• White Planet: A Mad Dash through Modern Global Ski Culture

    Writer and adventurer Leslie Anthony has spent his lifestyles on planks, racing down hills, trying to find the subsequent ideal journey. His actual baptism, although, begun within the early nineties while Alaska emerged because the ski world’s subsequent great factor. Steep faces and massive tracks of powder snow, have been captured on movie and beamed to audiences world wide. the outcome was once a freeskiing revolution.

    With perception and humor, White Planet, lines an arc throughout the new ski tradition, in a rock ‘n’ roll experience that follows a diaspora to far-flung corners of the globe. alongside the best way, Anthony introduces the various daredevils, visionaries and marketers who're bringing the game to such unforeseen locations as Mexico, China, Lebanon and India.

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  • A Nation Wholly Free: The Elimination of the National Debt in the Age of Jackson

    By Carl Lane

    The final and merely Time the USA was once freed from Debt—and the way it ended in the Two-Party Political System
    “An enticing therapy of an issue of perennial main issue and common false impression, this lucid story of the short second while the USA was once debt-free might be on each Congress member’s bedside table.”—Peter J.Woolley, Professor of Comparative Politics, Fairleigh Dickinson University
    whilst President James Monroe introduced in his 1824 message to Congress that, barring an emergency, the big public debt inherited from the conflict for Independence, the Louisiana buy, and the struggle of 1812 will be extinguished on January 1, 1835, Congress spoke back by means of crafting laws to rework that prediction into fact. but John Quincy Adams,Monroe’s successor, appeared to not proportion the dedication to debt freedom, leading to the increase of competition to his management and his defeat for reelection within the sour presidential crusade of 1828. the recent president, Andrew Jackson, was once completely dedicated to debt freedom, and while it used to be completed, it grew to become the one time in American heritage whilst the rustic carried no nationwide debt. In A kingdom entirely unfastened: The removal of the nationwide Debt within the Age of Jackson, award-winning monetary historian Carl Lane indicates that the nice and disparate concerns that faced Jackson, corresponding to inner advancements, the “war” opposed to the second one financial institution of the us, and the concern surrounding South Carolina’s refusal to pay federal price lists, turn into unified while debt freedom is known as a center component to Jacksonian Democracy.
    The period of debt freedom lasted purely years and ten months. because the executive collected a surplus, an absolutely constructed competition celebration emerged—the starting of our established two-party system—over rancor approximately tips on how to allocate the newfound cash. not just did executive movement into an oppositional get together procedure at the present, the talk in regards to the measurement and function of presidency uncommon the events in a trend that has get to grips to americans. The partisan debate over nationwide debt and expenses resulted in poorly suggestion out laws, forcing the govt to renew borrowing. for this reason, after Jackson left place of work in 1837, the rustic fell right into a significant melancholy. this present day we confront a debt that exceeds $17 trillion. certainly, we have now been borrowing ever considering that short time we freed ourselves from an outsized debt. A considerate, attractive account with powerful relevance to this present day, A country absolutely Free is the attention-grabbing tale of an fulfillment that now turns out fanciful.

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  • The Thirty Years' War 1618-1648

    By Richard Bonney

    Greater than 3 and a part centuries have handed because the Peace of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years' conflict (1618-48); yet this such a lot devastating of wars within the early glossy interval maintains to seize the mind's eye of readers: this e-book unearths why. It used to be one of many first wars the place contemporaries under pressure the significance of atrocities, the horrors of the scuffling with and in addition the sufferings of the civilian inhabitants. The Thirty Years' battle continues to be a clash of key significance within the historical past of the improvement of struggle and the 'military revolution'.

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  • Legal Practice and the Written Word in the Early Middle Ages: Frankish Formulae, c.500-1000 (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series)

    By Alice Rio

    Criminal formularies are books of version felony files compiled by means of early medieval scribes for his or her personal use and that in their students. an important resource for the historical past of early medieval Europe, they rfile social family members past the slim international of the political elite. Formularies provide a lot information about the lives of standard humans: revenues and presents of land, divorces, adoptions, and disputes over labour in addition to robbery, rape or homicide. beforehand, using formularies as a ancient resource has been hampered through serious methodological difficulties, particularly during the trouble of building an exact chronological or geographical context for them. through interpreting Frankish criminal formularies from the Merovingian and Carolingian classes, this publication presents a useful, targeted research of the issues and chances linked to formularies, and may be required examining for students of early medieval historical past.

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  • The Plains Wars 1757-1900 (Essential Histories, Volume 59)

    By Charles M. Robinson III

    The nice Plains conceal the relevant two-thirds of the USA, and through the 19th century have been domestic to a few of the biggest and strongest Indian tribes at the continent. The clash among these tribes and the newbies from the outdated international lasted approximately 100 and fifty years, and required the assets of 5 international locations - Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the accomplice States of the USA and the U.S. - sooner than struggling with led to the mid Nineties. This masterly exposition explains the heritage, motives and long-term results of those sour wars, whose legacy can nonetheless be felt today.

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  • Quarterdeck & Bridge: Two Centuries of American Naval Leaders

    This very good choice of biographical essays tells the tale of the U.S. army throughout the lives of the officials who solid its traditions. The essayists are major naval historians who investigate the careers of those males and their effect at the naval provider, from the Continental army of the yank Revolution to the nuclear military of the chilly struggle.

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  • The Bounty Mutiny (Penguin Classics)

    By William Bligh

    The names William Bligh, Fletcher Christian, and the Bounty have excited the preferred mind's eye for greater than 200 years. the tale of this recognized mutiny has many beginnings and lots of endings yet all of them intersect on an April morning in 1789 close to the island identified this present day as Tonga. That morning, William Bligh and eighteen surly seamen have been expelled from the Bounty and started what often is the maximum open-boat voyage in background, crusing a few 4,000 miles to defense in Timor. The mutineers led via Fletcher Christian sailed off right into a secret that hasn't ever been solely resolved.

    While the whole tale of what drove the boys to rebel or what rather transpired throughout the fight may well by no means be identified, Penguin Classics has introduced together-for the 1st time in a single volume-all the proper texts and records regarding a drama that has involved generations. here's the total textual content of Bligh's Narrative of the Mutiny, the mins of the court docket lawsuits accumulated by means of Edward Christian with the intention to transparent his brother's identify, and the hugely polemic correspondence among Bligh and Christian-all amplified by means of Robert Madison's illuminating creation and wealthy collection of next Bounty narratives.

    For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts superior by means of introductions and notes through uncommon students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by way of award-winning translators.

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  • The Music of Pythagoras: How an Ancient Brotherhood Cracked the Code of the Universe and Lit the Path from Antiquity to Outer Space

    By Kitty Ferguson

    The enchanting tale of Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans, whose insights reworked the traditional international and nonetheless motivate the nation-states of technology, arithmetic, philosophy, and the arts.
     
    "Pythagoras's impression at the rules, and as a result at the future, of the human race was once most likely more than that of any unmarried guy prior to or after him," wrote Arthur Koestler.  although most folks comprehend of him just for the recognized Pythagorean Theorem (a2 +b2=c2), in truth the pillars of our medical tradition--belief that the universe is rational, that there's solidarity to all issues, and that numbers and arithmetic are a robust advisor to fact approximately nature and the cosmos--hark again to the convictions of this mythical sixth-century B.C. scholar.
    Born round 570 B.C. at the cultured Aegean island of Samos, Pythagoras (according to historic stories) studied with the sage Thales close by at Miletus, and with clergymen and scribes in Egypt and Babylon. ultimately he based his personal institution at Croton in southern Italy, the place he and his fans started to resolve the outstanding deep truths hid at the back of such usual projects as tuning a lyre. whereas contemplating why a few string lengths produced attractive sounds and others discordant ones, they exposed the ratios of musical concord, and well-known that hidden at the back of the confusion and complexity of nature are styles and orderly relationships. that they had shocked the writer at his strategy planning stage and had glimpsed the brain of God! a few of them later might additionally locate anything darker in numbers and nature: irrationality, a revelation so unsettling and subversive that it may possibly have contributed to the destruction in their brotherhood. Praised for her skill to light up complicated topics, Kitty Ferguson brilliantly inspires the archaic international of Pythagoras, exhibiting how principles unfold in antiquity, chronicling the impression he and his fans have had on such a lot of awesome humans within the heritage of Western idea and technological know-how, and bringing a poignant human saga to readers who're day-by-day reminded that concord and chaos can and do coexist.

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  • From Atlantis to the Sphinx

    By Colin Wilson

    During this compelling publication, Colin Wilson argues that hundreds of thousands of years ahead of historic Egypt and Greece held sway, there has been a good civilization whose ships traveled the realm from China to Antarctica. Their complicated wisdom of technological know-how, arithmetic, and astronomy was once handed directly to descendants who escaped to Egypt and South America.

    From Atlantis to the Sphinx bases this statement on a real truth: that archaeologists and geologists are at odds over the age of the Sphinx. Archaeologists declare that the Sphinx dates to classical dynastic Egypt, round 2,400 b.c. yet a few geologists declare that it might probably were outfitted as early as 7,000 to 10,500 b.c. The geologists' declare is predicated at the curious undeniable fact that the erosion of the Sphinx is extra attribute of water erosion than that of wind and sand.

    Starting from the belief that there has been a complicated civilization in life a lot prior to formerly proposal, Wilson is going directly to declare that it might probably rather well be Atlantis--not a literal island that sank, yet extra of an exceptional civilization that both declined certainly or skilled a very good disaster, passing on just a fraction of its wisdom to different peoples. From Atlantis to the Sphinx delves into what could have been a very various wisdom method from that of contemporary man--one as alien to us as that of the Martians.

    The publication units out to reconstruct that historical wisdom in a desirable exploration of the distant depths of background, a ground-breaking try and know how those long-forgotten peoples notion, felt, and communicated with the universe.

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  • Gunpowder Plots : A Celebration of 400 Years of Bonfire Night

    By Antonia Fraser, David Cannadine, Brenda Buchanan, Justin Champion, David Cressy, Pauline Croft, Mike Jay

    Four hundred years in the past this November the main bold and outstanding plot ever conceived during this kingdom got here on the subject of good fortune: the try via man Fawkes and his fellow conspirators to break in one, annihilating blast the complete British ruling category and royal family.

    This ebook attracts at the services of alternative writers to convey to lifestyles the significant implications of the Plot and the unusual means they've got echoed right down to us over 4 centuries in what continues to be the fundamental English competition. Pauline Croft writes concerning the striking plot itself and the frightened, risky global of Jacobean Britain, Antonia Fraser imagines an international within which the plot had succeeded, Justin Champion dramatizes the nationwide emergency that the plot's discovery and its savage anti-Catholicism, David Cressy lines how Bonfire evening has been celebrated considering that its inception as a vacation, Mike Jay specializes in the main recognized and enduring rituals held every year at Lewes and Brenda Buchanan bargains an excellent historical past of fireworks in Britain.

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