Isaac s Storm

Isaac s Storm Author Erik Larson
ISBN-10 9780307874092
Release 2011-10-19
Pages 336
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At the dawn of the twentieth century, a great confidence suffused America. Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage the city of Galveston, Texas, where he was based, was to him preposterous, "an absurd delusion." It was 1900, a year when America felt bigger and stronger than ever before. Nothing in nature could hobble the gleaming city of Galveston, then a magical place that seemed destined to become the New York of the Gulf. That August, a strange, prolonged heat wave gripped the nation and killed scores of people in New York and Chicago. Odd things seemed to happen everywhere: A plague of crickets engulfed Waco. The Bering Glacier began to shrink. Rain fell on Galveston with greater intensity than anyone could remember. Far away, in Africa, immense thunderstorms blossomed over the city of Dakar, and great currents of wind converged. A wave of atmospheric turbulence slipped from the coast of western Africa. Most such waves faded quickly. This one did not. In Cuba, America's overconfidence was made all too obvious by the Weather Bureau's obsession with controlling hurricane forecasts, even though Cuba's indigenous weathermen had pioneered hurricane science. As the bureau's forecasters assured the nation that all was calm in the Caribbean, Cuba's own weathermen fretted about ominous signs in the sky. A curious stillness gripped Antigua. Only a few unlucky sea captains discovered that the storm had achieved an intensity no man alive had ever experienced. In Galveston, reassured by Cline's belief that no hurricane could seriously damage the city, there was celebration. Children played in the rising water. Hundreds of people gathered at the beach to marvel at the fantastically tall waves and gorgeous pink sky, until the surf began ripping the city's beloved beachfront apart. Within the next few hours Galveston would endure a hurricane that to this day remains the nation's deadliest natural disaster. In Galveston alone at least 6,000 people, possibly as many as 10,000, would lose their lives, a number far greater than the combined death toll of the Johnstown Flood and 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. And Isaac Cline would experience his own unbearable loss. Meticulously researched and vividly written, Isaac's Storm is based on Cline's own letters, telegrams, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the hows and whys of great storms. Ultimately, however, it is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets nature's last great uncontrollable force. As such, Isaac's Storm carries a warning for our time. From the Hardcover edition.

The Readers Advisor s Companion

The Readers  Advisor s Companion Author Kenneth D. Shearer
ISBN-10 1563088800
Release 2001
Pages 303
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Offers insights and ideas on readers' advisory services.

Encyclopedia of Disasters

Encyclopedia of Disasters Author Angus Macleod Gunn
ISBN-10 9780313087479
Release 2007-12-30
Pages 733
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Provides an accessible introduction to the most important disasters - both natural and human caused - throughout human history

The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina

The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina Author President of the United States, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
ISBN-10 0160756006
Release 2006-03-02
Pages 223
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Reviews the lessons learned from the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina, from the Army Corps of Engineers and the levees, to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies responding before, during and after the disaster along the Gulf Coast. Identifies and establishes a roadmap for doing better in the future. Lays the groundwork for transforming how this Nation - from every level of government to the private sector to individual citizens and communities - pursues a real and lasting vision of emergency preparedness.

Sweet Pea at War

Sweet Pea at War Author William Generous
ISBN-10 9780813128238
Release 2010-09-12
Pages 312
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"Few ships in American history have had as illustrious a history as the heavy cruiser USS Portland (CA-33), affectionately known by her crew as 'Sweet Pea.' With the destructionof most of the U.S. battleship fleet at Pearl Harbor, cruisers such as Sweet Pea carried the biggest guns the Navy possessed for nearly a year after the start of World War II. Sweet Pea at War describes in harrowing detail how Portland and her sisters protected the precious carriers and held the line against overwhelming Japanese naval strength. Portland was instrumental in the dramatic American victories at the Battle of the Coral Sea, the Battle of Midway, and the naval battle of Guadalcanal--conflicts that historians regard as turning points in the Pacific war. She rescued nearly three thousand sailors from sunken ships, some of them while she herself was badly damaged. Only a colossal hurricane ended her career, but she sailed home from that, too. Based on extensive research in official documents and interviews with members of the ship's crew, Sweet Pea at War recounts from launching to scrapping the history of USS Portland, demonstrating that she deserves to be remembered as one of the most important ships in U.S. naval history.

Illinois Newspaper Directory

Illinois Newspaper Directory Author Illinois Press Association
ISBN-10 MINN:31951001791694A
Release 1934
Pages 744
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Illinois Newspaper Directory has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Illinois Newspaper Directory also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Illinois Newspaper Directory book for free.

Storm World

Storm World Author Chris Mooney
ISBN-10 9780547416083
Release 2008-08-04
Pages 400
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An investigation into climate change and increasingly dangerous hurricanes from the New York Times bestselling author of The Republican War on Science. One of the leading science journalists and commentators working today, Chris Mooney delves into a red-hot debate in meteorology: whether the increasing ferocity of hurricanes is connected to global warming. In the wake of Katrina, Mooney follows the careers of leading scientists on either side of the argument through the 2006 hurricane season, tracing how the media, special interests, politics, and the weather itself have skewed and amplified what was already a fraught scientific debate. As Mooney puts it: "Scientists, like hurricanes, do extraordinary things at high wind speeds." Mooney—a native of New Orleans—has written a fascinating and urgently compelling book that calls into question the great inconvenient truth of our day: Are we responsible for making hurricanes even bigger monsters than they already are?

Tiergarten In the Garden of Beasts

Tiergarten   In the Garden of Beasts Author Erik Larson
ISBN-10 9783455851076
Release 2013-10-04
Pages 480
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Berlin, 1933. William E. Dodd kommt als Botschafter nach Deutschland. Zunächst recht unkritisch, verkehren er und seine Tochter Martha mit hochrangigen Nazis und besuchen deren schillernde Partys. Doch die Schatten werden immer dunkler - bis zur blutigen »Nacht der langen Messer«, in der ein Ausbruch von Gewalt und Hass endgültig Hitlers skrupellose Ambitionen offenbart. Er ist nicht Roosevelts erste Wahl, doch da sich kein anderer Kandidat findet, wird der gutmütige Geschichtsprofessor Dodd nach Berlin geschickt. Dieser muss sich nicht nur mit den merkwürdigen Entwicklungen in Deutschland auseinandersetzen, sondern auch einem intriganten, politisch gleichgültigen State Department entgegentreten. Unterdessen ist Martha verzückt von den Partys und dem Pomp - und den hübschen jungen Nazis. Doch als sich Attacken auf Juden häufen, die Presse der Zensur unterworfen wird, Entwürfe von beängstigenden Gesetzen in den Umlauf kommen und schließlich in der »Nacht der langen Messer« Hitlers wahre Absichten offenbar werden, müssen die Dodds die Gefahr erkennen. Atemberaubend temporeich erzählt, mit unvergesslichen Porträts der neuen Herren von Deutschland, zeigt das Buch aus der Perspektive von externen Augenzeugen die Machtergreifung der Nazis in einem neuen Licht - und gibt Einblick, warum die Welt die ernste Bedrohung durch Hitler erst wahrnahm, als Berlin und Europa von Blut und Terror überschwemmt wurden.

The Witness

The Witness Author
ISBN-10 WISC:89076717982
Release 2001
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The Witness has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The Witness also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The Witness book for free.

The Real Story

The Real Story Author Sarah Statz Cords
ISBN-10 1591582830
Release 2006
Pages 460
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Explores the genres and sub-genres of nonfiction and provides an annotated bibliography of more than five hundred popular nonfiction titles, organized according to genre with a focus on titles published in the last decade.

Ein Cinegraph Buch Protest Film Bewegung

Ein Cinegraph Buch   Protest   Film   Bewegung Author Kay Hoffmann
ISBN-10 9783869164946
Release 2015-11-04
Pages 182
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In den 1960er und 1970er Jahren entstanden in Deutschland und Europa Protestbewegungen, die in ihrer Aufmüpfigkeit das gesellschaftliche Klima bestimmten und neue Themen besetzten. Plötzlich wurde der konservative Obrigkeitsstaat grundlegend in Frage gestellt. Auch der Dokumentarfilm veränderte sich inhaltlich, technisch, ästhetisch und konzeptionell. Wurde er vor 1960 überwiegend mit 35mm-Kameras gedreht, revolutionierten handliche 16mm-Kameras mit synchronem Ton die Annäherung an die Wirklichkeit. In den 1970er Jahren entstanden Medienkooperativen und Videogruppen, die dezidiert das Ziel hatten, mit Video als neuem Medium eine Gegenöffentlichkeit zu schaffen. Internationale Filmhistoriker und Vertreter aus der aktiven Szene geben einen Überblick über diese Entwicklungen des Dokumentarfilms, seine theoretischen Ansätze und historischen Hintergründe. Neben den Videogruppen als Schwerpunkt werden u.a. internationale Vorbilder aus Frankreich und Großbritannien, die Rolle des Dokumentarfilms für die Schwulen- und Frauenbewegung sowie die Subversivität des Amateurfilms in der DDR beleuchtet. Der Band entstand in Zusammenarbeit mit dem DFG-Projekt "Geschichte des dokumentarischen Films in Deutschland (1945-2005)".

The Making of Channel 4

The Making of Channel 4 Author Peter Catterall
ISBN-10 9781135018870
Release 2013-07-24
Pages 200
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The struggle for postzionism is a conflict over national memory and the control of cultural and physical space. Laurence J. Silberstein analyzes the phenomenon of postzionism and provides an intervention into this debate.

Seeing Things

Seeing Things Author John Ellis
ISBN-10 1860644899
Release 2000
Pages 193
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Television offers us multiple ways of understanding the world, yet does not arbitrate between them. This book makes sense of modern television by exploring its processes, and its relationships with the cultures that provide the raw material.

American public life and the historical imagination

American public life and the historical imagination Author Wendy Gamber
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105111822404
Release 2003
Pages 308
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OVER THE PAST THIRTY YEARS, a number of historians, preeminently Morton Keller of Brandeis University, have created a new field of historical study that reinvigorates political history by incorporating the study of legal, economic, religious, and cultural institutions into a broadly conceptualized history of American public life. The essays in American Public Life and the Historical Imagination, all written by former students of Keller, illuminate this new field while also offering a rich appreciation of the complex and diverse American experience. By applying a variety of critical historical strategies and methodologies to the study of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American public life, contributors to this volume unearth fascinating chronicles in American history. The alliance of the Anti-Saloon League and the Klu Klux Klan in the early twentieth century, hurricane control as a paradigm of twentieth-century institutional life, Native Americans as historians of the United States, and the difficulties that a legal theorist of the 1930s found in describing the functions of marriage, are just some of the topics covered. These essays explore an enlarged vision of American public life, one that incorporates all the institutions identified with American society, politics, and economy. Featuring many of the best-known historians of the United States, this splendid collection consists of fresh, first-rate scholarship that advances new arguments in the area of American public history.

Geek Confidential

Geek Confidential Author Rick Klaw
ISBN-10 1932265066
Release 2003
Pages 255
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A collection of RickKlaw's finest columns, reviews, and other observations. With two all-new essays, a comic adaptation of a Joe R. Landsale story, and an introduction by science fiction grandmaster Michael Moorcook, this book promises to become a must have for sclience fiction fans, booksellers, and anyone with an interest inpop culture.

Independent Television in Britain

Independent Television in Britain Author P. Bonner
ISBN-10 9780230287136
Release 2002-12-13
Pages 483
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Success out of near disaster, finances taken to the edge of bankruptcy, resignations - this volume tells the dramatic stories of the major new commercial television developments in Britain between 1981-92. This is an authoritative account, from the people involved and from official documents, of the launches and first ten years of Channel 4 and TV-am, the expansion of cable television and early difficulties of satellite broadcasting.

Reports of Cases Determined in the Appellate Courts of Illinois

Reports of Cases Determined in the Appellate Courts of Illinois Author Illinois. Appellate Court
ISBN-10 OSU:32437011944739
Release 1909
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Reports of Cases Determined in the Appellate Courts of Illinois has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Reports of Cases Determined in the Appellate Courts of Illinois also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Reports of Cases Determined in the Appellate Courts of Illinois book for free.