Jews and Words

By Amos Oz, Fania Oz-Salzberger

A celebrated novelist and an acclaimed historian of principles, father and daughter, get to the bottom of the chain of phrases on the middle of Jewish lifestyles, historical past, and culture

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The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

By Nick Groom

The Gothic is wildly assorted. it may well discuss with ecclesiastical structure, supernatural fiction, cult horror movies, and a particular variety of rock song. It has stimulated political theorists and social reformers, in addition to Victorian domestic décor and modern style. This Very Short Introduction captures the heritage of the Gothic from precedent days to the current. It covers the sack of Rome via the barbarian tribes, mediaeval structure, pop culture within the 16th century (including ballads and Revenge Tragedy), political theories of the 17th and eighteenth centuries, the increase of the Gothic novel, the Victorian Gothic Revival, and the impact of Gothic tradition on movie, tune, and type. It contains widely used Gothic novels such Frankenstein and Dracula, whereas additionally protecting Gothic gardening, slasher videos, and the present Goth scene. it's the in simple terms account of the Gothic that describes the complete historical past of the time period, featuring it in all its richly complicated and perversely contradictory glory.

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Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival

By Carl Safina

"One of the main pleasant normal heritage experiences in decades." ―The Boston Globe

Eye of the Albatross takes us hovering to locales the place whales, sea turtles, penguins, and shearwaters flourish of their personal quotidian rhythms. Carl Safina's consultant and notion is an albatross he calls Amelia, whose existence and far-flung flights he describes in attention-grabbing element. Interwoven with memories of whalers and recognized explorers, Eye of the Albatross probes the unmistakable environmental influence of the encounters among guy and marine existence. Safina's perceptive and authoritative portrait ends up in a reworking experience to the ends of the Earth for the reader, in addition to an eye-opening examine the health and wellbeing of our oceans.

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Scorched Earth, Black Snow: Britain and Australia in the Korean War, 1950

By Andrew Salmon

The untold story of the Australian and British troops who fought in the course of the most determined days of the war—in the phrases of the boys who got here home
Dozens of recent interviews with surviving veterans are utilized in this historical past of a clash already drawing close the sting of residing reminiscence. the 1st 12 months of the Korean warfare was once a tumultuous sequence of epic battles, finishing in a mythical and harrowing retreat. in the summertime of 1950, British and Australian troops have been dispatched to struggle with UN forces within the savage fight opposed to communism in Korea. After either triumph and tragedy whereas breaking out of the "Pusan Perimeter," the twenty seventh Brigade—the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and the Middlesex battalions, quickly joined via the Royal Australians—spearheaded the UN force north. After a staggering sequence of battles, victory beckoned. The twenty seventh Brigade used to be halted to permit the americans the honor of achieving the chinese language border. yet around the rugged border, in a surprise counter-offensive, China stormed south. In a determined motion, the twenty seventh Brigade fought its manner out of the catch, to affix the UN Command on a harrowing, 200-mile "bug out." And around the peninsula, surrounded via 8 enemy divisions in terrain larger than Cassino and temperatures less warm than Stalingrad, forty-one commandos fought along U.S. Marines at Chosin Reservoir—"Hellfire Valley," the main nightmarish conflict fought through American or British troops in dwelling memory—and escaped annihilation by means of a hair's breadth.

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The Tears of Re: Beekeeping in Ancient Egypt

By Gene Kritsky

In line with Egyptian mythology, while the traditional Egyptian solar god Re cried, his tears become honey bees upon touching the floor. for that reason, the honey bee was once sacrosanct in old Egyptian tradition. From the artwork depicting bees on temple partitions to using beeswax as a therapeutic ointment, the honey bee was once a pervasive cultural motif in old Egypt due to its connection to the sunlight god Re. Gene Kritsky provides a concise creation of the connection among the honey bee and historic Egyptian tradition, during the lenses of linguistics, archeology, faith, well-being, and economics. Kritsky delves into old Egypt's multifaceted society, and lines the significance of the honey bee in every thing from demise rituals to alternate. In doing so, Kritsky brings new facts to gentle of the way complicated and interesting the traditional Egyptians were.

This richly illustrated paintings appeals to a vast variety of pursuits. For archeology enthusiasts, Kritsky delves into the archeological facts of Egyptian beekeeping and discusses newly came upon tombs, in addition to facts of artifical hives. Linguists might be interested by Kritsky's dialogue of the 1st documented written proof of the honeybee hieroglyph. And a person drawn to old Egypt or historical cultures normally should be intrigued by means of Kritsky's remedy of the 1st documented beekeepers. This publication offers a special social statement of a neighborhood to date faraway from smooth people chronologically conversing, and but so interesting as a result gorgeous advances their society made. Beekeeping is the newest proof of ways prior to their occasions the Egyptians have been, and the resultant narrative is as attractive as some other point of historical Egyptian culture.

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The Buried Life of Things: How Objects Made History in Nineteenth-Century Britain

By Simon Goldhill

Simon Goldhill deals a clean and fascinating viewpoint on how the Victorians used fabric tradition to precise their experience of the previous in an age of growth, particularly the biblical previous and the earlier of classical antiquity. From Pompeian skulls on a writer's table, to spiritual paraphernalia in church buildings, new photographic photos of the Holy Land and the remaking of the cityscape of Jerusalem and Britain, Goldhill explores the notable means within which the 19th century's experience of historical past was once reinvented via issues. The Buried lifetime of issues exhibits how new applied sciences replaced how heritage used to be found and analysed, and the way fabric gadgets may possibly flare into importance in sour controversies, after which fade into obscurity and disrespect back. This e-book bargains a brand new path into figuring out the Victorians' complicated and infrequently strange makes an attempt to take advantage of their previous to precise their very own modernity.

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Egipto eterno, 10000 -2500 A.C.

“José Ignacio Velasco posee una virtud, y es que escribe con propiedad sin caer en l. a. sofisticación que hace incomprensibles algunos términos para los no iniciados en un tema. los angeles historia aquí narrada es ágil, amena, no requiere que el lector sea un especialista y, sin embargo, es tremendamente rica en matices, detalles e información.”
(Web Anika entre libros)

“Un trabajo sobresaliente con el cual quedará prendado, más aún si cabe, de los angeles cultura faraónica cuyos rasgos de personalidad quedaron en gigantescas obras como las mastabas, las pirámides, los hipogeos, los templos. Una cultura con un estilo fácilmente reconocible en su arte, sus muebles, sus joyas y pinturas.”
(Web Comentarios de libros)

El despliegue, documentado gráficamente a los angeles perfección, de los aspectos más desconocidos del Antiguo Egipto.

Con l. a. desecación del Nilo comienza un proceso que culminará con l. a. construcción de monumentos y edificios que maravillarán al mundo entero hasta los angeles actualidad. Los pastores nómadas del desierto se unen y, paso a paso, 500 años después, forman una sociedad perfectamente elaborada con su religión propia, sus costumbres, una jerarquía totalmente delimitada, unos avances científicos que les llevaría a controlar el Nilo -indudable cuna de su civilización- mediante canales y presas y unos avances arquitectónicos gracias a los cuales levantarían el primer edificio de piedra de los angeles humanidad. Egipto eterno 10.000 a.C. – 2.500 a.C. nos sumerge en ese mundo misterioso y maravilloso combinando una precisa información con numeroso fabric gráfico de inmenso valor y calidad.

Dividido en tres partes José Ignacio Velasco consigue detallarnos l. a. cultura egipcia hasta en sus más nimios detalles, conoceremos: las costumbres, los dioses, los reyes-deidades, los escribas, los angeles vida religiosa, l. a. vida sexual, l. a. vida social de campesinos y nobles o las Casa de l. a. Vida –auténticas universidades egipcias-. Tomando como segmento cronológico el periodo que discurre entre el 10.000 y el 2.500 a.C. consigue detenerse en un periodo de l. a. historia de Egipto en el que no suelen detenerse los manuales, mucho más preocupados, por ejemplo, por las pirámides o por l. a. Dinastía XVIII a los angeles que pertenecen Akenatón o Tut Ankh Amón: los inicios de Egipto. Así podemos profundizar en fenómenos como las Casas de l. a. Vida, centros en los que se educaban a los funcionarios que administraban el reino junto a los angeles figura significant del rey, y en las que se juntaban en el mismo rango enseñanzas esotéricas y mágicas con otras sobre matemáticas o arquitectura. También podremos conocer las motivaciones del pueblo egipcio para edificar las pirámides o los angeles absoluta relevancia que tuvo el Nilo en l. a. floración y apogeo de Egipto.

Razones para comprar los angeles obra:

- Desde los nómadas del desierto hasta el esplendor del pueblo que fue capaz de levantar las pirámides y l. a. Gran Esfinge de Gizeh el libro nos presenta una vista completa de Egipto.

- El libro trata de una época de l. a. historia de Egipto que no hay sido muy tratada en manuales que pasan al estudio de las pirámides o a l. a. época ultimate de Cleopatra VII.

- Estudia l. a. vida cotidiana de los nobles y campesinos egipcios, incluso su vida más íntima, lo que ayuda a explicar las motivaciones que les llevaron a levantar las construcciones que les hicieron inmortales.

- El libro contiene numerosas imágenes por las que se puede descubrir el dominio de l. a. arquitectura que tenía un pueblo de hace más de 5.000 años.

Un periplo que ilumina gráficamente, usando para ello más de a hundred fotografías, una de las zonas más oscuras de l. a. historia de Egipto. Esa parte que nos descubre cómo un pueblo de nómadas llegó a levantar los monumentos que, a día de hoy, aun siguen maravillando a los angeles humanidad.

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The Age of Nixon: A Study in Cultural Power

By Carl Freedman

The basic argument this e-book is, first, that Richard Nixon, even though now not commonly considered as a charismatic or emotionally outgoing flesh presser like Franklin Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan, did determine profound psychic connections with the yank humans, connections that may be detected either within the marvelous electoral luck that he loved for many of his occupation and in his final defeat in the course of the Watergate scandal; and, moment or even extra vital, that those connections are symptomatic of a few of the most crucial currents in American lifestyles. The e-book is not only a piece of political heritage or political biography yet a research of cultural strength: that's, a learn within the ways in which tradition shapes our politics and frames our experience of percentages and values. In its software of Marxist, psychoanalytic, and different theoretical instruments to the examine of yankee electoral politics, and in a manner designed for the final in addition to for the tutorial reader, it's a new form of book.

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Dark History of Hollywood, A Century of Greed, Corruption, and Scandal behind the movies

By Kieron Connolly

"Hollywood is a spot the place they'll pay you one thousand money for a kiss and fifty cents to your soul." – Marilyn Monroe. In 2015, it’ll be a hundred years given that Hollywood turned the centre of yank cinema and, whereas it has continuously awarded itself as a spot of glamour and residential to the attractive and proficient, from its very production there has been a darker aspect to Tinseltown. Film-makers didn’t simply flow to southern California for its sunny climate, they went West to steer clear of the patent legislation proscribing using motion picture cameras.

From its earliest days, Hollywood, the house of fable, created a hothouse of extra – an excessive amount of funds, an excessive amount of adulation, an excessive amount of expectation and an excessive amount of ego. a few actors may alternate intercourse within the, frequently useless, wish of occupation development, mobsters muscled in at the unions and extorted the studios, whereas the accountants seem to be between Hollywood’s so much artistic humans, coping with to make sure that even the celebrity Wars motion pictures haven’t but proven a revenue. yet whereas stars have continuously been indulged, as soon as their second within the limelight has handed, their fall might be cruel.

From the establishing of the studios via the motion picture moguls to the companies that run them this present day, from drug addictions to McCarthy-era witch-hunts to the Mob, darkish historical past of Hollywood is the tale of intercourse and extra, homicide and suicide, ambition and betrayal, and the way funds could make nearly all people compromise.

Intensively researched and fantastically unique, darkish background of Hollywood finds that the tales at the back of the silver monitor are at the least as gripping as a lot of these on it.

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Chocolate Wars: From Cadbury to Kraft - 200 Years of Sweet Success and Bitter Rivalry

By Deborah Cadbury

The scrumptious real tale of the world's most renowned chocolate corporations via award-winning author and a descendant of the Cadbury chocolate dynasty, Deborah Cadbury In 'Chocolate Wars' bestselling historian and award-winning documentary maker Deborah Cadbury takes a trip into her circle of relatives background to discover the rivalries that experience pushed 250 years of chocolate empire-building. within the early 19th century Richard Tapper Cadbury despatched his son, John, to London to review a brand new and unique commodity: cocoa. inside a new release, John's sons, Richard and George, had created a chocolate corporation to rival the good English organisations of Fry and Rowntree, and their eu opponents Lindt and Nestle. the main English organizations have been all Quaker kin companies, and their enterprise goals have been infused with non secular idealism. In the US, Milton Hershey and Forrest Mars proved they had the urge for food for enterprise on a major scale, and effectively resisted the English businesses' makes an attempt to grasp the yank industry. As chocolate businesses raced to compete around the world, Quaker capitalism met a problem that may finally defeat it. on the flip of the millennium Cadbury, the only self sustaining survivor of England's chocolate dynasties, turned the world's greatest confectionary corporation. yet ahead of lengthy it too confronted a probability to its very survival, and the chocolate wars culminated in a multi-billion pound showdown pitting independence and Quaker culture opposed to the cut-throat strategies of a company leviathan. that includes a colorful solid of savvy marketers, marvelous eccentrics and creative visionaries, 'Chocolate Wars' is the tale of a uniquely eye-catching product and of the evolution, for greater and worse, of recent enterprise.

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