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Dispatches from Pluto

Dispatches from Pluto
Author : Richard Grant
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release Date : 2015-10-13
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Total pages :302
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New Yorkers Grant and his girlfriend Mariah decided on a whim to buy an old plantation house in the Mississippi Delta. This is their journey of discovery to a remote, isolated strip of land, three miles beyond the tiny community of Pluto. They learn to hunt, grow their own food, and fend off alligators, snakes, and varmints galore. They befriend an array of unforgettable local characters, capture the rich, extraordinary culture of the Delta, and delve deeply into the Delta's lingering racial tensions. As the nomadic Grant learns to settle down, he falls not just for his girlfriend but for the beguiling place they now call home.

Crazy River

Crazy River
Author : Richard Grant
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release Date : 2011-10-25
Category : Travel
Total pages :352
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From the acclaimed author of Dispatches From Pluto and Deepest South of All comes a rollicking travelogue from East Africa. NO ONE TRAVELS QUITE LIKE RICHARD GRANT and, really, no one should. In his last book, the adventure classic God’s Middle Finger, he narrowly escaped death in Mexico’s lawless Sierra Madre. Now, Grant has plunged with his trademark recklessness, wit, and curiosity into East Africa. Setting out to make the first descent of an unexplored river in Tanzania, he gets waylaid in Zanzibar by thieves, whores, and a charismatic former golf pro before crossing the Indian Ocean in a rickety cargo boat. And then the real adventure begins. Known to local tribes as “the river of bad spirits,” the Malagarasi River is a daunting adversary even with a heavily armed Tanzanian crew as travel companions. Dodging bullets, hippos, and crocodiles, Grant finally emerges in war-torn Burundi, where he befriends some ethnic street gangsters and trails a notorious man-eating crocodile known as Gustave. He concludes his journey by interviewing the dictatorial president of Rwanda and visiting the true source of the Nile. Gripping, illuminating, sometimes harrowing, often hilarious, Crazy River is a brilliantly rendered account of a modern-day exploration of Africa, and the unraveling of Grant’s peeled, battered mind as he tries to take it all in.

God's Middle Finger

God's Middle Finger
Author : Richard Grant
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release Date : 2008-03-04
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Total pages :288
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A narrative portrait of the Sierra Madre describes the author's numerous journeys into its ungoverned regions, where he consulted with a folk healer and witnessed local violence and lawlessness that eventually threatened his own survival. Original. 75,000 first printing.

The Deepest South of All

The Deepest South of All
Author : Richard Grant
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release Date : 2020-09-01
Category : Travel
Total pages :288
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Bestselling travel writer Richard Grant offers an entertaining and profound look at a city like no other. Natchez, Mississippi, once had more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in America, and its wealth was built on slavery and cotton. Today it has the greatest concentration of antebellum mansions in the South, and a culture full of unexpected contradictions. Prominent white families dress up in hoopskirts and Confederate uniforms for ritual celebrations of the Old South, yet Natchez is also progressive enough to elect a gay black man for mayor with 91% of the vote. Much as John Berendt did for Savannah in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and the hit podcast S-Town did for Woodstock, Alabama, so Richard Grant does for Natchez in The Deepest South of All. With humor and insight, he depicts a strange, eccentric town with an unforgettable cast of characters. There’s Buzz Harper, a six-foot-five gay antique dealer famous for swanning around in a mink coat with a uniformed manservant and a very short German bodybuilder. There’s Ginger Hyland, “The Lioness,” who owns 500 antique eyewash cups and decorates 168 Christmas trees with her jewelry collection. And there’s Nellie Jackson, a Cadillac-driving brothel madam who became an FBI informant about the KKK before being burned alive by one of her customers. Interwoven through these stories is the more somber and largely forgotten account of Abd al Rahman Ibrahima, a West African prince who was enslaved in Natchez and became a cause célèbre in the 1820s, eventually gaining his freedom and returning to Africa. Part history and part travelogue, The Deepest South of All offers a gripping portrait of a complex American place, as it struggles to break free from the past and confront the legacy of slavery.

Dispatches from the Weimar Republic

Dispatches from the Weimar Republic
Author : Morgan Philips Price
Publisher : Pluto Press (UK)
Release Date : 1999
Category : History
Total pages :220
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'This is a superb text which is relevant for anyone who has an interest in the turbulent post war years of Germany and the Weimar period ... It is very accessible ad easy to read, bolstered by the clarity of its language and organisation.' History Teaching ReviewThe period immediately following the First World War was one of great turbulence in Germany. The widespread dislocation throughout the country left morale crushed, and the economy crippled by Allied demands for reparations. Russia was in the hands of the Bolsheviks and Germany seemed on the brink of falling to working-class revolutionaries. Writing between 1919 and 1923 as special correspondent for the Manchester Guardian, Price was one of the very few British journalists in Weimar Germany during these important years. His unique position as an outsider allowed him to record what he saw with an objective eye, and his sympathy with the Bolsheviks gave him an understanding of the deeper implications behind the unfolding of events. These remarkable writings, reprinted for the first time in 80 years, cover the key events in postwar Germany. Price witnesses the establishment of the Weimar Republic, the emergence of Hitler and the Nazi Party, the inflammatory violence in the south of the country, which threatened civil war, and the signing of the Versailles Treaty.

Dispatches from Latin America

Dispatches from Latin America
Author : Teo Ballvé,Vijay Prashad
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2006
Category : Anti-globalization movement
Total pages :375
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From the laboratory of neoliberalismpopularly known as 'globalization' Latin America has transformed itself into a launching pad for resistance. As globalization began to spread its devastation, robust and thoughtful opposition emerged in response in the recovered factory movement of Argentina, in the presidential elections of indigenous leaders and radicals like Chavez and Morales, against the privatization of water in Bolivia. Across Latin America, people have built social movements that are starting to take back control of their countries and their lives.In Dispatches from Latin America, 28 authors report on 11 different countries from Mexico to Argentina, together mapping the contemporary political and social terrain. Drawn from the pages of the well-respected NACLA Report, this collection offers us a riveting series of accounts that bring new insight into the region's struggles and victories.With shrewd analysis rendered in accessible language, Dispatches lays plain the complex and vitally important conditions unfolding in 21st-century Latin America.

Dispatches from Palestine

Dispatches from Palestine
Author : Graham Usher
Publisher : University of Alberta
Release Date : 1999-05-20
Category : History
Total pages :197
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This is a controversial overview of the contemporary Middle East which charts the failure of the Oslo Agreement. It analyses the key processes that structure the Oslo process: economic, military, political and cultural.

Hatches, Matches and Dispatches

Hatches, Matches and Dispatches
Author : Jenny Paschall,Ron Lyon
Publisher : Harpercollins Pub Limited
Release Date : 1997
Category : History
Total pages :120
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Dispatches from the Revolution

Dispatches from the Revolution
Author : Morgan Philips Price
Publisher : Pluto Press
Release Date : 1997
Category : Soviet Union
Total pages :196
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'An extraordinarily valuable compilation' Eric Hobsbawm'A man with an instinctive feel for politics' Jonathan Steele, The GuardianAs special correspondent for the Manchester Guardian, Price was one of the few Englishmen to witness all phases of the Revolution. His remarkable writings provide a first-hand account of the momentous events, and include his meetings with Lenin and the Bolshevik leaders.

Dispatches for the New York Tribune

Dispatches for the New York Tribune
Author : Karl Marx
Publisher : Penguin Classics
Release Date : 2007
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Total pages :322
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Presents a collection of articles documenting Marx's views of such topics as social inequality, the slave and opium trades, and the British rule in India.

Black republican and office-holder's journal. Pluto Jumbo, ed

Black republican and office-holder's journal. Pluto Jumbo, ed
Author : Pluto Jumbo (pseud)
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 1865-08
Category :
Total pages :129
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Dispatches from the Revolution

Dispatches from the Revolution
Author : Morgan Philips Price
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 1997
Category : Soviet Union
Total pages :181
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Palestine In Crisis

Palestine In Crisis
Author : Graham Usher
Publisher : Pluto Press
Release Date : 1995-10-20
Category : History
Total pages :146
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A succinct overview and history of the peace process that explains why it is in danger of collapse. Now updated with a new chapter covering recent events.

Democratisation in the Middle East

Democratisation in the Middle East
Author : Birgitte Rahbek
Publisher : Aarhus Universitetsforlag
Release Date : 2005
Category : Political Science
Total pages :168
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The main aim of the book is to provide a forum for opinions held by Arabs who are neither Western puppets nor fanatical nationalists or Islamists, but rather academics with a vast knowledge of the Middle East as well as of the West. The authors all support the building of a democratic secular Middle East, but their writings also show that although there is no easy way to achieve this goal, neither is there any excuse for not making the attempt. Contributors: Nader Fergany author of the Arab Human Development Reports; Raymond Hinnebusch professor of International Relations and Middle East Politics, University of St. Andrews; Yezid Sayigh consultant to the international donor community in Palestine; Samir Aita Syrian scholar and dissident; Graham Usher British journalist; Hanan Rabbani Palestinian consultant for Amnesty International; Mai Yamani (Saudi Arabia) research fellow with the Middle East Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House; Fowziyah Abu-Khalid Saudi sociologist; Amal Shlash Iraq; Huda Al-Nu'aimi Iraq; Jgen S. Nielsen Professor, director of the Danish Institute in Damascus.

Dispatches from an Unofficial War Artist

Dispatches from an Unofficial War Artist
Author : Peter Kennard,Ken Livingstone,Peter Brawne,Amanda Hopkinson
Publisher : Lund Humphries Pub Limited
Release Date : 2000
Category : Art
Total pages :111
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In her introduction, Amanda Hopkinson discusses the historical roots of Kennard's work, examining Constructivism, the development of photography and photomontage, and the close relationship between art, politics and propaganda. Kennard himself writes about the possibilities of undertaking an aesthetic practice in relation to social change, and considers how his art has interacted with the politics of actual events. The narrative is thematic rather than chronological, showing how a visual motif can be re-used in different contexts. Kennard's original artwork is often reproduced alongside the newspaper or poster in which it appeared.