Archive for the ‘English and US / History & Essais’

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Author: Christopher Kemp

Publisher: University Of Chicago Press;

A really enjoyable read of a rare product with a rich history. From the beaches of New Zealand to the windswept coast of Massachusetts we are taken on a journey for a rare glimpse of a clandestine industry. The eccentric charachters involved in this trade are described in great detail as are the exotic locales like Stewart Island and the cold climes of Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand. Highly recommended to be enjoyed with a good cup of coffee overlooking the ocean, I know my next beach trip will be enhanced by this book!

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Douglas W. Jones and Barbara Simons

Center for the Study of Language and Information

For many of US citizens, the presidential election of 2000 was a wake-up call. The controversy following the vote count led to demands for election reform. But the new voting systems that were subsequently introduced to the market have serious security flaws, and many are confusing and difficult to use. Moreover, legislation has not kept up with the constantly evolving voting technology, leaving little to no legal recourse when votes are improperly counted.

How did we come to acquire the complex technology we now depend on to count votes?  Douglas Jones and Barbara Simons probe this question, along with public policy and regulatory issues raised by our voting technologies.  Broken Ballots is a thorough and incisive analysis of the current voting climate that approaches American elections from technological, legal, and historical perspectives.  The authors examine the ways in which Americans vote today, gauging how inaccurate, unreliable, and insecure our voting systems are. An important book for election administrators, political scientists, and students of government and technology policy, Broken Ballots is also a vital tool for any voting American.

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Wilmot James , Jakes Gerwel , Jeanne Viall

Tafelberg

Pour nos lecteurs anglophones, un grand livre sur l’histoire du Vin en Afrique du Sud …

Provocative and quirky, Grape is the highly readable story of vineyards and wines in South Africa. It takes us from the earliest Dutch settlers’ struggle to plant vines under difficult conditions, through slavery, the forgotten black wine makers, land dispossession, a long history of making plonk (with a few exceptions) and the emergence of a world-class fine wine culture in the 1990s.

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THE LONGEST WAR

Posted by AT on Lundi 8 août 2011


Inside The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda

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Peter L. Bergen

Free Press / 1St Edition


What makes “The Longest War,” a new book by Peter L. Bergen, CNN’s national security analyst, particularly useful is that it provides a succinct and compelling overview of these huge, complex subjects, drawing upon other journalists’ pioneering work as well as the author’s own expertise in terrorism and interviews with a broad spectrum of figures including leading counterterrorism officials, members of the Taliban, failed suicide bombers, family and friends of Osama bin Laden and top American military officers.

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Nelson Mandela

Macmillan


Nelson Mandela is widely considered to be one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age. Now, after a lifetime of taking pen to paper to record thoughts and events, hardships and victories, he has bestowed his entire extant personal papers, which offer an unprecedented insight into his remarkable life.

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FREEDOM™

Posted by AT on Lundi 1 août 2011

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Daniel Suarez

Dutton Adult


Freedom is a solid sequel to Deamon and together they form a compelling thriller. For those that like big ideas and technological innovations you are in for a treat. No longer are big ideas and fully realized stories mutually exclusive. This is Michael Crichton meets Michael Chabon meets Joseph Campbell - ideas meets characters meets mythology. You do have to read Daemon first, but together they are a fun, intellectually stimulating joy ride through the near future.

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CANTONA - THE REBEL WHO WOULD BE KING

Posted by AT on Lundi 7 mars 2011

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Philippe Auclair

Macmillan; Édition

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One of the worlds most famous and enigmatic footballers retired from football at the age of thirty when many thought he was at the peak of his game. Eric Cantona has never returned to football but instead become a successful actor working most recently with Ken Loach on the film ‘Looking for Eric’.

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William Blacker

Publisher: John Murray

Apparently, in 1997, planes bound for Romania departed from the great media and financial centres of the western world carrying a sinister cargo: slick advertising executives hell bent on selling Romania’s dirt poor yet blissfully happy peasants all sorts of evil goods (such as - God forbid - shampoo) that they ‘neither needed nor wanted.’

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ISRAEL AND ITS ARMY. FROM COHESION TO CONFUSION

Posted by AT on Lundi 7 mars 2011

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Stuart A. Cohen

Routledge

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) plays a key role in Israeli society, and has traditionally been perceived not only as the guardian of national survival, but also as a ‘people’s army’ responsible for the custody of national values.

This volume analyses the circumstances currently undermining these perceptions, and explores both the changes occurring in Israel’s military framework, and their potential implications.

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BURMA/MYANMAR. WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW

Posted by AT on Samedi 12 février 2011

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David I. Steinberg

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