1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die is the ultimate critical guide to history's greatest music. You'll find a mouthwatering choice of listening here: from Miles Davis's jazz landmark Kind of Blue (1959) to David Bowie's tragic final release Blackstar (2016), alongside groundbreaking releases by contemporary artists.
Explore musical history from the symphonic pop of The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds..
Whether you're trying to broaden your literary horizons, find the perfect book for a friend, or simply select a good read for yourself, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die is the only guide you will need to make the right choice.
Offering concise critical insight to the novels and the writers that have fired imaginations and influenced cultures around the world, this newly updated edition run..
1001 Ideas That Changed The Way We Think is a comprehensive guide to the most interesting and imaginative thoughts from the finest minds of the past 3,000 years. Ranging from the ancient wisdom of Confucius and Plato to today's cutting-edge thinkers, it offers a wealth of stimulation and amusement for everyone with a curious mind.
Within the pages of this book you will find a wide variety of answ..
With more than 300,000 copies sold worldwide in 15 languages, this newly revised and updated edition of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die brings you right up to date with an incisive look at the world's best paintings.
From Ancient Egyptian wall paintings to contemporary Western canvases, this book is truly comprehensive in scope and beautiful to leaf through. Within its pages you will s..
1001 Quotations To Inspire You Before You Die is full of smart remarks - not just sassy one-liners (although there are plenty of those), but also more considered, philosophical epigrams that make us pause and reflect on a range of profound topics.
Each quotation is accompanied by an insightful account of its meaning and the historical context in which it was first uttered or written. Some famous ..
From 'Eight Miles High' to 'Empire State of Mind', from Mississippi to Mali and from Ella Fitzgerald to Elton John, 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die picks through nearly a century of music to bring you an inspiring selection of some of the greatest recordings ever made.
Each entry in this wonderfully browsable book tells the story of a great song. Find out what inspired the songwriter, wha..
The 50 most significant principles and styles in architecture, each explained in half a minute. The bestselling 30-Second series offers a new approach to learning about those subjects you feel you should really understand. Every title takes a popular topic and dissects it into the 50 most significant ideas at its heart. Each idea, no matter how complex, is explained using a mere two pages, 300 wor..
The 50 most thought-provoking theories of life, each explained in half a minute.30-Second Biology tackles the vital science of life, dissecting the 50 most thought-provoking theories of our ecosystem and ourselves. At a time when discoveries in DNA allow us to feel more connected than ever to the natural world, this is the fastest route to an understanding of the tree of life. Whether you’ re ..
Sail through these fifty 30-second legends to discover what Hercules did to deserve his twelve labours, why Odysseus took ten years to travel 500 miles, and how Narcissus found the love of his life. Full of gods and goddesses, heroes and monsters, story locations and the great storytellers, this book is the fastest way to get up to speed with the world of Greek and Roman mythology. So much modern ..
Why was the first human ever captured on film caught by pure luck? Where is the human blind spot, and why don’t you realise you have one? What does authenticity mean in an art where originals can be reproduced infinitely and manipulated flawlessly? Packed with world-renowned photographs, from the daguerreotype to Polaroid and biographies of leading photographers, this book will capture your curios..
Do you know a capella from zarzuela, or your major from your minor? Can you distinguish between a serenade and a symphony? If you only have 30 seconds, there is time – using this book – to understand the creative journey taken by classical music from the Middle Ages to the modern era. Our early ancestors understood pitch and rhythm, the basic tools that have been worked and ordered by composers an..
The 50 key modes, garments, and designers, each explained in half a minute!Even if you’ re not a regular follower of Suzy Bubble, Le Happy, or The Sartorialist, you probably have some feeling for fashion. Most people have a vague idea of what’ s in, what’ s out, and what they might consider putting on their own backs. Less familiar to most, however, is the way fashion works as a global business – ..
From electromagnetic waves that enable us to connect in an instant to the gravity that keeps our feet firmly on the ground, this book is the fastest way to get up to speed with rocket science--and the rest. In a world where physics is an everyday essential and new quantum developments make headline news, you need to know your atoms from your antimatter, learn just enough to speak with fluidity abo..
Anatomy: A Crash Course teaches you everything you need to know about your own anatomy, its body parts, systems, fantastic functions and flaws.Part of the Crash Course series, the book is divided into four chapters, covering:The head and neckThe chestThe abdominopelvicregionThe back and limbsEach chapter contains an overview and thirteen illustrated topics, each broken down into small, digestible ..
The Atlas of Disease gives a unique perspective on how epidemics have spread throughout history, from the fourteenth-century plague that devastated Europe and the lethal outbreaks of cholera in the nineteenth century, right up to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and the catastrophic spread of zika in Brazil.Interweaving new maps based on the latest available data with historical charts alongside int..
It is perhaps the eighth wonder of our world that despite modern mapping and satellite photography our planet continues to surprise us.Travis Elborough goes in search of the obscure and bizarre, the beautiful and estranged. From the church tower of San Juan Parangaricutiro – that miraculously stands as the sole survivor of a town sunk by lava – to the underground realms of Berlin and Beijing dug f..
Geography is getting stranger. Out there, fleets of new islands are under construction and micro-nations are struggling into the light. As new borders and boundaries ebb and flow with increasing speed, it feels as if our old maps are being discarded, redrawn or torn up.
Alastair Bonnett uncovers the stories of thirty-nine extraordinary places, each of which challenges us to re-imagine the world..
A must-have for every fan of literature, Booked inspires readers to follow in their favorite characters footsteps by visiting the real-life locations portrayed in beloved novels including the Monroeville, Alabama courthouse in To Kill a Mockingbird, Chatsworth House, the inspiration for Pemberley in Pride and Prejudice, and the Kyoto Bridge from Memoirs of a Geisha. The full-color photographs thro..
Discover the world's greatest maps as never before in the most fiendishly difficult cartographic quiz book.The Magnificent Maps Puzzle Book invites the reader to embark upon a thrilling journey from the streets of ancient Rome to the vastness of Canada's Arctic North, from pre-Revolutionary New York to the trenches of the First World War and from Germany's emerging Autobahn network to the craters ..
The exquisite Japanese hikaru dorodango, or shiny mud ball, is created by rolling earth by hand into a perfect sphere and polishing it until it gleams. Not only are the results truly impressive, but this calm and meditative practice, once a playground game, has been rediscovered as a peaceful pastime. Known for inducing flow, the ultimate state of happiness, this simple art is being adopted by peo..
Not long ago, economic theories were generally based on a narrow set of principles. Then the continuing boom–bust cycle combined with the failure of the best economic minds to ensure that prosperity spreads down through the economy has left a series of very obvious question marks, and the orthodoxy has been challenged from inside and outside the profession. It now seems clear that human beings and..
The international best-selling phenomenon loved by BARACK OBAMA and BILL GATES in a new and updated illustrated edition'A hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases.' BARACK OBAMA'One of the most important books I've ever read - an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.' BILL GATES*#1 Sunday Times bestseller * instan..
The word mathematics comes from the Greek word mathema, meaning knowledge or learning. And indeed mathematics is at the heart of almost all processes and patterns that occur in the modern world, yet many still find the discipline hard to fathom. Fibonacci s Rabbits solves this problem in bite-sized hops , de scribing the 50 most critical discoveries and revolutionary moments in the history of math..
From medieval maps to digital cartograms, this book features highlights from the Bodleian Library's extraordinary map collection together with rare artefacts and some stunning examples from twenty-first-century map-makers. Each map is accompanied by a narrative revealing the story behind how it came to be made and the significance of what it shows. The chronological arrangement highlights how cart..
50 stunning maps reveal our globalized world like never beforeExplore how cities are expanding beyond the reach of their nations, uncover the ways bananas, cobalt and water bottles link the most unlikely of places, and discover how modern phenomena such as messenger apps and sharing platforms are changing not just our interactions, but how we interconnect.Globalography uncovers the myriad ways we ..
W. Heath Robinson is best known for his hilarious drawings of zany contraptions, though his work ranged across a wide variety of topics covering many aspects of British life in the decades following the First World War. Starting out as a watercolour artist, he quickly turned to the more lucrative field of book illustration and developed his forte in satirical drawings and cartoons. He was regularl..
Instant History pulls together all the pivotal moments in modern history into one concise volume. Each page contains a discrete 'cheat sheet', which tells you the most important facts in bite-sized chunks, meaning you can become an expert in an instant.From the Boston Tea Party to the Cold War, the Grand Tour to the Great Depression, the Industrial Revolution to the Russian Revolution, every key e..
Instant Science pulls together all the pivotal scientific knowledge and thought into one concise volume. Each page contains a discrete 'cheat sheet', which tells you the most important facts in bite-sized chunks, meaning you can become an expert in an instant.
From Copernicus to Curie, gravity to climate change, atom bombs to the International Space Station, every key figure, discovery or inventi..
Every activist started out as a kid-and in some cases, were kids when they began their activism. Before they became champions of African-American, women s, LGBTQ, disablity, education, labor, and civil rights, the world s most celebrated activists had regular-kid problems, just like you. Kid Activists tells the stories of a diverse and inclusive group-including Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony..
'An absolutely riveting book - reading it makes you intelligent, full of brilliant anecdotes - and very hungry indeed.' - Richard Curtis'This brilliantly conceived and well-researched book is a source of real delight.' - Dr Annie Gray, BBC Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet'Superbly written, a complete joy to read, and just about the perfect present for anyone even vaguely interested in food.' - Mark D..
While recognizing that distinctions between categories are often fuzzy, Migration covers many types of migrants including explorers, slaves, pilgrims, mineworkers, labourers, exiles, refugees, sex workers, students, tourists, retirees and expatriates. Cohen covers a long span of history and many regions and themes, giving context and colour to one of the most pressing issues of our time. The text ..
Amazon's No. 1 Children's Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2019 is an illustrated encyclopedia of Greek mythology like no other. Mythologica features startlingly beautiful and exquisitely otherworldly portraits of mythological characters in eye-popping colour from artist Victoria Topping and authoritative text from Classics scholar and Greek mythology expert Dr Stephen Kershaw.Uncover the colourful li..
Myths in every culture explain our origins, the earth’s creation, gods and monsters, demons, the afterlife and the underworld. This compelling account, newly available in paperback, gathers together themes and stories from every culture, showing how myths share many common patterns, and how the human imagination is expressed in all its diversity. It asks the question: what do myths tell us about t..
These are the stories of fifty countries that once existed however briefly but have now have been erased from the map. Varying vastly in size and shape, location and longevity, they are nonetheless united by one fact: all of them endured long enough to issue their own stamps.Some of their names, such as Biafra or New Brunswick, will be relatively familiar. Others, such as Labuan, Tannu Tuva and In..
Experimental psychology burst onto the intellectual scene in the middle part of the nineteenth century, radically transforming the way we understand human thought and behavior.
Featuring clear explanations and first-rate scholarship, Pavlov’s Dog introduces the reader to iconic experiments, including Pavlov’s salivating dogs, Bandura’s Bobo doll experiments, Milgram’s obedience studies and Zimbar..
Why do philosophers ask “why”? Because they want to know. Because they love knowledge. Taken literally, philosophy is nothing more (nor less) than the love (philo) of wisdom (sophia)—and who doesn’t love wisdom? All human societies have developed systems of knowledge to help them understand our place in the universe and to satisfy our distinctively human curiosity. However, while standard historie..
The way humans think and behave is endlessly fascinating and often surprising. Professional psychologists spend their working lives analyzing individuals’ mental processes and responses. Their subject is a science, but their practice and approach are governed by ethics and morality. We may all consider ourselves to be incidental psychologists in our daily interactions, confident of our ability to ..
Quantum Theory: A Crash Course teaches you everything you need to know about this complex subject, breaking it down into 52 digestible topics.The book is divided into four chapters, covering various aspects of the theory:Its foundations and principlesIts probabalistic nature and conceptsThe wide range of scientific interpretationsIts practical applications in our livesEach chapter contains an over..
Over 100,000 copies sold!So you've got an Instagram account, you're posting pictures, but your follower count has flatlined. Read This If You Want to Be Instagram Famous holds the answers to fixing up your feed and finding thousands of new followers.Packed with the essential secrets of the hottest Instagrammers around, the book features tips covering photographic techniques, captioning, codes of c..
Photography is now more popular than ever thanks to the rapid development of digital cameras. Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs is ideal for this new wave of snapshooters using DSLR, compact system and bridge cameras. It contains no graphs, no techie diagrams and no camera-club jargon. Instead, it inspires readers through iconic images and playful copy, packed with hands-on tips.Spli..
Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of People is one of the best photography books to read if you want to take good pictures of people. This straight-talking guide will give you top portrait photography tips and is ideal for users of any camera who have a basic knowledge of photography.Learn top portrait photography tips from 50 famous photographersTake great portrait photography and p..
This jargon-free introduction covers all aspects of photographing places, including landscapes, cityscapes, architecture, and interiors from the author of the bestselling Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs series. It is an essential guide for emerging artists learning how to take pictures of places.
Whatever your camera, interest, or skill level, this indispensable photography guide ..
From Galileo’s stargazing to quantum teleportation, from Newton’s experiments with optics to the splitting of the atom, Schrödinger’s Cat tells the story of natural science through fifty of its greatest experiments. Featuring engaging writing and clear explanations, Schrödinger’s Cat introduces the reader to the scientific experiments that have changed the world. In each case, the experimental pro..
John Haywood presents a grand sweep of global history in an immediately accessible format via concise, insightful and engaging text summaries alongside timelines, maps and illustrations. There are 50 sections, each dealing with significant moments in the human story from the origins of our first ancestors right up to the present day. A short essay introduces and summarizes the most important polit..