The Eudaemonic Pie

A high-tech experience approximately breaking the financial institution in Las Vegas with toe-operated pcs. the result's a veritable piñata of a publication, which, while smashed by way of the readers enthusiastic consciousness, showers upon him every thing from the historical past of dead roulette structures to the newest advancements in chaos concept, stated the hot York instances. Richard Dawkins referred to as it an superb and interesting story of clinical heroism. the la occasions stated that Bass has performed the simplest task to this point of taking pictures the wedding of technical mind's eye and the communal coziness that gave start to Silicon Valley.

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The Gladiator: The Secret History of Rome's Warrior Slaves

By Alan Baker

Condemned and but feared through emperors, virtually guaranteed to be slaughtered and but loved by means of the hundreds, the gladiator used to be the star of his day. His life was once continuously brief and violent, enhanced basically faintly by means of the possibility of honor, wealth, and public awareness. but males gave up their freedom to turn into gladiators, noblewomen gave up their positions to elope with them, and Emperors risked demise to struggle them. This exciting renowned background of old Rome's gladiators charts the evolution of the video games; introduces us to the mythical combatants, running shoes, and emperors who participated within the violent game; and re-creates in gripping element an afternoon on the bloody video games. Alan Baker finds the innovations of the learning college, then units us ringside to witness the torturous battles among bulls, lions, jaguars, and battle-hardened humans. With every one breathtaking scene, the advanced tradition of global that created and loved those bloody video games among guy and beast comes into transparent concentration. a piece of background that reads like fiction, The Gladiator brings to existence Spartacus, Commodus, Caligula, and all the different memorable gamers of the approximately thousand-year-long gladiatorial period.

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The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland Volume 3: 1850–2000

By Alistair Black, Peter Hoare

The general public Libraries Act of 1850 based a practice of public provision and repair which maintains this present day, and nationwide and educational libraries have grown and increased consequently. Libraries became an instead of a localized phenomenon, and librarianship has constructed from a scholarly craft to a systematic career. The essays during this quantity current an image of significant variety, protecting public, nationwide, educational, subscription and personal libraries . The clients of libraries are a tremendous a part of their historical past and are thought of the following intimately, along the improvement of the library career and the influence of latest details applied sciences

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The Wars of Alexander the Great: 336-323 BC (Guide to...)

By Waldemar Heckel

The age of Alexander and his conquest of the Persian or 'Achaemenid' Empire, which had existed for over centuries, represents a watershed within the historical past of the area. This publication deals a desirable perception into the achievements of 1 of the best generals ever recognized. Alexander's conquests are of profound importance. via perfecting the hot guns and strategies built by means of his father, Philip II, and mixing them with using professional devices and developments in siege struggle, Alexander enabled the Macedonian state to maneuver past the constraints of city-state armies and directly to the degree of global conquest.

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The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years

By Sonia Shah

Lately, malaria has emerged as a reason celebre for voguish philanthropists. invoice Gates, Bono, and Laura Bush are just many of the personalities who've lent their names--and opened their pocketbooks--in hopes of preventing the sickness. nonetheless, in a time while each emergent sickness evokes waves of panic, why will not be we doing extra to tame one in every of our oldest foes? and the way does a pathogen that we now have recognized the right way to hinder for greater than a century nonetheless infect 500 million humans each year, killing approximately 1000000 of them? 

In The Fever, journalist Sonia Shah units out to respond to these questions, supplying a well timed, inquisitive chronicle of the sickness and its effect on human lives. throughout the centuries, she unearths, we have now invested our hopes in a panoply of gear and applied sciences, and continually these hopes were dashed. From the settling of the recent international to the development of the Panama Canal, via wartimes and the advances of the commercial Revolution, Shah tracks malaria's jagged ascent and the tragedies in its wake, revealing a parasite every piece as power because the bugs that hold it. 
With distinctive prose and unique reporting from Panama, Malawi, Cameroon, India, and elsewhere, The Fever captures the apparently attention-grabbing, devastating background of this long-standing thorn within the part of humanity.

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The Age of American Unreason

By Susan Jacoby

A cultural historical past of the final 40 years, The Age of yankee Unreason focuses at the convergence of social forces-usually taken care of as separate entities-that has created an ideal typhoon of anti-rationalism. those contain the upsurge of non secular fundamentalism, with extra political energy at the present time than ever prior to; the failure of public schooling to create an educated citizenry; and the triumph of video over print tradition. Sparing neither the correct nor the left, Jacoby asserts that americans this present day have embraced a universe of “junk notion” that makes nearly no attempt to split truth from opinion.

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Vicious: Wolves and Men in America (The Lamar Series in Western History)

By Jon T. Coleman

Over a continent and 3 centuries, American farm animals vendors destroyed wolves to guard the beasts that provided them with meals, garments, mobility, and wealth. The brutality of the crusade quickly surpassed wolves’ misdeeds. Wolves menaced estate, now not humans, yet storytellers usually depicted the animals as starving threats to human defense. topics of nightmares and legends, wolves fell prey not just to american citizens’ thirst for land and assets but in addition to their deeper anxieties in regards to the untamed frontier.

Now american citizens learn and safeguard wolves and detention center hunters who shoot them with no authorization. Wolves became the poster beasts of the good American desolate tract, and the government has paid hundreds of thousands of bucks to reintroduce them to scenic habitats like Yellowstone nationwide Park.

Why did americans hate wolves for hundreds of years? And, given the ferocity of this loathing, why are american citizens now so protecting of the animals? during this formidable background of wolves in America—and of the people who've hated after which enjoyed them—Jon Coleman investigates a fraught courting among species and uncovers extraordinary similarities, lethal transformations, and, all too often, tragic misunderstanding.

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Popular Justice: A History of Lynching in America (American Ways Series)

By Manfred Berg

Lynching has usually been known as "America's nationwide crime" that has outlined the culture of extralegal violence in the US. Having claimed many thousand sufferers, "Judge Lynch" holds an organization position in the dead of night recesses of our nationwide memory.

In Popular Justice, Manfred Berg explores the background of lynching from the colonial period to the current. American lynch legislations, he argues, has rested on 3 pillars: the frontier adventure, racism, and the anti-authoritarian spirit of grassroots democracy. Berg appears past the everyday tale of mob violence opposed to African American sufferers, who comprised the vast majority of lynch pursuits, to incorporate violence focusing on different sufferer teams, comparable to Mexicans and the chinese language, in addition to lots of these situations within which race didn't play a job. As he nears the fashionable period, he makes a speciality of the societal alterations that ended lynching as a public spectacle.

Berg's narrative concludes with an exam of lynching's legacy in American tradition. From the colonial period and the yankee Revolution as much as the twenty-first century, lynching has been part of our nation's heritage. Manfred Berg presents us with the 1st entire evaluate of "popular justice."

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Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show

By Rachel Shteir

The attention-grabbing, untold tale of the background of undressing: over fifty years of taking it off. Striptease mixed sexual reveal and parody, cool eros and wisecracking Bacchanalian humor. Striptease should be savage, patriotic, irreverent, vulgar, subtle, sentimental, and subversive--sometimes, by surprise. during this important cultural background, Rachel Shteir strains the ribald artwork from its 19th century vaudeville roots, via its lengthy and arguable profession, to its decline throughout the liberated Nineteen Sixties. The e-book argues that striptease is an American type of renowned entertainment--maybe the main American kind of well known entertainment.
in response to exhaustive study and jam-packed with infrequent images and interval illustrations, Striptease recreates the flamable mix of license, independence, and sexual interest that allowed strippers to thrive for almost a century. Shteir brings to lifestyles striptease's Golden Age, the years among the Jazz Age and the Sexual Revolution, while strippers played round the nation, in burlesque theatres, nightclubs, vaudeville homes, carnivals, gala's, or even in wonderful palaces at the nice White manner. Taking us behind the curtain, Rachel Shteir introduces us to a various solid of characters that collided at the burlesque degree, from tight-laced political reformers and flamboyant impresarios, to tug queens, shimmy ladies, cootch dancers, tit serenaders, or even ladies round the corner, lured into the occupation via big-city aspirations. through the ebook, readers will locate crucial profiles of famed performers, together with Gypsy Rose Lee, "the Literary Stripper"; Lili St. Cyr, the Nineteen Fifties mistress of unique striptease; and Blaze Starr, the "human warmth wave," who actually set the degree on hearth.
Striptease is an insightful and interesting portrait of an paintings shape without delay reviled and embraced by means of the yank public. mixing cautious examine and bright narration, Rachel Shteir captures striptease's blend of sham and seduction whereas illuminating its strangely chronic carry at the American mind's eye.

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The Spanish Civil War, the Soviet Union, and Communism

By Stanley G. Payne

During this compelling booklet Stanley Payne deals the 1st finished narrative of Soviet and Communist intervention within the revolution and civil battle in Spain. He files in unparalleled aspect Soviet thoughts, Comintern actions, and the function of the Communist get together in Spain from the early Nineteen Thirties to the top of the civil struggle in 1939. Drawing on a truly wide variety of Soviet and Spanish basic resources, together with many only in the near past to be had, Payne adjustments our knowing of Soviet and Communist intentions in Spain, of Stalin's choice to interfere within the Spanish conflict, of the generally permitted characterisation of the clash because the fight of fascism opposed to democracy, and of the declare that Spain's warfare constituted the hole around of global warfare II. the writer arrives at a brand new view of the Spanish Civil warfare and concludes not just that the Democratic Republic had many undemocratic elements but additionally that the placement of the Communist social gathering used to be under no circumstances counterrevolutionary.

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