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Cahill continues his study of civilizations, begun in "How the Irish Saved Civilization" (DC15036), with an extended look at the…Torah. He shows how events therein, especially the Jews' belief in one God and their ability to look at reality in a whole new way, influenced civilization. Some strong language. Bestseller. 1998.
Par Clinton Cox. 1993
Relates the history of the 9th and 10th Cavalry--the "Buffalo Soldiers"--from 1867 to 1898. The units, composed of emancipated slaves,…were used to subjugate and remove Native Americans onto reservations and for other hazardous duties in the American west. Junior and Senior High. c1993.
Par Amity Shlaes. 2007
Economics reporter analyzes the Great Depression era in the United States and posits that federal intervention in the economy lengthened…its duration. Considers economic plans from members of Franklin Roosevelt's brain trust and alternate solutions of outsiders such as African American Father Divine and Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson. 2007.
Par Sam Harris. 2005
Harris calls for the end of religious faith in the modern world; not only does such faith lack a rational…base, but even the urge for religious toleration allows a too-easy acceptance of the motives of religious fundamentalists. Innumerable acts of violence can also be attributed to religious faith. He argues that a rational and scientific view, one that relies on the power of empirical evidence to support knowledge and understanding should replace faith. 2005.
Par Peter Christie. 2008
The world's first empire, Akkad, was toppled 4,000 years ago by a disastrous drought in Mesopotamia, Ancient Rome experienced 18…months of darkness, possibly from a volcanic eruption half a world away, and Mayan society in Mexico began to crumble when fresh water became scarce. Christie explores climate shifts of the past, from ice ages to a World War II El Niño that frustrated the battle plans of Hitler. Grades 4-7. 2008.
Par Karen Bokram, Alexis Sinex. 2000
Advice for girls on everyday challenges, such as friendship and family, boyfriends and crushes, popularity and conflicts, self-esteem and body…issues (menstruation, bras, braces), and "tough stuff" like moving and grief. Based on questions frequently handled by Girls' Life magazine. For junior and senior high readers. 2000.
Par Fouad Ajami. 1998
Examines the concepts of secular nationalism and modernity as conceived by Arab intellectuals of Beirut, Baghdad, Damascus, and Cairo. Provides…insights into the Middle East from Arabic sources: fiction, poetry, memoirs, and political commentaries. c1998.
Par Lisa Appignanesi, Ma Yan, Pierre Haski. 2005
Ma Yan is a teenager from Ningxia, China, a drought-stricken rural area. Education can be the difference between a life…of crushing poverty and a better future, but money is scarce. Ma Yan's diary chronicles her struggle to escape hardship and bring prosperity to her family, through her persistent, sometimes desperate, attempts to continue her schooling. Grades 4-7 and older readers. 2002, 2004. Uniform title: Journal de Ma Yan.
Par R. Keith Schoppa. 2000
A history of China from 1780 to 2000, outlining its transition from a traditional society to a world power. Includes…the consequences of Western imperialism, early twentieth-century cultural upheavals, continuing social transformation, and economic disasters. 2000.
Par Jonathan D Spence. 1998
Based on a series of lectures presented at Yale, a survey of China's influence on the West from 1253 to…the 1980s. Citing diplomatic reports, letters, plays, films, poetry, and novels, Spence argues that the Western view of China has been shaped by the observations of outsiders rather than the words of the Chinese people themselves. 1998.
Par Peter Jennings, Todd Brewster. 1998
Researched and compiled by the staff of ABC News, this chronicle of the twentieth century charts changes in popular attitudes…in the United States and describes key events in other countries as they affected the American worldview. Personal interviews and a series of story-filled essays provide a "coherent picture of a remarkable time." Bestseller. 1998.
Par Greg Mortenson. 2009
Author of "Three Cups of Tea" and cofounder of the Central Asia Institute chronicles his school-building efforts and promotion of…female literacy in remote areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Discusses Mortenson's long-term goals and shares anecdotes about those impacted by his work. Bestseller. 2009.
Par James Risen. 2006
New York Times reporter recounts anecdotes, often from anonymous sources, concerning CIA efforts to thwart terrorists since September 11, 2001.…Discusses the National Security Agency's domestic wiretapping program, the search for weapons of mass destruction, and the return of Afghanistan's opium trade. Posits that the CIA mission failed. Bestseller. 2006.
Par Geoffrey A Hosking. 1997
Traces the history of Russia as a nation and an empire up to the year 1917. Asserts that the economic…and political processes of state building impeded the development of a sense of national identity and cohesiveness among the Russian people. 1997.
Par Tony Judt. 2005
Europe, so devastated during World War II and still haunted by its memory, has been transformed. Covering 60 years of…history in both eastern and western Europe, Judt explains how the European Union was built, how communism "imploded of its own accord", and why Europe still struggles to cope with ethnic diversity. Integrates international relations, domestic politics, ideas, social change, economic development, and culture. Descriptions of violence. 2005. If you request this book on CD it will be on 2 or more CDs. You must play the first CD to the end before playing the next CD.
Par Margaret MacMillan. 2001
Analyzes the failure of the Versailles Peace Conference after World War I. Focuses on the nationalistic goals of American president…Woodrow Wilson, French premier Georges Clemenceau, and British Prime Minister David Lloyd George - the author's great-grandfather - as they reorganized the defeated empires and created the League of Nations. Foreword by Richard Holbrooke. Bestseller. Winner of the 2003 Governor General's Award for Non-fiction. Canada Reads 2012. 2001. Uniform title: Peacemakers
Par A. A Fursenko, Timothy J Naftali. 1997
Chronicles the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, when the world's two superpowers came to the brink of nuclear war. Using Russian…archives opened in the 1990s, this account traces and analyzes events surrounding a confrontation that was, in the authors' view, the most serious of the Cold War. 1997.
Par William B. F Ryan, Walter C Pitman. 1998
Two geophysicists present the results of years of international research that sought historical data from the mid-sixth millennium B.C. to…confirm biblical and mythical accounts of a great flood. They explore linguistic, archaeological, and other evidence of an inundation around the Black Sea and hypothesize that a diaspora followed. 1998.
Par R. Douglas Hurt. 1998
Biography of Daniel Boone's youngest son, who followed in his father's footsteps as a frontiersman. Nathan worked as trapper and…hunter, a surveyor, and a soldier, eventually settling in Missouri with a family of fourteen children. He was instrumental in the removal of tribes to the Indian Territory that enabled settlement of the plains by pioneers. 1998.
An expose of financial collaboration between Swiss bankers and officials in Nazi Germany during World War II. Alleges that in…return for looted gold and other wealth, Swiss banks helped fund the German war effort and then blocked Holocaust survivors' efforts to claim their assets. c1997.