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Empire of Sacrifice by Jon Pahl Book Summary:

"It is widely recognized that American culture is both exceptionally religious and exceptionally violent. Americans participate in religious communities in high numbers, yet American citizens also own guns at rates far beyond those of citizens in other industrialized nations. Since9/11, United States scholars have understandably discussed religious violence in terms of terrorist acts, a focus that follows United States policy. Yet, according to Jon Pahl, to identify religious violence only with terrorism fails to address the long history of American violence rooted in religion throughout the countrys history. In essence, Americans have found ways to consider blessed some very brutal attitudes and behaviors both domestically and globally. In Empire of Sacrifice, Pahl explains how both of these distinctive features of American culture work together by exploring how constructions along the lines of age, race, and gender have operated to centralize cultural power across American civil or cultural religions in ways that dont always appear to be religious at all. Pahl traces the development of these forms of systemic violence throughout American history, using evidence from popular culture, including movies such as Rebel without a Cause and Reefer Madness and works of literature such as The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and The Handmaids Tale, to illuminate historical events. Throughout, Pahl focuses an intense light on the complex and durable interactions between religion and violence in American history, from Puritan Boston to George W. Bushs Baghdad"--Cover.

City of Sacrifice

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City of Sacrifice by David Carrasco Book Summary:

At an excavation of the Great Aztec Temple in Mexico City, amid carvings of skulls and a dismembered warrior goddess, David Carrasco stood before a container filled with the decorated bones of infants and children. It was the site of a massive human sacrifice, and for Carrasco the center of fiercely provocative questions- If ritual violence against humans was a profound necessity for the Aztecs in their capital city, is it central to the construction of social order and the authority of city states? Is civilization built on violence? In City of Sacrifice,Carrasco chronicles the fascinating story of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital, investigating Aztec religious practices and demonstrating that religious violence was integral to urbanization; the city itself was a temple to the gods. That Mexico City, the largest city on earth, was built on the ruins of Tenochtitlan, is a point Carrasco poignantly considers in his comparison of urban life from antiquity to modernity. Majestic in scope, City of Sacrificeilluminates not only the rich history of a major Meso american city but also the inseparability of two passionate human impulses- urbanization and religious engagement. It has much to tell us about many familiar events in our own time, from suicide bombings in Tel Aviv to rape and murder in the Balkans.

The Sacrifice

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The Sacrifice by Kevin Annett Book Summary:

The Sacrifice is a heartfelt remembrance of a lost brother and uncle, and the hidden story of how he really died. Written collaboratively by Kevin Annett and his father Bill, this book describes the sinking of the destroyer HMCS Athabaskan just prior to D Day in April, 1944; and of how Sub. Lt. Robert Annett and ninety other Canadian sailors were left to drown in the English Channel by the British Admiralty. Drawing on navy and archival sources, the Annetts explore recent evidence that suggest it was "friendly fire" by a British Motor Torpedo boat, and not the Germans, that dealt the death blow to the already-crippled Athabaskan. The Sacrifice also delves into the broader British colonial history of crime and cover up, and of how those who fight for the Empire can end up being immolated by it. Combined with personal accounts of the impact of war on one family and of Robert Annett's self-sacrificial death for a wounded sailor, this work is a moving tribute to human courage amidst the stupidity of war.

Ritual Dynamics and Religious Change in the Roman Empire

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Ritual Dynamics and Religious Change in the Roman Empire by Impact of Empire (Organization). Workshop Book Summary:

This volume presents the proceedings of the eighth workshop of the international network 'Impact of Empire', which concentrates on the history of the Roman Empire and brings together ancient historians, archaeologists, classicists and specialists in Roman law from some thirty European and North American universities. The eighth volume focuses on the impact of the Roman Empire on religious behaviour, with a special focus on the dynamics of ritual. The volume is divided into three sections: ritualising the empire, performing civic community in the empire and performing religion in the empire.

The End of Sacrifice

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The End of Sacrifice by Susan Emanuel,Guy G. Stroumsa Book Summary:

The religious transformations that marked late antiquity represent an enigma that has challenged some of the West's greatest thinkers. But, according to Guy Stroumsa, the oppositions between paganism and Christianity that characterize prevailing theories have endured for too long. Instead of describing this epochal change as an evolution within the Greco - Roman world from polytheism to monotheism, he argues that the cause for this shift can be found not so much around the Mediterranean as in the Near East. The End of Sacrifice points to the role of Judaism, particularly its inventions of new religious life following the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE. The end of animal sacrifice gave rise to new forms of worship, with a concern for personal salvation, scriptural study, rituals like praying and fasting, and the rise of religious communities and monasticism. It is what Christianity learned from Judaism about texts, death, and, above all, sacrifice that allowed it to supersede Greco - Roman religions and, Stroumsa argues, transform religion itself. A concise and original approach to a much - studied moment in religious history, The End of Sacrifice will be heralded by all scholars of late antiquity.

Paul and Empire

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Paul and Empire by Richard A. Horsley Book Summary:

Over the centuries, Paul has been understood as the prototypical convert from Judaism to Christianity. At the time of Pauls conversion, however, Christianity did not yet exist. Moreover, Paul says nothing to indicate that he was abandoning Judaism or Israel. He, in fact, understood his mission as the fulfillment of the promises to Israel and of Israels own destiny. In brief, Pauls gospel and mission were set over against the Roman Empire, not Judaism.

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon Book Summary:

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. By Edward Gibbon, Esq; Volume the First (-the Twelfth)

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. By Edward Gibbon, Esq; Volume the First (-the Twelfth) by N.A Book Summary:

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon Book Summary:

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The Story of Assyria from the Rise of the Empire to the Fall of Nineveh

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The Story of Assyria from the Rise of the Empire to the Fall of Nineveh by Zénaïde Alexeïevna Ragozin Book Summary:

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Soldiers of Empire

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Soldiers of Empire by Tarak Barkawi Book Summary:

How are soldiers made? Why do they fight? Re-imagining the study of armed forces and society, Barkawi examines the imperial and multinational armies that fought in Asia in the Second World War, especially the British Indian army in the Burma campaign. Going beyond conventional narratives, Barkawi studies soldiers in transnational context, from recruitment and training to combat and memory. Drawing on history, sociology and anthropology, the book critiques the 'Western way of war' from a postcolonial perspective. Barkawi reconceives soldiers as cosmopolitan, their battles irreducible to the national histories that monopolise them. This book will appeal to those interested in the Second World War, armed forces and the British Empire, and students and scholars of military sociology and history, South Asian studies and international relations.

American Christianities

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American Christianities by Catherine A. Brekus,W. Clark Gilpin Book Summary:

From the founding of the first colonies until the present, the influence of Christianity, as the dominant faith in American society, has extended far beyond church pews into the wider culture. Yet, at the same time, Christians in the United States have disagreed sharply about the meaning of their shared tradition, and, divided by denominational affiliation, race, and ethnicity, they have taken stances on every side of contested public issues from slavery to women's rights. This volume of twenty-two original essays, contributed by a group of prominent thinkers in American religious studies, provides a sophisticated understanding of both the diversity and the alliances among Christianities in the United States and the influences that have shaped churches and the nation in reciprocal ways. American Christianities explores this paradoxical dynamic of dominance and diversity that are the true marks of a faith too often perceived as homogeneous and monolithic. Contributors: Catherine L. Albanese, University of California, Santa Barbara James B. Bennett, Santa Clara University Edith Blumhofer, Wheaton College Ann Braude, Harvard Divinity School Catherine A. Brekus, University of Chicago Divinity School Kristina Bross, Purdue University Rebecca L. Davis, University of Delaware Curtis J. Evans, University of Chicago Divinity School Tracy Fessenden, Arizona State University Kathleen Flake, Vanderbilt University Divinity School W. Clark Gilpin, University of Chicago Divinity School Stewart M. Hoover, University of Colorado at Boulder Jeanne Halgren Kilde, University of Minnesota David W. Kling, University of Miami Timothy S. Lee, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University Dan McKanan, Harvard Divinity School Michael D. McNally, Carleton College Mark A. Noll, University of Notre Dame Jon Pahl, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia Sally M. Promey, Yale University Jon H. Roberts, Boston University Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University

The One Year Christian History

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The One Year Christian History by E. Michael Rusten,Sharon O. Rusten Book Summary:

What happened on this date in church history? From ancient Rome to the twenty-first century, from peasants to presidents, from missionaries to martyrs, this book shows how God does extraordinary things through ordinary people every day of the year. Each story appears on the day and month that it occurred and includes questions for reflection and a related Scripture verse.

The Power of Sacrifice

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The Power of Sacrifice by George Heyman Book Summary:

In this work, George Heyman offers a fresh perspective on the similarities between pagan Roman and Christian thinking about the public role of sacrifice in the first two and a half centuries of the Christian era.

The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire

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The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire by Scott Hahn Book Summary:

Bestselling author and theologian Scott Hahn offers a commentary on 1 and 2 Chronicles as a liturgical and theological interpretation of Israel's history.

The Irrational Atheist

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The Irrational Atheist by Vox Day Book Summary:

In The Irrational Atheist Vox Day, writer, columnist and software designer, challenges three authors, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, on their own ground—reason itself. Day argues persuasively that Dawkins, Harris and Hitchens employ false assertions and faulty reasoning throughout their works. From the assertion that religion drives wars to the analysis showing blue states are more moral than red states, Day, in this rigorously documented work, dissects the false conclusions and shows exactly why they are wrong. The Irrational Atheist does not argue from a religious or Biblical perspective—its arguments are purely based on hard factual data and careful reasoning.

Empire and Religion

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Empire and Religion by Elena Muñiz Grijalvo,Juan Manuel Cortés Copete,Lozano Gomez Book Summary:

Empire and religion reflects on the nature of religious change in the Greek cities under Roman rule. The fascinating and fluid process of religious transformation is interpreted in this book in line with the logics of empire.

Greed and Injustice in Classical Athens

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Greed and Injustice in Classical Athens by Ryan K. Balot Book Summary:

In this original and rewarding combination of intellectual and political history, Ryan Balot offers a thorough historical and sociological interpretation of classical Athens centered on the notion of greed. Integrating ancient philosophy, poetry, and history, and drawing on modern political thought, the author demonstrates that the Athenian discourse on greed was an essential component of Greek social development and political history. Over time, the Athenians developed sophisticated psychological and political accounts of acquisitiveness and a correspondingly rich vocabulary to describe and condemn it. Greed figures repeatedly as an object of criticism in authors as diverse as Solon, Thucydides, and Plato--all of whom addressed the social disruptions caused by it, as well as the inadequacy of lives focused on it. Because of its ethical significance, greed surfaced frequently in theoretical debates about democracy and oligarchy. Ultimately, critiques of greed--particularly the charge that it is unjust--were built into the robust accounts of justice formulated by many philosophers, including Plato and Aristotle. Such critiques of greed both reflected and were inextricably knitted into economic history and political events, including the coups of 411 and 404 B.C. Balot contrasts ancient Greek thought on distributive justice with later Western traditions, with implications for political and economic history well beyond the classical period. Because the belief that greed is good holds a dominant position in modern justifications of capitalism, this study provides a deep historical context within which such justifications can be reexamined and, perhaps, found wanting.

The Aztecs

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The Aztecs by Roger Smalley Book Summary:

Examines the birth, rise, and fall of the Aztec empire, along with its cultural practices and religious beliefs, including human sacrifice, and the Spaniards' eventual overthrow of the Aztecs.

History of the Consulate and the Empire of France Under Napoleon

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History of the Consulate and the Empire of France Under Napoleon by Adolphe Thiers Book Summary:

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Inka Human Sacrifice and Mountain Worship

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Inka Human Sacrifice and Mountain Worship by Thomas Besom Book Summary:

The Inka empire was the largest pre-Columbian polity in the New World. Its vast expanse, its ethnic diversity, and the fact that the empire may have been consolidated in less than a century have prompted much scholarly interest in its creation. In this study, Besom explores the ritual practices of human sacrifice and the worship of mountains, attested in both archaeological investigations and ethnohistorical sources, as tools in the establishment and preservation of political power. Besom examines the relationship between symbols, ideology, ritual, and power to demonstrate how the Cuzqueños could have used rituals to manipulate common Andean symbols to uphold their authority over subjugated peoples. He considers ethnohistoric accounts of the categories of human sacrifice to gain insights into related rituals and motives, and reviews the ethnohistoric evidence of mountain worship to predict locations as well as motives. He also analyzes specific archaeological sites and assemblages, theorizing that they were the locations of sacrifices designed to assimilate subject peoples, bind conquered lands to the state, and/or justify the extraction of local resources.

The Making Of Mahatma (A Biography)

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The Making Of Mahatma (A Biography) by Annuradha Ray Book Summary:

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The St. James's Magazine and United Empire Review

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The St. James's Magazine and United Empire Review by N.A Book Summary:

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Inka Human Sacrifice and Mountain Worship

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Inka Human Sacrifice and Mountain Worship by Thomas Besom Book Summary:

The Inka empire was the largest pre-Columbian polity in the New World. Its vast expanse, its ethnic diversity, and the fact that the empire may have been consolidated in less than a century have prompted much scholarly interest in its creation. In this study, Besom explores the ritual practices of human sacrifice and the worship of mountains, attested in both archaeological investigations and ethnohistorical sources, as tools in the establishment and preservation of political power. Besom examines the relationship between symbols, ideology, ritual, and power to demonstrate how the Cuzqueños could have used rituals to manipulate common Andean symbols to uphold their authority over subjugated peoples. He considers ethnohistoric accounts of the categories of human sacrifice to gain insights into related rituals and motives, and reviews the ethnohistoric evidence of mountain worship to predict locations as well as motives. He also analyzes specific archaeological sites and assemblages, theorizing that they were the locations of sacrifices designed to assimilate subject peoples, bind conquered lands to the state, and/or justify the extraction of local resources.

The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783

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The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783 by A. T. Mahan Book Summary:

DIVInfluential classic of naval history and tactics still used as text in war colleges. Read by Kaiser Wilhelm, both Roosevelts, other leaders. First paperback edition. 4 maps. 24 battle plans. /div

Archiv für Religionsgeschichte

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Archiv für Religionsgeschichte by N.A Book Summary:

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Sacrifice, Captivity & Escape

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Sacrifice, Captivity & Escape by Peter Jackson Book Summary:

This powerful memoir of a WWII POW recounts his incredible journey from joining the British Army to life as a prisoner of the Imperial Japanese military. Peter Jackson was young and recently married when he was drafted into the British Army at the start of World War II. He was sent to Singapore just as the city was being evacuated, and within days he was taken prisoner by the Imperial Japanese Army. Peter was one of the very few to survive the hardship, illnesses and brutality that followed. Like so many he was forced into labor, first in Singapore and then on the infamous Thai-Burma railway. But while there, he remarkably escaped with seven other soldiers. When recaptured, he was treated harshly. Jackson’s memoir brings to life both the characters of his comrades and the Japanese soldiers and guards he encountered. Though the experience was truly harrowing, and many of his fellow prisoners despaired at losing years of their young lives, Jackson maintained a sense of hope that they would one day return home

The Empire of Love

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The Empire of Love by Elizabeth A. Povinelli Book Summary:

Anthropologist Elizabeth A. Povinelli theorizes intimate relations as sites which bring into view the interplay between liberalism's contradictory ideals of freedom and constraint.

Of Summits and Sacrifice

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Of Summits and Sacrifice by Thomas Besom Book Summary:

In perhaps as few as one hundred years, the Inka Empire became the largest state ever formed by a native people anywhere in the Americas, dominating the western coast of South America by the early sixteenth century. Because the Inkas had no system of writing, it was left to Spanish and semi-indigenous authors to record the details of the religious rituals that the Inkas believed were vital for consolidating their conquests. Synthesizing these arresting accounts that span three centuries, Thomas Besom presents a wealth of descriptive data on the Inka practices of human sacrifice and mountain worship, supplemented by archaeological evidence. Of Summits and Sacrifice offers insight into the symbolic connections between landscape and life that underlay Inka religious beliefs. In vivid prose, Besom links significant details, ranging from the reasons for cyclical sacrificial rites to the varieties of mountain deities, producing a uniquely powerful cultural history.

After Empire

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After Empire by Peter Zarrow Book Summary:

From 1885–1924, China underwent a period of acute political struggle and cultural change, brought on by a radical change in thought: after over 2,000 years of monarchical rule, the Chinese people stopped believing in the emperor. These forty years saw the collapse of Confucian political orthodoxy and the struggle among competing definitions of modern citizenship and the state. What made it possible to suddenly imagine a world without the emperor? After Empire traces the formation of the modern Chinese idea of the state through the radical reform programs of the late Qing (1885–1911), the Revolution of 1911, and the first years of the Republic through the final expulsion of the last emperor of the Qing from the Forbidden City in 1924. It contributes to longstanding debates on modern Chinese nationalism by highlighting the evolving ideas of major political thinkers and the views reflected in the general political culture. Zarrow uses a wide range of sources to show how "statism" became a hegemonic discourse that continues to shape China today. Essential to this process were the notions of citizenship and sovereignty, which were consciously adopted and modified from Western discourses on legal theory and international state practices on the basis of Chinese needs and understandings. This text provides fresh interpretations and keen insights into China's pivotal transition from dynasty to republic.

The Indian Empire

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The Indian Empire by William Wilson Hunter Book Summary:

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Sacrifice in Religious Experience

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Sacrifice in Religious Experience by Albert I. Baumgarten Book Summary:

The volume consists of collected papers from Taubes Minerva Center for Religious Anthropology conferences examining (1) the role of sacrifice in religious experience from a comparative perspective and (2) alternatives to sacrifice.

The Elemental Staff - Book Two

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The Elemental Staff - Book Two by S. L. H. Tolley Book Summary:

War spreads in this, the second book, of the epic fantasy series The Elemental Staff. The Empire secures its foothold; losses thus far suffered are lighter than could have been hoped for. Yet regrettably, the same cannot be said for honour. By blockading the passes of the divide, the Far Western Province is cut off from the rest of the land. As the clouds of war sweep north and south, consuming what remains of the province, the defenders gather their strength and fortify the passes. The Empire has a plan for victory; its execution has been ordered. Though as capable and brave as any in the land, the defenders of the South Pass leave one flank unguarded, the east, their rear, wherein the blade of betrayal is driven. A breach is opened, as war embroils the edge of the Western Province. While the city of Melarsh is threatened with encirclement, Empire forces thrust northward. Prince Joral, only son of King Marlais, leads a hastily assembled army westward. Their flank threatened; the defenders of the remaining passes are forced to fall back onto the one easily defendable position in the province. Hurriedly, the city of Willont is fortified to withstand the Empire advance. A victory here would shine as a beacon for the defenders of the land. Yet, as the clouds of war sweep eastward, can any beacon?s light truly be seen?

Pagans and Christians in Late Antiquity

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Pagans and Christians in Late Antiquity by A.D.(Doug) Lee Book Summary:

In this book A.D. Lee charts the rise to dominance of Christianity in the Roman empire. Using translated texts he explains the fortunes of both Pagans and Christians from the upheavals of the 3rd Century to the increasingly tumultuous times of the 5th and 6th centuries. The book also examines important themes in Late Antiquity such as the growth of monasticism, the emerging power of bishops and the development of pilgrimage, and looks at the fate of other significant religious groups including the Jews, Zoroastrians and Manichaeans.

Star Trek: Mirror Universe: The Sorrows of Empire

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Star Trek: Mirror Universe: The Sorrows of Empire by David Mack Book Summary:

One man can shape the future...but at what cost? "In every revolution, there is one man with a vision." Captain James T. Kirk of the United Federation of Planets spoke those prophetic words to Commander Spock of the Terran Empire, hoping to inspire change. He could not have imagined the impact his counsel would have. Armed with a secret weapon of terrifying power and a vision of the alternate universe's noble Federation, Spock seizes control of the Terran Empire and commits it to the greatest gamble in its history: democratic reform. Rivals within the empire try to stop him; enemies outside unite to destroy it. Only a few people suspect the shocking truth: Spock is knowingly arranging his empire's downfall. But why? Have the burdens of imperial rule driven him mad? Or is this the coldly logical scheme of a man who realizes that freedom must always be paid for in blood? Spock alone knows that the fall of the empire will be the catalyst for a political chain reaction -- one that will alter the fate of his universe forever.