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Who Rules The World

Author : Noam Chomsky
ISBN : 9781627793827
Genre : Political Science
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The world’s leading intellectual offers a probing examination of the waning American Century, the nature of U.S. policies post-9/11, and the perils of valuing power above democracy and human rights In an incisive, thorough analysis of the current international situation, Noam Chomsky argues that the United States, through its military-first policies and its unstinting devotion to maintaining a world-spanning empire, is both risking catastrophe and wrecking the global commons. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from the expanding drone assassination program to the threat of nuclear warfare, as well as the flashpoints of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine, he offers unexpected and nuanced insights into the workings of imperial power on our increasingly chaotic planet. In the process, Chomsky provides a brilliant anatomy of just how U.S. elites have grown ever more insulated from any democratic constraints on their power. While the broader population is lulled into apathy—diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable—the corporations and the rich have increasingly been allowed to do as they please. Fierce, unsparing, and meticulously documented, Who Rules the World? delivers the indispensable understanding of the central conflicts and dangers of our time that we have come to expect from Chomsky.
Category: Political Science

Homo Deus A Brief History Of Tomorrow

Author : Yuval Noah Harari
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Most readers probably know how it feels when you miss lunch, when you fast on some religious holiday, or when you live for a few days on vegetable shakes as part of a new wonder diet. But how does it feel when you haven't eaten for days on end and you have no clue where to get new morsel of food? Most people today have never experienced this excruciating torment. Our ancestors, alas, knew it only too well. When they cried to God, 'Deliver us from famine!', this is what they had in mind.

My Life As A Russian Novel

Author : Emmanuel Carrère
ISBN : 9781429984249
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An unsparingly truthful account of love, betrayal, and the traps we set for ourselves, by France's master of psychological suspense In work after work, the critically acclaimed author Emmanuel Carrère has trained his unblinking gaze on the lives of others as they fight a losing battle with that most fearsome of adversaries—the self. Now, determined to escape the bleak visions of his narratives, he takes on a film project in the heart of Russia while also embarking on a new love affair back home in Paris. But soon enough, the diversion he seeks eludes him, intimacy proves too arduous, and Carrv®re is left peering into the dark mirror of his own life. Set in Paris and Kotelnich, a small post-Soviet town, My Life as a Russian Novel traces Carrère's pursuit of two obsessions—the disappearance of his Russian grandfather and his erotic fascination with a woman he loves but cannot keep from destroying. In prose that is elegant and passionate, Carrère weaves the strands of his story into a travelogue of a journey inward. Road trip, confession, erotic tour de force—this fearless reckoning illuminates the schemes we devise to evade ourselves and the inevitable payment they exact.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Natural Experiments Of History

Author : Jared Diamond
ISBN : 9780674076723
Genre : History
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In eight case studies by leading scholars in history, archaeology, business, economics, geography, and political science, the authors showcase the “natural experiment” or “comparative method”—well-known in any science concerned with the past—on the discipline of human history. That means, according to the editors, “comparing, preferably quantitatively and aided by statistical analyses, different systems that are similar in many respects, but that differ with respect to the factors whose influence one wishes to study.” The case studies in the book support two overall conclusions about the study of human history: First, historical comparisons have the potential for yielding insights that cannot be extracted from a single case study alone. Second, insofar as is possible, when one proposes a conclusion, one may be able to strengthen one’s conclusion by gathering quantitative evidence (or at least ranking one’s outcomes from big to small), and then by testing the conclusion’s validity statistically.
Category: History

The Invisible Hands

Author : Steven Drobny
ISBN : 9781118167410
Genre : Business & Economics
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Category: Business & Economics

The World Until Yesterday

Author : Jared Diamond
ISBN : 9781846148156
Genre : Social Science
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From the author of No.1 international bestseller Collapse, a mesmerizing portrait of the human past that offers profound lessons for how we can live today Visionary, prize-winning author Jared Diamond changed the way we think about the rise and fall of human civilizations with his previous international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse. Now he returns with another epic - and groundbreaking - journey into our rapidly receding past. In The World Until Yesterday, Diamond reveals how traditional societies around the world offer an extraordinary window onto how our ancestors lived for the majority of human history - until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms - and provide unique, often overlooked insights into human nature. Drawing extensively on his decades working in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, Diamond explores how tribal societies approach essential human problems, from childrearing to conflict resolution to health, and discovers we have much to learn from traditional ways of life. He unearths remarkable findings - from the reason why modern afflictions like diabetes, obesity and Alzheimer's are virtually non-existent in tribal societies to the surprising benefits of multilingualism. Panoramic in scope and thrillingly original, The World Until Yesterday provides an enthralling first-hand picture of the human past that also suggests profound lessons for how to live well today. Jared Diamond is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the seminal million-copy-bestseller Guns, Germs, and Steel, which was named one of TIME's best non-fiction books of all time, and Collapse, a #1 international bestseller. A professor of geography at UCLA and noted polymath, Diamond's work has been influential in the fields of anthropology, biology, ornithology, ecology and history, among others.
Category: Social Science

Why Is Sex Fun

Author : Jared Diamond
ISBN : 9780465013074
Genre : Science
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To us humans the sex lives of many animals seem weird. In fact, by comparison with all the other animals, we are the ones with the weird sex lives. How did that come to be?Just count our bizarre ways. We are the only social species to insist on carrying out sex privately. Stranger yet, we have sex at any time, even when the female can't be fertilized (for example, because she is already pregnant, post-menopausal, or between fertile cycles). A human female doesn't know her precise time of fertility and certainly doesn't advertise it to human males by the striking color changes, smells, and sounds used by other female mammals.Why do we differ so radically in these and other important aspects of our sexuality from our closest ancestor, the apes? Why does the human female, virtually alone among mammals go through menopause? Why does the human male stand out as one of the few mammals to stay (often or usually) with the female he impregnates, to help raise the children that he sired? Why is the human penis so unnecessarily large?There is no one better qualified than Jared Diamond—renowned expert in the fields of physiology and evolutionary biology and award-winning author—to explain the evolutionary forces that operated on our ancestors to make us sexually different. With wit and a wealth of fascinating examples, he explains how our sexuality has been as crucial as our large brains and upright posture in our rise to human status.
Category: Science

Cr Nicas De La Extinci N

Author : Héctor T. Arita
ISBN : 9786071646125
Genre : Science
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Estas Crónicas de la extinción relatan la extinción de diversas especies animales. Comienzan con la historia de las tortugas de las islas Galápagos, y continúan en los episodios II y III con el recuento histórico de la manera en que la ciencia comprobó a través del registro fósil la extinción de las especies. La llamada extinción de los dinosaurios se detalla en el episodio IV; mientras que los capítulos V y VI narran las extinciones de la llamada megafauna de la Era de Hielo y la de los parientes extintos del ser humano. En el capítulo VII se abordan las historias de extinción de algunas especies contemporáneas al hombre, y finalmente, en los episodios VIII y IX, se aborda la manera en la que la ciencia enfrenta el problema de las extinciones modernas.
Category: Science

El Gran Escape

Author : Angus Deaton
ISBN : 9786071632920
Genre : Business & Economics
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Ensayo histórico económico en que se señalan las rutas de escape que permiten a unos salir de una condición social marginal y a otros quedarse en el intento, tanto a nivel individuo como país. Angus Deaton, ganador del Premio Nobel en Economía en 2015, cuenta la historia de aquellos mecanismos que hace 250 años, hicieron que algunos países comenzaron a experimentar un progreso sostenido, abriendo brechas y configurando el escenario para el mundo enormemente desigual que existe hoy. A través una mirada profunda a los patrones históricos y actuales detrás de la salud y la riqueza de las naciones, se ocupa de lo que hay que hacer para ayudar a los que se están quedando atrás.
Category: Business & Economics

Historia Mundial Del Estado

Author : Bernd Marquardt
ISBN : 9789587711325
Genre : Law
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Este libro se dedica a la tercera transformación básica de la larga Historia Mundial del Estado de cinco milenios que ha creado, a partir de 1776, el Estado verdaderamente moderno, calificado como la manifestación política de la doble revolución mental-ilustrada y energética-industrial. El autor contextualiza el reemplazo del Reino dinástico tradicional por la república constitucional con su nuevo sistema tridimensional de valores liberales, sociales y ambientales. Se trató de la primera de las grandes transformaciones políticas que se originó en Europa, inclusive una relevancia particular de los experimentos visionarios en los Estados neo-europeos en las dos Américas. La teoría elaborada detecta una primera revolución parcial, enfocada en el crecimiento del poder y de la eficiencia gubernamental, que se distingue de la segunda revolución parcial, enfocada en el diseño sistémico y los valores públicos, creando el tipo ideal de la república constitucional democrática, social y ambiental. Evidentemente, las dos revoluciones parciales mostraron relaciones de tensión significativas entre sí. Saliendo del contexto originario en Occidente, Marquardt analiza la gran transculturación del planeta y la difusión mundial del nuevo tipo de Estado.
Category: Law