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The Hidden Europe
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 736

The Hidden Europe

Francis Tapon yearned for a European adventure, but Western Europe seemed too tame and passé. So he traveled for 3 years visiting every Eastern European country—all 25 of them.The Hidden Europe cleverly mixes insightful facts with hilarious personal anecdotes. It's profound, yet light. Francis Tapon is a sharp observer who helps you distinguish a Latvian from a Lithuanian, while not confusing Slovenia with Slovakia.You'll also learn: - Why Baltic people are human squirrels.- When and why Poland disappeared from Europe.- Why Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia broke up.- Why Hungarians are really Martians.- How Slovenians learn languages so quickly.- Why the Balkans is so screwed up.- Why there's much more to Romania than Dracula.- Which Moldovan tradition saves marriages.- What the future holds for Belarus, Ukraine, Russia.- Why communism was a dream . . . and a nightmare.You'll understand a side of Europe that is still mysterious and misunderstood even 20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union. Francis Tapon is an ideal guide in a book that will become a classic travel narrative.

Hike Your Own Hike
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 352

Hike Your Own Hike

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Learning for Success in Business
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 215
Hike Your Own Hike
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 352

Hike Your Own Hike

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The Planet Remade
  • Language: en

The Planet Remade

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2015-10-01
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  • Publisher: Granta Books

Despite the on-going political horse-trading over emissions targets, each piece of new scientific research offers further evidence that no feasible reduction in the emissions can now effectively mitigate the carbon crisis. With limited time for action, an increasingly influential minority of climate scientists are exploring proposals for planned human intervention in the biosphere. A stratospheric veil against the sun; the cultivation of photosynthetic plankton; a fleet of unmanned ships seeding clouds: these are technologies from the radical fringes of climate study, and they are chilling, not least given the risk of hostile use. And yet, we're now at the point where we have no choice but t...

Figures in a Landscape
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 288

Figures in a Landscape

A delectable collection of Theroux’s recent writing on great places, people, and prose In the spirit of his much-loved Sunrise with Seamonsters and Fresh Air Fiend, Paul Theroux’s latest collection of essays leads the reader through a dazzling array of sights, characters, and experiences, as Theroux applies his signature searching curiosity to a life lived as much in reading as on the road. This writerly tour-de-force features a satisfyingly varied selection of topics that showcase Theroux’s sheer versatility as a writer. Travel essays take us to Ecuador, Zimbabwe, and Hawaii, to name a few. Gems of literary criticism reveal fascinating depth in the work of Henry David Thoreau, Graham Greene, Joseph Conrad, and Hunter Thompson. And in a series of breathtakingly personal profiles, we take a helicopter ride with Elizabeth Taylor, go surfing with Oliver Sacks, eavesdrop on the day-to-day life of a Manhattan dominatrix, and explore New York with Robin Williams. An extended mediation on the craft of writing binds together this wide-ranging collection, along with Theroux’s constant quest for the authentic in a person or in a place.

Hikers' Stories from the Appalachian Trail
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 176

Hikers' Stories from the Appalachian Trail

Collection of highlights from twenty-one Appalachian Trail blogs.

The Burning Shores
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 352

The Burning Shores

A riveting, beautifully crafted account of Libya after Qadhafi. The death of Colonel Muammar Qadhafi freed Libya from forty-two years of despotic rule, raising hopes for a new era. But in the aftermath, the country descended into bitter rivalries and civil war, paving the way for the Islamic State and a catastrophic migrant crisis. In a fast-paced narrative that blends frontline reporting, analysis, and history, Frederic Wehrey tells the story of what went wrong. An Arabic-speaking Middle East scholar, Wehrey interviewed the key actors in Libya and paints vivid portraits of lives upended by a country in turmoil: the once-hopeful activists murdered or exiled, revolutionaries transformed into ...

Black Brain, White Brain
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 552

Black Brain, White Brain

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2015-01-16
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  • Publisher: Unknown

Punchy and perceptive, Evans' passionate and wide-ranging debunking of hereditarian views of race in areas ranging from archaeology to IQ and sport deserves a wide readership.' Professor Saul Dubow, University of London 'Smart, accessible and stimulating, Black Brain White Brain is by far the most important book yet written to systematically debunk society's lingering attachments to race science and its pet topics of intelligence, genetics and civilization. Black Brain White Brain should be required reading in every undergraduate university course, in every high school and in every home.' Professor Jonathan Jansen, University of the Free State Over the last decade the media have given new li...

A Parisian from Kansas
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 326

A Parisian from Kansas

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1998-03-01
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  • Publisher: Plume Books

A story-within-a-story explores the complex friendship that develops between two Americans in Paris, Darren Swenson, who is world-weary and HIV-positive, and the author himself, Philippe Tapon, who agrees to write Darren's life story. Reprint. AB. K.