Kitty Genovese : the murder, the bystanders, the crime that changed America / Kevin Cook
New York City, 1964. A young woman is stabbed to death on her front stoop—a murder the New York Times called “a frozen moment of dramatic, disturbing social change.” The victim, Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, became an urban martyr, butchered by a sociopathic killer in plain sight of thirty-eight neighbors who “didn’t want to get involved.” Her sensational case provoked an anxious outcry and launched a sociological theory known as the “Bystander Effect”.
Two-time Lincoln Prize winner Allen C. Guelzo shows us the face, the sights and the sounds of nineteenth-century combat: the stone walls and gunpowder clouds of Pickett’s Charge; the reason that the Army of Northern Virginia could be smelled before it could be seen; the march of thousands of men from the banks of the Rappahannock in Virginia to the Pennsylvania hills.
Globalization and austerity politics in Latin America / Stephen B. Kaplan
Developing country politicians in a financially globalized world suffer a similar fate. Hoping to lift their countries to development’s pinnacle, they toil against the fierce force of globalization. The repeatedly roll the policy boulder up the mountain. Hoping to please mercurial markets, governments cut spending, hike interest rates, and balance budgets.
Fragile majorities and education : Belgium, Catalonia, Northern Ireland, and Quebec / Marie McAndrew
Are fragile majorities capable of opening themselves to deep-rooted and new ethnic and cultural pluralism? What role does education play in this process? Based on ten years of comparative research, Fragile Majorities and Education is a nuanced study of ethnic dominance, linguistic integration of immigrants, and diversity in education. Ethnic relations are often depicted in an oversimplified framework where a clear dominant majority exercises power over various minorities
Who’s Who in the Zoo? : An Inside Story of Corruption, Crooks and Killers / Domenico Cacciola
Who’s Who in the Zoo is a first-hand account of Domenico ‘Mick’ Cacciola’s life as a CIB and Special Branch detective over three decades. It captures the colour and grit of policing in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, which in its heyday was the sleazy epicentre of gambling and prostitution. Be transported to the pre- and post-Fitzgerald Inquiry eras: the crooked cops, the corrupt politicians, the stand-over men, the informants, the bank robbers, the drugs, the murderers, the crime and the violence.
Battle hymns : the power and popularity of music in the Civil War / Christian McWhirter
Music was everywhere during the Civil War. Tunes could be heard ringing out from parlor pianos, thundering at political rallies, and setting the rhythms of military and domestic life. With literacy still limited, music was an important vehicle for communicating ideas about the war, and it had a lasting impact in the decades that followed.
How to be alone / poem by Tanya Davis with illustrations by Andrea Dorfman
From a solitary walk in the woods to sitting unaccompanied on a city park bench to eating a meal and even dancing alone, How to Be Alone, reveals the possibilities and joys waiting to be discovered when we engage in activities on our own.
Let there be light : the story of light from atoms to galaxies / Ann Breslin & Alex Montwill
This book is the first of its kind devoted to the key role played by light and electromagnetic radiation in the universe. Readers are introduced to philosophical hypotheses such as the economy, symmetry and the universality of natural laws, and are then guided to practical consequences such as the rules of geometrical optics and even Einstein’s well-known but mysterious relationship, E = mc2.
Live and die like a man : gender dynamics in urban Egypt / Farha Ghannam
Watching the revolution of January 2011, the world saw Egyptians, men and women, come together to fight for freedom and social justice. These events gave renewed urgency to the fraught topic of gender in the Middle East. The role of women in public life, the meaning of manhood, and the future of gender inequalities are hotly debated by religious figures, government officials, activists, scholars, and ordinary citizens throughout Egypt
Less than human : why we demean, enslave, and exterminate others / David Livingstone Smith
A revelatory look at why we dehumanize each other, with stunning examples from world history as well as today’s headlines. “Brute.” “Lice.” “Vermin.” “Dog.” These and other monikers are constantly in use to refer to other humans—for political, religious, ethnic, or sexist reasons. Human beings have a tendency to regard members of their own kind as less than human.