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You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves
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You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves
Bray, Hiawatha
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The story of the rise of modern navigation technology, from radio location to GPS-and the consequent decline of privacy.What does it mean to never get lost? You Are Here examines the rise of our technologically aided era of navigational omniscience-or how we came to know exactly where we are at all times. In a sweeping history of the development of location technology in the past century, Bray shows how radio signals created to carry telegraph messages were transformed into invisible beacons to guide ships and how a set of rapidly-spinning wheels steered submarines beneath the polar ice cap. But while most of these technologies were developed for and by the military, they are now ubiquitous in our everyday lives. Our phones are now smart enough to pinpoint our presence to within a few feet-and nosy enough to share that information with governments and corporations. Filled with tales of scientists and astronauts, inventors and entrepreneurs, You Are Here tells the story of how humankind ingeniously solved one of its oldest and toughest problems-only to herald a new era in which it's impossible to hide.


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Willoughbyland: England's Lost Colony
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Willoughbyland: England's Lost Colony
Parker, Matthew
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At the beginning of the 1650s, wrecked by plague and civil war, England was in ruins. Yet shimmering on the horizon was a vision of paradise called Willoughbyland.When Sir Walter Raleigh set out to South America to find the legendary city of El Dorado, he paved the way for an endless series of adventurers who would struggle against the harsh reality of South America’s wild jungles. Six decades later, when a group of English gentlemen expelled from England chose to establish a new colony there, they named the settlement in honor of its founder—Sir Francis Willoughby. Located in the lush landscape between the Amazon and Orinoco rivers, in what is now Suriname, Willougbyland experienced one of colonialism’s most spectacular rises. But as planters and traders followed explorers, and mercenaries and soldiers followed political dissidents, the one-time paradise became a place of terror and cruelty, of sugar and slavery. A microcosm of the history of empire, this is the hitherto untold story of that fateful colony.


Blood Brothers: The Story of the Strange Friendship Between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill
Stillman, Deanne
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Blood Brothers is the little-known story of the friendship between two American icons - Buffalo Bill Cody and Sitting Bull. For four months in 1885 the Lakota chief appeared in Cody's popular Wild West show. Even before the Indian wars had ended, Cody was bringing the vanishing frontier to citizens across the land in one of America's earliest reality shows.Deanne Stillman has unearthed little-known details about the two men. Their alliance was eased by none other than Annie Oakley, whose trick shooting captivated Sitting Bull. A timeless tale like no other, Blood Brothers is a story of how two men from vastly different cultures crossed barriers to form a strange partnership.


The Raftsmen
Barnett, Ryan
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A dramatic and thrilling portrait of a long-forgotten true adventure and astounding seafaring achievement.In The Raftsmen, author and documentary filmmaker Ryan Barnett takes readers on an astonishing maritime adventure set in the aftermath of World War II.For four French expatriates who escaped the clutches of the Nazi regime to find asylum in Canada, adventure was to be the antidote to depression brought on by the cruelty of war. In 1956, armed with nothing but the flannel on their backs, a small stock of food, and some crude navigation and communication equipment, the quartet set sail from Halifax.Their goal: to become the first crew to cross the Atlantic by raft. Fashioned from telephone poles and built entirely by hand, the raft they called L'Egare II would be their home for 88 harrowing days as they crossed the North Atlantic from Canada to Britain. And they made it!In The Raftsmen, Barnett and comic illustrator Dmitry Bondarenko explore the adventure-fueled men aboard the L'Egare II, and the complex emotional undercurrents that led to their daredevil voyage.Original archival photography and film stills taken by the crew aboard the raft, along with news reports and contemporary interviews with still-living members and other key players, round out the re-telling of this amazing journey.Sixty years after they set sail, the epic story of the raftsmen's historic Atlantic crossing is brought to life for the first time.


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The Map Tour: A History of Tourism Told Through Rare Maps, From the Grand Tour to Globalization
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The Map Tour: A History of Tourism Told Through Rare Maps, From the Grand Tour to Globalization
Thomson, Hugh
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South: The Race to the Pole
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South: The Race to the Pole
Van Der Merwe, Pieter
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The late 1890s saw the start of a "heroic age" in polar exploration. This book tells the story of three men who were to embody the spirit of the time--driven by courage, determination and ambition, to be the first to discover the South Pole: Robert Falcon Scott, Roald Amundsen and Ernest Shackleton.South: The Race to the Pole describes the extraordinary challenges faced and hardships endured in their attempts.Illustrated throughout, the book contains a map depicting the routes of the various expeditions, crew lists, a selected bibliography and suggested reading, and recommended websites. This new edition will be thoroughly revised throughout and contain a new introduction to reflect new research and discoveries regarding these expeditions as well as more recent attempts in traveling to the Pole, in addition to containing new images from the Royal Museums Greenwich Collection.


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American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race
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American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race
Brinkley, Douglas
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On May 25, 1961, JFK made an astonishing announcement: his goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. In this engrossing, fast-paced epic, Douglas Brinkley returns to the 1960s to recreate one of the most exciting and ambitious achievements in the history of humankind. American Moonshot brings together the extraordinary political, cultural, and scientific factors that fueled the birth and development of NASA and the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects, which shot the United States to victory in the space race against the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.Drawing on new primary source material and major interviews with many of the surviving figures who were key to America’s success, Brinkley brings this fascinating history to life as never before. American Moonshot is a portrait of the brilliant men and women who made this giant leap possible, the technology that enabled us to propel men beyond earth’s orbit to the moon and return them safely, and the geopolitical tensions that spurred Kennedy to commit himself fully to this audacious dream. Brinkley’s ensemble cast of New Frontier characters include rocketeer Wernher von Braun, astronaut John Glenn and space booster Lyndon Johnson.A vivid and enthralling chronicle of one of the most thrilling, hopeful, and turbulent eras in the nation’s history, American Moonshot is an homage to scientific ingenuity, human curiosity, and the boundless American spirit.


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Erebus
Palin, Michael
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Intrepid voyager, writer and comedian Sir Michael Palin follows the trail of two expeditions made by the Royal Navy's HMS Erebus to opposite ends of the globe, reliving the voyages and investigating the ship itself, lost on the final Franklin expedition and discovered with the help of Inuit knowledge in 2014.


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