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The Conscience of a Liberal
The Conscience of a Liberal
Paperback      ISBN: 0393333132

In this "clear, provocative" (Boston Globe) New York Times bestseller, Paul Krugman, today's most widely read economist, examines the past eighty years of American history, from the reforms that tamed the harsh inequality of the Gilded Age and the 1920s to the unraveling of that achievement and the reemergence of immense economic and political inequality since the 1970s. Seeking to understand both what happened to middle-class America and what it will take to achieve a "new New Deal," Krugman has created his finest book to date, a "stimulating manifesto" offering "a compelling historical defense of liberalism and a clarion call for Americans to retake control of their economic destiny" (Publishers Weekly).

"As Democrats seek a rationale not merely for returning to power, but for fundamentally changing--or changing back--the relationship between America's government and its citizens, Mr. Krugman's arguments will prove vital in the months and years ahead." --Peter Beinart, New York Times

The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington
The Uprising
An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington
Paperback      ISBN: 0307395642

An all-access pass to the populist insurrection brewing across the country.

Job outsourcing. Slashed paychecks. A war without end, fatally mismanaged. Americans on both the Right and Left are tired of being disenfranchised by corrupt politicians and are organizing to change the status quo. In his invigorating new book, David Sirota investigates this uprising, taking us into the trenches where real change is happening-in the headquarters of the most powerful third party in America, at an ExxonMobil shareholder meeting, and on the quasi-military staging area of a vigilante force on the Mexican border.

The Uprising is essential reading for anyone who wants to look beyond presidential politics at the new populism that is reshaping the American political landscape.
Voices of Protest!: Documents of Courage and Dissent
Voices of Protest!
Documents of Courage and Dissent
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1579125859

This eye-opening collection of documents ranging from the pre-Christian era to the present explores the undeniable power of social, political, and religious dissent throughout history and around the world.

Voices of Protest is an inspiring and comprehensive look at the meaning of protest throughout history, in democratic and nondemocratic societies. It is also a rousing confirmation that individual and community action matters and has great influence.

Collected here are more than 300 documents--essays, letters, newspaper articles, court decisions, song lyrics, poetry, cartoons, and more--that represent seven main categories of protest: Civil Rights; National Self- Determination; Economic Justice; Environmental Conservation; Religious Freedom and Morality; Peace and War; and International Political Freedoms.

A small sampling of the entries includes Seneca Falls Declaration of Women's Rights; Fidel Castro's anti- American writings protesting cultural domination; John Muir's essay "The American Forests"; and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s letter from a Birmingham jail. The editors have framed the documents with concise original commentary that places each selection in a political, historical, and social context.

What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
What's the Matter with Kansas?
How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
Paperback      ISBN: 080507774x

With a New Afterword by the Author

The New York Times bestseller, praised as hilariously funny . . . the only way to understand why so many Americans have decided to vote against their own economic and political interests -(Molly Ivins)

Hailed as dazzlingly insightful and wonderfully sardonic (Chicago Tribune), very funny and very painful (San Francisco Chronicle), and in a different league from most political books (The New York Observer), What's the Matter with Kansas? unravels the great political mystery of our day: Why do so many Americans vote against their economic and social interests? With his acclaimed wit and acuity, Thomas Frank answers the riddle by examining his home state, Kansas-a place once famous for its radicalism that now ranks among the nation's most eager participants in the culture wars. Charting what he calls the thirty-year backlash-the popular revolt against a supposedly liberal establishment-Frank reveals how conservatism, once a marker of class privilege, became the creed of millions of ordinary Americans.

A brilliant analysis-and funny to boot-What's the Matter with Kansas? is a vivid portrait of an upside-down world where blue-collar patriots recite the Pledge while they strangle their life chances; where small farmers cast their votes for a Wall Street order that will eventually push them off their land; and where a group of frat boys, lawyers, and CEOs has managed to convince the country that it speaks on behalf of the People.
Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism
Imagined Communities
Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism
Paperback      ISBN: 0860915468

Anderson's essay shows how the European processes of inventing nationalism were transported to the Third World through colonialism and were adapted by subject races in Latin America and Asia.

Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
Paperback      ISBN: 0717800539

The first draft of the philosophy of Marxism.

A Peace Reader (Revised Edition)
A Peace Reader (Revised Edition)
Paperback      ISBN: 0809133172

The perfect college textbook for peace courses, now newly revised with material on the cold war and nuclear arms deleted, and twenty-two new articles added.

Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin And Spread of Nationalism
Imagined Communities
Reflections on the Origin And Spread of Nationalism
Paperback      ISBN: 1844670864
The world-famous work on the origins and development of nationalism

The full magnitude of Benedict Anderson's intellectual achievement is still being appreciated and debated. Imagined Communities remains the most influential book on the origins of nationalism, filling the vacuum that previously existed in the traditions of Western thought. Cited more often than any other single English-language work in the human sciences, it is read around the world in more than thirty translations.

Written with exemplary clarity, this illuminating study traces the emergence of community as an idea to South America, rather than to nineteenth-century Europe. Later, this sense of belonging was formed and reformulated at every level, from high politics to popular culture, through print, literature, maps and museums. Following the rise and conflict of nations and the decline of empires, Anderson draws on examples from South East Asia, Latin America and Europe's recent past to show how nationalism shaped the modern world.
Critical Theory, Marxism, and Modernity
Critical Theory, Marxism, and Modernity
Paperback      ISBN: 0801839149

From its beginnings in the 1930s, the critical theory of the so-called Frankfurt School has refused to situate itself within any arbitrary or conventional academic divisions. Traversing and undermining boundaries between competing disciplines, it stresses interconnections among philosophy, economics and politics, culture and society.

In Critical Theory, Marxism, and Modernity Douglas Kellner sets out the fundamental ideas and arguments of critical theory as they relate to the central issues in radical social theory and offers incisive interpretations of the theoretical tradition from its beginnings to the present.

Critical theory began as a Marxian critique of capitalist modernity, Kellner contends, and moved away from orthodox Marxism in response to the events of twentieth-century history. Kellner explores the effects of historical crises of capitalism and Marxism on critical theory and reflects on the continued relevance or obsolescence of Marxism and critical theory. "During the 1960s, many among my generation of New Left radicals turned for theoretical and political guidance to the works of Max Horkheimer, Herbert Marcuse, T.W. Adorno, Erich Fromm, Leo Lowenthal, Frederick Pollock, Jurgen Habermas, and their colleagues, " he writes. "As we move into the 1990s critical theory might help produce theoretical and political perspectives which could be part of a Left Turn that could reanimate the political hopes of the 1960s, while helping overcome and reverse the losses and regression of the 1980s."

Encountering 'The Other':
Encountering 'The Other':
Paperback      ISBN: 0809144093

In this timely book, Jean Vanier provides a spiritual roadmap toward peace and understanding among people from different religious, ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds; with diverse gifts and disabilities. For Vanier the whole question of peacemaking is centered on trust. He points out that peace cannot be imposed by politicians or churches--to endure it must grow within each person. Therefore, Vanier urges that we come together to encounter, explore, and celebrate our differences. He shows that what we encounter we come to know and, thereby, understand. And--when we understand--healing and peace can truly follow. Our society can only be healed when each person in it is healed. And that healing comes not from avoidance or separation, but from encountering. The fundamental principle of peace is a belief that each person is important. For Vanier, "the glory of human beings is not...the power to control someone else; the glory of human beings is he ability to let what is deepest within us grow."