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1. NATO's Secret Army: Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe (Contemporary Security Studies) by Daniele Ganser 2005

The CIA and the British secret service MI6, in collaboration with the military alliance NATO and European military secret services set up a network of clandestine anticommunist armies in Western Europe after World War II. The secret soldiers were trained on remote islands in the Mediterranean and in unorthodox warfare centers in England and in the United States by the Green Berets and SAS Special Forces. The network was armed with explosives, machine guns and high-tech communication equipment hidden in underground bunkers and secret arms caches in forests and mountain meadows. In some countries, the secret army linked up with right-wing terrorists who in a secret war engaged in political manipulation, harassment of left wing parties, massacres, coup d'etats and torture.

Codenamed "Gladio" ('the sword'), the Italian secret army was exposed in 1990 by Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti to the Italian Senate, whereupon the press spoke of the "the best kept, and most damaging, political-military secret since World War II" (Observer, 18. November 1990) and observed that "The story seems straight from the pages of a political thriller." (The Times, November 19, 1990). Ever since, so-called 'stay-behind' armies of NATO have also been discovered in France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Greece and Turkey. They were internationally coordinated by the Pentagon and NATO and had their last known meeting in the NATO-linked Allied Clandestine Committee (ACC) in Brussels in October 1990.

2. Magic and Magicians in the Greco-Roman World - by Matthew Dickie 2002

This study is the first to assemble the evidence for the existence of sorcerers and sorceresses in the ancient world. It also addresses the question of their identity and social origins. The underside of Greek and Roman society-holy men and women, conjurors and wonder-workers, and the lives of prostitutes, procuresses, charioteers, and theatrical performers-is examined in full detail.

Dickie has patiently collected information from sources that the rest of us have missed; paired with more familiar materials, this makes his book, which focuses on the people who practiced magic from the fifth century B.C.E. to the seventh century C.E., the most complete survey of his topic that we could hope for. It will serve as an important research tool for many years..
–Sarah Iles Johnston, Ohio State University

3. The Cavalryman (The Roman World Series) - by Peter Connolly 1997

Tiberius Claudius Maximus served under the emperor Trajan in the great wars in Central Europe and the Middle East. He was decorated three times for bravery and became famous for hunting down Rome's great enemy, Decebalus. This volume and its prequel The Legionary trace Maximus's career from the day he entered the Seventh Legion on the Danube frontier to the day he retired as a cavalry officer in Mesopotamia some 30 years later. Connolly calls on a vast array of archaeological material to provide a unique portrait of the life of an ordinary man who lived during an extraordinary period in Western history.

4. Manifest Destiny and the Expansion of America (Turning Points - Actual and Alternate Histories) by by Rodney P. Carlisle & 2007

In this unique reference, leading historians describe not only how the expansion of the American nation in the early 19th century was a turning point in U.S. history that led to the Civil War, but also alternative scenarios - what happened and what almost happened. What if Texas had remained independent? What if the Mexican War had turned out differently and the question of slavery had remained dormant? What if the Lincoln-Douglas debates had not propelled Abraham Lincoln into the national spotlight? What if the United States had peacefully divided into two nations instead of engaging in civil war? These scenarios represent the road not taken in American history. But what if we'd chosen differently? This volume poses "what if" questions about ten crucial "tipping points" in the history of U.S. expansionism between 1800 and the Civil War. It not only describes what happened - in the case of Lewis and Clark, the War of 1812, the Monroe Doctrine, railroads and telegraphs, the Mexican War, the gold rush, the Compromise of 1850 - it also offers alternative scenarios, essays on what could have happened. In this exciting and imaginative approach to history, students not only develop analytical skills by tracing the causes and effects of crucial events; they are empowered by the knowledge that at moments when history hangs in the balance, many paths are possible, and that they, as citizens, can tip the scale.

5. Understanding Genocide: The Social Psychology of the Holocaust - by Leonard S. Newman, Ralph Erber 2002

When and why do groups target each other for extermination? How do seemingly normal people become participants in genocide? Why do some individuals come to the rescue of members of targeted groups, while others just passively observe their victimization? And how do perpetrators and bystanders later come to terms with the choices that they made? These questions have long vexed scholars and laypeople alike, and they have not decreased in urgency as we enter the twenty-first century. In this book--the first collection of essays representing social psychological perspectives on genocide and the Holocaust-- prominent social psychologists use the principles derived from contemporary research in their field to try to shed light on the behavior of the perpetrators of genocide. The primary focus of this volume is on the Holocaust, but the conclusions reached have relevance for attempts to understand any episode of mass killing. Among the topics covered are how crises and difficult life conditions might set the stage for violent intergroup conflict; why some groups are more likely than others to be selected as scapegoats; how certain cultural values and beliefs could facilitate the initiation of genocide; the roles of conformity and obedience to authority in shaping behavior; how engaging in violent behavior makes it easier to for one to aggress again; the evidence for a "genocide-prone" personality; and how perpetrators deceive themselves about what they have done. The book does not culminate in a grand theory of intergroup violence; instead, it seeks to provide the reader with new ways of making sense of the horrors of genocide. In other words, the goal of all of the contributors is to provide us with at least some of the knowledge that we will need to anticipate and prevent future such tragic episodes.

6. Dealing with the Devil: East Germany, DÄtente, and Ostpolitik, 1969-1973 - by M.E. Sarotte 2001

Using new archival sources--including previously secret documents of the East German secret police and Communist Party--M. E. Sarotte goes behind the scenes of Cold War Germany during the era of détente, as East and West tried negotiation instead of confrontation to settle their differences. In Dealing with the Devil, she explores the motives of the German Democratic Republic and its Soviet backers in responding to both the dÄtente initiatives, or Ostpolitik, of West Germany and the foreign policy of the United States under President Nixon.

Sarotte focuses on both public and secret contacts between the two halves of the German nation during Brandt's chancellorship, exposing the cynical artifices constructed by negotiators on both sides. Her analysis also details much of the superpower maneuvering in the era of détente, since German concerns were ever present in the minds of leaders in Washington and Moscow, and reveals the startling degree to which concern over China shaped European politics during this time. More generally, Dealing with the Devil presents an illuminating case study of how the relationship between center and periphery functioned in the Cold War Soviet empire.

7. The Devil's Dictionary - by Ambrose Bierce 1993

Over 1,000 barbed and brilliant definitions by the 19th-century journalist and satirist often called "the American Swift." Congratulations are "the civility of envy." A coward is "one who in an emergency thinks with his legs." A historian is a "broad-gauge gossip," more. H. L. Mencken called these "some of the most gorgeous witticisms in the English language."

The Devil's Dictionary was begun in a weekly paper in 1881. In this book , Ambrose Bierce skewers far more the world of politics, but it is the political realm where Bierce's observations are astonishingly and depressingly relevant a century later. Please Note: This book is in easy to

8. Million Dollar Blackjack - by Ken Uston 1992

This book will bring about a remarkable change in your play and most likely your winnings. Thousands of gamblers agree that this is the most important book ever published on the lucrative game of casino Blackjack. Over 100,000 copies sold.

9. Practical Poker Math: Basic Odds & Probabilities for Hold'Em and Omaha - by Pat Dittmar 2008

A study in probability, strategy, and game theory, this handy companion explores all the mathematical methods of mastering the game of poker. The poker world needs more books like Practical Poker Math.
This book made difficult topics like odds, probabilities and game theory easy to understand for a beginner.

Using an original concept called "Total Odds," the book presents a complete odds work-up for both Texas Hold'Em and the high and low hands of Omaha. These principles are accessible to any poker player at any skill level, and the calculations are color-coded, making them easy to follow. Serving as a convenient primer for the beginner and a reference text for more experienced players, this guide is a safe bet for anyone looking to win.

10. 1000 Best Casino Gambling Secrets - by Bill Burton 2005

Beat the casinos at their own game!

Casino gambling expert Bill Burton will teach you:
-The truth about the most popular casino bets
-How to find the best slot machines to play
-What games you should avoid at all costs
-The ten smartest bets in the casino
-The ten worst bets in the casino
-How to get the most bang for your buck--in the pit and all over the casino
-The basics of card counting, dice setting and other tricks of the trade
-How to make your money last
-When to play--and when to pack up and go home
for an absolute beginner or for a seasoned gambler, this book is easy to understand and is full of useful tips. the book is written in a numbered order 1 - 1000, with the tips broken down into chapters or sections pertaining to each facet of the gaming industry. I found myself reading this book two times over trying to remember as many tips as I could. A must for any first time casino tripper!

11. Chance: The life of games and the game of life - by Joaquim P. Marques de Sá 2008

With its many easy-to-follow mathematical examples, this book takes the reader on an almost chronological trip through the fascinating and amazing laws of chance, omnipresent in the natural world and in our daily lives. Along the route many fascinating topics are discussed, such as: challenging probability paradoxes; "paranormal" coincidences; game odds; causes and effects; interpretation of opinion polls; winning chances as a game proceeds; the nature of randomness; entropy and randomness; randomness in life; algorithmic complexity and the undecidability of randomness; possibilities and limitations of learning the laws of a Universe immersed in chance events. This charming book will inform and entertain the scientist and non-scientist alike.

12. Calculated Bets - by Steven Skiena 2001

You could just as easily call this book How to Bet at Jai-Alai and Win! But that's only half the story. While Calculated Bets might indeed help you make a buck down at the fronton, it's as much concerned with the power of mathematical modeling and computer programming. The story of accomplished mathematician Steven Skiena's longtime obsession with this obscure Basque sport, Calculated Bets uses straightforward mathematics and real-world examples to divine the statistical mysteries behind playing--and, more important, wagering on--jai alai. (Which goes a long way toward explaining why Cambridge University Press is publishing what's basically a book about gambling.)
A self-styled "mild-mannered professor," the conversational Skiena (The Algorithm Design Manual) delivers on his book's many promises, from explaining how mathematical models are "designed, built, and validated" to providing lucid discussions of such topics as market efficiency and the difference between correlation and causation. Even better are his riffs on why real programmers hate Microsoft (hint: it's not jealousy) and the beauty behind interesting curves. In the end, Skiena even puts his money where his mouth is: using a modem, he sets loose an auto-dialing program called Maven that he and his grad students cooked up, sending it off in the wee hours of the morning to cull the Web for stats, play each match a half-million times, and then automatically wager a $250 stake. --Paul Hughes

13. A History of Western Political Thought - J. S McClelland 1996

A History of Western Political Thought is an energetic, engaging and lucid account of the most important political thinkers and enduring political themes of the last two and a half millennia. John McClelland traces the development and consolidation of a tradition of Western political thought from Ancient Greece to the development of the modern state, the American Enlightenment, and the rise of Liberalism. He discusses how a tradition beginning before Socrates might be said to have played itself out in the second half of the twentieth century.
McClelland's aim is to tell a complete story: his definition of politics encompasses both power wielded from above and power threatened from below; and the sustained pursuit of this theme leads him to present an original and often controversial view of the theorists of the recieved canon and to add some writers to that canon whom he feels have been unjustly neglected.

14. Cosmos and History. The Myth of the Eternal Return - By Mircea Eliade 1954

The manuscript that was began in May, 1945, was headed Cosmos and History. It was only later that author changed its title to Archetypes and Repetition. But finally, at the suggestion of the French publisher, he made Archetypes and Repetition the subtitle, and the book was published in 1949 as The Myth of the Eternal Return (Le Mythe de reternel retour). This has sometimes given rise to misunderstandings. For one thing, the archaic ideology of ritual repetition, which was the central subject of my study, does not always imply the "myth of the eternal return." And then too, such a title could lead the reader to suppose that the book was principally concerned with the celebrated Greek myth or with its modern reinterpretation by Nietzsche, which is by no means the case.

The essential theme of investigation bears on the image of himself formed by the man of the archaic societies and on the place that he assumes in the Cosmos.
The chief difference between the man of the archaic and traditional societies and the man of the modern societies with their strong imprint of Judaeo-Christianity lies in the fact that the former feels himself indissolubly connected with the Cosmos and the cosmic rhythms, whereas the latter insists that he is connected only with History.

This essay appeared in French in 1949 as Le Mythe de Veternel retour: archetypes et repetition (Paris, Librairie Gallimard). English translations have revised and enlarged the text and have included in the footnotes references to certain studies published within the last few years.

15. Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction - by Geraldine Pinch 2004

The complex world of Egyptian myth is clearly illuminated in this fascinating new approach to ancient Egypt. Geraldine Pinch explores the cultural and historical background behind a wide variety of sources and objects, from Cleopatra's Needle and Tutankhamun's golden statue, to a story on papyrus of the gods misbehaving. What did they mean, and how have they been interpreted? The reader is taken on an exciting journey through the distant past, and shown how myths of deities such as Isis and Osiris influenced contemporary culture and have become part of our cultural heritage.

16. Glamorous Sorcery: Magic and Literacy in the High Middle Ages - by David Rollo 2000

A new picture of the relationship between literacy, social status, and political power in the medieval period.
Through the analysis of magic as a metaphor for the mysterious workings of writing, Glamorous Sorcery sheds light on the power attributed to language in shaping perceptions of the world and conferring status.

David Rollo considers a series of texts produced in England and the Angevin Empire to reassess the value and nature of literacy in the High Middle Ages. He does this by scrutinizing metaphors that represent writing as a form of sorcery or magic in Latin texts and in the work of the Old French writer Benot de Sainte-Maure. Rollo then examines the ambiguous representation of literacy as a skill that can be exploited as a commodity.

Glamorous Sorcery demonstrates how closely interconnected certain types of vernacular and Latin writing were in this period. Uncovered through a series of illuminating, incisive, and often surprising close readings, these connections give us a new, more complex appraisal of the relationship between literacy, social status, and political power in a time and place in which various languages competed for cultural sovereignty-at a critical juncture in the cultural history of the West.

David Rollo is associate professor of English at the University of Southern California.

17. Power and Plenty: Trade, War, and the World Economy in the Second Millennium (Princeton Economic History of the Western World) By Ronald Findlay, Kevin H. O'Rourke 2007

International trade has shaped the modern world, yet until now no single book has been available for both economists and general readers that traces the history of the international economy from its earliest beginnings to the present day. Power and Plenty fills this gap, providing the first full account of world trade and development over the course of the last millennium.

Ronald Findlay and Kevin O'Rourke examine the successive waves of globalization and "deglobalization" that have occurred during the past thousand years, looking closely at the technological and political causes behind these long-term trends. They show how the expansion and contraction of the world economy has been directly tied to the two-way interplay of trade and geopolitics, and how war and peace have been critical determinants of international trade over the very long run. The story they tell is sweeping in scope, one that links the emergence of the Western economies with economic and political developments throughout Eurasia centuries ago. Drawing extensively upon empirical evidence and informing their systematic analysis with insights from contemporary economic theory, Findlay and O'Rourke demonstrate the close interrelationships of trade and warfare, the mutual interdependence of the world's different regions, and the crucial role these factors have played in explaining modern economic growth.

Power and Plenty is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the origins of today's international economy, the forces that continue to shape it, and the economic and political challenges confronting policymakers in the twenty-first century.

18. The Babylonians: An Introduction - by G. Leick 2002

Gwendolyn Leick's approachable survey shows us the people of Babylon, from kings and merchants to women and slaves, and the social, historical, geographical and cultural context in which their extraordinary city flourished for so many millennia. This enjoyable read is the ideal introduction to the Babylonians for both students and the interested general reader.
The Bible saw Babylon with only negative connotations, and while classical writers admired the city's size and splendour, they deplored some of its more unusual customs. More than any other ancient society, Babylon remained a symbol expressing a mistrust of urbanisation.
Whatever the perspective taken, for much of the world, the city of Babylon was representative of the whole of Mesopotamian civilization for many centuries. In more recent times, the finds of archaeologists have allowed us to build a more balanced picture of who the Babylonians were, what they contributed to the process of civilization, and what were their intellectual and spiritual preoccupations.

19. The Ancient Indus Valley: New Perspectives - by Jane McIntosh 2007

This work is a revealing study of the enigmatic Indus civilization and how a rich repertoire of archaeological tools is being used to probe its puzzles. The Indus Valley gave rise to one of the most sophisticated civilizations of the Bronze Age, an extraordinarily peaceful society that developed everything from a complex political organization to sanitary plumbing to a rich mythology. Then it vanished, forgotten by history for centuries, until remarkable finds in the 1920s led to its rediscovery. "The Ancient Indus Valley: New Perspectives" takes readers back to a civilization as complex as its contemporaries in Mesopotamia and Egypt, one that covered a far larger region, yet lasted a much briefer time (less than a millennium) and left far fewer traces. Researchers have tentatively reconstructed a model of Indus life based on limited material remains and despite its virtually indecipherable written record. This volume describes what is known about the roots of Indus civilization in farming culture, as well as its far-flung trading network, sophisticated crafts and architecture, and surprisingly war-free way of life. Readers will get a glimpse of both a remarkable piece of the past and the extraordinary methods that have brought it back to life.

20. Ancient Mesopotamia: New Perspectives - by Jane McIntosh 2005

The first general introduction to Mesopotamia that covers all four of the area's major ancient civilizations-Sumer, Akkad, Assyria, and Babylonia. The eyes of the world are on Iraq and the surrounding region, witnessing conflict, chaos, and the effects of brutal dictatorship. But in ancient times, the civilizations that flourished there gave birth to some of humanity's most cherished achievements, including the written word, the city, the legal system, public education, and more. Ancient Mesopotamia: New Perspectives ranges from the region's cultural beginnings to its Persian "liberation," from simple farmers to mighty kings, from the marshy Gulf shores ard Arabian desert sands to the foothills of the Taurus and Zagros mountains. It is the first volume to capture the entire sweep of Mesopotamia's four major ancient cultures (Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian, Babylonian) in one concise and captivating volume. Ancient Mesopotamia reveals how archaeologists, geologists, geographers, and other scientists have pieced together an understanding of some of the most complex and accomplished civilizations in history: their economies, social orders, political systems, religions, intellectual accomplishments, and material culture. It offers a wealth of information and insights into the glorious past of a land in turmoil today.

21. The Incas: New Perspectives - by Gordon F. McEwan & John Weeks 2006

Defying many of the supposed rules of civilization building, and lacking the advantages of a written language, hard metals, the wheel, or draught animals, the Incas forged one of the greatest imperial states in history. They were isolated in a forbidding landscape and lacking in what many would consider some essential components of progress (writing, iron, the wheel, trading markets). Yet the Incas created one of the most influential and innovative empires the world has ever seen, demonstrating an astonishing mastery of engineering, mathematics, astronomy, agriculture, medicine, politics, and more. The Incas: New Perspectives offers a revealing portrait of the ancient Andean empire from the earliest stages of its development to its final capitulation to Pizzarro in the mid-16th century. In recent years researchers have employed new tools to get to the heart of the mysterious Inca culture. Drawing on recent work in archaeology, anthropology, ethnohistory, and other sources, The Incas provides the most up-to-date interpretations of Inca culture, religion, politics, economics, and daily life available. Readers will discover how the Incas discovered medicines still in use and kept records using knotted cords; how Incan builders created masterful highways and stone bridges; and how the inhabitants of seemingly unfarmable lands came to give the world potatoes, beans, corn, squashes, tomatoes, avocados, peanuts, and peppers.

22. The Ancient Greeks: New Perspectives - by Stephanie Budin 2004

The ancient Greeks established the very blueprint of Western civilization—our societies, institutions, art, and culture—and thanks to remarkable new findings, we know more about them than ever, and it's all here in this up-to-date introductory volume.

23. Curious Creatures in Zoology - by John Ashton 1968

Haven't found any decent description so I'm gonna give one myself. The book appears to be a guide with very good illustrations of mythical, mystical, unbelievable and whatever creatures you could only imagine, taken from mythology, folklore and some old man's silly tales I suppose. Each creature is throughoutly described, particulary where you can meet it, how to feed it, is it male or female, can you take it to your home and etc. It's quite an interesting read and cause I love such paranormal things this ebook is a keeper for me. Comes with a Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology, which I haven't looked through yet.

24. Christian Art: A Very Short Introduction - by Beth Williamson 2004

Christian images have a long history within the Western art tradition from the narrative and devotional works of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, to the radical new interpretations of the twenty-first century. This fascinating new book explores the changing nature of the representation of key themes and subjects found in Christian art, covering the Eucharist, the crucifixion, the Virgin Mary, and the saints. Other sections deal with the changes to Christian art after the sixteenth-century Reformation, and with Christian art in the modern world. Within these themes, the book explores the work of major artists such as Memling, Holbein, El Greco and Rossetti, and well-known examples including the frescoes of St Francis at Assisi. Didactic and consciously devotional works are discussed alongside the controversial work of contemporary artists such as Andres Serrano and Chris Ofili.

25. Creating Love - by Samantha Stevens 2005

The fourth book in the Spirit Book Series, about using Divine Love to create love in your life. A practical how-to manual surveys a variety of historical and modern metaphysical methods used throughout history to help inspire love.

Samantha Stevens is a trance channeller and tarot and aura reader who has read over 10,000 people. She reads at Her gifts are the result of a spider bite and an ensuing case of encephalitis which left her epileptic. She lives in Toronto.

26. Islam: The Key Concepts - by Leaman & Ali 2007

Islam: The Key Concepts is a clear and concise guide to the religion and culture of Islam. Oliver Leaman and Kecia Ali explore this highly topical subject focusing on key issues including: the Quran, faith, theology, gender, fundamentalism, martyrdom, Jihad, Islam in America, Islam in Europe and Islamic Law.
This is the ideal study resource and includes: a comprehensive introduction, an alphabetical list of relevant terms (fully cross-referenced), a short bibliographical guide, bibliography, and index. A glossary of all non-English terms is also provided.

27. Sacred Business: Resurrecting the Spirit of Work - by David Firth, Heather Campbell 2001

Throw Out The Old Rule Book! Replace it with Something Ancient! Sacred Business offers a way out of confusion - confusion of decisions and priorities (what should I do next?) and of purpose (why am I doing all this stuff anyway?). Amidst constant change, we want to live productive, balanced, minimum-stress lives. We want to understand and be understood. Sacred Business finds the solution in ancient wisdom. We need a process of remembering rather than invention. The same is true of organizations. How can we do more with less? How can we create shared purpose and build communal spirit? Sacred Business shows that organizations too can change and grow by understanding and using wisdom from our past. The traditional teachings which underpin all cultures and societies but which have hitherto been ignored by business are in fact highly relevant and practical and already finding their way into the world's most enlightened companies. Now is your chance to join them.

28. The Monster in the Machine: Magic, Medicine, and the Marvelous in the Time of the Scientific Revolution - by Zakiya Hanafi 2000

The Monster in the Machine tracks the ways in which human beings were defined in contrast to supernatural and demonic creatures during the time of the Scientific Revolution. Zakiya Hanafi recreates scenes of Italian life and culture from the late sixteenth to the early eighteenth centuries to show how monsters were conceptualized at this particular locale and historical juncture—a period when the sacred was being supplanted by a secular, decidedly nonmagical way of looking at the world.

Noting that the word “monster” is derived from the Latin for “omen” or “warning,” Hanafi explores the monster’s early identity as a portent or messenger from God. Although monsters have always been considered “whatever we are not,” they gradually were tranformed into mechanical devices when new discoveries in science and medicine revealed the mechanical nature of the human body. In analyzing the historical literature of monstrosity, magic, and museum collections, Hanafi uses contemporary theory and the philosophy of technology to illuminate the timeless significance of the monster theme. She elaborates the association between women and the monstrous in medical literature and sheds new light on the work of Vico—particularly his notion of the conatus—by relating it to Vico’s own health. By explicating obscure and fascinating texts from such disciplines as medicine and poetics, she invites the reader to the piazzas and pulpits of seventeenth-century Naples, where poets, courtiers, and Jesuit preachers used grotesque figures of speech to captivate audiences with their monstrous wit.
Drawing from a variety of texts from medicine, moral philosophy, and poetics, Hanafi’s guided tour through this baroque museum of ideas will interest readers in comparative literature, Italian literature, history of ideas, history of science, art history, poetics, women’s studies, and philosophy.

29. Methodism: Empire of the Spirit - by David Hempton 2005

The emergence of Methodism was arguably the most significant transformation of Protestant Christianity since the Reformation. This book explores the rise of Methodism from its unpromising origins as a religious society within the Church of England in the 1730s to a major international religious movement by the 1880s. During that period Methodism refashioned the old denominational order in the British Isles, became the largest religious denomination in the United States, and gave rise to the most dynamic world missionary movement of the nineteenth century. By the end of the nineteenth century, Methodism had circled the globe and was poised to become one of the fastest-growing religious traditions in the modern world.

David Hempton, a preeminent authority on the history of Methodism, digs beneath the hard surface of institutional expansion to get to the heart of the movement as a dynamic and living faith tradition. Methodism was a movement of discipline and sobriety, but also of ecstasy and enthusiasm. A noisy, restless, and emotional tradition, Methodism fundamentally reshaped British and American culture in the age of industrialization, democratization, and the rise of empire.

30. End Time Delusions - By Steve Wohlberg 2005

Will Christians vanish in a rapture? Will seven years of apocalyptic terror overtake those left behind? Will one future Mr. Diabolical the antichrist rise to control the world? Will he enter a rebuilt Jewish temple, claiming to be God? Will Earth’s nations attack Israel at Armageddon? Best-selling books like Left Behind and popular apocalyptic movies predict such things. Are they correct?

No area of Christianity has been subject to more misguided interpretation than end time prophecy. Millions of Christians sense we are nearing Jesus Christs return. Yet when it comes to what the majority thinks will happen during Earths last days, and what the Bible actually says will occur, the difference is seismic.

With clarity and biblical accuracy, End Time Delusions exposes massive errors now flooding through media and in much of todays sensational prophecy writing. This book closely examines tightly meshed yet speculative theories about the rapture, seven-year tribulation, antichrist, and the modern Jewish state. This book is no novelty. Buttressed with solid teachings from many of Christianitys most illustrious scholars, it lets the Bible speak for itself about the past, present, and future.

31. Spirit and Reason: The Embodied Character of Ezekiel's Thinking - by Dale F. Launderville 2007

By comparing and contrasting the pictures gained from Greek and Mesopotamian cities with Ezekiel's Jerusalem, Launderville masterfully shows how Ezekiel fosters a type of symbolic thinking focused on making the Israelites into living symbols of God. The Spirit is the reality that connects humans with the cosmic order and enables the workings of the human heart-the place within which reason functions, according to ancient Israelite anthropology. Ezekiel's symbolic thinking is an integrative rationality in which the reason is regarded as operating within the heart through the empowerment and guidance of the Spirit.

32. Officina Magica: Essays on the Practice of Magic in Antiquity - by Shaul Shaked 2005

This book discusses various aspects of the theory and practice of magic in antique cultures around the Mediterranean. While some of its contributors address problems of methodology of research into magic and the definition of magic, others deal with specific historical and textual issues. Although a major focus is on Jewish texts ranging from antiquity to the medieval period, the book also includes studies of several magical texts from ancient Mesopotamia and their impact on later magical practice, and studies of Greek and Zoroastrian texts and artifacts. The approaches thus range from the examination of textual or visual sources to theoretical issues such as the history of research and the definition of magic.

Shaul Shaked, Ph.D. (1964) in Iranian languages, University of London, is Professor emeritus in Iranian Studies and Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published several books on Zoroastrianism, Judaeo-Persian, and Aramaic magic, including Magic Spells and Formulae: Aramaic Incantations of Late Antiquity (1993, with J. Naveh). He received the Israel Prize for Linguistics in 2000.

33. End-Time Visions : The Road to Armageddon - By Richard Abanes 1998

In this look at doomsday madness--its history, leaders, followers, and dogma--Abanes cites historical antecedents from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and discusses in detail the myriad of popular doomsday prophets, including Japan's Aum Shinrikyo, and other international movements.

34. Prophets of the Great Spirit: Native American Revitalization Movements in Eastern North America - by Alfred Cave 2006

Prophets of the Great Spirit offers an in-depth look at the work of a diverse group of Native American visionaries who forged new, syncretic religious movements that provided their peoples with the ideological means to resist white domination. By blending ideas borrowed from Christianity with traditional beliefs, they transformed “high” gods or a distant and aloof creator into a powerful, activist deity that came to be called the Great Spirit. These revitalization leaders sought to regain the favor of the Great Spirit through reforms within their societies and the inauguration of new ritual practices.

Among the prophets included in this study are the Delaware Neolin, the Shawnee Tenkswatawa, the Creek “Red Stick” prophets, the Seneca Handsome Lake, and the Kickapoo Kenekuk. Covering more than a century, from the early 1700s through the Kickapoo Indian removal of the Jacksonian Era, the prophets of the Great Spirit sometimes preached armed resistance but more often used nonviolent strategies to resist white cultural domination. Some prophets rejected virtually all aspects of Euro-American culture. Others sought to assure the survival of their culture through selective adaptation.

Alfred A. Cave explains the conditions giving rise to the millenarian movements in detail and skillfully illuminates the key histories, personalities, and legacies of the movement. Weaving an array of sources into a compelling narrative, he captures the diversity of these prophets and their commitment to the common goal of Native American survival.

35. Liber Null & Psychonaut: An Introduction to Chaos Magic - by Peter J. Carroll 1987 - 04

Two complete volumes in one. Liber Null contains a selection of extremely powerful rituals and exercises for committed occultists. Psychonaut is a manual comprising the theory and practice of magic aimed atthose seeking to perform group magic, or who work as shamanic priests to the community.

"Our life is an uncertain mess of chaos. We never know if tomorrow will come for us, or what it will bring. Nothing is true. If you've been jostled awake by the sirens of nihilism, this book will keep you awake long into the night, as you wonder at what may just be possible for someone with the inclination and the wonderment to actually jump, head first, into the world of the Chaote. Otherwise, you can just sit on the shore, enjoying the view.

This book, more or less, is an instruction manual for initiates of the IOT, an order of anarchist-occultists founded by the scientist/punk/philosopher (my kind of guy!) Pete Carroll. It outlines the practices of Neophytes, Initiates, Adepts, and Priests of Chaos, as well as includes some basic practices (a combination of A.O. Spare's Zos Kia, non-religious Thelema, Wicca, Sorcery, Shamanism, Goetic Necromancy, and Vajrayana Buddhism)... in other words, total and complete wickedness. Check it out." - reader's review.

36. Magic and Magicians in the Greco-Roman World - by Matthew Dickie 2002

This study is the first to assemble the evidence for the existence of sorcerers and sorceresses in the ancient world. It also addresses the question of their identity and social origins. The underside of Greek and Roman society-holy men and women, conjurors and wonder-workers, and the lives of prostitutes, procuresses, charioteers, and theatrical performers-is examined in full detail.

Dickie has patiently collected information from sources that the rest of us have missed; paired with more familiar materials, this makes his book, which focuses on the people who practiced magic from the fifth century B.C.E. to the seventh century C.E., the most complete survey of his topic that we could hope for. It will serve as an important research tool for many years..
–Sarah Iles Johnston, Ohio State University

37. The Magic Indian Cricket, Revised Edition: Cricket and Society in India - by Mihir Bose 2006

In the last twenty years, Indian cricket has been transformed. With the arrival of global television networks, mass-media coverage and multinational sponsors, cricket has become big business and India has become the economic driving force in the world game. For the first time a developing country has become a major player in the international sports arena.

This fully updated and revised edition of Mihir Boses classic history is a unique account of the Indian cricket phenomenon. Drawing on a combination of extensive research and personal experience, Bose traces the development of the Indian game from its beginnings as a colonial pastime to its coming of age as a national passion and now a global commercial powerhouse. This illuminating study reveals Indian crickets central place in modern India's identity, culture and society.

Insightful, honest and challenging, Bose tackles the myths and controversies of Indian cricket. He considers the game in terms of race, caste, politics, national consciousness and ambition, money, celebrity and the media, evoking all the unpredictability, frustration and glory that is the magic of Indian cricket.

38. 5 Magic Paths to Making a Fortune in Real Estate, 2nd Edition - by James E. A. Lumley 2004

More and more people are discovering that real estate investing is a safe and affordable way to increase their cash flow and build lasting wealth. If you want to achieve financial freedom, then look no further. 5 Magic Paths to Making a Fortune in Real Estate reveals the proven real estate investment strategies that many of today's millionaires used to make their fortunes. In fact, you don't even need a lot of money to start investing and start putting cash in your pocket today!

Real estate expert James Lumley offers simple, straightforward explanations of the most common and lucrative approaches to property investment--including fixer-uppers, lease/options, wholesales, buy-and-hold, and single-and multifamily rentals. You'll understand all the basics of real estate and learn to use these five strategies to make a killing in any economy. Packed with new information--including sections on the IRS's simplified tax exchange rules and the capital gains exclusion--5 Magic Paths to Making a Fortune in Real Estate will show you how to:

* Find foreclosed, repossessed, or condemned properties
* Research the markets and perform valuations
* Determine what you can safely afford
* Negotiate with sellers and buyers
* Find the best financing terms, including seller financing
* Price and perform money-making repairs
* Work with agents and contractors
* And much more!

39. Lian Gong Mi Jue: Secret Methods of Acquiring External and Internal Mastery - by Lian Gong Mi Jue 2008

The book was written by Jin Yi Ming and Guo Cui Ya. The first edition of the book was issued in August of 1930. The book was printed by the Publishing House Hua Lian in Shanghai. The book covers "External" (WAI GONG) and "Internal" (NEI GONG) training methods practiced by traditional schools of the "Shaolin Family" (SHAOLIN PAI). Today as in the ancient time special exercises aimed at acquiring "Internal Mastery"(GONG FU) are one of the most important elements of Shaolin monks training. Those exercises is the core of the Shaolin martial training, they are the key to the true summit of mastery. An old proverb says: "If you exercise only the technique (style) but ignore special training you will be a nobody till your old days." "Special training" implies particular exercises for developing both WAI ZHUANG - "External Power" and NEI ZHUANG - "Internal Power". Those exercises (training procedures) are collected under a common title - LIAN GONG, literally "Exercising to Acquire Mastery".

40. Fifty Tricks with a Thumb Tip: A Manual of Thumb Tip Magic - by Milbourne Christopher 1948

In this book Milbourne Christopher tells you how to do almost everything but pull a rabbit out of a Thumb Tip. The genial Mr. Christopher is one of the most prolific writers on magic of this generation. Practical hocus pocus from his pen has appeared in Hugard's Magic Monthly, Conjurors Magazine, The Sphinx, Tops, and many other periodicals both here and abroad.

41. Modern Coin Magic - by J.B. Bobo 1982

The most complete treatise on sleight-of-hand coin conjuring, including best traditional methods and modern innovations. Guides you systematically from basic techniques, through integrated tricks to complete routined acts (18 in all). 510 clear illustrations by Nelson C. Hahne. The best manual for amateurs, an encyclopedic source for professionals.

MCM contains everything you need to know concerning concealment, production and alteration of coins. It has outstanding plots and routines and patter suggestions. It gives detailed accounts of some of the most cherished and "pet" tricks and routines of some of the finest "coin-men" in history. It is laid out very well with a fine index. It also has a history of coin magic. There is so much here that no matter where you start reading, you'll find yourself saying, "hey, I would really like to learn this!". Even though it is a fascinating read and fun to just glance through and dream over, I contend that if you decide to pick an effect, sleight or routine out of MCM and are determined to make it yours NO MATTER WHAT, you will be rewarded with the true wonder of magical study...RESULTS! Many magic books contain great items but lack good explanation which leads to frustration and lack of fulfillment. MCM has a unique quality about it. I think that is what I like most. It really provides the necessary explanation and instruction to actually teach you...if you let it and stay at it. But you have to want to read and study this book if you want the results. Self-working coin tricks are very rare.

42. The Devil and the Sacred in English Drama, 1350-1642 - by John D. Cox 2000

John Cox tells the intriguing story of stage devils from their earliest appearance in English plays to the closing of the theaters by parliamentary order in 1642. The book spans both medieval and Renaissance drama and includes the medieval Mystery cycles on the one hand, through to plays by Greene, Marlowe, Shakespeare (Henry VI Parts 1 and 2), Jonson, Middleton and Davenant.

"...Professor Cox convincingly reevaluates the role of the Devil in early drama and establishes this evil character as in opposition to the social and religious good - in other words, as embodying a function of perversity to fit all situations." The Early Drama, Art, and Music Review

"Cox is a careful and insightful reader of dramatic literature from mystery and morality plays through early Protestant drama to the flowering of the Renaissance stage... Valuable and thought-provoking." Religion and Literature

"This is a good work and I wish I had been able to consult it for my own..." Bibliotheque d' humanisme et Renaissance

"If you wanted to see a God-like figure nonetheless, the players are glad to provide, for a price, a distant, tantalizing glimpse." Christianity and Literature

43. Fatal Treasure: Greed and Death, Emeralds and Gold, and the Obsessive Search for the Legendary Ghost Galleon Atocha - by Jedwin Smith 2003

In 1622, hundreds of people lost their lives to the curse of the Spanish galleon Atocha-and they would not be the last. Fatal Treasure combines the rousing adventure of Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea with the compelling characters and local color of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It tells the powerful true story of the relentless quest to find the Atocha and reclaim her priceless treasures from the sea. You'll follow Mel Fisher, his family, and their intrepid team of treasure hunters as they dive beneath the treacherous waters of the Florida Straits and scour the ocean floor in search of gold, silver, and emeralds. And you'll discover that nearly four centuries after the shipwreck, the curse of the Atocha is still a deadly force.

"In real life-especially off the Florida coast-things can have fatal consequences. Fatal Treasure is a truly compelling read."
-Aphrodite Jones, New York Times bestselling author of Cruel Sacrifice and All She Wanted

"On this day, the sea once again relinquished its hold on the riches and glory of seventeenth-century Spain. And by the grace of God, I would share the moment of glory . . . . I was reaching for my eighth emerald, another big one, when the invisible hands squeezed my trachea. In desperation, I clutched at my throat to pry away the enemy's fingers. But no one had hold of me."
-From the Prologue

44. Discover 20 Things You dont Know about Everything - by HarperCollins e-books 2008

DISCOVER'S 20 Things You Didn't Know About Everything is the first book written by the editors of the award-winning DISCOVER magazine. Based on DISCOVER'S most eagerly awaited monthly column, "20 Things You Didn't Know About," this original book looks at many popular and sometimes unexpected topics in science and technology, and reveals quirky, intriguing, and little-known facts. Whether you're just curious or think you've already known everything, this book is guaranteed to expand your mind.

How much do you know about . . .
1. Airport Security
2. Aliens
3. Ancient Weapons
4. Bees
5. Birth
6. Your Body
7. Death
8. Duct Tape
9. Germs
10. The Internet
11. Meteors
12. Milk
13. Mosquitoes
14. Obesity
15. Rats
16. Sex In Space
17. Sleep
18. Space Disasters
19. Sperm Banks
20. Weather
and many more . . .

45. Hobbits, Elves, and Wizards: Exploring the Wonders and Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings - by Michael N. Stanton 2001

Michael Stanton, a noted expert on science fiction and fantasy literature, has written an indispensible new guide to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings for readers and viewers alike. Stanton, who has been teaching Tolkien's epic for over 25 years at the University of Vermont, guides the reader through the thickets of characters and places Tolkien creates eschewing academic jargon and an overload of literary criticism to provide an understandable look at Tolkien's fantasyscape. He looks at characters, places, the various books of the epic, dreams, the notions of time and history, providing a rich and wonderful guide to Tolkien's world that no one will want to be without this year.

46. The World Atlas

great quality detailed map a the world

47. The Routledge Atlas of the First World War: The Complete History - by Martin Gilbert 1995

This Routledge Historical Atlas provides a clear and comprehensive visual history of the First World War. It covers politics from the quarrels of the great European powers and the mobilization of 1914 to the Armistice of It includes 164 maps, an index and bibliography.

48. The Vikings: A Very Short Introduction - by Julian D. Richards 2005

The Viking reputation is one of bloodthirsty seafaring warriors, repeatedly plundering the British Isles and the North Atlantic throughout the early Middle Ages. Yet Vikings were also traders, settlers, and farmers, with a complex artistic and linguistic culture, whose expansion overseas led them to cross the Atlantic for the first time in European history. Highlighting the latest archaeological evidence, Julian Richards reveals the whole Viking world: their history, their culture, and their legacy of overseas expansion for trade, colonization, and plunder. Viking identity is explored through what we have learned about their towns, art, shipbuilding, and religious rituals. Here the Viking story is brought up to the present, from the tales of adventure found in medieval Icelandic sagas, to their exploitation as a symbol of nationalism in the nineteenth century by Wagner, and later by Hitler and the Nazi party. The author also highlights their impact and influence on the history and people of Northern Europe. Vikings, a fascinating new look at a people and culture that have been reinvented throughout history, will take readers closer to discovering who they really were.

49. The Faustian Bargain: The Art World in Nazi Germany - by Jonathan Petropoulos 2000

From Publishers Weekly
As research director of the U.S. Presidential Advisory Committee on Holocaust Assets, Petropoulos (Art as Politics in the Third Reich) is at the forefront of the efforts to understand the full extent of Nazi plundering of art. (He is also professor of history at Claremont McKenna College in California.) Tirelessly scouring European archives, Petropoulos has compiled an invaluable account of how certain artists profited from the Nazi system. Moreover, he follows the story through the end of the war and describes how these profiteering artists fared after the fall of the Third Reich. Some, like the notorious sculptor Arno Breker, long a favorite of Hitler, amazingly escaped any major penalties or prosecutions. Detailed chapters describe the destinies of German art museum directors, art dealers, art journalists and art historians as well as artists, presenting a far broader picture than any previous study of the true artistic climate during the war years. Not only do we read about vile acts of cowardice and collaboration, but we get hints of the innocuous, everyday faces of the bureaucrats and journalistic hacks who committed crimes against art and humanity. With 69 pages of detailed notes, and an unusually useful and extensive bibliography, this book is sure to be a cornerstone for further studies of art in the Nazi period. Perhaps most impressively, Petropoulos manages to maintain a cool tone while recounting the spoilation of Jewish art collections for the profit of the Reich, a subject that even today raises emotions to fever pitch. This is the sort of book that literary prizes were invented to honor.

50. Cup of Comfort Classic Edition: Stories That Warm Your Heart, Lift Your Spirit, and Enrich Your Life - by Colleen Sell 2007

Whether you are a new Cup of Comfort reader or an avid follower of the series, you will truly enjoy this updated version of the book that started it all. A Cup of Comfort Classic Edition revisits the stories that have warmed millions of hearts.

When life gets tough, sometimes a warm drink and a good book are the only solution. A Cup of Comfort supplies both in one: stories of just a few pages each that will leave you feeling as refreshed as if you've just sipped a cup of tea, and entirely caught up in the moments described by the stories. Small enough to tuck into a purse or coat pocket, this is the perfect book for your daily commute or coffee break. Recurring themes of generosity, compassion, and mysterious blessings are the only thing the stories have in common, as each is written by a different author in an entirely different style. While many of them focus on a particular event such as a holiday, a wedding, or a death, there are plenty that reveal the larger lessons and surprises in a walk to the store or a parent-teacher conference. If you're searching for a bit of encouragement and a reminder of humanity's positive side, you're sure to find a treasure or two in this wise little book.

51. What to Eat if You Have Cancer - by Daniella Chace, Maureen Keane, John A. Lung 1996

Keane, a nutritionist, cancer survivor, and coauthor of the best-selling Juicing for Life (Avery, 1992), and Chase, a natural-health writer and nutrition educator, describe the body's physical components and how nutrition affects physical function. They then present types of cancers and detail how the cancers insinuate themselves into body structures. The authors' proposed nutritional therapy is designed to deny cancer the food elements it requires for growth while strengthening the body against the disease and the rigors of its treatments. Recommendations are made for nutritional supplements, food preparation, and managing the side effects of treatment. Specific diets for overweight and underweight individuals and those on chemotherapy and radiation therapy are also incorporated. Although the book is complex in subject, the authors present excellent analogies and information. Their clearly written book goes beyond Eileen Behan's Cooking Well for the Unwell and Rachel Keim and Ginny Smith's What To Eat Now: The Cancer Lifeline Cookbook (both in LJ 5/1/96) in nutritional information but doesn't include the recipes and specific diets contained in those titles. An excellent complement to either work.?Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp., Tampa, Fla.

52. How To Make People Like You In 90 Seconds or Less - by Nicholas Boothman 2000

Whether selling, managing, negotiating, planning, collaborating, pitching, instructing-or on your knees with a marriage proposal-the secret of success is based on connecting with other people. Now that connection is infinitely easier to make through Nicholas Boothman's program of rapport by design.
HOW TO MAKE PEOPLE LIKE YOU IN 90 SECONDS OR LESS is the work of a master of Neuro-Linguistic Programming whose career is teaching corporations and groups the secrets of successful face-to-face communication. Aimed at establishing rapport-that stage between meeting and communicating-HOW TO MAKE PEOPLE LIKE YOU focuses on the concept of synchrony. It shows how to synchronize attitude, synchronize body language, and synchronize voice tone so that you instantly and imperceptibly become someone the other person likes. Reinforcing these easy-to-learn skills is knowing how to read the other person's sensory preferences-most of us are visual, some are kinesthetic, and a minority are auditory. So when you say "I see what you mean" to a visual person, you're really speaking his language. Along the way the book covers attitude, nervousness, words that open a conversation and words that shut it down, compliments, eye cues, the magic of opposites attracting, and more. It's how to make the best of the most important 90 seconds in any relationship, business or personal.

53. Demons of the Flesh: The Complete Guide to Left-Hand Path Sex Magic - by Nikolas Schreck, Zeena Schreck 2002

Demons of the Flesh is a comprehensive and unflinching overview of the erotic initiation and sexual sorcery essential to the mysterious magical tradition known as the "Left-Hand Path." Part exploration of this taboo area, part manual detailing the actual mechanics of sex magic, the book draws on the pioneering studies of Aleister Crowley and Jack Parsons to penetrate the veil of secrecy surrounding the ecstasies and dangers of these practices.

From reviews of 'The Satanic Screen' by Nikolas Schreck:

'Schreck a widely accepted occultist authority, lends credibility and a palpable enthusiasm to the release, boasting both sound scholarly approach and aficionado's flare.' - Foreword

'Schreck's 'The Satanic Screen' provides the ideal, heavily illustrated guide to the Devil's numerous incarnations throughout the past century of film-making, referencing not just the obvious Hollywood mainstream, but Kenneth Anger, and Twenties German expressionists. The scope of Schreck's cinematic research aside, his broader knowledge of the occult and the significant influence of Aleister Crowley makes for a highly informed study.' - Uncut

54. Happiness in a Nutshell - by Andrew Matthews 2006

Andrew Matthews is one of my favorite authors. Having read Follow Your Heart, Making Friends, and Being Happy, Happiness in a Nutshell is a tiny little back pocket sized 80-page "Nutshell" synopsis of material contained in those books. Andrew is also an artist who draws funny cartoons to reinforce his points. This is a great coffee table book to read now and then to remind ourselves that we are what we think and that we can be happy if we choose to.

55. Hillary (And Bill): The Sex Volume - by Victor Thorn 2008

In HILLARY (AND BILL): THE SEX VOLUME - part one of the Clinton Trilogy - Bill and Hillary's meteoric rise to success is chronicled. It's a carefully plotted path that eventually led them to the White House. But along the way, a series of compromises had to be made, including a prearranged marriage, clandestine assignments for the CIA, and Hillary's ultimate role as a "fixer" for her husband's many dalliances. Pulling no punches, investigative journalist Victor Thorn paints a compelling portrait of secrecy, deceit, violence, and betrayal that shatters the myth Mrs. Clinton has spent so many years trying to create. This three-book series is the most comprehensive examination of the Clinton marriage ever compiled, with HILLARY (AND BILL): THE SEX VOLUME laying a riveting foundation for the next two books which follow: part two - HILLARY (AND BILL): THE DRUGS VOLUME, and then part three - HILLARY (AND BILL): THE MURDER VOLUME. - Get all the lurid details of how Hillary Clinton harassed and intimidated Juanita Broaddrick after her husband violently raped her, as well as the lengths to which she went to terrorize other women who were victimized by Bill Clinton. - Extensive quotes from a plethora of public figures chronicling the Clinton Lie Machine. - Who was Bill Clinton s real father? Discover the startling facts concerning the death of William Blythe and why an overwhelming amount of evidence indicates that he could not have been the President s biological father. - Learn about Hillary s collegiate career and how it shaped her later views on feminism, globalism, and how to infiltrate the System from within. - What one culminating event not only brought Hillary Rodham to the attention of Washington, DC s power-brokers, but also made her a darling of the mainstream media. - Touching upon the work of Michael Collins Piper and other investigators, find out how during their academic careers Bill and Hillary were recruited into the CIA under Operation CHAOS to subvert the anti-war movement. - Although largely ignored by the corporate press, read how Hillary s family was associated with organized crime figures in the Chicago area, while Bill Clinton s relatives were integral members of the notorious Dixie Mafia. - For the first time anywhere: was Bill and Hillary s much ballyhooed first meeting at Yale actually part of a much larger prearranged marriage engineered by shadowy New World Order figures whose ultimate plans led them to the White House? - Despite being labeled radicals, volume one of this trilogy documents how Bill and Hillary were trained at three of the most prestigious globalist universities in the world: Georgetown, Oxford, and Yale; while simultaneously being groomed by such figures as Professor Carroll Quigley. - Did Hillary Rodham further her intelligence career by infiltrating underground groups such as the Black Panthers, and was she also used in this same context to leak highly sensitive information during Richard Nixon s infamous Watergate hearings? - Why did Bill Clinton travel to Russia and across Europe during the early 1970s (at the height of the Cold War), and what powerful forces from Arkansas and Washington, DC used their leverage to keep him from being drafted into the Vietnam War? - How has Hillary s marriage-made-in-hell become akin to a prison sentence one from which she has no escape due to the severe consequences she would face in doing so? - Also, Bill and Hillary s sordid sex lives, including: - Rape - Gennifer Flowers darkest secrets - A black love child - The real reason why Bill Clinton lost his case to Paula Jones - Monica Lewinsky s possible role as a dual agent for a foreign intelligence service - Hillary s other side and her affair with a famous public official - Fully referenced with nearly 1,400 footnotes.

56. SHANTUNG BLACK TIGER KUNGFU - BY Khek Kiong Tjoa, Donn F. Draeger, Quintin T. G. Chambers 1997

his book is great. Well written in English and illustrated with both photos and line drawings. The book goes over history through applications in modern times. The basics...stances, arm/leg applications/strikes are illustrated by line drawings (with an area that has the exact striking area shaded). So no guessing. Traning methods on how to train, including conditioning. And a form is included as well as partner training. There just seems to be more information in this book than the size would lead you to believe. Highly recommended.

57. 72 Shaolin Skills 2004

Lam Sai Wing was one of the best fighters of his time, an outstanding master
of Southern Shaolin Hung Gar Kung Fu and a disciple of the legendary Wong Fei
Hung. At the beginning of twentieth century, supposedly in 1917-1923, when
Lam Sai Wing was the Chief Instructor in hand-to-hand fight in the armed
forces of Fujian province, he wrote three books on traditional Shaolin methods
of the achievement of the highest mastership. In those books he scrutinized
COMBAT TECHNIQUES of TIGER and CRANE styles, as well as the OLD
SHAOLIN METHOD of developing the "INTERNAL" and "EXT