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The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps
by Edward Brooke-Hitching

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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<h3><strong>Discover the mysteries within ancient maps — Where exploration and mythology meet</strong></h3><p>This richly illustrated book collects and explores the colorful histories behind a striking range of real antique maps that are all in some way a little too good to be true.</p><p><strong>Mysteries within ancient maps:</strong> The Phantom Atlas is a guide to the world not as it is, but as it was imagined to be. It's a world of ghost islands, invisible mountain ranges, mythical civilizations, ship-wrecking beasts, and other fictitious features introduced on maps and atlases through mistakes, misunderstanding, fantasies, and outright lies.</p><p><strong>Where exploration and mythology meet:</strong> Author Edward Brooke-Hitching is a map collector, author, writer for the popular BBC Television program QI and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He lives in a dusty heap of old maps and books in London investigating the places where exploration and mythology meet.</p><p><strong>Cartography’s greatest phantoms: </strong><em>The Phantom Atlas</em> uses gorgeous atlas images as springboards for tales of deranged buccaneers, seafaring monks, heroes, swindlers, and other amazing stories behind cartography's greatest phantoms.</p><p><strong>If you are a fan of this popular genre and a reader of books such as <em>Prisoners of Geography, Atlas of Ancient Rome, Atlas Obscura, What If, Book of General Ignorance, or Thing Explainer,</em> your will love <em>The Phantom Atlas</em></strong></p>
Rick Steves Sicily
by , Sarah Murdoch

Language

English

Pages

500

Publication Date

April 16, 2019

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<b>Swim in the sparkling Mediterranean, marvel at the peak of Mount Etna, and get to know this region's timeless charm: with Rick Steves on your side, Sicily can be yours!</b><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>Inside <i>Rick Steves Sicily</i> you'll find:</b></div><div><ul><li><b>Comprehensive coverage</b> for spending <b>a week or more</b> exploring Sicily</li><li><b>Rick's strategic advice</b> on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites</li><li><b>Top sights and hidden gems, </b>from Mount Etna and the Byzantine mosaics of Monreale to the Ballarò street market and Siracusa's puppet museum<br /></li><li><b>How to connect with culture: </b>Savor seafood-centric cuisine made from ancient recipes, catch an opera performance at the Teatro Massimo, or sample authentic Marsala wine</li><li><b>Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps</b> with Rick's candid, humorous insight</li><li><b>The best places to eat, sleep, and relax</b> with a glass of local Nero d'Avola<br /></li><li><b>Self-guided walking tours</b> of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums </li><li><b>Detailed maps</b> for exploring on the go</li><li><b>Useful resources</b> including a packing list, a historical overview, and useful Italian phrases<br /></li><li><b>Over 350 bible-thin pages</b> include everything worth seeing without weighing you down</li><li><b>Complete, up-to-date information</b> on Palermo, Cefalù, Trapani and the West Coast, Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples, Ragusa and the Southeast, Catania, Taormina, and more</li></ul></div><div><b>Make the most of every day and every dollar with <i>Rick Steves Sicily</i>.</b></div>
The Maps of Fredericksburg: An Atlas of the Fredericksburg Campai...
by Bradley Gottfried

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

November 19, 2017

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >The Maps of Fredericksburg: An Atlas of the Fredericksburg Campaign, Including all Cavalry Operations, September 18, 1862 - January 22, 1863 continues Bradley M. Gottfried’s efforts to study and illustrate the major campaigns of the Civil War’s Eastern Theater. This is his sixth book in the ongoing Savas Beatie Military Atlas Series.<BR><BR>After Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was forced out of Maryland in September 1862, President Abraham Lincoln grew frustrated by Maj. Gen. George McClellan’s failure to vigorously purse the Rebels and replaced him with Ambrose Burnside. The opening stages of what would come to be the Fredericksburg Campaign began in early October when the armies moved south. After several skirmishes, it became clear Burnside would force a crossing at Fredericksburg and drive south. Delays in doing so provided General Lee with time to get his troops into position behind the city.<BR><BR>The initial fighting occurred on December 11 when a single Mississippi Confederate brigade gallantly delayed the Union bridge-building efforts. Once across, Burnside’s army prepared for action. The main battle took place on December 13, a two-pronged attack against Marye’s Heights on the Union right and Prospect Hill at the opposite end of the line. Neither was successful. Burnside contemplated another attempt to flank Lee, but the January weather conspired against him and he was removed from command.<BR><BR>Unlike other treatments of this epic fight, The Maps of Fredericksburg plows new ground by breaking down the entire campaign into twenty-two map sets or “action sections,” enriched with 122 detailed full-page color maps. These cartographic originals bore down to the regimental and battery level, and include the march to and from the battlefield and virtually every significant event in between. At least two—and as many as ten—maps accompany each map set. Keyed to each piece of cartography is a full facing page of detailed text describing the units, personalities, movements, and combat (including quotes from eyewitnesses) depicted on the accompanying map, all of which make the Fredericksburg story come alive.<BR><BR>This presentation allows readers to easily and quickly fine a map and text on virtually any portion of the campaign, from the march south to Fredericksburg to the Mud March in early 1863. Serious students of the battle will appreciate the extensive and authoritative endnotes and complete order of battle. Everyone will want to take the book along on trips to the battlefield. A final bonus is that the maps in this work unlock every other book or article written on this fascinating campaign.<BR><BR>Perfect for the easy chair or for stomping the hallowed ground of Fredericksburg, The Maps of Fredericksburg is a seminal work that belongs on the bookshelf of every serious and casual student of the battle.</SPAN>
Fantasy Map Making: A step-by-step guide for worldbuilders (Write...
by Jesper Schmidt

Language

English

Pages

166

Publication Date

August 01, 2016

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<b>Have you ever struggled with map making? Spent countless hours trying to make it comply with the laws of nature.</b><br /><br /><br />This book is a step-by-step guidebook that will teach you how to create an authentic fantasy map. You will gain all the knowledge necessary to complete a map which your audience will believe, no matter if they are readers, viewing a movie, video game players, or role-playing gamers. It contains the exact process I use when creating maps for my fantasy fiction. I have spent countless hours researching and learning about the topography of Earth and how to apply it to a fantasy map so that you do not have to.<br /><br /><br /><i>I have translated it all into 14 easy steps which allow you to construct an entire fantasy map from start to finish.</i><br /><br /><br /><li><b>Step One</b>: What you need to consider before starting your map.</li><br /><li><b>Step Two</b>: The different options for creating the map: from hand-drawn over software to hiring a professional.</li><br /><li><b>Step Three</b>: An overview of what is to come.</li><br /><li><b>Step Four</b>: Sketch your map and make sure to get size of the world just right.</li><br /><li><b>Step Five</b>: Adding continents by understanding how tectonic plates work.</li><br /><li><b>Step Six</b>: Terraforming your world.</li><br /><li><b>Step Seven</b>: Incorporating islands and lakes.</li><br /><li><b>Step Eight</b>: Making sure that rivers are realistic.</li><br /><li><b>Step Nine</b>: Adding forests.</li><br /><li><b>Step Ten</b>: Borders and understanding how the lands will affect the people who live on them, and vice versa.</li><br /><li><b>Step Eleven</b>: It’s then time for roads.</li><br /><li><b>Step Twelve</b>: Optional fantasy elements.</li><br /><li><b>Step Thirteen</b>: The final touches.</li><br /><li><b>Step Fourteen</b>: The Map Master.</li><br /><br /><br />As a companion to this book, you will be able to download a free worksheet.<br /><br /><br />This is not a book to teach you <i>how to draw</i>. It’s about <b>designing</b>.
Targeted Tracks: The Cumberland Valley Railroad in the Civil War,...
by , Cooper H. Wingert

Language

English

Pages

260

Publication Date

May 08, 2019

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<SPAN STYLE="" >The Civil War was the first conflict in which railroads played a major role. Although much has been written about their role in general, little has been written about specific lines. The Cumberland Valley Railroad, for example, played an important strategic role by connecting Hagerstown, Maryland to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Its location enhanced its importance during some of the Civil War’s most critical campaigns. Despite the line’s significance to the Union war effort, its remarkable story remains little known. The publication of Targeted Tracks: The Cumberland Valley Railroad in the Civil War, 1861-1865, by Scott L. Mingus Sr. and Cooper H. Wingert, rectifies that oversight.<BR><BR>Because of its proximity to major cities in the Eastern Theater, the Cumberland Valley Railroad was an enticing target for Confederate leaders. As invading armies jostled for position, the CVRR’s valuable rolling stock was never far from their minds. Northern military and railway officials, who knew the line was a prized target, coordinated—and just as often butted heads—in a series of efforts to ensure the railroad’s prized resources remained out of enemy hands. When they failed to protect the line, as they sometimes did, Southern horsemen wrought havoc on the Northern war effort by tearing up its tracks, seizing or torching Union supplies, and laying waste to warehouses, engine houses, and passenger depots.<BR><BR>In October 1859, Abolitionist John Brown used the CVRR in his fateful Harpers Ferry raid. The line was under direct threat by invading Confederates during the Antietam Campaign, and the following summer suffered serious damage during the Gettysburg Campaign. In 1864, Rebel raiders burned much of its headquarters town, Chambersburg, including the homes of many CVRR employees. The railroad was as vital to residents of the bustling and fertile Cumberland Valley as it was to the Union war effort.<BR><BR>Targeted Tracks is grounded on the railway’s voluminous reports, the letters and diaries of local residents and Union and Confederate soldiers, official reports, and newspaper accounts. The primary sources, combined with the expertise of the authors, bring this largely untold story to life.</SPAN>
Caporetto and the Isonzo Campaign: The Italian Front 1915-1918
by , John Macdonald

Language

English

Pages

208

Publication Date

December 13, 2011

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >From May 1915 to October 1917 the armies of Italy and the Austro-Hungarian empire were locked into a series of twelve battles along the River Isonzo, a sixty-mile front from the Alps to the Adriatic. The campaign was fought in the most appalling terrain for combat, with horrendous casualties on both sides, often exceeding those of the more famous battles of the Great War. The twelfth and final battle, Caporetto, resulted in a devastating defeat for Italy and led to one of the greatest breakthroughs achieved during the entire conflict. <BR> Yet this massive struggle is too often neglected in histories of the war which focus on the fighting on the Western and Eastern Fronts. John Macdonald, in this accessible and highly illustrated account, aims to set the record straight. His description of the Isonzo battles, of the battlefields and of the atrocious conditions in which the soldiers lived and fought is supported by a graphic selection of original photographs that record the terrible reality of the conflict.<BR> The impact of the intervention of British, French and German troops is covered, as are the parts played by famous individuals – among them Rommel, Mussolini, Badoglio and Cadorna, the notorious Italian commander in chief. But it is the front-line experience of the common soldiers on both sides that is most powerfully portrayed. <BR> Caporetto and the Isonzo Campaign gives a fascinating insight into a conflict that was a pivotal moment in the history of Italy, Austria and the Balkans.</SPAN>
Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America's Two-Lane Hig...
by Jamie Jensen

Language

English

Pages

953

Publication Date

March 20, 2018

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<b>The Road Awaits! <br /><br />Criss-cross the country on America's classic two-lane highways with <i>Road Trip USA</i>!<br /><br />Inside you'll find:</b><br /><ul><li><b>11 of America's favorite road trips with a flexible network of route combinations, </b>color-coded and extensively cross-referenced to allow for hundreds of possible itineraries</li><li><b>Mile-by-mile highlights celebrating the best of Americana, </b>including roadside curiosities, parks, diners, and more</li><li><b>Local history</b> that reveals the <b>unique personalities</b> of small towns and big cities across the country </li><li><b>Vintage snapshots, full-color photos, and beautiful illustrations </b>of America both then and now </li><li><b>Over 125 detailed driving maps</b> covering more than 35,000 miles of classic American blacktop</li><li><b>Expert advice from road-warrior Jamie Jensen,</b> who cruised nearly 400,000 miles of highway in search of the perfect stretches of pavement</li></ul><b><i>Road Trip USA</i> celebrates the great American road trip, and gives you the tools, resources, and inspiration to make it your own. </b><br /><br /><b>Hit the road!</b>
Rick Steves Pocket Prague
by , Honza Vihan

Language

English

Pages

208

Publication Date

July 26, 2016

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<b>Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves! This colorful, compact guidebook is perfect for spending a week or less in Prague:</b> <br /><ul><li><b>City walks and tours: </b>Five detailed self-guided walks, including a walk from the Old Town Square to the Charles Bridge and tours of The Jewish Quarter and Prague Castle</li><li><b>Rick's strategic advice </b>on what's worth your time and money </li><li><b>What to eat and where to stay:</b> Savor a traditional goulash stew, mingle with locals over a Czech beer, and stay in a romantic hotel in the Little Quarter</li><li><b>Day-by-day itineraries</b> to help you prioritize your time</li><li><b>A detailed, detachable fold-out map,</b> plus museum and city maps throughout</li><li><b>Full-color, portable, and slim </b>for exploring on-the-go</li><li><b>Trip-planning practicalities</b> like when to go, how to get around, basic Czech phrases, and more</li></ul><b>Lightweight, yet packed with info on Prague's history and culture, <i>Rick Steves Pocket Prague</i> truly is a tour guide in your pocket. </b><br /><br />Extending your trip? Try <i>Rick Steves Prague & the Czech Republic </i>or<i> Rick Steves Eastern Europe</i>.<br />
Rick Steves Pocket Rome
by , Gene Openshaw

Language

English

Pages

220

Publication Date

May 30, 2017

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<div>Rick Steves Pocket guidebooks truly are a "tour guide in your pocket." This colorful, compact 220-page book includes Rick's advice for prioritizing your time, whether you're spending 1 or 7 days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighborhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and accommodations charts, an appendix packed with information on trip planning and practicalities, and a fold-out city map.<br /><br />Included in <i>Rick Steves Pocket Rome</i>:<br /><br />Sights: the National Museum, Palatine Hill, Trajan's Column, Market, and Imperial Forums, Baths of Diocletian, Appian Way, St. Peter-in-Chains, Pilgrim's Tour of Rome, Jewish Ghetto, and Capitoline Museums<br /><br />Walks and Tours: Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum Tour, Night Walk Across Rome, Pantheon Tour, Vatican Museum Tour, St. Peter's Basilica Tour, and Borghese Gallery</div>
Rick Steves Pocket Paris
by , Gene Openshaw

Language

English

Pages

220

Publication Date

June 27, 2017

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<div><div ><b>Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves! This colorful, compact guidebook is perfect for spending a week or less in Paris:</b></div><div ><ul><li><b>City walks and tours:</b> Six detailed tours and walks showcase Paris's essential sights, including the Louvre, the Orsay Museum, Notre-Dame, a stroll along the Left Bank, and more</li><li><b>Rick's strategic advice</b> on what experiences are worth your time and money</li><li><b>What to eat and where to stay: </b>Sip <i>café au lait</i> at a sidewalk café, chat with locals over a picnic of camembert and rosé, and admire the lights of the Eiffel Tower from your balcony</li><li><b>Day-by-day itineraries </b>to help you prioritize your time</li><li><b>A detailed, detachable fold-out map,</b> plus museum and city maps throughout</li><li><b>Full-color, portable, and slim </b>for exploring on-the-go</li><li><b>Trip-planning practicalities</b> like when to go, how to get around on the Métro, basic French phrases, and more</li></ul></div><div ><b>Lightweight yet packed with valuable insight into Paris's history and culture, <i>Rick Steves Pocket Paris </i>truly is a tour guide in your pocket.</b></div><div ><br /></div><div >Expanding your trip? Try <i>Rick Steves France 2019</i>!</div></div>

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