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From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War

From a former director of the CIA, and person who served at the White condominium staffs of 4 presidents, this can be the interior tale of America's and the agency's roles within the cave in of communism within the Soviet Union and jap Europe.

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Swim: Why We Love the Water

By Lynn Sherr

Swim is a party of swimming and the influence it has on our lives. It’s an inquiry into why we swim—the trap, the carry, the undying magic of being within the water. It’s a glance at how swimming has replaced over the millennia, how this historical job is turning into extra social than solitary this present day. It’s approximately our dating with the water, with our fishy forebearers, and with the costumes that we put on. You’ll even discover a few songs to sing in case you push out these subsequent laps.

Swimming fanatic Lynn Sherr explores each point of the game, from the biology of swimming to the celebrity of Esther Williams; from turquoise swimming pools and wild water to the educational of Olympians; and he or she unearths the key of buoyancy in order that someone can stay away from the instance of the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who lamented, “Why can’t I swim, it sort of feels so very easy?” whilst his pal, the biographer Edward John Trelawny, acknowledged, “because you're thinking that you can’t,” Shelley plunged into Italy’s Arno River and dropped like a rock. With Swim, you could keep away from that taking place to you.


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The Revolutionary Career of Maximilien Robespierre

By David P. Jordan

As it replaced without end the political panorama of the fashionable international, the French Revolution was once pushed by way of a brand new kind of character: the proven, self-aware innovative. Maximilien Robespierre originated the position and embodied its ideological essence and extremes; the self that he projected to the folk was once equated with the beliefs for which he strove. In developing this highbrow biography of so enigmatic a determine, David Jordan has under pressure the phrases of the guy approximately himself. With nice mind's eye and perception, Jordan locations Robespierre's self-conceptualization in the context of occasions and explains how Robespierre "The Incorruptible"—a guy noticeable through contemporaries as virtuous—could not just equate justice with vengeance and insist it of the folk, but additionally stand as its image ahead of the world.

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David McCullough Library: 1776, Brave Companions, The Great Bridge, John Adams, The Johnstown Flood, Mornings on Horseback, Path Between the Seas, Truman, The Course of Human Events

By David McCullough

This booklet field set contains all of David McCullough’s bestselling backlist titles:

· 1776: The riveting tale of George Washington, the boys who marched with him, and their British foes within the momentous yr of yankee independence.

· Brave Companions: Profiles of remarkable women and men who formed heritage, between them Alexander von Humboldt, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Charles and Anne Lindbergh.

· The nice Bridge: The outstanding, enchanting tale of the making plans and building of the Brooklyn Bridge, which associated nice towns and epitomized American optimism, ability, and determination.

· John Adams: The magisterial, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the self sufficient, irascible Yankee patriot, one in all our nation’s founders and most vital figures, who turned our moment president.

· The Johnstown Flood: The vintage historical past of an American tragedy that turned a scandal within the age of the Robber Barons, the preventable flood that destroyed a city and killed 2,000 people.

· Mornings on Horseback: the bright nationwide booklet Award-winning biography of younger Theodore Roosevelt’s metamorphosis from sickly baby to a lively, excessive guy poised to develop into a countrywide hero after which president.

· Path among the Seas: The epic nationwide publication Award-winning heritage of the heroic successes, tragic disasters, and extraordinary engineering and clinical feats that made the Panama Canal possible.

· Truman: The Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Harry Truman, the advanced and brave guy who rose from modest origins to make momentous judgements as president, from shedding the atomic bomb to going to conflict in Korea.

· Special Bonus: The process Human Events: during this Jefferson Lecture within the Humanities, David McCullough attracts on his own adventure as a historian to recognize the the most important significance of writing in history’s enduring influence and impression, and he affirms the importance of heritage in instructing us approximately human nature in the course of the a long time.

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Byzantium and the West: Jewelry in the First Millennium (Les Enluminures)

By Sandra Hindman

This full-color catalog explores the interrelationships among the East and West through the first millennium. This was once the 1st time that the Roman Empire was once steadily changed by means of barbarian invaders, who unfold via Europe and created new types of jewellery; it was once additionally whilst the capital shifted eastward to the newly based urban of Constantinople.

Among the topics handled are the transition from past due Roman forms to Byzantine ones, together with the layout of latest shapes; an curiosity in unique stones and adjustments in model; the functionality of earrings (marriage, own monograms, respectable prestige and spiritual iconography); and the Western Gothic imitation and improvement of Byzantine prototypes.

Examples from the early 3rd and fourth centuries in Rome function an intricate 'key' ring, pierced with the phrases utere felix (use with success) and an ornate but refined band set fullyyt with emeralds. there's a past due fifth-century Byzantine Parure that features a pendant move and similar jewelry. From a similar period, an Ostogothic workforce is made from polyhedral rings, a pendant go and a hoop, all with attractive garnet inlay.

Jeffrey Spier is a school affiliate and adjunct professor on the collage of Arizona. He has released broadly on Greek and Roman gemstones and jewellery and on early Christian and Byzantine paintings. His guides comprise: Treasures of the Ferrell assortment (2010); Picturing the Bible. The Earliest Christian artwork (2007); past due Antiquity and Early Christian gemstones (2007); and historic gem stones and Finger earrings: Catalogue of the Collections. The J. Paul Getty Museum (1993).

The Preface is by means of Sandra Hindman, a medievalist and proprietor of Les Enluminures (Paris, Chicago and New York).

Accompanying the exhibition, Byzantium and the West: jewellery within the First Millennium, held in November 2012 at Les Enluminures, ny

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The Routledge History of Slavery (Routledge Histories)

By Trevor Burnard

The Routledge heritage of Slavery is a landmark booklet that offers an outline of the most topics surrounding the historical past of slavery from historic Greece to the current day. Taking inventory of the sphere of Slave reports, the ebook explores the most important advances that experience taken position long ago few many years of research during this the most important box.

Offering an strange, transnational background of slavery, the chapters have all been especially commissioned for the gathering. the quantity starts off by way of delineating the worldwide nature of the establishment of slavery, reading slavery in numerous components of the realm and over the years. issues coated right here comprise slavery in Africa and the Indian Ocean global, in addition to the Transatlantic Slave alternate. partly , the chapters discover diverse subject matters that outline slavery equivalent to slave tradition, the slave financial system, slave resistance and the planter classification, in addition to components of lifestyles stricken by slavery, equivalent to family members and paintings. the ultimate half is going directly to examine alterations and continuities over the years, taking a look at parts corresponding to abolition, the aftermath of emancipation and commemoration. the quantity concludes with a bankruptcy on sleek slavery.

Including essays on the entire key subject matters and matters, this crucial assortment from a number one foreign workforce of students offers a accomplished survey of the present country of the sector. it is going to be crucial analyzing for all these attracted to the background of slavery.

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The Spirit of 74: How the American Revolution Began

Americans learn about the Boston Tea get together and “the shot heard ’round the world,” yet 16 months divided those iconic occasions, a interval that has approximately been misplaced to heritage. The Spirit of '74 fills during this hole in our nation’s founding narrative, displaying how in those mislaid months, step-by-step, genuine humans made a revolution.

After the Tea social gathering, Parliament not just close down a port but in addition revoked the sacred Massachusetts constitution. thoroughly disenfranchised, electorate rose up as a physique and get rid of British rule in every single place other than in Boston, the place British forces have been stationed. A “Spirit of ’74” initiated the yankee Revolution, a lot because the better-known “Spirit of ’76” sparked independence. Redcoats marched on Lexington and harmony to take again a misplaced province, yet they encountered Massachusetts militiamen who had proficient for months to guard the revolution they'd already made.

The Spirit of ’74 areas our founding second in a wealthy and new old context, either altering and deepening its that means for all Americans.

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Pax alla romana: Gli eterni vizi del potere

By Luca Canali, Lorenzo Perilli

Che cosa hanno in comune il pauroso carcere Mamertino dell'antica Roma e le prigioni italiane di oggi, il sudato affollamento dei nostri bus e le prevaricazioni dei potenti carrozzati che si aggiravano nei vicoli dell'Urbe, le orge alla corte imperiale e gli sfrenati festini di cui sono pieni i giornali? Tutto: carcerazioni ingiuste, vizi e abusi d'ogni genere, corruzione finanziaria e sessuale, compravendita di voti, propaganda, scontri di potere, brama sconfinata di denaro. Sono cose già viste, niente di nuovo sotto il sole, ma gli italiani non hanno imparato.
In questo libro Luca Canali e Lorenzo Perilli ci mostrano come nelle parole degli antichi si possa ritrovare il nostro presente: ci dicono che l. a. Storia non è ''maestra di vita'' ma, parafrasando Joyce nell'Ulysses, ''un incubo'' dal quale stiamo ancora cercando invano di svegliarci. Eppure resta lo specchio migliore - e forse l'unico - in cui guardare noi stessi: chissà che, fermandoci un momento a riflettere, non impariamo a capire un po' meglio chi siamo.

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The Wheel: Inventions and Reinventions (Columbia Studies in International and Global History)

By Richard W. Bulliet

In this e-book, Richard W. Bulliet makes a speciality of 3 significant stages within the evolution of the wheel and their dating to the wishes and goals of human society. He starts in 4000 B.C.E. with the 1st wheels affixed to axles. He then follows with the innovation of wheels turning independently on their axles and concludes 5 thousand years later with the caster, a unmarried rotating and pivoting wheel.

Bulliet's best discovering is uncomplicated wish to flow issues from position to put didn't force the wheel's improvement. If that have been the case, the wheel might have been invented at any time nearly at any place on the earth. through dividing the heritage of this know-how into 3 conceptual stages and concentrating on the categorical males, ladies, and societies that introduced it approximately, Bulliet expands the social, financial, and political value of a device we basically in part comprehend. He underscores the function of gender, strive against, and pageant within the layout and manufacture of wheels, including bright imagery to demonstrate every one degree in their development.

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The Human Condition in Latin America

By Eric R. Wolf, Edward C. Hansen

The existential stipulations below which so much Latin americans dwell are explored during this booklet in a scientific dialectic among basic records and social technology research. The authors built their very own interpretatioins in an ongoing argument, drawing on facts from historic debts, ethnographic reviews, and essays by way of observers of Latin American. one of many significant topics of this e-book is the growing to be polarization of lots and elites in Latin the United States, and the different types of clash such polarization involves. Thirty-three impressive images light up numerous aspectsof modern Latin American society.

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