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A muscle-car book unlike any other, featuring the rarest vehicles on Earth.
In Top Muscle, author Darwin Holmstrom chronicles the ultimate collection of these super-rare high-performance beasts.
In the 1960s, something explosive happened in the automotive world: the United States’ evolving V-8 engine technology was met by 75 million baby boomers, all with an extreme need for speed and all entering the auto market at the same time.
The result was the golden era of factory muscle cars, brutish machines that were unlike any the world had ever seen or will likely ever see again–they truly embodied the “sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll” generation.
Detroit automakers responded, secretly building some of the most outrageous muscle cars ever created behind their superiors’ backs and ultimately creating some of the most powerful vehicles ever sold to the public.
Captured by the lens of renowned auto photographer Randy Leffingwell, these cars represent the absolute zenith of the most valuable collector cars in existence, with fascinating histories that illuminate the wildest age in American automotive history.
The Brothers Collection features over 600 cars, including such rarities as:- The very first Chevelle Z16 ever built, which was also the very first muscle car that Chevrolet ever built- The very first Chevelle SS454 LS6 off the assembly line- The only 1969 Mach I Mustang ever built with a factory sunroof- The very first A12 (440-6) Roadrunner ever built- The very last Hemi ‘Cuda convertible Plymouth produced, One of the eight convertible Trans Am Ram Air III Firebirds that Pontiac built in 1969.
This illustrated book vividly depicts the most endangered birds in the world and provides the latest information on the threats each species faces and the measures being taken to save them.
This landmark book features stunning photographs of 500 of these species–the results of a prestigious international photographic competition organized specifically for this book.
The World’s Rarest Birds has introductory chapters that explain the threats to birds, the ways threat categories are applied, and the distinction between threat and rarity.
Each section includes an illustrated directory to the bird species under threat there, and gives a concise description of distribution, status, population, key threats, and conservation needs.
Today, 571 bird species are classified as critically endangered or endangered, and a further four now exist only in captivity.
It also showcases paintings by acclaimed wildlife artist Tomasz Cofta of the 75 species for which no photos are known to exist.
This one-of-a-kind book also provides coverage of 62 data-deficient species.
The book is divided into seven regional sections–Europe and the Middle East; Africa and Madagascar; Asia; Australasia; Oceanic Islands; North America, Central America, and the Caribbean; and South America.
On that expedition, they collected more than two dozen specimens, saw more than three hundred species of birds, and a plethora of rare butterflies, dragonflies, reptiles, mammals, and plants.
It was to become the most famous wing in the world.
In 1990, a group of Cambridge scientists arrived at the Plains of Nechisar in Ethiopia.
As they were gathering up their findings, a wing of an unidentified bird was packed into a brown paper bag.
Could a new species be named based on just one wing? After much discussion, a new species was announced: Nechisar Nightjar, or Camprimulgus Solala, which means “only wing.
Twenty-two years later, he joins an expedition of four to find this rarest bird in the world.
Rarest Bird is a celebration of a certain way of seeing the world, and will bring out the explorer in in everyone who reads it.
Part detective story, part love affair, and pure adventure storytelling at its best, a celebration of the thrill of exploration and the lure of wild places during the search for the elusive Nechisar Nightjar.
In this gem of nature writing, Vernon captivates and enchants as he recounts the searches by spotlight through the Ethiopian plains, and allows the reader to mediate on nature, exploration, our need for wild places, and the human compulsion to name things.