In Place: Spatial and Social Order in a Faeroe Islands Community
As one of the Scandinavian nations, the Faeroe Islands can prove instructive to the study of regionalism and multi-ethnicity in European culture areas. In this first published ethnography about the people of the Faeroe Islands, Gaffin focuses on ecology and “place.” Having settled in for a year of fieldwork in 1983, he and his wife became part of the friendly and public lives of this remote setting, with its natural beauty and its honorable and egalitarian social traditions. In repeat visits …
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
“Fascinating…. Lays a foundation for understanding human history.”―Bill Gates In this “artful, informative, and delightful” (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion –as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war –and adventured on sea and land to co…
The Shadow Factory: The NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America
James Bamford has been the preeminent expert on the National Security Agency since his reporting revealed the agency’s existence in the 1980s. Now Bamford describes the transformation of the NSA since 9/11, as the agency increasingly turns its high-tech ears on the American public.The Shadow Factory reconstructs how the NSA missed a chance to thwart the 9/11 hijackers and details how this mistake has led to a heightening of domestic surveillance. In disturbing detail, Bamford describes exactl…
Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House?
A “stay-at-home” server: you know it’s the right thing for your family. But how do you explain this wonderful choice to your children? Finally, there’s a book that talks about the home server using small words and fun pictures, perfect for kids. Written by Tom O’Connor and lovingly illustrated by Jill Dublin, this is a book you and your family will want to read over and over again.
Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq
A fast-paced narrative history of the coups, revolutions, and invasions by which the United States has toppled fourteen foreign governments — not always to its own benefit”Regime change” did not begin with the administration of George W. Bush, but has been an integral part of U.S. foreign policy for more than one hundred years. Starting with the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 and continuing through the Spanish-American War and the Cold War and into our own time, the United States…
Nietzsche’s Critiques: The Kantian Foundations of His Thought
Kevin Hill presents a highly original study of Nietzsche’s thought, the first book to examine in detail his debt to the work of Kant. Hill argues that Nietzsche is a systematic philosopher who knew Kant far better than is commonly thought, and that he can only be properly understood in relation to him. Nietzsche’s Critiques will be of great value to scholars and students with interests in either of these philosophical giants, or in the history of ideas generally.
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
For almost 1,500 years, the New Testament manuscripts were copied by hand––and mistakes and intentional changes abound in the competing manuscript versions. Religious and biblical scholar Bart Ehrman makes the provocative case that many of our widely held beliefs concerning the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, and the divine origins of the Bible itself are the results of both intentional and accidental alterations by scribes. In this compelling and fascinating book, Ehrman shows where and why…
Not the Impossible Faith
Dr. Richard Carrier is an expert in the history of the ancient world and a critic of Christian attempts to distort history in defense of their faith. Not the Impossible Faith is a tour de force in that genre, dissecting and refuting the oft-repeated claim that Christianity could not have succeeded in the ancient world unless it was true. Though framed as a detailed rebuttal to Christian apologist J.P. Holding (author of The Impossible Faith), Carrier takes a general approach that educates the…
Throne of Saturn
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The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The rise of a sovereign profession and the making…
Winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize and the Bancroft Prize in American History, this is a landmark history of how the entire American health care system of doctors, hospitals, health plans, and government programs has evolved over the last two centuries.”The definitive social history of the medical profession in America….A monumental achievement.”—H. Jack Geiger, M.D., New York Times Book Review
Getting Haiti Right This Time: The U.S. and the Coup (Read and Reist)
Did Aristide leave Haiti voluntarily? Why did the U.S. want him out? What does the regime change mean for the health of Haitians? Did Aristide “overstay his welcome,” in the words of Vice President Dick Cheney, who never had a welcome in his own country to overstay? After 35 coups, what does the double entendre mean to get Haiti “right” this time?From Noam Chomsky, author of the 100,000 copy cloth best seller, Hegemony and Survival, from Paul Farmer, subject of the New York Times biography by…
Inside Fallujah: The Unembedded Story
A courageous work of journalism by the only reporter to remain in Fallujah during the US siege of the city.In 2004, the United States waged one of the bloodiest battles of the Iraq war in the city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad. For many the city was a symbol of the resistance to the US war and occupation; since the battle it has become a symbol of the worst of the USÃƒÂ‚Ã‚ÂÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â-Iraq war. Only one television station–Al Jazeera–stayed in Fallujah to report on the battle, and the horrifyin…
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The Dots and Boxes Game: Sophisticated Child’s Play
The game of Dots-and-Boxes, the popular game in which two players take turns connecting an array of dots to form squares, or “boxes” has long been considered merely a child’s game. In this book, however, the author reveals the surprising complexity of the game, along with advanced strategies that will allow the reader to win at any level of gameplay desired. This book is an essential guide to the game of Dots-and-Boxes and its mathematical underpinnings. Chapters of strategy are interspersed …