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Medieval Fight Book DVD-R
Medieval Fight Book DVD-R
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Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/World Cultures

Violent, secretive, and packed full of knowledge, Medieval Fight Book uncovers the real story of Europe in the Middle Ages. Using historical recreations, amazing CGI and leading historians, Medieval Fight Book reveals that medieval society was far more sophisticated and peculiar than we realized. Hidden in a dusty library, this obscure and strange manuscript contains unique imagery of bloody but highly sophisticated combat, futuristic designs and inventions, ingenious engineering and judicial duels. Hans Talhoffer’s 1459 fight book is one of the medieval worlds’ most mysterious manuscripts, challenging the legends and myths that surrounded this often misunderstood period of our history.


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$19.95
Collapse: Based on the Book by Jared Diamond Blu-Ray Disc
Collapse: Based on the Book by Jared Diamond Blu-Ray Disc
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Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/World Cultures

Over the 20th and 21st centuries, the rise of our civilization has seemed unstoppable. But could our modern, industrialized civilization fall apart like great ancient ones before us? Two hundred years from now, will scientists find evidence that we followed a recipe for disaster similar to that of the Maya or the Romans? To understand a collapse, imagine it has already happened.


$32.95
$11.99
Collapse: Based on the Book by Jared Diamond DVD
Collapse: Based on the Book by Jared Diamond DVD
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Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/World Cultures

Over the 20th and 21st centuries, the rise of our civilization has seemed unstoppable. But could our modern, industrialized civilization fall apart like great ancient ones before us? Two hundred years from now, will scientists find evidence that we followed a recipe for disaster similar to that of the Maya or the Romans? To understand a collapse, imagine it has already happened.


$24.95
Guns, Germs, and Steel Book
Guns, Germs, and Steel Book
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History

Professor Jared Diamond traveled the globe for over 30 years trying to answer the biggest question of world history. Why is the world so unequal? The answers he found were simple yet extraordinary. Our destiny depends on geography and access to guns, germs and steel.


$24.95
National Geographic Concise History of World Religions
National Geographic Concise History of World Religions
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/Culture and Religion

The Concise History of World Religions continues the Concise History series with an authoritative and comprehensive take on major religions and lesser-known faiths of all times and nations. No other text combines the illustration expertise of National Geographic with the historical focus on faiths—large and small—across the world. Up-to-date scholarship offers a unique global perspective on the history of faith in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania, and Africa and the Middle East. This is religion presented as history, in the objective manner in which the National Geographic Society excels. Lavish illustrations illuminate the faithful, their houses of worship, and the articles and artifacts of faith. From the great cathedrals to the colorful robes of Buddhist monks to horrors of the Spanish inquisition to the astonishingly intricate paintings of the Hindu gods, the illustrations tell as much of the story as the text.


$40.00
Cultures on the Edge
Cultures on the Edge
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/Culture and Religion

Cultures on the Edge presents the photographic experience of Chris Rainier, National Geographic Society Fellow and cultural photographer, who has spent more than 30 years traveling the world in search of traditional cultures and natural wildernesses. From his experiences as Ansel Adams’ last photographic assistant, to being a photographer covering conflict and war, to a life’s mission to document the plane'ts vanishing cultures and wildernesses, Rainier has created a powerful and comprehensive documentary of cultures living on the edge of the powerful changes unfolding in the 21st century.


$40.00
National Geographic History Book
National Geographic History Book
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History

You won't find dusty topics and long-dead heroes and villains in the National Geographic History Book. Turn the pages and you'll find documents, letters, journals, telegrams, posters, and artworks that you can literally pull out and examine. See for yourself, with the primary source materials that history buffs love, what really happened and who really did it.


$40.00
Geography of Religion - Softcover
Geography of Religion - Softcover
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/Culture and Religion

With the conflicts of the modern world gravitating toward concerns of the secular versus the sacred, no book could be more timely and vital than Geography of Religion—the definitive volume for understanding the historic and geographic backgrounds of the five major faiths of the world.


$24.00
National Geographic Book of Peoples of the World
National Geographic Book of Peoples of the World
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/Culture and Religion

A global tour of beliefs and traditions, this book will sweep you into more than 200 different cultures, showing you the remarkable diversity of humanity and our shared experiences. Spectacular photos and maps show how different cultures evolved, and examine the challenges they face.


$40.00
Guns, Germs, and Steel 2-disc DVD Set
Guns, Germs, and Steel 2-disc DVD Set
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Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/World Cultures

As seen on PBS and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Jared Diamond, who traveled the globe for more than 30 years trying to answer one of the big questions in world history: Why is the world so unequal? The answers he found—that the societies that developed food production techniques first were also the first to develop writing, technology, and government—were simple, yet extraordinary. Our DVD weaves together anthropology and science with epic historical reenactments that bring his fascinating theories to life.


$39.95
$19.95
The Biblical World
The Biblical World
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/Culture and Religion

Casting the tumultuous history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam against the rich canvas of the Near East, The Biblical World reveals how three great religions emerged from the same cradle. Author Jean-Pierre Isbouts employs a non-denominational perspective and a wide range of sources—from ancient hieroglyphic texts to the latest scientific findings—to place Bible stories in the framework of history.


$40.00
Inside China
Inside China
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/Culture and Religion

China's emergence as an economic and cultural giant reigns as a key international story of our time. In an unprecedented visual tour de force, National Geographic chronicles this astonishing ascent through some of the most eye-opening, evocative, and extraordinary pictures ever recorded of the enigmatic nation, past and present.


$50.00
In the Footsteps of Jesus
In the Footsteps of Jesus
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/Culture and Religion

The Gospels of the New Testament describe the life of Jesus of Nazareth, from his birth in Bethlehem and his travels through Galilee, to his trial and death in Jerusalem. In the Footsteps of Jesus goes even deeper into the story of Jesus' life by following his path through the Holy Land on richly detailed maps and bringing each pivotal place to life through the latest archaeological and historical discoveries. Breathtaking photography and unique period artifacts complement fascinating text and specially created maps by National Geographic cartographers.


$40.00
Where the Locals Go
Where the Locals Go
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/Culture and Religion

For travelers seeking the most authentic experiences imaginable, Where the Locals Go provides inside information on the best way to discover a foreign culture and its people. Both comprehensive and indispensable, this book showcases hundreds of activities and sights the world over.


$24.95
Eyewitness to the Civil War
Eyewitness to the Civil War
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/War and Conflict

From John Brown's raid to Reconstruction, Eyewitness to the Civil War presents a clear, comprehensive discussion that addresses every military, political, and social aspect of this crucial period. In-depth descriptions of campaigns and battles in all theaters of war are accompanied by a thorough evaluation of the nonmilitary elements of the struggle between North and South. In their own words, commanders and common soldiers in both armies tell of life on the battlefield and behind the lines, while letters from wives, mothers, and sisters provide a portrait of the home front.


$40.00
An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy
An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/Culture and Religion

With engaging and artfully presented text, including sidebars on media mavens throughout history, social gaffes, and archaic manners, this book is as entertaining as it is informative. Readers delve into cultural similarities and differences through lively passages, colorful photography, and sidebars on unique history. Topics include Courtesies and Greetings, Communication and Correspondence, Dining and Entertaining, Hierarchies and Protocol, Hospitality and Occasions, Amusements and Institutions, Boundaries and Cultural Differences, New Technology and Old Manners. Whether you are planning a trip abroad or just want a fascinating, browsable read, find out what is universal and what is merely a product of one's culture.


$40.00
The Untold Civil War
The Untold Civil War
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History

Was Gettysburg a tactical success, or was the outcome determined by a far more mundane factor: access to fresh water? How did the need to spread information about the dead and wounded give rise to the U.S. Postal Service? Did President Lincoln really age so dramatically during the course of the war, or was a rare disease to blame for the shocking difference in images of him from before and during the war? From overlooked elements, such as the role of weather, health, and high emotions, to the world-changing effect of the rise of female workers, to the many "firsts" including the introduction of standard time, pre-sized clothing, canned goods, toilets, and Santa Claus, The Untold Civil War reveals new facets of a seemingly well-known slice of American history, just in time to commemorate its 150th anniversary.


$40.00
A Place of Remembrance
A Place of Remembrance
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History

On September 11, 2011, the world will be watching as the 9/11 National Memorial Plaza opens on the site of the World Trade Center. With photographs and architectural plans never before published, paired with comments in the very voices of those who witnessed the event, those who struggled in its shadow for days and months after, and those who have dedicated the years since to rebuilding a place of hope and meditation at Ground Zero, this book will stand apart from all the rest as the tenth anniversary of that world-changing event approaches. Heavily illustrated and elegantly designed, the book recalls the excitement and symbolism of the Twin Towers, the horror and chaos of the attack of 9/11, the fierce devotion and exhaustion as rescue of living victims became recovery of remains.


$19.95
$6.99
Thrive - Softcover
Thrive - Softcover
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/Culture and Religion

What makes us happy? It's not wealth, youth, beauty, or intelligence, says Dan Buettner. In fact, most of us have the keys within our grasp. Circling the globe to study the world's happiest populations, Buettner has spotted several common principles that can unlock the doors to true contentment with our lives.


$14.95
$10.46
A Soldier's Sketchbook
A Soldier's Sketchbook
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/War and Conflict

A Soldier's Sketchbook, an illustrated memoir from a World War II soldier, is drawn from the letters, sketches, snapshots, and mementos of Pvt. Joseph Farris, who left his home of Danbury, Connecticut, and set off to war aboard the U.S.S. General Gordon in October 1944, bound for France as part of Company M, 398th Infantry. Farris wrote more than 800 letters home, and he hewed his artistic talents with sketches and paintings along the way. He also secretly copied officers' notes and, once back home after the war, collected clippings and battlefield accounts, which form a sobering counterpoint to his reassurances to his parents that everything is "swell."


$30.00
1812: A Traveler's Guide
1812: A Traveler's Guide
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History

Amid intense media interest around the bicentennial of the war that led to Canada's independence and the penning of "The Star-Spangled Banner," 1812 takes readers on a comprehensive tour of the sites in both Canada and the U.S. that figured prominently in this landmark historical event. This is the only guide that contains both Canadian and U.S. sites, taking the reader to war-related landmarks. Readers journey from the Great Lakes, down the Eastern Seaboard, to New Orleans, reliving such famous battles as Tippecanoe, Queenston Heights, Horseshoe Bend, and Chalmette, and visiting such celebrated sites as the USS Constitution, Governors Island, Fort McHenry, and the White House. Organized by geography in six chapters, each focusing on a different theater of war, this lushly illustrated, handy guide includes text that explains how the war played out, as well as how to visit each site, fact-filled sidebars, visitor information, and easy-to-read maps. The compact trim size and succinct presentation of information make the book a must-have souvenir for anyone joining in the bicentennial festivities or interested in the War of 1812.


$13.95
The Aviators
The Aviators
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History

From Winston Groom, the best-selling author of Forrest Gump, Shiloh 1862, and Vicksburg 1863, comes the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes who defined aviation during the great age of flight. These cleverly interwoven tales of their heart-stopping adventures take us from the feats of World War I through the heroism of World War II and beyond, including daring military raids and survival-at-sea, and will appeal to fans of Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken, Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation, and James Bradley's Flyboys.


$30.00
Daily Calm
Daily Calm
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National Geographic's new inspirational book combines meaningful, calming quotations and affirmations with powerful photography—the perfect source for relaxation and meditation. Each page of this elegant guide soothes as it inspires with quotations and images centered on monthly themes: a graceful pathway to a more mindful, beautiful life.


$19.95
1000 Events That Shaped the World
1000 Events That Shaped the World
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History

A fascinating sweep of global developments, this fact-filled book delivers National Geographic's mission: the world and all that is in it.


$40.00
$16.99
Cronkite's War - Hardcover
Cronkite's War - Hardcover
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/War and Conflict

A giant in American journalism in the vanguard of "The Greatest Generation" reveals his World War II experiences in this National Geographic book. Walter Cronkite, an obscure 23-year-old United Press wire service reporter, married Betsy Maxwell on March 30, 1940, following a four-year courtship. She proved to be the love of his life, and their marriage lasted happily until her death in 2005. But before Walter and Betsy Cronkite celebrated their second anniversary, he became a credentialed war correspondent, preparing to leave her behind to go overseas. The couple spent months apart in the summer and fall of 1942, as Cronkite sailed on convoys to England and North Africa across the submarine-infested waters of the North Atlantic. After a brief December leave in New York City spent with his young wife, Cronkite left again on assignment for England. This time, the two would not be reunited until the end of the war in Europe. Cronkite would console himself during their absence by writing her long, detailed letters—sometimes five in a week—describing his experiences as a war correspondent, his observations of life in wartime Europe, and his longing for her.


$28.00
National Geographic Essential Visual History of World Mythology
National Geographic Essential Visual History of World Mythology
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/Culture and Religion

Myths and creation stories from around the globe are presented here in a palm-size overview of culture-defining tales, from ancient Egyptian deities to the Vedic gods of India.


$15.95
The Farmer in All of Us
The Farmer in All of Us
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/Culture and Religion

What began as an ode to the American farmer has evolved into an anthem to an iconic American way of life. Inspiring and moving, the book follows the themes of the heartwarming essay by legendary radio commentator Paul Harvey, “So God Made a Farmer.” Based on the ad watched by millions during The Big Game in 2013, the result is a rich, inspiring book that provides a deeper dive into the lives and work of farmers as well as the photographers who captured them. With over 200 photographs shot by ten world-class photographers, including National Geographic's William Albert Allard, this gorgeous book turns a spotlight on the American farmer, and features every aspect of his/her life in a compelling photographic poem.


$45.00
Cronkite's War - Softcover
Cronkite's War - Softcover
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/War and Conflict

A giant in American journalism in the vanguard of The Greatest Generation reveals his World War II experiences in this National Geographic book. Walter Cronkite, an obscure 23-year-old United Press wire service reporter, married Betsy Maxwell on March 30, 1940, following a four-year courtship. She proved to be the love of his life, and their marriage lasted happily until her death in 2005. But before Walter and Betsy Cronkite celebrated their second anniversary, he became a credentialed war correspondent, preparing to leave her behind to go overseas. The couple spent months apart in the summer and fall of 1942, as Cronkite sailed on convoys to England and North Africa across the submarine-infested waters of the North Atlantic. After a brief December leave in New York City spent with his young wife, Cronkite left again on assignment for England. This time, the two would not be reunited until the end of the war in Europe. Cronkite would console himself during their absence by writing her long, detailed letters—sometimes five in a week—describing his experiences as a war correspondent, his observations of life in wartime Europe, and his longing for her.


$16.95
Atlas of the Indian Nations
Atlas of the Indian Nations
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/Culture and Religion

Atlas of Indian Nations is a comprehensive resource for those interested in Native American history and culture. Told through maps, photos, art, and archival cartography, this is the story of American Indians that only National Geographic can tell. This illustrated atlas is perfect for fans of S. C. Gwynne's captivating book Empire of the Summer Moon, Hampton Side's Blood and Thunder, and National Geographic atlases, as well as those fascinated with the Old West. Organized by region, this encyclopedic reference details Indian tribes' beliefs, sustenance, shelter, alliances and animosities, key historical events, and more. See the linguistic groupings and understand the constantly shifting, overlapping boundaries of the tribes. Follow the movement, growth, decline, and continuity of Indian nations and their lifestyles.


$40.00
Journeys Home
Journeys Home
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Category: Books/Travel and Adventure/Travel Best Sellers

Addressing the explosive growth in ancestral travel, actor and travel writer Andrew McCarthy recounts his own quest to uncover his family's history along with 25 other individuals' stories from Sicily to Argentina to Taiwan to Russia and beyond. Each story offers a personal take on journeying home, including actively searching for previously unknown roots, meeting up with old family, and perhaps just visiting the old country to get a feel for one's origin. Sidebars and a hefty resource section provide tips and recommendations on how to go about your own research, and a foreword by the Genographic Project's Spencer Wells sets the scene. Stunning photographs along with family recipes round out this compelling narrative about embarking on your own exploration to discover your homeland.


$26.00