Ancient Rome (DK Eyewitness Books)

By Simon James

Full-color photographs. "An first-class modern catalogue of unique information regarding a civilization of antiquity. family members existence, loved ones results, cosmetics, activities, kid's costume and games--all those and extra are on demonstrate in eye-filling spreads. both learn chronologically or browsed via, every one web page bargains up a sterling visible dinner party certain to spur dialogue and impress puzzling over the early Romans."--Kirkus.  

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Earth's Deep History: How It Was Discovered and Why It Matters

Earth has been witness to mammoths and dinosaurs, international ice a long time, continents colliding or splitting aside, and comets and asteroids crashing catastrophically to the outside, in addition to the beginning of people who're curious to appreciate it. yet how was once all this chanced on? How used to be the proof for it amassed and interpreted? And what different types of humans have sought to reconstruct this previous that no human witnessed or recorded? during this sweeping and obtainable e-book, Martin J. S. Rudwick, the greatest historian of the Earth sciences, tells the gripping human tale of the sluggish cognizance that the Earth’s background has not just been unimaginably lengthy but in addition astonishingly eventful.

Rudwick starts off within the 17th century with Archbishop James Ussher, who famously dated the construction of the cosmos to 4004 BC. His narrative later turns to the an important interval of the past due eighteenth and early 19th centuries, whilst inquisitive intellectuals, who got here to name themselves “geologists,” started to interpret rocks and fossils, mountains and volcanoes, as traditional records of Earth’s background. He then exhibits how this geological facts used to be used—and continues to be being used—to reconstruct a historical past of the Earth that's as various and unpredictable as human heritage itself. alongside the way in which, Rudwick rejects the preferred view of this tale as a clash among technological know-how and faith and indicates how the fashionable clinical account of the Earth’s deep background keeps robust roots in Judaeo-Christian ideas. 

widely illustrated, Earth’s Deep History is a fascinating and ambitious capstone to Rudwick’s extraordinary career.  although the tale of the Earth is impossible in size, Rudwick strikes with grace from the earliest imaginings of our planet’s deep previous to today’s clinical discoveries, proving that this can be a story without delay undying and timely.

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The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History

By Don Oberdorfer

Ever on the grounds that Korea was once first divided on the finish of worldwide warfare II, the strain among its northern and southern halves has riveted—and threatened to embroil—the remainder of the area. during this landmark historical past, now completely revised and up to date together with Korea specialist Robert Carlin, veteran journalist Don Oberdorfer grippingly describes how a traditionally homogenous humans turned locked in a perpetual fight for supremacy—and how they may but be reconciled.

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The Dead End Kids of St. Louis: Homeless Boys and the People Who Tried to Save Them

By Bonnie Stepenoff

Joe Garagiola recollects taking part in baseball with stolen balls and bats whereas turning out to be up at the Hill. Chuck Berry had run-ins with police sooner than channeling his strength into rock and roll. yet now not the entire boys transforming into up at the tough streets of St. Louis had loving households or controlled to discover luck. This booklet experiences a century of background to inform the tale of the “lost” boys who struggled to outlive at the city’s streets because it advanced from a booming late-nineteenth-century business heart to a stricken mid-twentieth-century metropolis.

To the eyes of impressionable boys with out mom and dad to guard them, St. Louis awarded an ever-changing spectacle of violence. Small, loosely equipped bands from the tenement districts wandered the town searching for hassle, and so they frequently stumbled on it. The geology of St. Louis additionally supplied for specified accommodations—sometimes gangs of boys chanced on take care of within the vast method of interconnected caves beneath the town. Boys might disguise in those mystery lairs for weeks or maybe months at a stretch.

Bonnie Stepenoff provides voice to the harrowing stories of destitute and homeless boys and younger males who struggled to develop up, with very little grownup supervision, on streets choked with pleasure but in addition teeming with sharpsters able to train those young ones issues they might by no means research in class. Well-intentioned efforts of personal philanthropists and public officers occasionally went cruelly off course, and infrequently have been useless, yet occasionally had confident results on younger lives.

Stepenoff strains the historical past of a number of efforts aimed toward aiding the city’s homeless boys. She discusses the prison-like St. Louis apartment of safe haven, the place greater than eighty percentage of the resident youngsters have been boys, and Father Dunne's information Boys' domestic and Protectorate, which under pressure schooling and coaching for greater than a century after its founding. She charts the expansion of Skid Row and information how historic occasions equivalent to industrialization, financial melancholy, and wars affected this weak city population.

Most of those boys grew up and lived respectable, unheralded lives, yet that doesn’t suggest that their adolescence stories left them unscathed. Their lives supply a compelling glimpse into outdated St. Louis whereas reinforcing the concept society has a duty to create towns that would nurture and never endanger the young.

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The Warrior King and the Invasion of France: Henry V, Agincourt, and the Campaign that Shaped Medieval England

Presenting an intensive new examine Henry V―as an excellent 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 such a lot answerable for the mutual antipathy that existed among France and England. His paintings of attacking an opponent through making overall conflict on civilians, in addition to infantrymen, created great mistrust and enmity among the 2 international locations, which survives even to at the present time. He used to be a guy of many contradictions, a perverse mixture of rigorous orthodoxy―exemplified through 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 vastly ardent army strategist who experimented with ballistics and outfitted 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 ancient societies, Desmond Seward attracts a portrait of Henry V that exhibits him as a super army strategist, bold conqueror, and, at the very least in short, positive warrior king.

sixteen pages of colour and B&W photos

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History Derailed: Central and Eastern Europe in the Long Nineteenth Century

By Ivan T. Berend

There's most likely no higher authority at the sleek historical past of significant and japanese Europe than Ivan Berend, whose past paintings, Decades of concern, was hailed by means of critics as "masterful" and "the broadest synthesis of the fashionable social, monetary, and cultural heritage of the area that we possess." Now, having introduced jointly and illuminated this region's storm-tossed heritage within the 20th century, Berend turns his awareness to the both turbulent interval that preceded it. The "long" 19th century, extending as much as international struggle I, contained the seeds of advancements and crises that proceed to hang-out the area today.
The e-book starts off with an summary of the most old traits within the 16th to the eighteenth centuries, in which time the zone misplaced momentum and have become the outer edge, not consistent with the emerging West. It concludes with an account of the persisting authoritarian political buildings and the failed modernization that cleared the path for social and political revolts. The origins of twentieth-century extremism and its tragedies are it seems that seen during this penetrating account.

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Popes, Cardinals and War: The Military Church in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe

In this full of life and compelling heritage, D.S. Chambers examines popes and cardinals over numerous centuries who not just preached warfare but additionally placed it into perform as army leaders. enticing and stimulating, and utilizing references to scripture and canon legislations in addition to a wide range of ancient assets, Chambers throws gentle on those awesome and paradoxical figures -- males who have been peaceable by means of vocation yet contributed to the method of battle with stunning directness and brutality -- in addition to illuminating many points of the political background of the Church.

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Follow the Money: The Tale of the Merchant of Ennis

By David McWilliams

This booklet is ready genuine humans and the way stable humans should be damaged via undesirable economics. however it does not need to be like this. there's a means out. We meet up with previous buddies, Breakfast Roll guy and leave out Pencil Skirt, and meet new characters just like the service provider of Ennis, Shylock and the Godfather. now we have past due evening tea with Brian Lenihan and go swords with Seanie Fitzpatrick. We research why the typical drug broker at the aspect of the road has extra in universal with the banker than both might care to say, as we keep on with the money in either rackets from its resource on the very best all the way down to the ""buy now, pay later"" bargains at all-time low. Why should still we belief the folk who bought us into this mess within the first position? They have been unsuitable then and they're unsuitable now. The politicians, bankers and builders imagine they could hand us the invoice and stroll clear of the carnage. they need us to keep on with a path that would make issues worse for the normal guy in the street whereas saving the bankers on the best of the tree, insisting that there's no opposite direction. ""If you will have a dry fiscal tome, this isn't the ebook for you. in spite of the fact that, for research of post-boom eire, how we came and the problems we now face, it makes loads of critical issues in an enjoyable and provocative way""-Sunday company put up. ""This is a brilliant, witty and provocative book""-Richard Bruton, Irish self sufficient.

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A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

Barbara W. Tuchman—the acclaimed writer of the Pulitzer Prize–winning vintage The weapons of August—once back marshals her present for personality, historical past, and gleaming prose to compose an impressive portrait of medieval Europe.
The fourteenth century displays contradictory photographs: at the one hand, a glittering age of crusades, cathedrals, and chivalry; at the different, an international plunged into chaos and religious discomfort. during this revelatory paintings, Barbara W. Tuchman examines not just the nice rhythms of heritage however the grain and texture of household existence: what formative years was once like; what marriage intended; how funds, taxes, and struggle ruled the lives of serf, noble, and clergy alike. Granting her topics their loyalties, treacheries, and in charge passions, Tuchman re-creates the lives of proud cardinals, collage students, grocers and clerks, saints and mystics, attorneys and mercenaries, and, dominating all, the knight—in all his valor and “furious follies,” a “terrible computer virus in an iron cocoon.”
Praise for A far away Mirror
“Beautifully written, cautious and thorough in its scholarship . . . What Ms. Tuchman does beautifully is to inform how it used to be. . . . not anyone has ever performed this better.”The manhattan overview of Books
“A appealing, amazing booklet . . . Tuchman on the best of her powers . . . She has performed not anything finer.”The Wall road Journal
“Wise, witty, and lovely . . . a superb publication, in a good ancient tradition.”—Commentary

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The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began

By Stephen Greenblatt


nearly 600 years in the past, a quick, genial guy took a truly outdated manuscript off a library shelf. With pleasure, he observed what he had came upon and ordered it copied. The publication used to be a miraculously surviving reproduction of an historical Roman philosophical epic, at the Nature of items by means of Lucretius and it replaced the process history.

He discovered a stunning poem of the main risky principles - that the universe functioned with no the help of gods, that non secular worry was once destructive to human existence, and that subject was once made from very small debris in everlasting movement. those principles fuelled the Renaissance, inspiring Botticelli, shaping the strategies of Montaigne, Darwin and Einstein.

An leading edge paintings of background by means of one of many world's such a lot celebrated students and an exhilarating tale of discovery, The Swerve info how one manuscript, plucked from 1000 years of forget, made attainable the realm as we all know it.

Winner of the 2011 nationwide e-book Award for Nonfiction

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