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YOUR CALL IS IMPORTANT TO US: THE TRUTH ABOUT BULLSHIT, Penny, Laura
141 Penny, Laura YOUR CALL IS IMPORTANT TO US: THE TRUTH ABOUT BULLSHIT
Emblem Editions 2010 0771070470 / 9780771070471 Paperback Near Fine 
In excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlig hting. The spine remains undamaged. Ever been left spluttering over some fatuous fib trying to pass itself off as information, even as fact? Of course you have. We all have. It's bullshi t, and as Laura Penny sees it, we're drowning in the stuff. Your Call Is Im portant to Us is Penny's brilliant take on the "all-you-can-eat buffet of p honiness" that is our lives today. "We live in an era of unprecedented bullshit production," Penny says. While bullshit is not new, more money, more media, and more people at mics have led to a bullshit pandemic. Today, we are so used to exaggeration and obfus cation we rarely notice them any more.Thank goodness we have Penny as our w itty, smart-aleck guide through the phoniness of advertising and public rel ations, the claptrap of big pharma, the gobbledygook of the media, and the poppycock of the service industry. Along the way, Penny takes direct aim at the major culprits and the insidious ways they distort reality. As scathing as Michael Moore, as incisive as Naomi Klein, and as funny as Al Franken, Penny's take on the bullshit factor in modern life is a page-turner. Penny has a cheeky riff on that revealing question: "If my call is so important," she asks, "why doesn't anyone answer the damn phone?" 
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CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN, Perkins, John
142 Perkins, John CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN
Plume 2005 0452287081 / 9780452287082 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged John Perkins started and stopped writing Confessions of an Economic Hit Man four times over 20 years. He says he was threatened and bribed in an effort to kill the project, but after 9/11 he finally decided to go through with this expose of his former professional life. Perkins, a former chief economist at Boston strategic-consulting firm Chas. T. Main, says he was an "economic hit man" for 10 years, helping U.S. intelligence agencies and multinationals cajole and blackmail foreign leaders into serving U.S. foreign policy and awarding lucrative contracts to American business. "Economic hit men (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars," Perkins writes. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is an extraordinary and gripping tale of intrigue and dark machinations. Think John Le Carré, except it's a true story. 
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TURIN SHROUD: IN WHOSE IMAGE? THE TRUTH BEHIND THE CENTURIES-LONG CONSPIRAC Y OF SILENCE, Picknett, Lynn
143 Picknett, Lynn TURIN SHROUD: IN WHOSE IMAGE? THE TRUTH BEHIND THE CENTURIES-LONG CONSPIRAC Y OF SILENCE
HarperCollins 1994 006017224X / 9780060172244 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. The authors offer proof that the Shroud of Turin, reputed to be the image of Jesus Christ, is actually the image of Leonardo da Vinci--and the first photograph ever created--and explain how and why it came to be. 100,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo. Tour. 
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144 Pickover, Clifford A. DREAMING THE FUTURE: THE FANTASTIC STORY OF PREDICTION
Prometheus Books 2001 157392895X / 9781573928953 1st Edition Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A highly collectible first edition/printing, tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. Considering the number of ridiculous books touting various methods of prognostication, this levelheaded treatment of the topic is long overdue. Pickover, a Ph.D. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, discusses pretty much any form of prediction you care to mention, from alepouomancy, predicting the future based on a fox's paw prints, to the zodiac, on which astrology is based. His section on famous soothsayers is particularly interesting; he points out, for instance, that it is nearly impossible to relate Nostradamus' prophecies to actual historical events because they often lack specific details and that Jeane Dixon, the famous tabloid "prophet," tends to get it right only when her predictions are so broad as to be meaningless. Unlike some debunkers, Pickover acknowledges our inevitable fascination with predicting the future, noting that, although hopelessly unreliable, it can be fun, exciting, profitable, and sometimes even spiritual. An excellent book for skeptics and believers alike. 
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DISTANT VOICES, PILGER, JOHN
145 PILGER, JOHN DISTANT VOICES
Vintage 1994 0099387212 / 9780099387213 Paperback Near Fine 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout. 
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THE WORST CASE SCENARIO SURVIVAL HANDBOOK: TRAVEL, Piven, Joshua
146 Piven, Joshua THE WORST CASE SCENARIO SURVIVAL HANDBOOK: TRAVEL
Chronicle Books 2001 0811831310 / 9780811831314 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Be very, very afraid. When you step through your door for an innocent excur sion, grave danger awaits. You might be mugged; tied up; attacked by scorpi ons, piranhas, or tarantulas; trapped in a falling plane or elevator, a run away train, a car on a cliff, a sandstorm, a riptide, or a riot. But now it 's safe to take that vacation anyway. Just pack The Worst-Case Scenario Sur vival Handbook: Travel, and you'll know what to do when you find yourself, say, leaping between rooftops: "Because you will not be moving fast, it is safe to roll head over heels, unlike jumping from a moving vehicle." Now yo u'll also know what not to do: never pick up a tarantula, as the spines on their abdomens are like little harpoons, and don't yank the reins of a runa way camel ("Pulling on the nose reins can tear the camel's nose--or break t he reins"). You may have the sense, if a leech invades your air passage, to gargle with a 50 percent solution of 80-proof alcohol--but without this bo ok, would you remember not to inhale? In short, this is the most delightfully terrifying, all-true, laugh-out-loud hilarious book since the original Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, which covers such horrors as alligators and quicksand. Don't leave home without it! 
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147 Pogrebin, Abigail ONE AND THE SAME: MY LIFE AS AN IDENTICAL TWIN AND WHAT I'VE LEARNED ABOUT EVERYONE'S STRUGGLE TO BE SINGULAR
Doubleday 2009 0385521561 / 9780385521567 1st Edition Hardcover Near Fine/Near Fine 
A crisp clean first edition (as stated), no markings throughout, not an ex- lib: Abigail Pogrebin's One and the Same: My Life As an Identical Twin and What I've Learned about Everyone's Struggle to be Singular is a terrific travelo gue through the world of identical--and fraternal--twins. She tells the sto ry of the twin experience from the inside out, and shines a smart and lovin g light on this special relationship. Pogrebin brings heart and brains to h er own experiences with her twin sister Robin, from infancy to a ripe matur ity. And she has done prodigious amount of research, speaking with scores o f twins--together and apart--and interviewing dozens of experts on all aspe cts of the twin experience. Modern medicine has given us more multiple births every year, and so more a nd more people are parents of twins. When we see so many pairs of kids ridi ng in their double strollers, we ask ourselves so many questions. What's going on in their little minds as they grow up together? Do they fee l like they're one person, or two? How do they relate to other kids in scho ol? Do they feel that it's a privilege to be a twin, or do they find it a b urden? What about the social expectations that they should love each other best and should be ever so close? How do they separate enough to get marrie d and form their own families? What is the mistake parents most often make in rearing their twins? Abigail Pogrebin has answers to these questions and many more. In each chapter she writes a bit about her and her sister, and then brings in testimony from other twins and the experts. In addition, this book is valuable because of the light it shed 
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148 Pollock, Allyson M. NHS PLC: THE PRIVATISATION OF OUR HEALTH CARE
Verso 2006 1844675394 / 9781844675395 Paperback Very Good+ 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: An excellent guide, not only to the woes of the NHS but, by extension, to t hose of all the public services in Britain. ... It is a lamentable tale of private enterprise without enterprise, and public expenditure without publi c purpose. (New Statesman ) This is a shocking story, brilliantly told. (Raymond Tallis ) A tale that demands to be read by every person in this country who has a st ake in the NHS and the remnants of the welfare state, and indeed, everyone with democratic instincts ... told with lucid and detailed authority. (Guar dian ) Allyson Pollock confirms suspicions that something is rotten in the state o f the UK's health system. NHS plc should be required reading for every clin ician and patient in the UK. (The Lancet ) Pollock applies a remorseless logic that is hard to resist ... a stimulatin g and powerful argument. (Times Higher Education Supplement ) A brave, necessary book. And because you know the government thinks you sho uldn't read it, you probably should. (British Medical Journal ) Required reading for everyone who works in the biggest industry in the country and everyone that uses it. (Claire Rayner ) 
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149 Pratap, Anita ISLAND OF BLOOD:FRONTLINE REPORTS FROM SRI LANKA, AFGHANISTAN AND OTHER SOU TH ASIAN FLASH POINTS
Vijitha Yapa Publications 2003 9789558095218 Paperback Near Fine 
A nice clean softcover no markings throughout: "Island of Blood is a distillation of the experiences and insights of one of the finest journalists India has ever produced. During the eighties and nineties, when the Indian media rarely ventured into flashpoints like Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, Anita Pratap braved the odds to send in reports from the front, over and over again. War, ethnic conflict, earthquakes, cyclones and droughts, wherever there was a story to be told, she would track it down. 
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150 PRESTON, RICHARD THE HOT ZONE: THE TERRIFYING TRUE STORY OF THE ORIGINS OF THE EBOLA VIRUS
Anchor 1995 0385479565 / 9780385479561 Mass Market Pa Good 
The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus. A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest sud denly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of so ldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot " virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising acco unt of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into t he human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zon e proves that truth really is scarier than fiction. 
Price: 350.00 JPY
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THE CLOUDSPOTTER'S GUIDE, Pretor-Pinney, Gavin
151 Pretor-Pinney, Gavin THE CLOUDSPOTTER'S GUIDE
Sceptre 2007 034089590X / 9780340895900 Paperback Very Good 
'The clouds are nature's poetry, and the most egalitarian of her displays, since everyone has an equally fantastic view of them. Clouds are for dreame rs, and their contemplation benefits the soul. Yet their beauty is so every day as to be in danger of being overlooked ...' Gavin Pretor Pinney is the chairman and founder member of the Cloud Appreci ation Society. He contends that we are blessed in this country with a uniqu ely rich and varied cloudscape, which has hitherto been sadly undervalued. His book teaches us to appreciate their different varieties - the cumulus, nimbostratus and Morning Glory to name only a few - and all their beauties and significances, both meteorological and cultural. We learn how Hindus be lieved the cumulus clouds were the spiritual cousins of elephants, how ther mal air currents act on fair weather cumuli, and how to save a fortune in p sychiatric bills by using the clouds as Rorschach images that reflect our s tate of mind as well as nature's moods. Looking up will never be the same again. 
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152 Quammen, David THE SONG OF THE DODO
Hutchinson 1996 0091801966 / 9780091801960 1st Edition Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A wonderful tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscri ptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition; In Darwin's time, island biogeography was the science that opened Victorian minds to the wonder of evolution. Today with all the world's wild landscape being chopped into island-like fragments, it's the science of jeopardy and extinction. This book combines science, historical narrative and travel. 
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THINKING OUT LOUD : ON THE PERSONAL, THE POLITICAL, THE PUBLIC, AND THE PRI VATE, Quindlen, Anna
153 Quindlen, Anna THINKING OUT LOUD : ON THE PERSONAL, THE POLITICAL, THE PUBLIC, AND THE PRI VATE
Random House 1993 0679407111 / 9780679407119 1st Edition Hardcover VG+/VG+ 
Concerned as she is with all manner of conflicts between public and private issues represented in this collection of essays from her syndicated New Yo rk Times op-ed column, Quindlen ( Living Out Loud ) admits to viewing even non-feminist topics through "the special lens of her gender." Sensitive to social and political trends and the "shifting sands of geopolitics" that pr opel events, she points out their cost in human terms, especially as they a ffect the excluded and abused. Violence, notes the author--sexual, racial o r political, performed by individuals or in groups as members of sports tea ms, gangs, police or the military--is routinely glorified, whether in child ren's cartoons or adult soap operas. Equally effective are Quindlen's alway s superbly controled commentaries on lying, bigotry and moral hypocrisy amo ng political, judiciary and religious leaders, and the cynical use of ideal s to justify military incursions. Author tour. 
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IRANIAN WRITERS UNCENSORED: FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY AND THE WORD IN CONTEMPORARY IRAN, Rahbaran, Shiva
154 Rahbaran, Shiva IRANIAN WRITERS UNCENSORED: FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY AND THE WORD IN CONTEMPORARY IRAN
Dalkey Archive Press 2012 1564786889 / 9781564786883 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. These interviews with poets and writers still living and working in Iran demonstrate their belief that literature's value is in opening spaces of awareness in the minds of the reader. 
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GOOD MANNERS, Rees, Nigel
155 Rees, Nigel GOOD MANNERS
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 1994 0747517568 / 9780747517566 Paperback Very Good 
Writing on manners has traditionally consisted of earnest and worthy advice on such arcane topics as how to address a divorced Earl's wife's brother o r how best to dispose of cherry stones while dining at Buckingham Palace. T his book adopts a questioning approach to modern manners and conventional e tiquette and is designed to deal with the more everyday problems of behavio ur in today's world. The subjects tackled are diverse: whether to bother wi th table manners, now that so many people don't; how to deal with rude and obstructive shop assistants - and customers; the changing needs of modern c ommunications, both written and spoken; organizing special occasions, from parties to weddings; and what sort of manners should exist in the workplace , among tourists, and between the sexes. Drawing on experience, a nationwid e consumer survey and social observation, this book is a blend of useful fa cts and information on behaviour. 
Price: 900.00 JPY
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A DANGEROUS PLACE: CALIFORNIA'S UNSETTLING FATE, Reisner, Marc
156 Reisner, Marc A DANGEROUS PLACE: CALIFORNIA'S UNSETTLING FATE
Pantheon 2003 0679420118 / 9780679420118 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. In A Dangerous Place, Marc Reisner, the author of Cadillac Desert, the clas sic history of the American West and its fatal dependence on water, returns to the subject that never ceased to seduce him: California. Writing with his signature command of his subject and with compelling resonance, Reisner leads us through California's improbable history and rise from a largely desert land to the most populated state in the nation, fueled by an economic engine more productive than all of Africa. Reisner believes that the achievement of this, the last great desert civilization, hinges on California's denial of its own inescapable fate. Both the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas sit astride two of the most violently seismic zones on the planet. The earthquakes that have already rocked California were, according to Reisner, mere prologues to a future cataclysm that will result in destruction of such magnitude that the only recourse will be to rebuild from the ground up. Reisner concludes A Dangerous Place with a hypothetical but chillingly realistic description of such a disaster and its horrifying aftereffects. 
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157 Rice, David THE DRAGON'S BROOD : CONVERSATIONS WITH YOUNG CHINESE
Harper Collins 1992 0246138092 / 9780246138095 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
A wonderful tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscri ptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. In this experimental insight into China through Chinese eyes, young Chinese break their enforced silence with a devastating frankness that exposes both their profound dissatisfaction with present-day life in China and their hopes and desires for the future. The author of this book was training journalists for the Chinese government at Beijing's New China News Agency before, during and after the events in Tiananmen Square. Later he returned privately to China and, in conditions of secrecy, interviewed at length over 300 young Chinese students, workers, police, soldiers, teachers, doctors, nurses and businessmen about their attitudes to communism, sexuality, race, religion, foreigners, population control and the West. 
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THE GREATEST STORY EVER SOLD: THE DECLINE AND FALL OF TRUTH IN BUSH'S AMERI CA, Rich, Frank
158 Rich, Frank THE GREATEST STORY EVER SOLD: THE DECLINE AND FALL OF TRUTH IN BUSH'S AMERI CA
Penguin Books 2007 0143112341 / 9780143112341 Paperback Near Fine 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Starred Review. With a background in theater criticism, Rich easily spots the not-so-talented acting skills of Bush and his associates. Tracing the Bush administration through the last six years of subterfuge and spin, Rich succinctly articulates the numerous "fictional realities" that Bush has presented to his constituents. More importantly, he explains how the Bush machine so often and easily dupes the U.S. "infotainment culture." He theorizes that the ultimate goal of Bush and his cronies is to create a long-lasting Republican regime regardless of such annoyances as people, laws and democracy. Gardner perfectly executes the witty asides and tongue-in-cheek comments Rich sprinkles throughout. His edgy and distinct voice has a grip that keeps readers engaged in the text. He renders each word by starting softly and ending loudly with just a hint of nasal projection. His fluctuating pitch and decisive tone will grab seasoned listeners, but others might have to warm up to his distinct style. Aside from a few mispronunciations (including "yarmulke"), Gardner delivers the hard truths of this book in a performance that adds to its significance. 
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159 Robinson, Jeffrey LAUNDRYMEN
1995 0671853074 / 9780671853075 Paperback Good 

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MUNGO'S CITY, Ronald, Armstrong
160 Ronald, Armstrong MUNGO'S CITY
Birlinn Ltd 2000 1841580252 / 9781841580258 Paperback Fine 
A tight clean softcover, no markings throughout: Rich, wide-ranging anthology celebrating the great diversity of the Glasgow experience from poets to politicians, from estates to slums. 
Price: 1000.00 JPY
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