An American Tragedy

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An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser Summary

A complex and compassionate account of the life and death of a young antihero named Clyde Griffiths. The novel begins with Clyde's blighted background, recounts his path to success, and culminates in his apprehension, trial, and execution for murder.

Separated

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The award-winning NBC News correspondent lays bare the full truth behind the Trump administration’s systematic separation of families at the US-Mexico border In June 2018, Donald Trump’s most notorious decision as president had secretly been in effect for months before most Americans became aware of the astonishing inhumanity being perpetrated by their own government. Jacob Soboroff was among the first journalists to expose this reality after seeing firsthand the living conditions of the children in custody. His influential series of reports ignited public scrutiny that contributed to the president reversing his own policy and earned Soboroff the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Broadcast Journalism and, with his colleagues, the 2019 Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism. But beyond the headlines, the complete, multilayered story lay untold. How, exactly, had such a humanitarian tragedy—now deemed “torture” by physicians—happened on American soil? Most important, what has been the human experience of those separated children and parents? Soboroff has spent the past two years reporting the many strands of this complex narrative, developing sources from within the Trump administration who share critical details for the first time. He also traces the dramatic odyssey of one separated family from Guatemala, where their lives were threatened by narcos, to seek asylum at the U.S. border, where they were separated—the son ending up in Texas, and the father thousands of miles away, in the Mojave desert of central California. And he joins the heroes who emerged to challenge the policy, and who worked on the ground to reunite parents with children. In this essential reckoning, Soboroff weaves together these key voices with his own experience covering this national issue—at the border in Texas, California, and Arizona; with administration officials in Washington, D.C., and inside the disturbing detention facilities. Separated lays out compassionately, yet in the starkest of terms, its human toll, and makes clear what is at stake in the 2020 presidential election.

Une tragédie américaine

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Fils d'évangélistes errants, Clyde Griffiths vit mal la mendicité dévote de ses parents. Devenu jeune homme, il trouve un emploi dans un hôtel de luxe, où la richesse des autres l'éblouit. Mêlé par insouciance à une sinistre affaire, il fuit la ville et se réfugie auprès d'un oncle fortuné, propriétaire d'une usine. Faible, vaniteux, ignorant, sensuel, attiré par le fruit défendu, Clyde séduit une petite ouvrière, Roberte Alden, qui le croit sincèrement amoureux d'elle. Mais lors d'une soirée chez son oncle, il est remarqué par la belle Sondra, une hautaine héritière qui s'éprend follement de lui. Clyde se voit déjà riche. Mais Roberte est enceinte. Blessée par son infidélité, elle le menace de scandale. Il décide de s'en débarrasser.Tels sont les ingrédients de ce roman policier et social, inspiré d'une affaire criminelle réelle. Son titre indique la portée que Theodore Dreiser lui attribue. Le cas Griffiths est pour l'auteur caractéristique d'un état des choses propre à l'Amérique, à la fois immorale et puritaine.Considéré aux États-Unis comme l'un des 100 plus grands romans jamais écrits en anglais, Une tragédie américaine a fait l'objet d'adaptations cinématographiques, dont le très célèbre film de George Stevens Une place au soleil, avec Elisabeth Taylor et Montgomery Clift. Journaliste engagé, militant socialiste, romancier hors norme, Theodore Dreiser (1871 - 1945) est considéré comme le père de la littérature américaine du XX siècle. Le grand critique et théoricien des lettres américaines H. L. Mencken dit que « Dreiser a joué dans la littérature américaine le rôle qu'a joué Darwin dans la biologie, il l'a transformée radicalement ». Les plus grands écrivains américains du XXe siècle se sont, en effet, réclamé de son héritage.

Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy

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The harrowing story of the most destructive American wildfire in a century. There is no precedent in postwar American history for the destruction of the town of Paradise, California. On November 8, 2018, the community of 27,000 people was swallowed by the ferocious Camp Fire, which razed virtually every home and killed at least 85 people. The catastrophe seared the American imagination, taking the front page of every major national newspaper and top billing on the news networks. It displaced tens of thousands of people, yielding a refugee crisis that continues to unfold. Fire in Paradise is a dramatic and moving narrative of the disaster based on hundreds of in-depth interviews with residents, firefighters and police, and scientific experts. Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano are California-based journalists who have reported on Paradise since the day the fire began. Together they reveal the heroics of the first responders, the miraculous escapes of those who got out of Paradise, and the horrors experienced by those who were trapped. Their accounts are intimate and unforgettable, including the local who left her home on foot as fire approached while her 82-year-old father stayed to battle it; the firefighter who drove into the heart of the inferno in his bulldozer; the police officer who switched on his body camera to record what he thought would be his final moments as the flames closed in; and the mother who, less than 12 hours after giving birth in the local hospital, thought she would die in the chaotic evacuation with her baby in her lap. Gee and Anguiano also explain the science of wildfires, write powerfully about the role of the power company PG&E in the blaze, and describe the poignant efforts to raise Paradise from the ruins. This is the story of a town at the forefront of a devastating global shift—of a remarkable landscape sucked ever drier of moisture and becoming inhospitable even to trees, now dying in their tens of millions and turning to kindling. It is also the story of a lost community, one that epitomized a provincial, affordable kind of Californian existence that is increasingly unattainable. It is, finally, a story of a new kind of fire behavior that firefighters have never witnessed before and barely know how to handle. What happened in Paradise was unprecedented in America. Yet according to climate scientists and fire experts, it will surely happen again.

Murder in the Adirondacks

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Mary Surratt

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Mary Surratt's son, John Surratt, was believed to have acted in a plot with John Wilkes Booth and others to not only murder the president, but also to kill Secretary of State Seward. John Surratt was in Canada, and Booth yet to be apprehended. But Mary and others were arrested in connection with the assassination of the president. Eventually they were brought to trial by a military commission. Tried by a military tribunal despite protests by her defense lawyers that it was illegal to try a civilian before a military court, Mary and three others were tried for the crime of conspiring with Booth and found guilty. Many prominent citizens pleaded with President Andrew Johnson for a stay of Mary's execution, but he steadfastly refused. On July 7, 1865, Mary Surratt along with the other accused assassins were hanged. This book examines that event while asking whether, in its grief over the death of President Lincoln, America condemned an innocent woman.

Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy

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Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy by Donald Pizer Summary

Bio-bibliographical guide covering Theodore Dreiser's novel An American Tragedy, presenting material on every major phase in the origin, postpublication history, and meaning of the novel. Includes brief overviews of Dreiser's life and the chronology of An American Tragedy, which provide context for the novel.

We Were Eight Years in Power

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We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates Summary

In these “urgently relevant essays,”* the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me “reflects on race, Barack Obama’s presidency and its jarring aftermath”*—including the election of Donald Trump. New York Times Bestseller • Finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times • USA Today • Time • Los Angeles Times • San Francisco Chronicle • Essence • O: The Oprah Magazine • The Week • Kirkus Reviews *Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America’s “first white president.” But the story of these present-day eight years is not just about presidential politics. This book also examines the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period—and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation’s old and unreconciled history. Coates powerfully examines the events of the Obama era from his intimate and revealing perspective—the point of view of a young writer who begins the journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval Office, interviewing a president. We Were Eight Years in Power features Coates’s iconic essays first published in The Atlantic, including “Fear of a Black President,” “The Case for Reparations,” and “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” along with eight fresh essays that revisit each year of the Obama administration through Coates’s own experiences, observations, and intellectual development, capped by a bracingly original assessment of the election that fully illuminated the tragedy of the Obama era. We Were Eight Years in Power is a vital account of modern America, from one of the definitive voices of this historic moment. “Essential . . . Coates’s probing essays about race, politics, and history became necessary ballast for this nation’s gravity-defying moment.”—The Boston Globe

Newtown

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"In the vein of Dave Cullen's Columbine, the first comprehensive account of the Sandy Hook tragedy--with exclusive new reporting that chronicles the horrific events of December 14, 2012, including new insight into the dark mind of gunman Adam Lanza. Twenty-six people dead; twenty of them schoolchildren between the ages of six and seven. The world mourned the devastating shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012. Now, here is the startling, comprehensive look at this tragedy, and into the mind of the unstable killer, Adam Lanza. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and a decade's worth of emails from Lanza's mother to close friends that chronicled his slow slide into mental illness, Newtown pieces together the perfect storm that led to this unspeakable act of violence that shattered so many lives. Newtown explores the two central theories that have permeated the media since the attack: some claim Lanza suffered from severe mental illness, while others insist that, far from being a random act of insanity, this was a meticulously thought out, premeditated attack at least two years in the making by a violent video-gamer so obsessed with "glory kills" and researching mass murderers that he was willing to go to any length to attain the top score. Lanza's dark descent from a young boy with adjustment disorders to a calculating killer is interwoven with the Newtown massacre as it unfolded at the time, told from the points of view of eye witnesses, survivors, parents of victims, first responders, and Adam's relatives. A definitive account of a tragedy that shook a nation, Newtown features exclusive material including initial misinformation reported by the media and commentary on how this catastrophic event became a lightning rod for political agendas, much like Columbine did more than a decade ago"--

An American Tragedy

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An American Tragedy by Martin Bucco Summary

Called one of the best writers on the American scene, Dreiser is also called one of the world′s best worst writers, with claims that he is an impurist with nothing but genius. This story, told in gruesome detail and with unswerving realism, recounts the dilemmas and choices of a "loser"; we watch him ascend to temptation, fall in transgression, and receive his appropriate penance.

Mario Lanza

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Mario Lanza by Armando Cesari Summary

Lanza's career and personal life are examined with great sensitivity and the authority of more than twenty years of research with the full cooperation of Lanza's family.

"Ludlow"

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The White House Boys

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Hidden far from sight, deep in the thick underbrush of the North Florida woods are the ghostly graves of more than thirty unidentified bodies, some of which are thought to be children who were beaten to death at the old Florida Industrial School for Boys at Marianna. It is suspected that many more bodies will be found in the fields and swamplands surrounding the institution. Investigations into the unmarked graves have compelled many grown men to come forward and share their stories of the abuses they endured and the atrocities they witnessed in the 1950s and 1960s at the institution. The White House Boys: An American Tragedy is the true story of the horrors recalled by Roger Dean Kiser, one of the boys incarcerated at the facility in the late fifties for the crime of being a confused, unwanted, and wayward child. In a style reminiscent of the works of Mark Twain, Kiser recollects the horrifying verbal, sexual, and physical abuse he and other innocent young boys endured at the hands of their "caretakers." Questions remain unanswered and theories abound, but Roger and the other 'White House Boys' are determined to learn the truth and see justice served.

A Last Stand

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The reality of the words "You have cancer" has the ability to affect every person on the planet. Six million people a year will die after hearing those words and another ten million people every year will hear those words for the first time. No one is immune from this dreaded disease that strikes without discrimination. What you will not hear from the Cancer Establishment is that for over twenty years there has been a small group of renegade scientists and medical physicians controlling cancer without the toxic side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, producing results and remissions that have shocked and surprised the medical world. David James's new revelatory book A Last Stand, An American Tragedy, crumbles the thirty year wall of mis-information and controversy about a revolutionary cancer treatment developed by Lawrence Burton Ph.D., a maverick, self exiled research scientist from St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan. The author exposes what agencies in the United States Cancer Establishment did not want heard by an American public desperate for answers to the cancer puzzle. David James takes the reader on a journey from Dr. Burton's amazing breakthrough in cancer research to remarkable cancer remissions to the blackballing of an American scientist who refused to play ball on the establishment's terms. Revealed to the reader is a major discovery in cancer research that has helped thousands of people control their cancer and a secret agenda by mainstream medicine to discredit this scientist and his living and breathing statistics. Dr. Burton's results were remarkable and he had made headlines across the globe (Sixty Minutes and New York Magazine also did full stories on him) by controlling cancer after conventional medicine had failed. The more people Dr. Burton and his medical staff helped, the more harassment he was subjected to from the competing cancer establishment. He decided to leave the country with his research team and set up a research laboratory and treatment center in Grand Bahama Island where he could continue his research on terminally ill cancer patients without harassment, vowing to return to the United States with more pieces of the cancer puzzle and a large number of patients living well beyond their oncologist´s grim prognoses. At the height of his clinical success (with over five hundred patients that were deemed terminal were alive and well, including government officials, Judges, corporate CEO´s, the former United States Governor of Georgia, and medical physicians) a rumor was created in the United States by the cancer establishment that his serum was giving his patients AIDS. The clinic was forcefully closed due to pressure from U.S Health Agencies on the Bahamian Government. Weeks after the closure, his patients started dying at an unprecedented rate without the life saving serum Burton had been administering to them. Thousands of people pleaded on the steps of Capitol Hill for a federal investigation. This led to Congressman Guy Molinari spearheading a congressional hearing on this scientist´s treatment as well as the validity of the AIDS accusations. What followed was riveting testimonies from patients, from all over the globe, which according to all medical authorities should have died years ago. Congress had determined that all the allegations of AIDS in the serum were bogus and Congress was able to re-open this scientist´s facility. It was determined that a huge medical conspiracy was at the root of the allegations and the clinic is open today helping cancer patients through out the world who take the brave journey to his research facility against the advice of conventional medicine. The author was thrown into the politics of cancer when a loved one was diagnosed with an aggressive form of liver cancer. David James's actions had thr

The Forsaken

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The story of a little-known group of âemigrâes, Americans who went to Russia during the 1930s in the hope that the Communist promise of a better life was a reality--only to find xenophobia, paranoia and ultimately, in many cases, imprisonment or death inStalin's Terror.

Ethel Rosenberg

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New York Times bestselling author Anne Sebba's moving biography of Ethel Rosenberg, the wife and mother whose execution for espionage-related crimes defined the Cold War and horrified the world.

The War on Poverty

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