Imperial Dreams

Imperial Dreams Author Tim Gallagher
ISBN-10 9781439191538
Year 2013-04-16
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Explorer and naturalist Tim Gallagher is obsessed with rare birds. A decade ago, Gallagher was one of the rediscoverers of the legendary ivory-billed woodpecker, which most scientists believed had been extinct for more than half a century—an event that caused an international stir. Now, in Imperial Dreams, Gallagher once again hits the trail, journeying deep into Mexico’s savagely beautiful Sierra Madre Occidental, home to rich wildlife, as well as to Mexican drug cartels, in a perilous quest to locate the most elusive bird in the world—the imperial woodpecker, a giant among its clan. The imperial woodpecker’s trumpetlike calls and distinctive hammering on massive pines once echoed through the high forests. Two feet tall, with deep black plumage, a brilliant snow-white shield on its back, and a crimson crest, the imperial woodpecker had largely disappeared fifty years ago, though reports persist of the bird still flying through remote mountain stands. In an attempt to find and protect the imperial woodpecker in its last habitat, Gallagher is guided by a map of sightings of this natural treasure of the Sierra Madre, bestowed on him by a friend on his deathbed. Charged with continuing the quest of a line of distinguished naturalists, including the great Aldo Leopold, Gallagher treks through this mysterious, historically untamed and untamable territory. Here, where an ancient petroglyph of the imperial can still be found, Geronimo led Apaches in their last stand, William Randolph Hearst held a storied million-acre ranch, and Pancho Villa once roamed, today ruthless drug lords terrorize residents and steal and strip the land. Gallagher’s passionate quest takes a harrowing turn as he encounters armed drug traffickers, burning houses, and fleeing villagers. His mission becomes a life-and-death drama that will keep armchair adventurers enthralled as he chases truth in the most dangerous of habitats.

Imperial Dreams

Imperial Dreams Author Tim Gallagher
ISBN-10 9781439191521
Year 2013-04-16
Pages 277
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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"Naturalist Tim Gallagher journeys deep into the savagely beautiful Sierra Madre, home to rich wildlife and other natural treasures--and also to Mexican drug cartels--in a dangerous quest to locate the rarest bird in the world--the possibly extinct Imperial Woodpecker, the largest of all carpinteros"--

Imperial Dreams

Imperial Dreams Author Tim Gallagher
ISBN-10 1476734380
Year 2017-01-14
Pages 312
Language en
Publisher Atria Books
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Naturalist Tim Gallagher journeys deep into the savagely beautiful Sierra Madre, home to rich wildlife and other natural treasures and also to Mexican drug cartels in a dangerous quest to locate the rarest bird in the world the possibly extinct Imperial Woodpecker, the largest of all "carpinteros." Explorer and naturalist Tim Gallagher is obsessed with rare birds. A decade ago, Gallagher was one of the rediscoverers of the legendary ivory-billed woodpecker, which most scientists believed had been extinct for more than half a century an event that caused an international stir. Now, in "Imperial Dreams, "Gallagher once again hits the trail, journeying deep into Mexico s savagely beautiful Sierra Madre Occidental, home to rich wildlife, as well as to Mexican drug cartels, in a perilous quest to locate the most elusive bird in the world the imperial woodpecker, a giant among its clan. The imperial woodpecker s trumpetlike calls and distinctive hammering on massive pines once echoed through the high forests. Two feet tall, with deep black plumage, a brilliant snow-white shield on its back, and a crimson crest, the imperial woodpecker had largely disappeared fifty years ago, though reports persist of the bird still flying through remote mountain stands. In an attempt to find and protect the imperial woodpecker in its last habitat, Gallagher is guided by a map of sightings of this natural treasure of the Sierra Madre, bestowed on him by a friend on his deathbed. Charged with continuing the quest of a line of distinguished naturalists, including the great Aldo Leopold, Gallagher treks through this mysterious, historically untamed and untamable territory. Here, where an ancient petroglyph of the imperial can still be found, Geronimo led Apaches in their last stand, William Randolph Hearst held a storied million-acre ranch, and Pancho Villa once roamed, today ruthless drug lords terrorize residents and steal and strip the land. Gallagher s passionate quest takes a harrowing turn as he encounters armed drug traffickers, burning houses, and fleeing villagers. His mission becomes a life-and-death drama that will keep armchair adventurers enthralled as he chases truth in the most dangerous of habitats."

Imperial Dreams Harsh Realities

Imperial Dreams  Harsh Realities Author David MacKenzie
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105009231213
Year 1994
Pages 196
Language en
Publisher Wadsworth Publishing Company
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This succinct treatment of the formation and expansion of the Russian Empire is a perfect supplement to courses that cover the history of Russia and the USSR, as well as courses in modern European history. MacKenzie reveals how Russian statesmen's grandiose dreams of imperial glory proved abortive, and how the harsh realities of international politics and finance led to the collapse of the Russian Empire during World War I.

Lady Landlords of Prince Edward Island

Lady Landlords of Prince Edward Island Author Rusty Bittermann
ISBN-10 9780773574489
Year 2014-06-22
Pages 222
Language en
Publisher McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
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As absentee owners of large estates, each of the four women faced challenges from those who wanted land redistributed in freehold lots to actual settlers. Their individual management strategies were determined in part by class standing and marital status, as well as individual eccentricities and prejudices. Drawing on family and official papers, Rusty Bittermann and Margaret McCallum provide engaging portraits of these women - orphaned heiress, prudent wife and property manager, countess estranged from her husband, independent spinster - as they negotiated relations of power and privilege in a domain dominated by men.

Italy s Encounters with Modern China

Italy   s Encounters with Modern China Author M. Marinelli
ISBN-10 9781137290939
Year 2013-11-07
Pages 268
Language en
Publisher Springer
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Developed by an international team of historians, sociologists, political scientists and economists, this collection is the most comprehensive reader of the history of Sino-Italian relations currently available in the English language.

Global Dreams

Global Dreams Author Richard J. Barnet
ISBN-10 9780684800271
Year 1995-03-01
Pages 480
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Global Dreams focuses on five companies to reveal the far-reaching impact global corporations have on the world's economy, environment, and people. Today, 300 companies control about 25% of the world's productive assets and governments are losing control of their countries economies. This book illuminates these shadowy areas.

The Radical Right in Late Imperial Russia

The Radical Right in Late Imperial Russia Author George Gilbert
ISBN-10 9781317373032
Year 2015-11-19
Pages 282
Language en
Publisher Routledge
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The revolutionary movements in late tsarist Russia inspired a reaction by groups on the right. Although these groups were ostensibly defending the status quo, they were in fact, as this book argues, very radical in many ways. This book discusses these radical rightist groups, showing how they developed considerable popular appeal across the whole Russian Empire, securing support from a wide cross-section of society. The book considers the nature and organisation of the groups, their ideologies and polices on particular issues and how they changed over time. The book concludes by examining how and why the groups lost momentum and support in the years immediately before the First World War, and briefly explores how far present day rightist groups in Russia are connected to this earlier movement.

Imperial Life in the Emerald City

Imperial Life in the Emerald City Author Rajiv Chandrasekaran
ISBN-10 9781408807231
Year 2009-09-07
Pages 368
Language en
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
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From a walled-off enclave of towering plants, smart villas and sparkling swimming pools - a surreal bubble of pure Americana known as the Green Zone - the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority, under imperial viceroy L. Paul Bremer III, attempted to rule Iraq in the first twelve months after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and internal documents, Rajiv Chandrasekaran tells the memorable story of this ill-prepared attempt to build American democracy in a war-torn Middle Eastern country, detailing not only the risky disbanding of the Iraqi army and the ludicrous attempt to train the new police force, but also bringing to light a host of lesser-known yet typical travesties, among them: * the aide who based Baghdad's new traffic laws on those of the state of Maryland, downloaded * the contractor with no previous experience paid millions to guard a closed airport * the people with prior experience in the Middle East who were excluded in favour of lesser-qualified Republican Party loyalists * the case of the 24-year-old who had never worked in finance put in charge of revitalising Baghdad's stock exchange Written with wit and urgency by a sharp-eyed observer, Imperial Life in the Emerald City provides a hair-raising portrait of the gap between the Oz-like Green Zone and the brutal reality of post-war Iraq. It is American reportage at its best.

Vestiges of War

Vestiges of War Author Angel Velasco Shaw
ISBN-10 9780814797914
Year 2002-12-01
Pages 468
Language en
Publisher NYU Press
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U.S. intervention in the Philippines began with the little-known 1899 Philippine-American War. Using the war as its departure point in analyzing U.S.—Philippine relations, Vestiges of War retrieves this willfully forgotten event and places it where it properly belongs—as the catalyst that led to increasing U.S. interventionism and expansionism in the Asia Pacific region. This seminal, multidisciplinary anthology examines the official American nationalist story of "benevolent assimilation" and fraternal tutelage in its half century of colonial occupation of the Philippines. Integrating critical and visual art essays, archival and contemporary photographs, dramatic plays, and poetry to address the complex Philippine and U.S. perspectives and experiences, the essayists compellingly recount the consequences of American colonialism in the Philippines. Vestiges of War will force readers to reshape their views on what has been a deliberately obscure but significant phase in the histories of both countries, one which continues to haunt the present. Contributors: Genara Banzon, Santiago Bose, Ben Cabrera, Renato Constantino, Doreen Fernandez, Eric Gamalinda, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Jessica Hagedorn, Reynaldo Ileto, Yong Soon Min, Manuel Ocampo, Paul Pfeiffer, Christina Quisumbing, Vicente Rafael, Daniel Boone Schirmer, Kidlat Tahimik, Mark Twain, and Jim Zwick.

Salt Dreams

Salt Dreams Author William DeBuys
ISBN-10 0826324282
Year 2001-03-01
Pages 307
Language en
Publisher UNM Press
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In low places consequences collect, and in all North America you cannot get much lower than the Imperial Valley of southern California, where one town, 186 feet below sea level, calls itself the Lowest Down City in the Western Hemisphere, and where the waters of the Colorado River sustain a billion-dollar agricultural industry. The consequences of that industry drain from the valley into the accidentally man-made Salton Sea, California's largest lake and a vital stopping place for migratory waterfowl. Today the Salton Sea is in desperate environmental trouble. A second river also ends in the Salton Sea. It is a river of dreams, the remains of which may be seen in the failed real estate developments that sprawl beside the sea. As the ending point of both the real Colorado and this river of dreams, the Salton Sea has become emblematic of much of the history of the American West. Its troubling story is masterfully told here in William deBuys's narrative and Joan Myers's austerely beautiful photographs. The story of Southern California is fundamentally a story about the control of nature. Beginning with the Yuman-speaking tribes encountered by the Spanish in the sixteenth century, deBuys traces the subsequent exploration and development of the region through the Gold Rush of 1849, the government-sponsored surveys that followed, and the inept tinkering with the river by an assortment of irrigation and development interests that resulted in the floods that formed the Salton Sea nearly a century ago. He introduces us to a gallery of rogues and dreamers who saw a great future for this arid wilderness but could never refrain from interference with the forces of nature. The floods that produced the Salton Sea created a vast desert oasis, but the agricultural exploitation of the region, combined with evaporation, poisoned that paradise. The stark beauty of the desert, the engineering feats that have transformed the landscape, and the eerie spectacle of Salton City and its ruined beaches and abandoned yacht club are the subject of Myers's photographs, made over a period of more than ten years. In the last section ofSalt Dreams, deBuys acquaints us with the human and avian denizens of the region, all struggling for survival as the twentieth century draws to a close. The history of chicanery and greed recounted in deBuys's narrative and his empathy with the desert dwellers he and Myers have come to know--hardworking laborers and entrepreneurs who live on both sides of the Mexicali border, eccentrics hiding out in the Salton Desert, pelicans dying of avian botulism--are crucial to an understanding of the border issues of today and the impassioned environmental debate on whether--and how--to save the Salton Sea.

The Man Who Stole Himself

The Man Who Stole Himself Author Gisli Palsson
ISBN-10 9780226313283
Year 2016-09-16
Pages 264
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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Small, insular Iceland is generally thought to be the whitest place on earth. But in this accessible biography, Gisli Palsson reveals the improbable story behind the rumors that a free black man lived and raised a family there in the early nineteenth century. Palsson s subject is the self-evidently unique Hans Jonathan: brought as a slave from St. Croix to Denmark, he fought for Denmark in the 1801 Battle of Copenhagen, declared himself free, went on trial, was found guilty, and ran away, never to be heard of in Denmark for nearly the next 200 years. Only recently did it come to light that he was the long-rumored black Icelander. Today, Hans Jonathan has become something of icon in Iceland, claimed as a proud and daring ancestor both there and among his descendants in America. Hans Jonathan s story intertwines a portrait of the Danish slave trade, legal arguments over slavery, an adventure tale about his escape and travels, a social portrait of where he wound up, and meditations on the nature of biography and geneaology. His story weaves together themes of imperial dreams, colonialism, human rights, and globalizationall in a single eventful life."

The imperial dream

The imperial dream Author Edward Grierson
ISBN-10 UVA:X000092050
Year 1972
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Collins Publishers San Francisco
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This Book Is By All Standards One Of The Best One-Volume History Of The Rise And Fall Of The British Empire.