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100 Things You're Not Supposed to Know: Secrets, Conspiracies, Cover Ups, and Absurdities

by Russ Kick

This book sheds light on those things that people in power—government, religious leaders, corporations, the rich and well connected—would just as soon wish you didn't know. To them secrets are power. And...


Power to the Patient: Selected Health Care Issues and Policy Solutions

by MD, Scott W. Atlas

The debate rages on over how to cope with the rising costs of medical care—proposed solutions range from a single payer system with a broad government control to loosely defined market-driven plans. The authors...


France, Europe and Development Aid. From the Treaties of Rome to the Present Day

by François Pacquement, Philippe Hugon, Issiaka Mandé & Laure Quennouëlle-Corre et al.

This book is based on the proceedings of a major conference on France, Europe and development aid, from the Treaties of Rome to the present day, organised by the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Institute...


Burial for a King: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Funeral and the Week that Transformed Atlanta and Rocked the Nation

by Rebecca Burns

In the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, riots broke out in 110 cities across the country. For five days, Atlanta braced for chaos while preparing to host King’s funeral. An unlikely alliance...


The Return: Russia's Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev

by Daniel Treisman

Russia has long been a source of puzzlement— and sometimes alarm—for Western observers. Since shaking off communism two decades ago, the country has seemed wobbly at best, thoroughly corrupt and threatening...


Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt

by Patton Oswalt

Prepare yourself for a journey through the world of Patton Oswalt, one of the most creative, insightful, and hysterical voices on the entertain­ment scene today. Widely known for his roles in the films Big...


Territories and urbanisation in South Africa

by Frédéric Giraut & Céline Vacchiani-Marcuzzo

The DYSTURB database collates, harmonises and inter-relates over time the following different elements: a set of political, administrative and functional maps of the districts, provinces and urban areas; the...


Fallout

by Catherine Collins & Douglas Frantz

FOR MORE THAN A QUARTER OF A CENTURY, while the Central Intelligence Agency turned a dismissive eye, a globe-straddling network run by Pakistani scientist A. Q. Khan sold the equipment and expertise to make...


Lives in Ruins

by Marilyn Johnson

Finding Life in Ruins

Jump into a battered Indiana Jones–style Jeep with the intrepid Marilyn Johnson and head down bone-rattling roads in search of those who dig up the past. Johnson, the author of two acclaimed...


International Security: The Contemporary Agenda

by Roland Dannreuther

International Security is a cutting-edge analysis of the key security challenges and developments in the post-Cold War world. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary examples, from the Iraq war to the rise of...


Why Nothing Works: The Anthropology of Daily Life

by Marvin Harris

From cults to crime to porno parlors—this book is about a lot of things that are new and strange in America today.

This book is about cults, crime, and shoddy goods, and the shrinking dollar. It's about porno...


Cafè Zapatista

by Enrico Massetti

Coffee is, after petroleum, the second product on the world market for exports, the volume of its market of about $ 10 billion. In its cultivation, processing and sale are occupied about 25 million people in...


The Right Decision: A Mathematician Reveals How the Secrets of Decision Theory

by James Stein

CAN YOU EVER BE SURE YOU'RE MAKING THE RIGHT DECISION?

Should you stay in a comfy job with little chance of advancement-or take a riskier one in which you could make lots of money but also wind up on the street?...


Flight Discipline

by Anthony Kern

Flight Discipline is the complete tool kit for any aviator, whether military, commercial, or recreational, to develop the crack discipline needed to be a safe and effective aviator. Major Tony Kern analyses...


Who Let the Blogs Out?

by Biz Stone & Wil Wheaton

Blogs--or weblogs--are a huge phenomenon on the internet. From ultra-personal diary entries to specialized information on a wide variety of subjects (teen ranting to presidential campaigns), blogs are the new...


The View from the Vysotka

by Anne Nivat & Frances E. Forte

Completed shortly before Joseph Stalin's death in 1953, the vysotkii, or "sky houses," still dominate the Moscow skyline today. Seven in all, they were the Soviet answer to the American skyscraper, transforming...


Defending Israel

by Martin Van Creveld

Israel is a tiny country. From tip to toe, it stretches 260 miles long but is only 60 miles at its widest point. Since the days of the British mandate, the question of "defensible borders" for the Jewish state...


10 Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military

by Elizabeth Weill-greenberg

So you’re walking out of school and parked at the gate is a new, bright red Ford Mustang with a hulk of a man in the front seat. He’s sporting a razor cut and wraparound shades. Before you can pass he’s...


Material Relations: The Marriage Figurines of Prehispanic Honduras

by Julia A. Hendon, Rosemary A. Joyce & Jeanne Lopiparo

Focusing on marriage figurines—double human figurines that represent relations formed through social alliances—Hendon, Joyce, and Lopiparo examine the material relations created in Honduras between AD 500...


The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall

by Ian Bremmer

Locate nations on the J Curve -- left for authoritarian, right for democratic. Then figure out how to force those on the left to open their societies, rather than encouraging them to shut them tighter by further...