Vietnam: A History by Stanley Karnow

By Stanley Karnow

This huge narrative clarifies, analyses and demystifies the bad ordeal of the Vietnam warfare. freed from ideological bias, profound in its knowing and compassionate in its portrayal of humanity, it truly is jam-packed with clean revelations drawn from mystery records and from unique interviews with the individuals - French, American, Vietnamese, chinese language: diplomats, army commanders, excessive executive officers, newshounds, nurses, employees and infantrymen. The Vietnam conflict was once the main convulsive tragedy of modern occasions. this is often its definitive heritage.

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The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck

By Rinker Buck

#1 New York Times Bestseller * number 1 Indie subsequent Pick

“Absorbing...Winning...The many layers in The Oregon Trail are associated by way of Mr. Buck’s voice, that's alert and unpretentious in a fashion that positioned me in brain of invoice Bryson’s comedian tone in A stroll within the Woods.” —Dwight Garner, The manhattan Times

An epic account of touring the size of the Oregon path the old school way—in a lined wagon with a crew of mules, an audacious trip that hasn’t been tried in a century—which additionally chronicles the wealthy heritage of the path, the folks who made the migration, and its value to the country.

Spanning thousand miles and traversing six states from Missouri to the Pacific coast, the Oregon path is the direction that made the USA. within the fifteen years prior to the Civil battle, whilst 400,000 pioneers used the path to to migrate West—scholars nonetheless regard this because the biggest land migration in history—it united the coasts, doubled the scale of the rustic, and laid the basis for the railroads. this day, amazingly, the path is all yet forgotten.

Rinker dollar is not any stranger to grand adventures. His first commute narrative, Flight of Passage, was once hailed via The New Yorker as “a humorous, cocky gem of a book,” and with The Oregon Trail he brings crucial direction in American historical past again to excellent and colourful life.

Traveling from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Baker urban, Oregon, over the process 4 months, greenback is followed by means of 3 cantankerous mules, his boisterous brother, Nick, and an “incurably filthy” Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl. alongside the way in which, they evade thunderstorms in Nebraska, chase runaway mules around the Wyoming plains, scout greater than miles of approximately vanished path taking walks, move the Rockies, and make determined fifty-mile compelled marches for water. The dollar brothers fix such a lot of damaged wheels and axels that they approximately reinvent the artwork of wagon go back and forth itself. in addition they needs to reckon with the ghost in their father, an eccentric but loveable dreamer whose reminiscence encouraged their trip around the plains and whose untimely dying, decades prior, has haunted them either ever since.

But The Oregon Trail is way greater than an epic event. it's also a full of life and crucial paintings of historical past that shatters the comforting myths in regards to the path years handed down through generations of usa citizens. greenback introduces readers to the mostly forgotten roles performed by means of trailblazing evangelists, pleasant Indian tribes, woman pioneers, bumbling U.S. military cavalrymen, and the rip-off artists who flocked to the frontier to fleece the overland emigrants. beneficiant parts of the ebook are dedicated to the historical past of outdated and attractive such things as the mule and the wagon. We additionally learn the way the path speeded up American financial improvement. so much arresting, maybe, are the tales of the pioneers themselves—ordinary households whose striking braveness and sacrifice made this kingdom what it became.

At as soon as an impressive trip around the West, an important paintings of heritage, and a relocating own saga, The Oregon Trail attracts readers into the adventure of an entire life. it's a wildly formidable paintings of nonfiction from a real American unique. it's a e-book with a middle as colossal because the kingdom it crosses.

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Renaissance Armies 1480-1650 (Армии Ренессанса 1480-1650гг.) by George Gush

By George Gush

Краткий иллюстрированный справочник по крупнейшим армиям мира эпохи Ренессанса 1480-1650 (включая армию Русского Царства).
Содержит интересные сведения об организации, численности, тактике, вооружении, военном костюме, геральдике, а также большое количество ч/б рисунков и фотографий подлинных доспехов и оружия.

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The Tears of Re: Beekeeping in Ancient Egypt by Gene Kritsky

By Gene Kritsky

In line with Egyptian mythology, whilst the traditional Egyptian solar god Re cried, his tears become honey bees upon touching the floor. accordingly, the honey bee used to be sacrosanct in old Egyptian tradition. From the artwork depicting bees on temple partitions to the use of beeswax as a therapeutic ointment, the honey bee was once a pervasive cultural motif in historic Egypt due to its connection to the sunlight god Re. Gene Kritsky can provide the 1st publication to envision the connection among the honey bee and historical Egyptian tradition, in the course of the lenses of linguistics, archeology, faith, health and wellbeing, and economics. Kritsky delves into historic Egypt's multifaceted society, and lines the significance of the honey bee in every little thing from dying rituals to alternate. In doing so, Kritsky brings new proof to gentle of ways complex and interesting the traditional Egyptians have been. This richly illustrated paintings appeals to a huge variety of pursuits. For archeology enthusiasts, Kritsky delves into the archeological proof of Egyptian beekeeping and discusses newly came across tombs, in addition to proof of artifical hives. Linguists could be eager about Kritsky's dialogue of the 1st documented written proof of the honeybee hieroglyph. And somebody drawn to historic Egypt or historical cultures mostly might be intrigued by means of Kritsky's remedy of the 1st documented beekeepers. This booklet offers a special social observation of a group to this point faraway from smooth people chronologically conversing, and but so interesting end result of the attractive advances their society made. Beekeeping is the newest proof of ways sooner than their instances the Egyptians have been, and the consequent narrative is as fascinating as some other point of historic Egyptian tradition.

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The Thin Red Line (BFI Modern Classics) by Michel Chion

By Michel Chion

From Amazon: "The skinny purple Line (1998) is barely the 3rd movie directed through Terrence Malick, the maverick genius of yankee cinema, in his thirty-year profession. Set in the course of the savage global struggle II conflict for Gaudalcanal, it boasts a stellar cast--including George Clooney, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, and John Travolta--but another way is going fullyyt opposed to the grain of traditional Hollywood filmmaking. motion, narrative, and patriotism are subordinated to cryptic inside monologues and delightful photographs of animals and nature, a method came across by means of many to be difficult and disconcerting. tips to make experience of this notable movie? Michel Chion lines the film's connections to Malick's prior paintings and hyperlinks the skinny purple Line to the radical on which it's loosely dependent. greater than that, he will pay minute realization to the movie itself--the photographs, sounds, faces, landscapes, and phrases that create an impressive mirrored image at the good looks, inexplicability, and tragedy of our coexistence with one another and with the realm. "

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A History of the Vikings by T. D. Kendrick

By T. D. Kendrick

Enchanting, well-documented, and vibrant account by means of a number one authority at the topic chronicles the actions of these daring sea raiders of the North who terrorized Europe from the eighth to the eleventh centuries. Abundantly illustrated, the amount should be precious to students and scholars of Nordic heritage. 12 plates and forty black-and-white illustrations.

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La Grande Illusion (BFI Film Classics) by Julin Jackson

By Julin Jackson

From Amazon: "Jean Renoir's cinematic masterpiece l. a. Grande phantasm (1937) tells the tale of 2 French prisoners-of-war escaping via Germany in the direction of France through the First international conflict. Its subject matters of loyalties divided through classification, racial and nationwide identities and the clash among patriotism and pacifism made it relatively compelling and debatable on its free up within the final days of the French well known entrance. Julian Jackson's research of the movie areas it within the old context of France within the past due Nineteen Thirties, and in addition addresses the film's unforgettable personality experiences and its strange constitution, with the narrative divided right into a sequence of self-contained set pieces."

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Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins

By Jessica Kerwin Jenkins

Encyclopedia of the beautiful is a life-style consultant for the Francophile and the Anglomaniac, the gourmand and the fashion maven, the armchair tourist and the artwork lover. It’s an homage to the esoteric international of glamour that doesn’t require a lot spending yet makes us think wealthy.

Taking a cue from the unique encyclopedias of the 16th century, which brimmed with mysterious artifacts, Jessica Kerwin Jenkins’s Encyclopedia of the beautiful focuses at the stylish, the infrequent, the common, and the pleasant. A com­pendium of fashion, it merges whimsy and practicality, traipsing throughout the high quality arts and the worlds of favor, nutrition, commute, domestic, backyard, and sweetness.

Each access positive factors numerous enticing anecdotes, illuminating the curious prior of every enduring resource of attractiveness. topics lined contain the explosive background of champagne; the paintings of lounging on a divan; the emergence of “frillies,” the 1st lacy, racy undies; the traditional makes use of of sweet-smelling saffron; the wild rebel incited via the looks of London’s first best hat; Julia Child’s tip for cooking the suitable omelet; the polarizing perform of donning pink lipstick in the course of global struggle II; Louis XIV’s fondness for the luscious Bartlett pear; the Indian starting place of badminton; Parliament’s 1650 try and suppress Europe’s attractiveness mark fad; the evolution of the japanese kimono; the pil­grimage of relevant Park’s Egyptian obelisk; and the fanciful thrill of eating alfresco.

Cleverly illustrated, Encyclopedia of the beautiful is an ode to life’s lots, from the extravagant to the eccentric. it's a cele­bration of luxurious that doesn’t unavoidably require funds.

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Glencoe by John Prebble

By John Prebble

'You are hereby ordered to fall upon the rebels, the MacDonalds of Glencoe, and to place all to the sword below seventy.' This used to be the treacherous and cold-blooded order ruthlessly performed on thirteen February 1692, while the Campbells slaughtered their hosts the MacDonalds on the bloodbath of Glencoe. It was once a bloody incident which had deep repercussions and was once the start of the destruction of the Highlanders.

John Prebble's masterly description of the bad occasions at Glencoe was once praised as 'Evocative and powerful' within the "Sunday Telegraph".

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