Venetian gondola-maker Luca Vianello considers his whole life arranged. His father charted a course for his eldest son from the day he was born, and Luca is positioned to inherit one of the city's most esteemed boatyards. But when Luca experiences an unexpected tragedy in the boatyard, he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Soon, he finds himself drawn to restore an antique gondola with the dream of taking a girl for a ride.
On the brink of the Roman Invasion of Greece, the city of Corinth, well established as a mighty seat of power in the Achaean League, is threatened with impending destruction. Widespread colonization of the mainland has severed crucial supply chains and the need to establish a fruitful colony of their own has emerged. Aineias and his steersman, Pyrrhus, are the only sailors willing to take on the voyage.The men soon realize that the only hope they have of saving Corinth is to seek...the Kraken.
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) is known around the world as the "Father of Psychoanalysis", and for good reason. If anything, Freud's first patient was himself. A sufferer of psychosomatic symptoms, Freud diagnosed himself as having a repressed antagonism against his father. From there, Freud began to build on his now famous concepts of the unconscious, infantile sexuality and repression.
The mysterious deaths of an international expedition of ice climbers on the remote face of the Spitsbergen glacier triggers what may be the first pre-emptive U.S. nuclear strike against the Soviet Union. The chain of events that follow moves swiftly and brilliantly from cosmopolitan, placid Oslo to the war-game rooms of the Pentagon and reaches a terrifying climax on the icy wastes of Spitsbergen, above the northern coast of Norway-and the Svalbard Passage.
At its peak, the wealthy Carthaginian Empire dominated the Mediterranean against the likes of Greece and Rome. Through clever use of force projection, by paying allies with gold, and by recruiting mercenary armies to fight for them, Carthage was able to go from a minor Phoenician settlement to one of the most powerful trading empires of antiquity. However, the Carthaginians' foreign policy had a fatal flaw; they had a knack for picking the worst enemies they could possibly enter into conflict with.
With the possible exception of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., no African American has been more instrumental in the fight for minorities' civil rights in the United States than Frederick Douglass (1818 - 1895), an American social reformer, orator, writer, and statesman. His list of accomplishments would be impressive enough even without taking into account the fact that he was born into slavery.
For the ancient Greeks, there were few divine beings more important, and more generous, to humanity than the goddess Athena. She was also called "Pallas", "Pallas Athena", and (to the Romans) "Minerva". The daughter of Zeus, Athena was famous as a virgin warrior woman who was born from her father's skull bearing a helmet, shield, and spear. Yet she was far more than simply a warrior goddess.
Monte Sole--Mountain of the Sun--had the bad luck to lie on the main route of withdrawal of the retreating German armies in autumn 1944. As the Allied advance stormed up Italy to the very shadow of Monte Sole, Axis frustration over their retreat and the harassing Italian partisans reached its peak. With full authorization of Field Marshall Albert Kesselring, and with an infusion of dread SS reinforcements, the Germans determined to neutralize Monte Sole.
"The most Interesting book ever"
Small candles nestled in a silver candelabrum are ceremoniously lit to announce the start of a medieval auction. Sadly, however, we are not in the middle ages but in the first decade of this century. The auction is a nightly event somewhere in Eastern Europe. On the block are naked teenage girls, the latest casualties of the global flesh market. These sex slaves are not fiction: "Natasha girls" already number over a million, an atrocity that has joined weapons smuggling and drug trafficking as one of the largest and most lucrative criminal activities on earth.
"very well done"
France's most famous king, and Europe's longest serving, Louis XIV (1638-1715) is often viewed today as a symbol of royal extravagance and splendor. Reigning for over 72 years, the legacy of the "Sun King" is remembered for the magnificent Palace of Versailles, the patronizing of arts and theater, and the apocryphal quote "l'Etat c'est moi" (I am the State).
Something terrible is stirring in the wreckage of Chernobyl. The Chernobyl Sarcophagus is crumbling, and the Carapace project to contain the infamous reactor has stalled. Dr. Victoria Cox must return to Pripyat, in the heart of the exclusion zone, to find out why. Confronted by corporate irresponsibility and greed, she soon finds herself in a race against time, fighting to prevent a disaster of catastrophic proportions.
In 1897 the young Italian peasant Giuseppe Musolino was falsely convicted of a crime and sentenced to 21 years at hard labor. He soon escaped, and began hunting those who had played a role in his false conviction, extracting an ominous and lethal revenge, killing as many as 25 people. For three years he eluded a massive manhunt conducted by hundreds of police and even a full regiment of the Italian army. He soon became a hero to the common people of southern Italy, who risked imprisonment themselves to hide, protect, and sustain him.
Dante Passoni, the long awaited Italian counterpart to James Bond, is a man of this century, not a relic of the cold war. He embodies the dynamism of the high-tech world rather than the public corpse of England's MI-6. Dante is as dashing as James in his prime, as charming as Italy herself, as bold and fearless as we imagine ourselves to be. Passoni brings nail-biting suspense, fun and fresh air wherever he goes.
Set in author Moris Senegor's native Turkey and throughout the Mediterranean, Appassionata is an intriguing and evocative compilation of short stories. Taken together, these tales are equal parts playful, poignant, mysterious, and appealingly bizarre - a winning combination sure to appeal to fiction lovers of all tastes and backgrounds.
La sua bellezza, assieme ad altre doti, l'aveva catapultata nel mondo delle escort di lusso ad Hong Kong. La sua vita era cambiata dopo che il suo amante milionario l'aveva mandata negli USA per permetterle di studiare. Pochi anni dopo era uscita da Harvard con un MBA e una certificazione da commercialista. Con qualche aiuto da parte del suo amico, era ascesa a presidente di una delle maggiori banche di Miami.
"bellissimo e avvincente! Ottima narrazione!"
From the pink cliffs of Brittany to the painted wagons of Sicily, from the slums of Paris to the medieval estates of Europe, this romantic adventure moves at breakneck speed through a land of crime, love and deception. The kidnapping of beautiful French actress, Chantal Armand, forms the hub of a wheel around which art and science, sacrifice and arrogance, love and hate spin at a dizzying pace. The Poppy Broker leads us into the world of Tommaso Scalzone, a man as brilliant as he is glacial; a man who has masterminded a plot to associate Al Qaeda with the Mafia.
Cosa faresti se la TSA aggredisse sessualmente TUA madre? Se fossi un americano dal sangue caldo, faresti la stessa cosa che ha fatto James Young. E cos'ha fatto James Young? Leggi questa storia per scoprirlo. Questo libro evidenzia gli effetti che l'abuso di potere e la paranoia del governo possono avere sull'esistenza dell'individuo. In questo racconto breve, James Young decide di averne ha avuto abbastanza e di dover fare qualcosa al riguardo. Il sistema legale ha fallito nei suoi confronti. L'unica soluzione è farsi giustizia da solo.
"Una storia di prepotenza governativa"
Alfio is a junkie. Alfio is absolutely in need of a hit. Jessica wants to burgle a country house where an old guy lives collecting memories of his wife, Agnese Cipriani, a famous opera singer dead long time ago. Maicol, Jessica's brother, is a psychopath and he just wants to torture the poor old man. The three criminals do not know that the old man keeps a terrible secret and something evil is hidden in the house: they won't be able to get out easily.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) needs no formal introduction. He is remembered around the world as one of history's most brilliant geniuses, and one of its most influential scientists. Einstein is often regarded as the father of modern physics, and he received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect".
Quando diventa moralmente giustificabile l'omicidio dei leader politici? è facile giustificare l'uccisione degli Hitler, gli Stalin e i Pol Pot nel mondo: i tiranni assassini devono essere uccisi. Ma nel caso in cui i nostri leader siano semplicemente degli idioti, o dei corrotti, piccoli tirannucoli che non sono della stessa categoría di Hitler, Stalin e Pol Pot? Quanti danni possiamo permettere che facciano, quanti dei nostri diritti possiamo permettere che ci portino via, prima che ucciderli diventi moralmente giustificabile?