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The Hungarians: A Thousand Years of Victory in Defeat

By Paul Lendvai

The Hungarians is the main finished, clear-sighted, and soaking up heritage ever of a legendarily proud and passionate yet lonely humans. a lot of Europe as soon as knew them as "child-devouring cannibals" and "bloodthirsty Huns." however it wasn't lengthy ahead of the Hungarians grew to become steadfast defenders of the Christian West and fought heroic freedom struggles opposed to the Tatars (1241), the Turks (16-18th centuries), and, between others, the Russians (1848-49 and 1956). Paul Lendvai tells the attention-grabbing tale of ways the Hungarians, regardless of a string of catastrophes and their linguistic and cultural isolation, have survived as a countryside for greater than 1,000 years.

Lendvai, who fled Hungary in 1957, lines Hungarian politics, tradition, economics, and feelings from the Magyars' dramatic access into the Carpathian Basin in 896 to the threshold of the post-Cold struggle period. Hungarians are ever considering what being Hungarian capability and the place they got here from. but, argues Lendvai, Hungarian nationwide identification is not just approximately ancestry or language but additionally an emotional feel of belonging. Hungary's recognized poet-patriot, Sándor Petofi, was once of Slovak descent, and Franz Liszt felt deeply Hungarian notwithstanding he spoke just a couple of phrases of Hungarian. via colourful anecdotes of heroes and traitors, victors and sufferers, geniuses and imposters, established partially on unique archival learn, Lendvai conveys the multifaceted interaction, at the grand level of Hungarian heritage, of progressivism and financial modernization as opposed to intolerance and narrow-minded nationalism.

He movingly describes the nationwide trauma inflicted through the move of the ancient Hungarian heartland of Transylvania to Romania less than the phrases of the Treaty of Trianon in 1920--a trauma that the passing of years has on no account lessened. The horrors of Nazi and Soviet Communist domination have been no much less appalling, as Lendvai's limited account makes transparent, yet at the moment are a part of history.

An unforgettable mixture of eminent clarity, vivid humor, and meticulous scholarship, The Hungarians is a ebook with no taboos or prejudices that whilst bargains an authoritative key to realizing how and why this remoted nook of Europe produced any such galaxy of significant scientists, artists, and entrepreneurs.

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A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam

By Neil Sheehan

ONE OF the main ACCLAIMED BOOKS OF OUR TIME

25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

When he got here to Vietnam in 1962, Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann used to be the only clear-sighted player in an enterpirse riddled with conceitedness and self-deception, a charismatic soldier who placed his lifestyles and occupation at the line in an try to persuade his superiors that the struggle might be fought differently. by the point he died in 1972, Vann had embraced the follies he as soon as decired. He died believing that the conflict have been won.

In this magisterial e-book, a monument of historical past and biography that was once presented the nationwide publication Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction, a well known journalist tells the tale of John Vann--"the one irreplaceable American in Vietnam"--and of the tragedy that destroyed a rustic and squandered rather a lot of America's younger manhood and resources.

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The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin

By Adam Hochschild

Although a few twenty million humans died in the course of Stalin’s reign of terror, merely with the arrival of glasnost did Russians start to confront their thoughts of that point. In 1991, Adam Hochschild spent approximately six months in Russia chatting with gulag survivors, retired focus camp guards, and numerous others. the result's a riveting evocation of a rustic nonetheless haunted by way of the ghost of Stalin.

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Biohazard: The Chilling True Story of the Largest Covert Biological Weapons Program in the World—Told from Inside by the Man Who Ran It

By Stephen Handelman, Ken Alibek

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Imagine a scorching quarter during which Ebola is being spliced--using the most recent recommendations of genetic engineering--with smallpox, the main infectious ailment recognized to guy. Now think that cocktail is intended for you.

For fifty years, whereas the realm stood in terror of a nuclear conflict, Russian scientists hidden in seriously guarded mystery towns subtle and stockpiled a brand new form of weapon of mass destruction--an invisible weapon that will strike in silence and will now not be traced. it should depart thousands useless in its wake and may proceed to unfold devastation lengthy after its liberate. The scientists have been bioweaponeers, operating to excellent the instruments of a organic Armageddon. They known as it their new york venture. It used to be the deadliest and darkest mystery of the chilly war.

What you're approximately to learn hasn't ever prior to been made public. Ken Alibek begun his occupation as a physician eager to shop lives and ended up operating the Soviet organic guns program--a mystery army empire masquerading as a pharmaceutical corporation. At its height, this system hired sixty thousand humans at over 100 amenities. Seven reserve mobilization vegetation have been on everlasting standby, able to produce enormous quantities of lots of plague, anthrax, smallpox, and Venezuelan equine encephalitis, to call just a couple of of the poisonous brokers bred in Soviet labs. nearly each govt ministry used to be implicated, together with the Academy of Sciences and the KGB.

Biohazard is a terrifying, fast paced account of checks and leaks, injuries and failures within the labs, KGB threats and assassinations. The e-book is filled with revelations--evidence of biowarfare courses in Cuba and India, real deployments at Stalingrad and in Afghanistan, experiments with mood-altering brokers, a contingency plan to assault significant American towns, and the genuine tale in the back of the mysterious anthrax outbreak in Sverdlovsk. yet past those is a twisted global of lies and mirrors, and the riveting parable of the best perversion of technological know-how in history.

No one is aware the particular features of organic guns higher than Dr. Alibek. the various scientists who labored with him were lured clear of low-paying Russian labs to rogue regimes and terrorist teams worldwide. In our lifetime, we'll probably see a terrorist assault utilizing organic guns on an American urban. Biohazard tells us--in chilling detail--what to anticipate and what we will be able to do. no longer for the reason that Arthur Koestler's Darkness at midday has there been this sort of book--a record from contained in the stomach of the beast.

Praise for Biohazard

"Harrowing . . . richly descriptive . . . [an] soaking up account."--The big apple occasions booklet Review

"Remarkable . . . terrifying revelations . . . [Ken Alibek's] total message is neglected at nice nationwide peril."--Newsday

"Read and be surprised. . . . a massive and engaging inspect a terrifying international of which we have been blissfully unaware."--Robin cook dinner, writer of Contagion

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Little Book of Titanic: 100th Anniversary 1912-2012

By Sue Todd

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RMS big used to be the most important passenger steamship on this planet whilst she trigger on her maiden voyage from Southampton on April tenth 1912. 4 days into the journey on April 14th she struck an iceberg and sank, leading to the deaths of 1,517 humans in a single of the largest peacetime maritime mess ups in history.

This unique one hundredth anniversary e-book not just charts her fateful trip but additionally describes the media frenzy approximately her well-known sufferers, the legends surrounding the sinking, the ensuing alterations to maritime legislations, and the invention of the smash – all elements that experience contributed to our long-held fascination with the ill-fated ocean liner.

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Atlas of Lost Cities: A Travel Guide to Abandoned and Forsaken Destinations

Like people, towns are mortal. they're born, they thrive, they usually finally die. In Atlas of misplaced Cities, Aude de Tocqueville tells the compelling narrative of the increase and fall of such striking areas as Pompeii, Teotihuacán, and Angkor. She additionally information the fewer renowned locations, together with Centralia, an deserted Pennsylvania city fed on through unquenchable underground hearth; Nova Citas de Kilamba in Angola, the place housing, faculties, and shops have been outfitted for 500,000 those who by no means got here; and Epecuen, a vacationer city in Argentina that was once swallowed up by way of water. attractive, unique art exhibits the positioning of the misplaced towns and depicts how they seemed after they thrived.

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God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World

By Walter Russell Mead

A stunningly insightful account of the worldwide political and economy, sustained first through Britain and now via the US, that has created the trendy international.

The key to the 2 international locations' predominance, Mead argues, lies within the individualistic ideology inherent within the Anglo-American faith. through the years Britain and America's liberal democratic approach has been again and again challeged—by Catholic Spain and Louis XIV, the Nazis, communists, and Al Qaeda—and for the main half, it has prevailed. however the present conflicts within the heart East threaten to alter that checklist except we foster a deeper knowing of the conflicts among the liberal international process and its foes.

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Santa Clara (CA) (Images of America)

By Bea Lichtenstein

Santa Clara, named for the filthy rich Spanish undertaking based there in 1777, lies in a spot as soon as known as the "Valley of Heart's Delight." Its black fertile loam produced hundreds of thousands of acres of shiny flora and greens for the most important seed farm on the planet, and lots more and plenty of the remainder was once included in springtime with fruit blossoms. The wealth of its pre-eminent tanning, wooden production, and fruit packing industries gave solution to one other form of chance within the Nineteen Fifties with the emergence of the semi-conductor. The tiny chip that remodeled the area of communique spawned new businesses the following like Intel, nationwide Semi-Conductor, and utilized fabrics, which earned the now city monetary powerhouse a brand new identify, Silicon Valley.

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Remnants of the Gods: A Virtual Tour of Alien Influence in Egypt, Spain, France, Turkey, and Italy

By Erich von Däniken

Erich boldly keeps to problem our knowing of history." --Philip Coppens, writer, the traditional Alien query we are living in an age of knowledge. yet there are issues in our prehistory "about which we don't have the faintest idea," writes best-selling writer Erich von Dniken in his gripping new booklet, Remnants of the Gods. Stone buildings erected by means of grasp developers, mysterious underground complexes, geometrically aligned stone circles, the breathtaking pyramids of Egypt--who equipped them? And, might be extra importantly, the place did those developers receive such wonderful wisdom? Erich von Dniken indicates intimately how complete nations have been surveyed hundreds of thousands of years in the past. hundreds and hundreds of Stone Age holy areas can be found at equivalent distances from each other, forming enormous squares and triangles. How used to be all of this attainable? vintage archaeology presents no solutions to those questions. Worse nonetheless, it doesn't even seem to be . Are all of us threatening to develop into "camp fans of disinterest," as Erich asks? that includes greater than one hundred sixty colour photographs and illustrations, Erich unearths the secrets and techniques of "impossible buildings" in Europe and the Mediterranean area, describes "crazy facts," and relentlessly exposes fake doctrines. Remnants of the Gods will make even strident skeptics think again what they suspect they be aware of of the prior.

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Artists Under Hitler: Collaboration and Survival in Nazi Germany

By Jonathan Petropoulos

“What are we to make of these cultural figures, many with major foreign reputations, who attempted to discover lodging with the Nazi regime?” Jonathan Petropoulos asks during this exploration of a few of the main acute ethical questions of the 3rd Reich. In his nuanced research of renowned German artists, architects, composers, movie administrators, painters, and writers who rejected exile, deciding on as an alternative to stick in the course of Germany’s darkest interval, Petropoulos exhibits how participants variously handled the regime’s public competition to trendy paintings. His findings explode the parable that each one glossy artists have been anti-Nazi and all Nazis anti-modernist.

Artists below Hitler heavily examines instances of artists who failed of their makes an attempt to discover lodging with the Nazi regime (Walter Gropius, Paul Hindemith, Gottfried Benn, Ernst Barlach, Emil Nolde) in addition to others whose hope for legitimate recognition was once discovered (Richard Strauss, Gustaf Gründgens, Leni Riefenstahl, Arno Breker, Albert Speer). jointly those ten figures light up the complicated cultural heritage of Nazi Germany, whereas separately they supply haunting pix of individuals facing excruciating offerings and grave ethical questions.

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