The Unraveling

The Unraveling
Author: John R. Schmidt
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2011-09-13
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 1429969075

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How did a nation founded as a homeland for South Asian Muslims, most of whom follow a tolerant nonthreatening form of Islam, become a haven for Al Qaeda and a rogue's gallery of domestic jihadist and sectarian groups? In this groundbreaking history of Pakistan's involvement with radical Islam, John R. Schmidt, the senior U.S political analyst in Pakistan in the years before 9/11, places the blame squarely on the rulers of the country, who thought they could use Islamic radicals to advance their foreign policy goals without having to pay a steep price. This strategy worked well at first--in Afghanistan during the anti-Soviet jihad, in Kashmir in support of a local uprising against Indian rule, and again in Afghanistan in backing the Taliban in the Afghan civil war. But the government's plans would begin to unravel in the wake of 9/11, when the rulers' support for the U.S. war on terror caused many of their jihadist allies to turn against them. Today the army generals and feudal politicians who run Pakistan are by turns fearful of the consequences of going after these groups and hopeful that they can still be used to advance the state's interests. The Unraveling is the clearest account yet of the complex, dangerous relationship between the leaders of Pakistan and jihadist groups—and how the rulers' decisions have led their nation to the brink of disaster and put other nations at great risk. Can they save their country or will we one day find ourselves confronting the first nuclear-armed jihadist state?


Author: M. F. Alvarez
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 231
Release: 2023-10-09
Genre: Psychology
ISBN: 1000982424

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Unraveling: An Autoethnography of Suicide and Renewal is an autoethnographic story that explores the intricate relationship among trauma, marginality, and mental health. It follows Mike Alvarez, a precocious gay teenager from an immigrant Filipino family, who loses his grip on reality as he succumbs to so-called mental illness. Divided into two parts, the first half of the book uses evocative storytelling and in-the-moment narration to capture the slow descent into anxiety, paranoia, depression, and suicidality, as experienced by the author during young adulthood. The second half of the book critically reflects upon the story through a series of analytic chapters. In these chapters, the author considers the role of narrative in cultivating empathy for the mentally ill, the psychiatric-industrial complex’s obstruction of that empathy, and the moral dilemmas autoethnographers face when writing about self, other, and the social world. This book will be suitable for scholars in the social sciences, communication studies, and healthcare, who study and use autoethnography in their research. It will also be of value to those interested in firsthand accounts of madness, as told by members of marginalized communities.


Author: Michelle Baldini
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2008-07-08
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 0375849009

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THE SMART THING Is to Prepare for the Unexpected. So reads the fortune cookie fortune that Amanda receives at the beginning of her family’s vacation to Florida. Amanda knows all about preparing for the unexpected—her mother, whom she calls The Captain, is always hard on Amanda, and it’s just when Amanda lets her guard down that the very worst comes through. Looking for acceptance, Amanda turns her attention to boys, and doing whatever she can to be popular at school. That includes making out with the gorgeous senior Rick in his car after school—even though he has a girlfriend. And when Rick offers her The Deal—a real, official date to the Homecoming in front of everyone, in exchange for her virginity—Amanda jumps at the chance. But no matter how you try to prepare for the unexpected, sometimes you can’t. Sharp, chatty, and brutally honest, this debut novel is compulsively readable and heartbreakingly real.

Joining God in the Great Unraveling

Joining God in the Great Unraveling
Author: Alan J. Roxburgh
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 168
Release: 2021-05-06
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 1725288508

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The awareness that the churches shaped out of the European Reformations are in an advanced process of unraveling is becoming increasingly sensed by many. This book proposes a way of addressing this unraveling based on the experiences and knowledge of people who have always had to struggle with the unraveling of their own communities and worlds. It takes us outside the circular conversations of the Euro-tribal churches into dialogue with people who have been marginalized to see how they have learned to reenter their formative stories to discover ways of remaking themselves in the unraveling. The book then turns these discoveries into ways the churches can engage their own massive unraveling.

Unraveling Faculty Burnout

Unraveling Faculty Burnout
Author: Rebecca Pope-Ruark
Publisher: JHU Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2022-09-20
Genre: Education
ISBN: 1421445131

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A timely book about assessing, coping with, and mitigating burnout in higher education. Faculty often talk about how busy, overwhelmed, and stressed they are. These qualities are seen as badges of honor in a capitalist culture that values productivity above all else. But for many women in higher education, exhaustion and stress go far deeper than end-of-the-semester malaise. Burnout, a mental health syndrome caused by chronic workplace stress, is endemic to higher education in a patriarchal, productivity-obsessed culture. In this unique book for women in higher education, Rebecca Pope-Ruark, PhD, draws from her own burnout experience, as well as collected stories of faculty in various roles and career stages, interviews with coaches and educational developers, and extensive secondary research to address and mitigate burnout. Pope-Ruark lays out four pillars of burnout resilience for faculty members: purpose, compassion, connection, and balance. Each chapter contains relatable stories, reflective opportunities and exercises, and advice from women in higher education. Blending memoir, key research, and reflection opportunities, Pope-Ruark helps faculty not only address burnout personally but also use the tools in this book to eradicate the systemic conditions that cause it in the first place. As burnout becomes more visible, we can destigmatize it by acknowledging that women are not unraveling; instead, women in higher education are reckoning with the productivity cult embedded in our institutions, recognizing how it shapes their understanding and approach to faculty work, and learning how they can remedy it for themselves, their peers, and women faculty in the future. Contributors: Lee Skallerup Bessette, Cynthia Ganote, Emily O. Gravett, Hillary Hutchinson, Tiffany D. Johnson, Bridget Lepore, Jennifer Marlow, Sharon Michler, Marie Moeller, Valerie Murrenus Pilmaier, Catherine Ross, Kristi Rudenga, Katherine Segal, Kryss Shane, Jennifer Snodgrass, Lindsay Steiner, Kristi Verbeke

The Unraveling Strangeness

The Unraveling Strangeness
Author: Bruce Weigl
Publisher: Grove Press
Total Pages: 82
Release: 2002
Genre: Poetry
ISBN: 9780802139382

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Bruce Weigl's poetry has been acclaimed by C. K. Williams as "powerful and frightening, poems [that] force us to repudiate our comfortable uncertainties, our drowsy vagueness," and Carolyn Forche has said that Bruce Weigl "is one of the most important poets of our time." With Song of Napalm and followed by Archeology of the Circle, Weigl has established himself as a poet of incomparable power and lyric fury. For Weigl, home is where the heart is and where the soul must reside. To leave one's home is to leave a vital part of oneself behind, and to return is to reconnect with one's history. The Unraveling Strangeness represents the record of a man in the middle of his life who comes back to his home after being away for twenty-five years. In these poems we find odes to New York City neighborhood life -- live from the front stoop. Poems such as "Hinckley and Nixon" point to a larger national turmoil that seeps its way into the consciousness of the mean streets of New York. Weigl closes with poems penned by a world-weary eye that extends childlike tribute to the wonders of the country. At stake in this journey is a rediscovery of deep and abiding connections to place, to family, and to old friends. Reginald Gibbons has raved that Bruce Weigl's poetry contains "a largeness of spirit that is filled with both hard memories and forgiveness."

Unraveling Atheism

Unraveling Atheism
Author: Zshonette Reed
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 46
Release: 2019-08-14
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 1728322936

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Unraveling Atheism is primarily for the believing community to give them a transcendent vision so that science and atheism pose no threat to their faith. It exposes the fundamental arguments of atheism as weak and deceptive and not founded on true science. And it does so in a way that is easily understandable to, and explainable by, the lay believer. While it is a quick and simple read, it is packed with wisdom and sound reasoning. The book clearly shows that there is no real conflict between true religion and true science. Both are studies of the same phenomenon – one, a study of the personality of God, and the other, a study of the works and power of God. This book also appeals to the fair-minded agnostic who has questions that need satisfactory answers. Many of those answers are found in this book.

Unraveling Resident Evil

Unraveling Resident Evil
Author: Nadine Farghaly
Publisher: McFarland
Total Pages: 249
Release: 2014-04-15
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 078647291X

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Resident Evil is a multidimensional as well as multimedia universe: Various books, graphic novels, games and movies (the fifth one came out in 2012) all contribute to this enormous universe. The new essays written for this volume focus on this particular zombie manifestation and its significance in popular culture. The essayists come from very different fields, so it was possible to cover a wide range and discuss numerous issues regarding this universe. Among them are game theory, the idea of silence as well as memory, the connection to iconic stories such as Alice in Wonderland, posthumanism and much more. A lot of ground is covered that will facilitate further discussions not only among Resident Evil interested persons but also among other zombie universes and zombies in general. Most of these essays focus on the female figure Alice, a character revered by many as a feminist warrior.

Unraveling the Crime-Place Connection, Volume 22

Unraveling the Crime-Place Connection, Volume 22
Author: David Weisburd
Publisher: Routledge
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2017-11-22
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 1351374346

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Unraveling the Crime-Place Connection examines in a new light how places enhance our understanding of crime and its control. While there has been much work in this area focused on policy, few have examined the underlying theories that inform this work. Theory has played a secondary role in the "criminology of place," and this volume brings it to the forefront of scholarly concerns. Each part and its chapters illuminate cutting-edge ideas in the etiology and control of crime at place, beginning with an introductory Part I. Crime is often concentrated in very small geographies, and Part II emphasizes the importance of capturing the dynamic nature of places in order to understand crime clustering. Part III offers integrative theories on the varying contextual arrangements of places and links theories of places to other theories of individuals, neighborhoods, and other social contexts. In Part IV, theorists ask how the actions of place owners facilitate or control crime and what policies governments can institute to regulate place management. This volume will be of interest to criminologists worldwide and useful for graduate-level or advanced undergraduate courses on environmental criminology or crime prevention.

Artificial Affection: Unraveling the Secrets of AI Love

Artificial Affection: Unraveling the Secrets of AI Love
Author: Ava Arin
Publisher: Ava Arin
Total Pages: 174
Genre: Computers

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Can artificial intelligence ever truly love? In Artificial Affection: Unraveling the Secrets of AI Love, Ava Arin and M.B. Chatfield explore the rapidly developing field of artificial intelligence and its potential to create machines that can love. They explore the different ways in which AI could be programmed to love, and the potential benefits and risks of such a development. Artificial Affection is a thought-provoking and timely book that will challenge your assumptions about what it means to love and be loved. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of human-robot interaction.