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Manson in His Own Words
Charles Manson
0802130240
June 1988
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The Happy Hooker
Xaviera Hollander
0060014164
June 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Xaviera Hollander has been writing a Penthouse column for 30 years. She chronicled her life as a "high-class New York madam" in 1972's The Happy Hooker: My Own Story, which now returns to print. Frankly discussing lesbianism, bondage, voyeurism and run-ins with lawyers and the FBI, Hollander's book was an international bestseller. In her new epilogue, Hollander rather questionably attests that although her stories may not be as shocking or taboo now as they were in 1972, "the business of sex [has] a new relevance" since September 11. Regan Books will also publish Hollander's new memoir, Child No More, in June (a review will run in an upcoming issue). Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Dutch madam Hollander scored big with this 1972...


The Accidental President of Brazil: A Memoir
Fernando Cardoso
1586483242
February 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Cardoso, who served as Brazil's Finance Minister in the early 1990's and then president from 1995 to 2002, shows in his first-rate memoir how far his country has traveled in the 125 years since Emperor Dom Pedro. Cardoso appears, by virtue of being a third-generation politician raised in an upper-middle-class household, to have been minted for the presidency. Yet, as he describes with the panache of a seasoned history writer, privilege did not obscure his vision of Brazil's injustice and poverty: he was born into a time of upheaval and worker revolts and lived through his first coup at age six, a foreshadowing of the tumult he would witness throughout his adult life. This philosopher-turned-politician gives a thorough history of 20th century Brazil, a country blessed with resources but racked by instability and...


Sociological Theory : Classical Statements (6th Edition)
David Ashley, David Michael Orenstein
0205381308
October 20, 2004
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Book Description
This text provides a comprehensive examination of classical sociological theory by introducing students to the life, times, and ideas of the figures who have had the greatest influence on the development of the field. The book offers a balanced treatment of all the major classical theorists and puts classical sociological theory into historical, social, and cultural context. Anyone looking for a text on classical sociological theory.

From the Back Cover
This text introduces students to the lives, times, and ideas of twelve people who have had the greatest influence on the development of sociology. Each theorist is discussed in separate chapters, which are organized to demonstrate how social theory is the product of individuals responding to the issues and concerns of their...


Abbie Hoffman: American Rebel
Marty Jezer
0813520177
July 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
This critical, comprehensive biography of the late radical Abbie Hoffman surveys in detail the politics, philosophies and struggles of the antiwar movement and, to a lesser extent, civil rights, feminism and environmentalism. Even though Jezer ( The Dark Ages: Life in the United States, 1945-1960 ) clearly respects Hoffman's ability to mobilize dissenters, he does not shirk from challenging Hoffman's attention-getting tactics, often perceived as clownish or macho. Jezer contends that the Jewish Hoffman's upbringing in conservative, largely non-Jewish, working-class Worcester, Mass., taught him to accept people of varied backgrounds and contributed to his energetic support of civil rights. His youth also led him to adopt a "tough hood" stance that he never abandoned, and that did not allow him to fully practice...


Sociological Theory
George Ritzer
0072296054
August 9, 1999
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Book Description
Written by one of the foremost American authorities on sociological theory, this market-leading text gives readers a comprehensive overview of the major classical theorists and contemporary schools of sociological thought. Arranged chronologically, it spans the history of sociological theory from its inception to the present. Key theories are integrated with biographical and autobiographical sketches of the lives of theorists to place readings in their personal and historical context for students. The fifth edition has been thoroughly updated and revised to include a number of sections on new developments in the field, such as theories of consumption and the new means of consumption, multiculturalism, and criticisms and applications of postmodernism and post-post modernism.

About the...


Morrie
Morrie Schwartz
0385318790
Jan 1996
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Book Review
Preceding the phenomenal success of Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie, in which Albom discusses his weekly visits with his mentor, Morrie, as Morrie faces death from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Morrie Schwartz published his own book, Morrie: In His Own Words.

Schwartz intended his words to be read by people dying of terminal illnesses with passages titled ,"Living with Physical Limitations," "Grieving for Your Losses," and "Reviewing the Past." Yet, just as in the case in Tuesdays with Morrie, this collection of plainspoken reflections transcends the "death and dying" category and is more aptly shelved in one's inspiration and spirituality collection.

For example, Schwartz's simple thoughts on courage could speak to any seeker of enlightenment. "Dealing bravely with physical pain or accidents takes one...



Mappers of Society: The Lives, Times, and Legacies of Great Sociologists
Ronald M. Fernandez
0275974359
June 2003
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Review
“This introduction to the classics of sociological theory combines the conversational style of Robert Heilbroner's The Worldly Philosophers with the organizational strategy of Lewis Coser's Masters of Sociological Thought...[t]he book indicates how theory might make students' own lives more understandable. Recommended. General readers and undergraduates.”–Choice
“[M]appers of Society provides the reader with an excellent bibliography that can be helpful for not only the curious student or researcher, but also for the librarian in search of a comprehensive collection development tool. Although the book may be designated as a reference resource, its format and usability mitigate against this restrictive classification. This book should be located in the circulating collection so the reader can take it...


Red Dirt
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
1859848567
June 1997
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Book Review
Now a professor of ethnic studies in California, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz turns her eye back to her own roots as a "Dust Bowl Baby" in rural Oklahoma. In telling the story of her family and their hardships in the Depression, Dunbar-Ortiz introduces the reader to some fascinating characters who are certainly not the "white trash" caricatures of popular belief. Interspersed well with her own story are historical facts that give depth to the narrative and correct popular misconceptions about "Okies" (some of which were popularized by John Steinbeck in The Grapes of Wrath).

Los Angeles Times
Dunbar-Ortiz's most important achievement is to put class back on the rural map where it belongs.

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Politicide: Ariel Sharon's War against the Palestinians
Baruch Kimmerling
1859845177
June 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
One of Israel's well-known leftist academics, Kimmerling trains his polemical sights here on Ariel Sharon. Israel's prime minister, he argues, is pursuing "politicide," which he defines as activities designed to "destroy the political national existence of a whole community of people and thus deny it the possibility of self-determination." This policy, Kimmerling says, has long been Sharon's goal, whether as a daring commander in retaliatory raids during the 1950s, in the 1982 Lebanon war or in his policies as prime minister. Sharon, he argues, is using the latest peace plan-the Bush administration-backed "road map"-as a pretext: he is counting on the Palestinians to give him an excuse to further his aims. The 1967 Six-Day War is the critical moment in Kimmerling's analysis. Israel's victory in that war gave it...


ANCESTRAL PASSIONS : THE LEAKEY FAMILY AND THE QUEST FOR HUMANKIND'S BEGINNINGS
Virginia Morell
0684801922


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Book Review
There is a pleasing irony that a single family--the Leakeys--has been one of the most important and effective forces in the age-old effort to trace the human family to its origins. Virginia Morell's book is a fascinating and authoritative personal and scientific biography of the real family (comprised of Louis, Mary, and Richard Leakey), their scientific progeny, and (again in a fitting touch of irony), the competing bands of modern anthropologists competing over limited paleontological and conceptual resources of publication, prestige, and power, much like ancient hominid bands competing for caves, copulations, and carcasses. Highly Recommended.

From Publishers Weekly
Born in Kenya, Louis Leakey (1903- 1972), son of a dynamic missionary, grew up among Kikuyu natives. At Cambridge...


Talking to High Monks in the Snow
Lydia Y. Minatoya
0060923725
Feb 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
In this often delightful memoir of a Japanese American woman's youth in upstate New York, caught between her immigrant parents' culture and her own American experience, two sketches in particular are most revealing. Minatoya's father, a research scientist long employed by the same firm, is nearing retirement when he discovers he has been paid the same wages as his lab assistant. His two outraged daughters, perceiving racial discrimination, cry out: "Sue them blind!" But his Japanese dignity is at stake; besides, he has loved his work and was grateful for the chance to do it, and he feels strong loyalty to his employers. On the other hand, the daughters are entranced when their mother--a clothes designer and seamstress proud to have a career--plucks ancient tunes on her okoto for them, like a traditional Japanese...


With a Daughter's Eye
Mary Catherine Bateson
0060975733
Jan 1994
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-- Natural History magazine
"[A]n utter absorbing account of Mead and Bateson's relationship...[This] book is clearly a classic."

Book Description
In With a Daughter's Eye, writer and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson looks back on her extraordinary childhood with two of the world's legendary anthropologists, Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson. This deeply human and illuminating portrait sheds new light on her parents' prodigious achievements and stands alone as an important contribution for scholars of Mead and Bateson. But for readers everywhere, this engaging, poignant, and powerful book is first and foremost a singularly candid memoir of a unique family by the only person who could have written it.

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Whatever You Say I Am: The Life and Times of Eminem
Anthony Bozza
1400053803
September 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
The demand for all things Eminem is big, and rock journalist Bozza aims to fill in the gaps with some personal notes of his own. Culling from his own past interviews with the often-reviled rapper, Bozza's portrait begins four years ago, when he first met and interviewed 27-year-old Marshall Mathers III. He stumbled upon a young man growing into his fame and struggling with the demons of his past life. Eminem's music-propelled by Dr. Dre's beats and Mathers's own controversial lyrics-gave rise to a new era. But it was before this big break, before the awards, movie offers and protests, that Bozza met and connected with Eminem. The two would become irrevocably linked-Bozza gained prominence after writing a remarkable in-depth piece on Em for Rolling Stone, which took the cover and helped catapult the artist to...


Sociological Theory
George Ritzer
0072817186
Aug 2003
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Book Description
Written by one of the foremost authorities in the world on sociological theory and a junior colleague (and former student) who specializes, and has already published widely, in theory, this market-leading text gives readers a comprehensive overview of the major classical theorists and contemporary schools of sociological thought. It spans the history of sociological theory from its inception to the latest theoretical developments. Key theories are integrated with biographical sketches of the lives of theorists to place readings in their personal and historical context for students. This book provides students with the context to understand the original works of classical authors as well as the framework to compare and contrast the newest substantive theories that they have learned in other sociology courses. The sixth...


Place in El Paso: A Mexican-American Childhood
Gloria Lopez-Stafford
082631709X
January 1996
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Down These Mean Streets (Vintage)
Piri Thomas
0679781420
November 25, 1997
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Book Review
The 30th anniversary edition of this classic memoir about growing up in Spanish Harlem includes an afterword reminding us that its streets are even meaner now, thanks to crack cocaine and the dismantling of government poverty programs. As a dark-skinned Puerto Rican, born in 1928, Piri Thomas faced with painful immediacy the absurd contradictions of America's racial attitudes (among people of all colors) in a time of wrenching social change. Three decades have not dimmed the luster of his jazzy prose, rich in Hispanic rhythms and beat-generation slang.

Review
"Piri Thomas describes the passionate, painful search to validate his manhood...He has done it all in Harlem's mean streets and gone on from machismo to manhood, acquiring during the journey an understanding of...


Kingsley Davis: A Biography and Selections from His Writings
David M. Heer
0765802678
April 2005
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Bronx Primitive
Kate Simon
0140263314
Aug 1997
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From Library Journal
Simon's 1982 memoir made several best books lists. It follows her own life as an immigrant child growing into adolescence in the Bronx. This remains for "general readers and mature YAs" (LJ 5/1/82).Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The New York Times Book Review, Helen Yglesias
Splendid as ever, Kate Simon now turns her powers of observation upon herself as a child and upon the sidewalks, the stoops, the public schools and the railroad flats of the Bronx she grew up in. If the words "incomparable" and "unrivalled" have not been included in this context, it's because her history is mined from a vein which has been so much exploited in our literature that comparisons are inevitable.

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Classical Sociological Theory
George Ritzer, Douglas J. Goodman
0072824301
July 28, 2003
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Book Description
Written by one of the foremost authorities in the world on sociological theory and a junior colleague (and former student) who specializes, and has already published widely, in theory, this market-leading text gives readers a comprehensive overview of the major classical theorists and contemporary schools of sociological thought. Key theories are integrated with biographical sketches of the lives of theorists to place readings in their personal and historical context for students. This book provides students with the context to understand the original works of classical authors as well as the framework to compare and contrast the newest substantive theories that they have learned in other sociology courses.

About the Author
George Ritzer is Distinguished University Professor at...


Authors of Their Own Lives: Intellectual Autobiographies by Twenty American Sociologists
Bennett M. Berger (Editor)
0520065565
January 1990
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Paul Thomas, New York Times Book Review
"Bristles with anecdotes (about a woman dean at Yale who had to use the back stairs at a male-only club to attend administrative meetings, and about Justice Louis Brandeis not letting his law clerks (one of whom was the sociologist David Riesman) get married. . . . All these accounts are fragments of social history as well as of sociology." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Alan Sica, Science
"The extraordinary virtue of the Berger collection is that it allows for the first time a number of important, very different types of sociologists to remove their lab coats and speak from the heart. . . . [A] fine book from beginning to end." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Endless Crusades
Ellen Fitzpatrick
0195088484
Jan 1994
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Book Description
This book examines the lives and careers of four American women--Sophonisba Breckinridge, Edith Abbott, Katharine Bement Davis, and Frances Kellor--who played decisive roles in early twentieth-century reform crusades. Breckinridge and Abbott used their educations in political science and
political economy to expose the tragic conditions endured by the urban poor. Davis became the first superintendent of the New York State Reformatory at Bedford Hills and was a leading figure in prison reform. Kellor's sociological training gained her admittance to the smoke-filled rooms of
national party politics and eventually to a high-ranking position in the Progressive Party. In Endless Crusade, Fitzpatrick follows these four women from their collective experience as University of Chicago graduate students at the turn of...


The Goffman Reader (Blackwell Readers)
Erving Goffman, et al
1557868948
March 1997
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Book Description
Erving Goffman (1922-82) is considered to be among the greatest and most inventive of American sociologists. His works first appeared at a time when traditional, formal American sociology dominated the scene. They introduced fresh, new ideas and ways of thinking about the individual in the social world. Although Goffman is more often thought of as being grounded in symbolic interactionism, he was in fact the first to raise questions about the socially constructed self, the distinction between public identity versus the private self, the role of gender in society, and the study of public spaces. These themes remain of primary interest today, making Goffman one of the most influential thinkers in late twentieth-century social thought. For the first time in any collection, readers will have access to the complete...


Mappers of Society: The Lives, Times, and Legacies of Great Sociologists
Ronald M. Fernandez
0275974340
June 2003
Hardcover
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Review
“With a sharp sense of humor, Fernandez's book offers to readers insight into the minds of some of the sociological greats, along with encouragement to use those insights to understand and perhaps improve the contemporary world. This is one of those rare theory books that I believe students will actually enjoy reading, and because Fernandez is clearly excited about the promise of sociology, readers are likely to catch his enthusiasm and be more excited about sociology as well....[t]his book would be an excellent choice for social theory courses pitched at virtually any level.”–Teaching Sociology
“[M]appers of Society provides the reader with an excellent bibliography that can be helpful for not only the curious student or researcher, but also for the librarian in search of a comprehensive collection...


Bandido: Oscar "Zeta" Acosta and the Chicano Experience
Ilan Stavans
0064385574


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From Publishers Weekly
The inspiration for Hunter S. Thompson's notorious "Samoan" attorney in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a quixotic campaigner for Los Angeles sheriff, the hard-living Chicano activist Acosta (b. 1936) remains shrouded in myth, thanks to his mysterious disappearance (drugs? U.S. agents?) in 1974. In this brief but probing biographical essay, Stavans (The Latino Condition) observes that the legacy of Acosta, who wrote The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo, is more ideological than artistic. Indeed, Acosta symbolized the hopes and anxieties of his people; he adopted the appellation "Zeta," or Z, a reference to such forebears as Zorro and Zapata, as a sign of his hyphenated self. Combining interviews and analysis, Stavans reconstructs Acosta's struggles with obesity, his tangled affections for white women, his mental...


W.E.B. Du Bois and American Political Thought
Adolph L. Reed, Jr.
0195130987
Jan 1999
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Book Review
In his own time, W.E.B. Du Bois was a controversial figure, and now, more than 30 years after his death, he continues to be so. Born in 1868, Du Bois was a central figure in African American intellectual life during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, yet many of his positions are difficult to reconcile with current African American thought. Du Bois, for example, was an elitist who believed that black society was divided between "the talented tenth" and everybody else. Yet in his later years, he joined the communist party and moved to Africa, where he lived out the remainder of his life. Since his death in 1963, a generation of African American intellectuals have tried to interpret, explain, or revise him according to their own beliefs; now Adolph Reed Jr. weighs in with W.E.B. Du Bois and American Political...

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