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review 2020-03-16 14:20
The Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia
The Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia - Barry Cox; R. J. G. Savage; Brian Gardiner; Colin Harrison

by Barry Cox, R. J. G. Savage, Brian Gardiner, Colin Harrison

 

You're never too old for dinosaurs.

 

This is a beautiful book with very professionally drawn full-color glossy illustrations on every page and all the scientific information that a student or researcher might look for.

 

The chapters are organised by species, separating fishes, amphibians, reptiles, ruling reptiles, birds, mammal-like retiles and actual mammals. Each entry starts with the name, era, locality and size of a typical example, followed by an overview of the species. The descriptions don't go into massive detail, but they do make all of them easily recognisable in case you fall into a jurassic world and wonder what's about to eat you.

 

The book is a wonderful reference volume and I could be tempted to get a physical copy just for the fantastic pictures.

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review 2020-03-16 14:11
The Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia
The Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia - Barry Cox; R. J. G. Savage; Brian Gardiner; Colin Harrison

by Barry Cox, R. J. G. Savage, Brian Gardiner, Colin Harrison

 

You're never too old for dinosaurs.

 

This is a beautiful book with very professionally drawn full-color glossy illustrations on every page and all the scientific information that a student or researcher might look for.

 

The chapters are organised by species, separating fishes, amphibians, reptiles, ruling reptiles, birds, mammal-like retiles and actual mammals. Each entry starts with the name, era, locality and size of a typical example, followed by an overview of the species. The descriptions don't go into massive detail, but they do make all of them easily recognisable in case you fall into a jurassic world and wonder what's about to eat you.

 

The book is a wonderful reference volume and I could be tempted to get a physical copy just for the fantastic pictures.

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text 2019-07-16 18:06
Crowdsourced History Reading -- TA's List No. 1: Bulk Entries and Basics
The Weaker Vessel: Woman's Lot in Seventeenth-Century England - Antonia Fraser
The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation - Ian Mortimer
Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty - Dan Jones
Shakespeare: For All Time - Stanley Wells
The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean - John Julius Norwich
The Rise And Fall Of The House Of Medici - Christopher Hibbert
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies - Jared Diamond
The Story of Civilization - Will Durant,Ariel Durant
Encyclopedia of World History - Oxford University Press
Putzger: Historischer Weltatlas - Ernst Bruckmüller,Walter Leisering,Friedrich Wilhelm Putzger,Michael Ackermann,Bruno Mègre,Rudolf Berg,Manfred Vasold,Peter Claus Hartmann,Jochen Grube,Martin Clauss,Bernd Isphording,Stephan Warnatsch,Christina Böttcher,Hans Weymar,René Betker,Ralf Kasper

I'm going to split up my submissions for the crowdsourced history reading list initiated by Chris into several topical lists (with cross references), beginning with the authors and book series I'm submitting in toto, as well as some basic reference material.  So:

 

ALL BOOKS BY ...
* Antonia Fraser (women's history, Tudors & Stuarts)
* Ian Mortimer (British history, particularly Middle Ages)
* Dan Jones (ditto)
* Stanley Wells (Shakespeare -- everything from biographies and history to criticism)
* John Julius Norwich (British and Mediterranean history)

* Christopher Hibbert (ditto)
* Jared Diamond (intersection of (world) history, geography, and sociology)

 

SERIES
* Will Durant, Ariel Durant: The Story of Civilization (11 volumes, Ancient Orient to Age of Napoleon)

* Various Authors: Fischer Weltgeschichte (published elsewhere as Weidenfeld & Nicolson Universal History / Siglo XXI Editores Historia Universal / Storia Universale Feltrinelli, and Bordas / Fayard Histoire Universelle, respectively) (36 vols., prehistory to present day)

BASIC REFERENCE
* Oxford Encyclopedia of World History
* Putzger Atlas der Weltgeschichte (unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge not translated into English -- but for my money, one of the best historical cartographical works in existence)

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review 2019-01-03 12:17
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Surveillance, Security, and Privacy

Had the pleasure of reading this book (in PDF format). Amazing book, especially if you are from the field of IT (like me) or just casually interested about government (or non-government) surveillance, security issues, Edward Snowden and Wikileaks etc. Highly recommended. Although it retails for above $250 on Amazon, you can get it for $30 from CollegeStudentTextbooks :)

 

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review 2018-11-03 00:00
The Encyclopedia of New Wave
The Encyclopedia of New Wave - Daniel Bukszpan,Gerald Casale While I did not actually read every word in this book, I did go through every single entry and look up a song or two on Youtube, and choose my favorites to make a really rad playlist. I learned about many new bands and I learned that what pings my brain as "new wave" is synthpop in particular. The captions for the pictures were very funny.
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