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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>
Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape a...
by Andrew X. Pham

Language

English

Pages

353

Publication Date

April 01, 2010

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<p>A Vietnamese Bicycle Days by a stunning new voice in American letters.</p><p>Andrew X. Pham dreamed of becoming a writer. Born in Vietnam and raised in California, he held technical jobs at United Airlines-and always carried a letter of resignation in his briefcase. His father had been a POW of the Vietcong; his family came to America as "boat people." His sister committed suicide, prompting Andrew to quit his job. He sold all of his possessions and embarked on a year-long bicycle journey that took him through the Mexican desert, where he was treated as a bueno hermano, a "good brother"; around a thousand-mile loop from Narita to Kyoto in Japan; and, after five months and 2,357 miles, to Saigon, where he finds "nothing familiar in the bombed-out darkness." In Mexico he's treated kindly as a Vietnamito, though he shouts, "I'm American, Vietnamese American!" In Vietnam, he's taken for Japanese or Korean by his countrymen, except, of course, by his relatives, who doubt that as a Vietnamese he has the stamina to complete his journey ("Only Westerners can do it"); and in the United States he's considered anything but American. A vibrant, picaresque memoir written with narrative flair and a wonderful, eye-opening sense of adventure, <i>Catfish and Mandala </i>is an unforgettable search for cultural identity.</p>
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Portugal
by DK Travel

Language

English

Pages

400

Publication Date

January 22, 2019

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<p>The ideal travel companion, full of insider advice on what to see and do, plus detailed itineraries and comprehensive maps for exploring Portugal.</p><p>Take a leisurely walking tour of Lisbon, island-hop around the Azores, become a connoisseur of the country's port, or relax on Madeira's golden beaches: everything you need to know is clearly laid out within color-coded chapters. Discover the best of Portugal with this indispensable travel guide.</p><p>Inside <b><i>DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Portugal</i></b>:<br />- Over 35 color maps help you navigate with ease<br />- Simple layout makes it easy to find the information you need<br />- Comprehensive tours and itineraries of Portugal designed for every interest and budget<br />- Illustrations and floor plans show the inside of Sintra's Pena Palace, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Alcobaça, and Lisbon's Mosteiro dos Jerónimos<br />- Color photographs of vibrant cities, beautiful beaches and islands, churches and castles, pretty town centers, and more<br />- Detailed chapters, with area maps, cover Lisbon--Alfama, Baixa and Avenida, Bairro Alto and Estrela, Belém, and further afield--the Lisbon Coast, Estremadura and Ribatejo, the Beiras, Douro and Trás-os-Montes, Minho, Alentejo, the Algarve, Madeira, and the Azores<br />- Historical and cultural context gives you a richer travel experience: learn about Portugal's history, way of life, architecture, ceramic Azulejos tiles, traditional food and drink, festivals and events, and more<br />- Essential travel tips: our expert choices of where to stay, eat, shop, and sightsee, plus useful phrases and transportation, visa, and health information </p><p><b><i>DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Portugal</i></b> is a detailed, easy-to-use guide designed to help you get the most from your visit to Portugal.</p><p>Planning a city break? Try our <b><i>DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Lisbon</i></b>.</p>
INSTANT POT COOKBOOK #2019: Foolproof Recipes for Your Whole Fami...
by Rebecca Pace

Language

English

Pages

345

Publication Date

March 12, 2019

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<h1>Enjoy 575 delicious recipes - The quick and easy way!</h1><br /><b>Do you want to master the instant pot pressure cooker?</b><br /><b>Do you want to impress your family and guest with your great culinary skills?</b><br /><b>Do you want to make yummy meals in matter of minutes and keep feeding your family with healthy homemade meals?</b> <br />Well, we know you would. This book consists of 575 delicious recipes that are so easy to make, specially picked out to help you master your Instant Pot from your very first meal. The cooking instructions are written step by step and in a clear understandable manner for beginners.<br /><b>What this book is all about:</b><br /><ul><li>How to Make Stocks & Broths in your Instant Pot</li><br /><li>Easy-to-follow steps to make cooking easier and faster</li><br /><li>Over 575 creative delicious recipes for smart and busy people</li><br /><li>Big variety of modern recipes of any taste to surprise your family</li><br /><li>Big variety of modern recipes for any taste to surprise your family and friends</li><br /><li>Cookbook with beginner’s guide, troubleshooting tips, measurements & conversions</li><br />With this Instant Pot cookbook, you finally have an Instant Pot cookbook you can indulge in again and again when cooking. This is a must have tool for any instant pot user. <b>Grab your copy now!</b> There are so many reasons why you'll love this <b>Instant Pot Cookbook #2019.</b><br />
Peaks on the Horizon: Two Journeys in Tibet
by Charlie Carroll

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English

Pages

361

Publication Date

February 10, 2015

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<DIV><B>The “engrossing” true story of two men from different worlds whose paths crossed on the border of China and Tibet (<I>Publishers Weekly</I>, starred review).</B><BR />  <BR /> With a passion for Tibet that dated back to childhood, Charlie Carroll decided to visit this mysterious and controversial nation and experience the shrouded land for himself. Contending with Chinese bureaucracy, unforgiving terrain, and sickness-inducing altitude, Charlie sought entrance to twenty-first-century Tibet in all its heart-stopping beauty.<BR />  <BR /> Meanwhile, at the same time that a young Charlie had been devouring books about Tibet, five-year-old Lobsang was crossing the Himalayas on foot, fleeing the volatile region with his family. An exile in Nepal with an ear for languages, then a university student in India, he followed the love of his life back to their home country, only to face separation due to China’s harsh political backlash.<BR />  <BR /> In a teahouse at the border between China and Tibet, Lobsang met Charlie and recounted his story, exemplifying the hardship, resilience, and hope of modern Tibetan life. This account of that meeting and the history and events leading up to it “richly describes the landscape of the country and its people” and takes us on a “suspenseful . . . gripping, enlightening journey” (<I>Kirkus Reviews).</I><BR />  <BR /> “A rare and extraordinary account of life in Tibet.” —<I>National Geographic</I></DIV>
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigatio...
by Laurence Bergreen

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English

Pages

504

Publication Date

October 13, 2009

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<p>The riveting story of Ferdinand Magellan’s historic 60,000-mile ocean voyage—now updated with a new introduction commemorating the 500<sup>th</sup> anniversary of his journey.</p><p><strong>“Prodigious research, sure-footed prose and vivid descriptions make for a thoroughly satisfying account... it is all here in the wondrous detail, a first-rate historical page turner.”— <em>New York Times Book Review</em></strong><strong><em></em></strong></p><p>Ferdinand Magellan's daring circumnavigation of the globe in the sixteenth century was a three-year odyssey filled with sex, violence, and amazing adventure. Now in <em>Over the Edge of the World</em>, prize-winning biographer and journalist <em>Laurence Bergreen</em> entwines a variety of candid, firsthand accounts, bringing to life this groundbreaking and majestic tale of discovery that changed both the way explorers would henceforth navigate the oceans and history itself.</p><p>Now updated to include a new introduction commemorating the 500<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Magellan’s voyage.</p>
Speak Japanese in 90 Days: A Self Study Guide to Becoming Fluent:...
by Kevin Marx

Language

English

Pages

270

Publication Date

August 31, 2015

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Want to speak Japanese but don't know where to start? This book is for you! Don't waste money buying ten different books when you can learn everything you need in this one book. Don't waste money taking classes at a school when you can teach yourself. With Speak Japanese in 90 Days, all of the prep work is done for you. Each daily lesson will teach you not only what, but how to study. Speak Japanese in 90 Days is a comprehensive self study guide, and teaches everything you need to know for the JLPT N5 (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) as well as most of the grammar needed for the JLPT N4. It can also be used by intermediate students to brush up on grammar and vocabulary. The revised third edition (2018) features updated explanations and grammar points. The content includes: <br /><br />How to Study - Tips and tricks on how to study and what to study to learn and retain the language quickly. <br />Pronunciation - An easy and accurate guide for English speakers. Every sentence is written with English pronunciation, Japanese kana, and kanji.<br />Grammar - All essential grammar tested in the JLPT N5 and most of the grammar tested in the JLPT N4. <br />Vocabulary - Over 1000 of the most common Japanese words and phrases. <br />Vocabulary nuances - Detailed explanations of how to use vocabulary correctly, that you can't find in a dictionary or other text books. <br /><br />Continue you studies and master the grammar for the JLPT N3 with: Speak Japanese in 90 Days: Volume 2. Now available! <br />
Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and It...
by , Elizabeth M. Norman

Language

English

Pages

479

Publication Date

June 09, 2009

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<p><i>Tears in the Darkness</i> is an altogether new look at World War II that exposes the myths of war and shows the extent of suffering and loss on both sides. </p><p>For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. It ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history.</p><p>The defeat, though, was only the beginning, as Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman make dramatically clear in this powerfully original book. From then until the Japanese surrendered in August 1945, the prisoners of war suffered an ordeal of unparalleled cruelty and savagery: forty-one months of captivity, starvation rations, dehydration, hard labor, deadly disease, and torture—far from the machinations of General Douglas MacArthur.</p><p>The Normans bring to the story remarkable feats of reportage and literary empathy. Their protagonist, Ben Steele, is a figure out of Hemingway: a young cowboy turned sketch artist from Montana who joined the army to see the world. Juxtaposed against Steele's story and the sobering tale of the Death March and its aftermath is the story of a number of Japanese soldiers.</p>
A Long Way Home: A Memoir
by Saroo Brierley

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English

Pages

271

Publication Date

June 12, 2014

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<b><b>First it was a media sensation. Then it became the #1 international bestseller <i>A Long Way Home</i>. Now it’s <i>Lion</i>, the major motion picture starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara—nominated for six Academy Awards!</b><br /> <b><br /> This is the miraculous and triumphant story of Saroo Brierley, a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again...</b><br /><br /></b>At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.<br /><br />Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.<br /><i><br />A Long Way Home </i>is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope.

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