#1 New York Times BestsellerThe Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.
A celebrated New York City painter's rollicking and vividly immediate account of his life amid the city's glamorous demimondes in their most vital era as an aspiring artist, roaring boy, dandy, cultural omnivore, and far-from-obscure object of desire. Duncan Hannah arrived in New York City from Minneapolis in the early 1970s as an art student hungry for experience, game for almost anything, and with a prodigious taste for drugs, girls, alcohol, movies, rock and roll, books, parties, and everything else the city had to offer. He also happened to be outrageously, androgynously beautiful, attracting the attention of the city's most prominent gay scenemeisters, who found his adamant heterosexuality a source of immense frustration. Taken directly from the notebooks Hannah kept throughout the seventies, Twentieth-Century Boy is a louche, sometimes lurid, and incredibly entertaining report from a now almost mythical time and place, full of outrageously bad behavior, naked ambition, gender-bending celebrities, fantastically good music and evaporating barriers of taste and decorum. At its center: a young man in the mix and on the make, determined to forge an identity for himself as an artist while being at risk from his own heedless appetites. A time capsule from a scary, seedy, but irresistible time and place.
A stunningly original look at the forgotten Jewish political roots of contemporary international human rights, told through the moving stories of five key activists The year 2018 marks the seventieth anniversary of two momentous events in twentieth-century history: the birth of the State of Israel and the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Both remain tied together in the ongoing debates about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, global antisemitism, and American foreign policy. Yet the surprising connections between Zionism and the origins of international human rights are completely unknown today. In this riveting account, James Loeffler explores this controversial history through the stories of five remarkable Jewish founders of international human rights, following them from the prewar shtetls of eastern Europe to the postwar United Nations, a journey that includes the Nuremberg and Eichmann trials, the founding of Amnesty International, and the UN resolution of 1975 labeling Zionism as racism. The result is a book that challenges long-held assumptions about the history of human rights and offers a startlingly new perspective on the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
One of the most important books on contemporary music in the twentieth century. Here for the first time is an orderly presentation of the harmonic procedures to be found in music of the first half of the twentieth-century. The author examines the nature of intervals in various contexts, discusses the modes and other scales employed in modern music, describes the formation and uses of chords by thirds, by fourths, and by seconds, of added-note chords and polychords; he deals with different types of harmonic motion, with harmonic rhythm and dynamic sand ornamentation, with harmonic behavior in tonality, polytonality, atonality and serial composition.
(Yorktown). Exploration of the language, attitude, dissonance, and drama of the piano music of our century as in the works of Debussy, Bartok, Stravinsky, Piston, Ives, Ravel, Hindemith, and 35 other contemporary composers. Contents: ANTHEIL: Dog-Cat Polka * Winter Lullaby * BARTOK: Bagatelle, Op. 6, No. 2 * Bagatelle, Op. 6, No. 6 * Bear Dance * Dance from For Children, Book II * Dirge from For Children, Book II * Evening in the Country from Ten Easy Pieces * Lament from For Children, Book I * Play Tune from For Children, Book I * Sonatina (Bagpipe-Dance-Finale) * CASELLA: Carillon from Eleven Children's Pieces * Siciliana from Eleven Children's Pieces * COWELL: Sway Dance * CRESTON: Prelude, Op. 38, No. 2 * DEBUSSY: Clair de Lune * First Arabesque * Prelude from Pour le Piano * Sarabande from Pour le Piano * EINEM: Pian Piece No. 4 from Four Piano Pieces * GRANADOS: The Maiden and the Nightingale from Goyescas * GRETCHANINOFF: Little Prelude, Op. 109, No. 1 * On the Harmonica, Op. 123, No. 12 * HAUER: Resonances, Op. 16, Nos. 1, 4, 5 * HINDEMITH: Dance Piece from Op. 27, Part II * IVES: The Alcotts, from Piano Sonata No. 2 * JELINEK: Two-Voice Invention * KABALEVSKY: Prelude, Op. 38, No. 8 * Rondo-Toccata, Op. 60, No. 4 * Seven Variations On A Ukranian Folk Song, Op. 51, No. 4 * Sonatina, Op. 13, No. 1 * KADOSA: Two Pieces, Op. 61, Nos. 4 & 3 * KHATCHATURIAN: Waltz from Adventures of Ivan * KODALY: Moderato, Op. 3, No. 6 * Valsette * KRENEK: Piano Piece, Op. 39, No. 5 * LUTOSLAWSKI: Two Pieces from Bucolics, Nos. 2 & 3 * MARTIN: Prelude No. 2 * MILHAUD: Rag-Caprice * PALMGREN: May Night * PISTON: Passacaglia * PROKOFIEV: Legende, Op. 12, No. 6 * March, Op. 65, No. 10 * Moonlit Meadows, Op. 65, No. 12 * Vision Fugitive, Op. 22, No. 4 * Vision Fugitive, Op. 22, No. 10 * Vision Fugitive, Op. 22, No. 16 * RANKI: African Incantation * Laotian Flute * Polynesian Lullaby * RAVEL: Sonatine * REBIKOFF: Mouvement Plastique * Shepherd Playing His Pipe, Op. 31, No. 8 * RIETI: Elegia * Invenzione * SATIE: Gnossienne No. 1 * Gymnopedie No. 1 * SCHUMAN: Piano Moods: 1. Pensive 2. Dynamic * SCHONBERG: Two Short Piano Pieces, Op. 19, Nos. 2 & 4 * SCOTT: Lotus Land, Op. 47, No. 1 * SHOSTAKOVICH: A Happy Fairy Tale * Prelude, Op. 34, No. 16 * Three Fantastic Dances * SCRIABIN: Poem, Op. 31, No. 2 * Prelude, Op. 11, No. 9 * Prelude, Op. 13, No. 3 * Prelude, Op. 16, No. 4 * STARER: Bright Orange * Shades of Blue * STRAVINSKY: Etude, Op. 7, No. 3 * THE FIVE FINGERS: Allegro * Lento * Vivo * SWANSON: Andante Cantabile from Piano Sonata * TCHEREPNIN: Bagatelle, Op. 5, No. 1 * TOCH: The Prankster, Op. 49, No. 9 * TURINA: Clowns * VILLA-LOBOS: O Polichinelo from Prole de Bebe, No. 1 * WEBERN: Piano Piece, Op. Posth.
"Ideas crackle" in this triumphant final book of Tony Judt, taking readers on "a wild ride through the ideological currents and shoals of 20th century thought.” (Los Angeles Times)One of our most brilliant historians, Tony Judt brings the past century vividly to life in this unprecedented and original history. Structured as a series of intimate conversations between Judt and his friend and fellow historian Timothy Snyder, Thinking the Twentieth Century presents the triumphs and the failures of the twentieth century's most prominent intellectuals and their ideas, guiding readers through the debates that defined our world. Spanning an era with unprecedented clarity and insight, Thinking the Twentieth Century is a tour de force: a masterful analysis of the life of the mind and an unforgettable guide to leading the mindful life.
Earlier generations of Americans were connected to the classical past—to ancient Greece and Rome—to an extent we find hard to understand today. The Founders’ training in Latin and ancient history led them to model their new nation after the Roman Republic, and most educated Americans had broadly similar skills and knowledge until the early twentieth century. Lost in Translations describes how this connection helped inspire men who were educated in the late 1800s to dedicate much of their lives to translating fundamental documents of Western Civilization—such as Justinian’s Code—and to write extensively about Roman law. This book addresses the history of American education (including legal education), as well as the function of Roman law among the elite bar. The book also uses correspondence and other previously unpublished information to humanize such major figures as Roscoe Pound.Lost in Translations focuses on five Roman law scholars (all but one of whom were trained as lawyers) who worked early in the twentieth century: Samuel Parsons Scott (1846–1929), Charles Sumner Lobingier (1866–1956), Charles Phineas Sherman (1874–1962), Fred H. Blume (1875–1971), and Clyde Pharr (1883–1972). Among them, they produced the first English translations of the Codex Theodosianus and Justinian’s entire Corpus Juris Civilis, as well as other ancient Roman laws. This book describes their heroic and often solitary labor, some of which they did not see come to fruition in their own lifetimes. It should be of interest to historians, lawyers, educators, and classicists.
Here it is: the first-time look at the remarkable American multinational mass media empire and its century of entertainment—the story of Twentieth Century Fox (1915–2015). Or, to borrow the title of a classic 1959 Fox film, The Best of Everything. This is the complete revelatory story—bookended by empire builders William Fox and Rupert Murdoch—aimed as both a grand, entertaining, nostalgic and picture-filled interactive read and the ultimate guide to all things Twentieth Century Fox. The controversies and scandals are here, as are the extraordinary achievements. Among other firsts, the book offers fun tours of its historic production and ranch facilities including never-before-told stories about its stars and creative personalities (Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, James Dean, and Shirley Temple got started there). Finally, it is the first such work approved by the company and utilizing its own unique resources. The authors primarily tell a celebratory tale, but most importantly, an accurate one.