Between the 18th and early 19th centuries, Britain experienced massive leaps in technological, scientific, and economical advancement. This powerful period has since been immortalized as the great Industrial Revolution, during which Britain became a formidable force that boasted unmatched economical growth, drastic changes in living conditions, and even the emergence of a neglected social class. Vast portions of rural lands were transformed into interconnected, complex, and multitasking cities. Dozens of innovative inventions and products were churned out in bulk and sold to the masses for the first time ever. Some of the greatest thinkers and creators ventured forth from the shadows. Scientists, engineers, merchants, and manufacturers alike were at the height of their prime, nurtured by a culture that embraced the vision of growth, progress, and industrial unity. The Industrial Revolution saw Britain rise to the top and become the envy of the world´s most prestigious nations. At the same time, the pivotal era was far from perfect, featuring a dark underbelly and an army of unsung heroes. It was American writer and futurist Alvin Toffler who once called technology ´´the great growing engine of change”. The 18th-century German linguist Johann Gottfried von Herder was another proponent of enlightenment and technological progress. ´´Nothing in Nature stands still,” said von Herder. ´´Everything strives and moves forward.” One would be hard-pressed to find anyone today that would disagree with these sentiments. Those whose opinions suggest otherwise are often thoughtlessly dismissed, and those who hold them, ridiculed as tin-foil-hat sporting paranoids or pretentious ´´hipsters”. But what happens when the very instruments meant to help people begin to put lives at stake? Meet the Luddites, a 19th-century brotherhood of rebels who vowed to annihilate every last one of the newfangled spinning machines that cost thousands their jobs. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/117614/bk_acx0_117614_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Billie Jean King trounced Bobby Riggs in tennis´s Battle of the Sexes in 1973, she placed sports squarely at the center of a national debate about gender equity. In this winning combination of biography and history, Susan Ware argues that King´s challenge to sexism, the supportive climate of second-wave feminism, and the legislative clout of Title IX sparked a women´s sports revolution in the 1970s that fundamentally reshaped American society.While King did not single-handedly cause the revolution in women´s sports, she quickly became one of its most enduring symbols, as did Title IX, a federal law that was initially passed in 1972 to attack sex discrimination in educational institutions but had its greatest impact by opening opportunities for women in sports. King´s place in tennis history is secure, and now, with Game, Set, Match, she can take her rightful place as a key player in the history of feminism as well. By linking the stories of King and Title IX, Ware explains why women´s sports took off in the 1970s and demonstrates how giving women a sporting chance has permanently changed American life on and off the playing field. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Donna Postel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004267/bk_adbl_004267_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Meet The Runner. In a past life, it was laps around a track and long, leisurely jogs through the neighborhood. At Geneva Grace College, she runs to escape the truth. A former star and high school standout, first-year student, Kennedy, is quickly humbled by her new surroundings. Classes, team politics, and even simple friendships are difficult to pace, let alone master. Initially, she grins and bears it, mostly because that is what the ultraconservative college leadership encourages. ´´Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Besides, new obstacles give Kennedy something to focus on other than the cute girls sitting in her lectures, sporting spandex at practice, and moving in right next door. Along the way are Kennedy’s friends, the six other Pleiades. To challenge her is the sagely roommate: Laurel. To tempt her, the devious playmate: Becca. And, in a parallel quest of self-discovery, the injured soulmate: Torry. These women will grow, adapt, live, and love on a campus that rewards conformity - in a time that doesn’t realize revolution is just around the corner. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rachel Jacobs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/091298/bk_acx0_091298_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The ideal travel companion, full of insider advice on what to see and do, plus detailed itineraries and comprehensive maps for exploring Great Britain. Visit Stonehenge´s mysterious monoliths, take the sea air in buzzing Brighton or come face to face with the Vikings in York: everything you need to know is clearly laid out within colour-coded chapters. Discover the best of Great Britain with this indispensable travel guide. Inside DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Great Britain: - Over 60 colour maps help you navigate with ease - Simple layout makes it easy to find the information you need - Comprehensive tours and itineraries of Great Britain, designed for every interest and budget - Illustrations and floorplans show in detail Westminster Abbey, St Paul´s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London, as well as Brighton´s Royal Pavilion, Canterbury Cathedral, Blenheim Palace, the Eden Project, Castle Howard, the Royal Mile and much more - Colour photographs of Great Britain´s stunning landscape - bucolic countryside, spectacular coastline, rugged moorland and more - as well as architectural highlights, peaceful villages and vibrant cities - Detailed chapters, with area maps, cover London - West End and Westminster; South Kensington and Hyde Park; Regent´s Park and Bloomsbury; the City and Southwark; and sights beyond the city - the Downs and Channel Coast; East Anglia; Thames Valley; Wessex; Devon and Cornwall; the Midlands; Lancashire and the Lakes; Yorkshire and the Humber Region; Northumbria; Wales; and Scotland - Historical and cultural context gives you a richer travel experience: learn about Great Britain´s long history, society and politics; heraldry and aristocracy; rural architecture and stately homes; sporting highlights; and festivals and events - Experience the culture with features on the gardens of England; John Nash´s Regency London; the castles of Wales; the Industrial Revolution; and more - Essential travel tips: our expert choices of where to stay, eat, shop and sightsee, plus transport, visa and health information DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Great Britain is a detailed, easy-to-use guide designed to help you get the most from your visit to Great Britain. DK Eyewitness: winner of the Top Guidebook Series in the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards 2017. ´´No other guide whets your appetite quite like this one´´ - The Independent Want to see more of Great Britain? Try our DK Eyewitness Travel Guide England´s South Coast. About DK Eyewitness Travel: DK´s highly visual Eyewitness guides show you what others only tell you, with easy-to-read maps, tips, and tours to inform and enrich your holiday. DK is the world´s leading illustrated reference publisher, producing beautifully designed books for adults and children in over 120 countries.