Author: Ruth Hoffmann
Born in the GDR
Author: Hester Vaizey
Publisher: OUP Oxford
The changes that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 were particularly dramatic for East Germans. With the German Democratic Republic effectively taken over by West Germany in the reunification process, nothing in their lives was immune from change and upheaval: from the way they voted, the newspapers they read, to the brand of butter they bought. But what was it really like to go from living under communism one minute, to capitalism the next? What did the East Germans make of capitalism? And how do they remember the GDR today? Are their memories dominated by fear and loathing of the Stasi state, or do they look back with a measure of fondness and regret on a world of guaranteed employment and low living costs? This is the story of eight citizens of the former German Democratic Republic, and how these dramatic changes affected them. All of the people in the book were born in East Germany after the Berlin Wall was put up in August 1961, so they knew nothing other than living in a socialist system when the GDR fell apart. Their stories provide a fascinating insight not only into everyday life in East Germany, but also into how this now-vanished state is remembered today, a quarter of a century after the fall of the Wall.
Author: Anna Funder
Publisher: Odyssey Editions
Stasiland tells true stories of people who heroically resisted the communist dictatorship of East Germany, and of people who worked for its secret police, the Stasi. Internationally hailed as a classic, it is ‘fascinating, entertaining, hilarious, horrifying and very important’ (Tom Hanks) and ‘a heartbreaking, beautifully written book.’ (Claire Tomalin). East Germany was one of the most intrusive surveillance states of all time. One in 7 people spied on their friends, family and colleagues. In ‘the most humane and sensitive way’ (J.M. Coetzee) Funder tells the true stories of four people who had the extraordinary courage to refuse to collaborate with the Stasi, and the price they paid. She meets Miriam Weber, who was imprisoned at 16 after scaling the Berlin Wall. She drinks with the legendary “Mik Jegger” of the Eastern Bloc who was ‘disappeared’. And she finds former Stasi men who defend their regime long past its demise, and yearn for the second coming of Communism. Stasiland won the Samuel Johnson Prize for best non-fiction published in English in 2004. It was a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award, the W.H. Heinemann Award, the Index Freedom of Expression Awards, The Age Book of the Year Awards, the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature (Innovation in Writing). It is read in schools and universities in many countries, and has been adapted for CD and the stage by The National Theatre, London.
Answering God’s call, Smith Wigglesworth took God at His word—with dramatic results. Sight was restored to the blind, hearing to the deaf, health to the diseased, and mental wholeness to the insane. Some dead were even brought back to life. Your faith will expand as you read Wigglesworth’s challenging insights into faith-filled living. Like Wigglesworth, you will find that you can… Dare to do exploits for God Quench your spiritual thirst Conquer fears that have defeated you Receive the Master’s healing touch Take authority over Satan Be an effective soul winner Find God’s power for daily living As you daily explore these truths from the Apostle of Faith, you will connect with God’s glorious power, cast out doubt, build up your faith, and see impossibilities turn into realities. Your prayer life will be transformed as you experience the joy of seeing powerful results when you minister to others.
Die Generation der Wendekinder
Author: Adriana Lettrari, Christian Nestler, Nadja Troi-Boeck
Seit 2011 stehen Wendekinder, als letzte partiell in der DDR sozialisierte Gruppe, welche sich in Teilen selbst als Dritte Generation Ostdeutschland bezeichnen, im Fokus der Öffentlichkeit. Mit diesem Band liegt eine transdisziplinäre Betrachtung des Phänomens vor. Dabei wird das Forschungsfeld in den Dimensionen Diskurs, Typen und Positionierung(en) kartiert. Im zweiten Moment ist durch die Bildung eines Analyserasters, dem Rostocker-Generationen-Modell, eine Betrachtung der Frage nach dem „Zusammenwachsen“ der beiden deutschen Staaten gelungen. Die Vielfalt der Beiträge verdeutlicht eine initiale Erkenntnis: Es handelt sich bei den Wendekindern um eine hochgradig diverse Generation, welcher jedoch aufgrund ihrer doppelten Sozialisation eine ausgleichende triangulierende Vermittlerposition zukommt.
Im Dienst der Staatssicherheit
Author: Uwe Krähnke, Anja Zschirpe, Matthias Finster, Philipp Reimann
Publisher: Campus Verlag
Mielkes Männer und Frauen Obwohl das Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (MfS) als zentrales Herrschaftsinstrument der DDR seit der »Wende« 1989 im Blickfeld der Öffentlichkeit steht, weiß man auch heute noch sehr wenig über die hauptamtlichen Mitarbeiter dieses Geheimdienstes. Als »Schild und Schwert der Partei« bildeten die 78.000 Berufssoldaten und -offiziere in den MfSKreisdienststellen, Bezirksverwaltungen und der Berliner Zentrale das Rückgrat des SED-Regimes. Wie kamen »ganz normale Menschen« dazu, in diesen Apparat einzutreten, dort langfristig mitzuarbeiten, sich in die Strukturen einzufügen und diese damit zu stabilisieren? Was waren ihre Motivationsgrundlagen und Wertvorstellungen? Wie gestaltete sich ihr Lebensalltag im Dienst der Staatssicherheit? Was wurde aus ihnen nach der Auflösung des MfS und dem Zusammenbruch der DDR? Wie bewerten sie selbst ihre MfS-Vergangenheit? Dieses Buch gibt, gestützt auf über 70 Interviews, in denen ehemalige hauptamtliche Mitarbeiter der »Stasi« ihre Lebensgeschichten erzählen, die Antworten.
This is a major study of Charles I's relationship with the English aristocracy. Rejecting the traditional emphasis on the 'Crisis of the Aristocracy', Professor Richard Cust highlights instead the effectiveness of the King and the Earl of Arundel's policies to promote and strengthen the nobility. He reveals how the peers reasserted themselves as the natural leaders of the political nation during the Great Council of Peers in 1640 and the Long Parliament. He also demonstrates how Charles deliberately set out to cultivate his aristocracy as the main bulwark of royal authority, enabling him to go to war against the Scots in 1639 and then build the royalist party which provided the means to fight parliament in 1642. The analysis is framed throughout within a broader study of aristocratic honour and the efforts of the heralds to stabilise the social order.
Historic Hoosier Gyms
Author: Kyle Neddenriep
Publisher: History Press (SC)
Kick snow from your shoes and step into the warmth of the old Hoosier high school basketball gym, where farmers in overalls line the court and students heckle referees from planks above the bleachers. Revisit a unique era when nearly every town had a high school and its own basketball team. The gyms featured here no longer host high school games, but once they were home to the Ladoga Canners, the Mecca Arabs, the Roll Red Rollers, the Arlington Purple Breezes, the Warren Lightning Five and dozens more. Now they are elementary schools, community centers, fire stations, churches. Some are homes. Sadly, others are wasting away. But once again, the ball thuds in these gyms. The screams reverberate. The whistles blow. Join the Indianapolis Star's Kyle Neddenriep on this tour of one hundred former Hoosier high school basketball gyms.
Author: Leo Maxim
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Now, married with two children and the Wall a distant memory, Maxim decides to find the answers to the questions he couldn't ask. Why did his parents, once passionately in love, grow apart? Why did his father become so angry, and his mother quit her career in journalism? And why did his grandfather Gerhard, the Socialist war hero, turn into a stranger? The story he unearths is, like his country's past, one of hopes, lies, cruelties, betrayals but also love. In Red Love he captures, with warmth and unflinching honesty, why so many dreamed the GDR would be a new world and why, in the end, it fell apart. Growing up in East Berlin, Maxim Leo knew not to ask questions. All he knew was that his rebellious parents, Wolf and Anne, with their dyed hair, leather jackets and insistence he call them by their first names, were a bit embarrassing. That there were some places you couldn't play; certain things you didn't say.
Sir Edward Grey (1862-1933) was Britain's longest-serving Foreign Secretary, holding office from December 1905 to December 1916. Best known today for his observation on the eve of World War I, "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we won't see them lit again in our lifetime," Grey had worked tirelessly to keep the lamps on, while keeping Britain and the Empire secure. During his eventful and stressful years in office, and before and after, Grey corresponded extensively with Katharine Lyttelton (1860-1943), the wife of a high-ranking general who served as the first Chief of the General Staff. Though they were probably not lovers-readers can decide for themselves-the relationship was an intimate one, and Grey was able confide in her thoughts and feelings he concealed from Cabinet colleagues and his male friends. The letters, selected and edited by Jeff Lipkes, reveal a side to Grey that has not been fully appreciated. He was amusing, shrewd, and humane, and a close observer of individuals as well as of nature. His observations still speak to us. They will resonate with everyone who loves the outdoors and solitude. Those coping with an overpowering grief, with a strong distaste for their work, or with approaching blindness may find them especially poignant. But others not so afflicted may discover they have become kinder, more courageous, and more observant for having read Grey's letters. Dear Kathanine Courageous includes an eighty-page introduction by Lipkes on Grey, Lytellton, and their circle, and an Afterword on the Foreign Secretary's private life.
Live from Death Row
Author: Mumia Abu-Jamal
Publisher: Harper Collins
Once a prominent radio reporter, Mumia Abu-Jamal is now in a Pennsylvania prison awaiting his state-sactioned execution. In 1982 he was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner after a trial many have criticized as profoundly biased. Live From Death Row is a collection of his prison writings--an impassioned yet unflinching account of the brutalities and humiliations of prison life. It is also a scathing indictment of racism and political bias in the American judicial system that is certain to fuel the controversy surrounding the death penalty and freedom of speech.
Child of Another Century
Author: Ronald Waterhouse
Publisher: The Radcliffe Press
The 20th century saw a period of enormous legal and social change in Britain. In these engaging memoirs Ronald Waterhouse, who sat as one of Britain’s leading High Court Judges, provides fascinating frontline insights into the complex British legal system. _x000D_ _x000D_ Waterhouse took silk in 1969 and became a High Court judge in 1978 in the Family Division, transferring to the Queen’s Bench in 1988 where he presided over well-known trials such as those of Ken Dodd and Derek Hatton. Libel, including reading libel for Private Eye with Richard Ingrams and Paul Foot, civil and personal injury work were a prominent part of his practice. After his retirement, he was appointed Chairman of the Tribunal of Inquiry into Child Abuse in North Wales Children’s Homes in 1996. It was during this time that he went onto lead the biggest inquiry into child abuse ever held in Britain, publishing the highly significant and influential report ‘Lost in Care’ in 2000. From his early career as a barrister at Middle Temple, which saw his involvement in high-profile cases such as the notorious Moors Murders in the 1960s and Slater Walker in the 1970s, to his later work as a Judge, Waterhouse here presents a detailed and authoritative narrative of British jurisprudence in the second half of the 20th century. This unique insider’s view will fascinate general readers and prove essential reading for specialists.
The Russian Century
Author: Pahomov, Lupinin
Publisher: University Press of America
The Russian Century is the most comprehensive and accessible collection of readings devoted to Russian culture and civilization. The fascinating first-person accounts paint a vivid picture of the Russian people through the turbulent years of the collapse of the Soviet Union. This book allows readers to see Russia through the private lives of people who come from diverse backgrounds, various educational and socio-economic experiences, and a broad geographic spectrum. Diary entries, personal sketches,memoirs, and letters tell these stories in an intimate and authentic voice of immediate experience rather than the distant, general flow of history. Translated into English for the first time, personal matters as well as the larger social and political context are revealed in a manner that provides significant insight into a powerful, distinctive, and influential culture. All too often the Russian experience has been presented as either horrific or heroic. This volume goes beyond that approach and deals with areas which have received little or no attention to existing studies of Russian history and culture--love, sexuality, courtship, marriage, family life, work, education, and religion.
Among the Hidden
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke, an illegal third child, has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm in this start to the Shadow Children series from Margaret Peterson Haddix. Luke has never been to school. He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend. Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He's lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside. Then, one day Luke sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he's met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows -- does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?