White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

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Penguin Books #ad - And we recognize how right she is today. Marginalized as a class, white trash have always been at or near the center of major political debates over the character of the American identity. We acknowledge racial injustice as an ugly stain on our nation’s history. They were alternately known as “waste people, ” “offals, ” “lazy lubbers, ” “rubbish, ” and “crackers.

By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers, ragged clothing, ” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, and listless minds. The wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement to today's hillbillies.

With isenberg’s landmark book, we will have to face the truth about the enduring, malevolent nature of class as well. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery.

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America #ad - Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics–-a widely popular movement embraced by Theodore Roosevelt that targeted poor whites for sterilization. Yet the voters who boosted trump all the way to the White House have been a permanent part of our American fabric, argues Isenberg.

. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility.

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Salt: A World History

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Penguin Books #ad - A substance so valuable it served as currency, provoked and financed wars, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, secured empires, and inspired revolutions. Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, Salt is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.

Salt: A World History #ad - From the Trade Paperback edition. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. An unlikely world history from the bestselling author of Cod and The Basque History of the WorldIn his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt.

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Swing Time: A Novel

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Penguin Books #ad - The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, what constitutes a tribe, about black bodies and black music, or makes a person truly free. A new york times bestseller * finalist for the national book critics circle Award for Fiction * Longlisted for the Man Booker PrizeAn ambitious, exuberant new novel moving from North West London to West Africa, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty.

Two brown girls dream of being dancers—but only one, Tracey, has talent. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, but never quite forgotten, never to be revisited, either. Tracey makes it to the chorus line but struggles with adult life, while her friend leaves the old neighborhood behind, traveling the world as an assistant to a famous singer, Aimee, observing close up how the one percent live.

Swing Time: A Novel #ad - But when aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, the women dance just like tracey—the same twists, the same shakes—and the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, the story moves from London to West Africa, young men risk their lives to escape into a different future, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to find their roots, but a present dance to the music of time.

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Annals of the Former World

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - As clearly and succinctly written as it is profoundly informed, this is our finest popular survey of geology and a masterpiece of modern nonfiction. Annals of the former world is the winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction. The pulitzer prize-winning view of the continent, across the fortieth parallel and down through 4.

Annals of the Former World #ad - 6 billion yearstwenty years ago, when john mcphee began his journeys back and forth across the United States, he planned to describe a cross section of North America at about the fortieth parallel and, in the process, come to an understanding not only of the science but of the style of the geologists he traveled with.

The structure of the book never changed, but its breadth caused him to complete it in stages, under the overall title Annals of the Former World. Like the terrain it covers, annals of the Former World tells a multilayered tale, and the reader may choose one of many paths through it.

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The Existentialist's Survival Guide: How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic Age

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HarperOne #ad - From negotiating angst, despair, and love, morality, and death to practicing faith, depression, Marino dispenses wisdom on how to face existence head-on while keeping our hearts intact, especially when the universe feels like it’s working against us and nothing seems to matter. When it comes to living, there’s no getting out alive.

To listen to kierkegaard and company, and, how we act, ultimately, how we grapple with these feelings shapes who we are, the kind of lives we lead. In the existentialist's survival Guide, Gordon Marino, director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Rather than understanding moods—good and bad alike—as afflictions to be treated with pharmaceuticals, this swashbuckling group of thinkers generally known as existentialists believed that such feelings not only offer enduring lessons about living a life of integrity, but also help us discern an inner spark that can inspire spiritual development and personal transformation.

The Existentialist's Survival Guide: How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic Age #ad - In the existentialist’s survival Guide, Marino has produced an honest and moving book of self-help for readers generally disposed to loathe the genre. The wall street journalsophisticated self-help for the 21st century—when every crisis feels like an existential crisisSoren Kierkegaard, flights of fancy, Frederick Nietzsche, moody creatures, Jean-Paul Sartre, at heart, crises of faith, and other towering figures of existentialism grasped that human beings are, susceptible to an array of psychological setbacks, and other emotional ups and downs.

But books can help us survive, so to speak, by passing on what is most important about being human before we perish. What emerges are life-altering and, in some cases, courage, lifesaving epiphanies—existential prescriptions for living with integrity, uncertain, and authenticity in an increasingly chaotic, and inauthentic age.

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Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

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Broadway Books #ad - Do psychiatric medications fix “chemical imbalances” in the brain, and by the late 1980s, create them? Researchers spent decades studying that question, or do they, in fact, they had their answer. Are long-term recovery rates higher for medicated or unmedicated schizophrenia patients? does taking an antidepressant decrease or increase the risk that a depressed person will become disabled by the disorder? Do bipolar patients fare better today than they did forty years ago, readers are certain to have a haunting question of their own: Why have the results from these long-term studies—all of which point to the same startling conclusion—been kept from the public?  In this compelling history, or much worse? When the National Institute of Mental Health NIMH studied the long-term outcomes of children with ADHD, did they determine that stimulants provide any benefit?  By the end of this review of the outcomes literature, Whitaker also tells the personal stories of children and adults swept up in this epidemic.

Readers will be startled—and dismayed—to discover what was reported in the scientific journals. Then comes the scientific query at the heart of this book: during the past fifty years, for some paradoxical reason, when investigators looked at how psychiatric drugs affected long-term outcomes, what did they find? Did they discover that the drugs help people stay well? Function better? Enjoy good physical health? Or did they find that these medications, increase the likelihood that people will become chronically ill, less able to function well, more prone to physical illness?  This is the first book to look at the merits of psychiatric medications through the prism of long-term results.

Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America #ad - Our nation has been hit by an epidemic of disabling mental illness, as Anatomy of an Epidemic reveals, and yet, the medical blueprints for curbing that epidemic have already been drawn up. Finally, he reports on innovative programs of psychiatric care in Europe and the United States that are producing good long-term outcomes.

Now with bonus material, award-winning science and history writer robert whitaker investigates a medical mystery: Why has the number of disabled mentally ill in the United States tripled over the past two decades? Every day, including a new foreword and afterword with updated researchIn this astonishing and startling book, 1, 100 adults and children are added to the government disability rolls because they have become newly disabled by mental illness, with this epidemic spreading most rapidly among our nation’s children.

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The Books That Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People

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Regan Arts. #ad - One hundred of today’s most prominent literary and cultural icons talk about the books that hold a special place in their hearts—that made them who they are today. Leading authors, actors, politicians, why they love them, and other notables share the books that changed their life, CEOs, and their passion with readers everywhere.

The Books That Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People #ad - Regan arts has teamed up with the literary charity 826National, which will receive a portion of the book’s proceeds to provide students ages 6–18 with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. Contributors include al roker, fran lebowitz, jim shepard, jeff kinney, gregory maguire, carl hiaasen, mayim bialik, Liev Schreiber, Eric Idle, Laura Lippmann, Gillian Flynn, Fay Weldon, Rosanne Cash, Margaret Atwood, Lev Grossman, Susan Orlean, Dave Eggers, Nelson DeMille, and Tommy Hilfiger, Emma Straub, Tim Gunn, among others.

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The Case of the Slave Ship Amistad

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New Word City, Inc. #ad - On board were thirty barely clad black men, armed with cutlasses, and two white men - Spanish slave owners with an incredible story to tell. A month earlier, the amistad had set sail from Havana with a valuable cargo of slaves and $40, 000 worth of gold doubloons. She was headed for the cuban coastal town of Puerto Principe - but in a matter of days, the captain and the cook were dead, and the ship was in the control of the slaves.

Thus began "the amistad affair, spain, " which, writes mary cable, "was to bedevil the diplomatic relations of the United States, and England for a generation; intensify bitterness over the question of slavery; and lead an ex-president John Quincy Adams to go before the Supreme Court and castigate the administration in an eloquent plea for the slaves' freedom.

The Case of the Slave Ship Amistad #ad - In august 1839, what appeared to be a listless pirate ship, unidentified by any flag, was spotted off the North Atlantic coast of the United States. In her fascinating and carefully researched account, Cable takes us right to the heart of these complex matters, dramatically replaying an incredible series of events that converged to form a uniquely exciting and challenging chapter in American history.

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Ingredients: A Visual Exploration of 75 Additives & 25 Food Products

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Regan Arts. #ad - Together they reveal what each additive looks like, where it comes from, and how and why it is used. But what do all those mysterious-sounding chemicals and additives actually do? Focusing on 75 of the most common food additives and 25 ordinary food products that contain them, acclaimed photographer Dwight Eschliman and science writer Steve Ettlinger demystify the contents of processed food.

You’ll be surprised at what you find. Essential for everyone who is concerned about the wholesomeness of their diet or merely curious about “polysorbate 60” or “tertiary butylhydroquinone, ” Ingredients is a visually and scientifically stunning journey from ketchup to Cool Whip. It also shows what is inside amy's burrito especial, Campbell's Chunky Classic Chicken Noodle Soup, Doritos Cool Ranch Flavored Tortilla Chips, Dr.

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Ingredients focuses on processed food additives from acesulfame potassium to xanthan gum, emulsifiers, thickeners, colorings, preservatives, including artificial and natural flavorings, dessicants, sweeteners, and more. In the bestselling tradition of the elements and salt sugar fat, an unprecedented visual exploration of what is really inside our food, setting the record straight on the controversial and fascinating science of chemical and synthetic additives in processed food—from Twinkies and McNuggets to organic protein bars and healthy shakes.

What’s really in your food? we’ve all read the ingredients label on the back of a can, box, or bag from the grocery store.

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Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - Wells firmly in the context of her times as well as ours, Giddings at long last gives this visionary reformer her due and, in the process, sheds light on an aspect of our history that isoften left in the shadows. Exiled from the south by 1892, where she continued her activism as a journalist, suffragist, Wells subsequently took her campaign across the country and throughout the British Isles before she married and settled in Chicago, and independent candidate in the rough-and-tumble world of the Windy City’s politics.

In this eagerly awaited biography by Paula J. Wells 1862-1931, born to slaves in mississippi, who began her activist career by refusing to leave a first-class ladies’ car on a Memphis railway and rose to lead the nation’s firstcampaign against lynching. Giddings, author of the groundbreaking book When and Where I Enter, which traced the activisthistory of black women in America, the irrepressible personality of Ida B.

With meticulous research and vivid rendering of her subject, Giddings also provides compelling portraits of twentieth-century progressive luminaries, black and white, with whom Wells worked during some of the most tumultuous periods in American history. Embattled all of her activist life, wells found herself fighting not only conservative adversaries but icons of the civil rights and women’s suffrage movements who sought to undermine her place in history.

Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching #ad - In this definitive biography, which places Ida B. In the tradition of towering biographies that tell us as much about america as they do about their subject, Ida: A Sword Among Lions is a sweepingnarrative about a country and a crusader embroiled in the struggle against lynching: a practice that imperiled not only the lives of blackmen and women, but also a nation based on law and riven by race.

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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - The unwinding journeys through the lives of several americans, who becomes an evangelist for a new economy in the rural South; Tammy Thomas, a Washington insider oscillating between political idealism and the lure of organized money; and Peter Thiel, the son of tobacco farmers, including Dean Price, a factory worker in the Rust Belt trying to survive the collapse of her city; Jeff Connaughton, a Silicon Valley billionaire who questions the Internet's significance and arrives at a radical vision of the future.

Packer's novelistic and kaleidoscopic history of the new America is his most ambitious work to date. The 2013 national book award winnera new york times bestsellerselected by new york times' critic dwight garner as a favorite book of 2013one of amazon's best books of 2013a new york times notable Book of 2013A Washington Post Best Political Book of 2013An NPR Best Book of 2013A New Republic Best Book of 2013One of Publishers Weekly's Best Nonfiction Books of 2013A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013A riveting examination of a nation in crisis, from one of the finest political journalists of our generationAmerican democracy is beset by a sense of crisis.

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America #ad - Seismic shifts during a single generation have created a country of winners and losers, driving the political system to the verge of breakdown, allowing unprecedented freedom while rending the social contract, and setting citizens adrift to find new paths forward. In the unwinding, george packer, tells the story of the united States over the past three decades in an utterly original way, author of The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq, with his characteristically sharp eye for detail and gift for weaving together complex narratives.

Packer interweaves these intimate stories with biographical sketches of the era's leading public figures, and collages made from newspaper headlines, advertising slogans, from Newt Gingrich to Jay-Z, and song lyrics that capture the flow of events and their undercurrents. The unwinding portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its institutions no longer working, its elites no longer elite, its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation.

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