A piercing exposé of American incompetence and corruption in Southeast Asia, The Ugly American captivated the nation when it was first published in 1958. The book introduces readers to an unlikely hero in the titular ´´ugly American´´-and to the ignorant politicians and arrogant ambassadors who ignore his empathetic and commonsense advice. In linked stories and vignettes set in the fictional nation of Sarkhan, William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick draw an incisive portrait of American foreign policy gone dangerously wrong-and how it might be fixed. Eerily relevant sixty years after its initial publication, The Ugly American reminds us that ´´today, as the battle for hearts and minds has shifted to the Middle East, we still can´t speak Sarkhanese´´ (New York Times).
The Ugly American: James D. Scurlock
Ugly Americans is the true story of John Malcolm, a Princeton graduate who traveled halfway around the world in search of the American dream and pulled off a trade that could be described as the biggest deal in the history of the financial markets. Without speaking a word of Japanese, with barely a penny in his pocket, Malcolm was thrown into the bizarre life of an ex-pat trader. Surrounded by characters ripped right out of a Hollywood thriller, he quickly learned how to survive in a cutthroat world, at the feet of the biggest players the markets have ever known. Malcolm was first an assistant trading huge positions for Nick Leeson, the rogue trader who brought down Barings Bank, the oldest in England. He was the right-hand man to an enigmatic and brilliant hedge-fund cowboy, Dean Carney, and grew into one of the biggest derivatives traders in all of Asia. Along the way, Malcolm fell in love with the daughter of a Yakuza gangster, built a vast fortune out of thin air, and came head to head with violent Japanese mobsters. Malcolm and his twentysomething, Ivy League-schooled colleagues rode the crashing waves of the Asian markets during the mid-to late 1990s, culminating in a single deal the likes of which had never been seen before, or since. A real-life mixture of Liar´s Poker and Wall Street, brimming with intense action, romance, underground sex, vivid locales, and exotic characters, Ugly Americans is the untold, true story that will rock the financial community and redefine an era. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ben Mezrich. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/000775/bk_harp_000775_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Brand new stories by: Ken Bruen, Eoin Colfer, Jason Starr, Laura Lippman, Olen Steinhauer, Peter Spiegelman, Kevin Wignall, Jim Fusilli, John Rickards, Patrick J. Lambe, Charlie Stella, Ray Banks, James O. Born, Sarah Weinman, Pat Mullan, Gary Phillips, Craig McDonald, Duane Swierczynski, Reed Farrel Coleman, and others. Irish crime-fiction sensation Ken Bruen and cohorts shine a light on the dark streets of Dublin. Dublin Noir features an awe-inspiring cast of writers who between them have won all major mystery and crime-fiction awards. This collection introduces secret corners of a fascinating city and surprise assaults on the ´´Celtic Tiger´´ of modern Irish prosperity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Lee, Bronson Pinchot. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/014663/bk_adbl_014663_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Chicago Druid and the Ugly Princess is a story that moves from a time of Irish folklore to modern-day Chicago. It follows the adventures of Fionnuala, a beautiful princess transformed into the ugliest women imaginable by the druid Lochlain, before being sent into the future. In modern Chicago, she encounters madcap characters, such as the crafty Patience, who uses Fionnuala´s powers to make money gambling, and implicates them in gang warfare. She is hunted down by the magical characters from her past, who are searching for the mythological Salmon of Knowledge. In between she is also targeted by the police as a suspect in a terrorist case, and is on a mission to regain her former beauty by finding and receiving a kiss from her one true love. The tone moves from the seriousness of the prologue to something altogether quicker and more irreverent as the novel progresses, keeping the story modern and the listener interested. The mix of this mythological Irish background with contemporary American life is one of the novel´s strengths and provides many instances of humour and contrast. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Fria. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/134882/bk_acx0_134882_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Four undocumented Mexican-American students, two great teachers, one robot-building contest... and a major motion picture. In 2004, four Latino teenagers arrived at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They were born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where they attended an underfunded public high school. No one had ever suggested to Oscar, Cristian, Luis, or Lorenzo that they might amount to much - but two inspiring science teachers had convinced these impoverished, undocumented kids from the desert who had never even seen the ocean that they should try to build an underwater robot. And build a robot they did. Their robot wasn´t pretty, especially compared to those of the competition. They were going up against some of the best collegiate engineers in the country, including a team from MIT backed by a $10,000 grant from ExxonMobil. The Phoenix teenagers had scraped together less than $1,000 and built their robot out of scavenged parts. This was never a level competition - and yet, against all odds... they won! But this is just the beginning for these four, whose story - which became a key inspiration to the DREAMers movement - will go on to include first-generation college graduations, deportation, bean-picking in Mexico, and service in Afghanistan. Joshua Davis´ Spare Parts is a story about overcoming insurmountable odds and four young men who proved they were among the most patriotic and talented Americans in this country - even as the country tried to kick them out. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Will Damron. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001891/bk_aren_001891_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fat Dumb and Ugly:The Decline of the Average American Peter Strupp