Craeft: How Traditional Crafts Are about More than Just Making [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 22:54
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780571324408 | 1.74MB
In the modern world we are becoming bombarded by craft. Hand-made tools, artisan breads and craft beers are all part of a pantheon of goods designed to appeal to our earthier selves, our sense of tradition, quality and luxury, all brought together through a personal touch - objects to savour in a world of meaningless mass manufacture.
But once, craft - or more specifically, cræft - meant something very different. When it was first written down in Old English, over a thousand years ago, it had an almost indefinable sense of 'knowledge', 'wisdom' and 'power'. To be cræfty was to be truly intelligent - but in a way that is almost inconceivable to us today.
Through a series of mini-histories, detailed craft analyses and personal anecdotes, archaeologist, historian and broadcaster Alex Langlands goes in search of the lost knowledge of cræft.
Fusing stories of landscapes, personalities and mesmerising skill, with back-breaking hard work, this book will convince readers - for their health, wealth and well-being - to introduce more cræft into their lives.
The Reading Mind: A Cognitive Approach to Understanding How the Mind Reads [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 22:52
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781119301370 | 4.57MB
A Map to the Magic of Reading
Stop for a moment and wonder: what's happening in your brain right now—as you read this paragraph? How much do you know about the innumerable and amazing connections that your mind is making as you, in a flash, make sense of this request? Why does it matter?
The Reading Mind is a brilliant, beautifully crafted, and accessible exploration of arguably life's most important skill: reading. Daniel T. Willingham, the bestselling author of Why Don't Students Like School?, offers a perspective that is rooted in contemporary cognitive research. He deftly describes the incredibly complex and nearly instantaneous series of events that occur from the moment a child sees a single letter to the time they finish reading. The Reading Mind explains the fascinating journey from seeing letters, then words, sentences, and so on, with the author highlighting each step along the way. This resource covers every aspect of reading, starting with two fundamental processes: reading by sight and reading by sound. It also addresses reading comprehension at all levels, from reading for understanding at early levels to inferring deeper meaning from texts and novels in high school. The author also considers the undeniable connection between reading and writing, as well as the important role of motivation as it relates to reading. Finally, as a cutting-edge researcher, Willingham tackles the intersection of our rapidly changing technology and its effects on learning to read and reading.
Every teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, and school administrator will find this book invaluable. Understanding the fascinating science behind the magic of reading is essential for every educator. Indeed, every "reader" will be captivated by the dynamic but invisible workings of their own minds.
Fun Science: A Guide To Life, The Universe And Why Science Is So Awesome [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 22:51
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781849498029 | 28.41MB
Welcome, fellow humans (and others), to the the world of FUN SCIENCE! I'm Charlie, also known across the internet as charlieissocoollike.
In my book, I'll be taking you on an awesome journey through the cosmos, beginning with the Big Bang through to the Solar System and the origins of life on Earth, all the way down to the particles that make up everything around us (including you and me!).
Expect frequent digressions, tons of illustrations of not-so-sciencey things (NB a microwave flying through space), and pages packed with my all time favorite mind-bending science facts.
So, get ready for a faster-than-the-speed of-light (OK, not quite) tour of all of the best and most interesting things that science has to offer us... and most importantly: WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSE!
(Written by a Science Fan NOT at scientist!)
Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 22:50
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780718074968 | 4.6MB
The Incredible Story of a Country Music Legend
Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels.
Readers will experience a soft, personal side of Charlie Daniels that has never before been documented. In his own words, he presents the path from his post-depression childhood to performing for millions as one of the most successful country acts of all time and what he has learned along the way. The book also includes insights into the many musicians that orbited Charlie’s world, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette and many more.
Charlie was officially inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016, shortly before his 80th birthday. He now shares the inside stories, reflections, and rare personal photographs from his earliest days in the 1940s to his self-taught guitar and fiddle playing high school days of the fifties through his rise to music stardom in the seventies, eighties and beyond.
Charlie Daniels presents a life lesson for all of us regardless of profession:
“Walk on stage with a positive attitude. Your troubles are your own and are not included in the ticket price. Some nights you have more to give than others, but put it all out there every show. You're concerned with the people who showed up, not the ones who didn't. So give them a show and…Never look at the empty seats!”
Blowfish's Oceanopedia: 291 Extraordinary Things You Didn't Know About the Sea [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 22:49
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781786492401 | 10.84MB
The seas of our planet cover more than seventy percent of the Earth, yet we know less about the ocean depths than the surface of the moon. Join marine biologist and fish-fanatic Tom 'the Blowfish' Hird as he lifts the lid on a treasure chest of fascinating facts, to reveal just what we do know about what lurks beneath the waves. You'll discover:
- How the unassuming jellyfish can cause an ocean-wide apocalypse
- Why walruses turn bright pink after a sunbathe
- How a shoal of herring breaks wind to escape the jaws of predators
- Why an archer fish spits missiles at its prey
From the invisible world of meiofauna living in the sands of our beaches to a cephalopod called the 'Vampire Squid from Hell', Blowfish takes us on an incredible journey as he follows the currents from shoreline to the bone-crushing pressure of the deep sea. Featuring a full-colour plate section and vintage line drawings throughout, Blowfish's Oceanopedia is a beautifully designed, one-stop guide to all we know about our oceans and the weird and wonderful creatures that inhabit them.
Balancing Acts: Behind the Scenes at the National Theatre [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 22:47
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780451493408 | 3.1MB
From the Tony Award and Laurence Olivier Award-winning former director of London's National Theatre--this is a fascinating, candid, eloquent memoir about his career directing theater, producing films and opera, and working closely with some of the world's most celebrated actors.
The list of Nicholas Hytner's accomplishments is long and distinguished: as Artistic Director of London's National Theatre from 2003-2015, he directed and produced a great number of their most popular and memorable plays and musicals, many of which have come to Broadway: Carousel, Richard Bean's One Man, Two Guvnors, David Hare's Stuff Happens among them. He directed both the London and Broadway productions of Miss Saigon, each of which ran for ten years. He directed Alan Bennett's The Madness of George III on both stage and screen. In short: He is one of today's most successful and admired theatrical impresarios.
In Balancing Acts, Hytner gives us a detailed behind-the-scenes look at his creative process. From reviving classic musicals and mastering Shakespeare to commissioning new plays, he shows theater making to be a necessarily collaborative exercise, and he writes insightfully about the actors and playwrights he's worked with: Derek Jacobi, Richard Griffiths, Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Harold Pinter, and Tom Stoppard among them. With a cultural range that spans from The Mikado to The Lady in the Van, Balancing Acts is not only a memoir but a gathering of illuminating notes on the art of directing and a thoughtful meditation on the purpose of theater.
Woman's Hour: Words from Wise, Witty and Wonderful Women [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 22:46
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781785942426 | 2.81MB
For the last 70 years, the guests of Woman’s Hour have been entertaining listeners with their compelling combination of wit, warmth, insight and humour. Woman’s Hour has interviewed many of the biggest female names from entertainment, politics, the arts and beyond.
Words from Wise, Witty and Wonderful Women is a collection of quotes and extracts from 70 years of the Woman’s Hour archive, featuring some of the most memorable guests to appear on the programme, from Doris Lessing to Nora Ephron, Hilary Clinton to J.K. Rowling, and Bette Davis to Meryl Streep. Charting the social and political revolution that has taken place in women’s lives over the past 70 years, as well as the perennial aspects of female life, such as love, family, relationships, the workplace, sex, ageing, and food, this delightful book shares fascinating insights and sage advice from the wise and wonderful women that have graced the Woman’s Hour airwaves over the decades.
The Economist Audio Edition [November 4, 2017]
02 November 2017, 22:24
MP3@48 kbps + EPUB + AZW3 + PDF | 165.27MB
Social media's threat to democracy: The politics of outrage
- Where next for Catalonia?
- Mueller's misunderstood mission
- Trafficking brides to China
- Luther at 500: An essay
- Innovation in Canada: The founding of Maple Valley
- US Tax reform: Deducting deductions
- S&T: Interstellar travel I & II
- S&T: Military drones -- back to the unicopter
Tibetan Singing Bowls: A Natural Method of Recovery [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 09:51
2015 | EPUB | ISBN: 9785457905672 | 11.37MB
Everything related to Tibetan singing bowls wrapped in an aura of mystery and myths today, among which there are stories, and there are real-world phenomena. Some of them can be explained scientifically, and some cannot be explained yet.
Tibetan singing bowls is a very powerful therapeutic tool and Healing Arts in the capable hands of the Master. But in incompetent hands they can cause harm to the patient or as a practice shows, to the therapist also. This book has the answers to many questions…
Kayak Fly Fishing: Everything You Need to Know to Start Catching Fish [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 09:50
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780811717687 | 25.86MB
Kayak fishing is one of the fastest growing segments in the sport of fly fishing. In addition to getting you away from the bank and to unpressured water, they are stealthy, easily transported and stored, and modern boats offer a plethora of options for fresh- and saltwater anglers. This complete guide to fly fishing from a kayak thoroughly covers techniques, tackle, choosing the right boat and how to rig it, and strategies.
Fishing pros featured include Pat Cohen (upstate New York), Chris LeMessurier (Michigan), Juan Veruete (Pennsylvania), Drew Haerer, Brian Cadoret (Vermont), Casey Brunning (Louisiana), Conway Bowman (California)
Palestine Diaries: the light horsemen’s own story, battle by battle [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 09:48
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781925548556 | 15.64MB
Culminating with the cavalry charge at Beersheba on 31 October 1917, Palestine Diaries is the story of Australia’s Light Horsemen of World War I, told in their own brutally honest words — day by day, battle after bloody battle.
One hundred years after that now-legendary battle — widely considered the last great cavalry charge — Dr. Jonathan King argues that the breathtaking achievement of the 4th Light Horse Brigade should become the cornerstone of our national identity.
The soldiers in these pages were the first to achieve incredible victories for their new nation — ahead of the Western Front, and unlike the defeats of Gallipoli. These young Australians helped demolish the centuries-old Ottoman Empire by driving the Turks from the strategic Suez Canal across the Sinai, and up through Palestine, Jordan, and Syria to be first into the enemy stronghold of Damascus — a victory that would not only change the course of the war, but would also plant the seeds of the modern Middle Eastern conflicts.
Published together here, many for the first time, are the diaries, letters, and photos of those brave young men, whose service and sacrifice helped shape a nation.
Sorrow of the Earth: Buffalo Bill, Sitting Bull and the Tragedy of Show Business [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 09:47
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781782272212 | 1.05MB
Fascinating, brilliant and angry: the tale of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and the tragic fate of its Native American participants.
Buffalo Bill was the prince of show business. His spectacular Wild West shows were performed to packed houses across the world, holding audiences spellbound with their grand re-enactments of tales from the American frontier. For Bill gave the crowds something they'd never seen before: real-life Indians.
This astonishing work of historical re-imagining tells the story of the Native Americans swallowed up by Buffalo Bill's great entertainment machine. Of chief Sitting Bull, paraded in theatres to boos and catcalls for fifty dollars a week. Of a baby Lakota girl, found under her mother's frozen body, adopted and displayed on the stage. Of the last few survivors of Wounded Knee, hired to act out the horrific massacre of their tribe as entertainment. And of Buffalo Bill Cody himself, hamming it to the last, even as it consumed him.
Told with beauty, compassion and anger, Sorrow of the Earth shows us tragedy turned into a circus act, history into sham, truth into a spectacle more powerful than reality itself. Could any of us turn away?
Harvey: Devastation, Courage, and Recovery in the Eye of the Storm [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 09:46
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781629375854 | 24.38MB
As Hurricane Harvey approached the United States and the great state of Texas in late August of 2017, residents did their best to prepare for the worst. What followed was a devastating storm beyond comprehension, with winds up to 130 mph forging a path of destruction through the Houston area and into Louisiana.
Lives were lost and countless others were changed forever, with recovery and rebuilding efforts just beginning and sure to last years into the future. Amidst catastrophe, Harvey also inspired acts of courage and hope from the many Texans who found the will to triumph against incalculable odds. Seeking shelter and the basic necessities of life, thousands fought on to simply survive the harshest of conditions and help others do the same.
This perseverance in the face of ruin is captured in Harvey: Devastation, Courage, and Recovery in the Eye of the Storm, which features gripping stories and nearly 100 vivid full-color images, illustrating the power of the storm and the strength of the many who endured and shined during this tragedy.
Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 09:44
2015 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780226234106 | 8.5MB
Who was the greatest of all American guitarists? You probably didn’t name Gary Davis, but many of his musical contemporaries considered him without peer. Bob Dylan called Davis “one of the wizards of modern music.” Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead—who took lessons with Davis—claimed his musical ability “transcended any common notion of a bluesman.” And the folklorist Alan Lomax called him “one of the really great geniuses of American instrumental music.” But you won’t find Davis alongside blues legends Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Despite almost universal renown among his contemporaries, Davis lives today not so much in his own work but through covers of his songs by Dylan, Jackson Browne, and many others, as well as in the untold number of students whose lives he influenced.
The first biography of Davis, Say No to the Devil restores “the Rev’s” remarkable story. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with many of Davis’s former students, Ian Zack takes readers through Davis’s difficult beginning as the blind son of sharecroppers in the Jim Crow South to his decision to become an ordained Baptist minister and his move to New York in the early 1940s, where he scraped out a living singing and preaching on street corners and in storefront churches in Harlem. There, he gained entry into a circle of musicians that included, among many others, Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, and Dave Van Ronk. But in spite of his tremendous musical achievements, Davis never gained broad recognition from an American public that wasn’t sure what to make of his trademark blend of gospel, ragtime, street preaching, and the blues. His personal life was also fraught, troubled by struggles with alcohol, women, and deteriorating health.
Zack chronicles this remarkable figure in American music, helping us to understand how he taught and influenced a generation of musicians.
The Foundation of the CIA: Harry Truman, The Missouri Gang, and the Origins of the Cold War [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 09:43
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780826221377 | 13.41MB
This highly accessible book provides new material and a fresh perspective on American National Intelligence practice, focusing on the first fifty years of the twentieth century, when the United States took on the responsibilities of a global superpower during the first years of the Cold War.
Late to the art of intelligence, the United States during World War II created a new model of combining intelligence collection and analytic functions into a single organization—the OSS. At the end of the war, President Harry Truman and a small group of advisors developed a new, centralized agency directly subordinate to and responsible to the President, despite entrenched institutional resistance. Instrumental to the creation of the CIA was a group known colloquially as the “Missouri Gang,” which included not only President Truman but equally determined fellow Missourians Clark Clifford, Sidney Souers, and Roscoe Hillenkoetter.
Tame the Tiger: Negotiating from a Position of Power [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 09:42
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 978-0648131403 | 0.65MB
With over three decades of experience as a China-Educated Strategist and business owner, Leonie McKeon has helped hundreds of business owners and executives understand how to do business with Chinese people and to be better negotiators.
Based on The Art of War, Leonie shares her deep understanding of the 36 Strategies used in Chinese culture and business. She provides invaluable practical tips for any business person looking to improve their overall negotiation skills, as well as become better negotiators in China.
More Control, More Success, More Wins!
Tame the Tiger: Negotiating from a position of power contains ancient Chinese negotiation secrets that are part of everyday Chinese business practices. Discover how you too can use this ancient wisdom so you can have More Control, More Success, More Wins!
- Understand the rules of the game of negotiation
- Become a great negotiator anywhere, anytime
- Learn how to respond when Chinese negotiation tactics are used on you
- Master the ancient secrets of negotiation so you remain in control
- Implement culturally appropriate strategies for doing business in China
- Avoid the traps of classic Chinese negotiation strategies
- Take more control of every negotiation
- Get more success in business
- Win more in business
Periodic Fasting: Lose Weight, Feel Great, Live Longer [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 09:41
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781432304249 | 10.65MB
Studies have shown that eating significantly less for limited periods of time produces better results than sustained dieting, and that reducing calorie intake is beneficial for chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. Periodic Fasting introduces the concept of eating normally for five days, followed by two days of restricted eating (also known as the 5:2 diet). During fasting, the body uses its inherent healing capacity to restore our health and wellbeing.
Unlike many popular diets, periodic (intermittent) fasting puts you in control of what you eat. It’s as simple as eating normal, healthy meals on non-fasting days and making sensible choices on fasting days. It requires no special diet foods or supplements, so everyone in the family can eat the same meals, making this an ideal weight-loss programme for families with differing nutritional needs. Includes guidelines and menu plans for fasting and non-fasting days, examples of meals and snacks that make up the 600 calorie limit on fasting days, and sixty tasty and nutritious recipes for breakfasts, lunches and dinners with variations on how to adapt the dishes for fasting days.
Tales from the Couch: A Clinical Psychologist’s True Stories of Psychopathology [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 09:40
2015 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781631440250 | 1.03MB
Tales from the Couch is collection of actual case studies and a primer on psychopathology, as well as a captivating reflection on the human condition. Drawn from Dr. Bob Wendorf’s thirty-six-year career years as a clinical psychologist, the book examines the lives of some of his most troubled patients, in a project that aims to both educate and fascinate the reader. Clinical syndromes are described and dramatized by real-life case examples (altered only as necessary to protect patient confidentiality).
Each of the sixteen chapters focuses on a particular psychiatric diagnosis, including Multiple Personality Disorder, Asperger’s, and ADD. The clinical picture and symptoms are described and explained, then brought to life by case examples taken from the author’s practice. Dr. Wendorf presents the cases as a series of narratives—some dramatic, some humorous, most quite poignant. Along the way, the author offers his own reactions to the people and events described here and application to the general human condition as well.Tales from the Couch offers compelling stories of extraordinary people, clinical conditions, and events—both in and out of the therapy hour—while providing insights into the nature of human beings, mental illness, and the psychotherapeutic enterprise.
The Lost Kings: Lancaster, York and Tudor [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 09:39
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780750969987 | 7.35MB
The century spanning the wars of the roses and the reigns of the Tudor kings was a volatile time of battle and bloodshed, execution and unexpected illness. Life could be nasty, brutish and short. Some met their end in battle, others were dragged to the block, losing everything for daring to aspire to the throne. Some were lost in mysterious circumstances, like Edward V, the elder of the Princes in the Tower. But the majority of these young men died in their teens, on the brink of manhood. They represent the lost paths of history, the fascinating “what-ifs” of the houses of York and Tudor. They also diverted the route of dynastic inheritance, with all the complicated implications that could bring, passing power into some unlikely hands. This book examines ten such figures in detail, using their lives to build a narrative of this savage century.
Murder in Plain English: From Manifestos to Memes--Looking at Murder through the Words of Killers [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 09:38
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781633882539 | 3.84MB
This is the first book to examine murder through the written word--not only the writings of the killers themselves, but also the story of murder as told in literary fiction and the crime dramas that are now a staple of film and television. The authors--a criminologist specializing in cold cases, written evidence, and forensic science, and an anthropologist who has dealt with the signs and ciphers of organized crime and street gangs in his previous work--are widely recognized experts in this emerging specialty field. Based on extensive research and interviews with convicted murderers, the book emphasizes the often-overlooked narrative impulse that drives killers, with the authors explaining how both mass and serial murderers perceive their crimes as stories and why a select few are compelled to commit these stories to writing whether before, during, or after their horrific acts.
The book also analyzes the written work of killers, using a combination of machine-based linguistic patterning, predictive modeling, and symbolic interpretation, to make sense of the screeds of everyone from the Son of Sam and the Zodiac Killer to the Columbine attackers, the Unabomber, and the recent spate of mass shooters using social media as their preferred narrative platform. They present a theoretical perspective of murder that is based on both the criminological evidence and written works. In addition, the authors examine famous literature that has dealt ingeniously with murder and its relationship with real crime, from the Greek tragedians to Truman Capote to modern-day productions such as Making a Murderer.
This unique approach offers a new means to penetrate the minds of murderers, revealing their motives as well as the wider social meanings of this age-old crime and our continuing fascination with it.
Put Your Intuition to Work: How to Supercharge Your Inner Wisdom to Think Fast and Make Great Decisions [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 07:02
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781632650559 | 2.15MB
Intuition is the hot buzzword in business, but specific guidelines on how to trust your gut have been sorely lacking. Put Your Intuition to Work provides that missing link.
Business is about making money, but it’s also about making decisions. There are relatively small decisions, like when to call a meeting or which emails to answer quickly. Then there are the big decisions that can make or break a business―which product to launch, whom to hire, how to spend.
Hard work, analytics, past successes, intelligence, and a great business plan aren’t enough anymore. Many of us are scrambling to discover the path to success but have found instead that we’ve lost our way. Although many business leaders won’t publicize it, intuition is a key part of their decision-making success. Put Your Intuition to Work offers numerous compelling stories from entrepreneurs and executives about how they successfully use intuition in their daily lives. It is an inspiring and practical guide to help you:
- Make successful decisions when you don’t have all the facts.
- Tap into your passion as a personal source of guidance.
- Discover the many ways to listen to your “inner CEO.”
The Making of a CEO [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 07:00
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780143440260 | 0.75MB
The Making of a CEO is the result of interviews and analysis of top-level CEOs across various sectors. The book has it genesis in a popular course Krishnan taught at IIMB, where the students interviewed and analysed twenty CEOs to learn how they charted a clear path to the top.
The book explores nuances of leading in different contexts like start-ups, large corporations, family businesses, educational institutions, not-for-profits, public sector and the government. The journey to the top involves three key aspects-building professional credibility, managing your career and managing yourself.
Easy to read and dotted with insightful interviews, this book is a must-read for anyone who aspires to be in the top job or is already there.
Fast Facts: Early Breast Cancer [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 06:58
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781910797129 | 7.21MB
Fast Facts: Early Breast Cancer provides a comprehensive overview of stage 0, I, II and IIIA disease, including the latest thinking on the risk of developing breast cancer and the value (or not) of screening, alongside the importance of clinical staging and triple assessment.
Using clear diagnostic and management pathways, this practical resource covers:
- the risks and benefits of neadjuvant treatment
- surgical and reconstruction options
- the latest approach to radiotherapy
- when and how to select the correct adjuvant therapy
- guidelines for follow-up and rehabilitation.
Fast Facts: Early Breast Cancer is an invaluable resource that draws on current evidence to assist everyone working in breast cancer care improve patient outcomes.
Europe by Eurail 2018: Touring Europe by Train (42th Edition) [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 06:57
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781493027163 | 5.45MB
Europe by Eurail has been the train traveler’s one-stop source for visiting Europe’s cities and countries by rail for more than forty years. This comprehensive guide provides the latest information on fares, schedules, and pass options, as well as detailed information on more than one hundred specific rail excursions.
The book contains information readers need to enjoy visits in historic cities, romantic villages, and scenic hamlets on more than ninety rail trips starting from twenty-eight base cities located in twenty countries. Sample rail-tour itineraries combine several base cities and day excursions into fifteen-day rail-tour packages complete with hotel recommendations and sightseeing options.
Packed with practical information, step-by-step directions, advice on where to go and what to see and do, and complemented by the inclusion of twenty maps, Europe by Eurail takes the puzzle out of European Rail Travel.
Eight Survived [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 06:56
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781599219349 | 2.35MB
The incredible wartime saga of the only American submariners to survive the sinking of their ship and evade enemy capture in WWII
On the night of August 13, 1944, the U.S. submarine Flier struck a mine in the Sulu Sea in the southern Philippines as it steamed along the surface. All but fifteen of the more than eighty-strong crew went down with the vessel. Of those left floating in the dark, eight survived by swimming for seventeen hours before washing ashore on an uninhabited island. The story of the Flier and its eight survivors is wholly unique in the annals of U.S. military history.
Eight Survived tells the gripping story of the doomed submarine and its crew from its first patrol, during which it sank several enemy ships, to the explosion in the Sulu Sea. Drawing on interviews with the survivors and on a visit to the jungle where they washed ashore―where a cast of fascinating characters helped the U.S. sailors evade the Japanese―Douglas Campbell fully captures the combination of extraordinary courage and luck that marked one of the most heroic episodes of World War II.
Phantom Architecture [EPUB]
02 November 2017, 06:55
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781471166419 | 209.2MB
A skyscraper one mile high, a dome covering most of downtown Manhattan, a triumphal arch in the form of an elephant: some of the most exciting buildings in the history of architecture are the ones that never got built.
These are the projects in which architects took materials to the limits, explored challenging new ideas, defied conventions, and pointed the way towards the future. Some of them are architectural masterpieces, some simply delightful flights of fancy. It was not usually poor design that stymied them – politics, inadequate funding, or a client who chose a ‘safe’ option rather than a daring vision were all things that could stop a project leaving the drawing board.
These unbuilt buildings include the grand projects that acted as architectural calling cards, experimental designs that stretch technology, visions for the future of the city, and articles of architectural faith. Structures likeBuckminster Fuller’s dome over New York or Frank Lloyd Wright’s mile-high tower can seem impossibly daring. But they also point to buildings that came decades later, to the Eden Project and the Shard.
Some of those unbuilt wonders are buildings of great beauty and individual form like Etienne-Louis Boullée’s enormous spherical monument to Isaac Newton; some, such as the city plans of Le Corbusier, seem to want to teach us how to live; some, like El Lissitsky’s ‘horizontal skyscrapers’ and Gaudí’s curvaceous New York hotel, turn architectural convention upside-down; some, such as Archigram’s Walking City and Plug-in City, are bizarre and inspiring by turns. All are captured in this magnificently illustrated book.