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Stolen Continents
Ronald Wright
0618492402
Jan 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Powerful and passionate, Stolen Continents is a history of the Americas unlike any other. This incisive single-volume report tells the stories of the conquest and survival of five great American cultures — Aztec, Maya, Inca, Cherokee, and Iroquois. Through their eloquent words, we relive their strange, tragic experiences — including, in a new epilogue, incidents that bring us up to the twenty-first century.


A Scientific Romance
Ronald Wright
0312199996
Jan 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
In London at the turn of the 20th century, H. G. Wells's time machine mysteriously appears--empty--in a squatter's flat. Whence did it come, and for what purpose was it sent? The answers to these questions--though not to an even greater mystery connected with the machine's appearance--are contained in a letter written by Wells on May 2, 1946, which falls into the hands of one David Lambert on the eve of the millennium. Lambert, an industrial archeologist, reads the letter foretelling the arrival of the machine and, half convinced the whole thing is a hoax, goes to the address Wells provides, where, at the appointed hour, the time machine materializes. Thus begins Ronald Wright's fine and fantastical novel A Scientific Romance. Romance can refer to an affair of the heart; it can also describe a heroic tale of extraordinary...


Henderson's Spear
Ronald Wright
0312421796
Mar 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Richly imagined and crisply written, this second novel by Wright (A Scientific Romance) sails from England to Polynesia and back again, spanning a full century in its peregrinations. At its core is the memoir of one Frank Henderson, a young officer who accompanies Crown Prince Edward and his brother, George, on their round-the-world voyage in 1879. The trip comes to a climax in the Tahitian Islands, where Edward becomes involved in a homosexual relationship with an islander, who he brutally murders. Counterpointing this intriguing plot is a long and highly improbable epistle penned in 1990 by Olivia Wyvern, daughter of a British flyer declared MIA during the Korean conflict. Following her mother's death, Olivia discovers evidence that her father did not die, but rather wound up on Taiohae, the same island where...


A Short History of Progress
Ronald Wright
0660193302
Nov 2004
Audio Compact Disc - Unabridged
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Kitty Hawk and beyond: The Wright Brothers and the Early Years of Aviation - a Photographic History
Ronald R. Geibert
1570983909
December 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Fascinated with photography, the Wright brothers kept a meticulous record of their family and aviation experiments. This photodocumentary contains more than 100 photographs borrowed from the Wright State University archives. In essence it is a "family photo album" that spans the years from the print and bicycle shops in Dayton to the hills of Kitty Hawk and the business ventures that followed. The post-Kitty Hawk years are particularly revealing as they are often neglected in other sources. Overall the photos are very good, and as a photodocumentary with a lighter text the book is successful. For a more detailed account of the airplane, see Peter Jakab's Visions of a Flying Machine: The Wright Brothers and the Process of Invention ( LJ 7/90), and for a thorough biography, see Tom D. Crouch's The Bishop's Boys: A...


Criminal Procedures
Marc L. Miller
0735557403
July 2005
Paperback
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The Blizzard
Betty Ren Wright
0823419819
September 2005
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3-This picture book has the warmth and appeal of a favorite family reminiscence. The simple story focuses on Billy, who is disappointed that his cousins won't be visiting to help celebrate his December birthday. The day takes an unexpected turn, however, when the same weather that kept his cousins away brings all the members of his mixed-grade, one-room schoolhouse (along with the teacher) to his house to spend the night. The boy's parents turn this impromptu slumber party into a celebration, with plenty of good food, a group sing-along, and, of course, a birthday cake. Wright's straightforward text has a down-home flavor that meshes well with Himler's evocative illustrations. Executed in watercolor and gouache over pencil, the mostly double-page spreads feature sepia tones that enhance the...


A Short History of Progress
Ronald Wright
0786715472
Apr 2005
Paperback
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From Amazon.ca
No hope, just an awareness of what's being done now and what's been done in the past, is what Ronald Wright will permit in A Short History of Progress, his grim, ammoniacal Massey Lectures, the 43rd in the series. In five lucid, meticulously documented essays, Wright traces the rise and plummet of four regional civilizations--those of Sumer, Rome, Easter Island, and the Maya--and judges that most, perhaps all, of humanity is making and will continue to make mistakes equally disastrous as theirs. He gives general reasons first for not reckoning we'll pull back from the brink. Important among them is an anthropological observation. As individuals, we live long lives. We evolve more slowly than we should, given our lack of vision and our aggressive, selfish nature. We seem to lack the collective wisdom and the insight into...


Time Among the Maya
Ronald Wright
0802137288
Sept 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This impressionistic travel diary portrays the uneducated but spirited modern descendants of the ancient Mayas, Incas and Aztecs, a potentially volatile peasant group suppressed by the European-descended Ladino majority in Latin America. "Wright fuses adventure, politics, archeology and history in a riveting read," said PW. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Library Journal
Wright takes us along to ancient and modern sites inhabited by Mayan Indians in Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico and concludes that the Maya are not facing extinction from the onslaught of "civilization" into their areas, but, on the contrary are surviving as they always have, by grafting new ways onto an ancient base. Spanish...


Henderson's Spear
Ronald Wright
0805069968
Mar 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Richly imagined and crisply written, this second novel by Wright (A Scientific Romance) sails from England to Polynesia and back again, spanning a full century in its peregrinations. At its core is the memoir of one Frank Henderson, a young officer who accompanies Crown Prince Edward and his brother, George, on their round-the-world voyage in 1879. The trip comes to a climax in the Tahitian Islands, where Edward becomes involved in a homosexual relationship with an islander, who he brutally murders. Counterpointing this intriguing plot is a long and highly improbable epistle penned in 1990 by Olivia Wyvern, daughter of a British flyer declared MIA during the Korean conflict. Following her mother's death, Olivia discovers evidence that her father did not die, but rather wound up on Taiohae, the same island where...


Beauty That Hurts: Life and Death in Guatemala
W. George Lovell
0292747179
January 2001
Paperback
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NACLA Report on the Americas
Drawing on his scholarly background, his observations from countless trips to the country, and his flair as a story-teller, Lovell has written a reliable and engaging introduction to Guatemala. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
When A Beauty That Hurts was published in 1995, Guatemala was still one of the world's most flagrant violators of human rights. Now that a measure of "peace" has come to the country, George Lovell revisits "the land that I fell in love with" to reassess and revise his classic account of the evil that was perpetrated by Guatemala's military-dominated state on its Maya peoples. One newly contentious issue to which Lovell devotes particular attention is the testimony of Nobel Laureate Rigoberta...


Criminal Procedures: Cases, Statutes, and Executive Materials
Marc Miller
0735524831
April 2003
Textbook Hardcover
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