This is a companion to Citizen Kane - the film that was designed to shock (Kenneth Tynan) - one of the best-known movies in the history of Hollywood. Not only was it Orson Welless first film as actor and director but most of the cast were also new to the cinema. Yet so controversial was the subject matter that an 842,000 US dollar bribe and concentration wrath of the Hearst newspaper empire combined in an attempt to strangle its distribution. The authorship of the film is still a subject of conflict.
History Detective Investigates: The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China is a hands-on, investigative approach to history. Learn all about Ancient China, its people and the story of Ancient China that goes back over 3,000 years. The Shang Dynasty was the second dynasty of the three dynasty periods.
The Avengers and the X-Men - the two most popular super-hero teams in history - go to war. This landmark pop-culture event brings together Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Magneto and more in the story that changes them forever. And in AVX: Vs., experience the larger-than-life battles too big for any other comic to contain.
Ian Goldin and co-author Chris Kutarna define the present day as a New Renaissance - a rare moment of flourishing genius and risk that promises to reshape all our lives.Da Vinci, Columbus, Copernicus, Luther, Gutenberg. These names recall an era in which an unprecedented rush of discovery and disruption broke through long-standing barriers and broke down equally long-standing powers. This rush entangled the whole world politically, economically and intellectually, and reshaped society.
I love listening to In Our Time on BBC Radio 4 - its on as I speak, as it happens. Its a programme about the history of ideas, and every episode takes a topic - medieval chivalry, black holes, Socrates - and three experts in the field (usually academics) discuss it. Sometimes it feels abstruse and the discussion can be so wide ranging and happens so fast that it can be hard to follow. I manage the history topics fine, but sometimes the science ones are impossible to take in.So, I LOVED this book. Its the transcripts of 26 episodes.
From the fall of Rome to the rise of Charlemagne - the dark ages - learning, scholarship, and culture disappeared from the European continent. The great heritage of western civilization - from the Greek and Roman classics to Jewish and Christian works - would have been utterly lost were it not for the holy men and women of unconquered Ireland. In this delightful and illuminating look into a crucial but little-known hinge of history, Thomas Cahill takes us to the island of saints and scholars, the Ireland of St. Patrick and the Book of Kells.