Dispatches from the Edge

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Dispatches from the Edge

Dispatches from the Edge

A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival

  • Author: Anderson Cooper
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0061743356
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 240
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From one of America’s leading reporters comes a deeply personal, extraordinarily powerful look at the most volatile crises he has witnessed around the world, from New Orleans to Baghdad and beyond. Dispatches from the Edge of the World is a book that gives us a rare up-close glimpse of what happens when the normal order of things is suddenly turned upside down, whether it’s a natural disaster, a civil war, or a heated political battle. Over the last year, few people have witnessed more scenes of chaos and conflict than Anderson Cooper, whose groundbreaking coverage on CNN has become the touchstone of twenty-first century journalism. This book explores in a very personal way the most important - and most dangerous - crises of our time, and the surprising impact they have had on his life. From the devastating tsunami in South Asia to the suffering Niger, and ultimately Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Cooper shares his own experiences of traversing the globe, covering the world’s most astonishing stories. As a television journalist, he has the gift of speaking with an emotional directness that cuts through the barriers of the medium. In his first book, that passion communicates itself through a rich fabric of memoir and reportage, reflection and first-person narrative. Unflinching and utterly engrossing, this is the story of an extraordinary year in a reporter’s life.

Will to Live: Dispatches from the Edge of Survival

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Will to Live: Dispatches from the Edge of Survival

Will to Live: Dispatches from the Edge of Survival

  • Author: Les Stroud
  • Publisher: Top Books
  • ISBN: N.A
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In a survival situation, a wrong decision could spell the difference between life and death. No one knows this better than Les Stroud, who has survived everywhere from the sun-scorched sands of the Kalahari to the snake-infested jungles of the Amazon. In Will to Live, Les examines many incredible true life survival stories--explaining what happened and why, and offering valuable perspectives on what went right, what went wrong, and what could have been done differently. The tales in Will to Live include: Chris McCandless--the subject of the book and movie Into the Wild.Yossi Ghinsberg--who survived alone in the Amazon for twenty-one days. Douglas Mawson--the Antarctic "superman" who survived three hellish months at the bottom of the planet. Nando Parrado--who was trapped for two months high in the Andes after a plane crash killed his friends and...

The Edge of Physics

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The Edge of Physics

The Edge of Physics

Dispatches from the Frontiers of Cosmology

  • Author: Anil Ananthaswamy
  • Publisher: Prelude Books
  • ISBN: 0715640135
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 336
  • View: 3317
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A scientific and globetrotting exploration of the physics experiments changing the ways we understand our universe. Why is the universe expanding? What is the nature of dark matter? Do other universes exist? In this timely and original book, science writer Anil Ananthaswamy embarks on a global journey to some of the world’s most inhospitable and dramatic research sites to witness first-hand the audacious physics experiments conducted to answer profound questions about the nature of the universe. From the Atacama Desert in the Chilean Andes to the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope on Mount Paranal to deep inside an abandoned iron mine in Minnesota and to the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, Ananthaswamy weaves together stories about the people and places at the heart of this cosmological research. While explaining the immense questions that scientists are trying to answer, Ananthaswamy provides an accessible and unique portrait of the universe and our quest to understand it. An atmospheric, engaging and illuminating read, The Edge of Physics depicts science as a human process and brings cosmology with all its rarefied concepts down to earth. ***PRAISE FOR THE EDGE OF PHYSICS*** 'A travelogue that celebrates the blood, sweat and tears that drive our understanding of the universe.' Guardian 'An excellent book. The author has a great knack of making difficult subjects comprehensible. I thoroughly enjoyed it.' Sir Patrick Moore 'A remarkable narrative that combines fundamental physics with high adventure.' New Scientist 'The ultimate physics-adventure travelogue... brilliant.' Physics World 'A grand tour of modern day cosmology's sacred places... evocative... engaging... refreshing... a taste of science in the heroic mode.' BBC Sky at Night 'Clean, elegant prose, humming with interest.' Robert MacFarlene 'An accomplished and timely overview of modern cosmology and particle astrophysics.' Nature

Girl in Glass

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Girl in Glass

Girl in Glass

Dispatches from the Edge of Life

  • Author: Deanna Fei
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 1620409933
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 320
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Winner of 2016 Books for a Better Life Award A Washington Post Book Club Selection A Public Books Favorite Book of 2015 When her daughter was born nearly four months premature, Deanna Fei confronted a shattering question: Had she delivered a child or lost one? Over months in the hospital, as she held the hand of a tiny baby fighting for her life inside a glass box, she came to grips with parenthood at its most elemental. Then, a year after she brought her daughter home, the CEO of her husband's company publicly blamed the medical bills of the beautiful, now-thriving little girl for a cut in employee benefits and attached a price tag to her life, setting off a national firestorm. Girl in Glass is the riveting story of one child's harrowing journey and a mother's impassioned defense of human worth against corporate disregard. With luminous prose and an unflinching eye, Fei explores what it means to save a life: from the front lines of a neonatal intensive care unit to the perils of the American health-care system; from decades of medical innovation to the question of how we care for our most vulnerable; and finally, to the potent force of a child's will to live. Above all, Girl in Glass is a testament to how love takes hold when a new life defies all expectations.

Email from the Edge

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Email from the Edge

Email from the Edge

Revised and Updated

  • Author: Timothy McGettigan
  • Publisher: Timothy McGettigan
  • ISBN: 0557050065
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 56
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The Scholar Ship is a fascinating concept in higher education. Sadly, in the months following our Spring 2008 journey, The Scholar Ship ceased operations. A more complete and exhilarating educational vessel has never put to sea, but, alas, operating a university on the high seas is financially riskier than asking a pirate to safeguard your piggy bank. Thus, as of this writing, The Scholar Ship is no more. Though The Scholar Ship may be gone, it will never be forgotten. In my opinion, global educational initiatives, such as The Scholar Ship, represent the future of international education. Thus, I feel safe in believing that The Scholar Ship is not really "gone," it is simply experiencing a brief hiatus. Perhaps I'm wearing rose-colored glasses, but I look forward (a few years down the road) to the re-launching of The Scholarship: bigger, better, and more fun than ever.

Completely in Blue: Dispatches from the Edge of Sanity

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Completely in Blue: Dispatches from the Edge of Sanity

Completely in Blue: Dispatches from the Edge of Sanity

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Post Mortem Press
  • ISBN: 1465746544
  • Category:
  • Page: N.A
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Dispatches from the Front

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Dispatches from the Front

Dispatches from the Front

A History of the American War Correspondent

  • Author: Nathaniel Lande
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 0195122062
  • Category: History
  • Page: 416
  • View: 2459
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In "Dispatches from the Front" we have a unique and special conduit from ten American wars. In the correspondents' words ring the passion and drama of war from the American Revolution to the Persian Gulf. The work of Thomas Paine, Stephen Crane, Ernest Hemingway, Edward R. Murrow, and more than 60 other correspondents tells of America's wars as they happened, on the battlefield and on the home front. 66 photos.

Dispatches from the Abortion Wars

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Dispatches from the Abortion Wars

Dispatches from the Abortion Wars

The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients, and the Rest of Us

  • Author: Carole E. Joffe
  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • ISBN: 0807035025
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 196
  • View: 2982
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Shares firsthand accounts of doctors grappling with the obstacles of providing abortion care, from negotiating with insurance companies to begging superiors for the right to perform medically necessary abortions in-hospital, reporting the lived experiences behind the polemics while offering hope for real change.

Dispatches from the Ebony Tower

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Dispatches from the Ebony Tower

Dispatches from the Ebony Tower

Intellectuals Confront the African American Experience

  • Author: Manning Marable
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 9780231114769
  • Category: History
  • Page: 333
  • View: 5362
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What constitutes black studies and where does this discipline stand at the end of the twentieth century? In this wide-ranging and original volume, Manning Marable--one of the leading scholars of African American history--gathers key materials from contemporary thinkers who interrogate the richly diverse content and multiple meanings of the collective experiences of black folk. Here are numerous voices expressing very different political, cultural, and historical views, from black conservatives, to black separatists, to blacks who advocate radical democratic transformation. Here are topics ranging from race and revolution in Cuba, to the crack epidemic in Harlem, to Afrocentrism and its critics. All of these voices, however, are engaged in some aspect of what Marable sees as the essential triad of the black intellectual tradition: describing the reality of black life and experiences, critiquing racism and stereotypes, or proposing positive steps for the empowerment of black people. Highlights from Dispatches from the Ebony Tower: * Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Manning Marable debate the role of activism in black studies. * John Hope Franklin reflects on his role as chair of the President's race initiative. * Cornel West discusses topics that range from the future of the NAACP through the controversies surrounding Louis Farrakhan and black nationalism to the very question of what "race" means. * Amiri Baraka lays out strategies for a radical new curriculum in our schools and universities. * Marable's introduction provides a thorough overview of the history and current state of black studies in America.

Will to Live

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Will to Live

Will to Live

Dispatches from the Edge of Survival

  • Author: Les Stroud
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0062065696
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 240
  • View: 8781
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In a survival situation, a wrong decision could spell the difference between life and death. No one knows this better than Les Stroud, who has survived everywhere from the sun-scorched sands of the Kalahari to the snake-infested jungles of the Amazon. In Will to Live, Les examines many incredible true life survival stories—explaining what happened and why, and offering valuable perspectives on what went right, what went wrong, and what could have been done differently. The tales in Will to Live include: Chris McCandless—the subject of the book and movie Into the Wild.Yossi Ghinsberg—who survived alone in the Amazon for twenty-one days. Douglas Mawson—the Antarctic "superman" who survived three hellish months at the bottom of the planet. Nando Parrado—who was trapped for two months high in the Andes after a plane crash killed his friends and family. Plus . . . stories from Les's own experiences, along with practical sidebars with tips on how to escape quicksand, butcher a moose, cross a snow-covered crevasse, and more. Provocative and entertaining, Will to Live is a compilation of history's most intriguing survival stories from one of the world's foremost experts.