By Christa Wolf

The beautiful ultimate novel from East Germany's such a lot acclaimed writer

Three years after the autumn of the Berlin Wall, the author Christa Wolf was once granted entry to her newly declassified Stasi records. identified for her defiance and outspokenness, Wolf was once no longer specifically shocked to find forty-two volumes of files produced through the East German mystery police. yet what used to be remarkable used to be a skinny eco-friendly folder whose contents advised an unfamiliar—and disturbing—story: within the early Sixties, Wolf herself have been an informant for the Communist govt. And but, thirty years on, she had completely no recollection of it.
Wolf's striking autobiographical ultimate novel is an account of what it used to be prefer to reckon with one of these surprising discovery. in accordance with the yr she spent in l. a. after those explosive revelations, City of Angels is without delay a robust exam of reminiscence and a shockingly humorous and touching exploration of L.A., a urban strikingly assorted from any Wolf had ever visited.
whilst she displays at the burdens of twentieth-century historical past, Wolf describes the pleasures of using a Geo Metro down Wilshire side road and staring at episodes of Star Trek late at evening. wealthy with philosophical insights, own revelations, and shiny descriptions of a various urban and its electorate, City of Angels is a profoundly humane and disarmingly sincere novel—and a robust end to a impressive occupation in letters.

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It was chaired by Senator Gerald Nye, a populist Republican from North Dakota who viewed arms exports as a dangerous form of entanglement that could embroil the United States in foreign wars. The aviation industry drew Nye’s attention relatively late in the game. His committee’s investigations, which began in 1934, drew the greatest media attention for its revelations regarding the practices of gun makers and explosives companies, with a special focus on the DuPont Corporation. The focus on the aircraft industry didn’t come until 1936.

They were then flown to Britain from there, in keeping with the law—on the theory that they were being delivered to Canada, not Britain. The Roosevelt administration winked at this clear violation of the spirit, if not the letter, of the Neutrality Act. ”51 To meet the British demands and continue to produce the other aircraft on its order books, Lockheed had to purchase more land at its Burbank location and double its workforce. In 1939 the company earned $3 million in profits, the largest figure in its history.

Allan moved to Hollywood and went into the real estate business while serving as a sales agent for Malcolm’s hydraulic brake company. Jack Northrop eventually took a job with Loughead’s rival, the Douglas Aircraft Corporation, but he found the work unstimulating and spent time on the side designing his own small aircraft. In the meantime, Allan Loughead found some new investors, most prominently Fred Keeler, a man who had invested in Malcolm’s hydraulic brakes company. 16 The change of the company name to Lockheed was to match what Malcolm had done with the name in starting his hydraulic brakes company; as noted earlier, neither brother changed his own last name to Lockheed until the 1930s.

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