"Day 167 – New Year's Day – Tuesday 1st January 2002 – 6.00 pm
I miss my wife, I miss my family and I miss my friends. But the only enemy I have to contend with is boredom and it's a killer. For many prisoners, it is the time when they first experiment with drugs. To begin with, offered by the dealers for nothing, and when they want more, in exchange for a phone card and an ounce of tobacco. Finally, when they're hooked, they'll give anything for a fix – including their life."
Jeffrey Archer's final volume of prison diaries covers the period of his transfer from Wayland to his eventual release on parole in July 2003. It includes a shocking account of the traumatic time he spent in the notorious Lincoln jail and the events that led to his incarceration there – it also throws light on a system that is close to breaking point.
Told with humour, compassion and honesty, the diary closes with a thought-provoking manifesto that should be applauded by the Establishment and prison population alike.
Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years' imprisonment at 12.07pm on Thursday 19th July 2001. Within six hours, Prisoner FF8282, as he is now known, was on suicide watch in the medical wing of Belmarsh top security prison in south London. This, he discovered, is standard procedure for first-time offenders on their first night in jail. By 6.00am the next morning, Archer had resolved to write a daily diary of everything he experienced while incarcerated, because "I have a feeling that being allowed to write in this hellhole may turn out to be the one salvation that will keep me sane". Jeffrey Archer's diary of his first three weeks imprisonment is a raw account of life in a top-security jail in Britain. It is also an indictment of the British penal system. The tales of his fellow inmates – many of whom are in for life – are often moving stories of hopelessness. But there are those, too, who, no matter what their previous histories, attempt to live their prison lives with dignity and integrity. Returning favours, Archer comments, is far more commonplace in prison than outside. The diary should be of interest to anyone concerned with the improvement of our penal system, whether they are concerned citizens, politicians or workers in the prison service.
The No 1. Bestseller and storyteller continues his forceful account of life inside the British penal system. On Thursday 19 July 2001, after a perjury trial lasting seven weeks, Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years in jail. In this second installment of his diaries, Jeffrey Archer recounts the time he spent in Wayland Prison.
Svetlana Aleksievici s-a născut la 31 mai 1948 la Ivano-Frankivsk (fost Stanislav), în vestul Ucrainei. După ce tatăl ei a fost demobilizat din armată, familia – tatăl bielorus si mama ucraineancă – s-a stabilit în Bielorusia, unde părinţii au lucrat ca profesori la sat. A studiat jurnalismul la Minsk, considerând facultatea de profil drept lucrul „cel mai apropiat de o şcoală de scriere”. După absolvire, a lucrat în redacţii din provincie şi apoi din capitală. Prima ei carte, compusă din mărturiile unor oameni care şi-au părăsit locurile natale, a fost retrasă din librării de autorităţi. Următoarea apariţie, Războiul nu are chip de femeie (1985), publicată simultan la Moscova şi la Minsk, are la bază interviuri cu femeile care au luptat în Armata Roşie în al Doilea Război Mondial şi a reprezentat o ieşire din cadrele mitologiei sovietice din epocă. Titlul cărţii a fost folosit de Mihail Gorbaciov într-un discurs oficial. Băieţii din zinc (1990) cuprinde mărturii ale militarilor sovietici care au participat la războiul dus de URSS în Afganistan (1979-1989). În 1997 a publicat Dezastrul de la Cernobîl. Mărturii ale supravieţuitorilor, rezultat al unei documentări începute în 1986, imediat după accidentul nuclear din Ucraina. La începutul anilor 2000 a plecat din Bielorusia, atât în semn de protest faţă de dictatura lui Aleksandr Lukaşenko, cât şi pentru a se putea dedica plenar scrisului. După perioade petrecute în Italia, Germania, Spania şi Suedia, a revenit, în 2011, la Minsk.
În 2015 i s-a decernat Premiul Nobel pentru Literatură, pentru „scrierile sale polifonice, un monument dedicat suferinţei şi curajului în zilele noastre”. A devenit astfel unul dintre puţinii scriitori distinşi pentru nonficţiune. Vremuri second-hand (2013), cea mai recentă carte a sa, întregeşte seria „Vocile Utopiei”, consacrată de autoare celor care s-au aflat timp de aproape un secol sub semnul ideologiei comuniste.
Dictionnaire amoureux du Judaïsme « J’ai appris à devenir curieux – c’est-à-dire, en fait, amoureux du judaïsme, de son histoire, de sa façon de penser, de ce qu’il dit du monde, de ce qu’il permet aussi de penser, de comprendre, d’imaginer. J’aime aussi la façon dont il accueille toutes les critiques et dont il doute sans cesse de lui-même. J’aime la façon dont il me fait réfléchir, comme beaucoup d’autres grandes cosmogonies, aux grands invariants du monde ; j’aime encore les histoires de tant de personnages de la Bible et de l’Histoire, fidèles à leur foi jusqu’à la quitter ou paraître le faire ; j’aime enfin ces petites histoires qu’on appelle juives, éclairantes autodérisions. Enfin, et peut-être surtout, j’apprécie dans le judaïsme qu’il ne soit pas jaloux, mais tolère bien d’autres amours. » J.A. Jacques Attali est romancier, mémorialiste, historien, essayiste. Parmi ses récents succès : les biographies de Pascal, Marx, Gandhi, *La Confrérie des éveillés* , une *Brève Histoire de l’Avenir* et *La Crise, et après ?*
Voici le récit jour par jour _ et parfois heure par heure _ de deux années qui ont façonné la France d'aujourd'hui, de mars 1986 à mai 1988. On y découvrira les terribles chocs de la première cohabitation, les secrets de l'affaire des otages, ceux de l'assaut donné à la grotte d'Ouvéa et des tribulations de l'Iranien Gordji, entre autres événements encore mal élucidés de notre histoire récente.On y apprendra comment François Mitterrand a créé les conditions de sa réélection et comment ceux qui rêvaient à sa succession y apprirent les dures lois de l'exercice du pouvoir suprême. On y lira ce qu'ils pensaient alors les uns des autres, quelles ambitions les animent, quels regards ils portent sur la France et ses voisins, comment ils ont réagi dans des circonstances graves, sur le plan national et international.On découvrira enfin comment se sont noués entre François Mitterrand et le Chancelier Kohl les accords qui ont rendu possible le Traité de Maastricht et comment pouvaient se lire dans les dialogues confidentiels de l'Est et de l'Ouest les signes précurseurs de la désarticulation du monde communiste.Tout cela _ et les mille anecdotes qui forment la trame de la politique _ est mis ici à la disposition des citoyens qui, pour exercer leurs droits, doivent en savoir davantage sur l'exercice du pouvoir et ceux à qui ils le délèguent.
Plus encore que les précédents, ce dernier volume de Verbatim soulèvera des polémiques. Parce qu'il contient maintes révélations sur une des périodes les plus riches de notre histoire contemporaine; parce qu'on y voit notamment se défaire le dernier empire du siècle et qu'on y révèle comment s'est décidée et a été conduite la première guerre de l'après-communisme, celle du Golfe.Aujourd'hui comme hier, il ne s'agit pas pour moi de régler des comptes, mais de rendre compte. Mon propos n'est pas de rapporter des confidences de boudoir ou de dévoiler des secrets de pacotille, mais, en livrant crûment la vérité sur des faits essentiels à la compréhension de l'Histoire, de permettre aux citoyens de comprendre l'action de ceux qu'ils ont choisis, et de les inciter à réfléchir sur ce qui se produit quand les projets des gouvernements sont dépassés, voire balayés par la volonté des peuples.Cette troisième partie commence le 8 mai 1988, jour de la réélection de François Mitterrand à la Présidence de la République. Elle se termine le 15 avril 1991 _ soit un mois avant l'éviction de Michel Rocard de la direction du gouvernement _, jour où j'ai quitté mes fonctions de conseiller spécial à l'Elysée pour prendre, à Londres, la présidence d'une institution internationale dont je venais de négocier la création, la Banque européenne de Reconstruction et de Développement (BERD). Au total, ces trois années resteront parmi les plus inventives, les plus chahutées, les plus allègres et les plus éclairantes de ce siècle terrible. Peut-être même ne devraient-elles être comparées à aucune autre période que celle de 1848, avec son cortège de promesses et d'espoirs manqués. Les discussions entre hommes d'Etat qu'on trouvera rapportées ici mériteront sans doute, plus que beaucoup d'autres, de figurer dans les livres d'Histoire.
É una delle rare figure che hanno saputo cambiare il mondo con la sola forza dello spirito. Ma com'è riuscito, quest'uomo fragile e dalla voce esitante, questo giovane avvocato fallito, a riunire milioni di uomini? Com'è avvenuto che le sue mille sconfitte si siano mutate in trionfo? La vita di questo "santo laico" mostra che per non essere più umiliati bisogna prima smettere di umiliare, cambiare il proprio rapporto con l'altro. E Gandhi lo fece, dando l'esempio piuttosto che lezioni, insegnando il coraggio di cambiare se stessi prima di pretendere di trasformare l'altro. Oggi è quanto mai attuale, perché mai come ora la violenza nel mondo è tanto minacciosa e multiforme. La sua prodigiosa contemporaneità emerge da molti fattori, tra cui l'idea di economia etica, la condanna della violenza, l'appello all'opinione pubblica, il ripudio della nozione di "potere". Furono i voti di sincerità, castità, nonviolenza e povertà a far si che la sua lotta non deragliasse mai? Gandhi scrisse che in lui la fede "divenne una forza vivente". Tutti conoscono la sua storia, ma lui rimane comunque un enigma.
The Heroine's Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder
Marketing consultant Blakemore finds that in moments of struggle and stress she revisits her favorite childhood women authors and their plucky heroines for respite, escape, and perspective. Jane Austen, who broke off an engagement and threw away her last chance at a respectable marriage, poked fun at polite society and its expectations of women in her novels, and she created a self-assured, self-respecting protagonist in Pride and Prejudice's Lizzy Bennet--who also doesn't need a man to complete her even if Lizzy does get a rich, handsome husband in the end. As Blakemore pushes against the boundaries of her own life, she also identifies with selfish Scarlett O'Hara, who, lacking in self-awareness and oblivious to the emotions of others, shoulders life's burdens and moves ahead, "her decisions swift, self-serving, and without compromise." The Little House on the Prairie series reminds Blakemore that when we focus on people and life instead of on material possessions, we learn to acknowledge what really counts. She finds inspiration, too, in Little Women, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Color Purple, and Anne of Green Gables, and offers some nuggets of wisdom, but for the most part, her observations are familiar and pat.
" Du mécanique plaqué sur du vivant ". Cette formule n'est pas elle-même plaquée mécaniquement par Bergson sur le rire! Bien au contraire, c'est un Bergson à la fois psychologue, sociologue, philosophe de l'art et moraliste qui écrit Le Rire. Essai sur la signification du comique en 1900, au cœur d'une œuvre dont ce livre est une étape majeure, et d'un moment dont il traverse tous les enjeux. Une diversité infinie donc, mais plus que jamais dans une intuition, dans une écriture d'une simplicité extrême qui en font un chef-d'œuvre unique.
'Miracles of Life' opens and closes in Shanghai, the city where J.G.Ballard was born, and where he spent the most of the Second World War interned with his family in a Japanese concentration camp. In the intervening chapters Ballard creates a memoir that is both an enthralling narrative and a detailed examination of the events which would profoundly influence his work. Beginning with his early childhood spent exploring the vibrant surroundings of pre-war Shanghai, Ballard charts the course of his remarkable life from the deprivations and unexpected freedoms of the Lunghua Camp to his return to a Britain physically and psychologically crippled by war. He explores his subsequent involvement in the dramatic social changes of the 1960s, and the adjustments to life following the premature death of his wife. In prose displaying his characteristic precision and eye for detail, Ballard recounts the experiences which would fundamentally shape his writing, while simultaneously providing an striking social analysis of the fragmented post-war Britain that lies behind so many of his novels. 'Miracles of Life' is an utterly captivating account of an extraordinary writer's extraordinary life.
In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor-in-chief of French Elle, the father of two young children, a 44-year-old man known and loved for his wit, his style, and his impassioned approach to life. By the end of the year he was also the victim of a rare kind of stroke to the brainstem. After 20 days in a coma, Bauby awoke into a body which had all but stopped working: only his left eye functioned, allowing him to see and, by blinking it, to make clear that his mind was unimpaired. Almost miraculously, he was soon able to express himself in the richest detail: dictating a word at a time, blinking to select each letter as the alphabet was recited to him slowly, over and over again. In the same way, he was able eventually to compose this extraordinary book.
By turns wistful, mischievous, angry, and witty, Bauby bears witness to his determination to live as fully in his mind as he had been able to do in his body. He explains the joy, and deep sadness, of seeing his children and of hearing his aged father’s voice on the phone. In magical sequences, he imagines traveling to other places and times and of lying next to the woman he loves. Fed only intravenously, he imagines preparing and tasting the full flavor of delectable dishes. Again and again he returns to an “inexhaustible reservoir of sensations,” keeping in touch with himself and the life around him.
Jean-Dominique Bauby died two days after the French publication of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
This book is a lasting testament to his life.
Acclaim for Jean-Dominique Bauby’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
“The sentences soar, unburdened by self-pity or despair, and the progression of short, lyrical chapters begin to resemble the beating of wings.”
— The New Yorker
“An admirable testament to the unkillable self, to the spirit that insists on itself so vehemently that it ultimately transcends and escapes the prison of the body.”
— Francine Prose, Newsday
“The most remarkable memoir of our time—perhaps of any time.”
— Cynthia Ozick
“Shattering eloquence…. The real glory here is Bauby himself, whose spirit asserts itself again and again in the words that survive him.”
— Miami Herald
“To read this most extraordinary of narratives is to discover the luminosity within a courageous man's mind…. Incomparable.”
— Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D.
“Read this book and fall back in love with life…. The prose…is as light as the sprightliest humor, as pungent as the scent of cooking apricots, as vigorous as the step of a young man setting out on a first date.”
— Edmund White
I was so blown away by this book I had to meet Viktor in person and now count him as a personal friend. The book is factual in every respect and is difficult to put down once started. John Barron is an excellent author and did a first class job of writing Viktor’s story. In addition to an exciting escape story it reveals why the Soviet Union had to collapse of its own ineptitude, deceit, and corruption. It details humorous incidents such as army pilots’ mess-hall riots due to bad food.
MiG Pilot is also a biography of an exceptional man whose intelligence saw through a lifetime of brainwashing. The story is humorous in places and engrossing from beginning to end. It starts right out with Viktor’s desperate and harrowing escape flight to freedom in his top-secret MiG-25 Foxbat, then in subsequent chapters details the life events that led to his courageous decision to “go for broke” and make his live-or-die dash to freedom. It illustrates how America probably could have given the Soviets all of its top secrets and they would have found a way to screw up making use of them.
Viktor is not only a first class pilot, he is also a true hero.
Don’t lend this book to anyone and expect to get it back.
This one makes for a very interesting read. Why? Stieg Larsson is the man who created Lisbeth Salander and penned down Millennium Trilogy, one of the best-selling crime thriller series in recent times. But very few know about the actual Larsson, his journalist days or his personal life. Kurdo Baksi, Larrson’s close friend (who also appears in the trilogy as himself) answers some of the questions that Larsson fans have been seeking for quite some time. In a candid tone, Baksi recounts Larsson’s upbringing, his battle against racism and for democracy, his anti fascist magazine Expo, his fascination with feminism, the death threats he faced and the insomnia that led to many sleepless nights.
Five years after his death, Stieg Larsson is best known as the author of the Millennium Trilogy, but during his career as a journalist he was a crucial protagonist in the battle against racism and for democracy in Sweden, and one of the founders of the anti-facist magazine Expo. Kurdo Baksi first met Larsson in 1992; it was the beginning of an intense friendship, and a fruitful but challenging working relationship. In this candid and rounded memoir, Baksi answers the questions a multitude of Larsson's fans have already asked, about his upbringing; the recurring death threats; his insomnia and his vices; his feminism – so evident in his books – and his dogmatism. What was he like as a colleague? Who provided the inspiration for his now-immortal characters (Baksi is one of the few who appears in the trilogy as himself)? Who was Lisbeth Salander?
Laura Bennett is not a soccer mom or a PTA mom or a helicopter mom—and she’s certainly not mother of the year. Another breed of mother entirely, Laura is surely more Auntie Mame than June Cleaver. As a busy mother of six, Laura is on an impossible mission: raising a brood of fast-moving, messy, wild sons in the jungles of Manhattan. So what other choice does she have than to sit back, grab a martini, and let the boys be, er, boys?
In Didn’t I Feed You Yesterday?, Laura gives her irreverent take on modern motherhood and proves that a strong sense of humor and an even stronger sense of self are the mother’s milk of sanity. In a series of refreshingly candid and hilarious anecdotes, she unapologetically breaks every rule in the Brady Bunch playbook: She gives her kids junk food, plays favorites, and openly admits to having “a genetic predisposition to laissez-faire parenting.” Children, she observes, don’t need constant supervision from neurotic, perfectionist parents. Allow kids to make mistakes and entertain themselves and they’ll turn out just fine—even if you do sometimes forget to pick them up from school.
Beyond the mayhem of a life among males, Laura celebrates the glories of womanhood with a generous helping of wit and style. She gives thanks to the fashion gods for the essentials—red lipstick, Manolo Blahniks, and Lycra shapewear—but reminds us that true style comes from an inner compass that points directly at oneself. In every aspect of life, Laura gives one simple, powerful piece of advice: “Dress like you want it or stay home.”
Brutally honest, outrageous, and sure to raise a few eyebrows, Didn’t I Feed You Yesterday? is a riotously funny read—and it’ll go fabulously well with your new handbag.
The Loss of the SS. Titanic: Its Story and Its Lessons, by One of the Survivors
The sinking of the Titanic has captured the imagination of the public like no other tragedy of the modern age. Lawrence Beesley’s eyewitness account of the disastrous voyage stands as one of the most carefully written and authoritative books on the subject, despite the fact that it was published only months after the event. Beesley was uniquely qualified to write this book, having himself been a second class passenger aboard the SS Titanic. He gives a detailed description of his personal experiences aboard the doomed luxury liner, setting the record straight on many topics, as well as presenting the event from a variety of other perspectives. Rich in both narrative detail and compassion, The Loss of the S.S. Titanic should be the first port of call for anyone interested in the famous ship.
Black Hawk Down drops you into a crowded marketplace in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia with the U.S. Special Forces—and puts you in the middle of the most intense firefight American soldiers have fought since the Vietnam War. Late in the afternoon of Sunday, October 3, 1993, the soldiers of Task Force Ranger were sent on a mission to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and return to base. It was supposed to take them about an hour. Instead, they were pinned down through a long and terrible night in a hostile city, locked in a desperate struggle to kill or be killed. When the unit was finally rescued the following morning, eighteen American soldiers were dead and dozens more badly injured. The Somali toll was far worse: more than five hundred killed and over a thousand wounded. Mark Bowden’s dramatic narrative captures this harrowing ordeal through the eyes of the young men who fought that day. He draws on his extensive interviews of participants from both sides — as well as classified combat video and radio transcripts—to bring their stories to life. A Black Hawk pilot is shot down and besieged by an angry mob, then saved by Somalis who plan to ransom him to the local warlord. A medic desperately tries to keep his grievously wounded friend alive long enough to be evacuated — only to have him bleed to death in his arms. The company clerk, who is the butt of jokes in the barracks, rises to the task and performs extraordinary feats of valor.
On November 4, 1979, a group of radical Islamist students, inspired by the revolutionary Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini, stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran. They took fifty-two Americans hostage, and kept nearly all of them hostage for 444 days. The Iran hostage crisis was a watershed moment in American history. It was America’s first showdown with Islamic fundamentalism, a confrontation at the forefront of American policy to this day. It was also a powerful dramatic story that captivated the American people. Communities across the country launched yellow ribbon campaigns. ABC began a new late-night television news program—which would become Nightline—recapping the latest events in the crisis, and counting up the days of captivity. The hostages’ families became celebrities, and the never-ending criticism of the government’s response crippled Jimmy Carter’s reelection campaign. In the end, the crisis changed the way Americans see themselves, their country, and the rest of the world.
In Guests of the Ayatollah, Mark Bowden, “a master of narrative journalism” (The New York Times Book Review), tells this sweeping story through the eyes of the hostages, the soldiers in a new special forces unit sent on the impossible mission to free them, their radical, naive captors, and the diplomats working to end the crisis. Bowden takes us inside the hostages’ cells, detailing their daily lives, and inside the Oval Office for meetings with President Carter and his exhausted team. We travel to international capitals where shadowy figures held clandestine negotiations, and to the deserts of Iran, where a courageous, desperate attempt to rescue the hostages exploded into tragic failure.
This is Mark Bowden’s first major work since Killing Pablo. He spent five years researching the crisis, including numerous trips to Iran and countless interviews with those involved on both sides. Guests of the Ayatollah is a remarkably detailed, brilliantly re-created, and suspenseful account of a crisis that gripped and ultimately changed the world.
From Mark Bowden, the preeminent chronicler of our military and special forces, comes The Finish, a gripping account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. With access to key sources, Bowden takes us inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded.
After masterminding the attacks of September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden managed to vanish. Over the next ten years, as Bowden shows, America found that its war with al Qaeda—a scattered group of individuals who were almost impossible to track—demanded an innovative approach. Step by step, Bowden describes the development of a new tactical strategy to fight this war—the fusion of intel from various agencies and on-the-ground special ops. After thousands of special forces missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the right weapon to go after bin Laden had finally evolved. By Spring 2011, intelligence pointed to a compound in Abbottabad; it was estimated that there was a 50/50 chance that Osama was there. Bowden shows how three strategies were mooted: a drone strike, a precision bombing, or an assault by Navy SEALs. In the end, the President had to make the final decision. It was time for the finish.
Im Namen des Staates: CIA, BND und die kriminellen Machenschaften der Geheimdienste
Der sogenannte KoKo-Untersuchungsausschuß im Deutschen Bundestag sollte eigentlich Klarheit in die Stasi-Machenschaften des Herrn Schalck-Golodkowski bringen. Doch sobald die Rede auf westliche Geheimdienste und ihre Rolle im schmutzigen Spiel um Waffen, Geld und Drogen kam, wurde abgeblockt. Die Bösen saßen nur im Osten - BND, CIA und Mossad waren sauber. Der Abgeordnete von Bülow wurde mißtrauisch, begann auf eigene Faust zu recherchieren und deckte schließlich eine systematische Verschränkung geheimdienstlicher Operationen mit der organisierten Kriminalität und dem Terrorismus auf: Geheimdienste produzieren Schwarzgeld, mit dem sie illegale Operationen finanzieren, machen Gewinne im Rauschgifthandel und verüben Attentate - die Liste ist ebenso lang wie aufsehenerregend. Ein packender und schockierender Tatsachenbericht.