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L'Amérique défaite

L'Amérique défaite

Author: George PACKER
Publisher: Piranha
ISBN: 2371191132
Pages: 455
Year: 2015-04-02T00:00:00+02:00
Les bouleversements économiques récents ont fait apparaître une Amérique nouvelle : les perdants y côtoient ceux qui gagnent toujours plus. Le contrat social américain s’est défait. Les laissés pour compte n’ont qu’une solution pour survivre : la fuite en avant, avec les moyens du bord. George Packer explore cette Amérique jaillie des trente dernières années, alliant le sens du détail vécu et cruellement documenté d’un Truman Capote au lyrisme narratif dans la tradition d’un Dos Passos. Il raconte la vie d’Américains anonymes défaits par la crise et retrace le parcours de personnages médiatiques clefs (Newt Gingrich, Jay-Z ou Oprah Winfrey), et y ajoute un montage fascinant de coupures de presse, de slogans, de paroles de chansons qui saisissent sur le vif le flot des événements. Le portrait sans concession d'une population vaincue par la crise et l'histoire de la chute d'une superpuissance à travers le destin de gens ordinaires. Un grand livre d'actualité et d'histoire qui se lit comme un roman. Vainqueur du National Book Award en 2013.
Our Man

Our Man

Author: George Packer
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0307958027
Pages: 480
Year: 2019-05-07
From the award-winning author of The Unwinding--the brilliantly told saga of the ambition, idealism, and hubris of one of the most legendary and complicated figures in recent American history, set amid the rise and fall of U.S. power from Vietnam to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America's greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generous foreign policy. From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. His story is thus the story of America during its era of supremacy: its strength, drive, and sense of possibility, as well as its penchant for overreach and heedless self-confidence. In Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke's diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited.
A Fan's Notes

A Fan's Notes

Author: Frederick Exley
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0679720766
Pages: 385
Year: 1988
Mr. Exley, a schoolteacher in a dismal rural New York town, finds pleasure in rooting for the Giants and his own survival in modern American society
Fed Up

Fed Up

Author: Danielle DiMartino Booth
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0735211655
Pages: 326
Year: 2017
In the early 2000s, a Wall Street escapee writing a financial column for the Dallas Morning News, Booth attracted attention for her criticism of the Fed's low interest rate policies and her warnings about the housing market. Nobody was more surprised when the head of the Dallas Federal Reserve offered her a job as a financial analyst. Figuring she could have more of an impact on Fed policies from inside, she also observed how the Fed abdicated its responsibility to the people both before and after the financial crisis and how nobody within the Fed seems to have learned from the experience.
Blood of the Liberals

Blood of the Liberals

Author: George Packer
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466890134
Pages: 368
Year: 2015-01-27
An acclaimed journalist and novelist explores the legacy and future of American liberalism through the history of his family's politically active history George Packer's maternal grandfather, George Huddleston, was a populist congressman from Alabama in the early part of the century--an agrarian liberal in the Jacksonian mold who opposed the New Deal. Packer's father was a Kennedy-era liberal, a law professor and dean at Stanford whose convictions were sorely--and ultimately fatally--tested in the campus upheavals of the 1960s. The inheritor of two sometimes conflicting strains of the great American liberal tradition, Packer discusses the testing of ideals in the lives of his father and grandfather and his own struggle to understand the place of the progressive tradition in our currently polarized political climate. Searching, engrossing, and persuasive, this is an original, intimate examination of the meaning of politics in American lives.
Interesting Times

Interesting Times

Author: George Packer
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1429935812
Pages: 432
Year: 2010-02-15
Throughout his career as a journalist, George Packer has always been attuned to the voices and stories of individuals caught up in the big ideas and events of contemporary history. Interesting Times unites brilliant investigative pieces such as "Betrayed," about Iraqi interpreters, with personal essays and detailed narratives of travels through war zones and failed states. Spanning a decade that includes the September 11 attacks and the election of Barack Obama, Packer brings insight and passion to his accounts of the war on terror,Iraq, political writers, and the 2008 election. Across these varied subjects a few keythemes recur: the temptations and dangers of idealism; the moral complexities of war and politics; the American capacity for self-blinding and self-renewal. Whether exploring American policies in the wake of September 11, tracking a used T-shirt from New York to Uganda, or describing the ambivalent response in Appalachia to Obama, these essays hold a mirror up to our own troubled times and showcase Packer's unmistakable perspective, which is at once both wide-angled and humane.
The Village of Waiting

The Village of Waiting

Author: George Packer
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466894490
Pages: 336
Year: 2015-09-01
Now restored to print with a new Foreword by Philip Gourevitch and an Afterword by the author, this book is a frank, moving, and vivid account of contemporary life in West Africa. Stationed as a Peace Corps instructor in the village of Lavié (the name means "wait a little more") in tiny and underdeveloped Togo, Packer reveals his own schooling at the hands of an unforgettable array of townspeople--peasants, chiefs, charlatans, children, market women, cripples, crazies, and those who, having lost or given up much of their traditional identity and fastened their hopes on "development," find themselves trapped between the familiar repetitions of rural life and the chafing monotony of waiting for change.
Impeachment

Impeachment

Author: Cass R. Sunstein
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674984196
Pages: 112
Year: 2017-10-23
“Sunstein has written the story of impeachment every citizen needs to know. This is a remarkable, essential book.” — Doris Kearns Goodwin As Benjamin Franklin famously put it, Americans have a republic, if we can keep it. Preserving the Constitution and the democratic system it supports is the public’s responsibility. One route the Constitution provides for discharging that duty—a route rarely traveled—is impeachment. Cass R. Sunstein provides a succinct citizen’s guide to an essential tool of self-government. He illuminates the constitutional design behind impeachment and emphasizes the people’s role in holding presidents accountable. Despite intense interest in the subject, impeachment is widely misunderstood. Sunstein identifies and corrects a number of misconceptions. For example, he shows that the Constitution, not the House of Representatives, establishes grounds for impeachment, and that the president can be impeached for abuses of power that do not violate the law. Even neglect of duty counts among the “high crimes and misdemeanors” delineated in the republic’s foundational document. Sunstein describes how impeachment helps make sense of our constitutional order, particularly the framers’ controversial decision to install an empowered executive in a nation deeply fearful of kings. With an eye toward the past and the future, Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide considers a host of actual and imaginable arguments for a president’s removal, explaining why some cases are easy and others hard, why some arguments for impeachment have been judicious and others not. In direct and approachable terms, it dispels the fog surrounding impeachment so that Americans of all political convictions may use their ultimate civic authority wisely.
Peyton Place

Peyton Place

Author: Grace Metalious
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 1555537596
Pages: 384
Year: 2011-03-15
A new paperback edition of the infamous novel that shocked the nation
Opra Uinfri

Opra Uinfri

Author: Helen S. Garson
Publisher: Greenwood
ISBN:
Pages: 174
Year: 2004
Presents the life of the African American talk-show host, describing her rise from poverty to her current status as one the country's most financially successful and influential television personalities
The Reserve

The Reserve

Author: Russell Banks
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 0307367266
Pages: 304
Year: 2011-01-14
In this compelling novel – a cross between Lady Chatterley’s Lover and The Aviator – the acclaimed modern master takes us to riveting new territory. Part love story, part murder mystery, Russell Banks’s The Reserve is as gripping as it is beautifully written, set in a pre-WWII world of class, politics, art, love and madness. Vanessa Cole is a stunningly beautiful and wild heiress, her parents’ adopted only daughter. Twice-married, she has been scandalously linked to rich and famous men. On the night of July 4, 1936, inside the Cole family’s remote Adirondack Mountain enclave, known as the Reserve, Vanessa will lose her father to a heart attack – and meet Jordan Groves, a seductively carefree local artist whose leftist political loyalties to his working class neighbours are undercut by his wealth and his clientele. Jordan is easy prey for Vanessa’s electrifying charm. But the heiress carries a dark family secret. Unhinged by her father’s unexpected death, she begins to spin out of control, manipulating and destroying the lives of all who cross her path. Moving from the secluded beauty of the Adirondacks to war-torn Spain and fascist Germany, filled with characters that pierce the heart, The Reserve is a passionately romantic novel of suspense and drama that adds a new dimension to this acclaimed author’s extraordinary repertoire.
The Laments

The Laments

Author: George Hagen
Publisher: Ulverscroft
ISBN: 0753175088
Pages: 488
Year: 2006
As odd as the globetrotting Lament family is, Hagen's feat is to make them universal through their restlessness, their responses to adversity, and especially their unwieldy love for each other.
Children of Facundo

Children of Facundo

Author: Ariel de la Fuente
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822325969
Pages: 249
Year: 2000-11-15
DIVCombines peasant studies and cultural history to revise the received wisdom on nineteenth-century Argentinian politics and aspects of the Argentinian state-formation process./div
The Assassins' Gate

The Assassins' Gate

Author: George Packer
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374705321
Pages: 480
Year: 2014-05-06
THE ASSASSINS' GATE: AMERICA IN IRAQ recounts how the United States set about changing the history of the Middle East and became ensnared in a guerilla war in Iraq. It brings to life the people and ideas that created the Bush administration's war policy and led America to the Assassins' Gate—the main point of entry into the American zone in Baghdad. The consequences of that policy are shown in the author's brilliant reporting on the ground in Iraq, where he made four tours on assignment for The New Yorker. We see up close the struggles of American soldiers and civilians and Iraqis from all backgrounds, thrown together by a war that followed none of the preconceived scripts. The Assassins' Gate also describes the place of the war in American life: the ideological battles in Washington that led to chaos in Iraq, the ordeal of a fallen soldier's family, and the political culture of a country too bitterly polarized to realize such a vast and morally complex undertaking. George Packer's first-person narrative combines the scope of an epic history with the depth and intimacy of a novel, creating a masterful account of America's most controversial foreign venture since Vietnam.
Language of the Third Reich

Language of the Third Reich

Author: Victor Klemperer
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0826491308
Pages: 274
Year: 2006-07-01
Victor Klemperer was Professor of French Literature at Dresden University. As a Jew, he was removed from his post in 1935, only surviving thanks to his marriage to an Aryan. Presenting a study of language and its engagement with history, this book draws form Klemperer's conviction that the language of the Third Reich helped to create its culture.