Jun 13, 2008

new NONFICTION 6-13-08

The Age of Reagan: A History, Sean Wilentz
Author Sean Wilentz accounts for how a conservative movement once deemed marginal managed to seize power and hold it, and the momentous consequences that followed. Ronald Reagan has been the single most important political figure of this age. Without Reagan, the conservative movement would have never been as successful as it was. A conservative hero in a conservative age, Reagan has been so admired by a minority of historians and so disliked by the others that it has been difficult to evaluate his administration with detachment. Drawing on numerous primary documents that have been neglected or only recently released to the public, as well as on emerging historical work, Wilentz offers invaluable revelations about conservatism's ascendancy and the era in which Reagan was the preeminent political figure.

Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents.
The Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents booklet provides detailed information on a full range of federal benefits available to military veterans and their dependents, including program description, payment amounts and eligibility. This booklet also contains the addresses and telephone numbers of VA hospitals, clinics, benefits offices and national cemeteries nationwide.

Best Jobs for the 21st Century, J.Michael Farr
This resource for those facing career decisions (as well as their advisors) contains up-to-date information on more than 500 of the most promising jobs for the 21st century. Ranked by earnings, expected growth through 2012, and annual openings, these jobs encompass all education levels and a wide range of fields and industries. Organized alphabetically, the job descriptions provide information on educational requirements, earnings, duties, and relevant skills.

American Nerd: The Story of My People, Benjamin Nugent
American Nerd: The Story of My People
gives us the history of the concept of nerdiness and of the subcultures we consider nerdy. As the nerd emerged, vaguely formed, in the nineteenth century, and popped up again and again in college humor journals and sketch comedy, our culture obsessed over the designation. Mixing research and reportage with autobiography, critically acclaimed writer Benjamin Nugent embarks on a fact-finding mission of the most entertaining variety. He seeks the best definition of nerd and illuminates the common ground between nerd subcultures that might seem unrelated: high-school debate team kids and ham radio enthusiasts, medieval reenactors and pro-circuit Halo players. This clever, enlightening book will appeal to the nerd (and antinerd) that lives inside all of us.

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