19169–19184 di 65579 risultati

Greek Sanctuaries and Temple Architecture

Assuming no prior knowledge, this book introduces the reader to a selection of sites and temples, exploring them in detail and explaining all technical terms along the way. Intended for college-level students and the interested general reader, this book aims to equip the student of Greek architecture for further study, and can also serve as a handbook for visitors to the sanctuaries.

The book covers many of the most popular sites, including Delphi, Olympia and the Athenian Acropolis. In this second edition there are new chapters on Western Greece, covering the site of Paestum in Magna Graecia (South Italy), and the unique temple of Olympian Zeus in Acragas, Sicily.

The book also offers a concise account of the evolution of Greek architecture, explores aesthetic ideas underlying Greek architectural design, and gives consideration to specific buildings in their social and religious context. This second edition has expanded the discussion of the most important temples and lays emphasis on architectural sculpture as part of the meaning of the whole building.

Along with an updated bibliography and a glossary, an abundance of plans, photos and drawings helps clarify the text.

**Recensie(s)**

If you seek one comprehensive volume about major Greek temples, in both Greece and Italy, you could do no better than to pick up Emerson’s readable, stimulating and newly revised book. * Jenifer Neils, Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece * In this meticulously researched – yet entirely accessible – introduction to ancient Greek sanctuaries and their temples, Mary Emerson brings together the most recent scholarship with her own careful observations to paint a picture of Greek religious life that is vivid, embodied, and real. Designed for generalists and undergraduates alike, it deserves inclusion in the libraries of all students of antiquity. * Peter Schultz, Scholar in Residence, North Dakota State University, USA * Succinct yet thorough, this lively introduction is highly readable, always interesting, and nicely illustrated. I especially appreciate Emerson’s discussion of Greek temples in Sicily and southern Italy, as she includes their historical context and what makes them distinctive. Excellent for students of archaeology, architecture and ancient religion, and for travelers! * Margaret M. Miles, Professor of Art History, University of California, Irvine, USA * [A] sound and helpful guide to the basics of Greek architecture in the major sanctuaries. * Classics for All *
(source: Bol.com)

The Greatest Trade Ever

The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History by Gregory Zuckerman
In 2006, hedge fund manager John Paulson realized something few others suspected—that the housing market and the value of subprime mortgages were grossly inflated and headed for a major fall.  Paulson’s background was in mergers and acquisitions, however, and he knew little about real estate or how to wager against housing.  He had spent a career as an also-ran on Wall Street. But Paulson was convinced this was his chance to make his mark. He just wasn’t sure how to do it.  Colleagues at investment banks scoffed at him and investors dismissed him.  Even pros skeptical about housing shied away from the complicated derivative investments that Paulson was just learning about.  But Paulson and a handful of renegade investors such as Jeffrey Greene and Michael Burry began to bet heavily against risky mortgages and precarious financial companies. Timing is everything, though. Initially, Paulson and the others lost tens of millions of dollars as real estate and stocks continued to soar. Rather than back down, however, Paulson redoubled his bets, putting his hedge fund and his reputation on the line.
     In the summer of 2007, the markets began to implode, bringing Paulson early profits, but also sparking efforts to rescue real estate and derail him. By year’s end, though, John Paulson had pulled off the greatest trade in financial history, earning more than $15 billion for his firm—a figure that dwarfed George Soros’s billion-dollar currency trade in 1992.  Paulson made billions more in 2008 by transforming his gutsy move.  Some of the underdog investors who attempted the daring trade also reaped fortunes. But others who got the timing wrong met devastating failure, discovering that being early and right wasn’t nearly enough.
     Written by the prizewinning reporter who broke the story in *The Wall Street Journal*, *The Greatest Trade Ever *is a superbly written, fast-paced, behind-the-scenes narrative of how a contrarian foresaw an escalating financial crisis—that outwitted Chuck Prince, Stanley O’Neal, Richard Fuld, and Wall Street’s titans—to make financial history.

The Greater Challenge Beyond

Grange’s life has sunk to a nadir, though he doesn’t realize how much he’s lost. As the story begins, Grange has lost the elemental jewels, he’s lost his memories, and he’s lost his way back home. He’s wandered through the brutal wilderness of the subarctic south, and been rescued by a cold-hearted adventuress who reluctantly saves his life, then abandons him soon after he returns the favor and saves hers. His lonely journey out of the wilderness is interrupted when he stumbles into the midst of sundered nation that hasn’t reconciled after its king was overthrown a generation before, and he’s suspected by both sides of being a traitor. And even though the gods seem to have plans for Grange, they treat him in ways that seem hard to accept and understand – telling him that he must chose a wife in Southgar, as well as reunite the nation where he is a stranger. And all the time, as Grange tries to make sense of what is happening in Southgar, he knows that the war with the demons is drawing closer.

The Great Wheel

“A serious, thoughtful work of futuristic fiction, this haunting novel is a bridge between Huxley’s Brave New World and Frank Herbert’s Dune ” (Publishers Weekly).  Father John Alston has lost his faith but his heart remains strong. Having left behind a computerized, climate-controlled, and disease-free Europe, he administers aid to the destitute of a Borderer town in the Endless City. In the squalor of what was once North Africa, he provides spiritual comfort and basic health care, while preaching a message that he no longer believes. But the recent explosion of a deadly virus has John profoundly troubled and desperately searching for answers. Suspecting a native plant commonly used as an intoxicant, John decides to investigate further with the help of a brilliant but mysterious Borderer woman. His pursuit of the mystery will set him on a collision course with powerful political realities designed to maintain the status quo of the Third World. On a harrowing journey through a radioactive valley of death—and through his own painful history—he will confront devastating truths that will either revive his damaged soul or destroy it completely.The Great Wheel received the Locus Award for Best First Novel, and marked the “thoughtful, sometimes wrenching, noteworthy debut” of Ian R. MacLeod, author of The Light Ages and winner of two Sidewise Awards, two World Fantasy Awards, and the John W. Campbell Award (Kirkus Reviews).

The Great Sherlock Holmes Puzzle Book

***”My mind,” he said, “rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere.”***
-Sherlock Holmes, *The Sign of the Four*.
Enter the thrilling and entertaining world of Sherlock Holmes and pit your wits against the fiendish and ingenious challenges he sets in this collection.
Join his friend Dr Watson in attempting to solve more than 130 unique and gripping puzzle vignettes. Some involve riddles, some plays on words, and some rely on mathematical principles. Use your powers of logical deduction, and see if you can match the towering intellect of Sherlock Holmes, the greatest detective of them all.

The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time

Originally published in 1979, the first volume of the bestselling “Gonzo Papers” is now back in print. The Great Shark Hunt is Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s largest and, arguably, most important work, covering Nixon to napalm, Las Vegas to Watergate, Carter to cocaine. These essays offer brilliant commentary and outrageous humor, in signature Thompson style.
Ranging in date from the National Observer days to the era of Rolling Stone, The Great Shark Hunt offers myriad, highly charged entries, including the first Hunter S. Thompson piece to be dubbed “gonzo” — “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved,” which appeared in Scanlan’s Monthly in 1970. From this essay a new journalistic movement sprang which would change the shape of American letters. Thompson’s razor-sharp insight and crystal clarity capture the crazy, hypocritical, degenerate, and redeeming aspects of the explosive and colorful ’60s and ’70s.
Książka ma 624 strony.

The Great Railway Revolution

In the 1830s, The United States underwent a second revolution. The opening of the Baltimore & Ohio line, the first American railroad, set in motion a process which, by the end of the century, would enmesh the vast country in a latticework of railroad lines, small-town stations and magisterial termini, built and controlled the biggest corporations in America.By the middle of the twentieth century, however, as the automobile and the aeroplane came to dominate American journey-making, the historic importance of the railroads began to be erased from America’s hearts and minds. In The Great Railway Revolution, Christian Wolmar tells us the extraordinary one-hundred-and-eighty-year story of the rise, fall and ultimate shattering of the greatest of all American endeavours, of technological triumph and human tragedy, of visionary pioneers and venal and rapacious railway barons. He also argues that while America has largely disowned this heritage, now is the time to celebrate, reclaim and reinstate it. The growth of the US railroads was much more than just a revolution in mode, speed and convenience. They united the far-flung components of a vast and disparate country and supercharged the economic development that fuelled its rise to world-power status. America was created by its railroads and the massive expansion of trade, industry and freedom of communication that they engendered came to be an integral part of the American dream itself.
(source: Bol.com)

Great Expectations

EDITORIAL REVIEW: *Great Expectations*, by **Charles Dickens**, is part of the *Barnes & Noble Classics** *series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of *Barnes & Noble Classics*: New introductions commissioned from today’s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader’s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. *Barnes & Noble Classics *pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader’s understanding of these enduring works.** *Great Expectations*, described by G. K. Chesterton as a “study in human weakness and the slow human surrender,” may be called **Charles Dickens**’s finest moment in a remarkably illustrious literary career.In an overgrown churchyard, a grizzled convict springs upon an orphan named Pip. The convict terrifies the young boy and threatens to kill him unless Pip helps further his escape. Later, Pip finds himself in the ruined garden where he meets the bitter and crazy Miss Havisham and her foster child Estella, with whom he immediately falls in love. After a secret benefactor gives him a fortune, Pip moves to London, where he cultivates great expectations for a life which would allow him to discard his impoverished beginnings and socialize with the idle upper class. As Pip struggles to become a gentleman and is tormented endlessly by the beautiful Estella, he slowly learns the truth about himself and his illusions.Written in the last decade of his life, *Great Expectations* reveals Dickens’s dark attitudes toward Victorian society, its inherent class structure, and its materialism. Yet this novel persists as one of Dickens’s most popular. Richly comic and immensely readable, *Great Expectations* overspills with vividly drawn characters, moral maelstroms, and the sorrow and pity of love.**Radhika Jones** is a doctoral candidate in English and comparative literature at Columbia University and the managing editor of *Grand Street magazine*.

The Great Book of Amber

The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10 (Chronicles of Amber Series) by Roger Zelazny
**“Fantasy of a superior order.”—*Washington Post Book World***
**“A storyteller without peer. He created worlds as colorful and exotic and memorable as any our genre has ever seen.”—George R.R. Martin**
One of the most revered names in sf and fantasy, the incomparable Roger Zelazny was honored with numerous prizes—including six Hugo and three Nebula Awards—over the course of his legendary career. Among his more than fifty books, arguably Zelazny’s most popular literary creations were his extraordinary Amber novels. *The Great Book of Amber* is a collection of the complete Amber chronicles—featuring volumes one through ten—a treasure trove of the ingenious imagination and phenomenal storytelling that inspired a generation of fantasists, from Neil Gaiman to George R.R. Martin.
Includes:
Nine Princes in Amber
The Guns of Avalon
Sign of the Unicorn
The Hand of Oberon
The Courts of Chaos
Trumps of Doom
Blood of Amber
Sign of Chaos
Knights of Shadows
Prince of Chaos

The Great American Slow Cooker Book

The ultimate in slow-cooker books–with 500 recipes, each adapted for three sizes of appliance. From breakfast to soups, mains to grains, vegetables to desserts, this guide is the only book you’ll ever need to master your slow cooker or crockpot.

Millions of people are turning to slow cookers for their weeknight meals yet often can’t find recipes that match their exact machine. Adapting recipes meant for a different-size cooker doesn’t work–getting the right level of spice in your Vietnamese soup or keeping pulled pork tender requires having ingredients in the right proportion. But now, Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough have decoded slow cookers, and each of their recipes includes ingredient proportions for 2-3 quart, 4-5 quart, and 6-8 quart machines, guaranteeing a perfect fit no matter what machine you own. Each recipe is labeled for its level of difficulty and nutritional value, and they cover every kind of dish imaginable: delicious breakfast oatmeals, slow-braised meats, succulent vegetables, sweet jams and savory sauces, decadent desserts. This is the slow cooker book to end them all.

(source: Bol.com)

The Gray Wolf Throne

Han Alister thought he had already lost everyone he loved. But when he finds his friend Rebecca Morley near death in the Spirit Mountains, Han knows that nothing matters more than saving her. The costs of his efforts are steep, but nothing can prepare him for what he soon discovers: the beautiful, mysterious girl he knew as Rebecca is none other than Raisa ana’Marianna, heir to the Queendom of the Fells. Han is hurt and betrayed. He knows he has no future with a blueblood. And, as far as he’s concerned, the princess’s family as good as killed his own mother and sister. But if Han is to fulfill his end of an old bargain, he must do everything in his power to see Raisa crowned queen.
Meanwhile, some people will stop at nothing to prevent Raisa from ascending. With each attempt on her life, she wonders how long it will be before her enemies succeed. Her heart tells her that the thief-turned-wizard Han Alister can be trusted. She wants to believe it—he’s saved her life more than once. But with danger coming at her from every direction, Raisa can only rely on her wits and her iron-hard will to survive—and even that might not be enough.
The Gray Wolf Throne is an epic tale of fierce loyalty, unbearable sacrifice, and the heartless hand of fate.
**

Gravlander

At nineteen, Josephine Lutnear is just months away from becoming the youngest fleet surgeon in history. And she is miserable.As a young girl, Jo escaped the moon Aetna’s destruction after watching the Unity Corporation murder her family. Eight years later, the Unity started a war that left Jo running for her life. Alone aboard a hidden rebel fleet, she grew up, studying the only academic course open to her, medicine.At every step, the terms of Jo’s life have been dictated by events beyond her control. Just once she would like to make a choice all her own.When a band of genetic outcasts needs a doctor to cure a deadly plague, Josephine eagerly volunteers. But she will soon discover that the Timcree’s culture won’t accept help from a Gravlander like her. As her choices are once again taken away, Jo will stumble toward the truth that she will never find purpose until she faces her past, but Jo isn’t sure that she has the courage needed to deal with the pain.
(source: Bol.com)

Gravity’s Engines

We’ve long understood black holes to be the points at which the universe as we know it comes to an end. Often billions of times more massive than the Sun, they lurk in the inner sanctum of almost every galaxy of stars in the universe. They’re mysterious chasms so destructive and unforgiving that not even light can escape their deadly wrath. Recent research, however, has led to a cascade of new discoveries that have revealed an entirely different side to black holes. As the astrophysicist Caleb Scharf reveals in Gravity’s Engines , these chasms in space-time don’t just vacuum up everything that comes near them; they also spit out huge beams and clouds of matter. Black holes blow bubbles. With clarity and keen intellect, Scharf masterfully explains how these bubbles profoundly rearrange the cosmos around them. Engaging with our deepest questions about the universe, he takes us on an intimate journey through the endlessly colourful place we call our galaxy and reminds us that the Milky Way sits in a special place in the cosmic zoo – a sweet spot of properties. Is it coincidental that we find ourselves here at this place and time? Could there be a deeper connection between the nature of black holes and their role in the universe and the phenomenon of life? We are, after all, made of the stuff of stars.
**Recensie(s)**

-Scharf makes vivid the mind-boggling nature of the universe . . . [there are] bright beams of knowledge coming from this excellent book.- –Wall Street Journal-To call this an absorbing read is an understatement. I felt dreamily transplanted . . . When I did emerge from the book to look up at the summer stars, the night seemed more brightly lit, slightly more known but also more awesome, more wonderfully strange.- –The Barnes & Noble Review-With Gravity’s Engines, Caleb Scharf establishes himself as one of the finest space storytellers.- –The Christian Science Monitor-Using rich language and a brilliant command of metaphor, [Scharf] takes on some of the most intricate topics in theoretical and observational astronomical research. He weaves a wonderfully detailed tapestry of what modern astronomy is all about, from the complexities of cosmic microwave background studies to the X-ray mapping of galaxy clusters.- –Nature-[H]eady stuff, but luckily for readers . . . who lack a deep understanding of cosmology, Scharf populates his book with images and colorful metaphors.- –The Chronicle of Higher Education-[A]n excellent overview of the state of black hole research . . . to explain why black holes are so important, Scharf provides a tour of much of modern astronomy and cosmology along with some requisite history, an impressive feat for such a relatively short book.- –Ars Technica-The subtitle of this most readable book about supermassive black holes exemplifies Scharf’s playful tone…Highly recommended. Teen and adult fans of astronomy, as well as scientists looking for ways to explain black holes to nonscientists, will all enjoy this text.- –Library Journal (starred review)-Scharf’s explanations are vivid and accessible, evoking the awe of cosmic grandeur in a way that’s as humbling as it is fascinating.- –Publishers Weekly (starred review)-Scharf is a writer you’ll gladly follow to the end of the universe.- –Zocalo Public Square-[S]tunning. I can’t remember when I last read a popular science book where I learned as much I hadn’t come across before.- –Popular Science Book Review (five stars)-In Gravity’s Engines, Caleb Scharf deftly tells you all you wanted to know about Black Holes, as well as all you never knew you wanted to know. By the end of the book your conclusion will surely match mine: Black holes are terrifying yet awesome constituents of the cosmos.- –Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, author of Space Chronicles and Death by Black Hole-Superbly accessible . . . Scharf’s breathtaking cosmic vision will appeal to anyone whose curiosity is aroused by gazing at a star-filled sky.- –Booklist-An intelligent explanation of a weird but essential feature of the universe . . . rich, satisfying.- –Kirkus-Scharf provides a virtuosic history of the universe . . . he also serves as an appealing tour guide to the eerie, infinite corridors of the cosmos in which we reside.- –Prospect (UK
(source: Bol.com)

A Graveyard for Lunatics

A Graveyard for Lunatics: Another Tale of Two Cities by Ray Bradbury
Halloween Night, 1954. A young, film-obsessed scriptwriter has just been hired at one of the great studios. An anonymous investigation leads from the giant Maximus Films backlot to an eerie graveyard separated from the studio by a single wall. There he makes a terrifying discovery that thrusts him into a maelstrom of intrigue and mystery—and into the dizzy exhilaration of the movie industry at the height of its glittering power.

Grave Peril

HARRY DRESDEN — WIZARDLost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other EntertainmentHarry Dresden’s faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you’re the only professional wizard in the Chicago area phone book.But in all Harry’s years of supernatural sleuthing, he’s never faced anything like this: the spirit world’s gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble — and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone — or something — is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn’t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself….

Grave Mistake

Grave Mistake (Roderick Alleyn Series #30) by Ngaio Marsh
A spa stay turns into a homicidal holiday…
A bit snobbish and a trifle high-strung, Sybil Foster prides herself on owning the finest estate in Upper Quintern and hiring the best gardener. In fact, she is rapturous over the new asparagus beds when a visit from her unwelcome stepson sends her scurrying to a chic spa for a rest cure, a liaison with the spa’s director…and an apparent suicide. Her autopsy holds one surprise, a secret drawer a second. And Inspector Roderick Alleyn, C.I.D., digging about Upper Quintern, may unearth still a third…deeply buried motive for murder.