News from the Squares: Robert Llewellyn
The News Machine:Hacking, The Untold Story James Hanning
Historians love to write about rulers--kings, emperors, presidents--or about vast social forces--migration, industrialisation--but what if they are all missing the point? Thinking about our own lives, isn´t it clear that what makes the world go round are families, colleagues, teams, associations: in other words, networks? Many old Italian towns have the same central structure: a large square where people gather and a tower where the town´s elite ruled from. Throughout history you can express the battle between the two as a battle of networks - who knows who, who works with who: guilds, families, fellowships, clans, cabals all cooperating to make sometimes huge changes. Sometimes the power lies with those lurking in the tower and sometimes with those in the square. Access to information, to credit, to ideas, to news - all constantly shift. Whether in the Renaissance or in the present day what makes the world work is an astonishing tangle of networks - and this was as true for the effort that went into discovering the New World as it is now for fighting elections or just talking to friends online.In his enormously enjoyable new book, Niall Ferguson celebrates the myriad ways in which the battle between rival networks makes history happen.
The Church Evangelizing! is Bishop David A. Zubik´s fourth pastoral letter. The Church Evangelizing! describes how Jesus made friends with the disciples: by speaking their language, joining in their activities, sharing meals, taking long walks with them, being in their homes, listening to their worries, praying with them, and by being a friend. The Church Evangelizing! acknowledges that although Pope Francis captivates large crowds in Saint Peter´s Square, there are many more people he simply cannot reach. They are the ones you see day after day in your homes, neighborhoods, and offices. They are the people you can lead to Jesus Christ. The Church Evangelizing! more than a letter, is a movement. It is a movement to be better friends. It is movement to be a closer friend to Jesus and to introduce our friends to Him. It is a movement to be The Church Alive! in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Most Reverend David Zubik. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/022252/bk_acx0_022252_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue:COMMENT´´Bad Press´´, by Nicholas Lemann: Rules for journalists. THE TALK OF THE TOWN´´Hunting Horsetails”, by Oliver Sacks: Frond feelings on the High Line.ANNALS OF IMMIGRATION´´The Asylum Seeker´´, by Suketu Mehta: Strategies for a difficult process. LETTER FROM CAIRO´´Who Owns the Revolution?´´, by Wendell Steavenson: Why protesters are back in Tahrir Square. BOOKS´´Over There´´, by Hendrik Hertzberg. A review of A World on Fire.THE CURRENT CINEMA´´Just the Sex´´, by David Denby: Reviews of Crazy, Stupid Love and Friends with Benefits. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/110727/pe_nyer_110727_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the best-selling author of The Dogs of Babel comes a dazzling literary mystery about the lengths to which some people will go to rewrite their past. Best-selling novelist Octavia Frost has just completed her latest book, a revolutionary novel in which she has rewritten the last chapters of all her previous books, removing clues about her personal life concealed within, especially a horrific tragedy that befell her family years ago. On her way to deliver the manuscript to her editor, Octavia reads a news crawl in Times Square and learns that her rock-star son, Milo, has been arrested for murder. Though she and Milo haven´t spoken in years - an estrangement stemming from that tragic day - she drops everything to go to him. The last chapters of Octavia´s novel are layered throughout The Nobodies Album, the scattered puzzle pieces to her and Milo´s dark and troubled past. Did she drive her son to murder? Did Milo murder anyone at all? And what exactly happened all those years ago? As the novel builds to a stunning reveal, Octavia must consider how this story will come to a close. Universally praised for her candid explorations of the human psyche, Parkhurst delivers an emotionally gripping and resonant mystery about a mother and her son, and about the possibility that one can never truly know another person. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kimberly Farr. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002306/bk_rand_002306_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Stunning historical fiction, perfect for fans of Tracy Chevalier. The year is 1792 and it´s winter in Berkeley Square. As the city sleeps, the night-watchman keeps a cautious eye over the streets and another eye in the back doors of the great and the good. Then one fateful night he comes across the body of Pierre Renard, the eponymous silversmith, lying dead, his throat cut and his valuables missing. It could be common theft, committed by one of the many villains who stalk the square, but as news of the murder spreads, it soon becomes clear that Renard had more than a few enemies, all with their own secrets to hide. At the center of this web is Mary, the silversmith´s wife. Ostensibly theirs was an excellent pairing, but behind closed doors, their relationship was a dark and at times sadistic one. And when we meet her, Mary is withdrawn and weak, haunted by her past and near-mad with guilt. Will she attain the redemption she seeks and what, exactly, does she need redemption for...? Rich, intricate, and beautifully told, this is a story of murder, love, and buried secrets. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christine Mackie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007060/bk_sans_007060_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Fox Nation host, Fox News contributor, and social media master argues that it’s time to square your shoulders, stand your ground, and speak the truth.The conventional wisdom is that we need more civility and fewer arguments. If you have a controversial option, keep it to yourself. Tomi Lahren could not disagree more. It’s a trick. The same people whining about tone will call you names and applaud those who threaten you. We don’t need safe spaces, and you shouldn’t be patient and wait out the bullying. In Never Play Dead, Lahren encourages all Americans, especially women, to find their voice and speak out. She skewers the hypocrisy of the self-esteem movement that has made people afraid to stand up for themselves.Wherever Lahren goes, the number one question she gets isn’t about politics. It’s about her confidence in herself, her beliefs, and who she is. Never Play Dead not only answers this question but helps you learn how to stand your ground, discover how resilient you are, and find your fearless side. In this audiobook, she offers the antidote to all that: worry less about who might offend and focus on who you might inspire. In the long run, you will never regret being forceful when the truth is on your side.Lahren worked her way out of South Dakota to television fame in LA, surviving social isolation, a truly terrible boyfriend, awful workplaces, and getting fired in front of a million haters. Along the way, she was tempted to keep quiet, but she never did. Now, she calls out the comment trolls, the political-correctness police, the terminally jealous, and the ever-escalating victim culture that tells you all your failures are because of the system (and therefore there’s nothing you can do about it). Whether you’ve been told you’re not good enough by parents, lovers, frenemies, bad bosses, or social media, it’s time to take Lahren’s advice and fight back. It’s better to lose friends 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tomi Lahren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/008971/bk_harp_008971_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Christianity in America is under siege. From litigation over coaches starting games with prayer to expulsion from college for refusing to endorse beliefs at odds with the Christian faith, hardly a week goes by without news of the declining influence that Christianity has in the public square. Can Christianity in this country survive the advances of secularists and remain influential in our culture? And if a new spiritual awakening is possible, what form will it take? Supported by an astonishing parade of concrete examples and direct quotes from reporters, judges, bloggers, and influencers, David Aikman turns his journalist´s eye on the rise of hostility toward Christian expression in America and the alarming decline of orthodox belief among those who call themselves Christians. He explores the inspiring history of Christianity in America, the powerful cultural influences that have weakened the church, and the bright spots of hope he sees across the country, suggesting possible ways Christian influence in America might be refined and revived. Pastors, culture-watchers, and anyone concerned about the state of the church in America will find this a fascinating listen. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Aikman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/010255/bk_acx0_010255_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.