Along the way, he looks for answers to how we can better respond to the emerging global humanitarian crisis. Meeting young entrepreneurs striving to build their businesses, listening to tribal leaders give unvarnished views of foreign aid or negotiating the release of a kidnapped colleague, this riveting work brings the reader into the global humanitarian crisis while engaging with questions of cultural imperialism, Western aid models and foreign interventions.
Disturbed in Their Nests: A Journey from Sudan's Dinkaland to San Diego's City HeightsBlackstone Publishing #ad - The teenaged “lost boys of sudan”—who’d traveled barefoot and starving for a thousand miles—needed a little mothering and a change of scenery: a trip to the zoo, perhaps, or maybe the beach. Partnered through a mentoring program in San Diego, these two individuals from opposite sides of the world began an eye-opening journey that radically altered each other’s vision and life.
Disturbed in their nests recounts the first year of this heartwarming partnership; the initial misunderstandings, the growing trust, ultimately, and, their lasting friendship. Readers experience alepho’s discomfort, fears, and triumphs in a way that a newscast can’t convey. Money, he’d been told, was given to you in pillows.
Disturbed in Their Nests: A Journey from Sudan's Dinkaland to San Diego's City Heights #ad - He lands a job, but later is viciously beaten. Personal stories such as Alepho’s add a face to the news and lead to greater understanding of the strangers among us. Countless human tragedies are reduced to mere numbers. This memoir by a refugee from sudan tells of the wonder—and disappointment—that he faced as he began to experience life in the strange place called America.
Nineteen-year-old refugee alephonsion Deng, from war-ravaged Sudan, had great expectations when he arrived in America three weeks before two airlines crashed into the World Trade Towers. Education was free. Suburban mom Judy Bernstein had her own assumptions.
Cleverlands: The secrets behind the success of the world's education superpowersUnbound #ad - Cleverlands: The secrets behind the success of the world's education superpowers #ad - As a teacher in an inner-city school, Lucy Crehan was exasperated with ever-changing government policy claiming to be based on lessons from ‘top-performing’ education systems. She resolved to find out what was really going on in the classrooms of countries whose teenagers ranked top in the world in reading, maths and science.
Cleverlands documents crehan’s journey around the world, history, weaving together her experiences with research on policy, psychology and culture to offer extensive new insights into what we can learn from these countries.
The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War IIRandom House #ad - Alexievich traveled thousands of miles and visited more than a hundred towns to record these women’s stories. These women—more than a million in total—were nurses and doctors, tank drivers, pilots, machine-gunners, and snipers. She has consistently chronicled that which has been intentionally forgotten.
Masha gessen, national book Award–winning author of The Future Is History. A history of the soul. In the unwomanly face of war, alexievich chronicles the experiences of the Soviet women who fought on the front lines, on the home front, and in the occupied territories. They battled alongside men, and yet, after the victory, their efforts and sacrifices were forgotten.
The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II #ad - . The winner of the nobel prize in literature “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time. A landmark. Timothy snyder, author of on tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century “An astonishing book, harrowing and life-affirming. A long-awaited english translation of the groundbreaking oral history of women in world war ii across europe and russia—from the winner of the nobel prize in LiteratureNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • The Guardian • NPR • The Economist • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel • Kirkus ReviewsFor more than three decades, Svetlana Alexievich has been the memory and conscience of the twentieth century.
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed RussiaRiverhead Books #ad - Winner of the 2017 national book award in nonfictionfinalist for the national book critics circle awards winner of the new york public library's helen bernstein book award named a best book of 2017 by the new york times book review, washington post, christian science monitor, paste, in the space of a generation, seattle times, los angeles times, boston globe, newsweek, and pop sugarthe essential journalist and bestselling biographer of Vladimir Putin reveals how, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy.
Award-winning journalist Masha Gessen's understanding of the events and forces that have wracked Russia in recent times is unparalleled. In the future is history, gessen follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Powerful and urgent, the Future Is History is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time.
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia #ad - . Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, thinkers, activists, and writers, each with newfound aspirations of their own--as entrepreneurs, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, sexual and social beings. Gessen charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today's terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state.
The Middle AgesNew Word City, Inc. #ad - Along with the battles that helped shape the modern world are a rich heritage of architecture, arts, and literature, of empire and its dissolution. Between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance were the Middle Ages. It was the era of the crusades and the Norman Conquest, the Black Death and the fall of Constantinople.
The Middle Ages #ad - It is a landscape both familiar and foreign, dark and foreboding at times, but also filled with the promise and potential of the future. Once seen as a thousand years of warfare, religious infighting, and cultural stagnation, they are now understood to be the vital connection between the past and the present.
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New ChinaFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Pulitzer prize in general Nonfiction finalistWinner of the 2014 National Book Award in nonfiction. An economist Best Book of 2014. A vibrant, and revelatory inner history of china during a moment of profound transformationFrom abroad, colorful, we often see China as a caricature: a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicated students destined to rule the global economy-or an addled Goliath, riddled with corruption and on the edge of stagnation.
He asks probing questions: why does a government with more success lifting people from poverty than any civilization in history choose to put strict restraints on freedom of expression? Why do millions of young Chinese professionals-fluent in English and devoted to Western pop culture-consider themselves "angry youth, " dedicated to resisting the West's influence? How are Chinese from all strata finding meaning after two decades of the relentless pursuit of wealth? Writing with great narrative verve and a keen sense of irony, Osnos follows the moving stories of everyday people and reveals life in the new China to be a battleground between aspiration and authoritarianism, in which only one can prevail.
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China #ad - What we don't see is how both powerful and ordinary people are remaking their lives as their country dramatically changes. In age of ambition, he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party's struggle to retain control.
As the beijing correspondent for the new Yorker, Evan Osnos was on the ground in China for years, economic, witness to profound political, and cultural upheaval.
The Last Resort: A Memoir of ZimbabweCrown #ad - Born and raised in zimbabwe, douglas Rogers is the son of white farmers living through that country’s long and tense transition from postcolonial rule. And yet, lodge guests, rogers’s parents–with the help of friends, in spite of it all, farmworkers, and residents–among them black political dissidents and white refugee farmers–continue to hold on.
He escaped the dull future mapped out for him by his parents for one of adventure and excitement in Europe and the United States. But instead of leaving, as their son pleads with them to do, they haul out a shotgun and decide to stay. Thrilling, at times, the last resort is a remarkable true story about one family in a country under siege and a testament to the love, perseverance, absurdly funny, heartbreaking, and, and resilience of the human spirit.
And, in the process, he learns that the "big story" he had relentlessly pursued his entire adult life as a roving journalist and travel writer was actually happening in his own backyard. But when zimbabwe’s president robert Mugabe launched his violent program to reclaim white-owned land and Rogers’s parents were caught in the cross fire, everything changed.
The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe #ad - But can they survive to the end? in the midst of a nation stuck between its stubborn past and an impatient future, with passions and purpose renewed, Rogers soon begins to see his parents in a new light: unbowed, even heroic. Lyn and ros, the owners of drifters–a famous game farm and backpacker lodge in the eastern mountains that was one of the most popular budget resorts in the country–found their home and resort under siege, their friends and neighbors expelled, and their lives in danger.
Evoking elements of the tender bar and Absurdistan, love, coming-of-age tale about home, responsibility, hope, The Last Resort is an inspiring, and redemption.
Into AfricaNew Word City, Inc. #ad - When the explorer rené caillié returned to France from Africa in 1828, he published a sketch of the legendary city he had discovered - Timbuctoo. But neither that simple drawing nor his matter-of-fact description gave Caillié's countrymen a sufficiently colorful picture to match their preconceptions of how Africa should look.
They turned their backs on the young explorer, ignored his accomplishments, and let him die neglected. Here are the epic adventures of the european explorers who opened Africa – from Mongo Park and Vasco da Gama to Francis Burton and David Livingstone and Henry Stanley.
Black Detroit: A People's History of Self-DeterminationAmistad #ad - He also brings into focus the major figures who have defined and shaped detroit, and Ralphe Bunche, the founder of Motown, Berry Gordy, the city’s first black mayor, diva songstress Aretha Franklin, including William Lambert, Malcolm X, the great abolitionist, Coleman Young, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Boyd reveals how black detroiters were prominent in the city’s historic, groundbreaking union movement and—when given an opportunity—were among the tireless workers who made the automobile industry the center of American industry. Well paying jobs on assembly lines allowed working class Black Detroiters to ascend to the middle class and achieve financial stability, an accomplishment not often attainable in other industries.
Black Detroit: A People's History of Self-Determination #ad - Naacp 2017 image award finalist2018 michigan notable books honoreethe author of baldwin’s harlem looks at the evolving culture, history, love letter, politics, and spiritual life of Detroit—a blend of memoir, present, and clear-eyed reportage that explores the city’s past, economics, and future and its significance to the African American legacy and the nation’s fabric.
Herb boyd moved to detroit in 1943, as race riots were engulfing the city. Boyd makes clear that while many of these middle-class jobs have disappeared, decimating the population and hitting blacks hardest, Detroit survives thanks to the emergence of companies such as Shinola—which represent the strength of the Motor City and and its continued importance to the country.
In black detroit, he reflects on his life and this landmark place, in search of understanding why Detroit is a special place for black people. With a stunning eye for detail and passion for Detroit, politics, manufacturing, Boyd celebrates the music, and culture that make it an American original. Though he did not grasp their full significance at the time, this critical moment would be one of many he witnessed that would mold his political activism and exposed a city restless for change.
Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional AwakeningSpiegel & Grau #ad - Robison takes readers for a ride through the thorny thickets of neuroscience and leaves us wanting more. The washington post “fascinating for its insights into Asperger’s and research, this engrossing record will make readers reexamine their preconceptions about this syndrome and the future of brain manipulation.
Booklist“like books by andrew solomon and Oliver Sacks, Switched On offers an opportunity to consider mental processes through a combination of powerful narrative and informative medical context. Bookpage “a mind-blowing book that will force you to ask deep questions about what is important in life.
Then imagine that someone suddenly switches the lights on. It has long been assumed that people living with autism are born with the diminished ability to read the emotions of others, even as they feel emotion deeply. As the emotional ground shifts beneath his feet, John struggles with the very real possibility that choosing to diminish his disability might also mean sacrificing his unique gifts and even some of his closest relationships.
Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening #ad - . The transformations robison undergoes throughout the book are astonishing—as foreign and overwhelming as if he woke up one morning with the visual range of a bee or the auditory prowess of a bat. The new york times “Astonishing, brave. Amid the blaze of publicity that followed, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, who would use an experimental new brain therapy known as TMS, he received a unique invitation: Would John like to take part in a study led by one of the world’s foremost neuroscientists, in an effort to understand and then address the issues at the heart of autism? Switched On is the extraordinary story of what happened next.
Having spent forty years as a social outcast, misreading others’ emotions or missing them completely, John is suddenly able to sense a powerful range of feelings in other people.