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American Nations

By Colin Woodard
  • ISBN Code: : 1101544457
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 384
  • Category : History
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An illuminating history of North America's eleven rival cultural regions that explodes the red state-blue state myth. North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an “American” or “Canadian” culture, but rather into one of the eleven distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territory. In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent, and the rivalries and alliances between its component nations, which conform to neither state nor international boundaries. He illustrates and explains why “American” values vary sharply from one region to another. Woodard (author of American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good) reveals how intranational differences have played a pivotal role at every point in the continent's history, from the American Revolution and the Civil War to the tumultuous sixties and the "blue county/red county" maps of recent presidential elections. American Nations is a revolutionary and revelatory take on America's myriad identities and how the conflicts between them have shaped our past and are molding our future.

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  • Publisher : Pearson Education
  • Book Code : 0132697645
  • Total of Pages : 20
  • Category : History
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This is the eBook version of the printed book. This Element is an excerpt from Overhauling America's Healthcare Machine: Stop the Bleeding and Save Trillions (9780132173254) by Douglas A. Perednia. Available in print and digital formats. We’re paying more for healthcare than anyone else on in the world. Are we really getting what we’re paying for? To justify the status quo, politicians, insurers, and the media say many stupid things--as when they remind us we have the “best healthcare in the world.” The implication: We’re getting what we’re paying for, and the high price is simply the cost of being #1. But is this really true? Most of these pronouncements are consistently, suspiciously vague....

Why Is America Different?

By Steven T. Katz
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  • Publisher : University Press of America
  • Book Code : 0761847707
  • Total of Pages : 420
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 950
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This book brings together a distinguished group of expert scholars from the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University on the main areas of American Jewish life, from colonial Jewish experience to images of Jews in contemporary films. This volume represents the fruit of this collective reflection and interrogation.

Is America Being Destroyed from Within?

By Gary Martin Meyers, J.D., B.S.E.
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1503579034
  • Total of Pages : 300
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 269
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In a speech he made in 1838, President Abraham Lincoln warned that, if America is ever destroyed, the forces responsible for her destruction would come not from beyond our borders, but instead would come from within. Is America Being Destroyed From Within? considers the critical question of whether the actions of President Barack Obama over the last six years, along with the "liberal" and "progressive" political leaders who support him, represent precisely the type of destruction of America from within that President Lincoln was attempting to warn us about, almost two hundred years ago.

What Is an American Muslim?

By Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0199350736
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 237
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Since 2001, there has been a tremendous backlash against the very idea that it is possible to be both American and Muslim-the controversy over the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" and the attempts to ban shari'a law are examples. Even within the Muslim community many leaders urge believers to integrate more fully into the mainstream of American life. Is it possible to be both fully American and devoutly Muslim? An American citizen born and raised in the Sudan, an internationally recognized scholar of Islam, and a human rights activist, Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im brings a unique perspective to this crucial question. By demanding that Muslims assimilate, he argues, allies and critics alike assume that American Muslims are a monolithic bloc, a permanent minority set apart from that which is truly "American." An-Na'im wholeheartedly rejects this notion and urges Muslims to embrace their faith without fear. Islam, he argues, is one of many dimensions of identity-Muslims are also members of different ethnic groups, political parties, and social circles, not to mention husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, baseball fans and movie buffs. In short, Muslims share a vast array of identities with other Americans, but the most important identity they all share is as citizens. Muslims, An-Na'im argues, must embrace the full range of rights and responsibilities that come with American citizenship, and participate fully in civic life, while at the same time asserting their right to define their faith for themselves. They must view themselves, simply, as American citizens who happen to be Muslims. What Is an American Muslim? is a bold and provocative take on the future of Islam in America.

All You Can Eat

By Joel Berg
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  • Publisher : Seven Stories Press
  • Book Code : 1583229787
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 525
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With the biting wit of Supersize Me and the passion of a lifelong activist, Joel Berg has his eye on the growing number of people who are forced to wait on lines at food pantries across the nation—the modern breadline. All You Can Eat reveals that hunger is a problem as American as apple pie, and shows what it is like when your income is not enough to cover rising housing and living costs and put food on the table. Berg takes to task politicians who remain inactive; the media, which ignores hunger except during holidays and hurricanes; and the food industry, which makes fattening, artery-clogging fast food more accessible to the nation's poor than healthy fare. He challenges the new president to confront the most unthinkable result of US poverty—hunger—and offers a simple and affordable plan to end it for good. A spirited call to action, All You Can Eat shows how practical solutions for hungry Americans will ultimately benefit America's economy and all of its citizens.

Baseball Is America

By Victor Alexander Baltov, Jr
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  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Book Code : 9781452004884
  • Total of Pages : 412
  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Members : 263
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Americas Favorite Pastime with its foreign taproot evolved into the modern game. Baseball is traced in the 364-page book from its European origins plus much deeper sources. Cultural beginnings, including the rally monkey, hot dog, peanut and anthems provide historical perspective. The American spirit is captured through baseball, beating to the rhythm of the American culture, sometimes as its direction, but most times its reflection. The goodness of the game exists in both its players serving as role models for the youth, with the Yankee Clipper leading the charge, plus inducing positive progressive change highlighted by the 1947color barrier penetration by Jackie. Type and character makeup of leadership in America and baseball is positioned as integral to the cultural socialization process. Christian religious tenets previously employed in traditional America have been metaphorically Billy-Goated out of the field of play. An orchestrated reshaping from its Founding principles using education and media as hypnotic tools promoting secular-humanist ideals and values has fundamentally transformed America into a nation ripe for governance by the New World Order as One Global Family. The readers thought process is directed to answering the question as to what is the American way? The shear ugliness of baseball bore its soul to the American public during the Synthetic Era as characterized by serpentine-type Congressional hearings involving performance-enhancing-drug use. The author boldly declares America to be a nation on some sort of drug indifferent to toxic societal effects and meritocracy interference. Cultural issues including an intellectual history of PEDs, their affects on performance and leakage into the tributaries plus the evolution of the Promethean Project are well documented. Comparisons are made between the sins of Shoeless Joe and Charlie Hustle and the typical Synthetic Era ballplayer. Hazards of playing ball are probed by comparison to perceived dangers of hit-by-pitch and the Iraq War, shark attacks and automobile accidents. Political perspectives are injected into the read using metaphors, baseball-speak and satire.

Terra Cognita

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  • Publisher : Transaction Publishers
  • Book Code : 9781412835718
  • Total of Pages : 164
  • Category : History
  • Members : 344
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Most of us are fascinated by the conventional storybook account of Christopher Columbus'heroic discovery of America in 1492. Yet, should the credit for discovering America go to a man who insisted it was but a few islands off the shores of China? In Terra Cognita, Eviatar Zerubavel argues that physical encounters are only one part of the complex, multifaceted process of discovery. Such encounters must be complemented by an understanding of the true identity of what is being discovered. The small group of islands claimed by Columbus to have been discovered off the shores of Asia was a far cry from what we now call America. The discovery of the New World was not achieved in a single day but was a slow process--mental as well as physical--that lasted almost three hundred years. By celebrating 1492 as a year of discovery, we inevitably distort the reality of history. In vividly documenting how a slowly emerging New World gradually forced itself into Europe's consciousness, Zerubavel shows that Columbus did not discover America on October 12, 1492. Supplemented by fascinating old maps and a new preface written for this paperback edition, Terra Cognita will be of interest to historians, geographers, cognitive scientists, sociologists, and students of culture. Eviatar Zerubavel is professor of sociology at Rutgers University. He is also the author of Patterns of Time in Hospital Life, The Seven-Day Circle, Social Mindscapes, The Clockwork Muse, and Time Maps.

How Far is America from Here?

By International American Studies Association. World Congress
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  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Book Code : 9042017562
  • Total of Pages : 636
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 723
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How Far is America From Here? approaches American nations and cultures from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. It is very much at the heart of this comparative agenda that “America” be considered as a hemispheric and global matter. It discusses American identities relationally, whether the relations under discussion operate within the borders of the United States, throughout the Americas, and/or worldwide. The various articles here gathered interrogate the very notion of “America”: which, whose America, when, why now, how? What is meant by “far”—distance, discursive formations, ideals and ideologies, foundational narratives, political conformities, aberrations, inconsistencies? Where is here—positionality, geographies, spatial compressions, hegemonic and subaltern loci, disciplinary formations, reflexes and reflexivities? These questions are addressed with regard to the multiple Americas within the USA and the bi-continental western hemisphere, as part of and beyond inter-American cultural relations, ethnicities across the national and cultural plurality of America, mutual constructions of North and South, borderlands, issues of migration and diaspora. The larger contexts of globalization and America's role within this process are also discussed, alongside issues of geographical exploration, capital expansion, integration, transculturalism, transnationalism and global flows, pre-Columbian and contemporary Native American cultures, the Atlantic slave trade, the environmental crisis, U.S. literature in relation to Canadian or Latin American literature, religious conflict both within the Americas and between the Americas and the rest of the world, with such issues as American Zionism, American exceptionalism, and the discourse of/on terror and terrorism.

Is America Breaking Apart?

By John A. Hall,Charles Lindholm
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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Book Code : 140082284X
  • Total of Pages : 184
  • Category : Political Science
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Is the United States a nation of materialistic loners whose politics are dictated by ethnic, racial, religious, or sexual identities? This is what America has become in the eyes of many commentators. Americans seem to fear that their society is breaking apart, but how accurate is this portrayal and how justified is the fear? Introducing a balanced viewpoint into this intense debate, John Hall and Charles Lindholm demonstrate that such alarm is unfounded. Here they explore the institutional structures of American society, emphasizing its ability to accommodate difference and reduce conflict. The culture, too, comes under scrutiny: influenced by Calvinistic beliefs, Americans place faith in the individual but demand high moral commitment to the community. Broad in scope and ambition, this short book draws a realistic portrait of a society that is among the most powerful and stable in the world, yet is perennially shaken by self-doubt. Concern over the cohesiveness of American society, Hall and Lindholm argue, is actually a product of a shared cultural belief in human distinctiveness and equality. They find that this shared belief paradoxically leads Americans to exaggerated worries about disunity, since they are afraid that disagreements among co-equals will rend apart a fragile community based solely on consensus and caring. While there is little dissent among Americans over essential values, racism still abounds. Here the authors predict that the homogenizing force of economic participation might still be the key to mending the wounds of racial turmoil. By combining history, sociology, and anthropology, the authors cover a wide range of past and recent challenges to the stability of American society: from the history of unions to affirmative action, from McCarthyism to militant distrust of government, from early prejudice toward Irish and Italian immigrants to current treatment of African Americans. Hall and Lindholm do not skirt the internal contradictions and moral tensions of American society but nonetheless recognize the strength and promise of its institutions and culture. Their book is a vivid, sweeping response to the doomsayers in the reassessment of our society.

This is America?

By R. Monhollon
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1403982406
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 833
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Communities across America were thrown into upheaval during the 1960s, when thousands of young people began to publicly question the status quo, particularly in terms of race, youth, and gender. As grassroots social movements sprung up on college campuses (and often spread to surrounding towns) where participants debated race, the role of government, Vietnam, feminism, the Cold War, and other issues of the day, Americans that supported the status quo joined forces to oppose the activists and lend their own voices to the debate on the meaning of citizenship and patriotism. Monhollon uncovers the voices of ordinary people on all sides of the political spectrum in the university town of Lawrence, Kansas, and reveals how Americans from a range of ideological and political perspectives responded to and tried to resolve political and social conflict in the 1960s.

Her Name Is America

By Sabah Toma
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  • Publisher : WestBow Press
  • Book Code : 1512793256
  • Total of Pages : 346
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 580
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Opinions regarding immigration have been a vital part of the American conversation throughout our entire history. Perhaps never more so than now. Our country has reached a crossroads in this conversation, a time in which discussion ends and action begins. From the Puritans over three hundred years ago until this very day, America, more than any other nation in the world, has been defined by its immigrants. It can be fairly said America is not only a land of immigrants, America is her immigrants. Sabah Toma would become one of those countless millions searching for what Americans call a better life but what immigrants call life itself. Mr. Toma would discover America is not as he imagined: the warm, nurturing woman standing in the harbor, holding her lantern aloft for the world. He would learn she is a harsheven brutaltask mistress demanding everything he could possibly give, and more. Finally, he would learn he could never give her enough because she, in turn, would give him everything. Her Name Is America distills the vast complexity of our current social and political discourse into one single human face. In the face of Sabah Toma, we find hope, pain, loss, joy, and ultimately, perseverance. This is one immigrants storythe story of Sabah Toma.

Is America Falling Apart?

By Mahnaz B. Consolver
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  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Book Code : 1450232701
  • Total of Pages : 160
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 407
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Before Mahnaz Consolver came to the United States, she held some positive preconceived notions about the people and the lifestyles in the country. But what she found surprised her. In this memoir, Consolver shares her impressions, framed by her experiences as an immigrant, and provides ideas and solutions to maintain the United States status as the land of opportunity. In Is America Falling Apart?, Mahnaz discloses a wealth of observations and concludes with a list of lessons shes learned while living in the United States. From the moment she departed the airplane and entered the airport, Mahnazs life became a series of new and different experiences. She comments on everything American, including bathrooms, drug use, homelessness, media, television, video games, driving, wastefulness, sports, and even dogs. Through these observations, experienced by someone new to the country, Mahnaz hopes to wake up the American public and encourage them to get involved to solve the problems that threaten this land of glory.

Understanding America

By Peter H. Schuck,James Q. Wilson
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  • Publisher : PublicAffairs
  • Book Code : 0786745487
  • Total of Pages : 704
  • Category : History
  • Members : 381
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The idea of an exceptional America remains controversial. In this dazzlingly comprehensive collection of essays, some of the nation's best scholars and thinkers take on the weighty task of sizing up Goliath in a way Americans and others can comprehend. These twenty studies in American exceptionalism provide a solidly researched and in-depth analysis on the current state of our institutions, our values, and our challenges for the future.

Angels Too Want to Know : what is Man

By K. V. (Kenneth V.) Anglin
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  • Publisher : Trafford Publishing
  • Book Code : 1412068290
  • Total of Pages : 334
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