Pdf ebook: Flying's Strangest Moments

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Summary: The history of flying is packed with incredible feats of bravery and endurance, human ingenuity and recklesness, mystery, romance and tragedy. From the fir

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  • Publisher: Robson
  • ISBN: 1910232440
  • Genre: Transportation
  • Number of Pages: 256
  • Language: English
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Description: The history of flying is packed with incredible feats of bravery and endurance, human ingenuity and recklesness, mystery, romance and tragedy. From the first hot air balloons of the 18th century to the supersonic jet flights of today, magnificent men (and women) have taken their incredible flying machines ever higher, further and faster. This collection of wonderfully engaging tales of madness, bravery, inventiveness, disaster and triumph will take every aviation enthusiast on a whirlwind ride.


Pdf ebook: Dublin's Strangest Tales

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Summary: Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Dublin. Though this isnt the usual side of the city the tourists, travellers and residents see. This is the rea

  • Author : Michael Barry,Patrick Sammon
  • Publisher: Portico
  • ISBN: 1909396443
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Number of Pages: 300
  • Language: English
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Description: Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Dublin. Though this isnt the usual side of the city the tourists, travellers and residents see. This is the real Dublin, the strange and twisted nooks and crannies of the citys bizarre history past, present and future. Following on from the bestselling Portico Strangest titles now comes a book devoted to one of Irelands most beautiful, and popular, cities. Located on the beautiful eastern seaboard, Dublin is a city with more strangeness than you can shake a pint of Guinness at. Home to one million people, the name, strangely, comes from the Irish Dubh Linn, which means 'Black Pool', but that name was already taken. Dublins Strangest Tales is a treasure trove of the hilarious, the odd and the baffling an alternative travel guide to some of the citys best-kept secrets. Read on, if you dare! You have been warned. Word count: 35,000


Pdf ebook: London's Strangest: The Thames

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Summary: The 19th-century MP John Burns described the Thames as 'liquid history' and ever since the Romans founded Londinium in 43 AD, the river has played a key cu

  • Author : Iain Spragg
  • Publisher: Portico
  • ISBN: 1910232408
  • Genre: Humor
  • Number of Pages: 300
  • Language: English
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Description: The 19th-century MP John Burns described the Thames as 'liquid history' and ever since the Romans founded Londinium in 43 AD, the river has played a key cultural and economic, political and social role in the history of England. London's Strangest: The Thames reveals the bizarre, funny and surreal events and episodes that have occurred over the centuries on, beneath and along the banks of the famous waterway. From appearances of the world's first submarine to the raid on the Sex Pistols river concert, Lord Nelson's final journey to John Prescott's watery protest, and even the recent escapades during the floods, the River Thames really has witnessed it all.


Pdf ebook: Military's Strangest Campaigns & Characters

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Summary: Military campaigns, pivotal battles and extraordinary leaders have collectively shaped the course of history and in this fascinating book, author Tom Quinn

  • Author : Tom Quinn
  • Publisher: Portico
  • ISBN: 1910232513
  • Genre: History
  • Number of Pages: 256
  • Language: English
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Description: Military campaigns, pivotal battles and extraordinary leaders have collectively shaped the course of history and in this fascinating book, author Tom Quinn examines some of the most remarkable campaigns, incidents and characters from the earliest recorded histories to the second Gulf war. These strange but true stories include figures both famous and obscure, from Wellington, Churchill and Napoleon to maverick soldier 'Popski' Peniakoff, who commanded a company of British soldiers in North Africa during the Second World War. Known as "Popski's Private Army," this motley bunch were highly unorthodox but very effective in raiding Axis supply columns and destroying Luftwaffe aircraft. Then there's the unusual Russian warship Novgorod; which was completely circular, and the Victoria Cross winner who survived completely unscathed against all odds, not to mention the old colonel who went into battle with his trousers down and the woman who fought as a man for nearly twenty years without being discovered. Military's Strangest Campaigns & Characters makes for bizarre yet absorbing reading, highlighting the origins of strange regimental traditions, heroic and ridiculous soldiering, and the folly of commanding officers throughout the ages.


Pdf ebook: Fishing's Strangest Days

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Summary: Fishing's Strangest Tales gathers together choice stories and bizarre fishing tales from all over the world. Consider the Oxford scientist who in 1910 disc

  • Author : Tom Quinn
  • Publisher: Batsford
  • ISBN: 1849941750
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Number of Pages: 300
  • Language: English
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Description: Fishing's Strangest Tales gathers together choice stories and bizarre fishing tales from all over the world. Consider the Oxford scientist who in 1910 discovered the marvellous life-giving properties of brandy to fish who had otherwise gasped their last. Or how about the nine-year-old boy fishing for trout who caught a large mussel containing no less than forty pearls and managed to earn more in one day than his father, a farm worker, had earned in the last five years. Fishing's Strangest Days is full of fascinating tales that may sound fishy and unbelievable but will have have you caught hook, line and sinker. Word count: 45,000


Pdf ebook: Cornwall's Strangest Tales

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Summary: Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Cornwall, or as it is sometimes obscurely referred to, Merry Jack. Though this isnt the usual side of the count

  • Author : Peter Grego
  • Publisher: Portico
  • ISBN: 1909396435
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Number of Pages: 300
  • Language: English
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Description: Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Cornwall, or as it is sometimes obscurely referred to, Merry Jack. Though this isnt the usual side of the county the tourists, travellers and residents see. This is the real Cornwall, the strange and twisted nooks and crannies of the countys bizarre history past, present and future. Following on from the bestselling Portico Strangest titles now comes a book devoted to Englands gloriously coastal, yet most haunted, region. Located in the toes of the outstretched legs of Britains old man, Cornwall is a county with more strangeness than you can shake a Cornish pasty at. Cornwall is an area of outstanding natural beauty, as well as outstanding strangness from ye olde tales of plundering pirates to foulish ghosts drinking in local pubs right through to the most famous of all myths the bizarre beast that forever stalks Bodmin Moor. Spooky. Cornwalls Strangest Tales is a treasure trove of the hilarious, the odd and the baffling an alternative travel guide to some of the countys best-kept secrets. Read on, if you dare! You have been warned. Word count: 35,000


Pdf ebook: Yorkshire's Strangest Tales

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Summary: Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Yorkshire, or as it is sometimes beautifully referred to, Gods Own County. Though this isnt the usual side of t

  • Author : Leonora Rustamova
  • Publisher: Portico
  • ISBN: 1909396338
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Number of Pages: 300
  • Language: English
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Description: Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Yorkshire, or as it is sometimes beautifully referred to, Gods Own County. Though this isnt the usual side of the county the tourists, travellers and residents see. This is the real Yorkshire, the strange and twisted nooks and crannies of the countys bizarre history past, present and future. Following on from the bestselling Portico Strangest titles now comes a book devoted to one of Englands most beautiful valley regions. Located in the upper body of Britains old man, Yorkshire is a county with more strangeness than you can shake a Dale walking stick at. Home of Robin Hood (he was born in Barnsdale), Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin and Dracula (Bram Stoker wrote part of the vampire tale in a Whitby hotel!) and, some say, the birthplace of modern civilization even began in Leeds! But youll have to read the book to find out why. Yorkshires Strangest Tales is a treasure trove of the hilarious, the odd and the baffling an alternative travel guide to some of the countys best-kept secrets. Read on, if you dare! You have been warned. Word count: 35,000


Pdf ebook: Television's Strangest Moments

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Summary: Ever since John Logie Baird first publicly demonstrated this now all-pervasive medium in his small Soho laboratory, the history of television has been litt

  • Author : Quentin Falk,Ben Falk
  • Publisher: Batsford
  • ISBN: 1849941831
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Number of Pages: 300
  • Language: English
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Description: Ever since John Logie Baird first publicly demonstrated this now all-pervasive medium in his small Soho laboratory, the history of television has been littered with remarkable but true tales of the unexpected. Ranging from bizarre stories of actors shenanigans to strange but true executive and marketing decisions, and covering over one hundred shows, series and episodes from both behind and in front of the camera in British and American television studios, 'Television's Strangest Moments' is the ultimate tome of TV trivia. Why did the quintessential English sleuth The Saint drive a Swedish car? What happened when Michael Aspel met Nora Batty on the set of the 1960s drama-documentary 'The War Game'? Why is the Halloween chiller 'Ghostwatch' still unofficially banned by the BBC? From live TV suicide to Ricky Martin's disastrous candid camera-style episode involving a young female fan and several cans of dog food, 'Television's Strangest Moments' will keep you hooked when there's nothing worth watching on the box.


Pdf ebook: Cinema's Strangest Moments

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Summary: How did Leonardo DiCaprio become a hero on The Beach? Why would the Droids lode control in Star Wars? What persuaded Mad Max to become Hamlet? Who made Lon

  • Author : Quentin Falk
  • Publisher: Portico
  • ISBN: 1910232300
  • Genre: Humor
  • Number of Pages: 300
  • Language: English
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Description: How did Leonardo DiCaprio become a hero on The Beach? Why would the Droids lode control in Star Wars? What persuaded Mad Max to become Hamlet? Who made Long John Silver's parrot dread Treasure Island? When was there a curse on The Exorcist? Where did Harrison Ford's quick-thinking profit Raiders Of The Lost Ark? From the earliest black-and-white flickers to the most recent big-screen blockbusters, the history of filmmaking is littered with remarkable but true tales of the unexpected. Behind the scenes on more then three hundred films, this entertaining survey covers over a hundred years of cinema history. It's a story of disastrous stunts, star temperaments, eccentric animals, Hollywood rivalries, unexplained deaths, casting coups and bizarre locations. Spanning the silents through the Golden Age to today's effects-packed films, Quentin Falk, film critic of the Sunday Mirror and editor of the BAFTA magazine, Academy, revels an astonishing collection of strange-but-true stories.


Pdf ebook: Gambling Strangest Moments

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Summary: Whether it be one pound on the National Lottery or a million pounds on the turn of a card, the instinct to bet is the same. Over the centuries there have b

  • Author : Graham Sharpe
  • Publisher: Portico
  • ISBN: 1910232491
  • Genre: Games & Activities
  • Number of Pages: 304
  • Language: English
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Description: Whether it be one pound on the National Lottery or a million pounds on the turn of a card, the instinct to bet is the same. Over the centuries there have been many strange gamblers - and even more strange gambles - and in this unique collection of punts and punters, Graham Sharpe reveals fearless, flamboyant and fantastic flutters. Some of the most extraordinary bets include the male gambler who had a boob job to win a big bet; the gambler who set off to walk round the world wearing an iron mask to land a wager; the man who could genuinely dream winners. Sharpe is also haunted by a couple of ghostly gambles, and looks at the betting propensities of US Presidents - including one who gambled away the White House's finest china. Celebrities who indulge in strange betting practices are unmasked, too - the Marx Brothers, Ben Affleck, James Bond, Kerry Packer, Richard Burton, Oscar Wilde, Professor Stephen Hawking, to name a few. This painstakingly researched, original and unusual offering is an overdue addition to the ever-popular 'Strangest' series - and you can bet on that!


Pdf ebook: Rock'n'Roll's Strangest Moments

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Summary: Rock music, since its pre-history in blues, country music and 40s and early 50s pop, through to the well-publicised excesses of touring bands of today, has

  • Author : Mike Evans
  • Publisher: Batsford
  • ISBN: 1849941815
  • Genre: Music
  • Number of Pages: 300
  • Language: English
  • Views: 1161
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Description: Rock music, since its pre-history in blues, country music and 40s and early 50s pop, through to the well-publicised excesses of touring bands of today, has left a legacy of thousands of weird and wonderful stories in its wake. Weve all read about the Whos Keith Moon driving a Rolls Royce into a hotel swimming pool, but far more bizarre tales of on-the-road mayhem have never been widely told. Likewise, Svengali-like managers have manipulated starstruck musicians since rock began, though hanging your well-known client from a third floor window was a less usual way of ensuring their loyalty. And just where was the stalled hotel lift in which all four Beatles, according to legend, were turned on to marijuana? There are the unsung heroes of rock pioneering eccentrics who helped make the music what it is and ended up as mere footnotes in the history books. Men such as UK producer Joe Meek who created seminal classics from a bed-sit above a cleaners on the Holloway Road, and the New York DJ who originally coined the phrase rock 'nroll and died in alcoholic poverty. Not to mention the stories behind the stars: when Debbie Harry was a 'Playboy' Bunny, Paul Simon wrote Homeward Bound on Widnes railway station in Lancashire, and the Gallagher brothers (so they claim) were petty thieves.


Pdf ebook: Mayday!

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Summary: In a world without aircraft, to believe flight might be possible required a certain kind of character. You had to be starry-eyed, a possessor of practical

  • Author : David Darling
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1780745656
  • Genre: Science
  • Number of Pages: 224
  • Language: English
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Description: In a world without aircraft, to believe flight might be possible required a certain kind of character. You had to be starry-eyed, a possessor of practical ingenuity, nerves of steel and a level of sanity that would be best described as deficient. In Mayday!, David Darling tells the stories of the unconventional aviators across history who have been willing to risk all to further their craft. Meet Sophie Blanchard, a balloonist of nervous disposition whom Napoleon charged with organizing balloon displays at all major ceremonies in France. Then there’s the daredevil stuntman Lincoln Beachey, the dogfighter aces of WWI, the man who performed the dance of death – switching planes in mid-air, the real “X-Men” who flew at the edge of space, and the BASE jumpers who want to fly without wings. The cast are eccentric, reckless and extraordinary, and Mayday! is made up of their riveting tales, bizarre contraptions, magnificent achievements and, sometimes, startling folly.


Pdf ebook: Malta Spitfire Pilot: A Personal Account of Ten Weeks of War, April–June 1942

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Summary: “One of the classic first-hand pilot accounts of World War II . . . covers . . . the siege and the Axis aerial onslaught on the island.”—The Spitfire

  • Author : Denis Barnham
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • ISBN: 1526766841
  • Genre: History
  • Number of Pages: 224
  • Language: English
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Description: “One of the classic first-hand pilot accounts of World War II . . . covers . . . the siege and the Axis aerial onslaught on the island.”—The Spitfire Site Malta Spitfire Pilot is the journal of Flight Lieutenant Denis Barnham. Having joined the RAF at the outbreak of war, Denis grew from an inexperienced young pilot into a battle-hardened Spitfire ace—most of which occurred in the 200 grueling operational hours that followed his arrival on the embattled island of Malta, in a period of just ten weeks in the spring and summer of 1942. Malta was of great strategic importance to the Allies and was pivotal to their success in North Africa as it provided the perfect launching pad for aircraft to attack Axis supply ships in the Mediterranean. As a direct result, the island, in turn, suffered intensive aerial bombardment by the Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica. This memoir was written by the author as he and his fellow pilots battled against terrible odds and under constant attack. It is one man’s dramatic and moving account of the air battle to save Malta. “Much has been written on this subject, but the author records his experiences in a personal way, rather than strategy . . . It is well worth reading his comments on action in one of the most bombed islands of the war.”—Aeromilitaria


Pdf ebook: Red Lightning

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Summary: Ten years ago, Tess Cross left her newborn daughter with her sister and hightailed it out of what she called NoWhere, Colorado. Now she returns to the east

  • Author : Laura Pritchett
  • Publisher: Catapult
  • ISBN: 1619026414
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 208
  • Language: English
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Description: Ten years ago, Tess Cross left her newborn daughter with her sister and hightailed it out of what she called NoWhere, Colorado. Now she returns to the eastern plains of Colorado, full of raw rage at herself and at the universe, yearning for the life she never lead and the daughter she left behind. As a levantona who has been running drugs and illegal immigrants once they're beyond the US–Mexico border, she's knowingly and even defiantly entered into a harsh and dangerous world. But suddenly her world has become darker than she can bear: The largest wildfire in Colorado history is blazing. Immigrants are dead. She's haunted by the memory of a Mexican woman she couldn't save and a lost Mexican girl she did. Traffickers – of both immigrants and drugs – are now hunting her down. But most of all, Tess is at the mercy of her own traumatized soul, and the weight of it is cracking her apart. In the act of coming home, Tess must now face her dying mother, her sister, and her daughter, and most importantly, herself. This book broaches timely topics essential in the West—immigration, rural poverty, wildfires—with suspense and gritty wisdom as well


Pdf ebook: Daughters of Erebus

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Summary: How 287 people died in the air crash on Mt Erebus. What caused the crash and who covered it up

  • Author : Paul Holmes
  • Publisher: Hodder Moa
  • ISBN: 1869712633
  • Genre: History
  • Number of Pages: 300
  • Language: English
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Description: How 287 people died in the air crash on Mt Erebus. What caused the crash and who covered it up


Pdf ebook: Just Fly Away

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Summary: Apowerful story about family secrets, first love, the limits of forgiveness, and finding your way in the world. When fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discover

  • Author : Andrew McCarthy
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • ISBN: 1616207116
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 272
  • Language: English
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Description: Apowerful story about family secrets, first love, the limits of forgiveness, and finding your way in the world. When fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father has a secret child from a brief affair, she begins to question everything she thinks she knows about her family. How could her father have betrayed them like this? How could her mother forgive him? And why isn’t her sister rocked by the news the way Lucy is? Lucy can’t bring herself to tell her friends, and when she tries to confide in her boyfriend, he doesn’t understand. Fed up with everyone around her and desperate for answers, Lucy runs away to Maine—the home of her mysteriously estranged grandfather—to get to the bottom of her family’s secrets and lies.


Pdf ebook: Midnight Sun

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Summary: #1 bestselling author Stephenie Meyer makes a triumphant return to the world of Twilight with this highly anticipated companion: the iconic love story of B

  • Author : Stephenie Meyer
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN: 0316592250
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Number of Pages: 672
  • Language: English
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Description: #1 bestselling author Stephenie Meyer makes a triumphant return to the world of Twilight with this highly anticipated companion: the iconic love story of Bella and Edward told from the vampire's point of view. When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella's side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward's version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun. This unforgettable tale as told through Edward's eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward's past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger? In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love. An instant #1 New York Times BestsellerAn instant #1 USA Today BestsellerAn instant #1 Wall Street Journal BestsellerAn instant #1 IndieBound BestsellerApple Audiobook August Must-Listens Pick "People do not want to just read Meyer's books; they want to climb inside them and live there." -- Time "A literary phenomenon." -- New York Times


Pdf ebook: Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines

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Summary: In 1970 a scraggly, antiheroic young man from North Carolina by way of Massachusetts began presenting a comforting new sound, a kind never heard before. Wi

  • Author : Mark Ribowsky
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • ISBN: 1613733798
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Number of Pages: 416
  • Language: English
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Description: In 1970 a scraggly, antiheroic young man from North Carolina by way of Massachusetts began presenting a comforting new sound, a kind never heard before. Within a year, when young ears sought a new sound, there was "Fire and Rain" and "You've Got a Friend," and a new Southern California-fed branch of pop music. Taylor was its reluctant leader. Remarkably, Taylor has survived: his 2015 release, Before This World, edged out Taylor Swift and went to #1 on the charts. Today he is in better physical and probably mental condition than during the whirlwind when he influenced music so heavily, the decade when magazines and newspapers printed feverish stories about his gawky hunkiness, his love affair with Joni Mitchell, his glittery marriage to Carly Simon, his endlessly carried-out heroin habit, and sometimes even his music. Despite it all, Taylor has become the nearest thing to rock royalty in America. Based on fresh interviews with musicians, producers, record company people, and music journalists, as well as previously published interviews, reviews, and profiles, Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines is the definitive biography of an elusive superstar.


Pdf ebook: The Plague Year

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Summary: From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Looming Tower: an unprecedented, momentous account of Covid-19—its origins, its wide-ranging repercussion

  • Author : Lawrence Wright
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • ISBN: 0593320735
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Number of Pages: 336
  • Language: English
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Description: From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Looming Tower: an unprecedented, momentous account of Covid-19—its origins, its wide-ranging repercussions, and the ongoing global fight to contain it From the fateful first moments of the outbreak in China to the storming of the U.S. Capitol to the extraordinary vaccine rollout, Lawrence Wright’s The Plague Year tells the story of Covid-19 in authoritative, galvanizing detail and with the full drama of events on both a global and intimate scale, illuminating the medical, economic, political, and social ramifications of the pandemic. Wright takes us inside the CDC, where a first round of faulty test kits lost America precious time . . . inside the halls of the White House, where Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger’s early alarm about the virus was met with confounding and drastically costly skepticism . . . into a Covid ward in a Charlottesville hospital, with an idealistic young woman doctor from the town of Little Africa, South Carolina . . . into the precincts of prediction specialists at Goldman Sachs . . . into Broadway’s darkened theaters and Austin’s struggling music venues . . . inside the human body, diving deep into the science of how the virus and vaccines function—with an eye-opening detour into the history of vaccination and of the modern anti-vaccination movement. And in this full accounting, Wright makes clear that the medical professionals around the country who’ve risked their lives to fight the virus reveal and embody an America in all its vulnerability, courage, and potential. In turns steely-eyed, sympathetic, infuriated, unexpectedly comical, and always precise, Lawrence Wright is a formidable guide, slicing through the dense fog of misinformation to give us a 360-degree portrait of the catastrophe we thought we knew as we lived through it.


Pdf ebook: Kiwis Might Fly

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Summary: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Polly Evans was a woman with a mission. Before the traditional New Zealand male hung up his sheep shears for good, Polly wanted t

  • Author : Polly Evans
  • Publisher: Delta
  • ISBN: 030748680X
  • Genre: Travel
  • Number of Pages: 336
  • Language: English
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Description: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Polly Evans was a woman with a mission. Before the traditional New Zealand male hung up his sheep shears for good, Polly wanted to see this vanishing species with her own eyes. Venturing into the land of giant kauri trees and smaller kiwi birds, she explores the country once inhabited by fierce Maori who carved their enemies’ bones into cutlery, bushwhacking pioneers, and gold miners who lit their pipes with banknotes—and comes face-to-face with their surprisingly tame descendants. So what had become of the mighty Kiwi warrior? As Polly tears through the countryside at seventy-five miles an hour, she attempts to solve this mystery while pub-crawling in Hokitika, scaling the Southern Alps, and enduring a hair-raising stay in a mining town where the earth has been known to swallow houses whole. And as she chronicles the thrills and travails of her extraordinary odyssey, Polly’s search for the elusive Kiwi comes full circle—teaching her some hilarious and surprising lessons about motorcycles, modern civilization, and men.