Authors:B. Kovner, Jacob Adler,
Publisher: Ayer Co Pub
Keywords: short, laugh, humorous, stories, series, reprint, index, story, jew
Number of Pages: 187
Published: 1936-06
List price: $19.95
ISBN-10: 083693427X
ISBN-13: 9780836934274

Author: Terry Eagleto
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Keywords: short, introductions, introduction, meaning, life
Number of Pages: 144
Published: 2008-06-30
List price: $11.95
ISBN-10: 0199532176
ISBN-13: 9780199532179

The phrase "the meaning of life" for many seems a quaint notion fit for satirical mauling by Monty Python or Douglas Adams. But in this spirited Very Short Introduction, famed critic Terry Eagleton takes a serious if often amusing look at the question and offers his own surprising answer. Eagleton first examines how centuries of thinkers and writers--from Marx and Schopenhauer to Shakespeare, Sartre, and Beckett--have responded to the ultimate question of meaning. He suggests, however, that it is only in modern times that the question has become problematic. But instead of tackling it head-on,

Author: Thomas Dixo
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Keywords: short, introductions, introduction, science, religion
Number of Pages: 144
Published: 2008-08-01
List price: $11.95
ISBN-10: 0199295514
ISBN-13: 9780199295517

The debate between science and religion is never out of the news: emotions run high, fuelled by polemical bestsellers like The God Delusion and, at the other end of the spectrum, high-profile campaigns to teach "Intelligent Design" in schools. Yet there is much more to the debate than the clash of these extremes. As Thomas Dixon shows in this balanced and thought-provoking introduction, a whole range of views, subtle arguments, and fascinating perspectives can be found on this complex and centuries-old subject. He explores the key philosophical questions that underlie the debate, but also high

Author: Michael J. Bento
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Keywords: short, introductions, introduction, history, life
Number of Pages: 144
Published: 2008-12-15
List price: $11.95
ISBN-10: 0199226326
ISBN-13: 9780199226320

Here is the extraordinary story of the unfolding of life on Earth, told by Michael J. Benton, a world-renowned authority on biodiversity. Ranging over four billion years, Benton weaves together the latest findings on fossils, earth history, evolutionary biology, and many other fields to highlight the great leaps that enabled life to evolve from microbe to human--big breakthroughs that made whole new ways of life possible--including cell division and multicellularity, hard skeletons, the move to land, the origin of forests, the move to the air. He describes the mass extinctions, especially the

Author: Joseph M. Siracusa
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Keywords: short, introductions, introduction, nuclear, weapons
Number of Pages: 144
Published: 2008-04-15
List price: $11.95
ISBN-10: 0199229546
ISBN-13: 9780199229543

Despite not having been used in anger since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nuclear weapons are still the biggest threat that faces us in the 21st century. Indeed, for all the effort to reduce nuclear stockpiles to zero and to keep other nations (such as Iran) from developing nuclear capability, it seems that the Bomb is here to stay. In this gripping Very Short Introduction, Joseph M. Siracusa, an internationally respected authority on nuclear arms, provides a comprehensive, accessible, and at times chilling overview of the most deadly weapon ever invented. Siracusa explains the history of the arms r

Author: George Garnett
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Keywords: short, introductions, introduction, norman, conquest
Number of Pages: 144
Published: 2010-01-04
List price: $11.95
ISBN-10: 0192801619
ISBN-13: 9780192801616

The Norman Conquest in 1066 was one of the most profound turning points in English history, dramatically transforming a disparate collection of small nations into a powerful European state. But what actually happened? How was the invasion viewed by those who witnessed it? And how has its legacy been seen by generations since? In this fascinating Very Short Introduction, George Garnett--a leading expert on the Norman Conquest and its aftermath--reveals how dramatically English life was changed, transforming everything from its language to its law, and introducing a more sophisticated form of go

Author: Stephen Lovell
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Keywords: short, introductions, introduction, soviet, union
Number of Pages: 144
Published: 2009-09-01
List price: $11.95
ISBN-10: 0199238480
ISBN-13: 9780199238484

The Soviet Union at its height occupied one sixth of the world’s land mass, encompassed fifteen republics, and stretched across eleven different time zones. More than twice the size of the United States, it was the great threat of the Cold War until it suddenly collapsed in 1991. Now, almost twenty years after the dissolution of this vast empire, what are we to make of its existence? Was it a heroic experiment, an unmitigated disaster, or a viable if flawed response to the modern world? Taking a fresh approach to the study of the Soviet Union, this Very Short Introduction blends politica
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