Railway blunders
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Railway blunders

Two hundred years of railway development has brought assorted designs, structures and schemes that have ultimately proved to be a disoster. In the early years of railway history, many of these blunders arose from the ignorance of those dealing with new technology. Later, many of the promoters and engineers were tainted by another Victorian trait, over confidence and, as so often is the case, pride led to failure. We can see an exampl...

A Thesaurus of English Word Roots
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A Thesaurus of English Word Roots

The time and effort the author must have devoted to writing this massive volume is proportionate to its value to anyone who would like to increase his vocabulary and understanding of the English language. This book strikes me as a labor of love by an author who wants to share and convey his vast knowledge of word roots, knowing that the reader who embraces this work will experience non-linear growth in his grasp of the language as he...

Encyclopedia of the Ottoman Empire
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Encyclopedia of the Ottoman Empire

This encyclopedia provides a thorough overview of the history and civilization of the Ottomans, with approximately 450 A-to-Z entries focusing on major events, personalities, institutions, and terms.

Jean-Loup Chiflet, "Dictionnaire amoureux de l'Humour"
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Dictionnaire amoureux de l'Humour

De l'humeur à l'humour, il n'y a souvent que l'espace d'un bon mot, un peu de satire, beaucoup d'ironie et encore plus d'esprit. Longtemps, Jean-Loup Chiflet s'est levé de bonne heure, pour se plonger dans le monde jubilatoire de l'humour. De Montesquieu à Coluche, de Feydeau à Frédérique Dard, de Jules Renard à Bourvil, des Pataphysiciens aux Oulipiens et de Molière à Blondin, il a essayé d'en analyser le mécanisme complexe : l'humo...

Concise Encyclopedia of Biostatistics for Medical Professionals
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Concise Encyclopedia of Biostatistics for Medical Professionals

Concise Encyclopedia of Biostatistics for Medical Professionals focuses on conceptual knowledge and practical advice rather than mathematical details, enhancing its usefulness as a reference for medical professionals. The book defines and describes nearly 1000 commonly and not so commonly used biostatistical terms and methods arranged in alphabetical order. These range from simple terms, such as mean and median to advanced terms such...

Tuttle Pocket Japanese Dictionary
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Tuttle Pocket Japanese Dictionary

I ordered this from Christmas money as I am teaching myself Japanese. I already have the phrase book from Tuttle and enjoyed how informative it was so I was fast to get the dictionary. The words are not hard to read if you have good eye sight (but if you require reading glasses they might be small though I don't have experience with glasses so I wouldn't be able to say). May I also add this is a true "pocket" dictionary, it's small e...

Dirty Portuguese: Everyday Slang from “What’s Up?” to “F*%# Off!” (Dirty Everyday Slang)
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Dirty Portuguese: Everyday Slang from "What's Up?" to "F*%# Off!"

This book here has helped me immensely with my family. Background history is once my family came to the US, I won't get into it, but the ways of Brazil esp the language started to decrease. As an adult I wanted to reconnect with my Brazilian family despite the American family. This book has made things easier with it's slang helping me to feel more like family than an outsider. It's helped me to fit in a community. It covers most of ...

Insects of North America: A Field Guide to Over 300 Insects
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Insects of North America: A Field Guide to Over 300 Insects

Insects of North America presents over 300 insect species of North America, including dominant species and insects most likely noticed. With information about distinguishing less common species from those that are more widespread, this guide is sure to please entomologists and more serious insect enthusiasts. Including many of the rare insects that make North America unique, this is a must-have for any insect lover. Look inside to fi...

American Indian Culture (3 volumes)
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American Indian Culture (3 volumes)

This three-volume set combines approximately 12 written articles with 260 essays. Arranged alphabetically by keyword, each of the essays addresses a cultural phenomenon characteristic of the indigenous peoples of North America.