Identifies and profiles thirteen would-be significant contributors to scientific history whose revolutionary ideas were reduced to obscurity because of bad timing or unsurmountable obstacles. Reprint.
Describes how the first giraffe seen in France was captured in Africa and transported thousands of miles to Paris in a plan by the Ottoman Viceroy of Egypt, who hoped his gift would persuade Charles X not to interfere in his war with the Greeks
Profiles thirteen scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, adventurers, and writers who once basked in glory, but faded into obscurity due to failed experiments, bad luck, and the signs of madness.
The critically acclaimed, best-selling author of A History of God examines the origins and history of the religious traditions of the world during the ninth century B.C.E. Axial Age in four distinct regions of the world—Confucianism and Daoism in China, Hinduism and Buddhism in India, monotheism in Israel, and philosophical rationalism in Greece. 100,000 first printing.
The author describes growing up with her Vietnam veteran father, a man haunted by his wartime experiences, and details their commitment to each other despite the anger, unhealed scars, and outrageous behavior that permeated their lives.
Draws on interviews with General Tommy Franks, Condoleeza Rice, and other officials and military personnel to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the decision-making process that determined the nature of American involvement in Iraq.
In a series of essays, more than one hundred of the world's leading thinkers—including Daniel Dennett, Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, Jared Diamond, and Freeman Dyson—reveal what they believe despite a current lack of supporting evidence about such topics as the future of humankind, the fate of the universe, and extraterrestrial life.
Discusses the creation of Jewish settlements in territories seized following the 1967 Six-Day War, the actions and inactions that led to the move into occupied regions, and the long-term implications of the move.
A portrait of the American orator describes his unique role as a leader of the Christian left and his seminal place in both American politics and religion in the volatile political landscape of turn-of-the-century America.
On October 23, 1998, Buffalo abortion provider Barnett Slepian was killed by a sniper's bullet fired through the kitchen window of his home. Days later, police informed another local doctor, Shalom Press, that they had received a threat warning that he was "next on the list." Within hours the Press household was under federal marshal protection. America's violent struggle over abortion—which had already claimed the lives of five doctors and clinic workers—had come to Buffalo. Press's son combines a retelling of his family's experience with firsthand accounts of protesters arrested outside his father's office, patients who braved the gauntlet of demonstrators, and politicians who attempted to appease both sides. Here we see, as never before, the people behind the absolute convictions that have divided our nation for the past three decades.—From publisher description.A journalist describes how his father, a Buffalo, New York, obstetrician, became the target of anti-abortion activists, a campaign that led to the 1998 murder of a colleague, Dr. Barnett Slepian.
Traces the evolution of a literary form of journalism within the context of the history of America since the end of the Second World War, offering incisive profiles of such gifted writers as John Hershey, Tom Wolfe, Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson, and Joan Didion in terms of their lasting influence on American journalism and cultural life.