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  • Item #: 013953
    ISBN: 9780794527532
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    Have you ever heard of Zoroastrianism? It is fascinating how many different religious beliefs, (such as Zoroastrianism), reflect Biblical truths. This book is FULL of color and very well laid out, showing beautiful pictures of members of the various religions and religious artifacts. Maps here and there identify in what part of the world the religion is practiced. As it shares about a particular religion, this book often relates a story, parable or saying from that religion. For example, when explaining some of the beliefs of the Pacific Islanders, a Maori saying is quoted: "Feed a man with fish, he will live from day to day. Teach him how to fish, he will live forever." As well as doing a detailed analysis of the main religions and touching on many minor ones throughout the world, this book tries to answer the question "What is religion?" at the beginning and also makes commentaries about religion in society at the end. While stating that they are not trying to promote any particular belief or viewpoint, there is a natural tendency, and I would suggest that theirs is not Christian. This comes through, for example, in the use of BCE and CE in preference to BC and AD and independent references to things over 6,000 years old. A treatment like this of world religions by a non-Christian does smack a wee bit of the scenario between Satan and Eve in the Garden of Eden, "Here are your options: now choose one." While the book does often hit the nail on the head with its descriptions of the different religions, it sometimes misses the boat in its broad sweeping definitions (for example saying that some religions wear headcoverings as a sign of modesty and equality and not mentioning submission). Needless to say you and your students will need to use discernment and turn to Scripture as to whether something is true or not. Some very nice features of this book are the time line and index, and every page directs you to a website to surf for further information. 127 pgs, pb. - Genevieve

  • Item #: 061379
    ISBN: 9781584273905
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    The purpose of this workbook is to aid Protestant Christians in understanding the history and basic beliefs of other major religions. Covers Judaism, Catholicism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, New Age Movement, Unitarian Universalists, secular religions (Atheism, Agnosticism, Marxism, etc.), Jehovah's Witness, Mormonism, Christian Science and Scientology. The text in each chapter discusses the history of each religion's formation and an explanation of beliefs. At the bottom of each page is a notetaking section for students' use. A brief chart summarizes the major beliefs. Each chapter ends with one page of study questions. An answer key for these is not included but answers are easily found in the text. While the discussion on secular religions seemed particularly brief (a mere introduction really), the study of the major religions is thorough. Includes a few black and white illustrations: 8.5" x 11", 104 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 036810
    ISBN: 9781596384460
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    As Christians, understanding the impact of other world religions is vital to our ability to reach out to a lost world with the gospel message. Whether you desire to recognize the influence of other religions in our multi-cultural society or want to prepare your young people to interact with diverse beliefs in the college or work environment, this book will equip you with the foundational knowledge imperative to understanding the biblical message and conflicting belief systems.

    Divided into two sections, this book begins by explaining the six most influential stories of the world that rival the Christian story: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism (Taoism), Judaism, and Islam. The chapters focus on six main aspects of each religion: the beginning of the story (what they believe about the creation of the world), historical origin, religious writings, beliefs, worship practices, and the point of contact-how Christians can engage followers in conversation. The second section takes a deeper look at the Biblical response to other religions along with a survey of literature from Christian theologians today. Discussion questions and additional resources conclude each chapter. For readers who would like to gain a deeper understanding of the material, additional projects, essays and worldview questions are found in the appendix. This supplemental appendix gives families or Bible study groups an excellent way to engage students in learning to apply and evaluate the material. Other included appendices include online links to religious writings and a guide of helpful information if you would elect to visit a non-Christian worship service. While not a required part of this study, the author believes this experience better prepares us as Christians to share Christ's love. Helpful charts, a comprehensive glossary, and engaging personal stories make this a must-have resource for mission-minded families or for families who want to be able to have an impact in their own neighborhood. PB. 215pgs. ~Deanne

  • Item #: 011616
    ISBN: 9780756617721
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    Everyone has a religion, and with six billion or so people on this planet, that means a lot of people holding beliefs. You can see, then, that religion is going to mean a lot of different things because it involves a lot of different people. This book looks at the major faiths from around the world, beginning with ancient religions and carrying on through Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Chinese religions, Japanese religions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and native religions. The author has endeavored to be completely objective as he writes about each of these religions, so no one is promoted over another. With each page brightly illustrated, and closing sections on the Golden Rule, religious timelines, and religious maps, you can become more familiar with some of the practices and beliefs that people of the past have held and people of the present-day promote. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 057543
    ISBN: 9781411470972
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    ISBN: 9781411469235
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  • Item #: 062897
    ISBN: 9780938978497
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    …A Look at Languages from A to Z. Colorful illustrations introduce children to exotic locations around the world. Your travel host is Kate, the daughter in a missionary family, and her parrot friend Mack. Learn about places, languages, animals, religions, tribes, clothing and more fun facts. Add this to any geography unit study, or a unit on missionaries or world cultures! It's also just a fun read! I think a 2nd grader could read this alone, but a 5th grader would enjoy the story too. Some of the exotic locales include Arop, Bwisi, Catalan (sign language), Daakaka, Eastern Apurimac Quecha, Farefare, Ge and more all in alphabetical order until you get to Zinza! I love the stories about Kate's family traveling and sharing the love of God. sc, 104 pp, 10" x 8" ~ Sara

  • Item #: 030162
    ISBN: 9781426215438
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    Did I hear someone say comprehensive? That's a fitting word for this 384-page atlas by the National Geographic Society. Since I'm going to need a lot of space to tell you all about this one, I'm going to get started right away. We'll begin with the usual couple of pages on how to use the atlas, though if you've ever picked an atlas up before, you'll find this one to be as logical and straight-forward as any other. After the "how to" section, we start in on world geography. This section has maps of the physical world and the political world and the hemispheres and poles, and it goes on to cover the structure of the earth, earth's rocky exterior, world landforms, the surface of the earth, world land cover, world climate, world weather, world biosphere, world biodiversity, world population, world languages, world religions, world health and education, conflict and terror around the world, world economy, world trade, world food, world energy, world minerals, environmental stresses, world protected lands, technology and globalization, and the internet. This whole section gives an amazing overview of the world as a whole - ready to launch us into the next seven sections which each look at one of the seven continents in detail. The maps in these sections are in full color, showing towns and cities, roadways, rivers, lakes, mountains, and the like. There are also little fact boxes containing facts like area, population, religion, life expectancy, literacy, flag, and more for each country or state shown on that page. Each continent is introduced with some incredible photography and clear text including brief details of the continent's physical geography, history, culture, and economy. So we get through Antarctica in this way, and there are still a lot of pages left before we reach the back cover. Here's what you'll find: sections on the oceans and space, and an appendix which I'll outline for you a little later. What exactly do these last two sections contain? World oceanography; limits of the oceans and seas; floor maps of the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic Oceans; and the ocean around Antarctica are all part of the oceans section; while the space section will introduce you to some things you have probably never come across before. These are maps of both sides of the moon, a map of Mars, a map of the solar system, a look at the planets, and a 3D structure showing the universe and, in four stages, where our galaxy is to be found. There is a space exploration timeline, and then the appendix. The appendix is loaded with good material, including: airline distances in kilometers (major cities only), abbreviations, metric conversions, geographic comparisons, political entities and status, special flags, foreign terms, world time zones, major cities of the world (lists population and country), world temperature and rainfall, glossary of geographic terms, and a 94-page index (which includes an index of Moon locations). This atlas will serve you well in more ways than you probably ever thought you would need. Its large 10.5" x 14" format and quality hardcover binding will stand the test of time and help keep this atlas looking attractive for years to come. 2nd edition. ~ Zach

  • Item #: 006547
    ISBN: 9781629384726
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    Covers understanding the differences between ancient forms of navigation compared to modern GPS coordinates on maps/globes; choosing the best route on a map; studying rainfall patterns and desert regions; recognizing canyons and volcanoes; creating a bird journal and identifying rare wildlife species; and understanding world religions and sacred places.

  • Item #: 030157
    ISBN: 9780977070497
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    It happens to me once in awhile. I start skimming through a curriculum product and then realize I've slowed down and am reading it thoroughly. This is one of those products. I might be inclined to call it a "practically perfect" introduction to worldview. Designed as a four-lesson unit study and targeting a middle school audience, it provides instructional information, illustrative hands-on activities, and well-developed questions and talking points for family discussions. The lessons move from defining worldview, to finding the commonalities between worldviews, to identifying four worldview "families" (polytheism, monotheism, pantheism, and naturalism) and placing the world's religions in these families, and finally to evaluating the impact of worldview on history. The student is led into discovery: learning to think and evaluate for himself. And, perhaps most important for this age group, they are given tools by which they can continue the evaluation process.

    The Guide is written directly to the student with the parent serving more or less as an administrator. This is an effective presentation methodology because many parents are unfamiliar with these topics and uncertain how to present them. Here, they can become co-learners. Both the instructional segments and the hands-on activities (designed to illustrate and lead the student into understanding) are well-laid out, thoroughly explained and easy to follow. The harder-to-find supplies are provided with the remainder being household/office items. Lessons include definitions, instruction, hands-on activities, processing explanations, review and Table Talk (guidelines for family discussion). Literature selections are used with some lessons to provide discussion points and to further clarify the instruction. The Appendix includes reproducible (for the family) copies of worksheets, literature selections, and a summary of 12 different worldviews. The "very back" of the guide includes nine cardstock pages which are used for some of the lesson activities. The curriculum packet includes the Guide plus pre-cut wrapping papers, three white boxes (flattened, six-inch cubes), and a pair of 3-D glasses. 87 pgs. pb. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 005268
    ISBN: 9780756619527
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    Learn about the countries of the world—and the people who live there—with this DK book. Divided into six continental sections, each begins with a map of the whole continent followed by descriptions of the people who live there. Each country (or group of countries) then has an individual map showing cities, towns and prominent geographical features. Country pages then go into detail about life in those countries. Colorful maps and photos are beautiful with plenty of action shots, people, and scenery. The text is engaging and interesting in short blurbs. A reference section contains information on world religions or political systems. A glossary and index are included. This is a great addition to your personal library as well as a resource for geography and world cultures. Revised and updated in 2010. 304 pgs, pb. ~ Sara

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  • Item #: 074568
    ISBN: 9780890519714
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  • Item #: 068948
    ISBN: 9781499422580
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  • Item #: 067955
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     This timeline poster shows all groups presented in the series World Religions and Cults. There are no specific dates assigned, just time periods. The timeline is presented with God’s Word at the top/core and branching out to the different groups as they appeared in history. The poster measures 24” W x 40” H. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 065936
    ISBN: 9780890518694
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    ISBN: 9780890518823
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  • Item #: 065166
    ISBN: 9780890519035
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     Volume 1 includes chapters on Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Islam, Jehovah’s Witness, Judaism, Mormonism, Baha’i Faith, Deism, Satanism, Freemasonry, Zoroastrianism, World Wide Church of the Creator, and Unification Church

  • Item #: 064468
    ISBN: 9780199325184
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     Students of ancient history will profit from this comprehensive study of the Roman Empire. Unlike many histories written on the culture and civilization of ancient Rome, this volume by Greg Woolf truly seeks to give readers an understanding of Rome as an empire. The main focus of the text, therefore, is on the founding, development, and eventual decline of the empire of Rome. By the time students finish this volume, they discover both the triumph and tragedy that was ancient Rome. This book also includes a few helpful maps, and a small number of black-and-white photos. 300 pgs, pb. ~ Mike

  • Item #: 063128
    ISBN: 9780785819172
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       Fantastic... but there’s much more than timeline here! The timeline itself (folding out to 11 feet from the front cover) is packed with information. Starting from the beginnings of Israel (Biblical history) and continuing to modern Israel, significant events of Jewish history and culture are placed in the context of European, Mid-Eastern and world events. Dating uses the Gregorian and Jewish calendar equivalent from 3761 BCE to 2010 CE. Secondly, the timeline’s reverse side contains articles on Judaism, Jewish history, customs, etc. Finally, a 35-page book attached to the back cover includes detailed information on persecution, Jewish influences in the arts in the USA and Europe, Zionism, Israeli Wars, Arab conflicts, etc. This is an excellent, concise resource for Biblical, cultural or historical studies. hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 044942
    ISBN: 9780890519707
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     Volume 3 includes an overview of secular and atheistic religions, Atheism, Agnosticism, Secular Humanism, Nazism, Scientology, Communism, Postmodernism, Epicureanism and Evolutionary Religions, Dualism and the Types of Religions, Christian Syncretism with Evolution and Other Belief Systems (Compromise), Religion of Naturalism, Materialism, Empiricism, and Afterlife (What must I do to be saved?).

  • Item #: 035669
    ISBN: 9780060794781
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    In this appealing book by noted scholar and teacher of world religions Huston Smith, the author's personal religion of Christianity is explored. By looking at the first 1000 years of Christianity, Smith points out the flaws of both strict fundamentalists and watered-down liberals in the Church today. The book is broken into three main sections: The Christian Worldview, The Christian Story, and The Three Main Branches of Christianity Today. The first section is the most challenging to read (in that it is somewhat philosophical), and it gives the basic views of Christianity while outlining a universal framework that all religions conform to. The next section, The Christian Story, deals with the first millennium of the religion, showing how it was united and its creeds were set by councils. It follows the path of Jesus' life, how Paul founded the Christian church, and gives details about the foundational points in Christian theology (the incarnation, the atonement, the trinity, life everlasting, the resurrection of the body, hell, and the virgin birth). The final section talks about the three main branches of Christianity today: Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism. Smaller denominations within these groups are mentioned, but not really explored. The book shows the difference between these three branches and how they all have their roots in the original Christian Church. This examination of the Christian worldview, its history, and its major branches gives a very well-rounded look at Christianity. With stories and personal anecdotes, the book not only presents the essentials of Christianity, but argues that religious beliefs still matter in the world and modern Christianity (as seen through institutionalized churches) is warped in many ways. 176 pages, hardcover. ~Rachel
  • Item #: 027294
    ISBN: 9780890519226
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     Volume 2 includes an overview of Eastern Mysticism Religions, New Age Movement, Taoism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Overview of Moralistic and Mythological Religions, Paganism, Voodooism, Wicca and Witchcraft, Druidism, Animism, Egypt’s Ancient Religion, Norse and Germanic Mythology, Syncretism in Latin American Religions, Greek Mythology, Stoicism, Shinto, Buddhism, Confucianism, Unitarianism, The Gospel and World Religions. 

  • Item #: 014586
    ISBN: 9780321209986
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    These maps that show the spread of world religions, Alexander's empire, trade routes in the Indian Ocean, Mongol Empires, exploration and colonization, Japanese expansion in Asia, etc., will be invaluable for all kinds of research projects. User-friendly and with an index at the rear of the book, this softcover atlas will be a handy tool in your homeschool. ~ Genevieve

  • Item #: 048694
    ISBN: 9781433506161
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    In this modern world, Christians are often confused or unclear on the Bible's stance on issues. Questions about how the Bible applies to today's society and where lines should be drawn are abundant. That's why this book by well-known, conservative pastor Mark Driscoll is so helpful. In an attempt to answer the most common, controversial questions of his church (Mars Hill Church in Seattle), Driscoll had visitors to the church's website ask questions and then vote on which ones they'd most like answered. Here he answers the nine most voted for questions in an up-front, practical way, with plenty of Biblical references and examples, as well as real-life illustrations. Whether or not you have questions or confusions about the topics, you're sure to find material to challenge you. Far from being dry and fact-filled, the book is written in such a way that you'll remain interested and attentive. Topics covered include the use of birth control, when and what kind of humor is inappropriate or acceptable, predestination, grace, sexual sin, faith and works, dating, "emerging" churches, and the regulative principle. Misconceptions about what God has to say on these issues are common, but this book does a good job of using the Bible as the primary source for clearing things up and explaining issues in a way that's easy to understand and hard to argue against or find loopholes for. By Mark Driscoll, 288 pg, hc. -Rachel

  • Item #: 013786
    ISBN: 9780440406945
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    Newly expanded edition includes an exclusive behind the scenes look at the book's creation, a biography of the life and work of Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaire, sketches from the authors' personal notebooks and photos from their family album.

    Golden fleece, titans, and muses, oh my! This is a very thorough collection of ancient Greek myths accompanied by artful pencil drawings in color and black and white.

    Starting with Gaea and Uranus (Earth and sky), stories are chronological to the Titans, Zeus and his descendants. Supporting characters are also given their due. Children will read about Hera, Hades, Persephone, Pandora, Centaurs, Orpheus, the Gorgon, King Midas, Oedipus, and more.

    The tales are written for children to understand. Add this book to a unit study of ancient Greece, the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Mediterranean region, or even as a study of ancient religions. Compare their beliefs with modern ones. ~Sara

  • Item #: 059250
    ISBN: 9781892427526
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    Have you ever stopped to realize that a comprehensive understanding of the earth, its structure, and its inhabitants are a necessary foundation for interacting meaningfully with our increasingly global-minded world? Taking an overview approach, the North Star Geography course covers geography skills (reading maps, using geographic tools, cartography, surveying, and navigation), physical geography (geology, meteorology, oceanography, ecology, hydrology, and astronomy), and human geography (sociology, culture, religion, transportation, agriculture, government, and economics). Bright Ideas Press and world geography – what a great idea! Student Reader plus Companion Guide CD-ROM (activities: maps, hands-on, research options, quizzes/tests) – what a great idea! Quality content, Biblical worldview, and user-friendliness all rolled up into one package – what a great idea!

    Obviously, the Student Reader is the heart of the course. Each of the sixteen lessons provides 15-20 pages of reading text, full-color illustrations, photos, sidebar articles, and maps. Lessons are divided into teaching segments which are both highly readable and interesting. The organization lends itself to flexibility, and the course could be done over one year (two weeks per lesson), two years (four weeks per lesson), or even one semester (one week per lesson – a bare bones approach). Vocabulary words are in bold with definitions provided in the glossary at the end of the text. The Reader concludes with a reference list that provides options for further study.

    The accompanying Companion Guide CD-ROM (pdf files) provides both basic and "extra" activities in addition to all content from the Reader. It's these pdf files that will allow you to tailor the course for high school, for junior high, or for a combination of ages. Families may make photocopies or print pages as needed, but classrooms and co-ops should contact the publisher for a multiple-use license. Depending on the course time-frame you choose, you will probably have to do some selection of activities, as there is a wealth provided.

    • • Hands-On Activities – there is lots of variety here – some short and simple, some more involved. Materials lists are provided when necessary (and tend to be easy-to-get items).
    • • Build Your Own Atlas – there's a segment for each lesson that includes labeling outline maps, completing fact files, and creating a set of political, physical, and thematic maps. Outline maps are provided but a good atlas as a reference is helpful (i.e. Wondermaps or Atlas of World Geography).
    • • Note-Taking Pages – each lesson has a set of 10 questions taken from the text that serve as lesson review and a study guide for the quizzes.
    • • Memorization Lists – a list of 198 countries, 70 regions and physical features to learn – roughly 16 items per lesson.
    • • Research Questions – a set of questions for each continent which encourage the student to conduct his own research (answers included).
    • • Quizzes and Tests – quizzes for each lesson (based on note-taking questions and map work). A final exam includes questions taken from all 16 of the lessons (answer keys and grading rubrics included).
    • • Graphic Organizers - can be used for all types of studies – world/continent, country, culture, regional geography, and government fact files.

    Homeschool geography courses have tended to be research frameworks that can be used by multi-age students and over several years. While having lots of advantages for families they require planning, preparation, and, often, outside resources. North Star takes a different approach providing a very solid base of textual information but giving lots of options for additional activities and research. It provides all necessary forms and pages, requiring only a good world atlas to accompany the course. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 013796
    ISBN: 9780830857838
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    Want a great resource to help introduce your children to some of the countries and people groups throughout the world? This book, in each two page spread, will do just that! Our introduction to Hazara, for example, had the following: a history telling us that the Hazara people are descendants of Genghis Khan's army, a piece on life in Hazarajat (the region in Afghanistan where the Hazara live), color photographs of people and places, a factfile containing facts about where Hazaras live and how many there are in the world, a story about a Hazara refugee who became a Christian convert, two maps, a Did You Know? piece on the religion of the Hazara, a list of things we can thank God for (one item on the list was the Christian radio programs in Dari, a language most Hazara people know) and a list of things we should ask God for. Other people we learn about include Gypsies, New Zealanders, Azerians, Greecians, Jolas, Refugees and Street Children (in general), and Uruguayans etc. While reading about terrible cruelties and conditions in other countries, the book still maintains an amazing optimism as it shares answered prayers in various countries and faith in God. 221 pgs, pb. ~ Genevieve

  • Item #: 035534
    ISBN: 9781970089028
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    The weekly Monday-Friday, two-page layout pages provide ample space to record your assignments by subject (Bible/Religion, Math, Reading/English, Science, Social Studies, and Spelling/Vocabulary). Space is provided for you to record your prayer requests and memory verses. Games, puzzles, and scripture verses are sprinkled throughout. The back of the planner includes study hints, tips for writing papers, parts of speech, commonly misspelled words, a world map, a U.S. map, and much more.
  • Item #: 018010
    ISBN: 9780393059755
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    Parallel to SOTW, V2, this continuation of Susan Wise Bauer's adult level, readable world history is a "masterful narrative of the middle ages, when religion became a weapon for kings all over the world." Chronicling world history (not just European), the great conflicts of Europe are linked to power struggles in India and Asia and well-known figures stand side-by-side with others who were equally powerful but less well known to us. 745 pgs, hc. ~ Janice