It began with an unsigned email: I am a senior member of the intelligence community. What followed was the most spectacular intelligence breach ever, brought about by one extraordinary man. The consequences have shaken the leaders of nations worldwide, from Obama to Cameron, to the presidents of Brazil, France, and Indonesia, and the chancellor of Germany. Edward Snowden, a young computer genius working for America´s National Security Agency, blew the whistle on the way this powerful organisation uses new technology to spy on the entire planet. The spies call it mastering the internet. Others call it the death of individual privacy. This is the inside story of Snowden´s deeds and the journalists who faced down the pressure from US and British governments to break a remarkable scoop. Snowden´s story reads like a globe-trotting thriller, from the day he left his glamorous girlfriend on the island of Hawaii carrying a hard drive full of secrets, to the weeks of his secret-spilling in Hong Kong, and his battle for asylum. Now stuck in Moscow, a uniquely hunted man, he faces US espionage charges and an uncertain future in exile. What drove Snowden to sacrifice himself? Award-winning Guardian journalist Luke Harding answers the question which should trouble every citizen of the internet age.
Joseph O´Neill´s novel, Netherland, has won many prestigious awards and recognitions, including the PEN/Faulker Award and The New York Times Book Review´s ´´Best Book of the Year.´´ This book, written and published in the first decade of the 21st century, accurately captures the zeitgeist of the American people and American people´s perception about American politics, War against Terror, and American capitalism. Dr. Heerak Christian Kim, who has identified the literary device of ´´The Key Signifier,´´ analyzes Joseph´s O´Neill´s book, Netherland, with the view to understanding the current irregularities in U.S. domestic politics as well as the general zeitgeist of the American people. There is no question that the first decade of the 21st century has been the most ´´odd´´ decade of American history in terms of politics. The anti-Washington sentiment that is sweeping the nation from the agricultural heartland of America and the labor-centric cities of America, such as Boston, is creating unprecedented questioning of what makes America what it is and the values that motivate the American people. Professor Kim´s important historical-literary criticism audiobook on Joseph O´Neill´s novel, Netherland, provides valuable insights into understanding the current trends in American society. This book is a valuable resource for not only literary critics and English teachers, but also for the educated public interested in understanding current trends in American society and politics. Dr. Heerak Christian Kim is the author of the scholarly monograph, Key Signifier as Literary Device: Its Definition and Function in Literature and Media. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Luke Truan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/010165/bk_acx0_010165_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue: COMMENT ´´Obama´s Guns Gambit´´, by Margaret Talbot: President Obama is reframing the gun debate. PROFILES´´Blue Blood, Blue Collar´´, by Lauren Collins: Damian Lewis’s transformations. A REPORTER AT LARGE´´The Front Lines´´, by Luke Mogelson: On the border of ISIS territory, Iraqi civilians fight for their survival. BOOKS´´Little Henry, Happy at Last´´, by Adam Gopnik: The peculiar radiance of James’s late memoirs. THE CURRENT CINEMA´´Gloom and Doom´´, by Anthony Lane: Reviews of Anomalisa and A Perfect Day. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/160113/pe_nyer_160113_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.