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.
´´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.
In this hour, Jack Abramoff. He’s hardly a murderer. But to many in the Beltline, he’s the devil incarnate. Senator Conrad Burns, said ´´I wish he’d never been born.” Congresswoman Deborah Price said, ´´He is a creep, and we hate him.” Paul Begala summed it up when he said on Crossfire ´´Jack Abramoff, he’s scum.” How did this guy earn such vitriol? Jack Abramoff was the notorious lobbyist at the center of one of Washington’s most far-reaching corruption scandals.He served four years for fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials. His testimony brought down dozens of other public and elected officials. And he still owes 44 million dollars in restitution. Abramoff is out of jail now, and he told Anne Strainchamps he intends to spend the rest of his life making amends.Next, there’s one devil we NEVER sympathize with: the terrorist. But... Hold on. Not so fast, says filmmaker Marshall Curry. His documentary If a Tree Falls follows Daniel McGowan – a convicted terrorist… currently serving time. McGowan used arson as political protest with The Earth Liberation Front – a group the FBI considers America’s number one domestic terrorist threat.After that, there´s a biblical concept we’ve been talking about – redemption. The dictionary defines it as deliverance from sin. Atonement for guilt. But are there – should there be – limits to the kind of sins that can be redeemed? What about mass murder? And finally, Jim Fleming responds to the documentary film If a Tree Falls that follows Daniel McGowan – a convicted terrorist… currently serving time. McGowan used arson as political protest with The Earth Liberation Front – a group the FBI considers America’s number one domestic terrorist threat. [Broadcast Date: April 5, 2013] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/130405/rt_tbon_130405_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Marc Basset, restaurant critic for a national newspaper, has made vitriol his trademark. His vivid cruelty makes his many readers laugh - until a chef roasts himself to death in his bread oven, leaving Bassett’s review of his restaurant stuck to the door. When Marc learns of the chef’s suicide, he experiences a new sensation - remorse. By apologising to the wife and daughter, he begins to experience levels of self-satisfaction that he never thought possible. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jay Rayner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/002292/bk_howe_002292_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Craig and Cate are wealthy, smart, driven business professionals who have their idyllic world shattered and turned upside down. Their two children are killed during a hate crime. They are devastated and consumed by grief. After the killers are set free, the two take matters into their own hands. They embark on a calculated quest to avenge their children while finding out who was really behind the shooting. Unsatisfied with their revenge taken, Craig and Cate plan the destruction of the neo-Nazi organization that sponsored and planned the shooting. They hire a retired expert to teach them the skills they need to carry out their dangerous plan. All the while, the FBI is one step behind them, putting the pieces of the puzzle together, trying to figure out who is behind these high-profile shootings and why. The pair’s exploits become a catalyst, sparking a national debate about free speech versus hate speech. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Snook. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/122856/bk_acx0_122856_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.
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.
Though the Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion, it does not specify what qualifies as a religion. From its founding in the 1830s, Mormonism, a homegrown American faith, has drawn thousands of converts but far more critics. In A Peculiar People, J. Spencer Fluhman offers a comprehensive history of anti-Mormon thought and the associated passionate debates about religious authenticity in 19th-century America. He argues that understanding anti-Mormonism provides critical insight into the American psyche because Mormonism became a potent symbol around which ideas about religion and the state took shape. Fluhman documents how Mormonism was defamed, with attacks often aimed at polygamy, and shows how the new faith supplied a social enemy for a public agitated by the popular press and wracked with social and economic instability. Taking the story to the turn of the century, Fluhman demonstrates how Mormonism’s own transformations, the result of both choice and outside force, sapped the strength of the worst anti-Mormon vitriol, triggering the acceptance of Utah into the Union in 1896 and also paving the way for the dramatic, yet still grudging, acceptance of Mormonism as an American religion. J. Spencer Fluhman is assistant professor of history at Brigham Young University. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Pruden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005216/bk_blak_005216_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When George Yancy penned a New York Times op-ed entitled ?Dear White America? asking white Americans to confront the ways that they benefit from racism, he knew his article would be controversial. But he was unprepared for the flood of vitriol in response.The resulting blowback played out in the national media, with critics attacking Yancy in every form possible?including death threats?and supporters rallying to his side. Despite the rhetoric of a ?post-race? America, Yancy quickly discovered that racism is still alive, crude, and vicious in its expression. In Backlash, Yancy expands upon the original article and chronicles the ensuing controversy as he seeks to understand what it was about the op-ed that created so much rage among so many white readers. He challenges white Americans to rise above the vitriol and to develop a new empathy for the African American experience.
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.
National Bestseller A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that ´´suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.´´ He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer´s--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer´s epic account of the May 1996 disaster. By writing Into Thin Air, Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event. He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas. He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman, the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition. Krakauer´s highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong. But for Krakauer himself, further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber´s death. Clearly, Krakauer remains haunted by the disaster, and although he relates a number of incidents in which he acted selflessly and even heroically, he seems unable to view those instances objectively. In the end, despite his evenhanded and even generous assessment of others´ actions, he reserves a full measure of vitriol for himself. This updated trade paperback edition of Into Thin Air includes an extensive new postscript that sheds fascinating light on the acrimonious debate that flared between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukreev in the wake of the tragedy. ´´I have no doubt that Boukreev´s intentions were good on summit day,´´ writes Krakauer in the postscript, dated August 1999. ´´What disturbs me, though, was Boukreev´s refusal to acknowledge the possibility that he made even a single poor decision. Never did he indicate that perhaps it wasn´t the best choice to climb without gas or go down ahead of his clients.´´ As usual, Krakauer supports his points with dogged research and a good dose of humility. But rather than continue the heated discourse that has raged since Into Thin Air´s denouncement of guide Boukreev, Krakauer´s tone is conciliatory; he points most of his criticism at G. Weston De Walt, who coauthored The Climb, Boukreev´s version of events. And in a touching conclusion, Krakauer recounts his last conversation with the late Boukreev, in which the two weathered climbers agreed to disagree about certain points. Krakauer had great hopes to patch things up with Boukreev, but the Russian later died in an avalanche on another Himalayan peak, Annapurna I. In 1999, Krakauer received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters--a prestigious prize intended ´´to honor writers of exceptional accomplishment.´´ According to the Academy´s citation, ´´Krakauer combines the tenacity and courage of the finest tradition of investigative journalism with the stylish subtlety and profound insight of the born writer. His account of an ascent of Mount Everest has led to a general reevaluation of climbing and of the commercialization of what was once a romantic, solitary sport; while his account of the life and death of Christopher McCandless, who died of starvation after challenging the Alaskan wilderness, delves even more deeply and disturbingly into the fascination of nature and the devastating effects of its lure on a young and curious mind.´´
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.