"Shade - A Tale of Two Presidents" : Obama's former photographer
2018-10-16 23:23:47 UTC
<p><span style="color: rgb(71, 85, 119); font-size: 18px;"><strong>Pete Souza, the former White House photographer under President Obama, has released "Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents," a book filled with archived pictures that may induce nostalgia.</strong></span></p><p><br></p><p>Although pictures may be worth a thousand words, in the Instagram age, it is often the contrast between the image depicted and the few words accompanying them that tell the real story.</p><p>Pete Souza, the former White House photographer during the eight-year tenure of President Barack Obama, knows that all too well. The man who accompanied Obama arou...
Karl Marx, author of "The Communist Manifesto" remains a celebrated figure in his hometown of Trier
2018-03-22 07:06:35 UTC
TRIER, GERMANY — While Karl Marx was exiled from Germany and died in England, the author of "The Communist Manifesto" and "Das Kapital" remains a celebrated figure in his hometown of Trier in Germany, where he now adorns pedestrian traffic lights in the city center.
The Lord Mayor of Trier, Wolfram Leibe, inaugurated on March 19 a pedestrian light on which the silhouette of the city's famous socialist philosopher, Karl Marx, flashes.
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In addition to the communist red associated with Marx, who was born in Trier n...
Stephen Hawking Biography
2018-03-14 09:29:46 UTC
Stephen William Hawking was born on 8th January 1942 (exactly 300 years after the death of Galileo) in Oxford, England. His parents' house was in north London but during the second world war Oxford was considered a safer place to have babies.
When he was eight his family moved to St. Albans, a town about 20 miles north of London. At the age of eleven, Stephen went to St. Albans School and then on to University College, Oxford (1952); his father's old college. Stephen wanted to study mathematics although his father would have preferred medicine.
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A Loss for All Humanity: Physicist Stephen Hawking Died
2018-03-14 08:27:15 UTC
British physicist Stephen Hawking has died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 76, according to a family spokesperson. Known around the globe, he worked to make complicated scientific fields accessible to the public.
Stephen Hawking, a renowned mathematician and physicist has died at the age of 76.
"We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world," his three children said in a statement.
Hawking died in his sle...
Michael Wolff: My book likely is to bring an end to Trump’s presidency
2018-01-06 09:17:42 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - The author of a book that is highly critical of Donald Trump’s first year as U.S. president said his revelations were likely to bring an end to Trump’s time in the White House.
Michael Wolff told BBC radio that his conclusion in “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” that Trump is not fit to do the job was becoming a widespread view.
“I think one of the interesting effects of the book so far is a very clear emperor-has-no-clothes effect,” Wolff said in an interview broadcast on Saturday.
“The story that I have told seems to present this presidency in such a way that it says he can’t do his job,” Wolff sai...
Trump Wants to Stop Publication of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”
2018-01-04 22:32:09 UTC
US President Donald Trump’s lawyer said on Thursday he would try to stop publication of a book that portrays an inept president in a fumbling White House and threatened legal action against former top aide Steve Bannon over “defamatory” comments in the book.
“Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by author Michael Wolff set off a political firestorm with its portrayal of Trump as not particularly wanting to win the U.S. presidency in 2016 and unprepared for the job.
Some of the harshest commentary came from Bannon, the right-wing firebrand who headed the final stage of Trump’s campaign and became chief strategist at the White ...
Barbaric Slaughter of Native Americans in the 20th Century
2017-11-23 17:25:09 UTC
What happened to the Osage tribe is a dark, lost chapter in American history.
The barbaric slaughter of Native Americans in the 20th century shows that part of the white population in the U.S. is unable to leave behind its violent and racist nature. New book about a century-old string of murders had the author chasing a real-life Faulkner tale – one which almost made him lose his mind.
The author David Grann spend half a decade reporting on one of the darkest and most obscure chapters in American history – when members of the the Osage tribe of Oklahoma, newly rich from the discovery of oil on their lands, began being brutally murder...
This Der Spiegel Trump cover is stunning
2017-02-04 04:37:43 UTC
Edel Rodriguez came to the United States from Cuba as a political refugee in 1980. Like many immigrants, he was angered by President Trump's executive order temporarily banning entry to the United States for travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world.
“I was 9 years old when I came here, so I remember it well, and I remember the feelings and how little kids feel when they are leaving their country,” Rodriguez said. “I remember all that, and so it bothers me a lot that little children are being kept from coming to this country.”
Unlike most immigrants, however, Rodriguez channeled his anger into ...
Noam Chomsky and Harry Belafonte in Conversation on Trump
2016-12-30 09:12:42 UTC
<h3>Harry Belafonte</h3> <strong>Longtime civil rights activist who was an immensely popular singer and actor. He was one of Martin Luther King’s closest confidants and helped organize the March on Washington in 1963.</strong><hr><img alt="Amy_goodman_-global-gathering" src="/system/images/20084/original/Amy_Goodman_-Global-Gathering.jpg?1482917703" /><hr><h3>Noam Chomsky & Harry Belafonte in Conversation on Trump, Sanders, the ku klux klan and Rebellious Hearts<strong></h3>TRANSCRIPT</strong> (This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.)
On Monday (December 5th, 2016), over 2,300 people packed into the historic Rivers...
Remembering creative mastermind Roger Willemsen
2016-02-10 00:51:21 UTC
<h3><i>The public loved him as an entertaining presenter of talk shows. Roger Willemsen also wrote bestsellers and was one of Germany’s best-known intellectuals. He died at only 60 years old. </i></h3>
Roger Willemsen was diagnosed with cancer shortly after his 60th birthday in August. The busy journalist and cultural commentator immediately canceled all his forthcoming appointments and engagements, including his appearance at this year's lit.Cologne festival, where in the past his sparkling wit when presenting the big opening ceremony had provided great moments of entertainment.
In addition to his work as a successful television prese...
JK Rowling: Crime thriller will run longer than Harry Potter
2014-07-22 06:19:26 UTC
JK Rowling has said she plans to pen many more crime thrillers, and to create a series that will run for even longer than her seven hugely successful Harry Potter books, which over a decade have proved to be one of the bestselling book series in history.
The novelist, who has written two whodunnits under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, says she loves writing in the crime genre because of its open-ended nature, with the detective having to tackle a constant sucession of cases rather than being tied to a single storyline.
Her comments came after her second crime novel featuring detective Cormoran Strike, The Silkworm, topped the Sunday...
Why is Rumi the best-selling poet in the US?
2014-07-19 16:29:37 UTC
<strong>This 807-year-old Persian mystic and dervish has a massive following in the US and around the world. Jane Ciabattari explains his enduring influence.</strong>
The ecstatic poems of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi master born 807 years ago in 1207, have sold millions of copies in recent years, making him the most popular poet in the US. Globally, his fans are legion.
“He’s this compelling figure in all cultures,” says Brad Gooch, who is writing a biography of Rumi to follow his critically acclaimed books on Frank O’Hara and Flannery O’Connor. “The map of Rumi’s life covers 2,500 miles,” says Gooch, who has ...
Hillary Clinton's new book: A foundations for a potential presidential run
2014-06-10 21:39:48 UTC
Hillary Clinton launched her memoir, Hard Choices, on Tuesday, laying the foundations for a potential presidential run with a carefully crafted self-portrait of a battle-hardened politician who has bounced back from her bruising defeat in 2008 armed with a clear vision for the future of America.
The former secretary of state, senator and first lady kicked off a typically gruelling nationwide book tour in New York in a blaze of primetime TV coverage. Less of an overt manifesto than The Audacity of Hope, Barack Obama’s book published ahead of his first White House run six years ago, Hard Choices still manages to adroitly position Clinton ...
Monica Lewinsky returns to 'burn the beret and bury the blue dress'
2014-05-07 02:54:56 UTC
Nearly two decades after her name became synonymous with scandal, impeachment and one infamous blue dress, Monica Lewinsky is writing publicly about her affair with President Bill Clinton for the first time.
“It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress," Lewinsky writes in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair, explaining that she doesn't want people “tiptoeing around my past — and other people’s futures. I am determined to have a different ending to my story."
The revelation of Lewinsky's affair with Clinton created a firestorm in American politics, and led to the president's impeachment.
“I, myself, deeply regret what happen...
Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies aged 87
2014-04-18 06:10:50 UTC
<h3>Colombian Nobel prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico aged 87. Best-known for his masterpiece 'One Hundred Years of Solitude,' he is credited with putting magic realism on the literary map.</h3>Sources close to his family said Garcia Marquez passed away at his home in Mexico City with his wife and two sons by his side.
His cause of death was not immediately known, however he had been admitted to hospital for a week suffering from pneumonia earlier this month.
In a statement the writer's family said his remains would be cremated and a private ceremony held at an unspecific time.
The Mexican government said it...
Jimmy Carter on the road for 'A Call to Action'
2015-08-13 06:20:31 UTC
Former President Jimmy Carter is on an impressive publicity tour as he promotes his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power." The book addresses worldwide discrimination and violence against women and girls, covers the impact of “distorted religious texts on women” and urges change.
Carter, 89, is keeping up a busy schedule on his tour visiting bookstores throughout the nation, from New York City, to Chicago, to his home state of Georgia, and west to the San Francisco Bay Area and north to Seattle. Hundreds of people have been lining up at the stores to spend a brief moment with the 39th U.S. president as he si...
Jimmy Carter: Fight worldwide 'abuse of women and girls'
2014-03-29 20:27:17 UTC
Jimmy Carter is making a "call to action" over discrimination and violence against women, addressing issues from female genital mutilation to child marriage in a new book out in the US this week.
The 39th US president writes in A Call to Action of his belief that "the most serious and unaddressed worldwide challenge is the deprivation and abuse of women and girls", which he says is "largely caused by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare, unfortunately following the example set during my lifetime by the United States".
The book is already drawing positive reviews:...
265 Anne Frank books vandalized in Tokyo libraries
2014-02-22 08:31:38 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" and scores of books about the young Holocaust victim have been vandalized in Tokyo public libraries since earlier this year.
The damage was mostly in the form of dozens of ripped pages in the books. Librarians have counted at least 265 damaged books at 31 municipal libraries since the end of January.
Japan and Nazi Germany were allies in World War II, and though Holocaust denial has occurred in Japan at times, the motive for damaging the Anne Frank books is unclear. Police are investigating.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga called the vandalism "shameful" and said Japan w...
Obama shops at well-known Washington bookstore
2013-11-30 20:03:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is doing his part to support small businesses.
Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha dropped in Saturday at Washington's Politics and Prose bookstore and purchased what he said was a "long list" of books that included "The Kite Runner," ''Harold and the Purple Crayon," and "The Sports Gene".
The president said he bought a reader for every age, from 5 to 52 — his age. He paid by credit card. The total was not announced.
Obama sent a tweet earlier Saturday about the importance of supporting small businesses.
The Saturday after Thanksgiving has become known as "Small Business Saturday." It's ...
Evolution debate again engulfs Texas board
2013-11-22 09:23:29 UTC
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas boiled over at a late-night meeting, as the Board of Education extended preliminary approval of new science books for use in classrooms across the state but held up one biology text because of alleged factual errors.
With midnight looming, some of the state education board members singled out a textbook by Pearson Education, one of America's largest publishers, on Thursday. Many of the 20 concerns pertained to the theory of evolution. After a lengthy debate that got testy at times, the board voted to have three of its members pick a trio of outside experts t...
Psychic Sylvia Browne dies at 77 in California
2013-11-22 04:14:36 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sylvia Browne once said she was just 3 when she discovered she could look into the future and know what was coming.
For the next 74 years, Browne claimed to do just that, predicting who would win elections, which celebrities would be getting married, splitting up or having babies, and whether people who had disappeared were alive or dead.
Sometimes she got it right and sometimes not. Among the predictions that misfired was one she made to talk-show host Larry King in 2003 that she would live to be 88.
Browne was 77 when she died Wednesday at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. The cause of death was not discl...
Nobel author Doris Lessing dies at 94
2013-11-18 07:46:26 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Doris Lessing emerged from a black cab outside her home in London one day in 2007 and was confronted by a horde of reporters. When told she had won the Nobel Prize, she blinked and retorted "Oh Christ! ... I couldn't care less."
That was typical of the independent — and often irascible — author who died Sunday after a long career that included "The Golden Notebook," a 1962 novel than made her an icon of the women's movement. Lessing's books reflected her own improbable journey across the former British Empire, and later her vision of a future ravaged by atomic warfare.
The exact cause of Lessing's death at her home in L...
Louis D. Rubin, Jr., Southern author, dies at 89
2013-11-17 09:21:39 UTC
Louis D. Rubin, Jr., a curmudgeonly patron of contemporary Southern writing who as an author, teacher, editor and publisher helped establish and advance the careers of John Barth, Annie Dillard and dozens of others, has died. He was 89.
Eva Redfield Rubin said by telephone that her husband, who lived at a North Carolina retirement home, died Saturday, just three days before his 90th birthday
A Charleston, S.C., native who switched from journalism to academia in the 1950s, Rubin for decades mentored and published Southern writers. He was among the first to write a scholarly analysis on the posthumous reputation of Thomas Wolfe, taught...
Sarah Palin has written a book, Good Tidings and Great Joy, about the real meaning of Christmas. We read it so you don't have to
2013-11-15 09:56:45 UTC
Sarah Palin has had a busy week. She has been taking shots at Chris Christie, a potential front-runner for the White House in 2016. She has called the pope "liberal". And as well as all that, she is promoting her new book, Good Tidings and Great Joy – Protecting the Heart of Christmas. She launched the book in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, wearing a bespoke sweatshirt that said: "It's OK to wish me a Merry Christmas!" Palin's book is a classic of the "interspersed with" genre. It is a polemic against those seeking to deprive Christians of the right to celebrate Christmas; interspersed with snapshots from the Palin family Christmas album, recipe...
Publisher withdraws CBS source's Benghazi book
2013-11-08 20:07:34 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Publication has been halted for a disputed book about the attack last year on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.
Threshold Editions announced Friday that it has withdrawn Dylan Davies' "The Embassy House: The Explosive Eyewitness Account of the Libyan Embassy Siege by the Soldier Who Was There" after serious doubts emerged about whether Davies had witnessed the 2012 raid.
"In light of information that has been brought to our attention since the initial publication of "The Embassy House," we have withdrawn from publication and sale all formats of this book, and are recommending that booksellers do the same," according ...