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Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Oklahoma City Bombing and the Politics of Terror [David Hoffman]

The Oklahoma City bombing sympathizer occurred on April 19, 1995 when American militia movement Timothy McVeigh, with the assistance of Terry Nichols, destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma It was the most significant act of terrorism on American soil until the September 11 attacks in 2001, claiming the lives of 168 victims and injuring more than 680. The blast destroyed or damaged 324 buildings within a sixteen–block radius, or burned 86 cars, and shattered glass in 258 nearby buildings. The bomb was estimated to have caused at least $652 million worth of damage.


Justice and the rule of law [Randy E. Barnett]

What is liberty, as opposed to license, and why is it so important? When people pursue happiness, peace, and prosperity whilst living in society, they confront pervasive problems of knowledge, interest, and power. These problems are dealth with by ensuring the liberty of the people to pursue their own ends, but addressing these problems also requires that liberty be structured by certain rights and procedures associated with the classical liberal conception of justice and the rule of law.

Drawing upon insights from philosophy, economics, political theory, and law, Randy Barnett examines the serious social problems that are addressed by liberty-and the background, or 'natural' rights and 'rule of law' procedures that distinguish liberty from license. He then outlines the constitutional framework that is needed to protect this structure of liberty.

Although this controversial new work is intended to challenge specialists, its clear and accessible prose ensures that it will be of immense value to both scholars and students working in a range of academic disciplines.


The Prince [Niccolò Machiavelli]

The Prince (Italian: Il Principe) is a political treatise by the Florentine public servant and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli. Originally called De Principatibus (About Principalities), it was originally written in 1513, but not published until 1532, five years after Machiavelli's death. The treatise is not representative of the work published during his lifetime, but it is the most remembered, and the work responsible for bringing "Machiavellian" into wide usage as a pejorative term.

The Prince examines the acquisition, perpetuation, and use of political power in the western world. Not intending the writing to be a scholarly treatise on political theory, Machiavelli wrote The Prince to prove his proficiency in the art of the state, offering advice on how a prince might gain and keep power.

Machiavelli justified rule by force rather than by law. Accordingly, The Prince seems to justify a number of actions done solely to perpetuate power. It is a classic study of power—its acquisition, expansion, and effective use.

He also makes a point of declaring that he will not discuss republics, stating, "Of Republics I shall not now speak, having elsewhere spoken of them at length. Here I shall treat exclusively of Principalities, and, filling in the outline above traced out, shall proceed to examine how such States are to be governed and maintained." Machiavelli goes on to describe his view of Republican rule in his work titled "The Discourses" which is longer but less famous. He does, however, include republics in The Prince - he uses Rome many times as an example of a warlike and domestically stable regime.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

'Bajang Aamad' by Col. Ahmad Khan

Bajang Aamad is a humor book in Urdu language and it is undoubtedly the masterpiece of military humor. A must read one. Give it a try:


The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History by Michael H Hart

The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History by Michael H Hart is a 1978 book by Michael H. Hart. It is a ranking of the 100 people who most influenced human history.

The book was reprinted in 1992 with several notable revisions made to the original list of 100 people and their associated rankings. Chief among these revisions was the demotion of figures associated with Communism, such as Vladimir Lenin and Mao Zedong, and the introduction of Mikhail Gorbachev. Hart took sides in the Shakespearean authorship issue and substituted Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford for William Shakespeare. Hart also substituted Niels Bohr and Henri Becquerel with Ernest Rutherford, thus correcting an error in the first edition. Henry Ford was also promoted from the "Honorary Mentions" list, replacing Pablo Picasso. Finally, some of the rankings were re-ordered, although no one listed in the top ten changed position.

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ABC's of Science by Charles Oliver

A book about the ABCs of Science by Charles Oliver :)


"A Brief History of the Internet" by Michael S Hart

As the name suggests, it is a brief history of Internet. Thats all to say about it!


The Babylonian Talmud(English) Translated by Michael L. Rodkinson

Talmud from a root lmd (teach or study) is a record of rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, customs, and history. It is a central text of mainstream Judaism. It can be called the "fiqh" of the Judaism because it describes various laws of Jewish system.

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Baburnama - Memoirs of Babur(Babar) Vol- 1&2

Zahir ud-din Muhammad Babur was a Muslim conqueror from Central Asia who, following a series of setbacks, finally succeeded in laying the basis for the Mughal dynasty of India. He was a direct descendant of Timur through his father, and a descendant also of Genghis Khan through his mother.
Here the book composed by putting together his memoirs.


Biography of Muhammad bin Abdul Wahab

Muhammad ibn 'Abd Al-Wahhab ibn Sulaiman ibn Ali ibn Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Rashid Al-Tamimi (1703–1792) (Arabic: محمد بن عبد الوهاب التميمي‎) was an Islamic scholar born in Najd, in present-day Saudi Arabia. Despite never specifically calling for a separate school of Islamic thought, it is from ibn Abd-al Wahhab that the term Wahhabism derives.





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