Left for Dead by Eric Jay Dolin

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Recounting a long-overlooked saga of adventure, treachery, and survival against all odds, this book reconstructs the aftermath of an 1812 encounter between an American sealing ship and a British shipwreck on the Falkland Islands. Who was aboard the wreck? Paroled criminals from the convict colonies of Australia, including a prominent rebel, a huckster who’d kidnapped an heiress, and several wily prostitutes. Dolin also provides an insider’s account of the culture of whaling and sealing expeditions in the Golden Age of Sail. Whether it’s cantankerous alcoholic captains, an albatross-egg harvest, weaving a climbing rope from elephant seal pelts, or traversing cruel seas amid punishing winter storms, this book is full of human dramas and high adventure. The most valuable (and lovable) member of the crew? Cent, the captain’s steadfast dog.  

Left for Dead: Shipwreck, Treachery, and Survival at the Edge of the World By Eric Jay Dolin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324093084
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Published: Liveright - May 7th, 2024

The Identity Trap by Yascha Mounk

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Mounk explores in crystal clear prose the cultural history of identity politics and mounts a deeply learned and powerful critique, showing how, ultimately, identity-based perspectives will fail to achieve the equality they espouse. While arguing from a position of true sympathy with and belief in many causes now underway, Mounk argues that a better vehicle for achieving true equality is the imperfect, painfully slow, but dependable program of classical liberalism. This book is the antidote to the breathless culture-warrior soapboxing of the Left and the disingenuous "race-blindness" of the spittle-flecked Right. 

The Identity Trap: A Story of Ideas and Power in Our Time By Yascha Mounk Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593493182
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Published: Penguin Press - September 26th, 2023

Into the Amazon by Larry Rohter

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A Brazilian with Indigenous ancestry, Cândido Rondon became a highly effective political voice for the rights of the Amazon's Indigenous people, a task he undertook while rising to Grand Marshall in his nation's military and also leading dangerous missions into the jungle on scientific and cartographical research as well as to bring roads, hospitals, and electricity to its remoter corners. If Rondon’s example of moral leadership doesn’t force you to reevaluate your life, you are either a saint or a sociopath. And if his funeral doesn’t make you cry, you may not be human at all.  


Into the Amazon: The Life of Cândido Rondon, Trailblazing Explorer, Scientist, Statesman, and Conservationist By Larry Rohter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324021261
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 30th, 2023