Mao: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]

Mao: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
Mao: A Very Short Introduction by Delia Davin
2013 | EPUB | 17.42MB

As a giant of 20th century history, Mao Zedong played many roles: peasant revolutionary, patriotic leader against the Japanese occupation, Marxist theoretician, modernizer, and visionary despot. This Very Short Introduction chronicles Mao's journey from peasant child to ruler of the most populous nation on Earth. He was a founder of both the Chinese Communist Party and the Red Army, and for many years he fought on two fronts, for control of the Party and in an armed struggle for the Party's control of the country. His revolution unified China and began its rise to world power status. He was the architect of the Great Leap Forward that he hoped would make China both prosperous and egalitarian, but instead ended in economic disaster resulting in millions of deaths. It was Mao's growing suspicion of his fellow leaders that led him to launch the Cultural Revolution, and his last years were dogged by ill-health and his despairing attempts to find a successor whom he trusted.

Delia Davin provides an invaluable introduction to Mao, showing him in all his complexity; ruthless, brutal, and ambitious, a man of enormous talent and perception, yet a leader who is still detested by some and venerated by others.

To Raise Up a Nation [EPUB]

To Raise Up a Nation [EPUB]
To Raise Up a Nation: John Brown, Frederick Douglass, and the Making of a Free Country by William S. King
2013 | EPUB | 5.98MB

Drawing on decades of research, and demonstrating remarkable command of a great range of primary sources, William S. King has written an important history of African Americans’ own contributions and points of crossracial cooperation to end slavery in America. Beginning with the civil war along the border of Kansas and Missouri, the author traces the life of John Brown and the personal support for his ideas from elite New England businessmen, intellectuals such as Emerson and Thoreau, and African Americans, including his confidant, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman. Throughout, King links events that contributed to the growing antipathy in the North toward slavery and the South’s concerns for its future, including Nat Turner’s insurrection, the Amistad affair, the Fugitive Slave law, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the Dred Scott decision. The author also effectively describes the debate within the African American community as to whether the U.S. Constitution was colorblind or if emigration was the right course for the future of blacks in America.

Following Brown’s execution after the failed raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859, King shows how Brown’s vision that only a clash of arms would eradicate slavery was set into motion after the election of Abraham Lincoln. Once the Civil War erupted on the heels of Brown’s raid, the author relates how black leaders, white legislators, and military officers vigorously discussed the use of black manpower for the Union effort as well as plans for the liberation of the “veritable Africa” within the southern United States. Following the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1863, recruitment of black soldiers increased and by war’s end they made up nearly ten percent of the Union army, and contributed to many important victories.

To Raise Up a Nation: John Brown, Frederick Douglass, and the Making of a Free Country is a sweeping history that explains how the destruction of American slavery was not directed primarily from the counsels of local and national government and military men, but rather through the grassroots efforts of extraordinary men and women. As King notes, the Lincoln administration ultimately armed black Americans, as John Brown had attempted to do, and their role was a vital part in the defeat of slavery.

The Astonishing General [EPUB]

The Astonishing General [EPUB]
The Astonishing General: The Life and Legacy of Sir Isaac Brock by Wesley B Turner
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.82/3.38MB

This book is about Major General Sir Isaac Brock (1769 - October 13, 1812). It tells of his life, his career and legacy, particularly in the Canadas, and of the context within which he lived. One of the most enduring legacies of the War of 1812 on both the United States and Canadian sides was the creation of heroes and heroines. The earliest of those heroic individuals was Isaac Brock who in some ways was the most unlikely of heroes. For one thing, he was admired by his American foes almost as much as by his own people. Even more striking is how a British general whose military role in that two-and-a-half-year war lasted less than five months became the best known hero and one revered far and wide. Wesley B. Turner finds this outcome astonishing and approaches the subject from that point of view.

The Histories by Herodotus [EPUB]

The Histories by Herodotus [EPUB]
The Histories by Herodotus, translated by Robin Waterfield
2008 | EPUB | 7.24MB

"The father of history," as Cicero called him, and a writer possessed of remarkable narrative gifts, enormous scope, and considerable charm, Herodotus has always been beloved by readers well-versed in the classics. Compelled by his desire to "prevent the traces of human events from being erased by time," Herotodus recounts the incidents preceding and following the Persian Wars. He gives us much more than military history, though, providing the fullest portrait of the classical world of the 5th and 6th centuries.

Translated by Robin Waterfield, a distinguished translator whose version of Plato's Republic has been described as 'the best available', this readable new translation is supplemented with expansive notes to help the reader appreciate the book in depth.

The Heart of Everything That Is [EPUB]

The Heart of Everything That Is [EPUB]
The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend by Bob Drury, Tom Clavin
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.48/5.82MB

An astonishing untold story of the American West

The great Sioux warrior-statesman Red Cloud was the only American Indian in history to defeat the United States Army in a war, forcing the government to sue for peace on his terms. At the peak of Red Cloud’s powers the Sioux could claim control of one-fifth of the contiguous United States and the loyalty of thousands of fierce fighters. But the fog of history has left Red Cloud strangely obscured. Now, thanks to the rediscovery of a lost autobiography, and painstaking research by two award-winning authors, the story of our nation’s most powerful and successful Indian warrior can finally be told.

Born in 1821 near the Platte River in modern-day Nebraska, Red Cloud lived an epic life of courage, wisdom, and fortitude in the face of a relentless enemy—the soldiers and settlers who represented the “manifest destiny” of an expanding America. He grew up an orphan and had to overcome numerous social disadvantages to advance in Sioux culture. Red Cloud did that by being the best fighter, strategist, and leader of his fellow warriors. As the white man pushed farther and farther west, they stole the Indians’ land, slaughtered the venerated buffalo, and murdered with impunity anyone who resisted their intrusions. The final straw for Red Cloud and his warriors was the U.S. government’s frenzied spate of fort building throughout the pristine Powder River Country that abutted the Sioux’s sacred Black Hills—Paha Sapa to the Sioux, or “The Heart of Everything That Is.”

The result was a gathering of angry tribes under one powerful leader. “The white man lies and steals,” Red Cloud told his thousands of braves at council fire. “My lodges were many, now they are few. The white man wants all. They must fight for it.” What came to be known as Red Cloud’s War (1866–1868) culminated in a massacre of American cavalry troops that presaged the Little Bighorn and served warning to Washington that the Plains Indians would fight, and die, for their land and traditions. But many more American soldiers would die first.

In The Heart of Everything That Is, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, the New York Times bestselling authors of Halsey’s Typhoon and The Last Stand of Fox Company, restore Red Cloud to his rightful place in American history in a sweeping and dramatic narrative based on years of primary research. As they trace the events leading to Red Cloud’s War they provide intimate portraits of the many and various men and women whose lives Red Cloud touched—mountain men such as the larger-than-life Jim Bridger; U.S. generals like William Tecumseh Sherman who were charged with annihilating the Sioux; fearless explorers such as the dashing John Bozeman; and the warriors whom Red Cloud groomed, the legendary Crazy Horse in particular. And residing at the heart of the story is Red Cloud, fighting for the very existence of the Indian way of life.

This fiery narrative, fueled by contemporary diaries and journals, newspaper reports, eyewitness accounts, and meticulous firsthand sourcing, is a stirring chronicle of the conflict between an expanding white civilization and the Plains Indians who stood in its way. The Heart of Everything That Is not only places the reader at the center of this remarkable epoch, but finally gives Red Cloud the modern-day recognition he deserves.

Lincoln's Last Days [EPUB]

Lincoln's Last Days [EPUB]
Lincoln's Last Days: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O'Reilly, Dwight Jon Zimmerman
2012 | EPUB | 17.68MB

Lincoln’s Last Days is a gripping account of one of the most dramatic nights in American history—of how one gunshot changed the country forever. Adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s bestselling historical thriller, Killing Lincoln, this book will have young readers—and grown-ups too—hooked on history.

In the spring of 1865, President Abraham Lincoln travels through Washington, D.C., after finally winning America’s bloody Civil War. In the midst of celebrations, Lincoln is assassinated at Ford’s Theatre by a famous actor named John Wilkes Booth. What follows is a thrilling chase, ending with a fiery shoot-out and swift justice for the perpetrators.

With an unforgettable cast of characters, page-turning action, vivid detail, and art on every spread, Lincoln’s Last Days is history that reads like a thriller. This is a very special book, irresistible on its own or as a compelling companion to Killing Lincoln.

The Venetians: A New History [EPUB]

The Venetians: A New History [EPUB]
The Venetians: A New History: From Marco Polo to Casanova by Paul Strathern
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.12/3.01MB

A colorful new history of Venice that illuminates the character of the great city-state by shining a light on some of the most celebrated personalities of European history—Petrarch, Marco Polo, Galileo, Titian, Vivaldi, and Casanova.

The Republic of Venice was the first great economic, cultural, and naval power of the modern Western world. After winning the struggle for ascendency in the late 13th century, the Republic enjoyed centuries of unprecedented glory and built a trading empire which at its apogee reached as far afield as China, Syria and West Africa. This golden period only drew to an end with the Republic’s eventual surrender to Napoleon.

The Venetians illuminates the character of the Republic during these illustrious years by shining a light on some of the most celebrated personalities of European history—Petrarch, Marco Polo, Galileo, Titian, Vivaldi, Casanova. Frequently, though, these emblems of the city found themselves at odds with the Venetian authorities who prized stability above all else, and were notoriously suspicious of any "cult of personality." Was this very tension perhaps the engine for the Republic’s unprecedented rise?

Rich with biographies of some of the most exalted characters who have ever lived, The Venetians is a refreshing and authoritative new look at the history of the most evocative of city states.

The Happy Home Project [EPUB]

The Happy Home Project [EPUB]
The Happy Home Project: A Practical Guide to Adding Style and Substance to Your Home by Jean Nayar
2011 | EPUB | 29.47MB

We all want beautiful homes that reflect our personal style. But the happiest homes don't just look good-they also feel good. Ideally, they support the way we live, keep us healthy and safe and enrich our net worth, too.

So how do we create homes that truly make us happy?

In The Happy Home Project, author Jean Nayar looks not only at the material things that contribute to the beauty and style of a house, but also explores the hidden elements and intangibles that add to its substance and soul. Brimming with beautiful photos and filled with expert advice from architects, designers, organizing experts, and contractors, the book offers easy-to-follow guidance on how to create inspiring, stylish rooms as well as practical tips on how to invest wisely in furniture and improvements that will add value to your home-and your quality of life.

Focusing on comfort and harmony with nature, the book taps into the wisdom of poets, philosophers and social scientists-as well as experts of the ancient Asian building philosophies of feng shui, vastu shastra, and wabi-sabi-to reveal some of the subtler steps that anyone can take to turn to an ordinary, impersonal house into an uplifting, personal sanctuary.

With helpful hints on everything from corralling clutter, picking paint and arranging furniture to refinishing floors, replacing windows and remodeling a kitchen, The Happy Home Project is a great go-to guide for home improvement projects, large and small.

Whether your home needs a major makeover or just a little fine-tuning, the ideas, solutions and tips in this book will help you increase its happiness quotient-and let you live well in any dwelling and at any stage of life.

101 Design Methods [EPUB]

101 Design Methods [EPUB]
101 Design Methods: A Structured Approach for Driving Innovation in Your Organization by Vijay Kumar
2012 | EPUB | 90.9MB

The first step-by-step guidebook for successful innovation planning.

Unlike other books on the subject, 101 Design Methods approaches the practice of creating new products, services, and customer experiences as a science, rather than an art, providing a practical set of collaborative tools and methods for planning and defining successful new offerings. Strategists, managers, designers, and researchers who undertake the challenge of innovation, despite a lack of established procedures and a high risk of failure, will find this an invaluable resource. Novices can learn from it; managers can plan with it; and practitioners of innovation can improve the quality of their work by referring to it.

The Workbench Design Book [EPUB]

The Workbench Design Book [EPUB]
The Workbench Design Book: The Art & Philosophy of Building Better Benches by Christopher Schwarz
2011 | EPUB | 43.75MB

The follow-up book to Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use.

Complete plans, expert instruction and rationale for building nine workbench formsInstruction on improving existing workbenches for better workholding and an improved woodworking shop.

The Workbench Design Book not only shows how to design a workbench—it also discusses and presents nine specific designs plus critiques of 10 additional workbenches, with suggestions for making any bench work most effectively for the kind of work the user does. The 9 workbench plans have a range suitable for all workshop needs, from handwork to power tools. A discussion of workbench design rules teach what's effective and why in a multitude of workshop situations. Additional workholding options—from shop-made jigs and commercial bench dogs to vise hardware—are also provided.

Making Everyday Electronics Work [EPUB]

Making Everyday Electronics Work [EPUB]
Making Everyday Electronics Work: A Do-It-Yourself Guide by Stan Gibilisco
2013 | EPUB | 7.84MB

UNDERSTAND, MAINTAIN, AND IMPROVE THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS IN YOUR HOME AND AUTO

If you've ever felt lost when choosing a home entertainment system, wondered how to test an electrical outlet to see if it's grounded, or puzzled over how to make the Wi-Fi in the front room reach the back—then this book is for you! Making Everyday Electronics Work: A Do-It-Yourself Guide explains how electricity works and shows you how to take care of the electronics and electrical systems around your house.

Save time and money by doing your own electrical diagnostics with help from this practical resource! Learn how to measure electrical current strength, test for electromagnetic interference, and trace failures in circuits. Save power and even replace your current power source with alternative forms of energy. And don't let a tangle of cables and an alphabet-soup of electronics terms keep you from installing a new entertainment system. You'll learn all the practical information you need to know in this easy-to-understand book!

  • Learn the basics of electronics--DC/AC, batteries, power supplies, electromagnetics, semiconductors, digital logic, taking electrical measurements, and more
  • Assemble a practical workbench and acquire essential tools for DIY testing and repairs
  • Manage your breaker or fuse box, circuits, and outlets
  • Explore alternative electricity sources such as generators, fuel cells, and solar, wind, and hydro power
  • Learn how your car or truck's electrical system works
  • Successfully set up a hi-fi stereo, TV, or home theater system
  • Resolve problems with interference among wireless devices

Terrarium Craft [EPUB]

Terrarium Craft [EPUB]
Terrarium Craft: Create 50 Magical, Miniature Worlds by Amy Bryant Aiello, Kate Bryant
2011 | EPUB | 12.31MB

A terrarium is nothing less than a miniature world — one that you can create yourself. It might be a tiny rainforest, with lush foliage and bright tropical flowers. Or a desert, with strange succulents planted among colorful stones. Or a Victorian fernery. Or a minimalist composition with a single, perfect plant.

Or it might not contain any plants at all. It might be made with crystals, feathers, bones, seashells, bits of wood, porcelain trinkets — anything that catches your fancy and helps create a mood or look. Whatever they contain, terrariums are the ultimate in modern, affordable, easy-care decor.

Terrarium Craft features fifty original designs that you can re-create or use as inspiration for your own design. Each entry comes with clear step-by-step directions on how to assemble and care for your terrarium. You’ll also find helpful information about selecting a container, using appropriate materials, choosing the right plants, and maintaining your terrarium. (Hint: It’s easy! In fact, many terrariums are self-sustaining, requiring no maintenance whatsoever!)

If you’ve always wanted to have a bit of nature in your own home, without the worry and labor of a garden, this book will show you exactly how to create your own unique, enchanting world.

The Corvette in the Barn [EPUB]

The Corvette in the Barn [EPUB]
The Corvette in the Barn: More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology by Tom Cotter
2010 | EPUB | 17.1MB

It’s every car-guy’s fantasy—to casually peer into a long-forgotten garage or barn or warehouse and find the car he has searched for his whole life. Corvette in the Barn is a collection of true, often amazing, stories and essays about car collectors and enthusiasts who have discovered unusual and desirable cars, forgotten in all manner of locations from barns, to old-school junkyards, to farmer’s fields. These are the stories that fuel the dreams of car collectors everywhere.

Weird & Wacky Inventions [EPUB]

Weird & Wacky Inventions [EPUB]
Weird & Wacky Inventions by Jim Murphy
2011 | EPUB | 11.33MB

A hair-cutting machine, a used gum receptacle, jumping shoes, and more of the strangest inventions ever!

A hat that can tip itself. A suitcase that turns into a bathtub. A pair of protective eyeglasses for chickens. These are just three of the hundreds of unusual inventions that people have dreamed up over the last two centuries. Some, such as the mustache guard, made perfect sense when they first appeared. Others were considered just plain silly. Jim Murphy has compiled a collection of the weirdest and wackiest inventions and presented them in a quiz style that is challenging and fun.

Simple, clear explanations are provided on how the inventions worked or failed to work. Complete with over 100 colored illustrations of these crazy creations, this is the perfect gift for any child interested in science and inventions.

What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? [EPUB]

What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? [EPUB]
What Has Nature Ever Done for Us: How Money Really Does Grow On Trees by Tony Juniper
2013 | EPUB | 3.89MB

From Indian vultures to Chinese bees, Nature provides the 'natural services' that keep the economy going. From the recycling miracles in the soil; an army of predators ridding us of unwanted pests; an abundance of life creating a genetic codebook that underpins our food, pharmaceutical industries and much more, it has been estimated that these and other services are each year worth about double global GDP. Yet we take most of Nature's services for granted, imagining them free and limitless ... until they suddenly switch off.

This is a book full of immediate, impactful stories, containing both warnings (such as in the tale of India's vultures, killed off by drugs given to cattle, leading to an epidemic of rabies) but also the positive (how birds protect fruit harvests, coral reefs protect coasts from storms and how the rainforests absorb billions of tonnes of carbon released from cars and power stations).

Tony Juniper's book will change whole way you think about life, the planet and the economy.

Knives 2014 (34th Edition) [EPUB]

Knives 2014 (34th Edition) [EPUB]
Knives 2014: The World's Greatest Knife Book [34th Edition] by Joe Kertzman
2013 | EPUB | 63.47MB

Revealing the best of handcrafted knives! You don't have to be the world's utmost authority on custom knives, a collector of high-end pieces with pockets deeper than the Grand Canyon, a maker yourself or an authoritative historian to appreciate the utility and beauty of the handmade blades in this book. Celebrating its 34th annual edition, Knives 2014 boldly goes where no other knife book has gone before, attempting to showcase the best of the best in handmade and production blades. The world's finest knives--whether everyday carry pieces, hunters, bushcraft blades, flipper folders or highly embellished works of art--find a home in Knives 2014. And each is complemented by well-researched information and specifications of every model. Add in a comprehensive Custom Knifemaker Directory, including email addresses, websites, phone numbers, specialties and technical information, and it becomes apparent why those in the industry own every volume of this coveted book.

  • Fascinating feature articles cover climbing knives, the "Decathlete of Big Blades"--the camp knife, art knives, automatics, high-carbon-steel blades, antique pocketknives, straight razors, "Blades of the Grand Bazaar" and even mauls for splitting wood.
  • World's most complete Directory of Custom Knifemakers
  • Hot trends in handmade knives.
  • State of the art embellishments and knifemaking techniques.
  • Comprehensive overview of knives and their makers.

More knives, articles, information, trend-setting innovations and state-of-the-art knifemaking methods than any other book on the market!

Finding Florida [EPUB]

Finding Florida [EPUB]
Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State by T D Allman
2013 | EPUB | 10.68MB

Over its long history, Florida has been many things: a native realm protected by geography; a wilderness that ruined Spanish conquistadors; a place to start over; "god's waiting room." With a native population as high as 900,000 (who all died), it became a pestilential backwater with a few thousand inhabitants, but today is our fourth most populous state, with nineteen million. The site of vicious racial violence, including massacres, slavery, and the roll-back of Reconstruction, Florida is now one of our most diverse states, a dynamic multicultural place with an essential role in 21st century America.

However, the remarkable story of Florida has been distorted and whitewashed. In Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State, journalist T.D. Allman reclaims this remarkable history from the mythologizers, apologists, and boosters.

Allman traces the discovery, exploration, and settlement of Florida, its transformation from a swamp to a paradise. Palm Beach, Key West, Miami, Tampa, and Orlando boomed, fortunes were won and lost, land was stolen and flipped, and millions arrived.

The product of a decade of research and writing, Finding Florida is a highly original, stylish, and masterful work, the first modern comprehensive history of this fascinating place.

Fodor's Arizona & the Grand Canyon 2014 [EPUB]

Fodor's Arizona & the Grand Canyon 2014 [EPUB]
Fodor's Arizona & the Grand Canyon 2014
2013 | EPUB | 36.11MB

Travelers continue to flock to Arizona to explore the outdoors and the state's three national parks, visit the outstanding museums and galleries, play golf, relax at world-class spa resorts, learn about Navajo and Hopi culture, eat Mexican food, and sample the tequila.

Expanded Coverage: The 2014 edition features new easy-to-follow itineraries of the state, and expanded information on Route 66 attractions. There is also coverage of new restaurants and hotels in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe.

Illustrated Features: Illustrated anchor features advise travelers on how to experience some of Arizona's top outdoor activities, from star-gazing to exploring canyons, deserts, mountains, flora, and fauna to the ultimate Grand Canyon adventure: rafting the Colorado River. "Top Attractions" and "Top Experiences" help travelers choose activities based on their interests. Spotlights highlight spas, Phoenix-area golf and cuisine, Scottsdale shopping, visiting Native American reservations, the Wild West, Tucson "south of the border" cuisine, and shopping in Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: This book has a pull-out map covering the whole state as well as Phoenix and the Grand Canyon in more detail. Restaurant and hotel" Best Bets" sections plus "Dining and Lodging" atlases in Phoenix and Tucson make locating your hotel or next meal simple. A "Top Picks" chart for Grand Canyon hiking trails helps you choose a hike based on length, grade, trail conditions, time of year, and level of difficulty.

Discerning Recommendations: Fodor's Arizona & the Grand Canyon offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.

Fodor's South Florida 2014 [EPUB]

Fodor's South Florida 2014 [EPUB]
Fodor's South Florida 2014: with Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and the Keys
2013 | EPUB | 10.82MB

With many of the state's most popular destinations, including Miami, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, the Everglades, and the Florida Keys, South Florida is a vacation destination rich in possibilities for every kind of traveler. Filled with color photos, eye-popping features and fabulous maps, Fodor's South Florida is easier to browse than ever.

New Coverage: From top to bottom, this edition of Fodor's South Florida has been completely revised, with new hotels and restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Palm Beach. Additional nightlife and dining choices have been added to the Florida Keys.

Illustrated Features: Special "In Focus" sections throughout the book illuminate the most distinctive features of South Florida. Art Deco Miami, Snorkeling & Scuba Diving, Everglades Ecosystems, and more give travelers an unparalleled sense of South Florida.

Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: An “Experience South Florida” chapter covering what’s new in the region, great itineraries, helpful tips on getting there and around, and much more helps travelers choose their perfect Florida trip. Each city or regional chapter opens with four pages that include a map, "Top Reasons to Go" and other essential information to help visitors plan time and vacation details effectively.

Competitive Advantage: Fodor's South Florida is the only full-color annual guide to the region.

Discerning Recommendations: Fodor's South Florida offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.

Fodor's Washington, D.C. 2014 [EPUB]

Fodor's Washington, D.C. 2014 [EPUB]
Fodor's Washington, DC 2014: with Mount Vernon, Alexandria & Annapolis
2013 | EPUB | 16.35MB

With history around every corner, Washington, D.C. is a city that magically blends yesterday and today. This updated guide----often among our top domestic best-sellers ---lets travelers discover the myriad, charms of the nation's capital, from its stately monuments to the trendiest restaurants.

Expanded Coverage: World-class museums, shady parks, and an important arts scene make Washington, D.C. an ever-changing American showcase: more than 15 million tourists head here every year. Plus, brand-new hotel, restaurant, shop, and bar reviews in this annual update offer fresh tips for staying, and playing, in such top hotspots as Dupont Circle and Georgetown.

Illustrated Features: Features in glowing color propel visitors to the awe-inspiring Capitol Building, the eye-popping sights of the National Air and Space Museum, and the nation's most revered resting-place, Arlington Cemetery. Thumbnail sketches highlight the stunning museums along the Mall.

Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: The "Experience" chapter includes a variety of super-useful sections, such as "D.C With Kids," "Free in D.C.," and "Top Attractions," and the "Neighborhoods" chapter describes fascinating walks to key off-the-beaten-path sights. Each neighborhood section opens with a "Top Reasons to Go" map, supported by other essential information designed to help in planning and scheduling visits to attractions. For those with a taste for the more serious goings-on that drive the city's pulse, we've added special features such as "Scandalous Washington" and "How Laws are Made." All this, plus exhaustively detailed chapters on "Nightlife," the "Performing Arts," "Sports," "Shopping," and "Side Trips" makes it easy for readers to custom-plan an exciting vacation.

Discerning Recommendations: Fodor's Washington, D.C. 2014 offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.

Pullout Map: A handy take-along map provides added value, giving travelers essential information about top attractions, walking tours, and nearby dining so they can travel with confidence.

Fodor's Las Vegas 2014 [EPUB]

Fodor's Las Vegas 2014 [EPUB]
Fodor's Las Vegas 2014
2013 | EPUB | 18.1MB

Sin City is back! Las Vegas recently received the second highest number of visitors in its history, and Fodor's writers have been on the scene, uncovering the hottest trends in dining, lodging, nightlife, and more, both on and off the Strip.

Insider Coverage: Our "Gambling" chapter includes tips from a veteran table-games dealer on the latest gaming trends and recommendations for the best casinos to play. Not sure what part of the city is right for you? We've created insightful overviews of the South, Center, and North Strip, as well as Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. With descriptions of what to see, how to get around, and the type of scenes you'll encounter, you can get a quick sense of where you'll want to stay and play. Favorite locals' attractions such as Nevada's oldest winery in Pahrump and the Pole Position Raceway are revealed to help with exploring beyond the Strip.

Illustrated Features: Special, magazine-like sections throughout the guide provide an in-depth look at some of Las Vegas's most exciting scenes and activities. Learn about Vegas's celebrity chefs, find the most dazzling pools, or discover a journey down the Colorado River . Other features such as Best Buffets and Signature Vegas give you insider tips on dining and shopping.

Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: Vegas' top resorts are broken down at a glance, complete with floor-plan maps that locate the best restaurants, clubs, and shops. Best-bets charts for hotels and restaurants help travelers quickly decide where to eat, stay, and play. Travel advice on regional scenic wonders such as the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam the information for planning a spectacular side trip.

Discerning Recommendations: Fodor's Las Vegas 2014 offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.

Pullout Map: A handy take-along map provides added value, giving travelers essential information about top attractions, walking tours, and nearby dining so they can travel with confidence.