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An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy
An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy
(Based on 3 reviews)
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
America Before Columbus DVD
America Before Columbus DVD
(Based on 6 reviews)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/Ancient Civilizations

History books traditionally depict the pre-Columbus Americas as a pristine wilderness where small native villages lived in harmony with nature. But scientific evidence tells us that America wasn't exactly a "New World," but a very old one whose inhabitants had built a vast infrastructure of cities, orchards, canals, and causeways. But after Columbus set foot in the Americas, an endless wave of explorers, conquistadors and settlers arrived, and with each of their ships came a Noah's Ark of plants, animals—and disease. In the first 100 years of contact, entire civilizations were wiped out and the landscape was changed forever.


$24.95
The Lost JFK Tapes: The Assassination DVD
The Lost JFK Tapes: The Assassination DVD
(Based on 1 review)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/U.S. History

For nearly 45 years, hundreds of hours of news footage and radio reports quietly languished in Dallas—first kept under wraps by the local news stations who owned them, then in the vault of a museum dedicated to preserving the memory of the day John F. Kennedy was killed.


$24.95
Russia's Last Tsar DVD Exclusive
Russia's Last Tsar DVD Exclusive
(Based on 1 review)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/World Cultures

Witness the wrenching story of the collapse of the Romanov dynasty. Nicholas II had absolute power over his vast realm, yet he was helpless in the face of his son's hemophilia. Enter Rasputin, a wild-living Siberian "holy man" whose apparent ability to heal the heir won him the loyalty of Empress Alexandra—to the dismay of almost everyone else.


$19.95
Secrets of Florence DVD Exclusive
Secrets of Florence DVD Exclusive
(Based on 1 review)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/World Cultures

National Geographic visits unearthed Roman theaters, medieval streets, and secret tunnels, bringing new light to Florence's lesser-known, dark history. Art detective and National Geographic Fellow Maurizio Seracini reveals history using a thermocamera to reveal long-lost architectural layers in some of the city's most famous landmarks.


$19.95
Secrets of the Virgin Queen DVD-R
Secrets of the Virgin Queen DVD-R
(Based on 1 review)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/World Cultures

They called her the Virgin Queen—England's first Queen Elizabeth, a revered ruler in her own lifetime. Yet behind her fame lie many dark secrets, and an unsolved mystery: Why didn't the queen marry and provide an heir to the throne?


$19.95
$9.99
Guns, Germs, and Steel 2-disc DVD Set
Guns, Germs, and Steel 2-disc DVD Set
(Based on 1 review)
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
George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview DVD-R
George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview DVD-R
(Based on 3 reviews)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/U.S. History

Until now, former president George W. Bush, has never discussed on camera what he was thinking and feeling, and what drove his real-time, life-or-death decisions in the first minutes, hours and days after the attacks of September 11, 2001.


$19.95
$4.99
Secret Lives of the Apostles DVD-R
Secret Lives of the Apostles DVD-R
(Based on 2 reviews)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/Religion

In a mere three or four decades, the seeds of a global religion spread across the Roman Empire. In an age with no Internet, no mass media, no planes, trains or fossil fuel, how did it happen? National Geographic investigates the mysterious decades following Jesus’ death, and the group of 12 common men who traveled thousands of miles, risked their lives and sacrificed everything to spread Jesus’ message.


$19.95
Civil Warriors 3-DVD Set
Civil Warriors 3-DVD Set
(Based on 1 review)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/U.S. History

In the wake of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, National Geographic follows descendants of ordinary Americans as they embark on personal journeys to discover the stories of their ancestors in the bloodiest war in American history.


$29.95
Secret Weapon of the Confederacy DVD-R
Secret Weapon of the Confederacy DVD-R
(Based on 1 review)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/U.S. History

It was the first submarine ever to sink an enemy ship, but after only one successful mission the H.L. Hunley vanished with its crew and lay hidden for more than a century. The circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the Confederacy's secret weapon have remained an enduring mystery since the Civil War era, but now NGC has uncovered what may have brought it down.


$19.95
The Gospel of Judas DVD
The Gospel of Judas DVD
(Based on 5 reviews)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/Religion

He's one of the most hated men in history: Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus. For centuries, his name has meant treachery and deceit. Hidden for nearly two thousand years, an ancient Gospel emerges from the sands of Egypt that tells a very different version of the last days of Jesus and questions the portrait of Judas Iscariot as the evil apostle.


$24.95
$4.99
Birth of Civilization DVD
Birth of Civilization DVD
(Based on 1 review)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/Ancient Civilizations

The Earth has witnessed the birth, growth and disappearance of numerous species. But one species, Homo sapiens, set off to conquer the world. Man hunted and domesticated animals, built cities, developed complex civilizations, and also created war in his quest to dominate throughout time.


$24.95
The Golden King: The World of Tutankhamun
The Golden King: The World of Tutankhamun
(Based on 2 reviews)
Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History

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.


$19.95
Heroin Crisis DVD Exclusive
Heroin Crisis DVD Exclusive
(Based on 2 reviews)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/World Cultures

Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs on earth. Stronger, purer, and easier to get than ever before, heroin is attracting a whole new breed of addict. Dangerously pure, the newest forms of heroin can be snorted or smoked, rather than injected, attracting millions of new mainstream users. National Geographic investigates how the war in Afghanistan has inadvertently unleashed a deluge of heroin, enticing users from Kabul to Europe to America's heartland.


$19.95
$14.99
Collapse: Based on the Book by Jared Diamond Blu-Ray Disc
Collapse: Based on the Book by Jared Diamond Blu-Ray Disc
(Based on 2 reviews)
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
(Based on 2 reviews)
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
The President's Photographer DVD
The President's Photographer DVD
(Based on 1 review)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/U.S. History

Peter Souza is never far behind President Obama. In fact, sometimes he’s ahead of him. As the President’s chief White House photographer, Souza is the President’s shadow.

With unprecedented access, National Geographic follows the President’s photographer inside the Obama White House—aboard Air Force One, backstage at the State of the Union, and into the heart of the West Wing. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday grit of the American presidency and a chance to see what it’s like to cover the most powerful man in the world—for history. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.


$24.95
Living Treasures of Japan DVD Exclusive
Living Treasures of Japan DVD Exclusive
(Based on 1 review)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/World Cultures

Amid the clamor of technological and economic success, a reverence for age, custom, and tradition endures in Japanese culture. The honorable title, "Living National Treasure", is the highest award that can be achieved in the Japanese arts. Some seventy master craftsmen and performers are bestowed with this title and are charged with passing on the country's artistic heritage to future generations. Living Treasures of Japan takes you into the homes and workshops of the remarkable people who quietly keep Japan's most precious creative traditions alive.


$19.95
Inside Death Row DVD Exclusive
Inside Death Row DVD Exclusive
(Based on 1 review)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/U.S. History

It's the busiest execution chamber in the country. In the small town of Huntsville, Texas 18 inmates were executed in 2008 alone, 423 between 1982 and 2008. National Geographic provides rare access inside this center of the capital punishment controversy. In intimate interviews, meet those scheduled to be executed in just weeks and learn how they struggle through each day knowing the exact date and hour of their death. And find out how the residents of Huntsville feel about living in a town that's ground zero for capital punishment in the United States.


$19.95
$10.99
Child Mummy Sacrifice DVD Exclusive
Child Mummy Sacrifice DVD Exclusive
(Based on 1 review)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/World Cultures

Ten years ago, anthropologist Johan Reinhard, accompanied by Argentine and Peruvian colleagues, uncovered a sacred site at 22,000-feet on Mt. Llullaillaco. Beneath rock and ice, they discovered three Inca children each perfectly preserved. A six-year-old girl, a seven-year-old boy and a 15-year-old teenager they named the Maiden.


$19.95
$5.99
Nazi Secret Weapons DVD Exclusive
Nazi Secret Weapons DVD Exclusive
(Based on 1 review)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/War and Military

Just prior to the end of World War II, the German military secretly undertook a massive push to design miracle weapons—colossal tanks, the world's first guided missiles, and high-speed jets that could attack New York. Now, nearly 60 years later, a team of experts examines the original blueprints to determine if these so-called "Wunderwaffen," or "wonder weapons," could have changed the outcome of the war.


$19.95
Hard Time Season Two 2-DVD-R Set
Hard Time Season Two 2-DVD-R Set
(Based on 1 review)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/U.S. History

Behind bars, there are two sets of rules: prison protocol and convict code. To survive one, you might have to break the other. So begins another day in a brutal world, where respect is hard-won, time is distorted, violence is a constant threat and redemption is an elusive quest.


$29.95
$5.99
Ultimate World War II DVD Collection Deluxe Edition
Ultimate World War II DVD Collection Deluxe Edition
(Based on 4 reviews)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/War and Military

Relive our nation's most heroic moments with The Ultimate World War II Collection: Deluxe Edition, a compelling anthology featuring six of National Geographic's critically acclaimed World War II documentary films. This definitive, collectible set explores the startling stories and dramatic battles of the world's greatest global conflict in over six hours of riveting drama.


$54.95
Inside the White House DVD
Inside the White House DVD
(Based on 1 review)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/U.S. History

Step inside the imposing gates of the White House for a revealing visit to the most famous, yet mysterious building in America. Discover the human side of this legendary house in candid interviews with Presidents and First Ladies, and peek inside the families' rarely-seen private living quarters. Follow along as a small army of employees whirls behind the scenes in a frenzy of activity surrounding a major state dinner.


$24.95
Border Wars Season Three DVD-R Set
Border Wars Season Three DVD-R Set
(Based on 3 reviews)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/War and Military

Long description.


$29.95
Inside 9/11: The War Continues DVD-R
Inside 9/11: The War Continues DVD-R
(Based on 1 review)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/U.S. History

Long description.


$19.95
$14.99
War Machine DVD-R
War Machine DVD-R
(Based on 1 review)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/War and Military

Long description.


$19.95
$12.99
Inside Hurricane Katrina DVD
Inside Hurricane Katrina DVD
(Based on 1 review)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/U.S. History

August 29, 2005: Hurricane Katrina, a category four hurricane, hits land and storms across Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, leaving in her wake a trail of devastation. Now, in this television special, the National Geographic Channel will take viewers on an in-depth examination of Katrina and uncover the decisions and circumstances that impacted countless Gulf of Mexico residents. Why were so many people left in the path of the storm and why was the response so delayed?


$24.95
$1.99
Crime Lords of Tokyo DVD-R
Crime Lords of Tokyo DVD-R
(Based on 1 review)
Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/World Cultures

Tokyo: orderly, modern, and seemingly safe. But this vast neon city hides a dark secret. For the millions who live here, it’s something you don’t see every day, and you may never encounter it face to face. For people on the inside, however, nothing could be more obvious than the power of Japan’s infamous organized crime syndicates known as the Yakuza.


$19.95
$3.99