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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>
The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD
by Simon Schama

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English

Pages

512

Publication Date

March 18, 2014

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<p>In this magnificently illustrated cultural history鈥攖he tie-in to the pbs and bbc series <em>The Story of the Jews</em>鈥攕imon schama details the story of the jewish people, tracing their experience across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the new world in 1492</p><p>It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance in the face of destruction, of creativity in the face of oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life despite the steepest of odds.</p><p>It spans the millennia and the continents鈥攆rom India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain.</p><p>In <em>The Story of the Jews</em>, the Talmud burns in the streets of Paris, massed gibbets hang over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the world; candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, ships loaded with gems and spices founder at sea.</p><p>And a great story unfolds. Not鈥攁s often imagined鈥攐f a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians.</p><p>Which makes the story of the Jews everyone's story, too.</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>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></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>
The New Testament in Its World: An Introduction to the History, L...
by , Michael F. Bird

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English

Pages

987

Publication Date

November 19, 2019

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<p><strong>Finally: an introduction that captures the excitement of the early Christians, helping today's readers to think like a first-century believer while reading the text responsibly for today. </strong></p><p><em>The New Testament in Its World</em> is your passageway from the twenty-first century to the era of Jesus and the first Christians. A highly-readable, one-volume introduction placing the entire New Testament and early Christianity in its original context, it is the only such work by distinguished scholar and author N. T. (Tom) Wright.</p><p>An ideal guide for students,聽<em>The New Testament in Its World</em>聽addresses the many difficult questions faced by those studying early Christianity. Both large and small, these questions include:</p><ul><li>What is the purpose of the New Testament?</li><li>What was the first-century understanding of the kingdom?</li><li>What is the real meaning of the resurrection in its original context?</li><li>What really were the Gospels?</li><li>Who was Paul and why are his letters so controversial?</li><li>As twenty-first-century people, how do we recover the excitement of what it was like to live as Christians in the聽first or second聽centuries?</li></ul><p>In short, <em>The New Testament in Its World</em> brings together decades of ground-breaking research, writing, and teaching into one volume that will open readers' eyes to the larger world of the New Testament. It presents the New Testament books as聽historical, literary,聽and social phenomena located in the world of Second Temple Judaism,聽amidst Greco-Roman politics and culture,聽and聽within聽early Christianity.聽'</p><p>Written for both classroom and personal use, the benefits of <em>The New Testament in Its World</em> include:</p><ul><li>A distillation of the life work of N. T. Wright on the New Testament with input from Michael Bird</li><li>Historical context that situates Jesus and the early church within the history, culture, and religion of Second Temple Judaism and the Greco-Roman world</li><li>Major sections on the historical Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus, and Paul's chronology and theology</li><li>Surveys of each New Testament book that discuss their significance, critical topics like authorship and date, and that provide commentary on contents along with implications for the Christian life</li><li>Up-to-date discussions of textual criticism and the聽canonization of the New Testament</li><li>A concluding chapter dedicated to living the story of the New Testament</li><li>Available Video and Workbook companion resources to enhance learning and experience the world of the New Testament</li><li>Illustrated with visually rich pictures, maps, charts, diagrams, and artwork; plentiful sidebars provide additional explanations and insights</li></ul>
The Black Prince and the Capture of a King: Poitiers 1356
by , Morgen Witzel

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

July 19, 2018

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The capture of a king in the course of a battle was a relatively rare event. This, the climactic event of the Black Prince鈥檚 first campaign as commander, came at the end of nearly a year of campaigning across the southwest of France.<br /><br />The battle of Poitiers in 1356 is less well known than more famous clashes such as Agincourt, however, Poitiers was no less dramatic, and equally important in terms of the course of the Hundred Years War. The capture of King Jean brought France to the brink of total defeat, and led to one of the most devastating and destructive periods in French history. It is not exaggeration to say that the battle of Poitiers changed the course of history for both France and England.<br /><br />In the summer of 1356 the Prince and his army drove northward towards the Loire, attacking once again deep into French territory. This time he met real opposition: the full French army led by King Jean and many of the leading nobility of France, some of them veterans of the defeat at Cr茅cy ten years before. Outnumbered, the Prince fell back, but in September he turned near the city of Poitiers to make a stand.<br /><br />The battle that followed was a tense encounter. The French had learned much from the disastrous defeat at Cr茅cy, and took time to organize and prepare before attacking. Their advance was deliberate and well-planned, yet the result was the same. Once again, English and Welsh archers wrought mayhem among the French ranks. The French formations disintegrated, and a violent counterattack by English men-at-arms caused it to dissolve entirely. King Jean and his eldest son made a final stand with some of their followers, but in the end they were forced to surrender and were taken back to England as prisoners.<br /><br />The core of the book is a day-by-day description of the campaign of July-September 1356, climaxing with a detailed description of the Battle of Poitiers itself. The detailed account and analysis of the battle and the campaigns that led up to it has a strong focus on the people involved in the campaign: ordinary men-at-arms and noncombatants as well as princes and nobles.
The Story of the Jews Volume Two: Belonging: 1492-1900
by Simon Schama

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English

Pages

800

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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<p>In the second of two volumes of this magnificently illustrated cultural history鈥攖he tie-in to the PBS and BBC series <em>The Story of the Jews</em>鈥擲imon Schama details the story of the Jewish people, spanning from their expulsion from Spain during the Inquisition across six hundred years to the present day.</p><p>It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in the face of oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds.</p><p>It spans the centuries and the continents鈥攆rom the Iberian Peninsula and the collapse of 鈥渢he golden age鈥?to the shtetls of Russia to the dusty streets of infant Hollywood. Its voices ring loud and clear, from the philosophical musings of Spinoza to the poetry written on slips of paper in concentration camps. Within these pages, the Enlightenment unfolds, a great diaspora transforms a country, a Viennese psychiatrist forever changes the conception of the human mind.</p><p>And a great story unfolds. Not鈥攁s often imagined鈥攐f a people apart, but of a Jewish culture immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled. Which, as Simon Schama so brilliantly demonstrates, makes the story of the Jews everyone鈥檚 story, too.</p><p><em>The Story of the Jews Volume 2</em> features 24 pages of color photos, numerous maps, and printed endpapers.</p>
Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress
by Christopher Ryan

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English

Pages

298

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b>The <i>New York Times</i> bestselling coauthor of <i>Sex at Dawn</i> explores the ways in which 鈥減rogress鈥?has perverted the way we live: how we eat, learn, feel, mate, parent, communicate, work, and die.</b><br /><br />Most of us have instinctive evidence the world is ending鈥攂almy December days, face-to-face conversation replaced with heads-to-screens zomboidism, a world at constant war, a political system in disarray. We hear some myths and lies so frequently that they feel like truths: <i>Civilization is humankind鈥檚 greatest accomplishment. Progress is undeniable. Count your blessings. You鈥檙e lucky to be alive here and now. </i>Well, maybe we are and maybe we aren鈥檛. <i>Civilized to Death</i> counters the idea that progress is inherently good, arguing that the 鈥減rogress鈥?defining our age is analogous to an advancing disease.<br /> <br />Prehistoric life, of course, was not without serious dangers and disadvantages. Many babies died in infancy. A broken bone, infected wound, snakebite, or difficult pregnancy could be life-threatening. But ultimately, Ryan argues, were these pre-civilized dangers more murderous than modern scourges, such as car accidents, cancers, cardiovascular disease, and a technologically prolonged dying process? At a time when our ecology, our society, and our own sense of selves feels increasingly imperiled, an accurate understanding of our species鈥?long prelude to civilization is vital to a clear sense of the ultimate value of civilization鈥攁nd its costs. In <i>Civilized to Death</i>, Ryan makes the claim that we should start looking backwards to find our way into a better future.
Mythos: (Ancient Greek Mythology Book for Adults, Modern Telling ...
by Chronicle Books LLC

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

August 27, 2019

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Here are the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of the Greek myths, stylishly retold by Stephen Fry. The legendary writer, actor, and comedian breathes life into ancient tales, from Pandora's box to Prometheus's fire, and transforms the adventures of Zeus and the Olympians into emotionally resonant and deeply funny stories, without losing any of their original wonder. Classical artwork inspired by the myths and learned notes from the author offer rich cultural context.
The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire
by Anthony Everitt

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English

Pages

512

Publication Date

August 07, 2012

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<b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE聽<i>KANSAS CITY STAR</i></b><br /><br />From Anthony Everitt, the bestselling author of acclaimed biographies of Cicero, Augustus, and Hadrian<i>, </i>comes a riveting, magisterial account of Rome and its remarkable ascent from an obscure agrarian backwater to the greatest empire the world has ever known. <br /> 聽<br /> Emerging as a market town from a cluster of hill villages in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., Rome grew to become the ancient world鈥檚 preeminent power. Everitt fashions the story of Rome鈥檚 rise to glory into an erudite page-turner filled with lasting lessons for our time. He chronicles the clash between patricians and plebeians that defined the politics of the Republic. He shows how Rome鈥檚 shrewd strategy of offering citizenship to her defeated subjects was instrumental in expanding the reach of her burgeoning empire. And he outlines the corrosion of constitutional norms that accompanied Rome鈥檚 imperial expansion, as old habits of political compromise gave way, leading to violence and civil war. In the end, unimaginable wealth and power corrupted the traditional virtues of the Republic, and Rome was left triumphant everywhere except within its own borders.<br /> 聽<br /> Everitt paints indelible portraits of the great Romans鈥攁nd non-Romans鈥攚ho left their mark on the world out of which the mighty empire grew: Cincinnatus, Rome鈥檚 George Washington, the very model of the patrician warrior/aristocrat; the brilliant general Scipio Africanus, who turned back a challenge from the Carthaginian legend Hannibal; and Alexander the Great, the invincible Macedonian conqueror who became a role model for generations of would-be Roman rulers. Here also are the intellectual and philosophical leaders whose observations on the art of government and 鈥渢he good life鈥?have inspired every Western power from antiquity to the present: Cato the Elder, the famously incorruptible statesman who spoke out against the decadence of his times, and Cicero, the consummate orator whose championing of republican institutions put him on a collision course with Julius Caesar and whose writings on justice and liberty continue to inform our political discourse today.<br /> 聽<br /> Rome鈥檚 decline and fall have long fascinated historians, but the story of how the empire was won is every bit as compelling. With <i>The Rise of Rome</i>, one of our most revered chroniclers of the ancient world tells that tale in a way that will galvanize, inform, and enlighten modern readers.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>The Rise of Rome</i></b><br /> <b>聽</b><br /> 鈥淔ascinating history and a great read.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Chicago Sun-Times</i></b><br /> <i>聽</i><br /> 鈥淎n engrossing history of a relentlessly pugnacious city鈥檚 500-year rise to empire.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擪irkus Reviews</i></b><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淩ome鈥檚 history abounds with remarkable figures. . . . Everitt writes for the informed and the uninformed general reader alike, in a brisk, conversational style, with a modern attitude of skepticism and realism.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Dallas Morning News</i></b><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淸A] lively and readable account . . . Roman history has an uncanny ability to resonate with contemporary events.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Maclean鈥檚</i></b><br /> <i>聽</i><br />鈥淓legant, swift and faultless as an introduction to his subject.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Spectator</i></b><br /><br />鈥淸An] engaging work that will captivate and inform from beginning to end.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擝ooklist</i><br /></b>
The Noise of War: A Tale of Ancient Rome (The Sertorius Scrolls B...
by Vincent B. Davis II

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English

Pages

330

Publication Date

April 08, 2019

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<h2> The only survivor of a brutal battle, driven by a desperate need to see his family again鈥?</h2><p>Rome, 105 BC. Quintus Sertorius fought while the enemy slaughtered 90,000 of his brethren in the city鈥檚 bloodiest defeat. Battling night terrors and survivor鈥檚 guilt, he vows to preserve his beloved Rome and embarks on a covert mission deep into enemy territory. </p><p>Sertorius grows his beard and disguises himself in the garb of a Gaul, all the while his stomach churns with fear of discovery. But in order to gain vital information about the invaders, he must sink deeper into their ranks. As he uncovers the depths of the barbarian鈥檚 depravity he alone will have to rise to Rome鈥檚 aid. </p><p>Will Sertorius avenge his comrades and reunite with loved ones, or will the next massacre mark the end of the Republic? </p><p><i>The Noise of War</i> is the second book in the best-selling Sertorius Scrolls historical fiction series. If you like vivid backdrops, the courage of conviction, and a fight for survival, then you鈥檒l love Vincent B. Davis II鈥檚 compelling saga. </p><h2><u>Buy <i>The Noise of War</i> to don your armor for a heart-pounding adventure today! </u></h2>

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