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When Empires Fail

When Empires Fail presents western empires back to Cyrus II of Persia in terms of the thermodynamic signature of society in each case. In other words, five ways in which human civilizations, in their imperial development, have used energy are considered, these being: muscle power, wind and water power, steam power, internal combustion. and now nuclear power. The last empire to be analyzed is the American one which is presently stressing its resources to remain in the fossil fuel combustion stage of thermodynamic development. Powerful leaders described for each age include: Caesar Augustus, Ibn al Sinna, James Watt, and Henry Ford. The final chapters on the present world empire also contain a review of the several alternate energy sources that may point the way towards a more peaceful future for the human race.

A History Of The Earth And Its Mass Extinctions

This book tells the history of the Earth, describes how our resources were created, and tells how human economies used the treasures of the Earth to develop economic systems over time.  The economic developments of the last 200 years have also overloaded the atmosphere with greenhouse gases.  If these are not drawn down the central regions of the Earth could become desert by mid-century.  Possible solutions are discussed and a mathematical relationship to monitor carbon drawdown is suggested.

 

Psychoanalysis by Mail: A Memoir of the 60's

Psychoanalysis by Mail: A Memoir of the 60's records the correspondence between Daniel J. Emonds and his psychoanalyst Victor Wolfenberg.  Professor Emonds was seized with depression upon beginning a summer course in Russian in St. Petersburg.  Emonds has hidden a large bottle of Nembutol in his suitcase, but each letter that he writes to Dr. Wolfenberg causes Danny Emonds to save the pills for later.  The bottle eventually disappears thanks to a fellow Polish student, Eva, who is showing every sign of falling in love with Emonds.  As a sometime Freudian, Emonds discusses Freud's insights on the life force (Eros) and the death urge (Thanatos) with his university colleague and now analyst, Dr. Wolfenberg.  After telling about his life as a hospital worker and his experiences as a working class boy in an Ivy League college, Emonds wonders whether it will be Eros or Thanatos who will eventually prove more powerful in deciding his fate.

 

The Woman Who Conquered Mexico

This book tells the story of Malinalli of Tenepal. She was born to be techutli, or chief, of a seaside town near what today is Tobasco. Sold into slavery by her mother, Malinalli was later given as a prize of war to Hernán Cortés along with several other young women.  She was baptized as "Marina" so that she could be "married" to an aristocratic Spanish soldier whom Cortés would send to the King of Spain loaded with piles of treasure that the Spaniards had obtained. She is shown here as larger than Cortés because the Aztec scribes thought that she was much more intelligent than he.  This seems to have been the case. The story of her life presented here is strictly based on historical materials, and the other main characters in the story were also real people.  What The Woman Who Conquered Mexico shows is that the woman whom the Spaniards called "Doòa Marina" used Cortés and his "conquerors" to wreak vengeance on her mother who worshipped Montezuma and who had murdered young Malinalli's childhood friend so as to mislead the people of her city and in this way  become chief.