An intellectual detective story follows the quest to unlock one of the great secrets of human history — the decipherment of Linear B, an unknown script from the Aegean Bronze Age.
Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: from the Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad
An assessment of the programs that helped cable television emerge as a signature art form explores the storytelling distinctiveness and creative directions of such shows as The Wire, The Sopranos and Mad Men while sharing insights into the complicated personalities of such leading contributors as David Chase and David Simon.
A preadolescent runaway describes the violence and trauma that marked her early life before the unexpected kindness of a teacher helped her get off the streets. She went on to pursue a master's degree and now dedicates herself to helping other at-risk youth.
Traces President Obama's reelection campaign against a backdrop of widespread unemployment and a vindictive political climate, offering insights into Mitt Romney's rival campaign and how the race reflected current views about the roles of government and societal values.
A Mexican-American journalist traces his 2007, twenty-four-hour effort to end a threat against his own life by a paramilitary group that sought to prevent his investigations into Mexico's drug trafficking and government corruption.
An archaeologist and historian offers his view on why the West has dominated the globe for the past two hundred years and whether or not its power will last, examining the past fifty thousand years of human history and predicting what the next one hundred years will bring.
This book explains the role of soil in ecology and the economy, and reveals how treating soil in an environmentally sensitive way can bring about positive changes with respect to climate change, biodiversity loss, obesity, and other crises.
A narrative history of World War II from the perspective of deserters reveals how desertion was often experienced as a natural part of conflict, sharing the stories of a decorated soldier-turned-gangster and a three-time deserter who eventually lost his legs in combat.
Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle examines the most important American firearms. He uses them as a window into United States history and shows how the American story has been tied to, and shaped by, guns.
A noted philosopher and member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Science examines flaws in current understandings about consciousness while proposing a radical solution that argues that consciousness must not be limited to the confines of the brain.