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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari

Language

English

Pages

469

Publication Date

February 10, 2015

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller</strong></p><p><strong>A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg </strong></p><p>From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity鈥檚 creation and evolution鈥攁 #1 international bestseller鈥攖hat explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be 鈥渉uman.鈥?lt;/p><p>One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one鈥攈omo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?</p><p>Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, <em>Sapiens</em> integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.</p><p>Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?</p><p>Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.</p>
When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains
by Ariana Neumann

Language

English

Pages

335

Publication Date

February 04, 2020

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<b>In this remarkably moving memoir</b><b> Ariana Neumann dives into the secrets of her father鈥檚 past: years spent hiding in plain sight in war-torn Berlin, the annihilation of dozens of family members in the Holocaust, and the courageous choice to build anew.</b><br /><br />In 1941, the first Neumann family member was taken by the Nazis, arrested in German-occupied Czechoslovakia for bathing in a stretch of river forbidden to Jews. He was transported to Auschwitz. Eighteen days later his prisoner number was entered into the morgue book.<br /> <br />Of thirty-four Neumann family members, twenty-five were murdered by the Nazis. One of the survivors was Hans Neumann, who, to escape the German death net, traveled to Berlin and hid in plain sight under the Gestapo鈥檚 eyes. What Hans experienced was so unspeakable that, when he built an industrial empire in Venezuela, he couldn鈥檛 bring himself to talk about it. All his daughter Ariana knew was that something terrible had happened.<br /> <br />When Hans died, he left Ariana a small box filled with letters, diary entries, and other memorabilia. Ten years later Ariana finally summoned the courage to have the letters translated, and she began reading. What she discovered launched her on a worldwide search that would deliver indelible portraits of a family loving, finding meaning, and trying to survive amid the worst that can be imagined.<br /> <br /><i>When Time Stopped </i>is an unputdownable detective story and an epic family memoir, spanning nearly ninety years and crossing oceans. Neumann brings each relative to vivid life. In uncovering her father鈥檚 story after all these years, she discovers nuance and depth to her own history and liberates poignant and thought-provoking truths about the threads of humanity that connect us all.
Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl

Language

English

Pages

188

Publication Date

June 01, 2006

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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.<br /><br />At the time of Frankl's death in 1997,聽<i>Man's Search for Meaning</i>聽had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found聽<i>Man's Search for Meaning</i>聽among the ten most influential books in America.
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Editio...
by Jared Diamond

Language

English

Pages

626

Publication Date

January 04, 2011

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<p><b>In聽Jared Diamond鈥檚 follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning <i>Guns, Germs and Steel</i>, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilization. Diamond is also the author of <i>Upheaval:聽Turning Points for Nations in Crisis</i></b></p><p><br />Environmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all factors in the demise of societies around the world, but some found solutions and persisted. As in <b>Guns, Germs, and Steel</b>, Diamond traces the fundamental pattern of catastrophe, and weaves an all-encompassing global thesis through a series of fascinating historical-cultural narratives. Collapse moves from the Polynesian cultures on Easter Island to the flourishing American civilizations of the Anasazi and the Maya and finally to the doomed Viking colony on Greenland. Similar problems face us today and have already brought disaster to Rwanda and Haiti, even as China and Australia are trying to cope in innovative ways. Despite our own society鈥檚 apparently inexhaustible wealth and unrivaled political power, ominous warning signs have begun to emerge even in ecologically robust areas like Montana.<br /><br />Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, <b>Collapse</b> is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, raising the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide?<br /><br /></p>
21 Lessons for the 21st Century
by Yuval Noah Harari

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English

Pages

418

Publication Date

September 04, 2018

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER </b>鈥⒙?lt;b>In<i> Sapiens, </i>he explored our past. In <i>Homo Deus, </i>he looked to our future<i>. </i>Now, one of the most innovative thinkers on the planet turns to the present to make sense of today鈥檚 most pressing issues.</b><br /><br /><b>鈥淔ascinating . . . a crucial global conversation about how to take on the problems of the twenty-first century.鈥濃€擝ill Gates,聽<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>FINANCIAL TIMES </i>AND聽<b>PAMELA PAUL, KQED聽</b></b><br /><br /> How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children? <br /><br />Yuval Noah Harari鈥檚 <i>21 Lessons for the 21st Century</i> is a probing and visionary investigation into today鈥檚 most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive.<br /><br /> In twenty-one accessible chapters that are both provocative and profound, Harari builds on the ideas explored in his previous books, untangling political, technological, social, and existential issues and offering advice on how to prepare for a very different future from the world we now live in: How can we retain freedom of choice when Big Data is watching us? What will the future workforce look like, and how should we ready ourselves for it? How should we deal with the threat of terrorism? Why is liberal democracy in crisis?<br /><br /> Harari鈥檚 unique ability to make sense of where we have come from and where we are going has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. Here he invites us to consider values, meaning, and personal engagement in a world full of noise and uncertainty. When we are deluged with irrelevant information, clarity is power. Presenting complex contemporary challenges clearly and accessibly, <i>21 Lessons for the 21st Century</i> is essential reading.<br /><b><br />鈥淚f there were such a thing as聽a required instruction manual for politicians and thought leaders, Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari鈥檚聽<i>21 Lessons for the 21st Century</i>聽would deserve serious consideration. In this collection of聽provocative聽essays, Harari . . .聽tackles a daunting array of issues, endeavoring to answer a persistent question: 鈥榃hat is happening in the world today, and what is the deep meaning of these events?鈥欌€濃€?lt;i>BookPage聽</i>(top pick)</b>
These Truths: A History of the United States
by Jill Lepore

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English

Pages

955

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<p><strong>鈥淣othing short of a masterpiece.鈥濃€擭PR Books<br /><br />A <em>New York Times</em> and <em>Washington Post</em> Notable Book of the Year<br /><br /><br /><br />In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation.</strong></p><br /><p>Widely hailed for its 鈥渟weeping, sobering account of the American past鈥?(<em>New York Times Book Review</em>), Jill Lepore鈥檚 one-volume history of America places truth itself鈥攁 devotion to facts, proof, and evidence鈥攁t the center of the nation鈥檚 history. The American experiment rests on three ideas鈥斺€渢hese truths,鈥?Jefferson called them鈥攑olitical equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. But has the nation, and democracy itself, delivered on that promise?</p><br /><p><em>These Truths</em> tells this uniquely American story, beginning in 1492, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation鈥檚 truths, or belied them. To answer that question, Lepore wrestles with the state of American politics, the legacy of slavery, the persistence of inequality, and the nature of technological change. 鈥淎 nation born in contradiction鈥?will fight, forever, over the meaning of its history,鈥?Lepore writes, but engaging in that struggle by studying the past is part of the work of citizenship. With <em>These Truths</em>, Lepore has produced a book that will shape our view of American history for decades to come.</p>
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
by Yuval Noah Harari

Language

English

Pages

455

Publication Date

February 21, 2017

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<p><strong>Official U.S. edition with full color illustrations throughout.</strong></p><p><strong><em>NEW YORK TIMES</em> BESTSELLER </strong></p><p>Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed <em>New York Times</em> bestseller and international phenomenon <em>Sapiens</em>, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity鈥檚 future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.</p><strong></strong><p>Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style鈥攖horough, yet riveting鈥攆amine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.</p><p>What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake?<em> Homo Deus</em>聽explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century鈥攆rom overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is聽Homo Deus.</p><p>With the same insight and clarity that made <em>Sapiens</em> an international hit and a <em>New York Times</em> bestseller, Harari maps out our future. </p>
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her Amer...
by Anne Fadiman

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English

Pages

362

Publication Date

September 30, 1998

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<p>Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction</p><p>When three-month-old Lia Lee Arrived at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents nor her doctors would ever recover. Lia's parents, Foua and Nao Kao, were part of a large Hmong community in Merced, refugees from the CIA-run "Quiet War" in Laos. The Hmong, traditionally a close-knit and fiercely people, have been less amenable to assimilation than most immigrants, adhering steadfastly to the rituals and beliefs of their ancestors. Lia's pediatricians, Neil Ernst and his wife, Peggy Philip, cleaved just as strongly to another tradition: that of Western medicine. When Lia Lee Entered the American medical system, diagnosed as an epileptic, her story became a tragic case history of cultural miscommunication.</p><p>Parents and doctors both wanted the best for Lia, but their ideas about the causes of her illness and its treatment could hardly have been more different. The Hmong see illness aand healing as spiritual matters linked to virtually everything in the universe, while medical community marks a division between body and soul, and concerns itself almost exclusively with the former. Lia's doctors ascribed her seizures to the misfiring of her cerebral neurons; her parents called her illness, <i>qaug dab peg</i>--the spirit catches you and you fall down--and ascribed it to the wandering of her soul. The doctors prescribed anticonvulsants; her parents preferred animal sacrifices.</p>
999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish T...
by Heather Dune Macadam

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English

Pages

480

Publication Date

January 01, 2020

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<strong>AN AMAZON BEST OF THE MONTH SELECTION</strong><br /><br />鈥淎 fresh, remarkable story of Auschwitz on the 75th anniversary of its liberation. 聽An uplifting story of the herculean strength of young girls in a staggeringly harrowing situation.鈥?<br />鈥?lt;em>Kirkus</em><strong></strong><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淚ntimate, harrowing鈥?This careful, sympathetic history illuminates an incomprehensible human tragedy.鈥?<br />鈥?lt;em>Publishers Weekly</em><br /><br />On March 25, 1942, nearly a thousand young, unmarried Jewish women boarded a train in Poprad, Slovakia. Filled with a sense of adventure and national pride, they left their parents鈥?homes wearing their best clothes and confidently waving聽good-bye.聽Believing they were going to work in a factory for a few months, they were聽eager to report for government service. Instead, the young women鈥攎any of them teenagers鈥攚ere sent to Auschwitz. Their government paid 500 Reich Marks (about $200) apiece for the Nazis to take them as slave labor. Of those 999 innocent deportees, only a few would survive.<br /> 聽<br /> The facts of the first official Jewish transport to Auschwitz are little known, yet profoundly relevant today. These were not resistance fighters or prisoners of war. There were no men among them. Sent to almost certain death, the young women were powerless and insignificant not only because they were Jewish鈥攂ut also because they were female. Now acclaimed author Heather Dune Macadam reveals their poignant stories, drawing on extensive interviews with survivors, and consulting with historians, witnesses, and relatives of聽those first deportees聽to create an important addition to Holocaust literature and women鈥檚 history.<br />
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond

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English

Pages

528

Publication Date

March 07, 2017

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<p><strong>"Fascinating.... Lays a foundation for understanding human history."鈥擝ill Gates</strong></p><br />In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, <em>New York Review of Books</em>) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures. A major advance in our understanding of human societies, <em>Guns, Germs, and Steel</em> chronicles the way that the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science, the Rhone-Poulenc Prize, and the Commonwealth club of California's Gold Medal.

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