Produced in association with Discovery Channel, this title focuses on the extremes of core reference subjects. From animal giants and futuristic spy technology to the deepest caves and coldest places in the Universe, the astounding facts, thrilling photography and dynamic design will inform and amaze.

This title lifts the lid on the lives and times of six historical figures, including Julius Caesar, Joan of Arc and Charles Darwin. The text is accompanied by colour cartoons and provides an alternative look at history. Readers will delight in discovering secrets such as the inspiration for Shakepeare s plays. Each biography is crammed with well-known facts as well as some lesser-known gems, and provides a highly entertaining reading experience.

This incredible book spans the history of the world, from the formation of the Earth, right up until the modern age. Included are the rise and spread of early civilizations, battles and wars, triumphs of exploration and innovative inventions that changed the way people lived. A list of key dates provides a quick and easy way to navigate through the book.

"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974. . . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver’s license...records my first name simply as Cal."