By Tom Shroder, John Konrad
A real-life mystery within the culture of The ideal Storm
In the spring of 2010 the realm watched for weeks as greater than 2 hundred million gallons of crude oil billowed from a gap 3 miles deep within the Gulf of Mexico. Warnings of varied and forthcoming environmental effects ruled the inside track. Deepwater drilling—largely missed or misunderstood to that point—exploded within the American cognizance within the worst means possible.
Fire at the Horizon, written by way of veteran oil rig captain John Konrad and longtime Washington Post journalist Tom Shroder, recounts in shiny aspect the lifetime of the rig itself, from its building in South Korea within the 12 months 2000 to its unbelievable trip world wide to its disastrous finish, and divulges the daily lives, struggles, and pursuits of these who referred to as it home.
From the little-known maritime schools to Transocean's education faculties and Houston headquarters to the small cities everywhere in the nation the place the other halves and kids of the Horizon's group lived within the ever-present shadow of danger thousands of miles away, Fire at the Horizon bargains full-scale snap shots of the Horizon's captain, its leader mate, its leader mechanic, and others.
What emerges is a white-knuckled chronicle of engineering hubris at odds with the earth itself, an strange manifestation of company greed and the unforgettable heroism of the boys and girls on board the Deepwater Horizon. here's the harrowing minute-by-minute account of the fateful day, April 20, 2010, whilst the half-billion-dollar rig blew up, taking with it the lives of 11 humans and abandoning a swath of remarkable common destruction.
By Jürgen Osterhammel
Una historia international de los angeles época que vio nacer el mundo en que vivimos: un largo siglo xix que comienza en 1760 y concluye hacia 1920. Todo lo que importa conocer, en una visión que abarca el mundo entero, está en estas páginas, que se despliegan en una doble secuencia de «panoramas» (con el análisis de ocho esferas de los angeles realidad, como niveles de vida, ciudades, fronteras, imperios y naciones o el estado) y de «temas», que abarcan desde los angeles energía y los angeles industria hasta los angeles religión. Esto le permite a Osterhammel tratar las grandes cuestiones con una perspectiva de historia overall, hablándonos de las migraciones, el retroceso del nomadismo, el colonialismo, l. a. diplomacia y los angeles guerra, las revoluciones, el oro y las finanzas, los angeles alfabetización y los angeles escuela… El reconocimiento que ha recibido es common. Fritz Stern asegura que es «la obra más importante de historia aparecida desde el ultimate de l. a. guerra fría»; Jürgen Kocka que «es uno de los libros de historia más importantes de las últimas décadas»; Sir David Cannadine que «eleva a un nuevo nivel el estudio de l. a. historia mundial» y Jonathan Sperber afirma que Orsterhammel es «el Fernand Braudel del siglo xix».
By Anthony Everitt
He came across Rome made from clay and left it made up of marble. As Rome’s first emperor, Augustus reworked the unruly Republic into the best empire the area had ever visible. His consolidation and enlargement of Roman strength thousand years in the past laid the principles, for all of Western heritage to keep on with. but, regardless of Augustus’s accomplishments, only a few biographers have targeting the guy himself, as an alternative determining to chronicle the age within which he lived. right here, Anthony Everitt, the bestselling writer of Cicero, supplies a spellbinding and intimate account of his illustrious topic.
Augustus all started his profession as an green youngster plucked from his experiences to take middle level within the drama of Roman politics, assisted via university neighbors, Agrippa and Maecenas. Augustus’s upward thrust to energy begun with the assassination of his great-uncle and adoptive father, Julius Caesar, and culminated within the massive duel with Mark Antony and Cleopatra.
The global that made Augustus–and that he himself later remade–was pushed by way of intrigue, intercourse, rite, violence, scandal, and bare ambition. Everitt has taken the various family names of history–Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Antony, Cleopatra–whom few comprehend the entire fact approximately, and grew to become them into flesh-and-blood human beings.
At a time whilst many think of the USA an empire, this beautiful portrait of the best emperor who ever lived makes for enlightening and engrossing interpreting. Everitt brings to existence the area of a large, rendered faithfully and sympathetically in human scale. A learn of strength and political genius, Augustusis a shiny, compelling biography of 1 of an important rulers in history.
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By Gwilym Dodd
Concentrating on the most important position of the English medieval parliament in listening to and selecting the requests of the king's topics, this ground-breaking new research examines the personal petition and its position within the past due medieval English parliament (c.1270-1450).
By Martin. Windrow
This e-book examines the uniforms, gear, heritage and organization of Rommel’s wilderness military. The process the battle within the desolate tract is traced, and the uniforms of Rommel’s troops are proven in complete color art.
By James L. Haley
The newest nation to hitch the union, Hawaii is the one one to have as soon as been a royal country. After its "discovery" through Captain prepare dinner within the overdue 18th Century, Hawaii was once fought over by way of ecu powers decided to exploit its place because the crossroads of the Pacific. the arriving of the 1st missionaries marked the start of the fight among a local tradition with its historical gods, sexual libertinism and rites of human sacrifice, and the inflexible values of the Calvinists. whereas Hawaii's royal rulers followed Christianity, in addition they fought to maintain their old methods. however the luck of the ruthless American sugar barons sealed their destiny and in 1893, the yank Marines overthrew Lili'uokalani, the final queen of Hawaii.
James L. Haley's Captive Paradise is the tale of King Kamehameha I, The Conqueror, who unified the islands via terror and bloodshed, yet whose dynasty succumbed to inbreeding; of Gilded Age tycoons like Claus Spreckels who brilliantly outmaneuvered his opponents; of firebrand Lorrin Thurston, who was firm that Hawaii be governed through whites; of President McKinley, who presided over the eventual annexation of the islands. now not for the reason that James Michener's vintage novel Hawaii has there been one of these brilliant and compelling portrait of a rare position and its humans.
By John Reader
In Cities, the acclaimed historian John Reader takes us on a trip of the cityfrom its earliest instance within the historic close to East to today’s teeming facilities of compressed lifestyles, equivalent to Mumbai and Tokyo. towns are domestic to part the planet’s inhabitants and eat approximately three-quarters of its average assets. For Reader, they're our so much ordinary artifacts, the civic spirit of our collective ingenuity. He offers us the ecological and sensible context of ways towns developed all through human historythe connection among pottery making and childbirth in old Anatolia, plumbing and politics in historic Rome, and revolution and road making plans in nineteenth-century Paris. This illuminating learn is helping us to appreciate how city facilities thrive, decline, and upward push againand prepares us for the function towns will play sooner or later.
The Iberian Peninsula has constantly been an essential component of the Mediterranean global, from the age of Tartessos and the Phoenicians to our personal period and the Union for the Mediterranean. The state-of-the-art essays during this quantity learn what it capability for medieval and early smooth Iberia and its humans to be regarded as a part of the Mediterranean.
By Angus Konstam
The impressive Celtic tradition as soon as encompassed such a lot of western Europe. Even after centuries of invasion and conquest, it persevered to flourish in distant corners of the continent. this present day, thousands proudly declare Celtic ancestry and are excited about the original tradition in their predecessors. The Atlas of the Celtic international addresses this fascination with a fantastically illustrated survey of Celtic society from its origins to the current day. Drawing at the tremendous Celtic legacy and a scholarly exam of Celtic tradition and historical past, the e-book bargains an expertly crafted view of its earlier, whereas emphasizing the relevance of the tradition this day.
* Celtic Origins: Pre-Celtic Europe, los angeles Tène and Hallstatt cultures, archaeological proof
* The Celtic Peoples of Europe: The Celtic migration, Gauls, Bretons, the Galatians
* Early Celtic paintings: Origins, l. a. Tène interval artwork, Iron Age Celtic artwork
* Celtic trust: The calendar, demise and the afterlife, sacrifice, the bathroom males, gods and divinities
* The Celtic Peoples of the British Isles: Britons, Irish, Picts and Scots, Welsh
* The Roman Invasions: Caesar's conquest of Gaul, Romans in Britain
* The Druids: Witchcraft, prophesy and divination, archaeological facts
* The Celtic Warrior: Celtic conflict, fingers and armor, warrior chieftains, resisting the Romans
* The Post-Roman Celtic international: Barbarian invasions, Anglos and Saxons, Arthur of the Britons
* The Renaissance of Celtic artwork: The excessive Celtic interval, Celtic Christian artwork, Pictish image stones
* the arriving of Christianity: St. Patrick, the Celtic church, illuminated manuscripts, the e-book of Kells
* Celtic Mythology: Irish Celtic myth/the Mabinogion, Arthurian fantasy
* The Celtic Legacy: Celtic revival artwork, the Celtic fringe.
By J. A. Froude
The reminiscence of no English sovereign has been so execrated as that of Mary Tudor. For generations after her loss of life her identify, with its horrid epithet clinging around it just like the blouse of Nessus, used to be a bugbear in millions of Protestant houses. it's actual that just about three hundred people have been burnt on the stake in her brief reign. yet she herself was once extra susceptible to mercy than nearly any of her predecessors at the throne. Stubbs speaks of her father's "holocausts" of sufferers. The persecution of Papists less than Edward was once now not much less rigorous than that of Protestants lower than Mary. whilst her list is in comparison with that of Philip of Spain, along with his Council of Blood within the Netherlands, or of Charles IX. in France, she seems as an apostle of toleration. Why, then, has her reminiscence been coated via centuries with scorn and obloquy