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Conquistador (12 Edition)
Conquistador (12 Edition)
by Matthew Restall
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With startling speed, Spanish conquistadors invaded hundreds of Native American kingdoms, took over the mighty empires of the Aztecs and Incas, and initiated an unprecedented redistribution of the world's resources and balance of power. They changed the... (read more)

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Complexity: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Complexity: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by John H. Holland
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The importance of complexity is well-captured by Hawking's comment: "Complexity is the science of the 21st century". From the movement of flocks of birds to the Internet, environmental sustainability, and market regulation, the study and understanding of... (read more)

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The Eye: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
The Eye: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Michael F. Land
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The eye is one of the most remarkable achievements of evolution, and has evolved up to 40 times in different parts of the animal kingdom. In humans, vision is the one of the most important senses, and much of the brain is given over to the processing of... (read more)

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World War II: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
World War II: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Gerhard L. Weinberg
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The enormous loss of life and physical destruction caused by the First World War led people to hope that there would never be another such catastrophe. How then did it come to be that there was a Second World War causing twiceas much loss of life and... (read more)

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Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Richard Toye
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Rhetoric was once an essential part of western education. Aristotle wrote an important treatise on it and Demosthenes remains famous to this day for his skills as a rhetorician. But skill with rhetoric today is no longer admired. Rhetoric is often seen... (read more)

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Hormones: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Hormones: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Martin Luck
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Hormones play an integral part in the balance and workings of the body. While many people are broadly aware of their existence, there are many misconceptions and few are aware of the nature and importance of the endocrine system. In this Very Short... (read more)

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Malthus: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Malthus: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Donald Winch
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With world population today edging over seven billion, and with projections for it to reach nine billion by mid-century, the ideas of eighteenth-century English cleric Thomas Malthus-and his grim prediction that war, plague, and famine are the inevitable... (read more)

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Deserts (Very Short Introductions)
Deserts (Very Short Introductions)
by Nick Middleton
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Deserts make up a third of the planet's land surface, but if you picture a desert, what comes to mind? A sandy wasteland? A drought-parched dust bowl? An alien landscape devoid of all life forms? In this marvelous Very Short Introduction, geographer and... (read more)

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British Politics: Very Short Intro. (2ND 14 Edition)
British Politics: Very Short Intro. (2ND 14 Edition)
by tony Wright
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British politics, notes Tony Wright, is arguably Britain's greatest gift to the world. In this Very Short Introduction, Wright offers a brilliant interpretative essay on the British political system. The author, an academic and recent Member of... (read more)

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Martyrdom : Very Short Introduction (13 Edition)
Martyrdom : Very Short Introduction (13 Edition)
by Jolyon Mitchell
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One person's "martyr" is another person's "terrorist," and one person's "martyrdom operation" is another's "suicide bombing." Suicide attacks around the world have raised many troubling questions about martyrdom. What is martyrdom? Why are some people... (read more)

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Law : Very Short Introduction (08 Edition)
Law : Very Short Introduction (08 Edition)
by Raymond Wacks
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Law underlies our society -it protects our rights, imposes duties on each of us, and establishes a framework for the conduct of almost every social, political, and economic activity. The punishment of crime, compensation of the injured, and the... (read more)

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Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by William Allan
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The classical world and the masterpieces of its literature continue to fascinate readers and audiences throughout the media- from popular histories to the reworking of classical subject matters by contemporary poets, dramatists, and novelists. In this... (read more)

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Journalism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Journalism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Ian Hargreaves
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In Journalism, Ian Hargreaves uses his unique position within the media to examine how we get this information and the many practical, political, and professional decisions that the journalist has to make, as part of the process of delivering that... (read more)

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Sleep: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Sleep: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Russell G Foster
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Why do we need sleep? What is sleep? What happens when we don't get enough? This Very Short Introduction addresses the biological and psychological aspects of sleep, providing a basic understanding of what sleep is and how it is measured, a look at sleep... (read more)

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Family Law: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Family Law: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Jonathan Herring
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What is a family? What makes someone a parent? What rights should children have? Family Law: A Very Short Introduction gives the reader an insight not only into what the law is, but why it is the way it is. It examines how laws have had to respond to... (read more)

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African Religions: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
African Religions: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Jacob K. Olupona
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What are African religions? African Religions: A Very Short Introduction answers this question by examining primarily indigenous religious traditions on the African continent, as well as exploring Christianity and Islam. It focuses on the diversity of... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #323: The Antarctic
Very Short Introductions #323: The Antarctic
by Klaus Dodds
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The Antarctic is one the most hostile natural environments in the world, an extraordinary physical space which changes significantly in shape and size with the passing of the seasons. In this Very Short Introduction, Klaus Dodds provides an up-to-date... (read more)

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Globalization: Very Short Introduction (3RD 13 Edition)
Globalization: Very Short Introduction (3RD 13 Edition)
by Manfred Steger
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Globalization has become one of the defining buzzwords of our time--a term that describes a variety of complex economic, political, cultural, ideological, and environmental forces that are rapidly altering our experience of the world. In clear... (read more)

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Symmetry (Very Short Introductions)
Symmetry (Very Short Introductions)
by Ian Stewart
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Symmetry is an immensely important concept in mathematics and throughout the sciences. In this Very Short Introduction, Ian Stewart demonstrates symmetry's deep implications, showing how it even plays a major role in the current search to unify... (read more)

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Economics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Economics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Partha Dasgupta
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Here Partha Dasgupta, an internationally recognized authority in economics, presents readers with a solid introduction to its basic concepts, including efficiency, equity, sustainability, dynamic equilibrium, property rights, markets, and public goods... (read more)

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