How to Do Absolutely Everything

How to Do Absolutely Everything

How to Do Absolutely Everything: Homegrown Projects from Do-It-Yourself Experts edited by Sarah James
Skyhorse Publishing | 2013 | ISBN: 1620870665 | EPUB | 63.72MB


Continuing the Instructables series with Skyhorse Publishing, a mammoth collection of projects has been selected and curated for this special best-of volume of Instructables. The guides in this book cover the entire spectrum of possibilities that the popular website has to offer, showcasing how online communities can foster and nurture creativity.


From outdoor agricultural projects to finding new uses for traditional household objects, the beauty of Instructables lies in their ingenuity and their ability to find new ways of looking at the same thing. How to Do Absolutely Everything has that in spades; the possibilities are limitless, thanks to not only the selection of projects available here, but also the new ideas you’ll build on after reading this book. Full-color photographs illustrate each project in intricate detail, providing images of both the individual steps of the process and the end product. 600 color photographs.


The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad

The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad

The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad by Lesley Hazleton
Riverhead | 2013 | ISBN: 1594487286 | MOBI | 820.91KB


The extraordinary life of the man who founded Islam, and the world he inhabited and remade.


Muhammad’s was a life of almost unparalleled historical importance; yet for all the iconic power of his name, the intensely dramatic story of the prophet of Islam is not well known. In The First Muslim, Lesley Hazleton brings him vibrantly to life. Drawing on early eyewitness sources and on history, politics, religion, and psychology, she renders him as a man in full, in all his complexity and vitality.


Hazleton’s account follows the arc of Muhammad’s rise from powerlessness to power, from anonymity to renown, from insignificance to lasting significance. How did a child shunted to the margins end up revolutionizing his world? How did a merchant come to challenge the established order with a new vision of social justice? How did the pariah hounded out of Mecca turn exile into a new and victorious beginning? How did the outsider become the ultimate insider?


Impeccably researched and thrillingly readable, Hazleton’s narrative creates vivid insight into a man navigating between idealism and pragmatism, faith and politics, nonviolence and violence, rejection and acclaim. The First Muslim illuminates not only an immensely significant figure but his lastingly relevant legacy.


Atomic Obsession Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al-Qaeda

Atomic Obsession Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al-Qaeda

Atomic Obsession: Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al-Qaeda by John E Mueller
Oxford University Press | 2009 | ISBN: 019538136X | EPUB | 2.26MB


Ever since the first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, the prospect of nuclear annihilation has haunted the modern world. But as John Mueller reveals in this eye-opening, compellingly argued, and very reassuring book, our obsession with nuclear weapons is unsupported by history, scientific fact, or logic.


Examining the entire atomic era, Mueller boldly contends that nuclear weapons have had little impact on history. Although they have inspired overwrought policies and distorted spending priorities, for the most part they have proved to be militarily useless, and a key reason so few countries have taken them up is that they are a spectacular waste of money and scientific talent. Equally important, Atomic Obsession reveals why anxieties about terrorists obtaining nuclear weapons are essentially baseless: a host of practical and organizational difficulties make their likelihood of success almost vanishingly small.


Mueller, one of America's most distinguished yet provocative international relations scholars, goes even further, maintaining that our efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons have produced more suffering and violence than the bombs themselves, and that proliferation of the weapons, while not necessarily desirable, is unlikely to be a major danger or to accelerate.


Reconstructing Conflict

Reconstructing Conflict

Reconstructing Conflict by Colin Flint, Scott Kirsch
Ashgate Publishing | 2011 | ISBN: 1409404706 | EPUB | 4.33MB


Reconstruction - the rebuilding of state, economy, culture and society in the wake of war - is a powerful idea, and a profoundly transformative one. From the refashioning of new landscapes in bombed-out cities and towns to the reframing of national identities to accommodate changed historical narratives, the term has become synonymous with notions of 'post-conflict' society; it draws much of its rhetorical power from the neat demarcation, both spatially and temporally, between war and peace.


The reality is far more complex. Here, reconstruction is identified as a process of conflict and of militarized power, not something that clearly demarcates a post-war period of peace. Kirsch and Flint bring together an internationally diverse range of studies by leading scholars to examine how periods of war and other forms of political violence have been justified as processes of necessary and valid reconstruction as well as the role of war in catalyzing the construction of new political institutions and destroying old regimes.


Challenging the false dichotomy between war and peace, this book explores instead the ways that war and peace are mutually constituted in the creation of historically specific geographies and geographical knowledges.


The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century

The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century

The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century by Thomas X Hammes
Zenith Press, MBI | 2011 | ISBN: 1616737557 | EPUB | 2.02MB


"4GW (Fourth Generation Warfare) is the only kind of war America has ever lost. And we have done so three times – in Vietnam, Lebanon, and Somalia. This form of warfare has also defeated the French in Vietnam and Algeria, and the USSR in Afghanistan...As the only Goliath left in the world, we should be worried that the world's Davids have found a sling and stone that work." – Chapter 1, The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century. The War in Iraq. The War on Terror. These types of "asymmetrical" warfare are the conflicts of the 21st century – and show how difficult it is for the world's remaining superpower to battle insurgents and terrorists who will fight unconventionally in the face of superior military power. This change in military conflict may seem sudden.

Dead Man Wins Election

Dead Man Wins Election

Dead Man Wins Election: The Ultimate Collection of Outrageous, Weird, and Unbelievable Political Tales by Phil Mason
Sourcebooks | 2012 | ISBN: 1402266758 | EPUB | 2.04MB


Despite our differences, there's a common thread uniting all of us: absurd political screw-ups happen. Welcome to Dead Man Wins Election, the ultimate collection of bizarre and outright unbelievable tales from politics at home and around the world.


Uncover the least competent politicians, the most outlandish government decisions, the strangest election results, and much more. Former president Bill Clinton, who touted his presidency as the watershed period for the modern Information Age. After his White House departure, it was disclosed that of the forty million emails his office produced, CLINTON HIMSELF HAD SENT...TWO. Harry Stonebreaker, who was reelected for mayor of Winfield, Missouri, despite having died a month before polling day. HE WON BY A LANDSLIDE WITH 90 PERCENT OF THE VOTE.


Who Hates Whom

Who Hates Whom

Who Hates Whom: Well-Armed Fanatics, Intractable Conflicts, and Various Things Blowing Up A Woefully Incomplete Guide by Bob Harris
Three Rivers Press | 2007 | ISBN: 0307408485 | EPUB | 3.57MB


The daily news gives you events but rarely context. So what do al-Qaeda, North Korea, and Iran really want? Which faction is which in Iraq and who's arming whom? What's the deal with Somalia, Darfur, and Kashmir? Fatah, Hamas, and Hezbollah?


Finally, here's Who Hates Whom--a handy, often stunning guide to the world's recent conflicts, from the large and important to the completely absurd.


  • Which countries are fighting over an uninhabitable glacier with no real strategic value--at an annual cost of half a billion dollars?
  • Which underreported war has been the deadliest since World War II--worse even than Vietnam--with a continuing aftermath worse than most current conflicts combined?
  • Which royal family members were respected as gods--until the crown prince machine-gunned the king and queen?
  • Which country's high school students think the Nazis had a "good side"? Which nation's readers recently put Mein Kampf on the bestseller list? And which other country watches itself with four million security cameras? (Hint: All three are U.S. allies.)

Detailed with more than fifty original maps, photographs, and illustrations, Who Hates Whom summarizes more than thirty global hotspots with concise essays, eye-catching diagrams, and (where possible) glimmers of kindness and hope.


In which bodies of water can you find most of the world's active pirates? Which dictatorship is bulldozing its own villages? Where exactly are Waziristan, Bangsamoro, Kurdistan, Ituri, Baluchistan, and Jubaland--and how will they affect your life and security? Find out in Who Hates Whom, a seriously amusing look at global humanity--and the lack thereof.


One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics

One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics

One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics by David Berlinski
Knopf Doubleday | 2011 | ISBN: 030737985X | EPUB | 4.07MB


From the acclaimed author of A Tour of the Calculus, Infinite Ascent and The Advent of the Algorithm, here is a riveting look at mathematics that reveals a hidden world in some of its most fundamental concepts.


In his latest foray into mathematics, David Berlinski takes on the simplest questions that can be asked: What is a number? How do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division actually work? What are geometry and logic? As he delves into these subjects, he discovers and lucidly describes the beauty and complexity behind their seemingly simple exteriors, making clear how and why these mercurial, often slippery concepts are essential to who we are.


Filled with illuminating historical anecdotes and asides on some of the most fascinating mathematicians through the ages, One, Two, Three is a captivating exploration of the foundation of mathematics: how it originated, who thought of it, and why it matters.


The Power of Collective Wisdom

The Power of Collective Wisdom

The Power of Collective Wisdom: And the Trap of Collective Folly by Alan Briskin, Sheryl Erickson
Berrett Koehler Publishers | 2011 | ISBN: 1576759008 | EPUB | 2.0MB


Stories and historical examples throughout this work serve to illustrate how collective wisdom is emerging in a range of settings and how, if accessed, this collective knowing can create extraordinary results.


How to Become an Intellectual

How to Become an Intellectual

How to Become an Intellectual: 100 Mandatory Maxims to Metamorphose into the Most Learned of Thinkers by Nick Kolakowski
Adams Media | 2012 | ISBN: 1440535302 | EPUB | 2.27MB


A Capacious and Quintessential Guide


Maxims:

#1: Carry a Scholarly Book (at All Times)

#12: Know Your Manet from Your Monet

#14: Be Proficient in at Least One Classical Instrument

#64: Learn to Recite Romantic-Era Poetry on Cue


If you think you need a PhD in Greek and Roman philosophy from an Ivy League school to call yourself an intellectual, reconsider your supposition. While you may envy the initials that follow distinguished names of professors and the intellectual elite, it's not the mortar board and scholarly robes you need—it's the obscure esoterica. In this primer, you'll learn to walk the talk of the intelligentsia, leaving simpletons and pseudo-intellectuals in your dust.


Inside How to Become an Intellectual, you will find the prodigious truths every self-respecting learned person lives by. This code of scholarly behavior allows aspiring high-brows like yourself to educate their unfortunate lessers, amaze their Mensa friends, and impress their fellow wise people—one distinguished bon mot at a time!


Bacteria: The Benign, the Bad, and the Beautiful

Bacteria: The Benign, the Bad, and the Beautiful

Bacteria: The Benign, the Bad, and the Beautiful by Trudy M Wassenaar
Wiley-Blackwell | 2012 | ISBN: 1118107667 | EPUB | 13.1MB


A comprehensive, reader-friendly introduction to the world of bacteria.


When most people hear the word "bacteria" they think of food poisoning; infections; and acute, debilitating, or fatal diseases. Yet, while E. coli, strep, and other bacterial pathogens certainly cause their share of misery in the world, they are only a tiny portion of a vast universe of microorganisms—the most basic of life forms. Without them, nothing else could live or grow on Planet Earth. Bacteria: The Benign, the Bad, and the Beautiful introduces you to this diverse, microscopic world and explains the fundamental microbiological concepts you need to explore the life and behavior of bacteria. Even if you have no previous background in the subject, the book's clear, jargon-free language tells you what you need to know about:


  • The origins and evolution of bacteria
  • Some of the fundamental ways in which bacteria have shaped the world
  • Bacteria commonly found in the healthy human body
  • Antibiotics and the growing problem of resistance
  • Marine microbiology, bacterial toxins, and enzymes
  • Bacterial genetics and genomics
  • Bacteria that survive in extreme environments, such as boiling water
  • And much more

This comprehensive guide features custom-drawn, black-and-white illustrations by artist Karoly Farkas, and it illuminates its points through real-world examples and engaging stories. Discrete, topic-by-topic structure, text-box summaries of background science, and a helpful glossary make for quick and easy reference. Whether you are a science professional in need of information on bacteria outside of your specialty, a student in search of a solid introduction, or a curious reader looking for fascinating and reliable information, Bacteria: The Benign, the Bad, and the Beautiful is the resource you need.


The Aesthetics of Wine

The Aesthetics of Wine

The Aesthetics of Wine by Douglas Burnham, Ole M Skilleas
Wiley-Blackwell | 2012 | ISBN: 1444337661 | PDF | 2.56MB


The Aesthetics of Wine shows that discussing wine within the framework of aesthetics both benefits our understanding of wine as a phenomenon, while also challenging some of the basic assumptions of the tradition of aesthetics.


  • Analyzes the appreciation of wine as an aesthetic practice
  • Tackles prejudices against bodily senses, showing how they distort traditional aesthetic theory
  • Represents the beginnings of a reformulation of general aesthetics

Digital Capture After Dark

Digital Capture After Dark

Digital Capture After Dark by Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler, Philipp Scholz Rittermann
Rocky Nook | 2013 | ISBN: 1933952660 | EPUB | 38.34MB


The pitfalls of photographing at night are many. Autofocus and built-in light meters generally fail at night. Long exposures tend to make noisy or blurry photographs. Cameras set to automatic generally trigger the built-in flash in low light conditions, which results in unsatisfying images. Lack of understanding and inappropriate techniques often ruin the dramatic potential of nighttime images.


In Digital Capture After Dark you will learn to overcome these and other obstacles. You will go beyond the many “how-to’s” of capturing digital images at night to the “why-to’s” of long exposure photography; including the importance of how we think and see at night compared to during the day.


Also discussed are hands-on image editing techniques that will help you prepare your images for output. Detailed descriptions cover color balancing, expanding dynamic range, controlling flare, dealing with noise, converting to black-and-white, toning, and much more.


1812: The Navy's War [Audiobook]

1812: The Navy's War [Audiobook]

1812: The Navy's War [Audiobook] by George C. Daughan
Audible | 2011 | ASIN: B005SA5YTO | MP3@64 kbps | 18 hrs 51 mins | 519.9MB


The War of 1812 was forced upon the East by the people living west of the Appalachian Mountains. At the time Westerners were over a million people, roughly 20 - 25% of the total US population. Even a cursory read of history reveals that the Western territory was up for grabs with Britain intriguing to lock the United States east of the Appalachians. At that point in time, a United States we were not. However, after this war, we most definitely were.


George Daughan has written a breathtaking description of the naval War of 1812. It is often stated that a handful of ships and stalwart crews overcame spectacular odds. It is true. They did. But a closer look reveals that England had set itself up for the embarrassment they suffered during these actions. Materially fewer in number, almost laughingly so, U.S. ships were vastly better in terms of armament, construction and speed, their crews were much better trained and their captains, for the most part, decidedly more audacious. While US forces generally performed poorly on land, Washington was burned, etc., it was at sea that our armed forces fortunes were brightest.


You will greatly enjoy this fine work. Fast paced, even riveting, Daughan details a conflict so one sided on a ship to ship basis, English histories ignore these conflicts and this war to this day. This was the war that truly united the United States.


Outnumbered, outgunned and outmanned, the naval conflict was consistently America's finest effort. --By Michael E. Fitzgerald




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The Ghosts of Cannae [Audiobook]

The Ghosts of Cannae [Audiobook]
The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic [Audiobook] by Robert L. O'Connell
Tantor Media | 2010 | ISBN: 1400167221 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 15 mins | 365.9MB

Hannibal's battle plan at Cannae became the mother of all great battle strategies - the first battle of encirclement that has been imitated (often to disastrous effect) endlessly over the past two thousand years. In this brilliant, long-overdue, and beautifully written account, Robert L. O'Connell gives listeners an epic account of one of the most dramatic battles of antiquity.


The Ghosts of Cannae is at once a book about a specific battle (the massive defeat of a huge but inexperienced Roman army in southern Italy by Hannibal in 216 BC) and also an interpretation of the larger course of the Second Punic War, as well as an assessment of the historical impact of Rome's storied rivalry with Carthage. What ties the book together is the fate of the survivors, their treatment by the authorities in Rome, and ultimately their vindication nearly two decades later, when they defeated Hannibal at the decisive battle of Zama in North Africa. With an unforgettable cast of heroes and villains, The Ghosts of Cannae is history at its finest.




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The End of Growth [Audiobook]

The End of Growth [Audiobook]

The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality [Audiobook] by Richard Heinberg
Tantor Media | 2011 | ISBN: 1452655901 | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 01 min | 329.07MB


As energy and food prices escalate and debt levels explode, paths that formerly led to economic prosperty now lead to disaster. This book proposes a startling diagnosis: the global economy has reached a fundamental turning point--the end of growth. The Great Recession will not end in "recovery." Still, we can thrive in coming years if we abandon the futile pursuit of growth in consumption and aim instead for improvements in quality of life.


Richard Heinberg's latest landmark work goes to the heart of the ongoing financial crisis, examining why it occurred, and what we must do to avert the worst potential outcomes. Written in an engaging style, it shows why growth can't continue in the face of resource depletion, environmental devastation, and mountains of debt.


The End of Growth re-evaluates cherished economic theories and describes what policymakers, communities, and families can do to build a new economy that operates within Earth's budget of energy and resources. We can thrive during the transition if we set goals that promote human and environmental well-being, rather than pursuing the now-unattainable prize of ever-expanding GDP.


Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales & Stories

Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales & Stories

Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales & Stories [Audiobook]
Anchor | MP3@96 kbps | 51 hrs 25 mins | 1.67GB


Translated by Erik Hougaard, this is the only version available in audiobook form that presents the fairy tales exactly as Andersen collected them in the original Danish edition in 1874.


Hans Christian Andersen is one of the immortals of world literature. The fairy tales he wrote, such as "The Snow Queen," "The Ugly Duckling," "The Red Shoes," and "The Nightingale," are remarkable for their sense of fantasy, power of description, and acute sensitivity, and they are like no others written before or since. Unlike the Brothers Grimm, who collected and retold folklore, Andersen adopted the most ancient literary forms of the fairy tale and the folktale and distilled them into a genre that was uniquely his own.


In preparing this first English translation of the complete fairy tales and stories as collected and told by Andersen, Erik Haugaard has scrupulously followed the text and the order of the stories in the original Danish edition of 1874. Recognizing the literary merit of Andersen's own simple colloquial language, which Victorian translators and their imitators very often altered to sentimentalize or vulgarize, Haugaard has remained faithful to the original text. This edition includes Andersen's own notes to his stories. As Virginia Haviland comments in her Foreword, "This new work, in its fresh and authentic transmission, and with Andersen's notes accompanying the translation, is offered as a contribution to the history of a literature that belongs to every age."


Underworld [Audiobook]

Underworld [Audiobook]

Underworld [Audiobook] by Don DeLillo
Recorded Books | 2011 | ASIN: B0012O73OY | MP3 | 31 hrs 31 mins | 430.89MB


While Eisenstein documented the forces of totalitarianism and Stalinism upon the faces of the Russian peoples, DeLillo offers a stunning, at times overwhelming, document of the twin forces of the cold war and American culture, compelling that "swerve from evenness" in which he finds events and people both wondrous and horrifying. Underworld opens with a breathlessly graceful prologue set during the final game of the Giants-Dodgers pennant race in 1951. Written in what DeLillo calls "super-omniscience" the sentences sweep from young Cotter Martin as he jumps the gate to the press box, soars over the radio waves, runs out to the diamond, slides in on a fast ball, pops into the stands where J. Edgar Hoover is sitting with a drunken Jackie Gleason and a splenetic Frank Sinatra, and learns of the Soviet Union's second detonation of a nuclear bomb. It's an absolutely thrilling literary moment. When Bobby Thomson hits Branca's pitch into the outstretched hand of Cotter--the "shot heard around the world"--and Jackie Gleason pukes on Sinatra's shoes, the events of the next few decades are set in motion, all threaded together by the baseball as it passes from hand to hand.


"It's all falling indelibly into the past," writes DeLillo, a past that he carefully recalls and reconstructs with acute grace. Jump from Giants Stadium to the Nevada desert in 1992, where Nick Shay, who now owns the baseball, reunites with the artist Kara Sax. They had been brief and unlikely lovers 40 years before, and it is largely through the events, spinoffs, and coincidental encounters of their pasts that DeLillo filters the Cold War experience. He believes that "global events may alter how we live in the smallest ways," and as the book steps back in time to 1951, over the following 800-odd pages, we see just how those events alter lives. This reverse narrative allows the author to strip away the detritus of history and pop culture until we get to the story's pure elements: the bomb, the baseball, and the Bronx. In an epilogue as breathless and stunning as the prologue, DeLillo fast-forwards to a near future in which ruthless capitalism, the Internet, and a new, hushed faith have replaced the Cold War's blend of dread and euphoria.


Through fragments and interlaced stories--including those of highway killers, artists, celebrities, conspiracists, gangsters, nuns, and sundry others--DeLillo creates a fragile web of connected experience, a communal Zeitgeist that encompasses the messy whole of five decades of American life, wonderfully distilled.


Unabridged. Read by Richard Poe.


The Best of Youth [Audiobook]

The Best of Youth [Audiobook]

The Best of Youth [Audiobook] by Michael Dahlie
Dreamscape Media | 2013 | ISBN: 1624063136 | MP3 | 8 hrs 06 mins | 167.29MB


Henry Lang is a smart but unassuming young man with a degree from Harvard and limited social skills. After his parents are killed in an accident, leaving him a substantial inheritance, he moves to Brooklyn to see if he can make it in publishing, perhaps fall in love, and attend the sorts of parties and events that he imagines 20-somethings in Brooklyn frequent. Unfortunately, Henry is somewhat of a target for other, more savvy Brooklynites. He finds himself in a string of increasingly troubling situations and demoralizing romantic adventures.


Things finally fall apart for him in catastrophic ways when he agrees to ghostwrite a young adult novel for a charismatic but drug-addicted and sometimes-violent actor. Will Henry lose everything he has to save his integrity?


Young Stalin [Audiobook]

Young Stalin [Audiobook]

Young Stalin [Audiobook] by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Blackstone Audio | 2007 | ISBN: 1433203936 | MP3 VBR V5 | 16 hrs 27 mins | 441.41MB


Young Stalin tells the story of an exceptional, charismatic, darkly turbulent young man born into obscurity, fancying himself a poet and a priest, and finally embracing revolutionary idealism as his Messianic mission in life. Equal parts scholar and terrorist, a mastermind of bank robberies, extortion, piracy, and murder, he was so impressive in his brutality that Lenin made him, along with Trotsky, his chief henchman.


Here is Stalin the supreme dictator in the making - his psychology, his loves and hatreds, his intellectual interests, his knowledge of the world - learning how to triumph in the Kremlin and create the USSR in his profoundly flawed image.


Based on exhaustive research and astonishing new evidence, Young Stalin is a brilliant prehistory of the USSR from the perspective of those who would bring it into being.


Peter the Great: His Life and World [Audiobook]

Peter the Great: His Life and World [Audiobook]

Peter the Great: His Life and World [Audiobook] by Robert K Massie
Blackstone Audio | 2011 | ISBN: 1441744509 | MP3@64 kbps | 43 hrs 39 mins | 1.17GB


Peter the Great brought Russia from the darkness of its own Middle Ages into the Enlightenment and transformed it into the power that has its legacy in the Russia of our own century.


This superbly told story brings to life one of the most remarkable rulers -- and men -- in all of history and conveys the drama of his life and world. The Russia of Peter's birth was very different from the Russia his energy, genius, and ruthlessness shaped. Crowned co-Tsar as a child of ten, after witnessing bloody uprisings in the streets of Moscow, he would grow up propelled by an unquenchable curiosity, everywhere looking, asking, tinkering, and learning, fired by Western ideas.


We see Peter in his twenties traveling ''incognito'' with his ambassadors to the courts of Europe; as the victorious soldier proclaimed Emperor; as the simple workman at his forge; and as the visionary statesman who single-handedly created a formidable world power. Impetuous and stubborn, bawdy and stern, relentless in his perseverance, he was capable of the greatest generosity and the greatest cruelty.




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