A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making-from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency-a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.
Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation's highest office.
Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of U.S. partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings readers inside the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room, and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, and points beyond. We are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune's Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden.
A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective-the story of one man's bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of «hope and change,» and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible.
This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama's conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) était cette créature rare, un compositeur qui a réinventé le langage de la musique sans aliéner la majorité des mélomanes. Créateur de classiques tels que La Mer et Clair de Lune, de Pelléas et Mélisande et ses magnifiques oeuvres pour piano délicates, il est le moderniste que tout le monde aime, l'homme qui a conduit la musique française dans de toutes nouvelles régions de beauté et d'excitation à une époque où les vieilles traditions - et l'influence dominante de Wagner - menaçaient de l'étouffer. Figure centrale de la naissance du modernisme, l'influence de Debussy sur la culture française est profonde. Cependant, dans le même temps, sa vie était compliquée et souvent troublée par des problèmes d'argent, de femmes et de problèmes de santé. L'approche originale et engageante de Walsh consiste à enrichir un récit vivant de cette vie par de brillantes analyses de la musique de Debussy: de ses premières percées audacieuses aux règles en tant qu'étudiant du Conservatoire à ses exploits matures en tant que plus grand compositeur français de son époque. Le Washington Post a qualifié Stravinsky de Stephen Walsh "d'un des meilleurs livres jamais écrits sur un compositeur". Debussy est un digne successeur.
The Talmud says: «If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first.» This instinct to take every measure, even the most aggressive, to defend the Jewish people is hardwired into Israel's DNA. From the very beginning of its statehood in 1948, protecting the nation from harm has been the responsibility of its intelligence community and armed services, and there is one weapon in their vast arsenal that they have relied upon to thwart the most serious threats: Targeted assassinations have been used countless times, on enemies large and small, sometimes in response to attacks against the Israeli people and sometimes preemptively.
#1 New York Times Bestseller A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting America's turn towards authoritarianism. The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. On Tyranny is a call to arms and a guide to resistance, with invaluable ideas for how we can preserve our freedoms in the uncertain years to come. "Mr. Snyder is a rising public intellectual unafraid to make bold connections between past and present." -- The New York Times
L'historien britannique et auteur de Seven Ages of Paris, revendiqué par le passé, vient d'un récit grand et large écrit avec toute la verve, l'érudition et la vivacité qui la caractérisent. Il raconte l'histoire extrêmement absorbante du pays qui a apporté au monde tant de talent, de style et d'innovation politique. En commençant par la division de la Gaule par Jules César en trois parties, Horne nous guide à travers les âges, de Charlemagne à Chirac, en parcourant les champs de bataille de la guerre de Cent Ans en Indochine et en Algérie, et en nous présentant des portraits lumineux des dirigeants, des philosophes, des écrivains, des artistes de la nation. et compositeurs. C'est une histoire captivante, admirablement illustrée, complète et concise de la France.
This magnificent reconstruction of Napoleon's life and legend, written by a distinguished Oxford scholar, is based on intimate documents-including the personal letters of Marie-Louise and the decoded diaries of Grand Marshal Bertrand, who accompanied Napoleon to his final exile on St. Helena. It has been hailed as the most important single-volume work in Napoleonic literature.
A masterful telling of the way World War Two has been remembered, forgotten, and remade by Canada over seventy-five years.
The Second World War shaped modern Canada. It led to the country's emergence as a middle power on the world stage; the rise of the welfare state; industrialization, urbanization, and population growth. After the war, Canada increasingly turned toward the United States in matters of trade, security, and popular culture, which then sparked a desire to strengthen Canadian nationalism from the threat of American hegemony.
The Fight for History examines how Canadians framed and reframed the war experience over time. Just as the importance of the battle of Vimy Ridge to Canadians rose, fell, and rose again over a 100-year period, the meaning of Canada's Second World War followed a similar pattern. But the Second World War's relevance to Canada led to conflict between veterans and others in society--more so than in the previous war--as well as a more rapid diminishment of its significance.
By the end of the 20th century, Canada's experiences in the war were largely framed as a series of disasters. Canadians seemed to want to talk only of the defeats at Hong Kong and Dieppe or the racially driven policy of the forced relocation of Japanese-Canadians. In the history books and media, there was little discussion of Canada's crucial role in the Battle of the Atlantic, the success of its armies in Italy and other parts of Europe, or the massive contribution of war materials made on the home front. No other victorious nation underwent this bizarre reframing of the war, remaking victories into defeats.
The Fight for History is about the efforts to restore a more balanced portrait of Canada's contribution in the global conflict. This is the story of how Canada has talked about the war in the past, how we tried to bury it, and how it was restored. This is the history of a constellation of changing ideas, with many historical twists and turns, and a series of fascinating actors and events.
Simon Leys est le pseudonyme de Pierre Ryckmans (1935-2014), historien d'art, sinologue et essayiste internationalement reconnu. « Messieurs-dames, helas ! L'Empereur vient de mourir ! » La nouvelle se répand rapidement à travers toute l'Europe. Pourtant, Napoléon n'est pas mort. Après une ingénieuse évasion, il a réussi a regagner la France, laissant un sosie occuper sa place à Sainte-Hélène - et ce n'est que ce dernier qui vient de trépasser. Mal ajusté à son anonymat, Napoléon va traverser une série d'étranges épreuves. Confronté a son propre mythe, saura-t-il recouvrer son identité ? Et qui est-il donc, maintenant que l'Empereur est mort?