books about: epics
Epic: The Story God Is Telling
love this little book
this book is short and sweet and I love it. I read it a long time ago, finished the HP series, and immediately ordered it again so that I could connect the stories of God's Epic story to my Harry Potter reads. And after reading this book, there are several other books/movies that I'd like to read. :)
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
An Amazing Debut!
Amy has spent the last month alone in California after her dad dies and her mom decides it's time to make a change. Her brother is away in rehab and her mom leaves Amy in California to finish out her junior year of high school. Since her father's death, Amy has retreated into herself and lets no one in. When her mom springs it on her that she has to take a cross-cross trip with a boy she hasn't ...
The idea for this book is absolutely brilliant, but the best thing about it is the follow through. A book about an online roleplay game could've been horrible, but it turned out to be well enmeshed in the plot. The ideas presented, about a totalitarian government that forces the majority to slave away while they enjoy the benefits, is very valid in this day and age. Finding a peaceful solution ...
The Epic of Gilgamesh (Penguin Classics)
The oldest written story known to man, remains one of the greatest stories ever told - everyone should read this!
Before the Bible and long before Beowulf, before Hesiod and Homer, more than 4500 years ago, in ancient Mesopotamia, in a place called Uruk (and in a region now known as Iraq) they told the story of a great and powerful king. Gilgamesh, created by the gods and more powerful than any man, was once an unstoppable force. He took what he wanted, and the people feared him. They pleaded with the ...
Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy
Ian W. Toll
W. W. Norton & Company
Six Frigates: THe Epic History of the Founding of the US Navy
This book makes history come alive. The arthur not only tells the story but describes great detail describing battles and what happen to the men during the battles. He gives you great political background as to what was going on in Congress or by the President that lead to decisions. You feel like are in the battle. Besides the history of the US Navy there is great American history also.
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
An extremely important work
This book is truly worthy of the designation 'magnum opus', and in my opinion is one of the most important works of the decade. I will not summarize the book because it's been done in detail in a manner better than I could, so this review will just be my impressions. Isabel Wilkerson has meticulously researched the subject of the Great Migration. The level of detail in this work is impressive ...
The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament
Sandra L. Richter
A profound biblical theology of redemption
Dr. Richter offers a straightforward solution to the underlying problem that most Christians have: a lack of understanding concerning the origins of our faith. Her analogy of a disorganized closet in need of organization is brilliantly useful and appropriate and her assessment of the average Christians' understanding of the Old Testament is correct. It's a primordial soup of names, geographical ...
Conquering Gotham: A Gilded Age Epic: The Construction of Penn Station and Its Tunnels
From a history buff
This book is wonderfully written and brings this era to life. I was impressed how this engineering feat was presented, curious little factoids sprinkled within the text really made it interesting. Makes you want to have been alive at that time. I am anxious to read more of her books.
The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Great Mystery and History Lesson
This book tells the story of a time in the late 1800's when the bicycle was the newest form of transportation on the planet. It intrigued me because it describes an individual's quest to cycle around the world alone and the politics involved. It's amazing that things haven't changed much in certain parts of the world and the countries that were dangerous back then are still dangerous today. It ...
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Vintage)
The Buck Starts Here
When we study American history we eagerly devour books about Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, Franklin, Roosevelt.. and rightly so. But there is much more to our story than simply the bios of our politicians and political leaders. There is also a fascinating story we need to hear on the empire builders of trade, communications, finance and transportation. This book tells one such story. It is a ...
The Epic of America
James Truslow Adams
What a history book should be.
I'm a book junkie. My favorite pastime is laying in my hammock with a book. Lately I've been engrossed by Hunter S. Thompson. A recurring theme in Thompson's work is the American Dream. We all have an idea of what the American Dream is, but where did it come from? The answer is this book. Judging by the size I was expecting a long dry tome, something I'd have to fight throught. Instead ...
Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille
Simon & Schuster
Excellent and fair
The legendary director is at last ready for his OWN close-up as Eyman -- with excellent biographies of John Ford and L.B. Mayer already under his belt -- draws upon previously unavailable archival matter to craft this fascinating volume. My only real quarrel with the book is its title, which seems a little... I don't know... cotton-candyish for such an imperious figure. Much better would have ...
Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali (Revised Edition) (Longman African Writers)
D T Niane
good book, delivered in a timely manner and in the condition it was advertised to be in
Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali , Longman African Writers Series
D. T. Niane
Sundiata: A Story Worth Reading
Sundiata is an epic of Old Mali. It talks about Sundiata who "was great among kings, he was peerless among men; he was beloved of God because he was the last of the great conquerors" (2). The events of this story seem to be exaggerated because they pictured Sundiata as a supernatural person, with supernatural powers. The writer mixed the true and exaggerated events in a very smart way that made ...
Epic Encounters : Culture, Media, and U.S. Interests in the Middle East since 1945 (American Crossroads)
University of California Press
Excellent exploration of cultural and social identity
An incredibly good book. McAlister dissects and analyzes the representations of the Middle East in various media -- movies, news, plays, books, etc. -- and their relationships to the projection of US global power and the shaping of US cultural identity since the end of World War II. As she puts it, her goal is to address the absence of culture from discussions of the history of US imperialism, ...
Epic Study Guide
Experience the Story that God is telling! In Epic , a retelling of the gospel in four acts, John Eldredge invites us to revisit the drama of life, viewing God not only as the author but also as the lead actor, exploring His motives and His heart. In Epic Study Guide , Eldredge examines the power of story, the universal longing for a "plot" that makes sense deep inside us, our desire for a meaningful role to play, our love of books and ...
The Epic of Gilgamesh (Norton Critical Editions)
W. W. Norton & Company
The Norton Critical Edition of "The Epic of Gilgamesh" is a fairly recent translation of what is currently the oldest known epic. The epic was translated by Benjamin R. Foster. The book also includes "The Sumerian Gilgamesh Poems", translated by Douglas Frayne, and "The Hittite Gilgamesh", translated by Gary Beckman. In addition, there is "The Gilgamesh Letter", several essays discussing the ...
There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America
The rise and fall of the American labour union
In this new book by Dray, there are an endless number of episodes relating to the struggles between the big business and the American workers from the nineteenth century onwards. Murder, greed,corruption,sacrifice,farcical trials,personal courage and many interesting narratives are at the core of this story. Many mythical figures populate the pages here,among them Eugene Debs,Mother Jones,Walther ...
The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power
Daniel Yergin's "The Prize" relates the modern history of oil and its implication on global political and economic issues. Throughout this nearly 800-page effort, Yergin does a terrific job of presenting a detailed and comprehensive account that is informative and extremely entertaining. Yergin describes the creation of the major oil companies and how their relationship with the governments of ...
Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West
I have visited New Mexico many times and I thought that this would help me better understand the people of this great land. Hampton Sides has written a beautiful epic; it is a joy to read. I just loved it.
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