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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari

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English

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469

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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>
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>
Mythology
by Edith Hamilton

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English

Pages

445

Publication Date

June 25, 2012

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<b>The world-renowned classic that has enthralled and delighted millions of readers with its timeless tales of gods and heroes.<br /><br /></b>Edith Hamilton's mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture-the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present.<br /><br />We follow the drama of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus. We hear the tales of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cupid and Psyche, and mighty King Midas. We discover the origins of the names of the constellations. And we recognize reference points for countless works for art, literature and culture inquiry-from Freud's Oedipus complex to Wagner's Ring Cycle of operas to Eugene O'Neill's <i>Mourning Becomes Electra</i><br /><br />Both a reference text for scholars of all ages and a book to simply enjoy, <i>Mythology </i>is a classic not to be missed.<br /><br />
The War Nerd Iliad
by Feral House

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English

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October 10, 2017

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<p>We recognize the names: Achilles, Odysseus, Zeus, and Apollo. We're taught that <em>The Iliad </em>is a foundational text of civilization. But who has really read the text? Until now, <em>The Iliad </em>was hijacked by academics and used to bludgeon schoolchildren as a boring-yet- mandatory reading.</p><p>Poet, novelist, essayist, and former teacher John Dolan revisits this ancient tale and restores it to its ancient glory. The Greeks and Trojans are still fighting. The gods are still interfering. But in Dolan's version, you'll be amazed at how funny, raw, and terrifying this doomed world of war really is. He strips away clunky, archaic language to reveal the true meaning and themes that animate this tale of war and futility.</p><p>John Dolan's work under the nom de guerre "Gary Brecher The War Nerd" has been met with both acclaim and controversy. Dolan's version of <em>The Iliad </em>is sapped of the usual saccharine romance attributed to "heroes" and lets the action tell the story. Regardless of attributed name, Dolan/Brecher is an astute observer of modern warfare who now turns that keen analysis to the most classical of documented battles, <em>The Iliad</em>.</p><p><strong>John Dolan </strong>now works with Mark Ames (of eXile fame) to produce the Radio War Nerd weekly podcast on military matters. Born in Denver, Colorado, Dolan currently lives in Macedonia.</p>
The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman...
by Mike Duncan

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English

Pages

308

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October 24, 2017

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<b>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>
The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD
by Simon Schama

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English

Pages

512

Publication Date

March 18, 2014

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<p>In 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, tracing their experience across three millennia, from their beginnings as an ancient tribal people to the opening of the new world in 1492</p><p>It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance in the face of destruction, of creativity in the face of oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life despite the steepest of odds.</p><p>It spans the millennia and the continents—from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain.</p><p>In <em>The Story of the Jews</em>, the Talmud burns in the streets of Paris, massed gibbets hang over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the world; candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, ships loaded with gems and spices founder at sea.</p><p>And a great story unfolds. Not—as often imagined—of a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians.</p><p>Which makes the story of the Jews everyone's story, too.</p>
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><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>).</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>
The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened In the Years...
by John Dominic Crossan

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English

Pages

690

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June 18, 2010

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In this national bestseller, John Dominic Crossan, the world's leading expert on the historical Jesus, reveals how Christianity emerged in the period following Jesus' death. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Crossan shines new light on the theological and cultural contexts from which the Christian church arose. He argues powerfully that Christianity would have happened with or without Paul and contends that Jesus' "resurrection" meant something vastly different for his early followers than it does for many traditional Christians today--what mattered was Christina origins finally illuminates the mysterious period that set Western religious history in its decisive course.
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 />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>
मिस्र का ब्रह्माण्ड विज...
by मुस्तफा़ ...

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Hindi

Pages

205

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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ब्रह्मांड, सृष्टि, विज्ञान और दर्शन की प्रकृति के बारे में हमारी आधुनिक समझ की कसौटी पर मिस्र की ब्रह्माण्ड संबंधी अवधारणाओं की व्यावहारिकता की पड़ताल।<br /><br />हिन्दीभाषामेंअनुदितयहपुस्तक, ब्रह्मांड, सृष्टि, विज्ञानऔरदर्शनकीप्रकृतिकेबारेमेंहमारीआधुनिकसमझकेसाथमिस्रकीब्रह्माण्डसंबंधीअवधारणाओंकेव्यावहारिकताकाअध्ययनकरतीहै।मिस्रकाब्रह्माण्डविज्ञान, मानवीय, संबद्ध, व्यापक, सुसंगत, तार्किक, विश्लेषणात्मक, औरतर्कसंगतहै।यहपुस्तकआपकोसृजनप्रक्रियाकीमिस्रीअवधारणातथासार्वभौमिकऊर्जाआव्यूहकेबारेमेंबताएगी।इसमेंआप, अंकज्योतिष, द्वैत, त्रिमूर्तियां, आदिकेबारेमेंपढ़ेंगे; यहबताएगीकिइंसानब्रह्मांडसेकिसप्रकारसंबंधितहै; इसकेअलावामिस्रकीखगोलीयचेतना; सांसारिकयात्रा; तथास्रोत्रसेपुनर्मिलनकेलिएस्वर्गकीसोपानपरचढ़नेकेबारेजानकारियाँआपकोइसकेअंदरमिलेंगी।<br /><br />इस पुस्तक को पाँच भागों में बांटा गया है, जिसमें कुल 17 अध्याय हैं।<br /><br />भाग I: मिस्र का रहस्यमय एकेश्वरवाद में एक अध्याय हैः<br /><br />अध्याय 1: सबसे अधिक धार्मिक अध्याय में अतिधार्मिक मिस्री लोगों के एकेश्वरवाद के गहरे रहस्यमय अर्थ के साथ ही उनके ब्रह्मांडीय चेतना की समीक्षा को समाविष्ट किया जाएगा।<br /><br />भाग II: सृष्टि के सिद्धांत में दो अध्याय हैं—2 और 3:<br /><br />अध्याय 2: ब्रह्मांड की प्राणदायी ऊर्जा वाले अध्याय में जगत की सृष्टि से पूर्व की अवस्था और सृजन चक्र की प्राणदायी दिव्य ऊर्जा के बारे में मिस्रियों की वैज्ञानिक समझ को शामिल किया जाएगा।<br /><br />अध्याय 3: सृजन प्रक्रिया का मिस्री वृत्तांत में सृजन चक्र के तीन प्राथमिक चरणों की समीक्षा को समाविष्ट किया जाएगा।<br /><br />भाग III: सृष्टि के संख्यात्मक कोड में अध्याय 4 से लेकर अध्याय 13 तक कुल दस अध्याय हैं:<br /><br />अध्याय 4: सृजन प्रक्रिया की अंकविद्या में प्राचीन मिस्र के संख्यात्मक रहस्यवाद को समेटा जाएगा तथा संख्या दो, तीन और पाँच का विश्लेषण किया जाएगा।<br /><br />अध्याय 5: द्वैतवादी प्रकृति में सृजन की द्वैतवादी प्रकृति को शामिल किया जाएगा तथा प्राचीन मिस्री प्रणाली के 14 विभिन्न अनुप्रयोगों का विश्लेषण किया जाएगा।<br /><br />अध्याय 6: तीन—एक संयुक्त त्रिमूर्ति में इस पहली विषम संख्या (एक संख्या नहीं है) को शामिल किया जाएगा, तथा ब्रह्मांड में त्रिमूर्ति के त्रिआयामी शक्तियों के महत्व एवं प्राचीन मिस्री प्रणाली में इस सिद्धांत के कुछ अनुप्रयोगों पर प्रकाश डाला जाएगा।<br /><br />अध्याय 7 से लेकर 13 तक में संख्या चार से लेकर दस तक के रहस्यमय पहलुओं को समेटा जाएगा।<br /><br />भाग IV: जैसा ऊपर वैसा नीचे में दो अध्याय हैं—14 और 15:<br /><br />अध्याय 14: मानव—ब्रह्मांड का प्रतिरूप में बताया जाएगा कि मानव के शारीरिक और आध्यात्मिक अवयव, किस प्रकार समस्त सृष्टि की एक छवि हैं।<br /><br />अध्याय 15: खगोलीय चेतनामेंप्राचीनमिस्रकेखगोलविज्ञानतथासमयगणनाकेउन्नतज्ञानकोसमाविष्टकियाजाएगा, जिसमेंराशिचक्रऔरसोथिकचक्र; केसाथ-साथ (सात) दायरोंकेसामंजस्यकीप्रकृतिऔरउसकेपालनमेंआमभागीदारीकेबारेमेंबतायाजाएगा।<br /><br />भाग V: नश्वर से अनश्वर की ओर में दो अध्याय हैं—16 और 17:<br /><br />अध्याय 16: हमारी सांसारिक यात्रा में एक व्यक्ति के दिव्य स्रोत के साथ एकाकार होने के लिए सूफ़ी मत, कीमिया, सहित तमाम उपलब्ध पंथों के बारे में जानकारियाँ समेटी जाएंगी।<br /><br />अध्याय 17: स्वर्ग की सीढ़ी पर चढ़ना— मेंसंसारकेबादकाजीवन, आत्माकेकायांतरण, देवत्वतथामोक्षकेमार्गकेविभिन्नस्थानोंकोसमाविष्टकियाजाएगा।<br />

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