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National Geographic Almanac of World History, 3rd Edition
National Geographic Almanac of World History, 3rd Edition
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Epic in scope yet loaded with captivating detail, this completely updated edition of National Geographic's bestselling Almanac of World History encompasses all of human history, from ancient times to present. It is a rich chronicle of great ages and cultures told in a vivid and varied format, a masterly combination of visual appeal and authoritative heft, a book you'll read with fascination and refer to again and again. Divided into major eras and organized chronologically, each topic includes a detailed time line providing highlights of that period. Beautiful and compelling imagery and artwork show glimpses into the heart of each topic. Nearly 50 maps show major empires, boundaries, battles, trade routes, historical events, and other fascinating elements. A robust appendix lists world leaders of major regions from ancient times to the present, as well as other historical data. A detailed index facilitates easy research of specific topics.


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

With amazing facts of world history from the dawn of humanity to the 21st century, this incredible volume provides authoritative information culled from the extensive National Geographic archives. Find essays, detailed maps, charts, timelines, and more that create an indispensable tool for understanding both past and present.


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National Geographic Almanac of World History, 2nd Edition
National Geographic Almanac of World History, 2nd Edition
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History

From the first civilizations to the 21st century this wide-ranging, compulsively readable book encompasses all of world history: great ages and monumental events; the rise and fall of cultures; names, dates, and statistics, and stories galore. Designed as an authoritative reference that's also irresistible to browse, it's a brilliant blend of narrative, analysis, detailed facts, and visual variety including sidebars, time lines, and more than 200 maps and illustrations.


$24.95
The Medieval World
The Medieval World
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History

Sumptuously illustrating the vivid parade of a thousand years of history, this comprehensive historical atlas concentrates on the Mediterranean world but also shows what happened across the globe between A.D. 400 and 1500 —from the fall of Rome to the age of discovery. Every page glistens with period works of art, fascinating maps, quotes from medieval figures, close-ups of intriguing artifacts, and rich landscape photographs of the places where battles were fought and monarchs were crowned. For every century, a signature city is spotlighted to represent that era's developments. Time lines connect the many dramatic events that took place in these dark and exciting times, which continue to shape our world today. Written by a team of veteran National Geographic writers, this richly illustrated reference includes full index, reading list, and glossary.


$40.00
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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The Biblical World
The Biblical World
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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.


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Eyewitness to World War II
Eyewitness to World War II
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History

Eyewitness to World War II brings you closer than ever before to the greatest challenge a generation of Americans had ever faced. The unforgettable story of World War II is told through the words of those who lived it—both on the battlefield and the home front—creating a dramatic tapestry of the wartime experience. Personal writings and recollections of Roosevelt, Hitler, and Patton, as well as letters composed by soldiers at battle and diaries of women serving in the military at home, present an absorbing narrative that tells the entire history of the war from several perspectives.


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National Geographic Concise History of the World
National Geographic Concise History of the World
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History

From the dawn of humankind to today's global complexities, this monumental volume presents world history from an original perspective that provides fresh insights with every colorful spread. Few references are as invaluable, all-inclusive, and satisfying to browse. For readers of all ages, world history is easily accessible, depicted as never before—so that events occurring simultaneously around the world can be viewed at-a-glance together. For example, Texas Instruments launched the pocket calculator the same year the Soviet Union launched the first manned space station, in 1971. Columbus sailed from Spain the year Martin Behaim constructed a terrestrial globe in Nuremberg. The California Gold Rush followed the Irish Potato Famine in the 1840s, and the Greek dictatorship of Papadopoulos was overthrown the same year Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was deposed and U.S. president Nixon resigned, in 1974. The book's innovative time line truly sets it apart, allowing readers to scan across a spread and explore a single area or compare contemporary societies across the globe.


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1000 Events That Shaped the World
1000 Events That Shaped the World
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A fascinating sweep of global developments, this fact-filled book delivers National Geographic's mission: the world and all that is in it.


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National Geographic London Book of Lists
National Geographic London Book of Lists
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Category: Books/Travel and Adventure/Traveler Guidebooks/Europe

An eclectic and hugely entertaining illustrated compendium of more than 120 lists of London life, culture, and history, from its ancient Roman origins to the present day. This fun and easy-to-dip-into book is annotated with quotes, sidebars containing compelling facts and figures, snippets from diaries and other first-hand sources, old National Geographic magazine excerpts, and much more. Perfect for Anglophiles of all types.


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Guns, Germs, and Steel Book
Guns, Germs, and Steel Book
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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.


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National Geographic Essential Visual History of World Mythology
National Geographic Essential Visual History of World Mythology
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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.


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Lost History - Hardcover
Lost History - Hardcover
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In an era when the relationship between Islam and the West seems mainly defined by mistrust and misunderstanding, it is important to remember that for centuries Muslim civilization was the envy of the world. Lost History fills a significant void and is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the major role the early Muslims played in influencing modern society.


$26.00
Cultures on the Edge
Cultures on the Edge
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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.


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Collision with History
Collision with History
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On patrol in the Pacific in 1943, a U.S. Navy vessel is cut in half by an enemy destroyer. Its young skipper saves most of his crew, despite his own injuries… and goes on to become President of the United States. In this riveting new book, Titanic discoverer Dr. Robert Ballard takes you on his quest for John F. Kennedy's lost boat, PT-109. Archival photographs and personal stories bear witness to wartime danger and heroism.
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The Golden King: The World of Tutankhamun
The Golden King: The World of Tutankhamun
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Tutankhamun has mesmerized the world ever since Howard Carter's dramatic discovery of his treasure-filled tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922, a priceless trove that casts a spell on everyone that sees it. In this richly illustrated book, Egypt's leading archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, chronicles the Boy King and the royal dynasty that bred him.


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Lost History - Softcover
Lost History - Softcover
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In an era when the relationship between Islam and the West seems mainly defined by mistrust and misunderstanding, it is important to remember that for centuries Muslim civilization was the envy of the world.Lost History fills a significant void and is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the major the early Muslims played in influencing modern society.


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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.


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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.


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National Geographic Visual History of the World
National Geographic Visual History of the World
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National Geographic Visual History of the World guides readers through civilization, from ancient history to present day events, with more than 4,000 illustrations and photographs. No other volume offers such a comprehensive and richly illustrated chronicle of world events, from the construction of the Pyramids to the overthrow of the Taliban. See how momentous happenings, personalities, catastrophes, discoveries, and inventions unfold in a visually stimulating layout.


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National Geographic Concise History of World Religions
National Geographic Concise History of World Religions
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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.


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National Geographic Book of Peoples of the World
National Geographic Book of Peoples of the World
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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.


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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."


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Guns, Germs, and Steel 2-disc DVD Set
Guns, Germs, and Steel 2-disc DVD Set
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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.


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1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy Of Muslim Civilization
1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy Of Muslim Civilization
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1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization takes readers on a journey through years of forgotten Islamic history to discover one thousand fascinating scientific and technological inventions still being used throughout the world today. Take a look at all of the discoveries that led to the great technological advances of our time; engineering, early medicinal practices, and the origins of cartography are just a few of the areas explored in this book. 1001 Inventions provides unique insight into a significant time period in Muslim history that has been looked over by much of the world. A time where discoveries were made and inventions were created that have impacted how Western civilization and the rest of the world lives today. The book covers seven aspects of life relatable to everyone, including home, school, hospital, market, town, world, and universe.


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Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
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Category: Books/Travel and Adventure/Traveler Guidebooks/Latin America

Explore Rio de Janeiro's many streets and personalities—neighborhood by neighborhood—from samba clubs to the best shopping blocks, sandy beaches to history-rich favelas, and island excursions to savory meals. A history section grounds you in the region's geographic context, while each subsequent chapter packs numerous insider tips from National Geographic and local experts. Experiential sidebars reveal ways to participate in Rio culture, including dancing, cooking, biking, boating, and visiting festivals, parks, ports, or casinos. Whether you're sipping from a coconut husk at a sidewalk café, watching (or joining) hang gliders jump off the cliffs of São Conrado, or trying your hand at a traditional instrument in the music zone of Rua da Carioca, every page in this invaluable guide transports you to Rio long before you arrive. Perfect for visitors who are planning a trip to coincide with the 2014 World Cup or 2016 Olympic Games.


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Brazil
Brazil
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Category: Books/Travel and Adventure/Traveler Guidebooks/Latin America

As host of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil is poised to welcome thousands of visitors in the coming years. The world is open for travel and people are looking for new ways to experience a destination. The acclaimed National Geographic Traveler series offers just that. Each guide presents the place in full, beginning with an overview to help develop a game plan. Popular features include insider tips from National Geographic experts; not-to-be-missed lists; experiential sidebars; sections on contemporary life, history, and culture; special excursions; handy maps; and a hefty Travelwise selection with handpicked hotels and restaurants. This beautiful guide makes Brazil accessible to every traveler.


$27.95
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
Cronkite's War - Softcover
Cronkite's War - Softcover
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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
Ireland, 4th Edition
Ireland, 4th Edition
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On every page of National Geographic Traveler: Ireland, you'll find in-depth information on Ireland's rich history and culture, along with helpful hints on how to get around and how best to visit each site. Illustrated with 170 beautiful color photographs and two dozen maps, the guide also showcases several 3-D drawings that detail the intricate architectural features of Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin and the myriad plants found in the Burren heath. Insider tips from National Geographic and local experts point out favorite or little-known sites and events, and dozens of sidebars highlight experiences that allow the visitor to truly get inside the local culture, such as learning traditional dance in Galway, taking Irish language classes in Ennis, or volunteering to help restore the country's native boglands.


$27.95