The Spy Chronicles is the first-of-its-kind book anywhere in the world that brings together former chiefs of the intelligence agencies of rival nations A.S Dulat headed India’s RAW in 1999-2000, while General Asad Durrani helmed Pakistan’s ISI in 1990-91. Off the field, though, the two are friends. In The Spy Chronicles, they unite for conversations, moderated by senior journalist Aditya Sinha, who co-wrote the bestselling Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years with Dulat in 2015. The range of topics covered here include Kashmir, Narendra Modi, Ajit Doval, Pervez Musharraf, the Lashkar-e-Toiba, Hafiz Saeed, Kulbhushan Jadhav, the infamous surgical strokes, the politics of war, the workings of the spy agencies themselves, and many more. This is a unique political book that will create ripples around the world.
Most history is hierarchical: it’s about popes, presidents, and prime ministers. But what if that’s simply because they create the historical archives? What if we are missing equally powerful but less visible networks – leaving them to the conspiracy theorists, with their dreams of all-powerful Illuminati?
The twenty-first century has been hailed as the Networked Age. But in??The Square and the Tower??Niall Ferguson argues that social networks are nothing new. From the printers and preachers who made the Reformation to the freemasons who led the American Revolution, it was the networkers who disrupted the old order of popes and kings. Far from being novel, our era is the Second Networked Age, with the computer in the role of the printing press. Once we understand this, both the past, and the future, start to look very different indeed.
A page-turning thriller of love and betrayal from the bestselling master of suspense and author of if tomorrow comes and the other side of midnight.the novel tells the story of lara cameron, a successful real estate developer who came from a broken family in nova scotia. Early in life, she learns to fend for herself and how to get her own way in a male-dominated world. After her father’s death, lara secures her first deal with the owner of the boarding house and before long her real-estate empire is booming. Moving to chicago she goes on to become one of america’s most successful businesswomen. She falls in love with a talented pianist, philip alder, and marries him, but her past comes back to haunt her and she is on the verge of losing everything. Can lara recover from all her shattered dreams and win back the only man she has ever loved?
Africa is forever on our TV screens, but the bad-news stories (famine, genocide, corruption) massively outweigh the good (South Africa). Ever since the process of de-colonialisation began in the mid-1950s, and arguably before, the continent has appeared to be stuck in a process of irreversible decline. Constant war, improper use of natural resources and misappropriation of revenues and aid monies contribute to an impression of a continent beyond hope. How did we get here? What, if anything, is to be done? Fully revised and updated and weaving together the key stories and characters of the last sixty years into a stunningly compelling and coherent narrative, Martin Meredith has produced the definitive history of how European ideas of how to organise 10,000 different ethnic groups has led to what Tony Blair described as the ‘scar on the conscience of the world’. Authoritative, provocative and consistently fascinating, this is the updated edition of the seminal book on one of the most important issues facing the West today.
Michael Brock is billing the hours, making the money, rushing relentlessly to the top of Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. law firm. One step away from partnership, Michael has it all. Then, in an instant, it all comes undone: A homeless man takes nine lawyers hostage in the firm???s plush offices. When it???s all over, the man???s blood is splattered on Michael???s face???and suddenly Michael is willing to do the unthinkable. Rediscovering a conscience he lost long ago, Michael is leaving the big time for the streets where his attacker once lived???and where society???s powerless need an advocate for justice.
But there???s one break Michael can???t make???from a secret that has floated up from the depths of Drake & Sweeney, from a confidential file that is now in Michael???s hands, and from a conspiracy that has already taken lives. Now Michael???s former partners are about to become his bitter enemies. Because to them, Michael Brock is the most dangerous man on the streets.
At a club like Hobo, there’s no such thing as an impossible fantasy. It’s the nightspot where the beautiful people hang out: people like Tony Blake, our host and guide, people like Fontaine Khaled, jet-setting beauty with a weakness for men, and people like Alexandra, Fontaine’s nubile stepdaughter.
Young Giovanni Drogo arrives at the bleak border area of the Tartar Steppe where he is to take a short assignment at Fort Bastiani, an encampment manned by veteran soldiers who have grown old without seeing a trace of the enemy. As his length of service stretches from months into years, he continues to wait patiently for the enemy to advance across the desert. Despite, or because of, the fact that they tell him he is perfectly free to leave, he waits for one great and glorious endeavour.
Internationally acclaimed since its publication in 1945,??The Tartar Steppe??is a provocative and frightening tale of hope, longing and the terrible sorcery of the magnificent gesture.
???T??ib??n is at his lyrical best in this beautiful and daring work??? (The New York Times Book Review) that portrays Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity???shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize.
In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son???s crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel, who are her keepers. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was ???worth it???; nor that the ???group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye,??? were holy disciples.
Mary judges herself ruthlessly (she did not stay at the foot of the cross until her son died???she fled, to save herself), and her judgment of others is equally harsh. This woman whom we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone. T??ib??n???s tour de force of imagination and language is a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.