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From two-time Newbery medalist and living legend Lois Lowry comes a moving account of the lives lost in two of WWII's most infamous events: Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. With evocative black-and-white illustrations by SCBWI Golden Kite Award winner Kenard Pak. Lois Lowry looks back at history through a personal lens as she draws from her own memories as a child in Hawaii and Japan, as well as from historical research, in this stunning work in verse for young readers. On the Horizon tells the story of people whose lives were lost or forever altered by the twin tragedies of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. Based on the lives of soldiers at Pearl Harbor and civilians in Hiroshima,On the Horizon contemplates humanity and war through verse that sings with pain, truth, and the importance of bridging cultural divides. This masterful work emphasizes empathy and understanding in search of commonality and friendship, vital lessons for students as well as citizens of today's world. Kenard Pak's stunning illustrations depict real-life people, places, and events, making for an incredibly vivid return to our collective past. In turns haunting, heartbreaking, and uplifting,On the Horizonwill remind readers of the horrors and heroism in our past, as well as offer hope for our future.
Book Monuments on the Horizon Description/Summary:
Barrows, as burial markers, are ubiquitous throughout North-Western Europe. In some regions dense concentrations of monuments form peculiar configurations such as long alignments while in others they are spread out extensively, dotting vast areas with hundreds of mounds. These vast barrow landscapes came about through thousands of years of additions by several successive prehistoric and historic communities. Yet little is known about how these landscapes developed and came about. That is what this research set out to do. By unravelling the histories of specific barrow landscapes in the Low Countries, several distinct activity phases of intense barrow construction could be recognised. Each of these phases contributed in a particular fashion to how the barrow landscape developed and reveals shifting attitudes to these landscape monuments. By creating new monuments in a specific place and in a particular fashion, prehistoric communities purposefully transformed the form and shape of the barrow landscape. Using several GIS-techniques such as a skyline-analysis, this research was able to demonstrate how each barrow then took up a specific (and different) position within such a social landscape. While the majority of the barrows were only visible from relatively close by, specific monuments took up a dominating position, cresting the horizon, and they were visible from much further away. It was argued that these burial mounds remained important landscape monuments on the purple heathlands. They continued to attract attention, and by their visibility ensured to endure in the collective memory of the communities shaping themselves around these monuments. This publication is part of the Ancestral Mounds Research Project of the University of Leiden.
A former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff challenges misconceptions about the planning and execution of the Iraq War, sharing insights into how America's national security system works while outlining a blueprint for key changes. 125,000 first printing.
Book The Horizon Leans Forward... Description/Summary:
This book contains insights and firsthand experiences of people of color, women, and LGBT individuals working in the wind band field. Chapters address racism and the Black experience in America and band music; the intersection of Asian culture and a career in music; experiences and insights of esteemed female band directors; queer identity and visibility in the wind band; encouragement, wisdom, and advice for empowering women in music; unique approaches to programming diverse works by diverse composers. The book also features an annotated bibliography of works by underrepresented composers.
A real-life thriller in the tradition of The Perfect Storm, Fire on the Horizon recounts the life of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig—from its construction in South Korea in the year 2000 to its journey around the world to its disastrous end. On and off the rig, Fire on the Horizon reveals the particulars of a culture most of us have never known, from the small maritime colleges to Transocean's training schools and Houston headquarters, and culminates in the harrowing minute-by-minute account of the fateful day, April 20, 2010, when the half-billion-dollar rig blew up, taking the lives of eleven people and leaving an unprecedented swath of natural destruction in its fiery wake.
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: THE NEW YORK TIMES • NPR • THE GUARDIAN From pole to pole and across decades of lived experience, National Book Award-winning author Barry Lopez delivers his most far-ranging, yet personal, work to date. Horizon moves indelibly, immersively, through the author’s travels to six regions of the world: from Western Oregon to the High Arctic; from the Galápagos to the Kenyan desert; from Botany Bay in Australia to finally, unforgettably, the ice shelves of Antarctica. Along the way, Lopez probes the long history of humanity’s thirst for exploration, including the prehistoric peoples who trekked across Skraeling Island in northern Canada, the colonialists who plundered Central Africa, an enlightenment-era Englishman who sailed the Pacific, a Native American emissary who found his way into isolationist Japan, and today’s ecotourists in the tropics. And always, throughout his journeys to some of the hottest, coldest, and most desolate places on the globe, Lopez searches for meaning and purpose in a broken world.
Disaster on the Horizon is a behind-the-scenes investigative look at the worst oil well accident in US history, which led to the current environmental and economic catastrophe on the Gulf Coast. Cavnar uses his 30 years in the business to take readers inside the disaster, exposing the decisions leading up to the blowout and the immediate aftermath. It includes personal accounts of the survivors, assembled from testimony during various investigations, as well as personal interviews with survivors, witnesses, and family. It also provides a layman's look at the industry, its technology, people, and risks. It deconstructs events and decisions made by BP, Transocean, and the US Government before and after the disaster, and the effects of those decisions, both good and bad. Cavnar explains what happened in the Gulf, explores how we arrived at deep water drilling in the first place and then charts a course for how to avoid these disasters in the future.
Book Grace on the Horizon (The White Sails Series Book 2) Description/Summary:
GRACE ON THE HORIZON is the second full-length novel in The White Sails Series. Grace and Seamus, united by their past experiences, are adrift on a raft of shame in the sea of 1830s London society. After a personal tragedy, Grace’s desperation to leave London forces Seamus to accept a dubious commission on the private explorer, Clover. With the expedition financed by Colonel Hamilton and his private backers, Seamus is tasked with mapping a round-the-world voyage. But Colonel Hamilton has an additional package that requires delivering—Father Babcock—a priest wanted for murder. The church wants Babcock transported far from England to set up a new mission in South America. Battling his overprotectiveness, Seamus breaks his oath to always tell Grace the truth and hides Babcock’s identity from her. But the journey aboard the Clover is far from smooth sailing, and Grace suspects a saboteur. Trapped within the ship’s confines, she must learn to forgive her husband's well-intentioned duplicity and determine who wishes them harm—because now she also has her unborn child to protect. Is it an aggrieved member of the Admiralty who believes Seamus disgraced the service by resigning his command to chase after Grace? Perhaps Grace’s father, Lord Flint, seeking revenge against her for ruining the family name? Or a jealous suitor determined to ruin the life Grace is trying to build with Seamus? From the damp cobbled streets of London, around the freezing stormy tip of Cape Horn, and into the scorching dusty bush of New Holland, GRACE ON THE HORIZON promises another adventure on the high seas, bursting with action and suspense. It is historical women's fiction that will appeal to fans of the strong female protagonist in Outlander and and Poldark.
“Inspired by the salty tales of seasoned maritime novelists C. S. Forester and Patrick O’Brian, [Worrall] delicately balances action and adventure with introspection. . . . Fans of seafaring military sagas will welcome [Sails on the Horizon].”—Booklist The year is 1797. Napoleon Buonaparte is racking up impressive wins in the field against the enemies of revolutionary France, while on the seas England is putting up a staunch resistance. Twenty-five-year-old Charles Edgemont is second lieutenant aboard the British ship Argonaut. When orders come for the Argonaut to engage in an all-but-suicidal maneuver to prevent the escape of Spanish ships off the coast of Portugal, he leads his gun crews bravely—until the deaths of the captain and first lieutenant elevate him to commander. For refusing to yield to enemy fire, Charles is permanently promoted and generously rewarded by the Admiralty, becoming wealthy beyond his wildest dreams. Yet upon his return home, his newfound riches prove no help when it comes to winning the heart of Penelope Brown, who regards war as sinful and soldiers as little better than murderers. Changing Penelope’s mind may just be the hardest battle Charles has ever fought—at least until fresh orders send him back to sea, where he faces a formidable adversary in a series of stirring battles of will and might. “Well executed . . . demonstrating Worrall’s expertise in ship and sea warfare history . . . Readers will root for [Charles Edgemont]. . . . He handily defeats veteran seamen, takes enormous chances and is always rewarded.”—Publishers Weekly
Banned from the Valley of the Kings, Amelia Peabody and her distinguished husband have returned to England with their 19-year-old son Ramses and their foster daughter, Nefret. Ramses is secretly in love with Nefret and plans to flee to Germany to avoid temptation. Then a mysterious visitor changes the plan for the whole family. Set in the Sudan, this is another exciting adventure which follows the Peabody family as they confront all the forces against them armed only with a crumbling map and an important letter...
New Directions is proud to be the publisher of the the distinguished Italian novelist Antonio Tabucchi, whose works include The Edge of the Horizon, a story of an “unimportant death,” now available for the first time in a paperback edition. Late on night, the body of a young man is delivered to the morgue of an Italian town. The next day's newspapers report that he was killed in a police raid, and that went by the obviously false name "Carlo Nobodi." Spino, the morgue attendant on duty at the time, becomes obsessed with tracing the identity of the corpse. "Why do you want to know about him?" asks a local priest. "Because he is dead and I'm alive," replies Spino. In this spare yet densely packed cautionary tale, Tabucchi reminds us that it is impossible to reach the edge of the horizon since it always recedes before us, but suggests that some people "carry the horizon with them in their eyes."
More than 250,000 readers made this the No. 1 best selling ebook in Germany 2016.Now finally available in English, too! A story of deep love. A story of trust, courage, pain, despair, and the strength to let go. A true story. Jessica has an uncomplicated life and a promising future. Leaving the house one evening, she has no idea that she's about to meet the love of her life - and that her entire understanding of the world is about to change. Before long, she's going to face a decision that will shape her forever ... In So Near the Horizon, Jessica Koch describes a life lived somewhere between hope and fear, confronting true events from her own past with raw honesty and frank reflection - and exploring more than one difficult subject along the way. Reading sample (...) "Why?" I tried to meet his eyes, but he shut them, avoiding my gaze. His fingernails dug into the skin on his bare arms, and he pursed his lips grimly.Slowly, I scooted toward him. "Talk to me, Danny, please," I said, trying to pry one of his arms loose. But the more I tugged, the more rigidly he kept them crossed against his body as he shrank away from me as far as he could inside the cramped car. For a moment, I was afraid he would simply get out and walk away.Too close, a voice whispered inside me. You're much too close to him!I let go of his arm so I could slide back into my seat, and he relaxed almost instantly. He took several deep, slow breaths before opening his eyes and blinking at me through his long lashes."You know why," he whispered. "And someday I'll tell you myself. I promise. Be patient with me." About the author Jessica Koch was born in Ludwigsburg, Germany, and began writing short stories when she was still in high school - but never submitted her work to publishers. Shortly after finishing school, she met Danny, a German-American dual citizen. Her experiences with him eventually formed the basis for So Near the Horizon, though it was nearly thirteen years before she felt ready to bring the manuscript to the public.The author describes a life lived somewhere between hope and fear, between optimism and despair. She reflects on events from her own past with raw honesty, confronting more than one difficult subject along the way. Jessica Koch's dramatic debut novel, Dem Horizont so nah (So Near the Horizon), broke every record when it hit stores in Germany. Released in 2016 through a small, independent publishing house, the e-book was an instant success, selling over 250,000 copies in just a few months and topping the Amazon bestseller list for more than six weeks - which made it the number-one bestselling German-language ebook of 2016!Since then, one of Germany's largest publishing houses has purchased the rights to this riveting and highly emotional memoir. The foreign rights have been picked up in numerous countries, and the feature film is scheduled to arrive in theaters at the end of 2018. Jessica Koch lives near the city of Stuttgart with her husband, their son, and two dogs. The second and third books in the trilogy, So Near the Abyss and So Near the Ocean, are already best-sellers in Germany as well.
Book The Penguin Book of the Renaissance Description/Summary:
The society that produced the glories of Renaissance art was a multi-faceted one. on the one hand it produced the tender work of Giotto and the brilliance of Leonardo; on the other it encompassed the atrocities of Borgia, the fanaticism of Savonarola and the cynicism of Machiavelli. Civil disorder, political violence, religious discord and deep-seated corruption provided a setting in which genius flowered and where virtuosity originality and an explosive energy shone through in politics, in art, in thought and even in murder. Here, in this vivid survey, the whole sweep of renaissance achievement is brilliantly portrayed and analysed by Professor Plumb, assisted by a distinguished team of historians, including Kenneth Clark, Hugh Trevor-Roper, and Garrett Mattingly - and by over sixty illustrations of contemporary masterpieces.
Over The Horizon is historical fiction focused on the U.S. Navy's unofficial 'foreign legion' and based on several significant, but minimally reported, Cold War events in the western Pacific during 1980-1982. Such encounters never made the evening news, including a deadly collision at sea, a cat-and-mouse encounter with a Soviet aircraft carrier just miles off the Russian coast, and aerial engagements across the Korean peninsula against a squadron led by a charismatic South Korean wing commander known as the Scotch General. In October, 1973, with little fanfare, the United States Navy established its foreign legion on the far side of the planet. Baptized in the deep, cold waters of the Pacific Ocean, it was christened with a harmless, government-issued name: Overseas Family Residency Program. The innocent title allowed sailors' families across fifty states to sleep peacefully as their loved ones served faithfully on the volatile tip of America's sword. Based around the USS Midway, a World War Two-era aircraft carrier, high risk adventures were commonplace with the U.S. Navy's unofficial foreign legion in the western Pacific in the early 80's. Fly the A-6 Intruder, an all-weather, low level attack jet so lethal it was never exported to any other country. Befriend Eli, a golf caddy whose lifelong dream was to see over the horizon, and a young Filipino child whose infectious grin was the basis for 'smiling girl village.' The Navy's légion étrangère was based in Yokosuka, Japan, twenty-eight miles south of Tokyo, and its flagship was USS Midway, a World War Two vintage aircraft carrier. Few Americans knew her name, but America's enemies certainly knew who she was, as did America's presidents. Upon initial notification of a crisis halfway around the world, the first question the White House asked was always, "Where's Midway?" From its beginning, the Navy's foreign legion began patrolling the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean on a nearly continuous basis, remaining ever vigilant far from her home of birth. The ship's operating schedule was grueling; so grueling, in fact, that her unofficial motto was Semper Separatus - Always Separated. Life in the Navy's foreign legion was never easy, and the price tag was often perilously high, but Midway Magic was always along for the journey...somewhere over the horizon.
Book A Toubabou on the Horizon Description/Summary:
"Who is better off? The person who looks for happiness through buying a new car or new clothes? Or he who has just enough to live on, and has time to spend laughing and joking with friends in the shade of a tree? Is there not a greater social dignity in the respect they pay to the elderly and the less fortunate?". Travelling gives us many answers, but it can also give rise to many questions. This is the story of the adventure of an engineer, a traveller. A car accident helps him understand that now is the time for self-fulfilment. The author starts from the house where he grew up in Northern Italy and goes on a journey far away from the tourist circuits. On his way, he travels over the Sahara and crosses the heart of the continent - the equatorial forest - until he reaches the farthest/southernmost point where the Atlantic and Indian oceans embrace. Overall, he covers 25,000 kilometres in 615 days and gets through 11 tyres and 8 chains. During the journey, he is arrested and even bedridden with malaria for twenty days. However, each person he meets provides a moment for exchange; forging bonds that are strengthened around a campfire. There is only the simplicity of life and a welcoming smile, in the search for new questions where it all began, in Africa. The book includes a chapter written by his mother, Carla Villata. Toubabou, with its variants (toubab, tubaap...), is a word used by many West African peoples to designate a white-skinned person, a European.
Book Soon Will Come the Light Description/Summary:
Winner of the Autism Society of America's Literary Achievement Award, this heartwarming book was one of the first autobiographies to provide unique insight into the world of autism. Tom McKean grew up in a confusion of misdiagnosis, spending years in an institution and finally journeying into adulthood, seeking answers. He finally comes to a "working truce" with the neurotypical world and discovers he has various talents in fields such as computers and technical design, in addition to his passion for writing. His challenges, discoveries, and successes will move you as his poetry, songs, and humor delight you. Helpful chapters include: Leave My Home for a Home Interesting Associations in the Home I Re-Enter the World Discovering Autism What Autism Is To Me Professionals and More Ideas on Autism
Book The Origins of the Horizon in Husserl’s Phenomenology Description/Summary:
This volume is the first book-length analysis of the problematic concept of the ‘horizon’ in Edmund Husserl’s phenomenology, as well as in phenomenology generally. A recent arrival on the conceptual scene, the horizon still eludes robust definition. The author shows in this authoritative exploration of the topic that Husserl, the originator of phenomenology, placed the notion of the horizon at the centre of philosophical enquiry. He also demonstrates the rightful centrality of the concept of the horizon, all too often viewed as an imprecise metaphor of tangential significance. His systematic analysis deploys both early and late work by Husserl, as well as hitherto unpublished manuscripts. Opening out the question to include that of the origins of the horizon, the book explores the horizon as philosophical theme or notion, as a figure of intentionality, and as a signification of one’s consciousness of the world—our ‘world-horizon’. It argues that the central philosophical significance of the problematic of the horizon makes itself apparent in realizing how this problematic enriches our philosophical understanding of subjectivity. Systematic, thorough, and revealing, this study of the significance of a core concept in phenomenology will be relevant not only to the phenomenological community, but also to anyone interested in the intersections of phenomenology and other philosophical traditions, such as hermeneutics and pragmatism.
A former Marine's account of a pivotal Gulf War battle describes a three-division offensive launched by Saddam Hussein that failed due to the resolve of an underdog band of marines and air soldiers, describing the events that transpired and its significance to the outcome of the conflict. Reprint.