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الفوائد

by ابن القيم

أساس كل خير أن تعلم أن ما شاء الله كان وما لم يشأ لم يكن، فتتيقن حينئذ أن الحسنات من نعمه فتشكره عليها‏.‏ وتتضرع إليه ألا يقطعان عنك، وأن السيئات من خذلانه وعقوبته، فنبتهل إليه أن يحول بينك وبينها، ولا يكلك في فعل الحسنات وترك السيئات إلى نفسك‏.‏ وقد أجمع العارفون على أن كل خير فأصله بتوفيق الله للعبد‏.‏ وكل شر فأصله خذلانه لعبده‏.‏ وأجمعوا أن التوفيق ألا يكلك الله نفسك وأن الخذلان هو أن يخلي بينك وبين نفسك‏.‏ فإذا كان كل خير فأصله التوفيق وهو بيد العبد فمفتاحه الدعاء والافتقار وصدق اللجئ والرغبة والرهبة إليه، فمتى أعطي العبد هذا المفتاح فقد أراد أن يفتح له، ومتى أضله عن المفتاح بقي باب الخير مُرْتَجًا دونه‏.‏ قال أمير المؤمنين عمر بن الخطاب‏:‏ إني لا أحمل هم الإجابة ولكن هم الدعاء فإن الإجابة معه‏.‏ وعلى قدر نية العبد وهمته ومراده ورغبته في ذلك يكون توفيقه سبحانه وإعانته، فالمعونة من الله تنزل على العباد على قدرهم وثباتهم ورغبتهم ورهبتهم، والخذلان ينزل عليهم على حسب ذلك، فالله سبحانه أحكم الحاكمين وأعلم العالمين، يضع التوفيق في مواضعه اللائقة به والخذلان في مواضعه اللائقة به، وهو العليم الحكيم‏.‏ وما أتي من أتي إلا من قِبَل إضاعة الشكر وإهمال الافتقار والدعاء، ولا ظفر من ظفر بمشيئة الله وعونه إلا بقيامه بالشكر وصدق الافتقار والدعاء‏.‏ وملاك ذلك الصبر فإنه من الإيمان بمنزله الرأس من الجسد، فإذا قطع الرأس فلا بقاء لجسد‏.‏ ما ضرب عبد بعقوبة أعظم من قسوة القلب والبعد عن الله‏.‏ خلقت النار لإذابة القلوب القاسية‏.‏ أبعد القلوب من الله القلب القاسي‏.‏ إذا قسا القلب قحطت العين‏.‏ قسوة القلب من أربعة أشياء إذا جاوزت قدر الحاجة‏:‏ الأكل والنوم والكلام والمخاطبة‏.‏ كما أن البدن إذا مرض لم ينفع فيه الطعام والشراب‏.‏ فكذلك القلب إذا مرض بالشهوات لم تنجح فيه المواعظ‏.‏ من أراد صفاء قلبه فليؤثر الله على شهوته‏.‏ القلوب المتعلقة بالشهوات محجوبة عن الله بقدر تعلقها بها‏.‏ القلوب آنية الله في أرضه، فأحبها إليه أرقها وأصلبها وأصفاها‏.‏ شغلوا قلوبهم بالدنيا، ولو شغلوها بالله والدار الآخرة لجالت في معاني كلامه وآياته المشهودة ورجعت إلى أصحابها بغرائب الحكم وظرف الفوائد‏.‏ إذا غذي القلب بالتذكر وسقي بالتفكر ونقي من الدغل،‏ رأى العجائب وألهم الحكمة‏.‏ ليس كل من تحلى بالمعرفة والحكمة وانتحلها كان من أهلها، بل أهل المعرفة والحكمة الذين أحيوا قلوبهم بقتل الهوى‏.‏ وأما من قتل قلبه فأحيا الهوى، فالمعرفة والحكمة عارية على لسانه‏.‏ خراب القلب من الأمن والغفلة، وعمارته من الخشية والذكر‏.‏ إذا زهدت القلوب في موائد الدنيا قعدت على موائد الآخرة بين أهل تلك الدعوة، وإذا رضيت بموائد الدنيا فاتتها تلك الموائد‏.‏ الشوق إلى الله ولقائه نسيم يهب على القلب يروح عنه وهج الدنيا‏.‏ من وطن قلبه عند ربه سكن واستراح، ومن أرسله في الناس اضطرب واشتد به القلق‏.‏ لا تدخل محبة الله في قلب فيه حب الدنيا إلا كما يدخل الجمل في سم الإبرة‏.‏ إذا أحب الله عبدا اصطنعه لنفسه واجتباه لمحبته واستخلصه لعبادته فشغل همته بخدمته‏.‏  

العبرات

by مصطفي لطفي المنفلوطي

ما أكثر أيام الحياة وما أقلّها! لم أعش من تلك الأعوام الطوال التي عشتها في هذا العالم إلا عامًا واحدًا مرّ بي كما يمر النجم الدهريُّ في سماء الدنيا ليلة واحدة، ثم لا يراه الناس بعد ذلك. قضيت الشطر الأوّل من حياتي أفتش عن صديق ينظر إلى أصدقائه بعين غير العين التي ينظر بها التاجر إلى سلعته، والزارع إلى ماشيته، فأعوزني ذلك حتى عرفت فلانًا منذ ثماني عشرة عامًا، فعرفت امرءًا، ما شئت أن أرى خلة من خلال الخير والمعروف في ثياب رجل إلا وجدتها فيه، ولا تخيلت صورة من صور الكمال الإنساني في وجه إنسان إلا أضاءت لي في وجهه، فجلَّت مكانته عندي، ونزل من نفسي منزلة لم ينزلها أحد من قبله، وصفت كأس الود بيني وبينه لا يكدرها علينا مكدر.  حتى عرض لي من حوادث الدهر ما أزعجني من مستقري، فهجرت القاهرة إلى مسقط رأسي غير آسف على شيء فيها إلا على فراق ذلك الصديق الكريم، فتراسلنا حقبة من الزمن، ثم فترت عني كتبه ثم انقطعت، فحزنت لذلك حزنًا شديدًا، وذهبت بي الظنونَ في شأنه كل مذهب، إلا أن أرتاب في صدقه ووفائه، وكنت كلما هممت بالمصير إليه لتعرّف حاله قعد بي عن ذلك همٌّ كان يقعدني عن كل شأن حتى شأن نفسي، فلم أعد إلى القاهرة إلا بعد عدة أعوام فكان أول همي يوم هبطت أرضها أن أراه، فذهبت إلى منزله في الساعة الأولى من الليل فرأيت ما لا تزال حسرته متصلة بقلبي حتى اليوم. تركت هذا المنزل فردوسًا صغيرًا من فراديس الجنان تراءى فيه السعادة في ألوانها المختلفة، وتترقرق وجوه ساكنيه بشرًا وسرورًا، ثم زرته اليوم فخيِّل إلى أنني أمام مقبرة موحشة ساكنة لا يهتف فيها صوت ولا يتراءى في جوانبها شبحٌ، ولا يلمع في أرجائها مصباح، فظننت أني أخطأت المنزل الذي أريده، أو أنني بين يدي منزل مهجور حتى سمعت بكاء طفل صغير، ولمحت في بعض النوافذ نورًا ضعيفًا، فمشيت إلى الباب فطرقته، فلم يجبني أحد فطرقته أخرى فلمحت من خصاصه نورًا مقبلاً ثم لم يلبث أن انفرج لي عن وجه غلام صغير في أسمال بالية، يحمل في يده مصباحًا ضئيلاً فتأملته على ضوء المصباح، فرأيت في وجهه صورة أبيه، فعرفت أنه ذلك الطفل الجميل المدلل الذي كان بالأمس زهرة هذا المنزل وبدر سمائه، فسألته عن أبيه فأشار إليَّ بالدخول ومشى أمامي بمصباحه حتى وصل بي إلى قاعة شعثاء مغبرة، بالية المقاعد والأستار، ولولا نقوش لاحت لي في بعض جدرانها كباقي الوشم في ظاهر اليد ما عرفت أنها القاعة التي قضينا فيها ليالي السعادة والهناء اثني عشر هلالاً، ثم جرى بيني وبين الغلام حديث قصير عرف فيه من أنا، وعرفت أن أباه لم يعد إلى المنزل حتى الساعة، وأنه عائد عما قليل.. ثم تركني ومضى وما لبث إلا قليلاً حتى عاد يقول لي: إن والدته تريد أن تحدثني حديثًا يتعلق بأبيه، فخفق قلبي خفقة الرعب والخوف، وأحسست بشر لا أعرف مأتاه ثم التفتُّ فإذا امرأة ملتفة برداء أسودَ واقفة على عتبة الباب فحيتني فحييتها، ثم قالت لي: هل علمت ما صنع الدهر بفلان من بعدك؟ قلت: لا، فهذا أول يوم هبطت فيه هذا البلد بعد ما فارقته سبعة أعوام، قالت: ليتك لم تفارقه، فقد كنت عصمته التي يعتصم بها وحماه من غوائل الدهر وشروده، فما هي إلا أن فارقته حتى أحاطت به زمرةٌ من أمر الشيطان، وكان فتى كما تعلمه غريرًا ساذجًا، فما زالت تغريه بالشر وتزين له منه ما يزين الشيطان للإنسان حتى سقط فيه، فسقطنا جميعًا في هذا الشقاء الذي تراه، قلت: وأي شر تريدين يا سيدتي؟  

الموطأ

by ألأمام مالك بن أنس الأصبحي

حَدَّثَنِي يَحْيَى، عَنْ مَالِكٍ، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ أَبِي بَكْرِ بْنِ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَمْرِو بْنِ حَزْمٍ، أَنَّهُ سَمِعَ عُرْوَةَ بْنَ الزُّبَيْرِ، يَقُولُ دَخَلْتُ عَلَى مَرْوَانَ بْنِ الْحَكَمِ فَتَذَاكَرْنَا مَا يَكُونُ مِنْهُ الْوُضُوءُ فَقَالَ مَرْوَانُ وَمِنْ مَسِّ الذَّكَرِ الْوُضُوءُ ‏.‏ فَقَالَ عُرْوَةُ مَا عَلِمْتُ هَذَا ‏.‏ فَقَالَ مَرْوَانُ بْنُ الْحَكَمِ أَخْبَرَتْنِي بُسْرَةُ بِنْتُ صَفْوَانَ أَنَّهَا سَمِعَتْ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏"‏ إِذَا مَسَّ أَحَدُكُمْ ذَكَرَهُ فَلْيَتَوَضَّأْ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ وَحَدَّثَنِي عَنْ مَالِكٍ، عَنْ إِسْمَاعِيلَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ سَعْدِ بْنِ أَبِي وَقَّاصٍ، عَنْ مُصْعَبِ بْنِ سَعْدِ بْنِ أَبِي وَقَّاصٍ، أَنَّهُ قَالَ كُنْتُ أُمْسِكُ الْمُصْحَفَ عَلَى سَعْدِ بْنِ أَبِي وَقَّاصٍ فَاحْتَكَكْتُ فَقَالَ سَعْدٌ لَعَلَّكَ مَسِسْتَ ذَكَرَكَ قَالَ فَقُلْتُ نَعَمْ ‏.‏ فَقَالَ قُمْ فَتَوَضَّأْ فَقُمْتُ فَتَوَضَّأْتُ ثُمَّ رَجَعْتُ ‏.‏ وَحَدَّثَنِي عَنْ مَالِكٍ، عَنْ نَافِعٍ، أَنَّ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ عُمَرَ، كَانَ يَقُولُ إِذَا مَسَّ أَحَدُكُمْ ذَكَرَهُ فَقَدْ وَجَبَ عَلَيْهِ الْوُضُوءُ ‏.‏ وَحَدَّثَنِي عَنْ مَالِكٍ، عَنْ هِشَامِ بْنِ عُرْوَةَ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، أَنَّهُ كَانَ يَقُولُ مَنْ مَسَّ ذَكَرَهُ فَقَدْ وَجَبَ عَلَيْهِ الْوُضُوءُ ‏.‏ وَحَدَّثَنِي عَنْ مَالِكٍ، عَنِ ابْنِ شِهَابٍ، عَنْ سَالِمِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ، أَنَّهُ قَالَ رَأَيْتُ أَبِي عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ عُمَرَ يَغْتَسِلُ ثُمَّ يَتَوَضَّأُ فَقُلْتُ لَهُ يَا أَبَتِ أَمَا يَجْزِيكَ الْغُسْلُ مِنَ الْوُضُوءِ قَالَ بَلَى وَلَكِنِّي أَحْيَانًا أَمَسُّ ذَكَرِي فَأَتَوَضَّأُ ‏.‏ وَحَدَّثَنِي عَنْ مَالِكٍ، عَنْ نَافِعٍ، عَنْ سَالِمِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ، أَنَّهُ قَالَ كُنْتُ مَعَ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عُمَرَ فِي سَفَرٍ فَرَأَيْتُهُ بَعْدَ أَنْ طَلَعَتِ الشَّمْسُ تَوَضَّأَ ثُمَّ صَلَّى قَالَ فَقُلْتُ لَهُ إِنَّ هَذِهِ لَصَلاَةٌ مَا كُنْتَ تُصَلِّيهَا ‏.‏ قَالَ إِنِّي بَعْدَ أَنْ تَوَضَّأْتُ لِصَلاَةِ الصُّبْحِ مَسِسْتُ فَرْجِي ثُمَّ نَسِيتُ أَنْ أَتَوَضَّأَ فَتَوَضَّأْتُ وَعُدْتُ لِصَلاَتِي ‏.‏

ألف ليلة وليلة الجزء الأول

by فكلور تقليدي

النسخة الكاملة، ولأول مرة، من أهم إبداعات البشرية وأهم الأعمال التي ستخلد كجزء عظيم من التراث الإنساني كتاب "ألف ليلة وليلة"    (وفي ليلة 35) قالت بلغني أيها الملك السعيد أن الشاب لما قال للمزين لابد أن أحضر أصحابك عندي يوماً فقال له إذا أردت ذلك وقدمت دعوة أصحابك في هذا اليوم فاصبر حتى أمضي بهذا الإكرام الذي أكرمتني به وأدعه عند أصحابي يأكلون ويشربون ولا ينتظرون ثم أعود إليك وأمضي معك إلى أصدقائك فليس بيني وبين أصدقائي حشمة تمنعني عن تركهم والعود إليك عاجلاً وأمضي معك أينما توجهت فقلت لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله العلي العظيم أمضي أنت إلى أصدقائك وانشرح معهم ودعني أمضي إلى أصدقائي وأكون معهم في هذا اليوم فإنهم ينتظرون قدومي فقال المزين لا أدعك تمضي وحدك فقلت له أن الموضع الذي أمضي إليه لا يقدر أحد أن يدخل فيه غيري فقال أظنك اليوم في ميعاد واحدة وإلا كنت تأخذني معك وأنا أحق من جميع الناس وأساعدك على ما تريد فإني أخاف أن تدخل على امرأة أجنبية فتروح روحك فإن هذه مدينة بغداد لا يقدر أحد أن يعمل فيها شيئاً من هذه الأشياء لاسيما في مثل هذا اليوم وهذا والي بغداد صارم عظيم فقلت ويلك يا شيخ الشر أي شيء هذا الكلام الذي تقابلني به فسكت سكوتاً طويلاً وأدركنا وقت الصلاة وجاء وقت الخطبة وقد فرغ من حلق رأسي فقلت له أمضي إلى أصحابك بهذا الطعام والشراب وأنا أنتظرك حتى تعود وتمضي معي ولم أزل أخادعه لعله يمضي فقال لي أنك تخادعني وتقضي وحدك وترمي نفسك في مصيبة لا خلاص لك منها فبالله لا تبرح حتى أعود إليك وأمضي معك حتى أعلم ما يتم من أمرك فقلت له نعم لا تبطيء علي فأخذ ما أعطيته من الطعام والشراب وغيره وخرج من عندي فسلمه إلى الحمال ليوصله إلى منزله وأخفي نفسه في بعض الأزقة ثم قمت من ساعتي وقد اعلنوا على المنارات بسلام الجمعة فلبست ثيابي وخرجت وحدي وأتيت إلى الزقاق ووقعت على البيت الذي رأيت فيه تلك الصبية وإذا بالمزين خلفي ولا أعلم به فوجدت الباب مفتوحاً فدخلت وإذا بصاحب الدار عاد إلى منزله من الصلاة ودخل القاعة وغلق الباب فقلت من أين علم هذا الشيطان بي فأتفق في هذه الساعة لأمر يريده الله من هتك سترى أن صاحب الدار أذنبت جارية عنده فضربها فصاحت فدخل عنده عبد ليخلصها فضربه فصاح الآخر فأعتقد المزين أنه يضربني فصاح ومزق أثوابه وحثا التراب على رأسه وصار يصرخ ويستغيث والناس حوله وهو يقول قتل سيدي في بيت القاضي ثم مضي إلى داري وهو يصيح والناس خلفه وأعلم أهل بيتي وغلماني فما دريت إلا وهم قد أقبلوا يصيحون وا سيداه كل هذا والمزين قدامهم وهو ممزق الثياب والناس معهم ولم يزالوا يصرخون وهو في أوائلهم يصرخ وهم يقولوا وا قتيلاه وقد أقبلوا نحو الدار التي أنا فيها فلما سمع القاضي ذلك عظم عليه الأمر وقام وفتح الباب فرأى جمعاً عظيماً فبهت وقال يا قوم ما القصة فقال له الغلمان أنك قتلت سيدنا فقال يا قوم وما الذي فعله سيدكم حتى أقتله وأدرك شهرزاد الصباح فسكتت عن الكلام المباح.

One Direction: Meet One Direction

by One Direction

The only 100% fully official annual--written in collaboration with One Direction. This is the annual for all 1D fans! Find out straight from Harry, Liam, Louis, Niall, and Zayn what they think about success, their musical influences, the making of their movie, their style, their amazing fans, and much more! With exclusive interviews, up-to-the-minute news, and fantastic never-before-seen photos, this is a must-have for all One Direction fans and a fantastic gift for any occasion!

Republic.com 2.0

by Cass R. Sunstein

What happens to democracy and free speech if people use the Internet to listen and speak only to the like-minded? What is the benefit of the Internet's unlimited choices if citizens narrowly filter the information they receive? Cass Sunstein first asked these questions in 2001'sRepublic. com. Now, inRepublic. com 2. 0, Sunstein thoroughly rethinks the critical relationship between democracy and the Internet in a world where partisan Weblogs have emerged as a significant political force. Republic. com 2. 0highlights new research on how people are using the Internet, especially the blogosphere. Sunstein warns against "information cocoons" and "echo chambers," wherein people avoid the news and opinions that they don't want to hear. He also demonstrates the need to regulate the innumerable choices made possible by technology. His proposed remedies and reforms emphasize what consumers and producers can do to help avoid the perils, and realize the promise, of the Internet.

Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements

by Mary Buffett David Clark

With an insider's view of the mind of the master, Mary Buffett and David Clark have written a simple guide for reading financial statements from Buffett's successful perspective. They clearly outline Warren Buffett's strategies in a way that will appeal to newcomers and seasoned Buffettologists alike. Inspired by the seminal work of Buffett's mentor, Benjamin Graham, this book presents Buffett's interpretation of financial statements with anecdotes and quotes from the master investor himself. Destined to become a classic in the world of investment books, Warren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements is the perfect companion volume to The New Buffettology and The Tao of Warren Buffett.

The Light of Burning Shadows

by Chris Evans

Konowa Swift Dragon was once commander of the Iron Elves, the legendary Elven regiment of the human army of the Calahrian Empire. Now recalled from exile and disgrace, he is second-in-command of the reconstituted regiment -- a motley band of misfits who are elves in name alone. Konowa's destiny is to stand against the looming threat of the Shadow Monarch, whose destructive ambitions have called down an alien power from the stars and riven the land with all manner of ancient evils. The same Shadow Monarch whose tainted mark he bears. . . His quest leads Konowa deep into the desert wastes: the burning lands to which the original Iron Elves were banished. There he and his current companions must face trials beyond their imagining, to learn how to defeat the Shadow Monarch for all time.

Russia and the North

by Elana Wilson Rowe

Russia holds more Arctic territory than any other state, yet unlike other Arctic states it does not have a unified strategy identifying economic and political aims for the North. Russia's policies on the North are dispersed across a variety of fields from domestic migration politics to oil and gas development. This volume engages the disparate elements of Russian northern policy and illustrates how the centralized, relatively economically strong and politically assertive Russia of today defines and addresses northern spaces, opportunities, and challenges. As energy markets continue looking northward and climate change renders the Arctic increasingly accessible, the geopolitical interests of Arctic states will be brought more frequently to the forefront. These circumstances will make the disputed borders and overlapping sovereignty claims of the North an important topic in international politics. Given its geographic size and political influence, Russia is and will continue to be a key regional and global actor in the international politics of the North.

The Curious Incident at Claridge's

by R. T. Raichev

Did the young and beautiful Lady Tradescant try to poison her elderly husband? If not, who did?There is no shortage of suspects - quite a few people might have wanted Sir Seymour Tradescant dead. His eccentric twin sister Bettina, his disgruntled son Nicholas, his scheming daughter Olivia... Antonia Darcy and Hugh Payne face one of their most baffling cases. Their investigation takes them from the luxury of Claridges Hotel to Mayholme Manor, a residential home for elderly gentlemen. This proves to be a distinctly sinister establishment, where they encounter the mysterious Doctor Fairchild and his albino manservant Madden. Does the solution to the puzzle lie in the past - there seems to be a link to the Nuremberg Trials? It looks as though a controversial royal figure might have secretly plotted to save one of Hitler's mot notorious henchmen from the hangman's noose. Even when Antonia and Hugh believe they know the identity of the killer, the necessary proof is dangerously elusive.

The Sweetest Thing

by Christina Mandelski

In the world of Sheridan Wells, life is perfect when she's decorating a cake. Unfortunately, everything else is a complete mess: her mom ran off years ago, her dad is more interested in his restaurant, and the idea of a boyfriend is laughable. But Sheridan is convinced finding her mom will solve all her problems--only her dad's about to get a cooking show in New York, which means her dream of a perfect family will be dashed. Using just the right amount of romance, family drama, and cute boys, The Sweetest Thing will entice fans with its perfect mixture of girl-friendly ingredients.

Christianity, Cults, and the Occult

by Rose Publishing

Christianity, Cults, and the Occult: Compare 11 Groups with Biblical ChristianityMany teenagers and adults know at least one person who has been involved with some sort of occult practice, whether it be reading horoscopes or being interested in astrology. A Barna Group survey reveals that nearly 75% of all U.S. teens have dabbled in some form of psychic activity or witchcraft.Christianity, Cults, and the Occult, an ebook that can be read in 30 minutes or less, takes a close look at eleven cultic movements that have a wide range of occult connections and compares them to the origins and key beliefs of Christianity.Christianity, Cults, and the Occult helps Christians understand their own beliefs and explains the backgrounds of different occults, a list of occult terms and definitions, as well as Scriptural warnings against the occult.People enjoy discussing this topic and the ebook will equip them to know how deal with the occult when it confronts them in their schools or neighborhoods. Christianity, Cults, and the Occult explains why people are attracted to occult groups like Kabbalah which include people like Madonna and Demi Moore.Christians need to understand what's behind the different cults and occult so you can express to others how and why your beliefs are different. Christianity, Cults, and the Occult addresses the following topics for each of the 11 movements:*Origins (founders, dates, headquarters)*Key writings*Key beliefs*Occultic practices*Affiliated organizations*Symbols and photos*News and controversiesThese are the 11 cults examined in Christianity, Cults, and the Occult:*Freemasonry (Masons, the Masonic Lodge)*Kabbalah*Wicca/Neopaganism *Satanism *Spiritualism *Santería*Voodoo *Theosophy*Anthroposophy*Rosicrucianism *EckankarMore than ever, you need clear, reliable information so you can speak intelligently when talking about your Christian beliefs. Christianity, Cults, and the Occult provides you with information that will help you understand, pray for, and offer help to others who are interested in the occult.

American Notes

by Charles Dickens

When Charles Dickens set out for America in 1842 he was the most famous man of his day to travel there - curious about the revolutionary new civilization that had captured the English imagination. His frank and often humorous descriptions cover everything from his comically wretched sea voyage to his sheer astonishment at the magnificence of the Niagara Falls, while he also visited hospitals, prisons and law courts and found them exemplary. But Dickens's opinion of America as a land ruled by money, partly built on slavery, with a corrupt press and unsavoury manners, provoked a hostile reaction on both sides of the Atlantic. American Notes is an illuminating account of a great writer's revelatory encounter with the New World.

Babbitt

by Sinclair Lewis

In the fall of 1920, Sinclair Lewis began a novel set in a fast-growing city with the heart and mind of a small town. For the center of his cutting satire of American business he created the bustling, shallow, and myopic George F. Babbitt, the epitome of middle-class mediocrity. The novel cemented Lewis's prominence as a social commentator. Babbitt basks in his pedestrian success and the popularity it has brought him. He demands high moral standards from those around him while flirting with women, and he yearns to have rich friends while shunning those less fortunate than he. But Babbitt's secure complacency is shattered when his best friend is sent to prison, and he struggles to find meaning in his hollow life. He revolts, but finds that his former routine is not so easily thrown over.

The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

by Jack Zipes

Enchanting, brimming with the wonder and magic of once upon a time, the fairly tales of the Brothers Grimm are the special stories of childhood that stay with us throughout our lives. But most Americans know them only secondhand, in adaptations that greatly reduce the tales' power to touch our emotions and intrigue our imaginations. Now, in the most comprehensive translation to date, here are the classic fairy tales as the Brothers Grimm intended them to be-rich, stark, spiced with humor and violence, resonant with the rhythms of folklore and song. Volume I contains 100 unabridged tales, including those best-known around the world:Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, Hansel And Gretel, andLittle Red Cap [also known asLittle Red Riding Hood ]. These wonderful tales of life, passion, and make-believe appeal not only to children-who unabashedly love them-but to readers of any age.

Holy Blood, Holy Grail

by Michael Baigent Richard Leigh Henry Lincoln

Is the traditional, accepted view of the life of Christ in some way incomplete? • Is it possible Christ did not die on the cross? • Is it possible Jesus was married, a father, and that his bloodline still exists? • Is it possible that parchments found in the South of France a century ago reveal one of the best-kept secrets of Christendom? • Is it possible that these parchments contain the very heart of the mystery of the Holy Grail? According to the authors of this extraordinarily provocative, meticulously researched book, not only are these things possible — they are probably true! so revolutionary, so original, so convincing, that the most faithful Christians will be moved; here is the book that has sparked worldwide controversey. "Enough to seriously challenge many traditional Christian beliefs, if not alter them. " —Los Angeles Times Book Review "LikeChariots of the Gods?. . . the plot has all the elements of an international thriller. " —Newsweek From the Paperback edition.

Romola

by George Eliot

One of George Eliot's seven classic novels. She is best known for Middlemarch, Silas Marner, and The Mill on the Floss. According to Wikipedia: "Mary Ann (Marian) Evans (22 November 1819 â " 22 December 1880), better known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist. She was one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Her novels, largely set in provincial England, are well known for their realism and psychological perspicacity. She used a male pen name, she said, to ensure that her works were taken seriously. Female authors published freely under their own names, but Eliot wanted to ensure that she was not seen as merely a writer of romances. An additional factor may have been a desire to shield her private life from public scrutiny and to prevent scandals attending her relationship with the married George Henry Lewes. "

Supernatural: The Unholy Cause

by Joe Schreiber

A Supernatural novel that reveals a previously unseen adventure for the Winchester brothers, from the hit CW series!Way back in April 1862, Confederate Captain Jubal Beauchamp leads a charge across a Georgia battleground... Fast forward to 2009 and a civil war re-enactment becomes all too real. When Sam and Dean head down south to investigate they find that history has got somewhat out of hand...

The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe remains the unsurpassed master of works of mystery and madness in this outstanding collection of Poe's prose and poetry are sixteen of his finest tales, including "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "William Wilson," "The Black Cat," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "Eleonora. " Here too is a major selection of what Poe characterized as the passion of his life, his poems - "The Raven," "Annabel Lee," Ulalume," "Lenore," "The Bells," and more, plus his glorious prose poem "Silence - A Fable" and only full-length novel, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym,"

The Trail to Crazy Man

by Louis L'Amour

A word from Louis L'Amour:"Almost forty years ago, when my fiction was being published exclusively in 'pulp' western magazines, I wrote several novel-length stories, which my editors called 'magazine novels'. In creating them, I became so involved with my characters that their lives were still as much a part of me as I was of them long after the issues in which they appeared became collector's items. Pleased as I was about how I brought the characters and their adventures to life in the pages of the magazines, I still wanted the reader to know more about my people and why they did what they did. So, over the years, I revised and expanded these magazine works into fuller-length novels that I published in paperback under other titles."These particular early magazine versions of my books have long been a source of great speculation and curiosity among many of my readers, so much so of late, that I'm now pleased to collect three of them into book form for the first time."I hope you enjoy them."From the Paperback edition.

Treason

by Ann Coulter

“Liberals’ loyalty to the United States is off-limits as a subject of political debate. Why is the relative patriotism of the two parties the only issue that is out of bounds for rational discussion?” In a stunning follow-up to her number one bestsellerSlander, leading conservative pundit Ann Coulter contends that liberals have been wrong on every foreign policy issue, from the fight against Communism at home and abroad, the Nixon and the Clinton presidencies, and the struggle with the Soviet empire right up to today’s war on terrorism. “Liberals have a preternatural gift for always striking a position on the side of treason,” says Coulter. “Everyone says liberals love America, too. No, they don’t. ” From Truman to Kennedy to Carter to Clinton, America has contained, appeased, and retreated, often sacrificing America’s best interests and security. With the fate of the world in the balance, liberals should leave the defense of the nation to conservatives. Reexamining the sixty-year history of the Cold War and beyond—including the career of Senator Joseph McCarthy, the Whittaker Chambers–Alger Hiss affair, Ronald Reagan’s challenge to Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall,” the Gulf War, and our present war on terrorism—Coulter reveals how liberals have been horribly wrong in all their political analyses and policy prescriptions. McCarthy, exonerated by the Venona Papers if not before, was basically right about Soviet agents working for the U. S. government. Hiss turned out to be a high-ranking Soviet spy (who consulted Roosevelt at Yalta). Reagan, ridiculed throughout his presidency, ended up winning the Cold War. And George W. Bush, also an object of ridicule, has performed exceptionally in responding to America’s newest threats at home and abroad. Coulter, who inSlanderexposed a liberal bias in today’s media, also examines how history, especially in the latter half of the twentieth century, has been written by liberals and, therefore, distorted by their perspective. Far from being irrelevant today, her clearheaded and piercing view of what we’ve been through informs us perfectly for challenges today and in the future. WithSlander, Ann Coulter became the most recognized and talked-about conservative intellectual of the year. Treason, in many ways an even more controversial and prescient book, will ignite impassioned political debate at one of the most crucial moments in our history. From the Hardcover edition.

Chesterton

by Garry Wills

"Part of a literary circle that included H. G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, Hillaire Belloc, and Max Beerbohm, G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) wrote essays of social criticism for contemporary journals, literary criticism (including notable books on Browning, Dickens, and Shaw), and works of theology and religious argument, but may have been best known for his Father Brown mysteries. Chesterton's interest in Catholic Christianity, first expressed in Orthodoxy, led to his conversion from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism in 1922. His classic Saint Francis of Assisi and the equally acclaimed Saint Thomas Aquinas confirmed his reputation as a writer with the rare ability to simultaneously entertain, inform, and enlighten readers. This revised edition of Garry Wills's finely crafted biography includes updates to the text and a new Introduction by the author. "--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Drinking: A Love Story

by Caroline Knapp

Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Many of them, like Caroline Knapp, started in their early teens and began to use alcohol as "liquid armor," a way to protect themselves against the difficult realities of life. In this extraordinarily candid and revealing memoir, Knapp offers important insights not only about alcoholism, but about life itself and how we learn to cope with it.

Europe's Last Summer

by David Fromkin

The Great War not only destroyed the lives of over twenty million soldiers and civilians, it also ushered in a century of huge political and social upheaval, led directly to the Second World War and altered for ever the mechanisms of governments. And yet its causes, both long term and immediate, have continued to be shrouded in mystery. In EUROPE'S LAST SUMMER, David Fromkin reveals a new pattern in the happenings of that fateful July and August, which leads in unexpected directions. Rather than one war, starting with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, he sees two conflicts, related but not inseparably linked, whose management drew Europe and the world into what The Economist described as early as 1914 as 'perhaps the greatest tragedy in human history'.

Flags of Our Fathers

by James Bradley Ron Powers

In this unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America. In February 1945, American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima—and into history. Through a hail of machine-gun and mortar fire that left the beaches strewn with comrades, they battled to the island's highest peak. And after climbing through a landscape of hell itself, they raised a flag. Now the son of one of the flagraisers has written a powerful account of six very different young men who came together in a moment that will live forever. To his family, John Bradley never spoke of the photograph or the war. But after his death at age seventy, his family discovered closed boxes of letters and photos. InFlags of Our Fathers, James Bradley draws on those documents to retrace the lives of his father and the men of Easy Company. Following these men's paths to Iwo Jima, James Bradley has written a classic story of the heroic battle for the Pacific's most crucial island—an island riddled with Japanese tunnels and 22,000 fanatic defenders who would fight to the last man. But perhaps the most interesting part of the story is what happened after the victory. The men in the photo—three were killed during the battle—were proclaimed heroes and flown home, to become reluctant symbols. For two of them, the adulation was shattering. Only James Bradley's father truly survived, displaying no copy of the famous photograph in his home, telling his son only: "The real heroes of Iwo Jima were the guys who didn't come back. " Few books ever have captured the complexity and furor of war and its aftermath as well asFlags of Our Fathers. A penetrating, epic look at a generation at war, this is history told with keen insight, enormous honesty, and the passion of a son paying homage to his father. It is the story of the difference between truth and myth, the meaning of being a hero, and the essence of the human experience of war.

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