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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>
Unbound: How Eight Technologies Made Us Human and Brought Our Wor...
by Richard L. Currier

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English

Pages

424

Publication Date

August 18, 2015

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<b>Like <i>Guns, Germs, and Steel</i>, a work of breathtaking sweep and originality that reinterprets the human story.</b><br /><br />Although we usually think of technology as something unique to modern times, our ancestors began to create the first technologies millions of years ago in the form of prehistoric tools and weapons. Over time, eight key technologies gradually freed us from the limitations of our animal origins.<br /><br />The fabrication of weapons, the mastery of fire, and the technologies of clothing and shelter radically restructured the human body, enabling us to walk upright, shed our body hair, and migrate out of tropical Africa. Symbolic communication transformed human evolution from a slow biological process into a fast cultural process. The invention of agriculture revolutionized the relationship between humanity and the environment, and the technologies of interaction led to the birth of civilization. Precision machinery spawned the industrial revolution and the rise of nation-states; and in the next metamorphosis, digital technologies may well unite all of humanity for the benefit of future generations.<br /><br />Synthesizing the findings of primatology, paleontology, archeology, history, and anthropology, Richard Currier reinterprets and retells the modern narrative of human evolution that began with the discovery of Lucy and other Australopithecus fossils. But the same forces that allowed us to integrate technology into every aspect of our daily lives have also brought us to the brink of planetary catastrophe. <i>Unbound</i> explains both how we got here and how human society must be transformed again to achieve a sustainable future.<br /><br /><b>Technology: “The deliberate modification of any natural object or substance with forethought to achieve a specific end or to serve a specific purpose.”</b>
The Rise of the Maccabees: A Historical Novel (Lions of Judea Boo...
by Amit Arad

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English

Pages

281

Publication Date

September 08, 2019

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<h3><b>When one falls</b></h3><p><h3><b>The other rises…</b></h3></p><p>Jerusalem, 180 BCE. For 800 years the Zadokite priesthood has led the Jewish People. But the world is changing. Without, Rome is rising, crushing the other powers of the ancient world beneath it. Within, a power struggle inside the House of Zadok is a golden opportunity for interlopers, who seek to unseat them from the throne. The delicate balance which has allowed the Jewish Nation to survive in this age of Empires is threatened.</p><p>On the background of these tumultuous times, Judah, scion of a minor priestly lineage, comes of age in Judea. While experiencing love, friendship, and conflict he slowly transforms into the warrior and leader his people are waiting for.</p><p>This is the incredible story of Matityahu the Priest, Judah Maccabee and his brothers, and the Hellenizer Eupolemus. Together, they embark on a struggle for the survival of the Jewish people against the powerful Seleucid Empire. </p>
Bronze Age Mindset
by Bronze Age Pervert

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June 04, 2018

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The Atlantic named this author as possibly Steve Bannon's contact in the White House (Rosie Gray, The Atlantic Feb 10 2017: " 'Think you should speak directly to my WH cutout / cell leader,' Yarvin said in an email. 'I've never met him and don't know his identity, we just DM on Twitter. He's said to be ‘very close’ to Bannon...Goal is to intimidate Congress with pure masculine show of youth, energy. Trump is said to know, will coordinate with powerful EOs…"); and a recent Vox article (Tara Isabella Burton, Vox June 1 2018) claimed that he is the "text" to Jordan Peterson's "subtext," and a "distilled" form of Peterson. Distilled means purer: yes, so why not read and understand the purer version? T. I. Burton also adds in this article that this author BAP is a kind of priest-king to thousands on Twitter and outside and is possibly leading a spiritual reawakening.<br /><br />Some say that this book, found in a safebox in the port area of Kowloon, was dictated, because Bronze Age Pervert refuses to learn what he calls "the low and plebeian art of writing." It isn't known how this book was transcribed. The contents are pure dynamite. He explains that you live in ant farm. That you are observed by the lords of lies, ritually probed. Ancient man had something you have lost: confidence in his instincts and strength, knowledge in his blood. BAP shows how the Bronze Age mindset can set you free from this Iron Prison and help you embark on the path of power. He talks about life, biology, hormones. He gives many examples from history, both ancient and modern. He shows the secrets of the detrimental robots, how they hide and fabricate. He helps you escape gynocracy and ascend to fresh mountain air.<br /><br />The pricing, he insisted on against all advice. It refers to the lucky 969 Movement of Burma, led by the noble monk Wirathu.<br /><br />Praise be to the Pervert. Praise be to his teaching of peace.<br /><br />Be careful.
Mythos
by Chronicle Books LLC

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

August 27, 2019

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Here are the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of the Greek myths, stylishly retold by Stephen Fry. The legendary writer, actor, and comedian breathes life into ancient tales, from Pandora's box to Prometheus's fire, and transforms the adventures of Zeus and the Olympians into emotionally resonant and deeply funny stories, without losing any of their original wonder. Classical artwork inspired by the myths and learned notes from the author offer rich cultural context.
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>
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<br /><br />A <em>New York Times</em> Notable Book<br /><br />Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>, the <em>Economist,</em> <em>Foreign Affairs</em>, and <em>Kirkus Reviews</em><br /><br />Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction)<br /><br />Shortlisted for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature<br /><br />Finalist for the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> Book Prize (History)<br /><br />A <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> Holiday Gift Guide Selection<br /><br />A <em>New York Times Book Review</em> Editors’ Choice Selection</strong></p><br /><p><strong>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><strong> </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>
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>
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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