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Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
by Nelson Mandela

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English

Pages

684

Publication Date

March 11, 2008

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<b>The book that inspired the major new motion picture <i>Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.</i></b><div><br /></div><div>Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world. As president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa's antiapartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule. He is revered everywhere as a vital force in the fight for human rights and racial equality.<br /><br />LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is his moving and exhilarating autobiography, destined to take its place among the finest memoirs of history's greatest figures. Here for the first time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela tells the extraordinary story of his life--an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph. </div>
The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After
by , Elizabeth Weil

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English

Pages

281

Publication Date

April 24, 2018

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<b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER<br /><br />“The plot provided by the universe was filled with starvation, war and rape. I would not—could not—live in that tale.”</b><br />  <br /> Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder. In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years migrating through seven African countries, searching for safety—perpetually hungry, imprisoned and abused, enduring and escaping refugee camps, finding unexpected kindness, witnessing inhuman cruelty. They did not know whether their parents were dead or alive. <br />  <br /> When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted refugee status in the United States; there, in Chicago, their lives diverged. Though their bond remained unbreakable, Claire, who had for so long protected and provided for Clemantine, was a single mother struggling to make ends meet, while Clemantine was taken in by a family who raised her as their own. She seemed to live the American dream: attending private school, taking up cheerleading, and, ultimately, graduating from Yale. Yet the years of being treated as less than human, of going hungry and seeing death, could not be erased. She felt at the same time six years old and one hundred years old. <br />  <br /> In <i>The Girl Who Smiled Beads, </i>Clemantine provokes us to look beyond the label of “victim” and recognize the power of the imagination to transcend even the most profound injuries and aftershocks. Devastating yet beautiful, and bracingly original, it is a powerful testament to her commitment to constructing a life on her own terms.
Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Greek Mythology, Egyptian Mytho...
by , Captivating History

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English

Pages

204

Publication Date

November 25, 2017

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<h2>Explore Captivating Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters, and Mortals while Learning Fascinating Facts about Five Mythologies</h2><br /><b>This book includes five captivating manuscripts:</b><br /><ul><li>Greek Mythology: Captivating Stories of the Ancient Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, and Monsters</li><li>Egyptian Mythology: Captivating Stories of the Gods, Goddesses, Monsters and Mortals</li><li>Norse Mythology: Captivating Stories of the Gods, Sagas, and Heroes</li><li>Celtic Mythology: A Captivating Guide to the Gods, Sagas and Beliefs</li><li>Roman Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Roman Gods, Goddesses, and Mythological Creatures</li></ul>The broad arc of the first manuscript takes us from the dim beginnings of creation as seen in the Greek mythology. We move through the birth of Titans, their overthrow by the Olympian gods, the gods’ dealings with mortals like Paris of Troy, Jason and the Golden Fleece, the Trojan War, and into historical times.<br /><br /><h2>Here are just some of the topics that the <u>first part</u> of this book will cover:</h2><br /><ul><li>Uranus: Betrayal by Cronus</li><li>Cronus: Fear of His Children</li><li>Titans vs. Olympian Gods</li><li>Olympian Rule</li><li>Zeus and His Ladies</li><li>Prometheus and Herakles</li><li>An Unhappy Tale of the Underworld</li><li>The Beauty Contest that Led to the Fall of Troy</li><li>Poseidon, Metis, Athena and Atlantis</li><li>Kraken and Other Monsters</li><li>Jason, the Argonauts, and Medea's Dragon</li><li>Menelaus, Agamemnon, and the Trojan War</li><li>Solon, the Athenian Law Giver</li><li>300 Spartans</li><li>Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle</li><li>Alexander the Great</li></ul>The second part is full of fascinating facts and stories. For instance, it covers perhaps the most popular of all the Egyptian stories - the myth of Osiris.<br /><br /><h2>Here are just some of the topics that the <u>second part</u> of this book will cover:</h2><br /><ul><li>Egypt in Context</li><li>Creation</li><li>Fall of Humanity</li><li>Osiris Myth</li><li>Chief Gods of the Egyptian Pantheon</li><li>Lesser Known Pantheon</li><li>Ancient Egyptian History</li></ul><h2>Here are just some of the topics that the <u>third part</u> of this book will cover:</h2><br /><ul><li>Norse Creation Story</li><li>The Nine Realms</li><li>Gods and the “Giants” of Jötunheim</li><li>Midgard and the Humans</li><li>Elves, Dwarves, Trolls and Valkyries</li><li>Odin, Frigg, Thor, and Loki</li><li>The Death of Baldr</li><li>Conflict Between the Realms</li><li>English Days of the Week</li></ul><h2>Here are just some of the topics that the <u>fourth part</u> of this book will cover:</h2><br /><ul><li>Celtic Animism</li><li>Universal Celtic Gods</li><li>Local Irish Celt Gods</li><li>Local Gallic Celt Gods</li><li>Celtic Sagas: The Cycles</li><li>Celtic Beliefs: Animal and Human Sacrifice</li><li>The Wicker Man</li><li>Celtic Beliefs: Reincarnation</li><li>Celtic Beliefs: Matriarchy</li></ul><h2>Here are just some of the topics that the <u>fifth part</u> of this book will cover:</h2><br /><ul><li>The Trojan Connection</li><li>What History and an Analysis of Myth Tell Us</li><li>Founding of Rome</li><li>Purely Roman Gods</li><li>The Creatures of Roman Mythology</li><li>Borrowings from Etruria</li><li>Influence of the Greek Pantheon</li><li>Greek Creatures Adopted by the Romans</li><li>Celtic Potpourri</li><li>Roman Conquests of the Celts</li><li>Truth Behind the Roman Gods</li></ul><h2>Download the book now to learn more about these five mythologies!</h2>
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Fa...
by Philip Gourevitch

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

September 04, 1999

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<p><b>An unforgettable firsthand account of a people's response to genocide and what it tells us about humanity.</b></p><p>This remarkable debut book chronicles what has happened in Rwanda and neighboring states since 1994, when the Rwandan government called on everyone in the Hutu majority to murder everyone in the Tutsi minority. Though the killing was low-tech--largely by machete--it was carried out at shocking speed: some 800,000 people were exterminated in a hundred days. A Tutsi pastor, in a letter to his church president, a Hutu, used the chilling phrase that gives Philip Gourevitch his title.</p><p>With keen dramatic intensity, Gourevitch frames the genesis and horror of Rwanda's "genocidal logic" in the anguish of its aftermath: the mass displacements, the temptations of revenge and the quest for justice, the impossibly crowded prisons and refugee camps. Through intimate portraits of Rwandans in all walks of life, he focuses on the psychological and political challenges of survival and on how the new leaders of postcolonial Africa went to war in the Congo when resurgent genocidal forces threatened to overrun central Africa.</p><p>Can a country composed largely of perpetrators and victims create a cohesive national society? This moving contribution to the literature of witness tells us much about the struggle everywhere to forge sane, habitable political orders, and about the stubbornness of the human spirit in a world of extremity.</p><p><i>We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families</i> is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.</p>
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Co...
by Adam Hochschild

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English

Pages

366

Publication Date

September 03, 1999

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<DIV>In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its people, and ultimately slashed its population by ten million—all the while shrewdly cultivating his reputation as a great humanitarian. Heroic efforts to expose these crimes eventually led to the first great human rights movement of the twentieth century, in which everyone from Mark Twain to the Archbishop of Canterbury participated. <I>King Leopold's Ghost</I> is the haunting account of a megalomaniac of monstrous proportions, a man as cunning, charming, and cruel as any of the great Shakespearean villains. It is also the deeply moving portrait of those who fought Leopold: a brave handful of missionaries, travelers, and young idealists who went to Africa for work or adventure and unexpectedly found themselves witnesses to a holocaust. Adam Hochschild brings this largely untold story alive with the wit and skill of a Barbara Tuchman. Like her, he knows that history often provides a far richer cast of characters than any novelist could invent. Chief among them is Edmund Morel, a young British shipping agent who went on to lead the international crusade against Leopold. Another hero of this tale, the Irish patriot Roger Casement, ended his life on a London gallows. Two courageous black Americans, George Washington Williams and William Sheppard, risked much to bring evidence of the Congo atrocities to the outside world. Sailing into the middle of the story was a young Congo River steamboat officer named Joseph Conrad. And looming above them all, the duplicitous billionaire King Leopold II. With great power and compassion, <I>King Leopold's Ghost</I> will brand the tragedy of the Congo—too long forgotten—onto the conscience of the West.</DIV>
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by Ishmael Beah

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English

Pages

244

Publication Date

April 01, 2007

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<p><i>My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life.</i><br /><i>"Why did you leave Sierra Leone?"</i><br /><i>"Because there is a war."</i><br /><i>"You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?"</i><br /><i>"Yes, all the time."</i><br /><i>"Cool."</i><br /><i>I smile a little.</i><br /><i>"You should tell us about it sometime."</i><br /><i>"Yes, sometime."</i><br /><i></i><br /><i></i><br />This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them.</p><p>What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived.</p><p>In <i>A Long Way Gone</i>, Beah, now twenty-five years old, tells a riveting story: how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.</p><p>This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.</p>
Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
by Mark Bowden

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English

Pages

417

Publication Date

April 01, 2010

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<div>Already a classic of war reporting and now reissued as a Grove Press paperback, <i>Black Hawk Down</i> is Mark Bowden’s brilliant account of the longest sustained firefight involving American troops since the Vietnam War. On October 3, 1993, about a hundred elite U.S. soldiers were dropped by helicopter into the teeming market in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia. Their mission was to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord and return to base. It was supposed to take an hour. Instead, they found themselves pinned down through a long and terrible night fighting against thousands of heavily armed Somalis. The following morning, eighteen Americans were dead and more than seventy had been badly wounded.<br />Drawing on interviews from both sides, army records, audiotapes, and videos (some of the material is still classified), Bowden’s minute-by-minute narrative is one of the most exciting accounts of modern combat ever written—a riveting story that captures the heroism, courage, and brutality of battle.</div>
An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One o...
by Rick Atkinson

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English

Pages

681

Publication Date

February 22, 2002

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<p><b>WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE AND <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b></p><p><b>In the first volume of his monumental trilogy about the liberation of Europe in WW II, Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the riveting story of the war in North Africa</b></p><p>The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph, of calamity and miscalculation. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern reader can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943. That first year of the Allied war was a pivotal point in American history, the moment when the United States began to act like a great power.</p><p>Beginning with the daring amphibious invasion in November 1942, An Army at Dawn follows the American and British armies as they fight the French in Morocco and Algeria, and then take on the Germans and Italians in Tunisia. Battle by battle, an inexperienced and sometimes poorly led army gradually becomes a superb fighting force. Central to the tale are the extraordinary but fallible commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, and Rommel.</p><p>Brilliantly researched, rich with new material and vivid insights, Atkinson's narrative provides the definitive history of the war in North Africa.</p>
Atlas of Slavery
by James Walvin

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

June 11, 2014

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<P>Slavery transformed Africa, Europe and the Americas and hugely-enhanced the well-being of the West but the subject of slavery can be hard to understand because of its huge geographic and chronological span. This book uses a unique atlas format to present the story of slavery, explaining its historical importance and making this complex story and its geographical setting easy to understand. </P>
Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 45...
by Chancellor Williams

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English

Pages

386

Publication Date

June 14, 2017

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The Destruction of Black Civilization took Chancellor Williams sixteen years of research and field study to compile. The book, which was to serve as a reinterpretation of the history of the African race, was intended to be ""a general rebellion against the subtle message from even the most 'liberal' white authors (and their Negro disciples): 'You belong to a race of nobodies. You have no worthwhile history to point to with pride.'"" The book was written at a time when many black students, educators, and scholars were starting to piece together the connection between the way their history was taught and the way they were perceived by others and by themselves. They began to question assumptions made about their history and took it upon themselves to create a new body of historical research. The book is premised on the question: ""If the Blacks were among the very first builders of civilization and their land the birthplace of civilization, what has happened to them that has left them since then, at the bottom of world society, precisely what happened? The Caucasian answer is simple and well-known: The Blacks have always been at the bottom."" Williams instead contends that many elements—nature, imperialism, and stolen legacies— have aided in the destruction of the black civilization. The Destruction of Black Civilization is revelatory and revolutionary because it offers a new approach to the research, teaching, and study of African history by shifting the main focus from the history of Arabs and Europeans in Africa to the Africans themselves, offering instead ""a history of blacks that is a history of blacks. Because only from history can we learn what our strengths were and, especially, in what particular aspect we are weak and vulnerable. Our history can then become at once the foundation and guiding light for united efforts in serious[ly] planning what we should be about now."" It was part of the evolution of the black revolution that took place in the 1970s, as the focus shifted from politics to matters of the mind.

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