Documents in Crisis

Nonfiction Literatures in Twentieth-Century Mexico

Author: Beth E. Jörgensen

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438439393

Category: History

Page: 232

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2012 Best Book in the Humanities, presented by the Mexico Section of the Latin American Studies Assn. Examines the theory and practice of nonfiction narrative literature in twentieth-century Mexico. In the turbulent twentieth century, large numbers of Mexicans of all social classes faced crisis and catastrophe on a seemingly continuous basis. Revolution, earthquakes, industrial disasters, political and labor unrest, as well as indigenous insurgency placed extraordinary pressures on collective and individual identity. In contemporary literary studies, nonfiction literatures have received scant attention compared to the more supposedly “creative” practices of fictional narrative, poetry, and drama. In Documents in Crisis, Beth E. Jörgensen examines a selection of both canonical and lesser-known examples of narrative nonfiction that were written in response to these crises, including the autobiography, memoir, historical essay, testimony, chronicle, and ethnographic life narrative. She addresses the relative neglect of Mexican nonfiction in criticism and theory and demonstrates its continuing relevance for writers and readers who, in spite of the contemporary blurring of boundaries between fiction and nonfiction, remain fascinated by literatures of fact. “…[a] solidly informative book.” — Revista de Estudios Hispánicos “This book examines traditional ‘fact-based genres’—autobiography, chronicle essay, ethnography, memoir, testimony, and travel writing—as undertaken by some of Mexico’s best-known writers. Within a broad conceptual framework, Jörgensen engages with the work … [and] does an excellent job … Highly recommended.” — CHOICE “I can always count on Beth Jörgensen’s work for clearly written, smart analysis of the Mexican cultural scene. She is, of course, the author of an important study on Elena Poniatowska, and is known for her deep knowledge of Mexican nonfiction writers/cronistas. She brings this strength to her new book as well, where her deep familiarity and long interest in Mexican cultural forms lends her book an assured and confident grounding.” — Debra A. Castillo, author of Redreaming America: Toward a Bilingual American Culture

The Presidency in Times of Crisis and Disaster: Primary Documents in Context

Author: Brian M. Harward

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440870896

Category: Political Science

Page: 301

View: 1953


This resource uses primary documents and contextualizing essays to illuminate how America's presidents have responded to major tests of their leadership and approached their role and responsibilities in times of national crisis. • Provides readers with an understanding of the dynamics that shaped presidential responses to crises and disasters in American history • Allows readers to hear directly from presidents during times of national crisis, uncertainty, and mourning through primary documents • Provides important information about the circumstances and settings in which the presidents made their statements to the American people (and the wider world) in contextual headnotes for each primary source • Contextualizes the extent and limits of presidential authority and influence in times of national crisis, scandal, disaster, or tragedy in introductory essays from the author

The Constitution in Crisis

The High Crimes of the Bush Administration and a Blueprint for Impeachment

Author: House Democratic Judiciary Committee Staff

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1602390096

Category: History

Page: 302

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The Republican-led Congress has been notoriously slow to investigate the current Republican administration. For that reason, Representative Conyers of Michigan commissioned his staff to put together the report that became The Constitution in Crisis. It chronicles the deceptions, manipulations, and retributions of President George W. Bush and his administration. Did the President mislead the country in order to invade Iraq? Have suspected “evil-doers” been tortured in violation of U.S. and international laws? Has the National Security Agency eaves-dropped on American citizens in violation of wire tapping laws? This report is a must-read for anyone concerned about the direction of our nation! Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Berlin in the Cold War, 1948-1990: Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series III

Author: Patrick Salmon,Keith Hamilton,Stephen Robert Twigge

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415448703

Category: Social Science

Page: 128

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This volume consists of a book and fully searchable DVD containing a facsimile collection of diplomatic documents covering British reactions to critical developments regarding Berlin, its quadripartite administration, and role in the Cold War during the crises of 1948-49, 1959-61 and 1988-90. These events were each set within very different international contexts, but four interrelated themes are nevertheless common to each of the three chapters of the volume: the British Government s insistence, in conjunction with the Americans and the French, on upholding and safeguarding the rights of the four occupying powers in Berlin; British concerns with broader matters of military security in Western Europe as a whole and Germany in particular; the interaction of the four occupying powers with one another; and the questions raised by demographic change, especially population movements from east to west. All of the documents dealing with the events of 1989-90 fall within the UK s 30-year rule and are therefore not yet in the public domain.

CIA Documents on the Cuban Missile Crisis

Author: Mary S. McAuliffe

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 078811638X


Page: 356

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CIA1s most important documents about the Cuban Millsile Crisis. Contains the 3honeymoon cables2 that Director of CIA John A. McCone sent to Headquarters from France a month before the crisis, as well as his notes taken during the National Security Council Executive Committee meetings at the height of the crisis.

NATO's Lessons in Crisis

Institutional Memory in International Organizations

Author: Heidi Hardt

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190672196

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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In crisis management operations, strategic errors can cost lives. Some international organizations (IOs) learn from these failures whereas others tend to repeat them. Given that they have high rates of turnover, how is it possible that any IO retains knowledge about the past? This book introduces an argument for how and why IOs develop institutional memory from their efforts to manage crises. Findings indicate that the design of an IO's learning infrastructure (e.g. lessons learned offices and databases) can inadvertently disincentivize IO elites from using it to share knowledge about strategic errors. Elites - high-level officials in IOs - perceive reporting to be a risky endeavour. In response, they develop institutional memory by creating and using informal processes, including transnational interpersonal networks, private documentation and conversations during crisis management exercises. The result is an institutional memory that is highly dependent on only a handful of individuals. The book draws on the author's interviews and a survey experiment with 120 NATO elites across four countries. Cases of NATO crisis management in Afghanistan, Libya and Ukraine further illustrate the development of institutional memory. Findings challenge existing research on organizational learning by suggesting that formal learning processes alone are insufficient for ensuring that learning happens. The book also offers recommendations to policymakers for strengthening the learning capacity of IOs.