An energetic portrait of the Middle East during the time of Jesus draws on primary and scholarly sources to reveal everyday routines, customs and traditions that governed people, providing additional coverage of the politics of the Roman Empire and the birth of Christianity. By the author of The Faith Between Us.
An engaging portrait of life in America's growing number of gated retirement communities offers a firsthand analysis of a major trend in American society as growing numbers of baby boomers retire, examines the peculiarities of living in these senior utopias, and assesses the social, cultural, and family implications of this increasingly popular phenomenon.
The author of Mutual Contempt chronicles Franklin Roosevelt's battle with the Supreme Court, which culminated in him trying to suppress its conservative justices by expanding the size of the court, a attempt which failed and divided the Democratic party, yet still helped to save the New Deal.
Rose's remarkable account follows the journey of Robert Fortune, a Scottish gardener, who was deployed by the British East India Company to steal China's tea secrets in 1848. This thrilling narrative combines history, geography, and old-fashioned adventure.
Argues that the current promotion of unchecked capitalism and materialism is fundamentally flawed, and that the answer is social democracy, in which government has an increased role without threatening personal liberties.
Documents the author's experiences with adopting a Saint Bernard, his observations about how the multi-billion-dollar pet-care industry has grown, and what an increasing demand for luxury pet products reveals about America.
Draws on two national surveys on religion, as well as research conducted by congregations across the United States, to examine the profound impact that religion has had on American life and how religious attitudes have changed in recent decades.
The author of Where the Girls Are blends humor with insight in order to take readers on a journey through the negative female stereotypes that are on full display via television programs, popular songs, movies and news coverage, in a book that argues that these stereotypes give the false message that feminine power has been achieved.
Discusses the subversive perpetuation of inferiority among African Americans, explaning how history and popular culture promotes this myth, and calls for action within the black community to reject self-hatred and media distortions.
Traces the invention of the idea of a white race—often for economic, scientific and political ends—showing how the origins of the American identity in the 18th century were tied to the elevation of white skin as the embodiment of beauty, power and intelligence and how even intellectuals insisted that only Anglo Saxons were truly American.
Presents a history of the onset of the Vietnam War that documents the contributions of Senior General General Vo Nguyen Giap and the pivotal 1954 defeat of French forces that ended colonial rule in Indochina.