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True stories: discovery / historical / scientific

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Carpathia

Carpathia

Author: Jay Ludowyke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/07/2018

In the early hours of 15 April 1912, the Cunard steamship Carpathia receives a distress call from the new White Star liner Titanic. Captain Arthur Rostron immediately turns Carpathia northwest and sails full speed through the dark night, into waters laden with icebergs, on a rescue mission that will become legendary. Almost a century later, Carpathia's wreck has finally been located. She's over 500 feet down and only a few divers in the world can attain these depths. Among them is Englishman Ric Waring's team. In this captivating and intensively researched story, we follow the dual narratives of Rostron and the daring rescue of the Titanic survivors by Carpathia, and of Waring's team and their dangerous determination to reach the wreck. Rich in history and drama, the true story of Carpathia from her launching to the sensational events of 1912, World War I and beyond is a compelling narrative that moves at the page-turning pace of the very best fiction.

16 Weeks and Everything After...

16 Weeks and Everything After...

Author: Paul Whymark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2018

At the 16 week foetal stage, Paul Whymark's brain development was frozen as a consequence of the drug, Thalidomide. His journey is one of considerable self discovery, but also reveals greater societal insights. 16 Weeks and Everything After... uncovers the remarkable fact that over the last 50-60 years the establishment has failed to genuinely independently review Thalidomide, and as a consequence, harms on developing life continue to have the potential to occur into the future. Worse is that the insidious nature of many of the unacknowledged harms of Thalidomide are still not related to the drug. Hence such consequences are unrecognised and are at odds with official and textbook accounts even over 50 years on. Therefore, as well as appealing to general readers and other professionals, this book urgently needs to be on every medical personnel's (or trainee personnel's) required reading list. 16 Weeks and Everything After... manages to communicate the minutia of subtle but all-important detail to uncover a quite different picture to that has been reported thus far. It has been written in an uplifting and heart-warming way, with the attitude of turning negatives into positives, but without losing sight of the underlying issues. The author has sought to stand up for his late mother, who like all mothers of children harmed by drugs consumed during pregnancy, carry the resulting additional challenges. This has sustained Paul's drive through the years of both official impasse and life's ups and downs. The book comprises a set of micro-narratives, but join together to reveal a significant personal journey in addition to a much larger and wider untold picture.

Rocket Men

Rocket Men

Author: Robert Kurson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2018

An Economist book of the year. Fifty years ago, Christmas 1968, Man first orbited the Moon. This book tells the inside story of that epic journey. In early 1968, the Apollo programme was on shaky footing. President Kennedy's end-of-decade deadline to put a man on the Moon was in jeopardy, and the Soviets were threatening to pull ahead in the space race. By August 1968, with its back against the wall, NASA decided to scrap its usual methodical approach and shoot for the heavens. With just four months to prepare, the agency would send the first men in history to the Moon. Focusing on three heroic astronauts and their families, this vivid, gripping narrative shows anew the epic danger and singular bravery it took for Man to leave Earth for the first time - and to arrive at a new world.

A Small Place

A Small Place

Author: Jamaica Kincaid, Jamaica Kincaid Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2018

The Lion Boy and Other Medical Curiosities

The Lion Boy and Other Medical Curiosities

Author: Jan Bondeson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2018

In this book of amazing oddities, the successor to his popular Cabinet of Medical Curiositiesand The Two-Headed Boy, Jan Bondeson explores various surprising and bizarre aspects of the history of medicine: Does people's hair go white after a sudden fright; can the image of the killer be seen in the eyes of a murdered person; does the severed head of a guillotined person maintain some degree of consciousness? Giants, dwarfs and medical freaks are paraded in front of the reader, to say nothing of Johnny Trunley, the Fat Boy of Peckham, who was a sensation in Edwardian show business, and his various rotund rivals. In this book, Bondeson combines a historian's research skills with a physician's diagnostic flair, as he explores our timeless fascination with the freakish and bizarre people and events in the colourful history of medicine.

Two Sisters

Two Sisters

Author: x Asne Seierstad Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2018

One morning in October 2013, nineteen-year-old Ayan Juma and her sixteen-year-old sister Leila left their family home in Oslo. Later that day they sent an email to their parents. 'Peace, God's mercy and blessings upon you, Mum and Dad ... Please do not be cross with us...' Leila and Ayan had decided to travel to Syria, 'and help out down there as best we can'. They had been planning for months. By the time their desperate father Sadiq tracks them to Turkey, they have already crossed the border. But Sadiq is determined to find them. What follows is the gripping, heartbreaking story of a family ripped apart. While Sadiq risks his own life to bring his daughters back, at home his wife Sara begins to question their life in Norway. How could her children have been radicalised without her knowledge? How can she protect her two younger sons from the same fate? Asne Seierstad - with the complete support of the Juma family - followed the story from the beginning, through its many dramatic twists and turns. It's a tale that crosses from Sadiq and Sara's original home in Somalia, to their council estate in Oslo, to Turkey and to Syria - where two teenage sisters must face the shocking consequences of their decision.

Two Sisters

Two Sisters

Author: x Asne Seierstad Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/03/2018

One morning in October 2013, nineteen-year-old Ayan Juma and her sixteen-year-old sister Leila left their family home in Oslo. Later that day they sent an email to their parents. 'Peace, God's mercy and blessings upon you, Mum and Dad ... Please do not be cross with us...' Leila and Ayan had decided to travel to Syria, 'and help out down there as best we can'. They had been planning for months. By the time their desperate father Sadiq tracks them to Turkey, they have already crossed the border. But Sadiq is determined to find them. What follows is the gripping, heartbreaking story of a family ripped apart. While Sadiq risks his own life to bring his daughters back, at home his wife Sara begins to question their life in Norway. How could her children have been radicalised without her knowledge? How can she protect her two younger sons from the same fate? Asne Seierstad - with the complete support of the Juma family - followed the story from the beginning, through its many dramatic twists and turns. It's a tale that crosses from Sadiq and Sara's original home in Somalia, to their council estate in Oslo, to Turkey and to Syria - where two teenage sisters must face the shocking consequences of their decision.

Diamonds and Stones in an Era of Gold

Diamonds and Stones in an Era of Gold

Author: Dr. Brian Collopy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/03/2018

Brazen

Brazen

Author: Penelope Bagieu Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/03/2018

'Penelope Bagieu ... is a kind of genius. This book already feels like a classic, one to be loved by every girl who reads it from now until the end of time.' Rachel Cooke, The Observer Immerse yourself in the captivating adventures of some of history's unsung heroines, whose stories are told through engaging voices, dazzling drawings and with startling wit. Discover the life of an apache warrior dubbed strong as a man and braver than most of them , the only female Empress of China, three rebel sisters who toppled a fascist regime, a dancer who escaped poverty in America to become the darling of the Paris jazz scene and a resistance fighter, and a little girl who grew up to realise that being a witch is better than being a princess. Take in the stories of volcanologists, astronauts, animal whisperers, activists and explorers and feel ready to take on the world. Illustrated by award-winning Parisian artist Penelope Bagieu, humorous dialogue and uncommon true tales make Brazen an ideal book for anyone who loves trail blazers and courageous women, from Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls to The Handmaid's Tale.

Au cA ur de l'Antarctique

Au cA ur de l'Antarctique

Author: Ernest H. Shackleton Format: eBook Release Date: 23/02/2018

Un carnet de bord qui prend vie ... pour une expedition scientifique incroyable !Le capitaine britannique Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) retrace l'expedition Nimrod, premiere tentative pour atteindre le pole Sud magnetique, de 1907 a 1909. Les membres de l'expedition s'arreterent a moins de 200 kilometres du pole Sud mais pour la premiere fois effectuerent l'ascension du mont Erebus et localiserent le pole magnetique.Ce recit de voyage explicatif nous demontre tout l'aspect humain d'une telle entrepriseEXTRAITLa principale difficulte a laquelle se heurtent presque tous les explorateurs lorsqu'ils veulent organiser un voyage, c'est le manque d'argent. Sous ce rapport, je n'etais guere en bonne posture. L'equipement d'une expedition antarctique entraine une depense de plusieurs centaines de mille francs, dont le recouvrement demeure tres aleatoire. Bien que mon programme eut ete etabli sur des bases aussi economiques que possible, pendant plus d'un an je ne pus reussir a trouver les sommes necessaires. Les recommandations que j'avais obtenues pour des gens fortunes demeuraient sans effet et mes efforts pour les persuader de l'importance de l'A uvre que je me proposais d'entreprendre restaient vains. Malgre ces insucces, je persistai dans ma resolution. C'est seulement, en decembre 1906, que quelques amis personnels me promirent leur appui financier. Encourage par cette confiance, je commencai de nouvelles demarches ; le 12 fevrier 1907, enfin, j'avais des promesses de souscription assez nombreuses pour pouvoir annoncer mon projet.A PROPOS DE L'AUTEURErnest Shackleton, ne le 15 fevrier 1874 a Kilkea en Irlande, et mort le 5 janvier 1922 dans l'ile de la Georgie du Sud, est un explorateur britannique, considere comme l'une des principales figures de l'age heroique de l'exploration en Antarctique et meme, par un expert en leadership tel que le britannique John Adair, comme le plus grand leader (civil) du XXe siecle.

Operation Chaos

Operation Chaos

Author: Matthew Sweet Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2018

October 1967 during the height of the Vietnam War Craig Anderson, John Barilla, Michael Lindner and Rick Bailey, deserted the US Intrepid; smuggled from Tokyo to Sweden via Moscow with the help of a Japanese anti-war group, a draft-card-burning Buddhist priest from Nebraska, and the staff of the Russian Embassy in Tokyo. Their act of defiance made them headline news around the world as the Intrepid Four, and inspired other disillusioned young conscripted soldiers to follow their escape to Sweden. Operation Chaos tells the true story of this group of U.S. military deserters who found asylum in Sweden during the Vietnam War and how in falling in league with the American Deserters Committee and its mysterious founder Michael Vale they became a thorn in the side of the US government during the Cold War. Travelling widely to Paris, Stockholm, North Carolina, Washington and New York visiting protected archives and meeting with the original agents and dissidents Matthew Sweet here uncovers their life underground, how the US government waged a determined campaign to discredit deserting soldiers, the story behind the secret scheme code named Operation Chaos, how the CIA tried to infiltrate this radical political group, an international game of cat and mouse and spiraling series of events winding all the way to the Manchurian Candidate scare of 1973/4, and the hunt for the victims of the brainwashing institutes of Sweden . Sweet's fascinating journey of discovery sheds new light on one of the great untold tales of the Cold War, where the facts are wilder than any work of fiction.