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  • Download E-books The Ascent of Man PDF

    By Jacob Bronowski

    A new paperback variation of Dr. Bronowski's vintage heritage of humankind, with a foreword through Richard Dawkins

    Dr. Jacob Bronowksi's classic strains the advance of human society via our figuring out of technological know-how. First released in 1973 to accompany the groundbreaking BBC tv sequence, it's one among the 1st works of "popular science," illuminating the old and social context of medical improvement for a iteration of readers. In his hugely available type, Dr. Bronowski discusses human invention from the flint instrument to geometry, agriculture to genetics, and from alchemy to the idea of relativity, displaying how all of them are expressions of our skill to appreciate and regulate nature. during this new paperback variation, The Ascent of Man conjures up, impacts, and informs as profoundly as ever.

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  • Download E-books Unfamiliar Fishes PDF

    By Sarah Vowell

    From the writer of Lafayette within the slightly United States comes an examination of Hawaii, where the place happen future received a sunburn. 


    Of all of the nations the us invaded or colonized in 1898, Sarah Vowell considers the tale of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the main interesting. From the arriving of the recent England missionaries in 1820, who got here to Christianize the neighborhood heathens, to the coup d'état led by means of the missionaries' sons in 1893, overthrowing the Hawaiian queen, the occasions prime as much as American annexation characteristic a forged of beguiling, if frequently appalling or tragic, characters. Whalers who hearth cannons on the Bible-thumpers denying them their god-given correct to whores; an incestuous princess pulled among her new god and her brother-husband; sugar barons, con males, Theodore Roosevelt, and the final Hawaiian queen, a songwriter whose sentimental ode "Aloha 'Oe" serenaded the 1st Hawaiian-born president of the U.S. in the course of his 2009 inaugural parade.

    With her trademark wry insights and reporting, Vowell units out to realize the extraordinary, emblematic, and extraordinary heritage of the 50th country. In reading where the place happen future bought a sunburn, she reveals the USA back, warts and all.

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  • Download E-books The Warrior King and the Invasion of France: Henry V, Agincourt, and the Campaign that Shaped Medieval England PDF

    Presenting a thorough new examine Henry V―as a super and brutal warmonger―this dynamic historic narrative will switch our smooth attitudes towards this warrior king.

    In the process the Hundred Years conflict, Henry V used to be the English determine so much answerable for the mutual antipathy that existed among France and England. His paintings of attacking an opponent via making overall struggle on civilians, in addition to infantrymen, created great mistrust and enmity among the 2 international locations, which survives even to today. He used to be a guy of many contradictions, a perverse mixture of rigorous orthodoxy―exemplified by means of his fanatical and illiberal religion―and of neurotic lack of confidence, stemming partly from the doubtful nature of his declare to the English throne.

    Henry V owed his acceptance at domestic to victories opposed to the French that gratified an rising English nationalism. A enormously ardent army strategist who experimented with ballistics and equipped the 1st English army, on the time of his early loss of life on the age of thirty-six he managed one-third of modern day France.

    using new discoveries from neighborhood French historic societies, Desmond Seward attracts a portrait of Henry V that exhibits him as a super army strategist, bold conqueror, and, not less than in brief, victorious warrior king.

    sixteen pages of colour and B&W photos

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  • Download E-books Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work, and the Family, from Slavery to the Present PDF

    By Jacqueline Jones

    The forces that formed the establishment of slavery within the American South persevered, albeit in altered shape, lengthy after slavery was once abolished. Toiling in sweltering Virginia tobacco factories or within the kitchens of white households in Chicago, black girls felt a stultifying blend of racial discrimination and sexual prejudice. And but, of their efforts to maintain relations ties, they shared a typical goal with other halves and moms of all classes.

    In Labor of affection, exertions of Sorrow, historian Jacqueline Jones bargains a robust account of the altering function of black ladies, lending a voice to an unsung fight from the depths of slavery to the continued struggle for civil rights.

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  • Download E-books Titanic PDF

    By Filson Young

    • A dramatic narrative of the immense catastrophe.

    • 'If you just learn one booklet approximately gigantic, learn this one; if you've learn each ebook released in regards to the huge, learn this one again' Nautilus overseas Telegraph

    • First smooth reissue of the first-ever colossal booklet. Filson younger pitched the e-book to writer provide Richards within the fast aftermath of the sinking and 37 days later the booklet was once at the shelves.

    • a big publication, the 'instant books' at the vast gathered invaluable first hand testimony released within the US and British newspapers of the day that have lengthy considering that disappeared into rarefied library archives.

    • of big curiosity to great fans because the unique variation is unobtainable.

    The tale of the big is now popular. yet within the months following the catastrophe wild hypothesis was once rife. On Thursday 22 may perhaps 1912, a trifling 37 days after the sinking, revered London writer supply Richards, introduced Filson Young's ebook to booksellers round the capital. It was once the 1st try and plot the death of the unsinkable send from a well-respected author who had already argued within the gentle of the Oceana sinking, for correct use of the instant on board ships. either Filson and provide knew sufferers of the sinking and either labored challenging to assemble first-hand testimony to exploit within the book.

    Much of his telling of the tale nonetheless stands this day and his speculations concerning the feeling of way of life aboard the doomed send are utilized in books and flicks at the topic.

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  • Download E-books 100 People Who Made History PDF

    By Ben Gilliland

    The place might we be with no inventors, philosophers, economists, politicians, explorers, and different "ideas" humans? a few of our ancient heroes have been lone geniuses yet many have been encouraged via different nice thinkers and concepts.

    Full of true-life tales and well-known celebrities, 100 those who Made History comprises the entire humans you'll anticipate finding, and lots that you just would not! Inventors and explorers rub shoulders with political leaders, activities stars, and entertainers from worldwide. From Aristotle to Mark Zuckerberg, to Marie Curie to Pele, all components of tradition, heritage, undefined, activities, leisure, and extra are coated. excellent for booklet studies, college initiatives, or each time interpreting to meet and train curious minds.

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  • Download E-books The Texan Army 1835-46 (Men-at-Arms, Volume 398) PDF

    By Stuart Reid

    The volunteer military that fought the Mexican dictator Santa Anna from 1835 to 1836 used to be immortalized within the epic conflict of the Alamo. Taking hands at the beginning to struggle for the recovery of the liberal Mexican structure of 1824, the volunteers have been ultimately combating for outright Texan independence. This e-book describes and illustrates the crowd of fellows who, regardless of the range in their origins, apparatus, weaponry and get dressed, have been united in a standard reason that reached its fruits within the victory of San Jacinto. The turbulent decade (1836–46) of Texan independence can also be lined, and the little-studied military and military of the Republic of Texas tested.

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  • Download E-books Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America PDF

    By Donald L. Miller

    Supreme City captures a vanished Gotham in all its bustle, gristle, and glory” (Vanity Fair). within the Twenties midtown long island turned the heart of recent York urban, and the cultural and advertisement capital of the United States. this is often the tale of the folk who made it happen.

    In simply 4 words—“the capital of everything”—Duke Ellington captured new york in the course of the most interesting and celebrated eras in our historical past: the Jazz Age. Supreme urban is the tale of Manhattan’s development and transformation within the Twenties and the bright humans at the back of it. the majority of the makers of recent big apple got here from in other places: Walter Chrysler from the Kansas prairie; leisure entrepreneur Florenz Ziegfeld from Chicago. William Paley, founding father of the CBS radio community, was once from Philadelphia, whereas his rival David Sarnoff, founding father of NBC, used to be a Russian immigrant. Cosmetics queen Elizabeth Arden was once Canadian and her rival, Helena Rubenstein, Polish. them all had in universal vaulting ambition and a wish to satisfy their desires in long island. As mass conversation emerged, town moved from downtown to midtown via a sequence of engineering triumphs—Grand vital Terminal and the hot and newly stylish Park road it created, the Holland Tunnel, and the fashionable skyscraper. In under ten years ny grew to become the social, cultural, and advertisement hub of the rustic. The Twenties was once the Age of Jazz—and the Age of Ambition.

    Transporting, deeply researched, and totally attention-grabbing, Supreme City “elegantly introduces one bright personality after one other to re-create a necessary and archetypical era…A triumph” (The big apple Times).

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  • Download E-books Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor PDF

    By Anthony Everitt

    He came upon Rome made from clay and left it made from marble. As Rome’s first emperor, Augustus reworked the unruly Republic into the best empire the realm had ever visible. His consolidation and enlargement of Roman strength thousand years in the past laid the rules, for all of Western background to keep on with. but, regardless of Augustus’s accomplishments, only a few biographers have targeting the fellow himself, in its place picking to chronicle the age within which he lived. right here, Anthony Everitt, the bestselling writer of Cicero, supplies a spellbinding and intimate account of his illustrious topic.

    Augustus all started his profession as an green teen plucked from his experiences to take middle degree within the drama of Roman politics, assisted by way of institution associates, Agrippa and Maecenas. Augustus’s upward thrust to strength begun with the assassination of his great-uncle and adoptive father, Julius Caesar, and culminated within the significant duel with Mark Antony and Cleopatra.
    The international that made Augustus–and that he himself later remade–was pushed via intrigue, intercourse, rite, violence, scandal, and bare ambition. Everitt has taken the various family names of history–Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Antony, Cleopatra–whom few understand the total fact approximately, and grew to become them into flesh-and-blood human beings.

    At a time whilst many ponder the USA an empire, this lovely portrait of the best emperor who ever lived makes for enlightening and engrossing interpreting. Everitt brings to lifestyles the area of a large, rendered faithfully and sympathetically in human scale. A examine of strength and political genius, Augustus is a shiny, compelling biography of 1 of crucial rulers in history.

    From the Hardcover edition.

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  • Download E-books Cunegonde's Kidnapping: A Story of Religious Conflict in the Age of Enlightenment (The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History) PDF

    By Benjamin J. Kaplan

    In a distant village at the Dutch-German border, a tender Catholic girl named Cunegonde attempts to kidnap a toddler to avoid it from being baptized in a Protestant church. while she is arrested, fellow Catholics degree an armed raid to unfastened her from detention. those dramatic occasions of 1762 brought on a cycle of violence, beginning one of those non secular struggle within the village and its surrounding quarter. Contradicting our present knowing, this struggle erupted on the top of the Age of Enlightenment, well-known for its non secular toleration.
    Cunegonde’s Kidnapping tells in brilliant aspect the tale of this hitherto unknown clash. Drawing characters, scenes, and discussion immediately from a physique of outstanding fundamental assets, it's the first microhistorical research of spiritual clash and toleration in early glossy Europe. In it, award-winning historian Benjamin J. Kaplan explores the dilemmas of interfaith marriage and the targeted personality of non secular lifestyles in a borderland, the place spiritual dissenters take pleasure in designated freedoms. He additionally demanding situations assumptions in regards to the impression of Enlightenment concept and means that, on a well-liked point, a few elements of eighteenth-century Europe would possibly not have witnessed a “rise of toleration.”

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