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Politics is for power book cover
Politics is for power : how to move beyond political hobbyism, take action, and make real change
Eitan Hersh
JK1764 .H477 2020
"Who is to blame for our broken politics? The uncomfortable answer to this question starts with ordinary citizens with good intentions. In Politics Is for Power, pioneering and brilliant data analyst Eitan Hersh shows us a way toward more effective political participation. Aided by political theory, history, cutting-edge social science, as well as remarkable stories of ordinary citizens who got off their couches and took political power seriously, this book shows us how to channel our energy away from political hobbyism and toward empowering our values." -- Provided from Amazon.
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Places of contested power : conflict and rebellion in England and France, 830-1150
Ryan Lavelle
DA130 .L38 2020
"The direct contestation of power played a crucial role in early medieval politics. Such actions, often expressed through violence, reveal much about established authorities, power and lordship. The book includes consideration of a range of factors relevant to the choice of location for such events, and examines the declarations and motivations of political actors, from disaffected princes to independently minded nobles, as well as those who responded to rebellion, to show how places and landscapes became used in political disputes. These include both "public" and "private", religious, urban and rural space." -- Provided from Amazon.
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Our final warning : six degrees of climate emergency
Mark Lynas
QC981.8.G56 L96 2020
"Mark Lynas delivers an alarming account of the future of our earth and our civilisation if current rates of global warming persist. We are living in a climate emergency. But how much worse could it get?" -- Provided from Melvyl.
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Older and wiser : new ideas for youth mentoring in the 21st century
Jean E. Rhodes
BF637.M45 R48 2020
"Youth mentoring is among the most popular forms of volunteering in the world. In Older and Wiser, mentoring expert Jean Rhodes draws on more than thirty years of empirical research to survey the state of the field. Her conclusions are sobering: there is little evidence that most programs-even those of the most renowned and trusted organizations-are truly effective. Rhodes shows that targeted, evidence-based approaches can create meaningful changes in teenagers' lives. She also recommends that we invest more to support and expand opportunities for natural mentoring relationships to bloom-in schools, youth sports leagues, and community organizations." -- Provided by publisher.
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Not made by slaves : ethical capitalism in the age of abolition
Bronwen Everill
HF5387 .E94 2020
"Bronwen Everill examines how abolitionists in the Atlantic world shaped emerging ideas of ethical commerce to fight the system of plantation slavery that had become an engine of modern capitalism. This book illuminates global consumer society and industrial capitalism at the turn of the nineteenth century, as well as underscores the roles of slavery and antislavery movements in the development of international capitalism. It also reminds us that concerns over fair trade and labor conditions remain relevant today." -- Provided by publisher.
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Nightingales in Berlin : searching for the perfect sound
David Rothenberg
ML3877 .R67 2019
"As philosopher and musician David Rothenberg shows in this searching and personal new book, the nightingale’s song is so peculiar in part because it reflects our own cacophony back at us. As vocal learners, nightingales acquire their music through the world around them, singing amidst the sounds of humanity in all its contradictions of noise and beauty, hard machinery and soft melody. Rothenberg has written a provocative and accessible book to attune us ever closer to the natural environment around us." -- Provided from Amazon.
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The man in the red coat
Julian Barnes
RG76.P69 B37 2020
"In the summer of 1885, three Frenchmen arrived in London for a few days' intellectual shopping: a prince, a count, and a commoner with an Italian name. Julian Barnes unfurls the stories of their lives which play out against the backdrop of the Belle Époque in Paris. The Man in the Red Coat is, at once, a fresh portrait of the Belle Époque; an illuminating look at the longstanding exchange of ideas between Britain and France; and a life of a man who lived passionately in the moment but whose ideas and achievements were far ahead of his time." -- Provided by publisher.
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Lying in state : why presidents lie -- and why Trump is worse
Eric Alterman
E176.1 .A628 2020
"In Lying in State, Eric Alterman asks how we ended up with such a pathologically dishonest commander in chief, showing that, from early on, the United States has persistently expanded its power and hegemony on the basis of presidential lies. He also reveals the cumulative effect of this deception-each lie a president tells makes it more acceptable for subsequent presidents to lie-and the media's complicity in spreading misinformation. Donald Trump, then, represents not an aberration but the culmination of an age-old trend. Lying in State is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how we arrived in this age of alternative facts." -- Provided by publisher.
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Lives of houses
Kate Kennedy, Hermione Lee
PN164 .L58 2020
"A group of notable writers celebrate our fascination with the houses of famous literary figures, artists, composers, and politicians of the past. In Lives of Houses, a group of notable biographers, historians, critics, and poets explores these questions and more through fascinating essays on the houses of great writers, artists, composers, and politicians of the past. But Lives of Houses also considers those who are unhoused, unwilling or unable to establish a home. With more than forty illustrations, Lives of Houses illuminates what houses mean to us and how we use them to connect to and think about the past. The result is a fresh and engaging look at house and home." -- Provided from Melvyl.
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Leave it as it is : a journey through Theodore Roosevelt's American wilderness
David Gessner
GE195 .G385 2020
"An urgent call to protect America's public lands, told through New York Times bestselling author David Gessner's American road trip with our greatest conservationist, Theodore Roosevelt, as his guide." -- Provided by publisher.