The Economics of Life: From Baseball to Affirmative Action to Immigration, How Real-World Issues Affect Our Everyday Life
From economics Nobel Laureate Gary Becker and historian Guity Nashat Becker comes this collection of the economist’s popular BusinessWeek columns. These 138 essays have fueled numerous debates, touching on hot-button issues from crime to organization of sports. The Beckers’ surprising–and uncompromising–positions on drugs (“legalize them”), immigration (“auction off immigration slots”), welfare (“curtail it sharply”), and other topics provide a provocative commentary on our times.
Major Problems in American Immigration and Ethnic History (Major Problems in American History)
This unique volume explores such themes as the political and economic forces that cause immigration; the alienation and uprootedness that often follow relocation; and the difficult questions of citizenship and assimilation.
Origins of the Angolan Civil War: Foreign Intervention and Domestic Political Conflict
An investigation of the origins of the Angolan civil war of 1975-76. By looking at the interaction between internal and external factors, it reveals the domestic roots of the conflict and the impact of foreign intervention on the civil war.
The formative influence of colonialism and anti-colonialism on the emergence of Angolan rivalry since 1961 is described, and the externalization of that power struggle is analysed from a perspective of both international and domestic politics.
The Paradox of Plenty: Oil Booms and Petro-States (Studies in International Political Economy)
The Paradox of Plenty explains why, in the midst of two massive oil booms in the 1970s, oil-exporting governments as different as Venezuela, Iran, Nigeria, Algeria, and Indonesia chose common development paths and suffered similarly disappointing outcomes. Meticulously documented and theoretically innovative, this book illuminates the manifold factors—economic, political, and social—that determine the nature of the oil state, from the coherence of public bureaucracies, to the degree of centralization, to patterns of policy-making.
The American Encounter: The United States And The Making Of The Modern World
A collection of landmark essays illustrates a unique intellectual history of this century and of the extraordinary role that America has played in it–offering wisdom, insight, and a greater understanding of America’s place in the world.
Eco-Pioneers: Practical Visionaries Solving Today’s Environmental Problems
The idea for Eco-Pioneers came to Steve Lerner while he was attending the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Although he was moved by the vision of sustainable development evoked by citizens and officials at the summit, as a reporter he felt a need to put a human face on the rhetoric and find out what sustainable development actually looks like in the United States.
Restoring the Earth: Visionary Solutions from the Bioneers
The founder of the Bioneers conference, an annual event for ecologists from around the world, presents a collection of profiles of visionary men and women and their solutions to the planet’s most pressing ecological problems.
Pombo: A Man of Che’s Guerrilla, With Che Guevara in Bolivia 1966-68 (The Cuban Revolution in World Politics)
A firsthand account of the 1966-68 revolutionary campaign in Bolivia led by Ernesto Che Guevara.
This is the story of Pombo the nom de guerre of Harry Villegas, a young fighter still in his 20s, who was a member of Guevara s general staff.
Villegas led the small group of combatants who survived the Bolivian army s encirclement and lived to recount this epic chapter in the history of the Americas.
Shadowed Lives: Undocumented Immigrants in American Society (Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology)
One of the few case studies of undocumented immigrants available, this insightful anthropological analysis humanizes a group of people too often reduced to statistics and stereotypes. The hardships of Hispanic migration are conveyed in the immigrants’ own voices while the author’s voice raises questions about power, stereotypes, settlement, and incorporation into American society.
The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice
In a frank expose of the Teresa cult, Hitchens details the nature and limits of one woman’s mission to the world’s poor. He probes the source of the heroic status bestowed upon an Albanian nun whose only declared wish is to serve God. He asks whether Mother Teresa’s good works answer any higher purpose than the need of the world’s privileged to see someone, somewhere, doing something for the Third World.
He unmasks pseudo-miracles, questions Mother Teresa’s fitness to adjudicate on matters of sex and reproduction, and reports on a version of saintly ubiquity which affords genial relations with dictators, corrupt tycoons and convicted frauds.