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Someday approximately 30,000 years in the past, a person caught a pointy rock right into a cut up stick--and presto! The awl used to be born. Our inquisitive species simply loves tinkering, trying out, and pushing the boundaries, and this delightfully varied ebook is a freewheeling connection with thousands of customs, notions, and innovations that replicate human ingenuity all through history.

From hand instruments to vacations to guns to washing machines, An unusual background of universal Things beneficial properties enormous quantities of colourful illustrations, timelines, sidebars, and extra because it explores almost about each topic less than the solar. Who knew that indoor plumbing has been round for 4,600 years, yet punctuation, capital letters, and the convenient areas among written phrases in simple terms date again to the darkish a long time? Or that historic squaddies baked a type of pizza on their shields--when they weren't busy flying kites to frighten their foes?

Every web page of this quirky compendium catalogs anything attention-grabbing, superb, or serendipitous. a full of life, incomparably browsable learn for background buffs, popular culture fanatics, and an individual who relishes the unusual and impressive info hidden within the daily, it's going to tell, amuse, astonish--and modify how you take into consideration the smart creatures we name people.

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Teichgraber (New York, 1993); ''A Tent on the Porch," American Heritage (July/August 1993); and "Weimar in America," American Scholar (Winter 1985-86) and are reproduced here by permission. Wilfred M. McClay is associate professor of history at Tulane University. Library of Congress Cataloging -in-Publication Data McCay, Wilfred M. The masterless: self and society in modern America / Wilfred M. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index ISBN 0-8078-21179 (alk. :alk. paper) 1. IndividualismUnited States.

1 He did not think the Grand Review would make grand theater. He was wrong. In fact, the parade attracted throngs of "deeply interested spectators," as the New York Tribune's correspondent described them, men and women of every station and race who stayed and stayed and, in many cases, came back for more the next day. It soon became clear, when the huge national forces had assembled and begun to move through Washington, that their presence did more than commemorate a great victory with a great spectacle.

The true liberty will only begin when Americans discover ... the deepest whole self of man. D. H. Lawrence The most profound theme that can occupy the mind of man ... , on the one side, of and with the (conservative) Not Me, the whole of the material objective universe and laws, with what is behind them in time and space, on the other side? Walt Whitman Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalms 61:2 Page 3 Introduction In my beginning is my end, wrote T. S. Eliot, and the book before you exemplifies this double-edged truth.

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