The Worst Hard Time

The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

Author: Timothy Egan

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547347776

Category: History

Page: 352

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In a tour de force of historical reportage, Timothy Egan’s National Book Award–winning story rescues an iconic chapter of American history from the shadows. The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Timothy Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Brilliantly capturing the terrifying drama of catastrophe, he does equal justice to the human characters who become his heroes, “the stoic, long-suffering men and women whose lives he opens up with urgency and respect” (New York Times). In an era that promises ever-greater natural disasters, The Worst Hard Time is “arguably the best nonfiction book yet” (Austin Statesman Journal) on the greatest environmental disaster ever to be visited upon our land and a powerful reminder about the dangers of trifling with nature. This e-book includes a sample chapter of THE IMMORTAL IRISHMAN.

Eine Geschichte von Liebe und Finsternis

Roman

Author: Amos Oz

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518739204

Category: Fiction

Page: 828

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Eine große Familien-Saga, ein Epos vom Leben und Überleben, ein Archiv persönlicher und politischer Ambitionen, ein Buch der Enttäuschungen und der Hoffnung.

Der Fundamentalist, der keiner sein wollte

Roman

Author: Mohsin Hamid

Publisher: Dumont Buchverlag

ISBN: 3832189831

Category: Fiction

Page: 190

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Lahore. In einem Café sitzen sich ein mitteilsamer Pakistani und ein zurückhaltender Amerikaner gegenüber. Als langsam die Nacht über die Stadt hereinbricht, enthüllt der Pakistani immer mehr Details seiner Lebensgeschichte. Changez heißt er, und er erzählt, wie er als junger, ehrgeiziger Gaststudent nach Princeton kommt. Als Vorzeigestudent wird er nach seinem Abschluss sofort von einer Elite-Firma engagiert. Er stürzt sich ins pulsierende Leben New Yorks, erhält durch seine reiche Freundin Erica Zugang zu Manhattans High Society und wähnt sich auf der Seite der Gewinner. Aber nach dem 11. September fällt sein amerikanischer Traum vom unaufhaltsamen Aufstieg langsam in sich zusammen. Plötzlich erscheint Changez die Bindung an seine Heimat wichtiger als Geld, Macht und Erfolg. All dies berichtet der Pakistani dem Amerikaner, dessen Motivation an dem Gespräch im Dunkeln bleibt. Allein im Spiegel des Erzählers zeichnet sich ab, dass der grausame Höhepunkt der Geschichte kurz bevorsteht.

Krakatau

der Tag, an dem die Welt zerbrach ; 27. August 1883

Author: Simon Winchester

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442733361

Category:

Page: 367

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America's Disaster Culture

The Production of Natural Disasters in Literature and Pop Culture

Author: Robert C. Bell,Robert M. Ficociello

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1628924624

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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Are we inside the era of disasters or are we merely inundated by mediated accounts of events categorized as catastrophic? America's Disaster Culture offers answers to this question and a critical theory surrounding the culture of "natural†? disasters in American consumerism, literature, media, film, and popular culture. In a hyper-mediated global culture, disaster events reach us with great speed and minute detail, and Americans begin forming, interpreting, and historicizing catastrophes simultaneously with fellow citizens and people worldwide. America's Disaster Culture is not policy, management, or relief oriented. It offers an analytical framework for the cultural production and representation of disasters, catastrophes, and apocalypses in American culture. It focuses on filling a need for critical analysis centered upon the omnipresence of real and imagined disasters, epidemics, and apocalypses in American culture. However, it also observes events, such as the Dust Bowl, Hurricane Katrina, and 9/11, that are re-framed and re-historicized as "natural†? disasters by contemporary media and pop culture. Therefore, America's Disaster Culture theorizes the very parameters of classifying any event as a "natural†? disaster, addresses the biases involved in a catastrophic event's public narrative, and analyzes American culture's consumption of a disastrous event. Looking toward the future, what are the hypothetical and actual threats to disaster culture? Or, are we oblivious that we are currently living in a post-apocalyptic landscape?

The Worst Hard Time

Author: Ahacan Kanat

Publisher:

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, going from sod homes to new framed houses to huddling in basements with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out. He follows their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black blizzards, crop failure, and the deaths of loved ones. Drawing on the voices of those who stayed and survived—those who, now in their eighties and nineties, will soon carry their memories to the grave—Egan tells a story of endurance and heroism against the backdrop of the Great Depression.

The Dust Bowl

An Illustrated History

Author: Dayton Duncan

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452107947

Category: History

Page: 231

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Draws on reports, newspaper articles, and interviews to chronicle the American Dust Bowl, providing photographs to illustrate the catastrophe as well as offer a tribute to man's relationship to the land and his ability to persevere.

Soul, Self, and Society

The New Morality and the Modern State

Author: Edward L. Rubin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199348677

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

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Political and social commentators regularly bemoan the decline of morality in the modern world. They claim that the norms and values that held society together in the past are rapidly eroding, to be replaced by permissiveness and empty hedonism. But as Edward Rubin demonstrates in this powerful account of moral transformations, these prophets of doom are missing the point. Morality is not diminishing; instead, a new morality, centered on an ethos of human self-fulfillment, is arising to replace the old one. As Rubin explains, changes in morality have gone hand in hand with changes in the prevailing mode of governance throughout the course of Western history. During the Early Middle Ages, a moral system based on honor gradually developed. In a dangerous world where state power was declining, people relied on bonds of personal loyalty that were secured by generosity to their followers and violence against their enemies. That moral order, exemplified in the early feudal system and in sagas like The Song of Roland, The Song of the Cid, and the Arthurian legends has faded, but its remnants exist today in criminal organizations like the Mafia and in the rap music of the urban ghettos. When state power began to revive in the High Middle Ages through the efforts of the European monarchies, and Christianity became more institutionally effective and more spiritually intense, a new morality emerged. Described by Rubin as the morality of higher purposes, it demanded that people devote their personal efforts to achieving salvation and their social efforts to serving the emerging nation-states. It insisted on social hierarchy, confined women to subordinate roles, restricted sex to procreation, centered child-rearing on moral inculcation, and countenanced slavery and the marriage of pre-teenage girls to older men. Our modern era, which began in the late 18th century, has seen the gradual erosion of this morality of higher purposes and the rise of a new morality of self-fulfillment, one that encourages individuals to pursue the most meaningful and rewarding life-path. Far from being permissive or a moral abdication, it demands that people respect each other's choices, that sex be mutually enjoyable, that public positions be allocated according to merit, and that society provide all its members with their minimum needs so that they have the opportunity to fulfill themselves. Where people once served the state, the state now functions to serve the people. The clash between this ascending morality and the declining morality of higher purposes is the primary driver of contemporary political and cultural conflict. A sweeping, big-idea book in the vein of Francis Fukuyama's The End of History, Charles Taylor's The Secular Age, and Richard Sennett's The Fall of Public Man, Edward Rubin's new volume promises to reshape our understanding of morality, its relationship to government, and its role in shaping the emerging world of High Modernity.

Red State Religion

Faith and Politics in America's Heartland

Author: Robert Wuthnow

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691150559

Category: History

Page: 484

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No state has voted Republican more consistently or widely or for longer than Kansas. To understand red state politics, Kansas is the place. It is also the place to understand red state religion. The Kansas Board of Education has repeatedly challenged the teaching of evolution, Kansas voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional ban on gay marriage, the state is a hotbed of antiabortion protest--and churches have been involved in all of these efforts. Yet in 1867 suffragist Lucy Stone could plausibly proclaim that, in the cause of universal suffrage, "Kansas leads the world!" How did Kansas go from being a progressive state to one of the most conservative? In Red State Religion, Robert Wuthnow tells the story of religiously motivated political activism in Kansas from territorial days to the present. He examines how faith mixed with politics as both ordinary Kansans and leaders such as John Brown, Carrie Nation, William Allen White, and Dwight Eisenhower struggled over the pivotal issues of their times, from slavery and Prohibition to populism and anti-communism. Beyond providing surprising new explanations of why Kansas became a conservative stronghold, the book sheds new light on the role of religion in red states across the Midwest and the United States. Contrary to recent influential accounts, Wuthnow argues that Kansas conservatism is largely pragmatic, not ideological, and that religion in the state has less to do with politics and contentious moral activism than with relationships between neighbors, friends, and fellow churchgoers. This is an important book for anyone who wants to understand the role of religion in American political conservatism.

America Between the Wars, 1919-1941

A Documentary Reader

Author: David Welky

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 144433896X

Category: History

Page: 262

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"With the Great Depression, the growth of a consumerist mass culture, the reshaping of government under Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, and intense debates over race and the role of women, the 22 years of peace that spanned America's involvement in two world conflicts was a period of exceptional social, political, economic, and cultural upheaval in the United States. This compact, yet authoritative, collection places over seventy of the most important documents from 1919-1941 in their historical context and offers insights into the American experience during the interwar era and the many developments that were crucial to the creation of present-day United States. Taking in such familiar names as Warren Harding, Charles Lindbergh, and Franklin Roosevelt as well as writings by the ordinary people who had little individual control over the sweeping changes and developments of a tumultuous age, this collection provides coverage of the themes, struggles, and events that characterized the 1920s and 1930s. With photographs and illustrations, end-of-chapter questions, and coverage of topics from new trends in literature to isolationism and the debate over American involvement in World War II, this book invites readers to engage actively in historical interpretation and to gain a thorough understanding of the interplay between social and political forces in the historical developments of the period"--

Tchaikovsky 19, A Diplomatic Life Behind the Iron Curtain

Author: Robert F. Ober, Jr.

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 145351791X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 482

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"Readers will discover the failures of Kissinger ́s policy of detente in the early 1970s, the mistaken departure from Carter ́s balanced policy toward China and the USSR, and the near-collapse of the embassy due to intelligence failures"-Foreign Service Journal. "Ober ́s book recounts it all, along with the personalities and events of the time now mostly forgotten: dissidents and refuseniks, Victor and Jennifer Louis, Nina and Ed Stevens, U.S.-Soviet summits, microwaves, bugged buildings and typewriters, fires, spy dust and spy mania . . . It ́s all there, the pageant of U.S. Embassy Moscow 1970-90, a place so unlike today ́s walled air-conditioned, high-rise embassy fortress a block away as to beggar the imagination."-Richard Gilbert, AmericanDiplomacy.org "You have wonderfully captured the way things were in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and ́80s. I don ́t know anyone who has done it better."-Donald Connery, former Time-Life correspondent, Moscow. "Together with much wisdom about American diplomacy, this rich memoir provides keen insight into Russian thinking and behavior"-George Feifer, "The Girl from Petrovka".

Beyond Nature's Housekeepers

American Women in Environmental History

Author: Nancy C. Unger

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199986002

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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From pre-Columbian times to the environmental justice movements of the present, women and men frequently responded to the environment and environmental issues in profoundly different ways. Although both environmental history and women's history are flourishing fields, explorations of the synergy produced by the interplay between environment and sex, sexuality, and gender are just beginning. Offering more than biographies of great women in environmental history, Beyond Nature's Housekeepers examines the intersections that shaped women's unique environmental concerns and activism and that framed the way the larger culture responded. Women featured include Native Americans, colonists, enslaved field workers, pioneers, homemakers, municipal housekeepers, immigrants, hunters, nature writers, soil conservationists, scientists, migrant laborers, nuclear protestors, and environmental justice activists. As women, they fared, thought, and acted in ways complicated by social, political, and economic norms, as well as issues of sexuality and childbearing. Nancy C. Unger reveals how women have played a unique role, for better and sometimes for worse, in the shaping of the American environment.

The Third Plate

Field Notes on the Future of Food

Author: Dan Barber

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1408706490

Category: Cooking

Page: 496

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Based on ten years of surveying farming communities around the world, top New York chef Dan Barber's The Third Plate offers a radical new way of thinking about food that will heal the land and taste incredible. The 'first plate' was a classic meal centred on a large cut of meat with few vegetables. On the 'second plate', championed by the farm-to-table movement, meat is free-range and vegetables are locally sourced. It's better-tasting, and better for the planet, but the second plate's architecture is identical to that of the first. It, too, disrupts ecological balances, causing soil depletion and nutrient loss - it just isn't a sustainable way to farm or eat. The 'third plate' offers a solution: an integrated system of vegetable, cereal and livestock production that is fully supported - in fact, dictated - by what we choose to cook for dinner. The Third Plate is where good farming and good food intersect.

Frank

Author: Richard Ford

Publisher: Hanser Berlin

ISBN: 3446250166

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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Frank Bascombe ist wieder da: Richard Ford schickt seinen mürrischen Melancholiker auf eine Odyssee verstörender Begegnungen. Familientragödien, bösartige Exfrauen, späte Beichten – nichts bleibt Bascombe erspart. Und nie war er aufrichtiger und hellsichtiger als hier. Es sind die Tage nach Hurrikan Sandy in den USA. Der Anruf eines Freundes zwingt Bascombe dazu, sich vor Ort mit der Katastrophe auseinanderzusetzen. Die Kulisse zerstörter Häuser wird zum Hintergrund, vor dem Ford mit der Stimme seines berühmtesten Helden über die Beschädigungen des Lebens räsoniert: über das Alter und Krankheiten, über Erlösung und letzte Dinge. Und wie nebenbei beschreibt er dabei abermals die Lage des Landes.

Stille Feinde

Thriller

Author: Joe Ide

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518757466

Category: Fiction

Page: 398

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Isaiah Quintabe, der geniale Privatdetektiv ohne Lizenz, der meistens für die einfachen Leute in Long Beach, L.A., Probleme löst, stößt auf das Wrack des Autos, mit dem vor Jahren sein Bruder Marcus getötet worden war Schnell ist ihm klar: Es war kein Unfall, sondern Mord. Gleichzeitig meldet sich die damalige Freundin seines Bruders – ihre Halbschwester in Las Vegas steckt in Schwierigkeiten. Hoffnungslos spielsüchtig hatte die mit ihrem Freund versucht, die 14K-Triade zu erpressen. IQ und sein Sidekick Dodson machen sich auf nach Las Vegas, um die Situation zu entschärfen. Gleichzeitig regt sich der Verdacht, dass IQs toter Bruder Marcus vielleicht doch kein Heiliger war und Verbindungen zu dem ruandischen Gangster Seb Habimana hatte. IQ muss an mehreren Fronten gleichzeitig kämpfen, denn zudem haben sich noch ein übler Kredithai und die Locos Surenos 13, eine mächtige Gang, an seine Fersen geheftet. Schwerstarbeit für IQ und Dodson, die zur Hochform auflaufen. Und im Hintergrund lauert ein düstrer Feind ...

Wenn die Nacht anbricht

Roman

Author: Gin Phillips

Publisher: btb Verlag

ISBN: 3641053102

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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In der Stille eines heißen Sommerabends nimmt ein großes Geheimnis seinen Anfang Alabama im Sommer 1931: Die neunjährige Tess Moore sitzt allein auf der hinteren Veranda des Hauses und genießt die laue Nachtluft, den Duft von frischem Maisbrot und die Gesprächsfetzen, die vom Haus herüberwehen, als sie beobachten muss, wie eine Frau wortlos ein Baby in den Brunnen der Familie wirft. Die Tat setzt eine Reihe von Ereignissen in Gang, die Tess und ihre ältere Schwester Virgie zwingen, den Blick auf das Leben jenseits der eigenen Haustür zu richten. Die Wirtschaftskrise hält die ganze Welt in Atem. Kohlebergbau, Hunger und Rassismus bestimmen den Alltag in Carbon Hill. Und während Tess und Virgie versuchen, den Mord aufzuklären, sind die Einwohner des Städtchens auf gegenseitige Hilfe angewiesen. Und allmählich rücken sie immer enger zusammen ... Mit einem Vorwort von Fannie Flagg, der Autorin von »Grüne Tomaten«. Ausgezeichnet mit dem amerikanischen Buchhändlerpreis.