Off the Grid

My Ride from Louisiana to the Panama Canal in an Electric Car

Author: Randy Denmon

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1510717404

Category: Travel

Page: 248

View: 4939

DOWNLOAD NOW »
The rollicking tale of a first-of-its-kind adventure—driving a Tesla through Central America. Only a week after the nation’s newspapers were filled with headlines of the first cross-country trip in an electric car, two Louisianans slip quietly across the Rio Grande in south Texas in an attempt to do the unthinkable—drive a factory electric car across seven Third World countries to the “end of the road,” Panama City, Panama. Without support and armed only with a toolbox, a bag of electrical adapters, and their wits, author Randy Denmon and his friend Dean trudge on through jungles, deserts, volcanoes, rivers, and crater-sized potholes, all the while trying to avoid the drug cartels and corrupt border guards that could mean a quick end to their adventure . . . and their lives. Through it all, the same enormous problem loomed daily: how to charge the car in such a primitive and desolate setting? Despite the numerous setbacks, Randy never lost his sense of humor. Off the Grid is as much a spiritual journey as a physical one about two guys who dropped everything for one grand twenty-first-century adventure—traveling back in time in a car that seemed to come from the future.

The Lawless Frontier

Author: Randy Denmon

Publisher: Pinnacle Books

ISBN: 078603095X

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 6903

DOWNLOAD NOW »
An Ugly Place To Die There's nothing pretty about Mexico in 1914. On the verge of a bloody civil war that's spiraling out of control, it's no place for hotheads or weak hearts--a place where only real men survive. . .if they're lucky. As an officer for the U.S. War Department, Myles Adams knows all about keeping a cool head. And he's just the man who can help his former partner-in-arms Stewart Cook rescue his soon-to-be fiancée, Alexia Garcia, from the rebel forces. But this is a country where a man would shoot you as soon as look at you. . . An Even Uglier Place To Live. . . With Alexia safe in hand, the two Americans find themselves in even greater danger. On the run from Jorge Trevino, a ruthless bandito who would kill to have what Myles has--namely the gorgeous Carmen Cologan--these men are about to witness all the horrors that the Mexican frontier has to offer--war, poverty, and human suffering too agonizing to be believed. They'll have to use every drop of courage they have to survive, but in a land with no law and order, sometimes a man has to kill to stay alive. . . "A classic adventure. . .riveting!" --Richard S. Wheeler, Spur Winning author of Vengeance Valley

The Bowery

The Strange History of New York's Oldest Street

Author: Stephen Paul DeVillo

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 151072687X

Category: Travel

Page: 280

View: 916

DOWNLOAD NOW »
From peglegged Peter Stuyvesant to CBGB’s, the story of the Bowery reflects the history of the city that grew up around it. It was the street your mother warned you about—even if you lived in San Francisco. Long associated with skid row, saloons, freak shows, violence, and vice, the Bowery often showed the worst New York City had to offer. Yet there were times when it showed its best as well. The Bowery is New York’s oldest street and Manhattan’s broadest boulevard. Like the city itself, it has continually reinvented itself over the centuries. Named for the Dutch farms, or bouweries, of the area, the path’s lurid character was established early when it became the site of New Amsterdam’s first murder. A natural spring near the Five Points neighborhood led to breweries and taverns that became home to the gangs of New York—the “Bowery B’hoys,” “Plug Uglies,” and “Dead Rabbits.” In the Gaslight Era, teenaged streetwalkers swallowed poison in McGurk’s Suicide Hall. A brighter side to the street was reflected in places of amusement and culture over the years. A young P.T. Barnum got his start there, and Harry Houdini learned showmanship playing the music halls and dime museums. Poets, singers, hobos, gangsters, soldiers, travelers, preachers, storytellers, con-men, and reformers all gathered there. Its colorful cast of characters includes Peter Stuyvesant, Steve Brodie, Carry Nation, Stephen Foster, Stephen Crane, and even Abraham Lincoln. The Bowery: The Strange History of New York’s Oldest Street traces the full story of this once notorious thoroughfare from its pre-colonial origins to the present day.

The Joys of Travel

And Stories That Illuminate Them

Author: Thomas Swick

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1634508238

Category: Travel

Page: 208

View: 9436

DOWNLOAD NOW »
The Joys of Travel: And Stories that Illuminate Them is a collection of Thomas Swick’s personal essays on what he has identified as “the seven joys of travel”: anticipation, movement, break from routine, novelty, discovery, emotional connection and heightened appreciation of home. The Joys of Travel awakens readers to pleasures that, as travelers, they may be taking for granted. It also shows non-travelers what they’ve been missing. It offers tips on how people can get the most out of their trips, as well as the titles of travel classics that will not only prepare them for the places they visit but make those places more meaningful once they get there. And it tells, through memories and stories, the tale of someone who has made a living writing about travel. In fact, the story of Thomas Swick’s life as a traveler neatly parallels the examination of a journey from beginning to end. Before you next trip, be it a family vacation or a backpacking tour of Europe, read The Joys of Travel. It will inspire you to get the most out of your time away from home and to get away more often.

Mountain Lines

A Journey through the French Alps

Author: Jonathan Arlan

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 1510709762

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 264

View: 9861

DOWNLOAD NOW »
A New York Times best summer travel book recommendation A nonfiction debut about an American’s solo, month-long, 400-mile walk from Lake Geneva to Nice. In the summer of 2015, Jonathan Arlan was nearing thirty. Restless, bored, and daydreaming of adventure, he comes across an image on the Internet one day: a map of the southeast corner of France with a single red line snaking south from Lake Geneva, through the jagged brown and white peaks of the Alps to the Mediterranean sea?a route more than four hundred miles long. He decides then and there to walk the whole trail solo. Lacking any outdoor experience, completely ignorant of mountains, sorely out of shape, and fighting last-minute nerves and bad weather, things get off to a rocky start. But Arlan eventually finds his mountain legs?along with a staggering variety of aches and pains?as he tramps a narrow thread of grass, dirt, and rock between cloud-collared, ice-capped peaks in the High Alps, through ancient hamlets built into hillsides, across sheep-dotted mountain pastures, and over countless cols on his way to the sea. In time, this simple, repetitive act of walking for hours each day in the remote beauty of the mountains becomes as exhilarating as it is exhausting. Mountain Lines is the stirring account of a month-long journey on foot through the French Alps and a passionate and intimate book laced with humor, wonder, and curiosity. In the tradition of trekking classics like A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush, The Snow Leopard, and Tracks, the book is a meditation on movement, solitude, adventure, and the magnetic power of the natural world.

The Snark Bible

A Reference Guide to Verbal Sparring, Comebacks, Irony, Insults, and So Much More

Author: Lawrence Dorfman

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 1632201291

Category: Humor

Page: 288

View: 5696

DOWNLOAD NOW »
The lord of snark, Lawrence Dorfman, is back! With this treasury of backhanded compliments, sarcastic insults, and catty comebacks, Dorfman gives us transformative wisdom that’s sure to change your life?or at least induce a light chuckle. One question plagues us all: How do we survive all the Sturm und Drang of everyday life? The answer is but one word: snark. "She wears her clothes as if they were thrown on by a pitchfork.” —Jonathan Swift "Why don’t you get a haircut? You look like a chrysanthemum.” —P. G. Wodehouse "He’s a mental midget with the IQ of a fence post.” —Tom Waits "They hardly make ’em like him anymore?but just to be on the safe side, he should be castrated anyway.” —Hunter S. Thompson "He has a Teflon brain . . . nothing sticks” —Lily Tomlin "He has no more backbone than a chocolate éclair.” —Theodore Roosevelt Snark will keep the wolves at bay (or at least out on the porch). Snark, much like a double scotch, will help you deal with relatives, shopping, and rudeness; it is an outlet for the unleashed vitriolic bile that’s saved itself up over the months. Like a shield, it will protect you while you go about your life. Snark is your answer!

The Savage Breed

Author: Randy Denmon

Publisher: Pinnacle Books

ISBN: 0786022841

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 9590

DOWNLOAD NOW »
"The Savage Breed unfolds with a rush in a time and place rarely visited by the average Western writer. Randy Denmon takes the reader down a suspenseful trail to a near forgotten period in this rousing story of war, love and revenge." --True West Magazine Across The River. . .And Into Hell Travis Ross and Chase McAlister were infamous Indian hunters, scouts and Texas Rangers turned ranchers. In a war of independence, they fought against desperate odds. Travis lost a woman, the daughter of a proud Mexican rancher, and both made the kind of enemies that never go away. Now, a new war is brewing and the two friends are looking across the Rio Grande, knowing what they left behind, facing a chance to settle scores, recapture what they lost, and many more ways to die. . . A decade after they fought for Texas, Travis and Chase plunge into the brutal madness of the Mexican American War. And amidst the fighting and suffering, they discover how much has changed, what has stayed the same, and that in a furious fight for survival, they've made the most dangerous enemy of all. . .a murderer fighting on their own side. . . "An impressive debut--a colorful, action-filled novel." --Elmer Kelton, five-time Spur Winner on The Lawless Frontier

The Race Underground

Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway

Author: Doug Most

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466842008

Category: Transportation

Page: 416

View: 4797

DOWNLOAD NOW »
In the late nineteenth century, as cities like Boston and New York grew more congested, the streets became clogged with plodding, horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 crippled the entire northeast, a solution had to be found. Two brothers from one of the nation's great families-Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York-pursued the dream of his city digging America's first subway, and the great race was on. The competition between Boston and New York played out in an era not unlike our own, one of economic upheaval, life-changing innovations, class warfare, bitter political tensions, and the question of America's place in the world.The Race Underground is peopled with the famous, like Boss Tweed, Grover Cleveland and Thomas Edison, and the not-so-famous, from brilliant engineers to the countless "sandhogs" who shoveled, hoisted and blasted their way into the earth's crust, sometimes losing their lives in the construction of the tunnels. Doug Most chronicles the science of the subway, looks at the centuries of fears people overcame about traveling underground and tells a story as exciting as any ever ripped from the pages of U.S. history. The Race Underground is a great American saga of two rival American cities, their rich, powerful and sometimes corrupt interests, and an invention that changed the lives of millions.

Two Years in the French West Indies

Author: Lafcadio Hearn

Publisher: Signal Books

ISBN: 9781902669175

Category: History

Page: 338

View: 8275

DOWNLOAD NOW »
In October 1887 the writer and translator Lafcadio Hearn sailed from New York to Martinique. Intending to stay for a few months, he remained for two years. He viewed French-ruled Martinique as an exotic fusion of European, African and Asian influences, the Creole society par exellence. Describing the island's landscape, its flora and fauna, its colonial architecture and rural villages, he provides a picture of a Caribbean colony where slavery was a recent memory and race an all-importan matter of identity.

Lords of an Empty Land

Author: Randy Denmon

Publisher: Pinnacle Books

ISBN: 0786035366

Category: Fiction

Page: 372

View: 4264

DOWNLOAD NOW »
In 1869, Captain Douglas Owens of the 4th Cavalry is given the orders to reclaim Red River Valley from its murderous outlaw gangs with the help of a former slave and an ex-Rebel gunslinger who join him on one last desperate bid for freedom and justice that changes the course of history. Original.

Belize Islands Guide

Author: Lan Sluder

Publisher: Lan Sluder

ISBN: 0967048869

Category: Travel

Page: 206

View: 696

DOWNLOAD NOW »
The most comprehensive and authoritative guide to the beautiful islands of Belize, including Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker and the offshore cayes and atolls. This 200-page guide is by Lan Sluder, author of more than half a dozen books on Belize. It's packed with candid information and photos on hotels, restaurants, tours and activities on the cayes. Bonus 40-page section on living, retiring, working and buying property in Belize.

Living in the Environment: Principles, Connections, and Solutions

Author: G. Tyler Miller,Scott Spoolman

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1133169546

Category: Science

Page: 800

View: 6556

DOWNLOAD NOW »
Sustainability is the integrating theme of this current and thought-provoking book. LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT provides the basic scientific tools for understanding and thinking critically about the environment. Co-authors G. Tyler Miller and Scott Spoolman inspire students to take a positive approach toward finding and implementing useful environmental solutions in their own lives and in their careers. Updated with the most up-to-date information, art, and Good News examples, the text engages and motivates students with vivid case studies and hands-on quantitative exercises. The concept-centered approach transforms complex environmental topics and issues into key concepts that students will understand and remember. Overall, by framing the concepts with goals for more sustainable lifestyles and human communities, students see how promising the future can be. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Emergency and Backup Power Sources

Preparing for Blackouts and Brownouts

Author: Michael F. Hordeski

Publisher: The Fairmont Press, Inc.

ISBN: 9780881734850

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 313

View: 6758

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Forward Drive

The Race to Build the Clean Car of the Future

Author: Jim Motavalli

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136534105

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

View: 5428

DOWNLOAD NOW »
This comprehensive account of the past, present and future of the automobile examines the key trends, key technologies and key players involved in the race to develop clean, environmentally friendly vehicles that are affordable and that do not compromise on safety or design. Undertaking a rigorous interrogation of our global dependency on oil, the author demonstrates just how unwise and unnecessary this is in light of current developments such as the fuel cell revolution and the increasing viability of hybrid cars, which use both petrol and electricity - innovations that could signal a new era of clean, sustainable energy. The arguments put forward draw on support from an eclectic range of sources - including industry insiders, scientists, economists and environmentalists - to make for an enlightening read.

Chasing the Rabbit: How Market Leaders Outdistance the Competition and How Great Companies Can Catch Up and Win, Foreword by Clay Christensen

Author: Steven Spear

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071641513

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

View: 9306

DOWNLOAD NOW »
Spear’s reputation as a thought leader is recognized by elite media, publications, and conferences including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Bloomberg Business Radio, the Shingo Prize, and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence The pioneering insights in Chasing the Rabbit are based on original thinking in the tradition of Jim Collins, C.K. Prahalad, Clayton Christensen, and Michael Porter. Spear is one of the most astute business thinkers and prolific writers to emerge in the recent past; his Harvard Business Review articles are among its most popular reprints. Spear is a four-time Shingo Prize winner and a winner of the McKinsey Award Includes examples from global market leaders including Toyota, Vanguard, Southwest Airlines, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Alcoa

Driving the Future

Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars

Author: Margo T Oge

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1628727713

Category: Nature

Page: 376

View: 6025

DOWNLOAD NOW »
Now in paperback, with a new foreword by Fred Krupp, an expert's illuminating preview of the cleaner, lighter, smarter cars of the future. In Driving the Future, Margo T. Oge portrays a future where clean, intelligent vehicles with lighter frames and alternative power trains will produce zero emissions and run at 100+ mpg. With electronic architectures more like those of airplanes, cars will be smarter and safer, will park themselves, and will network with other vehicles on the road to drive themselves. As the director of the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Oge was the chief architect behind the Obama administration’s landmark 2012 deal with automakers in the US market to double the fuel efficiency of their fleets and to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2025. This was America’s first formal climate action using regulation to reduce emissions through innovation in car design. Offering an insider account of the partnership between federal agencies, California, environmental groups, and car manufacturers that led to the historic deal, Margo discusses the science of climate change, the politics of addressing it, and the lessons learned for policy makers. She also takes the reader through the convergence of macro trends that will drive this innovation over the next forty years and be every bit as transformative as those wrought by Karl Benz and Henry Ford. Driving the Future is for anyone who wants to know what car they’ll be driving in ten, twenty, or thirty years—and for everyone concerned about air quality and climate change now.