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Dispatches from Pluto

Dispatches from Pluto
Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta

by Richard Grant

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2015-10-13
  • Pages : 302
  • ISBN : 1476709645
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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New Yorkers Grant and his girlfriend Mariah decided on a whim to buy an old plantation house in the Mississippi Delta. This is their journey of discovery to a remote, isolated strip of land, three miles beyond the tiny community of Pluto. They learn to hunt, grow their own food, and fend off alligators, snakes, and varmints galore. They befriend an array of unforgettable local characters, capture the rich, extraordinary culture of the Delta, and delve deeply into the Delta's lingering racial tensions. As the nomadic Grant learns to settle down, he falls not just for his girlfriend but for the beguiling place they now call home.

Crazy River

Crazy River
Exploration and Folly in East Africa

by Richard Grant

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2011-10-25
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 1439157642
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the acclaimed author of Dispatches From Pluto and Deepest South of All comes a rollicking travelogue from East Africa. NO ONE TRAVELS QUITE LIKE RICHARD GRANT and, really, no one should. In his last book, the adventure classic God’s Middle Finger, he narrowly escaped death in Mexico’s lawless Sierra Madre. Now, Grant has plunged with his trademark recklessness, wit, and curiosity into East Africa. Setting out to make the first descent of an unexplored river in Tanzania, he gets waylaid in Zanzibar by thieves, whores, and a charismatic former golf pro before crossing the Indian Ocean in a rickety cargo boat. And then the real adventure begins. Known to local tribes as “the river of bad spirits,” the Malagarasi River is a daunting adversary even with a heavily armed Tanzanian crew as travel companions. Dodging bullets, hippos, and crocodiles, Grant finally emerges in war-torn Burundi, where he befriends some ethnic street gangsters and trails a notorious man-eating crocodile known as Gustave. He concludes his journey by interviewing the dictatorial president of Rwanda and visiting the true source of the Nile. Gripping, illuminating, sometimes harrowing, often hilarious, Crazy River is a brilliantly rendered account of a modern-day exploration of Africa, and the unraveling of Grant’s peeled, battered mind as he tries to take it all in.

The Deepest South of All

The Deepest South of All
True Stories from Natchez, Mississippi

by Richard Grant

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2021-08-31
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1501177842
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Bestselling travel writer Richard Grant “sensitively probes the complex and troubled history of the oldest city on the Mississippi River through the eyes of a cast of eccentric and unexpected characters” (Newsweek). Natchez, Mississippi, once had more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in America, and its wealth was built on slavery and cotton. Today it has the greatest concentration of antebellum mansions in the South, and a culture full of unexpected contradictions. Prominent white families dress up in hoopskirts and Confederate uniforms for ritual celebrations of the Old South, yet Natchez is also progressive enough to elect a gay black man for mayor with 91% of the vote. Much as John Berendt did for Savannah in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and the hit podcast S-Town did for Woodstock, Alabama, so Richard Grant does for Natchez in The Deepest South of All. With humor and insight, he depicts a strange, eccentric town with an unforgettable cast of characters. There’s Buzz Harper, a six-food-five gay antique dealer famous for swanning around in a mink coat with a uniformed manservant and a very short German bodybuilder. There’s Ginger Hyland, “The Lioness,” who owns 500 antique eyewash cups and decorates 168 Christmas trees with her jewelry collection. And there’s Nellie Jackson, a Cadillac-driving brothel madam who became an FBI informant about the KKK before being burned alive by one of her customers. Interwoven through these stories is the more somber and largely forgotten account of Abd al Rahman Ibrahima, a West African prince who was enslaved in Natchez and became a cause célèbre in the 1820s, eventually gaining his freedom and returning to Africa. With an “easygoing manner” (Geoff Dyer, National Book Critics Circle Award–winning author of Otherwise Known as the Human Condition), this book offers a gripping portrait of a complex American place, as it struggles to break free from the past and confront the legacy of slavery.

God's Middle Finger

God's Middle Finger
Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre

by Richard Grant

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2008-03-04
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 141656571X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Twenty miles south of the Arizona-Mexico border, the rugged, beautiful Sierra Madre mountains begin their dramatic ascent. Almost 900 miles long, the range climbs to nearly 11,000 feet and boasts several canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon. The rules of law and society have never taken hold in the Sierra Madre, which is home to bandits, drug smugglers, Mormons, cave-dwelling Tarahumara Indians, opium farmers, cowboys, and other assorted outcasts. Outsiders are not welcome; drugs are the primary source of income; murder is all but a regional pastime. The Mexican army occasionally goes in to burn marijuana and opium crops -- the modern treasure of the Sierra Madre -- but otherwise the government stays away. In its stead are the drug lords, who have made it one of the biggest drug-producing areas in the world. Fifteen years ago, journalist Richard Grant developed what he calls "an unfortunate fascination" with this lawless place. Locals warned that he would meet his death there, but he didn't believe them -- until his last trip. During his travels Grant visited a folk healer for his insomnia and was prescribed rattlesnake pills, attended bizarre religious rituals, consorted with cocaine-snorting policemen, taught English to Guarijio Indians, and dug for buried treasure. On his last visit, his reckless adventure spiraled into his own personal heart of darkness when cocaine-fueled Mexican hillbillies hunted him through the woods all night, bent on killing him for sport. With gorgeous detail, fascinating insight, and an undercurrent of dark humor, God's Middle Finger brings to vivid life a truly unique and uncharted world.

Selections from the Dispatches and General Orders of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington

Selections from the Dispatches and General Orders of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington
A Book

by Arthur Wellesley Duke of Wellington

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1731
  • Pages : 939
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Gods of Change

Gods of Change
A Book

by Howard Sasportas

  • Publisher : The Wessex Astrologer
  • Release : 2012-09-10
  • Pages : 332
  • ISBN : 1902405870
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This lovely and important work from Howard Sasportas teaches us how to respond to the transits of Uranus,Neptune and Pluto with calmness and a knowledge that the more we work with them, the more worthwhile will be the end result.

The Monthly Review

The Monthly Review
A Book

by Ralph Griffiths,George Edward Griffiths

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1780
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Monthly Review, Or, Literary Journal

The Monthly Review, Or, Literary Journal
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1780
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Dispatches from the Weimar Republic

Dispatches from the Weimar Republic
Versailles and German Facism

by Morgan Philips Price

  • Publisher : Pluto Press (UK)
  • Release : 1999
  • Pages : 220
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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'This is a superb text which is relevant for anyone who has an interest in the turbulent post war years of Germany and the Weimar period ... It is very accessible ad easy to read, bolstered by the clarity of its language and organisation.' History Teaching ReviewThe period immediately following the First World War was one of great turbulence in Germany. The widespread dislocation throughout the country left morale crushed, and the economy crippled by Allied demands for reparations. Russia was in the hands of the Bolsheviks and Germany seemed on the brink of falling to working-class revolutionaries. Writing between 1919 and 1923 as special correspondent for the Manchester Guardian, Price was one of the very few British journalists in Weimar Germany during these important years. His unique position as an outsider allowed him to record what he saw with an objective eye, and his sympathy with the Bolsheviks gave him an understanding of the deeper implications behind the unfolding of events. These remarkable writings, reprinted for the first time in 80 years, cover the key events in postwar Germany. Price witnesses the establishment of the Weimar Republic, the emergence of Hitler and the Nazi Party, the inflammatory violence in the south of the country, which threatened civil war, and the signing of the Versailles Treaty.

Dispatches from Palestine

Dispatches from Palestine
The Rise and Fall of the Oslo Peace Process

by Graham Usher

  • Publisher : University of Alberta
  • Release : 1999-05-20
  • Pages : 197
  • ISBN : 9780745313375
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is a controversial overview of the contemporary Middle East which charts the failure of the Oslo Agreement. It analyses the key processes that structure the Oslo process: economic, military, political and cultural.

On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's

On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's
2nd Edition

by Greg O'Brien

  • Publisher : Good Night books
  • Release : 2018-02-27
  • Pages : 417
  • ISBN : 0991340191
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is a book about living with Alzheimer’s, not dying with it. It is a book about hope, faith, and humor—a prescription far more powerful than the conventional medication available today to fight this disease. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the US—and the only one of these diseases on the rise. More than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia; about 35 million people worldwide. Greg O’Brien, an award-winning investigative reporter, has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's and is one of those faceless numbers. Acting on long-term memory and skill coupled with well-developed journalistic grit, O’Brien decided to tackle the disease and his imminent decline by writing frankly about the journey. O’Brien is a master storyteller. His story is naked, wrenching, and soul searching for a generation and their loved ones about to cross the threshold of this death in slow motion. On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s is a trail-blazing roadmap for a generation—both a “how to” for fighting a disease, and a “how not” to give up!

Kudzu on the Ivory Tower

Kudzu on the Ivory Tower
A Book

by Evan Peacock

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2021-08
  • Pages : 268
  • ISBN : 9781734573077
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Educated meets Dispatches from Pluto, but with more explosions. The story of an unlikely journey from a poverty-stricken upbringing in the Mississippi backwoods to a career in academic archaeology. Along the way one encounters homemade cannons, untethered nuclear bombs, zombie cheeseburgers, country music sycophants, demonic rodents, screaming wood, mechanical butts, grease sandwiches, ancient artifacts, and the deleterious consequences of racist thinking. Ultimately a story of love, family, and the redemptive power of education, Kudzu on the Ivory Tower is "a mélange of Franklin's Autobiography, Rousseau's Confessions, Chateaubriand's Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".

Dispatches from Planet 3

Dispatches from Planet 3
Thirty-Two (Brief) Tales on the Solar System, the Milky Way, and Beyond

by Marcia Bartusiak

  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release : 2018-09-18
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0300240589
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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An award-winning science writer presents a captivating collection of cosmological essays for the armchair astronomer The galaxy, the multiverse, and the history of astronomy are explored in this engaging compilation of cosmological “tales” by multiple award†‘winning science writer Marcia Bartusiak. In thirty†‘two concise and engrossing essays, the author provides a deeper understanding of the nature of the universe and those who strive to uncover its mysteries. Bartusiak shares the back stories for many momentous astronomical discoveries, including the contributions of such pioneers as Beatrice Tinsley and her groundbreaking research in galactic evolution, and Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the scientist who first discovered radio pulsars. An endlessly fascinating collection that you can dip into in any order, these pieces will transport you to ancient Mars, when water flowed freely across its surface; to the collision of two black holes, a cosmological event that released fifty times more energy than was radiating from every star in the universe; and to the beginning of time itself.

Dispatches from the Dark Side

Dispatches from the Dark Side
On Torture and the Death of Justice

by Gareth Peirce

  • Publisher : Verso Books
  • Release : 2012-04-10
  • Pages : 154
  • ISBN : 1844678296
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this set of devastating essays, Gareth Peirce analyzes the corruption of legalprinciples and practices in both the US and the UK that has accompanied the‘War on Terror’. Exploring the few cases of torture that have come to light, such asthose of Guantánamo detainees Shafiq Rasul and Binyam Mohamed, Peirce arguesthat they are evidence of a deeply entrenched culture of impunity among thoseinvestigating presumed radicals among British Muslim nationals and residents,who constitute the new suspect community in the UK. Peirce shows that theBritish government has colluded in a whole range of extrajudicialactivities—rendition, internment without trial, torture—and has gone toextraordinary lengths to conceal its actions. Its devices for maintainingsecrecy are probably more deep-rooted than those of any other comparabledemocracy. If the government continues along this path, Peirce argues, it willdestroy the moral and legal fabric it claims to be protecting.

Palestine In Crisis

Palestine In Crisis
The Struggle for Peace and Political Independence

by Graham Usher

  • Publisher : Pluto Press
  • Release : 1995-10-20
  • Pages : 146
  • ISBN : 9780745309743
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A succinct overview and history of the peace process that explains why it is in danger of collapse. Now updated with a new chapter covering recent events.

Dispatches from an Unofficial War Artist

Dispatches from an Unofficial War Artist
A Book

by Peter Kennard,Ken Livingstone,Amanda Hopkinson

  • Publisher : Lund Humphries Pub Limited
  • Release : 2000
  • Pages : 111
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For more than 25 years Peter Kennard, a polemic artist, has produced a collection of political photomontage images and installation works. This book traces Peter Kennard's artistic, political and personal development, from his early paintings in a coalshed, to art school and to a number of left-wing and radical campaigns. The art and comments of this text combine to produce a portrait of British society and Kennard himself.

Dispatches from the Revolution

Dispatches from the Revolution
Russia, 1915-1918

by Morgan Philips Price

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1997
  • Pages : 181
  • ISBN : 9780745312101
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Dispatches from the Revolution

Dispatches from the Revolution
Russia, 1916-18

by Morgan Philips Price

  • Publisher : Pluto Press
  • Release : 1997
  • Pages : 196
  • ISBN : 9780745312057
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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'An extraordinarily valuable compilation' Eric Hobsbawm'A man with an instinctive feel for politics' Jonathan Steele, The GuardianAs special correspondent for the Manchester Guardian, Price was one of the few Englishmen to witness all phases of the Revolution. His remarkable writings provide a first-hand account of the momentous events, and include his meetings with Lenin and the Bolshevik leaders.

The Timbuktu School for Nomads

The Timbuktu School for Nomads
Lessons from the People of the Desert

by Nicholas Jubber

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2016-09-08
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 185788924X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Sahara: a dream-like, far away landscape of Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, The English Patient and Star Wars, and home to nomadic communities whose ways of life stretch back millennia. Today it's a teeth-janglingly dangerous destination, where the threat of jihadists lurks just over the horizon. Following in the footsteps of 16th century traveller Leo Africanus, Nicholas Jubber went on a turbulent adventure to the forgotten places of North Africa and the legendary Timbuktu. Once the seat of African civilization and home to the richest man who ever lived, this mythic city is now scarred by terrorist occupation and is so remote its own inhabitants hail you with the greeting, 'Welcome to the middle of nowhere'. From the cattle markets of the Atlas, across the Western Sahara and up the Niger river, Nicholas joins the camps of the Tuareg, Fulani, Berbers, and other communities, to learn about their craft, their values and their place in the world. The Timbuktu School for Nomads is a unique look at a resilient city and how the nomads pit ancient ways of life against the challenges of the 21st century.

Identity and Religion in Palestine

Identity and Religion in Palestine
The Struggle between Islamism and Secularism in the Occupied Territories

by Loren D. Lybarger

  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release : 2018-06-05
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 0691187320
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This remarkable book examines how the Islamist movement and its competition with secular-nationalist factions have transformed the identities of ordinary Palestinians since the first Palestinian uprising, or intifada, of the late 1980s. Drawing upon his years living in the region and more than eighty in-depth interviews, Loren Lybarger offers a riveting account of how activists within a society divided by religion, politics, class, age, and region have forged new identities in response to shifting conditions of occupation, peace negotiations, and the fragmentation of Palestinian life. Lybarger personally witnessed the tragic days of the first intifada, the subsequent Oslo Peace Process and its failures, and the new escalation of violence with the second intifada in 2000. He rejects the simplistic notion that Palestinians inevitably fall into one of two camps: pragmatists who are willing to accept territorial compromise, and extremists who reject compromise in favor of armed struggle. Listening carefully to Palestinians themselves, he reveals that the conflicts evident among the Islamists and secular nationalists are mirrored by the internal struggles and divided loyalties of individual Palestinians. Identity and Religion in Palestine is the first book of its kind in English to capture so faithfully the rich diversity of voices from this troubled part of the world. Lybarger provides vital insights into the complex social dynamics through which Islamism has reshaped what it means to be Palestinian.