Explains the history behind the drafting of the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers. Analyzes how the Supreme Court has used and interpreted the Federalist Papers. ´´It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. If there be any truth in the remark, the crisis at which we are arrived may with propriety be regarded as the era in which that decision is to be made.´´ (Alexander Hamilton, Federalist number one) In 1787, delegates from the recently independent 13 colonies met in Philadelphia to try to forge a new, stronger constitution. That summer, the representatives ironed out a document that had pluses and minuses for all involved, a point noted by Ben Franklin in explaining why he assented to it at the end of the process: ´´For, when you assemble a number of men to have the advantage of their joint wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those men all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests, and their selfish views. From such an assembly can a perfect production be expected? It therefore astonishes me, sir, to find this system approaching so near to perfection as it does; and I think it will astonish our enemies, who are waiting with confidence to hear that our councils are confounded like those of the builders of Babel; and that our states are on the point of separation, only to meet hereafter for the purpose of cutting one another´s throats. Thus I consent, sir, to this constitution because I expect no better and because I am not sure that it is not the best.” 1. Language: English. Narrator: Donnie Sipes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039024/bk_acx0_039024_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´No poetry is more fresh, more immediate, more deftly challenging,´´ writes editor Robert Pinsky. ´´William Carlos Williams is at the center of one of poetry´s great historic flowerings.´´ From the hard-edged experiments of Spring and All to the fluent lyricism of ´´Asphodel, That Greeny Flower,´´ Williams pursued an independent and often unappreciated course, creating a diverse and unfailingly vital body of work that has influenced generations of poets. As American as his formal opposite Robert Frost and as ambitious as his intellectual opposite T. S. Eliot, he forged a style that was flexible, intimate, and intensely observant, grounded in local particulars and yet steeped in poetry´s most ancient traditions. ´´No poetry is more fresh, more immediate, more deftly challenging,´´ writes editor Robert Pinsky. ´´William Carlos Williams is at the center of one of poetry´s greatest historical flowerings.´´ A poet of astonishing range and inventiveness, Williams was at once a daring formal innovator, one of the band of modernists who transformed American poetry, and an intimate, sometimes savagely frank chronicler of the life and landscape of his native New Jersey. From the beginning he pursued an independent course, creating a diverse and unfailingly vital body of work, from the hard-edged experiments of Spring and All to the fluent lyricism of ´´Asphodel, That Greeny Flower.´´ His influence on generations of poets has been indelible, and as this masterful new selection demonstrates, his poems retain their capacity to astonish and delight. About the American Poets Project Elegantly designed in compact editions, printed on acid-free paper, and textually authoritative, the American Poets Project makes available the full range of the American poetic accomplishment, selected and introduced by today´s most discerning poets and critics.
Understanding the difference can help us succeed and help us help others succeed. Why, in the richest country ever to grace the planet earth, do so few really ´´make it´´ in a substantial way? When financial and educational freedom are readily available to us all once we understand the factors that separate the winners from the losers. Listen to Earl Nightingale as he pulls out all the stops about who succeeds and who doesn´t. A subject he´s been studying for 40 years. Find out how close the losers often come to winning, if they would just apply a few common sense rules... and understand how long it takes. Earl Nightingale has made a life-long study of this subject and he is still deeply involved in it. Perhaps you are already satisfied with your own successful progress, and you now see your role as motivating and helping others - perhaps your children or associates. There´s no better way than listening to the acknowledged master of the subject - Earl Nightingale. This program is loaded with information and motivation: Discover the six words that hold the secret to success Find out why you are meant to succeed Marshal ´´invisible forces´´ that will astonish you by their efficacy Learn why the level of accomplishment you select is well within your capacity to attain See why serving your self-interest serves all of humanity best Implement the simple pencil and paper exercise that leads directly to success Avoid copy-cat thinking and adopt and practice an attitude of ´´cheerful expectancy´´ Discover the key to making it on your own, in your own business or profession Listen as Earl unveils the only sensible answer to the question, ´´What is the purpose of life?´´ Find out how far following just one good idea can take you 1. Language: English. Narrator: Earl Nightingale, John Doremus. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/ntgl/000335/bk_ntgl_000335_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Will Self possesses one of the greatest literary imaginations of any writer working today. How the Dead Live is his most extraordinary book, yet a novel that will challenge, entertain, and truly astonish. Lily Bloom is an aging American transplanted to England who has lost her battle with cancer and lies wasting away at the Royal Ear Hospital. As her two daughters, lumpy Charlotte, who runs a hugely successful chain of stationery stores called Waste of Paper, and beautiful Natasha, a junkiebuzz around her, and the nurses pump her full of morphine, Lily slides in and out of the present, taking us on a surreal, opinionated trip through the stages of a lifetime of lust and rage. A career girl in the 1940s, a sexed-up, tippling adulteress in the 1950s and ´60s, a divorced PR flak in the 1970s and ´80s, Lily presents us with a portrait of America and England over 60 years of riotous and unreal change. And then it´s over: Lily catches a cab with the aboriginal wizard Phar Lap Jones, her guide to the shockingly banal world of the dead. It´s a world that is surreal but familiar, where she again works in PR and rediscovers how great smoking is, where her cohabitants include Rude Boy, the son who died at age nine and now swears a blue streak, and three eyeless, murmuring wraiths, the Fats composed of the pounds, literally the whole selves, she lost and gained over her lifetime. As Lily settles into her nonexistence, the most difficult challenge for this staunchly difficult woman is how to understand that she´s dead, and how to leave the rest behind. How the Dead Live is an unforgettable portrait of the human condition, the struggle with life and with death. It´s a novel that will disturb and provoke, the work, in the words of one British reviewer, ´´of a novelist writing at the height of his powers´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nancy Linari. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021857/bk_adbl_021857_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.