德川家康05:龙争虎斗(Tokugawa Ieyasu, Book 5)

By 山冈庄八

作者:(日本)山冈庄八 译者:岳远坤 陈都伟

山冈庄八(1907-1978),日本著名历史小说家,著有《德川家康》、《织田信长》、《丰臣秀吉》、《伊达政宗》等,作品规模宏大,运笔细腻生动,代表了日本历史小说的最高成就。逝世后,因其杰出成就,被追授瑞宝勋章。
《德川家康》洋洋五百五十万言,将日本战国中后期织田信长、武田信玄、德川家康、丰臣秀吉等群雄并起的历史苍劲地铺展开来。在这样一个英雄辈出的时代,德川家康最终脱颖而出,结束战国烽烟,开启三百年太平盛世。作品展现了德川家康作为乱世终结者和盛世开创者丰满、曲折、传奇的一生,书中每一行每一页都充满着智慧与杀伐、谋略与权术、天道与玄机!它不仅成为商战兵法、政略宝典、兵家必备,更是不朽的励志传奇。
本书历时十八年始得完成,图书出版后,一时洛阳纸贵,掀起极大反响,日本前首相中曾根康弘要求日本内阁成员必读《德川家康》;经营之神、日本松下电器创建人松下幸之助要求松下员工必读《德川家康》;美国前驻日大使赖世和说:“要了解日本、超越日本,必须先了解德川家康。”著名史学家、作家柏杨先生则认为:“中国有两部书可以和<德川家康》相比,一是《资治通鉴》,一是《三国演义》。”

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Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found

By Frances Larson

A “wide-ranging and considerate” (Wall road Journal) exploration of the various obsessions that the “civilized West” has had with decapitated heads and skulls.

The human head is phenomenal. It incorporates 4 of our 5 senses, encases the mind, and boasts the main expressive set of muscle mass within the physique. it really is our such a lot designated characteristic and connects our internal selves to the outer global. but there's a darkish aspect to the head’s preeminence, one who has, during human background, manifested itself in every thing from decapitation to headhunting. So explains anthropologist Frances Larson during this interesting heritage of decapitated human heads. From the Western creditors whose call for for shrunken heads spurred massacres to moment global struggle infantrymen who despatched the continues to be of the japanese domestic to their girlfriends, from Madame Tussaud modeling the guillotined head of Robespierre to Damien Hirst photographing decapitated heads in urban morgues, from grave-robbing phrenologists to skull-obsessed scientists, Larson explores our macabre fixation with severed heads. 25 illustrations

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The Shakespeare Thefts: In Search of the First Folios

By Eric Rasmussen

Published in 1623, the 750 copies of the 1st variation of William Shakespeare's gathered works, referred to as the First Folio, has been wanted relentlessly via kings, earls, and bibliophiles. In his attempt to trace down the extant 232 copies well known Shakespeare pupil Eric Rasmussen and his crew of First Folio hunters launched into a big experience worldwide. This fast moving narrative takes us from the court docket rooms of britain to high-security vaults within the infrequent publication rooms of Japan, encountering thieves, reclusive librarians, and kooky billionaires alongside the best way, all lusting for one of many world's Most worthy books. This attention-grabbing account explores how manuscript hunters establish a book's earlier via distinguishing marks: a bullet gap, desecrated pages, and splashes of purple that resemble blood; and the way a book's situation and situation can demonstrate its tale. half literary detective tale, half Shakespearean lore, The Shakespeare Thefts is an extraordinary glimpse among the covers of 1 of the main coveted books within the world.

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For God, Country, and Coca-Cola

By Mark Pendergrast

For God, kingdom and Coca-Cola is the unauthorized background of the nice American delicate drink and the corporate that makes it. From its origins as a patent drugs in Reconstruction Atlanta via its upward push because the dominant purchaser beverage of the yank century, the tale of Coke is as designated, tasty, and bubbling because the drink itself. With vibrant pictures of the marketers who based the company—and of the colourful forged of hustlers, swindlers, advert males, and con males who've made Coca-Cola the main well-known trademark within the world—this is enterprise heritage at its top: in truth, “The genuine Thing.”

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Constructing Paris in the Age of Revolution

By Allan Potofsky

Reading the social and political historical past of staff and marketers engaged in developing the French capital from 1763-1815, this ebook argues that Paris development used to be a center region during which 'archaic' and 'innovative' practices have been symbiotically utilized by guilds, the nation, and businesses to release the economic revolution in France.

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Twilight at the World of Tomorrow: Genius, Madness, Murder, and the 1939 World's Fair on the Brink of War

By James Mauro

The summer season of 1939 was once an epic turning aspect for America—a short window among the good melancholy and global battle II. It used to be the final season of unbridled desire for peace and prosperity; by means of exertions Day, the Nazis have been in Poland. And not anything may come to represent this variation from acute optimism to worry and dread greater than the 1939 long island World’s reasonable.

A wonderful imaginative and prescient of the longer term, the reasonable brought tv, the fax laptop, nylon, and fluorescent lighting fixtures. The “World of Tomorrow,” because it was once referred to as, used to be a dream urban outfitted upon a infamous rubbish dump—The nice Gatsby’s notorious ash lots. but those lofty desires could come crashing all the way down to earth in exactly years. From the fair’s starting on a stormy spring day, every little thing that may get it wrong did: not only freakish climate yet energy mess ups and bomb threats.

Amid the drama of the World’s reasonable, 4 males may fight opposed to the arriving international violence. Albert Einstein, a lifelong pacifist, might come to query his ideals as by no means earlier than. From his summer season domestic on manhattan, he signed a sequence of letters to President Roosevelt urging the improvement of an atomic bomb—an act he might later bear in mind as “the one nice mistake in my life.”

Grover Whalen, the Fair’s president, struggled in useless to win over dictators Benito Mussolini and Joseph Stalin, believing that his utopian imaginative and prescient had the facility to forestall their insanity. And long island urban police detectives, Joe Lynch and Freddy Socha, who were assigned to enquire a sequence of bomb threats and explosions that had terrorized the town for months, could have a rendezvous with future on the reasonable: in the course of the summer time of 1940, in a chilling preview of items to return, terrorism might arrive on American shores—and the grounds of the World’s reasonable.

Yet in the back of this tragic tableau is a narrative as significant because it is inspiring. With a colourful forged of helping characters—including Mayor Fiorello los angeles Guardia, Robert Moses, and FDR—Twilight on the international of Tomorrow is narrative nonfiction at its best, a gripping true-life drama that not just illuminates a forgotten episode of the nation’s earlier yet shines a probing gentle upon its current and its destiny.

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Getting High: Marijuana through the Ages

This enticing e-book strains the worldwide heritage of marijuana, attaining again hundreds of thousands of years. famous historian John Charles Chasteen follows using the drug considering the fact that Neolithic occasions, which makes marijuana one of the first domesticated vegetation. unusually, even though, purely every now and then has it been used as a leisure drug. as an alternative, there's a bright religious measurement to its lengthy historical past that has been always missed.

Beginning with the widely used “outbreak” of the Nineteen Sixties, Chasteen reveals successive layers of marijuana’s heritage. Written with perception, readability, sophistication, and stable humor, this deeply expert paintings discusses the cultivation of hashish and its many kinds, together with hemp, one of many world’s primary fiber vegetation. After a journey of Latin the USA, Africa, India, and the Muslim international, Chasteen concludes that in contrast to alcohol marijuana has consistently flourished outdoor the mainstream. Its relevant clients were inventive outsiders of many kinds—mystics, artists, musicians, loose thinkers, and religious seekers—as good as terrible employees attracted through its economical. Marijuana, it sort of feels, is a mind-expanding drug in the end, and Chasteen explores its wealthy background with eye-catching insight.

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A History of Modern Computing (History of Computing)

By Paul E. Ceruzzi

This attractive background covers smooth computing from the improvement of the 1st digital electronic laptop during the dot-com crash. the writer concentrates on 5 key moments of transition: the transformation of the pc within the overdue Nineteen Forties from a really good medical tool to a advertisement product; the emergence of small platforms within the past due Nineteen Sixties; the start of private computing within the Seventies; the unfold of networking after 1985; and, in a bankruptcy written for this variation, the interval 1995-2001. the hot fabric makes a speciality of the Microsoft antitrust swimsuit, the increase and fall of the dot-coms, and the arrival of open resource software program, relatively Linux. in the chronological narrative, the ebook strains a number of overlapping threads: the evolution of the computer's inner layout; the impression of monetary tendencies and the chilly battle; the long term position of IBM as a participant and as a goal for upstart marketers; the expansion of software program from a hidden point to an immense personality within the tale of computing; and the routine factor of where of data and computing in a democratic society. the focal point is at the usa (though Europe and Japan input the tale at an important points), on computing in keeping with se instead of on functions comparable to man made intelligence, and on platforms that have been bought commercially and put in in quantities.

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Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made

By Eugene D. Genovese

This landmark historical past of slavery within the South—a winner of the Bancroft Prize—challenged traditional perspectives of slaves through illuminating the various types of resistance to dehumanization that built in slave society.

Rather than emphasizing the cruelty and degradation of slavery, historian Eugene Genovese investigates the ways in which slaves compelled their proprietors to recognize their humanity via tradition, song, and faith. no longer only passive sufferers, the slaves during this account actively engaged with the paternalism of slaveholding tradition in ways in which supported their self-respect and aspirations for freedom. Roll, Jordan, Roll covers an unlimited diversity of matters, from slave weddings and funerals, to the language, foodstuff, garments, and hard work of slaves, and locations specific emphasis on faith as either an enormous battleground for mental keep an eye on and a paradoxical resource of religious energy. exhibiting prepared perception into the minds of either slaves and slaveholders, Roll, Jordan, Roll is a testomony to the ability of the human spirit less than stipulations of maximum oppression.

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