The Promise of Failure Book
Score: 5
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The Promise of Failure

  • Author : John McNally
  • Publisher : University of Iowa Press
  • Release Date : 2018-06-15
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 141
  • ISBN 10 : 9781609385750

The Promise of Failure Excerpt :

The Promise of Failure is part memoir of the writing life, part advice book, and part craft book; sometimes funny, sometimes wrenching, but always honest. McNally uses his own life as a blueprint for the writer’s daily struggles as well as the existential ones, tackling subjects such as when to quit and when to keep going, how to deal with depression, what risking something of yourself means, and ways to reenergize your writing through reinvention. What McNally illuminates is how rejection, in its best light, is another element of craft, a necessary stage to move the writer from one project to the next, and that it’s best to see rejection and failure on a life-long continuum so that you can see the interconnectedness between failure and success, rather than focusing on failure as a measure of self-worth. As brutally candid as McNally can sometimes be, The Promise of Failure is ultimately an inspiring book—never in a Pollyannaish self-help way. McNally approaches the reader as a sympathetic companion with cautionary tales to tell. Written by an author who has as many unpublished books under his belt as published ones, The Promise of Failure is as much for the newcomer as it is for the established writer.

The Failed Promise Book
Score: 5
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The Failed Promise

  • Author : Robert S. Levine
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Release Date : 2022-08-02
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN 10 : 9781324021797

The Failed Promise Excerpt :

Robert S. Levine foregrounds the viewpoints of Black Americans on Reconstruction in his absorbing account of the struggle between the great orator Frederick Douglass and President Andrew Johnson. When Andrew Johnson assumed the presidency after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, the country was on the precipice of radical change. Johnson, seemingly more progressive than Lincoln, looked like the ideal person to lead the country. He had already cast himself as a “Moses” for the Black community, and African Americans were optimistic that he would pursue aggressive federal policies for Black equality. Despite this early promise, Frederick Douglass, the country’s most influential Black leader, soon grew disillusioned with Johnson’s policies and increasingly doubted the president was sincere in supporting Black citizenship. In a dramatic and pivotal meeting between Johnson and a Black delegation at the White House, the president and Douglass came to verbal blows over the course of Reconstruction. As he lectured across the country, Douglass continued to attack Johnson’s policies, while raising questions about the Radical Republicans’ hesitancy to grant African Americans the vote. Johnson meanwhile kept his eye on Douglass, eventually making a surprising effort to appoint him to a key position in his administration. Levine grippingly portrays the conflicts that brought Douglass and the wider Black community to reject Johnson and call for a guilty verdict in his impeachment trial. He brings fresh insight by turning to letters between Douglass and his sons, speeches by Douglass and other major Black figures like Frances E. W. Harper, and articles and letters in the Christian Recorder, the most important African American newspaper of the time. In counterpointing the lives and careers of Douglass and Johnson, Levine offers a distinctive vision of the lost promise and dire failure of Reconstruction, the effects of which still reverberate today.



  • Author : Cas Mudde
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2016-11-14
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 98
  • ISBN 10 : 9783319474793

SYRIZA Excerpt :

This book studies the rollercoaster first year in office of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), which for many Europeans constituted the hope for a different Europe, beyond austerity and national egocentrism. Through a collection of sharp and short articles and interviews that critically chronicle the rapid rise of SYRIZA, the author argues that SYRIZA is not so much a new European phenomenon, but rather a rejuvenated form of an old Greek phenomenon, left populism, which overpromises and seldom delivers. By putting the phenomenon of SYRIZA within a broader Greek and European context, in which political extremism and populism are increasingly threatening liberal democracy, Mudde argues that Greece is neither a new Weimar Germany nor the future of Europe. As SYRIZA has failed to bring the change it promised, the only remaining question now is whether it can establish itself in the Greek party system. This book will be of use to students and scholars interested in Greek politics, comparative politics, populism, and extremism.

The Promise of a Pencil Book
Score: 4
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The Promise of a Pencil

  • Author : Adam Braun
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476730639

The Promise of a Pencil Excerpt :

The author describes how he left a lucrative business consulting job to found the nonprofit Pencils of Promise, an organization responsible for building schools for the poor in developing countries around the world and which recently completed its two hundredth school.

Fail U  Book
Score: 5
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Fail U

  • Author : Charles J. Sykes
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2016-08-09
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250091765

Fail U Excerpt :

The cost of a college degree has increased by 1,125% since 1978—four times the rate of inflation. Total student debt has surpassed $1.3 trillion. Nearly two thirds of all college students must borrow to study, and the average student graduates with more than $30,000 in debt. Many college graduates under twenty-five years old are unemployed or underemployed. And professors—remember them?—rarely teach undergraduates at many major universities, instead handing off their lecture halls to cheaper teaching assistants. So, is it worth it? That’s the question Charles J. Sykes attempts to answer in Fail U., exploring the staggering costs of a college education, the sharp decline in tenured faculty and teaching loads, the explosion of administrative jobs, the grandiose building plans, and the utter lack of preparedness for the real world that many now graduates face. Fail U. offers a different vision of higher education; one that is affordable, more productive, and better-suited to meet the needs of a diverse range of students—and one that will actually be useful in their future careers and lives.

Precarious Claims Book

Precarious Claims

  • Author : Shannon Gleeson
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2016-09-30
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 190
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520963603

Precarious Claims Excerpt :

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program for monographs. Visit to learn more. Precarious Claims tells the human story behind the bureaucratic process of fighting for justice in the U.S. workplace. The global economy has fueled vast concentrations of wealth that have driven a demand for cheap and flexible labor. Workplace violations such as wage theft, unsafe work environments, and discrimination are widespread in low-wage industries such as retail, restaurants, hospitality, and domestic work, where jobs are often held by immigrants and other vulnerable workers. How and why do these workers, despite enormous barriers, come forward to seek justice, and what happens once they do? Based on extensive fieldwork in Northern California, Gleeson investigates the array of gatekeepers with whom workers must negotiate in the labor standards enforcement bureaucracy and, ultimately, the limited reach of formal legal protections. The author also tracks how workplace injustices—and the arduous process of contesting them—carry long-term effects on their everyday lives. Workers sometimes win, but their chances are precarious at best.

The Promise and Failure of Progressive Education Book

The Promise and Failure of Progressive Education

  • Author : Norman Dale Norris
  • Publisher : R&L Education
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 168
  • ISBN 10 : 1578861152

The Promise and Failure of Progressive Education Excerpt :

The progressive ideology and methods are clearly the prominent choice in our schools today. In generic, layman's terms, Norman Dale Norris discusses how the progressive movement came about and how the ideas are practiced today, some of which are less than desirable. Norris is sympathetic and supportive of the progressive ideology and offers suggestions for success.

America s Critical Thinking Crisis Book

America s Critical Thinking Crisis

  • Author : Steven J. Pearlman
  • Publisher : Steven J. Pearlman
  • Release Date : 2020-11-18
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 170
  • ISBN 10 : 9781735942216

America s Critical Thinking Crisis Excerpt :

Even though 95% of Americans consider critical thinking an essential skill that schools should teach, our students’ problem-solving skills rank among the lowest in the world. Students actually show lower brain activity in class than while watching TV or sleeping, and most college students, as well as half of American adults, fail critical thinking tests. But why? Written by an expert who trains educators and executives, America’s Critical Thinking Crisis shows that the problem doesn’t fall on educators or Gen Z, but on a fundamentally flawed conception of what education means. Drawing on neuroscience, psychology, and educational research, it demonstrates how we can create legions of divergent thinkers and problem solvers by tapping the hardwiring that innately makes children think all the time, in all areas of life – just not so much in school. Pearlman’s timely book is an essential text for understanding why our students don’t think critically. It also demonstrates what education should be and how it could transform our students and our culture. The book is a needed addition to the library of any educator or parent, or just anyone concerned about the direction our culture is headed. Chris Hakala Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Springfield College Pearlman calls us to reimagine our education system as a whole and redefine what it means to teach and learn. We must understand that reason and critical thinking should be the primary outcomes of any quality education. America’s Critical Thinking Crisis speaks to us with urgency, and calls educators at every level to rethink, revise, and repurpose our work. Heeding Pearlman’s call may well be our only existential hope. Matthew Bristow-Smith 2019 North Carolina Principal of the Year Principal, Edgecombe Early College High School Pearlman's America’s Critical Thinking Crisis is a book written by a true college classroom pedagogue--one who eats, breathes, sleeps, and,

Heading Home Book

Heading Home

  • Author : Shani Orgad
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-01-08
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780231545631

Heading Home Excerpt :

Women in today’s advanced capitalist societies are encouraged to “lean in.” The media and government champion women’s empowerment. In a cultural climate where women can seemingly have it all, why do so many successful professional women—lawyers, financial managers, teachers, engineers, and others—give up their careers after having children and become stay-at-home mothers? How do they feel about their decision and what do their stories tell us about contemporary society? Heading Home reveals the stark gap between the promise of gender equality and women’s experience of continued injustice. Shani Orgad draws on in-depth, personal, and profoundly ambivalent interviews with highly educated London women who left paid employment to take care of their children while their husbands continued to work in high-powered jobs. Despite identifying the structural forces that maintain gender inequality, these women still struggle to articulate their decisions outside the narrow cultural ideals that devalue motherhood and individualize success and failure. Orgad juxtaposes these stories with media and policy depictions of women, work, and family, detailing how—even as their experiences fly in the face of fantasies of work-life balance and marriage as an egalitarian partnership—these women continue to interpret and judge themselves according to the ideals that are failing them. Rather than calling for women to transform their feelings and behavior, Heading Home argues that we must unmute and amplify women’s desire, disappointment, and rage, and demand social infrastructure that will bring about long-overdue equality both at work and at home.

The Failed Promise of Originalism Book

The Failed Promise of Originalism

  • Author : Frank Cross
  • Publisher : Stanford University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-01-09
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804784696

The Failed Promise of Originalism Excerpt :

Originalism is an enormously popular—and equally criticized—theory of constitutional interpretation. As Elena Kagan stated at her confirmation hearing, "We are all originalists." Scores of articles have been written on whether the Court should use originalism, and some have examined how the Court employed originalism in particular cases, but no one has studied the overall practice of originalism. The primary point of this book is an examination of the degree to which originalism influences the Court's decisions. Frank B. Cross tests this by examining whether originalism appears to constrain the ideological preferences of the justices, which are a demonstrable predictor of their decisions. Ultimately, he finds that however theoretically appealing originalism may seem, the changed circumstances over time and lack of reliable evidence means that its use is indeterminate and meaningless. Originalism can be selectively deployed or manipulated to support and legitimize any decision desired by a justice.

Recycling Reconsidered Book
Score: 5
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Recycling Reconsidered

  • Author : Samantha Macbride
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 2011-12-09
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780262297660

Recycling Reconsidered Excerpt :

How the success and popularity of recycling has diverted attention from the steep environmental costs of manufacturing the goods we consume and discard. Recycling is widely celebrated as an environmental success story. The accomplishments of the recycling movement can be seen in municipal practice, a thriving private recycling industry, and widespread public support and participation. In the United States, more people recycle than vote. But, as Samantha MacBride points out in this book, the goals of recycling—saving the earth (and trees), conserving resources, and greening the economy—are still far from being realized. The vast majority of solid wastes are still burned or buried. MacBride argues that, since the emergence of the recycling movement in 1970, manufacturers of products that end up in waste have successfully prevented the implementation of more onerous, yet far more effective, forms of sustainable waste policy. Recycling as we know it today generates the illusion of progress while allowing industry to maintain the status quo and place responsibility on consumers and local government. MacBride offers a series of case studies in recycling that pose provocative questions about whether the current ways we deal with waste are really the best ways to bring about real sustainability and environmental justice. She does not aim to debunk or discourage recycling but to help us think beyond recycling as it is today.

Promise Unfulfilled Book
Score: 5
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Promise Unfulfilled

  • Author : Rolland McCune
  • Publisher : Ambassador International
  • Release Date : 2017-07-17
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781620206980

Promise Unfulfilled Excerpt :

The New Evangelicalism was conceived if not born with the formation of the National Association of Evangelicals in 1942. This new group was in the main led by younger professing fundamentalist scholars and leaders who had become dissatisfied with their heritage and wanted to carve out some evangelical middle ground between fundamentalism and neo-orthodoxy. This book is an analysis of the break-away movement in terms of the issues ideas, and practices that led to its beginning, its expansion to an apogee in the 1970s, its subsequent loss of biblical and doctrinal stability, and its slide toward virtual irrelevancy in a postmodern world culture of the 21st century. The twenty-five chapters are grouped under nine main sections: Historical Antecedents; the Formation of the New Evangelicalism; Ecumenism; Ecclesiastical Separation; The Bible and Authority; Apologetics; Social Involvement; Doctrinal Storms; and Evaluations and Prospects. It will be a valuable addition to the pastor’s library and a strategic resource for theological education in Bible colleges and seminaries.

From Promise to Contract Book

From Promise to Contract

  • Author : Dori Kimel
  • Publisher : Hart Publishing
  • Release Date : 2003-03-14
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781841132129

From Promise to Contract Excerpt :

It is typical for theories of contract law to either analyze their subject matter as a mechanism for the enforcement of promises, or to deny the very notion that contract law can be explained as grounded in any unique set of normative principles or sources of moral or legal liability. Liberal theory of contract is traditionally associated with the first of these approaches. This book bucks both these trends by offering a theory of contract law based on a careful philosophical analysis of not only the similarities, but also the much-overlooked differences between contract and promise. Through an examination of a variety of issues pertaining to the nature of promissory and contractual relations and the nature of the institutions that support them, the book presents an intriguing thesis concerning the relations between contract and promise and, consequently, concerning the distinct functions and values which underlie contract law and explain contractual obligation. This thesis is shown to provide not only a firm theoretical basis for explaining the normative underpinnings of contract, but also a promising starting point for dealing with practical issues such as the choice of remedy for breach of contract, and policy issues such as the appropriate scope of the freedom of contract and the role of the state in shaping and regulating contractual activity.

The Death of Human Capital  Book

The Death of Human Capital

  • Author : Phillip Brown
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-09-24
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780190644338

The Death of Human Capital Excerpt :

Human capital theory, or the notion that there is a direct relationship between educational investment and individual and national prosperity, has dominated public policy on education and labor for the past fifty years. In The Death of Human Capital?, Phillip Brown, Hugh Lauder, and Sin Yi Cheung argue that the human capital story is one of false promise: investing in learning isn't the road to higher earnings and national prosperity. Rather than abandoning human capital theory, however, the authors redefine human capital in an age of smart machines. They present a new human capital theory that rejects the view that automation and AI will result in the end of waged work, but see the fundamental problem as a lack of quality jobs offering interesting, worthwhile, and rewarding opportunities. A controversial challenge to the reigning ideology, The Death of Human Capital? connects with a growing sense that capitalism is in crisis, felt by students and the wider workforce, shows what's at stake in the new human capital while offering hope for the future.

The Failed Promise of Sentencing Reform Book

The Failed Promise of Sentencing Reform

  • Author : Michael O'Hear
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release Date : 2017-03-20
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 268
  • ISBN 10 : 9781440840883

The Failed Promise of Sentencing Reform Excerpt :

Despite 15 years of reform efforts, the incarceration rate in the United States remains at an unprecedented high level. This book provides the first comprehensive survey of these reforms and explains why they have proven to be ineffective. • Clearly identifies the real reasons that the wave of post-2000 sentencing reform has had minimal impact on reducing national imprisonment rates • Explains why reforms must target the excessive sentences imposed on violent and sexual offenders, even though the members of these offender groups are considered "justifiably punished" by long prison terms in the public eye • Enables readers to understand why increased consideration for the well-being of offenders and their families is likely a prerequisite to the acceptance of more fundamental changes to the U.S. sentencing system