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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari

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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>
Renia's Diary: A Holocaust Journal
by Renia Spiegel

Language

English

Pages

328

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><b>A <i>New York Times </i>bestseller </b><br /><b>A <i>USA Today</i> bestseller</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>The long-hidden diary of a young Polish woman's life during the Holocaust, translated for the first time into English</b></p><p>Renia Spiegel was born in 1924 to an upper-middle class Jewish family living in southeastern Poland, near what was at that time the border with Romania. At the start of 1939 Renia began a diary. 鈥淚 just want a friend. I want somebody to talk to about my everyday worries and joys. Somebody who would feel what I feel, who would believe me, who would never reveal my secrets. A human being can never be such a friend and that鈥檚 why I have decided to look for a confidant in the form of a diary.鈥?And so begins an extraordinary document of an adolescent girl鈥檚 hopes and dreams. By the fall of 1939, Renia and her younger sister Elizabeth (n茅e Ariana) were staying with their grandparents in Przemysl, a city in the south, just as the German and Soviet armies invaded Poland. Cut off from their mother, who was in Warsaw, Renia and her family were plunged into war.</p><br /><p>Like Anne Frank, Renia鈥檚 diary became a record of her daily life as the Nazis spread throughout Europe. Renia writes of her mundane school life, her daily drama with best friends, falling in love with her boyfriend Zygmund, as well as the agony of missing her mother, separated by bombs and invading armies. Renia had aspirations to be a writer, and the diary is filled with her poignant and thoughtful poetry. When she was forced into the city鈥檚 ghetto with the other Jews, Zygmund is able to smuggle her out to hide with his parents, taking Renia out of the ghetto, but not, ultimately to safety. The diary ends in July 1942, completed by Zygmund, after Renia is murdered by the Gestapo.</p><br /><p><i>Renia's Diary</i> has been translated from the original Polish, and includes a preface, afterword, and notes by her surviving sister, Elizabeth Bellak. An extraordinary historical document, Renia Spiegel survives through the beauty of her words and the efforts of those who loved her and preserved her legacy.</p>
Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilizati...
by Graham Hancock

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English

Pages

592

Publication Date

September 19, 2012

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<b>Could the story of mankind be far older than we have previously believed? Using tools as varied as archaeo-astronomy, geology, and computer analysis of ancient myths, Graham Hancock presents a compelling case to suggest that it is.</b><br /><b>聽</b><br /><b>鈥淎 fancy piece of historical sleuthing . . . intriguing and entertaining and sturdy enough to give a long pause for thought.鈥濃€?lt;i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b><br /><b>聽</b><br />In聽<i>Fingerprints of the Gods,聽</i>Hancock embarks on a worldwide quest to put together all the pieces of the vast and fascinating jigsaw of mankind鈥檚 hidden past. In ancient monuments as far apart as Egypt鈥檚 Great Sphinx, the strange Andean ruins of Tihuanaco, and Mexico鈥檚 awe-inspiring Temples of the Sun and Moon, he reveals not only the clear fingerprints of an as-yet-unidentified civilization of remote antiquity, but also startling evidence of its vast sophistication, technological advancement, and evolved scientific knowledge.<br />聽<br />A record-breaking number one bestseller in Britain,聽<i>Fingerprints of the Gods</i>聽contains the makings of an intellectual revolution, a dramatic and irreversible change in the way that we understand our past鈥攁nd so our future.<br />聽<br />And聽<i>Fingerprints of God</i>聽tells us something more. As we recover the truth about prehistory, and discover the real meaning of ancient myths and monuments, it becomes apparent that a warning has been handed down to us, a warning of terrible cataclysm that afflicts the Earth in great cycles at irregular intervals of time鈥攁 cataclysm that may be about to recur.<br />聽<br /><b>鈥淩eaders will hugely enjoy their quest in these pages of inspired storytelling.鈥濃€?lt;i>The Times聽</i>(UK)</b>
Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl

Language

English

Pages

188

Publication Date

June 01, 2006

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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.<br /><br />At the time of Frankl's death in 1997,聽<i>Man's Search for Meaning</i>聽had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found聽<i>Man's Search for Meaning</i>聽among the ten most influential books in America.
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story
by Douglas Preston

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English

Pages

326

Publication Date

January 03, 2017

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<br /><br /><b>The #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, named one of the best books of the year by The Boston Globe and National Geographic: acclaimed journalist Douglas Preston takes readers on a true adventure deep into the Honduran rainforest in this riveting narrative about the discovery of a lost civilization -- culminating in a stunning medical mystery.</b><br /><br /><br />Since the days of conquistador Hern謾n Cort茅s, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, swashbuckling journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City of the Monkey God-but then committed suicide without revealing its location.<br /><br /><br />Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest. In 2012 he climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying the machine that would change everything: lidar, a highly advanced, classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. In an unexplored valley ringed by steep mountains, that flight revealed the unmistakable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic, lost civilization.<br /><br /><br />Venturing into this raw, treacherous, but breathtakingly beautiful wilderness to confirm the discovery, Preston and the team battled torrential rains, quickmud, disease-carrying insects, jaguars, and deadly snakes. But it wasn't until they returned that tragedy struck: Preston and others found they had contracted in the ruins a horrifying, sometimes lethal-and incurable-disease.<br /><br /><br />Suspenseful and shocking, filled with colorful history, hair-raising adventure, and dramatic twists of fortune, THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD is the absolutely true, eyewitness account of one of the great discoveries of the twenty-first century.<br />
A People's History of the American Revolution: How Common People ...
by Ray Raphael

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English

Pages

527

Publication Date

May 24, 2011

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<b>鈥淭he best single-volume history of the Revolution I have read.鈥?鈥擧oward Zinn</b><br /> 聽<br /> Upon its initial publication, Ray Raphael鈥檚 magisterial聽<i>A People鈥檚 History of the American Revolution</i>聽was hailed by聽NPR鈥檚 <i>Fresh Air</i>聽as 鈥渞elentlessly aggressive and unsentimental.鈥?With impeccable skill, Raphael presented a wide array of fascinating scholarship within a single volume, employing a bottom-up approach that has served as a revelation.<br /> 聽<br /><i>A People鈥檚 History of the American Revolution</i>聽draws upon diaries, personal letters, and other Revolutionary-era treasures, weaving a thrilling 鈥測ou are there鈥?narrative鈥斺€渁 tapestry that uses individual experiences to illustrate the larger stories鈥? Raphael shifts the focus away from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to the slaves they owned, the Indians they displaced, and the men and boys who did the fighting (<i>Los Angeles Times Book Review</i>).<br /> 聽<br /> This 鈥渞emarkable perspective on a familiar part of American history鈥?helps us appreciate more fully the incredible diversity of the American Revolution (<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>).<br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淭hrough letters, diaries, and other accounts, Raphael shows these individuals鈥攚hite women and men of the farming and laboring classes, free and enslaved African Americans, Native Americans, loyalists, and religious pacifists鈥攁cting for or against the Revolution and enduring a war that compounded the difficulties of everyday life.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Library Journal聽</i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎 tour de force聽.聽.聽. Ray Raphael has probably altered the way in which future historians will see events.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The Sunday Times</i>
21 Lessons for the 21st Century
by Yuval Noah Harari

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English

Pages

416

Publication Date

September 04, 2018

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER </b>鈥⒙?lt;b>In<i> Sapiens, </i>he explored our past. In <i>Homo Deus, </i>he looked to our future<i>. </i>Now, one of the most innovative thinkers on the planet turns to the present to make sense of today鈥檚 most pressing issues.</b><br /><br /><b>鈥淔ascinating . . . a crucial global conversation about how to take on the problems of the twenty-first century.鈥濃€擝ill Gates,聽<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>FINANCIAL TIMES </i>AND聽<b>PAMELA PAUL, KQED聽</b></b><br /><br /> How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children? <br /><br />Yuval Noah Harari鈥檚 <i>21 Lessons for the 21st Century</i> is a probing and visionary investigation into today鈥檚 most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive.<br /><br /> In twenty-one accessible chapters that are both provocative and profound, Harari builds on the ideas explored in his previous books, untangling political, technological, social, and existential issues and offering advice on how to prepare for a very different future from the world we now live in: How can we retain freedom of choice when Big Data is watching us? What will the future workforce look like, and how should we ready ourselves for it? How should we deal with the threat of terrorism? Why is liberal democracy in crisis?<br /><br /> Harari鈥檚 unique ability to make sense of where we have come from and where we are going has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. Here he invites us to consider values, meaning, and personal engagement in a world full of noise and uncertainty. When we are deluged with irrelevant information, clarity is power. Presenting complex contemporary challenges clearly and accessibly, <i>21 Lessons for the 21st Century</i> is essential reading.<br /><b><br />鈥淚f there were such a thing as聽a required instruction manual for politicians and thought leaders, Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari鈥檚聽<i>21 Lessons for the 21st Century</i>聽would deserve serious consideration. In this collection of聽provocative聽essays, Harari . . .聽tackles a daunting array of issues, endeavoring to answer a persistent question: 鈥榃hat is happening in the world today, and what is the deep meaning of these events?鈥欌€濃€?lt;i>BookPage聽</i>(top pick)</b>
The Spy in Hitler's Inner Circle: Hans-Thilo Schmidt and the Alli...
by Paul Paillole

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

March 19, 2016

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Ten years after the publication of his Services Sp茅ciaux (1935-1945), Paillole took up his pen once again in order to shed further light on the critical role that the French Secret Service played in the infiltration of German agencies. In this first English edition of The Spy in Hitler鈥檚 Inner Circle, Paillole brings us to the very heart of the world of espionage and counterintelligence, providing unique insight into the key figures that led to the decoding of the Enigma machine at Bletchley and the ultimate collapse of Hitler鈥檚 Third Reich, most notably through Hans-Thilo Schmidt, France鈥檚 German spy embedded in the very heart of the Third Reich. In compelling narrative style Paillole details how Schmidt delivered intelligence to France right from the source of the German Cipher Office. Schmidt, who鈥檚 brother Rudolf occupied one of the highest postings in the Third Reich, commander of 2nd Panzer Army in Russia, created an intelligence network between France, Poland and England, and successfully transmitted crucial details about Hitler鈥檚 strategic plans. From information about Germany鈥檚 rearmament and the reoccupation of the Rhineland, to fundamental technical intelligence about the Enigma machine, Schmidt鈥檚 contributions are key to the Allied victory in the intelligence war, despite the fact that France largely ignored his communications. Revealed here are the most secret aspects of the 鈥榮ecret war,鈥?the 鈥榳ar of numbers.鈥?By way of Hans-Thilo Schmidt Paillole sheds further light on the interaction of secret agents working inside the German government, bringing attention to the cooperation between the French, English and Polish agencies surrounding the challenges of decoding the Enigma machine. We learn the innermost details of the roles that men such as Gustave Bertrand, Rudolphe Lemoine, and Richard Sorge played in this dramatic history and ultimately the pivotal role that Bletchley鈥檚 Alan Turing was able to perform as a result. Paillole brings renewed focus onto one of the most important espionage affairs of the war and sheds new light on already existent Anglo-Saxon and Polish historiography, revealing new aspects of the participation of Enigma during the decisive phases of the Second World War: the Battle of France, the Battle of Britain, the Battle of the Atlantic, the Battle of Libya and the Battle of Normandy.
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
by Yuval Noah Harari

Language

English

Pages

455

Publication Date

February 21, 2017

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<p><strong>Official U.S. edition with full color illustrations throughout.</strong></p><p><strong><em>NEW YORK TIMES</em> BESTSELLER </strong></p><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鈥檚 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鈥攖horough, yet riveting鈥攆amine, 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>聽explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century鈥攆rom 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聽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>
History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time
by , Keith Ferrell

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

October 22, 2013

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<p>It's an irresistible combination: Brad Meltzer, a born storyteller, counting down the world's most intriguing unsolved mysteries. And to make this richly illustrated book even richer, each chapter invites the reader along for an interactive experience through the addition of facsimile documents鈥攖he evidence! It's a treasure trove for conspiracy buffs, a <i>Griffin and Sabine</i> for history lovers.<br /><br /> Adapted from <i>Decoded</i>, Meltzer鈥檚 hit show on the HISTORY network, <i>History Decoded</i> explores fascinating, unexplained questions. Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman 鈥淪pear of Destiny鈥? What鈥檚 the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy鈥檚 $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? And did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone? Meltzer sifts through the evidence; weighs competing theories;聽 separates what we know to be true with what鈥檚 still鈥攁nd perhaps forever鈥攗nproved or unprovable; and in the end, <i>decodes</i> the mystery, arriving at the most likely solution. Along the way we meet Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Nazi propagandists, and the <i>real</i> DB Cooper.<br /><br /> A riveting adventure through the compelling world of mysteries and conspiracies.</p>

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