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Using a vast swath of data spanning the past six decades, Unequal Democracy debunks many myths about politics in contemporary America, using the widening gap between the rich and the poor to shed disturbing light on the workings of American democracy. Larry Bartels shows the gap between the rich and poor has increased greatly under Republican administrations and decreased slightly under Democrats, leaving America grossly unequal. This is not simply the result of economic forces, but the product of broad-reaching policy choices in a political system dominated by partisan ideologies and the interests of the wealthy. Bartels demonstrates that elected officials respond to the views of affluent constituents but ignore the views of poor people. He shows that Republican presidents in particular have consistently produced much less income growth for middle-class and working-poor families than for affluent families, greatly increasing inequality. He provides revealing case studies of key policy shifts contributing to inequality, including the massive Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 and the erosion of the minimum wage. Finally, he challenges conventional explanations for why many voters seem to vote against their own economic interests, contending that working-class voters have not been lured into the Republican camp by "values issues" like abortion and gay marriage, as commonly believed, but that Republican presidents have been remarkably successful in timing income growth to cater to short-sighted voters. Unequal Democracy is social science at its very best. It provides a deep and searching analysis of the political causes and consequences of America's growing income gap, and a sobering assessment of the capacity of the American political system to live up to its democratic ideals.
"Foster's pages sizzle. " --Christine Feehan "Say YES! to Lori Foster. " --Elizabeth LowellWho's Protecting Who?Eli Conners expected hired mercenary Ray Vereker to be a tank of a guy with forty tattoos--not the feminine ideal with lethal combat skills. While Eli certainly needs Ray's help, the rest of him is thinking he might have something to offer her. . . Ray's as good as any man when it comes to storming enemy compounds and loading an AK-47, but who could blame a girl for succumbing to mind-blowing temptation in the steamy jungle? But now it's back to business. If only Ray wasn't feeling hot, bothered, dizzy. . . Suddenly, Ray's precise, no-nonsense mission is veering wildly off course, derailed by raging hormones, out-of-control desire, and a delirious love that is completely unexpected. . . "Filled with Foster's trademark wit, humor, and sensuality. " --Booklist
After a mission takes a bad turn, Cassie ends up in the Australian Outback alone, with no one to help her, and no knowledge of terrain. Her only company is Visser Three.
Elena Nolan was deeply in love with her gorgeous husband. Elena discovered however -- only a week into their honeymoon -- that she was pregnant. Would their marriage survive. . . '
Since his parents' tragic deaths, little JT had been cared for by his maternal aunt, Dori Morales. His long-lost paternal uncle, Chase Garrett, wanted to be a positive influence in his life. And his paternal grandfather wanted him raised with everything wealth and privilege could buy. Caring for his nephew was Chase's way of making up for his fractured relationship with his brother-and a marriage of convenience to Dori just might prevent the nasty custody battle that loomed. . . .
After the disaster of his first marriage, Haydon Bowen has no intention of marrying again. Unfortunately, his brother has some intentions of his own, and plans to see to it that Haydon finds happiness once more. So he answers a "groom wanted" advertisement-in Haydon's name-and sends Haydon to meet his new bride at the stagecoach stop! For beautiful, cultured Rainelle Devonwood, any dangers she may face in the Idaho Territories are preferable to staying with her abusive brother. So even when Rainee learns she's a mistakenly ordered bride, she won't let Haydon drive her away. She's up to the challenge of life on the difficult, demanding frontier...and the greater challenge of opening Haydon's heart again.
A holiday to remember... Widower Carlos Chavez manages La Joya del Mayan, the most romantic resort in Mexico. On good days, the romance passes unnoticed; on dark days, it only reminds him of his loss. But the honeymoon suite's latest guest, Larissa Boyd, has rocked his steadfastness. Stunningly beautiful, she seems lost. And no wonder...she's on a honeymoon for one! The chemistry is instant-and their similarities run deep. Could it be that the two loneliest hearts on the island have found love...in the most unexpected of places?
Millionaire Kane Dennison's first mistake had been carrying an injured Willow Nelson inside his home, which, as a rule, was off-limits. Of course, she'd needed his help, but his one kind gesture had her believing he was a nice man. He wasn't. His second mistake had been surrendering to passion after warning Willow to run away. Because a woman like her deserved better than a one-night stand. She believed in soul mates. He trusted no one-needed no one. And not even Willow was going to change him!
He Could Never Love AgainOf that, Matthias Barrington was certain, despite the well-intentioned meddling of his neighbors. But now they'd sent him a special delivery in the form of the very comely Miss Abigail Smyth, who'd stepped off the stagecoach and announced that he needed a wife-and she was just the woman!Mail-order bride Abby Smyth just wanted a place to belong-preferably at rancher Matthias Barrington's side, making a home for his motherless boys. Ever practical, she knew love wasn't necessary, really. Yet the more she learned of this decent, honorable man, the more she knew the only place she wanted was one securely in his heart!
When it comes to Rachel Lansing, C.O.O. Maxwell Case makes an exception to his take-no-prisoners approach. He'll hold this beauty hostage as his assistant and settle old scores from their brief affair five years ago. The pleasure will be all his.Rachel smells blackmail. But with her ex-husband extorting big money from her, she needs Max as a client to keep her employment agency alive. So she hunkers down as his secretary. Soon their reignited passion burns away the clouds of mystery surrounding her past. Will their intimacy survive her secrets this time?
Janet March had a picture-perfect life-until she disappeared... No body, no cause of death, no physical evidence-and yet, after ten years, a murder conviction... <P> Janet March, the strikingly attractive artist and wife of corporate lawyer Perry March, had it all: two children she adored, a burgeoning career in the arts, supportive parents, and a dream house. What no one knew was that her husband led a destructive double life of secrets and lies. On August 16, 1996, Janet would finally file for divorce. But she never made it to that appointment-because on August 15, she vanished... <P> Janet's disappearance incited a massive search and media frenzy, revealing Perry's true nature to the world. For ten years, her parents and Perry battled each other through the court system in what would become and international custody battle. Meanwhile, the Nashville Police Department investigated the case from every possible angle, with the eventual help of a shocking surprise witness. Though they couldn't find the body, determine the cause of death, or even reconstruct exactly what happened that fateful night, her parents and Nashville's first Cold Case Squad remained certain of one thing-they would find justice for Janet.
For fans of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Girl, Interrupted, and A.S. King, National Book Award-finalist Adele Griffin tells the fully illustrated story of a brilliant young artist, her mysterious death, and the fandom that won't let her go.From the moment she stepped foot in NYC, Addison Stone's subversive street art made her someone to watch, and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more. I conducted interviews with those who knew her best--including close friends, family, teachers, mentors, art dealers, boyfriends, and critics--and retraced the tumultuous path of Addison's life. I hope I can shed new light on what really happened the night of July 28.--Adele GriffinFrom the Hardcover edition.
Unfolding is a book women want to share with each other - mothers, daughters, sisters and friends - because it reflects and leads back to their own wise self. Unfolding speaks to a woman's heart not her intellect. Some books are about information. For example, they tell you how far it is to the moon and the circumference of it. Some books are how to books. They tell you how to reach the moon. Metaphorically speaking, Unfolding is about falling in love with the moon. It speaks directly to your experience bringing you into the moment rather than telling you "how to do it," it takes you there.
Set in a multiethnic neighborhood in Chicago is the compelling story of a woman who discovers the reality of God's unfailing grace even in pain and disappointment. PERHAPS IT'S YOUR STORY, TOO Annie Hamilton collects things. Odds and ends, really. And in the small apartment above the Laundromat she owns, she pieces her found objects into art. But there's one thing Annie cannot piece into a pattern: her rootless young neighbor, Taylor Evans. Annie befriends the girl, offering her stability and acceptance. And when Taylor abandons her newborn son, Annie decides to raise him as her own-even though it means losing the only man who's ever cared about her. One year later, Taylor returns to claim her child. Devastated, Annie searches for answers-and finds them in the most unlikely places.
Passionate reunions rule in these two fan-favorite stories from New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks!Enticed by His Forgotten LoverBryony Morgan fell hard for hotelier Rafael de Luca. But once he got her beachfront property, he disappeared. Now she's pregnant and in New York wanting answers. That may have to wait, because Rafael has selective amnesia following a crash. Maybe they need to return to the island where they met and relive their unforgettable nights.Wanted by Her Lost LoveDespite his fiancée's betrayal, developer Ryan Beardsley provided for Kelly Christian when he sent her packing. So he's livid to find her working in a diner, desperate and pregnant. Regardless of whether the baby is his, he demands that she return to New York with him. For the baby's sake. Or maybe because the woman's as irresistible as ever...
Orphaned at a tender age, sassy, street-wise Ally Mills fought her way to the dusty plains of Oklahoma. No one was going to keep her from her dreams of independence, not even tall, rugged Ethan Temple The Cheyenne half-breed who stirred feelings deep inside her, tempting Ally to surrender to his strong embrace. Was Ethan a man she could trust, willing to cherish her without taming her or trying to conquer her wild heart?
Grace Hall is a society beauty surrounded by glamour, privilege and wealth - but her fortune has made her a glittering target. One by one, Manhattan's most influential women are being murdered, and Grace is on the killer's hit list. In order to protect herself, she demands the best in bodyguards - and gets so much more than she expects. John Smith is a hard-hearted security specialist who is as dedicated to his work as he is deadly. Moving into Grace's luxury penthouse is the last thing he wants, but saying no to her is something he can't seem to do. As he lays down the rules for his new client, sparks ignite between them - as does an incendiary desire. With Grace in his arms, John finds himself letting down his own defenses to meet the terms of an intimate and unforgettable new assignment. As the warm nights grow hot and the canny killer closes in, Grace and Smith face a crucial choice: follow the rules or follow their hearts.
TRACING KILLERS IS MIA VOSS'S BUSINESS. AND HER WORK JUST GOT PERSONAL. At first, Mia Voss thinks it's just bad luck when her already lousy day ends with a carjacking, but what seems like a random incident is followed by another sinister episode. A DNA expert, Mia has made it her mission to put away vicious criminals. Suddenly, she's become the target of one. And the only way to protect the people she loves most is to deliberately destroy her reputation and risk letting a killer walk free. Once, Mia trusted Detective Ric Santos, but that was before Ric let his turbulent past ruin his chances with Mia, the sexiest, most intriguing woman he's ever met. But he can tell when she's lying--and when she's scared. The key to catching a sadistic madman lies within a long-buried cold case that has haunted Mia for years. Only she can uncover the truth, but first, Ric will have to get her to entrust him with her secrets . . . and her life.
Kidnapping, family secrets, and adventure on the high seas--perfect for middle grade fans of historical fiction!What does it mean to be lucky? Luc doesn't really know. He was born with just one ear, his father constantly berates him, and his younger brother is already bigger and stronger than he is. But when he is chosen to become an apprentice to a local fisherman, his life takes a turn for the better. Luc is a natural at sea, and before long he and a teenaged girl who lives with the fisherman form a strong bond. That bond is tested when Luc is taken captive by a band of merciless pirates, and sold into slavery. Moving from 1485 to 1500, from France to Africa, from humble beginnings to a noble future, this historical fiction adventure will leave readers pondering the true meaning of good fortune. .
Obscene, belligerent, obsessive, and brilliant, the infamous and outrageous Madalyn Murray O'Hair succeeded in becoming "America's Most Hated Woman." Now award-winning journalist Ted Dracos reveals the incredible true story of the life and murder of the woman who changed the religious habits of an entire nation. As the woman who won a longshot, landmark Supreme Court case to ban prayer in public schools -- and also the millionaire murdered for her ill-gained money -- Madalyn Murray O'Hair was one of the most powerful personalities of the twentieth century. Investigative reporter Ted Dracos presents an amazing account of O'Hair's life -- a story that is rare in the annals of crime and is truly stranger than fiction. With impeccable research based on thousands of pages of court records, nearly one hundred interviews in fourteen states, and never-before-released documents UnGodly traces the self-anointed atheist high priestess from her public skirmishes with the law through her remarkable legal maneuverings and her schemes to siphon off enormous sums of money from the foundations she created. O'Hair's private life proves as bizarre as her public life. UnGodly also explains for the first time the full story of the kidnapping and murder of O'Hair, her son, and granddaughter -- a grisly multiple murder masterminded by a genius ex-con who hoped to pocket nearly a million dollars worth of loot in a pitiless and cunning plot. Fearless, combative, and domineering, O'Hair led one of the most unforgettable -- and almost unbelievable -- lives in American history. UnGodly -- a seamless blend of biography and murder mystery -- is a chilling portrait of a fascinating, complex woman whose life finally became a living hell.
The Unhappy Lawyer will help you uncover exciting alternative careers with a unique step-by-step program that will make you feel like you have your very own career coach. With chapters containing real letters from lawyers who are desperate to leave the practice of law, tales from lawyers who have shut the door on their legal careers, and powerful exercises, The Unhappy Lawyer provides a witty, no-nonsense roadmap for finding and pursuing engaging work outside of the law.
This is both the story of how one brave woman chose to take on the government agencies that allow chemicals in the nation's food supply and a call to action to help keep families safe. Recipes throughout.
In this stirring and beautifully written wake-up call, psychiatrist Daniel Carlat exposes deeply disturbing problems plaguing his profession, revealing the ways it has abandoned its essential purpose: to understand the mind, so that psychiatrists can heal mental illness and not just treat symptoms. As he did in his hard-hitting and widely read New York Times Magazine article "Dr. Drug Rep," and as he continues to do in his popular watchdog newsletter, The Carlat Psychiatry Report, he writes with bracing honesty about how psychiatry has so largely forsaken the practice of talk therapy for the seductive and more lucrative practice of simply prescribing drugs, with a host of deeply troubling consequences. Psychiatrists have settled for treating symptoms rather than causes, embracing the apparent medical rigor of DSM diagnoses and prescription in place of learning the more challenging craft of therapeutic counseling, gaining only limited understanding of their patients lives. Talk therapy takes time, whereas the fifteen-minute "med check" allows for more patients and more insurance company reimbursement. Yet DSM diagnoses, he shows, are premised on a good deal less science than we would think. Writing from an insider's perspective, with refreshing forthrightness about his own daily struggles as a practitioner, Dr. Carlat shares a wealth of stories from his own practice and those of others that demonstrate the glaring shortcomings of the standard fifteen-minute patient visit. He also reveals the dangers of rampant diagnoses of bipolar disorder, ADHD, and other "popular" psychiatric disorders, and exposes the risks of the cocktails of medications so many patients are put on. Especially disturbing are the terrible consequences of over-prescription of drugs to children of ever younger ages. Taking us on a tour of the world of pharmaceutical marketing, he also reveals the inner workings of collusion between psychiatrists and drug companies. Concluding with a road map for exactly how the profession should be reformed, Unhinged is vital reading for all those in treatment or considering it, as well as a stirring call to action for the large community of psychiatrists themselves. As physicians and drug companies continue to work together in disquieting and harmful ways, and as diagnoses and misdiagnoses of mental disorders skyrocket, it's essential that Dr. Carlat's bold call for reform is heeded.
JOHN "KIT" McKITTREDGE is a young Union officer from Maine who is terribly wounded in one of the first battles of the Civil War. Still unfit for active duty after nine months in the hospital, he is recruited by an unorthodox colonel named Valentine Burdette to work in the Provost Marshal General's Department in Washington. The beleaguered capital, now swollen to seven times its prewar population, is filled with saloons, brothels, spies, thieves, and murderers. It is also rife with official corruption and political intrigue. While investigating what appears to be a routine case of military procurement fraud, Kit becomes embroiled in the murder of a beautiful young woman who has had the misfortune to attend the birthday party of Union General Joseph Hooker, the notorious and charming libertine. The investigation leads Kit through a series of harrowing adventures--both on the battlefield and in the capital's darkest dens of depravity--until he and Val Burdette must confront a vast criminal conspiracy that threatens both their own lives as well as the fate of the Republic.
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