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The Secret History

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor a group of clever eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal and at last inexorably into evil


A Short History of Nearly Everything

In Bryson s biggest book he confronts his greatest challenge to understand and if possible answer the oldest biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us To that end he has attached himself to a host of the world s most advanced and often obsessed archaeologists anthropologists and mathematicians travelling to their offices laboratories and field camps He has read or tried to read their books pestered them with questions apprenticed himself to their powerful minds b A Short History of Nearly Everything b i i is the record of this quest and it is a sometimes profound sometimes funny and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge as only Bill Bryson can render it Science has never been more involving or entertaining


A Brief History of Time

In the ten years since its publication in Stephen Hawking s classic work has become a landmark volume in scientific writing with more than nine million copies in forty languages sold worldwide That edition was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the origins and nature of the universe But the intervening years have seen extraordinary advances in the technology of observing both the micro and the macrocosmic worlds These observations have confirmed many of Professor Hawking s theoretical predictions in the first edition of his book including the recent discoveries of the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite COBE which probed back in time to within years of the universe s beginning and revealed wrinkles in the fabric of space time that he had projected Eager to bring to his original text the new knowledge revealed by these observations as well as his own recent research Professor Hawking has prepared a new introduction to the book written an entirely new chapter on wormholes and time travel and updated the chapters throughout


A People's History of the United States

Known for its lively clear prose as well as its scholarly research i A People s History of the United States i is the only volume to tell America s story from the point of view of and in the words of America s women factory workers African Americans Native Americans working poor and immigrant laborers


World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity Max Brooks driven by the urgency of preserving the acid etched first hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet He recorded the testimony of men women and sometimes children who came face to face with the living or at least the undead hell of that dreadful time World War Z is the result Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance that gripped human society through the plague years br br Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve year old Patient Zero to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold to the United States of Southern Africa where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price to the west of the Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War br br Most of all the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader but the effort is invaluable because as Mr Brooks says in his introduction By excluding the human factor aren t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may heaven forbid lead us one day to repeat it And in the end isn t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as the living dead br br i Note Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission Eyewitness reports from the first truly global war gt i


The History of Love

i An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found a href https www goodreads com book show the history of love rel nofollow here a i br br Fourteen year old Alma Singer is trying to find a cure for her mother s loneliness Believing she might discover it in an old book her mother is lovingly translating she sets out in search of its author Across New York an old man called Leo Gursky is trying to survive a little bit longer He spends his days dreaming of the lost love who sixty years ago in Poland inspired him to write a book And although he doesn t know it yet that book also survived crossing oceans and generations and changing lives


Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

years ago at least six human species inhabited the earth Today there is just one Us Homo sapiens br br How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms How did we come to believe in gods nations and human rights to trust money books and laws and to be enslaved by bureaucracy timetables and consumerism And what will our world be like in the millennia to come br br In i Sapiens i Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical and sometimes devastating breakthroughs of the Cognitive Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions Drawing on insights from biology anthropology paleontology and economics he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies the animals and plants around us and even our personalities Have we become happier as history has unfolded Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors And what if anything can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come br br Bold wide ranging and provocative Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human our thoughts our actions our power and our future


The Histories

One of the masterpieces of classical literature the Histories describes how a small and quarrelsome band of Greek city states united to repel the might of the Persian empire But while this epic struggle forms the core of his work Herodotus natural curiosity frequently gives rise to colorful digressions a description of the natural wonders of Egypt an account of European lake dwellers and far fetched accounts of dog headed men and gold digging ants With its kaleidoscopic blend of fact and legend the Histories offers a compelling Greek view of the world of the fifth century BC


The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Today buffeted by one food fad after another America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder Will it be fast food tonight or something organic Or perhaps something we grew ourselves The question of what to have for dinner has confronted us since man first discovered fire But as Michael Pollan explains in this revolutionary book how we answer it now at the dawn of the twenty first century may determine our survival as a species Packed with profound surprises The Omnivore s Dilemma is changing the way Americans think about the politics perils and pleasures of eating


History of Beauty

Now in paperback Umberto Eco s groundbreaking and much acclaimed first illustrated book has been a critical success since its first publication in What is beauty Umberto Eco among Italy s finest and most important contemporary thinkers explores the nature the meaning and the very history of the idea of beauty in Western culture The profound and subtle text is lavishly illustrated with abundant examples of sublime painting and sculpture and lengthy quotations from writers and philosophers This is the first paperback edition of i History of Beauty i making this intellectual and philosophical journey with one of the world s most acclaimed thinkers available in a more compact and affordable format br br From the Trade Paperback edition


Salt: A World History

b From the Bestselling Author of Cod and The Basque History of the World b br br In his fifth work of nonfiction Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history salt The only rock we eat salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning and its story is a glittering often surprising part of the history of humankind A substance so valuable it served as currency salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities provoked and financed wars secured empires and inspired revolutions Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details b Salt by Mark Kurlansky b is a supremely entertaining multi layered masterpiece br br Mark Kurlansky is the author of many books including b Cod The Basque History of the World b b b and b The Big Oyster b His newest book is b Birdseye b


Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1)

A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler s Europe and his son a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father s story and history itself


Romeo And Juliet (Green Apple: History)

In i Romeo and Juliet i Shakespeare creates a world of violence and generational conflict in which two young people fall in love and die because of that love The story is rather extraordinary in that the normal problems faced by young lovers are here so very large It is not simply that the families of Romeo and Juliet disapprove of the lover s affection for each other rather the Montagues and the Capulets are on opposite sides in a blood feud and are trying to kill each other on the streets of Verona Every time a member of one of the two families dies in the fight his relatives demand the blood of his killer Because of the feud if Romeo is discovered with Juliet by her family he will be killed Once Romeo is banished the only way that Juliet can avoid being married to someone else is to take a potion that apparently kills her so that she is burried with the bodies of her slain relatives In this violent death filled world the movement of the story from love at first sight to the union of the lovers in death seems almost inevitable br p What is so striking about this play is that despite its extraordinary setting one perhaps reflecting Elizabethan attitudes about hot blooded Italians it has become the quintessential story of young love Because most young lovers feel that they have to overcome giant obstacles in order to be together because they feel that they would rather die than be kept apart and especially because the language Shakespeare gives his young lovers is so exquisite allowing them to say to each other just what we would all say to a lover if we only knew how it is easy to respond to this play as if it were about all young lovers rather than about a particular couple in a very unusual world When the play was rewritten in the eighteen century as i The History and Fall of Caius Marius i the violent setting became that of a particularly discordant period in classical Rome when Leonard Berstein rewrote the play as i West Side Story i he chose the violent world of New York street gangs p


The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

Hitler boasted that The Third Reich would last a thousand years It lasted only But those years contained some of the most catastrophic events Western civilization has ever known p No other powerful empire ever bequeathed such mountains of evidence about its birth and destruction as the Third Reich When the bitter war was over and before the Nazis could destroy their files the Allied demand for unconditional surrender produced an almost hour by hour record of the nightmare empire built by Adolph Hitler This record included the testimony of Nazi leaders and of concentration camp inmates the diaries of officials transcripts of secret conferences army orders private letters all the vast paperwork behind Hitler s drive to conquer the world p p The famed foreign correspondent and historian William L Shirer who had watched and reported on the Nazis since spent five and a half years sifting through this massive documentation The result is a monumental study that has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of one of the most frightening chapters in the history of mankind p p This worldwide bestseller has been acclaimed as the definitive book on Nazi Germany it is a classic work p p The accounts of how the United States got involved and how Hitler used Mussolini and Japan are astonishing and the coverage of the war from Germany s early successes to her eventual defeat is must reading p


Color: A Natural History of the Palette

Discover the tantalizing true stories behind your favorite colors br For example Cleopatra used saffron a source of the color yellow for seduction Extracted from an Afghan mine the blue ultramarine paint used by Michelangelo was so expensive he couldn t afford to buy it himself Since ancient times carmine red still found in lipsticks and Cherry Coke today has come from the blood of insects


At Home: A Short History of Private Life

Houses aren t refuges from history They are where history ends up br br Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped Yet one day he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home To remedy this he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to write a history of the world without leaving home The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene the bedroom sex death and sleep the kitchen nutrition and the spice trade and so on as Bryson shows how each has figured in the evolution of private life Whatever happens in the world he demonstrates ends up in our house in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture


History of Art

For s of art lovers both amateur amp professional esthetic life began with Janson as his History of Art is often called In the st edition published in he spoke to that perennial reader he gently called the troubled layman His opening paragraph revealed his sympathy Why is this supposed to be art he quoted rhetorically How often have we heard this question asked or asked it ourselves perhaps in front of one of the strange disquieting works that we are likely to find nowadays in the museum or art exhibition Keeping that curious questioning perspective in mind he wrote a history of art from cave painting to Picasso that was singularly welcoming illuminating amp exciting Sojourning thru this book a reader is offered every amenity for a comfortable trip Because he never assumes knowledge on the part of the reader a recent immigrant from Mars could comprehend Western art from this text The only assumption the Jansons have made is that with a little guidance everyone can come to understand the artifacts that centuries of architecture sculpture design amp painting have deposited in our paths Countless readers have proven the Jansons right amp found their lives enriched in the process


The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

A timely and essential update on globalization its successes and discontents powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists br br When scholars write the history of the world twenty years from now and they come to the chapter Y K to March what will they say was the most crucial development The attacks on the World Trade Center on and the Iraq war Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India China and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing creating an explosion of wealth in the middle classes of the world s two biggest nations giving them a huge new stake in the success of globalization And with this flattening of the globe which requires us to run faster in order to stay in place has the world gotten too small and too fast for human beings and their political systems to adjust in a stable manner br br In this brilliant new book the award winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman demystifies the brave new world for readers allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering global scene unfolding before their eyes With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues Friedman explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty first century what it means to countries companies communities and individuals and how governments and societies can and must adapt The World Is Flat is the timely and essential update on globalization its successes and discontents powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists br br An expanded and revised version was published in hardcover in April


The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Over the last half billion years there have been five mass extinctions when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs This time around the cataclysm is us br br In prose that is at once frank entertaining and deeply informed i The New Yorker i writer Elizabeth Kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before Interweaving research in half a dozen disciplines descriptions of the fascinating species that have already been lost and the history of extinction as a concept Kolbert provides a moving and comprehensive account of the disappearances occurring before our very eyes She shows that the sixth extinction is likely to be mankind s most lasting legacy compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human


Case Histories (Jackson Brodie #1)

em Case one em A little girl goes missing in the night br br i Case two i A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac s apparently random attack br br i Case three i A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband until a fit of rage creates a grisly bloody escape br br Thirty years after the first incident as private investigator Jackson Brodie begins investigating all three cases startling connections and discoveries emerge


Wuthering Heights: Complete, Authoritative Text with Biographical and Historical Contexts, Critical History, and Essays from Five Contemporary Critical Perspectives

An intriguing tale of revenge in which the main characters are controlled by consuming passions This novel was once considered such a risk by its publishers that Emily Bronte had to defray the cost of publication until a sufficient number of copies had been sold


The Gene: An Intimate History

From the Pulitzer Prize winning bestselling author of i The Emperor of All Maladies i a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future What becomes of being human when we learn to read and write our own genetic information br br Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft brilliant and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer Weaving science social history and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives personalities identities fates and choices br br Throughout the narrative the story of Mukherjee s own family with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness cuts like a bright red line reminding us of the many questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world In superb prose and with an instinct for the dramatic scene he describes the centuries of research and experimentation from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin from Boveri and Morgan to Crick Watson and Franklin all the way through the revolutionary twenty first century innovators who mapped the human genome br br As i The New Yorker i said of i The Emperor of All Maladies i It s hard to think of many books for a general audience that have rendered any area of modern science and technology with such intelligence accessibility and compassion An extraordinary achievement Riveting revelatory and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life and an essential preparation for the moral complexity introduced by our ability to create or write the human genome i The Gene i is a must read for everyone concerned about the definition and future of humanity This is the most crucial science of our time intimately explained by a master


The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Frankie Landau Banks at age No longer the kind of girl to take no for an answer and possibly a criminal mastermind This is the story of how she got that way br br Frankie Landau Banks at age Debate Club Her father s bunny rabbit A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school br br Frankie Landau Banks at age A knockout figure A sharp tongue A chip on her shoulder And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend the supremely goofy word obsessed Matthew Livingston br br Frankie Landau Banks No longer the kind of girl to take no for an answer Especially when no means she s excluded from her boyfriend s all male secret society Not when her ex boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places Not when she knows she s smarter than any of them When she knows Matthew s lying to her And when there are so many many pranks to be done br br Frankie Landau Banks at age Possibly a criminal mastermind br br This is the story of how she got that way


A Brief History of Seven Killings

b WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE FOR FICTION From the acclaimed author of i The Book of Night Women i comes a masterfully written novel that explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late s b br br On December just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert gunmen stormed his house machine guns blazing The attack nearly killed the Reggae superstar his wife and his manager and injured several others Marley would go on to perform at the free concert on December but he left the country the next day not to return for two years br br Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters assassins journalists drug dealers and even ghosts i A Brief History of Seven Killings i is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath from the streets and slums of Kingston in the s to the crack wars in s New York to a radically altered Jamaica in the s Brilliantly inventive and stunningly ambitious this novel is a revealing modern epic that will secure Marlon James place among the great literary talents of his generation


Living History

A surprisingly engaging and at points even compelling book Clinton provides enough of a peek behind the curtain to keep the pages turning and presents intriguing new details on her role in shaping the policies of her husband s presidency br br Hillary Rodham Clinton is known to hundreds of millions of people around the world Yet few beyond her close friends and family have ever heard her account of her extraordinary journey She writes with candor humor and passion about her upbringing in suburban middle class America in the s and her transformation from Goldwater Girl to student activist to controversial First Lady Living History is her revealing memoir of life through the White House years It is also her chronicle of living history with Bill Clinton a thirty year adventure in love and politics that survives personal betrayal relentless partisan investigations and constant public scrutiny br br Hillary Rodham Clinton came of age during a time of tumultuous social and political change in America Like many women of her generation she grew up with choices and opportunities unknown to her mother or grandmother She charted her own course through unexplored terrain responding to the changing times and her own internal compass and became an emblem for some and a lightning rod for others Wife mother lawyer advocate and international icon she has lived through America s great political wars from Watergate to Whitewater br br The only First Lady to play a major role in shaping domestic legislation Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled tirelessly around the country to champion health care expand economic and educational opportunity and promote the needs of children and families and she crisscrossed the globe on behalf of women s rights human rights and democracy She redefined the position of First Lady and helped save the presidency from an unconstitutional politically motivated impeachment Intimate powerful and inspiring Living History captures the essence of one of the most remarkable women of our time and the challenging process by which she came to define herself and find her own voice as a woman and as a formidable figure in American politics


A History of Western Philosophy

Since its first publication in Lord Russell s i A History of Western Philosophy i has been universally acclaimed as the outstanding one volume work on the subject unparalleled in its comprehensiveness its clarity its erudition its grace and wit In seventy six chapters he traces philosophy from the rise of Greek civilization to the emergence of logical analysis in the twentieth century Among the philosophers considered are Pythagoras Heraclitus Parmenides Empedocles Anaxagoras the Atomists Protagoras Socrates Plato Aristotle the Cynics the Sceptics the Epicureans the Stoics Plotinus Ambrose Jerome Augustine Benedict Gregory the Great John the Scot Aquinas Duns Scotus William of Occam Machiavelli Erasmus More Bacon Hobbes Descartes Spinoza Leibniz Locke Berkeley Hume Rousseau Kant Hegel Schopenhauer Nietzsche the Utilitarians Marx Bergson James Dewey and lastly the philosophers with whom Lord Russell himself is most closely associated Cantor Frege and Whitehead co author with Russell of the monumental i Principia Mathematica i


Frankenstein: Complete, Authoritative Text with Biographical and Historical Contexts, Critical History, and Essays from Five Contemporary Critical Perspectives

Mary Shelley s Frankenstein is the world s most famous Gothic novel about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment Shelley s work is considered to be the world s first science fiction with Frankenstein s monster being a symbol of science gone awry Shelley s masterpiece has inspired numerous films plays and other books This the edition contains the author s final revisions


Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

p Yuval Noah Harari author of the critically acclaimed em New York Times em bestseller and international phenomenon em Sapiens em returns with an equally original compelling and provocative book turning his focus toward humanity s future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods p strong strong p Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine plague and war This may seem hard to accept but as Harari explains in his trademark style thorough yet riveting famine plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges For the first time ever more people die from eating too much than from eating too little more people die from old age than from infectious diseases and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers terrorists and criminals put together The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda p p What then will replace famine plague and war at the top of the human agenda As the self made gods of planet earth what destinies will we set ourselves and which quests will we undertake em Homo Deus em explores the projects dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty first century from overcoming death to creating artificial life It asks the fundamental questions Where do we go from here And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers This is the next stage of evolution This is Homo Deus p p With the same insight and clarity that made em Sapiens em an international hit and a em New York Times em bestseller Harari maps out our future p


The Picture of Dorian Gray (Mockingbird Classics): The Picture of Dorian Gray: Oscar Wilde Is One of the Best Storytellers of the History and the Picture of Dorian Gray Is One of His Chef-D'Oeuvre.

The Picture of Dorian Gray A Masterpiece Oscar Wilde br The perfectly charming and humorous manner of expression of Oscar Wilde can enchant a person in more ways than he or she can think of Oscar Wilde is one of the best storytellers of the history and the Picture of Dorian Gray is one of his chef d oeuvre br The book has a beautiful story written on a beautiful era The tale focuses on an extremely attractive young man But at the beginning he is naively not conscious of the power that his handsome stature brings Thanks to his friend Basil he comes across Lord Henry the playful dangerously powerful gentleman who starts to like Dorian and immediately he makes him some kind of protege of his It is Lord Henry who appreciates the innocence of Dorian and shows him the ways of the world particularly the British society and sparks the light of pride and vanity in Dorian br The magical story then enters into the mist of the transition period of youth and old age the desire to look after the former and the fear and worry of the inevitable latter complemented with dreadful emotions of shame love hate and fear br This is certainly one book that will remain firm on the shelf with pride and pleasure for a long long time


American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

From to U S Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than of Kyle s kills the previous American record was but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al Shaitan the devil and placed a bounty on his head Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs Marines and U S Army soldiers whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions Gripping and unforgettable Kyle s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time br br A native Texan who learned to shoot on childhood hunting trips with his father Kyle was a champion saddle bronc rider prior to joining the Navy After he was thrust onto the front lines of the War on Terror and soon found his calling as a world class sniper who performed best under fire He recorded a personal record yard kill shot outside Baghdad in Fallujah Kyle braved heavy fire to rescue a group of Marines trapped on a street in Ramadi he stared down insurgents with his pistol in close combat Kyle talks honestly about the pain of war of twice being shot and experiencing the tragic deaths of two close friends br br American Sniper also honors Kyles fellow warriors who raised hell on and off the battlefield And in moving first person accounts throughout Kyles wife Taya speaks openly about the strains of war on their marriage and children as well as on Chris br br Adrenaline charged and deeply personal American Sniper is a thrilling eyewitness account of war that only one man could tell


The Secret History

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor a group of clever eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal and at last inexorably into evil


A Short History of Nearly Everything

In Bryson s biggest book he confronts his greatest challenge to understand and if possible answer the oldest biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us To that end he has attached himself to a host of the world s most advanced and often obsessed archaeologists anthropologists and mathematicians travelling to their offices laboratories and field camps He has read or tried to read their books pestered them with questions apprenticed himself to their powerful minds b A Short History of Nearly Everything b i i is the record of this quest and it is a sometimes profound sometimes funny and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge as only Bill Bryson can render it Science has never been more involving or entertaining


A Brief History of Time

In the ten years since its publication in Stephen Hawking s classic work has become a landmark volume in scientific writing with more than nine million copies in forty languages sold worldwide That edition was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the origins and nature of the universe But the intervening years have seen extraordinary advances in the technology of observing both the micro and the macrocosmic worlds These observations have confirmed many of Professor Hawking s theoretical predictions in the first edition of his book including the recent discoveries of the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite COBE which probed back in time to within years of the universe s beginning and revealed wrinkles in the fabric of space time that he had projected Eager to bring to his original text the new knowledge revealed by these observations as well as his own recent research Professor Hawking has prepared a new introduction to the book written an entirely new chapter on wormholes and time travel and updated the chapters throughout


A People's History of the United States

Known for its lively clear prose as well as its scholarly research i A People s History of the United States i is the only volume to tell America s story from the point of view of and in the words of America s women factory workers African Americans Native Americans working poor and immigrant laborers


World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity Max Brooks driven by the urgency of preserving the acid etched first hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet He recorded the testimony of men women and sometimes children who came face to face with the living or at least the undead hell of that dreadful time World War Z is the result Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance that gripped human society through the plague years br br Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve year old Patient Zero to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold to the United States of Southern Africa where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price to the west of the Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War br br Most of all the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader but the effort is invaluable because as Mr Brooks says in his introduction By excluding the human factor aren t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may heaven forbid lead us one day to repeat it And in the end isn t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as the living dead br br i Note Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission Eyewitness reports from the first truly global war gt i


The History of Love

i An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found a href https www goodreads com book show the history of love rel nofollow here a i br br Fourteen year old Alma Singer is trying to find a cure for her mother s loneliness Believing she might discover it in an old book her mother is lovingly translating she sets out in search of its author Across New York an old man called Leo Gursky is trying to survive a little bit longer He spends his days dreaming of the lost love who sixty years ago in Poland inspired him to write a book And although he doesn t know it yet that book also survived crossing oceans and generations and changing lives


Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

years ago at least six human species inhabited the earth Today there is just one Us Homo sapiens br br How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms How did we come to believe in gods nations and human rights to trust money books and laws and to be enslaved by bureaucracy timetables and consumerism And what will our world be like in the millennia to come br br In i Sapiens i Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical and sometimes devastating breakthroughs of the Cognitive Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions Drawing on insights from biology anthropology paleontology and economics he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies the animals and plants around us and even our personalities Have we become happier as history has unfolded Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors And what if anything can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come br br Bold wide ranging and provocative Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human our thoughts our actions our power and our future


The Histories

One of the masterpieces of classical literature the Histories describes how a small and quarrelsome band of Greek city states united to repel the might of the Persian empire But while this epic struggle forms the core of his work Herodotus natural curiosity frequently gives rise to colorful digressions a description of the natural wonders of Egypt an account of European lake dwellers and far fetched accounts of dog headed men and gold digging ants With its kaleidoscopic blend of fact and legend the Histories offers a compelling Greek view of the world of the fifth century BC


The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Today buffeted by one food fad after another America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder Will it be fast food tonight or something organic Or perhaps something we grew ourselves The question of what to have for dinner has confronted us since man first discovered fire But as Michael Pollan explains in this revolutionary book how we answer it now at the dawn of the twenty first century may determine our survival as a species Packed with profound surprises The Omnivore s Dilemma is changing the way Americans think about the politics perils and pleasures of eating


History of Beauty

Now in paperback Umberto Eco s groundbreaking and much acclaimed first illustrated book has been a critical success since its first publication in What is beauty Umberto Eco among Italy s finest and most important contemporary thinkers explores the nature the meaning and the very history of the idea of beauty in Western culture The profound and subtle text is lavishly illustrated with abundant examples of sublime painting and sculpture and lengthy quotations from writers and philosophers This is the first paperback edition of i History of Beauty i making this intellectual and philosophical journey with one of the world s most acclaimed thinkers available in a more compact and affordable format br br From the Trade Paperback edition


Salt: A World History

b From the Bestselling Author of Cod and The Basque History of the World b br br In his fifth work of nonfiction Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history salt The only rock we eat salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning and its story is a glittering often surprising part of the history of humankind A substance so valuable it served as currency salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities provoked and financed wars secured empires and inspired revolutions Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details b Salt by Mark Kurlansky b is a supremely entertaining multi layered masterpiece br br Mark Kurlansky is the author of many books including b Cod The Basque History of the World b b b and b The Big Oyster b His newest book is b Birdseye b


Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1)

A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler s Europe and his son a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father s story and history itself


Romeo And Juliet (Green Apple: History)

In i Romeo and Juliet i Shakespeare creates a world of violence and generational conflict in which two young people fall in love and die because of that love The story is rather extraordinary in that the normal problems faced by young lovers are here so very large It is not simply that the families of Romeo and Juliet disapprove of the lover s affection for each other rather the Montagues and the Capulets are on opposite sides in a blood feud and are trying to kill each other on the streets of Verona Every time a member of one of the two families dies in the fight his relatives demand the blood of his killer Because of the feud if Romeo is discovered with Juliet by her family he will be killed Once Romeo is banished the only way that Juliet can avoid being married to someone else is to take a potion that apparently kills her so that she is burried with the bodies of her slain relatives In this violent death filled world the movement of the story from love at first sight to the union of the lovers in death seems almost inevitable br p What is so striking about this play is that despite its extraordinary setting one perhaps reflecting Elizabethan attitudes about hot blooded Italians it has become the quintessential story of young love Because most young lovers feel that they have to overcome giant obstacles in order to be together because they feel that they would rather die than be kept apart and especially because the language Shakespeare gives his young lovers is so exquisite allowing them to say to each other just what we would all say to a lover if we only knew how it is easy to respond to this play as if it were about all young lovers rather than about a particular couple in a very unusual world When the play was rewritten in the eighteen century as i The History and Fall of Caius Marius i the violent setting became that of a particularly discordant period in classical Rome when Leonard Berstein rewrote the play as i West Side Story i he chose the violent world of New York street gangs p


The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

Hitler boasted that The Third Reich would last a thousand years It lasted only But those years contained some of the most catastrophic events Western civilization has ever known p No other powerful empire ever bequeathed such mountains of evidence about its birth and destruction as the Third Reich When the bitter war was over and before the Nazis could destroy their files the Allied demand for unconditional surrender produced an almost hour by hour record of the nightmare empire built by Adolph Hitler This record included the testimony of Nazi leaders and of concentration camp inmates the diaries of officials transcripts of secret conferences army orders private letters all the vast paperwork behind Hitler s drive to conquer the world p p The famed foreign correspondent and historian William L Shirer who had watched and reported on the Nazis since spent five and a half years sifting through this massive documentation The result is a monumental study that has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of one of the most frightening chapters in the history of mankind p p This worldwide bestseller has been acclaimed as the definitive book on Nazi Germany it is a classic work p p The accounts of how the United States got involved and how Hitler used Mussolini and Japan are astonishing and the coverage of the war from Germany s early successes to her eventual defeat is must reading p


Color: A Natural History of the Palette

Discover the tantalizing true stories behind your favorite colors br For example Cleopatra used saffron a source of the color yellow for seduction Extracted from an Afghan mine the blue ultramarine paint used by Michelangelo was so expensive he couldn t afford to buy it himself Since ancient times carmine red still found in lipsticks and Cherry Coke today has come from the blood of insects


At Home: A Short History of Private Life

Houses aren t refuges from history They are where history ends up br br Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped Yet one day he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home To remedy this he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to write a history of the world without leaving home The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene the bedroom sex death and sleep the kitchen nutrition and the spice trade and so on as Bryson shows how each has figured in the evolution of private life Whatever happens in the world he demonstrates ends up in our house in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture


History of Art

For s of art lovers both amateur amp professional esthetic life began with Janson as his History of Art is often called In the st edition published in he spoke to that perennial reader he gently called the troubled layman His opening paragraph revealed his sympathy Why is this supposed to be art he quoted rhetorically How often have we heard this question asked or asked it ourselves perhaps in front of one of the strange disquieting works that we are likely to find nowadays in the museum or art exhibition Keeping that curious questioning perspective in mind he wrote a history of art from cave painting to Picasso that was singularly welcoming illuminating amp exciting Sojourning thru this book a reader is offered every amenity for a comfortable trip Because he never assumes knowledge on the part of the reader a recent immigrant from Mars could comprehend Western art from this text The only assumption the Jansons have made is that with a little guidance everyone can come to understand the artifacts that centuries of architecture sculpture design amp painting have deposited in our paths Countless readers have proven the Jansons right amp found their lives enriched in the process


The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

A timely and essential update on globalization its successes and discontents powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists br br When scholars write the history of the world twenty years from now and they come to the chapter Y K to March what will they say was the most crucial development The attacks on the World Trade Center on and the Iraq war Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India China and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing creating an explosion of wealth in the middle classes of the world s two biggest nations giving them a huge new stake in the success of globalization And with this flattening of the globe which requires us to run faster in order to stay in place has the world gotten too small and too fast for human beings and their political systems to adjust in a stable manner br br In this brilliant new book the award winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman demystifies the brave new world for readers allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering global scene unfolding before their eyes With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues Friedman explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty first century what it means to countries companies communities and individuals and how governments and societies can and must adapt The World Is Flat is the timely and essential update on globalization its successes and discontents powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists br br An expanded and revised version was published in hardcover in April


The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Over the last half billion years there have been five mass extinctions when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs This time around the cataclysm is us br br In prose that is at once frank entertaining and deeply informed i The New Yorker i writer Elizabeth Kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before Interweaving research in half a dozen disciplines descriptions of the fascinating species that have already been lost and the history of extinction as a concept Kolbert provides a moving and comprehensive account of the disappearances occurring before our very eyes She shows that the sixth extinction is likely to be mankind s most lasting legacy compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human


Case Histories (Jackson Brodie #1)

em Case one em A little girl goes missing in the night br br i Case two i A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac s apparently random attack br br i Case three i A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband until a fit of rage creates a grisly bloody escape br br Thirty years after the first incident as private investigator Jackson Brodie begins investigating all three cases startling connections and discoveries emerge


Wuthering Heights: Complete, Authoritative Text with Biographical and Historical Contexts, Critical History, and Essays from Five Contemporary Critical Perspectives

An intriguing tale of revenge in which the main characters are controlled by consuming passions This novel was once considered such a risk by its publishers that Emily Bronte had to defray the cost of publication until a sufficient number of copies had been sold


The Gene: An Intimate History

From the Pulitzer Prize winning bestselling author of i The Emperor of All Maladies i a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future What becomes of being human when we learn to read and write our own genetic information br br Siddhartha Mukherjee has a written a biography of the gene as deft brilliant and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer Weaving science social history and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives personalities identities fates and choices br br Throughout the narrative the story of Mukherjee s own family with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness cuts like a bright red line reminding us of the many questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world In superb prose and with an instinct for the dramatic scene he describes the centuries of research and experimentation from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin from Boveri and Morgan to Crick Watson and Franklin all the way through the revolutionary twenty first century innovators who mapped the human genome br br As i The New Yorker i said of i The Emperor of All Maladies i It s hard to think of many books for a general audience that have rendered any area of modern science and technology with such intelligence accessibility and compassion An extraordinary achievement Riveting revelatory and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life and an essential preparation for the moral complexity introduced by our ability to create or write the human genome i The Gene i is a must read for everyone concerned about the definition and future of humanity This is the most crucial science of our time intimately explained by a master


The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Frankie Landau Banks at age No longer the kind of girl to take no for an answer and possibly a criminal mastermind This is the story of how she got that way br br Frankie Landau Banks at age Debate Club Her father s bunny rabbit A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school br br Frankie Landau Banks at age A knockout figure A sharp tongue A chip on her shoulder And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend the supremely goofy word obsessed Matthew Livingston br br Frankie Landau Banks No longer the kind of girl to take no for an answer Especially when no means she s excluded from her boyfriend s all male secret society Not when her ex boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places Not when she knows she s smarter than any of them When she knows Matthew s lying to her And when there are so many many pranks to be done br br Frankie Landau Banks at age Possibly a criminal mastermind br br This is the story of how she got that way


A Brief History of Seven Killings

b WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE FOR FICTION From the acclaimed author of i The Book of Night Women i comes a masterfully written novel that explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late s b br br On December just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert gunmen stormed his house machine guns blazing The attack nearly killed the Reggae superstar his wife and his manager and injured several others Marley would go on to perform at the free concert on December but he left the country the next day not to return for two years br br Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters assassins journalists drug dealers and even ghosts i A Brief History of Seven Killings i is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath from the streets and slums of Kingston in the s to the crack wars in s New York to a radically altered Jamaica in the s Brilliantly inventive and stunningly ambitious this novel is a revealing modern epic that will secure Marlon James place among the great literary talents of his generation


Living History

A surprisingly engaging and at points even compelling book Clinton provides enough of a peek behind the curtain to keep the pages turning and presents intriguing new details on her role in shaping the policies of her husband s presidency br br Hillary Rodham Clinton is known to hundreds of millions of people around the world Yet few beyond her close friends and family have ever heard her account of her extraordinary journey She writes with candor humor and passion about her upbringing in suburban middle class America in the s and her transformation from Goldwater Girl to student activist to controversial First Lady Living History is her revealing memoir of life through the White House years It is also her chronicle of living history with Bill Clinton a thirty year adventure in love and politics that survives personal betrayal relentless partisan investigations and constant public scrutiny br br Hillary Rodham Clinton came of age during a time of tumultuous social and political change in America Like many women of her generation she grew up with choices and opportunities unknown to her mother or grandmother She charted her own course through unexplored terrain responding to the changing times and her own internal compass and became an emblem for some and a lightning rod for others Wife mother lawyer advocate and international icon she has lived through America s great political wars from Watergate to Whitewater br br The only First Lady to play a major role in shaping domestic legislation Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled tirelessly around the country to champion health care expand economic and educational opportunity and promote the needs of children and families and she crisscrossed the globe on behalf of women s rights human rights and democracy She redefined the position of First Lady and helped save the presidency from an unconstitutional politically motivated impeachment Intimate powerful and inspiring Living History captures the essence of one of the most remarkable women of our time and the challenging process by which she came to define herself and find her own voice as a woman and as a formidable figure in American politics


A History of Western Philosophy

Since its first publication in Lord Russell s i A History of Western Philosophy i has been universally acclaimed as the outstanding one volume work on the subject unparalleled in its comprehensiveness its clarity its erudition its grace and wit In seventy six chapters he traces philosophy from the rise of Greek civilization to the emergence of logical analysis in the twentieth century Among the philosophers considered are Pythagoras Heraclitus Parmenides Empedocles Anaxagoras the Atomists Protagoras Socrates Plato Aristotle the Cynics the Sceptics the Epicureans the Stoics Plotinus Ambrose Jerome Augustine Benedict Gregory the Great John the Scot Aquinas Duns Scotus William of Occam Machiavelli Erasmus More Bacon Hobbes Descartes Spinoza Leibniz Locke Berkeley Hume Rousseau Kant Hegel Schopenhauer Nietzsche the Utilitarians Marx Bergson James Dewey and lastly the philosophers with whom Lord Russell himself is most closely associated Cantor Frege and Whitehead co author with Russell of the monumental i Principia Mathematica i


Frankenstein: Complete, Authoritative Text with Biographical and Historical Contexts, Critical History, and Essays from Five Contemporary Critical Perspectives

Mary Shelley s Frankenstein is the world s most famous Gothic novel about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment Shelley s work is considered to be the world s first science fiction with Frankenstein s monster being a symbol of science gone awry Shelley s masterpiece has inspired numerous films plays and other books This the edition contains the author s final revisions


Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

p Yuval Noah Harari author of the critically acclaimed em New York Times em bestseller and international phenomenon em Sapiens em returns with an equally original compelling and provocative book turning his focus toward humanity s future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods p strong strong p Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine plague and war This may seem hard to accept but as Harari explains in his trademark style thorough yet riveting famine plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges For the first time ever more people die from eating too much than from eating too little more people die from old age than from infectious diseases and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers terrorists and criminals put together The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda p p What then will replace famine plague and war at the top of the human agenda As the self made gods of planet earth what destinies will we set ourselves and which quests will we undertake em Homo Deus em explores the projects dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty first century from overcoming death to creating artificial life It asks the fundamental questions Where do we go from here And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers This is the next stage of evolution This is Homo Deus p p With the same insight and clarity that made em Sapiens em an international hit and a em New York Times em bestseller Harari maps out our future p


The Picture of Dorian Gray (Mockingbird Classics): The Picture of Dorian Gray: Oscar Wilde Is One of the Best Storytellers of the History and the Picture of Dorian Gray Is One of His Chef-D'Oeuvre.

The Picture of Dorian Gray A Masterpiece Oscar Wilde br The perfectly charming and humorous manner of expression of Oscar Wilde can enchant a person in more ways than he or she can think of Oscar Wilde is one of the best storytellers of the history and the Picture of Dorian Gray is one of his chef d oeuvre br The book has a beautiful story written on a beautiful era The tale focuses on an extremely attractive young man But at the beginning he is naively not conscious of the power that his handsome stature brings Thanks to his friend Basil he comes across Lord Henry the playful dangerously powerful gentleman who starts to like Dorian and immediately he makes him some kind of protege of his It is Lord Henry who appreciates the innocence of Dorian and shows him the ways of the world particularly the British society and sparks the light of pride and vanity in Dorian br The magical story then enters into the mist of the transition period of youth and old age the desire to look after the former and the fear and worry of the inevitable latter complemented with dreadful emotions of shame love hate and fear br This is certainly one book that will remain firm on the shelf with pride and pleasure for a long long time


American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

From to U S Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than of Kyle s kills the previous American record was but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al Shaitan the devil and placed a bounty on his head Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs Marines and U S Army soldiers whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions Gripping and unforgettable Kyle s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time br br A native Texan who learned to shoot on childhood hunting trips with his father Kyle was a champion saddle bronc rider prior to joining the Navy After he was thrust onto the front lines of the War on Terror and soon found his calling as a world class sniper who performed best under fire He recorded a personal record yard kill shot outside Baghdad in Fallujah Kyle braved heavy fire to rescue a group of Marines trapped on a street in Ramadi he stared down insurgents with his pistol in close combat Kyle talks honestly about the pain of war of twice being shot and experiencing the tragic deaths of two close friends br br American Sniper also honors Kyles fellow warriors who raised hell on and off the battlefield And in moving first person accounts throughout Kyles wife Taya speaks openly about the strains of war on their marriage and children as well as on Chris br br Adrenaline charged and deeply personal American Sniper is a thrilling eyewitness account of war that only one man could tell