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Religion and the Constitution: Volume 2: Establishment and Fairness

by Kent Greenawalt

Balancing respect for religious conviction and the values of liberal democracy is a daunting challenge for judges and lawmakers, particularly when religious groups seek exemption from laws that govern others....


Cheating Monkeys and Citizen Bees: The Nature of Cooperation in Animals and Humans

by Lee Dugatkin

Cooperation is the fabric that keeps society together. Civilization could not have been achieved -- and will not be sustained -- without it. But what is it? How and why does it work? Could the secret of enhancing...


The Emerging Democratic Majority

by John B. Judis & Ruy Teixeira

ONE OF THE ECONOMIST'S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR AND A WINNER OF THE WASHINGTON MONTHLY'S ANNUAL POLITICAL BOOK AWARD

Political experts John B. Judis and Ruy Teixeira convincingly use hard data -- demographic,...


Watermark: The Disaster That Changed the World and Humanity 1

by Joseph Christy-Vitale

THE ECHOES OF OUR PAST

Twelve thousand years ago, the human race barely escaped annihilation when a piece of exploded star passed through our solar system, unleashing an apocalypse. Great fires raged, mountains...


Unfaithful Angels: How Social Work Has Abandoned its Mission

by Harry Specht & Mark E. Courtney

In this provocative examination of the fall of the profession of social work from its original mission to aid and serve the underprivileged, Harry Specht and Mark Courtney show how America's excessive trust...


Outsiders

by Howard S. Becker

This sociological text on deviance and difference provides an exploration into unconventional individuals and their place in "normal" society.


Rights Talk: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse

by Mary Ann Glendon

Political speech in the United States is undergoing a crisis. Glendon's acclaimed book traces the evolution of the strident language of rights in America and shows how it has captured the nation's devotion to...


The Partly Cloudy Patriot

by Sarah Vowell

From public radio This American Life contributor and self-described “history nerd” Sarah Vowell comes a collection of humorous and personal essays investigating American history, pop culture and Buffy the...


The Road to Home: My Life and Times

by Vartan Gregorian

Vartan Gregorian's tale starts with a childhood of poverty, deprivation, and enchantment in the Armenian quarter of Tabriz, Iran. As the world reeled from depression into six years of warfare, his mother died,...


Place at the Table: The Gay Individual in American Society

by Bruce Bawer

Bruce Bawer exposes the heated controversy over gay rights and presents a passionate plea for the recognition of common values, "a place at the table" for everyone.


In Bed with Wall Street

by Larry Doyle

The Wall Street meltdown in 2008 brought the country to its knees, and spawned nationwide protests against the lack of regulation and oversight facing Wall Street. But the average American still fails to fully...


Closing of the American Mind

by Allan Bloom

The Closing of the American Mind, a publishing phenomenon in hardcover, is now a paperback literary event. In this acclaimed number one national best-seller, one of our country's most distinguished political...


Into the Story: A Writer's Journey Through Life, Politics, Sports and Loss

by David Maraniss

INTO THE STORY is the first collection of the work of David Maraniss, one of the most honored and versatile writers of his generation. The thirty-two stories here cover a rich array of topics, ranging from seminal...


Capital Punishment: New Perspectives

by Peter Hodgkinson

This collection questions the received wisdom contained in the debate about capital punishment. It asks questions and proposes remedies for a raft of issues identified as having been overlooked in the traditional...


Writing a Small Nation's Past: Wales in Comparative Perspective, 1850-1950

by Neil Evans & Huw Pryce

This is the first volume to examine how the history of Wales was written in a period that saw the emergence of professional historiography, largely focused on the nation, across Europe and in the United States....


The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures

by Olu Jenzen & Sally R. Munt

With contributions from the UK and other European countries, the USA, Australia and Canada, The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures attends to the paranormal as a position from which to critique...


Suspicious Gifts: Bribery, Morality, and Professional Ethics

by Malin Akerstrom

This book investigates the sensitive issue of gift exchanges and how they become an object of contention. Malin Åkerström considers the moral dilemmas presented by bribes and gift giving and highlights...


Architecture and Globalisation in the Persian Gulf Region

by Murray Fraser & Nasser Golzari

This is the first book ever to examine the architecture and urbanism of the Persian Gulf as a complete entity, dealing equally with conditions on the eastern Iranian shoreline as in Arabic countries on the western...


Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy

by Theo Gavrielides & Vasso Artinopoulou

This book takes bold steps in forming much-needed philosophical foundations for restorative justice through deconstructing and reconstructing various models of thinking. It challenges current debates through...


Myth and Meaning

by Claude Levi-Strauss

The anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss was one of the greatest intellectuals of the twentieth century. His work has had a profound impact not only within anthropology but also linguistics, sociology and philosophy....