Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan, 1979-89 Braithwaite Rodric In a timely and eye-opening book Rodric Braithwaite examines the Russian experience in that most recent war in Afghanistan (after Alexander's conquests and the many British imperial wars and skirmishes). Largely basing his account on Russian sources and interviews he shows the war through the eyes of the Russians themselves - politicians, officers, soldiers, advisers, journalists, women. As former ambassador to Moscow, Rodric Braithwaite brings unique insights to the Soviet war in Afghanistan. The story has been distorted not only by Cold War propaganda but also by the myths of the nineteenth century Great Game. It moves from the high politics of the Kremlin to the lonely Russian conscripts in isolated mountain outposts. The parallels with Afghanistan today speak for themselves. A superb achievement of narrative history, sensitive writing and exciting fresh research: so wrote Simon Sebag Montefiore about Rodric Braithwaite's bestseller Moscow 1941. But those words, and many others of praise that were given it, could equally apply to his new book.
Nijinsky. A Life Moore Lucy He achieves the miraculous, the sculptor Auguste Rodin wrote of dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. He embodies all the beauty of classical frescoes and statues. Like so many since, Rodin recognised that in Nijinsky classical ballet had one of the greatest and most original artists of the twentieth century, in any genre. Immersed in the world of dance from his childhood, he found his natural home in the Imperial Theatre and the Ballets Russes, he had a powerful sponsor in Sergei Diaghilev - until a dramatic and public failure ended his career and set him on a route to madness. As a dancer, he was acclaimed as godlike for his extraordinary grace and elevation, but the opening of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring saw furious brawls between admirers of his radically unballetic choreography and horrified traditionalists. Nijinsky's story has lost none of its power to shock, fascinate and move. Adored and reviled in his lifetime, his phenomenal talent was shadowed by schizophrenia and an intense but destructive relationship with his lover, Diaghilev. I am alive he wrote in his diary, and so I suffer. In the first biography for forty years, Lucy Moore examines a career defined by two forces - inspired performance and an equally headline-grabbing talent for controversy, which tells us much about both genius and madness. This is the full story of one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century, comparable to the work of Rosamund Bartlett or Sjeng Scheijen.
Sounds Appealing. The Passionate Story of English Pronunciation Crystal David It's not what you say, it's the way that you say it... So is it demonstrate or demonstrate? Advertise or advertise? Controversy or controversy? There have long been debates about pronunciation, and Britain's best-loved linguistic expert, David Crystal, is here to tell us why, and how, we pronounce words as we do. Outlining the different effects created by pronunciation and the delivery of speech - from Eliza Doolittle to Winston Churchill - Sounds Appealing examines how phonetics and pronunciation shape our identity. As entertaining as it is enlightening, both casual and committed linguists alike will be utterly intrigued by the peculiarities of pronunciation. Equipping his readers with a present and historical knowledge of phonetics and linguistics, David Crystal will have you delighting in the intricacies and eccentricities of spoken English.
Sounds Appealing. The Passionate Story of English Pronunciation Crystal David It's not what you say, it's the way that you say it... There have long been debates about "correct" pronunciation in the English language, and Britain's most distinguished linguistic expert, David Crystal, is here to set the record straight. Sounds Appealing tells us exactly why, and how, we pronounce words as we do. Pronunciation is integral to communication, and is tailored to meet the demands of the two main forces behind language: intelligibility and identity. Equipping his readers with knowledge of phonetics, linguistics and physiology - with examples ranging from Eliza Doolittle to Winston Churchill - David Crystal explores the origins of regional accents, how they are influenced by class and education, and how their peculiarities have changed over time.
The Story of English in 100 Words Crystal David Featuring Latinate and Celtic words, weasel words and nonce-words, ancient word (loaf) to advanced (twittersphere) and spanning the indispensable words that shape our tongue (and, what) to the more fanciful (fopdoodle), the author takes us along the winding byways of language via the rude, the obscure and the downright surprising.