Après Les Bourreaux (tome 1, le communisme d’en haut, du côté du pouvoir) et Les Victimes (tome 2, le communisme d’en bas, du côté de la société), Thierry Wolton achève sa monumentale trilogie « Une histoire mondiale du communisme » par ce dernier volume : Les Complices (le communisme dans les têtes). L’auteur s’attache, dans ce volet de son essai d’investigation historique, à tous ceux qui ont permis au communisme de prospérer avec un tel succès dans l’espace et avec une telle longévité dans le temps. Les dizaines de PC dans le monde avec leurs millions d’adhérents ; l’aveuglement idéologique de la quasi-totalité des intellectuels de l’époque ; la complaisance de la plupart des responsables politiques occidentaux à l’égard des régimes marxistes-léninistes ; l’aide apportée par les capitalistes cupides aux économies socialistes : autant de visages et de formes de complicité. A l’heure du bilan, maintenant qu’il est établi que l’espoir s’est mué en tragédie, les responsabilités apparaissent multiples et planétaires, ce qui rend ce passé si douloureux et la volonté de l’oublier impérieuse. Regarder ces vérités en face, sans honte mais sans concession, est pourtant une nécessité si l’on veut comprendre notre époque, héritage direct de ce siècle communiste achevé. Fidèle à sa méthode, Thierry Wolton brosse ici un grand récit ponctué de témoignages, d’anecdotes, d’analyses qui viennent compléter sa réflexion. Il montre aussi combien cette aventure humaine a façonné le visage de notre nouveau siècle, faisant de cette Histoire mondiale du communisme un livre au présent. Sa trilogie, saluée par la critique et les plus grands spécialistes, fait déjà date dans l’historiographie du communisme et a été couronnée par le prix Jan Michalski. Le tome 3 est aussi le lauréat du Prix Aujourd’hui 2018.
The Bridge at Andau
Author: James A. Michener
Publisher: Dial Press
At four o'clock in the morning on a Sunday in November 1956, the city of Budapest was awakened by the shattering sound of Russian tanks tearing the city apart. The Hungarian revolution -- five brief, glorious days of freedom that had yielded a glimpse at a different kind of future -- was over. But there was a bridge at Andau, on the Austrian border, and if a Hungarian could reach that bridge, he was nearly free. It was about the most inconsequential bridge in Europe, but by an accident of history it became, for a few flaming weeks, one of the most important bridges in the world, for across its unsteady planks fled the soul of a nation... Here is James A. Michener at his most gripping, with a historic account of a people in desperate revolt, a true story as searing and unforgettable as any of his bestselling works of fiction.
Vintage Feminism: classic feminist texts in short form WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY NATALIE HAYNES When this book was first published in 1949 it was to outrage and scandal. Never before had the case for female liberty been so forcefully and successfully argued. De Beauvoir’s belief that ‘One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman’ switched on light bulbs in the heads of a generation of women and began a fight for greater equality and economic independence. These pages contain the key passages of the book that changed perceptions of women forever. TRANSLATED BY CONSTANCE BORDE AND SHEILA MALOVANY-CHEVALLIER ANNOTATED AND INTRODUCED BY MARTINE REID
The American Revolution, though it profoundly stirred the imagination of the French people, was not so cataclysmic, nor so immediate and widespread in its effects as the events that broke out thirteen years later in France. The French Revolution provoked a deep cleavage within society that it later exported to most of Europe. France's Communists hold Robespierre, the instigator of the Terror, as one of their inspirations while Gaxotte, writing in the 1920s, viewed Communism as the logical heir to the Revolution. Many contemporary historians appear far closer to Gaxotte in their more realistic portrayals of those events than to the innumerable Marxist scholars who preceded them.
Raymond Aron's 1955 masterpiece The Opium of the Intellectuals, is one of the great works of twentieth- century political reflection. Aron shows how noble ideas can slide into the tyranny of "secular religion" and emphasizes how political thought has the profound responsibility of telling the truth about social and political reality-in all its mundane imperfections and tragic complexities.Aron explodes the three "myths" of radical thought: the Left, the Revolution, and the Proletariat. Each of these ideas, Aron shows, are ideological, mystifying rather than illuminating. He also provides a fascinating sociology of intellectual life and a powerful critique of historical determinism in the classically restrained prose for which he is justly famous.For this new edition, prepared by Daniel J. Mahoney and Brian C. Anderson as part of Transaction's ongoing "Aron Project," political scientist Harvey Mansfield provides a luminous introduction that underscores the permanent relevance of Aron's work. The new edition also includes as an appendix "Fanaticism, Prudence, and Faith," a remarkable essay that Aron wrote to defend Opium from its critics and to explain further his view of the proper role of political thinking. The book will be of interest to all students of political theory, history, and sociology.
Man & Nature
Author: Elisee Reclus
Publisher: Jura Books
Two essays, first published in 1866, get their first English translation - 'The Impact Of Human Activity On Physical Geography' and 'Concerning The Awareness Of Nature In Modern Society.'
Voici les deux premiers volumes d Une Histoire mondiale du communisme en trois tomes: entreprise qui n a pas d equivalent dans la bibliographie existante sur le sujet.La plupart des ouvrages parus jusqu a present, dans tous les pays, sont academiques et collectifs, ce qui fait leur valeur scientifiquemais aussi leur limite.Ecrit par un seul auteur qui lui donne son unite de pensee et de style, le present recit place au contraire l individu au c ur de la tragedie, comme son decoupage permet de le comprendre(Livre 1: Les Bourreaux; Livre 2: Les Victimes; Livre 3: Les Complices), offrant a ce vaste panorama des regards complementaires: d en haut (le pouvoir), d en bas (la societe), de cote (dans les esprits).Il n existe pas de somme aussi exhaustive, portant a la fois sur l ensemble de l histoire, sur tous les pays et tous les PC, comme sur l influence de l ideologie communiste dans le reste du monde: Une Histoire mondiale du communisme est veritablement une histoire du XXeme siecle, dont nous sommes les heritiers immediats.Cet essai d investigation historique (comment et pourquoi cette ideologie a connu une expansion si rapide et si meurtriere) est ponctue d encadres ( temoignages, analyses, commentaires puises aux meilleures sources) qui ajoutent a la voix de l auteur de multiples eclairages et font de cette somme un recit polyphonique."
Livre Noir Du Communisme
Author: Stéphane Courtois, Mark Kramer
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Collects and analyzes seventy years of communist crimes that offer details on Kim Sung's Korea, Vietnam under "Uncle Ho," and Cuba under Castro.
The House of Government
Author: Yuri Slezkine
Publisher: Princeton University Press
On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the epic story of an enormous apartment building where Communist true believers lived before their destruction The House of Government is unlike any other book about the Russian Revolution and the Soviet experiment. Written in the tradition of Tolstoy's War and Peace, Grossman’s Life and Fate, and Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago, Yuri Slezkine’s gripping narrative tells the true story of the residents of an enormous Moscow apartment building where top Communist officials and their families lived before they were destroyed in Stalin’s purges. A vivid account of the personal and public lives of Bolshevik true believers, the book begins with their conversion to Communism and ends with their children’s loss of faith and the fall of the Soviet Union. Completed in 1931, the House of Government, later known as the House on the Embankment, was located across the Moscow River from the Kremlin. The largest residential building in Europe, it combined 505 furnished apartments with public spaces that included everything from a movie theater and a library to a tennis court and a shooting range. Slezkine tells the chilling story of how the building’s residents lived in their apartments and ruled the Soviet state until some eight hundred of them were evicted from the House and led, one by one, to prison or their deaths. Drawing on letters, diaries, and interviews, and featuring hundreds of rare photographs, The House of Government weaves together biography, literary criticism, architectural history, and fascinating new theories of revolutions, millennial prophecies, and reigns of terror. The result is an unforgettable human saga of a building that, like the Soviet Union itself, became a haunted house, forever disturbed by the ghosts of the disappeared.
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George Sand is one the most celebrated writers and controversial personalities of nineteenth-century France; she is as famous for her bohemian lifestyle as for her written work. The Last Love of George Sand portrays the writer, political activist, and cultural figure as she starts a new chapter in her ever-surprising life: the mature years with her last lover, the young and talented engraver Alexandre Manceau. A turning point came for George Sand in 1849. After her political involvement in the revolution of 1848, Sand retreated to her country property, Nohant, with her son Maurice and started writing new plays. One day, Maurice introduced her to Alexandre Manceau, a young and shy artist thirteen years her junior. At forty-five, she was at the pinnacle of her career. She had a long history of tumultuous love affairs with famous artists such as Musset, Chopin, and Mérimée, but she had never experienced a peaceful and balanced relationship. With Manceau, Sand discovered that she could be loved, and fall in love herself, without drama. Their relationship would last fifteen years, and prove to be the most prolific period of Sand's life, with fifty books published including the novels Elle et lui, inspired by her relationship with Musset, and Le dernier amour, written just ten days after Manceau died of tuberculosis. Although much has been written about George Sand, most of the previous biographies are focused on her more turbulent times. In The Last Love of George Sand, Evelyne Bloch-Dano looks back on Sand's life from the vantage point of her years with Manceau. Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
On the False Earths
Author: Jean-Claude Mezieres, Pierre Christin
Point Central is a multicultural space station that serves as a sort of United Nations to the galaxy. Tasked with protecting the new ambassador from Earth, Valerian is kidnapped alongside his charge in a lightning commando attack. It's up to Laureline to do all the heavy lifting and slog through the seedy bowels of the station as she tries to locate and rescue them - and figure out who kidnapped them and why.
The Tartar Steppe
Author: Dino Buzzati, Stuart Hood
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
Often Likened to Kafka's The Castle, this great Italian novel, first published in 1945, is both a scathing criticism of military life and a meditation on the human thirst for glory. It tells of young Giovanni Drago, who is posted to a remote fort overlooking the vast Tartar steppe, the first line of defense against a rumored barbarian invasion. Although not intending to stay, Giovanni one day finds that years have passed, almost without his noticing, as he has come to share his fellow-soldiers' patient vigil. At last the fort is downgraded and Giovanni's ambitions fade - until the hour that the enemy begins massing on the desolate horizon...
The Immobile Empire
Author: Alain Peyrefitte
In 1793, Lord George Macartney and an enormous delegation—including diplomats, doctors, scholars, painters, musicians, soldiers, and aristocrats—entered Beijing on a mission to open China to British trade. But Macartney’s famous refusal to perform the traditional kowtow before the Chinese Emperor was just one sign that the two empires would not see eye to eye, and the trade talks failed. The inability to develop a trade relation would have enormous consequences for future relations between China and the West. Peyrefitte’s vivid narrative of this fascinating encounter is based on extraordinary source materials from each side—including the charming and candid diary of Thomas Staunton, the son of one of Macartney’s aides. An example of history at its finest, The Immobile Empire recaptures the extraordinary experience of two great empires in collision, sizing each other up for the first time.