Flora of the Silk Road

The Complete Illustrated Guide

Author: Basak Gardner & Chris Gardner

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1780769415

Category: Science

Page: 416

View: 3410

The Silk Road - a name that has enchanted for centuries. Yet a well kept secret, even today, is that this fabled route linking Europe with Asia is also the most spectacular floral region on earth. Chris and Basak Gardner offer a unique pictorial celebration of the plants and scenery to be found along its 5,000 miles. Embracing Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Central Asia and China, more than five hundred of the finest wild flowers are depicted together with the beautiful landscapes in which these botanical paradises are found. With an accompanying text giving descriptions of the species, plant families and their distribution, as well as information on photographing plants in the wild, this unique book will amaze and delight not only those with an interest in the spectacular and legendary landscapes that form the Silk Road but also plantsmen and horticulturalists worldwide.

Tajikistan and the High Pamirs

A Companion and Guide

Author: Robert Middleton,Huw Thomas,Monica Whitlock

Publisher: Odyssey Publications

ISBN: 9789622178182

Category: Travel

Page: 719

View: 3443

invaluable work of historical and cultural reference. --Book Jacket.

The Valuation of Information Technology

A Guide for Strategy Development, Valuation, and Financial Planning

Author: Christopher Gardner

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780471378310

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 297

View: 1778

Top executives support The Valuation of Information Technology "This is the first book which I have seen that places corporate decision-making on a logical and quantitative basis. Decisions which have traditionally been done by the 'seat of the pants' are subjected to the same rigorous analysis as is routine in the hard sciences. I think this book strikes off in a completely new direction and deserves to be read by anyone contemplating a career in business." -Dr. Mel Schwartz, Nobel Laureate in Physics 1988 and Professor Emeritus, Stanford and Columbia Universities "An insightful, rewarding evaluation of information technology-with the aim being the creation of shareholder value. Chris Gardner's detailed work shows how powerfully constructive and destructive the forces of innovation can be. Mastering information technology is the key to twenty-first-century commercial success. This book is a driver toward that mastery." -Tom Gardner, The Motley Fool (Fool.com) "Finally, a clear set of tools for those of us who are trying to find a path through a jungle of complexity. Chris Gardner has clearly and crisply provided a road map of rationality to help direct our path through a chaotic world of accelerating change." -Peter Sprague, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Wave Systems, and former Chairman of National Semiconductor "The Valuation of Information Technology provides a practical, step-by-step approach for analyzing the attractiveness of an information technology system.. Highly recommended." -Derek R. Reisfield, Vice Chairman, Luminant Worldwide, and formerly President, CBS New Media, Chairman, Marketwatch.com, and Member of the Board, Sportsline USA "Information and technology are transforming commerce and challenging traditional valuation methods. The Valuation of Information Technology builds a bridge between familiar valuation, grounded on customer value, revenue, cost, and earnings contributions all on the one side, and the returns available in the new information technology context on the other. With these tools, added to thoughtful application and judgment, you will be a wiser leader investor, and consumer." -Stephen B. Bonner, President and CEO, Cancer Treatment Centers of America "Chris Gardner's book comes at the right time for many businesses which can no longer afford the guessing or the hip-shooting that has been the solution algorithm in many companies. He points out the systemic thinking that is possible and the discipline that is required to tackle the issues in a sound, responsible, and competitively superior way." -Dr. Rainer Famulla, Partner, Andersen Consulting "The Valuation of Information Technology tackles the tough problem of defining the value of new technologies company shareholders using integrated analytical techniques. The methodologies presented in the book are essential to any successful new business development. I highly recommend it." -Dr. Khasha Mohammadi, President, e-Networks, and formerly of Bell Labs "Clearly we have entered an era where many organizations are making 'bet the company' investment decisions in information technology and the Internet. Unfortunately, many of these investments are made on an emotional basis alone. The Valuation of Information Technology provides a significant advance in our ability for making these decisions on a more thoughtful, analytic basis." -Frank Ostroff, Author of The Horizontal Organization "For the first time, The Valuation of Information Technology marries corporate finance with technology marketing to create a technology decision guide focused on what matters most-shareholder value." -Jim Szafranski, Marketing Manager, Tut Systems

British PoWs and the Holocaust

Witnessing the Nazi Atrocities

Author: Russell Wallis

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1786721945

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 7664

In the network of Nazi camps across wartime Europe, prisoner of war institutions were often located next to the slave camps for Jews and Slavs; so that British PoWs across occupied Europe, over 200,000 men, were witnesses to the holocaust. The majority of those incarcerated were aware of the camps, but their testimony has never been fully published. Here, using eye-witness accounts held by the Imperial War Museum, Russell Wallis rewrites the history of British prisoners and the Holocaust during the Second World War. He uncovers the histories of men such as Cyril Rofe, an Anglo-Jewish PoW who escaped from a work camp in Upper Silesia and fled eastwards towards the Russian lines, recounting his shattering experiences of the so-called ‘bloodlands’ of eastern Poland. Wallis also shows how and why the knowledge of those in the armed forces was never fully publicised, and how some PoW accounts were later exaggerated or fictionalised. British PoWs and the Holocaust will be an essential new oral history of the holocaust and an extraordinary insight into what was known and when about the greatest crime of the 20th century.

Crisis and Rebellion in the Ottoman Empire

The Downfall of a Sultan in the Age of Revolution

Author: Aysel Yıldız

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1786721473

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 4114

In 1807 the reformist Sultan Selim III was overthrown in a palace coup enacted by the elite special forces of the day – the Janissaries. The Ottomans were bankrupt and had been forced to make peace with Napoleon after Austerlitz, but it was Selim III’s efforts to reform an empire that had suffered successive military defeats, and to reform along the lines of modern principles – with an end to the privileged ‘feudal’ position of many in elite Ottoman civil-military society – which sealed his fate. This book seeks to situate Turkey’s reactionary revolutions of 1807 into a wider European context, that of the French Revolution and the outbreaks of revolutionary activity in the German states, Britain and the US. The Ottoman Empire was an interconnected and crucial part of this early-modern world, and therefore, Aysel Yildiz argues, must be analyzed in relation to its European rivals. Focusing on the uprising, and the socio-economic and political conditions which caused it, this book re-orientates Ottoman history towards Western Europe, and re-situates the late-Ottoman Empire as a key battle-ground of political ideas in the modern era.

Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Western Mediterranean

Author: Chris Thorogood

Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

ISBN: 9781842466162

Category: Wild flowers

Page: 630

View: 3688

The Western Mediterranean is home to more than 10,000 plant species, which makes it one of the most important regions in the world for biodiversity. This book is the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to Western Mediterranean wildflowers, covering southern Europe from the Portuguese Algarve to Italy, and Morocco to Tunisia in North Africa, along with all the islands in between. It features 2,500 plants, and its more than 800 line drawings and color photographs make it the ideal companion for field identification. "

The Silk Road

From Xi'an to Kashgar

Author: Judy Bonavia,Christoph Baumer

Publisher: Odyssey Publications

ISBN: 9789622177611

Category: Travel

Page: 367

View: 1863

Presents information on cultural sites, accommodations, and restaurants, and provides an overview of the famous trade route's history.


The Plants and Ecology of the World's Semi-arid Regions

Author: Michael Bone,Panayoti Kelaidis,Dan Johnson,Denver Botanic Gardens,Mike Kintgen,Larry G. Vickerman

Publisher: Timber Press

ISBN: 1604694653

Category: Gardening

Page: 320

View: 5028

Steppes—semi-arid biomes dominated by forbs, grasses, and grass-like species, and characterized by extremes of cold and heat—occupy enormous areas on four continents. Yet these ecosystems are among the least studied on our planet. Given that the birth and evolution of human beings have been so intimately interwoven with steppe regions, it is amazing that so few attempts have been made to compare and quantify the features of these regions. In this ground-breaking volume, five leading voices in horticulture—all staff members of Denver Botanic Gardens—examine the plants, climate, geology, and geography of the world's steppes: central Asia, central and intermountain North America, Patagonia, and South Africa. Drawing upon their first-hand experience, the writers illuminate the distinctive features of each region, with a particular emphasis on the striking similarities between their floras. Each chapter includes a primer of species of horticultural interest—a rich resource for readers with an interest in steppe plants.

The Amaryllidaceae of Southern Africa

Author: Graham Duncan

Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

ISBN: 9781919766508

Category: Amaryllidaceae

Page: 650

View: 8440

Southern Africa has long been recognised as a major centre of diversity for the Amaryllidaceae, and this is the first comprehensive, illustrated account of the family in southern Africa, covering all 18 genera and over 263 taxa. Author Graham Duncan provides a botanical description for each species, along with synonyms, information on distinguishing features, life cycle, distribution, habitat, cultivation, and conservation status. Maps and identification keys accompany the text, along with colour photographs and botanical paintings. These stunning paintings are the result of 45 years work by the late artist Barbara Jeppe and her daughter Leigh Voigt. There is a general chapter on cultivation of the winter-rainfall, summer-rainfall and evergreen species, and notes on their cultivation in the northern hemisphere. Glossary and bibliography are also included. The Amaryllidaceae of Southern Africa will long be considered the definitive work on this fascinating and popular plant family in southern Africa.

The Bees of the World

Author: Charles Duncan Michener

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801861338

Category: Science

Page: 913

View: 6449

Written by the world's leading authority on bees, this reference is the first and only comprehensive, worldwide treatment of all groups of bees, and includes more than 16,000 species. Michener examines the evolution of bees from wasps, the relations of the bodies of bees to one another, the evolution of bees, and the structure of immature and adult bees, and more. 433 line drawings. 88 photos, 48 in color.

The Travels of Marco Polo

The Complete Yule-Cordier Edition : Including the Unabridged Third Edition (1903) of Henry Yule's Annotated Translation, as Revised by Henri Cordier, Together with Cordier's Later Volume of Notes and Addenda (1920).

Author: Marco Polo,Sir Henry Yule,Henri Cordier

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486275871

Category: Travel

Page: 896

View: 6342

A vast treasury of invaluable observations on the peoples and geography of the Near East and Asia in the 13th century. Detailed descriptions of cities, customs, laws, crops, animals, politicals, more.

The Plant Life of China

Diversity and Distribution

Author: Geoffrey P. Chapman,Yin-Zheng Wang

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3662048388

Category: Science

Page: 257

View: 7471

An authoritative account of the fascinating plant life of China, written by two botanical experts. Chinese plant life is estimated to include up to 30000 species and extends from the Himalayan snow line across a diversity of habitats to the lush tropical south. Although for many years access to Chinese plants was limited, the present situation provides an opportunity for a new and authoritative assessment of botanical treasure-houses such as Yunnan and Sichuan. It will be of interest to those working in agriculture, alternative medicine, plant conservation, ecology, genetics, horticulture, molecular biology and taxonomy.


A Definitive Guide to the 2000 Species, Hybrids & Cultivars

Author: Malcolm McGregor

Publisher: Timber Press

ISBN: 0881928801

Category: Gardening

Page: 384

View: 5117

The exquisite symmetry of the star-shaped blooms of saxifrages has captivated gardeners for centuries. Close observation of their fine markings, artful color combinations, and graceful presence makes it eminently clear why they attract such an enthusiastic following. Many saxifrages come from mountain habitats that make them well-suited to rock gardens, troughs, and containers, but the diverse genus includes a huge range of garden worthy plants that deserve to be better known and more widely grown. This book brings together accounts of garden and wild saxifrages, their botany, history, cultivation and propagation. All sections of genus Saxifraga are described, first discursively for the general gardener and then from a botanical viewpoint. There are the dwarf cushion saxifrages whose perfect domes of foliage are studded with jewel-like flowers, the silver saxifrages whose distinctive rosettes and fountain sprays of white flowers associate well with ordinary garden plants, and the mossy saxifrages whose highly prized cultivars have enhanced gardens since the end of the nineteenth century. Malcolm McGregor's advice on using saxifrages in different parts of the garden and his list of the top 100 saxifrages will be invaluable to gardeners new to the genus and to experts who wish to diversify. This is the fascinating story of a true enthusiast's search for saxifrages in the wild, his techniques for successful cultivation, and his continuing quest for information. It will increase understanding of this plant, inspire everyone to grow more saxifrages in their gardens, and satisfy specialists and enthusiasts for decades to come.


Author: Beth Choat

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 9780761457244

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 231

View: 2213

Two years after her mother's death of cancer, fourteen-year-old Flora leaves the family's Maine farm for Colorado's International Sports Academy, where fierce competition could end their dream of Flora playing for U.S. Soccer.

The Wretched of the Earth

Author: Frantz Fanon

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 9780802198853

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 926

Frantz Fanon was one of the twentieth century’s most important theorists of revolution, colonialism, and racial difference, and this, his masterwork, is a classic alongside Orientalism and The Autobiography of Malcolm X. The Wretched of the Earth is a brilliant analysis of the psychology of the colonized and their path to liberation. Bearing singular insight into the rage of colonized peoples and the role of violence in historical change, the book also incisively attacks postindependence disenfranchisement of the masses by the elite on one hand, and intertribal and interfaith animosities on the other. A veritable handbook of social reorganization for leaders of emerging nations, The Wretched of the Earth has had a major impact on civil rights, anticolonialism, and black-consciousness movements around the world. This new translation updates its language for a new generation of readers and its lessons are more vital now than ever.

The Fall of the House of Speyer

The Story of a Banking Dynasty

Author: George W. Liebmann

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857729284

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 3741

The dramatic story of the last fifty years of the Speyer banking dynasty, a Jewish family of German descent, is surprisingly little known today, yet at the turn of the twentieth century, Speyer was the third largest investment banking firm in the United States, behind only Morgan and Kuhn, Loeb. It had branches in London, Frankfurt and New York, and the projects it financed included the Southern Pacific Railroad, the London Underground and the infrastructure of the new Cuban republic. Later, it was the first major banking firm to finance Germany’s Weimar Republic, as well as providing League of Nations loans to Hungary, Greece and Bulgaria. Yet, the firm was doomed by the nationalist passions aroused by World War I. Its English partner was denaturalised and exiled; its American partner enjoyed reduced standing because of his connection to Germany; and the Frankfurt branch closed with the coming of the Third Reich, its German partner fleeing into exile. The firm was dissolved in 1939, a surprisingly anticlimactic end to one of the great international banking companies of modern times. George W. Liebmann here tells the story of the firm and the family – shedding new light on the protagonists of a remarkable dynasty, who came undone in the dramatic years of the early twentieth century.

State and Society in Iraq

Citizenship Under Occupation, Dictatorship and Democratization

Author: Benjamin Isakhan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781784533199


Page: 304

View: 3987

The relentless advance of ISIS in 2014/2015 has brought back to centre stage a series of questions about the nature, and even viability, of the Iraqi state. Since the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, much scholarly attention has been given to the Iraqi state's early formation and the impact of colonial and post-colonial policies on its development. State and Society in Iraq shifts the focus to state-society relations and assesses how critical junctures in the country's history have affected successive and contemporary interactions. Leading experts offer a range of interdisciplinary perspectives to demonstrate the evolving nature of state-society relations, from the British colonial rule until after the fall of the Ba'athist regime. The in-depth historical analysis documents the nature of the Republican period that followed the 1958 military coup, authoritarianism, and Ba'athist ideology--particularly under the leadership of Saddam Hussein--and the later state building initiatives that included the development of social movements and democratic engagement. Emerging most strongly are the complex ways in which Iraqis of different backgrounds subverted official doctrine and, after the US-led intervention, resisted top-down democratization. The research therefore builds on current historiography to interrogate the complex matrix of consent, negotiation, resistance, and counter-discourse that constitute state-society relations. The book addresses some of the most significant problems Iraq experiences as a post-colonial state and recommends how the challenges facing Iraq's state-society relations can be overcome.

Guide to the Flowers of Western China

Author: C. Grey-Wilson,Phillip Cribb

Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

ISBN: 9781842461693

Category: Science

Page: 642

View: 5613

China's rich flora is unrivalled in temperate latitudes of the world, with 30,000 species of plants. Nowhere is this floral richness better seen than in the west of the country. With its diverse scenery, lush forests, huge rivers and massive mountains, western China has been the centre of plant exploration for two centuries, giving rise to Clematis, Gentiana, Primula, Rhododendron and hundreds of orchids, Meconopsis, camellias, peonies and roses. Our gardens, parks and botanic institutes are full of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs of Chinese origin. Today much of China is open for travellers to enjoy the amazing variety of scenery and the vast, rich flora. This exceptional pictorial flora to Western China describes and illustrates over 2,400 plants, and while providing a field guide to many of the commoner and colourful elements of the flora, it also includes many endemics and plants of great rarity. For the traveller, horticulturist and gardener it is the perfect reference, containing the largest collection of photographs of Chinese plants ever published. With the arrangement of theplant families following the latest DNA-based classification, it will meet the discerning needs of plant scientists.


Author: Sophie Ibbotson,Max Lovell-Hoare

Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides

ISBN: 1784770175

Category: Travel

Page: 320

View: 5814

Uzbekistan Travel Guide - Expert advice and holiday tips including Tashkent architecture and hotels, Silk Road history, Islamic art and textiles, museums and culture. Also included are detailed maps, trekking and hiking routes, touring by bike, public transport, archaeological sites like Samarkand and Bukara, Fergana Valley and Kyzylkum Desert.