Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher: First Avenue Editions
Release Date: 2018-01-01
The eccentric Professor Challenger leads a scientific expedition deep into the Brazilian rain forest, joined by newspaper reporter Edward Malone, biologist Professor Summerlee, and adventurer Lord John Roxton. Eager to investigate Challenger's controversial claims that there are living dinosaurs in South America, the explorers soon discover the truth—and the danger—of this strange land for themselves. Trapped on an isolated and precipitous jungle plateau, they must survive prehistoric perils if they ever hope to return to the outside world. Written by Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (of Sherlock Holmes fame), this tale is a prime example of the "lost world" subgenre of sci-fi/fantasy adventure that was especially popular between the late nineteenth century and World War I. This is an unabridged version taken from the 1912 copyright edition.
Author: Jonathan Harris
Publisher: Yale University Press
Release Date: 2015-08-15
For more than a millennium, the Byzantine Empire presided over the juncture between East and West, as well as the transition from the classical to the modern world. Jonathan Harris, a leading scholar of Byzantium, eschews the usual run-through of emperors and battles and instead recounts the empire’s extraordinary history by focusing each chronological chapter on an archetypal figure, family, place, or event. Harris’s action-packed introduction presents a civilization rich in contrasts, combining orthodox Christianity with paganism, and classical Greek learning with Roman power. Frequently assailed by numerous armies—including those of Islam—Byzantium nonetheless survived and even flourished by dint of its somewhat unorthodox foreign policy and its sumptuous art and architecture, which helped to embed a deep sense of Byzantine identity in its people. Enormously engaging and utilizing a wealth of sources to cover all major aspects of the empire’s social, political, military, religious, cultural, and artistic history, Harris’s study illuminates the very heart of Byzantine civilization and explores its remarkable and lasting influence on its neighbors and on the modern world.
Author: Michael Crichton
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2008-09-04
Before seeing Jurassic World this June, read the sequel to the multimillion copy No. 1 bestselling thriller that inspired the first major motion picture Jurassic Park. It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end - the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public. But there are rumours that something survived. And when a team go to investigate, they are determined not to give it a chance to escape. Michael Cricton takes the terrifying events of Jurassic Park even further in this unstoppably readable adventure sequel, told by a master storyteller.
Author: Peter Molloy
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2009-10-13
1989 was a year of revolution: it marked the collapse of communism in Eastern and Central Europe and and an end to an entire way of life for millions of people behind the Iron Curtain. Beginning in Hungary, the retreat from communism picked up speed over the summer when the Poles won an overwhelming victory in free elections over their pro-Soviet rulers. In the fall, East Germany and Czechoslovakia achieved freedom with surprisingly little violence. Only Romania, at the end of the year, witnessed a savage battle in the capital and the summary execution of the most notorious of Eastern Europe's dictators, Nicolae Ceausescu. In The Lost World of Communism, Peter Molloy, producer of the accompanying BBC series, collects first hand testimony of the people who lived in East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Romania during the Cold War era, and reveals an astonishingly rich tapestry of experience that goes beyond the headlines of spies and surveillance, secret police and political corruption - in fact, many of the people remember their lives under communism as 'perfectly ordinary' and even hanker for the 'security' that it offered. From international figures like Vaclav Havel and Lech Walesa, via the shadowy figures of Eastern Europe's intelligence and security services to its 'ordinary' citizens, the voices collected on Peter Molloy's book evoke the moods, preoccupations and experiences of a world of that vanished almost overnight.
Headed by the larger-than-life figure of Professor Challenger, a scientific expedition sets out to explore a plateau in South America that remains frozen in time from the days when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Seemingly impossible to penetrate, this lost world holds great danger for the four men, whether from fiendish ape-men or terrifying prehistoric creatures. Arthur Conan Doyle's classic tale of adventure and discovery still excites the reader today just as dinosaurs continue to grip the popular imagination.
Author: T. H. Worthy
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Release Date: 2002
"This book investigates one of the richest and most unusual faunas in the world, one that thrived in isolation for 80 million years, but that over the past two millennia has been reduced to a shadow of its former glory. It was a fauna dominated by birds. In one of the most dramatic extinctions of modern times, half of these species were removed from the planet forever." "Among these lost animals were the giant birds known as moa, an evolutionary novelty that included one of the largest birds ever known. In this definitive volume, Trevor H. Worthy and Richard N. Holdaway summarize all that is presently known about these incredible birds. The authors present the various species of moa, describe their skeletons, and reconstruct their life and ecology. Theirs is the most complete account of the moa anywhere. In addition, they describe the only threat to the survival of an adult moa, an eagle of enormous size. Paying particular attention to the more interesting and unique forms known only or largely from the fossil record, Worthy and Holdaway describe the primary herbivores, the top predator, and other species. These are placed in the context of the total fauna, where ducks, gruids, and even bats all followed an evolutionary path to flightlessness. Wonderful as these species were, most were ill-prepared to face new, mammalian predators - first rats brought by human visitors, then permanent human settlers and widespread mammal introductions."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Author: Daniel J. Boorstin
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Release Date: 1993-08-15
In this classic work by one of America's most distinguished historians, Daniel Boorstin enters into Thomas Jefferson's world of ideas. By analysing writings of 'the Jeffersonian Circle,' Boorstin explores concepts of God, nature, equality, toleration, education and government in order to illuminate their underlying world view. The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson demonstrates why on the 250th anniversary of his birth, this American leader's message has remained relevant to our national crises and grand concerns. "The volume is too subtle, too rich in ideas for anyone to do justice to it in brief summary, too heavily documented and too carefully wrought for anyone to dismiss its thesis. . . . It is a major contribution not only to Jefferson studies but to American intellectual history. . . . All who work in the history of ideas will find themselves in Mr. Boorstin's debt."—Richard Hofstadter, South Atlantic Monthly
Author: Colin Amery
Publisher: Getty Publications
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Social Science
Since Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, the story of the lost city of Pompeii continues to intrigue the public. Discoveries at Pompeii and the nearby village of Herculaneum include elegant villas, whole rooms intact adorned with classical motifs and exquisite frescoes-as vivid as the day they were painted-as well as skillfully laid-out gardens. Excavations began in 1748 but halted from 1954-94. Today, new funding mean that parts of the site are being opened and recorded for the first time. This book provides more than 150 new photographs by Chris Caldicott, Royal Geographic Society photographer-in-residence. Its covers such topics as the history of the city, the discovery of the remains, the town plan, the private life of Pompeii, Pompeii's design legacy, and the site today. Published in association with the World Monuments Fund, this lavish book offers readers a fresh and comprehensive exploration of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Author: John H. Walton
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Release Date: 2015-03-27
The Lost World of Adam and Eve enters into the debate over the Bible and human origins. Adam and Eve emerge as archetypal but real individuals chosen for roles and functions. The details of the Genesis story take on sharper definition as they are backlit by ancient Near Eastern thinking, and invite our full engagement with the science.
Twenty years in the future, animals have been all but wiped out of existence, apart from those kept safe by Captain Noah's travelling Lost World Circus, which people flock to marvel at. Kept alive with regular doses of rat vax, the animals are constantly under threat from Officer Katt and her Rat Cops, who want to see them eradicated. When Colt and his mother join the circus, Officer Katt isn't happy. The only person to ever survive a bite from a dreaded ghost rat, Colt has a natural affinity for animals, and sets out to protect the circus creatures from her increasingly intense scrutiny and band of DoRFE security officers. When, by accident, he uncovers his own secret powers, the battle well and truly begins...
One of the world's oldest legends tells of a vast network of underground tunnels and passageways linking the continents to a subterranean kingdom. This utopia is said to be inhabited by an ancient race of people who have lived in seclusion for centuries, hidden from the sight of mankind but aware of eberything happening on the surface of the earth. The underground country is called Agharti. Tales of this 'lost world' survive throughout the world and explorers have searched for it for centuries. It has fascinated figures from the English occultist Lord Bulwer Lytton, the Russian theosophist Madame Helena Blavatsky and, most surprisingly of all , Adolf Hitler who based part of his philosophy of world domination on the legend of the subterranean 'super race'. Hitler was attracted to the stories of Vril Power, an amazing force that can control man and nature. He believed that possession of this power would allow his dream of a Thousand Year Reich and he sent scientists and soldiers in search of this lost world. Alec MacLellan has pieced together the history of the Agharti, and tries to discover the tunnels that lead to Agharti. Based on evidence collected all over the world, and embracing subjects from the origins of the peoples of America, the occult secrets of Asia and the lost continent of Atlantis, MacLellan provides the first assessment of what Vril Power actually was.
Author: John H. Walton
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Release Date: 2010-08-21
In this astute mix of cultural critique and biblical studies, John H. Walton presents and defends twenty propositions supporting a literary and theological understanding of Genesis 1 within the context of the ancient Near Eastern world and unpacks its implications for our modern scientific understanding of origins. Ideal for students, professors, pastors and lay readers with an interest in the intelligent design controversy and creation-evolution debates, Walton's thoughtful analysis unpacks seldom appreciated aspects of the biblical text and sets Bible-believing scientists free to investigate the question of origins.