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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>
The Ruin of the Roman Empire: A New History
by James J. O'Donnell

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English

Pages

450

Publication Date

September 03, 2008

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<p><strong>“An<em> </em>exotic and instructive tale, told with life, learning and just the right measure of laughter on every page. O’Donnell combines a historian’s mastery of substance with a born storyteller’s sense of style to create a magnificent work of art.”  — Madeleine K. Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State</strong></p><p>The dream Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar shared of uniting Europe, the Medi-terranean, and the Middle East in a single community shuddered and then collapsed in the wars and disasters of the sixth century. Historian and classicist James J. O'Donnell—who last brought readers his masterful, disturbing, and revelatory biography of Saint Augustine—revisits this old story in a fresh way, bringing home its sometimes painful relevance to today's issues.</p><p>With unexpected detail and in his hauntingly vivid style, O'Donnell begins at a time of apparent Roman revival and brings readers to the moment of imminent collapse that just preceded the rise of Islam. Illegal migrations of peoples, religious wars, global pandemics, and the temptations of empire: Rome's end foreshadows today's crises and offers hints how to navigate them—if present leaders will heed this story.</p>
Legion versus Phalanx: The Epic Struggle for Infantry Supremacy i...
by Myke Cole

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English

Pages

323

Publication Date

October 18, 2018

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From the time of Ancient Sumeria, the heavy infantry phalanx dominated the battlefield. Armed with spears or pikes, standing shoulder to shoulder with shields interlocking, the men of the phalanx presented an impenetrable wall of wood and metal to the enemy. Until, that is, the Roman legion emerged to challenge them as masters of infantry battle.<br /><br />Covering the period in which the legion and phalanx clashed (280–168 BC), Myke Cole delves into their tactics, arms and equipment, organization and deployment. Drawing on original primary sources to examine six battles in which the legion fought the phalanx – Heraclea (280 BC), Asculum (279 BC), Beneventum (275 BC), Cynoscephalae (197 BC), Magnesia (190 BC), and Pydna (168 BC) – he shows how and why the Roman legion, with its flexible organization, versatile tactics and iron discipline, came to eclipse the hitherto untouchable Hellenistic phalanx and dominate the ancient battlefield.
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>
Celts: A Captivating Guide to Ancient Celtic History and Mytholog...
by Captivating History

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English

Pages

97

Publication Date

July 01, 2019

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<h2>If you want to discover the captivating history of the Celts, then keep reading...</h2><br /><b>Free History <u>BONUS</u> Inside!</b><br /><br />Today, the word Celtic means so many things. To most of us, it means something related to Ireland. We think of intricately designed Irish crosses, four-leaf clovers, and some of the more well-known stories of Celtic mythology. However, while Celtic culture has stayed alive in Ireland, its roots run much deeper, and they extend much farther than the small island nation off the coast of modern-day Great Britain. <br /><br />The story of the Celts is one of a rapid rise to prominence followed by a slow decline due to the influence of the Romans. But even so, Celtic culture has remained strong in Europe and has been able to persist to this day. So, even though the Celts represent just a small part of today’s modern world, they are a massive part of its history, which means that studying the ancient Celts today is a great way to unlock some of the secrets buried in the depths of ancient history.<br /><br /><b>In <i>Celts: A Captivating Guide to Ancient Celtic History and Mythology, Including Their Battles Against the Roman Republic in the Gallic Wars</i>, you will discover topics such as</b><br /><ul><li>Who Were the Celts?</li><li>The Celtic Migrations</li><li>The Many Celtic Tribes of Europe</li><li>The Celtiberians</li><li>The Gallic Wars</li><li>The Insular Celts</li><li>Celtic Warriors</li><li>Celtic Way of Life</li><li>Celtic Religion</li><li>Celtic Art</li><li>And much, much more!</li></ul><b>So if you want to learn more about the Celts, scroll up and click the "add to cart" button!</b>
Marching With Caesar: Avenging Varus Part II
by R.W. Peake

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English

Pages

542

Publication Date

June 09, 2019

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In the sixteenth installment of the international bestselling Marching With Caesar series, with the death of Titus Porcinianus Pullus, Centurion Gnaeus Volusenus finally learns the truth, that not only was Pullus his superior but his natural father, turning his world upside down. By accepting the truth and adopting his true identity, Gnaeus Volusenianus Pullus must cope with all that comes with being a member of this extraordinary family. <br />Traveling to the Pullus home of Arelate to inter his father’s ashes with Diocles' son Alexandros, Gnaeus faces challenges that, while they are unlike anything he has faced under the standard, are no less deadly, and come from within his own new family. <br />Barely recovering from his trip to Arelate, Gnaeus returns to the 1st Legion, where Germanicus Julius Caesar leads Gnaeus and his comrades in another campaign, in which the Army of the Rhine will at last face the German chieftain Arminius and finish the task set for them by Rome’s new Emperor Tiberius, hopefully avenging the loss of Varus and his Legions.
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>
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>
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>
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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<b>LIMITED-TIME OFFER: BUY NOW FOR ONLY 4.99 (WAS 9.99)</b><br /><br />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>

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