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Forensic Science: A Beginner's Guide

by Jay Siegel

In the wake of the phenomenal success of such shows as CSI, forensic science has never been so popular. The obsessive attention to detail that Grissom and his crew afford seemingly insignificant details like...


Feminism: A Beginner's Guide

by Sally J. Scholz

Feminism is arguably the most significant social movement of the last century and it is far from over. Sally Scholz unravels the fascinating coalition of social and political causes, goals, and ideals that came...


Modern Slavery: A Beginner's Guide

by Kevin Bales, Zoe Trodd & Alex Kent Williamson

There are 27 million slaves alive today - more than at any point in history. Written by the world’s leading experts, this shocking examination combines original research with first-hand stories from the slaves...


Dyslexia: A Beginner's Guide

by Nicola Brunswick

Winston Churchill, Andy Warhol, Walt Disney, Tom Cruise, Agatha Christie, Pablo Picasso. All famous and successful in their chosen professions. All dyslexic. Around 5 to 15% of speakers of alphabetic languages...


Democracy: A Beginner's Guide

by David Beetham

As the U.S. strives to establish democracy in Iraq and contemplates its own democratic system in the wake of a series of controversial presidential elections, David Beetham offers new insights into democracy....


Fair Trade: A Beginner's Guide

by Jacqueline DeCarlo

What’s wrong with buying regular coffee? Does Fair Trade necessarily mean ethical trade? What impact can the average consumer have on global economics? Author and activist Jacqueline DeCarlo reveals why the...


Criminal Psychology: A Beginner's Guide

by Ray Bull, Charlotte Bilby & Claire Cooke

How does the mind of a criminal work? How can you stop criminals from re-offending? What does being in prison do to your mind? From lie detection to psychological profiling, Professor Ray Bull and his team of...


The Rocket Man: And Other Extraordinary Characters in the History of Flight

by David Darling

The wonder of flight has long captured the human imagination. In this beguiling history — ranging from the first aircraft to astronauts and beyond — David Darling tells the stories of the colorful adventurers...


The Cold War: A Beginner's Guide

by Merrilyn Thomas

This guide exposes the reality behind the war between capitalism and communism, two ideologies divided by the Iron Curtain. New revelations show that what was once regarded as simply a struggle between good...


An Endless Sea of Stars

by Jamie Lynn Miller

The year is 2121. While Earth has conquered exploration of the Milky Way, we have yet to develop an interstellar engine to take us beyond our own galaxy. Thus the Intergalactic Exploration Alliance and the Gemini...


Obsidian Reflections: Symbolic Dimensions of Obsidian in Ancient Mesoamerica

by David M. Carballo & Marc N. Levine

Departing from the political economy perspective taken by the vast majority of volumes devoted to Mesoamerican obsidian, Obsidian Reflections is an examination of obsidian's sociocultural dimensions—particularly...


The 7/7 London Underground Bombing: Not So Homegrown: A Selection from The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden's De

by Bruce Hoffman

This chapter analyzes the July 7, 2005 suicide bomb attacks against four London transportation targets that killed over 50 people and injured hundreds others. It was among the most important operations directed...


American Tantalus: Horizons, Happiness, and the Impossible Pursuits of US Literature and Culture

by Andrew Warnes

American Tantalus argues that modern US fictions often grow preoccupied by tantalisation. This keyword might seem commonplace; thesauruses, certainly, often lump it in with tease and torment in their general...


Celebrity Capital: Assessing the Value of Fame

by Barrie Gunter

Celebrities attract the attention of commercial interests and other public figures. They receive payments from sponsors to endorse brands. They are sought out to appear with politicians during election campaigns....


Deconstructing Brad Pitt

by Christopher Schaberg & Robert Bennett

The reactions evoked by images of and stories about Brad Pitt are many and wide-ranging: while one person might swoon or exclaim, another rolls his eyes or groans. How a single figure provokes such strong, often...


Terminal Bar: A Photographic Record of New York's Most Notorious Watering Hole

by Stefan Nadelman & Sheldon Nadelman

In 1972 Shelly Nadelman began a ten-year run bartending at one of New York City's most notorious dives: the Terminal Bar, located across the street from the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square. For...


Scorpion Tongues New and Updated Edition: Gossip, Celebrity, And American Politics

by Gail Collins

From Thomas Jefferson to William Jefferson Clinton, Scorpion Tongues is a popular history of gossip in American politics. Complete with wickedly delightful anecdotes of major and minor politicians and entertainers...


Mavericks of the Sky: The First Daring Pilots of the U.S. Air Mail

by Barry Rosenberg & Catherine Macaulay

It was the pilots of the U.S. Air Mail service who made it possible for flight to evolve from an impractical and deadly fad to today's worldwide network of airlines. Nicknamed "The Suicide Club," this small...


Presidential Campaign Rhetoric in an Age of Confessional Politics

by Brian T. Kaylor

Presidential Campaign Rhetoric in the Age of Confessional Politics analyzes religious rhetoric in presidential campaigns from 1976-2008, proposing a confessional political style successful candidates must employ...


Freedom and Order: How Democratic Governments Restrict Civil Liberties after Terrorist Attacks_and Why Sometimes They Don't

by Gabriel Rubin

This book forwards the debate on how to respond to terror attacks. It compares legislative responses to terrorism in the United States, United Kingdom, and Israel finding that government centralization and abridgement...