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The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution
by Yuri Slezkine

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English

Pages

1106

Publication Date

August 07, 2017

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<p><b>On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the epic story of an enormous apartment building where Communist true believers lived before their destruction</b></p><p><i>The House of Government</i> is unlike any other book about the Russian Revolution and the Soviet experiment. Written in the tradition of Tolstoy's <i>War and Peace</i>, Grossman’s <i>Life and Fate</i>, and Solzhenitsyn’s <i>The Gulag Archipelago</i>, Yuri Slezkine’s gripping narrative tells the true story of the residents of an enormous Moscow apartment building where top Communist officials and their families lived before they were destroyed in Stalin’s purges. A vivid account of the personal and public lives of Bolshevik true believers, the book begins with their conversion to Communism and ends with their children’s loss of faith and the fall of the Soviet Union.</p><br /><p>Completed in 1931, the House of Government, later known as the House on the Embankment, was located across the Moscow River from the Kremlin. The largest residential building in Europe, it combined 505 furnished apartments with public spaces that included everything from a movie theater and a library to a tennis court and a shooting range. Slezkine tells the chilling story of how the building’s residents lived in their apartments and ruled the Soviet state until some eight hundred of them were evicted from the House and led, one by one, to prison or their deaths.</p><br /><p>Drawing on letters, diaries, and interviews, and featuring hundreds of rare photographs, <i>The House of Government</i> weaves together biography, literary criticism, architectural history, and fascinating new theories of revolutions, millennial prophecies, and reigns of terror. The result is an unforgettable human saga of a building that, like the Soviet Union itself, became a haunted house, forever disturbed by the ghosts of the disappeared.</p>
Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession
by Reinier de Graaf

Language

English

Pages

528

Publication Date

September 25, 2017

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Architects, we like to believe, shape the world as they please. Reinier de Graaf draws on his own tragicomic experiences to present a candid account of what it is really like to work as an architect. To achieve anything, he notes, architects must serve the powers they strive to critique, finding themselves in a perpetual conflict of interest.
Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life
by Adam Greenfield

Language

English

Pages

368

Publication Date

June 13, 2017

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<b>A field manual to the technologies that are transforming our lives</b><br /><br />Everywhere we turn, a startling new device promises to transfigure our lives. But at what cost? In this urgent and revelatory excavation of our Information Age, leading technology thinker Adam Greenfield forces us to reconsider our relationship with the networked objects, services and spaces that define us. It is time to re-evaluate the Silicon Valley consensus determining the future.<br /><br /> We already depend on the smartphone to navigate every aspect of our existence. We’re told that innovations—from augmented-reality interfaces and virtual assistants to autonomous delivery drones and self-driving cars—will make life easier, more convenient and more productive. 3D printing promises unprecedented control over the form and distribution of matter, while the blockchain stands to revolutionize everything from the recording and exchange of value to the way we organize the mundane realities of the day to day. And, all the while, fiendishly complex algorithms are operating quietly in the background, reshaping the economy, transforming the fundamental terms of our politics and even redefining what it means to be human.<br /><br /> Having successfully colonized everyday life, these radical technologies are now conditioning the choices available to us in the years to come. How do they work? What challenges do they present to us, as individuals and societies? Who benefits from their adoption? In answering these questions, Greenfield’s timely guide clarifies the scale and nature of the crisis we now confront —and offers ways to reclaim our stake in the future.
Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architec...
by Ross King

Language

English

Pages

209

Publication Date

August 13, 2013

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On August 19, 1418, a competition concerning Florence's magnificent new cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore--already under construction for more than a century--was announced: "Whoever desires to make any model or design for the vaulting of the main Dome....shall do so before the end of the month of September." The proposed dome was regarded far and wide as all but impossible to build: not only would it be enormous, but its original and sacrosanct design shunned the flying buttresses that supported cathedrals all over Europe. The dome would literally need to be erected over thin air.<br /> <br /> Of the many plans submitted, one stood out--a daring and unorthodox solution to vaulting what is still the largest dome (143 feet in diameter) in the world. It was offered not by a master mason or carpenter, but by a goldsmith and clockmaker named Filippo Brunelleschi, who would dedicate the next twenty-eight years to solving the puzzles of the dome's construction. In the process, he did nothing less than reinvent the field of architecture.<br /> <br /> <i>Brunelleschi's Dome</i> is the story of how a Renaissance genius bent men, materials, and the very forces of nature to build an architectural wonder we continue to marvel at today. Denounced at first as a madman, Brunelleschi was celebrated at the end as a genius. He engineered the perfect placement of brick and stone, built ingenious hoists and cranes to carry an estimated 70 million pounds hundreds of feet into the air, and designed the workers' platforms and routines so carefully that only one man died during the decades of construction--all the while defying those who said the dome would surely collapse and his own personal obstacles that at times threatened to overwhelm him. <br /> <br /> Even today, in an age of soaring skyscrapers, the cathedral dome of Santa Maria del Fiore retains a rare power to astonish. Ross King brings its creation to life in a fifteenth-century chronicle with twenty-first-century resonance.
CIA World Factbook 2006, part 1, traduïda al català (Catalan E...
by Jake Warner

Language

Catalan

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Publication Date

December 16, 2017

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CIA World Factbook 2006, part 1, traduïda al català <br />Per: Jake Warner
CIA World Factbook 2005 tradotto in italiano (Italian Edition)
by Chuck Harper

Language

Italian

Pages

848

Publication Date

December 15, 2017

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CIA World Factbook 2005 tradotto in italiano <br />Da: Chuck Harper
CIA World Factbook 2006 Deel 1 vertaal in Afrikaans (Afrikaans E...
by Jake Warner

Language

Afrikaans

Pages

Publication Date

December 16, 2017

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CIA World Factbook 2006 Deel 1 vertaal in Afrikaans <br />Deur: Jake Warner
CIA World Factbook 2006 Partie 2 traduit en français (French Ed...
by Harold Barnum

Language

French

Pages

954

Publication Date

December 15, 2017

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CIA World Factbook 2006 Partie 2 traduit en français <br />Par: Harold Barnum
CIA World Factbook 2006 Deel 2 vertaal in Afrikaans (Afrikaans Ed...
by Harold Barnum

Language

Afrikaans

Pages

916

Publication Date

December 15, 2017

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CIA World Factbook 2006 Deel 2 vertaal in Afrikaans <br />Deur: Harold Barnum
CIA World Factbook 2005 traducido ao galego (Galician Edition)
by Chuck Harper

Language

Galician

Pages

853

Publication Date

December 15, 2017

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CIA World Factbook 2005 traducido ao galego <br />Por: Chuck Harper

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