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A Brief History of Drugs: From the Stone Age to the Stoned Age

by Antonio Escohotado

This fascinating book examines the instrumental role drugs have played in our cultural, social, and spiritual development from antiquity to the present.

A Brief History of Egypt

by Arthur Goldschmidt

This reference for high school and up explores Egypt's broad political, economic, social, and cultural developments, from ancient times to the diverse cultural and political landscape of today. Complementing the narrative are sidebars with information on topics such as gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt, and political parties in the early part of the 20th century. Appendices offer a glossary, a list of basic facts, a chronology, and suggestions for further reading. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

A Brief History of Everything (2nd edition)

by Ken Wilber

A Brief History of Everything sheds a very original light, not just on the cosmic questions in our lives, but on dozens of confusing and unsettling issues of our times--the changing roles of men and women; the continuing destruction of the environment; diversity and multiculturalism; repressed memory and childhood sexual abuse; and the role of the Internet in the information age--among many others.

Brief History of Herpetology in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, with a List of Type Specimens of Amphibians and Reptiles

by Javier A. Rodriguez-Robles David A. Good David B. Wake

This monograph offers a brief account of the principal figures associated with the collection and of the most important events in the history of herpetology in the MVZ during its first 93 years, and lists all type specimens of recent amphibians and non-avian reptiles in the collection.

A Brief History of Iraq

by Hala Fattah Hala Mundhir Fattah Frank Caso

Fattah (world history, American Community School, Jordan) and Caso (writer and editor) offer a comprehensive view of Iraq, a region once far from the minds of almost everyone but its residents, and now a daily source of news and debate. The book begins with Iraq's Mesopotamian origins and concludes with the 2003 U.S. invasion and the end of Saddam Hussein. It explores the country in terms of its ethnicities, religions and sects, national groups, adaptation, acculturation, interaction, and growth. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

A Brief History of Ireland

by Paul E. State

A Brief History of Ireland provides a broad narrative of the central events that have shaped the country, from the arrival of the Celts to recent economic developments that have brought booming prosperity and social change. The geographical proximity of Great Britain and a strained relationship between the peoples of the two isles had a profound impact on Irish development, culminating in the forced absorption of Ireland into Great Britain in 1801. The Irish struggled to retain their separate ethnic identity defined by a distinctive language and cultural traditions and their Roman Catholic faith-and resolved to win independence. For more than a century, Ireland became hostage to the religious discord, outbreaks of armed rebellion, social and political instability, and famines that plagued the nation and its people. The Irish managed to survive, and, ultimately, they succeeded in securing their dream of national self-identity. Now a democratic and prosperous nation open to the world, modern Ireland is a synthesis of both Irish and English heritages.

A Brief History of Neoliberalism

by David Harvey

Neoliberalism - the doctrine that market exchange is an ethic in itself, capable of acting as a guide for all human action - has become dominant in both thought and practice throughout much of the world since 1970 or so. Its spread has depended upon a reconstitution of state powers such that privatization, finance, and market processes are emphasized. State interventions in the economy are minimized, while the obligations of the state to provide for the welfare of its citizens are diminished. David Harvey, author of 'The New Imperialism' and 'The Condition of Postmodernity', here tells the political-economic story of where neoliberalization came from and how it proliferated on the world stage. While Thatcher and Reagan are often cited as primary authors of this neoliberal turn, Harvey shows how a complex of forces, from Chile to China and from New York City to Mexico City, have also played their part. In addition he explores the continuities and contrasts between neoliberalism of the Clinton sort and the recent turn towards neoconservative imperialism of George W. Bush. Finally, through critical engagement with this history, Harvey constructs a framework not only for analyzing the political and economic dangers that now surround us, but also for assessing the prospects for the more socially just alternatives being advocated by many oppositional movements.

A Brief History of Netherlands

by Paul F. State

Arranged chronologically, this history describes Dutch urban development during the middle ages, Holland's economic growth after independence from Spain, the establishment of a parliamentary government, its role during the world wars, and the country's reconstruction after World War II. Recommended for public and college libraries. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

A Brief History of Pakistan

by James Wynbrandt

Wynbrandt, a writer and journalist, explores the historical precedents and events that have placed Pakistan firmly in the center of the global war on terror, an ideological conflict between dictatorship and democracy, and between secular and Islamic rule. This brief account touches on a number of topics, including the young country's people, its tumultuous past, the Islamization of Pakistan, Pakistan during the rule of Pervez Musharraf, the country's nuclear weapons program, and its relations with the United States, Afghanistan, and India. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

A Brief History of Peru

by Bill Harris

Hunefeldt (history, U. of California, San Diego) traces the history of Peru from its ancient civilizations established around the second millennium B.C.E. to the present day. Coverage includes the Inca Empire; colonial Peru; the Bourbon reforms; the Wars of Independence during the late-18th and early-19th centuries; the early decades of the 20th century, characterized by economic depression and conflicts; dictatorships and reform in the mid-20th century; the agrarian reform and the Shining Path, during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s; and new structures and leadership during the past decade. The appendices include basic facts about Peru, a chronology, an extensive bibliography, and a list of recommended reading grouped by topic. Academic but accessible to the general reader. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

The Brief History of the Dead

by Kevin Brockmeier

From Kevin Brockmeier, one of this generation's most inventive young writers, comes a striking new novel about death, life, and the mysterious place in between. The City is inhabited by those who have departed Earth but are still remembered by the living. They will reside in this afterlife until they are completely forgotten. But the City is shrinking, and the residents clearing out. Some of the holdouts, like Luka Sims, who produces the City's only newspaper, are wondering what exactly is going on. Others, like Coleman Kinzler, believe it is the beginning of the end. Meanwhile, Laura Byrd is trapped in an Antarctic research station, her supplies are running low, her radio finds only static, and the power is failing. With little choice, Laura sets out across the ice to look for help, but time is running out. Kevin Brockmeier alternates these two storylines to create a lyrical and haunting story about love, loss and the power of memory.

A Brief History of the Flathead Tribes (3rd edition)

by the Flathead Culture Committee of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes

After being forcefully deprived of much of their land when The reservation was opened to white settlement in 1910, the tribe has worked hard to regain control over tribal affairs and re-establish their economic independence.

A Brief History of the Presbyterians

by James H. Smylie

A Brief History of the Presbyterians offers laity and clergy a succinct and thorough introduction to the history of Presbyterianism. James Smylie reaches into the past and vividly recounts the story of a faithful people known as Presbyterians. He chronicles the origins of the Reformed tradition and carries the saga through each subsequent era up to the eve of the twenty-first century, focusing on Presbyterianism in North America. All the major figures in the history of Presbyterianism such as John Calvin, Francis Makemie, and John Witherspoon are included, as well as a host of others. Smylie provides a fresh look at the uniquely Presbyterian contribution to American history and culture. Contemporary insights from ecumenists, laity, women, and minorities that reflect recent changes in the Presbyterian family are included.

A Brief History of the Western World, Volume I: From the Beginning to the Enlightenment (7th edition)

by Thomas H. Greer Gavin Lewis

This book contains a comprehensive view of the development of Western civilization. Each chapter provides broad coverage of political, social, cultural, and religious themes from different time periods.

A Brief History of the Western World, Volume II: From the Late Middle Ages to the Present (8th edition)

by Thomas H. Greer Gavin Lewis

This book contains a comprehensive view of the development of Western civilization. Each chapter provides broad coverage of political, social, cultural, and religious themes from different time periods.

A Brief Illustrated Guide to Understanding Islam (2nd edition)

by I. A. Ibrahim

This book is a brief guide to understanding Islam. God has supported His last Prophet Muhammad with many miracles and much evidence which proves that he is a true Prophet sent by God. Also, God has supported His last revealed book, the Holy Qur'an, with many miracles that prove that this Qur'an is the literal word of God, revealed by Him, and that it was not authored by any human being.

Brief Intervention for School Problems, Second Edition

by John Murphy Barry Duncan

Every interaction with a young person who is struggling is an opportunity for change. This highly practical guide helps school practitioners find effective solutions to academic and behavioral problems through brief counseling. It shows how to build on the ideas and resources that students, parents, and teachers bring to the intervention process, within an innovative, research-supported, time-limited framework. Extensive case material illustrates the authors' creative approach to building solutions and "busting problems" by putting clients in the driver's seat. Filled with real-world examples from both elementary and secondary settings, the book presents creative strategies for addressing disciplinary problems, poor academic performance, anxiety, compulsive behaviors, and other common difficulties.

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men: Stories

by David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace made an art of taking readers into places no other writer even gets near. In his exuberantly acclaimed collection, BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN, he combined hilarity and an escalating disquiet in stories that astonish, entertain, and expand our ideas of the pleasures that fiction can afford.

Brief Lives

by Anita Brookner

With this novel, Booker Prize-winning author Anita Brookner confirms her reputation as an unparalleled observer of social nuance and deeply felt longings. Brief Lives chronicles an unlikely friendship: that between the flamboyant, monstrously egocentric Julia and the modest, self-effacing Fay, who is at once fascinated and appalled by Julia's excesses. Thrust together by their husbands' business partnership -- and by a guilty secret -- Julia and Fay develop an intense bond that is nonetheless something less than intimacy, a relationship in which we see our own uneasy compromises, not only with other people, but with life itself.

Brigham Young

by Leonard J. Arrington

Brigham Young comes to life in this superlative biography that presents him as a Mormon leader, a business genius, a family man, a political organizer, and a pioneer of the West. Drawing on a vast range of sources, including documents, personal diaries, and private correspondence, Leonard J. Arrington brings Young to life as a towering yet fully human figure, the remarkable captain of his people and his church for thirty years, who combined piety and the pursuit of power to leave an indelible stamp on Mormon society and the culture of the Western frontier. From polygamy to the Mountain Meadows Massacre to the attempted preservation of Young's Great Basin Kingdom, we are given a fresh understanding of the controversies that plagued Young in his contentious relations with the federal government. Brigham Young draws its subject out of the marginal place in history to which the conventional wisdom has assigned him, and sets him squarely in the American mainstream, a figure of abiding influence in our society to this day.

Brighid's Quest (Partholon #2)

by P. C. Cast

Fleeing her centaur clan's increasingly militant beliefs, Brighid Dhianna has begun to find peace and acceptance among the humans of Clan MacCallan. Still, she agrees to leave her newly formed friendships to guide her clan chieftain's grieving brother home. As she journeys, Brighid discovers that the long-dormant Shaman blood that runs so thickly in her veins will no longer be silenced. As seductive new powers begin to beckon, Brighid glimpses a future that is more impossible -- and more magical -- than any she could have dared to imagine. But when tragedy summons her back to the Centaur Plains, Brighid must make a decision that will affect not only her friendship with the humans, but the centaur herd and indeed the world. For the Great Goddess Epona has set her on a new path that demands everything she has to give. When the whole world is turning to her for help, healing the heart of a warrior doesn't sound so daunting. . . .

A Bright and Guilty Place: Murder, Corruption, and L.A.'s Scandalous Coming of Age

by Richard Rayner

Hard-boiled detectives, scheming starlets, and tabloid trials fill this dramatic story of the early years and coming-of-age of Los Angeles.

Bright Are the Stars (A Place to Call Home #2)

by Joanna Lacy Al Lacy

Heavens Shine Above New Beginnings 1839. The North Carolina Cherokees are settling into their new home in Indian Territory and Britt Claiborne and Cherokee Rose are settling into married life. Britt, a quarter Cherokee Indian, is released from the United States army and joins the Cherokee Police Force where his position takes him into fearsome and heart-gripping dangers. They raise two children with much love and delight. They also lean on God through the trials of their day-including the death of the popular Cherokee Chief Sequoyah, who had translated the Bible into their language. Follow the historical events that punctuate their lives until 1889, when President Harrison announces that whites are free to enter Indian Territory , now known by the Indians ashome. Together, they overcame tragedy. At long last they've made a home filled with love. But all that may be about to change. . . Cherokee Rose and Britt Claiborne know the meaning of survival. They endured the Trail of Tears, watching as friends and family fell along the way, facing down brutal opposition to their growing love. But that's all in the past. Now married, content in a home they've built themselves, Britt and Cherokee Rose plan a future of home and family. And though Britt's work as a law officer in Indian Territory takes him away from home for days at a time, Cherokee Rose tries not to worry. She knows he will always come back to her and their children. Then, the unthinkable. A group of Indians break out of jail, bent on revenge against the one who imprisoned them: Britt. Cherokee Rose prays day and night for her husband's safety as he goes after the renegadeshellip;prayers that seem to go unanswered. For word comes back that there's been an ambush-and Britt is missing. Presumed dead. Can Cherokee Rose find the faith to go on, to trust God with her family and futurehellip;even in the face of her worst nightmare? Set against the backdrop of the Oklahoma Land Rush, follow this wilderness family as they face the trials and hardships, joys and triumphs of faith in the face of danger and adversity. {INSERT ENDORSEMENTS TO COME} Story Behind the Book Long captivated with the study of American history, Al and JoAnna Lacy eagerly researched the time in the 1800s when five American Indian tribes were forced by the U. S. government to make a one-thousand-mile journey to Indian Territory (now the state of Oklahoma). The tribes were the Cherokee, the Chickasaw, the Choctaw, the Creek, and the Seminole. Repeatedly forced to surrender their lands, the people of the Cherokee Nation, as well as those of the other four tribes, were hoping to find in Indian Territorya place to call home. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Bright Captivity (Georgia Trilogy, Book 1)

by Eugenia Price

Anne Couper knew that one day love would come for her-love for one man, endless and abiding. But she never expected that the very first time she looked into the eyes of Lieutenant John Fraser on her eighteenth birthday she would see there the certainty that this man, her enemy, loved her as deeply as she loved him. The lush plantation of Dungeness would become her prison, the man she loved would be her jailer, and together they would learn that while love offers joy, it also brings harsh choices.

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