Wednesday, December 07, 2011

The Shah

This comprehensive and gripping account shows us how Iran went from politically moderate monarchy to totalitarian Islamic republic. [Image and text provided by publisher]


The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World

In The Great Brain Race, former U.S. News & World Report education editor Ben Wildavsky presents the first popular account of how international competition for the brightest minds is transforming the world of higher education —and why this revolution should be welcomed, not feared. [Image and text provided by publisher]


Punishing Race: A Continuing American Dilemma

How can it be, in a nation that elected Barack Obama, that one third of African American males born in 2001 will spend time in a state or federal prison, and that black men are seven times likelier than white men to be in prison? [Image and text provided by publisher]


The Death Marches: The Final Phase of Nazi Genocide

From January 1945, in the last months of the Third Reich, about 250,000 inmates of concentration camps perished on death marches and in countless incidents of mass slaughter. They were murdered with merciless brutality by their SS guards, by army and police units, and often by gangs of civilians as they passed through German and Austrian towns and villages. Even in the bloody annals of the Nazi regime, this final death blow was unique in character and scope. [Image and text provided by publisher]


Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions

Sailing the tide of a tumultuous era of Atlantic revolutions, a remarkable group of African-born and African-descended individuals transformed themselves from slaves into active agents of their lives and times. [Image and text provided by publisher]


The Beauty Bias: The Injustice of Appearance in Life and LawK

Beauty may be only skin deep, but the damages associated with its absence go much deeper. Unattractive individuals are less likely to be hired and promoted, and are assumed less likely to have desirable traits, such as goodness, kindness, and honesty. Three quarters of women consider appearance important to their self image and over a third rank it as the most important factor. Our annual global investment in appearance totals close to $200 billion. [Image and text from publisher]