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Knopf Guide: Paris (Knopf Guides) PDF

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"Combines the beauty of a coffee-table tome with the hard facts and compact size of a traditional guidebook." -- Vogue

A city of incomparable beauty, culture and history, Paris has enchanted writers from Balzac to Hemingway and artists from Monet to Picasso. Paris is the place travelers return to year after year -- to revisit favorite cafes, museums, parks  and palaces, to take in the art and architecture, fragrance and couture, music and cuisine. Discover the "city of lights."

Sample the sights and sounds of Paris, from the gloriously restored Marais district to historic Left Bank streets with their irresistible antique shops. Visit the places you have always heard about: the Pantheon, burial site of Voltaire, Hugo and Rousseau; Notre-Dame, masterpiece of Gothic architecture and haunt of the fictional Quasimoto; the Paris Opera, with its glittering chandeliers and resplendent ceiling painted by Chagall. Go underground and explore the famous catacombs or venture out to the celebrated sites nearby, including Versailles, Vaux-le-Viocomte and Chantilly. Discover the romance of Paris with detailed itineraries to guide you through one of Europe's most beloved cities.

Knopf Guide: Paris (Knopf Guides) PDF Details:

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #342299 in Books
  • Published on: 2010-02-02
  • Released on: 2010-02-02
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.12" h x .96" w x 4.68" l, 1.56 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 529 pages

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful.
51/2 of the must have duo
By Stephen McHenry
If you are going to Paris, this is one of the two books that you must have as a minimum. It is gorgeous, lush, dense with illustrations. Knopf does the best job on items like flora, fauna, architecture, history, art, how the city has been seen by others, its fashion legacy, street life, medieval influence, sub-cultures, music, and so on, each topic at least a two page spread that is always satisfying to the eyes.
A guided walking tour is the standard Knopf format for revealing the city, as opposed to the Eyewitness itemized number format. The Eyewitness guide is the other half of the pair that you must have to visit Paris, each complementing the other rather than competing. This Knopf guide has some gorgeous pull out maps/pages in the middle of the book that are really great.
The Knopf weakness is in it's ability to help you plan: There is a wonderful diagram of the Catacombs, on a fold out page showing details about the fascinating sites beneath the city, with pictures of some of the bones in the Catacombs; but nowhere will the Knopf guide tell you what time it is open or when. The Eyewitness guide is much stronger in that respect, the Knopf guides are almost as good as the Eyewitness when it comes to maps, the Eyewintness being better.
The Knopf guide has 7 pages of general index plus 10 pages for listing illustrations. The Eyewitness guide has 20 pages of general index with none for illustrations, which is to say the Knopf guide is more romantic, the Eyewitness guide more practical, they are 5 star both, and you should have both.

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
5Must Have Book
By Robert F. Weir
The trouble with most travel books is that if you don't have the most recent edition, the information is probably out of date. The beauty of this book on Paris is that there is information on the culture, the cuisine, the history, the art, with a small, very small section on hotels and restaurants. This is not just a great book to prepare you for your trip to Paris, this is a book for a student of the city.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
5The real Paris
By Angela S. Fortezza-Soto
This guide is wonderful for anybody who wants to see the true city beyond the modern facade of fast food joints and chain stores. It will give you great insights into the history of Paris, without endless boring lists of hotels and restaurants. There is so much you might miss otherwise, and it would be a shameful waste of time to go there without fully appreciating all the secrets, legends, gossip and wonderful stories. And to read what the writers think of Paris, and how the artists see it....it makes the city come to life. If you want maps and lists, get another guide. If you want to know what you're looking at, get this one!

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Salzman captures post-cultural revolution China through his adventures as a young American English teacher in China and his shifu-tudi (master-student) relationship with China's foremost martial arts teacher.

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  • Amazon Sales Rank: #279288 in Books
  • Published on: 1987-10-12
  • Released on: 1987-10-12
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .60" h x 5.22" w x 8.02" l, .46 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 224 pages

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful.
5A Sense of Wonder
By Boris Bangemann
In 30 short anecdotes, Mark Salzman gives a compassionate and humorous account of teaching English and studying martial arts in Changsha, a provincial capital in central China shortly after the opening of the country in the early 1980s. Changsha has the reputation that "there is nothing to do, nothing to buy, the people have no manners, the food is terrible and their dialect sounds awful" - so the book might have become very different from what it is: insightful, very funny, and full of respect for the often strange customs of traditional Chinese culture. In the best manner of innocents abroad, Mark Salzman knows how to make fun of his blunders in a very charming way. He conveys his sense of wonder beautifully, and does not pass judgment on anything he witnesses. Unlike many other authors who write about China, he is able to appreciate traditional Chinese forms of expression and self-mastery like martial arts (wushu) and calligraphy on their own terms. In his anecdotes he catches the essence of these arts: dedication, commitment, respect. "No matter what the quality of brush or paper," explains his calligraphy teacher, "one should always treat them as if they were priceless."

What Mark Salzman wrote about China some 15 years ago is not dated in many ways. Strange ideas are still being trumpeted as truths, and bureaucrats still like to harass foreigners (although humiliating unwitting foreigners is not "something of a popular sport in China" anymore; today it may even happen that a young female police officer at a police station first lectures you for half an hour on a minor transgression, but asks you out for a date right after she is finished).

Mark Salzman has a wonderful, gentle humor, and an admirable open-mindedness. He combines both to focus not on the ignorance of the people he meets, but on the insight which even ignorance can produce. There is no doubt that one little Chinese boy has no idea about the real Hong Kong, but being asked what he knew about this city, he answers "It's a big department store, isn't it?" Finally, let me say that I have never heard or read of a more charming and polite way of telling a Westerner that he has a big nose than in Mark Salzman's gem of a book: "You have a very three-dimensional face."

42 of 44 people found the following review helpful.
5Hope this books gets on high school reading lists
By A Customer
As a Chinese, I read Iron And Silk and am amazed at how much Mark got into the soul of the ordinary Chinese people. Written in simple, elegant language, there were so many enchanting anecdotes in the short-story-like segments, that it moved me to find an American knowing so much about China. As a naturalized American, now raising my children in the U.S., I have seen books such as Joy Luck Club on the reading lists of my children's high school English classes. It disturbs me that Joy Luck Club really presents a psudo, stereotypical China. I hope high school English teachers will take a look at this book, and include Iron And Silk in the reading lists for their students. I want my children to read good books that tell about a real China. In my opinion this book is much better than Joy Luck Club for high school education. The back cover of this book tells me Mark Salzman graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude from Yale in 1982 with a degree in Chinese Language and Literature. This book is much more than a martial arts book. While it is fun to read as a series of short stories on an American martial arts student's journey in China, it really teaches so much about how the Chinese society is. I highly recommend it for high school reading lists.

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful.
5Review the Book, not the Man, but if you want to.......
By Selma
When this book first appeared, I used it in an urban adult ESL class that was full of immigrants of all ages from China. They enjoyed it and occasionaly argued about parts. Then, a wonderful thing happened. Salzman was in town and agreed to visit our class. What a dear, sweet, and entertaining person he was--speaking in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English--keeping the students laughing for a couple of hours. He also appeared in a public talk with a very different kind of audience--and kept it just as fully entertained.
When the movie of the book came out, and Salzman played himself, I thought it was a bit much, but I can't deny his acting skill.
In answer to questions in the "review" of Lemas Mitchell (see below):
1. Unresolved characters: Who was the girl with whom he took a bike ride? Is this the one that later became his wife?
----Yes, that -was- unresolved, and we asked him about it. He was reticent, even shy about saying more.
He married a California Chinese-American woman, not the woman on the bike. His wife has been an award-winning independent film-maker.
2. Overly-romantic view of some Chinese cultural habits that would consider inappropriate:
----This was humor.
3. Self absorption: Was he really a kung-fu master? Was it all in his own head? Was his Chinese really that good after an undergraduate degree?
----He never said he was a master; rather, he had a master as a teacher. His study of martial arts was what led him into Chinese studies in the first place. Yes, his skill in the language(s) was good. Chinese literature was, I believe, his major at Yale, from which he graduated with honors.
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I'm here reading reviews because I'm thinking of using the book again with college level ESL students and wanted to check out the current attitudes.

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2009 Reprint,updated,printed ""on demand"" - Bahrain Country Study Guide (World Country Study Guide

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  • Amazon Sales Rank: #11081070 in Books
  • Published on: 2008-08-08
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 300 pages

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100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon Southwest Washington, 3rd Edition PDF

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This detailed guide covers the trails within a two-hour drive of the Portland / Vancouver area. Discover a new wildflower trail on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge, hike to a native longhouse at a bird refuge, or rent a fire lookout with a view of Mt. Hood! The book features 56 best hikes for families with children, but there's a variety of tougher trails too, and lots of backpacking options. For adventurers, there's even a list of 108 more hikes. Includes 16 pages of color photos, a wildflower identification guide, as well as info on campgrounds, rentable fire lookouts, and cabins.

100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon Southwest Washington, 3rd Edition PDF Details:

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #16168 in Books
  • Published on: 2006-04-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .70" h x 5.50" w x 8.40" l, .80 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 260 pages

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful.
5An old standby revised
By Hiking Doc
I teach at OHSU. When visiting scholars come for the summer, I advise them to buy two books: (1) Hulley et al, "Designing Clinical Research," which is a technical book about the research methods we use in our research group; and (2) Sullivan, "100 Hikes in NW Oregon and SW Washington," for when they have free time. It has a table of contents that guides the reader/hiker to hikes of her or his level, and then for each hike provides detailed instructions about how to get there and which way to head on the trails. Easy to find a great hike, easy to navigate to the trailhead, and easy to find the route.

The Table of Contents has icons to indicate the length of the hike and whether it's suitable for children. One suggestion for the next edition would be to also provide icons indicating what the drive to the trailhead is like. This info is provided in the hike descriptions but there are trailheads I won't drive to in my low-riding vehicle and it would save time to have icons re: any car vs. SUV in the TOC.

But this is a great book.

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
5Take along this 13-oz. book chock-full of information!
By Oregon Dayhiker
This updated NW Oregon hiking guide is an ideal daypack essential for visitors and residents alike. Bill is a peripatetic author whose slide shows I attend as often as I can, and this third edition was the subject of one of those. He's a friendly and most genial speaker/writer/ hiker whose words and pictures literally 'pop' from the page and propels the casual reader to 'take a hike'. The 2nd edition was good, but this edition's colorful photos of landscapes and wildflowers, plus traveler-friendly easy-to-follow directions and (new!) campgrounds/cabins listings puts it into the 'must-have' category. As a frequent hiker on Friends of the Columbia Gorge outings, I rely on his impeccably accurate descriptions of each hike. I also recommend Timberline Press Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest plus Moon Handbooks Columbia River Gorge for things to do before and after your explorations!

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
5A super book for super hikes
By Anne E. Christie
I highly recommend this book. I own several books of this type and William L. Sullivan's is the best of the bunch. His maps are useful and readable. His description of trails and routes are also valuable. I also recommend his book, "Listening for Coyote." This book documents his hike accross Oregon. It is very entertaining and a fun read.

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

An Account of Egypt PDF Details:

  • Published on: 2006-02-26
  • Released on: 2006-02-26
  • Format: Kindle eBook
  • Number of items: 1

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful.
5Excellent travelogue
By Phil
I just finished The Teaching Company's course on ancient Egypt and the instructor mentioned Herodotus many times, so I just had to read this book. His dates are c.484 BCE - c.425 BCE. He traveled to Egypt when he was about 30 and wrote this book upon his return to his home in Greece. It's a very good description of Egyptian civilization- he covers geography, customs, pharoahs, rituals, gods, architecture and more. It's rather impersonal- he seldom mentions any people he meets. If you're interested in ancient Egypt this is one of very few surviving accounts by a foreigner who actually visited there.

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful.
5The original historian
By Claude Baudoin
This book offers an amazing glimpse into how a historian thought and wrote when there was no prior example of this profession. Herodotus writes with great detail, and is always careful to point out what he saw himself vs. what he was told by others. So we have a dual insight, from reading this, into both the history of Egypt but also how someone thought about history and society 2400 years ago. The language is a bit hard to follow at times because of the style as well as the many references to old units of measurement, but this is well worth making the effort.

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
4Interesting read
By Jetpack
This is a review of the free Kindle edition.

It's very interesting reading about a man's trip to Egypt 2500 years ago. It's remarkable how even then, Egypt was so ancient.

I didn't realize it was believed by some that the Greek gods were the Egyptian gods renamed. Herodotus had interesting views on this, the Illiad and Homer and what he saw in Egypt. He provides tons of detail (sometimes too many) on much of Egyptian history, stories, habits, embalming and animals.

If you have any interest in history, give this is a try. Slightly over 1000 locations. Suggest only for older teenagers and up.

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Fodor's Egypt, 4th Edition (Full-color Travel Guide) PDF

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Full-color guide • Make your trip to Egypt unforgettable with illustrated features, maps, and 241 color photos.
Customize your trip with simple planning tools • Top experiences & attractions • Lodging comparison charts • Easy-to-read color regional maps
Explore Cairo, and beyond • Discerning Fodor’s Choice picks for hotels, restaurants, sights, and more • “Word of Mouth” tips from fellow Fodor’s travelers • Illustrated features on the pyramids, mythology, and hierogliphics • Best sailing trips down the nile and camel rides in the desert.
Opinions from destination experts • Fodor’s writers reveal their favorite local haunts • Revised annually to provide the latest information

Fodor's Egypt, 4th Edition (Full-color Travel Guide) PDF Details:

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #171046 in Books
  • Published on: 2011-03-15
  • Released on: 2011-03-15
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .89" h x 5.36" w x 8.00" l, 1.30 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 496 pages

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
4Outstanding guide
By Jason P Linde
I went to Egpyt post the revolution and found the Fodors book to be a great guide to this country. It needs to be updated given the new political dynamic but it covers the main points well.

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"The process of gathering these images reminded me of the Bible's effortless ability to reinvent itself for each generation and each new way of searching."
—Bruce Feiler

Its stories may be the best known in the world, but its locations have long been a mystery. Where did Noah's ark land? Where did Moses receive the Ten Commandments? Where are the lost cities of Sodom and Gomorrah? Now, in Walking the Bible: A Photographic Journey, New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler offers an unprecedented heart-stirring adventure through the landscape of some of history's most storied events.

Featuring Bruce Feiler's own photography as well as his selections from professional collections, Walking the Bible: A Photographic Journey brings together breathtaking vistas, intimate portraits, and fascinating panoramas, providing firsthand access to the inscrutable land where three of the world's great religions were born—and finally puts a face on the stories that have long inspired the human spirit.

Over several years, Feiler traveled nearly ten thousand miles through the deserts of the Middle East, which led first to his runaway national bestseller Walking the Bible. This new illustrated book follows his route, offering a thrilling photographic voyage through the actual places of some of the Bible's most memorable events—from the heights of Mount Ararat, where Noah's ark landed, to the desert outpost in Turkey, where Abraham first heard the words of God, to the summit where Moses overlooked the Promised Land.

Walking the Bible: A Photographic Journey chronicles a landscape that nurtured the relationship between humans and the divine, breathing new meaning into stories that have been a timeless source of inspiration.

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  • Amazon Sales Rank: #71229 in Books
  • Brand: PBS
  • Published on: 2005-08-02
  • Released on: 2005-08-02
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 1.15" h x 5.32" w x 8.04" l, .81 pounds
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  • 496 pages

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117 of 121 people found the following review helpful.
4Part travelogue, part history book, part pilgrimage
By Rabbi Yonassan Gershom
This book really should have been called "Walking the Torah," since it covers the Five Books of Moses and is written from a primarily Jewish perspective. I suppose the marketing people felt that "Bible" would have a wider sales appeal or something. Be that as it may, the most interesting thing about this book was the profound change in attitude that the journey brought to the writer himself. No, he didn't "get religion" and run off become an Orthodox Jew. However, he did gain a new appreciation for the Bible stories themselves, as well as the various people and places that the Bible describes.

By his own admission, Bruce Feiler was a secular/Reform Jew who started out simply wanting to connect to the physical places mentioned in the Torah, i.e., to literally walk where his ancestors had walked. At first, Feiler thought of the Bible as a sort of Baedekers travel guide. He spent most of his preparation time reading history, geography, and archaeology. Once he got on the road, however, he soon discovered that the Bible is also "in the people" (his words). Whether they are true believers of many faiths or secularists who see the Bible as literature, the people who actually live in these biblical locations have a deep, almost mystical connection to the land itself -- a bond which goes beyond merely occupying a particular piece of real estate. Feiler grew to have this inner experience, too. As he himself explains, somewhere along the line he stopped thinking of The Book as a travel guide, and started seeing it as The Bible.

Feiler's prose style is both creative and highly readable. While some have criticized his incessant junk food metaphors (chocolate mountains, cinnamon hills -- he was getting hungry maybe?), I found them rather amusing. On the one hand, here he is, talking about places mentioned in a Holy Book that is sacred to millions of people. On the other hand, he doesn't pontificate, nor does he idealize. He duly notes the the rampant commercialism at holy sites and, with a wry sense of humor, he comments on many strange justapositions of traditional and modern life. (The fire extinguisher kept near the "true burning bush" in St. Catherine's monastery on Mt. Sinai had me laughing out loud. Was the burning bush was expected to catch on fire?)

As with most personal travelogues, there are things in this one that Feiler doesn't get right, even with his famous tour guide, Israeli archaeologist Avner Goren. (Who, by the way, was paid by Feiler to do this project, but so what? Hiring a guide is a time-honored travel practice, and more than one scholar has financed his research with moonlighting.) What I got out of the book was a deeper understanding of how the lay of the land in the Middle East influenced the Bible. This, in turn, opened up many Torah passages in new ways for me.

86 of 91 people found the following review helpful.
5A Refreshing New Pilgrimage Through the Bible's Stories
By wanderess
Walking the Bible is an absorbing & informative travel memoir of Feiler's journeys through the first five books of the Old Testament. Feiler presents a refreshingly different perpective on this subject because he admittedly comes to the project as a young, semi-inactive-in-the-faith Jewish man. What he learns through the trip by reading, interacting, and observing doesn't seem to give him concrete "proof" of the historical veracity of the events, but nonetheless leads him down a path to understanding faith and to realization of the enormous meaning found within the Holy Land. His appreciation for that land and the conflict and beauty found within it are apparent throughout the book, and I found that appreciation to be contagious.

The best thing about this book is that it enlightens and entertains on spiritual, historical, and travel adventure levels. Scholarly views on the interpretation of Biblical events as well as the geography and culture of the Holy Land are researched and well-presented. Avner Goren was a fantastic guide/mentor who has a greater knowledge of pre-historic and Biblical archaeology than most anyone else around -- his input is priceless. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a thirst for more knowledge about Old Testament times in the Holy Land, and particularly to those in their 20s or 30s who may come to the book with backgrounds similar to that of Feiler. I learned quite a bit, particularly in regards to the motivations of Israeli immigrants and Judaistic views on God's interaction with his people during Exodus. And yet that book does not proselytize in any way -- it simply presents the experiences on the journey.

As to those reviewers who critize Feiler's undertaking of the Biblical journey as unoriginal: "Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it." - C.S. Lewis, MERE CHRISTIANITY

I believe that most people will walk away from reading this book glad that they read it, laden with new information and, perhaps, new questions.

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5Uplifting and Life Changing
By Ben Sherwood
A rare book changes the way you live and experience the world. Walking the Bible does just that and more. It is gracefully written, hugely entertaining, and enormously thoughtful. It is filled with great thrills ... riding camels up Mount Sinai, standing on the very spot where Moses received the Commandments, tasting the salt pillars at Sodom and Gomorrah, crossing the Red Sea in a row boat, beholding the burning bush. Above all, it is a profound, deeply intelligent exploration of the Bible as a vibrant force in our lives and the world. Take the journey -- feel the desert wind, smell the Bedouin feasts, climb inside the great pyramids -- and soon, like the author himself, you will be transformed by the experience, even touched by the Holy Land and God.

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