Albion's Seed

Albion's Seed
Title Albion's Seed PDF eBook
Author David Hackett Fischer
Publisher Oxford University Press
Total Pages 972
Release 1991-03-14
Genre History
ISBN 9780199743698

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This fascinating book is the first volume in a projected cultural history of the United States, from the earliest English settlements to our own time. It is a history of American folkways as they have changed through time, and it argues a thesis about the importance for the United States of having been British in its cultural origins. While most people in the United States today have no British ancestors, they have assimilated regional cultures which were created by British colonists, even while preserving ethnic identities at the same time. In this sense, nearly all Americans are "Albion's Seed," no matter what their ethnicity may be. The concluding section of this remarkable book explores the ways that regional cultures have continued to dominate national politics from 1789 to 1988, and still help to shape attitudes toward education, government, gender, and violence, on which differences between American regions are greater than between European nations.

Sophie's World

Sophie's World
Title Sophie's World PDF eBook
Author Jostein Gaarder
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages 544
Release 2007-03-20
Genre Fiction
ISBN 1466804270

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One day Sophie comes home from school to find two questions in her mail: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" Before she knows it she is enrolled in a correspondence course with a mysterious philosopher. Thus begins Jostein Gaarder's unique novel, which is not only a mystery, but also a complete and entertaining history of philosophy.

Seeing Like a State

Seeing Like a State
Title Seeing Like a State PDF eBook
Author James C. Scott
Publisher Yale University Press
Total Pages 462
Release 2020-03-17
Genre Political Science
ISBN 0300252986

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“One of the most profound and illuminating studies of this century to have been published in recent decades.”—John Gray, New York Times Book Review Hailed as “a magisterial critique of top-down social planning” by the New York Times, this essential work analyzes disasters from Russia to Tanzania to uncover why states so often fail—sometimes catastrophically—in grand efforts to engineer their society or their environment, and uncovers the conditions common to all such planning disasters. “Beautifully written, this book calls into sharp relief the nature of the world we now inhabit.”—New Yorker “A tour de force.”— Charles Tilly, Columbia University

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451
Title Fahrenheit 451 PDF eBook
Author Ray Bradbury
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Total Pages 217
Release 2003-09-23
Genre Fiction
ISBN 0743247221

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Set in the future when "firemen" burn books forbidden by the totalitarian "brave new world" regime.

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nineteen Eighty-Four
Title Nineteen Eighty-Four PDF eBook
Author George Orwell
Publisher epubli
Total Pages 327
Release 2021-01-09
Genre Fiction
ISBN 3753145130

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"Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel", often published as "1984", is a dystopian social science fiction novel by English novelist George Orwell. It was published on 8 June 1949 by Secker & Warburg as Orwell's ninth and final book completed in his lifetime. Thematically, "Nineteen Eighty-Four" centres on the consequences of totalitarianism, mass surveillance, and repressive regimentation of persons and behaviours within society. Orwell, himself a democratic socialist, modelled the authoritarian government in the novel after Stalinist Russia. More broadly, the novel examines the role of truth and facts within politics and the ways in which they are manipulated. The story takes place in an imagined future, the year 1984, when much of the world has fallen victim to perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, historical negationism, and propaganda. Great Britain, known as Airstrip One, has become a province of a totalitarian superstate named Oceania that is ruled by the Party who employ the Thought Police to persecute individuality and independent thinking. Big Brother, the leader of the Party, enjoys an intense cult of personality despite the fact that he may not even exist. The protagonist, Winston Smith, is a diligent and skillful rank-and-file worker and Outer Party member who secretly hates the Party and dreams of rebellion. He enters into a forbidden relationship with a colleague, Julia, and starts to remember what life was like before the Party came to power.

Eat Pray Love

Eat Pray Love
Title Eat Pray Love PDF eBook
Author Elizabeth Gilbert
Publisher Riverhead Books
Total Pages 358
Release 2010-06-29
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 0143118420

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A celebrated writer pens an irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life.

The Black Jacobins

The Black Jacobins
Title The Black Jacobins PDF eBook
Author C.L.R. James
Publisher Vintage
Total Pages 465
Release 2023-08-22
Genre History
ISBN 0593687337

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A powerful and impassioned historical account of the largest successful revolt by enslaved people in history: the Haitian Revolution of 1791–1803 “One of the seminal texts about the history of slavery and abolition.... Provocative and empowering.” —The New York Times Book Review The Black Jacobins, by Trinidadian historian C. L. R. James, was the first major analysis of the uprising that began in the wake of the storming of the Bastille in France and became the model for liberation movements from Africa to Cuba. It is the story of the French colony of San Domingo, a place where the brutality of plantation owners toward enslaved people was horrifyingly severe. And it is the story of a charismatic and barely literate enslaved person named Toussaint L’Ouverture, who successfully led the Black people of San Domingo against successive invasions by overwhelming French, Spanish, and English forces—and in the process helped form the first independent post-colonial nation in the Caribbean. With a new introduction (2023) by Professor David Scott.