History

Stealing History

By Gerald Stern

In what might be boldly known as a brand new style, Gerald Stern displays with wit, pathos, rage, and tenderness, on eighty five years of existence. In 70 brief, intermingling items that represent one of those diary of a brain, Stern strikes nimbly among the earlier and the current, the private and the philosophical. developing the immediacy of dailiness, he writes with wonderful engagement approximately what he’s studying, be it Spinoza, Maimonides, John Cage, Etheridge Knight, James Schuyler, or Lucille Clifton, after which he seamlessly turns to stories of his scholar years in Europe at the GI invoice, or his political and social motion. unforeseen anecdotes abound. He hilariously recounts the night invoice Murray bit his arm and tells approximately making a song including Paul McCartney. Interwoven along with his bold memories are passionate discussions of lifelong obsessions: his conflicted identification as an earthly Jew against Israel’s Palestinian coverage; the belief of associates in a variety of varieties — from the ladies of Gee’s Bend who jointly made attractive quilts to the population of Jedwabne, who on a unmarried day in 1941 slaughtered three hundred Jews; and problems with justice.

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Mind Wars: A History of Mind Control, Surveillance, and Social Engineering by the Government, Media, and Secret Societies

By Larry Flaxman, Marie D. Jones

From the sunrise of humanity, the will to manage the options, behaviors, and activities of others has been a pervasive one. From using coercive persuasion via historic Egyptians and the Knights Templar to today's claims of digital harassment and microwave "bombing," we've got constantly been on the mercy of these who desire to reprogram our options and reshape our beliefs.

Mind Wars contains attention-grabbing tales of:

• historical makes an attempt at brain keep watch over utilizing spell casting, potions, and rituals.
• Cults and using psychological reprogramming.
• extra smooth mind-control ideas, from hypnosis, medicines, and electroshock to radiation and psychic driving.
• the interior tale of the hunt for a true Manchurian Candidate--MKUltra and the CIA connection.
• The courageous new global of digital harassment, "voice to skull" expertise, and gang-stalking.

The internal frontier of the human brain is the final bastion of privateness. yet are we actually answerable for our personal minds? the reply may perhaps surprise you!

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Of Stones and Man: From the Pharaohs to the Present Day

By Jean Kerisel

Of Stones and guy explores the various blunders of judgement made by means of civilizations either historical and glossy the world over. vanity and a penchant for extra drove mankind to construct ever better and extra formidable edifices. the writer analyzes those works from a systematic and historically-sensitive viewpoint, highlighting the hydro-geological historical past to repeated notorious mess ups, from the faults inherent within the Sphinx to the leaning Tower of Pisa. superbly illustrated all through, Of Stones and guy is a testomony to the impermanence of our environment. It questions how the earth and its assets have borne the cumulative burden positioned upon it over the a while via one civilization after one other, and the way, in flip, the earth has exacted its inevitable revenge at the nice buildings of our ancestors. Of Stones and guy is the ultimate paintings of Jean Kerisel (1908-2005) who served as President of the foreign Society for Soil Mechanics and beginning Engineering from 1973 to 1977, and who labored around the world as a expert on many formidable engineering initiatives. pushed via his nice ardour for historic developers and Egyptology, Kerisel the following extends his expert wisdom into the nation-states of old structure.

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The Twenty-Fifth Amendment: Its Complete History and Application

By John D. Feerick

Undisputed because the most vital man made paintings at the Twenty-Fifth modification, this revised variation presents the most recent in criminal inspiration concerning presidential succession.

This re-creation of The Twenty-Fifth modification: Its whole historical past and Applications updates John Feerick's landmark study with the Amendment's makes use of some time past two decades and the way these makes use of (along with new felony scholarship) have replaced the modification and perceptions of presidential incapacity quite often. In its formula, the Twenty-fifth modification was once criticized as obscure and undemocratic, however it has made attainable fast and orderly successions to the top places of work within the U.S. govt in the course of the most impressive occasions in American background. the level of its authority has been proven through the years: throughout the Watergate obstacle, it used to be proposed that the modification may possibly find the money for a method during which a president might move presidential energy in the course of an impeachment continuing, and it used to be additionally instructed that the modification may perhaps authorize a vice chairman and cupboard to droop a president in the course of a Senate impeachment trial. the place as soon as presidential incapacity was once stigmatized, at the present time a president lower than normal anesthesia cedes presidential authority for the size of the process with little controversy. The Twenty-fifth modification is evolving quickly, and this ebook is an priceless guide for criminal students, executive choice makers, historians, political scientists, academics, and scholars learning the nation's optimum offices.

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Against Thrift: Why Consumer Culture is Good for the Economy, the Environment, and Your Soul

By James Livingston

Since the monetary meltdown of 2008, economists, newshounds, and politicians have uniformly insisted that to revive the yank Dream and renew monetary progress, we have to keep extra and spend less.

In his provocative new booklet, historian James Livingston—author of the vintage Origins of the Federal Reserve System—breaks from the consensus to argue that underconsumption prompted the present obstacle and should lengthen it. by means of viewing the nice Recession throughout the prism of the nice melancholy, Livingston proves that personal funding isn't the engine of progress we think it to be. Tax cuts for company are hence a recipe for catastrophe. If our target is to breed the industrial development of the postwar period, we want a redistribution of source of revenue that reduces company earnings, increases wages, and promotes buyer spending.

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The New Cambridge History of India, Volume 1, Part 5: The Mughal Empire (New Cambridge History of India)

By John F. Richards

The Mughal empire used to be one of many biggest centralized states within the premodern international and this quantity lines the historical past of this extraordinary empire from its construction in 1526 to its breakup in 1720. Richards stresses the dynamic caliber of Mughal territorial growth, their institutional recommendations in land profit, coinage and army association, ideological switch and the connection among the emperors and Islam. He additionally analyzes associations specific to the Mughal empire, comparable to the jagir approach, and explores Mughal India's hyperlinks with the early sleek international

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Earth's Deep History: How It Was Discovered and Why It Matters

Earth has been witness to mammoths and dinosaurs, international ice a long time, continents colliding or splitting aside, and comets and asteroids crashing catastrophically to the outside, in addition to the start of people who're curious to appreciate it. yet how was once all this found? How used to be the proof for it accrued and interpreted? And what sorts of humans have sought to reconstruct this earlier that no human witnessed or recorded? during this sweeping and available ebook, Martin J. S. Rudwick, the most excellent historian of the Earth sciences, tells the gripping human tale of the sluggish recognition that the Earth’s heritage has not just been unimaginably lengthy but in addition astonishingly eventful.

Rudwick starts within the 17th century with Archbishop James Ussher, who famously dated the production of the cosmos to 4004 BC. His narrative later turns to the an important interval of the overdue eighteenth and early 19th centuries, while inquisitive intellectuals, who got here to name themselves “geologists,” started to interpret rocks and fossils, mountains and volcanoes, as traditional records of Earth’s heritage. He then exhibits how this geological proof was once used—and remains to be being used—to reconstruct a heritage of the Earth that's as diverse and unpredictable as human background itself. alongside the best way, Rudwick rejects the preferred view of this tale as a clash among technological know-how and faith and indicates how the fashionable medical account of the Earth’s deep historical past keeps powerful roots in Judaeo-Christian ideas. 

broadly illustrated, Earth’s Deep History is a fascinating and ambitious capstone to Rudwick’s uncommon career.  even though the tale of the Earth is not possible in size, Rudwick strikes with grace from the earliest imaginings of our planet’s deep earlier to today’s clinical discoveries, proving that this can be a story instantly undying and timely.
 

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American Labor and Economic Citizenship: New Capitalism from World War I to the Great Depression

As soon as seen as a different period characterised by way of severe bigotry, nostalgia for easier occasions, and a revulsion opposed to energetic govt, the Nineteen Twenties were rediscovered by means of historians in fresh a long time as a time while Herbert Hoover and his allies labored to noticeably reform monetary coverage. In American hard work and financial Citizenship, Mark Hendrickson either augments and amends this view through learning the origins and improvement of recent period coverage services and data. Policy-oriented social scientists in govt, alternate union, educational, and nonprofit corporations confirmed how equipment for attaining reliable financial progress via elevated productiveness may well either defang the feared company cycle and defuse the trend of adverse classification relatives that Gilded Age depressions had helped to set as an American method of business kinfolk. associated by way of rising associations akin to the Social technological know-how examine Council, the nationwide city League, and the Women's Bureau, social investigators attacked rampant sexual and racial discrimination, frequently justified through mistaken organic arguments, that denied girl and minority staff complete monetary citizenship within the place of work and the polity. those students validated that those practices not just constrained productiveness and undercut elevated intake, but in addition belied the claims for equity that needs to buttress coverage visions in a democracy.

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The Anatomy of Racial Inequality (The W. E. B. Du Bois Lectures)

By Glenn C. Loury

Speaking correctly and provocatively in regards to the political economic climate of race, Glenn Loury has turn into certainly one of our so much well-liked black intellectuals--and, due to his demanding situations to the orthodoxies of either left and correct, probably the most debatable. a huge assertion of a place built over the last decade, this booklet either epitomizes and explains Loury's figuring out of the depressed stipulations of quite a bit of black society today--and the origins, effects, and implications for the way forward for those conditions.

Using an economist's process, Loury describes a vicious cycle of tainted social info that has ended in a self-replicating development of racial stereotypes that rationalize and maintain discrimination. His research exhibits how the limitations put on black improvement by means of stereotypical and stigmatizing racial pondering deny an entire section of the inhabitants the opportunity of self-actualization that American society reveres--something that many contend will be undermined via treatments reminiscent of affirmative motion. to the contrary, this booklet persuasively argues that the promise of equity and person freedom and dignity will stay unfulfilled with no a few varieties of intervention in keeping with race.

Brilliant in its account of the way racial classifications are created and perpetuated, and the way they resonate during the social, mental, religious, and monetary lifetime of the state, this compelling and passionate e-book supplies us a brand new means of seeing--and, might be, seeing beyond--the damning categorization of race in America.

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George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution

By Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger

“As a protracted Islander perpetually interested by events that occurred in a spot I name domestic, i'm hoping with this e-book to provide the key six the credits they didn’t get in existence. The Culper spies symbolize the entire patriotic Americans who provide lots for his or her nation but, because of the character in their paintings, won't or cannot take a bow or maybe speak about their missions.”

—Brian Kilmeade

When basic George Washington beat a hasty retreat from big apple urban in August 1776, many thought the yankee Revolution may well quickly be over. as a substitute, Washington rallied—thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret staff referred to as the Culper secret agent Ring.

Washington discovered that he couldn’t beat the British with army could, so he recruited a sophisticated and deeply secretive intelligence community to infiltrate manhattan. So rigorously guarded have been the members’ identities that one spy’s identify used to be not uncovered till the 20 th century, and one remains unknown this day. yet by way of now, historians have stumbled on sufficient information regarding the ring’s activities to piece jointly proof that those six individuals became the tide of the war.

Drawing on broad study, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger have painted compelling pics of George Washington’s mystery six:

  • Robert Townsend, the reserved Quaker merchant and reporter who headed the Culper Ring, keeping his id mystery even from Washington;
  • Austin Roe, the tavern keeper who risked his employment and his lifestyles with a view to shield the mission;
  • Caleb Brewster, the brash younger longshoreman who enjoyed baiting the British and agreed to ferry messages among Connecticut and New York;
  • Abraham Woodhull, the curmudgeonly (and surprisingly anxious) ny bachelor with company and kinfolk excuses for traveling to Manhattan;
  • James Rivington, the landlord of a fancy coffeehouse and print store the place high-ranking British officers gossiped approximately mystery operations;
  • Agent 355, a girl whose id remains unknown yet who turns out to have used her wit and charm to coax officials to proportion very important secrets.

In George Washington’s mystery Six, Townsend and his fellow spies ultimately obtain their due, taking their position between the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution.

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