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Galveston: A History of the Island
Galveston -- a small, flat island off the Texas Gulf coast -- has seen some of the state's most amazing history and fascinating people.
America in Space: Nasa's First Fifty Years
The story of America’s space age is told with more than 400 carefully selected images. The story begins in the 1950s with intrepid test pilots venturing ever faster and higher, and opens out into the now-legendary Mercury and Apollo missions of the 1960s that made astronauts into national heroes. The space shuttle era shows us what everyday space travel might look like, while grand vistas of the universe expand our sense of wonder. The large format of the book captures both the human drama and the vast scale of NASA’s projects. America in Space is a photographic record of the greatest adventure of our time.
Walking Historic Galveston-A Guide to its Neighborhoods
A Guide to its Neighborhoods is the city's
first practical, comprehensive walking guide of the Islands most concentrated
historic areas with interesting anecdotes about the people
of their past. Written in a very readable voice, the book is designed
for the Everyman who wanders the city streets and wonders about
the inside human stories of those who lived, loved, and worked in the
unusual buildings that survived them.
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
Using telegrams, letters, and reports, the testimony of scores of survivors, and our latest understanding of the science of hurricanes, Erik Larson builds a chronicle of one man's heroic struggle and fatal miscalculation in the face of a storm of unimaginable magnitude. Riveting, powerful, and unbearably suspenseful, Isaac's Storm is the story of what can happen when human arrogance meets the great uncontrollable force of nature.
Lafitte the Pirate
This superbly written account examines Lafitte's fascinating career and frees the truth of the pirate's life from the web of fantastic myths which grew up around him.
Discovery Channel Sharkopedia: The Complete Guide to Everything Shark
Great book with anything and everything you might want to know about sharks.
Sea Turtles: Amazing Pictures & Fun Facts on Animals in Nature
Bestselling children’s author Kay de Silva presents “Sea Turtles”. The book uses captivating illustrations and carefully chosen words to teach children about "the old man of the sea”.
This series is known as one of the most beautiful on the kindle. The pictures look great even in black and white and are excellent on the full color kindle. The description in the large text beneath is simple enough for early readers or for a parent to guide a child through.
A Weekend in September
John Edward Weems's account of the Galveston hurricane was written more than two decades ago, when many of the survivors were still living and available for interviews. This book is based on numerous conversations and correspondence with these survivors as well as a careful examination of contemporary documents and news reports.
Interrupted Journey: Saving Endangered Sea Turtles
Large, clear, informative photos draw readers into this look at attempts to save the endangered Kemp's ridley turtle. Beginning with a 10-year-old boy who finds a nearly dead turtle during his patrol on a Cape Cod beach on a cold November day, Lasky details the efforts of a team of veterinarians, marine biologists, and volunteers to save the life of this turtle and others. The action moves from the New England Aquarium to the Florida Keys to the beaches of Rancho Nuevo, Mexico (with a map to show the way).
Mission Control, This is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon
This book recounts space history from the Mercury missions through Apollo 17 and beyond. It is illustrated with stunning full-color paintings by astronaut Alan Bean, who walked on the moon with Pete Conrad on Apollo 12 and has devoted his post-NASA life to creating art.