Make It a Green Peace!: The Rise of Countercultural Environmentalism

The emergence of Greenpeace within the past due Nineteen Sixties from a loose-knit workforce of anti-nuclear and anti-whaling activists essentially replaced the character of environmentalism--its goal, philosophy, and tactics--around the area. And but there was no finished target background of Greenpeace's origins-until now.

Make It a eco-friendly Peace! attracts upon assembly mins, inner correspondence, manifestos, philosophical writings, and interviews with former participants to provide the 1st complete account of the origins of what has develop into the main recognizable environmental non-governmental association on this planet. Situating Greenpeace in the peace stream and counterculture of the Sixties, Frank Zelko offers a miles deeper remedy of the group's groundbreaking model of radical, media-savvy, direct-action environmentalism than has been formerly tried. Zelko strains the advanced highbrow and cultural roots of Greenpeace to many of the protest pursuits of the Fifties and Sixties, highlighting the impression of Quakerism--with its perform of bearing witness--Native American spirituality, and the non-violent resistance of Gandhi. not like the extra strait-laced, much less confrontational Sierra membership and Audubon Society, early Greenpeacers smoked dope, dropped acid, wore their hair lengthy, and positioned their our bodies at the line--interposing themselves among the harpoons of whalers and the golf equipment of seal-hunters--to shop the animals and accomplish what they was hoping will be a long-lasting transformation within the manner people appeared the wildlife. And whereas it could actually now not have completed its such a lot innovative objectives, Greenpeace inarguably created a heightened knowledge of environmental matters that endures to today.

Narrating the main campaigns and arguments one of the group's early individuals, Make It a eco-friendly Peace! vividly captures all of the drama, pathos, and low moments of absurd comedian aid of Greenpeace's tumultuous first decade.

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The Floor of Heaven: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush

By Howard Blum

It's the final decade of the nineteenth century. The Wild West has been tamed and its fierce, autonomous and sometimes violent larger-than-life figures – gun-toting wanderers, trappers, prospectors, Indian warring parties, cowboys, and lawmen –are now sufferers in their personal good fortune. they're heroes who’ve outlived their usefulness.
But then gold is found in Alaska and the adjoining Canadian Klondike and a brand new frontier without notice looms - a big unexplored territory packed with frozen waterways, darkish spruce forests, and towering mountains capped by way of glistening layers of snow and ice.

“Klondicitis,” a giddy mixture of greed and lust for experience, ignites a stampede. Fleeing the depths of a world monetary melancholy and pushed by means of starry-eyed visions of sizeable wealth, tens of millions rush northward.

Joining this throng of greenhorns and grifters, whores and highwaymen, sourdoughs and seers are 3 unforgettable males. In a true-life story that rivets from the 1st web page, we meet Charlie Siringo, a top-hand sharp-shooting cowboy who, after futilely attempting to cool down along with his new bride, turns into one of many Pinkerton Detective Agency’s shrewdest; George Carmack, a California-born American Marine who’s followed through an Indian tribe, increases a relations with a Taglish squaw, makes the invention that starts the Yukon Gold Rush – and turns into fabulously wealthy; and Soapy Smith, a sly and artistic predator-conman who principles an enormous felony empire.

As we stick with this trio’s lives, we’re led inexorably right into a puzzling secret. A fortune in gold bars has by some means been stolen from the fortress-like Treadwell Mine in Juneau, Alaska, without clues as to how the thieves made off with such an immensely heavy cargo.  To many it seems that the crime is not really solved.  But the Pinkerton business enterprise has a name for locating the solutions that elude others.  Charged with getting the activity performed is Charlie Siringo who discovers that, to run the thieves to flooring, he needs to embark on a rugged cross-territory odyssey that would lead him throughout frigid waters and during a frozen wilderness.  finally, he’ll have his quarry in his attractions. yet then an extra problem will current itself.  He needs to face down Soapy Smith and his gang of three hundred cutthroats.  Hanging within the stability: George Carmack’s fortune in gold.

At as soon as a compelling true-life secret and an unforgettable portrait of a time in America’s heritage while millions have been fired with a imaginative and prescient of riches so incredible as to be worthy any cost, The ground of Heaven is usually a thrilling tribute to the braveness and undaunted spirit of the lads and girls who assisted in shaping America.

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Five Revenge Tragedies: The Spanish Tragedy; Hamlet; Antonio's Revenge; The Tragedy of Hoffman; The Revenger's Tragedy

By William Shakespeare, Thomas Middleton, John Marston, Thomas Kyd, Henry Chettle

A new, authoritative version of 5 vintage revenge plays

As the Elizabethan period gave solution to the reign of James I, England grappled with corruption in the royal courtroom and common spiritual nervousness. Dramatists replied with morally advanced performs of darkish wit and violent spectacle, exploring the character of dying, the abuse of strength, and vigilante justice. This anthology offers 5 the most important tragedies of the period accrued jointly for the 1st time, together with Shakespeare's 1603 model of Hamlet and Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy, a ferocious satire that displays the mounting disillusionment of the age.

The advent through Shakespeare student Emma Smith explores the political and non secular weather in the back of the performs, in addition to their dramatic conventions.

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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

By Isabel Wilkerson

In this epic, fantastically written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of many nice untold tales of yankee heritage: the decades-long migration of black voters who fled the South for northern and western towns, looking for a greater life.

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 From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of virtually six million humans replaced the face of the US. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of different peoples in background. She interviewed greater than 1000 humans, and won entry to new facts and legit documents, to write down this definitive and vividly dramatic account of the way those American trips spread out, changing our towns, our kingdom, and ourselves.
 
With attractive historic element, Wilkerson tells this tale throughout the lives of 3 specified members: Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago, the place she completed quiet blue-collar luck and, in previous age, voted for Barack Obama while he ran for an Illinois Senate seat; sharp and quick-tempered George Starling, who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem, the place he endangered his activity scuffling with for civil rights, observed his relatives fall, and eventually discovered peace in God; and Robert Foster, who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a clinical profession, the non-public health practitioner to Ray Charles as a part of a glitteringly profitable clinical occupation, which allowed him to buy a grand domestic the place he frequently threw exuberant parties.

Wilkerson brilliantly captures their first treacherous and laborious cross-country journeys via automobile and educate and their new lives in colonies that grew into ghettos, in addition to how they replaced those towns with southern meals, religion, and tradition and superior them with self-discipline, force, and difficult paintings. either a riveting microcosm and an enormous review, The heat of different Suns is a daring, extraordinary, and riveting paintings, an excellent account of an “unrecognized immigration” inside our personal land. throughout the breadth of its narrative, the great thing about the writing, the intensity of its examine, and the fullness of the folk and lives portrayed herein, this e-book is destined to turn into a vintage.

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The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean world in the age of Philip II, Volume 1

By Fernand Braudel

This booklet specializes in the Mediterranean international of four hundred years in the past, however the viewpoint stretches again to the realm of Homer, and the foreground reaches as much as the twentieth century. In contemplating the Mediterranean's historical past it isn't treaties, wars and dynastic marriages that declare the author's realization, yet such questions as how lengthy it took for a shipment send to paintings its manner from Alicante to Alexandria, how a lot it rate to ship a distinct courier from Madrid to Paris, how humans lived and what they lived on and what occurred in towns like Venice, Naples or Constantinople.

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The Age of Chivalry

By Hywel Williams

The 500 years that separate the mid-tenth century from the mid-15th century represent a serious and formative interval within the heritage of Europe.

This was once the age of the method of felony and army legal responsibility referred to as 'feudalism', and of the delivery and consolidation of strong kingdoms in England, France and Spain; it used to be an period of urbanization and the growth of exchange, of the construction of the good Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals, of courtly romance and the paintings of the troubadour, and of the founding of celebrated seats of studying in Paris, Oxford and Bologna. however it was once additionally an epoch characterized by way of brutal army experience within the launching of armed pilgrimages to disencumber Jerusalem from Muslim keep watch over, of the brutal dynastic clash of the Hundred Years' warfare and of the devastating pandemic of the Black loss of life.

In a chain of scholarly yet obtainable articles - followed by way of an array of gorgeous and genuine photographs of the period, plus timelines, maps, boxed positive factors and show fees - distinct historian Hywel Williams sheds revelatory gentle on each point of a wealthy and complicated interval of eu heritage. Ottonians and Salians; upward thrust of the Capetians; Normans in England; delivery of the city-states; The Normans in Sicily; the 1st campaign; The Investiture contest; The Hohenstaufen; The Angevin Empire; 12th-century Renaissance; Triumph of the Capetians; The 3rd campaign; The Albigensian campaign; the distinction of Islamic Spain; the dominion of Naples; The Hundred Years warfare I; The Hundred Years warfare II; Avignon and the Schism; The Golden Age of Florence; The Reconquista; Popes, Saints and Heretics; Medieval society; Medieval tradition; Medieval struggle.

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The Little Book of Titanic: 100th Anniversary 1912-2012

By Sue Todd

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RMS giant used to be the biggest passenger steamship on the earth while she trigger on her maiden voyage from Southampton on April tenth 1912. 4 days into the journey on April 14th she struck an iceberg and sank, leading to the deaths of 1,517 humans in a single of the largest peacetime maritime failures in history.

This particular one centesimal anniversary booklet not just charts her fateful trip but additionally describes the media frenzy approximately her well-known sufferers, the legends surrounding the sinking, the ensuing adjustments to maritime legislation, and the invention of the destroy – all components that experience contributed to our long-held fascination with the ill-fated ocean liner.

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North Korea: The Paranoid Peninsula, A Modern History

By Paul French

North Korea continues to be one of many least understood international locations on the earth; a nuclear enabled "Hermit country" ravaged via fiscal mismanagement and reliant on unlawful guns revenues, smuggling and counterfeiting for many of its overseas reserves whereas present process a chronic famine and propped up through relief donations. no longer a regular state in any experience of the note, its nuclear guns application makes it a rustic whose activities can have worldwide ramifications. This publication demystifies North Korea via revealing the way of life of its electorate; the political and financial background of the state; the reasoning at the back of the country's combative approach of attractive the realm and the tentative financial reform method now being undertaken. the chance of a nuclear North Korea who prefer brinksmanship to engagement and negotiation, makes knowing Pyongyang's guiding rules, explanations and attainable destiny more and more important.

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Caligula: A Biography

By Aloys Winterling

The notorious emperor Caligula governed Rome from A.D. 37 to forty-one as a tyrant who eventually turned a monster. an extremely clever and cruelly witty guy, Caligula made his contemporaries worship him as a god. He drank pearls dissolved in vinegar and ate nutrition lined in gold leaf. He pressured women and men of excessive rank to have intercourse with him, became a part of his palace right into a brothel, and devoted incest together with his sisters. He desired to make his horse a consul. Torture and executions have been the order of the day. either smooth and historical interpretations have concluded from this alleged proof that Caligula used to be insane. yet used to be he?

This biography tells a unique tale of the well known emperor. In a deft account written for a common viewers, Aloys Winterling opens a brand new point of view at the guy and his instances. Basing Caligula on a radical new evaluate of the traditional assets, he units the emperor's tale into the context of the political process and the altering kinfolk among the senate and the emperor in the course of Caligula's time and reveals a brand new rationality explaining his infamous brutality.

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