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The History of Art in Pictures: Western Art from Prehistory to the Present
Gilles Plazy
0760760179
September 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Book Description In authoritative prose and breathtaking full-color reproductions, this remarkable compendium offers a comprehensive selection of indisputable masterpieces, including paintings, sculptures, and architecture. A double-page spread introduces each major step in the development of the Western tradition, and a selection of important dates runs across the top of each page, putting the works in their cultural context.


Why the Jews Rejected Jesus
David Klinghoffer
0385510217
Mar 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The provocative title of this unfocused book implies that it contains an answer to the question of why the Jews rejected Jesus. Indeed, Klinghoffer, whose memoir The Lord Will Gather Me In was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, buries several answers in this study's dense verbiage, but the reader has to struggle to locate them. After numerous citations, many from obscure sources, demonstrating erudite research, Klinghoffer reveals that the Jewish rejection of Jesus was "the founding act of Western civilization." It facilitated the development of Christianity and Islam as mass religions. Thus, according to Klinghoffer, the rejection of Christ was a "civilization-creating act." He arrives at this determination by examining "God's perspective," "God's intention," "God's purposes" and "God's plan." This...


Beyond Band of Brothers : The war memoirs of Major Dick Winters
Dick Winters, Cole C. Kingseed
0425208133
February 7, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In his well-intentioned but impersonal memoirs, Winters tells the tales left untold by Stephen Ambrose, whose Band of Brothers was the inspiration for the HBO miniseries, but Winters's memoir is disappointingly sparse on details unrelated to troop position. It is in the battles and tactical maneuvers of Easy Company that Winters is most at home: on D-Day, when Easy Company's commanding officer is killed, Winters takes charge minutes after landing deep in German territory and leads an assault against a German battery. He carefully explicates the reasoning behind his strategy, leading the reader along as the Company attacks German machine gun and mortar outposts. The narrative is laced with Winters's soldierly exaltations of pride in his comrades' bravery: "My God, it's beautiful when you think of a guy who was so...


A History of Western Philosophy
Bertrand Russell
0671201581
Oct 1967
Paperback
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Ray Monk
"A History of Western Philosophy remains unchallenged as the perfect introduction to its subject. Russell...writes with the kind of verve, freshness and personal engagement that lesser spirits would never have permitted themselves. This boldness, together with the astonishing breadth of his general historical knowledge, allows him to put philosophers into their social and cultural context... The result is exactly the kind of philosophy that most people would like to read, but which only Russell could possibly have written."

Book Description
Since its first publication in 1945? Lord Russell's A History of Western Philosophy has been universally acclaimed as the outstanding one-volume work on the subject -- unparalleled in its comprehensiveness, its clarity, its erudition, its grace...


The Fall of the Roman Empire : A New History of Rome and the Barbarians
Peter Heather
0195159543
December 1, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The death of the Roman Empire is one of the perennial mysteries of world history. Now, in this groundbreaking book, Peter Heather proposes a stunning new solution: Rome generated its own nemesis. Centuries of imperialism turned the neighbors it called barbarians into an enemy capable of
dismantling the Empire that had dominated their lives for so long.
Heather is a leading authority on the late Roman Empire and on the barbarians. In The Fall of the Roman Empire, he explores the extraordinary success story that was the Roman Empire and uses a new understanding of its continued strength and enduring limitations to show how Europe's barbarians,
transformed by centuries of contact with Rome on every possible level, eventually pulled it apart. He shows first how the Huns overturned the existing strategic...


How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization
Thomas E. Woods
0895260387
May 2005
Hardcover
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Michael P. Foley, Ph.D., assistant professor of Patristics, Great Texts Program, Baylor University
"Engaging and engrossing.... A mine of information on the debt we owe to Catholic life and thought."

Dr. Alice von Hildebrand, professor emeritus, the City University of New York
"Superb and scholarly.... Highly recommended."

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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
Dee Alexander Brown
0805066691
January 2001
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Book Review
First published in 1970, this extraordinary book changed the way Americans think about the original inhabitants of their country. Beginning with the Long Walk of the Navajos in 1860 and ending 30 years later with the massacre of Sioux men, women, and children at Wounded Knee in South Dakota, it tells how the American Indians lost their land and lives to a dynamically expanding white society. During these three decades, America's population doubled from 31 million to 62 million. Again and again, promises made to the Indians fell victim to the ruthlessness and greed of settlers pushing westward to make new lives. The Indians were herded off their ancestral lands into ever-shrinking reservations, and were starved and killed if they resisted. It is a truism that "history is written by the victors"; for the first time, this book...


Oceans of Kansas
Michael J. Everhart
0253345472
July 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
"The bright midday sun glinted off the calm waters of the Inland Sea and silhouetted the long, sinuous form of a huge mosasaur lying motionless amid the floating tangle of yellow-green seaweed. Twenty years old and more than thirty feet in length, the adult mosasaur was almost full-grown and was much larger than any of the fish or sharks that lived in the shallow seaway. A swift and powerful swimmer over short distances, the mosasaur used surprise and the thrust of his muscular tail to outrun his prey with a short burst of speed." —from Chapter One Although Kansas is now high and dry, at one time the state, like most of the Midwest, was under water. Until the land finally rose above sea level during the final years of the Late Cretaceous, the area was covered by a succession of oceans whose geologic record is...


The Last of the Mohicans (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
James Fenimore Cooper
1593083351
November 2004
Hardcover
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The Treatment of Modern Western Diseases With Chinese Medicine: A Textbook & Clinical Manual
Bob Flaws, Philippe Sionneau
1891845209
January 1, 2002
Hardcover
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New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists Newsletter
"An absolute must for your library......in the top 10 of books in Chinese Medicine."

Ray Knudsen Reviews
"This book will not be gathering dust on any practitioner's shelf."

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Life After Death
Alan F. Segal
0385422997
July 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This monumental study combines history, geography, mythology, archaeology and anthropology with biblical text analysis. Segal, a professor of Jewish studies at Barnard College, spent 10 years on this project, but the erudition he displays is undoubtedly the result of a lifetime of scholarship. In every culture, people ask the same fundamental questions about their existence, including "what happens after we die?" Although Segal maintains that answers to that question lie "beyond confirmation or disconfirmation in the scientific sense," he offers a comprehensive overview of how the afterlife is understood in the three main Western religions. He thoroughly examines early influences from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Canaan, Iran and Greece, then analyzes Jewish views as expressed in the first and second temple periods, the...


The Age of Revolution: A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Volume III (The Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading Series)
Winston S. Churchill
0760768595
April 2005
Paperback
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One Soldier's Story : A Memoir
Bob Dole
0060763418
April 12, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This affecting memoir chronicles the Republican senator's arduous coming of age through the early 1950s. After a poor but for him idyllic childhood in Russell, Kans., Dole arrived at college and then the army during World War II a sunny, callow young man; his letters home—many reprinted here—are preoccupied with Mom's cooking, college sports and fraternity hijinks. The story darkens and deepens when he is sent to Italy and, near the end of the war, gravely wounded by a German shell blast that leaves him all but paralyzed with spinal cord damage and a maimed shoulder. The bulk of the book is taken up with Dole's agonizing three-year convalescence. His restrained but poignant account details his painfully slow struggle to regain the use of his legs and arms, the strain put on his family by his physical...


The Embarrassment of Riches
Simon Schama
0679781242
Dec 1997
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Despite Calvinist sermons on thrift, the Dutch upper and middle classes flaunted their wealth in the consumer paradise that was 17th century Hollandbut they lived uneasily with material riches. How the Dutch reconciled piety with their commitment to profits is just one of the conundrums explored in this cultural history by a Harvard professor. Netherlandic seafarers built a world empire in just two generations; the Dutch nation's precocious rise to power as presented here helps to explain their defensive patriotism, the mania of housewives for cleanliness and the ideal of the family as a miniature commonwealth. The Dutch urge to classify was evident in everything from their tulip classification system to paintings of children's games. Delving into customs, beliefs, popular art and quirks of behavior, Schama has...


Understanding the Process of Economic Change (Princeton Economic History of the Western World)
Douglass C. North
0691118051
January 3, 2005
Hardcover
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Review
Barry Weingast, Professor of Political Science, Stanford University : Just as Douglass North's earlier classic, Institutions and Institutional Change, ushered in the revolution in understanding institutions that dominated the nineties, his new book, Understanding the Process of Economic Change, seeks an equally revolutionary change. North now integrates the cognitive component into this analysis: how the mind works, how we form beliefs and understandings about the world, and how societies solve--or fail to solve--the problems they face. This book is vintage North.
Avner Greif, Bowman Family Professor in the Humanities and Sciences and Professor of Economics, Stanford University : In this book Douglass North once again opens new frontiers in economic research. He calls for probing into the human mind to seek an...


Weird Wisconsin: Your Travel Guide to Wisconsin's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
Linda S. Godfrey
0760759448
April 2005
Hardcover
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Who Downed the Aces in WWI : Facts, Figures, and Photos on the Fate of Over 300 Top Pilots Flying Over the Western Front
Norman Franks
0760707782
May 1998
Hardcover
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Royal Babylon
Karl Shaw
0767907558
May 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
From the madness of King George to the equine escapades of Catherine the Great, from the intramural squabbles of Elizabeth and Di to the staggeringly decadent exploits of Charles X: in this gossipy chronicle of regal shenanigans, British journalist Karl Shaw dishes plenty of dirt--and ably demonstrates why royal watching is such a satisfying hobby.

Was there ever a good monarch? To judge by Shaw's account, it's unlikely. Instead, he writes, "Every monarchy in Europe has at some time or another been ruled over by a madman," adding in passing that only Bavaria's King Ludwig had the good grace to turn his madness into a source of tourist revenue for his subjects' descendants. Of the mad and the downright curious there's no shortage in these pages, as Shaw delivers anecdote after anecdote concerning the demented, sometimes...



The Big Show : The Greatest Pilot's Story of World War II
Pierre Clostermann
0297846191
September 1, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
When The Big Show was first published, paper rationing meant that the text had to be heavily cut. Now, for the first time, this international bestseller has been returned to its complete, and breathtaking, original state. Pierre Clostermann was a Free French fighter ace who flew with the RAF during the Second World War. Over the course of five years he engaged in hundreds of dog-fights, shot down scores of Luftwaffe planes, escorted American bombers on some of the most dangerous raids of the war, and watched many of his friends falling to their deaths in the skies over the Channel. The Big Show, his incredible account of the air war over Britain and France, has become one of the most famous memoirs of the Second World War. Now in its original state, it contains everything one could wish for in a war memoir:...


My Lady Scandalous
Jo Manning
074326262X
Aug 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
The antics of today's celebrities aren't a patch on some of the goings-on in late--eighteenth-century England if this book about the life and times of Georgian party-girl Elliott is anything to go by. Married early and soon divorced (for adultery), Grace slept her way to the top, her every move gleefully documented by the scandal sheets of the day. Her only child may have been fathered by the Prince of Wales. A liaison with the fabulously rich Duc d'Orleans landed Grace in Paris in time for the French Revolution, where she came perilously close to being guillotined. No one can say Manning (also the author of several Regency romances) didn't do her homework, and she provides much (sometimes too much) detail about life high and low during the period--English divorce laws, the types of condoms available, the French...


The Victory of Reason : How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success
Rodney Stark
1400062284
December 6, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
It is a commonplace to think of Christianity and rationalism as opposite historical and philosophical forces. In this stimulating and provocative study, Stark (The Rise of Christianity) demonstrates that elements within Christianity actually gave rise not only to visions of reason and progress but also to the evolution of capitalism. Stark contends that Christianity is a forward-looking religion, evincing faith in progress and in its followers' abilities to understand God over time. Such a future-based rational theology has encouraged the development of technical and organizational advances, such as the monastic estates and universities of the Middle Ages. Stark contends that these developments transformed medieval political philosophy so that democracy developed and thrived in those states, such as northern...


Western Civilization SparkCharts (SparkNotes History and Social Sciences Series)
SparkNotes Editors
1586637401
September 2002
Paperback
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From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present
Jacques Barzun
0060928832
May 1901
Paperback
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Book Review Reviews
In the last half-millennium, as the noted cultural critic and historian Jacques Barzun observes, great revolutions have swept the Western world. Each has brought profound change--for instance, the remaking of the commercial and social worlds wrought by the rise of Protestantism and by the decline of hereditary monarchies. And each, Barzun hints, is too little studied or appreciated today, in a time he does not hesitate to label as decadent.

To leaf through Barzun's sweeping, densely detailed but lightly written survey of the last 500 years is to ride a whirlwind of world-changing events. Barzun ponders, for instance, the tumultuous political climate of Renaissance Italy, which yielded mayhem and chaos, but also the work of Michelangelo and Leonardo--and, he adds, the scientific foundations for today's consumer...



Band of Brothers : E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
Stephen E. Ambrose
074322454X
September 6, 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
As grippingly as any novelist, preeminent World War II historian Stephen Ambrose tells the horrifying, hallucinatory saga of Easy Company, whose 147 members he calls the nonpareil combat paratroopers on earth circa 1941-45. Ambrose takes us along on Easy Company's trip from grueling basic training to Utah Beach on D-day, where a dozen of them turned German cannons into dynamited ruins resembling "half-peeled bananas," on to the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of part of the Dachau concentration camp, and a large party at Hitler's "Eagle's Nest," where they drank the madman's (surprisingly inferior) champagne. Of Ambrose's main sources, three soldiers became rich civilians; at least eight became teachers; one became Albert Speer's jailer; one prosecuted Bobby Kennedy's assassin; another became a...


Mountain Passages
George Ellison
1596290447
June 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
"I’m continually intrigued by the manner in which the natural and human histories of any given region overlap and eventually commingle. That process is ongoing, of course, anywhere one chooses to reside, but in no place I’ve experienced or read about is there a richer context than here in these mountains." This intriguing collection of intertwined essays results from writer George Ellison’s thirty-year fascination with Western North Carolina and its Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. Gathered into three broad sections—Natural History, Cherokees and Mountaineers—these insightful essays provide a wealth of historic detail and offer a window onto the rich cultural heritage of this stunning and oft-misunderstood part of the country. Through a diverse cast of characters including...


Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View
Richard Tarnas
0670032921
January 19, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
According to Tarnas, acclaimed author of The Passion of the Western Mind, history is on the verge of a major shift, comparable to the one wrought by Copernicus and Galileo, but a seemingly antiscientific one: an astrological turn that can only be understood thorough chronicling planetary alignments as they correlate to the rise of the modern mind over the last 500 years. Understanding planetary alignments, for Tarnas, is crucial to the world's future and requires "a genuine dialogue" with the cosmos, by "opening ourselves more fully" to "the other," to ancient and indigenous epistemologies, even "to other forms of life, other modes of the universe's self-disclosure." Filled with philosophical, religious, literary and scientific thinking ranging from Luther and Kepler through Hemingway and even Hitchcock and...


Great Paintings of the Western World
Alison Gallup
0760702772
October 1998
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Despite the grand title, this is a mindless compilation, subjective, as any would be, e.g., Thomas Hoving's Greatest Works of Art of Western Civilization (LJ 10/15/97). The three authors, who received advanced degrees in art hisotry from Columbia University or the Free University in Berlin, draw on the collections represented by Art Resource, a photo rights agency in New York, to present 300 fairly predictable "great" works. They don't actually limit themselves to paintings?ancient Roman mosaics and Greek vases and Renaissance frescoes are included?and the organization juxtaposes artists, nationalities, and schools of painting. The text is scant, uneven, and without thesis, and the images adequate. A big book, a short review: skip it.?Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib.Copyright 1998 Reed Business...


Steamboats on the Western Rivers
Louis C. Hunter
0486278638
Jan 1994
Paperback
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Book Description
Richly detailed, definitive account covers every aspect of steamboat’s development: its construction, equipment and operation; the organization and conduct of steamboat transportation as a business enterprise; the hazards and amenities of shipboard life; steamboat races on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers; collisions, explosions and fires; the rise of competition, the ultimate decline of steamboat transportation, and much more. Includes many contemporary accounts of steamboat travel.

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