La Historia Del Mundo En 100 Objetos

Author: Neil MacGregor
Publisher: DEBATE
ISBN: 8499922430
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Un recorrido inédito por la historia del mundo guiado por un cicerone de excepción. Un festín para el intelecto y para la vista, uno de los libros de historia más originales y fascinantes jamás publicados. Este libro ofrece un enfoque único de la historia de la humanidad a través del estudio de objetos que las distintas civilizaciones, a menudo sin pretenderlo, han ido dejando a su paso. Estas obras se convierten en una suerte de prismas a través de los cuales podemos explorar mundos antiguos y conocer algo más sobre las vidas de los hombres y mujeres que los habitaron. El campo de estudio que abarca es enorme: comienza con uno de los objetos más antiguos fabricados por la mano del hombre que se conservan -un canto tallado procedente de la garganta de Olduvai, en África- y termina con un objeto del siglo XXI que representa el mundo en que vivimos. El propósito de Neil MacGregor no es ofrecer una mera descripción de estos extraordinarios objetos, sino mostrarnos su significado. Así, cuenta cómo un pilar de piedra nos habla sobre un gran líder indio que predicaba tolerancia a su pueblo, cómo los reales de a ocho españoles, acuñados en Potosí, señalan el nacimiento de una moneda global, o cómo un juego de té de la época victoriana revela la influencia del imperio. Cada capítulo sumerge al lector en una civilización pasada, de la mano de un guía de excepción. Vista de este modo, la historia es un caleidoscopio cambiante, interrelacionado, sorprendente, que configura nuestro mundo contemporáneo de un modo que no habríamos imaginado. La crítica ha dicho... «MacGregor nos presenta a nuestros ancestros más remotos, a pueblos lejanos, a los héroes, a los salvajes y a los soñadores de los siglos sucesivos. Nos habla de "la poesía necesaria de los objetos", y sin duda hay poesía en su supervivencia y su evocación.» The Times «La historia del mundo en 100 objetos ha sido un éxito en todos los sentidos: al público le ha encantado y ha recibido el merecido elogio de la crítica, que la ha considerado una de las iniciativas más ambiciosas desde el punto de vista intelectual de las últimas décadas.» John Adamson, Sunday Telegraph «Muy inteligente, escrita de manera exquisita y apasionante.» Timothy Clifford, The Spectator «Un libro para saborear y releer.» The Economist

A History Of The World In 100 Objects

Author: Neil MacGregor
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141966831
Size: 80.99 MB
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This book takes a dramatically original approach to the history of humanity, using objects which previous civilisations have left behind them, often accidentally, as prisms through which we can explore past worlds and the lives of the men and women who lived in them. The book's range is enormous. It begins with one of the earliest surviving objects made by human hands, a chopping tool from the Olduvai gorge in Africa, and ends with an object from the 21st century which represents the world we live in today. Neil MacGregor's aim is not simply to describe these remarkable things, but to show us their significance - how a stone pillar tells us about a great Indian emperor preaching tolerance to his people, how Spanish pieces of eight tell us about the beginning of a global currency or how an early Victorian tea-set tells us about the impact of empire. Each chapter immerses the reader in a past civilisation accompanied by an exceptionally well-informed guide. Seen through this lens, history is a kaleidoscope - shifting, interconnected, constantly surprising, and shaping our world today in ways that most of us have never imagined. An intellectual and visual feast, it is one of the most engrossing and unusual history books published in years.

Wonder

Author: R. J. Palacio
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 037589988X
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NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JULIA ROBERTS, OWEN WILSON, AND JACOB TREMBLAY! Over 6 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse. August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance. "Wonder is the best kids' book of the year," said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. Join the conversation: #thewonderofwonder

The Cheese And The Worms

Author: Carlo Ginzburg
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421409895
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The Cheese and the Worms is an incisive study of popular culture in the sixteenth century as seen through the eyes of one man, the miller known as Menocchio, who was accused of heresy during the Inquisition and sentenced to death. Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial records to illustrate the confusing political and religious conditions of the time. For a common miller, Menocchio was surprisingly literate. In his trial testimony he made references to more than a dozen books, including the Bible, Boccaccio's Decameron, Mandeville's Travels, and a "mysterious" book that may have been the Koran. And what he read he recast in terms familiar to him, as in his own version of the creation: "All was chaos, that is earth, air, water, and fire were mixed together; and of that bulk a mass formed—just as cheese is made out of milk—and worms appeared in it, and these were the angels." Ginzburg’s influential book has been widely regarded as an early example of the analytic, case-oriented approach known as microhistory. In a thoughtful new preface, Ginzburg offers his own corollary to Menocchio’s story as he considers the discrepancy between the intentions of the writer and what gets written. The Italian miller’s story and Ginzburg’s work continue to resonate with modern readers because they focus on how oral and written culture are inextricably linked. Menocchio’s 500-year-old challenge to authority remains evocative and vital today. -- Lauro Martines

Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451673310
Size: 76.18 MB
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A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners, Guy Montag, suddenly realizes their merit.

The Fault In Our Stars

Author: John Green
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101569182
Size: 63.25 MB
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From John Green, the #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down "The greatest romance story of this decade." —Entertainment Weekly -Millions of copies sold- #1 New York Times Bestseller #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller #1 USA Today Bestseller #1 International Bestseller TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012 TODAY Book Club pick Now a Major Motion Picture Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Writers Of The Spanish Colonial Period

Author: David William Foster
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780815326786
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This volume traces the modern critical and performance history of this play, one of Shakespeare's most-loved and most-performed comedies. The essay focus on such modern concerns as feminism, deconstruction, textual theory, and queer theory.

The Neverending Story

Author: Michael Ende
Publisher: Paw Prints
ISBN: 9781442014589
Size: 46.38 MB
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Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill