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Enterprise Risk Management

by David L Olson

Risk is inherent in business. Without risk, there would be no motivation to conduct business. But a key principle is that organizations should accept risks that they are competent enough to deal with, and “outsource”...


Madras, Chennai and the Self: Conversations with the City

by Tulsi Badrinath

In a metropolis where customs are paramount, humility essential, the evil-eye feared and showing-off considered distasteful, how do people navigate the streams of tradition and modernity? How does the self form...


The Italians

by John Hooper

A vivid and surprising portrait of the Italian people from an admired foreign correspondent

How can a nation that spawned the Renaissance have produced the Mafia? How could people concerned with bella figura...


Contemporary Masculinities in Fiction, Film and Television

by Brian Baker

While masculinity has been an increasingly visible field of study within several disciplines (sociology, literary studies, cultural studies, film and tv) over the last two decades, it is surprising that analysis...


Driver's License

by Meredith Castile

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

A classic teenage fetish object, the American driver's license has long symbolized freedom and mobility...


Drone

by Adam Rothstein

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

Drones are in the newspaper, on the TV screen, swarming through the networks, and soon, we're told,...


Remote Control

by Caetlin Benson-Allott

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

While we all use remote controls, we understand little about their history or their impact on our daily...


Golf Ball

by Harry Brown

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

Harry Brown explores the composition, history, kinetic life, and the long deterioration of golf balls,...


Post-Object Fandom: Television, Identity and Self-narrative

by Rebecca Williams

Fandom is generally viewed as an integral part of everyday life which impacts upon how we form emotional bonds with ourselves and others in a modern, mediated world. Whilst it is inevitable for television series...


Latino Stats: American Hispanics by the Numbers

by Idelisse Malavé & Esti Giordani

At a time when politics is seemingly ruled by ideology and emotion and when immigration is one of the most contentious topics, it is more important than ever to cut through the rhetoric and highlight, in numbers,...


88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary

by Robert L. Grenier

The First American-Afghan War, a CIA war, was approved by President George W. Bush and directed by the author, Robert Grenier, the CIA station chief in Islamabad. Forging separate alliances with warlords, Taliban...


Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

by Jill Leovy

A masterly work of literary journalism about a senseless murder, a relentless detective, and the great plague of homicide in America

 

On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man is shot and...


Building Blocks

by Gene I. Maeroff

A student's entire journey along the educational spectrum is affected by what occurs--and, crucially, by what does not occur--before the age of eight or nine. Yet early learning has never received the attention...


Blood of the Liberals

by George Packer

An acclaimed journalist and novelist explores the legacy and future of American liberalism through the history of his family's politically active history

George Packer's maternal grandfather, George Huddleston,...


After the White House

by Max J. Skidmore

What exactly has Bill Clinton been doing since he left office? What can he expect to accomplish? What have his predecssors in his position done? Many presidents have had enormous impacts on the course of history...


Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate

by Spencer Rascoff & Stan Humphries

How do you spot an area poised for gentrification? Is spring or winter the best time to put your house on the market? Will a house on Swamp Road sell for less than one on Gingerbread Lane? The fact is that the...


Disaster Preparedness NYC: An Essential Guide to Communication, First Aid, Evacuation, Power, Water, Food, and More before and after the Worst Happens

by Olivia Maria Jovine & Vicki Ford

If you live in New York City, you know this great city has seen and recovered from many disasters of every scale. But if the next Hurricane Sandy, 9/11, blizzard, power outage, fire, or heat wave hits your borough,...


Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America

by Liz Carlisle

A protégé of Michael Pollan shares the story of a little known group of renegade farmers who defied corporate agribusiness by launching a unique sustainable farm-to-table food movement.

The story of the Lentil...


Social Security Works!: Why Social Security Isn't Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All

by Eric Kingson, Nancy Altman & David Cay Johnston

A growing chorus of prominent voices in Congress and elsewhere are calling for the expansion of our Social Security system—people who know that Social Security will not “go broke” and does not add a penny...


Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

by Johann Hari

It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, thirty-thousand-mile journey into the war on...