Movie Star Chronicles
A Visual History of the World's Greatest Movie Stars
From Amy Adams to Catherine Zeta-Jones, this book profiles over 330 of the most famous names in cinema. Including idols of the silent era as well as today's biggest box-office draws, each biography provides an appraisal of the actor's career, including television and directorial credits, with film stills and a colour-coded timeline charting key performances and awards. The alphabetical listings are interspersed with feature articles on significant themes and picture spreads celebrating some of the best-known stars.
The History of Music in Fifty Instruments
From the double bass to the piccolo, and from medieval lute to modern synthesizer, the instruments of the Western musical tradition are profiled in this fact-filled illustrated guide. The book provides information on each instrument’s origins, developments in its design and its role in the orchestra, together with the names of the most significant makers and virtuoso performers. In addition to those found in standard ensembles, several unusual instruments are also featured, such as the serpent, glass armonica and baryton.
The Story of Golf in Fifty Holes
The story of golf began with wind and sheep sculpting the links of St Andrews, but from the mid 19th century in Scotland and from the turn of the century in America and elsewhere, new courses were built and leading golfers contested important events at them. From Muirfield and Merion to the TPC Sawgrass, this book describes the development of the game by exploring 50 famous holes and reviewing the notable sporting moments they hosted.
In Search of Lost Frogs
The Campaign to Rediscover the World's Rarest Amphibians
In 2010, an international team of researchers, led by the author of this book, set about searching for rare species of frogs, toads and salamanders that had not been seen for decades. This illustrated record of their quest describes the expeditions to inhospitable environments in South and Central America, India and Africa and details their successes and failures in finding lost species, as well as their identification of new species, such as the so-called 'Monty Burns' toad discovered in Colombia.
Flags of the World
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, this A–Z of nations and their flags contains basic information, a summary history and an example of each country’s postage stamps as well as the illustration and full description of its flag. The book also provides introductory sections on topics such as flag history, anatomy and styles; world maps; and illustrated lists of international organizations, sub-national flags, and alphabet and numeral signal flags.
The Bartender's Bible
The 'juniper jewel' has had a long, rollercoaster history, from the 12th-century monks who first steeped herbs in alcohol, through the disreputable 'Gin Lane' days of the 18th century, to today's craft distilleries. This stylishly illustrated book explains what gin is, its ingredients and how it is made. It includes a catalogue of 175 brands from around the world; 18 in-depth profiles of the great distilleries, from Beefeater to Bombay Sapphire; and 10 classic cocktail recipes. Slightly off-mint
The Definitive Guide for Dog Owners
A practising vet and bestselling author, Bruce Fogel is renowned for his expertise in animal health and behaviour. His informative, illustrated guide for dog owners begins with chapters on how dogs evolved, how they are classified, a survey of the modern breeds and our relationship with our dogs. The book then follows the canine life-cycle, with practical information on everything from choosing a puppy, through training and 'childproofing', to caring for an older dog.