Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

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The world split open: how the modern women's movement changed America

By Rosen, Ruth

Publishing Date: 2000

Classification: 300

Call Number: 305.42 ROS

The role of the women's movement in transforming American society is explored fully in this colorful chronicle of a social revolution, weaving together years of research and dozens of interviews to cover events from the publication of the The Feminine Mystique in 196s to the present. Original. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Starstruck: the business of celebrity

By Currid-Halkett, Elizabeth

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 306.4 CUR

How was Nike able to take a gamble on an unknown Michael Jordan and transform itself from a $900 million company to a $9.19 billion company in less than fifteen years? Why did the artist Jeff Koons's Balloon Flower (Magenta) sell for a record $25.7 million in 2008? What does the high school football star have in common with the Hollywood headliner? And why should an actor never, ever go to Las Vegas? Celebrity - our collective fascination with particular people - is everywhere and takes many forms, from the sports star, notorious Wall Street tycoon, or film icon, to the hometown quarterback, YouTube sensation, or friend who compulsively documents his life on the Internet. We follow with rapt attention all the minute details of stars' lives: their romances, their spending habits, even how they drink their coffee. For those anointed, celebrity can translate into big business and top social status, but why do some attain stardom while millions of others do not? Why are we simply more interested in certain people? In Starstruck , Elizabeth Currid-Halkett presents the first rigorous exploration of celebrity, arguing that our desire to "celebrate" some people and not others has profound implications, elevating social statuses, making or breaking careers and companies, and generating astronomical dividends. Tracing the phenomenon from the art world to tabletop gaming conventions to the film industry, Currid-Halkett looks at celebrity as an expression of economics, geography (both real and virtual), and networking strategies. Starstruck brings together extensive statistical research and analysis, along with interviews with top agents and publicists, YouTube executives, major art dealers and gallery directors, Bollywood players, and sports experts. Laying out the enormous impact of the celebrity industry and identifying the patterns by which individuals become stars, Currid-Halkett successfully makes the argument that celebrity is an important social phenomenon and a driving force in the worldwide economy.

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Sin in the Second City: madams, ministers, playboys, and the battle for America's soul

By Abbott, Karen

Publishing Date: c2007

Classification: 300

Call Number: 306.74 ABB

A vivid snapshot of America's journey from Victorian-era propriety to 20th-century modernity. Step into the perfumed parlors of the Everleigh Club, the most famous brothel in American history--and the catalyst for a culture war that rocked the nation. Operating in Chicago at the dawn of the 20th century, the Club welcomed moguls and actors, senators and athletes, foreign dignitaries and literary icons into a stately double mansion, and the Everleigh sisters treated their girls far better than most madams. But not everyone appreciated their attempts to elevate the industry. Their most daunting foes were the Progressive Era reformers, who sent the country into a frenzy with lurid tales of "white slavery"--the allegedly rampant practice of kidnapping young girls and forcing them into brothels. This furor shaped America's sexual culture and had repercussions all the way to the White House, including the formation of the FBI.--From publisher description.

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On modern marriage, and other observations

By Dinesen, Isak

Publishing Date: [1987], c1986

Classification: 300

Call Number: 306.81 DIN

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The book of new family traditions: how to create great rituals for holidays and every day

By Cox, Meg

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 300

Call Number: 306.8509 COX

"Quality family togetherness everyone wants it, but it seems increasingly harder to achieve. In a world run by cell phones, computers, and virtual networking, the comfort of human connection grows more important and rarer all the time. In a guide newly updated for the next generation, family expert Meg Cox offers a solution. Family rituals provide a sense of home and identity that kids and parents both need. From holidays and birthdays to bed times, meal times, pets, and even chores, the book spotlights hundred of ways to bring the fun and ritual back to family life."--Provided by publisher.

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Loneliness as a way of life

By Dumm, Thomas L.

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: 300

Call Number: 320.01 DUM

"What does it mean to be lonely?" Thomas Dumm asks. His inquiry, documented in this book, takes us beyond social circumstances and into the deeper forces that shape our very existence as modern individuals. The modern individual, Dumm suggests, is fundamentally a lonely self. Through reflections on philosophy, political theory, literature, and tragic drama, he proceeds to illuminate a hidden dimension of the human condition. His book shows how loneliness shapes the contemporary division between public and private, our inability to live with each other honestly and in comity, the estranged forms that our intimate relationships assume, and the weakness of our common bonds. A reading of the relationship between Cordelia and her father in Shakespeare's King Lear points to the most basic dynamic of modern loneliness--how it is a response to the problem of the "missing mother." Dumm goes on to explore the most important dimensions of lonely experience--Being, Having, Loving, and Grieving. As the book unfolds, he juxtaposes new interpretations of iconic cultural texts--Moby-Dick, Death of a Salesman, the film Paris, Texas, Emerson's "Experience," to name a few--with his own experiences of loneliness, as a son, as a father, and as a grieving husband and widower. Written with deceptive simplicity, Loneliness as a Way of Life is something rare--an intellectual study that is passionately personal. It challenges us, not to overcome our loneliness, but to learn how to re-inhabit it in a better way. To fail to do so, this book reveals, will only intensify the power that it holds over us.--From the Publisher.

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More votes that count: a case study in voter mobilization

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 300

Call Number: 324.7

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On China

By Kissinger, Henry

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 300

Call Number: 327.51 KIS

Reveals how China's past relationships with other nations informs us about its 21st-century trajectory, drawing on historical records as well as the Nobel Peace Prize-winning author's talks with Chinese leaders to explain the country's intricate policy-making process and its emerging role as a global superpower. Reprint. A best-selling book. - (Baker & Taylor)

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George F. Kennan: an American life

By Gaddis, John Lewis

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 300

Call Number: 327.73 GAD

A remarkably revealing view of how this greatest of Cold War strategists came to doubt his strategy and always doubted himself.

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Liberal leviathan: the origins, crisis, and transformation of the American world order

By Ikenberry, G. John

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 300

Call Number: 327.73 IKE

In the second half of the twentieth century, the United States engaged in the most ambitious and far-reaching liberal order building the world had yet seen. This liberal international order has been one of the most successful in history in providing security and prosperity to more people. But in the last decade, the American-led order has been troubled. Some argue that the Bush administration, with its war on terror, invasion of Iraq, and unilateral orientation, undermined this liberal order. Others argue that we are witnessing the end of the American era. Liberal Leviathan engages these debates. G. John Ikenberry argues that the crisis that besets the American-led order is a crisis of authority. A political struggle has been ignited over the distribution of roles, rights, and authority within the liberal international order. But the deeper logic of liberal order remains alive and well. The forces that have triggered this crisis--the rise of non-Western states such as China, contested norms of sovereignty, and the deepening of economic and security interdependence--have resulted from the successful functioning and expansion of the postwar liberal order, not its breakdown. The liberal international order has encountered crises in the past and evolved as a result. It will do so again. Ikenberry provides the most systematic statement yet about the theory and practice of the liberal international order, and a forceful message for policymakers, scholars, and general readers about why America must renegotiate its relationship with the rest of the world and pursue a more enlightened strategy--that of the liberal leviathan.

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The relentless revolution: a history of capitalism

By Appleby, Joyce Oldham

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 330.12 APP

With its deep roots and global scope, the capitalist system provides the framework for our lives--a framework of constant change, sometimes measured and predictable, sometimes drastic and out of control. Yet what is now ubiquitous was not always so. Capitalism took shape centuries ago, starting with a handful of isolated changes in farming, trade, and manufacturing, clustered in early-modern England. Astute observers began to notice these changes and consider their effects. Those in power began to harness these new practices to the state, enhancing both. A system generating wealth, power, and new ideas arose to reshape societies in a constant surge of change. Approaching capitalism as a culture, as important for its ideas and values as for its inventions and systems, award-winning historian Joyce Appleby gives us a fascinating introduction to this most potent creation of mankind from its origins to the present.--From publisher description.

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The subprime virus: reckless credit, regulatory failure, and next steps

By Engel, Kathleen C.

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 332.72 ENG

In this lively new book, Kathleen C. Engel and Patricia A. McCoy tell the full story behind the subprime crisis. The authors, experts in the law and economics of financial regulation and consumer lending, offer a sharply reasoned, but accessible account of the actions that produced the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression. The Subprime Virus reveals how consumer abuses in a once obscure corner of the home mortgage market led to the near meltdown of the world's financial system. Wall Street peddled subprime loans to investors through complex but dodgy financial instruments that spread like a virus. A central theme in the book is the role of federal banking and securities regulators, who were well aware of lenders' risky, deceptive mortgages and of Wall Street's addiction to high stakes financing. These regulators, believing that markets would self-correct, did nothing until the crisis erupted. While the spread of the subprime virus resulted from economic and political failures, its lessons inform the building of a new, more stable, prosperous and just financial order.

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The golden spruce: a true story of myth, madness, and greed

By Vaillant, John

Publishing Date: c2005

Classification: 300

Call Number: 333.7513 VAI

Traces the political, religious, and scientific factors that contributed to the seemingly inexplicable decision of logger-turned-activist Grant Hadwin to destroy the world's only giant golden spruce tree.

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Water follies: groundwater pumping and the fate of America's fresh waters

By Glennon, Robert Jerome

Publishing Date: c2002

Classification: 300

Call Number: 333.91 GLE

Includes material on the effects of groundwater pumping on the Santa Cruz in Tucson, the Upper San Pedro River in Arizona, Florida wetlands, the Edwards Aquifer in Texas, the Ipswich River Basin in Massachusetts, the Cosumnes River of California, Maine, the Straight River of Minnesota, the Hopi Reservation in Arizona, Nevada, and the Grand Canyon.

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Why jury duty matters: a citizen's guide to constitutional action

By Ferguson, Andrew G.

Publishing Date: c2013

Classification: 300

Call Number: 347.73 FER

"It's easy to forget how important the jury really is to America. The right to be a juror is one of the fundamental rights guaranteed to all eligible citizens. The right to trial by jury helped spark the American Revolution, was quickly adopted at the Constitutional Convention, and is the only right that appears in both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But for most of us, a jury summons is an unwelcome inconvenience. Who has time for jury duty? We have things to do. In Why Jury Duty Matters, Andrew Guthrie Ferguson reminds us that whether we like it or not, we are all constitutional actors. Jury duty provides an opportunity to reflect on that constitutional responsibility. Combining American history, constitutional law, and personal experience, the book engages citizens in the deeper meaning of jury service. Interweaving constitutional principles into the actual jury experience, this book is a handbook for those Americans who want to enrich the jury experience. It seeks to reconnect ordinary citizens to the constitutional character of a nation by focusing on the important, and largely ignored, democratic lessons of the jury. Jury duty is a shared American tradition. It connects people across class and race, creates habits of focus and purpose, and teaches values of participation, equality, and deliberation. We know that juries are important for courts, but we don't know that jury service is important for democracy. This book inspires us to re-examine the jury experience and act on the constitutional principles that guide our country before, during, and after jury service"--Provided by publisher.

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Military misdemeanors: corruption, incompetence, lust and downright stupidity

By Crowdy, Terry

Publishing Date: 2007

Classification: 300

Call Number: 355 CRO

Collects stories of blunders, fiascos, and scandals involving government officials and military forces throughout history, including notable events such as the mutiny on the Bounty, the Zimmermann telegram, the U-2 scandal, and the sinking of the Kursk.

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Island of vice: Theodore Roosevelt's doomed quest to clean up sin-loving New York

By Zacks, Richard

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 300

Call Number: 363.23 ZAC

Recounts the effort by newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt to shut down late nineteenth-century New York City's brothels, gambling houses, and after-hours saloons.

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Mafia: inside the dark heart : the rise and fall of the Sicilian Mafia

By Maran, A. G. D.

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 364.106 MAR

Exhaustive research and interviews detail the story of the rise and fall of the Sicilian Mafia and its links with the Cosa Nostra in American.

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Young Al Capone: the untold story of Scarface in New York, 1899-1925

By Balsamo, William

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 300

Call Number: 364.1092 BAL

Draws on interviews and never-before-published documents to explore the life of Al Capone in New York from 1899 to 1925, discussing his relationships with mobsters Johnny Torrio and Frankie Yale, events that shaped his criminal career, why he left the city, and other topics.

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Birthright: the true story that inspired Kidnapped

By Ekirch, A. Roger

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 364.154 EKI

Richly evoking the volatile world of Georgian Ireland, this recounts the saga of James Annesley, the presumptive heir of five aristocratic titles and scion of the mighty house of Annesley. Kidnapped at twelve years of age by his uncle, James was shipped from Dublin to America in 1728 as an indentured servant. He finally managed to escape after thirteen years, returning to Ireland to bring his nemesis, the Earl of Anglesea, to justice in one of the epic trials of the century.

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