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德川家康05:龙争虎斗(Tokugawa Ieyasu, Book 5)

By 山冈庄八

作者:(日本)山冈庄八 译者:岳远坤 陈都伟

山冈庄八(1907-1978),日本著名历史小说家,著有《德川家康》、《织田信长》、《丰臣秀吉》、《伊达政宗》等,作品规模宏大,运笔细腻生动,代表了日本历史小说的最高成就。逝世后,因其杰出成就,被追授瑞宝勋章。
《德川家康》洋洋五百五十万言,将日本战国中后期织田信长、武田信玄、德川家康、丰臣秀吉等群雄并起的历史苍劲地铺展开来。在这样一个英雄辈出的时代,德川家康最终脱颖而出,结束战国烽烟,开启三百年太平盛世。作品展现了德川家康作为乱世终结者和盛世开创者丰满、曲折、传奇的一生,书中每一行每一页都充满着智慧与杀伐、谋略与权术、天道与玄机!它不仅成为商战兵法、政略宝典、兵家必备,更是不朽的励志传奇。
本书历时十八年始得完成,图书出版后,一时洛阳纸贵,掀起极大反响,日本前首相中曾根康弘要求日本内阁成员必读《德川家康》;经营之神、日本松下电器创建人松下幸之助要求松下员工必读《德川家康》;美国前驻日大使赖世和说:“要了解日本、超越日本,必须先了解德川家康。”著名史学家、作家柏杨先生则认为:“中国有两部书可以和<德川家康》相比,一是《资治通鉴》,一是《三国演义》。”

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Tractors: 1880s to 1980s (Shire Library)

Of all motorized vehicles the farm tractor has proved to be one of the most dear. It has freed thousands of workers and horses from backbreaking toil at the land in all weathers and it has stabilized the price of food.

Starting with steam energy in the course of the 19th century, the rural tractor grew to become motorized within the early years of the 20th century. From gigantic prairie kinds, lighter, one-man machines arrived in time to ward off famine within the First international battle. Mass construction undefined, which introduced the cost of tractors within sight of the typical farmer. in the meantime tractors replaced from being uncomplicated substitutes for draught animals to hugely refined machines, with energy takeoffs and hydraulically fastened implements. Pneumatic tires and diesel engines revolutionized the Nineteen Thirties marketplace, and then draught keep an eye on after which low-cost four-wheel-drive made certain that gasoline and time went into crop construction instead of wheelspin. This marked the top of the frequent use of tracked crawlers, as strong and effective wheeled tractors took their position, incorporating the newest multi-range transmission technology.

All the most important advancements and important tractor makers are defined during this e-book, from the start of the tractor's improvement to the Nineteen Seventies. Illustrated via interval perspectives of machines at paintings and in modern revenues literature, this can be a nostalgic historical past of the computing device that has been on the middle of agricultural lifestyles given that sooner than international struggle II.

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Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies

By Donald Spoto

"Fascinating . . . probes a fair darker part of Hitchcock." –Newsday

It is awesome how now and again, over a interval of greater than fifty years, Alfred Hitchcock spoke in regards to the mythical actresses he directed–including Ingrid Bergman, Kim Novak, and beauty Kelly. yet his major girls enormously enriched his movies, and lots of of them completed overseas stardom accurately as a result of their paintings for Hitchcock.

Rich with new fabric, anecdotes, and never-before-told own observations, this explosive portrait info Hitchcock’s outbursts of cruelty, the stunning humor, and the unusual amalgam of adoration and contempt that characterised Hitchcock’s obsessive relationships with women–and that still, ironically, fed his genius.

Spellbound through Beauty deals vital insights into the lifetime of a super and tortured artist, and will pay tribute to the memorable actresses who gave lots to his films.

"[Spoto] informs Spellbound through Beauty along with his profound wisdom of his topic, years of sound reporting, hugely polished prose, and brilliant analysis."
Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Expert insights into Hitchcock’s films."
Oregonian (Portland)

"You won't ever examine a Hitchcock motion picture the same."
Tampa Tribune

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The Monster of Florence

By Douglas Preston, Mario Spezi

"With a brand new afterword at the stunning hyperlink to the Amanda Knox case"--Cover.

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Simple Courage: The Story of S. S. Flying Enterprise - And One of the Greatest Naval Rescues in History

By Frank Delaney

In past due December 1951, weighted down with passengers and approximately 40 metric hundreds shipment, the freighter S.S. Flying firm steamed westward from Europe towards the USA. a number of days into the voyage, she hit the attention of a ferocious typhoon. strength 12 winds tossed males approximately like playthings and became drops of freezing Atlantic foam into icy missiles. while, within the area of twenty-eight hours, the send was once slammed by way of rogue waves–solid partitions of water greater than sixty ft high–the affects cracked the decks and hull virtually all the way down to the waterline, threw the vessel over on her facet, and thrust all on board into terror.

Flying Enterprise’s captain, Kurt Carlsen, a seaman of infrequent skill and valor, mustered all palms to patch the cracks after which try and correct the send. whilst those efforts got here to naught, he helped move, throughout waves 40 toes excessive, the passengers and the whole staff to lifeboats despatched from close by ships. Then, for purposes either expert and extremely own, and to the amazement of the area, Carlsen defied all requests and entreaties to desert send. as an alternative, for the subsequent weeks, he fought to convey Flying firm and her shipment to port. His heroic recreation grew to become the world’s largest news.

In a story as dramatic because the ocean’s fury, acclaimed bestselling writer Frank Delaney tells, for the 1st time, the entire tale of this unrivaled bravery and persistence at sea. We meet the committed relations whose wellbeing and fitness and defense impelled Carlsen to stick with his send. And we learn of Flying Enterprise’s buccaneering proprietor, the fearless and unorthodox Hans Isbrandtsen, who performed a vital position in Kurt Carlsen’s fate.
Drawing on old records and modern bills and on unique interviews with Carlsen’s kinfolk, Delaney opens a window into the area of the service provider marine. With deep affection–and respect–for the elements and all that is going with it, he locations us within the middle of the typhoon, a “biblical tempest” of incredible strength. He illuminates the bravery and ingenuity of Carlsen and the extreme braveness that the thirty-seven-year-old captain encouraged in his stalwart workforce. it is a gripping, soaking up narrative that highlights one man’s notable fortitude and heroic feel of accountability.

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The Price of Freedom: A History of East Central Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present

The expense of Freedom surveys and explains the interesting and complex historical past of East significant Europe - the current day nations of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Taking a thematic procedure, the writer explores such matters and controversies because the stress among the economic constructed West and the agrarian East valuable Europe, the increase of recent nationalism, democracy and authoritarianism and Communism.
While the nations of East valuable Europe have differed dramatically from each other, the writer asserts that they've been sure by means of a definite group of destiny. those comparisons are traced throughout the center a long time and the Early glossy period to the 19th and 20th centuries. This exploration unearths that it's no coincidence that the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland have been the 1st one of the former Soviet bloc countries to be admitted to NATO, and are inclined to develop into the 1st contributors of the accelerated ecu Union. hence an knowing in their studies, contributions and their position in the eu neighborhood of countries drastically enriches our wisdom of Europe's prior and present.
The moment variation of this wonderful booklet brings the heritage of the sector brand new. It discusses the occasions of the post-communist decade of the Nineties and the issues due to the transition to democracy and marketplace economic climate.

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God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World

By Cullen Murphy

Established via the Catholic Church in 1231, the Inquisition persevered in a single shape or one other for nearly 700 years. notwithstanding linked to the persecution of heretics and Jews — and with burning on the stake — its goals have been extra quite a few and its suggestions extra formidable. The Inquisition pioneered surveillance, censorship, and “scientific” interrogation. As time went on, its equipment and approach unfold a long way past the Church to turn into instruments of secular persecution. touring from freshly opened Vatican documents to the detention camps of Guantánamo to the submitting cupboards of the 3rd Reich, the acclaimed author Cullen Murphy strains the Inquisition and its legacy, exhibiting that not just did its places of work live on into the 20th century, yet within the sleek global its spirit is extra influential than ever.

With the combo of shiny immediacy and realized research that characterised his acclaimed Are We Rome?, Murphy places a human face on a well-recognized yet little-known piece of our prior and argues that purely via figuring out the Inquisition will we wish to give an explanation for the making of the present.

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The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian

By Robin Lane Fox

The classical civilizations of Greece and Rome as soon as ruled the area, and so they proceed to fascinate and encourage us. Classical paintings and structure, drama and epic, philosophy and politics-these are the principles of Western civilization. In The Classical World, eminent classicist Robin Lane Fox brilliantly chronicles this enormous sweep of historical past from Homer to the reign of Hadrian. From the Peloponnesian battle throughout the production of Athenian democracy, from the turbulent empire of Alexander the good to the production of the Roman Empire and the emergence of Christianity, Fox serves as our witty and trenchant advisor. He introduces us to remarkable heroes and bad villains, nice thinkers and blood-thirsty tyrants. all through this brilliant journey of 2 of the best civilizations the realm has ever identified, we stay within the arms of an excellent master.

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The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention

By William Rosen

hardly ever every week passes with no a few high-profile court docket case that includes highbrow estate at its heart. yet how did the assumption that you'll personal an idea happen? and the way did that trust switch the way in which humankind lives and works?

William Rosen, writer of Justinian's Flea, seeks to reply to those questions and extra with The strongest inspiration within the World. a full of life and passionate learn of the engineering and medical breakthroughs that ended in the steam engine, this publication argues that the very inspiration of highbrow estate drove not just the discovery of the steam engine but in addition the whole business Revolution: history’s first sustained period of monetary development. to take action, Rosen inspires an eccentric forged of characters, together with the criminal philosophers who enabled such a lot the artistic society in millennia, and the scientists and inventors—Thomas Newcomen, Robert Boyle, and James Watt—who helped to create and excellent the steam engine over the centuries. With wit and wide-ranging interest, Rosen explores the facility of creativity, capital, and collaboration within the outstanding engineering of the steam engine and the way this energy resource, which fueled factories, ships, and railroads, replaced human historical past.

Deeply informative and not boring, Rosen's account of 1 of crucial innovations made by means of people is a rollicking journey via background, with cautious scholarship and fast moving prose in equivalent measure.

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The Last Days of Kim Jong-il: The North Korean Threat in a Changing Era

By Bruce E. Bechtol Jr.

North Korea has remained a thorn within the part of the USA ever when you consider that its production within the aftermath of the Korean clash of 1950–1953. Crafting a international coverage that successfully offers with North Korea, whereas nonetheless making sure balance and defense at the Korean Peninsula—and in Northeast Asia as a whole—has proved very tough for successive American administrations. within the wake of ruler Kim Jong-il’s dying in December 2011, analysts and policymakers proceed to take a position in regards to the impact his final years as chief can have at the way forward for North Korea.

Bruce Bechtol, Jr. contends that Kim Jong-il’s regime (1994–2011) exacerbated the threats that North Korea posed, and nonetheless poses, to the realm. Bechtol explains how North Korea provides vital demanding situations on 5 key fronts: its evolving traditional army possibility, its technique within the Northern restrict Line (NLL) region, its nuclear services, its help for terrorism, and its dealing with of the succession process.

Bechtol’s research clears up the continual secret of ways Kim Jong-il’s dysfunctional govt in its ultimate years was once in a position to persist in strength whereas either providing a grave hazard to its acquaintances and atmosphere the degree for the present govt. This paintings addresses concerns very important for policymakers and lecturers who needs to take care of these in energy in North Korea.

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