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Author: Greg Grandin
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
ISBN: 9781429938013
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The stunning, never before told story of the quixotic attempt to recreate small-town America in the heart of the Amazon In 1927, Henry Ford, the richest man in the world, bought a tract of land twice the size of Delaware in the Brazilian Amazon. His intention was to grow rubber, but the project rapidly evolved into a more ambitious bid to export America itself, along with its golf courses, ice-cream shops, bandstands, indoor plumbing, and Model Ts rolling down broad streets. Fordlandia, as the settlement was called, quickly became the site of an epic clash. On one side was the car magnate, lean, austere, the man who reduced industrial production to its simplest motions; on the other, the Amazon, lush, extravagant, the most complex ecological system on the planet. Ford's early success in imposing time clocks and square dances on the jungle soon collapsed, as indigenous workers, rejecting his midwestern Puritanism, turned the place into a ribald tropical boomtown. Fordlandia's eventual demise as a rubber plantation foreshadowed the practices that today are laying waste to the rain forest. More than a parable of one man's arrogant attempt to force his will on the natural world, Fordlandia depicts a desperate quest to salvage the bygone America that the Ford factory system did much to dispatch. As Greg Grandin shows in this gripping and mordantly observed history, Ford's great delusion was not that the Amazon could be tamed but that the forces of capitalism, once released, might yet be contained. Fordlandia is a 2009 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.


Author: Eduardo Sguiglia
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 9780312283995
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Fordlandia is a haunting, evocative novel at whose core lies a nugget of fact: In 1929, Henry Ford, presiding in divine authority over his automobile empire, grew tired of the British monopoly on Brazilian rubber. So, with signature hubris, Ford decided he would produce his own rubber and set about colonizing the Amazon, ultimately investing millions and founding an entire city around his rubber plantation. The name of the city was Fordlandia. Surrounding this historical curiosity is a rich, captivating tales that explores the fundamental struggle between man and the natural world. Eduardo Sguiglia's exquisitely imagined Fordlandia is a town of characters by turns engaging and enigmatic, who draw the reader into their various worlds so effortlessly and ingenuously that their dreams, discoveries, and downfalls begin to seem as immediate and piercing as one's won.

Brasilien Ist Aus W Nschen Gewebt

Author: Franz Beckmann
Publisher: XinXii
ISBN: 395703471X
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Brasilien. Das Land der Klischees, ein Traum vom Paradies. Brasilien, das ist ein Traum, der aus den Zutaten "Sonne", "Strand" und "Samba" gewebt wird. Je nach privaten Gusto wird das ganze noch durch Brasilianerinnen und Brasilianer abgeschmeckt. Brasilien ist das Land, in dem nur zu gerne die eigenen Wünsche und Träume hinein projiziert werden. Nicht nur von den Ausländern, sondern auch auch von den Einheimischen. Das vorliegende Lesebuch spürt diesem Traum des tropischen Paradieses »Brasilien« nach. Es schildert unterschiedliche Eindrücke mit einem eigenen Blickwinkel. Erlebnisse direkt aus der brasilianischen Gesellschaft finden sich in mehreren Erzählungen und Kurztexten niedergeschrieben. Das Lesebuch ist kein Buch mit Anspruch weder auf literarischen Kultstatus noch die letztendliche Wahrheit über jenes große Land. Dafür vermittelt es die unterschiedlichen Facetten dieses Landes ohne viel Klischeebefriedigung über "Samba", "Strand" und "Sensationen". Dafür findet sich aber erheblich mehr Subjektivität aus unterschiedlichen Blickwinkeln. Denn Brasilien ist nun mal aus Wünschen gewebt ...

From A Race Of Masters To A Master Race

Author: A. E. Samaan
Publisher: A.E. Samaan
ISBN: 1626600007
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There is a gaping hole in the history of the Holocaust. Between Adolf Hitler and Joseph Mengele there was a hierarchy of scientists whom were responsible for writing the infamous racial legislation of the Third Reich. These scientists, doctors, and legislators enjoyed prestigious positions in the various institutions within Hitler's Germany. To be more precise, many of the ghastly experiments credited to Mengele were ordered by this group of high-ranking scientists and doctors. Mengele was following their orders, yet many of these German doctors and scientists were set free after being captured by the Allies. Previously unpublished manuscripts, correspondence, and conveniently forgotten publications reveal professional and political relationships as well as shared scientific convictions between high-profile American Progressives, British Fabian Socialists, and their German counterparts. The mounting evidence points to the long-standing designs and machinations of "scientific racism", a still poorly understood aspect of history. This book documents the hundred year trajectory of the history of "scientific racism" from its initial intentions to create "a race of masters" to the Holocaust, which resulted from Hitler's conviction to create a "master race". These scientific prejudices and political dogmas are as relevant today as they were leading up to WWII. A thorough understanding of the origins of this movement is in order.

From The Nation State To Stateless Nations

Author: Tom W. Bell
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107161460
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Your Next Government? From the Nation State to Stateless Nations reveals the revolution quietly transforming governments bottom-up, inside-out, worldwide. It will attract scholars of international law and trade, special jurisdictions, development policy, urban planning, and political philosophy, as well as lay readers interested in these topics.

Fordl Ndia

Author: Eduardo Sguiglia
Publisher: Editora Iluminuras Ltda
ISBN: 9788573210675
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Amazônia no fim dos anos 20. Henry Ford sonha em converter-se no maior produtor de borracha do mundo. De carros já o era. Um milhão de hectares lhe são concedidos para o cultivo de seringueiras. Uma cidade industrial é construída à margem do rio Tapajós. Na floresta nasce Fordlândia, um sonho americano. Um romance em que ficção e história se misturam, revelando para o leitor uma epopéia do século 20.

Joachim Schmidt Lambe Lambe

Publisher: Rm Verlag
ISBN: 9788415118978
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German photographer Joachim Schmidt (born 1955) has been working with found photography since the early 1980s. The striking portraits that he collected for this volume were taken by anonymous "lambe-lambe" photographers--a group of street and graffiti artists--in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Marsupilami Tome 6 Fordlandia

Author: Yann
Publisher: Marsu
ISBN: 2800178183
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Rosannah Roquette est à la recherche de son cinquième mari, Crésus Gumpeller, qui croit si fort à la fin du monde. Pour le retrouver, elle fait affaire avec Bring M. Backalive et le capitaine Bonbonera, qui ont capturé deux marsupilamis pour le vieux Crésus. Mais le Marsupilami voyant que sa douce a été enlevée, part à la recherche de cette dernière...


Author: Michael Palin
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0297866273
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Michael Palin, the No.1 bestselling author, explores an exotic country that is now a global superpower. Brazil is one of the four new global super powers with its vast natural resources and burgeoning industries. Half a continent in size and a potent mix of races, religions and cultures, of unexplored wildernesses and bustling modern cities, it is also one of the few countries Michael Palin has never fully travelled. His timely book and series take a closer look at a remarkable new force on the world scene. From the Venezuelan border and the forests of the Lost World, where he encounters the Yanomami tribe and their ongoing territorial war with the gold miners, Michael Palin explores this vast and disparate nation in his inimitable way. He journeys into the heart of the Amazon rainforest. He travels down the north-east coast to meet the descendants of African slaves with their vibrant culture of rituals, festivals and music. He visits the shanty towns of Rio and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. He goes to Sao Paolo, where the rich commute by helicopter. He travels south to meet German and Japanese communities, meets supermodels in the making and wealthy gauchos in the Pantanal before ending his journey at the spectacular Iguaçu Falls.

Grandios Gescheitert

Author: Bernd Ingmar Gutberlet
ISBN: 3838715063
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Atlantropa, Hitlers Breitspurbahn oder Esperanto - immer wieder schwingt sich die Menschheit zu Großem auf und greift mit ehrgeizigen Projekten nach den Sternen. Doch nicht alles führte zum Erfolg. Bernd Ingmar Gutberlet versammelt die spektakulärsten Geschichten des Scheiterns und zeigt die aberwitzigsten Großvorhaben aus Architektur, Technik und Kultur. Die Vorhaben sind jedes für sich genommen einzigartig, manche bewunderungswürdig, andere größenwahnsinnig oder schlicht abscheulich - eine unterhaltsame Kulturgeschichte menschlicher Hybris.