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Bring Me My Machine Gun

Taal: engels

Auteur: Alec Russell

Award-winning journalist Alec Russell was in South Africa to witness the fall of apartheid and the remarkable reconciliation of Nelson Mandela's rule; and returned in 2007-2008 to see Mandela's successor, Thabo Mbeki, fritter away the country's reputation. South Africa is now perched on a precipice, as it prepares to elect Jacob Zuma as president--signaling a potential slide back to the bad old days of post-colonial African leadership, and disaster for a country that was once the beacon of the continent. Drawing on his long relationships with all the key senior figures including Mandela, Mbeki, Desmond Tutu, and Zuma, and a host of South Africans he has known over the years--including former activists turned billionaires and reactionary Boers--Alec Russell's Bring Me My Machine Gun is a beautifully told and expertly researched account of South Africa's great tragedy: the tragedy of hope unfulfilled.

De muziek der sferen

Auteur: James
De parallelle geschiedenis van muziek en wetenschap; van hemelse harmonie tot kosmische dissonantie

De muziek der sferen vertelt de lezer hoe deze wetenschappelijke visie ontstond, hoe door veranderde opvattingen over het heelal en de opkomst van de Romantiek, deze filosofie onderuit werd gehaald. En in hoeverre deze gedachte in onze tijd nog voortleeft. Van Pythagoras tot Newton, van Bach tot Beethoven, tot en met de twintigste eeuw, vormt dit boek een fascinerend geschiedkundig onderzoek naar de vervlochten lotgevallen van wetenschap en muziek.

Groen leven voor Dummies

Auteur: Barclay
de allesomvattende gids voor iedereen die hart heeft voor onze planeet

Groen leven voor Dummies zit boordevol praktische en realistische adviezen en is een veelomvattend boek dat je op weg helpt jouw 'mondiale voetafdruk' zo klein mogelijk te maken. Je leest over effectieve en eenvoudige strategieën om elk onderdeel van je leven 'groen' te maken, of het nu gaat om energiebesparing in huis, je auto vaker laten staan of groener zijn in de tuin of op het werk.

Liz Barclay is schrijfster en journaliste en presenteert het BBC-consumentenprogramma You and Yours. Michael Grosvenor is stadsplanoloog en is gespecialiseerd in duurzaam transport.

Hidden Women

Taal: engels

Auteur: Jacqueline Widmar Stewart

As you enter the world of the Celts, think of the role of women and how that role changed under the influence of Rome and religion. The exquisite artistry associated with pre-Christian women adds an exciting dimension. For hundreds of years, this artistry - as well as women themselves – has been roundly condemned by religious authorities. Please proceed with an open mind. New evidence of Celts’ stunning technical and communication skills must override long-held stereotypes of barbaric hordes. Now it is known that primordial family bonds reach to present day. Current populations need ancient Celtic stewardship of the land and wise adherence to natural laws, now more than ever. While acknowledging that age-old notions are not easily swayed, this book challenges society’s ability to rationalize the subjugation of women. Can subjugation of over half the population ever be justified? Will knowledge of forbearers’ constant struggle against subjugation trouble today’s descendants? Does it matter that women continue to be degraded? Discrediting women weakens the core of the family and keeps people subservient; this has been the story of Europe and Britain since the advent of the Current Era. Assault on the family has occurred so pervasively that it seems normal. The guise of religion works so well that even the lethal feels familiar. The reader is encouraged to independently verify these assertions. Start with the theory that Europe and Britain were the land of Celts and that their progeny probably still live here. Seek the Celtic layer in all of Europe. Find the connections between Celts and their branches: Burgundians, Franks, Galls, Basques, Veneti, Parisii. The Celtic world is there, although it may be hidden at first glance. A trip to Belgium will find Burgundians if that is the goal; if not the Dukes of Burgundy will remain hidden in references to “occupiers.” Franks abound in Germany where many have remained since they helped Burgundian cousins defeat the Romans and free their fellow Galls. Look for words that contain “Frank” – like “Frankfurt” and “Frankenberg.” Visit Trier and Worms to see what has happened to these two cities that were once so crucial to Rome’s downfall. Think of Slovenia as a Frankish homeland. May Europe’s children reclaim the splendors and equilibrium prized by their ancestors


Auteur: A. Kluveld

Een culturele geschiedenis van pijn

Lichamelijk lijden is een van de meest ingrijpende menselijke ervaringen. Het roept op tot reflectie en vragen naar de zin van het bestaan. Pijn is net als de liefde een bron van angst en leed, wanhoop en eenzaamheid, verlangen en fascinatie, kunst en literatuur. Iedereen weet wat pijn is, maar dat maakt het fenomeen niet minder raadselachtig.
Vandaag ervaren mensen pijn als een belemmering van hun persoonlijke ontwikkeling en zoektocht naar geluk. Tegelijkertijd is juist de gedeelde angst voor en afschuw van pijn voor sommige mensen reden haar te omarmen. Terwijl de meesten van ons bij het geringste pijntje naar pillen grijpen, reiken performancekunstenaars naar de uiterste grenzen van pijnbeleving.
In Pijn. De terugkeer naar het paradijs en de wens er weer uit te ontsnappen gaat Amanda Kluveld in op de geschiedenis van de aantrekkingskracht, angst voor en afschuw van lichamelijk lijden. Een uniek boek over een belangrijk onderwerp.

Stolen harvest

Auteur: Vandana Shiva
The hijacking of the global food supply

In Stolen Harvest, Vandana Shiva charts the
impacts of globalized, corporate agriculture on
small farmers, the environment and the quality
of the food we eat. With chapters on genetically
engineered seeds, patents on life, mad cows
and sacred cows, and the debate on shrimp
farming, this is an impassioned and inspiring
book that will shape the debate about genetic
engineering and commercial agriculture for
years to come.

Ook bekend onder ISBN 9781842770252

Studs Terkel


Taal: engels

Will the circle be unbroken? Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and hunger for faith.

At the age of 88, Studs Terkel has turned to the ultimate human experience, that of death and the possibility of life afterward. Death is the one experience we all share but cannot know. In Will the Circle Be Unbroken? a wide range of people address that final experience and its impact on the way we live. In talking about the ultimate and unknowable culmination of our lives, they give voice to their deepest beliefs and hopes, reflecting on the lives they have led and what still lies before them. For the first time Terkel addresses the whole realm of religious belief and of expectations of an afterlife, including reincarnation, and discovers an extraordinary range and complexity of experience and of belief.

As in Working and Coming of Age, Studs Terkel tackles an issue bound up with all of our lives, yet rarely discussed on its own terms. From a Hiroshima survivor to an AIDS caseworker, from a death-row parolee to a woman who emerged from a two-year coma, these interviewees find an eloquence and grace in dealing with a topic many of us have yet to discuss openly and freely. Terkel also interviews the vast array of people who confront death in their everyday lives, whether as police, firefighters, emergency health workers, doctors, or nurses. Many of the most moving inter-views deal with AIDS, and how the disease has devastated whole communities and forced people to face death at the young ages we associate with centuries past.

In a stunning capstone to his extraordinary career, Terkel introduces to us the variety of our reactions to life's ultimate experience.

The Age of Access

Auteur: Jeremy Rifkin

taal: engels

Imagine waking up one day to find that virtually every activity you engage in outside your immediate family has become a "paidfor" experience. Its all part of a fundamental change taking place in the nature of business, contends bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin. On the horizon looms the Age of Access, an era radically different from any we have known.

In the hypercapitalist economy, buying things in markets and owning property become outmoded ideas, while "justintime" access to nearly every kind of service, through vast commercial networks operating in cyberspace, becomes the norm. We increasingly pay for the experience of using things—in the form of subscriptions, memberships, leases, and retainers—rather than for the things themselves. Already, millions of Americans have given up ownership of their automobiles in favor of leasing cars as a service and are renting everything from software to furnaces.

Similarly, companies around the world are selling off real estate, shrinking inventories, leasing equipment, outsourcing activities, and becoming "weightless." Ownership of physical property, once considered a valued asset, is now regarded as a liability in the corporate world.

Rifkin argues that the capitalist journey, which began with the commodification of goods and the ownership of property, is ending with the commodification of human time and experience. In the future, we will purchase enlightenment and play, grooming and grace, and everything in between. "Lifestyle marketing" is the buzz in the commercial world as more and more consumers become members of corporatesponsored clubs and participate in corporatesponsored activities and events. People are even living out their lifestyles in planned commercial residential communities.

The business of business, therefore, is no longer about exchanging property but, rather, about buying access to one's very existence in small commercial time segments. In the Age of Access, Rifkin asks, will any time be left for relationships of a noncommercial nature? The changes taking place are part of an even larger transformation occurring in the nature of capitalism. We are making a longterm shift to a system based on the selling of cultural experiences. Global travel and tourism, theme cities and parks, destination entertainment centers, wellness, fashion and cuisine, sports and games, gambling, music, film, television, the virtual worlds of cyberspace, and even social causes are fast becoming the center of an economy that trades in cultural resources.

The old giants of the industrial age, companies such as General Motors, Sears, USX, Boeing, and Texaco, are giving way to the new giants of cultural capitalism, Viacom, AOL Time Warner, Disney, Sony, and News Corporation. These transnational companies, with communications networks that span the globe, are mining cultural resources in every part of the world and repackaging them in the form of commodities and entertainments. The top onefifth of the world's population, says Rifkin, now spends as much income accessing cultural experiences as buying manufactured goods and basic services.

Rifkin warns that when the culture itself is absorbed into the economy, only commercial bonds will be left to hold society together. The critical question posed by The Age of Access is whether civilization can survive when only the commercial sphere remains as the primary arbiter of human life.

Jeremy Rifkin is the bestselling author of The End of Work and The Biotech Century, both of which have been translated into fifteen languages. Since 1994, Mr. Rifkin has been a fellow at the Wharton School Executive Education Program, where he lectures CEOs and corporate management from around the world on new trends in science and technology and their impacts on the global economy, society, and the environment. I Ie is president of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, D.C.