Did you know that one pair of rats has the potential for 15,000 descendants in a year? That rats' teeth are harder than steel? Focusing on such questions, this book reveals the many ways rats' lives mirror those of humans. It is an account of a year spent in a garbage-strewn alley in lower Manhattan.
Three quarters of the world is made up of ocean; vast, untamed expanses of water, impossible to police rigorously. For travellers by sea there is an ever-present danger of shipwreck, the age-old problem of piracy, and now an alarming threat of terrorism. This book reports on the brutal forces to which those who take to the sea are exposed.
For nearly two centuries, Thugs haunted the roads of India, slaughtering travellers whom they met along the way. The author, based on research tells the story of the Thugs' rise and fall from its beginnings in the late seventeenth century, to its demise at the hands of British officer William Sleeman, in 1840.
From the bleary-eyed celebrity drunk apprehended behind the wheel of his car to the mass-murder's chilling stare, this title presents 350 mugshots which tell an alternative history of the twentieth century - a mosaic of the faces and the stories of those who have ended up on the wrong side of the law.
Collection & anthologies of various literacy from John MCGahern on his mother's struggle for health & happiness in Catholic Ireland, Alexander Fuller on bearing a child in Africa, Ryszard Kapuscinski on his memories of the Second World War plus writings from Edmund White, Paul Theroux, Jim Lewis and others.
Surveying the whole of human history over the last ten thousand years, Michael Cook addresses some of the most fascinating questions about our past. Why did we first emerge as a species of Africa? How did the great world religions arise and the worship of many gods give way to just one?
Egyptian culture is divided from us by several millennia, a lost people, and a dead language. We can discover much about this fascinating civilization from its physical remains, but perhaps the greatest insights into the Egyptian mind come from Egyptian hieroglyphs.
The revelation of widespread torture of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib shocked the world. In this, the first book of its kind, leading investigative journalist Mark Danner reveals just how complicit the US government was (and remains) in allowing and condoning such abuse.
Taking the reader from the tribes of the Roman Empire and the medieval dynasties, to the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification, the author shows that the Germans are people who desire national unity, yet have kept themselves from it by aligning with autocratic territorial governments and regional cultures.
What do the English think? This work provides an insight into what the English really think about life, death and everything in between. It shows a country in which the familiar becomes strange, and the strange familiar.
Asks why virginity has remained so important in western civilization, and looks at the changing roles of virginity over the last 800 years, drawing on a wide range of examples from medieval saints to contemporary vampire-slayers. This book examines the Medical Virgin - what exactly is virginity, and how can you reliably identify one?
Tells the human story of the siege - of the terrible toll that thirst, hunger and sleeplessness took on the hostages, of the bravery of those who dealt with the terrorists, such as the elderly headmistress of the school and the doctor who tried to relieve the suffering of the young children.
A celebration of hope in troubled times, this is an inspiring book about political engagement in the face of indifference, now in paperback.
John F. Kennedy was the first American president to go bareheaded and he ruined the hat business. Or so it is popularly believed.
On May 2, 2008, an enormous tropical cyclone made landfall in Burma. This title not only exposes the extent of the damage, but provides a portrait of the generals responsible for compounding the tragedy, examining the historical, religious, and superstitious setting that created Burma's tenacious and brutal dictatorship.
Explores the tyranny of positive thinking, and offers a history of how it came to be the dominant mode in the USA. This book argues passionately that the insistence on being cheerful actually leads to a lonely focus inwards, a blaming of oneself for any misfortunes, and thus to political apathy. It reveals the dark side of the nation.
America is a grotesquely polarized society and becoming more so all the time. This collection of pieces shows how the widening gap between rich and poor over the years has left the country increasingly divided between the gated communities on the one hand, and the trailer parks and tenements on the other.