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Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa (Paperback, 2nd Revised Edition): John Manning Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa (Paperback, 2nd Revised Edition)
John Manning
R390 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R86 (22%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

This fully updated edition of Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa covers more than 1,100 species of flora, focusing on the most common, conspicuous and ‘showy’ plants around the region.

An informative introduction discusses plant diversity, vegetation types, and includes a key to identifying plant groups. The species descriptions follow and each is accompanied by:

  • a vivid photograph,
  • a distribution map showing range, and
  • an indication of the plant’s flowering season.

This invaluable, up-to-date guide provides the tools and information needed to identify flowering plants across South Africa.

Barbarians at the Wall - The First Nomadic Empire and the Making of China (Hardcover): John Man Barbarians at the Wall - The First Nomadic Empire and the Making of China (Hardcover)
John Man 1
R471 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R95 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The people of the first nomadic empire left no written records, but from 200 BC they dominated the heart of Asia for 400 years. They changed the world. The Mongols, today's descendants of Genghis Khan, see them as ancestors. Their rise cemented Chinese unity and inspired the first Great Wall. Their heirs under Attila the Hun helped destroy the Roman Empire. We don't know what language they spoke, but they became known as Xiongnu, or Hunnu, a term passed down the centuries and across Eurasia, enduring today in shortened form as `Hun'. Outside Asia precious little is known of their rich history, but new evidence reframes our understanding of the indelible mark they left on a vast region stretching from Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China. Based on meticulous research and new archaeological evidence, Barbarians at the Wall traces their epic story, and shows how the nomadic cultures of the steppes gave birth to a `barbarian empire' with the wealth and power to threaten the civilised order of the ancient world.

Field Guide to Fynbos (Paperback, 2nd Revised Edition): John Manning Field Guide to Fynbos (Paperback, 2nd Revised Edition)
John Manning
R390 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R86 (22%) In stock

Field Guide to Fynbos features over 1,000 species from the Cape Floristic Region – home to one of the world’s richest floras. This fully updated edition focuses on the most common and ‘showy’ plants.

An introduction unpacks the world of fynbos – including origins, diversity, climate and adaptations – and is followed by a photographic key and descriptions of the fynbos families. Species descriptions are accompanied by photographs, distribution maps, comparisons with similar species, and notes on traditional uses.

For botanists and amateurs alike, this will remain an indispensable guide to South Africa’s most renowned flora.

Barbarians at the Wall - The First Nomadic Empire and the Making of China (Paperback): John Man Barbarians at the Wall - The First Nomadic Empire and the Making of China (Paperback)
John Man 1
R320 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R68 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

The people of the first nomadic empire left no written records, but from 200 BC they dominated the heart of Asia for 400 years. They changed the world. The Mongols, today's descendants of Genghis Khan, see them as ancestors. Their rise cemented Chinese unity and inspired the first Great Wall. Their heirs under Attila the Hun helped destroy the Roman Empire. We don't know what language they spoke, but they became known as Xiongnu, or Hunnu, a term passed down the centuries and across Eurasia, enduring today in shortened form as `Hun'. Outside Asia precious little is known of their rich history, but new evidence reframes our understanding of the indelible mark they left on a vast region stretching from Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China. Based on meticulous research and new archaeological evidence, Emperors and Barbarians traces their epic story, and shows how the nomadic cultures of the steppes gave birth to a `barbarian empire' with the wealth and power to threaten the civilised order of the ancient world.

Attila - The Barbarian King Who Challenged Rome (Paperback): John Man Attila - The Barbarian King Who Challenged Rome (Paperback)
John Man
R403 R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Save R35 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A stunning biography of history's most infamous warlord, Attila the Hun
For a crucial twenty years in the early fifth century, Attila held the fate of the Roman Empire and the future of all Europe in his hands. He created the greatest of barbarian forces, and his empire briefly rivaled Rome's. In numerous raids and three major campaigns against the Roman Empire, he earned himself an instant and undying reputation for savagery. But there was more to him than mere barbarism. Attila was capricious, arrogant, brutal, and brilliant enough to win the loyalty of millions. In the end, his ambitions ran away with him. He did not live long enough to found a lasting empire--but long enough to jolt Rome toward its final fall.
In this riveting biography, masterful storyteller John Man draws on his extensive travels through Attila's heartland and his experience with the nomadic traditions of Central Asia to reveal the man behind the myth. John Man is a historian and travel writer with a special interest in Mongolia. His "Gobi": "Tracking the Desert" was the first book on the subject in English since the 1920s. He is also the author of "Atlas of the Year 1000," "Alpha Beta," on the roots of the Roman alphabet, and "The Gutenberg Revolution," on the origins and impact of printing. "Genghis Khan": "Life, Death, and Resurrection" was published in 2005. For a crucial twenty years in the early fifth century, Attila held the fate of the Roman Empire and the future of all Europe in his hands. The decaying imperium, dominating the West from its twin capitals of Rome and Constantinople, was threatened by barbarian tribes from the East. It was Attila who created the greatest of barbarian forces. His empire briefly rivaled Rome's, reaching from the Rhine to the Black Sea, the Baltic to the Balkans. In numerous raids and three major campaigns against the Roman Empire, he earned himself an instant and undying reputation for savagery. But there was more to him than mere barbarism. Attila's power derived from his astonishing character. He was capricious, arrogant, and brutal--but also brilliant enough to win the loyalty of millions. Huns thought him semidivine, Goths and other barbarians adored him, educated Westerners were proud to serve him. Attila was also a canny politician. From his base in the Hungarian grasslands, he sent Latin and Greek secretaries to blackmail the Roman Empire. Like other despots, before and since, he relied on foreign financial backing and knew how to play upon the weaknesses of his friends and enemies. With this unique blend of qualities, Attila very nearly dictated Europe's future. In the end, his ambitions ran away with him. An insane demand for the hand of a Roman princess and assaults too deep into France and Italy led to sudden death in the arms of a new wife. He did not live long enough to found a lasting empire-- but enough to jolt Rome toward its final fall. In this biography, John Man draws on his extensive travels through Attila's heartland and his experience with the nomadic traditions of Central Asia to reveal the man behind the myth. "Racy and imaginative . . . puts flesh and bones on one of history's most turbulent characters . . . The rise and fall of Attila, as meteoric and momentous as Napoleon's or Hitler's, makes for fascinating reading in any form."--"The Guardian" (UK) "This bright, engaging, and breezy book . . . suits the tenor of our times."--"The Times" (London) "John Man's account . . . sympathetically and readably puts flesh and bones on one of history's most turbulent characters."--"Sunday Telegraph" (UK)
"One could not wish for a better storyteller or analyst than John Man . . . His "Attila" is superb, as compellingly readable as it is impressive in its scholarship: with his light touch, the Huns and their king live as never before . . . There is something fascinating and new on every page."--Simon Sebag Montegiore, author of "Stalin
""A surprisingly intimate view of the man labeled 'God's scourge' by a Roman Empire in its death throes. British historian Man is also a travel writer, and his physical knowledge of the venues about which he writes lend authority to his reconstitution of ancient history. In recalling a certain Carpathian pass, for instance, through which the Hunnish horde would have passed on its way to wreak havoc and chaos on the fifth-century remnants of Imperial Roman civil order, he writes, 'Good skiing in winter; pleasant Alpine hikes in summer.' He's equally adept at mining scholarly and contemporary sources: In a nearly chapter-long paraphrase of Priscus, the one Roman administrative apparatchik to have met Attila and left an extensive written record, Man serves up an episode of courtly intrigue worthy of Shakespeare. The author tends to favor the speculative view that the Huns were descendants of a central Asian tribe with possible Turkish origins known by the Chinese, whom they first harassed, as the Xiongnu (pronounced with a guttural 'h' sound). Their military might, derived from a pastoral nomadic ancestry, was based on the terrifying expertise of mounted archers; their power would not be surpassed, Man suggests, until the modern era of automatic weapons. Couple this with the known cruelty (at least in the view of contemporaries including other so-called barbarians) of a short, unattractive, but definitely charismatic man with beady, shifty eyes who regularly impaled his captive victims on wooden stakes, and the basis for the myth of Attila becomes clear. Yet, the author notes, in Eastern Europe, particularly Hungary, it persists as the legend of a hero. Entertaining and lucid account of a phenomenal militarist unable to resist a crumbling empire's vast, unprotected wealth."--"Kirkus Reviews" "Man, a historian with an interest in Mongolia and archaeology, has written a popular history as much about the Huns as about their notorious leader. He begins by identifying the Huns as possible descendants of Turkish nomads who created the first large steppe empire beyond China's western borders on the strength of their horse-mounted archers. The steppe empire would, in time, be crushed by the Chinese, its remnants fleeing west to become the Huns. This old theory of Hunnic origins has gained new authority owing to recent archaeological finds in the Altai Mountains and advancements in the study of Mongolian folklore. Man's chapter on the causes for the Huns' military superiority is fascinating, relying on the work of the Hungarian archer expert Lajos Kassai. After years of study and practice, Kassai re-created the bow and the riding and shooting skills of the Hunnish horse archers. His demonstrations of horse archery have given onlookers a chilling glimpse into the destructive power of Attila's mounted archers. Man's book is a highly readable account of a bellicose steppe people and their leader who, long after they departed from the West, continue to haunt the European imagination. Highly recommended."--"Library Journal" "Attila the Hun was 'the Genghis Khan of Europe, ' says British historian Man in this fast-paced though often prosaic account of the rise and fall of the Huns and their infamous leader. Man traces the origin of the Huns, following these restless nomads from the steppes of Mongolia to present-day Hungary. Attila led his people in terrifying raids into new lands in the fifth century. Relying on scant

Searching for the Amazons - The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World (Paperback): John Man Searching for the Amazons - The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World (Paperback)
John Man
R332 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R61 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Sasol First Field Guide to Wild Flowers of Southern Africa (Paperback): John Manning Sasol First Field Guide to Wild Flowers of Southern Africa (Paperback)
John Manning
R80 R63 Discovery Miles 630 Save R17 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Sasol First Field Guide to Wild Flowers of Southern Africa provides fascinating insight into the wild flowers of the region.

With the help of full-colour photo graphs and easy-to-read text, the beginner and budding naturalist will be able to identify the more common wild flowers that grow in southern Africa, discover where they are found, and learn about their unique features.

Sasol First Field Guide to Succelents of Southern Africa (Paperback): John Manning Sasol First Field Guide to Succelents of Southern Africa (Paperback)
John Manning
R80 R63 Discovery Miles 630 Save R17 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

This series of natural history field guides has been developed in the hope that young people and anyone with a budding interest in natural history will take up the challenge to learn the secrets of southern Africa's fascinating fauna and flora. These little guides are an invaluable resource for the beginner, providing information at a glance through superb photographs, maps, and easy-to-read text.

Genghis Khan - Life, Death And Resurrection (Paperback, New ed): John Man Genghis Khan - Life, Death And Resurrection (Paperback, New ed)
John Man 2
R261 R193 Discovery Miles 1 930 Save R68 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Genghis Khan - creator of the greatest empire the world has ever seen - is one of history's immortals. In Central Asia, they still use his name to frighten children. In China, he is honoured as the founder of a dynasty. In Mongolia he is the father of the nation. In the USA, Time magazine, voted Genghis Khan 'the most important person of the last millennium'. But how much do we really know about this man? How is it that an unlettered, unsophisticated warrior-nomad came to have such a profound effect on world politics that his influence can still be felt some 800 years later? How he united the deeply divided Mongol peoples and went on to rule an empire that stretched from China in the east to Poland in the west (one substantially larger than Rome's at its zenith) is an epic tale of martial genius and breathtaking cruelty. John Man's towering achievement in this book, enriched by his experiences in China and Mongolia today, is to bring this little-known story vividly and viscerally to life.

The Mongol Empire - Genghis Khan, his heirs and the founding of modern China (Paperback): John Man The Mongol Empire - Genghis Khan, his heirs and the founding of modern China (Paperback)
John Man 1
R263 R175 Discovery Miles 1 750 Save R88 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Genghis Khan is one of history's immortals: a leader of genius, driven by an inspiring vision for peaceful world rule. Believing he was divinely protected, Genghis united warring clans to create a nation and then an empire that ran across much of Asia. Under his grandson, Kublai Khan, the vision evolved into a more complex religious ideology, justifying further expansion. Kublai doubled the empire's size until, in the late 13th century, he and the rest of Genghis's `Golden Family' controlled one fifth of the inhabited world. Along the way, he conquered all China, gave the nation the borders it has today, and then, finally, discovered the limits to growth. Genghis's dream of world rule turned out to be a fantasy. And yet, in terms of the sheer scale of the conquests, never has a vision and the character of one man had such an effect on the world. Charting the evolution of this vision, John Man provides a unique account of the Mongol Empire, from young Genghis to old Kublai, from a rejected teenager to the world's most powerful emperor.

Amazons - The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World (Paperback): John Man Amazons - The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World (Paperback)
John Man 1
R215 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R46 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Since the time of the ancient Greeks we have been fascinated by accounts of the Amazons, an elusive tribe of hard-fighting, horse-riding female warriors. Equal to men in battle, legends claimed they cut off their right breasts to improve their archery skills and routinely killed their male children to purify their ranks. For centuries people believed in their existence and attempted to trace their origins. Artists and poets celebrated their battles and wrote of Amazonia. Spanish explorers, carrying these tales to South America, thought they lived in the forests of the world's greatest river, and named it after them. In the absence of evidence, we eventually reasoned away their existence, concluding that these powerful, sexually liberated female soldiers must have been the fantastical invention of Greek myth and storytelling. Until now. Following decades of new research and a series of groundbreaking archeological discoveries, we now know these powerful warrior queens did indeed exist. In Amazons, John Man travels to the grasslands of Central Asia, from the edge of the ancient Greek world to the borderlands of China, to discover the truth about the warrior women mythologized as Amazons. In this deeply researched, sweeping historical epic, Man redefines our understanding of the Amazons and their culture, tracking the ancient legend into the modern world and examining its significance today.

The Great Wall (Paperback): John Man The Great Wall (Paperback)
John Man
R239 R177 Discovery Miles 1 770 Save R62 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

China's Great Wall north of Beijing is one of the world's most famous sights. Millions every year climb the line of stone snaking over mountains. We all feel we know the Wall. But we are wrong. It is too big, too varied, too complex to be captured by a few images or a day-trip.
Myths surround it. Many believe that the stone barrier marches across all China, that it has been in existence for over 2,000 years, and that it is the only man-made structure visible from the Moon. In fact, most of it is made of earth, and much of it is not there at all. It cannot even be seen from earth orbit, let alone the Moon. Estimates of its length vary from 1,500 to 5,000 miles. Even its name is deceptive: it is not an it, a single entity, but many walls (hence the uncertain length), built at different times.
Yet behind the confusion are great simplicities. The many walls are united by two ideas -- self-protection and unity -- which go back to the First Emperor, who founded the nation in 221 BC. For 2,000 years, the Wall marked the border between China and nomadic peoples to the north and west. Mutual hostility inspired centuries of attacks, counter-attacks and Wall-building, until the northward spread of China in the 20th century made the Wall redundant.
For this riveting account, John Man travelled the Wall from the far western deserts to the Pacific, exploring the grandest sections and many "wild" ones. He is the first writer to describe two unknown walls in Mongolia. He covers two millennia of history, from the country's first unification to the present day, when the Great Wall, built and rebuilt over centuries of war, has become a symbol of tranquility.

"From the Hardcover edition."

Attila The Hun (Paperback, New ed): John Man Attila The Hun (Paperback, New ed)
John Man 2
R236 R174 Discovery Miles 1 740 Save R62 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The name Attila, the Hun, has become a byword for barbarism, savagery and violence. His is a truly household name, but what do we really know about the man himself, his position in history and the world in which he lived? This riveting biography reveals the man behind the myth. In the years 434-454 AD, the fate of Europe hung upon the actions of one man, Attila, king of the Huns. The decaying Roman empire still stood astride the Western World, from its twin capitals of Rome and Constantinople, but it was threatened by a new force, the much-feared Barbarian hordes. It was Attila who united the Barbarian tribes into a single, amazingly-effective army. He launched two violent attacks against the eastern and western halves of the Roman empire, attacks which earned him his reputation for mindless devastation, and brought an end to Rome's pre-eminence in Europe. Attila was coarse, capricious, arrogant, ruthless and brilliant. An illiterate and predatory tribal chief, he had no interest in administration, but was a wily politician, who, from his base in the grasslands of Hungary, used secretaries and ambassadors to bring him intelligence on his enemies.; He was a leader whose unique qualit

Mapping Antarctica - A Five Hundred Year Record of Discovery (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2014): Robert Clancy, John Manning, Hank... Mapping Antarctica - A Five Hundred Year Record of Discovery (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2014)
Robert Clancy, John Manning, Hank Brolsma
R766 R706 Discovery Miles 7 060 Save R60 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Everyone likes maps and maps are always used to illustrate the many books on the Antarctic. Here the focus is reversed with contemporary maps telling the story - one that should be attractive to the widest audience as it is a unique approach complimenting what has gone before and providing something different for all interested in Antarctica.

The Leadership Secrets of Genghis Khan (Paperback): John Man The Leadership Secrets of Genghis Khan (Paperback)
John Man 1
R205 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Save R56 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

What would Genghis have done? Lessons in leadership from history's most successful (and ruthless) conqueror.
Genghis Khan has a very strong claim to be the greatest leader the world has ever seen. As a teenager he was an outcast, fleeing enemies on a mountain in northern Mongolia, an exile, a nobody. Yet it took only twenty years for Genghis to build the largest land empire in history: four times the size of Alexander's, twice the size of Rome's. How did he do it? What lessons does his life reveal about the nature of leadership? What is "greatness" in leadership? What traits did Genghis possess exactly? Might they apply in other times and other places -- even here and today?
John Man re-examines the life of Genghis Khan to discover the qualities, characteristics and strategies that made him the great leader that he was. The answers are sometimes surprising. Far from being just the tyrant that history records, he was a leader of exceptional vision and modernity. And many of the secrets of his success are as useful in today's competitive business world as they were in rallying the Mongol hordes.

Saladin (Paperback): John Man Saladin (Paperback)
John Man
R328 R267 Discovery Miles 2 670 Save R61 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In this authoritative biography, historian John Man brings Saladin and his world to life with vivid detail in "a rollicking good story" (Justin Marozzi). As the man who united the Arabs and saved Islam from Christian crusaders in the twelfth century, Saladin is the Islamic world's preeminent hero. A ruthless defender of his faith and a brilliant leader, he also possessed qualities that won admiration from his Christian foes. But Saladin is far more than a historical hero. He is a symbol of hope for an Arab world once again divided, an immensely potent icon of religious and military resistance to the West. Saladin explores the life and enduring legacy of this champion of Islam while examining his significance for the world today.

Saladin (Hardcover): John Man Saladin (Hardcover)
John Man
R493 R445 Discovery Miles 4 450 Save R48 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In this authoritative biography, historian John Man brings Saladin and his world to life with vivid detail in "a rollicking good story" (Justin Marozzi). Saladin remains one of the most iconic figures of his age. As the man who united the Arabs and saved Islam from Christian crusaders in the twelfth century, he is the Islamic world's preeminent hero. A ruthless defender of his faith and brilliant leader, he also possessed qualities that won admiration from his Christian foes. But Saladin is far more than a historical hero. Builder, literary patron, and theologian, he is a man for all times, and a symbol of hope for an Arab world once again divided. Centuries after his death, in cities from Damascus to Cairo and beyond, to the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf, Saladin continues to be an immensely potent symbol of religious and military resistance to the West. He is central to Arab memories, sensibilities, and the ideal of a unified Islamic state. John Man charts Saladin's rise to power, his struggle to unify the warring factions of his faith, and his battles to retake Jerusalem and expel Christian influence from Arab lands. Saladin explores the life and enduring legacy of this champion of Islam while examining his significance for the world today.

Photo guide to the wildflowers of South Africa (Paperback, Revised ed): John Manning Photo guide to the wildflowers of South Africa (Paperback, Revised ed)
John Manning
R599 R503 Discovery Miles 5 030 Save R96 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

South Africa has a rich flora of around 19 000 different wildflower species. For those who wish to know more about South Africa's wildflowers this very richness poses its own problems. Most flower guides cover little more than small stretches of the country and the others include too few species to be of much use. Photo Guide to the Wildflowers of South Africa aims to overcome these deficiencies. Carefully conceived to cover those wildflowers that are most likely to attract attention, this countrywide guide includes nearly 900 of the most common and conspicuous wildflowers that occur in South Africa and the neighbouring countries of Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia. The English edition has been fully updated to reflect recent taxonomic changes. This book is now also for the first time available in Afrikaans. An easy-to-use format divides the country into three main wildflower regions, Grassland and Savannah, Fynbos and Namaqualand, grouping the species into each region. Each of the almost 900 species is illustrated and described, with information on its common and scientific names, habitat, distribution map, flowering times and local uses. An ingenious quick guide helps the reader to narrow down the options at a glance. Similar species are placed together to aid comparison and the concise text highlights their differences. Authored and illustrated by professionals with wide experience in producing guidebooks, Photo Guide to the Wildflowers of South Africa is the key to unlocking South Africa's wildflower heritage.

The Gutenberg Revolution (Paperback): John Man The Gutenberg Revolution (Paperback)
John Man 2
R233 R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Save R62 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In 1450, all Europe's books were hand copied and amounted to only a few thousand. By 1500 they were printed, and numbered in their millions. The invention of one man -- Johann Gutenberg -- had caused a revolution. Printing by moveable type was a discovery waiting to happen.
Born in 1400 in Mainz, Germany, Gutenberg struggled against a background of plague and religious upheaval to bring his remarkable invention to light. His story is full of paradox: his ambition was to unite all Christendom, but his invention shattered it. He aimed to make a fortune, but was cruelly denied the fruits of his life's work. Yet history remembers him as a visionary. His discovery marks the beginning of the modern world.

Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa (Paperback): John Manning Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa (Paperback)
John Manning
R380 R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Save R83 (22%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

South Africa, together with Lesotho and Swaziland, has a diverse landscape, with habitats that range from montane to semidesert and fynbos to subtropical forest. Equally varied, the region's flora encompasses some 19000 shrubs and herbs, a large proportion of which bear flowers of intricate and often stunning beauty.

Field guide to wildflowers of South Africa describes more than 1100 of these, highlighting the most conspicuous species and those most likely to be encountered across the country. With an emphasis on identifying plants progressively to family, genus and species level, a novel identification aid and easy-to-use keys guide users to the correct family and genus, while individual species descriptions, accompanied by a clear photograph, a distribution map and an indication of flowering season, help them to pinpoint the plant.

By using this guide, wildflower enthusiasts at all levels will now be able to identify plants accurately in any part of South Africa.

A Middle English Bibliography - Dates, Dialects, and Sources of the 12, 13, and 14 Century Monuments and Manuscripts Exclusive... A Middle English Bibliography - Dates, Dialects, and Sources of the 12, 13, and 14 Century Monuments and Manuscripts Exclusive of the Works of Wyclif, Gower, and Chaucer, and the Documents in the London Dialect (Paperback)
John Manning Booker
R255 Discovery Miles 2 550 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Contribution of Charles Dickens to the Advancement of Educational Theory and Practice (Paperback): John Manning Contribution of Charles Dickens to the Advancement of Educational Theory and Practice (Paperback)
John Manning
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Ninja - 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warrior (Paperback): John Man Ninja - 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warrior (Paperback)
John Man
R306 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R21 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Out of the violent chaos of medieval Japan, a remarkable band of peasants rose to become the world's most feared warriors--trained to perfect the art of ninjutsu, the deadly union of martial arts and deception. Today, however, these real life ninjas are overshadowed by legend and pop culture caricatures. Could they fly? Climb walls? Make themselves invisible?

Drawing on a wealth of historical texts, local Japanese sources, and his own comprehensive treks across Asia, acclaimed author John Man takes us back to the ninjas' origins in China, through to their heyday in the bloody civil wars that ended with the unification of Japan in 1600. Man also illuminates the twentieth-century reemergence of the Japanese tradition of shadow warfare through the Nakano Spy School--the elite military-intelligence academy that operated as an extensive spy network during World War II--and reveals one former Nakano soldier, Onoda Hiroo, who may be the last surviving ninja.

Compelling and absorbing, Ninja reveals at last the fascinating true history behind one of the world's most enduring legends.

The Word in Stone - The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York (Paperback): William John Manning The Word in Stone - The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York (Paperback)
William John Manning
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The Modern Advertisement - Its Resources and Curiosities (Paperback): John Manning The Modern Advertisement - Its Resources and Curiosities (Paperback)
John Manning; Created by Arthur H. Macowen
R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
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