Reader of Gentlemen´s Mail:Herbert O. Yardley and the Birth of American Codebreaking David Kahn
There are ten articles in the April 16, 2007 issue:COMMENT ´´Pileup´´ by Hendrik Hertzberg: Changes are in store for the 2008 primary election.THE TALK OF THE TOWN´´Elements of E-Style´´ by Nick Paumgarten: Proper e-mail etiquette.´´Sh-h-h´´ by Michael Schulman: Why New Yorkers are seeking silence in the movie theater.THE FINANCIAL PAGE´´India´s Skills Famine´´ by James Surowiecki: Why India must educate more of its citizens to fulfill its potential. PERSONAL HISTORY´´My First Passport´´ by Orhan Pamuk: What it means to belong to a country. ANNALS OF TRANSPORT´´There and Back Again´´ by Nick Paumgarten: The soul of the commuter. BOOKS´´The Wives of Others´´ by Rebecca Mead: Why Leslie Bennetts´ book The Feminine Mistake indicts stay-at-home mothers.POP MUSIC´´Feeling It´´ by Sasha Frere-Jones: Feist´s radiant new album.ON TELEVISION´´Landscape Artist´´ by Nancy Franklin: This American Life tries to capture the eyes, as well as the ears, of the country. THE CURRENT CINEMA´´Sleaze City´´ by David Denby: Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez´s Grindhouse, and Jake Kasdan´s The TV Set. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Mundt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/070411/pe_nyer_070411_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Gerard Schwarz shares his enthusiasm for the music of Aaron Copland, the quintessential American composer. Born in 1900 into a family of immigrants in Brooklyn, Copland didn´t come from a musical family and had to find his own way, even trying to learn harmony from a mail order course. Today, Copland has become a permanent part of our cultural landscape, as important to our national consciousness as Whitman, Whistler, or Melville. Copland embraced the populist movement of the 1930s and began to alter his musical style, saying: ´´I wanted to see if I couldn´t say what I had to say in the simplest possible terms.´´ Later, at an age when most men think of retiring, he launched a new career as a conductor, leading orchestras around the world. Schwarz uses musical excerpts from the ballet, Appalachian Spring (which originated from a proposal from Martha Graham), Billy the Kid, and Fanfare for the Common Man to explore the use of folk tunes, delicate traces of melody, and overlapped harmonies in Copland´s music. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gerard Schwarz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/musp/000022/sp_musp_000022_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A sweet, wholesome romance set in 1890. Lilly Lind was forced to emigrate from Sweden two years ago, due to circumstances beyond her control. She finds a job as a garment maker in the Brown Textile Mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts, finally feeling as though she is settling in her new country. Then a suspicious fire burns the mill, making Lilly seek another way to survive. She answers a mail-order bride ad in the Grooms´ Gazette and sets off for Chicago, believing she will be a business owner´s wife. Kansas rancher Seth Reagan travels to the Union Stockyards in Chicago to attend the 1890 American Fat Stock Show, the American Horse Show, and to purchase horseflesh to augment his herd. When arriving at the train station, he overhears a conversation between a young woman and a shady-looking man. Seth becomes concerned for the mail-order bride who is whisked away to a saloon, not to her new husband´s home. When Seth goes to the saloon to check on the young woman, he finds her in trouble and offers to help her escape. While buying horses and arranging their return travel to Kansas, Seth realizes he would like to bring Lilly home with him, too, but she is still being hunted by the saloon owner´s thugs. Lilly´s good fortune in meeting Seth makes her want to start a life with this man, but he came to Illinois for horses, not a bride. Would he want her after he learns of her secrets? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Linda Velwest. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/057611/bk_acx0_057611_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For three years Andrew Carroll traveled throughout the United States and around the world to seek out the most powerful and unforgettable letters ever written during US wars. Behind the Lines is the result of that extraordinary trip and represents the first audiobook of its kind: a dramatic, intimate, and revealing look at warfare as seen through the personal correspondence of US and foreign troops and civilians who have experienced major conflicts firsthand. From handwritten missives penned during the American Revolution to e-mails from Afghanistan and Iraq, Behind the Lines captures the full spectrum of emotions expressed in times of war. Like Carroll´s phenomenal national best seller War Letters, Behind the Lines is part of a larger effort to preserve correspondence that is riveting, insightful, and historically significant. This audiobook is also about Carroll´s journey across the globe to visit the fields of battle where so many of these letters were written, meet with veterans and active duty troops who generously agreed to share their private correspondence, and speak with the family members who have lost their loved ones to combat. Behind the Lines is a tribute to those who have fought for freedom, as well as a lasting reminder to present and future generations of the true nature of warfare and the sacrifices it demands of individuals, families, and entire nations. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Caroll with Jeremy Sisto, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/000590/bk_sans_000590_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
"I; [name], do hereby swear, before the Great and Living God, that during my engagement, and while I am an employee of Russell, Majors, and Waddell, I will, under no circumstances, use profane language, that I will drink no intoxicating liquors, that I will not quarrel or fight with any other employee of the firm, and that in every respect I will conduct myself honestly, be faithful to my duties, and so direct all my acts as to win the confidence of my employers, so help me God." (The oath taken by Pony Express riders) Although it was only in operation for about 18 months, the Pony Express remains the most famous and romanticized mailing system in American history. It still instantly brings to mind all of the old themes of the untamed frontier and the Wild West. Starting shortly before the Civil War erupted across the United States, the Pony Express connected the east and west by having riders deliver mail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California - a route set up by previous explorations and a system of relay stations and waypoints. When working in perfect unison, the Pony Express dramatically cut down the time it took to travel to California, with the mail traveling nearly 1,900 miles to California just 10 days after the beginning of the journey in Missouri. Naturally, the Pony Express also ran from west to east as well. Of course part of the allure of the Pony Express is in the way it challenged riders and horses, which ties it to Americans´ fond visions of the frontier as an untamed landscape that only the most pioneering and rugged individuals could survive. At the same time, the Pony Express needed small riders to reduce the weight being carried by the horses. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James McSorley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033740/bk_acx0_033740_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Catalog of the Magnificent Collection of American Colonial, United States and Foreign Coins, Medals and Currency of All Ages and Periods Formed by the Late Dr. G. F. E. Wilharm, Pittsburg, Penna:All to Be Sold Without Reserve at Auction (All Bids by Mail B. Max Mehl
The tenth in a series of ten books is Italian for Tourists: Mauro and Carla Bianchi´s Trip to Italy. Readers will follow the journey of an Italian-American couple that travels to Italy for the first time and will learn the Italian language in a written and audio format that is fun, practical, effective and useful in daily situations through a series of real life scenarios. In this book, Mauro and Carla Bianchi - our Italian - American couple traveling to Italy for the first time - will write and mail postcards. Carla will also arrange a flower delivery with the enclosed thank-you note to Marisa and Roberto to be delivered the day after both Carla and Mauro return to the United States. We will learn all the useful phrases and vocabulary pertinent to these situations. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lee DeMilo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/009018/bk_acx0_009018_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Anyone suffering Downton Abbey withdrawal symptoms (who isn´t?) will find an instant tonic in Daisy Goodwin´s The American Heiress. The story of Cora Cash, an American heiress in the 1890s who bags an English duke, this is a deliciously evocative first novel that lingers in the mind.´´ (Allison Pearson, New York Times best-selling author of I Don´t Know How She Does It and I Think I Love You) This program includes a bonus chapter of Victoria, the latest novel from author Daisy Goodwin, the creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama of the same name. Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts´, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage. Witty, moving, and brilliantly entertaining, Cora´s story marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James. ´´For daughters of the new American billionaires of the 19th century, it was the ultimate deal: marriage to a cash-strapped British Aristocrat in return for a title and social status. But money didn´t always buy them happiness.´´ (Daisy Goodwin in The Daily Mail) One of Library Journal´s Best Historical Fiction Books of 2011 Please note: An alternate (British) title for this novel is My Last Duchess. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Katherine Kellgren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001243/bk_aren_001243_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An Irish widow with a little boy to support decides that her son would be better off on the plains of the American West than in Ireland. Connie reluctantly visits the Mail Order Bride agency in Dublin who introduce her to a very upstanding Irish gentleman who has made a name for himself over there. The best thing of all is that children coming along is perfectly acceptable. Connie and her son, Sean, sail the seas to join Conner out west. However, things are not quite as they first appear. The ranch that was promised is little more than a shack and when the local Sheriff arrives, she finds out there is more to her new husband than she could have ever guessed, and she doesn´t like it at all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cindy Killavey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/057829/bk_acx0_057829_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A blazingly original, profoundly moving new work of fiction by a writer whose world-and imagination-knows no boundaries. ´´I don´t know what planet Judy Budnitz comes from,? said Newsweek on the publication of her fiction debut, Flying Leap, ´´but I´m happy to have her. Tremendous . . . funny, dark, adventurous, slanted, and enchanted.? These twelve astonishingly inventive stories-which take us into the heart of America and around the globe, from suburban backyards and swimming pools to war-torn streets and fallout shelters-are riveting, seductive, and impossible to forget. In ´´Flush,? a mammogram prompts a dark comedy of blurred identities between a mother and her two adult daughters. In ´´Elephant and Boy,? a surrogate mother-and-son bond, tinged with the erotic, is formed when a philanthropist attempts to ´´civilize? a young elephant handler. ´´Nadia? sounds the depths of a young woman´s complex feelings toward a friend´s mail-order bride from Eastern Europe. ´´Preparedness?-an Orwellian tale in Technicolor-imagines rapture in the wake of imminent apocalypse. And in ´´Where We Come From,? a pregnant woman´s many failed attempts to cross the border do not lessen her resolve to give birth on U.S. soil to a ´´nice big American baby.? Magical, poignant, often transcendent, these are virtuoso modern fables that mine our stores of hidden urges, misunderstandings, and blind passions, inviting us on a voyage through places and times at once deeply familiar and wondrously strange. From the Hardcover edition.