Month: April 2017

  • Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus: What Your History Books Got Wrong

    By James W. Loewen

    Some myths don’t die, and lies are nonetheless being informed approximately Christopher Columbus: that he “discovered” the Americas (not in basic terms was once the land known to local population, however it had additionally been visited ahead of by means of Europeans), that the land was once moderately populated through local humans (there have been fourteen million population in 1492), that these humans have been primitive (Europeans discovered much and received expertise and agricultural ability from local Americans), and they submitted to Columbus’s “God-like” authority (they submitted to the lethal smallpox and bubonic plague that Columbus’s staff imported from Europe).

    Lies My instructor instructed Me approximately Christopher Columbus disproves the myths approximately Columbus nonetheless enshrined in American textbooks with quotations from basic resource fabric that units the checklist directly. The poster and accompanying 48–page paperback publication sum up the mistellings—and demonstrate the genuine story—in a graphically beautiful and obtainable layout that exhibits the measure to which textbooks have “lied” through knowingly substituting crowd-pleasing myths for grim and grotesque ancient evidence.

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  • The End of the Line: Romney vs. Obama: the 34 days that decided the election: Playbook 2012 (POLITICO Inside Election 2012) (Kindle Single)

    The fourth and ultimate book in POLITICO’s Playbook 2012 series once more offers an extraordinary minute-by-minute account of the race for the presidency. The finish of the Line follows President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney as their crusade groups cross all-in to win within the serious ultimate weeks of the 2012 election.
    From Mitt Romney’s “47 percentage” video to Clint Eastwood’s speech to an empty chair, the 2012 presidential crusade didn't lack for memorable moments. In The finish of the Line, POLITICO senior White condo reporter Glenn Thrush and senior political reporter Jonathan Martin chronicle each hairpin flip in a race that rejected the predictions of pundits and prognosticators.
    whereas a few political observers thought of Barack Obama’s reelection faraway from a certain factor, the president and his group remained resolute of their trust that they might be successful. In Boston, Mitt Romney’s advisers have been simply as convinced that their guy was once headed for a smashing victory. in spite of everything, just one of these perspectives will be tested by way of occasions. the result of this election used to be by no means foreordained, despite the fact that, and might eventually be decided via applicants, 3 debates, and 1000 small yet serious strategic judgements.
    With an eye fixed towards writing a “first draft of history,” Thrush and Martin file at the extreme inner debates over advert procedure that outlined the parameters of the autumn campaign—including an important late-May determination by means of the Obama crusade which may have tipped the scales within the president’s want. they supply a behind-the-scenes examine the applicants’ debate practise classes, they usually show why Romney’s crusade was once so convinced they have been going to win.
    The motion climaxes on election evening, because the opposing camps huddle nervously of their inn suites to watch for the decision of the electorate. The finish of the Line unearths for the 1st time what the Obama mind belief really thought of the agonizingly lengthy stay up for Romney’s reputable concession—and what occurred after Obama positioned the phone to his ear and heard the phrases “Hello, Mr. President, it’s Mitt Romney.”
    nobody can have anticipated all of the twists and turns of the 2012 election—and not anyone was once greater built to chronicle them than the POLITICO staff. The finish of the Line is frontline crusade reporting at its most interesting, meticulously pronounced and compulsively readable.
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  • Northern California (Regional Guide)

    By Alison Bing, Sara Benson, Nate Cavalieri, Beth Kohn, John A. Vlahides

    Including courses to San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Napa & Sonoma Wine nation and More

    Inside This Book

    5 neighborhood authors
    11 bushes hugged
    14 scenic drives
    68 maps
    Inspirational photos
    Clear, easy-to-use maps
    A flavor of Northern California feature
    In-depth background
    Easy-to-read layout
    At-a-glance functional info

    Special publication enhancements

    • Scalable maps – allowing you to zoom in for higher detail

    • complete linking – permitting you to seamlessly hyperlink different locations, pages, maps and websites

    • seek – cross directly to what you're looking for with the in-built seek capability

    • upload notes – contact a observe so as to add notes and customize your guidebook

    • Bookmark – use bookmarks to quick go back to a page

    • Dictionary –look up the that means of any word

    • Plus pinch and zoom photographs and scalable font size

    Written and researched via Nate Cavalieri, Alison Bing, John Vlahides, Sara Benson, Beth Kohn
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  • Prison State: The Challenge of Mass Incarceration (Cambridge Studies in Criminology)

    By Bert Useem

    In the earlier 25 years, the criminal inhabitants in the USA shot upward to arrive a brilliant 1.53 million via 2005. This ebook takes a wide, serious examine incarceration, the massive social scan of yank society. The authors examine the reasons and effects of the legal buildup, frequently not easy formerly held notions from scholarly and public discourse. by way of interpreting such issues as social discontent, security and safety inside of prisons, and impression on crime and at the hard work marketplace, Piehl and Useem use proof to handle the inevitable better query, the place should still incarceration move subsequent for American society, and the place is it prone to pass?
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  • Fodor's New York City 2013 (Full-color Travel Guide)

    By Fodor's

    Expanded Coverage:  Fodor’s manhattan 2013 gains dozens of recent eating place and lodge thoughts and deeper Brooklyn assurance from occurring Williamsburg to leafy fortress Greene.

    Illustrated positive aspects:
    Multiple illustrated full-color good points are in the course of the advisor together with significant landmarks just like the Statue of Liberty, flooring 0, the Metropolitan Museum of paintings, and the yank Museum of normal History.  food and buying spotlights neighborhoods and attention at the quite a few nightlife scenes carry long island City’s bright road lifestyles to the page.

    Indispensable journey making plans Tools:
      most sensible points of interest, a urban stroll, and loose sights positive aspects make it effortless to plot a holiday. top bets charts for eating places and lodges; easy-to-read colour local maps; and pointers on procuring Broadway tickets, sitting in a television viewers, or scouting out the simplest procuring supply quick access to NYC’s most sensible experiences.

    Discerning suggestions:  
    Fodor’s  big apple 2013 deals savvy recommendation and proposals from neighborhood writers to aid tourists utilize their time. Fodor’s selection designates our greatest selections, from motels to nightlife.  “Word of Mouth” rates from fellow tourists supply useful insights. 

    TripAdvisor Reviews:
    Our experts’ resort choices are strengthened via the most recent buyer suggestions from TripAdvisor. tourists can e-book their long island stick with self assurance, as basically the easiest houses make the cut. 

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  • Toward the Setting Sun: Columbus, Cabot, Vespucci, and the Race for America

    By David Boyle

    The untold tale of the rivalries and alliances among Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, and John Cabot throughout the Age of Exploration.
    When Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Empire in 1453, the usual alternate routes to the East turned treacherous and dear, forcing retailers of every kind to discover new methods of acquiring and buying and selling their items. Enterprising younger males took to the ocean looking for new lands, new routes, new markets, and naturally the potential of glory and massive fortunes. delivering an unique imaginative and prescient of the race to find the United States, David Boyle unearths that the race used to be, actually, as a lot approximately trade and exchange because it used to be approximately discovery and conquest.
    Contrary to renowned trust, Cabot, Columbus, and Vespucci not just knew of one another, they have been good acquainted―Columbus and Vespucci at numerous occasions labored heavily jointly; Cabot and Columbus have been born in Genoa concerning the comparable time and had universal pals who have been drawn to Western alternate chances. They collaborated, knew of every other's goals, and every one other's development. As each one tried to curry prefer with a number of monarchs throughout Europe, they used information of the others' successes and screw ups to additional their claims and to garner aid from traders. The intrigue, espionage, and treachery that abounded within the courts of Europe supply a compelling backdrop for the intersection of goals and enterprise ventures that led find out how to our smooth world.

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  • Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America

    By Sarah Leonard

    Within the fall of 2011, a small protest camp in downtown ny exploded right into a international rebellion, sparked partly through the violent overreactions of the police. An unofficial list of this move, Occupy! combines adrenalin-fueled first-hand money owed 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 a number of the world’s major radical thinkers, resembling Slavoj Žižek, Angela Davis, and Rebecca Solnit.

    The publication conveys the serious pleasure of these current on the delivery of a counterculture, whereas offering the move with a significant platform for debating objectives, calls for, and strategies. Articles deal with the historical past of the “horizontalist” constitution at OWS; how you can hold a live-in going whilst there's a massive mountain of laundry build up; how very wealthy the very wealthy became; the messages and that means of the “We are the 99%” tumblr site; occupations in Oakland, Boston, Atlanta, and somewhere else; what occurs subsequent; and masses extra.
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  • What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America

    By Thomas Frank

    With a brand new Afterword by way of the Author

    The long island Times bestseller, praised as "hilariously humorous . . . the one technique to comprehend why such a lot of americans have made up our minds to vote opposed to their very own financial and political pursuits" (Molly Ivins)

    Hailed as "dazzlingly insightful and beautifully sardonic" (Chicago Tribune), "very humorous and intensely painful" (San Francisco Chronicle), and "in a unique league from so much political books" (The long island Observer), What's the problem with Kansas? unravels the good political secret of our day: Why accomplish that many american citizens vote opposed to their financial and social pursuits? along with his acclaimed wit and acuity, Thomas Frank solutions the riddle through analyzing his domestic kingdom, Kansas-a position as soon as recognized for its radicalism that now ranks one of the nation's so much keen individuals within the tradition wars. Charting what he calls the "thirty-year backlash"-the well known rebel opposed to a supposedly liberal establishment-Frank finds how conservatism, as soon as a marker of sophistication privilege, grew to become the creed of thousands of normal Americans.

    A superb analysis-and humorous to boot-What's the problem with Kansas? is a brilliant portrait of an upside-down global the place blue-collar patriots recite the Pledge whereas they strangle their existence possibilities; the place small farmers forged their votes for a Wall road order that might finally push them off their land; and the place a bunch of frat boys, attorneys, and CEOs has controlled to persuade the rustic that it speaks on behalf of the People.

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  • Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America

    By Kristian Williams

    Let's commence with the fundamentals: violence is an inherent a part of policing. The police symbolize the main direct capability through which the country imposes its will at the citizenry. they're armed, proficient, and licensed to exploit strength. just like the risk of arrest, the specter of violence is implicit in each police come upon. Violence, in addition to the legislation, is what they represent.

    Using media stories by myself, the Cato Institute's final annual learn indexed approximately seven thousand sufferers of police "misconduct" within the usa. yet such tales of police brutality simply scratch the outside of a countrywide epidemic. each year, tens of hundreds of thousands are framed, blackmailed, crushed, sexually assaulted, or killed through law enforcement officials. thousands of thousands of bucks are spent on civil judgments and settlements each year. person lives, households, and groups are destroyed.

    In this greatly revised and up to date variation of his seminal learn of policing within the usa, Kristian Williams indicates that police brutality isn't really an anomaly, yet is equipped into the very which means of legislations enforcement within the usa. From antebellum slave patrols to trendy unarmed early life being gunned down within the streets, "peace keepers" have continually used strength to form habit, repress dissent, and shield the robust. Our Enemies in Blue is a well-researched page-turner that either makes old feel of this legalized social pathology and maps out attainable alternatives.

    Kristian Williams is the writer of numerous books, together with American equipment: Torture and the common sense of Domination. He co-edited Life in the course of Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency, and lives in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Equal Affections

    By David Leavitt

    This portrait of a relatives and its emotional fight to come back to phrases with the demise of Louise Cooper, the autonomous matriarch. it's written by way of the writer of "The misplaced Languages of Cranes" and "Family Dancing" a set of brief tales.
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