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Into Thin Air
by Jon Krakauer

Language

English

Pages

368

Publication Date

November 12, 1998

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<b>National Bestseller </b><br /><br />A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for <b>Into Thin Air</b>, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster.<br /><br />By writing <b>Into Thin Air</b>, Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event. He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas. He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman, the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition. Krakauer's highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong. But for Krakauer himself, further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber's death. Clearly, Krakauer remains haunted by the disaster, and although he relates a number of incidents in which he acted selflessly and even heroically, he seems unable to view those instances objectively. In the end, despite his evenhanded and even generous assessment of others' actions, he reserves a full measure of vitriol for himself. <br /><br />This updated edition of <b>Into Thin Air</b> includes an extensive new postscript that sheds fascinating light on the acrimonious debate that flared between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukreev in the wake of the tragedy.  "I have no doubt that Boukreev's intentions were good on summit day," writes Krakauer in the postscript, dated August 1999. "What disturbs me, though, was Boukreev's refusal to acknowledge the possibility that he made even a single poor decision. Never did he indicate that perhaps it wasn't the best choice to climb without gas or go down ahead of his clients." As usual, Krakauer supports his points with dogged research and a good dose of humility. But rather than continue the heated discourse that has raged since <b>Into Thin Air</b>'s denouncement of guide Boukreev, Krakauer's tone is conciliatory; he points most of his criticism at G. Weston De Walt, who coauthored <b>The Climb</b>, Boukreev's version of events. And in a touching conclusion, Krakauer recounts his last conversation with the late Boukreev, in which the two weathered climbers agreed to disagree about certain points. Krakauer had great hopes to patch things up with Boukreev, but the Russian later died in an avalanche on another Himalayan peak, Annapurna I. <br /><br />In 1999, Krakauer received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters--a prestigious prize intended "to honor writers of exceptional accomplishment."  According to the Academy's citation, "Krakauer combines the tenacity and courage of the finest tradition of investigative journalism with the stylish subtlety and profound insight of the born writer.  His account of an ascent of Mount Everest has led to a general reevaluation of climbing and of the commercialization of what was once a romantic, solitary sport; while his account of the life and death of Christopher McCandless, who died of starvation after challenging the Alaskan wilderness, delves even more deeply and disturbingly into the fascination of nature and the devastating effects of its lure on a young and curious mind."
The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier
by Ian Urbina

Language

English

Pages

513

Publication Date

August 20, 2019

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<b>"<b>A riveting, terrifying, thrilling story of a netherworld that few people know about, and fewer will ever see . . . The soul of this book is as wild as the ocean itself." --Susan Casey, best-selling author of </b><b><i>The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean</i></b><br /><br /><br /><b>A riveting, adrenaline-fueled tour of a vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen: the high seas.</b></b><br /><br />There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world's oceans: too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation.<br /><br />Traffickers and smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, wreck thieves and repo men, vigilante conservationists and elusive poachers, seabound abortion providers, clandestine oil-dumpers, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways -- drawing on five years of perilous and intrepid reporting, often hundreds of miles from shore, Ian Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this hidden world. Through their stories of astonishing courage and brutality, survival and tragedy, he uncovers a globe-spanning network of crime and exploitation that emanates from the fishing, oil and shipping industries, and on which the world's economies rely. <br /><br />Both a gripping adventure story and a stunning exposé, this unique work of reportage brings fully into view for the first time the disturbing reality of a floating world that connects us all, a place where anyone can do anything because no one is watching.
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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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. 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. <br /> <br />Frankopan realigns our understanding of the world, pointing us eastward. 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 /><b>Also available: <i>The New Silk Roads</i>, a timely exploration of the dramatic and profound changes our world is undergoing right now—as seen from the perspective of the rising powers of the East.</b>
The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of ...
by Thant Myint-U

Language

English

Pages

301

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<p><strong>How did one of the world’s "buzzy hotspots" (<em>Fodor’s</em> 2013) become one of the top ten places to avoid (<em>Fodor’s</em> 2018)?</strong></p><br /><p>Precariously positioned between China and India, Burma’s population has suffered dictatorship, natural disaster, and the dark legacies of colonial rule. But when decades of military dictatorship finally ended and internationally beloved Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi emerged from long years of house arrest, hopes soared. World leaders such as Barack Obama ushered in waves of international support. Progress seemed inevitable.</p><br /><p>As historian, former diplomat, and presidential advisor, Thant Myint-U saw the cracks forming. In this insider’s diagnosis of a country at a breaking point, he dissects how a singularly predatory economic system, fast-rising inequality, disintegrating state institutions, the impact of new social media, the rise of China next door, climate change, and deep-seated feelings around race, religion, and national identity all came together to challenge the incipient democracy. Interracial violence soared and a horrific exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees fixed international attention. Myint-U explains how and why this happened, and details an unsettling prognosis for the future.</p><br /><p>Burma is today a fragile stage for nearly all the world’s problems. Are democracy and an economy that genuinely serves all its people possible in Burma? In clear and urgent prose, Myint-U explores this question—a concern not just for the Burmese but for the rest of the world—warning of the possible collapse of this nation of 55 million while suggesting a fresh agenda for change.</p>
Lonely Planet Japan (Travel Guide)
by , Thomas O'Malley

Language

English

Pages

928

Publication Date

August 01, 2019

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<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><li><b>Highlights</b> <b>and itineraries</b> help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests </li><li><b>Insider tips</b> to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots </li><li><b>Essential info</b> <b>at your fingertips</b> - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices </li><li><b>Honest reviews for all budgets</b> - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss </li><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><li><b>Free, convenient pull-out Tokyo</b> <b>map</b> (included in print version), plus over 140 maps </li><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>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. 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>
The Book of Eating: Adventures in Professional Gluttony
by Adam Platt

Language

English

Pages

265

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<p><strong>A wildly hilarious and irreverent memoir of a globe-trotting life lived meal-to-meal by one of our most influential and respected food critics</strong></p><p>As the son of a diplomat growing up in places like Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan, Adam Platt didn’t have the chance to become a picky eater. Living, traveling, and eating in some of the most far-flung locations around the world, he developed an eclectic palate and a nuanced understanding of cultures and cuisines that led to some revelations which would prove important in his future career as a food critic. In Tokyo, for instance—“a kind of paradise for nose-to-tail cooking”—he learned that “if you’re interested in telling a story, a hair-raisingly bad meal is much better than a good one."</p><p>From dim sum in Hong Kong to giant platters of Peking duck in Beijing, fresh-baked croissants in Paris and pierogi on the snowy streets of Moscow, Platt takes us around the world, re-tracing the steps of a unique, and lifelong, culinary education. Providing a glimpse into a life that has intertwined food and travel in exciting and unexpected ways, <em>The Book of Eating</em> is a delightful and sumptuous trip that is also the culinary coming-of-age of a voracious eater and his eventual ascension to become, as he puts it, “a professional glutton.”</p>
A Beginner's Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocations
by Pico Iyer

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b>From the acclaimed author of <i>The Art of Stillness-</i>-one of our most engaging and discerning travel writers--a unique, indispensable guide to the enigma of contemporary Japan.</b><br /><br />After thirty-two years in Japan, Pico Iyer can use everything from anime to Oscar Wilde to show how his adopted home is both hauntingly familiar and the strangest place on earth. "Arguably the world's greatest living travel writer" (Outside). He draws on readings, reflections, and conversations with Japanese friends to illuminate an unknown place for newcomers, and to give longtime residents a look at their home through fresh eyes. <i>A Beginner's Guide to Japan</i> is a playful and profound guidebook full of surprising, brief, incisive glimpses into Japanese culture. Iyer's adventures and observations as he travels from a meditation-hall to a love-hotel, from West Point to Kyoto Station, make for a constantly surprising series of provocations guaranteed to pique the interest and curiosity of those who don't know Japan, and to remind those who do of the wide range of fascinations the country and culture contain.
Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells
by Pico Iyer

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English

Pages

232

Publication Date

April 16, 2019

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<b>From one of our most astute observers of human nature, a far-reaching exploration of Japanese history and culture and a moving meditation on impermanence, mortality, and grief.</b><br /><br />For years, Pico Iyer has split his time between California and Nara, Japan, where he and his Japanese wife, Hiroko, have a small home. But when his father-in-law dies suddenly, calling him back to Japan earlier than expected, Iyer begins to grapple with the question we all have to live with: how to hold on to the things we love, even though we know that we and they are dying. In a country whose calendar is marked with occasions honoring the dead, this question is more urgent than anywhere else. Iyer leads us through the year following his father-in-law's death, introducing us to the people who populate his days: his ailing mother-in-law, who often forgets that her husband has died; his absent brother-in-law, who severed ties with his family years ago but to whom Hiroko still writes letters; and the men and women in his ping-pong club, who, many years his senior, traverse their autumn years in different ways. And as the maple leaves begin to redden and the heat begins to soften, Iyer offers us a singular view of Japan, in the season that reminds us to take nothing for granted.
The Coming Collapse of China
by Gordon G. Chang

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

September 15, 2001

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China is hot. The world sees a glorious future for this sleeping giant, three times larger than the United States, predicting it will blossom into the world's biggest economy by 2010. According to Chang, however, a Chinese-American lawyer and China specialist, the People's Republic is a paper dragon. Peer beneath the veneer of modernization since Mao's death, and the symptoms of decay are everywhere: Deflation grips the economy, state-owned enterprises are failing, banks are hopelessly insolvent, foreign investment continues to decline, and Communist party corruption eats away at the fabric of society. <br /><br />Beijing's cautious reforms have left the country stuck midway between communism and capitalism, Chang writes. With its impending World Trade Organization membership, for the first time China will be forced to open itself to foreign competition, which will shake the country to its foundations. Economic failure will be followed by government collapse. Covering subjects from party politics to the Falun Gong to the government's insupportable position on Taiwan, Chang presents a thorough and very chilling overview of China's present and not-so-distant future.
Lonely Planet India (Travel Guide)
by , Bradley Mayhew

Language

English

Pages

1256

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<p><i>Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher*</i></p> <br /><p><b>Lonely Planet’s <i>India</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. Marvel at the intricate floral designs on the Taj Mahal, watch the setting sun cast a rosy glow over the otherworldly landscape of Hampi, and listen to monks chanting in the shadow of the mighty Himalaya in Ladakh – all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of India and begin your journey now!</p> <br /><p>Inside<b> Lonely Planet’s <i>India</i>:</b></p> <br /><ul> <br /><li><b>Full-colour</b> maps and images throughout</li> <br /><li><b>Highlights</b> <b>and itineraries</b> help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests</li> <br /><li><b>Insider tips</b> to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots</li> <br /><li><b>Essential info</b> <b>at your fingertips</b> - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices</li> <br /><li><b>Honest reviews for all budgets</b> - eating, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss</li> <br /><li><b>Cultural insights </b>provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, art, food, drink, sport, politics</li> <br /><li><b>Covers</b> Delhi, Rajasthan, Kashmir, Ladakh, Agra, Varanasi, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Rishikesh, West Bengal, Darjeeling, Goa, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Mumbai (Bombay), Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kerala, Andaman Islands and more.</li> <br /></ul> <br /><p><b>The Perfect Choice: </b><b>Lonely Planet’s <i>India</i></b> is our most comprehensive guide to India, and is perfect for discovering both popular and off-the-beaten-path experiences.</p> <br /><p>Looking for more coverage? Check out <b>Lonely Planet’s <i>South India & Kerala</i></b>; <b><i>Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra</i></b>; or<b><i> Goa & Mumbai </i></b>guides for an in-depth look at what these regions and cities have to offer.</p> <br /><p><b>About Lonely Planet: </b>Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.</p> <br /><p><i>‘Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.’ – New York Times</i></p> <br /><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 (Australia)</i></p> <br /><p>*Source: Nielsen BookScan: Australia, UK, USA, 5/2016-4/2017</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>

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