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This was probably 1 of the most Confusing books I have ever read. I love to read but this book I had problem all the method through and even when I got to the end it was confusing. there were too a lot of names and various names and various characters in this book to hold track and then nothing created sense. I would not recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a book.
This book was amazing!!I initially followed Talhi on tumblr because I loved her artwork. Then found out she was also a writer! I was excited to see her book being translated from French to English and would soon be published.I have always loved the subject of Ancient Egypt (The Prince of Egypt was an often watched VHS tape at home) and recently Angels and Demons and their mythology and lore has also piqued my is book was amazing, had everything I require in my readings, people of color, female characters that aren't just there to be the token woman in distress, LGBTQ representation, mythology, romance, and some [email protected]#$% war is was an awesome read and I can't wait to reread it tomorrow!
A well-written story that pulls you in making you wish to beg for more. The kind of hidden mystery you don’t expect- and when you think you might understand what’s event it takes a sudden left turn and makes you wish to reread to see if you catch something that might of been overlooked the first time. Amazing book, amazing writing.
This seems like a fairly straightforward retelling of Exodus from the point of view of the Egyptians. It's not. Just when you think this book can't possibly obtain more complicated or twisty, it does. Every hero has their own agenda, and by the end of it all you won't be sure whose side you're on because you've empathized with all of them.
Engaging plot with complex characters, I was hooked from the first page! Based on some of the most well-known stories and yet I had no idea how it was going to end. The fact that the author translated herself (which, damn) makes overlooking any minor wording problems easy. Highly recommend!
What a amazing piece of software. Having written a sight reduction program in Primary in the 70s I really appreciate the ease of use of this app. It takes away most of the tedium between taking a series of sights and getting a fix. I look forward to once again using my sextant on passage and not relying on GPS all the time. One useful addition would be a printable user guide.
Portrait of the Alaska Railroad takes readers on an adventurous journey through the diverse terraine and communities that span the 470+ miles of tracks from Seward to Fairbanks, Alaska. Kaylene Johnson's prose is both captivating and informative, enabling the reader to imagine her or himself rocking to the gentle rhythm of the train while gazing out the railcar windows to see moose, fox, caribou, and bear. Johnson writes: "The fragrance of fireweed and rain-washed raspberries wafts up along the tracks in the Kenai Mountains. Later in the year, cranberry bushes turn crimson and the scent of autumn signals the season's change. In winter, the air smells like crisp, new bedsheets hung outside to dry."Readers insterested in info about the history of the Alaska railroad, wilderness access along the rail line, wildlife, native peoples, commerce, communities, and working trains will search this book an invaluable resource. Www services are noted that will supply extra info of interest to the reader.Full-page photographs complement Johnson's prose making it possible to feel as if one has captured the experience of riding the rails and seeing the Alaskan wilderness and towns along its route firsthand. Roy Corral's photography is truly stunning, from pictures of the town lights of Anchorage framed versus the Chugach Mountains to Caribou grazing in a meadow in Denali National park. Photographs chronicle the life of a working train, communities along the track, and interesting people whose lives are supported by rail service. Corral's photographs coupled with Johnson's prose makes Portrait of the Alaska Railroad a amazing coffee table book. Inserts supply interesting info that can be read in a couple of minutes.Kaylene Johnson, a resident of Eagle River, Alaska, has a keen sense of the importance of the railroad to the Alaskan economy. She notes, for example, that "it would take sixteen hundred trucks to haul all the gravel that the railroad moves from Palmer southwest to Anchorage in a single day. Each day, from May through mid-October, as a lot of as four trains created up of eighty vehicles each haul eight hundred dozens of gravel forty-two miles. . ." Imagine the highway congestion if gravel were transported by truck instead of rail. Johnson captures the immense value of the railroad in this, and other examples. For some people who live along the tracks, the railroad serves as the only means of transportation and obtaining required supplies. Fifty-eight miles of track span a wilderness accessible only by rail. "The flag-stop train is the only one of its kind still running in North America," Johnson notes. Passengers merely wave a white flag over their heads to signal the engineer that they desire to board.Portrait of the Alaska Railroad appeals to a broad audience of train enthusiasts and Alaska lovers. Whether you have visited Alaska previously, plan to visit, or will visit only from the comfort of your living room couch, the Alaska Railroad beckons, "Welcome Aboard."
My students liked reading this book. This book contains a few maps. There are actual pictures in the center of the book of Harriet Tubman and others. The black and white drawings in the book are clear. There are interesting chapters about slaves who escaped. My students wanted to hold reading.
I was fascinated by the info in "The Underground Railroad in Michigan" by Carol Mull. As a Michigan resident, I didn't realize the necessary role my state played in helping self-emancipators gain freedom. The author did an perfect job providing the appropriate historical context (nationally as well as here in Michigan) while tying in compelling private narratives. By the end of the book I felt proud of my home state and inspired by the courageous people who risked their lives to be conductors on the underground railroad. I would definitely be interested in reading more about this topic, especially more anecdotes of escapes that came through Southeastern Michigan.
Several months ago I read another related book called The Underground Railroad on the Western Frontier: Escapes from Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa and the Areas of Kansas, Nebraska and the Indian Nations, 1840-1865, . However, whereas the previous book focus mainly on the Western Frontier, this one focuses on how Michigan became an necessary part of the Underground Railroad, becoming a safe haven for runaway slaves besides the fact that Detroit (codenamed "Midnight" by those who ran the Underground Railroad) is a ferry ride away from permanent freedom in Canada.Each chapter starts with an acc from a runaway who succeeded in escaping to freedom. From there we obtain a mini history on the state going back to its location status. There's also detail information on these who helped runaways as well as ill-fated attempts by (Kentuckian) slave hunters to raid the black communities of Michigan in find of "The Underground Railroad on the Western Frontier" this is a well written & researched book filled with images & illustrations. The high of both may be a turn-off to some. Yet both are amazing books to look for if you're interested in the Underground Railroad.
Exceptionally written and illustrated. Unbelievable historical account. One of the best books in this series. I highly recommend for both kids and adults. A fast read, but full of fascinating facts and details. A amazing resource and teaching tool for Teachers, Schools and Parents. This book should be included in every Reading and Social Studies Curriculum. I continue to copies to share with my colleagues and friends.
This book is super. Really, it is. I am reading it with my 5 year old. While she reads about a paragraph every two to three pages, she is engaged in the narrative and asks lots of amazing questions.Her elementary analysis is phenomenal and much more thoughtful than I ever small one is already looking forward to other books.
As someone who has spent a lot of hours searching through boxes and files of Alaska Railroad records, I can tell you that this is a must read for anyone interested in railroad history, especially in Alaska. Filled with photographs and interesting narrative, this book gives you a brief yet accurate overview of the building of the only railroad at the time build and run by the U.S. Government. Highly recommended. -- Doug Capra
I found the book fascinating and informative. It is well written and researched. I would recommend this book to anyone that has connections to Michigan, slavery and an interest in some of the darker periods in our nations history. The Slave act of 1850 is discussed in this book and helps to explain the mass exodus of blacks from the US into Canada.I purchased this book over a year ago. I use it as references to areas and in my genealogical research. I am a direct descendent to one of the people mentioned in the book and the book has provided me with leads across a roadblock that I had been struggling with for a few THE BOOK you won't be disappointed.
This whole series of books is just wonderful. Pick a subject that your kid is or might be inteterested in and these books draw them right in. My son has been reading them since second grade (end of third now) and he still anxiously awaits them as I new. They are by far his favorite series and in my opinion so much better than the other silly/gross/obnoxious series out there.
I've lived in Alaska for 27 years and have entertained a lot of visitors. So, I decided to pick up a copy of Portrait of the Alaska Railroad for a relative who has enjoyed riding the train. Then I decided to obtain a copy for myself. The book describes in perfect detail the history and current workings of our railroad, and the images are terrific! Author Kaylene Johnson's outstanding research makes this a book packed with information. Yet it reads like a fascinating story, not some dry history book. I've read a lot about the Alaska Railroad, but in this book, I found tidbits of info I'd never heard.A must for railroad buffs and anybody planning to create a trip north.
This is a very necessary book for anyone interested in the history of slavery and abolition in the U.S. and especially in the activities of the Underground Railroad. It is a scholarly work but at the same time very readable. Extensive footnotes and bibliography ensure the accuracy of Ms. Mull's work. I especially enjoyed the vignettes that start each chapter.
As a child I was always fascinated by trains and especially the job of the conductor. Unfortunately at the time of my childhood, the trains no longer came through city and much of the tracks had been removed. I still had a nice Lionel train set that I would play with on a regular is book took me back to those days when I was playing with my train and dreaming of what it would be like to work as a conductor. The author of this book covers the history of train conductors extensively, and even a lot of info on how to become one. And the info on working as a conductor or engineer on a train is really complete, with a ton of amazing info in that section.I found the section on conductors in songs to be really fascinating. I always remember listening to the song Town of Fresh Orleans as a child and imagining what it was like to be on that train. And the songs mentioned in this book opened a whole fresh interest in listening to some songs I had never heard of.If you are interested in the topic of trains and conductors, this is THE book to read!
Whether you're considering a career as a conductor, wish an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes at a railroad, or are just a train buff with a hankering to hear that long whistle whine, this excellent, thoroughly researched book will transport you from the couch to the conductor's cabin for an inside look at everything they do. Beginning with the origin of the conductor's position, to show day job requirements and skill sets, the oft-overlooked and seldom appreciated work of a conductor is brilliantly illustrated in this quick paced, simple to read narrative. The time honored tradition of this noble occupation is thoughtfully described by the insightful Bryan, who once again has kept to his trademark detail oriented style, while not getting bogged down in minutiae. It flows in an easygoing manner, much like that of a train gliding gracefully along its rails: the track is predicable, the pace steady, with some interesting stations along the way. The view from the window is spectacular, allowing its passenger to see all the glorious sights: such is the technique that Bryan uses to illuminate the life of a conductor. It is also an intimate reflection on his part, as his son is a conductor and the reason for his passion on the subject. If you have ever wondered about the fascinating globe of the men and women that hold our trains running, the extensive training they keep and the intricate knowledge they must possess to perform their a lot of responsibilities, obtain this book. You'll gain a newfound appreciation and respect for the difficult job they do day in and day out to hold our trains moving safely. Without these humble servants, the trains would not run, the railroad system would descend into chaos, and we would all have to drive! I would rather catch the next express...
The author exhibits extensive knowledge on the occupation of a railroad conductor. The book provides everything you need to know about a conductor, from the history of the occupation, the number of pockets on a conductor’s uniform, to how he’s trained. What I like the most is the part on railroad jargon. From “Black Diamonds” to “Cornfield Meet,” these bizarre terms depict the colourful job of railroad workers, and their creative mind. After learning all the interesting history, the freedom and the responsibilities of a conductor, and how to become a railroad conductor, I actually started to wonder whether there were woman conductors. I got interested in the topic from reading a mystery in which the clue of solving a crime involved the knowledge of a conductor. But whatever your reason is, if you wish to know more about railroad conductors, this book won’t disappoint you.
I had a career on the BN and thought this book was going to be more anecdotal about life as a conductor. In reality this was written by an outsider to the industry as a lot of of his terms are not even correct. We never referred to moving vehicles around as “shifting” that might be a British term, more correctly it is called switching. Highball doesn’t mean proceed at the highest speed, it means proceed at the governing speed for that section of track or train order. Probably should have included more of a discussion of safety as that is a large focus now on the Class I railroads. As for physical abilities, if we could carry a freight vehicle knuckle one lap around the roundhouse we passed. Now that is a story.
If you're a railroad buff (I'm a buff) this book will be like leaving a child alone in a candy store. It provides so much info from the past to the show while including a small insider perspective. The story of the conductor is revealed to present that he is indeed the heart and soul of the railroad. A amazing read!
Harriet Tubman was a remarkable woman. Tiny, strong, and extraordinarily brave. She could’ve stayed in Pennsylvania, never returning to Maryland after her escape, but instead she regularly risked her life in to support other slaves reach freedom. Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad is an perfect and very interesting biography. It’s filled with stories of her experiences while conducting her passengers on the Underground Railroad as well as talking about her life growing up in slavery and what she did after slavery was abolished. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in or learning about the life of Harriet Tubman!
Everyone should taste the selflessness, the courageous spirit portrayed in the history about man's inhumanity to man and the giving back of man's humanity through Mrs. Tubman and the humans who helped her. The globe needs to grow from its history. I feel like I was there. I feel like going on as a selfless human. So much work to be done in to live free.
I read this book a lot of years ago and Petry's works of fiction never fail to excite my imagination. Twenty years ago I took students from the high school in Ithaca, Fresh York, to visit Harriet Tubman's home and grave in Auburn, Fresh York. Petry gives life to Tubman's adventures, which stay with the reader long after the book is finished.
I was looking for a LEGITIMATE rendition of songs/spirituals that were part of the Underground Railroad experience. This CD gave me the exact musical interpretation I required as I prepared a presentation for a national convention on the "Songs of the Underground Railroad." I have a Master's Degree in Church Music, but this CD provided new insight into the melody born in this painful time in American history.
This book was purchased because my son was needed to read it for middle school. I took the liberty of reading it myself and could not place it down. The author truly makes you feel as though you are witnessing Ms. Tubman's life, the chaos, tragedy and eventual triumph of Harriet Tubman.
I didn't realize how small I knew about this remarkable woman. Wow. An inspiration to all women. Harriet fought opposition not only versus her slave masters and slave catchers but from her loved ones! I couldn't believe that her husband threatened to turn her in if she ran for freedom or her brothers dragging her back to the plantation due to their own cowardice, shame and jealously. I look forward to reading more about Harriet and just in time for her upcoming biopic.
I've always known about Harriet Tubman being one of the leaders of the Underground Railroad because that was the center of my learning in school. What I didn't know was that this woman, in her 30s, shepherded folks from MD to PA, NY and even Canada while dealing with narcolepsy at any give moment; difficult wardrobe; and heartache. It's no wonder that she really was the Moses of her people. I found this ver of her story to be solid, well-rounded, and told as a sort of a "This is Harriet in a nutshell." Who knows what else she did that WASN'T recorded...
I love black American spirituals. These are modernized, but not beyond recognition, and they are pleasant to listen to. Underground Railroad=good entertainment. Well, it gets the notice across, and musically it is very well done. Highly recommended.
Amazing book. From tidewater to the end of the line, detailed descriptions of the route. It's an expanded ver of the booklet, Ride Tutorial to the Historic Alaska Railroad by Laura Zahn and Anita Williams. The black and white images are dark and hard to see. Some material is already out of date (written in 2013) and there are a couple minor errors, but it's a amazing put to obtain a lot of info about the Alaska Railroad.
An necessary book, about an necessary person. Indomitable spirit. Should be needed reading in high school. Our comfortable life cannot imagine what she went through for herself and a lot of others. Her likeness will be on twenty dollar bill, large necessary symbol of slavery's slippery grasp on her. She overcame wonderful odds and now will be memorialized.
Obtain ready to lose yourself! This book had me glued from the first page to the last. I can’t wait to see what else this Arthur follows it up with. The story is one of heart ache, love for your community and the drive to persevere versus all odds no matter the type.
I liked the method they meticulously walked through their hypothesis and broke down hard to understand concepts. I think that archaeologists have tried to appropriate to themselves pronouncements outside of their expertise and training.Dr. Schoch is a geologist and the archaeologists may know hieroglyphics but really they're attempting to contest weather patterns on stone with a geologist. Bauval is a construction engineer who's primary questions based on his backround tied to orion's belt to the layout of the pyramids. namely their crooked and various sizes, which has to be for a reason because the labor involved to move millions of e same goes for his observations with the sphinx.
Dr. Schoch has long been a proponent of the origin of the sphinx in deep antiquity. He has revised and enlarged on this thesis since the 1990's and now belives the sphinx dates to the era of 10,500 BC. He bases his conclusion on solid geological evidence and just plain old common sense. Robert Bauval adds an additional dimension to this point of view based on his considerable knowledge of and research in Egypt. This recent book will solidify your belief in the spinx's extreme antiquity, if you are so inclined, and shed even more doubt on the atrophied view of mainstream Egyptology. A amazing solid investigation of this eternal mystery.
Amazing history of the monument. The technical aspects were a bit daunting, but I am not a scientist. I admire the author and his struggles with the "established" professionals. I see that cognitive dissonance and hubris are alive and well in archaeology/geology as well as other disciplines. I really appreciated hearing his side of the story and how he stood up for what he believed. Thank you for your integrity.
This is a amazing book that not only explains the water erosion that can been seen on the Sphinx, enclosure and adjacent temples, but also goes through the history of excavations of the Sphinx and relevant astronomical alignments on the Giza e chapters are either written by Dr. Schoch or Robert Bauval and each have their own specialities to elaborate upon.I would recommend interested readers towards the documentary “Mystery of the Sphinx, 1993” which is widely available on YouTube these days or episodes of the Joe Rogan Experience with Dr. Robert Schoch. Dr. Schoch also has a www service with an even more up to date break through about the Sphinx that entails hieroglyphics. Unbelievable read.