The White Cascade

Author: Gary Krist
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 9781429905701
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The never-before-told story of one of the worst rail disasters in U.S. history in which two trains full of people, trapped high in the Cascade Mountains, are hit by a devastating avalanche In February 1910, a monstrous blizzard centered on Washington State hit the Northwest, breaking records. The world stopped—but nowhere was the danger more terrifying than near a tiny town called Wellington, perched high in the Cascade Mountains, where a desperate situation evolved minute by minute: two trainloads of cold, hungry passengers and their crews found themselves marooned without escape, their railcars gradually being buried in the rising drifts. For days, an army of the Great Northern Railroad's most dedicated men—led by the line's legendarily courageous superintendent, James O'Neill—worked round-the-clock to rescue the trains. But the storm was unrelenting, and to the passenger's great anxiety, the railcars—their only shelter—were parked precariously on the edge of a steep ravine. As the days passed, food and coal supplies dwindled. Panic and rage set in as snow accumulated deeper and deeper on the cliffs overhanging the trains. Finally, just when escape seemed possible, the unthinkable occurred: the earth shifted and a colossal avalanche tumbled from the high pinnacles, sweeping the trains and their sleeping passengers over the steep slope and down the mountainside. Centered on the astonishing spectacle of our nation's deadliest avalanche, The White Cascade is the masterfully told story of a supremely dramatic and never-before-documented American tragedy. An adventure saga filled with colorful and engaging history, this is epic narrative storytelling at its finest.

Arme Milliard re

Author: Thomas Frank
Publisher: Antje Kunstmann
ISBN: 3888978068
Format: PDF, ePub
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Macht die Reichen noch reicher! Mit diesem Programm wird man mitten in der Krise keine Wähler gewinnen, möchte man meinen, und doch ist den US-Republikanern genau das gelungen: Breite Wählerschichten begeistern sich für eine Verschärfung der neoliberalen Wirtschaftspolitik, unter deren Folgen sie selbst am meisten leiden. Wer wissen will, wie politischer Populismus funktioniert, kann von Amerika lernen: Arbeiter, rettet den Kapitalismus! – das ist eine Umdeutung der jüngsten Geschichte, wie sie absurder nicht sein könnte. Warum funktioniert sie trotzdem? In hautnahen, ebenso gruseligen wie witzigen Reportagen beschreibt einer der brillantesten Journalisten Amerikas die rhetorischen Kniffe und Strategien, mit denen eine skrupellose Rechte die Sehnsucht nach der guten alten Zeit schürt und sich zugleich selbst als radikaler Reformer gebärdet. Staatliche Unterstützung für die Armen wird als sozialistisches Teufelszeug gebrandmarkt, von dem im Zweifelsfall nur der faule Nachbar profitiert. Und die Abneigung vieler gegen Bürokratie und Regulierung lässt sich bestens für die Interessen der Großbanken und Zocker an der Wall Street instrumentalisieren. Mit grimmigem Humor untersucht Thomas Frank eine entfesselte Rechte, die noch aus dem Desaster Kapital schlägt und in genialer Mimikry versucht, die Entmachteten zum Eintritt in den Fanclub der Milliardäre zu bewegen. Ein unentbehrliches Buch zum Verständnis Amerikas, ein Lehrstück in politischem Populismus.

Der Zirkusbrand

Author: Stewart O'Nan
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644025517
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Der 6. Juli 1944 verhieß für die Bewohner der Stadt Hartfort in Connecticut vergnüglich zu werden. Stattdessen endet er in einer Katastrophe: 167 Menschen sterben in den Flammen des größten Zirkusbrandes der amerikanischen Geschichte. Fesselnd und einfühlsam verfolgt Stewart O’Nan die Schicksale jener Menschen, die an einem scheinbar harmlosen Sommertag losgehen, um sich unterhalten zu lassen, und mit Tod und Schrecken konfrontiert werden. «Ein grandioses Stück Literatur.» (Der Spiegel) «‹Der Zirkusbrand› liest sich spannend wie ein Abenteuerroman, da er fast fiktiv in den vielen Verflechtungen menschlicher Schicksale wirkt und philosophisch in seiner Frage, weshalb gerade an diesem Tag bestimmte Menschen zu einer bestimmten Zeit an diesem bestimmten Ort zusammenkamen.» (NDR) «‹Der Zirkusbrand› ist Journalismus im Dienste der Literatur und Literatur im Dienste der Geschichtsschreibung.» (The New York Times) «Ein großes Buch.» (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Disasters Accidents and Crises in American History

Author: Ballard C. Campbell
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438130120
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Presents a chronologically-arranged reference to catastrophic events in American history, including natural disasters, economic depressions, riots, murders, and terrorist attacks.

The Weather of the Pacific Northwest

Author: Clifford Mass
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295998369
Format: PDF, ePub
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The Pacific Northwest experiences the most varied and fascinating weather in the United States, including world-record winter snows, the strongest non-tropical storms in the nation, and shifts from desert to rain forest in a matter of miles. Local weather features dominate the meteorological landscape, from the Puget Sound convergence zone and wind surges along the Washington Coast, to gap winds through the Columbia Gorge and the �Banana Belt� of southern Oregon. This book is the first comprehensive and authoritative guide to Northwest weather that is directed to the general reader; helpful to boaters, hikers, and skiers; and valuable to expert meteorologists. In The Weather of the Pacific Northwest, University of Washington atmospheric scientist and popular radio commentator Cliff Mass unravels the intricacies of Northwest weather, from the mundane to the mystifying. By examining our legendary floods, snowstorms, and windstorms, and a wide variety of local weather features, Mass answers such interesting questions as: o Why does the Northwest have localized rain shadows? o What is the origin of the hurricane force winds that often buffet the region? o Why does the Northwest have so few thunderstorms? o What is the origin of the Pineapple Express? o Why do ferryboats sometimes seem to float above the water's surface? o Why is it so hard to predict Northwest weather? Mass brings together eyewitness accounts, historical records, and meteorological science to explain Pacific Northwest weather. He also considers possible local effects of global warming. The final chapters guide readers in interpreting the Northwest sky and in securing weather information on their own.

Encyclopedia of Politics of the American West

Author: Steven L. Danver
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 1506354912
Format: PDF
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The Encyclopedia of Politics in the American West is an A to Z reference work on the political development of one of America’s most politically distinct, not to mention its fastest growing, region. This work will cover not only the significant events and actors of Western politics, but also deal with key institutional, historical, environmental, and sociopolitical themes and concepts that are important to more fully understanding the politics of the West over the last century.

The Technical Avalanche Protection Handbook

Author: Florian Rudolf-Miklau
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 3433603871
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Snow avalanches can have highly destructive consequences in developed areas. Each year, avalanche catastrophes occur in mountain regions around the globe and cause unnecessary fatalities and severe damage to buildings and infrastructure. In some mountainous regions, especially in the European Alps, technical avalanche defence structures are built to increase the level of safety for inhabited areas; however, new infrastructure such as roads, railway lines and tourist facilities cause new risk potential in hazardous areas. As a result, the demand is increasing for technical avalanche protection solutions. Avalanche defence structures and protection systems are used in most inhabited mountain regions worldwide. During the last decades, technical avalanche protection has evolved from a specialist field to an independent engineering branch that has gained importance in alpine countries such as Austria, Italy, France and Switzerland, as well as in other countries such as Canada, Iceland, Norway and USA. This work is the first comprehensive, English-language overview of technical avalanche protection and establishes state-of-the-art best practices in the field. It covers the fundamentals of avalanche protection technology and includes plans, dimensions, construction and maintenance of defence structures. The editors have collaborated with an international team of experts from Austria, Canada, France, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Switzerland and USA to produce this landmark handbook.

Ganz gew hnliche S nden

Author: Ursula Hegi
Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
ISBN: 3462410792
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New York, die Bronx von den 50er-Jahren bis heute.Ein tragisches Ereignis erschüttert die Familie Amedeo, verändert entscheidend das Leben der beiden Frauen, die im Mittelpunkt dieses berührenden Romans von Ursula Hegi stehen.

Vis Major

Author: Martin Burwash
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 144016178X
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At 1:43 a.m., March 1, 1910, a wall of snow descended on two Great Northern Railway trains stalled in the town of Wellington, Washington. Ninety-six people died in a single moment. To this day, the Wellington Slide remains North America’s worst avalanche disaster. Although other accounts of this monumental event exist, none are told entirely from the perspective of the railroad men who battled the week-long blizzard leading up to the tragedy. Vis Major gives voice to those men. With vivid imagery and evocative prose, historian Martin Burwash brings railroaders from Cascade Division Superintendent James O’Neill to brakeman Anthony John Dougherty to brilliant life. Relive the crucial moments where men worked feverishly to clear the snow-clogged line over Washington’s Stevens Pass and intimately feel the fatigue, frustration, and misery of working hours upon hours in the harsh winter weather or aboard steaming rotary snow plows. Expertly blending historical fact with railroad knowledge, Burwash delivers an amazing fictional account of this incredible, but often overlooked true event and simultaneously reveals the courage and fortitude of the human spirit.

Der falsche Trip

Author: Gary Krist
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3105616799
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Ein packender Thriller über zwei Jungen in Washington, D.C., die nur einen Fehler machen: zur falschen Zeit am falschen Ort zu sein. Sie werden Zeugen eines perfekt inszenierten Mordes. Aber als Zeugen müssen sie bald um ihr eigenes Leben fürchten. Eine gnadenlose Jagd beginnt. (Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine frühere Ausgabe.)