The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Roman Empire

You’re no fool, in fact. The conflict scenes in Gladiator had you at the fringe of your seat and pondering the place you can find additional information at the upward push and fall of old Rome. yet thus far, your seek has left you feeling like a blundering barbarian.

Pick your self up off the coliseum ground! seek advice the full Idiot’s advisor® to the Roman Empire—a fun-to-read creation to the interesting heritage, humans, and tradition of old Rome. during this entire Idiot’s Guide®, you get:

--The background of the Roman Empire’s upward thrust and fall.

--An idiot-proof creation to the good epic literature of the Roman Republic.

--A survey of the Romans in arts and well known culture.

--Fascinating information of a few of history’s so much nefarious emperors, together with Nero, Caligula, and Commodus.


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Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life

By David Treuer

Celebrated novelist David Treuer has won a name for writing fiction that expands the horizons of local American literature. In Rez Life, his first full-length paintings of nonfiction, Treuer brings a novelist’s storytelling ability and one eye on element to a posh and refined exam of local American reservation existence, earlier and present.

With authoritative examine and reportage, Treuer illuminates misunderstood modern concerns like sovereignty, treaty rights, and natural-resource conservation. He strains the convoluted waves of public coverage that experience deracinated, disenfranchised, and exploited local americans, exposing the strain and clash that has marked the ancient courting among the us executive and the local American inhabitants. in the course of the eyes of scholars, lecturers, govt directors, legal professionals, and tribal courtroom judges, he exhibits how casinos, tribal executive, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs have remodeled the panorama of local American life.

A member of the Ojibwe of northern Minnesota, Treuer grew up at the Leech Lake Reservation, yet was once informed in "mainstream" the USA. Treuer traverses the limits of yank and Indian id as he explores crime and poverty, casinos and wealth, and the protection of his local language and tradition. Rez Life is a strikingly unique paintings of background and reportage, a needs to learn for a person attracted to the local American story.

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Cool: How Air Conditioning Changed Everything

By Salvatore Basile

It's July and it is ninety four levels Fahrenheit. What do you do? Blast the air con. it is a sleek miracle of comfort and cooling. How did it take place? Sal Basile's narrative historical past strains the origins one of many machines we take for granted.

It's a contraption that makes the lists of "Greatest innovations Ever"; while, it truly is accused of inflicting worldwide catastrophe. It has replaced every little thing from structure to people's nutrients behavior to their vote casting styles, to even the way in which mammoth company washes its home windows. It has kept numerous lives . . . whereas inflicting numerous deaths. such a lot folks are blissful it truly is there. yet we do not know the way, or whilst, it obtained there.

It's air conditioning.

For hundreds of thousands of years, humankind tried to take care of the gradual torture of sizzling climate. every little thing was once attempted: water energy, slave strength, electrical energy, ice made of steam engines and chilly air made of lethal chemical substances, "zephyrifers," refrigerated beds, air flow amateurs air-sniffers. It wasn't until eventually 1902 while an engineer slightly out of school built the "Apparatus for Treating Air" a computer which may truly cool the interior and everyone assumed it is going to immediately switch the world.

That wasn't the case. there has been a time whilst humans "ignored" scorching climate whereas studying every one day's checklist of heat-related deaths, ladies wore furs in the summer, heatstroke sufferers have been handled with bloodletting . . . and the inspiration of a computer to chill the air used to be thought of preposterous, even sinful.

The tale of air con is basically tales: the fight to ideal a cooling gadget, and the trouble to persuade people who they really wanted this sort of factor. With a solid of characters starting from Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Nixon to Felix the Cat, Cool showcases the myriad reactions to air-con a few of them dramatic, many others comical and fantastically inconsistent because it was once built and offered to the realm. here's a certain viewpoint on air conditioning's interesting history: how we depend so thoroughly on it this day, and the way it could actually swap substantially tomorrow.

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The Making of Romantic Love: Longing and Sexuality in Europe, South Asia, and Japan, 900-1200 CE (Chicago Studies in Practices of Meaning)

By William M. Reddy

In the 12th century, the Catholic Church tried a thoroughgoing reform of marriage and sexual habit aimed toward removing sexual wish from Christian lives. looking a shelter from the very severe condemnations of the Church and counting on a courtly tradition that used to be already preoccupied with honor and secrecy, eu poets, romance writers, and fans devised a imaginative and prescient of affection as anything rather varied from wish.  Romantic love used to be hence born as a circulation of covert resistance.
In The Making of Romantic Love: Longing and Sexuality in Europe, South Asia, and Japan, William M. Reddy illuminates the start of a cultural flow that controlled to control egocentric hope and render it innocent—or blameless adequate. Reddy moves out from this old second on an overseas exploration of affection, contrasting the medieval improvement of romantic love in Europe with contemporaneous jap traditions in Bengal and Orissa, and in Heian Japan from 900-1200 CE, the place one reveals no hint of an competition among love and hope. during this comparative framework, Reddy tells an beautiful story concerning the upward push and fall of quite a few practices of longing, underscoring the distinctiveness of the eu inspiration of sexual desire.

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Iraq: A Political History

With on a daily basis that handed after the 2003 invasion, the U.S. looked as if it would sink deeper within the treacherous quicksand of Iraq's social discord, floundering within the face of deep ethno-sectarian divisions that experience impeded the construction of a doable nation and the molding of a unified Iraqi identification. but as Adeed Dawisha indicates during this marvelous political heritage, the tale of a delicate and socially fractured Iraq didn't commence with the American-led invasion--it is as previous as Iraq itself.

Dawisha lines the heritage of the Iraqi nation from its inception in 1921 following the cave in of the Ottoman Empire and as much as the current day. He demonstrates how from the very starting Iraq's ruling elites sought to unify this ethnically diversified and politically explosive society via constructing nation governance, fostering democratic associations, and forging a countrywide id. Dawisha, who was once born and raised in Iraq, provides infrequent perception into this culturally wealthy yet chronically divided state, drawing on a wealth of Arabic and Western resources to explain the fortunes and calamities of a country that was once assembled via the British within the wake of global battle I and which this day faces what could be the so much critical risk to survival that it has ever known.

that includes Dawisha's insightful new afterword on contemporary political advancements, Iraq is needed analyzing for someone looking to make feel of what is occurring in Iraq at the present time, and why it's been so tricky to create a doable govt there.

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The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate History of the World's Most Famous Perfume

By Tilar J. Mazzeo

“Who knew that one of these tiny bottle housed such a lot of secrets?” —Michael Tonello, writer of Bringing domestic the Birkin

Tilar J. Mazzeo, writer of the New York Times bestseller The Widow Clicquot (an Amazon better of the Month e-book in October 2008) returns with a charming heritage of the world’s most famed, seductive, and renowned fragrance: Chanel No. five. Mazzeo’s sweeping tale of the enduring smell (known as “le monstre” within the body spray undefined) stretches from Coco Chanel’s early luck to the increase of the seminal perfume throughout the Nineteen Fifties to the affirmation of its bestseller prestige in today’s crowded body spray market.

“Here is the lifetime of one of many twentieth century’s finest and deeply advanced girls, a desirable cultural background, and the tale of a rare perfume.” —Chandler Burr, New York Times smell critic and writer of The excellent Scent

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Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks

By Brad Dukes

Reflections: An Oral background of dual Peaks examines David Lynch and Mark Frost’s mythical tv sequence that aired at the ABC community from 1990-91. because the secret of “Who Killed Laura Palmer?” performed out on tv units internationally, one other compelling drama was once unfolding within the daily lives of the show’s forged and team. Twenty-five years later, Reflections is going backstage of dual Peaks and records the sequence’ not likely beginnings, common good fortune, and bizarre cave in. that includes first-hand money owed from sequence cocreator Mark Frost and solid contributors together with Kyle MacLachlan, Joan Chen, Sherilyn Fenn, Piper Laurie, Michael Ontkean, Ray clever, Billy Zane, and plenty of extra – Reflections explores the magic and mystique of a real tv phenomenon, dual Peaks.

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The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World

By Jay Bahadur

The first close-up examine the hidden global of Somali pirates through a tender journalist who dared to make his manner into their distant havens and spent a 12 months infiltrating their lives.
For centuries, tales of pirates have captured imaginations worldwide. the hot ragtag bands of pirates off the coast of Somalia, hijacking multimillion-dollar tankers owned by way of foreign delivery conglomerates, have introduced the scourge of piracy into the trendy period. Jay Bahadur’s riveting narrative exposé—the first of its kind—looks at who those males are, how they stay, the forces that created piracy in Somalia, how the pirates spend the ransom cash, how they care for their hostages, between a lot, even more. it's a revelation of a deadly global on the epicenter of political and ordinary disaster.

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The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century

By Joel F. Harrington

THE notable tale OF A RENAISSANCE-ERA EXECUTIONER AND HIS global, according to an extraordinary AND neglected JOURNAL.

In a dusty German bookstall, the famous historian Joel F. Harrington stumbled upon a notable record: the magazine of a sixteenth-century executioner. The magazine gave an account of the 394 humans Meister Frantz Schmidt finished, and the masses extra he tortured, flogged, or disfigured for greater than forty-five years within the urban of Nuremberg. however the portrait of Schmidt that gently emerged was once no longer that of a monster. may possibly a guy who practiced such cruelty even be insightful, compassionate―even progressive?

In The trustworthy Executioner, Harrington teases out the hidden meanings and drama of Schmidt's magazine. Deemed an legit outcast, Meister Frantz sought to end up himself important of honor and unfastened his young ones from the stigma of his occupation. Harrington uncovers info of Schmidt's lifestyles and paintings: the surprising, yet usually universal, crimes of the day; the scientific perform that he felt was once his precise calling; and his lifelong fight to reconcile his craft together with his spiritual faith.

In this groundbreaking and intimate portrait, Harrington exhibits us that our considering justice and punishment, and our experience of our personal humanity, are usually not so distant from the realm of The trustworthy Executioner.

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