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Notable American Unitarians 1936-1961

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People's Movements, People's Press: The Journalism of Social Justice Movements

People's Movements, People's Press: The Journalism of Social Justice Movements
Bob Ostertag

Bob Ostertag

America has a long history of protest and rebellion. In People's Movements, People's Press, Bob Ostertag recounts the history of the alternative print media that has arisen out of five social movements—abolition, woman suffrage, environmental, gay liberation, and Vietnam antiwar. By telling the story of the newspapers and magazines of these movements, Ostertag shows the power of the written word to mobilize activists behind a political cause.

Bob Ostertag has written widely on political subjects, particularly those concerning Latin America. He is an associate professor of technocultural studies at the University of California, Davis, and lives in San Francisco.

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Courting Equality: A Documentary History of America's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages

Courting Equality: A Documentary History of America's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages
Patricia A. Gozemba and Karen Kahn

Patricia A. Gozemba and Karen Kahn

The inspiring story of America's only successful battle for gay marriage "the court cases, the protests, and finally, the weddings!"

On November 18, 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court granted equal marriage benefits to same-sex couples. The decision provoked a searing public debate over the meaning of marriage and family, civil rights, and the role of religion in law and society. But the experiment went forward nonetheless: thousands of Massachusetts gays and lesbians married and remarkably, the sky did not fall.A former professor of English and Women's Studies, Patricia A. Gozemba is the coauthor of Pockets of Hope: How Students and Teachers Change the World. The former editor of Sojourner: The Women's Forum, Karen Kahn also edited Frontline Feminism: Essays from Sojourner's First Twenty Years. Gozemba and Kahn got married in September 2005; they live in Salem, Massachusetts.

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Come Out and Win: Organizing Yourself, Your Community, and Your World

Come Out and Win: Organizing Yourself, Your Community, and Your World
Sue Hyde

Sue Hyde

Come Out and Win will educate, engage, and agitate LGBT and straight activists to become involved in the political movement to win full equality under the law and sexual/gender freedom.

A longtime LGBT activist and organizer, Sue Hyde has worked with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) for over twenty years. As director of NGLTF's Creating Change conference, Hyde has trained thousands of queer activists. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her wife and two children.

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The Place of Tolerance in Islam

The Place of Tolerance in Islam
Khaled Abou El Fadl

Khaled Abou El Fadl

A prominent critic of Islamic Puritanism leads a lively debate by arguing that Islam is a deeply tolerant religion. Injunctions to violence against nonbelievers stem from misreadings of the Qur'an, Abou El Fadl claims, and even jihad, or so-called holy war, has no basis in Qur'anic text or Muslim theology but instead grew out of social and political conflict. Leading scholars of Islam offer nuanced commentary.



"Elegant and surprising...This lively debate makes for a quick and informative read."
—Publishers Weekly

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American Furies: Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment

American Furies: Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment
Sasha Abramsky

Sasha Abramsky

How vengeance has replaced rehabilitation in our prisons and its terrible costs. In this dramatic expose of U.S. penitentiaries and the communities around them, Sasha Abramsky finds that prisons have dumped their age-old goal of rehabilitation, often for political reasons. The new "ideal," unknown to most Americans, is a punitive mandate marked by a drive toward vengeance.

Sasha Abramsky is the author of Conned: How Millions Went to Prison, Lost the Vote, and Helped Send George W. Bush to the White House.

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The Future of the Wild: Radical Conservation for a Crowded World

The Future of the Wild: Radical Conservation for a Crowded World
Jonathan S. Adams

Jonathan S. Adams

A powerful argument for using conservation biology and grassroots organizing to build wilderness on a large scale. With appropriate urgency and a thorough understanding of history and the issues, Jonathan Adams offers a sound conservation strategy in The Future of the Wild,

Jonathan S. Adams is a conservation biologist, writer, and program director with the Nature Conservancy. He is the coauthor of The Myth of Wild Africa: Conservation Without Illusion and the coeditor of Precious Heritage: The Status of Biodiversity in the United States. He lives with his wife and two children in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.

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Writing the Western Landscape

Writing the Western Landscape
Mary Austin

Mary Austin and John Muir

The early twentieth-century works by Mary Austin and John Muir are nature-writing classics. Austin and Muir both adopted the American West as their home and wrote about its grand and wild landscapes in ways that came to define the genre of western nature writing.

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The Psychoanalysis of Fire

The Psychoanalysis of Fire
Gaston Bachelard

Gaston Bachelard

Among the physicist-turned philosopher’s most famous works, The Psychoanalysis of Fire probes the human perception and experience of fire, throughout history, in symbols and literature, and in daily life. One of the 20th century’s great phenomenologists, Bachelard is hailed for his ability to explore the ordinary with provocative originality.

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The Media Monopoly: Sixth Edition

The Media Monopoly: Sixth Edition
Ben H. Bagdikian

Ben H. Bagdikian

This sixth edition of the classic work on control of the modern media describes the digital revolution and reveals startling details of a new communications cartel within the United States.

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Double Vision: Reflections on My Heritage, Life, and Profession

Double Vision: Reflections on My Heritage, Life, and Profession
Ben H. Bagdikian

Ben H. Bagdikian

This dramatic memoir by one of America’s most respected journalists and media critics takes us from the author’s narrow escape from a Turkish massacre of Armenians as a young child, to his secret acquisition of the Pentagon Papers, to the transformation of American journalism over the last half century.

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