I Was Their American Dream Book
Score: 4
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I Was Their American Dream


  • Author : Malaka Gharib
  • Publisher : Clarkson Potter
  • Release Date : 2019-03-26
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525575115

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I Was Their American Dream Excerpt :

A triumphant tale of self-discovery, a celebration of a family's rich heritage, and a love letter to American immigrant freedom. I Was Their American Dream is at once a journal of growing up and a reminder of the thousands of immigrants who come to America in search for a better life for themselves and their children. The daughter of parents with unfulfilled dreams themselves, Malaka navigated her childhood chasing her parents' ideals, learning to code-switch between her family's Filipino and Egyptian customs, adapting to white culture to fit in, crushing on skater boys, and trying to understand the tension between holding onto cultural values and trying to be an all-American kid. In a graphic novel format, Malaka Gharib's illustrations bring to life her teenage antics and illuminate earnest questions about identity and culture, while providing thoughtful insight into the lives of modern immigrants and the generation of millennial children they raised. Malaka's upbringing will look familiar to anyone who grew up in the pre-internet era, but her particular story is a heartfelt tribute to the American immigrants who have invested their future in the promise of the American dream.

An American Dream Book
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An American Dream


  • Author : Norman Mailer
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2018-11-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780241340523

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An American Dream Excerpt :

As Stephen Rojack, a decorated war hero and former congressman who murders his wife in a fashionable New York City high-rise, runs amok through the city in which he was once a privileged citizen, Mailer peels away the layers of our social norms to reveal a world of pure appetite and relentless cruelty. One part Nietzsche, one part de Sade, and one part Charlie Parker, An American Dream grabs the reader by the throat and refuses to let go.

The American Dream Book
Score: 4
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The American Dream


  • Author : Jim Cullen
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 214
  • ISBN 10 : 9780195173253

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The American Dream Excerpt :

The first "narrative history" traces the thread that binds the dreams and aspirations of most Americans together, exploring shared history and sacred texts--the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence--in search of the origins of these ideas.

Behold  America Book
Score: 4
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Behold America


  • Author : Sarah Churchwell
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2018-10-09
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781541673427

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A Smithsonian Magazine Best History Book of 2018 The unknown history of two ideas crucial to the struggle over what America stands for In Behold, America, Sarah Churchwell offers a surprising account of twentieth-century Americans' fierce battle for the nation's soul. It follows the stories of two phrases--the "American dream" and "America First"--that once embodied opposing visions for America. Starting as a Republican motto before becoming a hugely influential isolationist slogan during World War I, America First was always closely linked with authoritarianism and white supremacy. The American dream, meanwhile, initially represented a broad vision of democratic and economic equality. Churchwell traces these notions through the 1920s boom, the Depression, and the rise of fascism at home and abroad, laying bare the persistent appeal of demagoguery in America and showing us how it was resisted. At a time when many ask what America's future holds, Behold, America is a revelatory, unvarnished portrait of where we have been.

The American Dream  Book
Score: 4
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The American Dream


  • Author : Shing Yin Khor
  • Publisher : Zest Books
  • Release Date : 2019-08-06
  • Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781942186373

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The American Dream Excerpt :

As a child growing up in Malaysia, Shing Yin Khor had two very different ideas of what “America” meant. The first looked a lot like Hollywood, full of beautiful people and sunlight and freeways. The second looked more like The Grapes of Wrath - a nightmare landscape filled with impoverished people, broken-down cars, barren landscapes, and broken dreams. Those contrasting ideas have stuck with Shing ever since, even now that she lives and works in LA. The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66 is Shing’s attempt to find what she can of both of these Americas on a solo journey (small adventure-dog included) across the entire expanse of that iconic road, beginning in Santa Monica and ending up Chicago. And what begins as a road trip ends up as something more like a pilgrimage in search of an American landscape that seems forever shifting, forever out of place.

American Dreams Book

American Dreams


  • Author : Ian Brown
  • Publisher : Ten Speed Press
  • Release Date : 2020
  • Genre: Photography
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781984858290

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American Dreams Excerpt :

"A powerful, moving photography collection of Americans from all walks of life paired with their handwritten statements about their American dreams. In the lead-up to the 2008 presidential election, Canadian photographer Ian Brown, fascinated by the idea of the "American dream," set out to photograph Americans and document what it meant to them. Brown traveled across the country in an old truck and began knocking on people's doors; meeting them at town halls, diners, and factories; and approaching them on main streets in small towns. In addition to shooting people's portraits, he asked them to write down--on a piece of paper, in their own handwriting--whatever their "American dream" was or what it meant to them. Their dreams offer a look at fascinating cross-section of identity that makes up the American experience--from the woman in an impoverished town who just wants running water and the pastor who wants to see her community become free of violence, to the young couple who bought a home with the hopes of starting a family and the young woman who dreams of becoming a journalist. Twelve years, eighty thousand miles, fifty states, and more than three hundred portraits later, American Dreams is a culmination of this incredible project, featuring 175 portraits of people of all backgrounds paired with their handwritten "American dreams." Beautifully packaged, and inclusive of a multitude of ages, races, identities, classes, religions, and ideologies, American Dreams is a poignant, defining look at American life and identity during one of the most important moments in our history"--

The American Dream and the Public Schools Book

The American Dream and the Public Schools


  • Author : Jennifer L. Hochschild
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2004-10-21
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 301
  • ISBN 10 : 0195152786

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The American Dream and the Public Schools Excerpt :

Examines desegregation, school funding, testing, vouchers, bilingual education, multicultural education, and ability grouping. These seem to be separate problems, but much of the contention over them comes down to the same thing: an apparent conflict between policies designed to promote each student's ability to pursue success and those designed to insure the good of all students or the nation as a whole. The authors show how polices to promote individual success too often benefit only those already privileged by race or class. The book also examines issues such as creationism and afrocentrism.

Soccer and the American Dream Book

Soccer and the American Dream


  • Author : Ian Lawrence
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-11-12
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 172
  • ISBN 10 : 9781315519074

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Soccer and the American Dream Excerpt :

The American Dream is founded upon the ideological belief that ‘you can be anything you want to be’, regardless of your current class position, and is one of the most emotive, pervasive and ideologically embedded concepts championed by American citizens. Providing contemporary insight into the American Dream via the critical lens of soccer – the world’s pre-eminent sport but still a minority interest in the US – this book challenges the notion that America is different, exceptional or unique in the global order, either in real socio-economic-political terms or in perceived cultural terms. Soccer and the American Dream offers an overview of soccer in the US and uses case studies to explore the motives of American university students in undertaking a soccer scholarship, considering the impact of family, social class and career development upon social mobility and upon the game itself. Providing a fascinating new insight into the nexus of sport, education, culture and society, this is a topical resource for students, scholars and practitioners across the fields of soccer, higher education, youth sport, sports development, sports coaching and sport management.

American Dream Stories Book

American Dream Stories


  • Author : Tom McCarthy
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release Date : 2014-06-17
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 252
  • ISBN 10 : 9781491736326

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American Dream Stories Excerpt :

Discovering electricity. Ending up the richest man in the world. Becoming a candidate for sainthood. Leading the fight for Civil Rights. Getting inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Revolutionizing consumer digital electronics. These accomplishments are at the heart of the stories of seven incredibly diverse individuals who epitomize the American Dream. There is something particularly magical about dreams, or rather the possibility of achieving your dreams in America, the land of opportunity. American Dream Stories: Elements of Success explores the lives and success of Ben Franklin, Andrew Carnegie, Dorothy Day, Malcolm X, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Steve Jobs. Looking at their lives, offering definitions, and establishing themes, the Naval Academy midshipmen authors of this essay collection examine the nature of the American Dream, success, and what both mean to Americans.

Chasing the American Dream Book

Chasing the American Dream


  • Author : Mark R. Rank
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-05
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 226
  • ISBN 10 : 9780195377910

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Chasing the American Dream Excerpt :

In this book the authors show that the risk of economic vulnerability has been increasing substantially over the past four decades, and argue that while not unattainable, the American Dream - as we currently define it - is becoming harder to reach and harder still to keep.

My American Dream Book

My American Dream


  • Author : Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2018-04-03
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781524731625

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My American Dream Excerpt :

For decades, beloved chef Lidia Bastianich has introduced Americans to Italian food through her cookbooks, TV shows, and restaurants. Now, in My American Dream, she tells her own story for the very first time. Born in Pula, on the Istrian peninsula, Lidia grew up surrounded by love and security, learning the art of Italian cooking from her beloved grandmother. But when Istria was annexed by a communist regime, Lidia’s family fled to Trieste, where they spent two years in a refugee camp waiting for visas to enter the United States. When she finally arrived in New York, Lidia soon began working in restaurants, the first step on a path that led to her becoming one of the most revered chefs and businesswomen in the country. Heartwarming, deeply personal, and powerfully inspiring, My American Dream is the story of Lidia’s close-knit family and her dedication and endless passion for food.

The American Dream Book
Score: 5
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The American Dream


  • Author : Lawrence R. Samuel
  • Publisher : Syracuse University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-08-27
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 258
  • ISBN 10 : 9780815651871

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The American Dream Excerpt :

There is no better way to understand America than by understanding the cultural history of the American Dream. Rather than just a powerful philosophy or ideology, the Dream is thoroughly woven into the fabric of everyday life, playing a vital role in who we are, what we do, and why we do it. No other idea or mythology has as much influence on our individual and collective lives. Tracing the history of the phrase in popular culture, Samuel gives readers a field guide to the evolution of our national identity over the last eighty years. Samuel tells the story chronologically, revealing that there have been six major eras of the mythology since the phrase was coined in 1931. Relying mainly on period magazines and newspapers as his primary source material, the author demonstrates that journalists serving on the front lines of the scene represent our most valuable resource to recover unfiltered stories of the Dream. The problem, however, is that it does not exist, the Dream is just that, a product of our imagination. That it is not real ultimately turns out to be the most significant finding about the Ameri­can Drea, and what makes the story most compelling.

Film Comedy and the American Dream Book

Film Comedy and the American Dream


  • Author : Zach Sands
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-09-13
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 170
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351600293

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Film Comedy and the American Dream Excerpt :

Film Comedy and the American Dream is an examination of national identity in the era of the American superpower as projected in popular comedic films that center on issues of upward mobility. It is the story of what made audiences laugh and why, and what this says about the changing shape of the American Dream from the end of the Second World War through the first part of the twenty-first century. Through a combination of narrative and thematic analyses of popular comedic films, contextualized within a dynamic historical framework, the book traces the increasing disillusionment with this central ideology in the face of multiple forms of systemic exclusion. It argues that film comedy is a major component of the discourse surrounding the American Dream because these movies often evoke humor by highlighting the incongruities that exist between the ideals that define this nation versus the actual lived experiences of its citizens.

Tragic Novels  Ren   Girard and the American Dream Book

Tragic Novels Ren Girard and the American Dream


  • Author : Carly Osborn
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-05-14
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN 10 : 9781350083509

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Tragic Novels Ren Girard and the American Dream Excerpt :

This book draws on the philosopher René Girard to argue that three twentieth-century American novels (Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides, Rick Moody's The Ice Storm, and Richard Yates's Revolutionary Road) are tragedies. Until now, Girardian literary analysis has generally focused on representations of human desire in texts, and neglected both other emotions and the place of tragedy. Carly Osborn addresses these omissions by using Girardian theory to present evidence that novels can indeed be tragedies. The book advances the scholarship of tragedy that has run from Aristotle to Nietzsche to Terry Eagleton, proposing a new way to read modern novels through ancient traditions. In addition, this is the first work to examine the place of women as victims, or in Girardian terms, 'scapegoats', in twentieth century fiction, specifically by considering the representation of women's bodies and ambivalence about their identities. In deploying a rich and vivid array of tragic tropes, The Virgin Suicides, The Ice Storm, and Revolutionary Road participate in a deep-rooted American tragic tradition. Tragic Novels, the American Dream and René Girard will be of interest to those working at the intersection of philosophy and literature, as well as Girard specialists.

KISS and the Ideology of the American Dream Book

KISS and the Ideology of the American Dream


  • Author : Kieran James
  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • Release Date : 2017-11-15
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 54
  • ISBN 10 : 9780244947910

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KISS and the Ideology of the American Dream Excerpt :

This book is a collective effort on the authors' part to remember KISS, one of the most important hard-rock bands of the 1970s and 1980s. Influenced by the glam-rock movement which preceded its rise, arguably KISS was the first major act in rock music history to present rock music as Entertainment Product firstly and music only secondarily. We discuss the original, democratic concept of the Fab Four - Gene, Paul, Ace, and Peter - as well as Gene Simmons' and Paul Stanley's subsequent American Dream ideology. We go on to analyse the current version of the band in the light of the original line-up and appearance. We find that the KISS fan base is divided with some fans accepting Simmons' current view that the four personas can be utilized by anyone chosen by the band's leadership; a second group which tries to correct the alleged historical injustices committed against Frehley and Criss; and a third group which is cynical about the current version of KISS but finds it fruitless to rehash old debates.