Download E-books A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century PDF

Barbara W. Tuchman—the acclaimed writer of the Pulitzer Prize–winning vintage The weapons of August—once back marshals her present for personality, background, and gleaming prose to compose an outstanding portrait of medieval Europe.
 
The fourteenth century displays contradictory pictures: at the one hand, a glittering age of crusades, cathedrals, and chivalry; at the different, a global plunged into chaos and non secular suffering. during this revelatory paintings, Barbara W. Tuchman examines not just the good rhythms of heritage however the grain and texture of household lifestyles: what early life used to be like; what marriage intended; how cash, taxes, and struggle ruled the lives of serf, noble, and clergy alike. Granting her topics their loyalties, treacheries, and accountable passions, Tuchman re-creates the lives of proud cardinals, collage students, grocers and clerks, saints and mystics, legal professionals 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-off Mirror
 
“Beautifully written, cautious and thorough in its scholarship . . . What Ms. Tuchman does fantastically is to inform how it used to be. . . . nobody has ever performed this better.”The ny evaluation of Books
 
“A attractive, remarkable ebook . . . Tuchman on the most sensible of her powers . . . She has performed not anything finer.”The Wall highway Journal
 
“Wise, witty, and lovely . . . a superb booklet, in a very good old tradition.”—Commentary

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Download E-books Seeds of Wealth: Five Plants That Made Men Rich PDF

By Henry Hobhouse

Seeds of Wealth is a set of stylish essays targeting the industrial and cultural effects of the exploitation of trees, tobacco, rubber, and the wine grape. those funds vegetation have had, for the prior 3 centuries, a profound influence on our international. during this exciting account, Hobhouse illustrates how bushes deficiency sparked an commercial revolution, tobacco result in a filthy rich and younger country, the rubber tree created countries, and wine supplied the pinnacle, center, and pocketbook with wealth.

This booklet bargains facts of the way the doubtless inappropriate may have frequent unintentional results. In providing worldwide heritage from his personal viewpoint, Henry Hobhouse deals an outline of ways nature has unwittingly contributed to the production of human wealth and financial growth.

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Download E-books The Last Gasp: The Rise and Fall of the American Gas Chamber PDF

By Scott Christianson

The final Gasp takes us to the darkish part of human heritage within the first complete chronicle of the fuel chamber within the usa. In page-turning aspect, award-winning author Scott Christianson tells a dreadful tale that's choked with mind-blowing and provocative new findings. First developed in Nevada in 1924, the gasoline chamber, a mode of killing sealed off and faraway from the sight and listening to of witnesses, used to be initially touted as a “humane” approach to execution. Delving into technological know-how, conflict, undefined, drugs, legislation, and politics, Christianson overturns this mythology for solid. He exposes the sinister hyperlinks among organisations searching for revenue, the army, and the 1st makes use of of the fuel chamber after international struggle I. He explores little-known connections among the fuel chamber and the eugenics stream. possibly such a lot controversially, he has unearthed new proof approximately American and German collaboration within the creation and deadly use of hydrogen cyanide and approximately Hitler’s adoption of gasoline chamber know-how built within the usa. greater than a booklet in regards to the demise penalty, this compelling background eventually finds a lot approximately America’s values and gear buildings within the 20th century.

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Download E-books Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak PDF

By Jean Hatzfeld

In April-May 1994, 800,000 Rwandan Tutsis have been massacred by way of their Hutu fellow citizens--about 10,000 an afternoon, commonly being hacked to demise via machete. In Machete Season, the veteran international correspondent Jean Hatzfeld experiences at the result of his interviews with 9 of the Hutu killers. They have been all pals who got here from a unmarried area the place they helped to kill 50,000 out in their 59,000 Tutsi friends, and them all are actually in legal, a few looking forward to execution. it's always presumed that killers won't inform the reality approximately their brutal activities, yet Hatzfeld elicited remarkable testimony from those males concerning the genocide that they had perpetrated. He rightly sees that their account increases as many questions because it answers.

Adabert, Alphonse, Ignace, and the others (most of them farmers) informed Hatzfeld how the paintings used to be given to them, what they considered it, how they did it, and what their responses have been to the massacre. "Killing is simpler than farming," one says. "I received into it, no problem," says one other. every one describes what it used to be just like the first time he killed anyone, what he felt like whilst he killed a mom and baby, how he reacted while he killed a cordial acquaintance, how 'cutting' someone with a machete differed from 'cutting' a calf or a sugarcane. and so they had lots of time to inform Hatzfeld, too, approximately even if and why they'd reconsidered their causes, their ethical accountability, their guilt, regret, or indifference to the crimes.

Hatzfeld's meditation at the banal, bad testimony of the genocidaires and what it ability is lucid, humane, and clever: he relates the Rwanda horror to warfare crimes and to different genocidal episodes in human historical past. in particular because the Holocaust, it's been traditional to presume that in simple terms wicked and mammoth evil incarnate may well perpetrate such crimes, however it can be, he indicates, that such activities are in the realm of normal human behavior. To learn this tense, enlightening and extremely courageous e-book is to think about in a brand new mild the basis of human morality and ethics.

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Download E-books Symbols of Defeat in the Construction of National Identity PDF

By Steven Mock

If nationalism is the statement of legitimacy for a kingdom and its effectiveness as a political entity, why do many countries emphasize photos in their personal defeat in knowing their heritage? utilizing Israel, Serbia, France, Greece, and Ghana as examples, the writer argues that this phenomenon exposes the ambivalence that lurks at the back of the passions nationalism inspires. Symbols of defeat glorify a nation's historic earlier, whereas reenacting the destruction of that earlier as an important step in developing a functioning smooth society. therefore, those symbols usually imagine a foundational function in nationwide mythology. Threats to such symbols are perceived as threats to the kingdom itself and as a result are met with desperation tough for outsiders to appreciate.

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Download E-books The Crusades (Osprey Essential Histories, Volume 1) PDF

By David Nicolle

Born amid tremendous soreness and bloodshed, the dominion of Jerusalem remained a battlefield for nearly two hundred years. The Crusades gave upward push to the army Orders of the Templars and Hospitallers, and have been a backdrop to the careers of a few of history's most renowned leaders together with Richard 'The Lionheart' and Saladin. once in a while the savagery of the Crusaders left their competitors reeling, developing frictions that survived for greater than seven-hundred years. whilst, as this ebook lavishly illustrates, paintings, structure and studying all benefited from new wisdom the Crusaders introduced again from the East.

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Download E-books A History of Interest Rates, Fourth Edition (Wiley Finance) PDF

By Sidney Homer

A background of rates of interest offers a truly readable account of rate of interest developments and lending practices over 4 millennia of monetary heritage. regardless of the paucity of information sooner than the commercial Revolution, authors Homer and Sylla supply a hugely precise research of cash markets and borrowing practices in significant economies. Underlying the research is their statement that "the loose marketplace long term interest rates for any commercial kingdom, thoroughly charted, offer a kind of fever chart of the commercial and political healthiness of that nation." Given the large volatility of premiums within the twentieth century, this means we are residing in age of political and monetary excesses which are mirrored in huge rate of interest swings. achieve extra perception into this statement through ordering a replica of this ebook at the present time.

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Download E-books Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness PDF

By Neil Swidey

The harrowing tale of 5 males who have been despatched right into a darkish, airless, miles-long tunnel, 1000's of ft less than the sea, to do a virtually most unlikely job—with lethal results
 
A quarter-century in the past, Boston had the dirtiest harbor in the USA. the town have been dumping sewage into it for generations, coating the seafloor with a layer of “black mayonnaise.” Fisheries collapsed, natural world fled, and locals noted floating tampon applicators as “beach whistles.”
 
within the Nineties, paintings begun on a cutting-edge remedy plant and a 10-mile-long tunnel—its endpoint stretching further from civilization than the earth’s private ocean trench—to hold waste out of the harbor. With this extraordinary feat of engineering, Boston was once poised to teach the rustic tips on how to rebound from environmental break. but if undesirable judgements and clashing agencies endangered the undertaking, a group of business divers was once despatched on a deadly challenge to rescue the stymied cleanup effort. Five divers went in; no longer them all got here out alive.
 
Drawing on 1000s of interviews and hundreds of thousands of files amassed over 5 years of reporting, award-winning author Neil Swidey takes us deep into the lives of the divers, engineers, politicians, attorneys, and investigators taken with the tragedy and its aftermath, making a taut, action-packed narrative. The climax comes simply after the hard-partying DJ Gillis and his good friend Billy Juse alternate assignments as they head into the tunnel, sentencing considered one of them to loss of life.
 
An intimate portrait of the wreckage left within the wake of lives misplaced, the book—which Dennis Lehane calls "extraordinary" and compares with The ideal Storm—is additionally a morality story. what's the precise rate of those large-scale building tasks, as designers and developers, emboldened via new know-how and careworn to deal with a turning out to be population’s rapacious wishes, push the boundaries of the prospective? it is a tale approximately human risk—how it truly is calculated, discounted, and transferred—and the institutional mess ups that could result in catastrophe.
 
Suspenseful but humane, Trapped lower than the Sea reminds us that at the back of each bridge, tower, and tunnel—behind the infrastructure that makes glossy existence possible—lies unsung bravery and awesome sacrifice.  

From the Hardcover edition.

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Download E-books Gold: The Race for the World's Most Seductive Metal PDF

By Matthew Hart

From the misplaced empires of the Sahara to today’s frenzied worldwide gold rush, a blazing exploration of the human love affair with gold through the award-winning writer of Diamond.

From the misplaced empires of the Sahara to today’s frenzied worldwide gold rush, a blazing exploration of the human love affair with gold by means of Matthew Hart, the award-winning writer of Diamond

In the wake of the 2008 monetary hindrance, the cost of gold skyrocketed—in 3 years greater than doubling from $800 an oz to $1900. this huge spike drove an remarkable international gold-mining and exploration growth, a lot larger than the Gold Rush of the 1800s. In Gold, acclaimed writer Matthew Hart takes you on an unforgettable trip all over the world and during heritage to inform the intense tale of ways gold grew to become the world’s Most worthy commodity.

Beginning with a page-turning dispatch from the crime-ridden inferno of the world’s private mine, Hart pulls again to survey gold’s tempestuous prior. From the earliest civilizations, 6,000 years in the past, while gold was once an icon of sacred and kingly strength, Hart tracks its evolution, via conquest, homicide, and overseas mayhem, into the speculative casino-chip that the steel has develop into. Hart describes every one growth and bust in gold’s lengthy tale, culminating within the speedy and startling emergence of China because the world’s new gold titan. In writing that Publishers Weekly calls “polished and fiery,” Hart weaves jointly historical past and cutthroat economics to bare the human dramas that experience pushed our lust for a helpful yellow steel.

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Download E-books The American Revolution: A Visual History PDF

By DK Publishing

The American Revolution will delivery you again in time and onto the frontlines. this whole assessment of the struggle brings the entire motion to existence, from the Boston bloodbath and the Boston Tea get together to the announcement of Independence and the Treaty of Paris.

Beginning with the 1st stirrings of colonial resistance, The American Revolution provides illustrated bills of each significant army motion and complete timelines for each level of the struggle. Revealing first-person debts by way of infantrymen and civilians and profiles of the war's major protagonists, from George Washington to Benedict Arnold. Gallery spreads characteristic collections of guns and uniforms, and have sections aspect the politics of the warfare, resembling the remedy of prisoners and the revolution's implications for girls, local american citizens, and African Americans.

Two hundred and 40 years after the signing of the assertion of Independence, The American Revolution demonstrates that the tale of the way the United States overthrew the British is as significant at the present time because it was once whilst the ink used to be nonetheless rainy at the parchment.

Created in organization with the Smithsonian establishment.

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