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The Conquest of Happiness
Bertrand Russell

Liveright, 2013

“Should be read by every parent, teacher, minister, and Congressman in the land.”— The Atlantic In The Conquest of Happiness , first published by Liveright in 1930, iconoclastic philosopher Bertrand Russell attempted to diagnose the myriad causes of unhappiness in modern life and chart a path out of the seemingly inescapable malaise so prevalent even in safe and prosperous Western societies. More than eighty years later, Russell’s ...
  
  











  



  
War God: Return of the Plumed Serpent (Volume 2)
Graham Hancock

Peach Publishing, 2014

The conquistador Hernán Cortés is hell-bent on conquering Mexico for the Aztecs’ gold. Having destroyed the Maya at Potonchan, Cortés now marches on Tenochtitlan, the Golden City of the Aztecs, wrapped in the aura of a returning, vengeful god. His small force of just five hundred men will have to defeat the psychotic emperor Moctezuma and the armies of hundreds of thousands he commands. Cortés expects that the warlike Tlascalans, ...
  
  











  



  
Lost Islamic History: Reclaiming Muslim Civilization from the Past
Firas Alkhateeb

Hurst, 2014

Islam has been one of the most powerful religious, social, and political forces in history. Over the last 1400 years, from origins in Arabia, a succession of Muslim polities and later empires expanded to control territories and peoples that ultimately stretched from southern France, to East Africa to South East Asia. Yet many of the contributions of Muslim thinkers, scientists, and theologians, not to mention rulers, statesmen and soldiers, ...
  
  











  



  
In God's Path: The Arab Conquests and the Creation of an Islamic Empire (Ancient Warfare and Civilization)
Robert G. Hoyland

Oxford University Press, 2014

In just over a hundred years--from the death of Muhammad in 632 to the beginning of the Abbasid Caliphate in 750--the followers of the Prophet swept across the whole of the Middle East, North Africa, and Spain. Their armies threatened states as far flung as the Franks in Western Europe and the Tang Empire in China. The conquered territory was larger than the Roman Empire at its greatest expansion, and it was claimed for the Arabs in roughly half ...
  
  











  



  
Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors: Faith, Power, and Violence in the Age of Crusade and Jihad
Brian A. Catlos

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014

"This compelling account of the Crusades era debunks the clash-of-civilizations paradigm in which the period is typically cast... Catlos does not overlook the violence of the period but argues that it was stoked more often by money and power than by religion and ideology." The New Yorker (6 October 2014) ====== An in-depth portrait of the Crusades-era Mediterranean world, and a new understanding of the forces that shaped it In Infidel ...
  
  











  



  
Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West
Hampton Sides

Anchor, 2007

In the summer of 1846, the Army of the West marched through Santa Fe, en route to invade and occupy the Western territories claimed by Mexico. Fueled by the new ideology of “Manifest Destiny,” this land grab would lead to a decades-long battle between the United States and the Navajos, the fiercely resistant rulers of a huge swath of mountainous desert wilderness.In Blood and Thunder , Hampton Sides gives us a magnificent history of the ...
  
  











  



  
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
Jack Weatherford

Broadway Books, 2005

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty-five years than the Romans did in four hundred. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization. Vastly more progressive than his European or Asian counterparts, Genghis Khan abolished torture, granted universal religious freedom, and smashed feudal systems of ...
  
  











  



  
The Social Conquest of Earth
Edward O. Wilson

Liveright, 2013

New York Times Bestseller From the most celebrated heir to Darwin comes a groundbreaking book on evolution, the summa work of Edward O. Wilson's legendary career. Sparking vigorous debate in the sciences, The Social Conquest of Earth upends “the famous theory that evolution naturally encourages creatures to put family first” ( Discover ). Refashioning the story of human evolution, Wilson draws on his remarkable knowledge of biology ...
  
  











  



  
The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople
Susan Wise Bauer

W. W. Norton & Company, 2013

A lively and fascinating narrative history about the birth of the modern world. Beginning in the heady days just after the First Crusade, this volume—the third in the series that began with The History of the Ancient World and The History of the Medieval World —chronicles the contradictions of a world in transition. Popes continue to preach crusade, but the hope of a Christian empire comes to a bloody end at the walls of ...
  
  











  



  
Annihilation Omnibus
Marvel Comics

Marvel, 2014

Marvel's cosmic superstars return in explosive, widescreen sci-fi style! Annihilus, lord of the Negative Zone, has declared war! And as his unstoppable Annihilation Wave swarms into the Marvel Universe, demolishing all in its path, only a handful of heroes can resist the destruction! As Nova learns the ways of war from Drax the Destroyer, the Silver Surfer seeks out his former master Galactus for aid, the Super-Skrull fights for his son's life ...
  
  











  



  
Annapurna: The First Conquest Of An 8,000-Meter Peak
Maurice Herzog

Lyons Press, 2010

Top 100 Sports Books of All Time, Sports Illustrated “Those who have never seen the Himalayas, those who never care to risk an assault, will know when they finish this book that they have been a companion of greatness.” — New York Times Book Review In 1950, when no mountain taller than 8,000 meters had ever been climbed, Maurice Herzog led an expedition of French climbers to the summit of an 8,075-meter (26,493-foot) Himalayan ...
  
  











  



  
115VN - String Basics: Steps to Success for String Orchestra Violin Book 1
Terry Shade, Jeremy Woolstenhulme

Beacon Music Company, Inc., 2011

String Basics: Steps to Success for String Orchestra is a comprehensive method for beginning string classes. Utilizing technical exercises, music from around the world, classical themes by the masters, and original compositions, students will learn to play their string instruments in an orchestra. Step-by-step sequences of instruction will prove invaluable as students learn to hold their instrument and bow, finger new notes, count different ...
  
  











  



  
Beyond Liberty Alone: A Progressive Vision of Freedom and Capitalism in America
Howard I. Schwartz

Other Ideas Press, 2014

The concept of liberty has been taken hostage by the political Right over the last forty years in an effort to justify all sorts of destructive political positions. The result is a theory of liberty that is damaging to our planet, our nation, and our moral selves. Beyond Liberty Alone takes back the concept of liberty, peeling away the distorted popular assumptions that inform the Right’s understanding of this critical political concept ...
  
  











  



  
American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World
David E. Stannard

Oxford University Press, 1993

For four hundred years-from the first Spanish assaults against the Arawak people of Hispaniola in the 1490s to the U.S. Army's massacre of Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in the 1890s-the indigenous inhabitants of North and South America endured an unending firestorm of violence. During that time the native population of the Western Hemisphere declined by as many as 100 million people. Indeed, as historian David E. Stannard argues in this stunning ...
  
  











  



  
Taken at the Flood: The Roman Conquest of Greece (Ancient Warfare and Civilization)
Robin Waterfield

Oxford University Press, 2014

"Is there anyone on earth who is so narrow-minded or uninquisitive that he could fail to want to know how and thanks to what kind of political system almost the entire known world was conquered and brought under a single empire in less than fifty-three years?" --Polybius, Histories The 53-year period Polybius had in mind stretched from the start of the Second Punic War in 219 BCE until 167, when Rome overthrew the Macedonian monarchy and ...
  
  











  



  
The Last Days of the Incas
Kim MacQuarrie

Simon & Schuster, 2008

The epic story of the fall of the Inca Empire to Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in the aftermath of a bloody civil war, and the recent discovery of the lost guerrilla capital of the Incas, Vilcabamba, by three American explorers. In 1532, the fifty-four-year-old Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro led a force of 167 men, including his four brothers, to the shores of Peru. Unbeknownst to the Spaniards, the Inca rulers of Peru had just ...
  
  











  



  
The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico
Miguel Leon-Portilla

Beacon Press, 2006

For hundreds of years, the history of the conquest of Mexico and the defeat of the Aztecs has been told in the words of the Spanish victors. Miguel León-Portilla has long been at the forefront of expanding that history to include the voices of indigenous peoples. In this new and updated edition of his classic The Broken Spears , León-Portilla has included accounts from native Aztec descendants across the centuries. These texts bear witness to ...
  
  











  



  
The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts
Neil Asher Silberman, Israel Finkelstein

Touchstone, 2002

In this groundbreaking work that sets apart fact and legend, authors Finkelstein and Silberman use significant archeological discoveries to provide historical information about biblical Israel and its neighbors. In this iconoclastic and provocative work, leading scholars Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman draw on recent archaeological research to present a dramatically revised portrait of ancient Israel and its neighbors. They argue ...
  
  











  



  
Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane
S. Frederick Starr

Princeton University Press, 2013

In this sweeping and richly illustrated history, S. Frederick Starr tells the fascinating but largely unknown story of Central Asia's medieval enlightenment through the eventful lives and astonishing accomplishments of its greatest minds--remarkable figures who built a bridge to the modern world. Because nearly all of these figures wrote in Arabic, they were long assumed to have been Arabs. In fact, they were from Central Asia--drawn from the ...
  
  











  



  
The Concise History of the Crusades (Critical Issues in World and International History)
Thomas F. Madden

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014

What is the relationship between the medieval crusades and the problems of the modern Middle East? Were the crusades the Christian equivalent of Muslim jihad ? In this sweeping yet crisp history, Thomas F. Madden offers a brilliant and compelling narrative of the crusades and their contemporary relevance. Placing all of the major crusades within their social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments, Madden explores the uniquely ...
  
  











  








   



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