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Treasure (A Dirk Pitt Adventure)
Clive Cussler
0671704656
October 1988
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
When the great Library of Alexandria was ordered sacked in A.D. 391, could some of its fabulous art treasures and volumes from its magnificent library have escaped the flames and been ferried across the Atlantic? It's an improbable if intriguing notion, but probability is not the strong suit of this wild charade of a novel that features the greatest treasure hunt of all timesome 1600 years after the fabulous riches disappeared. The narrative also encompasses the bloody attempts of two supposedly religious fanatics (who turn out to be brothers in a "criminal dynasty") to seize power in Egypt and Mexico, respectively; the kidnapping of the legitimate presidents of those two countries aboard a cruise ship; and the dazzling exploits of the green-eyed Dirk Pitt, a super-James Bond type whom "no woman could completely...


Green Land, Brown Land, Black Land
James C. McCann
0325000964
Apr 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
James C. McCann provides a synthesis of evidence and a narrative of Africa's evironmental history over the past two centuries.

About the Author
James C. McCann is Professor of History and director of the African Studies Center at Boston University.


The Thrall's Tale
Judith Lindbergh
0670034649
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Lindbergh's epic debut novel chronicles the early Viking colonies in Greenland through the eyes of the embattled female denizens. Katla, the titular thrall born to a Christian Irishwoman enslaved in a Viking raid, emigrates with her master from Iceland to Greenland in A.D. 985. Katla's rosary sets her apart from the pagan Norse, and her beauty brings the unwelcome attention of her master's eldest son, Torvard. After he violently rapes her, she is bought and nursed back to health by the compassionate seeress Thorbjorg and eventually gives birth to a daughter, Bibrau. The three women alternately narrate the tale: Thorbjorg teaches Bibrau her mystic Norse wisdom even as she foresees the end of her way of life; Katla longs for her gentle lover Ossur and the chance to practice her Christian faith; and Bibrau, despised...


Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga
William W. Fitzhugh
1560989955
April 2000
Textbook Paperback
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Book Review
In the early Middle Ages, driven by famine at home and the promise of wealth to be had in other lands, the Viking people exploded out of Scandinavia and set about conquering parts of England, Ireland, France, Russia, and even Turkey. Emboldened by their successes, the Vikings pushed ever farther outward, eventually crossing the North Atlantic and founding settlements in Iceland, Greenland, and eastern Canada.

In The Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga, some three dozen scholars examine the growing archaeological evidence of the Viking presence in the New World--including such items as a Norse coin excavated in Maine, runic stones from the Canadian Arctic, and farming implements found in Newfoundland. The contributors consider the sometimes friendly, sometimes warlike history of Viking interactions with the native peoples of...



The Vikings: Life, Myth, and Art
Tony Allan
0760753695
February 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
THE VIKINGS is a richly illustrated introduction to an extraordinary people...genereously illustrates teh chief glories of Vikign Art - from intricate depictions of fabulous eastes in wood, stone, and gold tothe iconography of battle, and the spectacular treasures of Norse ship burials. Presents..full commentary, the broad repertoire of Viking symbols and motifs.


Insight Guide: Iceland
Jane Simmonds
0887291767
April 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
One of over 400 titles in the Insight series, Insight Guide Iceland. This 378-page book includes a section detailing Iceland's history, 10 features covering aspects of the country's life and culture, ranging from its anonymous 13th-century saga authors to its infamous rainy weather, a region by region visitor's guide to the sights, and a comprehensive Travel Tips section packed with essential contact addresses and numbers. Plus many enjoyable photographs and 16 maps.


This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland
Gretel Ehrlich
0679758526
January 2003
Paperback
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Book Review's Best of 2001
From the acclaimed chronicler of open spaces, Gretel Ehrlich, comes a stunning and lyrical evocation of a practically unknown place and people. Beginning in 1993, Ehrlich traveled to Greenland, the northernmost country in the world, in every season--the four months of perpetual dark (in which the average temperature is 25 degrees below zero), the four months of constant daylight, and the twilight seasons in between--traveling up the west coast, often by dogsled, and befriending the resilient and generous Inuits along the way. Greenland, unlike its name, is 95 percent ice--a landscape of deep rock-walled fjords, glaciers, narwhal whales swimming among icebergs the size of football fields, walruses busting through oceans of shifting ice. In the far north, the polar Inuit--the "real heroes"--still dress in bear...


Corvette
Richard Woodman
157409100X
November 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
The frozen splendor of the Arctic Ocean and the absorbing drama of a nineteenth century whale hunt unfold in The Corvette. Rewarded by promotion for his services at the Battle of Copenhagen, Commander Drinkwater is dispatched in haste to replace the captain of the Melusine, who has been shot in a duel. The ship sails as an escort to a whaling fleet on its annual expedition to the Greenland Sea in pursuit of right whales. During the whale hunt the loss of one of the vessels sets off a chain of misfortune. Disaster, death and treachery result. To repair his ship, Drinkwater seeks shelter off the Greenland coast and finds more hazards than the Arctic alone can produce. It is here that Drinkwater makes the most difficult decision of his career.


The Two-Mile Time Machine: Ice Cores, Abrupt Climate Change, and Our Future
Richard B. Alley
0691102961
July 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Recent news reports about large holes in the ice and open waters at the Arctic Circle have prompted renewed concerns about the effects of global warming. In measured tones, however, geoscientist Alley reminds us that during the last 100,000 years or so the earth has experienced a wildly varied climate pattern. Using readings of ice cores taken from Greenland, where he participated for several years in the '90s in far-reaching research projects, Alley demonstrates that periods of slow cooling and centuries of cold have been punctuated by periods of sudden warming. In fact, he notes, climatic stability is the exception rather than the rule, and he contends that the unusually warm, stable climate we have experienced for the past 10,000 years is an anomaly. Through his study of the two-mile-long ice cores, Alley...


Right to National Self-Determination: The Faroe Islands and Greenland, Vol. 60
Sjurdur Skaale (Editor)
900414207X
January 2005
Paperback
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Life and Death on the Greenland Patrol 1942
Thaddeus D. Novak
0813029120
December 2005
Hardcover
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The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord, October 2005
"This diary... is a classic of its kind ...[a] unique personal memory."

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