Sciences humaines & sociales


  • A battle-cry for civilised behaviour from the author of the multi-million selling Eats, Shoots and Leaves.


  • Features updated material and a special foreword from Arianna for the UK audience
    It's not an exaggeration to say that the hard-working, average citizen on an average income is an endangered species and that the American Dream of a secure, comfortable standard of living has become outdated. The USA is in danger of becoming a Third World nation.


  • Strange Days Indeed tells the story of how the paranoia exemplified by Nixon and Wilson became the defining characteristic of western politics and culture in the 1970s.
    Francis Wheen will vividly evoke the characters, events and atmosphere of an era in which the truth was far stranger than even the most outlandish fiction.


  • An entertaining, impassioned polemic on the retreat of reason in the late 20th century. An intellectual call to arms, Francis Wheen's Sunday Times bestseller is one of 2004's most talked about books.


  • Your complete one-volume guide to the year 2009. This fantastic and in depth book includes month-by-month forecasts for every sign and all you need to know to find out what is in store for you in the year ahead.
    Discover when your lucky days will fall and when it might be better just to stay in bed, with your complete one-volume, month-by-month guide to the year 2009 - the only horoscope you will ever need.
    This bestselling guide gives you individual predictions for the year ahead and shows you how you, your friends, your family and lovers will fare. It includes:
    - A month-by-month forecast for every sign
    - A personality profile for each sign
    - What to expect in terms of love, sex, work and money
    - Detailed predictions of your best days and worst days - and the ideal days to attract love or money.
    - Invaluable advice on exactly when to ask for that pay rise, what days you should be on the look out for exciting revalations and the days you should probably just stay in bed!


  • Your complete one-volume guide to the year 2011. This fantastic and in depth book includes month-by-month forecasts for every sign and all you need to know to find out what is in store for you in the year ahead.


  • The year 2011 is the Chinese Year of the Rabbit - what will this mean for you? This complete guide contains all the predictions you will need to take you into the year ahead - a year which offers great hope, advancement and opportunity.


  • Your complete one-volume guide to the year 2010. This fantastic and in depth book includes month-by-month forecasts for every sign and all you need to know to find out what is in store for you in the year ahead.
    Discover when your lucky days will fall and when it might be better just to stay in bed, with your complete one-volume, month-by-month guide to the year 2009 - the only horoscope you will ever need.
    This bestselling guide gives you individual predictions for the year ahead and shows you how you, your friends, your family and lovers will fare. It includes:
    - A month-by-month forecast for every sign
    - A personality profile for each sign
    - What to expect in terms of love, sex, work and money
    - Detailed predictions of your best days and worst days - and the ideal days to attract love or money.
    - Invaluable advice on exactly when to ask for that pay rise, what days you should be on the look out for exciting revalations and the days you should probably just stay in bed!


  • The much-anticipated book in the number 1 bestselling Monk series, a compelling and timely fable about living your best life in these complex times


  • In his bestselling book 1421:The Year China Discovered the World, Gavin Menzies revealed that it was the Chinese that discovered America, not Columbus. Now he presents further astonishing evidence that it was also Chinese advances in science, art, and technology that formed the basis of the European Renaissance and our modern world.
    In his bestselling book 1421: The Year China Discovered the World, Gavin Menzies presented controversial and compelling evidence that Chinese fleets beat Columbus, Cook and Magellan to the New World. But his research has led him to astonishing new discoveries that Chinese influence on Western culture didn't stop there.
    Until now, scholars have considered that the Italian Renaissance - the basis of our modern Western world - came about as a result of a re-examining the ideas of classical Greece and Rome. However, a stunning reappraisal of history is about to be published.
    Gavin Menzies makes the startling argument that a sophisticated Chinese delegation visited Italy in 1434, sparked the Renaissance, and forever changed the course of Western civilization. After that date the authority of Aristotle and Ptolemy was overturned and artistic conventions challenged, as was Arabic astronomy and cartography.
    Florence and Venice of the 15th century attracted traders from across the world. Menzies presents astonishing evidence that a large Chinese fleet, official ambassadors of the Emperor, arrived in Tuscany in 1434 where they met with Pope Eugenius IV in Florence. A mass of information was offered by the Chinese delegation to the Pope and his entourage - concerning world maps (which Menzies argues were later given to Columbus), astronomy, mathematics, art, printing, architecture, steel manufacture, civil engineering, military machines, surveying, cartography, genetics, and more. It was this gift of knowledge that sparked the inventiveness of the Renaissance - Da Vinci's inventions, the Copernican revolution, Galileo, etc. Following 1434, Europeans embraced Chinese intellectual ideas, discoveries, and inventions, which formed the basis of European civilization just as much as Greek thought and Roman law. In short, China provided the spark that set the Renaissance ablaze.


  • An extraordinary collection of reportage that tells the story of some of the most important world events of the past 16 years, from one of the most talented and intrepid female journalists at work today.

  • Anglais GCHQ

    Richard Aldrich


    As we become ever-more aware of how our governments 'eavesdrop' on our conversations, here is a gripping exploration of this unknown realm of the British secret service: Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ).
    GCHQ is the successor to the famous Bletchley Park wartime code-breaking organisation and is the largest and most secretive intelligence organisation in the country. During the war, it commanded more staff than MI5 and MI6 combined and has produced a number of intelligence triumphs as well as some notable failures. Since the end of the Cold War, it has played a pivotal role in shaping Britain's secret state. Still, we know almost nothing about it.
    In this ground-breaking book, Richard J. Aldrich traces GCHQ's evolvement from a wartime code breaking operation based in the Bedfordshire countryside to one of the world's leading espionage organisations. Focusing in part on GCHQ's remarkably intimate relationship with its American partner, the National Security Agency (NSA), Aldrich also examines both the impact of the Second World War on GCHQ and the breakthroughs made after the war was over.
    Today's GCHQ struggles with some of the most difficult issues of our time. A leading force of the state's security efforts against militant terrorist organisations like Al-Qaeda, they are also involved in fundamental issues that will mould the future of British society. Compelling and revelatory, Aldrich's book is espionage writing of the utmost importance.


  • What are the key 50 events you really need to understand to grasp the developments of our world?
    In this highly entertaining read Hugh Williams distils world history into an insightful overview. By selecting fifty key people, places, battles, objects and events, he casts a clear eye over the way the world has developed and how we live today.
    Injecting life into familiar historical landmarks as well as bringing lesser-known events to the forefront, Hugh shapes the fifty things into themes as all-encompassing today as they were over two thousand years ago: wealth, religion, conquest, discovery and freedom.
    The Fifty Things include...
    Origin of Species
    Model T Ford
    The Russian Revolution
    Plato
    Conquest of Mexico
    Mao Tse Tung
    Crucifixion of Jesus
    Via Egnatia
    Worldwide web
    Ozymandias
    9/11
    Nelson Mandela
    Coronation of Charlemagne
    American Declaration of Independence
    Franco-Prussian War
    Mahabharata
    The Black Death
    And many more...


  • A fully updated edition of Cameron: The Rise of the New Conservative, the first major biography of David Cameron, and now covering his first years as Prime Minister and leader of the coalition government.


  • Written by acclaimed biographer A. N. Wilson, Hitler offers a short, sharp, gripping account of one of the twentieth century's most monstrous and influential figures.
    In 1923, a thirty-four year old Adolf Hitler was in prison after taking part in an unsuccessful putsch to overthrow the German government. Within a decade, he was the most powerful man in Europe.
    As Germany's leader, Hitler delivered full employment and what appeared to be a booming economy to the nation - while Britain was suffering punishing levels of unemployment with no real welfare benefits. His popularity seemed to know no bounds; the slow deprivation of civil freedoms and rights to Jews did not initially displease all Germans, and the full extent of Nazi anti-Semitic extermination plans were incredible to many even within their own movement - let alone to the outside world - when they began to be put into operation during the early 1940s.
    Internationally, too, Hitler's triumphs were extraordinary, and soon the Rhineland, Sudetenland and Austria fell to the German army, who suffered barely a casualty. By 1940, there was no doubt that Hitler was Europe's master.
    But there was another story - and in this utterly compelling short biography, acclaimed writer A.N. Wilson positions Hitler as a man who not only embodied the excesses of the Third Reich but one who also represented the mediocrity of what optimists called 'the Century of the Common Man'. For all the limitations of his personal accomplishments - as the child of a poverty stricken family, with no great educational, military or moral qualifications for leadership - Hitler was able, by remarkable energy, superbly choreographed rallies and electrifying rhetoric, to become a second Napoleon.
    In a field populated with lengthy tomes, Wilson's brief, insightful portrait offers a compelling introduction to a man who continues to fascinate and appal.


  • Winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2012, the world's leading prize for popular science writing.
    We live in the information age. But every era of history has had its own information revolution: the invention of writing, the composition of dictionaries, the creation of the charts that made navigation possible, the discovery of the electronic signal, the cracking of the genetic code.
    In 'The Information' James Gleick tells the story of how human beings use, transmit and keep what they know. From African talking drums to Wikipedia, from Morse code to the 'bit', it is a fascinating account of the modern age's defining idea and a brilliant exploration of how information has revolutionised our lives.


  • From bestselling author Simon Winchester, the extraordinary story of how America was united into a single nation.


  • Robert Fisk's bestselling eyewitness account of the events that have shaped the Middle East is alive with vivid reporting and incisive historical analysis.
    The history of the Middle East is an epic story of tragedy, betrayal and world-shaking events. It is a story that Robert Fisk has been reporting for over thirty years. His masterful narrative spans the most volatile regions of the Middle East, chronicling with both rage and compassion the death by deceit of tens of thousands of Muslims, Christians and Jews.
    Robert Fisk's remarkable history is also the tale of a journalist at war - learning of the 9/11 attacks while aboard a passenger jet, reporting from a bombed-out Baghdad, interviewing Osama bin Laden - and of the courage and frustration of a life spent writing the first draft of history.


  • Find a job that fits you perfectly: don't settle for anything less. You could make money as a City Trader - or make a difference as a Carbon Trader. You could be a Museum Curator or a Spa Reviewer - or if you want to make an impact, how about becoming a Demolition Expert? There's a Cool Career to suit everyone, so get your thinking cap on.
    It is not always easy to decide what career you might like. How do you make the decision? Based on what your friends do? On what you have done in your life so far? On your current qualifications or skills?
    Well, if you are content with any old career so be it. But if, on the other hand, you are looking for a career that will keep you fascinated, a Cool Career, this is the book for you.
    This book contains around 500 of the coolest careers around from Laser Artist to Ambassador
    Cool Careers is not an A to Z career guide. A career is not simply something you should pick off the shelf like a tin of baked beans. It is what you are going to spend most of your time doing for the rest of your life so it's worth giving it some thought.
    Cool Careers starts where you're at - are you an Adreneline junkie, want to see the world, does money talk for you? Do you love animals, emails or engines? Are you always the first to know things? Find the lists that apply to you, and the ideas and inspiration that follows.
    Jam-packed with sound career advice and creative suggestions in a fun and accessible format, Cool Careers is the ideal first resource for new starters or job changers alike.

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