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Sapiens: A Brief History of HumankindSapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Harari's work situates its account of human history within a framework provided by the natural sciences, particularly evolutionary biology: he sees biology as setting the limits of possibility for human activity, and sees culture as shaping what happens within those bounds. The academic discipline of History is the account of cultural change. Harari surveys the history of humankind from the evolution of archaic human species in the Stone Age up to the twenty-first century, focusing on our own species of human, Homo sapiens. He divides the history of Sapiens into four major parts:[5] The Cognitive Revolution (c. 70,000 BCE, when Sapiens evolved imagination). The Agricultural Revolution (c. 12,000 BCE, the development of farming). The unification of humankind (the gradual consolidation of human political organisations towards one global empire). The Scientific Revolution (c. 1500 CE, the emergence of objective science). Harari's main argument is that Sapiens came to dominate the world because it is the only animal that can cooperate flexibly in large numbers.
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Homo Deus: A Brief History of TomorrowHomo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
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Africa

Shake Hands With the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in RwandaShake Hands With the Devil: The Failure of…
pp. 562, the author is "a Canadian hero, embodying in his humanity, his pragmatism, his complete absence of racism and grandiosity and his passionate, dogged, global civility many of our country's most cherished values...this book is a monument achievement." paperback edition.
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The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save ItThe People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in…
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When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of EgyptWhen Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt
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The Secret History of Soldiers: How Canadians Survived the Great WarThe Secret History of Soldiers: How Canadians…
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Sapiens: A Brief History of HumankindSapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Harari's work situates its account of human history within a framework provided by the natural sciences, particularly evolutionary biology: he sees biology as setting the limits of possibility for human activity, and sees culture as shaping what happens within those bounds. The academic discipline of History is the account of cultural change. Harari surveys the history of humankind from the evolution of archaic human species in the Stone Age up to the twenty-first century, focusing on our own species of human, Homo sapiens. He divides the history of Sapiens into four major parts:[5] The Cognitive Revolution (c. 70,000 BCE, when Sapiens evolved imagination). The Agricultural Revolution (c. 12,000 BCE, the development of farming). The unification of humankind (the gradual consolidation of human political organisations towards one global empire). The Scientific Revolution (c. 1500 CE, the emergence of objective science). Harari's main argument is that Sapiens came to dominate the world because it is the only animal that can cooperate flexibly in large numbers.
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Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for JusticeRed Notice: A True Story of High Finance,…
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Vietnam: An Epic History of a Divisive War 1945-1975Vietnam: An Epic History of a Divisive War…
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The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the North West Passage and the North Pole, 1818-1909The Arctic Grail: The Quest for the North West…
From Amazon:The polar north has always lured the passionate mind, the eccentric, and the damned. Pierre Berton’s The Arctic Grail is a substantial chronicle of these explorers, some of whom sought an economical northern route to the East and others adventure and fame, not to mention the backers who supported their primarily marine expeditions. Berton’s prose reads like good fiction, providing insight into the lives of the men who journeyed north--and those left behind hoping for their safe return. “I would not recall you,” wrote Isabella Parry to her absent husband in her diary. “Your path leads to glory and honour and never would I turn you from that path when I feel it is the path you ought to go....” The obstinate pride of the planners and leaders of these expeditions commanded respect from their peers despite a recurring failure to learn from past, often fatal errors. The icon of the north, John Franklin, who through his disappearance became “the symbol of nineteenth-century Arctic exploration,” is but one of the players. Other less familiar names figure in. There’s John Ross, whose 1818 expedition was one of the earliest. And William Edward Parry, whose failed 1824-1825 voyage to find the Northwest Passage resulted in the wrecking of his vessel The Fury. And first officer W. Parker Snow, who specialized in tall tales of the murder of John Franklin by Eskimos. Each contributes to The Arctic Grail a sense of adventure, passion, and perseverance in the face of all that nature can unleash. --Tim Tokaryk
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Europe

Man's Search for MeaningMan's Search for Meaning
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Meditations: A New TranslationMeditations: A New Translation
A new translation with an Introduction by Gregory HaysMarcus Aurelius Antoninus a d 121180 succeeded his adoptive father as emperor of Rome in a d 161and Meditations remains one of the greatest works of spiritual and ethical reflection ever written With a profound understanding of human behavior Marcus provides insights wisdom and practical guidance on everything from living in the world to coping with adversity to interacting with others Consequently the Meditations have become required reading for statesmen and philosophers alike while generations of ordinary readers have responded to the straightforward intimacy of his style In Gregory Hayss new translationthe first in a generationMarcuss thoughts speak with a new immediacy never before have they been so directly and powerfully presentedFrom Amazon:One measure, perhaps, of a book's worth, is its intergenerational pliancy: do new readers acquire it and interpret it afresh down through the ages? The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, translated and introduced by Gregory Hays, by that standard, is very worthwhile, indeed. Hays suggests that its most recent incarnation--as a self-help book--is not only valid, but may be close to the author's intent. The book, which Hays calls, fondly, a "haphazard set of notes," is indicative of the role of philosophy among the ancients in that it is "expected to provide a 'design for living.'" And it does, both aphoristically ("Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now take what's left and live it properly.") and rhetorically ("What is it in ourselves that we should prize?"). Whether these, and other entries ("Enough of this wretched, whining monkey life.") sound life-changing or like entries in a teenager's diary is up to the individual reader, as it should be. Hays's introduction, which sketches the life of Marcus Aurelius (emperor of Rome A.D. 161-180) as well as the basic tenets of stoicism, is accessible and jaunty. --H. O'Billovich
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Gay & Lesbian

Sister Outsider: Essays and SpeechesSister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde SISTER OUTSIDER celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches Lorde takes on sexism racism ageism homophobia and class and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change Her prose is incisive unflinching and lyrical reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope This commemorative edition includes a new foreword by Lorde scholar and poet Cheryl Clarke who celebrates the ways in which Lordes philosophies resonate more than twenty years after they were first published These landmark writings are in Lordes own words a call to never close our eyes to the terror to the chaos which is Black which is creative which is female which is dark which is rejected which is messy which is Reviews its been almost a quarter of a century since Audre Lordes essays and speeches in Sister Outsider made an indelible mark on 20th-century literature But the words of the black lesbian feminist poet seem as lyrical and unforgettable and sadly as relevant today as when she first tackled everything from racism and homophobia to ageism and class dichotomies A must-have book that every lesbian should read -Curve Editors Pick Lorde was a brilliant feminist poet and intellectual whose theories on the power of embracing our internal contradictions as well as the differences between people and groups is the way to powerful coalition building and social progress -New York Post Sunday Poet and librarian Lorde collected 15 of her finest essays and speeches in this 1984 volume With her poets command of language she addresses sexism racism black women black lesbians eroticism and more Still powerful -Library Journal Starred ReviewAudre Lorde is a passionate sage I say is and not was because her keen insights continue to provoke and sustain us and give us courage
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Historical Study

The Diary of a Young GirlThe Diary of a Young Girl
Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life Anne Franks remarkable diary has since become a world classica powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit In 1942 with Nazis occupying Holland a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding For the next two years until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo they and another family lived cloistered in the Secret Annex of an old office building Cut off from the outside world they faced hunger boredom the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters and the ever-present threat of discovery and death In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period By turns thoughtful moving and amusing her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut shortFrom Amazon:A beloved classic since its initial publication in 1947, this vivid, insightful journal is a fitting memorial to the gifted Jewish teenager who died at Bergen-Belsen, Germany, in 1945. Born in 1929, Anne Frank received a blank diary on her 13th birthday, just weeks before she and her family went into hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Her marvelously detailed, engagingly personal entries chronicle 25 trying months of claustrophobic, quarrelsome intimacy with her parents, sister, a second family, and a middle-aged dentist who has little tolerance for Anne's vivacity. The diary's universal appeal stems from its riveting blend of the grubby particulars of life during wartime (scant, bad food; shabby, outgrown clothes that can't be replaced; constant fear of discovery) and candid discussion of emotions familiar to every adolescent (everyone criticizes me, no one sees my real nature, when will I be loved?). Yet Frank was no ordinary teen: the later entries reveal a sense of compassion and a spiritual depth remarkable in a girl barely 15. Her death epitomizes the madness of the Holocaust, but for the millions who meet Anne through her diary, it is also a very individual loss. --Wendy Smith
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The Lessons of HistoryThe Lessons of History
paperback. Pub Date :2010-02-13 Pages: 128 Language: English Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers In this illuminating and thoughtful book. Will and Ariel Durant have succeeded in distilling for the reader the accumulated store of knowledge and experience from their five decades of work on the eleven monumental volumes of The Story of Civilization. The result is a survey of human history. full of dazzling insights into the nature of human experience. the evolution of civilization. and the culture of man. With the completion of their lifes work. they look back and ask what history has to say about the nature. the conduct and the prospects of man. seeking in the great lives. the great ideas. the great events of the past for the meaning of mans long journey through war. conquest and creation - and for the great themes that can help us to understand our own era.
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Man's Search for MeaningMan's Search for Meaning
With a new Foreword by Harold S Kushnerand a new Biographical Afterword by William J Winslade Psychiatrist Viktor Frankls memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps including Auschwitz while his parents brother and pregnant wife perished Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it find meaning in it and move forward with renewed purpose Frankls theory-known as logotherapy from the Greek word logos meaning-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure as Freud maintained but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful At the time of Frankls death in 1997 Mans Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a book that made a difference in your life found Mans Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America Beacon Press the original English-language publisher of Mans Search for Meaning is issuing this new paperback edition with a new Foreword biographical Afterword jacket price and classroom materials to reach new generations of readers
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The Diary of a Young GirlThe Diary of a Young Girl
In 1942 with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen year old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding.From Amazon:A beloved classic since its initial publication in 1947, this vivid, insightful journal is a fitting memorial to the gifted Jewish teenager who died at Bergen-Belsen, Germany, in 1945. Born in 1929, Anne Frank received a blank diary on her 13th birthday, just weeks before she and her family went into hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Her marvelously detailed, engagingly personal entries chronicle 25 trying months of claustrophobic, quarrelsome intimacy with her parents, sister, a second family, and a middle-aged dentist who has little tolerance for Anne's vivacity. The diary's universal appeal stems from its riveting blend of the grubby particulars of life during wartime (scant, bad food; shabby, outgrown clothes that can't be replaced; constant fear of discovery) and candid discussion of emotions familiar to every adolescent (everyone criticizes me, no one sees my real nature, when will I be loved?). Yet Frank was no ordinary teen: the later entries reveal a sense of compassion and a spiritual depth remarkable in a girl barely 15. Her death epitomizes the madness of the Holocaust, but for the millions who meet Anne through her diary, it is also a very individual loss. --Wendy Smith
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Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military, and World War IIDouble Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military, and…
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Middle East

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win (New Edition)Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and…
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The Art of WarThe Art of War
Widely regarded as The Oldest Military Treatise in the World this landmark work covers principles of strategy tactics maneuvering communication and supplies the use of terrain fire and the seasons of the year the classification and utilization of spies the treatment of soldiers including captives all have a modern ring to them
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The Art of WarThe Art of War
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The Book of Five RingsThe Book of Five Rings
From Amazon:To learn a Japanese martial art is to learn Zen, and although you can't do so simply by reading a book, it sure does help--especially if that book is The Book of Five Rings. One of Japan's great samurai sword masters penned in decisive, unfaltering terms this certain path to victory, and like Sun Tzu's The Art of War it is applicable not only on the battlefield but also in all forms of competition. Always observant, creating confusion, striking at vulnerabilities--these are some of the basic principles. Going deeper, we find suki, the interval of vulnerability, of indecisiveness, of rest, the briefest but most vital moment to strike. In succinct detail, Miyamoto records ideal postures, blows, and psychological tactics to put the enemy off guard and open the way for attack. Most important of all is Miyamoto's concept of rhythm, how all things are in harmony, and that by working with the rhythm of a situation we can turn it to our advantage with little effort. But like Zen, this requires one task above all else, putting the book down and going out to practice. --Brian Bruya
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Russia

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Expelled from Russia after exposing corruption in Russian companies an investment broker describes how his attorney was detained tortured and beaten to death for testifying against Russian law enforcement officers who stole millions in taxes paid to the government Illustrations Tour
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The Gulag Archipelago, Vol. 1: An Experiment in Literary InvestigationThe Gulag Archipelago, Vol. 1: An Experiment in…
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United States

The Fifth Risk: Undoing DemocracyThe Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy
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