Smudge-Shine Stables: Emma Bridge
Another comic caper that every aspiring comedian will love, packed full of heart, humour and dos and don´ts! Matt did it! His performance at the T Factor has given him the fame he dreamed of. Kitty is getting more gigs booked in with a whole new stable of comedic acts. Unfortunately, Matt hasn´t had time to come up with new jokes, so it isn´t long before he is greeted with the worst heckle for a comedian: ´heard it before!´ But when Kitty suggests he takes a break to work on his routine, Matt can´t stand to go back to his normal life. So he signs up with the stylish Excalibur Agency, brushing his concerns (and Kitty) aside. A life of celebrity awaits! But it doesn´t take long for the shine to wear off, and when they try to force him onto his first Live at the Apollo, without any preparation and no new jokes, how can Matt save himself from the ultimate humiliation? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Harry Hill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/004159/bk_boli_004159_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the universally acclaimed and award-winning The Bottom Billion, Paul Collier reveals that 50 failed states - home to the poorest one billion people on earth - pose the central challenge of the developing world in the 21st century. The book shines much-needed light on this group of small nations, largely unnoticed by the industrialized West, that are dropping further and further behind the majority of the world´s people, often falling into an absolute decline in living standards. A struggle rages within each of these nations between reformers and corrupt leaders - and the corrupt are winning. Collier analyzes the causes of failure, pointing to a set of traps that ensnare these countries, including civil war, a dependence on the extraction and export of natural resources, and bad governance. Standard solutions do not work, he writes; aid is often ineffective, and globalization can actually make matters worse, driving development to more stable nations. What the bottom billion need, Collier argues, is a bold new plan supported by the Group of Eight industrialized nations. If failed states are ever to be helped, the G8 will have to adopt preferential trade policies, new laws against corruption, new international charters, and even conduct carefully calibrated military interventions. Collier has spent a lifetime working to end global poverty. In The Bottom Billion, he offers real hope for solving one of the great humanitarian crises facing the world today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gideon Emery. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001603/bk_adbl_001603_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Labor´s Love Lost, noted sociologist Andrew Cherlin offers a new historical assessment of the rise and fall of working-class families in America, demonstrating how momentous social and economic transformations have contributed to the collapse of this once-stable social class and what this seismic cultural shift means for the nation´s future. Drawing from more than a hundred years of census data, Cherlin documents how today´s marriage gap mirrors that of the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, a time of high inequality much like our own. Cherlin demonstrates that the widespread prosperity of working-class families in the mid-20th century, when both income inequality and the marriage gap were low, is the true outlier in the history of the American family. In fact, changes in the economy, culture, and family formation in recent decades have been so great that Cherlin suggests that the working-class family pattern has largely disappeared. Labor´s Love Lost provides a compelling analysis of the historical dynamics and ramifications of the growing number of young adults disconnected from steady, decent-paying jobs and from marriage. Cherlin´s investigation of today´s ´´would-be working class´´ shines a much-needed spotlight on the struggling middle of our society in today´s new Gilded Age. The book is published by the Russell Sage Foundation. Winner of the 2012 Outstanding Book Award of the Theory Section of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ellery Truesdell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/082384/bk_acx0_082384_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.