Raffles and the British Invasion of Java

By Tim Hannigan

In 1811, a military of 10,000 British redcoats splashed ashore in the course of the muddy shallows off Batavia (now Jakarta) to overcome the Dutch colony of Java. they'd stay there for 5 turbulent years. Drawing on either British and Javanese archival assets, this narrative history-cum-biography explores the bloody battles and livid controversies that marked British rule in Java, and divulges the longer term founding father of Singapore, Thomas Stamford Raffles in a surprising new light.

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The Wolf of Wall Street

By Jordan Belfort

Now an incredible movie directed by way of Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio

By day he made hundreds of thousands of greenbacks a minute. by way of evening he spent it as quickly as he may, on medicines, intercourse, and overseas globe-trotting. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht and ran up a $700,000 resort tab, to the spouse and youngsters ready at domestic, and the fast-talking, hard-partying younger stockbrokers who known as him king and did his bidding, the following, in his personal inimitable phrases, is the tale of the ill-fated genius they known as . . .


In the Nineties Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the infamous funding company Stratton Oakmont, grew to become one of many so much notorious names in American finance: an excellent, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild trip out of the canyons of Wall highway and right into a monstrous workplace on ny. Now, during this mind-blowing and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a narrative of greed, strength, and extra that nobody may invent.

seemingly the prototype for the movie Boiler Room, Stratton Oakmont became microcap making an investment right into a wickedly profitable online game as Belfort’s hyped-up, coked-out agents browbeat consumers into inventory buys that have been bound to earn obscene profits—for the home. yet an insatiable urge for food for debauchery, questionable strategies, and a fateful partnership with a breakout shoe clothier named Steve Madden might land Belfort on either side of the legislations and right into a harrowing darkness all his own.

From the stormy dating Belfort shared together with his model-wife as they ran a madcap family that integrated children, a full-time employees of 22, a couple of bodyguards, and hidden cameras everywhere—even because the SEC and FBI zeroed in on them—to the unbridled hedonism of his place of work existence, this is the extreme tale of a regular man who went from hustling Italian ices at 16 to creating hundreds and hundreds of thousands. till all of it got here crashing down . . .

Praise for The Wolf of Wall Street

“Raw and often hilarious.”The long island Times
“A rollicking story of [Jordan Belfort’s] upward push to riches as head of the notorious boiler room Stratton Oakmont . . . facts that there are certainly moment acts in American lives.”Forbes
“A pass among Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities and Scorsese’s GoodFellas . . . Belfort has the Midas touch.”The Sunday instances (London)
“Entertaining as pulp fiction, genuine as a federal indictment . . . a hell of a read.”Kirkus Reviews

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Abel Prize 2008-2012

Covering the years 2008-2012, this book profiles the lifestyles and paintings of modern winners of the Abel Prize:
·         John G. Thompson and Jacques knockers, 2008
·         Mikhail Gromov, 2009
·         John T. Tate Jr., 2010
·         John W. Milnor, 2011
·         Endre Szemerédi, 2012.

The profiles characteristic autobiographical info in addition to an outline of every mathematician's paintings. moreover, each one profile encompasses a whole bibliography, a curriculum vitae, in addition to images ― previous and new. As an further feature, interviews with the Laureates are provided on an accompanying site (http://extras.springer.com/).

The booklet additionally offers a  history of the Abel Prize written via the historian Kim Helsvig, and encompasses a facsimile of a letter from Niels Henrik Abel, that is transcribed, translated into English, and put into old perspective by Christian Skau.

This ebook follows on The Abel Prize: 2003-2007, the 1st 5 Years (Springer, 2010), which profiles the paintings of the 1st Abel Prize winners.

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Milton and Heresy

By Stephen B. Dobranski

It's highly paradoxical that John Milton--who adverse child baptism, supported regicide, defended divorce and authorized of polygamy--should be heard as a voice of orthodoxy. but smooth scholarship has usually understated or defined away his heretical reviews. This selection of essays investigates facets of his works inconsistent with traditional ideals, displaying how Milton, as poet, philosopher and public servant, eschewed dogma and thought of indeterminacy and uncertainty as primary to human lifestyles.

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Stalin, Volume 1: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928

By Stephen Kotkin

An impressive new biography that revolutionizes our realizing of Stalin and his world

It has the standard of fable: a negative cobbler’s son, a seminarian from an oppressed outer province of the Russian empire, reinvents himself as a best chief in a band of progressive zealots. whilst the band seizes regulate of the rustic within the aftermath of overall global warfare, the previous seminarian ruthlessly dominates the hot regime until eventually he stands as absolute ruler of an enormous and negative country gear, with dominion over Eurasia. whereas nonetheless construction his energy base in the Bolshevik dictatorship, he embarks upon the best gamble of his political existence and the most important software of social reengineering ever tried: the collectivization of all agriculture and throughout one 6th of the earth. thousands will die, and lots of extra hundreds of thousands will endure, however the guy will push via to the top opposed to all resistance and doubts.

Where did such strength come from? In Stalin, Stephen Kotkin deals a biography that, in the end, is the same as this sensible, sociopathic, charismatic dictator in all his dimensions. the nature of Stalin emerges as either astute and blinkered, cynical and precise believing, humans orientated and harsh, canny adequate to determine via humans yet liable to nonsensical ideals. We see a guy prone to despotism who can be completely captivating, a realistic ideologue, a pacesetter who obsessed over slights but was once a precocious geostrategic thinker—unique between Bolsheviks—and but who made egregious strategic error. via all of it, we see Stalin’s unflinching endurance, his sheer strength of will—perhaps the final word key to figuring out his indelible mark on history.

Stalin provides an intimate view of the Bolshevik regime’s internal geography of energy, bringing to the fore clean fabrics from Soviet army intelligence and the key police. Kotkin rejects the inherited knowledge approximately Stalin’s mental make-up, displaying us as a substitute how Stalin’s close to paranoia used to be essentially political, and heavily tracks the Bolshevik revolution’s structural paranoia, the obstacle of a Communist regime in an overwhelmingly capitalist international, surrounded and penetrated by way of enemies. while, Kotkin demonstrates the impossibility of realizing Stalin’s momentous judgements outdoors of the context of the tragic heritage of imperial Russia.

The made of a decade of intrepid learn, Stalin is a landmark success, a piece that recasts the best way we expect concerning the Soviet Union, revolution, dictatorship, the 20 th century, and certainly the artwork of historical past itself.

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Red Love: The Story of an East German Family

Now, married with teenagers and the Wall a far off reminiscence, Maxim comes to a decision to discover the solutions to the questions he could not ask. Why did his mom and dad, as soon as passionately in love, develop aside? Why did his father turn into so indignant, and his mom give up her occupation in journalism? And why did his grandfather Gerhard, the Socialist warfare hero, become a stranger? the tale he reveals is, like his country's earlier, one in all hopes, lies, cruelties, betrayals but in addition love. In pink Love he captures, with heat and unflinching honesty, why such a lot of dreamed the GDR will be a brand new international and why, finally, it fell apart.
Growing up in East Berlin, Maxim Leo knew to not ask questions. All he knew was once that his rebellious mom and dad, Wolf and Anne, with their dyed hair, leather-based jackets and insistence he name them via their first names, have been a section embarrassing. that there have been a few areas you could not play; sure stuff you did not say.

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Kissinger: Vol 1: The Idealist, 1923-1968

By Niall Ferguson

No American statesman has been as respected or as reviled as Henry Kissinger. as soon as hailed as “Super K”—the “indispensable man” whose suggestion has been sought through each president from Kennedy to Obama—he has additionally been hounded through conspiracy theorists, scouring his each “telcon” for facts of Machiavellian malfeasance. but as Niall Ferguson indicates during this 2-volume biography, drawing not just on Kissinger’s hitherto closed deepest papers but additionally on files from greater than 100 records worldwide, the assumption of Kissinger because the ruthless arch-realist relies on a profound false impression. the 1st 1/2 Kissinger’s existence is mostly skimmed over as a integral story of yank ascent: the Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Germany who made it to the White condo. yet during this first of 2 volumes, Ferguson indicates that what Kissinger completed earlier than his appointment as Nixon’s nationwide defense adviser used to be superb in its personal correct. Toiling as a youngster in a brand new York manufacturing unit, he studied indefatigably at evening. He was once drafted into the infantry & observed motion on the conflict of the Bulge—as good because the liberation of a focus camp—but ended his military profession interrogating Nazis. It was once at Harvard that Kissinger stumbled on his vocation. Having immersed himself within the philosophy of Kant & the international relations of Metternich, he shot to big name by means of arguing for restricted nuclear warfare. Nelson Rockefeller employed him. Kennedy referred to as him to Camelot. but Kissinger’s upward push used to be whatever yet impossible to resist. Dogged by means of press gaffes & upset by way of Rocky, Kissinger appeared stuck—until a visit to Vietnam replaced everything. The Idealist is the tale of 1 of an important strategic thinkers the USA has ever produced. It's additionally a political Bildungsroman, explaining how “Dr Strangelove” ended up as consigliere to a political candidate he'd constantly abhorred. Like Ferguson’s vintage 2-volume background of the home of Rothschild, Kissinger sheds new gentle on a whole period. the basic account of a rare lifestyles, it recasts the chilly warfare international.

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King's Gambit: A Son, A Father, and the World's Most Dangerous Game

As a tender guy, Paul Hoffman was once a super chess participant . . . till the pressures of festival drove him to the threshold of madness.

In King's Gambit, he interweaves a gripping assessment of the background of the sport and an in-depth examine the nation of recent chess into the tale of his personal try to get his online game again as much as grasp level--without wasting his brain. it is also a father and son tale, as Hoffman grapples with the unusual legacy of his personal dad, who haunts Hoffman's video game and existence.

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