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The Accidental Anarchist
  • Author : Bryna Kranzler
  • Publisher : Bryna Kranzer
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN : 9780984556304
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • At 25, Jacob Marateck was a Jewish officer in the notoriously anti-Semitic Russian army during the Russo-Japanese War. After avoiding a firing squad for a third time, he escaped from a Siberian forced labor camp with Warsaw's colorful "King of Thieves." This is the remarkable, true story of an ordinary man made extraordinary by participating in the history-making events of the 1900s in Russia and Poland.

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    The Accidental Anarchist: A Humorous (and True) Story of a Man who was Sentenced to Death 3 Times in the Early 1900s in Russia -- and Lived to T
  • Author : Bryna Kranzler,Anita Marateck Wincelberg
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 376
  • ISBN : 1734749105
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  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • The Accidental Anarchist is the true story of Jacob Marateck, an Orthodox Jew who was sentenced to death three times in the early 1900s in Russia -- and lived to tell about it. He also happened to have been the author's grandfather, and the book is based on the diaries Marateck began keeping in 1905, during the Russo-Japanese War. That was when he decided to overthrow the Czar...

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    Historical Dictionary of the Russo-Japanese War
  • Author : Rotem Kowner
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Pages : 899
  • ISBN : 9781442281844
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  • Genre : History
  • The Russo-Japanese War was fought for 19 months (8 February 1904– 5 September 1905) between the empires of Japan and the Russia over the southern part of Manchuria and the Korean Peninsula. While essentially a colonial conflict, the war became a major engagement both in scale and innovation unseen until then. In recent years there has been a growing awareness that this event marks a historical juncture far more important than it was usually taken to be. This second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Russo-Japanese War offers a major revision of the highly praised first edition, which, by all accounts, has been the standard work on this conflict in any language during the last decade. The book contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. Moreover, the dictionary section has some 800 new or fully revised cross-referenced entries on the battles, weaponry, and major personalities of the war, as well as various international events and conflicts, agreements, schemes, and projects that led to the war. This book is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the Russo-Japanese War.

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    9 Critical Steps to Successful Self-Publishing
  • Author : Bryna Kranzler
  • Publisher : Crosswalk Press
  • Pages : 85
  • ISBN : 9780984556366
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  • Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Read and download full book 9 Critical Steps to Successful Self-Publishing

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    A Matter of Matter
  • Author : L. Ron Hubbard
  • Publisher : Galaxy Press LLC
  • Pages : 152
  • ISBN : 9781592126583
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Fiction
  • When it comes to big dreams and schemes, young Chuck Lambert would give Walter Mitty a run for his money. In fact, Chuck’s biggest dream of all is really out of this world. Because he’s got his eyes on a prize in the sky. Chuck wants to buy a planet of his own. . . . Madman Murphy, the King of Planetary Realtors, is more than happy to oblige. He’s got a whole galaxy of planets for sale. All Chuck needs is money . . . and a lot of it. Eleven years later, saving every penny he can scrape up, Chuck’s dream comes true. He takes possession and takes off for Planet 19453X. . . . One problem: Madman Murphy has sold Chuck a world of trouble. Because on Planet 19453X the water is undrinkable, the air is unbreathable, and the laws of physics don’t apply. Has Chuck’s dream turned into a nightmare? Not quite. As he’s about to discover, sometimes, to fulfill your true desire, it’s simply a matter of digging a little deeper. . . . By the time A Matter of Matter appeared in 1949, L. Ron Hubbard’s stature as a writer was well established. As author and critic Robert Silverberg puts it: he had become a “master of the art of narrative.” Hubbard’s editors urged him to apply his gift for succinct characterization, original plot, deft pacing and imaginative action to the genre of science fiction and fantasy. The rest is Sci-Fi history. Also includes the science fiction adventures, The Conroy Diary, in which the man who opens up the universe to mankind also opens himself to charges of fraud and tax evasion; The Obsolete Weapon, the story of an American GI involved in the 1943 invasion of Italy who slips back in time and finds himself fighting a different kind of battle—as a gladiator in ancient Rome; and The Planet Makers, in which a great deal is at stake for the engineers who make planets habitable, but one of them has a surprising plan all his own. "… this is a real corker, pulp fiction at its most entertaining."—Booklist * An International Book Awards Finalist

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    Learn Talmud
  • Author : Judith Z. Abrams,Adin Steinsaltz
  • Publisher : Jason Aronson, Incorporated
  • Pages : 153
  • ISBN : 9781461629344
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  • Genre : Religion
  • Judith Abrams, author of the highly acclaimed The Talmud for Beginners, Volumes I & II, creates yet another way of making Talmud study easy and accessible for the novice. Rabbi Abrams has chosen to work with the Steinsaltz Edition of the Talmud, edited and with commentary by Adin Steinsaltz, one of the greatest Jewish thinkers of the twentieth century. This volume is a must for both student and teacher.

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    A God Who Hates
  • Author : Wafa Sultan
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 1429984538
  • Reader Reviews : 8
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • From the front page of The New York Times to YouTube, Dr. Wafa Sultan has become a force radical Islam has to reckon with. For the first time, she tells her story and what she learned, first-hand, about radical Islam in A God Who Hates, a passionate memoir by an outspoken Arabic woman that is also a cautionary tale for the West. She grew up in Syria in a culture ruled by a god who hates women. "How can such a culture be anything but barbarous?", Sultan asks. "It can't", she concludes "because any culture that hates its women can't love anything else." She believes that the god who hates is waging a battle between modernity and barbarism, not a battle between religions. She also knows that it's a battle radical Islam will lose. Condemned by some and praised by others for speaking out, Sultan wants everyone to understand the danger posed by A God Who Hates.

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    Refugees and Rescue
  • Author : James G. McDonald
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 422
  • ISBN : UOM:39015078804278
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  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • New evidence presented in Refugees and Rescue challenges widely held opinions about Franklin D. Roosevelt's views on the rescue of European Jews before and during the Holocaust. The struggles of presidential confidant James G. McDonald, who resigned as League of Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1935, and his allies to transfer many of the otherwise doomed are disclosed here for the first time. Although McDonald's efforts as chairman of FDR's advisory committee on refugees from May 1938 until nearly the end of the war were hampered by the pervasive antisemitic attitudes of those years, fears about security, and changing presidential wartime priorities, tens of thousands did find haven. McDonald's 1935–1936 diary entries and the other primary sources presented here offer new insights into these conflicts and into Roosevelt's inconsistent attitudes toward the "Jewish question" in Europe. Following the lauded Advocate for the Doomed (IUP, 2007), this is the second of a projected three-volume work that will significantly revise views of the Holocaust, its antecedents, and its aftermath.

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    Jacob's Courage
  • Author : Charles S. Weinblatt
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 518
  • ISBN : 0896729451
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Fiction
  • In 1939, seventeen-year-old Austrians Jacob Silverman and Rachael Goldberg are bright, talented, and deeply in love. Because they are Jews, their families lose everything: their jobs, possessions, money, contact with loved ones, and finally their liberty. Jacob and Rachael and their families are removed from their comfortable Austrian homes into a decrepit ghetto where they are forced to live in squalor. From there, the families are sent to the Nazi concentration camp Theresienstadt, where Rachael and Jacob secretly become man and wife. Revel in their excitement as they escape through a harrowing tunnel and join local partisans to fight the Nazis. Ride the fetid train to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where only slavery, sickness, brutality, and death await. Stung by the death of loved ones, enslaved and starved, the young lovers have nothing to count on but faith, love, and courage.

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    Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain
  • Author : Elaine Fox
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9780465029235
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  • Genre : Psychology
  • Are you optimistic or pessimistic? Glass half-full or half-empty? Do you look on the bright side or turn towards the dark? These are easy questions for most of us to answer, because our personality types are hard-wired into our brains. As pioneering psychologist and neuroscientist Elaine Fox has discovered, our outlook on life reflects our primal inclination to seek pleasure or avoid danger—inclinations that, in many people, are healthily balanced. But when our “fear brain” or “pleasure brain” is too strong, the results can be disastrous, as those of us suffering from debilitating shyness, addiction, depression, or anxiety know all too well. Luckily, anyone suffering from these afflictions has reason to hope. Stunning breakthroughs in neuroscience show that our brains are more malleable than we ever imagined. In Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain, Fox describes a range of techniques—from traditional cognitive behavioral therapy to innovative cognitive-retraining exercises—that can actually alter our brains’ circuitry, strengthening specific thought processes by exercising the neural systems that control them. The implications are enormous: lifelong pessimists can train themselves to think positively and find happiness, while pleasure-seekers inclined toward risky or destructive behavior can take control of their lives. Drawing on her own cutting-edge research, Fox shows how we can retrain our brains to brighten our lives and learn to flourish. With keen insights into how genes, life experiences and cognitive processes interleave together to make us who we are, Rainy Brain, SunnyBrain revolutionizes our basic concept of individuality. We learn that we can influence our own personalities, and that our lives are only as “sunny” or as “rainy” as we allow them to be.

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    Throw Your Feet Over Your Shoulders
  • Author : Frieda Korobkin
  • Publisher : Dorrance Publishing
  • Pages : 202
  • ISBN : 9781434930712
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  • Genre : Jewish children
  • The remarkable story of a six-year-old girl who, in the winter of 1938, is uprooted overnight from her rabbinic family in Vienna, and sent on the Kindertransport to England. In particular, describes the time spent in Shefford's Jewish Secondary School.

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    Against the State
  • Author : Crispin Sartwell
  • Publisher : State University of New York Press
  • Pages : 138
  • ISBN : 9780791478356
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  • Genre : Political Science
  • Irreverent and incisive critique of liberal theories of the state.

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    Recipes for Disaster
  • Author : CrimeInc Worker's Collective
  • Publisher : CrimethInc. Collective
  • Pages : 628
  • ISBN : 9780970910141
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Political Science
  • Beautifully designed A-Z of the totality of revolutionary politics. This brand new Crimethinc book is the action guide - the direct action guide. From affinity groups to wheatpasting, coalition building, hijacking events, mental health, pie-throwing, shoplifting, stenciling, supporting survivors of domestic violence, surviving a felony trial, torches, and whole bunch more. Incredible design, and lots of graphics give it that hip situ feel. Loads to read, to think about, and to do. At 650 pages, you could always throw the damn book at a suitable target. What are you waiting for?

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    Fighting the Devil in Dixie
  • Author : Wayne Greenhaw
  • Publisher : Chicago Review Press
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9781569768259
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : History
  • Examining the growth of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) following the birth of the civil rights movement, this book is filled with tales of the heroic efforts to halt their rise to power. Shortly after the success of the Montgomery bus boycott, the KKK—determined to keep segregation as the way of life in Alabama—staged a resurgence, and the strong-armed leadership of Governor George C. Wallace, who defied the new civil rights laws, empowered the Klan’s most violent members. Although Wallace’s power grew, not everyone accepted his unjust policies, and blacks such as Martin Luther King Jr., J. L. Chestnut, and Bernard LaFayette began fighting back in the courthouses and schoolhouses, as did young southern lawyers such as Charles “Chuck” Morgan, who became the ACLU’s southern director; Morris Dees, who cofounded the Southern Poverty Law Center; and Bill Baxley, Alabama attorney general, who successfully prosecuted the bomber of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church and legally halted some of Governor Wallace’s agencies designed to slow down integration. Dozens of exciting, extremely well-told stories demonstrate how blacks defied violence and whites defied public ostracism and indifference in the face of kidnappings, bombings, and murders.

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    The Automat
  • Author : Cristina Martin
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Pub
  • Pages : 198
  • ISBN : 148025827X
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • The Automat is a story of a mild-mannered introvert named Horace Gray, who slowly descends into madness after he becomes obsessively enamored with a woman who stares at him from behind an automat wall. The Automat is a fictional story exploring the dark side of human nature and the innate desire of being loved. It is a story of unexpected change in the routine of one's simple life, of obsession, guilt, and the consequences of betrayal. The Automat will appeal to readers of literary fiction with dark undertones.

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    10 Seconds That Changed My Life
  • Author : Iain M. MacLeod
  • Publisher : Indiego Publishing LLC
  • Pages : 106
  • ISBN : 1946824399
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  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • A true story of rising above the constraints of disability, 10 Seconds That Changed My Life by Iain M. MacLeod inspires with its realistic, heartfelt writing and poetic musings of the author's beloved Scotland, available as a Kindle ebook, paperback, hardback, and an audiobook narrated by Toni Frutin, programme announcer for BBC Scotland.

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    Anarchist Pedagogies
  • Author : Robert H. Haworth
  • Publisher : PM Press
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9781604861167
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  • Genre : Political Science
  • Education is a challenging subject for anarchists. Many are critical about working within a state-run education system that is embedded in hierarchical, standardized, and authoritarian structures. Numerous individuals and collectives envision the creation of counterpublics or alternative educational sites as possible forms of resistance, while other anarchists see themselves as “saboteurs” within the public arena—believing that there is a need to contest dominant forms of power and educational practices from multiple fronts. Of course, if anarchists agree that there are no blueprints for education, the question remains, in what dynamic and creative ways can we construct nonhierarchical, anti-authoritarian, mutual, and voluntary educational spaces? Contributors to this edited volume engage readers in important and challenging issues in the area of anarchism and education. From Francisco Ferrer’s modern schools in Spain and the Work People’s College in the United States, to contemporary actions in developing “free skools” in the U.K. and Canada, to direct-action education such as learning to work as a “street medic” in the protests against neoliberalism, the contributors illustrate the importance of developing complex connections between educational theories and collective actions. Anarchists, activists, and critical educators should take these educational experiences seriously as they offer invaluable examples for potential teaching and learning environments outside of authoritarian and capitalist structures. Major themes in the volume include: learning from historical anarchist experiments in education, ways that contemporary anarchists create dynamic and situated learning spaces, and finally, critically reflecting on theoretical frameworks and educational practices. Contributors include: David Gabbard, Jeffery Shantz, Isabelle Fremeaux & John Jordan, Abraham P. DeLeon, Elsa Noterman, Andre Pusey, Matthew Weinstein, Alex Khasnabish, and many others.

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    Anarchist Portraits
  • Author : Paul Avrich
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : 9780691221359
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  • Genre : History
  • From the celebrated Russian intellectuals Michael Bakunin and Peter Kropotkin to the little-known Australian bootmaker and radical speaker J. W. Fleming, this book probes the lives and personalities of representative anarchists.

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    Ride the White Horse
  • Author : Eddie Donnally
  • Publisher : Eddiebooks
  • Pages : 340
  • ISBN : 0989136604
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  • Genre : Clergy
  • "An electric jockey with a juice machine, Eddie Donnally rode on racing's undercard, lived inside its underbelly and became a part of its underworld. From constant bulimia, broken bones and betrayal of Boston's infamous Winter Hill Gang, he depicts an unseen side of Thoroughbred racing. The five tons of his sweat that disappeared down 'hot box' drains was nothing compared to his struglles with sibling sexual trauma, same-sex promiscuity and an addiction to crack cocaine that in seven months took him from newspaper writing and TV show hosting to 'rubbing horses' on the backstretch. Supernatural redemption came in a jail cell. After 17 years of Christian ministry, he is a hospice and hospital chaplain."--Back cover.

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    The Chosen Peoples
  • Author : Todd Gitlin,Liel Leibovitz
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 1439148775
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  • Genre : History
  • Americans and Israelis have often thought that their nations were chosen, in perpetuity, to do God’s work. This belief in divine election is a potent, living force, one that has guided and shaped both peoples and nations throughout their history and continues to do so to this day. Through great adversity and despite serious challenges, Americans and Jews, leaders and followers, have repeatedly faced the world fortified by a sense that their nation has a providential destiny. As Todd Gitlin and Liel Leibovitz argue in this original and provocative book, what unites the two allies in a “special friendship” is less common strategic interests than this deep-seated and lasting theological belief that they were chosen by God. The United States and Israel each has understood itself as a nation placed on earth to deliver a singular message of enlightenment to a benighted world. Each has stumbled through history wrestling with this strange concept of chosenness, trying both to grasp the meaning of divine election and to bear the burden it placed them under. It was this idea that provided an indispensable justification when the Americans made a revolution against Britain, went to war with and expelled the Indians, expanded westward, built an overseas empire, and most recently waged war in Iraq. The equivalent idea gave rise to the Jewish people in the first place, sustained them in exodus and exile, and later animated the Zionist movement, inspiring the Israelis to vanquish their enemies and conquer the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Everywhere you look in American and Israeli history, the idea of chosenness is there. The Chosen Peoples delivers a bold new take on both nations’ histories. It shows how deeply the idea of chosenness has affected not only their enthusiasts but also their antagonists. It digs deeply beneath the superficialities of headlines, the details of negotiations, the excuses and justifications that keep cropping up for both nations’ successes and failures. It shows how deeply ingrained is the idea of a chosen people in both nations’ histories—and yet how complicated that idea really is. And it offers interpretations of chosenness that both nations dearly need in confronting their present-day quandaries. Weaving together history, theology, and politics, The Chosen Peoples vividly retells the dramatic story of two nations bound together by a wild and sacred idea, takes unorthodox perspectives on some of our time’s most searing conflicts, and offers an unexpected conclusion: only by taking the idea of chosenness seriously, wrestling with its meaning, and assuming its responsibilities can both nations thrive.

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    Jews and the Military
  • Author : Derek J. Penslar
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Pages : 374
  • ISBN : 9780691168098
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  • Genre : History
  • A historical reevaluation of the relationship between Jews, miltary service, and war Jews and the Military is the first comprehensive and comparative look at Jews' involvement in the military and their attitudes toward war from the 1600s until the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. Derek Penslar shows that although Jews have often been described as people who shun the army, in fact they have frequently been willing, even eager, to do military service, and only a minuscule minority have been pacifists. Penslar demonstrates that Israel's military ethos did not emerge from a vacuum and that long before the state's establishment, Jews had a vested interest in military affairs. Spanning Europe, North America, and the Middle East, Penslar discusses the myths and realities of Jewish draft dodging, how Jews reacted to facing their coreligionists in battle, the careers of Jewish officers and their reception in the Jewish community, the effects of World War I on Jewish veterans, and Jewish participation in the Spanish Civil War and World War II. Penslar culminates with a study of Israel's War of Independence as a Jewish world war, which drew on the military expertise and financial support of a mobilized, global Jewish community. He considers how military service was a central issue in debates about Jewish emancipation and a primary indicator of the position of Jews in any given society. Deconstructing old stereotypes, Jews and the Military radically transforms our understanding of Jews' historic relationship to war and military power.

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    A Lapsed Anarchist's Approach to Building a Great Business
  • Author : Ari Weinzweig
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 351
  • ISBN : 0964895684
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  • Genre : Business planning
  • The first in a series of books by Zingerman's co-founding partner Ari Weinzweig examines the basic building blocks of the culture and structure we know now as Zingerman's. These approaches are applicable whether you're running a law office, a library, a restaurant, a record label, a software firm, or an organic farm. They are the behind-the-scenes "secret" stuff that goes into making a very special, sustainable business of any kind. Inc. Magazine calls it one of the Best Books for Business Owners.

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    The Kingdom I Came to Love
  • Author : Fernando G Ting
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 1098067649
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  • Genre : Books
  • The safest way to view the Middle East in general and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in particular, is from an airplane window during a landing approach. Once out of the plane, you no longer have the confines of the cockpit to isolate your senses. Depending on the weather and time of the year, you immediately feel the searing heat on your skin, the blinding glare of the sun reflected from the ground hits your eyes, and the sweetish smell of petroleum permeating in the air greets your nose. But as soon as you overcome the initial shocks, you will begin to feast on the opulent sights in the modern miracle in the desert. Millions of international brain and brawn labored many years to build, develop, and maintain the multimillion-dollar modern structures and facilities in Saudi Arabia. When the Kingdom came into the windfall of petroleum dollars, its tiny population can never cope with the vast modernization plan of the government calling for super large building projects. The only solution is to import millions of brilliant minds and muscles to execute magnificent dreams into reality. The ultra-religious Kingdom has always maintained a preference for fellow Muslims like Egypt, Sudan, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Indonesia, and Bangladesh but also graciously opened its doors to hardworking non-Muslims. Workers from Europe, the USA, South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, India, Japan, and China flooded the country. The multinational talents are a huge blessing to the Kingdom, spurring its development into dizzying heights. The whole situation has also developed into a mutually beneficial activity because the Kingdom has ultimately provided precious income to the millions of its workers. It has shared its blessings. This book is only a microcosm of the much larger picture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its heroic workers!

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    Illuminating Childhood
  • Author : Ellen Handler Spitz
  • Publisher : University of Michigan Press
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN : 9780472117543
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  • Genre : Art
  • Experiencing the phases of childhood through art

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    The Love of My Youth
  • Author : Mary Gordon
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Pages : 321
  • ISBN : 9780307390325
  • Reader Reviews : 14
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Miranda and Adam, high school sweethearts now in their late fifties, arrive by chance at the same time in Rome, a city where they once spent a summer deeply in love. At an awkward reunion, Adam suggests that they meet for daily walks and get to know each other again. Both have their own sense of who betrayed whom and long-held interpretations of the events that caused them not to part. But gradually, as they take in the pleasures of the city and the drama of its streets, they discover not only what matters to them now but also what happened to them long ago. From acclaimed author Mary Gordon, The Love of My Youth is a poignant look at first love, at the hopes and dreams of a generation, and at what became of them.

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    The Everything U.S. Constitution Book
  • Author : Ellen M Kozak
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9781440525612
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  • Genre : Political Science
  • Debates over constitutional rights impact you every day as an American citizen. But do you know what the U.S. Constitution actually says? This accessible guide contains the complete text of the Constitution, with short, descriptive margin notes throughout. Articles and amendments are then analyzed in depth to help you comprehend the basis of democracy. This valuable handbook covers: How the articles and amendments were drafted Insight into the intentions of the creators and the sources they used Controversial interpretations and Supreme Court decisions How the Constitution affects citizens every day The Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and unratified Constitutional amendments This book walks you through the history of this essential document and shows how it has guided lawmakers and judges for more than 200 years. This unbiased look at the Constitution will help you feel confident in your knowledge of this all-important document, gain a firmer understanding of how our government works, and put context around today's most pressing issues.

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    Sempre Susan
  • Author : Sigrid Nunez
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 131
  • ISBN : 9781594633348
  • Reader Reviews : 5
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • From the author of The Friend, winner of the 2018 National Book Award. "The masterpiece of the ‘I knew Susan’ minigenre" – A.O. Scott, The New York Times A poignant, intimate memoir of one of America’s most esteemed and fascinating cultural figures, and a deeply felt tribute. Sigrid Nunez was an aspiring writer when she first met Susan Sontag, already a legendary figure known for her polemical essays, blinding intelligence, and edgy personal style. Sontag introduced Nunez to her son, the writer David Rieff, and the two began dating. Soon Nunez moved into the apartment that Rieff and Sontag shared. As Sontag told Nunez, “Who says we have to live like everyone else?” Sontag’s influence on Nunez, who went on to become a successful novelist, would be profound. Described by Nunez as “a natural mentor” who saw educating others as both a moral obligation and a source of endless pleasure, Sontag inevitably infected those around her with her many cultural and intellectual passions. In this poignant, intimate memoir, Nunez speaks of her gratitude for having had, as an early model, “someone who held such an exalted, unironic view of the writer’s vocation.” Published more than six years after Sontag’s death, Sempre Susan is a startlingly truthful portrait of this outsized personality, who made being an intellectual a glamorous occupation.

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    The Jewish Dog
  • Author : Asher Kravitz
  • Publisher : Flashlight Press
  • Pages : 239
  • ISBN : 0983868530
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • Filtering the darkest, most dramatic period of modern Jewish history through the naive, often sage, perspective of a remarkable dog, The Jewish Dog offers readers a view of the Holocaust as never seen before. This bestselling novel in Israel follows the life and thoughts of Caleb, a contemplative dog unusually fascinated with human affairs. Born into a German-Jewish household in the mid-1930s, Caleb witnesses firsthand the rise of Nazism and the Holocaust. When events separate him from his Jewish owners, he is adopted by a Nazi family and employed by the SS as a military dog. Deeply ironic and even humorous, The Jewish Dog presents political commentary on humanity and degradation, as Caleb’s philosophical musings explore loyalty, identity, and the fine line that separates humanity from animals.

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    Anne Conway
  • Author : Sarah Hutton
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : 9781139456050
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  • Genre : Philosophy
  • This 2004 book was the first intellectual biography of one of the very first English women philosophers. At a time when very few women received more than basic education, Lady Anne Conway wrote an original treatise of philosophy, her Principles of the Most Ancient and Modern Philosophy, which challenged the major philosophers of her day - Descartes, Hobbes and Spinoza. Sarah Hutton's study places Anne Conway in her historical and philosophical context, by reconstructing her social and intellectual milieu. She traces her intellectual development in relation to friends and associates such as Henry More, Sir John Finch, F. M. van Helmont, Robert Boyle and George Keith. And she documents Conway's debt to Cambridge Platonism and her interest in religion - an interest which extended beyond Christian orthodoxy to Quakerism, Judaism and Islam. Her book offers an insight into both the personal life of a very private woman, and the richness of seventeenth-century intellectual culture.

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    Jews in Italy Under Fascist and Nazi Rule, 1922-1945
  • Author : Joshua D. Zimmerman,Cambridge University Press
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Pages : 408
  • ISBN : 0521841011
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  • Genre : History
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    The Courageous
  • Author : Chris Deeroy
  • Publisher : WestBow Press
  • Pages : 202
  • ISBN : 9781512745856
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  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • When Chris DeeRoy, a young computer programmer, took his next job at a technology firm, he had no idea what he was letting himself in for. He soon finds himself swimming upstream against the raging current of a modern-day corporation, its structure and politics, just to survive. On one side he has a power man manager to deal with, and on the other a maleficent colleague trying to make things as hard as possible. One day he overhears them discussing killing him, and he knows his battle is just about to begin... Guided by his faith and personal strength, he tries to navigate his way through the dangerous situation. Will he find the right opportunity to get out of that toxic environment before its too late? That remains to be seen Chris Deeroy reveals a deep understanding of the role of faith in human perseverance. The writing is about hope and courage; pushing through at your weakest point. Finding your path while struggling to achieve with the inspiration of faith is eloquently presented. This book is entertaining, holds the readers interest and teaches at the same time. Deeroy has proven his understanding of the role of faith and overcoming setbacks in the pursuit of success. A must read for anyone with ambition. Susan Durbec

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    From Dusk to Dawn
  • Author : Ritika Madaan
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 122
  • ISBN : 1090216165
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  • Genre : Self-Help
  • A turbulent childhood is at the root of what went on to be an equally turbulent adulthood for Daniel. Like so many others, his abuse begun at home. With no fixed father figure and a physically abusive mother, what should be pleasant memories were turned into nightmarish recollections. Social Services soon intervened and at the age of 13 and he was placed in a children's home. Whilst places like children's homes are created for the protection of children it seems as though they can often be a breeding ground for the abuse and manipulation of children. His experience with a number of institutions that were put in place to prevent the harm of children has proved that there is a blatant betrayal of trust by those put in a position of authority. The lack of moral backbone that such systems employed left him and a number of other children confused about authority and the law - a defective trait that led to misguided criminal activity during our youths. His never dying determination and love for his wife made him turn the things around. He is a living proof that no matter how bad it gets, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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    Rooks of the Raven
  • Author : Franklin Neal
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 258
  • ISBN : 0692090797
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • Have you ever quenched for a story that will drive intense emotions? Glare through the lens of a 14-year young slave. Both parents former slaves. The thing is, Abel mother a mute. She watches as her beloved daughters are captured in front of her. She could not even cry her children's name...

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    Estate Planning Smarts
  • Author : Deborah L. Jacobs
  • Publisher : Djworking Unlimited
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 0615297544
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Business & Economics
  • A plain-English guide to a stressful topic, with examples from the estate plans of Paul Newman, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Michael Jackson and others. “To-Do Lists” after each chapter leave no excuses for procrastinators.

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    Warfare in the Old Testament
  • Author : Boyd Seevers
  • Publisher : Kregel Academic
  • Pages : 317
  • ISBN : 9780825436550
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Religion
  • Warfare in the Old Testament brides the gap between the modern reader and the world of the Old Testament by using textual and physical evidence to describe ancient military practices in Israel, Egypt, Philistia, Assyria, Babylon, and Persia. Filled with illustrations and maps, this full-color volume enriches many biblical accounts by showing how Israel and the surrounding nations did battle. Of special interest are the author's treatments of the role that religion played in ancient warfare practices.

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    Guide to Lighting
  • Author : Time-Life Books
  • Publisher : Time Life Education
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 0737003197
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  • Genre : House & Home
  • Provides suggestions for lighting every room in the house, including step-by-step wiring and installation instructions.

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    Sixty Seconds
  • Author : Phil Bolsta
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9781416565772
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Spiritual awakenings, whether quiet and subtle or dramatic and breathtaking, are deeply personal events. More than half of us have undergone a spiritual transformation, each unique and life-changing. We may only have a moment or two to act or we may have a few months to sort things out. We may curse the gods or sink to our knees in gratitude. Th e circumstances vary but two things are certain. One, our life is about to change. And two, it's a day we will not soon forget. Sixty Seconds is an uplifting collection of intimate, heartfelt stories from prominent people who graciously share their personal experiences with the profound. Their moving, life-altering interviews powerfully illustrate that sacred moments of illumination and insight are available to us all.

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    Reading Women
  • Author : Stephanie Staal
  • Publisher : PublicAffairs
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9781586488765
  • Reader Reviews : 24
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • When Stephanie Staal first read The Feminine Mystique in college, she found it “a mildly interesting relic from another era.” But more than a decade later, as a married stay-at-home mom in the suburbs, Staal rediscovered Betty Friedan's classic work—and was surprised how much she identified with the laments and misgivings of 1950s housewives. She set out on a quest: to reenroll at Barnard and re-read the great books she had first encountered as an undergrad. From the banishment of Eve to Judith Butler's Gender Trouble, Staal explores the significance of each of these classic tales by and of women, highlighting the relevance these ideas still have today. This process leads Staal to find the self she thought she had lost—curious and ambitious, zany and critical—and inspires new understandings of her relationships with her husband, her mother, and her daughter.

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    The Expulsion from Gush Katif
  • Author : Naomi Grossman
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 236
  • ISBN : 1933882069
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  • Genre : History
  • A collection of news reporting, opinion articles, and personal narratives related to the 2005 evacuation of the Gaza Strip settlements of Gush Katif.

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    War and Peace in Jewish Tradition
  • Author : Yigal Levin,Amnon Shapira
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9781136625121
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : History
  • The transition between the reality of war and a hope for peace has accompanied the Jewish people since biblical times. However, the ways in which both concepts are understood have changed many times over the ages, and both have different implications for an independent nation in its own land than they do for a community of exiles living as a minority in foreign countries. This book explores the concepts of war and peace throughout the history of Judaism. Combining three branches of learning - classical Jewish sources, from the Bible to modern times; related academic disciplines of Jewish studies, humanities, social and political sciences; and public discussion of these issues on political, military, ideological and moral levels - contributors from Israel and the USA open new vistas of investigation for the future as well as an awareness of the past. Chapters touch on personal and collective morality in warfare, survival though a long and often violent history, and creation of some of the world’s great cultural assets, in literature, philosophy and religion, as well as in the fields of community life and social autonomy. An important addition to the current literature on Jewish thought and philosophy, this book will be of considerable interest to scholars working in the areas of Jewish Studies, theology, modern politics, the Middle East and biblical studies.