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Dictator Style Lifestyles of the World's Most Colorful Despots

By: York, Peter; Coupland, Douglas (Foreword by)

Price: $20.24

Publisher: San Francisco, Chronicle Books: 2006

Edition: First American Edition; 1st American Printing

Seller ID: 004559

ISBN: 0811853144

Condition: New in New dust jacket


This unusual book takes a brave and unflinching look at the horrible home decorating taste of the world's most fearsome rulers. Featuring rare, jaw-dropping photographs of interiors now mostly (thankfully) destroyed, Peter York hilariously profiles sixteen inner sanctums of the scary. Placing each lair in its historical context and leaving no endangered tiger pelt unturned, York guides the curious from Saddam Hussein's creepy private art collection to General Noriega's Christmast tree to the strange tube and knob contraption in the Ceausescu bathroom. All the dictators are here - Hitler, Lenin... View more info

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Ghosts of Vesuvius A New Look At the Last Days of Pompeii, How Towers Fall, and Other Strange Connections

By: Pellegrino, Charles

Price: $18.40

Publisher: New York, William Morrow: 2004

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 004505

ISBN: 0380973103

Condition: New in New dust jacket


A small rub to the edge of the front bottom cover. ; The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A. D. 79 and the subsequent destruction of the thriving Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculuneum are historic disasters of monumental proportions, resonating across millenia. The author takes us back to the final days of an extraordinary civlization to experience the earth-shattering catastrophe. Through modern forensic archeology, astonishing facts about everyday lives of the doomed citizens have been brought to light, revealing a society that enjoyed "modern" amenities such as central heating, sliding... View more info

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Mummies and Mortuary Monuments A Postprocessual Prehistory of Central Andean Social Organization

By: Isbell, William H.

Price: $55.20

Publisher: Austin, Texas, U. S. A., University of Texas Press: 1997

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 004502

ISBN: 0292738706

Condition: New in New dust jacket


Since prehistoric times, Andean societies have been organized around the ayllu, a grouping of real or ceremonial kinspeople who share labor, resources, and ritual obligations. Many Andean scholars believe the ayllu is as ancient as Andean culture itself, dating back to 6000 B. C. , and that it arose to alleviate the hardships of farming in the mountainous Andean environment. In this bold revisionist book, however, William Isbell persuasively argues that the ayllu developed during the latter half of the Early Intermediate Period (around A. D. 200) as a means of resistance to the process of stat... View more info

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Savage Girls and Wild Boys: a History of Feral Children

By: Newton, Michael

Price: $14.72

Publisher: London, Faber And Faber, Ltd.: 2002

Edition: Second Printing

Seller ID: 002132

ISBN: 0571201393

Condition: New in New dust jacket


Wild or feral children have fascinated us down the centuries, and continue to do so today. In a haunting and hugely readable study, Michael Newton deftly investigates a number of infamous cases. He looks at Peter the Wild Boy, and at Victor of Aveyron who roamed wild in the forests of revolutionary France. He tells the story of a savage girl lost on the streets of Paris; of two children brought up by wolves in the jungles of India; and the girl who emerged from 13 years locked in a Los Angeles room. He describes too a boy brought up among monkeys in Uganda; and, in Moscow, the child found livi... View more info

The Great Wall of China

By: Tucker, Annne Wilkes; Spence, Jonathan D. (Foreword by)

Price: $38.64

Publisher: Cumberland, RI, Yale Univ. Press: 2007

Edition: Unknown

Seller ID: 004029

Condition: New with no dust jacket


NEW - Still in publisher's shrinkwrap. This beautifully-illustrated book shows the Great Wall of China, both its splendor and it's crumbling bricks and other materials. It's amazing that this wall, built as a fortification from as far back has the 7th century B. C. , is 5, 500 miles long and still standing in most general areas. Aside from keeping out tribes and others, it was also used as a sort of "toll road. " This fascinating volume would make a great gift for yourself or someone else. Approx. 150 pages.; Folio - over 12 - 15" tall View more info