Category: History

The Railway Navvies: A History of the Men who Made the Railways

By Terry Coleman

First released by means of Hutchinson 1965
Book membership affiliates 1966
Pelican Books 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1976
Penguin Books 1981, 1986
Pimlico, 2000

This is the definitive tale of the lads who equipped the railways - the unknown Victorian labourers who blasted, tunnelled, drank and brawled their means throughout nineteenth-century England.

Preached at and plundered, sworn at and swindled, this anarchic elite persisted perils and mess ups, and carved out of the English nation-state an industrial-age structure unheard of in grandeur and audacity because the construction of the cathedrals.

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Sextant: A Young Man's Daring Sea Voyage and the Men Who Mapped the World's Oceans

By David Barrie

In the culture of Dava Sobel's Longitude comes this dramatic story of invention and discovery—an eloquent elegy to 1 of an important navigational tools ever created, and to the bold mariners who used it to discover, triumph over, and map the world.

Barrie takes readers instantly to the helm of a few of history's most crucial expeditions, interweaving those heroic stories with the account of his personal transatlantic passage as a tender guy. A heady mixture of event, technology, arithmetic, and derring-do, Sextant is infused with a feeling of ask yourself and discovery. without delay a dramatic heritage of maritime undertaking and a love letter to the ocean and sky, it's undying storytelling at its best.

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The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes: How a Stone-Age Comet Changed the Course of World Culture

Newly chanced on clinical evidence validating the legends and myths of old floods, fires, and climate extremes

• provides new medical proof revealing the reason for the top of the final ice age and the cycles of geological occasions and species extinctions that followed

• Connects actual facts to the dramatic earth alterations acknowledged in oral traditions worldwide

• Describes the approaching risk from a continual cycle of catastrophes and extinctions

There are a few difficult mysteries within the background of Earth that experience but to be satisfactorily defined through mainstream technological know-how: the extinction of the dinosaurs, the vanishing of old Indian tribes, the formation of the mysterious Carolina Bays, the disappearance of the mammoths, the surprising finishing of the final Ice Age, and the reason for large underwater landslides that despatched monstrous tsunamis racing around the oceans millennia in the past. Eyewitness bills of those occasions are chronicled in wealthy oral traditions passed down via generations of local peoples. The authors’ fresh clinical discoveries hyperlink a majority of these occasions to a unmarried cause.

In The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes Richard Firestone, Allen West, and Simon Warwick-Smith current new clinical facts a few sequence of prehistoric cosmic occasions that explains why the final Ice Age ended so suddenly. Their findings validate the ever present legends and myths of floods, fires, and climate extremes handed down by means of our ancestors and exhibit how those mythical occasions relate to one another. Their findings additionally help the concept we're coming into a thousand-year cycle of accelerating possibility and doubtless a brand new cycle of extinctions.

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The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future

By Laurence C. Smith

"The global in 2050 is a compelling portrait of the long run and vividly relates the large demanding situations dealing with the area now."
-Jared Diamond, writer of Collapse

The world's inhabitants is exploding, wild species are vanishing, and the environment is degrading. what sort of global are we leaving for our kids and grandchildren? simply who will flourish-and who will fail-in our evolving world?

Combining the teachings of geography and heritage with state of the art version projections and analytical facts, Guggenheim fellow Laurence C. Smith predicts how the 8 international locations of the Arctic Rim (including the usa) becomes more and more robust whereas the international locations round the equator fight for survival. Like Bjorn Lomborg's The Skeptical Environmentalist, the area in 2050 is as credible because it is arguable, projecting the looming merits in addition to the difficulties of weather change.

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Changing Lanes: Visions and Histories of Urban Freeways (Urban and Industrial Environments)

Urban freeways frequently reduce in the course of the center of a urban, destroying neighborhoods, displacing citizens, and reconfiguring road maps. those mammoth infrastructure tasks, costing billions of greenbacks in transportation money, were formed for the final part century by way of the guidelines of road engineers, city planners, panorama architects, and designers -- with street engineers enjoying the prime position. In Changing Lanes, Joseph DiMento and Cliff Ellis describe the evolution of the city highway within the usa, from its rural freeway precursors throughout the development of the interstate street process to rising possible choices for extra sustainable city transportation.

DiMento and Ellis describe controversies that arose over city highway building, concentrating on 3 circumstances: Syracuse, which early on embraced freeways via its heart; l. a., which rejected a few routes after which outfitted I-105, the most costly city highway of its time; and Memphis, which blocked the development of I-40 via its center. ultimately, they give thought to the rising city road elimination flow and different leading edge efforts via towns to re-envision city transportation.

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Higher Education in America

By Derek Bok

Greater schooling in the United States is a landmark work--a finished and authoritative research of the present of our schools and universities from former Harvard president Derek Bok, one of many nation's most dear schooling specialists. Sweepingly bold in scope, it is a deeply expert and balanced evaluate of the numerous strengths in addition to the weaknesses of yank larger schooling this day. At a time while schools and universities have by no means been extra vital to the lives and possibilities of scholars or to the development and prosperity of the country, Bok offers a radical exam of the whole method, private and non-private, from neighborhood faculties and small liberal arts schools to nice universities with their learn courses and their scientific, legislations, and enterprise colleges. Drawing at the optimum stories and knowledge, he determines which criticisms of upper schooling are unfounded or exaggerated, that are problems with actual challenge, and what could be performed to enhance matters.

Some of the topics thought of are long-standing, similar to debates over the undergraduate curriculum and matters over emerging university bills. Others are newer, akin to the increase of for-profit associations and large open on-line classes (MOOCs). extra subject matters contain the standard of undergraduate schooling, the stagnating degrees of faculty commencement, the issues of college governance, the strengths and weaknesses of graduate schooling, the surroundings for learn, and the advantages and downsides of the pervasive festival between American faculties and universities.

Offering a unprecedented survey and overview of yank better schooling as an entire, this publication presents a superb foundation for a clean public dialogue approximately what the procedure is doing correct, what it must do greater, and the way the subsequent region century may be made a interval of growth instead of decline

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Decade of Nightmares: The End of the Sixties and the Making of Eighties America

By Philip Jenkins

Why did the younger optimism and openness of the sixties collapse to Ronald Reagan and the spirit of conservative reaction--a spirit that is still ascendant at the present time?

Drawing on a wide range of sources--including tabloid journalism, renowned fiction, video clips, and tv shows--Philip Jenkins argues striking confluence of panics, scares, and some real threats created a weather of worry that ended in the conservative response. He identifies 1975 to 1986 because the watershed years. in this time, he says, there has been a pointy raise in perceived threats to our safeguard at domestic and in another country. At domestic, the US looked to be threatened through gigantic criminals--serial killers, baby abusers, Satanic cults, and predatory drug buyers, to call quite a few. at the foreign scene, we have been faced by means of the Soviet Union and its evil empire, via OPEC with its stranglehold on international oil, through the Ayatollahs who made hostages of our diplomats in Iran. more and more, those risks started to be defined when it comes to ethical evil. Rejecting the radicalism of the '60s, which many observed because the resource of the difficulty, americans followed a extra pessimistic interpretation of human habit, which harked again to a lot older topics in American tradition. This easier yet darker imaginative and prescient finally introduced us Ronald Reagan and the ascendancy of the political correct, which greater than twenty years later indicates no signal of loosening its grip.
Writing in his ordinary crisp and witty prose, Jenkins bargains a really unique and persuasive account of a interval that maintains to fascinate the yankee public. it truly is guaranteed to captivate a person who lived via this era, in addition to all those that are looking to comprehend the forces that transformed--and proceed to define--the American political landscape.

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The Idea of Galicia: History and Fantasy in Habsburg Political Culture

By Larry Wolff

Galicia was once created on the first partition of Poland in 1772 and disappeared in 1918. but, in somewhat over a century, the assumption of Galicia got here to have which means for either the peoples who lived there and the Habsburg executive that governed it. certainly, its reminiscence keeps to workout a strong fascination when you reside in its former territories and for the descendants of these who emigrated out of Galicia.

The proposal of Galicia used to be mostly produced by way of the cultures of 2 towns, Lviv and Cracow. using travelers' bills, newspaper reviews, and literary works, Wolff engages such figures as Emperor Joseph II, Metternich, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Ivan Franko, Stanislaw Wyspianski, Tadeusz "Boy" Zelenski, Isaac Babel, Martin Buber, and Bruno Schulz. He exhibits the outstanding significance of provincial house as a website for the evolution of cultural meanings and identities, and analyzes the province because the framework for non-national and multi-national understandings of empire in ecu heritage.

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story

By John Berendt

Pictures rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion within the misty,early morning hours of could 2, 1981.  Was it homicide or self-defense?  For approximately a decade, the taking pictures and its aftermath reverberated all through this hauntingly attractive urban of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares.  John Berendt's sharply saw, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a completely engrossing novel, and but it's a paintings of nonfiction.  Berendt skillfully interweaves a highly interesting first-person account of existence during this remoted remnant of the previous South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark homicide case.

It is a spellbinding tale peopled via a gallery of outstanding characters: the well-bred society women of the Married Woman's Card membership; the turbulent younger redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so strong it might probably kill each guy, lady, and baby in Savannah; the getting older and profane Southern belle who's the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously humorous black drag queen; the acerbic and smug antiques broker; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; younger blacks dancing the minuet on the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic within the graveyard at midnight.  These and different Savannahians act as a Greek refrain, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a city the place we all know everybody else.

nighttime within the backyard of fine and Evil is a chic and seductive interpreting experience.  Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this tremendously enticing portrait of a such a lot beguiling Southern urban has turn into a contemporary vintage.

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