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438 Days

438 Days

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Declared "the best survival book in a decade" by Outside Magazine, 438 Days is the true story of the man who survived fourteen months in a small boat drifting seven thousand miles across the Pacific Ocean.

On November 17, 2012, two men left the coast of Mexico for a weekend fishing trip in the open Pacific. That night, a violent storm ambushed them as they were fishing eighty miles offshore. As gale force winds and ten-foot waves pummeled their small, open boat from all sides and nearly capsized them, captain Salvador Alvarenga and his crewmate cut away a two-mile-long fishing line and began a desperate dash through crashing waves as they sought the safety of port.

Fourteen months later, on January 30, 2014, Alvarenga, now a hairy, wild-bearded and half-mad castaway, washed ashore on a nearly deserted island on the far side of the Pacific. He could barely speak and was unable to walk. He claimed to have drifted from Mexico, a journey of some seven thousand miles.

A "gripping saga," (Daily Mail), 438 Days is the first-ever account of one of the most amazing survival stories in modern times. Based on dozens of hours of exclusive interviews with Alvarenga, his colleagues, search-and-rescue officials, the remote islanders who found him, and the medical team that saved his life, 438 Days is not only "an intense, immensely absorbing read" (Booklist) but an unforgettable study of the resilience, will, ingenuity and determination required for one man to survive more than a year lost and adrift at sea.

438 Days

438 Days

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"The best survival book in a decade" (Outside magazine), 438 Days is the true story of the fisherman who survived fourteen months in a small boat drifting seven thousand miles across the Pacific Ocean.

On November 17, 2012, a pair of fishermen left the coast of Mexico for a weekend fishing trip in the open Pacific. That night, a violent storm ambushed them as they were fishing eighty miles offshore. As gale force winds and ten-foot waves pummeled their small, open boat from all sides and nearly capsized them, captain Salvador Alvarenga and his crewmate cut away a two-mile-long fishing line and began a desperate dash through crashing waves as they sought the safety of port.

Fourteen months later, on January 30, 2014, Alvarenga, now a hairy, wild-bearded and half-mad castaway, washed ashore on a nearly deserted island on the far side of the Pacific. He could barely speak and was unable to walk. He claimed to have drifted from Mexico, a journey of some seven thousand miles.

438 Days is the first-ever account of one of the most amazing survival stories in modern times. Based on dozens of hours of exclusive interviews with Alvarenga, his colleagues, search-and-rescue officials, the remote islanders who found him, and the medical team that saved his life, 438 Days is an unforgettable study of the resilience, will, ingenuity and determination required for one man to survive more than a year lost and adrift at sea.

50 Great American Places

50 Great American Places

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A one-of-a-kind guide to fifty of the most important cultural and historic sites in the United States guaranteed to fascinate, educate, and entertain--selected and described by the former director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

From Massachusetts to Florida to Washington to California, 50 Great American Places takes you on a journey through our nation's history. Sharing the inside stories of sites as old as Mesa Verde (Colorado) and Cahokia (Illinois) and as recent as Silicon Valley (California) and the Mall of America (Minnesota), each essay provides the historical context for places that represent fundamental American themes: the compelling story of democracy and self-government; the dramatic impact of military conflict; the powerful role of innovation and enterprise; the inspiring achievements of diverse cultural traditions; and the defining influence of the land and its resources. Expert historian Brent D. Glass explores these themes by connecting places, people, and events and reveals a national narrative that is often surprising, sometimes tragic, and always engaging--complete with photographs, websites for more information, and suggestions for other places nearby worth visiting.

Sites you would expect to read about--in Boston, New York, and Washington, DC--are here, as well as plenty of surprises, such as the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, or Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, or the Village Green in Hudson, Ohio; less obvious places that, together with the more well-known destinations, collectively tell the story of America. For families who want to take a trip that is both educational and entertaining, for history enthusiasts, or anyone curious about our country's greatest places, this book is the perfect guide.

50 Greatest Road Trips

50 Greatest Road Trips

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If you've ever dreamed of completing an epic journey behind the wheel, The 50 Greatest Road Trips is for you. Packed full of the world's most exotic, exciting and iconic road-trips, this compelling read will have you reaching for a road map. Informative first-hand accounts and engaging descriptions of routes across the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa showcase the ultimate in car adventures.

The author is a veteran of road-tripping, having driven the iconic 19,000-mile route from North America to South America's tip, completed several dusty cross-desert voyages in the Australian outback, off-roaded in the mountain foothills of rural Cyprus, and scaled towering Saharan sand dunes in a 4x4.

Whatever part of the world you have your eye on, Sarah Woods suggests an epic road to follow. Readers are sure to feel the urge to climb into an old Chevrolet, crank up the tunes on the stereo, flick the sunroof open and settle back for one heck of a ride on the open road . . .

50 Greatest Train Journeys of the World

50 Greatest Train Journeys of the World

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Acclaimed travel writer Anthony Lambert presents his selection of train journeys with real character, sublime scenery, a sense of history, a well-appointed train, or even the opportunity to enjoy a meal with proper napery, silver and glass...

Some journeys are well known, such as the Glacier or Orient Expresses, which combine glamour, outstanding cuisine and service and colorful history. Others less so: The Sunset Limited traverses through the quintessential Wild West country of New Mexico; or the coast-to-coast journey through the chestnut- and pine-clad mountains of Corsica, crossing one of Gustave Eiffel's glorious viaducts of gossamer steel.

From the modest line of the Alaska Railroad to the Trans-Siberian; from a narrow-gauge web of lines in the Harz Mountains to the train that crosses Australia's barren Nullarbor Plain in a dead-straight 478km, Lambert's is an unmissable selection for any lover of travel that is as delightful as the destination.

50 Greatest Walks of the World

50 Greatest Walks of the World

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Barry Stone, author of 1,001 Walks You Must Experience Before You Die, delves into some of the lesser-known aspects of the world's most famous -- and not-quite-famous-yet -- trails.

In this perfect accompaniment to practical guidebooks, Stone relates how slings and carabiners kept him from falling headlong off the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and reports on the progress of the continental-wide monster, the Trans Canada Trail, which has gaps still being filled by countless grass-roots communities.

With walks that will appeal to everyone regardless of ability, The 50 Greatest Walks of the World includes American classics such as the Appalachian Trail, Buckskin Gulch, and the Bright Angel Trail to Phantom Ranch, as well as personal favorites such as Italy's Cinque Terre Classic and the Isle of Skye's Trotternish Ridge, one of Britain's finest ridge traverses with almost 2,500m of ascents. Whether it's a climb, a stroll, or a life-changing slog, this book has the walk for you.

50 Greatest Wonders of the World

50 Greatest Wonders of the World

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Award-winning travel writer Aaron Millar reveals the greatest wonders of the world and the insider secrets on how to see them at their awe-inspiring best

Featuring selections from around the globe, and a number of new and never-seen-before entries, this compendium of bucket-list experiences is designed for wonder-seekers young and old. From where to catch the perfect sunrise over the Grand Canyon to how to have the Pyramids of Giza all to yourself, this is more than just a list of jaw-dropping sights -- it's a road map for discovering the greatest experiences of your life.

The 50 Greatest Wonders of the World reminds us how fantastically inspiring and teeming with amazement our planet really is, and how we're a part of it.

50 Places in Rome Florence and Venice Every Woman Should Go

50 Places in Rome Florence and Venice Every Woman Should Go

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Following the critically acclaimed 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go, Susan Van Allen adds new gems to her selection of the best spots for female travelers in Italy's most popular cities, (Rome, Florence, and Venice), along with enticing Golden Day itineraries to make vacation dreams come true. Like a savvy traveler girlfriend whispering in your ear, she guides readers to masterpieces where women are glorified -- from Rome's Pieta to Florence's Birth of Venus, best spots for wine tasting, chocolate, and gelato, artisan shopping experiences to meet leather craftsmen or glass blowers, and places for adventures -- from rolling pasta to rowing like a gondolier. Plus, there are fresh, practical tips, giving readers insider's secrets for what to pack, the best places to get their hair styled, and how to bargain for souvenirs.

Whatever your mood or budget, whether it's your first or 21st visit to Italy, 50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go opens the door to extraordinary experiences that fully immerse travelers in the beautiful, fascinating, and delicious pleasures of the Bel Paese.

50 Politics Classics

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What if you didn't have to read the 50 most important books on Politics to know the most important ideas?

This is the thinking person's guide to the big political texts from across the centuries, from the original pioneers to the contemporary. With insightful commentary for each of the 50 books, key quotes and biographical information on the authors and a guide to further reading, 50 Politics Classics gives a unique overview of the political writings that shaped history and are still shaping minds today.

From Abraham Lincoln to Nelson Mandela, and from Aristotle to George Orwell, 50 Politics Classics distils the essence of the books, pamphlets, and speeches of the major leaders and great thinkers that drive real-world change. Spanning 2, 500 years, left and right, thinkers and doers, Tom Butler-Bowdon covers activists, war strategists, visionary leaders, economists, philosophers of freedom, feminists, conservatives and environmentalists, right up to contemporary leaders and thought leaders such as Barack Obama, Isobel Wilkerson and Michael Pillsbury.

Whether you consider yourself to be conservative, liberal, socialist, or Marxist, this book gives you greater understanding of the key ideas that matter in our politically charged times.

50 Politics Classics

50 Politics Classics

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We live in politically charged times, but little of what we contend with today is new and much can be learned from history.From Abraham Lincoln to Nelson Mandela, and from Aristotle to George Orwell, 50 Politics Classics distills the essence of the books, pamphlets, and speeches of the major leaders and great thinkers that drive real-world change. Spanning 2,500 years, left and right, thinkers and doers, Tom Butler-Bowdon's new book covers activists, war strategists, visionary leaders, economists, philosophers of freedom, feminists, conservatives and environmentalists, right up to contemporary classics such as The Spirit Level and No Logo. Whether you consider yourself to be conservative, liberal, socialist, or Marxist, this book gives you greater understanding of the key ideas that matter in our politically charged times.
50 Politics Classics Freedom Equality Power

50 Politics Classics Freedom Equality Power

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From Abraham Lincoln to Nelson Mandela, and from Aristotle to George Orwell, 50 POLITICS CLASSICS distills the essence of the books, pamphlets, and speeches of the major leaders and great thinkers that drive real-world change. Spanning 2,500 years, left and right, thinkers and doers, Tom Butler-Bowdon's new book covers activists, war strategists, visionary leaders, economists, philosophers of freedom, feminists, conservatives and environmentalists, right up to contemporary classics such as The Spirit Level and No Logo.

Whether you consider yourself to be conservative, liberal, socialist, or Marxist, this book gives you greater understanding of the key ideas that matter in our politically charged times.

50 Reasons to Buy Fair Trade

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This is a popular book about a key subject for liberally minded people every where. FT is a rapidly developing area of commerce and this book is intended to spur it on. It is presented with a highly accessible format, with short informative chapters. Fair Trade is a growing global movement. A huge range of Fair Trade good are now available in the shops. Why is Fair Trade so important? This book provides 50 reasons why everyone should buy fair trade. It's an inspiring account of how every consumer can play a part in saving lives and improving the way global trade operates. Did you know that buying Fair Trade: helps erradicate sweatshops; helps end child labour; helps end the debt burden on developing countries; ensures small-scale farmers can earn a living wage; and, supports and protects the environment. This book provides a critical guide to international trade and shows that Fair Trade presents a realistic and positive alternative for farmers and producers in developing countries. By improving schools, healthcare and working conditions, the Fair Trade movement has already saved lives and empowered whole communities. This book shows how every consumer can help make a difference in the fight to end poverty and inequality.
50 Simple Things You Can Do To Fight The Right

50 Simple Things You Can Do To Fight The Right

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In classic Earthworks' easy-to-read style, 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Fight the Right offers inspirational yet practical advice for anyone wanting to reclaim democracy in America, outlining what steps can be taken to restore a balance of political power through everyday actions . . . and why they matter so much. From the simplest efforts (why bumper stickers count) to more committed ones (become a precinct captain) and everything in-between, this small volume packs a punch.
Aimed at anyone who is disgruntled with the current political quagmire of lies, deception, uncertainty in Iraq, or anyone who recognizes that our most basic freedoms (free speech, privacy, fair elections, truthful and transparent media, to name a few) are slipping away, this book is a call to action. It encourages readers to stand up for their values, to reclaim patriotism and faith, and, together, to build truly democratic communities. 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Fight the Right outlines a strategy for progressives to strengthen the bonds that unite them and offers concrete steps to express those shared values in the world every day.
50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth: Completely New and Updated for th

50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth: Completely New and Updated for th

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Together, We Can Make a Difference Today's environmental problems may seem too overwhelming for one person to tackle . . . but you don't have to do it alone. Now you have partners--50 of them.50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth, the revolutionary 1990 bestseller, is back in a completely revised, updated edition . . . and it's just as innovative and groundbreaking as the original. The authors have teamed up with 50 of America's top environmental groups, including The Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Wildlife Federation, and Rainforest Action Network. Each group has chosen one issue and provided a simple, step-by-step program that will empower you and your family to become citizen activists in the fight to save the Earth. It's easy to get started. Just pick one!
  • Fight global warming "one city at a time" with the Sierra Club's Cool Cities Campaign
  • Roll up your sleeves and save an endangered species with the Wilderness Society
  • Protect coral reefs and create a marine reserve with Seacology
  • Get your congregation excited about protecting God's creations with Interfaith Power and Light
  • Invite songbirds into your neighborhood with the National Audubon Society
  • All it takes is a little effort. When we work together, we can work miracles! Get started now!
    50 Things Every Guy Should Know How To Do

    50 Things Every Guy Should Know How To Do

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    For every guy who s ever wondered how to start a business, get a job in sports, survive in prison or program a VCR "50 Things Every Guy Should Know How to Do"is the one irreplaceable source for all the answers. The guy s guide to 50 essential skills by the guys (and gals) who know best
    Daniel Kline and Jason Tomaszewski go straight to the experts, obtaining advice on joke-telling from Woody Allen, weight-loss secrets from Richard Simmons, and fashion tips from"Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" s Carson Kressley. Within these pages, you ll learn how to:
    "Bluff like a Pro" poker legendAmarillo Slimoffers ten keys to No-Limit Texas Hold Em
    "Pimp your ride" West Coast Customs Q shares the best ways to trick out your car "Land a gig on a reality TV show" Mark Cronin, producer of"The Surreal Life," gives the inside scoop "Cheat on your wife" Judith Brandt, author of"The 50 Mile Rule: Your Guide to Infidelity and Marital Etiquette," offers her take"
    50+: Igniting a Revolution to Reinvent America

    50+: Igniting a Revolution to Reinvent America

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    "50+" is a call to arms. It's a groundbreaking look at the revolution that's going on right now among seventy-eight million American baby boomers. From age 50+ on up, Americans are refusing to rock away their retirement. They're starting new careers, rallying for causes close to their hearts, raising grandchildren, becoming more active in their communities, and, above all else, changing the face of aging in America.
    Bill Novelli, CEO of AARP, knows that with the largest generation of Americans ever recorded nearing traditional retirement age, this revolution is changing the way 50+ Americans live their lives. The boomers have vast technological expertise, are actively involved in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, have been politically active throughout their lives, and are comfortable managing their own finances. They're no strangers to the gym, the voting booth, online investing sites, or the day-to-day management of their 401(k)s, and they're joining an already active and savvy group of Americans 50+ and beyond who are determined to leave their mark on the world. Novelli knows that there's strength in numbers and that 50+ Americans can seize the day by:
    --Working to transform health care not only by demanding quality care and lower pharmaceutical costs, but also by engaging in healthy lifestyles and preventive care
    --Creating a secure retirement by planning personal finances well in advance and working to make Social Security solvent for all Americans
    --Revolutionizing the workplace so those of us who want or need to continue working can do so in a way that benefits everyone.
    --Building livable communities with improved housing, transportation, and services, allowing all Americans to age in place.
    --Changing the marketplace by driving the development of innovative products and services that add value to 50+ lives, and using collective purchasing power to make them affordable
    --Advocating for causes that will really make a difference
    --Creating a lasting legacy so we can leave the world a better place than we found it.
    By discovering the possibilities that lie within all of us, we can ignite a twenty-first-century revolution to make America better and stronger. If you're 50+, Bill Novelli has a message for you: The best is yet to come.
    501 Minutes to Christ

    501 Minutes to Christ

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    Poe Ballantine's second collection of personal essays follows, and expands on, his acclaimed Things I Like About America. Ballantine's world is a crazy quilt of odd jobs, eccentric characters, boarding houses, buses, and beer, rendered in the author's by turns absurd and poignant voice. "The Irving" briskly details the author's diabolic plan to punch John Irving in the nose after opening for him before an audience of 2,000 people at the prestigious Wordstock Festival. "Wide-Eyed in the Gaudy Shop" takes readers on a wild ride through Mexico as Ballantine meets and marries his wife Christina. "Blessed Meadows for Minor Poets" offers a devastating take on the author's life as his years of struggle to secure a major contract for a short story collection end in catastrophe. The writer the Seattle Times called "part Huck Finn, part Hunter S. Thompson" brings a blistering wit and shrewd observation to this composite portrait of an unconventional life.
    505 Flabbergasting Facts About Germs

    505 Flabbergasting Facts About Germs

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    Anthrax in our backyard dirt? Smallpox on our airplanes? Flu under our fingernails? It could happen here, it does happen to us; the things you never read in the newspaper about germs will astound you! Germs, and what they can do to us-is flabbergasting!