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Maddie Mulhern is suddenly in charge. Her mum and dad - former 80s pop duo Pineapple Mist - have left for the summer on a nostalgia concert tour, so Maddie must manage their struggling Karaoke bar, 'Sing it Back'. It suits Maddie down to the ground, in fact. After years of trudging through temping jobs, she needs a change. When Maddie spots an advert for a new prime-time show looking for a bar to be the setting of a fly-on-the-wall documentary, she has the genius idea that this is just the sort of exposure that the place needs. Together with the bar's old-timers (faded drag queen Ruby du Jour, suave barman Alex and wannabe actress/reluctant waitress Jasmine) she'll turn the karaoke bar around into a huge global brand and make pots of her money for her family. Simple. Right? Money-grubbing TV exec Evan and the seemingly too-smooth-to-be-true producer Nick might just have other ideas . . . As the TV series builds to a live final episode, will Maddie see the truth in a Careless Whisper? Will Nick be able to keep his Poker Face? One thing's for sure, before the credits roll there'll be Blood on the Dancefloor . . .
"Christian Joppke's study of the East German dissidents deserves to be a classic in political sociology. The author's mastery of the relevant theoretical literature is dazzling. Add to this his meticulous research and complete command of a complex empirical case, and you have all the ingredients for a truly exceptional book. Joppke's work is as relevant to the student of modern Germany as it is to those interested in the comparative politics of social movements, the European left and nationalism. Rarely have I seen a case study of such far-reaching theoretical as well as political implication as Joppke's." --Andrei S. Markovits, Professor and Chair Board of Studies in Politics University of California, Santa Cruz "An excellent book. Joppke not only succeeds in presenting a very nuanced, and clearly written, account of the social and intellectual forces that led to the GDR's fall. He also provides an admirable synthesis of much of what we know about the East European expression of Leninism, from the big experiments of the 1950s to the big bang of 1989." --A. James McAdams, University of Notre Dame While the dissident movements of Eastern Europe were abandoning communism in pursuit of visions of liberal democracy, the East German movement continued to struggle for reform within the communist movement. InEast German Dissidents and the Revolution of 1989, Christian Joppke explains this anomaly in compelling narrative detail. He argues that the peculiarities of German history and culture prevented the possibility of a national opposition to communism. Lured by the regime's proclaimed antifascism, East German dissidents had to remain in a paradoxical way loyal to the opposed regime. The definitive study of East German opposition, Joppke's work also presents an overview of opposition in communist systems in general, providing both a model of social movements within Leninist regimes and a balance to current revisionist histories of the GDR.East German Dissidents and the Revolution of 1989will be of interest to scholars and students of social movements, revolution, German politics and society, the East European transformation, and communist systems.
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