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Fordlandia

Fordlandia

The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City

  • Author: Greg Grandin
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books
  • ISBN: 9781429938013
  • Category: History
  • Page: 432
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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.

Brasilien ist aus Wünschen gewebt

Brasilien ist aus Wünschen gewebt

  • Author: Franz Beckmann
  • Publisher: XinXii
  • ISBN: 395703471X
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 116
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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

From a Race of Masters to a Master Race

1948 To 1848

  • Author: A. E. Samaan
  • Publisher: A.E. Samaan
  • ISBN: 1626600007
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 800
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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

From the Nation State to Stateless Nations

From the Nation State to Stateless Nations

  • Author: Tom W. Bell
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107161460
  • Category: Law
  • Page: 280
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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.

Fordlândia

Fordlândia

romance

  • Author: Eduardo Sguiglia
  • Publisher: Editora Iluminuras Ltda
  • ISBN: 9788573210675
  • Category: Amazon River Region
  • Page: 223
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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.

Marsupilami – tome 6 - Fordlandia

Marsupilami – tome 6 - Fordlandia

  • Author: Yann
  • Publisher: Marsu
  • ISBN: 2800178183
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 48
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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...

Leeram in Fordlandia

Leeram in Fordlandia

  • Author: Buell Hollister
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781939166593
  • Category:
  • Page: 378
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Leeram in Fordlandia is a wickedly subversive tale of an otherwise normal man who owns a shrunken head from the Brazilian rain forest. Gilbert and Leeram travel with a small band of oddballs, including a real Amazon woman, down to a long abandoned rubber plantation set up in the last century by Henry Ford to supply tires for his Model T's. There, they get a peek into the afterlife and stumble on an invention that will change the world.

Brazil

Brazil

  • Author: Michael Palin
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0297866273
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 288
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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

Grandios gescheitert

Misslungene Projekte der Menschheitsgeschichte

  • Author: Bernd Ingmar Gutberlet
  • Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
  • ISBN: 3838715063
  • Category: History
  • Page: 304
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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.

Aid on the Edge of Chaos

Aid on the Edge of Chaos

Rethinking International Cooperation in a Complex World

  • Author: Ben Ramalingam
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191503444
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 480
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Many agree that the foreign aid system - which today involves virtually every nation on earth - needs drastic change. But there is much conflict as to what should be done. In Aid on the Edge of Chaos, Ben Ramalingam argues that what is most needed is the creative and innovative transformation of how aid works. Foreign aid today is dominated by linear, mechanistic ideas that emerged from early twentieth century industry, and are ill-suited to the world we face today. The problems and systems aid agencies deal with on a daily basis have more in common with ecosystems than machines: they are interconnected, diverse, and dynamic; they cannot be just simply re-engineered or fixed. Outside of aid, social scientists, economists, business leaders, and policy makers have started applying innovative and scientific approaches to such problems, informed by ideas from the 'new science' of complex adaptive systems. Inspired by these efforts, aid practitioners and researchers have started experimenting with such approaches in their own work. This book showcases the experiences, insights, and often remarkable results of innovative thinkers and practitioners who are working to bring these approaches into the mainstream of aid. From transforming child malnutrition to rethinking economic growth, from building peace to reversing desertification, from rural Vietnam to urban Kenya, the ideas of complex systems thinking are starting to be used to make foreign aid more relevant, more appropriate, and more catalytic. Aid on the Edge of Chaos argues that such ideas and approaches should play a vital part of the transformation of aid. Aid should move from being an imperfect post-World War II global resource transfer system, to a new form of global cooperation that is truly fit for the twenty-first century.

The Story of Ford

The Story of Ford

  • Author: Nell Musolf
  • Publisher: The Creative Company
  • ISBN: 9781583416044
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 46
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Details the history of the automobile manufacturer from the famous Model T of the early 1900s to the Ford Escape hybrid.

Tropical Environments

Tropical Environments

Contrasting Regimes and Challenges

  • Author: Richard Heelas
  • Publisher: Nelson Thornes
  • ISBN: 9780748758203
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 102
  • View: 4795
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One of five new additions to the EPICS range published in 2001, dealing with more popular topics for the new specifications. EPICS brings a fresh approach to topics of current interest, allowing students to acquire an up-to-date and in-depth understanding of geographical issues. Each topic provides a wide range of detailed case studies and offers an intergrated approach to all aspects of geographical study.

Öl!

Öl!

Roman

  • Author: Upton Sinclair
  • Publisher: Manesse Verlag
  • ISBN: 364109111X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 768
  • View: 6381
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Ein Schlüsselroman über die Tyrannei des Raubtierkapitalismus – jetzt in deutscher Neuübersetzung «Öl!» ist das US-Epos über die legendäre Zeit der Ölbarone: übers schnelle Geld und die Faszination jenes Rohstoffs, der wie kein anderer das Antlitz der modernen Zivilisation geprägt hat. Mit ökonomischer Klarsicht schildert Sinclair den Wettlauf ums «schwarze Gold», skrupellose Verteilungskämpfe und das beispiellose Auseinanderdriften von Arm und Reich. Ein Glanzstück welthaltiger, engagierter Romankunst! J. Arnold Ross hat es mit Ehrgeiz, Gerissenheit und Glück zum Erdölmagnaten gebracht, Sohn Bunny ist zum Erben seines «schmierigen Reichtums» auserkoren. Doch statt sich seiner Privilegien zu freuen, verbringt er jede freie Minute auf den Erdölfeldern Kaliforniens und entdeckt dort seine Sympathien für die einfachen Leute. Fortan pendelt der junge Idealist zwischen den Sphären, ohne in einer davon je ganz heimisch zu werden: weder in den verschwörerischen Machtzirkeln seines Vaters noch im gärenden Arbeitermilieu, aber auch nicht auf dem Universitätscampus, geschweige denn in Hollywoods Glamourwelt. Zwischen allen Fronten stehend, muss er erkennen, dass das Leben ehernen Gesetzen von Habgier und Betrug gehorcht. Selten ist die Frage nach einer menschenwürdigen Gesellschaft literarisch eindringlicher gestaltet worden als am Schicksal des edelmütigen Ölprinzen Bunny Ross.

Tinkers

Tinkers

Roman

  • Author: Paul Harding
  • Publisher: Luchterhand Literaturverlag
  • ISBN: 3641074916
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 192
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Ein Roman voll poetischer Kraft und Zärtlichkeit Der Uhrmacher George Washington Crosby liegt, umgeben von seiner Familie, in seinem Haus in dem Städtchen Enon im Sterben. Paul Hardings Roman begleitet ihn durch seine letzten Tage, reist aber auch zurück durch die Zeit und spürt den Erinnerungen nach, beschwört die Landschaft von Maine herauf, Georges ärmliche Kindheit, das Leben seines Vaters Howard, der noch als »Tinker«, als Kesselflicker und fahrender Händler, mit dem Maultierkarren über Land zog.

Sommer 1927

Sommer 1927

  • Author: Bill Bryson
  • Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
  • ISBN: 3641120195
  • Category: History
  • Page: 640
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1927. Ein Sommer der ein ganzes Jahrhundert prägte Es ist die Geschichte eines Sommers, und doch ist es so viel mehr. Das Jahr 1927 ist für Amerika entscheidend auf dem Weg zur Weltmacht. Es sind die goldenen Zwanziger: der Aktienmarkt boomt, das Fernsehen wird erfunden, die Filme sind nicht mehr stumm, und verrückte Pläne entstehen, wie der, vier Köpfe in den völlig unzugänglichen Mount Rushmore zu meißeln. Es ist die Zeit, in der ein junger Flieger namens Charles Lindbergh Ruhm und Ehre erlangt, aber auch die des Al Capone und des größten Schulmassakers aller Zeiten. Und in diesen Monaten werden durch fatale Entscheidungen die Weichen für die bevorstehende Weltwirtschaftskrise gestellt. Bill Bryson erzählt davon so spannend, als sei es eine unglaubliche Abenteuergeschichte, voller erstaunlicher geschichtlicher Momente aus der Zeit, als Amerika erwachsen wurde ...

Time and Complexity in Historical Ecology

Time and Complexity in Historical Ecology

Studies in the Neotropical Lowlands

  • Author: William L. Balée,Clark L. Erickson
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231509618
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 432
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This collection of studies by anthropologists, botanists, ecologists, and biologists is an important contribution to the emerging field of historical ecology. The book combines cutting-edge research with new perspectives to emphasize the close relationship between humans and their natural environment. Contributors examine how alterations in the natural world mirror human cultures, societies, and languages. Treating the landscape like a text, these researchers decipher patterns and meaning in the Ecuadorian Andes, Amazonia, the desert coast of Peru, and other regions in the neotropics. They show how local peoples have changed the landscape over time to fit their needs by managing and modifying species diversity, enhancing landscape heterogeneity, and controlling ecological disturbance. In turn, the environment itself becomes a form of architecture rich with historical and archaeological significance. Time and Complexity in Historical Ecology explores thousands of years of ecological history while also addressing important contemporary issues, such as biodiversity and genetic variation and change. Engagingly written and expertly researched, this book introduces and exemplifies a unique method for better understanding the link between humans and the biosphere.

Native and National in Brazil

Native and National in Brazil

Indigeneity after Independence

  • Author: Tracy Devine Guzmán
  • Publisher: UNC Press Books
  • ISBN: 1469602105
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 352
  • View: 3223
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How do the lives of indigenous peoples relate to the romanticized role of "Indians" in Brazilian history, politics, and cultural production? Native and National in Brazil charts this enigmatic relationship from the sixteenth century to the present, focusing on the consolidation of the dominant national imaginary in the postindependence period and highlighting Native peoples' ongoing work to decolonize it. Engaging issues ranging from sovereignty, citizenship, and national security to the revolutionary potential of art, sustainable development, and the gendering of ethnic differences, Tracy Devine Guzman argues that the tensions between popular renderings of "Indianness" and lived indigenous experience are critical to the unfolding of Brazilian nationalism, on the one hand, and the growth of the Brazilian indigenous movement, on the other. Devine Guzman suggests that the "indigenous question" now posed by Brazilian indigenous peoples themselves--how to be Native and national at the same time--can help us to rethink national belonging in accordance with the protection of human rights, the promotion of social justice, and the consolidation of democratic governance for indigenous and nonindigenous citizens alike.

Henry Ford

Henry Ford

  • Author: Vincent Curcio
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199911207
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 336
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Most great figures in American history reveal great contradictions, and Henry Ford is no exception. He championed his workers, offering unprecedented wages, yet crushed their attempts to organize. Virulently anti-Semitic, he never employed fewer than 3,000 Jews. An outspoken pacifist, he made millions producing war materials. He urbanized the modern world, and then tried to drag it back into a romanticized rural past he'd helped to destroy. As the American auto industry struggles to reinvent itself, Vincent Curcio's timely biography offers a wealth of new insight into the man who started it all. Henry Ford not only founded Ford Motor Company but institutionalized assembly line production and, some would argue, created the American middle class. By constantly improving his product and increasing sales, Ford was able to lower the price of the automobile until it became a universal commodity. He paid his workers so well that, for the first time in history, the people who manufactured a complex industrial product could own one. This was "Fordism"--social engineering on a vast scale. But, as Curcio displays, Ford's anti-Semitism would forever stain his reputation. Hitler admired him greatly, both for his anti-Semitism and his autocratic leadership, displaying Ford's picture in his bedroom and keeping a copy of Ford's My Life and Work by his bedside. Nevertheless, Ford's economic and social initiatives, as well as his deft handling of his public image, kept his popularity high among Americans. He offered good pay, good benefits, English language classes, and employment for those who struggled to find jobs--handicapped, African-American, and female workers. Such was his popularity that in 1923, the homespun, clean-living, xenophobic Henry Ford nearly won the Republican presidential nomination. This new volume in the Lives and Legacies series explores the full impact of Ford's indisputable greatness, the deep flaws that complicate his legacy, and what he means for our own time.

Agustin Lara

Agustin Lara

A Cultural Biography

  • Author: Andrew Grant Wood
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199976740
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 384
  • View: 4580
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Few Mexican musicians in the twentieth century achieved as much notoriety or had such an international impact as the popular singer and songwriter Agustín Lara (1897-1970). Widely known as "el flaco de oro" ("the Golden Skinny"), this remarkably thin fellow was prolific across the genres of bolero, ballad, and folk. His most beloved "Granada", a song so enduring that it has been covered by the likes of Mario Lanza, Frank Sinatra, and Placido Domingo, is today a standard in the vocal repertory. However, there exists very little biographical literature on Lara in English. In Agustín Lara: A Cultural Biography, author Andrew Wood's informed and informative placement of Lara's work in a broader cultural context presents a rich and comprehensive reading of the life of this significant musical figure. Lara's career as a media celebrity as well as musician provides an excellent window on Mexican society in the mid-twentieth century and on popular culture in Latin America. Wood also delves into Lara's music itself, bringing to light how the composer's work unites a number of important currents in Latin music of his day, particularly the bolero. With close musicological focus and in-depth cultural analysis riding alongside the biographical narrative, Agustin Lara: A Cultural Biography is a welcome read to aficionados and performers of Latin American musics, as well as a valuable addition to the study of modern Mexican music and Latin American popular culture as a whole.