Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, One Fry-Oil-Powered Car, and a Cross-Country Search for a Greener Future

By Greg Melville

Is it attainable to force coast-to-coast with out preventing at a unmarried fuel pump? Journalist Greg Melville is decided to attempt. together with his collage blood brother Iggy driving shotgun, this green-thinking guy—who's in love with the assumption of loose fuel—sets out on an enlightening highway journey. the hunt: to be the 1st humans to force cross-country in a french-fry vehicle. Will they make it from Vermont to California in a beat-up 1985 Mercedes diesel station wagon powered on vegetable oil accumulated from eating place grease Dumpsters alongside the way in which? extra very important, can men continue to exist 192 consecutive hours jointly?

Their excursion off and on the line comprises visits to the solar-powered Google headquarters; the nationwide Ethanol Council; the wind generators of southwestern Minnesota; the nationwide Renewable power Lab; a trip to 1 of the 1st homes to obtain platinum certification for management in strength and Environmental layout (LEED); an "eco-friendly" Wal-Mart; and the world's greatest geothermal heating method.

half event and half research of what we are doing (or now not doing) to maintain the planet, Greasy Rider is upbeat, humorous, and whole of bizarre information regarding sustainable measures which are inside our reach.

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Ending Terrorism in Italy (Routledge Studies in Extremism and Democracy)

By Anna Cento Bull

Ending Terrorism in Italy analyses procedures of disengagement from terrorism, in addition to the hooked up problems with reconciliation, fact and justice. It examines in a serious and unique manner how terrorism got here to an lead to Italy (Part I), and the legacy it has left in the back of (Part II). The ebook interrogates a wide range of released memoirs and a lot of new face-to-face interviews with either former terrorists and primary and moment new release victims

In the final 20 years, and particularly in recent times, former extreme-right terrorists in Italy have began to discuss their earlier involvement in terrorist violence, together with, for the 1st time, acts of violence that have for many years been thought of taboo, that's to assert, bomb assaults opposed to blameless civilians. those narratives upload to the views provided through contributors of left-wing terrorist teams, comparable to the crimson Brigades and Prima Linea. unusually, those narratives haven't been systematically tested, but they shape a distinct and very wealthy resource of first-hand testimony, delivering helpful insights into tactics of sweet sixteen radicalization and de-radicalization, the social re-integration of ex-terrorists, in addition to own and collective therapeutic.

Even much less realization has been paid to the sufferers’ narratives or tales. certainly, the perspectives and actions of the sufferers and their institutions were heavily ignored within the scholarly literature on terrorism, not only in Italy, yet in different places in Europe. The publication for this reason examines the views of the sufferers and family of sufferers of terrorism, who through the years have shaped committed institutions and campaigned relentlessly to acquire justice throughout the courts, with very little help from the country and, specially with regards to the bombing massacres, with expanding expertise that the kingdom performed a task in thwarting the process justice.

Ending Terrorism in Italy

will be of curiosity to historians, social scientists and coverage makers in addition to scholars of political violence and post-conflict solution.

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Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China

By Leslie T. Chang

An eye-opening and formerly untold tale, Factory Girls is the 1st look at the standard lives of the migrant manufacturing unit inhabitants in China.

China has a hundred thirty million migrant workers—the biggest migration in human background. In Factory Girls, Leslie T. Chang, a former correspondent for the Wall road Journal in Beijing, tells the tale of those employees essentially throughout the lives of 2 younger women, whom she follows over the process 3 years as they try and upward thrust from the meeting traces of Dongguan, an commercial urban in China’s Pearl River Delta.

As she tracks their lives, Chang paints a never-before-seen photo of migrant life—a international the place approximately everyone seems to be below thirty; the place you could lose your boyfriend and your folks with the lack of a cell phone; the place a number of desktop or English classes can catapult you right into a totally different social classification. Chang takes us within a sneaker manufacturing unit so huge that it has its personal health facility, movie show, and fireplace division; to posh karaoke bars which are fronts for prostitution; to makeshift English periods the place scholars shave their heads in monklike devotion and take a seat day by day in entrance of machines looking at English phrases flash via; and again to a farming village for the chinese language New 12 months, revealing the poverty and idleness of rural lifestyles that force younger ladies to go away domestic within the first position. all through this riveting portrait, Chang additionally interweaves the tale of her personal family’s migrations, inside of China and to the West, delivering ancient and private frames of reference for her investigation.

A booklet of worldwide value that gives new perception into China, Factory Girls demonstrates how the mass move from rural villages to towns is remaking person lives and remodeling chinese language society, a lot as immigration to America’s shorelines remade our personal nation a century in the past.

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Mistresses: A History of the Other Woman

She has been often called the "kept woman," the "fancy woman," and the "other woman." She exists as either a fictional personality and a flesh-and-blood individual. yet what do Madame de Pompadour, Jane Eyre, and Camilla Parker-Bowles have in universal? Why do ladies develop into mistresses, and is a mistress in basic terms a wife-in-waiting, or is she the very definition of the emancipated, self sustaining lady?

In Mistresses, Elizabeth Abbott intelligently examines the reasons and morals of a few of the main notorious and interesting ladies in heritage and literature. Drawing intimate pictures of these who have—whether unintentionally, coercion, or selection– assumed this advanced function, from chinese language concubines and ecu royal mistresses to mobster molls and trophy girlfriends, Mistresses bargains a wealthy combination of background, own biography, and cultural perception.

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After the Storm: Katrina Ten Years Later

The aftermath used to be virtually as devastating because the hurricane itself. within the ten years considering typhoon Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, New Orleans has replaced tremendously, and The Washington submit returns to the zone to take the total degree of the city’s lengthy, stricken, inspiring, unfinished comeback.

When typhoon Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, it wrenched greater than one million humans from their houses and ceaselessly altered New Orleans—one of the country’s cultural capitals. It reordered the city’s economic climate and inhabitants in ways in which are nonetheless being felt this present day. What replaced? And what was once misplaced within the intervening decade?

Dozens of Washington put up writers and photographers descended on New Orleans whilst Katrina hit, and lots of of these comparable reporters went again for the anniversary. What they discovered was once a thriving urban, buttressed through a brand new $14.5 billion complicated of sea partitions, levees, pump stations and outfall canals. What they heard used to be that, whereas a few mourn the lack of the recent Orleans’ soul and authenticity, others—who observed a determined want for development even earlier than the storm—welcome the rebuilding of recent Orleans into America’s most up-to-date tech hub.

This insightful, elegiac booklet, then, is either a back and forth examine New Orleans’ comeback, filled with the voices of these who have been driven by means of Katrina’s winds in instructions they by no means imagined.

“The urban, on stability, is much better off than prior to Katrina,” says Jason Berry, a prolific New Orleans writer. “But it’s nonetheless a break-your-heart form of town.”

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Amistad's Orphans: An Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling

The lives of six African kids, a while 9 to 16, have been eternally altered by way of the insurrection aboard the Cuban schooner La Amistad in 1839. Like their grownup partners, all have been captured in Africa and illegally bought as slaves. during this interesting revisionist historical past, Benjamin N. Lawrance reconstructs six entwined tales and brings them to the leading edge of the Amistad conflict. via eyewitness stories, court docket files, and the children’s personal letters, Lawrance recounts how their lives have been inextricably interwoven by way of the old drama, and casts new mild on unlawful nineteenth-century transatlantic slave smuggling.

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Energy and Equity (Ideas in Progress)

By Ivan Illich

A junkie with no entry to his stash is in a nation of difficulty. The 'energy quandary' that exists intermittently while the stream of gasoline from risky international locations is bring to an end or threatened, is a challenge within the similar experience. during this essay, Illich examines the query of even if people desire any further strength than is their traditional birthright. alongside the best way he offers a startling research of the marginal disutility of instruments. After a undeniable aspect, that's, extra strength provides adverse returns. for instance, relocating round factors lack of time proportional to the volume of power that's poured into the delivery procedure, in order that the rate of the quickest traveler correlates inversely to the equality in addition to freedom of the median vacationer.

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The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession

By Claudio E. Benzecry

Though a few brush aside opera as outdated, it exhibits no signal of disappearing from the world’s level. So why do audiences proceed to flock to it? Given its organization with wealth, one may think that opera tickets functionality as a standing image. yet whereas a wish to hobnob with the higher crust may well inspire the occasional operagoer, for hardcore fanatics the genuine resolution, in accordance with The Opera Fanatic, is passion—they do it for love.

Opera fans are an extreme lot, Claudio E. Benzecry discovers in his examine the enthusiasts who hang-out the mythical Colón Opera condo in Buenos Aires, a key web site for opera’s globalization. hearing the lovers and their tales, Benzecry hears of two-hundred-mile journeys for performances and nightlong camp-outs for tickets, whereas others testify to a specific opera’s strength to maneuver them—whether to track or to tears—no subject what number occasions they've got noticeable it ahead of. Drawing on his insightful research of those acts of affection, Benzecry proposes new methods of wondering people’s dating to artwork and exhibits how, faraway from in simple terms improving features of lifestyle, artwork permits us to go beyond it.

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The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy

By Christopher Lasch

"[A] passionate, compelling, and stressful argument that the ills of democracy within the usa at the present time come up from the default of its elites." ―John grey, New York occasions e-book Review (front-page review)

In a front-page evaluate within the Washington publish ebook World, John Judis wrote: "Political analysts were poring over go out polls and precinct-level votes to gauge the that means of final November's election, yet they might most likely larger hire their time analyzing the past due Christopher Lasch's book." And within the National Review, Robert Bork says The rebellion of the Elites "ranges provocatively [and] insightfully."

Controversy has raged round Lasch's exact assault at the elites, their lack of ethical values, and their abandonment of the center type and bad, for he units up the media and academic associations as a wide resource of the matter. during this lively paintings, Lasch calls out for a go back to neighborhood, colleges that train heritage now not vanity, and a go back to morality or even the lessons of faith. He does this in a nonpartisan demeanour, trying to the teachings of yank historical past, and castigating these in strength for the ever-widening hole among the industrial sessions, which has created a concern in American society. The riot of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy is riveting social remark.

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