Storia degli Stati Uniti
Author: Giovanni Borgognone
Publisher: Feltrinelli Editore
“La Costituzione federale del 1787 si apre con tre parole inequivocabili: We, the People – Noi, il Popolo.” Una nuova storia degli Stati Uniti aggiornata, agile ma esauriente, dalla narrazione trascinante ma sempre scientificamente rigorosa. Il volume copre l’intero arco temporale del percorso storico statunitense e si sofferma su tutte le grandi questioni sociali e politiche che l’hanno contrassegnato, dedicando particolare attenzione agli avvenimenti che hanno animato la storia americana della seconda metà del Novecento e del primo decennio del XXI secolo, fino agli sviluppi XXI secolo, fino agli sviluppi più recenti. In cosa gli Stati Uniti si sono subito identificati come “diversi dall’Europa”? In che modo percepiscono e perseguono il loro “destino manifesto”? Quale ruolo ha avuto, per altro verso, il Vecchio Continente nel loro sviluppo? Nell’epoca delle sfide globali, comprendere i nodi fondamentali dell’essenza degli Stati Uniti aiuta a capire anche le grandi linee di tendenza della loro politica internazionale che tanto ha influenzato – e influenza – la vita di tutti.
Un cammino lungo 800 anni, quello dello stato di diritto. Dalla Magna Charta del 1215, che limita i poteri del re, fino alla Carta della Terra del 2000, che sancisce gli indispensabili obblighi di salvaguardia del pianeta, un viaggio attraverso i più importanti documenti della nostra civiltà giuridica, espressione di eventi fondamentali come la Glorious Revolution in Inghilterra, l’indipendenza americana, la rivoluzione francese, momenti fondamentali per la storia dell’Occidente. Una serie di scritti introduttivi ci raccontano il cammino storico dello stato di diritto e delle idee costituzionali, che attraverso i conflitti, le contingenze storiche e gli ideali di umanità e di rispetto reciproco, ci riportano allo spirito alla base delle nostre democrazie. Ecco, in ordine di apparizione, i documenti riprodotti, in traduzione italiana e in lingua originale: Magna Charta, 1215; Bill of Rights, 1689; Costituzione degli Stati Uniti d’America, 1787; Dichiarazione universale dei diritti dell’uomo e del cittadino, 1789; Dichiarazione universale dei diritti umani, 1948; Dichiarazione universale dei diritti degli animali, 1978; Carta della terra, 2000. Buon viaggio!
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Author: John Dos Passos
Author: Francesco Protonotari
Pirates of Barbary
Author: Adrian Tinniswood
The stirring story of the seventeenth-century pirates of the Mediterranean-the forerunners of today's bandits of the seas-and how their conquests shaped the clash between Christianity and Islam. It's easy to think of piracy as a romantic way of life long gone-if not for today's frightening headlines of robbery and kidnapping on the high seas. Pirates have existed since the invention of commerce itself, but they reached the zenith of their power during the 1600s, when the Mediterranean was the crossroads of the world and pirates were the scourge of Europe and the glory of Islam. They attacked ships, enslaved crews, plundered cargoes, enraged governments, and swayed empires, wreaking havoc from Gibraltar to the Holy Land and beyond. Historian and author Adrian Tinniswood brings alive this dynamic chapter in history, where clashes between pirates of the East-Tunis, Algiers, and Tripoli-and governments of the West-England, France, Spain, and Venice-grew increasingly intense and dangerous. In vivid detail, Tinniswood recounts the brutal struggles, glorious triumphs, and enduring personalities of the pirates of the Barbary Coast, and how their maneuverings between the Muslim empires and Christian Europe shed light on the religious and moral battles that still rage today. As Tinniswood notes in Pirates of Barbary, "Pirates are history." In this fascinating and entertaining book, he reveals that the history of piracy is also the history that shaped our modern world.
Author: Istvan Meszaros
Publisher: NYU Press
"Not only profound in its analysis, but also so passionately inspired by sympathy for the downtrodden and their struggle for liberation. . ." --Daniel Singer, The Nation "This is an important book, heavy in size and tone. It belongs in every serious library." --Choice
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl? As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom. From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual.
The Dante Club
Author: Matthew Pearl
Publisher: Random House
A New York Times Bestseller Words can bleed. In 1865 Boston, the literary geniuses of the Dante Club—poets and Harvard professors Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, and James Russell Lowell, along with publisher J. T. Fields—are finishing America’s first translation of The Divine Comedy and preparing to unveil Dante’s remarkable visions to the New World. The powerful Boston Brahmins at Harvard College are fighting to keep Dante in obscurity, believing that the infiltration of foreign superstitions into American minds will prove as corrupting as the immigrants arriving at Boston Harbor. The members of the Dante Club fight to keep a sacred literary cause alive, but their plans fall apart when a series of murders erupts through Boston and Cambridge. Only this small group of scholars realizes that the gruesome killings are modeled on the descriptions of Hell’s punishments from Dante’s Inferno. With the lives of the Boston elite and Dante’s literary future in America at stake, the Dante Club members must find the killer before the authorities discover their secret. Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes and an outcast police officer named Nicholas Rey, the first black member of the Boston police department, must place their careers on the line to end the terror. Together, they discover that the source of the murders lies closer to home than they ever could have imagined. The Dante Club is a magnificent blend of fact and fiction, a brilliantly realized paean to Dante’s continued grip on our imagination, and a captivating thriller that will surprise readers from beginning to end. From the Hardcover edition.
How to Write a Thesis
Author: Umberto Eco, Caterina Mongiat Farina, Geoff Farina, Francesco Erspamer
Publisher: MIT Press
By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy's most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and the author of influential works on semiotics. Some years before that, in 1977, Eco published a little book for his students, How to Write a Thesis, in which he offered useful advice on all the steps involved in researching and writing a thesis -- from choosing a topic to organizing a work schedule to writing the final draft. Now in its twenty-third edition in Italy and translated into seventeen languages, How to Write a Thesis has become a classic. Remarkably, this is its first, long overdue publication in English. Eco's approach is anything but dry and academic. He not only offers practical advice but also considers larger questions about the value of the thesis-writing exercise. How to Write a Thesis is unlike any other writing manual. It reads like a novel. It is opinionated. It is frequently irreverent, sometimes polemical, and often hilarious. Eco advises students how to avoid "thesis neurosis" and he answers the important question "Must You Read Books?" He reminds students "You are not Proust" and "Write everything that comes into your head, but only in the first draft." Of course, there was no Internet in 1977, but Eco's index card research system offers important lessons about critical thinking and information curating for students of today who may be burdened by Big Data.How to Write a Thesis belongs on the bookshelves of students, teachers, writers, and Eco fans everywhere. Already a classic, it would fit nicely between two other classics: Strunk and White and The Name of the Rose.ContentsThe Definition and Purpose of a ThesisChoosing the TopicConducting ResearchThe Work Plan and the Index CardsWriting the ThesisThe Final Draft
Author: Danny Danziger, John Gillingham
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A portrait of everyday life in thirteenth-century Britain chronicles the people and events leading up to the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede in June 1215.