Description : Hope That Changed the World is the story of a young woman, Rachel Leebay, and how her life would have been different had she chosen to carry her child to term. The child was a little girl that Rachel would have named Hope. Hope’s life would have caused a positive domino effect that would change Rachel, her family, and our entire country and world. Discover how one life can have an immeasurable impact on our world. Read Hope That Changed the World.
Description : For many thousands of years, people have used oratory to influence others, but what exactly makes a speech great? Is it the choice of words, the feelings they express, the passion with which the speaker delivers them, the circumstances or the lasting effect that the speech has on what other people think or do, or even on the course of history.
Description : Contains over 50 momentous speeches from a wide range of historical eras and nations. This book includes biographies of each speaker, the history of why each speech was significant and what happened as a result. Black and white photography illustrates these key figures and moments in history.
Description : From Moses' delivery of the Ten Commandments to Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" address in Washington, Speeches That Changed the World contains the inspiring words of the world's greatest orators. The defining moments of three thousand years of history are brought alive through the spoken words of the great leaders, religious and literary figures, politicians, and pioneering men and women who have shaped our world. Ideal as a reference tool, study companion for public speakers and students, or simply as a fascinating journey into the past, this memorable book captures the drama of history in the making.
Description : A life-affirming dystopian tale of global disaster, survival, and belief for any reader of Emily St John Mandel's STATION ELEVEN or Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD 'THE ROAD crossed with a post-apocalyptic romance...[engages] deep emotions to spine-chilling (and suspenseful) effect' Lawrence Norfolk, Guardian Books of the Year Readers fell in love with THE DOG STARS 'Every bit as good as THE ROAD... A superbly sustained masterpiece' ***** 'A beautifully written tale of loss, survival and self-discovery ... suspenseful and touching' ***** 'A wee gem ... A great story, beautifully spun and well told' ***** 'I absolutely loved this book' ***** Hig, bereaved and traumatised after global disaster, has three things to live for - his dog Jasper, his aggressive but helpful neighbour, and his Cessna aeroplane. He's just about surviving, so long as he only takes his beloved plane for short journeys, and saves his remaining fuel. But, just once, he picks up a message from another pilot, and eventually the temptation to find out who else is still alive becomes irresistible. So he takes his plane over the horizon, knowing that he won't have enough fuel to get back. What follows is scarier and more life-affirming than he could have imagined. And his story, THE DOG STARS, is a book unlike any you have ever read.
Description : On 28 June 1914 the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in the Balkans. Five fateful weeks later the Great Powers of Europe were at war. Much time and ink has been spent ever since trying to identify the 'guilty' person or state responsible, or alternatively attempting to explain the underlying forces that 'inevitably' led to war in 1914. Unsatisfied with these explanations, Gordon Martel now goes back to the contemporary diplomatic, military, and political records to investigate the twists and turns of the crisis afresh, with the aim of establishing just how the catastrophe really unfurled. What emerges is the story of a terrible, unnecessary tragedy - one that can be understood only by retracing the steps taken by those who went down the road to war. With each passing day, we see how the personalities of leading figures such as Kaiser Wilhelm II, the Emperor Franz Joseph, Tsar Nicholas II, Sir Edward Grey, and Raymond Poincaré were central to the unfolding crisis, how their hopes and fears intersected as events unfolded, and how each new decision produced a response that complicated or escalated matters to the point where they became almost impossible to contain. Devoting a chapter to each day of the infamous 'July Crisis', this gripping step by step account of the descent to war makes clear just how little the conflict was in fact premeditated, preordained, or even predictable. Almost every day it seemed possible that the crisis could be settled as so many had been over the previous decade; almost every day there was a new suggestion that gave statesmen hope that war could be avoided without abandoning vital interests. And yet, as the last month of peace ebbed away, the actions and reactions of the Great Powers disastrously escalated the situation. So much so that, by the beginning of August, what might have remained a minor Balkan problem had turned into the cataclysm of the First World War.
Description : Who would have thought that Nelson, a young African boy with a reputation for trouble-making, would one day grow up to lead his people to freedom? This is the story of Nelson Mandela - the man who despite being imprisoned on Robben Island for 27 years never bore a grudge. At times it seemed as though everyone was against him, even his own family, but he never stopped fighting for what he believed in more than anything: true equality for all, no matter what the colour of their skin.
Description : War and Change in World Politics introduces the reader to an important new theory of international political change. Arguing that the fundamental nature of international relations has not changed over the millennia, Professor Gilpin uses history, sociology, and economic theory to identify the forces causing change in the world order. The discussion focuses on the differential growth of power in the international system and the result of this unevenness. A shift in the balance of power - economic or military - weakens the foundations of the existing system, because those gaining power see the increasing benefits and the decreasing cost of changing the system. The result, maintains Gilpin, is that actors seek to alter the system through territorial, political, or economic expansion until the marginal costs of continuing change are greater than the marginal benefits. When states develop the power to change the system according to their interests they will strive to do so- either by increasing economic efficiency and maximizing mutual gain, or by redistributing wealth and power in their own favour.
Description : We need a better vision for saving the world. Across the world, people like you are rising up to fight poverty, oppression, and injustice—not just professionals, but bloggers, musicians, entrepreneurs, artists, and advocates. People who refuse to accept the world as it is, who dare to believe change is possible. But we face a crisis of vision. We sense what needs to be done, but often we don’t know how to do it. Without a better blueprint for doing good well, our moment in history will slip away. Stephan Bauman, president of World Relief believes true change begins in the hearts and actions of ordinary people. In Possible, he presents clear and biblical thinking, powerful stories, and practical tools for sustainably impacting our workplaces, neighborhoods, villages, and cities. Possible is an eloquent and personal call to reconsider what it means to change ourselves so that we can change the world.