Interesting Times

Interesting Times
Author : Terry Pratchett
Publisher : Random House
Total Pages : 432
Release : 2008-12-05
ISBN 10 : 9781407034966
ISBN 13 : 1407034960
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Interesting Times Book Description:

'A foot on the neck is nine points of the law' There are many who say that the art of diplomacy is an intricate and complex dance. There are others who maintain that it's merely a matter of who carries the biggest stick. The oldest and most inscrutable (not to mention heavily fortified) empire on the Discworld is in turmoil, brought about by the revolutionary treatise What I did on My Holidays. Workers are uniting, with nothing to lose but their water buffaloes; warlords are struggling for power - and what the nation wants, to avoid terrible doom for everyone, is a wizard. Rincewind is not the Disc’s premier wizard – in fact, he can’t even spell ‘wizard’ – but no-one specified whether competence was an issue. And they do have a very big stick... Mighty Battles! Revolution! Death! War! (And his sons Terror and Panic and daughter Clancy).

Interesting Times

Interesting Times
Author : Eric Hobsbawm
Publisher : Pantheon
Total Pages : 464
Release : 2007-12-18
ISBN 10 : 9780307426413
ISBN 13 : 0307426416
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Interesting Times Book Description:

Eric Hobsbawm is considered by many to be our greatest living historian. Robert Heilbroner, writing about Hobsbawm’s The Age of Extremes 1914-1991 said, “I know of no other account that sheds as much light on what is now behind us, and thereby casts so much illumination on our possible futures.” Skeptical, endlessly curious, and almost contemporary with the terrible “short century” which is the subject of Age of Extremes, his most widely read book, Hobsbawm has, for eighty-five years, been committed to understanding the “interesting times” through which he has lived. Hitler came to power as Hobsbawm was on his way home from school in Berlin, and the Soviet Union fell while he was giving a seminar in New York. He was a member of the Apostles at King’s College, Cambridge, took E.M. Forster to hear Lenny Bruce, and demonstrated with Bertrand Russell against nuclear arms in Trafalgar Square. He translated for Che Guevara in Havana, had Christmas dinner with a Soviet master spy in Budapest and an evening at home with Mahalia Jackson in Chicago. He saw the body of Stalin, started the modern history of banditry and is probably the only Marxist asked to collaborate with the inventor of the Mars bar. Hobsbawm takes us from Britain to the countries and cultures of Europe, to America (which he appreciated first through movies and jazz), to Latin America, Chile, India and the Far East. With Interesting Times, we see the history of the twentieth century through the unforgiving eye of one of its most intensely engaged participants, the incisiveness of whose views we cannot afford to ignore in a world in which history has come to be increasingly forgotten.

Interesting Times

Interesting Times
Author : George Mandler
Publisher : Psychology Press
Total Pages : 312
Release : 2014-04-08
ISBN 10 : 9781135639686
ISBN 13 : 113563968X
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Interesting Times Book Description:

This book is an autobiographical account of George Mandler--born in 1924--who grew up in a middle class Jewish family in Vienna. It details the fears and attempts to find a safe haven when Austria was invaded and absorbed into Nazi Germany in 1938, followed by Mandler's escape to England and residence in a small boarding school. The threat of the holocaust and reaction to anti-semitism are explored and the author describes the life of an emigre youth group run by a branch of the Austrian communist party. Drafted in 1943, Mandler is trained in military intelligence and ends up as a front line interrogator with the 7th army in Germany. The training and function of military intelligence and the role of German and Austrian refugees in it are described for the first time in detail. Military intelligence and counter-intelligence work in post-war Germany follows, including the evacuation of a scientific establishment before the arrival of the Soviets. Returning to New York in 1946, Mandler begins his college training at New York University and the University of Basel, Switzerland. This is followed by graduate training in psychology at Yale and a first position at Harvard for seven years. Highlights of the period include a short episode of peripheral involvement in a Soviet spy scandal. After five years at the University of Toronto, Mandler is given the opportunity of a lifetime--to start a department at the prestigious new San Diego branch of the University of California. He describes the process of building a department and a university in the context of the 1960s, as well as academic life and actions during the turbulent 60s and 70s. Mandler's successful career as a writer and researcher in psychology is described in lay language, as is the professional/scientific bifurcation of the field. The final chapter comments on and describes current academic life and problems.

Interesting Times

Interesting Times
Author : Terry Pratchett
Publisher : Gollancz
Total Pages : 352
Release : 2014-05-13
ISBN 10 : 1473200229
ISBN 13 : 9781473200227
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Interesting Times Book Description:

MIGHTY BATTLES! REVOLUTION! DEATH! WAR! (AND HIS SONS TERROR AND PANIC, AND DAUGHTER CLANCY). The oldest and most inscrutable empire on the Discworld is in turmoil, brought about by the revolutionary treatise What I did on My Holidays. Workers are uniting, with nothing to lose but their water buffaloes. Warlords are struggling for power. War (and Clancy) are spreading throughout the ancient cities. And all that stands in the way of terrible doom for everyone is: Rincewind the Wizard, who can't even spell the word 'wizard'... Cohen the barbarian hero, five foot tall in his surgical sandals, who has had a lifetime's experience of not dying... ...and a very special butterfly.

May You Live in Interesting Times

May You Live in Interesting Times
Author : Tereze Glück
Publisher : University of Iowa Press
Total Pages : 163
Release : 1995
ISBN 10 : 1587290871
ISBN 13 : 9781587290879
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

May You Live in Interesting Times Book Description:

Twenty-one stories, mostly on women. In the title story a woman reminisces about her loves, Gone Fishing is on a romance by e-mail, while Bill Hilgendorf is a woman's reflections on her childhood sweetheart. A debut in fiction.

May You Live In Interesting Times

May You Live In Interesting Times
Author : Willem Dijkstra
Publisher : iUniverse
Total Pages : 488
Release : 2004-04
ISBN 10 : 0595315186
ISBN 13 : 9780595315185
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

May You Live In Interesting Times Book Description:

In 1966 Mao Zedong unleashed the Cultural Revolution, a brutal and bloody campaign aimed at obliterating the past and building a new China on the rubble of its ancient civilization.Now it is 1988, and while the tide of change has turned for the better, the legacy of Mao lingers on in the minds of former devotees and victims alike. Five years have passed since China's first tentative opening to the outside world, and the effects are undeniable. Initially overawed by foreign customs, China's youngsters have become increasingly restless, frustrated by the rigid system that has bound them for so long.Frightened by their children's foolhardy defiance of the Party, a group of friends gather to relive the past, hoping they can restore a sense of reality before it is too late.May You Live In Interesting Times is an intelligent and compassionate work spanning decades of turmoil. Willem Dijkstra has produced a novel of considerable depth, weaving individual suffering and anguish into a broader tapestry of mass political persecution and terror. Through characters such as Xu Suping and Dao Huimin, Willem Dijkstra not only brings the nightmare of Mao's China sharply into focus, but he also succeeds in capturing the essence of the Chinese: exasperating, stubborn, warm-hearted and eternally resilient.

Interesting Times

Interesting Times
Author : Terry Pratchett
Publisher : A&C Black
Total Pages : 112
Release : 2014-02-03
ISBN 10 : 9781472537089
ISBN 13 : 1472537084
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Interesting Times Book Description:

A new stage adaptation of one of Pratchett's best-selling novels The Discworld's most inept wizard has been sent from Unseen University in Ankh-Morpork to the oppressive Agatean Empire to help some well-intentioned rebels overthrow the Emperor. He's assisted by toy-rabbit-wielding rebels, an army of terracotta warriors, a tax gatherer and a group of seven very elderly barbarian heroes lead by Cohen the Barbarian. Opposing him, though, is the evil and manipulative Lord Hong and his army of 750,000 men. Oh...Rincewind is also aided by Twoflower - Discworld's first tourist and the author of a subversive book, about his visit to Ankh-Morpork, which has inspired the rebels in their struggle for freedom. The book is called "What I Did On My Holidays"."One of the funniest authors alive" Independent

INTERESTING TIMES

INTERESTING TIMES
Author : Michael E. Ross
Publisher : AuthorHouse
Total Pages : 324
Release : 2004-09-22
ISBN 10 : 9781468519075
ISBN 13 : 1468519077
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

INTERESTING TIMES Book Description:

ONE NATION SUBJECT TO CHANGE America at the turn of the twentieth century and just after is the focus of this collection of essays and nonfiction from a veteran journalist, essayist, critic and observer of American life and popular culture. Venturing from an insider’s perspective of The New York Times to his interviews with black police officers, Michael E. Ross explores a nation evolving dramatically, maybe now more than any other time in its history. Exploring television, blues, jazz, hip hop, Al Gore, Ralph Nader, Andrew Sullivan, Jayson Blair, the California recall election’s outcome, America’s gun fixation, the nation’s enduring racial disquiet, the use of language under “Bush II,” and his own reckoning with maturity, the author offers a fresh, irreverent, provocative look at a country caught up in wrenching – and redefining – transition.

INTERESTING TIMES

INTERESTING TIMES
Author : WILLIAM B. CLARK
Publisher : Trafford Publishing
Total Pages : 356
Release : 2014-02
ISBN 10 : 9781490725338
ISBN 13 : 1490725334
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

INTERESTING TIMES Book Description:

Interesting Times A team of archaeologists led by three Jesuits and an Israeli rabbi discover a sealed cave in the Sinai Desert. Hidden and unopened for millennia, the cave contains pre-Christian-era treasures, including a stone inscribed with the Prayer of Moses, offering a unique power to a priest who utters it with a request. The rabbi finds and conceals the stone, and later recites the prayer while requesting that modern Israel be transported in time to 1939 to deal as a nuclear power with the Nazi threat. The temporal transformation occurs, and the story recounts the impact on the government and citizens of Israel, the crew of the US Navy cruiser docked in Haifa at the fateful moment, and many others in Europe and the Middle East. The effects on people in 1939 who encounter visitors from the future, with all their technology, are engrossing, and are reported in a fashion that transports the reader to the center of events. A unifying theme revolves around the efforts of the Jesuits and the US naval command staff to find a way to undo the time-shift. The dramatic events leading to a startling climax will be etched in the reader's memory.

Interesting Times

Interesting Times
Author : Daniel Blair Stewart
Publisher : Lulu.com
Total Pages : 334
Release : 2019-05-24
ISBN 10 : 9781387865505
ISBN 13 : 1387865501
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Interesting Times Book Description:

Interesting Times is an anthology of four stories that confront the mysteries of time and space to present the readers with the ultimate possibility--anything goes.