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Devenir

100 ratings

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Dans ses mémoires très attendus, Michelle Obama raconte son parcours exceptionnel, depuis son enfance dans le South Side de Chicago en passant par les années au cours desquelles elle a dû concilier sa vie d’avocate et de mère de famille, jusqu’aux huit années passées à la Maison-Blanche, où l’ancienne première dame a su imprimer sa marque tout en soutenant son mari alors qu’il dirigeait l’Amérique pendant des moments difficiles.   "Il y a encore tant de choses que j'ignore au sujet de l'Amérique, de la vie, et de ce que l'avenir nous réserve. Mais je sais qui je suis. Mon père, Fraser, m'a appris à travailler dur, à rire souvent et à tenir parole. Ma mère, Marian, à penser par moi même et à faire entendre ma voix. Tous les deux ensemble, dans notre petit appartement du quartier du South Side de Chicago, ils m'ont aidée à saisir ce qui faisait la valeur de notre histoire, de mon histoire, et plus largement de l'histoire de notre pays. Même quand elle est loin d'être belle et parfaite. Même quand la réalité se rappelle à vous plus que vous ne l'auriez souhaité. Votre histoire vous appartient, et elle vous appartiendra toujours. À vous de vous en emparer." Michelle Obama  

©2018 Éditions Fayard (P)2018 Audiolib

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Death of a Salesman

24 ratings

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Arthur Miller’s most famous play, Death of a Salesman, has become a key text in Western literature. This unusually powerful recording, made for radio in 1953, was directed by Elia Kazan who premiered the play. It features Thomas Mitchell and Arthur Kennedy as father and son. Willy, a travelling salesman, based in New York, relentlessly chases material success. As the disappointing nature of his reality crowds in upon him, Willy and his family suffer the tragic cost of his delusions of greatness. A domestic tragedy, a cynical indictment of materialism and the American Dream, and a profoundly moving story of one man’s struggle to maintain his dignity in the face of continual adversity - Miller’s play is essential listening. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2009 Naxos Audiobooks (P)2009 Naxos Audiobooks

Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
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Understanding Complexity

12 ratings

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Recent years have seen the introduction of concepts from the new and exciting field of complexity science that have captivated the attention of economists, sociologists, engineers, businesspeople, and many others. These include tipping points, the wisdom of crowds, six degrees of separation (or Kevin Bacon), and emergence.  Interest in these intriguing concepts is widespread because of the utility of this field. Complexity science can shed light on why businesses or economies succeed and fail, how epidemics spread and can be stopped, and what causes ecological systems to rebalance themselves after a disaster.  In fact, complexity science is a discipline that may well hold the key to unlocking the secrets of some of the most important forces on Earth. But it's also a science that remains largely unknown, even among well-educated people.  Now you can discover and grasp the fundamentals and applications of this amazing field with Understanding Complexity. Professor Scott E. Page of the University of Michigan - one of the field's most highly regarded teachers, researchers, and real-world practitioners - introduces you to this vibrant and still evolving discipline. In 12 lucid lectures, you learn how complexity science helps us understand the nature and behavior of systems formed of financial markets, corporations, native cultures, governments, and more.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2009 The Great Courses (P)2009 The Teaching Company, LLC

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The Crucible

10 ratings

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In the rigid theocracy of Salem, Massachusetts, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town. In the ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor, The Crucible mirrors the anti-Communist hysteria in the 1950s.

(P)1994 L.A. Theatre Works

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The Sum of Us

6 ratings

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One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone - not just for people of color.  “This is the book I’ve been waiting for.” (Ibram X. Kendi, number-one New York Times best-selling author of How to Be an Antiracist) Heather McGhee’s specialty is the American economy - and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. From the financial crisis to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a common root problem: racism. But not just in the most obvious indignities for people of color. Racism has costs for White people, too. It is the common denominator of our most vexing public problems, the core dysfunction of our democracy and constitutive of the spiritual and moral crises that grip us all. But how did this happen? And is there a way out?  McGhee embarks on a deeply personal journey across the country from Mississippi to California to Maine, tallying what we lose when we buy into the zero-sum paradigm - the idea that progress for some of us must come at the expense of others. Along the way, she meets White people who confide in her about losing their homes, their dreams, and their shot at better jobs to the toxic mix of American racism and greed. This is the story of how public goods in this country - from parks and pools to functioning schools - have become private luxuries; of how unions collapsed, wages stagnated, and inequality increased; and of how this country, unique among the world’s advanced economies, has thwarted universal healthcare. But in unlikely places of worship and work, McGhee finds proof of what she calls the Solidarity Dividend: gains that come when people come together across race, to accomplish what we simply can’t do on our own. The Sum of Us is a brilliant analysis of how we arrived here: divided and self-destructing, materially rich but spiritually starved and vastly unequal. McGhee marshals economic and sociological research to paint an irrefutable story of racism’s costs, but at the heart of the book are the humble stories of people yearning to be part of a better America, including White supremacy’s collateral victims: White people themselves. With startling empathy, this heartfelt message from a Black woman to a multiracial America leaves us with a new vision for a future in which we finally realize that life can be more than zero-sum.

©2021 Heather McGhee (P)2021 Random House Audio

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After the Fall

1 rating

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Arthur Miller's famous autobiographical drama takes place inside the tortured mind of a 40-year-old lawyer. Quentin is haunted by his disastrous affair with a needy sex symbol, a character rumored to be based on Marilyn Monroe, Miller's second wife.

©1999 L.A. Theatre Works (P)1999 L.A. Theatre Works

Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
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The Price

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Arthur Miller's deeply moving drama reunites two long-estranged middle-aged brothers. Nostalgia and recrimination erupt as they sell off an attic of furniture, their last link to a family and a world that no longer exist. This 1968 classic is a wrenching saga of plaintive gestures and missed opportunities. A BBC co-production.

(P)1995 L.A. Theatre Works

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The Man Who Had All the Luck

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The Man Who Had All the Luck, Arthur Miller's first Broadway play, offers a fascinating first look into the playwright that would go on to become one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. Depicting themes of justice, family, luck, and fate; The Man Who Had All the Luck focuses on David Beeves, a Midwesterner who has good fortune shine upon, while passing others around him by. Will his luck run out and at what price? Features an exclusive discussion with Director and Profession of Theatre at UCLA's School of Theatre, Film, and TV Michael Hackett.

©2007 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2007 L.A. Theatre Works

Narrator: uncredited
Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
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Incident at Vichy

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In a small and dark room, nine men are assembled under a shadowy pretext. As tension builds, the men are questioned: are they the sort of people that the new Nazi regime considers "inferior"?

(P)2002 L.A. Theatre Works

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Death of a Salesman

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Arthur Miller’s most famous play, Death of a Salesman, has become a key text in Western literature. This unusually powerful recording, made for radio in 1953, was directed by Elia Kazan who premiered the play. It features Thomas Mitchell and Arthur Kennedy as father and son. Death of a Salesman is a 1949 stage play written by American playwright Arthur Miller. It won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. The play premiered on Broadway in February 1949, running for 742 performances, and has been revived on Broadway four times, winning three Tony Awards for Best Revival. It is considered by some critics to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century.

©2020 Arthur Miller (P)2020 Arthur Miller

Narrator: Thomas Mitchell
Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
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Broken Glass

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Set in 1938 Brooklyn, this gripping psychological mystery begins when attractive, level-headed Sylvia Gellburg suddenly loses her ability to walk. The only clue lies in Sylvia's obsession with news accounts from Germany. Though safe in Brooklyn, Sylvia is terrified by Nazi violence; or is it something closer to home?

(P)1997 L.A. Theatre Works

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All My Sons

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World War II is over and a family, mourning a son missing in action, plants a memorial tree and tries to go on with their lives. A storm blows down the tree and a devastating family secret is uprooted, setting the characters on a terrifying journey towards truth.

(P)1998 L.A. Theatre Works

Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
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A View from the Bridge

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Italian-American immigrant life in the 1950s textures this searing drama of love and revenge. Longshoreman Eddie Carbone is devoted to his wife, Beatrice, and to his niece, Catherine. When Beatrice's impoverished Sicilian cousins enter the U.S. illegally in the hope of finding work, Eddie gives them a helping hand. But when Catherine and one of her cousins fall in love, Eddie's affection for his niece turns into obsession.

(P)1998 L.A. Theatre Works

Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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