Download The Master Switch by Tim Wu (.ePUB)

The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires by Tim Wu
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Overview: A secret history of the industrial wars behind the rise and fall of the 20th century’s great information empires – Hollywood, the broadcast networks, and AT&T – asking one big question: Could history repeat itself, with one giant entity taking control of American information? Most consider the Internet Age to be a moment of unprecedented freedom in communications and culture. But as Tim Wu shows, each major new medium, from telephone to cable, arrived on a similar wave of idealistic optimism only to become, eventually, the object of industrial consolidation profoundly affecting how Americans communicate. Every once-free and open technology was in time centralized and closed, a huge corporate power taking control of the master switch. Today, as a similar struggle looms over the Internet, increasingly the pipeline of all other media, the stakes have never been higher. To be decided: who gets heard, and what kind of country we live in. Part industrial exposé, part meditation on the nature of freedom of expression, part battle cry to save the Internet’s best features, The Master Switch brings to light a crucial drama rife with indelible characters and stories, heretofore played out over decades in the shadows of our national life.
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The Age of the Ship of the Line: The British and French Navies, 1650-1815 by Jonathan R. Dull
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Overview: For nearly two hundred years huge wooden warships called “ships of the line” dominated war at sea and were thus instrumental in the European struggle for power and the spread of imperialism. Foremost among the great naval powers were Great Britain and France, whose advanced economies could support large numbers of these expensive ships. This book, the first joint history of these great navies, offers a uniquely impartial and comprehensive picture of the two forces—their shipbuilding programs, naval campaigns, and battles, and their wartime strategies and diplomacy.

Jonathan R. Dull is the author of two award-winning histories of the French navy. Bringing to bear years of study of war and diplomacy, his book conveys the fine details and the high drama of the age of grand and decisive naval conflict. Dull delves into the seven wars that Great Britain and France, often in alliance with lesser naval powers such as Spain and the Netherlands, fought between 1688 and 1815. Viewing war as most statesmen of the time saw it—as a contest of endurance—he also treats the tragic side of the Franco-British wars, which shattered the greater security and prosperity the two powers enjoyed during their brief period as allies.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History > Naval > 18th Century

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Download The Albigensian Crusade by Jonathan Sumption (.ePUB)

The Albigensian Crusade by Jonathan Sumption
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Overview: In twelfth century Languedoc a subversive heresy of Eastern origin flourished to an extraordinary degree. The Albingenses believed that the world was created by an evil spirit, and that all worldly things – including the Church – were by nature sinful.

Jonathan Sumption’s acclaimed history examines the roots of the heresy, the uniquely rich culture of the region which nurtured it, and the crusade launched against it by the Church which resulted in one of the most savage of all medieval wars.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download The Greek War of Independence by David Brewer (.ePUB)

The Greek War of Independence: The Struggle for Freedom and the Birth of Modern Greece by David Brewer
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 4.2 MB
Overview: In what is certain to be the standard history for many years to come, David Brewer has captured the period brilliantly, from the ground up—the heroes and villains, the victories, and the tragic defeats. Greece was, as Byron said, a land with a special destiny: “Freedom’s home, or Glory’s grave.” The Greek War of Independence is a masterful work—the first comprehensive study in thirty years—of one of the most heroic and bloody struggles for independence any people has ever waged. This was the revolution of the Romantic Age, inspiring painters, poets, and patriots the world over, fired as much by Lord Byron’s ringing words and Delacroix’s brilliant paintings as by Greece’s seemingly hopeless plight. For nearly four hundred years the Ottoman Turks governed Greece, subjecting the country to crushing and arbitrary tax burdens and its peasants to serfdom; the glories of the ancient past were gone, and under Turkish rule Greece was poor and backward. But inspired by the examples of the American and French revolutions, Napoleon’s victories, and the Latin American wars of liberation, the Greek people rose up against their Turkish masters in 1821. For twelve brutal years—a time of terrible violence and bloody massacre—the Greeks and the foreign volunteers who flocked to their cause fought until independence was won in 1833.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download Irrationality: A History by Justin E. H. Smith (.ePUB)

Irrationality: A History of the Dark Side of Reason by Justin E. H. Smith
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Overview: A fascinating history that reveals the ways in which the pursuit of rationality often leads to an explosion of irrationality It’s a story we can’t stop telling ourselves. Once, humans were benighted by superstition and irrationality, but then the Greeks invented reason. Later, the Enlightenment enshrined rationality as the supreme value. Discovering that reason is the defining feature of our species, we named ourselves the “rational animal.” But is this flattering story itself rational? In this sweeping account of irrationality from antiquity to today–from the fifth-century BC murder of Hippasus for revealing the existence of irrational numbers to the rise of Twitter mobs and the election of Donald Trump–Justin Smith says the evidence suggests the opposite. From sex and music to religion and war, irrationality makes up the greater part of human life and history. Rich and ambitious, Irrationality ranges across philosophy, politics, and current events. Challenging conventional thinking about logic, natural reason, dreams, art and science, pseudoscience, the Enlightenment, the internet, jokes and lies, and death, the book shows how history reveals that any triumph of reason is temporary and reversible, and that rational schemes, notably including many from Silicon Valley, often result in their polar opposite. The problem is that the rational gives birth to the irrational and vice versa in an endless cycle, and any effort to permanently set things in order sooner or later ends in an explosion of unreason. Because of this, it is irrational to try to eliminate irrationality. For better or worse, it is an ineradicable feature of life. Illuminating unreason at a moment when the world appears to have gone mad again, Irrationality is fascinating, provocative, and timely.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download Rome Versus Carthage: The War at Sea by Christa Steinby (.ePUB)+

Rome Versus Carthage: The War at Sea by Christa Steinby
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Overview: The epic struggle between Carthage and Rome, two of the superpowers of the ancient world, is most famous for land battles in Italy, on the Iberian peninsula and in North Africa. But warfare at sea, which played a vital role in the First and Second Punic Wars, rarely receives the attention it deserves. And it is the monumental clashes of the Carthaginian and Roman fleets in the Mediterranean that are the focus of Christa Steinby’s absorbing study.

She exploits new evidence, including the latest archaeological discoveries, and she looks afresh at the ancient sources and quotes extensively from them. In particular she shows how the Romans’ seafaring tradition and their skill, determination and resourcefulness eventually gave them a decisive advantage. In doing so, she overturns the myths and misunderstandings that have tend to distort our understanding of Roman naval warfare.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download Mormonism and White Supremacy by Joanna Brooks (.ePUB)

Mormonism and White Supremacy: American Religion and the Problem of Racial Innocence by Joanna Brooks
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Overview: To this day, churchgoing Mormons report that they hear from their fellow congregants in Sunday meetings that African-Americans are the accursed descendants of Cain whose spirits–due to their lack of spiritual mettle in a premortal existence–were destined to come to earth with a “curse” of black skin. This claim can be made in many Mormon Sunday Schools without fear of contradiction. You are more likely to encounter opposition if you argue that the ban on the ordination of Black Mormons was a product of human racism. Like most difficult subjects in Mormon history and practice, says Joanna Brooks, the priesthood and temple ban on Blacks has been managed carefully in LDS institutional settings with a combination of avoidance, denial, selective truth-telling, and determined silence.

As America begins to come to terms with the costs of white privilege to Black lives, this book urges a soul-searching examination of the role American Christianity has played in sustaining everyday white supremacy by assuring white people of their innocence. In Mormonism and White Supremacy, Joanna Brooks offers an unflinching look at her own people’s history and culture and finds in them lessons that will hit home for every scholar of American religion and person of faith.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download Slavery and the University by Leslie M. Harris (.ePUB)

Slavery and the University by Leslie M. Harris, James T. Campbell, Alfred L. Brophy (Editors)
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Overview: Slavery and the University is the first edited collection of scholarly essays devoted solely to the histories and legacies of this subject on North American campuses and in their Atlantic contexts. Gathering together contributions from scholars, activists, and administrators, the volume combines two broad bodies of work: (1) historically based interdisciplinary research on the presence of slavery at higher education institutions in terms of the development of proslavery and antislavery thought and the use of slave labor; and (2) analysis on the ways in which the legacies of slavery in institutions of higher education continued in the post–Civil War era to the present day. The collection features broadly themed essays on issues of religion, economy, and the regional slave trade of the Caribbean. It also includes case studies of slavery’s influence on specific institutions, such as Princeton University, Harvard University, Oberlin College, Emory University, and the University of Alabama. Though the roots of Slavery and the University stem from a 2011 conference at Emory University, the collection extends outward to incorporate recent findings. As such, it offers a roadmap to one of the most exciting developments in the field of U.S. slavery studies and to ways of thinking about racial diversity in the history and current practices of higher education
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Download Gloves Off by Lowell Cohn (.ePUB)

Gloves Off: 40 Years of Unfiltered Sports Writing by Lowell Cohn
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Overview: After forty years inside the press box delivering unique perspectives on the biggest stars, events, and storylines in sports, former San Francisco Chronicle and Press Democrat columnist Lowell Cohn has seen it all. From wild locker room conflicts to bizarre player interviews to heartfelt conversations with the heroes of the athletic world, Cohn has spent decades bringing to life the narratives of sports through his masterfully crafted newspaper columns.

Now you can go directly into the locker room with Cohn. This unparalleled collection of anecdotes and interactions reveals Cohn’s insider perspective and unvarnished opinions on some of the sports world’s most well-known personalities, including Bill Walsh, Barry Bonds, Michael Jordan, Sugar Ray Robinson, Steve Young, and many more. Freed from the prohibitions of traditional reporting, Cohn’s tell-all book takes in you into the rarified world of sports that you can’t see from the confines of your newspaper.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download Modern Egypt by Bruce K. Rutherford, Jeannie L. Sowers (.PDF)

Modern Egypt : What Everyone Needs to Know® by Bruce K. Rutherford and Jeannie L. Sowers
Requirements: .PDF reader, 10 MB
Overview: With almost every news broadcast, we are reminded of the continuing instability of the Middle East, where state collapse, civil wars, and terrorism have combined to produce a region in turmoil. If the Middle East is to achieve a more stable and prosperous future, Egypt-which possesses the region’s largest population, a formidable military, and considerable soft power-must play a central role.

Modern Egypt: What Everyone Needs to Know® by Bruce Rutherford and Jeannie Sowers introduces readers to this influential country. The book begins with the 2011-2012 uprising that captured the world’s attention before turning to an overview of modern Egyptian history. The book then focuses on present-day Egyptian politics, society, demography, culture, and religion. It analyzes Egypt’s core problems, including deepening authoritarianism, high unemployment, widespread poverty, rapid population growth, and pollution. The book then concentrates on Egypt’s relations with the United States, Israel, Arab states, and other world powers. Modern Egypt concludes by assessing the country’s ongoing challenges and suggesting strategies for addressing them. Concise yet sweeping in coverage, the book provides the essential background for understanding this fascinating country and its potential to shape the future of the Middle East.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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