Chuck Palahniuk: Harcosok klubja

Chuck Palahniuk: Harcosok klubja

Chuck Palahniuk egyszerű, velős mondatokban mesél, kissé lázálomszerűen ugrálva, de aki ismeri már a történetet, annak egy pillanatra sem fognak gondot okozni a hirtelen váltások – és ez a zseniális adaptálást dicséri –, szinte pörögnek a filmkockák a szemed előtt. Hatásos és jól megfilmesíthető anyag, de az író művészi magaslatokkal nem fárasztja magát, sokkol a nyerseségével és képtelen vízióival. Cselekményességével inkább forgatókönyvszerű, a leírások inkább szimbolikusságuk miatt szerepelnek, a monológok filozofikussága egyszerűségre törekszik, hogy mindenki megértse és magáévá tehesse őket. Így viszont a regény gyorsan és addiktívan olvasható.

Great Ships on the Great Lakes : A Maritime History

Great Ships on the Great Lakes : A Maritime History

In this highly accessible history of ships and shipping on the Great Lakes, upper elementary readers are taken on a rip-roaring journey through the waterways of the upper Midwest. Great Ships on the Great Lakes explores the history of the region’s rivers, lakes, and inland seas—and the people and ships who navigated them. Read along as the first peoples paddle tributaries in birch bark canoes. Follow as European voyageurs pilot rivers and lakes to get beaver pelts back to the eastern market. Watch as settlers build towns and eventually cities on the shores of the Great Lakes. Listen to the stories of sailors, lighthouse keepers, and shipping agents whose livelihoods depended on the dangerous waters of Lake Michigan, Superior, Huron, Erie, and Ontario. Give an ear to their stories of unexpected tragedy and miraculous rescue, and heed their tales of risk and reward on the low seas.

Navigating on the Titanic: Economic Growth, Energy, and the Failure of Governance

Navigating on the Titanic: Economic Growth, Energy, and the Failure of Governance

Navigating on the Titanic outlines the brief history of economic growth and the private and public institutions – markets, corporations, households, and governments – which underpin that growth. Bryne Purchase examines mega-risks related to our economy’s use of fossil fuels and specifically looks at resource depletion, energy security, and climate change – all’mega-risks’because they are both global in scope and potentially existential in impact.

Domestic Broils : Shakers, Antebellum Marriage, and the Narratives of Mary and Joseph Dyer

Domestic Broils : Shakers, Antebellum Marriage, and the Narratives of Mary and Joseph Dyer

In 1813, Joseph Dyer, his wife Mary, and their five children joined the Shaker community in Enfield, New Hampshire. Joseph quickly adapted to the Shaker way of life, but Mary chafed under its strictures and eventually left the community two years later. When the local elders and her husband refused to release the couple’s children to Mary, she embarked on what would become a fifty-year campaign against the Shakers, beginning with the publication in 1818 of A Brief Statement of the Sufferings of Mary Dyer.

Letters From the Governor’s Wife : A View of Russian Alaska, 1859-1862

Letters From the Governor’s Wife : A View of Russian Alaska, 1859-1862

When Johan Furuhjelm was offered the governorship of Russian America in 1858, the 37-year-old Finnish officer found himself in a quandary. He needed a wife to support him in the new post, with its mix of mercantile and administrative responsibilities, and there were no suitable candidates in the remote Siberian port where he was harbourmaster. Fortunately, on his trip back west to receive his orders, Helsinki society came to his aid, choosing for him a young woman of good family and international background, Anna von Schoultz.

Dixie Victorious : An Alternate History of the Civil War

Dixie Victorious : An Alternate History of the Civil War

Based on a series of fascinating ‘what ifs’posed by leading military historians, this intriguing alternate history reconstructs moments during the American Civil War which could have altered the entire course of the war and led to a Confederate victory. Commencing with real battles, actions and characters, each scenario has been carefully constructed to reveal how at points of decision a different choice or minor incident could have set in motion an entirely new train of events altering history forever.

Satan and Salem : The Witch-Hunt Crisis of 1692

Satan and Salem : The Witch-Hunt Crisis of 1692

The result of a perfect storm of factors that culminated in a great moral catastrophe, the Salem witch trials of 1692 took a breathtaking toll on the young English colony of Massachusetts. Over 150 people were imprisoned, and nineteen men and women, including a minister, were executed by hanging. The colonial government, which was responsible for initiating the trials, eventually repudiated the entire affair as a great’delusion of the Devil.’In Satan and Salem, Benjamin Ray looks beyond single-factor interpretations to offer a far more nuanced view of why the Salem witch-hunt spiraled out of control. Rather than assigning blame to a single perpetrator, Ray assembles portraits of several major characters, each of whom had complex motives for accusing his or her neighbors.

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