Searching for a Cultural Diplomacy:
Jones´ luminous excavation of Jimmy Webb´s song ´´Wichita Lineman´´ offers a portal into a defining moment of American cultural history. Mixing close-listening, interviews and travelogue, Jones explores the legacy of a record that has entertained, perplexed, and haunted millions for over half a century.
´´Inter arma silent musae´´ - Muses are silent in war, meaning the continuous wars of the 16-17th centuries did not favour education, the blooming of culture - is it really the case? The book, searching for possible answers, examines the literacy of the country´s decision-makers, and gives the answer, highlighting that members of the aristocratic families - the Istvánffys, the Zrínyis, the Bánffys, the Nádasdys, the Esterházys and others - have acquired similar education to contemporary European nobility. Being literate helped them take responsibility for the support of churches operating on their holdings, establish schools, printing houses, libraries, and offer examples of civilized life, cultural tastes and entertainment in their courtyards. They made decisions with history and politics in mind, encouraging the reunification of the country (the Hungarian Kingdom), looking for a potential ally. Because even back then they couldn´t do it alone.
Just in time for the kickoff of the 2012 presidential campaign, Joe McGinniss, the author of the classic account of the packaging of a presidential candidate, The Selling of the President; of the acclaimed search for the essence of Alaska, Going to Extremes; and of the best-selling study of the dark family secrets of an American patriarch, Fatal Vision; presents his already controversial investigative chronicle of Sarah Palin as an individual, politician, and cultural phenomenon. Based on McGinniss´ on-the-ground reporting that began in late 2008 (which yielded an April 2009 Conde Nast Portfolio cover story) and continued with his return to Alaska in 2010, this book is a startling and penetrating examination of the illusion and reality of Palin - and a probing look at the Alaska and the America that have produced her, and the country she feels she is destined to lead. The Rogue delves deeply into Alaska´s political and business affairs and Palin´s political, personal, and family life to chronicle how and to what extent Palin and her beliefs, attitudes, and outlook will influence and even change life in America and the perception of America abroad. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Morey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002757/bk_rand_002757_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An intimate peek inside French homes and lives, a collection of traditional French recipes (cuisine pauvre or ´´peasant foods´´), and a compendium of culinary cultural traditions--sprinkled with historical anecdotes and spiced with humor and deliciously candid memories--this culinary food and travel memoir reveals French families at their best and at their own dinner tables.er tables.
Best-selling author, basketball legend, and cultural commentator Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores the heart of issues that affect Americans today. Since retiring from professional basketball as the NBA´s all-time leading scorer, six-time MVP and Hall of Fame inductee Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has become a lauded observer of culture and society, a New York Times best-selling author, and a regular contributor to The Washington Post, TIME magazine and TIME.com. He now brings that keen insight to the fore in Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White, his most incisive and important work of nonfiction in years. He uses his unique blend of erudition, street smarts, and authentic experience in essays on the country´s seemingly irreconcilable partisan divide, both racial and political; parenthood; and his own experiences as an athlete, an African American, and a Muslim. The audiobook is not just a collection of expositions; he also offers keen assessments of and solutions to problems such as racism in sports while speaking candidly about his experiences on the court and off. Timed for publication as the nation debates whom to send to the White House, the combination of plain talk on issues, life lessons, and personal stories places Writings on the Wall squarely in the middle of the conversation, as many of Abdul-Jabbar´s topics are at the top of the national agenda. Whether it is sparring with Donald Trump, within the pages of TIME magazine, or full-length features in The New York Times Magazine, writers, critics, and readers have come to agree on what The Washington Post observed: Abdul-Jabbar ´´has become a vital, dynamic and unorthodox cultural voice.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ben Adduchio. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/002811/bk_hach_002811_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´I pictured myself a wine-dark streak in a TV desert, ears too full of the summer wind to hear that ominous ticking in the sky: the sound of a cultural clock counting me out of youth.´ Briohny Doyle turned 30 without a clear idea of what her adult life should look like. The world she lived in, with its global economic uncertainty, political conservatism and precarious employment conditions, didn´t match the one her parents grew up in. Every day she read editorials about how her millennial cohort - dubbed the ´Peter Pan generation´ - were reluctant to embrace the traditional markers of adulthood: a stable job, a house in the suburbs, a nuclear family. But do these emblems of maturity mean the same thing today as they did 30 years ago? In a smart and spirited enquiry, Doyle examines whether millennials are redefining what it means to be an adult today. Blending personal essay and cultural critique, she ventures into the big claims of philosophy and the neon buzz of pop culture to ask: in a rapidly changing world, do the so-called adult milestones distract us from other measures of maturity? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Briohny Doyle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/031011/bk_adbl_031011_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.