Before Columbus Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Before Columbus

  • Author : Charles C. Mann
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2009-09-08
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9781416949008

Before Columbus Excerpt :

Based on the startling revelations that the author presented in his adult-level 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, this book for young readers is a fascinating full-color journey into the world of the many advanced cultures that populated the Americas before the arrival of European explorers.

1491  Second Edition  Book
Score: 4
From 3,201 Ratings

1491 Second Edition

  • Author : Charles C. Mann
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2006-10-10
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 578
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400032051

1491 Second Edition Excerpt :

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492—from “a remarkably engaging writer” (The New York Times Book Review). Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them. The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and immaculately clean streets, and was larger than any contemporary European city. Mexican cultures created corn in a specialized breeding process that it has been called man’s first feat of genetic engineering. Indeed, Indians were not living lightly on the land but were landscaping and manipulating their world in ways that we are only now beginning to understand. Challenging and surprising, this a transformative new look at a rich and fascinating world we only thought we knew.

One Health and Zoonoses Book

One Health and Zoonoses

  • Author : John S. Mackenzie
  • Publisher : MDPI
  • Release Date : 2019-08-19
  • Genre: Medical
  • Pages : 140
  • ISBN 10 : 9783039212958

One Health and Zoonoses Excerpt :

The One Health concept recognizes that the health of humans, animals, and their ecosystems are interconnected, and that a coordinated, collaborative, multidisciplinary, and cross-sectoral approach is necessary to fully understand and respond to potential or existing risks that originate at the animal–human–ecosystems interfaces. Thus, the One Health concept represents a holistic vision for addressing some of the complex challenges that threaten human and animal health, food safety, and the environments in which diseases flourish. There are many examples showing how the health of humans is related to the health of animals and the environment. Diseases shared between humans and animals are zoonoses. Some zoonoses have been known for many years, whereas others have emerged suddenly and unexpectedly. Over 70% of all new emerging diseases over the past few decades have been zoonoses that have emerged from wildlife, most often from bats, rodents, or birds. Examples of zoonoses are many and varied, ranging from rabies to bovine tuberculosis, and from Japanese encephalitis to SARS. Clearly, a One Health approach is essential for understanding their ecology, and for outbreak response and the development of control strategies. However, the One Health concept and approach is much broader than zoonoses; it extends to including antimicrobial resistance, food safety, and environmental health and, consequently, impacts on global health security, economic wellbeing, and international trade. It is this breadth of One Health that connects the papers in this Special Issue.

1493 Book


  • Author : Charles C. Mann
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2012-07-24
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 722
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307278241

1493 Excerpt :

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A deeply engaging history of how European settlements in the post-Colombian Americas shaped the world—from the highly acclaimed author of 1491. • "Fascinating...Lively...A convincing explanation of why our world is the way it is." —The New York Times Book Review Presenting the latest research by biologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians, Mann shows how the post-Columbian network of ecological and economic exchange fostered the rise of Europe, devastated imperial China, convulsed Africa, and for two centuries made Mexico City—where Asia, Europe, and the new frontier of the Americas dynamically interacted—the center of the world. In this history, Mann uncovers the germ of today's fiercest political disputes, from immigration to trade policy to culture wars. In 1493, Mann has again given readers an eye-opening scientific interpretation of our past, unequaled in its authority and fascination.

Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America Book

Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America

  • Author : Frank Joseph
  • Publisher : Red Wheel/Weiser
  • Release Date : 2006-01-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 289
  • ISBN 10 : 9781564148421

Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America Excerpt :

In Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America, the author of The Atlantis Encyclopedia turns his sextant towards this hemisphere. Here is a collection of the most controversial articles selected from seventy issues of the infamous Ancient American magazine. They range from the discovery of Roman relics in Arizona and California's Chinese treasure, to Viking rune-stones in Minnesota and Oklahoma and the mysterious religions of ancient Americans.

The Lost Treasure of King Juba Book

The Lost Treasure of King Juba

  • Author : Frank Joseph
  • Publisher : Bear
  • Release Date : 2003-03-25
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 1591430062

The Lost Treasure of King Juba Excerpt :

The story of a mysterious southern Illinois treasure cave and its proof of the presence of Africans in North America long before Columbus. • Includes over 100 photographs of the artifacts discovered. • Re-creates the historic voyage of King Juba and his Mauretanian sailors across the Atlantic to rebuild their society in the New World. • Explains the mystery of the Washitaws, a tribal group of African origin, first encountered by the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In 1982 Russell E. Burrows, a treasure hunter in southern Illinois, stumbled on a cache of ancient weapons, jewels, and gold sarcophagi in a remote cave. There also were stone tablets inscribed with illustrations of Roman-like soldiers, Jews, early Christians, and West African sailors. These relics fueled a bitter controversy in the archaeological community regarding their authenticity, leading Burrows to destroy the entrance to the cave. Researching more than 7,000 artifacts removed from the cave before it was sealed, Frank Joseph explains how these objects came to be buried in the middle of the United States. It started with Cleopatra, whose daughter was made queen of the semi-independent realm of Mauretania, present-day Morocco, which she ruled with her husband, King Juba II. Following the execution of their son, Ptolemy, by Emperor Caligula, the Mauretanians rebelled against their Roman overlords and made their way into what is now Ghana. There they constructed a fleet of ships for a transatlantic voyage to a land where they hoped to rebuild their kingdom safe from Roman rule. They took with them a great prize unsuccessfully sought by two Roman emperors: Cleopatra's golden treasure and King Juba's encyclopedic library of ancient wisdom. Fully illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs of artifacts retrieved from the southern Illinois site, The Lost Treasure of King Juba is a compelling story that could force us to rethink the early history of our nation and the possibility that Africans

EuroWordNet  A multilingual database with lexical semantic networks Book

EuroWordNet A multilingual database with lexical semantic networks

  • Author : Piek Vossen
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2013-11-11
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 180
  • ISBN 10 : 9789401714914

EuroWordNet A multilingual database with lexical semantic networks Excerpt :

This book describes the main objective of EuroWordNet, which is the building of a multilingual database with lexical semantic networks or wordnets for several European languages. Each wordnet in the database represents a language-specific structure due to the unique lexicalization of concepts in languages. The concepts are inter-linked via a separate Inter-Lingual-Index, where equivalent concepts across languages should share the same index item. The flexible multilingual design of the database makes it possible to compare the lexicalizations and semantic structures, revealing answers to fundamental linguistic and philosophical questions which could never be answered before. How consistent are lexical semantic networks across languages, what are the language-specific differences of these networks, is there a language-universal ontology, how much information can be shared across languages? First attempts to answer these questions are given in the form of a set of shared or common Base Concepts that has been derived from the separate wordnets and their classification by a language-neutral top-ontology. These Base Concepts play a fundamental role in several wordnets. Nevertheless, the database may also serve many practical needs with respect to (cross-language) information retrieval, machine translation tools, language generation tools and language learning tools, which are discussed in the final chapter. The book offers an excellent introduction to the EuroWordNet project for scholars in the field and raises many issues that set the directions for further research in semantics and knowledge engineering.

1493 for Young People Book

1493 for Young People

  • Author : Charles Mann
  • Publisher : Seven Stories Press
  • Release Date : 2016-01-26
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781609806316

1493 for Young People Excerpt :

1493 for Young People by Charles C. Mann tells the gripping story of globalization through travel, trade, colonization, and migration from its beginnings in the fifteenth century to the present. How did the lowly potato plant feed the poor across Europe and then cause the deaths of millions? How did the rubber plant enable industrialization? What is the connection between malaria, slavery, and the outcome of the American Revolution? How did the fabled silver mountain of sixteenth-century Bolivia fund economic development in the flood-prone plains of rural China and the wars of the Spanish Empire? Here is the story of how sometimes the greatest leaps also posed the greatest threats to human advancement. Mann's language is as plainspoken and clear as it is provocative, his research and erudition vast, his conclusions ones that will stimulate the critical thinking of young people. 1493 for Young People provides tools for wrestling with the most pressing issues of today, and will empower young people as they struggle with a changing world.

The Wizard and the Prophet Book
Score: 4.5
From 10 Ratings

The Wizard and the Prophet

  • Author : Charles C. Mann
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2018-01-23
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 640
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307961709

The Wizard and the Prophet Excerpt :

From the best-selling, award-winning author of 1491 and 1493--an incisive portrait of the two little-known twentieth-century scientists, Norman Borlaug and William Vogt, whose diametrically opposed views shaped our ideas about the environment, laying the groundwork for how people in the twenty-first century will choose to live in tomorrow's world. In forty years, Earth's population will reach ten billion. Can our world support that? What kind of world will it be? Those answering these questions generally fall into two deeply divided groups--Wizards and Prophets, as Charles Mann calls them in this balanced, authoritative, nonpolemical new book. The Prophets, he explains, follow William Vogt, a founding environmentalist who believed that in using more than our planet has to give, our prosperity will lead us to ruin. Cut back! was his mantra. Otherwise everyone will lose! The Wizards are the heirs of Norman Borlaug, whose research, in effect, wrangled the world in service to our species to produce modern high-yield crops that then saved millions from starvation. Innovate! was Borlaug's cry. Only in that way can everyone win! Mann delves into these diverging viewpoints to assess the four great challenges humanity faces--food, water, energy, climate change--grounding each in historical context and weighing the options for the future. With our civilization on the line, the author's insightful analysis is an essential addition to the urgent conversation about how our children will fare on an increasingly crowded Earth.

Buying and Selling Book

Buying and Selling

  • Author : Shanti Graheli
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2019-02-11
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 583
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004340398

Buying and Selling Excerpt :

Buying and Selling explores the business of books in and beyond Europe, investigating the practices adopted by traders and customers.

Eucharistic Sacrifice and Patristic Tradition in the Theology of Martin Bucer Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Eucharistic Sacrifice and Patristic Tradition in the Theology of Martin Bucer

  • Author : Nicholas Thompson
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 337
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004141384

Eucharistic Sacrifice and Patristic Tradition in the Theology of Martin Bucer Excerpt :

This book examines Martin Bucer's attempts to circumvent the Reformation impasse on the Mass by seeking common ground with Catholic moderates in the Eucharistic theology of the church fathers and early scholastic theologians.

The Constant Princess Book
Score: 4
From 22 Ratings

The Constant Princess

  • Author : Philippa Gregory
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2005-12-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 401
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743272483

The Constant Princess Excerpt :

A fictional portrait of Henry VIII's first wife, Katherine of Aragon, follows her through her youthful marriage to Henry's older brother, Arthur, her widowhood, her marriage to Henry, and the divorce that led to Henry's marriage to Anne Boleyn.

Empires and Indigenes Book

Empires and Indigenes

  • Author : Wayne E. Lee
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2011-06-27
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780814753088

Empires and Indigenes Excerpt :

This title analyzes the ways in which empire builders interacted with the indigenous populations during colonization in the early modern period.

Obesity Book


  • Author : Meera Shekar
  • Publisher : Human Development Perspectives
  • Release Date : 2020-02-13
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 234
  • ISBN 10 : 1464814910

Obesity Excerpt :

Obesity is a global ticking time-bomb with huge potential negative economic and health impacts, especially for the poor. Countries and global partners need to act urgently to address this ensuing epidemic with emphasis highlighting interventions that require corrective public action rather than one of individual responsibility.

The Big Parade Book

The Big Parade

  • Author : Dominic McHugh
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2021
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 289
  • ISBN 10 : 9780197554739

The Big Parade Excerpt :

Though Meredith Willson is best remembered for The Music Man, there is a great deal more to his career as a composer and lyricist. In The Big Parade, author Dominic McHugh uses newly uncovered letters, manuscripts, and production files to reveal Willson's unusual combination of experiences in his pre-Broadway career that led him to compose The Music Man.