- A Man Without a Country (English Edition)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “For all those who have lived with Vonnegut in their imaginations . . . this is what he is like in person.”–USA Today
In a volume that is penetrating, introspective, incisive, and laugh-out-loud funny, one of the great men of letters of this age–or any age–holds forth on life, art, sex, politics, and the state of America’s soul. From his coming of age in America, to his formative war experiences, to his life as an artist, this is Vonnegut doing what he does best: Being himself. Whimsically illustrated by the author, A Man Without a Country is intimate, tender, and brimming with the scope of Kurt Vonnegut’s passions.
Praise for A Man Without a Country
“[This] may be as close as Vonnegut ever comes to a memoir.”–Los Angeles Times
“Like [that of] his literary ancestor Mark Twain, [Kurt Vonnegut’s] crankiness is good-humored and sharp-witted. . . . [Reading A Man Without a Country is] like sitting down on the couch for a long chat with an old friend.”–The New York Times Book Review
“Filled with [Vonnegut’s] usual contradictory mix of joy and sorrow, hope and despair, humor and gravity.”–Chicago Tribune
“Fans will linger on every word . . . as once again [Vonnegut] captures the complexity of the human condition with stunning calligraphic simplicity.”–The Australian
“Thank God, Kurt Vonnegut has broken his promise that he will never write another book. In this wondrous assemblage of mini-memoirs, we discover his family’s legacy and his obstinate, unfashionable humanism.”–Studs Terkel
- Silent Threat (Mission Recovery Book 1) (English Edition)
“This suspense is romantic, timely, and different. Great pacing, great characters…just great storytelling all around.” —USA Today’s Happy Ever After
A former Navy SEAL, Cole Makani Hunter has returned home from a disastrous black ops mission without his best friend, his hearing, or the use of his right arm. So when his ex–commanding officer assigns him to an undercover mission at a rehab center for vets to discover who leaked sensitive military information to an enemy, he’d rather be anywhere but there. Almost immediately, Cole finds himself at odds with Annie Murray—a peace-loving ecotherapist whose dream is to open an animal sanctuary out of her home. While the two seemingly have nothing in common, their spirited arguments soon fuel a passion for each other.
But just as things begin to heat up between therapist and patient, dangerous complications arise. So does the past—and a shocking revelation that puts Cole and everything he now holds dear in the path of a murderous traitor.
- Stateless Commerce (English Edition)
How does Manhattan’s 47th Street diamond district thrive as an ethnic marketplace without lawyers, courts, and state coercion? Barak Richman draws on insider interviews to show why relational exchange based on familiarity, trust, and community enforcement succeeds and what it reveals about the modern state’s limitations in governing the economy.
- Les Orphelins du bout du monde (Le cercle)
Au début du XXe siècle, une somptueuse histoire d'amour à l'atmosphère ensorcelante, avec pour toile de fond les vastes plaines de l'Ouest australien, terres ancestrales du peuple aborigène.
Abandonnée par sa famille dans le désert australien, Leonora est une miraculée. Confiée à un orphelinat, la fillette tisse une amitié aussi forte qu'éphémère avec un petit irlandais rebelle, James O'Reilly. Mais leurs chemins se séparent lorsque Leonora est adoptée par les Fairfield, un couple d'industriels américains.
Des années plus tard, c'est une belle héritière qui débarque sur les terres australes, au bras de son époux, le séduisant et ambitieux Alex Harrington, chargé de gérer la mine des Fairfield. Mais alors que le couple s'installe dans sa nouvelle demeure de Wanjarri Downs, Leonora croise le chemin de James, embauché pour diriger le ranch. Les retrouvailles sont délicates : leur amitié, toujours aussi forte, doit rester secrète car Alex ignore tout du passé de Leonora. Mais comment résister à cette force qui semble pousser Leonora irrémédiablement dans les pas de James ?
Leonora veut divorcer, cesser cette mascarade ; ses sentiments pour Alex sont morts. Mais ce dernier mis au défi par sa femme, harcelé par les mineurs qui se mutinent contre lui, va bientôt laisser éclater une violence folle, terrible, dont personne, pas même James, ne sortira indemne...
- J IS FOR JUNK ECONOMICS: A Guide To Reality In An Age Of Deception (English Edition)
"Wouldn't it be great if everyone said what they meant?” a voiceover asks in a ubiquitous TV ad for a major bank credit card. But what if the words people use have lost their meaning or have been changed to protect the guilty? That’s the exact situation we find ourselves in with today’s mainstream economics or, as Prof. Michael Hudson would call it, JUNK ECONOMICS.
We are deep into a worldwide credibility gap: Politicians and their minions in the media declare that any news they don’t agree with is fake; alternate realities exist as to what is real and not real; history and science are eliminated or denied; the public domain and infrastructure is privatized and monopolized in the name of misguided ideology; and economics has been hijacked as a tool of corruption and crime on a global scale.
With the world’s global economy spinning out of control, it’s more important than ever to learn – and perhaps relearn – all of the lessons of history, like them or not. You will find them in J IS FOR JUNK ECONOMICS: A GUIDE TO REALITY IN AN AGE OF DECEPTION, an unexpurgated look at the economic ideas that have allowed a resurgence of the true enemies of human progress: ignorance, feudalism and greed.
So who needs economics, the “Dismal Science?” There are those (The One Percent) who want you to be put off by economics so that you’ll buy into the myths of wealth creation they’re promoting along with their view of the “proper” functions of government (see Government, Socialism for the Rich, and the essay, The 22 Major Economic Myths of Our Time). We (The 99 Percent) cannot vote in our best interests if we accept the received wisdom of economics as promoted by Wall Street and an academia purchased by the vested interests (e.g., big oil, big pharma, big banking, etc).
Today, identity politics – without any mention of debt-strapped labor, consumer protection or new cold war confrontations – has supplanted any meaningful discussion of sustainable economic policy, to say nothing of the sustainable use of the earth’s resources. Vocabulary has become degraded and has facilitated the spread of misunderstanding and ignorance in the press, on the Internet, in classrooms and on the street.
It’s not necessary to re-invent the wheel to take action, however. The major issues that guide healthy economies were known to the Ancients (many appear in the Bible) and were expanded upon by the classical economists in the 18th and 19th centuries (debt forgiveness, compound interest, rent theory and unearned income in particular). Their aim was to leave the brutal legacy of feudalism behind and embrace new technology, better living standards, and an economy of abundance. Their ideas and principles are brought back into the spotlight here. This book deconstructs today's watered-down, deceptive and value-free economics that favor the wealthy and powerful so that the next generation can create a successful economy with proper checks and balances, benefiting everyone.
Prof. Hudson’s unique experience, perspective and pithy insight make economics and economic history comprehensible for the rest of us as well as useful for exploring today’s uncertain political and economic environment – and he shows us just who the winners and losers are! J IS FOR JUNK ECONOMICS contains 400 A-to-Z vocabulary entries, 7 essays provide commentary and context, Prof. Hudson’s Bubble Model, author bio(s), author interview, and a full topic index. This is the one book on economics that you’ll want to refer to again and again.
Prof. Michael Hudson is one of the world’s leading economists. He is a veteran of Wall Street and Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC). He counsels governments on finance and tax policy, and gives presentations all over the world to groups reflecting diverse academic, economic and political constituencies.