Land of Jade: A Journey from India to China by Bertil Lintner

Land of Jade. A Journey from India through Northern Burma to China by Bertil Lintner
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Overview: In August 1995, "Mr de Souza from Goa", his considerable body wrapped in a blanket, his jet black hair flowing gently in the breeze, and his eyes hidden by huge, dark, stylish sun glasses, arrived in Nagaland. With his diminutive and highly pregnant travel companion, he had slipped past various Indian checkpoints and intelligence setups, and a fantastic journey into hidden Burma began. The book that resulted from this journey has become a classic on recent Burmese history. Bertil and Hseng Noung Lintner spent one and a half years travelling through northern and eastern Burma from 1985 to 1987. Lintner describes with care and deep insight the struggle by the Kachin and Shan ethnic groups against Burmese army rule, and records the decline and fall of the CPB–the Communist Party of Burma. During their 2,275 kilometre trek, at times in great danger, they wrote the history of a 40-year forgotten war, a history which would otherwise never have been committed to paper in such rich detail. Their daughter Hseng Tai was born in Nagaland in India at the inception of the journey. The 1996 edition is updated, and contains a wealth of hitherto unpublished photographic material as well as detailed maps and plans
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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Scott-Land: The Man Who Invented a Nation by Stuart Kelly

Scott-Land: The Man Who Invented a Nation by Stuart Kelly
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Overview: A smart, refreshingly uncynical book’ – Iain Finlayson, The Times
‘A lovely piece of work – the best book on Scott, indeed, since Edwin Muir’s Scott and Scotland’ – Andrew O’Hagan
‘This is no dry history’ – The Skinny
‘Very engaging, highly intelligent . I loved this book and heartily recommend it’ – AN Wilson

His name and image are everywhere – from Bank of Scotland fivers to the monument in Edinburgh’s city centre – yet who reads Walter Scott these days? Stuart Kelly explores the enigma of Scott and the disparity between his influence and his status, his current standing and his cultural legacy, in a voyage around Scotland.

Born in Edinburgh, the ninth child of a lawyer, Scott trained as a lawyer. After the phenomenal success of his novel Waverley (1814) he produced a string of novels, such as Rob Roy, Guy Mannering, Ivanhoe, Old Mortality and The Talisman. Scott’s writing strongly influenced, among others, Emily Brontë and Alexandre Dumas, although Mark Twain loathed it; he named a sinking boat, The Walter Scot in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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A Green and Pleasant Land by Ursula Buchan

A Green and Pleasant Land: How England’s Gardeners Fought the Second World War by Ursula Buchan
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Overview: The wonderfully evocative story of how Britain’s World War Two gardeners – with great ingenuity, invincible good humour and extraordinary fortitude – dug for victory on home turf.

A Green and Pleasant Land tells the intriguing and inspiring story of how Britain’s wartime government encouraged and cajoled its citizens to grow their own fruit and vegetables. As the Second World War began in earnest and a whole nation listened to wireless broadcasts, dug holes for Anderson shelters, counted their coupons and made do and mended, so too were they instructed to ‘Dig for Victory’.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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No Man’s Land by Kevin Sullivan

No Man’s Land: the untold story of automation and QF72 by Kevin Sullivan
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Overview: A gripping account of how a major air disaster was averted, by the captain and former Top Gun pilot

Instinctively, I release my pressure on the sidestick. Out of my subconscious, a survival technique from a previous life emerges: Neutralise! I’m not in control so I must neutralise controls. I never imagined I’d use this part of my military experience in a commercial airliner .

On routine flight QF72 from Singapore to Perth on 7 October 2008, the primary flight computers went rogue, causing the plane to pitch down, nose first, towards the Indian Ocean – twice.

The Airbus A330 carrying 315 passengers and crew was out of control, with violent negative G forces propelling anyone and anything untethered through the cabin roof.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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Purifying the Land of the Pure by Farahnaz Ispahani

Purifying the Land of the Pure: A History of Pakistan’s Religious Minorities by Farahnaz Ispahani
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Overview: Headline statement: ‘An unnerving tale of how politics empowered bigotry in Pakistan’: Asma Jahangir About the book: ‘[Y]ou will find that in course of time Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State.’ – Muhammad Ali Jinnah Pakistan was carved out in 1947 to protect the subcontinent’s largest religious minority. It was conceived as a Muslim-majority, albeit secular, State that would set an example for India on how to treat its minorities. But soon after Independence, even as Quaid-e-Azam Jinnah lay dying, political, religious and social leaders proclaimed it an Islamic State, drumming up a national narrative of Islamic victimhood. The result is an ever-intensifying prejudice against religious minorities in an effort to make Pakistan ‘purer’ in ‘Islamic’ terms. Purifying the Land of the Pure is an analysis of the country’s policies towards its religious minority populations, as well as an attempt to set the record straight about why Pakistan was created and where it moved away from Jinnah’s modern pluralist vision to that of a purely Sunni Islamic nation. Farahnaz Ispahani brings to the subject an uncommon combination: the rigour of a scholar and the ground-level experience of a parliamentarian. A crucial addition to the literature on Pakistan.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Politics & Social Sciences

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In a Pure Muslim Land by Simon Wolfgang Fuchs

In a Pure Muslim Land: Shi’ism between Pakistan and the Middle East (Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks) 1st Edition by Simon Wolfgang Fuchs
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Overview: Centering Pakistan in a story of transnational Islam stretching from South Asia to the Middle East, Simon Wolfgang Fuchs offers the first in-depth ethnographic history of the intellectual production of Shi’is and their religious competitors in this "Land of the Pure." The notion of Pakistan as the pinnacle of modern global Muslim aspiration forms a crucial component of this story. It has empowered Shi’is, who form about twenty percent of the country’s population, to advance alternative conceptions of their religious hierarchy while claiming the support of towering grand ayatollahs in Iran and Iraq.

Fuchs shows how popular Pakistani preachers and scholars have boldly tapped into the esoteric potential of Shi’ism, occupying a creative and at times disruptive role as brokers, translators, and self-confident pioneers of contemporary Islamic thought. They have indigenized the Iranian Revolution and formulated their own ideas for fulfilling the original promise of Pakistan. Challenging typical views of Pakistan as a mere Shi’i backwater, Fuchs argues that its complex religious landscape represents how a local, South Asian Islam may open up space for new intellectual contributions to global Islam. Yet religious ideology has also turned Pakistan into a deadly battlefield: sectarian groups since the 1980s have been bent on excluding Shi’is as harmful to their own vision of an exemplary Islamic state.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Politics & Social Sciences

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This Land Is Our Land by Suketu Mehta

This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto by Suketu Mehta
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Overview: A timely argument for why the United States and the West would benefit from accepting more immigrants

There are few subjects in American life that prompt more discussion and controversy than immigration. But do we really understand it? In This Land Is Our Land, the renowned author Suketu Mehta attacks the issue head-on. Drawing on his own experience as an Indian-born teenager growing up in New York City and on years of reporting around the world, Mehta subjects the worldwide anti-immigrant backlash to withering scrutiny. As he explains, the West is being destroyed not by immigrants but by the fear of immigrants. Mehta juxtaposes the phony narratives of populist ideologues with the ordinary heroism of laborers, nannies, and others, from Dubai to Queens, and explains why more people are on the move today than ever before. As civil strife and climate …
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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This Land Is Our Land by Suketu Mehta

This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto by Suketu Mehta
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Overview: A timely argument for why the United States and the West would benefit from accepting more immigrants

There are few subjects in American life that prompt more discussion and controversy than immigration. But do we really understand it? In This Land Is Our Land, the renowned author Suketu Mehta attacks the issue head-on. Drawing on his own experience as an Indian-born teenager growing up in New York City and on years of reporting around the world, Mehta subjects the worldwide anti-immigrant backlash to withering scrutiny. As he explains, the West is being destroyed not by immigrants but by the fear of immigrants. Mehta juxtaposes the phony narratives of populist ideologues with the ordinary heroism of laborers, nannies, and others, from Dubai to Queens, and explains why more people are on the move today than ever before. As civil strife and climate …
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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Land of Plenty by Fuchsia Dunlop

Land of Plenty: A Treasury of Authentic Sichuan Cooking by Fuchsia Dunlop
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Overview: The food of the Sichuan region in southwest China is one of the world’s great culinary secrets. Many of us know it for its "hot and spicy" reputation or a few of its most famous dishes, most notably Kung Pao chicken, but that is only the beginning. Sichuanese cuisine is legendary in China for its sophistication and astounding diversity: local gourmets claim the region boasts 5000 different dishes.
Fuchsia Dunlop fell in love with Sichuanese food on her first visit to the province ten years ago. The following year she went to live in the Sichuanese capital Chengdu, where she became the first foreigner to study full-time at the province’s famous cooking school, the Sichuan Institute of Higher Cuisine. Now she has given us a cookbook gathered on the spot from the kitchens of Sichuan, filled with stories and colorful descriptions of the region itself. Useful for the enthusiastic beginner as well as the experienced cook, Land of Plenty teaches you not only how to prepare the Sichuan recipes but also the art of chopping and to appreciate the textures of dishes.
Among this book’s unique features: a full glossary of Chinese terms; Chinese characters useful for shopping; a practical introduction to the art of cutting; detailed lists of the 23 recognized flavor combinations and 56 cooking methods used in Sichuanese cuisine; 16 color pictures of the ingredients and finished dishes; double-page maps of the region; and Chinese characters for every recipe
Genre: Non-Fiction > Food & Drink

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Singer in a Songless Land by K. R. Howe

Singer in a Songless Land: A Life of Edward Tregear, 1846-1931 by K. R. Howe
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Overview: At the turn of the twentieth century, Edward Tregear was one of New Zealand’s most prominent citizens and widely published intellectuals. He was an authority on Maori and Polynesian studies, a controversial ‘socialist’ and secretary of the Department of Labour, and a key player in attempts to form a united political labour movement in New Zealand. He was also a social critic, novelist and poet. This biography traces Tregear’s career from his youthful days on the 1860s frontier as an anguished, exiled Briton to his position as eminent antipodean figure singing the praises of ‘national culture’ in New Zealand.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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The Debatable Land by Graham Robb

The Debatable Land: The Lost World Between Scotland and England by Graham Robb
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Overview: The Debatable Land was an independent territory which used to exist between Scotland and England. At the height of its notoriety, it was the bloodiest region in Great Britain, fought over by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and James V. After the Union of the Crowns, most of its population was slaughtered or deported, and it became the last part of the country to be brought under the control of the state. Today, its history has been forgotten or ignored.
When Graham Robb moved to a lonely house on the very edge of England, he discovered that the river which almost surrounded his new home had once marked the Debatable Land’s southern boundary. Under the powerful spell of curiosity, Robb began a journey – on foot, by bicycle and into the past – that would uncover lost towns and roads, reveal the truth about this maligned patch of land and result in more than one discovery of major historical significance.
Rich in detail and epic in scope, The Debatable Land takes us from a time when neither England nor Scotland could be imagined to the present day, when contemporary nationalism and political turmoil threaten to unsettle the cross-border community once more.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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The Archaeology of the Holy Land by Jodi Magness

The Archaeology of the Holy Land: From the Destruction of Solomon’s Temple to the Muslim Conquest by Jodi Magness
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Overview: This book provides an introduction to the archaeology and history of ancient Palestine – modern Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories – from the destruction of Solomon’s temple in 586 BCE to the Muslim conquest in 640 CE. Special attention is paid to the archaeology of Jerusalem and the Second Temple period, in the time of Herod the Great and Jesus. For each period, the book offers a historical background for the Mediterranean world and the ancient Near East, as well as the events in Palestine. Major sites such as Masada, Caesarea Maritima, and Petra are examined in archaeological and historical detail, along with the material culture – coins, pottery, glass, and stone vessels – of each period. This book provides a thorough overview of the archaeology of this historically vibrant part of the world.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Far from Land by way of Michael Brooke

Far from Land: The Mysterious Life of Seabirds by way of Michael Brooke
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Overview: Seabirds evoke the spirit of the earth’s wildest puts. They spend huge parts in their lives at sea, steadily some distance from land, and nest on gorgeous and faraway islands that people hardly ever talk over with. Thanks to the improvement of increasingly more refined and miniaturized units that may monitor their each motion and behaviour, it’s now imaginable to look at the mysterious lives of those outstanding creatures as by no means prior to. This fantastically illustrated ebook takes you on a wide ranging adventure all over the world to show the place those birds in reality move once they roam the ocean, the ways they make use of to traverse huge tracts of ocean, the methods they use to evade threats, and extra.
Michael Brooke has visited each nook of the sector in his lifelong pursuit of seabirds. Here, he attracts on his personal studies and insights in addition to the most recent state of the art science to make clear the elusive seafaring lives of albatrosses, frigatebirds, cormorants, and different ocean wanderers. Where do puffins move within the wintry weather? How deep do penguins dive? From how some distance away can an albatross spot a fishing vessel price following for its subsequent meal? Brooke addresses those and different questions on this pleasant ebook. Along the way in which, he finds that seabirds aren’t the aimless wind-tossed creatures they’ll seem to be, and explains the observational inventions which are using this thrilling space of analysis.
Featuring illustrations by way of famend artist Bruce Pearson and filled with intriguing details, Far from Land supplies an strange up-close take a look at the actions of seabirds.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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In the Land of Time And Other Fantasy Tales by means of Lord Dunsany

In the Land of Time And Other Fantasy Tales by means of Lord Dunsany
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Overview: A pioneer within the realm of imaginative literature, Lord Dunsany has won a cult following for his affect on fashionable myth literature, together with such authors as J. R. R. Tolkien and H. P. Lovecraft. This distinctive choice of brief tales levels over 5 many years of labor. Liberal picks of previous stories – together with all of the Gods of Pegana in addition to such notable works as "Idle Days of the Yann" and "The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth" – are adopted by means of memorable later stories, together with a number of in regards to the garrulous traveler Joseph Jorkens and the outrageous homicide story "The Two Bottles of Relish". Throughout, the tales are united by means of Dunsany’s cosmic imaginative and prescient, his impeccable and mellifluous prose, and his distinctively Irish sense of caprice.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction > Classics > Fantasy

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