• Who was Saint Patrick? by E.A. Thompson

    By E.A. Thompson

    We all know of St Patrick, yet what can we find out about him? easily that it used to be he who `converted the Irish to Christianity'. The unusual truth is that for 2 hundred years or so after his loss of life, even though his identify used to be remembered with recognize, every thing else approximately him used to be forgotten. E.A. Thompson items jointly the tale of his existence, drawing his facts from the only clues that exist, Patrick's personal writings, no longer from the later Lives. He unearths him as coming from a well-to-do nominally Christian kinfolk in Britain, being captured via Irish raiders and compelled into slavery in Co Mayo, changing to a such a lot earnest Christianity, and finally escaping from eire to the achievement of his calling. As a bishop, he's proven to were a guy of profound originality, and his writings - his Confession and his Letter to Coroticus - extra show his personality. it's no shock host of legends turned hooked up to his identify, and the biography is done with a glance at a few of these early legends. Preface to paperback version via COLMAN ETCHINGHAM, Maynooth.E.A. THOMPSON used to be Professor of Classics at Nottingham collage.

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  • The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert by Michael Wolff

    By Michael Wolff

    If Rupert Murdoch isn’t making headlines, he’s busy paying for the media shops that generate the headlines. His information Corp. holdings—from the manhattan Post, Fox information, and such a lot lately The Wall highway Journal, to call only a few—are tremendous, and his strength is unmatched. So what makes a guy like this tick? Michael Wolff provides us the definitive resolution in The guy Who Owns the News.

    With unparalleled entry to Rupert Murdoch himself, and his affiliates and kin, Wolff chronicles the mind-blowing progress of Murdoch's $70 billion media state. In intimate element, he probes the Murdoch relatives dynasty, from the battles that experience threatened to smash it to the reconciliations that appear to just make it superior. Drawing upon enormous quantities of hours of interviews, he deals money owed of the Dow Jones takeover in addition to performs for Yahoo! and Newsday as they’ve by no means been published before.

    Written within the impossible to resist stye that basically an award-winning columnist for Vanity Fair can convey, The guy Who Owns the News bargains an unique glimpse right into a guy who wields amazing strength and effect within the media on a world scale—and whose kinfolk is being groomed to hold his legacy into the future.

    From the Hardcover edition.

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  • A Southern Family in White and Black: The Cuneys of Texas by Douglas Hales

    By Douglas Hales

    The complicated problems with race and politics in nineteenth-century Texas could be nowhere extra dramatically embodied than in 3 generations of the kin of Norris Wright Cuney, mulatto exertions and political chief. Douglas Hales explores the birthright Cuney obtained from his white plantation-owner father, Philip Cuney, and how his historical past performed out within the lifetime of his daughter Maud Cuney-Hare. This intergenerational examine casts gentle at the event of race within the South earlier than Emancipation, after Reconstruction, and within the diaspora that finally led cultural leaders of African American background into the towns of the North.

    Most Texas heritage books identify Norris Wright Cuney as probably the most influential African American politicians in nineteenth-century Texas, yet they inform little approximately him past his elected positions. In The Cuneys, Douglas Hales not just fills within the info of Cuney’s lifestyles and contributions yet areas him within the context of his family’s generations.

    A politically lively plantation proprietor and slaveholder in Austin County, Philip Cuney participated within the annexation of Texas to the us and supported the function of slavery and cotton within the constructing economic climate of the hot nation. prosperous and strong, he fathered 8 slave young children whom he later freed and observed trained. Hales explores how and why Cuney differed from different planters of his time and place.

    He then turns to the better-known Norris Wright Cuney to review how the black elite labored for political and fiscal chance within the reactionary interval that Reconstruction within the South. Cuney led the Texas Republican get together in these turbulent years and, via his place as number of customs at Galveston, dispensed federal patronage to either white and black Texans. because the strongest African American in Texas, and arguably within the whole South, Cuney turned the focus of white hostility, from either Democrats and contributors of the “Lily White” faction of his personal social gathering. His powerful management gained not just persisted workplace for him but additionally a place of strength in the Republican celebration for Texas blacks at a time while the get together of Lincoln repudiated African americans in lots of different Southern states. From his place at the Galveston urban Council, Cuney labored tirelessly for African American schooling and challenged the domination of white hard work in the turning out to be unions.

    Norris Wright Cuney’s daughter, Maud, who was once graced with a prestigious schooling, pursued a winning profession within the arts as a live performance pianist, musicologist, and playwright. a chum of W. E. B. Du Bois, she turned actively excited by the racial uplift move of the early 20th century. Hales illuminates her function within the highbrow and political “awakening” of black the United States that culminated within the Harlem Renaissance of the Twenties. He adroitly explores her choice opposed to “passing” as white and her dedication to uplift.

    Through those 3 contributors of a unmarried mixed-race relatives, Douglas Hales offers perception into the problems, demanding situations, and strengths of people. His paintings provides a big bankruptcy to the historical past of Texas and of African americans extra broadly.

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  • Child of a Turbulent Century (Jewish Lives) by Victor Erlich

    By Victor Erlich

    Victor Erlich used to be born in 1914, on the threshold of what the nice Russian poet Anna Akhmatova known as "the actual 20th century," in Petrograd, a spot indelibly marked through that century's violent dislocations and upheavals. His tale, started at the eve of the 1st international struggle and taking him via Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Germany, and the U. S. military, is in lots of methods a memoir of that "real 20th century," reflecting its deadly nature and formed via the "fearful symmetry" of the age of totalitarianism. Erlich's grandfather, the mythical Jewish historian Simon Dubnov, used to be felled in December 1941 via a Nazi bullet; his father, Henryk Erlich, a pacesetter of the Jewish Bund and a well known determine in Russian and varnish socialism, took his existence in Stalin's criminal in may well 1942. To examine Erlich's lifestyles transforming into up on the intersection of the century's darkest currents is to event background firsthand from the Russian Revolution to the top of the second one global War-and to grasp what it really is to be a baby of the century.
    Erlich inspires what it used to be prefer to be a Bundist, the depth of Socialist existence on the time, the considering after the Nazi invasion of Poland-before the pact among Hitler and Stalin turned obvious. Figures akin to Eleanor Roosevelt, Wendel Wilkie, Marc and Bella Chagall make appearances, in addition to the well-known truth seeker Tarski, flunking Erlich in math. all through, regardless of the darkness, even the horror, of a lot of what he describes, the writer continues the beguiling tone and the nice and cozy demeanour of 1 who has reached the recent millennium with infrequent and hard-won perception into the human comedy of his time.

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  • Silent Shock: The Men Behind the Thalidomide Scandal and an by Michael Magazanik

    By Michael Magazanik

    The infant began to pop out. Head first, every thing okay. yet then I observed that there have been no hands. after which no legs. The little woman had just a torso and a head.

    Lyn Rowe was once born in Melbourne in 1962, seven months after her mom Wendy was once given a brand new ask yourself drug for morning illness referred to as thalidomide.

    For fifty years the Rowe relations cared for Lyn. a long time of hard, round the clock paintings. yet then in 2011 Lyn Rowe introduced a felony declare opposed to the thalidomide businesses. opposed to the percentages, she gained a multi-million-dollar settlement.

    Former journalist Michael Magazanik is without doubt one of the attorneys who ran Lyn’s case. In Silent surprise he exposes a fifty-year disguise up bearing on history’s such a lot infamous drug, and info not just the damning case opposed to brands Grünenthal—whose enthusiastic merchandising in their profitable drug within the face of mounting facts beggars belief—but additionally the relocating tale of the Rowe family.

    Spanning Australia, the us, the uk, Japan, Canada, Sweden and, in fact, Germany, Silent surprise is an epic account of company wrongdoing opposed to a backdrop of heroic own fight and sacrifice.

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