New York Encounter

Author: Ginger Adams Otis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781741797091

Category: Travel

Page: 280

View: 510

What Will Your New York Encounter Be? Strolling amid avant-garde architecture on the High LineWatching the sun set and city lights flicker from the Empire State BuildingDiscovering the next Warhol or Basquiat at the Dumbo Arts CenterGoing underground after-hours with the beautiful people at Sullivan RoomShopping at a variety of markets - be it flea, farmers or the famed Chelsea MarketDining on dim sum (and then some) at Chinatown's Tai Pan Bakery Discover Twice the City in Half the Time Full-color pull-out map for easy navigationOur local author recommends the best restaurants, shops, theaters, galleries and moreHand-picked highlights, itineraries and web resources help you make the most of a short tripNew Yorkers share the love: meet a fashion designer, a CNN producer, head of PR for the New York Public Library and Emmy Award-winning musicians from Queens
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New York City Encounter

Author: Lonely Planet

Publisher: Lonely Planet

ISBN: 1742205011

Category: Travel

Page: N.A

View: 7275

’Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other’ New York Times. Full of color images and only the best of the city, Lonely Planet's Encounter New York City is the on-the-road necessity to get you to the heart of the city. Find the best attractions, restaurants, shops, theaters, galleries and more with our hyperlinked maps, top highlights and itineraries for short stays. With content broken down by neighborhood, Encounter guides make city travel easier than ever. Our experienced, passionate team of authors and local experts immerse themselves in each city they visit, finding and sharing the unique experiences, and practical and honest advice, so you come away informed and amazed. What will your New York Encounter be? Watching the sun set and city lights flicker from the Empire State Building, shopping at a variety of markets – be it flea, farmers or the famed Chelsea Market or discovering the next Warhol or Basquiat at the Dumbo Arts Center. Local expert perspectives include a New York fashion designer on where to buy up-and-coming designer fashions, a CNN producer’s secret Brooklyn, the head of PR for the NYC Public Library on her guilty New York pleasures, and a pair of Emmy-winning musicians on their favorite music haunts. Lonely Planet's New York City Encounter guide gives you twice the city in half the time. Inside New York City Encounter: • Full color styling and images • Maps – retooled for use with the iPad • Recommended points-of-interest – covering eating, going out, shopping, activities and attractions • Short stay itineraries – so you can make the most of every moment • Local experts reveal the city’s secret gems • Top 10 highlights – the definitive list of the not-to-miss city experiences • City snapshots – peak inside the city’s subcultures with information on the arts, history, going out and more. Special enhancements specifically for the iPad • Scalable maps – zoom in on Lonely Planet maps for greater detail without losing resolution (does not require internet access) • Geo-referenced Google Map pinpointing – enabling you to view any point-of-interest on Google maps (requires internet access). • Comprehensive interlinking – hundreds of links to enable you to seamlessly flip between pages, jump between maps and reviews, or visit the websites of places we recommend • Search – go straight to what you are looking for with the inbuilt search capability • Add notes – touch a word to add notes and personalize your guidebook • Bookmark – use bookmarks to quickly return to a page • Dictionary –look up the meaning of any word • Plus pinch and zoom images and scalable font size Check out Lonely Planet’s other iBook guides and City guide apps. Written and researched by Ginger Adams Otis.
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Jihad and the West

Black Flag over Babylon

Author: Mark Silinsky

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253027209

Category: History

Page: 278

View: 3521

U.S. Department of Defense analyst Mark Silinsky reveals the origins of the Islamic State's sinister obsession with the Western world. Once considered a minor irritant in the international system, the Caliphate is now a dynamic and significant actor on the world’s stage, boasting more than 30,000 foreign fighters from 86 countries. Recruits consist not only of Middle-Eastern-born citizens, but also a staggering number of "Blue-Eyed Jihadists," Westerners who leave their country to join the radical sect. Silinsky provides a detailed and chilling explanation of the appeal of the Islamic State and how those abroad become radicalized, while also analyzing the historical origins, inner workings, and horrific toll of the Caliphate. By documenting the true stories of men, women, and children whose lives have been destroyed by the radical group, Jihad and the West presents the human face of the thousands who have been kidnapped, raped, tortured, and murdered by the Islamic State, including Kayla Mueller, who was kidnapped, given to the Caliphate’s leader as a sex slave, and ultimately killed.
Posted in History

Robert Wagner and the Rise of New York City’s Plebiscitary Mayoralty: The Tamer of the Tammany Tiger

Author: Richard M. Flanagan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137400870

Category: Political Science

Page: 135

View: 3944

Robert Wagner was New York City's true New Deal mayor, killed Tammany Hall. The world Wagner shaped delivers municipal services efficiently at the cost of local democracy. The story of Wagner's mayoralty will be of interest to anyone who cares about New York City, local democracy and the debate about the legacy of the City's important leaders.
Posted in Political Science

The Control Factor

Our Struggle to See the True Threat

Author: Bill Siegel

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761858164

Category: Political Science

Page: 388

View: 2686

For those who believe America is worth defending, The Control Factor explores the psychological maneuvers, fantasies, and entanglements we engage in to avoid clearly seeing the Islamic threat that confronts us. The prerequisite for developing necessary strategies to ensure our survival is taking responsibility for our perceptions and actions.
Posted in Political Science

American Carnival

Journalism Under Siege in an Age of New Media

Author: Neil Henry

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520931548

Category: Art

Page: 336

View: 4093

In this vividly written, compelling narrative, award-winning journalist Neil Henry confronts the crisis facing professional journalism in this era of rapid technological transformation. American Carnival combines elements of memoir with extensive media research to explore critical contemporary issues ranging from reporting on the Iraq War, to American race relations, to the exploitation of the image of journalism by advertisers and politicians. Drawing on significant currents in U.S. media and social history, Henry argues that, given the amount of fraud in many institutions in American life today, the decline of journalistic professionalism sparked by the economic challenge of New Media poses especially serious implications for democracy. As increasingly alarming stories surface about unethical practices, American Carnival makes a stirring case for journalism as a calling that is vital to a free society, a profession that is more necessary than ever in a digital age marked by startling assaults on the cultural primacy of truth.
Posted in Art

Political Economy: A Comparative Approach, 3rd Edition

A Comparative Approach

Author: Barry Clark Professor Emeritus

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440843260

Category: Political Science

Page: 377

View: 4902

This nontechnical book provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary survey of political economy that can easily be understood by any reader with an introductory-level background in economics. • Provides in-depth historical analysis of the development of political/economic ideologies and their influence on contemporary debates among social scientists as well as the general public • Gathers ideas and policy proposals from many prominent social scientists representing divergent ideological perspectives into a single volume • Analyzes the roles of science and ideology in the development of political economy • Exposes students to the findings of advanced social science research in easily understood and accessible language
Posted in Political Science

The Death of the Grown-Up

How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization

Author: Diana West

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466840757

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 1263

Diana West sees a US filled with middle-age guys playing air guitar and thinks "No wonder we can't stop Islamic terrorism." She sees Moms Who Mosh and wonders "Is there a single adult left anywhere?" But, the grown-ups are all gone. The disease that killed them was incubated in the sixties to a rock-and-roll score, took hold in the seventies with the help of multiculturalism and left us with a nation of eternal adolescents who can't decide between "good" and "bad", a generation who can't say "no". From the inability to nix a sixteen year-old's request for Marilyn Manson concert tickets to offering adolescents parentally-funded motel rooms on prom night to rationalizing murderous acts of Islamic suicide bombers with platitudes of cultural equivalence, West sees us on a slippery slope that's lead to a time when America has forgotten its place in the world. In The Death of the Grown-Up Diana West serves up a provocative critique of our dangerously indecisive world leavened with humor and shot through with insight.
Posted in Social Science

Literary Geographies

Narrative Space in Let The Great World Spin

Author: S. Hones

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137413131

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 215

View: 4937

Combining literary analysis with a practical introduction to interdisciplinary literary geography, Literary Geograp hie s examines key elements of Colum McCann's 2009 novel, Let the Great World Spi n . Hones examines concepts such as narrative space, literary and academic collaboration, and the geographies of creation, production, and reception.
Posted in Literary Criticism

Ed Koch and the Rebuilding of New York City

Author: Jonathan Soffer

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231520905

Category: History

Page: 544

View: 650

In 1978, Ed Koch assumed control of a city plagued by filth, crime, bankruptcy, and racial tensions. By the end of his mayoral run in 1989 and despite the Wall Street crash of 1987, his administration had begun rebuilding neighborhoods and infrastructure. Unlike many American cities, Koch's New York was growing, not shrinking. Gentrification brought new businesses to neglected corners and converted low-end rental housing to coops and condos. Nevertheless, not all the changes were positive AIDS, crime, homelessness, and violent racial conflict increased, marking a time of great, if somewhat uneven, transition. For better or worse, Koch's efforts convinced many New Yorkers to embrace a new political order subsidizing business, particularly finance, insurance, and real estate, and privatizing public space. Each phase of the city's recovery required a difficult choice between moneyed interests and social services, forcing Koch to be both a moderate and a pragmatist as he tried to mitigate growing economic inequality. Throughout, Koch's rough rhetoric (attacking his opponents as "crazy," "wackos," and "radicals") prompted charges of being racially divisive. The first book to recast Koch's legacy through personal and mayoral papers, authorized interviews, and oral histories, this volume plots a history of New York City through two rarely studied yet crucial decades: the bankruptcy of the 1970s and the recovery and crash of the 1980s.
Posted in History

Voyages to Various Parts of the World

Made Between the Years 1800 and 1831

Author: George Coggeshall

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Voyages and travels

Page: 273

View: 597

Posted in Voyages and travels

The Global Offensive

The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order

Author: Paul Thomas Chamberlin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199977119

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 5083

On March 21, 1968, Yasir Arafat and his guerrillas made the fateful decision to break with conventional guerrilla tactics, choosing to stand and fight an Israeli attack on the al-Karama refugee camp in Jordan. They suffered terrible casualties, but they won a stunning symbolic victory that transformed Arafat into an Arab hero and allowed him to launch a worldwide campaign, one that would reshape Cold War diplomacy and revolutionary movements everywhere. In The Global Offensive, historian Paul Thomas Chamberlin offers new insights into the rise of the Palestine Liberation Organization in its full international context. After defeat in the 1967 war, the crushing of a guerrilla campaign on the West Bank, and the attack on al-Karama, Arafat and his fellow guerilla fighters opened a global offensive aimed at achieving national liberation for the Palestinian people. In doing so, they reinvented themselves as players on the world stage, combining controversial armed attacks, diplomacy, and radical politics. They forged a network of nationalist revolutionaries, making alliances with South African rebels, Latin American insurrectionists, and Vietnamese Communists. They persuaded the United Nations to take up their agenda, and sent Americans and Soviets scrambling as these stateless forces drew new connections across the globe. "The Vietnamese and Palestinian people have much in common," General Vo Nguyen Giap would tell Arafat, "just like two people suffering from the same illness." Richard Nixon's views mirrored Giap's: "You cannot separate what happens to America in Vietnam from the Mideast or from Europe or any place else." Deftly argued and based on extensive new research, The Global Offensive will change the way we think of the history of not only the PLO, but also the Cold War and international relations since.
Posted in History

Bending History

Barack Obama's Foreign Policy

Author: Martin S. Indyk,Kenneth G. Lieberthal,Michael E. O'Hanlon

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 9780815721833

Category: Political Science

Page: 342

View: 8413

By the time of Barack Obama's inauguration as the 44th president of the United States, he had already developed an ambitious foreign policy vision. By his own account, he sought to bend the arc of history toward greater justice, freedom, and peace; within a year he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, largely for that promise. In Bending History, Martin Indyk, Kenneth Lieberthal, and Michael O'Hanlon measure Obama not only against the record of his predecessors and the immediate challenges of the day, but also against his own soaring rhetoric and inspiring goals. Bending History assesses the considerable accomplishments as well as the failures and seeks to explain what has happened. Obama's best work has been on major and pressing foreign policy challenges—counterterrorism policy, including the daring raid that eliminated Osama bin Laden; the "reset" with Russia; managing the increasingly significant relationship with China; and handling the rogue states of Iran and North Korea. Policy on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, however, has reflected serious flaws in both strategy and execution. Afghanistan policy has been plagued by inconsistent messaging and teamwork. On important "softer" security issues—from energy and climate policy to problems in Africa and Mexico—the record is mixed. As for his early aspiration to reshape the international order, according greater roles and responsibilities to rising powers, Obama's efforts have been well-conceived but of limited effectiveness. On issues of secondary importance, Obama has been disciplined in avoiding fruitless disputes (as with Chavez in Venezuela and Castro in Cuba) and insisting that others take the lead (as with Qaddafi in Libya). Notwithstanding several missteps, he has generally managed well the complex challenges of the Arab awakenings, striving to strike the right balance between U.S. values and interests. The authors see Obama's foreign policy to date as a triumph of discipline and realism over ideology. He has been neither the transformative beacon his devotees have wanted, nor the weak apologist for America that his critics allege. They conclude that his grand strategy for promoting American interests in a tumultuous world may only now be emerging, and may yet be curtailed by conflict with Iran. Most of all, they argue that he or his successor will have to embrace U.S. economic renewal as the core foreign policy and national security challenge of the future.
Posted in Political Science

Awaiting the City

Author: Chaf Brand,Tom Pratt

Publisher: Kregel Academic

ISBN: 0825488559

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 5499

People of faith have always been on search for the homeland, first promised to Abraham in light of the Babylonian civilization he left. That future hope was reinterpreted by Jesus and taken up by St. Augustine in The City of God, reinterpreted again by John Calvin in Geneva, and given a final form by the Puritan pilgrims who came to America to establish the City upon a Hill. Fundamental to this quest for a just, holy civilization has been the progress of humankind on the earth in light of the mandate to fill and rule over it. Authors Chad Brand and Tom Pratt discuss that progress as they answer the vital questions for praxis: How should biblically oriented Christians think of and work toward God's justice along the way? How can we steer between a utopian vision and a limited vision to a new rational compassion?
Posted in Religion

The New Muslim Brotherhood in the West

Author: Lorenzo Vidino

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231522290

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

View: 5066

In Europe and North America, networks tracing their origins back to the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist movements have rapidly evolved into multifunctional and richly funded organizations competing to become the major representatives of Western Muslim communities and government interlocutors. Some analysts and policy makers see these organizations as positive forces encouraging integration. Others cast them as modern-day Trojan horses, feigning moderation while radicalizing Western Muslims. Lorenzo Vidino brokers a third, more informed view. Drawing on more than a decade of research on political Islam in the West, he keenly analyzes a controversial movement that still remains relatively unknown. Conducting in-depth interviews on four continents and sourcing documents in ten languages, Vidino shares the history, methods, attitudes, and goals of the Western Brothers, as well as their phenomenal growth. He then flips the perspective, examining the response to these groups by Western governments, specifically those of Great Britain, Germany, and the United States. Highly informed and thoughtfully presented, Vidino's research sheds light on a critical juncture in Muslim-Western relations.
Posted in Political Science

The Obama Doctrine

American Grand Strategy Today

Author: Colin Dueck

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190202645

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 9173

By mid-2015, the Obama presidency will be entering its final stages, and the race among the successors in both parties will be well underway. And while experts have already formed a provisional understanding of the Obama administration's foreign policy goals, the shape of the "Obama Doctrine" is finally coming into full view. It has been consistently cautious since Obama was inaugurated in 2009, but recent events in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and the Far East have led an increasingly large number of foreign policy experts to conclude that caution has transformed into weakness. In The Obama Doctrine, Colin Dueck analyzes and explains what the Obama Doctrine in foreign policy actually is, and maps out the competing visions on offer from the Republican Party. Dueck, a leading scholar of US foreign policy, contends it is now becoming clear that Obama's policy of international retrenchment is in large part a function of his emphasis on achieving domestic policy goals. There have been some successes in the approach, but there have also been costs. For instance, much of the world no longer trusts the US to exert its will in international politics, and America's adversaries overseas have asserted themselves with increasing frequency. The Republican Party will target these perceived weaknesses in the 2016 presidential campaign and develop competing counter-doctrines in the process. Dueck explains that within the Republican Party, there are two basic impulses vying with each other: neo-isolationism and forceful internationalism. Dueck subdivides each impulse into the specific agenda of the various factions within the party: Tea Party nationalism, neoconservatism, conservative internationalism, and neo-isolationism. He favors a realistic but forceful US internationalism, and sees the willingness to disengage from the world by some elements of the party as dangerous. After dissecting the various strands, he articulates an agenda of forward-leaning American realism--that is, a policy in which the US engages with the world and is willing to use threats of force for realist ends. The Obama Doctrine not only provides a sharp appraisal of foreign policy in the Obama era; it lays out an alternative approach to marshaling American power that will help shape the foreign policy debate in the run-up to the 2016 elections.
Posted in Political Science

An American Bride in Kabul

A Memoir

Author: Phyllis Chesler

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1137365579

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 3686

Few westerners will ever be able to understand Muslim or Afghan society unless they are part of a Muslim family. Twenty years old and in love, Phyllis Chesler, a Jewish-American girl from Brooklyn, embarked on an adventure that has lasted for more than a half-century. In 1961, when she arrived in Kabul with her Afghan bridegroom, authorities took away her American passport. Chesler was now the property of her husband's family and had no rights of citizenship. Back in Afghanistan, her husband, a wealthy, westernized foreign college student with dreams of reforming his country, reverted to traditional and tribal customs. Chesler found herself unexpectedly trapped in a posh polygamous family, with no chance of escape. She fought against her seclusion and lack of freedom, her Afghan family's attempts to convert her from Judaism to Islam, and her husband's wish to permanently tie her to the country through childbirth. Drawing upon her personal diaries, Chesler recounts her ordeal, the nature of gender apartheid—and her longing to explore this beautiful, ancient, and exotic country and culture. Chesler nearly died there but she managed to get out, returned to her studies in America, and became an author and an ardent activist for women's rights throughout the world. An American Bride in Kabul is the story of how a naïve American girl learned to see the world through eastern as well as western eyes and came to appreciate Enlightenment values. This dramatic tale re-creates a time gone by, a place that is no more, and shares the way in which Chesler turned adversity into a passion for world-wide social, educational, and political reform.
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

Making a Success of Marriage

Planning for Happily Ever After

Author: David Yount, author, Making a Success of Marriage

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442200111

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 216

View: 3727

Experienced counselor and author David Yount offers road-tested, gimmick-free advice on topics ranging from finances and in-laws to intimacy and children to help couples build a marriage that lasts 'till death do us part.' Yount also includes chapters on divorce and marrying later in life, as well as a 100-question questionnaire designed to stimulate reflection and discussion on key issues. With over 50% of marriages today ending in divorce, this timely book offers helpful suggestions for couples, whether newly engaged or long-married, on reaching shared expectations and building a long-lasting and joyful marriage.
Posted in Family & Relationships

The Death of Money

The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System

Author: James Rickards

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101637242

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

View: 8762

The next financial collapse will resemble nothing in history. . . . Deciding upon the best course to follow will require comprehending a minefield of risks, while poised at a crossroads, pondering the death of the dollar. The U.S. dollar has been the global reserve currency since the end of World War II. If the dollar fails, the entire international monetary system will fail with it. But optimists have always said, in essence, that confidence in the dollar will never truly be shaken, no matter how high our national debt or how dysfunctional our government. In the last few years, however, the risks have become too big to ignore. While Washington is gridlocked, our biggest rivals—China, Russia, and the oil-producing nations of the Middle East—are doing everything possible to end U.S. monetary hegemony. The potential results: Financial warfare. Deflation. Hyperinflation. Market collapse. Chaos. James Rickards, the acclaimed author of Currency Wars, shows why money itself is now at risk and what we can all do to protect ourselves. He explains the power of converting unreliable investments into real wealth: gold, land, fine art, and other long-term stores of value.
Posted in Business & Economics