God, a Brief History: The Human Search For Eternal Truth by John Bowker
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Overview: Not just in words, but in art, dance, music and silence — this book is the perfect overview for viewing divinity from every perspective. The history of God cannot possibly be told. How can you write the history of One who is outside time and space, and who has no beginning and no end? Nevertheless, the desire to understand and experience the divine is a fundamental human need. For billions of people, through many millennia, the quest to answer the basic questions of existence — Why are we born? What will happen to us when we die? and how should we live out lives? — has become a search for God. A Brief History of God explores the myriad ways in which humans have sought connection to the divine from the dawn of history to the present — not just through religion and philosophy, but in art and literature, in music and dance, and in science.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up [Audiobook]
Conscious: A Brief Guide to The Fundamental Mystery of The Mind [Audiobook]
Intelligence: A Brief History by Anna T. Cianciolo, Robert J. Sternberg
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Overview: Intelligence: A Brief History is a lively and accessible look at the origins of the field of intelligence. The book explores the nature and measurement of intelligence, examines approaches to teaching intelligence, and discusses individual and group differences in intelligence. Readers will receive an historical overview of the field as well as a good understanding of its major ideas.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational
Watching Brief: Reflections on Human Rights, Law, and Justice by Julian Burnside
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Overview: The first decade of the twenty-first century has seen a sharp decline in respect for human rights and the international rule of law. The legal conventions of the new realpolitik seem to owe more to Guantanamo than Geneva.
Australia has tarnished its reputation in the field of human rights, through its support for illegal warfare, its failure to honour international conventions, its refusal to defend its citizens against secret rendition and illegal detention, and its introduction of secretive anti-sedition legislation and draconian anti-terror laws.
In Watching Brief, noted lawyer and human rights advocate Julian Burnside articulates a sensitive and intelligent defence of the rights of asylum-seekers and refugees, and the importance of protecting human rights and maintaining the rule of law. He also explains the foundations of many of the key tenets of civil society, and takes us on a fascinating tour of some of the world’s most famous trials, where the outcome has often turned on prejudice, complacency, chance, or (more promisingly) the tenacity of supporters and the skill of advocates. Julian Burnside also looks at the impact of significant recent cases – including those involving David Hicks, Jack Thomas, and Van Nguyen – on contemporary Australian society.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Politics > Australian & Oceanian Politics
Understanding Pendulums: A Brief Introduction (History of Mechanism and Machine Science)
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Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction (10th Edition)
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Brief Answers to the Big Questions
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A Brief History of Doom: Two Hundred Years of Financial Crises by Richard Vague
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Overview: Financial crises happen time and again in post-industrial economies-and they are extraordinarily damaging. Building on insights gleaned from many years of work in the banking industry and drawing on a vast trove of data, Richard Vague argues that such crises follow a pattern that makes them both predictable and avoidable.
A Brief History of Doom examines a series of major crises over the past 200 years in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, Japan, and China-including the Great Depression and the economic meltdown of 2008. Vague demonstrates that the over-accumulation of private debt does a better job than any other variable of explaining and predicting financial crises. In a series of clear and gripping chapters, he shows that in each case the rapid growth of loans produced widespread overcapacity, which then led to the spread of bad loans and bank failures. This cycle, according to Vague, is the essence of financial crises and the script they invariably follow.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
Abridged Classics: Brief Summaries of Books You Were Supposed to Read but Probably Didn8217;t
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