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Una historia casi verdadera

by Mattias Edvardsson

Cuatro amigos y alumnos de un curso de Escritura Creativa en la universidad.Un asesinato sin cadáver por el que uno de ellos pagó.Una investigación que demostrará que un inocente fue a la cárcel. ¿Qué es más importante: contar una buena historia o desenterrar la verdad? 2008. Zack Levines es un periodista treintañero en paro que vive en casa de su madre. Para solucionar sus apuros económicos, decide escribir un best seller y contar una historia que lleva doce años enterrada pero que no ha conseguido olvidar. Desde el primer momento tiene muy claro que esta novela se titulará El asesino inocente y que le obligará a contactar con quienes un día fueron sus mejores amigos. 1996. A los diecinueve años, Zack llega a la Universidad de Lund dispuesto a exprimir la vida. Con esas ansias de libertad, asiste a un curso de Creación Literaria que dirige la carismática y sensual profesora Li Karpe. Zack conecta enseguida con tres de sus compañeros y la profesora los elige para presentarles a Leo Stark, un escritor enigmático y manipulador que les fascina y repele al mismo tiempo. Pero una noche Leo Stark desaparece y los sueños de los cuatro jóvenes se convierten en una pesadilla. Una historia casi verdadera es una obra sobre la juventud, la amistad, la ambición y la verdad; una novela en la que escribir se convierte en una cuestión de vida o muerte.

Cuentos

by John Cheever

«Esta sobresaliente colección de relatos muestra el poder y el alcance de uno de los mejores escritores del siglo pasado. Historias de amor y miseria, que incluyen obras maestras como "El nadador" o "Adiós, hermano" y que fechan de su salida del ejército al final de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.»The Guardian Los cuentos de John Cheever son el gran testimonio literario de la clase media estadounidense de los años cincuenta y sesenta. Conocido como «el Chéjov norteamericano», fue el gran cronista de ese territorio casi mitológico de las zonas residenciales a las afueras de las grandes ciudades, con sus fiestas de cóctel y piscina, sus despertares de periódico en la puerta, sombrero, maletín y beso a los niños, tardes con cuartetos de Benny Goodman en la radio y noches enteras anhelando una vida distinta. Cheever convirtió con maestría ese espejismo de éxito y felicidad en el escenario de glorias y penas de familias que, entre la frustración, el deseo y el tedio, conforman un retrato incomparable del alma humana que transciende cualquier época o país. Esta edición incluye un epílogo de Rodrigo Fresán y mantiene la selección del propio Cheever, merecedora tras su publicación en 1978 del Premio Pulitzer y el National Book Critics Circle. Recorriendo una trayectoria de casi tres décadas, contiene relatos tan emblemáticos como «El nadador», retrato onírico de un hombre a la deriva, o «El marido rural», novela en miniatura según Nabokov cuyo protagonista sobrevive a un accidente de avión y vuelve a casa ante la indiferencia total de su familia. Cheever, que luchó toda su vida contra la adicción al alcohol y contra una bisexualidad reprimida, demostró conocer a la perfección los estragos que causan las pasiones más ocultas cuando explotan sin apenas ruido. En plena oscuridad supo encontrar destellos en las existencias más apagadas, débiles rayos de luz que en sus manos acababan alumbrando una vida entera. Críticas:«John Cheever es un realista con magia, y su voz, en sus luminosos relatos, es tan rica y distintiva como las principales voces de la literatura estadounidense de posguerra.»Philip Roth «A menudo se habla de Cheever como un escritor de los barrios residenciales, pero muchos han escrito sobre ello. Solo él fue capaz de convertirlos en un arquetipo.»John Updike «Supongo que querrán caracterizar sus relatos como chejovianos, o decir que Cheever es menos sombrío que Carver, más amplio, irónico y alegre que Hemingway. Pero al final siempre será enteramente él mismo, calculando y equilibrando cada frase hasta decir lo correcto y, todavía más a menudo, elevándose hasta situar el tren de lo diario sobre las vías de lo político.»Hanif Kureishi

Cartas

by John Cheever

«Estas cartas fueron escritas por un hombre extraordinario, y lo extraordinario de mi padre no fueron su crueldad ni sus fracasos. Lo extraordinario era su alegría y el talento que tenía para regalarla a los que le rodeaban.»Benjamin Cheever John Cheever trazó en sus cartas, durante años y sin saberlo apenas, un autorretrato tan revelador como el que esconden sus cuentos y sus novelas. Prolífico en su correspondencia privada, podía llegar a escribir una treintena de veces semanalmente a amigos, a otros escritores como Philip Roth, John Updike o Saul Bellow, así como a familiares y amantes. A todos ellos les pedía que se deshicieran de unos textos que consideraba pasajeros: «Guardar cartas es como intentar preservar un beso». Sin embargo, sus destinatarios quisieron conservar unas misivas que, editadas y anotadas por su hijo Benjamin, forman una historia tan vívida y humana como cualquiera de sus personajes. Torturado por su alcoholismo y por una bisexualidad reprimida, Cheever siempre fue un extraño para los que tenía más cerca. Aunque la publicación póstuma de sus diarios hizo patente hasta qué punto el dolor inundaba su vida, sus cartas se convierten en una suerte de ventana que él nunca advirtió, una mirada privilegiada a la fragilidad de sus emociones y a la honestidad con que recibía sus derrotas. Una rendija al universo más íntimo de un buen hombre que reveló en estos textos el vínculo terrible entre su genialidad y sus demonios. Críticas:«El maestro de los relatos cortos también fue el maestro de las cartas cortas.»The Sunday Times «Al final, la suya fue una historia de éxito. Pero sus Cartas te hacen incómodamente consciente del precio que pagó por alcanzarlo.»The New York Times «John Cheever jamás escribió una mala carta. Cuando me escribía siempre era como si caminase por la cuerda floja.»William Maxwell, editordel autor en The New Yorker «Fascinante [...] las cartas de John Cheever irradian amor y luz. [...] Ante entregas de tal cantidad e intensidad, de nada sirven las categorías convencionales.»New York Magazine «Un placer único que ni una biografía podría ofrecer: observar cómo un artista descubre y redefine su mundo mes a mes. Sus cartas nos convencen de que estamos ante un gran escritor y un buen hombre.»Chicago Tribune

Lo que está y no se usa nos fulminará

by Patricio Pron

Patricio Pron regresa al relato breve para dar otra lección de sobriedad, ironía, originalidad y elegancia. Lo que está y no se usa nos fulminará hace lo que todo libro debería hacer (pero casi nunca logra): llevarte a un lugar del que desearías no tener que regresar nunca. Dos escritores se ponen de acuerdo para escribir la «autobiografía» del otro y una lectora se obsesiona con ambos o solo con uno de ellos. Un hombre redacta mentalmente su perfil de Tinder mientras una niña le habla de la muerte y los horribles secretos que se cuentan las cosas. El «gran poeta chileno» destroza una habitación de hotel en Alemania y ofrece a su interlocutor una lección de vida. Un escritor llamado «Patricio Pron» contrata a un puñado de actores para que «hagan de Patricio Pron», con los resultados catastróficos que eran de esperar. Los personajes de Lo que está y no se usa nos fulminará tienen un vislumbre de lo que una vida mejor podría ser, y su intensidad los encandila. Vulnerables, perplejos, ridículos, sabios, todos vuelven una y otra vez sobre las posibilidades intuidas en esa visión, convencidos de que si no las aprovechan estarán perdidos: lo que encuentran al hacerlo es el azar, las vidas de los escritores como espejos deformantes, la ocasión de hacer de su vida una obra de arte, la necesidad de desaparecer, de dejarlo todo atrás para ser uno con la literatura. «Patricio Pron escribe con inteligencia, talento, irreverencia, humor, voluntad política y autoridad.» Stavanger Aftenblad Críticas:«Más allá del brillante y convincente ejercicio literario, Pron narra con la autenticidad de quien sacude al lector desde una voz absolutamente propia, algo a lo que nos ha ido acostumbrando con sus poderosas novelas y relatos.»El Cultural «Muestra de forma convincente (a la vez que explora) el poder que posee la ficción para descubrir las verdades emocionales más profundamente enterradas.»The Independent «Pron incendia la República de las Letras y reflexiona con una lucidez poco corriente sobre cómo debemos dialogar con determinados textos, se pregunta por cómo leer o a quién pertenece la literatura: ¿al que produce el texto o al que lo lee?»El Periódico «Lo que está haciendo con su obra, [...] es reinventar la narrativa en castellano, contar cosas que nunca se contaron antes en nuestra lengua.»Estado Crítico «Un autor en su plenitud, dominando su oficio y levantando con un esfuerzo descomunal (pero también con la facilidad y la alegría que da ser dueño y consciente del propio talento) una obra redonda.»Sergio del Molino «En la técnica del cuento siempre parece que está todo dicho. Siempre lo parece hasta que surge alguien con ganas de desdecirlo.»Babelia

The Underground Railroad (American Girl: Real Stories From My Time)

by Connie Porter Bonnie Bader Kelley McMorris

Discover the stories of the real people and events that shaped American history in the Real Stories From My Time series. Perfect for book reports with full-page illustrations throughout, these nonfiction chapter books also include historical photos, maps, a timeline, a glossary, and a bibliography at the back. Plus, in each book, an American Girl historical character shares a bit of her own fictional story. The Underground Railroad includes miles of real stories of passengers, conductors, and abolitionists-well-known and unknown-that traveled on the slavery escape route known as the Underground Railroad. American Girl Addy Walker shares the story of her own journey to freedom.

Turn It Up!

by Jen Calonita

The Nightingales are in a serious funk. Bradley Academy's all-girl a cappella group used to be the pride of the sunshine state, but the Nightingales have recently fallen out of harmony. Best friends and co-captains Lidia Sato and Sydney Marino haven't been speaking ever since a boy came between them. And not just any boy-none other than Griffin Mancini, the lead singer of Bradley Academy's smug all-boy a capella group, the Kingfishers. The Nightingales have no chance of making it to the big state final if their captains are at each other's throats. Their only hope is new girl Julianna Ramirez. But in addition to her serious pipes, she has some serious stage fright. The Nightingales will have to come together if they want to shine at the upcoming competition and restore the group to its former glory. Turn It Up! follows Lidia, Sydney, and Julianna through the ups and downs of friendship, romance, competition, and finding the perfect song!

Animal Models of Neurological Disorders

by Puneet Kumar Bansal Rahul Deshmukh

This book introduces undergraduate, postgraduate and research students and scientists to animal models of neurological disorders, along with their working principle and brief procedures. Addressing all the disorders related to the central nervous system (CNS) in a single platform, on the basis of various literature surveys it describes different procedures to induce a single disease with the help of toxins/chemicals. It also includes numerous protocols for inducing single neurological diseases, thus fulfilling an urgent need for a book that makes specific procedures for neurological disorders available, so that specific disease can be induced in laboratories according to the availability of resources. Further, it acquaints readers with the pathological changes that occur in a particular neurological disorder, which reflect specific signs and symptoms of any particular disease, and examines how they affect everyday life. It is a valuable resource for researchers aiming to eradicate or improve neurological disorders by testing the benefits of different drugs.

Twenty Years of Research and Development on Soil Pollution and Remediation in China

by Yongming Luo Chen Tu

This book reviews the progresses and achievements made in the past 20 years of research on soil pollution and remediation in China, and presents 50 review and research articles from all over China, including Hong Kong and Taiwan. The authors include scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and managers from 26 universities, 18 institutes, 4 leading enterprises and 2 government environmental protection departments. The contents cover fundamental research on soil pollution and remediation, technical development, project demonstration, policy and governance. The polluted soil/site types include farmland, industrial sites, mining areas and oilfields, with heavy metals (cadmium, arsenic, copper, chromium, mercury, lead, zinc, nickel, etc. ), organic pollutants (PAHs, PCBs, organochlorine pesticides, phthalate esters, halogenated hydrocarbons, etc. ), and metal-organic mixed pollutants. The remediation techniques mainly include physical and chemical remediation (thermal desorption, soil vapor extraction, in situ advanced chemical oxidation, solidification and stabilization), phytoremediation (phytostabilization, phytoextraction by hyperaccumulators, phyto-prevention by low accumulation plants), bioremediation (microbial adsorption and immobilization, microbial degradation, microbe-enhanced phytoremediation), and combined remediation merging multiple technologies. The governance and policy section mainly explores laws and regulations, criteria and standards, financial guarantees and the industrial market for soil environment and pollution prevention.

Compensated Dating

by Cassini Sai Kwan Chu

This dissertation, "Compensated Dating in Hong Kong" by Sai-kwan, Cassini, Chu, 朱世君, was obtained from The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong) and is being sold pursuant to Creative Commons: Attribution 3. 0 Hong Kong License. The content of this dissertation has not been altered in any way. We have altered the formatting in order to facilitate the ease of printing and reading of the dissertation. All rights not granted by the above license are retained by the author. Abstract: This thesis is an empirical study on the phenomenon of compensated dating [hereafter known as CD] in Hong Kong. It examines the lived experiences of CD participants and their self-understandings of their identities and behaviors. Drawing from formal in-depth interviews with 30 male clients and 12 young women who provided CD, cyber ethnography of a major online CD forum, informal conversations with CD participants and offline participant observations of various types of non-commercial and non-sexual social gatherings amongst groups of CD participants from the period between March 2010 and December 2012, this thesis examines why and how individuals come to be involved in CD, how they form intimacies in the context of CD and the nature of these intimacies. In the process, it illuminates the emerging social phenomenon of CD in light of the transformation of intimacy, plastic sexuality, new female and male biographies, gender relationships, the advance of information technology, and various social changes in an increasing fragmented and risky society as we enter into the world of late modernity. This thesis argues that CD participants perceive CD as a space for practicing plastic sexuality rather than a form of prostitution. The fact that sex does not necessarily happen in CD, the dynamic interactions amongst CD participants, and the changes of conventional sexual script from a marital, reproductive and monogamous one to a non-marital, non-reproductive, recreational, non-monogamous and even emotionally indifferent one make the CD script more like the mainstream sexual script in late modernity and less like the traditional commercial sexual script. The resemblance between the CD script and modern intimacy serves as a major rationale for CD participants to justify their CD behaviors. This thesis also argues that male clients of CD desire more than just bounded authenticity and that CD relationship is a complex and dynamic interpersonal relationship rather than a simple and static seller-buyer relationship because more often than not, CD participants extend their relationships beyond a bounded, commercial sexual context to an unbounded, non-commercial social context. This thesis examines the factors that facilitate CD participants to transform an impersonal and bounded commercial relationship to a genuine and unbounded interpersonal and/or romantic relationship. This thesis concludes that although CD relationships may be ephemeral, precarious and founded on economic elements, so too are many conventional relationships in modern society. There is an increasing intellectual tension to demarcate between CD relations and conventional intimate relations because while the former underscores the romantic and reciprocal qualities of the later, the later also reflects the recreational, economic and unstable elements of the former. Although plastic sexuality, the transformation of intimacy and various consequences of modernity are not in themselves the causes of the emergence of CD, they do create the contexts of an environment that is favorable to the development and growth of the CD phenomenon. DOI: 10. 5353/th_b5204906 Subjects: Dating (Social customs) - China - Hong Kong

Green Urea

by Noorhana Yahya

This book presents a game changing technology of lower energy-intensive urea production of urea which is used as fertilizer. The technology, from a resource to a knowledge-intensive based industry, investigates a new synthesis approach employing electromagnetic induction and nano-catalyst at lower energy consumption. This clean and green method for a sustainable future might change the landscape of future chemical processes. It is made possible due to the enhancement in nanotechnology where quantum mechanical understanding is called into play. New reactor designs are elaborated on and discussed explicitly. Hematite and nickel oxide nanocatalysts are proposed for the green urea synthesis process, in the presence of static and oscillating magnetic fields. Strategies to increase single to triplet conversion rate are given for better understanding of the improved urea rate. The focus is deliberately on scrutinizing the greenhouse gas effect on the urea yield, in this case CO2 flow rate. Coating techniques for slow release strategies are provided to reduce the volatilization of ammonia and leaching effect, hence offering a complete solution of Green Technology. Agriculture 4. 0 that creates the new patterns and precision monitoring of crop rotation and livestock utilization will be able to pave the way for better crop yield. Development of advanced technology in agriculture is important for the implementation of Agriculture 4. 0 and currently an inevitable trend of the socioeconomic development in the context of broader international integration for the sustainable future. The author would like to acknowledge Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) for the grant worth RM 12 million to accomplish Green and Economical Urea project and to have full understanding on Green Technology in Urea. This book is a collaborative effort by her colleagues, Ku Zilati, Khanif, Shahrina, Zainovia, Azizah, Zakaria, and who have carried out the research over the past five years which started in 2011. Their unconditional commitment had brought us together and we completed the project with success. I wish to also thank Dr Menaka Ganeson and all my PhD students, Dr. Saima, Dr. Bilal, Mr. Zia and Mr. Irfan for their commitment to assist me to complete the book. Last but not least, thank you very much to Professor Mike Payne (Cambridge University) and Professor Koziol (Cranfield University) for the comments.

The Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations

by Peter M. Ginter W. Jack Duncan Linda E. Swayne

A comprehensive guide to effective strategic management of health care organizations. Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations provides essential guidance for leading health care organizations through strategic management. This structured approach to strategic management examines the processes of strategic thinking, consensus building and documentation of that thinking into a strategic plan, and creating and maintaining strategic momentum – all essential for coping with the rapidly evolving health care industry. Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations fully explains how strategic managers must become strategic thinkers with the ability to evaluate a changing industry, analyze data, question assumptions, and develop new ideas. The book guides readers through the strategic planning process demonstrating how to incorporate strategic thinking and create and document a clear and coherent plan of action. In addition, the all-important processes of creating and maintaining the strategic momentum of the organization are fully described. Finally, the text demonstrates how strategic managers in carrying out the strategic plan, must evaluate its success, learn more about what works, and incorporate new strategic thinking into operations and subsequent planning. This strategic management approach has become the de facto standard for health care management as leadership and strategic management are more critical than ever in coping with an industry in flux. This book provides heath care management students as well as health care administrators with foundational guidance on strategic management concepts and practices, tailored to the unique needs of the health care industry. Included are a clear discussion of health services external analysis, organizational internal analysis, the development of directional strategies, strategy alternative identification and evaluation, and the development and management of implementation strategies providing an informative and insightful resource for anyone in the field. This new eighth edition has been fully updated to reflect new insights into strategic thinking, new methods to conceptualize and document critical environmental issues, practical steps for carrying out each of the strategic management processes, industry and management essentials for strategic thinkers , and new case studies for applying the strategic management processes. More specifically, readers of this edition will be able to: Create a process for developing a strategic plan for a health care organization. Map and analyze external issues, trends, and events in the general environment, the health care system, and the service area. Conduct a comprehensive service area competitor analysis. Perform an internal analysis and determine the competitive advantages and competitive disadvantages. Develop directional strategies. Identify strategic alternatives and make rational strategic decisions for a health care organization. Develop a comprehensive strategy for a health care organization. Create effective value-adding service delivery and support strategies. Translate service delivery and support plans into specific action plans. The health care industry’s revolutionary change remains ongoing and organizational success depends on leadership. Strategic management has become the single clearest manifestation of effective leadership of health care organizations and the strategic management framework’s strengths are needed now more than ever. The Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations provides comprehensive guidance and up-to-date practices to help leaders keep their organizations on track.

Armageddon or Evolution?: The Scientific Method and Escalating World Problems

by Bernard S Phillips

We are currently experiencing a wide range of evolving problems that threaten us with extinction. However, Phillips argues that we have the capacity-with the aid of a broad approach to the scientific method that builds on Mills's concept of "the sociological imagination"-to confront these problems ever more effectively. This book develops and builds upon new methods for addressing such social problems as global warming, terrorism, growing inequalities, and others. Phillips reveals procedures for achieving conscious evolution by uncovering fundamental assumptions and their contradictions and by moving toward alternative assumptions that promise to resolve these contradictions.

Arenas of Power: Reflections on Politics and Policy

by Theodore J. Lowi Norman K. Nicholson

Arenas of Power represents the first time that Theodore J. Lowi's model of policy analysis has been presented together with key applications and case studies drawn from his long history of scholarship-all in one place. Lowi's signature four-fold typology is shown as conceived and then as extended to include that most relevant of contemporary phenomena-"social regulatory policy." As Lowi says, when radicals add morality to the goals of public policy, the system may be turned on its head. This volume shows the evolution of the public policy arena over more than forty years of writing and thinking and presents some never before published material including helpful analytical introductions. The book concludes as Lowi looks ahead to an internationalizing U.S. political economy and the need for a global political science.

Are Americans Becoming More Peaceful?

by Paul Joseph

"It's time that someone broke into the general gloom created by a war-loving administration and reminded us that we are a peace-loving people. Paul Joseph's book does just that, not with fantasy but with facts, showing how the public antipathy to war, suppressed too long by propaganda and deception, is coming to the surface, and offers hope." Howard Zinn "In this antidote to despair, Joseph shows how even the most sophisticated efforts of US political and military leaders to maintain public support for war are flawed and doomed to failure in the face of an increasingly skeptical public that is unwilling to accept the costs." William A. Gamson, Boston College "An original and thought-provoking perspective on one of the most important issues in American politics today." Michael Klare, Hampshire College Are Americans becoming more peaceful -- even after the 2004 elections and the seeming affirmation of the war in Iraq? This book looks at the meaning of peace in the face of war and offers an optimistic interpretation of the public's changing views. US citizens are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the costs of war that can be measured not just in dollars but in lives and international respect. Americans are becoming ever more resistant to government management of the "facts" surrounding war. In areas ranging from media and photojournalism to gender and casualties, Joseph exposes the reality of popular opposition to war.

Anti-Racist Teaching

by Robert P. Amico

"Antiracist Teaching" is about awakening students to their own humanity. In order to teach about this awakening one must be in the process of awakening oneself. The author shares personal anecdotes to illustrate the kinds of changes he experienced as a result of his antiracist teaching. His book explores the questions, Why is teaching about racism and white privilege to white students so difficult? and What can educators do to become more effective antiracist teachers for all of their students? Amico examines the cognitive and emotive obstacles that students experience in the classroom and argues that understanding these difficulties can lead to their resolution. He considers a variety of different approaches to antiracist teaching and endorses a dialogic approach. Dialogue is the centerpiece of students classroom experiences; students engage in dialogue at nearly every class meeting. The dialogic approach is effective in a variety of different learning settings from K 12 classrooms, trainings, retreats, workshops, and community organizations to the college classroom. Further, the book discusses how to bring antiracist teaching into the core of university curricula."

El amor de una mujer generosa

by Alice Munro

Ocho relatos de Alice Munro sobre las pasiones que laten bajo la superficie de vidas aparentemente ordinarias. En estos relatos resplandecientes y descarnados, Munro da rienda suelta a su maestría de fondo y forma, extendiendo y magnificando sus grandes temas: los caprichos del amor, la pasión que conduce a caminos inesperados, el caos que se cierne tras las existencias más corrientes y los extraños deseos del corazón. La autora muestra una vez más su capacidad de entrar en la vida de personas corrientes para capturar la esencia de sus contradicciones. Munro traza el amor de mujeres generosas, infieles, abrumadas o desbocadas, pero siempre reconocibles. Sin doctrina y sin complacencia, la autora construye capa a capa una superficie que amenaza con quebrarse y estallar en mil pedazos bajo unas protagonistas que luchan contra la rutina y la renuncia. Reseñas:«Alice Munro mueve sus personajes en el espacio temporal como nadiemás sabe hacerlo.»Julian Barnes «Deslumbrante por su fe en el lenguaje y en la vida.»The New York Times Book Review

El contrato (Inspector Joona Linna 2)

by Lars Kepler

El contrato es la segunda entrega de la célebre serie de novelas policíacas protagonizada por el inspector Joona Linna. En el archipiélago de Estocolmo aparece una embarcación privada. Dentro, se halla el cuerpo sin vida de una mujer. Su pelo, su piel, sus ropas están secos. Y, no obstante, la autopsia revela que los pulmones están llenos de agua. La víctima murió ahogada. Al día siguiente, otro cadáver aparece en la ciudad, y también este encierra un misterio. Se trata del director general del organismo de Inspección de Productos Estratégicos de Suecia, Carl Palmcrona, al que encuentran ahorcado en su casa, dentro de cuyas paredes resuena un violín, una música que vela siniestramente al difunto. ¿Qué relación podría haber entre dos muertes tan dispares? El detective Joona Linna tomará las riendas de dos casos cuyas raíces parecen entrelazarse en lo más profundo de la tierra. Críticas:«Un libro escrito en estado de gracia. Lo vais a notar.»Público

El hipnotista (Inspector Joona Linna 1)

by Lars Kepler

El hipnotista es la primera entrega de la célebre serie de novelas policíacas protagonizada por el inspector Joona Linna. Una familia ha sido brutalmente asesinada en el gélido Estocolmo. No hay rastro del culpable. Solamente un niño, el hijo, único superviviente de la masacre, puede dar testimonio de quién ha cometido tal atrocidad. Pero el sufrimiento que lleva consigo el chico es como el de cien puñales clavados en el pecho, y el detective Joona Linna no logra liberarlo del estado de shock en el que está sumido. Desesperado por hallar información, una pista, algún hilo del que tirar, Linna optará por una medida drástica que, no obstante, podría dar la clave para resolver el caso: el hipnotismo. El detective contactará entonces con el doctor Erik Maria Bark, quien había jurado no volver a llevar a cabo prácticas similares. Cuando rompa su promesa, sin embargo, nada podrá detener el devenir de los acontecimientos. Crítica:«Una novela cuyo frío te cala hasta los huesos.»Bookreporter

Ceguera asesina

by Robin Cook

La Dra. Montgomery deberá librar una terrible lucha al enfrentarse a una conspiración terrorífica de siniestras consecuencias. Una serie de jóvenes ejecutivos muere en Manhattan a causa de una sobredosis de cocaína. Aparentemente no existe ninguna conexión entre las víctimas y sus familiares niegan uniformemente que tuvieran relación alguna con las drogas. El caso suscita el interés de la patóloga forense Laurie Montgomery. Pero al intentar hacer la autopsia a los cadáveres e investigar las muertes, la joven doctora encuentra una inexplicable oposición por parte de sus superiores, del departamento de policía e incluso de los propios familiares de los fallecidos. Aun consciente de estar poniendo en peligro su carrera, la Dra. Montgomery está dispuesta a llegar al fondo de esta estremecedora pesadilla que se teje en el distinguido hospital neoyorquino.

Fate of the Gods (Last Descendants: An Assassin's Creed Novel Series #3)

by Matthew J. Kirby

The stunning conclusion to the Last Descendants trilogy! Only one piece of the Trident of Eden remains -- Isaiah, a rogue Templar agent, has discovered both the faith prong and the fear prong of this powerful relic. Should he possess the devotion prong, there is little that can stop him. For the time being, Owen and his fellow teens have established an uneasy alliance across Assassin and Templar lines in order to stop Isaiah while they still can. Over a thousand years earlier, Styrbjorn the Strong, a Danish warrior, leads the Jomsvikings against the Danish king, Harald Bluetooth. It is on those Viking battlefields that the secrets of the devotion prong lie. It is there that the fate of the world, the truth behind the teens' collective unconsciousness, and their ancestral links to one another lie. History has already been written. The rest is up to Owen, Javier, and the other members of their unlikely alliance. The actions they take will change the world of Assassin's Creed forever.

Amnesty After Atrocity?

by Helena Cobban

"A compelling read." Richard J. Goldstone, former Chief Prosecutor of the UN tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda "A very important contribution." Princeton N. Lyman, Council on Foreign Relations "A powerful reminder that dealing with the legacy of wartime atrocities is not simply a matter of bringing perpetrators to justice. It also means overcoming the divisions within the society and healing the victims." Marina Ottaway, Senior Associate, Democracy and Rule of Law Project, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace In Amnesty after Atrocity? veteran journalist Helena Cobban examines the effectiveness of different ways of dealing with the aftermath of genocide and violence committed during intergroup conflicts. She traveled to Rwanda, Mozambique, and South Africa to assess the various ways those nations tried to come to grips with their violent past: from war crimes trials to truth commissions to outright amnesties for perpetrators. She discovered that in terms of both moving forward and satisfying the needs of survivors, war crimes trials are not the most effective path. This book provides historical context and includes interviews with a cross-section of people: community leaders, victims, policymakers, teachers, rights activists, and even some former abusers. These first-person accounts create a rich, readable text, and Cobban's overall conclusions will surprise many readers in the West.

American Voices of Dissent: The Book from XXI Century, a Film by Gabrielle Zamparini and Lorenzo Meccoli

by William Blum Garbriele Zamparini Lorenzo Meccoli

"Absolutely indispensable! An important resource in the struggle." Ken Loach, film director "Your book is just what we need at time when the American Left gets no coverage in the world's press and yet remains the hope for America and the world." Tony Benn, President, Stop the War Coalition "[This book] challenges the simplistic perception of Americans as SUV-driving, war-loving couch potatoes. There's a movement for peace and justice and this book gives it a voice." Mickey Z., writer With contributions by five Nobel Peace Prize winners, former government officials, scholars, religious leaders, journalists, activists, and prominent cultural figures, the documentary film XXI Century explores American reactions to recent global events captured through the lens of interviews and political rallies. This book presents selected excerpts from the filming of prominent U.S. citizens voicing their view on Bush administration policies in the century. These events include the much-contested 2000 election, the September 11, 2001, attacks, the impact of the USA Patriot Act, the accelerated growth of peace movements, the recruitment of U.S. soldiers, U.S. policy and attitudes toward the Middle East, sanctions and war in Iraq, and human rights violations. The speakers also consider how the rise of media spectacle and punditry at the expense of quality journalism inhibits the ability of Americans to react to these events as informed citizens. The voices of Americans, both ordinary and famous, resonate with passion and urgency in response to the injustice and far-reaching effects of the current U.S. foreign policy. American Voices of Dissent highlights the other side of the story and makes a case for global solidarity against U.S. imperialism.

American Society

by Talcott Parsons Giuseppe Sciortino

Never before published, American Society is the product of Talcott Parsons' last major theoretical project. Completed just a few weeks before his death, this is Parsons' promised 'general book on American society'. It offers a systematic presentation and revision of Parson's landmark theoretical positions on modernity and the possibility of objective sociological knowledge. Even after the passage of many years, American Society imparts a remarkably provocative interpretation of US society and a creative approach to social theory.

American Slavery, Atlantic Slavery, and Beyond: The U.S. "Peculiar Institution" in International Perspective

by Enrico Dal Lago

American Slavery, Atlantic Slavery, and Beyond provides an up-to-date summary of past and present views of American slavery in international perspective and suggests new directions for current and future comparative scholarship. It argues that we can better understand the nature and meaning of American slavery and antislavery if we place them clearly within a Euro-American context. Current scholarship on American slavery acknowledges the importance of the continental and Atlantic dimensions of the historical phenomenon, comparing it often with slavery in the Caribbean and Latin America. However, since the 1980s, a handful of studies has looked further and has compared American slavery with European forms of unfree and nominally free labor. Building on this innovative scholarship, this book treats the U.S. "peculiar institution" as part of both an Atlantic and a wider Euro-American world. It shows how the Euro-American context is no less crucial than the Atlantic one in understanding colonial slavery and the American Revolution in an age of global enlightenment, reformism, and revolutionary upheavals; the Cotton Kingdom's heyday in a world of systems of unfree labor; and the making of radical Abolitionism and the occurrence of the American Civil War at a time when nationalist ideologies and nation-building movements were widespread.

Estado crítico

by Robin Cook

Un intenso thriller en el que los forenses Jack y Laurie se enfrentan a una serie de misteriosas muertes en la clínica Angels Healthcare. Jack Stapleton es un prestigioso forense que ejerce junto a su mujer, Laurie, en Nueva York. Su altísimo ritmo de ejercicio físico le provoca una lesión de la que no pueden operarle hasta que pase un tiempo. Pero Jack, impaciente por verse recuperado, consigue que un especialista acceda a intervenirle de inmediato de un nuevo centro hospitalario privado que han abierto en la ciudad. Laurie, sin embargo, recela de la reputación de este hospital. En los últimos meses muchas de las personas que han entrado en sus quirófanos para operaciones que no comportaban riesgo alguno han fallecido en las veinticuatro horas posteriores a la cirugía# y el cadáver de uno de ellos ha acabado sobre la mesa de autopsias. ¿Qué se esconde tras las puertas de los quirófanos de esta clínica? Y, sobretodo, ¿por qué el equipo médico del hospital es incapaz de erradicar este letal riesgo a pesar de que ha tomado todas las medidas que estaban en sus manos? Reseñas:«Un thriller de primera categoría#intenso y memorable.»The Associated Press

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