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The Big Sort

Author : Bill Bishop
ISBN : 9780547525198
Genre : Political Science
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In 2004, journalist Bill Bishop coined the term "the big sort." Armed with startling new demographic data, he made national news in a series of articles showing how Americans have been sorting themselves into alarmingly homogeneous communities -- not by region or by state, but by city and even neighborhood. Over the past three decades, we have been choosing the neighborhood (and church and news show) compatible with our lifestyle and beliefs. The result is a country that has become so polarized, so ideologically inbred that people don't know and can't understand those who live a few miles away. How this came to be, and its dire implications for our country, is the subject of this ground-breaking work. In The Big Sort, Bishop has taken his analysis to a new level. He begins with stories about how we live today and then draws on history, economics and our changing political landscape to create one of the most compelling big-picture accounts of America in recent memory.

How Television Shapes Our Worldview

Author : Deborah A. Macey
ISBN : 9780739187050
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Despite the fractured media scape and ideological distortions, the voice from television offers important lessons and ways to understand who we are as humans and how we interact with others, both locally and globally. This book offers a global perspective on how television shapes our perception of the world.

Why States Matter

Author : Gary Moncrief
ISBN : 9780742570399
Genre : Political Science
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When it comes to voting, taxes, environmental regulations, social services, education, criminal justice, political parties, property rights, gun control, marriage and a whole host of other modern American issues, the state in which a citizen resides makes a difference. The idea that states matter is the fundamental concept explored in this book - by accomplished scholars and authors Gary Moncrief and Peverill Squire - and has been an essential truth embedded within America's governing philosophy since the Colonial Era. Considerably less attention is paid to the gritty but essential political battles fought at the level of America’s states than to the endless and infamous turmoil inside the beltway, but the political decisions made by those in state-level offices are of tremendous importance to the lives of people whose states they govern. This book introduces students to the very tangible and constantly evolving implications, limitations, and foundations of America’s state political institutions, and accessibly explains the ways that the political powers of the states manifest themselves in the cultures, economies, and lives of everyday Americans, and always will.

Protester Voices

Author : Karl C. Priest
ISBN : 9780984500307
Genre : Biology
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Torture The Politician

Author : Henry Vizi
ISBN : 9780741424068
Genre : Fiction
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Aliens don't come to Earth often, but when they do, you better hire a good lawyer. And God can't help you, for he's busy watching a new reality TV show.

The Catholic Church

Author : John L. Allen Jr.
ISBN : 9780199379828
Genre : Religion
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Roman Catholicism stands at a crossroads, a classic ''best of times, worst of times'' moment. On the one hand, the Catholic Church remains by far the largest branch of the worldwide Christian family, and is growing at a remarkable clip. Yet the Church has also been rocked by a series of scandals related to the sexual abuse of minors by clergy, and, even more devastating, the cover-up by the Church hierarchy. The decade-long crisis has taken a massive financial toll, but the blow to both the internal morale and the external moral standing of the Church has been even steeper. Today, the Church has enormous residual strength and exciting future prospects, but also faces steep internal and external challenges. The question of ''whither Catholicism'' is of vital public relevance, for believers and non-believers alike. In The Catholic Church: What Everyone Needs to Know, John L. Allen, Jr., one of the world's leading authorities on the Vatican, offers an authoritative and accessible guide to the past, present, and future of the Church. This updated edition includes a new chapter on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the election of Pope Francis, and his extraordinary tenure thus far.

Beyond The Sapphire Gate

Author : R.V. Johnson
ISBN : 9780986165504
Genre : Fiction
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Big Toby Finds Love

Author : Stanley McQueen
ISBN : 9783955008833
Genre : Fiction
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Big Toby has a heart as big as a saw log and a appetite as big as he is. He meets the niece of his boss who is visiting from Ohio. She has come to Muddy Fork, Kentucky to see how folks live. Big Toby got the privilege of showing her around the country side and the two fall head over heels in love. Both are quit large and the two discover that true love comes in all sizes. "A Muddy Fork Short Story"

The Hedgehog

Author : Hilda Doolittle
ISBN : 0811210693
Genre : Fiction
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Living with her mother in Switzerland during the time of World War II, Madge moves from the concerns of childhood to the edge of the more adult woes of love and loss, separation and community.

The Big Book Of Christmas Mysteries

Author : Otto Penzler
ISBN : 9780345802996
Genre : Fiction
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Have yourself a crooked little Christmas with The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries. Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler collects sixty of his all-time favorite holiday crime stories--many of which are difficult or nearly impossible to find anywhere else. From classic Victorian tales by Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Thomas Hardy, to contemporary stories by Sara Paretsky and Ed McBain, this collection touches on all aspects of the holiday season, and all types of mysteries. They are suspenseful, funny, frightening, and poignant. Included are puzzles by Mary Higgins Clark, Isaac Asimov, and Ngaio Marsh; uncanny tales in the tradition of A Christmas Carol by Peter Lovesey and Max Allan Collins; O. Henry-like stories by Stanley Ellin and Joseph Shearing, stories by pulp icons John D. MacDonald and Damon Runyon; comic gems from Donald E. Westlake and John Mortimer; and many, many more. Almost any kind of mystery you’re in the mood for--suspense, pure detection, humor, cozy, private eye, or police procedural—can be found in these pages. FEATURING: - Unscrupulous Santas - Crimes of Christmases Past and Present - Festive felonies - Deadly puddings - Misdemeanors under the mistletoe - Christmas cases for classic characters including Sherlock Holmes, Brother Cadfael, Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Ellery Queen, Rumpole of the Bailey, Inspector Morse, Inspector Ghote, A.J. Raffles, and Nero Wolfe.

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