Bicycle: The History

By David V. Herlihy

During the 19th century, the bicycle evoked an exhilarating new global within which even a terrible individual may well commute afar and at will. yet was once the “mechanical horse” really destined to bring in a brand new period of highway trip or wouldn't it stay purely a plaything for dandies and schoolboys? In Bicycle: The background (named through Outside journal because the number one ebook on bicycles), David Herlihy recounts the saga of this far-reaching invention and the passions it aroused. The pioneer racer James Moore insisted the bicycle could turn into “as universal as umbrellas.” Mark Twain used to be extra skeptical, enjoining his readers to “get a bicycle. you won't remorse it—if you live.”

Because we are living in an age of cross-country bicycle racing and high-tech mountain motorcycles, we may perhaps disregard the a long time of improvement and ingenuity that remodeled the fundamental suggestion of human-powered transportation right into a wonder of engineering. This full of life and engrossing background retraces the extreme tale of the bicycle—a historical past of disputed patents, terrific innovations, and neglected possibilities. Herlihy indicates us why the bicycle captured the public’s mind's eye and the myriad ways that it reshaped our world.

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Historia mundial de la megalomanía: Desmesuras, desvaríos y fantasías del culto a la personalidad en la política

ADOLF HITLER - IÓSIF STALIN - MAO ZEDONG - NICOLAE CEAUCESCU - KIM IL-SUNG - AHMED SÉKOU journeyé - IDI AMIN - MUAMMAR EL GADAFI - FIDEL CASTRO - HUGO CHÁVEZ - FRANCISCO FRANCO - JOSIP BROZ TITO - RUHOLLAH JOMEINI - Y MÁS...

A lo largo de estas páginas desfilan excéntricos megalómanos henchidos de vanidad. Con una mezcla precisa de anécdotas, trazos biográficos y datos sorprendentes, el autor cuenta sus historias y muestra cómo detrás de l. a. idolatría hay una absurda pretensión de dominio, grandeza e inmortalidad: elementos intrínsecos a las cruentas ideologías totalitarias que han causado terror a escala global.

De ese modo, el libro se adentra en las vidas de aquellos dictadores que fueron cegados por l. a. petulancia de creerse superhombres providenciales llamados a cumplir grandes hazañas. Aunque aún no se hayan encontrado bases sólidas que expliquen dicho fenómeno, los síntomas resultan evidentes: soberbia, egolatría, verborragia, alejamiento progresivo dela realidad o indiferencia ante el sufrimiento
de los otros.

Historia mundial de los angeles megalomanía, obra única en su tipo, constituye una invitación al lector a profundizar en los oscuros laberintos del alma humana así como en las excentricidades de numerosos personajes que han perseguido lo imposible: volverse dioses.

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Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made

By Eugene D. Genovese

This landmark background of slavery within the South—a winner of the Bancroft Prize—challenged traditional perspectives of slaves by way of illuminating the numerous types of resistance to dehumanization that constructed in slave society.

Rather than emphasizing the cruelty and degradation of slavery, historian Eugene Genovese investigates the ways in which slaves compelled their vendors to recognize their humanity via tradition, song, and faith. no longer in basic terms passive sufferers, the slaves during this account actively engaged with the paternalism of slaveholding tradition in ways in which supported their self-respect and aspirations for freedom. Roll, Jordan, Roll covers an enormous diversity of topics, from slave weddings and funerals, to the language, foodstuff, garments, and hard work of slaves, and areas specific emphasis on faith as either an important battleground for mental keep watch over and a paradoxical resource of religious energy. exhibiting prepared perception into the minds of either slaves and slaveholders, Roll, Jordan, Roll is a testomony to the facility of the human spirit below stipulations of maximum oppression.

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Las venas abiertas de América Latina

By Eduardo Galeano

Historia del saqueo de América Latina que muestra cómo funcionan los mecanismos actuales del despojo: los tecnócratas en jet, herederos de los conquistadores en carabela; Hernán Cortés y los infantes de marina; los corregidores del reino y las misiones del Fondo Monetario Internacional; los dividendos del tráfico de esclavos y las ganancias de l. a. normal automobiles. El tiempo presente ha sido presentido y engendrado por las contradicciones del pasado.

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The King in the North: The Life and Times of Oswald of Northumbria

By Max Adams

A gorgeous game of the lifestyles and instances of Oswald of Northumbria: Christian warlord, founding father of Lindisfarne monastery, and the 1st nice English monarch

Oswald Whiteblade lived probably the most influential and colourful lives in early English background. ahead of his loss of life in conflict opposed to the pagans of Mercia minimize brief his reign as king of Northumbria (634-42), he reworked his northeastern English fatherland as a Christian country, based the monastery of Lindisfarne, brought a tradition of studying which encouraged all Europe, and have become the main robust ruler in Britain. Max Adams's exciting account rescues Oswald from darkish Age obscurity to bare an unjustly forgotten English hero—a king whose go back from exile to reclaim his birthright used to be the foundation for J. R. R. Tolkien's Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings. yet this is greater than only a biography of the 1st nice English monarch; it's a stunningly researched, wide-ranging, superbly written, and revelatory portrait of early medieval England in all its aspects.

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The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

By Steve Sheinkin

An superb civil rights tale from Newbery Honor winner and nationwide e-book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin.
On July 17, 1944, a big explosion rocked the segregated army base at Port Chicago, California, killing greater than three hundred sailors who have been on the docks, severely injuring off-duty males of their bunks, and shattering home windows as much as a mile away. On August ninth, 244 males refused to return to paintings till harmful and unfair stipulations on the docks have been addressed. whilst the dirt settled, fifty have been charged with mutiny, dealing with many years in detention center or even execution.
This is an engaging tale of the bias that confronted black women and men in America's military in the course of international warfare II, and a nuanced examine those that gave their lives in provider of a rustic the place they lacked the main uncomplicated rights.

This thoroughly-researched and documented publication could be labored into a number of points of the typical center curriculum.

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When God Made Hell: The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq, 1914-1921

By Charles Townshend

Considering 2003, Iraq has infrequently left the headlines. yet much less mentioned is the truth that Iraq as we all know it was once created by way of the British, in a single of the main dramatic interventions in contemporary historical past. A wary strategic invasion by means of British forces led - inside of seven years - to imperial enlargement on a dizzying scale, with fateful effects for the center East and the world.

In while God Made Hell, Charles Townshend charts Britain's direction from one in every of its worst army mess ups to awesome luck with mostly accidental outcomes, via overconfidence, incompetence and dangerously imprecise coverage. With enormous learn and awfully vibrant debts of on-the-ground battle, this a very gripping account of the Mesopotamia crusade, and its position within the wider political and foreign context. For someone trying to comprehend the roots of British involvement in Iraq, it truly is crucial interpreting.

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Guests of the Ayatollah: The Iran Hostage Crisis: The First Battle in America’s War with Militant Islam

By Mark Bowden

From the best-selling writer of Black Hawk Down comes a riveting, definitive chronicle of the Iran hostage challenge, America’s first conflict with militant Islam. On November four, 1979, a bunch of radical Islamist scholars, encouraged via the innovative Iranian chief Ayatollah Khomeini, stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran. They took fifty-two americans hostage, and saved the vast majority of them hostage for 444 days. In Guests of the Ayatollah, Mark Bowden tells this sweeping tale throughout the eyes of the hostages, the warriors in a brand new precise forces unit despatched to unfastened them, their radical, naïve captors, and the diplomats operating to finish the hindrance. Bowden takes us contained in the hostages’ cells and contained in the Oval workplace for conferences with President Carter and his exhausted group. We go back and forth to overseas capitals the place shadowy figures held clandestine negotiations, and to the deserts of Iran, the place a brave, determined try to rescue the hostages exploded into tragic failure. Bowden committed 5 years to this study, together with a variety of journeys to Iran and numerous interviews with these concerned on either side. Guests of the Ayatollah is a close, brilliantly re-created, and suspenseful account of a obstacle that gripped and finally replaced the world.

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Race, Racism and Development: Interrogating history, discourse and practice

By Kalpana Wilson

Race, Racism and improvement is the 1st publication to put buildings of race and racism on the heart of a entire research of the dominant discourses and practices of improvement. the writer compares and contrasts key theoretical ways to race the postcolonial method and a political financial system method - to supply the reader with provocative theoretical analyses, illuminated through topical case reviews. geared up thematically, the insightful paintings contains a powerful historic part, with parallels among the modern international and the colonial interval. The ebook tackles human rights, imperialism, tradition, ethnic clash, HIV/Aids and the position of diasporas, and highlights the latent racialization in such debates to argue that improvement can in basic terms be understood inside of an entire knowing of the connection among north and south.

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