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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
His early life at sea, led him to seek fortune by sailing west in hopes of creating new trade routes with the Indies. Why he called himself the "Great Admiral of the Seas" and learn of all his struggles to find financial support for his voyage.
Discover more about the comedy team that perfected the art of the pie fight!
The Three Stooges were the hardworking children of immigrants and discovered a love of performing at an early age. Starting out as a vaudeville act, they soon transitioned into movies, becoming a worldwide sensation in feature films and shorts. Never the critics' darlings, audiences loved them for their mastery of physical comedy and their willingness to do anything for a laugh. They remained popular over the years despite several personnel changes that revolved around the three Howard brothers from Brooklyn. Their comedies are still in syndication more than 50 years after they were first shown on TV and continue to delight old fans and attract new ones.
Born in Austria in 1756, he composed his first piece of music, a minuet, when he was just five years old! Soon after, he was performing for kings and emperors. He died at the young age of 35, Mozart left a legacy of more than 600 works.
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.
He dreamt to change South Africa; he changed the world. Spent his life battling apartheid in a peaceful revolution and spent 27 years in prison emerging as the inspiring leader of a new South Africa. He became the country's first black president.
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.
Walt Disney always loved to entertain people. His Family was poor, and the happiest time of his childhood was spent living on a farm in Missouri. His affection for small-town life is reflected in Disneyland Main Streets around the world.
Her reign of 63 years is known as the Victorian Era, a period of industrial, cultural, scientific marked by a great expansion of the British Empire. At 18 years old Queen of the United Kingdom. Married to her cousin, Albert, and had nine children.
At the age of 18 she became religious in India, Teresa shed her habit and walked the streets of Calcutta helping others. Her work expanded internationally, and her name is synonymous for compassion and devotion to the poor.
Blind from the age of 4, he was 15 when in 1824 he invented a reading system that converted printed words into columns of raised dots. Through touch, Braille opened the world of books to the sightless, until now, no one has ever improved his method.
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.
Her teacher gave him a cornet in New Orleans. But his passion and genius pushed jazz into new and exciting realms with his amazing, improvisational trumpet playing. His seventy-year life was a critical time in American music as well as black history.
Gifted painter, talented musician, dedicated scientist and inventor, designing flying machines, submarines, and even helicopters. Yet he had a hard time finishing things, a problem anyone can relate to. Only thirteen paintings are known to be his.
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.
Did you know that Bell's amazing invention--the telephone--stemmed from his work on teaching the deaf? Both his mother and wife were deaf. Did you know that in later years he refused to have a telephone in his study? The history of technology!
Born in 1942, Aretha began singing as a gospel singer. She had a powerful voice and skills on the piano. She released her first albums at the age of 18. In 1987, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, making her the 1st female artist.
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.
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