Prize-winning historian and biographer, Carolly Erickson has created an eminently readable biography that recognizes the humanity of Great Catherine - Empress of Russia - with her majesty and immense capability. Dispelling some of the myths surrounding her voracious sexual appetite, the biographer portrays Catherine as a lonely woman far ahead of her time - achieving greatness in an era when women were executed on a husband's whim.
New Scientist is superbly written, features great design and photography throughout and is accessible to anyone interested in science, regardless of their level of knowledge or qualifications. Each issue of this great weekly mag brings you all the news from the world of science, covering every discipline such as physics, biology, chemistry and some wonderfully advanced ideas such as quantum mechanics and string theory.
During the Great Depression, pulp fiction writers created a new, distinctly American detective story, one that stressed the development of fascinating, often bizarre characters rather than the twists and turns of clever plots. This new crime fiction adapted brilliantly to the screen, birthing a cinematic genre that French cinema intellectuals following World War II christened "film noir." Set on dark streets late at night, in cheap hotels and bars, and populated by the dangerous people who frequented these locales, these films introduced a new antihero, a tough, brooding, rebellious loner, embodied by Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon and Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep.
This magazine is as the title suggests, all about the history of Scotland. History Scotland magazine will contain fascinating features on archaeology, heritage and behind the scene looks at the most recent refurbishing projects and the latest news. If you are a proud Scotsman and you like to read about the history of your great country then this magazine will give you interesting new information and articles about great Scotsmen from the past.
Early Japan is one of twenty-one volumes in the Time-Life Book series Great Ages of Man. This series was published in the 1960s and is an overview of world history. This volume describes Japanese history from around A.D. 500 to 1600. Author Jonathan Norton Leonard strikes a good balance of cultural, political, military, and religious history. Topics covered include Japanese literature (The Tale of Genji and Tales of the Heike), architecture, the samurai, feudalism, society, Zen Buddhism, and the introduction of Christianity by the Jesuits in the 1500s. Each chapter is supplemented by wonderful picture essays.
Lonely Planet Discover Great Britain is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Ponder the mysteries of Stonehenge, blend medieval with modern during a London city tour, or follow a round of golf with a wee dram of Scottish whisky; all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of Great Britain and begin your journey now!
A challenging new look at the great thinkers whose ides have shaped our civilization
From Socrates to Sartre presents a rousing and readable introduction to the lives, and times of the great philosophers. This thought-provoking book takes us from the inception of Western society in Plato’s Athens to today when the commanding power of Marxism has captured one third of the world. T. Z. Lavine, Elton Professor of Philosophy at George Washington University, makes philosophy come alive with astonishing clarity to give us a deeper, more meaningful understanding of ourselves and our times.