Looks at the theory that large groups have more collective intelligence than a smaller number of experts, drawing on a wide range of disciplines to offer insight into such topics as politics, business, and the environment.
An account of the Putnam publishing concerns from 1872 through 1915,with a long list of authors associated with Putnam's, and also of Putnam's personal undertakings Discusses several Presidential campaigns of the late 1800s as well as WWI.George Haven Putnam (1844-1930) was the son of G. P. Putnam. He served in the Civil War until he was captured by the Confederates in 1864; he retired with the rank of major. On his father's death he became head of G. P. Putnam's Sons. Major Putnam was active in many civic and social causes. He organized the American Publishers' Copyright League in 1887 and led the successful battle for passage of an international copyright law in 1891. Among his many books are Books and Their Makers during the Middle Ages (2 vol., 1896-97), Memories of My Youth (1914), Memories of a Publisher (1915), and Some Memories of the Civil War (1924).
Lindbergh was the first solo pilot to cross the Atlantic non-stop from New York to Paris, in 1927. This awe-inspiring fight made him the most celebrated men of his day-a romantic symbol of the new aviation age. However, tragedy struck in 1932, where his baby was kidnapped and found dead. The unbearable trial forced Lindbergh into exile in England and France. However, his soon fasciation and involvement with the Nazi regime, resulted in public opinion turning against him. His life was at the forefront of pioneering research in aeronautics and rocketry. Also, his wife became one of the century's leading feminist voices. This biography explores the golden couple who have been considered American royalty.
Margaret Crosland's definitive biography sheds new light on the phenomenon that was Edith Piaf, enlarging on and in some cases correcting the half-truths provided by Piaf in her two autobiographies, The Wheel of Fortune and My Life. Piaf's rise to international stardom, her life-long addiction to alcohol and drugs including morphine, and her many turbulent love affairs and friendships are documented.
Shows how changes in work, family structure, women's roles, and other factors have caused people to become increasingly disconnected from family, friends, neighbors, and democratic structures--and how they may reconnect.
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