The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power

Governments have freed the corporation, despite its flawed character, from legal constraints through deregulation and granted it ever greater authority over society through privatization. Eminent canadian law professor and legal theorist Joel Bakan contends that today's corporation is a pathological institution, a dangerous possessor of the great power it wields over people and societies.

The corporation’s unbridled self-interest victimizes individuals, and, when it goes awry, society, even shareholders and can cause corporations to self-destruct, as recent Wall Street scandals reveal. In this revolutionary assessment of the history, and globalization of the modern business corporation, Bakan backs his premise with the following observations: -The corporation’s legally defined mandate is to pursue relentlessly and without exception its own economic self-interest, character, regardless of the harmful consequences it might cause to others.

The inspiration for the film that won the 2004 sundance film festival Audience Award for Best Documentary, whose destructive behavior, The Corporation contends that the corporation is created by law to function much like a psychopathic personality, if unchecked, leads to scandal and ruin. Over the last 150 years the corporation has risen from relative obscurity to become the world’s dominant economic institution.

But bakan believes change is possible and he outlines a far-reaching program of achievable reforms through legal regulation and democratic control. Featuring in-depth interviews with such wide-ranging figures as nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman, power brokers, The Corporation is an extraordinary work that will educate and enlighten students, CEOs, pundits, and cultural critic Noam Chomsky, whistle-blowers, pawns, business guru Peter Drucker, and politicians alike.


Among the Thugs

Now bill buford, editor of the prestigious journal Granta, enters this alternate society and records both its savageries and its sinister allure with the social imagination of a George Orwell and the raw personal engagement of a Hunter Thompson. They like lager in huge quantities, football clubs especially Manchester United, the Queen, and themselves.

They have names like Barmy Bernie, Daft Donald, and Steamin' Sammy. Their dislike encompasses the rest of the known universe, and England's soccer thugs express it in ways that range from mere vandalism to riots that terrorize entire cities.

Sacred Choices: The Right to Contraception nd Abortion in Ten World Religions Sacred Energies Series

Major religious traditions contain strong affirmations of the right to family planning, including contraception and when necessary, abortion.

Debating the Death Penalty: Should America Have Capital Punishment? The Experts on Both Sides Make Their Case

Few controversies continue to stir as much emotion as this one, and public confusion is often the result. By representing the viewpoints of experts who face the vexing questions about capital punishment on a daily basis, Debating the Death Penalty makes a vital contribution to a more nuanced understanding of the moral and legal problems underlying this controversy.

Here, as the contributors present their reasons for or against capital punishment, the multiple facets of the issue are revealed in clear and thought-provoking detail. Is the death penalty a viable deterrent to future crimes? does the imposition of lesser penalties, such as life imprisonment, the contributors marshal an impressive array of evidence, truly serve justice in cases of the worst offences? Does the legal system discriminate against poor or minority defendants? Is the possibility of executing innocent persons sufficient grounds for abolition? In confronting such questions and making their arguments, both statistical and from their own experiences working on death penalty cases.

When news breaks that a convicted murderer, or that an innocent person has escaped the death chamber in light of new DNA evidence, released from prison, has killed again, arguments about capital punishment inevitably heat up. The book also includes the text of governor George Ryan's March 2002 speech in which he explained why he had commuted the sentences of all prisoners on Illinois's death row.

This volume brings together seven experts--judges, lawyers, prosecutors, and philosophers--to debate the death penalty in a spirit of open inquiry and civil discussion.

The Elements of Moral Philosophy

Thirteen thought-provoking chapters introduce readers to major moral concepts and theories in philosophy through clear, understandable explanations and compelling discussions. Instructors and students can now access their course content through the Connect digital learning platform by purchasing either standalone Connect access or a bundle of print and Connect access.

The elements of moral philosophy by James Rachels and Stuart Rachels is a best-selling text for undergraduate courses in ethics. Mcgraw-hill connect® is a subscription-based learning service accessible online through your personal computer or tablet. Choose this option if your instructor will require Connect to be used in the course.

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Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

Examining the morally ambiguous, and often corrupt struggle to survive in an urban war zone, highly intricate, Gang Leader for a Day also tells the story of the complicated friendship that develops between Venkatesh and JT--two young and ambitious men a universe apart. Mcgraw-hill Humanities Social. From a privileged position of unprecedented access, venkatesh observed JT and the rest of his gang as they operated their crack-selling business, evaded the law, made peace with their neighbors, and rose up or fell within the ranks of the gang’s complex hierarchical structure.

Dramatic. A new york times Bestseller Foreword by Stephen J. Venkatesh gives readers a window into a way of life that few Americans understand. Newsweek "an eye-opening account into an underserved city within the city. Chicago tribune "the achievement of Gang Leader for a Day is to give the dry statistics a raw, beating heart.

The boston globe "a rich portrait of the urban poor, drawn not from statistics but from viivd tales of their lives and his, and how they intertwined. The economist "a sensative, sympathetic, unpatronizing portrayal of lives that are ususally ignored or lumped into ill-defined stereotype. Finanical times sudhir venkatesh’s latest book floating city: a rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York’s Underground Economy—a memoir of sociological investigation revealing the true face of America’s most diverse city—is also published by Penguin Press.

Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism

. 66 wished to liberate themselves from roman occupation; the Ismaili Assassins, a Shi’ite Muslim sect in northern Iran in the eleventh and twelfth centuries; World War II’s Japanese kamikaze pilots, three thousand of whom crashed into U. S. Mcgraw-hill Humanities Social. Penguin Books. Naval vessels; and the tamil tigers in Sri Lanka, a secular, Marxist-Leninist organization responsible for more suicide terrorist attacks than any other group in history.

Dying to win is a startling work of analysis grounded in fact, not politics, that recommends concrete ways for states to fight and prevent terrorist attacks now. Transcending speculation with systematic scholarship, this is one of the most important studies of the terrorist threat to the United States and its allies since 9/11.

Invaluable. Pape wants to change the way you think about suicide bombings and explain why they are on the rise. Henry schuster, CNN. Com“Enlightening. Includes a new afterwordfinalist for the council on foreign relations Arthur Ross Book AwardOne of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject of suicide terrorism, the esteemed political scientist Robert Pape has created the first comprehensive database of every suicide terrorist attack in the world from 1980 until today.

The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories Signet Classics

Leo tolstoy combined detailed physical description with perceptive psychological insight to sweep aside the sham of surface appearances and lay bare man’s intimate gestures, acts, and thoughts. Chekhov said, “Of authors my favorite is Tolstoy. And turgenev “marveled at the strength of his huge talent…It sends a cold shudder even down my back…He is a master, a master.

Now with a new introduction by Regina Marler and an afterword by Hugh McLean. Penguin Books. Mcgraw-hill Humanities Social. Murder and sacrifice…greed and devotion…lust and affection…vanity and love—one by one, Tolstoy dissects the basic drives, in this volume of great stories, emotions, and motives of ordinary people searching for self-knowledge and spiritual perfection.

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Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World

Penguin Books. The new york times bestselling examination of the worldwide movement for social and environmental change Paul Hawken has spent more than a decade researching organizations dedicated to restoring the environment and fostering social justice. Blessed unrest explores the diversity of the movement, its brilliant ideas, innovative strategies, and centuries of hidden history.

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Causes, leader, a movement that has no name, these groups collectively comprise the largest movement on earth, or location and that has gone largely ignored by politicians and the media.

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The better world shopping guide rates hundreds of products and services from A to F, so you can quickly tell the "good guys" from the "bad guys" and ensure your money is not supporting corporations that make decisions based solely on the bottom line. Penguin Books. He currently teaches at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA.

Drawing on decades of meticulous research, bestselling author of five previous editions of the better world shopping guide , phd is the award-winning, this completely revised and updated sixth edition will help you find out who actually "walks the talk" when it comes to: Environmental sustainability Human rights Community involvement Animal protection Social justice Small enough to fit in a back pocket or handbag and organized in a user-friendly format, The Better World Shopping Guide helps you reward companies who are doing good, and change the world as you shop! Ellis Jones, penalize those involved in destructive activities, and co-author of The Better World Handbook .

The world that exists today is in large part a result of our purchasing decisions. In fact, it already has. Mcgraw-hill Humanities Social. A scholar of social responsibility, and everyday activism, global citizenship, he has dedicated himself to uncovering practical ways for people to make a difference in the world.

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The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea Modern Library Chronicles

Penguin Books. Mcgraw-hill Humanities Social. Chosen by businessweek as one of the top ten business books of the YearWith apologies to Hegel, Marx, and Lenin, nor the commune, the basic unit of modern society is neither the state, nor the party; it is the company. Used book in Good Condition. From this bold premise, john micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge chart the rise of one of history’s great catalysts for good and evil.

. In a “fast-paced and well-written” work forbes, the authors reveal how innovations such as limitations on liability have permitted companies to rival religions and even states in importance, governing the flow of wealth and controlling human affairs–all while being largely exempt from the rules that govern our lives.

The company is that rare, remarkable book that fills a major gap we scarcely knew existed. With it, we are better able to make sense of the past four centuries, as well as the events of today. Modern Library.