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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari

Language

English

Pages

469

Publication Date

February 10, 2015

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller</strong></p><p><strong>A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg </strong></p><p>From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity鈥檚 creation and evolution鈥攁 #1 international bestseller鈥攖hat explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be 鈥渉uman.鈥?lt;/p><p>One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one鈥攈omo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?</p><p>Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, <em>Sapiens</em> integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.</p><p>Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?</p><p>Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.</p>
Heir of Ra (Blood of Ra Book One)
by M. Sasinowski

Language

English

Pages

310

Publication Date

August 12, 2018

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<b>#1 AMAZON INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLER (Fantasy)</b><br /><P><P><b>2019 American Fiction Award Winner (Adventure)</b><br /><P><b>2019 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Winner (Best New Voice: Fiction)</b><br /><P><b>2019 Readers' Favorite Award Winner (Adventure)</b><br /><P><b>2018 Beverly Hills Book Award Winner (Action/Adventure)</b><br /><br /><P><P><b><i>"One of the best conceived and executed fantasy adventures." -San Francisco Review of Books</i></b><br /><br /><P><P><b><i>Discover the award-winning #1 best seller that is captivating readers worldwide!</i></b><br /><br /><P><P><B>TEN THOUSAND YEARS BENEATH THE SAND. TWO MYTHS ON A COLLISION COURSE.</B><br /><P><P>An excavation of the fabled Hall of Records beneath the Sphinx unleashes an ancient disease that leaves Alyssa's father fighting for his life.<br /><P>As Alyssa races to find a cure, she stumbles upon a haunting artifact--and trespasses into the mind of an Egyptian god.<br /><P><P><B>ANCIENT HISTORY AND PRESENT TIME INTERTWINE.</B><br /><P>A global epidemic looms. Alyssa relives memories of an advanced race and unravels clues hidden within the relic, as she evades ruthless adversaries set on exploiting the power of the ancient genes. Then she makes a staggering discovery...<br /><br /><P>The world is not quite what it seems.<br /><P><P><B>WILL YOU QUESTION YOUR ORIGIN?</B><br /><br /><P><P><i>"fast-paced and enthralling... marvelous plot... thought-provoking and ingenious... well-written and engaging story... Heir of Ra is most highly recommended." <b>-Readers' Favorite (5/5 Stars)</b></i><br /><P><i>"Sasinowski creates captivating action and an empowered central character... engaging adventure... combining fantasy, history, mystery, and a touch of romance." <b>-Kirkus Reviews</b></i><br /><P><i>"A thrilling adventure for explorers of all ages." <b>-Bestsellersworld.com</b></i><br /><P><P><i>"I had more fun reading Heir of Ra than any book so far this year. M. Sasinowski has conjured a cast of wonderfully realized characters and set them off on an adventure that spools out at a break-neck pace. Read it!" <b>-Philip Athans, New York Times best-selling author of Annihilation and Writing Monsters</b></i><br />
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Editio...
by Jared Diamond

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English

Pages

626

Publication Date

January 04, 2011

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<p><b>In聽Jared Diamond鈥檚 follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning <i>Guns, Germs and Steel</i>, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilization. Diamond is also the author of <i>Upheaval:聽Turning Points for Nations in Crisis</i></b></p><p><br />Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted. As in <b>Guns, Germs, and Steel</b>, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe, and weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Collapse moves from the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland. Similar problems face us today and have already brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, even as China and Australia are trying to cope in innovative ways. Despite our own society鈥檚 apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge even in ecologically robust areas like Montana.<br /><br />Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, <b>Collapse</b> is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, raising the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide?<br /><br /></p>
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, 75th Anniversary Il...
by Edith Hamilton

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

September 26, 2017

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<b>This 75th anniversary edition of a classic bestseller is stunningly illustrated and designed to enchant fans of Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology at all ages.</b><br /><br />Since its original publication by Little, Brown and Company in 1942, Edith Hamilton's <i>Mythology</i> has sold millions of copies throughout the world and established itself as a perennial bestseller. <br />For more than seven decades readers have chosen this book above all others to discover the enchanting world of mythology -- from Odysseus's adventure-filled journey to the Norse god Odin's effort to postpone the final day of doom. This deluxe, hardcover edition is fully-illustrated throughout with all-new, specially commissioned art, making it a true collector's item.
The Life of Andrew Jackson
by Robert V. Remini

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English

Pages

464

Publication Date

September 13, 2011

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<p>Robert V. Remini's prize-winning, three-volume biography Life of Andrew Jackson won the National Book Award on its completion in 1984 and is recognized as one of the greatest lives of a U.S. President. In this meticulously crafted single-volume abridgment, Remini captures the essence of the life and career of the seventh president of the United States. As president, from 1829-1837, Jackson was a significant force in the nations's expansion, the growth of presidential power, and the transition from republicanism to democracy. </p><p> Jackson is a highly controversial figure who is undergoing historical reconsideration today. He is known as spurring the emergence of the modern American political division of Republican and Democractic parties, for the infamous Indian removal on the Trail of Tears, and for his brave victory against the British as Major General at the Battle of New Orleans.</p><p> Never an apologist, Remini portrays Jackson as a foreceful, sometimes tragic, hero--a man whose strength and flaws were larger than life, a president whose conviction provided the nation with one of the most influential, colorful, and controversial administrations in our history.</p>
Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt
by Barbara Mertz

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English

Pages

436

Publication Date

January 25, 2011

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<p><em>A fascinating, erudite, and witty glimpse of the human side of ancient Egypt鈥攖his acclaimed classic work is now revised and updated for a new generation</em></p><p>Displaying the unparalleled descriptive power, unerring eye for fascinating detail, keen insight, and trenchant wit that have made the novels she writes (as Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels) perennial <em>New York Times</em> bestsellers, internationally renowned Egyptologist Barbara Mertz brings a long-buried civilization to vivid life. In <em>Red Land, Black Land</em>, she transports us back thousands of years and immerses us in the sights, aromas, and sounds of day-to-day living in the legendary desert realm that was ancient Egypt.</p><p>Who were these people whose civilization has inspired myriad films, books, artwork, myths, and dreams, and who built astonishing monuments that still stagger the imagination five thousand years later? What did average Egyptians eat, drink, wear, gossip about, and aspire to? What were their amusements, their beliefs, their attitudes concerning religion, childrearing, nudity, premarital sex? Mertz ushers us into their homes, workplaces, temples, and palaces to give us an intimate view of the everyday worlds of the royal and commoner alike. We observe priests and painters, scribes and pyramid builders, slaves, housewives, and queens鈥攁nd receive fascinating tips on how to perform tasks essential to ancient Egyptian living, from mummification to making papyrus.</p><p>An eye-opening and endlessly entertaining companion volume to <em>Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs</em>, Mertz's extraordinary history of ancient Egypt, <em>Red Land, Black Land</em> offers readers a brilliant display of rich description and fascinating edification. It brings us closer than ever before to the people of a great lost culture that was so different from鈥攜et so surprisingly similar to鈥攐ur own.</p>
Greece: A History
by Alexander Eliot

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English

Pages

300

Publication Date

May 20, 2016

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Here, from the award-winning writer and historian Alexander Eliot, is the dramatic story of the rise of ancient Greece to the fall of the Greek Empire - from the city-states of Athens and Sparta to the empire of Alexander the Great and the power of Constantine, from myths of gods and goddesses to the foundations of Orthodox Christianity and from Herodotus and Homer to Aristotle and Euclid. The history of Greece - the birthplace of Western civilization, democracy, mathematics, philosophy, and theater - unfolds in vivid detail in these pages.
Scotland: A History from Earliest Times
by Alistair Moffat

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English

Pages

544

Publication Date

September 22, 2015

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<b>Five hundred million years of Scottish history from the author of <i>Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms</i>: 鈥淒eserves a prominent place in the history canon鈥?(<i>Scots Magazine).</i></b><br /> 聽<br /> Covering the Ice Age to the recent Scottish Referendum, the acclaimed historian and author explores the history of the Scottish nation. Focusing on key moments such as the Battle of Bannockburn and the Jacobite risings, Moffat also features other episodes in history that are perhaps less well documented.<br /> 聽<br /> From prehistoric timber halls to inventions and literature, Moffat鈥檚 epic explores the drama of battle, change, loss, and innovation interspersed with the lives of ordinary Scottish folk, the men and women who defined a nation.<br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淢offat plunders the facts and fables to create a richly-detailed and comprehensive analysis of a nation鈥檚 past and references a huge number of sources.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Scotland Magazine</i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淭he great thing about Moffat鈥檚 account is that, for all its emphasis on uncertainty, it rattles along with complete narrative certainty, to the extent that great events consistently take even a historically literate reader unawares.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Scottish Review of Books</i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎 very readable, well-researched and fluent account.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Scotland on Sunday</i>
The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Missi...
by Jack Fairweather

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English

Pages

528

Publication Date

June 25, 2019

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<p><strong>COSTA BOOK AWARD WINNER: BOOK OF THE YEAR</strong><strong>聽鈥⒙?lt;/strong><strong>#1 <em>SUNDAY TIMES </em>(UK) BESTSELLER</strong><br /></p><p><strong>鈥淪uperbly written and breathtakingly researched, <em>The Volunteer</em> smuggles us into Auschwitz and shows us鈥攁s if watching a movie鈥攖he story of a Polish agent who infiltrated the infamous camp, organized a rebellion, and then snuck back out. ... Fairweather has dug up a story of incalculable value and delivered it to us in the most compelling prose I have read in a long time.鈥?鈥擲ebastian Junger, author of <em>The Perfect Storm</em> and <em>Tribe</em></strong></p><p>The incredible true story of a Polish resistance fighter鈥檚 infiltration of Auschwitz to sabotage the camp from within, and his death-defying attempt to warn the Allies about the Nazis鈥?plans for a 鈥淔inal Solution鈥?before it was too late.</p><p>To uncover the fate of the thousands being interred at a mysterious Nazi camp on the border of the Reich, a thirty-nine-year-old Polish resistance fighter named Witold Pilecki volunteered for an audacious mission: assume a fake identity, intentionally get captured and sent to the new camp, and then report back to the underground on what had happened to his compatriots there. But gathering information was not his only task: he was to execute an attack from inside鈥攚here the Germans would least expect it.聽</p><p>The name of the camp was Auschwitz.</p><p>Over the next two and half years, Pilecki forged an underground army within Auschwitz that sabotaged facilities, assassinated Nazi informants and officers, and gathered evidence of terrifying abuse and mass murder. But as he pieced together the horrifying truth that the camp was to become the epicenter of Nazi plans to exterminate Europe鈥檚 Jews, Pilecki realized he would have to risk his men, his life, and his family to warn the West before all was lost. To do so, meant attempting the impossible鈥攁n escape from Auschwitz itself.</p><p>Completely erased from the historical record by Poland鈥檚 post-war Communist government, Pilecki remains almost unknown to the world. Now, with exclusive access to previously hidden diaries, family and camp survivor accounts, and recently declassified files, Jack Fairweather offers an unflinching portrayal of survival, revenge and betrayal in mankind鈥檚 darkest hour. And in uncovering the tragic outcome of Pilecki鈥檚 mission, he reveals that its ultimate defeat originated not in Auschwitz or Berlin, but in London and Washington.</p>
The End Is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age ...
by Dan Carlin

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English

Pages

246

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<p><strong>Now a New York Times Bestseller.</strong></p><p><strong>The creator of the wildly popular award-winning podcast <em>Hardcore History</em> looks at some of the apocalyptic moments from the past as a way to frame the challenges of the future.</strong><br /></p><p>Do tough times create tougher people? Can humanity handle the power of its weapons without destroying itself? Will human technology or capabilities ever peak or regress? No one knows the answers to such questions, but no one asks them in a more interesting way than Dan Carlin.</p><p>In <em>The End is Always Near</em>, Dan Carlin looks at questions and historical events that force us to consider what sounds like fantasy; that we might suffer the same fate that all previous eras did. Will our world ever become a ruin for future archaeologists to dig up and explore? The questions themselves are both philosophical and like something out of <em>The Twilight Zone</em>.</p><p>Combining his trademark mix of storytelling, history and weirdness Dan Carlin connects the past and future in fascinating and colorful ways. At the same time the questions he asks us to consider involve the most important issue imaginable: human survival. From the collapse of the Bronze Age to the challenges of the nuclear era the issue has hung over humanity like a persistent Sword of Damocles.</p><p>Inspired by his podcast,聽<em>The End is Always Near</em>聽challenges the way we look at the past and ourselves. In this absorbing compendium, Carlin embarks on a whole new set of stories and major cliffhangers that will keep readers enthralled. Idiosyncratic and erudite, offbeat yet profound,聽<em>The End is Always Near</em>聽examines issues that are rarely presented, and makes the past immediately relevant to our very turbulent present.</p>

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