Lords of the Horizons by Jason Goodwin

Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire by Jason Goodwin
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1 MB
Overview: Since the Turks first shattered the glory of the French crusaders in 1396, the Ottoman Empire has exerted a long, strong pull on Western minds. For six hundred years, the Empire swelled and declined. Islamic, martial, civilized, and tolerant, in three centuries it advanced from the dusty foothills of Anatolia to rule on the Danube and the Nile; at the Empire’s height, Indian rajahs and the kings of France beseeched its aid. For the next three hundred years the Empire seemed ready to collapse, a prodigy of survival and decay. Early in the twentieth century it fell. In this dazzling evocation of its power, Jason Goodwin explores how the Ottomans rose and how, against all odds, they lingered on. In the process he unfolds a sequence of mysteries, triumphs, treasures, and terrors unknown to most American readers.
This was a place where pillows spoke and birds were fed in the snow; where time itself unfolded at a different rate and clocks were banned; where sounds were different, and even the hyacinths too strong to sniff. Dramatic and passionate, comic and gruesome, Lords of the Horizons is a history, a travel book, and a vision of a lost world all in one.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Janissaries by Godfrey Goodwin

The Janissaries by Godfrey Goodwin
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.3 MB
Overview: From the fifteenth to the sixteenth century, the janissaries were the scourge of Europe. With their martial music, their muskets and their drilled march, it seemed that no one could withstand them. Their loyalty to their corps was infinite as the Ottomans conquered the Balkans as far as the Danube, and Syria, Egypt and Iraq. They set up semi-independent states along the North African coast and even fought at sea. Their political power was such that even sultans trembled. Who were they? Why were they an elite? Why did they decline and what was their end? These are some of the questions which this book attempts to answer. It is the story of extraordinary personalities in both victory and defeat. ‘An incredible book . a tour de force’ Middle East International ‘Well written and lucid.’ Muslim World Books Review ‘Goodwin has done so much in his scholarly career to introduce a wide audience to Ottoman culture.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Matthew Goodwin, Roger Eatwell – National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy

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National Populism by Matthew Goodwin (.M4B)

National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy by Matthew Goodwin (Author/Narrator), Roger Eatwell
Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 220 MB
A crucial new guide to one of the most urgent political phenomena of our time: the rise of national populism.

Across the West, there is a rising tide of people who feel excluded, alienated from mainstream politics and increasingly hostile towards minorities, immigrants and neoliberal economics. Many of these voters are turning to national populist movements, which have begun to change the face of Western liberal democracy, from the United States to France, Austria to the UK.

This radical turn, we are told, is a last howl of rage from an aging electorate on the verge of extinction. Their leaders are fascistic and their politics antidemocratic, their existence a sideshow to liberal democracy.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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Frommer’s Virginia by Bill Goodwin (.EPUB)

Frommer’s Virginia by Bill Goodwin (11th Edition)
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 12,0 Mb
Overview: Insider advice on Virginia’s most charming small towns, the best trails in Shenandoah National Park, and the finest sun and surf at Virginia Beach. Plus leads on the best fishing, golf, hiking, river rafting, and foliage tours.Insightful commentary on Virginia’s most intriguing historic sites, from Jefferson’s Monticello and Colonial Williamsburg to the solemn expanses of Arlington National Cemetery and Civil War battlefields.Where to find historic taverns, down-home Southern barbecue joints, sophisticated cafes, and the scoop on the latest dining scenes throughout the state. We’ll also deliver honest, in-depth reviews of accommodations in every price range, from colonial inns and distinctive B&Bs to family-friendly motels.Detailed, accurate maps of regions, cities, and parks.Opinionated write-ups. No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. Our expert writers are passionate about their destinations–they tell it like it is in an engaging and helpful way.Exact prices listed for every establishment and activity–no other guides offer such detailed, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants. We include the very best, but also emphasize moderately priced choices for real people.User-friendly features including star ratings and special icons to point readers to great finds, excellent values, insider tips, best bets for kids, special moments, and overrated experiences.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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Doris Kearns Goodwin – Leadership

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