Betting on Famine

Titre : Betting on Famine
Auteur : Jean Ziegler
Éditeur : New Press, The
ISBN-13 : 9781595588494
Libération : 2013-08-06

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Few know that world hunger was very nearly eradicated in our lifetimes. In the past five years, however, widespread starvation has suddenly reappeared, and chronic hunger is a major issue on every continent. In an extensive investigation of this disturbing shift, Jean Ziegler—one of the world’s leading food experts—lays out in clear and accessible terms the complex global causes of the new hunger crisis. Ziegler’s wide-ranging and fascinating examination focuses on how the new sustainable revolution in energy production has diverted millions of acres of corn, soy, wheat, and other grain crops from food to fuel. The results, he shows, have been sudden and startling, with declining food reserves sending prices to record highs and a new global commodities market in ethanol and other biofuels gobbling up arable lands in nearly every continent on earth. Like Raj Patel’s pathbreaking Stuffed and Starved, Betting on Famine will enlighten the millions of Americans concerned about the politics of food at home—and about the forces that prevent us from feeding the world’s children.

Betting on Famine

Titre : Betting on Famine
Auteur : Jean Ziegler
Éditeur : New Press, The
ISBN-13 : 9781595588616
Libération : 2013-08-06

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Few know that world hunger was very nearly eradicated in our lifetimes. In the past five years, however, widespread starvation has suddenly reappeared, and chronic hunger is a major issue on every continent. In an extensive investigation of this disturbing shift, Jean Ziegler—one of the world’s leading food experts—lays out in clear and accessible terms the complex global causes of the new hunger crisis. Ziegler’s wide-ranging and fascinating examination focuses on how the new sustainable revolution in energy production has diverted millions of acres of corn, soy, wheat, and other grain crops from food to fuel. The results, he shows, have been sudden and startling, with declining food reserves sending prices to record highs and a new global commodities market in ethanol and other biofuels gobbling up arable lands in nearly every continent on earth. Like Raj Patel’s pathbreaking Stuffed and Starved, Betting on Famine will enlighten the millions of Americans concerned about the politics of food at home—and about the forces that prevent us from feeding the world’s children.

The Bet

Titre : The Bet
Auteur : Paul Sabin
Éditeur : Yale University Press
ISBN-13 : 9780300176483
Libération : 2013-09-03

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Are we headed for a world of scarce resources and environmental catastrophe, or will innovation and markets yield greater prosperity

A Famine of Horses

Titre : A Famine of Horses
Auteur : P.F. Chisholm
Éditeur : Head of Zeus
ISBN-13 : 9781784978563
Libération : 2016-09-01

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In 1592, Sir Robert Carey, a handsome courtier, comes north to Carlisle to take up his new post as Deputy Warden of the West March. He has wangled his appointment to be nearer his true love, a married woman, and far from the gimlet eyes of his creditors and the disapproving eye of his father. Sir Robert is quick to realize he won't see any perks from the job if he fails to keep the peace. Alas, he is quickly challenged by the murder of a local lad, the possible betrayal of a disappointed rival, the ire of the lady's husband, and the question of the horses – the hundreds of horses being stolen from all over the neighborhood. It's hard to say whether the greater danger lies without the city walls amidst the scheming Scots – or within, amidst the unruly English garrison.

Scepticism Inc

Titre : Scepticism Inc
Auteur : Bo Fowler
Éditeur : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN-13 : 9781582340722
Libération : 2000-03-16

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A weary atheist, Edgar Malroy challenges people to put their money where their faith is at his metaphysical betting shop. He causes a dangerous faith war, resulting in multiple popes, a beautiful messianic woman who claims to be God's messenger, and a technological meltdown with artificially intelligent home appliances.

A Lesson Before Dying

Titre : A Lesson Before Dying
Auteur : Ernest J. Gaines
Éditeur : Serpent's Tail
ISBN-13 : 9781847655448
Libération : 2015-06-18

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An Oprah Book Club selection Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize In a small Cajun community in the late 1940s, a young black man named Jefferson witnesses a liquor store shootout in which three men are killed. The only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Gaines explores the deep prejudice of the American South in the tradition of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird and Toni Morrison's Beloved. A Lesson Before Dying is a richly compassionate and deeply moving novel, the story of a young black man sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit, and a teacher who hopes to ease his burden before the execution.

The Swiss the Gold and the Dead

Titre : The Swiss the Gold and the Dead
Auteur : Jean Ziegler
Éditeur : Harcourt
ISBN-13 : UOM:39015040336136
Libération : 1998

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A Swiss sociologist examines the relationship between Swiss bankers and Nazi Germany during the Holocaust, detailing how Switzerland's leading financial institutions provided Hitler with loans, favorable foreign exchanges, and the means to launder gold looted from concentration camp victims. 25,000 first printing.

Sports Betting and Bookmaking

Titre : Sports Betting and Bookmaking
Auteur : Arne K. Lang
Éditeur : Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN-13 : 9781442265547
Libération : 2016-07-14

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Horse racing in America dates back to the colonial era when street races were a common occurrence. The commercialization of horse racing produced a sport that would briefly surpass all others in popularity, with annual races such as the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes growing to rank among America’s most celebrated sporting events. From the very onset, horse racing and gambling were intertwined. As the popularity of racing and betting grew, so, too, did the controversies and corruption. Yet, despite the best efforts of social reformers, bookmakers stubbornly plied their trade, adapting and evolving as horse racing gave way to team sports as the backbone of their business. In Sports Betting and Bookmaking: An American History, Arne K. Lang provides a sweeping overview of legal and illegal sports and race betting in the United States, from the first thoroughbred meet at Saratoga in 1863 through the modern day. The cultural war between bookmakers and their adversaries is a recurring theme, as bookmakers were often forced into the shadows during times of social reform, only to bloom anew when the time was ripe. While much of bookmaking’s history takes place in New York, other locales such as Chicago, Las Vegas, and Atlantic City—not to mention Cyberspace—are also discussed in this volume. A comprehensive exploration of the evolution of bookmaking—including the legal developments and technological advancements that have taken place over the years—Sports Betting and Bookmaking is a fascinating read. This informative and engaging book will be of interest to anyone wanting to learn more about America’s long history with gambling on horse racing and team sports.

Ten Billion

Titre : Ten Billion
Auteur : Stephen Emmott
Éditeur : Vintage
ISBN-13 : 9780345806468
Libération : 2013-09-10

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A VINTAGE ORIGINAL Just over two hundred years ago, there were one billion humans on Earth. There are now over seven billion of us. And, sometime this century, the world population will reach at least ten billion. Deforestation. Desertification. Species extinction. Global warming. Growing threats to food and water. The driving issues of our times are the result of one huge problem: Us. As the population continues to grow, our problems will increase. And this means that every way we look at it, a planet of ten billion people is likely to be a nightmare. Stephen Emmott, a scientist whose lab is at the forefront of research into complex natural systems, sounds the alarm. TEN BILLION is a snapshot of our planet, and our species, approaching a crisis, and a stark analysis of where this leaves us. TEN BILLION is not another climate book. TEN BILLION is a book about us.

Bet the Farm

Titre : Bet the Farm
Auteur : Frederick Kaufman
Éditeur : John Wiley & Sons
ISBN-13 : 0470631929
Libération : 2012-10-16

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Visiting the front lines of the food supply system and food politics, a renowned food journalist investigates why we can't all have healthy, delicious, affordable food, explaining how food has been financialized and the powerful consequences of this change.