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A History of Wales
John Davies
0140145818
Mar 1995
Paperback
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From Booklist
Davies, a teacher in Cardiff, has not only taken cognizance of, and fluidly applied, the new tools history avails itself of--such as economics and archaeology--he first wrote his history in Welsh. His tremendous exertion was something new that the readers of Wales recognized, and they made it a best-seller there. Davies unearths the evidence of prehistoric hill forts and Roman ruins; he delineates the feudal wars, the 1536 union with England and the ensuing Reformation; and he explains the transformations of the Industrial Revolution. Accurate in all details, using meaningful modern maps, balanced where doubts exist, this impressive history could be criticized as a labor of patriotic love, if not for the visibly high professional standard to which Davies adheres. Nothing even remotely as accomplished has been written...


A History of Wales: From the Norman Invasion to the Edwardian Conquest (Library of Essential Reading Series)
John Edward Lloyd
0760752419
January 2004
Paperback
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Restoration
Ronald Hutton
0198203926
July 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
The years 1658-1667 form one of the most vital and eventful periods in English history, witnessing the Plague, the Great Fire of London, the naval wars against the Dutch, and, above all, the transformation of Oliver Cromwell's Commonwealth into the Restoration monarchy of Charles II. Hutton's
detailed study of the period returns to nearly all the extant manuscript sources and reworks every issue afresh. The result is an absorbing and perceptive account of national experience as government policy changed, influenced by the interaction of central concerns, local perspectives, and the
various social, political, and religious groups.


The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works--and How It's Transforming the American Economy
Charles Fishman
1594200769
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Fishman shops at Wal-Mart and has obvious affection for its price-cutting, hard-nosed ethos. He also understands that the story of Wal-Mart is really the story of the transformation of the American economy over the past 20 years. He's careful to present the consumer benefits of Wal-Mart's staggering growth and to place Wal-Mart in the larger context of globalization and the rise of mega-corporations. But he also presents the case against Wal-Mart in arresting detail, and his carefully balanced approach only makes the downside of Wal-Mart's market dominance more vivid. Through interviews with former Wal-Mart insiders and current suppliers, Fishman puts readers inside the company's penny-pinching mindset and shows how Wal-Mart's mania to reduce prices has driven suppliers into bankruptcy and sent factory jobs...


Camilla: The King's Mistress : A Love Story
Caroline Graham
0809234076


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A Social History of the Nonconformist Ministry in England and Wales 1800-1930
Kenneth D. Brown
0198227639
Jan 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
Protestant nonconformity was one of the most significant aspects of 19th-century Britain. Focusing on some of the lesser known ministers of dissenting denominations, Brown recreates the lives, both private and professional, of an influential but heretofore anonymous group of religious
leaders.


The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel
Jasper Fforde
0142001805
February 2003
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Book Review
Penzler Pick, January 2002: When I first heard the premise of this unique mystery, I doubted that a first-time author could pull off a complicated caper involving so many assumptions, not the least of which is a complete suspension of disbelief. Jasper Fforde is not only up to the task, he exceeds all expectations.

Imagine this. Great Britain in 1985 is close to being a police state. The Crimean War has dragged on for more than 130 years and Wales is self-governing. The only recognizable thing about this England is her citizens' enduring love of literature. And the Third Most Wanted criminal, Acheron Hades, is stealing characters from England's cherished literary heritage and holding them for ransom.

Bibliophiles will be enchanted, but not surprised, to learn that stealing a character from a book only...



The Great Revival in Wales
Solomon Benjamin Shaw
193139301X
March 1, 2002
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Book Description
S. B. Shaw originally wrote this classic work in 1905, during the heat of the Welsh revival. It has been unavailable to the general public for nearly a century. The book was distributed in Los Angeles by Frank Bartleman and became a catalyst for the Azusa Street outpouring in 1906. The book includes a biography of Evan Roberts, the young revivalist, many newspaper and periodical reports, and testimonies from F.B. Meyer, G. Campbell Morgan, R. A. Torrey, and much, much more. It is one of the most valuable original sources on the Welch revival. The editor also included photographs of Evan Roberts and many of the players in the revival.


Wal-Mart: The Face of Twenty-First-Century Capitalism
Nelson Lichtenstein (Editor)
1595580212
January 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Culled from an April 2004 conference on Wal-Mart at the University of California, Santa Barbara, these essays can be redundant, but they offer stimulating perspectives on the world's largest corporation. The rise of Wal-Mart, declares editor Lichtenstein (Walter Reuther), has been abetted by a "southernized, deunionized, post–New Deal America," a business culture in which labor costs can be squeezed, even as a company promotes loyalty via "faux classlessness." Several chapters place these phenomena in context: describing how Wal-Mart represents both an extension of and a quantum leap from previous retail giants and how it places unprecedented price pressure on its suppliers. Wal-Mart saves consumers money, the contributors argue, but only by externalizing many social and economic costs, including benefits...


Chapters of the Agrarian History of England and Wales
Joan Thirsk
0521368804
Mar 1990
Paperback
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Review
'The book is a treasure and again places England in the vanguard of scholarship on the social and economic history of modern Europe.' English Historical Review
'Volume IV of The Agrarian History will no doubt stand as an indispensable authority ...' The Times Literary Supplement
'It will be a very long time indeed before [volume IV] and the mass of references it contains is superseded as the basic standard work on this period.' Agriculture

Book Description
Chapters from The Agrarian History of England and Wales, volumes IV and V part II, now appear for the first time in five paperback volumes, designed primarily for a student readership. Dealing respectively with pieces, wages, profits and rents; estate management and the condition of the farm labourer; agricultural techniques...


The Brothers of Gwynedd: Comprising, Sunrise in the West, the Dragon at Noonday, the Hounds of Sunset, Afterglow and Nightfall
Edith Pargeter, Ellis Peters
0747232679
October 1990
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Those who fancy historical fiction with an emphasis on the history will savor this convincing tale of 13th-century Wales. Originally published in England as four discrete novels, the 822-page this is correct/i have finished book/pk work limns political machinations and "the cleaner business of war" in a period of Welsh national revival. Four brothers--Llewelyn, Owen Goch, Rhodri and David--vie for power among themselves and with the English king, Henry III, until Llewelyn emerges triumphant as prince of Wales. He is plagued by his favorite brother David's treacherous links to England, as well as by the reluctance of the Welsh to see themselves as a nation rather than as separate tribes. A rebellion by English barons, disrupting that country's affairs, only postpones the inevitable: the English march on Wales,...


Stolen Magic
Mary Jo Putney
0345476891
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In bestseller Putney's spellbinding second romantic fantasy (after 2004's A Kiss of Fate), Earl of Falconer, Simon Malmain, chief enforcer of the Guardian Council, which oversees the use of magic in 18th-century Britain, has been turned into a unicorn by Lord Drayton, a renegade mage whom Simon charges with encouraging the Jacobite uprising; only a virgin can transform Simon back into human form. Luckily for Simon, animal-loving "Mad Meggie," Drayton's "servant," succeeds in doing so, while Simon breaks the spell that's kept Meg in the dark sorcerer's thrall. Allied in a "pretend" marriage, the pair pool their unusual talents in an effort to ruin Lord Drayton's plan to prevent the Industrial Age from revolutionizing England. Putney's skill as a historical romance novelist serves her well in the depiction of...


Chapters from the Agrarian History of England and Wales
John Chartres
0521368812
Mar 1990
Paperback
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Review
'The book is a treasure and again places England in the vanguard of scholarship on the social and economic history of modern Europe.' English Historical Review
'Volume IV of The Agrarian History will no doubt stand as an indispensable authority ...' The Times Literary Supplement
'It will be a very long time indeed before [volume IV] and the mass of references it contains is superseded as the basic standard work on this period.' Agriculture

Book Description
Chapters from The Agrarian History of England and Wales, volumes IV and V part II, now appear for the first time in five paperback volumes, designed primarily for a student readership. Dealing respectively with pieces, wages, profits and rents; estate management and the condition of the farm labourer; agricultural techniques...


DIANA : PORTRAIT OF A PRINCESS
Jayne Fincher, Judy Wade
0684853922
August 31, 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review
Alone among award-winning photographers, Jayne Fincher snapped some of the most private moments ever seen of the late Princess Diana. What's her secret? Perhaps it's because, as an official royal photographer, she did not provoke the fear and panic that outside photographers tragically did, and her status as the only woman in the pool of royal photographers somehow put the royal family and the Princess of Wales off their guard in her presence. Diana: Portrait of a Princess contains never-before-seen photos from the early 1980s until Diana's death in August of 1997. Fincher captures the shy, awkward Lady Spencer, the picture of innocence and bewilderment thrust onto the global stage. Later in this chronologically ordered collection we see this young woman evolve into the glamorous and sophisticated princess. Some of...


How Walmart is Destroying America (and the World) and What You Can Do About It
Bill Quinn
1580086683
April 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
After carving up the once lovingly cared-for downtowns of Small Town America, Wal-Mart launched a frontal assault on mom-and-pop businesses all over the globe. With 1.5 million employees operating more than 3, 500 stores, Wal-Mart is now the world’s largest private employer. In this third edition of HOW WAL-MART IS DESTROYING AMERICA (AND THE WORLD), intrepid Texas newspaperman Bill Quinn continues the fight. Featuring detailed accounts of Wal-Mart’s questionable business practices and the latest information on Wal-Mart lawsuits, vendor issues, and efforts to stop expansion, Quinn shows why Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., is arguably the most feared and despised corporation in the world. Whether you’re a customer fed up with Wal-Mart’s false claims, a vendor squeezed by strong-arm tactics, a worker pushed to...


Chapters from the Agrarian History of England and Wales
Joan Thirsk
0521368839
Mar 1990
Paperback
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Review
'The book is a treasure and again places England in the vanguard of scholarship on the social and economic history of modern Europe.' English Historical Review
'Volume IV of The Agrarian History will no doubt stand as an indispensable authority ...' The Times Literary Supplement
'It will be a very long time indeed before [volume IV] and the mass of references it contains is superseded as the basic standard work on this period.' Agriculture

Book Description
Chapters from The Agrarian History of England and Wales, volumes IV and V part II, now appear for the first time in five paperback volumes, designed primarily for a student readership. Dealing respectively with pieces, wages, profits and rents; estate management and the condition of the farm labourer; agricultural techniques...


The Medieval Castle in England and Wales
N. J. Pounds
0521383498
Jan 1991
Hardcover
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Book Description
This original and pioneering book examines the role of the castle in the Norman conquest of England and in the subsequent administration of the country. The castle is seen as primarily an instrument of peaceful administration which rarely had a garrison and was more often where the sheriff or steward kept his files and employed his secretariat.
There have been many studies of the medieval castle. All have stressed the architectural development of the castle, but almost none have even mentioned the role of the castle in the social and economic history of England. This book deals exclusively with these aspects of the castle's history, in particular with the attempts of the crown to control and limit castle building and with the role of the castle in the administration of the country. In most cases the military...


Nectar from a Stone : A Novel
Jane Guill
0743264797
March 1, 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
It's Wales in 1351, and across a plague-infested, often brutal landscape, Elise—a spirited young woman prone to visions—and her servant/surrogate mother Annora flee the scene of an unplanned crime: Elise has killed her evil husband, Maelgwyn, and dumped his body in a river. On the run, she crosses paths with a mysterious rider named Gwydion who immediately intrigues her with his lordly composure and brooding manner. As Elise and Gwydion's travels further converge, it emerges that they have an enemy in common: the repellent Sir Nicholas, who murdered Gwydion's father and sister and who, with his henchman Dexter, came perilously close to raping and killing Annora and Elise in a previous encounter. Gwydion's and Elise's interest in each other grows, and their passions are stoked when Elise tends to the...


Here Be Dragons
Sharon Kay Penman
0345382846
May 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
"A masterful picture of Wales in the 13th century...vivdly pictured as grandly beautiful, its people volatile, stubborn and mystic."
THE SAN DIEGO UNION
Thirteenth-century Wales is a divided country, ever at the mercy of England's ruthless, power-hungry King John. Then Llewelyn, Prince of North Wales, secures an uneasy truce with England by marrying the English king's beloved, illegitimate daughter, Joanna. Reluctant to wed her father's bitter enemy, Joanna slowly grows to love her charismatic and courageous husband who dreams of uniting Wales. But as John's attentions turn again and again to subduing Wales--and Llewelyn--Joanna must decide to which of these powerful men she owes her loyalty and love.
A sweeping novel of power and passion, loyalty and lives, this is the book that began the trilogy...


The Medieval Castle in England and Wales
N. J. G. Pounds
0521458285
Nov 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
This original and pioneering book examines the role of the castle in the Norman conquest of England and in the subsequent administration of the country. The castle is seen as primarily an instrument of peaceful administration which rarely had a garrison and was more often where the sheriff or steward kept his files and employed his secretariat.
There have been many studies of the medieval castle. All have stressed the architectural development of the castle, but almost none have even mentioned the role of the castle in the social and economic history of England. This book deals exclusively with these aspects of the castle's history, in particular with the attempts of the crown to control and limit castle building and with the role of the castle in the administration of the country. In most cases the military...


The Reckoning
Sharon Kay Penman
0345378881
October 6, 1992
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
YA-- A captivating story about Edward I's takeover of Wales that reveals the harshness of 13th-century Great Britain. Historically accurate and well written, the book is superb, with research that is detailed and history that is thoroughly compelling. Penman brings to life the people of the day, placing the romance of Llewelyn, the Welsh prince, and his bride, Eleanor de Montford, at the heart of the story. Destiny denies Llewelyn and Eleanor a ``happily-ever-after ending,'' and condemns their relatives, including the children, to a lifetime of imprisonment by King Edward. As in her previous books, Penman reveals the times, the customs, and the people of Great Britain through intriguing characters and circumstances.- Linda Vretos, West Springfield High School, VACopyright 1992 Reed Business Information,...


Bully of Bentonville
Anthony Bianco
0385513569
February 2006
Hardcover
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Review
“[The Bully of Bentonville]…is filled with direct quotations from current and former Wal-Mart employees, paraphrased anecdotes from Wal-Mart lore, Sam Walton legends, data from government documents and studies from academic researchers such as Basker. Not a single page…is boring, whether the reader is a Wal-Mart lover, Wal-Mart hater, or a conflicted in-between sometimes shopper.” —The Kansas City Star

“In The Bully of Bentonville Bianco produces the most penetrating examination of Wal-Mart’s business practices and their ripple effects in American society that has been published since Wal-Mart watching became a serious pursuit of the business press and academia.” — The Star Telegram

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A Moment in Time
Bertrice Small
0345368630
September 10, 1991
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Veteran romance novelist Small ( The Spitfire ) is capable of better work than this mediocre fantasy with its rudimentary characters and over-elaborate plot. "Somewhere in time" Rhiannon of "the Fair Folk" relinquished her magic powers to marry a Welsh mortal, Pwyll. But he betrayed her trust and, as a punishment, he is to be reincarnated repeatedly, searching during every life for the soul of Rhiannon until he finds her and she forgives him. In 1060, Wynne of Gwernach (Rhiannon's soul) marries Madoc of Powys-Wenwynwyn (Pwyll's soul). In this life, Madoc somehow ends up with the magic powers. He concocts a brew to help Wynne remember their shared past life and, of course, she freely forgives him. But then Wynne (who is more compassionate than intelligent) resolves to patch up a feud between Madoc and his evil...


Modern Wales
Gareth Jones
0521469457
Oct 1994
Paperback
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Review
"...a first-rate study which combines the virtues of clarity, judicious selectivity and overall objectivity with the social and economic perspectives of the 'new' history." History

"...a clear, crisp and thoroughly sensible narrative which will prove a real boon to students and general readers." The Times Literary Supplement

Book Description
This is a second edition of Gareth Elwyn Jones' highly-regarded survey of the history of Wales in modern times, first published in 1984. It contains fully updated reference material and a new final chapter.



Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
James C. Collins
0060516402
January 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
This analysis of what makes great companies great has been hailed everywhere as an instant classic and one of the best business titles since In Search of Excellence. The authors, James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras, spent six years in research, and they freely admit that their own preconceptions about business success were devastated by their actual findings--along with the preconceptions of virtually everyone else.

Built to Last identifies 18 "visionary" companies and sets out to determine what's special about them. To get on the list, a company had to be world famous, have a stellar brand image, and be at least 50 years old. We're talking about companies that even a layperson knows to be, well, different: the Disneys, the Wal-Marts, the Mercks.

Whatever the key to the success of these companies, the key...



Diana: The Portrait
Rosalind Coward
0641671148

Hardcover
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The Agrarian History of England and Wales 2 Volume Set
E. J. T. Collins
0521662141
Dec 2000
Hardcover
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Review
'... the two books represent a fine achievement, incorporating both the minutiae of agricultural life and the broad sweep of social and economic change'. Martin Pugh, Times Literary Supplement
'... likely to remain the standard source of information for generations to come.' History
' ... for Volume VII of The Agrarian History of England and Wales covers a crucial period in the history of British agriculture, a period that saw agriculture's place in the British economy diminish sharply in the face of continued industrial growth. Comprehensive, refreshingly readable and for the most part free from pages of mind-numbing statistics, the contributors deserve congratulations for a difficult job well done.' Agricultural History

Review
"...an immensely informational reference work......


H. R. H. the Prince of Wales Watercolours
Prince of Wales Charles
0821218816


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From Publishers Weekly
Prince Charles, who has been painting for 23 years, calls his watercolors 'immediate and very amateur," and most of them do seem to function best as personal souvenirs of farms, windmills, cottages and rugged landscapes. Yet in some of the 73 paintings reproduced here he proves much more than a mere literalist. One need only look at the Turneresque beauty of Looking Towards Mar Lodge in the Rain, the dancing Dufyesque color of Andraitxyes.gs Harbour or the delicate shimmering poetry of Countryside Around Abbeystead. The prince's chatty, unpretentious facing-page commentaries accompany each plate. Along with atmospheric vistas of the English and Scottish countrysides are often serendipitous views of Italy, France, the Turkish coast, a Hong Kong bay and an ancient Jordanian city. Nature's majesty quietly shines...


Celtic Heritage: Ancient Tradition in Ireland and Wales
Alwyn Rees, Brinley Rees
0500270392


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