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Discover the alternative architecture of some of the world's most famous landmarks

Some landmarks are so ingrained in the public imagination, it’s almost impossible to imagine them as something different. For many though, they were just one several designs in play before the successful one was chosen. Now this Alternate Architecture project has illustrated five landmarks as they …

Best Architecture Schools for a World-Class Education

Do you have designs on a career in architecture? There are dozens of best architecture schools across the globe where you can get a first-class …

eLearning

Total Recall: A Reader’s Guide to Memory Gain

Here in the valley of my mid-50s, I try not to get into a swivet over my occasionally faulty memory: Sometimes the mind has a mind of its own. But when I read this chilling passage — “I am dementing. I am dementing. I am dementing.” — from Gerda Saunders’s recent memoir “Memory’s Last Breath: Field …

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The Winter Fortress

• <b>Author:</b> Neal Bascomb<p><b>“Riveting and poignant . . . The Winter Fortress metamorphoses from engrossing history into a smashing thriller . . . Mr. Bascomb’s research and, especially, his storytelling skills are first-rate.”—The Wall Street Journal</b><p><b>“Weaving together his typically intense research and a</b> …

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Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

• <b>Author:</b> Evan Osnos<p><b>Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction finalist</b><p><b>Winner of the 2014 National Book Award in nonfiction.</b><p><b>An Economist Best Book of 2014.</b><p><b>A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of</b> <b>China during a moment of profound transformation</b><p>From abroad, we often see China as a caricature: a …

World War One: History in an Hour

• <b>Author:</b> Rupert Colley<p>Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.<p>The ‘Great War’, from July 1914 to November 1918, was without parallel. It brought to an end four dynasties, ignited revolution, and forged new nations. It introduced killing on an unprecedented scale, costing an estimated …

American Nations

• <b>Author:</b> Colin Woodard<p><b>An illuminating history of North America's eleven rival cultural regions that explodes the red state-blue state myth.</b><br>North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with …

Political Science

October

• <b>Author:</b> China Miéville<p><b>Award-winning author China Miéville plunges us into the year the world was turned upside down</b><p>On the centenary of the Russian Revolution, China Miéville tells the extraordinary story of this pivotal moment in history.<p>In February of 1917 Russia was a backwards, autocratic …

Top 5 de noticias de las Américas (semana del 29 de mayo al 2 de junio)

Lo que había sido una promesa de campaña se transformó esta semana en un hecho concreto: el presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, anunció el retiro de su país como signatario del Acuerdo de París sobre cambio climático. La decisión cosechó una catarata de críticas, a la vez que activó toda …

Turkey Assails U.S. Decision to Arm Syrian Kurds

ANTAKYA, Turkey — Turkey’s president and his top aides sharply criticized the Trump administration on Wednesday over its decision to arm a Syrian Kurdish militant group in the battle against the Islamic State, and they urged the White House to reverse it.<p>The criticism, while not necessarily …

The Aviators

• <b>Author:</b> Winston Groom<p>Written by gifted storyteller Winston Groom (author of <i>Forrest Gump</i>), <i>The Aviators</i> tells the saga of three extraordinary aviators--Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle--and how they redefine heroism through their genius, daring, and uncommon courage. <br>This is …

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The Origins of Totalitarianism

• <b>Author:</b> Hannah Arendt<p>“How could such a book speak so powerfully to our present moment? The short answer is that we, too, live in dark times, even if they are different and perhaps less dark, and “Origins” raises a set of fundamental questions about how tyranny can arise and the dangerous forms of …

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The Cold War

• <b>Author:</b> John Lewis Gaddis<p>The “dean of Cold War historians” (<i>The New York Times</i>) now presents the definitive account of the global confrontation that dominated the last half of the twentieth century. Drawing on newly opened archives and the reminiscences of the major players, John Lewis Gaddis …

Chosen Soldier

• <b>Author:</b> Dick Couch<p>IN combating terror, America can no longer depend on its conventional military superiority and the use of sophisticated technology. We are fighting guerrilla wars, against insurgents hidden in remote regions, often deep among the local population. In battles such as these, …

Military

A Short History of Nearly Everything

• <b>Author:</b> Bill Bryson<p><b>One of the world’s most beloved writers and bestselling author of One Summer takes his ultimate journey—into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer.</b><br>In <i>A Walk in the Woods</i>, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail<b>—</b>well, most of it. In <i>A Sunburned</i> …

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The Ascent of Money

• <b>Author:</b> Niall Ferguson<p><b>A richly original look at the origins of money and how it makes the world go round</b><p>Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of our financial system, from its genesis in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet …

Niall Ferguson

‘How Propaganda Works’ Is a Timely Reminder for a Post-Truth Age

In “Mein Kampf,” Hitler argued that effective propaganda appeals “to the feelings of the public rather than to their reasoning ability”; relies on “stereotyped formulas,” repeated over and over again, to drum ideas into the minds of the masses; and uses simple “love or hate, right or wrong” …

My Father, the Shapeshifter

LOS ANGELES — On a warm September evening in the Hollywood Hills, guests at a book party for the writer Susan Faludi sipped prosecco and munched on lotus root chips in the courtyard of the Spanish-style home of the journalist Steve Oney and his wife, the interior designer Madeline Stuart. Book …

In the Kingdom of Ice

• <b>Author:</b> Hampton Sides<p><b>New York Times</b> <b>bestselling author Hampton Sides returns with a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded Age</b><br>In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. No one knew what existed …

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These 11 Books Will Tempt You to Stay Inside All October Long

Already done with your September reading list? Well, you're in luck, because there are plenty of new books hitting shelves in October. From love stories to memoirs, there is something entertaining for everyone. Obsessed with <b>Fixer Upper</b> stars, Chip and Joanna Gaines? Well, they have a new book …

America's War for the Greater Middle East

• <b>Author:</b> Andrew J. Bacevich<p><b>LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • A searing reassessment of U.S. military policy in the Middle East over the past four decades from retired army colonel and New York Times bestselling author Andrew J. Bacevich</b><br>From the end of World War II until 1980, virtually no …

The Radicalism of the American Revolution

• <b>Author:</b> Gordon S. Wood<p>In a grand and immemsely readable synthesis of historical, political, cultural, and economic analysis, a prize-winning historian describes the events that made the American Revolution. Gordon S. Wood depicts a revolution that was about much more than a break from England, …

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A Short World History

• <b>Author:</b> E.M. Wilmot-Buxton<p><i>A Short World History</i> is a quick read, covering the first civilizations until 1920.

1491 (Second Edition)

• <b>Author:</b> Charles C. Mann<p>In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492. <br>Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled …

Anthropology

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

• <b>Author:</b> Stephen Greenblatt Ph.D.<p>Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction <br>Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Non-Fiction<br>One of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one …

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An Army at Dawn

• <b>Author:</b> Rick Atkinson<p><b>WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</b><p><b>In the first volume of his monumental trilogy about the liberation of Europe in WW II, Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the riveting story of the war in North Africa</b><p>The liberation of Europe and the destruction …

History

White Trash

• <b>Author:</b> Nancy Isenberg<p><b>“This eye-opening investigation into our country’s entrenched social hierarchy is acutely relevant.” —O Magazine<br>In her groundbreaking bestselling history of the class system in America, Nancy Isenberg upends history as we know it by taking on our comforting myths about</b> …

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Twelve Years a Slave

• <b>Author:</b> Solomon Northup<p><b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</b><p>The story that inspired the major motion picture produced by Brad Pitt, directed by Steve McQueen, and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Benedict Cumberbatch, <i>Twelve Years a Slave</i> is a harrowing, vividly detailed, and utterly …

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