Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank takes a fair and balanced look at the unsettling rise of the silly Fox News host Glenn Beck. Thomas Jefferson famously wrote that the tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. In America in 2010, Glenn Beck provides the very refreshment Jefferson had in mind: Whether hes the patriot or the tyrant, he´s definitely full of manure. The wildly popular Fox News host with three million daily viewers perfectly captures the vitriol of our time and the fact-free state of our political culture. The secret to his success is his willingness to traffic in the fringe conspiracies and Internet hearsay that others wouldnt touch with a ten-foot pole: death panels, government health insurance for dogs, FEMA concentration camps, an Obama security force like Hitlers SS. But Beck, who is, according to a recent Gallup poll, admired by more Americans than the Pope, has nothing in his background that identifies him as an ideologue, giving rise to the speculation that his right-wing shtick is just thatthe act of a brilliant showman, known for both his over-the-top daily outrages and for weeping on the air. Milbank describes, with lacerating wit, just how the former shock jock without a college degree has managed to become the most recognizable leader of antigovernment conservatives and exposes him as the guy who is single-handedly giving patriotism a bad name. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Oliver Wyman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/002610/bk_adbl_002610_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Une petite ville américaine ravagée par la fermeture de l´unique usine. Un héros qui perd non seulement son travail, sa télé, son aspirateur, mais aussi sa petite amie... Pour ne pas perdre en plus sa propre estime, il est prêt à accepter n´importe quel ´´petit boulot´´, y compris celui qu´un bookmaker mafieux lui propose... Entre un emploi sous-payé au supermarché du coin et une situation d´avenir, Jake n´hésite pas longtemps... Un portrait au vitriol de l´Amérique des laissés-pour-compte. 1. French. Olivier Cuvellier. http://samples.audible.de/bk/odlb/000007/bk_odlb_000007_sample.mp3.
´´What have you done for Ireland? How have you answered the Call? Are you pleased with the part you’re playing in the job that demands us all? Have you changed the tweed for the khaki to serve with rank and file, as your comrades are gladly serving, or isn’t it worth your while?” – An extract from a World War I recruitment poster There are very few national relationships quite as complicated and enigmatic as the one that exists between the English and the Irish. For two peoples so interconnected by geography and history, the depth of animosity that is often expressed is difficult at times to understand. At the same time, historic links of family and clan, and common Gaelic roots, have at times fostered a degree of mutual regard, interdependence, and cooperation that is also occasionally hard to fathom. During World War I, for example, Ireland fought for the British Empire as part of that empire, and the Irish response to the call to arms was at times just as enthusiastic as that of other British dominions such as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. And yet, at the same time, plots were unearthed to cooperate with the Germans in toppling British rule in Ireland, which would have virtually ensured an Allied defeat. In World War II, despite Irish neutrality, 12,000 Irish soldiers volunteered to join the Khaki line, returning after the war to the scorn and vitriol of a great many of their more radical countrymen. One of the most bitter and divisive struggles in the history of the British Isles, and in the history of the British Empire, played out over the question of Home Rule and Irish independence, and then later still as the British province of Northern Ireland grappled within itself for the right to secede from the United Kingdom or the right to remain. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/114932/bk_acx0_114932_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pyritologia, or a History of the Pyrites, the Principal Body in the Mineral Kingdom:In Which Are Considered Its Names, Species, Beds, and Origin, Its Iron, Copper, Unmettalic Earth, Sulphur, Arsenic, Silver, Gold, Original Particles, Vitriol and Use in S Johann Friedrich Henckel
Four men in a rowboat make an historic attempt on the Northwest Passage to focus global attention on an environmental catastrophe. ´´Vallely transports the reader to places few will ever go: the very edges of the earth and of human endurance.´´ (Evan Solomon) In this gripping first-hand account, four seasoned adventurers navigate a sophisticated, high-tech rowboat across the Northwest Passage. One of the ´´last firsts´´ remaining in the adventure world, this journey is only possible because of the dramatic impacts of global warming in the high Arctic, which provide an ironic opportunity to draw attention to the growing urgency of climate change. Along the way, the team repeatedly face life-threatening danger from storms unparalleled in their ferocity and unpredictability and bears witness to unprecedented changes in the Arctic habitat and inhabitants, while weathering gale-force vitriol from climate change deniers who have taken to social media to attack them and undermine their efforts. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Graham Rowat. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/011998/bk_reco_011998_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mark Twain’s daughter Susy wrote: ´´Papa…doesn’t like to go to church at all, why I never understood, until just now, he told us the other day that he couldn’t bear to hear any one talk but himself, but that he could listen to himself talk for hours without getting tired, of course he said this in joke, but I’ve no dought [sic] it was founded on truth.´´ Here is one of the great autobiographies of the English language - exuberant, wonderfully contemporary in spirit, by a man twice as large as life who—he said so himself—had no trouble remembering everything that had ever happened to him and a lot of things besides. Nothing ever happened to Mark Twain in a small way. His adventures were invariably fraught with drama. Success and failure for him were equally spectacular. And so he roared down the years, feuding with publishers, being a sucker for inventors, always learning wisdom at the point of ruin, and always relishing the absurd spectacle of humankind, which he regarded with a blend of vitriol and affection. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Anthony. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004101/bk_blak_004101_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Voltaire est un maître de l´ironie et du mot d´esprit. Voilà les armes principales dont ce philosophe des Lumières, dramaturge, scientifique et poète se sert sans relâche dans ses attaques au vitriol contre l´institution catholique, les adversaires de la liberté de culte et d´expression, et de la séparation de l´Église et de l´État. Sélectionnées parmi ses œuvres majeures, ces 100 citations vous familiariseront avec l´essence de sa pensée tout en nourrissant votre esprit de répartie, de Candide au Dictionnaire philosophique, en passant par Zadig, le Traité sur la tolérance ou l´une de ses six mille lettres connues. 1. French. Anne-Sophie Robin. http://samples.audible.de/bk/cids/000661/bk_cids_000661_sample.mp3.
Zadig ou la Destinée est le conte philosophique majeur de Voltaire. C´est à la fois un concentré d´humour, une critique au vitriol de la société du XVIIIe, et une réflexion cruciale sur ce que cela signifie d´être heureux. Le jeune Zadig a en effet tout pour l´être : il est beau, riche et vertueux, et s´apprête à épouser la plus belle de Babylone. Mais la destinée a d´autres plans en réserve, et notre jeune philosophe apprendra à ses dépens que le bonheur ne dépend pas uniquement de nous. Trahi par sa fiancée, traîné en justice par des canailles, menacé par des fanatiques religieux et secouru par un ange, Zadig traversera des épreuves rocambolesques - toutes l´occasion pour Voltaire d´exprimer tout son génie, sa cruauté, sa gaieté et sa haine de la sottise humaine. 1. French. Anne-Sophie Robin. http://samples.audible.de/bk/cids/000724/bk_cids_000724_sample.mp3.
De 1887 à 1910, Jules Renard tînt recueil de ses pensées, faites de portraits au vitriol sur la littérature, le monde des salons parisiens, les femmes et la politique. Ce journal constitue une source précieuse de renseignements sur la vie politique, littéraire et mondaine de cette époque. Le pain de ménage est une pièce en un acte, faite de dialogues badins et savoureux sur la vie quotidienne d´un couple, le mariage, l´adultère, l´usure du temps... Le Journal de Jules Renard, adaptation de Robert Rocca et Simon Touzié. Avec : René BerthierJean CarmetJacques CathyFrancine DartoisHenri DebainLouis de FunèsMichel MeryDanielle RoccaRobert RoccaPierre StillLe Journal de Jules Renard, extraits dits par Sacha Guitry. Le pain de ménage, pièce en un acte. Avec Valentine Tessier et Jacques Copeau. 1. French. Jean Carmet, Louis de Funès, René Berthier, Jacques Cathy. http://samples.audible.de/pf/edep/000023/pf_edep_000023_sample.mp3.
In the wake of tragic shootings in Newtown and Aurora, the anti-gun lobby has launched a campaign of lies, distortion, misrepresentation, and emotional manipulation that is breathtaking in its vitriol and its denial of basic facts. Their goal is to take away our Second Amendment rights and then disarm law-abiding Americans. Emily Miller tells her personal story of how being a single, female victim of a home invasion drove her to try to obtain a legally registered gun in Washington, D.C. The narrative - sometimes shocking, other times hilarious in its absurdity - gives the listener a real-life understanding of how gun-control laws only make it more difficult for honest, law-abiding people to get guns, while violent crime continues to rise. Using facts and newly uncovered research, Miller exposes the schemes politicians on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and around the country are using to deny people their Second Amendment rights. She exposes the myths that gun grabbers and liberal media use to get new laws passed that infringe on our right to keep and bear arms. The gun rights debate isn´t just about firearms. It´s about protecting a fundamental right that is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. It´s about politicians who lie, manipulate, and outright break existing laws to get what they want. It´s about President Obama wanting a bigger federal government to control you. Not just your guns - you. The fight for gun rights is the fight for freedom. Emily Miller says stand up and fight back now because your Second Amendment will only be the first to go. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carla Mercer-Meyer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/003246/bk_tant_003246_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For much of Western history, belief in God was taken for granted. As society has grown more secular, however, people have increasingly expressed disbelief in God. Today, a quarter of Americans are religiously unaffiliated, many of whom identify as atheists and agnostics. As the number of atheists has grown, so too have debates around the legitimacy of religion. Too often, these debates become embroiled in vitriol and personal attacks. And even those that take a more civil approach often focus on proving or disproving God´s existence rather than fostering dialogue. This audio course presents balanced ways for believers and non-believers to engage in thoughtful conversations with each other. Presented by Joseph Godfrey, a leading professor on the philosophy of religion, these lectures are both analytical and sensitive. You will explore the different forms of atheism and scientific theories used to support the nonexistence of God. You´ll also delve into classic texts by atheists (Nietzsche, Sartre, Marx) as well as insights about atheism from Christians like Aquinas, Karl Rahner, and John Hick. As you grapple with the complex questions that arise from these thinkers and texts, you will gain a deeper understanding of evidential arguments against God while also considering how such evidence does not necessarily block paths to belief. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fr. Joseph J. Godfrey SJ PhD. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/nykm/000325/bk_nykm_000325_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From New York Times best-selling author, ´´one of America´s top cultural critics´´ (Entertainment Weekly), and ´´The Ethicist´´ for The New York Times Magazine, comes a new book of all original pieces on villains and villainy. Chuck Klosterman has walked into the darkness. As a boy, he related to the cultural figures who represented goodness - but as an adult, he found himself unconsciously aligning with their enemies. This was not because he necessarily liked what they were doing; it was because they were doing it on purpose (and they were doing it better). They wanted to be evil. And what, exactly, was that supposed to mean? When we classify someone as a bad person, what are we really saying (and why are we so obsessed with saying it)? In I Wear the Black Hat, Klosterman questions the very nature of how modern people understand the concept of villainy. What was so Machiavellian about Machiavelli? Why don´t we see Batman the same way we see Bernhard Goetz? Who´s more worthy of our vitriol - Bill Clinton or Don Henley? What was O.J. Simpson´s second-worst decision? And why is Klosterman still obsessed with some kid he knew for one week in 1985? Masterfully blending cultural analysis with self-interrogation and limitless imagination, I Wear the Black Hat delivers perceptive observations on the complexity of the anti-hero (seemingly the only kind of hero America still creates). I Wear the Black Hat is the rare example of serious criticism that´s instantly accessible and really, really funny. Klosterman is the only writer doing whatever it is he´s doing. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chuck Klosterman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/006377/bk_sans_006377_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.