Misadventures of a Civil War Submarine

Iron, Guns, and Pearls

Author: James P. Delgado

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9781603443814

Category: History

Page: 288

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In 2001, while vacationing on Panama’s Pacific coast, maritime archaeologist James P. Delgado came upon the hulk of a mysterious iron vessel, revealed by the ebbing tides in a small cove at Isla San Telmo. Local inquiries proved inconclusive: the wreck was described as everything from a sunken Japanese "suicide" submarine from World War II to a poison-laden "craft of death" that was responsible for the ruin of the pearl beds, decades before. His professional interest fully aroused, Delgado would go on to learn that the wreck was the remains of one of the first successful deep-diving submersibles, built in 1864 by Julius H. Kroehl, an innovator and entrepreneur who initially sought to develop his invention for military use during the Civil War. The craft’s completion coming too late for that conflict, Kroehl subsequently convinced investors that it could be used to harvest pearls from the Pacific beds off Panama, in waters too deep for native pearl divers to reach. In Misadventures of a Civil War Submarine, Delgado chronicles the confluence of technological advancement, entrepreneurial aspiration, American capitalist ambition, and ignorance of the physiological effects of deep diving. As he details the layers of knowledge uncovered by his work both in archival sources and in the field excavation of Kroehl’s ill-fated vessel, Delgado weaves the tangled threads of history into a compelling narrative. This finely crafted saga will fascinate and inform professional archaeologists and researchers, naval historians, students and aficionados of maritime exploration, and interested general readers.
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In the Province of History

The Making of the Public Past in Twentieth-Century Nova Scotia

Author: Ian McKay,Robin Bates

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773537031

Category: History

Page: 481

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How a region sells – and misrepresents – its past
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The History and Adventures of the Renowned Don Quixote

Author: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820346071

Category: Fiction

Page: 994

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This authoritative textual edition presents Tobias Smollett's translation of Cervantes's Don Quixote in the form most faithful to Smollett's own intentions. It includes Francis Hayman's twenty-eight illustrations engraved for the original edition, Smollett's explanatory notes, and his prefatory "Life of Cervantes." Smollett's Don Quixote first appeared in 1755 and was for many years the most popular English-language version of Cervantes's masterpiece. However, soon after the start of the nineteenth century, its reputation began to suffer. Rival translators, literary hucksters, and careless scholars initiated or fed a variety of charges against Smollett--even plagiarism. For almost 130 years no publisher risked reprinting it. Redemption began in 1986, when the distinguished Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes, in his foreword to a new (albeit flawed) edition of Smollett's translation, declared it to be "the authentic vernacular version" of Don Quixote in English. Fuentes's opinion was in accord with that of the preeminent Cervantist, Francisco Rodríguez Marín, who decades earlier had declared Smollett's Don Quixote to be his preferred English version. Martin C. Battestin's introduction discusses the composition, publication, and controversial reception of Smollett's Don Quixote. Battestin's notes identify Smollett's sources in his "Life of Cervantes" and in his commentary, provide cross-references to his other works, and illustrate Smollett's originality or dependence on previous translations. Also included is a complete textual apparatus, a glossary of unfamiliar terms, and an appendix comparing a selection of Francis Hayman's original illustrations with the engraved renderings used in the book.
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The Historical Books

Interpreting Biblical Texts Series

Author: Richard D. Nelson

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426750005

Category: Religion

Page: 190

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In The Historical Books, Richard D. Nelson introduces neophyte readers to the basic concepts of history and historical writing and provides a simple framework of events and periods that can be used to situate historical data reported in texts or presupposed by them. Standard interpretive methods are accessibly explained and illustrated by consistent reference to 2 Samuel 24. The focus of discussion moves from the narrow level of individual pericope to larger units of meaning. Because the ultimate goal is to expose the claims made on the reader by these biblical texts and to help the reader make sense of these claims, the interpretive spotlight rests on the present interaction of text and reader rather than on the past.
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The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth

Author: Julia Lee

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780192733672

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 336

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Newly-orphaned Clemency is entirely alone, until she's taken in by the Marvels. But where are her family? Why is she set to work as a scullery maid in the very house she travelled from India to live in? And in the face of grave danger, how are some marvellous but not-quite-genuine Red-Indians going to save her? Or can she save herself first?
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Trial of Strength

Adventures and misadventures on the wild and remote subantarctic islands

Author: Shona Riddell

Publisher: Exisle Publishing

ISBN: 9781775593560

Category: History

Page: 264

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The world's subantarctic islands circle the lower part of the globe below New Zealand, Australia, Africa and South America in the 'Roaring Forties' and 'Furious Fifties' latitudes. They are filled with unique plants and wildlife, constantly buffeted by lashing rain and furious gales, and surrounded by a vast, powerful ocean. New Zealand and Australian subantarctic islands in particular have a rich and fascinating human history, from the early 19th-century explorers and sealers through to modern-day conservation and adventure tourism. And yet, the subantarctic islands are often called our 'forgotten islands' because so few people know of their existence, despite their status since 1998 as World Heritage sites. Trial of Strength is a history book filled with compelling photos for a modern audience, and one that, for the first time, includes women's stories as more than just a footnote. Balanced and engaging, it features classic tales of infamous shipwrecks, lesser-known stories of intrepid pioneers, as well as more recent stories of adventure tourism, conservation wins, and dramatic helicopter rescues. Written by the descendant of two 19th-century British colonial settlers who attempted to create a home for their young family in this bleak environment, Trial of Strength will leave you with an appreciation for the tenacity of the human race and the forbidding forces of nature.
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Natural Born Liar:

The Misadventures of Mink LaRue

Author: Noire

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

ISBN: 0758292406

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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What happens when beautiful, twenty-year-old petty thief and ex-stripper Mink LaRue finds out she's a dead ringer for the age-progressed photo of the missing oil heiress Sable Dominion? Harlem-born Mink LaRue makes a beeline to Dallas, Texas, pretending to be the Dominions' long-lost daughter, Sable. She knows she's hit the jackpot when she and her super ghetto partner in crime, Bowlegged Bunni, are admitted into the Dominions' 20-room mansion, complete with all the trimmings of a luxurious family estate. But it's not long before Mink's newfound siblings grow suspicious of the ghetto princess, who has a rap sheet a mile long. If Mink is to worm her way into their pockets and get her hands on their dough, she must tell enough lies to convince everyone that she really is the precious daughter who was stolen from their fold. But with a DNA test standing between her and a hefty inheritance, how long can Mink's bag of lies keep her rolling in the Dominions' riches? "Noire is a force to be reckoned with in the urban erotic genre." --Urban Reviews "Urban Erotica has never been hotter!" --Nikki Turner "Noire is Dickens for the age of dojah, donuts and dawgs." --Publishers Weekly
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How My Breasts Saved the World

Misadventures of a Nursing Mother

Author: Lisa Wood Shapiro

Publisher: Lyons Press

ISBN: 9781592287949

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 234

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As honest as Operating Instructions, as funny as The Girlfriend''s Guide to Pregnancy, and as informative as What to Expect When You''re Expecting, a memoir of breastfeeding.
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