Aspen and the American Dream Book

Aspen and the American Dream


  • Author : Jenny Stuber
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-03-23
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520306608

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Aspen and the American Dream Excerpt :

How is it possible for a town to exist where the median household income is about $73,000, but the median home price is about $4,000,000? Boring into the "impossible" math of Aspen, Colorado, Stuber explores how middle-class people have found a way to live in this supergentrified town. Interviewing a range of residents, policymakers, and officials, Stuber shows that what resolves the math equation between incomes and home values in Aspen, Colorado--the X-factor that makes middle-class life possible--is the careful orchestration of diverse class interests within local politics and the community. She explores how this is achieved through a highly regulatory and extractive land use code that provides symbolic and material value to highly affluent investors and part-year residents, as well as less-affluent locals, many of whom benefit from an array of subsidies--including an extensive affordable housing program--that redistribute economic resources in ways that make it possible for middle-class residents to live there. Stuber further examines how Latinos, who provide much of the service work in Aspen and who tend to live outside the town, fit into the social geography of one of the most unequal places in the country. Overall, Stuber argues that the Aspen's ability to balance the interests of its diverse class constituencies is not a foregone conclusion; rather, it is the result of efforts by local stakeholders--citizens, government, developers, and vacationers--to preserve the town's unique feel and value, and "keep Aspen, Aspen" in all its complex dynamics.

Aspen and the American Dream Book

Aspen and the American Dream


  • Author : Jenny Stuber
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-03-23
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520306592

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Aspen and the American Dream Excerpt :

How is it possible for a town to exist where the median household income is about $73,000, but the median home price is about $4,000,000? Boring into the "impossible" math of Aspen, Colorado, Stuber explores how middle-class people have found a way to live in this supergentrified town. Interviewing a range of residents, policymakers, and officials, Stuber shows that what resolves the math equation between incomes and home values in Aspen, Colorado--the X-factor that makes middle-class life possible--is the careful orchestration of diverse class interests within local politics and the community. She explores how this is achieved through a highly regulatory and extractive land use code that provides symbolic and material value to highly affluent investors and part-year residents, as well as less-affluent locals, many of whom benefit from an array of subsidies--including an extensive affordable housing program--that redistribute economic resources in ways that make it possible for middle-class residents to live there. Stuber further examines how Latinos, who provide much of the service work in Aspen and who tend to live outside the town, fit into the social geography of one of the most unequal places in the country. Overall, Stuber argues that the Aspen's ability to balance the interests of its diverse class constituencies is not a foregone conclusion; rather, it is the result of efforts by local stakeholders--citizens, government, developers, and vacationers--to preserve the town's unique feel and value, and "keep Aspen, Aspen" in all its complex dynamics.

Our Kids Book
Score: 4
From 8 Ratings

Our Kids


  • Author : Robert D. Putnam
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2016-03-29
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476769905

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Our Kids Excerpt :

A New York Times bestseller and “a passionate, urgent” (The New Yorker) examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility. Central to the very idea of America is the principle that we are a nation of opportunity. But over the last quarter century we have seen a disturbing “opportunity gap” emerge. We Americans have always believed that those who have talent and try hard will succeed, but this central tenet of the American Dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was. In Our Kids, Robert Putnam offers a personal and authoritative look at this new American crisis, beginning with the example of his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio. The vast majority of those students went on to lives better than those of their parents. But their children and grandchildren have faced diminishing prospects. Putnam tells the tale of lessening opportunity through poignant life stories of rich, middle class, and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country, brilliantly blended with the latest social-science research. “A truly masterful volume” (Financial Times), Our Kids provides a disturbing account of the American dream that is “thoughtful and persuasive” (The Economist). Our Kids offers a rare combination of individual testimony and rigorous evidence: “No one can finish this book and feel complacent about equal opportunity” (The New York Times Book Review).

Dream Hoarders Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

Dream Hoarders


  • Author : Richard V. Reeves
  • Publisher : Brookings Institution Press
  • Release Date : 2018-05-08
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780815735496

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Dream Hoarders Excerpt :

Dream Hoarders sparked a national conversation on the dangerous separation between the upper middle class and everyone else. Now in paperback and newly updated for the age of Trump, Brookings Institution senior fellow Richard Reeves is continuing to challenge the class system in America. In America, everyone knows that the top 1 percent are the villains. The rest of us, the 99 percent—we are the good guys. Not so, argues Reeves. The real class divide is not between the upper class and the upper middle class: it is between the upper middle class and everyone else. The separation of the upper middle class from everyone else is both economic and social, and the practice of “opportunity hoarding”—gaining exclusive access to scarce resources—is especially prevalent among parents who want to perpetuate privilege to the benefit of their children. While many families believe this is just good parenting, it is actually hurting others by reducing their chances of securing these opportunities. There is a glass floor created for each affluent child helped by his or her wealthy, stable family. That glass floor is a glass ceiling for another child. Throughout Dream Hoarders, Reeves explores the creation and perpetuation of opportunity hoarding, and what should be done to stop it, including controversial solutions such as ending legacy admissions to school. He offers specific steps toward reducing inequality and asks the upper middle class to pay for it. Convinced of their merit, members of the upper middle class believes they are entitled to those tax breaks and hoarded opportunities. After all, they aren’t the 1 percent. The national obsession with the super rich allows the upper middle class to convince themselves that they are just like the rest of America. In Dream Hoarders, Reeves argues that in many ways, they are worse, and that changes in policy and social conscience are the only way to fix the broken system.

Saving Horatio Alger Book

Saving Horatio Alger


  • Author : Richard V. Reeves
  • Publisher : Brookings Institution Press
  • Release Date : 2014-08-20
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 25
  • ISBN 10 : 9780815726487

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Saving Horatio Alger Excerpt :

THE BROOKINGS ESSAY: In the spirit of its commitment to high-quality, independent research, the Brookings Institution has commissioned works on major topics of public policy by distinguished authors, including Brookings scholars. The Brookings Essay is a multi-platform product aimed to engage readers in open dialogue and debate. The views expressed, however, are solely those of the author. Available in ebook only.

The True American  Murder and Mercy in Texas Book
Score: 3.5
From 5 Ratings

The True American Murder and Mercy in Texas


  • Author : Anand Giridharadas
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2014-05-05
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393244137

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The True American Murder and Mercy in Texas Excerpt :

"Gives you new eyes on your nation, makes you wonder about both the recent South Asian immigrant behind the counter at the food mart and the tattooed white man behind you in line. It reminds you that there are some Americas where mercy flows freely, and other Americas where it has turned to ice." —Eboo Patel, The Washington Post Days after 9/11, an avowed "American terrorist" named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walks into a Dallas minimart and shoots Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi immigrant, maiming and nearly killing him. Ten years after the shooting, Bhuiyan wages a campaign against the State of Texas to have his attacker spared from the death penalty. The True American is a rich, colorful, profoundly moving exploration of the American dream in its many dimensions. Winner of the NYPL Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism and named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times, Boston Globe, NPR, and Publishers Weekly.

Between the World of Ta Nehisi Coates and Christianity Book

Between the World of Ta Nehisi Coates and Christianity


  • Author : David Evans
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release Date : 2018-10-24
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 126
  • ISBN 10 : 9781532619441

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Between the World of Ta Nehisi Coates and Christianity Excerpt :

Between the world of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Christianity there appears to be the widest difference. Coates’s brief comments on Christianity in his highly acclaimed Between the World and Me make clear that religious faith is alien to his own experience. Still, Christian audiences from congregations to theological schools engaged the text for its analysis of the state of race relations in the United States. In September 2015, Ta-Nehisi Coates tweeted, "Best thing about #BetweenTheWorldAndMe is watching Christians engage the work. Serious learning experience for me." This volume takes that tweet as an invitation to theologians, ethicists, and religious studies scholars to engage the book, and as a challenge to do so in a way that is a learning experience for Coates, the authors, and readers.

Higher Education and the American Dream Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Higher Education and the American Dream


  • Author : Marvin Lazerson
  • Publisher : Central European University Press
  • Release Date : 2010-01-01
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 221
  • ISBN 10 : 9789639776791

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Higher Education and the American Dream Excerpt :

"Marvin Lazerson’s new book is exactly what is needed: a readable, cogent explanation of how the U.S. can have the best system of higher education in the world, but also a system that seems to be coming apart at the seams.” —Susan Fuhrman, President Teachers College, Columbia University, President of the National Academy of Education "In prose remarkable for its clarity and analysis remarkable for its fair-mindedness, this volume delivers a penetrating, nuanced account of American universities in the twenty-first century. Blessedly without rant or cant, the book tackles topics that range from the rise of the managerial class to the failed attempts to reform practice in the classroom. It’s a smart provocation—a must-read for anyone who cares about where our universities are heading.” —David L. Kirp, Professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and author of Shakespeare, Einstein, and the Bottom Line: The Marketing of Higher Education "Professor Lazerson gives an insightful account of American higher education based on years of study and first-hand experience. He discusses both the problems and the accomplishment of our universities with equal care and thus, succeeds in providing a useful and illuminating analysis.” —Derek Bok, Harvard University, President-emeritus "Marvin Lazerson’s magnificent book is not only comprehensive, but it is written from an all-embracing point of view: seeing higher education in America as an expression of the American Dream. This book should be on the reading list of all who want to understand America’s actions, role and image in the world today, with and equal emphasis on their successes and the discontents they create.” —Yehuda Elkana, Rector and President-emeritus, Central European University

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Book
Score: 3.5
From 101 Ratings

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


  • Author : Hunter S. Thompson
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2010-09-29
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307744067

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Excerpt :

50th Anniversary Edition • With an introduction by Caity Weaver, acclaimed New York Times journalist This cult classic of gonzo journalism is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken. Also a major motion picture directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.

The Routledge Handbook on the American Dream Book

The Routledge Handbook on the American Dream


  • Author : Robert C. Hauhart
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-07-30
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 316
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000385526

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The Routledge Handbook on the American Dream Excerpt :

What do we mean by the American dream? Can we define it? Or does any discussion of the phrase end inconclusively, the solid turned liquid—like ice melting? Do we know whether the American dream motivates and inspires or, alternately, obscures and deceives? The Routledge Handbook on the American Dream offers distinctive, authoritative, original essays by well-known scholars that address the social, economic, historical, philosophic, legal, and cultural dimensions of the American dream for the twenty-first century. The American dream, first discussed and defined in print by James Truslow Adams’s The Epic of America (1931), has become nearly synonymous with being American. Adams’s definition, although known to scholars, is often lost in our ubiquitous use of the term. When used today, the iconic phrase seems to encapsulate every fashion, fad, trend, association, or image the user identifies with the United States or American life. The American dream’s ubiquity, though, argues eloquently for a deeper understanding of its heritage, its implications, and its impact—to be found in this first research handbook ever published on the topic.

Reclaiming the American Dream Book

Reclaiming the American Dream


  • Author : Ben Hecht
  • Publisher : Brookings Institution Press
  • Release Date : 2018-05-29
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 9780815734895

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Reclaiming the American Dream Excerpt :

Unlocking the American Dream At a time when deep divisions headline the national discourse on equality, Reclaiming the American Dream: Proven Solutions for Creating Economic Opportunity for All uses real-world examples to illustrate how America can evolve to include everyone in its promise of opportunity. Living Cities President and CEO Ben Hecht has spent decades exploring how leaders take proactive measures to combat growing racial disparity, without relying on slow-moving policies or the whims of Washington, D.C., to make changes in their own backyards. The strategies highlighted in Reclaiming the American Dream offer a blueprint for how communities can rekindle the promise of the American Dream through improving educational opportunities, strengthening civic engagement, and providing a ladder to economic security. Each of us—whether as an elected leader, engaged neighbor, corporate CEO, philanthropist, or investor—can act right now to secure the economic future of our country and help level the playing field for struggling Americans everywhere.

American Dream Dying Book
Score: 2
From 1 Ratings

American Dream Dying


  • Author : Peter D. McClelland
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 127
  • ISBN 10 : 1442201967

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American Dream Dying Excerpt :

This book is based upon two premises. The first is that the pervasiveness of the withering of the American Dream is a story with which few Americans are familiar. They are familiar with recent difficulties of the middle class, but know little about how the "Dream" has been disappearing over the past three decades for those lower down the income scale. The second premise is that this story can only be told using aggregate data, not anecdotes. The text is short, free of jargon, and can easily be covered in a few hours. For many readers, however, the careful scrutiny of a succession of graphs will be an unfamiliar and demanding task. The key word in the previous sentence is "careful." Only with such scrutiny can the magnitude of the transformation under way be fully grasped. With that grasp will come, at minimum, a sense of profound unease if not outright alarm.

Living The American Dream Book

Living The American Dream


  • Author : Philip Rosen
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Release Date : 2010-11-11
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781456806897

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America in the Age of Trump Book

America in the Age of Trump


  • Author : Douglas E. Schoen
  • Publisher : Encounter Books
  • Release Date : 2018-10-23
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN 10 : 9781641770132

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America in the Age of Trump Excerpt :

America in the Age of Trump is a bracing, essential look at the failure of a great nation to meet the needs of its people and the challenges of the age—and the resulting collapse of public trust in government, as well as a pervasive crisis of national values, from broken families to a loss of faith in the American idea itself. This crisis of values occurs just as the country faces an unprecedented array of fiscal, economic, social, and national-security challenges: out-of-control federal spending, frighteningly large deficits, massive gaps of income and opportunity, cultural division, and a dangerous world in which American power seems increasingly incidental. In America in the Age of Trump, Douglas E. Schoen and Jessica Tarlov offer a definitive and unique assessment of a nation in turmoil, looking beneath well-known problems to identify underlying yet poorly understood causes. Readers will confront the crises, one by one: of trust, values, and governance; of education, economic opportunity, and fiscal solvency; of national security, domestic tranquility, and race relations. America in the Age of Trump gathers in one place a clear and comprehensive evaluation of the fundamental issues confronting the American future while offering bold, fresh approaches to meeting these challenges. Other books have described the specter of American decline, but none has been so comprehensive in its diagnosis or forward-looking—and non-ideological—in its remedies, explaining how we might yet overcome national self-doubt to reclaim our traditional optimism, reassert our place in the world, and secure a prosperous future for our citizens.

Songs of the Doomed Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Songs of the Doomed


  • Author : Hunter S. Thompson
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2011-09-06
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451669268

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Songs of the Doomed Excerpt :

First published in 1990, Songs of the Doomed is back in print -- by popular demand! In this third and most extraordinary volume of the Gonzo Papers, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson recalls high and hideous moments in his thirty years in the Passing Lane -- and no one is safe from his hilarious, remarkably astute social commentary. With Thompson's trademark insight and passion about the state of American politics and culture, Songs of the Doomed charts the long, strange trip from Kennedy to Quayle in Thompson's freewheeling, inimitable style. Spanning four decades -- 1950 to 1990 -- Thompson is at the top of his form while fleeing New York for Puerto Rico, riding with the Hell's Angels, investigating Las Vegas sleaze, grappling with the "Dukakis problem," and finally, detailing his infamous lifestyle bust, trial documents, and Fourth Amendment battle with the Law. These tales -- often sleazy, brutal, and crude -- are only the tip of what Jack Nicholson called "the most baffling human iceberg of our time." Songs of the Doomed is vintage Thompson -- a brilliant, brazen, bawdy compilation of the greatest sound bites of Gonzo journalism from the past thirty years.