A personal and highly original take on the history of six commercial plants, Seeds of Change illuminates how sugar, tea, cotton, the potato, quinine, and the cocoa plant have shaped our past. In this fascinating account, the impassioned Henry Hobhouse explains the consequences of these plants with attention-grabbing historical moments. While most records of history focus on human influence, Hobhouse emphasizes how plants too are a central and influential factor in the historical process. Seeds of Change is a captivating and invaluable addition to our understanding of modern culture.
Bill Laws - Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History
Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History" is a beautifully presented guide to the plants that have had the greatest impact on human civilization. Entries feature a description of the plant, its botanical name, its native range and its primary functions -- edible, medicinal, commercial or practical. Concise text is highlighted by elegant botanical drawings, paintings and photographs as well as insightful quotes. Many of the plants are well known, such as rice, tea, cotton, rubber, wheat, sugarcane, tobacco, wine grapes and corn. However, there are also many whose stories are less known. These history-changing plants include: Agave, used to make sisal, poison arrows, bullets, tequila and surgical thread Pineapple, which influenced the construction of greenhouses and conservatories Hemp, used for hangman's rope, sustainable plastics, the Declaration of Independence and Levi's jeans Coconut, used for coir fiber, soap, margarine, cream, sterile IV drips and coagulants Eucalyptus, used in mouthwash, diuretics, vitamins, honey, underwear and fire-resistant uniforms Sweet pea, which Gregor Mendel used in his research on genetic heredity White mulberry, used to make silk English oak, used for fire-resistant structures, dyes, leather tanning, charcoal, casks and ships White willow, used in the manufacture of aspirin, cricket bats, hot-air balloon baskets and coffins This attractive reference provides an innovative perspective on both botanical and human history.
Kerrelyn Sparks - The Undead Next Door
Three signs that something is very different with your new man: 1. He sleeps all day . . . which would be annoying except he's so attentive at night. 2. He's attacked by sword-wielding assailants, yet insists he can handle it on his own. 3. He never seems to age. Heather Westfield has always lived a quiet life, but that all changes when she helps a very handsome, very mysterious stranger. There's something not quite right about Jean-Luc, but still, she's never been with a man so charming, so attractive . . . so wonderful. Now if only a murderous villain wasn't after them, they might get their happily-ever-after.
Paul Kearney - Kings of Morning
For the first time in recorded history, the ferocious city-states of the Macht now acknowledge a single man as their overlord. Corvus, the strange and brilliant boy-general, is now High King, having united his people in a fearsome, bloody series of battles and sieges. He is not yet thirty years old. A generation ago, ten thousand of the Macht marched into the heart of the ancient Asurian Empire, and fought their way back out again, passing into legend. Corvus’s father was one of those who undertook that march, and his most trusted general, Rictus, was leader of those ten thousand. But he intends to do more. The preparations will take years, but when they are complete, Corvus will lead an invasion the like of which the world of Kuf has never seen. Under him, the Macht will undertake nothing less than the overthrow of the entire Asurian Empire.
Irene Howat - Ten Boys Who Made A Difference
Would you like to make a difference? These ten boys grew up to do just that - but first they had to change the church. How did God change them? Augustine discovered the love of God and changed the way we think; Knox focused on God's word and told his country the truth; Luther rediscovered God's truth and gave it to ordinary people; Calvin realised that salvation was a gift from God and not a reward for what he did; Tyndale longed to print the Bible in a language that everyone would understand; Latimer urged people to read the Bible for themselves and made enemies as a result; Hus taught that God is in charge of the church and the world; Zwingli challenged people to obey God's word in every area of their lives; Chalmers called the church to show Christ's compassion to the poor and Shaftesbury pushed the church into making Christ's love a living reality for everyone.
Jill Tomlinson - The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home
One day, Suzy found a huge basket in a field. She climbed in, settled in the shade under a stool, and was soon fast asleep. When she woke up, the basket was in the sky! Suzy, the little French cat, has found herself in a hot-air balloon on its way to England! This is the start of Suzy's big adventure as she tries to make her way back home to France. In this beautifully illustrated picture book, Jill Tomlinson's heartwarming story has been carefully edited to retain all her gently humorous style, while Paul Howard's lovely pastel images perfectly capture the spirit of this absorbing tale.
Jill Tomlinson - The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out
Otto is the first penguin chick to be born this year. That means it’s his job to look after all the other young penguins. But out in the snow and ice of Antarctica, there’s a lot to learn, and Otto has to discover for himself how to swim, dive, and catch fish before he can teach anyone else.
Jill Tomlinson - The Gorilla Who Wanted to Grow Up
Pongo is a young, mischievous African gorilla. He wants to grow up to be brave and clever like his dad. But it’s not until his sister, Whoopsie, is born that Pongo discovers growing up isn’t just about chest-thumping.
Jill Tomlinson - The Aardvark Who Wasn't Sure
Pim is a baby aardvark. But what does that mean? Pim decides to find out. He’s disappointed when he discovers that aardvarks can’t climb trees, but as time goes by, Pim realizes there are some advantages to being an aardvark after all.
Jill Tomlinson - More Favourite Animal Tales
Three tales of discovery highlight the challenges and fun of growing up. The first story depicts Pongo, a young, mischievous African gorilla who wants to grow up to be brave and clever like his dad. But it’s not until his sister, Whoopsie, is born that Pongo discovers growing up isn’t just about chest-thumping. Secondly, as the first penguin chick to be born this year, it’s Otto's job to look after all the other young penguins. But out in the snow and ice of Antarctica, there’s a lot to learn, and Otto has to discover for himself how to swim, dive, and catch fish before he can teach anyone else. In the third tale, a baby aardvark named Pim wonders what exactly it means to be an aardvark! He decides to find out. He’s disappointed when he discovers that aardvarks can’t climb trees, but as time goes by, Pim realizes there are some advantages to being an aardvark after all.
Jill Tomlinson - The Otter Who Wanted to Know
Pat is a little sea otter. She likes floating in the sea and asking lots and lots of questions. One day, Pat’s quiet life is turned upside down when she gets caught in a scary adventure. Suddenly, she doesn’t have time to ask questions. This time, Pat has to find out things for herself.
Jill Tomlinson - The Hen Who Wouldn't Give Up
Hilda is a small, speckled hen. And when Hilda makes up her mind, nothing can stop her. Hilda’s auntie has just had a family of chicks, and she’s determined to visit them. But how is Hilda going to travel the five miles to her auntie’s farm?
Pierre Meystre - Murray Sargent - Elements of Quantum Optics
With a new chapter on quantum entanglement and quantum information, as well as added discussions of the quantum beam splitter, electromagnetically induced transparency, slow light and the input-output formalism, this fourth edition of the brilliant work on quantum optics has been much updated. It still gives a self-contained and broad coverage of the basic elements necessary to understand and carry out research in laser physics and quantum optics, including a review of basic quantum mechanics and pedagogical introductions to system-reservoir interactions and to second quantization. The text reveals the close connection between many seemingly unrelated topics, such as probe absorption, four-wave mixing, optical instabilities, resonance fluorescence and squeezing.
Saul Bellow - The Adventures of Augie March
As soon as it first appeared in 1953, this gem by the great Saul Bellow was hailed as an American classic. Bold, expansive, and keenly humorous, The Adventures of Augie March blends street language with literary elegance to tell the story of a poor Chicago boy growing up during the Great Depression. A "born recruit," Augie makes himself available for hire by plungers, schemers, risk takers, and operators, compiling a record of choices that is—to say the least— eccentric.
Steven J. Zaloga - Red SAM: The SA-2 Guideline Anti-Aircraft Missile
The Russian SA-2, nicknamed "Red SAM",is history's dominant antiaircraft missile. In 1960, it famously downed Gary Powers' U-2 spyplane, and two years later it was one of the missiles deployed during the Cuban Missile Crisis, which almost sparked a nuclear showdown between America and the USSR. The SA-2 was also deployed in Vietnam, North Korea, Egypt, and even the Gulf War. Using photographs, color artwork, and rare accounts from the weapon's designers, Steven J Zaloga examines the missile's development, linking this to its massive impact on Cold War air campaigns, and investigates the design changes that ensured its longevity.
Robert C. Martin - Agile Software Development, Principles, Patterns, and Practices
Best selling author and world-renowned software development expert Robert C. Martin shows how to solve the most challenging problems facing software developers, project managers, and software project leaders today. This comprehensive, pragmatic tutorial on Agile Development and eXtreme programming, written by one of the founding father of Agile Development: - Teaches software developers and project managers how to get projects done on time, and on budget using the power of Agile Development. - Uses real-world case studies to show how to of plan, test, refactor, and pair program using eXtreme programming. - Contains a wealth of reusable C++ and Java code. - Focuses on solving customer oriented systems problems using UML and Design Patterns. Robert C. Martin is President of Object Mentor Inc. Martin and his team of software consultants use Object-Oriented Design, Patterns, UML, Agile Methodologies, and eXtreme Programming with worldwide clients. He is the author of the best-selling book Designing Object-Oriented C++ Applications Using the Booch Method (Prentice Hall, 1995), Chief Editor of, Pattern Languages of Program Design 3 (Addison Wesley, 1997), Editor of, More C++ Gems (Cambridge, 1999), and co-author of XP in Practice, with James Newkirk (Addison-Wesley, 2001). He was Editor in Chief of the C++ Report from 1996 to 1999. He is a featured speaker at international conferences and trade shows.
Harry Harrison - The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World
Someone was tampering with time, altering the past to eliminate the present, fading people out of existence into a timeless limbo. One of the victims was Angelina, the wife of James de Griz, better known as the Stainless Steel Rat.
Miranda Dickinson - When I Fall In Love
Elsie Maynard never expected to be starting again... ...but eighteen months on from the biggest challenge of her life, she is doing just that –because she made a promise to the person who believed in her the most. Determined to step into her uncertain future, Elsie meets handsome Oliver Hogarth, who seems intent on winning her heart; she inadvertently founds a choir, and overcomes obstacles – most of which involve arrogant Torin Stewart. Then a heartfelt request brings her to Paris – and the final item on ‘The List’ that she never dared complete. Can Elsie follow her heart and put her past to rest?
Dan Abnett - Legion
A Great War is coming, and it will engulf the Imperium of Man. The Space Marines of the Alpha Legion, the last and most secretive of all the Astartes brotherhoods, arrive on a heathen world to support the Imperial Army in a pacification campaign against strange and uncanny forces. But what drives the Alpha Legion? Can they be trusted, and what side will they choose when the Great War begins? Loyalties are put to the test, and the cunning schemes of an alien intelligence revealed in this latest instalment of the ground-breaking SF series by Dan Abnett, as the fate of mankind hangs in the balance.
Patrick Hamilton - Hangover Square
Adrift in the grimy pubs of London at the outbreak of World War II, George Bone is hopelessly infatuated with Netta, a contemptuous, small-time actress. George suffers from occasional blackouts, during which one thing is horribly clear: he must murder Netta. Patrick Hamilton enjoyed worldwide popularity during the 1930s. His play "Rope" was made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock, and another, "Gaslight," was a great success on the stage before being made into a film starring Ingrid Bergman.