The 100 Most Influential Philosophers of All Time (The Britannica Guide to the World's Most Influential People)

Provides an advent to the world's such a lot influential philosophers, with a short precis in their lives and teachings, from the early philosophers of the Greek period as much as the key philosophers of the 20 th century.
Title: The a hundred such a lot Influential Philosophers of All Time
Author: Duignan, Brian (EDT)
Publisher: Rosen Pub Group
Publication Date: 2009/12/20
Number of Pages: 367
Binding sort: LIBRARY
Library of Congress: 2009029773

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Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War

By John McCain

John McCain’s evocative background of usa citizens at battle, informed in the course of the own money owed of 13 amazing infantrymen who fought in significant army conflicts, from the innovative struggle of 1776 to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As a veteran himself, a member of the Senate Armed companies Committee, and a long-time scholar of background, John McCain brings a particular viewpoint to this topic. Thirteen Soldiers tells the tales of actual squaddies who personify valor, obedience, firm, and love. You’ll meet Joseph Plumb Martin, who on the gentle age of fifteen fought within the innovative battle; Charles Black, a freeborn African American sailor within the conflict of 1812; and Sam Chamberlain, of the Mexican American warfare, whose lifestyles encouraged novelist Cormac McCarthy. Then there’s Oliver Wendell Holmes, an aristocratic idealist disappointed through the Civil struggle, and Littleton “Tony” Waller, court-martialed for refusing to bloodbath Filipino civilians.

Each account illustrates a selected element of warfare, akin to Mary Rhoads, a military reservist without end replaced by way of an Iraqi scud missile assault throughout the Persian Gulf warfare, and Monica Lin Brown, a frontline medic in rural Afghanistan who stored numerous lives in an ambushed convoy. From their acts of self-sacrifice to their spectacular bravery, those 13 infantrymen include the simplest the USA has to provide.

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Wildlife Wars: My Fight to Save Africa's Natural Treasures

In this engrossing memoir, some of the most arguable, influential, and inspirational figures in African politics this present day provides the total tale of his campaign to avoid wasting Kenya's common assets, and in particular the African elephant--a campaign that set him opposed to inner corruption, poverty, and hazardous criminals. occasionally on the probability of his personal existence, Leakey's love of Kenya, and his convictions in regards to the path his country--and all of sub-Sahara Africa--must take to outlive, were unshakeable. Wildlife Wars is the odyssey of a rare guy in a rare land.

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Karl Marx: His Life and Environment

First released over fifty years in the past, Isaiah Berlin's compelling portrait of the daddy of socialism has lengthy been thought of a vintage of recent scholarship and the easiest brief account written of Marx's existence and inspiration. It offers a penetrating, lucid, and finished advent to Marx as theorist of the socialist revolution, illuminating his character and ideas, and focusing on these that have traditionally shaped the relevant center of Marxism as a concept and perform. Berlin is going directly to current an account of Marx's lifestyles as essentially the most influential and incendiary social philosophers of the 20th century and depicts the social and political surroundings within which Marx wrote.
This version encompasses a new advent via Alan Ryan which strains where of Berlin's Marx from its pre-World conflict II ebook to the current, and elucidates why Berlin's portrait, in the course of voluminous writings approximately Marx, continues to be the vintage account of the private and political facet of this huge determine.

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Dying to Survive: Rachael's Story

By Rachael Keogh

Her habit to the drug took her to a spot approximately as little as someone can cross. She had grown up in Ballymun and had, like many others, succumbed to the trap of gear in the course of her teenage years. this is often Rachael Keogh's personal tale written in her personal phrases. She is now thirty, a pupil of psychotherapy, and an enticing and positive younger lady. Her tale is a extraordinary account of restoration from the very fringe of own destruction. it's a heart-lifting tale of human redemption. ""Through sheer grit and backbone she pulled herself out of the hell she used to be residing in what an success. She is an inspiration""-Alison O'Reilly, Sky information. ""After studying loss of life to outlive, no one may possibly imagine Rachael Keogh's existence is something yet a hundred% worthwhile""--Belfast Telegraph. ""A tale like that makes us become aware of how fortunate we are""-Amanda Brunker. ""This is an immense tale, informed thoroughly immediately no sensationalism, no self-pity and lots of depraved humor thrown in. Gripping, outstanding and so stunning you'll want to preserve reminding your self that this rather occurs this is often one all little ones and fogeys may still learn. Hell, it may be at the university curriculum""-Evening Echo.

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Commander: The Life and Exploits of Britain's Greatest Frigate Captain

By Stephen Taylor

"Nobody describes a naval conflict greater than Taylor…a wonderful demonstration of the biographer’s craft." —Jan Morris, The Guardian

Edward Pellew, captain of the mythical Indefatigable, used to be effortlessly the best British frigate captain within the age of sail. Left fatherless at age 8, with a penniless mom and 5 siblings, Pellew fought his manner from the very backside of the military to fleet command. Victories and crowd pleasing feats gained him a public following. but he had a present for antagonizing his better-born friends, and he made strong enemies. Redemption got here together with his final command, while he trigger to do conflict with the Barbary States and unfastened hundreds of thousands of eu slaves. Opinion held this to be an most unlikely undertaking, and Pellew himself, major from front within the variety of his modern Nelson, didn't count on to survive.

Pellew’s humanity, fondness for subordinates, and blind love for his family members, and the heat and intimacy of his letters, make him a highly enticing determine. Stephen Taylor offers him eventually the biography he merits. eight pages of illustrations

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Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future

By Ashlee Vance

South African born Elon Musk is the well known entrepreneur and innovator in the back of PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk desires to retailer our planet; he desires to ship electorate into house, to shape a colony on Mars; he desires to earn cash whereas doing this stuff; and he desires us all to understand approximately it. he's the real-life notion for the Iron Man sequence of movies starring Robert Downey Junior.

The own story of Musk’s existence comes with the entire trappings one affiliates with a superb, drama-filled tale. He used to be a freakishly vivid child who used to be bullied brutally in class, and abused by means of his father. in the middle of those tough stipulations, and the violence of apartheid South Africa, Musk nonetheless thrived academically and attended the college of Pennsylvania, the place he paid his personal method via college via turning his condo right into a membership and throwing large parties.

He begun a couple of massive dot-com successes, together with PayPal, which eBay received for $1.5 billion in 2002. Musk was once pressured out as CEO and so begun his misplaced years during which he determined to head it on my own and baffled pals by means of making an investment his fortune in rockets and electrical vehicles. in the meantime Musk’s marriage disintegrated as his technological obsessions took over his lifestyles ...

Elon Musk is the Steve Jobs of the current and the longer term, and for the prior three hundred and sixty five days, he has been shadowed by means of tech reporter, Ashlee Vance. Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla is Shaping our destiny is a tremendous, interesting and clever account of the real-life Iron guy.

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Old Gods Almost Dead: The 40-Year Odyssey of the Rolling Stones

By Stephen Davis

The acclaimed, bestselling rock-and-roll biographer promises the 1st entire, unexpurgated heritage of the world’s maximum band.

The saga of the Rolling Stones is the imperative epic in rock mythology. From their debut because the intermission band at London’s Marquee membership in 1962 via their most modern record—setting Bridges to Babylon global journey, the Rolling Stones have outlined a musical style and skilled godlike adulation, quarrels, dependancy, criminal traumas, and descents into insanity and death_while steadfastly refusing to vanish away. Now Stephen Davis, the New York occasions bestselling writer of Hammer of the Gods and Walk This Way, who has the Stones for 3 many years, provides their entire tale, replete with brilliant info of the Stones’ musical successes_and own excesses.

Born into the wartime England of air-raid sirens, bombing raids, and strict rationing, the Rolling Stones got here of age within the Fifties, as American blues and dad arrived in Europe. between London’s so much ardent blues lovers within the early Sixties was once a quick blond teenage guitar participant named Brian Jones, who connected with a lorry driver’s basically son, Charlie Watts, a jazz drummer. even as, renowned and studious Michael Philip Jagger–who, as a boy, bawled out a phonetic model of “La Bamba” with an eye-popping depth that scared his parents–began sharing blues files with a prime college classmate, Keith “Ricky” Richards, a shy underachiever, whose idol used to be Chuck Berry. In 1962 the 4 younger males, joined through invoice Perks (later Wyman) on bass, shaped a band rhythm and blues band, which Brian Jones named the “the Rollin’ Stones” in honor of the Muddy Waters blues vintage.

Using the biography of the Rolling Stones as a story backbone, Old God virtually Dead builds a brand new, multilayered model of the Stones’ tale, finding the band past the musical global they ruled and displaying how they motivated, and have been inspired through, the opposite inventive routine in their period: the blues revival, Swinging London, the Beats, Bob Dylan’s Stones-inspired shift from protest to pop, Pop paintings and Andy Warhol’s ny, the “Underground” politics of the Sixties, Moroccan strength and eu orientalism, Jamaican reggae, the Glam and Punk subcultures, and the technologic advances of the video and electronic revolution. whilst, Old Gods nearly useless documents the serious behind the curtain lives of the Stones: the feuds, the medicine, the marriages, and the affairs that encouraged and knowledgeable their songs; and the company of creating documents and placing on exhibits.

The first new biography of the Rolling Stones because the early Nineteen Eighties, Old Gods virtually Dead is the main complete publication thus far, and one of many few to hide the entire band’s participants. Illustrated all through with pictures of pivotal moments, it's a get together of the Rolling Stones as a frequently brave, usually silly gang of artists who not just confirmed us new worlds, yet new methods of residing in them. it's a saga as raunchily, vibrantly enjoyable because the Stones themselves.

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Anton von Webern

By Malcolm Hayes

During this biography of 1 of the 20 th century’s maximum composers, Malcolm Hayes units Webern’s radical technical advances opposed to the Romantic inheritance of nineteenth-century Austro-Germany, tracing the advance of a guy and his music.

Born into the Imperial, musical history of Vienna, Webern turned captivated via Renaissance vocal track, and this pupil ardour was once to hang-out his compositions all his lifestyles. A student of Schoenberg, he additionally got here to exploit the twelve-note approach, and mixed this along with his love of chamber tune to create a valid that's totally his personal. regardless of a prolific fee of composition in his early years, Webern’s track output is small and has a tendency to severe brevity. Tragically, he used to be unintentionally shot and killed within the Allied career of Austria. His paintings has endured to steer musicians in the course of the 20th century and because.

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The battle for home : An architect in Syria

An architect’s gripping account of dwelling and dealing in war-torn Syria, and the position structure performs in even if a group crumbles or comes together

Drawing at the author’s own adventure of residing and dealing as an architect in Syria, this well timed and interesting account deals an eyewitness viewpoint at the country’s sour clash in the course of the lens of structure, displaying how the equipped surroundings and its destruction delay a replicate to the groups that inhabit it.

From Syria’s tolerant previous, with church buildings and mosques equipped along each other in outdated Homs and individuals of other religions dwelling harmoniously jointly, the publication chronicles the new breakdown of social unity in Syria’s towns. With the inability of shared public areas intensifying divisions in the group, and corrupt officers interfering on the town making plans for his or her personal achieve, those activities are symptomatic of wider abuses of power.

With firsthand debts of mortar assaults and tales of refugees suffering to discover a house, The conflict for Home is a compelling clarification of the non-public impression of the clash and gives desire for a way structure can play a task in rebuilding a feeling of identification inside of a broken society. 50 black-and-white line drawings

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