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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 ultimately die. In Atlas of misplaced Cities, Aude de Tocqueville tells the compelling narrative of the increase and fall of such impressive areas as Pompeii, Teotihuacán, and Angkor. She additionally information the fewer renowned areas, together with Centralia, an deserted Pennsylvania city fed on through unquenchable underground fireplace; Nova Citas de Kilamba in Angola, the place housing, colleges, and shops have been outfitted for 500,000 those who by no means got here; and Epecuen, a vacationer city in Argentina that used to be swallowed up through water. appealing, unique art exhibits the site of the misplaced towns and depicts how they appeared after they thrived.

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Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor

By Anthony Everitt

He came upon Rome made from clay and left it made up of marble. As Rome’s first emperor, Augustus remodeled the unruly Republic into the best empire the area had ever obvious. His consolidation and growth of Roman strength thousand years in the past laid the rules, for all of Western heritage to stick with. but, regardless of Augustus’s accomplishments, only a few biographers have targeting the guy himself, as an alternative picking to chronicle the age within which he lived. right here, Anthony Everitt, the bestselling writer of Cicero, offers a spellbinding and intimate account of his illustrious topic.

Augustus begun his occupation as an green youngster plucked from his reports to take middle degree within the drama of Roman politics, assisted via college acquaintances, Agrippa and Maecenas. Augustus’s upward thrust to strength begun with the assassination of his great-uncle and adoptive father, Julius Caesar, and culminated within the gigantic duel with Mark Antony and Cleopatra.
The international that made Augustus–and that he himself later remade–was pushed via intrigue, intercourse, rite, violence, scandal, and bare ambition. Everitt has taken the various family names of history–Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Antony, Cleopatra–whom few be aware of the total fact approximately, and became them into flesh-and-blood human beings.

At a time whilst many think about the USA an empire, this lovely portrait of the best emperor who ever lived makes for enlightening and engrossing analyzing. Everitt brings to existence the area of a large, rendered faithfully and sympathetically in human scale. A research of energy and political genius, Augustus is a shiny, compelling biography of 1 of crucial rulers in history.

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination

By Barry Strauss

During this tale of the main recognized assassination in heritage, “the final bloody day of the [Roman] Republic hasn't ever been painted so brilliantly” (The Wall road Journal).

Julius Caesar used to be stabbed to loss of life within the Roman Senate on March 15, forty four BC—the Ides of March based on the Roman calendar. He used to be, says writer Barry Strauss, the final casualty of 1 civil conflict and the 1st casualty of the following civil struggle, which might finish the Roman Republic and inaugurate the Roman Empire. “The loss of life of Caesar presents a clean examine a well-trodden occasion, with incredible storytelling guaranteed to encourage awe” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

Why used to be Caesar killed? For political purposes, regularly. The conspirators desired to go back Rome to the times whilst the Senate governed, yet Caesar was hoping to go alongside his new powers to his relations, specially Octavian. The valuable plotters have been Brutus, Cassius (both former allies of Pompey), and Decimus. The final used to be a number one common and shut pal of Caesar’s who felt betrayed by means of the good guy: He used to be the mole in Caesar’s camp. yet after the assassination every little thing went mistaken. The killers left the physique within the Senate and Caesar’s allies held a public funeral. Mark Antony made an excellent speech—not “Friends, Romans, Countrymen” as Shakespeare had it, yet anything inflammatory that prompted a insurrection. The conspirators fled Rome. Brutus and Cassius raised a military in Greece yet Antony and Octavian defeated them.

An unique, new point of view on an occasion that turns out popular, The dying of Caesar is “one of the main riveting hour-by-hour money owed of Caesar’s ultimate day i've got read....An completely brilliant learn” (The Times, London).

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HMS London: Warships of the Royal Navy

By Iain Ballantyne

There is not any present warship within the Royal army referred to as HMS London, yet vessels sporting the identify have featured for higher or worse in one of the most arguable episodes of British naval history.
For instance, the wood wall battleship HMS London of the overdue 18th Century might be referred to as ‘the send that misplaced the US’ whereas the heavy cruiser of WW2 was once command vessel for the escort strength that did not shield the debatable convoy PQ17.
In ‘HMS London’ the genuine tales in the back of these headlines are advised, no longer least supplying a grim insider standpoint at the Arctic convoys, which accurately broke the heavy cruiser as well as demoralizing the sailors and marines who sailed in her.
It is, notwithstanding, a story of winning over the darkish satanic seas of the Arctic, of studying from the errors of PQ17 and finally enduring within the face of the enemy, the weather and an ungrateful Stalin.
Examining the tales of HMS Londons the entire means from the English Civil warfare, in the course of the conflict of Copenhagen in 1801 - the place Nelson famously missed indications to wreck off the motion displayed by way of HMS London - we additionally study of the pre-dreadnought London’s participation within the ill-fated Dardanelles crusade of WW1.
Iain Ballantyne’s attention-grabbing and energetic account of the lives of British warships named London basically seems to be at historical past from the point of view of the lads who have been there, together with her post-WW2 undertaking below a typhoon of fireplace from chinese language communist forces to rescue the frigate Amethyst.

In addition to analyze in quite a few information, one of the humans Iain interviewed for the publication have been veterans of the Arctic convoys of WW2, the Yangtse Incident and warriors of the chilly conflict and 1991 Gulf struggle. all of it provides as much as a completely researched and interesting narrative of naval history.

Adding to the authenticity of the story, Iain even sailed to Russia within the final HMS London, a sort 22 guided-missile frigate, in August 1991. in the course of a WW2 convoy re-enactment the send used to be virtually hit by means of a tradition torpedo introduced from a Soviet submarine and needed to take evasive motion.

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A Cultural History of the Modern Age, Volume 3

By Egon Friedell

A Cultural heritage of the trendy Age: The obstacle of the ecu Soul

Volume 3 of A Cultural heritage of the trendy Age finishes a trip that starts with Descartes within the first quantity and ends with Freud and the psychoanalytical stream within the 3rd quantity. Friedell describes the contents of those books as a sequence of performances, beginning with the delivery of the fellow of the fashionable Age, by means of flowering of this epoch, and concludes with the loss of life of the trendy Age.

This large panorama presents an intertwining of the cloth and the cultural, the civil and the army, from the excessive issues of artistic flowering in Europe to loss of life and vacancy. the topics exhibit a number of messages: romanticism and liberalism opens the cultural scene, encased in a move from The Congress of Vienna and its claims of peaceable co-existence to the Franco-German struggle. the ultimate section covers the interval from Bismarck's new release to international battle I. In every one example, the quotidian lifetime of fight, racial, spiritual, and social classification is obvious in the course of the lens of the robust figures of the period.

The works of the period's nice figures are proven within the new mild of the human look for symbolism, the quest for superman, the increase of individualism and decline of heritage as a resource for wisdom. This 3rd quantity is painted in darkish colours, a foreboding of the realm that used to be to return, of political extremes, and highbrow exaggerations. the writer appears ahead to a postmodern Europe within which there's a faint glean of sunshine from the opposite aspect. What really seemed used to be the glare of Nazism and Communism, each one claiming the future.

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Representing Agrippina: Constructions of Female Power in the Early Roman Empire (American Philological Association American Classical Studies)

By Judith Ginsburg

Agrippina the more youthful, spouse of the emperor Claudius and mom of his successor Nero, wielded energy and authority on the heart of the Roman empire in methods unrivaled by means of nearly the other girl in Roman heritage. Such, no less than, is the portrait of Agrippina brought via our assets and perpetuated in glossy scholarship. during this posthumous paintings, Judith Ginsburg presents a clean examine either the literary and fabric representations of Agrippina. in contrast to past remedies, she seeks neither to sentence nor to rehabilitate Agrippina. Nor does she pastime to exhume the "real Agrippina" from the decorated or fabricated pictures came across one of the ancients. Ginsburg trains her concentrate on the representations themselves. Her painstaking dissection of the portrayals through historians exposes the rhetorical tropes, the recurrent motifs, and the craft that formed the literary photograph of Agrippina. The designs, as Ginsburg indicates, have been greater than literary prospers. They aimed to blur the bounds among the family and the imperial nation-states, deploying just like Agrippina as domineering spouse and mom to indicate the issues and instability of the regime, a dysfunctional family members entailing a dysfunctional procedure of governance. Gender inversions at domestic performed themselves out at the public scene as imperial rule compromised via woman ascendancy. Distorted stereotypes of the "wicked stepmother," the domineering girl, and the sexual transgessor have been utilized to underscore the violations of prestige and disruption of gender family that characterised the imperial management. Ginsburg has as prepared a watch for visible (mis)representations as for literary ones. The depictions of Agrippina on coinage and statuary supply a stark distinction with the written facts. She looks as matron and priestess, emblematic of household rectitude and public piety, and a significant determine within the continuity of the dynasty. Ginsburg incisively demonstrates the capacity wherein Agrippina's imagery used to be molded either to serve the pursuits of the Julio-Claudian regime and to improve the ends of its critics.

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First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama

Betty Boyd Caroli's engrossing and informative First Ladies is either an enthralling learn and a necessary source for someone drawn to the position of America's First girls. This elevated and up to date fourth version contains Laura Bush's tenure, Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential bid, and an in-depth examine Michelle Obama, probably the most charismatic and attractive First girls in contemporary heritage.
protecting all 41 girls from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama and together with the daughters, daughters-in-law, and sisters of presidents who occasionally served as First girls, Caroli explores every one woman's history, marriage, and accomplishments and screw ups in place of work. This remarkably assorted lot integrated Abigail Adams, whose "remember the women" grew to become a twentieth-century feminist chorus; Jane Pierce, who prayed her husband might lose the election; Helen Taft, who insisted on dwelling within the White condo, even if her husband may have most well liked a judgeship; Eleanor Roosevelt, who epitomized the politically concerned First girl; and Pat Nixon, who perfected what a few have referred to as "the robotic image." They ranged in age from early 20s to past due 60s; a few got really good educations for his or her time, whereas others had very little education. together with the brave and adventurous, the emotionally risky, the bold, and the reserved, those girls frequently didn't healthy the conventional expectancies of a presidential helpmate.
right here then is a fascinating portrait of ways each one First girl replaced the position and the way the position replaced in line with American tradition. those girls left remarkably whole files, and their tales supply us a window wherein to view not just this actual sorority of girls, but in addition American girls in general.

"Impressive...Caroli's profiles and observations of yankee first girls and their dating to the media are clever and perceptive." --Philadelphia Inquirer

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Dickens's England: Life in Victorian Times

Victorian England was once, in Tennyson's word, an lousy second of transition. A society dependent mostly on agriculture, conventional values, and social hierarchies was once remodeled into one either inspired and unsettled through extraordinary development in technological know-how, expertise, undefined, urbanization and inhabitants, and profound wondering of politics, morality, and faith. Its writers energetically printed their responses to the days and the impact that the sort of speedily altering international had upon them. This choice of the very best, wittiest, and most unique Victorian writing makes use of cautious observations and acute reviews to convey to lifestyles the diversity, the strength, and the usually harsh fact of the society that produced and encouraged considered one of England's most famed authors.

In addition to Dickens, Pritchard makes use of choices that disguise all points of Victorian lifestyles, together with Henry Mayhew (on the London poor), Elizabeth Gaskell and Engels (on the commercial periods and conditions), William Cobbett and Francis Kilvert (on rural life), Trollope (on Church life), Huxley and Darwin (on technology and evolution), and Carlyle, Ruskin, and Matthew Arnold (on paintings and culture). He additionally offers excerpts from traveling commentators corresponding to the americans Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville. including 50 illustrations, those choices mix to specific the spirit of what Elizabeth Barrett Browning known as this reside, throbbing age, that brawls, cheats, maddens, calculates, [and] aspires.

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