29 year old, recent “Man of the Year” recipient Jeff Sorbenstein has it all. Billions of dollars, a high-tech office building, a loveless marriage, nasty cigarette habit and it’s all thanks to his greatest invention- the most downloaded app in the history of apps. From smart phones to tablets, laptops, the dread tower computer and even the federal government… everyone is running his app. There’s just one catch, Jeff also has a seemingly inoperable form of cancer. So he does what any multibillion dollar tech mogul would do in his situation; he decides to freeze himself until humanity can find a cure. But after he prematurely awakes from his cryogenic slumber, he finds himself immersed in a world unlike anything he had dreamed of. A world torn apart by flesh hungry zombies…oh yeah and everyone that’s still alive, believes it’s his fault.
When an earthquake of historic magnitude leveled the industrial city of Tangshan in the summer of 1976, killing more than a half-million people, China was already gripped by widespread social unrest. As Mao lay on his deathbed, the public mourned the death of popular premier Zhou Enlai. Anger toward the powerful Communist Party officials in the Gang of Four, which had tried to suppress grieving for Zhou, was already potent; when the government failed to respond swiftly to the Tangshan disaster, popular resistance to the Cultural Revolution reached a boiling point.In Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes, acclaimed historian James Palmer tells the startling story of the most tumultuous year in modern Chinese history, when Mao perished, a city crumbled, and a new China was born.
In the history of the modern world, there have been few characters more sadistic, sinister, and deeply demented than Baron Ungern-Sternberg. An anti-Semitic fanatic with a penchant for Eastern mysticism and a hatred of communists, Baron Ungern-Sternberg took over Mongolia in 1920 with a ragtag force of White Russians, Siberians, Japanese, and native Mongolians. While tormenting friend and foe alike, he dreamed of assembling a horse-borne army with which he would retake communist-controlled Moscow. In this Epic Saga that ranges from Austria to the Mongolian Steppe, historian and travel writer James Palmer has brought to light the gripping life story of a madman whose actions foreshadowed the most grotesque excesses of the twentieth century.