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La vie, l'univers et le reste

By Douglas Adams

Pourquoi le tristement anonyme Arthur Dent se promène-t-il outrageusement affublé d'un sac en peau de lapin, un os dans le nez, au beau milieu d'une finale de cricket? Et que fait Manin, l'androïde dépressif, à asséner ses considérations suicidaires aux improbables habitants des marécages de Squornshellous Zeta ? Pas de panique ! motor vehicle l'inénarrable, l'irremplaçable consultant du voyageur galactique saura une fois encore tirer d'affaire nos malheureux astrostoppeurs égarés; et peut-être, privilège suprême, leur révélera-t-il enfin le Grand Mystère de los angeles Vie, de l'Univers et du Reste!

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Les Camisards

By Philippe Joutard

Une étrange révolte : deux ans de guerre ouverte dans une province du Grand Roi, le soulèvement d'un peuple de paysans et artisans décidés à témoigner pour leur foi suffisent à inquiéter l. a. monarchie, à alerter l'Europe, à fasciner, pour deux siècles, les historiens. Ces Camisards, qui sont-ils ? Des prophètes ? des fous ? des simulateurs ? des brokers de l'étranger ? L'épopée a laissé derrière elle ses témoignages. À travers eux, Philippe Joutard dessine, des prédicants aux guerriers inspirés et aux pasteurs du Désert, l. a. longue durée d'un comportement culturel et l'originalité d'une révolte qui n'a pas cessé d'être inconcevable.

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Les Japonais et la guerre

By Michael Lucken

Dans los angeles Seconde Guerre mondiale, le Japon a choisi le camp des puissances de l’axe ; il en partageait le projet impérialiste et une notion du dépeçage de los angeles planète en fonction de sa sphère de domination. A lui devait bénéficier l’Asie, en particulier los angeles Chine et les îles du Pacifique. los angeles inhabitants japonaise a donc été mobilisée pour ce projet dès 1937, quand le can pay commença ses premiers actes de conquête vers los angeles Mandchourie. Pour les généraux et le gouvernement militariste, tout le monde devait marcher du même pas et garder une sorte de culte patriotique incarné dans l. a. dévotion à l’empereur.
Le livre de Michael Lucken revient sur ce mythe d’une unanimité dans l. a. guerre. Il montre remark los angeles société a été travaillée par des sentiments contradictoires. Véritable histoire culturelle et matérielle d’un can pay plongé dans le gouffre d’un conflit meurtrier, il décrit les principales étapes de los angeles guerre et les manifestations qu’elle suscite sur le territoire. Cette size tragique du can pay du soleil levant proceed de travailler los angeles mémoire nationale nippone : les conquêtes, les massacres à Nankin et ailleurs, le rationnement, les kamikazes et aussi les bombardements, y compris les premiers usages de l’arme atomique à Hiroshima et Nagasaki…
Ce retour sur le passé japonais permet de mieux comprendre les fantômes et les cauchemars qui hantent les héritiers de Hiro Hito.

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The Normans: The History of a Dynasty

By David Crouch

The Normans is the historical past of a dynasty. it's also the heritage of ruthless ambition, contention and battle among brothers and cousins. The Norman Conquest of britain in 1066 used to be a severe second in heritage. Following the demise of Harold on the conflict of Hastings, it demonstrated William, duke of Normandy, at the throne of britain. by way of finishing Anglo-Saxon rule, it tied England to Normandy and to involvement in France for the subsequent years.

The Normans have been pioneers of robust govt, energetic developers of church-es and castles, and fierce warriors. William l's loss of life was once through civil conflict and persisted rigidity among England and Normandy, unresolved on the time of he loss of life of William Rufus in a looking coincidence within the New woodland in 1100. Peace below Henry i used to be by means of ultimate eclipse after the Anarchy of Stephen's reign, while 'Christ and his saints slept'.

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Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power

A seminal quantity on prejudice opposed to young children for fogeys, academics, psychologists, social employees, policy-makers—anyone interested by the an important topic of kid welfare.

during this moment quantity of Philip Dwyer’s authoritative biography on considered one of history’s such a lot captivating leaders, Napoleon, now 30, takes his place as head of the French country after the 1799 coup. Dwyer explores the younger leader’s reign, entire with errors, fallacious turns, and pitfalls, and divulges the nice lengths to which Napoleon is going within the attempt to model his picture as valid and patriarchal ruler of the hot kingdom. Concealing his defeats, exaggerating his victories, by no means hesitating in charge others for his personal failings, Napoleon is ruthless in his ambition for power.

 
Following Napoleon from Paris to his winning campaigns in Italy and Austria, to the disastrous invasion of Russia, and at last to the conflict opposed to the 6th Coalition that might finish his reign in Europe, the ebook seems not just at those occasions yet on the personality of the fellow at the back of them. Dwyer finds Napoleon’s darker sides—his brooding obsessions and propensity for violence—as good as his passionate nature: his loves, his skill to motivate, and his ability for figuring out his visionary rules. In an insightful research of Napoleon as one of many first actually glossy politicians, the writer discusses how the persuasive and forward-thinking chief skillfully formed identical to himself that persists in legends that encompass him to this day.

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Madame de Pompadour (New York Review Books Classics)

By Nancy Mitford

Whilst Madame de Pompadour grew to become the mistress of Louis XV, not anyone anticipated her to hold his affections for lengthy. A member of the bourgeoisie instead of an aristocrat, she used to be bodily too chilly for the carnal Bourbon king, and had such a lot of enemies that she couldn't go back and forth publicly with out risking a pelting of dust and stones. historical past has enjoyed her little better.Nancy Mitford's delightfully candid biography re-creates the spirit of eighteenth-century Versailles with its love of delight and treachery. We research that the Queen was once a "bore," the Dauphin a "prig," and notice France more and more conquer with type clash. With a fiction writer's felicity, Mitford restores the royal mistress and celebrates her as a survivor, unsurpassed in "the paintings of living," who reigned because the strongest girl in France for almost 20 years.

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Trial by Battle: The Hundred Years War, Volume 1

By Jonathan Sumption

"Without any doubt, this publication instantly takes its position because the top on hand account of this section of the conflict. . . . it truly is compulsively readable, partly the end result of a lucid kind and apt collection of aspect, yet almost always the results of a masterly total seize, acute judgment, clean perception, and a compelling experience of immediacy that absolutely justifies the author's choice for a predominantly narrative strategy. all through, there's a experience of a luminous intelligence engaged on the material." — History

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The Politics of Adoption: Gender and the Making of French Citizenship (Basic Bioethics)

By Bruno Perreau

In may perhaps 2013, after months of controversy, France legalized same-sex marriage and adoption by way of gay undefined. hindrances to adoption and parenting equality stay, although -- a lot of them within the kind of cultural and political norms mirrored and expressed in French adoption guidelines. In The Politics of Adoption, Bruno Perreau describes the evolution of those guidelines. some time past thirty years, Perreau explains, political and highbrow existence in France were ruled by way of debates over tips on how to protect "Frenchness," and those debates have pushed coverage making. Adoption regulations, he argues, hyperlink adoption to citizenship, reflecting and implementing the postcolonial state's notions of parenthood, gender, and Frenchness. After reviewing the complicated heritage of adoption, Perreau examines French political debates over adoption, noting, between different issues, that intercountry adoptions stirred some distance much less controversy than the variation among the sexes in an adopting couple. He additionally discusses judicial motion on adoption; baby welfare businesses as gatekeepers to parenthood (as outlined by means of experts); the approval approach from the viewpoints of social employees and candidates; and adoption's hyperlink to citizenship, and its use as a metaphor for belonging. Adopting a Foucaultian viewpoint, Perreau calls the biopolitics of adoption "pastoral": it manages the person for the nice of the collective "flock"; it considers itself outdoor politics; and it considers now not loads the genuine habit of people as an allegorical illustration of them. His argument sheds new mild on American debates on bioethics, identification, and citizenship.

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La Nuit Du Carrefour (Inspector Maigret, Book 7)

By Georges Simenon

Quand Maigret, avec un soupir de lassitude, écarta sa chaise du bureau auquel il était accoudé, il y avait exactement dix-sept heures que durait l’interrogatoire de Carl Andersen. On avait vu travel à journey, par les fenêtres sans rideaux, l. a. foule des midinettes et des employés prendre d’assaut, à l’heure de midi, les crémeries de l. a. position Saint-Michel, puis l’animation faiblir, l. a. ruée de six heures vers les métros et les gares, los angeles flânerie de l’apéritif… l. a. Seine s’était enveloppée de buée. Un dernier remorqueur était passé, avec feux verts et rouges, traînant trois péniches. Dernier autobus. Dernier métro. Le cinéma dont on fermait les grilles après avoir rentré les panneaux-réclame… Et le poêle qui semblait ronfler plus castle dans le bureau de Maigret. Sur l. a. desk, il y avait des demis vides, des restes de sandwiches.

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Le Passager

By Patrick Sénécal

Etienne Séguin n'a pas trente ans. Originaire de Drummondville, demeurant depuis quelques années à Montréal, il vient d'accepter un poste de professeur de littérature au cégep de sa ville natale. Qu'à cela ne tienne, il fera l'aller-retour par l'autoroute 20 ; le trajet ne prend pas plus d'une heure, cela lui permettra d'écouter los angeles radio et, surtout, d'oublier sa récente séparation ! Peu de temps après, Etienne remarque un autostoppeur, toujours posté au même endroit au second où il passe. Pourquoi ne pas le faire monter afin de rompre los angeles monotonie de los angeles path ? Dès los angeles première rencontre, le jeune homme comprend que son passager l'a connu dans son enfance. Mais voilà : Etienne souffre d'amnésie et n'a aucun memento de ses jeunes années. C'est alors que les questions surgissent dans son esprit : qui donc est ce passager qu'il a pris l'habitude d'embarquer ? Et qu'ont-ils fait ensemble, dans leur jeunesse ? Le Passager : un roman d'une rigidity extrême, par l'auteur des Sept jours du talion

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