Il Mondo Secondo Star Wars

Autore: Cass R. Sunstein
Editore: EGEA spa
ISBN: 8823878896
Grandezza: 79,49 MB
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L’umanità si divide in tre tipi di persone: quelli che vanno pazzi per Star Wars, quelli cui piace, e infine tutti gli altri. Questo libro si rivolge a tutt'e tre i gruppi. Se andate pazzi per Star Wars, se siete certi che sia stato Ian Solo a sparare per primo, se sapete tutto ciò che c’è da sapere su parsec, Biggs Darklighter, Boba Fett e il generale Hux, è possibile che abbiate voglia di saperne di più sulle improbabili origini della serie, sul suo successo totalmente imprevisto e su ciò che essa può realmente insegnare in fatto di padri, libertà e redenzione. Se quei film vi sono soltanto piaciuti, può darsi che vi interessi capire cosa dicono a proposito del destino, dei viaggi eroici e di come fare, nel momento decisivo, la scelta giusta. Se invece Star Wars proprio non vi piace, e non sapete nulla dell’ammiraglio Ackbar o di Mace Windu, magari sarete curiosi di capire come abbia fatto a diventare un fenomeno culturale di tali proporzioni, quali sono le ragioni della sua incredibile risonanza, come mai la saga abbia ancora una forza d’attrazione tanto duratura, e in che modo essa getti un fascio di luce sull'infanzia, sul complicato rapporto tra bene e male, sulle ribellioni, sul cambiamento politico e sulle costituzioni.

The World According To Star Wars

Autore: Cass R. Sunstein
Editore: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062484249
Grandezza: 45,50 MB
Formato: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Vista: 8865
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER #1 Washington Post Bestseller There’s Santa Claus, Shakespeare, Mickey Mouse, the Bible, and then there’s Star Wars. Nothing quite compares to sitting down with a young child and hearing the sound of John Williams’s score as those beloved golden letters fill the screen. In this fun, erudite, and often moving book, Cass R. Sunstein explores the lessons of Star Wars as they relate to childhood, fathers, the Dark Side, rebellion, and redemption. As it turns out, Star Wars also has a lot to teach us about constitutional law, economics, and political uprisings. In rich detail, Sunstein tells the story of the films’ wildly unanticipated success and explores why some things succeed while others fail. Ultimately, Sunstein argues, Star Wars is about freedom of choice and our never-ending ability to make the right decision when the chips are down. Written with buoyant prose and considerable heart, The World According to Star Wars shines a bright new light on the most beloved story of our time.

The Secrets Of Italy

Autore: Corrado Augias
Editore: Rizzoli Publications
ISBN: 0847842754
Grandezza: 29,36 MB
Formato: PDF
Vista: 6759
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One of Italy's best-known writers takes a Grand Tour through her cities, history, and literature in search of the true character of this contradictory nation. There is Michelangelo, but also the mafia. Pavarotti, but also Berlusconi. The debonair Milanese, but also the infamous captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship. This is Italy, admired and reviled, a country that has guarded her secrets and confounded outsiders. Now, when this "Italian paradox" is more evident than ever, cultural authority Corrado Augias poses the puzzling questions: how did it get this way? How can this peninsula be simultaneously the home of geniuses and criminals, the cradle of beauty and the butt of jokes? An instant #1 bestseller in Italy, Augias's latest sets out to rediscover the story-different from the history-of this country. Beginning with how Italy is seen from the outside and from the inside, he weaves a geo-historical narrative, passing through principal cities and rereading the classics and the biographies of the people that have, for better or worse, made Italians who they are. From the gloomy atmosphere of Cagliostro's Palermo to the elegant court of Maria Luigia in Parma, from the ghetto of Venice to the heroic Neapolitan uprising against the Nazis, Augias sheds light on the Italian character, explaining it to outsiders and to Italians themselves. The result is a "novel of a nation," whose protagonists are both the figures we know from history and literature and characters long hidden between the cracks of historical narrative and memory.

The Lego Book

Autore: Daniel Lipkowitz
Editore: Dk Pub
ISBN: 9780756666934
Grandezza: 37,45 MB
Formato: PDF, Kindle
Vista: 6909
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A visual chronicle of key moments in LEGO® history includes coverage of spotlight developments, main toy systems, the LEGOLAND theme parks and LEGO's diversification into the visual arts, in an updated edition that includes instruction panels for creating models from bricks.

Stasiland

Autore: Anna Funder
Editore: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781847085085
Grandezza: 15,97 MB
Formato: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Vista: 8449
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In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. In Stasiland, winner of the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize, Anna Funder tells extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany, a country where the headquarters of the secret police can become a museum literally overnight, and one in fifty East Germans were informing on their countrymen and women. She meets Miriam, who as a sixteen-year-old might have started the Third World War, visits the man who painted the line which became the Berlin Wall and gets drunk with the legendary 'Mik Jegger' of the East, who the authorities once declared – to his face – to 'no longer exist'.

Star Wars Edge Of The Empire Rpg Core Rulebook

Autore: Fantasy Flight Games
Editore:
ISBN: 9781616616571
Grandezza: 56,42 MB
Formato: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The Star Wars universe is at your fingertips! The 448-page Star Wars: The Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook is a roleplaying experience set in those thousands of places across the galaxy where morality is gray and nothing is certain. It contains everything that players and GMs need to conduct their adventures as smugglers in the Outer Rim, to collect bounties on the scum in the shadows of Coruscant, or to establish new colonies beneath the Empires notice.

A Writer At War

Autore: Vasily Grossman
Editore: Random House
ISBN: 1407092014
Grandezza: 39,15 MB
Formato: PDF, ePub
Vista: 1787
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Deemed unfit for service when the Germans invaded in 1941, Vasily Grossman became a special correspondent for Red Star, the Red Army newspaper, observing on the Eastern front with a writer's eye the most pitiless fighting ever known. Grossman witnessed almost all the major events: the appalling defeats and desperate retreats of 1941, the defence of Moscow and fighting in the Ukraine. In August 1942 he was posted to Stalingrad where he remained during four months of brutal street-fighting. He was present at the battle of Kursk, the largest tank engagement in history, and, as the Red Army advanced, he reached Berdichev where his worst fears for his mother and other relations were confirmed. A Jew himself, he undertook the faithful recording of Holocaust atrocities as their extent dawned. His supremely powerful report 'The Hell of Treblinka' was used in evidence at the Nuremberg tribunal. Based on the notebooks in which Grossman gathered his raw material, A Writer at War offers the one outstanding eye-witness account of the war on the Eastern Front and perhaps the best descriptions ever of what Grossman called 'the ruthless truth of war'.

Raise The Titanic

Autore: Clive Cussler
Editore: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748114335
Grandezza: 43,58 MB
Formato: PDF, ePub
Vista: 4233
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A tidal wave of pounding excitement from the first page to the last . . . Two and a half miles beneath the icy North Atlantic the mighty Titanic holds the key to the safety of the free world. The Americans want it. So do the Russians. Ace maritime troubleshooter Dirk Pitt faces one of the most stupendous tests of courage and ingenuity ever. Raise the Titanic is a spellbinding blockbuster of action and suspense.

My Promised Land

Autore: Ari Shavit
Editore: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 0812984641
Grandezza: 19,99 MB
Formato: PDF, Mobi
Vista: 7712
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND THE ECONOMIST Winner of the Natan Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award An authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of the State of Israel, by one of the most influential journalists writing about the Middle East today Not since Thomas L. Friedman’s groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family’s story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts: both personal and national, both deeply human and of profound historical dimension. We meet Shavit’s great-grandfather, a British Zionist who in 1897 visited the Holy Land on a Thomas Cook tour and understood that it was the way of the future for his people; the idealist young farmer who bought land from his Arab neighbor in the 1920s to grow the Jaffa oranges that would create Palestine’s booming economy; the visionary youth group leader who, in the 1940s, transformed Masada from the neglected ruins of an extremist sect into a powerful symbol for Zionism; the Palestinian who as a young man in 1948 was driven with his family from his home during the expulsion from Lydda; the immigrant orphans of Europe’s Holocaust, who took on menial work and focused on raising their children to become the leaders of the new state; the pragmatic engineer who was instrumental in developing Israel’s nuclear program in the 1960s, in the only interview he ever gave; the zealous religious Zionists who started the settler movement in the 1970s; the dot-com entrepreneurs and young men and women behind Tel-Aviv’s booming club scene; and today’s architects of Israel’s foreign policy with Iran, whose nuclear threat looms ominously over the tiny country. As it examines the complexities and contradictions of the Israeli condition, My Promised Land asks difficult but important questions: Why did Israel come to be? How did it come to be? Can Israel survive? Culminating with an analysis of the issues and threats that Israel is currently facing, My Promised Land uses the defining events of the past to shed new light on the present. The result is a landmark portrait of a small, vibrant country living on the edge, whose identity and presence play a crucial role in today’s global political landscape. Praise for My Promised Land “This book will sweep you up in its narrative force and not let go of you until it is done. [Shavit’s] accomplishment is so unlikely, so total . . . that it makes you believe anything is possible, even, God help us, peace in the Middle East.”—Simon Schama, Financial Times “[A] must-read book.”—Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times “Important and powerful . . . the least tendentious book about Israel I have ever read.”—Leon Wieseltier, The New York Times Book Review “Spellbinding . . . Shavit’s prophetic voice carries lessons that all sides need to hear.”—The Economist “One of the most nuanced and challenging books written on Israel in years.”—The Wall Street Journal From the Hardcover edition.

The Fourth Hand

Autore: John Irving
Editore: Random House
ISBN: 1448111900
Grandezza: 18,83 MB
Formato: PDF, ePub
Vista: 6716
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'Imagine a young man on his way to a less-than-thirty-second event - the loss of his left hand, long before he reached middle age.' While reporting a story from India, a New York television journalist has his left hand eaten by a lion; millions of TV viewers witness the accident. In Boston, a renowned hand surgeon awaits the opportunity to perform the nation's first hand transplant. A married woman in Wisconsin wants to give the one-handed reporter her husband's left hand, that is, after her husband dies. But the husband is alive, relatively young, and healthy...