An Alternative History of Britain, The Hundred Years War

B1819

In this new book, the author has considered how the Hundred Years War could have produced a very different result. Although English history has recorded this period of conflict with France, the first alternative may be that the Hundred Years War was just a series of campaigns in a much longer war between France and England, continuing through British history and surviving to the present day with only a few unusual and very brief periods of peace or truce, and even rarer occasions of alliance.

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Race2Recovery, Beyond Injury, Achieving The Extraordinary

B1818

The author has provided a comprehensive glimpse of one group of survivors and their determination to return to a full life and to take on a challenge that is gruelling for anyone, being accepted by few. The story begins with facing life after a major injury. The part played in assisting recovery by Help For Heroes and the idea of Race2Recovery is explained. The author then works methodically through the key elements by providing a sketch of each team member, the competing vehicles, the support vehicles and the training. The stage is then set for the story of the Dakar race, the stresses on people and equipment, the attrition, and the final triumph of the crew that completed the race to achieve a podium position.

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Great Trade Routes

B1816

Across the vast land areas with low population and deserts, caravans have slowly moved product between markets. Even today a salt route runs across the Sahara. Where silk and spices once travelled by camel train from Asia, they now travel by air or on huge container ships. The authors of the sections making up this book have traced all of the stages of development and the differing approaches as the world population has grown and civilizations have come and gone. This is a history that deserves to be understood by all and this beautifully illustrated book makes an enjoyable task of understanding.

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Rasberry Pi, a practical guide to the revolutionary small computer, Owners’ Workshop Manual

B1815

The manual begins with a foreword by Eban and Liz Upton, the parents of the Raspberry Pi. That nicely places the device in a perspective and is followed by an Introduction that provides a very brief history of the last forty years of computers and networking and gives an introduction to the manual. For anyone who has bought a Haynes manual on any of the many subjects their manuals cover, this manual will be no surprise. It is laid out very logically with crisp text and lavish illustration. Although some knowledge of the subject is required, the contents are understandable without extensive knowledge and even a complete novice could gain from reading the manual.

The manual provides a very readable introduction to assembling Raspberry and turning it into a working system that can receive programmes to make it produce something useful. The manual then works through the options for programming and the various connections and peripherals that can be connected up. In the process it becomes a computing cookbook and readers will find many choices and some exciting thoughts and concepts.

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How the English became the Scourge of the Seas, Elizabeth’s Sea Dogs

B1814

The author has wisely decided to concentrate on what made England distinctive from any other Renaissance State of the period, ignoring the crass political distortions that have been made fashionable today. The result is a book that is delightful, incisive, entertaining and moving. It makes no false apologies and it provides a factual review of how Spain unintentionally encouraged the rapid expansion of England as a global trading nation, and laid the foundations for the British Empire.

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