Dark Paradise: A History of Opiate Addiction in America (Enlarged Edition)

By David T. Courtwright

In a newly enlarged variation of this eye-opening ebook, David T. Courtwright deals an unique interpretation of a perplexing bankruptcy in American social and scientific heritage: the dramatic switch within the development of opiate addiction--from good upper-class matrons to lower-class city men, usually with a legal list. difficult the existing view that the shift resulted from harsh new legislation, Courtwright indicates that the the most important function used to be performed by means of the scientific instead of the felony profession.
Dark Paradise tells the tale not just from the perspective of felony and clinical resources, but additionally from the point of view of addicts themselves. With the addition of a brand new creation and new chapters on heroin habit and therapy in view that 1940, Courtwright has up to date this compelling paintings of social background for the current challenge of the Drug conflict.

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Protest Nation: Words That Inspired A Century of American Radicalism

By John McMillian

Protest Nation is a advisor in the course of the speeches, letters, broadsides, essays, and manifestos that shape the spine of the yankee radical culture within the 20th century. With examples from socialists, feminists, union organizers, civil-rights staff, homosexual and lesbian activists, and environmentalists that experience served as beacons for hundreds of thousands, the amount additionally contains short introductory essays through the editors that offer a wealthy biographical and ancient context for every choice integrated. choices contain a fiery speech by means of socialist Eugene Debs, an brilliant treatise on animal liberation by means of Peter Singer, "Silent Spring" by way of Rachel Carson, Harvey Milk's "The wish Speech" and plenty of others.

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Titanic: History in an Hour

By Sinead Fitzgibbon

Love historical past? be aware of your stuff with historical past in an Hour.

The sinking of the gigantic a hundred years in the past in 1912, and the next deaths of over 1,500 passengers, despatched surprise waves world wide. by no means prior to or considering has a maritime catastrophe in a time of peace had such an impact.

TITANIC: historical past IN AN HOUR is an wonderful and good researched account of the occasions prime as much as the sinking of this ‘unsinkable’ send, delivering an interesting observation at the pressures of the White superstar Line, the significance of sophistication to Titanic’s unlucky passengers and the legacy of the catastrophe in Britain and the USA. TITANIC:HISTORY IN AN HOUR is a gripping and available account.

Know your stuff: examine the mammoth in exactly one hour.

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Takur Ghar - the SEALs and Rangers on Roberts Ridge, Afghanistan 2002

By Leigh Neville

Osprey Raid sequence #39

In the early morning hours of March four, 2002, a reconnaissance staff people military SEALs from the Tier One Naval targeted struggle improvement team hooked up to Joint distinctive Operations job strength eleven tried to infiltrate onto an Afghan mountain height in help of what was once then the most important operation carried out by means of US forces seeing that Vietnam, Operation Anaconda. The SEALs have been tasked with developing covert remark posts to name in air moves on al Qaeda positions within the notorious Shah-i-Khot Valley with regards to the Afghan-Pakistan border.

Anaconda was once designed to have interaction huge numbers of international al Qaeda warring parties who had fled to the valley after the overthrow in their hosts, the Taliban executive and the later conflict of Tora Bora in December 2001 which compelled some of the international combatants towards the border and into the Shah-i-Khot, a standard safe haven of mujahideen within the Eighties. Anaconda introduced jointly either traditional American forces and a wide choice of US and Coalition targeted operations forces to seek down the al Qaeda remnants.

As the SEAL's distinct operation Chinook, flown via the Nightstalkers of the one hundred and sixtieth unique Operations Aviation Regiment, tried to land at the height of the 11,000 foot Takur Ghar, hidden al Qaeda defenders sprang an ambush. The Chinook used to be struck through RPGs and small fingers fireplace and banked away to flee. within the method, a SEAL fell from the rear ramp and tumbled into the snow lower than. The crippled Chinook controlled to flee the ambush and land a number of kilometres away.

A moment Chinook was once dispatched which picked up the SEAL staff and flew them again to the height of Takur Ghar in a determined look for the lacking SEAL. because the SEALs and their Air strength wrestle Controller exited the helicopter they have been instantly engaged by means of the al Qaeda defenders. A ferocious firefight erupted leading to the demise of the wrestle Controller and SEALs being wounded. ultimately the outnumbered SEALs have been compelled to withdraw from the peak.

At Bagram, the duty strength eleven quickly response strength was once introduced to try a rescue of the SEALs. The QRF used to be made from Nightstalker Chinooks wearing military Rangers and Air strength wrestle Controllers and Para Rescue Jumpers, experts in strive against seek and Rescue. as a result of either command problems and communications difficulties, the single of the QRF Chinooks by no means got a caution approximately touchdown at the top. as an alternative, the Chinook landed at once onto the height and into the attractions of al Qaeda.

The Chinook was once instantly struck via RPG, recoilless rifle and heavy computing device gun fireplace killing or heavily wounding numerous Rangers and Nightstalkers. The QRF grew to become engaged in an epic seventeen hour firefight, eventually killing or using off all al Qaeda combatants from the height with a mixture of terrific small unit strategies and risk shut air moves from F-16s, F-15s, an AC-130 and an armed CIA RQ-1 Predator. Al Qaeda reinforcements have been stored at bay through an Australian precise Air carrier OP on a close-by mountain which referred to as in air moves at any time when reinforcements neared the trapped Rangers and SEALs.

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The Life and Death of Industrial Languedoc, 1700-1920

By Christopher H. Johnson

During this seminal booklet, Christopher Johnson writes a full-scale examine of the increase and decline of industrialization within the Bas-Languedoc zone of France. operating inside a wide 200-year body, Johnson examines the method of the way and why a profitable business sector reworked itself to agriculture. Johnson is essentially drawn to de-industrialization, which units him except past historians who've studied areas basically by way of the expansion towards industrialization.

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Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara

By Colleen Morton Busch

The "vivid" and "electrifying" real tale of ways 5 priests kept the oldest Zen Buddhist monastery within the usa from wildfire (San Francisco Chronicle).

When a tremendous wildfire surrounded Tassajara Zen Mountain middle, 5 clergymen risked their lives to reserve it. A gripping narrative in addition to a portrait of the Zen course and the methods of wildfire, Fire Monks finds what it skill to fulfill a drawback with complete presence of mind.

Zen grasp and writer of the vintage Zen brain, Beginner's Mind, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi validated a monastery at Tassajara scorching Springs in 1967, interested in the location's attractiveness, peace, and seclusion. Deep within the barren region east of huge Sur, the guts is hooked up to the surface global by way of a unmarried unpaved highway. The remoteness that makes it an oasis additionally makes it rather weak while catastrophe moves. If hearth entered the canyon, there will be no escape.

More than thousand wildfires, began by means of a unmarried lightning typhoon, blazed around the kingdom of California in June 2008. With assets stretched skinny, firefighters instructed citizens at Tassajara to evacuate early. such a lot did. A small group stayed in the back of, getting ready to guard the monastery while the hearth arrived.

But not anything may have ready them for what got here subsequent. A treacherous shift in climatic conditions triggered a last order to evacuate everybody, together with all firefighters. As they caravanned up the line, 5 senior priests made the dicy determination to show again. counting on their Zen education, they have been in a position to stay within the second and do the likely impossible-to greet the hearth no longer as an enemy to defeat, yet as a chum to guide.

Fire Monks pivots at the type of second a few search and a few run from, whilst lifestyles and demise grasp in simultaneous view. newbies in fireplace yet specialists in readiness, the Tassajara clergymen summoned either instinct and knowledge to stand trouble with startling readability. the result's a profound lesson within the paintings of residing.

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Holy Madness: Romantics, Patriots and Revolutionaries, 1776-1871

By Adam Zamoyski

The Enlightenment had dislodged Christianity from its valuable place within the lifetime of eu societies.

Man’s quest for ecstasy and transcendence flooded into components corresponding to the humanities, spawning the Romantic movement.

By the overdue eighteenth and early 19th century this secular quest for salvation gave upward thrust to a common hope for perfect communities.

In ‘Holy Madness’, Adam Zamoyski lines how worship and commitment initially channelled throughout the church used to be refocused at the reason behind the folks and the nation.

This dramatic trip starts in the United States in 1776 and is going correct as much as the final affliction of the Paris Commune in 1871, taking within the French revolution, the Irish uprising, the Polish uprisings, the battle of Greek liberation, the Russian rebellion, the Hungarian struggles for freedom, the liberation of South the United States and the Italian Risorgimento.

On an unlimited canvas, Adam Zamoyski combines an exciting voyage via those marvelous occasions with illuminating images of the main gamers – Lafayette, Garibaldi, Lamartine, Kossuth, Mazzini, Napoleon, Paine, Benjamin Franklin, Coleridge, Byron, Bakunin, Rousseau and Bolivar.

‘Zamoyski is a fluent and pleasing author, and has been vastly praised for the fashion, sweep and authority of his past books...an formidable and in lots of methods excellent book.’ – Hilary Mantel, day-by-day Telegraph

‘Splendidly descriptive, packed with tune and color. it's not in contrast to a symphonic poem, with operative bits the following and there...both captivating and learned...Zamoyski sweeps throughout 3 generations of revolutionaries...a tapestry-like essay woven with a hundred strands of romantic history.’ –The Times

‘Bold narrative background at its such a lot imaginative.’ –Observer

Count Adam Stefan Zamoyski is a historian and a member of the traditional Zamoyski kinfolk of Polish the Aristocracy. His books contain ‘The final King of Poland’, ‘The Forgotten Few’, and ‘Paderewski’.

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A Concise History of the Middle East (9th Edition)

By Arthur Goldschmidt Jr., Lawrence Davidson

The 9th variation of this broadly acclaimed textual content by way of Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. and Lawrence Davidson has been broadly revised to mirror the most recent scholarship and the newest occasions within the heart East. As an creation to the historical past of this turbulent area from the beginnings of Islam to the current day, the publication is unusual through its transparent variety, large scope, and balanced therapy. It makes a speciality of the evolution of Islamic associations and tradition, the effect of the West, the modernization efforts of center japanese governments, the fight of varied peoples for political independence, the process the Arab-Israeli clash, the reassertion of Islamic values and gear, the problems surrounding the Palestinian query, and the jobs of Iraq and Iran within the post-9/11 heart East. 9 maps newly commissioned for the 9th version spotlight key elements of heart East heritage. well known research aids, the chronology and the word list, were greatly revised, and the superlative bibliographic essay, an important advisor to extra analyzing, has been completely rewritten to mirror present scholarship.

About the Authors
Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. is professor emeritus of heart East background at Pennsylvania kingdom collage. he's the writer of recent Egypt: beginning of a countryside and the recipient of the Amoco starting place Award for extraordinary instructing and the 2000 heart East stories organization Mentoring Award.

Lawrence Davidson is professor of heritage at West Chester collage. he's the writer of numerous books, together with America’s Palestine and Islamic Fundamentalism.

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Thunderstruck

By Erik Larson

From the number one New York Times bestselling writer of The satan within the White City, a actual tale of affection, homicide, and the top of the world’s “great hush”

In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven tales of 2 men—Hawley Crippen, a really not likely assassin, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive writer of a probably supernatural technique of communication—whose lives intersect in the course of one of many maximum felony chases of all time.

Set in Edwardian London and at the stormy coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod, and Nova Scotia, Thunderstruck inspires the dynamism of these years whilst nice transport businesses competed to construct the most important, quickest ocean liners; medical advances dazzled the general public with visions of a global remodeled; and the wealthy outdid each other with ostentatious screens of wealth. in contrast heritage, Marconi races opposed to outstanding odds and constant skepticism to ideal his invention: the instant, a primary catalyst for the emergence of the area we all know this present day. in the meantime, Crippen, “the kindest of men,” approximately commits definitely the right murder.

With his unparalleled narrative talents, Erik Larson publications us via a relentlessly suspenseful chase over the waters of the North Atlantic. alongside the way in which, he tells of a tragic and tragic love affair that was once defined at the entrance pages of newspapers around the globe, a main inspector who chanced on himself unusually sympathetic to the killer and his lover, and a pushed and compelling inventor who remodeled the best way we speak.

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The Hidden Hand: A Brief History of the CIA

The Hidden Hand is a succinct obtainable and up to date survey of the imperative Intelligence Agency’s heritage from its inception in 1947 to the present.

  • Covers either features of the CIA’s undertaking – the gathering and research of intelligence and the execution of international coverage via covert, paramilitary operations
  • De-mythologizes the CIA’s position in America’s international affairs whereas addressing its position inside American political and well known culture
  • Written by way of an esteemed pupil and high-ranking officer within the intelligence group, drawing at the most up-to-date research
  • Assesses the agency’s successes and screw ups, with a watch to the complicated and arguable nature of the subject

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