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The Inventor And The Tycoon

Author: Edward Ball
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 038553549X
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From the National Book Award-winning author of Slaves in the Family, a riveting true life/true crime narrative of the partnership between the murderer who invented the movies and the robber baron who built the railroads. One hundred and thirty years ago Eadweard Muybridge invented stop-motion photography, anticipating and making possible motion pictures. He was the first to capture time and play it back for an audience, giving birth to visual media and screen entertainments of all kinds. Yet the artist and inventor Muybridge was also a murderer who killed coolly and meticulously, and his trial is one of the early instances of a media sensation. His patron was railroad tycoon (and former California governor) Leland Stanford, whose particular obsession was whether four hooves of a running horse ever left the ground at once. Stanford hired Muybridge and his camera to answer that question. And between them, the murderer and the railroad mogul launched the age of visual media. Set in California during its frontier decades, The Tycoon and the Inventor interweaves Muybridge's quest to unlock the secrets of motion through photography, an obsessive murder plot, and the peculiar partnership of an eccentric inventor and a driven entrepreneur. A tale from the great American West, this popular history unspools a story of passion, wealth, and sinister ingenuity.

Die Plantagen Am Cooper River

Author: Edward Ball
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783100048042
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Die breit angelegte, auf authentischen Zeugnissen basierende Südstaaten-Familiensaga entwirft zugleich ein erschütterndes Bild des amerikanischen Traumas der Sklaverei.

Crime Without Punishment

Author: Lawrence M. Friedman
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108588816
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In this compelling book, Lawrence M. Friedman looks at situations where killing is condemned by law but not by social norms and, therefore, is rarely punished. He shows how penal codes categorize homicides by degree of intent, which are in turn based on society's sense of moral outrage. Despite being officially defined as murder, many homicides have historically gone unpunished. Friedman looks at early vigilante justice, crimes of passion, murder of necessity, mercy killings, and assisted suicides. In his explorations of these unpunished homicides, Friedman probes what these circumstances tell us about conflicts in social and cultural norms and the interaction of law and society.

Die Geheimen Talente Des Piet Barol

Author: Richard Mason
Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641089654
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Prächtig, sinnlich, elegant: Die Verführung zum Lesen Piet Barol kommt 1907 als Hauslehrer nach Amsterdam. Mittellos, aber gesegnet mit außergewöhnlich gutem Aussehen, scharfem Verstand und unwiderstehlichem Charme erobert er die Familie des reichen Hoteliers Vermeulen-Sickerts im Sturm. Vor allem Jacobina, die Frau des Hausherrn, entdeckt schon bald Piets Talente der besonderen Art. Sein eigentliches Ziel aber ist es, in Amerika sein Glück zu machen – und das stellt den ehrgeizigen jungen Mann vor manche unerwartete Herausforderung. Mit leichter Hand präsentiert Richard Mason die Geschichte seines Helden Piet Barol – ein schwungvoller, von der Kritik hymnisch gelobter Roman, angesiedelt in der Belle Époque, gewürzt mit feinem Humor und einer guten Prise Erotik

The Gilded Age A Tale Of Today Mark Twain Literary Thoughts Edition

Author: Mark Twain
Publisher: epubli
ISBN: 3741821977
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Literary Thoughts edition presents The Gilded Age by Mark Twain ------ The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today is an 1873 novel by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner that satirizes greed and political corruption in post-Civil War America in the era now referred to as the Gilded Age. It is the only novel Twain wrote with a collaborator, and its title very quickly became synonymous with graft, materialism, and corruption in public life. All books of the Literary Thoughts edition have been transscribed from original prints and edited for better reading experience. Please visit our homepage www.literarythoughts.com to see our other publications.

Tage In Burma

Author: George Orwell
Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG
ISBN: 3257602502
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»Orwell kennen die meisten Leser nur als düsteren ›Big Brother‹-Visionär - die wenigsten wissen, daß der Autor einige Jahre als Kolonialbeamter in Burma tätig war. Vor diesem Erfahrungshintergrund entfaltet er die Geschichte eines britischen Diplomaten in einem burmesischen Außenposten. Lesenswert vor allem wegen der Schilderungen der Landeskultur - und George Orwells bitterböser Abrechnung mit der britischen Kolonial-Mentalität.«