Media Studies, General
The Numbers Game
The Commonsense Guide to Understanding Numbers in the News, in Politics, and In Life
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 1592404855
The Strunk and White of statistics team up to help the average person navigate the numbers in the news Drawing on their hugely popular BBC Radio 4 show More or Less, journalist Michael Blastland and internationally known economist Andrew Dilnot delight, amuse, and convert American mathphobes by showing how our everyday experiences make sense of numbers. The radical premise of The Numbers Game is to show how much we already know and give practical ways to use our knowledge to become cannier consumers of the media. If you've ever wondered what "average" really means, whether the scare stories about cancer risk should convince you to change your behavior, or whether a story you read in the paper is biased (and how), you need this book. Blastland and Dilnot show how to survive and thrive on the torrent of numbers that pours through everyday life.
A Pocket Guide to Writing in History
Paperback ISBN: 0312535031
A portable and affordable reference tool, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History provides reading, writing, and research advice useful to students in all history courses. Concise yet comprehensive advice on approaching typical history assignments, developing critical reading skills, writing effective history papers, conducting research, using and documenting sources, and avoiding plagiarism — enhanced with practical tips and examples throughout — have made this slim reference a best-seller. Now in its sixth edition, the book offers more coverage of working with sources than ever before.
What the Dog Saw
And Other Adventures
Paperback ISBN: 0316076201
Collects the author's best "New Yorker" pieces, including essays on such topics as why there are so many kinds of mustard but only one type of ketchup, a surprising assessment of what makes a safer car, and an examination of a machine built to predict hit movies.
Visions of Japanese Modernity
Articulations of Cinema, Nation, and Spectatorship, 1895-1925
Paperback ISBN: 0520254562
Japan has done marvelous things with cinema, giving the world the likes of Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, and Ozu. But cinema did not arrive in Japan full-formed at the end of the nineteenth century, nor was it simply adopted into an ages-old culture. Aaron Gerow explores the processes by which film was defined, transformed, and adapted during its first three decades in Japan. He focuses in particular on how one trend in criticism, the Pure Film Movement, changed not only the way films were made, but also how they were conceived. Looking closely at the work of critics, theorists, intellectuals, benshi artists, educators, police, and censors, Gerow finds that this critical trend established a way of thinking about cinema that would reign in Japan for much of the twentieth century, one intimately tied to structures of power and class in the domestic and global spheres, and one that ultimately expressed fundamental struggles over the meaning of film, culture, and society.
The Best American Crime Reporting 2009
Paperback ISBN: 0061490849
The senior legal analyst for CNN edits a collection of the year's best true crime writing, the most compelling stories from some of the masters of true crime on everything from fraud to murder, theft to madness. Original. 30,000 first printing.
Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire
100 Luminaries Ponder Love, Death, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life
Hardcover ISBN: 1605295957
Collects responses from Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire page through which celebrities answer a common series of probing personal questions, in a volume that includes entries for such figures as Bette Midler, Salman Rushdie, and Martin Scorsese.
Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.
Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman
Paperback ISBN: 0061774162
Depicts the making of the iconic film Breakfast at Tiffany's in the late 1950s, drawing on interviews with those involved in the film's production, including the actors, producer Richard Shepherd and late author Truman Capote's biographer, Gerald Clarke. Reprint. A best-selling book. 100,000 first printing.