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An Atlas of Countries that Don't Exist: A Compendium of Fifty Unr...
by Nick Middleton

Language

English

Pages

240

Publication Date

March 21, 2017

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What is a country? Acclaimed travel writer and Oxford geography don Nick Middleton brings to life the origins and histories of 50 states that, lacking international recognition and United Nations membership, exist on the margins of legitimacy in the global order. From long-contested lands like Crimea and Tibet to lesser-known territories such as Africa's last colony and a European republic that enjoyed independence for a single day, Middleton presents fascinating stories of shifting borders, visionary leaders, and "forgotten" peoples. Beautifully illustrated with 50 regional maps, each country is literally die-cut out of the page, offering a distinctive tactile experience while exploring these remarkable places.
Iberia
by James A. Michener

Language

English

Pages

962

Publication Date

July 03, 2013

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Spain is an immemorial land like no other, one that James A. Michener, the Pulitzer Prize鈥搘inning author and celebrated citizen of the world, came to love as his own. <i>Iberia </i>is Michener鈥檚 enduring nonfiction tribute to his cherished second home. In the fresh and vivid prose that is his trademark, he not only reveals the celebrated history of bullfighters and warrior kings, painters and processions, cathedrals and olive orchards, he also shares the intimate, often hidden country he came to know, where the congeniality of living souls is thrust against the dark weight of history. Wild, contradictory, passionately beautiful, this is Spain as experienced by a master writer.<br /><br /> BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener's <i>Hawaii.</i><br /> 聽<br /> <b>Praise for <i>Iberia</i></b><br /> <b><i>聽</i></b><br /> 鈥淔rom the glories of the Prado to the loneliest stone villages, here is Spain, castle of old dreams and new realities.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The New York Times</i></b><br /> <b><i>聽</i></b><br /> 鈥淢assive, beautiful . . . unquestionably some of the best writing on Spain [and] the best that Mr. Michener has ever done on any subject.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> <b><i>聽</i></b><br /> 鈥淎 dazzling panorama . . . one of the richest and most satisfying books about Spain in living memory.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Saturday Review</i></b><br /> <b><i>聽</i></b><br /> 鈥淜aleidoscopic . . . This book will make you fall in love with Spain.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Houston Post</i></b>
Easy Spanish Phrase Book NEW EDITION: Over 700 Phrases for Everyd...
by Pablo Garcia Loaeza

Language

English

Pages

99

Publication Date

October 17, 2013

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Designed as a quick reference tool and an easy-to-use study guide, this inexpensive and up-to-date book offers fast, effective communications. The perfect companion for tourists and business travelers in Spain and Latin America, it features words, phrases, and sentences that cover everything from asking directions to ordering dinner.<BR>Over 700 conveniently organized expressions include terms for modern telecommunications as well as phrases related to transportation, shopping, medical and emergency situations, and other common circumstances. A phonetic pronunciation accompanies each phrase.
Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hi...
by , Dylan Thuras

Language

English

Pages

480

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>Discover wonder.<br /><br /> 鈥淎 wanderlust-whetting cabinet of curiosities on paper.鈥濃€?lt;i> New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, <i>Atlas Obscura</i> is a phenomenon of a travel book that shot to the top of bestseller lists when it was first published and changed the way we think about the world, expanding our sense of how strange and marvelous it really is.<br /><br /> This second edition takes readers to even more curious and unusual destinations, with more than 100 new places, dozens and dozens of new photographs, and two very special features: twelve city guides, covering Berlin, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cairo, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Moscow, New York City, Paris, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Plus a foldout map with a dream itinerary for the ultimate around-the-world road trip. More a cabinet of curiosities than traditional guidebook,<i> Atlas Obscura </i>revels in the unexpected, the overlooked, the bizarre, and the mysterious. Here are natural wonders, like the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can sit and drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M. C. Escher鈥搇ike stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby-Jumping Festival in Spain鈥攁nd no, it鈥檚 not the babies doing the jumping, but masked men dressed as devils who vault over rows of squirming infants.<br /><br /> Every page gets to the very core of why humans want to travel in the first place: to be delighted and disoriented, uprooted from the familiar and amazed by the new. With its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, and new city guides, it is a book you can open anywhere and be transported. But proceed with caution: It鈥檚 almost impossible not to turn to the next entry, and the next, and the next.<br /><br /> 聽
Spanish Short Stories for Beginners: 20 Captivating Short Stories...
by Lingo Mastery

Language

English

Pages

212

Publication Date

January 08, 2018

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<h2><b>Do you know what the hardest thing for a Spanish learner is?</b></h2><br />Finding PROPER reading material that they can handle鈥hich is precisely the reason we鈥檝e written this book!<br /><br />Teachers love giving out tough, expert-level literature to their students, books that present many new problems to the reader and force them to search for words in a dictionary every five minutes 鈥?it鈥檚 not entertaining, useful or motivating for the student at all, and many soon give up on learning at all!<br /><br />In this book we have compiled 20 easy-to-read, compelling and fun stories that will allow you to expand your vocabulary and give you the tools to improve your grasp of the wonderful Spanish tongue.<br /><br /><h2><b>How Spanish Short Stories for Beginners works:</b></h2><br /><ul><li>Each story will involve an important lesson of the tools in the Spanish language (Verbs, Adjectives, Past Tense, Giving Directions, and more), involving an interesting and entertaining story with realistic dialogues and day-to-day situations.</li><li>The summaries follow: a synopsis in Spanish and in English of what you just read, both to review the lesson and for you to see if you understood what the tale was about.</li><li>At the end of those summaries, you鈥檒l be provided with a list of the most relevant vocabulary involved in the lesson, as well as slang and sayings that you may not have understood at first glance!</li><li>Finally, you鈥檒l be provided with a set of tricky questions in Spanish, providing you with the chance to prove that you learned something in the story. Don鈥檛 worry if you don鈥檛 know the answer to any 鈥?we will provide them immediately after, but no cheating!</li></ul>We want you to feel comfortable while learning the tongue; after all, no language should be a barrier for you to travel around the world and expand your social circles!<br /><br />So look no further! Pick up your copy of <b>Spanish Short Stories for Beginners</b> and improve your Spanish right now!<br /><br />
The Wine Bible
by Karen MacNeil

Language

English

Pages

1008

Publication Date

October 13, 2015

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Announcing the completely revised and updated edition of <i>The Wine Bible</i>, the perennial bestselling wine book praised as <i>鈥淭he most informative and entertaining book I鈥檝e ever seen on the subject鈥?lt;/i> (Danny Meyer), <i>鈥淎 guide that has all the answers鈥?</i>(Bobby Flay), <i>鈥淎stounding鈥?lt;/i> (Thomas Keller), and <i>鈥淎 magnificent masterpiece of wine writing鈥?lt;/i> (Kevin Zraly).<br /><br /> Like a lively course from an expert teacher, <i>The Wine Bible</i> grounds the reader deeply in the fundamentals while layering on informative asides, tips, amusing anecdotes, definitions, glossaries, photos (all new for this edition), maps, labels, and recommended bottles. Karen MacNeil鈥檚 information comes directly through primary research; for this second edition she has tasted more than 10,000 wines and visited dozens of wine regions around the world. New to the book are wines of China, Japan, Mexico, and Slovenia. And through it all the reader becomes ever more informed鈥攁nd, because of the author鈥檚 unique voice, always entertained: 鈥淚n great years P茅trus is ravishing, elegant, and rich鈥擨ngrid Bergman in red satin.鈥?Or, describing a Riesling: 鈥淎 laser beam. A sheet of ice. A great crackling bolt of lightning.鈥?lt;br /> 聽
Conversational German Dialogues: Over 100 German Conversations an...
by Lingo Mastery

Language

German

Pages

256

Publication Date

April 28, 2019

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<b>Is conversational German turning a little too tricky for you? Do you have no idea how to order a meal or book a room at a hotel?<br /><br />If your answer to any of the previous questions was 鈥榊es鈥? then this book is for you!<br /></b><br />If there鈥檚 even been something tougher than learning the grammar rules of a new language, it鈥檚 finding the way to speak with other people in that tongue. Any student knows this 鈥?we can try our best at practicing, but you always want to avoid making embarrassing mistakes or not getting your message through correctly. <br /><br />"How do I get out of this situation?" many students ask themselves, to no avail, but no answer is forthcoming.<br /><br />Until now.<br /><br />We have compiled <b>MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED</b> conversational German stories for beginners along with their translations, allowing new German speakers to have the necessary tools to begin studying how to set a meeting, rent a car or tell a doctor that they don鈥檛 feel well. We鈥檙e not wasting time here with conversations that don鈥檛 go anywhere: if you want to know how to solve problems (while learning a ton of German along the way, obviously), this book is for you!<br /><br /><b>How Conversational German Dialogues works:<br /></b><br /><ul><li>Each new chapter will have a fresh, new story between two people who wish to solve a common, day-to-day issue that you will surely encounter in real life.</li><li>An German version of the conversation will take place first, followed by an English translation. This ensures that you fully understood just what it was that they were saying.</li><li>Before and after the main section of the book, we shall provide you with an introduction and conclusion that will offer you important strategies, tips and tricks to allow you to get the absolute most out of this learning material.</li><li>That鈥檚 about it! Simple, useful and incredibly helpful; you will NOT need another conversational German book once you have begun reading and studying this one!</li></ul>We want you to feel comfortable while learning the tongue; after all, no language should be a barrier for you to travel around the world and expand your social circles!<br /><br />So look no further! Pick up your copy of Conversational German Dialogues and start learning German right now!<br /><br />
Rick Steves Sicily
by , Sarah Murdoch

Language

English

Pages

500

Publication Date

April 16, 2019

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<b>Swim in the sparkling Mediterranean, marvel at the peak of Mount Etna, and get to know this region's timeless charm: with Rick Steves on your side, Sicily can be yours!</b><b><br /></b><b>Inside <i>Rick Steves Sicily</i> you'll find:</b><ul><li><b>Comprehensive coverage</b> for spending <b>a week or more</b> exploring Sicily</li><li><b>Rick's strategic advice</b> on how to get the most out of your time and money, with rankings of his must-see favorites</li><li><b>Top sights and hidden gems, </b>from Mount Etna and the Byzantine mosaics of Monreale to the Ballar貌 street market and Siracusa's puppet museum<br /></li><li><b>How to connect with culture: </b>Savor seafood-centric cuisine made from ancient recipes, catch an opera performance at the Teatro Massimo, or sample authentic Marsala wine</li><li><b>Beat the crowds, skip the lines, and avoid tourist traps</b> with Rick's candid, humorous insight</li><li><b>The best places to eat, sleep, and relax</b> with a glass of local Nero d'Avola<br /></li><li><b>Self-guided walking tours</b> of lively neighborhoods and incredible museums </li><li><b>Detailed maps</b> for exploring on the go</li><li><b>Useful resources</b> including a packing list, a historical overview, and useful Italian phrases<br /></li><li><b>Over 350 bible-thin pages</b> include everything worth seeing without weighing you down</li><li><b>Complete, up-to-date information</b> on Palermo, Cefal霉, Trapani and the West Coast, Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples, Ragusa and the Southeast, Catania, Taormina, and more</li></ul><b>Make the most of every day and every dollar with <i>Rick Steves Sicily</i>.</b>
50 States, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, Wha...
by Joe Yogerst

Language

English

Pages

287

Publication Date

September 04, 2019

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This richly illustrated book from the travel experts at National Geographic showcases the best travel experiences in every state, from the obvious to the unexpected. Sites include national parks, beaches, hotels, Civil War battlefields, dude ranches, out-of-the-way museums, and more. You'll discover the world's longest yard sale in Tennessee, swamp tours in Louisiana, dinosaur trails in Colorado, America's oldest street in NYC, and the best spot to watch for sea otters on the central California coast. Each entry provides detailed travel information as well as fascinating facts about each state that will help fuel your wanderlust and ensure the best vacation possible. In addition to 50 states in the U.S., the book includes a section on the Canadian provinces and territories.
How To Be Your Own Bodyguard: Self defense for men and women from...
by Nick Hughes

Language

English

Pages

326

Publication Date

October 01, 2011

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<h3><strong>MASTER THE SKILLS OF A BODYGUARD AND REDUCE YOUR RISK OF EVER BEING A CRIME VICTIM<br /></strong><br /></h3><p>Now you don't have to be rich enough to hire your own bodyguard. You can learn the skills in this book and take care of yourself the way the pros do.</p><p><strong>WHO IS THIS BOOK FOR?</strong></p><p><em>鈥淗ow To Be Your Own Bodyguard鈥?lt;/em> is an invaluable reference for:</p><p>鈥?Anybody who wants to significantly reduce their risk of ever being a victim of a crime.<br />鈥?People smart enough to figure out there鈥檚 more to self-defense than learning how to fight<br />鈥?Anyone who travels for business or pleasure.<br />鈥?Professional Close Protection Agents<br />鈥?People who want to try and avoid trouble rather than fight their way out of it.<br />鈥?Teens going off to college.<br />鈥?Martial artists<br />鈥?Law Enforcement Officers</p><p>Not only does the book explain how to keep you and your loved ones safe from criminals it also covers mindset training, which martial arts to pick, resources used by professional bodyguards and more. There are chapters on where you should stay in a hotel, the safest places on an aircraft, how to conduct a threat analysis like a pro, staying safe in your car, and dealing with blue light bandits.</p><p><strong>THIS BOOK WILL TEACH YOU:</strong></p><p>鈥?That your car windows are actually stronger if they鈥檙e down quarter of an inch if a mob is trying to break them.<br />鈥?Why riots and contact lenses don鈥檛 mix<br />鈥?The four unconscious things that bad guys do before they attack you<br />鈥?Why RUN HIDE FIGHT during an Active Killer Event is wrong,and what works better.<br />鈥?How criminals select their victims<br />鈥?Why 鈥淪oft Skills鈥?constitute 75% of self-protection and exactly what they are<br />鈥?A less than $10 security kit that will keep you safe in sketchy hotels</p><p><strong>WHY THIS BOOK?</strong></p><p>Because it鈥檚 been written by a former professional protection agent who, for over 25 years, used the contents to keep his clients safe in hostile environments around the world. As one Amazon reviewer said <em>鈥淚 am a regional disaster preparedness officer for a multi-national corporation. This is the best book on personal security and disaster preparedness I have ever read鈥nd I have a library of such books.鈥?lt;/em><br /></p><p>Critically acclaimed by security experts around the world this is the only book you鈥檒l need on the subject.Take advantage of Amazon鈥檚<strong> 鈥淟ook Inside鈥?lt;/strong> feature and check out the table of contents for all the things you鈥檙e going to learn. There鈥檚 even a <strong>bonus home security check list</strong>聽for you that the author uses when looking after high risk clients.聽<br /></p><p><strong>WHY MOST OTHER BOOKS GET IT WRONG</strong></p><p>They all begin with you being attacked. In reality the attack began a long time before the assault began. Non consensual violence begins with <strong>SELECTION</strong> of the victim. Next comes<strong> ISOLATION</strong>. The book will teach you how to run counter-surveillance and develop your situational awareness so you鈥檒l know in advance you鈥檙e being set up. After the bad guy isolates his intended victim there will be a distraction phase consisting of some <strong>VERBAL</strong> patter. Verbal aggression is also always present in attacks in bars. <em>鈥淲hat are you looking at?鈥?鈥淵ou were looking at my girlfriend鈥?lt;/em> If you can say something to make the situation worse then you can learn to say something that just might make the situation better. Again, the answers to that and more are in the book.If you can learn how to master those first 3 phases of a criminal attack then you rarely need to get in to the physical assault itself. As Sun Tzu said <em>鈥淭he supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting."</em><br /></p><p>Buy it and learn how to keep you and your loved ones safe. Get a copy for anyone you care about.</p>

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