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Among the Barons

By Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • ISBN Code: : 1442443057
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 192
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
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In this fourth installment of a series about a society that allows only two children per family, Luke Garner is finally adjusting to his new life at Hendricks School as Lee Grant. While the Grants belong to the highest class of society called the Barons, Luke avoids snobbish affectations and befriends his classmates, who are also illegal thirds. When the real Lee Grant's younger brother arrives at the school, along with his fierce body guard, Luke worries that Smits will expose him to the government. However, Smits has come to enlist Luke's help in discovering how his older brother really died, suspecting that he was murdered. The intrigue and danger grow more acute when both boys are called "home" and Luke discovers that the Grants have plans for him that could turn out to be fatal.

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  • Publisher : BURST
  • Book Code : 1771551305
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  • Category : Fiction
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  • Pdf File: alex-in-wanderland.pdf

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Thrust into an alternate world, a married couple finds themselves as saviors of the land, with subtle hints of a slow and painful death as their ultimate reward. Alex and Alexis find themselves on a not-so typical quest to fulfill a ridiculous ancient prophecy. Their travelling companions: the priest, the protector, and the thief, are suspect, and everyone else seems out to stop them from reaching their ultimate goal.

The History of the Noble House of Stourton, of Stourton, in the County of Wilts

By Ch. Botolph
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  • Publisher : Рипол Классик
  • Book Code : 5871291937
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  • Category : History
  • Members : 634
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Notes on Bergson and Descartes

By Charles Péguy
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1532650752
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 705
  • Pdf File: notes-on-bergson-and-descartes.pdf

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Charles Peguy (1873-1914) was a French religious poet, philosophical essayist, publisher, social activist, Dreyfusard, and Catholic convert. There has recently been a renewed recognition of Peguy in France as a thinker of unique significance, a reconsideration inspired in large part by Gilles Deleuze's Difference et repetition, which ranked him with Nietzsche and Kierkegaard. In the English-speaking world, however, access to Peguy has been hindered by a scarcity of translations of his work. This first complete translation of one of his most important prose works, with accompanying interpretive introduction and notes, will introduce English-speaking readers to a new voice, which speaks in a powerful and original way to a modern West in a condition of cultural and spiritual crisis. The immediate circumstance of the writing of this last prose essay, unfinished at the time of Peguy's early death, was the placing of Henri Bergson's philosophical works on the Catholic Index, and Peguy's undertaking to defend his former teacher from his critics, both Catholic and secular. But the subject of Bergson is also a springboard for the exploration of the perennial themes--philosophical, theological, and literary--most central to Peguy's thought.

The History of the Noble House of Stourton, of Stourton, in the County of Wilts

By C.B. Joseph,Lord Mowbray,Segrave,Stourton
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  • Publisher : Рипол Классик
  • Book Code : 5880603806
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  • Category : History
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The Reign of King John

By Sidney Painter
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  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Book Code : 1421435160
  • Total of Pages : 408
  • Category : History
  • Members : 394
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The Reign of King John covers his attempts to adjust a political system to cope with this threat and at the same time to assert the hegemony of the monarchy over its chief rivals—the barons and the church—made his reign one of particular importance and significance in English history.

The Logic of Political Survival

By Bruce Bueno De Mesquita,Alastair Smith,Randolph M. Siverson,James D. Morrow
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  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Book Code : 0262261774
  • Total of Pages : 550
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 473
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The authors of this ambitious book address a fundamental political question: why are leaders who produce peace and prosperity turned out of office while those who preside over corruption, war, and misery endure? Considering this political puzzle, they also answer the related economic question of why some countries experience successful economic development and others do not. The authors construct a provocative theory on the selection of leaders and present specific formal models from which their central claims can be deduced. They show how political leaders allocate resources and how institutions for selecting leaders create incentives for leaders to pursue good and bad public policy. They also extend the model to explain the consequences of war on political survival. Throughout the book, they provide illustrations from history, ranging from ancient Sparta to Vichy France, and test the model against statistics gathered from cross-national data. The authors explain the political intuition underlying their theory in nontechnical language, reserving formal proofs for chapter appendixes. They conclude by presenting policy prescriptions based on what has been demonstrated theoretically and empirically.

Religions and Followers

By Naiter Mohan Chopra
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1514405571
  • Total of Pages : 222
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 710
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To understand what is happening in the troubled world, it is necessary to comprehend the nature and the characteristics of the worlds religions and their followers without any political correctness. I am from the East, and I am a scientist. The scientists are mostly objective. They are unbiased and free from their personal feelings and prejudices. In writing this book, I have tried to be objective and represent how a man from the East views the religions and their followers. This book is dedicated to all the victims of religious violence.

King John

By Ralph V Turner
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  • Publisher : The History Press
  • Book Code : 0752469010
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : History
  • Members : 802
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King John long ago acquired the epithet 'Bad', and he is reputed to be the worst of England's kings. Before his death in 1216, his desperate exploitation of his subjects for ever more money had turned him into the mythical monster of Hollywood legend. In marked contrast to his brother Richard, John appeared incompetent in battle, failing to defend Normandy (1202-04), and was unsuccessful in recovering his lost lands in 1214. A continuing crisis was a constant need for money, forcing John to drain England of funds for campaigns in France, demanding unlawful and oppressive new taxes. Adding to his evil reputation was an ill-tempered personality and a streak of pettiness and spitfulness that led him to monstrous acts, including murdering his own nephew. King John's unpopularity culminated in a final crisis, a revolt by the English baronage, 1215-16, aimed at subjecting him to the rule of law, that resulted in his grant of Magna Carta.

Magna Carta

By Ralph Turner
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1317873947
  • Total of Pages : 266
  • Category : History
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This new history is the first to tell the story of Magna Carta ‘through the ages’. No other general work traces its continuing importance in England’s political consciousness. Many books have examined the circumstances surrounding King John’s grant of Magna Carta in 1215. Very few trace the Charter’s legacy to subsequent centuries and even fewer look at the fate of the physical document. Turner also underlines its great influence outside the United Kingdom, especially in North America. Today, the Charter enjoys greater prestige in the United States, the land of lawyers, than in Britain. U.S. citizens claim Magna Carta as a source of their liberties, guaranteeing ‘due process of law’ and condemning ‘executive privilege’.

The Roman de toute chevalerie

By Charles Russell Stone
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  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Book Code : 1487514174
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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The medieval reception of Alexander the Great inspired a complicated literary corpus not simply because it involved so many source-texts and languages, but because it incorporated such diverse perspectives on the conqueror. Beginning with a discussion of the evolution of this corpus, this book examines the manuscripts, readership, and historical contexts of the earliest surviving Alexander romance in England, Thomas de Kent’s Anglo-Norman Roman de toute chevalerie. To shed light on the origins and treatment of this romance, Charles Russell Stone reads each manuscript within the contexts of its production, scribal interpolations, and patronage and readership in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. While Thomas recalls a range of attitudes towards his protagonist in the late twelfth century, when the recovery of classical histories and composition of vernacular romance informed conflicting attitudes towards Alexander’s legacy, scribes and readers of his poem appropriated it as a continuing commentary on power, politics, and the relevance of the Alexander legend in their own time. Each of the three major manuscripts of Thomas’s poem thus offers a unique text informed by unique literary and political contexts, which this book situates within the ongoing debate over Alexander’s reception as a paradigm of imperial authority or failure in late medieval England.

The Routledge Guidebook to Machiavelli's The Prince

By John T. Scott
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 131753672X
  • Total of Pages : 236
  • Category : Philosophy
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Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince is one of the most influential works in the history of political thought and the adjective Machiavellian is well-known and perhaps even over-used. So why does the meaning of the text continue to be debated to the present day? And how does a contemporary reader get to grips with a book full of references to the politics of the early 16th Century? The Routledge Guidebook to Machiavelli’s The Prince provides readers with the historical background, textual analysis, and other relevant information needed for a greater understanding and appreciation of this classic text. This guidebook introduces: the historical, political and intellectual context in which Machiavelli was working the key ideas developed by Machiavelli throughout the text and the examples he uses to illustrate them the relationship of The Prince to The Discourses and Machiavelli’s other works Featuring a timeline, maps and suggestions for further reading throughout, this book is an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to be able to engage more fully with The Prince.