Gods and Pawns

“About twenty thousand years,” I answered. Wham, he hit me with that
deadweight stare again. “Really?” he said. “A little fellow like you?” I ask you, is
five foot five really so short? “We were smaller back then,” I explained. “People
were, I mean.

Author: Kage Baker

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 142994580X

Category: Fiction

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In the Company, you're either a God or a Pawn, but sometimes you have to be both. The eight stories, reprinted for the first time in this collection delve further into the history and exploits of the Company and its operatives, including Mendoza, Lewis, and Alec. The book opens with the novella, "To the Land Beyond the Sunset," starring Lewis and Mendoza, and involving a strange tribe in Bolivia whose members claim to be gods. Their ability to grow a small tropical paradise in the middle of the desert certainly seems godlike, and it's Mendoza's job to figure what their secret is."Standing in His Light" features Van Drouten, and her role in the career of the artist Jan Vermeer. The story illustrates how, with a little help from the Company, lost masterpieces can be found (or created) easily. Other stories include "Welcome to Olympus, Mr. Hearst," which opens up intriguing questions about The Company, and the original novelette, "Hellfire at Twilight," which concludes the volume and tells of Lewis infiltrating the famous Hellfire Club in the England of the 18th century. This book is a compelling read for every Baker fan, and essential for Company addicts At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

How the Light Gets In

He took off his glasses and handed the tuque back to Myrna. “What do you think it
says?” She examined it, squinting. ... and one for herself.” “But it's so small,” said
the Chief. “People were smaller back then,” said Myrna, and Gamache nodded.

Author: Louise Penny

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 9781466834705

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." —Leonard Cohen Christmas is approaching, and in Québec it's a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department, his old friend and lieutenant Jean-Guy Beauvoir hasn't spoken to him in months, and hostile forces are lining up against him. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Mystified by Myrna's reluctance to reveal her friend's name, Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines. Increasingly, he is not only investigating the disappearance of Myrna's friend but also seeking a safe place for himself and his still-loyal colleagues. Is there peace to be found even in Three Pines, and at what cost to Gamache and the people he holds dear? How the Light Gets In is the ninth Chief Inspector Gamache Novel from Louise Penny. One of Publishers Weekly's Best Mystery/Thriller Books of 2013 One of The Washington Post's Top 10 Books of the Year An NPR Best Book of 2013

Dim Lee Lit and the Terrorist

Everything was surrounded by women and their bodacious ways. “I was a guard
of all the good sculpture and paintings in a gallery back in the day—pretty
descent gig,” said the mighty Don. “Did you know Adam and Eve were smaller
people ...

Author: Murph Donnan

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing

ISBN: 9781480917019

Category: Fiction

Page: 230

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Once a rock star comes into his own, he could be as popular as he wanted with the women, right? Dim Lee Lit thought the same way, and skipped the fact he already had a girlfriend. Well, she thought differently, and once he let her go, she hired a terrorist to murder him. Revenge fueled the fire in her. She was his model while he painted, he kept her close, but tried to upset her in conversation. He softened some, but he couldn’t shake his band members’ volition of having their girlfriends pose nude while they painted. Pam wouldn’t let Dim do it. Throughout, the book puts nudity through an unnerving light. It turns out America could be better off not living on such high hogs.

A World Without Work

1 Once upon a time, in this vision, people could dodge the challenge of inequality
simply by turning away and retreating into solitude. ... Their economic pies were
smaller, if it makes sense to think of there being “economies” back then at all.

Author: Daniel Susskind

Publisher: Metropolitan Books

ISBN: 9781250173522

Category: Business & Economics

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From an Oxford economist, a visionary account of how technology will transform the world of work, and what we should do about it From mechanical looms to the combustion engine to the first computers, new technologies have always provoked panic about workers being replaced by machines. For centuries, such fears have been misplaced, and many economists maintain that they remain so today. But as Daniel Susskind demonstrates, this time really is different. Breakthroughs in artificial intelligence mean that all kinds of jobs are increasingly at risk. Drawing on almost a decade of research in the field, Susskind argues that machines no longer need to think like us in order to outperform us, as was once widely believed. As a result, more and more tasks that used to be far beyond the capability of computers – from diagnosing illnesses to drafting legal contracts, from writing news reports to composing music – are coming within their reach. The threat of technological unemployment is now real. This is not necessarily a bad thing, Susskind emphasizes. Technological progress could bring about unprecedented prosperity, solving one of humanity’s oldest problems: how to make sure that everyone has enough to live on. The challenges will be to distribute this prosperity fairly, to constrain the burgeoning power of Big Tech, and to provide meaning in a world where work is no longer the center of our lives. Perceptive, pragmatic, and ultimately hopeful, A World Without Work shows the way.

Raksha

Caius and I used to train here when we were smaller. The houses are pressed so
close ... Often we would earn ourselves a cuff on the ear for disrupting the peace,
but even back then people were lenient with us. It was. 37 CHAPTER FIVE.

Author: Frankie Rose

Publisher: Frankie Rose

ISBN: 9781483945156

Category: Fiction

Page: 354

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She has no name. She has her knives, her training, her halo. The first and second give her the ability to defeat the opponents she is pitted against each month. The third frees her from pain and fear. From any kind of emotion at all. Everything is as it should be, until... Fear... Love... Pain... Anger... Happiness... Desire... Guilt... Love. When a newly name Kit escapes the Sanctuary after killing her best friend, the last thing she needs is another knife in her hand. Or Ryka, the damaged, beautiful blond boy, whom she refuses to let save her. The sights and sounds of Freetown are new, yet one this is familiar: the matches. The only difference? Where the blood in the Sanctuary landed only on the Colosseum floor, Kit will quickly learn that a river of red runs through Freetown's very streets. Without her halo, the inhabitants of Freetown consider her saved, but is that really the case? The reality of her old life is paralyzing. Would Kit be better off free of the guilt associated with all the blood on her hands, or is the love of one boy worth living through all the pain?

Pills and Starships

The Waterfall Room's not lavender so there were tourists there too—couples on
honeymoon holding hands over the tables, probably ... old theater from the mid-
20th c., though quite a bit smaller. It was the custom back then to watch movievids
in big strangergroups, before crowds of random people were a bug danger.

Author: Lydia Millet

Publisher: Akashic Books

ISBN: 9781617752841

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 256

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A teenage girl and her brother fight for their family’s future in a world devastated by climate change: “Thrillingly scary . . . There is much here to enjoy” (The Washington Post). In a dystopian future brought about by global warming, seventeen-year-old Nat and her hacker brother, Sam, have come by ship to the Big Island of Hawaii for their parents’ Final Week. The few Americans who still live well also live long—so long that older adults bow out not by natural means but by buying death contracts from the corporates who now run the disintegrating society, keeping the people happy through a constant diet of “pharma.” Nat’s family is spending their pharma-guided last week at a luxury resort complex called the Twilight Island Acropolis. Deeply conflicted about her parents’ decision, Nat spends her time keeping a record of everything her family does in the company-supplied diary that came in the hotel’s care package. While Nat attempts to come to terms with her impending parentless future, Sam begins to discover cracks in the corporates’ agenda—and eventually rebels against the company his parents have hired to handle their last days. Now Nat will have to choose a side, in this moving and suspenseful novel by a National Book Award–nominated author. Winner of the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People “A deep read, but fast; it lingers in your mind long after it’s been read.” —New York Journal of Books “A brilliant dystopian novel . . . Beautifully written, dark but ultimately hopeful.” —The Buffalo News “The details are terrific . . . and as the tension mounts it becomes a real page turner.” —The Independent “Vivid, moving . . . Will attract mature teen fans of Divergent, Hunger Games, and similar apocalyptic survival stories.” —Midwest Book Review

Far From Over

She barely looked up from the task as he kissed her on the cheek and told her he'
d be back soon. ... The sun sparkled on the water of the bay as groups of people
walked briskly along by the strand. ... The kids were smaller then, of course,
which was why they would all hold hands together, Gemma and David either side
of ...

Author: Sheila O'Flanagan

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780755352043

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

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Sheila O'Flanagan's bestseller FAR FROM OVER is a captivating novel for anyone who ever wondered if they made the right decision about the man they used to love. Not to be missed by readers of Marian Keyes and Freya North. Gemma Garvey's marriage has been over for ages. Gemma ended it and chose to be a single mother rather than continue the pretence that her marriage to work-obsessed David Hennessy was working. So why is she so upset when he marries bimbo Orla O'Neill? Is it that Orla's thin and gorgeous whilst Gemma, at thirty-five, feels more like fifty-five? Or that David's starting a new life whilst she's facing middle age alone? For Orla, being wife no. 2 isn't all she's imagined, always aware of how Gemma coped with a house, family and job while she can't even cook dinner without setting the kitchen alight. To David, who has loved them both, there isn't a problem. But actually the trouble's just begun... What readers are saying about Far From Over: 'If you want a fun book which will keep you amused then you don't get much better than Far From Over' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars 'Pacy, interesting, poignant' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars 'Emotions run high as the story focuses in on the feelings of each character, including those of the 'other woman'. I really got to know the characters well' Amazon reviewer, 5 stars

The Economic Case for LGBT Equality

More tellingly, heterosexual people's reports of those disorders also increased in
the marriage vote states, but their increases were smaller than for LGB people.
These patterns suggest that these campaigns might have been bad for ...

Author: M. V. Lee Badgett

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780807035603

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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"Badgett offers some new ways of thinking to convert the many people who use their power to hurt LGBT people, whether in passing discriminatory laws, firing them from jobs, harassing them in school, beating them on the streets, failing to protect them from beatings, kicking them out of families, or depriving them of appropriate health care-in short, in excluding them from the core institutions that make it possible to live a good life. Understanding the economic cost of that homophobia and transphobia gives activists, businesses, development agencies, and policymakers a new tool that can help change lives"--

The Color of Wealth

BLACK JOB GAINS AND LOSSES PRESIDENT REAGAN TURNS BACK THE ...
percent of all farms, black people were more likely to own farms than white
people,208 although in size they were smaller than white-owned farms, at an
average ...

Author: Barbara Robles

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 9781595585622

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

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For every dollar owned by the average white family in the United States, the average family of color has less than a dime. Why do people of color have so little wealth? The Color of Wealth lays bare a dirty secret: for centuries, people of color have been barred by laws and by discrimination from participating in government wealth-building programs that benefit white Americans. This accessible book—published in conjunction with one of the country’s leading economics education organizations—makes the case that until government policy tackles disparities in wealth, not just income, the United States will never have racial or economic justice. Written by five leading experts on the racial wealth divide who recount the asset-building histories of Native Americans, Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans, and European Americans, this book is a uniquely comprehensive multicultural history of American wealth. With its focus on public policies—how, for example, many post–World War II GI Bill programs helped whites only—The Color of Wealth is the first book to demonstrate the decisive influence of government on Americans’ net worth.

The Spirit Book

J. G. Campbell said, “I believe there once was a small race of people in these [
British] islands who are remembered as ... that I am persuaded of the former
existence of a race of men in these islands who were smaller in stature than the
Celts; ...

Author: Raymond Buckland

Publisher: Visible Ink Press

ISBN: 9781578593088

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 528

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The fascinating history of Spiritualism is coaxed into the material realm as the object of this perceptive and sweeping overview by that legendary author of the occult and supernatural, Raymond Buckland. Containing more than 500 entries and 100 illustrations, The Spirit Book is the comprehensive encyclopedia to Spiritualism and its related subjects. Plus it provides full biographies of every prominent person connected to the field. Drawing on decades of research, writing, and transcendence, Buckland describes sundry methods of channeling, events associated with Spiritualism, including séances and exorcism, organizations focused on clairvoyance, and a colorful host of mortals—famous and infamous—who delved into Spiritualism. Nostradamus, Helena Blavatsky, and Edgar Cayce receive their due, as well as Joan of Arc, William Blake, Susan B. Anthony, Winston Churchill, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mahatma Gandhi, Harry Houdini, and Mae West (look up and see her sometime). It explores Qabbalah, Sibyls, Fairies, Poltergeists; phenomena such as intuition and karma; objects useful in the attempt to cross the divide, including tarot cards, flower reading, and runes; and related practices such as Shamanism, transfiguration, meditation, and mesmerism.

The Human Origins

The lions and tigers hunting them were very large, even the people hunting
mammoths were considerably larger than they are today ... It just happens that
people on Earth are larger or smaller in one age or another, according to the
entire environment, since the ... Both the Brotherhood and the Elite claim that that
entire genetic line has been resuscitated in every way, and it is back in power, for
centuries or.

Author: Valentin Matcas

Publisher: Valentin Leonard Matcas

ISBN: 9781370947133

Category: Social Science

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There is more to the human origins, development, intelligence, and civilization than the epic debate Creationism versus Evolution, simply because there is more to the human condition than what authorities and ideologies determine you to accept today. Therefore, when you study the human origins, you have to expand your research beyond the moment when the first humans detached themselves from the firmament or previous species, since there are other significant events in Humanity’s lifespan and achievement defining its timeline. You have to study everything, otherwise you risk understanding these significant events only from simplistic empirical or ideological perspectives, and so you end up learning what you already know while following the crowd throughout unending debates. What you want to learn is the truth, since you are already familiar with all theories, beliefs, and debates regarding the human origins. Because if you want to understand the human origins, you must understand the origins of life, the nature and origins of this world we call Reality, the nature of the human higher self and intelligence, the origins and debut of human consciousness and intelligent thinking, along with all details related to the Creator of this world, to Life, and to Humankind. While it is relevant to know how all these affect you personally, how they affect your family, your genetic line, and your nation, how your family and genetic line originate, where and how it happened, under what circumstances, and with what status and privileges for you, for your family, for your nation and for the humankind, and this is exactly what we cover throughout this book, in all details and from all perspectives. This book studies the human origins, along with the origins of life, human intelligence, human species, human civilization, human society, human development, and various past civilizations of Earth, integrating humans, their origins, and their original conditions in an elaborate comprehensive model.

Into Oceans Depths

Then, hastily, I climbed out of the pool, seated myself on its edge, and put on my
own antenna. ... I knew that he, too, was glad that we bad put her back into the
sea when she wished to go. ... They were not like the people of the village, for
they were smaller, and instead of being gracefully slim they were short and
powerful in ...

Author: Sewell Peaslee Wright

Publisher: eStar Books

ISBN: 9781612100609

Category: Fiction

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To save Imee's race of Men-Who-Returned-To-The-Sea, two Land-Men answer the challenge of the dreaded Rorn, corsairs of the under-seas.

What Older Americans Think

Pluralities of people who were low-income, nonwhite, less educated, working-
class, Democratic, or liberal favored increases ... spending than were older men,
conservatives, and the still-employed, although here the differences were smaller
.

Author: Christine L. Day

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400861125

Category: Social Science

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As the much publicized "graying of America" progresses, political groups that lobby for the elderly have achieved enormous power and organizational success, with no sign of decline in the foreseeable future. What Older Americans Think provides a fresh look at these groups. Are older people united in support of increasing old-age benefits--or perhaps even obsessed with their own financial self-interest, as is sometimes alleged? Do younger people tend to oppose old-age benefits? Why do aging-based political organizations attract so many members? How do Washington policymakers see the "gray lobby"? Focusing on the last decade, Christine Day offers new answers to these and other questions. Drawing on survey data and interviews with organization leaders, congressional staff, and executive branch employees, Day presents an objective, rather than an impressionistic, view. Her findings dispel the myth that older people agree in a desire to receive expanded government benefits: they are no more likely than younger people to support more federal spending on the elderly, or to consider aging policy a highly salient issue. Day also reveals that while older people have become wealthier as a group, they have also become economically more diverse. Old-age interest groups have little control over the degree of inequality between the rich and the poor. Originally published in 1990. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

The New Gilded Age

“Working class people” (with an average rating of 82) were held in even higher
esteem than “middle class people” ... Older people, Hispanics, and churchgoers
were also somewhat warmer toward rich people, but those effects were smaller in
 ...

Author: Larry M. Bartels

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400843138

Category: Political Science

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"We are the 99%" has quickly become the slogan of our political era as growing numbers of Americans express concern about the disappearing middle class and the ever-widening gap between the super-rich and everyone else. Has America really entered a New Gilded Age? What are the political consequences of the growing income gap? Can democracy survive such vast economic inequality? These questions dominate our political moment--and Larry Bartels provides answers backed by sobering data. Princeton Shorts are brief selections taken from influential Princeton University Press books and produced exclusively in ebook format. Providing unmatched insight into important contemporary issues or timeless passages from classic works of the past, Princeton Shorts enable you to be an instant expert in a world where information is everywhere but quality is at a premium.

Household and Family Characteristics

Families with a White householder were smaller than those with Black or
Hispanic householders : 3.13 people for Whites , 3.41 for Blacks , and 3.94 for
Hispanics3 . White married - couple families had an average size of 3.20 ,
compared with ...

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ISBN: PURD:32754072640745

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Rock Star Mommy

The Stripes were still playing smaller clubs back then and were still pretty
accessible to their fans if you knew the right people. Somehow, John managed to
get two VIP passes into a special section. Since there were four of us, we had to
take ...

Author: Judy Davids

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

ISBN: 9780806535685

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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For Moms About To Rock (We Salute You) When suburban mother of two Judy Davids picked up a guitar and conspired with the neighborhood moms to form an all-mom rock band, she never imagined it would actually happen. Within weeks, the Mydols were born. Did they have a clue what they were doing? Nope. But from that point on, it was full steam ahead and never mind the laundry. Rock Star Mommy is a rallying cry for every woman who fondly recalls when she spent more time in mosh pits than "Mommy and Me" classes. From the moment Judy Davids donned a pair of go-go boots and jumped onstage, she embarked on an unforgettable journey. Rock Star Mommy chronicles Davids' experiences as a music fan, a mother, and the leader of the Mydols--one of the first "mommy" rock bands in the country. If you've ever had the urge to grab a guitar, dye your hair pink, and turn your minivan into a makeshift tour bus, you'll find a kindred spirit in Judy Davids. Rock Star Mommy is the perfect companion for any mom who's ever wanted to raise good kids--and raise a little hell at the same time! "Let's get one thing clear: The Mydols don't take any lip." --People Judy Davids was a suburban soccer mom with rock 'n' roll dreams when she picked up a guitar and decided to start a mom rock band. Soon after, the Mydols were born. Suddenly Judy found herself in the pages of the supermarket tabloid The Sun while shopping for Lunchables. She lives in Royal Oak, Michigan, with her husband, John, sons Dylan and Willie, and a black Labrador retriever named Ozzie.

The Moral Economy

For example , studies of the ancient Maya show that common people were
smaller than the ruling classes and did not live as long . From the beginning of
written history until the nineteenth century , reports of maldistribution are many ,
but I ...

Author: John P. Powelson

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472086723

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 282

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A new society is being born out of technological and social change. How will it work? Will it solve our problems?

I m Hungry I m Bored Eat and Play Your Way to Better Health a Leaner Physique and a Happier Life

A major cultural shift took place back in the 1970s. ... The average home-cooked
meal and restaurant portion sizes were smaller than we see today, and the word
supersize was neither heard of, nor used ... People rarely had second helpings.

Author: Carol McCormick

Publisher: Carol McCormick

ISBN: 9780967536828

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 248

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I'M HUNGRY! I'M BORED! can help you and your children make better dietary choices and behavioral changes that lead to weight loss and health gains. I'M HUNGRY! provides the what, why, and how-to of nutrition and weight loss by defining the problems, offering solutions, and then presenting guidelines to carry them through. I'M BORED! offers hundreds of suggestions and links to fun and educational activities, questions to ask, jobs to perform, and services to volunteer, all-of-which develop the intellect, confidence, and feelings of fulfillment. These activities may also deter the hand-to-mouth eating habit that so often accompanies boredom. WARNING! Reading this book and following these instructions may cause significant changes to your health and life. Adhering to the nutritional guidelines and participating in the suggested activities on a regular basis may cause long-term weight loss and feelings of well-being. Common side-effects may include, but are not limited to, increased amounts of energy, confidence, and clarity of mind; frequent feelings of joy, happiness, and fulfillment; frequent feelings of purpose, meaning, and significance; increased episodes of love, laughter and inspiration, followed by a sudden awareness that people want to be near you. Additional effects may also include loss of desire for inferior food and fewer bouts of depression, anxiety, and illness. If at any time these effects wane or do not fully occur, repeat the behaviors until the desired results become evident. Carol McCormick is a certified personal trainer and a certified health coach through the American Council on Exercise, one of the top fitness organizations in the world. I'M HUNGRY! I'M BORED! was born out of her great concern for children and adults who struggle with weight-related personal and social issues. Overweight children are falling prey to a host of “adult” diseases, and many are taunted, teased, and bullied because of their appearance. Adults are not immune to this discrimination, as they are also “sized-up” when searching for a date or seeking a career. These painful emotions often cause both children and adults, not only to feel sad or upset, but also inferior and insecure. As these physical, emotional, and social problems intensify, feelings of unhappiness may also increase. Habits instilled in your children now often follow them into their future. In helping them, you will be helping yourself, because what works for them will work for you too, if you need a nudge in this direction. I’M HUNGRY! I’M BORED! provides the blueprints needed to lay a strong foundation and create new behaviors that lead to better health, a leaner physique, and a happier life! TABLE OF CONTENTS I’M HUNGRY! Pre-Game Warm-Up The Opponents The Playoffs The All Stars The Winning Strategies I’M BORED! Direct Your Thoughts and Actions Discover Your Inner Child Design Your Adventures Develop Your Intelligence Deepen Your Relationships Dedicate Your Time Dispense Your Affection Kudos End notes Resources More Books 250 PAGES

The Columbia History of Post World War II America

1940s Hollywood had been larger than life. By 2000, moving images were
increasingly smaller than life. One place to see the diminished role of the image
was in People, Time-Life's replacement for Life. People was first published in
1974, just ...

Author: Mark C Carnes

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231511803

Category: History

Page: 544

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Beginning with an analysis of cultural themes and ending with a discussion of evolving and expanding political and corporate institutions, The Columbia History of Post-World War II America addresses changes in America's response to the outside world; the merging of psychological states and social patterns in memorial culture, scandal culture, and consumer culture; the intersection of social practices and governmental policies; the effect of technological change on society and politics; and the intersection of changing belief systems and technological development, among other issues. Many had feared that Orwellian institutions would crush the individual in the postwar era, but a major theme of this book is the persistence of individuality and diversity. Trends toward institutional bigness and standardization have coexisted with and sometimes have given rise to a countervailing pattern of individualized expression and consumption. Today Americans are exposed to more kinds of images and music, choose from an infinite variety of products, and have a wide range of options in terms of social and sexual arrangements. In short, they enjoy more ways to express their individuality despite the ascendancy of immense global corporations, and this volume imaginatively explores every facet of this unique American experience.