What does it mean to say that we live in a secular age? Almost everyone would agree that we - in the West, at least - largely do. And clearly the place of religion in our societies has changed profoundly in the last few centuries. In what will be a defining book for our time, Charles Taylor takes up the question of what these changes mean - of what, precisely, happens when a society in which it is virtually impossible not to believe in God becomes one in which faith, even for the staunchest believer, is only one human possibility among others.
"Needs Guest Narrators for French and German"
Twenty years ago, the KGB planted an agent in the American Navy. Today, he is the commander of an American nuclear attack submarine! Wayne Newell is all navy, all American, all traitor. He's convinced his crew that the world is at war - and that the Russians have a deadly masking device that makes Soviet submarines sound exactly like the most crucial ships in the American fleet: the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines known as Boomers.
"Deep sea warfare"
In Modern Social Imaginaries, Taylor continues his recent reflections on the theme of multiple modernities. To account for the differences among modernities, Taylor sets out his idea of the social imaginary, a broad understanding of the way a given people imagine their collective social life. Retelling the history of Western modernity, Taylor traces the development of a distinct social imaginary.
An espionage operation has gone horribly wrong. Soviet agents take a bold gamble and seize an American ship. Now the USS Gettysburg sits at a dock in Cam Ranh Bay. A computerized, state-of-the-art war ship, the Gettysburg is the nerve center of America's sea-air defenses. For the Soviets, it's a prize beyond compare.
Michael Angel is the oldest of five brothers, all of whom are unwed, a fact which displeases their mother immensely. Susan Angel is a determined mother who chooses her eldest son as the starting point of her quest to see her children wed. However, when he falls for the wrong girl, an artistic free spirit who enraptures his soul, the family begins to fall from the control of the matriarch.
His name is Duran. Cuba's fanatical successor to Castro, he poses the ultimate threat to Soviet power - and American peace. Both countries want him dead. And while Soviet forces move to replace Duran with a political puppet, America formulates its own plan of action. A daring game of cross, double cross, and war.
"I'll be getting my credit back"
As the two largest, most powerfully equipped naval fleets in history move slowly toward each other near Islas Piedras - an American missile site in the Indian Ocean that threatens Russia's grip on the Middle East - two men stand in the darkened control rooms of their ships. David Charles and Alex Kupinsky are worried because, as the admirals of these fleets, they may be responsible for all-out nuclear war. They are also concerned because once, a long time ago, they were the best of friends.
Admiral Theodore Magnuson, director of the Office of Naval Intelligence, didn't like the idea of sending the Seventh Fleet to Vladivostok for a New Year's celebration with the Russians. The president didn't give a damn what Magnuson thought, however; he was after détente. Fearing the worst, Magnuson decides to run his own intelligence mission, sending men into Russia and China. The admiral is certain the US visit to the usually closed Soviet port is a cover for something. Something big.
"Unlikely Allies Unlikely Spies"
Larisa recognized the KGB officer and recognized him as a traitor she had seen as a six-year-old child. Then he recognized her, as well, and Larisa was on the run. CIA agent Morrison wants to find her to save her, to hold her one last time. But Morrison knows his only hope now might be for revenge.