Making Murder Public: Homicide in Early Modern England, 1480-1680 by K. J. Kesselring
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Overview: Revises standard interpretations of the history of homicide and its criminalization
Explores the connections between interpersonal homicide and judicial violence
Examines, using a political lens, both legal and sociological approaches to the study of homicide
Uses a wealth of material drawn from a number of archives
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
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The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons From the Greatest Speeches in History by John R. Hale
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Overview: Being a great public speaker can put you on the pathway to success, whether you’re looking to teach, inform, persuade, or defend an idea. Yet many of us live in fear of public speaking. We experience stage fright or believe that speeches are best left to those with more intuitive talent. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest: The None Zone by Patricia O’Connell Killen, Mark Silk
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Overview: When asked their religious identification, more people answer ‘none’ in the Pacific Northwest than in any other region of the United States. But this does not mean that the region’s religious institutions are without power or that Northwesterners who do attend no place of worship are without spiritual commitments. With no dominant denomination, Evangelicals, Mainline Protestants, Catholics, Jews, adherents of Pacific Rim religious traditions, indigenous groups, spiritual environmentalists, and secularists must vie or sometimes must cooperate with each other to address the regions’ pressing economic, environmental, and social issues. One cannot understand this complex region without understanding the fluid religious commitments of its inhabitants. And one cannot understand religion in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska without Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
Drawing the Line: Public and Private in America by Andrew Stark
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In Drawing the Line, Andrew Stark takes a fresh and provocative look at how Americans debate the border between the public realm and the private. The seemingly eternal struggle to establish the proper division of societal responsibilities-to draw the line-has been joined yet again. Obama administration initiatives, particularly bank bailouts and health care reform, roil anew the debate of just what government should do for its citizens, what exactly is the public sphere, and what should be left to individual responsibility.
Are these arguments specific to isolated policy issues, or do they reveal something bigger about politics and society? The author realizes that the shorthand, "public vs. private" dichotomy is overly simplistic. Something more subtle and complex is going on, Stark reveals, and he offers a deeper, more politically helpful way to view these conflicts.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General