Description : ABSTRACT: This research on Taiwanese flight attendant illustrates the female-dominated occupation in the Asian context, which contributes to the current dialogues dominated by the Western literatures. Flight attendants are mixed with a glorious beauty myth in several Asian countries. While this occupation always attracts so much public attention, research on flight attendants has been relatively few and limited to certain disciplines. In this research I explored how this occupation changes women's lives, how female flight attendants incorporate doing gender and emotional labor at work and how the femininity is constructed. The ethnographical methods of the research include interviews, participation observations and textual analysis, were used to understand women's experiences at work. During 2005 and 2006, a total of 32 interviews were conducted; participation observations were done in several workrelated contexts and materials were collected from various media sources for textual analysis. Findings show that women's bodies are always supervised, monitored and disciplined in both visible and invisible mechanism when at work.
Description : Aeronauts The Struggle to Fly is an historical based fictional saga involving hundreds of dreamers, designers, builders, and daring aeronauts between the years 1784 and 1913. It shines a light on some early visionaries and aviators that came of age before the Wright brothers were even born. It challenges the paradigm of how we thought events unfolded and what we thought we knew. Exciting clips of flight that let the reader tag along and feel the wind in their hair and bugs in their teeth. Oh, what it must feel like to fly. The story covers the how and whys, political finagling and public involvement which occurred worldwide in the first decade of the 19th century. It touches on the inconsistencies and misconceptions of the time. It details the nuts and bolts of flying machine construction, trial and flight, and follows the mechanics and flyers whose stories have since become legend. It follows in exquisite detail the first great flying events in history, The Rheims Meet in France, The Dominguez Meet in California and The Harvard Boston Meet. It follows the greatest aviators who ever lived through their struggles to fly, it chronicles their lives and their deaths.
Description : The Greeks of the classical age invented not only the central idea of Western politics—that the power of state should be guided by a majority of its citizens—but also the central act of Western warfare, the decisive infantry battle. Instead of ambush, skirmish, or combat between individual heroes, the Greeks of the fifth century B.C. devised a ferocious, brief, and destructive head-on clash between armed men of all ages. In this bold, original study, Victor Davis Hanson shows how this brutal enterprise was dedicated to the same outcome as consensual government—an unequivocal, instant resolution to dispute. Linking this new style of fighting to the rise of constitutional government, Hanson raises new issues and questions old assumptions about the history of war. A new preface addresses recent scholarship on Greek warfare.
Description : Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) rose from humble beginnings to become a leading spiritual and philosophical thinker. His works continue to influence thousands of people around the world; Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra have all been indebted to him. And yet he belonged to no religion, sect or country. Nor did he subscribe to any school of political or ideological thought. On the contrary, Krishnamurti maintained that these are the very factors that divide human beings and bring about conflict and war – an approach that makes his teachings particularly appealing in our own times. The Flight of the Eagle is regarded as one of Krishnamurti’s key works, grappling with themes such as freedom, change, peace, violence and – finally – the transcendental and the unknown.
Description : Tells the story of Virgil Richardson, co-founder of Harlem's American Negro Theater, radio personality in the 1930s, World War II pilot, and an expatriate through much of the last fifty years.
Description : On April 10, 2010, Polish Air Force 101 (roughly equivalent to the U.S. government Air Force One) carrying the Polish President, first lady, and 94 other high level government officials, clergy, military, representatives of Katyn Families, and other important individuals in Poland's business and culture crashed in a fog outside of Smolensk, Russia. The plane was on its way to a ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre. There were no survivors. This book describes what happened and why. It points out the complex nature of such tragic plane crashes often due to human factors. More importantly, it tells the story from the perspective of the people involved and the terrible loss to the country which resulted from this historical and tragic event.
Description : Silent, upon a peak in Nevèrÿon. The enchanted land of Nevèrÿon is the most fascinating fantasy empire ever mapped by a modern word-enchanter - a realm of nameless terror and sensuous delights beyond the feeble imaginings of mortal men and women. Now Nevèrÿon's wildest desires and darkest dreams collide with the drear realities of our own blighted world as the gossamer boundaries between the real and the fantastic, truth and falsehood being to break down. And the world we know (or think we know) is revealed to us as if for the first time.
Description : The Romanian Revolution of 1989 was the most spectacularly violent and remains today the most controversial of all the East European upheavals of that year. Despite (or perhaps because of) the media attention the revolution received, it remains shrouded in mystery. How did the seemingly impregnable Ceausescu regime come to be toppled so swiftly and how did Ion Iliescu and the National Salvation Front come to power? Was it by coup d'état? Who were the mysterious "terrorists" who wreaked such havoc on the streets of Bucharest and the other major cities of Romania? Were they members of the notorious securitate? What was the role of the Soviet Union? Blending narrative with analysis, Peter Siani-Davies seeks to answer these and other questions while placing the events and their immediate aftermath within a wider context. Based on fieldwork conducted in Romania and drawing heavily on Romanian sources, including television and radio transcripts, official documents, newspaper reports, and interviews, this book is the most thorough study of the Romanian Revolution that has appeared in English or any other major European language. Recognizing that a definitive history of these events may be impossible, Siani-Davies focuses on the ways in which participants interpreted the events according to particular scripts and myths of revolution rooted in the Romanian historical experience. In the process the author sheds light on the ways in which history and the conflicting retellings of the 1989 events are put to political use in the transitional societies of Eastern Europe.
Description : As service workers in a luxurious sleeping-car train system, Pullman porters had both the highest status in the black community and the lowest rank on the train. They were trapped in the dual roles of charming host and obedient servant, and their constant smiles--even in the face of unreasonable demands by white passengers--were part of the job requirement. Jack Santino's interviews with retired porters provide extensive firsthand accounts of their work, the job inequities they faced, the formation of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, and the aborted Pullman porter strike of 1928. Through the testimony of ran-and-file workers as well as key figures such as E. D. Nixon, the porter who initiated the Montgomery bus boycott and helped launch the career of Martin Luther King, Jr. and C.L. Dellums, the only surviving founding member of the BSCP, Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle illuminates the Pullman porters' struggle for dignity.