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release date: Jan 05, 2010
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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
Based on Gabor Maté’s two decades of experience as a medical doctor and his groundbreaking work with the severely addicted on Vancouver’s skid row, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts radically reenvisions this much misunderstood field by taking a holistic approach. Dr. Maté presents addiction not as a discrete phenomenon confined to an unfortunate or weak-willed few, but as a continuum that runs throughout (and perhaps underpins) our society; not a medical "condition" distinct from the lives it affects, rather the result of a complex interplay among personal history, emotional, and neurological development, brain chemistry, and the drugs (and behaviors) of addiction. Simplifying a wide array of brain and addiction research findings from around the globe, the book avoids glib self-help remedies, instead promoting a thorough and compassionate self-understanding as the first key to healing and wellness. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts argues persuasively against contemporary health, social, and criminal justice policies toward addiction and those impacted by it. The mix of personal stories—including the author’s candid discussion of his own "high-status" addictive tendencies—and science with positive solutions makes the book equally useful for lay readers and professionals.
release date: May 03, 2016
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Get What's Yours - Revised & Updated: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security (The Get What's Yours Series)
Social Security law has changed! Get What’s Yours has been revised and updated to reflect new regulations that took effect on April 29, 2016.

Get What’s Yours has proven itself to be the definitive book about how to navigate the forbidding maze of Social Security and emerge with the highest possible benefits. It is an engaging manual of tactics and strategies written by well-known financial commentators that is unobtainable elsewhere. You could try reading all 2,728 rules of the Social Security system (and the thousands of explanations of these rules), but academia’s Kotlikoff, the popular press’s Moeller, and public television’s Solman explain the Social Security system just as comprehensively, and a lot more comprehensibly. Moreover, they demonstrate that what you don’t know can seriously hurt you: wrong decisions about which Social Security benefits to apply for cost individual retirees tens of thousands of dollars in lost income every year. (Some of those people are even in the book.)

Changes to Social Security that take effect in 2016 make it more important than ever to wait as long as possible (until age 70, if possible) to claim Social Security benefits. The new law also has significant implications for those who wish to claim divorced spousal benefits (and how many Social Security recipients even know about divorced spousal benefits?). Besides addressing these and other issues, this revised edition contains a chapter explaining how Medicare rules can shape Social Security decisions.

Many other personal-finance books briefly address Social Security, but none offers the full, authoritative, yet conversational analysis of Get What’s Yours.

Get What’s Yours explains Social Security benefits through basic strategies and stirring stories. It covers the most frequent benefit scenarios faced by married retired couples; by divorced retirees; by widows and widowers. It explains what to do if you’re a retired parent of dependent children; disabled; an eligible beneficiary who continues to work. It addresses the tax consequences of your choices, as well as the financial implications for other investments. It does all this and more.

There are more than 52 million Americans aged 54 to 69. Ten thousand of them reach Social Security’s full retirement age of 66 every day. For all these people—and for their families and friends—Get What’s Yours has proven to be an invaluable, and therefore indispensable, tool.
release date: Oct 16, 2017
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Social Security For Dummies

Get the benefits you’ve earned

Social Security For Dummies is the one guide you need to navigate the often-complex world of Social Security retirement benefits. This updated edition offers clear guidance on when to claim benefits, how much you can expect to receive, where to find Social Security calculators, and so much more.  

Since its inception in the 1930s, workers across the United States have set aside a portion of their wages to fund the Social Security Administration. For many, Social Security forms the foundation for their retirement funds. Social Security For Dummies provides you with all the information you need to take charge of your retirement, maximize your financial well-being, and successfully navigate the U.S. Social Security Administration. You’ll get up-to-date information to:

  • Make your way around the Social Security website
  • Know your Social Security options—including retirement, survivor, spousal, and disability benefits
  • Find resources when you’re stumped
  • Get answers to common questions

Retirement is meant to be enjoyed, and Social Security For Dummies makes it easier.

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release date: Sep 26, 2017
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The High Cost of Good Intentions: A History of U.S. Federal Entitlement Programs

Federal entitlement programs are strewn throughout the pages of U.S. history, springing from the noble purpose of assisting people who are destitute through no fault of their own. Yet as federal entitlement programs have grown, so too have their inefficiency and their cost. Neither tax revenues nor revenues generated by the national economy have been able to keep pace with their rising growth, bringing the national debt to a record peacetime level.

The High Cost of Good Intentions is the first comprehensive history of these federal entitlement programs. Combining economics, history, political science, and law, John F. Cogan reveals how the creation of entitlements brings forth a steady march of liberalizing forces that cause entitlement programs to expand. This process―as visible in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as in the present day―is repeated until benefits are extended to nearly all who could be considered eligible, and in turn establishes a new base for future expansions. His work provides a unifying explanation for the evolutionary path that nearly all federal entitlement programs have followed over the past two hundred years, tracing both their shared past and the financial risks they pose for future generations.

release date: Feb 20, 2017
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Social Security Made Simple: Social Security Retirement Benefits and Related Planning Topics Explained in 100 Pages or Less
Find all of the following, explained in plain-English:
  • How your Social Security retirement benefits, spousal benefits, and widow/widower benefits are calculated
  • How your benefits are affected if you have a government pension or if you continue working while claiming Social Security
  • How to decide when is the best age for you (and your spouse, if you're married) to claim Social Security in order to get the most out of your benefits
  • Whether or not it makes sense to take Social Security early in order to invest the money
  • How to check your earnings record on the Social Security Administration's website to make sure you're getting the full benefit you deserve
  • How Social Security benefits are taxed and how this affects retirement tax planning

Please note that this book does not cover Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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release date: May 17, 2012
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Security Studies: An Introduction

Security Studies is the most comprehensive textbook available on security studies.

Comprehensively revised for the new edition including new chapters on Polarity, Culture, Intelligence, and the Academic and Policy Worlds, it continues to give students a detailed overview of the major theoretical approaches, key themes and most significant issues within security studies.

  • Part 1 explores the main theoretical approaches currently used within the field from realism to international political sociology.
  • Part 2 explains the central concepts underpinning contemporary debates from the security dilemma to terrorism.
  • Part 3 presents an overview of the institutional security architecture currently influencing world politics using international, regional and global levels of analysis.
  • Part 4 examines some of the key contemporary challenges to global security from the arms trade to energy security.
  • Part 5 discusses the future of security.

Security Studies provides a valuable teaching tool for undergraduates and MA students by collecting these related strands of the field together into a single coherent textbook.

Contributors:Richard J. Aldrich, Deborah D. Avant, Sita Bali, Michael N. Barnett, Alex J. Bellamy, Didier Bigo, Pinar Bilgin, Ken Booth, Barry Buzan, Stuart Croft, Simon Dalby, John S. Duffield, Colin Elman, Louise Fawcett, Lawrence Freedman, James M. Goldgeier, Fen Osler Hampson, William D. Hartung, Michael Jensen, Adam Jones, Danielle Zach Kalbacher, Stuart J. Kaufman, Michael T. Klare, Peter Lawler, Matt McDonald, Colin McInnes, Cornelia Navari, Michael Pugh, Paul R. Pillar, Srinath Raghavan, Paul Rogers, Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu, Joanna Spear, Caroline Thomas, Thomas G. Weiss, Nicholas J. Wheeler, Sandra Whitworth, Paul D. Williams, Phil Williams and Frank C. Zagare.

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release date: Jan 10, 2018
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Social Security: The Inside Story, 2018 Silver Anniversary Edition
Social Security and Medicare are the bedrock of your future financial security. You paid for them—now make them work for you, starting today! SOCIAL SECURITY: THE INSIDE STORY is detailed. Comprehensive. Easy to read. It’s been hailed since 1993 as “the best” resource on Social Security and Medicare—the Social Security “bible.” Now the "2018 Silver Anniversary Edition" is better than ever, with more examples, new graphics, new footnotes, and an expanded chapter on Maximizing Your Social Security, featuring fresh ideas to profit from the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Inside are 308 pages packed with everything you need to know: clear explanations, helpful illustrations, realistic examples, new “Nutshell” summaries, and handy web links. This is the only source of useful “Reform Targets,” “Tips for Success,” and “Inside Stories” revealing how Social Security really works. ANDY LANDIS has been called the Social Security “guru.” His expertise is unmatched, with over 40 years’ experience as a speaker, author, and former SSA representative. This is the proven and practical resource for taxpayers, retirees, financial advisors, and HR professionals—the essential guide for everyone with a stake in Social Security.
release date: Mar 31, 2016
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Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability: Getting & Keeping Your Benefits
Qualify for Social Security disability benefits, quickly and easily

Here’s the step-by-step guidance you need if you’re dealing with a long-term or permanent disability. This comprehensive and compassionate book covers both Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. Newly updated, it shows you how to prove a disability and explains how your age, education and work experience affect your chances. Parents will find special information about benefits available to children with a disability.

Learn how to:
  • find the disability criteria for your medical condition
  • prove the severity of a disability
  • appeal if you're denied benefits
  • work part time while keeping your benefits
  • prepare for a Continuing Disability Review,
  • and more.

Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability is written by a former Chief Medical Consultant for the Social Security Administration whose expert deciphering of the medical portions of SSA regulations will help you determine whether your condition will qualify you to receive disability payments, including breathing disabilities, heart disease, mental disorders, speech impairments, cancer, immune system disorders -- and much more.

Plus, this book is packed with samples of all the major forms you’ll need.
release date: Apr 15, 2005
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Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences (Belfer Center Studies in International Security)

The use of case studies to build and test theories in political science and the other social sciences has increased in recent years. Many scholars have argued that the social sciences rely too heavily on quantitative research and formal models and have attempted to develop and refine rigorous methods for using case studies. This text presents a comprehensive analysis of research methods using case studies and examines the place of case studies in social science methodology. It argues that case studies, statistical methods, and formal models are complementary rather than competitive.

The book explains how to design case study research that will produce results useful to policymakers and emphasizes the importance of developing policy-relevant theories. It offers three major contributions to case study methodology: an emphasis on the importance of within-case analysis, a detailed discussion of process tracing, and development of the concept of typological theories. Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences will be particularly useful to graduate students and scholars in social science methodology and the philosophy of science, as well as to those designing new research projects, and will contribute greatly to the broader debate about scientific methods.

release date: Jun 18, 2014
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Double Standard: Social Policy in Europe and the United States
In Double Standard, James W. Russell shows how and why different models of social and welfare policy developed in the United States and Europe. The third edition comparatively examines how Europe and the United States have handled common social problems such as poverty, inequality, unemployment, family support, health care provision, ethnic and racial conflict, and crime. These different social policy orientations have produced disparate social ways of life, ways of life that are now in contention for the future of Western societies.

Retaining its exceptionally clear exposition of the relationship between social policy and the history of social thought, social theory, and political ideology, the third edition contains new material on:

  • The Affordable Care Act in the United States compared to European health care programs
  • The influence of Milton Friedman on the reduction of social spending and privatization of social programs
  • Paid vacation differences between Europe and the United States
  • A new Afterword on the continuing social effects of the 2008 recession (the “Great Recession”) in Europe and the United States
  • A thorough updating of statistical information

The third edition of
Double Standard is a thought-provoking and up-to-date exploration of the distinctive differences in social policy in the U.S. and Europe that helps students approach key issues through a new perspective.
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