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Discover the essential facts about Marvel Comics' timeless heroes and villains-from Captain America, Spider-Man, and Iron Man to Thanos, Loki, and Kingpin-with an introduction by the legendary Stan Lee.
This is the "book that mankind has been hungering for," says American comic book writer, editor, publisher, and producer, Stan Lee, "a book that is-now and forever-a shining beacon of wonder, a titanic tribute to talent unleashed."
With this new edition of DK's best-selling Marvel Encyclopedia, keep up with the ever-expanding Marvel Universe. Updated and expanded, find out vital information and secret histories for more than 1,200 Marvel characters-from classics to brand new ones-while getting the lowdown on recent key events, including Civil War 2, Secret Empire, and Infinity Countdown.
From iconic teams-such as the Avengers, X-Men, and Guardians of the Galaxy-to fan favorites-Black Panther, Deadpool, and Captain Marvel to rising stars Amadeus Cho, Squirrel Girl and the Exiles-every significant Marvel character is showcased with the latest comic artwork. Meticulously researched, expertly written, and stunningly illustrated, the Marvel Encyclopedia boasts newly commissioned cover art by one of Marvel's hottest up-and-coming talents. This unique, in-depth, and accessible encyclopedia is an indispensable guide to Marvel Comics that devoted fans and newcomers alike will return to time and again.
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"The only love affair I have ever had was with music." Maurice Ravel
A compelling celebration of more than 90 of the world's most influential composers from the medieval period to the present day, Composers reveals the fascinating stories of their lives, loves, and works. Biographical entries - introduced with a stunning portrait of each featured composer - trace the friendships, loves, and rivalries that inspired each musical genius.
Profiles offer revealing insights into what drove each individual to create the musical masterpieces - symphonies, concertos, and operatic scores - that changed the direction of classical music and are still celebrated and treasured today.
Lavishly illustrated with paintings or photographs of each composer, alongside original musical scores and personal correspondence, images of their homes and where they worked, and personal effects and other important artifacts, the book introduces the key influences, themes, and working methods of each individual, setting their works within a wider historical and cultural context.
Charting the development of classical music and music movements across the centuries, Composers provides a compelling glimpse into the personal lives, loves, and influences of the giants of the classical music canon.
Take a journey back to one of the world's deadliest wars in history through this compelling geographical guide!
World War II was a deadly war that claimed millions of lives and spanned through many areas globally. Delve into this intricately detailed history book map by map to get a sense of the magnitude of the mobility and speed at which these armies swept through these vast landscapes.
Follow the key developments of World War II in unprecedented visual detail, with more than 100 specially created historical maps covering all major theatres of war. Here's what you'll find inside:
- Each of the main maps features information-rich graphics and integrated panels of text to guide the reader
- 11 narrative overviews at key points in the story provide a cohesive picture of events across all theatres of war
- 30 photo feature spreads explore topics beyond the battles, like "America at war" and "Code-breaking"
- 9 main contemporary maps, including battle maps from both Allies and Axis countries, explain key events
Discover how the conflict raged around the globe on land, air and sea, while timelines provide an in-depth chronology of events. Beautiful archival photographs, contemporary artifacts and profiles of famous leaders reveal the full story of the war that shaped the modern world.
World War II Map by Map is written by a team of historians headed by Richard Overy as a consultant. This war reference book examines in detail how the most destructive conflict in history changed the face of our world. It's the perfect gift for students, general readers and military history enthusiasts.
Embroidery is the ultimate stitch dictionary and the ideal guide to embroidery, whatever your level of expertise.
The perfect reference guide to needlework, Embroidery is a comprehensive guide to inspire and inform sewers of all levels. Find advice on which thread, needles, or fabrics work with which techniques, and take a look at an incredible 200 stitches - with levels of difficulty, step-by-step instructions, and ideas on where and how to use them.
This practical guide covers sewing tips for dressmaking, needlepoint, and embroidery stitches, with detailed information simply presented in illustration-rich pages. With Embroidery, it's easy to find exactly which stitch is right for your next sewing project. Whether you're already an expert, just starting out, or are looking for a new hobby at home, Embroidery is an informative resource for all crafters.
Make the most of fresh produce all year round with more than 200 homemade soup recipes organized by season.
The Soup Book is packed with plenty of nourishing recipes for every season. Try winter warmers such as parsnip and apple soup or French onion soup, enjoy a light summer lunch of chilled cucumber soup with dill, and make a hearty borscht or pumpkin soup in autumn. The recipes are organized first by season, and then by ingredient, so you can easily find the ideal soup to suit the fresh ingredients you have to hand.
Featuring recipes from Raymond Blanc, Dan Barber, Alice Waters, and other supporters of The Soil Association, The Soup Book offers plenty of recipe ideas and inspiration to fill your bowl. Each recipe is accompanied by freezing times so that you can prepare your favorite recipes to enjoy later. This updated edition features brand-new and updated photography to accompany the book's refreshed design.
Make hearty, wholesome, and healthy soups all year round with The Soup Book.
Enter the world of myths and legends with this unforgettable compendium that spans the centuries and crosses the continents to share the greatest stories of all time.
Sit back and enjoy more than 80 classic myths retold for the modern reader with engaging text and eye-catching graphics.
Part of the Big Ideas series, The Mythology Book introduces the great and the good, from the gods of ancient Greece to the stories of the Cherokee People of North America. Going beyond the ancient worlds, this book brings to life influential tales of Aboriginal Australians and the Aztecs, each packed with compelling characters, plot twists and turns, and incredible insight into human existence.
Discover the lessons behind every story and get to the heart of cultures far and wide through the inspiring narratives that capture the way communities work together to make sense of the world around them.
This is essential reading for everyone who delights in stories of imagination, action, and adventure, taking new generations back in time to love and learn from the stories of the past.
Get started on your woodwork practice with this ultimate guide to essential carpentry skills, techniques, tools, tips, and tricks.
Complete and easy directions for key skills, from simple joinery techniques to more involved woodworking projects, with clear helpful photographs. Key carpentry skills, from simple joinery techniques to fine woodworking projects, through clear, step-by-step instructions and photographs.
New carpenters will learn about the essential tools needed and the principles of basic design and practice crucial techniques like wood joints, finishing, woodturning, and furniture restoration.
Experienced crafters will enjoy enhancing their skills and learning something new. We'll make sure you choose the right wood for the job and find more than 100 hard and softwoods, plus their properties, in our handy directory.
Put your skills into practice with 28 DIY woodworking projects. This carpentry book will show you how to create home accessories, furnishings, outdoor projects, workshop projects, and more. This reference book provides all the information you need to become a master carpenter and have a houseful of fine furnishings to show for the effort!
Everything You Need to Know About Woodworking
Woodworking is a complete illustrated carpentry course with comprehensive and extensive photos to show you how to become a craftsman. You'll have all the information you need to start your projects right away with simple step-by-step instructions. It also makes a fantastic gift for hobby carpenters.
Inside, you'll discover:
- Tools: Understand how to use hand, power, and machine tools, and choose the right wood for every job.
- Techniques: Follow clear, step-by-step instructions to master all key woodworking techniques.
- Projects: Put your skills into practice to create well-crafted and practical objects, from a wine rack to a chest of drawers.
See the history of witchcraft, magic and superstition come to life with this spectacular supernatural book!
From alchemy and modern Wicca to paganism and shamanism, this enchanting book takes you on a mystical journey that will leave you spellbound. This is the perfect introduction to magic and the occult!
This reference book about magic is packed with:
- Informative, engaging and accessible text and lavish illustrations
- Special features on aspects of magic, such as oracle bones of ancient China, the Knights Templar and magic at the movies, and "plants and potions" like mandrake and belladonna examine topics in great detail
- Quick-fact panels that explore magic origins, key figures, key deities, use in spells, structures of religions and more
This indispensable witchcraft book explores the common human fascination with spells, superstition and the supernatural. It provides you with a balanced and unbiased account of everything from Japanese folklore and Indian witchcraft to the differences between black and white magic and dispelling myths such as those surrounding the voodoo doll and Ouija.
Expect the unexpected with A History Of Magic, Witchcraft and the Occult. It will open your eyes to other worlds. Discover forms of divination from astrology and palmistry to the Tarot and runestones. Explore the presence of witchcraft in literature from Shakespeare's Macbeth to the Harry Potter series, and the ways in which magic has interacted with religion.
Whether you're a believer or a skeptic, this richly illustrated history book provides a fresh approach to the extensive and complex story of witchcraft, magic and the occult.
Why do we need laws? What rights are protected by law? When was forensic evidence first used in court?
This book explores big questions like these, explaining the laws and legal precedents, and religious, political, and moral codes that have shaped the world we live in. Written in plain English, The Law Book cuts through the legal jargon and is packed with pithy explanations of the most important milestones in legal history, with step-by-step diagrams and witty illustrations that untangle knotty concepts.
From the earliest laws, such as the Code of Hammurabi, through groundbreaking legislation including Magna Carta and the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, The Law Book offers an engaging overview of legal history across the world all the way into the 21st century with copyright in the digital age, same-sex marriage, and the "right to be forgotten". Covering the fight for universal suffrage and workers' rights, and the establishment of international legal bodies like INTERPOL and the European Court of Justice, The Law Book explains the stories behind each milestone development.
Continuing the Big Ideas series' trademark combination of authoritative, informative text, and bold graphics, The Law Book uses an innovative visual approach to make the subject accessible to everyone, whether you're a law student, a legal professional, or an armchair expert.
Explore the laws and theories of physics in this accessible introduction to the forces that shape our universe, our planet, and our everyday lives.
Using a bold, graphics-led approach, The Physics Book sets out more than 80 of the key concepts and discoveries that have defined the subject and influenced our technology since the beginning of time. With the focus firmly on unpacking the thought behind each theory-as well as exploring when and how each idea and breakthrough came about-five themed chapters examine the history and developments in specific areas such as Light, Sound, and Electricity.
Eureka moments abound: from Archimedes' bathtub discoveries about displacement and density, and Galileo's experiments with spheres falling from the Tower of Pisa, to Isaac Newton's apple and his conclusions about gravity and the laws of motion. You'll also learn about Albert Einstein's revelations about relativity; how the accidental discovery of cosmic microwave background radiation confirmed the Big Bang theory; the search for the Higgs boson particle; and why most of the universe is missing. If you've ever wondered exactly how physicists formulated-and proved-their abstract concepts, The Physics Book is the book for you.
Series Overview: Big Ideas Simply Explained series uses creative design and innovative graphics along with straightforward and engaging writing to make complex subjects easier to understand. With over 7 million copies worldwide sold to date, these award-winning books provide just the information needed for students, families, or anyone interested in concise, thought-provoking refreshers on a single subject.
Exploring the science behind climate change has never been easier.
Combining bold graphics with easy-to-understand text, Simply Climate Change is an essential introduction to the subject for those who are short on time but hungry for knowledge.
The ebook explains the science that underpins the study of climate change and clearly outlines the pressures humans are putting on the planet.
Assuming no previous knowledge of environmental science or climate studies, Simply Climate Change explains the science of one of the most important challenges ever faced by human life on this planet. It is a perfect beginner's e-guide to understanding how and why climate change is occurring, and looks at possible solutions in policy and technology. Covering the key ideas from the basics of greenhouse gases to microplastics, it is divided into pared-back, single- or double-page entries that explain concepts simply and visually.
Whether you are studying science at school or college, or simply want a jargon-free overview of the subject, Simply Climate Change is the essential guide to everything you need to understand the basics quickly and easily.
With this visual guide to computer programming for beginners, it has never been easier to learn how to code.
Coding skills are in high demand and the need for programmers is still growing. Covering three of the most popular languages for new coders, this book uses a graphic method to break complex subjects into user-friendly chunks, bringing essential skills within easy reach. Each chapter contains tutorials on practical projects designed to teach you the main applications of each language, such as building websites, creating games, and designing apps. The book also looks at many of the main coding languages that are out there, outlining the key applications of each language, so you can choose the right language for you.
You'll learn to think like a programmer by breaking a problem down into parts, before turning those parts into lines of code. Short, easy-to-follow steps then show you, piece by piece, how to build a complete program. There are challenges for you to tackle to build your confidence before moving on.
Written by a team of expert coders and coding teachers, Beginner's Step-by-Step Coding Course is the ideal way to get to set you on the road to code.