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  • JUMPING AT SHADOWS: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream. by Abramsky, Sasha.
    Abramsky, Sasha.
    JUMPING AT SHADOWS: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Nation Books, (2017) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A look at the science and psychology behind fear-based politics: "Why is an unarmed young black woman who knocks on a stranger's front door to ask for help after her car breaks down perceived to be so threatening that he shoots her dead? Why do we fear infrequent acts of terrorism more far more common acts of violence? Why does a disease like Ebola, which killed only a handful of Americans, provoke panic, whereas the flu--which kills tens of thousands each year--is dismissed with a yawn?. . . a journey through a divided nation, where everything from immigration to disease, gun control to health care has become fodder…

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    New York: Nation Books, (2017) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A look at the science and psychology behind fear-based politics: "Why is an unarmed young black woman who knocks on a stranger's front door to ask for help after her car breaks down perceived to be so threatening that he shoots her dead? Why do we fear infrequent acts of terrorism more far more common acts of violence? Why does a disease like Ebola, which killed only a handful of Americans, provoke panic, whereas the flu--which kills tens of thousands each year--is dismissed with a yawn?. . . a journey through a divided nation, where everything from immigration to disease, gun control to health care has become fodder for fearmongers and conspiracists, . . . exposing deeply ingrained strains of racism, classism, and xenophobia within our culture, as well as our growing susceptibility to the toxic messages of demagogues." SIGNED and dated on the title page. Index. 324 pp. ISBN: 978-1568585192.

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    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 74071
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  • THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROCESS: The Rediscovery of Local Initiative. by Biddle, William W., with Loureide J. Biddle.
    Biddle, William W., with Loureide J. Biddle.
    THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROCESS: The Rediscovery of Local Initiative.

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1965.) dj. Hardcover - Bridges the gap between action and theory. Includes appendices, bibliography, index. 334 pp.

    Condition: Good in a very good dust jacket (some scattered marginal notations and underlining in pencil, otherwise a tight and clean copy, small chip to back cover of dj.)

    Book ID: 51120
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  • SOCIAL BY NATURE: The Promise and Peril of Sociogenomics. by Bliss, Catherine.
    Bliss, Catherine.
    SOCIAL BY NATURE: The Promise and Peril of Sociogenomics.

    Edition: First printing.

    Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, (2018) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which "recognizes the promise of this interdisciplinary young science, but also questions its implications for the future. . . . By exposing the shocking parallels between sociogenomics and older, long-discredited, sciences, Bliss persuasively argues for a more thoughtful public reception of any study that reduces human nature to a mere sequence of genes." Extensive notes, index. 291 pp. ISBN: 978-0804798341.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 73826
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  • SOCIAL BY NATURE: The Promise and Peril of Sociogenomics. by Bliss, Catherine.
    Bliss, Catherine.
    SOCIAL BY NATURE: The Promise and Peril of Sociogenomics.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, (2018). First edition - A book which "recognizes the promise of this interdisciplinary young science, but also questions its implications for the future. . . . By exposing the shocking parallels between sociogenomics and older, long-discredited, sciences, Bliss persuasively argues for a more thoughtful public reception of any study that reduces human nature to a mere sequence of genes." Extensive notes, 272 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 73827
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  • SOCIETY AND DRUGS: Drugs I: Social and Cultural Observations & STUDENTS AND DRUGS: Drugs II: College and High School Observations (2 volume set) by Blum, Richard H. and Associates
    Blum, Richard H. and Associates
    SOCIETY AND DRUGS: Drugs I: Social and Cultural Observations & STUDENTS AND DRUGS: Drugs II: College and High School Observations (2 volume set)

    Edition: First edition.

    San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, (1969) dj. Hardcover first edition - A publication of the Institute for the Study of Human Problems, Stanford University. Each volume has a bibliography and index. xvi, 400 pp. xix, 399 pp. ISBN: 0-87589-0334; 0-87589-0342.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jackets.

    Book ID: 58588
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  • Bowers, John.
    IN THE LAND OF NYX: Night and Its Inhabitants.

    Edition: First printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1984. dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at those who. either by choice or economic necessity. live and work in the dark - cops, night watchmen, cabbies, prostitutes, and others - as well as those who are night owls, like Duke Ellington. Also includes a chapter on living in Tromso Norway, where the dark persists for 2 months in the winter. 180 pp. ISBN: 0-385-191960.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 30423
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  • IN THE LAND OF NYX: Night and Its Inhabitants. by Bowers, John.
    Bowers, John.
    IN THE LAND OF NYX: Night and Its Inhabitants.

    Edition: First printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1984. dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at those who. either by choice or economic necessity. live and work in the dark - cops, night watchmen, cabbies, prostitutes, and others - as well as those who are night owls, like Duke Ellington. Also includes a chapter on living in Tromso Norway, where the dark persists for 2 months in the winter. 180 pp. ISBN: 0-385-191960.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (light remainder spray bottom edge).

    Book ID: 72293
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  • WHY DO I LOVE THESE PEOPLE? Honest and Amazing Stories of Real Families. by Bronson, Po.
    Bronson, Po.
    WHY DO I LOVE THESE PEOPLE? Honest and Amazing Stories of Real Families.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (2005.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Twenty true stories of families - from Texas to China, from Jamaica to the Ozarks, and more - who survived tremendous hardships in their family lives and who managed to create a better experience today. Bibliography. 381 pp. ISBN: 1400062373.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 56916
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  • WHY DO I LOVE THESE PEOPLE? Honest and Amazing Stories of Real Families. by Bronson, Po.
    Bronson, Po.
    WHY DO I LOVE THESE PEOPLE? Honest and Amazing Stories of Real Families.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (2005.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Twenty true stories of families - from Texas to China, from Jamaica to the Ozarks, and more - who survived tremendous hardships in their family lives and who managed to create a better experience today.INSCRIBED on the title page "---- may these stories echo your own." Bibliography. 381 pp. ISBN: 1400062373.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 56920
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  • WHY DO I LOVE THESE PEOPLE? Honest and Amazing Stories of Real Families. by Bronson, Po.
    Bronson, Po.
    WHY DO I LOVE THESE PEOPLE? Honest and Amazing Stories of Real Families.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (2005) dj. Hardcover first edition - His second book, the stories of people who survived hardships and wound up with a stronger family because of it. Illustrated with photographs. Bibliography. 331 pp. ISBN: 1400062373.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 59118
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  • THE GIRLS IN THE GANG. by Campbell, Anne
    Campbell, Anne
    THE GIRLS IN THE GANG.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York & Oxford: Basil Blackwell, (1984) dj. Hardcover - A study of three groups of warring gangs in New York's Harlem, Brooklyn and East New York, focusing on the experiences of one girl in each group. Photographs, notes, index. vii, 277 pp. ISBN: 0-631-133747.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 58413
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  • THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS IN TIMES OF WAR. by Cannon, Carl M.
    Cannon, Carl M.
    THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS IN TIMES OF WAR.

    Edition: First printing.

    Lanham, MD and Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, (2003.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at the real meaning of patriotism and how Americans have dealt with life in difficult times from Thomas Jefferson and the American Revolution to Frederick Douglass, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Martin Luther King and our current times, by a White House Correspondent. A title in the American Political Challenges series under the editorship of Larry J. Sabato. Notes, index, 330 pp. ISBN: 0-7425-25910.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 45068
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  • CRIME AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: A Journal of Radical Criminology. #2, Fall - Winter 1974. by Cantor, Robert; Nguyen Khac Vien, Paul Tagaki, Mimi Goldman, and others, contributors.
    Cantor, Robert; Nguyen Khac Vien, Paul Tagaki, Mimi Goldman, and others, contributors.
    CRIME AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: A Journal of Radical Criminology. #2, Fall - Winter 1974.

    Edition: First printing.

    Berkeley, CA: Crime and Social Justice, 1974. First edition - The second issue of this co-operatively produced (and fairly long running periodical). Includes articles by Robert Cantor, Nguyen Khac Vien, Paul Tagaki, Mimi Goldman, Peter Miller, Peter Shapiro and many others. Article include survivors of the Saigon jails, the writings of Norma Stafford, the Santa Cruz women's prison project, justice for Tyrone Guyton, poems of Luis Talamantez, San Quentin on trial, reviews of books and political films and more. Large format (8.5 by 11.5 inches), 122 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 57891
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  • THE COLOR OF OUR FUTURE. by Chideya, Farai.
    Chideya, Farai.
    THE COLOR OF OUR FUTURE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: William H. Morrow, (1999) dj. Hardcover first edition - An examination of the changing demographics and the racial attitudes in the United States, especially among the young. "By the year 2050, there will be more nonwhite than white Americans, and most of the nonwhite population will be Asian and Latino, not black. Increasingly, America is becoming a multiracial society. Americans in their teens and twenties are at the forefront of this cultural revolution. . . Chideya allows the voices of the next generation(black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, and multiracial(to ring out with truth and clarity and guide us to the kaleidoscope of our future." xii. End Notes. 273 pp. ISBN: 0-688165303.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 70469
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  • UNBOUND: How Eight Technologies Made Us Human, Transformed Society, and Brought Our World to the Brink. by Currier, Richard L.
    Currier, Richard L.
    UNBOUND: How Eight Technologies Made Us Human, Transformed Society, and Brought Our World to the Brink.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Arcade Publishing, (2015) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - "Humanity has been repeatedly transformed by certain key technologies, each of which has triggered a profound metamorphosis. . . The fabrication of weapons, the mastery of fire, and the technologies of clothing and shelter transformed the human body, enabling us to walk upright, shed our body hair, and migrate out of tropical Africa into temperate climates. Symbolic communication changed human evolution from a slow biological process into a fast cultural process. Food production transformed the relationship between humanity and the environment, and with technologies of interaction led to the birth of civilization. Precision machinery, developed to build accurate clocks, spawned the industrial revolution and the rise of nation-states;…

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    New York: Arcade Publishing, (2015) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - "Humanity has been repeatedly transformed by certain key technologies, each of which has triggered a profound metamorphosis. . . The fabrication of weapons, the mastery of fire, and the technologies of clothing and shelter transformed the human body, enabling us to walk upright, shed our body hair, and migrate out of tropical Africa into temperate climates. Symbolic communication changed human evolution from a slow biological process into a fast cultural process. Food production transformed the relationship between humanity and the environment, and with technologies of interaction led to the birth of civilization. Precision machinery, developed to build accurate clocks, spawned the industrial revolution and the rise of nation-states; and in the next metamorphosis, the rise of digital technologies may well lead to the birth of a global civilization." INSCRIBED on the title page and dated in the year of publication, Photographs,notes, bibliography, index. xx, 376 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.) Promotional bookmark laid in.

    Book ID: 68886
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  • Dees, Morris (with James Corcoran.)
    GATHERING STORM: America's Militia Threat.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: HarperCollins, 1996. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Bookplate SIGNED by author on front endpaper, noting that this is given to the recipient for support of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Photographs, sources, index. 254 pages. ISBN: 0-06-01743x.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 17360
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  • AMERICAN DREAM: Three Women, Ten Kids and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare. by DeParle, Jason.
    DeParle, Jason.
    AMERICAN DREAM: Three Women, Ten Kids and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (2004.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A New York Times reporter investigates the claims of Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign promise to "end welfare as we know it," which ultimately dropped nine million women and children from the rolls. He follows three women in one extended family along with a cast of politicians, reformers, case workers and rogues to trace the unlikely successes and haunting failures of "welfare reform" in the U.S.A. Timeline, notes, index. 421 pp. ISBN: 0-670-892750.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 43637
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  • FEAR OF FALLING: The Inner Life of the Middle Class. by Ehrenreich, Barbara (1941-2022)
    Ehrenreich, Barbara (1941-2022)
    FEAR OF FALLING: The Inner Life of the Middle Class.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (1989) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A still relevant look at the false stereotypes which make up our notions of what the US middle class is like - in fact, possibly even more relevant now than when it was written. SIGNED on the title page. Notes, index. 292 pp. ISBN: 0-394556925.

    Condition: Very good in near fine dust jacket (some underlining in the introduction only)

    Book ID: 70409
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  • BAIT AND SWITCH: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream. by Ehrenreich, Barbara (1941-2022)
    Ehrenreich, Barbara (1941-2022)
    BAIT AND SWITCH: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Metropolitan Books / Henry Holt, (2005) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A look at some Americans who have done everything right - gotten college degrees and marketable skills, built up impressive resumes - but still find themselves vulnerable to financial disaster. SIGNED on the title page. 237 pp. ISBN: 0-805076069.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 72600
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  • THE LIMITS OF PRIVACY. by Etzioni, Amitai.
    Etzioni, Amitai.
    THE LIMITS OF PRIVACY.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Basic Books (Perseus), (1999.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A different look at one of the most important - and threatened - American rights: one in which the right to privacy is balanced against concern for public safety and health. Extensive notes, index. 280 pp. ISBN: 0-465040896.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 41773
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  • THE TERROR DREAM: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America. by Faludi, Susan,
    Faludi, Susan,
    THE TERROR DREAM: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Metropolitan Books / Henry Holt, (2007). Hardcover first edition - A controversial and interesting look at America's psychological response to the 9/11 attacks. She offers a fascinating explanation of why 9/11 led to such a perverse retreat from our own values - "The answer... lies in a historical anomaly unique to the American experience: the nation that in recent memory has been least vulnerable to domestic attack was forged in traumatizing assaults by nonwhite 'barbarians' on town and village. That humiliation lies concealed under a myth of cowboy bluster and feminine frailty." Notes, index. xii, 351 pp. ISBN: 978-0805086928.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 71525
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  • Fitzgerald, Frances.
    CITIES ON A HILL: A Journey through Contemporary American Cultures.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1986. dj. Hardcover first edition - Fascinating book by this Pulitzer prize winning writer - much of it was originally published in the New Yorker. This is a look at 4 cultural enclaves which took shape in the 60's and 70's - the Castro in San Francisco, Jerry Falwell's Liberty Baptist Church in Lynchburg, West Virginia, a retirement town in Florida - Sun City, and the Rajneeshee community in Oregon. 414 pages. ISBN: 0-671-55209-0.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 13041
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  • Frost, David.
    THE AMERICANS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Stein & Day, 1970. dj. Hardcover first edition - Includes interviews with Americans ranging from James Baldwin to Barry Goldwater, Jesse Jackson to Benjamin Spock, Truman Capote, Helen Hayes, Louis Armstrong, and Orson Welles. The interview with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper is titled 'Are we all pushers?'

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 22148
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  • TENNESSEE TEARS. by George, John Curtis with Ira L. White.
    George, John Curtis with Ira L. White.
    TENNESSEE TEARS.

    Edition: Second edition.

    Valley Springs, CA: ARM Press, (1994.). SIGNED first edition - An account of The Tennessee Children's Home Society and Georgia Tann - the largest black market baby selling scandal in US history, by a man who was one of the children "sold" to his adoptive parents, and who has since worked for adoption reform. INSCRIBED on the title page and dated in 2007. Bibliography, 294 pp. ISBN: 0-9658302-09.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 42922
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  • Glasser, William, M.D.
    THE IDENTITY SOCIETY

    Edition: First thus.

    New York: Harper & Row, 1975. dj. Hardcover first edition - Revised edition.

    Condition: VG/VG- (some water damage to dj, stain on lower corner)

    Book ID: 9764
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  • THE INFORMATION: A History, a Theory, a Flood. by Gleick, James.
    Gleick, James.
    THE INFORMATION: A History, a Theory, a Flood.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pantheon, (2011) dj. Hardcover first edition - A massive and fascinating book which "shows how information has become the modern eraÕs defining quality . . . From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long-misunderstood talking drums of Africa, Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very nature of human consciousness. He provides portraits of the key figures contributing to the inexorable development of our modern understanding of information: Charles Babbage, the idiosyncratic inventor of the first great mechanical computer; Ada Byron, the brilliant and doomed daughter of the poet, who became the first true programmer; pivotal figures like Samuel Morse and Alan Turing; and Claude Shannon, the creator of information theory itself.…

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    New York: Pantheon, (2011) dj. Hardcover first edition - A massive and fascinating book which "shows how information has become the modern eraÕs defining quality . . . From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long-misunderstood talking drums of Africa, Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very nature of human consciousness. He provides portraits of the key figures contributing to the inexorable development of our modern understanding of information: Charles Babbage, the idiosyncratic inventor of the first great mechanical computer; Ada Byron, the brilliant and doomed daughter of the poet, who became the first true programmer; pivotal figures like Samuel Morse and Alan Turing; and Claude Shannon, the creator of information theory itself. And then the information age arrives. Citizens of this world become experts willy-nilly. . ." Extensive notes, bibliography, index. 526 pp. ISBN: 978-0375423727.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket. (remainder line)

    Book ID: 85762
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  • DISAPPEARING THROUGH THE SKYLIGHT: Culture and Technology in the Twentieth Century by Hardison, Jr., O. B.
    Hardison, Jr., O. B.
    DISAPPEARING THROUGH THE SKYLIGHT: Culture and Technology in the Twentieth Century

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1989). Hardcover first edition - "A ground-breaking book that changes the way we look at our world, our culture, ourselves." A book which is both provocative and entertaining as it offers a tour of the modern age from Darwin to quarks - among the topics discussed are computer art, concrete poetry, Dada experiments, word games, the British cracking of the Germans' Enigma code in WW II, and automobiles as "thin-steel sculptures." Illustrated throughout with four full-colored plates inserted. Bibliography and index. xix, 389 pp. ISBN: 0-670825050.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 83814
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  • Harman,Willis W.
    AN INCOMPLETE GUIDE TO THE FUTURE.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Stanford, CA: Standford Alumni Association, 1976.

    Condition: Very good (cover slightly faded)

    Book ID: 13931
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  • STREET WARS. by Hayden, Tom.
    Hayden, Tom.
    STREET WARS.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    New York W. W. Norton & Company. (2004). Author Tom Hayden's indictment of the " neoconsevatoive politics of law and order that dominate current policy and suffocate inner-city youth." Presented with a new preface on the globalization of gangs, includes index, and notes. 432 pp. ISBN: 1595580301.

    Condition: Very good (remainder line)

    Book ID: 60699
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  • THE OUTSOURCED SELF: Intimate Life in Market Times. by Hochschild, Arlie Russell.
    Hochschild, Arlie Russell.
    THE OUTSOURCED SELF: Intimate Life in Market Times.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Metropolitan Books / Henry Holt, (2012). SIGNED hardcover first edition - A book which points out how "everything that was once part of private life love, friendship, child rearing is being transformed into packaged expertise to be sold back to confused, harried Americans. . . From dating services that train you to be the CEO of your love life to wedding planners who create a couple's 'personal narrative'; from nameologists (who help you name your child) to wantologists (who help you name your goals)" INSCRIBED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. Photographs, extensive notes, bibliography, index. 300 pp. ISBN: 978-0805088892.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 76250
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