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Age of ambition : chasing fortune, truth, and faith in the new China / Evan Osnos.Show details
by Osnos, Evan, 1976-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
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Summary: "A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation From abroad, we often see China as a caricature: a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicated students destined to rule the global economy--or an addled Goliath, riddled with corruption and on the edge of stagnation. What we don't see is how both powerful and ordinary people are remaking their lives as their country dramatically changes. As the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, Evan Osnos was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval. In Age of Ambition, he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party's struggle to retain control. He asks probing questions: Why does a government with more success lifting people from poverty than any civilization in history choose to put strict restraints on freedom of expression? Why do millions of young Chinese professionals--fluent in English and devoted to Western pop culture--consider themselves "angry youth," dedicated to resisting the West's influence? How are Chinese from all strata finding meaning after two decades of the relentless pursuit of wealth? Writing with great narrative verve and a keen sense of irony, Osnos follows the moving stories of everyday people and reveals life in the new China to be a battleground between aspiration and authoritarianism, in which only one can prevail"--
"A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation"--
Award: National Book Award for Nonfiction, 2014.
List: National Book Awards--Nonfiction
Collection: Adult Nonfiction
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The unwinding : an inner history of the new America / George Packer.Show details
by Packer, George, 1960-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
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Summary: Through an examination of the lives of several Americans and leading public figures over the past three decades, Packer portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer working, its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation.
Award: National Book Award for nonfiction, 2013.
List: National Book Awards--Nonfiction
Collection: Adult Nonfiction
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Behind the beautiful forevers : [life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity] / Katherine Boo.Show details
by Boo, Katherine.
New York : Random House, c2012.
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Award: National Book Award for nonfiction, 2012.
List: National Book Awards--Nonfiction
Collection: Adult Nonfiction
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The swerve : how the world became modern / Stephen Greenblatt.Show details
by Greenblatt, Stephen, 1943-
New York : W.W. Norton, c2011.
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Summary: In this book the author transports readers to the dawn of the Renaissance and chronicles the life of an intrepid book lover who rescued the Roman philosophical text On the Nature of Things from certain oblivion. In this work he has crafted both a work of history and a story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it. Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late thirties took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Things, by Lucretius, a beautiful poem of the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion, colliding and swerving in new directions. The copying and translation of this ancient book, the greatest discovery of the greatest book-hunter of his age, fueled the Renaissance, inspiring artists such as Botticelli and thinkers such as Giordano Bruno; shaped the thought of Galileo and Freud, Darwin and Einstein; and had a revolutionary influence on writers such as Montaigne and Shakespeare and even Thomas Jefferson.
Award: Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction.
National Book Award for nonfiction, 2011.
List: Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction
National Book Awards--Nonfiction
Collection: Adult Nonfiction
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Just kids / Patti Smith.Show details
by Smith, Patti.
New York : Ecco, c2010.
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Summary: In this memoir, singer-songwriter Patti Smith shares tales of New York City : the denizens of Max's Kansas City, the Hotel Chelsea, Scribner's, Brentano's and Strand bookstores and her new life in Brooklyn with a young man named Robert Mapplethorpe--the man who changed her life with his love, friendship, and genius.
Award: National Book Award for Nonfiction, 2010.
List: National Book Awards--Nonfiction
Collection: Adult Biography
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The first tycoon : the epic life of Cornelius Vanderbilt / T.J. Stiles.Show details
by Stiles, T. J.
New York : Vintage Books, 2010.
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Summary: A biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism, documenting how Vanderbilt helped launch the transportation revolution, propel the Gold Rush, reshape Manhattan, and invent the modern corporation.
Award: Pulitzer Prize for biography, 2010.
National Book Award for nonfiction, 2009.
List: Pulitzer Prize for Biography
National Book Awards--Nonfiction
Collection: Adult Nonfiction
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The Hemingses of Monticello : an American family / Annette Gordon-Reed.Show details
by Gordon-Reed, Annette.
New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Co., 2008.
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Summary: Historian and legal scholar Gordon-Reed presents this epic work that tells the story of the Hemingses, an American slave family and their close blood ties to Thomas Jefferson.
Award: Pulitzer Prize for History, 2009.
National Book Award for Nonfiction, 2008.
List: Pulitzer Prize for History
National Book Awards--Nonfiction
Collection: Adult Nonfiction
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The worst hard time : the untold story of those who survived the great American dust bowl / Timothy Egan.Show details
by Egan, Timothy.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., c2006.
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Award: National Book Award for Nonfiction, 2006.
List: National Book Awards--Nonfiction
Collection: Adult Nonfiction
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The year of magical thinking / Joan Didion.Show details
by Didion, Joan.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2005.
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Award: National Book Award for Nonfiction, 2005.
List: National Book Awards--Nonfiction
Collection: Adult Nonfiction
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Waiting for snow in Havana : confessions of a Cuban boy / Carlos Eire.Show details
by Eire, Carlos M. N.
New York : Free Press, 2004, c2003.
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Award: National Book Award for Nonfiction, 2003.
List: National Book Awards--Nonfiction
Collection: Adult Biography
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