Indian Summer

Indian Summer
The Secret History of the End of an Empire

by Alex von Tunzelmann

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2012-10-25
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN : 1471114767
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The stroke of midnight on 15 August 1947 liberated 400 million Indians from the British Empire. One of the defining moments of world history had been brought about by a tiny number of people, including Jawaharlal Nehru, the fiery prime minister-to-be; Gandhi, the mystical figure who enthralled a nation; and Louis and Edwina Mountbatten, the glamorous but unlikely couple who had been dispatched to get Britain out of India without delay. Within hours of the midnight chimes, however, the two new nations of India and Pakistan would descend into anarchy and terror. INDIAN SUMMERdepicts the epic sweep of events that ripped apart the greatest empire the world has ever seen, and reveals the secrets of the most powerful players on the world stage: the Cold War conspiracies, the private deals, and the intense and clandestine love affair between the wife of the last viceroy and the first prime minister of free India. With wit, insight and a sharp eye for detail, Alex von Tunzelmann relates how a handful of people changed the world for ever.

The Secret History of Food

The Secret History of Food
Strange But True Stories about the Origins of Everything We Eat

by Matt Siegel

  • Publisher : Ecco
  • Release : 2021-08-31
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9780062973214
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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An irreverent, surprising, and entirely entertaining look at the little-known history surrounding the foods we know and love Is Italian olive oil really Italian, or are we dipping our bread in lamp oil? Why are we masochistically drawn to foods that can hurt us, like hot peppers? Far from being a classic American dish, is apple pie actually . . . English? "As a species, we're hardwired to obsess over food," Matt Siegel explains as he sets out "to uncover the hidden side of everything we put in our mouths." Siegel also probes subjects ranging from the myths--and realities--of food as aphrodisiac, to how one of the rarest and most exotic spices in all the world (vanilla) became a synonym for uninspired sexual proclivities, to the role of food in fairy- and morality tales. He even makes a well-argued case for how ice cream helped defeat the Nazis. The Secret History of Food is a rich and satisfying exploration of the historical, cultural, scientific, sexual, and, yes, culinary subcultures of this most essential realm. Siegel is an armchair Anthony Bourdain, armed not with a chef's knife but with knowledge derived from medieval food-related manuscripts, ancient Chinese scrolls, and obscure culinary journals. Funny and fascinating, The Secret History of Food is essential reading for all foodies.

The Afghanistan Papers

The Afghanistan Papers
A Secret History of the War

by Craig Whitlock,The Washington Post

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2021-08-31
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 1982159006
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Unlike the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 had near-unanimous public support. At first, the goals were straightforward and clear: to defeat al-Qaeda and prevent a repeat of 9/11. Yet soon after the United States and its allies removed the Taliban from power, the mission veered off course and US officials lost sight of their original objectives

Ghost Wars

Ghost Wars
The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invas ion to September 10, 2001

by Steve Coll

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2004-12-28
  • Pages : 736
  • ISBN : 0143034669
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize “The CIA itself would be hard put to beat his grasp of global events . . . Deeply satisfying.” —The New York Review of Books From the award-winning and bestselling author of Directorate S, the explosive first-hand account of America's secret history in Afghanistan. To what extent did America’s best intelligence analysts grasp the rising thread of Islamist radicalism? Who tried to stop bin Laden and why did they fail? Comprehensively and for the first time, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll recounts the history of the covert wars in Afghanistan that fueled Islamic militancy and sowed the seeds of the September 11 attacks. Based on scrupulous research and firsthand accounts by key government, intelligence, and military personnel both foreign and American, Ghost Wars details the secret history of the CIA’s role in Afghanistan (including its covert operations against Soviet troops from 1979 to 1989), the rise of the Taliban, the emergence of bin Laden, and the failed efforts by U.S. forces to find and assassinate bin Laden in Afghanistan.

Madam

Madam
A Novel

by Phoebe Wynne

  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release : 2021-05-18
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9781250272041
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Phoebe Wynne's Madam is a riveting, modern gothic debut with shades of The Secret History, The Stepford Wives, and a dash of Circe, set at a secretive all girls’ boarding school perched on a craggy Scottish peninsula. They want our silence... They want our obedience... Let them see our fire burn For 150 years, high above rocky Scottish cliffs, Caldonbrae Hall has sat untouched, a beacon of excellence in an old ancestral castle. A boarding school for girls, it promises that the young women lucky enough to be admitted will emerge “resilient and ready to serve society.” Into its illustrious midst steps Rose Christie: a 26-year-old Classics teacher, Caldonbrae’s new head of the department, and the first hire for the school in over a decade. At first, Rose is overwhelmed to be invited into this institution, whose prestige is unrivaled. But she quickly discovers that behind the school’s elitist veneer lies an impenetrable, starkly traditional culture that she struggles to reconcile with her modernist beliefs--not to mention her commitment to educating “girls for the future.” It also doesn’t take long for Rose to suspect that there’s more to the secret circumstances surrounding the abrupt departure of her predecessor--a woman whose ghost lingers everywhere--than anyone is willing to let on. In her search for this mysterious former teacher, Rose instead uncovers the darkness that beats at the heart of Caldonbrae, forcing her to confront the true extent of the school’s nefarious purpose, and her own role in perpetuating it. A darkly feminist tale pitched against a haunting backdrop, and populated by an electrifying cast of heroines, Madam will keep readers engrossed until the breathtaking conclusion.

Under The Golden Sun

Under The Golden Sun
'Jenny Ashcroft's best yet' Dinah Jeffries

by Jenny Ashcroft

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2020-11-24
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 0751573248
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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'A deeply touching, delicious, slow burn of a love affair. A really excellent book and Jenny Ashcroft's best yet.' Dinah Jeffries 'The perfect way to lose myself, escaping from the every day to travel around the world.' Louise Douglas What if all you needed to do to find home, was leave? Wanted: companion to escort a young, orphaned child home to Australia. All expenses as well as passage covered. Interested parties to apply without delay to 32 Williams Street, Belgravia. Rose Hamilton is in desperate need of a fresh start. There are so many reasons she should ignore the advertisement: the war, those treacherous seas, her family, her fiancé... but she cannot help herself. Within weeks, she is boarding an enormous convoy, already too attached to five-year-old Walter Lucknow. But rural Queensland, and the cattle station home of Walter's parents, is not as either of them were told to expect. Rose cannot leave this little boy she's grown to love until he is happy, and she knows the key to this is Walter's wounded fighter pilot uncle Max. But how will she ever part with Walter? And what if he isn't the only reason she wants to stay? Authors love Under the Golden Sun: 'An epic story of hope and heartbreak.' Iona Grey, author of Letters to the Lost 'Utterly emotive and beautiful.' Lorna Cook, author of The Forbidden Promise 'A sumptuous story of love and belonging.' Tracy Rees, author of The House at Silvermoor 'Ashcroft fans are in for a real treat.' Emma Rous, author of The Perfect Guests 'Under the Golden Sun transported me to exciting, sun-filled places.' Liz Trenow, author of The Forgotten Seamstress 'Ashcroft writes with the perfect blend of elegance and emotional punch.' Hazel Gaynor, author of The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter 'Will grab your heart, squeeze it and won't let it go until the poignant and emotional end.' Louise Fein, author of People Like Us 'A story of love in its various forms, with the powerful pull of promises made, trust broken and well-kept secrets.' Glynis Peters, author of The Secret Orphan 'This is a novel to lose yourself in.' Gill Paul, author of The Lost Daughter 'Keeps you guessing till the end.' Adrienne Chin, author of The English Wife 'A beautiful and sumptuous story that tugs on your heartstrings in all the right ways.' Nikola Scott, author of My Mother's Shadow 'Vivid and lyrical, this epic love story completely enchanted and transported me. Unforgettably poignant, Rose's story is spellbinding yet utterly real.' Holly Miller, author of The Sight of You

The Secret Life of Trees

The Secret Life of Trees
How They Live and Why They Matter

by Colin Tudge

  • Publisher : ePenguin
  • Release : 2006-07-06
  • Pages : 451
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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�Everyone interested in the natural world will enjoy The Secret Life of Trees. I found myself reading out whole chunks to friends� The Times, Books of the Year What is a tree? As this celebration of the trees shows, they are our countryside; our ancestors descended from them; they gave us air to breathe. Yet while the stories of trees are as plentiful as leaves in a forest, they are rarely told. Here, Colin Tudge travels from his own back garden round the world to explore the beauty, variety and ingenuity of trees everywhere: from how they live so long to how they talk to each other and why they came to exist in the first place. Lyrical and evocative, this book will make everyone fall in love with the trees around them.

The History of Money

The History of Money
From Sandstone to Cyberspace

by Jack Weatherford

  • Publisher : Currency
  • Release : 1997
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Traces the historical evolution of humankind's relationship with money, from ancient times to the present-day revolutionary transformation in the meaning and use of money as represented by the electronic cash card, and discusses the implications of such changes

The Little Friend

The Little Friend
A Book

by Donna Tartt

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2003
  • Pages : 624
  • ISBN : 9781400031696
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Growing up in a small Mississippi town in a family haunted by the murder of her brother, Harriet Cleve Dusfresnes lives in a world of her imagination, until, at the age of twelve, she decides to find the murderer and exact her revenge. By the author of The Secret History. Reprint. 250,000 first printing.

Dead City

Dead City
A Book

by James Ponti

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2012-10-02
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1442441283
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A tween takes on undead New Yorkers in this paranormal action-adventure that “breathes new life into the zombie genre” (Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games). Most kids have enough to deal with between school, homework, extracurricular activities, and friends, but Molly Bigelow isn’t your typical tween. By day, Molly attends MIST—the Metropolitan Institute of Science and Technology—but it’s what she’s learning outside of school that sets her apart from her classmates. Molly is a zombie hunter, just like her mother. This, however, is news to Molly. Now she must come to terms with not only the idea that zombies exist, but also that they’re everywhere, and it’s her job to help police them and keep the peace. Sure, she’d like to be a regular kid, but “regular” just isn’t possible when it turns out the most revered (or feared, depending on your perspective) zombie hunter in the history of New York City is your mother. It seems Molly’s got some legendary footsteps to follow…

Liberal Fascism

Liberal Fascism
The Secret History of the American Left, from Mussolini to the Politics of Change

by Jonah Goldberg

  • Publisher : Crown Forum
  • Release : 2009
  • Pages : 503
  • ISBN : 0767917189
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Draws parallels between the fascism of the 1930s and the liberalism of the present, arguing that liberal politicians from Woodrow Wilson to Hillary Clinton have espoused policies and principles similar to those of Hitler's National Socialism.

Mindfreak

Mindfreak
Secret Revelations

by Criss Angel

  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 2009-10-06
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN : 0061982431
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The hottest magician in years takes us behind–the–scenes of his hit A&E show and offers secret tips to 25 illusions you won't see anywhere else. Criss Angel is poised to take the magic world by storm. He had his first 1–hour special on ABC in '01, headlined Madison Square Garden's annual Halloween special a year later to an audience of 60,000, performed in front of 75,000 people in Times Square, had two subsequent 1–hour specials on the Sci–Fi channel, he's received countless magician awards, and he currently has a groundbreaking show on A&E called CRISS ANGEL MINDFREAK, the first weekly magic show in over 40 years, that consistently wins its timeslot. MINDFREAK – the book – will be an extention of the show, which uses a specific topic each week – like 'Buried Alive', 'Bullet Catch', 'Building Walk', or 'Levitation' – to delve into the history of each subject, and see if Criss can't break new ground by doing something no one has done before. We are also going to try and include secrets in the book – clues to be dissected by readers – that relate back to magic he will perform on the show, where the book will be heavily promoted.

The Spy and the Traitor

The Spy and the Traitor
The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

by Ben MacIntyre

  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release : 2018-09-20
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : 0241186676
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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'THE BEST TRUE SPY STORY I HAVE EVER READ' JOHN LE CARRÉ A thrilling Cold War story about a KGB double agent, by one of Britain's greatest historians On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket. The man was a spy for MI6. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia. So began one of the boldest and most extraordinary episodes in the history of espionage. In The Spy and the Traitor Ben Macintyre reveals a tale of betrayal, duplicity and raw courage that changed the course of the Cold War forever.

Secrets of Golgotha

Secrets of Golgotha
The Lost History of Jesus' Crucifixion

by Ernest L. Martin

  • Publisher : Academy for Scriptural
  • Release : 1996-03-01
  • Pages : 466
  • ISBN : 9780945657866
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
A Book

by Deesha Philyaw

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2020
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 9781949199734
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Secret Lives of Church Ladies explores the raw and tender places where Black women and girls dare to follow their desires and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good. The nine stories in this collection feature four generations of characters grappling with who they want to be in the world, caught as they are between the church's double standards and their own needs and passions. There is fourteen-year-old Jael, who has a crush on the preacher's wife. At forty-two, Lyra realizes that her discomfort with her own body stands between her and a new love. As Y2K looms, Caroletta's "same time next year" arrangement with her childhood best friend is tenuous. A serial mistress lays down the ground rules for her married lovers. In the dark shadows of a hospice parking lot, grieving strangers find comfort in each other. With their secret longings, new love, and forbidden affairs, these church ladies are as seductive as they want to be, as vulnerable as they need to be, as unfaithful and unrepentant as they care to be, and as free as they deserve to be.

How the Irish Invented Slang

How the Irish Invented Slang
The Secret Language of the Crossroads

by Daniel Cassidy

  • Publisher : AK Press
  • Release : 2007
  • Pages : 303
  • ISBN : 9781904859604
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Paddy's revenge!

Blue Moon

Blue Moon
A Book

by James Ponti

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2013-10-01
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN : 144244133X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Molly is ready for more nonstop, undead action in this follow-up to Dead City, which Kirkus Reviews described as “a fast-paced read for those who like their zombies with just a little fright.” When Molly Bigelow discovered that zombies shared New York with humans, she didn’t think life could get more shocking. Then she learned that her mother was once one of the greatest zombie killers ever—and she discovered that her dead mother is not technically dead after all (although she isn’t alive, either). Molly’s efforts to keep these secrets and to help her Omega team track down the identity of the original thirteen zombies will take her from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade to New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Her loyalties to friends and family will be put to the test. And her life will be changed in ways she never could have imagined.

The Long Utopia

The Long Utopia
A Book

by Terry Pratchett,Stephen Baxter

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2016-02-29
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN : 0552169366
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The dazzling new science fiction adventure from the extraordinary imaginations of Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter -- the fourth novel in a collaborative series that has been hailed as 'sense-of-wonder SF at its best' (Independent on Sunday). 2045-2059. After the cataclysmic upheavals of Step Day and the Yellowstone eruption humanity is spreading further into the Long Earth, and society, on a battered Datum Earth and beyond, continues to evolve. Now an elderly and cantankerous AI, Lobsang lives in disguise with Agnes in an exotic, far-distant world. He's convinced they're leading a normal life in New Springfield -- they even adopt a child -- but it seems they have been guided there for a reason. As rumours of strange sightings and hauntings proliferate, it becomes clear that something is very awry with this particular world. Millions of steps away, Joshua is on a personal journey of discovery: learning about the father he never knew and a secret family history. But then he receives a summons from New Springfield. Lobsang now understands the enormity of what's taking place beneath the surface of his earth -- a threat to all the worlds of the Long Earth. To counter this threat will require the combined efforts of humankind, machine and the super-intelligent Next. And some must make the ultimate sacrifice.

Ikigai

Ikigai
The Japanese secret to a long and happy life

by Héctor García,Francesc Miralles

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2017-09-07
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 1473539609
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER We all have an ikigai. It's the Japanese word for 'a reason to live' or 'a reason to jump out of bed in the morning'. It's the place where your needs, desires, ambitions, and satisfaction meet. A place of balance. Small wonder that finding your ikigai is closely linked to living longer. Finding your ikigai is easier than you might think. This book will help you work out what your own ikigai really is, and equip you to change your life. You have a purpose in this world: your skills, your interests, your desires and your history have made you the perfect candidate for something. All you have to do is find it. Do that, and you can make every single day of your life joyful and meaningful. ______________________________ 'I read it and it's bewitched me ever since. I'm spellbound.' Chris Evans 'A refreshingly simple recipe for happiness.' Stylist 'Ikigai gently unlocks simple secrets we can all use to live long, meaningful, happy lives. Warm, patient, and kind, this book pulls you gently along your own journey rather than pushing you from behind.' Neil Pasricha, bestselling author of The Happiness Equation

The Road to Eleusis

The Road to Eleusis
Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries

by R. Gordon Wasson,Albert Hofmann,Carl A. P. Ruck

  • Publisher : North Atlantic Books
  • Release : 2008-11-25
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 9781556437526
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"...one of the two best kept secrets in history, and this book is the most successful attempt I know to unlock it. ... [A] historical tour de force." --Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions The secretive Mysteries conducted at Eleusis in Greece for nearly two millennia have long puzzled scholars with strange accounts of initiates experiencing otherworldly journeys. In this groundbreaking work, three experts—a mycologist, a chemist, and a historian—argue persuasively that the sacred potion given to participants in the course of the ritual contained a psychoactive entheogen. The authors then expand the discussion to show that natural psychedelic agents have been used in spiritual rituals across history and cultures. Although controversial when first published in 1978, the book’s hypothesis has become more widely accepted in recent years, as knowledge of ethnobotany has deepened. The authors have played critical roles in the modern rediscovery of entheogens, and The Road to Eleusis presents an authoritative exposition of their views. The book’s themes of the universality of experiential religion, the suppression of that knowledge by exploitative forces, and the use of psychedelics to reconcile the human and natural worlds make it a fascinating and timely read. This 30th anniversary edition includes an appreciative preface by religious scholar Huston Smith and an updated exploration of the chemical evidence by Peter Webster.