Posts tagged ‘Books’

2011/02/16

Borders Books Gets To Chapter 11

Borders, the bookstore that helped pioneer superstores that put countless mom-and-pop bookshops out of business, filed for bankruptcy protection today, sunk by crushing debt and sluggishness in adapting to a rapidly changing industry.

The 40-year-old company plans to close about 200 of its 642 stores over the next few weeks.

A spokeswoman said that the company plans to operate normally and honor gift cards and its loyalty program as it reorganizes.

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2011/02/07

American Uprising By Daniel Rasmussen

Kirkus Reviews

Daniel Rasmussen uncovers the buried history of “the largest slave revolt in American history.”

In 1811 outside of New Orleans, 500 enslaved men, some armed with guns, battled plantation owners. “While Nat Turner and John Brown have become household names,” the author writes, “Kook and Quamana, Harry Kenner, and Charles Deslondes [the leaders of the revolt] have barely earned a footnote in American history.” Rasmussen not only provides the backdrop against which the battle occurred, but explores the cultural roots of the conflict.

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2011/02/05

Gideon Rose: How Wars End

In 1991 the United States trounced the Iraqi army in battle only to stumble blindly into postwar turmoil. Then in 2003 the United States did it again. How could this happen? How could the strongest power in modern history fight two wars against the same opponent in just over a decade, win lightning victories both times, and yet still be woefully unprepared for the aftermath?

Because Americans always forget the political aspects of war. Time and again, argues Gideon Rose in this penetrating look at American wars over the last century, our leaders have focused more on beating up the enemy than on creating a stable postwar environment. What happened in Iraq was only the most prominent example of this phenomenon, not an exception to the rule.

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2011/02/04

The War to Begin All Wars

If you can’t read the books, read the reviews…

Gershom Gorenberg’s extraordinarily valuable review and critique of the very noteworthy 1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War by Benny Morris, Making Israel edited by Benny Morris, and A History of Palestine: From the Ottoman Conquest to the Founding of the State of Israel by Gudrun Krämer.

The War to Begin All Wars
By Gershom Gorenberg

In 1963 the young Israeli writer A.B. Yehoshua published Facing the Forests, a novella destined to become a classic of Hebrew literature. It is a nightmarish story, the kind of dread-filled dream from which you awake shuddering, about a student who takes a job as a watchman in one of Israel’s newly planted forests. His task is to watch day and night for fire; his only company is an old Arab whose tongue was cut out in “the war”—meaning Israel’s war of independence in 1948—and the Arab’s young daughter. The forest, as the watchman learns, hides the ruins of an Arab village, the remains of an erased past: once other people lived here, members of a different nation. Their departure has to do with vague, unrecorded violence.

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2011/02/03

Jimmy Carter Sued By Supporters of Israel

Five readers of Jimmy Carter’s book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” have filed a $5 million dollar federal lawsuit against the former US president for “falsely marketing as true and accurate a book that is neither” and “violating consumer protection laws by knowingly publishing inaccurate information while promoting a book as factual.”

Segments of Carter’s book described harsh conditions under which Palestinians have lived during the 44-year Israeli occupation.

Two of the five claimants hold dual-citizenship in Israel and the US.

via Jerusalem Post

2011/02/02

Amazon Says eBook Sales Beat Paperback

Even in the age of tech, this seems to have happened pretty quick. Then again, the last 20 or 30 books I got were all eBooks.

Pretty momentous, if you ask me.

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