Muhammad: His Character and Conduct

By Adil Salahi

Muslims world wide see Muhammad as God's final messenger to mankind. via his activities, he confirmed how you can dwell a existence that gives for the entire wishes of physique, brain, and soul, and elevates man's aspirations in the direction of an elegant perfect in an easy, direct, and honest demeanour. He outfitted a country that was once devoted to fact and justice and to the liberation of guy during the international. He wrote to emperors, kings, and rulers, calling on them to think in God and to stick to His message, but, even as, he lived a lifetime of poverty, leaving apart the riches that have been provided to him.

At a time whilst the Prophet is way maligned by way of writers, cartoonists, and numerous different detractors, this publication goals to teach Muhammad's real personality intimately, either in its such a lot daily and such a lot awesome moments.

Adil Salahi's writings comprise the acclaimed Muhammad: guy and Prophet and Pioneers of Islamic Scholarship, and the English translation of the eighteen-volume In the colour of the Qur'an. His major profession has been in radio and print journalism, and for over thirty years he used to be editor of "Islam in Perspective," a twice-weekly full-page column within the Arab News, a Saudi day-by-day newspaper.

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Lucrezia Borgia

The tales concerning the Lucrezia Borgia's lifestyles - ruthless manipulator, possessor of a poison ring, sexual predator - usually overshadow the extra nuanced and engaging tale of her life.

She used to be born on April 18, 1480, the illegitimate daughter of destiny Pope Alexander VI, then Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia and his long-time mistress Vannozza dei Cattanei. She inherited her mother's lovely seems to be - she was once recognized for her slim determine, gray-blue eyes, and blonde hair.

When her father turned pope, he sought to consolidate his energy and organized a wedding among fourteen-year-old Lucrezia and the 1st of her 3 husbands, twenty-eight-year-old Giovanni Sforza. almost immediately after the wedding, Alexander, concluded he not wanted an alliance with the Sforza relations. He ordered Giovanni's assassination, but if the younger bridegroom escaped, ended Lucrezia's marriage by means of ordering an annulment.

Following the long annulment procedure - in which Lucrezia was once accused of getting an affair and a baby with Alexander's chamberlain Pedro Calderon, whose physique used to be later came across floating in Rome's Tiber River, “where he fell opposed to his will” - Lucrezia was once married to Alfonso of Aragon in 1498. Alexander appointed a pregnant Lucrezia governor of the Umbrian city of Spoleto in 1499. Alfonso, cautious of moving political alliances, fled Rome for a short time, yet lower back in 1500, the place he was once murdered. Alfonso left Lucrezia with a son, Rodrigo.

After Alfonso's with ease timed homicide, Alexander prepared a 3rd marriage for Lucrezia, to Alfonso I d'Este, a strong duke. the 2 had a number of childrens, and Lucrezia got here into her personal as a Renaissance girl, overcoming her scandalous recognition - regardless of a number of affairs - and keeping her place and tool because the Borgia family's impact and fortunes fell following Alexander's death.

Lucrezia Borgia was once a lady of and sooner than her time. this is her little-told tale.

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The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy

“[A] testomony to a good spirit, a lady who lived in terrifying proximity to at least one of the best writers of all time, and who understood precisely the excessive cost she must pay for this privilege.”
—Jay Parini, writer of The final Station< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


Translated through Cathy Porter and with an creation by way of Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing, The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy chronicles in amazing element the diarist’s awesome marriage to the mythical guy of letters, count number Leo Tolstoy, writer of War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Set opposed to the backdrop of Russia’s turbulent background on the flip of the 20 th century, The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy bargains a desirable examine a awesome period, a sophisticated artist, and the intense lady who stood at his side.

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The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4: The Passage of Power

By Robert A. Caro

Booklet 4 of Robert A. Caro’s enormous The Years of Lyndon Johnson screens all of the narrative strength and illuminating perception that led the Times of London to acclaim it as “one of the really nice political biographies of the trendy age.  A masterpiece.”

The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson via either the main challenging and the main successful sessions of his career—1958 to1964.  it's a time that will see him exchange the extreme strength he had created for himself as Senate Majority chief for what grew to become the wretched powerlessness of a vp in an management that disdained and distrusted him. but it was once, besides, the time within which the presidency, the target he had constantly pursued, will be thrust upon him within the second it took an assassin’s bullet to arrive its mark.

By 1958, as Johnson started to maneuver for the presidency, he was once often called probably the most awesome politicians of his time, the best Senate chief in our historical past. however the 1960 nomination might visit the younger senator from Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy. Caro supplies us an unprecedented account of the machinations at the back of either the nomination and Kennedy’s choice to provide Johnson the vice presidency, revealing the level of Robert Kennedy’s efforts to strength Johnson off the price tag. With the consummate ability of a grasp storyteller, he exposes the savage animosity among Johnson and Kennedy’s more youthful brother, portraying one among America’s nice political feuds. but Robert Kennedy’s overt contempt for Johnson was once merely a part of the weight of humiliation and isolation he bore as vice chairman. With a novel figuring out of Johnson’s center and brain, Caro describes what it used to be like for this strong baby-kisser to discover himself altogether powerless in an international during which energy is the the most important commodity.

            For the 1st time, in Caro’s breathtakingly vibrant narrative, we see the Kennedy assassination via Lyndon Johnson’s eyes. We watch Johnson step into the presidency, inheriting a employees fiercely unswerving to his slain predecessor; a Congress decided to continue its energy over the administrative department; and a kingdom in surprise and mourning. We see how inside weeks—grasping the reins of the presidency with ideally suited mastery—he propels via Congress crucial laws that on the time of Kennedy’s dying appeared hopelessly logjammed and seizes on a dormant Kennedy application to create the innovative warfare on Poverty. Caro makes transparent how the political genius with which Johnson had governed the Senate now enabled him to make the presidency totally his own.  This used to be surely Johnson’s most interesting hour, earlier than his aspirations and accomplishments have been overshadowed and eroded via the seize of Vietnam.

            In its exploration of this pivotal interval in Johnson’s life—and within the lifetime of the nation—The Passage of strength is not just the tale of ways he surmounted unheard of hindrances to be able to satisfy the top goal of the presidency yet is, to boot, a revelation of either the pragmatic capability within the presidency and what may be comprehensive while the executive govt has the imaginative and prescient and backbone to maneuver past the pragmatic and start up courses designed to remodel a nation.  it truly is an epic tale advised with a intensity of aspect attainable in basic terms during the peerless examine that kinds the root of Robert Caro’s paintings, confirming Nicholas von Hoffman’s verdict that “Caro has replaced the paintings of political biography.”

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A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

By Ben Macintyre

Master storyteller Ben Macintyre’s such a lot bold paintings up to now brings to lifestyles the twentieth century’s maximum undercover agent story.

Kim Philby was once the best undercover agent in heritage, a super and fascinating guy who rose to go Britain’s counterintelligence opposed to the Soviet Union in the course of the top of the chilly War—while he used to be secretly operating for the enemy. and no-one idea he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby’s ally and fellow officer in MI6. the 2 males had long past to a similar colleges, belonged to an identical unique golf equipment, grown shut during the crucible of wartime intelligence paintings and lengthy nights of drink and revelry. It used to be insanity for one to imagine the opposite may be a communist undercover agent, bent on subverting Western values and the facility of the loose world.
But Philby was once secretly betraying his pal. each observe Elliott breathed to Philby used to be transmitted again to Moscow—and not only Elliott’s phrases, for in the US, Philby had made one other robust buddy: James Jesus Angleton, the artful, paranoid head of CIA counterintelligence. Angleton's and Elliott’s unwitting disclosures helped Philby sink virtually every important Anglo-American undercover agent operation for two decades, best numerous operatives to their doom. at the same time the internet of suspicion closed round him, and Philby was once pushed to bigger lies to guard his conceal, his buddies by no means deserted him—until it used to be too overdue. the beautiful fact of his betrayal could have devastating results at the males who suggestion they knew him top, and at the intelligence providers he left crippled in his wake.
Told with heart-pounding suspense and prepared mental perception, and in line with own papers and never-before-seen British intelligence documents, A undercover agent between Friends is Ben Macintyre’s most sensible booklet but, a high-water mark in chilly struggle heritage telling.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance

By Alexander Zaitchik

Who is that this man and why are humans listening?

Forget Rush Limbaugh, invoice O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity—Glenn Beck is the Right’s new media darling and the unofficial chief of the conservative grassroots. Lampooned by means of the Left and Lionized by means of the some distance correct, his bluster-and-tears model of political statement has commandeered realization on each side of the aisle.

Glenn Beck has emerged over the past decade as a special and weird conservative icon for the hot century. He encourages his listeners to embody a cynical paranoia that slides simply right into a fantasyland choked with enemies that don't exist and ideas which are incoherent, at top. because the election of President Barack Obama, Beck’s bombastic, conspiratorial, and infrequently viciously own method of political strive against has made him the most arguable figures within the heritage of yankee broadcasting.

In Common Nonsense, investigative reporter Alexander Zaitchik explores Beck's unusual brew of scores lust, boundless ego, conspiratorial hard-right politics, and gimmicky morning-radio leisure chops.

  • Separates the proof from the fiction, following Beck from his adolescence to his contemporary upward push to the head of the conservative media heap
  • Zaitchik's fresh three-part sequence in Salon brought on rather a lot buzz, Beck felt the necessity to assault it on his exhibit
  • Based on Zaitchik's interviews with former Beck coworkers and evaluation of numerous Beck writings and tv and radio exhibits
  • Explains why Beck is usually crying, why he has such a lot of conservative enemies, why he is pushed through conspiracy theories, and why he is harmful to the health and wellbeing of the republic
  • A contributing author to Alternet, Zaitchik's reporting has seemed within the New Republic, the Nation, Salon, Wired, Reason, and the Believer

Beck, a perverse and high-impact media spectacle, has emerged as a pacesetter in a conservative protest stream that increases troubling questions on the way forward for American politics.

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The Blue Hour: A Life of Jean Rhys

By Lilian Pizzichini

A groundbreaking biography of a psychologically traumatized novelist who ceaselessly replaced the best way we glance at girls in fiction.

Jean Rhys (1890–1979) is better recognized for her 1966 novel Wide Sargasso Sea. A prequel to Jane Eyre, Rhys’s innovative paintings reimagined the tale of Bertha Rochester—the misunderstood “madwoman within the attic” who was once pushed to madness via cruelties past her keep an eye on. The Blue Hour plays the same exhumation of Rhys’s existence, which used to be haunted by means of demons from inside and with no. Its exam of Rhys’s ache and loss charts her determined trip from the jungles of Dominica to a British boarding institution, after which into an grownup existence scarred by means of 3 failed marriages, the deaths of her teenagers, and her lengthy conflict with alcoholism.

A enchanting evocation of a delicate and extraordinary brain, The Blue Hour explores the the most important aspect that eventually spared Rhys from the destiny of her most renowned protagonist: a genius that rescued her, repeatedly, from the abyss.

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Outsider in the White House

The political autobiography of the rebel presidential candidate

Bernie Sanders’s crusade for the presidency of the us has galvanized humans everywhere in the kingdom, placing financial, racial, and social justice into the highlight, and elevating hopes that americans can take their kingdom again from the billionaires and alter the process history.

during this e-book, Sanders tells the tale of a passionate and principled political existence. He describes how, after slicing his enamel within the Civil Rights circulate, he helped construct a grassroots political stream in Vermont, making it attainable for him to develop into the 1st self reliant elected to the U.S. condo of Representatives in 40 years. the tale maintains into the united states Senate and during the dramatic release of his presidential crusade.

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Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents

By Ellen Ullman

With a brand new advent by way of Jaron Lanier

A Salon most sensible e-book of the yr

In 1997, the pc was once nonetheless a comparatively new tool---a modern and unforgiving laptop that used to be past the take hold of of such a lot clients. With intimate and unflinching element, software program engineer Ellen Ullman examines the unusual ecstasy of being on the leading edge of the predominantly male technological revolution, and the trouble of translating the inherent messiness of human lifestyles into crafty and effective code. Close to the Machine is a chic and revelatory mediation at the sunrise of the electronic era.

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Who Was Charles Darwin?

By Deborah Hopkinson

As a tender boy, Charles Darwin hated college and was once frequently scolded forconducting “useless” experiments. but his ardour for the wildlife was once so powerful that he suffered via bad seasickness in the course of his five-year voyage aboard The Beagle. Darwin accrued new creatures from the coasts of Africa, South the US, and the Galapagos Islands, and increased his groundbreaking rules that will switch people's realizing of the flora and fauna. approximately a hundred illustrations and a transparent, interesting textual content will make Darwin and his conception of evolution an exhilarating discovery for each younger reader.

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