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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari

Language

English

Pages

469

Publication Date

February 10, 2015

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller</strong></p><p><strong>A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg </strong></p><p>From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”</p><p>One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?</p><p>Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, <em>Sapiens</em> integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.</p><p>Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?</p><p>Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.</p>
The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman...
by Mike Duncan

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English

Pages

308

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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<div><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b></div> <b><div><b><br /></b></div>The creator of the award-winning podcast series The History of Rome and Revolutions brings to life the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that set the stage for the fall of the Roman Republic.</b><div><b><br /></b></div><div>The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. Beginning as a small city-state in central Italy, Rome gradually expanded into a wider world filled with petty tyrants, barbarian chieftains, and despotic kings. Through the centuries, Rome's model of cooperative and participatory government remained remarkably durable and unmatched in the history of the ancient world.</div><div><br /></div><div>In 146 BC, Rome finally emerged as the strongest power in the Mediterranean. But the very success of the Republic proved to be its undoing. The republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled: rising economic inequality disrupted traditional ways of life, endemic social and ethnic prejudice led to clashes over citizenship and voting rights, and rampant corruption and ruthless ambition sparked violent political clashes that cracked the once indestructible foundations of the Republic.</div><div><br /></div><div>Chronicling the years 146-78 BC, The Storm Before the Storm dives headlong into the first generation to face this treacherous new political environment. Abandoning the ancient principles of their forbearers, men like Marius, Sulla, and the Gracchi brothers set dangerous new precedents that would start the Republic on the road to destruction and provide a stark warning about what can happen to a civilization that has lost its way.</div><div><br /></div>
Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States
by James C. Scott

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English

Pages

335

Publication Date

August 22, 2017

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<DIV><B>An account of all the new and surprising evidence now available for the beginnings of the earliest civilizations that contradict the standard narrative</B><BR /><BR /> Why did humans abandon hunting and gathering for sedentary communities dependent on livestock and cereal grains, and governed by precursors of today’s states? Most people believe that plant and animal domestication allowed humans, finally, to settle down and form agricultural villages, towns, and states, which made possible civilization, law, public order, and a presumably secure way of living. But archaeological and historical evidence challenges this narrative. The first agrarian states, says James C. Scott, were born of accumulations of domestications: first fire, then plants, livestock, subjects of the state, captives, and finally women in the patriarchal family—all of which can be viewed as a way of gaining control over reproduction.<BR /><BR /> Scott explores why we avoided sedentism and plow agriculture, the advantages of mobile subsistence, the unforeseeable disease epidemics arising from crowding plants, animals, and grain, and why all early states are based on millets and cereal grains and unfree labor. He also discusses the “barbarians” who long evaded state control, as a way of understanding continuing tension between states and nonsubject peoples.</DIV>
The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire (The...
by Kyle Harper

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English

Pages

434

Publication Date

October 02, 2017

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<p><b>A sweeping new history of how climate change and disease helped bring down the Roman Empire</b></p><p>Here is the monumental retelling of one of the most consequential chapters of human history: the fall of the Roman Empire. <i>The Fate of Rome</i> is the first book to examine the catastrophic role that climate change and infectious diseases played in the collapse of Rome’s power—a story of nature’s triumph over human ambition.</p><p>Interweaving a grand historical narrative with cutting-edge climate science and genetic discoveries, Kyle Harper traces how the fate of Rome was decided not just by emperors, soldiers, and barbarians but also by volcanic eruptions, solar cycles, climate instability, and devastating viruses and bacteria. He takes readers from Rome’s pinnacle in the second century, when the empire seemed an invincible superpower, to its unraveling by the seventh century, when Rome was politically fragmented and materially depleted. Harper describes how the Romans were resilient in the face of enormous environmental stress, until the besieged empire could no longer withstand the combined challenges of a “little ice age” and recurrent outbreaks of bubonic plague.</p><p>A poignant reflection on humanity’s intimate relationship with the environment, <i>The Fate of Rome</i> provides a sweeping account of how one of history’s greatest civilizations encountered and endured, yet ultimately succumbed to the cumulative burden of nature’s violence. The example of Rome is a timely reminder that climate change and germ evolution have shaped the world we inhabit—in ways that are surprising and profound.</p>
Mystery of the Magi: The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men
by Dwight Longenecker

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

November 06, 2017

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<b>"How utterly refreshing and encouraging to read Fr. Longenecker's extraordinary ruminations on something we all thought we understood, and obviously hardly begin to understand, until now. That he has dug so deep—so we can see things we have never seen before—is a testament both to his archaeological implacability and genius and to the happy fact that God has hidden endless treasures in the Scriptures for our benefit.<br />—Eric Metaxas, <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em>Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy </em> and <em>Martin Luther</em> </b><br /><br /><div><p>Modern biblical scholars tend to dismiss the Christmas story of the “wise men from the East” as pious legend. Matthew’s gospel offers few details, but imaginative Christians filled out the story early on, giving us the three kings guided by a magical star who join the adoring shepherds in every Christmas crèche.<br /><br /> For many scholars, then, there is no reason to take the gospel story seriously.<br /> But are they right? Are the wise men no more than a poetic fancy?<br /><br /> In an astonishing feat of detective work, Dwight Longenecker makes a powerful case that the visit of the Magi to Bethlehem really happened. Piecing together the evidence from biblical studies, history, archeology, and astronomy, he goes further, uncovering where they came from, why they came, and what might have happened to them after eluding the murderous King Herod.<br /><br /> In the process, he provides a new and fascinating view of the time and place in which Jesus Christ chose to enter the world.<br /><br /> The evidence is clear and compelling. The mysterious Magi from the East were in all likelihood astrologers and counselors from the court of the Nabatean king at Petra, where the Hebrew messianic prophecies were well known. The “star” that inspired their journey was a particular planetary alignment—confirmed by computer models—that in the astrological lore of the time portended the birth of a Jewish king.<br /><br /> The visitors whose arrival troubled Herod “and all Jerusalem with him” may not have been the turbaned oriental kings of the Christmas carol, but they were real, and by demonstrating that the wise men were no fairy tale, <em>Mystery of the Magi</em> demands a new level of respect for the historical claims of the gospel.</p></div>
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
by Reza Aslan

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English

Pages

354

Publication Date

July 16, 2013

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • “A lucid, intelligent page-turner” (<i>Los Angeles Times</i>) that challenges long-held assumptions about Jesus, from the host of <i>Believer</i></b><br />  <br /> Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the “Kingdom of God.” The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was executed as a state criminal. Within decades after his death, his followers would call him God.<br />  <br /> Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history’s most enigmatic figures by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived. Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against the historical sources, Aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction. He explores the reasons the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. And he grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself, the mystery that is at the heart of all subsequent claims about his divinity.<br />  <br /> <i>Zealot</i> yields a fresh perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told even as it affirms the radical and transformative nature of Jesus’ life and mission.<br />  <br /> <b>Praise for <i>Zealot</i></b><br />  <br /> “Riveting . . . Aslan synthesizes Scripture and scholarship to create an original account.”<b>—<i>The New Yorker</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “Fascinatingly and convincingly drawn . . . Aslan may come as close as one can to respecting those who revere Jesus as the peace-loving, turn-the-other-cheek, true son of God depicted in modern Christianity, even as he knocks down that image.”<b>—<i>The Seattle Times</i></b><br />  <br /> “[Aslan’s] literary talent is as essential to the effect of <i>Zealot</i> as are his scholarly and journalistic chops. . . . A vivid, persuasive portrait.”<b>—<i>Salon</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “This tough-minded, deeply political book does full justice to the real Jesus, and honors him in the process.”<b>—<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i></b><br />  <br /> “A special and revealing work, one that believer and skeptic alike will find surprising, engaging, and original.”<b>—Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of <i>Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power</i></b><br />  <br /> “Compulsively readable . . . This superb work is highly recommended.”<b>—<i>Publishers Weekly</i> (starred review)</b>
The Sassanid Empire: The History and Legacy of the Neo-Persian Em...
by Charles River Editors

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English

Pages

68

Publication Date

November 10, 2017

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*Includes pictures<br />*Includes ancient accounts<br />*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading<br />*Includes a table of contents<br /><br />During the first half of the 1st millennium CE, an empire arose in Persia that extended its power and influence to Mesopotamia in the east, Arabia in the south, the Caucasus Mountains in the north, and as far east as India. This empire, known alternatively as the Sasanian Empire or Sassanid Empire, was the last of three great dynasties in Persia—the Achaemenid and the Parthian being the first two dynasties—before the rise of Islam. In fact, many scholars consider the Sasanian Empire to be the last great empire of the ancient Near East because once it had been obliterated, Islam became the standard religion of the region, ushering in the Middle Ages. <br /><br />The Sasanian Empire was important for a number of reasons. Besides being the last of three great Persian dynasties, they carried on many Persian cultural traditions relating to religion and kingship. The Sasanians fostered and promoted the native religion of Zoroastrianism to the point of persecuting other religions from time to time. It was during the Sasanian period that the numerous Zoroastrian hymns, prayers, and rituals were collected under one book, known as the Avesta. <br />Thanks to the Sasanians’ efforts with regard to religion, modern scholars know much more about Zoroastrianism than they would have if the religion continued to disseminate orally. Their efforts also protected Zoroastrian knowledge in later years after the dynasty was long gone and Islam became ascendant in Persia. <br /><br />The Sasanians, like the Achaemenids and Parthians, also carried forth the Persian conflicts with the Hellenic world. Although the Achaemenids fought the Macedonian Greeks and the Parthians challenged the imperial Romans for control of Mesopotamia, the Sasanians faced Rome in its later stages of collapse and subsequently fought the revitalized Byzantine Empire. An examination of Sasanian chronology and culture reveals that it was a much more important dynasty and empire than most may think.<br /><br />The Sassanid Empire: The History and Legacy of the Neo-Persian Empire Before the Arab Conquest and Rise of Islam examines the history of one of the most important empires of the ancient world. Along with pictures depicting important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Sassanid Empire like never before.
The Story of the Jews Volume Two: Belonging: 1492-1900
by Simon Schama

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English

Pages

800

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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<p>In the second of two volumes of this magnificently illustrated cultural history—the tie-in to the PBS and BBC series <em>The Story of the Jews</em>—Simon Schama details the story of the Jewish people, spanning from their expulsion from Spain during the Inquisition across six hundred years to the present day.</p><p>It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in the face of oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds.</p><p>It spans the centuries and the continents—from the Iberian Peninsula and the collapse of “the golden age” to the shtetls of Russia to the dusty streets of infant Hollywood. Its voices ring loud and clear, from the philosophical musings of Spinoza to the poetry written on slips of paper in concentration camps. Within these pages, the Enlightenment unfolds, a great diaspora transforms a country, a Viennese psychiatrist forever changes the conception of the human mind.</p><p>And a great story unfolds. Not—as often imagined—of a people apart, but of a Jewish culture immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled. Which, as Simon Schama so brilliantly demonstrates, makes the story of the Jews everyone’s story, too.</p><p><em>The Story of the Jews Volume 2</em> features 24 pages of color photos, numerous maps, and printed endpapers.</p>
The Aeneid
by Virgil

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English

Pages

432

Publication Date

September 29, 2017

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<div>“I sing of arms and the man . . . ”<br /><br /> <br /><br />So begins the <i>Aeneid</i>, greatest of Western epic poems. Virgil’s story of the journey of Aeneas has been a part of our cultural heritage for so many centuries that it’s all too easy to lose sight of the poem itself—of its brilliantly cinematic depiction of the sack of Troy; the monstrous hunger of the harpies; the intensity of Dido’s love for the hero, and the blackness of her despair; and the violence that Aeneas and his men must endure before they can settle in Italy and build the civilization whose roots we still claim as our own.<br /><br /><br /><br />This new translation brings Virgil’s masterpiece newly to life for English-language readers. It’s the first in centuries crafted by a translator who is first and foremost a poet, and it is a glorious thing. David Ferry has long been known as perhaps our greatest contemporary translator of Latin poetry, his translations of Virgil’s <i>Eclogues</i> and <i>Georgics</i> having established themselves as much-admired standards. He brings to the <i>Aeneid</i> the same genius, rendering Virgil’s formal metrical lines into an English that is familiar and alive. Yet in doing so, he surrenders none of the feel of the ancient world that resonates throughout the poem, and gives it the power that has drawn readers to it for centuries. In Ferry’s hands, the <i>Aeneid</i> becomes once more a lively, dramatic poem of daring and adventure, of love and loss, of devotion and death. Never before have Virgil’s twin gifts of poetic language and urgent, compelling storytelling been presented so powerfully for English-language readers. Ferry’s <i>Aeneid</i> will be a landmark, a gift to longtime lovers of Virgil, and the perfect entry point for new readers.<br /><br /> <br /><br />“Aurora rose, spreading her pitying light,<br /><br />And with it bringing back to sight the labors<br /><br />Of sad mortality, what men have done,<br /><br />And what has been done to them; and what they must do<br /><br />To mourn.”<br /><br /> <br /><br />The ships are ready to sail. The journey, from the fall of Troy to the birth of Rome, is about to begin. Join us.</div>
Killing Jesus: A History (Bill O'Reilly's Killing Series)
by , Martin Dugard

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English

Pages

302

Publication Date

September 24, 2013

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<p><b>Millions of readers have thrilled to bestselling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's <i>Killing Kennedy</i> and <i>Killing Lincoln</i>, page-turning works of nonfiction that have changed the way we read history.</b></p><p>Now the iconic anchor of <i>The O'Reilly Factor</i> details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly two thousand years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God. <i>Killing Jesus</i> will take readers inside Jesus's life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable - and changed the world forever.</p>

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