Marginalia: Readers Writing in Books

By H. J. Jackson

From Pierre de Fermat to Samuel Taylor Coleridge to Graham Greene, readers have with regards to books during the notes they write within the margins. during this pioneering publication the 1st to envision the phenomenon of marginalia - H.J. Jackson surveys a unprecedented variety of annotated books to discover the heritage of marginalia, the varieties they take, the psychology that underlies them, and the reactions they impress. according to a research of millions of books annotated by way of readers either recognized and imprecise during the last 3 centuries, this publication finds the depth of emotion that characterises the method of interpreting. for centuries, readers have talked to other folks within the margins in their books - not just to authors, but additionally to associates, fans, and destiny generations. With an infectious enthusiasm for her topic, Jackson displays at the cultural and ancient price of writing within the margins, examines works that experience invited passionate annotation, and provides examples of a few of the main provocative marginalia. creative, a laugh, and poignant, this booklet could be valuable by way of - and perhaps even annotated by means of - somebody who cares approximately studying.

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Band of Brigands: The First Men in Tanks

The dramatic tale of the boys who fought a brand new and terrifying form of warfare amidst the carnage of the trenches in international struggle I: the British pioneer volunteers who have been the 1st tank-men into battle.

Inspired by means of a trip to northeast France to witness the excavation of a remarkably intact First global struggle tank from underneath a suburban vegetable plot close to the city of Cambrai, Christy Campbell – then defence correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph – started to piece jointly the little-known tale of the younger males who shaped the British Tank Corps.

Very few of them have been expert infantrymen; they have been motoring fanatics and mechanics, plumbers, motorcyclists, circus performers and polar explorers. One officer declared: 'I have by no means noticeable one of these band of brigands in my life.' that they had proficient in stipulations of significant secrecy within the grounds of a mock-oriental stately domestic in East Anglia and have been initially often called the 'Heavy department, computer Gun Corps'. The observe 'tank' itself was once intentionally selected to mislead.

Men in tanks observed the face of conflict at its so much brutal. Their job was once to weigh down and burn the enemy out of his fortifications, and to carve a direction for the infantry so that they may possibly end the task with bayonet and grenade. Captured tank crews have been overwhelmed up or occasionally shot out of hand via the Germans. They fought of their stifling armoured packing containers filled with petrol and explosives, acutely aware that at any second a shell-hit may well incinerate them all.

Christy Campbell has combed modern diaries and letters and later reminiscences to inform appropriately for the 1st time the powerful but harrowing tale of the way the 1st males in tanks went to warfare. the time-frame is 1916-18, with a coda on how German blitzkrieg principles built from an English root.

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The Fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans: Context and Consequences (Turning Points)

By Michael Angold

The fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans in 1453 marked the tip of 1000 years of the Christian Roman Empire. Thereafter, global civilisation begun a strategy of radical switch. The West got here to spot itself as Europe; the Russians have been set at the direction of autocracy; the Ottomans have been reworked right into a global energy whereas the Greeks have been left exiles of their personal land. The lack of Constantinople created a void. How that void was once to be stuffed is the topic of this book.

Michael Angold examines the context of past due Byzantine civilisation and the cultural negotiation which allowed town of Constantinople to outlive for thus lengthy within the face of Ottoman energy. He indicates how the devastating effect of its fall lay on the centre of a sequence of interlocking old styles which marked this time of decisive swap for the overdue medieval world.

This concise and unique examine should be crucial examining for college kids and students of Byzantine and past due medieval background, in addition to an individual with an curiosity during this major turning aspect in global history.

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Charles de Gaulle : leçons de commandement

By Bruno Jarrosson

Charles de Gaulle a été le Français le plus remarkable du XXe siècle.
L’homme appartient à l’histoire. Mais sa personnalité semble défier
l’analyse : poulain de Pétain il se dressera contre son mentor, homme
d’action il écrit des livres d’un variety raffiné, militaire de carrière
il excelle en manœuvre politique, homme de droite il nationalise à tour
de bras, personnalité charismatique c’est un solitaire, recours des
Pieds-noirs il lâche l’Algérie. Et finalement cet homme réussit à
paraître tout d’une pièce à strength de contradictions.

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The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield: A Tragedy of the Gilded Age (American Portraits (Anchor Books))

By H.W. Brands

Even sooner than he used to be shot lifeless at the stairway of the tony Grand critical resort in 1872, financier James “Jubilee Jim” Fisk, Jr., was once a infamous long island urban determine. From his audacious try and nook the gold marketplace in 1869 to his conflict for keep an eye on of the geographically the most important Erie Railroad, Fisk used to be a flamboyant exemplar of a brand new monetary period marked via unstable fortunes and unparalleled greed and corruption. however it used to be his scandalously open affair with a showgirl named Josie Mansfield that finally ended in his demise.
 
In this riveting brief history—the first in his American pictures series—H. W. manufacturers lines Fisk’s amazing downfall, bringing to lifestyles New York’s Gilded Age and a few of its mythical gamers, together with Boss William Tweed, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and the railroad rich person Jay Gould.

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Cold War Radio: The Dangerous History of American Broadcasting in Europe, 1950-1989

By Richard H. Cummings

Through the chilly battle, Radio unfastened Europe and Radio Liberty broadcast uncensored information and statement to humans dwelling in communist countries. As severe components of the CIA's early covert actions opposed to communist regimes in jap Europe, the Munich-based stations drew a wide viewers regardless of efforts to jam the announces and ban voters from hearing them. This historical past of the stations within the chilly struggle period unearths the perils their employees confronted from the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Romania and different communist states. It recounts intimately the homicide of author Georgi Markov, the 1981 bombing of the stations by means of "Carlos the Jackal," infiltration through KGB agent Oleg Tumanov and different occasions. Appendices contain safeguard reviews, letters among Carlos the Jackal and German terrorist Johannes Weinrich and different records, lots of that have by no means been released.

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Atlas of Lost Cities: A Travel Guide to Abandoned and Forsaken Destinations

Like people, towns are mortal. they're born, they thrive, and so they finally die. In Atlas of misplaced Cities, Aude de Tocqueville tells the compelling narrative of the increase and fall of such awesome locations as Pompeii, Teotihuacán, and Angkor. She additionally information the fewer popular areas, together with Centralia, an deserted Pennsylvania city fed on by means of unquenchable underground fireplace; Nova Citas de Kilamba in Angola, the place housing, colleges, and shops have been outfitted for 500,000 those that by no means got here; and Epecuen, a vacationer city in Argentina that was once swallowed up via water. attractive, unique paintings indicates the positioning of the misplaced towns and depicts how they appeared once they thrived.

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The Land of the Elephant Kings: Space, Territory, and Ideology in the Seleucid Empire

By Paul J. Kosmin

The Seleucid Empire (311-64 BCE) used to be in contrast to whatever the traditional Mediterranean and close to japanese worlds had noticeable. Stretching from present-day Bulgaria to Tajikistan--the bulk of Alexander the Great's Asian conquests--the state encompassed a territory of exceptional ethnic, spiritual, and linguistic range; but it didn't contain Macedonia, the ancestral fatherland of the dynasty. The Land of the Elephant Kings investigates how the Seleucid kings, ruling over lands to which they'd no ancient declare, tried to remodel this territory right into a coherent and significant space.

Based on fresh archaeological proof and historical basic assets, Paul J. Kosmin's multidisciplinary strategy treats the Seleucid Empire now not as a mosaic of areas yet as a land unified in imperial ideology and articulated via spatial practices. Kosmin uncovers how Seleucid geographers and ethnographers labored to naturalize the kingdom's borders with India and significant Asia in ways in which formed Roman and later medieval understandings of "the East." within the West, Seleucid rulers grew to become their backs on Macedonia, moving their feel of place of birth to Syria. by way of mapping the Seleucid kings' travels and learning the towns they founded--an bold colonial coverage that has prompted the close to East to this day--Kosmin indicates how the empire's territorial id was once developed at the flooring. within the empire's ultimate century, with enemies urgent more durable and primary strength disintegrating, we see that the very modes through which Seleucid territory have been shaped decided the best way it fell apart.

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Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830

By John H. Elliott

This epic background compares the empires equipped by means of Spain and Britain within the Americas, from Columbus’s arrival within the New international to the top of Spanish colonial rule within the early 19th century. J. H. Elliott, some of the most wonderful and flexible historians operating this present day, deals us background on a grand scale, contrasting the worlds outfitted through Britain and by way of Spain at the ruins of the civilizations they encountered and destroyed in North and South America.
Elliott identifies and explains either the similarities and variations within the empires’ approaches of colonization, the nature in their colonial societies, their particular forms of imperial executive, and the independence pursuits fixed opposed to them. in keeping with huge analyzing within the background of the 2 nice Atlantic civilizations, the ebook units the Spanish and British colonial empires within the context in their personal instances and gives us insights into elements of this twin heritage that also effect the Americas.

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Great Gambling Scams: True Stories of the World's Most Amazing Hustlers

By Nigel Goldman

For lots of, playing is a curler coaster of wins and losses, yet for a few, it's the profitable solution to a lifetime of untold wealth and comfort. Contained during this totally gripping e-book are the secrets and techniques of a handful of people that have time and again controlled to overcome casinos and bookies at their very own online game, accomplishing essentially the most creative playing scams of all time. incorporated are the 3 jap Europeans who sat down with virtually not anything and walked clear of the Ritz Casino's roulette wheel with multiple million kilos of their wallet. additionally, the infamous MIT pupil rip-off during which scholars took Las Vegas for untold hundreds of thousands utilizing a fabulous card-counting regimen. With deception, drama, and immense fortunes curious about those remarkable and intricate plots, each real tale amassed right here recreates the heart-racing buzz of the massive win.

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