The new title in the series, Fifty Railroads that Changed the Course of History, is a handsome, illustrated survey of the most important historical and contemporary railway lines around the world. Filled with unusual and unexpected stories and facts, it will captivate a wide audience, from the curious browser to researching students.
The book organizes the railroads chronologically, considering each according to its greatest impact on Social, Commercial, Political, Engineering, and Military history. Maps plus more than 200 elegant drawings, photographs and paintings as well as dozens of sidebars highlight the concise, engaging text.
The fifty railroads span history, from the first in public passenger travel (Wales, 1807) to Japan’s speed-record breaking “Bullet.” Exotic locales reflect the map of colonialism (Guyana to transport sugar, India to carry cotton and arms). Railroads moved troops (the Crimea, the American Civil War, the Boer War) and united vast lands (Canadian Pacific Railway, Trans-Siberian). They transported horror (Auschwitz Ker), saved the Railway Children, and went underground to cross the English Channel.
Fifty Railroads that Changed the Course of History features rail barons, politicians, disasters, crime, weather, geology, great artists, fraudsters and animals, a dynamic cast of characters and a mind-spinning whirlwind of fact, trivia and conversation starters.
Ismeretlen szerző - Az UV villamosok
Ezt a könyvet a lelkesedés hozta létre. Kellett hozzá egyrészt néhány villamosbarát, akik azt akarták, hogy az ötvenedik évforduló ne múljék el maradandó emlék nélkül, másrészt pedig kellett hozzá mindaz az információanyag, amit azok halmoztak fel, akik ebben a fél évszázadban, vagy legalább jó részében ezen villamosok között lehettek, és minden tapasztalatot megörökítettek, hogy továbbadják az utókornak. Mi ebből igyekeztünk legjobb tudásunk szerint megalkotni ezt a kötetet, amely megpróbálja minél több aspektusból bemutatni az UV típust, megmutatni nem csak azt, hogyan született és kíséri mindennapjainkat immár ötven éve, hanem azt is, hogy hogyan működik, milyen a felépítése. A sokak számára talán túl száraz műszaki leírást is fontosnak tartottuk megörökíteni, megmutatni, hogyan is működött egy, a „régi iskola” szerint készült villamos. A mai járművekben már az elektronikáé a főszerep, míg ezekben még az ember a „központi egység”. Az UV-k eltűnésével egy jelentős korszak fog lezárulni a budapesti tömegközlekedés történetében mind városképileg, mind műszakilag. Remélem, hogy ez a könyv örömére szolgál nem csak a villamosbarátoknak, hanem mindenkinek, aki fogékony az értékes, időtálló dolgokra. Egy német villamosbarát nevezte az UV kocsikat „Budapest parádéskocsijai”-nak. Ennél szemléletesebben nehéz ábrázolni azt a viszonyt, amellyel a készítők viseltetnek a könyv tárgya irányában. Valóban, egy jármű, amely immár több, mint ötven éve hozzátartozik Budapest mindennapjaihoz, meghatározza a városképet, életünk része lett, és ezenközben tárgy létére szerethetővé vált, megérdemli, hogy életútját ezzel a kifejezéssel illessük a könyv címében.
Walter Burkert - The Orientalizing Revolution
The culture of the ancient Greeks has often been described as emerging like a miracle from a genius of its own, owing practically nothing to its neighbours. Walter Burkert offers a decisive argument against that view, pointing toward a more balanced picture of the archaic period "in which, under the influence of the Semitic East - from writers, craftsmen, merchants, healers - Greek culture began its unique flowering, soon to assume cultural hegemony in the Mediterranean".
Laura Joh Rowland - Bundori (angol)
In the misty streets and alleys of Edo, Japan's feudal capital, a serial killer lurks. Each victim is rendered up as a severed head, nailed to a plank, offered for public display as a bundori: a war trophy in samurai military tradition. Detective Sano Ichiro, newly promoted to the new position as the shogun's Most Honorable Investigator, tries valiantly to follow Bushido—the Way of the Warrior—as he strives to bring the killer to justice. Will his attempts be foiled by the villainous Chamberlain Yanagisawa? Or will he succeed through the help of the beautiful and mysterious Aoi, a mystic trained in the ninja arts? As it becomes obvious that the killer is one of three powerful men, Sano must reconcile his noble heritage with his duty to the shogun. Will trapping the murderer lead to prestige and glory for Sano...or disgrace and forced ritual suicide?
William Shakespeare - The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
See how the intrigues and conspiracies surrounding history’s most famous Emperor unfold in a clear, modern version. Now you can instantly grasp the secret plotting of the conspirators, Caesar’s bloody assassination and Rome’s collapse into chaos and civil war.
Caleb Carr - The Alienist
The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night _New York Times_ reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels. The newly appointed police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt, in a highly unorthodox move, enlists the two men in the murder investigation, counting on the reserved Kreizler's intellect and Moore's knowledge of New York's vast criminal underworld. They are joined by Sara Howard, a brave and determined woman who works as a secretary in the police department. Laboring in secret (for alienists, and the emerging discipline of psychology, are viewed by the public with skepticism at best), the unlikely team embarks on what is a revolutionary effort in criminology-- amassing a psychological profile of the man they're looking for based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who has killed before. and will kill again before the hunt is over. Fast-paced and gripping, infused with a historian's exactitude, _The Alienist_ conjures up the Gilded Age and its untarnished underside: verminous tenements and opulent mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. Here is a New York during an age when questioning society's belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and mortal consequences.
Richard F. Townsend - The Aztecs
A portrait of a fascinating, complex civilization. Beginning with the story of the Spanish conquest, the text then charts the rise of the Aztecs from humble nomads to empire builders. Within 100 years they established the largest empire in Mesoamerican history and, at Tenochtitlan, built a vast city in a lake, a Venice of the New World. This revised edition has been updated, assimilating information from archaeological excavations and ethnohistoric studies, and widening the picture of Aztec culture beyond their cities. Additional material on topics ranging from local crafts, trade, agriculture and food to architecture, society and women's roles depicts the richness of life in villages and regional centres. Illustrations of archaeological sites, pictorial manuscripts and monuments enhance the narrative.
Michael D. Coe - The Maya
This edition has been enlarged and entirely revised. Professor Coe places new emphasis on the pre-classic period and an additional chapter highlights evidence for overpopulation and deforestation as the prime causes of the catastrophic southern Maya collapse in the 9th century AD. However, the focus remains upon the classic period, with its magnificent art and architecture. In a new final chapter Professor Coe pays tribute to the six million or more contemporary Maya, guardians of so many of the ancient traditions. Michael D. Coe's many other books include "Breaking the Maya Code" (Thames and Hudson, 1992).
Debra Skelton - Pamela Dell - Empire of Alexander The Great
From the age of 20 until his death at 32, Alexander the Great and his armies from Greece swept across a vast region that included Persia, Asia Minor, Syria, and Egypt. Ultimately ruling an empire that stretched approximately 2 million square miles across three continents, Alexander revolutionized the way war was waged and extended the influence of classical Greek culture far beyond the borders of Greece and his native Macedonia. Empire of Alexander the Great, Revised Edition looks at what made Alexander a brilliant military tactician and a charismatic leader. It also explores what the Eastern world learned through contact with Alexander, and what Alexander brought to the West from the Persian Empire. Connections in our own world to Alexander's empire include the legend of the Gordian knot, pearls, the Egyptian metropolis of Alexandria, and the Septuagint, the first translation of the Torah from Hebrew.
David Gemmell - Dark Prince
Sequel to "The Lion of Macedon". The Lion of Macedon - a lone hero in search of salvation. The Dark Prince - the child who will become Alexander, creator of the greatest empire the world has ever known. Together they will be forced into other dimensions and enchanted worlds full of wonder.
Anne Applebaum - Iron Curtain
_In the long-awaited follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag, acclaimed journalist Anne Applebaum delivers a groundbreaking history of how Communism took over Eastern Europe after World War II and transformed in frightening fashion the individuals who came under its sway._ At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union to its surprise and delight found itself in control of a huge swath of territory in Eastern Europe. Stalin and his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to Communism, a completely new political and moral system. In _Iron Curtain,_ Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum describes how the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created and what daily life was like once they were complete. She draws on newly opened East European archives, interviews, and personal accounts translated for the first time to portray in devastating detail the dilemmas faced by millions of individuals trying to adjust to a way of life that challenged their every belief and took away everything they had accumulated. Today the Soviet Bloc is a lost civilization, one whose cruelty, paranoia, bizarre morality, and strange aesthetics Applebaum captures in the electrifying pages of _Iron Curtain_.
Nobuhiro Watsuki - Rurouni Kenshin 16. (angol)
Is there such a thing as divine will or guidance...? Seta Sôjirô, stopping for a moment in mid-battle with Kenshin, may be beginning to think so. When Sôjirô made the fateful decision to ally with the monomaniacal Shishio Makoto, his family paid the ultimate price. But is the flesh of the weak truly the sustenance of the strong, as Shishio insists? Kenshin, whose Hiten Mitsurugi school places the protection of the helpless before all else, would surely disagree. In a world where might makes right only too often, what choice have "the wronged" but to wait for a savior? And when that savior comes too late...what then?
Ismeretlen szerző - Memory of the World
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, priceless documentary heritage records the diversity of languages, peoples and knowledge that has influenced humanity from the early days of human history to the present. This heritage documents important events, discoveries or inventions that have transformed the world. The UNESCO Memory of the World programme was created to preserve these recorded treasures of humanity and mobilize resources so that future generations can enjoy this legacy which is preserved in the major libraries, archives and museums across the globe. This book is a full listing of all entries on the official UNESCO Memory of the World international register: • Unique list of documentary heritage from around the world • Photographs and descriptions for 244 precious documents • All entries identified by the UNESCO International Advisory Committee and endorsed by the Director-General
Michael Grant - From Rome to Byzantium
The Byzantine Empire, founded by Constantine as the core of power in the East, began to flourish in the fifth century AD, yet its culture and history are still not as well-known as that of the Western and Roman Empire. In From Rome to Byzantium Michael Grant provides a fresh insight into the nature of the Byzantine Empire in the fifth century, and the history of invasion prior to the genesis of the Empire. In this lavishly illustrated book, Grant examines a comparatively unexplored area and constructs the history of an empire which rivals the former richness and diversity of ancient Rome. Read more at http://ebookee.org/From-Rome-to-Byzantium-The-Fifth-Century-AD_510923.html#L7rOKLeGQxXGLBUi.99
John Haywood - The New Atlas of World History
When did humans first inhabit different parts of the world? What was happening in China when Alexander the Great conquered the Persian Empire? What was the global reach of the great religions at the time of the Reformation in Europe? The New Atlas of World History is the first historical atlas to present global history in a series of uniform world maps, allowing at-a-glance comparison between different periods and regions. This stunningly illustrated atlas features 55 specially commissioned full-color maps that cover the whole of human history, from 6 million years ago to today. Accompanying 48 of the maps are detailed illustrated timelines that list important cultures, events, and developments. Maps and timelines also come with concise introductions that summarize notable historical and cultural changes, as well as striking graphic displays that present key data such as the world's five largest cities and total world population for the relevant year. An extensive glossary of peoples, cultures, and nations gives added depth to the maps and timelines. Ideal for quick reference or for an authoritative overview of the human story, The New Atlas of World History provides an unrivaled global perspective on pivotal moments throughout history, from the origins and distribution of early humans to the shifting balance of world power today.
Ismeretlen szerző - Standard Catalog of Buick 1903-2000
As the company's slogan went, "When better cars are built... Buick will build them!" This book has them all. Few marque are receiving the attention that Buick is getting from car collectors and restorers! Everything the Buick owner, restorer or potential buyer is looking for here, including identification data, engine and chassis specs, original factory prices, body types and their numbers and model production totals. Buick Motor Division recovered from near bankruptcy in 1904 to become the number one producer of automobiles in 1908, surpassing Ford and Cadillac, its closest competitors. The financial pillar on General Motors - today the world's largest automaker - was created, Buick was a product innovator from day one, starting with its creation of the overhead valve engine to today's 3,8-liter 3800 V-6. With comprehensive pricing for the first 88 years of Buick and 1993 to the 2000 models thoroughly covered, the Buick diehard will love this new edition!
Nick Georgano - Art of the American Automobile
The American automobile has always been more than a means of transportation. The inspired fusion of form and function has meant that for more than a century now men and women have been driving about their daily business in machines which can only be described as works of art on wheels. This is the story of how the great cars, such as Hudson, Packard, Duesenberg, Cord, Pontiac, Lincoln, Ford and Chrysler were created, and the men whose artistry shaped them. The lines of their bodies, the shapes of their fenders, hoods and trunks, the jewel-like array of colors, their emblems and their trims - every detail was the product of the creative teamwork in the hot-house atmosphere of the studios, where imagination was as important as engineering. Nick Georgano traces the history of the great designers, including Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell, John Tjaarda, Raymond Loewy, Gordon Buehrig and Bob Gregoire, and their automobiles from the beginning of the century to the present day. The book includes interviews with major figures and behind-the-scenes stories from their studios. The cars are captured in more than 250 spectacular color photographs by Nicky Wright, taken specially for this book. These are accompanied by many original designs and drawings.
Ismeretlen szerző - Oldsmobile Automobiles 1955-1963
Brooklands Books publish source books. There is nothing original within their covers and their purpose is to make available to todays owners the road tests and other technical stories that were printed about a marque when it was in production. Amongst our 350 titles are three others on 50's and 60's Oldsmobiles. Firstly, Olds Cutlass and 4-4-2 1964-1972 which gives in-depth coverage on both of these sought-after models. Secondly, Oldsmobile Toronado 1966-1978 with informed comment on the FWD machines, and finally Oldsmobile Muscle Cars 1964-1970 reporting on the more powerful products that eminated from this GM division in the late sixties.
Ismeretlen szerző - Standard Catalog of Chrysler 1914-2000
With 10 years of additional coverage and hundreds more photos than the previous edition, the Standard Catalog of Chrysler 1914-2000 is your opportunity to get to know, build and restore the Chrysler product you always wanted.