‘Tis the holiday season, and hopefully you’ll have some down time to read for pleasure. Check out the list below of new ebooks recently added to the RLB Library’s collection. Happy Holidays!
Dressed for Freedom: the Fashionable Politics of American Feminism. “Often condemned as a form of oppression, fashion could and did allow women to express modern gender identities and promote feminist ideas. Einav Rabinovitch-Fox examines how clothes empowered women, and particularly women barred from positions of influence due to race or class. Moving from 1890s shirtwaists through the miniskirts and unisex styles of the 1970s, Rabinovitch-Fox shows how the rise of mass media culture made fashion a vehicle for women to assert claims over their bodies, femininity, and social roles. She also highlights how trends in women’s sartorial practices expressed ideas of independence and equality. As women employed new clothing styles, they expanded feminist activism beyond formal organizations and movements and reclaimed fashion as a realm of pleasure, power, and feminist consciousness. A fascinating account of clothing as an everyday feminist practice, Dressed for Freedom brings fashion into discussions of American feminism during the long twentieth century”– Provided by publisher.
The Evidence Liberal Arts Needs: Lives of Consequence, Inquiry, and Accomplishment. “Detweiler’s research statistically tests the relationship between specific liberal arts practices and later adult life, and considers the implications of those findings for higher education”– Provided by publisher.
From Impressed to Obsessed: 12 Principles for Turning Your Customers and Employees Into Life-Long Fans. “Stop satisfying your customers – and start impressing them – using the strategies of Apple, Costco, Disney, and other industry dominators. If you’re aspiring to satisfy your customers, then you’re aspiring to mediocrity. That’s the fascinating premise of From Impressed to Obsessed, a book that will fundamentally change how you think about creating a successful, beloved business. Renowned customer experience expert Jon Picoult takes you on a mesmerizing journey, showing how customer loyalty is as much about shaping people’s memories as it is about shaping their experiences. Through captivating stories and studies, Picoult explains the 12 breakthrough, psychology-based strategies that successful companies use to impress customers, so they then become obsessed with the business’ products and services, and encourage others to do the same. Filled with actionable examples, you’ll see how you can immediately apply these principles to turn more sales prospects into customers, and more customers into raving fans. Picoult even demonstrates how leaders can use the very same principles to strengthen employee engagement. Turn your business’ customer experience into its greatest competitive advantage, by applying the simple but profound lessons in From Obsessed to Impressed”– Provided by publisher.
Inequality in America: Causes and Consequences. “This authoritative reference work explores the factors driving the much-debated increase in economic inequality in American society, as well as the impact that this divide is having on U.S. culture, politics, families, communities, and institutions”– Provided by publisher
The World Turned Upside Down: America, China, and the Struggle for Global Leadership. An authority on Asia and globalization identifies the challenges China’s growing power poses and how it must be confronted. When China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, most experts expected the WTO rules and procedures would liberalize China and make it “a responsible stakeholder in the liberal world order.” But the experts made the wrong bet. China today is liberalizing neither economically nor politically but, if anything, becoming more authoritarian and mercantilist. In this book, notably free of partisan posturing and inflammatory rhetoric, renowned globalization and Asia expert Clyde Prestowitz describes the key challenges posed by China and the strategies America and the Free World must adopt to meet them. He argues that these must be more sophisticated and more comprehensive than a narrowly targeted trade war. Rather, he urges strategies that the U.S. and its allies can use unilaterally without contravening international or domestic law.– Provided by publisher.