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Beyond the University

Contentious debates over the benefits—or drawbacks—of a liberal education are as old as America itself. From Benjamin Franklin to the Internet pundits, critics of higher education have attacked its irrelevance and elitism—often calling for more vocational instruction. Thomas Jefferson, by contrast, believed that nurturing a student’s capacity for lifelong learning was useful for science and commerce while also being essential for democracy. In this provocative contribution to the disputes, university president Michael S. Roth focuses on important moments and seminal thinkers in America’s long-running argument over vocational vs. liberal education.   Conflicting streams of thought flow through American intellectual history: W. E. B. DuBois’s humanistic principles of pedagogy for newly emancipated slaves developed in opposition to Booker T. Washington’s educational utilitarianism, for example. Jane Addams’s emphasis on the cultivation of empathy and John Dewey’s calls for education as civic engagement were rejected as impractical by those who aimed to train students for particular economic tasks. Roth explores these arguments (and more), considers the state of higher education today, and concludes with a stirring plea for the kind of education that has, since the founding of the nation, cultivated individual freedom, promulgated civic virtue, and instilled hope for the future.
Published by: Yale University Press | Publication date: 05/28/2014
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 241 pages

Memory, Trauma, and History: Essays on Living with the Past

Intellectual historian Michael S. Roth has spent more than two decades exploring the way we make meaning out of the past. This collection features his most influential essays, in which he uses psychoanalysis to build a richer understanding of history, and then takes a more expansive conception of history to decode the cultural construction of memory.His collection consists of five sections. The first examines the development in nineteenth-century France of professional criteria for diagnosing memory disorders—criteria that signal fundamental changes in the understanding of present and past. The second section explores links between historical consciousness and issues relating to the psyche, including trauma and repression and hypnosis and therapy. Roth next examines the work of postmodern theorists in light of the philosophy of history. Then he considers photography and its capturing of traces of the past, which propose connection while acknowledging otherness. Roth focuses on piety and how it turns us to the past, or how we strive to be faithful to the past without necessarily getting it right or using it well. Roth concludes with essays on the promises and risks of liberal education, calling for a pragmatic and reflexive approach to thinking and learning. Drawing on his vast experiences as a teacher and academic leader, Roth speaks of living with the past without being dominated by it and of remaining open to the possibility of sharing our lives with others.
Published by: Columbia University Press | Publication date: 11/22/2011
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 338 pages

AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Official Study Guide: Associate Exam

Comprehensive, interactive exam preparation and so much more The AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Official Study Guide: Associate Exam is a comprehensive exam preparation resource. This book bridges the gap between exam preparation and real-world readiness, covering exam objectives while guiding you through hands-on exercises based on situations you'll likely encounter as an AWS Certified SysOps Administrator. From deployment, management, and operations to migration, data flow, cost control, and beyond, this guide will help you internalize the processes and best practices associated with AWS. The Sybex interactive online study environment gives you access to invaluable preparation aids, including an assessment test that helps you focus your study on areas most in need of review, and chapter tests to help you gauge your mastery of the material. Electronic flashcards make it easy to study anytime, anywhere, and a bonus practice exam gives you a sneak preview so you know what to expect on exam day. Cloud computing offers businesses a cost-effective, instantly scalable IT infrastructure. The AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate credential shows that you have technical expertise in deployment, management, and operations on AWS.  
  • Study exam objectives
  • Gain practical experience with hands-on exercises
  • Apply your skills to real-world scenarios
  • Test your understanding with challenging review questions
Earning your AWS Certification is much more than just passing an exam—you must be able to perform the duties expected of an AWS Certified SysOps Administrator in a real-world setting. This book does more than coach you through the test: it trains you in the tools, procedures, and thought processes to get the job done well. If you're serious about validating your expertise and working at a higher level, the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Official Study Guide: Associate Exam is the resource you've been seeking.
Published by: Sybex | Publication date: 09/20/2017
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 552 pages

The Wandering Jews

The classic portrait of a vanished people.Every few decades a book is published that shapes Jewish consciousness. One thinks of Wiesel's Night or Levi's Survival in Auschwitz. But in 1927, years before these works were written, Joseph Roth (1894-1939) composed The Wandering Jews. In these stunning dispatches written when Roth was a correspondent in Berlin during the whirlwind period of Weimar Germany, he warned of the false comforts of Jewish assimilation, laid bare the schism between Eastern and Western Jews, and at times prophesied the horrors posed by Nazism. The Wandering Jews remains as vital today as when it was first published. "[A] book of impassioned reportage and polemic...it is impossible not to feel a sympathetic wonder."—Michael Andre Bernstein, The New Republic "In these disturbing yet strikingly illuminating pages, the truth of Jewish destiny from long ago vibrates and sings..."—Elie Wiesel "No other writer...has come so close to achieving the wholeness that Lukacs cites as our impossible aim."—Nadine Gordimer "What a marvelous writer! Read him now. You can thank me later."—Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World"[C]aptures and encapsulates Europe in those uncertain hours before the upheaval of a continent and the annihilation of a civilization."—Cynthia Ozick, author of Quarrel and Quandary  "[A] writer well worth adding to the short list of giants such as Thomas Mann, Elie Wiesel, and Primo Levi."—Hadassah Magazine, Sanford Pinsker
Author: Joseph Roth
Published by: W. W. Norton & Company | Publication date: 11/17/2001
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 169 pages

How To See In The Spirit: A Practical Guide On Engaging The Spirit Realm

“I have read many books on this subject but never thought it might actually happen to me until this book... This book is by far the most ‘nuts and bolts’ practical that I have ever read.” – Amazon Customer“Michael Van Vlymen has broken down and demystified the gift of seeing in the spirit. His practical teachings and testimonies bring a quickening to your spirit that makes you want to see more! Michael has such a heartfelt message to the body that speaks out the seer gift is for everyone! I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a hunger of the things God has revealed for us to see.” – Lisa Perna, host of the Internet talk show Touched by PrayerThis book, How to See in the Spirit, is a written record of the specific instructions Michael Van Vlymen received from the Lord Jesus about seeing into the spirit realm. When you learn to see in the spirit, your life will never be the same. Michael shares these simple, yet profound instructions with you the same way the Lord Jesus explained them to him. Michael shares not only the how, but the why of seeing in the spirit – and supports his teachings with scriptures throughout this book.Michael describes how many people see glimpses in the Spirit throughout their lives but have been dismissing what they see as their “eyes playing tricks on them.” In this book, he helps you cultivate an awareness of the spiritual realm, so that you stop dismissing these glimpses into the spirit, and dramatically increase your spiritual vision.In Michael’s Own Words:“After the Lord Jesus had taught me about seeing in the spiritual realm, I wanted to teach everyone to see. Seeing the unseen changed my life and my Christian walk so profoundly that I wanted to share it with as many others as I could. It isn’t a fantasy – everyone can have this!”
Publication date: 10/12/2013
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 144 pages

Joseph Roth: A Life in Letters

The monumentality of this biographical work further establishes Joseph Roth—with Kafka, Mann, and Musil—in the twentieth-century literary canon.Who would have thought that seventy-three years after Joseph Roth’s lonely death in Paris, new editions of his translations would be appearing regularly? Roth, a transcendent novelist who also produced some of the most breathtakingly lyrical journalism ever written, is now being discovered by a new generation. Nine years in the making, this life through letters provides us with our most extensive portrait of Roth’s calamitous life—his father’s madness, his wife’s schizophrenia, his parade of mistresses (each more exotic than the next), and his classic westward journey from a virtual Hapsburg shtetl to Vienna, Berlin, Frankfurt, and finally Paris.Containing 457 newly translated letters, along with eloquent introductions that richly frame Roth’s life, this book brilliantly evokes the crumbling specters of the Weimar Republic and 1930s France. Displaying Roth’s ceaselessly inventive powers, it finally charts his descent into despair at a time when “the word had died, [and] men bark like dogs.”
Author: Joseph Roth
Published by: W. W. Norton & Company | Publication date: 01/16/2012
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 585 pages


As a boy studying Torah, Isaac Neuman learned to seek the spiritual lessons hidden in everyday life. Likewise, in this narrative of occupation and holocaust, he uncovers a core of human decency and spiritual strength that inhumanity, starvation, and even death failed to extinguish. Unlike many Holocaust memoirs that focus on physical suffering and endurance, The Narrow Bridge follows a spiritual journey. Neuman describes the world of Polish Jewry before and during the Holocaust, recreating the strong religious and secular personalities of his childhood and early youth in Zdunska Wola, Poland: the outcast butcher, Haskel Traskalawski; the savvy criminal-turned-entrepreneur Nochem Ellia; the trusted Dr. Lemberg, liaison to the German occupation government; and Neuman's beloved teacher, Reb Mendel. Through their stories, Neuman reveals the workings of a community tested to the limits of faith and human dignity. With his brother Yossel, Neuman was transported to the Poznan area, first to the Yunikowo work camp in May 1941, then on to St. Martin's Cemetery camp, where they removed gold jewelry and fillings from exhumed corpses. A string of concentration camps followed, each more oppressive than the last: Fürstenfelde, Auschwitz, Fünfteichen, Gross Rosen, Mauthausen, Wels, and Ebensee. In the midst of these horrors, the brothers kept their feet on the "narrow bridge" of life by holding to their faith, their memories, and each other. In the end, only Isaac survived. The Narrow Bridge celebrates symbolic victories of faith over brute force. The execution of Zdunska Wola's Jewish spiritual and intellectual leaders is trumped by an act of breathtaking courage and conviction. A secret Passover Seder is cobbled together from hoarded bits of wax, piecemeal prayers, and matzoh baked in delousing ovens. A dying fellow inmate gives Neuman his warm coat as they both lie freezing on the ground. Such rituals of faith and acts of kindness, combined with boyhood memories and a sense of spiritual responsibility, sustained Neuman through the Holocaust and helped him to reconstruct his life after the war. His story is a powerful testimony to an unquenchable faith and a spirit tried by fire. 
Published by: University of Illinois Press | Publication date: 06/20/2011
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 224 pages

The Leviathan (New Directions Pearls)

Joseph Roth’s final novella, The Leviathan, concerns a shtetl’s finest coral merchant and how his dream of seeing the sea for the first time materializes at a terrible cost.In the small town of Progrody, Nissen Piczenik makes his living as the most respected coral merchant of the region. Nissen has never been outside of his town, deep in the Russian interior, and fantasizes that a Leviathan watches over the coral reefs. When the sailor nephew of one of Progrody’s residents comes to visit, Nissen loses little time in befriending him for the purpose of learning about the sea. The sailor offers Nissen a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to come to Odessa and tour his ship. Nissen leaves his business during the peak coral season, and stays in Odessa for three weeks. But upon his return to Progrody, Nissen finds that a new coral merchant has moved into the neighboring town, and his coral is quickly becoming the most sought after. As his customers dwindle, life takes an evil twist for Nissen Piczenik. And the final decider of his fate may be the devil himself.
Author: Joseph Roth
Published by: New Directions | Publication date: 06/29/2011
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 65 pages

The Plot to Destroy Trump: How the Deep State Fabricated the Russian Dossier to Subvert the President

“The DEEP STATE conspired to take down TRUMP. This book fills in all the details, and names names. All Patriots need to read it.” ―Alex Jones, founder, InfowarsThe Plot to Destroy Trump exposes the deep state conspiracy to discredit and even depose the legitimately elected President Donald J. Trump with the fabricated Russian dossier, including:
  • How the unsubstantiated accusations of collusion began with former MI6 agent Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS, and the Democratic National Convention on behalf of Hillary Clinton
  • The opportunistic role played by Russia’s FSB and former KGB agents, according to Putin’s strategy to create chaos in the West
  • Wikileaks, along with Fake News Award–winner CNN, BuzzFeed, and the other liberal media that all played a part in pushing the information to the American people
  • The compromised CIA and FBI personnel who took the dossier and ran with it, despite knowing it was unverified
  • The roles that George Papadopoulos, Carter Page, Bruce and Nellie Ohr, Paul Singer, Paul Manafort, and the Podesta brothers played―or did not play―in the conspiracy against the presidentHow does all this tie together? And what does it mean for Trump’s presidency and American democracy? Ted Malloch names the players, connects the dots, and explains who was behind the plot to create a red November. With a foreword by Alex Jones of InfoWars, The Plot to Destroy Trump uncovers the biggest political scandal since Watergate.
  • Published by: Skyhorse Publishing | Publication date: 05/01/2018
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 65 pages

    On Tyranny: Corrected and Expanded Edition, Including the Strauss-Kojève Correspondence

    On Tyranny is Leo Strauss’s classic reading of Xenophon’s dialogue Hiero, or Tyrannicus, in which the tyrant Hiero and the poet Simonides discuss the advantages and disadvantages of exercising tyranny. Included are a translation of the dialogue from its original Greek, a critique of Strauss’s commentary by the French philosopher Alexandre Kojève, and the complete correspondence between the two.This revised and expanded edition introduces important corrections throughout and expands Strauss’s restatement of his position in light of Kojève’s commentary to bring it into conformity with the text as it was originally published in France.
    Author: Leo Strauss
    Published by: University of Chicago Press | Publication date: 11/15/2013
    Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 360 pages
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