Best Selling Books by Michael Meyer

Michael Meyer is the author of Literature to Go (2016), English and American Literatures (2005), The Bedford Introduction to Literature (2015), The Last Days of Old Beijing (2010) and other 196 books.

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Literature to Go

release date: Aug 19, 2016
Literature to Go
Drawn from our best-selling anthology The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Literature to Go is a brief and inexpensive collection of stories, poems, and plays supported by the superior instruction you expect from a Michael Meyer anthology. With literature from many periods, cultures, and diverse voices, the book is also a complete guide to close reading, critical thinking, and thoughtful writing about literature. The third edition features 66 new, carefully chosen stories, poems, and plays—as well as new art throughout—continuing the anthology’s mission to present literature as a living, changing art form.

English and American Literatures

release date: Jan 01, 2005

The Bedford Introduction to Literature

release date: Dec 11, 2015

The Last Days of Old Beijing

release date: Jul 23, 2010
The Last Days of Old Beijing
Journalist Michael Meyer has spent his adult life in China, first in a small village as a Peace Corps volunteer, the last decade in Beijing--where he has witnessed the extraordinary transformation the country has experienced in that time. For the past two years he has been completely immersed in the ancient city, living on one of its famed hutong in a century-old courtyard home he shares with several families, teaching English at a local elementary school--while all around him "progress" closes in as the neighborhood is methodically destroyed to make way for high-rise buildings, shopping malls, and other symbols of modern, urban life. The city, he shows, has been demolished many times before; however, he writes, "the epitaph for Beijing will read: born 1280, died 2008...what emperors, warlords, Japanese invaders, and Communist planners couldn''t eradicate, the market economy can." The Last Days of Old Beijing tells the story of this historic city from the inside out-through the eyes of those whose lives are in the balance: the Widow who takes care of Meyer; his students and fellow teachers, the first-ever description of what goes on in a Chinese public school; the local historian who rallies against the government. The tension of preservation vs. modernization--the question of what, in an ancient civilization, counts as heritage, and what happens when a billion people want to live the way Americans do--suffuse Meyer''s story.

In Search of Spiritual Sense

release date: May 12, 2011

Continuous Stochastic Calculus with Applications to Finance

release date: Oct 25, 2000
Continuous Stochastic Calculus with Applications to Finance
The prolonged boom in the US and European stock markets has led to increased interest in the mathematics of security markets, most notably in the theory of stochastic integration. This text gives a rigorous development of the theory of stochastic integration as it applies to the valuation of derivative securities. It includes all the tools necessary for readers to understand how the stochastic integral is constructed with respect to a general continuous martingale. The author develops the stochastic calculus from first principles, but at a relaxed pace that includes proofs that are detailed, but streamlined to applications to finance. The treatment requires minimal prerequisites-a basic knowledge of measure theoretic probability and Hilbert space theory-and devotes an entire chapter to application in finances, including the Black Scholes market, pricing contingent claims, the general market model, pricing of random payoffs, and interest rate derivatives. Continuous Stochastic Calculus with Application to Finance is your first opportunity to explore stochastic integration at a reasonable and practical mathematical level. It offers a treatment well balanced between aesthetic appeal, degree of generality, depth, and ease of reading.

The Road to Sleeping Dragon

release date: Oct 10, 2017
The Road to Sleeping Dragon
"In 1995, at the age of twenty-three, Michael Meyer joined the Peace Corps and, after rejecting offers to go to seven other countries, was sent to a tiny town in Sichuan. Knowing nothing about China, or even how to use chopsticks, Meyer wrote Chinese words up and down his arms so he could hold conversations, and, per a Communist dean''s orders, jumped into teaching his students about the Enlightenment, the stock market, and Beatles lyrics. Soon he realized his Chinese counterparts were just as bewildered by China''s changes as he was. Thus began an impassioned immersion into Chinese life. With humor and insight, Meyer puts readers in his novice shoes, winding across the length and breadth of his adopted country --from a terrifying bus attack on arrival, to remote Xinjiang and Tibet, into Beijing''s backstreets and his future wife''s Manchurian family, and headlong into efforts to protect China''s vanishing heritage at places like "Sleeping Dragon," the world''s largest panda preserve. In the last book of his China trilogy, Meyer tells a story both deeply personal and universal, as he gains greater ? if never complete ? assurance, capturing what it feels like to learn a language, culture and history from the ground up"--Amazon.com.

Pamphlet Architecture 36

Pamphlet Architecture 36
This newest addition to the Pamphlet Architecture series, long admired for its willingness to propose architectural solutions to challenging problems addresses the issue of rising sea levels with an interrogation of the concept of floating cities, a field of inquiry gaining increasing relevance and urgency with the impending reality of climate change. The authors explore notions of buoyancy and the amphibious through a typology based on human response and adaptation, to one of the hosting pressing issues of our day.

The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature

release date: Nov 04, 2019
The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature
The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature is a bestseller for a reason: It brings literature to life for students, helping to make them lifelong readers, better writers, and more critical thinkers in any path they choose. Classic works drawn from many periods and cultures appear alongside a strong showing from today''s authors. There is plenty of support for students, with critical reading and writing support, helpful sample close readings, writing assignments, and student papers in up-to-date MLA style. And, because everyone teaches and learns differently, there are many options for working with the literature, including case studies on individual works and themes that everyone can relate to. In-depth chapters on major authors including Flannery O''Connor and Nathaniel Hawthorne take students deeper into their work, and three chapters on the fiction of Dagoberto Gilb and the poetry of Billy Collins and Julia Alvarez--created in collaboration with the authors themselves--are one more way that the anthology showcases literature as a living, changing art form.

Benjamin Franklin's Last Bet

release date: Apr 12, 2022
Benjamin Franklin's Last Bet
The incredible story of Benjamin Franklin’s parting gift to the working-class people of Boston and Philadelphia—a deathbed wager that captures the Founder’s American Dream and his lessons for our current, conflicted age. Benjamin Franklin was not a gambling man. But at the end of his illustrious life, the Founder allowed himself a final wager on the survival of the United States: a gift of two thousand pounds to Boston and Philadelphia, to be lent out to tradesmen over the next two centuries to jump-start their careers. Each loan would be repaid with interest over ten years. If all went according to Franklin’s inventive scheme, the accrued final payout in 1991 would be a windfall. In Benjamin Franklin’s Last Bet, Michael Meyer traces the evolution of these twin funds as they age alongside America itself, bankrolling woodworkers and silversmiths, trade schools and space races. Over time, Franklin’s wager was misused, neglected, and contested—but never wholly extinguished. With charm and inquisitive flair, Meyer shows how Franklin’s stake in the “leather-apron” class remains in play to this day, and offers an inspiring blueprint for prosperity in our modern era of growing wealth disparity and social divisions.

Teaching English

release date: Sep 16, 2015
Teaching English
Teaching English covers all of the major issues and current trends in language learning and teaching, such as the trends toward empiricism, constructivism, differentiation, learner- and output-orientation, intercultural learning, and the use of multimedia. This book bridges the gap between the suggestions of theoretical approaches to foreign language teaching and the practical needs of both the educators (regardless of the institutions they are teaching and the experiences they have gathered) as well as the students. It will help readers profit from the materials and reflected practices for use in their own classrooms. And lastly, the book offers optimal preparation for exams in university courses and in teacher-training seminars.

In Manchuria

release date: Feb 17, 2015
In Manchuria
In the tradition of In Patagonia and Great Plains, Michael Meyer''s In Manchuria is a scintillating combination of memoir, contemporary reporting, and historical research, presenting a unique profile of China''s legendary northeast territory. For three years, Meyer rented a home in the rice-farming community of Wasteland, hometown to his wife''s family. Their personal saga mirrors the tremendous change most of rural China is undergoing, in the form of a privately held rice company that has built new roads, introduced organic farming, and constructed high-rise apartments into which farmers can move in exchange for their land rights. Once a commune, Wasteland is now a company town, a phenomenon happening across China that Meyer documents for the first time; indeed, not since Pearl Buck wrote The Good Earth has anyone brought rural China to life as Meyer has here. Amplifying the story of family and Wasteland, Meyer takes us on a journey across Manchuria''s past, a history that explains much about contemporary China--from the fall of the last emperor to Japanese occupation and Communist victory. Through vivid local characters, Meyer illuminates the remnants of the imperial Willow Palisade, Russian and Japanese colonial cities and railways, and the POW camp into which a young American sergeant parachuted to free survivors of the Bataan Death March. In Manchuria is a rich and original chronicle of contemporary China and its people.

The Year that Changed the World

release date: Aug 05, 2010
The Year that Changed the World
''Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!'' This declamation by president Ronald Reagan when visiting Berlin in 1987 is widely cited as the clarion call that brought the Cold War to an end. The West had won, so this version of events goes, because the West had stood firm. American and Western European resoluteness had brought an evil empire to its knees. Michael Meyer, in this extraordinarily compelling account of the revolutions that roiled Eastern Europe in 1989, begs to differ. Drawing together breathtakingly vivid, on-the-ground accounts of the rise of Solidarity in Poland, the stealth opening of the Hungarian border, the Velvet Revolution in Prague, and the collapse of the infamous wall in Berlin, Meyer shows that western intransigence was only one of the many factors that provoked such world-shaking change. More important, Meyer contends, were the stands taken by individuals in the thick of the struggle, leaders such as poet and playwright Vaclav Havel in Prague; Lech Walesa; the quiet and determined reform prime minister in Budapest, Miklos Nemeth; and the man who realized his empire was already lost and decided, with courage and intelligence, to let it go in peace, Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev. Michael Meyer captures these heady days in all their rich drama and unpredictability. In doing so he provides not just a thrilling chronicle of perhaps the most important year of the 20th century but also a crucial refutation of American mythology and a misunderstanding of history that was deliberately employed to lead the United States into some of the intractable conflicts it faces today.

The Little Brown Guide to Writing Research Papers

release date: Jan 01, 1985
The Little Brown Guide to Writing Research Papers
This book first explains the purpose and value of the research writing assignment and then guides students through each step of the research writing process.

Literature to Go with 2021 MLA Update

release date: Sep 14, 2021
Literature to Go with 2021 MLA Update
This ebook has been updated to provide you with the latest guidance on documenting sources in MLA style and follows the guidelines set forth in the MLA Handbook, 9th edition (April 2021). Drawn from our best-selling anthology The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature, Literature to Go is a brief and inexpensive collection of stories, poems, and plays accompanied by thorough critical reading and writing support.

A Public Involvement Program for the Chicago Area Regional Transportation Planning Process

A Review of Transportation System Management Plans Submitted in Response to New Federal Policy

Three Plays About Ibsen and Strindberg

release date: Jan 01, 2000
Three Plays About Ibsen and Strindberg
Includes the plays Lunatic and Lover, A Meeting in Rome, The Summer in Gossensass. Michael Meyer is widely regarded as the leading authority on Ibsen and as one of the leading authorities on Strindberg. The three short plays in this volume have all been widely and successfully performed and they provide intriguing insights into the personalties and often contrasting views of these two formidable figures.

The Bedford Introduction to Literature, High School Version

release date: Jan 11, 2013
The Bedford Introduction to Literature, High School Version
The Bedford Introduction to Literature is designed to be your go-to place for everything your students need to succeed in the AP Literature course — and in college. Along with Michael Meyer’s extensive and accessible reading and writing advice, your students will find an unsurpassed collection of classic and contemporary works including pieces never before found in an anthology, like stories by Z.Z. Packer, Kim Addonizio, and Dennis Lehane; poems by Kevin Young and Kay Ryan; and plays by Elaine Jarvik and Jon Robin Baitz. The 20 stories, 90 poems, and 4 plays new to this edition represent traditional, multicultural, contemporary, and popular literature — and include classics that have long made classroom discussion come alive. The Bedford Introduction to Literature not only helps your students succeed on the exam, but invites them to see writers as real people and literature as a living art.

Joe Java-Stout: Year One Beer Blogging, a Journey Begins

release date: Aug 16, 2018
Joe Java-Stout: Year One Beer Blogging, a Journey Begins
As a storyteller, I have been able to meet so many great people in the first year of my craft beer journey. In doing so I want to share with everyone these stories so that when you come to Nebraska you can enjoy the same experiences I have. The stories are just as much if not more about the people but I will definitely describe the great craft beers that I have tried along the way! I hope you enjoy reading the stories as much as I have writing them. Cheers!

Destination Southwest

release date: Jan 01, 1990
Destination Southwest
Describes retirement communities, including rentals, RV resorts, and mobile-homes, and covers recreation facilities, health care services, and costs

Spanish Ready Reference

release date: Jun 30, 2004
Spanish Ready Reference
Includes the basics for beginning Spanish speakers: articles, nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, punctuation, and capitalization. Students can keep all the facts right at their fingertips with this colorful two-sided ready reference card! Comes pre-punched for a three-ring binder and is laminated for years of use. 8 1/2" x 11" (22 x 28cm).

The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature with 2009 MLA Update

release date: Jun 17, 2010
The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature with 2009 MLA Update
The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature is designed to bring literature to life — and to make students lifelong readers. As an instructor of literature and writing, editor Michael Meyer understands that a particular challenge in today’s classroom is that students may not see literature as relevant to their lives. They may have difficulty reading it critically and lack confidence in their writing skills. With these factors in mind, Meyer has put together a lively collection of literature drawn from many periods, cultures, and voices, with an excellent representation of contemporary authors, women authors, and authors of color. These works are presented with more than a dozen chapters of critical reading and writing support, and a generous helping of sample close readings, writing assignments, and student papers. And, because everyone teaches a little differently, the book offers more options for working with the literature than any comparable anthology — including in-depth chapters on major authors and case studies on individual works and universal themes.

Exit Strategy

release date: Jun 08, 2021
Exit Strategy
Exit Strategy is the first book in a continuing series introducing the main characters. It is a crime thriller, which bounces between two events being investigated by the FBI over two weeks in late August/early September. The crimes initially believed to be unrelated introduce ex-military personnel on both sides of the law in a cat and mouse game unfolding across the globe, with an explosive climax. Told in the third person, author Meyer reveals his prowess as a storyteller. A quick read at just 250 pages, Exit Strategy, is excellent for your next vacation or long flight. Exit Strategy is pure fiction. Any similarities between persons, places, and activities are strictly coincidental. As an added bonus, please enjoy the first chapter in the sequel Next Wave, due out in late fall 2021.

Thinking and Writing about Literature

release date: Sep 26, 2000
Thinking and Writing about Literature
Thinking and Writing about Literature combines three books in one — a writing about literature text, an introduction to literature, and a thematic anthology — all working together to help students become better academic writers and better literary readers.

The Narrative and Selected Writings

release date: Jul 10, 2008

The Bedford Reader

release date: Apr 01, 2005

The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature 9th Ed + Videocentral for Literature

release date: Mar 01, 2011
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