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Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
by , Ella Morton

Language

English

Pages

481

Publication Date

September 20, 2016

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<DIV>It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.<BR /><BR /> Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.<BR /><BR /> Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer.<BR /><BR /> Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.</DIV>
The Wine Bible
by Karen MacNeil

Language

English

Pages

1008

Publication Date

October 13, 2015

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<DIV>Announcing the completely revised and updated edition of <I>The Wine Bible</I>, the perennial bestselling wine book praised as <I>“The most informative and entertaining book I’ve ever seen on the subject”</I> (Danny Meyer), <I>“A guide that has all the answers” </I>(Bobby Flay), <I>“Astounding”</I> (Thomas Keller), and <I>“A magnificent masterpiece of wine writing”</I> (Kevin Zraly).<BR /><BR /> Like a lively course from an expert teacher, <I>The Wine Bible</I> grounds the reader deeply in the fundamentals while layering on informative asides, tips, amusing anecdotes, definitions, glossaries, photos (all new for this edition), maps, labels, and recommended bottles. Karen MacNeil’s information comes directly through primary research; for this second edition she has tasted more than 10,000 wines and visited dozens of wine regions around the world. New to the book are wines of China, Japan, Mexico, and Slovenia. And through it all the reader becomes ever more informed—and, because of the author’s unique voice, always entertained: “In great years Pétrus is ravishing, elegant, and rich—Ingrid Bergman in red satin.” Or, describing a Riesling: “A laser beam. A sheet of ice. A great crackling bolt of lightning.”<BR />  </DIV>
Spanish Short Stories for Beginners: 20 Captivating Short Stories...
by Lingo Mastery

Language

English

Pages

212

Publication Date

January 08, 2018

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Customer Reviews
<h2><b>Do you know what the hardest thing for a Spanish learner is?</b></h2><br />Finding PROPER reading material that they can handle…which is precisely the reason we’ve written this book!<br /><br />Teachers love giving out tough, expert-level literature to their students, books that present many new problems to the reader and force them to search for words in a dictionary every five minutes — it’s not entertaining, useful or motivating for the student at all, and many soon give up on learning at all!<br /><br />In this book we have compiled 20 easy-to-read, compelling and fun stories that will allow you to expand your vocabulary and give you the tools to improve your grasp of the wonderful Spanish tongue.<br /><br /><h2><b>How Spanish Short Stories for Beginners works:</b></h2><br /><ul><li>Each story will involve an important lesson of the tools in the Spanish language (Verbs, Adjectives, Past Tense, Giving Directions, and more), involving an interesting and entertaining story with realistic dialogues and day-to-day situations.</li><li>The summaries follow: a synopsis in Spanish and in English of what you just read, both to review the lesson and for you to see if you understood what the tale was about.</li><li>At the end of those summaries, you’ll be provided with a list of the most relevant vocabulary involved in the lesson, as well as slang and sayings that you may not have understood at first glance!</li><li>Finally, you’ll be provided with a set of tricky questions in Spanish, providing you with the chance to prove that you learned something in the story. Don’t worry if you don’t know the answer to any — we will provide them immediately after, but no cheating!</li></ul>We want you to feel comfortable while learning the tongue; after all, no language should be a barrier for you to travel around the world and expand your social circles!<br /><br />So look no further! Pick up your copy of <b>Spanish Short Stories for Beginners</b> and improve your Spanish right now!<br /><br />
Easy Spanish Phrase Book NEW EDITION: Over 700 Phrases for Everyd...
by Pablo Garcia Loaeza

Language

English

Pages

98

Publication Date

October 17, 2013

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Customer Reviews
Designed as a quick reference tool and an easy-to-use study guide, this inexpensive and up-to-date book offers fast, effective communications. The perfect companion for tourists and business travelers in Spain and Latin America, it features words, phrases, and sentences that cover everything from asking directions to ordering dinner.<BR>Over 700 conveniently organized expressions include terms for modern telecommunications as well as phrases related to transportation, shopping, medical and emergency situations, and other common circumstances. A phonetic pronunciation accompanies each phrase.
How To Be Your Own Bodyguard: Because the Will to Survive is Inst...
by Nick Hughes

Language

English

Pages

326

Publication Date

October 01, 2011

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Why having your windows up in a mob surrounding your vehicle is not the best strategy.<br /> Why riots and contact lenses don't mix<br /> What four things do bad guys do right before they attack you?<br /> Why RUN, HIDE & FIGHT during an active killer/shooter event is wrong and what is better.<br /> Why soft skills constitute 75% of self-protection and what exactly they are.<br /> A less than ten dollar security kit that will keep you safe in sketchy hotels.<br /> Scams to avoid and tricks the pickpockets use so you don't lose your money to them.<br /> ATM, Vehicles, Hotels, On Foot, In Planes and Airports...it's all covered.<br /> Home security tips<br /> Which martial arts work and which ones don't and how to pick a good instructor.<br /> Resources used by the pros. <br /><br /> Self Defense tips for men and women from a lifetime of protecting clients in hostile environments. Includes avoidance and awareness skills of the professional protection agent as well as dynamic, pressure tested techniques.<br /><br /> The problem with the majority of self-defense books is they begin with the victim being attacked. "The bad guy is coming at you with a knife." "You're being strangled." In reality, 75% of self defense starts way before the punches begin to fly.<br /><br /> Violent attacks always begin with SELECTION. Whether it's which house to break into, which car to steal, or which victim to rape someone, or something has to be chosen. What if there was a way to learn how bad guys choose their victims, and what if you could learn tricks of the bodyguard to lessen your risk of ever being chosen in the first place? How much would a skill like that be worth to you?<br /><br /> Next comes ISOLATION. Crimes usually happen on the periphery of public events or in parking lots or homes, away from the prying eyes of witnesses and cameras. If you could learn situational awareness skills and how to conduct counter-surveillance and heighten your awareness then you'd know in advance you were being set up.<br /><br /> After you've been selected and isolated there will be a distraction phase usually consisting of some VERBAL patter, designed to distract you while the criminal gets close enough to launch his attack. This is why it really doesn't matter if you have a weapon on you that you're relying on. At that distance - less than seven feet - the empty hand will always beat the attempt to produce the weapon.<br /><br /> Finally, the fourth phase is the attack. If you could master the first 3 phases i.e. how to recognize them and deal with them, then you needn't get into the hard skills portion in the first place. How smart is that.<br /><br /> As if that's not enough the book is going to teach you all sorts of useful information with regards to self-protection. What about the four pre-fight indicators almost every criminal uses before he hauls off and hits you? What exactly is Adrenalin and how is it going to help or hinder you in a fight? What should you do in a hotel to stay safe? What about an aircraft or a riot? What are the rules pertaining to defending yourself so you don't end up in prison for doing so?<br /><br /> All of this and more is covered in the book the author's peers are saying is perhaps the best book of all time on the subject. <br /><br /><br /><br />Unlike most self defense books which begin with someone choking you or coming at you with a knife, "How To Be Your Own Bodyguard" takes a page from the bodyguard's playbook by avoiding trouble in the first place.<br /><br />Written by a former French Foreign Legionnaire and former bodyguard to the rich and famous the book is full of hundreds of techniques to recognize trouble as it's brewing and leave before it does, adhering to the bodyguard's role of "cover and evacuate."<br /><br />The section on hard skills i.e. what to do when all attempts to avoid trouble have failed, covers techniques that have been pressure tested by the author during his career as a bouncer, bodyguard and military police officer.
Lonely Planet New Zealand (Travel Guide)
by , Sofia Levin

Language

English

Pages

704

Publication Date

September 01, 2018

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Customer Reviews
<p><I>Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher* </I></p> <p><B>Lonely Planet’s <I>New Zealand </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. Glide through turquoise waters past pods of orcas in Bay of Islands; try black-water rafting in astonishing Waitomo Caves; watch the ground breathe steam in volcanic Rotorua; and hit the slopes in Queenstown and Wanaka – all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of New Zealand and begin your journey now!</p> <p>Inside <B>Lonely Planet’s <I>New Zealand</I></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, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss</li> <li><B>Cultural insights</B> provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - covering history, people, music, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, politics</li> <li><B>Covers</B> Auckland, Bay of Islands & Northland, Waikato & the Coromandel Peninsula, Taupo & the Central Plateau, Rotorua & the Bay of Plenty, the East Coast, Wellington & Around, Marlborough & Nelson, the West Coast, Christchurch & Canterbury, Dunedin & Otago, Queenstown & Wanaka, Fiordland & Southland</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>Lonely Planet’s <I>New Zealand </I></B>is our most comprehensive guide to the country, and is designed to immerse you in the culture and help you discover the best sights and get off the beaten track.</p> <p>Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out <B>Lonely Planet’s <I>New Zealand’s North Island </I></B>or <B><I>New Zealand’s South Island </I></B>for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer.</p> <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> <p><I>‘Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.’ – New York Times</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 (Australia)</I></p> <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>
Iberia
by James A. Michener

Language

English

Pages

962

Publication Date

July 03, 2013

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Spain is an immemorial land like no other, one that James A. Michener, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author and celebrated citizen of the world, came to love as his own. <i>Iberia </i>is Michener’s enduring nonfiction tribute to his cherished second home. In the fresh and vivid prose that is his trademark, he not only reveals the celebrated history of bullfighters and warrior kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards, he also shares the intimate, often hidden country he came to know, where the congeniality of living souls is thrust against the dark weight of history. Wild, contradictory, passionately beautiful, this is Spain as experienced by a master writer.<br /><br /> BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener's <i>Hawaii.</i><br />  <br /> <b>Praise for <i>Iberia</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “From the glories of the Prado to the loneliest stone villages, here is Spain, castle of old dreams and new realities.”<b>—<i>The New York Times</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “Massive, beautiful . . . unquestionably some of the best writing on Spain [and] the best that Mr. Michener has ever done on any subject.”<b>—<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “A dazzling panorama . . . one of the richest and most satisfying books about Spain in living memory.”<b>—<i>Saturday Review</i></b><br /> <b><i> </i></b><br /> “Kaleidoscopic . . . This book will make you fall in love with Spain.”<b>—<i>The Houston Post</i></b>
2000 Most Common German Words in Context: Get Fluent & Increase Y...
by Lingo Mastery

Language

English

Pages

265

Publication Date

November 27, 2018

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Customer Reviews
<h2><b>Have you been trying to learn German and simply can’t find the way to expand your vocabulary?</h2></b><br /><h2><b>Do your teachers recommend you boring textbooks and complicated stories that you don’t really understand?</b></h2><br /><h2><b>Are you looking for a way to learn the language quicker without taking shortcuts?</b></h2><br />If you answered “Yes!” to at least one of those previous questions, then this book is for you! We’ve compiled the <b>2000 Most Common Words in German</b>, a list of terms that will expand your vocabulary to levels previously unseen.<br /><br />Did you know that — according to an important study — learning the top two thousand (2000) most frequently used words will enable you to understand up to <b>84%</b> of all non-fiction and <b>86.1%</b> of fiction literature and <b>92.7%</b> of oral speech? Those are amazing stats, and this book will take you even further than those numbers!<br /><br /><b>In this book:<br /></b><br /><ul><li>A detailed introduction with tips and tricks on how to improve your learning</li><li>A list of 2000 of the most common words in German and their translations</li><li>An example sentence for each word – in both German and English</li><li>Finally, a conclusion to make sure you’ve learned and supply you with a final list of tips</li></ul>Don’t look any further, we’ve got what you need right here! <br /><br />In fact, we’re ready to turn you into a German speaker… are you ready to get involved in becoming one?<br /><br />
Bucket List Adventures: 10 Incredible Journeys to Experience Befo...
by Annette White

Language

English

Pages

353

Publication Date

January 17, 2017

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Customer Reviews
<DIV><B>A wide-ranging travel memoir and inspiring guide by a woman who overcome her fears and set out for her dream destinations.</B><BR />  <BR /> Writing down the things you’d like to see and do before you die is one thing—actually doing them is another. After years of allowing her anxieties to keep her from pursuing the adventures she dreamed of, Annette White has now made a second career out of writing her bucket list—and then crossing things off of it.<BR />  <BR /> On her popular blog, she has chronicled her adventures on virtually every continent—from walking among wildebeests in Africa to climbing an active volcano in Guatemala to swimming in a lake in Palau surrounded by thousands of jellyfish. In <I>Bucket List Adventures</I>, she takes you along for the ride, and shows you how to live your adventures, too.<BR />  <BR /><I>Bucket List Adventures</I> is not only a practical travel book—sharing detailed information on lodging, helpful resources, etc.—but also an inspiration for people to step out of their comfort zones. An extensive appendix includes information about fifty additional places to consider for your future adventures.<BR />  </DIV>
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Trav...
by Rolf Potts

Language

English

Pages

224

Publication Date

December 24, 2002

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Customer Reviews
<b>Vagabonding</b> is about taking time off from your normal life—from six weeks to four months to two years—to discover and experience the world on your own terms. Veteran shoestring traveler Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. Potts gives the necessary information on:<br /><br />• financing your travel time <br />• determining your destination <br />• adjusting to life on the road<br />• working and volunteering overseas <br />• handling travel adversity <br />• re-assimilating back into ordinary life<br /><br />Not just a plan of action, vagabonding is an outlook on life that emphasizes creativity, discovery, and the growth of the spirit. <br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

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