The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
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Overview: H.G. Wells’ novel, "The War of the Worlds," made people start to look at the sky in a whole new way-from over their shoulders. Written in a journalistic style, blending fantastic events with real-life locations and actual science of its day, Wells’ novel chronicles the sudden Martian invasion of our planet Earth. "The War of the Worlds," and its realistic approach, launched a new, chilling genre of fiction and went on to inspire numerous variations and adaptations for radio, television, comics and film.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction Sci-Fi
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Journeying Between the Worlds: Walking with the Sacred Spirits Through Native American Shamanic Teachings & Practices by Eagle Skyfire
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Overview: Journeying Between the Worlds shares ancient American shamanic teachings in a way that is easily understood by people from any culture. This book is filled with practices that will open the door to dynamic, ever evolving relationships with the great spirit, your sacred self, and your ancestors.
With simple exercises that help you build your skills and knowledge, this powerful guide teaches lessons based on Native American spiritual concepts, including shamanic journeying, the medicine wheel, dreams and visions, symbols, power animals, the elements, shamanic tools, the three realms, and much more. Written for beginner and intermediate shamanic practitioners, Journeying Between the Worlds shows you how to use shamanism to make sacred connections with the natural world, divine beings, and your own soul.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy
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Worlds of Food: Place, Power, and Provenance in the Food Chain by Kevin Morgan, Terry Marsden, Jonathan Murdoch
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Overview: From farm to fork, the conventional food chain is under enormous pressure to respond to a whole series of new challenges – food scares in rich countries, food security concerns in poor countries, and a burgeoning problem of obesity in all countries. As more and more people demand to know where their food comes from, and how it is produced, issues of place, power, and provenance assume increasing significance for producers, consumers, and regulators, challenging the corporate forces that shape the ‘placeless foodscape’. Far from being confined to niche products, questions about the origins of food are also surfacing in the conventional sector, where labelling has become a major political issue.
Drawing on theories of multi-level governance, three leading scholars in the field explore the geo-politics of the food chain in different spatial arenas: the World Trade Organization, where free trade principles clash with fair trade concerns in the debate about agricultural reform; the European Union, where producers are under pressure from environmentalists for a more traceable and sustainable food system; and the US, where there is a striking contradiction between the rhetoric of free markets and the reality of a heavily subsidised farming sector. To understand the local impact of these global trends, the authors explore three different regional worlds of food: the traditional world of localised quality in Tuscany, the peripheral world of commodity production in Wales, and the frontier world of agri-business in California.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Food & Drink
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Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds: Ways of Telling the Self (Clarendon Lectures in English)
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The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism by Gøsta Esping-Andersen
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Overview: Few discussions in modern social science have occupied as much attention as the changing nature of welfare states in Western societies. Gsta Esping-Andersen, one of the foremost contributors to current debates on this issue, here provides a new analysis of the character and role of welfare states in the functioning of contemporary advanced Western societies. Esping-Andersen distinguishes three major types of welfare state, connecting these with variations in the historical development of different Western countries. He argues that current economic processes, such as those moving toward a postindustrial order, are shaped not by autonomous market forces but by the nature of states and state differences. Fully informed by comparative materials, this book will have great appeal to all those working on issues of economic development and postindustrialism. Its audience will include students of sociology, economics, and politics.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
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Atmospheric Evolution on Inhabited and Lifeless Worlds by David C. Catling, James F. Kasting
Requirements: .PDF reader, 40,8 MB
Overview: As the search for Earth-like exoplanets gathers pace, in order to understand them, we need comprehensive theories for how planetary atmospheres form and evolve. Written by two well-known planetary scientists, this text explains the physical and chemical principles of atmospheric evolution and planetary atmospheres, in the context of how atmospheric composition and climate determine a planet’s habitability. The authors survey our current understanding of the atmospheric evolution and climate on Earth, on other rocky planets within our Solar System, and on planets far beyond. Incorporating a rigorous mathematical treatment, they cover the concepts and equations governing a range of topics, including atmospheric chemistry, thermodynamics, radiative transfer, and atmospheric dynamics, and provide an integrated view of planetary atmospheres and their evolution. This interdisciplinary text is an invaluable one-stop resource for graduate-level students and researchers working across the fields of atmospheric science, geochemistry, planetary science, astrobiology, and astronomy.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational
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Tocqueville between Two Worlds: The Making of a Political and Theoretical Life by Sheldon S. Wolin
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Overview: Alexis de Tocqueville may be the most influential political thinker in American history. He also led an unusually active and ambitious career in French politics. In this magisterial book, one of America’s most important contemporary theorists draws on decades of research and thought to present the first work that fully connects Tocqueville’s political and theoretical lives. In doing so, Sheldon Wolin presents sweeping new interpretations of Tocqueville’s major works and of his place in intellectual history. As he traces the origins and impact of Tocqueville’s ideas, Wolin also offers a profound commentary on the general trajectory of Western political life over the past two hundred years.
Wolin proceeds by examining Tocqueville’s key writings in light of his experiences in the troubled world of French politics. He portrays Democracy in America, for example, as a theory of discovery that emerged from Tocqueville’s contrasting experiences of America and of France’s constitutional monarchy. He shows us how Tocqueville used Recollections to reexamine his political commitments in light of the revolutions of 1848 and the threat of socialism. He portrays The Old Regime and the French Revolution as a work of theoretical history designed to throw light on the Bonapartist despotism he saw around him. Throughout, Wolin highlights the tensions between Tocqueville’s ideas and his activities as a politician, arguing that–despite his limited political success–Tocqueville was ”perhaps the last influential theorist who can be said to have truly cared about political life.”
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Politics
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