Jeremy Clarkson has seen rather more of the world than most. He has, as they say, been around a bit. And as a result, he's got one or two things to tell us about how it all works - and being Jeremy Clarkson he's not about to voice them quietly, humbly and without great dollops of humour. In The World According to Jeremy Clarkson, he reveals why is it that: bull; too much science is bad for our health bull; '70's rock music is nothing to be ashamed of bull; hunting foxes while drunk and wearing night-lights is neither big nor clever bull; we must work harder to get rid of crickethe likes the Germans (well, sometimes) With a strong dose of common sense that is rarely, if ever, found inside the M25, Clarkson hilariously attacks the the pompus, the ridiculous, the absurd and the downright idiodic ideas, people and institutions that we all have to put up with at home and abroad, whilst also celebrating the eccentric, the clever and the sheer bloody brilliant.
Exploring family history is an urge that has gripped the nation, and it has gripped Jeremy Hardy too. In My Family and Other Strangers he sets out on the road and on the world wide web to find out all he can about the Hardy clan. He aims to prove - or more likely disprove - his grandmother Becky's dubious claims that they are descended from Sir Christopher Wren and that Jeremy's great grandfather was personal bodyguard and confident to the King. Wild stories apart, Jeremy hopes to find family traits that go beyond a big nose and IBS. Whatever he finds, how will he know how much in the blood and how much is coincidence? Might he discover a comedy gene? But perhaps, more than this, he is looking hoping to build up a picture of those relatives who he knew too fleetingly as a small child, and the people who filled their world. Negotiate the living and the dead, the familiar and the distant, My Family and Other Strangers is a fascinating, often comic and deeply moving look at the world of family ancestry.
You know how it is... you're at a party, you've had a drink or two, and then someone introduces you to a friend. He's a doctor. And it seems like the perfect time to ask all those strange questions you've always wondered about, but never had the courage to ask:Can poppy seeds make you test positive for heroin?What are goosebumps?Why does asparagus make your wee smell?Why do old people get hairy ears?Is it possible to lose your contact lenses inside your head forever?Why do some people have an "outie" belly button and some people an "innie"?Does warm milk really help you sleep?Is it actually possible to get scared to death?This book gives the answer to these and many more questions - pretty much everything you've ever wanted to know - but never had enough Dutch courage to ask!
Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation
Acclaimed journalist Charlie Glass looks to the American expatriate experience of Nazi-occupied Paris to reveal a fascinating forgotten history of the greatest generation. In Americans in Paris, tales of adventure, intrigue, passion, deceit, and survival unfold season by season, from the spring of 1940 to liberation in the summer of 1944, as renowned journalist Charles Glass tells the story of a remarkable cast of expatriates and their struggles in Nazi Paris. Before the Second World War began, approximately thirty thousand Americans lived in Paris, and when war broke out in 1939 almost five thousand remained. As citizens of a neutral nation, the Americans in Paris believed they had little to fear. They were wrong. Glass's discovery of letters, diaries, war documents, and police files reveals as never before how Americans were trapped in a web of intrigue, collaboration, and courage. Artists, writers, scientists, playboys, musicians, cultural mandarins, and ordinary businessmen-all were swept up in extraordinary circumstances and tested as few Americans before or since. Charles Bedaux, a French-born, naturalized American millionaire, determined his alliances as a businessman first, a decision that would ultimately make him an enemy to all. Countess Clara Longworth de Chambrun was torn by family ties to President Roosevelt and the Vichy government, but her fiercest loyalty was to her beloved American Library of Paris. Sylvia Beach attempted to run her famous English-language bookshop, Shakespeare & Company, while helping her Jewish friends and her colleagues in the Resistance. Dr. Sumner Jackson, wartime chief surgeon of the American Hospital in Paris, risked his life aiding Allied soldiers to escape to Britain and resisting the occupier from the first day. These stories and others come together to create a unique portrait of an eccentric, original, diverse American community. Charles Glass has written an exciting, fast-paced, and elegant account of the moral contradictions faced by Americans in Paris during France's dangerous occupation years. For four hard years, from the summer of 1940 until U.S. troops liberated Paris in August 1944, Americans were intimately caught up in the city's fate. Americans in Parisis an unforgettable tale of treachery by some, cowardice by others, and unparalleled bravery by a few.
Bestselling authors Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G. Allen are back following their mega-hit The One Minute Millionaire with new strategies to generate cash quickly. Right now, everyone needs trusted, proven, practical advice and techniques for making money fast. In Cash in a Flash, two of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country show readers how to use the skills and resources they already have to generate permanent and recurring streams of income all in 90 days or less. Using their bestselling two-books-in-oneo formula, Hansen and Allen combine prescriptive information for developing the millionaire mindset and building wealth on left-hand pages, with the continuation of the inspiring fictional story of Michelle from The One Minute Millionaire on the right-hand pages. In this much-anticipated and timely sequel, Hansen and Allen provide a revolutionary approach to financial freedom now.
In this urgent, timely, and passionate book, Nobel Peace Laureate and former President Jimmy Carter argues that the present moment is a unique time for achieving peace in the Middle East--and he offers a bold and comprehensive plan to do just that.
Why Your World is About To Get a Whole Lot Smaller
Soaring oil prices caused four out of the last five recessions. They caused the current recession. And they will cause the next one. Expensive oil costs us more than just money. It costs jobs, homes and in the long run it is going to radically alter the way we live. For if cheap oil is the fuel that keeps the machinery of globalisation in motion, then expensive oil has the same effect as pouring diesel into an unleaded tank. Everything stalls; the engine fails. Oil prices will rise again in the coming years, as this utterly convincing insight into our collective future argues. And as oil prices fluctuate wildly, our society will change dramatically, and for good. From the homes we live in and the cars we drive to the food we eat and the places we work, our daily lives and global economy are going to be transformed. But while this new, smaller world will take some getting used to, it will also open our eyes to a more localised and ultimately more liveable way of life.
The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook: 77 Essential Skills To Stop Climate Change
The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook is the official companion volume to Live Earth concerts, 24 hours of nonstop concerts broadcast from around the world on July 7, 2007. The book presents 77 essential skills for stopping climate change—and for living through it. It is a fun, compelling, and sly deconstruction of a survival guide, think Boy Scout Handbook crossed with WorldChanging atop the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, that offers equal parts tongue-in-cheek suggestions, practical advice, factual information, and bluesky dreaming of ways to save the world.Each skill is presented on a spread featuring a bright, full-color instructional illustration, a brief introduction to the skill and its core ideas, a set of instructions, spin-off ideas, and scientific and environmental facts. The book also includes a resource guide that provides useful resources for the ecoconscious reader.
Good Design Can Change Your Life: Beautiful Rooms, Inspiring Stories
BRING TY PENNINGTON, THE HOST OF EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION, INTO YOUR HOME AND MAKE YOUR DESIGN DREAMS BECOME REALITY.Ty Pennington and the millions of people who watch Extreme Makeover: Home Edition know that you can not only transform a home in seven days, you can transform someone's life. If he could, Ty would renovate every home in America, but even he doesn't have that much energy! So he's written Good Design Can Change Your Life: Beautiful Rooms, Inspiring Stories and filled the book with proof that you don't need a bulldozer and a million bucks to realize your dreams.Focusing on the three most important parts of your home -- sleeping spaces, living spaces, and working spaces -- Ty offers low-cost, high-impact ideas for every budget. You'll learn how to express your personality and your passions in your design and how to get the most out of small spaces and limited time. Whether you want to create a welcoming living room that helps you connect with friends and family, a restful bedroom that lets you face the day energized and optimistic, or a streamlined home office that keeps you productive, Ty has some great ideas to share. From the elegant to the funky, the whimsical to the restful; from walls, floors, and lighting to storage, wallpaper, and fabric -- it's all here, infused with Ty's vitality and great style, along with the emotional stories of the people who changed his life as much as the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crew changed theirs.
Marketing guru Jack Trout unravels the mystery surrounding the world of marketing- the problems facing GM, newspapers and the beer business for starters, and explains the obvious solutions to these problems.
Bigger, badder, sharper, ruder, funnier, bestier . . . this all-new companion volume to the 2005 Christmas bestseller IS IT JUST ME OR IS EVERYTHING SHIT? perfectly complements the first book to form the standard reference work on the shittiness of modern life - like a part-work, only good. Entries include: David Cameron, Lemsip, Baby Asbos, Dream homes, the Chinese Communist Party, Chefs families, Zac Goldsmith, the Olympics, Credit cards marketed as sources of spiritual enlightenment, Nu-Torture, Cornish nationalism, Detox socks, Stag weeks and Politicians called David. Because, if anything, it just keeps getting worse . . .
Can great design transform people's lives? For a new generation of designers, such as Bruce Mau and Yves Behar, the answer is, 'Yes, it can.' To them, design is more than just a question of fashion or taste; it's a way of asking fundamental questions in order to solve complex problems. In Glimmer, award-winning journalist Warren Berger shows how these visionary thinkers are taking design principles out of the studio and applying them to the tough issues of today, from making medicines safer to counteracting the threats of global warming. By approaching seemingly intractable problems with thought-processes that often seem counter-intuitive u 'ask stupid questions', 'embrace constraint' u designers are creating 'glimmer moments' u the point when a life-changing idea crystallises in the mind u and coming up with breathtakingly innovative solutions, from a wheelchair that can climb stairs to a $150 laptop for the developing world, from a revolutionary anti-smoking campaign to a bank without queues and a company that gives shoes away for free yet makes money.
Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
The New York Times bestselling investigation into white-collar unemployment -Americans’ working lives are growing more precarious every day. Corporations slash employees by the thousands, and the benefits and pensions once guaranteed by “middle-class” jobs are a thing of the past. In Bait and Switch, Barbara Ehrenreich goes back undercover to explore another hidden realm of the economy: the shadowy world of the white-collar unemployed. Armed with the plausible résumé of a professional “in transition,” she attempts to land a “middle-class” job. She submits to career coaching, personality testing, and EST-like boot camps, and attends job fairs, networking events, and evangelical job-search ministries. She is proselytized, scammed, lectured, and—again and again—rejected. Bait and Switch highlights the people who have done everything right—gotten college degrees, developed marketable skills, and built up impressive résumés—yet have become repeatedly vulnerable to financial disaster. There are few social supports for these newly disposable workers, Ehrenreich discovers, and little security even for those who have jobs. Worst of all, there is no honest reckoning with the inevitable consequences of the harsh new economy; rather, the jobless are persuaded that they have only themselves to blame. Alternately hilarious and tragic, Bait and Switch, like the classic Nickel and Dimed, is a searing exposé of the cruel new reality in which we all now live. Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of fourteen books, including Dancing in the Streets and The New York Times bestsellers Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch. A frequent contributor to Harper’s and The Nation, she has also been a columnist at The New York Times and Time magazine. A Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year The bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed goes back undercover to do for America's ailing middle class what she did for the working poor. Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed explored the lives of low-wage workers. Now, in Bait and Switch, she enters another hidden realm of the economy: the shadowy world of the white-collar unemployed. Armed with a plausible résumé of a professional "in transition," she attempts to land a middle-class job—undergoing career coaching and personality testing, then trawling a series of EST-like boot camps, job fairs, networking events, and evangelical job-search ministries. She gets an image makeover, works to project a winning attitude, yet is proselytized, scammed, lectured, and—again and again—rejected.Bait and Switch highlights the people who've done everything right—gotten college degrees, developed marketable skills, and built up impressive résumés—yet have become repeatedly vulnerable to financial disaster, and not simply due to the vagaries of the business cycle. Today's ultra-lean corporations take pride in shedding their "surplus" employees—plunging them, for months or years at a stretch, into the twilight zone of white-collar unemployment, where job searching becomes a full-time job in itself. As Ehrenreich discovers, there are few social supports for these newly disposable workers—and little security even for those who have jobs. "A worthy companion to Nickel and Dimed . . . The new book provides a victim's-eye view of the world of unemployed white-collar workers—people struggling, mostly in vain, to recoup the high wages and prestige they lost after being dismissed from the not-so-secure confines of corporate America . . . Like the now classic Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch is alternately hilarious and tragic, a searing exposé of economic cruelty where we least expect it."—The Washington Post Book World "Ehrenreich's acerbic critiques are devastating . . . She does a superb job of focusing the spotlight on a nether world of those without jobs or those profoundly shaken by their inability to find economic security."—The Charlotte Observer "What Ehrenreich has found is something that can't be gleaned from reams of data about levels of middle-class income and unemployment."—Columbia Journalism Review "Bait and Switch . . . resembles a novel by Evelyn Waugh, in which a middle-aged social critic with supersonic verbal skills, a Voltaire pretending to be a Candide, disappears into a zombie zone of career counselors, résumé writers, networking and job fairs."—Harper’s Magazine "A worthy companion to Nickel and Dimed . . . The new book provides a victim's-eye view of the world of unemployed white-collar workers—people struggling, mostly in vain, to recoup the high wages and prestige they lost after being dismissed from the not-so-secure confines of corporate America . . . Like the now classic Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch is alternately hilarious and tragic, a searing exposé of economic cruelty where we least expect it."—The Washington Post Book World"Ehrenreich is particularly acerbic and astute in her analysis of the cult of job seeking. She resents that the onus of unemployment is placed on the individual, as though a positive attitude alone can overcome the pressures of downsizing, outsourcing, and other global economic trends. Being Ehrenreich, she instead longs for rebellion, for the unemployed and underemployed to mount a push for better jobless benefits and guaranteed health insurance. But she knows that such a movement will require a transformation more profound than any career coach envisions, 'from solitary desperation to collection action.'"—Julie M. Klein, Mother Jones"[Ehrenreich] offers a realistic, sometimes despairing perspective on the corporate world and a job hunter's travails. The statistics are revealing: 20 percent of the unemployed today are professionals. Ehrenreich's own story involves a 10-month job search with $5,000 in funds under her maiden name. She endured so-called coaches, networking events, Web sites, even job fairs in the hunt for employment, taking a barrage of personality tests (Myers Briggs, Enneagram) and often suffering fools gladly. The result was two sales-position offers without benefits or salary. Her conclusions are harsh, perhaps atypical for many, yet she tempers the realities with clear-cut recommendations for change. Anticipate a waiting list for this title."—Booklist
Popular science writer Richard Robinson examines different stages of our love lives, from adolescence to later years, where love (as well as sex and infatuation) still exists, in spite of social perceptions to the contrary. Entertaining explications of human interactions, and the misunderstandings involved.
The Complete Book of Muslim and Parsi Names is a practical guide for choosing the perfect name for your child. The result of several years of research, it is an erudite and thorough compilation of approximately 30,000 names taken from ten languages. With the actual and the construed meanings and the history or mythology associated with the name given against each entry, this is a precise and invaluable sourcebook for scholars and lay readers alike.
The Chicken Soup series is a publishing phenomenon with millions of copies sold in over 30 languages. This new book wil be a friend and inspiration during the often turbulent teenage years.
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul is your handbook for surviving and succeeding during the exciting teen years with both your sanity and sense of humour intact. It contains invaluable lessons on the nature of friendship and love, the importance of belief in the future and the value of respect for yourself and others. It also deals with tough issues like death, suicide and the loss of love. You'll relate to and learn from the inspirational stories, without feeling criticised or judged. Like a good friend, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul will be there for you when you need someone and cheer you up when you're down.
Author Biography Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are bestselling authors and motivational speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the professional and personal development of others. They are the co-authors of many bestsellers including Chicken Soup For The Soul, Chicken Soup For The Mother's Soul and Chicken Soup For The Woman's Soul.
A magnificent tale of obsession and adventure' The Independent
After a heavy night of tequila, flatmates Dave and Danny set off on what turns out to be a 24,000-mile journey to meet all the other Dave Gormans in the world. They visit Scotland, Israel, America, France and Ireland. They even hold a party in London where 50 Dave Gormans attend, including two women who have kindly changed their name via deed-poll. Silly, but engrossing, fascinating and addictive - and a touching story of two friends who grow to share a mutual obsession.
Author Biography The average Dave Gorman is 37, 5'6" and works in the financial sector. Our Dave Gorman is 29, is a Perrier Award-nominated comedian and writer. His TV work has earned him two BAFTAs for The Mrs Merton Show as well as his own BBC2 series. Danny Wallace is a writer, producer and award-winning journalist, whose work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent and Melody Maker.
Reviews A magnificent tale of obsession and adventure,Gorman is becoming the Bill Bryson of stand-up: charming, whimsical, adventurous and laced with belly laughs,You'll like this so much you may want to change your name to Dave Gorman,A warm, funny, life-enhancing book
Parkhurst Tales: Behind the Locked Gates of Britain's Toughest Jails
Revealing the secret world of one of Britain's highest security jails as none on the outside could possibly imagine, Norman Parker has spent over halfis life in prison. He was released from prison after 23 continuous years inrison.;From his arrival in Parkhurst in the early 1970s as a category-Arisoner, he mixed with some of Britain's hardest cases. Parkhurst ismmensely tough. But Norman Parker has one special quality that helpedustain him there - he is a natural observer of the human condition.;There atlose quarters he encountered: gangsters, such as Reg and Ron Kray and Eddieichardson; armed robbers, including Great Train Robber Buster Edwards;haracters such as Billy G, a well-known London club owner who went robbingith John McVicar; and "Lambo" Rony Lambrianou of the Krays, as well as aost of others who would prove that Parkhurst itself was such a dangerouslace that you had to watch out for your life.
The moving and inspirational story of a women who turned from nun to prostitute, before finally confronting the demons of her past
Traumatised by a terrible event in her childhood, Carla van Raay entered a convent at the age of eighteen. Expecting to find understanding and inner peace amongst her fellow nuns, she instead became trapped in a web of cruel regulations that drove her to the brink of insanity. Finally released from her vows, she escaped back into the outside world even more damaged than she had been before.
A hasty marriage and separation left Carla with a daughter to support. With few professional skills to rely on from her years as a nun, she turned to another age-old profession - prostitution. She worked as an escort to learn the ropes, then struck out on her own, setting up a massage service. God's Callgirl was born. At first she relished her new-found sexuality, but when eventually the darker side of the business began to assert itself, Carla was forced to confront the dark secrets of her past.
Reviews A compelling memoir, written simply but with deep insight and a passion for life
Across the world millions of people are members of street gangs. In groups they fight, stab, rob, rape and murder anyone who isn't one of their own. and when rival gangs meet - it's war. Ross Kemp, whose dad was a copper and taught him right from wrong, decided to infiltrate these secret underworld organizations to discover who they are, what makes them tick and what the law is doing to curb their criminal activity. On his harrowing journey he: bull; meets murderous members of the Number gang in a Cape Town jail bull; crosses paths with warlords in Guatemala bull; gets shot at in Rio bull; is set on fire as an initiation test for Russian Neo-Nazis Only TV hardman Ross Kemp could get this close to the world's most violent street gangs: he's tough enough to earn their trust and so get them to confide their innermost secrets. It's a wild ride - and not for the faint hearted.
John Sergeants deliciously funny bestselling memoir now available in paperback.For thirty years, John Sergeant worked for the BBC, latterly as Chief Political Correspondent. Give Me Ten Seconds is a riveting and frequently hilarious account of life at the BBC coalface, but it also gives us a unique insiders view of British politics.His mordant wit, keen sense of the absurd and acute powers of analysis pervade the book.
The famous novel about three Nazi generals and a brutal wartime sex crime--and the inspiration for the 1967 film. When a Polish prostitute is murdered in 1942, the suspects come down to three German generals. But nothing happens. Then, in 1944, when the trio gathers again, another killing occurs. However, a coup against Hitler halts the investigations. Then, in 1956, a third slaying takes place-and it's clear that this time, the murderer must be caught...
Author Biography Biography for Jill Morrell
Jill Morrell was born and brought up in Yorkshire. She, too, graduated from the University of Hull and subsequently worked at UPITN. She lives in London.
Biography for John McCarthy Reviews Compelling and moving…A beautiful story','An astonishing achievement: while often wildly funny, it is also humbling, draining, exhausting and ultimately exhilarating to read','A riveting, penetrating tale of adventure','Enthralling…You do not want to put it down'
This book needs no introduction—the hardcover edition was the hottest seller of 2004. Now at last, the paperback edition is available and Katie has brought it right up-to-date with full details of her love for Peter, their new life together, their engagement and their impending wedding. She also reveals the projects she has been working on and what the future holds for her career. No book buyer will want to miss out on the next installment of Katie's life—so fasten your seatbelts for another rollercoaster ride.
OBJECTION!: HOW HIGH-PRICED DEFENSE ATTORNEYS, CELEBRITY DEFENDANTS, AND A 24/7 MEDIA HAVE HIJACKED OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Court TV host Nancy Grace presents her case in this behind-the-scenes look at the high-profile cases everyone is talking about ancy Grace is a name millions of Americans recognize from her regular appearances on Court TV and Larry King Live. Legions of loyal fans tune in for her opinions on today's high-profile cases and her expert commentary on the challenges facing the American judicial system. Now, in Objection!, she makes her case for what's wrong with the legal system and what can be done about it.
Top TV anchorwoman Melanie Adams had given up on love after a failed marriage and an unhappy affair. With her two teenage children and her television news career, she had no room in her life for a man. Then she met famous heart surgeon Peter Hallam, a widower with three children of his own. Suddenly Melanie was experiencing feelings she thought were gone forever. But two families (one in New York and one in Los Angeles), two exciting careers, and two strong-willed people were too much to handle. And Melanie faced a painful choice between her glamorous life in the public eye, her private life, the needs of her family, and the new family she took on. Changes lead each of them to new places, new problems, new people, and the new life they begin.
Tracy Beaker returns in a new absorbing tale. I'm Tracy Beaker, the Great Inventor of Extremely Outrageous Dares -- and I dare YOU not to say this is the most brilliant story ever! I thought I was going to live happily ever after with Cam as my foster-mum. Well, ha ha! It hasn't turned out that way way. Cam is so MEAN. She won't buy me designer clothes, so all the other kids at my new school laugh at me. No wonder I bunk off and go to this special secret place. There are these two boys I meet there, Alexander and Football. We play this Dare Game -- and I always win. I'm the greatest. I am.
"I wanted to know why some parts of the Earth prosper and others suck", writes P.J. O'Rourke, to explain his two-year round-the-world sojourn in search of the bottom line. In this book, he samples good capitalism on Wall Street and bad capitalism in Albania, with stopovers from Hong Kong to Moscow.
Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination, and the Birth of a World
How can you make sense of a world where no one has ever lived? Acclaimed science writer Oliver Morton tells the story of the heroic landscapes of Mars, now better mapped in some ways than the Earth itself. Mapping Mars introduces the reader to the nineteenth-century visionaries and spy-satellite pioneers, the petroleum geologists and science-fiction writers, the artists and Arctic explorers who have devoted themselves to the discovery of Mars. In doing so they have given a new world to the human imagination, a setting for our next great adventure. Oliver Morton is a contributing editor at Wired, as well as a contributor for The New Yorker, Science, and The American Scholar. Mapping Mars was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and nominated for the British Science Fiction Association's award for "Best Related Work." Morton lives with his wife in Greenwich, England. A Discover Magazine Best Science BookShortlisted for the Guardian First Book AwardHow can you make sense of a world where no one has ever lived or breathed? Acclaimed science writer Oliver Morton tells the story of the heroic landscapes of Mars, now better mapped in some ways than the Earth itself. Mapping Mars introduces the reader to the nineteenth-century visionaries and spy-satellite pioneers, the petroleum geologists and science fiction writers, the artists and Arctic explorers who have devoted themselves to the discovery of Mars. In doing so they have given a new world to the human imagination, a setting for our next great adventure. Mapping Mars takes us to the most beguiling landscape in the solar system and lays out what it may come to mean to us. "There is much to recommend this book. The author has an encyclopedic grasp of the development of major discoveries of mars science, and he summaries them in a very understandable way . . . And, I must confess, I am frankly envious of his engaging prose. This book will delight anyone interested in the exploration of the planet next door."—American Scientist "I couldn't stop reading this book! Fascinating, truly fascinating."—Douglas Preston, author of Dinosaur in the Attic and The Cabinet of Curiosities"Mapping Mars is a brilliant, sustained achievement which present not just our changing representation of mars, but the developing map of humanity's consciousness through science, technology, culture, and art. Oliver Morton is a superb writer who has made a specialist subject enthralling and universal."—Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting "There is much to recommend this book. The author has an encyclopedic grasp of the development of major discoveries of mars science, and he summaries them in a very understandable way . . . And, I must confess, I am frankly envious of his engaging prose. This book will delight anyone interested in the exploration of the planet next door."—American Scientist "Morton captures the revolutions in thought that come from envisioning another world and comparing it with our own."—The Dallas Morning News"A beautifully intelligent meditation on the paradoxes of place."—Evening Standard"Compelling . . . evocative . . . Morton's prose is like Earth: humid, rich, swirling, alive."—The Boston Globe"Oliver Morton's approach to writing is both unique and interesting . . . The amount of research that has gone into the book is astonishing . . . One of the more surprising aspects of Mapping Mars, considering its lavish style, is the level of detail and understanding of the scientific ideas, which are presented in a realistic and accessible manner . . . There is something in this book for everyone, from the educated lay person to experienced Mars scientists, and I cannot recommend it strongly enough. It is quite simply one of the most enjoyable works of non-fiction I have ever read. "—Karl L. Mitchell, A&Gi0"If you are, like me, curious about Mars, then you will be enthralled by Oliver Morton's wonderfully readable and authoritative Mapping Mars. This book is a landmark in the history of
A native of Bombay, Suketu Mehta gives us a true insider’s view of this stunning city, bringing to his account a rare level of insight, detail, and intimacy. He approaches the city from unexpected angles–taking us into the criminal underworld of rival Muslim and Hindu gangs who wrest control of the city’s byzantine political and commercial systems . . . following the life of a bar dancer who chose the only life available to her after a childhood of poverty and abuse . . . opening the doors onto the fantastic, hierarchical inner sanctums of Bollywood . . . delving into the stories of the countless people who come from the villages in search of a better life and end up living on the sidewalks–the essential saga of a great city endlessly played out.
Through it all–as each individual story unfolds–we hear Mehta’s own story: of the mixture of love, frustration, fascination, and intense identification he feels for and with Bombay, as he tries to find home again after twenty-one years abroad. And he makes clear that Bombay–the world’s largest city–is a harbinger of the vast megalopolises that will redefine the very idea of “the city” in the near future.
You've probably heard of a few scientists. - Galileo Galilei and his telescope - Isaac Newton and his apple - Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. But have you heard that. - Galileo was sentenced to life in prison for his shocking ideas about the solar system - Newton wasn't all that keen on science - sometimes it got on his nerves - Darwin wrote a book about his pet worms? Yes, even though they're dead, scientists are still full of surprises - and the nine in this book are more surprising than most. Now you can get the inside story from their lost notebooks, read the news reports as their breakthroughs hit the headlines, and find out all about the mind-blowing experiments!
For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Azar Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught at university. Some came from conservative and religious families, others were progressive and secular; several had spent time in jail. Shy and uncomfortable at first, they soon began to open up and speak more freely, not only about the novels they were reading but also about themselves, their dreams and disappointments. Their stories intertwined with those they were reading - "Pride and Prejudice", "Washington Square", "Daisy Miller" and "Lolita" - their Lolita, as they imagined her in Tehran. Nafisi's account flashes back to the early days of the revolution when she first started teaching at the University of Tehran amid the swirl of protests and demonstrations. In those frenetic days, the students took control of the university, expelled faculty members and purged the curriculum. Azar Nafisi's luminous tale offers a portrait of the Iran-Iraq war viewed from Tehran and gives us a glimpse, from the inside, of women's lives in revolutionary Iran.
Known by insiders as 'the System', the Camorra, an organized crime network with a global reach and large stakes in construction, high fashion, illicit drugs and toxic-waste disposal, exerts a malign grip on cities and villages along the Neapolitan coast is the deciding factor in why Campania has the highest murder rate in all of Europe and why cancer levels there have skyrocketed in recent years. In pursuit of his subject, Saviano worked as an assistant at a Chinese textile manufacturer and on a construction site, both controlled by 'the System', and as a waiter at a Camorra wedding. Born in Naples, he recalls seeing his first murder at the age of fourteen, and how his own father, a doctor, suffered a brutal beating for trying to help an eighteen-year-old victim, left for dead in the street.
While Wall Street was busy creating the biggest credit bubble of all time, a
few renegade investors saw it was about to burst, bet against the banking
system – and made a fortune.
From the jungles of the trading floor to the casinos of Las Vegas, this is the
outrageous story of the misfits, mavericks and geniuses who, against all
odds, made the greatest financial killing in history.
About the Author
Michael Lewis was born in New Orleans and educated at Princeton
University and the London School of Economics. He has written several
books including the New York Times bestseller, Liar’s Poker, widely
considered the book that defined Wall Street during the 1980s. Lewis is
contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and for Vanity Fair. He
is married with three children.
A moving account of the cruel reality of life inside a home for unmarried mothers in 1950s Catholic Ireland
I promised that I would one day write a book and tell the world about the home for unmarried mothers. I have at last kept my promise.'
In Ireland, 1951, the young June Goulding took up a position as midwife in a home for unmarried mothers run by the Sacred Heart nuns. What she witnessed there was to haunt her for the next fifty years. It was a place of secrets, lies and cruelty. A place where women picked grass by hand and tarred roads whilst heavily pregnant. Where they were denied any contact with the outside world; denied basic medical treatment and abused for their 'sins'; where, after the birth, they were forced into hard labour in the convent for three years. But worst of all was that the young women were expected to raise their babies during these three years so that they could then be sold - given up for adoption in exchange for a donation to the nuns.
Shocked by the nuns' inhumane treatment of the frightened young women, June risked her job to bring some light into their dark lives. June's memoir tells the story of twelve women's experiences in this home and of the hardships they endured, but also the kindness she offered them, and the hope she was able to bring.
Author Biography June Goulding worked as a midwife in a 'home' for unmarried mothers in 1951. She is the mother of seven children and lives in Cork. The Light in the Window is her first book.
Daft Jack and the Bean Stack (Seriously Silly Stories)
Daft Jack and his mother were so poor they lived under a cow (Daisy) in a field, but one day Jack's mum decides they must sell Daisy. Jack is very excited when an old man offers to buy Daisy for a tin of beans. When Jack takes the label off the tin he discovers they have won a lifetime supply of beans and when the bean tins are stacked up, up, up into the clouds, what is that at the top?
If you have a PC and want to get the most out of it in terms of efficiency and productivity, then you must learn the intricacies of its operating system. With the help of this book, you will learn to do just that in the shortest and most cost effective way. The book covers all versions of DOS particularly those from 6 to 7. The book explains: How the DOS operating system is structured so that you can understand what happens when you first switch on your computer; How directories and subdirectories can be employed to structure your hard disc for maximum efficiency; How to manage disc files and how to use the MS-DOS Editor to fully configure your system by writing your own CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files; How to optimise your system by either increasing its conventional memory manually or automatically with the use of MemMaker, or increasing its speed; How to write batch files to automate the operation of your system, and how to write and implement multiple configurations; How to use the Microsoft Utilities, such as DoubleSpace, MsBackup, Undelete, and Anti-Virus; How to resurrect the version of MS-DOS 7 which is buried under Windows 95/98.
Part of the "Teach Yourself" selection of books that look at a wide variety of subjects in a style designed to appeal to the general reader. This book looks at the world of music, and is written by a composer of many different styles - from solo voice to military and brass bands.
Beth and Anna are in despair. They'd planned to spend their fifteenth year revolutionising themselves into 'total babes'. But their sixteenth birthdays are fast approaching and it'll soon be too late to take action...It's time to work through their list of '10 things to do before you're 16!' This is a funny and appealing tale about a pair of friends who learn that being cool isn't all it's cracked up tobe...
From toxic polluted cityscapes of industrial China to poverty-stricken tribes in Sudan, from children's leukaemia wards in ex-soviet nuclear disaster zones to the conference tables of Rio's Earth Summit, Mark Hertsgaard's quest around the globe forms an urgent investigation into the future of the environment. The ecological ravages of capitalist hyperconsumption and communist mismanagement can only worsen as developing nations - desperately trying to bridge the ancient divide between rich and poor - achieve 'progress' at the expense of environmental degradation. Questioning the credibility of sustainable development with leading figures such as Al Gore and Jacques Cousteau, Mark Hertsgaard depicts with an eye for anecdote and human detail the activities of government agencies, business leaders and citizen activists engaged in saving (or destroying) the environment. Whether describing the lethal appeal of the automobile or detailing the impact of Amazonian deforestation on world climate change, his first-hand reportage and storyteller's sense of narrative produce a vital, edifying - and even hopeful - call for action. Time is running out.
At the outbreak of the Second World War the government short-sightedly allowed thousands of miners to enlist in the armed services. By 1943 the war effort was in danger of grinding to a halt because of a lack of coal. In answer Ernest Bevin, the Minister of Labour, sought service Volunteers - and compulsorily sent 20,000 18-year-olds, who'd expected to fight for their country, down the mines with them. Called Up, Sent Down paints a picture not just of the arduous life below ground but as the Bevin Boys found it in the tightly-knit mining communities, which in some cases welcomed them but in others treated them with hostility. Called Up, Send Down is an enthralling oral and social history of an episode of war that has never been fully told.
This highly praised book by the Wolfson History Prize-winning author of SALISBURY tackles six aspects of Churchilliana and uncovers a plethora of disturbing facts about wartime and post-war Britain.His revelations include:-The case for the impeachment of Lord Mountbatten-The Nazi sympathies of Sir Arthur Bryant, hitherto considered a 'patriotic historian'-The British establishment's doubt about Churchill's role after Dunkirk-The appeasement of the trade unions in Churchill's Indian summer-The inside story of black immigration in the early 1950s-The anti-Churchill stance adopted by the Royal Family in 1940
The three interwoven strands which mark the progress of the weather/climate story throughout the past, during the present, and into the future are: its effect on everyday life; our desire and ability to predict its fluctuations; and our inability to control it at the same time as inadvertently changing it. Eden traces these strands through history, and offers some ideas where they may go in the next 100 years. He looks at the world's weather since the end of the last glaciation eleven thousand years ago and mankind's ever increasing competence in predicting it. He describes and analyses the science of meteorology, from its origins in folk wisdom and proverbs right up to the latest supercomputers and satellites, showing how technological breakthroughs let us see the increasing instability of our climate.This point is forcefully made by a series of mock forecasts for the period 2000-2100. These at once credible yet horrific scenarios show Britain in the grip of Arctic weather in 2008, record temperatures of 120]F in Sacremento in 2034, and balmy winters in Moscow in 2050.The last chapter deals with the kind of changing climate in 2100 and beyond.
Encouraging birds into your garden requires an understanding both of birds and of gardening, an appreciation lacking in the market at present. Combining two specialist sets of advice in one book, "Birds in Your Garden" is a unique collaboration with The Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society, providing answers to all your queries about how to make your garden bird-friendly; Whether it be the Robin, Goldfinch or Green Woodpecker, this book will help you structure you garden to attract common favourites or more exotic species by telling you: Which plants to grow or avoid; when and what food to scatter; how to create safe habitats or birds away from predators and human influence; and how to adapt your garden. Illustrated with superb photography, the reader-friendly format is both entertaining and informative. Each chapter includes a small box of fascinating facts and 'Did-you-knows?' that further adds to the reader's interest and understanding of birds in their environment.
When your life, or the life of someone dear to you, is turned upside-down by a problem with your relationship, it can be hard to cope. But you're not alone. In 'Get over Your Break-up, you will find the support that you're looking for, in a book that gives the unique, treasured This Morning blend of: practical advice, emotional comfort real-life messages of help and hope. Let editor Denise Robertson, This Morning's much-loved agony aunt, and expert author Nicci Talbot, be your companions as they guide you step-by-step through both the practical issues and the complicated feelings you face now and in the days to come. Throughout you will encounter the stories of so many like you, who've been there, who know how you feel - and who found a brighter future. 'Get over Your Break-up' is split into five sections to give you the right support at the right time: 1. What to do right now 2. Taking the next steps, taking control 3. Long-term challenges and future hopes 4. Real lives, real life support 5. More help at hand This title is published in partnership with This Morning.
There has been no other epoch in American history where corruption, debauchery, sleaze and horrific murder has intersected with a society as speciously glittering and innocent as the Los Angeles of the 1940s and 50s. The Tinseltown of that age had movie star glamour on the surface but a dark, violent and unrepentant heart. None knew this dichotomy better than the Los Angeles Police Department, whose story became the most successful police drama in television history, Dragnet. Jack Webb was the star and creator of the show, but much of what he unearthed was too sensational to be broadcast on prime time. Those stories he saved for his classic, The Badge. Crimes like the sex slaying of Betty Short, the Black Dahlia: tortured for days, drained of blood, cut in two and dumped in Leimert Park, the subject of James Ellroy's masterpiece and one of the US's greatest unsolved murders. Narcotics, gambling, prostitution, thrill murders, serial killers -- all take their place in a book that shattered America's delusion of post-war innocence and defines our knowledge of modern crime even today. The Badge comes with an introduction by master of crime noir, James Ellroy.