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This series takes a historical look at the ancient world’s leading figures, who led armies to victory and ruled over vast domains in a time when the world was still young. As one empire fell, another would rise, led by charismatic and powerful commanders who could unite many people and were touched by greatness. This sultan of Egypt and Syria rose to meet the challenge of the Crusaders who stormed into the Middle East in the name of religion.
Burning Empires uses the Burning Wheel system as its core and expands it to encompass the sweep of stories that decide the fate of the worlds! In this game you will find mechanics for ingenious technology, subtle infiltration, fiery revolution, strategic warfare, searing debate and blazing firefights.
Chemistry experiments that can be done at home or in the classroom using easily obtained and inexpensive materials. Now available in paperback! Includes step-by-step instructions for thirty experiments that demonstrate the scientific method.
The volumes in the new series Religions of the World surveys religions that have had a major impact on the history of the world and that continue to play a role in relationships between nations and ethnic groups. All aspects–including roots and founding, primary beliefs and cultural activities, the way the faiths are viewed by the rest of the world, and the experience of growing up as a member of the religion–are be examined.
Discusses the geography, history, people, culture, economy, and future of Bahrain.
Concise, yet packed with information, these user-friendly volumes are introductions to modern nations of the world.
An agricultural and matrilineal (the women owned all property and determined kinship) society, the Iroquois Confederacy was made up of six nations–Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora.
This book tells the story of one of the deadliest infectious diseases known: Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Originating as an emerging infectious disease on the western frontier that killed up to 90 percent of infected persons, Rocky Mountain spotted fever is caused by a curious organism, Rickettsia rickettsii.
Rubella and rubeola were once commonly thought of as childhood diseases. In the last few decades, these illnesses have been largely brought under control in developed nations through widespread vaccinations. In developing areas, however, these viral infections still pose a threat to children and adults alike.
Until the middle of the 20th century, polio affected people all over the world. The disease, caused by a virus in the genus Enterovirus, often left its survivors with weakened muscles or varying degrees of paralysis. In their later years, many once-healthy survivors experienced a condition known as post-polio syndrome.
The development of the plate tectonic theory was one of the great revolutions in the history of science. Before the plate tectonic theory, most scientists believed that Earth was a static planet that never really changed. Working like detectives, a small group of pioneering individuals slowly pieced together an entirely different picture of our Earth, showing that the planet is really a dynamic, active world.
Deadly diseases can affect everyone. Although not all cases are fatal, each disease causes a degree of harm and discomfort to those whom it afflicts and can sometimes have long-lasting consequences. Each book in the ""Deadly Diseases and Epidemics"" series takes readers through all aspects of a disease – from its history and causes or method of infection to its treatment and prevention. These informative, full-color books provide a foundation for understanding the basics of microbiology, immunology, and epidemiology.
The Pawnee originally called Kansas and Nebraska home and consist of four autonomous bands–the Chaui, Pitahawirata, Kitkahahki, and Skiri. They are well known for serving as scouts for the U.S. army in helping to track down their longtime enemies, the Cheyenne and Sioux, during the Indian wars of the 1870s-80s–a role that was portrayed in the 1990 movie Dances with Wolves.
The Hopi, which means good in every respect, largely lived in northeast Arizona and were an agricultural society that practiced ancestor worship.
During the bloodiest conflict the United States has ever known, the clothing of men, women, and children changed little as the country was consumed by war. Complete with ample sidebars, "The Civil War" gives readers the necessary background about this tumultuous time in American history so they can understand how clothing, from hooped skirts to army uniforms, differed by region and by class. Photographs from movies, including "Gone with the Wind", illustrate various popular types of clothing worn.T
The Medieval World focuses on the styles found in Europe from 1340 to 1460, which is most frequently represented as "medieval" in movies, TV, books, and art. During this time, wool was widely available, the length of clothing indicated one’s wealth, and luxurious fabrics from the East, such as silks, brocades, and damasks, were in demand among the rich. Tapestries from the time period, pictures from movies and plays, and detailed photographs show the clothing and accessories men and women, rich and poor, wore during the medieval period.
The sun’s warmthwhile enjoyed by the inner planetsloses its strength in the outer solar system, as does our knowledge. The mysterious Jovian planets and dwarf planets, ultra-red matter, and short-period comets will fascinate readers endlessly. As NASAs New Horizon mission will tell us more about Pluto and the Kuiper Belt in 2015, this book lays the foundation in anticipation of our impending new truths. The narrative is supported by gorgeous photographs and fascinating sidebars.
At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation’s leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys’ exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance.
While composing what would become his most enduring and popular book, Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White was obeying that oft-repeated maxim: ‘Write what you know.’ Helpless pigs, silly geese,clever spiders, greedy rats – White knew all of these characters in the barns and stables where he spent his favourite hours as child and adult. Painfully shy, White once wrote of himself ‘this boy felt for animals a kinship he never felt for people’. Nonetheless, that tens of millions have been so moved by Charlotte’s Web, and by White’s other classics, testifies to his deep understanding of the human condition.
Bringing readers into intimate contact with E. B. White’s world, Michael Sims chronicles his animal-rich youth and dreams of being a writer; the vibrant early years of the New Yorker,where urban nature was White’s ever-present theme; the discovery of the farm in Maine where he and his wife would live; his fascinating scientific research into how spiders spin webs, lay eggs, and live in the world; his friendship with his legendary editor, Ursula Nordstrom; and the luminous creative process that led to publication of his masterpiece.
By refining the raw ore of his childhood in Mount Vernon, New York, in the first decade of the twentieth century, White translated his own passions and contradictions, delights and fears, into a book that would be read the world over. The Story of Charlotte’s Web illuminates the life of a literary icon, and will add richness and appreciation for anyone who has loved, or has yet to read, a cherished classic.
"American Civil War Reference Library" offers comprehensive and wide ranging research options on this compelling era of American history. Material in each of the three titles has been reviewed by an independent advisory board for its curriculum relevance and its accessibility to students in grades 6-12.
This book is the most comprehensive single-volume reference work on the War Between the States ever published. Here you will find described—and, wherever possible, illustrated—all the key events, personalities and lethal weapons that, together, produced the most tragic of all American wars. There are three sections in the book. The main body of the text is the day-to-day chronology of political and diplomatic events and all the major land and sea campaigns, which traces events from the early rumblings of the abolitionists through the whole period of the war and the immediate postwar period, culminating with the end of the era of the carpetbaggers.
From the Edgar Award–winning author of Acceleration comes a mystery about an old murder and new truths, perfect for fans of Barry Lyga, Madeleine Roux, and Michelle Gagnon. They call her Tiny, but Tyne Greer is six foot six, a high school basketball star who is hoping the game will be her ticket out of the slum. She lives in a run-down building called The Zoo, where her father is the superintendent. One day she discovers a crack in the wall of an abandoned basement room. And sealed up in the wall is a girl’s body.
Jaye wakes up from a skiiing accident with a fractured skull, a blinding headache, and her grip on reality sliding into delusion. Determined to get back to her starring role in the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jaye lies to her sister, her mom, her doctors. She’s fine, she says. She’s fine. If anyone knew the truth—that hallucinations of Shakespeare and his characters have followed her from her hospital bed to the high school halls—it would all be over. She’s almost managing to pull off the act when Romeo shows up in her anatomy class.
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