To the Ends of the Earth

Author: John Perkins,American Museum of Natural History

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books ; Toronto : Random House of Canada

ISBN: N.A

Category: Discoveries in geography

Page: 183

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In the early decades of the 20th century, the American Museum of Natural History sponsored four of the last great expeditions to seek out the hidden places of the world. This heavily illustrated book recounts those expeditions to the Arctic, Siberia, Congo, and Gobi. Descriptions are also provided on the native cultures encountered during those expeditions.

In the Footsteps of Genghis Khan

Author: John DeFrancis

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824814939

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 284

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As a twenty-three-year-old student in mid-1930s, pre-World War II China, John DeFrancis did not set out to make a thousand-mile camel trek across the Gobi Desert, become the prisoner of a Muslim warlord, or travel twelve hundred miles down the bandit-infested Yellow River on an inflated sheepskin raft. But these were just some of the adventures experienced by the author and his traveling companion when they tried to retrace the footsteps of Genghis Khan and ended up dodging the fighting between the Communists nearing the end of their Long March and a coalition of forces under Chiang Kai-shek's Central Government and a cabal of Muslim warlords. Informed by an extensive knowledge of Chinese history and punctuated with keen observation and gentle humor, the narrative is a personal history that can be read both as a tale of high adventure in the wild west of China and as prelude to the present in that tortured land. Westerners can no longer trace the footsteps of Genghis Khan. Many areas of China that challenged the adventuresome were declared off-limits more than a half-century ago - and the Gobi Desert and sensitive border regions are still inaccessible.

The Tatler

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The Athenæum

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The Athenaeum

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Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs

Author: Michael J. Novacek

Publisher: Doubleday

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 367

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The author recounts the day-to-day drama of exploring Mongolia's Gobi Desert with an international team of scientists and finding one of the richest dinosaur sites ever discovered

Mammals from the Age of Dinosaurs

Author: Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska,Richard L. Cifelli,Zhe-Xi Luo

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231119186

Category: Science

Page: 700

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Few aspects of American military history have been as vigorously debated as Harry Truman's decision to use atomic bombs against Japan. In this carefully crafted volume, Michael Kort describes the wartime circumstances and thinking that form the context for the decision to use these weapons, surveys the major debates related to that decision, and provides a comprehensive collection of key primary source documents that illuminate the behavior of the United States and Japan during the closing days of World War II. Kort opens with a summary of the debate over Hiroshima as it has evolved since 1945. He then provides a historical overview of thye events in question, beginning with the decision and program to build the atomic bomb. Detailing the sequence of events leading to Japan's surrender, he revisits the decisive battles of the Pacific War and the motivations of American and Japanese leaders. Finally, Kort examines ten key issues in the discussion of Hiroshima and guides readers to relevant primary source documents, scholarly books, and articles.

Even the Java Sparrows Call Your Hair

Author: George Kalamaras

Publisher: Quale Press

ISBN: 0974450324

Category: Poetry

Page: 108

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Poetry. EVEN THE JAVA SPARROWS CALL YOUR HAIR is a bright book amidst dark times. Witness a young woman birthing a perfectly oval egg or learn the ropes of the Wang Wei Board Game, taking on the role of a lute or a panda chewing bamboo. Kalamaras's electric poems move delicately between Eastern mystic thought, surrealism, and meditations on the human body and soul. They suggest that the body's true spiritual worth can be discovered in its connectivity with the universe, alighting a pony on the tongue or an ascending angel out of the spine: His quieter musings work not so much as to question, but to point out a direction of understanding: "When you pull the earth apart to plant iris bulbs, what is that purple bending at the back of your throat? What bird sings in the Chinese elm with your vocal chords and the step of your weight that leaves traces of threatening sky on pointed leaves?"