A Siberian Winter's Tale - Cycling to the Edge of Insanity and the End of the World

Author: Helen Lloyd

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780957660625

Category:

Page: 262

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A Journey of Discovery driven by the Call of the Wild. In the depth of winter, Helen Lloyd spent three months cycling solo across one of the most remote, coldest inhabited regions of the planet - Siberia. In temperatures down to -50 C, she battled against the cold, overcoming her fear of wolves and falling through the ice of a frozen lake. Alone in a hibernating land with little to stimulate the senses, the biggest challenges were with her mind as she struggled with the solitude. With flashes of humour and riveting, graphic descriptions that will have you living each moment with her, Helen Lloyd describes the fear, uncertainty and joy of riding through a frozen, icy world. Yet, A Siberian Winter's Tale is a touching story full of warm-hearted moments that are gifted to Helen by strangers along the Road of Bones."
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Brothers on the Bashkaus

A Siberian Paddling Adventure

Author: Eugene Buchanan

Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing

ISBN: 9781555916084

Category: Travel

Page: 238

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A harrowing adventure that follows a group of Westerners on a paddling trip down the Bashkaus River in Siberia. Ultimately, they find that the river creates a common bond regardless of race, religion, or nationality--a bond in which a group of strangers truly come together as brothers.
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Desert Snow

One Girl's Take on Africa by Bike

Author: Helen Lloyd

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780957660601

Category: Africa

Page: 331

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Desert Snow is the story of one girl, one bike and 1,000 beers in Africa. By daring to follow a dream and not letting fear prevail, Helen cycled across the Sahara, Sahel and tropics of West Africa, paddled down the Niger River in a pirogue, hitch-hiked to Timbuktu and spent three months traversing the Congo, which she thought she may never leave... A lot can change in 2 years, cycling 25,000km from England to Cape Town. So can nothing. Helen takes you with her on the journey through every high and low of her memories and misadventures. She describes a continent brimming with diversity that is both a world away from what she knows and yet not so different at all.
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The Tiger

A True Story of Vengeance and Survival

Author: John Vaillant

Publisher: Knopf Canada

ISBN: 0307375277

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

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It's December 1997 and a man-eating tiger is on the prowl outside a remote village in Russia's Far East. The tiger isn't just killing people, it's annihilating them, and a team of men and their dogs must hunt it on foot through the forest in the brutal cold. To their horrified astonishment it emerges that the attacks are not random: the tiger is engaged in a vendetta. Injured and starving, it must be found before it strikes again, and the story becomes a battle for survival between the two main characters: Yuri Trush, the lead tracker, and the tiger itself. As John Vaillant vividly recreates the extraordinary events of that winter, he also gives us an unforgettable portrait of a spectacularly beautiful region where plants and animals exist that are found nowhere else on earth, and where the once great Siberian Tiger - the largest of its species, which can weigh over 600 lbs at more than 10 feet long - ranges daily over vast territories of forest and mountain, its numbers diminished to a fraction of what they once were. We meet the native tribes who for centuries have worshipped and lived alongside tigers - even sharing their kills with them - in a natural balance. We witness the first arrival of settlers, soldiers and hunters in the tiger's territory in the 19th century and 20th century, many fleeing Stalinism. And we come to know the Russians of today - such as the poacher Vladimir Markov - who, crushed by poverty, have turned to poaching for the corrupt, high-paying Chinese markets. Throughout we encounter surprising theories of how humans and tigers may have evolved to coexist, how we may have developed as scavengers rather than hunters and how early Homo sapiens may have once fit seamlessly into the tiger's ecosystem. Above all, we come to understand the endangered Siberian tiger, a highly intelligent super-predator, and the grave threat it faces as logging and poaching reduce its habitat and numbers - and force it to turn at bay. Beautifully written and deeply informative, The Tiger is a gripping tale of man and nature in collision, that leads inexorably to a final showdown in a clearing deep in the Siberian forest. From the Hardcover edition.
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The Reindeer People

Living with Animals and Spirits in Siberia

Author: Piers Vitebsky

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618773572

Category: Religion

Page: 464

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An anthropologist describes life among the Eveny people of Siberia, detailing their nomadic way of life in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, their close relationship with the reindeer who share their environment, and their successful survival despite their harsh living conditions and Soviet efforts at control. Reprint.
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Nobody Told Me

From Basement Band to Jack and the John Lennon Sessions

Author: Ken Geringer

Publisher: Hipway PressInc

ISBN: 9780970712608

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 260

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The former music company executive documents his life and career, from his misspent youth in Rockland County, New York, during the 1970s to his rise as a successful businessman, and collaboration with record producer Jack Douglas.
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Unbroken

A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Author: Laura Hillenbrand

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 0812974492

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 500

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Relates the story of a U.S. airman who survived when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II, spent forty-seven days adrift in the ocean before being rescued by the Japanese Navy, and was held as a prisoner until the end of the war.
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The Company of Strangers

A Natural History of Economic Life

Author: Paul Seabright

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400834785

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 400

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The Company of Strangers shows us the remarkable strangeness, and fragility, of our everyday lives. This completely revised and updated edition includes a new chapter analyzing how the rise and fall of social trust explain the unsustainable boom in the global economy over the past decade and the financial crisis that succeeded it. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, history, psychology, and literature, Paul Seabright explores how our evolved ability of abstract reasoning has allowed institutions like money, markets, cities, and the banking system to provide the foundations of social trust that we need in our everyday lives. Even the simple acts of buying food and clothing depend on an astonishing web of interaction that spans the globe. How did humans develop the ability to trust total strangers with providing our most basic needs?
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Wealth And Poverty Of Nations

Author: David S. Landes

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349141444

Category: Social Science

Page: 672

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The history of nations is a history of haves and have-nots, and as we approach the millennium, the gap between rich and poor countries is widening. In this engrossing and important new work, eminent historian David Landes explores the complex, fascinating and often startling causes of the wealth and poverty of nations. The answers are found not only in the large forces at work in economies: geography, religion, the broad swings of politics, but also in the small surprising details. In Europe, the invention of spectacles doubled the working life of skilled craftsmen, and played a prominent role in the creation of articulated machines, and in China, the failure to adopt the clock fundamentally hindered economic development. The relief of poverty is vital to the survival of us all. As David Landes brilliantly shows, the key to future success lies in understanding the lessons the past has to teach us - lessons uniquely imparted in this groundbreaking and vital book which exemplifies narrative history at its best.
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Vilnius Poker

Author: Ričardas Gavelis,Elizabeth Novickas

Publisher: Open Letter Books

ISBN: 1934824054

Category: Fiction

Page: 485

View: 2012

four different perspectives, and it captures the surreal horror of life under the Soviet yoke." --Book Jacket.
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Moods of Future Joys

Around the World by Bike Part One: From England to South Africa

Author: Alastair Humphreys,Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Publisher: Eye Books (US&CA)

ISBN: 1908646039

Category: Travel

Page: 250

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An updated edition including new color photographs and a new afterword looking back at the journeyAlastair Humphreys' around-the-world journey of 46,000 miles was an old-fashioned adventure: long, lonely, low-budget, and spontaneous. Cycling across five continents and sailing over the oceans, his ride took four years to complete, on a tiny budget of hoarded student loans. Here is the story of the first remarkable stage of the expedition. Just two weeks into the ride the September 11th attacks changed everything. All Humphreys' plans went out the window and, instead of riding towards Australia, he suddenly found himself pedaling through the Middle East and Africa and on toward Cape Town. This book recounts an epic journey that succeeded through Humphreys' trust in the kindness of strangers, at a time where the interactions of our global community are more confused and troubled than ever.
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The Lost Beliefs of Northern Europe

Author: Dr Hil Davidson

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415049368

Category: Social Science

Page: 181

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Fragments of ancient belief mingle with folklore and Christian dogma until the original tenets are lost in the myths and psychologies of the intervening years. Hilda Ellis Davidson illustrates how pagan beliefs have been represented and misinterpreted by the Christian tradition, and throws light on the nature of pre-Christian beliefs and how they have been preserved. The Lost Beliefs of Northern Europe stresses both the possibilities and the difficulties of investigating the lost religious beliefs of Northern Europe.
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The Buffalo Runners

Children's Fiction

Author: R. M. Ballantyne

Publisher: VM eBooks

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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CHAPTER ONE. A TALE OF THE RED RIVER PLAINS. CHAPTER TWO. A LAZY COUPLE DESCRIBED--AND ROUSED. CHAPTER THREE. TO THE RESCUE. CHAPTER FOUR. TELLS OF LOVE, DUTY, STARVATION, AND MURDER. CHAPTER FIVE. SAVED. CHAPTER SIX. DISCORD AND DECEIT, ETCETERA. CHAPTER SEVEN. VIXEN DELIVERED AND WOLVES DEFEATED. CHAPTER EIGHT. STIRRING EVENTS DESCRIBED. CHAPTER NINE. OLD PEG. CHAPTER TEN. ARCHIE AND LITTLE BILL DO WONDERS. CHAPTER ELEVEN. SHOWS SOME OF THE TROUBLES OF PIONEER COLONISTS. CHAPTER TWELVE. ROUND THE CAMP-FIRES. CHAPTER THIRTEEN. DIFFICULTIES OF VARIOUS KINDS OVERCOME. CHAPTER FOURTEEN. TREACHERY IN THE AIR. CHAPTER FIFTEEN. A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND INDEED. CHAPTER SIXTEEN. AN EVENING IN THE CAMP. CHAPTER SEVENTEEN. THE BUFFALO-HUNT. CHAPTER EIGHTEEN. ADVENTURES OF ARCHIE AND THE SEAMAN. CHAPTER NINETEEN. BRIGHT HOPES TERMINATE IN FURIOUS WAR. CHAPTER TWENTY. LITTLE BILL BECOMES A DIFFICULTY. CHAPTER TWENTY ONE. AN AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING AND SUSPICIOUS ENDING. CHAPTER TWENTY TWO. CIRCUMVENTING THE RED-SKINS. CHAPTER TWENTY THREE. A MIDNIGHT CHASE, AND DAN IN EXTREMITY. CHAPTER TWENTY FOUR. A DESPERATE SITUATION. CHAPTER TWENTY FIVE. ADVENTURES OF FERGUS AND HIS FRIENDS. CHAPTER TWENTY SIX. HOME-COMING AND BARGAINING. CHAPTER TWENTY SEVEN. VISIT FROM SIOUX BROUGHT TO A DISASTROUS CLOSE. CHAPTER TWENTY EIGHT. VERY PERPLEXING INTERVIEWS WITH LITTLE BILL. CHAPTER TWENTY NINE. THE FISHERY DISASTERS. CHAPTER THIRTY. THE TRIAL FOR MURDER. CHAPTER THIRTY ONE. RETRIBUTION. CHAPTER THIRTY TWO. SUFFERING AND ITS RESULTS. CHAPTER THIRTY THREE. MATRIMONIAL PLANS AND PROSPECTS. CHAPTER THIRTY FOUR. A NEW DISASTER. CHAPTER THIRTY FIVE. THE LAST.
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People's Act Of Love

Author: James Meek

Publisher: HarperCollins Canada

ISBN: 1443400041

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Praised in over a dozen countries around the world, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, named a Globe and Mail Book of the Year and distinguished as a national bestseller, The People’s Act of Love has been compared to the works of such Russian masters as Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. In a Siberian town caught between a zealous cult and bullying soldiers, a stranger named Samarin arrives. Claiming to be an escapee from an isolated prison camp, pursued in his flight by a bloodthirsty cannibal, he unleashes a storm of suspicion and terror. The People’s Act of Love is an epic drama of desire and sacrifice, full of hot blood and magnetic characters, played out against one of the most remote landscapes on earth.
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The Diary of a Gulag Prison Guard

Author: Ivan Chistiakov

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781783782574

Category: Prisons

Page: 288

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A unique piece of testimony from the Soviet Gulag - a prison guard's private diary, written between 1935-36In the archives of the Memorial International Human Rights Centre in Moscow is an extraordinary diary, a rare first-person testimony of a commander of guards in a Soviet labour camp.Ivan Chistyakov was sent to the Gulag in 1937, where he worked at the Baikal-Amur Corrective Labour Camp for over a year. Life at the Gulag was anathema to Chistyakov, a cultured Muscovite with a nostalgia for pre-revolutionary Russia, and an amateur painter and poet. He recorded its horrors with an unmatchable immediacy, documenting a world where petty rivalries put lives at risk, prisoners hacked off their fingers to bet in card games, railway sleepers were burned for firewood and Siberian winds froze the lather on the soap.From his stumbling poetic musings on the bitter landscape to his matter-of-fact grumbles about his stove, from accounts of the conditions of the camp to reflections on the cruelty of loneliness, this diary is unique - a visceral and immediate description of a place and time whose repercussions still affect the shape of modern Russia.
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Winterdance

The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod

Author: Gary Paulsen

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780156001458

Category: Pets

Page: 256

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Paulsen and his team of dogs endured snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, and hallucinations in the relentless push to go on. Map and color photographs.
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Road to Revolution

Author: Avrahm Yarmolinsky

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400858402

Category: History

Page: 396

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This book traces the history of revolutionary movements in nineteenth- century Russia, ending with the great famine of 1891-92, by which time Marxism was already in the ascendant. Originally published in 1986. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
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Understanding Media

The Extensions of Man

Author: Marshall McLuhan

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781537430058

Category:

Page: 396

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When first published, Marshall McLuhan's Understanding Media made history with its radical view of the effects of electronic communications upon man and life in the twentieth century.
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The Purple Cloud

Author: M. P. Shiel,John Sutherland

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141196424

Category: Fiction

Page: 295

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Dark, desolate and fantastical, The Purple Cloud was a pioneer in the genre of apocalyptic novels, and the first great science fiction work of the twentieth century. It inspired authors such as H. P. Lovecraft and Stephen King. The Purple Cloud tells the grandly bleak story of Adam Jeffson: the first man to reach the North Pole and the last man left alive on earth. A sweet-smelling, deadly cloud of poisonous gas has devastated the world, and as Jeffson travels the stricken globe in search of human life, he slowly succumbs to madness, and unleashes fire and destruction on his planet. John Sutherland's introduction discusses M. P. Shiel's dissolute life, the originality of his book and its place within the context of 'last man' novels. This edition also includes a chronology, notes and further reading.
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