The Crown of Thorns

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Publisher:Fayard

ISBN:2213688362

Total Pages:704

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Des grands empires de l’Antiquité à la chute de l’URSS, de l’Europe de Charlemagne au Japon du xixe siècle, de l’Asie des Mongols à l’Afrique de la décolonisation, cet ouvrage nous convie à un voyage extraordinaire au fil des siècles. Procédant par étapes chronologiques, il suit l’évolution des grandes civilisations les unes par rapport aux autres. Il réussit en même temps à nous faire comprendre la façon dont chaque peuple considère son passé. Nous avons tous en tête aujourd’hui l’importance nouvelle de la Chine, de l’Iran, de l’Inde. Nous percevons le rôle essentiel que vont jouer l’Afrique et l’Amérique latine. Nous voyons à quelle vitesse la montée de nouvelles puissances reconfigure le monde. C’est pourquoi il paraît urgent de mieux connaître son histoire. Journaliste et écrivain, auteur notamment du succès Nos ancêtres les Gaulois et autres fadaises (Fayard, 2010), François Reynaert est passionné d’histoire. Il a étudié les œuvres des meilleurs spécialistes et voyagé à travers les continents pour rédiger cet ouvrage dont le but est double. Offrir une synthèse simple et claire des cinquante siècles qui nous précèdent et donner au lecteur une vision globale du monde qui nous entoure.

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Oil, Power, and War

Author:Matthieu Auzanneau

Publisher:Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN:1603587446

Total Pages:672

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"Auzanneau has created a towering telling of a dark and dangerous addiction.”—Nature In this sweeping, unabashed history of oil, Matthieu Auzanneau takes a fresh, thought-provoking look at the way oil interests have commandeered politics and economies, changed cultures, disrupted power balances across the globe, and spawned wars. He upends commonly held assumptions about key political and financial events of the past 150 years, and he sheds light on what our oil-constrained and eventually post-oil future might look like. Oil, Power, and War follows the oil industry from its heyday when the first oil wells were drilled to the quest for new sources as old ones dried up. It traces the rise of the Seven Sisters and other oil cartels and exposes oil’s key role in the crises that have shaped our times: two world wars, the Cold War, the Great Depression, Bretton Woods, the 2008 financial crash, oil shocks, wars in the Middle East, the race for Africa’s oil riches, and more. And it defines the oil-born trends shaping our current moment, such as the jockeying for access to Russia’s vast oil resources, the search for extreme substitutes for declining conventional oil, the rise of terrorism, and the changing nature of economic growth. We meet a long line of characters from John D. Rockefeller to Dick Cheney and Rex Tillerson, and hear lesser-known stories like how New York City taxes were once funneled directly to banks run by oil barons. We see how oil and power, once they became inextricably linked, drove actions of major figures like Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, Hitler, Kissinger, and the Bushes. We also learn the fascinating backstory sparked by lesser-known but key personalities such as Calouste Gulbenkian, Abdullah al-Tariki, and Marion King Hubbert, the once-silenced oil industry expert who warned his colleagues that oil production was facing its peak. Oil, Power, and War is a story of the dreams and hubris that spawned an era of economic chaos, climate change, war, and terrorism—as well as an eloquent framing from which to consider our options as our primary source of power, in many ways irreplaceable, grows ever more constrained. Oil, Power, and War was originally published in France as Or Noir. It was translated from the original French by John F. Reynolds and published in collaboration with the Post Carbon Institute. PCI generously funded the translation and helped bring the entire project to fruition, including the foreword by Richard Heinberg and a technical review.

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Author:Neil MacGregor

Publisher:Penguin UK

ISBN:0141966831

Total Pages:640

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This book takes a dramatically original approach to the history of humanity, using objects which previous civilisations have left behind them, often accidentally, as prisms through which we can explore past worlds and the lives of the men and women who lived in them. The book's range is enormous. It begins with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human hands, a chopping tool from the Olduvai gorge in Africa, and ends with an object from the 21st century which represents the world we live in today. Neil MacGregor's aim is not simply to describe these remarkable things, but to show us their significance - how a stone pillar tells us about a great Indian emperor preaching tolerance to his people, how Spanish pieces of eight tell us about the beginning of a global currency or how an early Victorian tea-set tells us about the impact of empire. Each chapter immerses the reader in a past civilisation accompanied by an exceptionally well-informed guide. Seen through this lens, history is a kaleidoscope - shifting, interconnected, constantly surprising, and shaping our world today in ways that most of us have never imagined. An intellectual and visual feast, it is one of the most engrossing and unusual history books published in years.

Origins

Author:Yves Coppens,Hubert Reeves,Dominique Simonnet,Joel de Rosney

Publisher:Skyhorse

ISBN:1628722800

Total Pages:224

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In this potent book, three eminent scientists—an astrophysicist, an organic chemist, and an anthropologist—ponder and discuss some of the basic questions that have obsessed humankind through the ages, and offer thoughtful, enlightening answers in terms the layperson can easily understand. Until now, most of these questions were addressed by religion and philosophy. But science has reached a point where it, too, can voice an opinion. Beginning with the Big Bang roughly fifteen billion years ago, the authors trace the evolution of the cosmos, from the first particles, the atoms, the molecules, the development of cells, organisms, and living creatures, up to the arrival of Homo erectus and Homo sapiens. Proactive, informative, and free of technical or scientific jargon, Origins offers compelling insights into how the universe, life on Earth, and the human species began.

Sapiens

Author:Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher:Signal

ISBN:0771038526

Total Pages:512

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Destined to become a modern classic in the vein of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Sapiens is a lively, groundbreaking history of humankind told from a unique perspective. 100,000 years ago, at least six species of human inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo Sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come? In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical -- and sometimes devastating -- breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come? Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power...and our future.

La grande histoire des Nouveaux Mondes

Author:François Reynaert

Publisher:Fayard

ISBN:2213719063

Total Pages:352

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Lorsque l’on évoque l’histoire des Grandes Découvertes, les noms de Colomb, de Cortés ou de Moctezuma nous viennent à l’esprit. Si l’on aborde l’Amérique latine, la liste s’allonge : Bolívar, Perón, Zapata, Fidel Castro, Pinochet ou Hugo Chávez. N’aurait-on pas plaisir à voir toutes ces personnalités replacées dans leur contexte ? Tant de films, de séries, de romans nous ont raconté la révolution américaine, la guerre de Sécession, les cow-boys et les Indiens ou les luttes de Martin Luther King que l’on croit tout savoir de l’histoire des États-Unis. Est-on sûr d’en comprendre précisément les ressorts ? À l’inverse, la connaissance générale que l’on a de l’histoire de l’Océanie se résume à fort peu : des vahinés et des cocotiers. Quel dommage ! Depuis l’aventure du peuplement de cet immense espace par des populations en pirogue jusqu’aux grandes batailles qui s’y sont déroulées au xxe siècle, elle est pourtant d’une richesse inouïe. François Reynaert nous emmène dans ce que les Européens, en les découvrant, ont vu comme des « Nouveaux Mondes » : l’Amérique et l’Océanie. Avec le talent de conteur qui a fait le succès de ses précédents livres, il nous offre une synthèse claire et accessible de plusieurs millénaires d’histoire. Il nous fait voyager des grands empires précolombiens à l’Amérique de Trump, des premiers Polynésiens au Pacifique du xxie siècle.

The Little Prince

Author:Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,General Press

Publisher:GENERAL PRESS

ISBN:9387669661

Total Pages:136

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First published in 1943, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry has been translated into more than 250 languages, becoming a global phenomenon. The Sahara desert is the scenery of Little Prince’s story. The narrator’s plane has crashed there and he has scarcely some food and water to survive. Trying to comprehend what caused the crash, the Little Prince appears. The serious blonde little boy asks to draw him a sheep. The narrator consents to the strange fellow’s request. They soon become friends and the Little Prince informs the pilot that he is from a small planet, the asteroid 325, talks to him about the baobabs, his planet volcanoes and the mysterious rose that grew on his planet. He also talks to him about their friendship and the lie that evoked his journey to other planets. Often puzzled by the grown-ups’ behavior, the little traveler becomes a total and eternal symbol of innocence and love, of responsibility and devotion. Through him we get to see how insightful children are and how grown-ups aren’t. Children use their heart to feel what’s really important, not the eyes. Heart-breaking, funny and thought-provoking, it is an enchanting and endlessly wise fable about the human condition and the power of imagination. A book about both childhood and adulthood, it can be read as a parable, a war story, a classic children's fairy-tale, and many more things besides: The Little Prince is a book for everyone; after all, all grown-ups were children once.

Life of Pi

Author:Yann Martel

Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN:0151008116

Total Pages:319

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Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper's son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain. 40,000 first printing.

Flames

Author:Robbie Arnott

Publisher:Text Publishing

ISBN:1925626563

Total Pages:240

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*Shortlisted for the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize 2019* ‘A strange and joyous marvel.’ Richard Flanagan *Shortlisted for the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize 2019* In Robbie Arnott’s widely acclaimed and much-loved first novel, a young man named Levi McAllister decides to build a coffin for his sister, Charlotte—who promptly runs for her life. A water rat swims upriver in quest of the cloud god. A fisherman hunts for tuna in partnership with a seal. And a father takes form from fire. The answers to these riddles are to be found in this tale of grief and love and the bonds of family, tracing a journey across the southern island. Utterly original in conception, spellbinding in its descriptions of nature and celebration of language, Flames is one of the most exciting debuts of recent years. Robbie Arnott was born in Launceston in 1989. He was a 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist, and won the 2019 Margaret Scott Prize, the 2015 Tasmanian Young Writers’ Fellowship and the 2014 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers. His widely acclaimed debut, Flames, was published in 2018. The Rain Heron, his second novel, will be published in 2020. Robbie’s writing has appeared in the Lifted Brow, Island, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin and the anthology Seven Stories. He lives in Hobart. ‘Ambitious storytelling from a stunning new Australian voice. Flames is constantly surprising—I never knew where the story would take me next. This book has a lovely sense of wonder for the world. It’s brimming with heart and compassion.’ Rohan Wilson ‘Arnott confidently borrows from the genres of crime fiction, thriller, romance, comedy, eco-literature, and magical realism, throws them in the air, and lets the pieces land to form a flaming new world.’ Sydney Morning Herald ‘This is a startlingly good first novel, stylistically adventurous, gorgeous in its descriptions and with a compelling narrative that should find a wide readership.’ Australian ‘An Australian literary fabulist classic – well, it certainly deserves to be.’ Avid Reader ‘Visionary, vivid, full of audacious transformations: there’s a marvellous energy to this writing that returns the world to us aflame. A brilliant and wholly original debut.’ Gail Jones ‘Robbie Arnott is a vivid and bold new voice in Australian fiction.’ Danielle Wood ‘Arnott skilfully switches between different voices and genres in a trick reminiscent of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas. The range he displays is impressive, swinging from fable to gothic horror to hardboiled detective story.’ Books+Publishing ‘Flames is an exuberantly creative and confident debut. This is a story that sparks with invention...Invigorating, strange and occasionally brutal.’ Australian Book Review ‘This is the kind of book that you’ll be able to read a second, third, even fourth time, and it will still never reveal all its secrets. Composed with meticulous attention to detail, and a mastery of form rarely found in a debut novel, Flames will keep you stewing long after you’ve finished reading it.’ Readings 'A surprising story with a definite feminist edge...the novel’s playfulness and poetry make for a fresh and entertaining read.' Saturday Paper ‘It will be immediately apparent to anyone even vaguely familiar with Tasmania that Arnott is on intimate terms with his island, and his exquisite descriptive prose definitely does this gem of a place justice...More please, Mr Arnott.’ BookMooch ‘A gloriously audacious book. It runs astonishing risks and takes on the biggest emotions...It bowled me sideways.’ New Zealand Herald ‘The quirkiness of the characters—a staple of novels set in small-town Australia—allows for good-natured humour as well as biting satire, but it’s the mythic qualities of this novel that make it special. It’s as if Arnott has invented a whole mythology that is all our very own. If you like the fiction of Jane Rawson, I think you will like this one too.’ ANZ Lit Lovers ‘An extremely evocative and imaginative work...Undeniably powerful...it is refreshing to see the Australian landscape written about so vividly.’ Good Reading ‘[A] novel you will want to read more than once, not so much to plumb its depths as to savour its wild variety of styles and voices, to revel in its breathtaking descriptions of Tasmanian wilderness and to grasp its intricate structure...There is no doubt that a poetically wild and wicked imagination is at work here. More please!’ SA WEEKEND ‘It's not hard to see where the hype came from. This is an assured, funny and highly imaginative work. Flames is strange from the first, arresting sentence.’ Stuff NZ ‘Highly innovative...[A] finely built and realised first novel.’ Otago Daily Times ‘Unique and memorable...Extraordinary energy...A rich and memorable picture with prose of an exceptionally high quality. You won’t read another Australian literary novel like this anytime soon.’ Kill Your Darlings ‘Flames is brilliant...Enjoy it for its prose poetry, its vivid imagery, its brilliant turns of phrase on nearly every page.’ NZ Listener

Kamouraska

Author:Anne Hébert

Publisher:House of Anansi

ISBN:1770892680

Total Pages:232

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A classic of Canadian literature by the great Quebecoise writer, Kamouraska is based on a real nineteenth-century love-triangle in rural Quebec. It paints a poetic and terrifying tableau of the life of Elisabeth d'Aulnieres: her marriage to Antoine Tassy, squire of Kamouraska; his violent murder; and her passion for George Nelson, an American doctor. Passionate and evocative, Kamouraska is the timeless story of one woman's destructive commitment to an ideal love. Translated into seven languages, Kamouraska won the Paris book prize and was made into a landmark feature film by Claude Jutra. This edition features a brilliant new introduction by Noah Richler.

A Deadly Wandering

Author:Matt Richtel

Publisher:Harper Collins

ISBN:0062284088

Total Pages:416

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From Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Matt Richtel, a brilliant, narrative-driven exploration of technology’s vast influence on the human mind and society, dramatically-told through the lens of a tragic “texting-while-driving” car crash that claimed the lives of two rocket scientists in 2006. In this ambitious, compelling, and beautifully written book, Matt Richtel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times, examines the impact of technology on our lives through the story of Utah college student Reggie Shaw, who killed two scientists while texting and driving. Richtel follows Reggie through the tragedy, the police investigation, his prosecution, and ultimately, his redemption. In the wake of his experience, Reggie has become a leading advocate against “distracted driving.” Richtel interweaves Reggie’s story with cutting-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains, proposing solid, practical, and actionable solutions to help manage this crisis individually and as a society. A propulsive read filled with fascinating, accessible detail, riveting narrative tension, and emotional depth, A Deadly Wandering explores one of the biggest questions of our time—what is all of our technology doing to us?—and provides unsettling and important answers and information we all need.

The Red and the Black

Author:Stendhal

Publisher:ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN:1442945095

Total Pages:N.A

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"The Red and the Black" is a reflective novel about the rise of poor, intellectually gifted people to High Society. Set in 19th century France it portrays the era after the exile of Napoleon to St. Helena. The influential, sharp epigrams in striking prose, leave reader almost as intrigued by the author s talent as the surprising twists that occur in the arduous love life.

Travelling to Infinity

Author:Jane Hawking

Publisher:Alma Books

ISBN:0714545430

Total Pages:497

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In this compelling memoir, Jane Hawking, Stephen Hawking's first wife, relates the inside story of their extraordinary marriage. As Stephen's academic renown soared, his body was collapsing under the assaults of motor-neuron disease, and Jane's candid account of trying to balance his twenty-four-hour care with the needs of their growing family will be inspirational to anyone dealing with family illness. The inner strength of the author and the self-evident character and achievements of her husband make for an incredible tale that is always presented with unflinching honesty; the author's candour is no less evident when the marriage finally ends in a high-profile meltdown, with Stephen leaving Jane for one of his nurses, while Jane goes on to marry an old family friend.In this exceptionally open, moving and often funny memoir, Jane Hawking confronts not only the acutely complicated and painful dilemmas of her first marriage, but also the fault lines exposed in a relationship by the pervasive effects of fame and wealth. The result is a book about optimism, love and change that will resonate with readers everywhere.

Toute l'histoire du monde

Author:Jean-Claude Barreau,Guillaume Bigot

Publisher:Fayard

ISBN:2213639299

Total Pages:462

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Il y a un siècle, ceux qui savaient lire savaient aussi se situer dans l’espace et dans le temps. Il n’en est plus ainsi. Les Français, et d’ailleurs tous les Occidentaux, sont devenus, pour la plupart, des hommes sans passé, des « immémorants ». Par un paradoxe ironique, on n’a jamais autant parlé du « devoir de mémoire » qu’en ces temps d’oubli, car il est bien connu que l’on insiste sur une qualité seulement quand elle est oubliée. Ajoutez à cela un mépris boursier du long terme et le culte de l’ « immédiateté », et vous comprendrez que notre modernité fabrique davantage de consommateurs-zappeurs interchangeables et de « fils de pub » que de citoyens responsables, désireux de comprendre et de construire. Est-il possible de déchiffrer l’actualité sans références historiques, les événements les plus actuels s’enracinant toujours dans le long terme ? Comment situer par exemple les guerres d’Irak sans avoir entendu parler de la Mésopotamie ? Les images nous choquent sans nous concerner. On voit tout, tout de suite, en direct, mais on ne comprend rien. D’où l’idée simple, ambitieuse et modeste à la fois, d’écrire un livre assez court qui soit un récit de l’histoire du monde, mais fermement chronologique pour tous les lecteurs qui souhaitent « s’y retrouver » et situer leur destin personnel dans la grande histoire collective, héroïque et tragique, absurde ou pleine de sens, de l’espèce humaine. Voici donc un résumé de l’histoire de l’humanité ; rudimentaire, mais plein de rapprochements surprenants et de questions impertinentes ; conte vrai où le lecteur pourra trouver des interprétations de faits qui ne sont pas discutables. Il est destiné à tous, à l’exception des historiens de métier.

La naissance du monde en 100 épisodes

Author:Bertrand Fichou,FLORENT GRATTERY,Marie-Agnès Gaudrat

Publisher:Bayard Jeunesse

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Total Pages:304

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Comment est né le monde ? Comment sont apparues les étoiles, les galaxies, la Terre ? Et la vie, que sait-on de ses premiers instants ? Est-elle vraiment sortie de l'eau ? Quelles espèces étranges ont parcouru les grands déserts avant que ne surgissent les premiers dinosaures ? Comment les humains ont-ils apprivoisé le feu, inventé le langage, découvert l'amour ? Nourri par les découvertes scientifiques les plus récentes, ce livre déroule le fil du temps, de la formation des premiers atomes jusqu'à l'apparition des premières civilisations. Une histoire complexe, racontée de manière claire et accessible aux lecteurs de 7 à 77 ans. Et un sacré bout de chemin à parcourir : 14 milliards d'années en cent épisodes. C'est l'aventure de la vie, une succession de surprises, d'essais ratés, d'invention à succès, qui ont jalonné la grande histoire de l'Évolution. Un livre à lire à haute voix, soir après soir, comme on le faisait autrefois à la veillée, ou pourquoi pas jour après jour, en classe. Car comprendre d'où l'on vient donne encore plus de saveur à notre existence. Cette grande histoire du monde, c'est la nôtre. Partageons-là !

La grande histoire du système immunitaire

Author:Matt Richtel

Publisher:HarperCollins

ISBN:

Total Pages:480

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Aux origines des mécanismes de la survie Le sommeil, la forme physique, l’humeur, le vieillissement : ces composantes essentielles de notre santé dépendent toutes de notre système immunitaire. Depuis des siècles, la science cherche à percer le mystère de ce mécanisme aux propriétés aussi fascinantes que complexes. Car si elles nous protègent, elles peuvent également se retourner contre notre organisme. Comment expliquer qu’un patient résiste mieux à un virus qu’un autre ? D’où viennent les maladies auto-immunes ? De la Peste Noire aux découvertes scientifiques du xxe siècle (comme la vaccination et les antibiotiques) en passant par les laboratoires de pointe qui révolutionnent aujourd’hui l’immunologie, Matt Richtel, journaliste au New York Times, retrace avec pédagogie et humour la grande histoire du système immunitaire. Quatre récits de vie jalonnent cette épopée : celui de Jason, qui souffre d’un cancer du système lymphatique ; de Robert, séropositif ; de Linda, atteinte de polyarthrite rhumatoïde ; et enfin de Merredith, qui a développé au moins trois maladies auto-immunes. À travers leurs histoires particulières et celle de la recherche scientifique en général, Matt Richtel dévoile autant de facettes mystérieuses et passionnantes de notre système immunitaire. Traduit de l’anglais (États-Unis) par Benjamin Kuntzer Matt Richtel est journaliste au New York Times. Il a reçu le prix Pulitzer pour une série d’articles sur les dangers de l’utilisation du téléphone portable au volant – série rassemblée dans son premier livre, A Deadly Wandering, paru en 2014 (non traduit en français). Il vit à San Francisco.

The Great Sea

Author:David Abulafia

Publisher:Penguin UK

ISBN:0141969997

Total Pages:816

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For over three thousand years, the Mediterranean Sea has been one of the great centres of world civilisation. From the time of historical Troy until the middle of the nineteenth century, human activity here decisively shaped much of the course of world history. David Abulafia's The Great Sea is the first complete history of the Mediterranean from the erection of the mysterious temples on Malta around 3500 BC to the recent reinvention of the Mediterranean's shores as a tourist destination. Part of the argument of Abulafia's book is that the great port cities - Alexandria, Trieste and Salonika and many others - prospered in part because of their ability to allow many different peoples, religions and identities to co-exist within sometimes very confined spaces. He also brilliantly populates his history with identifiable individuals whose lives illustrate with great immediacy the wider developments he is describing. The Great Sea ranges stupendously across time and the whole extraordinary space of the Mediterranean from Gibraltar to Jaffa, Venice to Alexandria. Rather than imposing a false unity on the sea and the teeming human activity it has sustained, the book emphasises diversity - ethnic, linguistic, religious and political. Anyone who reads it will leave it with their understanding of those societies and their histories enormously enriched.

La grande histoire du PSG

Author:Onze mondial

Publisher:Marabout

ISBN:250115438X

Total Pages:144

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Paris a remporté la Coupe d’Europe en 1996 et enfile les titres comme les perles depuis 2011 et l’arrivée des qataris à la tête du club. Pour tout savoir des joueurs clés de Dalheb, Susic à Weah, Rai et Ginola, de Pauleta à Ibra, de Neymar à Mbappé Pour tout savoir des entraîneurs Houiller, Arthur Jorge, Ancelotti, Blanc et Tuchel Pour tout connaître du club, du maillot, du stade, des supporters, des chants etc Et revivre en images une vie en verts à travers une sélection iconographique savoureusement vintage

La planète des Saints

Author:François Reynaert

Publisher:Fayard/Pluriel

ISBN:2818507359

Total Pages:288

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Les saints sont partout : dans les noms de village, les stations de métro, les calendriers, les proverbes et même les noms de fromage. Était-il raisonnable d’en laisser l’étude à la seule austérité des théologiens ? Voici la première « Vie des saints » entièrement profane. Ce livre nous emmène, en cinquante portraits et deux mille ans d’histoire, dans un voyage extraordinaire à travers les peuples et les époques, depuis les déserts d’Égypte où saint Antoine inventa le monarchisme, jusqu’aux délires mystiques de Padre Pio. Il nous fait croiser des inconnus célèbres, des gloires dont nous ignorons tout, des dragons terrifiants et des jeunes vierges plus redoutables encore. Au passage, La Planète des saints aborde les grandes questions qui travaillent la religion : à quoi sert un martyr ? Qu’est-ce qu’une hérésie ? Qu’est-ce qu’un miracle ? Comment, de siècle en siècle, et au prix de guerres incroyables, s’est forgé le dogme catholique ? Un ouvrage érudit, instructif et diablement drôle.