Alexander The Great

Author: John Gunther
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 9781402741395
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Alexander The Great from the Author: John Gunther. Relates the story of Alexander the Great who, at only age 21, became King of Macedonia and set off on a twelve-year journey to conquer the known world and extend the boundaries of Greek civilization.

Alexander The Great

Author: Philip Freeman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439193282
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Alexander The Great from the Author: Philip Freeman. In the first authoritative biography of Alexander the Great written for a general audience in a generation, classicist and historian Philip Freeman tells the remarkable life of the great conqueror. The celebrated Macedonian king has been one of the most enduring figures in history. He was a general of such skill and renown that for two thousand years other great leaders studied his strategy and tactics, from Hannibal to Napoleon, with countless more in between. He flashed across the sky of history like a comet, glowing brightly and burning out quickly: crowned at age nineteen, dead by thirty-two. He established the greatest empire of the ancient world; Greek coins and statues are found as far east as Afghanistan. Our interest in him has never faded. Alexander was born into the royal family of Macedonia, the kingdom that would soon rule over Greece. Tutored as a boy by Aristotle, Alexander had an inquisitive mind that would serve him well when he faced formidable obstacles during his military campaigns. Shortly after taking command of the army, he launched an invasion of the Persian empire, and continued his conquests as far south as the deserts of Egypt and as far east as the mountains of present-day Pakistan and the plains of India. Alexander spent nearly all his adult life away from his homeland, and he and his men helped spread the Greek language throughout western Asia, where it would become the lingua franca of the ancient world. Within a short time after Alexander’s death in Baghdad, his empire began to fracture. Best known among his successors are the Ptolemies of Egypt, whose empire lasted until Cleopatra. In his lively and authoritative biography of Alexander, classical scholar and historian Philip Freeman describes Alexander’s astonishing achievements and provides insight into the mercurial character of the great conqueror. Alexander could be petty and magnanimous, cruel and merciful, impulsive and farsighted. Above all, he was ferociously, intensely competitive and could not tolerate losing—which he rarely did. As Freeman explains, without Alexander, the influence of Greece on the ancient world would surely not have been as great as it was, even if his motivation was not to spread Greek culture for beneficial purposes but instead to unify his empire. Only a handful of people have influenced history as Alexander did, which is why he continues to fascinate us.

Conquistador

Author: S. M. Stirling
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101043936
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Conquistador from the Author: S. M. Stirling. A new alternate history of America from the author of The Peshawar Lancers, the bestselling novel the Chicago Sun-Times called "a pleasure to read" and Harry Turtledove hailed as "first-rate adventure all the way." 1945: An ex-marine has discovered a portal that permits him to travel between the America he knows-and a virgin America untouched by European influence. 21st century: The two realities collide...

Alexander Graham Bell

Author: Mary Kay Carson
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 9781402749513
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Alexander Graham Bell from the Author: Mary Kay Carson. Profiles the inventor of the telephone, who was also a teacher of the deaf, co-founder of the National Geographic Society, and creator of the metal detector.

Gotcha Again For Guys More Nonfiction Books To Get Boys Excited About Reading

Author: Kathleen A. Baxter
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 159884377X
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Gotcha Again For Guys More Nonfiction Books To Get Boys Excited About Reading from the Author: Kathleen A. Baxter. Here's help in selecting current, nonfiction books that will get boys excited about reading. • Citations for over 1,700 current nonfiction titles published between 2007–2009 that will appeal to boys • Interviews with seven authors, including Kadir Nelson, author of We Are the Ship, recent winner of numerous children's literature awards, and a great role model for young male readers • Nonfiction booktalks that can be used word-for-word when presenting books to students • Reproducible booklists • Photos of featured male authors • Book cover illustrations

Ghost On The Throne

Author: James Romm
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307701506
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Ghost On The Throne from the Author: James Romm. Alexander the Great, perhaps the most commanding leader in history, united his empire and his army by the titanic force of his will. His death at the age of thirty-two spelled the end of that unity. The story of Alexander’s conquest of the Persian empire is known to many readers, but the dramatic and consequential saga of the empire’s collapse remains virtually untold. It is a tale of loss that begins with the greatest loss of all, the death of the Macedonian king who had held the empire together. With his demise, it was as if the sun had disappeared from the solar system, as if planets and moons began to spin crazily in new directions, crashing into one another with unimaginable force. Alexander bequeathed his power, legend has it, “to the strongest,” leaving behind a mentally damaged half brother and a posthumously born son as his only heirs. In a strange compromise, both figures—Philip III and Alexander IV—were elevated to the kingship, quickly becoming prizes, pawns, fought over by a half-dozen Macedonian generals. Each successor could confer legitimacy on whichever general controlled him. At the book’s center is the monarch’s most vigorous defender; Alexander’s former Greek secretary, now transformed into a general himself. He was a man both fascinating and entertaining, a man full of tricks and connivances, like the enthroned ghost of Alexander that gives the book its title, and becomes the determining factor in the precarious fortunes of the royal family. James Romm, brilliant classicist and storyteller, tells the galvanizing saga of the men who followed Alexander and found themselves incapable of preserving his empire. The result was the undoing of a world, formerly united in a single empire, now ripped apart into a nightmare of warring nation-states struggling for domination, the template of our own times. From the Hardcover edition.

Are You Smart Enough

Author: Alexander W. Astin
Publisher: Stylus Publishing (VA)
ISBN: 9781620364482
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Are You Smart Enough from the Author: Alexander W. Astin. This book explores the many ways in which the obsession with "being smart" distorts the life of a typical college or university, and how this obsession leads to a higher education that shortchanges the majority of students, and by extension, our society's need for an educated population. The author calls on his colleagues in higher education to return the focus to the true mission of developing the potential of each student: However "smart" they are when they get to college, both the student and the college should be able to show what they learned while there. Unfortunately, colleges and universities have embraced two very narrow definitions of smartness: the course grade and especially the standardized test. A large body of research shows that it will be very difficult for colleges to fulfill their stated mission unless they substantially broaden their conception to include student qualities such as leadership, social responsibility, honesty, empathy, and citizenship. Specifically, the book grapples with issues such as the following: * Why America's 3,000-plus colleges and universities have evolved into a hierarchical pecking order, where institutions compete with each other to recruit "smart" students, and where a handful of elite institutions at the top of the pecking order enroll the "smartest" students. * Why higher education favors its smartest students to the point where the "not so smart" students get second-class treatment. * Why so many colleges find it difficult to make good on their commitment to affirmative action and "equality of opportunity." * Why college faculties tend to value being smart more than developing students' smartness (i.e., teaching and learning).

The New Digital Storytelling

Author: Bryan Alexander
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313387494
Size: 15.43 MB
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The New Digital Storytelling from the Author: Bryan Alexander. This book surveys the many ways of telling stories with digital technology, including blogging, gaming, social media, podcasts, and Web video. * Provides a bibliography listing sources consulted * Contains an index of key words and concepts from the text

Amelia Earhart

Author: John Burke
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 9781402745201
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Amelia Earhart from the Author: John Burke. A biography of one of America's most famous pilots, who mysteriously disappeared in 1937 while trying to fly around the world.