Flickering Light: A History of Neon

By Christoph Ribbat

Without neon, Las Vegas may nonetheless be a sleepy wilderness city in Nevada and instances sq. in basic terms one other busy intersection in manhattan urban. remodeled by means of the set up of those brightly coloured indicators, those locations at the moment are world-famous, representing the colourful middle of pop culture. yet for a few, neon lights represents the worst of commercialism. Energized through the conflicting love and hatred humans have for neon, Flickering Light explores its technological and highbrow background, from the invention of the noble fuel in overdue nineteenth-century London to its fading acceptance today.
 
Christoph Ribbat follows writers, artists, and musicians—from cultural critic Theodor Adorno, British rock band the Verve, and artist Tracey Emin to Vladimir Nabokov, Langston Hughes, and American kingdom singers—through the neon towns in Europe, the USA, and Asia, demonstrating how they grew to become those blinking lighting and letters into metaphors of the trendy period. He examines how proficient craftsmen rigorously sculpted neon ads, introducing attractiveness to fashionable metropolises in the course of neon’s heyday among the wars through its next acceptance in Las Vegas through the Fifties and '60s. Ribbat ends with a depression dialogue of neon’s decline, describing how those sparkling symptoms and installations got here to be visible as dated and attribute of run-down neighborhoods.
 
From complex neon lights screens to overlooked diner indicators with unlit letters, Flickering Light tells the engrossing tale of the way a gleaming tube of gasoline took over the world—and light virtually as speedy as it arrived.

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Money: The Unauthorized Biography--From Coinage to Cryptocurrencies

By Felix Martin

What is funds, and the way does it paintings? during this journey de strength of political, cultural, and monetary heritage, Felix Martin demanding situations not anything lower than our traditional knowing of 1 of humankind’s maximum innovations. Martin describes how the Western proposal of cash emerged within the historical global, and used to be formed over the centuries through tensions among sovereigns and the rising center sessions. cash, he argues, has continually been an intensely political tool, and that it's our failure to recollect this that resulted in the situation in our economic climate and the good Recession. He concludes with sensible options for making a living serve us—and, in an advent and epilogue new to this version, a dialogue of what Bitcoin and different cryptocurrencies suggest for money's destiny. From John Locke to Montesquieu, from Sparta to the Soviet Union, Money is a far-ranging and magisterial paintings of heritage and economics, with profound implications for the realm today.

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The Author's Due: Printing and the Prehistory of Copyright

By Joseph Loewenstein

The Author's Due bargains an institutional and cultural historical past of books, the publication alternate, and the bibliographic ego. Joseph Loewenstein strains the emergence of possessive authorship from the institution of a printing in England to the passage of the 1710 Statute of Anne, which supplied the felony underpinnings for contemporary copyright. alongside the way in which he demonstrates that the tradition of books, together with the assumption of the writer, is in detail tied to the sensible exchange of publishing these books.

As Loewenstein indicates, copyright is a kind of monopoly that constructed along various comparable protections corresponding to advertisement trusts, production patents, and censorship, and can't be understood except them. The rules of the clicking pitted competing pursuits and rival monopolistic constructions opposed to one another—guildmembers and nonprofessionals, printers and booksellers, authors and publishers. those struggles, in flip, crucially formed the literary and highbrow practices of early smooth authors, in addition to early capitalist monetary organization.

With its probing examine the origins of contemporary copyright, The Author's Due will end up to be a watershed for historians, literary critics, and felony students alike.

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When the Clyde Ran Red

By Maggie Craig

When The Clyde Ran Red paints a brilliant and enjoyable photo of the heady days whilst revolution used to be within the air on Clydeside. United via the assumption that an harm to at least one was once an damage to all, those have been the years while women and men all through Glasgow, Clydebank, and past stood as much as matter. during the sour strike on the great Singer stitching desktop plant in Clydebank in 1911, Bloody Friday in George sq. in 1919, the overall Strike of 1926 and directly to the Spanish Civil battle of the Thirties, they fought for the best to paintings, the consideration of work, and a fairer society for everybody. They did so in a Glasgow the place informal wealth and grinding poverty handed one another on the street, the place overcrowded tenements stood no distance from based tearooms, paintings galleries, sumptuous retailers, glittering photograph palaces, and dance halls. purple Clydeside used to be additionally domestic to Charles Rennie waterproof coat, the Glasgow kind and luxurious exhibitions showcasing the wonders of the age. Political idealism and creative creativity have been matched through huge, immense commercial undertaking. The Clyde outfitted a few of the maximum ships which ever sailed the seas, as locomotives from Glasgow pulled trains on each continent in the world. When The Clyde Ran Red celebrates the struggling with spirit of the crimson Clydesiders and the strength, choice, achievements, and sheer lust for all times of the folk of Glasgow, Clydebank, and Clydeside.

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Way of Death: Merchant Capitalism and the Angolan Slave Trade, 1730–1830

By Joseph Calder Miller

This acclaimed background of Portuguese and Brazilian slaving within the southern Atlantic is now on hand in paperback.
    With outstanding ability, Joseph C. Miller explores the advanced relationships one of the separate economies of Africa, Europe, and the South Atlantic that jointly supported the slave exchange. He locations the awful background of the exchange itself in the context of the increase of service provider capitalism within the eighteenth century. all through, Miller illuminates the reviews of the slaves themselves, reconstructing what will be recognized in their sufferings by the hands in their purchasers and sellers.

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No bank : L'incroyable histoire d'un entrepreneneur de banlieue qui veut révolutionner la banque

By Hugues Le Bret

Présentation de l'éditeur

Un ex-dirigeant de l. a. Société générale, mis de côté par l'establishment bancaire, et un fils d'immigré surdoué de l. a. technologie s'associent pour monter un projet révolutionnaire : NoBank. Leur yet ? Donner à tous l'accès à un compte et à une carte de paiement pour une poignée d'euros. Leurs armes ? Les applied sciences de pointe. Leurs alliés ? Les buralistes. Leurs consumers ? Nous tous.

Biographie de l'auteur

Hugues Le Bret a été directeur de l. a. communique de los angeles Société générale et PDG de Boursorama. Il est l'auteur de los angeles semaine où Jérôme Kerviel a failli faire sauter le système financier mondial, disponible en issues.

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Empty Without You: The Intimate Letters Of Eleanor Roosevelt And Lorena Hickok

In 1978, greater than 3,500 letters written over a thirty-year friendship among Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok have been came upon by way of archivists. even if the main particular letters have been burned (Lorena instructed Eleanor's daughter, "Your mom wasn't continually so very discreet in her letters to me"), the locate was once nonetheless electrifying adequate to create controversy in regards to the nature of the women's courting. Historian Rodger Streitmatter has transcribed and annotated greater than three hundred of these letters—published right here for the 1st time—and positioned them in the context of the lives of those amazing girls, permitting us to appreciate the function of this notable friendship in Roosevelt's transformation right into a crusading First Lady.

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Thomas Jefferson

By Gilbert Chinard

Chinard's model of Jefferson is particular and intensely thorough. He adroitly describes a guy of large advantage and commitment, but owning profound paradoxes (e.g. his perspectives on slavery, whereas understanding that the luck of the agrarian South depended on that 'vile' institution). the writer interweaves the biography with many costs from the large quantity of correspondences Jefferson maintained all through his lifetime...most significantly the letters despatched to John Adams (particularly past due in life).
Jefferson's perspectives on fact and politics, faith and morality, and of the relationships among eu entanglements and trade are all worthy figuring out. He really is/was a founding father priceless of our admiration, whose techniques concerning 'freedom' are really worth remembering, specially in this presidential election season. learn it, it won't disappoint (but be ready for a protracted read..

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In Amazonia: A Natural History

By Hugh Raffles

The Amazon isn't really what it kind of feels. As Hugh Raffles indicates us during this fascinating and cutting edge booklet, the world's final nice wasteland has been reworked time and again via human job. In Amazonia brings to lifestyles an Amazon whose attract and fact lie as a lot, or extra, in what humans have made up of it as in what nature has wrought. It casts new gentle on centuries of stumble upon whereas describing the dramatic remaking of a sweeping panorama by way of citizens of 1 small group within the Brazilian Amazon. Combining richly textured ethnographic study and energetic ancient research, Raffles weaves a desirable tale that adjustments our realizing of this zone and demanding situations us to reconsider what we suggest by way of "nature."

Raffles attracts from quite a lot of fabric to demonstrate--in distinction to the tendency to downplay human corporation within the Amazon--that the zone is an consequence of the in detail intertwined histories of people and nonhumans. He strikes among an in depth narrative that analyzes the creation of medical wisdom approximately Amazonia over the centuries and an soaking up account of the extreme adjustments to the fluvial panorama performed during the last 40 years by means of the population of Igarapé Guariba, 4 hours downstream from the closest city.

Engagingly written, theoretically artistic, and vividly illustrated, the publication introduces a various diversity of characters--from sixteenth-century explorers and their local opponents to nineteenth-century naturalists and modern ecologists, logging corporation executives, and river-traders. A traditional heritage of a distinct sort, In Amazonia indicates how people, animals, rivers, and forests all perform the making of a quarter that is still this present day on the middle of debates in environmental politics.

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