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Ships, Clocks, and Stars: The Quest for Longitude
by , Rebekah Higgitt

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

November 04, 2014

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<p>A tale of eighteenth-century invention and competition, commerce and conflict, this is a lively, illustrated, and accurate chronicle of the search to solve 鈥渢he longitude problem,鈥?the question of how to determine a ship鈥檚 position at sea鈥攁nd one that changed the history of mankind.</p><p><em>Ships, Clocks, and Stars</em> brings into focus one of our greatest scientific stories: the search to accurately measure a ship鈥檚 position at sea. The incredible, illustrated volume reveals why longitude mattered to seafaring nations, illuminates the various solutions that were proposed and tested, and explores the invention that revolutionized human history and the man behind it, John Harrison. Here, too, are the voyages of Captain Cook that put these revolutionary navigational methods to the test.</p><p>Filled with astronomers, inventors, politicians, seamen, and satirists, <em>Ships, Clocks, and Stars </em>explores the scientific, political, and commercial battles of the age, as well as the sailors, ships, and voyages that made it legend鈥攆rom Matthew Flinders and George Vancouver to the voyages of the <em>Bounty </em>and the <em>Beagle</em>.</p><p>Featuring more than 150 photographs specially commissioned from Britain鈥檚 National Maritime Museum, this evocative, detailed, and thoroughly fascinating history brings this age of exploration and enlightenment vividly to life.</p><p></p>
Island of the Lost: An Extraordinary Story of Survival at the Edg...
by Joan Druett

Language

English

Pages

299

Publication Date

June 08, 2007

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<b><i>鈥淩iveting.鈥?lt;/i>聽鈥?lt;i>The New聽York Times Book Review</i></b>聽<b>Hundreds of miles from聽civilization, two ships wreck on opposite ends of the same deserted island in聽this true story聽of human nature at its best鈥攁nd at its worst.</b><br /><br /> It is 1864, and Captain Thomas Musgrave鈥檚 schooner, the聽<i>Grafton</i>, has just wrecked on Auckland聽Island, a forbidding piece of land 285 miles聽south of New Zealand. Battered by聽year-round freezing rain and constant winds, it is one of the most inhospitable聽places on earth. To be聽shipwrecked there means almost certain death.<br /><br /> Incredibly, at the same time on the opposite end of the聽island, another ship runs aground during a storm. Separated聽by only twenty聽miles and the island鈥檚 treacherous, impassable cliffs, the crews of the聽<i>Grafton</i>聽and the聽<i>Invercauld</i>聽face the same fate. And yet where the聽<i>Invercauld</i>鈥檚聽crew turns inward on聽itself, fighting, starving, and even turning to cannibalism, Musgrave鈥檚 crew bands聽together to build a cabin and a forge鈥攁nd eventually, to find a way to escape.聽<br /><br /> Using the survivors鈥?journals and historical records,聽award-winning maritime historian Joan Druett brings to life this聽extraordinary聽untold story about leadership and the fine line between order and chaos.
The Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History)
by Craig L. Symonds

Language

English

Pages

464

Publication Date

October 05, 2011

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There are few moments in American history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway. At dawn of June 4, 1942, a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the Pacific. By sunset, their vaunted carrier force (the Kido Butai) had been sunk and their grip on the Pacific had been loosened forever.<br /><br />In this absolutely riveting account of a key moment in the history of World War II, one of America's leading naval historians, Craig L. Symonds paints an unforgettable portrait of ingenuity, courage, and sacrifice. Symonds begins with the arrival of Admiral Chester A. Nimitz at Pearl Harbor after the devastating Japanese attack, and describes the key events leading to the climactic battle, including both Coral Sea--the first battle in history against opposing carrier forces--and Jimmy Doolittle's daring raid of Tokyo. He focuses throughout on the people involved, offering telling portraits of Admirals Nimitz, Halsey, Spruance and numerous other Americans, as well as the leading Japanese figures, including the poker-loving Admiral Yamamoto. Indeed, Symonds sheds much light on the aspects of Japanese culture--such as their single-minded devotion to combat, which led to poorly armored planes and inadequate fire-safety measures on their ships--that contributed to their defeat. The author's account of the battle itself is masterful, weaving together the many disparate threads of attack--attacks which failed in the early going--that ultimately created a five-minute window in which three of the four Japanese carriers were mortally wounded, changing the course of the Pacific war in an eye-blink.<br /><br />Symonds is the first historian to argue that the victory at Midway was not simply a matter of luck, pointing out that Nimitz had equal forces, superior intelligence, and the element of surprise. Nimitz had a strong hand, Symonds concludes, and he rightly expected to win.
Australian Mythology: Captivating Dreamtime Stories of Indigenous...
by Matt Clayton

Language

English

Pages

87

Publication Date

January 31, 2020

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<h2>If you're looking for a captivating collection of Australian myths, then keep reading...</h2><br />With a history reaching back over 40,000 years, Indigenous Australian culture is one of the oldest continually existing cultures in the world. According to DNA tests conducted at the University of Copenhagen, Indigenous Australian people are the descendants of the first migrants to have left the birthplace of humanity in Africa, some 75,000 years ago. Across these many millennia, the Indigenous peoples of Australia have established complex and unique societies that have adapted well to the often harsh conditions of the Australian landscape.<br /><br />Although Indigenous Australian culture tends to be named as though it were a single unit, it is far from monolithic. According to the Australian government鈥檚 website, at the time of first contact with Europeans, there were some 500 distinct Indigenous nations inhabiting Australia, speaking different languages and following their own religious and cultural practices, with a certain amount of overlap across cultures.<br /><br />As with all human societies, that of the Indigenous Australians is abounding in stories. Stories of how the world came to be the way it is, stories of heroism and perfidy, stories about animals and birds, and stories about love and hate all have parts to play in the wide array of myths, legends, and tales created by Indigenous Australians.<br /><br /><i>Australian Mythology: Captivating Dreamtime Stories of Indigenous Australians</i> invites you to go on a startling journey and discover:<br /><ul><li>Origin stories</li><li>Myths of Gods, Heroes, and Monsters</li><li>Animal Tales</li><li>And much, much more!</li></ul><b>So if you want a captivating collection of Australian myths, click the 鈥渁dd to cart鈥?button!</b>
On Valor's Side: A Marine's Own Story of Parris Island and Guadal...
by T. Grady Gallant

Language

English

Pages

400

Publication Date

July 19, 2019

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<h2>On August 7, 1942, the First Marine Division launched the first successful American land assault in World War Two.</h2><br /><br /><b>The invasion of Guadalcanal was a long, cruel holding operation fought with too little equipment and support, not enough food and ammunition, and too few men.</b><br /><br />The marines on the island were subjected to bombing raids and strafing by Japanese aircraft, bombardment by battleships, cruisers, destroyers, submarines, and land artillery, as well as being continually attacked by Japanese tanks and infantry.<br /><br />For five long months they were attacked day and night before being eventually relieved by Army units.<br /><br />Who were these men who faced overwhelming odds?<br /><br />And how did they survive?<br /><br />T. Grady Gallant, who fought at Guadalcanal himself, answers these questions in his brilliant book <em>On Valor鈥檚 Side</em><br /><br />Gallant鈥檚 account begins with an account of the grueling training that he and his fellow marines received in places such as Parris Island, before they undertook last minute preparations in New Zealand and made the journey towards Guadalcanal.<br /><br />It is a fascinating work that gives an eyewitness view of one of the most ferocious encounters that the United States Marines had to face through the course of the Second World War.<br /><br />鈥渞ecreates the real-life training, fighting and comradeship of men at arms, from North Carolina to Guadalcanal.鈥?鈥?<em>Kirkus Review</em><br /><br />鈥淎 great book鈥?鈥?Leon Uris<br /><br />T. Grady Gallant was a journalist, editor, columnist, author and editor. He served as a Sergeant of Special Weapons in the U.S. 1st marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 1941-1945, in the assault at Guadalcanal, and served a second tour with the 4th marine Division, Fleet Marine Force and was in the assault and Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. His book <em>On Valor鈥檚 Side</em> was first published in 1963 and he passed away in 2009.<br />
Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia
by Christina Thompson

Language

English

Pages

376

Publication Date

March 12, 2019

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<p>A blend of Jared Diamond鈥檚 <em>Guns, Germs, and Steel</em> and Simon Winchester鈥檚 <em>Pacific</em>, a thrilling intellectual detective story that looks deep into the past to uncover who first settled the islands of the remote Pacific, where they came from, how they got there, and how we know. <br /><br />For more than a millennium, Polynesians have occupied the remotest islands in the Pacific Ocean, a vast triangle stretching from Hawaii to New Zealand to Easter Island. Until the arrival of European explorers they were the only people to have ever lived there. Both the most closely related and the most widely dispersed people in the world before the era of mass migration, Polynesians can trace their roots to a group of epic voyagers who ventured out into the unknown in one of the greatest adventures in human history. </p><p>How did the earliest Polynesians find and colonize these far-flung islands? How did a people without writing or metal tools conquer the largest ocean in the world? This conundrum, which came to be known as the Problem of Polynesian Origins, emerged in the eighteenth century as one of the great geographical mysteries of mankind.</p><p>For Christina Thompson, this mystery is personal: her Maori husband and their sons descend directly from these ancient navigators. In <em>Sea People</em>, Thompson explores the fascinating story of these ancestors, as well as those of the many sailors, linguists, archaeologists, folklorists, biologists, and geographers who have puzzled over this history for three hundred years. A masterful mix of history, geography, anthropology, and the science of navigation, Sea People combines the thrill of exploration with the drama of discovery in a vivid tour of one of the most captivating regions in the world.</p><p><em>Sea People</em> includes an 8-page photo insert, illustrations throughout, and 2 endpaper maps.</p>
Island Victory: The Battle of Kwajalein Atoll
by S. L. A. Marshall

Language

English

Pages

184

Publication Date

August 11, 2019

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<h2>On 31st January, 1944, the United States launched a twin assault on the Kwajalein Atoll.<br /><br />This was the first time the Americans had penetrated the 鈥渙uter ring鈥?of the Japanese Pacific sphere.</h2><br /><br />From now until the end of the war the combined forces of the Navy, Marine Corps and Army would island hop their way to the Japanese mainland.<br /><br />Yet, the Battle of Kwajalein Atoll, particularly on the island of Roi-Namur where there were only 51 survivors of the original 3,500 garrison left, gave the Americans an insight into the fierce resistance that the Japanese would put up over the remaining months of the war.<br /><br />Drawn directly from the testimonies of several hundred infantrymen, <em>Island Victory</em> provides insight into what it was like to feel the heat of battle on the beaches of those Pacific islands.<br /><br />"Written accounts of war simply do not get any closer to the actions and feelings of those [who] were there. Island Victory is a highly recommended, 'must read' book." 鈥?<em>The Midwest Book Review</em><br /><br />"The real value of <em>Island Victory</em> lies in the unadorned words of these soldiers, recorded so openly and methodically by Marshall after the battle. . . . The Kwajalein victors interviewed so painstakingly by Sam Marshall provide a priceless candor and authenticity, the emotional testimonies of young men still flushed with adrenalin, guilt, and relief." 鈥?Joseph H. Alexander, <em>Journal of Military History</em><br /><br />S. L. A. Marshall was a chief U.S. Army combat historian during World War II and the Korean War. He had served on the border with Mexico during the Pancho Villa Expedition before serving in France during World War I. He wrote over thirty books about warfare. <em>Island Victory</em> was first published in 1944. Marshall passed away in 1977.<br />
The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an Amer...
by Timothy Egan

Language

English

Pages

389

Publication Date

March 01, 2016

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<b>"An old-fashioned tale of tall talk, high ideals,and irresistible appeal . . . You will not read a historical thriller like this all year . . . [Egan] is a聽master storyteller."聽<i>鈥擝oston Globe</i><br /><br /> 鈥淓gan has a gift for sweeping narrative . . . and he has a journalist鈥檚 eye for the telltale detail . . . This is masterly work.鈥?鈥?<i>New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> 聽<br /> In this exciting and illuminating work, National Book Award winner Timothy Egan delivers a story, both rollicking and haunting, of one of the most famous Irish Americans of all time. A dashing young orator during the Great Hunger of the 1840s, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony for life. But two years later he was 鈥渂ack from the dead鈥?and in New York, instantly the most famous Irishman in America. Meagher鈥檚 rebirth included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. Afterward, he tried to build a new Ireland in the wild west of Montana鈥攁 quixotic adventure that ended in the 聽great mystery of his disappearance, which Egan resolves convincingly at last.<br /> 聽<br /><b>鈥淭his is marvelous stuff. Thomas F. Meagher strides onto Egan's beautifully wrought pages just as he lived鈥攑owerfully larger than life. A fascinating account of an extraordinary life.鈥?鈥?Daniel James Brown, author of <i>The Boys in the Boat</i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淭homas Meagher鈥檚 is an irresistible story, irresistibly retold by the virtuosic Timothy Egan . . . A gripping, novelistic page-turner.鈥?鈥?<i>Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> 聽
Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Arist...
by R. P. T. Davenport-Hines

Language

English

Pages

499

Publication Date

March 06, 2012

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<p>鈥淎n astonishing work.鈥?lt;br />鈥擩ulian Fellowes, Creator and Executive Producer of 鈥淒ownton Abbey鈥?lt;/p><p>鈥淎 book well worthy of marking the centenary of the crystal-clear night when the immense ship slid to her terrible doom.鈥?lt;br />鈥擲imon Winchester, <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em>The Professor and the Madman</em></p><p>It has been one hundred years since the sinking of the passenger liner Titanic in the North Atlantic, yet worldwide fascination with the epic tragedy remains as strong as ever. With <em>Voyagers of the Titanic</em>, Richard Davenport-Hines gives us a magnificent history of the people intimately connected with the infamous ship鈥攆rom deal-makers and industry giants, like J.P. Morgan, who built and operated it; to Molly Brown, John Jacob Astor IV, and other glittering aristocrats who occupied its first class cabins; to the men and women traveling below decks hoping to find a better life in America. Commemorating the centennial anniversary of the great disaster, <em>Voyagers of the Titanic</em> offers a fascinating, uniquely original view of one of the most momentous catastrophes of the 20th century.<br /></p>
Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the birth of agriculture
by Bruce Pascoe

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

May 10, 2018

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<p><b>History has portrayed Australia鈥檚 First Peoples, the Aboriginals, as hunter-gatherers who lived on an empty, uncultivated land. History is wrong.</b></p> <p>In this seminal book, Bruce Pascoe uncovers evidence that long before the arrival of white men, Aboriginal people across the continent were building dams and wells; planting, irrigating, and harvesting seeds, and then preserving the surplus and storing it in houses, sheds, or secure vessels; and creating elaborate cemeteries and manipulating the landscape. All of these behaviours were inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag, which turns out to have been a convenient lie that worked to justify dispossession.</p> <p>Using compelling evidence from the records and diaries of early Australian explorers and colonists, he reveals that Aboriginal systems of food production and land management have been blatantly understated in modern retellings of early Aboriginal history, and that a new look at Australia鈥檚 past is required 鈥?for the benefit of us all.</p> <p><i>Dark Emu</i>, a bestseller in Australia, won both the Book of the Year Award and the Indigenous Writer鈥檚 Prize in the New South Wales Premier鈥檚 Literary Awards.</p>

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