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New York Times Best Seller "A deft and uniquely credible exploration of rural America, and of other left-behind pockets of our country. One of the most important books I've read on the state of our disunion."—Tara Westover, author of Educated The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of the acclaimed, best-selling Half the Sky now issue a plea--deeply personal and told through the lives of real Americans--to address the crisis in working-class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure. With stark poignancy and political dispassion, Tightrope draws us deep into an "other America." The authors tell this story, in part, through the lives of some of the children with whom Kristof grew up, in rural Yamhill, Oregon, an area that prospered for much of the twentieth century but has been devastated in the last few decades as blue-collar jobs disappeared. About one-quarter of the children on Kristof's old school bus died in adulthood from drugs, alcohol, suicide, or reckless accidents. And while these particular stories unfolded in one corner of the country, they are representative of many places the authors write about, ranging from the Dakotas and Oklahoma to New York and Virginia. But here too are stories about resurgence, among them: Annette Dove, who has devoted her life to helping the teenagers of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, as they navigate the chaotic reality of growing up poor; Daniel McDowell, of Baltimore, whose tale of opioid addiction and recovery suggests that there are viable ways to solve our nation's drug epidemic. These accounts, illustrated with searing images by Lynsey Addario, the award-winning photographer, provide a picture of working-class families needlessly but profoundly damaged as a result of decades of policy mistakes. With their superb, nuanced reportage, Kristof and WuDunn have given us a book that is both riveting and impossible to ignore.

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Genre Book : Social Science
Author Book : Nicholas D. Kristof
Publisher : Vintage
Release Book : 2020-01-14
Download Book : 320 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9780525655091


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Human beings are both supremely rational and deeply superstitious, capable of believing just about anything and of questioning just about everything. Indeed, just as our reason demands that we know the truth, our skepticism leads to doubts we can ever really do so. In Walking the Tightrope of Reason, Robert J. Fogelin guides readers through a contradiction that lies at the very heart of philosophical inquiry. Fogelin argues that our rational faculties insist on a purely rational account of the universe, yet at the same time, the inherent limitations of these faculties ensure that we will never fully satisfy that demand. As a result of being driven to this point of paradox, we either comfort ourselves with what Kant called "metaphysical illusions" or adopt a stance of radical skepticism. No middle ground seems possible and, as Fogelin shows, skepticism, even though a healthy dose of it is essential for living a rational life, "has an inherent tendency to become unlimited in its scope, with the result that the edifice of rationality is destroyed." In much Postmodernist thought, for example, skepticism takes the extreme form of absolute relativism, denying the basis for any value distinctions and treating all truth-claims as equally groundless. How reason avoids disgracing itself, walking a fine line between dogmatic belief and self-defeating doubt, is the question Fogelin seeks to answer. Reflecting upon the ancient Greek skeptics as well as such thinkers as Hume, Kant, Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, and Whitman, this book takes readers into--and through--some of philosophy's most troubling paradoxes.

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Genre Book : Philosophy
Author Book : Robert Fogelin
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release Book : 2003-07-17
Download Book : 224 Pages
ISBN-10 : 0198036345


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This book expands upon the dialogue between the atheist philosopher Kai Nielsen and the Christian philosopher Hendrik Hart in the book Search for Community in A Withering Tradition. Collected here for the first time are the responses of several prominent Canadian philosophers to Nielsen's outspoken work in the philosophy of religion, including their responses to Hart's criticisms of Nielsen. New replies by Hart and Nielsen to these added voices are also included. This volume is of interest for students in the philosophy of religion who wish to examine the encounter between religious faith and secular humanism at the close of the twentieth century, an increasingly postmodern time in which the appeal to an a historical standard of rationality is no longer sought or even thought possible. This book tackles tough topics like the appropriate role of reason in the intellectual criticism and defense of faith, the limits of the rational justification of human knowledge, the role of pre-reflective commitments in human intellectual life, the nature of truth, and the possibility for peace in a world consisting of a plural and often violent collection of cultural and religious groups.

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Genre Book : Religion
Author Book : Hendrik Hart
Publisher : Rodopi
Release Book : 1999
Download Book : 235 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9042007060


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Genre Book : Academic freedom
Author Book : Stuart Saunders
Publisher : New Africa Books
Release Book : 2000
Download Book : 273 Pages
ISBN-10 : 0864864582


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It is not easy to keep life's attractions and distractions in perspective and under control. In today's high-speed society, we are called to multitask in all aspects of our lives and all too often we find ourselves teetering on tightrope of today instead of focusing on the future. With God on his side, author John Safarik has developed a basic guide to keeping ourselves in balance. Strip yourself of stress and discover that life can be as easy as Tightrope Walking. Strip yourself of stress and discover that life can be as easy as Tightrope Walking.

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Genre Book : Self-Help
Author Book : John M. Safarik
Publisher : Tate Publishing
Release Book : 2009-10
Download Book : 200 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9781607994329


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Six Ways to Improve Your Balance as a Group LeaderLeading a successful small group is like walking a tightrope. You traverse a taut, exciting line, balancing the dynamic tensions characteristic of every group. Drawing from the concept of “polarity management,” Bill Donahue and Russ Robinson help you understand and deal with six dynamic areas every group leader must manage in order to create genuine, transforming small group community.Your group is in for unprecedented connection and growth when you harness the interplay between • Truth and Life• Care and Discipleship• Friendship and Accountability• Kindness and Confrontation• Task and People• Openness and IntimacyEffective, life-giving small groups learn how to embrace both ends of each continuum. Walking the Small Group Tightrope will strengthen your sense of balance, help you gain confidence as a leader, and show you how to release the untapped creative and relational energy in your group.

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Genre Book : Religion
Author Book : Bill Donahue
Publisher : Zondervan
Release Book : 2009-05-26
Download Book : 208 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9780310559344


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Feminist account of the chief writings of Therese Huber, the important 19th-c. German author.

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Genre Book : Literary Collections
Author Book : Vibha Bakshi Gokhale
Publisher : Camden House
Release Book : 1996
Download Book : 119 Pages
ISBN-10 : 1571130160


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Spaceman and Blue track a trio of Vietnam veterans with murder on their minds As Saigon erupts into chaos, General Tran walks with the easy calm of a man with a plan. After years of working with the Americans, he has no intention of being left behind in Vietnam, and so he has arranged for an escape route. He is nearly home free when he hears footsteps behind him in the darkened alley. He knows then that he will never leave Saigon alive. Tran had planned to escape Vietnam with a cache of smuggled diamonds. Years later, the three Americans who helped him steal the stones want their piece of the haul—and will do anything to get ahold of it. As their search turns violent, they attract the attention of Blue Maguire and Spaceman Kowalski, a pair of LA cops whose oddball exteriors mask a toughness rarely seen outside the LAPD. To stop this trio of killers, they will have to be tougher than ever before.

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Genre Book : Fiction
Author Book : Teri White
Publisher : Open Road Media
Release Book : 2015-04-07
Download Book : 230 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9781504007252


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Extreme Tightrope presents the thrills and spills of this intriguing extreme sport. The carefully written, considerate text will hold the readers' interest and allow for successful mastery and comprehension. Written with a high interest level to appeal to a more mature audience, these books maintain a lower level of complexity with clear visuals to help struggling readers along. A table of contents, glossary with simplified pronunciations, and index all enhance achievement and comprehension.

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Genre Book : Juvenile Nonfiction
Author Book : Virginia Loh-Hagan
Publisher : Cherry Lake
Release Book : 2016-01-01
Download Book : 32 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9781634705493


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Tightrope explores changes in American attitudes that made it possible to elect a black President. Gail Garfield weaves her own experiences with broader racial history to trace the remarkable shift. Her scholarship explores the complex intersection of race, class, and gender.

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Genre Book : Social Science
Author Book : Gail Garfield
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Release Book : 2014-07-16
Download Book : 272 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9781442224247