In the middle of the Pacific Ocean thousands of miles from anywhere, Easter Island has intrigued visitors since first arrived in the 1700s. How did they build the enormous statues and why? How were they placed in the island without carts or wheels?
An impressive orator, and a brave soldier. Born in Rome in 100 BC, he climbed the ladder of Roman politics, making allies--and enemies--along the way. His victories in battle awarded him the support of the people, but he was a dictator for life.
It was hidden until 1911 when Hiram Bingham uncovered his discovery to the world. Today, many people visit the site to climb the 3,000 stone steps, explore the towering monuments, and see the numerous species that call these famous ruins home.
Jim O'Connor explains what rock music is, follows its history and sub-genres through famous musicians and groups, and shows how rock became so much more than just a style of music influencing fashion, language, and lifestyle.
Musician and songwriter he started with The Wailing Wailers, in 1963. Gospel reggae music around the globe. Bob's distinctive style and his Rastafari beliefs became a cry for the poor all over the world. A symbol of Jamaican culture and identity.
As naval officer, he carried out many deep-sea experiments and improved upon early diving equipment. He filmed his underwater excursions and offered the world a glimpse below the surface. His work, and his red cap are famous throughout the world.
The Great Pyramids of Egypt were built thousands of years ago, and still no one knows how the ancient Egyptians did it! The story of the powerful pharaohs who commissioned the pyramids at Giza, the culture of Egypt, how mummies were made.
The Bermuda Triangle--roughly bounded by Miami, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico--had gained a mythic reputation. It became famous for making boats and ships vanish, and for dissapearing planes right out of the sky. Are these stories true?
Find out why the great ship went down and how it was discovered 75 years later. At 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, the Royal Mail Steamer Titanic, the largest passenger steamship of this time, met its catastrophic end after crashing into an iceberg.
The Berlin Wall finally came down in 1989. Now readers can find out why it was built in the first place; and what it meant for Berliners living on either side of it. Here's the fascinating story of a city divided.
The earth is definitely getting warmer. There's no argument about that, but who or what is the cause? And why has climate change become a political issue? Are humans at fault? Is this just a natural development?
GOOOAAAAAL! Get ready for a front-row seat at the world's most-watched sporting event--the World Cup. Every four years, thirty-two of the best men's soccer teams from across the globe compete for the title of FIFA World Cup winner.
The dynamic story of the Williams sisters, both top-ranked professional tennis players.
Venus and Serena Williams are two of the most successful professional American tennis players of all time. Coached at an early age by their parents, the sisters have both gone on to become Grand Slam title winners. They have both achieved the World Number One ranking in both singles and doubles! Although completely professional and fiercely competitive, the sisters remain close. Who Are Venus and Serena Williams? follows the pair from their early days of training up through the ranks and to the Summer Olympic Games, where they have each won four gold medals-more than any other tennis players.
This title in the New York Times best-selling series has eighty illustrations that help bring the exciting story of tennis champs Venus and Serena Williams to life.
Take your seats, because Where Is Broadway? is ready to take center stage!
In a lively and engaging style, authors Douglas Yacka and Francesco Sedita cover the development of the first theaters and the birth of the American musical, as well as the shows and stars that have become Broadway legends. Readers will get the inside story on their favorite shows and may even discover some new ones.
His obsession with computers and technology at an early age led him to co-found and run Apple, in addition to turning Pixar into a ground-breaking animation studio. His path to success and the best and brightest to come with him changing the world.
Her marriage didn't have a happy ending, but Diana learned to use her fame for charitable causes. She became the People's Princess humanizing the image of the royal Family and showing care and concern for all people, homeless, the sick, and more.
His life in the context of his world when Jerusalem was part of the Roman Empire. In an easy-to-read narrative, this title-illustrated with eighty drawings-also explaining the early origins of Christianity and how it became a major religion.
When the plague broke out in London 1665 he was forced to return home from college. It was during this period of so much death, that Newton gave life to some of the most important theories in modern science, including gravity and the laws of motion.
Born in 1829, at age 11. He began writing adventure stories as a young man and became a popular writer. Mixing scientific discovery and literature in his books like Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80 Days.
Everyone has heard of Albert Einstein-but what exactly did he do? Besides the funny hair and genius label? Did you know that he was expelled from school as a kid? A fun, engaging way that clearly explores the world he lived in and changed.
London: Reginald Kenneth Dwight, Elton John, he started piano at three. Classical music, and then rock and roll. Since his first album in 1969 he has dominated the world with Songs like Your Song, Crocodile Rock and Can You Feel the Love Tonight.
Beloved and iconic symbol of Paris, France, and one of the most recognizable structures in the world! At first, people hated the design of the future landmark, calling it aungainly and out of step with the beautiful stone buildings of the city. Wow!
Over 2000 years ago, under constant attack from nomads, the First Emperor of China decided to build a wall to keep out enemies. The wall kept growing and growing. But its construction had a huge cost- more than a million Chinese died building it.
Developed in the 1880s Hollywood was a small housing development outside still-small Los Angeles. Everything changed in 1900s when filmmakers from New York came here where they could make movies without having to pay Thomas Edison's patent fee.
The history of the feast! After their first harvest in 1621, the Pilgrims at Plymouth shared a three-day feast with their Native American neighbors. The Pilgrims and the Wampanoag didn't know, but they started what would become a national holiday.
"Strike - you're out!" "He's safe!" "Homerun!" Every October, millions of baseball fans around the country anxiously wait to see which team wins baseball's biggest championship. aBut the original games of the 1900s hardly look like they do today.
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