The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey

By Rinker Buck

#1 NEW YORK instances BESTSELLER • number one Indie subsequent choose • Winner of the PEN New England Award

“Enchanting…A booklet choked with loads love…Long ahead of Oregon, Rinker dollar has confident us that the right way to see the US is from the seat of a coated wagon.” —The Wall highway Journal

“Amazing…A actual nonfiction thriller.” —Ian Frazier, The manhattan assessment of Books

“Absorbing…Winning…The many layers in The Oregon Trail are associated by way of Mr. Buck’s voice, that is alert and unpretentious in a way that positioned me in brain of invoice Bryson’s comedian tone in A stroll within the Woods.” —Dwight Garner, The long island Times

A significant bestseller that has been hailed as a “quintessential American tale” (Christian technological know-how Monitor), Rinker Buck’s The Oregon path is an epic account of touring the 2,000-mile size of the Oregon path the old fashioned way—in a coated wagon with a staff of mules—that has captivated readers, critics, and booksellers from coast to coast. at the same time an impressive trip around the West, an important paintings of background, and a relocating own saga, Buck’s chronicle is a “laugh-out-loud masterpiece” (Willamette Week) that “so ensnares the feelings it turns into a tear-jerker at its shut” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis) and “will depart you having a pipe dream and hungry to determine this land” (The Boston Globe).

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Life as a Victorian Lady

By Pamela Horn

What did Victorian women put on? How did they spend their loose time? How did they do something about the stern ideas of etiquette about the contrary intercourse, calling on different women, ordering the employees and structuring their family? right here you could examine their nutrition, their gown, their ideas, their passions and their lives.

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The Palgrave Atlas of Byzantine History

This specified and entire mapping of the historical past of the Byzantine Empire, that includes over a hundred specifically designed maps, charts the history and key points of the political, social and fiscal historical past of a medieval empire which bridged the Christian and Islamic worlds from the overdue Roman interval into the past due heart Ages.

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Remember Me

By Lesley Pearse

The Queen of Storytellers is again - with a positive story of 1 woman's fight over adversity. In 1786 a fisherman's daughter from Cornwall referred to as Mary huge was once sentenced to be hung for robbery. yet her sentence was once commuted, and he or she used to be transported to Australia, one of many first convicts to reach there. How Mary escaped the tough life of the colony and located real love, and the way she was once captured and brought again to London in chains, purely to be published after a tribulation the place she was once defended through at least James Boswell, is among the such a lot gripping and relocating tales of human endeavour (based on an grand precise tale) you'll ever learn.

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Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World

By Kwasi Kwarteng

Kwasi Kwarteng is the kid of folks whose lives have been formed as topics of the British Empire, first of their local Ghana, then as British immigrants. He brings a different point of view and impeccable educational credentials to a story historical past of the British Empire, one who avoids sweeping judgmental condemnation and as an alternative sees the Empire for what it used to be: a sequence of neighborhood fiefdoms administered in various levels of competence or brutality through a forged of characters as oversized and kooky as whatever conjured by means of Gilbert and Sullivan.

The fact, as Kwarteng finds, is that there has been no such factor as a version for imperial management; as an alternative, appointees have been schooled in quirky, independent-minded individuality. consequently the Empire was once the product now not of a grand inspiration yet of frequently chaotic person improvisation. The idosyncracies of viceroys and soldier-diplomats who ran the colonial firm keeps to affect the realm, from Kashmir to Sudan, Baghdad to Hong Kong.

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The Great Siege: Malta 1565

A exciting, cinematic account of the siege of Malta as it truly is by no means been instructed before

Suleiman the very good, the main robust ruler on the planet, was resolute to overcome Europe. just one factor stood in his approach: a dot of an island within the Mediterranean referred to as Malta, occupied via the Knights of St. John, the cream of the soldiers of the Holy Roman Empire. A conflict of civilizations the likes of which had no longer been obvious on the grounds that Persia invaded Greece was once shaping up. made up our minds to catch Malta and use its port to release operations opposed to Europe, Suleiman despatched an armada and an overpowering military. a couple of thousand defenders in castle St. Elmo fought to the final guy, enduring merciless hardships. after they captured the fortress, the Turks took no prisoners and mutilated the defenders’ our bodies. Grand grasp los angeles Vallette of the Knights reciprocated by way of decapitating his Turkish prisoners and utilizing their heads to cannonade the enemy. Then the conflict for Malta all started in earnest: no region requested, none given.
The nice Siege recollects a conflict of civilizations, the likes of which had now not been obvious because the time of Alexander the good. This certain and obtainable narrative will satisfaction readers of background in addition to fanatics of flicks similar to Braveheart and Ben Hur.

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Obesity: The Biography (Biographies of Disease)

By Sander L. Gilman

Based on the area health and wellbeing association we're in the middle of an international weight problems challenge. Is weight problems a ailment itself or a symptom of underlying physiological or mental health problems? Is it an indication of social extra and accordingly no longer a sickness within the clinical experience in any respect? Is it particularly 'new'?

Sander L. Gilman, a number one authority within the social and cultural background of the physique, provides a desirable account of the heritage of weight problems, taking a look at the altering attitudes in the direction of the physique, from concerning it as 'God's temple' to extra mechanical and functional matters from the Enlightenment onwards. within the eighteenth century weight problems was once understood as an issue of the prosperous; at the present time the prosperous usually tend to have a private coach and a more fit vitamin, and it's the poorer sessions who're likely to be obese. Gilman considers weight problems in lots of contexts - together with a bankruptcy on weight problems in China and the impression of modernization and Westernization in this very diverse tradition.

Taking the problem as much as the current day, Gilman examines the broader political and social implications weight problems increases, contemplating even if weight problems can be cured through vitamin or surgical procedure, via psychotherapy or financial development, via more fit meals offerings or through social relocation.

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Ashes to Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris

By Richard Kluger

No ebook earlier than this one has rendered the tale of cigarettes -- mankind's commonest self-destructive device and its so much ecocnomic patron product -- with such sweep and enlivening detail.

Here for the 1st time, in a narrative filled with the complexities and contradictions of human nature, the entire strands of the old approach -- monetary, social, mental, clinical, political, and criminal -- are woven jointly in a riveting narrative. the major characters are the head company executives, public healthiness investigators, and antismoking activists who've clashed ever extra stridently as american citizens debate no matter if smoking could be heavily regulated as an immense well-being menace.

We see tobacco unfold quickly from its aboriginal resources within the New global 500 years in the past, because it turns into more and more considered via a few as sinful and a few as fascinating, and through executive as a providence resource of tax profit. With the arriving of the cigarette within the late-nineteenth century, smoking alterations from a luxurious and low hobby to a regular -- to a few, necessary -- behavior, aided markedly via the exuberance of the tobacco huskers.

This free-enterprise luck saga grows shadowed, from the center of this century, as technological know-how starts off to appreciate the cigarette's toxicity. sarcastically the extra distinctive and persuasive the findings through clinical investigators, the extra cigarette makers prosper by way of seeming to change their product with filters and decreased dosages of tar and nicotine.

We see the tobacco brands come less than intensifying attack as a rogue for knowingly and callously plying their detrimental wares whereas insisting that the overall healthiness fees opposed to them (a) stay unproven, and (b) are universally understood, so people who smoke indulge at their very own risk.

Among the eye-opening disclosures right here: outrageous pseudo-scientific claims made for cigarettes through the '30s and '40s, and the tale of ways the tobacco and the nationwide melanoma Institute spent thousands to increase a "safer" cigarette that was once by no means delivered to market.

Dealing with an emotional topic that has generated extra warmth than gentle, this e-book is a dispassionate journey de strength that examines the character of the firms' culpability, the complicity of society as an entire, and the shaky ethical flooring claimed through people who smoke who're now tough recompense

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