Behind the Urals: An American Worker in Russia’s City of by John Scott

By John Scott

Behind the Urals, first released in 1942, is an interesting first-hand account of a tender American's trip to Stalin's Soviet Union the place he lived and labored for six years supporting construct a tremendous metal plant in a former desert east of the Ural Mountains. The remoted payment grew into the recent urban of Magnitogorsk. writer Scott's account continues to be a vintage paintings on way of life for employees within the Soviet Union of the Nineteen Thirties. Of curiosity too are his personal stories: the damaging operating stipulations, severe chilly, nutrition shortages, and insufficient housing. in the course of his remain, he meets and weds a tender Soviet girl, Masha, and jointly they've got child daughters. With the arriving of the Stalinist purges, Scott isn't any longer welcome in Russia, and he and his spouse are pressured to split for three years (Scott relocating to Moscow) whereas he makes an attempt to safe visas for his family members to to migrate to the United States (he is ultimately profitable in bringing his kin to the U.S.). John Scott, son of Scott Nearing and Nellie Seeds Nearing, used to be born in 1912, and until eventually his retirement in 1973 was once a correspondent for Time journal. Scott gave up the ghost on December 1, 1976. His spouse, Maria “Masha” Dikareva Scott died on November five, 2004.

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Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life by Kathleen Dalton

By Kathleen Dalton

He inherited a feeling of entitlement (and legal responsibility) from his relatives, but finally got here to work out his personal type as suspect. He was once famously militaristic, but brokered peace among Russia and Japan. He began an archconservative, but got here to champion innovative motives. those contradictions usually are not proof of vacillating weak spot: in its place, they have been the made of a stressed brain bend on a continual quest for self-improvement.

In Theodore Roosevelt, historian Kathleen Dalton finds a guy with a private and highbrow intensity infrequently obvious in our public figures. She exhibits how Roosevelt’s fight to beat his frailties as a baby helped to construct his personality, and gives new insights into his relatives lifestyles, uncovering the real function that Roosevelt’s moment spouse, Edith Carow, performed within the improvement of his political profession. She additionally indicates how TR flirted with innovative reform after which ultimately commited himself to deep reform within the Bull Moose crusade of 1912. Incorporating the newest scholarship right into a energetic narrative, Dalton reinterprets either the guy and his occasions to create an illuminating portrait that would swap the best way we see this nice guy and the innovative period.

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A Writer at War: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army, by Vasily Grossman

By Vasily Grossman

Edited and translated from the Russian by way of Antony Beevor and Luba Vinogradova Knopf Canada is proud to provide a masterpiece of the second one global battle, by no means earlier than released in English, from one of many nice Russian writers of the 20 th century – a bright eyewitness account of the jap entrance and “the ruthless fact of war.”

When the Germans invaded Russia in 1941, Vasily Grossman grew to become a distinct correspondent for the pink famous person, the pink Army’s newspaper. A author at War – according to the notebooks within which Grossman collected uncooked fabric for his articles – depicts the crushing stipulations at the japanese entrance, and the lives and deaths of infantrymen and civilians alike. additionally it is a number of the earliest reportage at the Holocaust. within the 3 years he spent on task, Grossman witnessed the most savage battling of the conflict: the appalling defeats of the crimson military, the brutal highway battling in Stalingrad, the conflict of Kursk (the greatest tank engagement in history), the protection of Moscow, the battles in Ukraine and masses more.

Historian Antony Beevor has taken Grossman’s uncooked notebooks, and formed them right into a narrative delivering some of the most even-handed descriptions – without delay unflinching and delicate – we've got ever had of what he referred to as “the ruthless fact of war.”

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Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew: Citizen Singapore: How to by Tom Plate

By Tom Plate

Political genius isn't with no controversy, or with out secret. this is often what makes it so attention-grabbing and so infrequent. Is Lee Kuan Yew the feral, authoritarian determine that Western critics declare? Or a stoic pioneer in new techniques to constructing a nation―uncorrupt, glossy, virtually scientific?American journalist Tom Plate first interviewed the founding father of sleek Singapore in 1996 in a continuous back-and-forth with LKY that resulted in the summer season of 2009, while the previous leading minister agreed to take a seat for 2 days of unprecedentedly casual yet extreme conversations that ended in this precise ebook. This re-creation comprises attention-grabbing excerpts from previous interviews, in addition to the author's overview of the guy who is going down in heritage because the world's longest-serving top minister―and as probably the most unforgettable political figures of recent instances. “You have performed an outstanding activity of shooting the numerous features of this striking man….” – Dr Henry A. Kissinger on Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew

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Locations of Buddhism: Colonialism and Modernity in Sri by Anne M. Blackburn

By Anne M. Blackburn

Modernizing and colonizing forces introduced nineteenth-century Sri Lankan Buddhists either demanding situations and possibilities. How did Buddhists care for social and fiscal switch; new different types of political, spiritual, and academic discourse; and Christianity?  and the way did Sri Lankan Buddhists, taking part with different Asian Buddhists, reply to colonial rule? to respond to those questions, Anne M. Blackburn makes a speciality of the lifetime of prime monk and educator Hikkaduve Sumangala (1827–1911) to envision extra commonly Buddhist existence below overseas rule.

In Locations of Buddhism, Blackburn unearths that in Sri Lanka’s an important a long time of deepening colonial regulate and modernization, there has been a shocking balance within the relevant spiritual actions of Hikkaduve and the Buddhists between whom he labored. while, they constructed new associations and types of organization, drawing on pre-colonial highbrow background in addition to colonial-period applied sciences and discourse. Advocating a brand new manner of learning the impression of colonialism on colonized societies, Blackburn is very attuned right here to human adventure, taking note of the behavior of idea and modes of association that characterised participants and smaller scale teams. Locations of Buddhism is a totally unique contribution to the research of Sri Lanka and the historical past of Buddhism extra generally.

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LBJ's Texas White House: "Our Heart's Home." by Hal K. Rothman

By Hal K. Rothman

If Lyndon Baines Johnson used to be better than lifestyles, the relations ranch with which he pointed out, which he and woman poultry fondly referred to as their "heart's home," and which he made the Texas White condominium in the course of his 5 years as president, was once a part of the explanation. during this cutting edge background of the Johnson Ranch, its ethos and operation, Hal okay. Rothman has instructed a narrative not like the other in western background. it's a tale of nationwide or even overseas dimensions, but actually grounded within the Texas earth. it's a tale of the connection among energy and position in American culture.

The Johnson Ranch, to which LBJ took overseas dignitaries and nationwide political leaders and to which he himself again frequently whereas in workplace for renewal and viewpoint, represented the "real" the USA to lots of its viewers. for plenty of americans (and maybe for Johnson himself), the Texas White residence evoked the nationwide ethos approximately rural the US and family members ties, but it additionally had fast entry by way of jet and the main refined communications approach within the world.

In this special and engagingly written account of ways the ranch was once used in the course of Johnson's years in public workplace, readers will research who visited, how they have been fed and entertained and the way LBJ carried out the nation's enterprise whereas there. Readers also will get a desirable interpretation of the function of the ranch in forming Johnson’s personal self-image, in selling Johnson and his rags-to-riches tale to the balloting public, and in supplying Johnson in retirement the single factor he really craved: regulate. The Johnson Ranch deals a desirable perception into the that means of position in American politics and culture.

After the president's dying, and based on Johnson's needs, elements of the ranch have been included into the Lyndon B. Johnson nationwide old Park, which now comprises the Boyhood domestic in Johnson urban, the Birthplace, the Johnson payment, and the Texas White condominium. in the course of the reviews it represents, that are a vital part of Johnson's legacy, it has turn into another approach during which this dynamic president has stimulated U.S. history.

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Wisdom's Journey: Living the Spirit of Islam in the Modern by John Herlihy

By John Herlihy

John Herlihy takes readers on a trip of realizing to the center of Islam, the world’s quickest becoming faith. Weaving information of Islam’s principal ideals and practices—its 5 Pillars—with intimate autobiographical information of his greater than thirty years within the faith, Herlihy offers readers with an insightful glimpse right into a faith that at the moment claims multiple billion adherents and but continues to be so usually misunderstood within the West. In Wisdom’s trip Herlihy speaks brazenly approximately his conversion to Islam and in detail retells his relocating reviews whereas acting the pilgrimage to the sacred urban of Mecca and to the tomb of the Prophet in Medina.

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Tiger Woods: Athlete, 1st Edition by Judy L. Hasday

By Judy L. Hasday

This e-book deals a close account of 1 of the main profitable golfers of all time.Tiger Woods has an extended checklist of achievements less than his belt and is taken into account essentially the most profitable golfers of all time. As one of many world's maximum paid athletes, he keeps to damage files - many have been even damaged sooner than he grew to become 30. yet Tiger Woods isn't just a golfer. He has demonstrated numerous charities and adolescence initiatives, together with the Tiger Woods beginning and the Tiger Woods studying heart. "Tiger Woods" recounts the tale of his many existence achievements, from the younger baby golf less than his father's tutelage to the world-famous athlete and philanthropist he's today.Filled with colour images, sidebars, memorable costs, and truth bins, this obtainable booklet is ideal for readers attracted to the existence and profession of this global well-known seasoned golfer.

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