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City in the Sky

City in the Sky
Author: James Glanz
Publisher: Times Books
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2014-01-21
Genre: History
ISBN: 1466863072

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The definitive biography of the iconic skyscrapers and the ambitions that shaped them--from their dizzying rise to their unforgettable fall More than a year after the nation began mourning the lives lost in the attacks on the World Trade Center, it became clear that something else was being mourned: the towers themselves. They were the biggest and brashest icons that New York, and possibly America, has ever produced--magnificent giants that became intimately familiar around the globe. Their builders were possessed of a singular determination to create wonders of capitalism as well as engineering, refusing to admit defeat before natural forces, economics, or politics. No one knows the history of the towers better than New York Times reporters James Glanz and Eric Lipton. In a vivid, brilliantly researched narrative, the authors re-create David Rockefeller's ambition to rebuild lower Manhattan, the spirited opposition of local storeowners and powerful politicians, the bold structural innovations that later determined who lived and died, master builder Guy Tozzoli's last desperate view of the towers on September 11, and the charged and chaotic recovery that could have unraveled the secrets of the buildings' collapse but instead has left some enduring mysteries. City in the Sky is a riveting story of New York City itself, of architectural daring, human frailty, and a lost American icon.


City of Skies

City of Skies
Author: Farah Cook
Publisher:
Total Pages: 316
Release: 2017-01-09
Genre:
ISBN: 9781543057188

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ONE GIRL. A DEADLY QUEST. AN EPIC JOURNEY. Nora Hunt has just joined the deadly quest to discover an ancient legend: the nine worlds of the Vikings. Her post-apocalyptic dystopian world, Triangle of Peace, is the only home she's ever known. But at sixteen years old, the skilled young warrior joins an elite band of raiders called Jarls. Her mission? Merely to win the perilous battle for the artifacts that awaken the Viking realms and avoid falling in love with the charming boy who just happens to be her worst enemy-and she's not quite sure which task is more difficult. But when Nora learns the Norse gods bestowed upon her a mystical secret in the form of the tattoo on her back, the stakes are higher than ever to claim the great Viking Empires.


City of the Falling Sky (the Seckry Sequence Book 1)

City of the Falling Sky (the Seckry Sequence Book 1)
Author: Joseph Evans
Publisher:
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2012-05
Genre: Revenge
ISBN: 9780957291201

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When Seckry Sevenstars is forced out of his village by the greedy Endrin Corporation and relocated to the daunting metropolis of Skyfall City, he harbours resentment for the company and vows to get them back one day for taking away his home, his school and his friends. Fortunately, the marvels of the city do a good job in distracting Seckry from his anger and homesickness, and it isn't long before he's competing at Friction (the city's most popular multiplayer video game), slurping awe-inspiring multicoloured milkshakes, and getting butterflies on his first date. Then, when a mysterious email asks Seckry to break into the headquarters of the Endrin Corporation and steal a container full of worms for a hefty sum of money, his anger resurfaces, and he can't resist the revenge he promised himself. Alone at night, Seckry creeps through the sewers whilst wondering what experiments Endrin might be doing on the worms, and emerges into the silent complex. But the worms aren't the only thing that he finds. Staring at him through the darkness, with wide, innocent eyes, is something that makes Seckry's heart almost stop. A girl. She's shaking, petrified, and has no recollection of who she is or what she's doing there. Floodlights bleach the area and Seckry has no choice but to grab a hold of the girl and escape with her. Suddenly the question of what Endrin were doing with a few worms becomes the last thing on Seckry's mind. What were Endrin doing with a human?


Under Purple Skies

Under Purple Skies
Author: Frank Bures
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Total Pages: 190
Release: 2019-05-07
Genre: Travel
ISBN: 194874242X

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In recent years, Minneapolis has become one of America’s literary powerhouses. With over fifty poems and essays, Under Purple Skies: The Minneapolis Anthology collects some of the most exciting work being done in, or about, Minneapolis and the Twin Cities area, with narrative threads that stretch back not just to Scandinavia, but across the world. Edited by Frank Bures (The Geography of Madness), the writers included here have won, or been shortlisted for, the Newbery Award, the Man Booker Prize, the Pulitzer, the Caldecott Award, the National Book Award, the Minnesota Book Award, and many others.


Eyes In The Sky

Eyes In The Sky
Author: Arthur Holland Michel
Publisher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 341
Release: 2019-06-18
Genre: Technology & Engineering
ISBN: 0544971663

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The fascinating history and unnerving future of high-tech aerial surveillance, from its secret military origins to its growing use on American citizens Eyes in the Sky is the authoritative account of how the Pentagon secretly developed a godlike surveillance system for monitoring America's enemies overseas, and how it is now being used to watch us in our own backyards. Whereas a regular aerial camera can only capture a small patch of ground at any given time, this system—and its most powerful iteration, Gorgon Stare—allow operators to track thousands of moving targets at once, both forwards and backwards in time, across whole city-sized areas. When fused with big-data analysis techniques, this network can be used to watch everything simultaneously, and perhaps even predict attacks before they happen. In battle, Gorgon Stare and other systems like it have saved countless lives, but when this technology is deployed over American cities—as it already has been, extensively and largely in secret—it has the potential to become the most nightmarishly powerful visual surveillance system ever built. While it may well solve serious crimes and even help ease the traffic along your morning commute, it could also enable far more sinister and dangerous intrusions into our lives. This is closed-circuit television on steroids. Facebook in the heavens. Drawing on extensive access within the Pentagon and in the companies and government labs that developed these devices, Eyes in the Sky reveals how a top-secret team of mad scientists brought Gorgon Stare into existence, how it has come to pose an unprecedented threat to our privacy and freedom, and how we might still capitalize on its great promise while avoiding its many perils.


The Trinity Awakening

The Trinity Awakening
Author: Joseph Evans
Publisher:
Total Pages: 466
Release: 2013-11
Genre:
ISBN: 9780957291218

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It's Seckry Sevenstars' second year at Estergate Institute, and things are already shaping up to be just as eventful as the first; a revolting looking Nasty has appeared in the Food Grabber machine, a new lesson called fringe science has been added to his timetable, Mrs Cutson is acting more sadistic than ever, and two exchange students from Norsegate have arrived, causing trouble and provoking Seckry and his friends. On top of this, the twenty eighth Friction Mega Meltdown is fast approaching, and Seckry can't wait to transform into Anikam so he can revenge on Norsegate in the best way possible - by winning the trophy for the second year in a row! But with a major update having just been implemented, can Seckry and his teammates adapt quickly enough to outwit their opponents and capture the win? With homework mounting and Friction training at its most intense, Seckry has very little time for distractions, but Kevan Kayne, thought to be dead, has appeared in the city, and suddenly, Seckry is forced to rethink everything he knew about Eiya's existence. Also, after realising that the blank birthday card last year was actually from his father, he cannot help but try to uncover the truth behind his mysterious disappearance, and in his quest for answers, Seckry unearths long forgotten secrets buried within the school grounds. Secrets that will change his life forever. Get ready to join Seckry and friends for another epic adventure in this thrilling sequel to the bestselling City of the Falling Sky.


The Sky Atlas

The Sky Atlas
Author: Edward Brooke-Hitching
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2020-02-25
Genre: History
ISBN: 1797202197

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The Sky Atlas unveils some of the most beautiful maps and charts ever created during humankind's quest to map the skies above us. This richly illustrated treasury showcases the finest examples of celestial cartography—a glorious art often overlooked by modern map books—as well as medieval manuscripts, masterpiece paintings, ancient star catalogs, antique instruments, and other curiosities. This is the sky as it has never been presented before: the realm of stars and planets, but also of gods, devils, weather wizards, flying sailors, ancient aliens, mythological animals, and rampaging spirits. • Packed with celestial maps, illustrations, and stories of places, people, and creatures that different cultures throughout history have observed or imagined in the heavens • Readers are taken on a tour of star-obsessed cultures around the world, learning about Tibetan sky burials, star-covered Inuit dancing coats, Mongolian astral prophets and Sir William Herschel's 1781 discovery of Uranus, the first planet to be found since antiquity. • A gorgeous book that delights stargazers and map lovers alike With thrilling stories and gorgeous artwork, this remarkable atlas explores our fascination with the sky across time and cultures to form an extraordinary chronicle of cosmic imagination and discovery. The Sky Atlas is a wonderful book for map lovers, history buffs, and stargazers, but also for those who are intrigued by the many wonderful and bizarre ways in which humans have sought to understand the cosmos and our place in it. • A unique map book that expands beyond the terrestrial and into the celestial • A wonderful book for map lovers, obscure-history fans, mythology buffs, and astrology and astronomy lovers • Great for those who enjoyed What We See in the Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky by Kelsey Oseid, Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski, and Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot On and Never Will by Judith Schalansky


Beneath Missouri Skies

Beneath Missouri Skies
Author: Carolyn Glenn Brewer
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
Total Pages: 305
Release: 2021-05-15
Genre: Music
ISBN: 1574418319

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The New Yorker recently referred to Pat Metheny as “possibly the most influential jazz guitarist of the past five decades.” A native of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, just southeast of Kansas City, Metheny started playing in pizza parlors at age fourteen. By the time he graduated from high school he was the first-call guitarist for Kansas City jazz clubs, private clubs, and jazz festivals. Now 66, he attributes his early success to the local musical environment he was brought up in and the players and teachers who nurtured his talent and welcomed him into the jazz community. Metheny's twenty Grammys in ten categories speak to his versatility and popularity. Despite five decades of interviews, none have conveyed in detail his stories about his teenage years. Beneath Missouri Skies also reveals important details about jazz in Kansas City during the sixties and early seventies, often overlooked in histories of Kansas City jazz. Yet this time of cultural change was characterized by an outstanding level of musicianship. Author Carolyn Glenn Brewer shows how his keen sense of ensemble had its genesis in his school band under the guidance of a beloved band director. Drawn from news accounts, archival material, interviews, and remembrances, to which the author had unique access, Beneath Missouri Skies portrays a place and time from which Metheny still draws inspiration and strength.


Cyberblade

Cyberblade
Author: William Z. Stone
Publisher:
Total Pages: 408
Release: 2020-11-09
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 9780648975618

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In the cyberpunk future of Cyberblade...... the last of humanity survives deep beneath the surface of Neo Mars. In the darkest depths of the Troezen Enginestate, cyberpunks stop their endless wars and talk of change. They fill their arms with weapons, their bodies steel, and once capable of shrugging off bullets they receive a new name-cyberblade.For when the streets are slick with acid rain, only the cyberblades can hope to fight against every threat of monster and man. Yet as the cyberblades transcend the limits of humanity, strange secrets unravel in forgotten places, and a shadowy group implement plans a decade in the making.All the while Lex just wants to escape to the surface-with a thinking battle-droid at her side, a family full of secrets, and deadly-determination, she aims to break through the steel skies that separate her people from paradise. Lex will either reach the surface and live under the blue sky above or drag her enemies down into Hades and burn there together.William Z. Stone's Cyberblade: The City Of Five Skies unleashes the gritty future in all of its neon glory. Troezen is an engine sized city waiting to blow. His characters burst from the page-stinking of blood mixed with engine grease-and eager to drag you along for an epic dystopian adventure. Sick since the day she was born, Lex wasn't supposed to last seventeen hours. Seventeen years later, Lex discovers the joy of piloting battle-droids on the eve of her transfer to the surface. If she makes it to the fresh air of Upstairs, she'll save her family, at the cost of her own happiness. But if she fails to score a one-way ticket through the steel skies, Lex will need to fight, and claw, and burn to carve her people a place in the warlike floors of Undercity.


Dragon Daughter

Dragon Daughter
Author: Liz Flanagan
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Total Pages: 357
Release: 2018-10-04
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 1788450221

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On the island of Arcosi, dragons and their riders used to rule the skies. But now they are only legends, found in bedtime stories, on beautiful murals and ancient jewellery. Then servant girl Milla witnesses a murder and finds herself caring for the last four dragon eggs. Forced to keep them secret amidst the growing tensions in the city, she begins to fear that the island's ruler, Duke Olvar, isn't all that he seems. But how can Milla and her friends keep the eggs safe when it means endangering everything she's ever loved? Fiery friendships, forgotten family and the struggle for power collide as Milla's fight to save the dragons leads her to discover her own hidden past.