The Indian Ocean Tsunami: The Global Response to a Natural Disaster

Pradyumna Prasad Karan, Shanmugam P. Subbiah
University Press of Kentucky, 2011 - 310 Seiten
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Hal Ashby (1929--1988) was always an outsider, and as a director he brought an outsider's perspective to Hollywood cinema. After moving to California from a Mormon household in Utah, he created eccentric films that reflected the uncertain social climate of the 1970s. Whether it is his enduring cult classic Harold and Maude (1971) or the iconic Being There (1979), Ashby's artistry is unmistakable. His skill for blending intense drama with off-kilter comedy attracted A-list actors and elicited powerful performances from Jack Nicholson in The Last Detail (1973), Warren Beatty and Julie Christie in Shampoo (1975), and Jon Voight and Jane Fonda in Coming Home (1979). Yet the man behind these films is still something of a mystery.

In Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel, author Nick Dawson for the first time tells the story of a man whose thoughtful and challenging body of work continues to influence modern filmmakers and whose life was as dramatic and unconventional as his films. Ashby began his career as an editor, and it did not take long for his talents to be recognized. He won an Academy Award in 1967 for editing In the Heat of the Night and leveraged his success as an editor to pursue his true passion: directing. Crafting seminal films that steered clear of mainstream conventions yet attracted both popular and critical praise, Ashby became one of the quintessential directors of the 1970s New Hollywood movement.

No matter how much success Ashby achieved, he was never able to escape the ghosts of his troubled childhood. The divorce of his parents, his father's suicide, and his own marriage and divorce -- all before the age of nineteen -- led to a lifelong struggle with drugs for which he became infamous in Hollywood. And yet, contrary to mythology, it was not Ashby's drug abuse that destroyed his career but a fundamental mismatch between the director and the stifling climate of 1980s studio filmmaking. Although his name may not be recognized by many of today's filmgoers, Hal Ashby is certainly familiar to filmmakers. Despite his untimely death in 1988, his legacy of innovation and individuality continues to influence a generation of independent directors, including Wes Anderson, Sean Penn, and the Coen brothers, who place substance and style above the pursuit of box-office success.

In this groundbreaking and exhaustively researched biography, Nick Dawson draws on firsthand interviews and personal papers from Ashby's estate to offer an intimate look at the tumultuous life of an artist unwilling to conform or compromise.


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1 The Tsunami Disaster on the Andaman Sea Coast of Thailand
2 The Geoenvironment and the Giant Tsunami Disaster in the Northern Part of Sumatra Island Indonesia
3 Geological and Geomorphological Perspectives of the Tsunami on the Tamil Nadu Coast India
4 Tsunami Inundations and Their Impact in the Kaveri River Delta Tamil Nadu India
5 Impact of the Tsunami on the Coastal Ecosystems of the Andaman Islands India
6 Environmental Damage in the Maldives from the Indian Ocean Tsunami
7 Tsumani Disasters in the Seenigama Village Sri Lanka and Taro Town Japan
9 The Role of NGOs in Tsunami Relief and Reconstruction in Cuddalore District South India
10 Sociocultural Frame Religious Networks Miracles
11 Achievements and Weaknesses in Posttsunami Reconstruction in Sri Lanka
12 Improving Governance Structures for Natural Disaster Response
13 Transnational Geopolitical Competition and Natural Disasters

8 Posttsunami Recovery in South Thailand with Special Reference to the Tourism Industry

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Pradyumna P. Karan, University Research Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky, is the author of Japan in the 21st Century, The Non-Western World, and coauthor of Local Environmental Movements: A Comparative Study of the United States and Japan.

S. Subbiah, professor emeritus of geography and director of the Centre for Japanese Studies and Research at the University of Madras in Chennai, India, is the author of Challenges to Asian Urbanization in the 21st Century and coauthor of Natural Hazards and Disasters: Essays on Impacts and Management. He is the editor of the Indian Geographical Journal and lives in Chennai, India.

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