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Beautiful Souls

Beautiful Souls

Picador
Paperback
208 pages • $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-250-02408-4

The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times

Eyal Press

“[Beautiful Souls] provides rich, provocative narratives of moral choice . . . Press makes us wonder if we would have the strength to act against the crowd, and in so doing spread a bit of light in our own dark times.”—Michael S. Roth, The Washington Post

On the Swiss border with Austria in 1938, a police captain refuses to enforce a law barring Jewish refugees from entering his country.

In the Balkans half a century later, a Serb from the war-blasted city of Vukovar defies his superiors in order to save the lives of Croats.

At the height of the Second Intifada, a member of Israel’s most elite military unit informs his commander he doesn’t want to serve in the occupied territories.

History has produced many specimens of the banality of evil, but what about its flip side, what impels ordinary people to defy the sway of authority and convention? Eyal Press explores the flip side of banality through dramatic stories of unlikely resisters who feel the flicker of conscience when thrust into morally compromising situations.

Press shows that the boldest acts of dissent are often carried out not by radicals seeking to overthrow the system but by true believers who cling with unusual fierceness to their convictions. Drawing on groundbreaking research by moral psychologists and neuroscientists, Beautiful Souls examines the choices and dilemmas we all face when our principles collide with the loyalties we harbor and the duties we are expected to fulfill. The book culminates with the story of a financial industry whistleblower who loses her job after refusing to sell a toxic product she rightly suspects is being misleadingly advertised.

Eyal Press © Todd France

© Todd France

Eyal Press is the author of Absolute Convictions. His work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, The Raritan Review and numerous other publications. He lives in New York City.

Beautiful Souls has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Brown University (RI); College of the Holy Cross (MA); Middlesex School (MA); Pennsylvania State University; Pennsylvania State University, Berks; St. Joseph’s College (NY); Queens University (NC); Washington College (MD)

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Nickel and Dimed

Nickel and Dimed

Picador
Paperback
256 pages • $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-312-62668-6

On (Not) Getting By in America

Barbara Ehrenreich

The Tenth Anniversary Edition Featuring a New Afterword by the Author

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

“A valuable and illuminating book . . . [Ehrenreich] is our premier reporter of the underside of capitalism.”—The New York Times Book Review

Millions of Americans work for poverty-level wages, and one day, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired, in part, by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any job equals a better life. But how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 to $7 an hour?

Ehrenreich reveals low-wage America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity. Instantly acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion. Nickel and Dimed has become an essential part of the nation’s political discourse. “This book is thoroughly enjoyable, written with an affable. up-your-nose brio throughout. Ehrenreich is a superb and relaxed stylist, and she has a tremendous sense of rueful humor, especially when it comes to the evils of middle-management, absentee ownership, and all the little self-consecrating bourgeois touches gracing the homes she sterilizes, inch-by-square-inch, as a maid in Maine.”—Stephen Metcalf, Los Angeles Times

Barbara Ehrenreich © Sigrid Estrada

© Sigrid Estrada

Barbara Ehrenreich is the bestselling author of twenty books, including Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, Bright-sided, This Land Is Their Land, Dancing in the Streets and Blood Rites. A frequent contributor to Harper’s and The Nation, she has also been a columnist at The New York Times and Time magazine.

Nickel and Dimed has been adopted for more than one hundred First-Year Experience programs:

Adelphi University (NY); Appalachian State University (NC); Ashland University (OH); Ball State University (IN); Baruch College (NY); Boston University; Bridgewater State University (MA); Bryant University (RI); California State University, Bakersfield; California State University, Northridge; Central Methodist College (MO); Chardon High School (OH); Clark University (MA); Coe College (MA); Colgate University (NY); College of New Jersey; Colorado College; Corning Community College (NY); Duquesne University (PA); Eastern Kentucky University; Eastern Michigan University; Elon University (NC); Fairfield University (CT); Florida Atlantic University; Francis Marion University (SC); Hamline University (MN); Illinois College; Illinois Wesleyan University; Indiana State University; Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Indiana University, South Bend; Ivy Tech Community College (IN); Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington (IN); Lehigh University (PA); LeMoyne College (NY); Lincoln University (MO); Lone Star College-CyFair (TX); Loyola Marymount University (CA); Loyola University (LA); Madonna University (MI); Madonna University (MI); Mansfield University (PA); Miami University at Ohio; Montana State University, Bozeman; Montgomery College (MD); Mount Holyoke College (MA); Mount Union College (OH); Mountain View College; Mt. Saint Mary College (NY); Murray State University (KY); Nazareth College (NY); New Mexico State University; Niagara University (NY); North Idaho College; Northern Arizona University; Northern Kentucky University; Oakland University (MI); Ohio Northern University; Ohio State University; Ohio University; Ohio Wesleyan University; Pennsylvania State University, Hazleton; Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington; Pennsylvania State University, Schuylkill; Rockhurst University (MO); Rollins College (FL); Rutgers University (NJ); Saint Francis University (PA); San Diego State University; San Jose State University; Seton Hall University (NJ); Seton Hill University (PA); Siena College (NY); Slippery Rock University (PA); Smith College (MA); Southern Methodist University (TX); Southern Oregon University; Springfield College (MA); State Fair Community College (MO); SUNY, Brockport; SUNY, Buffalo; SUNY, Geneseo; SUNY, LaGuardia Community College; Texas Lutheran University; The Taft School (CT); University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; University of Massachusetts, Lowell; University of Missouri, Columbia; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; University of Saint Joseph (CT); University of South Carolina, Upstate; University of Southern Mississippi; University of Tampa; University of Toledo; University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; University of Wisconsin, Marathon County; University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point; Virginia Commonwealth University; Washburn University (KS); Western New England College (MA); Whittier College (CA); Williams College (MA); Windward Community College (HI); Wright State University (OH) York College of Pennsylvania; York County Community College

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Soul of a Citizen

Soul of a Citizen

St. Martin’s Griffin
Paperback
400 pages · $17.99
ISBN: 978-0-312-59537-1

Living With Conviction in Challenging Times

Paul Rogat Loeb

New and Revised Edition

“The new version of Soul is even more powerful than the original.”—Maria Roca, Department of Communication, Florida Gulf Coast University

Assigned on hundreds of campuses in every conceivable discipline and from first-year programs to graduate seminars, Paul Loeb’s Soul of a Citizen has become a classic of civic engagement. The book has helped students of all backgrounds and perspectives learn to make a difference in their communities and in our country. It has inspired them make their voices heard and actions count—and to begin journeys of involvement that could last their entire lives. Now in a new edition, this book includes classic stories with powerful new profiles and explorations of contemporary citizen involvement. It also highlights Paul’s personal journey, from his own student activism to a fifteen-state non-partisan campus election engagement project, which he created to help faculty and administrators involve their students in national campaigns and elections. “Soul of a Citizen has been a powerful resource to get thousands of students involved in their communities, giving them the opportunity to apply their learning in meaningful ways. This updated edition is both timely and exceptionally useful to campuses that want to reclaim higher education’s central role in educating responsible, democratic citizens.”—Carol Geary Schneider, President, American Association of Colleges and Universities

Paul Rogat Loeb © Peter Lindstrom

© Peter Lindstrom

Paul Rogat Loeb is the author of five books. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and blogs regularly at The Huffington Post. For more comments and classroom study questions, visit: paulloeb.org/soul-classroom.html

Soul of a Citizen has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Allegheny College (PA); Barry University (FL); Bates College (ME); Butte Community College (CA); Concordia University (IL); Drexel University (PA); Eckerd College (FL); Elizabethtown College (PA); Georgia Southern University; Greensboro College (NC); Hiram College (OH); Kansas Wesleyan University; Kennesaw State University (GA); Kings College (PA); Mercer University (GA); Millikin University (IL); Rollins College (FL); Roosevelt University (IL); Saint Martin’s University (WA); Southern Vermont College; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Thomas University (MN); SUNY, New Paltz; Texas A&M University; Tusculum College (TN); University of North Carolina, Pembroke; University of Tampa; University of the Pacific (CA); West Georgia State University; Western New England College (MA)

Class Matters

Class Matters

Times Books
Paperback
288 pages • $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8050-8055-1

Correspondents of The New York Times

Introduction by Bill Keller

Class Matters collects all fourteen articles from the highly acclaimed New York Times series.

“It is gratifying to find that, obversely, many deadline-stressed journalists have within them a research scholar wishing to get out, one who carries out that sustained, academic research that is impossible under the pressure of daily assignments . . . Class Matters is just such a journalist-led research effort, the culmination of an extraordinary decision by The New York Times to carry out a year-long research project on social class, based on a commissioned survey as well as much ethnographic legwork. The resulting book (14 chapters written by 13 reporters and editors) includes topics intended to demonstrate the complex and changing ways in which ‘class matters’ for health, family relations, consumption and lifestyle, educational decisions, and much more. The authors often draw smartly on the survey commissioned for the project . . . Class Matters puts the brute facts of inequality before us in a compelling, discomforting way. In a world where inequality is everywhere, we become necessarily inured to it, and Class Matters works admirably to make us see it again freshly and feel it again deeply. We all know that the world is massively unequal, but the force of the known is lost on us as we live with it on a daily basis . . . Does Class Matters outperform the standard scholarly journal article in this regard? Indisputably. Does there come a time when the exalted scientific method is beside the point and high-quality journalism is the order of the day? Absolutely. In this important sense, Class Matters is a resounding success, and the New York Times is to be commended for making it happen.”—David B. Grucky, Contexts

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A team of New York Times reporters spent more than a year exploring ways that class—defined as a combination of income, education, wealth and occupation—influences destiny in a society that likes to think of itself as a land of unbounded opportunity.

That team comprises: Anthony DePalma, Timothy Egan, Geraldine Fabrikant, Laurie Goodstein, David Cay Johnston, Peter T. Kilborn, David D. Kirkpatrick, David Leonhardt, Tamar Lewin, Charles McGrath, Janny Scott, Jennifer Steinhauer, and Isabel Wilkerson.

Bill Keller was the executive editor of The New York Times from July 2003-September 2011 and continues to write for the paper.

Class Matters has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Bowdoin College (ME); Bryn Mawr College (PA); Lehigh University (PA); Pace University (NY); University of Massachusetts, Lowell; Western Illinois University