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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea PDF Book By Jules Verne

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

  • Author: Jules Verne
  • ISBN Code: : 1465610472
  • Publisher : Library of Alexandria
  • Page : pages
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The year 1866 was signalised by a remarkable incident, a mysterious and puzzling phenomenon, which doubtless no one has yet forgotten. Not to mention rumours which agitated the maritime population and excited the public mind, even in the interior of continents, seafaring men were particularly excited. Merchants, common sailors, captains of vessels, skippers, both of Europe and America, naval officers of all countries, and the Governments of several States on the two continents, were deeply interested in the matter. For some time past vessels had been met by "an enormous thing," a long object, spindle-shaped, occasionally phosphorescent, and infinitely larger and more rapid in its movements than a whale. The facts relating to this apparition (entered in various log-books) agreed in most respects as to the shape of the object or creature in question, the untiring rapidity of its movements, its surprising power of locomotion, and the peculiar life with which it seemed endowed. If it was a whale, it surpassed in size all those hitherto classified in science. Taking into consideration the mean of observations made at divers times—rejecting the timid estimate of those who assigned to this object a length of two hundred feet, equally with the exaggerated opinions which set it down as a mile in width and three in length—we might fairly conclude that this mysterious being surpassed greatly all dimensions admitted by the learned ones of the day, if it existed at all. And that it DID exist was an undeniable fact; and, with that tendency which disposes the human mind in favour of the marvellous, we can understand the excitement produced in the entire world by this supernatural apparition. As to classing it in the list of fables, the idea was out of the question. On the 20th of July, 1866, the steamer Governor Higginson, of the Calcutta and Burnach Steam Navigation Company, had met this moving mass five miles off the east coast of Australia. Captain Baker thought at first that he was in the presence of an unknown sandbank; he even prepared to determine its exact position when two columns of water, projected by the mysterious object, shot with a hissing noise a hundred and fifty feet up into the air. Now, unless the sandbank had been submitted to the intermittent eruption of a geyser, the Governor Higginson had to do neither more nor less than with an aquatic mammal, unknown till then, which threw up from its blow-holes columns of water mixed with air and vapour. Similar facts were observed on the 23rd of July in the same year, in the Pacific Ocean, by the Columbus, of the West India and Pacific Steam Navigation Company. But this extraordinary creature could transport itself from one place to another with surprising velocity; as, in an interval of three days, the Governor Higginson and the Columbus had observed it at two different points of the chart, separated by a distance of more than seven hundred nautical leagues.

30,000 Leagues Undersea PDF Book By Tom Vetter

30,000 Leagues Undersea

  • Author: Tom Vetter
  • ISBN Code: : 1941160107
  • Publisher : eBook Partnership
  • Page : 500 pages
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reviews : 932 Readers
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Journey with me into the abyss, a world far more dangerous than space!What's this book about? Life. Death. Imminent danger. Unexpected reprieve. Victory. Defeat. Success. Failure. Thermo-nuclear war. True love. Loss. High drama. Low comedy. Ronald Reagan. Mikhail Gorbachev. And Bond, James Bond.They're all here. Ninety amazing and entirely true tales of swash-buckling adventure on the sea and beneath it, as a boy grows into manhood steadfastly pursuing his lifelong dream, wins a million-to-one shot to become a Hydronaut, and lives a life of high adventure undersea exploring the abyss, a world far more dangerous than space.The author states:I have been trapped on the seafloor twice. Deluged by flooding as I dove a submarine to its maximum depth. In control of a submerged submarine on fire. Alone on a sinking boat at night, bailing to stay alive. Out of air with empty lungs while diving 90 feet down. Next to a fool about to light his cigarette as we stood on 66,000 gallons of high-octane gasoline. And I have had the chance to do and see amazing things, enough for ten lives.I have sailed 100,000 miles in submarines, dove more than three miles to the abyssal seafloor of the Pacific, and explored an alien world far more dangerous than space. I have gone to places on Earth no one else ever will. I found the first naval aviator ever recovered from the abyss. I mapped the wreckage of USS Thresher. And I held thermonuclear targeting steady on Mother Russia as President Reagan met Gorbachev in Reykjavik.In this book, I tell those stories and more, 90 stories of a life spent undersea. These are the good parts, cooked down to short tales you can read on a bus, a lunch break, or in your bunk before lights out.Join me. I will take you places no one else can. You will survive, I promise, and have a good time along the way. So come on-dive in!"e;At turns gripping, compelling, and simply enchanting, Vetter's 30,000 Leagues Undersea is a door straight into a breathtaking world few human beings have ever touched ... or ever will."e; -- Holly Lisle.30,000 Leagues Undersea. Fiction adventures Jules Verne might have written. But I lived them.

20,000 Leagues Under the Seas PDF Book By Jules Verne

20,000 Leagues Under the Seas

  • Author: Jules Verne
  • ISBN Code: : 1438446659
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Page : 419 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 815 Readers
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When an unidentified 'monster' threatens international shipping, French oceanographer Pierre Aronnax and his unflappable assistant Conseil join an expedition organized by the US Navy to hunt down and destroy the menace. After months of fruitless searching, they finally grapple with their quarry, but Aronnax, Conseil, and the brash Canadian harpooner Ned Land are thrown overboard in the attack, only to find that the 'monster' is actually a futuristic submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by a shadowy, mystical, preternaturally imposing man who calls himself Captain Nemo.

Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea PDF Book By Adam Roberts

Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea

  • Author: Adam Roberts
  • ISBN Code: : 0575134445
  • Publisher : Gollancz
  • Page : 320 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 426 Readers
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It is 1958 and France's first nuclear submarine, Plongeur, leaves port for the first of its sea trials. On board, gathered together for the first time, one of the Navy's most experienced captains and a tiny skeleton crew of sailors, engineers and scientists. The Plongeur makes her first dive and goes down, and down and down... Out of control, the submarine plummets to a depth where the pressure will crush her hull, killing everyone on board, and beyond. The pressure builds, the hull protests, the crew prepare for death, the boat reaches the bottom of the sea and finds... nothing. Her final dive continues, the pressure begins to relent, but the depth gauge is useless. They have gone miles down. Hundreds of miles, thousands... And so it goes on. And on board the crew succumb to madness, betrayal, religious mania and murder. Has the Plongeur left the limits of our world and gone elsewhere? Contains 33 full-page pen and ink illustrations by acclaimed artist Mahendra Singh, who previously illustrated an edition of THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK. Adam Roberts and Mahendra Singh have revisited Jules Verne's classic SF novel, and together they have come up with a unique vision.

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea PDF Book By Verne

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

  • Author: Verne
  • ISBN Code: : 8179920038
  • Publisher : Jaico Publishing House
  • Page : 230 pages
  • Genre : Literary Criticism
  • Reviews : 973 Readers
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A mysterious phenomenon was noticed in the year 1866. Vessels at sea had seen a long large object more powerful in its movement than a whale. A French scientist was commissioned to investigate. A frigate was specially fitted out for this expedition. After three months of cruising the high seas, the frigate encountered the monster and shot out its harpoon to strike the creature. Suddenly, a giant waterspout issued forth from the monster and threw the scientist and his colleagues on the monster s back. To their consternation, they were pulled deep inside the sea. What happened to them down there? Join the intrepid scientist in his strange adventure.

Call to Crusade PDF Book By Tom Vetter

Call to Crusade

  • Author: Tom Vetter
  • ISBN Code: : 1941160018
  • Publisher : eBook Partnership
  • Page : 497 pages
  • Genre :
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Call to Crusade begins a four-book saga of Godric MacEuan, Scottish knight and siege lord of the First Crusade. At Godric's side, readers relive the glory and horror of that epic conflict of religions and cultures that still overshadows our world a thousand years later. "e;Deus lo volt! God wills it!"e; The book is fiction, but the story is true.

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (Collins Classics) PDF Book By Jules Verne

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (Collins Classics)

  • Author: Jules Verne
  • ISBN Code: : 0007382693
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Page : 384 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 800 Readers
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HarperCollins is proud to present a range of best-loved, essential classics.

Daughter of the Deep PDF Book By Rick Riordan

Daughter of the Deep

  • Author: Rick Riordan
  • ISBN Code: : 1368077943
  • Publisher : Disney Electronic Content
  • Page : pages
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Reviews : 828 Readers
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#1 New York Times best-selling author Rick Riordan pays homage to Jules Verne in his exciting modern take on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Ana's parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family's she's got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP. Ana's freshman year culminates with the class's weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret. She only hopes she has what it'll take to succeed. All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives. But wait, there's more. The professor accompanying them informs Ana that their rival school, Land Institute, and Harding-Pencroft have been fighting a cold war for a hundred and fifty years. Now that cold war has been turned up to a full broil, and the freshman are in danger of becoming fish food. In a race against deadly enemies, Ana will make amazing friends and astounding discoveries about her heritage as she puts her leadership skills to the test for the first time. Rick Riordan's trademark humor, fast-paced action, and wide cast of characters are on full display in this undersea adventure that puts a new spin on Captain Nemo and the submarine Nautilus. Complete your middle grade action-adventure collection with these titles: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer Rick Riordan Presents: Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi Rick Riordan Presents: City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda

Deep Storm PDF Book By Lincoln Child

Deep Storm

  • Author: Lincoln Child
  • ISBN Code: : 0307387682
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Page : 432 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 519 Readers
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this explosive thriller, one of the most incredible and frightening discoveries mankind has ever faced is about to surface. On an oil platform in the middle of the North Atlantic, a terrifying series of illnesses is spreading through the crew. When expert naval doctor Peter Crane is flown in, he finds his real destination is not the platform itself but Deep Storm: a top secret aquatic science facility, two miles below on the ocean floor. And as Crane soon learns, the covert operation he finds there is concealing something far more sinister than a medical mystery—and much more deadly.

Sphere PDF Book By Michael Crichton

Sphere

  • Author: Michael Crichton
  • ISBN Code: : 0307816486
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Page : 384 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 293 Readers
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From the author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Congo comes a psychological thriller about a group of scientists who investigate a spaceship discovered on the ocean floor. In the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface, a huge vessel is unearthed. Rushed to the scene is a team of American scientists who descend together into the depths to investigate the astonishing discovery. What they find defies their imaginations and mocks their attempts at logical explanation. It is a spaceship, but apparently it is undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least three hundred years old, containing a terrifying and destructive force that must be controlled at all costs.

Memo for Nemo PDF Book By William Firebrace

Memo for Nemo

  • Author: William Firebrace
  • ISBN Code: : 0262370476
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Page : 272 pages
  • Genre : Architecture
  • Reviews : 359 Readers
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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea PDF Book By Jules Verne

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

  • Author: Jules Verne
  • ISBN Code: : 0486112314
  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Page : 288 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 160 Readers
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The "man who invented the future," Verne created the prototype for modern science fiction. His prophetic 1870 adventure novel, featuring a bizarre underwater craft commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo, predated the submarine.

Hollywood Presents Jules Verne PDF Book By Brian Taves

Hollywood Presents Jules Verne

  • Author: Brian Taves
  • ISBN Code: : 0813161142
  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Page : 370 pages
  • Genre : Performing Arts
  • Reviews : 346 Readers
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Even for those who have never read Jules Verne (1828--1905), the author's very name conjures visions of the submarine in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, the epic race in Around the World in Eighty Days, the spacecraft in From the Earth to the Moon, and the daring descent in Journey to the Center of the Earth. One of the most widely translated authors of all time, Verne has inspired filmmakers since the early silent period and continues to fascinate audiences more than one hundred years after his works were first published. His riveting plots and vivid descriptions easily transform into compelling scripts and dramatic visual compositions. In Hollywood Presents Jules Verne, Brian Taves investigates the indelible mark that the author has left on English-language cinema. Adaptations of Verne's tales have taken many forms -- early movie shorts, serials, feature films, miniseries, and television shows -- and have been produced as both animated and live-action films. Taves illuminates how, as these stories have been made and remade over the years, each new adaptation looks back not only to Verne's words but also to previous screen incarnations. He also examines how generations of actors have portrayed iconic characters such as Phileas Fogg and Captain Nemo, and how these figures are treated in pastiches such as Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012). Investigating the biggest box-office hits as well as lower-budget productions, this comprehensive study will appeal not only to fans of the writer's work but also to readers interested in the ever-changing relationship between literature, theater, and film.

The Mysterious Island PDF Book By Jules Verne

The Mysterious Island

  • Author: Jules Verne
  • ISBN Code: : 1627930388
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Page : 418 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 920 Readers
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The Mysterious Island tells the exciting story of five Americans stranded on an uncharted island in the South Pacific. During the American Civil War, Richmond, Virginia was the capital of the Confederate States of America. Five northern prisoners of war decide to escape Richmond in a rather unusual way - by hijacking a balloon. After flying in stormy weather for several days, the group crash-lands on a unknown, cliff-bound, volcanic island. Ultimately, Captain Nemo plays an important role in the resolution of this novel.

Opening the Great Depths PDF Book By Norman Polmar,Lee J. Mathers

Opening the Great Depths

  • Author: Norman Polmar,Lee J. Mathers
  • ISBN Code: : 1682475921
  • Publisher : Naval Institute Press
  • Page : 304 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 916 Readers
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“We were certainly pioneers as the Trieste was one of only two such vehicles in the world—the French Navy’s bathyscaphe FNRS-3 was the other. It meant that we had to ‘write the book’ about deep submergence operations in terms of technique and technologies. We learned by doing and by failures, although very few of the latter were serious. For example, if we needed a piece of equipment we would have to design it and make it. There were no commercial vendors who catered to deep submergence technology requirements. The market was far too small.”​—From the foreword by Capt. Don Walsh, USN (Ret.), PhD, U.S. Navy Submersible Pilot No. 1​ Developed by French physicist Auguste Piccard and his son Jacques, the bathyscaph Trieste was a scientific marvel that allowed unprecedented scientific, technical, and military feats in the ocean depths. France and the United States both acquired and subsequently developed variants of the original bathyscaph. While both France and the United States employed​​the bathyscaph as a tool for scientific investigation of the deepest ocean depths, the U.S. Navy developed and employed the Trieste for military missions as well.​From its earliest years, participants in the Trieste program realized that they were making history, blazing a trail into previously unexplored and unexploited depths, developing new capabilities and opening a new frontier. Comparisons with developments in space and the space-race between the United States and the Soviet Union often were​made​ concerning the Trieste program and contemporary developments in undersea technologies and capabilities.​ The Trieste opened the entire oceans to exploration, exploitation, and operations. The bathyscaph was a first-generation system, a “Model-T” that spawned an entirely new industry and encouraged new concepts for deep-ocean naval operations. Advances in deep-sea technologies lacked the “gee-whiz” factor of the concurrent space​race, but were highly significant in the development of new technology, new knowledge, and new military capabilities.​ Opening the Great Depths is the story of the three Trieste​ deep-ocean vehicles, their​ officers and enlisted men, and the civilians, often told in their own words, documenting for the first time the earliest years of humanity's probing into Earth's final frontier.​

Science Fiction Literature through History: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes] PDF Book By Gary Westfahl

Science Fiction Literature through History: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes]

  • Author: Gary Westfahl
  • ISBN Code: : 1440866171
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Page : 766 pages
  • Genre : Literary Criticism
  • Reviews : 449 Readers
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This book provides high school and undergraduate students, and other interested readers, with a comprehensive survey of science fiction history and numerous essays addressing major science fiction topics, authors, works, and subgenres written by a distinguished scholar. This encyclopedia deals with written science fiction in all of its forms, not only novels and short stories but also mediums often ignored in other reference books, such as plays, poems, comic books, and graphic novels. Some science fiction films, television programs, and video games are also mentioned, particularly when they are relevant to written texts. Its focus is on science fiction in the English language, though due attention is given to international authors whose works have been frequently translated into English. Since science fiction became a recognized genre and greatly expanded in the 20th century, works published in the 20th and 21st centuries are most frequently discussed, though important earlier works are not neglected. The texts are designed to be helpful to numerous readers, ranging from students first encountering science fiction to experienced scholars in the field. Provides readers with information about written science fiction in all its forms—novels, stories, plays, poems, comic books, and graphic novels Includes original interviews with major writers like Ted Chiang, Samuel R. Delany, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Connie Willis that are not available elsewhere Features numerous sidebars with additional data about various subjects and key passages from several classic works Includes hundreds of bibliographies of sources that provide additional information on various specific topics and the genre of science fiction as a whole

Off on a Comet PDF Book By Jules Verne

Off on a Comet

  • Author: Jules Verne
  • ISBN Code: : N.a
  • Publisher : Prabhat Prakashan
  • Page : pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 561 Readers
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Off on a Comet is an 1877 science fiction novel by Jules Verne.

March To Nicaea PDF Book By Tom Vetter

March To Nicaea

  • Author: Tom Vetter
  • ISBN Code: : 1941160271
  • Publisher : eBook Partnership
  • Page : 396 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 153 Readers
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Some Things ARE Worth Dying For...In AD 1095 Byzantine Emperor Alexios Komnenos begs Pope Urban II for Frankish knights to rescue the last bit of his Christian empire from a relentless Islamic invasion already 400 years old. In answer, Urban issues a call to the faithful to save Christendom. Many thousands respond, and their campaign to recover Jerusalem will be known to history as the First Crusade.Scottish Baron Godric MacEuan joins their ranks, and he is sorely needed. A decade earlier he scouted the Holy Land. Now he is highly-sought as a siege master. But Europe's castles are wooden, easily defeated by fire and battering rams. Holy Land cities are fortresses of stone, and the Crusaders have nothing that can conquer them.But Godric brings them tools they need most: expertise to defeat the toughest obstacles; the most powerful siege machine ever developed; and unshakable faith that God wills their victory.Nicaea blocks the road to Jerusalem. It must be taken. The time has come to March to Nicaea."e;Deus lo vult! God wills it!"e; The book is fiction ... but the story is true.

Siege Master's Song PDF Book By Tom Vetter

Siege Master's Song

  • Author: Tom Vetter
  • ISBN Code: : 1941160220
  • Publisher : eBook Partnership
  • Page : 384 pages
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reviews : 738 Readers
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The Siege Master's Song:The Recollections of Lord Godric MacEuan on the First Crusade, Volume Twoby Tom VetterWhen justice is denied, vengeance will do.I am Baron Godric MacEuan. As sheriff-at-large for Scotland, I rode the entire kingdom for King Malcolm Canmore, dealing with the worst of men to protect the innocent and enforce the king's law.Now, I am young, and often underestimated because of it. But that is a serious mistake, for I have a talent for destruction. And not even your castle can save you, for I destroy castles, too.Yet when good King Malcolm was treacherously slain, I could not save him, nor bring his killer to trial ... because his murderer was King William Rufus of England.Punish a king? You cannot. But you can take vengeance.So King Rufus rules England, and thinks himself safe to act as he likes because he wears its crown.But no man is truly safe from another set upon vengeance. Even a king. Especially from a man with my skills.------------------------------------------------------------SECOND VOLUME IN THE SIEGE MASTER SERIES, THE EPIC STORY OF THE FIRST CRUSADE TOLD AS NEVER BEFORE: AS THE FIRST-HAND RECOLLECTIONS OF A SCOTTISH KNIGHT WHO BATTLES TURKS, TURNCOATS, STARVATION, AND DEATH ITSELF TO WIN A CRUSADE AND RECOVER HOLY JERUSALEM. 384 pages. Release December 2016.

Miracle in the Andes PDF Book By Nando Parrado

Miracle in the Andes

  • Author: Nando Parrado
  • ISBN Code: : 0307347028
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Page : 304 pages
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reviews : 922 Readers
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A harrowing, moving memoir of the 1972 plane crash that left its survivors stranded on a glacier in the Andes—and one man’s quest to lead them all home—now in a special edition for 2022, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the crash, featuring a new introduction by the author “In straightforward, staggeringly honest prose, Nando Parrado tells us what it took—and what it actually felt like—to survive high in the Andes for seventy-two days after having been given up for dead.”—Jon Krakauer, author of Into the Wild “In the first hours there was nothing, no fear or sadness, just a black and perfect silence.” Nando Parrado was unconscious for three days before he woke to discover that the plane carrying his rugby team to Chile had crashed deep in the Andes, killing many of his teammates, his mother, and his sister. Stranded with the few remaining survivors on a lifeless glacier and thinking constantly of his father’s grief, Parrado resolved that he could not simply wait to die. So Parrado, an ordinary young man with no particular disposition for leadership or heroism, led an expedition up the treacherous slopes of a snowcapped mountain and across forty-five miles of frozen wilderness in an attempt to save his friends’ lives as well as his own. Decades after the disaster, Parrado tells his story with remarkable candor and depth of feeling. Miracle in the Andes, a first-person account of the crash and its aftermath, is more than a riveting tale of true-life adventure; it is a revealing look at life at the edge of death and a meditation on the limitless redemptive power of love.

The Underwater Eye PDF Book By Margaret Cohen

The Underwater Eye

  • Author: Margaret Cohen
  • ISBN Code: : 0691225524
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Page : 344 pages
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Reviews : 312 Readers
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A rich history of underwater filmmaking and how it has profoundly influenced the aesthetics of movies and public perception of the oceans In The Underwater Eye, Margaret Cohen tells the fascinating story of how the development of modern diving equipment and movie camera technology has allowed documentary and narrative filmmakers to take human vision into the depths, creating new imagery of the seas and the underwater realm, and expanding the scope of popular imagination. Innovating on the most challenging film set on earth, filmmakers have tapped the emotional power of the underwater environment to forge new visions of horror, tragedy, adventure, beauty, and surrealism, entertaining the public and shaping its perception of ocean reality. Examining works by filmmakers ranging from J. E. Williamson, inventor of the first undersea film technology in 1914, to Wes Anderson, who filmed the underwater scenes of his 2004 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou entirely in a pool, The Underwater Eye traces how the radically alien qualities of underwater optics have shaped liquid fantasies for more than a century. Richly illustrated, the book explores documentaries by Jacques Cousteau, Louis Malle, and Hans Hass, art films by Man Ray and Jean Vigo, and popular movies and television shows such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Sea Hunt, the Bond films, Jaws, The Abyss, and Titanic. In exploring the cultural impact of underwater filmmaking, the book also asks compelling questions about the role film plays in engaging the public with the remote ocean, a frontline of climate change.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Retold For Kids (Beginner Reader Classics) PDF Book By Max James,Jules Vernes

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Retold For Kids (Beginner Reader Classics)

  • Author: Max James,Jules Vernes
  • ISBN Code: : 1629170038
  • Publisher : KidLit-O Press
  • Page : 90 pages
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Reviews : 826 Readers
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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is one of the most thrilling books ever wrote…but it’s also difficult for some younger readers. This book takes the classic novels and retells it for modern readers as a beginning reader chapter book! The story tells of the adventures of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus in a way that beginning readers can understand. KidLit-O’s newest series helps introduce younger readers to classic works of literature by retelling them as beginning reader chapter books.

Call to Crusade PDF Book By Tom Vetter

Call to Crusade

  • Author: Tom Vetter
  • ISBN Code: : 1941160018
  • Publisher : eBook Partnership
  • Page : 497 pages
  • Genre :
  • Reviews : 403 Readers
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Call to Crusade begins a four-book saga of Godric MacEuan, Scottish knight and siege lord of the First Crusade. At Godric's side, readers relive the glory and horror of that epic conflict of religions and cultures that still overshadows our world a thousand years later. "e;Deus lo volt! God wills it!"e; The book is fiction, but the story is true.

The Underwater Eye PDF Book By Margaret Cohen

The Underwater Eye

  • Author: Margaret Cohen
  • ISBN Code: : 0691225524
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Page : 344 pages
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Reviews : 183 Readers
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A rich history of underwater filmmaking and how it has profoundly influenced the aesthetics of movies and public perception of the oceans In The Underwater Eye, Margaret Cohen tells the fascinating story of how the development of modern diving equipment and movie camera technology has allowed documentary and narrative filmmakers to take human vision into the depths, creating new imagery of the seas and the underwater realm, and expanding the scope of popular imagination. Innovating on the most challenging film set on earth, filmmakers have tapped the emotional power of the underwater environment to forge new visions of horror, tragedy, adventure, beauty, and surrealism, entertaining the public and shaping its perception of ocean reality. Examining works by filmmakers ranging from J. E. Williamson, inventor of the first undersea film technology in 1914, to Wes Anderson, who filmed the underwater scenes of his 2004 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou entirely in a pool, The Underwater Eye traces how the radically alien qualities of underwater optics have shaped liquid fantasies for more than a century. Richly illustrated, the book explores documentaries by Jacques Cousteau, Louis Malle, and Hans Hass, art films by Man Ray and Jean Vigo, and popular movies and television shows such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Sea Hunt, the Bond films, Jaws, The Abyss, and Titanic. In exploring the cultural impact of underwater filmmaking, the book also asks compelling questions about the role film plays in engaging the public with the remote ocean, a frontline of climate change.

The Aesthetics of the Undersea PDF Book By Margaret Cohen,Killian Quigley

The Aesthetics of the Undersea

  • Author: Margaret Cohen,Killian Quigley
  • ISBN Code: : 0429814372
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Page : 236 pages
  • Genre : Literary Criticism
  • Reviews : 403 Readers
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Among global environments, the undersea is unique in the challenges it poses – and the opportunities it affords – for sensation, perception, inquiry, and fantasy. The Aesthetics of the Undersea draws case studies in such potencies from the subaqueous imaginings of Western culture, and from the undersea realities that have inspired them. The chapters explore aesthetic engagements with underwater worlds, and sustain a concern with submarine "sense," in several meanings of that word: when submerged, faculties and fantasies transform, confronting human subjects with their limitations while enlarging the apparent scope of possibility and invention. Terrestrially-established categories and contours shift, metamorphose, or fail altogether to apply. As ocean health acquires an increasing share of the global environmental imaginary, the histories of submarine sense manifest ever-greater importance, and offer resources for documentation as well as creativity. The chapters deal with the sensory, material, and formal provocations of the underwater environment, and consider the consequences of such provocations for aesthetic and epistemological paradigms. Contributors, who hail from the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, include scholars of literature, art, new media, music and history. Cases studies range from baroque and rococo fantasies to the gothic, surrealism, modernism, and contemporary installation art. By juxtaposing early modern and Enlightenment contexts with matters of more recent – and indeed contemporary – importance, The Aesthetics of the Undersea establishes crucial relations among temporally remote entities, which will resonate across the environmental humanities.

Arabella Grimsbro Twenty Thousand Leagues Below PDF Book By Matt Youngmark

Arabella Grimsbro Twenty Thousand Leagues Below

  • Author: Matt Youngmark
  • ISBN Code: : N.a
  • Publisher : Atherton Haight
  • Page : 139 pages
  • Genre : Young Adult Fiction
  • Reviews : 170 Readers
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Voyage of the @%*&! damned Arabella Grimsbro is a 15-year-old girl with a foul mouth and an attitude to match. When she walks into a cheesy mall store promising virtual reality tours of public domain classics, the last thing she expects is to find herself trapped in an entire series of them. Oz was awful, Barsoom was somehow worse, but now she's locked in a submarine with a psychopathic sea captain and beginning to abandon all hope of ever returning home. So when she receives a secret message from someone from the outside, she has a choice to make: Sit back and enjoy a narrative that includes regular meals and an actual bed? Or push the boundaries to search for answers and risk winding up in a watery grave? --- PLEASE NOTE --- This book has cursing, and lot's of it. Plot-wise, it's perfectly suitable for teens, but if harsh language is not your cup of tea, Arabella Grimsbro won't be either.

Ecocinema Theory and Practice PDF Book By Stephen Rust,Salma Monani,Sean Cubitt

Ecocinema Theory and Practice

  • Author: Stephen Rust,Salma Monani,Sean Cubitt
  • ISBN Code: : 1136256342
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Page : 344 pages
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Reviews : 191 Readers
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Ecocinema Theory and Practice is the first collection of its kind—an anthology that offers a comprehensive introduction to the rapidly growing field of eco-film criticism, a branch of critical scholarship that investigates cinema’s intersections with environmental understandings. It references seminal readings through cutting edge research and is designed as an introduction to the field as well as a sourcebook. It defines ecocinema studies, sketches its development over the past twenty years, provides theoretical frameworks for moving forward, and presents eloquent examples of the practice of eco-film criticism through essays written by the field’s leading and emerging scholars. From explicitly environmental films such as Werner Herzong's Grizzly Man and Roland Emmerich's The Day After Tomorrow to less obvious examples like Errol Morris's Fast, Cheap & Out of Control and Christopher Nolan's Inception, the pieces in this collection comprehensively interrogate the breadth of ecocinema. Ecocinema Theory and Practice also directs readers to further study through lists of recommended readings, professional organizations, and relevant periodicals.

The Science of James Bond PDF Book By Mark Brake

The Science of James Bond

  • Author: Mark Brake
  • ISBN Code: : 1510743804
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Page : 232 pages
  • Genre : Science
  • Reviews : 424 Readers
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Spy-Fi Culture with a License to KillFrom Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, James Bond is the highest-grossing movie franchise of all time. Out-grossing Star Wars, Harry Potter, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the world’s most iconic and international secret agent has a shelf life of almost six decades, from Dr. No to Spectre. As nuclear missile threats are replaced by a series of subtler threats in a globalized and digital world, Bond is with us still.In The Science of James Bond, we recognize the Bond franchise as a unique genre: spy-fi. A genre of film and fiction that fuses spy fiction with science fiction. We look at Bond’s obsessions with super-villains, the future, and world domination or destruction. And we take a peek under the hood of trends in science and tech, often in the form of gadgets and spy devices in chapters such as:Goldfinger: Man Has Achieved Miracles in All Fields but Crime!You Only Live Twice: The Race to Conquer SpaceLive and Let Die: Full Throttle: Bond and the CarSkyfall: The Science of CyberterrorismAnd more!This is the only James Bond companion that looks at the film and fiction in such a spy-fi way, taking in weapon wizards, the chemistry of death, threads of nuclear paranoia, and Bond baddies’ obsession with the master race!

Coral Empire PDF Book By Ann Elias

Coral Empire

  • Author: Ann Elias
  • ISBN Code: : 1478004460
  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Page : 296 pages
  • Genre : Photography
  • Reviews : 505 Readers
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From vividly colored underwater photographs of Australia's Great Barrier Reef to life-size dioramas re-creating coral reefs and the bounty of life they sustained, the work of early twentieth-century explorers and photographers fed the public's fascination with reefs. In the 1920s John Ernest Williamson in the Bahamas and Frank Hurley in Australia produced mass-circulated and often highly staged photographs and films that cast corals as industrious, colonizing creatures, and the undersea as a virgin, unexplored, and fantastical territory. In Coral Empire Ann Elias traces the visual and social history of Williamson and Hurley and how their modern media spectacles yoked the tropics and coral reefs to colonialism, racism, and the human domination of nature. Using the labor and knowledge of indigenous peoples while exoticizing and racializing them as inferior Others, Williamson and Hurley sustained colonial fantasies about people of color and the environment as endless resources to be plundered. As Elias demonstrates, their reckless treatment of the sea prefigured attitudes that caused the environmental crises that the oceans and reefs now face.

The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame: PDF Book By Daniel H. Wilson,Anna C. Long,Illustrated by Daniel Heard

The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame:

  • Author: Daniel H. Wilson,Anna C. Long,Illustrated by Daniel Heard
  • ISBN Code: : 0806535644
  • Publisher : Kensington Publishing Corp.
  • Page : 224 pages
  • Genre : Humor
  • Reviews : 564 Readers
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Muwahahahaha! Dr. Frankenstein. Marie Curie. Dr. Moreau. Captain Nemo. They're the most fascinating minds of all time--and now a science guru has teamed up with an expert in human psychology to coax them out of their laboratories and onto the analyst's couch. Real and fictional, famous and infamous, crazy and just crazily driven, these brilliant men and women exhibit a list of neuroses almost as impressive as their extraordinary accomplishments. At last, you can explore their early fixations, their ambitions, their successes and failures, and the particular quirks that have granted each induction into the Mad Scientist Hall of Fame, including: • Dr. Evil: Megalomaniacal doctor with antisocial personality disorder (and pathological dislike of his own son, Scotty) • Nikola Tesla: Real-life mad scientist with obsessive compulsive disorder (and he talked to aliens) • Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde: Brilliant doctor gone bad, suffering from multiple personality disorder (and a penchant for strong chemical cocktails) • Lex Luthor: Villain and supergenius with manic mood disorder (and premature baldness) Witty, illuminating, and thoroughly entertaining, this one-of-a-kind book offers irrefutable proof that success, super-intelligence, and a mantelpiece full of Nobel prizes is no guarantee of sanity. Praise for Daniel H. Wilson "Daniel H. Wilson and Anna C. Long have made an exhaustive study of the evil mind. It is complete, pulls no punches, and reveals secrets that have hitherto remained hidden. It is for these reasons that I must liquidate them. Great book!" --Mike Myers, aka Dr. Evil from Austin Powers "Forget about John Connor--it's Daniel H. Wilson who is going to save us from the Terminators." --Forbes on How to Survive a Robot Uprising "A tribute to the far-fetched ideas that often drive progress." --Erik Sofge, Popular Mechanics, for Where's My Jetpack?

Robert Emmet PDF Book By Patrick M. Geoghegan

Robert Emmet

  • Author: Patrick M. Geoghegan
  • ISBN Code: : 0773571051
  • Publisher : McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
  • Page : 368 pages
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reviews : 811 Readers
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Patrick Geoghegan re-examines the facts of Emmet's life and draws on new material from archives in Britain, France, the United States, and Ireland to show how Emmet's plans for rebellion, although undermined by internal disagreements, were much more ingenious than previously believed.

Going Deep: John Philip Holland and the Invention of the Attack Submarine PDF Book By Lawrence Goldstone

Going Deep: John Philip Holland and the Invention of the Attack Submarine

  • Author: Lawrence Goldstone
  • ISBN Code: : 1681774844
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Page : 352 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 328 Readers
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The controversial history of the attack submarine—and the story of its colorful creator, John Philip Holland—that reveals how this imaginative invention changed the face of modern warfare. From Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to The Hunt for Red October, readers the world over have demonstrated an enduring fascination with travel under the sea. Yet the riveting story behind the invention of the submarine—an epic saga of genius, persistence, ruthlessness, and deceit—is almost completely unknown. Like Henry Ford and the Wright brothers, John Philip Holland was completely self-taught, a brilliant man raised in humble circumstances, earning his living as a schoolteacher and choirmaster. But all the while he was obsessed with creating a machine that could successfully cruise beneath the waves. His struggle to unlock the mystery behind controlled undersea navigation would take three decades, during which he endured skepticism, disappointment, and betrayal. But his indestructible belief in himself and his ideas led him to finally succeed where so many others had failed. Going Deep is a vivid chronicle of the fierce battles not only under the water, but also in the back rooms of Wall Street and the committee rooms of Congress. A rousing adventure—surrounded by an atmosphere of corruption and greed—at its heart this a story of bravery, passion, and the unbreakable determination to succeed against long odds.

Count Not the Dead PDF Book By Michael L. Hadley

Count Not the Dead

  • Author: Michael L. Hadley
  • ISBN Code: : 0773565264
  • Publisher : McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
  • Page : 296 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 661 Readers
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Basing his study on some two-hundred-and-fifty German novels, memoirs, fictionalized histories, and films (including Das Boot), Michael Hadley examines the popular image of the German submarine and weighs the values, purposes, and perceptions of German writers and film makers. He considers the idea of the submarine as a war-winning weapon and the exploits of the "band of brothers" who made up the U-boat crews. He also describes the perceptions of the German public about the role of the U-boat in the war effort and the hopes that it carried for victory in two world wars against the Allied forces. Analysed in context, the U-boat emerges as a central factor and metaphor in Germany's ongoing struggle with its political and military past. In Count Not the Dead Hadley explores the complex relationships between political reality and cultural myth, and draws important conclusions about the way in which Germans have interpreted their past and how present concerns change these views.

Movies, Modernism, and the Science Fiction Pulps PDF Book By J. P. Telotte

Movies, Modernism, and the Science Fiction Pulps

  • Author: J. P. Telotte
  • ISBN Code: : 0190949686
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Page : 208 pages
  • Genre : Performing Arts
  • Reviews : 812 Readers
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What impact did the new art of film have on the development of another new art, the emerging science fiction genre, during the pre- and early post-World War II era? Focusing on such popular pulp magazines as Amazing Stories, Astounding Stories, and Wonder Stories, this book traces this early relationship between film and literature through four common features: stories that involve film or the film industry; film-related advertising; editorial matters and readers' letters commenting on film; and the magazines' heralded cover and story illustrations. By surveying these haunting traces of another medium in early science fiction discourse, we can begin to see the key role that a cinematic mindedness played in this formative era and to expand the early history of science fiction as a cultural idea beyond the usual boundaries that have been staked out by its literary manifestations and the genre's historians.

Indie Horrors! The Not-To-Be-Missed, The Acceptable, and The Forgettable PDF Book By Barry Atkinson

Indie Horrors! The Not-To-Be-Missed, The Acceptable, and The Forgettable

  • Author: Barry Atkinson
  • ISBN Code: : N.a
  • Publisher : Midnight Marquee & BearManor Media
  • Page : pages
  • Genre : Performing Arts
  • Reviews : 678 Readers
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Welcome to the wonderful world of the independent, cut-price horror, science fiction and fantasy movie. Movies where most of the aliens are, well, for want of a better word, Alien rip-offs; where the leading men and women display all the emotions of cardboard cut-outs; where decent music is more or less non-existent; where direction veers from the truly sublime to the utterly ridiculous; where plots are ruthlessly plagiarized from other, more high-profile productions; where special effects aren’t all that special; where the level of gore has to be seen to be believed; where the hero is good-looking but wooden and the heroine a blonde/brunette bimbo; where the dialogue is stilted and shored up with stock phrases; and where the cheapo ethics immortalized by Edward D. Wood, Jr., Jerry Warren and their ilk are still being kept alive and well by courtesy of Nu Image, Asylum, American World Pictures, North American Pictures, RHI Entertainment, UFO, Castel Film Romania, Cinetel Films, PM Entertainment and a host of other small film companies specializing in low-budget fare. But before we all pronounce sentence, start to sneer, utter hoots of derision and sweep this lot under the carpet, let’s pause for a second and take stock of these fascinatingly guilty delights alongside top-rate (but still classed as independent) movies.

Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts PDF Book By Robert D. Kaplan

Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts

  • Author: Robert D. Kaplan
  • ISBN Code: : 0307472698
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Page : 448 pages
  • Genre : History
  • Reviews : 946 Readers
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In Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts, acclaimed journalist Robert D. Kaplan continues his exploration of the American military's challenging and varied commitments around the world. From protecting sea lanes, to providing disaster relief, to preparing for potential military confrontation with North Korea and Iran, Kaplan describes the astonishing, vital, and often unacknowledged operations regularly performed by American military personnel in the air, at sea, and on the ground. Vivid and illuminating, this book takes us deep into the highly technical and exotic cultures of the armed forces, telling soldiers' stories from the perspective of the troops on the ground.

Interplay of Creativity and Giftedness in Science PDF Book By Melissa K. Demetrikopoulos,John L. Pecore

Interplay of Creativity and Giftedness in Science

  • Author: Melissa K. Demetrikopoulos,John L. Pecore
  • ISBN Code: : 9463001638
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Page : 398 pages
  • Genre : Education
  • Reviews : 324 Readers
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This book explores education for juvenile offenders in relation to Passages Academy, which is both similar to and representative of many school programs in juvenile correctional facilities. Examining the mission and population of this school contributes to an understanding of the ways in which the teachers think about and ultimately act with respect to their detained juveniles students, and particularly illustrates how the tension between punishment and rehabilitation is played out in school policies and design. By calling attention to the decisions that surround juvenile detention education, the extant research concentrates on three main areas: first, the social, political, and pedagogical forces that determine who enters the juvenile justice systems; second, how these court-involved youths are educated while they are in the system; and third, the practical problems and the social justice issues youths encountered when transitioning back to their community schools. “I Hope I Don’t See You Tomorrow is both heartwarming and heartbreaking: its vast empathy for the students that L. A. Gabay teaches is edifying, while its unsparing examination of the forces that push youth into detention is soul shearing. Gabay is at once Tocqueville and Kozol: he brilliantly guides us through the educational territory that is foreign to most of us, even as he paints a searing portrait of teachers who shape lesson plans for students who must learn under impossible conditions. Gabay’s haunting and eloquent missive from the front lines of pain and possibility couldn’t be more timely as the nation’s first black president seeks to lessen the stigma of nonviolent ex-offenders in our society. Gabay’s book confronts the criminal justice system at its institutional roots: in the economic misery and racial strife of schooling that compounds the suffering of poor youth as they are contained by a state that often only pays attention to them when they are (in) trouble. Gabay opens eyes and vexes minds with this stirring and sober account of what it means to teach those whom society has deemed utterly expendable.” – Michael Eric Dyson, author of The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America As a beneficiary of Lee Gabay and his colleague’s patience, discipline, and compassionate teaching at the school, this timely book beautifully decrypts the pedagogical framework within the juvenile justice system. As America comes to term with its zeal for incarceration, policymakers, educators, government officials, parents and advocates should take advantage of this carefully written book and use it as reflection and pause as we prepare our young court-involved students towards adulthood.” – Jim St. Germain, Advisory counsel on President Obama’s Taskforce on Police & Community Relations and Mayor Bloomberg’s Close to Home initiative

The Superhero Book PDF Book By Gina Misiroglu

The Superhero Book

  • Author: Gina Misiroglu
  • ISBN Code: : 1578593972
  • Publisher : Visible Ink Press
  • Page : 480 pages
  • Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Reviews : 755 Readers
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Appealing to the casual comic book reader as well as the hardcore graphic novel fan, this ultimate AtoZ compendium describes everyone’s favorite participants in the eternal battle between good and evil. With nearly 200 entries examining more than 1,000 heroes, icons and their place in popular culture, it is the first comprehensive profile of superheroes across all media, following their path from comic book stardom to radio, television, movies, and novels. The best-loved and most historically significant superheroes—mainstream and counterculture, famous and forgotten, best and worst—are presented with numerous full-color illustrations, including dozens of classic comic covers. Each significant era of the superhero is explored—from the Golden Age of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s through the Modern Age—providing a unique perspective of the role of the hero over the course of the 20th century and beyond. This latest edition has been revised to reflect updates on existing characters, coverage of new characters, and recent films and media trends in the last several years.

Defying Limits PDF Book By Dave Williams

Defying Limits

  • Author: Dave Williams
  • ISBN Code: : 1501160966
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Page : 240 pages
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reviews : 478 Readers
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An inspirational, uplifting, and life-affirming memoir about passion, resilience and living life to the fullest, from Dr. Dave Williams, one of Canada’s most accomplished astronauts. I had dreamt about becoming an astronaut from the time I watched Alan Shepard launch on the first American sub-orbital flight on May 5, 1961. Eleven days before my seventh birthday, I committed to a new goal: one day, I would fly in outer space. Dr. Dave has led the sort of life that most people only dream of. He has set records for spacewalking. He has lived undersea for weeks at a time. He has saved lives as an emergency doctor, launched into the stratosphere twice, and performed surgery in zero gravity. But if you ask him how he became so accomplished, he’ll say: “I’m just a curious kid from Saskatchewan.” Curious indeed. Dr. Dave never lost his desire to explore nor his fascination with the world. Whether he was exploring the woods behind his childhood home or floating in space at the end of the Canadarm, Dave tried to see every moment of his life as filled with beauty and meaning. He learned to scuba dive at only twelve years old, became a doctor despite academic struggles as an undergraduate, and overcame stiff odds and fierce competition to join the ranks of the astronauts he had idolized as a child. There were setbacks and challenges along the way—the loss of friends in the Columbia disaster, a cancer diagnosis that nearly prevented him from returning to space—but through it all, Dave never lost sight of his goal. And when he finally had the chance to fly among the stars, he came to realize that although the destination can be spectacular, it’s the journey that truly matters. In Defying Limits, Dave shares the events that have defined his life, showing us that whether we’re gravity-defying astronauts or earth-bound terrestrials, we can all live an infinite, fulfilled life by relishing the value and importance of each moment. The greatest fear that we all face is not the fear of dying, but the fear of never having lived. Each of us is greater than we believe. And, together, we can exceed our limits to soar farther and higher than we ever imagined.

Nature's Saviours PDF Book By Graham Huggan

Nature's Saviours

  • Author: Graham Huggan
  • ISBN Code: : 1136337601
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Page : 248 pages
  • Genre : Nature
  • Reviews : 726 Readers
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Today's celebrity conservationists, many of whom made their reputations through television and other visual media, play a major role in drawing public attention to an increasingly threatened world. This book, one of the first to address this contribution, focuses on five key figures: the English naturalist David Attenborough, the French marine adventurer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the American primatologist Dian Fossey, the Canadian scientist-broadcaster-activist David Suzuki, and the Australian 'crocodile hunter' Steve Irwin. Some of the issues the author addresses include: What is the changing relationship between western conservation and celebrity? How has the spread of television helped shape and mediate this relationship? To what extent can celebrity conservation be seen as part of a global system in which conservation, like celebrity, is big business? The book critically examines the heroic status accorded to the five figures mentioned above, taking in the various discourses – around nature, science, nation, gender – through which they and their work have been presented to us. In doing so, it fills in the cultural, historical and ideological background behind contemporary celebrity conservationism as a popular expression of a chronically endangered world.