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Today the guiding hand of natural selection is unmistakably human. With these words Stephen M. Meyer begins a stunningly clear-eyed view of the extinction crisis. Marshaling evidence from the last ten years of research, he argues that nothing-not national or international laws, global bioreserves, local sustainability schemes, or "wildlands"-will change the course we have set: the loss of half of the earth's species by the end of the century. We will come to share the planet only with species that thrive in human-dominated environments.
The foretelling of the end of the world is as old as the wind in the trees, and against the siege of dire prophecy the reading of history provides a reliable defense. The world as large numbers of people have known it--the Romans at Pompeii in 79 A.D., the Confederate States of America at Richmond in 1865, the Jews in Berlin in 1938--has come to an end many, many times, and writers as unlike one another as Mary Chestnut and Pliny the Younger have had occasion to remark on the spectacle. Usually it turns out that the soothsayers have been misinformed, and what becomes clear in the pages of this book is the striking difference in tone between the voices drumming up the threat of imminent damnation and the voices bearing witness to the event.
From Jon Courtenay Grimwood, author of the celebrated Arabesk series, comes a stunningly inventive novel of futuristic noir set in a world of shifting realities. Here a man is drawn into a gritty postmodern subculture and a secret kingdom of otherworldly beings to find what he lost long ago: a reason to live. Kit Nouveau figured he'd already come to the end of the world.
This is no ordinary novel. An encyclopedia of memory--from A to Z--The End of the World Book deftly intertwines fiction, memoir, and cultural history, reimagining the story of the world and one man's life as they both hurtle toward a frightening future. Alistair McCartney's alphabetical guide to the apocalypse layers images like a prose poem, building from Aristotle to da Vinci, hip-hop to lederhosen, plagues to zippers, while barreling from antiquity to the present. In this profound book about mortality, McCartney composes an irreverent archive of philosophical obsessions and homoerotic fixations, demonstrating the difficulty of separating what is real from what is imagined.
With the end of the Mayan calendar fast approaching, fourteen-year-old Max Murphy and his new friend Lola, the modern Maya girl who saved his life in the perilous jungle, are racing against time to outwit the twelve Lords of Death. Following the trail of the conquistadors, their quest takes them back to the wild heart of Spain - a forgotten land steeped in legend, superstition and ever more bizarre tourist festivals. With a pack of hellhounds on their heels and the cape-twirling Count Antonio de Landa in hot pursuit, the teens must face madness and betrayal, bluff and double-bluff, to uncover the terrible secrets of the long-lost Yellow Jaguar. But no matter where they run, all roads lead to Xibalba. There, in the cold and watery Maya underworld, we finally discover why only Max Murphy can save the world from the villainous Lords of Death.
The second installment in the darkly intelligent series that The Independent called "As noir as they get."1927, Breslau, Poland: Two elaborate and sadistic murders are discovered within days of each other. The body of an unknown musician, bound and gagged, is found behind a false wall in a shoemaker's workshop. The victim had been sealed in alive. Elsewhere in the city, the horrifically mutilated body of a locksmith is found. Next to each victim is a torn-out calendar page, with the day of the death marked in blood. Nothing else seems to connect the cases.It falls to Criminal Councillor Eberhard Mock to solve the case, the mystery taking him still further into the Breslau underworld he knows only too well. Meanwhile, his hard-drinking nocturnal habits soon threaten his volatile marriage, and prompt some strange behavior from his wife ... and before long, Mock and his team will be investigating not only two of the grisliest murders in the city's history, but the councillor's own wife.From the Hardcover edition.
In the final months of the Second World War, one strategic question above all occupies the Allies: which liberating army will be the first to march into Berlin? On the western front, Montgomery lobbies for the honour, while Eisenhower becomes more and more determined to thwart him and put an American general -- Bradley or Patton -- in charge of the final thrust; in the east, Stalin's armies advance steadily and ruthlessly towards the apotheosis of their vengeance.
Easy to understand and practical, a psychiatrist and an Anglican vicar show us how to diffuse worry by offering practical solutions and long-term hope.We live in a paradox: While life has never been safer statistically, worry has reached epidemic proportions. So what has gone wrong? Many Christians suffer in silence, unsure whether to turn to psychological solutions or biblical teaching. Now, in The End of Worry, these people have a fresh solution. Integrating cutting-edge psychology and orthodox theology, William van der Hart and Rob Waller explain why simply having more faith and trusting in God is only part of the solution to worrying. The authors approach worry as a process rather than a feeling, and produce proven techniques for retraining worrisome thought patterns. By exploring concrete concepts such as "worry rules" and "four worry themes," the authors provide readers with an understanding of why they worry, how it affects them and their problem, and how to break the cycle of worrying altogether. From tolerating uncertainty to the role of faith in worrying (for better or worse), the wide-ranging insights in these pages offer real relief for everyone who has ever looked for a way out of their own worries.
A renowned historian explores the history of arguments about poverty and globalization, and their relevance to contemporary political debates.
An End to Suffering is a deeply original and provocative book about the Buddha's life and his influence throughout history, told in the form of the author's search to understand the Buddha's relevance in a world where class oppression and religious violence are rife, and where poverty and terrorism cast a long, constant shadow. Mishra describes his restless journeys into India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, among Islamists and the emerging Hindu middle class, looking for this most enigmatic of religious figures, exploring the myths and places of the Buddha's life, and discussing Western explorers' "discovery" of Buddhism in the nineteenth century. He also considers the impact of Buddhist ideas on such modern politicians as Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. As he reflects on his travels and on his own past, Mishra shows how the Buddha wrestled with problems of personal identity, alienation, and suffering in his own, no less bewildering, times. In the process Mishra discovers the living meaning of the Buddha's teaching, in the world and for himself. The result is the most three-dimensional, convincing book on the Buddha that we have.
Examines the reasons why animals are threatened with extinction and provides ways to help prevent their loss.
Examines the physical characteristics, habits, and natural environment of the endangered Florida panther and what is being done to save it from extinction.
Is today's fast-paced media culture creating a toxic environment for our children's brains? In this landmark, bestselling assessment tracing the roots of America's escalating crisis in education, Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., examines how television, video games, and other components of popular culture compromise our children's ability to concentrate and to absorb and analyze information. Drawing on neuropsychological research and an analysis of current educational practices, Healy presents in clear, understandable language: -- How growing brains are physically shaped by experience -- Why television programs -- even supposedly educational shows like Sesame Street -- develop "habits of mind" that place children at a disadvantage in school -- Why increasing numbers of children are diagnosed with attention deficit disorder -- How parents and teachers can make a critical difference by making children good learners from the day they are born
Barbara Holland takes up arms against America's current ethic of industrious virtue. We work longer than we did twenty years ago and eat more vegetables, but why get rich and live forever if our lives are gray and arduous? Holland persuades us to notice and guard the small delights that cheer our day.
As a cricketer, David Gower was famed for the elegance of his strokeplay as one of England's greatest batsmen and for his superb fielding. As a captain, he led his country to Ashes success, yet some queried his application because it all seemed to come to him so easily and effortlessly. But that was never the whole story: Gower was always committed and a great competitor, as this fascinating and frank book, looking back on his life and career, shows. Once he retired from the game, Gower built a new career for himself, first as team captain in the long-running TV comedy series They Think It's All Over, and then as an astute and charming presenter and commentator with Sky Sports. After more than 30 years as one of the most popular figures in the game, Gower now reveals there is so much more to his story than the cliched image of 'Lord' Gower flying in his Tiger Moth. He is a man of great insight, determination and drive, but who also knows there is always more to be had from life.
Angel, Cordy, Gunn, Wesley, Fred, and Chaz set off for a tropical island to try to save Faith from the nefarious plans of Chaz's wife, Marianna, but the real danger may come from the lawyers of Wolfram & Hart.
The relative deficiencies of U.S. public schools are a serious concern to parents and policymakers. But they should be of concern to all Americans, as a globalizing world introduces new competition for talent, markets, capital, and opportunity. In Endangering Prosperity, a trio of experts on international education policy compares the performance of American schools against that of other nations. The net result is a mixead but largely disappointing picture that clearly shows where improvement is most needed. The authors' objective is not to explain the deep causes of past failures but to document how dramatically the U.S. school system has failed its students and its citizens. It is a wake-up call for structural reform. To move forward to a different and better future requires that we understand just how serious a situation America faces today.For example, the authors consider the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), an international mathematics examination. America is stuck in the middle of average scores, barely beating out European countries whose national economies are in the red zone. U.S. performance as measured against stronger economies is even weaker--in total, 32 nations outperformed the United States. The authors also delve into comparative reading scores. A mere 31 percent of U.S. students in the class of 2011 could perform at the "proficient" level as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) program, compared with South Korea's result of 47 percent. And while some observers may downplay the significance of cross-globe comparisons, they should note that Canadian students are dramatically outpacing their U.S. counterparts as well.Clearly something is wrong with this picture, and this book clearly explicates the costs of inaction. The time for incremental tweaking the system is long past--wider, deeper, and more courageous steps are needed, as this book amply demonstrates with accessible prose, supported with hard data that simply cannot be ignored.
Ever since contact was first made between humans and the alien idomeni, tensions between the two races have been frequent and bloody. As the first genetically altered human-idomeni hybrid, former Captain Jani Kilian serves as a lightning rod for the anger, outrage, and hatreds of both sides. And now the ex-soldier finds herself in the unwanted role of diplomat-serving the interests of her hybrid enclave, Thalassa, the only place in the universe that welcomes renegade humans, hybrids, and aliens alike. But the all-powerful Commonwealth intends to bring Thalassa to its knees, and the time for diplomacy is at an end. With death surrounding her, Jani Kilian must return to where her nightmare began and once again take on her most powerful persona: warrior. For as the game approaches its inevitable conclusion, she knows only two options remain: victory . . . or extermination.
"War is too important to be left to the generals," Georges Clemenceau once famously remarked. Stafford (Centre for the Study of the Two World Wars, U. of Edinburgh, UK) adds, "the history of war is too important to be left to the military historians alone," especially as they tend to end their accounts with the immediate cessation of hostilities and neglect the importance of war's aftermath. His method of capturing some of the realities of the final days and immediate aftermath, through mid-summer 1945, of World War II, is to weave together the biographies of "a handful of individuals," including a German mother separated from her sons and imprisoned by the Nazis, a British commando witness to the aftermath of the horrors of the concentration camps, an American soldier in Italy, a war correspondent traveling with Gen. Patton's forces into Germany, a Canadian officer in Holland, a German-Jewish exile serving as a British secret agent in Austria, a New Zealand intelligence officer working in opposition to the communists in the disputed city of Trieste, an American paratrooper in Berlin involved in some the very first manifestations of the Cold War confrontation with the Soviets, and a woman involved with humanitarian work for concentration camp victims. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
With its power and influence waning, the Soviet Union has launched a giant space station capable of housing 12,000 people. But is this off-world colony the peaceful Utopia experiment it's alleged to be? Or is it the last desperate weapon of a crumbling superpower bent on global domination?
Sirantha Jax has the J-gene, which permits her to "jump" faster-than-light ships through grimspace. She loves nothing more than that rush, but the star roads have to wait ... Her final mission takes her to La'heng, a planet subjugated during first contact. Since then, the La'hengrin homeworld has been occupied by foreign conquerors. All that's about to change. Now, as part of a grassroots resistance, Jax means to liberate the La'hengrin. But political intrigue and guerrilla warfare are new to her, and this will be the most dangerous game she's ever played--involving spies and conspiracies, a war of weapons and hearts. And not everyone is guaranteed to make it out alive ...
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