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Obama: An Intimate Portrait

By Pete Souza
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  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Isbn : 9780316512572
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Photography
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Relive the extraordinary Presidency of Barack Obama through White House photographer Pete Souza's behind-the-scenes images and stories in this #1 New York Times bestseller -- with a foreword from the President himself. During Barack Obama's two terms, Pete Souza was with the President during more crucial moments than anyone else -- and he photographed them all. Souza captured nearly two million photographs of President Obama, in moments highly classified and disarmingly candid. Obama: An Intimate Portrait reproduces more than 300 of Souza's most iconic photographs with fine-art print quality in an oversize collectible format. Together they document the most consequential hours of the Presidency -- including the historic image of President Obama and his advisors in the Situation Room during the bin Laden mission -- alongside unguarded moments with the President's family, his encounters with children, interactions with world leaders and cultural figures, and more. Souza's photographs, with the behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, communicate the pace and power of our nation's highest office. They also reveal the spirit of the extraordinary man who became our President. We see President Obama lead our nation through monumental challenges, comfort us in calamity and loss, share in hard-won victories, and set a singular example to "be kind and be useful," as he would instruct his daughters. This book puts you in the White House with President Obama, and is a treasured record of a landmark era in American history.

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  • File Pdf: dorothy-day.pdf

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“An intimate, revealing and sometimes wrenching family memoir of the journalist and social advocate who is now being considered for canonization” (The New York Times), told with illuminating detail by her granddaughter. Dorothy Day (1897-1980) was a prominent Catholic, writer, social activist, and co-founder of a movement dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor. Her life has been documented through her own writings as well as the work of historians, theologians, and academics. What has been missing until now is a more personal account from the point of view of someone who knew her well. Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty is a frank and reflective, heartfelt and humorous portrayal written by her granddaughter, Kate Hennessy. Dorothy Day, writes Hennessy, is an unusual candidate for sainthood. Before her conversion, she lived what she called a “disorderly life,” during which she had an abortion and then gave birth to a child out of wedlock. After her conversion, she was both an obedient servant and a rigorous challenger of the Church. She was a prolific writer whose books are still in print and widely read. Although compassionate, Hennessy shows Day to be driven, dogmatic, loving, as well as judgmental, in particular with her only daughter, Tamar. She was also full of humor and laughter and could light up any room she entered. An undisputed radical heroine, called “a saint for the occupy era” by The New Yorker, Day’s story unfolds against a backdrop of New York City from the 1910s to the 1980s and world events spanning from World War I to Vietnam. This thoroughly researched and intimate biography provides a valuable and nuanced portrait of an undersung and provocative American woman. “Frankly,” says actor and activist Martin Sheen, “it is a must-read.”

Becoming

By Michelle Obama
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Isbn : 9781524763152
  • Pages : 482
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 195
  • File Pdf: becoming.pdf

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An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WATCH THE EMMY-NOMINATED NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER • ONE OF ESSENCE’S 50 MOST IMPACTFUL BLACK BOOKS OF THE PAST 50 YEARS In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

The Presidency of Barack Obama

By Julian Zelizer
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Isbn : 9781400889556
  • Pages : 368
  • Category : Political Science
  • Reads : 253
  • File Pdf: the-presidency-of-barack-obama.pdf

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An original and engaging account of the Obama years from a group of leading political historians Barack Obama's election as the first African American president seemed to usher in a new era, and he took office in 2009 with great expectations. But by his second term, Republicans controlled Congress, and, after the 2016 presidential election, Obama's legacy and the health of the Democratic Party itself appeared in doubt. In The Presidency of Barack Obama, Julian Zelizer gathers leading American historians to put President Obama and his administration into political and historical context. These writers offer strikingly original assessments of the big issues that shaped the Obama years, including the conservative backlash, race, the financial crisis, health care, crime, drugs, counterterrorism, Iraq and Afghanistan, the environment, immigration, education, gay rights, and urban policy. Together, these essays suggest that Obama's central paradox is that, despite effective policymaking, he failed to receive credit for his many achievements and wasn't a party builder. Provocatively, they ask why Obama didn't unite Democrats and progressive activists to fight the conservative counter-tide as it grew stronger. Engaging and deeply informed, The Presidency of Barack Obama is a must-read for anyone who wants to better understand Obama and the uncertain aftermath of his presidency. Contributors include Sarah Coleman, Jacob Dlamini, Gary Gerstle, Risa Goluboff, Meg Jacobs, Peniel Joseph, Michael Kazin, Matthew Lassiter, Kathryn Olmsted, Eric Rauchway, Richard Schragger, Paul Starr, Timothy Stewart-Winter, Thomas Sugrue, Jeremi Suri, Julian Zelizer, and Jonathan Zimmerman.

Ansel Adams' Yosemite

By Ansel Adams
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Ansel Adams
  • Isbn : 9780316456142
  • Pages : 176
  • Category : Photography
  • Reads : 856
  • File Pdf: ansel-adams-yosemite.pdf

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America's greatest photographer on his greatest subject--featuring the Yosemite Special Edition Prints, a collectible collection of photographs selected by Ansel Adams during his lifetime, yet never before published in book form. The photographs of Ansel Adams are among America's finest artistic treasures, and form the basis of his tremendous legacy of environmental activism. In the late 1950s, Adams selected eight photographs of Yosemite National Park to offer exclusively to park visitors as affordable souvenirs. He hoped that these images might inspire tourists to become activists by transmitting to them the same awe and respect for nature that Yosemite had instilled in him. Over the following decades, Adams added to this collection to create a stunning view of Yosemite in all its majesty. These photographs, the Yosemite Special Edition Prints, form the core of this essential volume. Adams' luminous images of Yosemite's unique rock formations, waterfalls, meadows, trees, and nature details are among the most distinctive of his career. Today, with America's public lands increasingly under threat, his creative vision remains as relevant and convincing as ever. Introduced by bestselling photographer Pete Souza, with an essay by Adams' darkroom assistant Alan Ross, Ansel Adams' Yosemite is a powerful continuation of Adams' artistic and environmental legacies, and a compelling statement during a precarious time for the American earth.

Feast Your Eyes

By Brittany Wright
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Isbn : 9780316466486
  • Pages : 128
  • Category : Photography
  • Reads : 606
  • File Pdf: feast-your-eyes.pdf

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"The year's most satisfying new book." - GrubStreet Artist Brittany Wright was stuck in a job she didn't love and needed a new creative project to stay happy--so she learned to cook. Inspired by the effortless beauty of her ingredients--fresh fruits, vegetables, and more--she created the hugely popular Instagram hashtag #foodgradients to showcase the splendor of nature's edible rainbows. The vivid photographs in this book capture the diversity and beauty of the foods we love to eat, from heirloom tomatoes and hot peppers to ripe strawberries and frosted cupcakes. Inside, revel in the vivid neons of your favorite candies, the rich color of freshly picked greens, and the gorgeous shades you can even find in a single cup of coffee. Each exquisite, neatly ordered photograph is a pleasure to get lost in. With a sleek, minimalist design and more than a hundred high-quality photographs, Feast Your Eyes is a celebration of the earth's bounty, a breath of fresh air for the busy mind, and an inspiration for everyone looking for joy in the simple things.

Wicked Pleasure

By Nina Bangs
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn : 9781101539651
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 653
  • File Pdf: wicked-pleasure.pdf

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Second in the sizzling supernatural Castle of Dark Dreams series from New York Times bestselling author Nina Bangs. Brynn McNair may seem heaven-sent to the women who hunger for his body, but he’s actually a cursed demon of desire driven to fulfill women’s erotic needs. In the Castle of Dark Dreams, he’s found refuge playing a sexy prince in nightly fantasies. The castle, part of an adult theme park, is the best thing that’s happened to Brynn in centuries. Kim Vaughn wants an ordinary life. Unfortunately, she’s agreed to destroy demons—it’s a family thing—until she can find a normal guy and marry him. But finding Mr. Right in her line of work won’t be easy. Especially when the latest demon she’s supposed to off is so totally tempting...

Photographic Presidents

By Cara A. Finnegan
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
  • Isbn : 9780252052699
  • Pages : 296
  • Category : Photography
  • Reads : 191
  • File Pdf: photographic-presidents.pdf

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Defining the Chief Executive via flash powder and selfie sticks Lincoln’s somber portraits. Lyndon Johnson’s swearing in. George W. Bush’s reaction to learning about the 9/11 attacks. Photography plays an indelible role in how we remember and define American presidents. Throughout history, presidents have actively participated in all aspects of photography, not only by sitting for photos but by taking and consuming them. Cara A. Finnegan ventures from a newly-discovered daguerreotype of John Quincy Adams to Barack Obama’s selfies to tell the stories of how presidents have participated in the medium’s transformative moments. As she shows, technological developments not only changed photography, but introduced new visual values that influence how we judge an image. At the same time, presidential photographs—as representations of leaders who symbolized the nation—sparked public debate on these values and their implications. An original journey through political history, Photographic Presidents reveals the intertwined evolution of an American institution and a medium that continues to define it.

Selfie Democracy

By Elizabeth Losh
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Isbn : 9780262370516
  • Pages : 370
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 927
  • File Pdf: selfie-democracy.pdf

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How politicians’ digital strategies appeal to the same fantasies of digital connection, access, and participation peddled by Silicon Valley. Smartphones and other digital devices seem to give us a direct line to politicians. But is interacting with presidential tweets really a manifestation of digital democracy? In Selfie Democracy, Elizabeth Losh examines the unintended consequences of politicians’ digital strategies, from the Obama campaign’s pioneering construction of an online community to Trump’s Twitter dominance. She finds that politicians who use digital media appeal to the same fantasies of digital connection, access, and participation peddled by Silicon Valley. Meanwhile, smartphones and social media don’t enable participatory democracy so much as they incentivize citizens to perform attention-getting acts of political expression. Losh explores presidential rhetoric casting digital media as tools of democracy, describes the conflation of gender and technology that contributed to Hillary Clinton’s defeat in 2016, chronicles the Biden campaign’s early digital stumbles in 2020, and recounts the TikTok campaign that may have spoiled a Trump rally. She shows that although Obama and Trump may seem diametrically opposed in both style and substance, they both used mobile digital media in ways that reshaped the presidency and promised a new kind of digital democracy. Obama used data and digital media to connect to citizens without intermediaries; Trump followed this strategy to its most extreme conclusion. What were the January 6 insurrectionists doing, as they livestreamed themselves and their cohorts attacking the Capitol, but practicing their own brand of selfie democracy?

Barack Obama

By Rachael Morlock
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Greenhaven Publishing LLC
  • Isbn : 9781534568426
  • Pages : 104
  • Category : Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Reads : 120
  • File Pdf: barack-obama.pdf

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Before Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States, he was a community organizer, civil rights lawyer, and senator. Readers trace his groundbreaking path to the White House and his unique position as the first African American president as they explore main text enhanced with annotated quotes from Obama and those closest to him. Full-color photographs, sidebars, and a comprehensive timeline chronicle the legacy of this American newsmaker. Much is known about who Obama was before and during his presidency, but what has his life been like since leaving the White House? Curious readers learn the answer.

The Dismissing of America's Covenant with God

By Miles Huntley Hodges
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : WestBow Press
  • Isbn : 9781973689287
  • Pages : 402
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 467
  • File Pdf: the-dismissing-of-america-s-covenant-with-god.pdf

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This volume looks at how, as America went through the 1960s, its achievement of superpower status invited both deep “Progressive” political changes at home (Johnson’s Great Society) and aggressive “Democratic” involvement abroad (Vietnam)—in both instances resulting in social catastrophe. The narrative continues, describing the battle to hold America’s traditional Christian political-moral foundations (based on the American family and local community) against the urge of Congressional Progressivists, a Liberal media, idealistic academics, a Boomer generation, and federal judges to rewrite those same standards along more Secular lines. It covers Nixon’s diplomatic successes abroad—yet his humiliation at home (Watergate); the resultant collapse of all social order in Indochina with the retreat of America from the region; Carter’s discovery that diplomatic “niceness” is not a good substitute for real power; the restoration of American national pride during the Reagan, Bush Sr., and Clinton years (thanks to strong but carefully measured policies); the disaster that hit when Bush Jr. decided to “democratize” Afghanistan and Iraq; the deep “Change” that Obama attempted to bring to a centuries-old traditional America; and finally the arrival of Trump, deeply contested by political adversaries. It looks at the moral-spiritual character (rather universally Christian) of America’s national leadership since 1960 and how that had its own impact on the country, even during this distinctly “post-Christian” period. The narrative concludes with a review of the various political-moral lessons we should draw from America’s own national narrative—particularly the necessity of getting back into an all-important Covenant relationship with God.

African-Centered Education

By Kmt G. Shockley,Kofi Lomotey
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Myers Education Press
  • Isbn : 9781975502119
  • Pages : 230
  • Category : Education
  • Reads : 322
  • File Pdf: african-centered-education.pdf

Book Summary:

This volume brings together leading scholars and practitioners to address the theory and practice of African-centered education. The contributors provide (1) perspectives on the history, methods, successes and challenges of African-centered education, (2) discussions of the efforts that are being made to counter the miseducation of Black children, and (3) prescriptions for—and analyses of—the way forward for Black children and Black communities. The authors argue that Black children need an education that moves them toward leading and taking agency within their own communities. They address several areas that capture the essence of what African-centered education is, how it works, and why it is a critical imperative at this moment. Those areas include historical analyses of African-centered education; parental perspectives; strategies for working with Black children; African-centered culture, science and STEM; culturally responsive curriculum and instruction; and culturally responsive resources for teachers and school leaders.

West Winging It

By Pat Cunnane
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Isbn : 9781501178313
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 193
  • File Pdf: west-winging-it.pdf

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The West Wing meets The Office in this “funny, moving story about working in the White House that is a must read for anyone who misses having Barack Obama as President” (Dan Pfeiffer, cohost of Pod Save America), directly from his senior writer and former Deputy Director of Messaging. West Winging It is the “fitfully funny…warm and observant” (Kirkus) story of Pat Cunnane and his journey from outsider to insider—from his dreary job at a warehouse to his dream job at the White House. Pat pulls the drapes back on the most famous and exclusive building in the United States, telling the story of the real West Wing with compelling and quirky portraits of the people who populate the place, from the President to the press corps. Pat takes you into the Oval Office, providing a “snappy, sunny” (USA TODAY) insider’s glimpse of what it’s really like—from the minutiae to the momentous—to work at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Along the way, Pat draws an intimate portrait of the side of President Obama that few were privy to—the funnyman, the nerd, the athlete, the caring parent. He describes both the small details—the time he watched in horror as the President reached over the sneeze guard at Chipotle—and the larger, historic moments, such as watching the President handle the news of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. In some ways, working at the White House is a lot like every office, and in some ways, it’s like no office ever. Pat recounts the time he accidentally slammed a door on Joe Biden, plotted to have the Pope bless him by faking a sneeze, and almost killed America’s First Dog. “West Winging It is a fun, poignant reminder that the best part about working in the Obama White House was the people working with you, and knowing that everyone was there for the right reason: to try to do as much good, for as many people, as we possibly could” (Jay Carney, former press secretary). At its core, it’s a fish-out-of-water story—only these fish are trying to run the United States of America.

Insight Guides Explore Washington (Travel Guide eBook)

By Insight Guides
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Apa Publications (UK) Limited
  • Isbn : 9781786719706
  • Pages :
  • Category : Travel
  • Reads : 900
  • File Pdf: insight-guides-explore-washington.pdf

Book Summary:

Insight Guides Explore: pocket-sized books to inspire your on-foot exploration of top international destinations. Practical, pocket-sized and packed with inspirational insider information, this will make the ideal on-the-move companion to your trip to Washington, DC. Enjoy over 12 irresistible Best Routes to walk, from The Mall to the Whitehouse and Georgetown to Foggy Bottom. Features concise insider information about landscape, history, food and drink, and entertainment options. Invaluable maps: each Best Route is accompanied by a detailed full-colour map, while the large pull-out map provides an essential overview of the area Discover your destination's must-see sights and hand-picked hidden gems Directory section provides invaluable insight into top accommodation, restaurant and nightlife options by area, along with an overview of language, books and films. Includes an innovative extra that's unique in the market. Inspirational colour photography throughout About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks and apps to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.

Containing Multitudes

By Wesley Phelps,Jennifer Jensen Wallach
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : University of Arkansas Press
  • Isbn : 9781610757812
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 422
  • File Pdf: containing-multitudes.pdf

Book Summary:

A collection of interpreted primary source documents designed to complement textbooks used in US history survey courses, Containing Multitudes: A Documentary Reader of the American Past is a collaboration with the Department of History at the University of North Texas that supports the learning experience by providing a curated selection of letters, literature, journalism, art, and other documents, with analysis and instructional support from the university’s teacher-historians. This two-volume work includes nearly two hundred primary documents and images that narrate many aspects of United States history from the period before European contact and colonization through the twenty-first century. The sources assembled capture the voices of Americans of varied age, race, ethnicity, and gender, historical actors who represent not only diverse subject positions but also a wide variety of belief systems and varied circumstances. Combined with interpretive headnotes and discussion questions, the layered approaches of the contributors deliver an unusually complex and rich portrait of the American past while also offering readers glimpses of the many dimensions of the historians’ craft.

These Are Strange Times, My Dear

By Wendy Willis
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Catapult
  • Isbn : 9781640091528
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Reads : 679
  • File Pdf: these-are-strange-times-my-dear.pdf

Book Summary:

"In these pointed and wide–ranging essays, Wendy Willis explores everything from personal resistance to the rise of political podcasts, civic loneliness to the exploitation of personal data, public outrage to the opioid crisis—all with a poet's gift for finding the sacred in the mundane, a hope in the dark. One of the country's sharpest observers of politics, art, and the American spirit, Willis returns often to the demanding question posed by Czech writer, activist, and politician Václav Havel: What does it mean to live in truth? Her view is honed by her place as a poet, as a mother, and, when necessary, as an activist. Together, the essays in These Are Strange Times, My Dear work within that largely unmapped place where the heartbreaks and uncertainties of one's inner life brush up against the cruelties and responsibilities of politics and government and our daily lives."