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Finnegan, William

Works: 13 works in 89 publications in 1 language and 7,499 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Case studies  Autobiographies  History  Western films 
Roles: Author
Classifications: LG414.C374, 797.32092
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Cold new world : growing up in a harder country by William Finnegan( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 1,110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this work of social journalism, a spotlight is cast on a population we find it easy, or convenient, to overlook. "While the national economy has been growing, the economic prospects of most Americans have been dimming," William Finnegan writes. "A new American class structure is being born - one that is harsher, in many ways, than the one it is replacing. Some people are thriving in it, of course. This book is about some families who are not. More particularly, it's about their children who are teenagers and young adults, about their lives and times, how they speak and act as they try to find their way in this 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
Crossing the line : a year in the land of apartheid by William Finnegan( Book )

16 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A vivid account of a year inside a so-called colored highschool in South Africa showing us life under apartheid with all its cruelty and irrationality
A complicated war : the harrowing of Mozambique by William Finnegan( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 1996 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om borgerkrigen i Mozambique fra midten af 1970'erne til idag
Barbarian days : a surfing life by William Finnegan( Book )

5 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life. Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a writer and war reporter. Barbarian Days takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses -- off the coasts of New York and San Francisco. It immerses the reader in the edgy camaraderie of close male friendships annealed in challenging waves. Finnegan shares stories of life in a whites-only gang in a tough school in Honolulu even while his closest friend was a native Hawaiian surfer. He shows us a world turned upside down for kids and adults alike by the social upheavals of the 1960s. He details the intricacies of famous waves and his own apprenticeships to them. Youthful folly -- he drops LSD while riding huge Honolua Bay, on Maui -- is served up with rueful humor. He and a buddy, their knapsacks crammed with reef charts, bushwhack through Polynesia. They discover, while camping on an uninhabited island in Fiji, one of the world's greatest waves. As Finnegan's travels take him ever farther afield, he becomes an improbable anthropologist: unpicking the picturesque simplicity of a Samoan fishing village, dissecting the sexual politics of Tongan interactions with Americans and Japanese, navigating the Indonesian black market while nearly succumbing to malaria. Throughout, he surfs
Dateline Soweto : travels with black South African reporters by William Finnegan( Book )

6 editions published between 1988 and 1999 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For six tense weeks in 1986, Finnegan ( Crossing the Line ) attached himself to a handful of black reporters working for the white, liberal Johannesburg Star , taking notes for this book, which presents a vividly different view of apartheid. Led by the enterprising and gutsy Jon Qwelane, these men and women ventured into black townships and "bush ghettos" in search of stories they had no assurance would be printed. Their dangerous work was complicated by the South African army, the "pretenders" (cops posing as TV crews), and above all by the mistrust of the militant black community. As seen mainly through the eyes of Qwelane, Herbert Mabuza and others, the book offers an especially painful view of what Finnegan calls "the ragged, slow-motion revolution that convulses South Africa." Among issues explored are the split news values that prevail under apartheid, government press policy, and the brutally arbitrary behavior of the army. Regarding the latter, Bishop Desmond Tutu's comment is particularly chilling: "They want to kill. They don't know how to deal with peace." Finnegan is a staff writer for the New Yorker , where portions of this book originally appeared
MGM movie collection Support your local gunfighter. Support your local sheriff( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crossing the line a year in the land of apartheid by William Finnegan( Recording )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author's experiences as a teacher at a "coloured" high school near Cape Town, South Africa. He describes his own growth in understanding the tremendous inadequacies of the educational system and the evil of the entire political system
Beneath the surface Jon Weiner, host with Navasky, Turan, and Finnegan( Recording )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Beneath the Surface Program #234 on KPFK broadcast live Wednesday, April 24, 2002 with Jon Weiner, host. Guests: Victor Navasky, The Nation Magazine, on Gore Vidal, book festival; Kenneth Turan, L.A. Times, "Sundance to Sarajevo: Film festivals and the World They Made." William Finnegan, New Yorker, "Leasing the Rain," global privatization of water. Self-contained. Musical content: intro-CD Cannonball "Jive Samba"; music breaks- Angie Stone track 6; Outro- same as intro."
The Cold War by William Finnegan( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Safe schools : dangerous students. by William Finnegan( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Audience level: 0.23 (from 0.06 for Safe schoo ... to 0.70 for The Cold W ...)

Cold new world : growing up in a harder country
Alternative Names
Finnegan, William

Finnegan, William P.

William Finnegan American journalist

William Finnegan Amerikaans journalist

English (88)

Crossing the line : a year in the land of apartheidA complicated war : the harrowing of MozambiqueDateline Soweto : travels with black South African reportersThe Cold WarDateline Soweto : travels with black South African reportersA complicated war : the harrowing of Mozambique