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Download E-books The Roman Triumph PDF

By Mary Beard

Listen to a brief interview with Mary BeardHost: Chris Gondek | manufacturer: Heron & CraneIt each significant army victory in old Rome: the profitable common drove throughout the streets to the temple of Jupiter at the Capitoline Hill; in the back of him streamed his raucous infantrymen; in entrance have been his so much glamorous prisoners, in addition to the booty he'd captured, from enemy ships and useful statues to crops and animals from the conquered territory. sometimes there has been lots on demonstrate that the express lasted or 3 days.

A radical reexamination of this such a lot amazing of old ceremonies, this booklet explores the beauty of the Roman triumph--but additionally its darker part. What did it suggest while the axle broke less than Julius Caesar's chariot? Or whilst Pompey's elephants acquired caught attempting to squeeze via an arch? Or while unique or pathetic prisoners stole the general's express? And what are the results of the Roman triumph, as a party of imperialism and army may possibly, for questions on army energy and "victory" in our personal day? The triumph, Mary Beard contends, caused the Romans to query in addition to rejoice army glory.

Her richly illustrated paintings is a testomony to the profound value of the triumph in Roman culture--and for monarchs, dynasts and generals ever on the grounds that. yet how will we re-create the rite because it used to be celebrated in Rome? How will we piece jointly its elusive strains in artwork and literature? Beard addresses those questions, starting a window at the exciting means of sifting via and making experience of what constitutes "history."

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Download E-books A Storm in Flanders: The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918: Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front PDF

By Winston Groom

Forrest Gump and Shrouds of Glory verified best-selling writer Winston Groom as an electrifying author and narrative historian. Now, in A typhoon in Flanders, the Pulitzer Prize nominee visits the bloody four-year-long conflict of Ypres, a pivotal engagement that may endlessly swap the way in which the area fought -- and considered -- battle. Groom describes how the old fashioned medieval Belgian city of Flanders -- following the goals and schemes of the obdurate "butchers and blunderers" who commanded from afar -- turned the main dreaded position in the world, a "gigantic corpse manufacturing unit" the place millions of guys died for profits that have been measured in yards. In 1914, Germany introduced an invasion of France via impartial Belgium -- and taken the wrath of the realm upon herself. In obtainable prose, Groom provides Ypres because the centerpiece of global warfare I, with all of its horrors, heroism, and terrifying new strategies and applied sciences. Ypres is the place a few of history's so much hideous guns have been unleashed and sophisticated: poison fuel, tanks, mines, air moves, and the unspeakable distress of trench struggle. The battle's remarkable horrors encouraged probably the most compelling and enduring artistry of the battle: from Remarque's vintage novel All Quiet at the Western entrance to the haunting poem that got here to represent conflict, "In Flanders Fields," composed within the warmth of conflict by means of John McCrae, a grieving Canadian health professional. Ypres was once additionally the battleground of younger soldier Adolf Hitler, whose reviews in Flanders, Groom argues, set him on his fateful course. Groom's tale comes alive with the heart-wrenching magazine entries of the boys who fought at the grisly entrance traces, and is illustrated with breathtaking pictures released the following for the 1st time. A gripping drama of politics, approach, and human middle -- of the fight for survival and victory opposed to all odds -- A hurricane in Flanders is a strong paintings of army historical past.

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Download E-books The Idea of Galicia: History and Fantasy in Habsburg Political Culture PDF

By Larry Wolff

Galicia used to be created on the first partition of Poland in 1772 and disappeared in 1918. but, in a bit over a century, the belief of Galicia got here to have which means for either the peoples who lived there and the Habsburg executive that governed it. certainly, its reminiscence keeps to workout a robust fascination if you reside in its former territories and for the descendants of these who emigrated out of Galicia.

The thought of Galicia was once mostly produced via the cultures of 2 towns, Lviv and Cracow. applying travelers' money owed, newspaper reviews, and literary works, Wolff engages such figures as Emperor Joseph II, Metternich, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Ivan Franko, Stanislaw Wyspianski, Tadeusz "Boy" Zelenski, Isaac Babel, Martin Buber, and Bruno Schulz. He indicates the outstanding significance of provincial house as a website for the evolution of cultural meanings and identities, and analyzes the province because the framework for non-national and multi-national understandings of empire in eu background.

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Download E-books The Plutonium Files: America's Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War PDF

By Eileen Welsome

While the monstrous wartime factories of the new york venture started generating plutonium in amounts by no means prior to noticeable in the world, scientists engaged on the  top-secret bomb-building application grew anxious. apprehensive that plutonium  might reason a melanoma epidemic between employees and desirous to study extra approximately what it can do to the human physique, the long island Project's docs embarked upon an scan within which eighteen unsuspecting sufferers in  hospital wards through the state have been secretly injected with the cancer-causing substance. every one of these sufferers could visit their graves with out ever figuring out what have been performed to them.

Now, in The Plutonium Files, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Eileen Welsome unearths for the 1st time the breadth of the intense fifty-year cover-up surrounding the plutonium injections, in addition to the deceitful nature of millions of alternative experiments carried out on americans within the postwar years.

Welsome's outstanding research spans the Thirties to the Nineteen Nineties and attracts upon hundreds and hundreds of newly declassified files and different basic resources to reveal this shadowy bankruptcy in American heritage. She provides a voice to such innocents as Helen Hutchison, a tender girl who entered a prenatal health facility in Nashville for a regimen checkup and was once in its place given a radioactive "cocktail" to drink; Gordon Shattuck, one of many boys at a country tuition for the developmentally disabled in Massachusetts who was once fed radioactive oatmeal for breakfast; and Maude Jacobs, a Cincinnati girl being affected by melanoma and subjected to an experimental radiation remedy designed to aid army planners the best way to win a nuclear warfare.

Welsome additionally tells the tales of the scientists themselves, lots of whom realized the methods of secrecy at the new york undertaking. between them are Stafford Warren, a grand determine whose bravado masked a crafty intelligence; Joseph Hamilton, who felt he was once proof against the risks of radiation in basic terms to endure later from a deadly leukemia; and surgeon Louis Hempelmann, essentially the most enthusiastic supporters of the plan to inject people with possibly carcinogenic doses of plutonium. Hidden discussions of 50 years earlier are reconstructed right here, in which depended on govt officers debated the moral and felony implications of the experiments, demolishing without end the argument that those reviews happened in a much less enlightened period.

Powered through her groundbreaking reportage and singular narrative presents, Eileen Welsome has created a piece of profound humanity in addition to significant historic value.

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Download E-books The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters: Thrilling Stories of Survivors with Photographs and Sketches PDF

The Sinking of the enormous and nice Sea Disasters is an exhilarating selection of first-hand tales describing the disaster of Titanic’s maiden voyage as instructed by way of its survivors presently after the send sank.

Originally written and released in 1912, Logan Marshall’s e-book used to be the first actual try to resolve the secret of the coincidence and relieve the heartache it stirred the world over. Marshall narrates the private tales of Titanic’s passengers ahead of, in the course of, and after the sinking of the ill-fated ship.

This e-book takes us again in time and forces us to appreciate the trauma of our ancestors from a not-so-comfortable distance. take heed to the voices of genuine passengers inform their very own touching tales of tragedy and notice the images and sketches that accompany their stories.

Also incorporated are documents of past nice failures of the ocean, descriptions of the advance of protection and life-saving home equipment, and a undeniable assertion of factors of such catastrophes and the way to prevent them.

Skyhorse Publishing, in addition to our Arcade imprint, are proud to put up a large diversity of books for readers attracted to history--books approximately global struggle II, the 3rd Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the yank Civil struggle, the yank Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, old Rome, medieval occasions, the previous West, and masses extra. whereas now not each name we submit turns into a New York Times bestseller or a countrywide bestseller, we're devoted to books on matters which are occasionally ignored and to authors whose paintings will possibly not in a different way discover a home.

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Download E-books Themes of the American Civil War: The War Between the States PDF

By Susan-Mary Grant, Brian Holden-Reid

Themes of the yank Civil War bargains a well timed and precious advisor to this tremendous subject for a brand new iteration of scholars. the quantity presents a broad-ranging review of the explanations, complexities, and outcomes of America’s such a lot damaging clash thus far. The essays, written by means of best students within the box, and transformed for this new version, discover how, and in what methods, differing interpretations of the warfare have arisen, and explains sincerely why the yank Civil battle continues to be a topic of putting up with curiosity. It contains chapters masking 4 large parts, together with The Political entrance, the army entrance, The Race entrance, and The Ideological entrance.

Additions to the second one version contain a new creation – additional to the present creation by means of James McPherson – a bankruptcy on gender, in addition to details at the remembrance of the warfare (historical memory). The addition of a number of maps, a timeline, and an appendix directory additional studying, battlefield records, and battle/regiment/general names focuses the e-book squarely at undergraduates in either the U.S. and in a foreign country.

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Download E-books Unsettling May Have Occurred PDF

By The Damn Interesting Editors

Have you heard of the guy who hunted down Crow Indians to consume their livers? Or the 5 yr outdated lady who gave start to a toddler? Or the guy who terrorized a urban in a converted bulldozer? Unsettling could have happened is a approximately chronological selection of such obscure-yet-unsettling precise tales from background from the editors of DamnInteresting.com.

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Download E-books The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America PDF

By Russell Shorto

While the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664, the reality approximately its thriving, polyglot society started to disappear into myths approximately an island bought for twenty-four funds and a cartoonish peg-legged governor. however the tale of the Dutch colony of latest Netherland was once only misplaced, no longer destroyed: 12,000 pages of its records–recently declared a countrywide treasure–are now being translated. Drawing in this awesome archive, Russell Shorto has created a gripping narrative–a tale of world sweep established on a barren region referred to as Manhattan–that transforms our realizing of early America.

The Dutch colony pre-dated the “original” 13 colonies, but it sort of feels strikingly time-honored. Its capital was once cosmopolitan and multi-ethnic, and its voters valued unfastened alternate, person rights, and non secular freedom. Their champion was once a revolutionary, younger attorney named Adriaen van der Donck, who emerges in those pages as a forgotten American patriot and whose political imaginative and prescient introduced him into clash with Peter Stuyvesant, the autocratic director of the Dutch colony. The fight among those strong-willed males laid the basis for brand new York urban and contributed to shaping American tradition. The Island on the heart of the World uncovers a misplaced global and provides a stunning new viewpoint on our personal.

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Download E-books Legendary Locals of Ukiah PDF

Mountains. timber. A lake. What makes a urban, city, or village come to lifestyles are the people--those who've long past prior to and people who are there this present day. they're what form and construct the group of Ukiah. With their personalities, foibles, compassion, and humor, a few of these influential women and men stand out by way of layout and a few quietly exist at the sidelines. Utah Haley, a disabled veteran, drives different veterans to medical professionals' appointments. Rick Paige is often the 1st on-scene to assist in a catastrophe. Spencer Brewer all started the "Sundays within the Park" loose live shows greater than 20 years in the past. Ukiah is a city that helps its companies, and people similar neighborhood companies provide again to the group in lots of methods. Shannon Riley of Shoefly and Sox holds an annual shoe force. Jan Hoyman and Doug Browe of Hoyman Browe Studios donate numerous items in their paintings to charitable auctions. Ann Kilkenny of Mendocino ebook corporation offers time and guidance to neighborhood enterprises. Marty Lombardi, who spent forty years with discounts financial institution of Mendocino, was once continuously lending a assisting hand to neighborhood nonprofits.

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