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1 BERCOVITCH, SACVAN. American Jeremiad.
University of Wisconsin Press, Madison: 2012. Studies in American Thought and Culture. Anniversary Edition, with a new preface. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
When Sacvan Bercovitch's The American Jeremiad first appeared in 1978, it was hailed as a landmark study of dissent and cultural formation in America, from the Puritans' writings through the major literary works of the antebellum era. For this long-awaited anniversary edition, Bercovitch has written a deeply thoughtful and challenging new preface that reflects on his classic study of the role of the political sermon, or jeremiad, in America from a contemporary perspective, while assessing developments in the field of American studies and the culture at large. Sacvan Bercovitch is the Powell M. Cabot Research Professor of American Literature at Harvard University. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is a former president of the American Studies Association and the general editor of the eight-volume Cambridge History of American Literature. "Sacvan Bercovitch is a giant in American studies. This book was his first classic work— and others followed. He stands alongside Perry Miller and F. O. Matthiessen as indispensable figures in our understanding of American civilization." —Cornel West, Princeton University "A deeply learned, revolutionary break with the dominant consensus models from Perry Miller through F. O. Matthiessen, The American Jeremiad rediscovered the prophetic core of American literature and culture, and it demonstrated how fully our national identity has been forged from conflicted narratives of self-examination and redemption. The author's brilliant and searching new introduction brings this classic work boldly into the twenty-first century."—Eric J. Sundquist, Johns Hopkins University "A compelling history of evangelical politics from the early 1940s to the late 1990s. Schäfer's ability to show how the Christian Right combines traditional moral convictions with modern consumerism, as well as his careful discussion of continuities from postwar suburbanization through post-1960s right-wing activism, makes his book a landmark contribution. This one is a gem."—Mark A. Noll, author of God and Race in American Politics: A Short History "For more than three decades, Sacvan Bercovitch's work has both charted the most promising path and posed the most profound challenge to the academic project of radical political critique of U. S. literature and culture. So long as 'change we can believe in' amounts, by definition, to 'forms of renewal that confirm the basic tenets of the system,' as Bercovitch deftly puts it in his new preface to this classic study, The American Jeremiad will remain new and necessary." —Evan Carton. University of Texas at Austin 
Price: 23.70 USD
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2 HOLLARS, B. J. Dispatches From The Drownings: Reporting The Fiction Of Nonfiction.
University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque: 2014. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Disturbed by stories of drownings in the river behind his home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, writer B. J. Hollars combed the archives of local newspapers only to discover vast discrepancies in articles about the deaths. In homage to Michael Lesy's cult classic, Wisconsin Death Trip, Hollars pairs reports from late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century journalists with fictional versions, creating a hybrid text complete with facts, lies, and a wide range of blurring in between. Charles Van Schaick's macabre, staged photographs from the era appear alongside the dispatches, further complicating the messiness of history and the limits of truth. 8 x 10 in. 216 pages 48 halftones, 1 map. B. J. Hollars is an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. His most recent book is Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa. "Unlike anything else you will read this year. . . . This thoroughly local tale has global implications, as the reader must consider the fact that all writing, all narrative transmission, is both 'true' and somehow less than 'true' at the same time." --Los Angeles Review "Hollars's book is rich with the magic dust of history, and full of strange characters, accidents, and miracles." --Drunken Boat 
Price: 28.45 USD
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3 HOOPES, JAMES. Corporate Dreams: Big Business In American Democracy From The Great Depression To The Great Recession.
Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick: 2011. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Public trust in corporations plummeted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, when "Lehman Brothers" and "General Motors" became dirty words for many Americans. In Corporate Dreams, James Hoopes argues that Americans still place too much faith in corporations and, especially, in the idea of "values-based leadership" favored by most CEOs. The danger of corporations, he suggests, lies not just in their economic power, but also in how their confused and undemocratic values are infecting Americans' visions of good governance. Corporate Dreams proposes that Americans need to radically rethink their relationships with big business and the government. Rather than buying into the corporate notion of "values-based leadership," we should view corporate leaders with the same healthy suspicion that our democratic political tradition teaches us to view our political leaders. Unfortunately, the trend is moving the other way. Corporate notions of leadership are invading our democratic political culture when it should be the reverse. To diagnose the cause and find a cure for our toxic attachment to corporate models of leadership, Hoopes goes back to the root of the problem, offering a comprehensive history of corporate culture in America, from the Great Depression to today's Great Recession. Combining a historian's careful eye with an insider's perspective on the business world, this provocative volume tracks changes in government economic policy, changes in public attitudes toward big business, and changes in how corporate executives view themselves. Whether examining the rise of Leadership Development programs or recounting JFK's Pyrrhic victory over U.S. Steel, Hoopes tells a compelling story of how America lost its way, ceding authority to the policies and values of corporate culture. But he also shows us how it's not too late to return to our democratic ideals—and that it's not too late to restore the American dream. James Hoopes is Murata Professor of Business Ethics at Babson College. He has written several books, on subjects ranging from business history to American political theory, including Hail to the CEO: George W. Bush and the Failure of Moral Leadership. 
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4 LANDRUM, NEY C. The State Park Movement In America: A Critical Review.
University of Missouri Press, Columbia: 2013. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Essentially a phenomenon of the twentieth century, America's pioneering state park movement has grown rapidly and innovatively to become one of the most important forces in the preservation of open spaces and the provision of public outdoor recreation in the country. During this time, the movement has been influenced and shaped by many factors—social, cultural, and economic—resulting in a wide variety of expressions. While everyone agrees that the state park movement has been a positive and beneficial force on the whole, there seems to be an increasing divergence of thought as to exactly what direction the movement should take in the future. In The State Park Movement in America, Ney Landrum, recipient of almost two dozen honors and awards for his service to state and national parks, places the movement for state parks in the context of the movements for urban and local parks on one side and for national parks on the other. He traces the evolution of the state park movement from its imprecise and largely unconnected origins to its present status as an essential and firmly established state government responsibility, nationwide in scope. Because the movement has taken a number of separate, but roughly parallel, paths and produced differing schools of thought concerning its purpose and direction, Landrum also analyzes the circumstances and events that have contributed to these disparate results and offers critical commentary based on his long tenure in the system. As the first study of its kind, The State Park Movement in America will fill a tremendous void in the literature on parks. Given that there are more than five thousand state parks in the United States, compared with fewer than five hundred national parks and historic sites, this history is long overdue. It will be of great interest to anyone concerned with federal, state, or local parks, as well as to land resource managers generally. Ney C. Landrum is Director Emeritus of Florida State Parks, where he developed one of the largest and most respected park systems in the country. He is the editor of Histories of the Southeastern State Park Systems. Now retired, he lives in Tallahassee, Florida. Ney Landrum, author of The State Park Movement in America, has been awarded the NARRP's National Recreation Resource Leadership Award. 
Price: 28.50 USD
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5 LESY, MICHAEL. Wisconsin Death Trip.
University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
First published in 1973, this remarkable book about life in a small turn-of-the-century Wisconsin town has become a cult classic. Lesy has collected and arranged photographs taken between 1890 and 1910 by a Black River Falls photographer, Charles Van Schaik. 11 x 8.5 in., 264 pages, 148 halftones. Michael Lesy teaches in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts at Hampshire College. He is the author of numerous books, including Dreamland, Rescues, and The Forbidden Zone. "Protestants behaving strangely in the 1890s . . . an outbreak of craziness—multiple murders, suicides, ghost sightings, epidemics, guntoting teenagers, schoolmarms hooked on cocaine and general mental illness (well, an insane asylum was nearby)—all in a little town called Black River Falls, populated mostly by German and Scandinavian immigrants." -- New York Times "In Van Schaick's time, ordinary people did not have cameras, difficult contraptions that involved black powder and heavy glass plates; to record the passages of a life--births, marriages, store openings, funerals--so they turned to a professional. Lesy noticed Van Schaicks's many pictures of dead infants and children, dressed in their christening gowns, now placed in tiny coffins. As he looked for the story behind these photos, he found a story of plagues: of murder, suicide, farm and business failures, madness, addiction, tramp armies, and the ruin of childhood and the desolation of families by epidemics of diptheria, typhoid, smallpox, and flu. Lesy made a montage, using items from the local paper, contemporaneous regional fiction and poetry, asylum records and the photographs left by Van Schaick, who in Lesy's pages emerges as Arbus's unknown ancestor" --New York Times "Lesy's reading of rural decay is history with a wrench, unfolding a scenario worthy of Dreiser, Faulkner, or Joyce Carol Oates at their grimmest." --Newsweek "Compelling both as history and as literature, it is a small masterpiece of the historian's art." --Chicago Daily News "[This] is an impressive example of the poetry of history. . . . There can be no question that this original work makes us deeply feel one form that misery has taken; and in causing us to feel, as well as consider, Wisconsin Death Trip has enlarged on the uses of history." -- New York Times Book Review 
Price: 33.20 USD
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6 LILLEY, JAMES D. Common Things: Romance And The Aesthetics Of Belonging In Atlantic Modernity.
Fordham University Press, New York: 2013. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
What are the relationships between the books we read and the communities we share? 
Price: 42.75 USD
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7 WINOGRAD, MORLEY & HAIS, MICHAEL D. Millennial Momentum: How A New Generation Is Remaking America.
Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick: 2011. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
About every eight decades, coincident with the most stressful and perilous events in United States history—the Revolutionary and Civil Wars and the Great Depression and World War II—a new, positive, accomplished, and group-oriented "civic generation" emerges to change the course of history and remake America. The Millennial Generation (born 1982-2003) is America's newest civic generation. In their 2008 book, Millennial Makeover, Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais made a prescient argument that the Millennial Generation would change American politics for good. Later that year, a huge surge of participation from young voters helped to launch Barack Obama into the White House. Now, in Millennial Momentum, Winograd and Hais investigate how the beliefs and practices of the Millennials are transforming other areas of American culture, from education to entertainment, from the workplace to the home, and from business to politics and government. The Millennials' cooperative ethic and can-do spirit have only just begun to make their mark, and are likely to continue to reshape American values for decades to come. Drawing from an impressive array of demographic data, popular texts, and personal interviews, the authors show how the ethnically diverse, socially tolerant, and technologically fluent Millennials can help guide the United States to retain its leadership of the world community and the global marketplace. They also illustrate why this generation's unique blend of civic idealism and savvy pragmatism will enable us to overcome the internal culture wars and institutional malaise currently plaguing the country. Millennial Momentum offers a message of hope for a deeply divided nation. Morley Winograd is a senior fellow at the University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership and Policy. He served as senior policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore during the second term of President Clinton's administration.. Michael D. Hais is retired as the vice president of entertainment research at the communications research firm, Frank N. Magid Associates. "In this timely analysis of demographic data, Winograd and Hais examine the habits, values, and desires of the generation born between 1982 and 2003. The most racially diverse and ideologically tolerant population the U.S. has ever known, Millennials are also the best networked group of humans in history. Believing that every consumer choice, every vote, every blog post and tweet matters, young people come of age expecting to be heard and to make change. Although still gaining momentum, Millennial thinking has already proved itself powerful—the networked grassroots organization that elected Barack Obama is the book's most persuasive example. The book offers important insights into the dynamic, interdependent forces that will shape America's future." —Publishers Weekly "Winograd and Hais have emerged as the country's best, and most solidly supported, analysts of the emergent Millennial Generation. Leaders of both parties—and forward-looking businesses—need to study this book for a unique look into America's evolving future." —Joel Kotkin, author of The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050 "In recent years few have thought so much and been as prescient about the emerging politics of the United States as Mike Hais and Morley Winograd. This new book adds breadth and depth to an already powerful set of insights they've had." —Simon Rosenberg, President, NDN & The New Policy Institute "The authors offer a wonderfully persuasive picture of America's future—by providing a penetrating and well-researched portrait of the rising Millennial Generation that is beginning to define that future." —Neil Howe, co-author of Generations and The Fourth Turning 
Price: 25.60 USD
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