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  • Mystikken om Putin af Anna Arutunyan
    af Anna Arutunyan

    Hvordan kan det være at Rusland altid ender med en tsar, uanset om de har enevælde, kommunisme eller demokrati? Hvad enten den stærke mand så hedder Ivan den Grusomme,Josef Stalin eller Vladimir Putin?Mystikken om Putin er en aktuel og kontroversiel bog af den russisk/amerikanske journalist Anna Arutunyan, der har arbejdet som politisk korrespondent fra Moskva igennem ti år.Anna Arutunyan viser at det velkendte spørgsmål "Hvem er Putin?" i virkeligheden er et trickspørgsmål: for at forstå Putin må man forstå den russiske mentalitet, der har tilladt Putin atblive, den han er.Anna Arutunyan dykker ned i Ruslands mørkeste hjerte, og fortæller en historie, som nok ikke kommer til at vække glæde hos magthaverne, men som til gengæld er øjenåbnende nyt for alle os, der betragter "Bjørnen i Øst" med lige dele undren og bekymring, hver gang der rasles med sablerne.

  • Det dages vel søstre af Kristian Tellerup
    af Kristian Tellerup

    16-årige Karina er optaget af sin forelskelse i en klassekammerat og af sine konflikter med faren, og hun har ikke nogen forståelse for morens voksende optagethed af kvindebevægelsen

  • Barn af Den Kolde Krig af Michael Müller Spar 18%
    - Kendte danskere fra Ulla Terkelsen og Leif Davidsen til Per Stig Møller fortæller
    af Michael Müller

  • Inuit fortæller af Knud Rasmussen
    af Knud Rasmussen

    "Der var engang en pebersvend, der var meget dårlig til at fange. Alle hans bopladsfæller kom hjem med fangst, han var den eneste, der aldrig bragte noget til bopladsen.Engang roede pebersvenden som sædvanlig ud i sin kajak langs med kysten, ud til et land, der lå lige vesten for deres boplads, et land fyldt med dybe kløfter."Den store dansk-grønlandske opdagelsesrejsende Knud Rasmussen kendte Grønland og dets originale befolkning, inuitterne, bedre end de fleste andre. Her deler han ud af myter og sagn, som han har fået dem fortalt af inuitterne selv. Fortællingerne giver en unik indsigt i inuitternes oprindelige levevis og mentalitet, men kan også læses bare for hyggens skyld.Knud Rasmussen (1878-1933) var en dansk-grønlandsk polarforsker. Han blev født i Illulissat, der tidligere blev kaldt Jacobshavn, og boede i Grønland de første 12 år af sit liv, inden han blev sendt på kostskole i Danmark. Som voksen tog han tilbage til Grønland og gennemførte syv ekspeditioner. rnKnud Rasmussen var flittig til at dokumentere sine oplevelser, føre dagbog og indsamle materiale og skrive bøger, når han var i Danmark. På grund af sin opvækst kendte Knud Rasmussen en del til grønlandsk sang- og fortælletradition og fortsatte sin interesse for denne del af kulturen som voksen ved at indsamle myter og sagn rundt omkring i bygderne. rnKnud Rasmussen blev slået til ridder af Dannebrog og modtog desuden Dannebrogordenens Hæderstegn.

  • Deutschland nach der Stunde Null Teil 1 - Der Zusammenbruch af Thilo Koch
    af Thilo Koch

    Dieses Hörbuch ist das erste von drei Teilen. Es erzählt die spannende Geschichte Deutschlands nach dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs. Dem Zuhörer wird in diesem ersten Teil von dem großen Zusammenbruch erzählt, den Deutschland nach dem Ende des Krieges erlitt, bevor es mit einem Neubeginn starten konnte. Diese Stunde Null ist ein bedeutender Punkt in der Geschichte Deutschland und wird in diesem Werk gebührend aufgearbeitet.Diese Hörbuchreihe beschäftigt sich mit der Geschichte Deutschlands nach dem zweiten Weltkrieg, beginnend bei dem Zusammenbruch, über den Neubeginn, bis hin zu seiner Teilung. Dabei bekommt der Zuhörer viele spannende Fakten und Details über die damalige Zeit.Thilo Koch wurde am 20. September 1920 in Kanena geboren. Nachdem er sein Abitur 1939 als Jahrgangsbester abgelegt hatte, studierte er Philosophie, Geschichte und Germanistik. Thilo Koch wollte zunächst Autor und Dichter werden, aber nach der Veröffentlichung einiger Bücher schlug er jedoch den Laufweg zum Fernsehjournalismus ein. Er bewarb sich erfolgreich beim NWDR und arbeitete später beim NDR. Für viele Jahre war er auch Korrespondent nach Washington und schrieb für DIE ZEIT. Neben dieser Tätigkeit arbeitete er jedoch während seines gesamten Lebens regelmäßig als Sachbuchautor und Herausgeber. Am 12. September 2006 verstarb er in Hausen ob Verena.

  • Intensiv af Inge Krog Holt
    af Inge Krog Holt

    Året er 1943, og Danmark er besat af nazisterne, der nu også er begyndt at forfølge jøder på dansk grund. De to 12-årige piger Ulla og Greta er veninder, men de kommer fra meget forskellige hjem. Gretas far er kommunist og aktiv modstandsmand, mens Ullas forældre mener, man skal blande sig udenom krigens konflikter. Da pigerne får indblik i, hvordan modstandsbevægelsen hjælper jøder med at flygte til Sverige, splittes Ulla mellem sin veninde og forældrene, og det får farlige konsekvenser for Greta og hendes far. Inge Krog (1932-2009) var en dansk forfatter og oversætter. Hun skrev digte, noveller, romaner og avisartikler, der blandt andet blev udgivet i Familie Journalen og Hjemmet. Hendes bøger henvender sig både til børn, unge og voksne, og de beskæftiger sig ofte med alment gyldige og vægtige emner som ligestilling, venskab, skilsmisse og misbrug. I 1975 modtog hun Kulturministeriets årlige børnebogspris for bogen "Hjemmefra".

  • Håndlanger af Inge Krog Holt
    af Inge Krog Holt

    Året er 1943, og Danmark er besat af nazisterne, der nu også er begyndt at forfølge jøder på dansk grund. De to 12-årige piger Ulla og Greta er veninder, men de kommer fra meget forskellige hjem. Gretas far er kommunist og aktiv modstandsmand, mens Ullas forældre mener, man skal blande sig udenom krigens konflikter. Da pigerne får indblik i, hvordan modstandsbevægelsen hjælper jøder med at flygte til Sverige, splittes Ulla mellem sin veninde og forældrene, og det får farlige konsekvenser for Greta og hendes far. Inge Krog (1932-2009) var en dansk forfatter og oversætter. Hun skrev digte, noveller, romaner og avisartikler, der blandt andet blev udgivet i Familie Journalen og Hjemmet. Hendes bøger henvender sig både til børn, unge og voksne, og de beskæftiger sig ofte med alment gyldige og vægtige emner som ligestilling, venskab, skilsmisse og misbrug. I 1975 modtog hun Kulturministeriets årlige børnebogspris for bogen "Hjemmefra".

  • Good Provider Is One Who Leaves af Jason DeParle
    - One Family and Migration in the 21st Century
    af Jason DeParle

    "e;A remarkable book...indispensable."e;--The Boston Globe"e;A sweeping, deeply reported tale of international migration...DeParle's understanding of migration is refreshingly clear-eyed and nuanced."e;--The New York Times"e;This is epic reporting, nonfiction on a whole other level...One of the best books on immigration written in a generation."e;--Matthew Desmond, author of EvictedThe definitive chronicle of our new age of global migration, told through the multi-generational saga of a Filipino family, by a veteran New York Times reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.When Jason DeParle moved into the Manila slums with Tita Comodas and her family three decades ago, he never imagined his reporting on them would span three generations and turn into the defining chronicle of a new age--the age of global migration. In a monumental book that gives new meaning to "e;immersion journalism,"e; DeParle paints an intimate portrait of an unforgettable family as they endure years of sacrifice and separation, willing themselves out of shantytown poverty into a new global middle class. At the heart of the story is Tita's daughter, Rosalie. Beating the odds, she struggles through nursing school and works her way across the Middle East until a Texas hospital fulfills her dreams with a job offer in the States. Migration is changing the world--reordering politics, economics, and cultures across the globe. With nearly 45 million immigrants in the United States, few issues are as polarizing. But if the politics of immigration is broken, immigration itself--tens of millions of people gathered from every corner of the globe--remains an underappreciated American success. Expertly combining the personal and panoramic, DeParle presents a family saga and a global phenomenon. Restarting her life in Galveston, Rosalie brings her reluctant husband and three young children with whom she has rarely lived. They must learn to become a family, even as they learn a new country. Ordinary and extraordinary at once, their journey is a twenty-first-century classic, rendered in gripping detail.

  • Spying on the South af Tony Horwitz
    - An Odyssey Across the American Divide
    af Tony Horwitz

    The New York Times-bestselling final book by the beloved, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Tony Horwitz. With Spying on the South, the best-selling author ofConfederates in the Atticreturns to the South and the Civil War era for an epic adventure on the trail of America's greatest landscape architect. In the 1850s, the young Frederick Law Olmsted was adrift, a restless farmer and dreamer in search of a mission. He found it during an extraordinary journey, as an undercover correspondent in the South for the up-and-comingNew York Times.For the Connecticut Yankee, pen name "e;Yeoman,"e; the South was alien, often hostile territory. Yet Olmsted traveled for 14 months, by horseback, steamboat, and stagecoach, seeking dialogue and common ground. His vivid dispatches about the lives and beliefs of Southerners were revelatory for readers of his day, and Yeoman's remarkable trek also reshaped the American landscape, as Olmsted sought to reform his own society by creating democratic spaces for the uplift of all. The result: Central Park and Olmsted's career as America's first and foremost landscape architect.Tony Horwitz rediscovers Yeoman Olmsted amidst the discord and polarization of our own time. Is America still one country? In search of answers, and his own adventures, Horwitz follows Olmsted's tracks and often his mode of transport (including muleback): through Appalachia, down the Mississippi River, into bayou Louisiana, and across Texas to the contested Mexican borderland. Venturing far off beaten paths, Horwitz uncovers bracing vestiges and strange new mutations of the Cotton Kingdom. Horwitz's intrepid and often hilarious journey through an outsized American landscape is a masterpiece in the tradition of Great Plains, Bad Land, and the author's own classic, Confederates in the Attic.

  • Last Pirate of New York af Rich Cohen
    - A Ghost Ship, a Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation
    af Rich Cohen

    Was he New York City's last pirate . . . or its first gangster? This is the true story of the bloodthirsty underworld legend who conquered Manhattan, dock by dockfor fans ofGangs of New YorkandBoardwalk Empire.';History at its best . . . I highly recommend this remarkable book.'Douglas Preston, #1New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Lost City of the Monkey GodHandsome and charismatic, Albert Hicks had long been known in the dive bars and gin joints of the Five Points, the most dangerous neighborhood in maritime Manhattan. For years, he operated out of the public eye, rambling from crime to crime, working on the water in ships, sleeping in the nickel-a-night flops, drinking in barrooms where rat-baiting and bear-baiting were great entertainments.His criminal career reached its peak in 1860, when he was hired, under an alias, as a hand on an oyster sloop. His plan was to rob the ship and flee, disappearing into the teeming streets of lower Manhattan, as he'd done numerous times before, eventually finding his way back to his nearsighted Irish immigrant wife (who, like him, had been disowned by her family) and their infant son. But the plan went awrythe ship was found listing and unmanned in the foggy straits of Coney Islandand the voyage that was to enrich him instead led to his last desperate flight.Long fascinated by gangster legends, Rich Cohen tells the story of this notorious underworld figure, from his humble origins to the wild, globe-crossing, bacchanalian crime spree that forged his ruthlessness and his reputation, to his ultimate incarnation as a demon who terrorized lower Manhattan, at a time when pirates anchored off 14th Street.Advance praise for The Last Pirate of New York';Aremarkablework of scholarship about old New York, combined witha skillfully told, edge-of-your-seat adventure storyI could not put it down.'Ian Frazier, author ofTravels in Siberia ';With itswise and erudite storytelling, Rich Cohen'sThe Last Pirate of New Yorktakes the reader on an exciting nonfiction narrative journey thattransforms a grisly nineteenth-century murder into a shrewd portent of modern life.Totally unique, totally compelling, I enjoyed every page.'Howard Blum,New York Timesbestselling author ofGanglandandAmerican Lightning

  • Nuking the Moon af Vince Houghton
    - And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board
    af Vince Houghton

    "e;Compulsively readable laugh out loud history."e; -Mary RoachThe International Spy Museum's Historian takes us on a wild tour of missions and schemes that almost happened, but were ultimately deemed too dangerous, expensive, ahead of their time, or even certifiably insaneIn 1958, the U.S. Air Force nuked the moon as a show of military force. In 1967, the CIA sent live cats to spy on the Soviet government. In 1942, the British built a torpedo-proof aircraft carrier out of an iceberg. Of course, none of these things ever actually happened. But in Nuking the Moon, intelligence historian Vince Houghton proves that abandoned plans can be just as illuminating--and every bit as entertaining--as the ones that made it. Vividly capturing the fascinating stories of how twenty-one plans from WWII and the Cold War went from conception, planning, and testing to cancellation, Houghton explores what happens when innovation meets desperation: For every plan as good as D-Day, there's a scheme to strap bombs to bats or dig a spy tunnel underneath the Soviet embassy. Along the way, he reveals what each one tells us about twentieth-century history, the art of spycraft, military strategy, and famous figures like JFK, Castro, and Churchill. By turns terrifying and hilarious--but always riveting--this is the unique story of history left on the drawing board.

  • White Devil's Daughters af Julia Flynn Siler
    - The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco's Chinatown
    af Julia Flynn Siler

    A revelatory history of the trafficking of young Asian girls that flourished in San Francisco during the first hundred years of Chinese immigration (1848-1943) and an in-depth look at the "e;safe house"e; that became a refuge for those seeking their freedomBeginning in 1874, the Occidental Mission Home on the edge of San Francisco's Chinatown served as a gateway to freedom for thousands of enslaved and vulnerable young Chinese women and girls. Run by a courageous group of female abolitionists who fought the slave trade in Chinese women, it survived earthquakes, fire, bubonic plague, and violence directed against its occupants and supporters. With compassion and an investigative historian's sharp eye, Siler tells the story of both the abolitionists who challenged the corrosive anti-Chinese prejudices of the time and the young women who dared to flee their fate. She relates how the women who ran the home defied contemporary convention--even occasionally breaking the law--by physically rescuing children from the brothels where they worked or by snatching them off ships as they were being smuggled in--and how they helped bring the exploiters to justice. She also shares the moving stories of many of the girls and young women who sought refuge at the mission, and she writes about the lives they went on to lead. This is a remarkable chapter in an overlooked part of our history, told with sympathy and vigor.

  • Revolutionary af Robert L. O'Connell
    - George Washington at War
    af Robert L. O'Connell

    From an acclaimed military historian, a bold reappraisal of young George Washington, an ambitious if reckless soldier destined to become the legendary general who took on the British and, through his leadership,defined the American character How did George Washington become an American icon? Robert L. O'Connell, the New York Times bestselling author of Fierce Patriot and The Ghosts of Cannae, introduces us to Washington before he was Washington: a young soldier champing at the bit for a commission in the British army, frustrated by his position as a minor Virginia aristocrat. Fueled by ego, Washington led a disastrous expedition in the Seven Years' War, but then the commander grew up. We witness George Washington take up politics and join Virginia's colonial governing body, the House of Burgesses, where he became ever more attuned to the injustices of life under the British Empire and the paranoid, revolutionary atmosphere of the colonies. When war seemed inevitable, he was the right manthe only manto lead the nascent American army. We would not be here without George Washington, and O'Connell proves that Washington the general was at least as significant to the founding of the United States as Washington the president. He emerges here as cunning and manipulative, a subtle puppeteer among intimates, and a master cajolerbut all in the cause of rectitude and moderation. Washington became the embodiment of the Revolution itself. He draped himself over the revolutionary process and tamped down its fires. As O'Connell writes, the war was decisive because Washington managed to stop a cycle of violence with the force of personality and personal restraint. In his trademark conversational, witty style, Robert L. O'Connell has written a compelling reexamination of General Washington and his revolutionary world. He cuts through the enigma surrounding Washington to show how the general made all the difference and became a new archetype of revolutionary leader in the process. Revolutionary is a masterful character study of America's founding conflict filled with lessons about conspiracy, resistance, and leadership that resonate today.Advance praise for Revolutionary';Given the amount of ink spilled over the years, it is not easy to offer a fresh look at George Washington's leadership role during the war for American independence. But Robert L. O'Connell has done it in Revolutionary. The title announces the insight, which is the otherwise uncontrollable political and military energies released by the war that Washington was able to orchestrate.'Joseph J. Ellis, author of American Dialogues: The Founders and Us

  • White Shoe af John Oller
    - How a New Breed of Wall Street Lawyers Changed Big Business and the American Century
    af John Oller

    The fascinating true story of how a group of visionary attorneys helped make American business synonymous with Big Business, and Wall Street the center of the financial world';Entertaining.'The Wall Street Journal The legal profession once operated on a smaller scalefolksy lawyers arguing for fairness and justice before a judge and jury. But by the year 1900, a new type of lawyer was born, one who understood business as well as the law. Working hand in glove with their clients, over the next two decades these New York City ';white shoe' lawyers devised and implemented legal strategies that would drive the business world throughout the twentieth century. These lawyers were architects of the monopolistic new corporations so despised by many, and acted as guardians who helped the kings of industry fend off government overreaching. Yet they also quietly steered their robber baron clients away from a ';public be damned' attitude toward more enlightened corporate behavior during a period of progressive, turbulent change in America. Author John Oller, himself a former Wall Street lawyer, gives us a richly-written glimpse of turn-of-the-century New York, from the grandeur of private mansions and elegant hotels and the city's early skyscrapers and transportation systems, to the depths of its deplorable tenement housing conditions. Some of the biggest names of the era are featured, including business titans J. P. Morgan and John D. Rockefeller, lawyer-statesmen Elihu Root and Charles Evans Hughes, and presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson. Among the colorful, high-powered lawyers vividly portrayed, White Shoe focuses on three: Paul Cravath, who guided his client George Westinghouse in his war against Thomas Edison and launched a new model of law firm managementthe ';Cravath system'; Frank Stetson, the ';attorney general' for financier J. P. Morgan who fiercely defended against government lawsuits to break up Morgan's business empires; and William Nelson Cromwell, the lawyer ';who taught the robber barons how to rob,' and was best known for his instrumental role in creating the Panama Canal. In White Shoe, the story of this small but influential band of Wall Street lawyers who created Big Business is fully told for the first time.

  • Our Lost Declaration af Mike Lee
    - America's Fight Against Tyranny from King George to the Deep State
    af Mike Lee

    New York Times bestselling author and committed constitutional conservative Senator Mike Lee reveals the little-known stories behind the Founder's takedown of a tyrannical king and the forgotten document that created America.There is perhaps no more powerful sentence in human history, written in Philadelphia in the oppressively hot summer of 1776: "e;We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."e;Despite the earth-shattering power of Jefferson's simple sentence and the document in which it is found, many Americans today don't understand or appreciate the Declaration's gravity. As a result, we have lost touch with much of what makes our country so special: the distinctly American belief in the dignity of every human soul. Our nation was born in an act of rebellion against an all-powerful government. In Our Lost Declaration, Senator Mike Lee tells the dramatic, little-known stories of the offenses committed by the British crown against its own subjects. From London's attempts to shut down colonial legislatures to hauling John Hancock before a court without a jury, the abuses of a strong central government were felt far and wide. They spurred our Founders to risk their lives in defense of their rights, and their efforts established a vision of political freedom that would change the course of history. Lee shares new insights into the personalities who shaped that vision, such as: *; Thomas Paine, a populist radical who nearly died making his voyage from Great Britain to the colonies before writing his revolutionary pamphlet, Common Sense. *; Edmund Randolph, who defied his Loyalist family and served in the Virginia convention that voted for independence *; Thomas Jefferson, who persevered through a debilitating health crisis to pen the document that would officially begin the American experiment.Senator Lee makes vividly clear how many abuses of federal power today are rooted in neglect of the Declaration, including federal overreach that corrupts state legislatures, the judicial system, and even international trade. By rediscovering the Declaration, we can remind our leaders in Washington D.C. that they serve us--not the other way around.

  • Tim Cook af Leander Kahney
    - The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level
    af Leander Kahney

    Journalist Leander Kahney reveals how CEO Tim Cook has led Apple to astronomical success after the death of Steve Jobs in 2011. The death of Steve Jobs left a gaping void at one of the most innovative companies of all time. Jobs wasn't merely Apple's iconic founder and CEO; he was the living embodiment of a global megabrand. It was hard to imagine that anyone could fill his shoes--especially not Tim Cook, the intensely private executive who many thought of as Apple's "e;operations drone."e;But seven years later, as journalist Leander Kahney reveals in this definitive book, things at Apple couldn't be better. Its stock has nearly tripled, making it the world's first trillion dollar company. Under Cook's principled leadership, Apple is pushing hard into renewable energy, labor and environmentally-friendly supply chains, user privacy, and highly-recyclable products. From the massive growth of the iPhone to lesser-known victories like the Apple Watch, Cook is leading Apple to a new era of success.Drawing on access with several Apple insiders, Kahney tells the inspiring story of how one man attempted to replace someone irreplaceable, and--through strong, humane leadership, supply chain savvy, and a commitment to his values--succeeded more than anyone had thought possible.

  • Problem of Democracy af Andrew Burstein
    - The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality
    af Andrew Burstein & Nancy Isenberg

    "e;Told with authority and style. . . Crisply summarizing the Adamses' legacy, the authors stress principle over partisanship."e;--The Wall Street JournalHow the father and son presidents foresaw the rise of the cult of personality and fought those who sought to abuse the weaknesses inherent in our democracy, from the New York Times bestselling author of White Trash.John and John Quincy Adams: rogue intellectuals, unsparing truth-tellers, too uncensored for their own political good. They held that political participation demanded moral courage. They did not seek popularity (it showed). They lamented the fact that hero worship in America substituted idolatry for results; and they made it clear that they were talking about Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson. When John Adams succeeded George Washington as President, his son had already followed him into public service and was stationed in Europe as a diplomat. Though they spent many years apart--and as their careers spanned Europe, Washington DC, and their family home south of Boston--they maintained a close bond through extensive letter writing, debating history, political philosophy, and partisan maneuvering.The problem of democracy is an urgent problem; the father-and-son presidents grasped the perilous psychology of politics and forecast what future generations would have to contend with: citizens wanting heroes to worship and covetous elites more than willing to mislead. Rejection at the polls, each after one term, does not prove that the presidents Adams had erroneous ideas. Intellectually, they were what we today call "e;independents,"e; reluctant to commit blindly to an organized political party. No historian has attempted to dissect their intertwined lives as Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein do in these pages, and there is no better time than the present to learn from the American nation's most insightful malcontents.

  • Cities af Monica L. Smith
    - The First 6,000 Years
    af Monica L. Smith

    "e;A revelation of the drive and creative flux of the metropolis over time."e;--Nature"e;This is a must-read book for any city dweller with a voracious appetite for understanding the wonders of cities and why we're so attracted to them."e;--Zahi Hawass, author of Hidden Treasures of Ancient EgyptA sweeping history of cities through the millennia--from Mesopotamia to Manhattan--and how they have propelled Homo sapiens to dominance.Six thousand years ago, there were no cities on the planet. Today, more than half of the world's population lives in urban areas, and that number is growing. Weaving together archeology, history, and contemporary observations, Monica Smith explains the rise of the first urban developments and their connection to our own. She takes readers on a journey through the ancient world of Tell Brak in modern-day Syria; Teotihuacan and Tenochtitlan in Mexico; her own digs in India; as well as the more well-known Pompeii, Rome, and Athens. Along the way, she presents the unique properties that made cities singularly responsible for the flowering of humankind: the development of networked infrastructure, the rise of an entrepreneurial middle class, and the culture of consumption that results in everything from take-out food to the tell-tale secrets of trash.Cities is an impassioned and learned account full of fascinating details of daily life in ancient urban centers, using archaeological perspectives to show that the aspects of cities we find most irresistible (and the most annoying) have been with us since the very beginnings of urbanism itself. She also proves the rise of cities was hardly inevitable, yet it was crucial to the eventual global dominance of our species--and that cities are here to stay.

  • Ill Winds af Larry Diamond
    - Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency
    af Larry Diamond

    From America's leading scholar of democracy,a personal, passionate call to action against the rising authoritarianism that challenges our world orderand the very value of libertyLarry Diamond has made it his life's work to secure democracy's future by understanding its past and by advising dissidents fighting autocracy around the world. Deeply attuned to the cycles of democratic expansion and decay that determine the fates of nations, he watched with mounting unease as illiberal rulers rose in Hungary, Poland, Turkey, the Philippines, and beyond, while China and Russia grew increasingly bold and bullying. Then, with Trump's election at home, the global retreat from freedom spread from democracy's margins to its heart. Ill Winds' core argument is stark: the defense and advancement of democratic ideals relies on U.S. global leadership. If we do not reclaim our traditional place as the keystone of democracy, today's authoritarian swell could become a tsunami, providing an opening for Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and their admirers to turn the twenty-first century into a dark time of despotism.We are at a hinge in history, between a new era of tyranny and an age of democratic renewal. Free governments can defend their values; free citizens can exercise their rights. We can make the internet safe for liberal democracy, exploit the soft, kleptocratic underbelly of dictatorships, and revive America's degraded democracy. Ill Winds offers concrete, deeply informed suggestions to fight polarization, reduce the influence of money in politics, and make every vote count. In 2019, freedom's last line of defense still remains "e;We the people."e;

  • Chumps to Champs af Bill Pennington Spar 21%
    af Bill Pennington

    The untold story of the time when the New York Yankees were a laughingstock-and how out of that abyss emerged the modern Yankees dynasty, one of the greatest in all of sportsThe New York Yankees have won twenty-seven world championships and forty American League pennants, both world records. They have twenty-six members in the Hall of Fame. Their pinstripe swag is a symbol of "e;making it"e; worn across the globe. Yet some twenty-five years ago, from 1989 to 1992, the Yankees were a pitiful team at the bottom of the standings, sitting on a fourteen-year World Series drought and a 35 percent drop in attendance. To make the statistics worse, their mercurial, bombastic owner was banned from baseball. But out of these ashes emerged the modern Yankees dynasty, a juggernaut built on the sly, a brilliant mix of personalities, talent, and ambition. In Chumps to Champs, Pennington reveals a grand tale of revival. Listeners encounter larger-than-life characters like George Steinbrenner and unexplored figures like award-winning manager Buck Showalter, Don Mattingly, and the crafty architect of it all-general manager Gene Michael, who assembled the team's future stars-Rivera, Jeter, Williams, O'Neill, and Pettitte.Drawing on unique access, Pennington tells a wild and raucous tale.

  • George Mason af William G. Hyland Spar 20%
    af William G. Hyland

    George Mason was a short, bookish man who was a friend and neighbor of athletic, broad-shouldered George Washington. Unlike Washington, Mason has been virtually forgotton by history. But this new biography of forgotten patriot George Mason makes a convincing case that Mason belongs in the pantheon of honored Founding Fathers. Trained in the law, Mason was also a farmer, philosopher, botanist, and musician. He was one of the architects of the Declaration of Independence, an author of the Bill of Rights, and one of the strongest proponents of religious liberty in American history. In fact, both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison may have been given undue credit for George Masons own contributions to American democracy.

  • Only Plane in the Sky af Garrett M. Graff Spar 21%
    - An Oral History of September 11, 2001
    af Garrett M. Graff

    Audio bonus! The audio edition includes an exclusive interview with Garrett Graff and Holter Graham as well as archival audio from United States Presidential addresses, In-Flight Communications, and Air Traffic Control.NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ';This is history at its most immediate and movingA marvelous and memorable book.' Jon Meacham ';RemarkableA priceless civic giftOn page after page, a reader will encounter words that startle, or make him angry, or heartbroken.' The Wall Street Journal ';Visceral...I repeatedly criedThis book captures the emotions and unspooling horror of the day.' NPR The first comprehensive oral history of September 11, 2001a panoramic narrative woven from the voices of Americans on the front lines of an unprecedented national trauma.Over the past eighteen years, monumental literature has been published about 9/11, from Lawrence Wright's The Looming Tower, which traced the rise of al-Qaeda, to The 9/11 Commission Report, the government's definitive factual retrospective of the attacks. But one perspective has been missing up to this pointa 360-degree account of the day told through the voices of the people who experienced it. Now, in The Only Plane in the Sky, award-winning journalist and bestselling historian Garrett Graff tells the story of the day as it was livedin the words of those who lived it. Drawing on never-before-published transcripts, recently declassified documents, original interviews, and oral histories from nearly five hundred government officials, first responders, witnesses, survivors, friends, and family members, Graff paints the most vivid and human portrait of the September 11 attacks yet. Beginning in the predawn hours of airports in the Northeast, we meet the ticket agents who unknowingly usher terrorists onto their flights, and the flight attendants inside the hijacked planes. In New York City, first responders confront a scene of unimaginable horror at the Twin Towers. From a secret bunker underneath the White House, officials watch for incoming planes on radar. Aboard the small number of unarmed fighter jets in the air, pilots make a pact to fly into a hijacked airliner if necessary to bring it down. In the skies above Pennsylvania, civilians aboard United Flight 93 make the ultimate sacrifice in their place. Then, as the day moves forward and flights are grounded nationwide, Air Force One circles the country alone, its passengers isolated and afraid. More than simply a collection of eyewitness testimonies, The Only Plane in the Sky is the historic narrative of how ordinary people grappled with extraordinary events in real time: the father and son working in the North Tower, caught on different ends of the impact zone; the firefighter searching for his wife who works at the World Trade Center; the operator of in-flight telephone calls who promises to share a passenger's last words with his family; the beloved FDNY chaplain who bravely performs last rites for the dying, losing his own life when the Towers collapse; and the generals at the Pentagon who break down and weep when they are barred from rushing into the burning building to try to rescue their colleagues. At once a powerful tribute to the courage of everyday Americans and an essential addition to the literature of 9/11, The Only Plane in the Sky weaves together the unforgettable personal experiences of the men and women who found themselves caught at the center of an unprecedented human drama. The result is a unique, profound, and searing exploration of humanity on a day that changed the course of history, and all of our lives.

  • Three Women af Lisa Taddeo Spar 21%
    af Lisa Taddeo

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ';THIS IS THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR. This is it. This is the one...It blew the top of my head off and I haven't been able to stop thinking or talking about it since.' Elizabeth Gilbert ';Taddeo spent eight years reporting this groundbreaking book...Breathtaking...Staggeringly intimate.' Entertainment Weekly ';The most in-depth look at the female sex drive that's been published in decades.' New York ';A breathtaking and important bookWhat a fine thing it is to be enthralled by another writer's sentences. To be stunned by her intellect and heart.' Cheryl Strayed Desire as we've never seen it before: a riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women, based on nearly a decade of reportingHailed as ';a dazzling achievement' (Los Angeles Times) and ';riveting page-turner that explores desire, heartbreak, and infatuation in all its messy, complicated nuance' (The Washington Post), Lisa Taddeo's Three Women has captivated readers, booksellers, and criticsand topped bestseller listsworldwide. In suburban Indiana we meet Lina, a homemaker and mother of two whose marriage, after a decade, has lost its passion. Starved for affection, Lina battles daily panic attacks and, after reconnecting with an old flame through social media, embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming. In North Dakota we meet Maggie, a seventeen-year-old high school student who allegedly has a clandestine physical relationship with her handsome, married English teacher; the ensuing criminal trial will turn their quiet community upside down. Finally, in an exclusive enclave of the Northeast, we meet Sloanea gorgeous, successful, and refined restaurant ownerwho is happily married to a man who likes to watch her have sex with other men and women. Based on years of immersive reporting and told with astonishing frankness and immediacy, Three Women is both a feat of journalism and a triumph of storytelling, brimming with nuance and empathy. ';A work of deep observation, long conversations, and a kind of journalistic alchemy' (Kate Tuttle, NPR), Three Women introduces us to three unforgettable womenand one remarkable writerwhose experiences remind us that we are not alone.

  • One Giant Leap af Charles Fishman Spar 21%
    - The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon
    af Charles Fishman

    The remarkable story of the trailblazers and the ordinary Americans on the front lines of the epic mission to reach the moon.President John F. Kennedy astonished the world on May 25, 1961, when he announced to Congress that the United States should land a man on the Moon by 1970. No group was more surprised than the scientists and engineers at NASA, who suddenly had less than a decade to invent space travel. When Kennedy announced that goal, no one knew how to navigate to the Moon. No one knew how to build a rocket big enough to reach the Moon, or how to build a computer small enough (and powerful enough) to fly a spaceship there. No one knew what the surface of the Moon was like, or what astronauts could eat as they flew there. On the day of Kennedy's historic speech, America had a total of fifteen minutes of spaceflight experiencewith just five of those minutes outside the atmosphere. Russian dogs had more time in space than U.S. astronauts. Over the next decade, more than 400,000 scientists, engineers, and factory workers would send 24 astronauts to the Moon. Each hour of space flight would require one million hours of work back on Earth to get America to the Moon on July 20, 1969. Fifty years later, One Giant Leap is the sweeping, definitive behind-the-scenes account of the furious race to complete one of mankind's greatest achievements. It's a story filled with surprisesfrom the item the astronauts almost forgot to take with them (the American flag), to the extraordinary impact Apollo would have back on Earth, and on the way we live today. Charles Fishman introduces readers to the men and women who had to solve 10,000 problems before astronauts could reach the Moon. From the research labs of MIT, where the eccentric and legendary pioneer Charles Draper created the tools to fly the Apollo spaceships, to the factories where dozens of women sewed spacesuits, parachutes, and even computer hardware by hand, Fishman captures the exceptional feats of these ordinary Americans. One Giant Leap is the captivating story of men and women charged with changing the world as we knew ittheir leaders, their triumphs, their near disasters, all of which led to arguably the greatest success story, and the greatest adventure story, of the twentieth century.

  • Pillar of Fire af Taylor Branch Spar 21%
    - America in the King Years 1963-65
    af Taylor Branch

    From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch, the second part of his epic trilogy on the American Civil Rights Movement.In the second volume of his three-part history, a monumental trilogy that began with Parting the Waters, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Taylor Branch portrays the Civil Rights Movement at its zenith, recounting the climactic struggles as they commanded the national stage.

  • Stolen af Richard Bell Spar 21%
    - Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home
    af Richard Bell

    A gripping and true story about five boys who were kidnapped in the North and smuggled into slavery in the Deep Southand their daring attempt to escape and bring their captors to justice, reminiscent of Twelve Years A Slave and Never Caught. Philadelphia, 1825: five young, free black boys fall into the clutches of the most fearsome gang of kidnappers and slavers in the United States. Lured onto a small ship with the promise of food and pay, they are instead met with blindfolds, ropes, and knives. Over four long months, their kidnappers drive them overland into the Cotton Kingdom to be sold as slaves. Determined to resist, the boys form a tight brotherhood as they struggle to free themselves and find their way home. Their ordealan odyssey that takes them from the Philadelphia waterfront to the marshes of Mississippi and then onward stillshines a glaring spotlight on the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black market network of human traffickers and slave traders who stole away thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery's rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War. Impeccably researched and breathlessly paced, Stolen tells the incredible story of five boys whose courage forever changed the fight against slavery in America.

  • Zajagan af Henning Haslund Christensen
    af Henning Haslund Christensen

    I årene 1927-1930 var den danske opdagelsesrejsende Henning Haslund-Christensen karavanefører for en stor, kostbar og farlig ekspedition i Centralasien. Karavanen bestod af flere hundrede mænd og kameler, og den bevægede sig både gennem snelandskaber og ørkensand, passerede lovløse områder og krydsede Gobi-ørkenen, hvor tilrejsende ikke før havde vovet sig ind. Henning Haslund-Christensens indsamling af etnografisk materiale på rejsen fik stor betydning for danskeres adgang til og viden om den mongolske kultur og historie, omend den i postkolonial optik også kan kritiseres.Henning Haslund-Christensen (1896-1948) var en dansk løjtnant og opdagelsesrejsende med talent for at formidle sine oplevelser skriftligt. Han tilbragte store dele af sit liv i Asien, hvor han især interesserede sig antropologisk for stammefolk i Mongoliet. Hans observationer og beretninger fik stor betydning for senere tids forskning i mongolsk historie, kultur og etnografi, og en del af det kulturarvsmateriale, han indsamlede på sine rejser, findes i dag på Nationalmuseet. I dokumentarfilmen "Fædre og sønner" fra 2018, undersøger Henning Haslund-Christensens søn og barnebarn en mere mørklagt side af opdagerens historie. For måske levede han et dobbeltliv som britisk agent og våbensmugler.

  • Bopladsens hemmelighed af Vagn Thonesen
    af Vagn Thonesen

    For 7000 år siden – i den periode vi i dag kalder for jægerstenalderen – levede der mennesker på en boplads ved Vedbæk i Nordsjælland. Det ved vi i dag, fordi arkæologer i 1975 fandt en gravplads, knogler og redskaber ved Vedbækfjorden fra dengang. Vedbækfundene har inspireret Vagn Thonesen til fortællingen om den unge mand Ulv, der rejser til Sverige og forelsker sig i den smukke kvinde Svane. Svanes liv er i fare i Sverige, fordi hendes gruppe har planer om at ofre hende til guderne. Hun flygter derfor med Ulv til Danmark, og de lever i nogle år lykkeligt og fredeligt sammen. Men en dag får de et uventet og farligt besøg fra nabolandet, og pludselig er freden forbi.Vagn Thonesen er en dansk forfatter. Han har blandt andet skrevet en lang række bøger til børn og unge.

  • Stille flyder Ganges af Karl Johannes Eskelund
    af Karl Johannes Eskelund

    I 1947 bliver Indien et selvstændigt land, og rejsejournalisten Karl Eskelund tager kort tid efter dertil for at berette om nationens genetablering efter Det Britiske Imperium. Ti år efter besøger han Indien for anden gang, og han skriver denne bog om landets udvikling og situation. Hvert kapitel i bogen omhandler et emne eller en problematik, som Indien er konfronteret med i 1967: kastesystemet, overbefolkningen, religionernes betydning, kvinders vilkår, de hellige mænd, fattigdom og politiske spændinger.Karl Johannes Eskelund (1918-1972) var en dansk forfatter og journalist, der skrev en lang række reportager og bøger om sine rejser rundt om i verden. Han tilbragte en stor del af sit liv i Kina og giftede sig i 1939 med sin kinesiske kæreste Chi-Yun Fei. Sammen rejste de verden tynd, og Karl Eskelund reporterede blandt andet om deres oplevelser til New York Times. Hans talrige bøger er udkommet på både dansk og engelsk og har vundet stor succes verden over.

  • Jazz og blå briller - Flugten fra Stasi af Dan Hifling Petersen
    af Dan Hifling Petersen

    Den danske jazzmusiker Dan Hilfling Petersen fortæller her den utrolige, men sande historie om, hvordan han på en turné i DDR forelskede sig så hovedkulds i en østtysk pige, at han valgte at blive agent for Stasi for at få mulighed for at smugle hende ud af Tyskland. Hvad Stasi ikke vidste var dog, at den 20-årige musiker på sin mission også havde allieret sig med PET. Den danske efterretningstjeneste lærte ham blandt andet, hvordan man kan klare sig igennem Stasis notorisk hårde krydsforhør. Til gengæld skulle han overlevere så mange oplysninger som muligt om Stasi til PET.Dan Hifling Petersen (f. 1945) er en dansk jazzmusiker, civiløkonom, direktør og tidligere dobbeltagent for PET. I "Jazz og blå briller" fortæller han om sin tid som dobbeltagent i DDR og sit ihærdige og farlige forsøg på at få sin østtyske kæreste smuglet til Danmark.

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