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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؟  

الاتقان في علوم القرآن

by جلال الدين السيوطي

وأنواع القرآن شاملة وعلومه كاملة فأردت أن أذكر في هذا التصنيف ما وصل إلى علمي مما حواه القرآن الشريف من أنواع علمه المنيف‏.‏ وينحصر في أمور‏:‏ الأول‏:‏ مواطن النزول وأوقاته ووقائعه وفي ذلك اثنا عشر نوعاً‏:‏ المكي المدني السفري الحضري الليلي النهاري الصيفي الشتائي الراشي أسباب النزول أول ما نزل آخر ما نزل‏.‏ الأمر الثاني‏:‏ السند وهو ستة أنواع‏:‏ المتوتر الآحاد الشاذ قراءات النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم الرواة الحفاظ‏.‏ الأمر الثالث‏:‏ الأداء وهوستة أنواع‏:‏ الوقف الابتداء الإمالة المد تخفيف الهمزة الإدغام‏.‏ الأمر الرابع‏:‏ الألفاظ وهوسبعة أنواع‏:‏ الغريب المعرب المجاز المشترك المترادف الاستعارة الأمر الخامس‏:‏ المعاني المتعلقة بالأحكام وهوأربعة عشر نوعاً‏:‏ العام الباقي على علومه العام المخصوص العام الذي أريد به الخصوص ما خص فيه الكتاب السنة ما خصت فيه السنة الكتاب المجمل المبين المؤول المفهوم المطلق المقيد الناسخ المنسوخ نوع من التناسخ والمنسوخ وهوما عمل به من الأحكام مدة معينة والعامل به واحد من المكلفين‏.‏ الأمر السادس‏:‏ المعاني المتعلقة بالألفاظ وهوخمسة أنواع‏:‏ الفصل الإيجاب الإطناب القصر‏.‏ وبذلك تكملت الأنواع خمسين ومن الأنواع ما لا يدخل تحت الحصر‏:‏ الأسماء الكنى الألقاب المبهمات‏.‏  

عنترة بن شداد الجزءالثاني

by مجهول

وكان بسطام قويًّا قلبه، وأراد أن يطلق رأس الجواد، فما مكنه عنتر بن شداد، بل أدركه وزعق فيه وطعنه بعقب الرمح فألقاه على وجه الأرض، وقال لأخيه شيبوب: شد كتافه حتى ننظر ما يجري بيننا وبين القادمين، فنظر نجاد إلى هذا الحال، فقال لمن معه: يا ويلكم، خذا هذا الأسود ابن ملكنا بسطام وشداه في الاعتقال، وإني أقول إنه ما قدر عليه إلا من خوفه من هذه الفرقة العبسية التي لحقت بصاحبها، حتى تعينه على هذه القضية، كما لحقنا نحن صاحبنا فدونكم وإياهم، فارفعوهم على أسنة الرماح وأنا أمزق جسد هذا الأسود، وأطلق لمولانا السراح لأني أقول: إن هذا الفارس هو عنتر، الذي قد سار بسطام ليأتي برأسه، ثم إنه حمل يطلب عنتر في خمسين فارسا، وحملت بقية الثلاثمائة فارس على عمارة ورفقته مثل السود القناعس، وقد قلوا في أعينهم وداروا بهم وتفرقوا كراديس ومواكب، فعند ذلك لزم بنو عبس القتال خوفًا من المهالك، فانظر أيها السامع إلى هذه الأشياء التي تحير العقول، فإن عمارة قد أتى يقاتل عنتر فصار معينا له بغير علمه واختياره، واحتاج أن يقاتل معه، ويخلص نفسه فزعا من العطب، ولو أمكنه الهروب من ذلك لهرب، ولكن ما قدر على ذلك لأن الأعداء قد أحدقت بهم من سائر الجهات والممالك، فقاتل وبذل المجهود وتزاعقت عليهم الفرسان مثل الأسود، وتواثبت الشجعان مثل الفهود، واقشعرت الجلود، وقدحت حوافر الخيل النار في الجلمود، وخيم الغبار على رأسهم حتى بقي مثل الرواقي الممدود، وفاضت الدموع على الخدود، وقدت الصوارم الهامات والقدود، وخفقت الرايات والبنود، وتلهجت في الأحشاء نار الحقود، وعادت وجوه الأبطال سود، من كثرة الغبار الممدود، ومما جرى عليها من نقض المواثيق والعهود، وشربت الأودية من أدمية الفرسان والكبود، وخسرت بنو زياد في ذلك اليوم المشهود، ورأت مقام عنتر في ذلك الوقت محمود، وأيقن عمارة أنه هالك من بين أهله ومفقود، وكاد أن يموت من الحسد، وعاد متنغصا مكمود، ثم إنه افتقد أصحابه فوجدهم قد فقد منهم خمسون فارسا، والباقون أشرفوا على الهلاك، فعندها قال عمارة: النجاة، ثم إنه لوى عنان جواده وولى هاربا، فتبعه عروة ومن بقي من رجاله، وهم لا يصدقون بالنجاة.

سيرة الظاهر بيبرس المجلد الثاني

by مجهول

(قال الراوي) فقال الملك سامحك الله بما فعلت من ذلك ولكن لا بد من التحقيق بينكما وما يكون الرأي في ذلك الركبة فقال يا مولاي اعلم أن الأعجام واثقين مني ولكن أنت رجعت إلى العرض وأنا رجعت إليهم وأقبل الليل بالاعتكار أرسل إلى أخواتي الفداوية وأنا أكون معاونًا لهم على كبس الركبة ونهب الأعادي فقال الملك هذا هو الصواب والأمر الذي لا يعاب ثم رجع إلى مكانه بعد أن تودع السلطان منه وعاد بيبرس وقد اجتمع برشيد الدولة وأعاد عليه سرًا بينه وبينه ففرح رشيد بذلك الخبر وتهلل وجهه واستبشر ثم أخذه ودخل على القان هلاون وقال له اعلم أن بيبرس العجمي قد تحارب مع قان عرب وكان مراده أسره فلم أمكنه ذلك ولكن لا بد أن يأسره غدًا إن شاءت النار فقال اللمين قوم بلاه ثم إنهم صبروا إلى الليل وقد نامت الأعاجم وهم آمنين من حوادث الزمان وما خبئ لهم عند مدبر الأكوان حتى توسط الليل فبينما هم في ألذ ما يكون من المنام وإذا بالصياح قد أخذهم من سائر الأقطار ووقع فيهم القتل السيف البتار فلا أحد قدر أن يثور من مكانه حتى طارت رأسه عن أبدانه وربما كان الرجل منهم إذا أخذ سلاحه قتل به أخاه وأعدمه الحياة ومنهم من كان متجرد بغير حسام وصارت المجوس شنيارها معكوس وجيشها مكبوس وعمل فيهم السيف والدبوس ولمعت السيوف في غياهب الملموس وزهقت النفوس وجرى الدما من الرجال مثل ذبح النيوس وعاد صباحهم معكوس وعمل فيهم البتار وقد اشتعلت نار الحرب إشعال وتحندل الأفيال وجرى الدما وسال فلا كنت تسمع للسيوف إلا الرنين ولا للمجاريح إلا الأنين وأخذهم السيف من الشمال واليمين وضاق عليهم البر الفسيح وتعاووا مثل عي الذبيح وضاق الخناق وشربوا من الموت أمر مذاق ووقف الحرب على قدم وساق وتعلقت الفرسان الفرسان والشجعان وطارت الرؤوس من الأبدان وزهقت النفوس من شدة الولهان وشيب الشجاع المصان وولى الجبان المهان وصار الدم ينزل والسيف يعمل ونار الحرب يشعل وكانت هذه الواقعة لا يعرف لها أول من آخر (يا سادة) وكان السبب في ذلك سبب عجيب وهو أنه لما رجع الملك من الميدان أخبر الوزير بما دار بينه وبين بيبرس من الكلام.

الفصل في الملل و الآهواء و النحل

by ابن حزم

إن كثيراً من الناس كتبوا في افتراق الناس في دياناتهم ومقالاتهم كتباً كثيرة جداً فبعض أطال وأسهب وأكثر وهجر واستعمل الأغاليط والشغب فكان ذلك شاغلاً عن الفهم قاطعاً دون العلم وبعض حذف وقصر وقلل واختصر واضرب عن كثير من قوي معارضات أصحاب المقالات فكان في ذلك غير منصف لنفسه في أن يرضى لها بالغبن في الإبانة وظالماً لخصمه في أن لم يوفه حق اعتراضه وباخساً حق من قرأ كتابه إذ لم يغنه عن غيره وكلهم إلا تحلة القسم عقد كلامه تعقيداً يتعذر فهمه على كثير من أهل الفهم وحلق على المعاني من بعد حتى صار ينسي آخر كلامه أوله وأكثر هذا منهم ستائر دون فساد معانيهم فكان هذا منهم غير محمود في عاجله وآجله.

The Life of the Christian

by G. Campbell Morgan

This book is designed to give practical help and guidance in the everyday life of the Christian and deals with holiness, growth, service and temptation.

Talking Books: Pioneering and Beyond

by Marilyn Lundell Majeska

Although libraries had been finding ways to serve blind patrons as early as the late nineteenth century, the passage of the Pratt-Smoot Act in 1931 was a game-changer. Congress appropriated funds to provide books for blind adults, and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped was established. The five decades after Pratt-Smoot saw many technological developments in recording machines and techniques, some coming hand in hand with innovations in the music industry: from record players, to reel-to-reel tapes, to cassette players. Inevitably, the "talking books" program would always be a compromise between the best possible product and the limitations of what was practical and economically feasible. Author Majeska synthesizes information from interviews and old files to compile a detailed history of talking books from 1932 to 1988--before computers changed the whole scene.

Understanding the Enneagram

by Don Richard Riso

PERSONALITY TYPES, the first book by Don Richard Riso, has become the leading guide to the Enneagram, as well as a cherished classic in the literature of personal growth around the world. This is the groundbreaking book that set the standard for insight and accuracy about this ancient symbol of human personality. UNDERSTANDING THE ENNEAGRAM soon followed and has since become another indispensable reseource, teaching readers not only how to understand this psychological framework in daily life but how to use it in many different settings. Don Riso and Russ Hudson have now fully revised and updated this authoritative guide to the Enneagram, based on their continuing work in the field, which is attracting ever-increasing attention. Discover how to use the Enneagram to find fulfillment in your personal develpemnt and in all of your relationships.

Despicable Me 3: Agnes Loves Unicorns!

by Universal

The Minions are back! Join your favorite yellow friends, along with Agnes, Edith, and Margo, on a new, hilarious adventure in this beautiful hardcover picture book that is based on the highly anticipated blockbuster movie Despicable Me 3!Agnes has two lifelong dreams: One is to be adopted into a loving family (completed!) and the other is to have a pet unicorn. Explore Agnes's love of unicorns inside this lovely picture book--and join her as she goes on her biggest adventure yet--to capture a unicorn!Despicable Me 3 is a trademark and copyright of Universal Studios. Licensed by Universal. All Rights Reserved.

Moon Tahiti

by David Stanley

South Pacific expert David Stanley knows the best way to vacation in Tahiti, from browsing the Papeete market to snorkeling off the island of Moorea. David also includes unique trip ideas like The Best of French Polynesia and Underwater in the Tuamotu Islands. Complete with details on taking lagoon tours and jeep safaris, lounging in Polynesian spas, and partaking in lavish seafood buffets, Moon Tahiti gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

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.

Unmasked

by Ian Halperin

In late December 2008, Ian Halperin told the world that Michael Jackson had only six months to live. His investigations into Jackson's failing health made headlines around the globe. Six months later, the King of Pop was dead. Whatever the final autopsy results reveal, it was greed that killed Michael Jackson. Friends and associates paint a tragic picture of the last years and days of his life as Jackson made desperate attempts to prepare for the planned concert series at London's 02 Arena in July 2009. These shows would have earned millions for the singer and his entourage, but he could never have completed them, not mentally, and not physically. Michael knew it and his advisors knew it. Anyone who caught even a fleeting glimpse of the frail old man hiding beneath the costumes and cosmetics would have understood that the London tour was madness. Why did it happen this way? After an intense five year investigation, New York Times bestselling author Ian Halperin uncovers the real story of Michael Jackson's final years, a suspenseful and surprising thriller.

Hourglass

by Myra Mcentire

One hour to rewrite the past . . . For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back. So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past. Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened? Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.

The Oregon Trail

by David Dary

Dary (journalism emeritus, U. of Oklahoma) reminds those of us who get winded climbing into our SUVs that those who traveled into the west long before the latte arrived were made of stern stuff. He describes the original European and American explorations into the Oregon Territory and the influence of the fur trade and missionaries. He tracks the inflow of emigrants that led to conflict among the various nations who coveted the natural resources the territory had to offer and the promises of building empire, He also reveals the startling tensions about slavery in the region. He describes how the territory became American, and how close it came to supporting the Confederacy. Dary includes detailed maps and a glossary. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain

by Mark Twain Charles Neider

This comprehensive volume of all of Twain's shorter works is representative of his vast humor and wit. "The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain" includes the following tales: The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, The Story of the Bad Little Boy, Cannibalism in the Cars, A Day at Niagara, Legend of the Capitoline Venus, Journalism in Tennessee, A Curious Dream, The Facts in the Great Beef Contract, How I Edited an Agricultural Paper, A Medieval Romance, My Watch, Political Economy, Science vs. Luck, The Story of the Good Little Boy, Buck Fanshaw's Funeral, The Story of the Old Ram, Tom Quartz, A Trial, The Trials of Simon Erickson, A True Story, Experience of the McWilliamses with Membranous Croup, Some Learned Fables for Good Old Boys and Girls, The Canvasser's Tale, The Loves of Alonzo Fitz Clarence and Rosannah Ethelton, Edward Mills and George Benton: A Tale, The Man Who Put Up at Gadsby's, Mrs. McWilliams and the Lightning, What Stumped the Bluejays, A Curious Experience, The Invalid's Story, The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm, The Stolen White Elephant, A Burning Brand, A Dying Man's Confession, The Professor's Yarn, A Ghost Story, Luck, Playing Courier, The Californian's Tale, The Diary of Adam and Eve, The Esquimau Maiden's Romance, Is He Living or Is He Dead?, The 1,000,000 Bank-Note, Cecil Rhodes and the Shark, The Joke That Made Ed's Fortune, A Story Without an End, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, The Death Disk, Two Little Tales, The Belated Russian Passport, A Double-Barreled Detective Story, The Five Boons of Life, Was It Heaven? Or Hell?, A Dog's Tale, The $30,000 Bequest, A Horse's Tale, Hunting the Deceitful Turkey, Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven, A Fable, and The Mysterious Stranger. Nearly 500 pages of classic tales by one of America's most loved authors.

Four Great American Classics

by Nathaniel Hawthorne Mark Twain Stephen Crane Herman Melville

These four landmark novels of nineteenth-century American literature have gained a permanent place in our culture as great classics. They are not only part of our national heritage, but masterpieces of world literature whose deep and lasting influence is felt to this day. The Scarlet Letter vividly records America’s moral and historical roots in Puritan New England and masterfully re-creates a society’s preoccupation with sin, guilt, and pride. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn carries readers along on Huck’s unforgettable journey down the Mississippi in America’s foremost comic epic—the first great novel in a truly American voice. The Red Badge of Courage re-creates the brutal reality of war and its psychological impact on a young Civil War soldier in one of the most moving and widely read American novels. Billy Budd, Sailor, joins the world’s great tragic literature as a doomed seaman becomes the innocent victim of a clash between social authority and individual freedom. From the Paperback edition.

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.

Lost in My Own Backyard: A Walk in Yellowstone National Park (Crown Journeys Ser.)

by Tim Cahill

“Let’s get lost together . . . ” Lost in My Own Backyard brings acclaimed author Tim Cahill together with one of his—and America’s—favorite destinations: Yellowstone, the world’s first national park. Cahill has been “puttering around in the park” for a quarter of a century, slowly covering its vast scope and exploring its remote backwoods. So does this mean that he knows what he’s doing? Hardly. “I live fifty miles from the park,” says Cahill, “but proximity does not guarantee competence. I’ve spent entire afternoons not knowing exactly where I was, which is to say, I was lost in my own backyard. ” Cahill stumbles from glacier to geyser, encounters wildlife (some of it, like bisons, weighing in the neighborhood of a ton), muses on the microbiology of thermal pools, gets spooked in the mysterious Hoodoos, sees moonbows arcing across waterfalls at midnight, and generally has a fine old time walking several hundred miles while contemplating the concept and value of wilderness. Mostly, Cahill says, “I have resisted the urge to commit philosophy. This is difficult to do when you’re alone, twenty miles from the nearest road, and you’ve just found a grizzly bear track the size of a pizza. ” Divided into three parts—“The Trails,” which offers a variety of favorite day hikes; “In the Backcountry,” which explores three great backcountry trails very much off the beaten track; and “A Selected Yellowstone Bookshelf,” an annotated bibliography of his favorite books on the park—this is a hilarious, informative, and perfect guide for Yellowstone veterans and first-timers alike. Lost in My Own Backyard is adventure writing at its very best. From the Hardcover edition.

Soldiers and Slaves

by Roger Cohen

In February 1945, 350 American POWs captured earlier at the Battle of the Bulge or elsewhere in Europe were singled out by the Nazis because they were Jews or were thought to resemble Jews. They were transported in cattle cars to Berga, a concentration camp in eastern Germany, and put to work as slave laborers, mining tunnels for a planned underground synthetic-fuel factory. This was the only incident of its kind during World War II. Starved and brutalized, the GIs were denied their rights as prisoners of war, their ordeal culminating in a death march that was halted by liberation near the Czech border. Twenty percent of these soldiers–more than seventy of them–perished. After t_he war, Berga was virtually forgotten, partly because it fell under Soviet domination and partly because America’s Cold War priorities quickly changed, and the experiences of these Americans were buried. Now, for the first time, their story is told in all its blistering detail. This is the story of hell in a small place over a period of nine weeks, at a time when Hitler’s Reich was crumbling but its killing machine still churned. It is a tale of madness and heroism, and of the failure to deliver justice for what the Nazis did to these Americans. Among those involved: William Shapiro, a young medic from the Bronx, hardened in Normandy battles but, as a prisoner, unable to help the Nazis’ wasted slaves, whose bodies became as insubstantial as ghosts; Hans Kasten, a defiant German-American who enraged his Nazi captors by demanding, in vain, that his fellow U. S. prisoners be treated with humanity, thus committing the unpardonable sin of betraying his German roots; Morton Goldstein, a garrulous GI from New Jersey, shot dead by the Nazi in charge of the American prisoners in an incident that would spark intense debate at a postwar trial; and Mordecai Hauer, the orphaned Hungarian Jew who, after surviving Auschwitz, stumbled on the GIs in the midst of the Holocaust at Berga and despaired at the sight of liberators become slaves. Roger Cohen uncovers exactly why the U. S. government did not aggressively prosecute the commandants of Berga, why there was no particular recognition for the POWs and their harsh treatment in the postwar years, and why it took decades for them to receive proper compensation. Soldiers and Slaves is an intimate, intensely dramatic story of war and of a largely forgotten chapter of the Holocaust.

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,"

A Tramp Abroad

by Mark Twain

This book an EXACT reproduction of the original book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

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.

33 Questions About American History You're Not Supposed to Ask

by Thomas E. Woods Jr.

Guess what? The Indians didn’t save the Pilgrims from starvation by teaching them to grow corn. Thomas Jefferson thought states’ rights—an idea reviled today—were even more important than the Constitution’s checks and balances. The “Wild” West was more peaceful and a lot safer than most modern cities. And the biggest scandal of the Clinton years didn’t involve an intern in a blue dress. Surprised? Don’t be. In America, where history is riddled with misrepresentations, misunderstandings, and flat-out lies about the people and events that have shaped the nation, there’s the history you know and then there’s the truth. In33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Ask, Thomas E. Woods Jr. , the New York Times bestselling author ofThe Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, sets the record straight with a provocative look at the hidden truths about our nation’s history—the ones that have been buried because they’re too politically incorrect to discuss. Woods draws on real scholarship—as opposed to the myths, platitudes, and slogans so many other “history” books are based on—to ask and answer tough questions about American history, including: - Did the Founding Fathers support immigration? - Was the Civil War all about slavery? - Did the Framers really look to the American Indians as the model for the U. S. political system? - Was the U. S. Constitution meant to be a “living, breathing” document—and does it grant the federal government wide latitude to operateas it pleases? - Did Bill Clinton actually stop a genocide, as we’re told? You’d never know it from the history that’s been handed down to us, but the answer to all those questions is no. Woods’s eye-opening exploration reveals how much has been whitewashed from the historical record, overlooked, and skewed beyond recognition. More informative than your last U. S. history class,33 Questions About American History You’re Not Supposed to Askwill have you wondering just how much about your nation’s past you haven’t been told. From the Hardcover edition.

Audition

by Barbara Walters

Young people starting out in television sometimes say to me: “I want to be you. ” My stock reply is always: “Then you have to take the whole package. ” And now, at last, the most important woman in the history of television journalism gives us that “whole package,” in her inspiring and riveting memoir. After more than forty years of interviewing heads of state, world leaders, movie stars, criminals, murderers, inspirational figures, and celebrities of all kinds, Barbara Walters has turned her gift for examination onto herself to reveal the forces that shaped her extraordinary life. Barbara Walters’s perception of the world was formed at a very early age. Her father, Lou Walters, was the owner and creative mind behind the legendary Latin Quarter nightclub, and it was his risk-taking lifestyle that made Barbara aware of the ups and downs that can occur when someone is willing to take great risks. The financial responsibility for her family, the fear, the love all played a large part in the choices she made as she grew up: the friendships she developed, the relationships she had, the marriages she tried to make work. Ultimately, thanks to her drive, combined with a decent amount of luck, she began a career in television. And what a career it has been! Against great odds, Barbara has made it to the top of a male-dominated industry. She has spent a lifetime auditioning, and this book, in some ways, is her final audition, as she fully opens up both her private and public lives. In doing so, she has given us a story that is heartbreaking and honest, surprising and fun, sometimes startling, and always fascinating. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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