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The Black Death (Great Historic Disasters)
The Black Death (Great Historic Disasters)
In 1346, Europe was hit by the worst natural disaster in its recorded history: the Black Death. Generally believed to be a combination of bubonic plague and two other plague strains, the Black Death ravaged the length and breadth of Europe from Sicily to Norway, from Ireland to Russia, for five terrible years. Scholars can...
Ultimate Journey
Ultimate Journey

In 1958, a successful businessman named Robert Mornroe began to have experiences that drastically altered his life.  Unpredictably, and without his willing it, Monroe found himself leaving his physical body to travel via a "second body" to locales far removed from the physical and spiritual realities of his life. He was...

Matthew's Enigma: A Father's Portrait of His Autistic Son
Matthew's Enigma: A Father's Portrait of His Autistic Son

Matthew's Enigma unfolds the complex relationship between a father, who is a Romanian emigré and distinguished university professor, and his son, who was diagnosed with autism when he was 7 years old. Matei Calinescu's desire to understand Matthew -- his namesake -- is the theme of this moving memoir. Calinescu's determined...

The Man Who Loved Only Numbers
The Man Who Loved Only Numbers

An affectionate if impressionistic portrayal of one of the century's greatest and strangest mathematicians. Though little known among nonmathematicians, Erdos, who died in 1996 at age 83, was a legend among his colleagues. According to Hoffman (Archimedes' Revenge, 1988), the Hungarian was so devoted to mathematics that he went without...

Filthy Rich Clients: Developing Animated and Graphical Effects for Desktop Java Applications (The Java Series)
Filthy Rich Clients: Developing Animated and Graphical Effects for Desktop Java Applications (The Java Series)
Filthy Rich Clients refers to ultra-graphically rich applications that ooze cool. They suck the user in from the outset and hang on to them with a death grip of excitement. Filthy Rich Clients: Developing Animated and Graphical Effects for Desktop Javaâ„¢ Applications shows you how to...
Real-Life X-Files: Investigating the Paranormal
Real-Life X-Files: Investigating the Paranormal
"Whoever said that the truth is both stranger and more entertaining than fiction describes this book exactly." -- Skeptical Inquirer

Interest in the paranormal is at an all-time high. Ghosts, UFOs, psychic power and other unexplained phenomena are endlessly fascinating for us. People often seem to accept of
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Erdos on Graphs : His Legacy of Unsolved Problems
Erdos on Graphs : His Legacy of Unsolved Problems
A tribute to Paul Erdos, the wandering mathematician once described as the prince of problem solvers & the absolute monarch of problem posers, examines within the context of his personality & lifestyle the legacy of open problems he left to the world of mathematics after his death in 1996. DLC: Graph theory.

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The Elements of Investing: Easy Lessons for Every Investor
The Elements of Investing: Easy Lessons for Every Investor

Seize control of your financial future with rock-solid advice from two of the world’s leading investment experts

Investors today are bombarded with conflicting advice about how to handle the increasingly volatile stock market. From pronouncements of the “death of diversification” to the supposed...

Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today
Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today

“Clear, thoughtful, and thought-provoking, Germs, Genes & Civilization makes the case that infectious diseases have played a major role in shaping society. Clark argues that religion, morals, and even democracy have all been influenced by the smallest and most dangerous organisms on our planet. While...

America's Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones
America's Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones
The book began with an anonymous donation to the author of an 8-inch package of documents in the early 1980s. Nothing less than the membership list and supporting documents for a truly secret society the Yale Skull and Bones.

The late Johnny Johnson, of Phoenix Arizona was the spark that moved me to write first a
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Captain Bligh's Portable Nightmare: From the Bounty to Safety?4,162 Miles across the Pacific in a Rowing Boat
Captain Bligh's Portable Nightmare: From the Bounty to Safety?4,162 Miles across the Pacific in a Rowing Boat
At dawn on April 28, 1789, Captain William Bligh and eighteen men from HMS Bounty were herded onto a twenty-three-foot launch and abandoned in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Thus began their extraordinary journey to Java. Covering 4,162 miles, the small boat was battered by continuous storms, and the men on board suffered crippling...
Love: A New Understanding of an Ancient Emotion
Love: A New Understanding of an Ancient Emotion
What is love's real aim? Why is it so ruthlessly selective in its choice of loved ones? Why do we love at all?

In addressing these questions, Simon May develops a radically new understanding of love as the emotion we feel towards whomever or whatever we experience as grounding our life--as offering us a possibility of
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