The World Water Speed Record

Author: Roy Calley
Editor: Amberley Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1445637987
Size: 14,24 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The quest for the Water Speed Record is one of the most dangerous, least forgiving and most unheralded of endeavours. Defined by the fatal crash of Donald Campbell in 1967 on Lake Coniston, it lacks some of the glamour of the land speed record, yet hundreds have made attempts over the years many with spectacular and sometimes tragic results. The first official record of 74 mph was set in 1920 in a boat elegantly called Miss America. Fifty-eight years later, the Spirit of Australia skimmed across the surface at over 317 mph, a speed still unsurpassed. That small 243 mph increase in just under six decades pays little testament to the trials and tribulations endured by the likes of Campbell Snr and Jnr, Segrave, Don and Warby. Whereas the land speed record has been beaten time and again by surprisingly large margins, the water version has been tougher and more pronounced, only being increased by percentages. This book captures the burning desire and incredible single-mindedness that is needed to take on the elements and propel a craft across water faster than anyone before ... and for what glory?

The Very Bloody History Of Britain 2

Author: John Farman
Editor: Random House
ISBN: 1448121078
Size: 12,29 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
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John Farman makes history hysterical in this must-have companion volume to the best-selling THE VERY BLOODY HISTORY OF BRITAIN: THE FIRST BIT! It's the wittiest and wackiest chronicle of modern British history you'll find - ranging from post-war rationing, through the glut of the Thatcher yuppy years to the new millenium.

Lost Voyages

Author: Bradley Sheard
Editor: Aqua Quest Publications, Inc.
ISBN: 9781881652175
Size: 15,24 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
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Documents hundreds of nineteenth and twentieth century shipwrecks in and around New York's waters

The Bluebird And The Dead Lake

Author: John Pearson
Editor: Aurum Press Limited
ISBN: 184513852X
Size: 16,11 MB
Format: PDF
Read: 409

DIV In 1964, in Australia's remote outback, on the dazzling saltpan of Lake Eyre, Donald Campbell set out to drive his Bluebird car at over 400 miles an hour - faster than any man in history. Things went wrong from the start: unseasonal rains, a sodden lake bed in which every high-speed run slewed dangerously, money running short...even an Aboriginal curse. WIth death shimmering on the horizon before him, the lonely Campbell tried to hold his nerve until he broke the record. Campbell would lose his life eventually on Coniston Water, with over thirty years passing before his body was recovered in 2001, but this strangest - and greatest - of all his world record attempts was witnessed by a young reporter. John Pearson's classic book about Donald Campbell is an extraordinarily compelling and moving portrait of a modern tragic hero, fighting a battle with inhospitable elements and the outer limits of technology - and, above all, with himself. /div

The Other British Isles

Author: David W. Moore
Editor: McFarland
ISBN: 0786489243
Size: 16,52 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
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"This history tells the stories of the Shetlands, the Orkneys, the Hebrides, the Channel Islands, the Scilly Isles, and the Isles of Man and Wight. From their earliest settlement, to Roman, Norse and Norman occupation, to the struggle to maintain their unique identities in today's world, the lives of these islands are a fascinating slice of European history"--Provided by publisher.


Author: Nigel Hawkes
Editor: MacMillan Publishing Company
Size: 18,81 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
Read: 612

Celebrates the landmark achievements in the technology of transportation-land, sea, air, and space.

Lost In The Meritocracy

Author: Walter Kirn
Editor: Anchor
ISBN: 0385529260
Size: 18,56 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A New York Times Notable Book A Daily Beast Best Book of the Year A Huffington Post Best Book of the Year From elementary school on, Walter Kirn knew how to stay at the top of his class: He clapped erasers, memorized answer keys, and parroted his teachers’ pet theories. But when he launched himself eastward to an Ivy League university, Kirn discovered that the temple of higher learning he had expected was instead just another arena for more gamesmanship, snobbery, and social climbing. In this whip-smart memoir of kissing-up, cramming, and competition, Lost in the Meritocracy reckons the costs of an educational system where the point is simply to keep accumulating points and never to look back—or within. From the Trade Paperback edition.

British Book News

Size: 12,19 MB
Format: PDF
Read: 353

The Very Bloody History Of Britain

Author: John Farman
Editor: Random House (UK)
ISBN: 9780099219422
Size: 14,60 MB
Format: PDF
Read: 334

A factually accurate and fabulously funny look at the history of Britain from the dawn of civilization to the end of the Second World War. You’ve never had a history lesson like it!