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To Alcatraz Death Row and Back

To Alcatraz  Death Row  and Back Author Ernie López
ISBN-10 9780292778191
Release 2010-01-01
Pages 246
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When Ernie López was a boy selling newspapers in Depression-era Los Angeles, his father beat him when he failed to bring home the expected eighty to ninety cents a day. When the beatings became unbearable, he took to petty stealing to make up the difference. As his thefts succeeded, Ernie's sense of necessity got tangled up with ambition and adventure. At thirteen, a joyride in a stolen car led to a sentence in California's harshest juvenile reformatory. The system's failure to show any mercy soon propelled López into a cycle of crime and incarceration that resulted in his spending decades in some of America's most notorious prisons, including four and a half years on death row for a murder López insists he did not commit. To Alcatraz, Death Row, and Back is the personal life story of a man who refused to be broken by either an abusive father or an equally abusive criminal justice system. While López freely admits that "I've been no angel," his insider's account of daily life in Alcatraz and San Quentin graphically reveals the violence, arbitrary infliction of excessive punishment, and unending monotony that give rise to gang cultures within the prisons and practically insure that parolees will commit far worse crimes when they return to the streets. Rafael Pérez-Torres discusses how Ernie López's experiences typify the harsher treatment that ethnic and minority suspects often receive in the American criminal justice system, as well as how they reveal the indomitable resilience of Chicanos/as and their culture. As Pérez-Torres concludes, "López's story presents us with the voice of one who—though subjected to a system meant to destroy his soul—not only endured but survived, and in surviving prevailed."



Emotion Identity and Death

Emotion  Identity and Death Author Mr Chang-Won Park
ISBN-10 9781409481799
Release 2013-06-28
Pages 244
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Death affects all aspects of life, it touches our emotions and influences our identity. Presenting a kaleidoscope of informative views of death, dying and human response, this book reveals how different disciplines contribute to understanding the theme of death. Drawing together new and established scholars, this is the first book among the studies of emotion that focuses on issues surrounding death, and the first among death studies which focuses on the issue of emotion. Themes explored include: themes of grief in the ties that bind the living and the dead, funerals, public memorials and the art of consolation, obituaries and issues of war and death-row, use of the internet in dying and grieving, what people do with cremated remains, new rituals of spiritual care in medical contexts, themes bounded and expressed through music, and more.



Mestizaje

Mestizaje Author Rafael Pérez-Torres
ISBN-10 0816645957
Release 2006
Pages 284
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Focusing on the often unrecognized role race plays in expressions of Chicano culture, Mestizaje is a provocative exploration of the volatility and mutability of racial identities. In this important moment in Chicano studies, Rafael Pérez-Torres reveals how the concepts and realities of race, historical memory, the body, and community have both constrained and opened possibilities for forging new and potentially liberating multiracial identities. Informed by a broad-ranging theoretical investigation of identity politics and race and incorporating feminist and queer critiques, Pérez-Torres skillfully analyzes Chicano cultural production. Contextualizing the history of mestizaje, he shows how the concept of mixed race has been used to engage issues of hybridity and voice and examines the dynamics that make mestizo and mestiza identities resistant to, as well as affirmative of, dominant forms of power. He also addresses the role that mestizaje has played in expressive culture, including the hip-hop music of Cypress Hill and the vibrancy of Chicano poster art. Turning to issues of mestizaje in literary creation, Pérez-Torres offers critical readings of the works of Emma Pérez, Gil Cuadros, and Sandra Cisneros, among others. This book concludes with a consideration of the role that the mestizo body plays as a site of elusive or displaced knowledge. Moving beyond the oppositions—nationalism versus assimilation, men versus women, Texans versus Californians—that have characterized much of Chicano studies, Mestizaje synthesizes and assesses twenty-five years of pathbreaking thinking to make a case for the core components, sensibilities, and concerns of the discipline. Rafael Pérez-Torres is professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is author of Movements in Chicano Poetry: Against Myths, Against Margins, coauthor of To Alcatraz, Death Row, and Back: Memories of an East LA Outlaw, and coeditor of The Chicano Studies Reader: An Anthology of Aztlán, 1970–2000.



Extreme Motorcycle Art

Extreme Motorcycle Art Author Spencer Drate
ISBN-10 1858943132
Release 2005
Pages 158
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"This illustrated book showcases more than fifty of the top international motorcycle artists, studios, custom bike-builders, and bike shops. As the first comprehensive survey of the best custom bike-painting from around the world, it captures the original thinking and creativity that have come to characterize this genre, and finally gives motorcycle artists the recognition they have long deserved." "All the artists included in this book reveal a common purpose: they insist that each painting be original and unique, and they strive to convey the personality of the rider-customer. Painting on saddlebags, tanks, and fenders - as opposed to the regular surfaces of canvas and paper - presents exciting challenges. As Extreme Motorcycle Art shows, motorcycle painters are responding convincingly." "While some of the painters included here have conventional art training, the majority of them are largely self-taught. They develop their ideas and skills by staying close to the metal and rubber, not by contemplating abstractions in the studio. They are immersed in the throbbing culture of bike building and riding, and, most importantly, they all love that culture intensely." "Extreme Motorcycle Art features photographs of the completed bikes, close-ups of the artworks, and detailed technical specifications of the customized components of the bikes depicted. Full contact information for every artist is also provided, making this a dream book for motorcycle fans worldwide."--BOOK JACKET.



Handbook for Rebels and Outlaws

Handbook for Rebels and Outlaws Author Mark Mirabello
ISBN-10 1906958009
Release 2008-12-03
Pages 378
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This is a book about freedom. Written for intellectual swashbucklers -- men and women who are radicals in politics and infidels in religion -- warriors who hammer the stake of fear into the heart of tyranny -- this volume belongs in select book collections, between the black magic and the pornography texts.



Cultural Movements and Collective Memory

Cultural Movements and Collective Memory Author T. Kubal
ISBN-10 9780230615762
Release 2008-10-13
Pages 261
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This book uses political process theory to examine three cultural movements around Christopher Columbus. The author examines the religious, ethnic and anti-colonial movements most successful at rewriting national origin myth, demonstrating the political process model while telling the story of how a powerless public mobilized to rewrite its past.



Movements in Chicano Poetry

Movements in Chicano Poetry Author Rafael Pèrez-Torres
ISBN-10 0521478030
Release 1995-01-27
Pages 332
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Studies the central concerns addressed by recent Chicano poetry.



Escape from Alcatraz

Escape from Alcatraz Author J. Campbell Bruce
ISBN-10 9780307815835
Release 2012-03-14
Pages 240
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In 1963, just weeks before the original publication of this book, the last prisoner was escorted off Devil’s Island and Alcatraz ceased to be a prison. Author J. Campbell Bruce chronicles in spellbinding detail the Rock’s transition from a Spanish fort to the maximum-security penitentiary that housed such infamous inmates as Robert Stroud, aka the Birdman of Alcatraz, and mobster Al “Scarface” Capone. The chapters describing the daring escape attempts by Frank Morris and two accomplices from this “inescapable” prison became the basis for the 1979 Clint Eastwood movie. Discover the intriguing and absorbing saga of Alcatraz, whose name is still synonymous with punitive isolation and deprivation, where America’s most violent and notorious prisoners resided in tortuous proximity to one of the world’s favorite cities. The true-crime classic first published in 1963 is reissued in this special edition. Includes archival photos of the prison and prison life. This story will appeal to Bay Area locals and tourists alike. Alcatraz hosts more than a million visitors each year. From the Trade Paperback edition.



The Chicano Studies Reader

The Chicano Studies Reader Author Chon A. Noriega
ISBN-10 UTEXAS:059173012460217
Release 2001
Pages 640
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Chicano Studies. This anthology brings together twenty ground-breaking essays from AZTLAN: A JOURNAL OF CHICANO STUDIES, the journal of record in the field. Spanning thirty years, these essays shaped the development of Chicano studies and testify to its broad disciplinary and thematic range. The anthology documents four major strands in Chicano scholarship and is divided into sections accordingly: Decolonizing the Territory, Performing Politics, Configuring Identities, and Remapping the World. Each section is introduced by one of the co-editors: Chon A. Noriega, Eric R. Avila, Karen Mary Davalos, Chela Sandoval and Rafael Perez-Torres.



Aid and Comfort

 Aid and Comfort Author Henry Mark Holzer
ISBN-10 9781476600475
Release 2002-03-01
Pages 216
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Jane Fonda's visit to Hanoi in July 1972 and her pro-North Vietnamese, anti-American conduct, especially her pose with an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down American planes and her propaganda broadcasts directed toward American troops, angered many Americans. In their eyes, she was guilty of treason, but she was never charged by the American legal system. Instead, she has made millions, been the recipient of countless awards, and remained an honored American icon. This work investigates Fonda's activities in North Vietnam and argues that she could have been indicted for treason, that there would have been enough evidence to take the case to a jury, that she could have been convicted, and that a conviction probably would have been upheld on appeal. It also considers Fonda's early life and the effect it had on her behavior and beliefs in her later years, her audience of American POWs who were forced by the Vietnamese to listen to her broadcasts condemning them as war criminals, her arrival in Vietnam and how it was viewed by American servicemen and civilians, the crime of treason throughout history, and the only Congressional inquiry into her actions, which resulted in the government's decision to take no legal action against her. Texts of Fonda's radio broadcasts to American servicemen comprise the appendix.



The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics

The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics Author
ISBN-10 9781439103340
Release 2014-12-16
Pages 512
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Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the most popular and enduring band ever: “Even the most hardcore Deadheads will be impressed by this obsessively complete look at the Grateful Dead’s lyrics” (Publishers Weekly). The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics is an authoritative text, providing standard versions of all the original songs you thought you knew forwards and backwards. These are some of the best-loved songs in the modern American songbook. They are hummed and spoken among thousands as counterculture code and recorded by musicians of all stripes for their inimitable singability and obscure accessibility. How do they do all this? To provide a context for this formidable body of work, of which his part is primary, Robert Hunter has written a foreword that goes to the heart of the matter. And the annotations on sources provide a gloss on the lyrics, which goes to the roots of Western culture as they are incorporated into them. An avid Grateful Dead concertgoer for more than two decades, David Dodd is a librarian who brings to the work a detective’s love of following a clue as far as it will take him. Including essays by Dead lyricists Robert Hunter and John Perry and Jim Carpenter’s original illustrations, whimsical elements in the lyrics are brought to light, showcasing the American legend that is present in so many songs. A gorgeous keepsake edition of the Dead’s official annotated lyrics, The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics is an absolute must-have for the fiftieth anniversary—you won’t think of this cultural icon the same way again. In fact, founding band member Bob Weir said: “This book is great. Now I’ll never have to explain myself.”



Beautiful Trouble

Beautiful Trouble Author Andrew Boyd
ISBN-10 9781939293169
Release 2013-05-01
Pages 140
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Banksy, the Yes Men, Gandhi, Starhawk: the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest is now in the hands of the next generation of change-makers, thanks to Beautiful Trouble. Sophisticated enough for veteran activists, accessible enough for newbies, this compact pocket edition of the bestselling Beautiful Trouble is a book that’s both handy and inexpensive. Showcasing the synergies between artistic imagination and shrewd political strategy, this generously illustrated volume can easily be slipped into your pocket as you head out to the streets. This is for everyone who longs for a more beautiful, more just, more livable world – and wants to know how to get there. Includes a new introduction by the editors. Contributors include: Celia Alario • Andy Bichlbaum • Nadine Bloch • L. M. Bogad • Mike Bonnano • Andrew Boyd • Kevin Buckland • Doyle Canning • Samantha Corbin • Stephen Duncombe • Simon Enoch • Janice Fine • Lisa Fithian • Arun Gupta • Sarah Jaffe • John Jordan • Stephen Lerner • Zack Malitz • Nancy L. Mancias • Dave Oswald Mitchell • Tracey Mitchell • Mark Read • Patrick Reinsborough • Joshua Kahn Russell • Nathan Schneider • John Sellers • Matthew Skomarovsky • Jonathan Matthew Smucker • Starhawk • Eric Stoner • Harsha Walia



Forced Passages

Forced Passages Author Dylan Rodr Ưguez
ISBN-10 9781452907338
Release 2006-01
Pages 322
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With the US having the highest incarceration rate in the world, prisons have become sites of radical political discourse and resistance. Dylan Rodriguez examines the work of a number of imprisoned intellectuals, such as Angela Davis and Leonard Peltier, and looks at how imprisonment has shaped their writing.



The Mob and the City

The Mob and the City Author C. Alexander Hortis
ISBN-10 9781616149246
Release 2014-05-06
Pages 382
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Forget what you think you know about the Mafia. After reading this book, even life-long mob aficionados will have a new perspective on organized crime. Informative, authoritative, and eye-opening, this is the first full-length book devoted exclusively to uncovering the hidden history of how the Mafia came to dominate organized crime in New York City during the 1930s through 1950s. Based on exhaustive research of archives and secret files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, author and attorney C. Alexander Hortis draws on the deepest collection of primary sources, many newly discovered, of any history of the modern mob. Shattering myths, Hortis reveals how Cosa Nostra actually obtained power at the inception. The author goes beyond conventional who-shot-who mob stories, providing answers to fresh questions such as: * Why did the Sicilian gangs come out on top of the criminal underworld? * Can economics explain how the Mafia families operated? * What was the Mafia's real role in the drug trade? * Why was Cosa Nostra involved in gay bars in New York since the 1930s? Drawing on an unprecedented array of primary sources, The Mob and the City is the most thorough and authentic history of the Mafia's rise to power in the early-to-mid twentieth century.



The Chicano Studies Reader

The Chicano Studies Reader Author Chon A. Noriega
ISBN-10 0895511231
Release 2010
Pages 733
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The second edition of the Chicano Studies Reader brings this best-selling anthology up to date with a new section, "Continuing to Push Boundaries." Five additional essays address current issues, including cross-disciplinary studies, investigations of mass media and public culture, and explorations of the intersection of race, sexuality, and citizenship. These essays correspond to the themes that organize the original set of essays: "Decolonizing the Territory," "Performing Politics," "Configuring Identities, and Remapping the World." The revised edition documents the foundation of Chicano studies, testifies to its broad disciplinary range, and explores its continuing development. The contributors are Eric Avila, Maxine Baca Zinn, Gilberto Cardenas, David Carrasco, Angie Chabram-Dernersesian, John Alba Cutler, Karen Mary Davalos, Adelaida R. Del Castillo, Shifra M. Goldman, Juan Gomez-Qui-ones, Deena J. Gonzalez, Ramon A. Gutirrez, Jorge A. Huerta, Jessica E. Jones, Chon A. Noriega, Amrico Paredes, Fernando Peoalosa, Rafael Perez-Torres, Beatriz M. Pesquera, David Roman, Robert Chao Romero, Rosaura Sanchez, Chela Sandoval, Alex M. Saragoza, Denise A. Segura, Marian E. Schlotterbeck, Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell, Kay Turner, and Steven S. Volk. "This volume should be required reading for any undergraduate or graduate course in ethnic studies." -George Sanchez, president of the American Studies Association "A landmark collection on the state of Chicano studies." -Alberto Lopez Pulido, University of San Diego, in American Quarterly



Memory

Memory Author Bernadette Mayer
ISBN-10 UCSC:32106008868660
Release 1975
Pages 195
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Memory has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Memory also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Memory book for free.



The Onion Field

The Onion Field Author Joseph Wambaugh
ISBN-10 9780307489128
Release 2008-11-26
Pages 512
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This is the frighteningly true story of two young cops and two young robbers whose separate destinies fatally cross one march night in a bizarre execution in a deserted Los Angeles field. From the Paperback edition.