Generation Kill

Author: Evan Wright
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101207611
Release Date: 2005-02-01
Genre: History

Based on Evan Wright's National Magazine Award-winning story in Rolling Stone, this is the raw, firsthand account of the 2003 Iraq invasion that inspired the HBO® original mini-series. Within hours of 9/11, America’s war on terrorism fell to those like the twenty-three Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam. They were a new pop-culture breed of American warrior unrecognizable to their forebears—soldiers raised on hip hop, video games and The Real World. Cocky, brave, headstrong, wary and mostly unprepared for the physical, emotional and moral horrors ahead, the “First Suicide Battalion” would spearhead the blitzkrieg on Iraq, and fight against the hardest resistance Saddam had to offer. Hailed as “one of the best books to come out of the Iraq war”(Financial Times), Generation Kill is the funny, frightening, and profane firsthand account of these remarkable men, of the personal toll of victory, and of the randomness, brutality and camaraderie of a new American War.


Author: Fulvio Tomizza
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 0810117584
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Fiction

Francesco Koslovic--even his name straddles two cultures. And during the spring of 1955, in the village of Materada on the Istrian Peninsula, his two worlds are coming apart. Materada, the first volume of Fulvio Tomizza's celebrated Istrian Trilogy, depicts the Istrian exodus of the hundreds of thousands who had once thrived in a rich ethnic mixture of Italians and Slavs. Complicating Koslovic's own departure is his attempt to keep the land that he and his brother have worked all their lives. A picture of a disappearing way of life, a tale of feud and displacement, and imbued with the tastes, tales, and songs of his native Istria, Koslovic's story is a testament to the intertwined ethnic roots of Balkan history.

Against the Modern World

Author: Mark Sedgwick
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195396010
Release Date: 2009-07-13
Genre: Religion

Against the Modern World is the first history of Traditionalism, an important yet surprisingly little-known twentieth-century anti-modern movement. Comprising a number of often secret but sometimes very influential religious groups in the West and in the Islamic world, it affected mainstream and radical politics in Europe and the development of the field of religious studies in the United States, touching the lives of many individuals. French writer Rene Guenon rejected modernity as a dark age and sought to reconstruct the Perennial Philosophy - the central truths behind all the major world religions. Guenon stressed the urgent need for the West's remaining spiritual and intellectual elite to find personal and collective salvation in the surviving vestiges of ancient religious traditions. A number of disenchanted intellectuals responded to his call. In Europe, America, and the Islamic world, Traditionalists founded institutes, Sufi brotherhoods, Masonic lodges, and secret societies. Some attempted unsuccessfully to guide Fascism and Nazism along Traditionalist lines; others later participated in political terror in Italy. Traditionalist ideas were the ideological cement for the alliance of anti-democratic forces in post-Soviet Russia, and in the Islamic world entered the debate about the relationship between Islam and modernity. Although its appeal in the West was ultimately limited, Traditionalism has wielded enormous influence in religious studies, through the work of such Traditionalists as Ananda Coomaraswamy, Huston Smith, Mircea Eliade, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr.

Image Acts

Author: Horst Bredekamp
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 9783110548570
Release Date: 2017-12-04
Genre: Art

Heavily represented sections of contemporary philosophy subscribe to the notion of "embodiment." However promising this pragmatic turn of events may be, it remains limited in that it interprets the world as a projection of the cognizing "I." By contrast, Image Acts focuses on the counterforce of the form of images. The book subdivides this sphere into three parts: imitation, substitution, and the pure effect of the form. All three parts are contemplated with examples from antiquity through to the present and the iconoclastic controversies of our times. From this reconstruction of the image act springs the element of a new philosophy of affordance.

A Companion to Latin American Cinema

Author: Maria M. Delgado
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118557396
Release Date: 2017-03-14
Genre: Performing Arts

A Companion to Latin American Cinema offers a wide-ranging collection of newly commissioned essays and interviews that explore the ways in which Latin American cinema has established itself on the international film scene in the twenty-first century. Features contributions from international critics, historians, and scholars, along with interviews with acclaimed Latin American film directors Includes essays on the Latin American film industry, as well as the interactions between TV and documentary production with feature film culture Covers several up-and-coming regions of film activity such as nations in Central America Offers novel insights into Latin American cinema based on new methodologies, such as the quantitative approach, and essays contributed by practitioners as well as theorists

A History of Architectural Conservation

Author: Jukka Jokilehto
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317266518
Release Date: 2017-10-20
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles

The first book to provide a full history of the development of architectural conservation, A History of Architectural Conservation is considered a landmark publication by architectural conservation students and professionals the world over. Twenty years after its first publication, this new edition of Jukka Jokilehto’s groundbreaking book continues the story to bring the history of architectural conservation right up to the modern day. Jokilehto draws on his distinguished career of over 40 years at ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, founded by UNESCO) to provide studies from Europe, the Middle East, the USA, Japan, India, China, Australia and South America. This accessible and well-written introduction to the history and theory of architectural conservation is richly illustrated in full colour and will be an essential go-to guide for students and practitioners worldwide.

Enforcing International Law Norms Against Terrorism

Author: Andrea Bianchi
Publisher: Hart Publishing
ISBN: 9781841134307
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Law

This work comprehensively analyses the suitability of existing international legal tools to enforce rules prohibiting terrorism. Contributions from leading experts in international law examine questions relating to the proper role of international law in combating terrorism.

Italian Pulp Fiction

Author: Stefania Lucamante
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 0838638929
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Literary Criticism

Since 1996, a group of young, innovative writers dubbed the 'Giovani Cannibali' has generated popular and critical attention in Italy. This book introduces the works of the 'Cannibali' writers Aldo Nove, Isabella Santacroce, amd Niccolo Ammaniti- among others- to Anglophone readers. It also initiates an in-depth discussion of te dynamics that allowed for this particular group of the mid-1990s to stimulate a profound evolution in the form and very ethics of modern Italian literature.

The Modern Procession

Author: Francis Alÿs
ISBN: UOM:39015060863183
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Art

On the morning of Sunday, June 23, 2002, 100 participants gathered at The Museum of Modern Art in midtown Manhattan, along with a 12-person Peruvian brass band, and a horse, dogs, and numerous palanquins, atop which sat replicas of three masterpieces from the museum's collection--Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon," Duchamp's ready-made "Bicycle Wheel" and a Giacometti--and a living representative of contemporary art, Kiki Smith. Three hours later they ended their procession at the museum's new temporary home, in Queens. Along the way, which ran from 11 West 53 Street, over the Queensboro Bridge, and up Queens Boulevard, the procession absorbed 100 additional participants, and enacted a very public spectacle--part saint's day procession and part secular celebration--of the museum's historic move to MoMA QNS.

The Webley Service Revolver

Author: Robert Maze
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781780968865
Release Date: 2012-08-20
Genre: History

The Webley .455in service revolver is among the most powerful top-break revolvers ever produced. First adopted in 1887, in various marques it was the standard-issue service pistol for British and Commonwealth armed forces for nearly fifty years; later versions in .38in calibre went on to see further service in World War II and beyond, as well as in a host of law-enforcement roles around the world into the 1970s. Developed to give British service personnel the ability to incapacitate their opponents in 'small wars' around the globe, the Webley used the formidable ? and controversial ? .455in cartridge, a variant of which was known as the 'manstopper'. Users found it offered good penetration and excellent stopping power with only mild recoil ? indeed, it was rated superior to the US .45 Colt in stopping power. Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork and close-up photographs, this is the compelling story of the Webley revolver, the powerful pistol that saw service across the British Empire and throughout two world wars.

The Conquest of Malaria

Author: Frank Snowden
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300128436
Release Date: 2008-10-01
Genre: Medical

At the outset of the twentieth century, malaria was Italy’s major public health problem. It was the cause of low productivity, poverty, and economic backwardness, while it also stunted literacy, limited political participation, and undermined the army. In this book Frank Snowden recounts how Italy became the world center for the development of malariology as a medical discipline and launched the first national campaign to eradicate the disease. Snowden traces the early advances, the setbacks of world wars and Fascist dictatorship, and the final victory against malaria after World War II. He shows how the medical and teaching professions helped educate people in their own self-defense and in the process expanded trade unionism, women’s consciousness, and civil liberties. He also discusses the antimalarial effort under Mussolini’s regime and reveals the shocking details of the German army’s intentional release of malaria among Italian civilians—the first and only known example of bioterror in twentieth-century Europe. Comprehensive and enlightening, this history offers important lessons for today’s global malaria emergency.

Al Qaeda

Author: Jason Burke
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 1850436665
Release Date: 2004-10-01
Genre: Political Science

Burke demonstrates that in fact Al-Qaeda is merely a convenient label applied by the West to a far broader and thus more dangerous phenomenon of Islamic militancy.

On Mind and Thought

Author: Jiddu Krishnamurti
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062510150
Release Date: 1993
Genre: Philosophy

Asserting the distinction between conditioned thought and truly creative thinking, this text explores what Krishnamurti referred to as that vast space in the brain in which there is unimaginable energy. He argued that only by escaping conditioned thought can one achieve personal freedom.