From Fitzgerald´s The Great Gatsby to Shelley´s Frankenstein , The Literature Book documents the greatest literature ever written. Featuring over 100 best-selling books, plays and poetry from all over the world, including Latin American and African fiction, The Literature Book encompasses celebrated masterpieces from the most renowned authors to have ever lived. Stunning images and inspirational quotes jump out from the pages, as detailed plot summaries and helpful context bring the timeless works of literature to life. The book also offers a deeper look into the famed fiction of Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and more, as in-depth literary criticism and interesting authorial biographies give each work of literature a new meaning. In The Literature Book , the world´s most iconic literature and greatest writers come together for a fascinating journey through time that is a must-have for any literature student or fan of fiction.
An innovative and accessible guide to government, law, and power Learning about the vast concept of politics can be daunting, but The Politics eBook makes it easier than ever by giving you all the big ideas, simply explained. Step-by-step summaries, graphics, and quotations help even the complete novice understand this fascinating subject. More than 100 groundbreaking ideas in the history of politics are helpfully broken down so that abstract topics, such as theoretical foundations and practical applications become real. Topics span from ancient political thought and medieval politics all the way to world war and modern politics. Features a handy reference section complete with a glossary of political terms and a directory of political thinkers, such as Plato, John Locke, and Karl Marx. The Politics eBook is the essential reference for students of politics and anyone with an interest in how government works.
Winner! - CMI Management Book of the Year 2017 - Practical Manager categoryMaster the art of negotiation and gain the competitive advantage Now revised and updated, the second edition of The Negotiation Book will teach you about one of the most important skills in business. We all have to negotiate at some point; whether in the office or at home and good negotiation skills can have a profound effect on our lives - both financially and personally. No other skill will give you a better chance of optimizing your success and your organization´s success. Every time you negotiate, you are looking for an increased advantage. This book delivers it, whilst ensuring the other party also comes away feeling good about the deal. Nothing will put you in a stronger position to build capacity, build negotiation strategies and facilitate negotiations through to successful conclusions. The Negotiation Book: * Explains the importance of planning, dynamics and strategies * Will help you understand the psychology, tactics and behaviours of negotiation * Teaches you how to conduct successful win-win negotiations * Gives you the competitive advantage
The Summer Book ´TOVE JANSSON´ WITH A FOREWORD BY ESTHER FREUD An elderly artist and her six-year-old grand-daughter while away a summer together on a tiny island in the gulf of Finland. As the two learn to adjust to each other´s fears, whims and yearnings, a fierce yet understated love emerges - one that encompasses not only the summer inhabitants but the very island itself. Written in a clear, unsentimental style, full of brusque humour, and wisdom, The Summer Book is a profoundly life-affirming story. Tove Jansson captured much of her own life and spirit in the book, which was her favourite of her adult novels. This new edition, with a Foreword by Esther Freud, sees the return of a European literary gem - fresh, authentic and deeply humane. New and beautifully presented edition of a Scandinavian literary classic by Finland´s most translated author should appeal to all ages dissolving boundaries between fiction, biography and travel.
Most of us face the same questions every day: What do I want? And how can I get it? How can I live more happily and work more efficiently? A UK bestseller, The Decision Book distils into a single volume the fifty best decision-making models used on MBA courses and elsewhere that will help you tackle these important questions - from the well known (the Eisenhower matrix for time management) to the less familiar but equally useful (the Swiss Cheese model). It will even show you how to remember everything you will have learned by the end of it. Stylish and compact, this little black book is a powerful asset. Whether you need to plot a presentation, assess someone´s business idea or get to know yourself better, this unique guide will help you simplify any problem and take steps towards the right decision.
The authors of the international bestseller The Decision Book teach us how to communicate better at work and in everyday life The internationally bestselling duo Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler have tested the 44 most important communication theories - from Aristotle´s thoughts on presenting through Proust on asking questions to the Harvard Negotiation Project - for their practicality in daily business life. In The Communication Book they distil them into a single volume that in their winning way turns seemingly difficult ideas into clear and entertaining diagrams. From running better meetings and improving the conversations in your head to brushing up on your listening skills and small talk, the pair masterfully fuses theoretical knowledge and business advice with humour and practicality. They show that we can improve not only what we communicate, but how we do so. Whether you´re a CEO or starting out - or want to improve your relationships at home - this smartly-illustrated and compact guide will improve your communication skills and help you form more meaningful connections at work, while smiling too.
A wide-ranging exploration of the creative power of literary tradition, from Chaucer to the present In literary and cultural studies, ´´tradition´´ is a word everyone uses but few address critically. In Reading Old Books , Peter Mack offers a wide-ranging exploration of the creative power of literary tradition, from the middle ages to the twenty-first century, revealing in new ways how it helps writers and readers make new works and meanings. Reading Old Books argues that the best way to understand tradition is by examining the moments when a writer takes up an old text and writes something new out of a dialogue with that text and the promptings of the present situation. The book examines Petrarch as a user, instigator, and victim of tradition. It shows how Chaucer became the first great English writer by translating and adapting a minor poem by Boccaccio. It investigates how Ariosto, Tasso, and Spenser made new epic meanings by playing with assumptions, episodes, and phrases translated from their predecessors. It analyzes how the Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell drew on tradition to address the new problem of urban deprivation in Mary Barton . And, finally, it looks at how the Kenyan writer Ngu~gi~ wa Thiong´o, in his 2004 novel Wizard of the Crow , reflects on biblical, English literary, and African traditions. Drawing on key theorists, critics, historians, and sociologists, and stressing the international character of literary tradition, Reading Old Books illuminates the not entirely free choices readers and writers make to create meaning in collaboration and competition with their models.
Five years in the writing by one of science fiction´s most honored authors, Doomsday Book is a storytelling triumph. Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering and the indomitable will of the human spirit. For Kivrin, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity´s history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the twenty-first century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received. But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrin-barely of age herself-finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history´s darkest hours. Praise for Doomsday Book ´´A stunning novel that encompasses both suffering and hope. . . . The best work yet from one of science fiction´s best writers.´´-The Denver Post ´´Splendid work-brutal, gripping and genuinely harrowing, the product of diligent research, fine writing and well-honed instincts, that should appeal far beyond the normal science-fiction constituency.´´-Kirkus Reviews (starred review) ´´The world of 1348 burns in the mind´s eye, and every character alive that year is a fully recognized being. . . . It becomes possible to feel . . . that Connie Willis did, in fact, over the five years Doomsday Book took her to write, open a window to another world, and that she saw something there.´´-The Washington Post Book World
Is love just something you find in books? Six months ago, writer and bookstore owner Maddie Hanson was left at the altar. Since then, she´s had zero interest in romance-despite the fact that she runs a book club full of sexy eligible bachelors. But when her latest novel is panned by an anonymous blogger who goes by the name Silver Fox-and who accuses her of knowing nothing about passion-she decides to prove her nemesis wrong by seeking a romance hero in real life . . . There´s the smoldering rock musician, the bookish college professor, and her competitive childhood friend who may want to steal her bookstore more than her heart. Even Silver Fox is getting in on the action, sending Maddie alarmingly-and intoxicatingly-flirtatious emails. And that´s not all. Her ex wants her back. Now Maddie is about to discover that like any good story, life has twists and turns, and love can happen when you least expect it-with the person you least expect . . Praise for Mary Ann Marlowe´s Some Kind of Magic ´´Marlowe makes a name for herself in this hilarious and sexy debut.´´ -Booklist ´´Frisky, Flirty Fun!´´ -Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times bestselling author of The Total Package ´´Fun, romantic and sexy. . . . This love story will make readers smile!´´ -RT Book Reviews ´´Sexy, engaging and original. . . . An amazing first novel.´´ -Sydney Landon, New York Times bestselling author of Wishing for Us