The World Water Speed Record

Author: Roy Calley
Editor: Amberley Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1445637987
Size: 20,79 MB
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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: 13,60 MB
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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: 10,67 MB
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Documents hundreds of nineteenth and twentieth century shipwrecks in and around New York's waters

The Other British Isles

Author: David W. Moore
Editor: McFarland
ISBN: 0786489243
Size: 15,24 MB
Format: PDF
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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.

Vehicles

Author: Nigel Hawkes
Editor: MacMillan Publishing Company
ISBN:
Size: 12,28 MB
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Celebrates the landmark achievements in the technology of transportation-land, sea, air, and space.

British Book News

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Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451673310
Size: 19,71 MB
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A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners, Guy Montag, suddenly realizes their merit.

Hidden Figures

Author: Margot Lee Shetterly
Editor: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062363611
Size: 16,73 MB
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The #1 New York Times bestseller The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner. Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory. Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens. Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.

The Very Bloody History Of Britain

Author: John Farman
Editor: Random House (UK)
ISBN: 9780099219422
Size: 13,67 MB
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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!