Dispatches

Dispatches
Author: Michael Herr
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780307814166
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Release: 2011-11-30
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"The best book to have been written about the Vietnam War" (The New York Times Book Review); an instant classic straight from the front lines. From its terrifying opening pages to its final eloquent words, Dispatches makes us see, in unforgettable and unflinching detail, the chaos and fervor of the war and the surreal insanity of life in that singular combat zone. Michael Herr’s unsparing, unorthodox retellings of the day-to-day events in Vietnam take on the force of poetry, rendering clarity from one of the most incomprehensible and nightmarish events of our time. Dispatches is among the most blistering and compassionate accounts of war in our literature.

Dispatches

Dispatches
Author: Michael Herr
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9781743536520
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Release: 2015-03-01
Editor: Picador
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

We took space back quickly, expensively, with total panic and close to maximum brutality. Our machine was devastating. And versatile. It could do everything but stop. Michael Herr went to Vietnam as a war correspondent for Esquire. He returned to tell the real story in all its hallucinatory madness and brutality, cutting to the quick of the conflict and its seductive, devastating impact on a generation of young men. His unflinching account is haunting in its violence, but even more so in its honesty. First published in 1977, Dispatches was a revolutionary piece of new journalism that evoked the experiences of soldiers in Vietnam and has forever shaped our understanding of the conflict. It is now a seminal classic of war reportage.

Dispatches

Dispatches
Author: Michael Herr
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781447275077
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Release: 2014-12-15
Editor: Pan Macmillan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

With an introduction by Kevin Powers. A groundbreaking piece of journalism which inspired Stanley Kubrick's classic Vietnam War film Full Metal Jacket. We took space back quickly, expensively, with total panic and close to maximum brutality. Our machine was devastating. And versatile. It could do everything but stop. Michael Herr went to Vietnam as a war correspondent for Esquire. He returned to tell the real story in all its hallucinatory madness and brutality, cutting to the quick of the conflict and its seductive, devastating impact on a generation of young men. His unflinching account is haunting in its violence, but even more so in its honesty. First published in 1977, Dispatches was a revolutionary piece of new journalism that evoked the experiences of soldiers in Vietnam and has forever shaped our understanding of the conflict. It is now a seminal classic of war reportage.

Dispatches from the Sporting Life

Dispatches from the Sporting Life
Author: Mordecai Richler
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780307371010
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Release: 2010-09-03
Editor: Vintage Canada
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

The first book to be set in the new Richler typeface, commissioned by Random House of Canada Limited and Jack Rabinovitch in memory of Mordecai. Mordecai Richler’s final book pays homage to his personal heroes and celebrates a writer’s love of sport with his trademark irascibility, humour and acuity. Even while writing his bestselling novels, Mordecai Richler nurtured his obsession with sports, writing brilliantly on ice hockey, baseball, salmon fishing, bodybuilding, and wrestling for such publications as GQ, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Inside Sports, Commentary, and The New York Review of Books. Mordecai himself chose the pieces to include in Dispatches from the Sporting Life, and together they give us an intimate portrait of a man who admired the players and prized the struggle of sport -- as much as he enjoyed skewering those who made a mockery of its principles. His encounters with Pete Rose, Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe (“Mr. Elbows…the big guy with the ginger-ale bottle shoulders”) are by turns bizarre, moving and uproarious. Richler travelled with Guy LaFleur’s Montreal Canadiens (“Les Canadiens sont là!”), but also with the “far-from-incomparable” Trail Smoke Eaters to Stockholm for the world hockey championships, where Canadians are “widely known, and widely disliked.” There are wonderful pieces here about Ring Lardner, George Plimpton, Hank Greenberg and lady umpires, and a marvellous essay on his unlimited enthusiasm for the all-inclusive Encyclopedia of Jews in Sports, which includes among its champions Sandy Koufax, “who may well be the greatest pitcher of all time, regardless of race, colour or creed,” as well as one Steve Allan Hertz, an infielder who played five total games in Houston in 1964 and had a batting average of .000.

Dispatches

Dispatches
Author: Michael Herr
Pages: 260
ISBN: 9780679735250
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Release: 1991
Editor: Vintage
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

A documentation of the day-to-day realities of the war in Vietnam experienced by men on patrol, under siege at Khe Sanh, strapped into helicopters, and faced with continuing nightmares after their return to the United States

Dispatches from the Front

Dispatches from the Front
Author: David Halton
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780771038204
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Release: 2015
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

The first major biography of an iconic war correspondent sheds light on the personal life and fascinating career of a remarkable Canadian figure--and it's now available in paperback. This is Matthew Halton of the CBC. So began Matthew Halton's war broadcasts. Originally a reporter for the Toronto Star, Matt Halton, as Senior War Correspondent for the CBC during the Second World War, reported from the front lines in Italy and Northwest Europe, and became the voice of Canada at war. His reports were at times tender and sad and other times shocking and explosive. Covering the flashpoints of his generation--from the war trenches to the coronation of the Queen--Halton filed a series of reports warning that the Third Reich was becoming a vast laboratory and breeding ground for war. For a decade he chronicled Europe's drift to disaster, covering the breakdown of the League of Nations, the Spanish Civil War, and the Nazi takeover of Austria and Czechoslovakia. Along the way he interviewed Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Herman Goering, Neville Chamberlain, Charles de Gaulle, Mahatma Gandhi, and dozens of others who shaped the history of the last century. Drawing on extensive interviews and archival research, this definitive biography, written by Matthew's son, acclaimed former CBC correspondent David Halton, is a fascinating look at the career of one of the most accomplished journalists Canada has ever known.

Quantum Legacies

Quantum Legacies
Author: David Kaiser
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9780226698052
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Release: 2020
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

"Physicists have grappled with quantum theory for over a century. They have learned to wring precise answers from the theory's governing equations, and no experiment to date has found compelling evidence to contradict it. Even so, the conceptual apparatus remains stubbornly, famously bizarre. Physicists have tackled these conceptual uncertainties while navigating still larger ones: the rise of fascism, cataclysmic world wars and a new nuclear age, an unsteady Cold War stand-off and its unexpected end. Quantum Legacies introduces readers to physics' still-unfolding quest by treating iconic moments of discovery and debate among well-known figures like Albert Einstein, Erwin Schrödinger, and Stephen Hawking, and many others whose contributions have indelibly shaped our understanding of nature"--

Workbook

Workbook
Author: Steven Heighton
Pages: 74
ISBN: 1550229370
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Release: 2011
Editor: E C W Press
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Since selections first appeared in the New Quarterly and the National Post as part of "The Afterword," Steven Heighton's memos and dispatches to himself -- a writer's pointed, cutting take on his own work and the work of writing -- have been tweeted and retweeted, discussed and tacked to bulletin boards everywhere. Coalesced, completed, and collected here for the first time, a wholly new kind of book has emerged, one that's as much about creative process as it is about created product, at once about living life and the writing life. "I stick to a form that bluntly admits its own limitation and partiality and makes a virtue of both things," Heighton writes in his foreword, "a form that lodges no claim to encyclopedic completeness, balance, or conclusive truth. At times, this form (I'm going to call it the memo) is a hybrid of the epigram and the précis, or of the aphorism and the abstract, the maxim and the debater's initial be-it-resolved. At other times it's a meditation in the Aurelian sense, a dispatch-to-self that aspires to address other selves -- readers -- as well." It's in these very aspirations, reaching both back into and forward in time -- and, ultimately, outside of the pages of the book itself -- that Heighton offers perhaps the freshest, most provocative picture of what it means to create the literature of the modern world.

Strange Stones

Strange Stones
Author: Peter Hessler
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780062206244
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Release: 2013-05-07
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Full of unforgettable figures and an unrelenting spirit of adventure, Strange Stones is a far-ranging, thought-provoking collection of Peter Hessler’s best reportage—a dazzling display of the powerful storytelling, shrewd cultural insight, and warm sense of humor that are the trademarks of his work. Over the last decade, as a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of three books, Peter Hessler has lived in Asia and the United States, writing as both native and knowledgeable outsider in these two very different regions. This unusual perspective distinguishes Strange Stones, which showcases Hessler’s unmatched range as a storyteller. “Wild Flavor” invites readers along on a taste test between two rat restaurants in South China. One story profiles Yao Ming, basketball star and China’s most beloved export, another David Spindler, an obsessive and passionate historian of the Great Wall. In “Dr. Don,” Hessler writes movingly about a small-town pharmacist and his relationship with the people he serves. While Hessler’s subjects and locations vary, subtle but deeply important thematic links bind these pieces—the strength of local traditions, the surprising overlap between apparently opposing cultures, and the powerful lessons drawn from individuals who straddle different worlds.

Rainforest

Rainforest
Author: Tony Juniper
Pages: 456
ISBN: 9781642830729
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Release: 2019-09-19
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Rainforests have long been recognized as hotspots of biodiversity--but they are crucial for our planet in other surprising ways. Not only do these fascinating ecosystems thrive in rainy regions, they create rain themselves, and this moisture is spread around the globe. Rainforests across the world have a powerful and concrete impact, reaching as far as America's Great Plains and central Europe. In Rainforest: Dispatches from Earth's Most Vital Frontlines, a prominent conservationist provides a comprehensive view of the crucial roles rainforests serve, the state of the world's rainforests today, and the inspirational efforts underway to save them. In Rainforest, Tony Juniper draws upon decades of work in rainforest conservation. He brings readers along on his journeys, from the thriving forests of Costa Rica to Indonesia, where palm oil plantations have supplanted much of the former rainforest. Despite many ominous trends, Juniper sees hope for rainforests and those who rely upon them, thanks to developments like new international agreements, corporate deforestation policies, and movements from local and Indigenous communities. As climate change intensifies, we have already begun to see the effects of rainforest destruction on the planet at large. Rainforest provides a detailed and wide-ranging look at the health and future of these vital ecosystems. Throughout this evocative book, Juniper argues that in saving rainforests, we save ourselves, too.

Hold Everything Dear

Hold Everything Dear
Author: John Berger
Pages: 148
ISBN: 9780307386731
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Release: 2008
Editor: Vintage
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

In a powerful and articulate new collection of essays, the author of To the Wedding attempts to make sense of the world in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, analyzing the nature of terrorism and the profound despair that lies at its roots, refugees around the world, and the role of the military, paramilitary, and corporations in such locales as Iraq, Bosnia, China, and Indonesia. Reprint.

The Dispatches and Letters of Vice Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson

   The    Dispatches and Letters of Vice Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson
Author: Horatio Nelson Nelson (Viscount),Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas
Pages: 329
ISBN: PSU:000031519830
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Release: 1845
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

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Military Dispatches

Military Dispatches
Author: Arthur Wellesley Duke of Wellington,The Duke of Wellington
Pages: 480
ISBN: 0141394315
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Release: 2014-07-03
Editor: Penguin Classics
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

The vivid and exciting accounts written from the front line, taking the story of the British war with Napoleon from its desperate beginnings in Portugal to the final triumph at WaterlooThe Duke of Wellington was not only an incomparable battle commander but a remarkably expressive, fluent and powerful writer. His dispatches have long been viewed as classics of military literature and have been pillaged by all writers on the Peninsular War and the final campaigns in France and Belgium ever since they were published. This new selection allows the reader to follow the extraordinary epic in Wellington's own words - from the tentative beginnings in 1808, clinging to a small area of Portugal in the face of overwhelming French power across the whole of the rest of Europe, to the campaigns that over six years devastated opponent after opponent. The book ends with Wellington's invasion of France and the coda of 'the 100 days' that ended with Napoleon's final defeat at Waterloo.

The Letters and Dispatches of John Churchill of Marlborough from 1702 1712 Edited by George Murray

The Letters and Dispatches of John Churchill of Marlborough from 1702   1712 Edited by George Murray
Author: John Churchill of Marlborough
Pages: 329
ISBN: BSB:BSB10280849
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Release: 1845
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

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Green Wars Dispatches from a Vanishing World

Green Wars  Dispatches from a Vanishing World
Author: Bahar Dutt
Pages: 180
ISBN: 9351361977
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Release: 2015-04-14
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

What is more important, building a modern airport in rural Uttar Pradesh or conserving the shrinking habitat of the sarus cranes? Producing more palm oil or protecting the orang-utan? Do we allow the destruction of pristine forests with their rich flora and fauna so we can generate much-needed hydel power? A modernizing economy brings in its wake ecological challenges and misplaced priorities. Development, environment, conservation, global warming - what do they mean in real terms, on the ground, to the people there? Must development always be in conflict with environment? Combining rigorous research with the experienced traveller's eye for piquant stories, conservationist and environment journalist Bahar Dutt chases some of the biggest stories of our times. From Arunachal Pradesh to the Arctic, from Goa to Gangotri, from illegal mining to climate change, Green Wars journeys to some of the richest wilderness areas, and explores the tension between a developing economy and saving the planet. Lucid, heart-warming and intensely personal, this is a book for green warriors, yes, but equally for those of us who crave blue skies and fresh air.

Dispatches from Pluto

Dispatches from Pluto
Author: Richard Grant
Pages: 302
ISBN: 9781476709642
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Release: 2015-10-13
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

New Yorkers Grant and his girlfriend Mariah decided on a whim to buy an old plantation house in the Mississippi Delta. This is their journey of discovery to a remote, isolated strip of land, three miles beyond the tiny community of Pluto. They learn to hunt, grow their own food, and fend off alligators, snakes, and varmints galore. They befriend an array of unforgettable local characters, capture the rich, extraordinary culture of the Delta, and delve deeply into the Delta's lingering racial tensions. As the nomadic Grant learns to settle down, he falls not just for his girlfriend but for the beguiling place they now call home.

The Inevitable

The Inevitable
Author: Katie Engelhart
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781250201478
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Release: 2021-03-02
Editor: St. Martin's Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A riveting, incisive, and wide-ranging book about the Right to Die movement, and the doctors, patients, and activists at the heart of this increasingly urgent issue. More states and countries are passing right-to-die laws that allow the sick and suffering to end their lives at pre-planned moments, with the help of physicians. But even where these laws exist, they leave many people behind. The Inevitable moves beyond margins of the law to the people who are meticulously planning their final hours—far from medical offices, legislative chambers, hospital ethics committees, and polite conversation. It also shines a light on the people who help them: loved ones and, sometimes, clandestine groups on the Internet that together form the “euthanasia underground.” Katie Engelhart, a veteran journalist, focuses on six people representing different aspects of the right to die debate. Two are doctors: a California physician who runs a boutique assisted death clinic and has written more lethal prescriptions than anyone else in the U.S.; an Australian named Philip Nitschke who lost his medical license for teaching people how to end their lives painlessly and peacefully at “DIY Death” workshops. The other four chapters belong to people who said they wanted to die because they were suffering unbearably—of old age, chronic illness, dementia, and mental anguish—and saw suicide as their only option. Spanning North America, Europe, and Australia, The Inevitable offers a deeply reported and fearless look at a morally tangled subject. It introduces readers to ordinary people who are fighting to find dignity and authenticity in the final hours of their lives.

Losers

Losers
Author: Mary Pilon,Louisa Thomas
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780143133834
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Release: 2020
Editor: Penguin Books
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

"Twenty-two notable writers-including Bob Sullivan, Abby Ellin, Mike Pesca, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Louisa Hall, and Gay Talese-examine the untold stories of the losers, and in doing so reveal something raw and significant about what it means to be human"--

Dispatches and Letters Relating to the Blockade of Brest 1803 1805

Dispatches and Letters Relating to the Blockade of Brest  1803 1805
Author: John Leyland
Pages: 329
ISBN: MSU:31293027341563
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Release: 1894
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Dateline Toronto

Dateline  Toronto
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Pages: 478
ISBN: UOM:39015013326619
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Release: 1985
Editor: New York : Scribner's
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Hemingway's feature articles appeared in the Toronto Star between 1920 and 1924. Writing from Toronto, Chicago, Paris and throughout Europe, he covered politics, sports, war, and travel. This volume collects for the first time all 172 pieces he published in the Toronto Star, including those under pseudonyms. These pieces show Hemingway's emerging art; his ability to spot the significant detail or the amusing angle in any assignment; and his keen observation of subjects that figure in his later fiction--war and love, courage and shame, cruelty and injustice. Some of these pieces even prefigure his later works, such as trout fishing scenes and descriptions of bullfighting. ISBN 0-684-18515-6: $19.95.