The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy

By Adrienne Mayor

Machiavelli praised his army genius. eu royalty sought out his mystery elixir opposed to poison. His existence encouraged Mozart's first opera, whereas for hundreds of years poets and playwrights recited bloody, romantic stories of his victories, defeats, intrigues, concubines, and mysterious dying. yet earlier no sleek historian has acknowledged the complete tale of Mithradates, the ruthless king and visionary insurgent who challenged the ability of Rome within the first century BC. during this richly illustrated book--the first biography of Mithradates in fifty years--Adrienne Mayor combines a storyteller's presents with the latest archaeological and clinical discoveries to inform the story of Mithradates because it hasn't ever been advised before.

The Poison King describes a lifestyles brimming with spectacle and pleasure. Claiming Alexander the good and Darius of Persia as ancestors, Mithradates inherited a filthy rich Black Sea nation at age fourteen after his mom poisoned his father. He fled into exile and lower back in triumph to develop into a ruler of brilliant intelligence and fierce ambition. Hailed as a savior by means of his fans and feared as a moment Hannibal via his enemies, he estimated a grand jap empire to rival Rome. After massacring 80 thousand Roman voters in 88 BC, he seized Greece and modern day Turkey. battling probably the most awesome battles in historical heritage, he dragged Rome right into a lengthy around of wars and threatened to invade Italy itself. His uncanny skill to elude catch and surge again after devastating losses unnerved the Romans, whereas his mastery of toxins allowed him to foil assassination makes an attempt and put off rivals.

The Poison King is a gripping account of 1 of Rome's such a lot relentless yet least understood foes.

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德川家康07:南征北战(Tokugawa Ieyasu, Book 7)

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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Black Skin, White Masks

By Frantz Fanon

Few glossy voices have had as profound an impression at the black id and demanding race conception as Frantz Fanon, and Black pores and skin, White mask  represents a few of his most vital paintings. Fanon’s masterwork is now to be had in a brand new translation that updates its language for a brand new new release of readers.
A significant effect on civil rights, anti-colonial, and black recognition hobbies all over the world, Black dermis, White Masks is the unsurpassed research of the black psyche in a white global. Hailed for its medical research and poetic grace while it was once first released in 1952, the publication continues to be an essential strength this day from essentially the most very important theorists of progressive fight, colonialism, and racial distinction in history.

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The Persian Night: Iran under the Khomeinist Revolution

By Amir Taheri

Who quite principles Iran at the present time? Are the boys in authentic positions basically puppets activated through hidden fingers? How are judgements made in a approach that looks so chaotic first and foremost look? Is the present political constitution doomed to clash? those are many of the questions that Amir Taheri addresses during this riveting and well timed book.

An anatomy of 1 of the main secretive regimes within the modern international, The Persian Night strains the ancient, non secular, cultural, and political roots of the Khomeinist revolution and analyzes how it has grown right into a pseudo-religious ideology over the last 3 a long time. Taheri dissects a regime that has hijacked a kingdom of seventy million humans and mobilized its assets for international “holy conflict” opposed to the us and its allies. From Khomeini’s “divine venture” to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s messianic crusade within the identify of the “Hidden Imam,” Iran is on a trajectory in the direction of war.

The Persian Night appears into the particular hyperlinks among the Islamic Republic and terrorist networks together with al-Qaeda and Hezballah; the truth of the Iranian nuclear software; the Islamic Republic’s war-making features and techniques; and the origins of the 3 Khomeinist phobias—women, Jews, and the United States.

But as Taheri demonstrates, Khomeinism isn't Iran. this present day there are competing Irans: the only manifested within the unfavourable Khomeinist energies that experience dragged the country into its darkish evening; the opposite drawing from the lengthy and celebrated heritage of Persian tradition whereas extending a pleasant hand to the West.

Successive U.S. administrations, in addition to such a lot eu governments, have did not comprehend the truth of the Khomeinist regime and now and then have even aided its pursuit of guns of mass destruction, together with a nuclear arsenal. Taheri offers a collection of resourceful feedback for greater methods of facing Iran.

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Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

“Sean Howe’s background of surprise makes a compulsively readable, riotous and heartbreaking model of my favourite tale, that of the way a host of weirdoes replaced the world…That it’s all actual is simply frosting at the cake.”
—Jonathan Lethem

“Exhaustively researched and artfully assembled, this booklet is a ancient exploration, a hard work of affection, and a dwelling representation of ways the most eldritch corners of the counterculture can occasionally turn into the culture-at-large.”
— Chuck Klosterman

In the early Nineteen Sixties, wonder Comics brought a chain of bright-costumed superhero characters—including Iron guy, the Hulk, Thor, the X-Men, the wonderful 4, Daredevil, and the fantastic Spider-Man—that may evolve right into a glossy American mythology for thousands of readers. during the last half-century, those characters were handed alongside between generations of outstanding editors, artists, and writers who struggled with advertisement mandates, a fickle viewers, and, over concerns of credits and regulate, each other. Written by means of Sean Howe, former comedian e-book reviewer and editor at Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Comics: The Untold Story is a gripping narrative of 1 of the main remarkable, loved, and beleaguered pop cultural entities in America’s historical past.

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Mesopotamia: Writing, Reasoning, and the Gods

By Jean Bottéro

Our ancestors, the Mesopotamians, invented writing and with it a brand new manner of taking a look at the realm. during this selection of essays, the French pupil Jean Bottero makes an attempt to return to the instant which marks the very starting of history.

To supply the reader a few experience of the way Mesopotamian civilization has been mediated and interpreted in its transmission via time, Bottero starts off with an account of Assyriology, the self-discipline dedicated to the traditional tradition. This transmission, compounded with numerous discoveries, should not have been attainable with out the amazing decipherment of the cuneiform writing procedure. Bottero additionally makes a speciality of divination within the historical international, contending that convinced modes of worship in Mesopotamia, of their program of causality and facts, prefigure the "scientific mind."

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The Money Culture

By Michael Lewis

The vintage warts-and-all portrait of the Nineteen Eighties monetary scene.

The Eighties was once the main outrageous and turbulent period within the monetary marketplace because the crash of '29, not just on Wall road yet around the globe. Michael Lewis, as a trainee at Salomon Brothers in big apple and as an funding banker and later monetary journalist, used to be uniquely situated to chronicle the ambition and folly that fueled the last decade.

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Daily Life in Ancient Rome: The People and the City at the Height of the Empire

This vintage booklet brings to lifestyles imperial Rome because it was once through the moment century A.D., the time of Trajan and Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, and Commodus. It was once a interval marked by means of lavish screens of wealth, a stunning cultural combine, and the arrival of Christianity. The beauty and squalor of town, the spectacles, and the day's workouts are reconstructed from an incredible fund of archaeological proof and from bright descriptions by way of historic poets, satirists, letter-writers, and novelists--from Petronius to Pliny the more youthful. In a brand new creation, the eminent classicist Mary Beard appraises the book's enduring--and occasionally surprising--influence and its price for basic readers and scholars. She additionally offers an up to date bibliographic essay.

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Colonial Crucible: Empire in the Making of the Modern American State

At the tip of the 19th century the us quickly occupied a string of small islands dotting the Caribbean and Western Pacific, from Puerto Rico and Cuba to Hawaii and the Philippines. Colonial Crucible: Empire within the Making of the fashionable American State unearths how this scan in direct territorial rule subtly yet profoundly formed U.S. coverage and practice—both in a foreign country and, crucially, at domestic. Edited via Alfred W. McCoy and Francisco A. Scarano, the essays during this quantity express how the problem of ruling such far-flung territories strained the U.S. nation to its limits, growing either the necessity and the chance for daring social experiments now not but attainable in the usa itself. Plunging Washington’s rudimentary forms into the white warmth of nationalist revolution and imperial contention, colonialism was once a crucible of switch in American statecraft. From a spread of the government to the production of agile public-private networks for more desirable international governance, U.S. empire produced far-reaching innovations.
    relocating way past thought, this quantity takes your next step, including a fine-grained, empirical texture to the learn of U.S. imperialism via studying its particular results. throughout a large variety of institutions—policing and prisons, schooling, race kin, public health and wellbeing, legislations, the army, and environmental management—this formative event left a long-lasting institutional imprint. With each one essay distilling years, occasionally many years, of scholarship right into a concise argument, Colonial Crucible unearths the roots of a legacy obtrusive, so much lately, in Washington’s misadventures within the heart East.

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