The Energy Caper, or Nixon in the Sky with Diamonds takes you on a merry romp with a band of twenty-something idealists looking for love and hoping to change the world in an alternate universe in which the Kennedys were not assassinated and the Vietnam War ended before it began. Joining in the fun are President Richard Nixon and Dr. Timothy Leary, the escaped convict Nixon calls ´´the most dangerous man in the world´´ for turning America´s youth into no-good hippies. Nixon is the same profane, venal S-O-B that made him such a hit in our universe, but here he is unleashed in a world where there was no Vietnam War to slow him down and Watergate is just a fancy hotel. Elected on a pledge to wage an unrelenting ´´war on drugs,´´ Nixon instead confronts a different kind of war: an energy war. The Arab oil embargo is driving the country toward a second Great Depression as motorists line up for hours to buy gasoline at any price. Desperate for alternatives to oil, Nixon learns of a plant which produces three times more biomass per acre than corn. America could farm its way to energy independence in just five short years. A secret weapon has dropped in Nixon´s lap, but he is shocked to learn that, under another name, the secret weapon which could defeat the oil cartel is a primary target of his War on Drugs. If he can lead America to energy independence by convincing conservatives to legalize cultivation of the plant Thomas Jefferson called ´´America´s most valuable crop´´ in the name of national security, the final spot on Mount Rushmore will be his. Nixon knows that only a law-and-order, hippie-bashing conservative like himself could hope to buck America´s richest families and most powerful corporations to pull off a caper this crazy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Scott Morrison. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/037757/bk_acx0_037757_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
James Dean to Hopper: ´´I saw what you did today. Today you were great.´´ Jack Nicholson to Hopper: ´´We´re geniuses, you know that? Isn´t it great to be a genius?´´ The chopper-riding hippie outlaw in Easy Rider. The prophetic madman in the jungle in Apocalypse Now. The terrifying psychopath in Blue Velvet. The kid gone wrong in Rebel Without a Cause. The actor taken under the wing of James Dean who longed to be the next Orson Welles. The hell-raising director who revolutionized Hollywood. An enigmatic man from Dodge City, Kansas, on an endless quest to realize the American Dream. Dennis Hopper has been described as a rebel, an icon, an addict plagued by demons, and one of the most important champions of the pop-art movement. Friend to Warhol, muse to David Lynch, mentor to Sean Penn, champion of Ice-T, Dennis Hopper built a career that was a half-century of rebellion waged at the edge of American popular culture. Tom Folsom´s Hopper is a wild ride through Dennis´s many lives. Featuring hundreds of interviews with Hopper´s fellow actors, artists, musicians, and residents of Taos, New Mexico (where he spent much of his most manic time), as well as his ex-wives and many other people who knew him, Hopper takes you on an extraordinary - and sometimes troubling - journey. From Dennis´s early days with his grandparents on a dusty farm in Kansas, where he watched trains go by on their way to Los Angeles, to his formative time in Hollywood as one of a bright new crop of actors straddling the edge of the studio system, to the rebellious 1960s and the start of the independent film movement, to the drug-addled 1970s and beyond, when Hopper staged one of the greatest Hollywood comebacks of all time - Tom Folsom has crafted a biography as unconventional as Dennis Hopper himself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ray Porter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003304/bk_harp_003304_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.