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A tale of suffering, tragedy, and sorrow redeemed by indomitable resolve and a stubborn refusal to despair, it is set in a Sudan shadowed by unrelenting war and ruthless violence, yet illuminated by faith, generosity, and steadfast commitment to the human spirit's finest instincts. It's also the eloquently plain-spoken self-portrait of a young man who has looked death in the face many times and come away with an inner strength as impressive as it is modest and a wisdom as inspiring as it is matter of fact. One of the uprooted youngsters known as the Lost Boys of Sudan, John Bul Dau was 12 years old when civil war ravaged his village and shattered its age-old society, a life of herding and agriculture marked by dignity, respect, and the simple virtues of Dinka tribal tradition. As tracer bullets split the night and mortar shells exploded around him, John fled into the darkness - the first terrified moments of a journey that would lead him thousands of miles into an exile that was to last many years. John's memoir of his Dinka childhood shows African life and values at their best, while his searing account of hardship, famine, and war also testifies to human resilience and kindness. In an era of cultural clashes, his often humorous stories of adapting to life in the United States offer proof that we can bridge our differences peacefully. John Bul Dau's quiet pride, true humility, deep seriousness, compassionate courage, and remarkable achievements will take every reader's breath away.
In Deep Ancestry, scientist and explorer Spencer Wells shows how tiny genetic changes add up over time into a fascinating story. Using scores of real-life examples, helpful analogies, and detailed diagrams and illustrations, he translates complicated concepts into accessible language and explains exactly how each and every individual's DNA contributes another piece to the jigsaw puzzle of human history. The book takes readers inside the Genographic Project, the landmark study now assembling the world's largest collection of population genetic DNA samples and employing the latest in testing technology and computer analysis to examine hundreds of thousands of genetic profiles from all over the globe. Traveling backward through time from today's scattered billions to the handful of early humans who are ancestors to us all, Deep Ancestry shows how universal our human heritage really is. It combines sophisticated science with our compelling interest in family history and ethnic identity, and transcends humankind's shallow distinctions and superficial differences to touch the depths of our common origins.
Becker is the ideal guide to the profound changes within China that are reshaping global economic, diplomatic, and military strategies. He weaves analysis with anecdotes to address today's pressing uncertainties: How will China cope with pollution, unemployment, and demand for energy? What form will its government take? Can Shanghai's success with urban capitalism be replicated elsewhere? Each chapter focuses on a specific region and its local issues - minority unrest, poverty, corruption - then places them in the broader context of China society as a whole. Vividly illustrated with photographs that capture the paradox of an ancient culture remaking itself into a dynamic consumer society, Dragon Rising is a wonderfully written, well-rounded, wide-ranging portrait of China's problems and prospects.
When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon in 1969, they personified an almost unimaginable feat - the incredibly complex task of sending humans safely to another celestial body. This extraordinary odyssey, which grew from the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, was galvanized by the Sputnik launch in 1957. Written by Smithsonian curator Von Hardesty and researcher Gene Eisman, Epic Rivalry tells the story from both the American and the Russian points of view, and shows how each space-faring nation played a vital role in stimulating the work of the other. Scores of rare, unpublished, and powerful photographs recall the urgency and technical creativity of both nations' efforts. The authors recreate in vivid detail the parallel universes of the two space exploration programs, with visionaries Wernher von Braun and Sergei Korolev and political leaders John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev at the epicenters. The conflict between countries, and the tense drama of their independent progress, unfolds in vivid prose. Approaching its subject from a uniquely balanced perspective, this important new narrative chronicles the epic race to the moon and back as it has never been told before, and captures the interest of casual browsers and science, space, and history enthusiasts alike.
Modern St.-Germain is lively and prosperous, and fifty years ago its heady mix of jazz and existentialism defined urbane cool, but Johnson takes a longer view. "Beside the shades of Jean-Paul Sartre and Edith Piaf", she writes, "there is another crowd of resident ghosts, misty figures in plumed hats whose fortunes and passions were enacted among these beautiful, imposing buildings". From her kitchen window, she looks out on a chapel begun by Reine Margot, wife of Henri IV; nearby streets are haunted by the shades of two sinister cardinals, Mazarin and Richelieu, as well as four famed queens and at least five kings. Delacroix, Corot, Ingres, David, and Manet all lived in St.-Germain; Oscar Wilde died there; and everybody who was anybody visited sooner or later.
Anna Quindlen first visited London from a chair in her suburban Philadelphia home - in one of her beloved childhood mystery novels. She has been back to London countless times since, through the pages of books and in person, and now, in Imagined London, she takes her own readers on a tour of this greatest of literary cities. While New York, Paris, and Dublin are also vividly portrayed in fiction, it is London, Quindlen argues, that has always been the star, both because of the primacy of English literature and the specificity of city descriptions. She bases her view of the city on her own detailed literary map, tracking the footsteps of her favorite characters: the places where Evelyn Waugh's bright young things danced until dawn, or where Lydia Bennett eloped with the dastardly Wickham. With wit and charm, Imagined London gives this splendid city its full due in the landscape of the literary imagination.
Johan Reinhard's discovery of the 500-year-old frozen body of an Inca girl made international headlines in 1995, reaching more than a billion people worldwide. One of the best-preserved mummies ever found, it was a stunning and significant time capsule, the spectacular climax to an Andean quest that yielded no fewer than ten ancient human sacrifices as well as the richest collection of Inca artifacts in archaeological history. Here is the paperback edition of his first-person account, which The Washington Post called "incredible, compelling and often astonishing" and The Wall Street Journal described as "part adventure story, part detective story, and part memoir - an engaging look at a rarefied world." It's a riveting combination of mountaineering adventure, archaeological triumph, academic intrigue, and scientific breakthrough which has produced important results ranging from the best-preserved DNA of its age to the first complete set of an Inca noblewoman's clothing.
This compelling and exhaustively researched account reveals the truth behind one of the greatest Judeo Christian archaeology of the century - a 1,600-year-old papyrus manuscript, or codex, containing the only known surviving Gospel of Judas.
What "The Crime Scene Club" genius, Wire, thought was a harmless little hack turned into a wild adventure involving his girlfriend, his estranged father, the mob, and a super secret government agency. Wire must use voice analysis facts to solve the mystery. Includes forensic notes from the story, ?graphic novel? illustrations and color photographs, sections on further reading, and for more information, bibliography, index, and profiles on the author, illustrator, and series consultant.
Some couples can't have children, for a variety of reasons. Meanwhile, too many children don't have families of their own to love and care for them. When these couples reach out to adopt these children, new families are formed-and like all families, they have a whole set of issues and complications, some of them unique to their situation. Raising any child has challenges, and raising an adopted child has some extra ones. What about birth families? Are they going to be a part of the child's life? What do you tell the child about his birth and adoption? The families in this book have all had their own struggles and complications they've had to deal with, but they've had many joys as well and learned a lot through their experiences.
From the earliest moments of her childhood in Houston, Texas, it was clear that Beyoncé, of mixed African-American and Louisiana Creole descent, had a special gift when it came to performing in front of a crowd. At the age of seven, she dominated much older kids in a local talent show, and appeared on national television before she was even a teenager. She went on to become a part of the super group Destiny's Child and was one of the key reasons they eventually became one of the most popular female musical groups of all time. The road to success wasn't always easy, however, as Beyoncé managed to overcome many obstacles on the road to superstardom, and go on to find both success and happiness in her professional and private lives. Beyoncé is a multiple Grammy-award winning superstar, an incredibly talented and successful singer-songwriter, an accomplished actress, and a successful businesswoman. In short, Beyoncé is an extraordinary achiever.
Children growing up in blended families, with stepparents and stepbrothers and stepsisters, face many of the same challenges as children growing up in more traditional families, along with some that are unique to their situation. How do they work out their relationships with the non-biological members of the family? How do they deal with the children's other family members who don't live with them? The families in this book are challenged by these questions every day. They see difficulties and benefits in their experiences and their stories share many of the things they have learned in their lives.
Everyone knows that tobacco is a heavily regulated industry. But it hasn't always been that way. The road to regulation has been a long one, with twists and turns that are on the level of the best Hollywood blockbuster.
Though it's illegal to advertise tobacco products on television and Big Tobacco no longer sponsors major sporting events, it doesn't mean that cigarettes have been relegated to the back pages of little-read magazines. Quite the contrary. Though they might not be advertised-at least in the traditional meaning of the word-cigarettes continue to hold a prominent place in the media.
There's no doubt about it. Tobacco has played an important role in the history of the United States. It supported early colonies and helped create a nation.
Sometimes celebrity families seem to have it all. Whether they're actors, famous athletes, major politicians, or royalty, these families usually have money and a glamorous lifestyle. At least that's the perception. In reality, celebrity families have a lot of the same issues other families have, along with a few others. Celebrity families have to deal with constantly living in the public eye, having their every move studied and judged. The non-famous family members have to live in the shadow of their famous parents, children, or siblings, which can often mean being compared to them or having people pretend to be friends just to get close to those family members. The stories in this book tell about a few of these celebrity families and how fame has affected their lives and the lives of their family members.
When members of "The Crime Scene Club" take a trip to the beach, the murder of a local surfer turns vacationland into a life and death mystery. Can forensic photography reveal the truth? Includes forensic notes from the story, ?graphic novel? illustrations and color photographs, sections on further reading, and for more information, bibliography, index, and profiles on the author, illustrator, and series consultant.
David Blaine is one of the world's premiere magicians and escape artists. He has survived being buried alive for an entire week, being frozen in a block of ice for 63 hours, and being submerged for seven days and seven nights. David has also dazzled both live and television audiences with his card tricks and other feats of prestidigitation, while also using his fame and his talents to give back to those in need. Things haven't always been easy for this biracial achiever, though. The son of a father of Puerto Rican and Italian descent and a mother of Russian Jewish descent, David was raised in a single-parent family for much of his childhood. In this book, you'll learn how performing magic helped him deal with the early death of his mother, as well as how he overcame critics and hecklers during some of his recent feats of endurance. His story isn't just inspiring; it's downright magical!
Think your life is difficult? Lupe Arellano struggles with an eating disorder and a complicated romantic situation. Yet those problems are nothing compared to what happens when she joins Crime Scene Club. Now, Lupe has to locate a lost treasure and survive attacks by a murderer guarding his hidden fortune. This first book in the CSC series provides information about forensic geography along with edge-of-your-seat adventure.
"I wouldn't touch those bones . . . very dangerous." That's what Lupe Arellano's friend tells her, but Lupe is fascinated by the mystery of an ancient skull. Now, two young women living centuries apart are both threatened by the same mysterious evil. This sixth book in the CSC series provides information about forensic reconstruction techniques, along with haunting chills
Everyone knows that smoking is an expensive habit. Cigarettes, after all, cost money. But as readers will learn from Burning Money: The Cost of Smoking, buying cigarettes and other smoking materials is only part of the costs associated with smoking.
When a child is born with mental or physical disabilities or develops them at some point after birth, the child's family experiences a variety of challenges. The person with the disability must learn to cope with his or her problem, but the other family members also need to adjust. There will always be sadness in such situations, but there is often joy as well. The families in this book have dealt with many emotions and more concrete problems as well. They have things they regret about their situations but also things they are pleased with. When a member of the family has a mental or physical disability, each family member learns something from the experience. This people in this book have shared some of these things in their stories.
The United States has a long history of immigration. For centuries, people have been coming to this country in search of new lives. When they arrive, both today and in the past, the children usually adapt to the new country first, before their parents. This creates a unique set of challenges for the family as they live with two cultures and, often, two languages. The families in this book have experienced these challenges and have dealt with problems that came from adjusting to a new place and a new way of life. They have struggled, done some things wrong and some things right, and they have learned much about themselves, their families, and their cultures.
Over half a million children in the United States are in foster care. Some of them have been removed from their parents because of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Some of their parents have died or been put into prison. When foster parents take in these children, they become part of a family. Sometimes this family has nearly as many problems as the child's original family, but sometimes it can be a place where the child learns about love and belonging. Foster families, both the parents and children, face many challenges but they can also be extremely rewarding. The families in this book have had both good and bad experiences, but they have all learned things from what they have faced.
Frederick Douglass never knew the identity of his father, though he was probably a white slave owner. His mother was a slave. Frederick was taken from her soon after his birth. He only saw her a few times before she died. It seemed likely that Frederick would live out his life as a slave. But from an early age, he was determined to become a free man. He escaped to the North when he was about 20. A few years later, he discovered that he was an outstanding public speaker. For the rest of his life, Frederick would courageously speak out about the issues that affected his fellow blacks. Sometimes his actions placed him in great danger. During his lifetime no other African American did as much for blacks as Frederick Douglass. Even today his memory continues to inspire many people to work for civil rights and racial justice.
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