The Sum of Our Dreams

The Sum of Our Dreams


  • Release: 2020-08-04
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 432 page
  • ISBN: 9780190692599
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In The Sum of Our Dreams, Louis P. Masur offers a sweeping yet compact history of America from its beginnings to the current moment. For general readers seeking an accessible, single-volume account, one that challenges but does not overwhelm, and which distills and connects the major events and figures in the country's past in a single narrative, here is that book. Evoking Barack Obama's belief that America remains the "sum of its dreams," Masur locates the origin of those dreams-of freedom, equality, and opportunity-and traces their progress chronologically, illuminating the nation's struggle over time to articulate and fulfill their promise. Moving from the Colonial Era, to the Revolutionary Period, the Early Republic, and through the Civil War, Masur turns his attention to Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, the Progressive Age, World War One, the Great Depression, World War Two, the Cold War, Civil Rights, Vietnam, and Watergate, and then laying out clearly and concisely what underlies the divisiveness that has characterized American civic life over the last forty years-and now more than ever. Above all, however, Masur lets the story of American tell itself. Inspired by James Baldwin's observation that "American history is longer, larger, more beautiful and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it," he expands our notion of that history while identifying its individual threads. The Sum of Our Dreams will be the new go-to single volume for anyone wanting a foundational understanding of the nation's past, and its present.

The Sum of Us

The Sum of Us


  • Release: 2021-02-16
  • Publisher: One World
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 448 page
  • ISBN: 9780525509578
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One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color. “This is the book I’ve been waiting for.”—Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist Heather McGhee’s specialty is the American economy—and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. From the financial crisis to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a common root problem: racism. But not just in the most obvious indignities for people of color. Racism has costs for white people, too. It is the common denominator of our most vexing public problems, the core dysfunction of our democracy and constitutive of the spiritual and moral crises that grip us all. But how did this happen? And is there a way out? McGhee embarks on a deeply personal journey across the country from Maine to Mississippi to California, tallying what we lose when we buy into the zero-sum paradigm—the idea that progress for some of us must come at the expense of others. Along the way, she meets white people who confide in her about losing their homes, their dreams, and their shot at better jobs to the toxic mix of American racism and greed. This is the story of how public goods in this country—from parks and pools to functioning schools—have become private luxuries; of how unions collapsed, wages stagnated, and inequality increased; and of how this country, unique among the world’s advanced economies, has thwarted universal healthcare. But in unlikely places of worship and work, McGhee finds proof of what she calls the Solidarity Dividend: gains that come when people come together across race, to accomplish what we simply can’t do on our own. The Sum of Us is a brilliant analysis of how we arrived here: divided and self-destructing, materially rich but spiritually starved

Sum

Sum


  • Release: 2009-02-17
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 128 page
  • ISBN: 9780143172772
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Sum is a stunning exploration of funny and unexpected afterlives that have never been considered- each presented as a vignette that offers a lens through which to see ourselves here and now. In one afterlife you may find that God is the size of a microbe and is unaware of your existence. In another, you work as a background character in other people's dreams. Or you may find that the afterlife contains only those people whom you remember. The stories in Sum are rooted in romance, science, and awe: a mixture of death, hope, computers, immortality, love, biology, and desire that cuts through human nature at new and exciting angles.

The Greatest Gift I Could Offer

The Greatest Gift I Could Offer


  • Release: 2009-04-07
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 112 page
  • ISBN: 9781101046364
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Words of wisdom on raising a family, from President Barack Obama. Barack Obama's eloquent words have inspired many. Here, in the only collection of its kind, are his thoughts on parenting and family. Each of his quotes is set in a context of insightful background on Obama's family experiences-a child of divorce, raised by a single mother, woven into a blended family, reared for years by his grandparents, then going on to embrace his multi-racial roots and blood relatives-and how each of these experiences helped to shape the choices he made in starting his own family. Distinguished by its selection of photos of President Obama in casual family settings, this is an inspiring keepsake and a wonderful gift for baby showers and birthdays-as well as for the first Mother's Day and Father's Day that Obama will be in office.

In the Dream House

In the Dream House


  • Release: 2019-11-05
  • Publisher: Strange Light
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 240 page
  • ISBN: 9780771094514
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A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties. In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming. And it's that struggle that gives the book its original structure: each chapter is driven by its own narrative trope--haunted houses, erotica, bildungsroman--in which Machado holds the events up to the light and examines them from different angles. She looks back at her religious adolescence, unpacks the stereotype of lesbian relationships as safe and utopian, and widens the view with essayistic explorations about the history and reality of abuse in queer relationships. Machado's dire narrative is leavened with her characteristic wit, playfulness, and openness to inquiry. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, Star Trek and Disney villains, fairy tales, as well as iconic works of film and fiction. The result is a wrenching, riveting book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.

The World of Dreams

The World of Dreams


  • Release: 2019-11-22
  • Publisher: Good Press
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 323 page
  • ISBN: EAN:4057664633064
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"The World of Dreams" by Havelock Ellis. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

The Civil War

The Civil War


  • Release: 2011-02-10
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 136 page
  • ISBN: 0199792933
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One hundred and fifty years after the first shots were fired on Fort Sumter, the Civil War still captures the American imagination, and its reverberations can still be felt throughout America's social and political landscape. Louis P. Masur's The Civil War: A Concise History offers a masterful and eminently readable overview of the war's multiple causes and catastrophic effects. Masur begins by examining the complex origins of the war, focusing on the pulsating tensions over states rights and slavery. The book then proceeds to cover, year by year, the major political, social, and military events, highlighting two important themes: how the war shifted from a limited conflict to restore the Union to an all-out war that would fundamentally transform Southern society, and the process by which the war ultimately became a battle to abolish slavery. Masur explains how the war turned what had been a loose collection of fiercely independent states into a nation, remaking its political, cultural, and social institutions. But he also focuses on the soldiers themselves, both Union and Confederate, whose stories constitute nothing less than America's Iliad. In the final chapter Masur considers the aftermath of the South's surrender at Appomattox and the clash over the policies of reconstruction that continued to divide President and Congress, conservatives and radicals, Southerners and Northerners for years to come. In 1873, Mark Twain and Charles Dudley wrote that the war had "wrought so profoundly upon the entire national character that the influence cannot be measured short of two or three generations." From the vantage of the war's sesquicentennial, this concise history of the entire Civil War era offers an invaluable introduction to the dramatic events whose effects are still felt today.

The Sum of a Thousand Dreams

The Sum of a Thousand Dreams


  • Release: 2014-05-09
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 380 page
  • ISBN: 9781499014679
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The sum of a thousand dreams is novel about the human heart, in all of us. It is about love and about how a very special kind, can connects us to one of life's greatest mystery, which we often take for granted, where dreams are not just drawn or painted by some twisting of fate but preordained from a specific truth; that dreams do come around, knocking, wearing different names. I call them... miracles. There’s no secret, miracles happens every day and in this case, one came with pure intent and aided our hero, who at a very young age lost something he could never live without but only to find them again under a different light, at the same place where he left them in the first place and realized; all he needed was to open his eyes.

In the Garden of Our Dreams

In the Garden of Our Dreams


  • Release: 2000
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 306 page
  • ISBN: PSU:000046780607
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A memoir of the struggles and triumphs of a young AfricanAmerican couple whose generation was reared in segregation describes their fight to engage white America at all levels. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.