centuries, America has taken stock every decade, producing a statistical self-portrait of our... (read more)

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The Working Poor: Invisible in America
The Working Poor: Invisible in America
by David K. Shipler
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The Working Poor is a deeply impressive book, a thorough and balanced study of the millions of Americans living at or around the poverty line. Shipler's varied portraits and interviews are insightful and moving, and his analysis of causes and suggestions... (read more)

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An Agenda for the 21st Century
An Agenda for the 21st Century
by Rushworth M Kidder
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"If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one," the British author John Galsworthy wrote at the beginning of this century. In An Agenda for the 21st Century, Rushworth Kidder, award-winning columnist for the Christian Science Monitor, has... (read more)

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Seeds of Disaster, Roots of Response: How Private Action Can Reduce Public Vulnerability
Seeds of Disaster, Roots of Response: How Private Action Can Reduce Public Vulnerability
by Philip E Auerswald
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Seeds of Disaster, Roots of Response is the first systematic attempt to understand how private decisions affect public vulnerability.... (read more)

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