What was it like to live during the time of Jesus? Where did people live? Who did they marry? What was family life like? And how did people survive? These are just some of the questions that Scott Korb answers in this engaging new book, which explores what everyday life entailed two thousand years ago in first-century Palestine, that tumultuous era when the Roman Empire was at its zenith and a new religion---Christianity---was born.
"accessible listen with broad appeal"
Who invented beds? When did we start cleaning our teeth? How old are wine and beer? Which came first: the toilet seat or toilet paper? What was the first clock? Every day, from the moment our alarm clock wakes us in the morning until our head hits our pillow at night, we all take part in rituals that are millennia old. Structured around one ordinary day, A Million Years in a Day reveals the astonishing origins and development of the daily practices we take for granted.
In his first best seller, The End of Illness, David Agus revealed how to add vibrant years to your life by knowing the real facts of health. In this book he builds on that theme by showing why this is the luckiest time yet to be alive, giving you the keys to the new kingdom of wellness. Medicine is undergoing rapid change. In the old world, you followed general principles, and doctors treated you based on broad, one-size-fits-all solutions.
"Listened to it with the kids in the car."
The year 1815 was the year of Waterloo, the British victory that ended Napoleon's European ambitions and ushered in a century largely of peace for Britain. But what sort of country were Wellington's troops fighting for? And what kind of society did they return to? Overseas, the bounds of empire were expanding while at home the population endured the chill of economic recession.
"placing jane austen's novels in historical context"
A Year in the World is vintage Frances Mayes, a celebration of the allure of travel, of serendipitous pleasures found in unlikely locales, of memory woven into the present, and of a joyous sense of quest. An ideal travel companion, Frances Mayes brings to the page the curiosity of an intrepid explorer, remarkable insights into the wonder of the everyday, and a compelling narrative style that entertains as it informs.
"Someone stop this woman"
When Frank Johnson arrived in Vietnam in 1969, he was 19, a young soldier untested in combat like thousands of others - but with two important differences: Johnson volunteered for the elite L. Company Rangers of the 101st Airborne Division, a long range reconnaissance patrol (LRRP) unit, and he kept a secret diary, a practice forbidden by the military to protect the security of LRRP operations.
"Pass on it"
"Burma Votes in First Democratic Election in Years" is from the November 9, 2015 Top Stories section of The Washington Post. It was written by Annie Gowen and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"Enjoyable escape (mostly)"
"At Least 18 Asylum Seekers Are Tied to New Year's Eve Assault in Cologne" is from the World section of The New York Times. It was written by Alison Smale and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.
"15,000 More Refugees to Be Resettled in U.S. Next Year" is from the September 21, 2015 Top Stories section of The Washington Post. It was written by Carol Morello and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"NTSB Releases Report on Last Year's Deadly Amtrak Wreck in Philadelphia" is from the National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ashley Halsey III, Michael Laris and Lori Aratani and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"Two Trumps? Filipino Americans Can Vote in Two (Remarkably Similar) Elections This Year" is from the May 5, 2016 edition of PRI's The World.
"After a Record-Breaking Year in Space, Astronaut Scott Kelly Is Coming Home" is from the National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Rachel Feltman and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"Years before Truck Rampage in Nice, Attacker Wasn't 'Living in Real World'" is from the July 24, 2016 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Adam Nossiter, Alissa J. Rubin and Lilia Blaise and narrated by Kristi Burns.
"UN: 1 Million Migrants Arrived in Europe by Sea This Year" is from the World section of The Washington Post. It was written by The Associated Press and narrated by Sam Scholl.
Thousands of fake bomb detectors were marketed and sold in the Middle East. But even though the manufacturers have been jailed for fraud, security guards are still using the phony detectors.
"Raids in Belgium Target Suspected New Year’s Plot Amid Global Security Alerts" is from the Top Stories section of The Washington Post. It was written by Griff Witte and Brian Murphy and narrated by Jill Melancon.
'A wonderful idea, gloriously put into practice. Greg Jenner as is witty as he is knowledgeable.' (Tom Holland) 'Delightful, surprising and hilarious, this is a fascinating history of the everyday objects and inventions we take for granted.' (Lauren Laverne) Every day, from the moment our alarm clock wakes us in the morning until our head hits our pillow at night, we all take part in rituals that are millennia old.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Peter Taylor uses remarkable events in ordinary people's lives to describe an intricate fabric of tradition. In these four subtle and beautiful stories, a contractor uses a baptismal font as a birdbath, an annual children's party given by an aging brother and sister ends in disaster, a strange woman needlessly sends two men into a burning house, and a woman finds a way to express her frustration.
My Year in Iraq is the only senior insider's perspective on the crucial period following the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime. In vivid, dramatic detail, Bremer reveals the previously hidden struggles among Iraqi politicians and America's leaders, taking us from the ancient lanes in the holy city of Najaf to the White House Situation Room and the Pentagon E-Ring.
"Spin, Spin, Spin"