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A Dictionary of World History (2nd edition)

by Edmund Wright

This update of the 2000 edition brings the encyclopedic dictionary into the 21st century with new/revised information on recent historical events, e.g., the current Iraq War and biographies of such key figures as George W. Bush, Osama bin Laden, and Pope Benedict XVI. It also covers major religious and political movements, international organizations, battles, and places from prehistory to the present. The estimated 4,000 concise A-Z entries take into account new national borders, and are cross-referenced.

A Dictionary of World Mythology

by Arthur Cotterell

Recent interest in mythology indicates a general recognition of the power of the poetical tales. But there is still a fair measure of disagreement as to what is the strength of myths. For Plato, the first known user of the term, mythologia meant no more than the telling of stories which usually contained legendary figures. Another theory of origin is that folklore and mythology are almost indistinguishable. In the arrangement of this book can be discerned the seven great traditions of world mythology: namely, West Asia, South and Central Asia, East Asia, Europe, America, Africa, and Oceania.

Did Babe Ruth Call His Shot? And Other Unsolved Mysteries of Baseball

by Paul Aron

"Ruth did not point at the fence before he swung," Root insisted. "If he had made a gesture like that, well, anybody who knows me knows that Ruth would have ended up on his ass." What really happened? That's the question this book asks, not just about Ruth's called shot but also about Ed Delahanty's death and Moe Berg's spying and Satchel Paige's age and Fidel Castro's tryout. This is not the place to find out who the best first basemen were or what were the greatest teams or whether Pete Rose or Joe Jackson belong in the Hall of Fame. Those are important and fascinating issues, well worth discussing. But whatever your opinion on these issues, it's undeniably a matter of opinion. Here, instead, are the facts.

Did Botswana Escape from the Resource Curse?

by Atsushi Iimi

A report from the International Monetary Fund.

Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards?

by Elliott Sober

Is it accurate to label Darwin's theory "the theory of evolution by natural selection," given that the concept of common ancestry is at least as central to Darwin's theory? Did Darwin reject the idea that group selection causes characteristics to evolve that are good for the group though bad for the individual? How does Darwin's discussion of God in The Origin of Species square with the common view that he is the champion of methodological naturalism? These are just some of the intriguing questions raised in this volume of interconnected philosophical essays on Darwin. The author's approach is informed by modern issues in evolutionary biology, but is sensitive to the ways in which Darwin's outlook differed from that of many biologists today. The main topics that are the focus of the book--common ancestry, group selection, sex ratio, and naturalism--have rarely been discussed in their connection with Darwin in such penetrating detail. Author Professor Sober is the 2008 winner of the Prometheus Prize. This biennial award, established in 2006 through the American Philosophical Association, is designed "to honor a distinguished philosopher in recognition of his or her lifetime contribution to expanding the frontiers of research in philosophy and science." This insightful collection of essays will be of interest to philosophers, biologists, and laypersons seeking a deeper understanding of one of the most influential scientific theories ever propounded.

Did I kiss Marriage Goodbye? Trusting God with a Hope Deferred

by Carolyn Mcculley

through personal anecdotes and careful examination of Scripture, Carolyn McCulley challenges single women to regard their singleness not as a burden, but as a gift from God that allows them to perform a unique role in the body of Christ.

Did Jesus Exist?

by Bart D. Ehrman

For years Bart Ehrman has been routinely bombarded with one question: Did Jesus Exist? As a leading Bible expert, fans and critics alike have sent letters, emails, posted blogs, and questioned Ehrman during interviews wanting his opinion about this nagging question that has become a conspiracy theorist cottage industry the world over. The idea that the character of Jesus was an invention of the early church-and later a tool of control employed by the Roman Catholic Church-is a widely held belief and Ehrman has decided it's time to put the issue to rest. Yes, the historical Jesus of Nazareth did exist. Known as a master explainer with deep knowledge of the field, Ehrman methodically demolishes both the scholarly and popular "mythicist" arguments against the existence of Jesus. Marshaling evidence from within the Bible and the wider historical record of the ancient world, Ehrman tackles the key issues that surround the popular mythologies associated with Jesus and the early Christian movement. Throughout Did Jesus Exist? Ehrman establishes the criterion for any genuine historical investigation and provides a robust defense of the methods required to discover the Jesus of history. Those committed to the "non-existence" theory will need to read this formidable scholar's counter argument while the more traditionally minded will enthusiastically support Ehrman's definitive answer to the question. Perfect for the vigorous online debating community, this eBook original will be a must read for anyone interested in Jesus, the Bible, and the birth of Christianity.

Did Lincoln Own Slaves?

by Gerald J. Prokopowicz

In the bicentennial year of Lincoln's birth, here is the one indispensable book that provides all you need to know about our most revered president in a lively and memorable question-and-answer format.You will learn whether Lincoln could dunk a basketball or tell a joke. Was he the great emancipator or a racist? If he were alive today, could he get elected? Did he die rich? Did scientists raise Lincoln from the dead? From the seemingly lighthearted to the most serious Gerald Prokopowicz tackles each question with balance and authority, and weaves a complete, satisfying biography that will engage young and old, scholars and armchair historians alike.From the Trade Paperback edition.tion?) or from today's tabloids (Did doctors really raise Lincoln from the dead?), the questions in Did Lincoln Own Slaves? illuminate what people really want to know about the past.Prokopowicz has organized the questions along the time line of Lincoln's life to give us a portrait of the sixteenth president unlike any we have had before. His authoritative, often surprising responses illuminate facets of Lincoln's life, work, and legacy about which people remain endlessly curious.From the Hardcover edition.

Did You Declare The Corpse?

by Patricia Sprinkle

Two coffins mysteriously appear in Auchnagar's church., but none of the locals have died . And when the bodies of two Americans are discovered in the coffins, MacLaren finds herself back on the job.

Did You Get The Vibe

by Kelly James-Enger

At the beep. . . Tracy, are you there? It's me. . . . . . Kate. Okay, first off--I'm coming to your party. But if I have to hang out with more lawyers tonight, I won't be responsible for what I say after the fourth drink. And no matter who you're trying to set me up with--and yes, you are--unless he gives me The Vibe, it's a no go. . . Kate, put down the microwave popcorn. It's me. . . . . . Tracy. Your best friend, remember? I so don't believe in that whole Vibe thing. Look at Tom--he didn't give off major sparks, but we're engaged now. And really, really happy. I think. . . . . . Leave a message Tracy, I am an embarrassment to women. . . Just tell me I didn't come off last night as a cyber-stalker in a push-up bra. That guy was totally hot, but I couldn't get a read on The Vibe. Should I call him. . . or just wallow in self-pity and ice cream? Hey, Kate, can I tell you a secret? I got The Vibe. Only it wasn't Tom. So tell me--please--what do you do when you get the right Vibe. . . for the wrong guy? Follow two Chicago best friends on a whirlwind trip through the ups and downs of romance--where what you feel is the only true guide to the real thing. . .

Did You See That Rabbit? (Phonics Reader 9)

by Anne Schreiber

This is the ninth book in this excellent reading series. It is a product of Scholastic. These books are excellent in introducing the joy of reading to very young readers. This book focuses on the letter R and words that rhyme with hop. There are certain sight words that each book focuses on. Other books in this series are also available from Bookshare.

Didn’t I Feed You Yesterday?: A Mother’s Guide To Sanity In Stilettos

by Laura Bennett

Laura Bennett is not a soccer mom or a PTA mom or a helicopter mom--and she's certainly not mother of the year. Another breed of mother entirely, Laura is surely more Auntie Mame than June Cleaver. As a busy mother of six, Laura is on an impossible mission: raising a brood of fast-moving, messy, wild sons in the jungles of Manhattan. So what other choice does she have than to sit back, grab a martini, and let the boys be, er, boys?In Didn't I Feed You Yesterday?, Laura gives her irreverent take on modern motherhood and proves that a strong sense of humor and an even stronger sense of self are the mother's milk of sanity. In a series of refreshingly candid and hilarious anecdotes, she unapologetically breaks every rule in the Brady Bunch playbook: She gives her kids junk food, plays favorites, and openly admits to having "a genetic predisposition to laissez-faire parenting." Children, she observes, don't need constant supervision from neurotic, perfectionist parents. Allow kids to make mistakes and entertain themselves and they'll turn out just fine--even if you do sometimes forget to pick them up from school.Beyond the mayhem of a life among males, Laura celebrates the glories of womanhood with a generous helping of wit and style. She gives thanks to the fashion gods for the essentials--red lipstick, Manolo Blahniks, and Lycra shapewear--but reminds us that true style comes from an inner compass that points directly at oneself. In every aspect of life, Laura gives one simple, powerful piece of advice: "Dress like you want it or stay home." Brutally honest, outrageous, and sure to raise a few eyebrows, Didn't I Feed You Yesterday? is a riotously funny read--and it'll go fabulously well with your new handbag. From the Hardcover edition.

Dido and Pa

by Joan Aiken

Readers who have followed Dido Twite's escapades in Black Hearts in Battersea and Nightbirds on Nantucket will welcome her return in another wild adventure. Now back in print, Dido and Pa continues the Wolves Chronicles, the exhilarating and imaginative series that stemmed from Joan Aiken's classic The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. Dido Twite is finally back home in London and reunited with her old friend Simon, now the Duke of Battersea and a favorite of King Richard. But no sooner does Dido start to settle in than her rascally father, Abednago, appears and drags her off into the night. Soon Dido finds herself caught up in the midst of another dastardly Hanoverian conspiracy: a plot involving a mysterious double for the king, the miraculous healing powers of music, and a spy network made up of abandoned street children called lollpoops. Meanwhile, out in the forest, starving wolves are closing in on the city . . .

Die Before I Wake

by Laurie Breton

Just five days after they meet, Julie Hanrahan and Dr. Thomas Larkin exchange vows on a moonlit Caribbean beach, the whirlwind conclusion to a romance that's swept her off her feet. Tom is sexy, witty and charming and Julie's sure she's found her Prince Charming.But not every fairy tale ends happily ever after.With a workaholic husband, a hostile mother-inlaw and a resentful stepdaughter, the honeymoon doesn't last long. Especially after Julie finds out that Tom's first wife didn't die in an accident after all. The cops called her death a suicide, but Julie is convinced that somebody helped Beth over the side of the Swift River Bridge.Every marriage has its secrets. Julie is starting to wonder if she'll survive discovering the truth about hers...or die before she wakes.

Die Before Nightfall

by Shirlee Mccoy

Raven Stevenson was in Lakeview barely twenty-four hours when she heard those ominous words. She'd come to the small Virginie town to reconcile with her brother and forget the haunting memories of her past. She didn't expect to find friends, community--or a thirty-five-year-old mystery of tragic love. Nor did she expect to meet Shane Montgomery, whose love for his ailing aunt Abby breaks through Raven's carefully built defenses. When Abby unwittingly shares some of the secrets behind that long-buried mustery, she and Raven are targeted by someone who wants those secrets silenced--and who's willing to kill both of them to do it.

Die Broke

by Stephen Pollan Mark Levine

From America's most trusted financial advisor comes a comprehensive guide to a new and utterly sane financial choice. In Die Broke, you'll learn that life is a game where the loser gives his money to Uncle Sam at the end. There are four steps to the process: Quit TodayNo, don't tell your boss to shove least not out loud. But in your head accept that from this day on you're a free agent whose number one workplace priority is your personal bottom line.Pay Cash You should be as conscious of spending as you are of saving. Credit should be a rarely used tool for those few times (buying homes and cars) when paying cash is impossible.Don't Retire Your work life should be a journey up and down hills, rather than a climb up a sheer cliff that ends with a jump into the abyss.Die Broke It sounds terrifying, the one intolerable outcome to your financial life. And yet, in truth, dying broke might be your best option for a life without fear: fear of failure and privation now, fear of impoverishment in the long run.

Die Dreaming

by Terence Faherty

When an old classmate is found murdered, ex-seminarian turned seeker of lost souls Owen Keane is determined to unravel the tangle of lies that cost a man his life--and now may cost Owen his own. Martin's Press. FROM THE PUBLISHER Since the publication of his much-praised debut, Deadstick, Terence Faherty has established himself as an uncommonly original and compelling writer. In Die Dreaming, he continues to redefine the mystery, as seen through the eyes of his ever-curious hero, Owen Keane - the "metaphysical detective" whose constant wonderings and wanderings bring him up against some of life's larger questions. At his ten-year high school reunion, Owen learns that the group of friends he'd most admired all share a dark secret. But not until the next reunion, ten years later, does he uncover the sad and ugly truth about his friends, who succumbed to the temptations and expectations of their Vietnam-era age, and have been paying the price ever since. Told with the deadpan humor, keen insight, and subtle mystery that have become Terence Faherty's trademarks, Die Dreaming is a novel of rare accomplishment.

Die for Me: The Terrifying True Story of the Charles Ng and Leonard Lake Torture Murders

by Don Lasseter

The terrifying true story of one of the most notorious serial killer teams in American history--a pair of maniacs whose orgy of sex crimes, torture, and murder took the lives of at least 16 victims. Leonard Lake committed suicide, and Charles Ng is on death row.

Die for You

by Lisa Unger

Isabel Raine thought she had everything-a successful career, a supportive family, and a happy marriage to the man she loved. Then one ordinary morning, her husband, Marcus, picks up his briefcase, kisses her good-bye, and simply vanishes.That day, all her calls to him go straight to voice mail; the messages she leaves at his office go unreturned, too. Panicking after finally receiving a call from his cell phone in which all she can hear is a man's terrified cry, Isabel calls the police. But they aren't interested. Men leave, they tell her. They leave all the time. Desperate to find her husband, Isabel races to his office. But instead of finding him, she finds herself in the middle of an FBI raid. Hours later, she awakens in the hospital with a severe concussion and a homicide detective by her bedside waiting to question her about Marcus Raine-the real Marcus Raine. Now the only thing Isabel knows for sure is that her husband of five years is gone. Where is he and who is he are questions no one seems able to answer. But Isabel will not rest until she discovers the truth about the man she loves, even if it means risking everything-including her own life. Bestselling author Lisa Unger takes us on a nightmarish journey from bustling, glamorous New York City to the murky, twisted streets of Prague, seeking the answer to one bone-chilling question: What if the man you love, the one sleeping beside you, is a stranger? From the Hardcover edition.

Die, Grandpa, Die

by Dale Hudson

Missing BoyOn November 28, 2001, in Chester County, South Carolina, police made a grisly discovery. Joe Pittman, 66, and his wife Joy, 62, had been brutally slain with a . 410 shotgun and their house set afire with the bodies inside. Their black Nissan Pathfinder was missing. So was their 12-year-old grandson, Christopher Pittman. What had become of the boy? Was he still alive--and if so, for how long? The clock was ticking and time was running out. Bad SeedChristopher was found safe and sound in a neighboring county. But relief turned to suspicion as he told an improbable tale of a black man who'd killed his grandparents and kidnapped him. Eventually, Pittman confessed to the slayings and to fleeing in the SUV. In February 2005, he was tried as an adult. Defense lawyers claimed Pittman had been unhinged by the prescription drug Zoloft. It would be up to a jury to decide whether the boy who killed would have to face a man's punishment. . . 16 pages of shocking photosDale Hudson is the author of Dance of Death and coauthor of An Hour to Kill: Love, Murder and Justice in a Small Southern Town and A Reason to Live: The True Story of One Woman's Love, Courage and Determination to Survive. He lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Die Like a Dog: The New Mike Shayne Novel

by Brett Halliday

It all started when Anita Rogell's little dog died in convulsions after eating a plate of creamed chicken specially prepared for Henrietta Rogell, Anita's spinster sister-in-law. It was the first time Michael Shayne was ever called in to investigate the death of a dog, but there was one other deciding factor that urged him to accept the case.<P> This was the peculiar fact that Anita's aged, multi-millionaire husband had died two days previously of a 'heart attack' and was due to be cremated the following noon by orders of his young and sexy widow without the formality of an autopsy. The dog had been secretly buried with unseemly haste, and the remains of the creamed chicken had disappeared before detectives arrived to investigate the dog's death.<P> The redhead's 35th case is a close-knit absorbing puzzle with a high degree of emotional involvement between a group of intriguing human beings solidly arrayed against Michael Shayne and his unwelcome investigation.

Die Smiling

by Linda Ladd

Die Young Hilde Swensen is a beauty pageant queen with a face to die for and a body to kill for. But by the time Detective Claire Morgan finds her in a shower stall--posed like a grotesquely grinning doll--Hilde is anything but pretty. Shes the victim of a sick, deranged killer. And she wont be the last. . . Die Beautiful Brianna Swenson is the beauty queens sister--and the girlfriend of Claires partner Bud. She tells Claire that Hilde had plenty of enemies, including a creepy stalker, an abusive ex-boyfriend, and a slew of jealous competitors. But what she doesnt say is that they both shared a dark, disturbing secret. A secret that refuses to die. . . Die Smiling From the after-hours parties of a sinister funeral home to the underworld vendettas of the Miami mob, Claire follows the trail with her lover Nicholas Black, a psychiatrist with secrets of his own. But its not until she uncovers evidence of unspeakable acts of depravity that Claire realizes shes just become a diabolical killers next target. . . "One of the most creepy, crawly and compelling psychological thrillers ever. " --Fresh Fiction on Dark Places Linda Ladd is the bestselling author of over a dozen novels. Head to Head marked her exciting return to publishing with a debut thriller after almost a decades hiatus. Linda makes her home in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, where she is at work on her next novel featuring Claire Morgan.

Die Softly

by Christopher Pike

He may have photographed a murder. Herb just wanted to photograph the cheerleaders in the school showers. He planted his camera high in the corner where no one could see it, and rigged it to a special homemade timer.

Die Upon a Kiss (Benjamin January #5)

by Barbara Hambly

InA Free Man of ColorandSold Down the River, Benjamin January guided readers through the seductive maze of New Orleans' darkest quarters. Now January joins the orchestra of the city's top opera house -- only to become enmeshed in a web of hate and greed more murderous than any drama onstage. In 1835, the cold February streets glitter with masked revelers in Carnival costumes. An even more brilliant display is promised at the American Theater, where impresario Lorenzo Belaggio has brought the first Italian opera to town. But it's pitch-black in the muddy alley outside the stage door when Benjamin January, coming from rehearsal with the orchestra, hears a slurred whisper, sees the flash of a knife, and is himself wounded as he rescues Belaggio from a vicious attack. The bombastic impresario first accuses two of his tenors, then suspects his rival, the manager of New Orleans' other opera company. Could competition for audiences really provoke such violent skulduggery? Or has Belaggio taken too many chances in the catfight between two sopranos, one superseded by the other as his mistress and his prima donna? But burning in January's mind and heart is a darker possibility. The opera Belaggio plans to present -- a magnificent version ofOthello-- strikes a shocking chord in this culture. Is the murderous tragedy of the noble Moor and his lady, the spectacle of a black man's passion for a white beauty, one that some Creole citizen -- or American parvenu -- would do anything to keep off the stage? Bloody threats and voodoo signs, poison and brutal murder seem to implicate many strange bedfellows. And Benjamin must discover who -- in rage, retribution, or an insidious new commerce in this beautiful cutthroat city -- will kill and kill . . . and who willDie Upon a Kiss.

Die With Me

by Elena Forbes

Somewhere in London, a lonely young woman is reaching out to the wrong man. It's up to Detective Inspector Mark Tartaglia and the rest of the Barnes murder squad to find her before a killer does.

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