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release date: Jun 07, 2011
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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Why did Eurasians conquer, displace, or decimate Native Americans, Australians, and Africans, instead of the reverse? Evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history’s broadest patterns.

The story begins 13,000 years ago, when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Around that time, the paths of development of human societies on different continents began to diverge greatly. Early domestication of wild plants and animals in the Fertile Crescent, China, Mesoamerica, the Andes, and other areas gave peoples of those regions a head start. Only societies that advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage acquired a potential for developing writing, technology, government, and organized religions—as well as those nasty germs and potent weapons of war. It was those societies, that expanded to new homelands at the expense of other peoples. The most familiar examples involve the conquest of non-European peoples by Europeans in the last 500 years, beginning with voyages in search of precious metals and spices, and often leading to invasion of native lands and decimation of native inhabitants.
release date: Apr 18, 2020
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Crashing Through (UNABRIDGED ON 6 CASSETTES)
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release date: Jul 29, 2013
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Crossings: The early life of the RAILS character Lina
The birth and early years of Dorothy Setrick, who became known as Lina in the book RAILS. Born in Reno in 1923, she does not have an ideal family life after her parents divorce early on. She quits school and begins "riding the rails" with a girlfriend. We witness her various adventures around the U.S. in the years after the Depression.
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release date: Jun 18, 2013
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Liquid Reality, Volume 2: A guide to 34 non-linear and multiple narrative films
Like its predecessor, Volume 2 focuses upon examples of contemporary non-linear and multiple narrative films which are designed by their creators to challenge present-day notions of life and existence. Sometimes featuring the greatest actors of today as in Cloud Atlas, or relative unknowns as in Paranoid Park and Last Days, sometimes focusing on the most unusual visual concepts of the moment, these articles open up the viewers' minds to reveal ideas that might be missed upon a first, second, or even third viewing. Moving beyond what is purely in the script, the reader will be encouraged to examine cinema as more than purely an entertainment medium. Films, created jointly by thousands of the finest professionals in the business, are THE art of the 21st Centuury.
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release date: Nov 21, 2012
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Sacrifice To Venus
49 year-old Celeste Graham, an English teacher at a girls' college in Connecticut, returns to her parental home in San Marino, California at the beginning of the summer, before she vacations in Miami. She discovers her father is dead. This sets off a series of events that reveal two parents she never really knew. After she finds her father's diary,which describes his life as a teenager, she perceives that her parents may have explored a type of forbidden love
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release date: Feb 21, 2012
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Liquid Reality
A book containing detailed descriptions of 31 unusual films that date from 1916 until 2009 that utilize a variety of multiple narratives, non-linear narratives that push the viewer to reconsider what is filmic reality.
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release date: Feb 18, 2010
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Rails
A saga of four people who are finishing their careers as hoboes in the US in 1960. They unwittingly run into a nemesis whose business was disrupted years before and he chases them down across the country to kill them. A novel built upon romance, independence, violence, and humanity--themes which are beautifully woven together to create a haunting story.
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release date: Apr 27, 2009
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Tangled Web: a twisted story of love on the internet
A "Tootsie"-like story about how the author turned himself into a female writer, just for a challenge...the sordid details are contained within! It's an unusual story that explores human nature, and the temporary madness of one creative mind. The book is primarily poetry--over 100 pieces are included. A mixture of reality, erotica, and otherwise. The poems are interspersed with commentary by the author
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release date: Sep 03, 2008
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Murmurationis
Original poetry written over the last 30 years. The subjects include Romance, Erotica, Classical Music, Visual Art, Humor, and stark reality
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release date: Nov 01, 1999
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A Sportsman's Life: How I Built Orvis by Mixing Business and Sport
Imagine if you could live a life in which there were no boundaries between work and play, if you could blend the job you love - running a company that is committed to excellence - with the outdoor pastimes that are your greatest passion. This is the life that Leigh Perkins has lived, and it is A Sportsman's Life.

In 1965, when Leigh Perkins bought Orvis, the fly-fishing and bird-hunting sporting goods company, it was in serious trouble. Since its founding in 1856, the Manchester, Vermont-based company had pioneered mail-order catalogs and built a loyal following among outdoor enthusiasts, but its annual sales had stagnated at $500,000, and it was losing market share to Eddie Bauer, L. L. Bean, and others.

Over the next thirty years Perkins would revolutionize the catalog retail industry as he successfully blended his love for the outdoors with his business acumen. During his tenure as CEO, Orvis's annual sales grew to $200 million, and it became a company with a connection to its customers that transcended the products it sold. With a commitment to customer service, a willingness to adapt to new technology, and innovations in catalog sales and marketing, Perkins realized his vision for making the sporting life - and sporting style - accessible to everyone. Most important, he accomplished this while living the lifestyle he popularized, spending nearly half the year fishing and hunting around the world, from Iceland to Argentina to New Zealand.

Perkins begins his memoir with his fond memories of learning to hunt and fish alongside his mother and how his experiences working as an iron miner and sales manager for an international welding equipment manufacturer shaped his dedication to excellence. He takes you through his early years at Orvis, and the decisions he had to make along the way to change the company's parochial culture into one that embraced new initiates to the sporting life, and through its fantastic growth as catalog retail sales exploded in the eighties and nineties.

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