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Death American Style

Author : Lawrence R. Samuel
ISBN : 9781442222243
Genre : Social Science
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DEATH, AMERICAN STYLE: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF DYING IN AMERICA is the first comprehensive cultural history to explore America’s uneasy relationship with death over the past century.
Category: Social Science

The American Way Of Death Revisited

Author : Jessica Mitford
ISBN : 9780307809391
Genre : Social Science
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Only the scathing wit and searching intelligence of Jessica Mitford could turn an exposé of the American funeral industry into a book that is at once deadly serious and side-splittingly funny. When first published in 1963, this landmark of investigative journalism became a runaway bestseller and resulted in legislation to protect grieving families from the unscrupulous sales practices of those in "the dismal trade." Just before her death in 1996, Mitford thoroughly revised and updated her classic study. The American Way of Death Revisited confronts new trends, including the success of the profession's lobbyists in Washington, inflated cremation costs, the telemarketing of pay-in-advance graves, and the effects of monopolies in a death-care industry now dominated by multinational corporations. With its hard-nosed consumer activism and a satiric vision out of Evelyn Waugh's novel The Loved One, The American Way of Death Revisited will not fail to inform, delight, and disturb. "Brilliant--hilarious. . . . A must-read for anyone planning to throw a funeral in their lifetime."--New York Post "Witty and penetrating--it speaks the truth."--The Washington Post
Category: Social Science

Capitalism And Christianity American Style

Author : William E. Connolly
ISBN : 0822342723
Genre : Business & Economics
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Prominent political theorist considers the intertwined relationship between capitalism and Christianity and its effects on contemporary U.S. politics.
Category: Business & Economics

Post 9 11 African American Style

Author : Freddy Cee
ISBN : 9780595296255
Genre : Fiction
File Size : 73.61 MB
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The news media was driving everyone crazy. It started with Y2K, then the Bush/Gore presidential election controversy, the Clinton pardons, the September 11th attacks, and the anthrax letters. Wars subsequently ensued against Afghanistan, the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and Iraq, but not without fierce exchanges with the United Nations. Sex and financial scandals erupted involving the Catholic Church and Wall Street. Massive layoffs, soaring debt and skyrocketing college tuition added to these. The media never missed a beat. Was there no escaping them? The Nation's Capitol in commemorating last years September 11th attacks, was also preparing for an upcoming mayoral election. The current incumbent was expected to breeze toward reelection, but what followed seemed like a page out of William Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors. This prompted a virtual unknown to launch a comedy contest to provide some comic relief for the city from this onslaught of negative news. Only four contestants remained to compete for the prize money. However, only Archie Harris, one of the four finalists showed up at the finale. More bad news? What will happen now? Find out by reading Post-9/11 African American Style, Laughter, Still Da Best Medicine.
Category: Fiction

Death In Supernatural

Author : Amanda Taylor
ISBN : 9781476668611
Genre : Literary Collections
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Over 14 seasons, television’s Supernatural has developed a devoted following of both fans and scholars. The show has addressed big issues, including perhaps the biggest—death. This collection of new essays examines how death is represented and personified in the series, and how grief is processed in American society. Contributors discuss the show’s explorations of the ultimate mystery, with topics covering American traditions and attitudes, folklore and mythology, resurrection, and grief and grieving.
Category: Literary Collections

America Without The Death Penalty

Author : John F. Galliher
ISBN : 1555536395
Genre : Law
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In 2000, Governor George Ryan of Illinois, a Republican and a supporter of the death penalty, declared a moratorium on executions in his state. In 2003 he commuted the death sentences of all Illinois prisoners on death row. Ryan contended that the application of the death penalty in Illinois had been arbitrary and unfair, and he ignited a new round of debate over the appropriateness of execution. Nationwide surveys indicate that the number of Americans who favor the death penalty is declining. As the struggle over capital punishment rages on, twelve states and the District of Columbia have taken bold measures to eliminate the practice. This landmark study is the first to examine the history and motivations of those jurisdictions that abolished capital punishment and have resisted the move to reinstate death penalty statutes.
Category: Law

The American Way Of War

Author : Tom Engelhardt
ISBN : 9781608461110
Genre : Political Science
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“One of my favorite websites.”—Bill Moyers “Tom Engelhardt is a national treasure and always worth reading.”—Juan Cole “Indispensable.”—Tony Karon “TomDispatch is indispensable and irreplaceable.”—Andrew Bacevich “TomDispatch is essential reading.”—Amy Goodman Tom Engelhardt, creator of the vital website, takes a scalpel to the American urge to dominate the globe. Tracing developments from 9/11 to late last night, this is an unforgettable anatomy of a disaster that is yet to end. Since 2001, Tom Englehardt has written regular reports for his popular site TomDispatch that have provided badly needed insight into US militarism and its effects, both at home and abroad. When others were celebrating the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, he warned of the enormous dangers of both occupations. In The American Way of War, Engelhardt documents Washington’s ongoing commitment to military bases to preserve—and extend—its empire; reveals damning information about the American reliance on air power, at great cost to civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan; and shows that the US empire has deep historical roots that precede the Bush administration—and continue today into the presidency of Barack Obama. Tom Engelhardt created and runs, a project of The Nation Institute, where he is a fellow. He is the author of a highly praised history of American triumphalism in the Cold War, The End of Victory Culture, and of a novel, The Last Days of Publishing, as well as a collection of his TomDispatch interviews, Mission Unaccomplished.
Category: Political Science

Chinese American Death Rituals

Author : Sue Fawn Chung
ISBN : 0759107343
Genre : History
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Chinese American Death Rituals examines Chinese American funerary rituals and cemeteries from the late nineteenth century until the present in order to understand the importance of Chinese funerary rites and their transformation through time. The authors in this volume discuss the meaning of funerary rituals and their normative dimension and the social practices that have been influenced by tradition. Shaped by individual beliefs, customs, religion, and environment, Chinese Americans have resolved the tensions between assimilation into the mainstream culture and their strong Chinese heritage in a variety of ways.
Category: History

Yoga American Style

Author : Prem Prakash
ISBN : 0936663464
Genre : Health & Fitness
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This is not about yoga for the masses looking to improve their bodies. It is, instead, about the timeless essence of what yoga actually is. Written with Americans in mind, it explains the practical philosophy and psychology of the deep spiritual path of true, ancient yoga. Unlike a scholarly tome that gathers dust on library shelves, the author's words speak to regular people in their stress-filled daily lives. He applies yoga to the cultural matrix of earning a living, raising children, finding employment in a jobless market, aptly demonstrating how yoga psychology is meant to lighten our problem-saturated times.
Category: Health & Fitness

The American Style University At Large

Author : Kathryn L. Kleypas
ISBN : 9780739150207
Genre : Education
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"The American-Style University at Large: Transplants, Outposts, and the Globalization of Higher Education is an edited collection by Kathryn L. Kleypas and James McDougall that analyzes the recent expansion of American universities overseas as well as the emergence of American-style universities in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The contributors examine the various ways that American models of higher learning have become instituted around the world and explore ways that these new configurations help to define the university as a force that organizes, develops, and controls methods of education, knowledge, power, and culture"-- Provided by publisher.
Category: Education