At the end of World War II, General George Marshall took on what he thought was a final mission-this time not to win a war, but to stop one. In China, conflict between Communists and Nationalists threatened to suck in the United States and escalate into revolution. Marshall´s charge was to cross the Pacific, broker a peace, and prevent a Communist takeover, all while staving off World War III. At first, the results seemed miraculous. But as they started to come apart, Marshall was faced with a wrenching choice-one that would alter the course of the Cold War, define the US-China relationship, and spark one of the darkest-ever turns in American political life. The China Mission offers a gripping, close-up view of the central figures of the time-from Marshall, Mao, and Chiang Kai-shek to Eisenhower, Truman, and MacArthur-as they stood face-to-face and struggled to make history, with consequences and lessons that echo today.
In China, have things really changed for the post-Tiananmen generation? Hong Kong, 2012. Dimitri Johnson discovers that he is a dead man walking. Stunned by his doctor?s prognosis, he nevertheless makes his ritual annual pilgrimage to the candlelight vigil for the victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre. But this year, he thinks, may be his last. So little time remains. Over on the mainland, Dimitri?s best friend, a Chinese academic, is arrested for protesting against an official land grab in his ancestral village. So begins the ultimate struggle of Dimitri?s life as he battles against an insidious cancer and fights to help his persecuted colleague. Set against the backdrop of the burgeoning protest movement that led to Hong Kong?s Umbrella Revolution, this moving saga shines a searchlight into the darker corners of modern China.
´ The Bitcoin Saga: A Mixed Montage´ is an exciting story about the birth and growth of bitcoin and the blockchain technology underpinning it. The book takes the untutored reader on a thrilling rollercoaster ride through the complexities and myriad facets of cryptocurrencies. The sub-prime crisis of 2008 and the Cypherpunk movement sets the stage for the advent of the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto and the release of the first cache of bitcoins. The narrative takes on a Houdini like magical quality as it unravels the skeins of the Dark Web and the secret of the Silk Road. The story of the Mt Gox heist and Nostradamus like prophecies of bitcoin doom add a generous dollop of intrigue to the crypto story. The cryptocurrency regulatory-tax tales of countries like USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, China, India etc give the narrative an intellectual slant. The bitcoin saga ends on an introspective note. The blockchain technology has enormous power to change the world. Whether it will be a benevolent Titan or a Frankenstein monster, only time can tell.
´´ Hong Kong Noir digs below the financial centre´s gleaming surface to unearth stories of the city´s ghosts and spirits...The stories touch on major points in Hong Kong modern history: the horrors of Japanese occupation, post-war poverty, the economic boom under the British, the city´s return to Chinese sovereignty, and the tensions of the 2014 ´umbrella movement´ occupation of key thoroughfares by pro-democracy activists. What better way to tie together the present and the past--the living and the dead--than through ghost stories?´´ -- South China Morning Post ´´The history of Hong Kong, once a fishing village, encompasses piracy, the opium trade, prostitution, corruption, espionage and revolutionary plots; grist for the 14 dark tales in Hong Kong Noir .´´ -- BBC Culture ´´ Hong Kong Noir is a panorama of the city in its multiplicity of forms, from lush mountains in country parks, to the concrete jungles of shops and tenements, to the upscale luxury apartments in secluded coves...Ultimately, it is the memories of Hong Kong´s human and otherworldly terrain, as portrayed by these varied narratives, that proves so beautifully haunting.´´ -- Cha Journal ´´Crime fiction has to work hard to compete in a city where dismembered bodies make conspicuous appearances in news headlines...The result is natives and expats mingle with returning Cantonese and displaced mainlanders, each (often correctly) suspicious of the others´ motives...As far as the city itself is concerned, this collection represents Hong Kong to its very core.´´ -- Asian Review of Books ´´Now in the 14th year of its Noir series--which has collected original stories from Brooklyn to Istanbul to Lagos--Akashic has assembled a delightfully dark collection of fiction from Hong Kong, a city where talk is cheap and cash is still king.´´ -- Ritz-Carlton Magazine ´´Ng and Blumberg-Kason defy the fates by presenting a collection of 14 stores--by Chinese tradition, an ominous number--illustrating their city´s dark side...Ng and Blumberg-Kason´s Hong Kong is a city on the brink, haunted by its past but facing an uncertain future. Readers can feel lucky to have such a collection.´´ -- Kirkus Reviews Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. In Hong Kong Noir , fourteen of the city´s finest authors explore the dark heart of the Pearl of the Orient in haunting stories of depravity and despair. Brand-new stories by: Jason Y. Ng, Xu Xi, Marshall Moore, Brittani Sonnenberg, Tiffany Hawk, James Tam, Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang, Christina Liang, Feng Chi-shun, Charles Philipp Martin, Shannon Young, Shen Jian, Carmen Suen, and Ysabelle Cheung. From the introduction by Jason Y. Ng & Susan Blumberg-Kason: What will Hong Kong look like in five years, ten years, or thirty years--when the ´´one country, two systems´´ promise expires? It´s impossible to foresee. Hong Kong´s future may not be within our control, but some things are. We can continue to write about our beloved city and work our hardest to preserve it in words. When we asked our contributors to write their noir stories, we didn´t give them specific content guidelines other than to make sure their stories end on a dark note. What we received was a brilliant collection of ghost stories, murder mysteries, domestic dramas, cops-and-robbers tales, and historical thrillers that capture Hong Kong in all its dark glory. The result is every bit as eclectic, quirky, and delightful as the city they write about.
Quelle: Wikipedia. Seiten: 120. Kapitel: Tiger and Dragon, The Forbidden Kingdom, War, Karate Tiger, Zatoichi - Der blinde Samurai, Ip Man, Rush Hour 3, Spion wider Willen, Bruce Lee - Mein letzter Kampf, Der Mann mit der Todeskralle, Dragonball Z - Der Film, Karate Tiger IV - Best of the Best, Dororo, House of Flying Daggers, Hero, Der Fluch der goldenen Blume, Karate Kid, Kung Fu Hustle, Beverly Hills Ninja - Die Kampfwurst, Ong-bak 2, Azumi 2 - Death or Love, Revenge of the Warrior - Tom Yum Goong, A Chinese Ghost Story, Wu Ji - Die Reiter der Winde, Big Trouble in Little China, Bloodsport, The Restless, Shinobi, Dragonball Z - The Movie: Super-Saiyajin Son-Goku, Kiss of the Dragon, Jackie Chan ist Nobody, Die sieben Schwerter, Miracles, Dragonball Z - The Movie: Der legendäre Super-Saiyajin, Dragonball Z - The Movie: Der Stärkste auf Erden, Best of the Best 2 - Der Unbesiegbare, Shamo - The Ultimate Fighter, Die 7 goldenen Vampire, American Fighter II - Der Auftrag, Born to Fight - Dynamite Warrior, Best of the Best 3 - No Turning Back, The Quest - Die Herausforderung, Jackie Chans Erstschlag, Der rechte Arm der Götter, Kick Fire - Ohne jede Vorwarnung, Kunoichi - Lady Ninja 2: Blutige Rache, Karate Tiger 3 - Der Kickboxer, Pit Fighter, Street Fighter - Die entscheidende Schlacht, Paycheck - Die Abrechnung, Karate Tiger 2, Samouraïs, Wir kommen und werden Euch fressen, Dragonball Z - The Movie: Angriff der Cyborgs, Ninja Assassin, Die Schlange im Schatten des Adlers, Tekken, Dragonball Z - The Movie: Super-Saiyajin Son-Gohan, Dragonball Z - The Movie: Die Entscheidungsschlacht, Jade-Krieger, Dragonball Z - The Movie: Rache für Freezer, Mission Adler - Der starke Arm der Götter, Shanghai Hero - The Legend, Dragonball Z - The Movie: Coolers Rückkehr, Ashes of Time, Karate Kid II - Entscheidung in Okinawa, Karate Champ - Das Schwert des Todes, Shootfighter, Karate Tiger 7, Bloodfist Fighter 4, Rush Hour 2, Dragonball Z - The Movie: Angriff der Bio-Kämpfer, City Hunter, Projekt B, Rumble in the Bronx, Der Superfighter, Scorpion - Der Kämpfer, Karate Kid III - Die letzte Entscheidung, Bruce Lee - Die Todesfaust des Cheng Li, Police Story, Das Schwert des gelben Tigers, Dragonball Z - The Movie: Brolys Rückkehr, Ein Hauch von Zen, Bloodfist Fighter 2 - Tödliche Rache, Powerman, Die Todeskralle schlägt wieder zu, Rapid Fire - Unbewaffnet und extrem gefährlich, Dragon - Die Bruce Lee Story, Fearless, Der Protektor, Li Feng - Die einarmige Schwertkämpferin, Karate Tiger 9, Hard to Die, Karate Tiger 5 - König der Kickboxer, Fireball, Once Upon a Time in China and America, Mortal Kombat, Police Story 3, Mr. Nice Guy, Kick-Boxer 2 - Blutsbrüder, Drunken Master, Das Todesduell der Tigerkralle, Karate Tiger 8, Das Medaillon, Bloodsport IV - The Dark Kumite, Zombie Killer - Sexy as Hell, Sie nannten ihn Knochenbrecher, Dragonball Z - The Movie: Die Todeszone des Garlic jr., American Shaolin, Bloodmoon - Stunde des Killers, Thailand Killer, Bloodsport 3, Action Hunter, Zwei Schlitzohren in der Knochenmühle, Die 36 Kammern der Shaolin, Die Herberge zum Drachentor, Mortal Kombat 2 - Annihilation, Powerman 2, American Kickboxer - Blood Fighter, Police Story 2, Urban Assault, Under Control, The Prisoner, Twin Dragons, Ong-Bak 3, American Karate Tiger, Powerman 3, Dragon Lord, Die große Keilerei, Karate Tiger 6 - Entscheidung in Rio, Das Schwert der gelben Tigerin, Shadowless Sword, Kickboxer 2 - Der Champ kehrt zurück, Thunderbolt, Tokyo Powerman, Silv...
From America´s leading scholar of democracy, a personal, passionate call to action against the rising wave of authoritarianism that challenges our world order-and the very value of liberty Larry Diamond has made it his life´s work to secure democracy´s future by understanding its past and by advising dissidents fighting autocracy around the world. Deeply attuned to the cycles of democratic expansion and decay that determine the fates of nations, he watched with mounting unease as illiberal rulers rose in Hungary, Poland, Turkey, the Philippines, and beyond, while China and Russia grew increasingly bold and bullying. Then, with Trump´s election at home, the global retreat from freedom spread from democracy´s margins to its heart. Ill Winds´ core argument is stark: the defense and advancement of democratic ideals relies on U.S. global leadership. If we do not reclaim our traditional place as the keystone of democracy, today´s authoritarian wave could become a tsunami, providing an opening for Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and their admirers to turn the twenty-first century into a dark time of surging authoritarianism. We are at a hinge in history, between a new era of tyranny and an age of democratic renewal. Free governments can defend their values; free citizens can exercise their rights. We can make the internet safe for liberal democracy, exploit the soft, kleptocratic underbelly of dictatorships, and revive America´s degraded democracy. Ill Winds offers concrete, deeply informed suggestions to fight polarization, reduce the influence of money in politics, and make every vote count. In 2019, freedom´s last line of defense still remains ´´We the people.´´