A World on the Wing The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds

A World on the Wing  The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds
Author: Scott Weidensaul
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780393608915
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Release: 2021-03-30
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An exhilarating exploration of the science and wonder of global bird migration. In the past two decades, our understanding of the navigational and physiological feats that enable birds to cross immense oceans, fly above the highest mountains, or remain in unbroken flight for months at a stretch has exploded. What we’ve learned of these key migrations—how billions of birds circumnavigate the globe, flying tens of thousands of miles between hemispheres on an annual basis—is nothing short of extraordinary. Bird migration entails almost unfathomable endurance, like a sparrow-sized sandpiper that will fly nonstop from Canada to Venezuela—the equivalent of running 126 consecutive marathons without food, water, or rest—avoiding dehydration by "drinking" moisture from its own muscles and organs, while orienting itself using the earth’s magnetic field through a form of quantum entanglement that made Einstein queasy. Crossing the Pacific Ocean in nine days of nonstop flight, as some birds do, leaves little time for sleep, but migrants can put half their brains to sleep for a few seconds at a time, alternating sides—and their reaction time actually improves. These and other revelations convey both the wonder of bird migration and its global sweep, from the mudflats of the Yellow Sea in China to the remote mountains of northeastern India to the dusty hills of southern Cyprus. This breathtaking work of nature writing from Pulitzer Prize finalist Scott Weidensaul also introduces readers to those scientists, researchers, and bird lovers trying to preserve global migratory patterns in the face of climate change and other environmental challenges. Drawing on his own extensive fieldwork, in A World on the Wing Weidensaul unveils with dazzling prose the miracle of nature taking place over our heads.

A World on the Wing

A World on the Wing
Author: Scott Weidensaul
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781509841042
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Release: 2021-03-18
Editor: Pan Macmillan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

‘A vaulting triumph of a book' Isabella Tree, author of Wilding Bird migration remains perhaps the most singularly compelling natural phenomenon in the world. Nothing else combines its global sweep with its inherent ability to engender wonder and excitement. The past two decades have seen an explosion in our understanding of the almost unfathomable feats of endurance and complexity involved in bird migration – yet the science that informs these majestic journeys is still relatively in its infancy. Pulitzer Prize-shortlisted writer and ornithologist Scott Weidensaul is at the forefront of this cutting-edge research, and A World on the Wing sees him track some of the most remarkable flights undertaken by birds around the world. His own voyage of discovery sees him sail through the storm-wracked waters of the Bering Sea; encounter gunners and trappers in the Mediterranean; and visit a forgotten corner of northeast India, where former headhunters have turned one of the grimmest stories of migratory crisis into an unprecedented conservation success. As our world comes increasingly under threat from the effects of climate change, these ecological miracles may provide an invaluable guide to a more sustainable future for ourselves. This is the rousing and reverent story of the billions of birds that, despite the numerous obstacles we have placed in their path, continue to head with hope to the far horizon.

A World on the Wing

A World on the Wing
Author: Scott Weidensaul
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781760986162
Available:
Release: 2021-05-25
Editor: Picador
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

‘A vaulting triumph of a book' Isabella Tree, author of Wilding Bird migration remains perhaps the most singularly compelling natural phenomenon in the world. Nothing else combines its global sweep with its inherent ability to engender wonder and excitement. The past two decades have seen an explosion in our understanding of the almost unfathomable feats of endurance and complexity involved in bird migration – yet the science that informs these majestic journeys is still relatively in its infancy. Pulitzer Prize-shortlisted writer and ornithologist Scott Weidensaul is at the forefront of this cutting-edge research, and A World on the Wing sees him track some of the most remarkable flights undertaken by birds around the world. His own voyage of discovery sees him sail through the storm-wracked waters of the Bering Sea; encounter gunners and trappers in the Mediterranean; and visit a forgotten corner of northeast India, where former headhunters have turned one of the grimmest stories of migratory crisis into an unprecedented conservation success. As our world comes increasingly under threat from the effects of climate change, these ecological miracles may provide an invaluable guide to a more sustainable future for ourselves. This is the rousing and reverent story of the billions of birds that, despite the numerous obstacles we have placed in their path, continue to head with hope to the far horizon.

On a Wing and a Prayer

On a Wing and a Prayer
Author: Di Websdale-Morrissey
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781925774757
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Release: 2019-09-03
Editor: Text Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The thrilling tale of an aviation escapade dreamed up by Melbourne’s Lord Mayor in the 1930s: a London to Melbourne air race that captured the world’s attention and told a remarkable Australian story.

The Wall and the Wing

The Wall and the Wing
Author: Laura Ruby
Pages: 327
ISBN: 9780060752576
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Release: 2007-05-22
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In a future New York where most people can fly and cats are a rarity, a nondescript resident of Hope House for the Homeless and Hopeless discovers that although she is shunned as a "leadfoot," she has the surprising ability to become invisible. Reprint.

Golden Wings and Other Stories about Birders and Birding

Golden Wings and Other Stories about Birders and Birding
Author: Pete Dunne
Pages: 122
ISBN: 0292716230
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Release: 2003-04-01
Editor: University of Texas Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Dubbed the "Bard of America's Bird-Watchers" by the Wall Street Journal, Pete Dunne knows birders and birding—instinctively and completely. He understands the compulsion that drives other birders to go out at first light, whatever the weather, for a chance to maybe, just maybe, glimpse that rare migrant that someone might have spotted in a patch of woods the day before yesterday. And yet, he also knows how . . . well . . . strange the birding obsession becomes when viewed through the eyes of a nonbirder. His dual perspective—totally engrossed in birding, yet still aware of the "odd birdness" of some birders—makes reading his essays a pure pleasure whether you pursue "the feather quest" or not. This book collects forty-one of Dunne's recent essays, drawn from his columns in Living Bird, Wild Bird News, the New Jersey Sunday section of the New York Times, Birder's World, and other publications. Written with his signature wit and insight, they cover everything from a moment of awed communion with a Wandering Albatross ("the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen") to Dunne's imagined "perfect bird" ("The Perfect Bird is the size of a turkey, has the wingspan of an eagle, the legs of a crane, the feet of a moorhen, and the talons of a great horned owl. It eats kudzu, surplus zucchini, feral cats, and has been known to predate upon homeowners who fire up their lawn mowers before 7:00 A.M. on the weekend."). The title essay pays whimsical, yet heartfelt tribute to Dunne's mentor, the late birding legend Roger Tory Peterson.

On Wings of Eagles

On Wings of Eagles
Author: Ken Follett
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9781101175385
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Release: 1984-09-03
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

#1 bestselling author Ken Follett tells the inspiring true story of the Middle East hostage crisis that began in 1978, and of the unconventional means one American used to save his countrymen. . . . When two of his employees were held hostage in a heavily guarded prison fortress in Iran, one man took matters into his own hands: businessman H. Ross Perot. His team consisted of a group of volunteers from the executive ranks of his corporation, handpicked and trained by a retired Green Beret officer. To free the imprisoned Americans, they would face incalculable odds on a mission that only true heroes would have dared. . . . Look out for Ken's newest book, A Column of Fire, available now.

Dragon Wing

Dragon Wing
Author: Margaret Weis,Tracy Hickman
Pages: 430
ISBN: 0553286390
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Release: 1990
Editor: Spectra
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Wolf Haas' Detective Brenner series has become wildly popular around the world for a reason: They're timely, edgy stories told in a wry, quirky voice that's often hilarious, and with a protagonist it's hard not to love. In this episode, Brenner-forced out of the police force-tries to get away from detective work by taking a job as the personal chauffeur for two-year-old Helena, the daughter of a Munich construction giant and a Viennese abortion doctor. One day, while Brenner's attention is turned to picking out a chocolate bar for Helena at a gas station, Helena gets snatched from the car. Abruptly out of a job, Brenner decides to investigate her disappearance on his own. With both parents in the public eye, there's no scarcity of leads-the father's latest development project has spurred public protest, and the mother's clinic has been targeted by the zealous leader of an anti-abortion group. Brenner and God is told with a dark humor that leaves no character, including Brenner, unscathed. Haas tells the story of a fallible hero who can be indecisive and world-weary, baffled and disillusioned by what he finds, but who presses forward nonetheless out of a stubborn sense of decency-a two-year-old is kidnapped, so you find her, because that's just what you do.

Ten Days that Shook the World

Ten Days that Shook the World
Author: John Reed
Pages: 424
ISBN: 9781510716797
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Release: 2017-09-05
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"This book is a slice of intensified history—history as I saw it.” So begins John Reed’s first-hand account of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Much anticipated when it was published in 1919, Reed’s narrative remains as riveting today as when the events he describes were still reverberating throughout the world. Reed was hardly a disinterested observer, and his involvement in the Communist labor movement lends urgency and passion to his classic account. He vividly describes events in Petrograd in November 1917, when Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace and seized the reins of power. Despite Reed’s personal leanings, which he made no attempt to hide, the book garnered praise from luminaries across the political spectrum. George F. Kennan, the American diplomat, and father of the policy of Soviet containment, said that “Reed’s account of the events of that time rises above every other contemporary record for its literary power, its penetration, its command of detail. It will be remembered when all others are forgotten." Reed was committed to telling the story of the Russian revolution as truthfully as possible. That the book was banned by Russian premier Josef Stalin is a testament to the author’s success in carrying out his mission. One hundred years after Russia and the world trembled, Ten Days that Shook the World brings alive the momentous events of 1917.

Vesper Flights

Vesper Flights
Author: Helen Macdonald
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780735235519
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Release: 2020-08-25
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the bestselling author of H is for Hawk, a brilliant and insightful work about our relationship to the natural world Our world is a fascinating place, teeming not only with natural wonders that defy description, but complex interactions that create layers of meaning. Helen Macdonald is gifted with a special lens that seems to peer right through it all, and she shares her insights--at times startling, nostalgic, weighty, or simply entertaining--in this masterful collection of essays. From reflections on science fiction to the true story of an Iranian refugee's flight to the UK, Macdonald has a truly omnivorous taste when it comes to observations of both the banal and sublime. Peppered throughout are reminisces of her own life, from her strange childhood in an estate owned by the Theosophical Society to watching total eclipses of the sun, visits to Uzbek solar power plants, eccentric English country shows, and desert hunting camps in the Gulf States. These essays move from personal experiences into wider meditations about love and loss and how we build the world around us. Whether more journalistic in tone, or literary--even formally experimental--each piece is generous, lyrical, and speaks to one another. Macdonald creates a strong thematic undertow that quietly takes the reader along piece to piece and sets them down, finally, at a place they've never been before.

Collapse Sneak Peek First Seven Chapters

Collapse  Sneak Peek First Seven Chapters
Author: Richard Stephenson
Pages: 76
ISBN: 9781475060645
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Release: 2012-03-17
Editor: Richard Stephenson
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

America is falling, ready to join the Roman Empire as a distant memory in the annals of history. The year is 2027. Tired and desperate, the American people are deep in the middle of The Second Great Depression. The Florida coastline is in ruins from the most powerful hurricane on record; a second just like it is bearing down on the state of Texas. For the first time in history, the Middle East has united as one and amassed the most formidable army the world has seen since the Third Reich. A hidden army of terrorists are on American soil. This is the story of three men - Howard Beck, the world's richest man, also diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, Richard Dupree, ex-Navy SEAL turned escaped convict, and Maxwell Harris, a crippled, burned out Chief of Police of a small Texas town. At first they must fight for their own survival against impossible odds. Finally, the three men must band together to save their beloved country from collapse.

On the Wing

On the Wing
Author: Anne Waldman
Pages: 14
ISBN: STANFORD:36105040327228
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Release: 1968
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Bound tête-bêche (dos-à-dos binding) with: Highjacking / Lewis Warsh ; cover by Joe. Brainard. [s.l.] : Boke Press, ©1968.

The Shape of Things to Come

The Shape of Things to Come
Author: H. G. Wells
Pages: 576
ISBN: 9780141921211
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Release: 2005-05-26
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When Dr Philip Raven, an intellectual working for the League of Nations, dies in 1930 he leaves behind a powerful legacy - an unpublished 'dream book'. Inspired by visions he has experienced for many years, it appears to be a book written far into the future: a history of humanity from the date of his death up to 2105. The Shape of Things to Come provides this 'history of the future', an account that was in some ways remarkably prescient - predicting climatic disaster and sweeping cultural changes, including a Second World War, the rise of chemical warfare, and political instabilities in the Middle East.

Life on the Wing

Life on the Wing
Author: Brutus Östling,Magnus Ullman
Pages: 203
ISBN: 0007240473
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Release: 2006
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A visual guide to how birds have become the masters of the air

Disenchantment

Disenchantment
Author: CHARLES EDWARD. MONTAGUE
Pages: 124
ISBN: 1406898538
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Release: 2019-11-28
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Montague (1867-1928) was an English journalist, known also as a novelist and writer of essays. He was born and brought up in London, the son of a Roman Catholic priest who had left his vocation to marry, and was educated at the City of London School and Balliol College, Oxford. In 1890 he joined the Manchester Guardian where he became a leader writer and critic. Opposed to the First World War prior to its commencement, he gave it his support once it had begun in the hope of a swift resolution. Aged 47 in 1914, well over the age for enlistment, he dyed his white hair black to fool the Army into accepting him. He began as a grenadier-sergeant, rising to lieutenant and then captain of intelligence in 1915. Later in the war he became an armed escort for VIPs visiting the battlefield, including H G Wells and Bernard Shaw. After the end of the war he wrote in a strong anti-war vein and Disenchantment (1922), a collection of newspaper articles about the war, was one of the first prose works to strongly criticise the way the war was fought, and is regarded by many as a pivotal text in the development of literature about the First World War.

Orb Wielder

Orb Wielder
Author: C. M. Simpson
Pages: 234
ISBN: 1507726902
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Release: 2015-07-22
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When Liralee buys an orb from the Shawl Lady's stall, she opens a path to another world, for the orb is not just a pretty glass ball that impresses her friends; it's a symbol of power that produces magic for enchantments. And it's wanted by two warring kingdoms and a sorcerer with plans of conquest. When strangers try to take the orb, and her friends gather to aid her, Liralee begins an adventure that could end in disaster or victory. The choice is hers.

Living on the Wind

Living on the Wind
Author: Scott Weidensaul
Pages: 420
ISBN: 0865475911
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Release: 2000-04-15
Editor: Macmillan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Scott Weidensaul follows hawks over the Mexican coastal plains, Bar-tailed Godwits that hitchhike on gale winds 7,000 miles nonstop across the Pacific from Alaska to New Zealand, and the Myriad Songbirds whose numbers have dwindled so dramatically in recent years.

The View from the Top of the World

The View from the Top of the World
Author: Nick Villilo
Pages: 140
ISBN: 1548371300
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Release: 2017-06-26
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Tomorrow is Oliver's 16th birthday which, in the treetop colony where he lives, means he is now a man who must take a wife and job. Despite his mother's insistence that he accept this future, he longs to see the world beyond his home. Unfortunately for him she is also the leader of the colony and its ruthless group of warriors knows as the Climbers. Waiting for the cover of night, he slips into the trees undetected to make his escape. Soon after, he is caught by his older sister Val who urges him to return home. After an unexpected turn of events, the siblings are far from familiar territory and caught in a desperate race to escape the dangers that surround them.

Orb

Orb
Author: Gary Tarulli
Pages: 326
ISBN: 0615563430
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Release: 2011-11
Editor: Gary Tarulli
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Three months outbound from Earth and the starship Desio approaches its planetary destination, her crew eager to commence a mission of scientific discovery. Kyle Lorenzo, however, has a personal reason for being on board--an inner conflict that will ultimately propel him to explore not only of the furthest reaches of an enigmatic ocean world but the nebulous recesses of his inner psyche. During the long and isolating interstellar journey a physical relationship develops between Kyle and the ship's physician, Kelly Takara. That part is easy. Understanding the reasons for avoiding the emotional commitment desired by Kelly is harder. So, too, is trying to penetrate the mind of Larry Melhaus, the mission's brilliant and reclusive physicist - a failure to communicate made exponentially more troublesome when the scientist's disturbing behavior begins to threaten the crew. While Kyle struggles to comprehend himself and Melhaus, the ship's crew, led by their strong-willed commander, Bruce Thompson, attempt to fathom a planet where none of the precepts of science seem to apply. A world where every preconceived notion of what constitutes life must be re-examined and challenged. Two journeys: One inward, one outward. Culminating at the same destination.

The World Clicks

The World Clicks
Author: K. M. Breakey
Pages: 342
ISBN: 1452885400
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Release: 2010-07-05
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A powerful idea has descended on 30-year old Lane Craig, a corporate gunslinger who dreams of greatness. Simple beyond belief, powerful beyond measure, the idea won't go away. Lane knows that if managed properly, a new electronic organism will emerge and transform the Internet and his life forever. He also knows he can't do it alone. Fortunately, suitable partners are nearby. Best pal Johnny is a glib slacker coasting in life's fast lane. Thomas is freakishly brilliant but has grown surly and awkward. What's he hiding? It's only the addition of hard-charging newcomer Gino that galvanizes momentum. Will the idea triumph? Will it derail in a tumult of testosterone and alcohol? A brave face cannot mask Lane's self-doubt and paranoia. Nor can new love interest, Cat.But as the saying goes, even paranoid people have enemies. Especially when it comes to Internet riches. Learn more at www.theworldclicks.com.