The Bottom Billion is an elegant and impassioned synthesis from one of the world's leading experts on Africa and poverty. It was hailed as "the best non-fiction book so far this year" by Nicholas Kristoff of The New York Times.
'Globalization' is one of the defining buzzwords of our time, describing a variety of accelerating economic, political, and cultural processes that constantly change our experience of the world. The fourth edition of this Very Short Introduction provides an exploration of both the causes and effects of the phenomenon.
ROBOTS MAY ONE DAY RULE THE WORLD, BUT WHAT IS A ROBOT-RULED EARTH LIKE?
MANY THINK THE FIRST TRULY SMART ROBOTS WILL BE BRAIN EMULATIONS OR EMS. SCAN A HUMAN BRAIN, THEN RUN A MODEL WITH THE SAME CONNECTIONS ON A FAST COMPUTER, AND YOU HAVE A ROBOT BRAIN, BUT RECOGNIZABLY HUMAN.
TRAIN AN EM TO DO SOME JOB AND COPY IT A MILLION TIMES: AN ARMY OF WORKERS IS AT YOUR DISPOSAL. WHEN THEY CAN BE MADE CHEAPLY, WITHIN PERHAPS A CENTURY, EMS WILL DISPLACE HUMANS IN MOST JOBS. IN THIS NEW ECONOMIC ERA, THE WORLD ECONOMY MAY DOUBLE IN SIZE EVERY FEW WEEKS.
THIS BOOK SHOWS YOU JUST HOW STRANGE YOUR DESCENDANTS MAY BE, THOUGH EMS ARE NO STRANGER THAN WE WOULD APPEAR TO OUR ANCESTORS. TO MOST EMS, IT SEEMS GOOD TO BE AN EM.
Focusing on four of the most significant terrorist organizations (al-Qaida, the Provisional IRA, Hamas, and ETA), and using a wealth of interview material with former terrorists as well as those involved in counter-terrorism, Richard English argues that we need a more honest understanding of the degree to which terrorism actually works.
Account of war in the late-20th century both as historical document and as an eyewitness testament to human savagery. Written by one of Britain's foremost journalists, this book combines political analysis and war reporting: it is an epic account of the Lebanon conflict
An authoritative, single-volume introduction to cybersecurity addresses topics ranging from phishing and electrical-grid takedowns to cybercrime and online freedom, sharing illustrative anecdotes to explain how cyberspace security works and what everyday people can do to protect themselves. Simultaneous.
A KEY REFERENCE for ANYONE SEEKING to UNDERSTAND the IMPORTANT and COMPLEX ISSUES of BREXIT, and its WIDE-RANGING CONSEQUENCE Offers an accessible and unbiased guide to Brexit: the issues and events that led to the vote, the political turmoil that has resulted from it, and the crisis the UK now faces.
It examines key debates over 'sovereignty', immigration, and UK contributions to the EU, which led to the Leave vote. It explains the controversy surrounding Article 50 of the EU treaty: what is the process necessary for leaving the EU, and how might the UK approach the monumental task of disentangling its legal system from the EU? It scrutinises the exit strategies being weighed up the UK government, and the fraught negotiations over free movement of people and access to the single market. What might the exit agreement look like? What are the implications of 'hard' Brexit or 'soft' Brexit-or no Brexit at all?
King Arthur is probably the most famous and certainly the most legendary medieval king. From the early ninth century through the middle ages, to the Arthurian romances of Victorian times, the tales of this legendary figure have blossomed and multiplied. And in more recent times, there has been a continuous stream of books claiming to have discovered the 'facts' about, or to unlock the secret or truth behind, the 'once and future king'.
Broadly speaking, there are two Arthurs. On the one hand is the traditional 'historical' Arthur, waging a doomed struggle to save Roman civilization against the relentless Anglo-Saxon tide during the darkest years of the Dark Ages. On the other is the Arthur of myth and legend - accompanied by a host of equally legendary people, places, and stories: Lancelot, Guinevere, Galahad and Gawain, Merlin, Excalibur, the Lady in the Lake, the Sword in the Stone, Camelot, the Round Table.
The big problem with all this is that 'King Arthur' might well never have existed. And if he did exist, it is next to impossible to say anything at all about him. As this challenging new look at the Arthur legend makes clear, all books claiming to reveal 'the truth' behind King Arthur can safely be ignored. Not only the 'red herrings' in the abundant pseudo-historical accounts, even the 'historical' Arthur is largely a figment of the imagination: the evidence that we have - whether written or archaeological - is simply incapable of telling us anything detailed about the Britain in which he is supposed to have lived, fought, and died. The truth, as Guy Halsall reveals in this fascinating investigation, is both radically different - and also a good deal more intriguing.
The story of how Stalin ruthlessly built his 'Red Empire' in the aftermath of World War II - and what inspired him to build it.