Mapping The Oceans

Discovering the World Beneath Our Seas

By Carolyn Fry
Category : Non Fiction / Reference Book
Type : Hard Bound
Pages : 192

"The world's oceans cover more than 70 per cent of the Earth's surface, and yet we know more about the Moon than what mysteries lie beneath their waves. Humans began mapping the oceans centuries ago as they sought to explore new lands and establish trading relationships. More recently, attention has focused on the oceans 'inky depths and shadowy seabeds. Award-winning writer Carolyn Fry explores all these aspects, recounting centuries of maritime exploration - from Captain James Cook to film director James Cameron - and the fascinating discoveries that have helped to map the world. Produced in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum, this book includes a magnificent selection of rare cartography from its archives, including historic sea charts and topographic maps of the ocean floor. Combining remarkable history with pioneering science, Mapping the Oceans gives an account of this most tantalizing of phenomena - the sea."

History Of War

From Ancient Warfare to the Global Conflicts of the 21st Century

By Chris Mcnab
Category : Non Fiction / History
Type : Hard Bound
Pages : 256

"When the remains of 27 skeletons dating back to 8000 BCE were found near Lake Turkana in Kenya, their brutal collective demise appeared to be the earliest verifiable example of warfare. A History of War takes on the story of warfare from its earliest incarnation in prehistoric tribal disputes, through great imperial and global wars, to present-day counter-insurgency and 'hybrid' conflicts. It considers how armies evolved from part-time and seasonal forces to professional standing armies, and later, in the time of global conflict, mass conscription. The technology of war is also covered in detail, including weaponry - from longbows to machine guns, vehicle systems and tactics as well as offensive and defensive strategies. These developments are illustrated with examples of wars through the ages, including early battles such as those at Actium and Marathon, progressing through the great conflicts of the early modern era, including the Wars of the Roses and the Hundred Years War in Europe as well as the impact of great warrior peoples such as the Mongols. It culminates in the two world wars of the 20th century and the many regional wars that have followed and continue into the present time. Beautifully illustrated with art, maps and reportage photographs, A History of War is an accessible and authoritative account of warfare and how it has shaped our world."


An Illustrated History from Ancient Craft to Modern Technology

By Tom Jackson
Category : Non Fiction / Reference Book
Type : Hard Bound
Pages : 144

"100 ACHIEVEMENTS THAT CHANGED HISTORY The thoughts and deeds of great thinkers always make great stories, and here we have one hundred all together. Each story relates a ponderable, a weighty problem that became an invention that changed the world. Knowledge does not arrive fully formed, it requires many minds to puzzle over the evidence, and, step by step, edge ever closer to an answer. This book tracks the history of engineering, where the knowledge revealed by science is put to work to create machines and structures that solve problems, save our time, and change the way we live. The story of engineering is in many ways the story of civilization. It begins in the Stone Age, when we learned to make stone tools, and it continues today as we develop renewable power sources, faster transportation, larger, more efficient buildings, and even create robots to do the jobs that are too dangerous and difficult for us. Along the way engineers have built on what came before, turning the lintel into the arch, the ironclad into the ocean liner, and the glider into the stealth plane Today, engineers work in every sphere, building the tallest structures ever seen, constructing tiny transistors for faster computers, reprogramming living cells, and even creating smart materials engineered with amazing properties. As scientists discover more, engineers can do more, only limited by their imaginations. A 12-page removable timeline embeds the story in historical context"

National Geographic 125 Years

Legendary Photographs, Adventures, and Discoveries That Changed the World

By Mark Jenkins
Category : Non Fiction / Reference Book
Type : Hard Bound
Pages : 384

"The Adventure of a Lifetime: For 125 years, the National Geographic Society has invited readers and viewers along as it explores ""the world and all that is in it."" As this lavish retrospective makes clear, the Geographic's thirst to discover what lies over the next horizon remains unquenched. The goal is simple yet imperative: inspiring people to care about our planet. • 600 iconic photographs • 8-page gatefold: ""125 Unforgettable Moments"" • History-making expeditions, discoveries, and colorful characters • Behind-the-scenes tales. • Current maps, time lines, and fact boxes."

Bold Beautiful And Damned

The World of 1980s Fashion Illustrator Tony Viramontes

By Jean Paul Gaultier
Category : Non Fiction / Fashion
Type : Hard Bound
Pages : 192

"When Tony Viramontes's work appeared in the late 1970s, his hard and direct style of drawing was a marked contrast to the prevailing soft-pastel school of fashion illustration. He scored an immediate success, rapidly acquiring the kind of prestigious editorial commissions normally given to photographers, from Lei, Per Lui in Italy, Vogue in the USA, The Face in Britain, and Le Monde and Le Figaro in France. This beautiful book brings together an extensive collection of his work, featuring striking images of smouldering and smoky-eyed men and women who vibrate with New Wave energy. Viramontes worked with some of the most celebrated names in fashion including Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Chanel, Claude Montana, and Christian Dior. His images, from the portraits of Paloma Picasso and Isabella Rossellini to the album covers he conceived for Arcadia, Donna Summer, and Janet Jackson, perfectly capture the mood of the 1980s club and fashion scene."