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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.
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>
The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesi...
by Thucydides

Language

English

Pages

752

Publication Date

September 10, 1998

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Thucydides called his account of two decades of war between Athens and Sparta 鈥渁 possssion for all time,鈥?and indeed it is the first and still most famous work in the Western historical tradition. Considered essential reading for generals, statesmen, and liberally educated citizens for more than 2,000 years, <i>The Peloponnesian War</i> is a mine of military, moral, political, and philosophical wisdom.<br /><br />Thucydides called his account of two decades of war between Athens and Sparta 鈥渁 possssion for all time,鈥?and indeed it is the first and still most famous work in the Western historical tradition. Considered essential reading for generals, statesmen, and liberally educated citizens for more than 2,000 years, <i>The Peloponnesian War</i> is a mine of military, moral, political, and philosophical wisdom.<br /> <br />However, this classic book has long presented obstacles to the uninitiated reader. Robert Strassler's new edition removes these obstacles by providing a new coherence to the narrative overall, and by effectively reconstructing the lost cultural context that Thucydides shared with his original audience. Based on the venerable Richard Crawley translation, updated and revised for modern readers. <i>The Landmark Thucydides</i> includes a vast array of superbly designed and presented maps, brief informative appendices by outstanding classical scholars on subjects of special relevance to the text, explanatory marginal notes on each page, an index of unprecedented subtlety, and numerous other useful features.<br /> <br />In any list of the Great Books of Western Civilization, <i>The Peloponnesian War</i> stands near the top. This authoritative new edition will ensure that its greatness is appreciated by future generations.
Rick Steves Pocket Paris
by , Gene Openshaw

Language

English

Pages

226

Publication Date

May 28, 2019

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<b>Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves! This colorful, compact guidebook is perfect for spending a week or less in Paris:</b><ul><li><b>City walks and tours:</b> Six detailed tours and walks showcase Paris's essential sights, including the Louvre, the Orsay Museum, a stroll along the Left Bank, and more</li><li><b>Rick's strategic advice</b> on what experiences are worth your time and money</li><li><b>What to eat and where to stay: </b>Sip <i>caf茅 au lait</i> at a sidewalk caf茅, chat with locals over a picnic of camembert and ros茅, and admire the lights of the Eiffel Tower from your balcony</li><li><b>Day-by-day itineraries </b>to help you prioritize your time</li><li><b>A detailed, detachable fold-out map,</b> plus museum and city maps throughout</li><li><b>Full-color, portable, and slim </b>for exploring on-the-go</li><li><b>Trip-planning practicalities</b> like when to go, how to get around on the M茅tro, basic French phrases, and more</li></ul><b>Lightweight yet packed with valuable insight into Paris's history and culture, <i>Rick Steves Pocket Paris </i>truly is a tour guide in your pocket.</b><br />Expanding your trip? Try <i>Rick Steves France</i>!
Fantasy Map Making: A step-by-step guide for worldbuilders (Write...
by Jesper Schmidt

Language

English

Pages

166

Publication Date

August 01, 2016

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<b>Have you ever struggled with map making? Spent countless hours trying to make it comply with the laws of nature.</b><br /><br /><br />This book is a step-by-step guidebook that will teach you how to create an authentic fantasy map. You will gain all the knowledge necessary to complete a map which your audience will believe, no matter if they are readers, viewing a movie, video game players, or role-playing gamers. It contains the exact process I use when creating maps for my fantasy fiction. I have spent countless hours researching and learning about the topography of Earth and how to apply it to a fantasy map so that you do not have to.<br /><br /><br /><i>I have translated it all into 14 easy steps which allow you to construct an entire fantasy map from start to finish.</i><br /><br /><br /><li><b>Step One</b>: What you need to consider before starting your map.</li><br /><li><b>Step Two</b>: The different options for creating the map: from hand-drawn over software to hiring a professional.</li><br /><li><b>Step Three</b>: An overview of what is to come.</li><br /><li><b>Step Four</b>: Sketch your map and make sure to get size of the world just right.</li><br /><li><b>Step Five</b>: Adding continents by understanding how tectonic plates work.</li><br /><li><b>Step Six</b>: Terraforming your world.</li><br /><li><b>Step Seven</b>: Incorporating islands and lakes.</li><br /><li><b>Step Eight</b>: Making sure that rivers are realistic.</li><br /><li><b>Step Nine</b>: Adding forests.</li><br /><li><b>Step Ten</b>: Borders and understanding how the lands will affect the people who live on them, and vice versa.</li><br /><li><b>Step Eleven</b>: It鈥檚 then time for roads.</li><br /><li><b>Step Twelve</b>: Optional fantasy elements.</li><br /><li><b>Step Thirteen</b>: The final touches.</li><br /><li><b>Step Fourteen</b>: The Map Master.</li><br /><br /><br />As a companion to this book, you will be able to download a free worksheet.<br /><br /><br />This is not a book to teach you <i>how to draw</i>. It鈥檚 about <b>designing</b>.
Berlin Battlefield Guide: Third Reich and Cold War
by Tony Le Tissier

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

May 07, 2014

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<b>A comprehensive look at World War II battle sites in the German capital.</b><br /> 聽<br /> On April 16, 1945, the Red Army unleashed a colossal offensive against Berlin with the aim of destroying Hitler鈥檚 armies in the East and capturing the German capital before the Western Allies. Over two million soldiers confronted each other in the last act in the war against Nazi Germany.<br /> 聽<br /> In the course of the next three weeks, relentless Soviet assaults crashed against a desperate, sometimes suicidal defense, and the historic city was turned into a vast battleground. This was the climax of an awful conflict. It represented the death struggle of Hitler鈥檚 Third Reich and the supreme achievement of Stalin鈥檚 forces, and the story of the battle has fascinated students of warfare ever since. Yet this epic contest can only be understood by visiting the sites of the battle on the ground, on the outskirts of the city, in the suburbs, in the city center where the final dramatic combat took place. And this is the aim of Tony Le Tissier鈥檚 definitive guide to the Battle of Berlin.<br /> 聽
Your Bucket List
by Patrick Cruywagen

Language

English

Pages

192

Publication Date

March 01, 2014

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This book is the result of a decade of southern African travel while working for SA4x4 magazine as their Bush<br />Editor. I like to call it the best decade of my life, as during this time I was able to visit just about every river,<br />waterfall, lake, mountain, pass and national park found within this very special part of Africa. You can<br />experience thousands of memorable and must-do-at-least-once-in-your-lifetime activities when travelling<br />through southern Africa. For this book we had to narrow them down to only 150. We decided to include<br />Tanzania, Angola and Kenya in our list of countries covered, because once you are in northern Zambia or<br />Namibia, some of these are just a short border crossing away.<br />Anyone can reside in southern Africa, but to truly experience the place or call yourself a local you need to tick<br />off as many of the activities on this bucket list as possible. We might not all have the physical capabilities to do<br />something as crazy as run the Comrades Marathon, but you still need to go and experience it at least once or<br />support a mate who is doing it. While some of the activities on our list are pretty straightforward, such as going<br />to see the penguins at Boulders, we have given others a unique twist to heighten the experience. You will see<br />that instead of just telling you to go to the Victoria Falls, I suggest swimming in the Devil鈥檚 Pool on the edge of<br />the falls, or taking a helicopter flip to a private island just downstream from them. My wish is that this book<br />will serve as a reminder of all the great activities and experiences on offer in southern Africa and, more<br />importantly, I hope that it inspires you to go out there and do as many of them as possible. Get ticking!
Rick Steves Pocket Rome
by , Gene Openshaw

Language

English

Pages

220

Publication Date

May 30, 2017

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Rick Steves Pocket guidebooks truly are a "tour guide in your pocket." This colorful, compact 220-page book includes Rick's advice for prioritizing your time, whether you're spending 1 or 7 days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighborhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and accommodations charts, an appendix packed with information on trip planning and practicalities, and a fold-out city map.<br /><br />Included in <i>Rick Steves Pocket Rome</i>:<br /><br />Sights: the National Museum, Palatine Hill, Trajan's Column, Market, and Imperial Forums, Baths of Diocletian, Appian Way, St. Peter-in-Chains, Pilgrim's Tour of Rome, Jewish Ghetto, and Capitoline Museums<br /><br />Walks and Tours: Colosseum Tour, Roman Forum Tour, Night Walk Across Rome, Pantheon Tour, Vatican Museum Tour, St. Peter's Basilica Tour, and Borghese Gallery
Rick Steves Pocket Amsterdam
by , Gene Openshaw

Language

English

Pages

185

Publication Date

May 14, 2019

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<b>Make the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves! This colorful, compact guidebook is perfect for spending a week or less in Amsterdam: </b><ul><li><b>City walks and tours:</b> Six detailed tours and walks showcase Amsterdam's essential sights, including the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and the Anne Frank House, plus neighborhood walks through the Red Light District, Jordaan, and the historic city center</li><li><b>Rick's strategic advice </b>on what experiences are worth your time and money </li><li><b>What to eat and where to stay: </b>Sample pickled herring and <i>friets</i> with mayonnaise, chat with locals over a pint of pils, and cozy up in a canalside hotel </li><li><b>Day-by-day itineraries</b> to help you prioritize your time</li><li><b>A detailed, detachable fold-out map, </b>plus museum and city maps throughout</li><li><b>Full-color, portable, and slim for exploring on-the-go</b></li><li><b>Trip-planning practicalities</b> like when to go, how to get around, basic Dutch phrases, and more</li></ul><b>Lightweight yet packed with valuable insight into Amsterdam's history and culture, <i>Rick Steves Pocket Amsterdam</i> truly is a tour guide in your pocket. </b><br />Expanding your trip? Try <i>Rick Steves Amsterdam & the Netherlands</i>!
"Lee is Trapped, and Must be Taken": Eleven Fateful Days after Ge...
by , Richard R. Schaus

Language

English

Pages

358

Publication Date

August 19, 2019

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WINNER OF THE EDWIN C. BEARSS SCHOLARLY RESEARCH AWARD<br /><br />Countless books have examined the battle of Gettysburg, but the retreat of the armies to the Potomac River and beyond has not been as thoroughly covered. 鈥淟ee is Trapped, and Must be Taken鈥? Eleven Fateful Days after Gettysburg: July 4 to July 14, 1863, by Thomas J. Ryan and Richard R. Schaus goes a long way toward rectifying this oversight.<br /><br />This comprehensive study focuses on the immediate aftermath of the battle and addresses how Maj. Gen. George G. Meade organized and motivated his Army of the Potomac in response to President Abraham Lincoln鈥檚 mandate to bring about the 鈥渓iteral or substantial destruction鈥?of Gen. Robert E. Lee鈥檚 retreating Army of Northern Virginia. As far as the president was concerned, if Meade aggressively pursued and confronted Lee before he could escape across the flooded Potomac River, 鈥渢he rebellion would be over.鈥?lt;br /><br />The long and bloody three-day battle exhausted both armies. Their respective commanders faced difficult tasks, including the rallying of their troops for more marching and fighting. Lee had to keep his army organized and motivated enough to conduct an orderly withdrawal away from the field. Meade faced the same organizational and motivational challenges, while assessing the condition of his victorious but heavily damaged army, to determine if it had sufficient strength to pursue and crush a still-dangerous enemy. Central to the respective commanders鈥?decisions was the information they received from their intelligence-gathering resources about the movements, intentions, and capability of the enemy. The eleven-day period after Gettysburg was a battle of wits to determine which commander better understood the information he received, and directed the movements of his army accordingly. Prepare for some surprising revelations.<br /><br />Woven into this account is the fate of thousands of Union prisoners who envisioned rescue to avoid incarceration in wretched Confederate prisons, and a characterization of how the Union and Confederate media portrayed the ongoing conflict for consumption on the home front.<br /><br />The authors utilized a host of primary sources to craft their study, including letters, memoirs, diaries, official reports, newspapers, and telegrams, and have threaded these intelligence gems in an exciting and fast-paced narrative that includes a significant amount of new information. 鈥淟ee is Trapped, and Must be Taken鈥?is a sequel to Thomas Ryan鈥檚 Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign, the recipient of the Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award and Gettysburg Civil War Round Table Distinguished Book Award.

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