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By Niall Ferguson. 2013
An examination of institutional dysfunction in the Western world argues that such values as a free market and representative government… are being compromised while future generations are inheriting unmanageable levels of debt. 2013.
By Steve Turner. 2006
John Lennon famously proclaimed the Beatles were more popular than Jesus, and over the next few years, they were to… become spiritual leaders to a generation trying to find meaning in the world. Turner examines their attitudes toward religion and their spiritual influences, including John's education as a choirboy. By their final albums, the Beatles were weaving more references to religion and spirituality into their music, and Turner attempts to reveal the "gospel" of the Fab Four. Some descriptions of violence, sex and some strong language. 2006.
By Gregory Zuckerman. 2014
In five years, the United States has seen a historic burst of oil and natural gas production, easing our insatiable… hunger for energy. A new drilling process called fracking has made us the world's fastest growing energy power, on track to pass Saudi Arabia by 2020. But despite headlines and controversy, no previous book has shown how the revolution really happened. The Frackers tells the dramatic tale of how a group of ambitious and headstrong wildcatters ignored the ridicule of experts and derision of colleagues to pursue massive, long-overlooked deposits. Against all odds, they changed the world- and made astonishing fortunes in the process. Zuckerman's exclusive access enabled him to get close to men like George Mitchell, who developed a new way to drill for gas in shale rock; Harold Hamm, who discovered so much oil he's now worth more than the estate of Steve Jobs; and Aubrey McClendon, who lost more than billion on a misguided gambit. Zuckerman shows how the frackers are now using their wealth to shake up Hollywood, education, politics, sports, and other fields, much like the Rockefellers and Gettys before them. He also explores the debate over the environmental risks of fracking, and whether those risks are worth it for the United States to achieve energy independence and for the rest of the world to follow. 2014.
By Jessica Hopper. 2015
Jessica Hopper's music criticism has earned her a reputation as a firebrand, a keen observer and fearless critic not just… of music but the culture around it. With this volume spanning from her punk fanzine roots to her landmark piece on R. Kelly's past, "The First Collection" leaves no doubt why The New York Times has called Hopper's work "influential." Not merely a selection of two decades of Hopper's most engaging, thoughtful, and humorous writing, this book documents the last 20 years of American music making and the shifting landscape of music consumption. The book journeys through the truths of Riot Grrrl's empowering insurgence, decamps to Gary, IN, on the eve of Michael Jackson's death, explodes the grunge-era mythologies of Nirvana and Courtney Love, and examines emo's rise. 2015. I have a strange relationship with music -- Chicago. Emo : where the girls aren't Chance the Rapper Viva la filthy noise! : Coughs' Secret passage Sweet things And we remain, ever so faithfully, yours Conversation with Jim Derogatis regarding R. Kelly Real/Fake. Gaga takes a trip Deconstructing Lana Del Rey Taylor Swift, Grimes and Lana Del Rey : the year in blond ambition We can't stop : our year with Miley Louder than love : my teen grunge poserdom Nostalgia. When The Boss went moral : Bruce Springsteen's lost album Vedderan : notes on Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary concert You're reliving all over me : Dinosaur Jr. reunites You will ache like I ache : the oral history of Hole's Live through this You know what? California. Kendrick Lamar : not your average, everyday rap savior California demise : Tyler, the Creator and EMA feel the bad vibes Will the stink of success ruin The Smell? Dispatches from the desert : Coachella Faith. The passion of David Bazan Flirting with religion : Rickie Lee Jones Why Michael Jackson's past might be Gary, Indiana's only future Superchunk : I hate music Between the viaduct of your dreams : On Van Morrison Bad reviews. Miley Cyrus : Bangerz Nu age : Animal Collective and Bell Orchestre Tyler, the Creator : Wolf Old year's end Nevermind already : Nirvana's 20th anniversary boxset Strictly business. Punk is dead! Long live punk! : a report on the state of teen spirit from the mobile shopping mall that is the Vans Warped Tour Chief Keef Nude awakening : Suicide Girls How selling out saved indie rock Not Lollapalooza : Rollin Hunt, Screaming Females & Abe Vigoda Females. St. Vincent : Strange mercy Cat Power : Sun SWF, 45 : Mecca Normal's The observer Shouting out loud : The Raincoats Making pop for capitalist pigs : M.I.A.'s Maya There is no Guyville in Sweden : Frida Hyvönen's Until death comes Uniform title: Essays.
By Amity Shlaes. 2007
Economics reporter analyzes the Great Depression era in the United States and posits that federal intervention in the economy lengthened… its duration. Considers economic plans from members of Franklin Roosevelt's brain trust and alternate solutions of outsiders such as African American Father Divine and Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson. 2007.
By Jeff Rubin. 2012
Economist and resource analyst Jeff Rubin is certain that the world's governments are getting it wrong - instead of moving… us toward economic recovery, measures being taken around the globe right now are digging us into a deeper hole. Both politicians and economists are missing the fact that the real engine of economic growth has always been cheap, abundant fuel and resources, but that era is over. The end of cheap oil signals the end of growth - and the end of easy answers to renewing prosperity. c2012.
By Ian Wallis. 1996
Traces the life and times of musician Ronnie Hawkins, from his early rockabilly days in Arkansas through his later recording… career. At the leading edge of the rock'n'roll era, he played with legends Bo Diddley and Roy Orbison, and formed friendships with Bob Dylan and John Lennon. Some strong language. 1996.
By Ted Gioia. 1997
Covers the origins of jazz from African instruments and rhythms of the early 1800s through the emergence of modern jazz… and the technological changes of the 1990s. Evaluates the contributions of individual musicians; provides the social and cultural context for the development of this art form. 1997.
By Robert H Frank. 2011
Frank looks at how economic competition is actually hindering the "common good." He explains that Charles Darwin's theory on the… clash between individual and group interests is a perfect analogy for today's economic landscape. 2011.
By Linda McQuaig. 1998
McQuaig looks into the popular belief that the Canadian economy is beyond Canada's control, held at the mercy of globalization… and technology. Instead, she argues, the international community has the tools to regulate the world financial system to everyone's benefit, as was done in the decades after World War II. 1998.
By John Ralston Saul. 2005
Globalism, where world markets would supplant nation-states, has failed even as it succeeded, by increasing GDP or individual wealth in… some countries while allowing the paralyzing accumulation of debt in the third world. In the meantime, economies have artificially inflated and imploded. The author also faults a system where multinational corporations attempt to replace government infrastructure and "overly complex" management is mistaken for leadership. 2005.
By Charles Osborne. 1986
This text gives an account of Mozart's 22 operas. The author explores the operas from four points of view: the… historical setting and Mozart's own life at the time; the libretto and librettist; the story line; and finally the music itself. 1986.
By John Kenneth Galbraith. 1992
Renowned economist analyzes United States monetary policies, domestic social conditions, and foreign relations. Galbraith's thesis is that America has succumbed… to the desires and comfort of the affluent -- a class that tends to control political decisions. He traces the roots of this late twentieth-century "culture," beginning with circumstances that led to the Great Depression and concluding with suggestions for coping with problems. 1992.
By Eric Siblin. 2009
J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece Bach's cello suites have become some of the most… enduring pieces in history, but they remain shrouded in mystery - about when and how they were composed, whether they were originally intended for the cello, how much influence Bach's second wife had on their composition, and what happened to Bach's original manuscript. Covers Bach and the missing manuscript from the eighteenth century; Pablo Casals and the discovery of the music in Spain in the late nineteenth century; and Siblin's own infatuation with the suites in the twenty-first. Canada Reads 2012. c2009.
By Niall Ferguson. 2001
Throughout modern history, the way states have managed their money has been crucial to their survival and success. It has… been finance as much as firepower that has decided the fates of nations in the supreme test of war. The cash nexus is the crucial point where money and power meet. But does money make the political world go round? Does the success of democracy depend on economic growth? Does victory always go to the richest of the great powers? Or are financial markets the true 'masters' of the modern world? 2001.
By Jeff Rubin. 2015
The author vehemently believes that Stephen Harper's economic vision for our country is dead wrong. Changes in energy markets in… the US - where domestic production is booming while demand for oil is shrinking - are quickly turning Harper's dream into an economic nightmare. The same trade and investment ties to oil that pushed the Canadian dollar to record highs are now pulling it down. But the very climate change that will leave much of the country's carbon unburnable could at the same time make some of Canada's other resource assets more valuable: our water and our land. Canada won't be an energy superpower, but it has the potential to be one of the world's great breadbaskets. And in the global climate that the world's carbon emissions are inexorably creating, food will soon be a lot more valuable than oil. Bestseller. 2015.
By Mervyn Cooke, David Horn. 2002
The world of jazz may be viewed from many perspectives - social and cultural history, music analysis, economics, or ethnography.… The nineteen essays here provide expert views on the character, history and uses of jazz, its chronology, identity, and the ways in which it has been valued and represented. Some descriptions of sex. c2002.
By Kent Nagano, Inge Kloepfer, Isabelle Gabolde. 2015
" Kent Nagano retrace pour nous son parcours, qui l'a amené, lui, petit-fils de modestes immigrants ayant grandi dans un… petit village côtier de la Californie, à diriger les plus prestigieux orchestres et maisons d'opéra. Il raconte comment la musique lui a permis de trouver sa place, non seulement au sein de sa propre communauté, mais partout dans le monde. Loin d'être une activité réservée à l'élite, la musique classique, selon Nagano, est un formidable instrument de rapprochement et de dialogue entre les hommes. À la fois mémoires et brûlant plaidoyer pour la survie de la musique classique et des arts, Sonnez, merveilles ! sadresse à tous ceux qui croient encore en l'importance de la culture dans le monde d'aujourdhui. " -- 4e de couv. Titre uniforme: Erwarten Sie Wunder!
By Robert Love. 1993
A collection of "thirty-seven examples of the art of journalism as practiced at the Rolling Stone." The articles appeared in… issues from 1969 to 1990. The range of subjects includes actors, musicians, politics, and AIDS. Among contributors are Hunter S. Thompson, P.J. O'Rourke, and Tim Cahill. Each entry is abridged and prefaced with a note by the writer. Some strong language. 1993.
By Niall Ferguson. 2009
Niall Ferguson shows that finance is the foundation of human progress and reveals financial history as the essential back-story behind… all history. The evolution of credit and debt was as important as any technological innovation in the rise of civilization, from ancient Babylon to the silver mines of Bolivia. 2009.