A Chorus of Stones: The Private Life of War by Susan Griffin

By Susan Griffin

A great and provocative exploration of the interconnection of personal existence and the large-scale horrors of battle and devastation
A Pulitzer Prize and nationwide ebook Award finalist, and a winner of the Bay sector ebook Reviewers organization Award, Susan Griffin's A refrain of Stones is a rare reevaluation of heritage that explores the hyperlinks among person lives and catastrophic, world-altering violence. some of the most acclaimed and poetic voices of up to date American feminism, Griffin delves into the viewpoint of these whose own relationships and relatives histories have been profoundly prompted by way of warfare and its frequently mystery mechanisms: the bomb-maker and the bombing sufferer, the soldier and the pacifist, the grand architects who have been formed via own event and in flip reshaped the world.

stating that "each solitary tale belongs to a bigger story"—and starting with the brutal and heartbreaking conditions of her personal childhood—Griffin examines how the sophisticated dynamics of parenthood, formative years, and marriage interweave with the enormous violence of world clash. She proffers a daring and robust new realizing of the psychology of battle via illuminating glimpses into the non-public lives of Ernest Hemingway, Mahatma Gandhi, Heinrich Himmler, British officer Sir Hugh Trenchard, and different historical figures—as good because the munitions employees at Oak Ridge, a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing, and different humbler but indispensible witnesses to historical past.

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There is a widespread sense in the literature on news organisation as well as in the basic assumptions of journalistic training that news producers are able to provide the resources for public deliberation and act as an autonomous space by adhering to a critical sense of objectivity and neutrality. Schudson (2003), for example, maintains that despite a certain element of control and restriction from external forces, news professionals essentially operate with a genuine sense of their own autonomy which they are able to employ in the news production process.

It is arguably a fundamental prerequisite in the cosmopolitan vision that it is possible to understand the world ‘as a whole’, indeed to imagine the world as a ‘global polity’. GCS scholars are keen to emphasise how this process has been facilitated by developments in ICTs. Interestingly, the media is rarely dealt with as a distinctive operation, more or less absorbed into general observations of ICTs – and really technology at large – and just loosely referred to as having gone ‘global’ (Keane 2003; Anheier et al.

Glasius & Kaldor 2002: 11) It is important here not to overstate the extent to which advocates of GCS are looking to express the existence or desire for a single global identity based on common values (cf. Keane 2003), but there is an ‘Global Civil Society’ and the Media 23 overwhelming sense in the literature that the media, and the reality of global media events, do establish a new appreciation of the individual and his or her universal moral obligation, not only to achieve selffulfillment, but to go beyond that in the search for the ‘global common good’ (Ezzat 2005: 41).

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