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The Concrete River

Author : Luis J. Rodríguez
ISBN : 9781453259092
Genre : Poetry
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A mesmerizing collection of poems of urban pain and immigrant alienation, humming with a current of genuine beauty and the pulse of lifeThe Concrete River’s poems are dispatches from city corners that CNN viewers never see, that few dare visit, and that fewer still manage to escape. Rodríguez sings corridos of barrios and busted Chicanos trying to make it in L.A. and Chicago, from ballads of Watts’s broken glass to blues played alongside a tequila bottle under an elevated train. But the music also captures moments of true beauty amid the hard urban surfaces, where the cries of the ’hood “deliver sacrifices / of sound and flesh, / as a mother’s milk flows,” while love and community offer renewed hope. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Luis J. Rodríguez including rare images from the author’s personal collection.
Category: Poetry

The Concrete River

Author : John Shannon
ISBN : 193364821X
Genre : Fiction
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"John Shannon's literary mysteries deserve a much wider audience. They are tough, wry, graceful, humane, deeply engaged with the world. The Jack Liffey series is a major re-imagining of Los Angeles."—Los Angeles Times Book Review
Category: Fiction

The Concrete Dragon

Author : Thomas J. Campanella
ISBN : 9781568989488
Genre : Architecture
File Size : 67.15 MB
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China is the most rapidly urbanizing nation in the world, with an urban population that may well reach one billion within a generation. Over the past 25 years, surging economic growth has propelled a construction boom unlike anything the world has ever seen, radically transforming both city and countryside in its wake. The speed and scale of China's urban revolution challenges nearly all our expectations about architecture, urbanism and city planning. China's ambition to be a major player on the global stage is written on the skylines of every major city. This is a nation on the rise, and it is building for the record books. China is now home to some of the world's tallest skyscrapers and biggest shopping malls; the longest bridges and largest airport; the most expansive theme parks and gated communities and even the world's largest skateboard park. And by 2020 China's national network of expressways will exceed in length even the American interstate highway system. China's construction industry, employing a workforce equal to the population of California, has been erecting billions of square feet of housing and office space every year. But such extensive development has also meant demolition on a scale unprecedented in the peacetime history of the world. Nearly all of Beijing's centuries-old cityscape has been bulldozed in recent years, and redevelopment in Shanghai has displaced more families than 30 years of urban renewal in the United States. China's cities are also rapidly sprawling across the landscape, churning precious farmland into a landscape of superblock housing estates and single-family subdivisions laced with highways and big-box malls. In a mere generation, China's cities have undergone a metamorphosis that took 150 years to complete in the United States. The Concrete Dragon: China's Urban Revolution and What it Means for the World sheds light on this extraordinary chapter in world urban history. The book surveys the driving forces behind the great Chinese building boom, traces the historical precedents and global flows of ideas and information that are fusing to create a bold new Chinese cityscape, and considers the social and environmental impacts of China's urban future. The Concrete Dragon provides a critical overview of contemporary Chinese urbanization in light of both China's past as well as earlier episodes of rapid urban development elsewhere in the world--especially that of the United States, a nation that itself once set global records for the speed and scale of its urban ambitions.
Category: Architecture

Extreme Mission

Author : Sego Ayah
ISBN : 1456871986
Genre : Fiction
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Kondali Ana Mason is a combat master and a receptor for psychic thought. Her first meeting with the General at ECOM, Inc. was not a good experience. The General is very subdued and controls ECOM both etherically and ruthlessly. An intelligent man who developed a universal hate and a deep commitment to world dominance on the planet Hurrix. The General is separate and apart from everything. The General with his black cigars, bald head and beard, over weight, and with a sullen appearance could never evolve into what makes life worthwhile. Konda could see that he was evil and his whole intent was to inflict suffering upon the world of Hurrix and other paranormal and parallel dimensions throughout the universe.
Category: Fiction

Report Of The Chief Of Engineers U S Army

Author : United States. Army. Corps of Engineers
ISBN : UOM:39015067110794
Genre : Military engineering
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Includes the Report of the Mississippi River Commission, 1881-19 .
Category: Military engineering


Author : United States. Army. Office of the Chief of Engineers
ISBN : CORNELL:31924064657889
Genre : Military engineering
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Category: Military engineering

Congressional Serial Set

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Genre : United States
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Reports, Documents, and Journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
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The Seven States Of California

Author : Philip L. Fradkin
ISBN : 0520209427
Genre : History
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A survey of the distinct ecological areas of California looks at the natural features that typify them, and links them to stories about the people found there, from Native Americans to Chinese laborers.
Category: History

The Rose That Grew From Concrete

Author : Tupac Shakur
ISBN : 9780671028459
Genre : Music
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A collection of verse by the late hip-hop star Tupac Shakur includes more than one hundred poems confronting such wide-ranging topics as poverty, motherhood, Van Gogh, and Mandela.
Category: Music