The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
Hardcover ISBN: 0670785970
"A history of the class system in America from the colonial era to the present illuminates the crucial legacy of the underprivileged white demographic, citing the pivotal contributions of lower-class white workers in wartime, social policy, and the rise of the Republican Party,"--NoveList.
A Charmed Life
Growing Up in Macbeth's Castle
Paperback ISBN: 0312384963
The daughter of a titled Scottish father recounts the horrors of her childhood in spite of popular beliefs about her fairy-tale lifestyle, describing her father's struggles with alcoholism that resulted in numerous brushes with death and the loss of his family's legacy. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
The Age of Acquiescence
The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power
Hardcover ISBN: 0316185434
"A groundbreaking investigation of how and why, from the 18th century to the present day, American resistance to our ruling elites has vanished. From the American Revolution through the Civil Rights movement, Americans have long mobilized against political, social, and economic privilege. Hierarchies based on inheritance, wealth, and political preferment were treated as obnoxious and a threat to democracy. Mass movements envisioned a new world supplanting dog-eat-dog capitalism. But over the last half-century that political will and cultural imagination have vanished. Why? THE AGE OF ACQUIESCENCE seeks to solve that mystery. Steve Fraser's account of national transformation brilliantly examines the rise of American capitalism, the visionary attempts toprotect the democratic commonwealth, and the great surrender to today's delusional fables of freedom and the politics of fear. Effervescent and razorsharp, THE AGE OF ACQUIESCENCE will be one of the most provocative and talked-about books of the year. "--
Deer Hunting with Jesus
Dispatches from America's Class War
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 030733936x
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. 40,000 first printing.
The Perfect Summer
England 1911, Just Before the Storm
Hardcover ISBN: 0802118461
Chronicling four months during 1911, an evocative portrait of an English society on the brink of turbulent change describes such milestones as the crowning of a new king, strikes that paralyzed British industry, and the first London appearance of the Ballets Russes, from the viewpoints of a debutante, a suffragette, a trade unionist, a butler, a politician, the queen, and others. 25,000 first printing.
The Rise of the Creative Class
And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life
Paperback ISBN: 0465024777
Argues that the social changes of the past few decades have occurred by choice rather than involuntarily, citing the rise of a new creative social class that derives its identity and values from its roles as purveyors of creativity and finds its basis in the economy. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
Riding the Rails With America's Hoboes
Paperback ISBN: 0375727868
The National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Newjack offers a personal account of the author's adventures riding the rails with America's hoboes and presents a factual glimpse into the world of the modern-day hobo. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
The American Version
Hardcover ISBN: 0395944171
A witty, provocative look at snobbery in modern-day America, after the fall of the Wasp culture of prep schools, the Ivy League, Social Register, and such, looking at such new examples of snobbery as food and wine, fashion, schools, high-achieving children, name-dropping, and more. 12,500 first printing.
Somebodies and Nobodies
Overcoming the Abuse of Rank
Hardcover ISBN: 086571486x
Robert Fuller takes the analysis of discrimination beyond racism and sexism to reveal a form of injustice that everyone knows, but no one sees: discrimination based on rank, or "rankism." Low rank - signifying weakness, vulnerability, and the absence of power - marks people for abuse in much the same way that race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation have long done. Somebodies and Nobodies explains our reluctance to confront this phenomenon, and argues that abuse based on power differences is no more defensible than that based on differences in color or gender. It unmasks rankism, demonstrating its pervasiveness and corrosiveness in our personal lives, social institutions, and international relations. Illuminating the subtle, often dysfunctional workings of power in all our interactions - whether on the individual, societal, or global level - it presents rankism as the last obstacle to equal opportunity, brings into focus a "dignitarian" revolution that is already taking shape, and offers a preview of a post-rankist world.