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Abramsky, Sasha

Overview
Works: 19 works in 109 publications in 5 languages and 7,070 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, wpr
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Most widely held works by Sasha Abramsky
The American way of poverty : how the other half still lives by Sasha Abramsky( )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 2,119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifty years after Michael Harrington published his groundbreaking book The Other America, in which he chronicled the lives of people excluded from the Age of Affluence, poverty in America is back with a vengeance. It is made up of both the long-term chronically poor and new working poor, the tens of millions of victims of a broken economy and an ever more dysfunctional political system. In many ways, for the majority of Americans, financial insecurity has become the new norm. This book shines a light on this travesty. The author brings the effects of economic inequality out of the shadows and, ultimately, suggests ways for moving toward a fairer and more equitable social contract. Exploring everything from housing policy to wage protections and affordable higher education, he lays out a panoramic blueprint for a reinvigorated political process that, in turn, will pave the way for a renewed War on Poverty. It is, Harrington believed, a moral outrage that in a country as wealthy as America, so many people could be so poor. Written in the way of the 2008 financial collapse, in an era of grotesque economic extremes, this book brings that same powerful indignation to the topic. -- Provided by publisher
American furies : crime, punishment, and vengeance in the age of mass imprisonment by Sasha Abramsky( Book )

13 editions published between 1900 and 2008 in English and held by 1,381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How vengeance has replaced rehabilitation in our prisons--and its terrible costs. In this dramatic expose of U.S. penitentiaries and the communities around them, Sasha Abramsky finds that prisons have dumped their age-old goal of rehabilitation, often for political reasons. The new "ideal," unknown to most Americans, is a punitive mandate marked by a drive toward vengeance. Surveying this state of affairs -- life sentences for nonviolent crimes, appalling conditions, the growth of private prisons, the treatment of juveniles--Abramsky asks: Does the vengeful impulse ennoble our culture or demean it? California's Three Strikes law typifies the politics that exploit the grief of victims' families and our fears of violent crime. Brilliantly researched and compellingly told, AMERICAN FURIES shows that the ehtos of "lock 'em up and throw away the key" has enormous social costs
Hard time blues by Sasha Abramsky( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In September 1996, fifty-three-year-old heroin addict Billy Ochoa was sentenced to 326 years in prison. His crime: committing $2,100 worth of welfare fraud. Ochoa was sent to New Folsom supermax prison, joining thousands of other men who will spend the rest of their lives in California's teeming correctional facilities as a result of that state's tough Three Strikes law. His incarceration will cost over $20,000 a year until he dies." "Hard Time Blues weaves together the story of the growth of the American prison system over the past quarter century primarily through the story of Ochoa, a career criminal who grew up in the barrios of post-World War II L.A. Ochoa, who had a long history of nonviolent crimes committed to fund his drug habit, and cycled in and out of prison since the late 1960s, is a perfect example of how perennial misfits, rather than blood-soaked violent criminals, make up the majority of America's prisoners. This is also the story of the burgeoning careers of politicians such as former California governor Pete Wilson, who rose to power on the "crime issue." Wilson, whose grandfather was a cop murdered by drug-runners in early twentieth-century Chicago, scored a stunning come-from-behind reelection victory in 1994. In so doing, he came to epitomize the 1990s tough-on-crime politician."--Jacket
The house of twenty thousand books by Sasha Abramsky( Book )

24 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The House of Twenty Thousand Books is journalist Sasha Abramsky's elegy to the vanished intellectual world of his grandparents, Chimen and Miriam, and their vast library of socialist literature and Jewish history. A rare book dealer and self-educated polymath who would go on to teach at Oxford and consult for Sotheby's, Chimen Abramsky drew great writers and thinkers like Isaiah Berlin and Eric Hobsbawm to his north London home; his library grew from his abiding passion for books and his search for an enduring ideology. The books, documents, and manuscripts that covered every shelf at 5 Hillway were testaments to Chimen's quest -- from the Jewish orthodoxy of his boyhood, to the Communism of his youth, to the liberalism of his mature years. The House of Twenty Thousand Books is at once the story of a fascinating family and chronicle of the embattled twentieth century. The House of Twenty Thousand Books includes 43 photos."
Jumping at shadows : the triumph of fear and the end of the American dream by Sasha Abramsky( Book )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why does a disease that killed only a handful of Americans like ebola provoke panic, but the flu--which kills tens of thousands each year--is dismissed with a yawn? Why is an unarmed young black woman who knocks on a stranger's front door to ask for help after her car breaks down perceived to be so threatening that the stranger shoots her dead? In Jumping at Shadows, Sasha Abramsky sets his sights on America's most dangerous epidemic: irrational fear. In this meditation on the paralyzing terror Americans feel when confronted with something they don't understand--from foreigners to tropical viruses to universal health care--Abramsky delivers an eye-opening analysis of our misconceptions about risk and threats, and how our brains interpret them, both at a neurological level and at a conscious one. What emerges is a journey through a political and cultural landscape that is defined by our fears, which are often misplaced. Ultimately, Abramsky shows that our fears can teach us a great deal about our society, exposing our deeply ingrained racism, classism, xenophobia, and susceptibility to the toxic messages of demagogues"--
Inside Obama's brain by Sasha Abramsky( Book )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the moment he burst onto the national political scene, Barack Obama has fascinated people. Many biographers have already retold his story, but no previous book truly explains how his mind works, what passions drive him, or what makes him such an effective leader. This concise profile explores the ideas, inspirations, and experiences that have shaped the president. It quotes a wide network of sources, including many who broke long-standing vows of silence to offer their candid and surprising observations. Journalist Sasha Abramsky interviewed close to one hundred of Obama's current and former friends, colleagues, classmates, teachers, staff, mentors, basketball buddies, fellow Chicago activists, media consultants, editors, and even his next-door neighbors from Hyde Park. These people each know a part of Obama's life and career, from which the author blends the pieces into a uniquely detailed analysis.--From publisher description
Conned : how millions went to prison, lost the vote, and helped send George W. Bush to the White House by Sasha Abramsky( Book )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The criminal disenfranchisement that affects millions of American citizens. "It seems when you're convicted of a felony, the scarlet letter is there. You take it everywhere with you."Jamaica S., a twenty-five-year-old on probation in Tennessee who lost her right to vote. More than four million Americans, mainly poor, black, and Latino, have lost the right to vote. In some states, as many as a third of all African American men cannot take part in the most basic right of a democracy. The reason? Felony disenfranchisement laws, which remove the vote from people while they are in prison or on parole, and, in several states, for the rest of their lives. Award-winning journalist Sasha Abramsky takes us on a journey through disenfranchised America, detailing the revival of antidemocratic laws that came of age in the post-Civil War segregationist South, and profiling Americans who are fighting to regain the right to vote
Breadline USA : the hidden scandal of American hunger and how to fix it by Sasha Abramsky( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trapped in a triangle of the housing market collapse, rising energy costs, and an increasingly dysfunctional healthcare system, America's working poor are now battling an even more formidable enemy: hunger. This time, the battle is taking place well outside of the media spotlight, which has focused on obesity, another food-related epidemic affecting the poor. Breadline USA tells the stories of Americans in all types of communities who struggle to put any type of food on the table come the end of the month when money runs out and the social safety net isnt there to catch them
Ill-equipped : U.S. prisons and offenders with mental illness by Sasha Abramsky( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recommendations -- Background -- Who are the mentally ill in prison? -- Mental illness and women prisoners -- Systems in transition -- Difficulties mentally ill prisoners face coping in prison -- Inadequate responses and abuses by correctional staff -- Inadequate mental health treatment in prisons -- Insufficient provision of specialized facilities for seriously ill prisoners -- Case study: Alabama, a system in crisis -- Mentally ill prisoners and segregation -- Suicide and self-mutilation -- Failure to provide discharge services -- Legal standards
Inside Obama's brain by Sasha Abramsky( )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the moment he burst onto the national political scene, Barack Obama has fascinated and inspired people more than any politician in decades. Millions have wondered how his mind works, what passions drive him, and what makes him such an effective leader. The fifth book, and third audio book in this series, explores the ideas, inspirations, and experiences that have shaped how President Obama thinks about tough issues, how he makes decisions, and how he motivates others. Award winning journalist, Sasha Abramsky, interviewed close to one hundred of his friends, classmates, colleagues, teachers, staffers, mentors, book editors, media consultants, fellow politicians, and even his next-door neighbors from Hyde Park, Illinois, who offer candid and surprising observations. Inside Obama's Brain isn't a biography; rather, it's a psychological profile, perfect for anyone who hopes to model his astonishing success or simply to understand him better
American furies : crime, punishment, and vengeance in the age of mass imprisonment by Sasha Abramsky( )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this dramatic expose of U.S. penitentiaries and the communities around them, [the author] finds that prisons have dumped their age-old goal of rehabilitation, often for political reasons. The new "ideal," unknown to most Americans, is a punitive mandate marked by a drive toward vengeance. Surveying this state of affairs -- life sentences for nonviolent crimes, appalling conditions, the growth of private prisons, the treatment of juveniles -- [the author] asks: Does the vengeful impulse enable our culture or demean it? What can become of people who are quarantined for years in a violent subculture? California's Three Strikes law typifies the politics that exploit the grief of victims' families and our fears of violent crime. [This book] shows that the ethos of "lock 'em up and throw away the key" has enormous social costs.-Publisher description
Madiba : das Vermächtnis des Nelson Mandela by Khalo Matabane( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in German and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nelson Mandela ist eine der wichtigsten und inspirierendsten Figuren des 20. Jahrhunderts. Sein Leben und Wirken hat einen unmessbaren Einfluss auf Generationen von Menschen in der ganzen Welt. In diesem Buch nähern sich über 30 bedeutende Persönlichkeiten unserer Zeit - Politiker, Künstler, Aktivisten, Weggefährten und Kritiker - in eigenen Beiträgen dem Phänomen Nelson Mandela. Auf diese Weise entsteht ein deutlich vielschichtigeres Bild als die herkömmlichen Mandela-Porträts. Neben großer Bewunderung für den Friedensstifter und Versöhner melden sich auch kritische Stimmen zu Wort. Denn der
Ein Brief an Nelson Mandela Einordnung eines Phänomens( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in German and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

LA CASA DE LOS VEINTE MIL LIBROS/ THE HOUSE OF TWENTY THOUSAND BOOKS by Sasha Abramsky( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in Spanish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American furies crime, punishment, and vengeance in the age of mass imprisonment by Sasha Abramsky( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Obamas Geheimnisse : Faszinierende Einblicke in den Führungsstil von Präsident Obama by Sasha Abramsky( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Mandella ege ponae nŭn pyŏn ... = The legacy of Nelson Mandela( Book )

in Korean and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

American Furies by Sasha Abramsky( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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1 edition published in 2014 in Korean and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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American furies : crime, punishment, and vengeance in the age of mass imprisonment
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Hard time bluesInside Obama's brainConned : how millions went to prison, lost the vote, and helped send George W. Bush to the White HouseBreadline USA : the hidden scandal of American hunger and how to fix itInside Obama's brain
Alternative Names
Sasha Abramsky britischer politischer Journalist und Autor

Sasha Abramsky British author

Sasha Abramsky Brits auteur

아브람스키, 사샤

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