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A narrative like no other: a cultural history that explores how cars have both propelled and reflected the American experience-- from the Model T to the Prius. From the assembly lines of Henry Ford to the open roads of Route 66, from the lore of Jack Kerouac to the sex appeal of the Hot Rod, America's history is a vehicular history--an idea brought brilliantly to life in this major work by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Ingrassia. Ingrassia offers a wondrous epic in fifteen automobiles, including the Corvette, the Beetle, and the Chevy Corvair, as well as the personalities and tales behind them: Robert McNamara's unlikely role in Lee Iacocca's Mustang, John Z. DeLorean's Pontiac GTO , Henry Ford's Model T, as well as Honda's Accord, the BMW 3 Series, and the Jeep, among others. Through these cars and these characters, Ingrassia shows how the car has expressed the particularly American tension between the lure of freedom and the obligations of utility. He also takes us through the rise of American manufacturing, the suburbanization of the country, the birth of the hippie and the yuppie, the emancipation of women, and many more fateful episodes and eras, including the car's unintended consequences: trial lawyers, energy crises, and urban sprawl. Narrative history of the highest caliber, Engines of Change is an entirely edifying new way to look at the American story.
Jack McDevitt's Academy series features Priscilla Hutchins, a starship captain, and Gregory Macallister, a cynical journalist, who are both involved with a space development agency whose funds are being cut as Earth's government struggles with the effects of long neglected environmental problems. The Academy's starships find that planets within reach are almost devoid of intelligent life. However, scientists discover a series of extinct civilizations in a pattern that suggests that a menace from the heart of the galaxy periodically sweeps through Earth's star region with deadly effects. The series consists, thus far, of six novels, several of which have been Nebula finalists. They are, in order, as follows: The Engines of God, Deepsix, Chindi, Omega, Odyssey, and Cauldron. From the book jacket: With his debut, The Hercules Text, Jack McDevitt#11;was declared "staggeringly good... an extremely welcome newcomer" by Starlog. Then#11;came A Talent for War, called by Michael Bishop#11;"the best science fiction war novel I have read #11;since Joe Haldeman's The Forever War" Now, in#11;The Engines of God, McDevitt brings us his#11;trademark combination of deep human insight #11;and solid scientific knowledge, fulfilling all the#11;promise of his earlier writing-and moving to the#11;next level Two hundred years ago, humans made a stunning discovery in the far reaches of the solar #11;System: a huge statue of an alien creature, with#11;an inscription that defied all efforts at translation.#11;Now as faster-than-light drive opens the stars to #11;exploration, humans are finding other relics of#11;the race they call the Monument-Makers-each#11;different and each heartbreakingly beautiful. But#11;except for a set of footprints on Jupiter's moon #11;Iapetus, there is no trace of the enigmatic race#11;that has left them behind. Then a team of scientists working on a dead #11;world discover an ominous new image of the #11;Monument-Makers. Somehow it all fits with other#11;lost civilizations, and possibly with Earth's own#11;future. And distant past. But Earth itself is on the#11;brink of ecological disaster-there is no time to#11;search for answers. Even to a question that may#11;hold the key to survival for the entire human #11;race... With The Engines of God, Jack McDevitt has launched himself into the top ranks of the hottest and most relevant authors of science fiction.
Before the nineteenth century, armies had to rely on slow and unreliable methods of transportation to move soldiers and equipment during times of conflict. But with the birth of the railroad in the early 1830s, the way wars were fought would change forever. InEngines of War, renowned expert Christian Wolmar tells the story of that transformation, examining all the engagements in which railways played a part from the Crimean War and American Civil War through both world wars, the Korean War, and the Cold War with its mysterious missile trains. He shows that the 'iron road' not only made armies far more mobile, but also greatly increased the scale and power of available weaponry. Wars began to be fought across wider fronts and over longer timescales, with far deadlier consequences. From armored engines with their swiveling guns to track sabotage by way of dynamite, railway lines constructed across frozen Siberian lakes and a Boer war ambush involving Winston Churchill,Engines of Warshows how the railways - a fantastic generator of wealth in peacetime - became a weapon of war exploited to the full by governments across the world.
An introduction to the history, geography, plants and animals, government, people, and culture of England.
"Wickedly funny." --The New York Times. Imagine an England where all the pubs are quaint, where the Windsors behave themselves (mostly), where the cliffs of Dover are actually white, and where Robin Hood and his merry men really are merry. This is precisely what visionary tycoon, Sir Jack Pitman, seeks to accomplish on the Isle of Wight, a "destination" where tourists can find replicas of Big Ben (half size), Princess Di's grave, and even Harrod's (conveniently located inside the tower of London). Martha Cochrane, hired as one of Sir Jack's resident "no-people," ably assists him in realizing his dream. But when this land of make-believe gradually gets horribly and hilariously out of hand, Martha develops her own vision of the perfect England. Julian Barnes delights us with a novel that is at once a philosophical inquiry, a burst of mischief, and a moving elegy about authenticity and nationality.
England in Literature has eight chronological units presenting a survey of major British writers from the beginning until the present time.
A critical look at the history of "England in the Age of Wycliffe", in the spheres of government, politics and religion.
She was the most famous woman in England-the beautiful model for society painters Joshua Reynolds and George Romney, an icon of fashion, the wife of an ambassador, and the mistress of naval hero Horatio Nelson. But Emma Hamilton had been born to the poverty of a coal-mining town and spent her teenage years working as a prostitute. From the brothels of London to the glittering court of Naples and the pretentious country estate of the most powerful admiral in England, British debut historian Kate Williams captures the life of Emma Hamilton with all its glamour and heartbreak. In lucid, engaging prose, Williams brings to life a complex and intelligent woman. Emma is sensuous, generous, artistic, at once shamelessly seductive and recklessly ambitious. Willing to do anything for love and fame, she sets out to make herself a star-and she succeeds beyond even her wildest dreams. By the age of twenty-six, she leaves behind the precarious life of a courtesan to become Lady Hamilton, wife of Sir William Hamilton-the aging, besotted, and probably impotent British ambassador to the court of Naples. But everything changes when Lord Nelson steams into Naples harbor fresh from his triumph at the Battle of the Nile and literally falls into Emma's adoring arms. Their all-consuming romance-conducted amid the bloody tumult of the Napoleonic Wars-makes Emma an international celebrity, especially when she returns to England pregnant with Nelson's baby. With a novelist's flair and an historian's eye for detail, Williams conjures up the world that Emma Hamilton conquered by the sheer force of her charisma. All but inventing the art of publicity, Emma turned herself into a kind of flesh-and-blood goddess-celebrated by wits and artists, adored by thousands, and, for a time, very rich. Yet Emma was willing to throw it all away for the man she adored. After four years of archival research and making use of hundreds of previously undiscovered letters and documents, Kate Williams sets the record straight on one of the most fascinating and ravishing women in history. England's Mistress captures the relentless drive, the innovative style, and the burning passion of a true heroine.
Lucinda Barrett's best friends ended up married to the men to whom they delivered their 'lessons in love'. So Lucinda decides to choose someone who definitely needs lessons, but someone who will not complicate her life. And that person is definitely not Robert Carroway. Robert is nothing if not complicated, and though he is the brother of a viscount, he rarely goes about society, and finds the weather and hat fashions ludicrous subjects for discussion. Robert is attracted to Lucinda's unpretentious ways, her serenity and her kindness. When she chooses someone for her love lessons, Robert offers to help her deliver her lessons, but sets out to convince the woman he has fallen for to take a chance on love ... and on him.
Sebastian Faulks's new novel is a bolt from the blue: contemporary, demotic, angry, heart-wrenching, and funny, in the deepest shade of black. Mike Engleby says things that others dare not even think. A man devoid of scruple or self-pity, he rises without trace in Thatcher's England and scorches through the blandscape of New Labour. In the course of his brief, incandescent career, he and the reader encounter many famous people -- actors, writers, politicians, household names -- but by far the most memorable is Engleby himself. Sebastian Faulks's new novel can be read as a lament for a generation and the country it failed. It is also a meditation on the limits of science, the curse of human consciousness and on the lyrics of 1970s' rock music. And beneath this highly disturbing surface lies an unfolding mystery of gripping narrative power. For when one of Mike's contemporaries unaccountably disappears, the reader has to ask: is even the shameless Engleby capable of telling the whole truth?
This textbook was written by members of the faculty and staff of Bob Jones University. Standing for the "old-time religion" and the absolute authority of the Bible since 1927, Bob Jones University is the world's leading fundamental Christian university.
The book starts with review of sentence types and then reviews different parts of speech together with different types of writing. A writing chapter follows each grammar chapter that provide a strong link between the grammar chapter and writing chapter. Student learn how to write personal narratives, newspaper editorials, instructions, research papers, historical fiction, compare and contrast essays, free verse, and cover letters.
When Pippa Dunn,adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name. In many ways, Pippa Dunn is very English: she eats Marmite on toast, knows how to make a proper cup of tea, has attended a posh English boarding school, and finds it entirely familiar to discuss the crossword rather than exchange any cross words over dinner with her proper English family. Yet Pippa -- creative, disheveled, and impulsive to the core -- has always felt different from her perfectly poised, smartly coiffed sister and steady, practical parents, whose pastimes include Scottish dancing, gardening, and watching cricket. When Pippa learns at age twenty-eight that her birth parents are from the American South, she feels that lifelong questions have been answered. She meets her birth mother, an untidy, artistic, free-spirited redhead, and her birth father, a charismatic (and politically involved) businessman in Washington, D.C.; and she moves to America to be near them. At the same time, she relies on the guidance of a young man with whom she feels a mysterious connection; a man who discovered his own estranged father and who, like her birth parents, seems to understand her in a way that no one in her life has done before. Pippa feels she has found her "self" and everything she thought she wanted. But has she? Caught between two opposing cultures, two sets of parents, and two completely different men, Pippa is plunged into hilarious, heart-wrenching chaos. The birth father she adores turns out to be involved in neoconservative activities she hates; the mesmerizing mother who once abandoned her now refuses to let her go. And the man of her fantasies may be just that... With an authentic adopted heroine at its center, Larkin's compulsively readable first novel unearths universal truths about love, identity, and family with wit, warmth, and heart.
If you need to know it, it's in this book. This eBook version of the revised second edition of English and Reading Workout for the ACT has been optimized for on-screen viewing with cross-linked questions, answers, and explanations. It includes: * Practice passages and questions based on real ACT exams * 3 English practice tests and 4 Reading practice tests, all with detailed answer explanations * Targeted advice from our ACT experts, including how to use our 5-Step Basic Approach to master tricky sentence structure and punctuation questions * Guidance for seeing through camouflage and acing the Reading passagesEnglish and Reading Workout for the ACT contains all the information you'll need to learn where your weaknesses lie--and how to overcome them.
Recent developments in contact linguistics suggest considerable overlap of branches such as historical linguistics, variationist sociolinguistics, pidgin/creole linguistics, language acquisition, etc. This book highlights the complexity of contact-induced language change throughout the history of English by bringing together cutting-edge research from these fields. Special focus is on recent debates surrounding substratal influence in earlier forms of English (particularly Celtic influence in Old English), on language shift processes (the formation of Irish and overseas varieties) but also on dialects in contact, the contact origins of Standard English, the notion of new epicentres in World English, the role of children and adults in language change as well as transfer and language learning. With contributions from leading experts, the book offers fresh and exciting perspectives for research and is at the same time an up-to-date overview of the state of the art in the respective fields.
English as a Global Language: Second Edition
In this wickedly funny first novel-think Legally Blonde at Oxford-a young New York woman exchanges her corporate job for a year of books, blokes, and new friends in graduate school in England. Alexandra Brennan is fed up with her dead end New York City job-and even more fed up with running into her smug ex-boyfriend. So when he crosses the line by telling her that she'll never get into graduate school in the United Kingdom, that's precisely what she does. Armed with imported cigarettes and extra-strength coffee, Alex crosses the Atlantic to face all that Great Britain and grad school have to offer, including ill-considered romantic interludes, a red-headed nemesis with intellectual pretensions and ulterior motives, and more books than she can possibly read in a year. What she discovers, however, is that instead of running away from home, she may have actually found it. With its cheeky wit and terrific cast of characters, ENGLISHASASECONDLANGUAGE is a hilarious coming-of-age story readers won't soon forget about one young woman's misadventures along the path to adulthood.
This high-interest, relevant program teaches students the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills they need to achieve success at school and in the workplace. Realistic work scenarios demonstrate the importance of communication skills in the book.
She never expected to marryAnnabel was about to take the veil to become a nun, when her mother suddenly arrived at the abbey to take her home . . . so that she can marry the Scottish laird whois betrothed to her runaway sister She knows nothing aboutbeing a wife, nothing about how to run a household, and definitely nothing about the marriage bed. He never expected to fall in loveFrom the moment Ross MacKay sets eyes on Annabel, he is taken with his shy, sweet bride . . . and the fact that shesblessed with lush curves only makes him utter hisown prayers of thanks. But when an enemy endangers her life, hell move the Highlands themselves to save her. For thoughAnnabels not the bride he planned for, shes the only woman he desires . . .
The simple castles raised after the Norman conquest had been developed throughout 11th and 12th centuries, whilst the introduction of Islamic and Byzantine fortification techniques from the late 12th century led to further developments in castle architecture. These fortifications were to be well tested throughout the course of the 13th century as England was riven by the conflict, characterized by prolonged sieges, between the monarchy and powerful magnates. As well as providing the focus for warfare, castles increasingly became the centres of their communities, providing a more permanent base for the lord, his family and retainers, as well as acting as centres for justice and administration.
This textbook is designed to help you master the skills required for the effective use of standard English. Although the book will help you to speak better, its primary purpose is to help you to write better.
This textbook is designed to help student improve his ability to use English. It shows how the English sentence works, how words are combined in sentences, and how the parts of sentences may best be arranged for clear communication. The contents of this five Parts book are: Composition: The Writing Process, Composition: Writing and Revising Sentences, Tools for Writing and Revising, Resources for Writing and Studying, and Speaking and Listening.
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