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release date: Apr 11, 2017
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An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back
The New York Times bestseller.

At a moment of drastic political upheaval, An American Sickness is a shocking investigation into our dysfunctional healthcare system - and offers practical solutions to its myriad problems.

“Patients can save thousands of dollars by purchasing An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal.”— New York Journal of Books


In these troubled times, perhaps no institution has unraveled more quickly and more completely than American medicine. In only a few decades, the medical system has been overrun by organizations seeking to exploit for profit the trust that vulnerable and sick Americans place in their healthcare. Our politicians have proven themselves either unwilling or incapable of reining in the increasingly outrageous costs faced by patients, and market-based solutions only seem to funnel larger and larger sums of our money into the hands of corporations. Impossibly high insurance premiums and inexplicably large bills have become facts of life; fatalism has set in. Very quickly Americans have been made to accept paying more for less. How did things get so bad so fast?

Breaking down this monolithic business into the individual industries—the hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and drug manufacturers—that together constitute our healthcare system, Rosenthal exposes the recent evolution of American medicine as never before. How did healthcare, the caring endeavor, become healthcare, the highly profitable industry? Hospital systems, which are managed by business executives, behave like predatory lenders, hounding patients and seizing their homes. Research charities are in bed with big pharmaceutical companies, which surreptitiously profit from the donations made by working people. Patients receive bills in code, from entrepreneurial doctors they never even saw. 

The system is in tatters, but we can fight back. Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal doesn't just explain the symptoms, she diagnoses and treats the disease itself. In clear and practical terms, she spells out exactly how to decode medical doublespeak, avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket, and get the care you and your family deserve. She takes you inside the doctor-patient relationship and to hospital C-suites, explaining step-by-step the workings of a system badly lacking transparency. This is about what we can do, as individual patients, both to navigate the maze that is American healthcare and also to demand far-reaching reform. An American Sickness is the frontline defense against a healthcare system that no longer has our well-being at heart.
release date: Aug 15, 2005
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Paul McCarthy: Lala Land
To say that Paul McCarthy is a provocative artist is to make an understatement as gross as the artist's own infamous use of chocolate syrup and Santa Claus costumes. Since the late 1960s, McCarthy has pushed the boundaries of taboo through the media of performance art, sculpture, and video, aiming for ultimate catharsis via an inside-out journey through sticky layers of shock and provocation. In his early performance works, the artist used his own body as material, testing his physical limits amidst a mess of American condiments like mayonnaise and ketchup, plus a helping of fluids simulating bodily excretions. His attack on the values of the American way of life and on a society manipulated by the media continued into the 80s, when he began to produce mechanical sculptures that gradually replaced his own presence in the gallery. In the 90s, his ever expansive installations continued to break taboos in a theatrically drastic way, further exploring issues of violence and pornography, masturbation, birth, and death. LaLa Land is published in conjunction with the most extensive exhibition of McCarthy's work in Europe, which ran through the summer of 2005 at the Haus der Kunst in Munich. Included is the first published documentation of two new works on which the artist worked for several years, Pirate Project and Western Project, whose respective protagonists, pirates and cowboys, are drawn from common clichas and myths, as are so many of his characters. Here they are treated with McCarthy's characteristic irony and grotesque exaggeration. Complementing this documentation are video stills, drawings, and sculptures dating from the early 60s to the present, for an important overview of the artist's entire oeuvre.
release date: Dec 31, 2011
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Pipilotti Rist: Eyeball Massage
Pipilotti Rist (born 1962) burst onto the international art scene in the late 1980s with visually lush video and multimedia works that explore sexuality and media culture through playful and provocative remixes of fantasy and the everyday. Highly accomplished technically, Rist's practice fuses sensual images, dazzling color, music and text to create mesmerizing installations. Published to accompany a major survey exhibition at London's Hayward Gallery (as well as a European tour), this comprehensive volume is thoroughly illustrated and conceived in close collaboration with the artist. Essays by Stephanie Rosenthal, Elizabeth Bronfen, Chrissie Iles and Stefanie Müller explore the many facets of Rist's art, including her treatment of the relationship between the body and the camera, and her use of two- and three-dimensional sculptural forms, while a visual essay by the artist provides a rare insight into her working methods.
release date: Feb 19, 2020
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Paul McCarthy: Lala Land by Elisabeth Bronfen (2005-08-15)
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release date: Feb 19, 2020
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