Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

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Gipsy Moth circles the world

By Chichester, Francis

Publishing Date: [1968, c1967]

Classification: 900

Call Number: 910.41 CHI

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The Penguin state of the world atlas

By Smith, Dan

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 900

Call Number: 912 SMI

Presents a world atlas that iIllustrates key indicators affecting international politics, economics, and society using maps and graphics.

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The most beautiful walk in the world: a pedestrian in Paris

By Baxter, John

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 900

Call Number: 914.404 BAX

In this breathtalking guided tour of the most beautiful walks through Paris, including the favorite walking routes of the many acclaimed artists and writers who have called this magical city home, the author recalls his many encounters and adventures in the City of Lights. Original. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Crazy river: exploration and folly in East Africa

By Grant, Richard

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 900

Call Number: 916.7828 GRA

The author details his adventures in East Africa as he travels down an unexplored river in Tanzania, gets waylaid in Zansabir by thieves, befriends ethnic street gangsters in Burundi, and interviews the dictatorial president of Rwanda.

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The jaguar smile: a Nicaraguan journey

By Rushdie, Salman

Publishing Date: 1988, c1987

Classification: 900

Call Number: 917.285 RUS

The author shares his experiences on a 1986 visit to Nicaragua and discusses his impressions of the country and its problems - (Baker & Taylor)

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Meanwhile, next door to the good life

By Bright, Jean Hay

Publishing Date: 2003

Classification: 900

Call Number: 917.4 BRI

A recount of Jean's life in Harborside, Maine over a span of thirty years.

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Voyager: seeking newer worlds in the third great age of discovery

By Pyne, Stephen J.

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 900

Call Number: 919.9204 PYN

A new account of the Voyager space program--its history, scientific impact, and cultural legacy. Launched in 1977, the two unmanned Voyager spacecraft have completed their Grand Tour to the four outer planets, and they are now on course to become the first man-made objects to exit our solar system. To many, this remarkable achievement is the culmination of a golden age of American planetary exploration, begun in the wake of the 1957 Sputnik launch. More than this, Voyager may be one of the purest expressions of exploration in human history. For more than five hundred years the West has been powered by the impulse to explore, to push into a wider world. In this highly original book, Stephen Pyne recasts Voyager in the tradition of Magellan, Columbus, Cook, Lewis and Clark, and other landmark explorers.--From publisher description.

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The barbarians speak: how the conquered peoples shaped Roman Europe

By Wells, Peter S.

Publishing Date: c1999

Classification: 900

Call Number: 936 WEL

A provocative reassessment of the relationship between Romans and "barbarians" in Europe uses plentiful archeological evidence to debunk oversimplifications of Celtic and German culture, arguing that these pre-literate civilizations were much more sophisticated than their conquerors officially acknowledged and in fact helped shape the Roman Empire over time. - (Baker & Taylor)

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The great fire of Rome: the fall of the emperor Nero and his city

By Dando-Collins, Stephen

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 900

Call Number: 937.07 DAN

On the night of July 19, AD 64, a fire began beneath the stands of Rome's great stadium, the Circus Maximus. For more than a week the fire spread, engulfing most of the city and nearly burning it to the ground. With its capital in ruins, Rome's powerful empire teetered on the edge of collapse as Nero struggled desperately to save his empire--and his skin. Historian Stephen Dando-Collins takes readers through the streets of ancient Rome, where unrest simmers, and into the imperial palace, where political intrigue seethes, relating a potboiler story filled with fascinating historical characters who will determine the course of an empire. It is an unforgettable human drama that brings ancient Rome and the momentous events of 64 AD scorchingly to life--From publisher description.

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The heavens are empty: discovering the lost town of Trochenbrod

By Bendavid-Val, Avrom

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.5318 BEN

"In the 19th century, nearly five million Jews lived in the Pale of Settlement. Most lived in shtetls--Jewish communities connected to larger towns--images of which are ingrained in popular imagination as the shtetl Anatevka from Fiddler on the Roof. Brimming with life and tradition, family and faith, these shtetls existed in the shadow of their town's oppressive anti-Jewish laws. Not Trochenbrod. Trochenbrod was the only freestanding, fully realized Jewish town in history. It began with a few settlers searching for freedom from the Russian Czars' oppressive policies, but over the next 130 years, Trochenbrod grew from a little row of houses to a bustling marketplace. In 1942, Trochenbrod vanished. Her residents slaughtered, her homes and factories razed to the ground. Yet the Nazis could not destroy the spirit of Trochenbrod, which has lived on in stories and legends about a little piece of heaven hidden deep in the forest..."--Dust cover flap.

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The making of the English working class

By Thompson, E. P.

Publishing Date: 1966, c1963

Classification: 900

Call Number: 941.08 THO

"Thompson's book has been called controversial, but perhaps only because so many have forgotten how explosive England was during the Regency and the early reign of Victoria. Without any reservation, The Making of the English Working Class is the most important study of those days since the classic work of the Hammonds."--Commentary

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Six wives: the queens of Henry VIII

By Starkey, David

Publishing Date: c2003

Classification: 900

Call Number: 942.052 STA

Six Wives is a masterful work of history that intimately examines the rituals of diplomacy, marriage, pregnancy and religion that were part of daily life for women at the Tudor Court. Weaving new facts and fresh interpretations into a spellbinding account of the emotional drama surrounding Henry's six marriages, David Starkey reveals the central role that the queens played in determining policy. With an equally keen eye for romantic and political intrigue, he brilliantly recaptures the story of Henry's wives and the England they ruled. - (HARPERCOLL)

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Privilege and scandal: the remarkable life of Harriet Spencer, sister of Georgiana

By Gleeson, Janet

Publishing Date: [2007]

Classification: 900

Call Number: 942.07 GLE

The first biography of Lady Harriet Spencer, ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales, and devoted sister of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Harriet Spencer was one of the most glamorous, influential, and notorious aristocrats of the Regency period. Intelligent, attractive, and eager to please, at nineteen she married an aloof, distant relative; the only trait they shared was an unhealthy love of gambling. Harriet began a series of illicit dalliances, including one with the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Then she met Lord Granville Leveson Gower, handsome and twelve years her junior. Their years-long affair resulted in the birth of two children, and concealing both pregnancies from her husband required great skill. Harriet was an eyewitness to the French Revolution; traveled through war-torn Europe during the time of Napoleon; quarreled with Byron when he pursued her daughter; and became one of the leading female political activists of her day.--From publisher description.

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Rebels against the future: the Luddites and their war on the Industrial Revolution : lessons for the computer age

By Sale, Kirkpatrick

Publishing Date: c1995

Classification: 900

Call Number: 942.081 SAL

The story of an 1811-1812 uprising by English victims of the first Industrial Revolution, viewed from the perspective of the modern information revolution. A supporter of a neo-Luddite movement, the author reminds readers that today's rapidly developing technologies, machine-driven conformity, and corporatization are just as disruptive as the steam engine and laissez-faire were to 19th century cottage workers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Dark water: flood and redemption in the city of masterpieces

By Clark, Robert

Publishing Date: c2008

Classification: 900

Call Number: 945.511 CLA

This dramatic, beautifully written account of the flood that ravaged Florence, Italy, in 1966 weaves heartbreaking tales of the disaster and stories of the heroic global efforts to save the city's treasures against the historic background of Florence's glorious art. On November 4, 1966, Florence, one of the world's most historic cities and the repository of perhaps its greatest art, was struck by a monumental calamity. A low-pressure system had been stalled over Italy for six weeks and on the previous day it had begun to rain again. Nineteen inches fell in twenty-four hours, more than half of the annual total. By two o'clock in the morning twenty-thousand cubic feet of water per second was moving towards Florence. Soon manhole covers in Santa Croce were exploding into the air as jets of water began shooting out of the now overwhelmed sewer system. Cellars, vaults, and strong-rooms were filling with water. Night watchmen on the Ponte Vecchio alerted the bridge's jewelers and goldsmiths to come quickly to rescue their wares. By then the water was moving at forty miles per hour at a height of twenty-four feet. At 7:26 a.m. all of Florence's electric civic clocks came to a stop. The Piazza Santa Croce was under twenty-two feet of water. Beneath the surface, twelve feet of mud, sewage, debris, and oil sludge were starting to ooze and settle into the cellars and crypts and room after room above them. Six-hundred-thousand tons of it would smother, clot, and encrust the city. Dark Water brings the flood and its aftermath to life through the voices of witnesses past and present. Two young American artists wade heedlessly through the inundated city carrying their baby in order to witness its devastated beauty: the Ponte Vecchio buried in debris and Ghiberti's panels from the doors of the Florence Baptistery, lying heaped in yard-deep mud; the swamped Uffizi Gallery; and, in the city libraries, one billion pages of Renaissance and antique books, soaked in mire. A Life magazine photographer, stowing away on an army helicopter, arrives to capture a drama that, he felt, "could only be told by Dante" amid the flooded tombs of Machiavelli and Michelangelo in Giotto and Vasari's Santa Croce. A British student, one of thousands of "mud angels" who rushed to Florence to save its art, spends a month scraping mud and mold from Cimabue's magnificent and neglected Crocifisso as intrigues and infighting among international art experts and connoisseurs swirl around him. And during the fortieth anniversary commemorations of 2006 the author asks himself why art matters so very much to us, and how beauty seems to somehow save the world even in the face of overwhelming disaster.

Wild east: travels in the new Mongolia

By Lawless, Jill

Publishing Date: c2002

Classification: 900

Call Number: 951.73 LAW

Jill Lawless arrived in Mongolia in the late 1990s to find a country waking from centuries of isolation, at once rediscovering its heritage as a nomadic and Buddhist society and simultaneously discovering the western world. The result is a land of fascinating, bewildering contrasts: a vast country where nomadic herders graze their sheep and yaks on the steppe, it also has one of the world's highest literacy levels and a burgeoning high-tech scene. While trendy teenagers rollerblade amid the Soviet apartment blocks of Ulaanbaatar and dance to the latest pop music in nightclubs, and the rich drive Mercedes and surf the Internet, more than half the population still lives in felt tents, scratching out a living in one of the world's harshest landscapes. This is a funny and revealing portrait of a beautiful, troubled country.

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A thousand sighs, a thousand revolts: journeys in Kurdistan

By Bird, Christiane

Publishing Date: 2004

Classification: 900

Call Number: 956.72 BIR

Though the Kurds played a major military and tactical role in the United States' recent war with Iraq, most of us know little about this fiercely independent, long-marginalized people. Now acclaimed journalist Christiane Bird, who riveted readers with her tour of Islamic Iran inNeither East Nor West, travels through this volatile part of the world to tell the Kurds' story, using personal observations and in-depth research to illuminate an astonishing history and vibrant culture. For the twenty-five to thirty million Kurds, Kurdistan is both an actual and a mythical place: an isolated, largely mountainous homeland that has historically offered sanctuary from the treacherous outside world and yet does not exist on modern maps. Parceled out among the four nation-states of Iraq, Turkey, Syria, and Iran after World War I, Kurdistan is a divided land with a tragic history, where the indomitable Kurds both celebrate their ancient culture and fight to control their own destiny. Occupying some of the Middle East's most strategic and richest terrain, the Kurds are the fourth-largest ethnic group in the region and the largest ethnic group in the world without a state to call their own. Whether dancing at a Kurdish wedding in Iran, bearing witness to the destroyed Kurdish countryside in southeast Turkey, having lunch with a powerful exiledaghain Syria, or visiting the sites of Saddam Hussein's horrific chemical attacks in Iraq, the intrepid, insightful Bird sheds light on a violently stunning world seen by few Westerners. Part mesmerizing travelogue, part action-packed history, part reportage, and part cultural study, this critical book offers timely insight into an unknown but increasingly influential part of the world. Bird paints a moving and unforgettable portrait of a people uneasily poised between a stubborn past and an impatient future.

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Freedom: a history of US

By Hakim, Joy

Publishing Date: 2003

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973 HAK

The companion volume to a major 16-part PBS series brings the story of the United States as viewed through the inspiring fight to uphold the ideal of freedom--from the forging of the Declaration of Independence to the power behind the Civil Rights movement to the challenge the nation faces following the terrorist attacks of September 11.

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Scots in the USA

By Calder, Jenni

Publishing Date: 2006

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.0491 CAL

The map of the United States is peppered with Scottish place-names and America's telephone directories are filled with surnames illustrating Scottish ancestry. For the 27 million Americans with Scottish roots, it should come of no surprise that their ancestors helped shape American history from its beginnings. Jenni Calder's Scots in the USA reminds of us of the enormous role played by Scots in the foundation and creation of America, and provides new insight into Scottish-American history.- (Ingram Publishing Services)

Leaving India: my family's journey from five villages to five continents

By Hajratwala, Minal

Publishing Date: 2009

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.0491 HAJ

Beginning with her great-grandfather's original flight from British-occupied India to Fiji, the author follows her ancestors across the twentieth century to explain how they came to be spread across five continents and nine countries, delving into the relationship between personal choice and the great historical forces that helped shape her family's experiences, and bringing to light the story of the Indian diaspora. - (Baker & Taylor)

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