Super Casino: Inside the "New" Las Vegas

By Pete Earley

During this energetic and probing ebook, award-winning writer Pete Earley strains the extreme evolution of Las Vegas -- from the gaudy Mecca of the Rat Pack period to 1 of the country's most sensible relations holiday spots. He revisits the city's checkered historical past of moguls, mobsters, and entertainers, unearths the genuine tales of recognized strength agents like Steve Wynn and legends like Howard Hughes and Bugsy Siegel, and gives a desirable portrait of the existence, demise, and tremendous rebirth of the Las Vegas Strip.

Earley additionally files the gripping story of the marketers in the back of the increase and fall and upward push back of 1 of the most important gaming firms within the kingdom, Circus Circus -- to which he was once given special entry. In his trademark you-are-there sort, he is taking us behind the curtain to fulfill the blackjack buyers and hookers, the heavy hitters and bit avid gamers, the protection officials, cabbies, and showgirls who're stuck up within the mercurial velocity that pulses on the center of this fantastic urban.

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Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character

By Jack Hitt

WHAT IS IT THAT DRIVES THE good fortune OF the US AND THE id OF ITS humans? ACCLAIMED author AND CONTRIBUTING EDITOR TO THIS AMERICAN LIFE JACK HITT THINKS IT’S simply because WE’RE ALL a host OF AMATEURS.

America’s self-invented tinkerers are again at it of their metaphorical garages—fiddling with every little thing from solar-powered automobiles to area elevators. In Bunch of Amateurs, Jack Hitt visits a few diversified garages and has written a desirable publication that appears at America’s present batch of amateurs and their targets. From a tattooed younger girl within the Bay quarter attempting to splice a fish’s glow-in-the-dark gene into universal yogurt (all performed in her kitchen utilizing salad spinners)
to an area enthusiast near to constructing the following iteration of telescopes from his cellular domestic, Hitt not just tells the tales of individuals within the grip of a fondness yet argues that America’s background is certain up in a cycle of beginner surges.

Beginning with Ben Franklin’s kite and best all of the method to the present television hit American Idol, Hitt argues that the nation’s
love of self-invented obsessives has consistently pushed the rustic to rediscover the genuine center of the yank dream. novice targets are usually lamented as a global that simply handed till a Sergey Brin or Mark Zuckerberg steps out of his storage (or dorm room) with the infrequent yet an important good fortune tale. In Bunch of Amateurs, Hitt argues that the United States is now poised to pioneer at one other frontier that might lead, yet another time, to the latest model of the yank dream.

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The Thirteenth Turn: A History of the Noose

By Jack Shuler

The tale of a rope, a logo, and tough justice in America.

The hangman’s knot is a straightforward factor to tie, only a rope rigorously coiled round itself as much as 13 instances. yet in these 13 turns lie a strong image, person who is all too deeply hooked up to America’s past—and present.
The final guy to be hanged within the usa was once Billy Bailey, who used to be performed in Delaware in 1996 for committing a double homicide. Even at the present time, striking continues to be criminal, in sure occasions, in New Hampshire and Washington. And the noose is still a effective cultural image. An incident in Jena, Louisiana, in 2006, within which nooses have been used to risk black scholars, made nationwide information. but little has replaced: in keeping with writer Jack Shuler, there were approximately a hundred “noose incidents” simply within the final years.

The 13th Turn unravels those tales, from Judas Iscariot, probably the main notorious hanged guy, to the killing of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, the murderers on the center of Truman Capote’s In chilly Blood, and past. In his travels throughout the USA, Shuler lines the evolution of this darkish perform. As he investigates the loss of life of John Brown, or the 1930 lynching that encouraged the tune “Strange Fruit,” he unearths that the very areas that perpetrated those acts now search to put out of your mind them.

Shuler’s account is one of those shadow background of the US: a reminder that vigilantes and hangmen play a vital function in our nationwide tale. The 13th flip is a brave and looking publication that reminds us the place we come from, and what's misplaced if we forget.

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Engaging the Past: Mass Culture and the Production of Historical Knowledge

By Alison Landsberg

Reading movies, tv dramas, fact indicates, and digital shows, between different well known texts, Engaging the Past examines the making and that means of background for daily audience. modern media can motivate complicated interactions with the previous that experience far-reaching outcomes for heritage and politics. audience adventure those representations in my view, cognitively, and physically, yet, as this e-book unearths, not only via deciding on with the characters portrayed.

Some of the works thought of during this quantity contain the flicks Hotel Rwanda (2004), Good evening and sturdy Luck (2005), and Milk (2008); the tv dramas Deadwood, Mad Men, and Rome; the truth indicates Frontier House, Colonial House, and Texas Ranch House; and the key Annex on-line, accessed during the Anne Frank apartment web site, and the Kristallnacht show, accessed during the Unites States Holocaust Museum web site. those mass cultural texts domesticate what Alison Landsberg calls an "affective engagement" with the earlier, tying the viewer to an occasion or individual and fostering a feeling of intimacy that does greater than delivery the viewer again in time. impact, she indicates, may also paintings to disorient the viewer, forcibly pushing her or him out of the narrative and again into his or her personal physique. by means of interpreting those particular renowned historical past codecs, Landsberg exhibits the original means they galvanize ancient pondering and bring old wisdom, prompting a reconsideration of what constitutes background and an figuring out of the way historical past works within the modern mediated public sphere.

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Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales

By Jack Zipes

This revised, elevated, and up to date variation of the 1979 landmark Breaking the Magic Spell examines the long-lasting strength of fairy stories and the methods they invade our subjective international. In seven provocative essays, Zipes discusses the significance of investigating oral people stories of their socio-political context and lines their evolution into literary fairy stories, a change that regularly reduced the ideology of the unique narrative. Zipes additionally seems to be at how people stories impact our well known ideals and the methods they've been exploited by way of a company media community cause on regulating the paranormal components of the tales. He examines a variety of authors, together with the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, Ernst Bloch, Tolkien, Bettelheim, and J.K. Rowling to illustrate the continued symbiotic dating among folklore and literature.

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"More Work! Less Pay!": Rebellion and Repression in Italy, 1972-77

By Phil Edwards

Publish yr note: First released in 2009
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In the mid-1970s, a wave of contentious radicalism swept via Italy. teams and hobbies reminiscent of "Proletarian youth," "metropolitan Indian" and "the zone of Autonomy" practiced new sorts of activism, confrontational and infrequently violent. inventive and brutal, intransigent and playful, the events flourished in short sooner than being suppressed via heavy policing and political exclusion.

This is the 1st full-length examine in English of those routine. construction on Sidney Tarrow’s "cycle of contention" version and drawing on a variety of Italian fabrics, Phil Edwards tells the tale of a special and engaging staff of political events, and in their disastrous engagement with the mainstream Left. in addition to laying off mild on a ignored interval of 20th century historical past, this ebook deals classes for knowing today’s contentious activities ("No Global," "Black Bloc") and today’s "armed struggle" groups.

This e-book should be of significant curiosity to students within the fields of Italian politics and society; the sociology of social activities; and terrorism and political violence.

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The Long Walk to Freedom: Runaway Slave Narratives

By Devon W. Carbado

During this groundbreaking compilation of first-person money owed of the runaway slave phenomenon, editors Devon W. Carbado and Donald Weise have recovered twelve narratives spanning 8 decades—more than half that have been lengthy out of print. informed within the voices of the runaway slaves themselves, those narratives display the extreme and infrequently leading edge ways in which those women and men sought freedom and demanded citizenship. additionally integrated is an essay through UCLA background professor Brenda Stevenson that contextualizes those narratives, supplying a short but complete background of slavery, in addition to a glance into the everyday life of a slave. Divided into 4 categories—running away for relations, working encouraged by way of faith, operating whatsoever useful, and working to be free—these tales are a testomony to the indelible spirit of those awesome survivors.
 
The lengthy stroll to Freedom offers excerpts from the narratives of recognized runaway slaves, like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs, in addition to from the narratives of lesser-known and nearly unknown humans. a number of of those excerpts haven't been released for greater than 100 years. yet all of them painting the brave and occasionally stunning ways in which those women and men sought their freedom and asserted energy, frequently demanding a number of the universal assumptions approximately slaves’ loss of enterprise.
 
one of the striking and encouraging tales is the stressful yet victorious story of Henry field Brown, who, with a white abolitionist’s support, shipped himself in a box—over a twenty-seven-hour teach trip, a part of which he spent status on his head—to freedom in Philadelphia. And there’s the tale of William and Ellen Craft, who fled throughout hundreds of thousands of miles, with Ellen, who used to be light-skinned, disguised as a white male slave-owner so she and her husband may possibly in attaining their dream of elevating their little ones as unfastened humans.
 
Gripping, inspiring, and captivating, The lengthy stroll to Freedom is a impressive assortment that celebrates those that risked their lives in pursuit of uncomplicated human rights.

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Biographies of Scientific Objects

By Lorraine Daston

Why does an item or phenomenon develop into the topic of medical inquiry? Why perform a little of those gadgets stay provocative, whereas others fade from middle degree? And why do gadgets occasionally go back because the concentration of study lengthy when they have been as soon as abandoned?

Addressing such questions, Biographies of clinical Objects is ready how complete domain names of phenomena—dreams, atoms, monsters, tradition, society, mortality, facilities of gravity, worth, cytoplasmic debris, the self, tuberculosis—come into being and occasionally go away as items of medical research. With examples drawn from either the normal and social sciences, and varying from the 16th to the 20th centuries, this ebook explores the ways that medical items are either genuine and historic. no matter if chanced on or invented, those items of inquiry expand and deepen in meaning—growing extra "real"—as they develop into entangled in webs of cultural importance, fabric practices, and theoretical derivations. therefore their biographies will subject to an individual excited by the formation of medical knowledge.

Contributors are Jed Z. Buchwald, Lorraine Daston, Rivka Feldhay, Jan Goldstein, Gerard Jorland, Doris Kauffman, Bruno Latour, Theodore M. Porter, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Marshall Sahlins, and Peter Wagner.

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Ethnomethodology's Program: Working Out Durkheim's Aphorism (Legacies of Social Thought Series)

By Harold Garfinkel

Because the 1967 booklet of reports in Ethnomethodology, Harold Garfinkel has indelibly motivated the social sciences and arts world wide. This new ebook, the long-awaited sequel to stories, includes Garfinkel's paintings over 3 many years to extra complicated the learn of ethnomethodology. 'Working out Durkheim's Aphorism,' the name used for this new booklet, emphasizes Garfinkel's insistence that his place makes a speciality of primary sociological issues―and that interpretations of his place as detached to sociology were misunderstandings. Durkheim's aphorism states that the concreteness of social evidence is sociology's such a lot primary phenomenon. Garfinkel argues that sociologists have, for a century or extra, neglected this aphorism and taken care of social proof as theoretical, or conceptual, buildings. Garfinkel during this new booklet indicates how and why sociology needs to restoration Durkheim's aphorism, via an insistence at the concreteness of social proof which are produced by means of advanced social practices enacted by means of members within the social order. Garfinkel's new e-book, like reviews, will most likely stand as one other landmark in sociological idea, but it truly is clearer and extra concrete in revealing human social practices.

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Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

Now in Paperback—the New York Times bestsellerand keep on with as much as the progressive bestsellers Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics—with a brand new writer Q&A.

With their trademark combination of pleasing storytelling and unconventional research, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner take us within their notion technique and train us all tips to imagine a piece extra productively, extra creatively, extra rationally. In Think Like A Freak, they provide a blueprint for a completely new method to clear up difficulties, no matter if your curiosity lies in minor lifehacks or significant worldwide reforms. the subjects variety from company to philanthropy to activities to politics, all with the target of retraining your mind. alongside the way in which, you’ll research the secrets and techniques of a jap hot-dog-eating champion, the explanation an Australian health professional swallowed a batch of harmful micro organism, and why Nigerian electronic mail scammers make some degree of claiming they’re from Nigeria.

Levitt and Dubner it appears that evidently see the area like nobody else. you can now too. by no means earlier than have such iconoclastic thinkers been so revealing—and quite a bit enjoyable to read.

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