Download E-books The Hammer and the Cross: A New History of the Vikings PDF

By Robert Ferguson

For these dwelling open air Scandinavia, the Viking Age successfully all started in 793 with an assault at the monastery at Lindisfarne. The assault on Lindisfarne used to be a regularly violent harbinger of what used to be in shop for Britain and masses of Europe from the Vikings for the following three hundred years, until eventually the ultimate destruction of the heathen temple to the Norse gods at Uppsala round 1090. Robert Ferguson is a yes advisor throughout what he calls 'the treacherous marches which divide legend from truth in Viking Age history'. His lengthy familiarity with the literary tradition of Scandinavia - the eddas, the poetry of the skalds and the sagas - is mixed with the newest archaeological discoveries and the proof of picture-stones, runes, ships and items scattered everywhere northern Europe, to take advantage of convincing glossy portrait of the Viking Age in any language. "The Hammer and the Cross" levels from Scandinavia itself to Kievan Rus and Byzantium within the east, to Iceland, Greenland and the north American settlements within the west. past its geographical limitations, the e-book takes us on a trip to a misty quarter inhabited via Hallfred the complicated Poet, Harald Bluetooth, Ragnar Hairy-Breeches, Ivar the Boneless and Eyvind the Plagiarist, during which literature, background and delusion dissolve into each other.

Show description

(more…)

Download E-books The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America PDF

By Timothy Egan

In THE WORST demanding TIME, Timothy Egan positioned the environmental catastrophe of the airborne dirt and dust Bowl on the heart of a wealthy background, instructed via characters he delivered to indelible existence. Now he plays a similar alchemy with the massive Burn, the largest-ever wooded area hearth in the USA and the tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy within the land.

On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved during the drought-stricken nationwide forests of Washington, Idaho, Montana, whipping the masses of small blazes burning around the woodland flooring right into a roaring inferno that jumped from treetop to ridge because it raged, destroying cities and trees in an eyeblink. woodland rangers had assembled approximately 10000 men -- university boys, day-workers, immigrants from mining camps -- to struggle the fires. yet no dwelling individual had visible something like these flames, and neither the rangers nor someone else knew how one can subdue them.

Egan narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers opposed to the implacable fireplace with unstoppable dramatic strength, throughout the eyes of the folks who lived it. both dramatic, although, is the bigger tale he tells of oversized president Teddy Roosevelt and his leader forester Gifford Pinchot. Pioneering the suggestion of conservation, Roosevelt and Pinchot did not anything below create the assumption of public land as our nationwide treasure, owned by means of each citizen. The robber barons fought him and the rangers charged with conserving the reserves, yet at the same time TR's nationwide forests have been smoldering they have been stored: The heroism proven by way of those self same rangers grew to become public opinion completely in desire of the forests, though it replaced the challenge of the wooded area provider with outcomes felt within the fires of this day.

THE massive BURN tells an epic tale, paints a relocating portrait of the folks who lived it, and gives a serious cautionary story for our time.

Show description

(more…)

Download E-books Kongo: Eine Geschichte PDF

By David van Reybrouck

Fesselnd und atemberaubend erzählt David van Reybrouck die Geschichte Kongos, wie wir sie noch nie gelesen haben. Der Autor, der den Bogen von der kolonialen Gewaltherrschaft unter Leopold II. über die 32jährige Mobutu-Diktatur bis hinein in die Gegenwart spannt, berichtet aus der eindrücklichen Perspektive derjenigen, die in ihrem Land leiden, kämpfen, leben ? im Mittelpunkt stehen die Träume, Hoffnungen und Schicksale der sogenannten einfachen Bevölkerung. Für sein mehrfach preisgekröntes Buch hat der Autor zahlreiche Reisen in das zentralafrikanische Land unternommen, in dem er einzigartige Interviews führen konnte. Der Älteste, mit dem er sprach, wurde 1882 geboren. Seine Stimme und die vieler hundert anderer, Kindersoldaten und Rebellenführer, Politiker und Missionare, machen dieses Buch zu einer Sensation. Mit zahlreichen Augenzeugenberichten, bisher unbekannten Dokumenten aus Archiven und Van Reybroucks fundierter Kenntnis der Forschung stellt es einen Meilenstein auf dem Gebiet der Sachbuchliteratur dar.

Note: Retail Quality

Show description

(more…)

Download E-books Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction PDF

By Chris Gosden

Some of the generic features of contemporary existence are not any greater than a century or outdated, but our deep social buildings and talents have been in huge degree constructed through small bands of our prehistoric ancestors many millennia in the past. during this booklet, readers are invited to imagine heavily approximately who we're through contemplating who we've been.

Show description

(more…)

Download E-books A History of Alabama's Deadliest Tornadoes: Disaster in Dixie PDF

By Kelly Kazek

Trip simply west of America's notorious twister Alley to Alabama, domestic to a couple of the deadliest tornadoes of the previous century. those twisters stay etched within the collective reminiscence of the folks, from the 1908 Dixie twister, considered as some of the most brutal tornadoes in U.S. background, to the 1998 Birmingham twister, the costliest tornado in Alabama's heritage. detect how the 1932 Deep South Tornadoes led to 268 fatalities and hundreds of thousands of bucks in harm, and browse the terrifying account of the 1977 Smithfield Tornadoes, which rocked this Birmingham suburb with as many as six twisters in a one-hour span. sign up for neighborhood journalist Kelly Kazek as she stocks the stories of those ordinary mess ups and the hardy Alabamians who continued them.

Show description

(more…)

Download E-books Early Dynastic Egypt PDF

By Toby A.H. Wilkinson

Early Dynastic Egypt spans the 5 centuries previous the development of the good Pyramid at Giza. This was once the formative interval of historic Egyptian civilization, and it witnessed the production of a particular tradition that was once to suffer for 3,000 years. This ebook examines the history to that fab fulfillment, the mechanisms during which it used to be complete, and the nature of lifestyles within the Nile valley throughout the first 500 years of Pharaonic rule.
The result of over thirty years of overseas scholarship and excavation are awarded in one hugely illustrated quantity. It lines the re-discovery of Early Dynastic Egypt, explains how the dynasties tested themselves in executive and concludes through interpreting the influence of the early country on person groups and areas.

Show description

(more…)

Download E-books A Brief History of Economics: Artful Approaches to the Dismal Science PDF

By E Ray Canterbery

Mixing earlier and current, this short historical past of economics is the ideal booklet for introducing scholars to the sector. a quick heritage of Economics illustrates how the guidelines of the nice economists not just motivated societies yet have been themselves formed through their cultural milieu. realizing the economists' visions - lucidly and vividly unveiled via Canterbery - permits readers to put economics inside of a broader group of principles. Magically, the writer hyperlinks Adam Smith to Isaac Newton's concept of an orderly universe, F Scott Fitzgerald's the nice Gatsby to Thorstein Veblen, John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath to the nice melancholy, and Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities to Reaganomics. the second one variation is correct up to date with a full of life dialogue of the industrial crises of 2007-2010.Often funny, Canterbery's effortless kind will make the student's first foray into economics full of life and suitable. Readers will brush aside ''dismal'' from the technology.

Show description

(more…)

Download E-books Agincourt: The King; the Campaign; the Battle PDF

By Juliet Barker

Whilst Henry V and his 'band of brothers' defeated the assembled may well of French chivalry on a wet October day in 1415, it used to be a defining second in English heritage. opposed to the entire odds, 9,000 exhausted English males claimed victory from a military of 20,000 and for 6 centuries the conflict of Agincourt has educated the nation's self-image and been celebrated as a triumph of the underdog. yet what's the fact at the back of the conflict upon which such a lot of legends were equipped? during this landmark research of Agincourt, writer Juliet Barker attracts upon an important diversity of resources to offer a compelling account of the conflict. yet she additionally seems in the back of the motion at the box to color a portrait of the age, relocating from the ambition of kings to the dynamics of everyday life in peace and struggle.

Show description

(more…)

Download E-books The History of the World (6th Edition) PDF

By Odd Arne Westad, J. M. Roberts

J.M. Roberts's well known History of the World is greatly thought of the best on hand one-volume survey of the most important occasions, advancements, and personalities of the recognized earlier, providing generations of readers a travel of the huge panorama of human history.

In this new version, Bancroft Prize-winning historian bizarre Arne Westad has thoroughly revised this landmark paintings to deliver the narrative as much as the twenty-first century, together with the 11th of September assaults and the wars within the heart East. Westad makes use of the striking earnings in scholarship in contemporary a long time to augment the book's insurance of early human existence and tremendously enhance the therapy of India and China, significant Eurasia, early Islam, and the past due Byzantine Empire, in addition to the background of technology, know-how, and economics. the result's a really outstanding paintings of compression and synthesis, sweeping via hundreds of thousands of years of historical past, weaving the tales of empires, paintings, faith, economics, and technology right into a lucid and interesting narrative. starting from the early hominids and the emergence of Mesopotamian civilizations and historic Egypt, the booklet illuminates such issues because the Roman Empire, the explosive arrival of Islam, the increase and fall of samurai rule in Japan, the medieval kingdoms of sub-Saharan Africa, the Mongol conquests, and the early sleek growth of Europe around the globe; additionally coated are the fight for American independence, the French Revolution, the colonial empires, Japan's startling modernization, and the realm Wars.

With over ninety informative maps, The historical past of the World continues to be the best, such a lot readable survey in print.

Show description

(more…)

Download E-books A History of the Franks PDF

By Gregory of Tours, Lewis Thorp

A dramatic narrative of French heritage within the 6th century. Gregory of excursions (c.A.D. 539-594) meant his background to be a chronicle of occasions and integrated the 21 years he spent as Bishop of excursions. This quantity includes all ten books of the heritage. As Gregory unravels the bewildering occasions of these many years, what emerges is not any dry historic record yet a colourful, particular and relocating competition.

Show description

(more…)