In Lost at Sea, Jon Ronson — whom Daily Show host Jon Stewart once described as "an investigative satirist" — profiles such eccentricities of contemporary culture as indigo children, fans of Insane Clown Posse and practitioners of assisted suicide.
A dual portrait of the powerful Cold War Secretary of State and his equally influential brother, the director of the CIA, this book places their lives and accomplishments against the history of their time to offer insight into how they shaped modern beliefs and America's international role.
Documents how public service advertising campaigns became a society-changing part of American culture, tracing the Ad Council's origins as a World War II propaganda engine before progressing to issue-related campaigns featuring such icons as Smokey Bear and Rosie the Riveter.
A former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education presents a look at American public schools to argue that the system is still functioning and is being unduly compromised by the rising privatization movement.
An account of the career of New York's one hundred sixth mayor is set against a backdrop of rising Harlem influence and discusses such topics as his humble origins as the son of a barber, the contributions of black leaders, and his perspectives as New York's first black mayor.
Jesmyn Ward recounts the loss of five young men in the author's life to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the misfortune that can follow those who live in poverty, sharing her experiences of living through the dying as she searches through answers in her community.
In 1961, Webster's Third New International Dictionary was published. It would eventually come to be known as "Webster's Third" — not only a source for definitions but also an entirely new, and controversial, way of looking at language. David Skinner tells the story of the people who made the dictionary, those who denounced it and the forces that shaped it, illuminating this early episode in a culture war that continues today.
A behind-the-scenes history of the Food Network, published to coincide with its 20th anniversary, draws on inside access and interviews with hundreds of leading contributors to trace its rise from a tiny startup to a billion-dollar media and cultural juggernaut.
A multigenerational memoir by a food writer captures the flavors of the mid-20th-century Soviet experience, tracing her upbringing by an anti-Soviet mother, her witness to the political events that led to the empire's collapse and the parallel food universes of her life that evinced both simple and sumptuous fare.
This account of one of the most notorious criminals in American history puts Charles Manson in the context of his times, the turbulent end of the '60s. What is revealed is a rock star wannabe whose killings were directly related to his musical ambitions.
An African-American historian of race in America exposes the uncomfortable truths about race, slavery and the American academy, revealing that our leading universities, dependent on human bondage, became breeding grounds for the racist ideas that sustained it.
Beyond what most people think about archaeology—with its cleanly numbered dates, and discoveries—lies a vibrant and controversial realm of scientists, thieves, and contested land claims. Here, naturalist and adventurer Childs explores the field's transgressions against the cultures it tries to preserve, and pauses to ask: To whom does the past belong? Written in his trademark lyrical style, this book carries readers directly into his adventures and discoveries, lifting the curtain on the ethical dilemmas and dark side of archaeology. It is a book about man and nature, remnants and memory, a dashing tale of crime and detection—in other words, a ghost story.—From publisher description.