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The Borscht Belt
Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland
The Borscht Belt, which features essays by Stefan Kanfer and Jenna Weissman Joselit, presents Marisa Scheinfeld's photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels, and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York. 


"One winter I went with other teenagers to a convention at Grossinger's and remember my excitement at discovering the indoor swimming pool and the deep heat of their sauna. I recall that the whole place seemed to offer a wonderland of new experiences. I went to the convention again the next year, but I never went back after I left New York. There is a stark difference between my memory and the shell of a resort that exists today. But the past can be given form and detail by photography, and... cont'd



Unbuttoning America
A Biography of "Peyton Place"
Ardis Cameron
In this lively account of the writing, publication, and legacy of the 1956 bestselling novel, "Peyton Place," Ardis Cameron tells how the story of a patricide in a small New England village became a cultural phenomenon.


"Unbuttoning America boasts a sizzling cover of a busty '50s pinup girl resting a blue book on her sleek, gartered legs while flashing the reader a come-hither-quick look. . . . Cameron teases out the book's significance as a bold exploration of sexual, political, gender and class questions rarely recognized in its time. For the general reader, the most rewarding parts of Cameron's book are her pages about Grace Metalious herself, the sources of her material, and... cont'd



Age of Contradiction
American Thought and Culture in the 1960s
Howard Brick
In Age of Contradiction, Howard Brick provides a rich context for understanding historical events, cultural tensions, political figures, artistic works, and trends of intellectual life. His lucid and comprehensive book combines the best methods of historical analysis and assessment with fascinating subject matter to create a three-dimensional ...



Aliens in America
Conspiracy Cultures from Outerspace to Cyberspace
Jodi Dean
In a provocative analysis of public culture and popular concerns, Jodi Dean examines how serious UFO-logists and their pop-culture counterparts tap into fears, phobias, and conspiracy theories with a deep past and a vivid present in American society...



All Good Books Are Catholic Books
Print Culture, Censorship, and Modernity in Twentieth-Century America
Una M. Cadegan
Una M. Cadegan shows how the Catholic Church’s official position on literary culture developed from World War I to Vatican II in 1965.



Alone Together
A History of New York's Early Apartments
Elizabeth Collins Cromley
Twentieth-century New York is now famous as the city of "cliff dwellers," but in the second half of the nineteenth century, middle-class apartments in Manhattan were a new—and somewhat suspect—architectural form. Alone Together presents a history of...



The Altruistic Imagination
A History of Social Work and Social Policy in the United States
John H. Ehrenreich
Social work and social policy in the United States have always had a complex and troubled relationship. In this book, John H. Ehrenreich offers a critical interpretation of their intertwined histories.



America Unrivaled
The Future of the Balance of Power
American power today is without historical precedent, dominating the world system. No other nation has enjoyed such formidable advantages in military, economic, technological, cultural, and political capabilities. How stable is this unipolar American...



American Abyss
Savagery and Civilization in the Age of Industry
Daniel E. Bender
At the beginning of the twentieth century, industrialization both dramatically altered everyday experiences and shaped debates about the effects of immigration, empire, and urbanization. In American Abyss, Daniel E. Bender examines an array of...



The American Century in Europe
The notion of an American Century has fallen out of favor in recent years—historians prefer to focus on the United States as part of a transatlantic community. The contributors to this volume edited by R. Laurence Moore and Maurizio Vaudagna seek to...



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