Social Stratification
Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro
Into the Raging Sea
Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro
Paperback      ISBN: 0062699873
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK AN NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR ONE OF JANET MASLIN’S MUST-READ BOOKS OF THE SUMMER A NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR'S CHOICE ONE OF OUTSIDE MAGAZINE’S BEST BOOKS OF THE SUMMER ONE OF AMAZON'S BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR SO FAR “A powerful and affecting story, beautifully handled by Slade, a journalist who clearly knows ships and the sea.”—Douglas Preston, New York Times Book Review “A Perfect Storm for a new generation.” —Ben Mezrich, bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the worst American shipping disaster in thirty-five years. No one could fathom how a vessel equipped with satellite communications, a sophisticated navigation system, and cutting-edge weather forecasting could suddenly vanish—until now. Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselves—whose conversations were captured by the ship’s data recorder—journalist Rachel Slade unravels the mystery of the sinking of El Faro. As she recounts the final twenty-four hours onboard, Slade vividly depicts the officers’ anguish and fear as they struggled to carry out Captain Michael Davidson’s increasingly bizarre commands, which, they knew, would steer them straight into the eye of the storm. Taking a hard look at America's aging merchant marine fleet, Slade also reveals the truth about modern shipping—a cut-throat industry plagued by razor-thin profits and ever more violent hurricanes fueled by global warming. A richly reported account of a singular tragedy, Into the Raging Sea takes us into the heart of an age-old American industry, casting new light on the hardworking men and women who paid the ultimate price in the name of profit.
Kids These Days: Human Capital and The Making of Millennials
Kids These Days
Human Capital and The Making of Millennials
Paperback      ISBN: 0316510858
"The first major accounting of the millennial generation written by someone who belongs to it." -- Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker "The best, most comprehensive work of social and economic analysis about our benighted generation." --Tony Tulathimutte, author of Private Citizens "The kind of brilliantly simple idea that instantly clarifies an entire area of culture."--William Deresiewicz, author of Excellent Sheep Millennials have been stereotyped as lazy, entitled, narcissistic, and immature. We've gotten so used to sloppy generational analysis filled with dumb clichés about young people that we've lost sight of what really unites Millennials. Namely: - We are the most educated and hard-working generation in American history. - We poured historic and insane amounts of time and money into preparing ourselves for the 21st century labor market. - We have been taught to consider working for free (homework, internships) a privilege for our own benefit. - We are poorer, more medicated, and more precariously employed than our parents, grandparents, even our great grandparents, with less of a social safety net to boot. Kids These Days, is about why. In brilliant, crackling prose, early Wall Street occupier Malcolm Harris gets mercilessly real about our maligned birth cohort. Examining trends like runaway student debt, the rise of the intern, mass incarceration, social media, and more, Harris gives us a portrait of what it means to be young in America today that will wake you up and piss you off. Millennials were the first generation raised explicitly as investments, Harris argues, and in Kids These Days he dares us to confront and take charge of the consequences now that we are grown up.
Peasants in the Middle Ages
Peasants in the Middle Ages
Paperback      ISBN: 0252062892
The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm
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.
Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else
The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else
Paperback      ISBN: 0143124064
A groundbreaking examination of wealth disparity, income inequality, and the new global elite There has always been some gap between rich and poor in this country, but recently what it means to be rich has changed dramatically. Forget the 1 percent?Plutocrats proves that it is the wealthiest 0.1 percent who are outpacing the rest of us at breakneck speed. Most of these new fortunes are not inherited, amassed instead by perceptive businesspeople who see themselves as deserving victors in a cutthroat international competition. With empathy and intelligence, Plutocrats reveals the consequences of concentrating the world’s wealth into fewer and fewer hands. Propelled by fascinating original interviews with the plutocrats themselves, Plutocrats is a tour de force of social and economic history, the definitive examination of inequality in our time.
The Price of Inequality
The Price of Inequality
Paperback      ISBN: 0393345068
Examines how the wealthy classes have contributed to growing inequality in society and explains how the quest to increase wealth has hindered the country's economic growth as well as its efforts to solve its most pressing economic problems.
The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life
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.
Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails With America's Hoboes
Rolling Nowhere
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.
Snobbery: The American Version
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
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.