Our nation began with the simple phrase, “We the People.” But who were and are “We”? Who were we in 1776, in 1865, or 1968, and is there any continuity in character between the we of those years and the nearly 300 million people living in the radically different America of today? With Made in America, Claude S. Fischer draws on decades of historical, psychological, and social research to answer that question by tracking the evolution of American character and culture over three centuries. He explodes myths—such as that contemporary Americans are more mobile and less religious than their ancestors, or that they are more focused on money and consumption—and reveals instead how greater security and wealth have only reinforced the independence, egalitarianism, and commitment to community that characterized our people from the earliest years. Skillfully drawing on personal stories of representative Americans, Fischer shows that affluence and social progress have allowed more people to participate fully in cultural and political life, thus broadening the category of “American” —yet at the same time what it means to be an American has retained surprising continuity with much earlier notions of American character. Firmly in the vein of such classics as The Lonely Crowd and Habits of the Heart—yet challenging many of their conclusions—Made in America takes readers beyond the simplicity of headlines and the actions of elites to show us the lives, aspirations, and emotions of ordinary Americans, from the settling of the colonies to the settling of the suburbs.
Jesus is as American as baseball and apple pie. But how this came to be is a complex story - one that Stephen Nichols tells with care and ease. Beginning with the Puritans, he leads readers through the various cultural epochs of American history, showing at each stage how American notions of Jesus were shaped by the cultural sensibilities of the times, often with unfortunate results. Always fascinating and often humorous, Jesus Made in America offers a frank assessment of the story of Christianity in America, including the present. For those interested in the cultural implications of that story, this book is a must-read.
Ultimate fighting -- mixed martial arts competition between professional fighters which includes ju-jitsu, judo, boxing, kick0boxing and wrestling techniques -- is among the fastest-growing sports in the world today, outselling and outperforming boxing and indeed any other ring or combat sport. Coming live to the UK in April 2007 UFC sold out the Manchester MEN Arena, followed by further sell-out perfomances in Belfast in June and London in September at the 20,000-plus capacity O2. Matt Hughes, nine times UFC World Welterweight Champion, with a record of 42 wins from 48 fights to date, is the most dynamic figure in this hottest and most happening of sports. Here he recounts his sensational rise to stardom, from growing up on the family farm in Illinois to breaking records in the octagon in front of 20,000 live fans and 4 million television viewers.
There is a crisis of truth in our time, asserts Michael Horton, even in our evangelical church. And it is due at least in part to our cultural accommodation. Horton believes the time has come to call evangelicals back to faith and truth.
The stuff of American life! It's at the heart of the American Dream: Invent a new product that fills a need, strikes a nerve or just seems like good fun and then--bang! Amass a fortune selling it to the world! Made in America tells over 200 such stories of "the little (and big) products that could." Inventions and innovations that changed the world in ways both large and small are featured, from the accidental creations of icons like Coca-Cola and the Slinky to culture-changing technology such as Microsoft and Google - with loads of Americana in-between. Trivia fans and American history buffs will love these quick fact-filled profiles.
How Race Is Made in America examines Mexican Americans—from 1924, when American law drastically reduced immigration into the United States, to 1965, when many quotas were abolished—to understand how broad themes of race and citizenship are constructed. These years shaped the emergence of what Natalia Molina describes as an immigration regime, which defined the racial categories that continue to influence perceptions in the United States about Mexican Americans, race, and ethnicity. Molina demonstrates that despite the multiplicity of influences that help shape our concept of race, common themes prevail. Examining legal, political, social, and cultural sources related to immigration, she advances the theory that our understanding of race is socially constructed in relational ways—that is, in correspondence to other groups. Molina introduces and explains her central theory, racial scripts, which highlights the ways in which the lives of racialized groups are linked across time and space and thereby affect one another. How Race Is Made in America also shows that these racial scripts are easily adopted and adapted to apply to different racial groups.
“First, this book is about jobs—American Jobs. Secondly, this book was written primarily to remind us of TEN simple actions and additional economic principles we need to consider as solutions to our economic conundrum.” JHW “You don’t need a degree in economics to see the plan J. Henry Warren clearly defines in this thoughtful analysis. Whether you’re a Baby Boomer, Gen Y or just paying attention—it’s simple math. Combining American manufacturing with ingenuity and innovation will result in a secure American future.” Sharyl Volpe, Literary Agent “We’ve killed the goose, the goose which years ago laid the golden egg for the United States of America, and it didn’t just happen.” JHW “After reading J. Henry Warren’s work, one can’t help but see there’s more than just a passionate conviction in his words; there’s an earnest concern for the future of this country and a logical plan to get it back on track.” Sharyl Volpe, Literary Agent
‘Funny, wise, learned and compulsive’ - GQ Bill Bryson turns away from travelling the highways and byways of middle America, so hilariously depicted in his bestselling The Lost Continent, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and Notes from a Big Country, for a fast, exhilarating ride along the Route 66 of American language and popular culture. In Made in America, Bryson tells the story of how American arose out of the English language, and along the way, de-mythologizes his native land - explaining how a dusty desert hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn’t won, why Americans say ‘lootenant’ and ‘Toosday’, how they were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up - as well as exposing the true origins of the words G-string, blockbuster, poker and snafu. ‘A tremendously sassy work, full of zip, pizzazz and all those other great American qualities’ Will Self, Independent on Sunday