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  • THE CREATOR OF THE MEDIA

    In this wide-ranging social history of American media, from the first printing press to the early days of radio, Paul Starr shows that the creation of modern communications was as much the result of political choices as of technological invention. His original historical analysis reveals how the decisions that led to a state-run post office and private monopolies on the telegraph and telephone systems affected a developing society. He illuminates contemporary controversies over freedom of information by exploring such crucial formative issues as freedom of the press, intellectual property, privacy, public access to information, and the shaping of specific technologies and institutions.America’s critical choices in these areas, Starr argues, affect the long-run path of development in a society and have had wide social, economic, and even military ramifications. The Creation of the Media not only tells the history of the media in a new way; it puts America and its global influence into a new perspective.
    ISBN: 0465081932
    Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
    Subtitle: POLITICAL ORIGINS OF MODERN COMMUNICATIONS
    Author: PAUL STARR

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  • A HISTORY OF IRAN

    Iran is a land of contradictions. It is an Islamic republic, but one in which only 1.4 percent of the population attend Friday prayers. Iran’s religious culture encompasses the most censorious and dogmatic Shi’a Muslim clerics in the world, and yet its poetry insistently dwells on the joys of life-wine, beauty, sex. Iranian women are subject to one of the most restrictive dress codes in the Islamic world, but make up nearly 60 percent of the university student population. In A History of Iran, a leading expert on Iran chronicles the rich history of this complex nation from the Achaemenid Empir

    ISBN: 9780786731985

    AUTHOR: MICHAEL AXWORTHY
    ISBN: 9780786731985
    Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
    Subtitle: EMPIRE OF THE MIND
    Author: MICHAEL AXWORTHY

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  • GUNPOWDER

    Gunpowder first emerged from the ancient Chinese alchemical experiments to usurp the sword, spear and arrow in war, the pick and shovel in working the earth. Francis Bacon ranked its importance with the printing press and the magnet as substances that ‘have changed the whole face and state of things throughout the world.’ From the intrepid Vasco da Gama, to the brilliant Antoine Lavoisier, known as the father of modern chemistry, from the glory of Cortes and talent of Michelangelo, to the genius of E.I DuPont, the swashbuckling history of gunpowder is filled with notable figures — as well as ordinary soldiers, sailors, gunners, miners, and powdermen who also played a role in this epic story.
    ISBN: 0465037186
    Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
    Subtitle: ALCHEMY, BOMBARDS, AND PYROTECHNICS: THE HISTORY OF THE EXPLOSIVE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
    Author: JACK KELLY

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  • A HUNDRED & ONE DAYS


    ISBN: 9780465076000
    Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
    Subtitle: A BAGHDAD JOURNAL
    Author: ASNE SEIERSTAD

     1,900 5,837
  • WHAT LIBERAL MEDIA

    Widely acclaimed and hotly contested, veteran journalist Eric Alterman’s ambitious investigation into the true nature of the U.S. news media touched a nerve and sparked debate across the country. As the question of whose interests the media protects-and how-continues to raise hackles, Alterman’s sharp, utterly convincing assessment cuts through the cloud of inflammatory rhetoric, settling the question of liberal bias in the news once and for all. Eye-opening, witty, and thoroughly and solidly researched, What Liberal Media? is required reading for media watchers, and anyone concerned about the potentially dangerous consequences for the future of democracy in America.
    ISBN: 0465001777
    Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
    Subtitle: THE TRUTH ABOUT BIAS AND THE NEWS
    Author: ERIC ALTERMAN

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  • HOW STAR WARS CONQUERED THE UNIVERSE


    ISBN: 9780465049899
    Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
    Subtitle: THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF A
    MULTIBILLION DOLLAR FRANCHISE
    Author: CHRIS TAYLOR

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  • SUMMITS


    ISBN: 9780465069040
    Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
    Subtitle: SIX MEETINGS THAT SHAPED THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
    Author: DAVID REYNOLDS

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  • SUCCESS IS NEVER FINAL

    British politician Enoch Powell claimed that “all political lives end in failure” while, according to Winston Churchill, “success is never final.” In these brilliant essays on the history of Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Geoffrey Parker finds an unusual number of cases of defeat snatched from the jaws of victory. Parker examines three defining developments of the period – the decline of the Spanish empire, the emergence of modern warfare, and the rise of the Protestant Reformation – that demonstrate the paradox of success giving way to failure.

    Success Is Never Final offers a rich and original view of the limits of power. Lucid, provocative and engaging, the book offers a stimulating collection of the work of one of the world’s leading historians.
    ISBN: 0465054773
    Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
    Subtitle: EMPIRE, WAR, AND FAITH IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE
    Author: GEOFFREY PARKER

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  • THE ZERO-SUM SOCIETY


    ISBN: 0465085881
    Publisher: BASIC BOOKS
    Subtitle: DISTRIBUTION AND THE POSSIBILITES FOR CHANGE
    Author: LESTER C. THUROW

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