Seinfeld, Friends, Frasier, ER, Cheers, Law & Order, Will & Grace… Here is the funny, splashy, irresistible insiders’ account of the greatest era in television history - told by the actors, writers, directors, producers, and the network executives who made it happen… and watched it all fall apart. Warren Littlefield was the NBC President of Entertainment who oversaw the Peacock Network’s rise from also-ran to a division that generated a billion dollars in profits. In this fast-paced and exceptionally entertaining oral history, Littlefield and NBC luminaries including Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Kelsey Grammer, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Julianna Marguiles, Anthony Edwards, Noah Wylie, Debra Messing, Jack Welch, Jimmy Burrows, Helen Hunt, and Dick Wolf vividly recapture the incredible era of Must See TV. From 1993 through 1998, NBC exploded every conventional notion of what a broadcast network could accomplish with the greatest prime-time line-up in television history. On Thursday nights, a cavalcade of groundbreaking comedies and dramas streamed into homes, attracting a staggering 75 million viewers and generating more revenue than all other six nights of programming combined. The road to success, however, was a rocky one. How do you turn a show like Seinfeld, one of the lowest testing pilots of all time, into a hit when the network overlords are constantly warring, or worse, drowning in a bottle of vodka? Top of the Rock is an addictively readable account of the risky business decisions, creative passion, and leaps of faith that made Must See TV possible. Chock full of delicious behind-the-scenes anecdotes that run the gamut from hilarious casting and programming ploys to petty jealousies and drug interventions, you’re in for a juicy, unputdownable read. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Balaban. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002998de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This collection includes seven documentaries:Days of InfamyWithin the living memory of Americans are two deadly surprise attacks against the United States: Japan´s assault on Pearl Harbor, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Both times, the Library of Congress sent people out to record the voices of ordinary Americans as they reacted to a changed world.Red Runs the VistulaIn August 1944, five years after the start of World War II, the people of Warsaw, armed with just a few guns and gasoline bombs, rose up against the German occupation of their city. This documentary tells the story of the Warsaw Uprising from the point of view of those who were there.Korea: The Unfinished WarTo fully grasp the ongoing tensions between the United States and North Korea, it is important to understand the war that ended more than fifty years ago.Revisiting VietnamTwenty-five years after the fall of Saigon, the legacy of the war affects lives on both sides of the Pacific.The Few Who StayedIn April 1994, Rwanda exploded into 100 days of violence, killing 800,000 people. Most turned their backs to the bloodshed. Here is the story of those who stayed.Married to the MilitaryDangerous insurgent attacks in Iraq and longer deployments are straining military families. Through audio diaries and extensive interviews with soldiers and their families, the documentary explores the military as a career choice and as a way of life for families - and as an industry in a military town.Massacre at CuskaIn 1999, Serb death squads attacked the ethnic Albanian village of Cuska and left 41 unarmed civilians dead. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/arwt/000051de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On July 23, 1999, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the most powerful X-ray telescope ever built, was launched aboard the space shuttle Columbia. Since then, Chandra has given us a view of the universe that is largely hidden from telescopes sensitive only to visible light. In Chandra´s Cosmos, Wallace H. Tucker uses a series of short, connected stories to describe the telescope´s exploration of the hot, high-energy face of the universe. The book is organized in three parts: The Big, covering the cosmic web, dark energy, dark matter, and massive clusters of galaxies; The Bad, exploring neutron stars, stellar black holes, and supermassive black holes; and The Beautiful, discussing stars, exoplanets, and life. Chandra has imaged the spectacular, glowing remains of exploded stars and taken spectra showing the dispersal of their elements. Chandra has observed the region around the supermassive black hole in the center of our Milky Way and traced the separation of dark matter from normal matter in the collision of galaxies. Tucker explores the implications of these observations in an entertaining, informative narrative aimed at space buffs and general listeners alike. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Perkins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007309de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.