It´s been nearly a century since Marcel Duchamp exhibited a urinal and called it art. Since then painting has been declared dead several times over, and contemporary art has now expanded to include just about any object, action, or event: dance routines, slideshows, functional hair salons, seemingly random accretions of waste. In the meantime being an artist has gone from a join-the-circus fantasy to a plausible vocation for scores of young people in America. But why - and how and by whom - does all this art get made? How is it evaluated? And for what, if anything, will today´s artists be remembered? In The Contemporaries, Roger White, himself a young painter, serves as our spirited, skeptical guide through this diffuse, creative world. White takes us into the halls of the RISD graduate program, where students learn critical lessons that go far beyond how to apply paint to canvases. In New York we meet the neophytes who assist established artists - and who walk the fine line between ´´assistance´´ and ´´making the art´´. In Milwaukee White trails a group of friends trying to create a viable scene where rent is cheap but where the spotlight rarely shines. And he gives us an intimate perspective on three wildly different careers: that of Dana Schutz, an emerging star who is revitalizing painting; that of Mary Walling Blackburn, whose challenging art defies market forces; and that of Stephen Kaltenbach, a ´70s wunderkind who is back on the critical radar, perhaps in spite of his own willful obscurity. From young artists trying to elbow their way in to those working hard at dropping out, White´s essential audiobook offers a once-in-a-generation glimpse of the inner workings of the American art world at a moment of unparalleled ambition, uncertainty, and creative exuberance. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Parks. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021263/bk_adbl_021263_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
from Op. 1, Op. 2, Op. 5Instrumentation : piano (harpsichord)Description : Baldassare Galuppi (176-1785) received his first music lessons from his father and later became a pupil of the famous Antonio Lotti. His oeuvre first and foremost includes operas and oratorios, but he also wrote chamber music works, cantatas and works for piano. Although well-known in his days and highly acclaimed by his contemporaries, such as Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart and Charles Burney, for his compositional skills, he rather has to be classed among the forgotten composers today. This new edition with 9 of his harpsichord sonatas published in Nuremberg and London during Galuppi´s lifetime aims to put things right.Date de parution : 19/08/2008Nombre de pages : 74Format : New Edition portrait
In this inspirational follow-up to the beloved Things I Want My Daughters to Know, lifestyle philosopher Alexandra Stoddard reflects on the lessons she´s learned from her daughters and offers further thoughts and words of wisdom garnered from her own life. A mother, a grandmother, and the author of more than 25 books on personal fulfillment, Alexandra Stoddard celebrates the wisdom of motherhood and the lessons mothers can learn from their daughters in this warm and deeply moving new book that cuts to the heart of what is important in life. Speaking from her own experience and relying on the many conversations she has had with her contemporaries and their children, Stoddard has created a wonderful gift for every mother, daughter, and mother-to-be to give, receive, and share. Bridging generations, full of timeless insights to help us pursue a life rich with happiness, love, and gratitude, The Shared Wisdom of Mothers and Daughters reminds us of everything that makes life beautiful and profound. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Laural Merlington. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003385/bk_harp_003385_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Before Madeleine Albright turned twelve, her life was shaken by the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia - the country where she was born - the Battle of Britain, the near total destruction of European Jewry, the Allied victory in World War II, the rise of communism, and the onset of the Cold War. Albright´s experiences, and those of her family, provide a lens through which to view the most tumultuous dozen years in modern history. Drawing on her memory, her parents´ written reflections, interviews with contemporaries, and newly available documents, Albright recounts a tale that is by turns harrowing and inspiring. Prague Winter is an exploration of the past with timeless dilemmas in mind and, simultaneously, a journey with universal lessons that is intensely personal. The book takes readers from the Bohemian capital´s thousand-year-old castle to the bomb shelters of London, from the desolate prison ghetto of TerezÍn to the highest councils of European and American government. Albright reflects on her discovery of her family´s Jewish heritage many decades after the war, on her Czech homeland´s tangled history, and on the stark moral choices faced by her parents and their generation. Often relying on eyewitness descriptions, she tells the story of how millions of ordinary citizens were ripped from familiar surroundings and forced into new roles as exiled leaders and freedom fighters, resistance organizers and collaborators, victims and killers. These events of enormous complexity are nevertheless shaped by concepts familiar to any growing child: fear, trust, adaptation, the search for identity, the pressure to conform, the quest for independence, and the difference between right and wrong. ´´No one who lived through the years of 1937 to 1948,´´ Albright writes, ´´was a stranger to profound sadness. Millions of innocents did not survive, and their deaths must never be forgotten. Today we lack the power to reclaim lost lives, but we have 1. Language: English. Narrator: Madeleine Albright. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/002835/bk_harp_002835_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Few Americans know much more about Nathan Hale than his famous last words: ´´I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.´´ But who was the real Nathan Hale?M. William Phelps charts the life of this famed patriot and Connecticut´s state hero, following Hale´s rural childhood, his education at Yale, and his work as a schoolteacher. Even in his brief career, he distinguished himself by offering formal lessons to young women.Like many young Americans, he soon became drawn into the colonies´ war for independence, becoming a captain in Washington´s army. When the general was in need of a spy, Hale willingly rose to the challenge, bravely sacrificing his life for the sake of American liberty.Using Hale´s own journals and letters as well as testimonies from his friends and contemporaries, Phelps depicts the Revolution as it was seen from the ground. From the confrontation in Boston to the battle for New York City, listeners experience what life was like for an ordinary soldier in the struggling Continental army.In this impressive, well-researched biography, Phelps separates historical fact from long-standing myth to reveal the life of Nathan Hale, a young man who deserves to be remembered as an original American patriot. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Phil Gigante. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/001413/bk_brll_001413_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is the story of perhaps the greatest leadership journey in American history. President Theodore Roosevelt forever transformed America, ushering the country into the arena of world supremacy. His brand of leadership was entirely American: confident, compassionate, energetic, diverse, visionary. But Roosevelt was not a born leader; his ascent to the apex of power was not a foregone conclusion. He made himself a leader of consequence, and it is his epic journey to the White House - a road filled with terrific failures, intimate introspection, and self-made luck - that will inspire listeners anew. No author has combined his key biographical milestones - the lessons born from the contradictions of his life - with the surviving stories from those who followed and interacted with him in his various attempts to lead. While a graduate student at Harvard, author Jon Knokey, a Roosevelt historian and business leader, unearthed hundreds of unpublished letters and interview notes from Roosevelt contemporaries. These long-forgotten documents provide a fresh and stunning ringside seat along the 26th president´s journey to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The stories from Harvard chaps, idealistic political reformers from New York, coarse cowboys from the Badlands, and tough-as-rawhide Rough Riders from the nation´s interior all combine to illuminate the maturation process of a man learning to lead at every stage of his life. The story of Theodore Roosevelt´s life has been told before. The story of his leadership journey has not - until now. Fast paced and written as a biographical narrative, Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of American Leadership places the listener alongside a young Roosevelt as he shapes events, people, and himself to forever change a country. He created an authentic style of American leadership - a style that has endured for over a century. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material wil 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Holsopple. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025263/bk_adbl_025263_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The English East India Company was the mother of the modern multinational. Its trading empire encircled the globe, importing Asian luxuries such as spices, textiles, and teas. But it also conquered much of India with its private army and broke open China´s markets with opium. The Company´s practices shocked its contemporaries and still reverberate today. The Corporation That Changed the World is the first book to reveal the Company´s enduring legacy as a corporation. This expanded edition explores how the four forces of scale, technology, finance, and regulation drove its spectacular rise and fall. For decades, the Company was simply too big to fail, and stock market bubbles, famines, drug-running, and even duels between rival executives are to be found in this new account. For Robins, the Company´s story provides vital lessons on both the role of corporations in world history and the steps required to make global business accountable today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Barber. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/086721/bk_acx0_086721_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One industry has had more impact on life in America than any other before or since. Here is the story of two men and one company at the start of it all. You couldn´t find two more different men. Billy Durant was the consummate salesman, a brilliant wheeler-dealer with grand plans, unflappable energy, and a fondness for the high life. Alfred Sloan was the intellectual, an expert in business strategy and management, master of all things organizational. Together, this odd couple built perhaps the most successful enterprise in U.S. history, General Motors, and with it an industry that has come to define modern life throughout the world. Their story is full of timeless lessons, cautionary tales, and inspiration for business leaders and history buffs alike. Billy, Alfred, and General Motors is the tale not just of the two extraordinary men of its title but also of the formative decades of 20th-century America, through two world wars and sea changes in business, industry, politics, and culture. The book includes vivid, warts-and-all portraits of the legends of the golden age of the automobile, from ´´Crazy´´ Henry Ford, Ransom Olds, and Charles Nash to the brilliant but uncredited David Dunbar Buick and Cadillac founder Henry Leland.The impact of Durant and Sloan on their contemporaries and their industry is matched only by the powerful legacy of their improbable and incredible partnership. Characters, events, and context--all are brought skillfully and passionately to life in this meticulously researched and supremely readable book. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dickson Lane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/002721/bk_adbl_002721_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Thoreau writes in Walden, ´´I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.... I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life...and reduce it to its lowest terms.”At Walden Pond, Thoreau lived an examined life and realized his full potential while simultaneously developing a spiritual view of the natural world and where humans find themselves in it. Much of Thoreau´s time at Walden Pond was spent becoming more mindful, a lesson from which we could all benefit in the hectic, technologically advanced society of modern day. Millions of people worldwide spend vast sums of money in attempting to achieve the type of mindfulness that Thoreau achieved for free and penned in Walden almost 200 years ago.What is mindfulness? Mindfulness can be described as full awareness and enlightenment. It involves constantly being aware of the present moment and always looking at what there is to be seen. However, mindfulness involves more than just the sense of sight. Thoreau invoked all five senses in his mindful practices during his time at Walden Pond. He used these five senses to fully ´´know” his world. As he wrote in his later journals, ´´A man has not seen a thing who has not felt it.” Granted, most of Thoreau´s contemporaries who knew him say that Thoreau´s senses were more finely tuned than those of an ´´ordinary” person, as he was able to hear faint peeps of animals who were far away or smell goods passing on a freight train. However, anyone can learn to use their five senses to their fullest potential. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nate Sjol. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/120245/bk_acx0_120245_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.