The Age of Edison

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The Age of Edison

Author: Ernest Freeberg

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101605472

Genre: Technology & Engineering

Page: 368

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Book Summary: A sweeping history of the electric light revolution and the birth of modern America The late nineteenth century was a period of explosive technological creativity, but more than any other invention, Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb marked the arrival of modernity, transforming its inventor into a mythic figure and avatar of an era. In The Age of Edison, award-winning author and historian Ernest Freeberg weaves a narrative that reaches from Coney Island and Broadway to the tiniest towns of rural America, tracing the progress of electric light through the reactions of everyone who saw it and capturing the wonder Edison’s invention inspired. It is a quintessentially American story of ingenuity, ambition, and possibility in which the greater forces of progress and change are made by one of our most humble and ubiquitous objects.


Les Derniers Jours de l'émerveillement

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Les Derniers Jours de l'émerveillement

Author: Graham MOORE

Publisher: Cherche Midi

ISBN: 2749154081

Genre: Fiction

Page: 396

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Book Summary: Après son Oscar pour le scénario de The Imitation Game, Graham Moore nous conte le formidable duel de deux inventeurs de génie qui ont transformé notre vie quotidienne. New York, 1888. Les lampadaires à gaz éclairent les rues de la ville, l'électricité en est à ses balbutiements. Celui qui parviendra à en contrôler la distribution sait déjà qu'il gagnera une fortune considérable et sa place dans l'histoire. Deux hommes s'affrontent pour emporter la mise : Thomas Edison et George Westinghouse. Tous les coups sont permis. Lorsqu'un jeune avocat, Paul Cravath, aidé par le légendaire Nikola Tesla, se mêle à ce combat homérique, il va bientôt se rendre compte qu'autour de lui toutes les apparences sont trompeuses et que chacun a des intentions cachées. À la façon d'Erik Larson, Graham Moore s'est appuyé sur des documents historiques peu connus pour nous livrer un récit d'une incroyable efficacité, qui se lit comme un thriller, tout en offrant une profondeur passionnante à ces personnages qui ont façonné notre modernité. Une formidable histoire où l'on constatera que la réalité dépasse toujours la fiction. " Hypnotique, brillant, Les Derniers Jours de l'émerveillement est un triomphe. Réaliste et fouillé, captivant de bout en bout, ce roman va vous mettre en ébullition ! " Gillian Flynn " Quand vous aurez fini votre lecture, vous aurez un mal fou à revenir au monde contemporain ! " Erik Larson " Un modèle absolu de fiction historique. " The Washington Post


The Age of Invention: A Chronicle of Mechanical Conquest

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The Age of Invention: A Chronicle of Mechanical Conquest

Author: Holland Thompson

Publisher: Good Press

ISBN:

Genre: History

Page: 210

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Book Summary: "The Age of Invention: A Chronicle of Mechanical Conquest" by Holland Thompson. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.


L'Étrange histoire de Benjamin Button

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L'Étrange histoire de Benjamin Button

Author: Francis Scott Fitzgerald

Publisher: NeoBook

ISBN: 2368860282

Genre: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Book Summary: Jamais Roger Button n'aurait pensé que la seule évocation de son nom puisse, un jour, faire trembler d'effroi un hôpital voire une ville tout entière... Et pourtant... En ce matin de septembre 1860 M. Button n'en croit pas ses yeux. En pleine maternité, se dresse dans le berceau de son nouveau-né tant attendu, un homme de 70 ans à la barbe vénérable ! Et il s'agit bien de son fils ! Après cette entrée en fanfare dans la vie, Benjamin Button ne pouvait mener une existence comme les autres : né vieillard, il va vieillir jeune, à rebours des autres, de la nature, des ans. Il va voir ses parents se voûter, s'éteindre, sa jeune femme s'empâter et décliner tandis qu'il va retrouver peu à peu santé, vigueur, s'illustrer brillamment à la guerre, courir les fêtes et les mondanités... Au bout du voyage ? Une histoire étrange, extraordinaire et... le néant.


The Reinvention of Edison Thomas

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The Reinvention of Edison Thomas

Author: Jacqueline Houtman

Publisher: Boyds Mills Press

ISBN: 162979595X

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

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Book Summary: Eddy Thomas can read a college physics book, but he can't read the emotions on the faces of his classmates at Drayton Middle School. He can spend hours tinkering with an invention, but he can't stand more than a few minutes in a noisy crowd, like the crowd at the science fair, which Eddy fails to win. When the local school crossing guard is laid off, Eddy is haunted by thoughts of the potentially disastrous consequences and invents a traffic-calming device, using parts he has scavenged from discarded machines. Eddy also discovers new friends, who appreciate his abilities and respect his unique view of the world. They help Eddy realize that his "friend" Mitch is the person behind the progressively more distressing things that happed to Eddy. By trusting his real friends and accepting their help, Eddy uses his talents to help others and rethinks his purely mechanical definition of success in this Tofte/Wright Children's Literature Award winner.


La dernière étreinte

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La dernière étreinte

Author: Frans De Waal

Publisher: Éditions Les Liens qui libèrent

ISBN:

Genre: Nature

Page: 396

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Book Summary: Frans de Waal, éthologue et primatologue de renommée mondiale, explore le monde caché de l’émotion animale et fragilise toutes les certitudes sur la spécificité de l’espèce humaine. Captivant !


America in the Age of the Titans

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America in the Age of the Titans

Author: Sean Dennis Cashman

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814772064

Genre: History

Page: 622

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Book Summary: Detailing the events of the Progressive Era and World War I (1901-20), America in the Age of the Titans is the only interdisciplinary history covering this period currently available. The book contains the results of research into primary sources an drecent scholarship with an emphases on leading personalities and anecdotes about them. Sean Dennis Cashman's sequesl to America in the Gilded Age gives special attention to industry and inventions, and social and cultural history. He covers developments in science, technology, and industry; the Progressive movement and the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt, immigration, the new woman, and labor, including the Industrial Workers of the World and the Great Red Scare; the transportation and communications revolution in radio and motion pictures; the cultural contribuation of artists, architects, and creatice writers; and America's foreign policies across the world. Written in a lively, accessible style with over sixty illustrations, this book is an excellent introduction to these momentous years. It provides an assessment of the contributions of the titans - political, scientific, and industrial.


New Literary Hybrids in the Age of Multimedia Expression

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New Literary Hybrids in the Age of Multimedia Expression

Author: Marcel Cornis-Pope

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9027269335

Genre: Literary Criticism

Page: 455

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Book Summary: Begun in 2010 as part of the “Histories of Literatures in European Languages” series sponsored by the International Comparative Literature Association, the current project on New Literary Hybrids in the Age of Multimedia Expression recognizes the global shift toward the visual and the virtual in all areas of textuality: the printed, verbal text is increasingly joined with the visual, often electronic, text. This shift has opened up new domains of human achievement in art and culture. The international roster of 24 contributors to this volume pursue a broad range of issues under four sets of questions that allow a larger conversation to emerge, both inside the volume’s sections and between them. The four sections cover, 1) Multimedia Productions in Theoretical and Historical Perspective; 2) Regional and Intercultural Projects; 3) Forms and Genres; and, 4) Readers and Rewriters in Multimedia Environments. The essays included in this volume are examples of the kinds of projects and inquiries that have become possible at the interface between literature and other media, new and old. They emphasize the extent to which hypertextual, multimedia, and virtual reality technologies have enhanced the sociality of reading and writing, enabling more people to interact than ever before. At the same time, however, they warn that, as long as these technologies are used to reinforce old habits of reading/ writing, they will deliver modest results. One of the major tasks pursued by the contributors to this volume is to integrate literature in the global informational environment where it can function as an imaginative partner, teaching its interpretive competencies to other components of the cultural landscape.


China Dream

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China Dream

Author: Ma Jian

Publisher: Flammarion

ISBN: 2081473186

Genre: Fiction

Page: 208

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Book Summary: «Le rôle de l’écrivain consiste à sonder les ténèbres et par-dessus tout à dire la vérité. J’ai écrit ce roman motivé par ma colère contre les fausses utopies qui asservissent et infantilisent la Chine depuis 1949.» Mélangeant fiction et réalité, le nouveau roman de Ma Jian dresse le portrait de la Chine d’aujourd’hui livrée au «rêve chinois» du président Xi Jinping et à l’amnésie imposée par l’État. Sous les allures d’une fable cruelle, l’auteur dévoile l’une des facettes les plus implacables de la tyrannie qui consiste à tenter d’effacer la mémoire, à éradiquer tout événement passé qui pourrait gêner la marche du pouvoir. Un chef-d’œuvre de subversion et de drôlerie.


L'Empreinte de toute chose

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L'Empreinte de toute chose

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Publisher: Calmann-Lévy

ISBN: 2702153194

Genre: Fiction

Page: 616

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Book Summary: Alma Whittaker naît avec le XIXe siècle, à Philadelphie, d’un père anglais dont le talent de botaniste et la roublardise lui ont permis de faire fortune dans le commerce du quinquina et d’une mère qui tient de sa famille de l’Hortus Botanicus d’Amsterdam une formidable érudition ainsi qu’une rigueur toute hollandaise. À leurs côtés et au contact des éminents chercheurs qui gravitent autour d’eux, Alma acquiert une intelligence éclectique et la passion de la botanique. En grandissant, elle se passionne pour les mousses puis pour Ambrose Pike, illustrateur de génie. Comme elle, il cherche à percer les secrets de l’univers mais, à la logique scientifique d’Alma, il préfère une pensée ésotérique ; un fossé qui les éloignera inexorablement et poussera enfin Alma à partir à la découverte du vaste monde. Alors que les terra incognita s’amenuisent de jour en jour, Alma explore les continents, la nature, la société dans laquelle elle vit et son propre corps – de l’infiniment grand à l’infiniment petit. Des bas-fonds de Londres en passant par Philadelphie, Tahiti ou les cimes des Andes, Elizabeth Gilbert nous raconte le siècle kaléidoscopique qui voit jaillir l’esprit des Lumières. Sa plume est vive, insolente, savante et non dénuée de romantisme : à l’image de son héroïne.


Charlatan

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Charlatan

Author: Pope Brock

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307409651

Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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Book Summary: The inspiration for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival documentary, NUTS!. “An extraordinary saga of the most dangerous quack of all time...entrancing” –USA Today In 1917, John R. Brinkley–America’s most brazen con man–introduced an outlandish surgical method for restoring fading male virility. It was all nonsense, but thousands of eager customers quickly made “Dr.” Brinkley one of America’s richest men–and a national celebrity. The great quack buster Morris Fishbein vowed to put the country’ s “most daring and dangerous” charlatan out of business, yet each effort seemed only to spur Brinkley to new heights of ingenuity, and the worlds of advertising, broadcasting, and politics soon proved to be equally fertile grounds for his potent brand of flimflam. Culminating in a decisive courtroom confrontation, Charlatan is a marvelous portrait of a boundlessly audacious rogue on the loose in an America ripe for the bamboozling.


The Movies in the Age of Innocence, 3d ed.

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The Movies in the Age of Innocence, 3d ed.

Author: Edward Wagenknecht

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476617643

Genre: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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Book Summary: Upon its original publication in 1962, Edward Wagenknecht's The Movies in the Age of Innocence immediately earned recognition as a classic in the history of early cinema. A tribute to American silent film from the first-person perspective of one who grew up with the medium, the volume surveys the pre-feature and feature era of silent films from a distinctly literary standpoint and considers the careers of directors like D. W. Griffith and Erich von Stroheim, and actors such as Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Lillian Gish. With nearly 90 illustrations from early films, fan magazines and brochures, indices of film titles and names, and an appendix containing Wagenknecht's otherwise unavailable 1927 pamphlet Lillian Gish: An Interpretation, this third edition retains its significance today.


The Urban University and its Identity

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The Urban University and its Identity

Author: Herman van der Wusten

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401151849

Genre: Social Science

Page: 206

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Book Summary: The chapters in this book are revised versions of papers initially presented at a confer ence on Universities and their cities held in Amsterdam on March 27-29 1996. There were about one hundred participants and 45 written contributions from Europe, the US, Canada and Australia. People with different disciplinary backgrounds, geographers, historians, sociologists, economists and planners among them, attended, as did a few university administrators and local government officials. The intricate relationships between universities and their cities were intensively debated from the perspective of possible contributions by the university to city life as well as from the angle of the city as a milieu that affects the university's functioning. There were theoretical and historical papers, and a series of case studies, some of them comparative, as well as proposals and descriptions of efforts to improve city-university relations. It was a fruitful occasion for many on account of the diversity of experience brought together for the purpose of a debate on a matter of common interest. The vari ous university settings within Amsterdam were visited during a guided tour that pro vided food for thought on the matters under discussion by means of a living example.


Genius Unmasked

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Genius Unmasked

Author: Roberta Ness

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199976619

Genre: Psychology

Page: 224

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Book Summary: Genius can seem incomprehensible even to seasoned researchers. Einstein's theory of special relativity, Rutherford's glimpse into the invisible heart of the atom--such astonishing breakthroughs seem almost magical--like bolts of insight arising from nowhere. Genius Unmasked reveals the true nature of genius, taking the reader on a journey through the lives and minds of more than a dozen brilliant scientists, ranging from Darwin, Einstein, Edison, and Pasteur, to such lesser known but important innovators as Maria Montessori. Their stories are truly compelling, and at time inspiring, but, more important, Roberta Ness uses these stories to highlight a cognitive tool box that anyone can employ. Ness, an authority on innovation, outlines eleven basic strategies--including finding the right question, observation, analogy, changing point of view, dissection, reorganization, the power of groups, and frame shifting. Beginning with Charles Darwin, who left behind a voluminous trail of writing that preserved his thinking process, Ness illuminates his use of all eleven tools. Indeed, for each genius, she combines a fascinating narrative of their creative work with an astute analysis of how they used particular tools to achieve their breakthroughs. We see how Ancel Keys, the father of the Mediterranean diet, used the "power of groups"--enlisting a team of statisticians, nutritionists, physiologists, and physicians--to track the health benefits of exercise and diet. How Paul Baran conceived packet switching--the idea that made the internet possible--through analogy with the neurological networks of the brain. And how Maria Montessori overturned the conventional frame of thinking about the role of children in education. Genius Unmasked shows how the most creative minds in science used tools that can help us improve our creative abilities. Geniuses are not omnipotent. They are just very skilled at employing the creativity toolbox highlighted in this book.


Mastery

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Mastery

Author: Robert Greene

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101601027

Genre: Self-Help

Page: 352

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Book Summary: From the bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power and The Laws of Human Nature, a vital work revealing that the secret to mastery is already within you. Each one of us has within us the potential to be a Master. Learn the secrets of the field you have chosen, submit to a rigorous apprenticeship, absorb the hidden knowledge possessed by those with years of experience, surge past competitors to surpass them in brilliance, and explode established patterns from within. Study the behaviors of Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Leonardo da Vinci and the nine contemporary Masters interviewed for this book. The bestseller author of The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, and The 33 Strategies of War, Robert Greene has spent a lifetime studying the laws of power. Now, he shares the secret path to greatness. With this seminal text as a guide, readers will learn how to unlock the passion within and become masters.


The Entrepreneur

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The Entrepreneur

Author: Robert Ringer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451629125

Genre: Political Science

Page: 304

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Book Summary: It is the government’s duty to provide for the general welfare . . . FALSE The growing gap between the rich and the poor proves that capitalism has failed . . . FALSE The government has the authority to redistribute wealth through regulations and taxes . . . FALSE All men are created equal. But not all taxpayers! Progressives, or Retrogressives, as #1 New York Times bestselling author Robert Ringer calls those on the far left who are, in reality, against progress, believe in an all-powerful central government that has the authority to meddle in both the economy and in the lives of individual citizens. Retrogressives naively believe that the government has a moral obligation to “help” those in need, but nowhere in the Constitution is there an enumerated power to that effect. In a Retrogressive utopia, life is risk free for everyone. But a government that prevents its citizens from failing actually prohibits them from succeeding. So-called social programs, such as food stamps, the minimum wage, and draconian taxes are designed to redistribute wealth but are lethal to the very people whose success is most critical to this nation’s prosperity: Entrepreneurs. In this provocative new book, Ringer examines what it takes for these unsung heroes to succeed in an environment that is increasingly hostile toward small businesses. Perhaps the most maligned and beleaguered individuals in the United States, Entrepreneurs are the easiest targets for the government’s insatiable appetite to exercise control over the economy. Yet, left alone to do what they do best, Entrepreneurs are able to innovate better products and services than the government could ever hope to provide; create jobs; reinvest much of their profits into expanding their businesses; and, as a result, grow the economy, and thereby improve the lives of millions of people through the self-regulating “invisible hand” of the marketplace. The time has come for Americans to tell politicians they don’t want any more quick fixes. What we need is for government to get out of the way and allow the Entrepreneur to move our country forward.


Great Scientists

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Great Scientists

Author: Jacqueline Fortey

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 1405335580

Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 72

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Book Summary: DK Eyewitness Great Scientists is an exciting and informative guide to the fascinating lives of the world's most famous thinkers, philosophers, inventors, innovators and pioneers. Stunning photographs offer a unique "eyewitness" view of the ideas and innovations that have changed the way we live today. Your child will discover all about Benjamin Franklin's electrical charges, Albert Einstein's theory of relativity and the many others whose discoveries have shaped our world. Great for projects or just for fun, make sure your child learns everything they need to know about Great Scientists. Find out more and download amazing clipart images at www.dk.com/clipart.


The Age of Openness

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The Age of Openness

Author: Frank Dikotter

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9622099203

Genre: History

Page: 140

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Book Summary: The era between empire and communism is routinely portrayed as a catastrophic interlude in China's modern history, but this engagingly written book shows instead that the first half of the twentieth century witnessed a qualitatively unprecedented trend towards openness. Frank Dikötter argues that the years from 1900 to 1949 were characterised at all levels of society by engagement with the world, and that the pursuit of openness was particularly evident in four areas: in governance and the advance of the rule of law and of newly acquired liberties; in freedom of movement in and out of the country; in open minds thriving on ideas from the humanities and sciences; and in open markets and sustained growth in the economy. Freedom of association, freedom to travel, freedom of religion, freedom to trade and relative freedom of speech wrought profound changes in the texture of everyday life. While globalisation itself was a vector of cultural diversification, pre-existing constellations of ideas, practices and institutions did not simply vanish on contact with the rest of the world, but on the contrary expanded even further, just as much as local industries diversified thanks to their inclusion into a much larger global market. Arguably the country was at its most diverse in its entire history on the eve of World War II – in terms of politics, society, culture and the economy. Accessible to general readers, while providing an integration of ideas that will be valuable for specialists, this book presents a fresh way of approaching the history of modern China.


Edison to Enron

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Edison to Enron

Author: Robert L. Bradley, Jr.

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118192516

Genre: Political Science

Page: 602

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Book Summary: The oil industry in the United States has been the subject ofinnumerable histories. But books on the development of the naturalgas industry and the electricity industry in the U.S. are scarce.Edison to Enron is a readable flowing history of two ofAmerica's largest and most colorful industries. It begins with the story of Samuel Insull, a poor boy fromEngland, who started his career as Thomas Edison's right-hand man,then went on his own and became one of America's topindustrialists. But when Insull's General Electric's energy empirecollapsed during the Great Depression, the hitherto Great Man wasdenounced and prosecuted and died a pauper. Against that backdrop,the book introduces Ken Lay, a poor boy from Missouri who began hiscareer as an aide to the head of Humble oil, now part of ExxonMobil. Lay went on to become a Washington bureaucrat and energyregulator and then became the wunderkind of the natural gasindustry in the 1980s with Enron. To connect the lives of these two energy giants, Edison toEnron takes the reader through the flamboyant history of theAmerican energy industry, from Texas wildcatters to the greatpipeline builders to the Washington wheeler-dealers. From the Reviews... "This scholarly work fills in much missing history about two ofAmerica's most important industries, electricity and naturalgas." —Joseph A. Pratt, NEH-Cullen Professor of History andBusiness, University of Houston "... a remarkable book on the political inner workings of theU.S. energy industry." —Robert Peltier, PE, Editor-in-Chief, POWERMagazine "This is a powerful story, brilliantly told." —Forrest McDonald, Historian


The Age of the Image

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The Age of the Image

Author: Stephen Apkon

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 142994577X

Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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Book Summary: An urgent, erudite, and practical book that redefines literacy to embrace how we think and communicate now We live in a world that is awash in visual storytelling. The recent technological revolutions in video recording, editing, and distribution are more akin to the development of movable type than any other such revolution in the last five hundred years. And yet we are not popularly cognizant of or conversant with visual storytelling's grammar, the coded messages of its style, and the practical components of its production. We are largely, in a word, illiterate. But this is not a gloomy diagnosis of the collapse of civilization; rather, it is a celebration of the progress we've made and an exhortation and a plan to seize the potential we're poised to enjoy. The rules that define effective visual storytelling—much like the rules that define written language—do in fact exist, and Stephen Apkon has long experience in deploying them, teaching them, and witnessing their power in the classroom and beyond. In The Age of the Image, drawing on the history of literacy—from scroll to codex, scribes to printing presses, SMS to social media—on the science of how various forms of storytelling work on the human brain, and on the practical value of literacy in real-world situations, Apkon convincingly argues that now is the time to transform the way we teach, create, and communicate so that we can all step forward together into a rich and stimulating future.