Silent Shock: The Men Behind the Thalidomide Scandal and an by Michael Magazanik

By Michael Magazanik

The child began to pop out. Head first, every thing okay. yet then I observed that there have been no hands. after which no legs. The little lady had just a torso and a head.

Lyn Rowe used to be born in Melbourne in 1962, seven months after her mom Wendy was once given a brand new ask yourself drug for morning disorder referred to as thalidomide.

For fifty years the Rowe kin cared for Lyn. a long time of onerous, round the clock paintings. yet then in 2011 Lyn Rowe introduced a criminal declare opposed to the thalidomide businesses. opposed to the chances, she gained a multi-million-dollar settlement.

Former journalist Michael Magazanik is likely one of the legal professionals who ran Lyn’s case. In Silent surprise he exposes a fifty-year disguise up bearing on history’s such a lot infamous drug, and information not just the damning case opposed to brands Grünenthal—whose enthusiastic advertising in their profitable drug within the face of mounting proof beggars belief—but additionally the relocating tale of the Rowe family.

Spanning Australia, the USA, the uk, Japan, Canada, Sweden and, after all, Germany, Silent surprise is an epic account of company wrongdoing opposed to a backdrop of heroic own fight and sacrifice.

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The Empire of Cnut the Great: Conquest and the Consolidation by Timothy Bolton

By Timothy Bolton

The reign of King Cnut the good (1016 1035) marks a pivotal element within the historical past of either England and Scandinavia, but his conquests and his consolidation of strength stay under-appreciated and infrequently studied. just about all latest scholarship has been geographically concentrated on both England or Scandinavia. in spite of the fact that, this examine, via a sequence of stories of person elements of his upward push to energy in these areas, seeks to surround his whole dominion, and solid new mild on our realizing of the character of this political unit and modern figures conceptions of it. the result's a clean influence of a couple of elements of Cnut s upward thrust to strength in addition to a brand new interpretation of this empire ."

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Seven Bones by Peter Seymour,Jason Foster

By Peter Seymour,Jason Foster

Seven Bones is the tale of 1 of the more odd homicide investigations in Australia's felony background. better halves die in suspicious conditions: co-incidence or, as husband Thomas Keir describes it, 'bad luck'? 3 years after Thomas Keir alleged his first spouse Jean abandoned him and her younger son for an additional guy, his moment spouse Rosalina, Jean's cousin, lay strangled and scorched on her mattress. Arriving at the scene, Detective Peter Seymour realised he used to be facing the world's unluckiest husband or a serial spouse killer.Keir's 'grieving husband' act was once by surprise in query. The research published Thomas Keir used to be a guy so jealous he hated even his personal child son touching his spouse. a guy who concept he may perhaps devote the proper crime and publically taunted the police. Written during the eyes of Detective Peter Seymour, Seven Bones, follows his relentless pursuit of justice throughout the drama that will take fifteen years to arrive its ultimate end.

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The Blue-Eyed Salaryman: From World Traveller to Lifer at by Niall Murtagh

By Niall Murtagh

Why in the world could a person hand over a existence at the open highway for the routine of an enormous eastern conglomerate? And is it particularly so diverse in Japan from far and wide else? Niall Murtagh spent years as a global traveler - hitchhiking to Istanbul, bussing to Kathmandu and crossing the Atlantic in a home-built yacht. In 1986 he closed the door on his adventurous lifestyles and settled down in Japan, ultimately becoming a member of Mitsubishi as a Salaryman - a guy in a glittery swimsuit with a glittery attache case in a conglomerate with 100,000 staff. And what occurs should you quit the Salaryman existence? The e-book follows lifestyles after the company, giving clean views at the nature of jap company tradition and the issues confronted by means of outsiders in Japan.

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Ester and Ruzya: How My Grandmothers Survived Hitler’s War by Masha Gessen

By Masha Gessen

Within the Thirties, as waves of struggle and persecution have been crashing over Europe, younger Jewish girls begun separate trips of survival. One, a Polish-born girl from Bialystok, the place nearly the whole Jewish group could quickly be despatched to the ghetto and from there to Hitler’s focus camps, was firm not just to reside yet to dwell with delight and defiance. the opposite, a Russian-born highbrow and introvert, may ultimately develop into a high-level censor below Stalin’s regime. At war’s finish, either ladies came across themselves in Moscow, the place informers lurked on each nook and anti-Semitism reigned. It was once there that Ester and Ruzya might first go paths, there that they turned the nearest of pals and discovered to belief one another with their lives.

In this deeply relocating kinfolk memoir, journalist Masha Gessen tells the tale of her loved grandmothers: Ester, the quicksilver insurgent who consistently battled the forces of tyranny; Ruzya, a unmarried mom who joined the Communist social gathering lower than duress and made the compromises the regime exacted of all its electorate. either misplaced their first loves within the battle. either suffered unsatisfied unions. either have been talented linguists who made their residing as translators. And either had children—Ester a boy, and Ruzya a girl—who may develop up, fall in love, and feature youngsters in their personal: Masha and her more youthful brother.

With grace, candor, and meticulous study, Gessen peels again the layers of secrecy surrounding her grandmothers’ lives. As she follows them via this striking interval in history—from the Stalin purges to the Holocaust, from the increase of Zionism to the autumn of communism—she describes how each one of her grandmothers, and prior to them her great-grandfather, attempted to navigate a perilous line among moral sense and compromise.

Ester and Ruzya is a spellbinding paintings of storytelling, choked with political intrigue and passionate emotion, acts of braveness and acts of betrayal. immediately an intimate kin chronicle and a desirable ancient story, it interweaves the tales of 2 ladies with a super imaginative and prescient of Russian historical past. the result's a memoir that reads like a novel—and a unprecedented testomony to the bonds of family members and the facility of desire, love, and endurance.

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Queen Margrethe I, 1353-1412, and the Founding of the Nordic by Vivian Etting

By Vivian Etting

This booklet offers the interesting tale of Queen Margrete I and her upward thrust to strength in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Her political objectives culminated within the founding of the Nordic Union in 1397, which had very important impression at the heritage of Scandinavia for the subsequent centuries. The ebook analyses the main significant resources and offers a brilliant photograph of medieval society in Denmark in the course of the past due heart a while. whilst the publication describes the nature of this dynamic girl, who's regarded as essentially the most vital rulers within the heart a while. just a very small a part of the literature referring to Scandinavian medieval heritage has been released in English, and this ebook offers for the 1st time international readers the chance to examine the historical past to the founding of the Nordic Union. The textual content is definitely illustrated.

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Hedley Bull and the Accommodation of Power by R. Ayson

By R. Ayson

Offering a entire account of the paintings of Hedley Bull, Ayson analyses the breadth of Bull's paintings as a overseas workplace reputable for Harold Wilson's executive, the complexity of his perspectives, together with Bull's unpublished papers, and demanding situations many of the cozy assertions approximately Bull's position within the English college of IR.

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Becoming George: The Life of Mrs W. B. Yeats by Ann Saddlemyer

By Ann Saddlemyer

Ann Saddlemyer's biography of W. B. Yeats's spouse, George, portrays a very gifted, clever, and self-effacing lady, whose artistic impression hasn't ever ahead of been totally understood. She was once spouse and supervisor of a recognized poet, and mom to his young ones, yet in her personal correct additionally an encouraged visionary and a realistic lady of the humanities. Georgie Hyde Lees was once raised in London's literary salons, the place arts, anthroposophy and the occult met. An complete linguist, artwork pupil and literary pupil, she married W. B. Yeats whilst she was once 25, and he fifty two. Her supernatural "automatic writing" grew to become the foundation of Yeats's poetry and suggestion for the final two decades of his existence, but she regularly hid the intensity in their collaboration. shut pal of many writers and poets, between them Frank O'Connor and Ezra Pound, she spent her lengthy widowhood steerage the "Yeats undefined" and actively supporting more youthful students and writers. For the 1st time, this clever and artistic lady is authorized to take heart level. Drawing on memoirs and a wealth of unknown and unpublished assets, this biography via the prestigious student Ann Saddlemyer finds an individual even more major than simply '"Mrs. W. B. Yeats"--a character straight away visionary and functional, and a big determine in twentieth-century literary historical past.

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Troubling Beginnings: Trans(per)forming African American by Maurice E. Stevens

By Maurice E. Stevens

This interdisciplinary and inventive examine examines how African American tradition is gifted in American motion pictures and different media, and is a provocative re-reading of the historiography of black tradition. the writer examines and translates a couple of cultural texts deriving reminiscence as interpreted via Freud and via Franz Fanon, combined with Black Liberation Theology and Islamic mysticism.

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