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Moon South Carolina author Jim Morekis covers the best of the North and South Carolina coasts, including Beaufort, Wilmington, the Cape Fear Region, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, and the Lowcountry. Morekis offers his inside knowledge on the best beaches, golfing, historic parks, and seaside dining from the Down East to the Grand Strand. Whether you're looking for a coastal weekend getaway or a longer vacation, Moon Coastal Carolinas caters to a range of travel budgets. With unique travel strategies such as "Maritime Legacy" and "The Green Coast: An Environmental Tour", Moon Coastal Carolinas gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Freelance writer and green living advocate Jodi Helmer offers her firsthand experience as a Charlotte local, covering the best of the city-including artsy NoDa, the industrial South End, and the vibrant center of nightlife in Uptown. She also spotlights neighboring "NASCAR Country"-particularly Mooresville, Concord, and Kannapolis-the cities NASCAR fans flock to for race shop tours and a chance to glimpse their favorite drivers. Helmer provides a variety of unique travel strategies, including The Best of Charlotte, Fun and Free: Charlotte on a Budget, and Family-Friendly Charlotte. Complete with expert tips on the best bars, museums, and shopping areas,Moon Charlottegives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Moon Spotlight Savannah and the Georgia Coastis a 145-page compact guide covering historic Savannah and the Golden Isles, including Brunswick and Glynn County, Jekyll Island, St. Simon's Island, Darien and McIntosh County, Cumberland Island, St. Mary's, and the Okefenokee Swamp. Author Jim Morekis offers seasoned advice on must-see attractions, and includes maps with sightseeing highlights so you can make the most of your time. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations on sights, entertainment, shopping, recreations, accommodations, food, and transportation, as well as easy-to-read maps, making navigating these historic areas uncomplicated and enjoyable.
Moon Spotlight Charleston & the South Carolina Lowcountryis a 150-page compact guide covering the hospitable city of Charleston, Beaufort, and the Lowcountry, including Hilton Head Island. Author Jim Morekis offers seasoned advice on must-see attractions, and he includes maps with sightseeing highlights so you can make the most of your time. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations on sights, entertainment, shopping, recreation, accommodations, food, and transportation, as well as helpful maps, making navigating the "Holy City" of Charleston and the Lowcountry uncomplicated and enjoyable. This Spotlight guidebook is excerpted fromMoon Charleston & Savannah.
Moon Spotlight Great Smoky Mountains National Parkis a 90-page compact guide covering the Newfound Gap Road, Cades Cove, Clingmans Dome, and Alum Cave Bluffs Trail. Author Deborah Huso offers her seasoned advice on must-see attractions, and includes maps with sightseeing highlights so you can make the most of your time. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations on entertainment, shopping, recreations, accommodations, food, and transportation, making navigating this popular national park uncomplicated and enjoyable.
Virginia native Deborah Huso offers her firsthand experience and advice on the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, including North Carolina High Country, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the Cherokee Indian Reservation. Huso includes various travel strategies, such as More Than a Drive: Top Hikes Off the BRP and The Three-Day Best of the Smokies. Complete with expert tips on scenic drives, horseback riding, hiking, and camping,Moon Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountainsgives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
"Moon Spotlight Southeast Alaska" is a 144-page compact guide covering Southeast Alaska's highlights, including Ketchikan, Prince of Wales Island, Juneau, Glacier Bay National Park, and Skagway. Author Don Pitcher offers his firsthand advice on what sights are must-sees, and sightseeing highlights maps make planning your time easy. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations on sights, entertainment, shopping, recreation, accommodations, food, and transportation; and helpful maps guide travelers through the best of the region.
"Moon Spotlight Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula" is a 132-page compact guide covering the highlights of Anchorage and the Kenai peninsula, including Chugach State Park, the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Seward, and Homer. Author Don Pitcher offers his firsthand advice on what sights are must-sees, and sightseeing highlights maps make planning your time easy. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations on sights, entertainment, shopping, recreation, accommodations, food, and transportation; and helpful maps guide travelers through the best of the region.
This updated guide makes the great American wilderness accessible, with details on witnessing the Northern Lights, hiking the rugged mountains of the Interior, and fly-fishing on the Kenai Peninsula. Includes a full range of accommodation options, useful maps, and detailed advice on getting around by car, plane, boat, foot, bike, or even dogsled.
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what youreallyneed to know when traveling in Vienna. With this guide, you'll explore elegant Vienna#151;the epicenter of opera, coffee, Art Nouveau, and waltz music. Meander through Habsburg palaces and nibble a Sacher torte in a velvet-lined café. In the evening, catch a classical concert, or sip wine with the locals in a traditionalHeurigergarden. Beyond Vienna, stroll the Baroque street of Salzburg, home to Mozart andThe Sound of Music. For a taste of the Alpine living, head to the snowy peaks and green valleys of Tirol. Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. He'll help you plan where to go and what to see, depending on the length of your trip. You'll get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Portugal. With this guide, you'll explore this relaxed country at the western edge of Europe. Tour Lisbon's cobbled lanes and grand squares, reminders of Portugal's seafaring glory days. Step back into history at the palaces in Sintra and the bone chapel of Évora. Soak up the sun at the Algarve beach of your dreams. When evening comes, enjoy a dinner of fresh seafood stew, and raise a glass of port wine in a toast. Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. He'll help you plan where to go and what to see, depending on the length of your trip. You'll get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what youreallyneed to know when traveling in Budapest. In this guide, you'll find a thorough exploration of Europe's most underrated city. Soak with Hungarians in a thermal bath, sample paprika at the Great Market Hall, and take a romantic twilight cruise on the Danube. Wander through the opulence of Budapest's late-19-century Golden Age: the Parliament, Opera House, Great Synagogue, and Heroes' Square. For a break from the big city, head into the countryside--to Habsburg palaces, Hungarian folk villages, the historic wine-making capital of Eger, and colorully tiled Pécs. Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. He'll help you plan where to go and what to see, depending on the length of your trip. You'll get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.
Who but Rick Steves can tell you the best way to meander around Amsterdam's Van Gogh museum, climb Bruges' 14th century belfry, and stroll through Brussels' La Grand Place? With Rick Steves' Amsterdam, Bruges and Brussels 2005, you can experience everything these great cities have to offer-economically and hassle-free. Completely revised and updated, Rick Steves' Amsterdam, Bruges and Brussels 2005 includes color maps and photographs, opinionated coverage of both famous and lesser-known sights; friendly places to eat and sleep; suggested day plans; walking tours and trip itineraries; clear instructions for smooth travel anywhere by car, train, or foot; and Rick's newest "back door" discoveries. America's number one authority on travel to Europe, Rick's time-tested recommendations for safe and enjoyable travel in Amsterdam, Bruges and Brussels have been used by millions of Americans in search of their own unique travel experience.
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what youreallyneed to know when traveling in Naples and the Amalfi Coast. In this compact guide, Rick Steves covers the essentials of Naples and the Amalfi Coast, including Pompeii, Vesuvius, Positano, and Amalfi Town. Visit Naples' Archaeological Museum, the Pompeii Forum, or the cathedrals and beaches of the Amalfi coast. You'll get Rick's firsthand advice on the best sights, eating, sleeping, and nightlife, and the maps and self-guided tours will ensure you make the most of your experience. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves Snapshot guide is a tour guide in your pocket. Rick Steves' Snapshot guides consist of excerpted chapters from Rick Steves' European country guidebooks. Snapshot guides are a great choice for travelers visiting a specific city or region, rather than multiple European destinations. These slim guides offer all of Rick's up-to-date advice on what sights are worth your time and money. They include good-value hotel and restaurant recommendations, with no introductory information (such as overall trip planning, when to go, and travel practicalities).
Retells the myth of the Quetzalcoatl and serves as a guidebook for tourists, both armchair and actual, to the archaeological sites of Mexico. The author combines his travel experiences with knowledge of historical and scholarly works as well as modern and ancient Latin American art and culture. Includes chapters on the Olmec, Tula, relevant Mayan legends, the Aztecs, Cortez and Moctezuma, Creoles, Zapata, and Diego Rivera. Includes many color photographs and a glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
Marc Freedman, hailed by theNew York Timesas "the voice of aging baby boomers [seeking] meaningful and sustaining work later in life," offers a recipe for how we can transform America's coming midlife crisis into a midlife opportunity. Millions of people in their fifties, sixties, and seventies are searching for answers to the question "What's next?" and are navigating their way to an entirely new stage of life and work, one that could last as long as midlife. Shifting to a much longer lifespan isn't as easy as it may seem. Unlike the transition from adolescence to adulthood, managing this process for many is a do-it-yourself project. Drawing on powerful personal stories,The Big Shiftprovides not only direction but a vision of what it would take to help millions find their footing in a new map of life.
On January 12, 2010 a major earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Hundreds of thousands of people died, and the greater part of the capital was demolished. Dr. Paul Farmer, U. N. deputy special envoy to Haiti, had worked in the country for nearly thirty years, treating infectious diseases like tuberculosis and AIDS. No one understood better than he how painful it was that Haiti, the site of so much suffering, would have to endure another disaster. It was, in his words, a "cruel cosmic joke. " Farmer and former President Bill Clinton, the U. N. special envoy to Haiti, had just begun to work on an extensive development plan to improve living conditions in Haiti. Now their project was transformed into a massive international rescue and relief effort. In his own words, Farmer documents this effort, including the harrowing obstacles and the small triumphs. Support came in the form of dozens of humanitarian groups and a flood of money. Despite this outpouring of aid, the challenges were astronomical. U. N. plans were crippled by Haiti's fragile infrastructure and the death of U. N. staff members who had been based in Port-au-Prince. As the humanitarian operations grew, questions about their effectiveness mounted. By some estimates, Haiti had more NGOs per capita than any other place on earth. And yet, Haitians were still suffering from a lack of basic services, from a lack of food, water, and shelter. Farmer shows how the earthquake heightened the problems in Haiti and argues that these long-term challenges cannot be ignored. In chronicling the relief effort, Farmer draws attention to the social issues that made Haiti so vulnerable to this natural disaster. Now that their already weak public-health system has been further damaged, Haiti's poor are even more vulnerable to fresh onslaughts of diseases like cholera and typhoid. Yet Farmer's account is not a gloomy catalog of impenetrable problems. As devastating as Haiti's circumstances are, its population manages to keep going. Farmer shows how, even in the barest camps, Haitians organize themselves, creating small businesses such as beauty parlors. His narrative is interwoven with stories from Haitians themselves, from doctors and others working on the ground. Ultimately this is a story of human endurance and humility in difficult circumstances. Once again, Paul Farmer reveals what can be accomplished in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds.
Our food system is broken, and it's endangering what's most precious to us: our environment, our health, our soil and water, and our future. In recent years, a host of books and films have compellingly documented the dangers. But advice on what to do about them largely begins and ends with the admonition to "eat local" or "eat organic. " Longtime good food pioneer Oran Hesterman knows that we can't fix the broken system simply by changing what's on our own plates: the answer lies beyond the kitchen. InFair Foodhe shares an inspiring and practical vision for changing not only what we eat, but how food is grown, packaged, delivered, marketed, and sold. He introduces people and organizations across the country who are already doing this work in a number of creative ways, and provides a wealth of practical information for readers who want to get more involved.
A member in the Society of the Sacred Heart for nearly thirty years; president of Manhattanville College in New York; recipient of a doctorate in philosophy; philanthropic advisor to the Rockefeller family; beloved wife of Jerome I. Aron; pivotal board member of some of the most generous foundations in the world, including Atlantic Philanthropies and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Today, Elizabeth McCormack is regarded by many as the very soul of philanthropy. Her unstinting practical advice and compassion have helped to inform the distribution of hundreds of millions of dollars to worthy causes around the world.
Why do we have more choices at the local coffee shop than we do at the ballot box?
America was made by the railroads. The opening of the Baltimore & Ohio line--the first American railroad--in the 1830s sparked a national revolution in the way that people lived thanks to the speed and convenience of train travel. Promoted by visionaries and built through heroic effort, the American railroad network was bigger in every sense than Europe's, and facilitated everything from long-distance travel to commuting and transporting goods to waging war. It united far-flung parts of the country, boosted economic development, and was the catalyst for America's rise to world-power status. Every American town, great or small, aspired to be connected to a railroad and by the turn of the century, almost every American lived within easy access of a station. By the early 1900s, the United States was covered in a latticework of more than 200,000 miles of railroad track and a series of magisterial termini, all built and controlled by the biggest corporations in the land. The railroads dominated the American landscape for more than a hundred years but by the middle of the twentieth century, the automobile, the truck, and the airplane had eclipsed the railroads and the nation started to forget them. InThe Great Railroad Revolution, renowned railroad expert Christian Wolmar tells the extraordinary story of the rise and the fall of the greatest of all American endeavors, and argues that the time has come for America to reclaim and celebrate its often-overlooked rail heritage.
After everything that's happened, how is it possible that conservatives still win debates about the economy? Time and again the right wins over voters by claiming that their solutions are only common sense, even as their tired policies of budgetary sacrifice and corporate plunder both create and prolong economic disaster. Why does the electorate keep buying what they're selling? According to political communications expert Anat Shenker-Osorio, it's all about language-and not just theirs, but ours. InDon't Buy ItShenker-Osorio diagnoses our economic discourse as stricken with faulty messages, deceptive personification, and, worst of all, a barely coherent concept of what the economy actually is. Opening up the business section of most newspapers or flipping on cable news unleashes an onslaught of economic doomsaying that treats the economy as an ungovernable force of nature. Alternately, by calling the economy "unhealthy" or "recovering" as we so often do, we unconsciously give it the status of a living being. No wonder Americans become willing to submit to any indignity required to keep the economy happy. Tread lightly, we can't risk irritating the economy! Cutting through conservative myth-making, messaging muddles, and destructive misinformation, Shenker-Osorio suggests a new way to win the most important arguments of our day. The left doesn't have to self-destruct every time matters economic come to the fore-there are metaphors and frames that can win, and Shenker-Osorio shows what they are and how to use them. Don't Buy Itis a vital handbook for seizing victory in the economic debate. In the end, it convincingly shows that radically altering our politics and policies for the better is a matter of first changing the conversation-literally.
"Two boys--John Connolly, and James ""Whitey"" Bulger--grew up together on the streets of South Boston. Decades later, in the late 1970s, they would meet again. By then, Connolly was a major figure in th"
Does free information mean free people? At the start of the twenty-first century we were promised that the internet would liberate the world. We could come together as never before, and from Iran's 'twitter revolution' to Facebook 'activism', technological innovationwould spread democracy to oppressed peoples everywhere. We couldn't have been more wrong. In The Net Delusion Evgeny Morozov destroys this myth, arguing that 'internet freedom' is an illusion, and that technology has failed to help protect people's rights. Not only that - in many cases the internet is actually helping authoritarian regimes. From China to Russia to Iran, oppressive governments are using cyberspace to stifle dissent: planting clandestine propaganda, employing sophisticated digital censorship andusing online surveillance. We are all being manipulated in more subtle ways too - becoming pacified by the net, instead of truly engaging. This book is a wake-up call. It shows us how our misplaced faith in cyber-utopia means the West risks missing the real challenges. Morozov argues that we must look at other ways of promoting democracy abroad, and forces us - policymakers and citizens alike - to recognize that all our freedoms are at stake.
In the past decade Pakistan has emerged as a country of immense importance. Large, heavily populated, strategically placed between Iran, Afghanistan and India, Pakistan has since its creation just over sixty years ago been pulled in several different, irreconcilable directions. In the wake of Pakistan's development of nuclear weapons, Osama Bin Laden's presence in its unpoliceable border areas, its shelter of the Afghan Taleban, and the spread of terrorist attacks by groups based in Pakistan to London, Bombay and New York, there is a clear need to understand this remarkable and highly contradictory place. Far from seeing Pakistan as the failed state often portrayed in the media, Lieven's extraordinary new book instead treats it as a viable and coherent state that, within limits and by the standards of its own region rather than the West, does work. Lieven argues strongly against US actions that would risk destroying that state in the illusory search for victory in Afghanistan. This work is based on a profound and sophisticated analysis of Pakistan's history and its social, religious and political structures. Lieven has interviewed hundreds of Pakistanis at every level of society, from leading politicians and soldiers to village mullahs and rickshaw drivers. In particular, his examination of the roots of popular sympathy for the Taleban in Pakistan draws on the testimony of people whose views are rarely consulted by Western analysts.
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