Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction

//Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction
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  • The Mongol queens of the thirteenth century ruled the largest empire the world has ever known. Yet sometime near the end of the century, censors cut a section from "The Secret History of the Mongols, " leaving a single tantalizing quote from Genghis Khan: Let us reward our female offspring. Only this hint of a father's legacy for his daughters remained of a much larger story. The queens of the Silk Route turned their father's conquests into the world's first truly international empire, fostering trade, education, and religion throughout their territories and creating an economic system that stretched from the Pacific to the Mediterranean. Outlandish stories of these powerful queens trickled out of the Empire, shocking the citizens of Europe and and the Islamic world. After Genghis Khan's death in 1227, conflicts erupted between his daughters and his daughters-in-law; what began as a war between powerful women soon became a war against women in power as brother turned against sister, son against mother. One of the most important warrior queens of history arose to rescue the tattered shreds of the Mongol Empire and restore order to a shattered world. Queen Mandhuhai led her soldiers through victory after victory. In her thirties she married a seventeen-year-old prince and bore eight children throughout a career spent fighting China's Ming Dynasty on one side and a series of Muslim warlords on the other. Her unprecedented success on the battlefield provoked the Chinese into the most frantic and expensive phase of wall building in history. Charging into battle even while pregnant, she fought to reassemble the nation of Genghis Khan and to preserve it for her own children to rule in peace. Despite the efforts to erase them from history, the Mongol queens live on.
  • New Zealand's most famous RAF pilot saw action from the Munich Crisis to the invasion of France in 1944. Deere experienced the drama of the early days of the Battle of Britain while serving with Spitfire squadrons based at Hornchurch and Manston, and his compelling story tells of the successes and frustrations of those critical weeks. Deere's nine lives are the accounts of his fantastic luck in escaping from seemingly impossible situations. During the Battle of Britain he parachuted from stricken aircraft on three occasions and once was blown up by a bomb while taking off from Hornchurch during an attack on the airfield. In March 1943 Deere was appointed Wing Commander of the famous Biggin Hill Wing and by the end of the war, his distinguished 'score' was destroyed - twenty-two; 'probables' - ten and damaged - eighteen. Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • An extravaganza of ancient mysteries - What became of Neanderthal Man? What was life like in Copper Age Europe? Egypt had a bearded queen...? Who were the bearers of the purple? Evidence of Stone Age brain surgery...Were the Vestal Virgins really virginal? Fancy going to the theatre in ancient Greece? The truth about Nero; Was Claudius Ptolemy a genius or a fraud? What did a medieval monastery look like? The search for the kingdom of Prester John; What was the fake bequest that devastated Europe?  All this and much, much more. With plenty of colour and black and white photographs.
  • A volume covering the cultural landscape of New South Wales through how and what we built, and the importance of preserving the examples of architecture we can before development and demolition removes them forever: the evolution of our architecture; how economic development via immigration and capital inflow played a role; the influence of the pastoral, wheat and dairy industries; the growth and decline of country towns; how the railways, road building and transport altered the where and when of accommodation establishments; the proliferation of the colliery towns - and how Sydney went from being a town to being a city. Black and white photographs.
  • Newspaper editor Jill Baker arrived home to find her husband dead on the bedroom floor. Within weeks, still in shock, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and told her chances of surviving. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment followed in a year from hell. At her lowest ebb, Jill took a chance. She needed someone who cuddled her at night and was still excited to see her in the morning. She just hadn't met him yet. She needed something or somebody to make life worth living again. But could it really be a crazy, howling, snoring, digging, chewing, barking orange pup called Dirty Harry? Turns out that Harry and Jill were made for each other. They are an unlikely duo; Jill is quiet, Harry is loud as hell. Jill meticulously plans the day while Harry wings it. She sips Pinot while he's an espresso martini guy. Theirs is a beautiful friendship, an unbreakable bond.
  • A humorous review of the most eccentric hotels on offer to today's traveller.  Marion and Lucy, ladies in their fifties, stay in strange hotels for good reasons and not only live to tell their tales, but discover the answers to some intriguing questions, such as : What is the young man in white gloves bringing on the silver tray? Where are you when the lights go out in a dingy room in Bangalore? Why go out to the telephone on the Boulevarde St. Germain instead of using the one in the room? And what of the Englishman who designed discotheques for the Shah of Persia?
  • "Arnie" is probably the most intriguing and improbable movie phenomenon of modern times.  Born in a remote Austrian village, the son of the local policeman and arriving in California with $20 in his pocket; now he's governor of the state. But who is Arnold Schwarzenegger? This work illuminates the myth-making power of Arnold's own ambitions and follows his strange career all the way up through the stage-managed but scandal-assailed campaign and dramatic recall election to his eventual triumph. he became the world's greatest body builder then the highest-paid film actor.  Here it all is:  From Hercules in New York and Conan the Barbarian to The Terminator and Twins. With colour photographs.
  • The story of the greatest exploratory expedition ever performed in Man's history. It started in Melbourne; a convoy of sixteen men, twenty-four camels, innumerable pack-horses and a number of wagons carrying 20 tons of supplies. It ended with two exhausted, near-starving men, the leader and his second in command, deep in an impenetrable mangrove swamp on the edge of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Then began the long return trek, through swamp and desert, tormented by thirst and near starvation that reduced them to eating snakes and rats.   Illustrated with sketches and photographs..
  • A detailed history of the heavy metal greats, chronicled from their beginnings as The New Yardbirds, the changes wrought over the years and the influences of the blues music from the early 1900s as well as the fantasy images from Tolkien that made Led Zeppelin the most unique rock band in music history. Includes interviews with band members and the author, previously unseen photographs and a unique double image cover.