Author: Klaus Harpprecht
This book examines the pioneering radio broadcasts and television documentaries about the United States made in the 1950s by the influential West German journalist Peter von Zahn. Part intellectual biography, part analysis of significant debates in West Germany, part study of an intensive encounter with the United States, the book helps explain the transformation of postwar West Germany. As a soldier in the Wehrmacht in World War II, Zahn held the militantly elitist views typical of young men in Germany’s educated middle class. He reconsidered these positions in his postwar broadcasts. At the same time he coldly assessed the capacity of the United States to win the Cold War. His broadcasts examined McCarthyism, the African-American civil rights movement, and numerous aspects of American culture and politics. Zahn’s broadcasts were one important voice in West German debates about the defects and virtues of modern democratic societies and especially of the United States, debates whose intensity reflected recent German experiences with the failure of the Weimar Republic and with Nazism. Zahn’s analyses of the United States remain startlingly relevant today.
Am 10. November 2015 hat Deutschland mit Helmut Schmidt einen bedeutenden Staatsmann und streitbaren Denker verloren. „Der ewige Kanzler“, wie die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Schmidt anlässlich seines 90. Geburtstages betitelte, hat dieses Land geprägt wie kaum ein anderer. Als Herausgeber der ZEIT konnte er seinen Einfluss bis ins hohe Alter geltend machen. Helmut Schmidt – Ein Leben für Deutschland ist eine politische Biografie und persönliche Hommage zum Gedenken an einen großen Deutschen
Ein Geschichtenbuch der besonderen Art, in dem ZOLL – Geschichten einen Bogen von der Zeit Friedrichs des Großen bis zur Gegenwart spannen. Die „Berliner Zollgeschichten“ wurden von verschiedenen Autorinnen/Autoren verfasst. Es sind Alltagsgeschichten, Geschichten aus dem „wahren Leben“ und sonstige Texte, die Geschichte lebendig und anschaulich machen. Dies gilt besonders auch für die Beiträge, die in der Zeit spielen, in der Berlin geteilt war und der Zoll der DDR und Beamte der Bundeszollverwaltung jeweils in ihrem Bereich in Berlin eingesetzt waren.
Author: Lutz Hachmeister
Die Stadt, die Menschen, die Politik, die Geschäfte Hannover ist eine unterschätzte Stadt, häufig geschmäht als Inbegriff deutscher Mittelmäßigkeit. Dabei ist Hannover nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg zu einem der gewichtigen Machtzentren in der Bundesrepublik geworden. Viele maßgebliche Politiker haben ihre Karriere dort begonnen. »Der nächste Kanzler muss ein Niedersachse sein« – diese berühmte Annonce eines bekannten Hannoverschen Unternehmers gilt auch heute noch: Ursula von der Leyen, die neue »Kriegsministerin« und Tochter des ehemaligen niedersächsischen Ministerpräsidenten Ernst Albrecht, macht sich ebenso Hoffnungen auf die Nachfolge von Kanzlerin Merkel wie SPD-Chef Sigmar Gabriel, der auch einmal Regierungschef in der Landeshauptstadt war. Lutz Hachmeister erzählt zum ersten Mal die politische Sittengeschichte dieser geheimen deutschen Machtzentrale – über Maschmeyer, Schröder & Co. und den Fall Wulff hinaus, mit schillerndem Personal wie den Hell’s Angels, Margot Käßmann, Unternehmern wie Martin Kind und Dirk Roßmann und natürlich mit dem »Hannover«-Sound der Scorpions.
Inherit the Truth
Author: Anita Lasker-Wallfisch
A memoir of the Holocaust describes the trials of a young girl and her elder sister, who, against all odds, managed to live through the death camps.
In corners of the globe where fault-lines seethe into bloodshed and civil war, foreign correspondents have, for hundreds of years, been engaged in uncovering the latest news and – despite obstacles bureaucratic, political, violent – reporting it by whatever means available. It's a working life that is difficult, exciting and undeniably glamorous. We Chose to Speak of War and Strife brings us pivotal moments in our history – from the Crimean War to Vietnam; the siege of Sarajevo to the fall of Baghdad – through the eyes of those who risked life and limb to witness them first hand, and the astonishing tales of what it took to report them. These stories celebrate an endangered tradition. Where once despatches were trusted to the hands of a willing sea-captain, telegraph operator or stranger in an airport queue prepared to spirit a can of undeveloped film back to London, today the digital realm has transformed the relaying of the news – even if the work of gathering it in the field has changed little. Weaving the tales of the greats of yesterday and today, such as Martha Gellhorn, Ernest Hemingway, Don McCullin and Marie Colvin, with extraordinary accounts from his own lifetime on the frontlines, this is a deeply personal book from a master of the profession, the most distinguished foreign correspondent of our time.
Author: Robert McLiam Wilson
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Chuckie Lurgan and Jake Jackson, a Protestant and a Catholic, are equally mystified when "OTG" begins to appear on Belfast's walls in the form of graffiti
The Yellow World
Author: Albert Espinosa
Publisher: Penguin UK
Albert Espinosa never wanted to write a book about surviving cancer, so he didn't. He wrote a book instead about the Yellow World. What is the yellow world? The yellow world is a world that's within everyone's reach, a world the colour of the sun. It is the name of a way of living, of seeing life, of nourishing yourself with the lessons that you learn from good moments as well as bad ones. It is the world that makes you happy, the world you like living in. The yellow world has no rules; it is made of discoveries. In these 23 Discoveries Albert shows us how to connect daily reality with our most distant dreams. He tells us that 'losses are positive', 'the word "pain" doesn't exist', and 'what you hide the most reveals the most about you'. Albert Espinosa has won several battles with death, which is why his stories are so full of life. He is powerful because he never gives up. And as a last resort he bargains: he swapped a leg and a lung for his life. He has learnt how to lose in order to win. He's hyperactive and prefers losing sleep to losing experiences. If you want to tell him something it has to be very good or told very fast. He loves to provoke people but he does it to make provocations seem normal. His greatest hope is that after you have read this book you will go off in search of your yellow world. Albert Espinosa is a bestselling author. At the age of thirteen, Albert was diagnosed with cancer, an event that changed his life forever. When he was fourteen, his left leg had to be amputated. At sixteen his left lung was removed, and when he was eighteen part of his liver was taken out. After ten years in and out of hospitals, when he was finally told that he had been cured of the disease, he realised that his illness had taught him that what is sad is not dying, but rather not knowing how to live.
Author: Thomas Glavinic
Publisher: Canongate Books
There’s nothing moving outside. No cars. No buses. No people. No birds. Nothing. No one. Anywhere. An ordinary man wakes up on an ordinary day to find that he’s the only living creature in the entire city. The radio and TV are suddenly filled with white noise, there’s no newspaper, the Internet is down and no one’s answering the phone. Jonas is the last living being on the planet. What happened? How? Why? And why is he still here? Thriller and philosophical investigation wrapped up in an intensely compelling, eerie mystery, Night Work is compulsive and exhilarating – but don’t read it when you’re all alone...
Looking for Alaska
Author: John Green
The award-winning, genre-defining debut from #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist New York Times bestseller Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . . After. Nothing is ever the same.
"A missing painting. A mysterious woman. Her husband and her lover... A brilliant and naïve young lawyer's life is changed forever when a painter and his subject--a breathtakingly beautiful woman--appear at his office in Frankfurt. The woman's husband is deliberately marring the painting of his wife he commissioned the artist to make. Now the woman and the artist want the painting back. Simple enough--or so it seems before the lawyer becomes enmeshed in the lives of this toxic trio. Love, theft, and deceit unfold in quick succession when the woman, and the painting, suddenly go missing. It will take a strange turn of fate and a natural disaster to reunite the lawyer, the husband, and the artist with the woman they all love, hiding out in Australia--and when they find her they will be forced to reckon with the lies and betrayals of their shared past."--
A wise, affecting novel from the beloved, award-winning author of Funny Girl, High Fidelity, and About A Boy. New York Times-bestselling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line. A Long Way Down is now a major motion picture from Magnolia Pictures starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots. Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year's Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof of Topper's House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives. In four distinct and riveting first-person voices, Nick Hornby tells a story of four individuals confronting the limits of choice, circumstance, and their own mortality. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances. Intense, hilarious, provocative, and moving, A Long Way Down is a novel about suicide that is, surprisingly, full of life. From the Trade Paperback edition.