Social Situations and Conditions
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
Age of Ambition
Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
Paperback      ISBN: 0374535272
"A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation From abroad, we often see China as a caricature: a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicated students destined to rule the global economy--or an addled Goliath, riddled with corruption and on the edge of stagnation. What we don't see is how both powerful and ordinary people are remaking their lives as their country dramatically changes. As the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, Evan Osnos was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval. In Age of Ambition, he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party's struggle to retain control. He asks probing questions: Why does a government with more success lifting people from poverty than any civilization in history choose to put strict restraints on freedom of expression? Why do millions of young Chinese professionals--fluent in English and devoted to Western pop culture--consider themselves "angry youth," dedicated to resisting the West's influence? How are Chinese from all strata finding meaning after two decades of the relentless pursuit of wealth? Writing with great narrative verve and a keen sense of irony, Osnos follows the moving stories of everyday people and reveals life in the new China to be a battleground between aspiration and authoritarianism, in which only one can prevail"--
The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things
The Culture of Fear
Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things
Paperback      ISBN: 0465014909
A noted sociologist examines why Americans are subject to misplaced fears, discussing the people and organizations who manipulate common perceptions and raise anxieties for their own benefit.
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
Deer Hunting with Jesus
Dispatches from America's Class War
Paperback      ISBN: 0307339378
A Web columnist describes his return to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, and his discovery of the permanent underclass that exists in many American small towns, offering a revealing glimpse of the real lives of the invisible working class that exists in a world of taverns, churches, and double-wide trailers. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Dragon Rising: An Inside Look at China Today
Dragon Rising
An Inside Look at China Today
Paperback      ISBN: 1426201168
A Beijing-based foreign correspondent offers an introspective analysis of modern-day China that encompasses a study of where it stands today, where it is going, and its influence as it evolves into a global economic force, critically assessing its changing economic, diplomatic, political, and military strategies and their global implications. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
Keeping the Rabble in Line: Interviews With David Barsamian
Keeping the Rabble in Line
Interviews With David Barsamian
Paperback      ISBN: 1567510329
Interviews from the early 1990s discuss issues such as health care and crime, foreign affairs, and the role of business in society, provide recommendations for change, and explain Chomsky's theories
A Nation of Victims: The Decay of the American Character
A Nation of Victims
The Decay of the American Character
Paperback      ISBN: 0312098820
A look at "victimism" in the United States criticizes the ways in which individuals define themselves by their status as victims--of parents, men, the workplace, stress, drugs, food, and physical characteristics
A Sense of Place, a Sense of Time
A Sense of Place, a Sense of Time
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300060025
J.B. Jackson, a pioneer in the field of landscape studies, here takes us on a tour of American landscapes past and present, showing how our surroundings reflect important changes in our culture. Because we live in urban and industrial environments that are constantly evolving, says Jackson, time and movement are increasingly important to us and place and permanence are less so. We no longer gain a feeling of community from where we live or where we assemble but from common work hours, habits, and customs. Jackson examines the new vernacular landscape of trailers, parking lots, trucks, loading docks, and suburban garages, which all reflect this emphasis on mobility and transience; he redefines roads as scenes of work and leisure and social intercourse?as places, rather than as means of getting to places; he argues that public parks are now primarily for children, older people, and nature lovers, while more mobile or gregarious people seek recreation in shopping malls, in the street, and in sports arenas; he traces the development of dwellings in New Mexico from prehistoric Pueblo villages to mobile homes; and he criticizes the tendency of some environmentalists to venerate nature instead of interacting with it and learning to share it with others in temporary ways. Written with his customary lucidity and elegance, this book reveals Jackson's passion for vernacular culture, his insights into a style of life that blurs the boundaries between work and leisure, between middle and working classes, and between public and private spaces.
Troublemaker: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty
Troublemaker
One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0812963741
A Chinese-born American citizen chronicles his efforts to expose China's human rights abuses, detailing his labor camp imprisonment and his 1995 arrest and expulsion from China
The Truth Has Changed
The Truth Has Changed
Paperback      ISBN: 1609809238
Discusses the paradigm shift in how Americans process truth, how it relates to the paradigm shift in global warming, and how both deepy affect democracy.
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
Age of Ambition
Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
Hardcover      ISBN: 0374280746
"A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation From abroad, we often see China as a caricature: a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicated students destined to rule the global economy--or an addled Goliath, riddled with corruption and on the edge of stagnation. What we don't see is how both powerful and ordinary people are remaking their lives as their country dramatically changes. As the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, Evan Osnos was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval. In Age of Ambition, he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party's struggle to retain control. He asks probing questions: Why does a government with more success lifting people from poverty than any civilization in history choose to put strict restraints on freedom of expression? Why do millions of young Chinese professionals--fluent in English and devoted to Western pop culture--consider themselves "angry youth," dedicated to resisting the West's influence? How are Chinese from all strata finding meaning after two decades of the relentless pursuit of wealth? Writing with great narrative verve and a keen sense of irony, Osnos follows the moving stories of everyday people and reveals life in the new China to be a battleground between aspiration and authoritarianism, in which only one can prevail"--