A Hope in the Unseen

An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League

Author: Ron Suskind

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0307763080

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

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It is 1993, and Cedric Jennings is a bright and ferociously determined honor student at Ballou, a high school in one of Washington D.C.’s most dangerous neighborhoods, where the dropout rate is well into double digits and just 80 students out of more than 1,350 boast an average of B or better. At Ballou, Cedric has almost no friends. He eats lunch in a classroom most days, plowing through the extra work he has asked for, knowing that he’s really competing with kids from other, harder schools. Cedric Jennings’s driving ambition–which is fully supported by his forceful mother–is to attend a top-flight college. In September 1995, after years of near superhuman dedication, he realizes that ambition when he begins as a freshman at Brown University. In this updated edition, A Hope in the Unseen chronicles Cedric’s odyssey during his last two years of high school, follows him through his difficult first year at Brown, and now tells the story of his subsequent successes in college and the world of work. From the Trade Paperback edition.

A Hope in the Unseen

An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League

Author: Ron Suskind

Publisher: Broadway

ISBN: 0767901266

Category: Social Science

Page: 373

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Follows a determined African American teenager from a violent school in Washington, D.C., to the bewildering world of the Ivy League

The Price of Loyalty

Author: Ron Suskind

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471128253

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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A devestating account of the inner workings of the George W. Bush administration, written with the extensive cooperation of former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill. As readers are taken to the very epicentre of government, this news-making book offers a definitive view of Bush and his closest advisers as they manage crucial domestic policies and global strategies within the most secretive White House of modern times.

Life, Animated

A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism

Author: Ron Suskind

Publisher: Disney Electronic Content

ISBN: 1368003958

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 358

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Now with additional material from the Suskind family! Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare? This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood.The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song; until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive.

Going to College

How Social, Economic, and Educational Factors Influence the Decisions Students Make

Author: Don Hossler,Jack Schmit,Nick Vesper

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801870348

Category: Education

Page: 192

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The authors conclude with important recommendations for improving academic support, exploring various financial options, providing early encouragement—in other words, for recognizing the factors that influence students' decisions, and knowing when to pay attention to them.

Lost in the Meritocracy

The Undereducation of an Overachiever

Author: Walter Kirn

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385529260

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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A New York Times Notable Book A Daily Beast Best Book of the Year A Huffington Post Best Book of the Year From elementary school on, Walter Kirn knew how to stay at the top of his class: He clapped erasers, memorized answer keys, and parroted his teachers’ pet theories. But when he launched himself eastward to an Ivy League university, Kirn discovered that the temple of higher learning he had expected was instead just another arena for more gamesmanship, snobbery, and social climbing. In this whip-smart memoir of kissing-up, cramming, and competition, Lost in the Meritocracy reckons the costs of an educational system where the point is simply to keep accumulating points and never to look back—or within. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Living and Dying in Brick City

Stories from the Front Lines of an Inner-City E.R.

Author: Sampson Davis,Lisa Frazier Page

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

ISBN: 0679605185

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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A riveting personal exploration of the healthcare crisis facing inner-city communities, written by an emergency room physician who grew up in the very neighborhood he is now serving Sampson Davis is best known as one of three friends from inner-city Newark who made a pact in high school to become doctors. Their book The Pact and their work through the Three Doctors Foundation have inspired countless young men and women to strive for goals they otherwise would not have dreamed they could attain. In this book, Dr. Davis looks at the healthcare crisis in the inner city from a rare perspective: as a doctor who works on the front line of emergency medical care in the community where he grew up, and as a member of that community who has faced the same challenges as the people he treats every day. He also offers invaluable practical advice for those living in such communities, where conditions like asthma, heart disease, stroke, obesity, and AIDS are disproportionately endemic. Dr. Davis’s sister, a drug addict, died of AIDS; his brother is now paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair as a result of a bar fight; and he himself did time in juvenile detention—a wake-up call that changed his life. He recounts recognizing a young man who is brought to the E.R. with critical gunshot wounds as someone who was arrested with him when he was a teenager during a robbery gone bad; describes a patient whose case of sickle-cell anemia rouses an ethical dilemma; and explains the difficulty he has convincing his landlord and friend, an older woman, to go to the hospital for much-needed treatment. With empathy and hard-earned wisdom, Living and Dying in Brick City presents an urgent picture of medical care in our cities. It is an important resource guide for anyone at risk, anyone close to those at risk, and anyone who cares about the fate of our cities. Praise for Living and Dying in Brick City “A pull-no-punches look at health care from a seldom-heard sector . . . Living and Dying isn’t a sky-is-falling chronicle. It’s a real, gutsy view of a city hospital.”—Essence “Gripping . . . a prescription to help kids dream bigger than their circumstances, from someone who really knows.”—People “[Dr. Davis] is really a local hero. His story has inspired so many of our young people, and he’s got his finger on the pulse of what is a challenge in Newark, and frankly all across America. . . . I think his book is going to make a big impact.”—Cory Booker “Some memoirs are heartfelt, some are informative and some are even important. Few, however, are all three. . . . As rare as it is for a book to be heartfelt, well written and inspirational, it’s even rarer for a critic to say that a book should be required reading. This ought to be included in high school curricula—for the kids in the suburbs who have no idea what life is like in the inner cities, and for the kids in the inner cities to know that there is a way out.”—The Star-Ledger “Dramatic and powerful.”—New York Daily News “This book just might save your life. Sampson Davis shares fascinating stories from the E.R. and addresses the inner-city health crisis. His book is an important investment in your most valuable resource: your health.”—Suze Orman, author of The Money Class

The Way of the World

A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism

Author: Ron Suskind

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 147112827X

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

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From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Ron Suskind comes a startling look at how America and the West lost their way, and at the struggles of their respective governments to reclaim the moral authority on which their survival depends. From the White House to Downing Street, and from the fault-line countries of South Asia tothe sands of Guantanamo, Suskind offers an astonishing story that connects world leaders to the forces waging today's shadow wars and to the next generation of global citizens. Tracking down truth and hope, Suskind delivers historic disclosures with this emotionally stirring and strikingly original portrait of the post 9-11 world.

Sex, Race, and Merit

Debating Affirmative Action in Education and Employment

Author: Faye J. Crosby,Cheryl VanDeVeer

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472067343

Category: Education

Page: 338

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Traces the history of this divisive national issue, as reflected in the writings of key opinion makers and in public documents

All Souls

A Family Story from Southie

Author: Michael Patrick MacDonald

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807071986

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

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A breakaway bestseller since its first printing, All Souls takes us deep into Michael Patrick MacDonald's Southie, the proudly insular neighborhood with the highest concentration of white poverty in America. Rocked by Whitey Bulger's crime schemes and busing riots, MacDonald's Southie is populated by sharply hewn characters like his Ma, a miniskirted, accordion-playing single mother who endures the deaths of four of her eleven children. Nearly suffocated by his grief and his community's code of silence, MacDonald tells his family story here with gritty but moving honesty.

How Good People Make Tough Choices Rev Ed

Resolving the Dilemmas of Ethical Living

Author: Rushworth M. Kidder

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061968723

Category: Self-Help

Page: 272

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This insightful and brilliant analysis of ethics teaches readers valuable skills in evaluating tough choices and arriving at sound conclusions. “A thought-provoking guide to enlightened and progressive personal behavior.” —Jimmy Carter An essential guide to ethical action updated for our challenging times, How Good People Make Tough Choices by Rushworth M. Kidder offers practical tools for dealing with the difficult moral dilemmas we face in our everyday lives. The founder and president of the Institute for Global Ethics, Dr. Kidder provides guidelines for making the important decisions in situations that may not be that clear cut—from most private and personal to the most public and global. Former U.S. senator and NBA legend Bill Bradley calls How Good People Make Tough Choices “a valuable guide to more informed and self-conscious moral judgments.”

Find Where The Wind Goes

Moments From My Life

Author: Mae Jemison

Publisher: Turtleback

ISBN: 9780613720175

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 196

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The first African American woman to travel to space shares her special memories from her childhood in Chicago, to her college career at Stanford University, to her work in West Africa as the Peace Corps youngest medical officer.

A New Day One

Trauma, Grace, and a Young Man's Journey from Foster Care to Yale

Author: Rodney J. Walker

Publisher: Advantage Media Group

ISBN: 9781599326993

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 166

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No one can go back and make a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Rodney faced incredible hardships in the foster care system and coping with family drug problems and violence. But through sheer determination and the support of some key mentors, Rodney was able to reach for new heights as an entrepreneur and a Yale University graduate. A New Day One is Rodney's story of triumph over adversity, filled with valuable principles and life lessons that are sure to inspire you into action. Whether you're an inner-city youth or a high-networth businessman, there's something to be learned from Rodney's incredible story.

The One Percent Doctrine

Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11

Author: Ron Suskind

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 184739616X

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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In his devastating new book Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind takes readers inside the defining conflict of our era: the war between the West and a growing, shadowy army of terrorists, armed with weapons of alarming power. Relying on unique access to former and current government officials, this book will reveal for the first time how the US government -- from President Bush on down -- is frantically improvising to fight a new kind of war. Where is the enemy? What have been the real victories and defeats since 9/11? How are we actually fighting this war and how can it possibly be won? Filled with astonishing disclosures, Suskind's book shows readers what he calls "the invisible battlefield" -- a global matrix where US spies race to catch soldiers of jihad before they strike. It is a real-life spy thriller with the world's future at stake. It also reveals the shocking and secret philosophy underpinning the war on terror. Gripping and alarming in equal measure, it will reframe the debate about a war that, each day, redefines America and its place in the world.

Fist Stick Knife Gun

A Personal History of Violence

Author: Geoffrey Canada

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807044628

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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A new edition, including the story of the founding of the Harlem Children’s Zone Long before the avalanche of praise for his work—from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from President Barack Obama—long before he became known for his talk show appearances, Members Project spots, and documentaries like Waiting for “Superman”, Geoffrey Canada was a small boy growing up scared on the mean streets of the South Bronx. His childhood world was one where “sidewalk boys” learned the codes of the block and were ranked through the rituals of fist, stick, and knife. Then the streets changed, and the stakes got even higher. In his candid and riveting memoir, Canada relives a childhood in which violence stalked every street corner.

A Chance to Win

Boyhood, Baseball, and the Struggle for Redemption in the Inner City

Author: Jonathan Schuppe

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1429974435

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist follows an embattled Little League team in inner-city Newark, New Jersey, revealing the complex realities of urban life in one of America's most dangerous cities When Rodney Mason, an ex-con drug dealer from Newark's rough South Ward, was shot and paralyzed, he vowed to turn his life around. A former high-school pitching ace with a 93 mph fastball, Mason decided to form a Little League team to help boys avoid the street life that had claimed his youth and mobility. Predictably, the players struggle—they endure poverty, unstable family lives with few positive male role models, failing schools, and dangerous neighborhoods—but through the fists and tears, lopsided losses and rare victories, this bunch of misfits becomes a team, and in doing so gives the community something to root for. With in-depth reporting, fascinating characters, and vivid prose, Jonathan Schuppe's A Chance to Win is both a penetrating, true-to-life portrait of what's at stake for kids growing up poor in America's inner cities and a portrait of Newark itself, a struggling city that has recently known great hope as well as failure.

And Still We Rise:

The Trials and Triumphs of Twelve Gifted Inner-City Students

Author: Miles Corwin

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0380798298

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

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Bestselling author of The Killing Season and veteran Los Angeles Times reporter Miles Corwin spent a school year with twelve high school seniors -- South-Central kids who qualified for a gifted program because of their exceptional IQs and test scores. Sitting alongside them in classrooms where bullets were known to rip through windows, Corwin chronicled their amazing odyssey as they faced the greatest challenges of their academic lives. And Still We Rise is an unforgettable story of transcending obstacles that would dash the hopes of any but the most exceptional spirits.

Thriving in College and Beyond

Practical Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development

Author: Joseph B. Cuseo,Aaron Thompson (Sociologist),Michele Campagna,Viki Sox Fecas

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781465213754

Category: Education

Page: 406

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A workbook designed to help you achieve academic success. The authors discuss a variety of topics that affect student success, and provide strategies for coping with problems and developing necessary skills.

Why Boys Fail

Saving Our Sons from an Educational System That's Leaving Them Behind

Author: Richard WHITMIRE

Publisher: AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn

ISBN: 0814420176

Category: Education

Page: 256

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Originally published: 2010. With new introduction; original foreword by Michelle Rhee omitted from pbk. ed.

Fire in the Ashes

Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America

Author: Jonathan Kozol

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1400052475

Category: Social Science

Page: 354

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The author of the National Book Award-winning Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace continues the personal journeys of inner-city youths who have struggled to work through formidable racial and economic inequalities while approaching adulthood. 60,000 first printing.