Seeks to establish a connection between industrial and technological progress and violence in the modern era, arguing that the twentieth century has been the most violent period in history in spite of unprecedented achievements. By the author of Paper and Iron. 100,000 first printing.
A passionate defense of Islam against the influence of fundamentalism defines moderate Islam as a religion that opposes extremism and is based on moral tradition, in a volume that discusses the importance of reconnecting with past beliefs in order to safeguard the faith from radical practices. 20,000 first printing.
Draws on the Washington papers from archives at the University of Virginia to chronicle George Washington's military career and presidential years, discussing his struggle to keep an emerging America united and other accomplishments.
An assessment of America's role in the Iraq War as viewed from the perspectives of senior military officers argues that the guerrilla insurgency after the fall of Saddam Hussein was avoidable and that officers who spoke against the war did so at the cost of their careers.
The author of Bush At War presents an intimate account of the present state of national security decision-making, placing Bush's presidency in a historical context that discusses how his team at the White House, the Pentagon, CIA, and State Department have attempted to transform warfare; overcome security, intelligence, and policy failures; and change the strategy of Iraq's occupation.
Presents a revealing look at life in Baghdad's Green Zone, the headquarters for the American occupation in Iraq, criticizing the follies and foibles of L. Paul Bremer in the invasion and reconstruction of Iraq.
Recounts how the author, a British diplomat, was named deputy governor of Amarah and Nasiriya in southern Iraq at the end of 2003, an appointment during which he negotiated hostage releases, held elections, and worked to organize a social infrastructure for millions of beleaguered Iraqi citizens. 35,000 first printing.
Draws on interviews with General Tommy Franks, Condoleeza Rice, and other officials and military personnel to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the decision-making process that determined the nature of American involvement in Iraq.
A portrait of the iconoclastic poet and activist whose words are are set on the Statue of Liberty follows the complex life and times of Emma Lazarus, from her early literary success, to her roles as a feminist, Zionist, and renowned Jewish-American writer.
The movie business celebrates its creators, but what about the "names" behind Doom, The Sims, Donkey Kong, Grand Theft Auto—the games that spawned a ten-billion-dollar industry whose revenues surpassed the domestic movie box office take five years ago? Videogames are no longer a quirky subculture, but a bona fide mainstream industry revolutionizing the way we teach, learn, communicate. This book delves into the videogame explosion, where computer technology is fused with artistic creativity. From the hackers at MIT in the 1960s to the Ferrari-driving developers of the modern-day industry to professional "cyberathletes," we meet the celebrities of the gaming world. It's a trip through the trade conventions, gaming competitions, and design labs; an up-close and personal look at the egos, the battles, the one-upmanship, and the love of the chase fueling these innovators who are creating the worlds in which we're going to play for the next century.—From publisher description.
A vivid portrait of the Edwardian era recounts two parallel stories—the case of Dr. Hawley Crippen, who murdered his wife and fled the country with his mistress to build a new life in America, and Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of wireless communication—as the new technology is used to capture a killer. 300,000 first printing.
The junior U.S. senator from Illinois speaks out to all Americans on how to transform U.S. politics, calling for a return to America's original ideals and revealing how they can be adapted to such controversial issues as globalization, the function of religion in public life, and the struggle to bring people together in a nation torn by differences.
The author of Ghost Soldiers examines the real-life story of America's Manifest Destiny and westward expansion, describing the forcible subjugation of Native American tribes that stood in the way, including the fierce and bloody battles against the Navajo, which ended with a brutal siege at Canyon de Chelly and "the Long Walk" migration. 250,000 first printing.
The author describes his move to Israel as a student, his work as a prison guard, and his extended dialogue with a prisoner named Rafiq, a PLO leader, explaining how they forged a friendship despite their religious, cultural, and political differences.
A narrative chronicle traces gambling's early emergence from divination rituals through its modern incarnation as a global and cultural diversion, in an account that documents such topics as the practice of casting lots, the invention of playing cards in twelfth-century China, and the role of organized crime in illegal gambling operations.
In a study that looks at key moments in American history, a collection of essays by leading historians—Geoffrey Ward, Robert Dallek, Robert Cowley, Jay Winik, and others—brings to life such important events as the Salem witch trials, the Lewis and Clark expedition, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the Scopes "Monkey Trial." 40,000 first printing.