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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.

Bill Laws - Ötven ​vasútvonal, amely megváltoztatta a történelmet
A ​gazdagon illusztrált kötet sorra veszi azokat a vasútvonalakat és vasúti társaságokat, amelyek a legnagyobb hatással voltak a modern civilizációra. Minden fejezetben számba veszi a társadalmi, kereskedelmi, politikai és mérnöki, netán katonai vonatkozások komplex rendszerét. Szó esik egyebek között a világ első földalattijáról, a londoni metróról, vagy éppen a Central Pacific Railroad-ról, Észak-Amerika első transzkontinentális vasútjáról.

Bill Laws - Fifty ​Railroads that Changed the Course of History
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.

Bill Laws - Ötven ​növény, amely megváltoztatta a történelmet
Ez ​a különlegesen szép kötet látványosan mutatja be azokat a növényeket, amelyek a legnagyobb hatással voltak az emberi civilizációra. Szó esik olyan termesztett gabonákról, mint a rizs és a búza, amelyek az emberiség nagy részét táplálják, és olyan fűszer- és gyógynövényekről, amelyeket nagyra értékelünk gyógyító hatásuk vagy különleges zamatuk miatt. A könyv különböző korok gazdasági, politikai és társadalmi eseményeinek tükrében veszi sorra azokat a növényeket, amelyek a történelem folyamán a legfontosabbnak bizonyultak.

Bill Laws - Byways, ​Boots & Blisters
"The ​great affair is to move: to come down off this feather-bed of civilisation, and find the globe granite underfoot," wrote Robert Louis Stevenson. This book celebrates the history of walking for leisure and pleasure. There’s no shortage of the famous, and the not so famous, exponents of a good, long walk: Dr. Johnson and his faithful Boswell on their Hebridean jaunt; John Taylor, whose Penniless Pilgrimage, a record of his 1618 journey from London to Edinburgh, provided the first account of a walking tour; and Samuel Coleridge who conceived his epic tale of the Ancient Mariner on a ramble through Devon. The author also includes the stories of key inventions: the cagoule, the Thermos flask, the rucksack, Gore-Tex, and the walking pole. Fully illustrated throughout, this is an engaging history of one of man’s favorite pastimes.

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