1936: Wie neun Ruderer die Nazis in die Knie zwangen
Author: Daniel James Brown
Publisher: Riemann Verlag
Der Millionenseller aus den USA Von Beginn an ist es eine Reise mit unwahrscheinlichem Ausgang: Neun junge Männer aus der amerikanischen Provinz machen sich 1936 auf den Weg nach Berlin, um die Goldmedaille im Rudern zu gewinnen. Daniel James Brown schildert das Schicksal von Joe Rantz, einem Jungen ohne Perspektive, der rudert, um den Dämonen seiner Vergangenheit zu entkommen und seinen Platz in der Welt zu finden. Wie er und seine Freunde vor den laufenden Kameras Leni Riefenstahls den Nazis ihre Propagandashow stehlen, ist ein atemberaubendes Abenteuer und zugleich das eindringliche Porträt einer Ära. Eine unvergessliche wahre Geschichte von Entschlossenheit, Überleben und Mut.
Der bärenstarke, aber geistig zurückgebliebene Lennie zieht mit George durchs Land, um sich als Erntehelfer eine paar Dollar zu verdienen. Ihr grosser Traum ist es, sich auf einer eigenen Farm zur Ruhe zu setzen und Kaninchen zu züchten. Doch Lennies Bedürfnis, junge Hunde, Mäuse und andere kleine Tiere zu "streicheln", bringt die beiden in Schwierigkeiten. Auf der Suche nach neuen Jobs verflucht George seinen Gefährten Lennie, bringt es aber nicht übers Herz, ihn alleine zu lassen. Als Lennie beginnt, die Frau des Gutsbesitzers zu "streicheln", ist das Unheil vorprogrammiert.
With this Dickensian tale from America’s heartland, New York Times writer and columnist Dan Barry tells the harrowing yet uplifting story of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient group of men with intellectual disability, and the heroic efforts of those who helped them to find justice and reclaim their lives. In the tiny Iowa farm town of Atalissa, dozens of men, all with intellectual disability and all from Texas, lived in an old schoolhouse. Before dawn each morning, they were bussed to a nearby processing plant, where they eviscerated turkeys in return for food, lodging, and $65 a month. They lived in near servitude for more than thirty years, enduring increasing neglect, exploitation, and physical and emotional abuse—until state social workers, local journalists, and one tenacious labor lawyer helped these men achieve freedom. Drawing on exhaustive interviews, Dan Barry dives deeply into the lives of the men, recording their memories of suffering, loneliness and fleeting joy, as well as the undying hope they maintained despite their traumatic circumstances. Barry explores how a small Iowa town remained oblivious to the plight of these men, analyzes the many causes for such profound and chronic negligence, and lays out the impact of the men’s dramatic court case, which has spurred advocates—including President Obama—to push for just pay and improved working conditions for people living with disabilities. A luminous work of social justice, told with compassion and compelling detail, The Boys in the Bunkhouse is more than just inspired storytelling. It is a clarion call for a vigilance that ensures inclusion and dignity for all.
Wie ich in einer Leprakolonie das Leben neu erlernte
Author: Neil White
Publisher: Kailash Verlag
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Verlust, Erlösung und Neubeginn – eine überraschende, wundervoll bizarre und tief berührende Erzählung Neil White ist glücklicher Familienvater, erfolgreicher Verleger und auf dem Weg, ein Medienimperium aufzubauen, als ihn ein finanzieller Engpass gepaart mit maßloser Selbstüberschätzung zum Betrug verführen. Er wird zu einer Gefängnisstrafe verurteilt, seine heile Welt bricht von einem Tag auf den anderen zusammen. Und dann der Schock: Der Ort, an den man ihn bringt, ist kein normales Gefängnis. Die einsame Kolonie in Carville, Lousiana, in der er als Teilnehmer eines Experiments zusammen mit hartgesottenen "schweren Jungs" ein Jahr verbringen soll, ist auch Heimat der letzten Leprakranken in den USA, die hier, von der Öffentlichkeit abgeschirmt, ihr stilles Leben führen. Zunächst mit Ekel und Scheu, dann mit Neugier und Faszination öffnet sich White Begegnungen, die sein Leben schicksalhaft verändern: mit der 80-jährigen Ella Bounds, der beide Beine amputiert sind und die dennoch voller Kraft und Schönheit ist, und mit den vielen anderen Gezeichneten, die den überheblichen Erfolgsmenschen den Wert von Einfachheit, Freundschaft und Dankbarkeit lehren. "Im Heiligtum der Geächteten" führt uns auf tief berührende Weise vor Augen, was im Leben wirklich zählt. Mit großer Menschlichkeit führt das Buch vor Augen, was im Leben wirklich zählt.
Die Liebe eines Enkels zu seinem Großvater, ein Leben für Bücher und ein Salon voller Ideen Hinter der unauffälligen Fassade eines Londoner Reihenhauses verbarg sich jahrzehntelang ein Wunderland für Bücherliebhaber. Chimen Abramsky hatte im Laufe seines Lebens eine der bedeutendsten Privatsammlungen Englands aufgebaut und sein Haus zu einem Salon intellektuellen Austausches gemacht. Voller Zärtlichkeit erinnert sich Sasha Abramsky an seinen Großvater und spürt dessen unvergleichlicher Bibliothek nach. Eine Familiengeschichte, die den Bogen zur Weltgeschichte schlägt.
Das Trauma einer Kindheit: Dave wird von der eigenen Mutter gequält und mißhandelt. Von blauen Flecken übersät und halb verhungert, fällt der Junge auf, weil er Mitschülern das Pausenbrot stiehlt. Bis seine Lehrer es wagen, gegen die Mutter einzuschreiten, vergehen Jahre. Es gelingt ihm, sich aus der Hölle zu befreien. Ein erschütternder Bericht, geschildert aus der Perspektive des kleinen Jungen, der uns alle mit der Frage konfrontiert, wie lange man die Augen vor elterlicher Gewalt verschließen darf.
Tom Lacey and Samuel Embers were outlaws who split from the Younger Brothers Gang. Their handles were the Nevada Kid and Smokey. After the robbery of the Kingston-Downey Express, they took honest jobs while seeking refuge at a prominent cattle ranch. Tom had been shot through the left thigh, and taking on honest jobs was the only way Smokey could get his partner back on his feet again without getting captured. When returning to the O’Connor ranch from a cattle drive up north, they had no idea their cover was revealed to the local sheriff. They were arrested, tried, and convicted to prison terms. Smokey was released after five years, but Tom Lacey (the Nevada Kid) had to stay an extra two for misbehavior. What got Nevada the two extra years was his stubbornness and his bad-boy attitude. It was his sour venom that got him in there in the first place—that along with his love, respect, and damned cursed weakness for beautiful women. In book 3 of the Southwest Series, the Nevada Kid and Smokey are released from prison. Nevada heads southwest and joins the Broken Arrow Ranch rodeo circuit to make some fast money, hoping to reach the goal he set for himself of buying a cattle ranch. What kind of trouble does he get into there with his new friend Recordina “Ricki,” the barrel racer? Who is cutting cinch straps, trying to cause a planned murder to look like an accident?
Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Author: Daniel James Brown
Category: Sports & Recreation
The #1 New York Times–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany and now the inspiration for the PBS documentary “The Boys of ‘36” For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Violence, Goodness, and Justice in American Culture and Politics
Author: Kay Whitlock,Michael Bronski
Publisher: Beacon Press
Category: Social Science
A provocative book about rethinking hatred and violence in America Over the centuries American society has been plagued by brutality fueled by disregard for the humanity of others: systemic violence against Native peoples, black people, and immigrants. More recent examples include the Steubenville rape case and the murders of Matthew Shepard, Jennifer Daugherty, Marcelo Lucero, and Trayvon Martin. Most Americans see such acts as driven by hate. But is this right? Longtime activists and political theorists Kay Whitlock and Michael Bronski boldly assert that American society’s reliance on the framework of hate to explain these acts is wrongheaded, misleading, and ultimately harmful. All too often Americans choose to believe that terrible cruelty is aberrant, caused primarily by “extremists” and misfits. The inevitable remedy of intensified government-based policing, increased surveillance, and harsher punishments has never worked and does not work now. Stand-your-ground laws; the US prison system; police harassment of people of color, women, and LGBT people; and the so-called war on terror demonstrate that the remedies themselves are forms of institutionalized violence. Considering Hate challenges easy assumptions and failed solutions, arguing that “hate violence” reflects existing cultural norms. Drawing upon social science, philosophy, theology, film, and literature, the authors examine how hate and common, even ordinary, forms of individual and group violence are excused and normalized in popular culture and political discussion. This massive denial of brutal reality profoundly warps society’s ideas about goodness and justice. Whitlock and Bronski invite readers to radically reimagine the meaning and structures of justice within a new framework of community wholeness, collective responsibility, and civic goodness. From the Hardcover edition.
Der Kalte Krieg ist seit über zwanzig Jahren vorbei, doch das postsowjetische Russland sucht noch immer nach einer neuen Identität. Während man im Westen nach wie vor von der Gorbatschow-Zeit schwärmt, will man sie in Russland am liebsten vergessen. Inzwischen gilt Stalin dort vielen, auch unter den Jüngeren, wieder als großer Staatsmann, wie überhaupt die sozialistische Vergangenheit immer öfter nostalgisch verklärt wird. Für Swetlana Alexijewitsch leben die Russen gleichsam in einer Zeit des "secondhand", der gebrauchten Ideen und Worte. Wie ein vielstimmiger Chor erzählen die Menschen in ihrem neuen Buch von der radikalen gesellschaftlichen Umwälzung in den zurückliegenden Jahren.
In the Cimarron, other men had all the power. But he had a fire burning in his soul... They called it the wild land. No Man's Land. The Cimarron. And in the lawless strip of open range between Texas and Kansas, one man had the wildest ambitions of all: to build a ranch with his own two hands and live by the same rules as the wealthiest, most powerful cattle barons around him. In the Cimarron, everyone knew Buck Colter was courting danger by branding his own steers. What people didn't know was where Buck had come from, what he had seen, and who he really was. Because for a man who had once lost his entire world, fear had lost all meaning--and in a wild land, ne hell of a fight was all part of the plan...
This groundbreaking and eloquently written book explains how and why people are wedded to the notion that they belong to differing human kinds--tribe-type categories like races, ethnic groups, nations, religions, casts, street gangs, sports fandom, and high school cliques.
Because 1893 is a tough year in Montana, any job is a good job. When Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer sign on as ranch hands at the secretive Bar VR cattle spread, they're not expecting much more than hard work, bad pay, and a comfortable campfire around which they can enjoy their favorite pastime: scouring Harper's Weekly for stories about the famous Sherlock Holmes. When the boys come across a dead body that looks a whole lot like the leftovers of an unfortunate encounter with a cattle stampede, Old Red sees the perfect opportunity to employ his Holmes-inspired deducifyin' skills. Putting his ranch work squarely on the back burner, he sets out to solve the case. Big Red, like it or not (and mostly he does not), is along for the wild ride in this clever, compelling, and completely one-of-a-kind mystery.
First-hand Accounts of Dramatic Events in Canada's Labour Past
Author: Gloria Montero
Publisher: James Lorimer & Company
Category: Business & Economics
Here are the stories if twelve of Canada's outstanding labour leaders and organizers. Their accounts tell the behind-the-scenes story of some of the key events in the twentieth-century Canadian history from the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike , the 1935 On-to-Ottawa trek of the unemployed which played a major role in the defeat of Tory Prime Minister R.B. Bennett and the 1945 Ford strike in Windsor which consolidated the rights of big industrial unions through to the 1972 Common Front of Quebec's public sector workers.
This is the totally fictitious tale of several teenagers who were. bound by their mutual interest in horses and achievement at school. It is the tale of their lives from February 1979 to November 1979. They live in the small city of Catvile, population 9 500, in the Oklahoma Panhandle, which the reader will find on the road atlas as Boise City, population 1 500. Catville had experienced a growth boom after WW 2, which brought in the Hi-Tec Hawthorne Corporation with Research and Production facilities. The expansion of the UofO system resulted in the founding of the 7ligh Plains Liberal Arts College A new 300 bed Regional Hospital, finally, was the cause of a massive influx of a medium and high-level workforce, who congregated from all over the US, mainly from both, the East and the West Coast as well as the southeast region of Texas. Many of these people brought children with them, who were used to English riding, perhaps bad even their own horses. This factor contributed to the decision to organize a riding stable that could cater to the needs of these children and teenagers, eventually even an approved Pony Club. All this took place in a land that was traditionally referred to as the heartland of Western riding and rodeo, in short of Western Culture. By nature of their background, the protagonists of the tale are considered accelerated students with high academic achievement. They are liberal, yet disciplined The tale takes them through the months of 1979, as occurrences on the way have a maturing effect. Their Pony Club training makes them conversant in dealing with people and animals as they are taught to handle adverse situations competently. An early sign of future leadership is observed and peers and superiors encourage such trend. Part II takes four of the boys to a cattle ranch south of Fort Bison Military Training Area (on the road map: Rita Blanca National Grasslands) to team up with twins of the same age, who are cousins of one of the protagonists. Here they get involved with the daily work of a cattle ranch and where they participate. English and Western riding find a symbiosis. At one of their outings they encounter a severely injured soldier on survival training. They successfully instigate rescue operations, prepared for such action by their previous Pony Club training. At the same time, Red Cross and FEMA select girls of their group for a pilot program where they undergo a six-week intensive training as certified First Aid Providers. In Part III the training is put to the test after a horrible avalanche of tornados hits the west part of Catville and outlying ranches. One of the girls is dispatched to a remote ranch, to which all power and communication had been interrupted, to check on the status of a woman who is presumed pregnant and two weeks before parturition. She finds the womans labors in progress. The nine months of this story show the maturing effect on the teenagers, how they grow, but also how they stay youngsters with spirit and full of joie de vivre. Shown is a world of teenagers that still is wholesome, yet, full of demands, of tribulations and earnest striving for accomplishment. Remarkable are numerous dialogues where the teenagers, all high achieving students, convert their observation into well thought of and formulated questions. Especially the Powwows in the summer evenings on the bunkhouse porch foster lively discussions. An old Cherokee farmhand is faced with inquisitive youngsters and able to respond. He turns out to be a retired High School teacher and former Captain in the National Guard. A befriended young Lieutenant from Fort Bison opens the understanding of the function of a modern Army and those who represent it. The tale culminates in the commitment of a lifetime friendship of two boys and girls. The Prologue and the Epilogue, playing 12 years later, disclose that one is married to her teenage friend, the other lost her friend, the leading prot
Tom Gallagher finds himself in a tight spot. The fate of Dillontown rests on the outcome of one baseball game, winner take all. And it's all because Tom had to open his big mouth. If only he could get Dante Del Gato-the greatest hitter to ever play the game-to coach the team. But crazy ol' Del Gato hasn't spoken to folks in years, not after walking away from the game in disgrace just before his team played in its first World Series. Maybe Tom has one more hope: Cruz de la Cruz, the mysterious boy who just rode into town on horseback claiming to know the secret of hitting. Not to mention the secrets of Del Gato . . .