A cross-section of Americans—from an embittered Miss America to Arnold Schwarzenegger, from Jesse Helms to a KKK member, from businessmen and Brahmins to activists and immigrants—speak of their hopes, expectations, and disappointments
An award-winning journalist offers a revealing study of the crisis confronting professional journalism in an era of rapid technological innovation and change, explaining why a decline in journalistic professionalism prompted by the economic challenge of new media could have serious repercussions for democracy as a whole.
A cultural exploration of vampire lore and the lifestyles it has inspired in the modern world recounts the author's visits to convergence sites in New York clubs, darkened parks, and chain restaurants.
Illuminating the complexity and implications of the AIDS crisis in the developing world, sixteen noted writers shed new light on the problem in India in a collection of essays by Kiran Desai, Salman Rushdie, William Dalrymple, Vikram Seth, Nalini Jones, Amit Chaudhuri, and others. Original. 17,500 first printing.
The author of Losing the Race presents a tribute to the artistry and craftsmanship of hip-hop music while urging readers to recognize the genre as a violence-laced art form rather than a true reflection of black society, cautioning its fans against drawing on hip-hop as a positive or healthy source of political legitimacy. 20,000 first printing.
Argues for a renewed commitment to achievement and integration in order to address critical issues facing the African-American community, including poverty, drug abuse, gang violence, and educational underachievement.
An Iranian-American journalist chronicles the experiences of the disenfranchised, ordinary people of Iraq in a study that brings to life the very people whose goodwill the U.S. depended on for a successful operation.
A recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor looks back on his own military service, including the events in Vietnam that led to his award, describes the personal code of honor with which he has lived his life, and offers a candid assessment of the current global situation, military service, and the nature and necessity of sacrifice.
Traces the story of a slave known only as Dave, formerly owned by the author's ancestors, who became a singular pottery artist of the nineteenth century, in an account that describes Dave's bold decision to reveal his literacy by signing and inscribing poetry on many of his works. 17,000 first printing.
What should we have for dinner? When you can eat just about anything nature (or the supermarket) has to offer, deciding what you should eat will inevitably stir anxiety, especially when some of the foods might shorten your life. Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from a national eating disorder.
The author of Mothers of Invention assesses the devastating impact of the enormous carnage of the Civil War on every aspect of American life from a material, political, intellectual, cultural, social, and spiritual perspective, from the logistical challenges of burying the battlefield dead to the evolution of a federal system of national cemeteries. 35,000 first printing.
An entertaining selection of essays by the popular humorist, the first in more than a decade, reassesses the diverse conflicts between the North and the South, ranging from musical taste, religion, and eating habits to theories of education, sports, politics, child-rearing, and race. Reprint.
A history of the Reconstruction era viewed from the perspective of America's first black members of Congress examines their key role in promoting such reforms as public education for all children, equal rights, and protection from Klan violence.
Surveys eighty years of American history to illuminate how efforts to balance economic inequality have been set back since the 1970s, in an analysis that cites the challenges being faced by the middle class and calls for new perspectives on American social policy.
The personal story of Tony Blair's wife describes the abandonment of her actor father, the obstacles she overcame to become a successful barrister, and the unique challenges of being married to a prime minister while maintaining a young family and a serious career.