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Barbarian Days

release date: Jan 01, 2016
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Barbarian Days
Describes the author's experiences as a lifelong surfer, from his early years in Honolulu through his culturally sophisticated pursuits of perfect waves in some of the world's most exotic locales.

Cold New World

release date: Sep 29, 2010
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Cold New World
From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Barbarian Days, this narrative nonfiction classic documents the rising inequality and cultural alienation that presaged the crises of today. “A status report on the American Dream [that] gets its power [from] the unpredictable, rich specifics of people’s lives.”—Time “[William] Finnegan’s real achievement is to attach identities to the steady stream of faceless statistics that tell us America’s social problems are more serious than we want to believe.”—The Washington Post A fifteen-year-old drug dealer in blighted New Haven, Connecticut; a sleepy Texas town transformed by crack; Mexican American teenagers in Washington State, unable to relate to their immigrant parents and trying to find an identity in gangs; jobless young white supremacists in a downwardly mobile L.A. suburb. William Finnegan spent years embedded with families in four communities across the country to become an intimate observer of the lives he reveals in Cold New World. What emerges from these beautifully rendered portraits is a prescient and compassionate book that never loses sight of its subjects’ humanity. A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • A LOS ANGELES TIMES BEST NONFICTION SELECTION Praise for Cold New World “Unlike most journalists who drop in for a quick interview and fly back out again, Finnegan spent many weeks with families in each community over a period of several years, enough time to distinguish between the kind of short-term problems that can beset anyone and the longer-term systemic poverty and social disintegration that can pound an entire generation into a groove of despair.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review “The most remarkable of William Finnegan’s many literary gifts is his compassion. Not the fact of it, which we have a right to expect from any personal reporting about the oppressed, but its coolness, its clarity, its ductile strength. . . . Finnegan writes like a dream. His prose is unfailingly lucid, graceful, and specific, his characterization effortless, and the pull of his narrative pure seduction.”—The Village Voice “Four astonishingly intimate and evocative portraits. . . . All of these stories are vividly, honestly and compassionately told. . . . While Cold New World may make us look in new ways at our young people, perhaps its real goal is to make us look at ourselves.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

A Complicated War

release date: Jan 01, 1992
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A Complicated War
Among Africa's suffering is the little- known war in Mozambique, now in its second decade. Finnegan traveled through the country in 1988 to assess the impact of a war waged by guerrillas who are armed and often directed by South Africa. He tells a compelling story of rural misery caused by the war, which in turn offers a fertile ground for its continuation. Finnegan's narrative includes historical background and critical analysis of the Mozambique government whose policies have not created an inclusive framework for the nation. Finnegan is drawn to the conclusion that Mozambique's peasants long have been denied the fruits of peace: first under centuries of Portuguese colonialism; and now as they are exposed to the current war that is destroying their future.

Barbarian Days

release date: Jul 20, 2018
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Barbarian Days
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography, 2016 BARBARIAN DAYS: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan. A memoir about surfing? Yes and no. Its much more than just surfing. It's social commentary on life in the sixties. It's a travel-log. It's an adventure story! Finnegan is an international journalist and staff writer for the New Yorker. Korean edition translated by Park Hyeon Ju & Kim Dae Won.

Crossing the Line

release date: Jan 01, 1994
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Crossing the Line
William Finnegan's compelling account of a year spent teaching in a colored high school, "across the line," in Cape Town, South Africa brings the irrationality and injustice of apartheid into focus for the American reader. A new preface, written after the author's observation of the historic 1994 elections evaluates the progress made--and not made--toward dismantling the apartheid system.

Dateline Soweto

release date: Jul 12, 1995
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Dateline Soweto
"Documents better than most a particularly complicated and historically significant relationship of journalism to politics."—Chandra Mukerji, coeditor of Rethinking Popular Culture

The Forgotten Ones (the Forgotten Ones Chronicles

release date: Sep 03, 2013
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The Forgotten Ones (the Forgotten Ones Chronicles
The world has been overrun by chaos and evil. For centuries, God has turned his back on humanity in disgust. Now that the greatest evil the world has ever known has been unleashed, a group of immortals must find a way to end the battle, restore God's faith in humanity, and no longer be The Forgotten Ones. Show more Show less --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Cold New World

release date: Jan 01, 1998
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Cold New World
Finnegan spent time with families in four communities across America and became an intimate observer of the lives revealed in these portraits: a fifteen-year-old drug dealer in blighted New Haven, Connecticut; a sleepy Texas town transformed when crack arrives; Mexican American teenagers in Washington State, unable to relate to their immigrant parents and trying to find an identity in gangs; jobless young white supremacists in a downwardly mobile L.A. suburb.

Barbarian Days

release date: Jan 01, 2016
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A Reporter at Large

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