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Sacred Places of a Lifetime

By Eric

Sacred Places of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Most Peaceful and Powerful Destinations

This inspirational book showcases 500 of the world’s most powerful and spiritual places–and guides modern-day travelers who wish to visit them.With eloquent text, hundreds of gorgeous full-color images, and practical visitor information, Sacred Places of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Most Peaceful and Powerful Destinations highlights fascinating icons of many religions around the world and offers an intriguing window into the cultures that created them. From prehistoric burial chambers to modern monuments and sanctuaries, each site’s history, lore, and appeal is evocatively detailed. Nearly 300 locator maps point out pilgrimage routes, temples, mountains, churches, and holy places, including Mont St.-Michel Abbey in France, founded after a reported vision of the Archangel Michael; the White Horse Temple in China, site of the country’s first Buddhist temple, dating from the first century A.D.; Machu Picchu in Peru, whose origins lie in obscurity; and Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, said by many to be the holiest city in the world. A follow-up to the bestselling Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips, this beautiful book answers the call of the spiritual traveler while also appealing to the many readers interested in sites of unique cultural heritage.

 

Details:

Format: Softcover, 400 Pages

Published: 2008

ISBN: 1426203365

Condition: Used

Atlas of World History

By Eric

Atlas of World History

The challenge to understanding history lies in the tendency to focus on single scenes instead of the big picture, akin to looking at a tapes-try by examining individual stitches instead of the entire design. The Atlas of World History undertakes a fair-minded journey through the human story by mingling close-up looks at events with broader views of what was then happening elsewhere in the world.

Each of this book’s six sections, arranged chronologically, opens with a world map that shows developments at various points of the compass, along with an essay about what was happening and why.

Cross-cultural time lines run through the book like a thick thread, tying all of history together. Thus, as one reads a section on Charlemagne, for example, the time line shows selected events happening in Nubia, in India, in China, and in Cyprus.

The text by author Noel Grove, a staff writer for 25 years with the National Geographic magazine, continues with a world-wide perspective usually ignored in works of history: “By A.D. 100, when the Roman Empire was in full swing, some Maya cities were already in decline.”

Events are examined for their local as well as global impact: “Great empires butted heads and power changed hands, but these episodes fed a…kinship with a wider community.”

Here, then, as Daniel J. Boorstin says in his foreword, “…is an invitation to discover both the mystery and the miracle of human experience on our planet,” as Grove shapes complex history into an understandable tale with a storyteller’s eye for little-known details: “Russia’s…Peter the Great died at the age of 53 after diving into the Neva River in winter to rescue drowning sailors.” And “Vikings were not just ruthless killers; they traded as often as they raided, and their wives knew rights that other medieval women could scarcely imagine.”

Artwork, maps, and photographs complement the text to tell the story of human history in a single volume.

The challenge to understanding history lies in the tendency to focus on single scenes instead of the big picture, akin to looking at a tapes-try by examining individual stitches instead of the entire design. The Atlas of World History undertakes a fair-minded journey through the human story by mingling close-up looks at events with broader views of what was then happening elsewhere in the world.

Each of this book’s six sections, arranged chronologically, opens with a world map that shows developments at various points of the compass, along with an essay about what was happening and why.

Cross-cultural time lines run through the book like a thick thread, tying all of history together. Thus, as one reads a section on Charlemagne, for example, the time line shows selected events happening in Nubia, in India, in China, and in Cyprus.

The text by author Noel Grove, a staff writer for 25 years with the National Geographic magazine, continues with a world-wide perspective usually ignored in works of history: “By A.D. 100, when the Roman Empire was in full swing, some Maya cities were already in decline.”

Events are examined for their local as well as global impact: “Great empires butted heads and power changed hands, but these episodes fed a…kinship with a wider community.”

Here, then, as Daniel J. Boorstin says in his foreword, “…is an invitation to discover both the mystery and the miracle of human experience on our planet,” as Grove shapes complex history into an understandable tale with a storyteller’s eye for little-known details: “Russia’s…Peter the Great died at the age of 53 after diving into the Neva River in winter to rescue drowning sailors.” And “Vikings were not just ruthless killers; they traded as often as they raided, and their wives knew rights that other medieval women could scarcely imagine.”

Artwork, maps, and photographs complement the text to tell the story of human history in a single volume.

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Format: Hardcover, 400 Pages

Published: 1997

ISBN: 0-7922-7048-7

Condition: Used (May not contain dust cover)

School Bulletin October 25, 1965

By Eric

School Bulletin October 25, 1965, Vol. 44, No. 7

On The Cover: Dallas traffic roams manmade canyons of steel and glass. Texas story begins at right.

In This Issue:

  • Texas
  • Scorpionfish
  • Mars
  • Farm Auction
  • Indian Game
  • Also… China-India-Pakistan, Jack Rabbit, Town Underground, and Dragonflies

Worlds to Explore: Classic Tales of Travel and Adventure

By Eric

Worlds to Explore: Classic Tales of Travel and Adventure

 

“These stories are like potato chips; one is never enough, and they’re all but impossible not to devour in rapid succession. Moreover, they lend themselves to repeat reading…” -Library Journal “Suiting the armchair as well as they did as long as a century ago, these articles will be popular indeed.” -Booklist Worlds to Explore evokes that bygone era in which the pages of National Geographic were as close as most people could get to high adventure and faraway lands. The 54 tales reproduced here immerse today’s readers in wonder and thrill of exploration before the age of mass tourism. Along with notable explorers such as Edmund Hillary, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and Teddy Roosevelt, other less famous travelers take us to places few Americans had ventured before. We follow as “An Unbeliever Joins the Hadj,” trek “Across Tibet from India to China,” and take “A Round Trip to Davy Jones’s Locker.” Introduced by brief essays that provide context and perspective, these engaging selections speak for themselves-and trace the National Geographic Society’s growth as it explored the unknown and brought it home to readers eager for knowledge of “the world and all that is in it.”

 

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Format: Paperback, 438 Pages

Published: 2006

ISBN: 0-7922-5487-2

Condition: Used

Work: The World in Photographs

By Eric

Work: The World in Photographs

National Geographic is pleased to present our new Collectors Series. Each volume is a fresh presentation of one of our world-famous photography books. Our first volume, Work, showcases this most universal human pastime through images culled from National Geographic’s vast photographic archive as well as other important collections. This fascinating, wide-ranging volume presents a wonderfully varied group portrait of people at work-in great cities and tiny villages; in 19th-century China and 21st-century New York; in fields, factories, food carts, four-star restaurants, and just about everywhere else we earn our keep. Here are cowboys and clowns, shepherds and shopkeepers, street musicians and artists’ models all plying their assorted trades; on one page a professional quarterback fires off a pass as the crowd cheers him on, on the next a lone fisherman casts his net in the silent solitude of a Pacific lagoon, and on the next a nomadic tribesman erects a yurt on the Mongolian plain. From the glamour of a Parisian fashion show to the grit of an African diamond mine, there are countless ways to make a living. Work illuminates scores of them offering revealing glimpses into various eras and cultures and engaging the reader with entertaining text and informative captions. With a wonderful mix of the utterly unexpected and the instantly familiar, this vivid panorama takes an essential human activity and shows us myriad ways in which work is at once universal and delightfully, unforgettably unique.

 

Details:

Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages

Published: 2008

ISBN: 978-146203015

Condition: Used (May not contain dust cover)