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📒The Worst Hard Time ✍ Timothy Egan
📝The Worst Hard Time Book Synopsis : 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.
📒Book Club Kit ✍ Timothy Egan
📝Book Club Kit Book Synopsis : Presents an oral history of the dust storms that devastated the Great Plains during the Depression, following several families and their communities in their struggle to persevere despite the devastation.
📒Hard Times ✍ Charles Dickens
📝Hard Times Book Synopsis : Dickens' satirical indictment of 19th century Utilitarianism “Do the wise thing and the kind thing too, and make the best of us and not the worst.” ― Charles Dickens, Hard Times Hard Times by Charles Dickens is his most unusual novel. It is substantially shorter than his others and is not set in London, but in a fictitious mil-town named Coketown. The novel follows the life of the young people and workers of Coketown as they seek to survive the utilitarian ideals manifest in the town. This Xist Classics edition has been professionally formatted for e-readers with a linked table of contents. This eBook also contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you’ll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it. Xist Publishing is a digital-first publisher. Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and is dedicated to helping everyone develop a lifetime love of reading, no matter what form it takes
📒Hard Time ✍ Shaun Attwood
📝Hard Time Book Synopsis : Using a golf pencil sharpened on a cell wall, Shaun Attwood wrote one of the first prison blogs, Jon's Jail Journal, excerpts of which were published in The Guardian and attracted international media attention. Brought up in England, Shaun took his business degree to Phoenix, Arizona, where he became an award winning stockbroker and then a millionaire day trader during the dot-com bubble. But Shaun also led a double life. An early fan of the rave scene in Manchester, he formed an organisation that threw raves and distributed Ecstacy. Before being convicted of money laundering and drug dealing, he served 26 months in the infamous jail system run by the notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Hard Time is the harrowing yet often darkly humorous account of the time Shaun spent submerged in a nightmarish world of gang violence, insect infested cells and food unfit for animals. His remarkable story provides a revealing glimpse into the tragedy, brutality, comedy and eccentricity of prison life.
📒Soul Self And Society ✍ Edward L. Rubin
📝Soul Self and Society Book Synopsis : 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.
📒When Government Helped ✍ Sheila D. Collins
📝When Government Helped Book Synopsis : When Government Helped systematically evaluates some parallels between The Great Depression and the 2007-2008 global economic meltdown, not only in terms of their economic causes and consequences, but also in terms of their political and cultural contexts and the environmental crises that afflict both periods. The positive and negative lessons for contemporary policy-making are evaluated by a multidisciplinary team of authors across a range of policy arenas. This book is a unique blend of disciplines that presents a new set of guideposts--some beneficial, some cautionary--for the future.
📒The Anatomy Of Edouard Beaupr ✍ Sarah Kathryn York
📝The Anatomy of Edouard Beaupr Book Synopsis : ?The giant’s body has been ravaged not only by the treatment it received immediately after Edouard’s death -- being paraded in shop windows and in freak shows -- but also by the attentions of a professor who in 1907 bought the body for his experiments and classes. But the strictly clinical and physical isn’t enough, and the anatomist begins to reveal the story of the man through a series of events selected from his short life. Beginning with a sixteen-year-old’s dreams of being a cowboy, it follows Edouard’s seemingly inevitable move into strongman displays and freak sideshows, showing the uneasy mix of his need and desire for money with his self-dislike and weariness of being unable to escape his stature. The spectre of his physical weakness – caused, conversely, by his size and superhuman strength – is ever-present, as first his muscles and later, his lungs, begin to fail. By the book’s close, the physical mystery is solved, a paper published, acclaim afforded, but the narrator understands he is perhaps farther than ever from understanding Edouard Beaupré’s true anatomy.
📒Tchaikovsky 19 A Diplomatic Life Behind The Iron Curtain ✍ Robert F. Ober, Jr.
📝Tchaikovsky 19 A Diplomatic Life Behind the Iron Curtain Book Synopsis : "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".
📒How To Survive The Worst Of Winter ✍ James Huffman
📝How to Survive the Worst of Winter Book Synopsis : This is a book about surviving the worst that winter has to give us. And there''s a lot of bad stuff. Severe cold, bone-chattering wind chills, heavy snows, cars or trucks that won''t start in a storm, isolation, short, dark days, and a lot more. And if you''re caught in the midst of even one of these situations -- much less more than one -- you are in a possible deadly challenge to your life. And that''s under "normal" situations. If one of these events happens when there''s an apocalyptic issue going on regionally or even world-wide, your problems will grow exponentially worse. Which is why you have to be ready. Because unless you live in a very warm climate year round, you don''t know when you might be caught in one of these scenarios. And if you are, not only your life might be at risk, but the lives of your wife or your children or your parents or someone else who depends on you. And even if you live in a warm climate, you might have a freak storm. Although we don''t think about these much, they happen, even in such normally year round warm spots like southern California or Texas or Florida. And the added problem in spots like those is that people aren''t prepared. Why should they be? After all, a record-breaking cold spell is unlikely to happen, right? Until it does. And while a woman in Nebraska might know what to pack, and how to watch out for a storm like that (after all, she probably deals with them every year) our suddenly cold friends in Texas or Florida aren''t used to dealing with such. And might not know how to drive in these situations. Or might not know what to have in their car or truck. Or might not know how to deal with a situation that could either be an aggravation -- or a potentially life-threatening hazard. And in these situations, you might have to depend on your own skill and knowledge and street smarts to save your life. Even in normal times, in a storm, rescue resources will be stretched -- and someone may not be able to get to you in time to help you out. But imagine what would happen if a catastrophic event occurred in the midst of one of these worst case winter scenarios. In a time like that, it might be days or weeks or longer before rescue services could recover. And while volunteers would probably be doing everything they could to take care of suffering, those volunteers would be stretched to the limits. Getting to you might take a long time. And that''s even assuming that they would know that you were out there: maybe trapped. Cold. Snowed in. Nothing to eat. No water. And dangerously cold temperatures every day and night. So that''s what this book is about: saving your life and the lives of those who depend on you. It''s long on action and short on theory. Because while there''s nothing wrong with theory, a good theory won''t save your life. Read this book carefully. I want you to understand it. I want it to become part of the way you approach winter. Because winter is a little bit like electricity. How''s that, you ask? Well, electricity is wonderful. It enables us to work on a computer, to read by a light, to cook a meal on an electric stove, or to run life-saving medical equipment. But get on the wrong side of electricity, and you can get the jolt of your life or get knocked across a room by the current. Or even killed. I don''t want you to be afraid of winter. It''s a great time, and a time when we often enjoy wonderful times with those we love, especially around Christmas. But I do want you to respect winter. Because while it can be a time of beauty and fun, it can be deadly if not dealt with correctly. And that''s for normal, healthy adults. Children, the elderly, the sick - these are even more at risk. This is how you can not only save your life, but be useful when a community has to recover after a collapse. You can make a difference. What you know is more important than any equipment you might have, crucial as that equipment can be. Study this book carefully, and you''ll have that needed knowledge.
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