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The Dao of the Military - Liu An's Art of War (Paperback): Andrew Seth Meyer The Dao of the Military - Liu An's Art of War (Paperback)
Andrew Seth Meyer; Foreword by John Major
R548 R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Save R122 (22%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Master Sun's "The Art of War" is by no means the only ancient Chinese treatise on military affairs. One chapter in the "Huainanzi," an important compendium of philosophy and political theory written in the second century B.C.E., synthesizes the entire corpus of military literature inherited from the Chinese classical era. Drawing on all major, existing military writings, as well as other lost sources, it assesses tactics and strategy, logistics, organization, and political economy, as well as cosmology and the fundamental morality of warfare.

This powerful work set out to become the last word on military matters, subsuming and replacing all preceding literature. Written under the sponsorship of Liu An, king of Huainan, the "Huainanzi"'s "military methods" emphasize the preservation of peace as the ultimate value to be served by the military, insisting that the army can be effectively and rightly used only when defending the sacred hereditary position of the emperor and his vassals. This position stands in stark contrast to that of "The Art of War," which prioritizes the enrichment and empowerment of the state. Liu An's philosophy also argues that military success depends on the personal cultivation of the commander and that deception is not enough to secure victory. Only a commander with the exceptional qualities of insight and cognition, developed through a program of meditative practice and yogic refinement, can effectively control and interpret the strategic situation. Andrew Seth Meyer offers both a full translation of this text and an extensive analysis of its historical context. His thorough treatment relates Liu An's teachings to issues in Chinese philosophy, culture, religion, and history, helping to interpret their uncommon message.

The Responsibilities of Democracy (Paperback): John Major, Nick Clegg The Responsibilities of Democracy (Paperback)
John Major, Nick Clegg 1
R157 Discovery Miles 1 570 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Democracy operates on consent. That means politicians have to argue their causes and win consensus. But democracy has its flaws, not least in the lack of efficiency in the decision-making process. Above all, democracy requires honesty: in facing up to challenges, acknowledging fears and dangers, and admitting the limitations of government. In this new book, two figures of the British political establishment, John Major and Nick Clegg, share their thoughts on where democracy is heading and how it can survive in the 21st century. Major writes of the qualities on which a healthy democracy depends, as he deplores the coarsening of political exchange. Clegg writes of the ways in which political language has always involved trading insults and argues that echo chambers, although now more sophisticated, are nothing new. Compromise, Clegg insists, is not betrayal, but the very substance of our politics and our democracy.The Responsibilities of Democracy explores the overall health of UK democracy, giving a balanced analysis of its values and flaws. It is also a clarion call to the electorate and politicians to nurture and protect the gentle values on which democracy depends. No reader seeking to understand democracy can afford to ignore this book.

My Old Man - A Personal History of Music Hall (Paperback): John Major My Old Man - A Personal History of Music Hall (Paperback)
John Major 1
R336 R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Save R80 (24%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize; former prime minister John Major takes a remarkable journey into his own unconventional family past to tell the story of the British music hall. John Major shares memories of his performer father Tom and then shines the spotlight on the story of the music hall itself, from its Victorian heyday to its demise. In this fond look back at characters such as Marie Lloyd, Little Tich and Vesta Tilley, these faded stars take their place in the limelight once more. Packed with colourful anecdotes, 'My Old Man' is a warm-hearted account of a golden and bygone age.

111 Places in Brooklyn That You Must Not Miss (Paperback): John Major 111 Places in Brooklyn That You Must Not Miss (Paperback)
John Major; Photographs by Ed Lefkowicz 1
R346 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R42 (12%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

It doesn t take a passport to visit Brooklyn, as some Manhattanites might lead you to believe. Still, Brooklyn can feel a world away. And that's precisely what locals love about it. It's independent. Fiercely headstrong about maintaining its individuality. Tolerant of the different, the foreign, the weird. But what outsiders might be surprised to learn is that Brooklyn is less an undifferentiated mass than a collection of neighbourhoods, each with its own distinctive character and history. From Bay Ridge, Bed-Stuy and Bergen Beach to Weeksville, Williamsburg and Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn is a patchwork quilt of communities stitched together with mismatched threads from nearly everywhere in the world. Celebrating its in-your-face diversity, but continually churning those differences into something fresh and unique, Brooklyn embodies a hip and cool version of the American experiment. E pluribus unum - from many comes one. Here are 111 places to start your explorations.

My Old Man - A Personal History of Music Hall (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition): John Major My Old Man - A Personal History of Music Hall (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition)
John Major; Read by Sir John Major, Roy Hudd OBE
R300 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R48 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Former prime minister John Major takes a remarkable journey into his own unconventional family past to tell the richly colourful story of the British music hall Music hall was one of the glories of Victorian England. Sentimental, vulgar, class-conscious, but always patriotic and on the side of the underdog, it held a mirror to the audiences' hopes and fears, and sometimes the general absurdity of life. Vast, smoke-filled auditoriums were packed night after night in nearly every town and city in Britain. The most popular performers, such as Marie Lloyd, Vesta Tilley and George Robey, were among the highest paid and most celebrated figures in the land. This was the world that John Major's father Tom entered at the age of 21 as a comedian and singer. In My Old Man, the former prime minister uses his father's story as a springboard for telling the entertaining history of the music hall, from its origins in Elizabethan times through to its heyday in the nineteenth century and eventual decline with the rise of radio and cinema in the twentieth century. Packed with colourful anecdotes about the great performers of the day, this warm-hearted history conjures up a lost age.

Galactic Alignment - The Transformation of Consciousness According to Mayan, Egyptian and Vedic Traditions (Paperback,... Galactic Alignment - The Transformation of Consciousness According to Mayan, Egyptian and Vedic Traditions (Paperback, Original)
John Major Jenkins
R380 R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Save R54 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Galactic Alignment is a rare astronomical event that brings the solstice sun into alignment with the centre of the Milky Way galaxy every 12960 years. Building on the discoveries of his book MAYA COSMOGENESIS 2012 Jenkins demonstrates that the end-date of 2012 does not signal the end of time but rather the beginning of a new stage in the development of human consciousness. He recovers a striking common thread that connects the ancient cosmological insights of the Maya not only to Egyptian thought and Vedic philosophy but also to the diversity of humankind's metaphysical traditions ranging from Celtic sacred topography and Medieval alchemy to the Kabbalah and Islamic astrology. His work presents us with a groundbreaking synthesis of lost wisdom once common to ancient cosmologies that will help us understand the significance of this transformative cosmic milestone. * Extends Jenkins' groundbreaking research in MAYA COSMOGENESIS 2012. * Reveals how the coming Galactic Alignment of era-2012 promises a renewal of human consciousness. * Uncovers the galactic vision of Mayan Egyptian Greek and Vedic cosmologies.

The Essential Huainanzi (Paperback): An Li King of Huainan The Essential Huainanzi (Paperback)
An Li King of Huainan; Translated by John Major, Sarah Queen, Andrew Seth Meyer, Harold Roth
R701 R581 Discovery Miles 5 810 Save R120 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Compiled in the second century B.C.E, the "Huainanzi" clarifies a crucial period in the development of Chinese conceptions of the cosmos, human nature, and the social order. Outlining "all that a modern monarch needs to know," the text emphasizes rigorous self-cultivation and mental discipline, attributing successful rule to a balance of broad knowledge, diligent application, and penetrating wisdom.

In 2010, the editors of this volume completed the first complete English-language translation of the "Huainanzi," opening exciting new pathways in the study of philosophy, Asian studies, political science, and Asian literature. This abridgement contains essential selections from each of the "Huainanzi"'s twenty-one chapters and adds a new introduction and chapter descriptions. The text represents a remarkable synthesis of Daoist classics, such as the "Laozi" and the "Zhuangzi"; works associated with the Confucian tradition, such as the "Changes," the "Odes," and the "Documents"; and a range of other foundational philosophical and literary works, from the "Mozi" to the "Hanfeizi." The abridgement preserves the "Huainanzi"'s special rhetorical features, such as its parallel prose, verse, and unique compositional techniques. For decades, Western scholars overlooked the "Huainanzi'"s sophisticated structure, creative content, and rich historical value, yet all that changed with the translation of the full text. Designed for classroom use and general readers, "The Essential Huainanzi" continues to increase awareness of this brilliant work and change our understanding of early Chinese history.

The Huainanzi (Hardcover): John Major, Sarah Queen, Andrew Seth Meyer, Harold Roth The Huainanzi (Hardcover)
John Major, Sarah Queen, Andrew Seth Meyer, Harold Roth; As told to Michael Puett, …
R1,902 R1,640 Discovery Miles 16 400 Save R262 (14%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Compiled by scholars at the court of Liu An, king of Huainan, in the second century B.C.E, "The Huainanzi" is a tightly organized, sophisticated articulation of Western Han philosophy and statecraft. Outlining "all that a modern monarch needs to know," the text emphasizes rigorous self-cultivation and mental discipline, brilliantly synthesizing for readers past and present the full spectrum of early Chinese thought.

"The Huainanzi" locates the key to successful rule in a balance of broad knowledge, diligent application, and the penetrating wisdom of a sage. It is a unique and creative synthesis of Daoist classics, such as the "Laozi" and the "Zhuangzi"; works associated with the Confucian tradition, such as the "Changes," the "Odes," and the "Documents"; and a wide range of other foundational philosophical and literary texts from the "Mozi" to the "Hanfeizi."

The product of twelve years of scholarship, this remarkable translation preserves "The Huainanzi"'s special rhetorical features, such as parallel prose and verse, and showcases a compositional technique that conveys the work's powerful philosophical appeal. This path-breaking volume will have a transformative impact on the field of early Chinese intellectual history and will be of great interest to scholars and students alike.

Pyramid of Fire - Spiritual Ascent at the End of Time (Paperback, Original ed.): John Major Jenkins, Martin Matz Pyramid of Fire - Spiritual Ascent at the End of Time (Paperback, Original ed.)
John Major Jenkins, Martin Matz
R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

MESOAMERICAN STUDIES / METAPHYSICS"Ancient Mexico lives again in this amazing retrieval of an Aztec pictorial and oral tradition. Marty and John lead the reader to places undiscovered by archaeologists and ethnologists." Bruce Scofield, author of Day-Signs: Native American Astrology From Ancient Mexico "The Pyramid of Fire is part of the highest esoteric tradition of mankind. . . . a lucid and insightful commentary born of a sound grasp of the Perennial Philosophy." Estefan Lambert, author of The Solar Body and The Cleaving of the Moon "Marty Matz is the lost Beat genius and Pyramid of Fire is everything from his spiritual autobiography to a classic world text of enlightenment." Gerald Nicosia, poet and author of Memory Babe: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac In 1961 an unknown Aztec codex was revealed to Beat poet and explorer Marty Matz by a Mazatec shaman in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. Originally intended for dramatic performance, this codex presents a profound metaphysical teaching describing how the end of time will bring about a visionary ascent and mystic initiation. At the behest of his Mazatec teacher, Matz transcribed this pictorial codex into a literary form that would preserve its initiatory teachings and reveal its secret meanings to a wider audience. The Pyramid of Fire codex (Codex Matz-Ayauhtla) is an epic poem that provides a vehicle to transport the initiate into the higher realms of consciousness. It represents a barely surviving thread of teachings that have been passed down in secret since the time of the Spanish Conquest. Revealed are the techniques by which human beings are transported to the stellar realm after death via the solar energy within what theancients called the "serpent of consciousness." Line-by-line commentary by John Major Jenkins provides insights into the perennial philosophy and Matz, in his introduction and through the inclusion of his poetry and fiction and an interview he conducted with Jenkins, offers his understanding of its relevance to our time. JOHN MAJOR JENKINS has taught at Esalen and Naropa and appeared on the Discovery Channel's Places of Mystery and National Public Radio's Spirit and Mind. The author of Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 and Galactic Alignment, he lives in Boulder, Colorado. MARTIN MATZ (1934-2001) was a poet/philosopher involved in the 1950s Beat movement. His published works include Time Waits and Pipe Dreams.

Luxuriant Gems of the Spring and Autumn (Hardcover): Zhongshu Dong Luxuriant Gems of the Spring and Autumn (Hardcover)
Zhongshu Dong; Translated by John Major, Sarah Queen
R1,388 R1,189 Discovery Miles 11 890 Save R199 (14%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Spring and Autumn (Chunqiu) is a chronicle kept by the dukes of the state of Lu from 722 to 481 B.C.E. Luxuriant Gems of the "Spring and Autumn" (Chunqiu fanlu) follows the interpretations of the Gongyang Commentary, whose transmitters sought to explicate the special language of the Spring and Autumn. The work is often ascribed to the Han scholar and court official Dong Zhongshu, but, as this study reveals, the text is in fact a compendium of writings by a variety of authors spanning several generations. It depicts a utopian vision of a flourishing humanity that they believed to be Confucius's legacy to the world. The Gongyang masters thought that Confucius had written the Spring and Autumn, employing subtle phrasing to indicate approval or disapproval of important events and personages. Luxuriant Gems therefore augments Confucian ethical and philosophical teachings with chapters on cosmology, statecraft, and other topics drawn from contemporary non-Confucian traditions. A major resource, this book features the first complete English-language translation of Luxuriant Gems, divided into eight thematic sections with introductions that address dating, authorship, authenticity, and the relationship between the Spring and Autumn and the Gongyang approach. Critically illuminating early Chinese philosophy, religion, literature, and politics, this book conveys the brilliance of intellectual life in the Han dynasty during the formative decades of the Chinese imperial state.

After Prisons? - Freedom, Decarceration, and Justice Disinvestment (Hardcover): William G. Martin, Joshua M. Price After Prisons? - Freedom, Decarceration, and Justice Disinvestment (Hardcover)
William G. Martin, Joshua M. Price; Contributions by John Major Eason, Luis R Gonzalez, Chungse Jung, …
R1,536 Discovery Miles 15 360 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

As recently as five years ago mass incarceration was widely considered to be a central, permanent feature of the political and social landscape. The number of people in U.S. prisons is still without historic parallel anywhere in the world or in U.S. history. But in the last few years, the population has decreased, in some states by almost a third. A broad consensus is emerging to reduce prison rolls. Politicians have called for repealing the harshest sentencing laws of the war on drugs, abolishing mandatory minimums and closing correctional facilities. Does the decrease in the prison population herald the dismantling of mass incarceration? This book provides an answer. Drawing on original research from across New York State, the contributors argue that while massive decarceration is taking place, the outcome to date is not the one wished for by reformers, namely a more just system. While drug law reform is clearly upon us, for example, a moral panic about heroin addiction and phantom meth labs has recently reached a fever pitch. As the penitentiary population drops and prisons close, the number of people in jail has swelled. New intelligence-led policing, and the rise of a reentry industry together have led to more surveillance and less social justice. Together these developments lead to justice disinvestment as the state sheds direct responsibility for the criminal justice system to the private and non-profit sector, while it extends its reach through new forms of community-based supervision, surveillance and policing into poor neighborhoods and communities of color. Celebration may be premature, in other words. Having endowed a group that is already disproportionately poor and people of color with the stigma of criminality, the state has left the formerly incarcerated and their communities to their fate. The future we face appears to be neither emancipatory reform nor simply the continuation of past mass incarceration. The challenge of freedom, on a scale not seen since the Reconstruction, remains before us.

After Prisons? - Freedom, Decarceration, and Justice Disinvestment (Paperback): William G. Martin, Joshua M. Price After Prisons? - Freedom, Decarceration, and Justice Disinvestment (Paperback)
William G. Martin, Joshua M. Price; Contributions by John Major Eason, Luis R Gonzalez, Chungse Jung, …
R750 Discovery Miles 7 500 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

As recently as five years ago mass incarceration was widely considered to be a central, permanent feature of the political and social landscape. The number of people in U.S. prisons is still without historic parallel anywhere in the world or in U.S. history. But in the last few years, the population has decreased, in some states by almost a third. A broad consensus is emerging to reduce prison rolls. Politicians have called for repealing the harshest sentencing laws of the war on drugs, abolishing mandatory minimums and closing correctional facilities. Does the decrease in the prison population herald the dismantling of mass incarceration? This book provides an answer. Drawing on original research from across New York State, the contributors argue that while massive decarceration is taking place, the outcome to date is not the one wished for by reformers, namely a more just system. While drug law reform is clearly upon us, for example, a moral panic about heroin addiction and phantom meth labs has recently reached a fever pitch. As the penitentiary population drops and prisons close, the number of people in jail has swelled. New intelligence-led policing, and the rise of a reentry industry together have led to more surveillance and less social justice. Together these developments lead to justice disinvestment as the state sheds direct responsibility for the criminal justice system to the private and non-profit sector, while it extends its reach through new forms of community-based supervision, surveillance and policing into poor neighborhoods and communities of color. Celebration may be premature, in other words. Having endowed a group that is already disproportionately poor and people of color with the stigma of criminality, the state has left the formerly incarcerated and their communities to their fate. The future we face appears to be neither emancipatory reform nor simply the continuation of past mass incarceration. The challenge of freedom, on a scale not seen since the Reconstruction, remains before us.

More Than A Game - The Story of Cricket's Early Years (Paperback): John Major More Than A Game - The Story of Cricket's Early Years (Paperback)
John Major 2
R336 R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Save R80 (24%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The former Prime Minister examines the history of one of the great loves of his life.

Throughout John Major s life, one of the constant factors has been his deep love of cricket. In this sumptuously illustrated book he delves deep into the game s history, tracing its development from its rustic beginnings to the international sport we know today. Along the way he examines and at times demolishes many cherished myths. Among the subjects to which he pays particular attention are the changing social role of cricket, developments in the rules, the emergence of the professional player, the game s spread throughout the British Empire and the part it has played in cementing international relations.

John Major s history of cricket reflects not only his lifelong passion for the game, but the depth of his research among a wealth of hitherto neglected but fascinating sources. It is a significant addition to the already rich literature of the greatest game of all."

The Life And Surprising Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe, Of York, Mariner; Volume 2 (Hardcover): Daniel Defoe, John Major The Life And Surprising Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe, Of York, Mariner; Volume 2 (Hardcover)
Daniel Defoe, John Major
R730 Discovery Miles 7 300 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Dartmouth College Causes and the Supreme Court of the United States (Paperback): John Major Shirley The Dartmouth College Causes and the Supreme Court of the United States (Paperback)
John Major Shirley
R534 Discovery Miles 5 340 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Dartmouth College Causes and the Supreme Court of the United States (Hardcover): John Major Shirley The Dartmouth College Causes and the Supreme Court of the United States (Hardcover)
John Major Shirley
R760 Discovery Miles 7 600 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Wacousta, Or, the Prophecy - A Tale of the Canadas; Volume 1 (Paperback): Richardson (John Major) Wacousta, Or, the Prophecy - A Tale of the Canadas; Volume 1 (Paperback)
Richardson (John Major)
R509 R418 Discovery Miles 4 180 Save R91 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Wacousta, Or, the Prophecy - A Tale of the Canadas; Volume 1 (Hardcover): Richardson (John Major) Wacousta, Or, the Prophecy - A Tale of the Canadas; Volume 1 (Hardcover)
Richardson (John Major)
R802 R636 Discovery Miles 6 360 Save R166 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Richardson's War of 1812 - With Notes and a Life of the Author (Paperback): Richardson John, Major Richardson's War of 1812 - With Notes and a Life of the Author (Paperback)
Richardson John, Major; Created by Alexander Clark Casselman
R626 R512 Discovery Miles 5 120 Save R114 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Richardson's War of 1812 - With Notes and a Life of the Author (Hardcover): Richardson John, Major Richardson's War of 1812 - With Notes and a Life of the Author (Hardcover)
Richardson John, Major; Created by Alexander Clark Casselman
R920 R731 Discovery Miles 7 310 Save R189 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A History of Greater Britain as Well England as Scotland (Paperback): John Major, Archibald David Constable A History of Greater Britain as Well England as Scotland (Paperback)
John Major, Archibald David Constable
R764 R622 Discovery Miles 6 220 Save R142 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A History of Greater Britain as Well England as Scotland (Hardcover): John Major, Archibald David Constable A History of Greater Britain as Well England as Scotland (Hardcover)
John Major, Archibald David Constable
R1,041 R829 Discovery Miles 8 290 Save R212 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A History of Greater Britain as Well England as Scotland (Hardcover): Thomas Graves Law, John Major, Archibald David Constable A History of Greater Britain as Well England as Scotland (Hardcover)
Thomas Graves Law, John Major, Archibald David Constable
R831 Discovery Miles 8 310 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Richardson's War of 1812 - With Notes and a Life of the Author (Paperback): Richardson John, Major Richardson's War of 1812 - With Notes and a Life of the Author (Paperback)
Richardson John, Major; Created by Alexander Clark Casselman
R508 Discovery Miles 5 080 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Richardson's War of 1812 - With Notes and a Life of the Author (Hardcover): Richardson John, Major Richardson's War of 1812 - With Notes and a Life of the Author (Hardcover)
Richardson John, Major; Created by Alexander Clark Casselman
R735 Discovery Miles 7 350 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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