Brave New World

Brave New World Description:

Far in the future the World Controllers have created the ideal society Through clever use of genetic engineering brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill defined longing to break free A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old imperfect life still continues may be the cure for his distress br br Huxley s ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece

Rating: 3.54 out of 5

Pride and Prejudice: A complete and unabridged illustrated edition of one of the world's best-loved novels

Pride and Prejudice: A complete and unabridged illustrated edition of one of the world's best-loved novels Description:

Pride and Prejudice is one of the best loved and most intimately known of Jane Austen s novels Her sense of comedy and satire makes this an enduring classic of English literature

Rating: 3.68 out of 5

Animal Farm George Orwell World Wide Unique Media

Animal Farm George Orwell World Wide Unique Media Description:

Animal Farm is a dystopian novel by George Orwell br A farm is taken over by its overworked mistreated animals With flaming idealism and stirring slogans they set out to create a paradise of progress justice and equality Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned a razor edged fairy tale for grown ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible

Rating: 3.29 out of 5

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: The World's Great Drama: Drama Centered Language Arts Activities

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: The World's Great Drama: Drama Centered Language Arts Activities Description:

In i Romeo and Juliet i Shakespeare creates a world of violence and generational conflict in which two young people fall in love and die because of that love The story is rather extraordinary in that the normal problems faced by young lovers are here so very large It is not simply that the families of Romeo and Juliet disapprove of the lover s affection for each other rather the Montagues and the Capulets are on opposite sides in a blood feud and are trying to kill each other on the streets of Verona Every time a member of one of the two families dies in the fight his relatives demand the blood of his killer Because of the feud if Romeo is discovered with Juliet by her family he will be killed Once Romeo is banished the only way that Juliet can avoid being married to someone else is to take a potion that apparently kills her so that she is burried with the bodies of her slain relatives In this violent death filled world the movement of the story from love at first sight to the union of the lovers in death seems almost inevitable br p What is so striking about this play is that despite its extraordinary setting one perhaps reflecting Elizabethan attitudes about hot blooded Italians it has become the quintessential story of young love Because most young lovers feel that they have to overcome giant obstacles in order to be together because they feel that they would rather die than be kept apart and especially because the language Shakespeare gives his young lovers is so exquisite allowing them to say to each other just what we would all say to a lover if we only knew how it is easy to respond to this play as if it were about all young lovers rather than about a particular couple in a very unusual world When the play was rewritten in the eighteen century as i The History and Fall of Caius Marius i the violent setting became that of a particularly discordant period in classical Rome when Leonard Berstein rewrote the play as i West Side Story i he chose the violent world of New York street gangs p

Rating: 3.47 out of 5

Jane Eyre (The World's Best Reading)

Jane Eyre (The World's Best Reading) Description:

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield falls in love with Mr Rochester and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed br br With a heroine full of yearning the dangerous secrets she encounters and the choices she finally makes Charlotte Bronte s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers

Rating: 3.36 out of 5

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Description:

b blockquote In her long awaited new book Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in i a href https www goodreads com book show Seabiscuit title Seabiscuit rel nofollow Seabiscuit a i Telling an unforgettable story of a man s journey into extremity Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind body and spirit blockquote b On a May afternoon in an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil gasoline and blood Then on the ocean surface a face appeared It was that of a young lieutenant the plane s bombardier who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War p The lieutenant s name was Louis Zamperini In boyhood he d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent breaking into houses brawling and fleeing his home to ride the rails As a teenager he had channeled his defiance into running discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four minute mile But when war had come the athlete had become an airman embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight a tiny raft and a drift into the unknown p p Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean leaping sharks a foundering raft thirst and starvation enemy aircraft and beyond a trial even greater Driven to the limits of endurance Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity suffering with hope resolve and humor brutality with rebellion His fate whether triumph or tragedy would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will p

Rating: 3.40 out of 5

Wuthering Heights (The World's Best Reading)

Wuthering Heights (The World's Best Reading) Description:

Emily Bront s only novel a work of tremendous and far reaching influence the Penguin Classics edition of Wuthering Heights is the definitive edition of the text edited with an introduction by Pauline Nestor Lockwood the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange situated on the bleak Yorkshire moors is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights the home of his landlord There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before of the intense relationship between the gypsy foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw and how Catherine forced to choose between passionate tortured Heathcliff and gentle well bred Edgar Linton surrendered to the expectations of her class As Heathcliff s bitterness and vengeance at his betrayal is visited upon the next generation their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past

Rating: 3.65 out of 5

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (World's Best-Loved Books)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (World's Best-Loved Books) Description:

Mark Twain s brilliant th century novel has long been recognized as one of the finest examples of American literature It brings back the irrepressible and free spirited Huck first introduced in i The Adventures of Tom Sawyer i and puts him center stage Rich in authentic dialect folksy humor and sharp social commentary Twain s classic tale follows Huck and the runaway slave Jim on an exciting journey down the Mississippi

Rating: 3.54 out of 5

Frankenstein (The World's Best Reading)

Frankenstein (The World's Best Reading) Description:

Mary Shelley s Frankenstein is the world s most famous Gothic novel about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment Shelley s work is considered to be the world s first science fiction with Frankenstein s monster being a symbol of science gone awry Shelley s masterpiece has inspired numerous films plays and other books This the edition contains the author s final revisions

Rating: 3.78 out of 5

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility Description:

Sens and Sensibility s two heroines so utterly unlike each other undergo the most violent passions when they are separated from the men they love What differentiates them and gives this extraordinary book its complexity and brilliance is the way each expresses her suffering Marianne young impetuous ardent falls into paroxysms of grief when she is rejected by the dashing John Willoughby while her sister Elinor wiser more sensible more self controlled masks her despair when it appears that Edward Ferrars is to marry the mean spirited and cunning Lucy Steele All of course ends happily but not until Elinor s sense and Mariannes sensibility have equally worked to reveal the profound emotional life that runs beneath the surface of Austen s immaculate art

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs

Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs Description:

b From Back Cover b br Described by the i New York Times i as an exploder of received truths Noam Chomsky is an articulate opponent of political hypocrisy state brutality and abuse of power i Rogue States i is the result of his tireless efforts to measure the world s superpowers by their own standards and to hold them responsible for the acts they commit in the name of their people br br The United States and its allies come in for particular scrutiny for their numerous blatant violations of the very international laws they claim to uphold With analysis of the United States s bombing campaign against Iraq NATO S intervention in Kosovo US support for a regime terror in East Timor and the political crisis in Colombia Chomsky interrogates the rhetoric of Western foreign policy to reveal the insidious interests behind insupportable actions from paralyzing economic sanctions to surgical military strikes br br Chomsky also turns his penetrating gaze towards continuing US involvement in the Middle East Southeast Asia the Caribbean and Latin America to trace the enduring combined effects of military domination and economic imperialism on these Regions br br Throughout Chomsky reveals the United States s increasingly open dismissal of United Nations resolutions the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international legal precedent in justifying its motives and actions As his analysis of US statecraft and warmongering amply reveals the rule of law has been reduced to a mere nuisance in the United States s brazen bid for the title of rogue state br br Noam Chomsky Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a world renowned linguist philosopher and political analyst He writes extensively and lectures around the world on international affairs US foreign policy and human rights He has published many books with South End Press including i Fateful Triangle The United States Israel and the Palestinians i and i Powers and Prospects Reflections on Human Nature and the Social Order i br br br b Table of Contents b Rogues Gallery Who Qualifies br Rogue States br Crisis in the Balkans br East Timor Retrospective br Plan Colombia br Cuba and the US Government David vs Goliath br Putting on the Pressure Latin America br Jubilee br Recovering Rights A Crooked Path br The United States and the Challenge of Universality br The Legacy of War br Millennium Greetings br Power in the Domestic Arena br Socioeconomic Sovereignty br Notes br Index br b An Excerpt from i Rogue States i by Noam Chomsky b br The concept of rogue state plays a pre eminent role today in policy planning and analysis br The current Iraq crisis is only the latest example Washington and London declared Iraq a rogue state a threat to its neighbors and to the entire world an outlaw nation led by a reincarnation of Hitler who must be contained by the guardians of world order the United States and its British junior partner to adopt the term ruefully employed by the British foreign office half a century ago The concept merits a close look br br A secret study of the Strategic Command which is responsible for the strategic nuclear arsenal outlines the basic thinking Released through the Freedom of Information Act the study i Essentials of Post Cold War Deterrence i shows how the United States shifted its deterrent strategy from the defunct Soviet Union to so called rogue states such as Iraq Libya Cuba and North Korea AP reports The study advocates that the US exploit its nuclear arsenal to portray itself as irrational and vindictive if its vital interests are attacked That should be a part of the national persona we project to all adversaries in particular the rogue states It hurts to portray ourselves as too fully rational and cool headed let alone committed to such silliness as international law and treaty obligations The fact that some elements of the US government may appear to be potentially out of control can be beneficial to creating and reinforcing fears and doubts within the minds of an adversary s decision makers The report resurrects Nixon s madman theory our enemies should recognize that we are crazed and unpredictable with extraordin

Rating: 3.34 out of 5

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking Description:

At least one third of the people we know are introverts They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking reading to partying who innovate and create but dislike self promotion who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams Although they are often labeled quiet it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society from van Gogh s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer br br Passionately argued impressively researched and filled with indelible stories of real people i Quiet i shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts and how much we lose in doing so Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie s birthplace to Harvard Business School from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the twentieth century and explores its far reaching effects She talks to Asian American students who feel alienated from the brash backslapping atmosphere of American schools She questions the dominant values of American business culture where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked And she draws on cutting edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts br br Perhaps most inspiring she introduces us to successful introverts from a witty high octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks to a record breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions Finally she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be a pretend extrovert br br This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and equally important how introverts see themselves

Rating: 3.80 out of 5

The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs

The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs Description:

Does America as George W Bush has proclaimed have a special mission derived from God to bring liberty and democracy to the world How much influence does the Christian right have over U S foreign policy And how should America deal with violent Islamist extremists br br Madeleine Albright the former secretary of state and bestselling author of em Madam Secretary em offers a thoughtful and often surprising look at the role of religion in shaping America s approach to the world Drawing upon her experiences while in office and her own deepest beliefs about morality the United States and the present state of world affairs a woman noted for plain speaking offers her thoughts about the most controversial topics of our time

Rating: 3.50 out of 5

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War Description:

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity Max Brooks driven by the urgency of preserving the acid etched first hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet He recorded the testimony of men women and sometimes children who came face to face with the living or at least the undead hell of that dreadful time World War Z is the result Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance that gripped human society through the plague years br br Ranging from the now infamous village of New Dachang in the United Federation of China where the epidemiological trail began with the twelve year old Patient Zero to the unnamed northern forests where untold numbers sought a terrible and temporary refuge in the cold to the United States of Southern Africa where the Redeker Plan provided hope for humanity at an unspeakable price to the west of the Rockies redoubt where the North American tide finally started to turn this invaluable chronicle reflects the full scope and duration of the Zombie War br br Most of all the book captures with haunting immediacy the human dimension of this epochal event Facing the often raw and vivid nature of these personal accounts requires a degree of courage on the part of the reader but the effort is invaluable because as Mr Brooks says in his introduction By excluding the human factor aren t we risking the kind of personal detachment from history that may heaven forbid lead us one day to repeat it And in the end isn t the human factor the only true difference between us and the enemy we now refer to as the living dead br br i Note Some of the numerical and factual material contained in this edition was previously published under the auspices of the United Nations Postwar Commission Eyewitness reports from the first truly global war gt i

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

The Odyssey: The Norton Anthology World Literature Volume 1

The Odyssey: The Norton Anthology World Literature Volume 1 Description:

Muse tell me of a man a man of much resource who was made to wander far and long after he had sacked the sacred city of Troy Many were the men whose lands he saw and came to know their thinking many too the miseries at sea which he suffered in his heart as he sought to win his own life and the safety of his companions Recounting the epic journey home of Odysseus from the Trojan War i The Odyssey i alongside its sister poem i The Iliad i stands as the well spring of Western Civilisation and culture an inspiration to poets writers and thinkers for thousands of years since This authoritative prose translation by Martin Hammond brings Homer s great poem of homecoming to life as Odysseus battles through such familiar dangers as the cave of the Cyclops the call of the Sirens and his hostile reception back in his native land of Ithaca

Rating: 3.29 out of 5

Anna Karenina (World's Classics)

Anna Karenina (World's Classics) Description:

Anna Karenina has beauty social position wealth a husband and an adored son but her existence seems empty When she meets the dashing officer Count Vronsky she rejects her marriage and turns to him to fulfill her passionate nature with devastating results One of the world s greatest novels Anna Karenina is both an immortal drama of personal conflict and social scandal and a vivid richly textured panorama of nineteenth century Russia br br While previous versions have softened the robust and sometimes shocking quality of Tolstoy s writing Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have produced a magnificent translation that is true to his powerful voice This award winning team s authoritative edition also includes an illuminating introduction a list of principal characters suggestions for further reading and full explanatory notes br br Beautiful vigorous and eminently readable this i Anna Karenina i will be the definitive rendition for generations to come

Rating: 3.26 out of 5

The Secret Garden (Story of the World, #25)

The Secret Garden (Story of the World, #25) Description:

Mary tinggal di India Ketika orang tuanya meninggal karena kolera ia lalu ikut pamannya ke Inggris tinggal di sebuah rumah besar yang misterius Semula Mary anak perempuan yang manja dan kesepian Namun semuanya berubah ketika ia menemukan sebuah taman yang sudah lama tidak dimasuki orang Sebuah taman rahasia yang

Rating: 3.46 out of 5

Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog

Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog Description:

John and Jenny were just beginning their life together They were young and in love with a perfect little house and not a care in the world Then they brought home Marley a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy Life would never be the same br br Marley quickly grew into a barreling ninety seven pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever a dog like no other He crashed through screen doors gouged through drywall flung drool on guests stole women s undergarments and ate nearly everything he could get his mouth around including couches and fine jewelry Obedience school did no good Marley was expelled Neither did the tranquilizers the veterinarian prescribed for him with the admonishment Don t hesitate to use these br br And yet Marley s heart was pure Just as he joyfully refused any limits on his behavior his love and loyalty were boundless too Marley shared the couple s joy at their first pregnancy and their heartbreak over the miscarriage He was there when babies finally arrived and when the screams of a seventeen year old stabbing victim pierced the night Marley shut down a public beach and managed to land a role in a feature length movie always winning hearts as he made a mess of things Through it all he remained steadfast a model of devotion even when his family was at its wit s end Unconditional love they would learn comes in many forms

Rating: 3.40 out of 5

The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1)

The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1) Description:

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go leaving memories that become legend Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again In the Third Age an Age of Prophecy the World and Time themselves hang in the balance What was what will be and what is may yet fall under the Shadow

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

노인과 바다 (한글) : 한글판 - 더클래식 세계문학 컬렉션 -01: The Old Man and the Sea (Korean) : Korean Edition - The Classic World Literature Collection -01

노인과 바다 (한글) : 한글판 - 더클래식 세계문학 컬렉션 -01: The Old Man and the Sea (Korean) : Korean Edition - The Classic World Literature Collection -01 Description:

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Rating: 3.76 out of 5

Crime and Punishment (World Classics, Unabridged)

Crime and Punishment (World Classics, Unabridged) Description:

A troubled young man commits the perfect crime the murder of a vile pawnbroker whom no one will miss Raskolnikov is desperate for money but convinces himself that his motive for the murder is to benefit mankind So begins one of the greatest novels ever written a journey into the criminal mind a police thriller and a philosophical meditation on morality and redemption

Rating: 3.63 out of 5

Great Expectations (The World's Best Reading)

Great Expectations (The World's Best Reading) Description:

In what may be Dickens s best novel humble orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman and one day under sudden and enigmatic circumstances he finds himself in possession of great expectations In this gripping tale of crime and guilt revenge and reward the compelling characters include Magwitch the fearful and fearsome convict Estella whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness and the embittered Miss Havisham an eccentric jilted bride

Rating: 3.37 out of 5


Emma Description:

i I never have been in love it is not my way or my nature and I do not think I ever shall i br br Beautiful clever rich and single Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage Nothing however delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships Emma is often seen as Jane Austen s most flawless work br br This edition includes a new chronology and additional suggestions for further reading

Rating: 3.32 out of 5

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - World's Popular Classics Series

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - World's Popular Classics Series Description:

i The Adventures of Tom Sawyer i is the first of Mark Twain s novels to feature one of the best loved characters in American fiction with a critical introduction by John Seelye in Penguin Classics From the famous episodes of the whitewashed fence and the ordeal in the cave to the trial of Injun Joe i The Adventures of Tom Sawyer i is redolent of life in the Mississippi River towns in which Twain spent his own youth A sombre undercurrent flows through the high humour and unabashed nostalgia of the novel however for beneath the innocence of childhood lie the inequities of adult reality base emotions and superstitions murder and revenge starvation and slavery In his illuminating introduction noted Twain scholar John Seelye considers Twain s impact on American letters and discusses the balance between humorous escapades and serious concern that is found in much of Twain s writing

Rating: 3.46 out of 5

The Scarlet Letter: A Romance (Burt's Library of the World's Best Books)

The Scarlet Letter: A Romance (Burt's Library of the World's Best Books)  Description:

Nathaniel Hawthorne s most famous novel was published in and takes place in Puritan New England focusing on a community where a beautiful young woman Hester Prynne and her illegitimate child are subject to persecution and ostracism while the mother refuses to name her co conspirator in adultery and the father of her child burns up with secret guilt and shame Hawthorne s family history caused much of his interest in this time period but his spiritual leanings toward the popular Transcendental movement precipitated this classic novel where oppression injustice and intolerance and their consequences are explored in turn

Rating: 3.71 out of 5

Dune World

Dune World Description:

Dune World was the original title of the Dune story by Frank Herbert It was published serially in Analog magazine with the sequel story The Prophet of Dune These stories were later collected and published as Dune and Dune Messiah

Rating: 3.51 out of 5

The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds Description:

With H G Wells other novels i The War of the Worlds i was one of the first and greatest works of science fiction ever to be written Even long before man had learned to fly H G Wells wrote this story of the Martian attack on England These unearthly creatures arrive in huge cylinders from which they escape as soon as the metal is cool The first falls near Woking and is regarded as a curiosity rather than a danger until the Martians climb out of it and kill many of the gaping crowd with a Heat Ray These unearthly creatures have heads four feet in diameter and colossal round bodies and by manipulating two terrifying machines the Handling Machine and the Fighting Machine they are as versatile as humans and at the same time insuperable They cause boundless destruction The inhabitants of the Earth are powerless against them and it looks as if the end of the World has come But there is one factor which the Martians in spite of their superior intelligence have not reckoned on It is this which brings about a miraculous conclusion to this famous work of the imagination

Rating: 3.64 out of 5

The Stranger (Landmarks of World Literature)

The Stranger (Landmarks of World Literature) Description:

Narrateur de sa propre histoire Meursault d crit avec un total d tachement l absurdit des actes de sa vie quotidienne depuis l annonce de la mort de sa m re jusqu l acte d finitif qu il sera amen commettre Ce n est qu l heure de la mort que s exprimeront sa passion de vivre et sa r volte br br L une des oeuvres majeures et des plus troublantes de la litt rature du XX me si cle

Rating: 3.80 out of 5

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1)

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1) Description:

Poirot a Belgian refugee of the Great War is settling in England near the home of Emily Inglethorp who helped him to his new life His friend Hastings arrives as a guest at her home When the woman is killed Poirot uses his detective skills to solve the mystery

Rating: 3.72 out of 5

Moby Dick; or, The Whale (Great Books of the Western World, #48)

Moby Dick; or, The Whale (Great Books of the Western World, #48) Description:

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Rating: 3.33 out of 5