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By Carlos Alberto
  • ISBN Code: : 1649524994
  • Publisher : Fulton Books, Inc.
  • Pages : 326
  • Category : Fiction
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In 2029, a mysterious billionaire known as Mr. X manages to build the first quantum computer. He calls it the Maitrevac. The computer makes its debut in the Atacama Desert in Chile, where it produces the first totally immersive simulation. Mann, who won the contest to participate in the computer experience, must survive the simulation for fifteen minutes in order to earn a million dollars. During the simulation, an accident in the servers causes every second to double the duration of the previous one. In the real world, only forty-eight seconds elapse, but for Mann, they represent more than a million years. What happens during this time? Mann's experience will be revealed little by little. Meanwhile, in the real world, Mr. X will exponentiate his intelligence and technology to embark upon a crusade to conquer the earth and the entire universe. Will X succeed in his absolute conquest of objective reality? Before he does, he will first have to face his own interior reality--the same reality Mann has had to face in solitude. This is a science fiction and spiritual development novel. It's a proposal for a new genre--spiritual fiction. It runs about sixty-five thousand words, narrating the story as a series of chronicles that include elements from pop culture. The scientific aspects of the novel develop exponentially and are supported by science. The spiritual development of the characters is based on a few universal nonsectarian principles derived from Hindu and Buddhist philosophies. The characters of the book and some of the crucial scenes have been illustrated using 3-D concept art.

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How does a nation recover from fascism and turn toward a free society once more? This internationally acclaimed revelatory history—"filled with first-person accounts from articles and diaries" (The New York Times)—of the transformational decade that followed World War II illustrates how Germany raised itself out of the ashes of defeat and reckoned with the corruption of its soul and the horrors of the Holocaust. Featuring over 40 eye-opening black-and-white photographs and posters from the period. The years 1945 to 1955 were a raw, wild decade that found many Germans politically, economically, and morally bankrupt. Victorious Allied forces occupied the four zones that make up present-day Germany. More than half the population was displaced; 10 million newly released forced laborers and several million prisoners of war returned to an uncertain existence. Cities lay in ruins—no mail, no trains, no traffic—with bodies yet to be found beneath the towering rubble. Aftermath received wide acclaim and spent forty-eight weeks on the best-seller list in Germany when it was published there in 2019. It is the first history of Germany's national mentality in the immediate postwar years. Using major global political developments as a backdrop, Harald Jähner weaves a series of life stories into a nuanced panorama of a nation undergoing monumental change. Poised between two eras, this decade is portrayed by Jähner as a period that proved decisive for Germany's future—and one starkly different from how most of us imagine it today.

Contemplating Shostakovich: Life, Music and Film

By Andrew Kirkman
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1317161017
  • Total of Pages : 314
  • Category : Music
  • Members : 207
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Contemplating Shostakovich marks an important new stage in the understanding of Shostakovich and his working environment. Each chapter covers aspects of the composer's output in the context of his life and cultural milieu. The contributions uncover 'outside' stimuli behind Shostakovich's works, allowing the reader to perceive the motivations behind his artistic choices; at the same time, the nature of those choices offers insights into the workings of the larger world - cultural, social, political - that he inhabited. Thus his often ostensibly quirky choices are revealed as responses - by turns sentimental, moving, sardonic and angry - to the particular conditions, with all their absurdities and contradictions, that he had to negotiate. Here we see the composer emerging from the role of tortured loner of older narratives into that of the gregarious and engaged member of his society that, for better and worse, characterized the everyday reality of his life. This invaluable collection offers remarkable new insight, in both depth and range, into the nature of Shostakovich's working circumstances and of his response to them. The collection contains the seeds for a wide range of new directions in the study of Shostakovich's works and the larger contexts of their creation and reception.


By Tim Bouverie
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  • Publisher : Tim Duggan Books
  • Book Code : 0451499867
  • Total of Pages : 512
  • Category : History
  • Members : 616
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A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • SUNDAY TIMES (UK) BESTSELLER • A gripping new history of the British appeasement of Hitler on the eve of World War II “An eye-opening narrative that makes for exciting but at times uncomfortable reading as one reflects on possible lessons for the present.”—Antonia Fraser, author of Mary Queen of Scots On a wet afternoon in September 1938, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain stepped off an airplane and announced that his visit to Hitler had averted the greatest crisis in recent memory. It was, he later assured the crowd in Downing Street, "peace for our time." Less than a year later, Germany invaded Poland and the Second World War began. Appeasement is a groundbreaking history of the disastrous years of indecision, failed diplomacy and parliamentary infighting that enabled Hitler's domination of Europe. Drawing on deep archival research and sources not previously seen by historians, Tim Bouverie has created an unforgettable portrait of the ministers, aristocrats, and amateur diplomats who, through their actions and inaction, shaped their country's policy and determined the fate of Europe. Beginning with the advent of Hitler in 1933, we embark on a fascinating journey from the early days of the Third Reich to the beaches of Dunkirk. Bouverie takes us not only into the backrooms of Parliament and 10 Downing Street but also into the drawing rooms and dining clubs of fading imperial Britain, where Hitler enjoyed surprising support among the ruling class and even some members of the royal family. Both sweeping and intimate, Appeasement is not only an eye-opening history but a timeless lesson on the challenges of standing up to aggression and authoritarianism--and the calamity that results from failing to do so.

The Pharmacist of Auschwitz

By Patricia Posner
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  • Publisher : Crux Publishing Ltd
  • Book Code : 1909979406
  • Total of Pages : 257
  • Category : History
  • Members : 559
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By Joachim Ludewig
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  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Book Code : 0813140803
  • Total of Pages : 504
  • Category : History
  • Members : 533
  • Pdf File: rückzug.pdf

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The Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, marked a critical turning point in the European theater of World War II. The massive landing on France's coast had been meticulously planned for three years, and the Allies anticipated a quick and decisive defeat of the German forces. Many of the planners were surprised, however, by the length of time it ultimately took to defeat the Germans. While much has been written about D-day, very little has been written about the crucial period from August to September, immediately after the invasion. In Rückzug, Joachim Ludewig draws on military records from both sides to show that a quick defeat of the Germans was hindered by excessive caution and a lack of strategic boldness on the part of the Allies, as well as by the Germans' tactical skill and energy. This intriguing study, translated from German, not only examines a significant and often overlooked phase of the war, but also offers a valuable account of the conflict from the perspective of the German forces.

Norwich Book of Days

By Carol Twinch
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  • Publisher : The History Press
  • Book Code : 0752486071
  • Total of Pages : 383
  • Category : History
  • Members : 394
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Discover the rich and colourful history of Norwich with this collection of tales from across the city.Featuring a story for every day of the year, it includes tales of skirmishes, rebellions and battles as well as milestones along history’s fascinating trail of popular culture. Why did Sir Thomas Erpingham build his famous gates at Norwich Cathedral. What connection does the war heroine Edith Cavell have with Norwich? And which ghost was said to haunted the city in the nineteen century?Featuring events from shortly after its foundation right up to the present day, this fascinating selection is sure to appeal to everyone interested in the history of one of Britain’s oldest cities.


By Laurel Fay
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 9780195350722
  • Total of Pages : 488
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 668
  • Pdf File: shostakovich.pdf

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For this authoritative post-cold-war biography of Shostakovich's illustrious but turbulent career under Soviet rule, Laurel E. Fay has gone back to primary documents: Shostakovich's many letters, concert programs and reviews, newspaper articles, and diaries of his contemporaries. An indefatigable worker, he wrote his arresting music despite deprivations during the Nazi invasion and constant surveillance under Stalin's regime. Shostakovich's life is a fascinating example of the paradoxes of living as an artist under totalitarian rule. In August 1942, his Seventh Symphony, written as a protest against fascism, was performed in Nazi-besieged Leningrad by the city's surviving musicians, and was triumphantly broadcast to the German troops, who had been bombarded beforehand to silence them. Alone among his artistic peers, he survived successive Stalinist cultural purges and won the Stalin Prize five times, yet in 1948 he was dismissed from his conservatory teaching positions, and many of his works were banned from performance. He prudently censored himself, in one case putting aside a work based on Jewish folk poems. Under later regimes he balanced a career as a model Soviet, holding government positions and acting as an international ambassador with his unflagging artistic ambitions. In the years since his death in 1975, many have embraced a view of Shostakovich as a lifelong dissident who encoded anti-Communist messages in his music. This lucid and fascinating biography demonstrates that the reality was much more complex. Laurel Fay's book includes a detailed list of works, a glossary of names, and an extensive bibliography, making it an indispensable resource for future studies of Shostakovich.

The Politics of Racism

By Ann Gomer Sunahara
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  • Publisher : Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
  • Book Code : 0995032882
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  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 591
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The Politics of Racism: The Uprooting of Japanese Canadians During the Second World War is the first book to fully document the politics behind the 1942 expulsion order that saw 20,000 Japanese Canadians evicted from their homes in British Columbia and sent inland to work camps, detention centres and farms in Alberta and Manitoba. The book details the relationship between racism and political expediency, and shows how political parties and the affairs of the nation were controlled by a small group of politicians who scapegoated minorities to hang on to power. Most alarmingly, The Politics of Racism shows how easily Canadians allowed themselves to be manipulated by a political process that used fear and war hysteria in a very cynical and calculated way. Ann Sunahara has used previously classified government documents and the wartime records of the Liberal government to reveal a startling new portrait of political connivance that shows Mackenzie King bowing to the pressures of a small number of B.C. politicians who saw the “Japanese problem” as a useful tool to enhance their status and win favours in Ottawa. Branded as traitors in the eyes of many of their countrymen, unaware that the military had opposed their uprooting, without political friends and allies except for the CCF, the Japanese Canadians were powerless – a muffled minority within a country at war. Ann Sunahara has woven together her analysis of government documents with the personal memories of victims of that shameful period. The accounts of the victims and the official records provide a poignant and powerful indictment of the politicians who used racism and fear to further their own careers and of a society whose indifference let it happen. Since the 1981 version of The Politics of Racism (POR1981) was published, it has undergone two further editions: an HTML version in 2000 (POR2000) with an additional afterward about Redress; and an e-book edition (POR2020) with an additional photo essay by the author. Both are published at japanesecanadianhistory.ca.

Devils on Horses

By Terry Kinloch
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  • Publisher : Exisle Publishing
  • Book Code : 177559274X
  • Total of Pages : 408
  • Category : History
  • Members : 875
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First published eight years ago to enthusiastic reviews and critical acclaim, this classic celebrated readable scholarship is now available in ebook. Telling the story of the mounted riflemen in Sinai and Palestine, Devil’s on Horses uses the soldiers’ original letters and diaries to describe the crucial battles against the Ottoman Turkish Forces. The horses play a major part in the story, but of the thousands of faithful animals involved, only one would ever return home. By then the war was over and the Turkish Empire had been destroyed. The Anzac soldiers and their horses had played a vital role in securing the victory.

Church and Estate

By Thomas F. Rzeznik
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  • Publisher : Penn State Press
  • Book Code : 0271069767
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 159
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In Church and Estate, Thomas Rzeznik examines the lives and religious commitments of the Philadelphia elite during the period of industrial prosperity that extended from the late nineteenth century through the 1920s. The book demonstrates how their religious beliefs informed their actions and shaped their class identity, while simultaneously revealing the ways in which financial influences shaped the character of American religious life. In tracing those connections, it shows how religion and wealth shared a fruitful, yet ultimately tenuous, relationship.

The Lamps of Late Antiquity from Rhodes

By Angeliki Katsioti
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  • Publisher : Archaeopress Publishing Ltd
  • Book Code : 1784917478
  • Total of Pages : 678
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 573
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This study focuses on the recording, study and publication of the corpus of the Late Antique lamps dating from the 3rd to the 7th centuries as found in rescue excavations in the town of Rhodes. The aim here is to present the diachronic changes in the artistic sensibility and preferences of this particular market.