Offers a provocative study of the influence of "ghetto" attitudes, lifestyles, and mores on urban communities and American culture and critiques this persona and its attitudes towards women, education, and African-Americans.
Traces the history of the United States through the words of its people as found engraved on monuments across the country, in a four-part, illustrated volume that includes such sections as "In Praise of Public Lives," "Ordinary Heroes," "Bearing Witness," and "A More Perfect Union." 25,000 first printing.
Describes the economic and social impact of the two income family, presenting a series of solutions on how to get the middle class back on financial track.
A portrait of today's African-American male evaluates both archetypes and stereotypes, exploring black masculinity as it is represented by a range of personalities, from professionals and hip-hop figures to family men and criminals. Original.
The author of King Leopold's Ghost offers a stirring account of the first great human rights crusade, which originated in England in the 1780s and resulted in the freeing of hundreds of thousands of slaves around the world. Reprint.
Traces the significance of Sunday from ancient times to present-day America, looking at the religious and secular rituals that have defined the day over the centuries, from early Christian celebrations of the liturgy, to the end of "blue laws" during the 1950s.
Describes a young white teacher's experiences of teaching a fourth-grade class of African-American students in a segregated school in rural Louisa County, Virginia, and how such challenges as low expectations of students' educational abilities, overgrounded classrooms, poorly trained teachers, empty bookshelves, and a lack of supplies hindered the youngsters' ability to learn.
Explores the private security company Blackwater USA, including the background of its founder; its relationship with the United States government; and its role in the Iraq War, the cleanup of Hurricane Katrina, and the War on Terror.
Presents a study of the impact of Prohibition on New York, describing how it led to a clash between proponents of personal liberty and advocates of societal reform and how officials were unable to enforce the ban on alcohol.
The desperate, dangerous, and remarkable ways in which the Marquis Park community on Chicago's Southside survives is explored in this devastating critique of the entrenched poverty so often ignored in America.
Describes Larry Devlin's life during his time as CIA Chief of Station in Congo and the key role he played in the cold war there, including all the twists and turns of both Congolese politics and American policies.
An unprecedented, behind-the-scenes study of the New York City Police Department Bomb Squad and the thirty-three officers who make up the unit follows the elite team from New Year's Eve 2003 during the annual Time Square celebration and throughout the next year, offering a chilling look at front-line operations during the age of terrorism. 60,000 first printing.
Examines how George Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush performed as history's first successive global leaders following the United States' victory over the Cold War, and how that performance was influenced by their leadership styles.