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The Rent Is Too Damn High

By Matthew Yglesias
  • ISBN Code: : 1451663293
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 80
  • Category : Business & Economics
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From prominent political thinker and widely followed Slate columnist, a polemic on high rents and housing costs—and how these costs are hollowing out communities, thwarting economic development, and rendering personal success and fulfillment increasingly difficult to achieve. Rent is an issue that affects nearly everyone. High rent is a problem for all of us, extending beyond personal financial strain. High rent drags on our country’s overall rate of economic growth, damages the environment, and promotes long commutes, traffic jams, misery, and smog. Yet instead of a serious focus on the issue, America’s cities feature niche conversations about the availability of “affordable housing” for poor people. Yglesias’s book changes the conversation for the first time, presenting newfound context for the issue and real-time, practical solutions for the problem.

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This is an annually updated presentation of Canada past and present. The contents in this volume are organized into sections dealing with Canada’s culture; Geography; people; history (from New France to the constitutional debates in the late 20th century); political system (including the constitution, monarchy, parliament, legal and court system, federalism and the provinces, provincial governments, parties and elections); defense; economy; the future; and a comprehensive bibliography. The combination of factual accuracy and up-to-date detail along with its informed projections make this an outstanding resource for researchers, practitioners in international development, media professionals, government officials, potential investors and students. Now in its 33rd edition, the content is thorough yet perfect for a one-semester introductory course or general library reference. Available in both print and e-book formats and priced low to fit student and library budgets.

The Handy New York City Answer Book

By Chris Barsanti
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  • Publisher : Visible Ink Press
  • Book Code : 1578596548
  • Total of Pages : 464
  • Category : History
  • Members : 350
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New York the self-proclaimed capital of the world, the largest city in the United States, and is known as a melting pot of immigrants, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park, Wall Street, Broadway, bridges, bodegas, restaurants, museums, and so much more. The “city that never sleeps” is bustling with people, cultural and sporting events, world-class shopping and high fashion, and other tourist attractions that draw in millions visitors from all over the world. The Handy New York City Answer Book explores the fascinating history, people, myths, culture, and trivia, taking an in-depth look at the city so nice, they named it twice. Illustrating the unique character of the city through a combination of facts, stats, and history, and the unusual and quirky, it answers more than 850 intriguing questions about people, events, government, and places of interest, including Who were the first New Yorkers? Why are Manhattan’s streets laid out in a grid? Why is there a windmill on the New York seal? How did New York help elect Abraham Lincoln president? What were “sweatshops”? Who started the gossip column? What is “stop and frisk”? How many trees are there in New York?

From the Bleachers

By Isaiah Lewis
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  • Publisher : Page Publishing Inc
  • Book Code : 1645444031
  • Total of Pages : 98
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 848
  • Pdf File: from-the-bleachers.pdf

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It’s often common practice for books to be written from pundits, experts or from the perspective of people who have mastered a particular skill set to the degree in which they can convey it into a book or novel. This book challenges that. In lieu of the current dispensation of divisive politics and partisanship, Isaiah Lewis draws from his experiences as an undergraduate as well as his brief stints working in municipal government in order to give a bird’s-eye view, or rather, “bleacher’s point of view” perspective, on how power and democracy are playing out in society. This book seeks to bridge the gap of understanding among people working from the ground, up to people who are making some of the most important decisions in our world. It speaks truth to power in a very peaceful yet impactful way. By sharing his personal experiences, setbacks, and inefficiencies, he seeks to help others understand their self-value and how all our actions shape the true meaning of what a democracy should be. The goal of this book is to shed light on the idea that power and democracy transcend government and political tribalism. It also highlights how the aesthetic (or appeal of power) shapes not only our democracy but our lives as well. The author looks to illustrate the importance of not discounting your own experiences and how it is very important to not allow your self-worth or value to be determined by your title or position. Moreover, this book shows that change starts with personal practice and not just policy.

Political Corruption and the Abuse of Power

By Sarah Machajewski
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  • Publisher : Greenhaven Publishing LLC
  • Book Code : 1534563423
  • Total of Pages : 104
  • Category : Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Members : 246
  • Pdf File: political-corruption-and-the-abuse-of-power.pdf

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Throughout history, gaining political power has frequently led to unethical behavior. It is difficult for people to resist the temptation to abuse their power. In the worst cases, this has led to political unrest, economic instability, and genocide. Readers learn what political corruption is, how it affects citizens' lives, and what can be done about it. Historical and modern examples are provided to give readers a comprehensive view of this important and timely topic. Informative charts and full-color photographs enhance the engaging text to show young adults the importance of civic engagement and political scrutiny to combat corruption.

The Fall of the House of Forbes

By Stewart Pinkerton
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  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Book Code : 142998774X
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 507
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Forbes: the legendary name in finance journalism. Synonymous with wealth, grand excess, glamour, and fun as well as style, insight, gossip, and hard-nosed reporting, the media empire and the family behind it form a remarkable story that has never been told. Now, in The Fall of the House of Forbes, veteran journalist Stewart Pinkerton reveals the hidden machinations, disastrous decisions, and personal foibles of a century-old dynasty that rose to glittering heights and crashed just as spectacularly. Writing from an insider's perspective and first-hand sources developed over his twenty years as a writer and editor at Forbes, Pinkerton takes us to the ritualized formal lunches inside the mansion-like headquarters at 60 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan; the lavish advertiser parties on board the family yacht, The Highlander; the sybaritic private life of Malcolm Forbes and the family's increasing discomfort with its patriarch; and the glory days of the magazine, with its news-making stories, high-rolling expense accounts, and bar-setting standards for anyone who aspired to wealth and its trappings. But as the media business changed, Forbes was slow to react, and found itself burdened by Malcolm's immense personal expenses, Steve Forbes's bumbling, self-financed presidential campaigns, and the family's hubris and hesitation in the face of reality. A series of devastating business decisions and an internecine struggle for power forced the sale of the Faberge eggs, the vintage toy collection, the homes, the private island, the yacht, and finally the sale of 40% of the company itself to outside investors...a collapse of shocking speed after decades of unsurpassed success. A compelling narrative account of a powerful family's dysfunction, The Fall of the House of Forbes is a parable of capitalism at its best and worst, and a metaphor for the current state of digital turmoil in media.

A Citizen's Guide to U.S. Elections

By Costas Panagopoulos,Aaron C. Weinschenk
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 131751081X
  • Total of Pages : 184
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 842
  • Pdf File: a-citizen-s-guide-to-u-s-elections.pdf

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Political observers routinely lament that American democracy is broken, and many of them blame electoral malfunction. But is the system really broken? Panagopoulos and Weinschenk make the case that citizens are empowered to fix what’s wrong with electoral politics and renew democracy in America, all within the institutional setup and framework of the existing system. Put simply, much of what is broken can be fixed if people stop throwing up their arms and start rolling up their sleeves to do the hard work of building our democracy. This book provides an overview of the basic features that characterize contemporary elections in the United States and includes discussions about voter participation and decision-making patterns, money in elections, and the role of parties and the media in presidential, congressional and state and local races. It also outlines some of the most important trends and challenges in the current system. As a call to action, each chapter features potential solutions to the challenges that exist in U.S. elections.

An Unlikely Candidate

By Arthur Lieber
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  • Publisher :
  • Book Code : 1456602683
  • Total of Pages : 220
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 382
  • Pdf File: an-unlikely-candidate.pdf

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In 2010, Arthur Lieber ran for Congress in Missouri's 2nd Congressional District when no other Democrat would. Operating on a budget considered minuscule by today's standards, and refusing donations, he ran as an unashamed progressive Democrat in a predominantly Republican district. In Unlikely Candidate, Lieber reveals the inside story of his unconventional campaign, shares the lessons he learned about contemporary electoral politics, and suggests ways to fix our broken political system.

The 9.9 Percent

By Matthew Stewart
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1982114207
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 693
  • Pdf File: the-9-9-percent.pdf

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A “brilliant” (The Washington Post), “clear-eyed and incisive” (The New Republic) analysis of how the wealthiest group in American society is making life miserable for everyone—including themselves. In 21st-century America, the top 0.1% of the wealth distribution have walked away with the big prizes even while the bottom 90% have lost ground. What’s left of the American Dream has taken refuge in the 9.9% that lies just below the tip of extreme wealth. Collectively, the members of this group control more than half of the wealth in the country—and they are doing whatever it takes to hang on to their piece of the action in an increasingly unjust system. They log insane hours at the office and then turn their leisure time into an excuse for more career-building, even as they rely on an underpaid servant class to power their economic success and satisfy their personal needs. They have segregated themselves into zip codes designed to exclude as many people as possible. They have made fitness a national obsession even as swaths of the population lose healthcare and grow sicker. They have created an unprecedented demand for admission to elite schools and helped to fuel the dramatic cost of higher education. They channel their political energy into symbolic conflicts over identity in order to avoid acknowledging the economic roots of their privilege. And they have created an ethos of “merit” to justify their advantages. They are all around us. In fact, they are us—or what we are supposed to want to be. In this “captivating account” (Robert D. Putnam, author of Bowling Alone), Matthew Stewart argues that a new aristocracy is emerging in American society and it is repeating the mistakes of history. It is entrenching inequality, warping our culture, eroding democracy, and transforming an abundant economy into a source of misery. He calls for a regrounding of American culture and politics on a foundation closer to the original promise of America.

Ask a Native New Yorker

By Jake Dobkin
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  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Book Code : 1683354974
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Travel
  • Members : 843
  • Pdf File: ask-a-native-new-yorker.pdf

Book Short Summary:

As a third-generation New Yorker who was born, bred, and educated there, Jake Dobkin was such a fan of his hometown that he started Gothamist, a popular and acclaimed website with a focus on news, events, and culture in the city, and “Ask a Native New Yorker” became one of its most popular columns. The book version features all original writing and aims to help newbies evolve into real New Yorkers with humor and a command of the facts. In 48 short essays and 11 sidebars, the book offers practical information about transportation, apartment hunting, and even cultivating relationships for anyone fresh to the Big Apple. Subjects include “Why is New York the greatest city in the world?,” “Where should I live?,” “Where do you find peace and quiet when you feel overwhelmed?,” and “Who do I have to give up my subway seat to?” Part philosophy, part anecdote collection, and part no-nonsense guide, Ask a Native New Yorker will become the default gift for transplants to New York, whether they’re here for internships, college, or starting a new job.

Ethical Portraits

By Hatty Nestor
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  • Publisher : John Hunt Publishing
  • Book Code : 1789040035
  • Total of Pages : 128
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 433
  • Pdf File: ethical-portraits.pdf

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Prisons systematically dehumanise the imprisoned. Visualised through mugshots and surveillance recordings, the incarcerated lose control of their own image and identity. The criminal justice system in the United States does not only carry out so-called justice in ways that compound inequality, it also minimises the possibility for empathetic encounters with those who are most marginalised. It is therefore urgent to understand how prisoners are portrayed by the carceral state and how this might be countered or recuperated. How can understanding the visual representation of prisoners help us confront the invisible forms of power in the American prison system? Ethical Portraits investigates the representation of the incarcerated in the United States criminal justice system, and the state’s failure to represent those incarcerated humanely. Through wide-ranging interviews and creative nonfiction, Hatty Nestor deconstructs the different roles of prison portraiture, such as in courtroom sketches, DNA profiling, and the incarceration of Chelsea Manning.

Remnant Christianity in a Post-Christian World

By W. Paul Jones
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1725294869
  • Total of Pages : 366
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 904
  • Pdf File: remnant-christianity-in-a-post-christian-world.pdf

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The contemporary Christian church is in critical decline, both in membership and finances. All attempts at reversal are failing, primarily because of the consuming socioeconomic-secular dynamic in which society is immersed in its self-destructive course. Consequently, Christian imagery is losing its conceivability and credibility, and past motivations that once encouraged belief have lost their appeal. Without these as points of contact, the demise of the institutional church will be relentless, despite all efforts to halt it. Yet, as at other crisis points in history, the divine promise has been to raise a “faithful remnant” with sufficient promise to outlast whatever the societal demise. After carefully analyzing the ingredients of our societal crisis, the author develops the contours of a “Remnant Church” to be set in place now within the present institutional churches. This necessitates distilling a vital spirituality and discerning the heart of a preservable tradition, sufficient to claim both personal and communal commitment. Thereby prepared for the long haul, the Remnant Church can emerge as a prophetic alternative.

Mergers and Acquisitions

By Cate Doty
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 0593190459
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 824
  • Pdf File: mergers-and-acquisitions.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A compulsively readable behind-the-scenes memoir that takes readers inside the weddings section of The New York Times--the good, bad, and just plain weird--through the eyes of a young reporter just as she's falling in love herself. Growing up in the south, where tradition reigns supreme, Cate Doty thought about weddings . . . a lot. She catered for them, she attended many, she imagined her own. So, when she moved to New York City in pursuit of love--and to write for The New York Times--she finds her natural home in the wedding section, a first step to her own happily-ever-after, surely. Soon Cate is thrown into the cutthroat world of the metropolitan society pages, experiencing the lengths couples go to have their announcements accepted and the lengths the writers go in fact-checking their stories; the surprising, status-signaling details that matter most to brides and grooms; and the politics of the paper at a time of vast cultural and industry changes. Reporting weekly on couples whose relationships seem enviable--or eye-roll worthy--and dealing with WASPy grandparents and last-minute snafus, Cate is surrounded by love, or what we're told to believe is love. But when she starts to take the leap herself, she begins to ask her own questions about what it means to truly commit... Warm, witty, and keenly observed, Mergers and Acquisitions is an enthralling dive into one of society's most esteemed institutions, its creators and subjects, and a young woman's coming-of-age.