The essays incorporate several indicators of quality of life, especially real per capita income and health, but also real wages, education, and inequality. And while the authors use traditional measures of health such as life expectancy and mortality rates, this volume stands alone in its extensive use of new "anthropometric" data—information about height, weight and body mass index that indicates changes in nations' well-being. Consequently, Health and Welfare during Industrialization signals a new direction in economic history, a broader and more thorough understanding of what constitutes standard of living.
Johnson begins by painting the economic, technological, and social developments that give the period its background. But, as Johnson explains, "The Renaissance was primarily a human event, propelled forward by a number of individuals of outstanding talent, in some cases amounting to genius." It is the human foreground that absorbs most of the book's attention. "We can give all kinds of satisfying explanations of why and when the Renaissance occurred and how it transmitted itself," Johnson writes. "But there is no explaining Dante, no explaining Chaucer. Genius suddenly comes to life, and speaks out of a vacuum. Then it is silent, equally mysteriously. The trends continue and intensify, but genius is lacking." In the four parts that make up the heart of the book--"The Renaissance in Literature and Scholarship," "The Anatomy of Renaissance Sculpture," "The Buildings of the Renaissance," and "The Apostolic Successions of Renaissance Painting"--Johnson chronicles the lives and works of the age's animating spirits. Finally, he examines the spread and decline of the Renaissance, and its abiding legacy. A book of dazzling riches, The Renaissance is a compact masterpiece of the historian's art.
From the Hardcover edition.
In the rousing style he’s famous for, celebrated biographer Paul Johnson offers a fascinating portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower, focusing particularly on his years as a five-star general and his time as the thirty-fourth President of the United States.
Johnson chronicles President Eisenhower's modest childhood in Kansas, his college years at West Point, and his rapid ascent through the military ranks, culminating in his appointment as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II. Beginning when Eisenhower assumed the presidency from Harry Truman in 1952, Johnson paints a rich portrait of his two consecutive terms, exploring his volatile relationship with then-Vice President Richard Nixon, his abhorrence of isolationism, and his position on the Cold War, McCarthyism, and the Civil Rights Movement. Johnson notes that when Eisenhower left the White House at age 70, reluctantly passing the torch to President-elect John F. Kennedy, he feared for the country’s future and prophetically warned of the looming military-industrial complex.
Many elements of Eisenhower’s presidency speak to American politics today, including his ability to balance the budget and skill in managing an oppositional Congress. This brief yet comprehensive study will appeal to biography lovers as well as to enthusiasts of presidential history and military history alike.
«من المقدّر لهذا الكتاب، أن يكون واحدًا من أمّهات الكتب الكلاسيكية في ميدان الاستثمار، ويجب أن يحتلّ مكانته، ضمن مجموعة الكتب التي يقتنيها أي مستثمر مفكّر. لقد كثّف هاورد ماركس خلاصة سنوات كثيرة من الحكمة الاستثمارية في كتاب صغير، يتّسم بالوضوح والجاذبية والعمق الكبير».
جويل غرينبلات. مدرسة كولومبيا للأعمال، وأحد المؤسسين والمديرين المشاركين في (غوثام كابيتال).
«إذا أتيت بشخص يمتلك مواهب استثنائية، وجعلته يفكّر في قيمة الاستثمار عشرات السنين، بما في ذلك التفكّر المتعمّق في جوهره، إضافة إلى التحليل المدوّن على امتداد تلك المدّة كلّها، فقد يخرج بكتاب تقارب فائدته ما يجده المستثمر من فائدة في هذا الكتاب؛ لكن عليك ألاّ تتّكل على هذا كثيرًا». جيريمي غرانثام. أحد مؤسسي (غرانثام مايو فان أوترلو) وإستراتيجي الاستثمار الرئيس فيها.
«إنّ من اعتادوا تلقّي مذكّرات هاورد ماركس بصورة منتظمة ينتظرون وصولها دائمًا، متلهّفين إلى الحقائق الأساسية والآراء النّفاذة التي تتضمّنها. أما الآن، فقد صارت حكمة هذا المستثمر العظيم وتجاربه معروضة أمام الجميع. إنّ قراءة كتاب أكثر الأمور أهمّية، الذي يضم فلسفة هاورد ماركس الاستثمارية وخلاصة منهجيّته، أمر واجب على كل مستثمر». سيث آ. كلارمان. رئيس مجموعة (بوبوست).
«قلّما نجد في عالم الاستثمار كتبًا تضاهي المعايير العالية، التي يحدّدها هاورد ماركس في كتابه (أكثر الأمور أهمية). إنّه كتاب حكيم وخفيف الظل، موشّى بمنظور تاريخي شامل. فإذا كنت من الساعين إلى تفادي المزالق الاستثمارية؛ فعليك أن تقرأ هذا الكتاب». جزن س. بوغل. مؤسس مجموعة (فانغارد) ومديرها التنفيذي السابق.
«عندما أجد مذكّرات هاورد ماركس في بريدي الإلكتروني، فإنّها تكون أول ما أقرؤه بكل تأكيد؛ فأتعلّم شيئًا جديدًا، ولكن الأمر مضاعف في هذا الكتاب».
وارن بوفيت. رئيس مجلس إدارة (بيركشاير هاثواي) ومديرها التنفيذي.
Ancient Egypt, with its legacy of pyramids, pharaohs and sphinxes, is a land of power and mystery to the modern world. In The Civilization of Ancient Egypt Paul Johnson explores the growth and decline of a culture that survived for 3,000 years and maintained a purity of style that rivals all others. Johnson's study looks in detail at the state, religion, culture and geographical setting and how they combined in this unusually enduring civilization. From the beginning of Egyptian culture to the rediscovery of the pharaohs, the book covers the totalitarian theocracy, the empire of the Nile, the structure of dynastic Egypt, the dynastic way of death, hieroglyphs, the anatomy of perspective art and, finally, the decline and fall of the pharaohs, Johnson seeks, through an exciting combination of images and analysis, to discover the causes behind the collapse of this, great civilization while celebrating the extra-ordinary legacy it has left behind.Paul Johnson on Ancient Egypt and the Egyptians
"Egypt was not only the first state, it was the first country.... The durability of the state which thus evolved was ensured by the overwhelming simplicity and power of its central institution, the theocratic monarchy."
"The Egyptians did not share the Babylonian passion for astrology, but they used the stars as one of many guides to behavior. No Egyptian believed in a free exercise of will in important decisions: he always looked for an omen or a prophecy or an oracle."
"The development of hieroglyphics mirrors and epitomizes the history of Egyptian civilization. . . . No one outside Egypt understood it and even within Egypt it was the exclusive working tool of the ruling and priestly classes. The great mass of Egyptians were condemned to illiteracy by the complexities (and also the beauties) of the Egyptian written language."
"The affection the Egyptians were not. ashamed to display towards their children was related to the high status women enjoyed in Egyptian society."
"If we can understand Egyptian art we can go a long way towards grasping the very spirit and outlook on life, of this gifted people, so remote in time. The dynamic of their civilization seems to have been a passionate love of order (maat to them), by which they sought to give to human activities and creations the same regularity as their landscape, their great river, their sun-cycle and their immutable seasons."
Guiding you through 90-, 180- and 360-degree engineering, this book presents step-by-step instructions and ideas for over 200 cross-curricular themes, from cityscapes to magical creatures. Aiming to challenge and inspire, Paul Johnson uses over 150 paper-engineering techniques, including:
pop-ups without folds
pulleys, wheels and levers
intricate toy theatres
diagonal pop-ups with movables.
This book, brimming with pop-up techniques and how to teach them, is for everyone – from the self-styled ‘visually illiterate’ to the art graduate, from parents keeping creativity alive at home to classroom teachers planning an engaging curriculum for their class of 30 plus pupils.
In an ideal pairing of author and subject, the magisterial historian Paul Johnson offers a vivid look at the life of the strategist, general, and dictator who conquered much of Europe. Following Napoleon from the barren island of Corsica to his early training in Paris, from his meteoric victories and military dictatorship to his exile and death, Johnson examines the origins of his ferocious ambition. In Napoleon's quest for power, Johnson sees a realist unfettered by patriotism or ideology. And he recognizes Bonaparte’s violent legacy in the totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century. Napoleon is a magnificent work that bears witness to one individual's ability to work his will on history.
More than just a study of Theosophy, this book explores many related developments in political and religious history. Among the figures it illumines in new ways are Anagarika Dharmapala, Alexandra David-Neel, George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, and Isabelle Eberhardt. Its approach brings needed objectivity and balance to a topic too long mythologized by cultists and ignored by scholars.
In a highly readable companion to books on faith and history, the scholar and author Johnson has illuminated the Christian world and its fascinating history in a way that no other has. Johnson takes off in the year 49 with his namesake the apostle Paul. Thus beginning an ambitious quest to paint the centuries since the founding of a little-known ‘Jesus Sect’, A History of Christianity explores to a great degree the evolution of the Western world. With an unbiased and overall optimistic tone, Johnson traces the fantastic scope of the consequent sects of Christianity and the people who followed them. Information drawn from extensive and varied sources from around the world makes this history as credible as it is reliable. Invaluable understanding of the framework of modern Christianity—and its trials and tribulations throughout history—has never before been contained in such a captivating work.