The history of Trinidad begins with a delusion: the belief that somewhere nearby on the South American mainland lay El Dorado, the mythical kingdom of gold. In this extraordinary and often gripping book, V. S. Naipaul–himself a native of Trinidad–shows how that delusion drew a small island into the vortex of world events, making it the object of Spanish and English colonial designs and a mecca for treasure-seekers, slave-traders, and revolutionaries.
Amid massacres and poisonings, plunder and multinational intrigue, two themes emerge: the grinding down of the Aborigines during the long rivalries of the El Dorado quest and, two hundred years later, the man-made horror of slavery. An accumulation of casual, awful detail takes us as close as we can get to day-to-day life in the slave colony, where, in spite of various titles of nobility, only an opportunistic, near-lawless community exists, always fearful of slave suicide or poison, of African sorcery and revolt. Naipaul tells this labyrinthine story with assurance, withering irony, and lively sympathy. The result is historical writing at its highest level.
Hapák József - Plihál Katalin - Maps of Europe 1520-2001
Dulce ét utile — in a pleasant and useful way. Poetry knows such an ars poetica but one does not usually think of this slogan in connection with maps. However, this decorative album about selected maps of Europe in the collection of the National Széchényi Library makes us think of the pleasure they give. It forces us tó concentrate on their beauty. The beauty of the details and the wittiness of the compilers direct us towards seeing them in this way. Nevertheless, maps arc serious things. We check their accuracy, use them while travelling and they help us in our studios. They teach us and guide us through the history of Europe. Let us enjoy the topographical, administratíve, political, ethnic, religious or even gastronomical maps in this volume and fínd out where the actual boundaries of Europe are running. István Monok
Steve Flinders - Scotland (Oxford Bookworms)
Features topics such as environmental issues, historical facts, and culture. Full-color photographs, introductions, glossaries, and exercises enhance student reading and learning. Audio versions of selected titles provide great models of intonation and pronunciation of difficult words.
Mark Leyner - Billy Goldberg - Why Do Men Have Nipples?
Do microwaves cause cancer? Is it bad to crack your knuckles? Written by a top physician and a top-notch humorist, this fascinating, silly, and downright educational reference book sets the record straight on the myriad folk remedies, urban legends, and "proven cures" that everybody's heard about.
Norman F. Cantor - In the Wake of the Plague
The Black Death was the fourteenth century's equivalent of a nuclear war. It wiped out one-third of Europe's population, taking some 20 million lives. And yet, most of what we know about it is wrong. The details of the Plague etched in the minds of terrified schoolchildren - the hideous black welts, the high fever, and the awful end by respiratory failure - are more or less accurate. But what the Plague really was and how it made history remain shrouded in a haze of myths. Now, Norman Cantor, the premier historian of the Middle Ages, draws together the most recent scientific discoveries and groundbreaking historical research to pierce the mist and tell the story of the Black Death as a gripping, intimate narrative.
Terry Deary - Even more terrible Tudors
Takes you back for another look at the mad Tudor monarchs and their suffering subjects, who just could not help losing their heads. Read on for information about the good times and the gory from the great goose fairs to the painful punishments and trickery of the ruthless royal family.
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. _A Short History of Nearly Everything_ is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Band to the rise of civilization -- how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. The ultimate eye-opening journey through time and space, revealing the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.
Rebecca Skloot - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Who, you might ask, is Henrietta Lacks (1920-1951) and why is she the subject of a book? On the surface, this short-lived African American Virginian seems an unlikely candidate for immortality. In truth, we all owe Ms. Lacks a great debt and some of us owe her our lives. As Rebecca Skloot tells us in this riveting human story, Henrietta was the involuntary donor of cells from her cancerous tumors that have been cultured to create an immortal cell line for medical research. These so-called HeLa cells have not only generated billions of dollars for the medical industry; they have helped uncover secrets of cancers, viruses, fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping. A vivid, exciting story; a 2010 Discover Great New Books finalist; a surprise bestseller in hardcover. Now in paperback and NOOKbook.
Ismeretlen szerző - Atlas für Motortouristik der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik
Ehhez a könyvhöz nincs fülszöveg, de ettől függetlenül még rukkolható/happolható.
Alison Weir - Elizabeth the Queen
In her highly praised The Six Wives of Henry VIII and its sequel, Children of England, Alison Weir examined the private lives of the early Tudor kings and queens, and chronicled the childhood and youth of Elizabeth I. This book begins as the young Elizabeth ascends the throne in the wake of her sister Mary’s disastrous reign. Elizabeth is portrayed as both a woman and a queen, an extraordinary phenomenon in a patriarchal age. Alison Weir writes of Elizabeth’s intriguing, long-standing affair with Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester; of her dealings — sometimes comical, sometimes poignant — with her many suitors; of her rivalry with Mary, Queen of Scots; and of her bizarre relationship with the Earl of Essex, thirty years her junior. Rich in detail, vivid and colourful, this book comes as close as we shall ever get to knowing what Elizabeth I was like as a person.
Paul Lieberman - Gangster Squad
A harrowing, edge-of-your-seat narrative of murder and secrets, revenge and heroism in the City of Angels—the real events behind the blockbuster Warner Brothers film starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. GANGSTER SQUAD chronicles the true story of the secretive police unit that waged an anything-goes war to drive Mickey Cohen and other hoodlums from Los Angeles after WWII. In 1946, the LAPD launched the Gangster Squad with eight men who met covertly on street corners and slept with Tommy guns under their beds. But for two cops, all that mattered was nailing the strutting gangster Mickey Cohen. Sgt. Jack O’Mara was a square-jawed church usher, Sgt. Jerry Wooters a cynical maverick. About all they had in common was their obsession. So O’Mara set a trap to prove Mickey was a killer. And Wooters formed an alliance with Mickey’s budding rival, Jack “The Enforcer” Whalen. Two cops -- two hoodlums. Their fates collided in the closing days of the 1950s, when late one night “The Enforcer” confronted Mickey and his crew. The aftermath would shake both LA’s mob and police department, and signal the end of a defining era in the city’s history. Warner Brothers developed the film _Gangster Squad_ based on the research award-winning journalist Paul Lieberman conducted for this book, which reveals the unbelievable true stories behind the film. He spent more than a decade tracking down and interviewing surviving members of the real police unit as well as families and associates of the mobsters they pursued. Gangster Squad is a tour-de-force narrative reminiscent of LA Confidential.
Ismeretlen szerző - The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World
A completely revised and updated new edition of the world's most prestigious and authoritative world atlas. Described by Ranulph Fiennes as "The Greatest Book on Earth" and Jon Snow as "a total adventure". Now in its 13th edition the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World continues to be a benchmark of cartographic excellence. The Atlas is relied on and trusted by governments around the world, international organizations including the UN, the European Commission and media companies. All the maps and detailed thematic information are completely updated with the latest geographical and geopolitical changes. Major updates include; / the new country of South Sudan / 7,000 place name changes, most notably in the Russian Federation; China; Kazakhstan; Iran and Afghanistan / 37 city plans added for major cities around the world / Flags for every country of the world, plus year of independence for countries / New satellite image of Antarctica / Updated national parks and conserved areas / 100 more abandoned settlements now identified This thirteenth edition of The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World reflects today's world with a beautifully illustrated section on contemporary themes from climate to economy. Fully up-to-date reference maps give exceptional detail, helping you explore the world.
Nate Silver - The Signal and the Noise
Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger—all by the time he was thirty. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data. Most predictions fail, often at great cost to society, because most of us have a poor understanding of probability and uncertainty. Both experts and laypeople mistake more confident predictions for more accurate ones. But overconfidence is often the reason for failure. If our appreciation of uncertainty improves, our predictions can get better too. This is the “prediction paradox”: The more humility we have about our ability to make predictions, the more successful we can be in planning for the future. In keeping with his own aim to seek truth from data, Silver visits the most successful forecasters in a range of areas, from hurricanes to baseball, from the poker table to the stock market, from Capitol Hill to the NBA. He explains and evaluates how these forecasters think and what bonds they share. What lies behind their success? Are they good—or just lucky? What patterns have they unraveled? And are their forecasts really right? He explores unanticipated commonalities and exposes unexpected juxtapositions. And sometimes, it is not so much how good a prediction is in an absolute sense that matters but how good it is relative to the competition. In other cases, prediction is still a very rudimentary—and dangerous—science. Silver observes that the most accurate forecasters tend to have a superior command of probability, and they tend to be both humble and hardworking. They distinguish the predictable from the unpredictable, and they notice a thousand little details that lead them closer to the truth. Because of their appreciation of probability, they can distinguish the signal from the noise. With everything from the health of the global economy to our ability to fight terrorism dependent on the quality of our predictions, Nate Silver’s insights are an essential rea
Janet Hardy-Gould - Henry VIII and his Six Wives (Oxford Bookworms)
There were six of them - three Katherines, two Annes, and a Jane. One of them was the King's wife for twenty-four years, another for only a year and a half. One died, two were divorced, and two were beheaded. It was a dangerous, uncertain life. After the King's death in 1547, his sixth wife finds a box of old letters - one from each of the first five wives. They are sad, angry, frightened letters. They tell the story of what it was like to be the wife of Henry VIII of England.
Zelkó Zoltán - A kősivatag titka
Valamikor az 1920-as években repülőgép szállt át a Nazca és az Ingenio folyó által határolt perui kősivatag fölött. A pilóta egykedvűen pillantott végig a lakatlan, kopár földön, amikor hirtelen mértani pontossággal rajzolt háromszögek, négyszögek, különféle hosszúságú vonalszakaszok és hatalmas állatábrák kusza összevisszaságára lett figyelmes. Kik és mikor "rajzolták" mindezt? És mi célból? E kérdések sok kutatót és tudóst nem hagytak nyugodni: történészek, csillagászok, matematikusok és régészek foglalkoztak éveken, sőt évtizedeken át a különös vonalak rejtélyével. Számos magyarázat született, még Daniken is megszólalt: "a kősivatagot nem emberi kéz vonalazta be". Egy budapesti térképész, Zelkó Zoltán olyan elmélettel állt elő, amelyet számítások és mérések egész sorozatával volt képes hitelesíteni. Állítása szerint a vonalrendszer egy hajdani hatalmas civilizáció térképe. A "térkép-koncepció" azóta bejárta a világot. Cikkek, tanulmányok, filmek népszerűsítették, vitatták és ünnepelték. És most már a másik kérdésre is választ vártak az érdeklődők: miért volt szüksége az inkák előtti, ún. Nazca-kultúra emberének a világ legnagyobb térképére? Elgondolása természetesen erről is van a szerzőnek, a bizonyítás azonban a régészeti és kultúrtörténeti kutatások feladata.
Jonathan Ott - Ayahuasca Analogs
Ayahuasca Analogues is the first book to explore in detail the human pharmacology of ayahuasca, fabled jungle ambrosia. After reviewing carefully the ethnobotanical, chemical and pharmacognostical literature on the Amazonian Amrta, Ott describes more than three dozen psychonautic experiments designed to elucidate the incredible pharmacology of ayahuasca potions, ingenious amalgamations of extracts of the ayahuasca liana, depicted above, which contain enzyme inhibitors, and extracts of leaves of other plants containing DMT (like Psychotria viridis, depicted below), a potent entheogen ordinarily inactive orally. Ott boldly characterizes the discovery of ayahuasca potions by various groups of South American Indians as "one of the most sophisticated pharmacognostical discoveries of all antiquity." There follows a review of the literature on the plants containing ayahuasca-type enzyme inhibitors, and on plants which contain DMT and related entheogenic tryptamines. The resulting tables of more than 60 plants in each category document Ott's contention that there are at least four thousand possible combinations of plants which can yield entheogenic potions like ayahuasca. These are the Ayahuasca Analogues of the book's title, and Ott's psychonautic experiments include several with such "analogues," as well as with pharmahuasca -- the pure ayahuasca alkaloids in "ayahuasca capsules." A thorough index, twenty-one footnotes, nine tables and a detailed bibliography of 418 sources make this a valuable reference book, as well as Ott's personal logbook of psychonautic "travels in the universe of the soul" with ayahuasca.
Alex Frith - Rachel Firth - Struan Reid - Abigail Wheatley - Prehistoric Britain
From the age of dinosaurs to the Roman invasion, this book tells the story of this vast and exciting period. Find out when and how people first came to Britain, discover the secrects of making bronze and iron, and explore the mistery of Stonehenge.
Alison Weir - Britain's Royal Families
Britain’s Royal Families is a unique reference book, offering complete genealogical details in one volume describing all the members of the royal houses of England, Scotland, and Great Britain, from 800 AD to the present. Look no further for vital information relating to each monarch, and to every member of their immediate family, from parents to grandchildren. When documents (which would have thrown the whole royal succession into question) describing George III’s secret marriage to Quakeress, Hannah Lightfoot, were seized in 1866 by the Attorney General, then-current learned opinion believed they were genuine. But they were placed into the Royal Archives at Windsor, and as late as 1910 the palace refused a would-be author who asked to see them. This is just one fascinating story of many in this delightful book. Drawing on countless authorities, both ancient and contemporary, Alison Weir explores the royal family tree in unparalleled depth, tracing the heritage of today’s royal family.
Bear Grylls - Gold of the Gods
Lost in the jungle! Beck Granger is on a trip to Colombia in his school holidays. His anthropologist uncle has taken him along on a visit to Don Rafael de Castillo, a descendent of a great explorer who is claimed to have discovered a lost City of Gold. But the secret of the city died with the explorer - until now... His uncle and Don Rafael believe they know where to find the city and Beck gets to go along for the ride. But when the two men are kidnapped, Beck is left to solve this new mystery on his own. With Marco and Christina, the Don's children. he must set off into the wilds of Colombia to find the city - and bring his uncle back. Beck must build a raft and negotiate wild river rapids, make camp, defend his friends from wild animals and keep them all alive in the jungle.
Victor W. Von Hagen - World of the Maya
By the time the conquistadores arrived in Yucutan, where the Maya were then concentrated, many of thier greater cities were deserted. The stately monuments, the lofty,pyramids, and the palaces of the splendidly carved facades had been overwhelmed by the jungle. From the time of thier conquest until now, the magnifficent quality of thier art and the mystery of thier appearence and disappearence has excited man's imagination. Here a noted explorer and archaeological historian vividly reconstructs that strange and haunting people, bringing to life the marvel of the Maya city-states and the magnificence of an ancient realm.