Something for Nothing by Jackson Lears
Luck in America

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More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA
 

About Jackson Lears

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Jackson Lears is the author of several books, including Fables of Abundance, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for history. Editor of the distinguished journal Raritan, he is a Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers and writes frequently for the New Republic, Nation, and other magazines.
 
Published July 27, 2004 by Penguin Books. 408 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Fresh from the dust of antique books and obscure magazines, our author has clearly done a great deal more than adequate research in an apparent attempt to encompass all of our national civilization under one mysterious rubric.

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He is willing to believe that ''numbers gambling could constitute a rational investment'' for Depression-era African-Americans on these grounds: ''If a numbers gambler bet a dollar 1,300 times over 10 years, he or she could confidently expect to hit a $550 payoff at least once, not to mention sma...

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The book often reads like a course in Western Civilization, moving easily among the disciplines of religion, history, literature, art, economics, philosophy and science.

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David G. Schwartz

Lears also pulls in an impressive mass of cross-cultural analysis of luck and chance as a means to break down the components of the American culture of chance into its European, African, and Native American components.

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