Making the World Safe: The American Red Cross and a Nation's Humanitarian Awakening

By Julia F. Irwin

In Making the area secure, historian Julia Irwin deals an insightful account of the yankee crimson go, from its founding in 1881 by way of Clara Barton to its upward push because the government's legit voluntary reduction service provider. both vital, Irwin indicates that the tale of the crimson move is concurrently a narrative of the way american citizens first started to see international relief as a key point of their kinfolk with the world.

As the yankee Century dawned, increasingly more americans observed the necessity to interact in global affairs and to make the area a more secure place--not through army motion yet via humanitarian reduction. It used to be a time ideally fitted for the increase of the ARC. Irwin exhibits how the early and full of life aid of William H. Taft--who used to be honorary president of the ARC at the same time he served as President of the United States--gave the purple go important connections with the government, ultimately making it the respectable corporation to manage reduction either at domestic and out of the country. Irwin describes how, in the course of international battle I, the ARC grew at an explosive price and prolonged its aid paintings for ecu civilians right into a humanitarian venture of big proportions, an attempt that used to be additionally a huge propaganda coup. Irwin additionally exhibits how within the interwar years, the ARC's venture meshed good with presidential diplomatic kinds, and the way, with the arriving of worldwide battle II, the ARC once more grew exponentially, changing into a strong a part of executive efforts to deliver reduction to war-torn components of the world.

The trust within the price of international reduction is still a important pillar of U.S. international family. Making the area secure reveals how this trust took carry in the United States and the position of the yank pink move in selling it.

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The Student Loan Scam: The Most Oppressive Debt in U.S. History and How We Can Fight Back

By Alan Collinge

The pupil personal loan Scam is an exposé of the predatory nature of the $85-billion pupil personal loan undefined. during this in-depth exploration, Collinge argues that scholar loans became the main ecocnomic, uncompetitive, and oppressive kind of debt in American historical past.

This has happened largely as a result of federal laws handed because the mid-1990s that got rid of regular patron protections from scholar loans-and allowed for large consequences and draconian wealth-extraction mechanisms to assemble this inflated debt. highschool graduates can not positioned themselves via collage for a couple of thousand money in mortgage debt. this present day, the typical undergraduate borrower leaves college with greater than $20,000 in pupil loans, and for graduate scholars the common is a whopping $42,000. For the prior two decades, collage school has elevated at greater than double the speed of inflation, with the price principally moving to scholar debt.

Collinge covers the historical past of scholar loans, the increase of Sallie Mae, and the way universities have profited on the fee of scholars. The e-book comprises candid and compelling tales from humans around the kingdom approximately how either nonprofit and for-profit pupil mortgage businesses, aided via bad laws, have shattered their lives-and livelihoods. With approximately five million defaulted loans, this trouble is turning out to be to epic proportions.

The scholar mortgage Scam takes an unflinching examine this unparalleled and urgent challenge, whereas exposing the strong corporations and people who prompted it to take place. finally, Collinge argues for the go back of ordinary purchaser protections for scholar loans, between different pragmatic suggestions, during this clarion demand social motion.

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The Ultimate Marketing Plan: Find Your Hook. Communicate Your Message. Make Your Mark.

By Dan S. Kennedy

More than five million companies have profited from this distinctive step by step advertising procedure. The final advertising Plan, third Edition exhibits you ways to place jointly the main promotable message attainable for any services or products. packed with sensible, no-nonsense principles that assist you place your product, construct buzz and make cash, this up to date version contains increased insurance on net marketing.

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San Francisco's Financial District (Images of America)

By Christine Miller

A few name it "Wall highway West," whereas a few simply name it "downtown," yet San Francisco's monetary district is a long-running company powerhouse, domestic to ratings of company headquarters, admired legislations organizations, eating places, lodges, banks, the Pacific inventory trade, and notable waterfront perspectives radiating outward from the landmark 1898 Ferry construction. The district was once one of the first parts to be settled,

and a number of the unique 19th-century structures nonetheless stand, besides streets and companies named for early California company leaders like turbines, Sharon, reasonable, and Flood. The district holds examples of approximately all types of industrial structure and is arguably the city's preferred, as its inhabitants swells by way of tens of millions of workplace employees on a daily basis.

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West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War

By Heather Cox Richardson

The tale of Reconstruction isn't really easily in regards to the rebuilding of the South after the Civil War.  as a substitute, the past due 19th century outlined sleek the USA, as Southerners, Northerners, and Westerners steadily hammered out a countrywide id that united 3 areas right into a state that may develop into an international energy. eventually, the tale of Reconstruction is set how a center category shaped in the United States and the way its individuals outlined what the state could stand for, either at domestic and in another country, for the following century and beyond.
A sweeping historical past of the USA from the period of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, this attractive ebook stretches the bounds of our realizing of Reconstruction. Historian Heather Cox Richardson ties the North and West into the post–Civil struggle tale that sometimes focuses narrowly at the South, encompassing the numerous humans and occasions of this profoundly very important era.
By weaving jointly the stories of genuine individuals—from a plantation mistress, a local American warrior, and a hard work organizer to Andrew Carnegie, Julia Ward Howe, Booker T. Washington, and Sitting Bull—who lived in the course of the many years following the Civil conflict and who left documents of their personal phrases, Richardson tells a narrative concerning the production of contemporary America.

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The Empire Trap: The Rise and Fall of U.S. Intervention to Protect American Property Overseas, 1893-2013

By Noel Maurer

Throughout the 20 th century, the U.S. executive willingly deployed strength, demanding and smooth, to guard American investments all over the globe. Why did the us get into the company of shielding its voters' estate rights overseas? The Empire Trap seems at how sleek U.S. involvement within the empire company started, how American international coverage turned more and more tied to the sway of non-public monetary pursuits, and the way postwar administrations ultimately extricated the us from monetary interventionism, even if the govt. had the desire and gear to continue.

Noel Maurer examines the ways in which American traders firstly prompted their govt to intercede to guard investments in destinations akin to significant the United States and the Caribbean. charges have been small--at least on the outset--but with each one incremental step, American coverage turned more and more entangled with the targets of these they have been backing, making disengagement tougher. Maurer discusses how, all through the Nineteen Seventies, the us not just didn't withstand strain to guard American investments, but additionally remained unsuccessful at changing inner associations of different nations with a view to make estate rights safe within the absence of energetic American involvement. international international locations expropriated American investments, yet in nearly each case the U.S. government's employment of monetary sanctions or covert motion received marketplace price or extra in compensation--despite the transforming into strategic dangers. the arrival of associations targeting overseas arbitration ultimately gave the administrative department a reputable political excuse to not act. Maurer cautions that those associations are actually below pressure and cave in may possibly open the empire seize as soon as more.

With intelligent and well timed research, this ebook considers American styles of overseas intervention and the nation's altering position as an imperial power.

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Everything You Know Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Secrets and Lies

By Russ Kick

This ebook starts the place You Are Being Lied To left off. once more, an grand team of investigative reporters, researchers, insiders, dissidents, and lecturers peels again consensus truth and exhibits us what is fairly occurring. difficult, documented proof at the strongest associations and debatable subject matters on this planet. one of the revelations:

  • Antidepressants trash your brain.
  • China has time and again threatened to nuke the US.
  • Young everyone is much less violent now than they've been in over 30 years.
  • Mad Cow illness is killing humans in America.

Plus formerly unpublished revelations in regards to the overseas financial Fund, the Vatican financial institution, the Olympic video games, Henry Lee Lucas, the drug battle in South the USA, unpublicized injuries at nuclear energy crops, and lots more and plenty extra. contains reproductions of infrequent records and images, together with an unpublished eyewitness caricature of a mysterious 3rd gunman at Columbine.

Among the 50+ individuals: Naomi Klein • Douglas Rushkoff • Arianna Huffington • Howard Zinn • Paul Krassner • Gary Webb • Howard Bloom • Noreena Hertz • Alexander Cockburn • Thomas Szasz • William Blum • James Ridgeway • Kalle Lasn • Wendy McElroy

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Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed-Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students

By Denise Clark Pope

A revealing, and troubling, view of latest American highschool scholars and the methods they pursue excessive grades and good fortune. Veteran instructor Denise Pope follows 5 very popular scholars via a faculty 12 months and discovers that those kids think getting forward calls for manipulating the process, scheming, mendacity and dishonest.

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Acid Hype: American News Media and the Psychedelic Experience (History of Communication)

By Stephen Siff

Now synonymous with Sixties counterculture, LSD truly entered the yank realization through the mainstream. Time and Life, messengers of lumpen-American respectability, trumpeted its grand arrival in a postwar panorama scoured of pleasing descriptions of drug use whereas shops around the media panorama piggybacked on their assurance with tales by way of turns sensationalized and glowing.
 
Acid Hype bargains the untold story of LSD's wild trip from Brylcreem and Ivory cleaning soap to incense and peppermints. As Stephen Siff exhibits, the early awareness lavished at the drug through the scoop media glorified its use in remedies for psychological disorder but in addition its prestige as a mystical--yet legitimate--gateway to exploring the subconscious brain. Siff's heritage takes readers to the heart of the way well known media hyped psychedelic medications in a always transferring criminal and social setting, generating an complex dating among medicines and media adventure that got here to outline modern popular culture. It additionally strains how the breathless assurance of LSD gave method to a textbook ethical panic, reworking yesterday's subtle seeker of truths into an acid casualty splayed out past the perimeter of well mannered society.

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Electronic Hearth: Creating an American Television Culture

By Cecelia Tichi

All of us speak about the "tube" or "box," as though tv have been easily one other equipment just like the fridge or toaster oven. yet Cecilia Tichi argues that television is really an environment--a pervasive screen-world that saturates nearly each point of recent existence. In Electronic Hearth, she appears at how that surroundings advanced, and the way it, in flip, has formed the yank experience.
Tichi explores virtually fifty years of writing approximately television--in novels, cartoons, journalism, advertisements, and important books and articles--to outline the function of tv within the American attention. She examines early television ads to teach how the attempted to place the hot gadget as not only a equipment yet a prestigious new piece of furnishings, a hugely prized addition to the house. the tv set, she writes, has emerged as a brand new digital hearth--the heart of relatives job. John Updike defined this "primitive attraction of the fireside" in Roger's Version: "Television is--its impossible to resist charm--a hearth. getting into an empty room, we flip it on, and a speaking face flares into being." Sitting in entrance of the television, americans exist in a security sector, unfastened from the hostility and violence of the skin international. She additionally discusses long-standing suspicions of television viewing: its frequently solitary, virtually autoerotic personality, its intended numbing of the minds and mind's eye of youngsters, and assertions that gazing tv medications the minds of usa citizens. tv has been noticeable as treacherous territory for public figures, from generals to presidents, the place satire and broadcast journalism usually deflate their authority. And the print tradition of journalism and booklet publishing has waged a decades-long battle of survival opposed to it--only to work out new television generations embody either the field and the e-book as part of their cultural global. In present day tradition, she writes, we now have develop into "teleconscious"--seeing, for instance, actual existence being qualified via tv ("as visible on TV"), and tv always ratified via its common presence in paintings, video clips, track, comedian strips, cloth prints, or even references to television on TV.
Ranging some distance past the limits of the printed undefined, Tichi offers a historical past of up to date American tradition, a tradition outlined by way of the tv setting. Intensively researched and insightfully written, The digital Hearth bargains a brand new knowing of a serious, yet much-maligned, element of recent life.

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