An Atlas of Extinct Countries

An Atlas of Extinct Countries


  • Release: 2021-07-20
  • Publisher: Europa Editions
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 112 page
  • ISBN: 1609456807
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Prisoners of Geography meets Bill Bryson: a funny, fascinating, beautifully illustrated - and timely - history of countries that, for myriad and often ludicrous reasons, no longer exist. "Countries are just daft stories we tell each other. They're all equally implausible once you get up close." Countries die. Sometimes it's murder, sometimes it's by accident, and sometimes it's because they were so ludicrous they didn't deserve to exist in the first place. Occasionally they explode violently. A few slip away almost unnoticed. Often the cause of death is either 'got too greedy' or 'Napoleon turned up'. Now and then they just hold a referendum and vote themselves out of existence. This is an atlas of 48 nations that fell off the map. The polite way of writing an obituary is: dwell on the good bits, gloss over the embarrassing stuff. This book refuses to do so, because these dead nations are so full of schemers, racists, and con men that it's impossible to skip the embarrassing stuff. Because of this - and because treating nation-states with too much reverence is the entire problem with pretty much everything - these accounts are not concerned with adding to the earnest flag saluting in the world, however nice some of the flags might be.

An Atlas of Countries that Don t Exist

An Atlas of Countries that Don t Exist


  • Release: 2017-03-21
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 240 page
  • ISBN: 9781452158839
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What is a country? Acclaimed travel writer and Oxford geography don Nick Middleton brings to life the origins and histories of 50 states that, lacking international recognition and United Nations membership, exist on the margins of legitimacy in the global order. From long-contested lands like Crimea and Tibet to lesser-known territories such as Africa's last colony and a European republic that enjoyed independence for a single day, Middleton presents fascinating stories of shifting borders, visionary leaders, and "forgotten" peoples. Beautifully illustrated with 50 regional maps, each country is literally die-cut out of the page, offering a distinctive tactile experience while exploring these remarkable places.

Raven Lake

Raven Lake


  • Release: 2018-06-30
  • Publisher: Carrick Publishing
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 324 page
  • ISBN: 1772420964
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Book 3 of 3 in A Pat Tierney Mystery (3 Book Series) Murder, jealousy, fraud, deceit-welcome to cottage country! Financial planner Pat Tierney's dream vacation in cottage country turns into a nightmare when the body of an elderly woman is discovered in a storage locker. Pat's friend, Bruce Stohl, is the murdered woman's son, and when he is pegged by police as their prime suspect, Pat rallies to find his mother's killer. Meanwhile, a con artist has targeted cottages in the area, and vacationers are arriving, only to learn they are victims of a rental scam. When disgruntled renters show up at her door, Pat fears for her family's safety. Now she must navigate treacherous waters to protect those who are dear to her.

Africa s Embrace

Africa s Embrace


  • Release: 2013-09
  • Publisher:
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 350 page
  • ISBN: 1935925318
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Africa's Embrace is author Mark Wentling's fictional account about the adventures of a young man from Kansas who travels to Africa and becomes caught up in a mystical larger-than-life adventure. This well-crafted novel revolves around the main character of "David," who abruptly leaves his home in Kansas in order to follow his destiny in Africa. Upon arrival, he is renamed "Bobovovi" and chosen by the spirit world to ride the "mountain moonbeam" and become "transformed" by an ancient baobab tree. Bobovovi does his best to make his goodwill prevail, but his humanitarian work is fraught with unforeseen, unusual challenges. He moves from one surprising adventure to another, telling an African story unlike any the reader has ever heard before. Africa changes him in unimaginable ways, and those changes are inculcated into the reader and teach a variety of lessons. Although Africa's Embrace is literary fiction, the novel is, in actuality, a thinly-veiled autobiographical account of the author's three years of working in an African village back in the 1970s. The clever and gripping plot of the novel is a powerful, emotional story, combining magical realism with a colorful description of the practical challenges of living and working in Africa. The book introduces a cast of unforgettable characters and forces the reader to enter deep into the heart of Africa, and to consider the spiritual implications of introducing change. Mark Wentling is one of the rare people on Earth who has visited or worked in all fifty-four African countries.

Nowherelands

Nowherelands


  • Release: 2017-09
  • Publisher:
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 240 page
  • ISBN: 0500519900
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A refreshingly original history of the lost countries of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, examined and illustrated with the countries' postage stamps

Atlantis

Atlantis


  • Release: 2020-11-19
  • Publisher: Europa Editions UK
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 320 page
  • ISBN: 9781787702622
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World-famous architect Renzo Piano and his son Carlo set sail from Genoa one late Summer day, guided by the ancestral desire felt by many explorers before them: to find Atlantis (in Italian, Atlantide). Atlantis is the perfect city, built to harbour a perfect society. This is its true beauty, precious and elusive. Renzo Piano, a man who can not only measure land at a glance but also the sea’s infinite geometry, returns to the places where he has erected his works, mosaic pieces in the infinite, necessary quest for perfection. With his son he sails across the Pacific, along the banks of the Thames and the Seine, reaching as far as Athens, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and Osaka Bay. In search of beauty, he finds the imperfections that every building project carries within it. And so, all that remains is to sail on.

Solitary Harp

Solitary Harp


  • Release: 2018-08-24
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  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 192 page
  • ISBN: 1643731432
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Brianna has longed for a life with more meaning and more purpose. What truly makes her soul come alive is music, but her life is full of laundry and dishes. One night her life is ripped apart by a fire in her village. With no family, no home, and no food, she must learn to survive on her own. But deep in her soul, anger is kindled against the Holy One for bringing so much pain into her life. Brianna sets off on an adventure that will ultimately bring her to the Hall of Minstrels, the heart of music in the kingdom, but all she ends up with is a pile of laundry and a stack of dishes. When life seems to have reached its dullest point and nothing really matters anymore, then the Holy One may pour destiny on our souls and overflow our lives with purpose and love. Then we realize that we don't have to know all of the answers to all of the questions, to know that the Holy One cares for us.