Collapse

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Author: Jared Diamond
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141976969
Size: 77.41 MB
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Collapse by Jared Diamond


Original Title: Collapse

From the author of Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond's Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive is a visionary study of the mysterious downfall of past civilizations. Now in a revised edition with a new afterword, Jared Diamond's Collapse uncovers the secret behind why some societies flourish, while others founder - and what this means for our future. What happened to the people who made the forlorn long-abandoned statues of Easter Island? What happened to the architects of the crumbling Maya pyramids? Will we go the same way, our skyscrapers one day standing derelict and overgrown like the temples at Angkor Wat? Bringing together new evidence from a startling range of sources and piecing together the myriad influences, from climate to culture, that make societies self-destruct, Jared Diamond's Collapse also shows how - unlike our ancestors - we can benefit from our knowledge of the past and learn to be survivors. 'A grand sweep from a master storyteller of the human race' Daily Mail 'Riveting, superb, terrifying' Observer 'Gripping ... the book fulfils its huge ambition, and Diamond is the only man who could have written it' Economist 'This book shines like all Diamond's work' Sunday Times Jared Diamond (b. 1937) is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. Until recently he was Professor of Physiology at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the widely acclaimed Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies, which also is the winner of Britain's 1998 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize.

The Rough Guide To True Crime

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Author: Rough Guides
Publisher: Rough Guides UK
ISBN: 1405381396
Size: 71.53 MB
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The Rough Guide To True Crime by Rough Guides


Original Title: The Rough Guide To True Crime

The Rough Guide to True Crime tells the stories of criminal acts ranging from the absurd to the appalling, using a light touch with the former and illuminating the psychology in play behind the crimes. A compilation of crime's greatest hits, preposterous occurrences and heinous acts, the Rough Guide to True Crime will satisfy the armchair voyeur and amateur criminologist alike.

Underworld London

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Author: Catharine Arnold
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0857201174
Size: 68.60 MB
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Underworld London by Catharine Arnold


Original Title: Underworld London

Beginning with an atmospheric account of Tyburn, we are set up for a grisly excursion through London as a city of ne'er do wells, taking in beheadings and brutality at the Tower, Elizabethan street crime, cutpurses and con-men, through to the Gordon Riots and Highway robbery of the 18thcentury and the rise of prisons, the police and the Victorian era of incarceration. As well as the crimes, Arnold also looks at the grotesque punishments meted out to those who transgressed the law throughout London's history - from the hangings, drawings and quarterings at Tyburn over 500 years to being boiled in oil at Smithfield. This popular historian also investigates the influence of London's criminal classes on the literature of the 19thand 20thcenturies, and ends up with our old favourites, the Krays and Soho gangs of the 50s and 60s. London's crimes have changed over the centuries, both in method and execution. Underworld London traces these developments, from the highway robberies of the eighteenth century, made possible by the constant traffic of wealthy merchants in and out of the city, to the beatings, slashings and poisonings of the Victorian era.

Affluenza

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Author: Clive Hamilton
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1458764451
Size: 40.53 MB
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Affluenza by Clive Hamilton


Original Title: Affluenza

Our houses are bigger than ever, but our families are smaller. Our kids go to the best schools we can afford, but we hardly see them. We've got more money to spend yet we're further in debt than ever before. What is going on? The Western world is in the grip of a consumption binge that is unique in human history. We aspire to the lifestyles of the rich and famous at the cost of family, friends and personal fulfilment. Rates of stress, depression and obesity are up as we wrestle with the emptiness and endless disappointments of the consumer life. Affluenza pulls no punches, claiming our whole society is addicted to overconsumption. It tracks how much Australians overwork, the growing mountains of stuff we throw out, the drugs we take to self-medicate' and the real meaning of choice'. Fortunately there is a cure. More and more Australians are deciding to ignore the advertisers, reduce their consumer spending and recapture their time for the things that really matter. Clive Hamilton and Richard Denniss at the Australia Institute never disappoint - they set out on paths others don't go down, then explore without fear or favour and finally draw conclusions about modern Australia, warts and all. It's all accompanied by passion which is why the results cannot be ignored.' Geraldine Doogue ABC broadcaster Fascinating - at the same time a call to arms and a chill-pill, Affluenza challenges not just individuals, but society itself.' Adam Spencer comedian, mathematician and former radio DJ

The Autistic Brain

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Author: Temple Grandin
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547858183
Size: 34.68 MB
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The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin


Original Title: The Autistic Brain

A cutting-edge account of the latest science of autism, from the best-selling author and advocate When Temple Grandin was born in 1947, autism had only just been named. Today it is more prevalent than ever, with one in 88 children diagnosed on the spectrum. And our thinking about it has undergone a transformation in her lifetime: Autism studies have moved from the realm of psychology to neurology and genetics, and there is far more hope today than ever before thanks to groundbreaking new research into causes and treatments. Now Temple Grandin reports from the forefront of autism science, bringing her singular perspective to a thrilling journey into the heart of the autism revolution. Weaving her own experience with remarkable new discoveries, Grandin introduces the neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behavior, even sharing her own brain scan to show us which anomalies might explain common symptoms. We meet the scientists and self-advocates who are exploring innovative theories of what causes autism and how we can diagnose and best treat it. Grandin also highlights long-ignored sensory problems and the transformative effects we can have by treating autism symptom by symptom, rather than with an umbrella diagnosis. Most exciting, she argues that raising and educating kids on the spectrum isn’t just a matter of focusing on their weaknesses; in the science that reveals their long-overlooked strengths she shows us new ways to foster their unique contributions. From the “aspies” in Silicon Valley to the five-year-old without language, Grandin understands the true meaning of the word spectrum. The Autistic Brain is essential reading from the most respected and beloved voices in the field.

A Hidden Ulster

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Author: Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin
Publisher: Four Courts PressLtd
ISBN: 9781851826858
Size: 58.96 MB
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A Hidden Ulster by Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin


Original Title: A Hidden Ulster

This book is the first major study of the Gaelic song tradition in an area which was the main center of literature in Leath Chuinn (the northern half of Ireland) from the end of the 17th century to the middle of the 19th century. Written in English, it gives text, source music, and the translation of 54 songs - mainly vision poems, laments, courtly love songs and the songs of the people. The collection includes material from recently discovered music manuscripts, which are reconnected here to their original texts. The catalogue section includes facsimile copies of unpublished dance tunes. As both a researcher and traditional singer, Ní Uallacháin gives a unique insight into her native Gaelic song tradition.

Literarily Lost

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Author: Haley L. Young
Publisher: Gladiator Publishing Company
ISBN: 1732077436
Size: 51.20 MB
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Literarily Lost by Haley L. Young


Original Title: Literarily Lost

Literarily Lost is the resources index Authored by Haley L. Young and co-written by Bestselling Author Albert R. Kaufmann. This guide provides a valuable index of low-cost, or free resources relevant to today's Writer. Covering subjects ranging from Freelance market options all the way to querying Agents. Every resource listed has been verified by Haley Young herself. Literarily Lost contains 250 Pages full of indexed information containing Podcast Contacts, how to write an effective press release, nearly 500 location where a Writer can find income by doing what they love. Brought to you by Gladiator Publishing Co., in association with ARKWs Digital, and Haley Young Editing Services. Follow us on Social Media Twitter- @AR_Kaufmann * @Haley_L_Young * @gladiatorbooks2

How To Publish Your Nonfiction Book

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Author: Rudy Shur
Publisher: Square One Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 9780757000003
Size: 71.55 MB
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How To Publish Your Nonfiction Book by Rudy Shur


Original Title: How To Publish Your Nonfiction Book

While many writers dream of seeing their books in print, most don’t succeed simply because they don’t know the ropes. Written by a publisher with over three decades of experience, How to Publish Your Nonfiction Book was designed to maximize your chance of getting your nonfiction work published. The book begins by helping you define your book’s category, audience, and marketplace. You are then guided in choosing the most appropriate publishing companies for your work, crafting a winning proposal, and submitting your package in the best way possible. Special sections allow you to be a savvy player in the contract game, and fill you in on options such as self-publishing. Most important, this book helps you avoid the errors that often prevent writers from reaching their goal. Here is a proven system for taking your work from the desk drawer to the bookstore.

Kindred

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Author: Octavia Butler
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807083704
Size: 47.46 MB
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Kindred by Octavia Butler


Original Title: Kindred

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

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