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Rosa Parks: My Story
Rosa Parks
0141301201
December 1998
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
"The simplicity and candor of this courageous woman's voice make [her life story] even more moving and dramatic," wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 10-up.- even more moving and dramatic," wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 10-up. Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-- This well-known story is considerably refreshed by Parks's personal narrative, punctuated by numerous black-and-white photographs. In simple, gracious, compelling language she describes her childhood, family life, and elusive educational opportunities. She explains how her husband encouraged and supported her participation in civil rights activities, and provides with clarity the generally paltry regard for the contributions of black women by the movement's...


A Night to Remember
Walter Lord
0805077642
Jan 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
James Cameron's 1997 Titanic movie is a smash hit, but Walter Lord's 1955 classic remains in some ways unsurpassed. Lord interviewed scores of Titanic passengers, fashioning a gripping you-are-there account of the ship's sinking that you can read in half the time it takes to see the film. The book boasts many perfect movie moments not found in Cameron's film. When the ship hits the berg, passengers see "tiny splinters of ice in the air, fine as dust, that give off myriads of bright colors whenever caught in the glow of the deck lights." Survivors saw dawn reflected off other icebergs in a rainbow of shades, depending on their angle toward the sun: pink, mauve, white, deep blue--a landscape so eerie, a little boy tells his mom, "Oh, Muddie, look at the beautiful North Pole with no Santa Claus on it."

A...



The American Practical Navigator: "Bowditch"
Nathaniel Bowditch, National Imagery and Mapping Agency
0939837544
September 25, 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
This is a new edition of The American Practical Navigator, "Bowditch," offered by Celestaire and Paradise Cay Publications. This new edition is the most recent update of Bowditch, the definitive work on navigation. Nathanial Bowditch first published this encyclopedic work in 1802. During the last two centuries over 75 editions, almost 1,000,000 copies, of Bowditch have been published by the US Government. It has lived because it has combined the best technologies of each generation of navigator. This new Bicentennial Edition includes the latest advances in electronic navigation and digital charting technology. It also covers nonelectronic navigation such as celestial, plotting and dead reckoning. Bowditch contains numerous tables which have been valued for years by practicing navigators. Bowditch is carried on the...


Ten Hours until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do
Michael J. Tougias
0312334354
August 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Before The Perfect Storm, there was the 1978 blizzard that lashed the Massachusetts coast with blinding snow, 90-mile-per-hour winds and 40-foot waves. Into the juggernaut sailed the small boat Can Do and its crew of five civilians on a doomed mission to assist two other vessels imperiled by the storm. As in The Perfect Storm, all hands were lost; but since the Can Do sank only a few agonizing miles from shore, there are records of terse radio transmissions to help the author recreate their last desperate hours. Journalist Tougias (The Blizzard of '78) fills out his absorbing account with lots of search-and-rescue procedural details, recollections from others who endured the monstrous seas of that hellish night and 300 years' worth of maritime disaster sagas. At times, the book feels padded with lengthy,...


Nothing Like It in the World
Stephen E. Ambrose
0743203178
Nov 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
Abraham Lincoln, who had worked as a riverboat pilot before turning to politics, knew a thing or two about the problems of transporting goods and people from place to place. He was also convinced that the United States would flourish only if its far-flung regions were linked, replacing sectional loyalties with an overarching sense of national destiny.

Building a transcontinental railroad, writes the prolific historian Stephen Ambrose, was second only to the abolition of slavery on Lincoln's presidential agenda. Through an ambitious program of land grants and low-interest government loans, he encouraged entrepreneurs such as California's "Big Four"--Charles Crocker, Collis Huntington, Mark Hopkins, and Leland Stanford--to take on the task of stringing steel rails from ocean to ocean. The real work of doing so, of course,...



The Machine That Changed the World : The Story of Lean Production
James P. Womack, et al
0060974176
November 1991
Paperback
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New York Times Magazine
"The fundamentals of this system are applicable to every industry across the globe...[and] will have a profound impact on human societyit will truly change the world."

-- Business Week
"The best current book on the changes reshaping manufacturing and the most readable."

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Lost Gold of the Republic
Priit J. Vesilind
1933034068
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
A seasoned National Geographic journalist gives us an excellent history of a notable piece of deep-water archaeology and treasure salvage. The Republic went down in 1,700 feet of water off the Carolina coast in fall 1865, overwhelmed by a hurricane while carrying a treasure in gold and silver coins that was intended to revive commerce in New Orleans. Vesilind covers the history of the ship, which served under both flags during the Civil War, and its crew, as well as the painstaking and expensive search for it by partners Greg Stemin and John Morris. The pair had to make new charts of the Gulf Stream to locate the wreck, resolve the conflicts between the archaeological and treasure-hunting aspects of the expedition, and bring up a third of the treasure from a third of a mile down with a converted cable-repair...


Box Boats: How Container Ships Changed the World
Brian J. Cudahy
0823225682
April 26, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Fifty years ago—on April 26, 1956—the freighter Ideal X steamed from Berth 26 in Port Newark, New Jersey. Flying the flag of the Pan-Atlantic Steamship Company, she set out for Houston with an unusual cargo: 58 trailer trucks lashed to her top deck. But they weren’t trucks—they were steel containers removed from their running gear, waiting to be lifted onto empty truck beds when Ideal X reached Texas. She docked safely, and a revolution was launched—not only in shipping, but in the way the world trades. Today, the more than 200 million containers shipped every year are the lifeblood of the new global economy. They sit stacked on thousands of "box boats" that grow more massive every year. In this fascinating book, transportation expert Brian Cudahy provides a vivid, fast-paced account of the...


The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
Sebastian Junger
0641646674

Paperback
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Last Train to Paradise
Les Standiford
1400049474
Aug 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
In Last Train to Paradise novelist Les Standiford has written a lively, felicitous account of the building of the Florida East Coast Railway, which, for a little over two decades, connected mainland Florida with Key West. Henry Morrison Flagler, John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil partner and, in many eyes, the true genius behind that company, embarked on the project in 1905 when he was 74 years old. The railroad, which crossed more than 150 miles of open sea, was an engineering feat nearly equal in scale and difficulty to the digging of the Panama Canal. Standiford's narrative skillfully blends tales of construction perils (not the least of which were escadrilles of mosquitoes) with brief, illuminating travelogues and natural histories, pocket descriptions of life in early 20th-century Florida, and a truly gripping...


Tugboats of New York: An Illustrated History
George Matteson
0814757081
October 2005
Hardcover
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From The New Yorker
In this illustrated history, Matteson, a twenty-year tugboat veteran, narrates two centuries of the city's history from the decks of its tugboats, whose fortunes "powered up with the rising tide of the nineteenth century and then powered back down with the efficiencies of the twentieth." The first boat in New York meant exclusively for towing entered service in 1828, but business was sporadic; her captain was "more likely to be found in the local saloon than at the helm." In 1871, a tugboat was lured up the Hudson to Sing Sing and shanghaied by escaped Tammany men, then chased by a flotilla of guards in rowboats, who finally ran it aground near Nyack. The peak of the tugboat era was 1929, when eight hundred of them plied the city's waters. Today, there are fewer than two hundred, which are...


The Practical Mariner's Book of Knowledge: 420 Sea-Tested Rules of Thumb for Almost Every Boating Situation
John Vigor
0070674752
February 1, 1994
Paperback
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Review
Boating : ``Some of the stuff in this 242-page volume is useful. . .all of it is snake-eye fascinating.''
Dockside : ``Opening [this book] is. . .like opening a can of salty nuts. I can't resist just a little more before putting it away.''
Lakeland Boating : ``Vigor successfully combines fun and function in a dictionary-style resource that is eminently readable. . .[It] is tough to put down.''

Lakeland Boating
"Vigor successfully combines fun and function in a dictionary-style resource that is eminently readable... [It] is tough to put down."

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The Original Wild Ones
Bill Hayes
0760321930
July 2005
Hardcover
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Review
“Hayes puts real human faces with, and lends authentic human voices to the legends, myths and lore of those early biker days … The narrative is helped along considerably by the many vintage photographs, most of them black-and-white snaps, that show clearly the youthful glint in the eyes of then-young-men. There is little tough-guy posturing in those old pictures. Most of the guys are smiling, happy to be alive and happy to be on their bikes … Frozen in time, they have no idea that they’re about to ride straight into the history books. And that’s what makes them so appealing and what makes The Original Wild Ones worth reading.”


Complete Mustang: A Model-By-Model History
Mike Mueller
0760318743
October 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Complete Mustang follows the history and technological developments of the car that has captured the heart of American. From the 1963 prototype and 2+2 Fastback, back in 1964, through the high-performance Shelbys, the 1978 King Cobra and the "new breed" Fox Mustang, with its popular 5.0-liter-of-the-pack, engine, and on to the SN-95 and the SVT Cobra to today's Mustang Mach 1, this book tackles all the great models. Each legendary car comes with detailed specifications, information and production features, and color photography, alongside an extensive narrative text that leads the reader sequentially through Mustang's exuberant history. For all Mustang enthusiasts and car devotees, this is an invaluable insight and comprehensive guide to a perrenial favorite.- This lavish, profusely illustrated, large format book...


Indian Larry: Chopper Shaman
Dave Nichols, et al
0760323828
February 6, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
A stunt man and side show performer made famous by the Discovery Channel, Indian Larry Desmedt is best remembered for his remarkable custom motorcycles, his wild tattoos, and his love for building and riding rolling art. This book, by those who knew him best, offers a closer look at the life that made Larry into the "chopper shaman" so many admired. Full of photographs that document a uniquely colorful life, the book follows Larry from his humble beginnings to his unlikely stardom, tracing his short career as a bank robber, his time in prison, his spiral downward into heroin addiction, and his rebirth in 1994 as the spiritual bike builder revered by so many - and running through it all, the love of hot rods and motorcycles that finally brought him happiness. Note: This edition includes a collectible Indian Larry poster...


Vintage Airplanes 2006 Calendar
Daniel J. Simonsen
1594900558
June 2005
Wall Calendar
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American Muscle Cars
Jim Campisano
0760746281
September 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
From the Publisher The muscle cars remain American favorites. Here they are shown with all their verve and glamor. Barracuda, Mustang, GTO, Ford Fairlane: these names typify the American muscle car and conjure up the sights and sounds of 1960s and `70s USA. In a volume packed with mouthwatering color photographs of every driver's dream cars, Jim Campisano, editor in chief of Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine, chronicles the history of these super-powered autos, covering now-forgotten vehicles as well as the more famous asphalt burners. Relive each stage of the muscle car era: 1960-63, when their popularity began to grow; 1964-67, the time of the intermediate-size supercar craze; 1965-74, when the ponycar wars raged; and 1968-74, when the autos underwent major redesign. In addition, auto enthusiasts will find...


The Walt Disney World Trivia Book : Secrets, History & Fun Facts Behind the Magic
Louis A. Mongello
1887140492
July 2004
Paperback
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Staten Island Parent, August 2004
Louis A. Mongello tests reader's knowledge of theme parks & resorts... & reveals little-known facts.

Didier Ghez, The Ultimate Disney Books Network, May 17, 2004
Finally a trivia book about Walt Disney World. That one was long overdue.

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Luftwaffe Camouflage and Markings 1933-1945: Code Systems & Markings, Night Fighters, Ground-Attack, Reconnaissance, Bombers, Maritime, Transports & Trainers
K. A. Merrick, et al
1903223393
April 21, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Volume Two concludes this exhaustive work of reference with in-depth studies of the colors and markings of the Luftwaffe's bomber (Dornier, Heinkel and Junkers), and divebomber and ground-attack (Ju 87 and Fw 190), night fighter (Messerschmitt, Junkers and Dornier), various maritime and anti-shipping aircraft, military transport (Ju 52, Ju 290), and commercial aircraft reconnaissance aircraft and helicopters as well as training, liaison and light aircraft. Detailed appendices cover factory-applied schemes, camouflage patterns and fieldmodified schemes, paint compositions and revised standards. As with Volume One, the text is supported by a wealth of rare and previously unpublished photographs. Both volumes are supplied with color paint chip charts made from paint mixed to the original formulas specified by RLM in the...


Porsche 911: Perfection by Design
Randy Leffingwell
0760320926
October 2005
Hardcover
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BookPage, December 2005
"Everyone will revel in the views of the various carnations of this incredibly stylish car through the decades..."

Review
"What really sets this book apart is the way it endeavors to answer a basic question: Why has the rear-engined 911 been so successful...in automotive history? The in-depth research and telling interviews used to answer that question make this book a bargain at $50...superb photos...a fine addition to any Porsche library." - excellence, June 2006

Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, April 2006


The Ultimate Harley-Davidson: The Complete Book of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles: Their History, Development and Riders
Mac McDiarmid
0760758719
May 2004
Hardcover
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Quarter-Mile Muscle
Larry Davis
1932494006
June 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
In many ways, drag racing spawned the muscle car era of the '60s. Super Stock drag racing was huge in the early '60s, and the factories encouraged their teams' success by building high-power, lightweight cars that'd be sure hits at the drags. Then in '64, Pontiac introduced the GTO, with the classic "small car, big engine" formula that hot rodders had been using for years. Other manufacturers responded with their own pony cars and muscle cars, and for nearly 10 years, muscle cars ruled the drags. Quarter Mile Muscle covers the development and success of the muscle cars at the drags in all classes, from Super Stock to the early muscle car-based funny cars. Special attention is paid to low-production factory cars that were intended specifically for the drags - cars like the COPO Camaros, Ford Thunderbolts, and the...


Porsche 993: The Essential Companion
Adrian Streather
1904788947
January 18, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
The 993 version of the 911 is sometimes described as the King of Porsche". This book chronicles the development, racing history and all ownership issues of the 993 in tremendous detail. Contains absolutely everything a 993 owner needs to know. Every model and version is included. Engines, transmissions, suspension and how to improve the performance are covered as well as the fixes for common problems, includes well over one thousand photographs, this book features incredibly in-depth information about all aspects of the Porsche 993. The essential companion for the 993 owner or would-be owner.


Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West
Stephen E. Ambrose
0684826976
June 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
A biography of Meriwether Lewis that relies heavily on the journals of both Lewis and Clark, this book is also backed up by the author's personal travels along Lewis and Clark's route to the Pacific. Ambrose is not content to simply chronicle the events of the "Corps of Discovery" as the explorers called their ventures. He often pauses to assess the military leadership of Lewis and Clark, how they negotiated with various native peoples and what they reported to Jefferson. Though the expedition failed to find Jefferson's hoped for water route to the Pacific, it fired interest among fur traders and other Americans, changing the face of the West forever. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly
Ambrose has written prolifically about men who were...


Skeletons on the Zahara : A True Story of Survival
Dean King
0316159352
April 12, 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
Some stories are so enthralling they deserve to be retold generation after generation. The wreck in 1815 of the Connecticut merchant ship, Commerce, and the subsequent ordeal of its crew in the Sahara Desert, is one such story. With Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival, Dean King refreshes the popular nineteenth-century narrative once read and admired by Henry David Thoreau, James Fenimore Cooper, and Abraham Lincoln. King’s version, which actually draws from two separate first person accounts of the Commerce's crew, offers a page-turning blend of science, history, and classic adventure. The book begins with a seeming false start: tracing the lives of two merchants from North Africa, Seid and Sidi Hamet, who lose their fortunes—and almost their lives—when their massive camel caravan arrives at a...


Yeager: An Autobiography
Chuck Yeager
0553256742
August 1986
Mass Market Paperback
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From School Library Journal
YA Bona fide heroes are a rare breed, and while Chuck Yeager would be the first to deny he was one, his life story tells a different tale. Here he describes his early life in the hills of West Virginia; his years as fighter pilot in World War II, where he was shot down in occupied France and escaped with the help of the French Resistance; his love of flying. His coolness under pressure; his knowledge of how everything on his plane worked; and his extraordinary luck saved his life in many instances. Brash, opinionated, stubborn and given to wild antics, Yeager also comes across as a man of integrity and courage. Yeager both lived and made aviation history. He tells his story vividly and pulls no punches in describing the events and the people who made history with him. Diana Hirsch, PGCMLS, Md.Copyright 2002...


The Six Men Who Built the Modern Auto Industry
Richard Johnson
0760319588
Apr 2005
Hardcover
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Lee Iacocca
"If you are interested in automotive excitement and intrigue, this makes for an enjoyable read."

Rob Mitchell, BMW of North America
"...the type of inside information that usually doesn’t get revealed until many years after the events have taken place."

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The Encyclopedia of Yacht Designers
Lucia Del Sol Knight (Editor), Daniel Bruce MacNaughton (Editor)
0393048764
October 31, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
A complete, international reference book of yacht designers from the early 1800s to the present day.This long-awaited volume is a majestic guide and a tribute to the world's great yacht designers. Ten years in preparation, and with an expert editorial board giving it direction, The Encyclopedia of Yacht Designers defines the field with fascinating entries by eighty experts and over 800 photographs and drawings. In these pages such legendary figures from the past as William Fife, L. Francis Herreshoff, and John Alden share space with contemporary designers such as Jon Bannenberg, Germán Frers, and Ron Holland. They are joined by over five hundred others who have contributed to the colorful history of yachting, producing some of the most beautiful and swift vessels, whether sail or power. 800 duotone photographs. ...

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