Full Description : "“Mark Obmascik has deftly rescued an important story from the margins of our history—and from our country’s most forbidding frontier. Deeply researched and feelingly told, The Storm on Our Shores is a heartbreaking tale of tragedy and redemption.” —Hampton Sides, bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers, In the Kingdom of Ice, and On Desperate Ground The heart-wrenching but ultimately redemptive story of two World War II soldiers—a Japanese surgeon and an American sergeant—during a brutal Alaskan battle in which the sergeant discovers the medic's revelatory and fascinating diary that changed our war-torn society’s perceptions of Japan. May 1943. The Battle of Attu—called “The Forgotten Battle” by World War II veterans—was raging on the Aleutian island with an Arctic cold, impenetrable fog, and rocketing winds that combined to create some of the worst weather on Earth. Both American and Japanese forces were tirelessly fighting in a yearlong campaign, and both sides would suffer thousands of casualties. Included in this number was a Japanese medic whose war diary would lead a Silver Star-winning American soldier to find solace for his own tortured soul. The doctor’s name was Paul Nobuo Tatsuguchi, a Hiroshima native who had graduated from college and medical school in California. He loved America, but was called to enlist in the Imperial Army of his native Japan. Heartsick, wary of war, yet devoted to Japan, Tatsuguchi performed his duties and kept a diary of events as they unfolded—never knowing that it would be found by an American soldier named Dick Laird. Laird, a hardy, resilient underground coal miner, enlisted in the US Army to escape the crushing poverty of his native Appalachia. In a devastating mountainside attack in Alaska, Laird was forced to make a fateful decision, one that saved him and his comrades, but haunted him for years. Tatsuguchi’s diary was later translated and distributed among US soldiers. It showed the common humanity on both sides of the battle. But it also ignited fierce controversy that is still debated today. After forty years, Laird was determined to return it to the family and find peace with Tatsuguchi’s daughter, Laura Tatsuguchi Davis. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Obmascik brings his journalistic acumen, sensitivity, and exemplary narrative skills to tell an extraordinarily moving story of two heroes, the war that pitted them against each other, and the quest to put their past to rest.
When you read the The Storm on Our Shores book, all your attention to the subject matter - Try to read 15-20 minutes before the move, and you will be amazed at how much your focus as soon as you read the book. Simon and Schuster"
Full Description : "Follows the 1998 Big Year competition between Sandy Komito, Al Levantin, and Greg Miller, during which the three rivals risked their lives to set a new North American birding record. The Big Year, when was the last time you read a book or an abstract magazine article? Are your daily reading habits directed against tweets, Facebook updates, or directions to your instant oatmeal pack? If you're one of the many people who do not have a habit of reading regularly, you might miss out: reading is a huge amount of profits, and we've listed just a few benefits of reading. Simon and Schuster"
Full Description : "Fat, forty-four, father of three sons, and facing a vasectomy, Mark Obmascik would never have guessed that his next move would be up a 14,000-foot mountain. But when his twelve-year-old son gets bitten by the climbing bug at summer camp, Obmascik can't resist the opportunity for some high-altitude father-son bonding by hiking a peak together. After their first joint climb, addled by the thin air, Obmascik decides to keep his head in the clouds and try scaling all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot mountains, known as the Fourteeners -- and to do them in less than one year. The result is Halfway to Heaven, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Obmascik's rollicking, witty, sometimes harrowing, often poignant chronicle of an outrageous midlife adventure that is no walk in the park, although sometimes it's A Walk in the Woods -- but with more sweat and less oxygen. Half a million people try climbing a Colorado Fourteener every year, but only twelve hundred have reported summiting them all. Can an overweight, stay-at-home dad become No. 1,201? With his ebullient personality and sparkling prose, Obmascik brings us inside the quirky, colorful subculture of mountaineering obsessives who summit these mountains year after year. Honoring his concerned wife's orders not to climb alone, Obmascik drags old friends up the slopes, some of them lifelong flatlanders tasting thin air for the first time, and lures seasoned Rockies junkies into taking on a huffing, puffing newbie by bribing them with free beer, lunches, and car washes. Among the new friends he makes are an ex-drag racer trying to perform a headstand on every summit, the lead oboe player in a Hebrew salsa band, and a climber with the counterproductive pre-climb ritual of gulping down four beers and a burrito. Along the way, Obmascik experiences the raw, rowdy, and rarely seen intimacy of male friendship, braced by the double intoxicants of adrenaline and altitude. Though danger is always present -- the Colorado Fourteeners have killed more climbers than Mount Everest -- Mark knows his aging scalp can't afford the hair-raising adventures of Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, and his quest becomes a story of family, friendship, and fraternity. In Obmascik's summer of climbing, he loses fifteen pounds, finds a few dozen man-dates, and gains respect for the history of these storied mountains (home to cannibalism, gold rushes, shoot-outs, and one of the nation's most famed religious shrines). As much about midlife and male bonding as it is about mountains, Halfway to Heaven tells how weekend warriors can survive them all as they reach for those most distant things -- the summits of mountains and a teenage son. And as one man exceeds the physical achievements of his youth, he discovers that age -- like summit height -- is just a number.
Increased concentration after reading the book Halfway to Heaven. In our crazy Internet world, attention is focused on millions of people in different directions at the same time, because we perform a number of tasks every day. One 5 minutes on average people will split their time between tasks, e-mail, watching, chatting with multiple people (using Gchat, skype etc.) Follow on Twitter, monitor your smartphone, and interact with colleagues. This type of behavior leads to increased stress and reduced productivity. Simon and Schuster"
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A Consumer's Guide to Drinking Water improves brain quality. Just like any other muscular body, the brain needs physical activity to keep it strong and healthy, so the phrase 'using it or losing it' is perfect when it comes to your mind. It was also found that batter and game play, such as chess, is useful for cognitive stimulation. Amer Water Works Assn"
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Colorado Water reduces your potential stress. The stress you have at work, your personal relationships, or many other problems you face in everyday life, all disappear when you lose yourself in a great story. no defined"
Full Description : "Ognuno di noi è in cerca di qualcosaTre uomini sull’orlo di una crisi di nervi decidono di prendersi un anno sabbatico e di realizzare il loro sogno: vivere per trecentosessantacinque giorni a contatto con la natura selvaggia e compiere imprese al limite dell’impossibile. Ognuno di loro, in realtà, sta cercando di sfuggire ai suoi problemi quotidiani: il primo è un eterno vincente senza scrupoli, che non vuole rinunciare al suo spirito d’avventura per mettere su famiglia; il secondo è un vecchio manager, indeciso se mollare il lavoro una volta per tutte e andarsene definitivamente in pensione; il terzo è un neo-divorziato senza un posto fisso, che nella vita non è mai stato in grado di concludere niente. Eppure i nostri “eroi” compiranno un’impresa incredibile. Dalle paludi della Florida alle coste della California, dal deserto dell’Arizona ai ghiacci dell’Alaska, gireranno in lungo e in largo gli Stati Uniti, sfidandosi in un improbabile campionato di birdwatching per battere un record: avvistare il maggior numero possibile di specie volatili. Il divertente resoconto di un anno di follie, in cui i tre protagonisti finiranno per trovare la loro ricetta personale della felicità nei luoghi più belli e incontaminati (nonché inaspettati) d’America.Da questo libro il film diretto da David Frankel (Io & Marley, Il diavolo veste Prada) con Steve Martin, Jack Black e Owen WilsonMark Obmascikgiornalista da più di vent’anni, nel 2000 ha vinto, insieme con un team di colleghi del «Denver Post» da lui diretti, il prestigioso premio Pulitzer per alcuni articoli sul massacro alla Columbine High School. Nel 2003 ha ottenuto anche il National Press Club Award per il giornalismo ambientale. Vive a Denver con la sua famiglia. Grande appassionato e praticante del birdwatching, ha fatto tesoro delle sue conoscenze per scrivere Un anno da leoni. Da questo libro è stato tratto il film di David Frankel con Steve Martin, Jack Black e Owen Wilson. Un anno da leoni, when was the last time you read a book or an abstract magazine article? Are your daily reading habits directed against tweets, Facebook updates, or directions to your instant oatmeal pack? If you're one of the many people who do not have a habit of reading regularly, you might miss out: reading is a huge amount of profits, and we've listed just a few benefits of reading. Newton Compton Editori"
Full Description : "The author recounts his trek across the country at age sixteen in search of birds, his efforts to set a record for the most North American species seen in a year, and how he gained a deeper understanding of the natural world. Reprint.
Kingbird Highway adds to the reader's knowledge. Everything you read will fill your head with new information, and you'll never know when it might be useful. The more knowledge you have, the better equipped to solve the problems you have faced. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt"
Full Description : "On September 17, 1940, the SS City of Benares was sailing in the North Atlantic with more than four hundred people on board, including ninety children on their way to Canada to escape the blitz. They were considered lucky - leaving WWII behind and heading for peace, quiet and security...At a little after ten o'clock that night, a German submarine torpedoed the Benares. The ship sank in half an hour, in a gale that sent several of her lifeboats pitching to the cold sea. The passengers were more than six hundred miles from land, three hundred miles from the nearest rescue vessel; none of them had a reasonable hope of survival. But in the wake of tragedy and horror, the City of Benares would also prove herself a mother of miracles. Exceptional feats of courage and endurance took shape in the hours and days that followed the attack, the children in particular exhibiting what one naval officer later called 'courage beyond praise'. Based on firsthand accounts from the child survivors and other passengers, including the author's great-uncle, "Miracles on the Water" is a vivid retelling of one of the greatest hidden wartime dramas.
Miracles on the Water gives motivation to analyze information and is also useful when criticizing plots; or it is a well-written section if the character is properly designed, if the narrative sounds innocent, etc. If you ever have the opportunity to discuss the book with others, you will be able to clearly tell their views, as you have taken the time to really take into account all relevant aspects. Hachette UK"
Full Description : "Will the 'Alala ever return to the wild? A bird sacred to Hawaiians and a member of the raven family, the 'Alala today survives only in captivity. How the species once flourished, how it has been driven to near-extinction, and how people struggled to save it, is the gripping story of Seeking the Sacred Raven. For years, author Mark Jerome Walters has tracked the sacred bird's role in Hawaiian culture and the indomitable 'Alala's sad decline. Trekking through Hawaii's rain forests high on Mauna Loa, talking with biologists, landowners, and government officials, he has woven an epic tale of missed opportunities and the best intentions gone awry. A species that once numbered in the thousands is now limited to about 50 captive birds. Seeking the Sacred Raven is as much about people and culture as it is about failed policies. From the ancient Polynesians who first settled the island, to Captain Cook in the 18th century, to would-be saviors of the 'Alala in the 1990s, individuals with conflicting passions and priorities have shaped Hawaii and the fate of this dwindling cloud-forest species. Walters captures brilliantly the internecine politics among private landowners, scientists, environmental groups, individuals and government agencies battling over the bird's habitat and protection. It's only one species, only one bird, but Seeking the Sacred Raven illustrates vividly the many dimensions of species loss, for the human as well as non-human world.
Seeking the Sacred Raven adds to the reader's knowledge. Everything you read will fill your head with new information, and you'll never know when it might be useful. The more knowledge you have, the better equipped to solve the problems you have faced. Island Press"
Full Description : "David M Whites inspiring stories see birding as a meditative practice and pathway to true connectedness. Zen Birding, when was the last time you read a book or an abstract magazine article? Are your daily reading habits directed against tweets, Facebook updates, or directions to your instant oatmeal pack? If you're one of the many people who do not have a habit of reading regularly, you might miss out: reading is a huge amount of profits, and we've listed just a few benefits of reading. John Hunt Publishing"
Full Description : "In 2015, Noah Strycker, a young American birder, became the first person to see more than half of the 10,000 bird species on planet Earth in one year. Traveling to forty-one countries on seven continents with just a small backpack, a pair of binoculars, and a series of one-way tickets, Noah not only set a new world record, he also captured the hearts and imaginations of people all over the world.
Birding Without Borders can expand the words and meanings of symbols that are often seen daily. This applies to the above topics: the more you read, the more words you get, and they will definitely return to your daily dictionary. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt"
Full Description : "This essential volume explores many aspects of the Columbine school shootings in April, 1999. Topics covered include the historical and cultural background leading up to and following the massacre. Readers will evaluate the issues surrounding Columbine, such as the role of bullying at the high school, the shootings as a symbol of a greater culture of violence, and the impact of gun laws on the accessibility of weapons for senior students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Personal narratives are also featured, including Columbine high school seniors writing about the impact of the event on their lives, and a journalist looking back at the event that he covered years earlier.
The Columbine School Shooting can improve the reader's memory. As you read the book, you have a variety of meanings, their origins, ambitions, history and nuances, as well as various circles and sub-transfers each story. Just a little to remember, but the brain is a beautiful thing and relatively easy to remember these things. In every new memory you create a new synthesis (brain path) and strengthen existing ones, which help temporarily stop memory and stabilize mood. How cool is that?. Greenhaven Publishing LLC"