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The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier
by Ian Urbina

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English

Pages

513

Publication Date

August 20, 2019

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<b>"<b>A riveting, terrifying, thrilling story of a netherworld that few people know about, and fewer will ever see . . . The soul of this book is as wild as the ocean itself." --Susan Casey, best-selling author of </b><b><i>The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean</i></b><br /><br /><br /><b>A riveting, adrenaline-fueled tour of a vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen: the high seas.</b></b><br /><br />There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world's oceans: too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation.<br /><br />Traffickers and smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, wreck thieves and repo men, vigilante conservationists and elusive poachers, seabound abortion providers, clandestine oil-dumpers, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways -- drawing on five years of perilous and intrepid reporting, often hundreds of miles from shore, Ian Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this hidden world. Through their stories of astonishing courage and brutality, survival and tragedy, he uncovers a globe-spanning network of crime and exploitation that emanates from the fishing, oil and shipping industries, and on which the world's economies rely. <br /><br />Both a gripping adventure story and a stunning expos茅, this unique work of reportage brings fully into view for the first time the disturbing reality of a floating world that connects us all, a place where anyone can do anything because no one is watching.
Into Thin Air
by Jon Krakauer

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

November 12, 1998

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<b>National Bestseller聽</b><br /><br />A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for <b>Into Thin Air</b>, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster.<br /><br />By writing <b>Into Thin Air</b>, Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event. He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas. He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman, the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition. Krakauer's highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong. But for Krakauer himself, further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber's death. Clearly, Krakauer remains haunted by the disaster, and although he relates a number of incidents in which he acted selflessly and even heroically, he seems unable to view those instances objectively. In the end, despite his evenhanded and even generous assessment of others' actions, he reserves a full measure of vitriol for himself. <br /><br />This updated edition of <b>Into Thin Air</b> includes an extensive new postscript that sheds fascinating light on the acrimonious debate that flared between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukreev in the wake of the tragedy.聽聽"I have no doubt that Boukreev's intentions were good on summit day," writes Krakauer in the postscript, dated August 1999. "What disturbs me, though, was Boukreev's refusal to acknowledge the possibility that he made even a single poor decision. Never did he indicate that perhaps it wasn't the best choice to climb without gas or go down ahead of his clients." As usual, Krakauer supports his points with dogged research and a good dose of humility. But rather than continue the heated discourse that has raged since <b>Into Thin Air</b>'s denouncement of guide Boukreev, Krakauer's tone is conciliatory; he points most of his criticism at G. Weston De Walt, who coauthored <b>The Climb</b>, Boukreev's version of events. And in a touching conclusion, Krakauer recounts his last conversation with the late Boukreev, in which the two weathered climbers agreed to disagree about certain points. Krakauer had great hopes to patch things up with Boukreev, but the Russian later died in an avalanche on another Himalayan peak, Annapurna I. <br /><br />In 1999, Krakauer received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters--a prestigious prize intended "to honor writers of exceptional accomplishment."聽聽According to the Academy's citation, "Krakauer combines the tenacity and courage of the finest tradition of investigative journalism with the stylish subtlety and profound insight of the born writer.聽聽His account of an ascent of Mount Everest has led to a general reevaluation of climbing and of the commercialization of what was once a romantic, solitary sport; while his account of the life and death of Christopher McCandless, who died of starvation after challenging the Alaskan wilderness, delves even more deeply and disturbingly into the fascination of nature and the devastating effects of its lure on a young and curious mind."
The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
by Peter Frankopan

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English

Pages

657

Publication Date

February 16, 2016

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Far more than a history of the Silk Roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next. From the Middle East and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the global spotlight in recent years. Frankopan teaches us that to understand what is at stake for the cities and nations built on these intricate trade routes, we must first understand their astounding pasts. <br />聽<br />Frankopan realigns our understanding of the world, pointing us eastward. It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures and religions. From the rise and fall of empires to the spread of Buddhism and the advent of Christianity and Islam, right up to the great wars of the twentieth century鈥攖his book shows how the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East.<br /><br /><b>Also available: <i>The New Silk Roads</i>, a timely exploration of the dramatic and profound changes our world is undergoing right now鈥攁s seen from the perspective of the rising powers of the East.</b>
Be More Japan: The Art of Japanese Living
by DK Travel

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

July 30, 2019

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<p><b><i>Be More Japan</i></b> is a celebration of all things Japanese - from the country's fascinating, ancient traditions to its unique and influential modern culture. Blending both travel information and cultural insights into a single book, <b><i>Be More Japan</i></b> helps you understand and experience the best of Japan, both at home and abroad. </p><p> Beginning with an overview of the four seasons - a key theme in Japanese culture - you'll learn about the festivals, food, fashion and flowers that change throughout the year and make this country so full of fun and variety. Then dive into the captivating culture of Japan, with topics such as art, music, food, wellness and spirituality all split into separate sections to help you pinpoint the areas that interest you. Learn about the traditional skills of the tea ceremony and calligraphy, and where you can go to see and practice them yourself. Find out more about the country's most popular sports and where to catch a game of baseball or see a martial arts exposition. For pop culture fans, there are dedicated sections on J-Pop, anime and video games, with plenty of information on the best places to enjoy them in Japan. And if you want to get a feel for modern Japanese lifestyle, you'll find enough details on topics such as transportation, karaoke, ikigai, shopping and hot springs to help you make the most of even a short trip to Japan.</p><p> You can pick and choose what interests you to plan your perfect trip, or explore a bit of everything to get a sense of the essentials of Japanese life and culture. And for those who can't make the trip to Japan, or who want to carry on the experience when they return, there are tips and suggestions for how to bring Japanese culture to you, and places where you can see its influence around the world.</p>
Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and It...
by , Elizabeth M. Norman

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English

Pages

479

Publication Date

June 09, 2009

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<p><i>Tears in the Darkness</i> is an altogether new look at World War II that exposes the myths of war and shows the extent of suffering and loss on both sides. </p><p>For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. It ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history.</p><p>The defeat, though, was only the beginning, as Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman make dramatically clear in this powerfully original book. From then until the Japanese surrendered in August 1945, the prisoners of war suffered an ordeal of unparalleled cruelty and savagery: forty-one months of captivity, starvation rations, dehydration, hard labor, deadly disease, and torture鈥攆ar from the machinations of General Douglas MacArthur.</p><p>The Normans bring to the story remarkable feats of reportage and literary empathy. Their protagonist, Ben Steele, is a figure out of Hemingway: a young cowboy turned sketch artist from Montana who joined the army to see the world. Juxtaposed against Steele's story and the sobering tale of the Death March and its aftermath is the story of a number of Japanese soldiers.</p>
Lonely Planet Japan (Travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet

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English

Pages

928

Publication Date

August 01, 2019

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<p><b><i>Lonely Planet</i></b> <b><i>Japan</i> </b>is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore a bamboo grove in Arashiyama, marvel at Shinto and Buddhist architecture in Kyoto, or relax in the hot springs of Noboribetsu Onsen; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Japan<i> </i>and begin your journey now! </p><p><b>Inside<i> Lonely Planet</i> <i>Japan </i>Travel Guide:</b> </p><ul> <li><b>Colour </b>maps and images throughout </li><li><b>Highlights</b> <b>and itineraries</b> help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests </li><li><b>Insider tips</b> to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots </li><li><b>Essential info</b> <b>at your fingertips</b> - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices </li><li><b>Honest reviews for all budgets</b> - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss </li><li><b>Cultural insights</b> give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, festivals, hiking, onsen, cuisine, architecture, sport, traditional accommodation, geisha, visual arts, performing arts, literature, music, environment, cinema </li><li><b>Free, convenient pull-out Tokyo</b> <b>map</b> (included in print version), plus over 140 maps </li><li><b>Covers</b> Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Nikko, Narita, Kamakura, Hakone, Nagoya, Gifu, Kanazawa, Nagano, Kyoto, Kansai, Hiroshima, Okayama, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Matsue, Sapporo, Shikoku, Tokushima, Fukuoka, Okinawa and more </li></ul><p><b>The Perfect Choice: </b><b><i>Lonely Planet</i></b> <b><i>Japan</i>,</b> our most comprehensive guide to Japan, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled. </p><p>Looking for a guide focused on Tokyo? Check out <b><i>Lonely Planet Tokyo</i></b> guide for a comprehensive look at all the city has to offer; <b>Best of <i>Japan,</i></b> a photo-rich guide to the <i>country's </i>most popular attractions; or <b><i>Pocket Tokyo</i> </b>a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip. </p><p><b>About Lonely Planet: </b>Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. The world awaits! </p><p><i>'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' -- Fairfax Media </i></p><p><i>'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times</i> </p><p><b>Important Notice:</b> The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.</p>
A Beginner's Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocations
by Pico Iyer

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b>From the acclaimed author of <i>The Art of Stillness-</i>-one of our most engaging and discerning travel writers--a unique, indispensable guide to the enigma of contemporary Japan.</b><br /><br />After thirty-two years in Japan, Pico Iyer can use everything from anime to Oscar Wilde to show how his adopted home is both hauntingly familiar and the strangest place on earth. "Arguably the world's greatest living travel writer" (Outside). He draws on readings, reflections, and conversations with Japanese friends to illuminate an unknown place for newcomers, and to give longtime residents a look at their home through fresh eyes. <i>A Beginner's Guide to Japan</i> is a playful and profound guidebook full of surprising, brief, incisive glimpses into Japanese culture. Iyer's adventures and observations as he travels from a meditation-hall to a love-hotel, from West Point to Kyoto Station, make for a constantly surprising series of provocations guaranteed to pique the interest and curiosity of those who don't know Japan, and to remind those who do of the wide range of fascinations the country and culture contain.
Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells
by Pico Iyer

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English

Pages

232

Publication Date

April 16, 2019

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<b>From one of our most astute observers of human nature, a far-reaching exploration of Japanese history and culture and a moving meditation on impermanence, mortality, and grief.</b><br /><br />For years, Pico Iyer has split his time between California and Nara, Japan, where he and his Japanese wife, Hiroko, have a small home. But when his father-in-law dies suddenly, calling him back to Japan earlier than expected, Iyer begins to grapple with the question we all have to live with: how to hold on to the things we love, even though we know that we and they are dying. In a country whose calendar is marked with occasions honoring the dead, this question is more urgent than anywhere else. Iyer leads us through the year following his father-in-law's death, introducing us to the people who populate his days: his ailing mother-in-law, who often forgets that her husband has died; his absent brother-in-law, who severed ties with his family years ago but to whom Hiroko still writes letters; and the men and women in his ping-pong club, who, many years his senior, traverse their autumn years in different ways. And as the maple leaves begin to redden and the heat begins to soften, Iyer offers us a singular view of Japan, in the season that reminds us to take nothing for granted.
This Is How I Save My Life: From California to India, a True Stor...
by Amy B. Scher

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English

Pages

273

Publication Date

April 10, 2018

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"Amy Scher is a brave warrior and a wonderful writer" -<b> Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling author of聽<i>Eat Pray Love.</i></b>聽<br /><br />The true story of a fiery young woman's heartwarming and hilarious journey from near-death in California to a trip around the world in search of a cure from a debilitating illness.聽Along the way, she discovers a world of cultural mayhem, goats wearing sweaters, radical medical treatment, an unexpected romance, and, most importantly, a piece of her life she never even knew she was missing.聽<br /><br /><b>When everyone gave up on her,聽</b><b>s</b><b>he risked her own life to聽</b><b>find it</b><br /><br />When Amy B. Scher was struck with undiagnosed late-stage, chronic Lyme disease (and a host of other conditions), the best physicians in America labeled her condition incurable and potentially terminal. Deteriorating rapidly, she went on a search to save her own life--from the top experts in Los Angeles and the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis to a state-of-the-art hospital in Chicago.<br /><br />After exhausting all of her options in the US, she discovered a possible cure--but it was a highly experimental stem cell treatment, only available in India, and had as much of a probability of killing her as it did of curing her.聽<br /><br />Knowing the risks and armed with her self-created motto "when life kicks your ass, kick back," Amy convinced her parents, packed her bags,聽and flew across the world anyway.聽<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>This Is How I Save My Life</i></b><br /><br />The most-liked book on <b>New York City's Subway Reads</b><br /><i><br />Off The Shelf</i>聽named it one of the <b>13 most powerful memoirs</b><br /><br />"Amy Scher is a brave warrior and wonderful writer." - Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 New York Times bestselling聽<b>author of聽<i>Eat, Pray, Love</i></b><br /><br />One Amazon reader, writes,聽<b>"This book will save your life."</b><br /><br />Vikas Swarup, author of <i><b>Slumdog Millionaire</b></i><i> </i>says This Is How I Save My Life is "a heartwarming and inspiring story that will change the way you look at life." <br /><br />"In her stunning new memoir, the refrain "we are the healing we've been waiting for" rings<br />throughout...a beautiful testament to resilience that veers from the comical to the tragic." -<b> LA Review of Books</b><br /><br />If you're struggling in any way right now, get this book. It's for anyone who believes in -- or doubts -- the power of family, the capacity to love, and the existence of miracles when it seems like all hope is lost.
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigatio...
by Laurence Bergreen

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English

Pages

501

Publication Date

October 13, 2009

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<p>The riveting story of Ferdinand Magellan鈥檚 historic 60,000-mile ocean voyage鈥攏ow updated with a new introduction commemorating the 500<sup>th</sup> anniversary of his journey.</p><p><strong>鈥淧rodigious research, sure-footed prose and vivid descriptions make for a thoroughly satisfying account... it is all here in the wondrous detail, a first-rate historical page turner.鈥濃€斅?lt;em>New York Times Book Review</em></strong><strong><em></em></strong></p><p>Ferdinand Magellan's daring circumnavigation of the globe in the sixteenth century was a three-year odyssey filled with sex, violence, and amazing adventure. Now in <em>Over the Edge of the World</em>, prize-winning biographer and journalist <em>Laurence Bergreen</em> entwines a variety of candid, firsthand accounts, bringing to life this groundbreaking and majestic tale of discovery that changed both the way explorers would henceforth navigate the oceans and history itself.</p><p>Now updated to include a new introduction commemorating the 500<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Magellan鈥檚 voyage.</p>

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