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By Rick Steves. 2017
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Italy From… the beaches to the Alps from fine art to fine pasta Italy has it all With this book you ll trace Italian culture from Rome s Colosseum to Michelangelo s David to the bustling elegance of Milan Experience the art-drenched cities of Venice and Florence explore the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum and learn how to avoid the lines at the most popular museums Discover the villages of Tuscany and Umbria and the lazy rhythms of the Cinque Terre Shop at local market stalls sip a cappuccino at an outdoor caf and pick up a picnic lunch at an allimentari Relax and enjoy the life of Bella Italia Rick s candid humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants He ll help you plan where to go and what to see depending on the length of your trip You ll get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth your time and money More than just reviews and directions a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket
By Michael Paterson. 2011
Elizabeth II is within a few years of becoming the longest-reigning British monarch A personally quiet modest and… dutiful person she is far better-informed about the lives of her subjects than they often realize She has known every Prime Minister since Winston Churchill and every American President since Eisenhower Yet what of the woman behind the crown The book seeks to take a new look at this exhaustively-documented life and show how Queen Elizabeth became the person she is Who and what have been the greatest influences upon her What are her likes and dislikes What are her hobbies Who are her friends What does she feel about the demands of duty and protocol Is she really enjoying herself when she smiles during official events How differently does she behave when out of the public eye Examining the places in which she grew up or has lived the training she received and her attitudes to significant events in national life it presents a fresh view of one of recent history s most important figures
By Rick Steves, Steve Smith. 2016
Hit France s can t-miss art sights and bites in two weeks or less with Rick Steves Best… of France Inside you ll find Strategic advice from Rick Steves on what s worth your time and moneyShort itineraries covering the best of Paris Normandy the Loire Dordogne Provence the French Riviera and Burgundy including Versailles Nice the D-Day beaches C tes du Rh ne Monaco Avignon and moreRick s tips for beating the crowds skipping lines and avoiding tourist trapsThe best of local culture flavors and haunts including walks through museums and atmospheric neighborhoodsTrip planning strategies like how to link destinations and design your itinerary what to pack where to stay and how to get aroundOver 400 full-color pages with detailed maps and vibrant photosSuggestions for side trips and excursionsExperience France s old-world romance and modern-day excitement for yourself with Rick Steves Best of France Planning a longer trip Rick Steves France 2018 is the classic in-depth guide to exploring the country updated annually Looking for a quick getaway Try Rick Steves Pocket Paris
By David Lebovitz. 2014
A collection of stories and 100 sweet and savory French-inspired recipes from popular food blogger David Lebovitz, reflecting the way… modern Parisians eat today and featuring lush photography taken around Paris and in David's Parisian kitchen.It's been ten years since David Lebovitz packed up his most treasured cookbooks, a well-worn cast-iron skillet, and his laptop and moved to Paris. In that time, the culinary culture of France has shifted as a new generation of chefs and home cooks--most notably in Paris--incorporates ingredients and techniques from around the world into traditional French dishes. In My Paris Kitchen, David remasters the classics, introduces lesser-known fare, and presents 100 sweet and savory recipes that reflect the way modern Parisians eat today. You'll find Soupe à l'oignon, Cassoulet, Coq au vin, and Croque-monsieur, as well as Smoky barbecue-style pork, Lamb shank tagine, Dukkah-roasted cauliflower, Salt cod fritters with tartar sauce, and Wheat berry salad with radicchio, root vegetables, and pomegranate. And of course, there's dessert: Warm chocolate cake with salted butter caramel sauce, Duck fat cookies, Bay leaf poundcake with orange glaze, French cheesecake...and the list goes on. David also shares stories told with his trademark wit and humor, and lush photography taken on location around Paris and in David's kitchen reveals the quirks, trials, beauty, and joys of life in the culinary capital of the world.
By Tim Blanning. 2016
The definitive biography of the legendary autocrat whose enlightened rule transformed the map of Europe and changed the course of… history Few figures loom as large in European history as Frederick the Great. When he inherited the Prussian crown in 1740, he ruled over a kingdom of scattered territories, a minor Germanic backwater. By the end of his reign, the much larger and consolidated Prussia ranked among the continent's great powers. In this magisterial biography, award-winning historian Tim Blanning gives us an intimate, in-depth portrait of a king who dominated the political, military, and cultural life of Europe half a century before Napoleon.A brilliant, ambitious, sometimes ruthless monarch, Frederick was a man of immense contradictions. This consummate conqueror was also an ardent patron of the arts who attracted painters, architects, musicians, playwrights, and intellectuals to his court. Like his fellow autocrat Catherine the Great of Russia, Frederick was captivated by the ideals of the Enlightenment--for many years he kept up lively correspondence with Voltaire and other leading thinkers of the age. Yet, like Catherine, Frederick drew the line when it came to implementing Enlightenment principles that might curtail his royal authority. Frederick's terrifying father instilled in him a stern military discipline that would make the future king one of the most fearsome battlefield commanders of his day, while deriding as effeminate his son's passion for modern ideas and fine art. Frederick, driven to surpass his father's legacy, challenged the dominant German-speaking powers, including Saxony, Bavaria, and the Habsburg Monarchy. It was an audacious foreign policy gambit, one at which Frederick, against the expectations of his rivals, succeeded. In examining Frederick's private life, Blanning also carefully considers the long-debated question of Frederick's sexuality, finding evidence that Frederick lavished gifts on his male friends and maintained homosexual relationships throughout his life, while limiting contact with his estranged, unloved queen to visits that were few and far between. The story of one man's life and the complete political and cultural transformation of a nation, Tim Blanning's sweeping biography takes readers inside the mind of the monarch, giving us a fresh understanding of Frederick the Great's remarkable reign.Praise for Frederick the Great "Writing Frederick's biography . . . requires a diverse set of skills: expertise in eighteenth-century diplomatic and military history, including the intricacies of the Holy Roman Empire; a familiarity with the music, architecture and intellectual traditions of Northern Europe; and, not least, a profound sense of human psychology, the better to grasp the makeup of this complex and tormented man. Fortunately, Tim Blanning . . . has all of these skills in abundance."--The Wall Street Journal "At once scholarly and highly readable . . . [Blanning] has given us a superb portrait of an enlightened despot, equally at home on the battlefield and in the opera house, both utterly ruthless and culturally refined."--Commentary "Blanning, in clear thinking and prose, investigates all aspects of Frederick's personality and reign. . . . The last word on this significant king, for years to come."--Booklist (starred review)"Masterly . . . Blanning brilliantly brings to life one of the most complex characters of modern European history."--The Telegraph (five stars) "A supremely nuanced account . . . This biography finds [Blanning] at the height of his powers."--Literary ReviewFrom the Hardcover edition.
By Russell Freedman. 2016
Backed up by thorough research, Russell Freedman tells the story of Austrian-born Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie. They belonged… to Hitler Youth as young children, but began to doubt the Nazi regime. As older students, the Scholls and a few friends formed the White Rose, a campaign of active resistance to Hitler and the Nazis. Risking imprisonment or even execution, the White Rose members distributed leaflets urging Germans to defy the Nazi government. Their belief that freedom was worth dying for will inspire young readers to stand up for what they believe in.<P><P> <P><b>Jane Addams Children's Book Award Medal Winner <P>Winner of the Sibert Honor</b>
By Thad Carhart. 2016
A beguiling memoir of a childhood in 1950s Fontainebleau from the much-admired New York Times bestselling author of The Piano… Shop on the Left Bank For a young American boy in the 1950s, Fontainebleau was a sight both strange and majestic, home to a continual series of adventures: a different language to learn, weekend visits to nearby Paris, family road trips to Spain and Italy. Then there was the château itself: a sprawling palace once the residence of kings, its grounds the perfect place to play hide-and-seek. The curiosities of the small town and the time with his family as expats left such an impression on him that thirty years later Carhart returned to France with his wife to raise their two children. Touring Fontainebleau again as an adult, he began to appreciate its influence on French style, taste, art, and architecture. Each trip to Fontainebleau introduces him to entirely new aspects of the château's history, enriching his memories and leading him to Patrick Ponsot, the head of the château's restoration, who becomes Carhart's guide to the hidden Fontainebleau. What emerges is an intimate chronicle of a time and place few have experienced. In warm, precise prose, Carhart reconstructs the wonders of his childhood as an American in postwar France, attending French schools with his brothers and sisters. His firsthand account brings to life nothing less than France in the 1950s, from the parks and museums of Paris to the rigors of French schooling to the vast château of Fontainebleau and its village, built, piece by piece, over many centuries. Finding Fontainebleau is for those captivated by the French way of life, for armchair travelers, and for anyone who has ever fallen in love with a place they want to visit over and over again.From the Hardcover edition.
By Mark Twain. 2015
The book that made Mark Twain famous and introduced theworld to that obnoxious and ubiquitous character: the American tourist Based… on a series of letters first published in American newspapers, The Innocents Abroad is Mark Twain's hilarious and insightful account of an organized tour of Europe and the Holy Land undertaken in 1867. With his trademark blend of skepticism and sincerity, Twain casts New World eyes on the people and places of the Old World, including London, Paris, Rome, Odessa, Constantinople, Damascus, and Jerusalem. He skewers the idiosyncrasies and pretensions of Americans abroad and delights in tormenting the local tour guides. In Lake Como, he insists that Lake Tahoe is nicer. In Genoa, he and his fellow travelers claim they've never heard of Christopher Columbus. First published in 1869, The Innocents Abroad made Mark Twain a national celebrity. For the rest of the author's life, it outsold all his other books, and remains one of the bestselling travelogues of all time. Part satire, part guidebook, it's a must-read for fans of this inimitable author and anyone who has experienced the pleasure and the pain of being a tourist. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
By David Wolpe. 2014
Of all the figures in the Bible, David arguably stands out as the most perplexing and enigmatic. He was many… things: a warrior who subdued Goliath and the Philistines; a king who united a nation; a poet who created beautiful, sensitive verse; a loyal servant of God who proposed the great Temple and founded the Messianic line; a schemer, deceiver, and adulterer who freely indulged his very human appetites. David Wolpe, whom Newsweek called "the most influential rabbi in America," takes a fresh look at biblical David in an attempt to find coherence in his seemingly contradictory actions and impulses. The author questions why David holds such an exalted place in history and legend, and then proceeds to unravel his complex character based on information found in the book of Samuel and later literature. What emerges is a fascinating portrait of an exceptional human being who, despite his many flaws, was truly beloved by God.
By Rick Steves, Gene Openshaw. 2019
Explore the city from the sacred stones of Westminster Abbey to the top of the London Eye With Rick… Steves on your side London can be yours Inside Rick Steves London 2019 you ll find Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more exploring LondonRick s strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money with rankings of his must-see favoritesTop sights and hidden gems from Trafalgar Square and the Tower of London to where to find the best tikka masala or fish and chipsConnect with local culture Catch a show in Soho take afternoon tea and have a pint of English ale with Londoners in a pub Beat the crowds skip the lines and avoid tourist traps with Rick s candid humorous insightThe best places to eat sleep and relax with a Pimm s CupSelf-guided walking tours of lively neighborhoods and world-class museums like the British Museum and the Victoria Albert Day trips to Windsor Cambridge and StonehengeDetailed neighborhood maps and a fold-out city map for exploring on the goUseful resources including a packing list popular British slang a historical overview and recommended readingOver 600 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you downAnnually updated information on Central London Westminster Belgravia Pimlico South Kensington Victoria Knightsbridge Mayfair Notting Hill Bayswater Bloomsbury Soho West End Hyde Park Regents Park South Bank East End North London and ChelseaMake the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves London 2019 Spending just a few days in the city Try Rick Steves Pocket London
By Rick Steves. 2016
Hit England s can t-miss art sights and bites in two weeks or less with Rick Steves Best… of England Rick s expert advice on what s worth your time and moneyShort itineraries covering the best of London Bath the Cotswolds Stratford-upon-Avon Liverpool the Lake District and York including Windsor Castle Cambridge Oxford Stonehenge and moreRick s tips for beating the crowds skipping lines and avoiding tourist trapsThe best of local culture flavors and haunts including step-by-step walking tours of world-class museums and atmospheric neighborhoodsTrip planning strategies like how to link destinations and design your itinerary what to pack where to stay and how to get aroundOver 400 full-color pages with detailed maps and vibrant photosSuggestions for side trips and excursionsExperience England s Old-World sophistication and modern-day excitement for yourself with Rick Steves Best of England Planning a longer trip Rick Steves England is the classic in-depth guide to exploring the country
By Caroline Wright, Daniel Olivella. 2018
Catalan cuisine authority Daniel Olivella serves historical narratives alongside 80 carefully curated Spanish food recipes like tapas … paella and seafood that are simple and fresh In proud vibrant Catalonia food is what brings people together whether neighbors family or visitors By the sea over a glass of chilled vermouth and the din of happily shared homemade Pica Pica tapas is where you ll find the most authentic Catalonia The region is known for its wildly diverse indigenous ingredients from seafood to jamon Ib rico to strains of rice and richly flavored cuisine that has remained uniquely Catalan throughout its complex and fraught history In Catalan Food the recipes are intended to be cooked leisurely and with love the Catalan way Featuring traditional dishes like Paella Barcelonata Seafood Paella and Llom de Porc Canari Slow-roasted Pork Loin as well as inventive takes on classics like Tiradito amb Escalivada Spanish Sashimi with Roasted Vegetable Purees and Amanida de Tom quet amb Formatge de Cabra Texas Peach and Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese Catalan Food brings heritage into any home cook s kitchen where Catalonia s cuisine was born To know a culture you must taste it none is more rich and stunningly delicious than Catalonia s
By Gill Paul. 2017
From the #1 bestselling author of The Secret Wife comes a gripping novel that commences with the tragic death of… Diana, Princess of Wales, and journeys back to the fascinating world of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. 'A triumph' Dinah Jefferies on The Secret Wife by Gill PaulTwo women who challenged the Crown.Divided by time. Bound by a secret...1911At the age of fifteen, carefree Mary Kirk and indomitable Wallis Warfield meet at summer camp. Their friendship will survive heartbreaks, separation and the demands of the British Crown until it is shattered by one unforgivable betrayal.1997Rachel's romantic break in Paris with her fiancé ends in tragedy when the car ahead crashes. Inside was Princess Diana. Back in Brighton, Rachel is haunted by the accident, and intrigued to learn the princess had visited the last home of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, only hours before the crash. Soon, the discovery of a long-forgotten link to Wallis Simpson leads Rachel to the truth behind a scandal that shook the world...Richly imagined and beautifully written, ANOTHER WOMAN'S HUSBAND is a gripping, moving novel about two women thrust into the spotlight, followed by scandal, touched by loss.
By Eleanor Herman. 2018
You ll be as appalled at times as you are entertained Bustle … one of The 17 Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out In June 2018 A heady mix of erudite history and delicious gossip Aja Raden author of StonedIn the Washington Post roundup What your favorite authors are reading this summer A J Finn says I want to read The Royal Art of Poison Eleanor Herman s history of poisons Hugely entertaining a work of pop history that traces the use of poison as a political and cosmetic tool in the royal courts of Western Europe from the Middle Ages to the Kremlin todayThe story of poison is the story of power For centuries royal families have feared the gut-roiling vomit-inducing agony of a little something added to their food or wine by an enemy To avoid poison they depended on tasters unicorn horns and antidotes tested on condemned prisoners Servants licked the royal family s spoons tried on their underpants and tested their chamber pots Ironically royals terrified of poison were unknowingly poisoning themselves daily with their cosmetics medications and filthy living conditions Women wore makeup made with mercury and lead Men rubbed turds on their bald spots Physicians prescribed mercury enemas arsenic skin cream drinks of lead filings and potions of human fat and skull fresh from the executioner The most gorgeous palaces were little better than filthy latrines Gazing at gorgeous portraits of centuries past we don t see what lies beneath the royal robes and the stench of unwashed bodies the lice feasting on private parts and worms nesting in the intestines In The Royal Art of Poison Eleanor Herman combines her unique access to royal archives with cutting-edge forensic discoveries to tell the true story of Europe s glittering palaces one of medical bafflement poisonous cosmetics ever-present excrement festering natural illness and sometimes murder
By Gaetano Salvemini. 2018
THE march on Rome of October 28th 1922 marked the advent to… power of the Fascist Party in Italy under the leadership of Benito Mussolini The seizure of the government through a coup d tat was justified by the claim that Italy had to be rescued from the imminent danger of a Bolshevist revolution Before the eyes of a world horrified by the tragedy of Russia Italian Fascism assumed the role of the knightly Saint George who had slain the red dragon of Communism The legend appealed to the imaginations and soothed the fears of all the good people of Europe and America It became the sacred myth around which was woven the early Fascist propaganda In the present book the reader will find hard facts not vague legal formul concrete realities not abstract doctrines Its purpose is to provide the English-speaking public with accurate information not about the whole economic social and political system of the Fascist dictatorship but about one single phase of it i e those institutions through which Fascism claims to have solved the problem of the relations between capital and labour
By Pol Koutsakis. 2017
Stratos hates being called a hitman He takes care of problems Permanently Problems that people pay handsomely… to have solved His clients don t want to know the details but Stratos is conscientious He will only take on a job if his research shows that the targets deserve their fate In the midst of the Greek economic crisis Stratos takes on the highest-profile case of his career The most celebrated lawyer in Greece and his beautiful actress wife both bid for his services but which one is telling the truth Helped by his three childhood friends Drag a homicide cop Teri a high-class transgender sex worker and Maria the love of his and Drag s life he realises that truth is always relative Especially when shattered loves and broken families are involved
By Floyd Gibbons, W W Chaplin. 2018
In the history books the Italo-Ethiopian War will doubtless be entered as one of the strangest wars ever waged… History will record the spectacle of a primitive people haphazardly armed and lacking in modern military technique seeking to resist Mussolini s modern war machine by tribal cunning on the battlefield and up-to-date intrigue in the diplomatic councils of Europe But what the history books will not record W W Bill Chaplin tells in this fascinating volume It is behind the scenes of politics and bloodshed in this curious conflict that Mr Chaplin takes the reader in a vivid diary of his day-by-day experiences and observations at the Italo-Ethiopian War front Written with the dramatic simplicity of a newspaperman trained in the art of brevity Mr Chaplin s account of the thousand and one quixotic incidents in a war correspondent s life in Ethiopia sparkles with interest and amusement From the beginning when he describes his departure on an Italian troop-ship at Naples to the very end when he returns to the same port as the approaching rainy season slows down the pace of the war Mr Chaplin records an odyssey as strange as the war itself The reader is led through picturesque by-ways into the heart of the Ethiopian war zone and shown not only what war has wrought on the battlefield but what it has wrought in the hearts of fighting men This and much more that is of human texture Mr Chaplin tells in a diary that reflects undiluted curiosity and a subtle sense of the dramatic
By Mario Rutigliano, Maya Thoresen. 2018
Trasforma la tua vita in qualcosa che ami davvero con l'Hygge! Alcuni dei momenti più semplici, sono quelli più preziosi.… Smettila di inseguire i beni materiali. Con il libro “Hygge: il segreto danese della felicità. Come essere felice e sano nella tua vita quotidiana”, imparerai i segreti per rendere la tua vita migliore, minimizzando lo stress. Apprenderai come rendere più confortanti le tue giornate. Soprattutto, imparerai a non focalizzarti ore sul tuo smartphone, piuttosto a creare momenti magici con le persone che ami. È facile fare soldi e comprare cose nuove. Ma cosa ne è delle esperienze? L'esperienze hanno un valore più duraturo di macchine, vestiti, gadget e accessori. In questo libro imparerai come semplificare la tua vita e come diventare più felice favorendo i piccoli momenti rispetto alle cose materiali. Saprai spendere il tempo con la tua famiglia condividendo attività divertenti e gratuite anziché stressarti a usare la carta di credito. Impara dai migliori. Maya Thoresen è una scrittrice danese e una mentore dello stile di vita Hygge. Ha creato questo libro per quelle persone intrappolate nella routine della vita consumistica e che hanno dimenticato come godere dei momenti semplici. In questo libro, divulga i suoi segreti per una vita più piena e felice. L'Hygge ti fa apprezzare i piccoli momenti. Improvvisamente la tua vita si riempie di gioia come mai prima di allora. Perciò, rendi la tua vita un po' più danese, leggendo questo libro. Scorri in alto a questa pagina e seleziona il tasto “Compra Ora”.
By Jenn Ashworth, Benjamin Webster. 2018
Original tales by remarkable writersHometown Tales is a series of books pairing exciting new voices with some of the most… talented and important writers at work today. Some of the tales are fiction and some are narrative non-fiction - they are all powerful, fascinating and moving, and aim to celebrate regional diversity and explore the meaning of home. In these pages on Lancashire, you'll find two unique tales. 'After the Funeral, the Crawl' is an arresting portrait of a couple forced to confront a dark secret over the course of a pub crawl one night in Preston, by award-winning novelist Jenn Ashworth. 'JUDAS!' is a vivid, coming-of-age story that traces the political and cultural history of Manchester, from its industrial past to its eventual separation from the county, by Benjamin Webster.
By Tyler Keevil, Eluned Gramich. 2018
Original tales by remarkable writersHometown Tales is a series of books pairing exciting new voices with some of the most… talented and important writers at work today. Some of the tales are fiction and some are narrative non-fiction - they are all powerful, fascinating and moving, and aim to celebrate regional diversity and explore the meaning of home. In these pages on Wales, you'll find two unique short stories. 'Last Seen Leaving' is a gripping account of the days following the disappearance of a local man by award-winning writer Tyler Keevil. 'The Lion and the Star' by Eluned Gramich is a vivid retelling of the Welsh language protests that electrified Cardiganshire in the 1970s and the impact of the protests on ordinary lives.