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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari

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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>
It All Adds Up: The Story of People and Mathematics
by Mickael Launay

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

November 01, 2018

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<h2>‘Fascinating … so enlightening that suddenly maths doesn’t seem so fearsome as it once did’ SIMON WINCHESTER</h2><p><strong>From Aristotle to Ada Lovelace: a brief history of the mathematical ideas that have forever changed the world and the everyday people and pioneers behind them. The story of our best invention yet.</strong></p><p>From our ability to calculate the passing of time to the algorithms that control computers and much else in our lives, numbers are everywhere. They are so indispensable that we forget how fundamental they are to our way of life.</p><p>In this international bestseller, Mickaël Launay mixes history and anecdotes from around the world to reveal how mathematics became pivotal to the story of humankind. It is a journey into numbers with Launay as a guide. In museums, monuments or train stations, he uses the objects around us to explain what art can reveal about geometry, how Babylonian scholars developed one of the first complex written languages, and how ‘Arabic’ numbers were adopted from India. <em>It All Adds Up</em> also tells the story of how mapping the trajectory of an eclipse has helped to trace the precise day of one of the oldest battles in history, how the course of the modern-day Greenwich Meridian was established, and why negative numbers were accepted just last century.</p><p>This book is a vital compendium of the great men and women of mathematics from Aristotle to Ada Lovelace, which demonstrates how mathematics shaped the written word and the world. With clarity, passion and wisdom, the author unveils the unexpected and at times serendipitous ways in which big mathematical ideas were created. Supporting the belief that – just like music or literature – maths should be accessible to everyone, Launay will inspire a new fondness for the numbers that surround us and the rich stories they contain.</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>
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
by Mary Beard

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English

Pages

607

Publication Date

November 09, 2015

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller • National Book Critics Circle Finalist • <em>Wall Street Journal</em> Best Books of 2015 • <em>Kirkus Reviews</em> Best Books of 2015 • <em>Economist</em> Books of the Year 2015 • <em>New York Times Book Review</em> 100 Notable Books of 2015<br /><br /><br /><br />A sweeping, "magisterial" history of the Roman Empire from one of our foremost classicists shows why Rome remains "relevant to people many centuries later" (<em>Atlantic</em>).</strong></p><br /><p>In <em>SPQR</em>, an instant classic, Mary Beard narrates the history of Rome "with passion and without technical jargon" and demonstrates how "a slightly shabby Iron Age village" rose to become the "undisputed hegemon of the Mediterranean" (<em>Wall Street Journal</em>). Hailed by critics as animating "the grand sweep and the intimate details that bring the distant past vividly to life" (<em>Economist</em>) in a way that makes "your hair stand on end" (<em>Christian Science Monitor</em>) and spanning nearly a thousand years of history, this "highly informative, highly readable" (<em>Dallas Morning News</em>) work examines not just how we think of ancient Rome but challenges the comfortable historical perspectives that have existed for centuries. With its nuanced attention to class, democratic struggles, and the lives of entire groups of people omitted from the historical narrative for centuries, <em>SPQR</em> will to shape our view of Roman history for decades to come.</p>
America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization
by Graham Hancock

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English

Pages

608

Publication Date

April 23, 2019

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<p><b>The Instant <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller!</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>Was an advanced civilization lost to history in the global cataclysm that ended the last Ice Age? Graham Hancock, the internationally bestselling author, has made it his life's work to find out--and in <i>America Before</i>, he draws on the latest archaeological and DNA evidence to bring his quest to a stunning conclusion.</b></p><p>We’ve been taught that North and South America were empty of humans until around 13,000 years ago – amongst the last great landmasses on earth to have been settled by our ancestors. But new discoveries have radically reshaped this long-established picture and we know now that the Americas were first peopled more than 130,000 years ago – many tens of thousands of years before human settlements became established elsewhere.</p><p>Hancock's research takes us on a series of journeys and encounters with the scientists responsible for the recent extraordinary breakthroughs. In the process, from the Mississippi Valley to the Amazon rainforest, he reveals that ancient "New World" cultures share a legacy of advanced scientific knowledge and sophisticated spiritual beliefs with supposedly unconnected "Old World" cultures. Have archaeologists focused for too long only on the "Old World" in their search for the origins of civilization while failing to consider the revolutionary possibility that those origins might in fact be found in the "New World"?</p><p><i>America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost</i> <i>Civilization</i> is the culmination of everything that millions of readers have loved in Hancock's body of work over the past decades, namely a mind-dilating exploration of the mysteries of the past, amazing archaeological discoveries and profound implications for how we lead our lives today.</p>
Mysteries of the Sea: A Collection of Lost Ships, Supernatural St...
by Charles River Editors

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English

Pages

81

Publication Date

August 07, 2019

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*Includes pictures<br />*Includes a bibliography for further reading<br />*Includes a table of contents<br /><br />Water covers the vast majority of the planet, and people have looked upon the oceans for thousands of years with a mixture of awe and fear. The world’s water offers transportation, connections with distant lands, food, and beauty. Furthermore, the deep seas and oceans remain largely unexplored, especially farther below.<br /><br />All of these factors have led to centuries worth of mysteries and stories. Countless people have ventured out on those vast expanses of water, never to return, while others have plumbed the depths and made strange discoveries. The oceans of the world offer no end of intrigue, and people have long been living and telling some of the strangest tales ever heard on the high seas.<br /><br />Mysteries of the Sea: A Collection of Lost Ships, Supernatural Stories, and Other Odd Tales Underneath the Waves chronicles some of the most interesting stories associated with the planet’s oceans. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about mysteries of the sea like never before.
Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilizati...
by Graham Hancock

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English

Pages

592

Publication Date

September 19, 2012

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<b>Could the story of mankind be far older than we have previously believed? Using tools as varied as archaeo-astronomy, geology, and computer analysis of ancient myths, Graham Hancock presents a compelling case to suggest that it is.</b><br /><b> </b><br /><b>“A fancy piece of historical sleuthing . . . intriguing and entertaining and sturdy enough to give a long pause for thought.”—<i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b><br /><b> </b><br />In <i>Fingerprints of the Gods, </i>Hancock embarks on a worldwide quest to put together all the pieces of the vast and fascinating jigsaw of mankind’s hidden past. In ancient monuments as far apart as Egypt’s Great Sphinx, the strange Andean ruins of Tihuanaco, and Mexico’s awe-inspiring Temples of the Sun and Moon, he reveals not only the clear fingerprints of an as-yet-unidentified civilization of remote antiquity, but also startling evidence of its vast sophistication, technological advancement, and evolved scientific knowledge.<br /> <br />A record-breaking number one bestseller in Britain, <i>Fingerprints of the Gods</i> contains the makings of an intellectual revolution, a dramatic and irreversible change in the way that we understand our past—and so our future.<br /> <br />And <i>Fingerprints of God</i> tells us something more. As we recover the truth about prehistory, and discover the real meaning of ancient myths and monuments, it becomes apparent that a warning has been handed down to us, a warning of terrible cataclysm that afflicts the Earth in great cycles at irregular intervals of time—a cataclysm that may be about to recur.<br /> <br /><b>“Readers will hugely enjoy their quest in these pages of inspired storytelling.”—<i>The Times </i>(UK)</b>
Paul: A Biography
by N. T. Wright

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English

Pages

476

Publication Date

February 27, 2018

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<p>In this definitive biography, renowned Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright offers a radical look at the apostle Paul, illuminating the humanity and remarkable achievements of this intellectual who invented Christian theology—transforming a faith and changing the world.</p><p>For centuries, Paul, the apostle who "saw the light on the Road to Damascus" and made a miraculous conversion from zealous Pharisee persecutor to devoted follower of Christ, has been one of the church’s most widely cited saints. While his influence on Christianity has been profound, N. T. Wright argues that Bible scholars and pastors have focused so much attention on Paul’s letters and theology that they have too often overlooked the essence of the man’s life and the extreme unlikelihood of what he achieved.</p><p>To Wright, "The problem is that Paul is central to any understanding of earliest Christianity, yet Paul was a Jew; for many generations Christians of all kinds have struggled to put this together." Wright contends that our knowledge of Paul and appreciation for his legacy cannot be complete without an understanding of his Jewish heritage. Giving us a thoughtful, in-depth exploration of the human and intellectual drama that shaped Paul, Wright provides greater clarity of the apostle’s writings, thoughts, and ideas and helps us see them in a fresh, innovative way.</p><p><em>Paul</em> is a compelling modern biography that reveals the apostle’s greater role in Christian history—as an inventor of new paradigms for how we understand Jesus and what he accomplished—and celebrates his stature as one of the most effective and influential intellectuals in human history.</p>
The Book of Secret Wisdom: The Prophetic Record of Human Destiny ...
by Zinovia Dushkova

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English

Pages

270

Publication Date

October 12, 2015

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Do you wonder about the future and the destiny of humanity?<br />Do you want to know the true purpose of your existence on Earth and in the Universe?<br />A long-hidden ancient text holds the answers you seek!<br /><br /><b>Zinovia Dushkova</b>, <b>Ph.D.</b>, is one of the few living people who has gained access to the million-year-old manuscript widely known as the <i>Book of Dzyan</i>. Written in the language of the Gods, called <i>Senzar</i>, it is secretly hidden in the heart of the Himalayas, accessible to only a chosen few over the course of human history, including Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ, Pythagoras, Plato, and Helena Blavatsky. Interpretations of various parts of this secret manuscript, presented in different lights, can be found in all religions and philosophies.<br /><br />Now, for the first time ever, Dr. Dushkova has presented a never-before-seen excerpt from this ancient sacred text in <b><i>The Book of Secret Wisdom</i></b>. Beautiful and enlightening, it will reveal not only our past, but also our present and future. To facilitate your understanding of this profound and poetic text, the book contains a comprehensive glossary gleaned from the supreme sources of wisdom.<br /><br />In <b><i>The Book of Secret Wisdom</i></b>, you will discover the answers to these questions:<br /><ul><li>What are the ultimate goal and purpose of human existence?</li><li>What is the cause of destructive weather, natural disasters, and global warming?</li><li>What really happened in 1999 and 2012?</li><li>What Great Event occurred invisibly in 2017?</li><li>When did Armageddon and the Last Judgment occur?</li><li>What should you expect in the coming decades?</li><li>Why are people dying, and is there a chance to be immortal?</li><li>Why does it seem that time is speeding up?</li><li>What is the famous Philosopher's Stone?</li><li>and much, <i>much</i> more!</li></ul>The all-embracing and undistorted Truth presented in this book was once accessible only to the privileged initiates of ancient civilizations who spent much of their lives seeking it. But now it is available to you in the pages of <b><i>The Book of Secret Wisdom</i></b>, a book that offers unprecedented access to the world's most ancient mysteries.<br /><br />"This book is an immeasurable treasure of knowledge. Its depth and scope are incredible."<br /><b>-- 2016 Benjamin Franklin Awards Judge</b><br /><br />"It reads beautifully like a storybook, feels like a fable, and reveals valuable lessons of love for this lifetime."<br /><b>-- Allyson Gracie, Wellness Specialist, Pilates & Yoga Instructor</b><br /><br />"One of the most inspiring, all encompassing, volumes of true truth I have read in all my years of seeking truth."<br /><b>-- April Gieseking</b><br /><br />"It is deep, deeper and vast than you could have ever imagined."<br /><b>-- Aakriti, Goodreads</b><br /><br />If you are a spiritual seeker who enjoys expanding the boundaries of your understanding, this book is for you.<br /><br /><b>Buy <i>The Book of Secret Wisdom</i> now to unveil the world's most ancient mysteries!</b>
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Editio...
by Jared Diamond

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English

Pages

626

Publication Date

January 04, 2011

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<p><b>In Jared Diamond’s follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning <i>Guns, Germs and Steel</i>, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilization. Diamond is also the author of <i>Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis</i></b></p><p><br />Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted. As in <b>Guns, Germs, and Steel</b>, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe, and weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Collapse moves from the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland. Similar problems face us today and have already brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, even as China and Australia are trying to cope in innovative ways. Despite our own society’s apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge even in ecologically robust areas like Montana.<br /><br />Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, <b>Collapse</b> is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, raising the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide?<br /><br /></p>

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