Recommendation Letters

Senior English and Debate students in my 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 years of teach that desired a letter of recommendation from me needed to engage in extra-curricular research based upon the track they would soon be pursuing in college. To accomplish this they wrote book abstracts based upon their track choice, listed below, and then wrote an essay of no more than 1,500 words on a topic that they discussed with me.

Social Studies

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

Nation of Rebels: Why Counterculture Became Consumer Culture

Culture Jam: How to Reverse America’s Suicidal Consumer Binge–And Why We Must

Comparative Literature


Literary Theory: An Introduction

Anna Karenina

The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel


Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent

A People’s History of the United States

The Age of Capital: 1848-1875 or The Age of Empire: 1875-1914 or The Age of Revolution: 1789-1848

Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism

Political Science

Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism: and Other Writings

How To Read Karl Marx

A Brief History of Neoliberalism



Literary Theory: An Introduction

Frankenstein (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism)

Heart of Darkness (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism)


The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition

Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy

A Companion to Marx’s Capital


The Republic Of Plato: Second Edition

Kant: A Very Short Introduction

The Accessible Hegel

Beyond Good and Evil