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Before he was George Orwell of literary fame he was Eric Blair, a largely unknown Englishman who arrived in Barcelona in 1936 to fight in the Spanish Civil War. Orwell, with a touch of sadness and humor as well as a refreshingly modest humanity, thoughtfully conveys the story of his involvement in this enigmatic conflict. This isn't a story of someone who had a profound impact on the war. Rather it's the story of someone who experienced the profound impacts of war in all its glory, horror, and absurdity. Glimmers of the writer he was to become lie within. 

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By George Orwell, Adam Hochschild (Foreword by), Lionel Trilling (Introduction by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780544382046
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Published: Mariner Books - May 19th, 2015

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Despite an impoverished upbringing, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad grew up happy as a Yazidi--a minority group in northern Iraq--surrounded by her community in the village of Kocho. This life ended in 2014 when ISIS captured her village and the horrors of genocide and enslavement came crashing down on her. With such bravery, she provides a firsthand account of the unimaginable hardships she endured, including the massacre of the Yazidi and her repeated rapes and beatings while enslaved by ISIS. This is a heartrending story of perseverance under the most horrific of circumstances.

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By Nadia Murad, Amal Clooney (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781524760441
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - October 16th, 2018

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An award-winning science writer, Marcia Bartusiak has the knowledge and the enthusiasm to make even complex principles of quantum theory accessible and fascinating to non-scientists. In the thirty-three essays gathered as Dispatches from Planet 3 (Yale, $26), she gives us a thorough grounding in the history of astronomy, tracing its many revolutions from heliocentrism to the discoveries of double stars, supernovae, spiral galaxies, and the whole expanding universe. Each discussion traces the science as well as the impact of the ideas themselves, showing how our evolving understanding of physical phenomena affected our sense of our place in the universe—and in turn led to our next foray into the unknown. As she traces the evolution of cosmology, Bartusiak chronicles the major questions scientists asked and how they answered them, details the technological advances that made key discoveries possible, summarizes the debates surrounding revelations that were often as unsettling as they were thrilling, and profiles the key thinkers involved. Her account is especially valuable for introducing many women scientists-- Beatrice Tinsley, Vera Rubin, Margaret Burbidge, and Henrietta Swann Leavitt, whose work is probably familiar, but whose names are not.

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ISBN: 9780300235746
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Published: Yale University Press - September 18th, 2018

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