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Download E-books The Terror of History: On the Uncertainties of Life in Western Civilization PDF

By Teofilo F. Ruiz

This e-book displays on Western humanity's efforts to flee from historical past and its terrors--from the existential situation and common mess ups to the never-ending succession of wars and different man-made catastrophes. Drawing on historic episodes starting from antiquity to the hot previous, and mixing them with literary examples and private reflections, Teofilo Ruiz explores the embody of non secular reviews, the pursuit of worldly good fortune and pleasures, and the search for attractiveness and information as 3 fundamental responses to the person and collective nightmares of background. the result's a profound meditation on how women and men in Western society sought (and nonetheless search) to make that means of the area and its stressful history.

In chapters that diversity largely throughout Western background and tradition, The Terror of History takes up faith, the fabric international, and the realm of paintings and information. "Religion and the realm to come back" examines orthodox and heterodox types of spirituality, apocalyptic routine, mysticism, supernatural ideals, and lots of different types of esotericism, together with magic, alchemy, astrology, and witchcraft. "The international of subject and the Senses" considers fabric riches, gala's and carnivals, activities, intercourse, and utopian groups. ultimately, "The trap of attractiveness and information" appears at cultural productions of all kinds, from artwork to scholarship.

Combining excellent historic breadth with a private and obtainable narrative kind, The Terror of History is a relocating testimony to the quite different methods people have sought to deal with their scary history.

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Download E-books Crusading and the Crusader States PDF

By Andrew Jotischky

Crusading as a subject matter has elevated in recent times to incorporate new fields of enquiry. This publication examines how crusading historiography comprises new components and new definitions, targeting basic concerns in present writing: why humans went on crusades and what kinds the western payment within the close to East took.
Crusading and the Crusader States explains how the belief of holy wars got here into being and why they took the shape that they did – a conflict among western and Islamic societies that ruled the center a while.

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Download E-books From Atlantis to the Sphinx PDF

By Colin Wilson

During this compelling booklet, Colin Wilson argues that millions of years prior to historic Egypt and Greece held sway, there has been an exceptional civilization whose ships traveled the realm from China to Antarctica. Their complicated wisdom of technology, arithmetic, and astronomy used to be handed directly to descendants who escaped to Egypt and South America.

From Atlantis to the Sphinx bases this statement on a real truth: that archaeologists and geologists are at odds over the age of the Sphinx. Archaeologists declare that the Sphinx dates to classical dynastic Egypt, round 2,400 b.c. yet a few geologists declare that it may well were equipped as early as 7,000 to 10,500 b.c. The geologists' declare relies at the curious proven fact that the erosion of the Sphinx is extra attribute of water erosion than that of wind and sand.

Starting from the idea that there has been a sophisticated civilization in life a lot prior to formerly idea, Wilson is going directly to declare that it might probably rather well be Atlantis--not a literal island that sank, yet extra of a superb civilization that both declined obviously or skilled an outstanding disaster, passing on just a fraction of its wisdom to different peoples. From Atlantis to the Sphinx delves into what could have been a totally various wisdom process from that of contemporary man--one as alien to us as that of the Martians.

The e-book units out to reconstruct that historic wisdom in a desirable exploration of the distant depths of background, a ground-breaking try to know the way those long-forgotten peoples inspiration, felt, and communicated with the universe.

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Download E-books War Brides PDF

By Helen Bryan

An overseas bestseller with over 1000000 readers.

With conflict threatening to unfold from Europe to England, the sleepy village of Crowmarsh Priors settles right into a new type of common: Evacuees from London are billeted in neighborhood houses. Nightly air raids develop into grimly mundane. The tightening vice of rationing curtails each convenience. males depart to struggle and die. And 5 ladies forge an not likely bond of friendship that might switch their lives forever.

Alice Osbourne, the stolid daughter of the past due vicar, is reeling from the scoop that Richard Fairfax broke their engagement to marry Evangeline Fontaine, an American lady from the Deep South. Evangeline’s arrival motives a stir within the village—but now not the chaos that may occur in the event that they knew her factors for being there. Scrappy Elsie Pigeon is without doubt one of the bad of London who see the evacuations as an opportunity to flee a lifetime of destitution. one other new arrival is Tanni Zayman, a tender Jewish woman who fled the horrors of Europe and now waits along with her child son, definite that the remainder of her kin is secure and absolute to appear any day. after which there’s Frances Falconleigh, a madcap, fearless debutante whose father is set to maintain her within the geographical region and out of the papers.

As the conflict and its relentless hardships accentuate round them, an analogous struggles that threaten to tear aside their lives additionally convey the 5 nearer jointly. They draw power from each other to defeat bold enemies—hunger, falling bombs, the looming possibility of a Nazi invasion, and a traitor of their midst—and locate notable power inside of themselves to aid their associates. Theirs is a war-forged loyalty that may out live the fiercest conflict and suffer years and distance.

When 4 of the ladies go back to Crowmarsh Priors for a VE Day occasion fifty years later, tv cameras specialise in the heartwarming tale of those outdated ladies as battle brides of a bygone age, yet pass over the extra newsworthy perspective. The women’s challenge isn't really to commemorate or remember—they’ve back to settle a ranking and avenge one among their own.

Revised variation: This variation of War Brides contains editorial revisions.

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Download E-books 德川家康01:乱世孤主(Tokugawa Ieyasu, Book 1) PDF

By 山冈庄八

作者:(日本)山冈庄八 译者:岳远坤 陈都伟

山冈庄八(1907-1978),日本著名历史小说家,著有《德川家康》、《织田信长》、《丰臣秀吉》、《伊达政宗》等,作品规模宏大,运笔细腻生动,代表了日本历史小说的最高成就。逝世后,因其杰出成就,被追授瑞宝勋章。
《德川家康》洋洋五百五十万言,将日本战国中后期织田信长、武田信玄、德川家康、丰臣秀吉等群雄并起的历史苍劲地铺展开来。在这样一个英雄辈出的时代,德川家康最终脱颖而出,结束战国烽烟,开启三百年太平盛世。作品展现了德川家康作为乱世终结者和盛世开创者丰满、曲折、传奇的一生,书中每一行每一页都充满着智慧与杀伐、谋略与权术、天道与玄机!它不仅成为商战兵法、政略宝典、兵家必备,更是不朽的励志传奇。
本书历时十八年始得完成,图书出版后,一时洛阳纸贵,掀起极大反响,日本前首相中曾根康弘要求日本内阁成员必读《德川家康》;经营之神、日本松下电器创建人松下幸之助要求松下员工必读《德川家康》;美国前驻日大使赖世和说:“要了解日本、超越日本,必须先了解德川家康。”著名史学家、作家柏杨先生则认为:“中国有两部书可以和<德川家康》相比,一是《资治通鉴》,一是《三国演义》。”

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Download E-books The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering PDF

By Norman G. Finkelstein

In his iconoclastic and arguable examine, Norman G. Finkelstein strikes from an interrogation of where the Holocaust has come to occupy in international tradition to a annoying exam of contemporary Holocaust reimbursement settlements. It used to be now not until eventually the Arab–Israeli conflict of 1967, whilst Israel’s obtrusive power introduced it into line with US international coverage, that reminiscence of the Holocaust started to collect the phenomenal prominence it has today.

Recalling Holocaust fraudsters akin to Jerzy Kosiński and Binjamin Wilkomirski, in addition to the demagogic structures of writers like Daniel Goldhagen, Finkelstein contends that the most hazard posed to the reminiscence of Nazism’s sufferers comes from a few of the very those who profess such a lot passionately to protect it. Drawing on a wealth of untapped resources, he exposes the double shakedown of ecu nations and legit Jewish claimants, and concludes that the Holocaust has turn into an outright extortion racket.

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Download E-books White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg PDF

In 1960 Timothy Leary used to be no longer but famous—or infamous—and Allen Ginsberg was once either. Leary, desirous to extend his psychedelic experiments at Harvard to incorporate complete artists and writers, knew that Ginsberg held the major to bohemia’s elite. “America’s so much conspicuous beatnik” was once recruited as Ambassador of Psilocybin lower than the auspices of an Ivy League professor, and jointly they introduced the psychedelic revolution and grew to become at the hippie iteration. A who’s who of artists, popular culture, and political figures humans this tale of the lifestyles, instances, and friendship of 2 of the main recognized, charismatic, and debatable participants of America’s counterculture.

Peter Conners is the writer of Growing Up useless, The Hallucinated Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead.

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Download E-books Commander of the Faithful: The Life and Times of Emir Abd el-Kader PDF

By John W. Kiser

"A dramatic tale . . . any variety of episodes may encourage novels . . . most unlikely to learn with out deliberating extra present events."—The big apple Times

"A beneficial and well timed reminder . . . of that infrequent determine: a bridge among East and West."—Times Literary Supplement

This well-researched and compelling biography of the Muslim warrior-saint who led the Algerian resistance to French colonization within the mid-nineteenth century sheds gentle on present US involvement with a world Islam. the main well-known "jihadist" of his time, Abd el-Kader used to be recognized both for his army brilliance and his ethical authority. His New York Times obituary known as him "one of the few nice males of the century."

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Download E-books Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War: The End of the American Century (Vietnam: America in the War Years) PDF

By David F. Schmitz

In Richard Nixon and the Vietnam battle, accomplished overseas kin historian David F. Shmitz presents scholars folks background and the Vietnam period with an up to date research of Nixon’s Vietnam coverage in a short and available e-book that addresses the most controversies of the Nixon years. President Richard Nixon’s first presidential time period oversaw the definitive crucible of the Vietnam warfare. Nixon got here into place of work looking the type of decisive victory that had eluded President Johnson, and went approximately increasing the conflict, openly and covertly, for you to uphold a coverage of “containment,” shield America’s credibility, and defy the left’s antiwar move at domestic. Tactically, politically, Nixon’s strikes made experience. although, by means of 1971 the president used to be pressured to seriously de-escalate the yank presence and search a negotiated finish to the warfare, that's now authorised as an American defeat, and a convincing failure of yank international kin. Schmitz addresses the most controversies of Nixon’s Vietnam approach, and in so doing manages to track again the ways that this such a lot calculating and perceptive flesh presser wound up resigning from place of work a fraud and failure. eventually, the booklet seeks to put the impression of Nixon’s rules and judgements within the better context of post-World struggle II American society, and analyzes the complete charges of the Vietnam conflict that the country feels to this day.

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Download E-books Divine Fury: A History of Genius PDF

By Darrin M. McMahon

Genius. With tricks of insanity and secret, ethical license and visionary strength, the be aware indicates a virtually otherworldly energy: the facility to create, to divine the secrets and techniques of the universe, even to damage. but the thought of genius has been diluted lately. this day, rock stars, soccer coaches, and marketers are categorised ‘geniuses,’ and the observe is utilized so greatly that it has obscured the experience of distinct election and superhuman authority that lengthy followed it.

As acclaimed historian Darrin M. McMahon explains, the idea that of genius has roots in antiquity, while males of prodigious perception have been concept to possess—or to be possessed by—demons and gods. tailored within the centuries that and utilized to numerous non secular figures, together with prophets, apostles, sorcerers, and saints, abiding notions of transcendent human energy have been invoked on the time of the Renaissance to give an explanation for the wonderful creativity of guys like Leonardo and Michelangelo.

Yet it used to be basically within the eighteenth century that the genius was once really born, idolized as a brand new version of the top human kind. Assuming prominence in figures as diverse as Newton and Napoleon, the trendy genius emerged in rigidity with a growing to be trust in human equality. Contesting the concept that every one are created equivalent, geniuses served to dramatize the exception of awesome participants no longer ruled by way of traditional legislation. The phenomenon of genius drew clinical scrutiny and broad public statement into the 20 th century, however it additionally drew spiritual and political longings that may be abused. within the genius cult of the Nazis and the outpouring of reverence for the redemptive determine of Einstein, genius accomplished either its apotheosis and its Armageddon.

The first complete heritage of this elusive idea, Divine Fury follows the fortunes of genius and geniuses throughout the a long time all the way down to the current day, exhibiting how—despite its many diversifications and up to date democratization—genius is still a powerful strength in our lives, reflecting sleek wishes, hopes, and fears.

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