Skirmishes at the Edge of Empire

Author: David Tucker

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275957629

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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This work is an analysis of the United States' efforts to combat terrorism from the Nixon to the Clinton administrations, drawing important strategic and tactical lessons from our successes and failures. A must read for scholars and professionals in international relations, foreign policy, and military/political affairs.

On the Edge of Infinity

Author: Clemens Cavallin

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 1621642607

Category: Religion

Page: 300

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This book tells the story of Michael O'Brien, one of the most popular Catholic novelists and painters of our times. It covers his life from his childhood in the Canadian Arctic to the crucial decision in 1976 to devote himself wholly to Christian sacred arts, followed by his inspiration to write fiction and his best-selling apocalyptic novel, Father Elijah. The story then continues to the present with explorations of O'Brien's other works. O'Brien's life is one of struggle against all odds to reestablish Christian culture in the materialist void created by the modern Western world. It is a timely reminder of hope in trials and sufferings, of endurance during marginalization and poverty. This is the first biography of O'Brien, and it also provides an introduction to his novels, paintings, and essays. The author, Clemens Cavallin, was granted unrestricted access to Michael O'Brien's personal archive, including his diary from the late 1970s until the present day. By revealing sides of O'Brien's interior creative life--including mystical experiences, spiritual battles, and illuminations—he has painted a portrait of a contemporary visual and literary artist whose inspiration arises from an intense fusion of imagination and active faith.

At the Edge of Empire

Author: University Eric Hinderaker,Eric Hinderaker,Peter C. Mancall,University Peter C Mancall

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801871375

Category: History

Page: 210

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During the 17th century, the Western border region of North America which existed just beyond the British imperial reach became an area of opportunity, intrigue and conflict for the diverse peoples - Europeans and Indians alike - who lived there. This book examines the complex society there.

The Phone Box at the Edge of the World

Author: Laura Imai Messina

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781786580399

Category: Bereavement

Page: 400

View: 4122

A sweeping, moving novel that is becoming an international sensation - based on an incredible true story.

Standing at the Edge

Author: Joan Halifax

Publisher: Flatiron Books

ISBN: 1250101360

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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"Joan Halifax is a clearheaded and fearless traveler and in this book...she offers us a map of how to travel courageously and fruitfully, for our own benefit and the benefit of all beings." —From the foreword by Rebecca Solnit Standing at the Edge is an evocative examination of how we can respond to suffering, live our fullest lives, and remain open to the full spectrum of our human experience. Joan Halifax has enriched thousands of lives around the world through her work as a humanitarian, a social activist, an anthropologist, and as a Buddhist teacher. Over many decades, she has also collaborated with neuroscientists, clinicians, and psychologists to understand how contemplative practice can be a vehicle for social transformation. Through her unusual background, she developed an understanding of how our greatest challenges can become the most valuable source of our wisdom—and how we can transform our experience of suffering into the power of compassion for the benefit of others. Halifax has identified five psychological territories she calls Edge States—altruism, empathy, integrity, respect, and engagement—that epitomize strength of character. Yet each of these states can also be the cause of personal and social suffering. In this way, these five psychological experiences form edges, and it is only when we stand at these edges that we become open to the full range of our human experience and discover who we really are. Recounting the experiences of caregivers, activists, humanitarians, politicians, parents, and teachers, incorporating the wisdom of Zen traditions and mindfulness practices, and rooted in Halifax's groundbreaking research on compassion, Standing at the Edge is destined to become a contemporary classic. A powerful guide on how to find the freedom we seek for others and ourselves, it is a book that will serve us all.


Author: Roger Lewin

Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company


Category: Science

Page: 208

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Introduces the pioneers of complexity theory--from Heinz Pagels to Brian Arthur--examines the theory's components, and explains its value in the effort to achieve a unification of the life sciences. By the author of Bones of Contention.

On the Edge of Destruction

Author: Celia Stopnicka Heller

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814324943

Category: History

Page: 383

View: 1374

The Holocaust virtually destroyed the Jews of Poland, once a community of more than three million, constituting ten percent of the population, and the oldest continuous Jewish community in a European country. On the Edge of Destruction looks at the rich and complex nature of that community and the tremendous pressures under which it lived before the tragic end.

At the Edge of Uncertainty

Author: Michael Brooks

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781781251287


Page: 304

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The atom. The Big Bang. DNA. Natural selection. All ideas that have revolutionised science - and that were dismissed out of hand when they first appeared. The surprises haven't stopped: here, Michael Brooks, bestselling author of 13 Things that Don't Make Sense, investigates the new wave of unexpected insights that are shaping the future of scientific discovery.Through eleven radical new insights, Brooks takes us to the extreme frontiers of what we understand about the world. He journeys from the observations that might rewrite our history of the universe, through the novel biology behind our will to live, and on to the physiological root of consciousness. Along the way, he examines how the underrepresentation of women in clinical trials means that many of the drugs we use are less effective on women than men and more likely to have adverse effects, explores how merging humans with other species might provide a solution to the shortage of organ donors, and finds out if there is such a thing as the will to live.When we think about science, we often think of iron-clad facts. But today more than ever, our unshakeable truths have been shaken apart. As Michael Brooks reveals, the best science is about open-mindedness, imagination and a love of mind-boggling adventures at the edge of uncertainty.

At the Edge of History and Passages about Earth

Author: William Irwin Thompson

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9780940262324

Category: History

Page: 446

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Seminal works of cultural history that changed the way we think about ourselves.

Fear at the Edge

Author: Juan E. Corradi,Patricia Weiss Fagen,Manuel Antonio Garretón,Manuel Antonio Garretón Merino

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520077058

Category: History

Page: 301

View: 7252

"A genuinely interdisciplinary work . . . the best attempt I have ever seen at a truly unified intellectuals' approach to an important issue."—Timothy Wickham-Crowley, Georgetown University "Very seldom does a collected volume achieve the academic quality and internal coherence that one sees in this case. It is a major contribution to comparative research on post-authoritarian situations."—Carlos Waisman, University of California, San Diego