'The Scum of the Earth'

Author: Colin Brown

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 075096426X

Category: History

Page: 224

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The Scum of the Earth follows the men Wellington called just that from victory at Waterloo to a Regency Britain at war with itself, and explodes some of the myths on the way; such as that the defeat of Napoleon ended the threat of revolution spreading from France. Did the victorious soldiers return to a land fit for heroes? They did not. There was the first of the Corn Laws in the same year as the battle, there was famine and chronic unemployment. In 1819, the Peterloo massacre saw 15 killed and at least 500 injured when cavalry sabred a crowd demanding parliamentary reform. Peace in Europe perhaps for 50 years – but at home, repression and revolution in the air. And at the same time, the sheer exuberance of the Regency period, with new buildings, new art, even 17 new colonies more or less accidentally acquired. By 1848 the whole of Europe was once more set for complete upheaval. There is no one better to take a cold, hard look at the battle itself and its aftermath, in order to save us from an anniversary of misty-eyed backslapping, than political editor Colin Brown.

Salt of the Earth

Author: Sally Spencer

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1409126609

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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The first novel in the wonderful East End saga from the author of UP OUR STREET Becky Taylor is born the last of seven children into a poor working class family during the heyday of the Industrial Revolution. Her mother is exhausted by poverty and child-bearing; her father has given the best years of his life to Worrells salt works as a miner. But in spite of the hardships, Becky grows up in a family full of warmth, loyalty and determination. Spanning twenty, this is at once a family saga and a story of the indomitable working class spirit; it is also the story of a beautiful women who is determined to rise about her origins and lead a better life. Her challenge is to achieve her dreams without losing the friends and family to whom she owes everything.

New Wave of American Heavy Metal

Author: Garry Sharpe-Young

Publisher: Zonda Books Limited

ISBN: 0958268401

Category: Music

Page: 376

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Provides an alphabetical listing of artists of the "New Wave of American Heavy Metal" (NWoAHM), including name, official World Wide Web site address, and band member line-up, followed by a biography and discography. Additional information available via the Rock & Metal database at www.rockdetector.com.

Hollywood's Censor

Author: Thomas Doherty,Thomas Patrick Doherty

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231143591

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 427

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Cultural historian Thomas Doherty tells the story of Joseph I. Breen, a media-savvy Victorian Irishman, who controlled Hollywood's Production Code Administration from 1934 to 1954. Breen's role in this Hollywood office was to censor American motion pictures.

Life, Death, and the Western Way of War

Author: Lorenzo Zambernardi

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019267403X

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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Life, Death, and the Western Way of War traces when and how western soldiers—once regarded as simple fighting tools—became the far less expendable beings that we know today. In Kant's terms, the study traces the process through which soldiers have been turned from mere military means into ends in themselves. The book argues that such a major transformation is largely the result of a shift in the social meaning ascribed to soldiers' death. It suggests that looking at death can somehow provide a privileged angle to understanding the value that societies attach to life. The narrative emerging from the empirical evidence will show that the story of attitudes towards soldiers' death is the story of a gradual, increasing process of individualization in the social meaning attached to human loss in war. Such a development, which took centuries to emerge in full, was neither simple nor linear. It was a process that the state was temporarily able to frame in the collective narrative of the nation, but which ultimately has seen the increasing importance of the life of the individual soldier. In tracing the process through which soldiers have been turned from an amorphous collective into distinct individuals, this book shows how the emphasis on the primacy of the individual has further eroded the effectiveness of western warfare as an instrument of foreign policy. In particular, the modern, liberal conception of the soldier has had the unintended consequence of jeopardizing the Clausewitzian relationship between military means and political ends.

The Dictionary of Military and Naval Quotations

Author: Robert Heinl, Jr.

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

ISBN: 1612513573

Category: History

Page: 412

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The quotations in this unique dictionary cover all aspects of the military art-war, personalities, traditions and customs, weapons and equipment, as well as virtues and failings. It is a fascinating and comprehensive collection which includes over 5000 quotations and spans the past two thousand years. The words of Catherine the Great are here, along with those of Churchill, Shakespeare, Nimitz, Clausewitz, Kant, and John F. Kennedy. Napoleon I and Thomas Jefferson share a page with Robert E. lee and Alfred Thayer Mahan. The scope of the subject matter covered by the quotations is extensive. The table of rubrics runs between Action to Zeal with 365 pages in between. Aggression, Causes of War, Détente, Duty, Loyalty, Luck, Profanity, Recruits, Victory, Weapons, and Women are but a few of the headings. Quotations under each entry appear in chronological order. Transcending the barriers of the profession of arms, there is much here for the student, the teacher, the historian, the politician, the reference specialist, the public speaker, and the interested reader. The words of hundreds of the world’s greatest philosophers, poets, admirals, generals, prophets, and politicians serve both to inspire and to remind us of Santayana’s words: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Hidden Women of the Gospels

Author: Kathy Coffey

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 1570754772

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 179

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A shepherdess who raced to the manger...a bride who saw Jesus turn water into wine...these are among the more than twenty rich imaginings of women hinted at in the Gospels, whose stories will enthrall and inspire.

The Essential Elements of Sex

Author: Eryn-Faye Frans, LL.B.

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1475955308

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 264

View: 9504


The Essential Elements of Sex; provides you with the building blocks you need for the sex life you have always hoped for and dreamed about in your marriage. We are facing an epidemic of divorce in the church, and the dirty little secret is that these marriages are falling apart because we, as Christians, are woefully unprepared for the most taboo aspect of our relationship—sex. The Essential Elements of Sex outlines information crucial to the foundation of sexual intimacy and describes the nine essential elements necessary to build a strong, sustainable partnership. Eryn-Faye Frans combines the authoritative research of some of the most renowned experts in the field with her own experience coaching thousands of individuals and couples across North America. In The Essential Elements of Sex, she provides a biblically based, scientifically established understanding of the issues men and women face in the bedroom. She debunks myths about sexual intimacy, provides answers to commonly asked questions, offers tips and how-tos, and suggests practical exercises that can improve communication, intimacy and appreciation for each other.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Companion

Author: Stefan Jaworzyn

Publisher: Titan Books

ISBN: 1781164975

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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In 1974, a low-budget, no-star horror movie was unleashed on the world, causing panic among the censors and provoking glee from its intended audience. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is still as powerful today as when it was first seen almost thirty years ago, and will return to the screens in a high profile remake this Halloween. Now, in this long-awaited companion to Tobe Hooper's groundbreaking film, Stefan Jaworzyn gives us the inside story of one of the most successful, controversial and influential horror films ever made, as well as in-depth coverage of the three sequels, various documentaries and other movies also based on the life of serial killer Ed Gein. Packed with exclusive interviews, rare and unseen pictures, and with a foreword from the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface himself, Gunnar Hansen!