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Cran, William

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The story of English by Robert McCrum( Book )

118 editions published between 1962 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 5,682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Library Journal: A tie-in for a nine-part television series to be broadcast over PBS beginning in September, this is a wide-ranging account of the travels and changes of the English tongue from its beginnings to tomorrow, from England to America to Australia to Africa and India and the Pacific. Despite an occasionally perceptible British bias, the authors have tried hard to paint a colorful, vivid picture of the many faces and varieties of English. The text is never dull, but is enlivened by innumerable examples and by interviews with representative individuals: a minister in Scotland, a couple from the Appalachians, a storekeeper in Newfoundland, a Philadelphia shoeshine man, a cockney fruitseller, an Australian farm family, the president of Sierra Leone, a writing professor in India. A readable book that all public libraries should have. BOMC alternate. Catherine V. von Schon, SUNY, Stony Brook
From Jesus to Christ the first Christians( Visual )

49 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and held by 2,062 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explore the life of Jesus and the movement he started, challenging familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity. Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence and interviews with the nation's leading New Testament scholars, the series transports the viewer back two thousand years to the time and place where Jesus once lived and preached
Do you speak American? : a companion to the PBS television series by Robert MacNeil( Book )

13 editions published in 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a look at the origins, history, and current state of American spoken and written language, looking at the linguistic traditions in diverse regions of the country and assessing the influence of e-mail and other factors
Commanding heights : the battle for the world economy by Daniel Yergin( Visual )

24 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Episode two: illustrates how economies with strict governmental control encountered serious trouble in the 1980s and how many leaders embraced the idea of "shock therapy," a rapid conversion to free-market capitalism. The program focuses in detail on how reform played out in several countries: Russia, Poland, India, Bolivia, and Chile, as they lived through the upheavals of rapid change, dealing with both the new freedoms and the new dangers of privatization, deregulation, and competition
The Story of English by British Broadcasting Corporation( Visual )

60 editions published between 1986 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Details the history of the English language and provides a unique focus on current English usage worldwide with a special emphasis on American English
1421, the year China discovered America?( Visual )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and Chinese and held by 1,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Did a daring Chinese admiral sailing the world's largest wooden armada reach America 71 years before Columbus? This program examines the mystery surrounding the sailing exploits of the legendary Admiral Zheng He and his 30-year command of a Ming fleet. Part one discusses his known voyages to Asia and Africa; part two discusses the controversial theory that he rounded the Cape of Good Hope, and sailed on to America
Do you speak American? by William Cran( Visual )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 969 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines sociolinguistic questions and the dynamic state of American English, a language rich in regional variety, strong in global impact, and steeped in cultural controversy
The age of AIDS( Visual )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 832 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part one follows the trail of a medical mystery which began in 1981 when five gay men in Los Angeles were diagnosed with a deadly new disease. Traces the international response in the first years of the epidemic, contrasting moments of inspirational leadership with the tragedy of missed opportunities. Reveals the astounding spread of the infection to over 70 million infections in 2006. Part two explores the chasm that emerged between rich and poor following the development of the miraculous "triple cocktail" HIV treatment. While the discovery seemed to signal a new era in which AIDS was no longer a fatal disease, the high price of the drugs meant they were unaffordable to patients in developing nations. Also examines the next wave of the AIDS epidemic in some of the most populous and strategically important nations in the world, including Russia, India and China, and tracks the same pattern of official denial and political indifference that characterized the epidemic in so many other countries
America at a crossroads. the men and ideas behind al Qaeda( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides an in-depth look at the modern, radical Islamic groups, and the ideas and beliefs that inspire them, along with the challenges they pose for governments in the Middle East and the West. From the Muslim Brotherhood in the 1940s to Islamic organizations today, get an insightful perspectives of Islam from Western and Middle Eastern journalists, U.S. intelligence experts on the frontlines of the fight against al Qaeda, and friends and contemporaries of Sama bin Lden and his lieutenant Ayman al-Zawahiri
The Prize the epic quest for oil, money and power( Visual )

4 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This miniseries tells the story of oil and how it has dominated world politics, influenced two world wars, shaken the world economy, and transformed our century
Among the righteous lost stories from the holocaust in Arab lands( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Among the Righteous recounts Robert Satloff's eight-year effort to provide a hopeful response to the problems of Holocaust ignorance and denial in the Arab world by asking a question no one had ever before posed: Did any Arabs save any Jews during the Holocaust?"--Http://www.pbs.org/newshour/among-the-righteous/about.html
Extreme oil( Visual )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrays the challenges that face the oil industries and the consumers of the infinite products of oil. "The pipeline" follows the route of a pipeline linking the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean Sea and thus the global market. "The oil curse" contrasts the cases of Ecuador and western Africa, and looks at how the discovery of oil has affected the local population. "The wilderness" explores the tension between the world's desire for oil and existing and proposed environmental restraints
Ambush in Mogadishu( Visual )

3 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frontline investigates what went wrong with the peacekeeping mission in Mogadishu. On Oct. 3, 1993, elite units of the U.S. Army's Rangers and Delta Force were pinned down on the streets of Mogadishu by forces of Somali warlord, Mohammed Farah Aidid. Eighteen American soldiers died and seventy-five were wounded. The incident caused the U.S. to rethink its response to the world's humanitarian crises
Apocalypse!( Visual )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Apocalypse! traces the evolution of apocalyptic ideology throughout the Ages - from its origin in the Jewish experience after the Babylonian exile to its diverse and often tumultous expression in modern times."--Container
The Story of English( Visual )

7 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the influence of Scottish and Irish Gaelic on the English language. Discusses the English spoken in the Appalachian region of the U.S
The agony of reform by Daniel Yergin( Visual )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and Dutch and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The agony of reform explores the failure of government-controlled economies in the 1980s and how new leaders embraced the ideas of reform and "shock therapy"- a rapid conversion to free-market capitalism. The program focuses on how reform played out in Russia, the eastern bloc, Latin America, India and other countries as they lived through the upheavals of rapid change, coping with both the new freedoms and the new issues of privatization, deregulation, and the shock of free-wheeling competition
The Story of English( Visual )

11 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the development of Cockney English and its influence on Australian and New Zealand English
Red files secrets of the Russian archives revealed( Visual )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Red files exposes a fascinating view of history from the Soviet perspective. Featuring powerful interviews with key Soviet participants, never-before-seen film archives and declassified dossiers, the series tells compelling stories of personal and political intrigue that were hidden behind the Iron Curtain for generations
The battle of ideas by William Cran( Visual )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and Dutch and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The battle of ideas identifies how the world, for much of the twentieth century, first moved toward more government control and then began to move away. The program focuses on the struggle between two economic thinkers, John Maynard Keynes, whose ideas on government intervention dominated much of the twentieth century, and Friedrich Von Hayek, whose free-market ideas were largely ignored until the economic crises of the 1970s forced political leaders to rediscover them. In the 1980s, the simultaneous emergence of the governments of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan set the stage for a worldwide capitalist revolution- one that will be tested by economic turmoil in the future
The Story of English( Visual )

14 editions published between 1986 and 2002 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The series concludes with an intriguing look at what the future may hold for today's most influential global language
 
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