It's 1918, and Matty returns home to the family farm from the trenches only to find his brother Arthur dying of an unknown illness. The local doctor thinks it might be cancer, but Matty becomes convinced it's connected to the mysterious books his brother has left strewn around the house. Matty confides his suspicions in his friend Rob, a hired hand on the farm and potential lover. Rob has found something that looks like a gate of some kind, something Arthur referenced in his papers which may rest at the heart of his illness. But a gate to where? This short story introduces the world and characters in A.L. Lester's novel, Lost in Time.
In this short novel, a shocking and unprecedented national crisis has erupted just one week before Americans head to the polls. The incumbent Democratic president has been assassinated by an Iranian national.
Although there is no evidence, the government of Iran is quickly accused in the media as the mastermind behind the shooting as an act of retaliation for the severe economic sanctions imposed by the United States. Another stunning setback occurs when the vice-president is felled by a fatal heart attack just hours after taking the oath. Enter the Republican Speaker of the House who becomes the third president in than a day as the reins of power shift to the GOP. The election must be postponed while the Democrats select a new ticket.
Sensing weakness in the caretaker US government, Iran threatens that sanctions must be revoked within days or they will launch an attack in the Persian Gulf to shut down the supply of oil.
The world nervously awaits the outcome.
For over forty years, David Harvey has been one of the world's most trenchant and critical analysts of capitalist development. In The Enigma of Capital, he delivers an impassioned account of how unchecked neoliberalism produced the system-wide crisis that now engulfs the world. Beginning in the 1970s, profitability pressures led the capitalist class in advanced countries to shift away from investment in industrial production at home toward the higher returns that financial products promised. Accompanying this was a shift towards privatization, an absolute decline in the bargaining power of labor, and the dispersion of production throughout the developing world. The decades-long and ongoing decline in wages that accompanied this turn produced a dilemma: how can goods--especially real estate--sell at the same rate as before if workers are making in relative terms? The answer was a huge expansion of credit that fueled the explosive growth of both the financial industry and the real estate market. When one key market collapsed--real estate--the other one did as well, and social devastation resulted. Harvey places today's crisis in the broadest possible context: the historical development of global capitalism itself from the industrial era onward. Moving deftly between this history and the unfolding of the current crisis, he concentrates on how such crises both devastate workers and create openings for challenging the system's legitimacy. The battle now will be between the still-powerful forces that want to reconstitute the system of yesterday and those that want to replace it with one that prizes social justice and economic equality. The new afterword focuses on the continuing impact of the crisis and the response to it in 2010. One of Huffington Post's Best Social and Political Awareness Books of 2010 Winner of the Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize for 2010 Praise for the Hardcover: "A lucid and penetrating account of how the power of capital shapes our world." --Andrew Gamble, Independent "Elegant... entertainingly swashbuckling... Harvey's analysis is interesting not only for the breadth of his scholarship but his recognition of the system's strengths." --John Gapper, Financial Times
Nella Provenza del XVI secolo, mentre le truppe del Papa perseguitano e massacrano i valdesi, qualcuno uccide e fa a pezzi fanciulle innocenti, strappando loro il fegato. Quale macabro segreto si cela dietro questi inspiegabili delitti? Chi ne è il responsabile? E perché mai Dio divide anziché unire? Messer Dieu, chirurgo, filosofo e avventuriero, deve ricorrere a tutta la sua intelligenza, al suo intuito e al suo amore per l'umanità, ma pure alla scienza e alla propria coscienza, per smascherare l'assassino e giungere alla verità. Lungo la sua tormentata indagine incontrerà santi, inquisitori, criminali, dannati...
e una giovane donna dagli occhi verdi che conquisterà per sempre il suo cuore.
70 after Christ. Tito has just conquered Jerusalem, the rebel.
When he returns from Palestine, the victorious general receives all the state honours. The Jerusalem's prophecy is going to be fulfilled: the chosen heir of emperor Vespasian, his father, Titus is preparing himself to became the world's master. His beloved Jewish princess joins him in Rome. Yet jealousy, envy, intrigue and above all the hatred of the roman people- who still remembers another foreigner who went by the name of Cleopatra- will not be easy on this proud beautiful woman. Should Titus choose his beloved, or the love of his people?
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