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Into Thin Air
by Jon Krakauer

Language

English

Pages

368

Publication Date

November 12, 1998

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When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10,1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin the perilous descent from 29,028 feet (roughly the cruising altitude of an Airbus jetliner), twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly to the top, unaware that the sky had begun to roil with clouds...<br /><br /><i>Into Thin Air</i> is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed Outside journalist and author of the bestselling Into the Wild. Taking the reader step by step from Katmandu to the mountain's deadly pinnacle, Krakauer has his readers shaking on the edge of their seat. Beyond the terrors of this account, however, he also peers deeply into the myth of the world's tallest mountain. What is is about Everest that has compelled so many poeple--including himself--to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense? <br /><br />Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>
The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
by Peter Frankopan

Language

English

Pages

657

Publication Date

February 16, 2016

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<b><b>“This is history on a grand scale, with a sweep and ambition that is rare… A proper historical epic of dazzling range and achievement.” —William Dalrymple, <i>The Guardian </i></b><br />  <br />The epic history of the crossroads of the world—the meeting place of East and West and the birthplace of civilization</b><br /><br /> It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures and religions. From the rise and fall of empires to the spread of Buddhism and the advent of Christianity and Islam, right up to the great wars of the twentieth century—this book shows how the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East.<br /><br />Peter Frankopan realigns our understanding of the world, pointing us eastward. He vividly re-creates the emergence of the first cities in Mesopotamia and the birth of empires in Persia, Rome and Constantinople, as well as the depredations by the Mongols, the transmission of the Black Death and the violent struggles over Western imperialism. Throughout the millennia, it was the appetite for foreign goods that brought East and West together, driving economies and the growth of nations. <br /><br />From the Middle East and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the global spotlight in recent years. Frankopan teaches us that to understand what is at stake for the cities and nations built on these intricate trade routes, we must first understand their astounding pasts. Far more than a history of the Silk Roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
Take Off Your Shoes: One Man's Journey from the Boardroom to Bali...
by Ben Feder

Language

English

Pages

224

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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The <i>Eat, Pray, Love</i> for busy executives, <i>Take Off Your Shoes</i> invites the reader to join a journey of self-rediscovery.<br /><br />A hard-charging CEO of a large enterprise, Ben Feder discovers that he is losing the very things that sustained him over his years of business success. Unsettled by his insight and determined to rebuild family relationships and rejuvenate his sense of purpose, he risks his career on a life-altering physical and emotional journey. Together with his wife and children, Feder sets off for an exotic island on a self-prescribed sabbatical year. That experience transforms them all.<br /><br />If <i>10% Happier</i> made you more mindful, and <i>Wild</i> more adventuresome, <i>Take Off Your Shoes</i> will ground you and help you find your soul.<br /><br />The writing is honest and moving, baring the author’s innermost struggles and fears, and enticing the reader to share his quest. As Feder navigates the thrills and pitfalls of his time away, he draws us into remarkable examinations of values and priorities in adult life.
Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North K...
by Suki Kim

Language

English

Pages

306

Publication Date

October 14, 2014

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<b>A haunting account of teaching English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign</b><br />  <br /> Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: <i>Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us.</i> It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields—except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a walled compound where portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il look on impassively from the walls of every room, and where Suki has gone undercover as a missionary and a teacher. Over the next six months, she will eat three meals a day with her young charges and struggle to teach them English, all under the watchful eye of the regime. <br /><br />Life at PUST is lonely and claustrophobic, especially for Suki, whose letters are read by censors and who must hide her notes and photographs not only from her minders but from her colleagues—evangelical Christian missionaries who don't know or choose to ignore that Suki doesn't share their faith. As the weeks pass, she is mystified by how easily her students lie, unnerved by their obedience to the regime. At the same time, they offer Suki tantalizing glimpses of their private selves—their boyish enthusiasm, their eagerness to please, the flashes of curiosity that have not yet been extinguished. She in turn begins to hint at the existence of a world beyond their own—at such exotic activities as surfing the Internet or traveling freely and, more dangerously, at electoral democracy and other ideas forbidden in a country where defectors risk torture and execution. But when Kim Jong-il dies, and the boys she has come to love appear devastated, she wonders whether the gulf between her world and theirs can ever be bridged.<br /><br /> <i> Without You, There Is No Us</i> offers a moving and incalculably rare glimpse of life in the world's most unknowable country, and at the privileged young men she calls "soldiers and slaves."
See You Again in Pyongyang: A Journey into Kim Jong Un's North Ko...
by Travis Jeppesen

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

May 29, 2018

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<div><b>A "close-up look at the cloistered country" (<i>USA Today</i>), <i>See You Again in Pyongyang</i> is A</b><b >merican writer Travis Jeppesen's chronicle of his travels in North Korea--a timely, eye-opening portrait that goes behind the headlines about Trump and Kim, revealing North Koreans' "entrepreneurial spirit, and hidden love of foreign media, as well as their dreams and fears" (<i>Los Angeles Times</i>).</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div>In <i>See You Again in Pyongyang</i>, Travis Jeppesen, the first American to complete a university program in North Korea, culls from his experiences living, traveling, and studying in the country to create a multifaceted portrait of the country and its idiosyncratic capital city in the Kim Jong Un Era.<br /><br /> Anchored by the experience of his five trips to North Korea and his interactions with citizens from all walks of life, Jeppesen takes readers behind the propaganda, showing how the North Korean system actually works in daily life. He challenges the notion that Pyongyang is merely a "showcase capital" where everything is staged for the benefit of foreigners, as well as the idea that Pyongyangites are brainwashed robots. Jeppesen introduces readers to an array of fascinating North Koreans, from government ministers with a side hustle in black market Western products to young people enamored with American pop culture.<br /><br /> With unique personal insight and a rigorous historical grounding, Jeppesen goes beyond the media cliches, showing North Koreans in their full complexity. <i>See You Again in Pyongyang</i> is an essential addition to the literature about one of the world's most fascinating and mysterious places. </div>
Lonely Planet Japan (Travel Guide)
by , Benedict Walker

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English

Pages

928

Publication Date

August 01, 2017

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<P><I>#1 best-selling guide to Japan</I></P><P><B><I>Lonely Planet</I></B> <B><I>Japan</I> </B>is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore a bamboo grove in Arashiyama, marvel at Shinto and Buddhist architecture in Kyoto, or relax in the hot springs of Noboribetsu Onsen; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Japan<I> </I>and begin your journey now! </P><P><B>Inside<I> Lonely Planet</I> <I>Japan </I>Travel Guide:</B> </P><UL> <LI><B>Colour </B>maps and images throughout <LI><B>Highlights</B> <B>and itineraries</B> help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests <LI><B>Insider tips</B> to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots <LI><B>Essential info</B> <B>at your fingertips</B> - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices <LI><B>Honest reviews for all budgets</B> - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss <LI><B>Cultural insights</B> give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, festivals, hiking, onsen, cuisine, architecture, sport, traditional accommodation, geisha, visual arts, performing arts, literature, music, environment, cinema <LI><B>Free, convenient pull-out Tokyo</B> <B>map</B> (included in print version), plus over 140 maps <LI><B>Covers</B> Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Nikko, Narita, Kamakura, Hakone, Nagoya, Gifu, Kanazawa, Nagano, Kyoto, Kansai, Hiroshima, Okayama, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Matsue, Sapporo, Shikoku, Tokushima, Fukuoka, Okinawa and more </LI></UL><P><B>eBook Features: </B>(Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) </P><UL> <LI><B>Downloadable PDF and offline maps</B> prevent roaming and data charges <LI><B>Effortlessly navigate </B>and jump between maps and reviews <LI><B>Add notes</B> to personalise your guidebook experience <LI><B>Seamlessly flip </B>between pages <LI><B>Bookmarks and speedy search </B>capabilities get you to key pages in a flash <LI><B>Embedded links </B>to recommendations' websites <LI><B>Zoom-in </B>maps and images <LI><B>Inbuilt dictionary </B>for quick referencing </LI></UL><P><B>The Perfect Choice: </B><B><I>Lonely Planet</I></B> <B><I>Japan</I>,</B> our most comprehensive guide to Japan, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled. </P><P>Looking for a guide focused on Tokyo? Check out <B><I>Lonely Planet Tokyo</I></B> guide for a comprehensive look at all the city has to offer; <B>Best of <I>Japan,</I></B> a photo-rich guide to the <I>country's </I>most popular attractions; or <B><I>Pocket Tokyo</I> </B>a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip. </P><P><B>About Lonely Planet: </B>Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. The world awaits! </P><P><I>Lonely Planet guides have won the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.</I> </P><P><I>'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' -- Fairfax Media </I></P><P><I>'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times</I> </P><p><b>Important Notice:</b> The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.</p>
Japan Travel Guide: Things I Wish I'D Known Before Going To Japan...
by , Ken Fukuyama

Language

English

Pages

184

Publication Date

April 28, 2018

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<h2> Want to experience Japan at its fullest potential without spending tons of your precious time on a monstrous 800 pages travel guide? Then, “Things I Wish I’D Known Before Going to Japan” is all you need! </h2><br /><p><b>In this book, Yuki Fukuyama and Ken Fukuyama will share with you:</b></p><br /><ul><li> The ultimate Japan itineraries that are improvised for more than 50+ times</li><li> Everything you need to know about Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hokkaido </li><li> All the essential info like hours of operation, transit tips, prices etc</li><li> The best magical winter destination </li><li> Detailed maps of Japan </li><li> The most updated super cheap budgeting tips </li><li> The best accommodation tips </li><li> Japan’s Best Kept Secrets </li><li> All the best of the best local cuisines </li><li> The events and festivals in Japan </li><li>Much, much more!</li></ul><br /><p><b>About Yuki Fukuyama and Ken Fukuyama</b></p><br /><p>Before serving as a tour guide, they were full-time professors working in Japan National College of Technology. After having their first child in 1986, they have decided to pursue their long-hidden dream of exploring the world. Inspired by their life-changing adventure throughout the world, they have decided to serve as a tour guide. This happy couple has been serving as a Japan local tour guide for more than 30 years now. In their effort to show the world what Japan truly is, they have decided to write a book about it. </p> <br /><b>Download your copy today!</b><br />Take action and experience Japan at its fullest potential now! Get this book for FREE with Kindle Unlimited!
Don’t Go There: From Chernobyl to North Korea—one man’s que...
by Adam Fletcher

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English

Pages

258

Publication Date

February 05, 2018

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<b>How much would you risk to change your life?</b> <br /><br />After Spiegel bestselling-author Adam Fletcher is accidentally tear-gassed in street protests in Istanbul, he goes on a journey to some of the strangest places in the world, taking his eccentric German girlfriend, Annett, along with him. Their quest to better understand themselves (and everyone else) threatens their world view, sanity, and relationship.<br /><br />Whether freezing in a blizzard in China, ruining a mass dance in North Korea, experiencing the corruption of Soviet-breakaway Transnistria, pondering the apocalypse in Chernobyl, getting stopped by police boats on the way to the newest country in the world (libertarian utopia Liberland), or meeting the devil incarnate on a night bus in Moldova, Adam keeps his sense of humour and his fascination for the weird things people do to each other when they think no one is looking, in the places few of us ever go.<br /><br />Don’t Go There is a <b>hilarious travel memoir</b> full of <b>interesting characters, uncomfortable moments, unusual destinations,</b> and British humour that will appeal to lovers of Bill Bryson, Douglas Adams, and David Sedaris.<br /><br />Take a trip with Adam Fletcher, visa and mosquito free today!<br /><br /><b>Amazon US bestseller: #1 Literary Travel, Adventure Travel, North & South Korea</b><br /><br />What readers are saying: <br /><br />"I have to say that this is the best book I have read ever." Amazon US, Michael T. Rabb<br />"I guarantee you will laugh, cry and feel his pain. Please keep writing Adam." Amazon US, Kathy McAllister<br />"A must read! This book is a true eye opener." Amazon US, Sam<br />"Honest, funny, insightful, and informative. This book is a must read for the international traveler." Amazon US, Susan Mopper
Annapurna: The First Conquest of an 8,000-Meter Peak
by Maurice Herzog

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

July 26, 2011

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<DIV><B>One of <I>Sports Illustrated</I>’s Top 100 Sports Books of All Time: A gripping firsthand account of one of the most daring climbing expeditions in history.</B><BR /><BR /> Annapurna I is the name given to the 8,100-meter mountain that ranks among the most forbidding in the Himalayan chain. Dangerous not just for its extreme height but for a long and treacherous approach, its summit proved unreachable until 1950, when a group of French mountaineers made a mad dash for its peak. They became the first men to accomplish the feat, doing so without oxygen tanks or any of the modern equipment that contemporary climbers use. The adventure nearly cost them their lives.<BR /><BR /> Maurice Herzog dictated this firsthand account of the remarkable trek from a hospital bed as he recovered from injuries sustained during the climb. An instant bestseller, it remains one of the most famous mountaineering books of all time, and an enduring testament to the power of the human spirit.<BR /><BR />  </DIV>
Chai, Chaat & Chutney: a street food journey through India
by Chetna Makan

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

July 06, 2017

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Explore exciting new recipes from the streets of India's four biggest cities.

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