Catastrophe: An Investigation into the Origins of Modern Civilization

It was a catastrophe without precedent in recorded history: for months on end, starting in A.D. 535, a strange, dusky haze robbed much of the earth of normal sunlight. Crops failed in Asia and the Middle East as global weather patterns radically altered. Bubonic plague, exploding out of Africa, wiped out entire populations in Europe. Flood and drought brought ancient cultu It was a catastrophe without precedent in recorded history: for months on end, starting in A.D. 535, a strange, dusky haze robbed much of the earth of normal sunlight. Crops failed in Asia and the Middle East as global weather patterns radically altered. Bubonic plague, exploding out of Africa, wiped out entire populations in Europe. Flood and drought brought ancient cultures to the brink of collapse. In a matter of decades, the old order died and a new world—essentially the modern world as we know it today—began to emerge. In this fascinating, groundbreaking, totally accessible book, archaeological journalist David Keys dramatically reconstructs the global chain of revolutions that began in the catastrophe of A.D. 535, then offers a definitive explanation of how and why this cataclysm occurred on that momentous day centuries ago. The Roman Empire, the greatest power in Europe and the Middle East for centuries, lost half its territory in the century following the catastrophe. During the exact same period, the ancient southern Chinese state, weakened by economic turmoil, succumbed to invaders from the north, and a single unified China was born. Meanwhile, as restless tribes swept down from the central Asian steppes, a new religion known as Islam spread through the Middle East. As Keys demonstrates with compelling originality and authoritative research, these were not isolated upheavals but linked events arising from the same cause and rippling around the world like an enormous tidal wave. Keys's narrative circles the globe as he identifies the eerie fallout from the months of darkness: unprecedented drought in Central America, a strange yellow dust drifting like snow over eastern Asia, prolonged famine, and the hideous pandemic of the bubonic plague. With a superb command of ancient literatures and historical records, Keys makes hitherto unrecognized connections between the "wasteland" that overspread the British countryside and the fall of the great pyramid-building Teotihuacan civilization in Mexico, between a little-known "Jewish empire" in Eastern Europe and the rise of the Japanese nation-state, between storms in France and pestilence in Ireland. In the book's final chapters, Keys delves into the mystery at the heart of this global catastrophe: Why did it happen? The answer, at once surprising and definitive, holds chilling implications for our own precarious geopolitical future. Wide-ranging in its scholarship, written with flair and passion, filled with original insights, Catastrophe is a superb synthesis of history, science, and cultural interpretation. ...more

Ireland '98: The Complete Guide with Dublin Walks, Country Drives, Ancient Sites, Golf and Sh opping (Fodor's Gold Guides)

The best guide to Ireland, packed with essentials Country drives and city walks to museums and galleries, abbeys and monasteries, manors and castles Tweeds, linen, crafts, crystal--what to buy and where Fishing, hiking, biking, horse racing, Gaelic sports, and a comprehensive chapter on Irish golf A genealogical map with the 150 most common Irish names Pubs with literary flair, The best guide to Ireland, packed with essentials Country drives and city walks to museums and galleries, abbeys and monasteries, manors and castles Tweeds, linen, crafts, crystal--what to buy and where Fishing, hiking, biking, horse racing, Gaelic sports, and a comprehensive chapter on Irish golf A genealogical map with the 150 most common Irish names Pubs with literary flair, the creamiest pint, the most charming decor, and the wittiest conversation Where to stay and eat, no matter what your budget Castle resorts, swank hotels, country guest houses, charming B&Bs, and thatched cottages you can rent Chic international cuisine, Irish country gourmet fare, and the tastiest pub grub Fresh, thorough, practical--from writers you can trust Costs, hours, descriptions, and tips by the thousands All reviews based on visits by savvy writer-residents, including Dublin restaurant critic Georgina Campbell 42 pages of maps--and dozens of unique features Important Contacts A to Z; Smart Travel Tips; Fodor's Choice; What's Where; Pleasures & Pastimes; festivals; and more! ...more

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Cyrus Darian And The Technomicron

Winner of the Victorian Steampunk Society's Award for Best Novel of 2011 - Raven Dane's Cyrus Darian and the Technomicron - Steampunk, sex and magic - a breathtakingly heady mix you won't want to put down. The Technomicron: ancient, deadly, powerful. In 1860s London every seeker of power - natural or supernatural - wants to wield it; and will stop at nothing to get it. Ent Winner of the Victorian Steampunk Society's Award for Best Novel of 2011 - Raven Dane's Cyrus Darian and the Technomicron - Steampunk, sex and magic - a breathtakingly heady mix you won't want to put down. The Technomicron: ancient, deadly, powerful. In 1860s London every seeker of power - natural or supernatural - wants to wield it; and will stop at nothing to get it. Enter Cyrus Darian: hedonist, philanderer, alchemist and necromancer; hired by wealthy American Zachariah P. Dedman to find it.Dedman's life, the honour of his beautiful haughty daughter Athena and the future of the world; all depend on Cyrus Darian. What could possibly go wrong? ...more

Paths Toward Utopia: Graphic Explorations of Everyday Anarchism

Consisting of 10 collaborative picture-essays that weave poetic words with intricate yet bold images, this collection aims to challenge readers into thinking of community action in a positive light. Depicting what it would be like to live, every day, in a world created from below, where coercion and hierarchy are largely vestiges of the past, Paths Toward Utopia suggests s Consisting of 10 collaborative picture-essays that weave poetic words with intricate yet bold images, this collection aims to challenge readers into thinking of community action in a positive light. Depicting what it would be like to live, every day, in a world created from below, where coercion and hierarchy are largely vestiges of the past, Paths Toward Utopia suggests some of the practices that prefigure the self-organization that would be commonplace in an egalitarian society. This stirring book ultimately mines what people do in their daily lives for the already-existent gems of a freer future—premised on anarchistic ethics like cooperation and direct democracy. ...more

For Each New Day 2015 Planner

Get organized—and be inspired—every day of the year with the For Each New Day 15-month planner, featuring the beloved verse of Helen Steiner Rice. It’s packed with practical tools and inspiring spiritual wisdom. Featuring monthly and weekly calendars, a year-at-a-glance section, pages for frequent contacts, and more, this planner offers an important reminder for you: becau Get organized—and be inspired—every day of the year with the For Each New Day 15-month planner, featuring the beloved verse of Helen Steiner Rice. It’s packed with practical tools and inspiring spiritual wisdom. Featuring monthly and weekly calendars, a year-at-a-glance section, pages for frequent contacts, and more, this planner offers an important reminder for you: because of God, each new day is reason to celebrate! ...more

Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man

Coiled like a snake at the base of the spine, kundalini is the spiritual force that lies dormant in every human being. Once awakened, often through meditation and yoga practices, it rises up the spine and finds expression in the form of spiritual knowledge, mystical vision, psychic powers, and ultimately, enlightenment. This is the classic first-person account of Gopi Kris Coiled like a snake at the base of the spine, kundalini is the spiritual force that lies dormant in every human being. Once awakened, often through meditation and yoga practices, it rises up the spine and finds expression in the form of spiritual knowledge, mystical vision, psychic powers, and ultimately, enlightenment. This is the classic first-person account of Gopi Krishna, an ordinary Indian householder who, at the age of thirty-four, after years of unsupervised meditation, suddenly experienced the awakening of kundalini during his morning practice. The story of this transformative experience, and the author's struggle to find balance amid a variety of powerful physiological and psychic side effects, forms the core of the book. His detailed descriptions of his dramatic inner experiences and symptoms such as mood swings, eating disorders, and agonizing sensations of heat—and of how, with the help of his wife, he finally stabilized at a higher level of consciousness—make this one of the most valuable classics of spiritual awakening available. ...more