How does one arrive at a life in politics and policy? What happens to one´s ideals when confronted with the reality that, in Washington, the only way to get things done is compromise? Who are the men and women who help shape our national agenda, and what drives their work? Dispatches from the Eastern Front provides fascinating, intensely personal, yet universal answers to these central questions. Recounting four decades inside Washington politics, Gerald Felix Warburg brings remarkable candor to a most unusual memoir. An idealistic California Baby Boomer transported to the intimidating world of Capitol Hill policymaking at a young age, Warburg finds himself working to reform nuclear energy, strategic arms control, and foreign policy. As his access and power grow, greater challenges loom: How to maintain principles while cutting deals, and how to balance public purpose with private interests. An eclectic career reveals the slow and often painful development of emotional intelligence for work at the highest reaches of the public arena. Dispatches takes listeners inside the closed conference rooms in the U.S. Capitol where leaders strike legislative bargains, to the inner circles of presidential campaigns where advisors jockey for position, and to the firms where well-paid lobbyists use their expertise to advance the interests of corporations and NGOs. Up close and personal profiles of many of our current national leaders emerge. Warburg has crafted a highly literate memoir chronicling the political education of a generation, along the way offering a subtle but effective call to the young to enter the public arena. His sage advice tells how, and why, to construct a career in public service, with irrepressibly optimistic counsel that will make Dispatches from the Eastern Front a political science standard for years to come. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kirk Winkler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/017032/bk_acx0_017032_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Man will es nur nicht, denn mit den beiden ist es wie mit guten Sex: es steckt viel Liebe drin. Und natürlich jede Menge großartiger Comedy. Denn Nachwuchs ist ein Abenteuer. Es geht hart zu, wenn man mit dem McLaren regelmäßig zum Shitcheck an die Box muss und Stillhütchen keine Gummis mehr sind. Eine Welt voller neuer Gefahren: Der fleischfressende Schwangerschaftszombie, das Pupsmonster und die Eso-Hebammen. Das lässt Michael Mittermeier die Welt mit neuen Augen betrachten. Welche Zukunft erwartet uns und unsere Kindeskinder? Kommt der Russe doch, bombt irgendwann der Schwabe, oder glitzert der Weicheivampir bis(s) auch der letzte Atomfetischist freiwillig blind wird? Landen unsere Kinder auf der Brücke der Enterprise oder in einem Nagelstudio-Kartell? Nicht nur die Wahl der Schlaflieder, auch die rechtzeitige Zufuhr von Essiggurken entscheidet darüber, ob ein Mensch zu Hannibal Lecter oder zu einer wirklichen Gefahr wie dem Charmin Bär wird. Achtung, Baby! Live ist kein Programm nur für Eltern. Die ganze Welt ist schließlich ein Kindergarten und Mittermeier der ideale Gärtner. Vorsorge ist wichtig, überall, denn gegen Pocken kann man impfen, gegen Yoga-Gruppen nicht. Neue Fragen beschäftigen den Wärmelampenbesorger: Wie kann man verhindern, dass das Kleine ein Arschlochkind wird? Exorzismus allein reicht nicht, denn die AKs der Gesellschaft sind ja nicht die Kleinkinder, sondern die Kleingeister. Diejenigen, die nicht nur die Sandburg kaputtmachen, sondern auch die Ozonschicht. Hilft da der Schnuller, Pocreme und Schlaflied singen, oder braucht es den Obama Walk und Waldorf-Marines?
We free now, baby, mama whispers as we bounce and sway with the wagon´s twists and turns over roads of clay through the land that oppressed us to a new world, a brand new day. The dynamic author/illustrator team of Toyomi Igus and Michele Wood has come together again to produce I See the Rhythm of Gospel, a sequel to the Coretta Scott King Award-winning I See the Rhythm. Readers of all ages will be captivated by this informative and inspirational blend of poetry, art, and music that relates the history of gospel music as reflected through the journey of African Americans from their arrival as slaves in America to the election of our first black president, Barack Obama. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Toyomi Igus. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/001107/bk_zond_001107_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Standards with the Joey DeFrancesco Trio, Play-a-long With B3 Organ! Another super-groove play-a-long featuring Joey with his trio accompanying you on Blues and some of the greatest standards ever written. Rhythm Section: Joey DeFrancesco (Organ); Paul Bollenback (Guitar); Byron Langham (Drums)Now´s The Time - Four On Six - The More I See You - Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Luch Portion - I Fall In Love Too Easily - Bye, Bye, Blackbird - Gee, Baby Ain´t I Good To You - Indiana - February 14th - Anthropology - Summertime - I´m Getting Sentimental Over You - Slow Blues in Bb - Obama NationSupport média : Compact disc
What happened to Generation X? Millenials dominate our Facebook feeds and people bang on about the baby boomers - but what about us? The lost generation, the middle youth, the middle child of today. Are we still cool? Generation X? Remember them? The kids who believed they´d never grow up. The generation Douglas Coupland immortalised in his novel of the same name. The wry, knowing navel-gazers obsessed with cool and being cool who today are sandwiched between the boomers of the 60s and the millennials. Gen X´ers came of age against a backdrop of Britpop and the Spice Girls, Tarantino and Pulp Fiction, Madchester and the Stone Roses, acid house and rave, super clubs, Ministry and Cream. They holidayed in Ibiza high on hooch and E and never ever believed there´d be a comedown. So whatever happened to them? We turned 40. And as Tiffanie Darke points out in this witty exploration of the generation who defied generalisation, we´re not handling it all that well.... Where once we wore floaty skirts and Doc Martins, now we´re sporting Scandi fashion and ´interesting´ trainers. We still party in Ibiza but now bodyboard in Cornwall. Where once mixtapes were the ultimate mating call, now we take selfies and swap Spotify playlists - all the while conspicuously wearing large Dr Beats headphones and casually leaving old packets of Kingsize Rizla lying round our open plan kitchens. More to the point, Gen X are now in charge. In government, in business and the creative industries. The most anti-establishment of generations has now become the establishment. But as tech overtakes the arts as society´s great shaping force, Tiffanie ponders - does cool and its pursuit still matter? If Gen X had it sorted, gave us Barack Obama and downward facing dogs, why is stress the new flu? Why are we working not for love anymore - or cool - but to avoid negative equity and depleting pension pots? In Now We Are 40, Tiffanie interview 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tiffanie Darke. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/002756/bk_hcuk_002756_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
August 21, 2013: A chemical weapons attack on the suburbs of Damascus reminds the world of the existence of the Syrian war. Hundreds of journalists from every corner of the world rush to the frontier only to leave disappointed when Obama decides not to bomb. They leave behind 200,000 estimated victims, and more than half of a population of 22 million people dispersed or refugeed in nearby countries: the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII according to the UN. Francesca Borri is one of them. But she does not leave. She is 30 years old. For months she covers the battle of Aleppo as a freelance reporter. And she quickly realizes that to report a war is to hide with dozens of women and children, even a baby, born there, in a grave, ´´a piece of soil under the ground that is as expensive as three houses´´ or to scavenge for anything to burn for some warmth, ´´a broken slipper, the plastic hand of a toy´´ or to mistake bloody figments of skull for rubble. To report a war is also to meet with officials more worried about the stain of snow on their Clarks than the people they are supposed to help. It is to explain what is happening in Aleppo to journalists who have only been there once, on vacation, and bought a carpet. It is risking one´s life because of the jealousy of a fellow reporter. And it is also about dreaming of driving at night with the windows open, about remembering impossible little things, the particular light on that day in that café at the beach when you were a kid, the eyes of people you love, all the minuscule simple joys that can be lost in a moment. Syrian Dust is a raw and powerful account of the Syrian war that throws the listener right in the middle of it, without any shelter. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ruth Urquhart. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027003/bk_adbl_027003_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A modern American epic set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture - a hurtling mystery that is equal parts The Great Gatsby and The Bonfire of the Vanities. On the day of Barack Obama´s inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in the architectural jewel of ´´the Gardens´´, a cloistered community in New York´s Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is a bubble within a bubble, and the residents are immediately intrigued by the eccentric newcomer and his family. Along with his improbable name, untraceable accent, and unmistakable whiff of danger, Nero Golden has brought along his three adult sons: agoraphobic, alcoholic Petya, a brilliant recluse with a tortured mind; Apu, the flamboyant artist, sexually and spiritually omnivorous, famous on 20 blocks; and D, at 22 the baby of the family, harboring an explosive secret even from himself. There is no mother, no wife, at least not until Vasilisa, a sleek Russian expat, snags the septuagenarian Nero, becoming the queen to his king - a queen in want of an heir. Our guide to the Goldens´ world is their neighbor René, an ambitious young filmmaker. Researching a movie about the Goldens, he ingratiates himself into their household. Seduced by their mystique, he is inevitably implicated in their quarrels, their infidelities, and, indeed, their crimes. Meanwhile, like a bad joke, a certain comic-book villain embarks upon a crass presidential run that turns New York upside-down. Set against the strange and exuberant backdrop of current American culture and politics, The Golden House also marks Salman Rushdie´s triumphant and exciting return to realism. The result is a modern epic of love and terrorism, loss and reinvention - a powerful, timely story told with the daring and panache that make Salman Rushdie a force of light in our dark new age. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vikas Adam. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005237/bk_rand_005237_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? A modern American epic set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture-a hurtling, page-turning mystery that is equal parts The Great Gatsby and The Bonfire of the Vanities NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR ? PBS ? HARPER´S BAZAAR ? ESQUIRE ? FINANCIAL TIMES ? THE TIMES OF INDIA On the day of Barack Obama´s inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in the architectural jewel of ´´the Gardens,´´ a cloistered community in New York´s Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is a bubble within a bubble, and the residents are immediately intrigued by the eccentric newcomer and his family. Along with his improbable name, untraceable accent, and unmistakable whiff of danger, Nero Golden has brought along his three adult sons: agoraphobic, alcoholic Petya, a brilliant recluse with a tortured mind; Apu, the flamboyant artist, sexually and spiritually omnivorous, famous on twenty blocks; and D, at twenty-two the baby of the family, harboring an explosive secret even from himself. There is no mother, no wife; at least not until Vasilisa, a sleek Russian expat, snags the septuagenarian Nero, becoming the queen to his king-a queen in want of an heir. Our guide to the Goldens´ world is their neighbor René, an ambitious young filmmaker. Researching a movie about the Goldens, he ingratiates himself into their household. Seduced by their mystique, he is inevitably implicated in their quarrels, their infidelities, and, indeed, their crimes. Meanwhile, like a bad joke, a certain comic-book villain embarks upon a crass presidential run that turns New York upside-down. Set against the strange and exuberant backdrop of current American culture and politics, The Golden House also marks Salman Rushdie´s triumphant and exciting return to realism. The result is a modern epic of love and terrorism, loss and reinvention-a powerful, timely story told with the daring and panache that make Salman Rushdie a force of light in our dark new age. Praise for The Golden House ´´[A] modern masterpiece . . . telling a story full of wonder and leaving you marveling at how it ever came out of the author´s head.´´-Associated Press ´´Wildly satiric and yet piercingly real . . . If F. Scott Fitzgerald, Homer, Euripides, and Shakespeare collaborated on a contemporary fall-of-an-empire epic set in New York City, the result would be The Golden House.´´-Poets & Writers ´´A tonic addition to American-no, world!-literature . . . a Greek tragedy with Indian roots and New York coordinates.´´-San Francisco Chronicle
Selected by the New Yorker, Financial Times and New Statesman as a Book of the Year ´Diana Evans is a lyrical and glorious writer; a precise poet of the human heart´ Naomi Alderman´You can take a leap, do something off the wall, something reckless. It´s your last chance, and most people miss it.´ South London, 2008. Two couples find themselves at a moment of reckoning, on the brink of acceptance or revolution. Melissa has a new baby and doesn´t want to let it change her but, in the crooked walls of a narrow Victorian terrace, she begins to disappear. Michael, growing daily more accustomed to his commute, still loves Melissa but can´t quite get close enough to her to stay faithful. Meanwhile out in the suburbs, Stephanie is happy with Damian and their three children, but the death of Damian´s father has thrown him into crisis - or is it something, or someone, else? Are they all just in the wrong place? Are any of them prepared to take the leap? Set against the backdrop of Barack Obama´s historic election victory, Ordinary People is an intimate, immersive study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and aging, and the fragile architecture of love. With its distinctive prose and irresistible soundtrack, it is the story of our lives, and those moments that threaten to unravel us.