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  • Damned Lies and Statisticsby Joel Best

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 27.95

    Here, by popular demand, is the updated edition to Joel Best's classic guide to understanding how numbers can confuse us. In his new afterword, Best uses examples from recent policy debates to reflect on the challenges to improving statistical literacy. Since its publication ten years ago, Damned Lies and Statistics has emerged as the go-to handbook... more...

  • Popular Music and National Culture in Israelby Motti Regev; Edwin Seroussi

    University of California Press 2004; US$ 15.95

    A unique Israeli national culture?indeed, the very nature of "Israeliness"?remains a matter of debate, a struggle to blend vying memories and backgrounds, ideologies and wills. Identifying popular music as an important site in this wider cultural endeavor, this book focuses on the three major popular music cultures that are proving instrumental in... more...

  • Oprahby Kathryn Lofton

    University of California Press 2011; US$ 27.95

    "Today on Oprah ," intoned the TV announcer, and all over America viewers tuned in to learn, empathize, and celebrate. In this book, Kathryn Lofton investigates the Oprah phenomenon and finds in Winfrey?s empire?Harpo Productions, O Magazine , and her new television network?an uncanny reflection of religion in modern society. Lofton shows that when... more...

  • Post-Broadcast Democracyby Markus Prior

    Cambridge University Press 2007; US$ 28.00

    This 2007 book studies the impact of the media on politics in the United States during the last half-century. more...

  • Media Consumption and Public Engagementby Nick Couldry; Sonia Livingstone; Tim Markham

    Palgrave Macmillan 2010; US$ 36.00

    Democracy is based on the belief that the media gets the attention of voters. But is this plausible in an age of multiplying media, disillusionment with the political system and time-scarcity? This book, now available in paperback, addresses this question, and charts experiences of 'public connection'. more...

  • Japan Pop: Inside the World of Japanese Popular Cultureby Timothy J. Craig

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 49.95

    A fascinating illustrated look at various forms of Japanese popular culture: pop song, jazz, enka (a popular ballad genre of music), karaoke, comics, animated cartoons, video games, television dramas, films and "idols" -- teenage singers and actors. As pop culture not only entertains but is also a reflection of society, the book is also about Japan... more...

  • The History of Wine in 100 Bottlesby Oz Clarke

    Pavilion Books 2015; US$ 21.86

    Winemaking is as old as civilization itself and wine has always been more than just a drink. For thousands of years, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to its current status as a vast global industry, the history of wine has been directly related to major social, cultural, religious and economic changes. This fascinating and entertaining book... more...

  • After the Tall Timberby Renata Adler; Michael Wolff

    New York Review Books 2015; US$ 29.95

    What is really going on here? For decades Renata Adler has been asking and answering this question with unmatched urgency. In her essays and long-form journalism, she has captured the cultural zeitgeist, distrusted the accepted wisdom, and written stories that would otherwise go untold. As a staff writer at The New Yorker from 1963 to 2001, Adler... more...

  • Signal: 04by Alec Dunn; Josh MacPhee

    PM Press 2015; US$ 9.99

    Alec Dunn is an illustrator, printer, and amateur historian who has designed book and record covers, political graphics, and punk fliers. He is the coeditor of the Signal series and has been a member of the Justseeds Artists? Cooperative since it formed in 2007. He lives in Pittsburgh. Josh MacPhee is a designer, artist, activist, and archivist.... more...