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Cran, William

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Most widely held works by William Cran
The story of English by Robert McCrum( Book )

111 editions published between 1962 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 5,717 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
Do you speak American? : a companion to the PBS television series by Robert MacNeil( Book )

11 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,966 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
From Jesus to Christ the first Christians( Visual )

26 editions published between 1988 and 2012 in English and held by 1,730 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
Commanding heights the battle for the world economy by Daniel Yergin( Visual )

21 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 1,264 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
1421, the year China discovered America?( Visual )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and Chinese and held by 993 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
Do you speak American? by Robert MacNeil( Visual )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 977 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. Episode one discusses linguistic dialect zones, the tension between prescriptivism and descriptivism, the impact of dialect on grapholect, the northern cities vowel shift, the roots of African-American English, minority linguistic profiling, biases against nonstandard speech, and the general perception of the U.S. Midland dialect as "normal American." Looks at hip-hop street talk, IM slang, Pittsburghese, and Gullah and Geechee. Episode two reviews Southern dialects and accents and the influences of French and Spanish on American English. Examines regional differences in vernacular, the steady displacement of Southern coastal dialect by inland dialect, the accents of JFK and LBJ, and the Texas border town of El Cenizo, where Spanish is the official language. Episode three looks at Spanglish, Chicano, Ebonics, and "Surfer Dude." Discusses the implications of voice-activation technology, opinions on the role of Spanish in the U.S., why teens create their own language, gay self-empowerment by redefining discriminatory terms, the oo-fronting sound shift, and whether technology will reinforce or weaken racial and regional stereotypes
The Story of English by Robert McCrum( Visual )

48 editions published between 1986 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 9: Will standard English, as it was known in the 20th century, disappear? Will English continue as the global tongue, or will its numerous varieties become, as offshoots of Latin did, a host of mutually unintelligible languages? This program features new varieties of English that have transcended British and American influence. The program focuses on some of the most successful examples of "New English," including Jamaican creole, the English of India, and the pidgin of Melanesia, brought to Papua New Guinea by maritime trade. The program concludes with the possibility that the world's first global language will endure alongside its unrecognizable descendants.--from publisher
The age of AIDS( Visual )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 830 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
The Prize the epic quest for oil, money and power( Visual )

5 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A panoramic history of the largest, riskiest, most lucrative industry in the world--oil
America at a crossroads. the men and ideas behind al Qaeda( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 276 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
Among the righteous lost stories from the holocaust in Arab lands( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 223 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://
Ambush in Mogadishu( Visual )

3 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 195 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 183 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 )

6 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Scottish influence on the English language in Britain and on the spread and sound of English in the new world is traced
Extreme oil( Visual )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 160 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
The agony of reform by William Cran( Visual )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and Dutch and held by 155 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 Muvver Tongue( Visual )

8 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the development of cockney English and its influence on Australian and New Zealand English
The battle of ideas by Daniel Yergin( Visual )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and Dutch and held by 128 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 Freidrich 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
Red files secrets of the Russian archives revealed( Visual )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 126 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"--Container
An English speaking world( Visual )

6 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the development of the English language, and how it became the language of choice for technology, diplomacy, business, and popular culture for many nations
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Do you speak American? : a companion to the PBS television seriesCommanding heights the battle for the world economyDo you speak American?The Story of EnglishThe agony of reformThe battle of ideas