Becoming King: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Making of a National Leader (Civil Rights and the Struggle for Black Equality in the Twentieth Century) by Troy Jackson
E 185.97 .K5 J343 2008
“The history books may write it Reverend King was born in Atlanta, and then came to Montgomery, but we feel that he was born in Montgomery in the struggle here, and now he is moving to Atlanta for bigger responsibilities.” — Member of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, November 1959 Preacher — this simple term describes the twenty-five-year-old Ph.D. in theology who arrived in Montgomery, Alabama, to become the pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in 1954. His name was Martin Luther King Jr., but where did this young minister come from? What did he believe, and what role would he play in the growing activism of the civil rights movement of the 1950s? In Becoming King: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Making of a National Leader, author Troy Jackson chronicles King’s emergence and effectiveness as a civil rights leader by examining his relationship with the people of Montgomery, Alabama. Using the sharp lens of Montgomery’s struggle for racial equality to investigate King’s burgeoning leadership, Jackson explores King’s ability to connect with the educated and the unlettered, professionals and the working class. In particular, Jackson highlights King’s alliances with Jo Ann Robinson, a young English professor at Alabama State University; E. D. Nixon, a middle-aged Pullman porter and head of the local NAACP chapter; and Virginia Durr, a courageous white woman who bailed Rosa Parks out of jail after Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white person. Jackson offers nuanced portrayals of King’s relationships with these and other civil rights leaders in the community to illustrate King’s development within the community. Drawing on countless interviews and archival sources, Jackson compares King’s sermons and religious writings before, during, and after the Montgomery bus boycott. Jackson demonstrates how King’s voice and message evolved during his time in Montgomery, reflecting the shared struggles, challenges, experiences, and hopes of the people with whom he worked. Many studies of the civil rights movement end analyses of Montgomery’s struggle with the conclusion of the bus boycott and the establishment of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Jackson surveys King’s uneasy post-boycott relations with E. D. Nixon and Rosa Parks, shedding new light on Parks’s plight in Montgomery after the boycott and revealing the internal discord that threatened the movement’s hard-won momentum. The controversies within the Montgomery Improvement Association compelled King to position himself as a national figure who could rise above the quarrels within the movement and focus on attaining its greater goals. Though the Montgomery struggle thrust King into the national spotlight, the local impact on the lives of blacks from all socioeconomic classes was minimal at the time. As the citizens of Montgomery awaited permanent change, King left the city, taking the lessons he learned there onto the national stage. In the crucible of Montgomery, Martin Luther King Jr. was transformed from an inexperienced Baptist preacher into a civil rights leader of profound national importance.
Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean by Julia Whitty
GC 231.2 .W49 2010
At the center of Deep Blue Homeâ€”a penetrating exploration of the ocean as single vast current and of the creatures dependent on itâ€”is Whittyâ€™s description of the three-dimensional ocean river, far more powerful than the Nile or the Amazon, encircling the globe. Itâ€™s a watery force connected to the earthâ€™s climate control and so to the eventual fate of the human race.
Whittyâ€™s thirty-year career as a documentary filmmaker and diver has given her sustained access to the scientists dedicated to the study of an astonishing range of ocean life, from the physiology of â€œextremophileâ€ life forms to the strategies of nesting seabirds to the ecology of â€œwhale fallsâ€ (what happens upon the death of a behemoth).
No stranger to extreme adventure, Whitty travels the oceanside and underwater world from the Sea of Cortez to Newfoundland to Antarctica. In the Galapagos, in one of the bookâ€™s most haunting encounters, she realizes: â€œI am about to learn the answer to my long-standing question about what would happen to a person in the water if a whale sounded directly alongsideâ€”would she, like a person afloat beside a sinking ship, be dragged under too?â€
This book provides extraordinary armchair entree to gripping adventure, cutting-edge science, and an intimate understanding of our deep blue home.
The Unmaking of Israel by Gershom Gorenberg
HD 850.5 .Z63 G67 2011
In this penetrating and provocative look at the state of contemporary Israel, acclaimed Israeli historian and journalist Gershom Gorenberg reveals how the nationâ€™s policies are undermining its democracy and existence as a Jewish state, and explains what must be done to bring it back from the brink. Refuting shrill defenses of Israel and equally strident attacks, Gorenberg shows that the Jewish state is, in fact, unique among countries born in the postcolonial era: It began as a parliamentary democracy and has remained one. An activist judiciary has established civil rights. Despite discrimination against its Arab minority, Israel has given a political voice to everyone within its borders.
Yet shortsighted policies, unintended consequences, and the refusal to heed warnings now threaten those accomplishments. By keeping the territories it occupied in the Six-Day War, Israel has crippled its democracy and the rule of law. The unholy ties between state, settlement, and synagogue have promoted a new brand of extremism, transforming Judaism from a humanistic to a militant faith. And the religious right is rapidly gaining power within the Israeli army, with possibly catastrophic consequences.
In order to save itself, Gorenberg argues, Israel must end the occupation, separate state from religion, and create a new civil Israeli identity that can be shared by Jews and Arabs. Based on groundbreaking historical researchâ€”including documents released through the authorâ€™s Israeli Supreme Court challenge to military secrecyâ€”and on a quarter century of experience reporting in the region, The Unmaking of Israel is a brilliant, deeply personal critique by a progressive Israeli, and a plea for realizing the nationâ€™s potential.
America’s Water and Wastewater Crisis: The Role of Private Enterprise by Lewis D. Solomon
HD 1694 .A5 S74 2011
This book examines the role of private firms in the American water and wastewater industry. As more water infrastructure shifts from public- to private-sector control, vendors, consultants, and facilities are taking on more importance. Solomon presents an historical overview of water supply and treatment needs over time and the role of the government, including how water policy has been crafted. He argues that water scarcity is becoming a major problem due to groundwater depletion, contamination, and patterns of consumption. He also examines the impact of climate change on water availability and quality considering voluntary conservation programs and mandatory restrictions for water use.
Solomon also points to how for-profit firms can use technology to increase water supply. There are a number of options: by water reuse and desaliniation, reducing water losses due to decaying infrastructure, implementing irrigation technology, and increasing efficiency, thereby decreasing consumption. He describes what privatiation would look like in practice and reviews evidence from two case studies. Solomon proposes privatiation as a viable response to Americaâ€™s water crisis, only that can address both scarcity and capital problems.
Americaâ€™s Water and Wastewater Crisis presents a careful examination of how the water industry has operated in the U.S. in the past and how it may work as we move into the future.
Drowning in Oil: BP & the Reckless Pursuit of Profit by Loren C. Steffy
HD 9574 .M63 S74 2011
As night settled on April 20, 2010, a series of explosions rocked Deepwater Horizon, the immense semisubmersible drilling platform leased by British Petroleum, located 40 miles off the Louisiana coast. The ensuing inferno claimed 11 lives, and it would rage uncontained for two days, until its wreckage sank to a final resting place nearly a mile beneath the waves. On the ocean floor, the unit’s wellhead erupted. Over the next ten weeks, as repeated attempts to cap the geyser failed, an estimated 200 million gallons of oilâ€”the equivalent of 20 Exxon Valdez spillsâ€”spewed into the Gulf of Mexico, eventually lapping up on beaches as far away as Florida.
Drowning in Oil, by award-winning Houston Chronicle business reporter and columnist Loren Steffyâ€”considered by many to be the writer with the best access to the storyâ€”is an unprecedented and gripping narrative of this catastrophe and how BP’s winner-take-all business culture made it all but inevitable.
Through never-before-published interviews with BP executives and employees, environmental experts, and oil industry insiders, Steffy takes us behind the scenes of 100 years of BP corporate history. Beginning with the conglomerate’s early gambits in the Middle East to its recent ascent among energy titans, Steff unearths the roots of the Gulf oil spill in the unwritten bargain between oil producers and consumers, whose insatiable appetites drive the search for new supplies faster, farther, and deeper.
Beyond this, the Deepwater Horizon disaster took place after a history of cost cutting in pursuit of profits, particularly under the guidance of its two most recent ex-CEOs, John Browne and Anthony Hayward.
Exhaustively researched and documented, Drowning in Oil is the first in-depth examination of how a lack of corporate responsibility and government oversight led to the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. It is an objective, no-punches-pulled account of the energy industry: its environmental impact and the intense competition among stakeholders in today’s oil markets.
This book puts all the pieces together, offering a definitive account of BP’s pursuit of outsized profits as the industrial world awakens to the grim realities of Peak Oil.
MicroMarketing: Get Big Results by Thinking and Acting Small by Greg Verdino
HF 5415 .V377 2010
In our age of information saturation, consumer attention is the scarcest commodity of allâ€”which makes your job tougher than ever. How do you thread your messages through billions of bite-sized information snapshots to reach the right people? One thingâ€™s for sure, youâ€™re not going to succeed using traditional approaches. Mass marketing is dead; the next big thing is indeed very small.
microMARKETING empowers you to rethink, retool, and revitalize your marketing strategies to take full advantage of the opportunities created by the microcontent explosion. A pioneer in the world of microcontent marketing, Greg Verdino helps you create a strategy that emphasizes relationships over reach, interaction over interruption, and social networking over broadcast networks.
Youâ€™ll find the answers to todayâ€™s toughest questions:
- How do I earn the attention of the right influencers and my core customers?
- How do I really build my brand one blog post, one video clip, or even one tweet at a time?
- How do I achieve massive scale when mainstream media is losing ground to consumer content creators and peer-to- peer distribution?
- How do I strike a balance between tapping into todayâ€™s biggest marketing trends without losing sight of the little things that matter?
When one door closes, another opens. Mass marketing is no longer a viable marketing strategy and, likely, never will be again. Micromarketing, though, enables you to resonate with consumers in compelling new ways and achieve the big results that no longer seem possible with traditional approaches.
Itâ€™s time to start building your brand, finding new customers, establishing relationships, and getting real results on this exciting new frontier. microMARKETING will show you the way.
The Fetal Position: A Rational Approach to the Abortion Issue by Chris Meyers
Â HQ 767.15 .M49 2010
The Fetal Position, examines the morality of abortion. The book provides a philosophical analysis of arguments given for the pro-life and for the pro-choice positions. The intention is not to advocate for either view, but to elevate the level of debate from slogans and rhetoric to reflective critical reasoning. Thus readers are left to decide for themselves which side makes the better case. Though it is a philosophy book, it is intended for a general audience (rhather than for professional philosophers).
In Dirty South, author Ben Westhoff investigates the southern rap phenomenon, watching rappers â€œmake it rainâ€ in a Houston strip club and partying with the 2 Live Crewâ€™s Luke Campbell. Westhoff visits the gritty neighborhoods where T.I. and Lil Wayne grew up, kicks it with Big Boi in Atlanta, and speaks with artists like DJ Smurf and Ms. Peachez, dance-craze originators accused of setting back the black race fifty years. Acting both as investigative journalist and irreverent critic, Westhoff probes the celebrated-but-dark history of Houston label Rap-A-Lot Records, details the lethal rivalry between Atlanta MCs Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy, and gets venerable rapper Scarface to open up about his time in a mental institution. Dirty South features exclusive interviews with the genreâ€™s most colorful players.
Westhoff has written a journalistic tour de force, the definitive account of the most vital musical culture of our time.
Â The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus; Antigone by Sophocles translated by Paul Roche
PA 4414 .A2 2004
Setting the playwright in context to his personal life, social, historical and political events, other writers of influence, and more, you will quickly gain a deep understanding of Sophocles and the plays he wrote. Read Sophocles in an Hour and experience his plays like never before. Know the playwright, love the play!
Chekhov in an Hour (Playwrights in an Hour) by Carol RocamoraÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â PG 3458 .Z8 R625 2010As a schoolboy, Anton Chekhov stole into the local theater at night, dressed as his father, and marveled at the plays of Shakespeare and Moliere. Mesmerized by the characters on the stage, he went on to write his own tragicomedies: The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard.
Setting the playwright in context to his personal life, social, historical and political events, other writers of influence, and more, you will quickly gain a deep understanding of Chekhov and the plays he wrote. Read Chekhov in an Hour and experience his plays like never before. Know the playwright, love the play!
PS 3552 .R6973 A83 1993
Accidental Birds of the Carolinas by Marjoire Hudson
PS 3558 .U3116 A23 2011
Primarily designed as an information source, and intended to be a non-technical survey for those with little background in science, this book is presented in a reader-friendly style. Written in straightforward and accessible English, this book provides a broad look at a multidisciplinary field that incorporates aspects of biology, chemistry, physics, ecology, geography, meteorology, pedology, and many other areas of science.
This book fills the gap between general introductory science texts and advanced environmental science books. Books on the subject are typically geared toward professionals in these fields. This makes undertaking a study of geology daunting to those without a specific background in science. However, this complexity also indicates geology’s broad impact. Because geology so widely affects us, sometimes in profound ways, it is important to understand its basic concepts. This book presents information that everyone needs to know about geology and about how science and scientists work.
The author uses illustrative problems in terms of commonly used geological parameters, and each chapter ends with a chapter review test. Readers discover a new appreciation for their surroundings and a broader outlook on their environment.
Freinkel gives us the tools we need with a blend of lively anecdotes and analysis. She combs through scientific studies and economic data, reporting from China and across the United States to assess the real impact of plastic on our lives. She tells her story through eight familiar plastic objects: comb, chair, Frisbee, IV bag, disposable lighter, grocery bag, soda bottle, and credit card. Her conclusion: we cannot stay on our plastic-paved path. And we donâ€™t have to. Plastic points the way toward a new creative partnership with the material we love to hate but canâ€™t seem to live without.
From the days of the Vikings to the present and in all the oceans of the world, pirates have made their presence known and feared. Recorded here are their stories along with striking images of ships, storms at sea, and secret harbors where â€œblack shipsâ€ could be re-stocked and refitted.
Award-winning author and artist William Gilkerson has spent years researching and painting their colorful history. From the terrible Black Beard to the fascinating Granuaile, or Grace Oâ€™Malley as the English called her, they have come to life under his brush. One can almost hear the creak of timbers, the snap of canvas while turning the pages. This gift book is a rich treasure in its own right.