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History's Great Untold Stories
History's Great Untold Stories
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History

This eye-catching volume combines vivid first-hand accounts of pivotal events in history with authoritative commentary. Revealing startling links among events and people separated by centuries and continents, the epic struggles and bombastic personalities have been carefully chosen for their power to challenge some of the fiercest debates of our time.


$24.00
Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes DVD-R
Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes DVD-R
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Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/U.S. History

The discovery of a human skull in the depths of Lake Superior begins a story that will take historian and author Brendon Baillod across two Great Lakes and a century of history. It takes him and a team of elite technical divers more than 20 miles off Milwaukee where they discover the wreck of one of Lake Michigans lost queens. It takes them to the remote waters of Lake Superior where they risk their lives to determine the identity of yet another lost ship. And it takes us into the forgotten life of a brave and stubborn woman who lived, and died, on these wild waters. Whether her presence cursed these lost ships, or a more earthly explanation can be found, the Great Lakes reputation as a graveyard for mariners stands firm.


$19.95
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 Great Inca Rebellion DVD
The Great Inca Rebellion DVD
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Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/Ancient Civilizations

History reports that the mighty Inca were swiftly wiped out by a small band of Conquistadors. But new evidence is being unearthed that may help re-write history. Remains of those who died in battle have been discovered, and for the first time physical evidence is suggesting that Spain's conquest of the Incan Empire may have actually taken twenty years. Brought to life through CGI reconstruction and reenactments, the untold epic saga of decades of guerilla warfare and rebellion are finally revealed as National Geographic uncovers the truth behind the Inca's last stand.


$24.95
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San Francisco's Great Quake DVD
San Francisco's Great Quake DVD
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Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/U.S. History

On April 18, 1906, the greatest natural disaster in American history strikes without warning. Concrete buildings explode into clouds of dust and rubble, and fires break out by the thousands. For the next three days, San Francisco's corrupt and charismatic Mayor takes the helm of this city under siege, making decisions that are swift and radical. This is the terrifying and inspiring tale of a pitched battle between man and nature told by the stories of people who lived through it.


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Great Empires
Great Empires
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History

Experience what life was like when pharaohs erected the majestic pyramids; when Hannibal commanded Carthage's 40,000 troops; when Charlemagne was crowned Holy Roman Emperor; and when the drive to conquer defined the destiny of leaders and the lives of ordinary people. Much of human history is destined to be forgotten—but thousands of years have not erased the epic stories of the great empires of the world. Great Empires sweeps through the ages, uncovering the secrets of dynasties from the dawn of human civilization to the 20th century and tracing the path of power around the globe and across the centuries. Each chapter delves into the times, places, and historical forces that gave rise to legendary warriors, charismatic kings, and lasting dynasties.


$40.00
Wrath of the Tsar: Peter the Great DVD
Wrath of the Tsar: Peter the Great DVD
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Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/World Cultures

Join Icons of Power as we get swept up in the whirlwind of Russia's greatest Tsar, following his journey from traumatic childhood to his triumphs on the battlefields and seas of Eurasia. Lush, dramatic reenactments and rich cinematography will heighten our feel for the terrible bloodshed of Peter's youth, the evolution of his unrelenting passions, and the obsession with everything new that would define his life and his reign.


$24.95
Empress of Ambition: Catherine the Great DVD
Empress of Ambition: Catherine the Great DVD
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Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/World Cultures

Join National Geographic's Icons of Power as we venture into the court of the Empress Catherine the Great and bear witness to epic history and scandals of truly royal proportions. With sweeping cinematography and rich, dramatic reenactments soaked in 18th Century detail, Catherine the Great traces Catherine's journey from a humble, impoverished home in Germany to the throne of an empire that spanned one-sixth of the globe.


$24.95
Unlocking the Great Pyramid DVD
Unlocking the Great Pyramid DVD
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Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/Ancient Civilizations

When ancient architects completed construction on the Great Pyramid at Giza, they left behind the greatest riddle of the engineering world—how did builders lift limestone blocks weighing an average of two and a half tons 480 feet up onto the top of the Pyramid? For centuries, adventurers and Egyptologists have crawled through every passageway and chamber of the Pyramid, measuring and collecting data in an attempt to determine how it was built.


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Moving North: African Americans and the Great Migration 1915-1930
Moving North: African Americans and the Great Migration 1915-1930
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Category: Books/Kids Books and Atlases/History

After the Civil War, the South went through a period of rebuilding, termed Reconstruction, but because many white people in the South were not ready to accept African Americans as equals, unfair laws were passed which restricted the rights of blacks. These Black Codes and Jim Crow laws left African Americans in a segregated world.

Life was better in the north in many ways for African Americans. The 1920s brought jobs and money—until The Great Depression hit. The Depression made times more difficult and left many homeless and jobless. The Harlem Renaissance ended, and many blacks left the cities seeking jobs wherever they could find them. Despite the hard times that followed, the Great Migration had brought many blessings for African Americans.


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$9.99
Into the Great Pyramid DVD
Into the Great Pyramid DVD
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Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/Ancient Civilizations

Noted Egyptologist Zahi Al-Hawass showcases the most up-to-date archaeological work going on in Egypt and reveals new discoveries that may shed light on some of the most enduring mysteries of the pyramids. You'll witness the opening of Egypt's oldest intact sarcophagus and follow a specially-designed robot as it reveals what lies beyond a blocking stone in the Great Pyramid's mysterious southern shaft. You'll learn more about how the Great Pyramids were built, as a worker's city is unearthed and its clues are revealed for the first time.


$24.95
An Uncommon History of Common Things
An Uncommon History of Common Things
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Category: Books/Science and Space

Our inquisitive species just loves tinkering, testing, and pushing the limits, and this delightfully different book is a freewheeling reference to hundreds of customs, notions, and inventions that reflect human ingenuity throughout history.


$40.00
Great Mysteries Classics DVD Collection
Great Mysteries Classics DVD Collection
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Category: DVDs/Adventure and Exploration

Explore some of history’s enduring mysteries in this three-disc collection featuring five National Geographic classics. Join the quest to reveal the real story behind Princess Anastasia’s death; investigate the mysterious disappearances of ships, planes and people in the Bermuda Triangle; and join the search for new clues to what really happened during the infamous escape from Alcatraz. From Amelia Earhart’s shocking disappearance to tantalizing new clues surrounding the identity of Jack the Ripper, National Geographic explores history’s great unsolved mysteries from a fresh perspective, revealing new evidence, theories and insights.


$29.95
Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West Blu-ray Disc
Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West Blu-ray Disc
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Category: DVDs/Adventure and Exploration

Relive one of the greatest tales of adventure and exploration in history, as National Geographic brings to life the epic journey of Lewis, Clark, their guide Sacagawea, and the brave Corps of Discovery across the land that would become the United States. Now, two hundred years after the launch of this ambitious expedition, experience first-hand the danger and breathtaking beauty of the unknown West as it unfolded before the eyes of Lewis & Clark.


$34.95
The Great Dinosaur Escape DVD-R
The Great Dinosaur Escape DVD-R
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Category: DVDs/Animals and Nature/Animals and Wildlife

Long description.


$19.95
National Geographic Exploring History: Great Women Special Issue
National Geographic Exploring History: Great Women Special Issue
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Category: Magazines/National Geographic Magazine

Throughout history, women have been disruptors. Covering the worlds of art, science, exploration, sports and entertainment this latest issue of Exploring History showcases many of these great women. Follow the lives of Cleopatra, the Last pharaoh of ancient Egypt, Queen Elizabeth I, who defined an era, Catherine the Great, who oversaw a golden age of modernization in Russia, Sacagawea, interpreter and guide to Lewis and Clark, and Harriet Tubman, who helped rescue more than 300 slaves through the Underground Railroad. Full of maps, illustrations, and graphics each page is a treasure of information on the well-known and not so well-known great women of history.


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Lost Kingdom of the Maya DVD Exclusive
Lost Kingdom of the Maya DVD Exclusive
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Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/Ancient Civilizations

Explore the ruins of the most highly developed civilization in the jungles of Mexico and Central America that mysteriously collapsed more than a thousand years ago. You'll hear the startling story of the kingdom's downfall and witness ancient rituals re-enacted on sites where they originally occurred.


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National Geographic Classics: Mysteries of the Past DVD Collection
National Geographic Classics: Mysteries of the Past DVD Collection
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Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/Ancient Civilizations

National Geographic explores great mysteries of the past in this collection of 6 library classics.


$24.95
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
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
Civil Warriors 3-DVD Set
Civil Warriors 3-DVD Set
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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
Secrets of Jerusalem's Holiest Sites DVD
Secrets of Jerusalem's Holiest Sites DVD
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Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/Religion

Its name means ''city of peace.'' But as a focal point of three major world religions, and home to some of those faiths' holiest sites, Jerusalem has witnessed 3,000 years of bloody conflict, intrigue and passion. National Geographic, with exclusive access, intimately explores locales held sacred by Christians, Jews and Muslims.


$24.95
Birth of Civilization DVD
Birth of Civilization DVD
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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.


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Receding Tide
Receding Tide
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/History

It's a poignant irony in American history that on Independence Day, 1863, not one but two pivotal battles ended in Union victory, marked the high tide of Confederate military fortune, and ultimately doomed the South's effort at secession. But on July 4, 1863, after six months of siege, Ulysses Grant's Union army finally took Vicksburg and the Confederate west.


$28.00
Inside The Vatican - Expanded Edition
Inside The Vatican - Expanded Edition
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Category: Books/Culture, History and Religion/Culture and Religion

Veteran National Geographic photographer Jim Stanfield has captured nearly every corner of the Vatican, the world's smallest country and the center of the Roman Catholic Church.


$19.95
The Quest for Noah's Flood and Egypt: Secrets of the Pharaohs DVD
The Quest for Noah's Flood and Egypt: Secrets of the Pharaohs DVD
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Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/Ancient Civilizations

National Geographic commemorates 125 years of exploration by reintroducing timeless classics featuring "great explorations" from its archives.


$24.95
When Rome Ruled 3-DVD Set
When Rome Ruled 3-DVD Set
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Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/World Cultures

National Geographic's groundbreaking 8-part series reveals ancient Rome's hidden treasures and untold stories as never before. From iconic figures including Caligula, Caesar and Constantine, to epic events such as the eruption of Vesuvius, the invasion of Britain, and fall of Rome, When Rome Ruled reveals a startling up-to-date vision of the ancient empire and challenges our perception of what we know about the Romans and their lives. New discoveries about the Roman gladiators, Pompeii doomsday, and Caesar's assassination provide fresh insights into the empire that not only influenced Western civilization, but created it.


$34.95
Pearl Harbor Legacy of Attack DVD
Pearl Harbor Legacy of Attack DVD
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Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/War and Military

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard tackles one of the enduring mysteries of World War II—the role of a Japanese midget sub in the attack on Pearl Harbor. As he heads out to locate the sub's wreckage, Ballard is intrigued by the possibilities. Was the submarine Pearl Harbor's first casualty? Could it have escaped the U.S. destroyer that fired upon it? And, perhaps most critical, why didn't the sub's presence tip American forces to the approaching attack?

Ballard's quest is only part of the story. Survivors' accounts describe the attack in gripping, horrifying detail, and commentary by esteemed historian Stephen Ambrose sets Pearl Harbor into its historical context. Footage from a remotely operated submersible yields unprecedented glimpses of the U.S.S. Arizona, the downed battleship that still rests in the murky waters of Pearl Harbor.


$24.95
Alaska State Troopers: Season One 2-DVD Set
Alaska State Troopers: Season One 2-DVD Set
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Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/U.S. History

They are the first line of defense on the last frontier, the roughly 400 state troopers who patrol the rugged and unforgiving terrain of Alaska. One of the toughest law enforcement agencies in the nation, these officers often travel hundreds of miles in piercing subzero temperatures, where any person they encounter could be armed.


$27.95
Casino Wars DVD-R
Casino Wars DVD-R
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Category: DVDs/Culture, History and Religion/U.S. History

Professional cheaters have come a long way from counting cards. Today, modern gadgets including lasers and microcomputers are helping them beat the house. Meet a former cheater who used a light-wand to swindle $1 million from slot machines. Then, at the Aria Hotel and Casino, gain exclusive access to a subterranean surveillance facility where the latest advancements in digital surveillance and biometric identification technology are being used.


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