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Born in a poor, dangerous section of New Orleans known as The Battlefield, Louis Armstrong overcame tremendous odds to become one of the most important musicians of the 20th century. From his 1920s-era Hot Five recordings, which forever changed the face of jazz, to such latter-day pop hits as Hello, Dolly! and the well-known What a Wonderful World, Armstrong enjoyed a remarkable career that spanned more than five decades. In addition to touring the world and recording countless singles and full-length albums, Satchmo, as the trumpeter and singer was known, starred in movies, hobnobbed with celebrities, hosted radio programs, wrote memoirs and magazine articles, and appeared on TV talk shows. Read about the wonderful life of one of America's most beloved musicians in Louis Armstrong.
From overfishing and whaling to pollution and pirates, a number of significant issues are impacting the oceans in the 21st century. The selections contained in this volume chart the most significant of these problems and describe the political structures in place to confront them.
Such social networking websites as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter have revolutionized communication, changing the ways in which friends stay in touch, companies advertise products, and politicians reach voters, to name but three of their uses. This collection of articles traces the evolution of social networking, considering both its usefulness and potential dangers.
The U.S. National Debate subject for 2010, this volume examines if and to what extent America should reduce its military presence around the globe, with a special focus on Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey, Japan and South Korea.
Examines the history, technology, manufacture and application of physical robots. The topics explored include the promise of nanotechnology and artificial intelligence, among other issues.
Surveys various supernatural phenomena, from ghosts and extra sensory perception (ESP), to UFOs and cryptozoology, examining whether they have any scientific validity and why people find them so fascinating. Chapter headings include Why We Believe, America's Haunted Army, Is There Anybody Out There?, and The Myth Hunters.
The human brain has been called the most complex structure in the known universe. Weighing just three pounds, it comprises some 100 billion nerve cells which together form a vast network of connections.This Reference Shelf title examines what modern science has taught us about the brain and considers what remains to be discovered.