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  • Download E-books Lies, Damned Lies, and Science: How to Sort through the Noise Around Global Warming, the Latest Health Claims, and Other Scientific Controversies PDF

    By Sherry Seethaler

    Don’t Get Hoodwinked! Make experience of wellbeing and fitness and technology News...and Make Smarter Decisions!

    Every day, there’s a brand new clinical or health and wellbeing controversy. and each day, it kind of feels as though there’s a brand new learn that contradicts what you heard the day before today. What’s particularly happening? Who’s telling the reality? Who’s faking it? What do scientists truly know–and what don’t they be aware of? This publication might help you chop throughout the confusion and make experience of it all–even if you’ve by no means taken a technology classification! major technological know-how educator and journalist Dr. Sherry Seethaler finds how technology and overall healthiness examine quite work...how to place clinical claims in context and comprehend the genuine tradeoffs involved...tell caliber learn from junk science...discover while someone’s intentionally attempting to idiot you...and locate additional information you could belief! no one is familiar with what new controversy will erupt the next day. yet one thing’s for definite: With this booklet, you’ll know the way to determine the genuine deal–and make smarter judgements for your self and your family!

    Watch the inside track, and you’ll be crushed by means of snippets of badly provided technological know-how: info that’s incomplete, complicated, contradictory, out-of-context, mistaken, or flat-out cheating. protect your self! Dr. Sherry Seethaler delivers a strong arsenal of instruments for making experience of technological know-how. You’ll methods to imagine extra sensibly approximately every little thing from mad cow illness to worldwide warming—and how you can make higher science-related judgements in either your individual lifestyles and as a citizen.

    You’ll start by way of figuring out how technology quite works and progresses, and why scientists occasionally disagree. Seethaler is helping you examine the potential biases of these who make medical claims within the media, and position medical matters in applicable context, so that you can intelligently verify tradeoffs. You’ll the right way to ascertain no matter if a brand new examine is absolutely significant; discover the variation among reason and accident; determine which statistics suggest anything, and which don’t.

    Seethaler finds the methods self-interested gamers use to lie to and confuse you, and issues you to resources of data one can rely on. Her many examples variety from genetic engineering of vegetation to medicines for depression...but the recommendations she teaches you'll be worthwhile in knowing any medical controversy, in any zone of technology or health.

    * Potions, plots, and personalities: How technology progresses, and why scientists occasionally disagree
    * Is it “cause” or only twist of fate? the best way to inform compelling proof from a “good story”
    * There are constantly tradeoffs: how you can placed technological know-how and health and wellbeing claims in context, and comprehend their genuine implications
    * all of the tips specialists use to idiot you, uncovered! the right way to realize lies, “truthiness,” or pseudo-expertise

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  • Download E-books Henry VIII and His Six Wives: A Guide to Historic Tudor Sites PDF

    By Peter Bramley

    A certain guidebook to 150 surviving historic websites linked to Henry VIII, his better halves, and his mistresses—battlefields, castles, monasteries, and churches

    In his hunt for a male inheritor Henry VIII broke with Rome, instigated the Reformation and the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and bought six better halves successively. of those, have been performed, a chilling first in English background. From those tumultuous occasions a stunning variety of old websites associated with the Tudors live to tell the tale, obtainable now via this superbly illustrated publication. The guidebook is prepared by way of sector and covers England and a bit of Europe. With instructions to every website, in addition to complete info of the Tudor occasions and personalities associated with them, this guidebook will entice all who locate traveling an old web site brings lifestyles and colour to the learn of history.

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  • Download E-books Scottish History: From Bannockburn to Holyrood (Collins Little Books) PDF

    By John Abernethy

    From prehistoric Scotland to the 2014 referendum for independence, this little booklet covers the entire major occasions in Scottish history.

    A concise and perfect advisor to Scottish historical past and the way Scotland has emerge as what it really is today.

    Key occasions, humans and areas include:
    • The Union of the Crowns
    • Bonnie Prince Charlie
    • conflict of Bannockburn
    • Culloden
    • Burns Night
    • Hogmanay
    • Alexander Graham Bell
    • Referendum 2014

    Collins Little publication of Scottish heritage is a treasure in itself and is ideal for any Scotland enthusiast.

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  • Download E-books A History of the Jews in Christian Spain, Volume I: from the Age of Reconquest to the Fourteenth Century PDF

    By Yitzhak Baer

    Original yr of publication: 1961

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    One of the century's nice classics of Jewish historiography, A historical past of the Jews in Christian Spain lines the industrial, social, criminal, and political lifetime of the Spanish Jewish neighborhood from the eleventh-century re-conquest of Iberia from Muslim rule to the expulsion of 1492. The drama of the Spanish Jewry's upward push and fall has made that group the phenomenal representation of the fight of Jews to take care of themselves as an identifiable team inside Christian society. some of the most startling elements of this quantity is its description of the cultural lifetime of the Spanish Jews and the way it used to be changed by means of the affects exerted upon it by means of the tradition of our surroundings. this primary quantity of the two-volume set takes the tale right down to the center of the 13th century in Castile.

    About the Author
    Professor Yitzhak (Fritz) Baer spent a long time studying within the Spanish information. He released hundreds of thousands of records referring to the main points of Jewish existence within the Iberian Peninsula and at the courting of the Jews to their Christian rulers and pals. Later, after settling in what's now Israel as Professor of background on the Hebrew collage, he wrote his precis of the interval, that is now made to be had in translation from the Hebrew.

    Source: Retail PDF through library. got rid of watermarks at facet and navigation at most sensible of every web page, for this reason no longer marked as retail, yet nonetheless keeps retail caliber.

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  • Download E-books Mortuary Landscapes of the Classic Maya: Rituals of Body and Soul (Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies) PDF

    From the tombs of the elite to the graves of commoners, mortuary continues to be supply wealthy insights into vintage Maya society. In Mortuary Landscapes of the vintage Maya: Rituals of physique and Soul, the anthropological archaeologist and bioarchaeologist Andrew ok. Scherer explores the wide diversity of burial practices one of the Maya of the vintage interval (AD 250–900), integrating info gleaned from his personal fieldwork with insights from the fields of iconography, epigraphy, and ethnography to light up this society’s wealthy funerary traditions.

    Scherer’s learn of burials alongside the Usumacinta River on the Mexican-Guatemalan border and within the principal Petén quarter of Guatemala—areas that come with Piedras Negras, El Kinel, Tecolote, El Zotz, and Yaxha—reveals commonalities and changes between royal, elite, and commoner mortuary practices. through studying skeletons containing dental and cranial variations, in addition to the adornments of interred our bodies, Scherer probes vintage Maya conceptions of physique, health, and the afterlife.

    Scherer additionally strikes past the physique to examine the spatial orientation of the burials and their integration into the structure of Maya groups. Taking a different interdisciplinary technique, the writer examines how vintage Maya deathways can extend our knowing of this society’s ideals and traditions, making Mortuary Landscapes of the vintage Maya an enormous leap forward in Mesoamerican archeology.

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  • Download E-books Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World PDF

    By Kwasi Kwarteng

    Kwasi Kwarteng is the kid of folks whose lives have been formed as topics of the British Empire, first of their local Ghana, then as British immigrants. He brings a distinct standpoint and impeccable educational credentials to a story heritage of the British Empire, person who avoids sweeping judgmental condemnation and in its place sees the Empire for what it was once: a chain of neighborhood fiefdoms administered in various levels of competence or brutality by means of a forged of characters as oversized and kooky as whatever conjured through Gilbert and Sullivan.

    The fact, as Kwarteng unearths, is that there has been no such factor as a version for imperial management; as an alternative, appointees have been schooled in quirky, independent-minded individuality. hence the Empire was once the product now not of a grand inspiration yet of usually chaotic person improvisation. The idosyncracies of viceroys and soldier-diplomats who ran the colonial firm maintains to affect the area, from Kashmir to Sudan, Baghdad to Hong Kong.

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  • Download E-books The Swiss & the Nazis: How the Alpine Republic Survived in the Shadow of the Third Reich PDF

    By Stephen P. Halbrook

    “Halbrook succeeds not just in attaining an intensive research of Switzerland’s armed neutrality, but in addition in revealing via their very own voices the willingness of normal voters to simply accept overall battle so one can defend their freedom.”―Swiss American ancient Society assessment

    This ebook tells the lengthy misunderstood tale of Switzerland in global conflict II with emphasis on voices infrequently heard. One is that of ratings of Swiss who lived in these darkish years, as they again and again mobilized to protect the rustic and helped refugees. the opposite voice is that of Nazi Intelligence, which spied at the Swiss and deliberate subversion and invasion. Exhaustive files from the German army data demonstrate a chilling rendition of assault plans.

    When Switzerland grew to become surrounded by means of the Axis Powers, it first mobilized a "spiritual defense," utilizing the clicking, cabarets, and newsreels as guns opposed to totalitarianism, even on the possibility of upsetting the Nazis. Swiss infantrymen keep in mind an epoch whilst each day might have been "the day" while all hell could holiday unfastened and they might meet the enemy. Blitzkrieg plans opposed to Switzerland devised via the Wehrmacht in 1940 are defined, as is how Switzerland turned an armed camp with numerous fortifications, opposed to which the Axis can have tried entry in basic terms with severe bills in blood.

    The e-book is going directly to describe Swiss existence in the course of the struggle with its shortages, alarms, and rumors. A bankruptcy investigates even if Swiss officers performed a job in Germany's adoption of the "J" stamp on Jewish passports, and the way Switzerland grew to become a lifeboat for refugees. one other bankruptcy makes a speciality of Davos, the place the Swiss struggled opposed to a 5th Column, and which turned a secure haven for American airmen whose crippled bombers made it to Swiss territory. The final bankruptcy profiles Switzerland as America's window at the Reich―how Allen Dulles and his OSS spied at the Nazis, every now and then with support from Swiss Intelligence.

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    “…Halbrook has used unique Swiss records, interviews and a large breadth of analysis to aim to respond to why Switzerland escaped the Nazi onslaught.”
    Daly background weblog, 0/216/2011

    “Through his cautious research and via giving voice to dull humans out and in of uniform, Stephen Halbrook succeeds not just in attaining an intensive research of Switzerland’s armed neutrality, but additionally in revealing via their very own voices the willingness of normal voters to just accept overall warfare with a purpose to safeguard their freedom.”
    Swiss American historic Society assessment, Vol forty three, No. three 11/2007

    “The Swiss have got well-merited undesirable press approximately wartime monetary methods, ongoing opacity etc. Halbrook provides the sympathetic elements of the advanced picture.”
    World conflict II journal, July/ August 2011

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  • Download E-books The British Execution: 1500-1964 PDF

    By Stephen Banks

    Executions have performed an important – if grisly and debatable – half in British historical past and supplied the bloody climax to many a lifestyles, from Mary, Queen of Scots, Charles I and Dick Turpin to untold hundreds of thousands of nameless wretches whose names are actually forgotten. With assistance from a variety of illustrations, Stephen Banks information the background of formal execution in Britain, interpreting the fates of the grandest monarchs, the highest-profile gents, the main realized heretics and the main petty of criminals. He seems additionally on the crowds, spectacle and grim pageantry that surrounded those occasions, assisting us to appreciate their morbid yet indisputable fascination and detailing the method that resulted in capital punishment’s abolition in Britain.

    From the Author
    This moment of my books for Shire presents an outline of the position of the execution in British political and cultural lifestyles from the center a long time on. the positioning of an execution was once additionally a spot of joyful celebration with schoolboys given the time off to wait salutary 'hanging days' and well mannered society renting seats in stands to monitor the court cases aloof from the typical crowd. other than a survey of the usually grotesque tools of execution and anecdotes of the ultimate moments of a few of the main infamous sufferers of the scaffold, the e-book appears at execution as a section of theater crucial to civic existence. entering into the fashionable period I ponder the top of public execution within the 19th century and within the 20th century these uncertain convictions and debatable circumstances that eventually grew to become ended in abolition.

    About the Author
    Stephen Banks is an affiliate professor in felony justice on the college of examining, England. ahead of turning into an educational he labored for a few years in legislation enforcement and maritime intelligence. His parts of analysis contain the background of violence, honor tradition and modern surveillance and safety coverage. His first booklet, A well mannered trade of Bullets for Boydell and Brewer tested violence among gents in British society and he as a result released a quantity for Shire, Duels and Duelling. he's at present gaining knowledge of well known justice and public punishment in eighteenth and 19th century England.

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  • Download E-books China: A History PDF

    By John Keay

    Many countries outline themselves when it comes to territory or humans; China defines itself by way of heritage. considering the country’s unequalled, voluminous culture of background writing, John Keay has composed an essential and illuminating evaluate of the nation’s complicated and vibrant previous. Keay’s authoritative background examines 5,000 years in China, from the time of the 3 Dynasties via Chairman Mao and the present fiscal transformation of the rustic. Crisp, sensible, and interesting, China is the vintage single-volume historical past for a person looking to comprehend the current and way forward for this immensely strong nation.

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  • Download E-books Money Pits: British Mining Companies in the Californian and Australian Gold Rushes of the 1850s (Modern Economic and Social History) PDF

    By John Woodland

    Among 1849 and 1853 stocks in approximately one hundred twenty public businesses to use the booming goldfields of California and Australia have been provided to the British public. the corporations have been jointly capitalised at over £15 million, yet in spite of everything just some £1.75 million used to be truly raised among forty two of them, with just one corporation surviving what the newspapers of the day defined as a ’gold bubble’. This publication offers an outline of the full bubble occasion, its antecedents and its results. a few researchers have investigated an previous growth within the mid-1820s to reopen gold and silver mines in Latin the United States and a number of other have studied person corporation operations of that interval. this is often the 1st particular research of the British gold bubble businesses of the 1850s and their involvement within the nearly simultaneous gold rushes on either side of the Pacific Ocean.

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