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Indianapolis (Hardcover): Lynn Vincent Indianapolis (Hardcover)
Lynn Vincent 1
R486 R313 Discovery Miles 3 130 Save R173 (36%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'Extraordinary...serious naval history and a detective story, told with passion.' The Times 'Vividly detailed...compelling yet comprehensive.' Los Angeles Times 'Simply outstanding.' Booklist (starred review) 'Gripping... This yarn has it all.' USA Today The sinking of the USS Indianapolis is still the biggest single loss of life at sea to be suffered by the United States navy. From a crew of 1,196 men, only 317 survived. Torpedoed by the Japanese, dying of thirst and eaten by sharks. For 70 years, the story of the USS Indianapolis has been told as a sinking story, or a shark story, or a story of military justice gone awry. But in Indianapolis, the true story of this mighty vessel is revealed. As the USS Arizona embodies the beginning of the Pacific war, the USS Indianapolis embodies its fiery end. From its bridge, Admiral Raymond Spruance devised and executed the island-hopping campaign that decimated Japan's Navy and Army. Its crew led the fleet from Pearl Harbour to the islands of Japan, notching an unbroken string of victories in an exotic and uncharted theatre of war. When the time came for President Harry S. Truman to deal Japan the decisive blow, Indianapolis answered the call. And super-spy Major Robert S. Furman climbed aboard, secreting the components of the world's first atomic bomb. Four days after delivering her ominous cargo to the island of Tinian, the Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine, with nearly 900 men lost. The captain, Charles B. McVay III, was wrongly court-martialled for negligence over the sinking. Decades after these events, the survivors of the Indianapolis, as well as the Japanese submarine commander who sank it, joined together to finally exonerate McVay.

Letters to Change the World - From Pankhurst to Orwell (Hardcover): Travis Elborough Letters to Change the World - From Pankhurst to Orwell (Hardcover)
Travis Elborough 1
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Gift the most inspiring letters from history this Christmas `We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed' Martin Luther King In an era where the liberties we often take for granted are under threat, Letters To Change the World is a collection of inspiring letters offering reminders from history that standing up for and voicing our personal and political beliefs is not merely a crucial right but a duty if we want to change the world. Edited by Travis Elborough, the collection includes George Orwell's warning on totalitarianism, Martin Luther King's 'Letter from a Birmingham Jail', Albert Camus on the reasons to fight a war, Bertrand Russell on peace, Emmeline Pankhurst rallying her suffragettes, Nelson Mandela's letter to his children from prison and Time's Up on the abuse of power.

Handelsryk In Die Ooste - Die WÍreld Van Die VOC, 1619?1685  (Afrikaans, Hardcover): Karel Schoeman Handelsryk In Die Ooste - Die WÍreld Van Die VOC, 1619–1685 (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
Karel Schoeman
R350 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R21 (6%) Within 10 - 15 working days

Handelsryk in die Ooste is die tweede deel van ’n vyfdelige reeks oor vroeŽ blanke vestiging aan die Kaap.

In diť deel beskryf Karel Schoeman die totstandkoming en bestuur van die Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC) se uitgebreide handelsnetwerk in die gebied van die Indiese Oseaan gedurende die sewentiende eeu. Vir die meeste Suid-Afrikaanse lesers wat maar min kennis van die VOC het, bied hierdie boek besonder baie insigte en word die stigting van die klein verversingspos aan die Kaap die Goeie Hoop in 1652 in konteks geplaas. Dit gee byvoorbeeld aandag aan die groot intra-Asiatiese handelsnetwerk wat selfs voor die koms van die Portugese en Spaanse ontdekkingsreisigers in die gebied bestaan het, aan die wedywering tussen die seevarende moondhede Portugal, Nederland, Engeland en Frankryk om vastrapplek in verskillende Oosterse lande te kry en aan die soms bloedige stryd om monopolieŽ in die handel met kosbare produkte soos speserye, tekstiel en porselein te verkry.

’n Aantal hoofstukke word gewy aan Batavia, die VOC se administratiewe hoofstad: Vanuit die VOC-kantore is die retoervlote gekoŲrdineer; hiervandaan is verkenningstogte na die binneland onderneem; het die amptenary en ryk handelaars ’n swierige lewenstyl ontwikkel en het kosbare Oosterse meubels en tapyte modieus geword. Ten slotte word ook aandag aan die verskynsel van slawerny en die invloed wat dit gehad het op die koloniale lewe, ook aan die Kaap.

Marthinus Theunis Steyn (Afrikaans, Paperback): M.C.E. Van Schoor Marthinus Theunis Steyn (Afrikaans, Paperback)
M.C.E. Van Schoor
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Enige land se geskiedenis lewer figure op waarvan die grootsheid nie deur tyd en vergetelheid gestroop kan word nie. In die Suid-Afrikaanse konteks is Marthinus Theunis Steyn so ín figuur: ín man wat hom selfloos aan sy volk gewy het en bereid was om alles vir sy mense se vryheid op te offer. Die leser word op boeiende wyse betrek by Marthinus Theunis Steyn se kleurvolle lewensverhaal: hoe hy nooit sy herkoms as Vrystaatse plaasseun verraai het nie en selfs as president in voeling met die eenvoudigste Boere gebly het; hoe hy sy uitmergelende siekte met volharding bly beveg het en hoe sy geloof in God en sy liefde vir sy gesin en sy erfgrond hom in tye van beproewing staande gehou het.

Erebus: The Story of a Ship (Hardcover): Michael Palin Erebus: The Story of a Ship (Hardcover)
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____________________________________ BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ____________________________________ HMS Erebus was one of the great exploring ships, a veteran of groundbreaking expeditions to the ends of the Earth. In 1848, it disappeared in the Arctic, its fate a mystery. In 2014, it was found. This is its story. ____________________________________ `Beyond terrific. I didn't want it to end.' - Bill Bryson ____________________________________ Michael Palin - Monty Python star and television globetrotter - brings the remarkable Erebus back to life, following it from its launch in 1826 to the epic voyages of discovery that led to glory in the Antarctic and to ultimate catastrophe in the Arctic. The ship was filled with fascinating people: the dashing and popular James Clark Ross, who charted much of the `Great Southern Barrier'; the troubled John Franklin, whose chequered career culminated in the Erebus's final, disastrous expedition; and the eager Joseph Dalton Hooker, a brilliant naturalist - when he wasn't shooting the local wildlife dead. Vividly recounting the experiences of the men who first set foot on Antarctica's Victoria Land, and those who, just a few years later, froze to death one by one in the Arctic ice, beyond the reach of desperate rescue missions, Erebus is a wonderfully evocative account of a truly extraordinary adventure, brought to life by a master explorer and storyteller. ____________________________________ `Thoroughly absorbs the reader. . . Carefully researched and well-crafted, it brings the story of a ship vividly to life.' - Sunday Times `This is an incredible book. I couldn't put it down. The Erebus story is the Arctic epic we've all been waiting for.' - Nicholas Crane `Palin is a superb stylist, low-key and conversational, who skillfully incorporates personal experience. He turns up obscure facts, reanimates essential moments, and never shies away from taking controversial positions. This beautifully produced volume - colour plates, outstanding maps - is a landmark achievement.' - Ken McGoogan, author of Fatal Passage `I absolutely loved it: I had to read it at one sitting . . . Fascinating.' - Lorraine Kelly, ITV Lorraine `Magisterial . . . Brings energy, wit and humanity to a story that has never ceased to tantalise people since the 1840s.' - The Times

The Game Ranger, The Knife, The Lion And The Sheep - 20 Tales About Curious Characters From Southern Africa (Paperback): David... The Game Ranger, The Knife, The Lion And The Sheep - 20 Tales About Curious Characters From Southern Africa (Paperback)
David Bristow
R240 R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Save R49 (20%) Within 4 - 10 working days

The Game Ranger, The Knife, The Lion And The Sheep offers spell-binding stories of some amazing, little known characters from South Africa, past and very past. Let us introduce you to some of the characters youíll meet inside.

Starting with Krotoa, the Khoi maiden who is found working in the Van Riebeeck household as both servant and interpreter. In time she becomes the concubine of Danish surgeon Pieter Merhoff and later his wife. But did she jump (allured by the European glitz and good food) or was she pushed (abducted or sold to the Van Riebeeckís by her uncle Atshumatso, otherwise Herry)? Was she raped or a willing sexual parter of Meerhoff? Women, like fresh meat and vegetables, were in short supply in those early colonial years in the Cape.

Then there is Mevrou Maria Mouton who preferred to socialise with the slaves than her husband on their farm in the Swartland, and with whom she conspired to murder him. What became of them is Ö best those gory details are glossed over for now.

And the giant Trekboer Coenraad de Buys, rebel, renegade, a man with a price on his head who married many women (none of them white) and fathered a small nation. The explorer Lichtenstein called him a modern-day Hercules. Then there are the men of learning and insight, such as Raymond Dart and Adrian Boshier, who opened up the world of myths and ancient artefacts so we now better understand the ancients and the world they created for us to inherit. Or James Kitching who broke open rocks in the Karoo to reveal creatures that inhabited this region long before even Africa was born.

And so, without further ado, we give you our selection of stories about remarkable characters from the veld. These stories will excite, entertain and enthral you! You will finish reading them wishing you had more!

Sapiens - A Brief History of Humankind (Paperback): Yuval Noah Harari Sapiens - A Brief History of Humankind (Paperback)
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The global phenomenon. The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller. The New York Times Top Ten Bestseller. Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we're going. Sapiens is a thrilling account of humankind's extraordinary history - from the Stone Age to the Silicon Age - and our journey from insignificant apes to rulers of the world 'It tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language. You will love it!' Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs and Steel 'Unbelievably good. Jaw dropping from the first word to the last' Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2 Yuval's follow up to Sapiens, Homo Deus, is available now.

Rising Star - The Making of Barack Obama (Paperback): David Garrow Rising Star - The Making of Barack Obama (Paperback)
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The definitive account of Barack Obama's life before he became the 44th president of the United States - the formative years, confluence of forces, and influential figures who helped shaped an extraordinary leader and his rise - from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross. Barack Obama's keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted the little-known state senator from Illinois into the national spotlight. Three months later, Obama would win election to the U.S. Senate; four years later he would make history as America's first black president. Now, at the end of his second presidential term, David J. Garrow delivers the most compelling and comprehensive Obama biography - as epic in vision and rigorous in detail as Robert Caro's The Power Broker. Moving around the globe, from Hawaii to Indonesia to the American Northeast and Midwest, Rising Star meticulously unpacks Obama's life, from his tumultuous upbringing in Honolulu and Jakarta, to his formative time as a community organizer on Chicago's South Side, working in some of the roughest neighborhoods, to Cambridge, where he excelled at Harvard Law School, and finally back to Chicago, where he pursued his political destiny. In voluminous detail, drawn from more than 1,000 interviews and encyclopedic documentary research, Garrow reveals as never before the ambition, the dreams, and the all-too-human struggles of an iconic president in a sure to be news-making biography that will stand as the most authoritative account of Obama's pre-presidential life for decades to come.

Patrisiers and Prinse - Die Europese Samelewing En Die Stigting Van 'N Kolonie Aan Die Kaap, 1619-1715 (Afrikaans,... Patrisiers and Prinse - Die Europese Samelewing En Die Stigting Van 'N Kolonie Aan Die Kaap, 1619-1715 (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
Karel Schoeman 1
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Patrisiers & prinse is die eerste deel van 'n vyfdelige reeks oor vroee blanke vestiging aan die Kaap. In die deel beskryf Karel Schoeman die sewentiende-eeuse Europese wÍreld waarin Jan van Riebeeck en sy tydgenote grootgeword het. Hierdie wereld vorm die agtergrond van die verversingspos wat die VOC in 1652 by Kaap die Goeie Hoop sou stig. In die eerste twee hoofstukke en in hoofstuk 4 word die opkoms en hoogbloei van die Nederlandse Republiek bespreek. Die Frankryk van Lodewyk XIV kry in hoofstuk 3 aandag, met klem op die toenemende oorheersing van Europa deur die Franse kultuur. Besonder boeiend is die dele wat gewy word aan die opkoms van die hoe burgerstand in Nederland en die versamelaarsdrif wat deur die stand se welvaart en die kontak met Nederland se kolonies moontlik gemaak is. In die laaste twee hoofstukke wys Schoeman daarop dat Europa in die sewentiende eeu nog besonder naby aan die Middeleeue gestaan het en bespreek hy die soms skokkend primitiewe lewenswyse wat maar geleidelik nader aan die moderne beweeg het.

The Club - How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (Hardcover): Joshua... The Club - How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports (Hardcover)
Joshua Robinson, Jonathan Clegg 1
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Kolonie Aan Die Kaap - Jan Van Riebeeck En Die Vestiging Van Die Eerste Blankes, 1652?1662  (Afrikaans, Hardcover): Karel... Kolonie Aan Die Kaap - Jan Van Riebeeck En Die Vestiging Van Die Eerste Blankes, 1652–1662 (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
Karel Schoeman
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Kolonie aan die Kaap is die derde van vyf boeke oor vroeŽ blanke vestiging aan die Kaap.

In diť deel vestig Karel Schoeman die aandag op die eerste blanke intrekkers. Die VOC (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie), het in 1651 besluit om in Tafelbaai ’n verversingspos te stig ten behoewe van die Kompanjie se skeepvaart tussen Nederland en die Ooste en dis met hierdie doel dat kommandeur Jan van Riebeeck in Desember van daardie jaar met sy vlootjie van vyf skepe na die Kaap uitgeseil het.

Die eerste hoofstuk gee aandag aan Van Riebeeck se lewe en loopbaan tot en met hierdie datum en in die tweede hoofstuk word die werksaamhede rondom die vestiging van die verversingspos aan die hand van Van Riebeeck se dagboeke en briewe en die geskrifte van vroeŽ besoekers beskryf. Die omstandighede van die pioniersgroepie wat uitvoering aan Van Riebeeck se opdragte en ambisieuse planne moes gee, word in hoofstuk 3 bespreek. Aanvanklik moes alle lewensmiddele, gereedskap, saad, plantjies en selfs perde uit die Ooste ingevoer word. ’n Fort, wat skuiling en beskerming teen wilde diere en vyandige Khoi-stamme moes gee, is in 1666 voltooi. Hoe die verskillende sosiale groeperinge soos die hoŽ amptenare, die ambagsmanne, soldate en slawe in diť Fort gewerk, geleef en soms ook gesterf het, die onthale, kerk- en gebedsdienste en militÍre parades kom in hoofstuk 4 aan die bod.

’n Klein klompie hoŽ Kompanjiesamptenare was deel van die Kaapse nedersetting, maar dit was hoofsaaklik uit die groter groep werksvolk, soldate en matrose dat die latere vryburgers afkomstig was. Die uiters moeilike omstandighede, teenslae en mislukkings van die aanvanklike groepie van nege, maar ook die enkele suksesverhale, word in hoofstuk 7 bespreek. Die boek sluit af met ’n oorsig oor Van Riebeeck se latere loopbaan in die Ooste en sy oorlye in 1677.

Groep Sonder Grense - Die Rol En Status Van Die Gemengde Bevolking Aan Die Kaap, 1652-1795 (Afrikaans, Paperback, 3rd edition):... Groep Sonder Grense - Die Rol En Status Van Die Gemengde Bevolking Aan Die Kaap, 1652-1795 (Afrikaans, Paperback, 3rd edition)
H.F. Heese
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Kruger's Pretoria (English, French, Hardcover): Vivien Allen Kruger's Pretoria (English, French, Hardcover)
Vivien Allen
R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Within 10 - 15 working days

This fascinating book, originally published in 1971, had it origins in daily journalism: a series of feature articles for the Pretoria News written between 1968 and 1970. Since then much has changed and that era now seems as remote as Krugerís did in 1970. The original text is reprinted here with minimal editing. Though happily some still survive, many of the buildings pictured in this book have disappeared, such as the old Town Hall and the first Opera House. Gone too are many of the original pictures, some burnt in the fire that destroyed the main part of Munitoria and the cityís priceless archive. Krugerís Pretoria provides the memory of a town long gone.

Veldsmanne (Afrikaans, Hardcover): J von Moltke Veldsmanne (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
J von Moltke
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Die Angola-Boere was afstammelinge van die Dorslandtrekkers wat vir sewe jaar deur woeste en onbekende lande moes swerf voordat hulle die ďbeloofde landĒ bereik het. Hier vertel die ou Boerepioniers op hulle eie, ongekunstelde manier van hulle jagvernuf en krygsvernuf Ė en hoe hulle in Angola geleef en die land help tem het. Willie Meester (Opperman) vertel van die kaalvoetjagter Larssen (ďdie knapste olifantjagter wat seker ooit geleef hetĒ), die jagkonings van die Shimborro, die kwaai olifant van Catengue, petaljes met seekoeie, leeujag en slawerny in Angola. Oom Willem Grobler (ín Voortrekker-afstammeling) vertel van oom Paul Venter en sy viool en die veldtogte teen Maranga, Ndoendoema en Huambo. Oom Peet van der Merwe (skrywer van Ons halfeeu in Angola) vertel van die Vlugekspedisie (1906) en die Wenekspedisie (1907).

Oorlog-Beeld - Nuusblad Oor Die Stryd Tussen Boer En Brit (Afrikaans, Paperback): Jackie Grobler Oorlog-Beeld - Nuusblad Oor Die Stryd Tussen Boer En Brit (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Jackie Grobler
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Toe die Britse Imperiale Ryk in 1899-1902 sy volle militÍre mag teen die Boererepublieke van Suider-Afrika in die veld gestoot het, het ‘n groot gedeelte van die res van die wÍreld hulle morele ondersteuning aan die dapper burgerkrygers toegesÍ ... maar sedert die bitter uiteinde van daardie ongelyke stryd het geskiedskrywers die verhaal van die oorlog grotendeels uit ‘n Britse oogpunt benader.

Hierdie is ‘n geskiedenisboek wat anders is.

Oorlog-Beeld voer ‘n verbeeldingsprong uit om die krygswÍreld van daardie stryders wat deur Nelson Mandela as die ‘eerste Afrika-vryheidsvegters van die 20ste eeu’ beskryf is, te laat herleef. Hier, in koerantformaat soos dit destyds kon gewees het, volg die verhaal van die ‘Engelse Oorlog’ wat deur Boere vertel word: deur die offisiere wat hulle burgers op die slagvelde by Magersfontein, Colenso en Spioenkop aanvoer; deur bittereinderburgers wat tot op die laaste volgehou het; deur verveelde burgers wat Mafeking, Ladysmith en Kimberley tevergeefs beleŽr het; deur vroue en kinders in die konsentrasiekampe; deur regeerders en krygsgevangenes in ballingskap asook verskeie ander deelnemers – alles toegelig uit ‘n magdom kontemporÍre bronne en met ‘n menigte foto’s wat destyds geneem is.

Daar word nie net oor militÍre konfrontasies berig nie, maar ook oor die kommandolewe, oor die ervaringe van krygsgevangenes in kampe oor die aardbol heen versprei, oor die aktiwiteite van die Boere-afgevaardigdes in die buiteland wat buitelandse inmenging aan Boerekant teweeg moes bring, oor die aktiwiteite van prominente individue, soos president Paul Kruger en Emily Hobhouse, en oor die treurige lot van vroue en kinders in die konsentrasiekampe.

The Shortest History of Germany (Paperback): James Hawes The Shortest History of Germany (Paperback)
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Die Tronkgesprekke - Nelson Mandela en Kobie Coetzee se Geheime Voorpunt-Diplomasie (Afrikaans, Paperback): Willie Esterhuyse,... Die Tronkgesprekke - Nelson Mandela en Kobie Coetzee se Geheime Voorpunt-Diplomasie (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Willie Esterhuyse, Gerhard van Niekerk
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Diť boek onthul dat PW Botha reeds in 1984, te midde van die Totale Aanslag, in die geheim opdrag sou gee dat sy minister van justisie, Kobie Coetsee, gesprekke met Nelson Mandela in die tronk voer. Mandela se aanhouding was toenemend ’n tameletjie vir die NP-regering. Wat as diť ikoon in die tronk sou sterf? Die land sou ontplof. Botha was desperaat.

Wedersydse respek ontwikkel mettertyd tussen Coetsee en Mandela, en die prisonier begin selfs sy eie vrylatingsproses grootliks bestuur. Alles is hoogsgeheim. PW Botha moes dit kon ontken as dit sou uitlek. Maar agter die skerms bou vertroue tussen die leiers van partye wat in die openbaar geswore vyande is.

Bekende skrywer en akademikus Willie Esterhuyse, self ten nouste betrokke by geheime onderhandelinge tussen die ANC en die NP-regering, vertel met medeskrywer Gerhard van Niekerk die verhaal van Coetsee en Mandela se “voorpunt”-diplomasie, waarsonder die 1994-oorgang nie moontlik sou gewees het nie.

Mastering Fear: A Navy SEAL's Guide (Hardcover): Brandon Webb Mastering Fear: A Navy SEAL's Guide (Hardcover)
Brandon Webb; John David Mann
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From New York Times bestselling author and former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb comes a simple yet powerful five-step guide to transforming your life by making your fears work for you instead of against you.

Brandon Webb has run life-threatening missions in the world's worst trouble spots, whether that meant jumping out of airplanes, taking down hostile ships on the open sea, or rolling prisoners in the dead of night in the mountains of Afghanistan. As a Navy SEAL, he learned how to manage the natural impulse to panic in the face of terrifying situations. As media CEO and national television commentator, he has learned how to apply those same skills in civilian life.

Drawing on his experiences in combat and business, along with colorful anecdotes from his vast network of super-achiever friends from astronauts to billionaires, Webb shows how people from all walks of life can stretch and transcend their boundaries and learn to use their fears as fuel to achieve more than they ever thought possible. "Fear can be a set of manacles, holding you prisoner," writes Webb. "Or it can be a slingshot, catapulting you on to greatness."

The key, says Webb, is not to fight fear or try to beat it back, but to embrace and harness it. In the process, rather than being your adversary, your fear becomes a secret weapon that allows you to triumph in even the most adverse situations. In Mastering Fear, Webb and his bestselling coauthor John David Mann break this transformation down into five practical steps, creating a must-read manual for anyone looking for greater courage and mastery in their lives.

Freedom Fighter - My War Against ISIS on the Frontlines of Syria (Paperback, Main): Joanna Palani Freedom Fighter - My War Against ISIS on the Frontlines of Syria (Paperback, Main)
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The gripping story of one woman's war against ISIS on the frontlines of Syria. Joanna Palani made headlines across the world when her role fighting ISIS in the Syrian conflict was revealed. She is one of a handful of western women who joined the international recruits to the Kurdish forces in the region and this is the first time her extraordinary story has been told. Inspired by the Arab Spring, Joanna left behind her student life in Copenhagen and travelled to the Middle East in order to join the YPJ - the all-female brigade of the Kurdish militia in Syria. After undergoing considerable military training, including as a saboteur and sniper, Joanna served as a YPJ fighter over several years and took part in the brutal siege of Kobani. Despite her heroism, she was taken in to custody on her return to Denmark for breaking laws designed to stop its citizens from joining ISIS, making her the first person to be jailed for joining the international coalition. In this raw and unflinching memoir, Joanna not only provides an eye-witness account of this devastating war but also reveals the personal cost of the battles she has fought on and off the frontlines.

The truth about crime - Sovereignty, knowledge, social order (Paperback): Jean Comaroff, John L. Comaroff The truth about crime - Sovereignty, knowledge, social order (Paperback)
Jean Comaroff, John L. Comaroff
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In this book, renowned anthropologists Jean and John L. Comaroff make a startling but absolutely convincing claim about our modern era: it is not by our arts, our politics, or our science that we understand ourselves-it is by our crimes. Surveying an astonishing range of forms of crime and policing-from petty thefts to the multibilliondollar scams of toobigtofail financial institutions to the collateral damage of war-they take readers into the disorder of the late modern world. Looking at recent transformations in the triangulation of capital, the state, and governance that have led to an era where crime and policing are ever more complicit, they offer a powerful meditation on the new forms of sovereignty, citizenship, class, race, law, and political economy of representation that have arisen. To do so, the Comaroffs draw on their vast knowledge of South Africa, especially, and its struggle to build a democracy founded on the rule of law out of the wreckage of long years of violence and oppression. There they explore everything from the fascination with the supernatural in policing to the extreme measures people take to prevent home invasion, drawing illuminating comparisons to the United States and United Kingdom. Going beyond South Africa, they offer a global criminal anthropology that attests to criminality as the constitutive fact of contemporary life, the vernacular by which politics are conducted, moral panics voiced, and populations ruled. The result is a disturbing but necessary portrait of the modern era, one that asks critical new questions about how we see ourselves, how we think about morality, and how we are going to proceed as a global society.

The Game - Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968 (Hardcover): George Howe Colt The Game - Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968 (Hardcover)
George Howe Colt
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City of Light - The Making of Modern Paris (Hardcover): Rupert Christiansen City of Light - The Making of Modern Paris (Hardcover)
Rupert Christiansen 1
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The Johannesburg gas works (Hardcover): Monika Lauferts le Roux, Judith Mavunganidze The Johannesburg gas works (Hardcover)
Monika Lauferts le Roux, Judith Mavunganidze; Photographs by David Southwood, Sally Gaule
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Fourthwall books is pleased to announce the publication of The Johannesburg gas works, edited by Monika Lauferts le Roux and Judith Mavunganidze. The Johannesburg gas works (now Egoli Gas) is a familiar and spectacular industrial landmark in the city. Its dramatic holding towers and redbrick futurist factories are close to the campuses of two universities and within site of the Brixton tower and the buildings of the SABC. Manufacturing at the site came to an end two decades ago and now gas is piped into the towers and from there into the surrounding neighbourhoods for business and residential use. In recent years, the gas works has attracted interest from architects, students, historians and the general public but its now-derelict buildings remain a mystery to most. This new book, the first comprehensive publication on the significant site, tells the story of the gas works and the manufacture of gas in Johannesburg, beginning in 1927. It includes essays by Clive Chipkin and Alex Opper that explore the architectural importance of the incredible buildings, the story of gas production in Johannesburg, the role of gas workers in the industrial development of the city, and the possible future prospects for the site. Maps, drawings and photographs take the reader into the heart of the factory as it was decades ago and as it is today. The Johannesburg gas works is an important contribution to the industrial and architectural history of the city.

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Die geskiedenis rondom die Vrykorps en hul alliansie met die Duitse Koloniale Troepe in Duits-Suidwes-Afrika is om verskeie redes interessant Ė maar die belangrikste hiervan is waarskynlik die feit dat dit die eerste en enigste keer in die geskiedenis was dat Boere hul vaderland, Suid-Afrika, binnegeval het en Boer teen Boer geveg het. Hierdie boek vertel die Vrykorps se storie vanaf hul ontstaan tot hul ontbinding en word toegelig met ín lys van al die Vrykorpslede, die wapens wat hulle gebruik het, hul range en gedetailleerde inligting oor hul aktiwiteite en die veldslae waaraan hulle deelgeneem het.

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