Larry darrell is a young american in search of the absolute. the progress of this spiritual odyssey involves him with some of maugham's most brillant characters - his fiancee isabel, whose choice between love and wealth have lifelong repercussions, and elliot templeton, her uncle, a classic expatriate american snob. the most ambitious of maugham's novels, this is also one in which maugham himself plays a considerable part as he wanders in and out of the story, to observe his characters struggling with their fates.
In black athena writes back martin bernal responds to the passionate debates set off by the 1987 publication of his book black athena. producing a shock wave of reaction from scholars, black athena argued that the development of greek civilization was heavily influenced by afroasiatic civilizations. moreover, bernal asserted that this knowledge had been deliberately obscured by the rampant racism of nineteenth-century europeans who could not abide the notion that greek society—for centuries recognized as the originating culture of europe—had its origins in africa and southwest asia. the subsequent rancor
Erich von daniken's chariots of the gods is a work of monumental importance--the first book to introduce the shocking theory that ancient earth had been visited by aliens. this world-famous bestseller has withstood the test of time, inspiring countless books and films, including the author's own popular sequel, . but here is where it all began--von daniken's startling theories of our earliest encounters with alien worlds, based upon his lifelong studies of ancient ruins, lost cities, potential spaceports, and a myriad of hard scientific facts that point to extraterrestrial intervention
The loss of the ark of the covenant is an historical mystery. to believers, the ark was the vessel holding the stone tablets of the ten commandments. the bible contains hundreds of references to the ark's power to level mountains, destroy armies & lay waste to cities. the ark itself, however, mysteriously disappears from recorded history sometime after the building of the temple of solomon. after ten years of searching thru archives in europe & the middle east, as well as braving the real-life dangers of a bloody civil war
Until recently, popular biographers and most scholars viewed alexander the great as a genius with a plan, a romantic figure pursuing his vision of a united world. his dream was at times characterized as a benevolent interest in the brotherhood of man, sometimes as a brute interest in the exercise of power. green, a cambridge-trained classicist who is also a novelist, portrays alexander as both a complex personality and a single-minded general, a man capable of such diverse expediencies as patricide or the massacre of civilians. green describes his alexander