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HOW THE IRISH SAVED CIVILIZATION:  THE UNTOLD STORY OF IRELAND'S HEROIC ROLE FROM THE FALL OF ROME TO THE RISE OF MEDIEVAL EUROPE., Cahill, Thomas.
1 Cahill, Thomas. HOW THE IRISH SAVED CIVILIZATION: THE UNTOLD STORY OF IRELAND'S HEROIC ROLE FROM THE FALL OF ROME TO THE RISE OF MEDIEVAL EUROPE.
New York Nan A. Talese / Doubleday 1995 0385418485 / 9780385418485 7th Printing Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
246 pp, 8 1/2" H. Colour pictorial endpapers, b&w illustrations. "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. Here, far from the barbarian despoliation of the continent, monks and scribes laboriously, lovingly, even playfully preserved the west's written treasury. With the return of stability in Europe, these Irish scholars were instrumental in spreading learning. Thus the Irish not only were conservators of civilization, but became shapers of the medieval mind, putting their unique stamp on western culture. (T)his pivotal era is brought back to life, its personages portrayed in all their seemingly contemporary humanity, its issues simply and compellingly spelled out." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, slight fading to colour at top/bottom edges of spine/hinge cloth. Dust jacket has minor edge wear and minor rubbing, very light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine, three soft vertical creases - one on each panel and on each flap. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
HANNIBAL'S LIEUTENANT:  A UNIQUE BIOGRAPHY OF HANNIBAL., Capps, Robert S.
2 Capps, Robert S. HANNIBAL'S LIEUTENANT: A UNIQUE BIOGRAPHY OF HANNIBAL.
Manor House, Alexandria, Virginia, 1994, first edition. 
349 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0964066505 Maps. "....a well-researched biography of the brilliant Hannibal as seen through the eyes of an interesting, yet fictional, officer. It retains a close fidelity to known facts ab out the life of one of the finest generals the world has ever known, but it reads like an historical novel....This book recreates the amazing life and times of this military genius, charismatic leader, astute manager of resources, efficien t p u b l i c a dministrator, and great champion of democracy. Most of what we know about Hannibal was written by his enemies over 2,000 years ago. Their writings show a grudging admiration for the brilliant Hannibal, but they are written from t he Ro ma n pe rs pe c ti ve, with the prejudices of his bitter enemies. 'Hannibal's Lieutenant' interprets the fascinating facts and situations as Hannibal and his supporters would have seen them, with their own prejudices. Once war was declared by h is gov er nme nt, Ha nn iba l became a victim of political gridlock and inaction by politicians of the Carthaginian government in Africa. Political enemies in Carthage, more than the Roman soldiers in Italy, were responsible for his failure t o d ef eat Rom e.. ..Ha nnib al c ome s al ive as the story follows his life: from his early years to commanding general of Carthaginian forces in Spain at age 25; from climbing the hazardous Alps with his army and elephants to invade Italy at age 26 t o f ight ing R oman s in Italy for 16 y ears with no major defeats; through public adminstrator in Carthage for seven years after the war, where he reformed the government by eliminating graft and corruption and changed it from rule by a privi leged few to t he mos t dem ocrat ic gov ernme nt in the Hellenistic world; from military consultant of the king of Syria in Ephesus where he accompanied the king during Syria's invasion of Greece and later led a fleet of warships in a sea battle to hi s ref uge on the is land o f Cret e; thro ugh hi s stin t as consultant to the king of Bithynia after fleeing Crete; and finally to his suicide at age 64 in 183 B.C." Previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown, very light wrinkling at top of spine. Dust jacket h as mino r wrink ling at top of spine a nd fl ap-folds. Very Good+/Near Fine 
Price: 37.50 USD
 
 
3 Connolly, Francis X. WISDOM OF THE SAINTS.
Pocket Books, New York, 1963. 
334 pp, mass market paperback. "Pope Urban VIII erected the formal process for the canonization of saints in 1634. Since that time about twenty thousand individuals belonging to every race and every generation have been canonized; they have become saints with a captial S. In this book you will find brief biographies and selections from the writings of twenty-eight Saints who have become widely known or who represent the characteristic mentalities of various bands of Christian brot h e r s . T h e se famous saints are all strikingly individual. They differ in temperament, race and education. But among the things they have in common is that they are teachers par excellence. So we may turn to them for wisdom, for illuminatio n of t he p r ob le ms we face today, and for mental and spiritual resources infinitely more significant than bigger and better bombs and bank accounts." Interior - light to moderate browning, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownershi p mar ks. E xte ri o r - ve ry light edge wear, two very light scratches on rear cover. Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
THE PHILOSOPHER AND THE DRUIDS:  A JOURNEY AMONG THE ANCIENT CELTS., Freeman, Philip.
4 Freeman, Philip. THE PHILOSOPHER AND THE DRUIDS: A JOURNEY AMONG THE ANCIENT CELTS.
New York Simon & Schuster 2006 978074326280 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
221 pp, 8 11/16" H. B&w maps, photographs. "Early in the first century B.C. a Greek philosopher named Posidonius began an ambitious and dangerous journey into the little-known land of the Celts. A man of great intellectual curiosity and considerable daring, (he) traveled from his home on the island of Rhodes to Rome, the capital of the expanding empire that had begun to dominate the Mediterranean. From there he planned to investigate for himself the mysterious Celts, reputed to be cannibals and savages. His journey would be one of the great adventures of the ancient world. Posidonius journeyed deep into the heart of the Celtic lands in Gaul. There he discovered that the Celts were not barbarians but a sophisticated people who studied the stars, composed beautiful poetry, and venerated a priestly caste known as the Druids. Celtic warriors painted their bodies, wore pants, and decapitated their foes. Posidonius was amazed at the Celtic women, who enjoyed greater freedoms than the women of Rome, and was astonished to discover that women could even become Druids. He returned home and wrote a book about his travels among the Celts, which became one of the most popular books of ancient times. His work influenced Julius Caesar, who would eventually conquer the people of Gaul and bring the Celts into the Roman Empire, ending forever their ancient way of life. Thanks to Posidonius, who could not have known that he was recording a way of life soon to disappear, we have an objective, eyewitness account of the lives and customs of the ancient Celts." Light browning to top of text block, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has some areas of light edge wrinkling - mainly on rear panel, minor rubbing, two very small dents on front hinge. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
SEAPOWER AND STRATEGY., Gray, Colin S. and Barnett, Roger W., editors.   (John Gooch, Wayne P. Hughes, Jr., Barry Strauss, Alvin H. Bernstein, Alberto Coll, Robin Ranger, Williamson Murray, Jeffrey G. Barlow, Colin S. Gray, Roger W. Barnett.)
5 Gray, Colin S. and Barnett, Roger W., editors. (John Gooch, Wayne P. Hughes, Jr., Barry Strauss, Alvin H. Bernstein, Alberto Coll, Robin Ranger, Williamson Murray, Jeffrey G. Barlow, Colin S. Gray, Roger W. Barnett.) SEAPOWER AND STRATEGY.
Annapolis, Maryland Naval Institute Press 1989 0870215795 / 9780870215797 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
396 pp, 9 1/4" H. Tables and maps. "Indivdual essays provide general theories of maritime strategy, histories of seapower in action from the Peloponnesian wars onward, and contemporary views of the strategic uses of navies in both the West and the East." Contents: Foreword; Introduction; Seapower and Landpower; Maritime Command: Mahan and Corbett; The Strategy-Tactics Relationship; Athens and Sparta; Maritime Strategy and the Punic Wars; England and Spain: 1567-1604; The Anglo-French Wars: 1689-1815; Naval Power in World War I; World War II: Allied and German Naval Strategies; World War II: U.S. and Japanese Naval Strategies; Seapower and Western Defense; Soviet Maritime Strategy; The Maritime Strategy of the U.S. Navy: Reading Excerpts; Maritime and Continental Strategies: An Important Question of Emphasis; Reflections; Index. Small bump at bottom corner of both boards. Dust jacket has one small edge tear archivally taped, rubbing to glossy surface, wrinkling at bottom of flap-folds. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
SEAPOWER AND STRATEGY., Gray, Colin S. and Barnett, Roger W., editors.   (John Gooch, Wayne P. Hughes, Jr., Barry Strauss, Alvin H. Bernstein, Alberto Coll, Robin Ranger, Williamson Murray, Jeffrey G. Barlow, Colin S. Gray, Roger W. Barnett.)
6 Gray, Colin S. and Barnett, Roger W., editors. (John Gooch, Wayne P. Hughes, Jr., Barry Strauss, Alvin H. Bernstein, Alberto Coll, Robin Ranger, Williamson Murray, Jeffrey G. Barlow, Colin S. Gray, Roger W. Barnett.) SEAPOWER AND STRATEGY.
Annapolis, Maryland Naval Institute Press 1989 0870215795 / 9780870215797 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
396 pp, 9 1/4" H. Tables and maps. "Indivdual essays provide general theories of maritime strategy, histories of seapower in action from the Peloponnesian wars onward, and contemporary views of the strategic uses of navies in both the West and the East." Contents: Foreword; Introduction; Seapower and Landpower; Maritime Command: Mahan and Corbett; The Strategy-Tactics Relationship; Athens and Sparta; Maritime Strategy and the Punic Wars; England and Spain: 1567-1604; The Anglo-French Wars: 1689-1815; Naval Power in World War I; World War II: Allied and German Naval Strategies; World War II: U.S. and Japanese Naval Strategies; Seapower and Western Defense; Soviet Maritime Strategy; The Maritime Strategy of the U.S. Navy: Reading Excerpts; Maritime and Continental Strategies: An Important Question of Emphasis; Reflections; Index. Minor soiling to top of textblock, small area of excess glue on bottom of textblock, minor edge wear to boards. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, light to moderate rubbing to glossy surfaces - no color loss. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
SOLDIERS, CITIZENS, AND THE SYMBOLS OF WAR:  FROM CLASSICAL GREECE TO REPUBLICAN ROME, 500-167 B.C., Santosuosso, Antonio.
7 Santosuosso, Antonio. SOLDIERS, CITIZENS, AND THE SYMBOLS OF WAR: FROM CLASSICAL GREECE TO REPUBLICAN ROME, 500-167 B.C.
WestviewPress, Boulder, Colorado, 1997. 
277 pp, 8vo (9" H), soft cover. ISBN 081333277X Maps, battle plans. "In this comprehensive overview of ancient warfare, (the author) explores how the tactical and strategic concepts of warfare changed between the beginning of the fifth century B. C. and the middle of the second century B.C. and why the West - Greece, Macedonia, and Rome - triumphed over the East - understood geographically as Persia or ideologically as Carthage. He also shows how the role of warrior related to the r o l e o f c itizen and how the symbols and propaganda stemming from war emphasized and promoted the values of Western societies." Interior - previous owner's small stamp on inside of front cover. Exterior - minor rubbing, very minor edge wear , s ma ll w r in kl e a t top edge of rear cover. Very Good+ 
Price: 49.95 USD
 
 
THE ROMAN EMPIRE., Wells, Colin.
8 Wells, Colin. THE ROMAN EMPIRE.
Cambridge, Massachusetts Harvard University Press 1992 Second Edition, Updated. Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
366 pp, 8 1/2" H. B&w photographs, maps/plans. "In this updated edition of his classic work, Colin Wells offers a vivid, sweeping history of the Roman Empire from 44 B.C. to A.D. 235. He has three aims: to describe what was happening in the central administration and in the entourage of the emperor; to indicate how life went on in Italy and the provinces, in the towns, in the countryside, and in the army; and to show how these two different worlds impinged on each other. Wells centers his narrative in a comprehensive chronological account of Roman political life from Augustus to the Severans. Interspersed are lively discussions of events occuring outside Rome and conditions throughout the rest of the empire. Reflecting the most recent scholarship, Wells pays particular attention to what literary and archaeological sources can reveal about Roman art and architecture, religion, education, law, and government." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, thin 1" light stain on top of two page leaves, one very small corner bump. Dust jacket has wrinkling at top of spine/front hinge area - very light elsewhere, some light rubbing - mainly on rear panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
A CRIMINAL HISTORY OF MANKIND., Wilson, Colin.
9 Wilson, Colin. A CRIMINAL HISTORY OF MANKIND.
London Granada 1984 0246116366 / 9780246116369 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
702 pp, 9 1/2" H. "(T)ells the story of human violence from Peking Man to the Mafia, taking into account the calculated sadism of the Assyrians, the opportunism of the Greek pirates, the brutality that made Rome the 'razor king of the Mediterranean', the mindless destruction of the Vandals, the mass slaughter of Genghis Khan, Tamurlane, Ivan the Terrible, Vlad the Impaler - - . Each age has its own characteristic pattern of crime. In the past three centuries crime has changed and evolved until the sex killer and the mass murderer have become symbols of all that is worst about our civilization. But this is not just a study of human depravity: it is an attempt to place crime in perspective against human discovery, exploration and invention. The result is a completely new approach to the history and psychology of human violence." Light toning to top edge and fore-edge of text block, book is slightly cocked, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor edge rubbing. Dust jacket minor edge wear, very light edge wrinkling, light browning at top edge of flaps and top inside edge of jacket, light rubbing. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 


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