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High Wire $ The Precarious Financial Lives of American Families

by Peter Gosselin

The U. S. economy is wrapping up twenty-five years of some of the strongest, smoothest growth in its history-a performance so sweet economists have given it a name: "the Great Moderation. " So why have so many of us, even those making hundreds of thousands of dollars, arrived at the new century with a gnawing sense that events are moving against our families and ourselves? The easy answer is that we're suffering a case of needless anxiety. But the easy answer is wrong. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of Americans and new statistics he developed, Peter Gosselin traces a quarter-century shift of economic risk from the broad shoulders of business and government to the backs of working people. It is a shift that has shaken the pillars of most families' lives-stable jobs, solid benefits, government protections. The change doesn't mean one can't prosper. But it does mean the benefits of growth come at greater peril and your financial fall will be steeper if you stumble. This threat to working Americans' security-and what to do about it-is a pressing concern to economists, policy-makers, and everyone who works for a living.

The Ego Tunnel

by Thomas Metzinger

We're used to thinking about the self as an independent entity, something that we either have or are. InThe Ego Tunnel, philosopher Thomas Metzinger claims otherwise: No such thing as aselfexists. The conscious self is the content of a model created by our brain-an internal image, but one we cannot experienceasan image. Everything we experience is "a virtual self in a virtual reality. " But if the self is not "real," why and how did it evolve? How does the brain construct it? Do we still have souls, free will, personal autonomy, or moral accountability? In a time when the science of cognition is becoming as controversial as evolution,The Ego Tunnelprovides a stunningly original take on the mystery of the mind.

Beware of Small States

by David Hirst

Lebanon, a country no bigger than Connecticut, has become a battleground for the political, strategic and ideological conflicts of its neighbors and the great powers. It has come to reflect the broad historical experiences of the modern Middle East. Beware of Small Statesis an elegant and incisive history of Lebanon culminating with the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah and its aftermath. David Hirst-a former Middle East correspondent forThe Guardian, whose tough, skeptical voice has earned him death threats and seen him banned from six Arab countries-crafts a narrative that is essential for anyone wishing to understand the current political climate of the Middle East.

The Economic Naturalist's Guide to Washington,

by Robert H. Frank

Ask a dozen talking heads about the course of action we should take to right the economy and you'll get thirteen different answers. But what if we possessed a handful of basic principles that could guide our decisions-both the personal ones about how to save and spend but also those national ones that have been capturing the headlines? Robert H. Frank has been illustrating these principles longer and more clearly than anyone else. InThe Economic Naturalist's Field Guide, he reveals how they play out in Washington, on Wall Street, and in our own lives, covering everything from healthcare to tax policy to everyday decisions about what we do with our money. In today's uncertain economic climate,The Economic Naturalist's Field Guide's insights have more bearing than ever on our pocketbooks, policies, and personal happiness.

Big Career in the Big City

by Vicki Salemi

This one-of-a-kind guide deals with the logistics of moving to a new city; reveals how to cope with unfamiliar and sometimes stressful living arrangements; and offers suggestions on how to stick to a budget and stretch the almighty dollar.

50 Best College Majors for a Secure Future

by Laurence Shatkin Editors at JIST

Readers explore 40 lists that rank secure majors with jobs that pay the most, are growing quickly, have many openings, suit various interests and personality types, and more

300 Best Jobs Without a Four-Year Degree

by Michael Farr Laurence Shatkin

With this extensive reference, readers will discover 300 jobs with the best pay, fastest growth, and most openings--no bachelor's degree required.

30-Minute Resume Makeover

by Louise Kursmark

Professional resume writer Louise Kursmark shows you how to add your newest job and accomplishments, make the formatting sparkle, emphasize your accomplishments, convert your resume for use on the Internet, communicate your personal brand, and much more.

250 Best-Paying Jobs

by Michael Farr Laurence Shatkin

Discover the jobs in which almost everyone is well-paid; metropolitan areas and industries that pay more than $100,000 for certain jobs; and jobs in which there is little or no pay gap between men and women!

2011 Career Plan

by Laurence Shatkin

Shows people how to position their career for great rewards as the nation rebounds from recession.

200 Best Jobs for College Graduates

by Michael Farr Laurence Shatkin

Discover the 200 jobs with the best pay, fastest growth, and most openings for people with associate's, bachelor's, and higher degrees.

200 Best Jobs Through Apprenticeships

by Michael Farr Laurence Shatkin

This book opens your eyes to the many career possibilities through apprenticeships and includes more than 60 "best jobs" lists and detailed descriptions of the 200 best apprenticeable jobs. The best apprenticeable jobs lists are organized by pay, growth through 2016, openings, 16 career clusters/interest areas

150 Best Recession-Proof Jobs

by Laurence Shatkin Editors at JIST

The detailed job descriptions give helpful facts on pay, growth, openings, tasks, skills needed, education and training required, work environment, job security, highest- and lowest-growth industries for the job, and fastest-growing metropolitan areas for the job.

Advice to War Presidents

by Angelo Codevilla

"War presidents" are hardly exceptional in modern American history. To a greater or lesser extent, every president since Wilson has been a War President. Each has committed our country to the pursuit of peace, yet involved us in a seemingly endless series of wars-conflicts that the American foreign policy establishment has generally made worse. The chief reason, argues Angelo Codevilla in Advice to War Presidents, is that America's leaders have habitually imagined the world as they wished it to be rather than as it is: They acted under the assumptions that war is not a normal tool of statecraft but a curable disease, and that all the world's peoples wish to live as Americans do. As a result, our leaders have committed America to the grandest of ends while constantly subverting their own goals. Employing many negative examples from the Bush II administration but also ranging widely over the last century, Advice to War Presidents offers a primer on the unchanging principles of foreign policy. Codevilla explains the essentials-focusing on realities such as diplomacy, alliances, war, economic statecraft, intelligence, and prestige, rather than on meaningless phrases like "international community," "peacekeeping" and "collective security. " Not a realist, neoconservative, or a liberal internationalist, Codevilla follows an older tradition: that of historians like Thucydides, Herodotus, and Winston Churchill-writers who analyzed international affairs without imposing false categories. Advice to War Presidents is an effort to talk our future presidents down from their rhetorical highs and get them to practice statecraft rather than wishful thinking, lest they give us further violence.

The White War

by Mark Thompson

Oxford-based social scientist and military historian Thompson describes what he calls the most savage fighting of the Great War, along the front where Italy attacked the Austro-Hungarian Empire and a million men died in battle, of wounds or diseases, or as prisoners. It was called white because of the mountains: bare rock either blaring in the summer sun or covered with winter snow. His topics include a mania for expansion, Cadorna's clenched fist, from position to attrition, year zero, the return blow, starlight from violence, whiteness, the gospel of energy, the traitor of Carzano, and from victory to disaster. First published in hardback in 2009. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

American Babylon

by Richard John Neuhaus

Christians are by their nature a people out of place. Their true home is with God; in civic life, they are alien citizens "in but not of the world. " InAmerican Babylon, eminent theologian Richard John Neuhaus examines the particular truth of that ambiguity for Catholics in America today. Neuhaus addresses the essential quandaries of Catholic life-assessing how Catholics can keep their heads above water in the sea of immorality that confronts them in the world, how they can be patriotic even though their true country is not in this world, and how they might reconcile their duties as citizens with their commitment to God. Deeply learned, frequently combative, and always eloquent,American Babylonis Neuhaus'smagnum opus-and will be essential reading for all Christians.

Finding Our Tongues

by Dean Falk

Scientists have long theorized that abstract, symbolic thinking evolved to help humans negotiate such classically male activities as hunting, tool making, and warfare, and eventually developed into spoken language. In Finding Our Tongues, Dean Falk overturns this established idea, offering a daring new theory that springs from a simple observation: parents all over the world, in all cultures, talk to infants by using baby talk or "Motherese. " Falk shows how Motherese developed as a way of reassuring babies when mothers had to put them down in order to do work. The melodic vocalizations of early Motherese not only provided the basis of language but also contributed to the growth of music and art. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with classic anthropology, Falk offers a potent challenge to conventional wisdom about the emergence of human language.

The Man Who Sold the World

by William Kleinknecht

Since Ronald Reagan left office-and particularly after his death-his shadow has loomed large over American politics: Republicans and many Democrats have waxed nostalgic, extolling the Republican tradition he embodied, the optimism he espoused, and his abilities as a communicator. This carefully calibrated image is complete fiction, argues award-winning journalist William Kleinknecht. The Reagan presidency was epoch shattering, but not-as his propagandists would have it-because it invigorated private enterprise or made America feel strong again. His real legacy was the dismantling of an eight-decade period of reform in which working people were given an unprecedented sway over our politics, our economy, and our culture. Reagan halted this almost overnight. In the tradition of Thomas Frank's What's the Matter with Kansas?, Kleinknecht explores middle America-starting with Reagan's hometown of Dixon, Illinois-and shows that as the Reagan legend grows, his true legacy continues to decimate middle America.

The Public Policy Theory Primer

by Kevin B. Smith Christopher W. Larimer

This textbook for public policy students explains the fundamental concepts behind this emerging discipline, providing an integrated view of a field that is often marked by strong differences toward epistemology, methodologies and theories. Smith (political science, U. of Nebraska, Lincoln) and Larimer (political science, U. of Northern Iowa) approach this subject matter with the intent to clarify a "confusing and cumbersome" field, and they define the key issues of public policy such as its relationship with politics, the tools used to assess policy impact and how to implement these policies in the most effective manner. The introduction of scientific processes into the study of public policy is also reviewed. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

The Man Who Pushed America to War

by Aram Roston

This is the true story of Ahmad Chalabi, fraudster, statesman, banker, math whiz and aesthete, whose legendary charisma and charm - and almost hypnotic powers of persuasion - helped propel the United States to war in Iraq. This extraordinary investigative biography - written by an Emmy Award-winning journalist who works for NBC's Investigative Unit - exposes massive white-collar mischief, sophisticated international espionage operations, and political intrigue spanning the globe from Tehran to Texas. Chalabi was a shrewd Iraqi Arab from a family of Shiite bankers. Aram Roston tracked down forgotten Chalabi business partners and friends and dug through the records from courthouses around the world. The book reveals how this convicted felon, fugitive from justice in Jordan, and ally of the Iranian government managed to charm and influence the top leaders fo the United States, including US senators like John McCain. The book has the inside story of Chalabi's pre-war propaganda operations the exclusive details of Chalabi's financial dealings and political access.

The Bloody White Baron

by Palmer

Palmer introduces readers to a little known, and very bizarre, episode of post-Revolutionary Russia and to its main actor, the anti-Semitic and genocidal Baron Ungern-Sternberg. One of the leaders of the anti-Bolshevik forces in Siberia, Ungern-Sternberg and his army were pushed by the Bolsheviks into Mongolia, which had recently broken free from China. Conquering the country with cavalry--the last person in history to do such a thing--Ungern-Sternberg established a medieval-style dictatorship, murdering Jews and political opponents in a pogrom that foretold later atrocities by the Nazis. Writing in a popular style, Palmer vividly conveys the details of Ungern-Sternberg's rise to power and his eventual dispatch at the hands of victorious Soviet forces. This is a paperback reprint of a book published in cloth in 2009. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina

by Robert Bullard

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans leaving death and destruction across the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama Gulf Coast counties. The lethargic and inept emergency response that followed exposed institutional flaws, poor planning, and false assumptions that are built into the emergency response and homeland security plans and programs. Questions linger: What went wrong? Can it happen again? Is our government equipped to plan for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from natural and manmade disasters? Can the public trust government response to be fair? Does race matter? Racial disparities exist in disaster response, cleanup, rebuilding, reconstruction, and recovery. Race plays out in natural disaster survivors' ability to rebuild, replace infrastructure, obtain loans, and locate temporary and permanent housing. Generally, low-income and people of color disaster victims spend more time in temporary housing, shelters, trailers, mobile homes, and hotels-and are more vulnerable to permanent displacement. Some "temporary" homes have not proved to be that temporary. In exploring the geography of vulnerability, this book asks why some communities get left behind economically, spatially, and physicallybeforeandafterdisasters strike.

150 Best Jobs for Your Skills

by Michael Farr Laurence Shatkin

This ground-breaking book offers an efficient, to-the-point format that helps job seekers and students discover the best jobs for their skills in just three simple steps. A self-assessment helps readers discover their top three career skills, then matches them to 50 best jobs for each skill.

100 Fastest-Growing Careers

by Michael Farr

An extensive volume that provides information about pay, outlook, education, and skills needed to obtain some of the most promising jobs in the world of work.

10 Best College Majors for Your Personality

by Laurence Shatkin

By choosing a major that fits their personality, college students may improve their career certainty, graduation rates, and even school involvement and satisfaction, according to research. With this best-selling book, students discover their personality type and the 10 best majors that relate to it.

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