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Losers: The Road to Everyplace but the White House

By Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis is a grasp at dissecting the absurd: after skewering Wall road in his nationwide bestseller Liar's Poker, he packed his amazing pen and set out at the 1996 crusade trail. As he follows the lads who aspire to the Oval workplace, Lewis discovers an absurd mixture of bravery and backpedaling, heroic chance and mealy-mouthed sound bytes, and a approach so ridiculous and unsavory that it leaves him thinking about if every person involvedfrom the reporters to the applicants to the folks who votedisn't eventually a loser.

The contenders:

Pat Buchanan: turns into the 1st baby-kisser ever to settle on a black hat over a white one.

Phil Gramm: spends twenty million cash to persuade electorate of his financial responsibility.

John McCain: makes the deadly mistake of really talking his brain.

Alan Keyes: exams out of a brand new Hampshire inn and tells the chief one other candidate might be paying his bill.

Steve Forbes: refuses to reply to questions about his father's motorcycles.

Bob Dole: marches throughout the crusade with no ever seeming to care.

Losers is a wickedly humorous, unflinching examine how the US fairly is going approximately determining a President.

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The Fortunes of Richard Mahony (Text Classics)

Richard Mahony is a stressed guy. Loyally supported by means of his spouse Mary, he trips from shopkeeping to drugs, from poverty to wealth, from order to chaos. The Fortunes of Richard Mahony is well-known as one of many maximum novels within the English language, and is arguably the nice Australian Novel.

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Art of Death: Visual Culture in the English Death Ritual c.1500 - c.1800

By Nigel Llewellyn

How did our ancestors die? while in our personal day the topic of loss of life is generally refrained from, in pre-Industrial England the rituals and procedures of demise have been current and fast. humans not just surrounded themselves with keepsake mori, in addition they sought to maintain alive stories of these who had long gone sooner than. This continuous war of words with loss of life was once more suitable through a wealthy tradition of visible artifacts. In The paintings of Death, Nigel Llewellyn explores the meanings in the back of an unbelievable diversity of those artifacts, and describes the attitudes and practices which lay in the back of their construction and use.

Illustrated and defined during this ebook are an array of little-known gadgets and photographs resembling death's head spoons, jewels and swords, mourning-rings and enthusiasts, wax effigies, church monuments, Dance of demise prints, funeral invites and ephemera, in addition to works via famous artists, together with Holbein, Hogarth and Blake.

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A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250-1820

A Cultural heritage of the Atlantic global, 1250-1820 explores the concept that powerful linkages exist within the histories of Africa, Europe, and North and South the US. John ok. Thornton presents a entire review of the historical past of the Atlantic Basin prior to 1830 by way of describing political, social, and cultural interactions among the continents' population. He lines the backgrounds of the populations on those 3 continental landmasses introduced into touch by way of ecu navigation. Thornton then examines the political and social implications of the encounters, tracing the origins of numerous Atlantic societies and displaying how new methods of consuming, consuming, conversing, and worshipping constructed within the newly created Atlantic international. This publication makes use of shut readings of unique resources to supply new interpretations of its topic.

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An End to Poverty?: A Historical Debate

By Gareth Stedman Jones

In the 1790s, for the 1st time, reformers proposed bringing poverty to an finish. encouraged via clinical growth, the promise of a world economic system, and the revolutions in France and the U.S., political thinkers akin to Thomas Paine and Antoine-Nicolas Condorcet argued that every one voters may be shielded from the risks of monetary lack of confidence. In An finish to Poverty? Gareth Stedman Jones revisits this founding second within the historical past of social democracy and examines the way it was once derailed through conservative in addition to leftist thinkers. by means of tracing the old evolution of debates pertaining to poverty, Stedman Jones revives an enormous, yet forgotten pressure of revolutionary inspiration. He additionally demonstrates that present discussions approximately monetary issues―downsizing, globalization, and monetary regulation―were formed by means of the ideological conflicts of the past due eighteenth and early 19th centuries.

Paine and Condorcet believed that republicanism mixed with common pensions, delivers to help schooling, and different social courses may alleviate poverty. In tracing the foundation for his or her ideals, Stedman Jones locates an not going source-Adam Smith. Paine and Condorcet believed that Smith's imaginative and prescient of a dynamic advertisement society laid the foundation for developing financial safeguard and a extra equivalent society.

But those early visions of social democracy have been deemed too threatening to a Europe nonetheless reeling from the nerve-racking aftermath of the French Revolution and more and more worried a couple of altering international economic system. Paine and Condorcet have been demonized by means of Christian and conservative thinkers comparable to Burke and Malthus, who used Smith's rules to help a harsher imaginative and prescient of society in line with individualism and laissez-faire economics. in the meantime, because the 19th century wore on, thinkers at the left built extra firmly anticapitalist perspectives and criticized Paine and Condorcet for being too "bourgeois" of their pondering. Stedman Jones even if, argues that modern social democracy may still absorb the mantle of those previous thinkers, and he means that the removal of poverty don't need to be a utopian dream yet may perhaps once more be profitably made the topic of useful, political, and social-policy debates.

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Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash

By Elizabeth Royte

Out of sight, out of brain ... Into our trash cans cross useless batteries, soiled diapers, bygone burritos, damaged toys, tattered socks, eight-track cassettes, scratched CDs, banana peels.... yet the place do these items pass subsequent? In a rustic that consumes after which casts off a growing number of, what really occurs to the issues we throw away? In rubbish Land, acclaimed technological know-how author Elizabeth Royte leads us at the wild event that starts off as soon as our trash hits the ground of the can. alongside the way in which, we meet an smell chemist who explains why trash smells so undesirable; rubbish fairies and recycling professionals; acquaintances of huge waste dumps; CEOs making fortunes by way of encouraging waste or encouraging recycling-often either while; scientists attempting to revive our so much polluted areas; fertilizer enthusiasts and adventurers who kayak amid sewage; paper humans, metal humans, aluminum humans, plastic humans, or even a man who swears via recycling human waste. With a wink and a nod and a tightly clasped nostril, Royte takes us on a weird and wonderful cultural travel via slime, stench, and heat-in different phrases, in the course of the again finish of our ever-more supersized existence. by means of displaying us what occurs to the issues we now have "disposed of," Royte reminds us that our judgements approximately intake and waste have a really genuine impact-and that except we adopt radical swap, the rubbish we create will consistently be with us: within the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the foodstuff we eat. Radiantly written and boldly stated, rubbish Land is an excellent exploration into the dirty middle of the yank trash can.

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Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness, and the Body

By Lennard J. Davis

During this hugely unique examine of the cultural assumptions governing our belief of individuals with disabilities, Lennard J. Davis argues forcefully opposed to “ableist” discourse and for a whole recasting of the class of incapacity itself.

Enforcing Normalcy surveys the emergence of a cluster of suggestions round the time period “normal” as those matured in western Europe and the U.S. over the last 250 years. Linking such notions to the concurrent emergence of discourses in regards to the country, Davis indicates how the fashionable countryside built its identification at the backs not just of colonized topics, yet of its bodily disabled minority. In a desirable bankruptcy on modern cultural concept, Davis explores the pitfalls of privileging the determine of sight in conceptualizing the character of textuality. And in a remedy of nudes and fragmented our bodies in Western paintings, he exhibits how the best of actual wholeness is either demanded and denied within the classical aesthetics of representation.

Enforcing Normalcy redraws the bounds of political and cultural discourse. by means of insisting that incapacity be additional to the widespread triad of race, category and gender, the booklet demanding situations progressives to extend the boundaries in their brooding about human oppression.

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Adbusters, Issue 97: Post Anarchism

Featured during this issue:
Creative Director: Pedro Inoue
Pankaj Mishra explores modernity's undoing
David Graeber at the dying of capitalism
Saul Newman at the politics of put up anarchism
Allen Kanner at the have to determine nature's rights
Micah White on united kingdom Uncut
Sam Eifling at the hazard of a nuclear endgame
#OCCUPYWALLSTREET
and even more ...

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Adbusters, Issue 119: Manifesto for World Revolution, Part 2

AB119: Manifesto for global Revolution, half 2
(May/June 2015)

Adbusters #119 is our moment 160-page bombshell and the second one bankruptcy in our Manifesto for international Revolution sequence. right here, we holiday the shackles that experience held again the environmental circulation for much too long.

In half 2, we make a journey to a water concern in a single of the world’s megacities, learn a destiny with out Homo Sapiens and delve into potential and purposes for resistance. What occurs if we fail to behave now?

Award-winning essayist and writer Charles C. Mann explores the nation of our species.
student Bron Taylor asks: Do the ends justify the means?
John Michael Greer formulates a brand new future.
Clive Hamilton considers goals of escape.
Is there whatever left of yank democracy?
We take the 1st steps within the #BillionPeopleMarch.

In this sequence we’re blurring the road among proposal and wrestle. We’re preparing for #worldrevolution: leaders needs to carry us a weather accord now, otherwise … face international progressive fervor.

Come alongside for the journey.

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From Modernism to Postmodernism: Concepts and Strategies of Postmodern American Fiction (Postmodern Studies 38) (Textxet Studies in Comparative Literature)

By Gerhard Hoffmann

This systemic learn discusses in its old, cultural and aesthetic context the postmodern American novel among the years of 1960 and 1980. A normal evaluation of a few of the definitions of postmodernism in philosophy, cultural idea and aesthetics offers the framework for the inquiry into extra particular difficulties, similar to: the broadening of aesthetics, the connection among aesthetics and ethics, the transformation of the inventive culture, the interdependence among modernism and postmodernism, and the switch within the aesthetics of fiction. different subject matters addressed right here contain: situationalism, montage, the normal and the glorious, the topic and the nature, the mind's eye, comedian modes, and the way forward for the postmodern techniques. The authors whose fiction is taken care of in a few element lower than a few of the elements thematized are John Barth, Donald Barthelme, Richard Brautigan, Robert Coover, Stanley Elkin, Raymond Federman, William Gaddis, John Hawkes, Jerzy Kosinski, Thomas Pynchon, Ishmael Reed, Ronald Sukenick, and Kurt Vonnegut. desk of Contents 1. advent: equipment of process 2. Postmodern tradition, Aesthetics, and the humanities three. Situationalism four. Philosophy and Postmodern American Fiction: styles of Disjunction, Complementarity and Mutual Subversion five. the wonderful 6. The Space-Time Continuum 7. personality eight. The mind's eye nine. The views of Negation: The Satiric, the gruesome, the huge, Farce and Their Attenuation by way of Play, Irony, and the comedian Mode 10. the unconventional After Postmodernism Notes basic resources Secondary assets Index

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