Constant Battles

The Myth of the Peaceful, Noble Savage
Author: Steven A. LeBlanc,Katherine E. Register
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466850191
Category: Social Science
Page: 256
View: 751
With armed conflict in the Persian Gulf now upon us, Harvard archaeologist Steven LeBlanc takes a long-term view of the nature and roots of war, presenting a controversial thesis: The notion of the "noble savage" living in peace with one another and in harmony with nature is a fantasy. In Constant Battles: The Myth of the Peaceful, Noble Savage, LeBlanc contends that warfare and violent conflict have existed throughout human history, and that humans have never lived in ecological balance with nature. The start of the second major U.S. military action in the Persian Gulf, combined with regular headlines about spiraling environmental destruction, would tempt anyone to conclude that humankind is fast approaching a catastrophic end. But as LeBlanc brilliantly argues, the archaeological record shows that the warfare and ecological destruction we find today fit into patterns of human behavior that have gone on for millions of years. Constant Battles surveys human history in terms of social organization-from hunter gatherers, to tribal agriculturalists, to more complex societies. LeBlanc takes the reader on his own digs around the world -- from New Guinea to the Southwestern U.S. to Turkey -- to show how he has come to discover warfare everywhere at every time. His own fieldwork combined with his archaeological, ethnographic, and historical research, presents a riveting account of how, throughout human history, people always have outgrown the carrying capacity of their environment, which has led to war. Ultimately, though, LeBlanc's point of view is reassuring and optimistic. As he explains the roots of warfare in human history, he also demonstrates that warfare today has far less impact than it did in the past. He also argues that, as awareness of these patterns and the advantages of modern technology increase, so does our ability to avoid war in the future.

The Constant Battle

Short Stories and Poems from a Combat Veteran
Author: J. C. Kurtis
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781542340205
Page: 118
View: 8894
This book is about the constant battle we all face in our daily lives, some have it worse than others, and some have very little. Over the years I have lost several of my fellow soldiers to suicide and combat-related injuries. The events and stories in this book are a detailed chronological path that led me to who I am today. My trials and tribulations including growing up, becoming a soldier, being at war, a broken marriage, times where suicide seem to be the only option, and many more feelings and emotions in my life. I've struggled with PTSD for over 7 years now, and it never gets any easier. With strength knowledge and determination anyone can overcome adversity and loss. This book is a tribute to the many men and women who fight for our country's greatest traditions, honor, and valor. So please join me as I take you on a trip through one mans inner demons and the battles we face as soldiers, veterans, and people in the name of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. This is my story...

Ways to Survive, Battles to Win

Iranian Women Exiles in the Netherlands and United States
Author: Halleh Ghorashi
Publisher: Nova Publishers
ISBN: 9781590335529
Category: Social Science
Page: 279
View: 3825
Contemporary debates in social sciences are replete with metaphors of displacement such as diaspora, exile, hybridity, and nomadism. Halleh Ghorashi explores the cultural and political implications of such terms and demonstrates how the social and political contexts of the host countries play a crucial role in influencing the experiences of diasporic communities. Focusing on the life stories of Iranian women whose leftist political activism has led them to exile in the West, she offers at once powerful narratives of cultural dislocation and a compelling critique of social theories that privilege ethnicity over social location. Addressing a wide range of theoretical positions and social discourses, Ghorashi shows how a community of women in exile with the same cultural and political background differ markedly in the way they come to define themselves in the Netherlands and the United States. Through interviews with Iranian women exiles in Amsterdam and Southern California, Ghorashi shows the dynamic and complex process of cultural identification. In presenting the stories of politically leftist women who became homeless in their own country, this book touches upon the question of how people in exile position themselves in space and time. The Iranian women's narratives of both internal and external exile contribute to a new understanding of home that is far more complex and multi-layered than is often assumed. The extensive presence of the author throughout the book as she conveys her own emotional reactions to the research and the women's narratives also contributes to an exceptional work about what women refugees go through before and after they find their place in the new world. In Ways to Survive, Battles to Win, Ghorashi travels with the women of her book as they tell of their lives past and present. A cultural anthropologist, the author carefully balances her personal perspective with a scientific framework that brings past memories and present challenges in a way that will not be forgotten.

Great World War II Battles in the Arctic

Author: Mark Llewellyn Evans
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313308925
Category: History
Page: 165
View: 7804
The compelling story of the most exciting and decisive World War II battles fought for control of the North, the life and death struggles of brave men who faced a hopeless task, and the sacrifices they made to achieve victory.

The Moments That Define One’s Life

Rise to Your Destiny with Purpose
Author: Lloyd N. Moffatt
Publisher: BalboaPress
ISBN: 9781452545349
Category: Self-Help
Page: 272
View: 5316
Each moment in your life comes with a purpose. Although the purpose at times is taken for granted, these moments, when they arise, bring forth a significant meaning for one’s destiny and destination in life. For example, imagine how every person in this world has passed through a moment, full of promises and opportunities, but when that moment passes, he or she has no way of knowing if it will ever rise again. Apparently, whatever the moment may be, our lives are defined by the energy, faith, belief, and action into bringing each moment to life so that it can transcend toward greater moments, dreams, and endeavors. Each moment, by all means, is vital, and the mark that one has left in this world will be measured by what he or she has achieved in the time allowed. Thus, what you do with your life today will define your dreams and destiny as each significant moment rises and the time that is given to it is taken away. This book will help you • Develop a greater sense o • f why each moment in life matters; • Believe in yourself to accomplish any impossible dream or goal; • Generate positive attitudes, faith, and unstoppable principles of action.

Boys' Book of Border Battles

Author: Edwin L. Sabin
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1620871580
Category: History
Page: 349
View: 5490
Originally published: Philadelphia: G.W. Jacobs, 1918.

The Battle for Spain

The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
Author: Antony Beevor
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1780224532
Category: History
Page: 624
View: 3755
'Fascination lies in the human drama, superbly captured by Beevor ... A vivid chronicle of a dreadful time and place' Max Hastings, Sunday Times 'A moving masterpiece' TLS The civil war that tore Spain apart between 1936 and 1939 and attracted liberals and socialists from across the world to support the cause against Franco was one of the most hard-fought and bitterest conflicts of the 20th century: a war of atrocities and political genocide and a military testing ground before WWII for the Russians, Italians and Germans, whose Condor Legion so notoriously destroyed Guernica. Antony Beevor's account narrates the origins of the Civil War and its violent and dramatic course from the coup d'etat in July 1936 through the savage fighting of the next three years which ended in catastrophic defeat for the Republicans in 1939. And he succeeds especially well in unravelling the complex political and regional forces that played such an important part in the origins and history of the war.

El Arte de la Guerra

Author: Sun Tzu
Publisher: Paradimage Soluciones SL
ISBN: 8416564108
Category: Education
Page: 66
View: 4374
El Arte de la Guerra es el primer tratado castrense del mundo y su influencia ha superado las fronteras militares llegando a la política, la diplomacia, la cultura y la economía. Sus enseñanzas son aplicables a muchos campos de la vida y el estilo del libro es directo, breve y ameno. Sun Tzu vive en el período de Primaveras y Otoños de china (722aC - 481aC). Dedicó gran parte de su vida a la guerra, cosechando innumerables triunfos. Fue el primer estratega y teórico militar de China y ha sido aclamado como el "sabio militar". Un libro imprescindible que Paradimage les ofrece en una cuidada edición digital.

The Moral Arc

How Science Makes Us Better People
Author: Michael Shermer
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 0805096930
Category: Science
Page: 560
View: 7531
Bestselling author Michael Shermer's exploration of science and morality that demonstrates how the scientific way of thinking has made people, and society as a whole, more moral From Galileo and Newton to Thomas Hobbes and Martin Luther King, Jr., thinkers throughout history have consciously employed scientific techniques to better understand the non-physical world. The Age of Reason and the Enlightenment led theorists to apply scientific reasoning to the non-scientific disciplines of politics, economics, and moral philosophy. Instead of relying on the woodcuts of dissected bodies in old medical texts, physicians opened bodies themselves to see what was there; instead of divining truth through the authority of an ancient holy book or philosophical treatise, people began to explore the book of nature for themselves through travel and exploration; instead of the supernatural belief in the divine right of kings, people employed a natural belief in the right of democracy. In The Moral Arc, Shermer will explain how abstract reasoning, rationality, empiricism, skepticism--scientific ways of thinking--have profoundly changed the way we perceive morality and, indeed, move us ever closer to a more just world.

Enhancing Campus Capacity for Leadership

An Examination of Grassroots Leaders in Higher Education
Author: Adrianna Kezar,Jaime Lester
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804781621
Category: Education
Page: 368
View: 5695
Enhancing Campus Capacity for Leadership contributes to the growing tradition of giving voice to grassroots leaders, focusing on the largely untapped potential of faculty and staff on college campuses. In an increasingly corporatized environment, grassroots leadership can provide a balance to the prestige- and revenue-seeking impulses of traditional campus leaders, create changes in the teaching and learning core, build greater equity, improve relationships among campus stakeholders, and enhance the student experience. This book documents the stories of grassroots leaders, including their motivation and background, the tactics and strategies that they use, the obstacles that they overcome, and the ways that they navigate power and join with formal authority. This investigation also highlights the fact that grassroots leaders, particularly in more marginalized groups, can face significant backlash. The authors end with a discussion of the future of leadership on college campuses, examining the possibilities for shared and collaborative forms of guidance and governance.

Montessori FAQs Unplugged Book One: Infants and Toddlers

Author: Lisa Nolan
Publisher: Lisa Nolan
ISBN: 0983499500
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: N.A
View: 3471
Filled with 50 Montessori activities and real-life examples, Beginning Montessori is divided into several chapters that address the many challenges parents and teachers face when trying to incorporate the Montessori Method in their home or daycare: Questions about Behavior; Questions about Sleep, Routines, and Bedtime; Questions about Giving Lessons and Doing Activities; Questions about Circle Time and Motor Movement; Questions about Food and Mealtime; and Questions about Special Needs and Developmental Delays. This book will be a valuable contribution to those parents and educators who are searching for answers to their questions in caring for very young children using the philosophies of the Montessori Method and who want to make affordable activities for them to do and explore..


Author: Mary Lee Settle
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781570032844
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 237
View: 2343
The multi-award-winning author of The Beulah Quintet recounts her childhood in the Kahawha Valley of West Virginia in the aftermath of World War I, her experiences during the Great Depression, and her discovery of literature and music. UP.

The Evolution of Violence

Author: Todd K. Shackelford,Ranald D. Hansen
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461493145
Category: Psychology
Page: 244
View: 1559
This volume is an interdisciplinary exploration of our understanding of the causes and consequences of violence. Represented in its chapters are noted scholars from a variety of fields including psychology, anthropology, law, and literature. The contributions reflect a broad scope of inquiry and diverse levels of analysis. With an underlying evolutionary theme each of the contributors invoke their separate areas of expertise, offering empirical and theoretical insights to this complex subject. The multi-faceted aspect of the book is meant to engender new perspectives that will synthesize current knowledge and lead to a more nuanced understanding of an ever timely issue in human behavior. Of additional interest, is a foreword written by world renowned psychologist, Steven Pinker, and an afterword by noted evolutionary scholar, Richard Dawkins.

The Ethics of Intensification

Agricultural Development and Cultural Change
Author: Paul B. Thompson
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1402087225
Category: Philosophy
Page: 231
View: 1749
The Ethics of Agricultural Intensification: An Interdisciplinary and International Conversation Paul B. Thompson and John Otieno Ouko* Global agriculture faces a number of challenges as the world approaches the second decade of the third millennium. Predictions unilaterally indicate dramatic increases in world population between 2010 and 2030, and a trend in developing countries toward greater consumption of animal products could multiply the need for prod- tion of basic grains even further. Although global food production in 2000 was estimated to be adequate for the existing population, hunger and malnutrition are persistent problems that have led decision makers to recognize that increasing food production in specific regions may be the most effective way to address food se- rity for impoverished peoples. At the same time, there will need to be policy adju- ments that improve poor people’s access to current food supplies without simultaneously undercutting the ability of local producers to obtain needed cash income. What is more, the uncertain effects of global climate change on agricultural ecosystems complicate planning for this process, while poorly understood processes of globa- zation create additional unknowns from the side of social systems. In short, despite surpluses in many parts of the developed world, finding ways to increase food p- duction on both selected regional and a total global basis remains a priority for many farmers, policy makers and agricultural researchers.

My People Are Rising

Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain
Author: Aaron Dixon
Publisher: Haymarket Books
ISBN: 1608461793
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 384
View: 9333
"This book is a moving memoir experience: a must read. The dramatic life cycle rise of a youthful sixties political revolutionary, my friend Aaron Dixon."—Bobby Seale, founding chairman and national organizer of the Black Panther Party, 1966 to 1974 "My People Are Rising: A Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain is the most authentic book ever written by a member of the Black Panther Party. Aaron Dixon does a superb job of presenting life in the party from the perspective of a foot soldier—a warrior for the cause of revolutionary change and black power in America. He pulls no punches and holds nothing back in writing honestly about those times (late 1960s and during the 1970s) as he successfully presents a visual picture of the courage, commitment, and sometimes shocking brutality of life as a Panther activist. This is an unforgettable must read book!"—Larry Gossett, chair, Metropolitan King County Council In an era of stark racial injustice and decisive action, Aaron Dixon dedicated his life to the struggle for change, founding the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968 at age nineteen. Through his eyes, we see the courage of a generation that stood up to injustice, their political triumphs and tragedies, and the unforgettable legacy of Black Power. Aaron Dixon was co-founder and captain of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party. He has since founded various non-profits for Seattle youth and run as a Green Party candidate in the 2006 Senate race. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Nuestros vecinos

Author: Mario Artazar,Paz Milet
Publisher: RIL Editores
ISBN: 9562845338
Category: Chile
Page: 564
View: 7826

Weapons of Praise & Worship

Author: Abimbola Salu
Publisher: WestBowPress
ISBN: 1490817891
Category: Religion
Page: 140
View: 8298
Life is a constant battle between good and evil. Unfortunately, many are ignorant of how to fight the battles of life. Human beings operate on two levels: the spiritual world and the physical world. Unknown to many, “the spiritual controls the physical”. In life, many of the problems that a man encounters are already introduced in the spiritual realm, yet he continues to look for physical solutions to spiritual problems. God has made available to every child of God the weapons to fight spiritual battles. These include the blood of Jesus, fire of the Holy Spirit etc. However, one of the most powerful weapons available to man is the weapon of praise and worship. This book examines the reason why we fight spiritual battles and how to win spiritual wars. It also examines the life of King Jehoshaphat and the children of Israel and how they used the weapons of praise and worship to defeat their enemies.

The Christian Identity

Author: Ben Amponsah
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781468578201
Category: Religion
Page: 128
View: 8166
Do you want to know who a true Christian is? Are you craving to live as God wants you to live your life here on this earth? Do you want to know how to become a Christian? Based on the vivid illustrations Jesus Christ and His Apostles gave on true Christian living, this simple book will radically transform your life for good! In this edition, Ben Amponsah discusses the various identities of true Christians as they live their lives on earth and in times like these when the spiritual values expected of Christians are being compromised. For instance, at one point in the Bible, Jesus Christ identified His followers as being "Salt of the Earth". In another place, the Apostle Paul identified Christians as being "Living Sacrifices". What are these identities to you? You will be challenged to examine your life in the light of these identities from God's word as you go through the pages.

In Search of the Warrior Spirit, Fourth Edition

Teaching Awareness Disciplines to the Green Berets
Author: Richard Strozzi-Heckler
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1583944133
Category: History
Page: 448
View: 9834
The war in Iraq has heightened interest in the military mindset and raised questions about whether it’s possible to be a mindful, moral fighter at a time when impersonal, technology based warfare reigns. In Search of the Warrior Spirit confronts this thorny issue with Richard Strozzi-Heckler’s trademark personal, sympathetic style. In a top-secret U.S. military experiment, the author was asked to teach Eastern awareness disciplines ranging from aikido to meditation to a group of twenty-five Green Berets. This account chronicles his experiences in the training program and his attempts to revive traditional warriorship in a technological society. In Search of the Warrior Spirit explores the nature of war, the meaning of masculinity, and the need for moral values in the military. The book includes Heckler’s response to 9/11, his experiences with the Pentagon and U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and his poignant reflections on the movie Black Hawk Down, which depicts the deaths of two of his trainees. In this revised edition, the author talks movingly of his visits to Afghanistan with NATO and about the Trojan Warrior Project and Marine Warrior Project, relating the tragic events in a war zone and revelatory conversations with both ordinary soldiers and such leaders as the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe.

Iron Palm Fundamentals

Author: Brian Gray
Publisher: DEStech Publications, Inc
ISBN: 1932078894
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 101
View: 2562
Book number 1 deals with how to condition the hand to withstand the pressure of Iron Palm strikes, the changing process that gives a practitioner a deadly palm, as well as the physics for breaking solid objects.