Sly Ballades in Harvard China: Edward Sandford Martin
Sly Ballades in Harvard China: Edward Sandford Martin
Tosh Livingston, superstar student-athlete from small-town USA, thinks he´s made it big as a rising freshman at Harvard University. Not so fast! Once on campus, he´s ensnared in a frenzied competition to win a spot on Harvard´s legendary humor magazine, the Harpoon. Tosh soon finds that joining the Harpoon is a weird and surprisingly dangerous pursuit. He faces off against a secret society of super-rich kids, gets schooled by a philosophy professor who loves flunking everyone, and teams up with a genius student-cartoonist with an agenda of her own. Along the way, Tosh and his band of misfit freshman friends unearth long-buried mysteries about the Ivy League that will rock the Ivory Tower and change their lives forever...if they can survive the semester. With its whip-smart humor and fast-paced narrative, Around Harvard Square will appeal to listeners of all ages interested in exploring the complicated roles that race and class play in higher education. ´´In his new novel, Around Harvard Square, Farley writes about a scandal strikingly similar to how Singer helped parents and coaches allegedly exploit athletic programs of schools like Yale, Georgetown, and USC.´´ (Fox 5 (New York)) ´´In this throwback coming-of-age novel, an ensemble of freshmen on the margins struggle for self-definition amid the race and class complexities of Harvard.... Through the whirlwind of their journey, they begin to question the purpose of jokes and the consequences of laughter - when it´s not just about the joke, but also about who´s making it and why (a significant, timely exploration as comedy culture today struggles to demarcate ethical boundaries).... The diverse ensemble of core characters defy and refuse reductive stereotypes.... For those who would like to take a trip through the hallowed Harvard halls of the past, this goes out to you....´´ (Kirkus Reviews) ´´Wry, sly, and ferociously funny, Around Harvard Sq 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Free. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/052044/bk_adbl_052044_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With unprecedented access, the veteran New York Times reporter and editorial writer who covered New York City and state politics offers a revealing portrait of one of the richest and famously private/public figures in the country. Business genius, inventor, innovator, publisher, philanthropist, activist, and sly wit Michael Bloomberg. Michael Bloomberg´s life sounds like an exaggerated version of The American Story, except his adventures are real. From modest Jewish middle class (and Eagle Scout) to Harvard MBA to Salomon Brothers hot shot (where he gets ´´sent upstairs´´ and later fired) to creator of the machine that would change Wall Street and the rest of the world and make him a billionaire (a description by the author makes the invention clear to non-engineers). Randolph´s account of Bloomberg´s life and time reads almost like a novel, a quintessentially American story. She explains the ´´machine´´ he invented that gave and continues to give instant access to an infinite amount of information to bankers and investors on how, what, and where to invest, and how it changed the financial universe. Randolph recounts one day not long ago when the Bloomberg machine briefly blipped and the whole world´s financial marketplace came to a halt. Randolph recounts Mayor Bloomberg´s vigorous approach to New York city´s care—including his attempts at education reform, contract control, anti-smoking and anti-obesity campaigns, green climate control, and his political adventures with both aides and opponents. After a surprising third term as Mayor, Bloomberg returned to his business and doubles its already tremendous worth. The chapter that describes this is one of the most revealing of his temperament and energy and vision as well as how he spends his ´´private´´ time—private but convivial. Bloomberg´s philanthropies are education, anti-NRA, and supporting a cleaner environment. He is a moderate liberal in a time when that quality holds the future of the Democratic Party and the country to account.
Infused with sly wit and chilling dialogue, this exciting re-release is an action-packed tale of explosions, violence, and sex from acclaimed novelist Max Byrd. Los Angeles is being rocked by a blast wave of terror. Six bombs have exploded unlike any ever seen before - precise, efficient, and unerringly lethal. Only one mind could have build them: Simon Caute. An explosives genius, Simon’s work, marked by a macabre wit, has left a signature of smoking ruins and corpses strewn across the continent. Only one man can match Caute for sheer cunning and technical expertisee: David Renner, who risks his job and his life as he races against time to save Jillian Speirs, a beautiful British actress with a violent past. Byrd spins a gripping tale of violence and sex in Fuse Time, the ultimate ticking-clock thriller. Max Byrd is the award-winning author of 14 books, including four best-selling historical novels and California Thriller, for which he received the Shamus Award. He was educated at Harvard and King’s College Cambridge, England, and has taught at Yale, Stanford, and the University of California. Byrd is a contributing editor of The Wilson Quarterly and writes regularly for the New York Times Book Review. He lives in California. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Boehmer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019092/bk_adbl_019092_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.