Empire of Democracy by Simon Reid-Henry

Empire of Democracy: The Remaking of the West Since the Cold War, 1971-2017 by Simon Reid-Henry
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Overview: The first panoramic history of the Western world from the 1970s to the present day. Empire of Democracy is the story for those asking how we got to where we are.
Half a century ago, at the height of the Cold War and amidst a world economic crisis, the Western democracies were forced to undergo a profound transformation. Against what some saw as a full-scale "crisis of democracy" – with race riots, anti-Vietnam marches and a wave of worker discontent sowing crisis from one nation to the next – a new political-economic order was devised and the postwar social contract was torn up and written anew.

In this epic narrative of the events that have shaped our own times, Simon Reid-Henry shows how liberal democracy, and western history with it, was profoundly reimagined when the postwar Golden Age ended. As the institutions of liberal rule were reinvented, a new generation of politicians emerged: Thatcher, Reagan, Mitterrand, Kohl. The late twentieth century heyday they oversaw carried the Western democracies triumphantly to victory in the Cold War and into the economic boom of the 1990s. But equally it led them into the fiasco of Iraq, to the high drama of the financial crisis in 2007/8, and ultimately to the anti-liberal surge of our own times.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Growing Up with Vampires by Simon Bacon, Katarzyna Bronk

Growing Up with Vampires: Essays on the Undead in Children’s Media by Simon Bacon, Katarzyna Bronk
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Overview: Vampire narratives are generally thought of as adult or young adult fare, yet there is a long history of their appearance in books, film and other media meant for children. They emerge as expressions of anxiety about change and growing up but sometimes turn out to be new best friends who highlight the beauty of difference and individuality.
This collection of new essays examines the history of vampires in 20th and 21st century Western popular media marketed to preteens and explores their significance and symbolism.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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Simon R. Green – Collection

Simon R. Green – Collection

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Peace and Freedom by Simon Hall

Peace and Freedom :The Civil Rights and Antiwar Movements in the 1960s by Simon Hall
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Overview: Two great social causes held center stage in American politics in the 1960s: the civil rights movement and the antiwar groundswell in the face of a deepening American military commitment in Vietnam. In Peace and Freedom, Simon Hall explores two linked themes: the civil rights movement’s response to the war in Vietnam on the one hand and, on the other, the relationship between the black groups that opposed the war and the mainstream peace movement. Based on comprehensive archival research, the book weaves together local and national stories to offer an illuminating and judicious chronicle of these movements, demonstrating how their increasingly radicalized components both found common cause and provoked mutual antipathies.
Peace and Freedom shows how and why the civil rights movement responded to the war in differing ways-explaining black militants’ hostility toward the war while also providing a sympathetic treatment of those organizations and leaders reluctant to take a stand. And, while Black Power, counterculturalism, and left-wing factionalism all made interracial coalition-building more difficult, the book argues that it was the peace movement’s reluctance to link the struggle to end the war with the fight against racism at home that ultimately prevented the two movements from cooperating more fully. Considering the historical relationship between the civil rights movement and foreign policy, Hall also offers an in-depth look at the history of black America’s links with the American left and with pacifism.

With its keen insights into one of the most controversial decades in American history, Peace and Freedom recaptures the immediacy and importance of the time.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Nonviolent Messiah by Simon J. Joseph

The Nonviolent Messiah: Jesus, Q, and the Enochic Tradition by Simon J. Joseph
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Overview: When scholars have set Jesus against various conceptions of the "messiah" and other reemptive figures in early Jewish expectation, those questions have been bound up with the problem of violence, whether the political violence of a militant messiah or the divine violence carried out by a heavenly or angelic figure. Simon J. Joseph enters the wide-ranging discussion of violence in the Bible, taking up questions of Jesus of Nazareth’s relationship to the violence of revolutionary militancy and apocalyptic fantasy alike, and proposes an innovative new approach. Missing from past discussions, Joseph contends, is the unique conception of an Adamic redeemer figure in the Enochic material—a conception that informed the Q tradition and, he argues, Jesus’ own self-understanding.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Convergent Knowing by Simon Appolloni

Convergent Knowing: Christianity and Science in Conversation With a Suffering Creation by Simon Appolloni
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Overview: Global environmental destruction, growing inequality, and the persistent poverty afflicting the majority of humans on the planet challenge Christian theorists, theologians, and ethicists in their pursuit of an ethical vision that is both environmentally sustainable and just for all of creation. Too often their visions ? which start with traditional understandings of the Christian faith, prevalent approaches to science, or current ethical models ? are inadequate. In Convergent Knowing Simon Appolloni proposes a new framework for ethical deliberation in which the epistemological lines between religion and science are somewhat blurred. This framework opens up avenues to explore new paradigms for Christianity, science, and liberation while addressing interrelated questions not always manifest within the religion, science, and ethics debates: what kind of ethics, what kind of science, and what kind of Christianity do we need today and tomorrow when the liberation of countless subjects of creation is at stake? Exploring and analyzing the work of Rosemary Radford Ruether, Leonardo Boff, Diarmuid O’Murchu, and Thomas Berry, four Christian ethical thinkers who have borrowed from the natural sciences to unite a liberationist agenda with an environmental ethic, Convergent Knowing assists Christian thinkers struggling to integrate science, environment, liberation, and their faith.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Time in the Blues by Julia Simon

Time in the Blues by Julia Simon
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Overview: Offers the first interdisciplinary study on the relationship between the blues and the material conditions that gave rise to it
Combines theories of anthropology, history, literary studies, cultural studies, and philosophy
Unifies the field theory of blues expressiveness
Clearly connects empirical findings with theoretical implications
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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Time in the Blues by Julia Simon

Time in the Blues by Julia Simon
Requirements: .PDF reader, 14.8 Mb
Overview: Offers the first interdisciplinary study on the relationship between the blues and the material conditions that gave rise to it
Combines theories of anthropology, history, literary studies, cultural studies, and philosophy
Unifies the field theory of blues expressiveness
Clearly connects empirical findings with theoretical implications
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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The Perfectionists by Simon Winchester

The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World by Simon Winchester
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Overview: The revered New York Times bestselling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement-precision-in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.
The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision. At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in eighteenth-century England, standards of measurement were established, giving way to the development of machine tools-machines that make machines. Eventually, the application of precision tools and methods resulted in the creation and mass production of items from guns and glass to mirrors, lenses, and cameras-and eventually gave way to further breakthroughs, including gene splicing, microchips, and the Hadron Collider.
Simon Winchester takes us back to origins of the Industrial Age, to England where he introduces the scientific minds that helped usher in modern production: John Wilkinson, Henry Maudslay, Joseph Bramah, Jesse Ramsden, and Joseph Whitworth. It was Thomas Jefferson who later exported their discoveries to the fledgling United States, setting the nation on its course to become a manufacturing titan. Winchester moves forward through time, to today’s cutting-edge developments occurring around the world, from America to Western Europe to Asia.
As he introduces the minds and methods that have changed the modern world, Winchester explores fundamental questions. Why is precision important? What are the different tools we use to measure it? Who has invented and perfected it? Has the pursuit of the ultra-precise in so many facets of human life blinded us to other things of equal value, such as an appreciation for the age-old traditions of craftsmanship, art, and high culture? Are we missing something that reflects the world as it is, rather than the world as we think we would wish it to be? And can the precise and the natural co-exist in society?
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Simon A. Rego

Treatment Plans and Interventions for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Simon A. Rego
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Overview: Providing clinicians with evidence-based therapeutic techniques that they can tailor to the needs of individual clients, this state-of-the-art treatment planner is filled with case examples and clinical tools. Simon A. Rego presents the latest thinking on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and explains how it has been reclassified in DSM-5. He shows how to combine exposure and ritual prevention therapy with other cognitive and behavioral interventions–based on a comprehensive case formulation–and describes proven strategies for enhancing motivation and overcoming common obstacles in treatment. In a large-size format for easy photocopying, the book includes 10 reproducible handouts and forms. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Health, Fitness & Medical

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Totally Wired by Simon Reynolds +

Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews by Simon Reynolds
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Overview: With his critically acclaimed Rip It Up and Start Again, renowned music journalist Simon Reynolds applied a unique understanding to an entire generation of musicians working in the wake of punk rock. Spawning artists as singular as Talking Heads, Joy Division, The Specials, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Gang of Four, and Devo, postpunk achieved new relevance in the first decade of the twenty-first century through its profound influence on bands such as Radiohead, Franz Ferdinand, and Vampire Weekend.

With Totally Wired the conversation continues. The book features thirty-two interviews with postpunk’s most innovative personalities-such as Ari Up, Jah Wobble, David Byrne, and Lydia Lunch-alongside an “overview” section of further reflections from Reynolds on postpunk’s key icons and crucial scenes. Included among them are John Lydon and PIL, Ian Curtis and Joy Division, and art-school conceptualists and proto-postpunkers Brian Eno and Malcolm McLaren. Reynolds follows these exceptional, often eccentric characters from their beginnings through the highs and lows of postpunk’s heyday.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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Getting MEAN with Mongo by Simon Holmes

Getting MEAN with Mongo, Express, Angular, and Node by Simon Holmes
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Overview: Getting MEAN, Second Edition teaches you how to develop full-stack web applications using the MEAN stack. Practical from the very beginning, the book helps you create a static site in Express and Node. Expanding on that solid foundation, you’ll integrate a MongoDB database, build an API, and add an authentication system. Along the way, you’ll get countless pro tips for building dynamic and responsive data-driven web applications!
Genre: Non-Fiction > Tech & Devices

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Stillness in Mind by Simon Cole

Stillness in Mind: A Companion to Mindfulness, Meditation and Living by Simon Cole
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Overview: This is not your typical meditation book. No Sanskrit terms, no gurus, no mystique. Less a set of instructions, more a challenge to the reader to work on themselves within the framework the author sets out. Simon Cole has formulated a meditation path for a modern age, grounded in Western therapeutic tradition. He draws on eminent thinkers in the field of therapy and human relations – Buber, Rogers and Gendlin. He introduces into meditation ‘felt-sense’ and ‘kindly attention’ and invites the reader to sit alongside themselves and truly discover the person they are.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Health, Fitness & Medical

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The Faith of the Faithless by means of Simon Critchley

The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments in Political Theology by means of Simon Critchley
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Overview: The go back to faith has in all probability grow to be the dominant cliché of modern concept, which infrequently gives anything else greater than an exaggerated echo of a political fact ruled by means of spiritual conflict. Somehow, the secular age turns out to were changed by means of a brand new generation, the place political motion flows immediately from metaphysical war. The Faith of the Faithless asks how we would possibly reply. Following Critchley’s Infinitely Demanding, this new e book builds on its philosophical and political framework, additionally venturing into the questions of religion, love, faith and violence. Should we protect a model of secularism and quietly settle for the slide right into a type of theism-or is there otherwise?

From the anomaly of politics and faith in Rousseau to the go back to St. Paul in Taubes, Agamben and Badiou, by the use of explorations of politics and authentic sin within the paintings of Schmitt and John Gray, Critchley examines whether or not there can a religion of the faithless, a trust for unbelievers. Expanding on his debate with Slavoj Žižek, Critchley concludes with a meditation at the query of violence, and the bounds of non-violence.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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