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Fanning the Flames of Freedom: An everyman vision to spark the American ballot box revolution of the people, by the people, forby gene matteraFanning the Flames of Freedom examines major issues facing modern America, and proposes solutions to them through a Social Democratic Libertarian philosophy. This new party which expands personal rights and the social safety net while revolutionizing revenue collection, laws and administrative processes in the United States federal government. The final chapter takes a hard look at potential outcomes through a fictional conclusion.
by Blair StevensThe twenty-four-hour news cycle brings the issues facing America to the forefront every single day. Author Blair Stevens sees parallels between many of these issues and his own life experiences. He offers his unique take on them in I Made My Choice—Have You? A husband, father, and businessman, Stevens discusses several of the most pressing concerns facing Americans today. He explains how working in Mexico City as part of his job shapes his observations on illegal immigration and reveals some ... more
by Charles A. ImokhaiThe People’s Choice illustrates the centuries of intercontinental cultural exchanges between Europe and Africa, between Britain and Nigeria, between the English and the Ijaw, and between Goodluck Jonathan and Nigeria. In this manner, The People’s Choice claims that the story of Goodluck Jonathan is the story of Nigeria. This is how it unfolds. An illiterate farm boy, a genius in traditional arts of the Ijaw people, found his niche in science, and obtained a doctorate degree in zoology. As an ass... more
by Shannon Drury
Ten years ago, Shannon Drury was a cranky feminist stay-at-home mom whose younger friends had to explain just what a “blog” was. Today she’s known in the blogsphere and IRL by the name of her award-winning website: The Radical Housewife. This celebration of her blog-iversary includes her favorite posts, as well as essays from HipMama, Bitch, Literary Mama, and other regional and national outlets, much of it no longer available anywhere else. Each piece has a new introduction... more
by Jeff Pike
You can dissect a song or analyze a movie until you’re blue in the face. But when a favorite TV show or a book really, truly speaks to you, it’s a feeling you just can’t explain. There’s no mathematical formula for that otherworldly joy, that love that drives fans to obsess over their media darlings.
So what’s a critic of pop culture to do when forced to find a balance between dissecting the value of this media and simply letting the magic of enjoyment happ... more
by Rhodri DaviesPublic Good by Private Means tells the story of philanthropy through the ages. It examines the relationship between philanthropists, the state and society, and throws light on the successes - and occasional spectacular failures - of great philanthropists from the past. It shows what history can tell us about modern philanthropy, including some of the current criticisms it faces, and considers difficult issues such as the link between tax and giving and the motivations of the wealthy.
by Craig Tomashoff
Poll after poll finds that voters are hugely dissatisfied with both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, leading them to wonder if it’s worth voting at all this fall. However, while it’s never acknowledged in the 24-hour news cycle, there are plenty of alternative candidates to consider. Which is what inspired veteran journalist Craig Tomashoff to hit the road in search of unknown office seekers who might earn his vote.
Last spring, a year and a half before the 2016 elec... more
by Peiman GhasemiIt’s a concise part of my cooperation with the White House and the Central Intelligence Agency and Human Rights Watch. I have been all around the Globe. I have stayed in Russia; places so cold that your very bones inside of you shriek. Deep down inside the underground city, where you ask yourself “How is it possible for satellites with their warheads to track me here?” I remember that it was many months ago when I informed the US President, I would like to write a book. It's a great pleasure ... more
by Michael D'Amato and George SantosThe Dominican Republic is the most visited country in the Caribbean and, according to CNN, the second-happiest place on the planet. However, most of its workers make less than fifteen dollars a day, it has around two million stateless people, and 70 percent of its schools do not offer students safe drinking water. The island is certainly a fascinating place for students to research, so why not take a social justice trip there so they can see it for themselves? That was what Kevin LaMastra had... more
by Diane S. VannAs a nurse I have been in situations where patients learned very bad news about the state of their health, news that was not received well by them, their families, or even their medical team. When preparing this book, my feelings were much the same as when I was in those situations. The bad news about the health of our nation is, like cancer in a patient’s body, communism (also known as “Marxism”) has grown in the United States. Like cancer, it started with an unnoticed seed and grew insidiously... more
by Gene P. AbelBroken Promises of the Conservatives is intended help the reader understand the conservative ideology and look at how their promises have been kept. Our country is faced with a series of very serious issues that require solutions. Our huge budget deficit, tax reform, immigration, background checks to purchase guns, funding shortfall of Social Security and Medicare, rebuilding of our infrastructure, educating our children and the creation of living wage jobs to mention a few. This book will help ... more
by Phillip J. BrysonSocialism: Origins, Expansion, Decline, and Attempted Revival in the United States is an attempt to address all the important economic aspects of socialism—the concepts and theories, the historical attempts to implement socialist economic systems, and the endeavor to establish socialism in the United States. The origins and ideas of socialism reflect an aspiration radically to transform the market system, the great advantages of which were explained by Adam Smith. Part II reviews the establishme... more
by Karin JonesSocial justice affects US all, even when we don't realize it. Whether a part of the upper crust, or the lowest of the low, white or black, male or female, gay or straight, all Americans have one thing in common. We live within the framework that is the American justice system. Some of US believe that our system's foundation has been set horrifically askew, while others steadfastly deny any cracks in the mortar. How is that possible if we are the land of equality? If America is US, who are we exa... more
by Phyllis ResslerThe Kanga, a primarily East African cloth, tells a dynamic story of cultural exchange in the Indian Ocean Region. Since the cloth was first produced in the mid 1800's, millions of people across East and Central Africa have treasured this textile for its designs and meaning. The value of the Kanga is closely tied to culture and context and is linked to innumerable life stories. Kanga Stories, is a collection of historic and contemporary information on textile trade, cultural exchange, and history... more
by Ashton Applewhite
From childhood on, we're barraged by messages that it’s sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and old people useless. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite believed them too—until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces Applewhite’s journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life. The book explains the roots of ageism—in history ... more
by Brian C. McGuireThe scholarly approach undertaken in The Ignoble Paradox of Man is different from most others. Its purpose is to challenge readers by engaging them in lively controversy about absurdities that cause divergence between cultural systems. Here, you will read how the contexts in which minorities live depends on whether there exists a greater inequality that plagues the mainstay of American life. Although the topic of inequality has, once again, become a mainstream concern, few people and even fewer... more