The author offers his view of how the economy really works, examining issues from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, offering a very different view on what drives the economy.
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.
SUPERANNO A celebration of salsa music chronicles the lives of more than forty salsa musical giants. Singers, musicians, and experts guide us around the spicy world of salsa in this educational, historic, entertaining, touching legacy from the musicians to their fans. Learn about the most important unifying element of the Hispanic culture—its music—in a departure from the more straight-laced, historical or musicological fare with more than 300 photographs.
A portrait of Bombay, India, and its people chronicles the everday life of the city and its inhabitants, from the criminal underworld of rival Muslim and Hindu gangs to the diverse people who come from the villages in search of a better life.
Recounts how Britain's Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From its beginnings under Henry VIII and adventurers like John Hawkins and Francis Drake, the Royal Navy toppled one world economic system, built by Spain and Portugal after Columbus, and ushered in another—the one in which we still live today. Follows its historiy from the defeat of the Spanish Armada, through the seventeenth century, when the navy came to play a leading role as England became a world power, through the convulsions of Napoleon, the twentieth century, and the downfall of the British Empire itself, as Britain passed its essential elements on to its successor, the United States.
Arranged thematically rather than chronologically, an entertaining collection of reminiscences by the critically acclaimed author of A Boy's Own Story integrates social history and humor as he discusses such topics as "My Shrinks," "My Lovers," "My AIDS," "My Family," "My Brushes with Greatness," and "My Books." 40,000 first printing.
A disaster specialist explains why he had been predicting a tragedy similar to Hurricane Katrina's destruction for a decade, and outlines his plans for preventing a similar catastrophe from occurring in the future.
An eye-opening, deeply personal account of hurricane Katrina and the devastation it left in New Orleans and across the Gulf Coast documents the events and repercussions of the tragedy and its aftermath, the historical roots of the terrible storm, and the ongoing crisis confronting the region.
An account of the devastating destruction of Hurricane Katrina examines pre-existing warning signs and draws on historical records, geological findings, and climatology studies to examine the disturbing increase in powerful storms worldwide.
A journalist and resident of New Orleans offers an eyewitness account of Hurricane Katrina, its devastating impact on New Orleans, and its aftermath, arguing that the origins of the disaster lie in the culture and politics of a troubled city.
An analysis of the disparity between faith and logic in today's world tours humanity's willingness to challenge religious-based belief systems throughout history, citing the biological origins of spirituality while warning readers that tolerance for fundamentalism must occur with an awareness of the modern world's capacity for violence. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
In response to a declaration by the last royal governor of Virginia that any rebel-owned slave who escaped and served the King would be emancipated, tens of thousands of slaves—Americans who clung to the sentimental notion of British freedom—escaped from farms, plantations and cities to try to reach the British camp. This mass movement lasted as long as the war did, and a military strategy originally designed to break the plantations of the American South had unleashed one of the great exoduses in American history. Schama details the odyssey of the escaped blacks through the fires of war and the terror of potential recapture at the war's end, into inhospitable Nova Scotia, where thousands who had served the Crown were betrayed and, in a little-known hegira of the slave epic, sent across the broad, stormy ocean to Sierra Leone.—From publisher descriptionþ.Examines the role of African-American slaves during the American Revolution, following escaped slaves who sought emancipation through an allegiance to the British cause, as told by the slaves themselves and white abolitionists who protected them.
What should we have for dinner? When you can eat just about anything nature (or the supermarket) has to offer, deciding what you should eat will inevitably stir anxiety, especially when some of the foods might shorten your life. Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from a national eating disorder.