• You Must Change Your Life
    You Must Change Your Life
    ISBN: 9780745649221
    Title: You Must Change Your Life
    Author: SLOTERDIJK PETER

    In his major investigation into the nature of humans, Peter Sloterdijk presents a critique of myth - the myth of the return of religion. For it is not religion that is returning; rather, there is something else quite profound that is taking on increasing significance in the present: the human as a practising, training being, one that creates itself through exercises and thereby transcends itself. Rainer Maria Rilke formulated the drive towards such self-training in the early twentieth century in the imperative 'You must change your life'.

    In making his case for the expansion of the practice zone for individuals and for society as a whole, Sloterdijk develops a fundamental and fundamentally new anthropology. The core of his science of the human being is an insight into the self-formation of all things human. The activity of both individuals and collectives constantly comes back to affect them: work affects the worker, communication the communicator, feelings the feeler.

    It is those humans who engage expressly in practice that embody this mode of existence most clearly: farmers, workers, warriors, writers, yogis, rhetoricians, musicians or models. By examining their training plans and peak performances, this book offers a panorama of exercises that are necessary to be, and remain, a human being.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $46.00

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  • Young Hitler: Making Of The Fuhrer
    Young Hitler: Making Of The Fuhrer
    ISBN: 9780143786559
    Title: Young Hitler: Making Of The Fuhrer
    Author: HAM PAUL

    WHEN ADOLF HITLER went to war in 1914, aged 25, he lived through what he would later call the 'most stupendous experience of my life'. Twice decorated for bravery, the future dictator thrilled to battle, relished violence and was willing to give everything for his beloved Fatherland. He heard of Germany's defeat as he lay immobilised in a hospital bed, temporarily blinded from mustard gas. He opened his eyes on a terrible new world, of Germany's loss and humiliation, the flight of the Kaiser, a Marxist uprising in Bavaria and the destruction of his beloved army. Hitler would never accept Germany's defeat or the terms of the peace settlement. Out of his fury arose an unquenchable thirst for revenge, against the 'November criminals' who had signed the armistice; against the socialists whom he blamed for stabbing the army in the back; and, most violently, against the Jews, on whom he would load the blame for all Germany's woes and whom he considered a direct threat to the German master race of his imagination. The seeds of that hatred lay in Hitler's youthful experiences, growing up in Linz, Vienna and Munich, and as a young soldier in the Great War. By peeling back the layers of Hitler's childhood, war record and early political career, Paul Ham's Young Hitler- The Making of the F3hrer conjures the ordinary man beneath the myth and seeks to solve the riddle behind the enigma of the Nazi leader. What turned 'a Viennese bum', as Goring later damned him, into one of the most brutal dictators in human history? How had Hitler's first war, the defining years of his life, affect his rise to power? In a broader sense, was Hitler a freak of history? Or rather an extreme example of a recurring 'type' of demagogue, who thrives in chaos, revolution and economic collapse? Who will do and say anything to seize power? And who personifies in his words and actions the darkest prejudices of humankind?

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Young Stalin
    Young Stalin
    ISBN: 9780753823798
    Title: Young Stalin
    Author: SEBAG-MONTEFIORE SIMON

    Stalin remains one of the creators of our world - like Hitler, the personification of evil. Yet Stalin hid his past and remains mysterious. This enthralling biography that reads like a thriller finally unveils the secret but extraordinary journey of the Georgian cobbler's son who became the Red Tsar. What forms such a merciless psychopath and consummate politician? Was he illegitimate? Did he owe everything to his mother - was she whore or saint? Was he a Tsarist agent or Lenin's chief gangster? Was he to blame for his wife's premature death? If he really missed the 1917 Revolution, how did he emerge so powerful? Born in poverty, exceptional in his studies, this charismatic but dangerous boy was hailed as a romantic poet, trained as a priest, but found his mission as fanatical revolutionary. The secret world of Joseph Conrad-style terrorism was Stalin's natural habitat, where he charmed his future courtiers, made the enemies he later liquidated, and abandoned his many mistresses and children. Montefiore shows how the murderous paranoia and gangsterism of the criminal underworld, combined with pitiless ideology, taught Stalin how to triumph in the Kremlin.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War
    Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War
    ISBN: 9780393336863
    Title: Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War
    Author: ALEXIEVICH SVETLANA

    From 1979 to 1989 a million Soviet troops engaged in a devastating war in Afghanistan that claimed 50,000 casualties--and the youth and humanity of many tens of thousands more. Creating controversy and outrage when it was first published in the USSR--it was called by reviewers there a "slanderous piece of fantasy" and part of a "hysterical chorus of malign attacks"--Zinky Boys presents the candid and affecting testimony of the officers and grunts, nurses and prostitutes, mothers, sons, and daughters who describe the war and its lasting effects. What emerges is a story that is shocking in its brutality and revelatory in its similarities to the American experience in Vietnam. The Soviet dead were shipped back in sealed zinc coffins (hence the term "Zinky Boys"), while the state denied the very existence of the conflict. Svetlana Alexievich brings us the truth of the Soviet-Afghan War: the beauty of the country and the savage Army bullying, the killing and the mutilation, the profusion of Western goods, the shame and shattered lives of returned veterans. Zinky Boys offers a unique, harrowing, and unforgettably powerful insight into the realities of war.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00
    $34.00
  • Zone of the Marvellous: In Search of the Antipodes
    Zone of the Marvellous: In Search of the Antipodes
    ISBN: 9781869404475
    Title: Zone of the Marvellous: In Search of the Antipodes
    Author: EDMOND MARTIN

    Australia and New Zealand were imagined for thousands of years before they became real. From Plato's Atlantis to Dante's Mount Purgatory, from Sinbad the Sailor to Abel Tasman, travellers, writers, map-makers and charlatans have dreamt of an other world on the opposite side of the Northern Hemisphere. Martin Edmond's 4000-year history of the antipodes in the Western imagination has an extraordinary intellectual breadth and imaginative reach. Beginning with the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, Edmond reveals the allure of an antipodal world from the earliest Western writing. While Ptolemy proposed a Great South Land to balance the weight of the Northern Hemisphere continents on his maps, and Phoenician, Greek and Roman sailors began voyaging down the African coast, thinkers from Dante to Defoe were imagining paradise (or its opposite) at the bottom of the South Seas. Would you find pearls or purgatory or lost tribes in the antipodes? And whose fantastic tales should you trust? Even though the South Seas were discovered and settled over the last few centuries, Edmond finds that the tradition of the marvellous antipodes has exerted a powerful hold over artists and writers such as Sidney Nolan, Shane Cotton, James K Baxter and Janet Frame.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Zulu Rising: the Epic Story of Isandlwana & Rorkes Drift
    Zulu Rising: the Epic Story of Isandlwana & Rorkes Drift
    ISBN: 9780330445931
    Title: Zulu Rising: the Epic Story of Isandlwana & Rorkes Drift
    Author: KNIGHT IAN

    A gripping and vivid account of one of the British army's most famous battles The battle of iSandlwana was the single most destructive incident in the 150-year history of the British colonisation of South Africa. In one bloody day over 800 British troops, 500 of their allies and at least 2000 Zulus were killed in a staggering defeat for the British empire. The consequences of the battle echoed brutally across the following decades as Britain took ruthless revenge on the Zulu people. In Zulu RisingIan Knight shows that the brutality of the battle was the result of an inevitable clash between two aggressive warrior traditions. For the first time he gives full weight to the Zulu experience and explores the reality of the fighting through the eyes of men who took part on both sides, looking into the human heart of this savage conflict. Based on new research, including previously unpublished material, Zulu oral history, and new archaeological evidence from the battlefield, this is the definitive account of a battle that has shaped the political fortunes of the Zulu people to this day.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Zulu Warriors - the Battle for the South African Frontier
    Zulu Warriors - the Battle for the South African Frontier
    ISBN: 9780300209198
    Title: Zulu Warriors - the Battle for the South African Frontier
    Author: LABAND JOHN


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Zulu Warriors - the Battle for the South African Frontier
    Zulu Warriors - the Battle for the South African Frontier
    ISBN: 9780300180312
    Title: Zulu Warriors - the Battle for the South African Frontier
    Author: LABAND JOHN


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $95.00
    $95.00
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