A National Book Award-winning author travels the globe and meets with impoverished individuals where they live to document firsthand the causes and effects of poverty. Two 16-page photo inserts. That was the simple yet groundbreaking question William T. Vollmann asked in cities and villages around the globe. The result of Vollmann´s fearless inquiry is a view of poverty unlike any previously offered. Poor People struggles to confront poverty in all its hopelessness and brutality, its pride and abject fear, its fierce misery and quiet resignation, allowing the poor to explain the causes and consequences of their impoverishment in their own cultural, social, and religious terms. With intense compassion and a scrupulously unpatronizing eye, Vollmann invites his readers to recognize in our fellow human beings their full dignity, fallibility, pride, and pain, and the power of their hard-fought resilience.
Selected by the New Yorker, Financial Times and New Statesman as a Book of the Year ´Diana Evans is a lyrical and glorious writer; a precise poet of the human heart´ Naomi Alderman´You can take a leap, do something off the wall, something reckless. It´s your last chance, and most people miss it.´ South London, 2008. Two couples find themselves at a moment of reckoning, on the brink of acceptance or revolution. Melissa has a new baby and doesn´t want to let it change her but, in the crooked walls of a narrow Victorian terrace, she begins to disappear. Michael, growing daily more accustomed to his commute, still loves Melissa but can´t quite get close enough to her to stay faithful. Meanwhile out in the suburbs, Stephanie is happy with Damian and their three children, but the death of Damian´s father has thrown him into crisis - or is it something, or someone, else? Are they all just in the wrong place? Are any of them prepared to take the leap? Set against the backdrop of Barack Obama´s historic election victory, Ordinary People is an intimate, immersive study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and aging, and the fragile architecture of love. With its distinctive prose and irresistible soundtrack, it is the story of our lives, and those moments that threaten to unravel us.
Winner of the 2019 Transmission Prize Longlisted for the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Writing ´A superb book by one of the world´s leading experts on the digital revolution´ David Patrikarakos, Literary Review ´This book could not have come at a better moment... The People Vs Tech makes clear that there is still time - just - for us to take back control´ - Camilla Cavendish, Sunday Times The internet was meant to set us free. Tech has radically changed the way we live our lives. But have we unwittingly handed too much away to shadowy powers behind a wall of code, all manipulated by a handful of Silicon Valley utopians, ad men, and venture capitalists? And, in light of recent data breach scandals around companies like Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, what does that mean for democracy, our delicately balanced system of government that was created long before big data, total information and artificial intelligence? In this urgent polemic, Jamie Bartlett argues that through our unquestioning embrace of big tech, the building blocks of democracy are slowly being removed. The middle class is being eroded, sovereign authority and civil society is weakened, and we citizens are losing our critical faculties, maybe even our free will. The People Vs Tech is an enthralling account of how our fragile political system is being threatened by the digital revolution. Bartlett explains that by upholding six key pillars of democracy, we can save it before it is too late. We need to become active citizens; uphold a shared democratic culture; protect free elections; promote equality; safeguard competitive and civic freedoms; and trust in a sovereign authority. This essential book shows that the stakes couldn´t be higher and that, unless we radically alter our course, democracy will join feudalism, supreme monarchies and communism as just another political experiment that quietly disappeared.
Discover the secrets to influencing the performance of the people you lead Managers don´t get paid for what they do but rather for the performance of their people; therefore, a manager´s most important job is coaching behaviors in order to improve performance. In People Follow You managers will learn five easily understood and implemented levers critical to influencing the performance of the people they lead. Ultimately, people follow people that they like, trust, and believe in. Understand how to build stronger relationships with direct and indirect reports that lead to loyalty, higher productivity, and long-term development. Relevant to middle and high level managers, People Follow You provides a foundation for managing people. Practical lessons help managers employ winning interpersonal skills to move others to take action. - Learn how to leverage the basics of interpersonal relationships to inspire others to take action - Get a simple and actionable formula for connecting with employees and indirect reports and gaining their buy-in through the use of personal power vs. the power of authority - Discover the fundamental on-the-job coaching skills that deliver instant performance improvement - Author Jeb Blount is the most downloaded sales expert in iTunes history; his Sales Gravy and Sales Guy audio programs have been downloaded more than 3 million times When all else is stripped away, people don´t work for companies, paychecks, perks, or slogans, people work for you. Become a manager people will follow, and lead your team to greater achievements and measurable gains.
LONGLISTED for the 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION An urgent, essential collection of stories about immigration, broken dreams, Los Angeles gang members, Latin American families, and other tales of high stakes journeys, from the award-winning author of War by Candlelight and At Night We Walk in Circles. Migration. Betrayal. Family secrets. Doomed love. Uncertain futures. In Daniel Alarcón´s hands, these are transformed into deeply human stories with high stakes. In ´´The Thousands,´´ people are on the move and forging new paths; hope and heartbreak abound. A man deals with the fallout of his blind relatives´ mysterious deaths and his father´s mental breakdown and incarceration in ´´The Bridge.´´ A gang member discovers a way to forgiveness and redemption through the haze of violence and trauma in ´´The Ballad of Rocky Rontal.´´ And in the tour de force novella, ´´The Auroras´´, a man severs himself from his old life and seeks to make a new one in a new city, only to find himself seduced and controlled by a powerful woman. Richly drawn, full of unforgettable characters, The King is Always Above the People reveals experiences both unsettling and unknown, and yet eerily familiar in this new world.
In the UAE, the majority of the population consists of foreigners brought in to construct the skylines of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. This labour force works miserably without the rights of citizenship and, after enforced retirement, is required to leave. Until now, the humanitarian crisis of the so-called ´guest workers´ of the Gulf has not been addressed in fiction. With his stunning, mind-altering book Temporary People Deepak Unnikrishnan delves into their histories, myths, struggles and triumphs, and illuminates the ways in which temporary status affects psyches, families, stories and more.
Bekommen zwei, die in ihrem Leben noch nie einem Partner treu sein konnten, eine zweite Chance auf die Liebe? Nach einem gemeinsamen One Night Stand im College treffen die beiden New Yorker Lainey (Alison Brie) und Jake (Jason Sudeikis) zufällig aufeinander und entdecken, dass sie beide dasselbe Problem teilen: Monogamie ist eine zu große Herausforderung, keiner von beiden hatte je eine längere Partnerschaft. Sie sind entschlossen, für immer Freunde zu bleiben und dem Sex - trotz der spürbaren Anziehung - keine Chance mehr zu geben. Ein Pakt der leichter ausgesprochen als einzuhalten ist...
´´Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful.´´--#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin Named A Highly Anticipated Book for 2018 by InStyle online, Elite Daily, and Hello Giggles! One of Popsugar´s ´´10 Books Your Favorite Celebrities Are Reading This Spring´´ The author of The Garden of Small Beginnings returns with a hilarious and poignant new novel about four families, their neighborhood carpool, and the affair that changes everything. At any given moment in other people´s houses, you can find...repressed hopes and dreams...moments of unexpected joy...someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her husband... *record scratch* As the longtime local carpool mom, Frances Bloom is sometimes an unwilling witness to her neighbors´ private lives. She knows her cousin is hiding her desire for another baby from her spouse, Bill Horton´s wife is mysteriously missing, and now this... After the shock of seeing Anne Porter in all her extramarital glory, Frances vows to stay in her own lane. But that´s a notion easier said than done when Anne´s husband throws her out a couple of days later. The repercussions of the affair reverberate through the four carpool families--and Frances finds herself navigating a moral minefield that could make or break a marriage.
´´Profit Over People´´ - so bezeichnet Noam Chomsky den Neoliberalismus, der den Profit über alles Menschliche stellt. Scharfsichtig kritisiert er die Logik des freien Marktes und plädiert für demokratischere Alternativen. ´´War Against People´´ ist eine Abrechnung mit den westlichen Staaten - denn sie sind die wahren Schurkenstaaten und nicht die Diktaturen der sogenannten Entwicklungsländer. Die Machtpolitik der USA missachtet die Menschenrechte und missbraucht diese zur Legitimation ihrer Gewaltanwendung.
This groundbreaking study sets out to clarify one of the most influential but least studied of all political concepts. Despite continual talk of popular sovereignty, the idea of the people has been neglected by political theorists who have been deterred by its vagueness. Margaret Canovan argues that it deserves serious analysis, and that it´s many ambiguities point to unresolved political issues.The book begins by charting the conflicting meanings of the people, especially in Anglo-American usage, and traces the concept´s development from the ancient populus Romanus to the present day.The book´s main purpose is, however, to analyse the political issues signalled by the people´s ambiguities. In the remaining chapters, Margaret Canovan considers their theoretical and practical aspects:1. Where are the people´s boundaries? Is people equivalent to nation, and how is it related to humanity - people in general?2. Populists aim to give power back to the people; how is populism related to democracy?3. How can the sovereign people be an immortal collective body, but at the same time be us as individuals? Can we ever see that sovereign people in action?4. Political myths surround the figure of the people and help to explain its influence; should the people itself be regarded as fictional?This original and accessible study sheds a fresh light on debates about popular sovereignty, and will be an important resource for students and scholars of political theory.
The stunning debut novel, from the author of A Little Life. It is 1950 when Norton Perina, a young doctor, embarks on an expedition to a remote Micronesian island in search of a rumoured lost tribe. There he encounters a strange group of forest dwellers who appear to have attained a form of immortality that preserves the body but not the mind. Perina uncovers their secret and returns with it to America, where he soon finds great success. But his discovery has come at a terrible cost, not only for the islanders, but for Perina himself. Hanya Yanagihara´s The People in the Trees marks the debut of a remarkable new voice in American fiction.
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize. Based on true events and set in a lost world bound by its own laws, The Good People is Hannah Kent´s startling novel about absolute belief and devoted love. Terrifying, thrilling and moving in equal measure, this long-awaited follow-up to Burial Rites shows an author at the height of her powers. County Kerry, Ireland, 1825. Nóra, bereft after the sudden death of her beloved husband, finds herself alone and caring for her young grandson Micheál. Micheál cannot speak and cannot walk and Nóra is desperate to know what is wrong with him. What happened to the healthy, happy grandson she met when her daughter was still alive? Mary arrives in the valley to help Nóra just as the whispers are spreading: the stories of unexplained misfortunes, of illnesses, and the rumours that Micheál is a changeling child who is bringing bad luck to the valley. Nance´s knowledge keeps her apart. To the new priest, she is a threat, but to the valley people she is a wanderer, a healer. Nance knows how to use the plants and berries of the woodland; she understands the magic in the old ways. And she might be able to help Micheál. As these three women are drawn together in the hope of restoring Micheál, their world of folklore and belief, of ritual and stories, tightens around them. It will lead them down a dangerous path, and force them to question everything they have ever known.