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message 1: by Gabriel (last edited Aug 12, 2020 11:37AM) (new)

Gabriel Nita (gabrielnita) | 1134 comments Se zice că atunci când alegi ceva de citit ficțiunea te ajută să fugi de realitate, non-ficțiunea te învață cum să îi faci față.

Va invit așadar să găsim o carte interesantă care să ne învețe ceva fie despre noi, fie despre lumea în care trăim.

Ca de obicei, fiecare dintre voi are la dispoziție două nominalizări și două susțineri.

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Nominalizări (#15):

3 x Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda de Noam Chomsky
3 x Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory de Caitlin Doughty
3 x Civilized to Death: What Was Lost on the Way to Modernity de Christopher Ryan
2 x The Rising Sun: The Decline & Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-45 de John Toland
2 x The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power de Shoshana Zuboff


1 x Borrowed Time: The Science of How and Why We Age de Sue Armstrong
1 x Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea de Barbara Demick
1 x Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648 de Mark Greengrass
1 x A Brief History of Creation: Science and the Search for the Origin of Life de Bill Mesler


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Gabriel Nita (gabrielnita) | 1134 comments Și ca să sparg gheața, două propuneri din partea mea:



Civilized to Death: What Was Lost on the Way to Modernity de Christopher Ryan

Chris takes us on a journey through how we got to this point of mutually assured destruction we call development, prosperity and 'progress'. The more 'developed' we become the less our psychological needs of community and belonging are met and the more we try to meet them through consumption at the cost of both our only home and our future. We have built a zoo for ourselves so distant from our hunter-gatherer roots it is no wonder that it is failing to make us happy.



Borrowed Time: The Science of How and Why We Age de Sue Armstrong

Sometime before 2020, the number of people over sixty-five worldwide will, for the first time, be greater than the number of 0-4 year olds; and by 2050 there are likely to be 2.5 times as many older people in the world as toddlers. Sue Armstrong tells the story of society's quest to understand aging through the eyes of the scientists themselves, as well as through the "ordinary" people who exemplify the mysteries of ageing--from those who suffer from the premature aging condition, Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome, to people still running marathons in their 80s.


message 3: by Ioana (last edited Aug 03, 2020 12:30PM) (new)

Ioana Johansson | 67 comments Eu as propune aceasta: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory

Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty—a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre—took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor and vivid characters (both living and very dead), Caitlin learned to navigate the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters and unforgettable scenes. Caring for dead bodies of every color, shape, and affliction, Caitlin soon becomes an intrepid explorer in the world of the dead. She describes how she swept ashes from the machines (and sometimes onto her clothes) and reveals the strange history of cremation and undertaking, marveling at bizarre and wonderful funeral practices from different cultures.

Her eye-opening, candid, and often hilarious story is like going on a journey with your bravest friend to the cemetery at midnight. She demystifies death, leading us behind the black curtain of her unique profession. And she answers questions you didn’t know you had: Can you catch a disease from a corpse? How many dead bodies can you fit in a Dodge van? What exactly does a flaming skull look like?

Honest and heartfelt, self-deprecating and ironic, Caitlin's engaging style makes this otherwise taboo topic both approachable and engrossing. Now a licensed mortician with an alternative funeral practice, Caitlin argues that our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and our dead).


Propunerea nr. 2, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
"Published in 1970 at the height of the activist movements, Brown’s reassessment of the 19th-century wars between Indians and the federal government resonated with a generation of Americans. Achieving its narrative crescendo with the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890, when the Seventh Cavalry was said to have exacted revenge for Custer’s defeat at the Little Big Horn, Brown’s text fueled growing outrage against injustices perpetuated by the federal government. It was a history that reached beyond its subject and helped to define an era. It has remained in print ever since.
To many, Brown’s history inverted accounts of the American West. It substituted Euro-American quests for frontier freedom with those of American Indians “who already had it.” The problem was that in place of Indian vilification Brown offered victimization. Despite their nobility and fortitude, he suggested, Indians were still defeated. In his telling, Native history became a slow, inexorable decline toward disappearance. Twentieth-century “poverty, hopelessness and squalor,” he wrote, were the outcomes for peoples who had lost and who remained lost."
din https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/20/bo...


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Gabriel Nita (gabrielnita) | 1134 comments Ioana wrote: "Eu as propune aceasta: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory"

Susțin.


message 7: by Victor (new)

Victor | 1335 comments Gabriel wrote: "1 x Civilized to Death: What Was Lost Barbara Demickon the Way to Modernity de Christopher Ryan"


Cred ca e o greseala in link: face o trimitere la alta carte, ceva horror Lovecraftian.


message 8: by Victor (last edited Aug 04, 2020 04:53AM) (new)

Victor | 1335 comments Propun:

Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648, de Mark Greengrass

Am incercat un podcast pe aceeasi tema, "From Wittenberg to Westphalia" dar am renuntat la el pentru moment. Perioada e definita de publicarea tezelor lui Martin Luther si se termina cu pacea din Westphalia care a pus capat unui razboi care a ucis un procent mai mare de europeni decat a facut-o al doilea razboi mondial si a reprezentat punctul de inceput al relatiilor internationale moderne: inviolabilitatea granitelor si neamestecul in afacerile domestice ale statelor suverane.

Si mai propun si The Rising Sun: The Decline & Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-45, de John Toland

Castigator a unui premiu Pulitzer pentru aceasta carte (ceea ce e un reper care nu m-a dezamagit pana acum ), John Toland a scris - in cuvintele unei recenzii - :

[..]a book that finds that perfect balance between macro and micro, between general and private (and civilian). It always strives to hold the big picture clear, but never fails to remind you of the individuals who collectively made that big picture. As such, this is a rare history, one that is scholarly and massively researched, yet also shot-through with empathy, compassion, and humanism.

It is one of the best books I’ve read on World War II.


Si nu in ultimul rand, serveste ca sursa de inspiratie pentru seria de podcasturi in desfasurare a lui Dan Carlin, Hardcore History - Supernova in the East.


message 9: by Adriana (new)

Adriana | 16 comments Sustin si eu Civilized to Death si The Rising Sun.


message 10: by Alex (new)

Alex Vandra | 97 comments Sustin:
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
si Civilized to Death: What Was Lost on the Way to Modernity


message 12: by Gabriel (new)

Gabriel Nita (gabrielnita) | 1134 comments Sigur, mai sunt 2 ore până când trag linie și pun sondajul pe grup.


message 13: by Gabriel (new)

Gabriel Nita (gabrielnita) | 1134 comments Susțin și eu Media Control


message 14: by Alex (new)

Alex (biseptol69) | 831 comments nice

Restul participantilor la discutia despre cartea lui Djuvara?


message 15: by Victor (new)

Victor | 1335 comments Sustin cartea propusa de Alex.


message 16: by Gabriel (last edited Aug 12, 2020 11:56AM) (new)

Gabriel Nita (gabrielnita) | 1134 comments Mulțumesc tuturor pentru comentarii, sondajul e acum live pe grup și vă invit să votați.


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