Mongol Rally Three weeks into the unknown

Author: JOHN IRVING
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 9781445259307
Release Date: 2011-05-01
Genre: Travel

It was a gruelling adventure and an epic challenge. On the face of it, all we had to do was get from London to Mongolia. But looking deeper it was going to be a lot less simple than it had first appeared. We had minimal planning, bought a horribly underpowered car that was fit for scrap, had no external support, no prior expedition experience or survival knowledge and decided to do it all in the name of charity. We only allowed ourselves three weeks to complete the adventure. I hadn’t even heard of half of the countries we were intending to cross and certainly didn’t speak the languages but we’d go for it anyway and see how things turned out. It couldn’t be that hard after all.Here’s my account of how it happened, what we came across, the scrapes we got into and how we got out of them and a selection of the numerous photos I took on the 9,592 miles to Mongolia. Some experiences defied belief, some were mildly terrifying but there are none that I will ever forget.

The Great Transition

Author: Raymond L. Garthoff
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 0815791445
Release Date: 2000-07-26
Genre: Political Science

Raymond L. Garthoff examines the fateful final decade of U.S.-Soviet relations, from the start of the Reagan administration in 1981 through the end of the Soviet era—the collapse of the communist bloc, the end of Gorbachev's failed perestroika, and the demise of the Soviet Union itself at the end of 1991. While standing on its own, the book is a sequel to the author's earlier acclaimed, Détente and Confrontation: American-Soviet Relations from Nixon to Reagan, which covers the period 1969-1980. This volume features a detailed examination of the perspectives and actions of both the United States and the Soviet Union and their interaction, including the interrelationships of domestic factors with foreign and security policies in both countries and the involvement of both powers with other countries around the world, which infringed on their direct relationship. Besides analyzing the turn from confrontation to détente over the years of the Reagan and Bush administrations and Brezhnev through the Gorbachev administration, it reflects on the significance of the great transition from the cold war to a new era. It thus illuminates the very relevant recent history that underlines and informs American-Russian relations and the new situation of a post-Soviet, post-cold war world. Garthoff has obtained access to many formerly secret Soviet documents on this period in the Russian archives, as well as to a number of official American documents that have only recently been declassified. In addition, he has been able to interview and discuss the issues with many active or former Soviet and American officials. The author concludes that the key development was the advent of a Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, who recognized the need to cast off a failed world view and to end the cold war—and who successfully moved with the United States, under the Reagan and Bush administrations, and others, to achieve that goal; notwithstanding his failure in the parallel attempt to revitalize and transform the Soviet Union. Selected by Choice as an Outstanding Book of 1994

5000 Artists Return to Artists Space

Author: Claudia Gould
Publisher:
ISBN: UOM:39015048576253
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Art, Modern

In commemoration of Artists Space's 25th Anniversary Year, this 400 page, exhaustively illustrated compilation brings to life the history of one of the most renowned and multifaceted exhibition and arts service organizations of our time. Since the 1970's, Artists Space has played a pivotal role in shaping contemporary art, and this book employs not just a detailed chronology of the exhibitions, services and events of Artists Space, but also the recollections of the artists themselves: Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Anderson, Jonathan Borofsky, Mike Anderson, Tom Lawson, Adrian Piper, and many more.

LIFE

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Release Date: 1941-07-14
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LIFE Magazine is the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century. It now lives on at LIFE.com, the largest, most amazing collection of professional photography on the internet. Users can browse, search and view photos of today’s people and events. They have free access to share, print and post images for personal use.

Tortricidae Lepidoptera of Europe

Author: Józef Razowski
Publisher: Franisek Slamka
ISBN: CORNELL:31924104579051
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Science

"The general introduction to the two volumes is including acknowledgements, and the characteristics of the family are in volume one. The list of abbreviations is repeated below and the acknowledgements are completed. The former classifications of subfamilies or tribes are already rather of historical importance; however, in almost every one there are some important facts or interesting interpretations. Within a few last years there has been a consensus in almost all classifications problems. The most actual is the proposal of arrangement of the family-level taxa by Horak (1999) which is also followed in this paper. Contents include: Introduction, Systematics, System of the European Tortricidae, Systematic list of Olethreutinae, Olethreutinae, Plates of Genitalia, Plates of Adults, List of Plants, References, Index."

Newsweek

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ISBN: IND:32000000711079
Release Date: 1949
Genre: Periodicals