Drinking Arak Off an Ayatollah's Beard: A Journey Through the Inside-Out Worlds of Iran and Afghanistan

By Nicholas Jubber

An engrossing mixture of commute writing and background, Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah’s Beard lines one man’s adventure-filled trip via today’s Iran, Afghanistan, and imperative Asia, and describes his impressive try to make experience of the current by way of delving into the past.

getting down to achieve perception into the lives of Iranians and Afghans this present day, Nicholas Jubber is shocked to discover the legacy of a colourful pre-Islamic Persian tradition that has persisted even in occasions of the main enthusiast non secular fundamentalism. Everywhere—from underground dance events to non secular shrines to opium dens—he reveals strong and unbreakable connections to a time whilst either Iran and Afghanistan have been a part of an analogous powerful empire, while the flame of Persian tradition lit up the world.

even if via his encounters with poets and cab drivers or run-ins with “pleasure daughters” and mujahideen, many times Jubber is drawn again to the eleventh-century Persian epic, the Shahnameh (“Book of Kings”). The poem turns into not just his window into the region’s earlier, but additionally his hyperlink to its tumultuous current, and during it Jubber profits entry to an Iran and Afghanistan seldom printed or depicted: inside-out worlds during which he has tea with a warlord, is taught find out how to stroll like an Afghan, or even discovers, on an evening packed with bootleg alcohol and dancing, what it capability to drink arak off an Ayatollah’s beard.

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A Summer Bright and Terrible: Winston Churchill, Lord Dowding, Radar, and the Impossible Triumph of the Battle of Britain

By David E. Fisher

Lord Hugh Dowding, Air leader Marshall of the Royal Air strength, Head of Fighter Command, First Baron of Bentley Priory, lived within the grip of unseen spirits. In thrall of the supernatural international, he talked to the ghosts of his useless pilots, proclaimed that Hitler used to be defeated merely by means of the non-public intervention of God, and believed within the lifestyles of fairies. How may well it's that one of these guy can be installed cost of comparing technical advancements for the British air ministry? but it was once he, struggling with the inertia of the bureaucrats who governed the Air strength, who introduced the fashionable multi-gunned fighter into lifestyles. And he insisted that his scientists examine the mysterious invisible rays that will turn out to be the salvation of england: radar.

Dowding, who supplied the association and coaching that resulted in victory, has been all yet missed by way of U. S. biographers of Churchill and historians of the conflict of england. but his tale is key, either for its value to the safeguard of Britain-indeed the full unfastened world—and for the interesting personality research that emerges from his ongoing clash with Churchill and the British govt throughout the problem years of the empire.

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The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

By David McCullough

The nationwide e-book Award–winning epic chronicle of the construction of the Panama Canal, a major drama of the daring and very good engineering feat that was once jam-packed with either tragedy and triumph, advised by way of grasp historian David McCullough.

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of Truman, here's the nationwide bestselling epic chronicle of the production of the Panama Canal. within the course among the Seas, acclaimed historian David McCullough provides a primary drama of the sweeping human project that ended in the construction of this grand enterprise.

The course among the Seas tells the tale of the lads and ladies who fought opposed to all odds to meet the 400-year-old dream of creating an aquatic passageway among the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. it's a tale of mind-blowing engineering feats, large scientific accomplishments, political strength performs, heroic successes, and tragic disasters. utilising his striking reward for writing lucid, energetic exposition, McCullough weaves the numerous strands of the momentous occasion right into a entire and desirable tale.

Winner of the nationwide e-book Award for heritage, the Francis Parkman Prize, the Samuel Eliot Morison Award, and the Cornelius Ryan Award (for the easiest e-book of the 12 months on foreign affairs), The direction among the Seas is a must-read for an individual drawn to American historical past, the heritage of know-how, overseas intrigue, and human drama.

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Streetcars of America (Shire Library USA)

By Brian Solomon

The good-looking multi-colored streetcar is a nostalgic icon of the essentially the most romantic and heritage-rich locales in the United States, together with San Francisco, New Orleans and Chicago, immortalized on level and monitor in classics together with Meet Me In St. Louis and A Streetcar Named wish. Streetcars of the United States chronicles those autos from the earliest animal-drawn carriages to the peak in their attractiveness within the Twenties, whilst there have been greater than 1,200 highway railways, to the turning of the tide within the mid-twentieth century whilst congestion and assaults from the auto ultimately got rid of streetcars from such a lot city landscapes. It additionally seems on the contemporary efforts to restore classic streetcars as hip and environmentally-friendly day-by-day commuter carrier, in addition to vacationer sights, in additional than thirty towns together with Memphis and Washington, D.C.

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The Book of Firsts: 150 World-Changing People and Events from Caesar Augustus to the Internet

By Peter D'Epiro

  The publication of Firsts is an exciting, enlightening, and hugely browsable journey of the foremost suggestions of the previous twenty centuries and the way they formed our world.

Peter D’Epiro makes this useful evaluation of human historical past either enjoyable and thought-provoking together with his survey of the main “firsts”—inventions, discoveries, political and armed forces upheavals, creative and medical breakthroughs, non secular controversies, and catastrophic events—of the final thousand years. Who used to be the 1st to take advantage of gunpowder? Invent paper? Sack the town of Rome? Write a sonnet? What was once the 1st collage? the 1st astronomical telescope? the 1st nice novel? the 1st Impressionist portray? The e-book of Firsts explores those questions and lots of extra, from the earliest surviving cookbook (featuring parboiled flamingo) and the starting place of chess (sixth-century India) to the 1st civil carrier examination (China in 606 advert) and the 1st tell-all memoir approximately scandalous royals (Byzantine Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora). within the kind of a hundred and fifty short, witty, erudite, and information-packed essays, The e-book of Firsts is perfect for an individual attracted to an stress-free strategy to gather a deeper figuring out of heritage and the attention-grabbing personalities who cast it. 

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

By Joel F. Harrington

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

In a dusty German bookstore, the famous historian Joel F. Harrington stumbled upon a outstanding rfile: the magazine of a sixteenth-century executioner. The magazine gave an account of the 394 humans Meister Frantz Schmidt carried out, 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 delicately emerged used to be now not that of a monster. might a guy who practiced such cruelty even be insightful, compassionate―even progressive?

In The devoted Executioner, Harrington teases out the hidden meanings and drama of Schmidt's magazine. Deemed an reliable outcast, Meister Frantz sought to turn out himself precious of honor and loose his youngsters from the stigma of his career. Harrington uncovers info of Schmidt's lifestyles and paintings: the stunning, yet frequently known, crimes of the day; the scientific perform that he felt used to be his real calling; and his lifelong fight to reconcile his craft together with his non secular faith.

In this groundbreaking and intimate portrait, Harrington indicates us that our puzzling over justice and punishment, and our feel of our personal humanity, usually are not so distant from the realm of The devoted Executioner.

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The Modern Mind: An Intellectual History of the 20th Century

By Peter Watson

From Freud to Babbitt, from Animal Farm to Sartre to the nice Society, from the speculation of Relativity to counterculture to Kosovo, The glossy Mind is encyclopedic, masking the most important writers, artists, scientists, and philosophers who produced the guidelines wherein we are living. Peter Watson has produced a fluent and interesting narrative of the highbrow culture of the 20th century, and the boys and ladies who created it.

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World History 50 Key Milestones You Really Need to Know (50 Ideas You Really Need to Know)

By Ian Crofton

People usually bitch that during historical past classes in class they have been taught quite a few themes – the Romans, the Tudors, the Nazis – and the way they've got no proposal in any respect approximately what occurred in among. To treatment this, this e-book offers brief and stimulating outlines of key advancements within the heritage of the area, from the start of agriculture 10,000 years in the past to the assault at the dual Towers on 9/11.

Each essay is observed via an in depth time line of dates and occasions, and the flavour of the interval involved is dropped at lifestyles via chosen modern quotations from figures as varied as Aristotle, Ashoka, Saladin, Christopher Columbus, Martin Luther, Suleiman the brilliant, Galileo, Voltaire, Thomas Jefferson, Mary Wollstonecraft, Napoleon, Lincoln, Lenin and Winston Churchill. additionally, field good points throw gentle on a number comparable subject matters, from the Nazca traces to Renaissance guy, from Confucianism and the kingdom to Alexander the Great’s horse, from Islamic technological know-how and the Barbary corsairs to the Enigma code and the atomic bomb.

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The Day the Universe Changed

By James Burke

Within the Day the Universe replaced, James Burke examines 8 sessions in historical past while our view of the realm shifted dramatically: within the 11th century, whilst striking discoveries have been made by way of Spanish crusaders; in fourteenth-century Florence, the place viewpoint in portray emerged; within the 15th century, whilst the arrival of the printing press shook the rules of an oral society; within the 16th century, whilst gunnery advancements prompted the start of contemporary technological know-how; within the early eighteenth century, whilst sizzling English summers caused the economic Revolution; within the battlefield surgical procedure stations of the French innovative armies, the place humans first turned facts; within the 19th century, while the invention of dinosaur fossils ended in the speculation of evolution; and within the 1820s, while electric experiments heralded the tip of medical sure bet. in keeping with the preferred tv documentary sequence, The Day the Universe replaced is a bestselling background that demanding situations the reader to make your mind up even if there's absolute wisdom to find - or even if the universe is "ultimately what we are saying it is."

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Panic, Prosperity, and Progress: Five Centuries of History and the Markets

A particular consultant to monetary industry functionality in the course of monetary crises

With the monetary markets possible careening from one concern to a different, it is important for today’s traders and investors to have an historic point of view on industry functionality during periods of significant turmoil. during this e-book, Tim Knight offers an exhaustive research of monetary industry habit past, in the course of, and following tumultuous occasions for the reason that 1600.

Making copious use of charts and simple technical research, Knight demonstrates how exterior shocks are likely to create severe reactions within the monetary markets and the way those predictable reactions offer possibilities for traders and investors to learn. Knight traverses 5 centuries of monetary industry background, from Tulipmania within the 1600s to the modern sovereign debt quandary. He seems to be at each one occasion from the prism of the monetary markets, reading the industry weather sooner than the development, through the occasion, and following the event.

  • Draws crucial classes from historical past delivering traders and investors with guidance to raised navigate markets in state-of-the-art tumultuous times
  • Offers helpful insights on knowing and looking forward to industry responses to shocks and crises
  • Companion web site with a Q&A part includes charts from key moments in prior monetary crises and asks readers to settle on even if to move lengthy, brief, or step aside

If you are looking for a greater method to make it present day dynamic markets, glance no extra than this well timed book.

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