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. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Yancy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/122390/bk_acx0_122390_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.
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.
In early 2012, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh claimed that Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student who advocated for insurance coverage of contraceptives, ´´wants to be paid to have sex.´´ Over the next few days, Limbaugh attacked Fluke personally, often in crude terms, while a powerful backlash grew. But perhaps what was most notable about the incident was that it wasn´t unusual. From Limbaugh´s venomous attacks on Fluke to liberal radio host Mike Malloy´s suggestion that Bill O´Reilly ´´drink a vat of poison... and choke to death´´, over-the-top discourse in today´s political opinion media is pervasive. Anyone who observes the skyrocketing number of incendiary political opinion shows on television and radio might conclude that political vitriol on the airwaves is fueled by the increasingly partisan American political system. But in The Outrage Industry Jeffrey M. Berry and Sarah Sobieraj show how the proliferation of outrage says more about regulatory, technological, and cultural changes, than it does about our political inclinations. Berry and Sobieraj tackle the mechanics of outrage rhetoric, exploring its various forms, such as mockery, emotional display, fear mongering, audience flattery, and conspiracy theories. They then investigate the impact of outrage rhetoric on a contemporary political landscape that features frequent straight-party voting in Congress. Outrage tactics have also facilitated the growth of the Tea Party, a movement which appeals to older, white conservatives and has dragged the GOP farther away from the demographically significant moderates whose favor it should be courting. Finally, The Outrage Industry examines how these shows sour our own political lives. Drawing from a rich base of evidence, this book forces all of us to consider the negative consequences that flow from our increasingly hyper-partisan political media. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanyin 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kaleo Griffith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018764/bk_adbl_018764_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As nativism, xenophobia, vile racism, and assaults on the rule of law threaten the very fabric of our nation, The Corrosion of Conservatism presents an urgent defense of American democracy. Pronouncing Mexican immigrants to be ´´rapists,´´ Donald Trump announced his 2015 presidential bid, causing Max Boot to think he was watching a dystopian science-fiction movie. The respected conservative historian couldn´t fathom that the party of Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Reagan could endorse such an unqualified reality-TV star. Yet the Twilight Zone episode that Boot believed he was watching created an ideological dislocation so shattering that Boot´s transformation from Republican foreign policy adviser to celebrated anti-Trump columnist becomes the dramatic story of The Corrosion of Conservatism. No longer a Republican, but also not a Democrat, Boot here records his ideological journey from a ´´movement´´ conservative to a man without a party, beginning with his political coming-of-age as a young émigré from the Soviet Union, enthralled with the National Review and the conservative intellectual tradition of Russell Kirk and F. A. Hayek. Against this personal odyssey, Boot simultaneously traces the evolution of modern American conservatism, jump-started by Barry Goldwater´s canonical The Conscience of a Conservative, to the rise of Trumpism and its gradual corrosion of what was once the Republican Party. While 90 percent of his fellow Republicans became political ´´toadies´´ in the aftermath of the 2016 election, Boot stood his ground, enduring the vitriol of his erstwhile conservative colleagues, trolled on Twitter by a white supremacist who depicted his ´´execution´´ in a gas chamber by a smiling, Nazi-clad Trump. And yet, Boot nevertheless remains a villain to some partisan circles for his enduring commitment to conservative fiscal and national security principles. It is from this isolated position, then, that Boot launches this bold declaration of dissent and its urgent plea for true, bipartisan cooperation. With uncompromising insights, The Corrosion of Conservatism evokes both a president who has traduced every norm and the rise of a nascent centrist movement to counter Trump´s assault on democracy.
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.´´
That a Jew living in Nazi Berlin survived the Holocaust at all is surprising. That he was a homosexual and a teenage leader in the resistance and yet survived is amazing. But that he endured the ongoing horror with an open heart, with love and without vitriol, and has written about it so beautifully is truly miraculous. This is Gad Beck´s story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Feather. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/022744/bk_acx0_022744_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
ANAAL NATHRAKH aus Birmingham infizieren die Massen im Herbst mit ihrem heiß erwarteten neuen Album Desideratum´´, dem Nachfolger zum 2012er Kritikerliebling ´´Vanitas´´. Produziert hat einmal mehr Gitarrist/Bassist und Programmierer Mick Kenney selbst, wobei der Gesang in den Necrodeath Studios in Birmingham aufgenommen und die Musik im The Black Flamingo in Orange County in Kalifornien eingespielt wie abgemischt wurde. Im Ergebnis stehen zehn emotional traumatisierende Hymnen akustischer Verkommenheit, die das pure Böse verkörpern. ANAAL NATHRAKH - Kenny, zusammen mit Sänger David Hunt aka V.I.T.R.I.O.L. - bestehen aus einem einzigen Grund: als Soundtrack zum Armageddon, als akustische Essenz von Bosheit, Hass und Gewalt, um den wahren Geist des Kranken in musikalische Extreme zu führen. Seit ihrer Gründung 1999 hat sich das hinterhältige Duo den Ruf erarbeitet, all dies zu verkörpern. Mit sowohl Geschrei als auch klarem Gesang vor einem Hintergrund aus kontrolliertem Chaos, stellen ANAAL NATHRAKH nichts anderes als unverhohlene Verstörung dar. Ihre bewegte Geschichte besteht nicht nur aus sieben begeistert aufgenommene Alben sowie einer EP, sondern auch aus Kollaborationen mit großen Namen wie Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Shane Embury und Danny Herrera (Napalm Death), Nick Barker (Testament, Dimmu Borgir), Joe Horvath (Circle Of Dead Children) oder Sethlans Teitan (Watain) zusammengearbeitet. Hinzu kommen ein Auftritt bei BBC Radio 1, zu dem sie die schmerzlich vermisste Ikone John Peel persönlich einlud, ein Headliner-Gig beim renommierten Kultfestival Inferno in Norwegen als internationales Live-Debüt, zahllose Platzierungen In Jahresbesten-Polls, ´´Album des Monats´´-Auszeichnungen und Titel-Storys in führenden Magazinen wie dem Terrorizer, die ANAAL NATHRAKHs Status als eine der führenden extremen Bands unweigerlich zementierten. ANAAL NATHRAKHs einzigartiger Sound zeichnet sich durch musikalische Unbezähmbarkeit aus, Erfindungsreichtum und Breite gepaart mit unfassbarer, entschieden misanthropischer, hoher Intelligenz. Ihren Songs wohnt eine greifbare Bedrohlichkeit inne, die im Metal-Bereich ohne Beispiel bleibt. In diesem Jahr haben sich ANAAL NATHRAKH das Ziel gesetzt ihre Mission, die Erde in die Sonne stürzen zu lassen, weiter voranzutreiben.´´
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.
Da inspektør West fra Scotland Yard vil komme en skrigende kvinde til undsaetning, får han til sin egen store overraskelse smidt vitriol i ansigtet. En eller anden har forsøgt at blinde ham. Hos Scotland Yard arbejder man snart ud fra teorien om, at det er kvindens forsmåede elsker, der står bag det voldsomme overfald. Men så modtager Wests kone et anonymt trusselsbrev, og det står klart for West, at en uhyggelig person et eller andet sted derude naerer et indaedt had til ham. 1. Danish. Thomas Gulstad. http://samples.audible.de/bk/lind/000801/bk_lind_000801_sample.mp3.
The NBC journalist who covered - and took fire from - Donald Trump on the campaign trail offers an inside look at the most shocking presidential election in American history. Katy Tur was one of a select cadre of NBC reporters on the road during the grueling 2016 presidential campaign, reporting from small towns and venues across America for more than 16 months. At the beginning of the primaries, Tur was assigned the Trump campaign - a campaign widely considered a long shot by politicos and the media. But primary after primary, the novice outsider trumped his rivals and won the hearts and votes of many Republicans. His appeal to working-class whites, the GOP´s traditional middle and upper middle class base, and conservative evangelicals took him all the way to the White House, astonishing the nation and the world. Unbelievable is Tur´s inside account of being embedded with the campaign, revealing what it was like to report on the most combative and volatile major party candidate ever to run for office and win. At first, Trump tried to charm Tur into providing fawning coverage. When that didn´t work, he stooped to berating and shaming her, stoking the rage of his legion of supporters - many who threatened Tur and other penned-in reporters at his events. The vitriol reached such a fever pitch that following one rally, during which Trump launched a personal attack against her, the Secret Service had to accompany Tur to her car. But Katy was not alone. Millions of Americans watched in disbelief as Trump ordered Tur to ´´be quiet´´ during one of his many press conferences and called her ´´disgraceful´´, ´´third-rate´´, ´´not nice´´, and ´´Little Katy´´. In response, thousands of people across the country rushed to her defense, tweeting #imwithtur. Intriguing, disturbing, and powerful, Unbelievable is an unprecedented eyewitness account of the 2016 election from an intelligent, dedicated journalist at the center of it - a thoughtf 1. Language: English. Narrator: Katy Tur. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006227/bk_harp_006227_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.