Over the past 12 months we have seen Batman and Superman facing up to each other and the Suicide Squad causing all sort of havoc... 2017 will see Wonder Woman and the Justice League appear on the big screen and if you want to find out more about these iconic DC Comics characters, this encyclopedia is essential.
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Featuring original comic artwork, this book features over 1,200 characters including heroes, villains, friends and foes. There are features on the characters' most famous clashes and romantic encounters, while their famous vehicles and weaponry are also featured.
DC Comics has been entertaining the masses for over 75 years and this fully up-to-date book is lavishly illustrated and packed with facts any fan will love to pore over.
This big book from DK will help you always choose the right tool for the job. It comes with a foreword from Ron Swanson himself - woodworker and tool fan Nick Offerman.
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The information in this book will help you understand, look after and use tools effectively. It contains photographs and illustrations of over 800 tools and pays homage to centuries of craftsmanship and know-how. Looking at tools from every angle, it will help you understand the structure and manufacturing-up of so many different pieces of hardware.
From hammers and spades to chisels, this has step-by-step photography that will help you use tools like a pro.
Star Wars fans who are eagerly awaiting The Last Jedi this Christmas will want to brush up on their knowledge on all things from a galaxy far, far away with this visual encyclopedia.
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Illustrated with photographs and stills from the long-running saga's films, TV series and spin-offs including last year's Rogue One, it showcases everything from the incredible architecture of the different planets to the friendly droids and not-so-friendly members of the Empire and the First Order.
Providing timelines of all the major events and facts about everyone from Qui-Gon Jinn to Jyn Erso and R2-D2 to Rey, this is a virtual museum in a book. There are many more intergalactic delights throughout the extensive hardback... The Force of this pictorial companion is strong and will delight any Jedi!
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Fire up the Bat-Signal and call in every superhero fan you know! This huge book from DK will tell you everything you could ever want to know about DC Comics' famous heroes and their evil enemies.
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Packed full of facts, stats and the original comic book artwork, you will have the chance to read about Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Joker.
With 12 character cards and an awesome poster also included, this book will keep DC Comics fans of any age enthralled and entertained.
From the experts at DK, this is the fully revised and updated Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine.
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Providing definitive reference on herbal plants and their medicinal properties, this informative book provides detailed descriptions for over 550 plants and remedies for more than 80 ailments.
Based on the latest scientific research and safety advice, among the natural remedies included are those for headaches, arthritis and fungal infections. This is a handy book to have around the house when you want to look at using plants with therapeutic properties.
This is the fifth edition of this best-selling guide to plants and flowers, updated and revised from the experts at the RHS. "RHS Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers" is an expert guide to planning your dream garden, redesigned to aid navigation and make identifying plants easier than ever. Over 8,000 easy-to-find plants and thousands of photographs will give you all the guidance you need. Each variety is photographed and the new 'how to' section tells you all you need to know on cultivation, pruning and care. Plus, use the special plant selector to grow for every possible situation and condition, from sunless walls to sandy soil. The perfect addition to any gardener's bookshelf.
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This is the complete practical guide to sailing and racing dinghies, catamarans and keelboats. It is the ultimate reference book for sailors of all ages and all levels of ability. Step-by-step guides give instant understanding of techniques, and illustrate all aspects of the sport, from putting on a wetsuit to handling dinghies, catamarans and cruisers. You can learn how to sail with expert advice and tips. It includes information on all aspects of safe sailing: buoyancy aids, distress signals, man overboard rescue procedures and rights of way at sea. Specially commissioned photography combined with authoritative text makes this essential reading for everyone interested in the sport of sailing. This practical manual is aimed at all sailors, from newcomers to the more experienced. For beginners there is a comprehensive step-by-step guide to getting started, learning the core techniques, choosing the best boat to suit your ability, and basic safety requirements. There is a guide for experienced seafarers about more advanced sailing, such as high-performance dinghies and keelboats. Two sections give the vital facts and figures about regatta and big boat racing. With an emphasis on the practical, together with clear action photography and informative text, this book will be an essential guide for all those who love to get out on the water.
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"RHS Encyclopedia of Perrenials" is the definitive practical guide to choosing, planting and combining herbaceous perennials - an essential tool for gardeners of all levels, from the experts at the RHS. From Acaena to Zizia, an A-Z guide to over 5,000 perennials. It includes the vast numbers of new perennials made available in the last 10 years. This title tells you how to choose the right ones for your garden with cultivation, propagation & hardiness information to help you grow them successfully. It includes inspirational ideas for planting schemes. It provides expert tips on how to get the best from your plants and your garden. Make a perennially beautiful garden with this essential guide.
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This title tells the story of an iconic aircraft from World War II, that is illustrated with over 250 colour and black and white photographs. It takes you through the creation, construction, production and history of the Spitfire, as well as its role in the major battles of the war. It includes moving first-hand accounts from the pilots who flew the Spitfires, including both their experiences in combat and the way of life for the RAF at that time. It features a fascinating and engaging narrative written by a leading military history expert. It lists sites where surviving Spitfires can be viewed today so you can go and see this incredible aircraft for yourself. It compares the Spitfire with other great fighters - both Axis and Allied - in the skies at the time. It shows how the famous fighter plane had its origins in a series of trophy-winning seaplanes from the 1920s and 1930s, and how it was developed. This engrossing book retells the story of the iconic aircraft of World War I. It goes into the heart of the action, showing what it was like to fly a spitfire in the Battle of Britain, and tells the moving stories of the brave young pilots who flew this all-conquering machine. In addition, this book lists where surviving planes can be seen today so that you see the incredible aircraft for yourself. The fascinating and informed text, written by a leading expert in the field and accompanied by over 250 stunning contemporary and historical photos, make this the ultimate reference for anybody with an interest in military history or aviation.
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This is fully revised and updated edition of the world's finest and most authoritative source of gardening advice, from the experts at the RHS. Marking 20 years since first publication, the updated edition of the "RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening" is the classic reference for keen gardeners. Packed with unrivalled gardening advice you'll find guidance and step-by-steps on everything from pruning to propagation. Plus new topics reflect current trends including how to grow fruit and vegetables in containers and green roofs. Whatever your level of skill in the great outdoors, expert tips and guidance from editor Christopher Brickell and a team of specialist contributors, "The RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening" will help you create and keep your garden perfect all year round.
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This authoritative book sketches the historical development of amphibious warfare, using real examples to illustrate the great range of scale, from raiding to full-scale invasion, with historical examples. It highlights the many coordinated activities necessary for a successful operation, from surveying and minesweeping to fire support, fighter direction and tri-service control. Two illustrated country-by-country directories cover landing ships, which transport personnel, cargo and vehicles from shore-to-shore, and landing craft, which focus on ship-to-shore movements. This instructive volume containing 530 photographs will provide enthusiasts and historians with a lively and engaging guide to a fascinating subject.
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This is a treasury of sewing and fabric craft techniques and projects, complete with additional CD-ROM containing all the patterns and templates you will need. It features full step-by-step instructions for every sewing technique, catering for everyone from first-time dabblers to the more adventurous sewers. Over 150 projects are fully explained and beautifully shot - a key blend of accessible and aspirational. Detailed UK sources and buyer's guide, and a full rundown of essential tools and materials make this a lasting reference.
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This is a beautifully illustrated guide to trees from around the world. It is a comprehensive guide to over 600 trees from the tropics and temperate worlds, with more than 800 photographs and illustrations. It includes conifers, deciduous broadleaf trees, striking cacti-like palms and fruit trees. It features stunning watercolour artworks of each tree through the seasons, and useful maps show the natural distribution of each tree. Without trees there would be no life on Earth, and this wonderful encyclopedia provides all you need to know about these amazing plants. This book explains what a tree is, how it lives, grows and dies, and describes the purpose of its buds, branches, flowers, leaves, roots, cones, fruit and bark. Each tree is each accompanied by a watercolour artwork, along with photographs of their defining characteristics to make identification easy.
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This title tells the story of the greatest night bomber of World War II, illustrated with over 275 photographs. It takes you through the design, development, construction and history of the Lancaster, as well as its role in the major battles of the war. It includes first-hand accounts from people who lived through the war in Germany and in Britain, as well as profiles of the pilots who flew and fought over Europe. Stunning photographs of the planes themselves and of the destruction wrought on its target cities bring the devastating power of these machines to life. It features a fascinating and engaging narrative written by a leading military history expert. "The Lancaster Bomber" led the air offensive in the darkest days of World War II. This book describes how the plane was developed to fit into an entirely new role in warfare, and explains how the Lancaster could take the war to the enemy to devastating effect. Also covered is the production of the plane and the modifications made throughout its lifetime. This book shows what it was like to fly a Lancaster over the flak-filled skies of Nazi Germany, and lists where surviving planes can be seen today. This fascinating text is the ultimate reference for anybody with an interest in military history or aviation.
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The American president is the most powerful and influential political leader in the world. As commander-in-chief of the armed forces, head of state and head of government, a handful of men have been elected to this exalted position. This visual directory of the early presidents of America looks at the roll call of the first men voted to high office. Their social backgrounds, education, military or legal training and career path to the presidency are presented along with an insightful analysis of the success each made of the role as statesman and politician. Illustrated with over 225 stunning archive photographs and paintings, this fascinating and accessible volume explores the formation of the United States and the political leaders who helped to steer a course through a century of domestic and international history.
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Since war is among the oldest of human activities - long antedating the invention of writing - presumably the earliest attempts to record it took the form of poems or songs that were performed on suitable occasions. However revealing or inspiring, poems are no substitute for military theory and written history.
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A visual guide to how the world really works, through stunning infographics and data visualisations, thoroughly revised, recalculated and reimagined for this new edition. We are overwhelmed by information - from our phones, our televisions, our computers, our newspapers. This new edition of Information is Beautiful has been revised throughout with over 20 updates and 20 new visualisations. It offers shelter from the flood by visualising data in a new way that blends facts with their connections, their context and their relationships - making information meaningful, entertaining and beautiful. This is information like you have never seen it before - easy to flick through but also engaging enough to study - information that comes to life in your hands and your eyes.
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Updated and expanded version of the classic reference work, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Opera, this new text edition examines the history and development of opera, from its roots in the theatrical choral dances of Ancient Greece, through the sublime compositions of Handel and Mozart and on to the groundbreaking works of Verdi, Wagner and beyond. Organised by era, the composers and their works, along with the key librettists and singers of the period, are placed in their historical, social and cultural context through extensive introductory sections. Cross-references and theme boxes allow the reader to follow a particular area of interest throughout the book, or to explore related information. The comprehensive text brings to life the splendour and emotional energy of the best operas, performers and companies.
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A superb reference for anyone interested in the world's tropical flora. Accessing detailed and accurate information on tropical plants is not always easy, yet there is a huge interest in the beautiful and fascinating flora from the tropical regions of the world. This book is the most comprehensive survey of tropical plants in a single publication to date. Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants brings together over 3,000 species of tropical plants selected to reflect the major plant groups in the tropics all over the world. It uses the most up-to-date nomenclature and systematics and arranges the species in family order, rather than by the usual alphabetical genus name, which makes identification and comparison of similar plants easier. Species descriptions include the plant's leaves, flowers, stems and fruit, as well as its native habitat, distribution, blooming season and zone. Full-colour photographs illustrate the major features of the plants described. Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants is an up-to-date, comprehensive and authoritative reference for botanists, horticulturists, professional growers and tropical plant enthusiasts.
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Super-powered with on-the-page links to over 300 amazing videos, YouTube World Records showcases the greatest feats ever recorded on the file-sharing website. From the tallest and smallest to the greatest and maddest, YouTube World Records has it covered. This unique collection contains a host of amazing feats, stunts and tricks - including pancake tossing and fiery-hot pepper eating, mega-quick drumming and unbelievable basketball slam-dunks. This is the ultimate celebration of the world's greatest records.
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RHS experts make it easy to find the perfect plant for every site. Whether your garden is stuck in shade or scorching in the sun, RHS What Plant Where Encyclopedia is the go-to guide for making the most of your garden. You can solve your garden problems with simple steps to assess your site and soil and then use the at-a-glance classification guide and photos to choose from over 2,000 plants. Landscape your garden with tips for creating stylish beds or borders and inspirational planting "recipes". Plus, a section on fragrant or colourful plants helps transform your garden into your own Eden. RHS What Plant Where Encyclopedia is the indispensible guide to perfect planting.
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An astonishing record of the knowledge of a civilization, The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition catalogues everything known to exist from the perspective of a 14th-century Egyptian scholar and litterateur. More than 9,000 pages and 30 volumes--here abridged to one volume, and translated into English for the first time--it contains entries on everything from medieval moon-worshiping cults, sexual aphrodisiacs, and the substance of clouds, to how to get the smell of alcohol off one's breath, the deliciousness of cheese made from buffalo milk, and the nesting habits of flamingos. Similar works by Western authors, including Pliny's Natural History, have been available in English for centuries. This ground-breaking translation of a remarkable Arabic text--expertly abridged and annotated--offers a look at the world through the highly literary and impressively knowledgeable societies of the classical Islamic world. Meticulously arranged and delightfully eclectic, it is a compendium to be treasured--a true monument of erudition.
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Today's most visionary thinkers reveal the cutting-edge scientific ideas and breakthroughs you must understand. Scientific developments radically change and enlighten our understanding of the world -- whether it's advances in technology and medical research or the latest revelations of neuroscience, psychology, physics, economics, anthropology, climatology, or genetics. And yet amid the flood of information today, it's often difficult to recognize the truly revolutionary ideas that will have lasting impact. In the spirit of identifying the most significant new theories and discoveries, John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org ("The world's smartest website" -- The Guardian), asked 198 of the finest minds What do you consider the most interesting recent scientific news? What makes it important? Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond on the best way to understand complex problems * author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Carlo Rovelli on the mystery of black holes * Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker on the quantification of human progress * TED Talks curator Chris J. Anderson on the growth of the global brain * Harvard cosmologist Lisa Randall on the true measure of breakthrough discoveries * Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek on why the twenty-first century will be shaped by our mastery of the laws of matter * philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein on the underestimation of female genius * music legend Peter Gabriel on tearing down the barriers between imagination and reality * Princeton physicist Freeman Dyson on the surprising ability of small (and cheap) upstarts to compete with billion-dollar projects. Plus Nobel laureate John C. Mather, Sun Microsystems cofounder Bill Joy, Wired founding editor Kevin Kelly, psychologist Alison Gopnik, Genome author Matt Ridley, Harvard geneticist George Church, Why Does the World Exist? author Jim Holt, anthropologist Helen Fisher, and more.
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In this mind-blowing follow-up to the bestselling Information is Beautiful, the king of infographics David McCandless uses spectacular visuals to reveal unexpected insights into how the world really works. We are living in the Information Age, in which we are constantly bombarded with data - on television, in print and online. How can we relate to this mind-numbing overload? Enter David McCandless and his amazing infographics: simple, elegant ways to understand information too complex or abstract to grasp any way but visually. In his unique signature style, he creates dazzling displays that blend facts with their connections, contexts and relationships, making information meaningful, entertaining - and beautiful. Taking infographics to the next level, his new book Knowledge is Beautiful is an endlessly fascinating spin through the world of visualized data, which offers a deeper, more wide-ranging look at the world and its history. Covering everything from dog breeds and movie plots to the origins of life and a timeline of the far future, this stunning book is guaranteed to enrich your understanding of the world.
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